Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remington Middle School - Turkey Trot - photo essay

Remington Middle School held their annual Turkey Trot to raise awareness on hunger and collect food for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Food Pantry Executive Director, Anne Marie Bellevance, spoke with the students before showing a video on food hunger.

Remington Turkey Trot: Anne Marie Bellevance

Principal Paul Peri guided the students through some warm up activities in the gym before going outside to run two laps around the building.

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Students and faculty members are lined up for the start of the Turkey Trot

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And they're off! Did someone jump the gun? Hard to tell, catch that turkey anyway!

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The reminder of the student body joins the trot!

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and yes, there are more

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Principal Peri helps some friends along

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Through the generous efforts of groups like this, the Franklin Food Pantry has prepared and delivered over 250 turkey dinners to Franklin families in the past two weeks.

Donations of food and money are welcome. You can drop off food and non-food items at the Food Pantry. We are located in the Rockland Trust parking lot opposite the new fire station downtown Franklin. You can either donate online or mail a check to the Food Pantry. Information on these options are available on the Food Pantry website

Note: I am on the Board of Directors of the Franklin Food Pantry.

Franklin cops alert residents to break-ins

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via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Alison McCall/Daily News staff on 11/18/11

Police are asking residents to stay alert after half a dozen housebreaks were reported in as many days, including one where an elderly woman was zip-tied to a bed.

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RMV Checks School Vehicles in Hingham

This type of inspection has occurred in two places now, if it comes to Franklin I hope we do well.

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via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 11/18/11

RMV Clean Sweep HinghamA surprise compliance check of school transport vehicles in Hingham this morning yielded 18 violations and two criminal complaints.  MassDOT RMV inspectors teamed up with the Hingham police to perform the checks outside the South Shore Educational Collaborative.

Registry inspectors and police officers stopped 62 vehicles.  Among the complaints filed- the driver of a South Shore Community Action Council van from Plymouth did not have a valid 7-D license.  Driving without the required 7-D license carries a $500 fine.
Officers also issued citations for defective equipment such as bald tires and safety violations such as vehicle overloading and not ensuring that children are properly secured in car seats or seat belts.

Repeat offenders are called in for a hearing with RMV officers which could result in the suspension of their 7-D license.

Drivers of the so-called 7-D vehicles must undergo a criminal background check to apply for a special license. The 7-D vehicles, usually cargo vans and station wagons, must also undergo special inspections twice a year to ensure safety features are working properly.

RMV teams up with local police periodically for surprise 7D compliance checks. Earlier this month, the Registry teamed up with Brockton police to issue 17 citations townwide on buses, vans and station wagons carrying youngsters to Brockton elementary schools.

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Holiday Stroll Happenings

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via Franklin Downtown Partnership by (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 11/18/11

Here is a listing of all the special treats and offers in store for you at the Third Annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Third Annual Holiday Stroll Happenings

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Friday, November 18, 2011

High School Design Photos

Three of the display boards available Thursday night at the first of a series of informational sessions on the new high school are shown here.

The first shows some views of the building being proposed.

The second shows the positioning of the new building where current ball fields are located. The existing building would be removed and replaced by the ball fields shown in this layout.

This photo shows the layout of the third floor of the new building. The area to the right is classroom space. The area to the left would be inaccessible areas for the two floors below.

"Everyone's number one thing is cost"

Franklin's proposed school is based on a state-approved model, Whitman-Hanson High School, built by architectural company Ai3. School officials expect 57.8 percent reimbursement in state funds for using the plans. 
"We really think this is education for the 21st century ... and it can be adapted down the road for who knows what happens in 40, 50 years," Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said. 
The town has hired Ai3 to modify the Whitman-Hanson design to fit Franklin. The project requires state approval at several points, and eventually voters will have to decide whether to fund the project with a debt-exclusion override. 
The current high school does not comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which has put Franklin on the warning list to lose its accreditation.

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I was able to record some video of the presentation and discussion. You can view that here.

Additional audio segments will be posted once they are available

Holiday Stroll Press Release

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via Franklin Downtown Partnership by (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 11/17/11

Celebrate the Season at the FDP Holiday Stroll

Downtown Franklin will usher in the season of giving with the third annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Franklin Downtown Partnership plans a visit from Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, carolers, refreshments, entertainment and more for visitors this year.

The lighting of the tree will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Dean Hall on the Dean College campus. Costumed carolers will lead the crowd in singing holiday songs and refreshments will be served.

"In the spirit of giving, this year the Partnership is pleased to help the Franklin Food Elves kick off the '12 Days of Donating' campaign," says Cindy Kozil, Holiday Stroll co-chair. "We invite everyone coming to the tree lighting to bring a Food Pantry donation and remember those less fortunate this holiday season."

The Franklin Food Elves, a charitable community service group, will launch its food drive with a donation bin at the tree-lighting ceremony. The group's goal is to collect 1,200 pounds of food and $1,200 in 12 days for the Franklin Food Pantry (see sidebar).

From the tree lighting, visitors can then stroll throughout the downtown and visit more than 25 participating businesses for special offerings, discounts and more treats and entertainment. A complete listing of the businesses' special offers will be available at each participating location.

Children can meet Santa at Simon's Furniture from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Boston radio station 103.3 WODS-FM will broadcast holiday favorites and hand out prizes from the Berry Insurance parking lot. The Fire Department will give tours and holiday fire safety tips, and the Historical Museum will be open.

"For the past two years we've enjoyed tremendous community support for the Holiday Stroll, and we expect about 1,000 residents and visitors will help us celebrate this year," says Roberta Trahan, event co-chair. "We've put together a fun family event that we hope will remind people to think locally when doing their holiday shopping."

The Holiday Stroll is sponsored this year by Silver Sponsors Dean Bank, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, DCU, Ferguson Enterprises, Middlesex Savings Bank and nhs print. Bronze Sponsors are Judith V. Butler, MA, LLC., the Franklin Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Attorney John J. Roche, and Laura Lowe, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, Franklin.

For more information about the Holiday Stroll contact co-chairs Cindy Kozil,, or Roberta Trahan,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of business owners, community leaders and residents working toward revitalizing Downtown Franklin. For more information about the Partnership contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or

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Beautification Update

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via Franklin Downtown Partnership by (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 11/17/11

Beautification Day
Sunday, November 20, 9:00 a.m. 
Come help decorate the Downtown Center!
(Businesses:  Please make sure you pull out your flowers from the barrels)

Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, November 19 (this has been changed from Friday, 11/18)
Volunteers are needed to help separate out the greens.
Please let Eileen Mason know if you can help.
10:00 a.m. at Hillside Nursery

Contact Eileen at 508-330-4234 or

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Residential Break Ins

Good Evening. Gary Premo calling with an important message from Deputy Chief Semerjian. The Town of Franklin has experienced an increase in home break ins recently. They have been occurring during the day time, in residential neighborhoods. Suspect vehicle may be a mid-sized green sedan with an unknown RI registration, two male suspects. We ask that you stay alert and call 911 immediately should you notice anything, or anyone, suspicious or out of the ordinary in your neighborhood. Thank you and goodbye.

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High School Project - Nov 17, 2011 (audio)

This is the collection of audio segments recorded during the informational session on the new high school. The forum was conducted by the School Building Committee and held at the Horace Mann Auditorium on Thursday, Nov 17, 2011.

Part 1 – introduction and evolution of model school invitation

Part 2 - Jim Jordan, partner and owner of Ai3 Architects provides an overview of the building

Part 3 – Q and A: educational space and construction cost

Part 4 – Q and A: various project costs and overall process

Part 5 – Q and A; cost of designing a green building and debt exclusion timing

Part 6 – Q and A; alternate fields and communication campaign

Part 7 – Q and A; building size, school population, and accreditation

Part 8 – Q and A; technology enhancements and traffic concerns; closing

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Live broadcast - School Building Forum

The first hour and fifteen 26 minutes were recorded and simultaneously broadcast live from the Horace Mann Auditorium. The remaining portion of the event will be made available as soon as possible.

The presentation begins about 13 minutes into this recording...

The video did not turn out very well. The audio recording was much better quality and available in eight parts for ease of listening. All eight parts can be found here:

Town Council - 11/16/11

The collection of posts reported from the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 can be found here:

As I look back at the picture taken when Town Clerk Debbie Pellegri lead them through their oath of office, I realized that they were already sitting in position. So before they formally conducted their organizational nominations of Chair, Vice-Chair and Clerk, they were already in the 'proper' spots.

Franklin Downtown Partnership: Holiday Stroll - Dec 1, 2011

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Franklin Police gather tips in home invasion

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