Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sting Jun 15 catches four business

The Milford Daily News reports on one of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting scheduled Weds Jul 18,2012.
The Guru Bar & Grill, 30 Main St., Alumni Restaurant and Bar, 391 East Central St., Mobil gas station on West Central Street and Ichigo Ichie Sushi & Hibachi Grill, 837 West Central St., failed the check, police said. 
The Mobil gas station had failed a compliance check in 2009. 
The businesses were notified June 18 by police and received letters from Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting’s office recently informing them of the license hearings. 
From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 15, the Franklin Police Department checked 35 businesses with six undercover police officers and four under-21 buyers. The minors tried to buy alcohol while the officers observed.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1975585708/Businesses-face-liquor-charge#ixzz20s7ffqby

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Salisbury Historical Markers Unveiled

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Salisbury Signs, July 16, 2012MassDOT today joined state and local officials in Salisbury to unveil five Historical Markers, reclaiming an important connection to the proud history of the Commonwealth.

In 1930, the legislature authorized the Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the colony with historical markers.  Nearly 300 markers were erected statewide, all with an inscription telling the stories of the early settlements in each community.

Five signs were erected in the Town of Salisbury.  MassDOT restored one, the Old Meeting House sign, and replaced four others with replicas of the original 1930 signs.

The Commission 82 years ago promised that "travellers who shall pass by the many storied ways through the lands of the Puritan occupations in the ancient days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, may now read on tablets set by roadsides or in city streets the tales which the ocean shores, the hills, the fields, the churches, the garrison houses and the old hearthstones, have to tell of the heroism, of the romance and of the tragedies, and of the unfaltering faith, of the ancestors of our Commonwealth."

The legislation called for the highway department to maintain the signs.  Congratulations to MassDOT workers for doing just that, keeping alive the tales of our ancestors.


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Franklin Public Library: Bubble Music Man


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jul 17, 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 June 26, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll - none Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Linda Ashley – New Principal at Jefferson
b. Evemarie McNeil – New Principal at Davis Thayer
c. Barbara Sherman – New FHS Assistant Principal for Student Services
d. Whitsons – Food Service Presentation (Joe Armenti, District Manager and Kyle Parson, Chef)

3. Discussion Only Items
Remote Participation

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of the donation of the JF Kennedy School Inclusive Playground by the JFK PCC valued at $114,830.00.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $453.42 from A+ School Rewards for the Franklin High School.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $66.94 from A+ School Rewards for Remington Middle School.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $792.85 from Life Touch for Davis Thayer Elementary School.
e. I recommend acceptance of $50.00 cash from Oak St. School’s fifth grade class for Oak St. Elementary School.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $775.25 from All American Publishing for the Athletic Dept. at FHS.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,600.00 from Parmenter PCC for supplies for Parmenter 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. Adjourn

Franklin's Big Y getting ready

The final preparations along RT 140 are underway for the Big Y to open as announced on Aug 23.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

New curbing is being placed as the road will be wider approaching the Big Y entrance.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

New concrete sidewalks are being finished along the way on both sides.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

The wider road becomes more evident as you approach the main entrance which is also opposite the entrance to the Franklin Municipal Bldg and neighboring retail plaza.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

This is one of the light poles that will control access to the main entrance of the Big Y as well as the entrance into the Franklin Municipal Bldg and retail plaza.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

The landscaping is looking good. The signs are in place. Aug 23 will be here soon.

For more about the Big Y feel free to visit their web page http://www.bigy.com/

Museums turn to high tech to attract young audience

Franklin's Historical Museum has a web page and a Facebook page. Have you visited them yet?

Web page http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FHM02038

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In 2009, as part of a major re-branding campaign, the Framingham Historical Society became the Framingham History Center. Along with the hipper name, it hired a freelance Web designer to build a spiffy, streamlined website, which included a blog.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Molloy's new sign

The smiley face sign has gone to wherever those old signs may go.

Franklin: Where am I? #3

A smaller version of the smile remains on the Molloy's Service Center sign.

All the gas pumps were replaced and are not yet operational.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Jul 18, 2012

A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 6, 2012, June 20 Regular and Executive Session - to be released

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS - This meeting is being recorded by Verizon, Comcast, and Franklin Matters

C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS – Franklin Lodge of Elks #2136



Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10

  1. Alumni Restaurant
  2. Franklin Mobil
  3. Guru Restaurant
  4. Ichigo Ichie Restaurant

New All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store– Devita’s

1. Senators Karen Spilka and Richard Ross
2. Emergency Management – Gary McCarraher


1. Resolution 12-56:Ratification of Franklin Police Association Contract
2. Resolution 12-57:Ratification of Franklin Police Sergeants Association Contract
3. Resolution 12-58:Ratification of Franklin Public Library Staff Association Contract
4. Resolution 12-59:Ratification of Department of Public Works Contract
5. Resolution 12-60:Exemption of All Positions in the Police Department from the Civil Service Law
6. Resolution 12-61:Declaration of Town-Owned Land (Two Unimproved Lots Off Beaver Court) As Surplus and Available for Disposition and Authorization to Convey Same for Nominal Consideration to the Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund
7. Resolution 12-62: Authorization to Hold Bonfire
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 12-685: Amendment to Chapter 185 §24 Floodplain District – 2nd Reading
9. Bylaw Amendment 12-687:Amendment to Chapter 25, Personnel Regulations, Appendix A, Classification Plan and Appendix B Compensation Plan Pay Schedules – 2nd Reading
10. Bylaw Amendment 12-688:Amendment to Chapter 82, Appendix A, List of Service Fee Rates-Board of Health, Department of Public Works, Recreation, Council on Aging – 2nd Reading
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 12-689:Amendment to Chapter 185 §5. Zoning Map - Single Family III to Business Zoning – Referral to Planning Board





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


The full set of documents for this agenda can be found on the Franklin webpage

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Slyde is coming to Franklin Jul 21

Good Morning -

Just wanted to share our latest addition to our race this year - SLYDE, the Mascot for the NE Revolution, will be at our event!

If you haven't registered yet you still have time - we have extended registration through Tuesday of next week so you have until July 17th to pre-register. We have over 30 raffles to include 2 American Airline Tickets anywhere in the US, Dinner Cruises on Spirit out of Boston, complimentary hotel stays and many great restaurants, museums and aquarium gift certificates.

You can check out our website at http://www.wontlaydown2cancer.com/ Thank you for all your support over the years....we will be going over $50k raised in 3 years this year and its because of YOU!!!!

Warmest Regards,

Amy Buzzell

Franklin/Bellingham Rail Trail receives state grant

This is good news! The committee has been working hard and their work is getting rewarded.

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The Massachusetts Department of Recreation (DCR) announced yesterday that the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee and the Bay State Trail Riders Association were among this year's recipients of the DCR Partnerships Matching Funds Grant.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market - noon to 6:00 PM

The Farmers Market is open today on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

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“Kids don’t even realize they are learning"

Throughout the summer, the Franklin schools’ Lifelong Learning Institute offers an eclectic array of classes for all levels of students — from kindergarten to high school. 
The institute, envisioned in 1998 by then-Superintendent Richard Warren, takes a different approach to learning, said Executive Director Pandora Carlucci. Simply put, it mixes things up a bit. 
“This takes the traditional academic subjects — music, math, drama, fine arts, literature, science — and presents them in a different way,” Carlucci said yesterday. “We present them through a different lens.” 
Due in large part to smaller classes and interactive lesson plans, students enrolled at the institute soak up every lesson, stay engaged and display a desire to learn even as they enjoy their 2½-month hiatus from traditional school.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1975584928/Learning-goes-untraditional-in-the-summer#ixzz20Ul0sLoh

You can find out more about the Lifelong Learning programs on their website http://cfweb.smartedu.net/lll/

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