Saturday, January 24, 2009

Our teens need your help

Since 1985, the New Beginnings Program (NBP) has provided a comprehensive wellness initiative for schools, parents and communities for hundreds of youth involved in drug and alcohol addiction. The presentations, classes, one-to-one education, and true life testimonies have made a substantial impact. As a result of the recent cuts in funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, NBP has cut its staff, supplies and other expenditures jeopardizing the support for over 120 youth currently in the program.

The New Beginnings Program faces a critical need for financial resources to sustain the counseling services that our youth at risk require.

Please visit the NBP website to find information regarding its services, successes, and to make a contribution.

Bill Phillips, the founder of New Beginnings, was a central part of the WASTED presentation at Franklin High School in December, 2008.

You can help by casting your vote in support of this program here:

Free registration will be required to cast your vote.


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DPW Presentation on Snow Removal

Thanks to Brutus and Jim for providing this copy of the DPW slides presented during the Town Council meeting Wednesday evening.

Live reports from the Town Council meeting can be found here

"for children ages 4 months to 9 years of age"

JW Tumbles to open first Mass. location

By Staff reports

Kidville's JW Tumbles will open its first Massachusetts location at 524 West Central St., Franklin, on Feb. 2. Pre-grand opening celebration events, including free gym playtime, face painting, contests and giveaways, take place today, tomorrow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. JW Tumbles offers a non-competitive enrichment program for children ages 4 months to 9 years of age.

The Franklin JW Tumbles will be the first of five locations to be opened by local businessman J.D. Daddario. Based in New York, Kidville Inc., which operates upscale facilities catering to newborns through 5-year-olds and their parents, recently acquired the assets of JW Tumbles, an international operator of children's gyms, via a wholly owned subsidiary. The company operates 43 Kidville and JW Tumbles locations across the globe. For more information, call Daddario at 508-328-0669.

"you have to live with that for the rest of your life"

Posted Jan 24, 2009 @ 12:05 AM


In any police department, reconstructing a fatal accident requires using technical gadgets, solving complex mathematical equations, capturing hundreds of images from the accident scene, and "good old-fashioned" practices like taking measurements and gathering witness testimony.

Their detective works yields minute details - such as how many seconds it takes a pedestrian to cross the street, a car's speed, objects the drivers perceived, response time, whether someone used their brakes or cut around a corner too quickly.

Yesterday afternoon, Lt. Thomas Lynch and Officers Rick Grover and David Gove explained the ABC's of reconstructing fatal and serious car wrecks, as they completed the final leg of investigating the accident that killed beloved teacher Palma Johnson Dec. 12.

Read the full article to understand the attention to detail that is involved in accident reconstruction.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Green Reel: "King Corn"

The Green Reel: a series of films for sustainable living will be shown on Sunday evenings this winter beginning January 25th.

What: King Corn

When: 7:00 PM on January 25, 2009

Where: Agudas Achim, 901 North Main St, Attleboro or directions here

Free and open to the public. For more info: 508-695-2389

read more about the film King Corn here

Agudas Achim
Crystal Spring Center
Simply Keep It Local
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
Citizens for a Sustainable Local Economy
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
Green Committee of First Universalist Society of Franklin
New Dawn Earth Center
Oake Knoll Ayrshires
Franklin Area Climate Team
White Barn Farm
St Mark's Episcopal Church-Foxboro

Saving Money in Plain English

In our continuing series on learning, the folks at Common Craft have come up with a new video on saving money. They explain the difference between putting money in your piggy bank or into a savings bank.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cafe Dolce - coming soon

The grand opening was held on 4/13/09, you can view the slides here

yea, a coffee shop is coming soon to downtown Franklin.

This posting has updated information here

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"Franklin does not have "any more or less" drugs than any other community"

Posted Jan 22, 2009 @ 01:05 AM


In what police say is likely the biggest heroin bust in Franklin's history, Franklin Police and the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force seized 324 grams of heroin from a Providence man who sold $150 worth of cocaine to an undercover officer.

In addition to the $32,000 worth of heroin, police also seized 12 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $500 to $1,000, and $4,339 in cash during the arrest at 599 Old West Central St. (Rte. 140), police said.

"It's a very significant bust. Most people involved in the investigation and arrest, even the narcotics guys, they'd never seen that much heroin in any one place before this," said Franklin Lt. Thomas Lynch.

"That was the most (heroin seized) in one incident for one individual Franklin has ever had. In the 12 years I've been in law enforcement, I've never seen that much heroin in one place," said Lynch.

Read the full article on the heroin bust in the Milford Daily News here

Our teens have admitted struggling with substance abuse. You can check out the WASTED presentation here.

Town Council Mtg Summary 1/21/09

The following are the collection of posts for the Town Council meeting of 1/21/09

The DPW Presentation can be found here

"Are we doing too good of a job?"

Posted Jan 22, 2009 @ 01:15 AM


DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi shed light last night on a few of the mysteries of snow removal, like how much more contractors cost than town employees, why the town needs them, and why salt is ultimately cheaper than sand.

In a presentation to Town Council, Cantoreggi noted the town has already used up its snow removal budget for the year. He said the DPW is trying to cut costs and outlined the price of snow removal, reviewed the kinds of road treatments used by his department, as well as reimbursements for mailboxes smashed by plows, and described a cost-cutting measure he implemented this year.

Read the full article on snow removal in the Milford Daily News here

Is it time?

Other than being an ad for Kaplan University, a company trying to re-invent itself, the subject raises some good questions. Is it time to re-think the educational process?

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Live reporting - Administrator's update, to meeting close

Common Cause has awarded the town an award for information on the town web site. An informed electorate is the best way to survive tough times. Thanks to the town employees for providing the updates.

We should hear soon what the state funding status will be. It will be tough times.

Bartlett - What about the stimulation funding?

Nutting - The expectation that everyone will get something is incorrect. By the time you get down to the local level, where things need to be shovel ready, there won't be a lot of opportunity. Some of this will be done via block grants. The Congress has not yet voted on this. Governor Patrick is preparing the state well to react when it happens. We could use $500 billion on MA alone.

Bartlett - How will the process work when the Governor balances the budget?

Nutting - We need to look at the 2010 budget as well as the cuts for the 09 budget to make a smart choice. They ought to be parallel. I don't think it is practical to cut a school budget during the year. Can you just say no more math, or cuts spring sports? I think it will fall to the town to absorb the 09 cuts.

Old business -
Pfeffer - someone must know what the cause of the power and water damage was?
Nutting - I will get you information on what we are submitting.

Nutting - We go out to bid health insurance and property/casualty periodically. We are actually out to bid right now. We should get the bids in March.

New business -
Whalen - I thought we were getting a more comprehensive package on what happened and what the plan is to avoid this in the future.
Nutting - We will resolve that will tying the alerts into the Fire Station so when the heat goes out, there will be calls made.

Whalen - we should have a full accounting
Nutting - You probably won't see it until later February and March.

Pfeffer - we were promised a fuller report
Nutting - yes, you will get it, just not now.

Councilor Comments -
Mason -

Vallee - I heard from two people who are upset that they received a 34-38% increase in their taxes. I would like to hear from my constituents.
Nutting - Any one aggrieved by a tax increase, you need to file by Feb 1. If you don't file by Feb 1, you won't be able to get any adjustment.

Live reporting - Nutting - performance review

Although differences of opinion may occur, Jeff executes the wish of the council.

Jeff drives around town
1 - to monitor the status of what's going on
2 - ensure that operations are current

continued development of town department heads and employees
maintain cost effective and efficient operations

Council should establish goals, Nutting should do likewise

more periodic updates from town dept heads to better educate the town and average citizens

recommendation for 2.5% pay increase retro active to October 2008

Zollo, (chair) McGann, Pfeffer (members)

raise was already budgeted, will not be seeking a raise for this budget year.

Vallee will not support any increase for any employee at this time

Doak - Jeff is the only employee in the town who has not gotten the increase this year. We should have done this sooner rather than later. I will support the recommended increase.

Chris - Jeff is the CEO of the town, normally is the highest pay of the town, normally would be getting the highest increase. Jeff's leadership in declining the increase for the coming year is good.

Approved 6-1

Live reporting - action items

  • Resolution 09-02: Declaration as Surplus and Available for Disposition (Leasing) and Authorization therefore of a Portion of Town-Owned Land at 40 West Central Street
Approved 7-0

  • Resolution 09-03: Authorization to Expend Funds in Excess of Available Appropriations – Snow & Ice
Approved 7-0

Discussion on reducing costs, the major expense on salting/sanding will occur later this year. Brutus to come back with some alternatives to cut costs what would it look like.

Live reporting - the DPW story on snow

Robert (Brutus) Cantorregi
Jim Estabrook, GIS specialist

Thanks to Brutus and Jim for providing this copy of the full presentation:

only $2,010 left in snow budget right now

Citizens can help by:
Don't put snow back into the street
Clear the fire hydrants
Doak - the DPW is a victim of their own success. Is it a consideration to do less?

Nutting - They have been cutting back on the routes and materials but nothing else.

Brutus - Maybe instead of getting to a subdivision within four hours after a storm, we do eight? Then heaven forbid, we don't get there and there is a tragedy due to a safety issue.

Whalen - what are the costs associated with a slower clearing of the snow? Maybe a few more school cancellations?

Nutting - the wear and tear of our DPW employees, just the safety of the employees alone, never mind the wear on the equipment.

Whalen - I am surprised that citizens with snow blowers just don't do more sidewalks.