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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Plan Development and Public Participation ** 2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft **

The Town’s residents and elected and appointed officials have firsthand knowledge of Town housing needs, problems and opportunities that need to be addressed; this collective knowledge is necessary to ensure all issues are addressed, and any recommendations related to affordable housing goals or strategies are feasible and will draw sufficient support to warrant a reasonable chance for implementation. Per DHCD’s Guidelines, a HPP should be developed “with opportunities for community residents to become informed of the planning process and the plan, and to provide input”. Therefore, input from Town officials and the general public is an essential feature of the process of preparing this Plan.

This HPP was not developed during a normal 6 to 12 month plan development / public participation process. Originally intending to complete an update to the HPP during 2018, the DPCD began work in March 2017, engaging with the Town Administrator’s office and the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. At that time the Town was under 10% SHI and development of the Town’s HPP was focused on developing goals and strategies that would result in the community reaching the 10% Statutory Minimum.

In April 2017 the Department of Planning and Community Development held an informational session on developing the housing production plan. Several elected Boards, including the Town Council and Planning Board were present at the workshop. There were several discussions on controlled growth within the Town of Franklin. The workshop provided information on the existing affordable units in town and conversation was had on the housing needs of the Town as it compares to the existing affordable housing. As a result of input received, DPCD began a review of the existing zoning by-laws, and drafting of proposed zoning changes, including development of an inclusionary zoning bylaw.

After several months of work on the HPP update, the Town was informed it was over the 10% Statutory Minimum with the addition of the Glen Meadows apartment complex (288 housing units) to Franklin’s SHI. The Town’s SHI Inventory is included in this document as Attachment D. Given the Town of Franklin’s 40B affordable housing production requirements had changed significantly and was considered to be in compliance with Chapter 40B, DPCD’s priorities also changed and work on the Plan’s development was suspended until 2020. The proposed HPP update was no longer required, but it also would require a different focus if it were to be created.

Over the last few years the Town’s Administration and Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) have attended public meetings asking for input on specific housing related issues; this input has been critical in developing draft strategies related to affordable housing production. Public input on Franklin’s housing needs was obtained at several public meetings, including the following:

January 2018 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD attended meeting to accomplish the following: provide a Housing Production Assessment presentation, to update MAHT on the substantial increase in housing production during recent years; discuss the Town’s SHI and how it related to recent housing production; discuss the HPP update, and present three proposed general HPP goals; and request input on proposed HPP goals. Given that the Town was over 10% SHI, the main Goal of the proposed HPP would be to keep Town over 10%. Additional issues were discussed including the need for workforce housing and potential zoning changes.

October 22, 2019, Economic Development Visioning Event held by MAPC and DPCD. Input received from event and three additional workshops was used to develop a Market Analysis and Market Position Summary for Downtown Franklin and two of Franklin’s other older commercial districts. During the event Franklin residents provided a substantial amount of input on Franklin’s economic development issues, including the need for workforce housing. In addition to the community engagement portion of the economic development project, MAPC performed a residential analysis of the study area.

January 13, 2020 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD presented a summary of recent work on the HPP update, and requested the MAHT hold a public meeting and invite the public to discuss affordable housing needs, and to provide input on draft goals and strategies.

April 27, 2020 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. DPCD provided a presentation that included a proposed Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw, and a summary on the HPP update. Input was provided by EDC members and others in attendance on both issues.

June 10, 2020 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. Meeting focused on a follow-up on the Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw proposal and similar issues, including use of incentives to increase number of units on Franklin’s SHI; possible housing TIF (tax increment financing) agreements to create middle (moderate) income type developments; consider 40R smart growth zoning districts; change Zoning Bylaw’s housing density allowed in certain districts and allow some multifamily housing by right; and use a mix of mandatory and incentive based Inclusionary zoning approaches. Input on these and other issues was requested.

December 14, 2020 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD attended meeting to discuss the following: provide update on HPP development; request input on draft goals and strategies; and ask for MAHT participation in upcoming EDC meeting.

January 13, 2021 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. DPCD provided a presentation on the following: Housing Development Update (Town added 1,283 over 10 years); and draft HPP goals and potential strategies that would result in increase of SHI housing units. The DPCD Housing Development Update is included in this document as Attachment E. DPCD requested EDC members and others in attendance provide DPCD with input on housing development and affordable housing issues to be included in HPP update.

March 15, 2021 Meeting (remote), Town Administration and DPCD, and Old Colony Habitat for Humanity. Meeting with Old Colony Habitat for Humanity’s new CEO about working together to create affordable housing units within Franklin.

The input from the above sources has been used to produce this “public draft“ HPP, which has been distributed to Franklin’s Town Council, Planning Board, Franklin Public Library, Housing Authority, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, Community Preservation Committee, Franklin Commission on Persons with Disabilities, and Council on Aging. Notification of the Draft HPP has also been sent to a variety of organizations including MAPC, Metacomet Land Trust, Franklin Downtown Partnership, and Old Colony Habitat for Humanity.

Hard copies of the public draft HPP are available at the Department of Planning and Community Development’s (DPCD) office during normal business hours. Given the current pandemic individuals wishing to review the Draft HPP should contact the DPCD at development@franklinma.gov or 508-520- 4907 to arrange an appointment.

The Town will accept input on the Draft HPP, and housing issues in general, from anyone interested in providing comments during a formal Public Comment Period which begins on May 12, 2021 and ends on June 4, 2021. Input will be received over the Town website, by email or letter. In addition, the Town will hold a Public Hearing to present the highlights of the Draft HPP, and provide time for residents to ask questions and provide input.

Feedback from the general public and Town officials is a critical component of this planning process. The Town will develop a complete list of all comments received during the Public Comment Period. Once the public comment period is over, all input received will be considered and a Final HPP will be developed.

Once the HPP is updated to its final form, the document will be presented to the Planning Board and Town Council for review, consideration and formal adoption. Once formally adopted by both elected bodies, the HPP will be submitted to the DHCD for approval.

 

Find the full copy of the Housing Production Plan

Info on the public comment period

Plan Development and Public Participation
Plan Development and Public Participation

Monday, May 24, 2021

Executive Summary: ** 2021 Town of Franklin Housing Production Plan (HPP) ***

The Town of Franklin Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a proactive strategy for meeting the housing needs of the community, and in particular, for planning and enhancing its affordable housing inventory. This document, an update to Franklin’s first HPP that was approved by Town Council in 2011, has been designed to expand upon the concepts outlined in the previous 2011 HPP, serve as an update with more recent data, and explore incentives and other options to increase Franklin’s affordable housing supply.

Since 2011 the Town has made good progress implementing its affordable housing goals and increasing the number of SHI Eligible Housing units. In 2019, the Town surpassed the State-mandated target of 10% affordable housing of its total year-round housing units under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. This Housing Production Plan (HPP) is intended to direct housing development and preservation in such a way that the Town will remain above 10%, and therefore be in control of its 40B destiny. In addition the strategies included in the updated HPP provide the Town’s residents with options not previously not pursued.

Previous Affordable Housing Planning. The Town has made affordable housing planning a priority for much of the last twenty-five years. The Town of Franklin’s 1997 Master Plan prioritized creating affordable housing for the community’s senior population, which is summarized in Goal 1 of the Housing Element: “Ensure that housing opportunities for the elderly are sufficient in number and type to meet the projected growth in their population”.
In 2004, the Housing Element of Franklin’s Community Development Plan, “Affordable Housing, Strategy and Development Action Plan” identified several goals the Town still needs to address, including: Increase housing opportunities for low, moderate, and middle income households; Ensure the Town meets the 40B goal for subsidized housing; Increase housing opportunities for seniors; and Encourage development of multifamily housing.

In 2011 the Affordable Housing Strategy and Development Action Plan, Franklin’s first Housing Production Plan was approved by DHCD. The Plan had several similar goals to those mentioned above including Encourage development of multifamily housing; Increase housing opportunities for seniors and the elderly, but focused much effort on utilizing zoning to create greater housing density, use Zoning “By Right” as a tool, and Amend the zoning by-laws to allow Assisted living and other elderly housing facilities. The biggest priority of the 2011 HPP was creation of a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. A summary of the Plan’s Housing Implementation Strategy is included in this document as Attachment B.

The most recent housing related planning was during creation of Franklin’s 2013 Master Plan. Substantial public input was gathered and Master Plan Committee developed housing goals that reflected the needs of the community. Housing related Goals, Objectives and proposed actions from the Master Plan’s Implementation Element are included in Attachment C of this document. 

The most relevant housing goals for the purposes of this HPP are as follows:
  • Goal 1: Provide the appropriate mix of housing alternatives that meet the needs of Franklin based employment
  • Goal 2: Support development of affordable housing opportunities for low, moderate and middle- income households.
  • Goal 4: Encourage, rezone as required, and support housing appropriate for expected future demographics.
The above goals have influenced the development of the HPP’s goals detailed in Section 2.


Find the full copy of the Housing Production Plan

Info on the public comment period

Executive Summary: **2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft**
Executive Summary: **2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft**

Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Wed, May 19, 2021:
The 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan is available on our website. The Town will accept input on the Draft Housing Production Plan during the Public Comment Period that runs from May 12 through June 25, 2021. 
Find information posted on our website https://t.co/hSlGd0pXp0

Shared from https://t.co/rKe1HHRfdz or https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1395078708197793796

2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021
2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021


Monday, March 1, 2021

Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA

On the Town of Franklin home page, there are a variety of Customer Service Request links available.
  • If you find a street light out, or a pothole that should be filled, use the "Public Works work order"
  • Sign up for the Reverse 911 to get notified by the Town of an emergency in your neighborhood.
  • Or use the Comment Box to make a suggestion...
Visit https://www.franklinma.gov/ to use any one of these options

Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA
Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

FTC Issues Staff Report on Made in USA Workshop, Seeks Comment on Related Proposed Rulemaking for Labeling Rule

Rule would apply to unqualified Made in USA claims made on product labels

The Federal Trade Commission today issued a staff report on an FTC workshop on Made in USA claims that was held last fall, and a notice of proposed rulemaking for a Made in USA Labeling Rule (proposed Rule).

The proposed Rule will apply to product labels making Made in USA and other unqualified U.S.-origin claims. The proposed Rule incorporates guidance set forth in the Commission's previous Decisions and Orders and its 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims (https://www.ftc.gov/public-statements/1997/12/enforcement-policy-statement-us-origin-claims).

Consistent with this guidance, the proposed Rule will prohibit marketers from including unqualified Made in USA claims on labels unless: 1) final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States; 2) all significant processing that goes into the product occurs in the United States; and 3) all or virtually all ingredients or components of the product are made and sourced in the United States.

The proposed Rule also covers labels making unqualified Made in USA claims appearing in mail order catalogs or mail order advertising. The proposed Rule does not supersede, alter, or affect any other federal or state statute or regulation relating to country-of-origin labels. The proposed Rule will make civil penalties available to deter violations.

"Whether a product is actually 'Made in the USA' is an important issue for consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and American workers," said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "We welcome comments from all stakeholders to inform our rulemaking effort."

According to the staff report, the Made in USA workshop last fall sought to enhance the agency's understanding of consumer perception of Made in USA claims and consider whether the Made in USA enforcement program can be improved. Public comments and input from the workshop's panelists addressed three general topics: consumer perception of Made in USA claims, concerns about the FTC's current enforcement approach, and potential changes to the FTC's enforcement strategy.

According to the staff report, only one panelist provided survey evidence on how consumers understand Made in USA claims. Citing a 2013 study, the panelist noted that almost three in five Americans agree that "Made in America" means that all parts of a product, including any natural resources it contains, originated in the United States, and a third of consumers believe that 100 percent of a product must originate in a country for that product to be called "made" in that country.

The staff report states that this evidence supports the guidance in the FTC's Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims that at least a significant minority of consumers are likely to be deceived by an unqualified Made in USA claim for a product incorporating more than a trivial amount of foreign content.

The Commission vote to issue the staff report was 5-0. The Commission vote approving publication of the proposed Made in USA Labeling Rule in the Federal Register was 4-1, with Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips voting no and issuing a dissenting statement (https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/1577103/p074204musaphillipsstatementrev.pdf) . Commissioner Rohit Chopra issued a separate statement (https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/1577107/p074204musachoprastatementrev.pdf), as did Commissioner Christine S. Wilson (https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/1577099/p074204musawilsonstatementrev.pdf).

The proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register shortly. Instructions for submitting comments appear in the published document. The FTC will consider all timely and responsive public comments it receives in accordance with those instructions. Once processed, comments will be posted on Regulations.gov (https://www.regulations.gov/).

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blogs, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

Shared from 
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2020/06/ftc-issues-staff-report-on-made-in-usa-workshop

FTC Issues Staff Report on Made in USA Workshop
FTC Issues Staff Report on Made in USA Workshop

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Live reporting: Town Administrator's Report through to Closing


11. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORTa. Town Council Bi-annual Goals Update
12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
13. COUNCIL COMMENTS
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION- None Scheduled
ADJOURN

Only a few meetings left before election
Always really cool to look back at the goals accomplished
20 months of work

EEE - phones are ringing off the hook
Spilka and Roy have sent updates
Homepage has updates, only a "moderate" risk level
No mosquitoes found in town boundaries hence moderate
State Dept of Public Health tells us, we can be safe for now
Are taking proactive measures, no substitute for common sense
Wear repellent, drain standing water, long clothing
Norfolk County Regional County
Spray scheduled for Beaver St Sep 9

Future items
Nothing around

Council comments
Hamblen Oct 1 Chapt 61 application deadline
Farmers market zucchini race

Casey all set

Damon's -  Water likely coming off at end of month assuming parts ordered arrive as scheduled

Sign boards for election alerts

Pellegri seats still open, or call clerks office
Best wishes for Councilor Casey

Kelly wishes to bissanti happy birthday

Mercer married 52 years, two words to remember, yes dear

Motion to adjourn


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Live Reporting: Adminstrator's Report to Closing


11. TOWN ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
very challenging budget year
need to talk with Schools, between our needs and theirs, we don't have enough

Congratulations to Brutus, selected as the next Town Manager in Norfolk, timeline for transition to be determined

12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
police re: arrest and enforcement data and changes coming re dispatch coming

13. COUNCIL COMMENTS
we are going to miss Brutus, 
we are going to have a pre-recording of his announcements

thanks for those giving back to

thanks for the work on the intersection work at Stop & Shop, timing changes coordinated and seem to be working

they still need to do more work there, the left turn stack lane needs to be longer, it is the most dangerous intersection so hopefully this will help

Councilor Jones has no comments tonight

Wish Brutus best of luck in negotiations, we'll miss him



14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
None Scheduled
15. ADJOURN



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan - available for public comment

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan is now available for public comment. You can review the plan and provide feedback by clicking the link below.

2018 Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan


To realize the potential for everyday biking in Massachusetts and underscore MassDOT’s commitment to safety, MassDOT is releasing a new Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan to make biking in Massachusetts a safe, comfortable, and convenient option for everyday travel.

As part of the Bike Plan, MassDOT developed the Municipal Resource Guide for Bikeability in recognition of the important role the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts will play. Created for municipal staff, elected officials, community members, and anyone interested in biking, the Resource Guide introduces core concepts to enhance community bikeability and directs readers to additional resources for more detailed information. 
The public comment period for the draft Bicycle Plan is open until January 31, 2019.
https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/10/31/18_08_31_MRGBiking.pdf

This was shared from the Mass.gov page
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/bicycle-plan




Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan - available for public comment
The bike lane markings painted as part of the Downtown Improvement
project that returned Main St to 2-way travel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Live reporting: to Closing


11. TOWN ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
Detective Zimmerman in Master program
much appreciated


12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
none
13. COUNCIL COMMENTS
Pellegri - lost 2 lovely ladies both former election workers
looking for the younger ones to step forward

Nutting four vacancies in Fire Dept but civil service list doesn't come out until Dec so the fulfillment likely wont' happen until March

Harvest Festival on Saturday

Jones - FEF fund raiser with Harlem Wizards - Nov 16
tickets are on sale

Dellorco - shout out to M Belloti

Kelly - 11 - 4 PM downtown Harvest Festival


14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
None Scheduled
15. ADJOURN

motion to adjourn, seconded, passed via roll call 9-0

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Live reporting: Closing items



K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items

2 parcels of value in the center could be helpful

M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments

Bissanti - 
Friends of Franklin Historical Museum open house Sunday from 1-4 PM

Pellegri - for all Franklin residents, flu clinic at Senior Center, Oct 17 9:30 to 11:30

What is happening with the museum with the siding? didn't get to it this summer

Mercer - those watching could appreciate a can of WD-40 to oil the chairs




N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn

motion to adjoourn, passed 9-0



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Live Reporting: Closing

K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORTnothing tonight
L. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Jones - private wells are part of the water ban

Pfeffer - joint meeting of Planning Board and Council, should we get one again

Vallee - should put the train station on the
M. COUNCIL COMMENTS
Pellegri - my comment would have been on Officer Marguerite but that was covered

Jones - excited to see the new technology stuff on the agenda

Bissanti - I want to announce my acting debut I will be playing an adult in Humbug!

Pfeffer - I can't think of a better honor to have my name in every bar and restaurant
meeting adjourns




Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Live reporting: to closing


K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
thanks to the police and fire for the action yesterday on the School St issue

looking to get three fire fighters to replace 2 and anticipate a retirement

now have a Facebook page for the Town
will hook up

Oak St is only temporarily paved

looking to move the Rec Dept by the end of next week
web and phones down for move

Nutting - in order to meet his request, would have to declare surplus and abandoning a portion of a pubic way, doesn't meet the intent of public property. Sets a bad precedent from a public policy perspective

L. OLD BUSINESS
water did seep into the structure, does require maintenance on a regular basis
may need to cover it up would keep kids off during the winter

it took an awful long time to get them to repair, the kids are out there constantly
would need to provide notice if it is covered


M. NEW BUSINESS
you heard Jeff's comments

he would need a variance and the recommendation was to make an inlaw housing rather than dual property

would need to do title search, would need to draw plans, would have to incur those costs

Kelly - sometimes we need to sit down with the home owner and the building commissioner

Cerel - you don't know what kind of pandora's box you are opening here, my legal advice would be this is a slippery slope

Bissanti - we can't talk about Pandora's box every time

can't apply for a duplex or inlaw, would not get approved for it
town took it in 1940, I am looking to take it back
my brother needs the help

Pfeffer - I think it is a bad use of the public property

The neighbor doesn't want the improvement because it would raise their taxes

Padula - there may be other avenues for this,

There are other options that are available

Refer to new business is only thing that can be done to resolve this

Vallee - proposing to get Partners HealthCare to get an urgent care facility for the town
Carewell is part of the site plan being presented on Sep 14
Medico is going in next to Starbucks


N. COUNCIL COMMENTS
Pfeffer - sidewalk and utility poles
Nutting - we do have a commitment

Pfeffer - work on Wachusett St for the parking lot
property at 48 Arlington, doing work spruced up and it looks great

solar panels at Parmenter are not working
cellar leak at Parmenter


O. EXECUTIVE SESSION

P. ADJOURN
motion to adjourn

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Friendly reminder - Comment policy

The comment policy was established in Dec of 2007 and it's time for a friendly reminder.
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I welcome your comments here at Franklin Matters. To maintain a respectful dialogue, I've posted the guidelines of the comment policy below.

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain on the topic set by the original blog post, discussion question or other type of initial entry.
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  • No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited – this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.


I retain the discretion to determine which comments violate this comment policy.

I reserve the right to remove violations.

I expect all contributors to be respectful.

This comment policy is valid for all discussions hosted on this Franklin Matters website and/or the Facebook Franklin Matters page.

Thank you for taking the time to review our comment policy. I encourage your participation in a healthy and respectful discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.




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Saturday, June 29, 2013

MDN anonymous comment policy change

The Milford Daily News FINALLY got around to addressing their anonymous comment issue.

For some time, we’ve received complaints that the anonymous commenting system we’ve hosted on our online stories does little to enhance the conversation within our community. The criticism has been that some of the comments are hateful and sometimes, downright objectionable. We heard you and we agree.

It was about time. I find it quite interesting that the comments on the Milford Daily News articles have dropped considerably. It is still early as the policy just went into effect on Thursday. It was not uncommon to see posts with dozens of comments.  As a good example, the editorial announcing the change received 50 comments (as of this morning 06/29/13 7:20 AM). And yet the new "Most Commented" section shows posts with a top comment total of 1!



Milford Daily News comments
Milford Daily News comment screen shot 6/29/13 7:20 AM






Read the full editorial about the comment change here: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinions/editorials/x853676846/Editorial-Commenting-with-honesty-and-civility#ixzz2XbQyWS67


What is the comment policy for Franklin Matters?
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2007/12/comment-policy.html



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the News: election turnout, stormy weather, new comment system



Senate race: Fair turnout as area goes for Gomez 
Turnout was higher than expected Tuesday as Milford-area residents cast their ballots, mostly for Republican Gabriel Gomez, in the U.S. Senate special election.


Stormy weather tonight and for the rest of the week 
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a special weather statement for possible strong thunderstorms for the Southern New England area, including Middlesex County.


New, improved Milford Daily News commenting system aims to build, improve conversations on our website 
On Thursday, Milford Daily News will launch a new set of social and interactive features underneath online articles. Our goal is to enhance the experience by giving readers new ways to interact with each other, share opinions and engage with the news.


Editorial: Commenting, with honesty and civility
For some time, we’ve received complaints that the anonymous commenting system we’ve hosted on our online stories does little to enhance the conversation within our community. The criticism has been that some of the comments are hateful and sometimes, downright objectionable. We heard you and we agree.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Comments are back!

Updated - comments appear to be fixed now. The "fix" did result in loosing a couple of known ones. How many others there were, I don't know and couldn't tell.

My sincere apologies folks, I was not intentionally ignoring you. I wasn't aware that you made an effort to comment. The blog comment totals did not show any activity.

I'll leave the default Blogger comments enabled for the remainder of this week before implementing another comment service.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Steve

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I just discovered a few comments on some recent posts that I was not notified of.


My sincere apologies folks, I was not intentionally ignoring you. I wasn't aware that you made an effort to comment. The blog comment totals did not show any activity.


I need to research and fix the template to avoid this in the future.


In the meantime, if you would like to comment, please send me an email. I do get and respond to those.


I will let you know when the comments are "fixed"!


Thanks for your patience and understanding!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This needs a caption

are these

Secret burial pods?

What would you say?






Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Live reporting - Councilor Comments

Zollo - publicly acknowledge the efforts of the teachers stepping up and going beyond under tough times. Secondly to acknowledge the quality of the recreation programs in town. Acknowledge the DPW and grounds maintenance crew have been doing a good job.

Doak - question 1 on the ballot, don't like taxes, but the fact of the matter is Franklin would be hurt significantly, I will be voting against it and would like folks to consider this.

Whalen - if question 1 passes, the loss to Franklin would be $11 million and that is the probably close to the cost of the Fire, Police, and DPW.

Vallee - will bring something to new business about doing something for the Police Dept.

Feeley - thanks to Mr Holmes for reducing the Late bus cost.

Move to go to executive session and not return
approved 7-0

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

About time....

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 11, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

You must now register to comment on our stories.

Readers have been able to comment on stories on our site since October of last year. That feature has sparked some lively debate and allowed greater interaction with our readers – and they with each other – that we welcomed. The feature has also generated some irrational and ugly nastiness. We let the conversations flow pretty freely for the most part – we allowed folks to post anonymously, we moderated with a light hand and left shutting off comments completely as a last resort.

As time has gone on, however, the need to more closely manage comments and commenters has grown. The new registration requirement is simple for users, but will give us more ability to manage comments and keep the conversation civil.

Read the full story here

Note: this applies to both the Franklin Gazette and Milford Daily News.

I took this step some time ago and have not regretted it. My email (shersteve at gmail dot com) is available for anyone who wants to have a civil conversation and does not have either a Blogger or OpenID.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Goodbye - Anonymous Comments

I have gone back and forth on this issue of anonymity a number of times in my own mind and after reading here, I have decided to remove anonymous comments from the various blogs I control. This change is effective 3/1/08.

This is not turning away conversation.

This is ensuring that the conversation is based in honesty and real identity.

It also helps that Google has enabled additional accounts to be used to comment.

If you have any issues with anonymity, you can email me (as you won't be able to comment) after March 1. Email to shersteve at gmail dot com

Note: as part of an overall comment policy, all comments must be phrased in respectful words. If they are not, they will be summarily deleted just like all s*p*a*m comments.