Saturday, September 21, 2013

A walk through the Sculpture Park

Last Sunday, I took a walk through the developing sculpture park to see the new paving that has been recently put into place.

paving smooths the approach to the bridge


head wall where bath house use to be at pool

long walk along the inside

into the corner, trees added too

the turn around point in the far corner

approaching the stream entrance

smooth approach over the dam

final walk to complete the route back to the bridge

Prior visits to the Sculpture Park recorded these photos and video

Roy, Spilka, Warren tour Franklin's EMC plant

From Senator Spilka's office:
State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), State Representative Jeff Roy (D-Franklin) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren toured the EMC Corporation manufacturing plant in Franklin this afternoon. The legislators met with executives to discuss EMC’s latest innovations in data storage and security, followed by a tour of the plant. Senator Warren then addressed employees in a town hall style discussion. 
“EMC showcases the leadership, innovation and success of Massachusetts manufacturing and technology,” said Senator Spilka. “I am thrilled that we were able to tour the plant with Senator Warren today. This visit really underscores the importance of continued public support for research and development, manufacturing and workforce development initiatives – here in the Commonwealth and nationally.” 
EMC Tour
Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC Corporation, State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) at EMC’s manufacturing plant in Franklin, MA

The legislators had the opportunity to view EMC Corporation’s data storage products in various stages of the manufacturing and quality-testing process and to discuss the company’s workforce development, education and community involvement priorities. 
“EMC consistently shows a strong commitment to workforce training and educational partnerships. These manufacturing and technology jobs are the kinds of jobs that we, as legislators, should be creating and supporting. I am so pleased we were able to have this meeting and see some important examples of innovative Massachusetts manufacturing firsthand,” Spilka said.

Reminder: 13th Annual High School Fair - Oct 3rd

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, located in the St. Mary’s school building at 201 Main Street, will host its 13th annual High School Fair night on Thursday, October 3rd, from 7-8:30 PM in the BFCCPS Dr. Kevin O’Malley auditorium.

Open to the public, 8th grade students both from BFCCPS and from other surrounding towns are invited to attend; admittance only with parent or guardian. The fair showcases private and independent high schools in the Metrowest area, Boston, Worcester, and northern Rhode Island. Students are invited to browse, pick up brochures and applications, ask about fall open house dates and speak directly with representatives and current students of the schools in attendance.

Parking is available in the school parking lot off Pleasant Street, just north of Main Street in Franklin.

More about Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School can be found on their webpage

In the News: EMC tour, marathon route

Warren praises innovation on tour of EMC in Franklin

In her first visit to the Milford area since her campaign, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, got a firsthand look at the state’s innovation economy at work, touring the EMC Corp. facility here.

Daffodils to be planted along Marathon route

Local businesses and homeowners along the Boston Marathon route, and area residents, are invited to take part in "Marathon Daffodils,'' a project designed to help preserve the "Boston Strong'' theme next spring.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Franklin's election lineup set

The campaigns will commence now that the candidates for the various positions for election this November 5th have been confirmed. Franklin's Town Clerk released the following listing of candidates whose paperwork had been certified so they would be on the ballot. This is a listing of the candidates in no particular order. The order on the ballot will be determined later.

Franklin, MA: Municipal Building
Franklin's Municipal Building - 355 West Central St

  • There are ten candidates for nine Town Council positions (Updated: miscounted to say 11; at one time there was 11 but only 10 returned papers to be validated)

Brett S. Feldman
Glenn F. Jones
Thomas D. Mercer
Andrew M. Bissanti
Judith Pond Pfeffer
Matthew T. Kelly
Stephen T. Williams
Peter E. Padula
Robert R. Vallee
Charles F. Delfino, Jr.

  • There are seven candidates for the seven School Committee positions

John S. Jewell PhD
Cynthia J.Douglas
Roberta D. Trahan
Paula T. Mullen
Susan T. Rohrbach
Kevin P. O'Malley
Trevor A. Clement

  • There are two candidates for the one Board of Assessors position for a four year term

Christopher K. Feeley
Daniel B. Ballinger
  • There is one candidate for the one Board of Assessors position for a two year term

John H. Neas

  • There is one candidate for the one Board of Health position for a four year term

Bruce J. Hunchard
  • There are two candidates for the one Constable position for a two year term

Rancourt  LaRosa
Daniel S. McCahill

  • There are four three candidates for the two Planning Board positions for a four year term

Joseph F. Halligan
Anthony D. Padula
Navdeep S. Arora

The last day to register to vote on November 5th is Weds Oct 16th.

The complete timeline for this election can be found here

"a change of pace from the more timeworn fundraisers"

The 3rd Annual Fight Hunger Paintball Challenge will be held on Saturday. Town Councilor Glenn Jones has organized the event and additional details are available in this posting by the Milford Daily News.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fox 4, 159 Milford St., will donate $5 from every admission fee to the Franklin Food Pantry. Paintballers that day are also encouraged to bring non-perishable items and dry goods, along with their rifles and extra layers of clothing. 
"It’s a unique opportunity to raise awareness and necessary funds for the pantry," said organizer Glenn Jones, who started paintballing at 17. 
Jones acknowledged that a place where people run and barrel roll through the woods, while avoiding being hit by tiny paint-filled orbs, is an unusual venue for a benefit event.

Read more:

For more information about the Food Pantry you can visit and donate securely online at

MassBudget: New census data for Massachusetts - income up slightly, poverty unchanged

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New Data for Massachusetts:
Median Income Up Slightly, Poverty Unchanged 
The Massachusetts median income grew slightly between 2011 and 2012, while nationwide median income was basically unchanged, according to new data released today by the Census Bureau. Even with the slight increase in Massachusetts, however, our median income remains 5.4 percent below its pre-recession level.

Our factsheet, New Census Data on Income, Poverty, Health, and Child Well-Being, summarizes the latest information across each of these areas:

  • Poverty: There was no improvement in the statewide poverty level, which has increased substantially since 2007.

  • Child Poverty: More than 1 in 7 children currently live below the poverty line.

  • Health Coverage: Massachusetts continues to have the highest rate of health insurance coverage--for children and for the population as a whole

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Good News from Franklin Federated Church

Hi Steve -

I thought you might be interested in including a piece in Franklin Matters about the new bench in front of Franklin Federated Church. There is an interesting story behind it.
Franklin Federated Church - Sidney Maxwell bench
Franklin Federated Church - Sidney Maxwell bench

Early in the year, the church lost a beloved member Sidney Maxwell.  Sidney was very wll known in the church for his calling to care for the environment, and after his death, The Rev. Charley Eastman challenged each member of the congregation to find "one substantive way to give health to the Earth in Sidney's honor."

A member of the church, Deb Colella, took him up on that and decided to sign the church up for the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge.The goal was for the church to collect more than 30,000 plastic bags for recycling in a six-month period from Feb. 15 to Aug. 15. This included grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, packaging film,, etc. The idea was not to encourage church members to use plastic, but rather to show how much of it comes through our lives and how important it is to recycle it. 
Church members and friends brought the bags to worship each week, and delivered them to Colella, who with the help of family and friends counted and then recycle them all. The Sunday School children got involved counting them (and sometimes popping bubble wrap, much to their delight).The church beat its goal by one month, collecting over 30,000 bags by mid-July. 
Trex awarded the church the composite bench (made partially from recycled plastic) which was recently installed on the lawn in front of the church. 
I'm attaching a photo of the bench, although you may want to take a better one yourself when you are out and about.

Tiffany Vail Miller
Communication Coordinator
Franklin Federated Church

In the News: Joey Kramer, RMV Milford, mountain lion

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer stops in Franklin

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer stopped at the Big Y Wednesday in Franklin to promote his organic coffee bean company called Rockin' & Roastin'.

Legislators ask RMV head to save Milford branch

In an effort to keep open the Milford branch, state Sen. Richard Moore and state Rep. John Fernandes met with the head of the Registry of Motor Vehicles last week to raise their concerns about the potential closure.

Caller reports seeing a mountain lion on I-495

A woman reported seeing a mountain lion on the median of I-495 in Milford just north of Exit 20 today a little after 1 p.m.

Franklin - Open Committee/Board Positions

The following Boards/Committees are looking for members:

Conservation Commission - Kathy Celorier - 508-520-4929

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 attached form and return to the Town Administrator's Office.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Annual "Fight Hunger" Paintball Challenge 2013

Where: FOX 4 Paintball Field - 159 Milford Street, Upton, MA 01568
Email: Dave Painter (
Phone: 508-529-FOX4 (3694)

When: Saturday, September, 21st 2013
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm



A raffle for a Paintball rifle

A portion of the admission price will be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry.

We will be taking contributions of Non-Perishable items and Dry Goods the day of the event.

Donations can also be made directly to the drop off box at:
Franklin Food Pantry
43 West Central Street
P.O. Box 116
Franklin, MA 02038-0116
Telephone: 508-528-3115

new phone book coming

Judith Needell, publisher/owner of The Shopper News, writes:
We are creating a new Franklin Telephone Directory and Resource Guide that will be published in Spring 2014 and mailed out to all town homes and businesses. As an extra incentive to our clients to help give back to their community and as a great benefit to your organization we are also donating 5% of all net ad sales to the Franklin Food Pantry. Seems timely as I've just read your article on the Franklin Matters website that the Food Pantry could use more assistance. For your reference I have attached a PDF with an overview of our new project that we will be sending out to potential advertisers.

Judith Needell, publisher/owner
The Shopper News
"The Shopper with a heart"

19 Dean Avenue
Franklin,ma 02038

Partnership Fall Luncheon - Friday, Sep 20

Partnership Fall Networking Luncheon
Friday, September 20th  at 1:00
Dean College Campus Center Dining Hall
$6.50 for a great lunch and good company!
Come meet new members!
Bring your business cards!
Please RSVP Joel Carrara at

MassBudget: New Census Data: Incomes Still Below Pre-Recession Level, Poverty Still Above

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Incomes Still Below Pre-Recession Level,
Poverty Still Above
New information released by the Census Bureau today shows that in the U.S., median household income has fallen 8.3 percent since 2007, the year before the recession began. There was essentially no change in median incomes between 2011 and 2012, meaning that while incomes have not started to rebound, they did not decline further.

Also included in the Census data was information about poverty and health insurance coverage in the U.S.

  • Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of people lacking health insurance fell slightly to 15.4%. That still leaves 48 million uninsured.

  • Across the country, more than 1 in every 5 children lives below the poverty line.

  • 46.5 million people live in poverty. That's a poverty rate of 15.0 percent, which is effectively unchanged from last year but still significantly higher than the pre-recession rate of 12.5 percent.

The data in today's release provide a useful overview of poverty, income, and health coverage on the national level. Thursday (9/19) the Census Bureau will release more reliable state-level data as part of the American Community Survey. At that time, MassBudget will provide fuller analysis of the Massachusetts data for income, poverty, child poverty, health insurance, and health insurance coverage for children.

The full Census Bureau report is available on their website. Complete analysis of the national trends can be found at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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"we are finally out of the starting blocks"

One of the key areas for cost savings is regionalization of services and the regional emergency dispatch center has been a long time coming.
Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham leaders will meet next month to establish a governing board for the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center, also known as the towns’ regional dispatch operation. 
The four communities will share ownership of the center, housed in the Wrentham Public Safety Building. They have already penned an inter-municipal agreement. 
Named after King Phillip, war chief of the Wampanoag Native American tribe, the center will occupy its own district and have its own employees thanks to recently passed legislation.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News:

The Long Range Financial Planning Committee included this item among their recommendations