Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2nd Annual Holiday Stroll Happenings

Come to Downtown Franklin Thursday, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

A Cut Above: Complementary hair products, coupons for hair & nail services, hot chocolate and cookies.
Berry Insurance:  Broadcast from WODS-FM 103.3.
Boston Sports Club: Pictures with Scooby Doo, goodie bags at Dean Bank.
Dean College: 4:30pm tree lighting, caroling and holiday snacks.  Come cheer on the Bulldogs at the Women’s Basketball game 6pm and Men’s Basketball Game 8pm in Pieri Gym.  Free Admission!
Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU):  Candy for kids at the Mobile Branch in Simon’s Parking Lot.
Downtown Consignment: Beverages & refreshments, 20% off coupon for evening of Stroll.
Emma’s Quilt Cupboard:  Quilt sample sale. Make a wool felt ornament.
Franklin Dance Workshop & Co.:  Holiday entertainment at Simon’s Furniture parking lot.  Goodie bag give-aways.
Franklin Food Pantry: Open House 4:30-8pm. Accepting donations from Holiday Needs List.
Franklin Historical Museum: Busy Bee Crafters will have holiday gift items for sale .  Enjoy  holiday music.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts: Theater Troupe performance and stocking takeaway.
H & R Block:  Goodies, free second looks, free tax return raffle.
Hair @ Nail It: A free manicure with a canned good donation for the Franklin Food Pantry.
House Portraits by Deb: Calendar collage of Franklin paintings.
Jane’s Frames:  Hot cider and gingerbread cookies, Free Drawing for Framed Art for all those that sign up for Wish List for Holiday Gifts.
Party Paints N’ Pottery:  Mulled cider, cookies and a free ornament to paint.
Printsmart:  Free one-subject notebook for all kids who come into the store.
RE/MAX Realty:  Condo Tours and a Hospitality Suite with refreshments for all ages.
Rick’s Restaurant: A cup of Rick’s award winning chowder with purchase of an adult entrĂ©e.  Mention the Holiday Stroll to receive this mouth watering offer.
Salon Sorella:  20% off gift cards ~ first 50 people to purchase a $100 gift card will receive it for $50.  One per family-offers cannot be combined.
SELF Aesthetics and Therapeutic Specialists:  5 minute chair massages, coupons and raffle for a free service.
Simon’s Furniture:  Meet Santa from 5-7pm.

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Social media and the workplace

Social media and the workplace, a new explanation by the folks at Common Craft is available at this link:

In less than 4 minutes, Common Craft thoughtfully lays out how a company can use social media to help deliver and respond to what is being said about the company in the social web (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.).

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Funding Storm Water Management - Dec 6th, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Stormwater management is a growing challenge for local governments. As a resource that is increasingly regulated, municipalities must develop approaches that protect and enhance how stormwater is handled.
Please join us for a presentation and discussion of potential funding options to support stormwater management in your community and the surrounding region.

The flyer and details can be viewed here for Franklin's meeting at 3:00 PM:


The towns of Bellingham, Franklin and Milford have been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as pilot communities for draft enhanced stormwater regulations. To assist the towns with potential challenges associated with these regulations, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is developing background materials on Stormwater Utilities, which operate similarly to other public services like water supply and wastewater. MAPC is preparing information on state laws supporting use of a Stormwater Utility, the structure and administration of a utility, and case studies of other communities in Massachusetts and the US where stormwater utilities are in existence or are under consideration.

If you miss the Franklin time slot, there is also one later in Bellingham:
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council will give a presentation on the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly enacted stormwater management regulations at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, Dec. 6.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in Arcand Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, 10 Mechanic St.

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document.

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In the News - capital plan, Christmas Fair, unemployment benefits

Franklin capital spending plan is lower this year

from The Milford Daily News News RSS 

St. John's Episcopal Church plans Christmas Fair

State braces for end to federal unemployment benefits

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birke's advice

Sometimes, the way the message is delivered is better. "Think local. Choose organic and know your farmer."

Birke Baehr is 11 and planning to be an organic farmer

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Finance Committee - 11/30/10 - Agenda

Town of Franklin
Finance Committee Agenda
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 PM
Municipal Building Council Chambers
(post agenda to web site) (meetings are recorded)

Balances          as of   9/30/10
Gen Stab               4,689,302
PW Stab                   74,656
Debt Stab               179,980
Traffic Stab                4,529
Overlay Surplus             -0-
Free Cash           2,133,006

Call to Order
Citizens Comments
Approval of Minutes

Action Items:

2011 Capital Budget:

Roads - $200,000 (FY 11 Hotel/Motel tax)
Fire Truck - $180,000 (Debt Stabilization)
Water Improvements - $1,200,000 (Water Retained Earnings)
Sewer I & I Improvements - $300,000 (Sewer Retained Earnings)
Departmental Capital - $833,000 (Free Cash)

Bond Authorizations:

School Repairs - $2,000,000
Water Improvements - $7,500,000

Discussion Items:

Jeff Nutting – Current Financial Policies
Proposed General Fund Operational Policies
Proposed Enterprise Account Policies
Future Capital Projects
Tax hearing

Old Business
New Business

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Printsmart Office Products

Catching up to the photos that I took during the visit to the new location of Printsmart Office Products during their Grand Opening:

If you haven't seen the video tour provided by Joel Carerra, follow this link.

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin MAtters to view the photos

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Downtown Zoning/Bylaw Proposal

The proposed bylaw changes for the downtown zoning and sign changes were discussed on Nov 17th at the Town Council meeting. Here is the handout format for the presentation by Bryan Taberner that night.

TC 11-17-10 Downtown Bylaw Changes Presentation

This will also be located in the original posting for the meeting that night.

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In the News - kidney donation, capital budget

Franklin woman donates kidney to her neighbor

Franklin FinCom to discuss capital projects tomorrow night

Actually since this was posted to MDN website on Monday, the meeting is Tuesday.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - 12/1/10

A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – November 3, 2010

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS -Meetings of the Town Council are Recorded



Franklin Disability Commission - Ronald Wainrib


Transfer of Package Store License to Union Street Wine & Liquors



1. Resolution 10-64: Appropriation – Sewer Enterprise Retained Earnings
2. Resolution 10-65: Appropriation – Water Enterprise Retained Earnings
3. Resolution 10-66: Authorization to Borrow-Water Infrastructure Improvements
4. Resolution 10-67: Appropriation – Recreation Gift Account
5. Resolution 10-68: Appropriation – Road, Sidewalk, Drainage Improvements
6. Bylaw Amendment 10-651: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic- 2nd Reading





O. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


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Santa arrives on the Franklin Town Common - photos

In addition to the brief video posted Sunday, here are some photos of Santa on the Town Common:

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin MAtters to view the photos

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Picture Added:

I finally got a round to adding the picture to the Remington Teacher recognition from the last School Committee meeting.

From Left to Right:: Joe O’Halloran, Jeff Roy, Mary Kass, and Paul Peri

This was originally posted (minus the picture) during the School Committee meeting on 11/16/10

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Santa arrives on the Franklin Town Common - video

Yes, Santa did arrive via fire truck to the Franklin Town Common Sunday afternoon, just after 4:00 PM.

The video is a little choppy until Santa gets in his chair.

What are you going to wish for Christmas?

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin MAtters to view the video

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Town Council - Agenda - 12/01/10 - documents

The full agenda and associated documents for the Town Council meeting scheduled for Weds, Dec 1, 2010


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In the News - recycling system

All signs point to success for Franklin's new recycling system

from The Milford Daily News News RSS 

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