Showing posts with label respect. Show all posts
Showing posts with label respect. Show all posts

Thursday, April 9, 2020

FM_#242- Sgt Brian Johnson - Check On Your Neighbors 4/6/20 (audio)

FM #242 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 242 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin Police Sgt Brian Johnson. Sgt Johnson is the Public Information Officer for the Police Dept and we had a great conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Can you have a conversation about the Franklin Police Dept and not discuss their four-legged star? Listen and hear how we had plenty to talk about; how the FPD is responding during this pandemic, how some personnel assignments have been juggled, how they can find time to help celebrate a birthday, and then the call to action to check on our neighbors (to see how they are faring in this period).

The recording runs about 28 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Sgt Johnson and hear about what is happening on the front lines with the Franklin Police Dept.   Audio file =


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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.

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FM_#242- Sgt Brian Johnson - Check On Your Neighbors 4/6/20 (audio)
FM_#242- Sgt Brian Johnson - Check On Your Neighbors 4/6/20 (audio)

Monday, April 29, 2019

What is the Role of the Town Council?

1. A member of the Council, in relation to his/her community should:

  • A. Realize that his/her basic function is to make policy, with administration delegated to the Administrator.
  • B. Realize that he/she is one of a team and should abide by, and carry out, all Council decisions once they are made.
  • C. Be well-informed concerning the duties of a Council member on both local and state levels.
  • D. Remember that he/she represents the entire community at all times.
  • E. Accept the office as a means of unselfish service, not benefit personally or politically from his/her Council activities.
  • F. In all appointments, avoid political patronage by judging all candidates on merit, experience, and qualifications only.
  • G. Abide by the ethics established by the State and not use the position to obtain inside information on matters which may benefit someone personally.

2. A member of the Council, in his/her relations with administrative officers of the Town, should:

  • A. Endeavor to establish sound, clearly defined policies that will direct and support the administration for the benefit of the people of the community.
  • B. Recognize and support the administrative chain of command and refuse to act on complaints as an individual outside the administration.
  • C. Give the Administrator full responsibility for discharging the duties of his/her office.

3. A member of the Council, in his/her relations with fellow Council members, should:

  • A. Recognize that action at official legal meetings is binding and that he/she alone cannot bind the Council outside of such meetings.
  • B. Not make statements or promises of how he/she will vote on matters that will come before the Council until he/she has had an opportunity to hear the pros and cons of the issue during a Council meeting.
  • C. Uphold the intent of executive session and respect the privileged communication that exists in executive session.
  • D. Make decisions only after all facts on a question have been presented and discussed.
  • E. Treat with respect the rights of all members of the Council despite differences of opinion.

Shared from the Town of Franklin page

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What is the Role of the Town Council?
What is the Role of the Town Council?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

“The schools don’t exist in isolation"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"In response to two incidents late last school year where a swastika was found drawn on the wall of a school building, administrators are taking steps to keep hate out of Franklin schools. 
“We knew that when we came back in the fall we would want to revisit this to reassure our students and our families that we are committed to a welcoming and respectful environment,” said Superintendent Sara Ahern. 
Last school year, there were three separate incidents of the hate symbol being scribbled on walls. The first was found in one of the elementary schools in late winter. In June, two more swastikas were found at other schools. 
Though unable to find who was responsible, Ahern said she plans to fight back with education and awareness. Instead of simply erasing the swastikas and putting the ordeal behind them, Ahern is keeping the issue front and center."

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flower boxes and positive messages line the walk way to Remington Middle School
flower boxes and positive messages line the walk way to Remington Middle School

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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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the ensemble

TED shares such great ideas. How convenient and timely for them to share this one.

"Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust in musical leadership -- then shows how it works, as he conducts the Scottish Ensemble onstage. He also shares clips from two musical projects: the opera "U-Carmen eKhayelitsha" and the ParaOrchestra".

Charles talks about how his job as a conductor depends upon trust with his orchestra: "an unshakable bond of trust born out of mutual respect"

I trust you. You can watch this and connect the dots.

Enjoy the music!