Showing posts with label playground. Show all posts
Showing posts with label playground. Show all posts

Monday, June 6, 2022

Reminder: Historical Museum cupola, Red Brick School, Franklin Ridge housing among the items targeted for CPA funding

The Community Preservation Committee gets to view, discuss, and vote on the first plan for how to use the CPA funds available to Franklin at Tuesday's meeting. 

The vote Tuesday will bring the recommendations to the Town Council for their approval. The CPA funds will help Franklin with a variety of projects and allow the operating budget to provide other critical needs.


Purpose

Amount

Historic Preservation Reserve Town Clerk Vault Records Preservation

15,000

Historic Preservation Reserve Historical Museum Cupola

70,000

Historic Preservation Reserve Red Brick School House - Exterior Preservation

200,000

Community Housing Reserve Franklin Ridge Affordable Housing Project

320,000

Budgeted Reserve Nason Street Tot Lot

300,000

Total

905,000


Agenda doc contains remote participation information ->

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - June 7 = 7 PM
Community Preservation Committee Meeting - June 7 = 7 PM

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Reminder: Community Preservation Committee - scheduled to review draft of initial project list

Community Preservation Committee 
Meeting April 5, 2022 - 7 PM

Agenda:
1. Approval of Minutes
a. January 4, 2022
b. January 18, 2022
2. Discussion: Community Preservation Master Plan Sketch Draft v. 1

Please find the agenda and links for the meeting here:     https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-06-05_cpc_meeting_agenda.pdf


From the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Project Recommendations (beginning page 18)

Open Space
Maple Hill purchase

Historic Preservation
Red Brick School House - Lead Paint Removal, Preservation and Paint

Affordable Housing
Franklin Ridge Affordable Housing Project

Budgeted Reserve
Town Clerk Vault Records Preservation 
Historical Museum Cupola
Nason Street Tot Lot


pickleball courts at King St Memorial Park
pickleball courts at King St Memorial Park

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Public Works

The Department of Public Works provides a wide range of services to the residents of Franklin.   It is organized into seven (7) Divisions:
1. Administration
2. Engineering
3. Highway and Grounds (including Highway Maintenance and Construction, Central Motors, Snow & Ice, Parks, Town and School Grounds Maintenance and Forestry/Insect Control)
4. Water (including ground water withdrawals, water treatment and distribution)
5. Sewer
6. Solid Waste and Recycling (including the operation of the Beaver St. Recycling Center)
7. Street Lighting

DPW ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
The major functions of the Administrative Division includes developing capital projects, long range planning, intergovernmental relations and compliance, grant writing, processing various private construction permits and drain layer licenses, purchasing, budgeting, accounting, payroll, and multiple forms of utility billing.

Capital Projects
The Administrative Division, in conjunction with Engineering and the operating divisions, develops major capital projects.

The DPW continues to design and construct long-range projects over three to four years. Progress on specific capital construction projects is outlined in subsequent portions of this report.

It is important to note that many of these projects are performed by existing staff members which saves significant amounts of money by avoiding the need to contract out these services. The process of planning, designing, permitting, and oversite of these projects is an arduous task that requires a great level of coordination and cooperation between DPW divisions and other state, municipal and federal departments.

Grant Writing
The Town continues to implement a grant of $119,000 to develop stormwater infiltration with a private developer on Dean Ave and at other various locations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mass DEP. We will investigate approaches for Franklin and private parties to work together to meet the permit requirements and save money for all.

The Town once again partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer the discounted purchase of rain barrels to Franklin residents. Along with the discount, residents were eligible to receive a $50 rebate through the water conservation rebate grant.
 
The Town also received over $100,000.00 in recycling grants for our innovative programs at the recycling center in the proper removal and recycling of mattresses and Styrofoam to name a few.

Permits and Long Range Planning
The Town of Franklin also continues to oppose the implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II and the pending Phase II Stormwater Permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) as required by the EPA. Phase I required the Town to highly regulate and monitor stormwater throughout the Town at a significantly increased cost. Phase II is projected to include increased regulatory requirements and cost even more. The Department will continue to refine and improve adopted regulations and practices to improve the stormwater in Franklin while minimizing the associated costs.

The Town of Franklin led a coalition of 16 other communities and challenged the EPA in Federal Court. Over the last year, the Town of Franklin has continued in mediation as directed by the Federal Court to try and work out disagreements and costs associated with the new MS4 storm water permit.

Long range planning is critical in the area of Public Works and must be accomplished consistently in order to ensure that the Town water, sewer and roadway infrastructure can support the needs of our residents. With the success of the 20/20 Plan, the Town Council authorized additional funding for waterline replacement and the improvement of roadways. Details on specific locations can be found in other parts of this report. With that funding already allocated, the Town Council continued with additional funding for the waterline replacement and road reconstruction of the Skyline Dr. neighborhood, Oak St Extension, Marvin Ave area and the Stanford Rd area. With the completion of the above mentioned projects we are looking at the next major waterlines and neighborhoods to be rehabilitated.

The DPW has continued to work with both the DEP and the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation to facilitate the final closing and capping of the Beaver Street Landfill Site.

The Town of Franklin has continued to work with other area towns and conservation groups towards ensuring that regional water supplies are protected.
The DPW is also looking at repairs/replacement of the “Beaver Street Interceptor”, the Town’s primary pipe that conveys sewer to the Charles River Pollution Control District for processing.

Continue reading the DPW section in the Annual Report in the PDF version (page 132) or the print version (#126)  https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk/files/town-franklin-annual-report-2020

Prior Annual Reports can be found online


Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Public Works
Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Public Works

Sunday, January 10, 2021

FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)

FM #429 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 429 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council, selected guests, and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, the public was remote via Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the full two hour twenty-seven minutes meeting into two logical segments:
  • First - covers the opening through the Hazard Mitigation Plan presentation/discussion to the approval of it. It includes the second Legislation action item - the authorization for the Beaver St interceptor project (1 hour and 36 minutes)
  • Second - covers the remainder of the Legislation for Action items through to the close of the meeting (51 mins)
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this agenda. 

Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of Jan 6, 2021.  



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Agenda document (and released supporting materials in one PDF) 
https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/01-06-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
 
How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)
FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)

Friday, January 8, 2021

Town Council meeting - Jan 6, 2021 - recap

Quick Recap:
  • The Hazard Mitigation Plan was presented, discussed and ultimately approved unanimously by the Town Council. This sets objectives for mitigation of natural events (i.e. flooding) to be worked
  • Authorization of funding was approved for the Beaver St interceptor project by an 8-1 vote. The cost will be $25M plus financing costs approx 2-3M, exact amounts to be determined by the final planning and funding applications made over the next two years. Sewer rates will rise for 2023. This is not paid for by real estate taxes only sewer usage fees.
  • Several gifts were acknowledged as received, the largest of which was from J Vendetti ($45K) to be used to upgrade the playground at Beaver Pond.
  • Planning underway to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders at the FHS gym in collaboration with Bellingham, Millis, Medway and Milford. This is pilot process for further distribution as more vaccine and additional waves of eligible folks are identified.

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album  https://photos.app.goo.gl/LoQfygc5fGknAkBm6

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #tc0106


Hazard mitigation plan
  • Planning director Bryan Taverner provides the overview following a presentation doc https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/8a._hazard_mitigation_presentation_2020_update_presentation_handout.pdf
  • . #tc0106
  • Not an emergency response plan, already have that. This is to identify the hazards and what can be done to prepare to avoid them (i.e. avoid drainage issues). #tc0106
  • Public meetings in Mar and Jul incorporated review and comments, submitted to MEMA and then FEMA for their review and comments, now needs the Council to approve the plan #tc0106 #9 & 10 were added to the prior plan
  • #tc0106 adoption does provide for opportunity for grants to assist with the mitigation project efforts. FHS gym was designed as a shelter, the generator from the old FHS will be installed at Parmenter. Could also relocate that one elsewhere.
  • Appropriation was made for an additional generator and it is going to bid soon for use at the municipal building. #tc0106 the session with Bellingham was good in planning for this, can we do more of them? Q from Hamblen Jamie acknowledges Q and will look into
  • #tc0106 Q on how climate was incorporated into the planning. MAPC did the number crunching with FEMA input and software. FEMA has been behind on climate forecasting, does that matter? In some details perhaps, we have work to do. Fire chief is our emergency response lead
  • MEMA actually coordinates the evacuation plan and coincidentally they have a location here so we will have some coverage and local planning involved. #tc0106 moving to subcommittee reports, capital no, budget no, EDC next week Jan 13
Legislation for action
  • Legislation for action: #tc0106 https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10a._hazard_mitigation_0.pdf motion, seconded, passes via roll call (Hamblen remote) 9-0
  • Kelly tells story of Plymouth, MA, of their sewer problem, Town needed to borrow $48m to fix their break. Imagine if there is a break, 2/3 of the town couldn't flush. And if it did get to Mine Brook, add cost for cleanup. #tc0106 now is the time to do this
  • #tc0106 it is not about not having the money, it is a bond, we can do this. Everybody needs this. Everybody uses this. If you can't jump on the bandwagon I don't know what your missing. Now Bissanti is raising an issue, wants to know where we are going to get the money
  • Bissanti; now is not the time, can do this cheaper. #tc0106 it is lousy timing. (Sorry, doesn't understand the timing) (oh and he has done some engineering for options (sleaving)) Jones, Kelly said it well. This is the best time to borrow (confirmed as Yes).
  • Oh, and after raising these issues then Bissanti says we can't change his mind. Other key item is timeline, next 2 years is "planning" before shovel hits ground. Pandemic should be done in 2 years. #tc0106
  • #tc0106 it is a good thing for us to do and it will be something nice to do for the time. Q what taxes will pay for it? Not really taxes, it is a sewer rate, get the final design and can't really get to some thing real, it is two years away. The borrowing #s are good
  • Sewer rates will go up, we don't know what. No tax rate increase for this at all. #tc0106 relining reduces the pipe hence capacity and that doesn't buy us much. The pipe is already at capacity, so the project will also increase the capacity.
  • #tc0106 would cost half as much for the band-aid. And may still have a problem. Route along 140 to bore and minimize the disruption. Hamblen agrees with Kelly. Does have Q on draw down schedule. MBTA, DEP, EPA, etc want this as much as we do, their eyes will be on it too
  • #tc0106 Kelly we could get a bond rate lower than we sit here now, if we do wait the costs will be more, and if we do nothing, it will certainly cost more. 2/3 of the town and business can open cause we can't flush! Bond capacity is not like a special assessment.
  • You could have an 840 credit score and we are at 839, if we tried to do this in a hurry, it would cost more than this plan full manner outlined. #tc0106 he appreciates the opportunity to rant tonight. Bissanti fears this $25m could grow to be $35m. Let's not fly 1st class
  • #tc0106 what is the cost of not doing it? Possibly double or triple. It is the right time, we have been talking of this for years. Motion on the floor to be voted via roll call, passes 8-1 (Bissanti no)
  • franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10c._gift_fd.pdf #tc0106 motion to accept gift to fire dept, seconded passes 9-0 via roll call https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10d._gift_pd.pdf motion to accept gift to police dept, seconded passes 9-0 via roll call
  • franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10e._gift_rec.pdf motion to accept gift to recreation dept for playground at Beaver Pond seconded, passes 9-0 acknowledges Joe Vendetti donation of $45,000! "Sometimes we should be making bigger things of these"
Town Administrator report
  • Town Administrator report, application for Community Preservation Committee is out, land swap is almost ready for the land near the SNETT trail, DPW will be doing the work. #tc0106 COVID case count 91 today down from last week. I am sick of red green yellow
  • Opening vaccine clinic for first responders comes next week. A critical thing to focus on, working with five other towns to coordinate this. Location at FHS is good. An excellent trial run for phase 2 in preparation for broader distribution. #tc0106 target Jan 13
  • Bellingham, Milford, Millis, Medway and Franklin are together in this. #tc0106 phase 2 will be individuals with two high risk categories, or over age of 75 (could be one of the two). Guidelines are changing daily for this stat tuned. Excited to get this train moving
  • Prepared for mini medical center at FHS gym, to triage individuals, prepare for all contingencies. #tc0106 we need as many as possible to get this vaccine. In the gym today visualization of the process started raising spirits of those involved
  • #tc0106 lots of details and logistics underway. No mandate on vaccinations yet, will be getting an acknowledgement that you got vaccinated. To go places, i.e. international travel it may be a requirement. That is a separate issue, let's get these started
  • #tc0106 Maplegate question. Dec 11 permit filed, twenty day appeal period, sometime then a purchase could be presented to the town for review. Once received, it is a 120 days once received to address.
Council comments and closing
  • #tc0106 Chandler "we were actually able to work out that they are saving money on the electric bill" Frongillo shout out on the #thinkfranklinfirst gift cards, well done. Motion to adjourn, second, passes 9-0 roll call

 

timeline for Beaver St interceptor project
timeline for Beaver St interceptor project

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Town of Franklin parks and fields opening May 25; playgrounds remain closed


In accordance with the Governor's plan, we will be opening all fields & parks, & their associated parking lots, Mon. May 25th.
Playgrounds will remain closed due to the high frequency of surface touching on equipment.
Please follow all social distancing requirements to stay safe! https://t.co/G78vx00lOM



arial view of FHS athletic fields
arial view of FHS athletic fields

Monday, March 30, 2020

FM #231 Franklin (MA) DPW Director Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi 3/26/20 (audio)

FM #231 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 231 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin (MA) DPW Director Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi. We did a conference all to adhere to the ‘social distance’ requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brutus reviews with us how his department had adjusted operations to maintain services during this COVID-19 pandemic period.

The conversation runs about 14 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Brutus.  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H6fpNgMX




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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

construction alert for King St and Washington St intersection
construction alert for King St and Washington St intersection


Attention Franklin: Parks, playgrounds, fields are closed

Parks, playgrounds, fields are closed

All Town & Public Schools grounds, playgrounds, turf fields, grass fields, and the track are closed until further notice. 

Trails are still open. https://www.franklinma.gov/recreation-department/files/fields-playgrounds

Please practice social distancing and avoid groups.

sign at the King St fields
sign at the King St fields

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Franklin Residents: NOTICE - Town &; Public Schools grounds closed

URGENT NOTICE!

All Town &; Public Schools grounds, playgrounds, turf fields, grass fields, and the track are closed until further notice. 

Trails are still open. 

Please practice social distancing and avoid groups.


Note: This adds the school playgrounds and fields to the Town closure notice shared earlier
Town: https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/all-municipal-recreation-facilities-are-closed-until-further-notice
Schools: https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1241012389996265480
https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1241012389996265480?s=20

Franklin Residents: NOTICE - Town &; Public Schools grounds closed
Franklin Residents: NOTICE - Town &; Public Schools grounds closed

Monday, August 12, 2019

Zipline for kids at King St Memorial Park (video)

A new zipline for kids 5 to 12 years old was installed recently at the King St Memorial Park. On one of my visits to my plot at the Community Garden I captured this video.

Oh to be 11 again! (at least to try this out!)



zipline chair at end of line - more mulch seems to be going to be added at the end of the line
zipline chair at end of line - more mulch seems to be going to be added at the end of the line

yes, it is restricted to 5-12 year olds with parent supervision
yes, it is restricted to 5-12 year olds with parent supervision

a new climbing rope pyramid was also installed recently
a new climbing rope pyramid was also installed recently

the slide combo was already at the same playground at the King St Memorial Fields
the slide combo was already at the same playground at the King St Memorial Fields



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

“Play is not frivolous”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Imagine a drug that could enhance a child’s creativity, critical thinking and resilience. Imagine that this drug were simple to make, safe to take, and could be had for free. 
The nation’s leading pediatricians say this miracle compound exists. In a new clinical report, they are urging doctors to prescribe it liberally to the children in their care. 
What is this wonder drug? Play. 
“This may seem old-fashioned, but there are skills to be learned when kids aren’t told what to do,” said Dr. Michael Yogman, a Harvard Medical School pediatrician who led the drafting of the call to arms. Whether it’s rough-and-tumble physical play, outdoor play or social or pretend play, kids derive important lessons from the chance to make things up as they go, he said."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20180820/doctors-orders-let-children-just-play

“Play is not frivolous”
“Play is not frivolous”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12

The DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday July 12, 2018 for tree work. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12
DelCarte Conservation Area playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/delcarte-conservation-area-parking-area-and-playground-will-be-closed-thursday-july-12



Actually this is good timing, the next herbicide treatment is also scheduled for this day so it will be good to get both done at the same time.
More info on the herbicide treatment can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/07/follow-up-treatment-of-delcarte-ponds.html


Friday, April 20, 2018

Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure

Imagine, as a high school student, taking on the role of project manager to fulfill a need within your community. That is exactly what happened at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School - an Interactive Play Structure has been built and delivered to the Plainville Public Library to be used in the Children's Library.

The interactive play structure was created, designed and built by Tri-County students in the Carpentry, Early Education and Graphic Communications vocational programs. Students were challenged with working both within their individual vocational areas to create their piece of the project while collaborating with the other programs in order to complete the project.

Under the supervision of licensed vocational teachers, Early Education students acted as the project managers in order to ensure the play structure met the specifications from the Plainville Library. Dramatic play is an important method of learning for young children, and prop boxes, as they're called, are play materials grouped by theme, which make this activity even more effective.

Early Education students created four prop box themes and materials while consulting with Graphic Communications on the visuals. The prop boxes included camping, a pizza restaurant, a bakery, and a movie theatre. Lesson plans were then created for table top activities and extended activities for some of the equipment and materials the library already had. A fifth prop box, with the theme of automotive repair, will be donated to the library in the first week of May.

Students in Carpentry worked on designing and building a multi-functional structure. After learning the project specifications from Early Education students, they created a design which consisted of three structural boxes: a refrigerator, and interchangeable sink area and an oven. This was done utilizing a 3D modeling software called Sketchup. Carpentry students honed their skills in milling, sizing, designing, installing, and finishing. Once the structure was built, students from Auto Collision Technology sprayed the structure with a clear coat of paint to preserve the finish.

The next part of the unit's requirements would encompass a protective "glass-like" cover in order to be able to change the graphic panels. Graphic communications students worked with Early Education students to implement the themes that were to be developed. Graphic students created artwork according to the specifications outlined by the Carpentry shop. Once the designs were approved by Early Education, Graphics then printed and laminated the artwork. The laminated prints had to be cut down precisely to fit the openings of the windows in the structure. 

The challenges students faced were realizing that the sizing had to be the exact fraction to decimal conversion so the artwork could fit the template. The graphics students learned the challenge of illustration in allowing the freedom in terms of look and feel, as long as the theme was obvious and matched the lessons that Early Education students had developed.

"The Interactive Play Structure made by Tri-County students is amazing," said Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Children's Librarian, Plainville Public Library. "The response from the children has been wonderful. The children are excited to pretend and interact with each other as they engage in the themed activities and play out their ideas. There is so much more socialization happening, and that is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish as part of the Kindergarten readiness programming."

An additional component to the project was to extend the goal of Play with A Purpose while at home. Tri-County students incorporated technology with a QR code, so that families could download the application on their smartphone, scan the code, and have lessons available at home to extend the learning beyond the library program hours.

"Tri-County students were really the driving force behind this project, said Michelle Tilden, Early Education Vocational Instructor at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. "We were there to provide support as needed, but they were able to use their prior knowledge, research skills, collaboration techniques, creative thinking and personal investment to come up with a solid educational solution that the members in our community had asked for and needed."

Opportunities presented by communities offer Tri-County students valuable real-world experience that plays a part in their career-focused technical education. Students are able to see the relevance of their academic and career skills that they learn in school and use these skills throughout their careers.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure
Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tri-County & Plainville Public Library Team Up to Create an Interactive Play Structure in the Children’s Library

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and the Plainville Public Library are pleased to announce an educational partnership that will give students the opportunity to create a new interactive play structure area in the Children’s Library. The project will be educationally-focused on curriculum for children ages 0-6.

This project is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The MBLC developed this direct grant program using federal funding to help libraries meet local community needs including financial and health literacy programs, STEM and STEAM projects, programs that help New Americans learn English and become citizens, programs that serve teen needs and projects that preserve valuable historical documents.

“We are very pleased to be given the opportunity to work with the Plainville Public Library on behalf of our students,” said Jean George, Vocational Director for Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. “This has been a great opportunity for our students to collaborate together to see how their specific vocations are integrated to complete a project. Real-world application of skills is a valuable part of the career-focused technical learning experience.”

The play structure will be used by young children to promote social, intellectual, emotional and physical development. Under the supervision of licensed vocational teachers, the high school students will assist in implementing the project. Students in Carpentry will work on designing and building the structure, while students in Graphic Communications will create signs to identify various theme-centered play, and Early Education students will develop lesson plans to share with families.

“Once we received the grant, I was very motivated in finding ways for the community to be involved in our work here at the Library,” said Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Children’s Librarian, Plainville Public Library. “Since Plainville is in the Tri-County district, I thought what a great opportunity it is for high school students to help us to accomplish our goals. It’s really a great learning opportunity for all ages.”


Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County & Plainville Public Library Team Up to Create an Interactive Play Structure in the Children’s Library
Tri-County & Plainville Public Library Team Up to Create an Interactive Play Structure in the Children’s Library

In the photo, sitting from left to right is: Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Plainville Public Library; Jean George, Tri-County Vocational Director; Brian Boyd, Tri-County Carpentry. Standing from left to right is: Mark Chauvin, Tri-County Graphics Communications; Lisa Oxford, Tri-County Early Education; Dina Taylor, Tri-County Early Education; Linda Thompson, Tri-County Graphics Communications; Fran Williams, Tri-County Graphics Communications; and Michelle Tilden of Tri-County Early Education

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"the contractor has agreed to cover the costs associated with the replacement"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town removed the equipment at the popular DelCarte playground this week, with hopes of replacing it shortly. 
Local officials announced in early March that they would be removing the playground equipment at the 136-acre DelCarte Recreation & Conservation Area because of continued integrity problems with the fiberglass-reinforced structure. 
Recreation Director Ryan Jette said the contractor, GameTime, completed the equipment removal on Wednesday, and completed excavations in preparation for installing the new playground."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170419/franklin-to-replace-delcarte-playground-soon

Work to remove the troubled unit was underway when the photo was captured this past weekend
Work to remove the troubled unit was underway when the photo was captured this past weekend

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"the playground problems are unfortunate"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town will replace the popular DelCarte playground because of continuing problems with the equipment's structural integrity, officials announced this week. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting raised the matter at Wednesday's Town Council meeting, saying a recent check of the playground equipment revealed new cracks. That discovery, he said, prompted the Recreation Department to call in the contractor that installed the equipment. 
"We asked them to replace the entire playground with something more traditional - something we can use throughout the year," he said. 
The contractor agreed to replace the playground and provide credit toward a future project, he said. Nutting said the contractor could not determine the problem - installations using the same material had worked well in other locations."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170303/franklins-delcarte-playground

the white bundle will be uncovered and removed. The process of replacement will take several weeks
Additional info from my live reporting of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/03/live-reporting-closing-etc.html

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter

Dear Residents

Please note, the DelCarte playground will be covered up this week for winter to help protect the playground after it was repaired this past Spring. 

We want to be on the safe side!

The playground will reopen in March.

 the DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter
the DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/delcarte-playground-closing-winter


Saturday, May 7, 2016

In the News: DelCarte playground repairs delayed, Tri-County compete for Innovator Award, ice skating academy registration open

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

Rain has delayed repair work on the playground at the DelCarte conservation property, town officials said. 
Workers were slated to perform structural repairs to the equipment at the end of last week, but the poor weather has halted the project. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said, since a portion of the work involves pouring concrete, the rain led to delays. Work will likely begin when more sunny days are in the forecast. 
At a recent Town Council meeting, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the project itself will likely take two to three days. After the concrete is poured and the playground structure is welded, the Department of Public Works will place mulch at its base.

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the kids playground at DelCarte is currently closed for repairs
the kids playground at DelCarte is currently closed for repairs


A microgravity scale designed by students at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School received second-place honors in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Future Innovator Award competition. 
Engineering Technology seniors Kevin Kohls, of Millis, Tyler Thomas, of North Attleborough, and Thomas Vagnini, of Medfield, traveled to St. Louis on April 28 to represent their classmates as finalists in the national competition. 
The FIRST Future Innovator Award is open to all FIRST Robotics teams. The award recognizes students who invent a product that effectively solves a real-world, complex problem. Competitors were asked to submit a summary of the problem and an explanation of their invention. Submissions were judged based on the complexity of the problem and effectiveness of the invention in solving that problem.

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FMC Ice Sports’ Pirelli Veterans Arena, 910 Panthers Way, Franklin, will present summer skating academies Aug. 1-5. 
The academies will bundle practice and instruction to provide every skater the opportunity to experience various skating disciplines while focusing on the overall development of the skater. Each day will offer 4 hours of on-ice class instruction and 1 hour of off-ice teaching with the arena’s team of experienced instructors. 
Participants must be at least 6 years of age by July 1, and have passed the Ice Skating Institute Alpha test or U.S. Figure Skating pre-preliminary test. Skaters will be grouped by ability and age and should bring skates, bottled water, clothing for on-ice activities, sneakers for off-ice training and lunch. 
To register or for more information, visit http://fmcicesports.com/program/advanced-figure-skating-academy.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

In the News: DelCarte playground repairs scheduled, Medway board to consider site design

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting, speaking at last week's Town Council meeting, said officials have met with the playground manufacturer. 
"We had a very productive meeting," he said. "They made a proposal to move forward on testing the concrete and the soil, and to come back and disassemble a portion of it and weld it back together, so it doesn't keep popping from the ice." 
Nutting said company representatives expect they can do the work at the end of April - assuming the weather is fair. The job would take two or three days. 
"They'll bear all expenses in this matter," he said. "Any final decision would be contingent on having a warranty, so we're not doing this over and over again."

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  DelCarte playground - closed for repairs scheduled for the end of April
DelCarte playground - currently closed for repairs that are scheduled for the end of April

Medway Planning and Economic Development Board meeting


"Exelon’s project represents a much larger proposal at a cost of about $240 million, according to an environmental report. 
The company hopes to build a 200-megawatt expansion of its existing Summer Street power plant, which currently only produces about 117 megawatts of energy via three oil-fired turbines. 
Two new turbines are proposed, along with two 160-foot-tall stacks, a 1-million-gallon fuel oil tank, a 500,000-gallon water tank, a 450,000-gallon demineralized water tank and a 12,000-gallon aqueous ammonia storage tank. 
The board is restricted to only dealing with engineering and site design issues, as the state Energy Facilities Siting Board has the final say as to whether the company can build."

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