Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mount St Mary's new Candy House

Mount St Mary's Abbey is holding a ribbon cutting and Open House on Saturday October 1, 2011 to celebrate their new candy house. Details are contained in the flyer.

Abbey Open House - Oct 1, 2011

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"Online learning developments hit a snag"

"The design of the plan really met all the criteria," Sabolinski said. "It fits aesthetically into the neighborhood and community. There is community access to the gym and auditorium. The design reflects (Franklin's) educational plan." 
The town decided in July to build a new high school rather than renovate the old structure. A state program will reimburse about half of the proposed $94.8 million project. 
The program requires the town to choose from four state-approved school building designs by four different architects. 
The decision to use Ai3, which built the Whitman-Hanson and Plymouth North schools, was made after School Building Committee members visited four high schools built, each according to one of the models.

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Two fact sheets on new health care, poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau

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New Census data show Massachusetts leads nation in health care coverage; poverty rises nationally

September 13, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau today released data on health insurance and poverty rates for 2010.  Two new fact sheets by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center examine the data.

Massachusetts Still the Leader in Health Care Coverage reports on Census Bureau data indicating that Massachusetts health insurance coverage rate is more than ten percentage points higher than the national rate.  Using a multi-year average, the Census data estimate that in the 2008-2010 period, Massachusetts had a health insurance coverage rate of 95 percent - more than any other state in the nation. 

U.S. Poverty Rate Rises Again shows that the national poverty rate increased for the third year in a row in 2010, rising to 15.1 percent from 14.3 percent in 2009.  The poverty rate is now at its highest point since 1993, and the total number of people living in poverty-46.2 million-is the highest number in the 52 years for which the Census Bureau has published poverty estimates.  The Census data also show that the percentage of people in deep poverty-those with incomes below 50 percent of the official poverty level-rose to 6.7 percent in 2010 the highest point since the Census Bureau began to publish this measure in 1975.

The health insurance fact sheet is available here, the fact sheet on poverty is available here; both can be found at

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Rep. Vallee holds office hours in Franklin, Medway

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State Rep. James Vallee will hold his monthly local office hours this Friday.

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Kennedy School council holding bottle and can fundraiser

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The John F. Kennedy School Parent Communication Council will hold a bottle and can fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. The drive will be held in the school parking lot at 551 Pond St.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - 9/13/11

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Mission Statement
The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with the community, will cultivate each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the August 23, 2011 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Glynn
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Budget to Actual

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Strategic Plan – M. Sabolinski, S. Winslow, J. Edwards, M. Goodman
b. District Improvement Plan – M. Sabolinski, S. Winslow, J.Edwards, M. Goodman

3. Discussion Only Items
Enrollment Update

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1480.00 from the Hockomock Y for a Shape Up Grant for the Franklin High School for in-house enrichment.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $242.28 from Douglas Lee for in-house enrichment at the Franklin High School.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

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

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

Franklin, MA: School District Improvement Plan

The District Improvement Plan for review and discussion at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Sep 13, 11.

FPS: District Improvement Plan August 2011

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The full agenda for the School Committee meeting can be found here:

Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee - agenda - 9/13/11

I. Call to Order and Introduction of New Attendees - including Secretary, Annette Labonte
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. Report from Treasurer
V. Strategic Goals
a. Grants/Funding Update on Grant List (Marc Kaplan and Tim Newell)

Road Race Selection of Date (Special Guest: Ron Ignotz, GTTB)
b. Organizational Review of Mission

Discussion of Committee Name
c. Alliances Update on SouthWest Advisory Planning Cmte (SWAP)Meeting
d. Awareness/Outreach Consideration of informational table at October Harvest Festival in Franklin (Oct 2)

VI. Adjournment (9:00)

Additional materials for the mission statement discussion were posted here

The Rail Trail web site can be found here

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Kennedy Community Playground can use your help!

The current wooden structural playground at the Kennedy School services the nearly 500 students enrolled at Kennedy in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. In addition, the playground is a popular play spot all year long to the many residents and extended family members of the nearby neighborhoods.

The existing main structure shows evidence of wear and has several components with cracked, splintered and worn parts. The aging wooden structure and plastic components that are cracked or broken are contributing to splinters and other injuries to the children who use this playground.

The Principal has requested a new playground for several years in the budgeting process and it has been denied each time with funds going toward repairs of the school building itself. Additionally, with school funding challenges and reductions in physical activities, the playground is more important than ever in the physical well-being of the student population.

The Kennedy Parent Communication Council (PCC) is the parent community for Kennedy School and, based on widespread support and urging, has initiated a Playground Project to pursue replacement of the main playground area. The PCC has established a Playground Committee and has begun setting aside funds in a special account earmarked just for the playground. The Playground Committee is exploring designs from the same manufacturer as most other school playgrounds in Franklin.

The Playground Committee is pursuing a new playground for Kennedy School that:
- is fun, challenging and supports the physical development and well-being of the Kennedy student population;
- is safe and accessible to children aged 5 - 12 years;
- utilizes certain elements of existing playground (ie. swingset and poured access path) to maintain costs.
- is cost efficient through use of local community volunteer support of demolition of the current playground and installation of the new equipment.

The Committee will seek funding from sources including:
- PCC donations from the Kennedy students' families;
- Corporate donations and sponsorships;
- Local community fundraising;
- Corporate, state and federal grant funds;
- Possible town funding support.

Installation of the new playground in Spring of 2012.

Visit their website for additional information and fund raising links

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a common denominator

"I was disturbed. It was the American flag and it was destroyed," said Michael DelConte, the branch manager of the store on Forge Parkway. "It's not good to see the American flag in that condition." 
So DelConte turned to Franklin resident Robert Long, the owner of Franklin Flags. 
Long, who began his business selling American flags just months after Sept. 11, 2001, is offering to retire American flags damaged by Tropical Storm Irene at no cost, and replace them at discounted prices.

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Tucoola - Games for Kids and Parents to Play Together

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Tucoola is a free site offering games for children and parents. The site has a section of single user activities for kids and section of two user activities for parents to play with their children. Most of the activities are simple enough for children four years old to play. The activities include things like simple jigsaw puzzles, checkers, and basic number games. The site can be used without registration, but parents who do choose to register themselves and their children can access activity reports for what their children have done on the site.

Applications for Education
Tucoola isn't breaking any new ground with their games and activities, but if you're looking for some basic skills practice activities it's worth bookmarking Tucoola. The option to access activity reports for their children might be an appealing feature for parents.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ichigo Ichie is coming

Ichigo Ichie is making progress toward their published opening date of October 2011. They operate one location in East Providence and will be expanding to their second here in Franklin in the former Piccadily Pub building.

You can visit their website to view their menu

From the Town Council meeting earlier this year (approving their liquor license)

Sports fund raising

Franklin High School athletes were going door to door on Saturday with a fund raising effort. The card provides discounts at local merchants. Two pictured are Sports Authority and British Beer Company.

FHS - sports fund raising 1


This is good exercise as they walked door to door. Better than standing outside a store with a traditional coffee can.

Franklin, MA: Town Council Agenda - 9/14/11

A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – July 20, 2011




2011 Election Workers
Registrar of Voters
Conservation Commission
Finance Committee

Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10
Devita’s Market
Joe’s American Bar and Grill
Tedeschi Food Shop
Uptowne Pub

New All Alcoholic Beverages License – Sakebom - 264 Franklin Village Drive

1. Residential Soliciting – Stephen T. Williams
2. Tropical Storm Irene – Gary McCarraher


1. Resolution 11-10: Request for Legislation – Exempting the Deputy Fire Chief from Civil Service (Tabled on 8/10/2011)
2. Resolution 11-45: Chapter 61A-1st Refusal Option – Land on Spring Street
3. Resolution 11-47: Authorization for Intermunicipal Agreement with Town of Medway for Shared Nursing Services
4. Resolution 11-48: Acceptance of Gift of Land at 1156 Pond Street (Lot #2)
5. Resolution 11-49: Grant of Sewer Easement on Property At 82 (Formerly 95) Park Rd
6. Bylaw Amendment 11-663: Sewer Rates-Appendix B- List of Service Rates - 2nd Reading
7. Bylaw Amendment 11-664: Water Rates-Appendix B-List of Service Rates- 2nd Reading





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


To read and review the full set of documents for this agenda, you can follow this link to the PDF