Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14

Chili & Chowder Challenge to support the Relay For Life of Western Norfolk County on April 14 from noon - 4 PM at the Medway VFW Post 1526. Some of the best restaurants and fire departments around will be presenting their version of chili and chowder for you to vote on. 

There will be a DJ, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Free Ice Cream and more Chili and Chowder than you can eat. Tickets are on sale now and are $10.00 with advanced purchase or $20.00 at the door. Contact me if you would like a ticket, have any questions or would like to help support the Challenge. We are still accepting donations for the raffle.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by making a donation directly to my Relay For Life page or contacting me directly. There is a link on our Facebook page below. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please take a moment to support these local business and fire departments that will be at the Challenge this year. (in no particular order)

  • T.C. Scoops
  • PJ's Smoke "N" Grill
  • PJ's Bar & Grill
  • The Alumni Restaurant
  • Napper Tandy's Millis
  • The Raven's Nest
  • Jimmy D's Bar & Grill
  • Pollard's Texas Que
  • J & L Catering
  • The Moonlight Chef
  • Medfield Fire Department
  • Medway Firefighters Local 4602
  • Westwood Fire
  • Hose Heads Chili Team
  • Wrentham Fire Department
  • Norwood Firefighters Local 1631
  • Needham Firefighters - Local 1706
  • Sherborn Fire

Follow the event on Facebook

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14 (Facebook event photo)
Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14 (Facebook event photo)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen - Oct 17

Learn What Your Teens Are Really Thinking — And How You Can Support Them

Do you wonder...
  • What teens are really thinking?
  • Why they don’t share their fears?
  • How we can better support teens?
  • How we can become better parents?

Parents will leave the workshop with...
  • Strategies they can implement immediately
  • New ways of understanding teens
  • Innovative techniques for engaging teens
  • Confidence, courage, and new language

Monday, October 17th @ 7PM = Franklin High School Auditorium

Sponsored by: Franklin Public Schools and PCC
Admission is free; Adults only please.

The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen - Oct 17
The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen - Oct 17

About Jon Mattleman 
Mattleman is a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience working with youth, parents and families. In 1993 he established Youth/Family Resources, a consulting firm focused on overcoming personal barriers and building healthy relationships. His dynamic presentations and workshops give participants tools they can implement immediately, strategies that work with children and youth, and constructive approaches to communication and collaborative problem solving.

For more about Jon

The event flyer can be viewed/downloaded here:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Legislators to Host Life Science Day in Franklin

Representative Jeffrey Roy, Senator Karen Spilka and Senator Richard Ross will host Travis McCready, the President and CEO of the MA Life Science Center in Franklin on Friday. They will participate in a number of roundtable discussions centered on education and economic development.

More than thirty Life Science experts, educators, legislators, town and state officials, and advocates are slated to attend the various roundtables. The forums will focus on the life sciences industry in Franklin and the surrounding communities. They will explore the economy and education looking at the strengths, deficiencies, and areas for future growth.

The first roundtable will be held at 9AM at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin. It will focus on Life Science education and will be followed by a brief school tour highlighting Life Science investments and successes. The afternoon roundtable will be held at 11:45AM at ZeptoMetrix in Franklin, and will focus on economic and business development and will include a tour of the facility.
MA Life Sciences Center
MA Life Sciences Center

Over the past eight years the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, our state's investment agency in life sciences, charged with implementing our state's $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative, has made nearly $600 million in investments that support scientific research, early-stage companies, workforce development and life sciences infrastructure across the entire state. Among U.S. states, Massachusetts is 1st in life sciences venture capital funds per capita, 1st in life sciences employment per capita, 1st in federal research funds per capita, and 1st in educational level of workforce.

"At the MLSC we are pursuing an intentional strategy to support life sciences growth throughout the entire Commonwealth," said Travis McCready, President and CEO of the MLSC. "I look forward to our visit Franklin to understand the region's capacity for attracting life sciences investment and to continue our collaboration with local leaders to find ways in which we can work together to grow the industry in the region."

"Massachusetts is world renowned for both its educational opportunities and its innovative technology industry, and the life sciences are a big part of our success,," said State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin), "Every year billions of dollars are injected into the Massachusetts economy through medical, biotech and other life sciences from all over the world. Franklin has been committed to supporting the life sciences and has already taken the necessary steps to zone accordingly and invest in industrial zones. As a result Franklin was rated Platinum by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for BioReadiness. Companies look for a town like Franklin with its great schools, low rent and geographical location, and our discussions will emphasize these and the many other attributes."

"I am pleased that the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Travis McCready, is taking the time to visit Franklin. The town of Franklin is built upon the strength of our schools, hardworking taxpayers, and innovative small business owners and I am looking forward to discussing how we can continue to build upon this growth for the good of our constituents," said Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham).

"The life sciences companies in MetroWest are the backbone of our state's innovation economy," said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "As Chair of the legislature's Biotech Caucus, my goal is to facilitate partnerships with this thriving sector to support innovative research, maintain and create jobs and make sure our life sciences workforce and companies continue to grow. I look forward to thoughtful discussion and continued collaboration with Franklin employers, workers and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center."

"As the recipient of grants in 2014 and 2015 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Tri-County RVTHS and the entire vocational community are very appreciative for your investment in our students." said Stephen Dockray - Tri-County High School Superintendent.

These efforts are in conjunction with the Massachusetts Life Science Center which serves as a link for legislators cutting across issues that affect the Life Science industry.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Representative Roy Host’s Franklin Economic Development Meeting

On Tuesday, January 10, 2015 Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D - Franklin) hosted a Life Sciences Development Meeting in Franklin, MA. Local biotechnology companies, Franklin town officials and members of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center joined the discussion about the opportunities within the Life Sciences Industry, the potential for future development within the region and what Franklin has already done to successfully attract and retain life science companies. 
Cornerstones of Life Sciences Industry range from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to diagnostics and biotechnology. Thanks to its world-class academic institutions and medical centers, its talented and innovated workforce and its industry-sector leading companies, Massachusetts has firmly established itself as a global leader in the Life Sciences and has fully committed the state's economic well-being to the development and advancement of these Industries. 

"Franklin has positioned itself well to attract life science businesses to the area," said Representative Roy "In 2014 its BioReady ranking was elevated from Gold to Platinum signifying Franklin's readiness to work with biotechnology companies interested in locating in the area. On top of that, it has great schools and reasonable housing prices, making it a great place to live, work and raise a family." 
"Franklin has been the perfect community for growing my start up business to the point of having close to a hundred employees," said Dr. Gregory Chiklis, President and CEO of Franklin's ZeptoMetrix Corporation. "It has been due to the support and resources available to me in Franklin that we have been able to grow ZeptoMetrix." 
"The Life Sciences are the fastest growing industry sectors in Massachusetts," said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with implementing the state's ten-year, $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative. 
"All regions across the state and workers at all skill levels are benefiting as the life sciences ecosystem continues to grow and thrive. We are excited about Representative Roy's efforts to bring leaders together to discuss strategies for regional life sciences growth in and around Franklin, and we look forward to a continued partnership in those efforts." 
 "I am very excited that Rep. Roy brought together this group of educators, government officials and industry leaders to shine a light on all that Franklin has to offer to biotech and other businesses," said Attorney Michael Doherty of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.
"I am hopeful that we will be able to encourage businesses to locate to one of our industrial parks in Franklin."  Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.  is a firm that represents local business in Franklin and surrounding communities." 
"As Chief Medical Officer of a well-established Boston biotechnology company, I believe that Franklin offers all the attributes and ingredients to create a dynamic and vibrant environment for the development of innovative treatments to address unmet medical needs of patients," said Dr. Michael Sabolinski, founder of Sabolinski, LLC.  
"Among these are access to medical centers of excellence, key opinion leaders in multiple therapeutic areas, and experts in clinical research. I look forward to the growth of biotechnology in Franklin, and am excited about the opportunities that the town presents for both start up and well established Companies." 
"It was wonderful that Representative Roy brought the players to the table to help jumpstart Franklin's efforts in economic development and the life sciences," said Jeff Nutting, Franklin Town Administrator. 
"I would like to thank Rep. Roy for putting together the life sciences meeting. He and our Town Administrator Jeff Nutting are doers and put together an excellent program," said Robert Vallee, Franklin Town Council's Chair. "I look forward to getting the entire Town Council involved in the discussion and pursuing this issue as hard as we can." 
"Franklin has done much to attract a higher level of commercial and industrial investment to our industrial areas, including creation of priority development sites and economic development areas, and streamlining of permitting processes for biotechnology uses," said Bryan Taberner, Franklin's Director of Planning and Community Development. "The Town currently contains a cluster of life sciences companies, including bio-storage, robotics, medical devices and instrumentation, and biotechnology.  I look forward to working with Representative Roy to attract additional life science companies to this great community." 
"What sets Franklin apart from many communities is the collaboration and commitment of all stakeholders," said Maureen Sabolinski, Superintendent of Schools "Our elected and town officials work in concert with business and higher education to meet the needs of our community members and always strive to improve all public services. The shared sense of community enables stakeholder to establish a shared vision and mission." 
With Massachusetts as a foundation, Franklin's attractiveness for business development has created a unique opportunity to provide positive economic growth, help advance the development of the Life Sciences and benefit the global community.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Relay for life

Cancer touches so many folks directly or indirectly. If it is not a family member, it is a friend, neighbor or work colleague that is affected by the disease. The Relay for Life was held Friday/Saturday on the track at Tri-County Regional to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.

opening ceremony - national anthem

The heavy rain overnight Thursday in to Friday cleared as forecasted to bring bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures.

puddles remain
the puddles remained
For those staying over night to walk, it should have been a nice evening.

there is hope
there is hope!
When a number of people come together around a cause, there is hope!

If you would still like to contribute to the Relay for Life, you can visit the event webpage

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Relay for Life - Franklin

The next Relay for Life is scheduled for Jun 14 - 15 at Tri-County Regional Voc Tech here in Franklin.

For the full schedule of events visit the Franklin Relay for Life webpage

Monday, July 23, 2012

TED Talks: Jane McGonigal - add 7.5 minutes to your life

Summer time, time to be busy about doing something different while school is out. wouldn't it be nice to have some extra time anytime? In this TED Talk, Jane McGonigal shares a way to gain sometime.
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another School Year!

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Lifelong Learning by Pandora Carlucci on 9/1/11

The 2011 - 2012 school year has experienced a delayed start due to power outages associated with Tropical Storm Irene. That said, teachers, staff and administrators throughout the district have worked diligently to re-shape the start of the new school year.

Adult Education: Tracy Cheney is returning to offer three courses for Child Care Providers that are timely and provide needed continuing education points. The classes for this term include: The Ten P's of Partnering with Parents, Transition Magician, and Creating a Classroom that is Inclusive.

Other classes that support careers include: Social Media - Learning how to effectively use social media tools to support your business; Tips on Writing and Publishing your Book; and, the Virtual Assistant -- What is it?

Adult Education also offers classes in Belly Dancing, Bollywood Dancing, Line Dancing, a Thriller Dance Workshop for Adults, and a Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance.

Check our website for additional courses in Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, Self Defense for Women, Fitness for Women, Basketball, Volleyball, art, cooking, photography and more! select Lifelong from the top banner.

We hope to see you soon!

Things you can do from here:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Let Your Life Speak

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Lifelong Learning by Pandora Carlucci on 4/7/11

Let Your Life Speak is a 3-day workshop that will be offered this summer for incoming high school seniors. Pamela McIntyre, Ph.D. and Janet Pergola, FHS Faculty, are collaborating on this class that is designed to help students communicate about themselves through college essays and interviews. The name of the class has its origins in an old Quaker saying that refers to having the ability to articulate your values, priorities, and interests. Throughout one's life and most particularly during senior year, seniors will be asked to communicate who they are to colleges, employers, and scholarship foundations. Furthermore, seniors will need to write college essays and interview with admission officers. Throughout these processes, they will need to share information about who they are and what is important to them. This class asks each incoming senior: Do you know what you want to say? Do you know how you're going to say it? In this class students will:
  • Explore and identify primary strengths, passions, and priorities
  • Learn how to write effective college essays
  • Enhance and refine your interviewing and public presentation skills

For more information:

Telephone: Lifelong Learning at 508-553-4814 0r email:

To register: select the Summer Program from the center of the page, select Let Your Life Speak.

Things you can do from here:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Live reporting - Life Long Learning

b. Lifelong Learning Update – Pandora Carlucci

This year has been a challenge and an opportunity due to the economy.
They have forged numerous partnerships over the past several months.
Working with Dean College, YMCA "Mass in Motion"

Piloting a toddler program at Davis Thayer

Piloting a program at ECDC for 24-36 month old children

Cheese cave at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge

Franklin Liquor with wine tasting and wine trials for evening students

Partnering with American Red Cross for a 'pet first aid class'

Solutions - before and after school extended care program at all six elementary schools

No catalog for the Summer 2011 program, too expensive to print

Star Plus - 4 weeks of choices for middle school students

High School Experience - Aug 15 - 19 (later this summer than usual)
had 50% of the incoming class, shooting for 2/3 of the incoming class this year

Math  is Fun - Math Academy

"Let your life speak" - for incoming senior High School students
3 day workshop practice interviewing and essay writing

Summer Art - 2 week program in arts

Summer music program - 2 weeks at beginning of summer (band, string, chorus)

Class of 1961 for June at Graduation, located 44 members, looking for another 44 members

Rohrbach - thank you, every year there is something new and different.
We talk about thinking outside the box, you are creative and sustaining

Carlucci - There are over 200 faculty in all the variety of programs

Franklin, MA

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Live reporting - Life long learning

2. Guests/Presentations
Lifelong Learning Update
  • Pandora Carlucci
Mission statement:
The programs under the aegis of the Lifelong Learning Institute endeavor to contribute to the development of the Town of Franklin as a knowledge community.

Approx 5500 participants in all the offerings from Life Long Learning

Survey after every session, utilize the feedback for the next round of programs

Approx. 244 faculty and staff to run the program

$1.3 million revenue generated last year. All equipment become part of the Franklin School District inventory.

Private music lessons - trained and active performers as musicians

2300 students in the Summer program. Catalogs are at the Post Office ready for delivery.

Jeanne Hummel does the brochures and the website and does a marvelous job doing this.

Second summer of the High School Experience coming up. Added a Social Studies teacher to the course.

Nancy Schoen working with the music mentors has been taking the program to a new level.

"We are all teachers and learners."

Cafasso - You are doing a stellar job! I appreciate your hard work.

Kelly - I think it is very important to stress that this is self-funded.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Everybody today must get a prize"

Posted Dec 03, 2008 @ 12:17 AM


What are we teaching kids about life?

There are a few things that must be clearly understood today. The rise and fall of our economic system depends on what we teach our children.

If we do not assume our roles as adults, teachers and mentors and teach a few absolutes, we are setting ourselves up for generations of failure on the world stage. First, greed is bad. Second, the inability to defer gratification is bad. Third, in life, somebody wins and somebody loses at different times. Fourth, to win with grace is good. Fifth, to lose with grace may be better. Sixth, laziness is bad. Seventh, there is a social contract to care for all members of society and to respect their equality as members of the human race.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here