Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Red Molly Oct 19 with Layah Jane

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Red Molly
at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
October 19th, $25

with special guest
Layah Jane


Red Molly is a female trio playing fun, infectious Americana. They will return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, October 19th at 8PM. Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and a warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious.

"Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune."
-Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

Canadian Folk/Soul songstress Layah Jane opens the show. She is a burst of joy onstage - a velvet voiced tunesmith of tender, clever, conscientious Canadiana that seeps into the soul. Layah is the winner of numerous awards including the Ontario Independent Music Awards for Best Female Artist, Best Folk Performer, and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz. Layah Jane

"With a voice that's both sweet and rich, and a delicious, deep-groove approach, Toronto artist Layah Jane has found her sound and honey's the word for it....Folk flavours with a soul feel..." -Roots Music Canada

Layah Jane
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 Oct 19 13, 08:00 PM
Red Molly, Layah Jane
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Nov 09 13, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier, Liz Longley
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Nov 23 13, 08:00 PM
The Kennedys, The Boxcar Lilies
Tickets: $20
  Sat Dec 14 13, 08:00 PM
Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy
Tickets: $25
A Celtic Christmas
PLAY Sat Jan 18 14, 08:00 PM
Pesky J. Nixon, Spuyten Duyvil
Tickets: $20
Two great bands!
  Sat Feb 01 14, 08:00 PM
Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Tickets: $20
Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia perform ALL of the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell.
PLAY Sat Mar 01 14, 08:00 PM
Amy Black, Girls Guns And Glory
Tickets: $20
Split bill
PLAY Sat Mar 22 14, 08:00 PM
Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli
Tickets: $25
  Sat Apr 05 14, 08:00 PM
Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher
Tickets: $20
  Sat Apr 26 14, 08:00 PM
Zoƫ Lewis
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat May 10 14, 08:00 PM
Ellis, Joe Crookston
Tickets: $20
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"discussions on hiring new teachers"

From the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Milford Daily News reports:

Assistant Superintendent Sally Winslow told the School Committee on Tuesday that elementary class sizes "are the best they’ve been in a while because our enrollment is down." 
However, Winslow said the three middle schools have "pockets" of large class numbers, particularly in the core subjects, with at least one those classes having as many as 35 pupils. 
Most concerning, she said, is the size of high school science classes, such as physics and chemistry. The average class size for 11th-grade physics is 27 students, while 10th-grade chemistry has an average of 23.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hey, there goes the Franklin Food Pantry!

Friday was a day to be proud of. The Food Pantry took delivery of their new truck. Thanks to Franklin Ford, Signs by Cam and many others to help make this a reality!

Goodbye old van, you served us well. Hello new truck, you will help us do more to help our neighbors!

side view, new truck

rear view, lift gate

safety feature, height in readable type via mirror

inside the cargo bay

checking out the lift gate - down

checking out the lift gate - up

for additional information on the Franklin Food Pantry, please visit

Note: This was originally posted to the Franklin Food Pantry webpage.
Disclosure: I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Food Pantry.

Rail Trail Meeting - YMCA - 10/8/13 - 7:30 PM

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) will have a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at the YMCA in Franklin. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm and attached is an agenda (see below). The meeting is open to all who would like to get involved with the trail effort.

Also, the FBRTC will host a trail clean-up day this Saturday from 8:30 to noon. If you are interested, please meet at the Lake Street parking area in Bellingham. You may bring your own hand tools, but no power tools are allowed.

For more about the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee visit their webpage

or their Facebook page:

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In the News: open house, Boston Post cane

Franklin Fire Department announces open house on Sunday

The Franklin Fire Department, along with Papa Ginos, will hold an open house Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 2, 600 King St.

Franklin's Saville Bennett, 103, presented with Boston Post Cane

In the year Saville Bennett was born, the Model T Ford had been on the assembly line for just two years, World War I was several years away, women's dresses were just starting to inch above the ankles, and the modern zipper had yet to be invented.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A walk around the Harvest Festival before the rains came! (photo essay)

In addition to setting up and taking down the Franklin Food Pantry tent for the Harvest Festival, I managed to get around to visit with a number of businesses. Once the rain came, the camera went under cover.

parking is always important

Ann Williams of Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits
Along East Central St, Pour Richard's set up and Ann Williams was ready to talk about Yacht Club beverages

Did you know there were classical concerts in Franklin?
The next concert is the first of the season on Sunday, October 20th. Additional info including tickets can be found on the LiveArts webpage

Jane's Frames - community art project
Samantha and Jennifer Moccia adding to the mural. When they stepped back, Ben took his turn (not shown in this photo). When the mural is finished, Jane will be looking to sell it to the highest bidder with the proceeds to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.

painted ping pong balls will make a lollipop field
The Franklin Art Center also has a community project underway to create a lollipop field at the new Sculpture Park. (I heard there actually is a couple of sculptures already in place. I need to get back out for a visit soon!)

Franklin Food Pantry tent and new truck in front of their building in the Rockland Trust parking lot
Yes, one of the reasons behind our participation in this event is to help folks know where we are located. The new truck and brilliant logo (Ian Kabat from the Franklin Art Center worked with the Food Pantry to design it) will help let everyone know where we are!

without sponsors, the event couldn't happen
Thanks to the Downtown Partnership for a great event! Maybe next year the weather will cooperate!

Busy week ahead of the long weekend!

The Parmenter School sign shows a busy week and then a long weekend!

Parmenter School sign

In the News: voc-tech MCAS, respite care

Franklin's Tri-County, Upton's BVT perform well on MCAS

The area's two vocational high schools performed well above state averages in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, the results of which were released late last month.

Bellingham, Franklin sharing respite care service

Bellingham and Franklin's senior centers now share an in-home respite care service, providing relief to caregivers aiding family members with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

“I think in the end, it will all work out”

There is an old-fashioned turf war going on at the Franklin Public Library, which was founded in 1790 with a gift of three books by the town’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin. 
And at the root of the infighting, to the surprise of few, are power and money. 
On one side is the library’s board of directors, whose members — appointed by the town administrator — say they have the sole responsibility for setting library policy. On the other is the Friends of the Franklin Library, a volunteer group of supporters who want a say in how the $6,000 to $7,000 they raise at book fairs each fall and spring is spent. 
The tug of war was being waged behind the scenes for months, but spilled into the open when the directors abruptly canceled the Friends’ fall book sale. In its place, the library is selling old books through an ongoing process that officials say is “extremely successful,” and there are plans to hold monthly, themed sales at the library. 
“It’s the library’s books being sold, it’s our money,” Cynthia Dobrzynski, chairwoman of the board of directors, said about the proceeds from the Friends’ annual sales. “There is no reason for that money not to be turned over directly to us.” 
The president of the Friends of the Franklin Library, Maria Lucier, sees things a little differently. 
“I agree that money is at the root of this, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for a request for FoFL funds that describes how the money is planned to be spent.” she wrote in an e-mail to the Globe. 
Lucier said all her group wants is specific requests for funds, such as a certain amount for museum passes, videos, books, or programs.
Read the full article in the Sunday Boston Globe here

The recent letter to the membership of the FoFL

The Library has announced a book sale at the Library for Saturday October 26th.


Up for discussion at the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Oct 8th is this "NAMING FACILITIES"

Naming a school is an important matter that deserves thoughtful attention. Personal prejudice or favoritism, political pressure, or temporary popularity should not be an influence in choosing a school name. Generally, school buildings are named for distinguished, deceased individuals who have made extraordinary contributions of an educational, professional or public service nature related to the district’s mission. Should the School Committee choose to name a school after an individual, the naming will not occur until 3 years after the individual has been deceased. It is critically important that the integrity, history, behavior and reputation of the named individual be consistent with the academic mission and values of the district. It may be appropriate to name schools for physical locations; geographical areas; distinguished local, state and national leaders whose names will lend dignity and stature to the school. 
Effective with the adoption of this policy, specific spaces or areas within school buildings or school grounds will not be named after individuals, living or deceased. However, if a building or specific space had previously been named for an individual, the district will continue to use the name so long as the building or area remains in use and serves its original function. When the use has changed such that it must be demolished, substantially renovated or rebuilt, the district shall refer the name for some other recognition. 
The School Committee has the sole authority to name, rename or revoke the naming of buildings or other school spaces.

Cross Reference: KCDA

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Oct 8, 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 September 24, 2013 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FHS Update – Peter Light

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – Second Reading
o FF - Naming Facilities

Class Size Update – Sally Winslow

4. Action Items
a. I recommend the School Committee re-appoint Dr. Anne Bergen to the Board of Directors of the Cable Committee for 2013-2014.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $6,000.00 from the Davis Thayer PCC for field trips.
c. I recommend adoption of Policy FF – Naming Facilities as discussed.
d. I recommend approval of the request of Frank Fitzgerald for the recurring field trip for the Franklin Adventure Club at Remington Middle School to travel to Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH on October 19, 2013 as detailed.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $408.04 from Target’s Take Charge of Education Program for Remington.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from the Jefferson PCC for in-house enrichment for the Remington Best Buddies Program.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $15,000.00 from Franklin Youth Services for scholarships as detailed.
h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $125.00 from the Oak Street School for field trips.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $750.00 from MA General Hospital 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

8. Adjourn

"The better we can work together, the better results we have"

The Milford Daily News writes about the sometimes contentious discussion about an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for special education students.

Haberman said parents "are very aware of the difficult financial times districts are under," but also want to ensure students are receiving services outlined in an IEP or are needed. 
She said the litigious nature of special education disputes can lead to a breakdown of trust between both sides. 
Haberman emphasized disputes are almost always with school administration rather than teachers and staff actually providing the services. 
Beth Fitzmaurice, Franklin’s special education director, said staff encourage parents to sit and talk with them multiple times before rejecting an IEP and often, both parties are able to come to a resolution without a rejection.

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For Franklin parents, there is a Special Education Parents Advisory Council that can help