Tuesday, September 11, 2012

6th Annual Halloween Costume Drive

Summer is over, Halloween candy is already in the aisle. So that must mean that good things are happening at Berry Insurance!

It's that time of year again! Berry Insurance and Four Points by Sheraton Norwood are holding the 6th annual Halloween Costume Drive benefiting Children's Hospital Boston!

We are collecting only NEW & UNOPENED costumes and accessories (nothing scary or violent) for children of all ages and sizes. Children's Hospital Boston is a 395-bed facility, and it is our hope that with your help, no child will miss Halloween this year! Accessories like masks, wands, etc. are great for the kids who are unable to get fully dressed in costume. 
We are also collecting stickers, coloring books, crayons, games, puzzles, etc. to give to the children as their "treats" since they can't go trick-or-treating. 
We greatly appreciate any donation you can give. And if you don't have time to shop, we are also accepting cash donations and we'll do the shopping for you. 
Donations can be brought to our Franklin or Quincy offices, but must be received by October 26th. Please call Kaitlyn @ 508-440-2290 with any questions. 
We truly appreciate your support this year would encourage you to share this post with your family and friends! Many thanks from all of us at Berry Insurance!

For additional information on Berry Insurance, please visit their wbepage

Franklin Veterans and/or Residents

From the Franklin webpage:
If you are the Holder of the Silver or Bronze Star Medal or if you, a Resident know someone who is please contact Franklin Veterans Service Officer Bob Fahey 508 520 4973 or bfahey@franklin.ma.us
We would like to recognize and honor you at our upcoming Veterans Day Breakfast on Fri Nov. 9

Monday, September 10, 2012

Food Pantry is looking for a Director of Development

Updated 10/7/12 - We have selected a fine candidate and will be notifying all the other candidates that have applied. Thank you for your interest!


Do you know someone that has a talent for building relationships with local business and community groups for a non-profit?

Do you know someone looking for part-time work in a non-profit environment doing good by helping the Franklin community?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then please send them this info so they can follow through with the Franklin Food Pantry!

How to Apply
To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume highlighting your qualifications to FFP.Hiring@franklinfoodpantry.org

Harmony from the Heart - Sep 15th - Adirondack Club

What is Harmony from the Heart?

A Franklin-based effort to raise
"money for platelet research...one concert at a time. All proceeds benefit the center for Platelet Research Studies, Boston Children's Hospital"
When and Where?
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Location: The Adirondack Club: Franklin, MA
Email: harmonyfromtheheart@verizon.net

Visit the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-from-the-Heart/132979273387534

Visit the Children's Hospital fund raising page

A sampling of some of the silent auction and raffle items for Saturday night...
1. AUTOGRAPHED 2-ALBUM SET, Dave Stewart’s THE BLACKBIRD DIARIES. Writer, producer, artist and co-founder of Eurythmics, The Blackbird Diaries is Dave Stewart’s first solo album of new material in over a decade. Estimated collectors value: $70.00 
2. AUTOGRAPHED 2-ALBUM SET and tour T-shirt, Dave Stewart’s newly released THE RINGMASTER GENERAL. A potent and distinctive musical gumbo with rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia, The Ringmaster General was recorded and mixed by John McBride at the famed Blackbird Studio in Nashville TN. Estimated collectors value: $85.00 
3. BOSE WAVE RADIO III – Rich, room-filling sound from a compact tabletop radio that fits just about anywhere in your home. Donated by BOSE corp. Value $350 
4. KING SIZE QUILT handmade in Maine. This beautiful flannel handmade patchwork quilt will keep you comfy and cozy this winter and for years to come. Made and donated by Mary Buckman. Value $400 
5. FRAMED CALLIGRAPHY ‘Take time to Sing’ hand lettered by Claire Griffin of Griffin Ink Studio Value: 
6. FRAMED CALLIGRAPHY ‘True Strength is Very Delicate’ hand lettered and painted by Claire Griffin of Griffin Ink Studio Value: 
7. One of a kind, HAND MADE POTTERY 3-Bowl Matching Set by Margo Woodman Vogel, Farmville VA (and you thought Farmville was just on FB!) 
8. Decorative HANDMADE POTTERY Leaf and Decorative Leaf Plate. Perfect for your wall or a spoon rests. By Margo Woodman Vogel, Farmville VA 
9. HANDMADE POTTERY Small Deep Bowl, the perfect sized ice-cream bowl (or soup, or cereal, or salsa, or…) by Margo Woodman Vogel, Farmville, VA 
10. $25.00 Gift Card Stop & Shop 
11. 4-Passes PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, Salem Mass – Just in time to see the Ansel Adams exhibit – At the Water’s Edge, now through October 8th Or the just opened exhibit ‘Hats, an anthology” Value: $60.00 
12. Clutch & Matching Hot Pink Scarf. Note: Clutch is large enough to hold an iPad or Kindle. Value: $30.00 
13. "Elle vit apparaître le matin, elle se tut discrètement" Gorgeous colorful print by Matisse which translates “She saw morning arrive, and discreetly said no more” Framed and donated by JANE’S FRAMES. Value: $350 
14. Panoramic View SUPER BOWL XXXIX New England 24 Philadelphia 21. This print would be a great addition to your ‘sports wall’ Framed and donated by JANE’S FRAMES. Value: 
15. Panoramic View BOSTON CITY SKYLINE print, perfect for your office or home. Framed and donated by JANE’S FRAMES Value: 
16. BIG, LOUD, SCREAMING BLONDE print by Tom Everhart. Framed and donated by JANE’S FRAMES. Value: 
17. Autographed Children’s book ‘AN OCTOPUS NAMED MOM” signed by author Kathleen Flaherty of Millis and illustrator Jennifer Donehey. Donated by Pat Mayer.

18. BEAUTIFUL DISASTER Autographed Book from Franklin’s own Award Winning first time author Laura Spinella

19. Can't be missed NYR GIFT BASKET. An amazing sampling of Organic Skin Care products. Value: approx $150

Franklin Tornadoes and Franklin Fusion: tryout dates set

Tryouts for the Franklin Girls Softball Association's summer competitive teams (Franklin Tornadoes and Franklin Fusion) are this month. The PDF file below contains all the relevant information including dates, times, location, ages, etc.

The Franklin Girls Softball website can be found here http://www.fgsafastpitch.org

Franklin Art Center: Drawing 1 Weds 6:30 - 8 PM

Drawing 1  Wednesdays 6:30-8

Anyone interested in improving their drawing skills?  We have space Wednesday night 
The class will start this week and runs for 6 weeks   
The class is open to teens  and adults

Linda Kabat 

Franklin Art Center


Friends of the Poor Walk in Franklin on Sept. 29

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Jessica Trufant/Daily News staff on 9/9/12

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul of St. Mary's Parish in Franklin is sponsoring the Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 29, rain or shine.  Walkers collect pledges and the money promised to them from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers - at the time the pledge is made - and turn it in to the parish on the day of the walk.  All monies collected stay in Franklin to help those in need, regardless of faith.

Things you can do from here:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Sep 11, 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.

"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 21, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. District Improvement Plan
b. Lifelong Learning Summer Update

3. Discussion Only Items

Policy – First Readings:
1. BL – Remote Participation Policy

Policy – Second Readings: Elimination of Policies:
1. JICA – Student Dress Code
2. JICDA – Academic Honesty Policy
3. JICF – Gang Activity/Secret Societies
4. JIH – Interrogations and Searches
5. JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention
6. JKAA-R – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Administration Procedures/Crisis Team Procedures
7. JKF-E – Memorandum of Understanding
8. JKF-R – Matters Involving Violence, Weapons, Hate Crimes and Drug Distribution
9. JLF-E – Child Abuse/Neglect
10. JLF-R – Statement of Child Abuse and Neglect

New/Revised Policies (Second Read)
1. JLF – Child Abuse/Neglect
2. JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention

4. Action Items
a. I recommend elimination of the following policies as discussed:

  1. JICA – Student Dress Code
  2. JICDA – Academic Honesty Policy
  3. JICF – Gang Activity/Secret Societies
  4. JIH – Interrogations and Searches
  5. JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention
  6. JKAA-R – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Administration Procedures/Crisis Team Procedures
  7. JKF-E – Memorandum of Understanding
  8. JKF-R – Matters Involving Violence, Weapons, Hate Crimes and Drug Distribution
  9. JLF-E – Child Abuse/Neglect
  10. JLF-R – Statement of Child Abuse and Neglect

b. I recommend adoption of Policy JFL Child Abuse/Neglect as discussed.
c. I recommend adoption of Policy JKAA – Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention.
d. I recommend acceptance of the donation of an OKI Color Printer valued at $150.00 to the FPS.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $750.00 from the Hockomock YMCA from the Amanda Hartford Grant for Davis Thayer.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,125.00 from O’Charley’s Inc. for in-house enrichment at FHS.

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 Public Schools: District Improvement Plan

The District Improvement Plan for the Franklin Public Schools for school year 2012-2013. This is scheduled for discussion at the School Committee meeting 9/11/12.

The full agenda for the School Committee can be found here

Franklin Public Schools: Enrollment 2011 to 2012

As the school year starts, there are changes in enrollment school by school and these changes can be viewed here:

The full agenda for the School Committee can be found here

Stop & Shop A+ can help your Franklin school!

Registration has re-opened to set up your frequent buyer card with up to two schools. The A+ program from Stop & Shop will accumulate the points you spend during the school year and then write a check to the school at the end of the year.

You are going to go food shopping, might as well help the Franklin schools as you do so. The one time registration to set up your card and link it to a school is all that is required.

Franklin schools received more than $10,000 from this program in June from purchases during the last school year. This is easy money. Let's see if we can get more than that this time around!

How to set up your card

Go to Stop and Shop's web page to register your card. When you login to your account (if you don't already have one, you'll need to create one), you select your home town by state. This will return the listing of school in the area. Most are already registered for this program. A couple haven't completed the registration for this year. Talk the the principal to encourage them to do so!

Select your school. You can select two schools, one at a time.

In these screen shots, I have chosen Oak St and then Franklin High School.

The registration ends with a confirmation page.

As a results of Franklin's shopping last school year, the school received a total of more than $10,000.

Franklin Police officer saves man in King Street fire

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Derek McLean/Daily News correspondent on 9/8/12

A local resident had no idea that a "massive" two-alarm fire had erupted in his King Street home Saturday afternoon, until a police officer showed up at his door telling him to get out.

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Franklin High boys hockey boosters plan bottle, can drive

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via Wicked Local Franklin News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 9/8/12

The Franklin High School Boys Ice Hockey Boosters Club will hold its annual bottle and can drive on Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Padula says "Thank you"

Dear Friends: 
I want to thank all of the voters of Franklin and Medway who supported my candidacy for State Representative. 
Although we fell short in the primary election, we worked hard and listened and learned from the voters of both towns. 
I particularly want to thank all of those, including so many friends and family, who volunteered and gave tirelessly of their time and energy in support of my campaign. 
Our state and region continue to face tough challenges, and although unsuccessful in this race, I will continue working to help meet those challenges. I hope that this campaign has made a positive contribution to the future of our communities and the Commonwealth. 
Thank you so much. 
Peter Padula 
(508) 528-8811

Boston Magazine says spending more is a big deal!

The Boston Magazine has just published its Top 50 high schools inside the i495 beltway around Boston. Franklin did NOT make this listing and as I looked at the data, I began to wonder why.

I made a copy of the Top 50 and then added Franklin to work with a listing of 51 schools. When you look at the data this way, Franklin compares very well.

  • When looking at the enrollment, only 8 high schools are larger!
  • When sorting by Student-Teacher ratio, only 7 schools have a greater ratio that Franklin
  • When looking at the graduation rate, Franklin ties with Cohasset and still beats 11 other schools
  • When looking at the MCAS English scores, Franklin ties with 9 schools and beats 7 more
  • When looking at the MCAS Science scores, Franklin ties with Hingham and Marblehead and beats 25 more!
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Reading scores, Franklin beats 7 schools
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Writing scores, Franklin ties with Pentucket, Ashland and Lynnfield and beats 8 more
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Math scores, Franklin beat 15 other schools
  • When looking at the Percent AP Proficiency scores, Franklin beat 15 other schools
  • When looking at the # of AP Classes offered, only Boston Latin beat Franklin!
  • When looking at the # of varsity sports offered, Franklin ties with Concord-Carlisle and Cohasset and still beat 21 other schools
  • When looking at the # of clubs offered, Franklin tied with Norwell and still beat 19 other schools
So the weighting of some of the data had to be the cause for Franklin not to be in this Top50. There were two categories where Franklin did not do so well:
  • When looking at the MCAS Math scores, Franklin beats 4 schools
  • When looking at the percent going to college, Franklin ties with Cohasset and Reading and beats one other school (Ashland)

Why were the MCAS Math scores apparently weighted more than the Avg SAT Math scores?

Why was the percent going to college weighed so high? Isn't high school supposed to prepare you for life?

I think the real driver behind why Franklin is not on this listing has to do with money. Only Georgetown spends less than Franklin on this listing of the Top50! I believe that if the weighting on the per pupil expenditures was considered differently, that is spending less would actually be better than spending more, Franklin would have made this listing!

The Milford Daily News article is here:

The Boston Magazine listing is here:

My copy of 51 schools can be found here: