Showing posts with label statistics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label statistics. Show all posts

Friday, January 6, 2023

Real Estate Inventory Statistic centers my conversation on Housing with Ted Cormier-Leger (audio)

FM #912 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 912 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of my conversation with Ted Cormier-Leger. We met in the Franklin TV Studio on Wednesday, Dec 21, 2022.

Ted is a realtor here in Franklin as well as a Town Councilor. Our discussion uses a key real estate statistic he shared with me as a starting point for our conversation on housing in Franklin. 


The recording of our conversation on housing runs about 40 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted. Audio file ->


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Real Estate Inventory Statistic centers my conversation on Housing with Ted Cormier-Leger (audio)
Real Estate Inventory Statistic centers my conversation on Housing with Ted Cormier-Leger (audio)

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Recap: Board of Health working unsafe building issues, part of State process for vaccine distribution, expanding awareness of health issues (audio)

Quick recap:
  • Meeting opened with one member remote, all other Board of Health and Health Dept personnel in the 3rd floor training room of the Municipal Bldg.
  • Demolition permit pulled for unsafe house at 27 Winter St that day. Continuing to monitor
  • Discussion of unsafe house at 71 North Park, attorney and one side of the two owners for this unique situation present. House hit by lightning and unrepaired as of yet as the owners work through legal issues around the property (housing ownership not divided in 'normal' manner). To be monitored monthly to determine progress towards resolution
  • Nurse has completed registration of Town with State for vaccine distribution, a new clinic for COVID-19 vaccine for youth being scheduled
  • Updated COVID-19 case information on Health Dept page (link below)
  • Expansion of health info via (1) alerts (colorectal cancer most recent one) and (2) a new podcast episode recorded on Wednesday for The Topic; this time on music therapy. Recording should be available soon
My notes were captured via Twitter and summarized in this ThreadReader PDF

FM #742 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 742 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022. The meeting was held in the 3rd floor training room with 1 BoH member remote and at least one public attendee participating remotely virtually via the Zoom conference bridge.

Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 32 minutes, so let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting of Mar 2, 2022.


Meeting agenda 

27 Winter St being prepared for demolition
27 Winter St being prepared for demolition

Friday, August 27, 2021 #COVID19MA vaccine update - Aug 26, 2021 (@MassGov) tweeted Thu, Aug 26, 2021:
Today's #COVID19MA vaccine update:

- 10,262,940 doses shipped to MA
- 9,146,498 total doses administered, 11,417 more than yesterday
- 4,472,630 people are fully vaccinated.

Read the full report:
Shared from Twitter: #COVID19MA vaccine update #COVID19MA vaccine update

Friday, December 4, 2020

Statistics in Schools (SIS) resources help bring census statistics to life

From the Census Bureau:
With some schools temporarily shuttered or on a staggered schedule because of the ongoing pandemic, many kids are learning from teachers conducting lessons remotely or through a mix of in-class and remote schooling.

With that in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program created several new online resources for teachers, parents and caregivers to keep children engaged while distance learning.

Among them: the Home and Distance Learning Activities page, which provides easy-to-use materials — videos, fun facts, warmup activities and more — for different grade levels. 
For more info continue reading the article at the Census Bureau

Monday, February 25, 2019

Franklin Annual Report - 2018: Franklin Fire Dept

The Department
The Franklin Fire Department is divided into two divisions: Operations and Maintenance, which is the largest and responsible for dispatch, emergency medical services, fire suppression and hazardous materials response. Administration and Support Services is responsible for personnel, budget and finance, training, code compliance and coordinating the Town’s emergency preparedness.

Our Mission
The mission of the Franklin Fire Department is to:
…Have a positive impact in the lives of citizens and visitors of Franklin in their time of crisis by providing compassionate, contemporary, community driven services.
…Safeguard human life from the perils of fire, sudden illness, injury or other emergency medical condition, natural and man-made disasters as well as preserve the environment and property from ensuing destruction.
… Be responsible for a safe, productive and pleasant work environment for our employees, and provide them opportunities to gain new skills and advance their personal career goals.

Operational Objectives
  • Initiating advanced life support to patients within 10 minutes of receiving the telephone call at our communications center.
  • To access, extricate, treat and transport and transport trauma patients to a level one trauma medical facility within one hour of the occurrence of the injury.
  • Interrupt the progression of fires in structures within 10 minutes of open flame ignition.
  • To insure response readiness remains greater than 70%.
  • Provide safety and survival skills for all school students in grade K through 5 consistent with the Student Awareness Fire Education (SAFE) initiative of the Commonwealth.
  • Provide educational opportunities for department members to insure optimal performance and safety.
  • To develop and maintain “best practice” to insure personnel and citizen safety.
  • Insure fire safety through timely, consistent code compliance services to all external customers.
  • Provide all department services in a manner that satisfies the needs of our customers.
  • Process emergency notifications in our dispatch center within 120 seconds of receiving the initial call for 99% of all calls.

Message from the Fire Chief
Fiscal Year 2018 again ended as the busiest year in department histories, breaking last year’s record a total of with 4,408 emergency responses. Fortunately, the community did not suffer any fire related deaths this year, although there were several tragic incidents which resulted in the loss of life. Department members suffer ten loss time work related injuries during the fiscal year.

This year saw the active engagement of our personnel in the development of specifications and standards on a host of issues, all intended to provide heightened levels of service to the citizens of Franklin. Personnel dedicated countless hours to develop specifications for the replacement of the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, replacement fire engine and replacement ambulance.

Work related cancer for workers in the fire – rescue services continues to be a cause for high concern. Multiple studies, including the soon-to-be-released NIOSH cancer study, have demonstrated credible evidence of higher rates of multiple types of cancers in firefighters compared to the general American population including:

  • Testicular cancer (2.02 times greater risk)
  • Multiple myeloma (1.53 times greater risk)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (1.51 times greater risk)
  • Skin cancer (1.39 times greater risk)
  • Prostate cancer (1.28 times greater risk)
  • Malignant melanoma (1.31 times great risk)
  • Brain cancer (1.31 times greater risk)
  • Colon cancer (1.21 times great risk)
  • Leukemia (1.14 times greater risk)

Work began last year will continue into the next and ensuing fiscal years to insure that we protect our members from this on-going epidemic.

We continue to see the number of calls for service that occur back-to-back or simultaneously grow at an alarming rate. Back-to-back or simultaneous calls are where the department receives another emergency call for service while managing a call for services (two at a time). In Fiscal Year 2018, this caused 144 ambulance responses from other Towns into Franklin. 

Although an improvement over the previous fiscal year, the use of out-of-town resources causes delay in our ability to provide timely transport to the hospital emergency room. Franklin’s average response time is 5 minutes, 44 seconds; the average response time for an out-of town ambulance is 12 minutes, 33 seconds – this time difference can have a great impact on the quality of patient outcomes for people with medical emergencies.

The trend of call distribution is compounded by the increasing calls for services. As previously noted, the department responded to 4,408 emergency responses in Fiscal Year 2018, an increase of more than 6% from Fiscal year 2017.

We believe the trend is in response to an upturn in our economy. This year saw increased occupancy rates in the Town’s Industrial Parks as well as opening of new businesses and facilities. All of these combine to bring more people into the community and increase the demands for our services. We will continue to monitor all of these trends and work with the community to develop strategies to maintain acceptable levels of emergency services within the Town.

This year saw the retirement of Firefighter Robert Donovan. Bob began his career with the department in 1988 and assisted in many department roles. Bob’s career with the department to including being among the first paramedics in the department and serving as the long time SAFE Officer completing fire safety education in the school system. We thank him all for his years of their dedication and service to the Town and wish him the best in retirement.

This year we welcomed new members James Polito, Brian Hamann, Matthew Starkey and Peter Ballou. All come to the department with a wide variety of experiences that strengthens our ability to provide services to the citizens of Franklin and we look forward to their long productive careers with the department.

In addition to emergency response, the department also continued to try to expand its fire prevention education activities, providing safety and survival education to the most vulnerable population to fire – our children and seniors. Through the dedicated efforts of SAFE Officer Keith Darling, the department reached over 7,600 individuals with safety related programming. This included 100% of all Elementary Students, summer YMCA Camps and various Boy and Girl Scout programs and tours as well as a various activities at the Senior Center. 

This year the department continued to offer home visit for our senior citizens and include 48 visits. The focus of these visits is to insure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, remove trip hazards as well as provide safety education. Firefighters Kevin Marshal, Bill Blanchard and Christian Mills provide dedicated assistance in completing this important service to our citizens.

In closing, I would like to recognize our employees, who are among the best fire service professional in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! They continue to work tirelessly to protect life and property within Franklin. In addition to their on-duty responses, our employees commit countless hours in continuing education and training targeted to maintain and improved upon their emergency skills. Additionally, they continue to press forward in attempt to provide the highest level of service to the community based upon advancement in the fire-rescue field and advancements in technology. They continue to be the chief reason for maintaining our current the level of success and level of services we provide our citizens of Franklin.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary B. McCarraher, Fire Chief

You can read the full Annual Report for 2018 online

The archive of prior year annual reports

The newest vehicle in the Fire Dept, part of the truck rotation and life cycle program. Franklin sets aside money in an account to save over several years for the next truck
The newest vehicle in the Fire Dept, part of the truck rotation and life cycle program. Franklin sets aside money in an account to save over several years for the next truck

Friday, November 23, 2018

US Census Bureau: Statistics in Schools

"David Osmond, host of the kids TV show Wonderama, talks about the value of the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program and the importance of students understanding statistics in our data-driven world."

More about Wonderama can be found online

More about Statistics in Schools can be found

US Census Bureau: Statistics in Schools
US Census Bureau: Statistics in Schools

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

US Census Bureau: Educational Resources for the New School Year

Prepare for back to school with your students by utilizing our Back to School Fun Facts and Teaching Guide.


Educational Resources for the New School Year

The school year is now underway and to help students get back into the swing of things, explore these engaging resources offered by the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools (SIS) program. Teachers can use these materials as ice breakers or jump starters to the new school year.

Back to School Fun!

Did you know that about 77 million children and adults are enrolled in schools throughout the country?
Kick-off the year with our Back-to-School Fun Facts handout that shares interesting data on how our nation's students and teachers get ready for a return to the classroom. Download the student fact sheet and its complimentary teaching guide with suggested ideas for incorporating these data into activities at any grade level.

Back to School


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Thinking Caps On!
Getting back in the flow of school, after a long summer off, is quite a challenge. But, don't worry, we have the perfect resource to get students' thinking caps on. Take a look at our 5-minute: Warm-up Activities  that can be used at the beginning of class or when a short time-filler is needed. These quick activities give students the opportunity to look at real-life data from the Census Bureau to answer a few questions.


Degrees and Earnings
Mapping Out the Future
The new school year puts students one step closer to their future. As they begin to revisit thoughts of college, careers, and plans after high school completion, this Learning About College Degrees and Lifetime Earnings activity allows them to compare census data on the earnings of people with different college degrees. Help students map out their future with this inspiring math activity.


Data Driven World
And, the Award Goes to...
The video Preparing Students for a Data-Driven World won recognition for "Distinction" in the informational category from the 2018 Videographers Award. This video discusses how the Census Bureau has expanded its efforts to promote statistical literacy by providing real life data for the classroom with the Statistics in Schools program.
Teachers can use this video to demonstrate to students the importance of learning statistics for their future success.


About Statistics in Schools

The Statistics in Schools program provides resources for teaching and learning with real-life data. Educate your students about the value and everyday use of statistics. Visit to learn more and explore standards-aligned, classroom ready activities.

This is an official email from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us (