Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Analyzing the Senate Ways and Means Budget for FY 2013

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The Senate Ways and Means Budget for FY 2013
Last Wednesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal for FY 2013.

Our Budget Monitor shows how the proposal would affect each major area of state government, from health care and education to public safety and the environment--including information on tax revenues.

The chart below highlights the different ways that the Governor, the House, and the Senate Ways and Means Committee would fill the state's $1.3 billion budget deficit.
In order to balance the budget, the Senate Ways and Means proposal relies largely on cuts and savings. Much of that comes from MassHealth and other health accounts, but there are also meaningful cuts to Child Care and Human Services.
For our complete analysis Read our Budget Monitor.
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Franklin Downtown Partnership: 2012 Strawberry Stroll

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Franklin's Strawberry Stroll to be Thursday, June 7
The Franklin Downtown Partnership expects to dish up more than 700 sweet, juicy strawberry shortcakes at this year's Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 7. The event will be held downtown from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., rain or shine. 
The FDP's famous strawberry shortcakes will be served up by Dean Bank's branch staff in front of the bank on Main Street. Dean College volunteers expect to cut more than 160 quarts of red, ripe strawberries for the stroll. Garelick Farms will provide 4 cases of whipped cream to top off the mouth-watering dessert. 
"We sold out of our shortcakes last year thanks to all the families who came downtown to enjoy the afternoon and explore our shops and restaurants," says Nicole Fortier, event chairperson. "The whole idea of the Stroll is to enhance cohesiveness. We want to bring people and merchants together and get them engaged in the downtown." 
Sponsorship Row in the Berry Insurance parking lot will feature the event's backers. Platinum sponsor for this event is Dean Bank and silver sponsors are Dean College and Garelick Farms. Bronze sponsors are Chestnut Dental Associates, CVS Pharmacy, Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) and Keefe Insurance. Music will be provided by Music Odyssey Productions, and the Franklin Art Center will showcase self portraits by budding artists from the Franklin Children's School. 
Participating businesses throughout downtown plan sweet and spring-themed specials for the afternoon. Singer and guitarist Kevin Wolfe will be performing outside Pisini Shoes on Main Street. On East Central Street the band Yookeroo will perform at The Cake Bar. At Jane's Frames owner Jane Curran will show visitors how to create lively and fun home displays with children's framed art while local musician and music teacher Jamie Barrett entertains young and old and all those in between. 
The Historical Museum invites the public to its wedding gown display and refreshments on the porch, and A Cut Above will offer visitors lemonade and cookies along with giveaways. Vallee's Jewelers plans to buy back gold items at their shop on Main Street. Many other downtown businesses also are offering store specials and discounts. 
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this popular event. For more information contact Event Chair Nicole Fortier at  More information is also available on the Partnership's website at  As a non-profit organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to run events like this, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. 
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Partnership's mission is to stimulate economic development downtown in order to create a positive impact throughout the area, and to be a pro-active organization that brings residents, business owners and community leaders together, encourages cooperation and builds leadership for the purpose of revitalizing downtown Franklin. For more information please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or  

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In the News: tick season, film directors, scam warnings

State warns of tick season

Summer Camp, Summer Programs & Community Campaign


Enhanced Formula for a Super Summer at your Y!
Click here to view our camps and download registration forms.

* NEW Flexible Scheduling Options     
* Enhanced Age-Appropriate Curriculum
* Increased Communication to Parentsphoto201005_0304_04_preview
Healthy Lunch Options
NEW Adventure Teen Camps 
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* NEW Horizons Integration Camp click here for more info
And many more exciting opportunities! 

Click on your branch for more info on camp: 

North Attleboro   Foxboro    Franklin

Camp Directors, for questions:
Lexi Allen (Franklin Branch), | 774.235.2752 / Ashli Phllips (Foxboro Branch), | 508.772.1353 / Neal Beaupre (North Attleboro Branch), | 508.643.5219 / Emily Harrop (Mansfield Arts & Education Center), | 508.699.8846
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Registration begins Tuesday, 5/29  

Click here to view classes and plan your summer activities. We look forward to seeing you in classes this summer!

Summer 1 Session Dates:
June 25-July 29

Summer 2 Session Dates:
Juliy 30-August 26

Reach Out for Youth & Families Phonathon 

Next week, dedicated volunteers and staff will be calling, asking for your support of our Y's annual campaign, the Reach Out for Youth & Families Campaign.

The phonathon will take place at Dean College.  When you see Dean College on caller ID, it is your Hockomock Area YMCA calling. We look forward to talking with you!

To-date, we are 70% to our goal of $650,000. Your gift is appreciated and will make the difference!

We are able to work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors, just like Michael:

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Franklin, MA: FY 2013 Budget hearings

The Town Council has two special meetings this week for the annual budget hearing on the FY 2013 budget.

Franklin operates on a fiscal calendar from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The FY 2012 budget approved last year funded operations through June 30, 2012. The budget hearings on Weds/Thu will look at funding operations for the period from July 1 through June 30, 2013.

The budget cycle generally begins in Sep/Oct as each department puts together their capital budget. The capital budget is funded by 'free cash'. Free cash is the amount of money left over from the prior budget year that the State has certified is really available. It is a one time fund and not used for operational expenses (personnel, salaries and benefits). It is used to fulfill the capital requirements (new equipment, school books, vehicles, etc.).

As the capital needs are reviewed, each department also puts together their operational requirements. These are reviewed by the Town Administrator and then brought before the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee holds a set of budget hearings where each department manager presents their case for the next year budget, explains their operations, their funding priorities and answers any questions.

The Finance Committee (FinCom) budget hearings were held in April and ended with the FinCom voting on the budget to forward it to the Town Council. This is the budget the Council will be reviewing.

The voting document shows multiple columns. The last two years total for each line item. The original total for this year as put forward by the department. The recommendation by the Town Administrator (TA). This year, the TA only changed one line item (510 - Health) reducing the amount by $1,500. On the one hand, you can attribute only one change to close coordination between the TA and the department head. In this case, the Board of Health apparently submitted a request to create a salary or stipend for what has been a volunteer or unpaid position.

The expense side of the budget generally gets the most focus but the revenue side of the budget is equally important. Franklin is required to present a balanced budget. Where the money comes from is as interesting as how it is spent. For example, this year $350,000 that was taken away from the School budget in Oct 2011 is being put back into the budget for next year. The vote to approve that transfer is part of the overall budget process decisions coming up Weds and Thu nights.

The budget documents

Expense budget FY 2013
Revenue budget FY 2013

FinCom hearings

Hearing schedule for FinCom

Big Y: construction progress

The BIG Y continues to make good progress. The parking lot is more level, more curbs are in place.

Big Y: construction progress

Another view of the main entrance

Big Y - making progress

This Week on the Radio: "Take the Money and Run for Office"

I was behind on my audio listening having changed my routine to finish the Hunger Games trilogy of books on tape and caught up to this one on Monday's drive to work. How timely that it deals with the US Supreme Court decision on Citizens United that lead to the People's Rights Amendment.

Ira Glass and This American Life deal with this topic in their usual fashion including an interview with both Senators McCain and Feingold who were the architects of the campaign law modifications that were overturned by the Supreme Court decision. Interesting listening! And scary to think of the consequences of the last minute SuperPAC attack impacts!

What was the Citizens United decision? You can find the Wikipedia version here

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For anyone who has ever heard the term "Washington insider" and felt outside — we are with you. So this week, we go inside the rooms where the deals get made, to the actual moment that the checks change hands — and we ask the people writing and receiving the checks what, exactly, is the money buying?

Broadcast March 31 to April 2

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Franklin Downtown Partnership: Networking Event

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Members are invited to attend a special networking evening

Franklin Downtown Partnership
Networking Evening
Thursday, May 31, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

An evening of networking and design tips
at Sally's Alley's New Showroom
470 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin

Refreshments and drinks will be served.
Come browse and see the newest in Window Treatment Fashions! 
Enjoy meeting new FDP members!

RSVP to Joel Carrara at

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Lifelong Learning: Summer programs

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Lifelong Learning has registered over 1,600 students in enrichment classes for Summer 2012! This coming weekend, May 26, 27 & 28 is Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day signals the informal beginning of the summer season ... days on the Cape, working in the garden, and sunny days. It also means that the Summer Program 2012 is just a few weeks away.

Beginning the week of June 25, Franklin Public Schools is offering over 100 classes to students entering pre-school through grade 12. The classes meet during different weeks, at different times and at different locations. The opportunities include:

  • Math Academy for students in grades K through 6 who see everything throught the lens of mathematics
  • Summer Art Institute for students in grades 7 through 12 who enjoy painting, or drawing or ceramics or digital photography or more
  • STAR and StarPLUS are programs that offer a variety of enriching and enjoyable classes for students in pre-school through grade 5 (STAR) or middle school(StarPLUS)
  • Summer Music Program that offers classes for string and band players in grades 5 through 9, as well as Summer Glee classes
  • high school academic support in math, English, social studies and science
  • High School Experience for the incoming Class of 2016

Visit our website: and select summer program from the column on the left. Come and be part of the fun!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Events in Franklin this week

The Parmenter Elementary School sign highlights some of their events this week

Parmenter sign

Also up this week:

Jeff Roy's Campaign kicks off with an event at the Elks Club on Tues, May 22 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM or

Author Kristi Marsh talks about her book "Little Changes" at the YMCA on Weds, May 23

The Town Council reviews the budget for next year over two nights Weds and Thu (May 23, 24) both night beginning at 7:00 PM. The final vote on the budget for next year is scheduled for Thursday's meeting.

Friends of the Franklin Library: newsletter - Spring 2012

Who are the Friends of the Franklin Library?

Do they play a role in the Library or do they just do the 'book sale'?

These and other questions of your might be answered in the Friends of the Library newsletter for Spring 2012.

If you have a question not answered by this edition, you can send an email to or join and participate in the group which meets the first Wednesday of the month.

"care more about candidates than parties"

The Milford Daily News has a recap of the current candidates for Rep Jim Vallee's 10th Norfolk seat which is up for grabs this fall.
“I’m delighted to see that five candidates have stepped up to this race,” said Roy, also the chairman of Franklin’s Democratic Town Committee. “I can’t remember a time in my lifetime that we’ve (had) that kind of choice.” 
Roy is a Boston lawyer, Franklin town councilor, and former Franklin School Committee member, who said he wants to focus on jobs, education, and civility in government if elected. 
Jewell, a Franklin School Committee member who spent 24 years in the military and now works at the medical company Siemens Diagnostics, said he’s looking at the financial aspect — by cutting frivolous spending and securing local aid — and education. 
Padula, a Franklin-based insurance agent and former special assistant District Attorney, said he also wants to look at financial issues, but looks more to creative budgeting. 
Eustis, a lawyer who served in the U.S. Navy for four years, said he’ll focus, like Roy, on bridging partisan lines. 
Analysts said Vallee’s long commitment to his job, as well as more people paying attention in the charged political environment created by U.S. Senate races and a presidential race, will contribute to candidates needing to work harder.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Library book sale and DPW "Touch a Truck"

There were about 150 people lined up for the opening of the Library book sale organizers. I stopped by about noontime to take some pictures and it was still busy but in the first lull period since the rush of the morning. Lots of books were available. Last year, the spring sale had about 400 boxes of books; this year there were about 500. The fall book sale by comparison is smaller with only about 200 boxes of books available at the Fall 2011 sale.

Families were spread out among the book tables, choosing, talking and making their purchases. Some of them also took advantage of the "Touch a Truck" opportunity as well.

Sightings of Cinderella and Snow White were reported during the day. I did manage to catch and get Batman (Guy Supernor) to pose for a photo.

Thanks to all for helping make this a great family event!

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 22, 2012

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 May 8, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Keller Elementary School Update – Julie Vincentsen
b. JF Kennedy Elementary School Update – Joan Toye

3. Discussion Only Items
a. none

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $50.00 from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for supplies at Remington Middle School.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,500.00 from Whitson’s Food Service Corp. for a scholarship for Franklin High School.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $282.66 from Wells Fargo (Douglas Lee) for a FHS scholarship.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $250.00 from the Norfolk County DA for the FHS All Night Party.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1675.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for in-house enrichment.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1050.00 from the ASMS PCC for a field trip.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $255.00 from BJ’s Wholesale Club for the FPS District.

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
Approval of Executive Session Minutes from the April 24, 2012 and May 8, 2012 School Committee Meetings.

8. Adjourn

Keller 5K Fun Day - June 3, 2012

The Keller Elementary School will be the start and finish for a 5K Fun Day on June 3, 2012

The t-shirt order has already been placed for the event to happen on June 3 from 9:00 AM to noon.

Registration and additional information can be found online here