Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Correction: Historical Museum - will be OPEN on Mother's Day

The Franklin Historical Museum will be closed OPEN on Mother's Day May 12th

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Franklin Historical Museum

The 'closed' notice was originally posted on the Franklin website and now is removed. The Museum will be open for its normal Sunday schedule from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (updated 5/8/13)

Franklin Public Schools: Updates



As this is Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to acknowledge the commitment and contributions of our educational staff. If you have a moment thank a teacher!

Month of May Technology Training
Parents who need help with applications their children are using today – InstagramFacebookSnapchatAsk.FM, Twitter - can go to the Franklin Public Library for help : Thursday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 21st anytime between 6:30PM and 7:30PM.  

Students (the experts) will be available to teach and answer questions about different applications.  They also will help parents set up privacy settings, location settings, and passwords on different devices.  BYOD (bring your own device) – Smart Phone, iPad  laptop, iTouch.  For more information please contact Lisa Keohane at

Last School Tour of the 2012-2013 Academic Year
Our last tour will be at the Keller/Sullivan Complex
Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m in the Keller Lobby

Best wishes for a Happy Mother's Day  to all our Franklin moms, stepmoms and grandmoms!

Enjoy the day

Maureen Sabolinski

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MassBudget: Law & Public Safety Programs in the House budget

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Law & Public Safety in the House Budget
Law & Public Safety programs help us keep our communities safe. They also support our court system, which protects our rights, resolves criminal cases, and helps our economy function by enforcing contracts and settling business disputes.

MassBudget's new brief, "Law & Public Safety in the House Budget for FY 2014," examines the House proposal for Law & Public Safety programs, from the court system to state prisons, state police, and others. We find that:

  • Overall funding for Law & Public Safety programs would be reduced slightly (after adjusting for inflation)

  • Two programs that see significant cuts are Indigent Defense, which helps ensure that no one is deprived of the right to an attorney, and Shannon Grants, which support youth violence prevention

  • The House proposal would increase the salaries of judges and clerks for the first time since 2006

  • MLAC (Mass. Legal Assistance Corporation) would receive additional funding to help low-income people with non-criminal legal problems

"Law & Public Safety in the House Budget for FY 2014" is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014.

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"Best Jobs in the World"

The Milford Daily News has an article on "Send BMAC Down Under"
MacLeod, a 21-year-old senior at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has earned a place on the short list with the top 25 applicants for Funster in Chief. To get there, she had to beat out 600,000 people from 196 countries. 
The job description opens with, "If you’re the life of the party, always in search of the best events and coolest festivals, then why not do it for a living?" 
In her role as Chief Funster, she would be based in Sydney, the country’s largest city, spending a year traveling across New South Wales to promote exclusive festivals and events via new media.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Moving Wall coming to Medway

As part of the FY14 budget, the House approved an amendment filed by Rep. Roy and Rep. Fernandes to allocate $15,000 towards the Moving Wall project for Medway. 
It will be on display in Medway from Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. until Monday, June 3, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. as part of Medway's 300th birthday celebration. It will be hosted at the Medway VFW on Holliston Street. 
The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of "The Wall." He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington. 

Town of Natick Moving Wall opening ceremony
Moving Wall in Natick Jun 2011

"Rep. Fernandes and I were honored to co-sponsor the amendment and secure the funds for this inspirational display of the war memorial in Medway," noted Rep. Roy. "We hope that many people from the area will get a chance to see and observe this fitting monument to our veterans." 
“ I was pleased and honored to join with my colleague, Rep. Roy, in cosponsoring this amendment, which if hopefully approved in the Senate and by the Governor, will serve as a fitting tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our nation’s freedom,” added Rep. John Fernandes. “This beautiful memorial, if eventually authorized, will be viewed by thousands of Medway residents, regional visitors and statewide leaders.”

Rep Roy: Student Government Day

On April 5th, the State House hosted the 66th Annual Student Government Day. Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) was delighted to see five students from Franklin and Medway participate – Ryan Creavin, Meagan Schmauder and Dylan Martin from Franklin, and Corrie Brown and Amanda Pollock from Medway. The students had the opportunity to participate in a Joint Senate and House of Representatives mock debate, or participate at the John Adams Court house as Supreme Judicial Court justices. 
“It was great to see the students actively engaged in government” noted Representative Jeffrey Roy (D – Franklin). “They offered some poignant arguments and speeches during the debate and set a good example for legislating” For 66 years the General Court has hosted this event, offering insight to young and spirited students into how the legislature functions. 
The enclosed photograph shows Ryan Creavin, Meagan Schmauder and Dylan Martin with Rep. Roy in the State House.

Rep Roy
Ryan Creavin, Meagan Schmauder and Dylan Martin with Rep. Roy

Help with your career

The Dean College Library blog writes:
Graduation is looming ever closer. Right behind it rises the ever larger life decisions of the working world. The process to get there can seem daunting-resumes, job boards, interviews and networking, among other things. Yet, with the help of key offices and resources on campus, it doesn’t have to be. 
Take Dean CareerLink, for example. Dean CareerLink is the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning’s new online career network. CareerLink gives access to job and internship postings, maintains information on employers, provides career planning resources, including a career exploration tool, and allows students to RSVP for events and workshops. In fact, one of the key features of this site is a Resume Builder. With this tool, one can create a resume by using one of the standard resume templates and customizing the content. Once completed, the resume can be uploaded to an individual’s profile and be made available for prospective employers to view. Talk about easy!

One area resource that college students should consider participating with is Job Search Jam Sessions. Scheduled for Jun 14, this one day event will bring together people and resources focused on the job search.

For additional information, visit the event website

Read the full Dean College Library article here

In the News: Cycling, casino

Gas prices are sky high and it beats idling in gridlock. Both the planet and our bodies deserve better than motoring from every Point A to every Point B. Last but not least, it’s fun. Cyclists offer all these reasons and more to explain why their ranks are growing steadily in Massachusetts.

Casino timeline concerns persist in Milford

After receiving an update from the attorney representing the town with the casino proposal, selectmen are still worried whether whether the town will have enough time to adequately examine the impacts.

Monday, May 6, 2013

"I don’t think we’ve ever done anything this big"

The Elks Lodge will hold the inaugural Elks Care Elks Share 5K Run and Walk on May 11 to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and the Wounded Warriors Project. 
The race kicks off at 10 a.m. at Lodge 2136, 1077 Pond St. The course, which begins and ends at the Elks Lodge, follows Pond Street, Southgate Road, Maple Street and Partridge Street. 
The top three female and male finishers in each age group receive trophies and other awards. Already 125 people have registered with more expected to sign up in the week ahead. 
Apart from the two main beneficiaries, a raffle has been planned to raise money for One Fund Boston — prizes include a baseball signed by Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Also, the sky-blue and yellow "Boston Strong" ribbon has been emblazoned on T-shirts created for the event.

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Tree advertising

I was in Chicago this weekend for a conference. One I have been fortunate to attend for several years now and it was worth it this time around too!

While there, I visited Millennium Park where I found this photo opportunity

trees keep us cooler

trees increase our property value

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 8, 2013


B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.




F. HEARINGS - Postponed Public Hearing to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept Tanglewood Dr., Sierra Dr., Dutchess Rd., Summer Heights Dr., Autumn Ln., Fall Ln., Mary Jane Rd., and Anna Rd. – 7:15 PM


  • New Wine and Malt Package Store License – Angela Hayat Corporation dba DB Mart 1- Continued from May 1 – 7:15 PM
  • Request for Withdrawal of Liquor License Application



1. Resolution 13-25: Order of Acceptance of Tanglewood Drive and Sierra Drive as Public Ways – Postponed from May 1
2. Resolution 13-26: Order of Acceptance of Mary Jane Road and Anna Road as Public Ways – Postponed from May 1
3. Resolution 13-27: Order of Acceptance of Summer Heights Drive, Autumn Lane and Fall Lane as Public Ways – Postponed from May 1
4. Resolution 13-28: Order of Acceptance of Dutchess Road as a Public Way – Postponed from May 1
5. Resolution 13-30: Town Council Proposal of Charter Amendment to Voters: Treasurer Collector to be changed from Elected to Appointment Position – Postponed from May 1
6. Bylaw Amendment 13-713:Amendment to Chapter 25, Appendix A-Classification Plan and Appendix B-Compensation Plan – 1st Reading





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


The full set of documents as published for this agenda can be found here

Drink Pink for the Cure

Pour Richard's is holding a Relay for Life fundraiser Sunday afternoon.

“When you build it, they come"

In advance of Bay State Bike Week which begins on Saturday, May 11 the Milford Daily News has this article on this transportation area.
Bay State Bike Week
Bay State Bike Week

... the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced last fall it aims to triple travel by biking, walking and public transit by 2030. It’s not about just accommodating people who bicycle for fun, but recognizing bikes as a form of transportation, said Catherine Cagle, manager of sustainable transportation at MassDOT. 
“We want more of them,” she said. 
But to get more people cycling on a larger scale across eastern Massachusetts, it could take time, more infrastructure and more concentrated efforts to educate people about rules of the road, say transportation advocates and planners. 
Advocates credit the recent expansion of bike lanes, paths and places to lock up bikes in part for the growth of cycling, making it more convenient and safer for more people to hop behind the handlebars.

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If the commute to work is more than 30 miles, the amount of time involved would effectively make it not practical for a daily trip. I would like to increase my recreational biking but commuting by bike is really not practical.

What about your situation?  Is the commute to work less than 30 miles? Have you taken your bike?

Franklin Historical Museum - Open on Mother's Day

The Franklin Historical Museum will be closed OPEN on Mother's Day May 12th

Franklin Historical Museum - 1
Franklin Historical Museum

The 'closed' notice was originally posted on the Franklin website and now is removed. The Museum will be open for its normal Sunday schedule from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (updated 5/8/13)

Franklin Library: Move Along!

Move Along!

Franklin Library
move along

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