Showing posts with label project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label project. Show all posts

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Veterans History Project Hosts Panel on Post-Traumatic Stress and Music

Veterans History Project Hosts Panel on Post-Traumatic Stress and Healing Power of Music

Veterans History Project Hosts Panel on Post-Traumatic Stress and Music

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will observe Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month with a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 23, as part of a virtual program titled "Post Traumatic Stress & Music: The Healing Power of Song."

The discussion will debut at 8 PM ET through the Veterans History Project Facebook page ( where panelists and a moderator will be available to answer questions and address remarks in the comments section.

Click here for more information. (

Monday, May 17, 2021

Franklin (1) in the news for the UVGA lamps, (2) could we consider Amherst's example to help with engagement?

From the Mass Municipal Association (MMA) we find to share:

1 - "Franklin installs ultraviolet lamps to destroy coronaviruses"

"Using technology both visible and hidden, the town of Franklin has improved the air quality in its municipal and school buildings and reduced the chances of people catching COVID-19."

2 - "Amherst launches online engagement platform"

"The town of Amherst has developed a new prong in its online engagement strategy with the launch of a new interactive platform, Engage Amherst.

The March launch comes a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced cities and towns across the state to pivot from in-person meetings and hearings to remote, online engagement with residents."

Monday, March 1, 2021

Projects underway out and around Franklin

In no particular order these are photos and links to the Planning Board documents for the approved projects underway in and around Franklin.

Amego on Washington St
Amego on Washington St

Bus facility on Panther Way

Bus facility on Panther Way
Bus facility on Panther Way

Mixed use development (residential, retails, coffee shop) 340 East Central St (Rt 140)

340 East Central St
 340 East Central St

Mixed use development (residential, retails, coffee shop)
Mixed use development (residential, retails, coffee shop)

On Sunday's walk, the auto dealer building is half gone
On Sunday's walk, the auto dealer building is half gone

What was proposed as Fairfield Residences on Dean Ave (now Station 117)

Fairfield Residences on Dean Ave (now Station 117)
Fairfield Residences on Dean Ave (now Station 117)

I have written in other places about my 'following the money' by focusing on the Finance Committee, the School Committee and the Town Council. In so doing, I do acknowledge leaving the whole "planning process" (Planning Board, Design Review, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Commission) out of the coverage. Frankly, I have only so much time. Someday, maybe if the 'cloning thing' works, I can do both. In the meantime, I'll repeat the offer:

If you have interest in reporting on any one (or more) of the planning process meetings, I'll gladly help you get set up. You do need the interest and a basic capability to write what you hear about and see. It does take time but does provide its rewards. 

PS - If I missed a project that you have a question about, let me know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "With ‘cliff’ looming, T stalls for time"

"MBTA officials are planning to put off the release of a new, five-year capital plan until June 2022, a move that reflects the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and also the political calculus of a governor running out of funding options for the T’s ambitious capital spending program.

 It may sound like a minor issue, but good government types recommend setting out capital spending targets in five-year increments. The Government Finance Officers Association says a multi-year plan is the best way to ensure proper development and management of capital assets and send a message to contractors that the money for projects is in the pipeline. “A capital plan should cover a period of at least three years, preferably five or more,” the association says."

Continue reading the article online

Learn more about the MBTA's capital projects

tree clearing along the Franklin Line to prepare for the PTC improvements
tree clearing along the Franklin Line to prepare for the PTC improvements

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Pantherbook: "DECA Engages Future Business Leaders from Home"

From Pantherbook we share the following:  

"Are you interested in business? Want to be an entrepreneur? Do you just want to try something new? Then DECA is just right for you! 

What is DECA? 

DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. It’s an organization that helps students enter the world of business and get to know more about it. Franklin’s DECA organization appeals to anybody who is interested in any field of business. In DECA, students either create a written project or compete in a role play. Both events require persistence and hard work. The topics for these projects vary from Finance to Entrepreneurship to Sports and Entertainment and more.

“It is not an easy club, but if you put in the effort, then you will succeed and have fun as well!” said Mr. Carmo. Mr. Carmo teaches business and other subjects at FHS and runs DECA as well. "

Continue reading the article on Pantherbook

DECA States 2020 (pantherbook image)
DECA States 2020 (pantherbook image)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Commonwealth Magazine: "Pollack accepts upgraded at-grade throat proposal"

From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"STATE TRANSPORTATION Secretary Stephanie Pollack embraced a new all at-grade proposal for the so-called throat section of the I-90 Allston interchange that locates a bike and pedestrian path and a tiny portion of Soldiers Field Road in the Charles River.

The latest at-grade proposal, backed by the city of Boston and the business group A Better City, cleared a major hurdle when Pollack approved it as one of three alternatives to be reviewed by state and federal regulators. One of the three alternatives will be selected as the preferred alternative in the coming weeks.

Backers of the at-grade approach say momentum is building for their design, largely because it doesn’t erect an elevated highway as a wall between BU and the river and provides a large bike and pedestrian path and a refurbished river bank.

“Both A Better City and the city of Boston see this as a victory,” said Rick Dimino, the president and CEO of A Better City. “We see no reason why it shouldn’t move forward as the preferred alternative.”

Continue reading the article online
Visit Mass DOT for additional info on the i90 Allston project  
Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade.
Picture shows elevated Massachusetts Turnpike between BU and Charles River with Soldiers Field Road at grade. (via Commonwealth Magazine)

Saturday, July 11, 2020

New water treatment plant for Wells 3 & 6 under construction

"The new Water Treatment Plant and reconstruction of two wells to provide cleaner and better water to residents and businesses is coming along great! The steel shell is up. Project is currently on time and on budget! Thanks Franklin DPW and the entire staff for gettin’ it done!"
New water treatment plant for Wells 3 & 6 under construction
New water treatment plant for Wells 3 & 6 under construction

Franklin radar picked up via Twitter

Other DPW projects underway at this time are shared in this Facebook post:

For additional info on the overall water supply status, if you haven't listened to the Town Council discussion on water rates, this segment of the meeting is available and provides a bunch of info

Sunday, May 17, 2020

South Station Air Rights Project - Construction Anticipated to Restart on May 18

  • South Station Air Rights Project

Work on the South Station Air Rights Project is planned to resume on May 18. Once the schedule impacts of the COVID-19 delays can be determined, a new construction timeline will be established.

Please note that Suffolk Construction, the contractor for the South Station Air Rights Project, and its subcontractors will be maintaining full compliance with the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Safety Policies to ensure the safety of not only work crews but members of the traveling public.

  • New Construction Zone to be Established

Beginning on May 18, Suffolk Construction will begin establishing a construction zone adjacent to Track 13. The contractor recently installed a new sidewalk for pedestrians to access the train platforms directly from Dorchester Avenue, providing a more direct connection for those rail passengers looking to access the Fort Point Channel area.

If you are a passenger who will be using the sidewalk from Dorchester Avenue to the rail platform, you will need to use the newly painted crosswalk to enter the station (near the end of Tracks 11 and 12). Beginning Monday, May 25, passengers will no longer have direct access to Track 13 from the alley between South Station and the Post Office, as this will be part of the construction zone.

The newsletter was shortened for publication here. To view the ful contents 

South Station Air Rights Project - Construction Anticipated to Restart on May 18
South Station Air Rights Project - Construction Anticipated to Restart on May 18

Thursday, December 26, 2019

"Community Arts will be adding another layer"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"You won’t need 20/20 vision to see the artistry of Franklin next year when the town launches its first visual art installation project, painting its town buildings with collaborative art pieces created by residents of all ages. 
The end product – which will be a surprise up until it’s mounted – will reflect the culture and character of Franklin, said Anne Marie Tracey, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Franklin Public Schools (FHS) and the town of Franklin. 
Late last week, the town of Franklin announced the project – called Franklin Community Arts – with the goal to permanently display at least five pieces of collaborative artwork around in town buildings, like the Town Hall, library, and the Senior Center, said Tracey. Each two-dimensional painting or mixed-media piece will involve 32 to 40 participants, and once combined, mounted and framed, the final image will result in a large-scale visual piece with the subject matter relating to Franklin and/or its artists. 
Each project will require two workshops to complete, said Tracey. The first workshops are scheduled in January and will be geared towards children ages 10-14. The workshops are free and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Another set of workshops will be scheduled for late February/early March and will involve a different age group of artists working on another collaborative piece for display in a different location, she said, the trend continuing with each piece."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Step by step process for the website navigation:

Step by step process for the website navigation
Step by step process for the website navigation

Friday, December 20, 2019

Franklin Community Arts Project - first workshops for children ages 10 - 14

Franklin Community Arts Project

The Town of Franklin is excited to share a new visual arts installation project, Franklin Community Arts. Our first workshops are scheduled in January!

Community Arts is a town-wide visual art installation project, with the goal of displaying collaborative visual projects throughout the Town of Franklin. These projects will be created by our community, art for us, by us. All ages will contribute to these projects over the course of the program, with different opportunities for involvement being made available for each creative piece.

These projects will be put on permanent display in our Town buildings and listed, along with a description of the artists and the story behind the final image, as part of the Community Arts Tour of Franklin.

The Process:
Each piece will be created during Community Arts Workshops offered at different locations and to different groups. Each piece will involve artistic contributions from 32 - 40 participants. The pieces will be two-dimensional paintings/mixed media pieces. Once combined, mounted and framed, the final image will result in a large scale piece, with the subject matter having a direct connection to Franklin and/or its location/artists. Since each piece is collaborative, the final image will be a surprise, even to the artists who work to create it! Each piece will be unveiled once installed and all artists and the community will be invited to the event.

The Purpose:
The long-term goal of Community Arts is to contribute to the culture of our Town by working together to celebrate the arts and what makes our community special and unique. We are engaging our community in the process and inviting them to join us in celebrating and beautifying our town.

A Franklin Community Arts Tour Guide (both online and by pamphlet) will be created to show our residents and town visitors where to find these pieces, as well as a description of each, the artists involved and the story behind the image. The Franklin Community Arts Project aims to create talking points, build excitement towards the next addition, foster community pride and engage visitors in our public facilities.

The first two workshops are for children ages 10 - 14. Additional age ranges will be the focus of future workshops.

February workshops coming soon!

Step by step process for the website navigation:

Step by step process for the website navigation
Step by step process for the website navigation

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

725 Union St - Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Now that the Chateau Restaurant is open, folks have noticed construction in the lot next to them. What is it going to be? Another hotel. 

construction underway at 725 Union St
construction underway at 725 Union St

This one per the site plans (see links below) a "Home 2" suite style hotel by Hilton.

original plan
revised plan (1/14/19)

color rendering

All links from the Planning Board page for Approved Projects

725 Union St - Home 2 Suites by Hilton
725 Union St - Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Monday, May 6, 2019

Two key MBTA projects delayed with commuter rail impact

On the MBTA front, there are two reports with delays in projects
"The MBTA’s $700 million effort to convert to all-electronic fare collection is behind schedule, a blow to a high-profile project that the agency has cast as a near silver-bullet solution to many of its service problems and pricing limitations. 
Officials declined to specify how long it will now take to implement the fare system, originally scheduled for completion in 2021, nor are they saying exactly what has gone wrong. But the delays apparently involve technology issues with the T’s vendor, as well as difficult policy decisions, such as how to conduct random fare checks that the new system will require."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

And earlier last week, there was also a delay announced with the implementation of the new PTC system.
"Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials are worried the agency will miss a key deadline to install a federally required safety system on the commuter rail, with testing of the long-planned system delayed by an equipment issue. 
The new positive train control system, known as PTC, uses a high-tech network to ensure trains don’t collide. The $459 million project was supposed to be fully installed and operational by the end of next year, but hardware and software problems could threaten that timeline, officials told the MBTA’s governing board Monday. 
The key problem is faulty equipment, built by the international conglomerate Siemens, a subcontractor on the project, that is designed to relay information about train locations and speeds."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

How does the automated fare collection system work for commuter rail?
"on the commuter rail, passengers would tap into the system before they board trains and tap out when they reach their destination, so the T can calculate the distance-based fares."

Two key MBTA projects delayed
Two key MBTA projects delayed

Friday, March 8, 2019

On this date: Mar 8, 2013: Downtown Project finally getting to bid

Stepping back into the archives for March 8, 2013 we find that the Downtown Project is about to go to bid in the fall. Yes, hard to believe is has already re-routed traffic for a couple of years now. It took a while to prepare for and really didn't take that long to complete once it started.


The Downtown Project is making some planning progress as reported in the Milford Daily News:

"Almost ten years in the making, the project aims to bring business back to the heart of town, in part through several cosmetic and safety improvements. 
Construction — slated to begin next fall after the project goes out to bid in August — will include: converting one-way traffic on Main Street and West Central Street to two-way; fixing roadways and sidewalks; upgrading lighting; and installing interconnected traffic signals and calming devices. 
With a total length of more than a mile, the work, the bulk of which should wrap up in the spring of 2014, will encompass a large swath of the downtown."

Read more:

Additional information on the project can be found on the Downtown Partnership webpage

The post from March 8, 2013

updated lane markings were part of the Downtown Project finish work
updated lane markings were part of the Downtown Project finish work

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School: Grade Eight Students Complete Capstone Projects

Congratulations to the 43 members of the Grade Eight class at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School that presented their Capstone Presentations on January 24 and 25.

Beginning in seventh grade, students develop, plan and initiate a self-designed, service-learning project. During their eighth grade year, students complete their project and present their work to a faculty panel and wider school community at the capstone assembly. 

Students receive guidance through this process as part of our advising program, however complete the project outside of school and requires parental help and support every step of the way.

“Capstone best exemplifies the mission of our school, the pillars of our school. The Capstone project isn’t possible without all four of those pillars working together.

Without all your experience with community service, you would not know how a student can make a difference in their world. Without a rigorous classical education you would not have the skills to meet people, write letters, to interact with people and actually conduct this hard and interesting service project.

Without character education you wouldn’t have the empathy and understanding to identify the needs, or the social skills to do some of the work that you’ve done.

Lastly, our fourth pillar, parents are a big part of this too. They instilled the values and the trust in you that we’ve tried to continue as a school. Their support of this project, and those other three pillars has brought you here today.

What you have achieved here as individuals has ripples for our school, positive repercussions for the lives of those you’ve worked with that will carry on and be your legacy for a very long time.” – Joe Perna, BFCCPS Head of School

Student projects included work with local veteran’s organizations, food pantries, homeless shelters, and animal shelters. Students also raised awareness for issues such as plastic pollution, access to clean drinking water, children’s literacy and food allergies and much more.

One student student worked with the Norfolk County Bee Keeper’s association and became a beekeeper; he will maintain a hive on behalf of BFCCPS in an effort to promote the importance of protecting honeybees!

With the support of their advisers, fellow classmates and of course their parents these students presented a four to five minute speech to an audience of over 200 guests! We are so incredibly proud of you all.

On Thursday we were joined by Mr. Tim Nicolette, Executive Director of the Mass Charter School Organization, State Representative Jeffrey Roy and Mr. Jamie Hellen Franklin Town Administrator
On Thursday we were joined by Mr. Tim Nicolette, Executive Director of the Mass Charter School Organization, State Representative Jeffrey Roy and Mr. Jamie Hellen Franklin Town Administrator

On Friday we were treated to a visit by BFCCPS Alumna Amanda Mullaney. Amanda graduated 8th grade at BFCCPS in 2007; she recently passed the Bar Exam and is now employed as an Assistant District Attorney for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office.

It was so inspiring to hear Amanda speak about the love and satisfaction we all can can get from helping other people and serving our community. What an exceptional role model for our Grade Eight students.

Learn more about the BFCCPS Capstone Project on our website here:

Photo galleries from the each day are linked here: 
Capstone Presentations: Day One
Capstone Presentations: Day Two

Friday, November 4, 2016

Eagle Scout Project: Indian Rock trail clearing and kiosk construction

Eagle Scout Project
Ian Arnold

Saturday, November 5th

Raindate: Sunday, November 6th

Project: Indian Rock trail clearing and kiosk construction

What to Wear: Class B shirt, long pants, troop hat, and work boots

What to Bring: Gloves, water bottle, loppers, clippers, bow saw, weed whacker,
gas powered leaf blowers, shovels, metal rakes, leaf rakes


  1. Route 140 heading towards Wrentham
  2. Left on Chestnut Street
  3. Right on Jordan Road
  4. Left on Indian Lane
  5. Left on King Philip Road
  6. Drive to end of cul-de-sac

Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to Ian Arnold at:

Boy Scout Troop 126, Franklin
Boy Scout Troop 126, Franklin

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What Has The Franklin Downtown Partnership Been Doing For 15 Years?

You've visited, walked by or driven past these places and things for years, yet have you ever stopped to think how they came to be? 

Here are some of the projects and events the Franklin Downtown Partnership has created or been involved with since 2001:

1 - The multi-year $7.25 million Streetscape Improvement Project 
2 - The Franklin Commons Development

3 - The Cake Bar patio on East Central Street
4 - The Summer Street patio area and green space
5 - The green space sitting area on West Central Street

6 - The design of the green space in front of the Historical Museum
7 - The bronze statue of the straw hat boy in front of the Historical Museum

8 - The park benches in downtown
9 - The downtown changeable gateway signs

10 - The new trash and recycling barrels
11 - The downtown holiday decorations and lights 
12 - Beautification and flowers throughout the downtown

13 - The launch and early management of the Farmers’ Market
14 - The Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” campaign
15 - The Franklin downtown map and brochure
16 - Emmons Street development property
17 - The 150 Emmons Street green space and Horace Mann Statue 
18 - Franklin High School scholarships
19 - On-going Economic Development 
20 - The Annual Strawberry Stroll

21 - The Annual October Stroll

22 - The Annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting
23 - Progressive Dinner and Third Thursday Events
24 - On-going community outreach and business support

25 - Won’t you join us this year for our next exciting downtown project?

  • This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership webpage

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Downtown Changes - Revitalize Downtown

From Eileen Mason, Franklin Realtor and community advocate:

I was at the Franklin Downtown Partnership meetings years ago when the decision was made to improve the economic environment and bring our downtown back to life. This was no small task but a major plan for improvements requested, was funded by a State Grant written by our Director of Town Planning at the time, Carol Harper.

The major concern for businesses was that 75% or more of the traffic on the one way setup went down main street just to continue onto Rte 140. It has been a high volume, high speed and weaving raceway. So now all that traffic stays on Rte 140, reducing the volume and speed of traffic on Main St. Making it safer for all.

The fire station was another major consideration. The ability to take a left out of the station takes critical minutes off of response times. We should all be happy about no more unnecessary delays to emergencies.

The third major concern was to improve the safety of walking on Main St, where weaving through lanes and not paying attention to pedestrians is significantly reduced or eliminated.

Lastly, but most importantly was to improve the economic climate in downtown by attracting development and reinvestment in our community.

Get to know who is owning/operating these businesses.

It's a big change and controversy was expected, but now the streets work like all the other streets in the community and surrounding towns. Out of towners won't have an issue with the changes because now the traffic flow is normal.

There are many that will have comments and opinions which is fine.

For me, I drove down Main St from the Town Common and parked right in front of the business that I wanted to go to. No triangle and lights to go around. That was so easy and took much less time.

I'm very proud of all the hard work this team has done over the years to make this vital economic and logistics change for our town. There are some very dedicated town administration people who have been on this project for years and yes, it was a successful start to the change. GOOD JOB! Improving the timing of the lights is in process. Be patient. 
If we all just follow the rules of the road, all will be well in Franklin. Stay on your side of the road, stop at stop signs and lights. The finish work is still going on, so please keep an open mind.

New construction is in process to bring even more businesses to downtown. Let's all help to support them and have a thriving downtown area.

So we didn't set out to change to two way traffic. We set out to revitalize our downtown. This change was needed to accomplish several goals and hopefully will be a lasting improvement for all.
This was shared from her Facebook posting to the "All About Franklin" group

new traffic flow in downtown Franklin
new traffic flow in downtown Franklin

In the News: neighbors concerned about development, 2-way traffic arrives

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Neighbors have expressed their concerns about a potential affordable housing development off Peck and Cottage streets. 
At issue is a multi-unit townhouse-style development - called "Madalene Village" - that is now before the Zoning Board of Appeals. 
Angela Woislaw, one of those opposed to the project, said neighbors are worried about the housing's effect on the environment and flooding. 
"The residents believe that this is a very poorly designed development," she said.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

sign in neighborhood around proposed development
sign in neighborhood around proposed development

"At 5 a.m. Tuesday, the proverbial switch was flipped on traffic in downtown Franklin, going from a one-way, counter clockwise motion around the center business block to moving both ways. 
Digital advisories and signs were placed around downtown, along with orange traffic cones, and police officers were posted at key spots, to help direct drivers through the new flow. 
While there were some small hitches, overall, the switch "went very well," Police Chief Thomas Lynch said. 
"The contractor, Walsh Construction and the Mass Department of Transportation/Mass Highway authorized a number of details, so we had plenty of help up there," he said.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Downtown Project: Update #40 - July 26, 2016

Today (Tuesday, July 26, 2016) the traffic has opened to two-way in Downtown Franklin. Thank you to everyone for their patience and working to provide a safe flow of traffic in downtown.

However, there is still work to be done. The project will continue through the next couple months with odds and ends to complete, including installation of benches, bike racks, trash barrels, decorations, banners, American flags, finishing the crosswalks, planters, trees and much more.

Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 520-4949 with any questions. We will continue to keep the public informed through our website, Twitter and Facebook.

working on the entrance to the fire station on West Central St
working on the entrance to the fire station on West Central St

This update can also be found on the official Town of Franklin webpage