This would be a good time to stock up for your early summer reading!
|Library book sale 6/25 - 26 at 25 Kenwood Circle|
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|Library book sale 6/25 - 26 at 25 Kenwood Circle|
"Joseph O’Leary, a Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 126 in Franklin and sophomore at Franklin High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project. The project, part of the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, involved clearing new trails in Franklin’s Indian Rock Conservation Area.
O’Leary planned the project over the winter and led a crew of 40 volunteers in the woods on May 14. The new trails lead from historic Indian Rock, the site of an attack by settlers on Wampanoag during King Philip’s War, winding through conservation land to meet up with existing trails. They provide a new view of the ledge and the rocky terrain below. Scouts and adults removed brush, cleared leaves and pruned trees and bushes to make the trails."
"The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.
Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. The need for blood doesn’t decrease, though — every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets. In fact, a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showed that nearly half knew someone who needed blood or they needed blood themselves.
Blood donation opportunities will take place at the following locations:
- 2-7 p.m. July 7, Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond St., Franklin
- 1-6:30 p.m., July 8, Lake Pearl, 299 Creek St., Wrentham
- 2-7 p.m. July 11, King Philip Middle School, 18 King St., Norfolk
|screen grab of Red Cross Blood drives in Franklin area|
Work Schedule for the week of June 27 to July 1.
The Contractor will be milling for crosswalks only beginning at the intersection of Main/Pleasant St. Sunday night and Monday night.
The Contractor is scheduled to pave Wednesday night and Thursday night. The area they plan to pave will be East Central St, the small section of West Central St and any additional area on Main St we can get to. We will be able to keep at least one lane open so there will be no major detours.
There will be no night work Tuesday night.
Please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 520-4949 with any questions. We will continue to keep the public informed through our website, Twitter and Facebook.
|milled crosswalk ready for the brick shaped polymer|
|Keller Sullivan school sign|
"The town is looking to retool its parking rules as a two-year project to reconstruct the downtown concludes.
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting presented a proposal for changes at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting. The plan contemplates two-hour parking in many areas throughout the morning, with fewer restrictions as the day continues.
Parking in downtown was once governed by meters, but those were taken down to accommodate the road construction and have not been replaced. A new plan, Nutting said, would allow for more common-sense rules and better use of existing spaces."
"The town will be stepping up efforts to enforce its water conservation measures in the coming days.
Department of Public Works Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi said that despite the water restriction - residents are allowed to water their lawns one day a week on trash day - the town had seen a spike in usage last week (to 3.5 million gallons from around 2 million earlier in the year).
"People are not supposed to be watering their lawns," he said.
|DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi discussing the water restrictions at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday|
|Practical Nursing instructor Penelope Hennessy leads graduates of Tri-County Regional’s Post-secondary Practical Nursing Program in reciting the Florence Nightingale Pledge during their commencement ceremony|
|Franklin Police, 911 Panther Way|
"The Hockomock Area YMCA will host a race and family event this weekend with the aim at furthering its programs for special needs children.
Sunday's 5K run/walk, which starts from the Remington and Jefferson schools, will be the 12th running of the event. Timothy Shaw, the YMCA's program director, said the race was started by the Biagiottis, an area family.
"(Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti) are a mother-daughter tandem," Shaw said, noting that they had run the Boston Marathon, with Kristine pushing the wheelchair-bound Kayla along the race course. "The race was originally known as 'The Run for Bob,' in memory of Kris' late husband."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|Franklin 5K - Sunday, June 26|
"A packed house watched Wednesday night as Thomas Lynch was sworn in as police chief.
The Town Council, Franklin police personnel, area law enforcement officials and family members watched Town Clerk Teresa Burr administer the oath of office to Lynch and new Deputy Chief James Mill. Hearty applause rang out through the council chambers as the ceremony came to an end.
Lynch, in his remarks following the oath, praised the department as one of the finest in the state.
"I'd like to thank those who supported, influenced and put faith in me," he said. "I'd like to thank all members of the Franklin Police Department, past and present, who have supported me these past 20 years."
|a full house was on hand for the Town Council meeting to see the new police chief and deputy get sworn in|
|new 'brick' polymer crosswalk|
Comment Concerning the Danger of adding the Proposed Spectra Energy Natural Gas Pipeline, Delivered at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Scoping Meeting, May 18, 2016, Milford, MA.
If this meeting were happening in 1963 when the current old bare steel pipeline was installed who would be here? Perhaps a few farmers looking for compensation or expressing concerns about the impact on their livelihood. That was then and now is now. Today these areas are heavily populated and we know much more about the effects of gas leaks. And now Spectra Energy is proposing to build a second high pressure line as close as 20’ from the old one. I contend that this idea is irresponsible given what we know.
I’m not here tonight to talk about the environmental damage caused by fracking and gas leaks. I’m not here to talk about exporting natural gas and having us pay a tariff to do it. And I’m not here to restate that the Attorney General’s and the Conservation Law Foundation’s reports indicate that there’s no need for another pipeline that would interfere with the goals of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.
I’m here to share the concerns of many residents who worry about the safety of gas pipelines. At a Spectra Energy open house in February I observed aerial pictures of the existing and proposed pipelines. I’ve been to many affected neighborhoods and observed that the current pipeline is roughly within 25’ of some homes and within 50’ of many others.
Most of these homes were built after the pipeline was installed in 1963, and before people knew the potential dangers caused by leaks. According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the HCAs (High Consequence Areas) are at least a 660’ radius. Hundreds of homes lie within this zone. According to a Spectra employee, the old 24-inch bare steel pipe contains about 700lbs per square inch of pressure and the proposed 30” line can handle up to 1200 lbs. So what could happen?
Given that a similar old bare steel transmission line exploded on April 29th in Pennsylvania after being inspected two years earlier is very concerning and calls into question Spectra’s ability to assess pipeline safety. Houses were destroyed and a man was badly burned. The preliminary finding was that the leak was caused by corrosion. The inspection didn’t prevent this.
On January 5th Medway had a serious gas leak where a lateral pipeline crosses Rt. 109. According to the Milford Daily News, six homes were evacuated while the leak was repaired. In addition to the Medway Fire Department, three other fire departments were on hand. Luckily, it didn’t explode.
According to Heetma.org, Massachusetts has more than 20,000 natural gas leaks, so why pump more gas into a leaky system? It just doesn’t make sense.
In my opinion, the fact that the proposed pipeline could be as close as 20 feet from the existed line would increase the incineration zone exponentially. If one pipeline explodes, the other probably could too. A leak and a spark would be devastating. This could happen anywhere in Massachusetts given the enormous number of ignored leaks.
According to the US Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration from 1994 through 2013, there were 110 serious incidents with interstate gas transmission pipelines. This resulted in $448,900,333 in property damages, 195 injuries and 41 deaths.
From 2002 to 2015 there were 589 resolved civil penalty cases totaling $47, 447,675. At this time there are another 637 open cases with proposed penalties of $64,856,000 Given that Massachusetts has over 20,000 natural gas leaks, why would we pump more natural gas into a leaking system? It just doesn’t make sense.
On November 30, 2015 Steve Aklquist of RI Future.org wrote an article based on an interview with two former safety inspectors who worked for Spectra in nearby Burrillville, Rhode Island. The two safety inspectors were working on a section of Spectra Energy’s AIM pipeline system and stated that the company cut corners when it came to project, worker and environmental safety.
One inspector was quoted as saying, “Right now, what they’re hoping to do, is they’re hoping to slam all this through, and then at the end ask for forgiveness,” They’ll say, “Oops, sorry about that, I didn’t know, let me write you a check. Because once this thing’s turning meter, they’re going to be making millions of dollars a day. It doesn’t matter what your problems are.”
According to the article the other inspector added , “These pipes have to last underground for at least 50 years….If there’s the smallest mistake in their cathodic protection, that’s what’s going to corrode. All of a sudden you’ve got, even at 800-900 pounds of pressure, doesn’t sound like much, but when you’ve got a 42-inch pipe, traveling that distance and it goes ka-bang, you’re not talking about taking out a block, you’re talking about taking out a large area. You’re talking about a humongous ecological impact, you’re talking about displacing hundreds of families, you’re talking about leveling homes, killing people instantly, I mean, if one of those places were to go up, it’s going to be a bad day.” End of quote.
As I said, I’m not here tonight to talk about the environmental damage caused by gas leaks and fracking. Or the fact that both the Attorney General’s and the Conservation Law Foundation’s research indicates that there are better ways to address peak winter days than adding another pipeline.
I’m here to say that given the track record of pipelines and the extreme pressure and location of the proposed pipeline, we ask that FERC consider the safety of our citizens by rejecting this proposal. Thanks for your time.
Respectfully submitted by,
James F. Hill
Franklin, MA 02038
|No Spectra sign found on a Franklin lawn|
|Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors Vice Chairman Bill Chouinard (far left) and Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors Chairman Brian Earley (far right) with YMCA members Aiden Cohen (second from left) and Ryan Martin (third from left)|
|Hockomock Area YMCA members enjoy the first ceremonial bucket drop|
|Jane Lundquist, executive vice president of Rockland Trust, and Ed Hurley, president of the Hockomock Area YMCA, with the Rockland Trust Family Splash Park dedication plaque|
|A community group photo of representatives of Rockland Trust, the Hockomock Area YMCA and the town of Franklin|
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.