Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the News: Cougar Culture, Milford Casino

Tri-County RVTHS recognized 11 students during the school’s annual Honors Night with the Cougar Culture Award, which celebrates outstanding career technical and academic excellence and commitment to school community.

Residents hoping to learn more about the proposed casino will have plenty of opportunities in July: Foxwoods has several public presentations and community meetings planned. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Planning Board - Agenda - Jun 24, 2013

The agenda for the Planning Board as published for Monday, Jun 24, 2013.

The Planning Board section of the Franklin website can be found here

Franklin's Planning and Community Development Dept can be found here

In times of challege there is the Franklin Neighbor Brigade

Friendly reminder, as the summer time approaches, you may hear of a neighbor in need and wonder where to turn for help.

Franklin Neighbor Brigade is a resourceful group of volunteers ready to help when immediate friends and family can’t do it all. We are ready to help families in times of crisis, such as illness, serious injury or tragic events. “Help is next door” is what we look to achieve in connecting with others to help during times of temporary crisis.

How do you reach out to the Neighbor Brigade?  You can contact
Linda Gagnon
Neighbor Brigade Inc.
617-335-5452/ FranklinMA@neighborbrigade.org

Related posts:
Most of the content in this post originally appeared here in April

The Milford Daily News wrote about the Neighbor Brigade in April

The School Dept used one of their alerts to parents to let folks know of the Neighbor Brigade

Disclosure: Linda Gagnon has a close volunteer relationship with the Franklin Food Pantry. Wearing my other hat of Chairman of the Board for the Food Pantry, we appreciate that a great deal. Neighbors helping neighbors makes our little corner of the world bearable.

In the News: Cook's Farm

A developer is seeking a permit from the town to build 35 single-family condominiums, one-story contemporary colonials geared toward empty-nesters, on 14 acres of former farmlands near Franklin Country Club.

For the complete report on all that happened at the Town Council meeting Wed, Jun 19

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jun 25, 2013

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 June 11, 2013 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Honor Mike Peacock
b. Honor Bob Lima
c. FHS Senior Project

3. Discussion Only Items
Ratification of Van Drivers Contract
Ratification of Cafeteria Workers Contract
Ratification of FEA Educator Evaluation Tool

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $100.00 from James and Margaret Maness for a FHS scholarship.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $25.00 from Candace and Terry Murray for a FHS scholarship.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $236.00 from Paula Vozzella for a FHS scholarship.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $50.00 from Linda Dooley for a FHS Scholarship.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $65.00 from Carol Beard for a FHS scholarship.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2888.69 from the JF Kennedy PCC for supplies for JF Kennedy.
g. I recommend approval of declaring Family and Consumer Science kitchen supplies listed as surplus.
h. I recommend approval of budget transfers as detailed.
i. I recommend approval of the Van Drivers Contract as presented.
j. I recommend approval of Appendix D of the FEA Educator Evaluation Contract Language as presented.
k. I recommend acceptance several checks totaling $300.00 from the FHS Administrators for a FHS Scholarship.
l. I recommend approval of the Cafeteria Workers Contract as presented.

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
Review of Executive session minutes from 9/25/12; 11/27/12; 1/15/13; 1/29/13; 3/12/13; 5/28/13 and 6/11/13.

8. Adjourn

Election Day - Jun 25, 2013

The special election for the US Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry will be held on Tuesday, Jun 25. All Franklin voters will cast their ballots at the Franklin High School field house. The polls will open at 6:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

Election Day
Election day - Jun 25, 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Absentee ballots are available up until noon on Monday, Jun 24, 2013

Gabriel Gomez campaign site   http://www.gomezforma.com/
Ed Markey's campaign site  http://www.edmarkey.com/

Lowell Sun endorsed Gabriel Gomez  http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_23500657/let-gabriel-gomez-show-what-he-can-do

Milford Daily News endorsed Markey

The two candidates for Massachusetts' open U.S. Senate seat have differing opinions on how things are run down on Capitol Hill.

Attention Franklin: Open Board and Committee positions

The following Boards/Committees are looking for members:

  • Conservation Commission - Kathy Celorier -508-553-4846
  • Disabilities Commission - Mary ONeil - 508-520-3050
  • Finance Committee - Jeff Nutting - 508-520-4949* Send letter of interest and resume to Jeff Nutting 355 East Central St.
  • Franklin Cultural Council - Claire Griffin - 508-520-8857
  • Library Board of Directors - Felicia Oti - 508-520-4940
  • Franklin Housing Trust Fund - Maxine Kinhart - 508-553-4886
  • Public Land Use Committee - Beth Dahlstrom - 508-553-4852

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the required form and if you would like more information on the committee, please contact the above.

The form can be found here:

"our trail networks connect to public transportation"

The Milford Daily News writes about the rail trails in the area.
Nearly $10 million of that, for instance, could go to finishing work on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail, which stretches 22 miles from the Franklin State Forest to the Douglas State Forest, traveling east to west through Bellingham, Uxbridge, Blackstone and Millville. 
The state-owned trail has several undeveloped segments, and the DCR has been helping grassroots nonprofit groups like the Friends of the SNETT chip away at these unfinished sections in hopes of connecting the trail to the Blackstone River Greenway, which picks up in Worcester and runs 48 miles to Providence, R.I. 
In Massachusetts, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, there are 55 completed trails, spanning nearly 400 miles, and 62 trails under development. A handful of these pass through or near MetroWest and Milford area communities.

Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1002429162/Local-bike-trails-have-much-to-offer#ixzz2X2KokbVe

BVRP - winding trail
summer day on the Blackstone River Bikeway

Good Links:

The full report "The Way Forward" can be found at the MassDOT website

The Grand Trunk Trailblazers webpage can be found here

The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail webpage can be found here

The Assabet Trail webpage has a good collection of other rail trails in MA

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Franklin's 4th of July Schedule of Events

From the 4th of July Coalition webpage we find the schedule of events for Franklin's weekend. There will be no fireworks this year due to the construction at the new high school.

Donations to the 4th can be made by either downloading the form or via PayPal from the webpage.

Wednesday, July 3rd:• 6pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 7pm-10pm Digger Dawg Band
Thursday, July 4th:• 11am-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 11am-1pm D.J. Bob Brown
• 1pm-4pm Local Youth Bands
• 4pm-5pm Tyler Zajac (2010 "Franklin Idol" winner)
• 7pm-10pm "Z" Band
Friday, July 5th:• 6pm-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 7pm-10pm Corvairs "Oldies" Band
Saturday, July 6th:
Children's Day
• 11am-10pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 12 noon Children's Parade
• 1pm-2pm Vic and Sticks (Family Entertainment)
• 2pm-3pm Flippo the Clown
• 3pm-4pm Jamie Barrett (Franklin's Own)
• 4pm-7pm Franklin Idol Contest
• 7pm-10pm Groove Doctors Band
Sunday, July 7th:• 1pm-7pm Food Booths and Amusements Open
• 1pm-4pm D.J. Bob Brown
• 2pm-3:30pm PARADE
• 4pm-5pm Tyler Zajac
• 5pm Idol Winners Announced

Updates to the schedule may be found on http://july4thfranklinma.com/

2013 Hockomock Sports.com Boys Lacrosse Awards

Franklin sophomore defender Mike Sullivan has been named the inaugural 2013 Boys' Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year. 
Sullivan played a large role in the Panthers defense and was one of the key players that helped Franklin to a Kelley-Rex division title as well as reaching the second round of the Division 1 tournament. Franklin finished 13-7 overall, including 10-1 in the Hockomock.

Michael Patjane, Attacker, Franklin was named to the 1st Team
Jake Sargeant, Attacker, Franklin was named to the 2nd Team

Read the full coverage of the 2013 Hockomock Sports.com Boys Lacrosse Awards

26-hour Boston Strong workout marathon

Franklin Police will be represented in the 26-hour event being held at Gillette Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

The endurance challenges are not open to the public; the teams registered in advance, each pledging a minimum of $2,600. 
Led by personal trainers, the 26 workout stations will be open to members of the U.S. military and first-responders. They begin at 2:50 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m. tomorrow. 
The event itself will encompass the football field and practice bubble as well as the practice fields. Before the 26-hour trial kicks off, team captains will be given a full break down of all the challenges so their teams can develop game plans for how to tackle them. 
Family and friends of those participating will be able to watch the opening ceremony and first two hours of the event from the stands. 
Franklin’s team includes police officers Jon Bussey, Rich Martini and Dan MacLean. Detective Sgt. Christopher Baker, a member of the MetroLEC SWAT team, will also be a part of the event.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1615047150/Franklin-cops-to-work-out-for-One-Fund-Boston#ixzz2WwC41Jzy

You can donate online at http://www.bswm617.com/

Friday, June 21, 2013

"right on schedule and right on budget"

On graduation night, members of the Class of 2013 wrote their signatures in black marker on a steel beam bound for the new Franklin High School's roof. 
On Thursday, a crane hoisted the beam — an American flag hanging from it — to its final resting place during a "topping out" ceremony commemorating the completion of the school’s framework. 
But before the beam was raised, Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), wanted to leave his mark, too. Technically, though, he already has: The MSBA is funding about 59 percent of the $103.5 million project.
And at more than 300,000 square feet, the building will be the largest MSBA model school ever constructed.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1484776817/New-Franklin-High-Schools-last-beam-is-raised#ixzz2WqJ7vYe0

Photos of the construction progress each month can be viewed here:
June - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/06/yes-there-are-bricks.html

May - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/05/fhs-construction-update-and-quality.html

Apr - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/04/franklin-high-school-tour-photo-essay.html

Mar - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/03/fhs-construction-progress-photos.html

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Sign Up

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June 20, 2013

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It's Finally Here! 3 Restaurant Gift Card Sale!

This Saturday
3 will be offering gift cards for 1/2 price!

Sale will be from 9am-5pm or while supplies last.

There is a limit of $500 in gift card sales per person. Stock up now.
Gift Cards are valid for food only. Not valid on alcohol, tax or gratuity.
461 W Central Street (Rt.140), Franklin, MA 02038 • 508.528.6333www.3-restaurant.com
Please visit our other Let's Eat, Inc. restaurant in Norwood: SKY

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tensions rise over Cook's Farm and parking

So it was a frustrating Town Council meeting on Wednesday night. All the worst of Franklin came to the front eventually during the night. A simple enough beginning with the taking of several streets by the Town. Approximately 80 streets are not owned by Franklin and many residents are not likely aware of this. The streets are plowed in winter so why doesn't Franklin own the streets? It is complicated and the current administration is working through the detailed process to do so. Once done then Franklin will legally plow the streets and maintain them as required.
That was a good move and the residents will see the benefits over time
The scheduled agenda juggled somewhat to cover the public hearing as noted and then back to some of the legislation before getting to the presentation on the proposed zoning change for Cook's Farm. Simply the presentation sounds wonderful, unfortunately there are details to be worked out and here is where the issues get messy.
  • The developer was a consultant in a meeting with the Economic Development Committee (EDC) as they discussed the Pond St property last Oct. 
  • The developer wanted to come back to the EDC with his proposal for Cook's Farm. 
  • He didn't get notification of being on the agenda and reached out to the Town Administrator at the end of January.
  • The Town Administrator advised the developer to put something together on what the bylaw change would look like so they (Planning) could review it. 
  • The developer did put his proposal together and sent it in.
  • The Town Administrator replied in March with issues raised (incorporating feedback from Planning).
  • The developer continues meeting with different groups within Franklin eventually with the Citizens Committee and then the Master Plan committee (Jun 18) before coming to the Council meeting now
Should a developer draft his own zoning bylaw to benefit his proposal?
No - that is a clear conflict of interest
Is the development a good one?
It seems to be good with good revenue and an acceptable use for the property but needs to have some zoning change to allow it.
The real question then is how it could fit within current zoning, or when and what specific zoning change would be worked on?
The current priority for the Planning Dept is the Master Plan. Which coincidentally is right where this proposal needs to be considered. From the Master Plan additional zoning bylaw changes would be needed to allow for the Master Plan to be implemented and that could be worked in due course.
It was suggested to hold a workshop so that the issues and alternatives can be addressed and appropriate actions set forward. The workshop should be held after the Master Plan is presented on July 17th.
Yes, yes, yes - not all of the councilors were thinking clearly during the meeting Weds night. Some were letting their emotions and biases control their better business sense. In the light of another day, in a different forum, the issues can be worked out. These decisions should not be rushed.

On a different topic, one of the action items seemed to be a simple adjustment to the downtown zoning to add parking as an option where it currently is not allowed now but is allowed in other areas of the town. As the discussion evolved, more and more information was revealed on the real reasons for the change.
  • The former Masonic Hall, now currently an empty lot was purchased by a citizen apparently outbidding the town for the property. Some on the Council think the Town could have done better on the offer.
  • The citizen would like to put in a parking lot to allow the Post Office to park there
  • The Post Office is currently using space on Emmons and in the town property at the Recreation building for their employee parking and to park their trucks.
  • Those visiting the post office can't use the parking lot at the post office until after 9:00 AM and that is both a safety hazard according to the post office and a disservice to the postal customers
The measure did get referred to the Planning Board by a 5-4 vote. All the other votes Weds were 9-0.

Oh and by the way, the Council did approve a non-binding question for Franklin residents to consider a mayor. How would that work? Not specified and hence the question wording is open to interpretation. If some one is not pleased with the current Council Administrator set up and wants a strong mayor, they could vote yes. If someone is not pleased with the current Council Administrator set up and wants a weak mayor, they could also vote yes. There are still a couple of options on what would be done with a positive result. One option would be to commission a charter committee to work out a proposal to bring back to the Council and eventually for the voters to approve or reject.