Saturday, September 1, 2012

Parmenter: Modular removal underway

And the modular units are coming down at Parmenter. As I ran Friday morning, I captured these photos.

The fence is down. The entrance steps have been removed. You can compare to the pictures from last week shown here or here

MassBudget: Wages and Inequality in Massachusetts - Labor Day Report

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Wages and Inequality in Massachusetts
In honor of Labor Day, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center is releasing a new brief on wages and inequality in Massachusetts. It describes not only the lingering effects of the Great Recession but the long-term trends affecting workers and families across Massachusetts.

In particular, we find that:
  • There are still fewer jobs than before the recession began
  • Median wages in Massachusetts have increased 24% since 1979
  • The gap between low-wage and high-wage workers has grown substantially over the last few decades

This Labor Day brief is available both as a report and a slideshow. It is part of a broader MassBudget project to track and analyze the State of Working Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Friends of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway

For fellow rail trail enthusiasts!

August 31, 2012

Friends of the
Rail Trail Greenway

4.8 Miles across Needham -
from Newton to Dover

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Upcoming guided walks on the (future) trail

We have 3 upcoming walks on the Needham Heights section trail, all will meet at the Needham Heights MBTA Commuter rail station.
Thursday September 6 at 6:30 PM
Thursday September 13 at 6:30 PM
Thursday September 20 at 6:30 PM

Check the calendar on the main page of the web site 

Map of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway

About Friends of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway

The Friends is applying to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization. Formed in 2012 to benefit the Town of Needham & surrounding areas, working diligently and in cooperation with the Town of Needham Parks and other departments, various community groups and interested parties to:

-- Educate the residents of the Town of Needham and neighboring communities about the recreation and transportation opportunities offered by the Needham Rail Trail Greenway
-- Promote the use, development, enjoyment, and care of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway  thru volunteer membership
-- Raise and expend funds to support trail maintenance and improvements for the benefit of the residents of the Needham area.

You can contact us via:

Check out our new website!

Mission Statement
The Friends of the Needham Rail Trail Greenway is a group of interested citizens with broad representation from the community working in partnership with residents, neighborhood associations, town and state government to support the financing, planning, design, construction and maintenance needs of the Greenway.

The Friends group will work to resolve engineering, environmental and safety concerns, including street crossings and bridges, parking and other amenities, dimensions and materials used to construct the path. 

The Friends group will work to reduce the impact on and alleviate the concerns of abutters to the path; establish trail clearing and maintenance projects, develop financial resources to design and construct the path, and sponsor fund raising campaigns and grant applications with the goal of minimizing any expense to the town, and to provide a safe, healty recreation and transportation option for the entire community.

Get Involved - Have fun while helping Needham

Are you looking to work with fun people to make our town even better? In particular, would you like to join the board of this non-profit? Contact us !
  • Attorney 
  • Bicycle / Pedestrian Safety
  • Communications and messaging 
  • Construction supervision
  • Environment and Green Issues
  • Fundraising 
  • Government relations
  • Grassroots canvassing 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Issue advocacy
  • Merchant Associations
  • Parks and recreation
  • Public event organization and logistics 
  • Public relations 
  • Schools and Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Senior Center 
  • Transportation planning 
  • Treasurer / Accounting
  • Urban design 
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Representative

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Friends of the Needham Rail Trail
75 Ridgeway Ave
Needham, Massachusetts 02492

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In the News: great heights, lab probe

Franklin grads go to great heights for others

Franklin woman at center of drug lab probe

Friday, August 31, 2012

Film on the Barn - Friday - 6:30 PM

Hot off the email inbox from Karen Ring:

The annual Open Air Movie Night at White Barn Farm is happening tonight! 
Make it if you can ;)

458 South St. Wrentham, MA 02093

FREE FOOD! Whole Foods Market will be there with healthy snacks for the movie. I will be there doing a demo on how to make Farm Fresh Salsa!

This full moon Friday Night, August 31st, we are having a very wholesome event at White Barn Farm. We are projecting a movie on the side of the barn! Independent Filmmaker, Drew Pearson, will be showing his documentary film, The Great Lesson. which focuses on the power of the mind and body connection.

We are making it into more of an event by beginning with a
healthy eating presentation at 6:30pm by Karen Ring, one of the authors of the blog. Her connection with Whole Foods (she was the healthy eating specialist there) is bringing their sponsorship as well. They will provide anything for her presentation that doesn't come from the farm and if we're lucky they will set up a trail mix bar for movie snacks.   Karen's presentation will be followed by a yoga demonstration in the barn given by Lauren, owner of Wrentham's Humble Warrior Yoga studio. Sunset is scheduled to be around 7:30, and the movie should start just before 8pm. Bring your own chairs and/or blankets, coolers, snacks, bugspray, and flashlights.No dogs, please. The optional suggested donation is $6 for those over 12 years old. 

    To Simplify:
    • This Friday night August 31st
    • Park at the Roadside Stand
    • 6:30pm: Healthy Eating Presentation by Karen Ring at our Farmstand (which is open until 7pm)
    • Carefully cross the road and Set up your spot under the Ash Tree by the barn
    • 7:15pm ish: Yoga demonstration in the barn with Lauren from Humble Warrior Yoga
    • around 8pm: screening of The Great Lesson

    Karen M Ring
    CPT / Health Coach / AADP
    8 Rona Lane
    Franklin, MA 02038
    Cell: 508.954.8837

    Farmers Market - noon to 6:00 PM on the Town Common

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

    Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

    Where in Franklin is the Town Common?

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    MA Fraternal Order of Police endorse Padula

    The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. The Fraternal Order of Police works to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers through education, legislation, information, community involvement and employee representation. 
    Peter is honored to be endorsed by the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police. Police officers work tirelessly to protect and serve the residents of the 10th Norfolk District, as well as every other district in the state and nationally. It is vital that these individuals have a voice in government and are properly represented to ensure that they have access to the resources necessary to provide the best possible service to our communities. The Fraternal Order of Police works aggressively to provide this voice and representation for its many members.

    More information on the Fraternal Order of Police can be found on their webpage

    Additional information on Peter Padula and his campaign for the 10th Norfolk District seat can be found on his webpage

    Franklin day care center looks to revamp property

    Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

    via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Matt Tota/Daily News staff on 8/30/12

    A children's day care center seeking permission from the town to begin major renovations around its property will learn at a public hearing in September whether it can move forward with the plans.

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    Active Older Adult Day - Sep 6 - 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    FRANKLIN, FOXBORO, MANSFIELD, NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA – The Hockomock Area YMCA Live Y’ers Group will sponsor an Active Older Adult Day with information, activities and workshops on Thursday, September 6th from 8:30am – 1:30pm at the Hockomock Area YMCA’s North Attleboro Branch located at 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro.

    A continental breakfast will be served as well as a barbeque lunch with entertainment by Dave Valerio. The cost for the day is $5. GATRA, CVNA, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Ameriprise Financial and other community organizations will have information available in the YMCA gym. 

    Workshops include Balance, Family History, Nutrition, Reflexology, Zumba, Travel and much more! Come for the day, workshops or just lunch, whatever fits your schedule. Register at any Hockomock Area YMCA Member Service Desk. This is open to the entire community, including those not affiliated with the Y.

    For more information or to sign up, call Anne Lonzo at 508-643-5260 or email her at or visit

    About the Hockomock Area YMCA
    We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors in our community to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Reach Out for Youth & Families is our annual support campaign to provide a YMCA experience to more than 15,000 local children and families in need.

    Spilka Announces Framingham, Ashland, and Franklin Office Hours


    On Monday, September 10th, join Senator Karen Spilka and Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka's District and Constituent Services Director, for district office hours in Framingham, Ashland, and Franklin. They will be available to update constituents on the latest news and events and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

    Cafe Fresh Bagels
    957 Worcester Road
    Framingham, MA 01701
    8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

    Sunnyside Cafe
    24 Front Street
    Ashland, MA 01721
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Elizabeth's Bagels
    456 West Central Street
    Franklin, MA 02038
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Any resident unable to attend or looking to schedule an appointment should contact Senator Spilka's office at (617) 722-1640.

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Congressman McGovern speaks for Jeff Roy

    As noted previously, Congressman Jim McGovern endorsed Jeff Roy and on Wednesday spoke at a campaign event to introduce Jeff. Jeff spoke for a few minutes. The 9 minute video clip is here:

    For more information on Congressman McGovern

    For more information on Jeff Roy

    West Nile virus in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway mosquitoes

    Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

    via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Jessica Trufant/Daily News staff on 8/29/12

    Mosquito bites have always been itchy and unpleasant – but they are becoming increasingly risky, too. Officials this week added Medway, Franklin and Bellingham to the list of towns where mosquitoes samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, raising the risk level to moderate.

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    Job Opening: part-time Teacher

    A great local school, Sunrise Montessori School, is looking for a part-time teacher. Candidates should be EEC Lead Teacher or Teacher Certified.  Please call 508 541 8010 or e-mail your resume to: 
    For more information about the school see the website:

    T.O.P.S (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) - Sep 15th

    Would you please put this event in Franklin Matters in time -- Sept. 15th.  The organization is T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)?  Thank you.  Faith Flaherty, TOPS Leader

    T.O.P.S.  Inspiration Workshop 

    Inspire each person to manage their nutrition and life in ways that will help each person.  T.O.P.S. is a support group that aims to promote health and well-being nutritionally.  T.O.P.S. mission is to support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly. 

    When:    Saturday, September 15, 2012Where:  Franklin Senior CenterTime:    8:30 AM registration  9:00 - 12:00 programCost:     Free

    More information on TOPS can be found on the national TOPS webpage here

    Labor Day Weekend: Travel Safely

    Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

    via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 8/29/12

    Traffic Camera I-93 SE Expressway 2012The Massachusetts Department of Transportation encourages safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
    Heaviest Labor Day traffic on I-90 is expected Thursday and Friday westbound and Monday afternoon-evening eastbound. 
    In 2011, the number of toll transactions on the Turnpike from Weston to the New York border on the Friday before Labor Day was approximately 358,000, third highest in 2011. 

    MassDOT suspends all road and bridge construction on major roadways from Noon Friday through start of normal business on Tuesday.

    Before you travel, check out MassDOT statewide live traffic cameras

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says all traffic lanes on both the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges on the Cape Cod Canal will remain open through the Labor Day weekend.

    Free coffee will be served at the 18 service plazas along I-90 and other major state highways on Monday night into Tuesday morning, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 

    To save time, money and gas, if you have not yet done so, consider joining E-ZPass (FAST LANE) to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths.

    The Massachusetts Safe Driving Law bans texting while driving and cell phone use while driving by 16 and 17 year old drivers.  Drivers are reminded to travel safely and avoid distracted driving such as using cell phones.  

    The MBTA service schedule for Labor Day, Monday, September 3, follows:  

    All subway trains, streetcars, buses, trackless trolleys, and commuter rail trains will run on a Sunday schedule.

    Hingham boat service will not operate.  Quincy and Charlestown Service will operate on a weekend schedule.

    For additional information on routes, schedules, and fares, please call the MBTA Customer Service Center at (617) 222-3200 (hearing impaired TDD 617-222-5146).

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