Sunday, February 24, 2013

Franklin Library: Krafty Mondays - Ductivities

Here is an activity that sounds like fun. Go duct tape!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hockomock Basketball Playoff Schedule - 1st Round

Hockomock Boys Basketball Playoff Seeds Released

The MIAA has announced the seeds for the basketball playoffs.

D1 South
#1 Mansfield vs. Winner of  #17 Newton South @ #16 West Roxbury. Mansfield will play at home, Thursday, 2/28 at 7:00. 
#7 Taunton vs.  #10 Catholic Memorial, Thursday, 2/28, 7:00 p.m.
#9 Franklin @ #8 Barnstable, Thursday, 2/28, 7:00 p.m.

D2 South
#12 Sharon @ #5 Silver Lake, Thursday, 2/28, 7:00.
#17 Oliver Ames @ #16 Falmouth, Tuesday, 2/26, 7:00 p.m.

D3 South
#17 Foxboro @ #16 Norwell, Monday, 2/25, 7:00. 
#21 Canton @ #12 Abington, Monday, 2/25, 7:00. 

D1 Central

#3 Milford vs. Winner of #11 Westboro @ #6 South High. Milford will play at home, Thursday, 2/28 at 7:00. 

The MIAA has announced the seeds for the girls basketball playoffs.

D1 South
#3 North Attleboro vs. Winner of #14 Attleboro/#19 Brockton. 
#4 Franklin vs. #13 Needham, Wednesday, 2/27, 7:00 p.m. 
#10 Stoughton @ #7 Plymouth South, Wednesday, 2/27, 7:00 p.m. 
#14 Attleboro vs. #19 Brockton, Monday, 2/25, 7:00 p.m.
#16 Taunton vs. #17 Newton South, Monday, 2/25, 7:00 p.m. 

D2 South
#1 Oliver Ames vs. Winner of #16 Notre Dame Academy & #17 Plymouth North. OA will play at home, Wednesday, 2/27 at 7:00. 
#8 Foxboro vs. #9 Holliston, Wednesday, 2/27, 7:00 p.m.
#12 Sharon vs. Fontbonne Academy @ Quincy High School, Wednesday, 2/27, 7:00 p.m. 

In the News: distinguished, NationalGrid, i495

Teens vie in Franklin to be 'Distinguished'

When it’s time for her turn on the stage, Franklin High senior Melissa Mandia hopes to dazzle both audience and judges with a rendition of "I Want To Be A Rockette."

National Grid preparing for possible snow storm

With another potentially severe snow storm on the way, National Grid Friday said its workers have already begun preparing for possible scattered power outages this weekend.

Accident closes two lanes on I-495 in Franklin

Two lanes are closed on I-495 southbound at exit 16 in Franklin because of an accident, MassHighway is reporting.

MassBudget: Health Care in the Gov's Budget Proposal

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Health Care in the Governor's Budget
A new factsheet, The Governor's FY 2014 House 1 Budget Proposal, describes the Governor's proposal for MassHealth (Medicaid) and other subsidized health coverage programs. The budget proposes $13.6 billion in funding for MassHealth and other subsidized health coverage programs and related activities, which is an increase of $1 billion from FY 2013 spending.

The proposal reflects the major changes that will occur when key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in January 2014. In addition, the governor's FY 2014 budget proposal includes funding for MassHealth hospital rate increases, restoration of adult dental benefits, delivery system changes (including alternative payment methodologies) and MassHealth administrative simplification initiatives.

This budget brief is the first in a series of fact sheets which will describe the effect of each budget proposal on Health Care programs in Massachusetts. These briefs are produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute--and published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI).

Minimum Wage in Massachusetts

As the minimum wage once again becomes a topic of statewide and national interest, we wanted to remind you of our recent work on the Massachusetts minimum wage. This includes:
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Reading for Friday: Focus on food

Misleading Food Product Roundup II: Don’t Be Fooled

Today I am once again posting a "roundup" of the misleading food products I frequently share on Facebook...just in case you missed some of these or need a friendly reminder (or simply don't use Facebook)

The horsemeat scandal–an object lesson in food politics

The unfolding drama around Europe’s horsemeat scandal is a case study in food politics and the politics of cultural identity.
Cultural identity?  They (other people) eat horsemeat.  We don’t. 

Mrs. Fields Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ever wish you could have your favorite Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookies now that you’re gluten free? Now you can, with this easy gluten free copycat recipe. Mrs. Fields Who?

A Campaign to Build School Gardens

"the end is in sight"

In the round up of DPW preparations for the forecasted winter storm this weekend, Franklin is referenced:

In Franklin, Deacon Perrotta, director of operations, said the snow budget for this fiscal year came in at just over $900,000, and as of Feb. 17, immediately after the blizzard stopped, the town had spent about $635,000. 
He estimated a storm with 6-inches of snow costs around $118,000, which includes pre-treating the ground, eight hours of plowing, and then sanding the roadways after the storm. 
"Franklin is like the ‘Twilight Zone’ of weather forecasting," he said. "We’re either getting 6 inches or 2 feet, and we’re never in a spot that’s easy to predict."

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The winter storm plan as presented to the Town Council in January recently can be found here

The 2012 version can be viewed here

The 2009 version can be viewed here

Franklin Library: Family Drum Fun Circle


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Opportunity for young artists

I have an opportunity for young artists: I would like to trade weekly art lessons for babysitting. I am looking for kids 12 and up to watch my children (ages 4 and almost 2) for a couple of hours after school at my home while I am in the house drawing and painting. In exchange, I can offer a half an hour of college-level art lessons, including homework assignments. I am particularly interested in mentoring teens who are considering making visual art their career.

I am a graduate of the illustration department of the Rhode Island School of Design. Professionally, I have spent a few years making art for computer games. I am now a stay-at-home mom, and I am currently trying to break into the children's book market. I have extensive experience with drawing and painting in various mediums, as well as various 3D mediums. I will tailor the art lessons to meet the needs of the student. In addition to teaching foundation 2D and 3D art skills, I can guide students in assembling college admission portfolios, and I can share my knowledge of the professional fields of digital art, illustration, animation, and fine arts.

Parents and students can learn more about me and see samples of my art at For inquiries, you can reach me at I encourage interested students to visit me with a parent so that we can get to know each other first.

Cheers! - Michelle Clay

Make time to play!

Children play whenever they can – as soon as their most urgent needs are met, and whenever they are not prevented from it. That ability to stay in the moment, to grasp opportunities for exploration, joy and challenge whenever possible, is probably what most people mean by the word “childlike”.  Morgan

Talking about play and fostering play. Sit in on this conversation with Bernie and Morgan. Listen to the passion around play! (full video = 45 minutes)

What can you take away from this?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"DelCarte’s gift stands as the largest Franklin has ever received"

The Milford Daily News has an update on the plans for the DelCarte Open Space or Franklin Reservoir (as it is referred to on some maps):

Preliminary plans call for the construction of a playground, canoe launch and boardwalk. In addition, some of the trails will be leveled and widened to make them easier to traverse. 
Early estimates put the total cost from $300,000 to $400,000. 
The bulk of the work will begin in the summer after repairs on two of the seven earthen dams cutting through the property have been completed. They are crumbling because of erosion and could break completely, turning the pristine landscape into a swamp.

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DelCarte sign along Pleasant St

Related posts:

A photo tour from 2010

A brief video from Dec 2012

Another video from earlier in Dec 2012

MassBudget: Children's Budget - a new online resource

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A Children's Budget for Massachusetts

One of the most important things we do through our government is help children grow and thrive. We build schools to educate them; we ensure they have access to quality health care; we provide housing and food assistance to those who need it most.

Today, MassBudget is unveiling a new web resources, a Children's Budget, which provides information and analysis of the many programs in the Massachusetts state budget which affect children.

Using the Children's Budget you can:

  • Learn about all the programs in a particular area, including Early Education & Care, K-12 Education, Health, Housing, Human Services, and Justice.

  • Within those areas, you can look at individual programs, like the Newborn Hearing Screening Program. For each program, you will find a full description, information on funding history, proposals for future funding, and links to other online resources. The Children's budget includes over 150 different programs across the state budget--all of them related to the well-being of children.

MassBudget's Children's Budget also allows you to:

If you want to understand what we do for children in Massachusetts through our government, visit the Children's Budget. Use it, share it with friends, and then share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Visit MassBudget's CHILDREN'S BUDGET
MassBudget's Children's Budget was developed with support from Boston Children's Hospital and the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT initiative.

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Italian Wednesday & Comedy Night this Friday at 3!
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John Gorka March 2 with Mustard's Retreat

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

262 Chestnut St

Franklin, MA
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John Gorka
March 2nd, $25

with special guests
Mustard's Retreat
John Gorka
John Gorka
John Gorka returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00PM. Called "the pre-eminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement" by Rolling Stone, he possesses a commandingly beautiful baritone voice. His articulate guitar playing compliments his superb lyrics on songs that are romantic, cosmic, poetic, haunting in their imagery or hilarious. John is always very popular so it is best to order your tickets right away.

"Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs." -The Boston Globe
Mustard's Retreat Folk duo Mustard's Retreat from Michigan opens the show. Their performance presents an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling.
Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music... extraordinary songs, attention to details. Their music comes from our common roots and traditions, pays tribute to those roots and expands on them. It is music for real people about real things- life, love, sex and death- the big stuff.. ,and the songs have entered the lexicon of "anonymous" folk songs and are being passed from hand to hand- which is the ultimate tribute to a songwriter."
-Garnet Rogers
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $25. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

PLAY Sat Mar 02 13, 08:00 PM
John Gorka, Mustard's Retreat
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Mar 16 13, 08:00 PM
Mary Gauthier, scott nolan
Tickets: $20
  Sat Mar 23 13, 08:00 PM
Garnet Rogers, Joe Crookston
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Apr 06 13, 08:00 PM
Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Jesse Hanson
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Apr 20 13, 08:00 PM
Susan Werner, Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat May 11 13, 08:00 PM
Tickets: $20
Celtic band RUNA returns
PLAY Sat Nov 09 13, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier
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