Saturday, August 29, 2009

Franklin Area Climate Team - active blog

I have been working with the Franklin Area Climate Team to update their blog and enhance the communications around their efforts.
The Franklin Area Climate Team (FACT) is a locally organized group committed to fighting the climate crisis by promoting carbon-reducing practices in our homes and communities. We are an ever-expanding group of citizens from Bellingham, Foxborough, Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, and other area towns.
Consider visiting the Franklin Area Climate Team site to find information on climate change, energy savings, and more about the world-wide effort to reach 350:

Become a fan and loose weight (CO2 weight)
11 Steps to save money and reduce your energy use
Cutting through the hype (video)
350 is the number!

Consider subscribing to the Franklin Area Climate Team blog to keep up with their activities. You can subscribe to receive updates via email or RSS feed.

Franklin Kindergarten Schedule

For some reason the correction in the printed version of this weeks Franklin Gazette STILL gets the information wrong. The correct information is listed below.

What is the kindergarten schedule?

  • Orientation for all kindergarten students at each elementary school on Sep 1
  • 1/2 the kindergarten class comes to school on Sep 2
  • The other 1/2 of the kindergarten class comes to school on Sep 3
  • The full kindergarten class comes to school on Sep 4
Which half goes when?
You will be notified in a letter as to your first day of kindergarten. The beginning of the alphabet will be on Tuesday and the end of the alphabet will be Wednesday. All kindergarten students first full day together will be Friday.

Why the split schedule for kindergarten?
This schedule helps to ease the new students into the kindergarten routine.

Odd Fellows - Yard Sale

The Franklin Odd Fellows will be hosting a Yard Sale at 330 West Central St. at the Odd Fellows Lodge property. Date will be August 30, 2009 and the time will be 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

What: Yard Sale

Where: Franklin Odd Fellows

When: August 30th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Friday, August 28, 2009

Financial Planning Committee - no show

The Town website said there was a meeting. This notice outside the Town Clerks door said there was a meeting. But while folks were continuing to arrive for a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting in the Council Chambers, Room 205 remained empty. So I left. Nothing else to report about this committee at this time.

Phase one of rail trail to open Sat.

While the Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee is beginning work on the section in Franklin, this appeared in the Globe West edition on Thursday:

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Boston Globe -- Globe West by Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, Globe Correspondent on 8/26/09
After nearly 25 years of planning, funding constraints, environmental obstacles, and privacy concerns among abutters, the first phase of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will officially open Saturday. Add to Facebook Add to Twitter Add to digg Add to StumbleUpon Add to Reddit Add to Email this Article

Things you can do from here:

In the News - Vallee remembers, police dog

Vallee had special connection to Kennedy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New turn available at King/140

There is a new left turn/drive straight lane alongside a right turn only lane when you travel King Street approaching 140.

This picture shows the lane markings with no cars blocking the view (yes, a lucky bit of timing).

An even luckier bit of timing shows this picture with a red light for the King St traffic. The right lane is making a right turn as the West bound 140 traffic is turning on to King St while the East bound 140 traffic is sitting at their red light.

The pedestrian and traffic light island was shortened to widen the intersection allowing the three lanes (one going out King St to i495, and the two lanes heading from King towards Chestnut St).

This is part of the traffic preparations for the Walgreens to open on the corner later this year.

Farmers Market: Nourse Farm

One of the farms frequently found at the Farmers Market on the Town Common is Nourse Farm. This photo from June depicts Samantha Nourse explaining the process for their fruits and pies.

The strawberry picking season is over but you should find something good at the Nourse Farm table each week at the Farmers Market.

Visit the Nourse Farm web site for more information on their organic growing process. They also offer tips and tricks for growing your own garden.

Buy local!

The Farmers Market is held each Friday until October
on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Senior Center Activities - Sep 2009

The Senior Center has a whole lot of things happening. Take a gander through the listing for September!

The first page alone covers activities from the Men's Club, to having your hearing screened, to card games, to driver training, and to credit counseling.

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If you can't find something to do, maybe you can get something together for next time!

If your parents are living in Franklin, do they utilize the Senior Center (assuming they qualify by being over 60). If they don't use the Senior Center, I would be curious to understand why.

In the News - Choo Choo Shop, FHS Orientation,

Choo Choo Stop still chugging along

from The Milford Daily News Homepage RSS by


Franklin freshmen eased into high school

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

School Committee Mtg 08/25/09

The collection of live reporting posts from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 25th can be found here:

In the News - town/gown coordination, foster children

Dean to work with Franklin schools on new degree program

from The Milford Daily News News RSS by

This was covered in the live reporting from the School Committee meeting on August 25th here

All of the topics covered at the School Committee meeting can be found here


Spreading warmth to foster children

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A Powerful Presentation on How to Stay Safe During Water Emergencies

Geoff Ventura, Environmentalist and Owner of Green Solutions, will be hosting two FREE presentations on the Water Emergencies, and what the public can do to protect themselves in the future.

Presentations will be held Saturday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Milford High School, Milford, MA.

The presentations will examine:
  • Micro-organisms in your water (viruses, bacteria, parasites)
  • Chemicals in your water (chlorine, chloramines, pesticides)
  • Heavy metals in your water (lead, arsenic, mercury)
  • Brita Systems, Ionization, Reserve Osmosis Systems
  • Affordable water purification systems for homes and businesses

Call 617.328.6300 for reservations as space is limited.


Green Solutions was founded in 2008 to provide consumers with safe, eco-friendly products for every day living. Green Solutions is a “sister company” to WholeBody Solutions, a holistic wellness center founded by Dr. Ann Doggett, D.C., L.D.N in 1989.

For more information on this topic or to schedule an interview with Geoff Ventura, please call Maggie Ryan Flaherty at 617.328.6300 or e-mail Maggie at

Community Health Council 9/3/09

The next meeting of the Community Health Council will be held on September 3, 2009. They will meet from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Municipal Building in the 3rd floor training room.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Live reporting - closing items

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports - none
School Committee Liaison Reports - none

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

An update on the facilities work done in the District during the summer. Yes, it will be ready for a future meeting.

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations - motion to enter, not to return

8. Adjourn