Showing posts with label trust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trust. Show all posts

Thursday, February 10, 2022

“What do you think is the strongest argument for the other side?”

"In recent years, the number of nonprofits and initiatives that could be categorized under a concept called “bridging” has expanded in the U.S.: Millions of Conversations, The People’s Supper and Good Conflict are just a few. Some efforts build on conflict resolution practices at a large scale (think social psychology) or individual (think marriage counseling), and all aim to create strong conditions for talking and working together across various fault lines.

Looking at this expanding list, it’s easy to wonder what journalists — who are faced with their own challenges in reaching people with shared conversation and facts — might learn from them. But why, amid all other pressures on their work and livelihood, might they want to?"
Continue reading the article online



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

The Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust fund was established on May 18, 2015. The Trust Fund has capabilities to receive, hold, invest or expend funds for the rehabilitation, renovation, construction, financing or refinancing of property within the Town of Franklin making these residential properties available to low and moderate income families looking for an affordable home.

This year interest rates have been at historic lows and we have had numerous homeowners choosing to refinance their mortgages. The Department of Housing and Community Development provided an Agent to resell an over 55+ Townhouse in the Hidden Acres development. These units are purchased by income and asset qualified households, therefore keeping them in the affordable housing inventory. The Town has over the 10% target of its housing inventory as affordable units. We are currently at 11.89%. This number allows the Town leeway to support only those developments that it feels benefit the community.

Even though it is still several years away, Franklin Ridge, the much needed senior housing project, is proceeding as planned. Franklin Ridge will be located off of Veteran’s Memorial Drive and have 60 new senior apartments. The Trust has earmarked $500,000 and the land in support of this project. It will sit behind Eaton Place, our current senior housing development.

This year, as always, we look forward to pursuing innovative ways to produce affordable housing in the Town of Franklin.

It is our pleasure to submit this annual report for your review.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Anne Bertone 
Christopher Feeley 
Jamie Hellen 
Robert Keras 
Maxine Kinhart 
Judith Pond Pfeffer
Christopher Vericker, Chair 

For additional info about the Housing Trust, visit their page

For the full Annual Report for 2020

Prior Annual Reports can be found online

Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Municipal Affordable Housing Trust
Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Franklin Launches Freedom Team To Promote “Unity In The Community”

Franklin Becomes The Fifth Massachusetts Community To Form A Local Freedom Team

In the wake of 2020’s racial unrest, a broad coalition of Franklin community leaders came together to form a Freedom Team with the mission of ‘preserving freedom through unity in the community.’ The team’s members meet monthly to explore ways of offering dialogue and support to individuals and the entire community with a goal of promoting love, inclusion, and trust (“LIT”).
Franklin Freedom Team

“We, as a Town, are a community through unity,” explains Jamele Adams, Franklin resident and founder of the Freedom Team network. “And if anything happens in the community that is rooted in bias, instead of trying to figure out who to call and how to respond, we want a team to already be in place. We want a team that is proactive, reactive, and retroactive.”

Franklin Freedom Team membership follows the network’s Community 10-Point Connection Model which includes diverse community representatives, including parents, students, educators, town and school local officials, clergy, a lawyer, a trauma-informed clinician, a transformative justice facilitator, and a social media expert. In addition to their regular meetings, the Team hosts a hotline and email for residents to contact if they have experienced or witnessed bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence. The Team promises to “offer a private and respectful space to discuss the incident using a transformative justice model not only to try to repair the harm through inclusion, trust, and equity, but also to educate and strengthen the community.”

To date, the group has met virtually every month throughout 2021 and their members have helped organize community conversations on police reform, inclusion in early education, and youth AAPI experiences. The group was in immediate dialogue following last month’s news of a swastika found in Franklin High School.

Mr. Adams, the group’s founder, is no stranger to promoting ‘LIT-ness’ in majority-White communities. Longtime Dean of Students at Brandeis University and current Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Scituate Public Schools, Adams first helped found a Freedom Team while living in Natick back in 2016. The success of the initial team – captured in a 2017
TEDx talk by Adams (– has since inspired Hopkinton, Waltham, Wellesley, and now Franklin to form similar coalitions in their communities. (More teams are in development.)

The current membership of Franklin’s Freedom Team includes:
jamele adams, founder and transformative justice facilitator
Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Franklin Public Schools
Rabbi Tom Alpert, Temple Etz Chaim
Camille Napier Bernstein, community advocate
Justin Bates, co-founder of Franklin Area Against Racism
Cobi Frongillo, Town Councilor
Jamie Hellen, Franklin Town Administrator
Elise Howell, clinician
Chief TJ Lynch, Franklin Police Department
Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector of St John's Episcopal Church and President of the Franklin Interfaith Council
Angelina Perez, student
Judith Perez, parent
Angela Snyder, lawyer
Meghan Whitmore, community advocate

You can learn more about the Franklin Freedom Team at

To report hate, bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence, residents of Franklin are urged to call the hotline (508-507-9693) or email

Residents who fear for their immediate safety or have an emergency should call 911 immediately. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

FM #558 - Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Meeting - 06/02/21 (audio)

FM #558 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 558 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Municipal Affordable Housing Trust meeting held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a virtual format: some members were in the Municipal Bldg, other committee members and a small group of public participation were remote via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The meeting was a public hearing on the draft Housing Production Plan. It is open from comment until June 25, 2021. At that time, the comments will begin to be incorporated into an update which will also be subject to public hearings in particular by the Planning Board and Town Council as part of their approval process before being submitted to the State.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to the presentation document used. Let’s listen to the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust meeting of June 2 Audio file =


Agenda document 

Copy of the plan can be found

Link to presentation doc 

My notes from the meeting 


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Planning Director Bryan Taberner
Planning Director Bryan Taberner

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Collection of Relevant Tweets - Saturday, Dec 19, 2020

A collection of relevant Tweets.

As President of the @MA_Senate, I am proud to have authored this piece with @SpeakerDeLeo on the need for federal stimulus to help our residents face the economic impact of #COVID19 in Massachusetts.  #mapoli 1/3
Even a state like Massachusetts, with a significant rainy-day fund, cannot unilaterally absorb all of the pain of an unprecedented public health crisis. #mapoli 2/3

Congress must remember its duty to the American people and pass a bill that will provide states with much-needed funds. Our constituents facing unemployment and our struggling small-business owners deserve nothing less. #mapoli 3/3
The piece referenced =>

#Scammers are taking advantage of fear and uncertainty during the #COVID19 pandemic to steal money and launder it through the complex cryptocurrency ecosystem. Protect yourself, and report #fraud to the #FBI at
FBI press release =>  
Link to tweet =>

  • Via Wired

"The goal of Russian disinformation is not to make you believe in anything, but to destroy your trust in everything." Journalist Maria Ressa explains the real goal of disinformation operations—and how they're weakening democracy:
Link to the Wired video clip =>
Link to the tweet =>

Alaska Airlines parodied an '80s song to promote COVID-19 safety

Or directly to YouTube

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

How to contact your Town Council

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

“Preserving and protecting land comes at a cost"

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

The Metacomet Land Trust raised more than $30,000 in donations and grants to reach its 30th anniversary fundraising goal in 2018. 
“We are pleased to be celebrating our 30 year milestone as a regional land trust serving 15 communities,” said the organization’s president, Lisa Mosczynski. “We started out 30 years ago with three towns and as more communities saw the need to partner with a land trust to preserve and protect their valuable open space we have expanded to help them. 
Today we own 473 acres of conservation land and hold conservation restrictions that restrict development on an additional 343 acres. Among other partners, the trust works with individual owners, municipalities and the Commonwealth to preserve critical open space in the region.” 
In 2018 the trust finalized the acquisition of another 32 acres through landowner donations in Mendon, Sutton and Upton.
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Read more about the Land Trust on their page

Donate to the cause for 2018  (scroll to the bottom of their home page to find the Donate button)

“Preserving and protecting land comes at a cost"
“Preserving and protecting land comes at a cost"

Friday, December 21, 2018

Real vs. fake - work for good can be misused

"I think these results seem very realistic and intriguing, but at the same time frightening, even to me. Our goal was to build an accurate model of a person, not to misrepresent them. But one thing that concerns me is its potential for misuse. 
People have been thinking about this problem for a long time, since the days when Photoshop first hit the market. As a researcher, I'm also working on countermeasure technology, and I'm part of an ongoing effort at AI Foundation, which uses a combination of machine learning and human moderators to detect fake images and videos, fighting against my own work. 
And one of the tools we plan to release is called Reality Defender, which is a web-browser plug-in that can flag potentially fake content automatically, right in the browser."

To sign up for Reality Defender visit

For more about Supasorn

Friday, July 27, 2018

Why you should be news literate!

"Today, information moves around us in many forms, every hour of every day. Even if we do not seek out news on our own, we often receive it anyway, instantly, on our phones. 
So how can we manage this mountain of information so that fake news does not mislead us? 
We believe this requires news literacy. News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge news reports. Are they credible? Can you rely on the reports to be true?"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Metacomet Land Trust has a new web presence

The Metacomet Land Trust has a new and updated website.  

"Since 1988 Metacomet has worked with landowners, towns and state agencies to permanently protect land. MLT owns more than 350 acres across our member communities, protects another 162 acres through Conservation Restrictions, and has assisted in the conservation of another 900 acres---land that is now town open space, state parks and forests, and state wildlife management areas. 
Follow us @MetacometLandTr on Twitter 
Metacomet proudly serves the communities of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Norfolk, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Wrentham."
Visit ->

screen grab of the new Metacomet Land Trust webpage
screen grab of the new Metacomet Land Trust webpage

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dacey's Market liquor sales restricted by Town Council

The Town Council had a busy meeting on Wednesday. They approved the sewer extension for a single family home on Crocker Ave and penalized Dacey's Market for liquor sales to an underage person. They sent a zoning bylaw change to the Planning Board for the area around the current Thompson Printing facility. They also authorized the funding of the trust fund to help resolve the OPEB issue.

Sewer Extension

The single family home owner will pay for the sewer extension and repaving the road where the sewer line is laid. The land is mostly ledge and won't support a septic system per Franklin's Health Dept inspector. The vote was 8-0 for this item at the second reading. Members of the Council had objected to the absence of the home owner for the first reading of the bylaw change. The home owner was present on Wednesday.

Dacey's Market

Dacey's Market was handed a 7 day penalty, 4 days to be served beginning July 16th and 3 days held in abeyance for 2 years. This is the second instance for underage liquor sales. The first took place in 2011. 

The underage sale was discovered when an off duty sargent was making a personal purchase and observed the individual making his purchase. A vehicle license check confirmed the underage status. An officer on duty happened to be in the area, he was contacted. Confirmed the underage status and made a vehicle stop to confirm the liquor purchase. He confiscated a CT license. The individual claimed to not have used it as the store employees regularly did not check for licenses.

The owner of Dacey's Market was present. He had purchased the license validation machine after the 2011 incident to prevent underage sales. If the machine says the license is good, he makes the sale. The license itself may be good but it may still not match the individual. Dacay's has 5 days to appeal the Council decision by going directly to the ABCC, otherwise the penalty will take effect as agreed to.

Zoning Bylaw

A zoning bylaw change was referred to the Planning Board to begin the process of changing the last industrial zone in downtown to residential. This was an outcome of a prior zoning workshop the Council, Planning Board and other Town official held March 25, 2015. (My meeting notes can be found here)

The area around the location of the current Thompson Building is the target for the change. It already abuts another similarly zoned parcel. The proposed change is hoped to provide additional residential space near the downtown area. The Planning Board will do their public hearing process and bring the bylaw back to the Council where there will be a public hearing and two readings before a vote. 

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

OPEB Trust Fund

Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) account is underfunded by the Town of Franklin to the tune of about $80M. An actuarial study currently underway will confirm the current requirement. Franklin had established a trust fund to help manage the money being put aside. The primary purpose for such would be to increase the rate of return on the funds invested. Current regulations impose a more conservative return opportunity for the money in 'stabilization' funds but allow for more aggressive funding opportunities in a managed trust fund.

The trust fund was established previously. The management committee had been meeting to discuss investment options and finally reached their decision. The Council's action was to approve the transfer of $1,875,334.64 (plus accrued interest) to the Trust Fund.  

The complete set of notes recorded live during the meeting can be found here

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Home Buying And Reselling Program

We Buy Them, Fix Them Up and We Resell Them

Lottery: Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 AM

Applications due by Tuesday, 
December 9, 2014, 4:00 PM

Lottery Location: Franklin Municipal Building,
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, Massachusetts

For Information, contact Maxine Kinhart at 508-520-4949


136 Chestnut Street
6 Rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 
1 Bath, Garage

Information Session will be held at the
Franklin Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 
2nd Floor, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 

Date: Wednesday November 12, 2014, 6:00 PM

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building
The information here was shared from the official Franklin webpage

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In the News: housing trust lottery, new Indian market, Dean explores online degrees

The housing trust lottery winner was announced on Saturday
John Bertane of Franklin had a good reason to be happy. His family had just the won the lottery, but instead of cash, the prize was a home. 
A small group, including Bertane, gathered Saturday in the Town Council Room of the Franklin Municipal Building to hear the results of the town's latest affordable housing lottery. 
The lottery was for the first home purchased by the Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, a two-bedroom home at 11 Landry St.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Related posts on the housing trust lottery can be found here

There is a new Indian market in Bellingham
A new grocery store, aimed at serving the area's growing Indian population (and any resident with a taste for Indian cuisine), opened Saturday at 15 North Main St. 
A grand opening celebration for Namaste Supermarket was held early in the afternoon, featuring face-painting, henna tattooing and food samples. 
Arun Nagrath, the store owner, said the Indian population within a 10 to 15 mile radius around the store had increased substantially of late. 
"There are almost 2,600 families here," he said. "Before, they would have to drive to Worcester or Norwood (for a similar selection). We are a supermarket, but we also have takeout because there are few restaurants (in the area)."
Continue reading the full article in the Milford Daily News

Dean College is looking to expand its offering to include online degrees

Dean College is seeking approval from its accrediting agency to offer an online business degree program. 
The private college in downtown Franklin has online courses, but in the fall of 2014, Dean hopes to begin accepting enrollment into an online bachelor’s degree program for business. Many of the same courses in the college's current business program will be offered in the online tract. 
"Dean College continues to expand what we are able to offer to our students," said John Marcus, vice president of enrollment services and marketing, in a statement. "An online degree program is a great opportunity for adult learners to pursue their education and career goals while juggling their current work/life responsibilities."
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News

Dean College - 99 Main St, Franklin, MA
Dean College - 99 Main St, Franklin, MA

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Home Buying And Reselling Program

If you are looking for affordable housing and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the housing lottery later this month.

When is the lottery?

Lottery: Saturday, July 26, 2014
10:00 AM
Applications due by July 18, 2014, 12:00 PM

How do I obtain more information?

INFORMATION – call 508-520-4949 or e-mail for information

Where will the lottery be held?

Lottery Location: Franklin Municipal Building,
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 
355 East Central Street,
Franklin, Massachusetts 
For Information, contact Maxine Kinhart at 508-520-4949

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Do I need to be present to win?

What type of housing is available?
Two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom,
air conditioned, Screened in Porch.
1248sf home $160,000

You can find the complete information package here

You can find the application here

Monday, March 17, 2014

why trust is worth it (video)

Thought provoking...  amazing athletic movements ...

Just a bit over 3 minutes... you'll want to see it more than once!

'trust is something we build but it is also about letting go"

"such a tragedy when it is broken"

"trust is your relationship to the unknown"

"it is worth it to keep trying and it is not easy"

"so who do you trust and how can you grow it?"

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Age appropriate there and here

Bernie DeKoven, the Chief Deep Funster, writes;
John Taylor Gatto’s article, The Curriculum of Play, is visionary in its scope, and deeply validating for anyone who believes in the kind of education that takes place when children are free and at play. Perhaps I am so drawn to it because I’ve spent so much of my life, since 1971 and the publication of my Interplay Games Curriculum, and the years of teaching and training that led up to it. Nevertheless, dear Deep Funster, I decided to assume that at least some of Gatto’s article would be as affirming to your beliefs as it was to mine. I am not in total agreement. But if I were, it probably wouldn’t be as much fun to read.

He also includes this video about "Schools of Trust"

So coming off the post and video, I find out that at least Franklin teachers will be doing a 45 writing prompt for K-2 to prepare something for the teachers in September to use. Students in 3-5th grade will get 2 forty-five minute periods for this writing exercise. This is not part of the Writers Workshop curriculum that is used by the district. So excuse me! 45 minutes for a K student without assistance? And Franklin touts their age appropriate educational experience? You gotta be kidding?

You can read Bernie's full posting here

I would be curious to find out how widespread this writing prompt exercise is. Unfortunately, I have not been  able to attend many School Committee meetings due to my work with the Food Pantry. If you hear of this in your school, please share.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trust tips #8 - Tell me more, please! (video)

Charlie Green is someone I follow and read regularly.

Note: Franklin Matters subscribers will need to click through to the website to view the video.

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!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The magic of truth and lies (video)

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer.

There are those among us who do work, very hard, at looking for work.

There are those among us who work very hard, at getting enough to eat.

There are those among us who have so much, they become careless.

This Labor Day, take a few minutes. Reflect on where you are, what you have, what you can help some one with.

Be aware of the lies and deceptions you tell your self. The lies that others tell you.

Marco Tempest has this brief TED video to help understand the difference between truth and lies, deception and magic.


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