Tuesday, December 20, 2016

S.A.F.E. Community Coalition Update - December 2016

This is an update on SAFE Coalition activities and upcoming events.
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S.A.F.E. Community Coalition Update - December 2016

S.A.F.E. updates for December 2016

It has been a busy Fall season and the S.A.F.E. Coalition has been quite active since the last newsletter.  In this issue, we report on:
  • S.A.F.E.'s Support Line (508)-488-8105
  • S.A.F.E. Resource Manual presented at Chiefs' Meeting in Wrentham
  • S.A.F.E. Sponsored COAAST Production of "Four Legs to Stand On"
  • AmazonSmiles on the S.A.F.E. Coalition MA
  • Social Media Ambassador Program
  • Upcoming S.A.F.E. Events
  • Dr. Ruth Potee's talk on the Adolescent Brain & Physiology of Addiction
  • 2nd Annual S.A.F.E. Golf Tournament
We thank you for your continued support of our efforts to find a cure to substance use disorder and look forward to working with you over the next several months and years.

Meeting Schedule

January 10, 2017
  • 6-7:00 p.m. - Marketing and Communications Committee, Franklin Municipal Building
January 24, 2017
  • 6:15 - 7:00 p.m., Board of Directors Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building, 3rd floor meeting room
  • 7-8:30 p.m., Advisory Council Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building
February 14, 2017
  • 6-7:00 p.m. - Marketing and Communications Committee, Franklin Municipal Building
February 28, 2017
  • 6:15 - 7:00 p.m. - Board of Directors Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building
  • 7-8:30 p.m. - Advisory Council Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building
March 10, 2017
  • 9-11 a.m., CHNA 6 meeting, Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center, 60 North Bow Street, Milford, MA 01757
March 14, 2017
  • 6-7:00 p.m. - Marketing and Communications Committee, Franklin Municipal Building
March 16, 2017

  • Dr. Ruth Potee to speak at next S.A.F.E. forum

March 28, 2017
  • 6:15-7:00 p.m. - Board of Directors Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building
  • 7-8:30 p.m. - Advisory Council Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building.
S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can't, we can.

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"something clicked around week four and the dynamic started to change"

Part 3 of the fire fighter training series continues

"Inside a building, up in an attic, down in a basement, on a patio or in an open field - fires can happen anywhere and the recruits must train for multiple scenarios. 
When not performing search and rescue drills or sitting in a classroom, the recruits from Class 249 completed successively larger drills called burn evolutions in the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's four-level, concrete burn building. 
Between each evolution, instructors set up bales of straw as the recruits sat in a circle and reviewed their progress with an instructor. The doors would be closed, the bales set on fire and the recruits would start the next evolution. Sometimes they went through a ground floor door, or climb a ladder to vent a higher window or to access the attic. Other times, they plunged into the smoky depths of a basement, one of the more dangerous places to be in a real fire because homeowners tend to store boxes and other items there."

Continue reading Part 3 (subscription may be required)

If you missed Parts 1 and 2 can be found here

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reporting by Walking Around: What a difference a day makes

Sharing some photos from my walks around Franklin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Walking Around - Dec 2016

Wonderful sun catchers available at Agway. Hand crafted by a Franklin resident!

 Wonderful sun catchers available at Agway. Hand crafted by a Franklin resident!
Wonderful sun catchers available at Agway. Hand crafted by a Franklin resident!

"e-permitting could create some efficiencies within town"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"As part of an ongoing effort to make its website more convenient, the town will be adding e-permitting services in the beginning of 2017. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said the Town Council had approved a pilot program - at $35,000 - earlier this month, though the process did not begin there.
"Over the summer, we had a huge group of department heads and staff interview (e-permitting) companies to determine the best way forward," he said. "This is cloud-based technology that will enable citizens to set up an online account, with their email and information, and be able to do business with the town."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Town of Franklin: Town Clerk webpage where there will soon be a link to renew dog licenses online
Town of Franklin: Town Clerk webpage where there will soon be a link to renew dog licenses online

In the Franklin Matters notes from the Town Council meeting on Dec 7, dog licenses were targeted to start in the Town Clerk's office and hence the 'rush' for the approval to get the software ready for the renewals to begin in January. It would expand to other Town Clerk services and then to other departments over time assuming successful.

For the complete summary of the Town Council meeting Dec 7

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell Delivers U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell Delivers U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
Dedham, MA- The Tenth Annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds was a great success, according to Register Bill O'Donnell. "Every year people come by, and are so generous in their giving. This year we had a great bunch of gifts ranging from stuffed dolls to art supplies to racing cars and building blocks."
Register O'Donnell noted that during the past 10 years, approximately 1,500 toys have been collected by the Registry thanks to the generosity of Registry employees, title examiners and the general public "I would like to thank everyone for making the event such a wonderful success. Additionally, we are truly honored to partner with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in their Annual Toys for Tots drive which help makes the holiday brighter for millions of children each year," said Register O'Donnell.
On hand to deliver the toys to Master Sergeant Bill McCorkle were Register Bill O'Donnell and Norfolk County Commissioners, Peter Collins of Milton and Joe Shea of Quincy.
To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on www.facebook.com/norfolkdeeds, follow us on twitter and www.instagram.com/norfolkdeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Department via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or visit us on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.
From left to right: Norfolk County Commissioners
Peter Collins of Milton and Joe Shea of Quincy, Master Sergeant Bill McCorkle and Register of Deeds Bill O'Donnell.

From left to right: Master Sergeant Bill McCorkle, Register O'Donnell and Commissioners Peter Collins and Joe Shea loaded up the Toys for Tots Van!
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026-1831

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"It's better than a 9 to 5 job. More rewarding"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

(Editor's note: Daily News photojournalist Allan Jung followed a recent class of firefighter recruits. He documented the men as they went through 10 weeks of often rigorous training with photos, video and stories. This three-part series continues on Monday and Tuesday with new photo galleries of the firefighter training experience. To view photo galleries and videos go to www.metrowestdailynews.com.)

"STOW - With a whoosh, the flames, an inferno really, rose above the pool of water, feeding off a layer of liquefied natural gas. The heat was immediately felt by the ring of firefighter recruits who instinctively took a few steps backward. Soon they would have to walk forward, inching closer to the undulating orange column armed with a chemical fire extinguisher, urged on by an instructor and fortified by confidence in their training. 
It was day 45 of their 50-day training program and the liquefied natural gas fire was the pinnacle in a progression of sterner tests, a very literal way to turn up the heat. They had already tackled fires inside concrete buildings, searched blindly in smokey rooms for hidden victims, run up and down stairs in full gear to prepare for a job that many did not describe as a vocation. For them, being a firefighter is an aspiration from childhood that grew into a passion to serve and join the brotherhood."

Continue reading Part 1 (subscription may be required)

Part 2  (subscription may be required)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

MBTA: Commuter Rail notice for Monday, Dec 19

"The National Weather Service is anticipating frigid temperatures on Monday, 12/19/16. The Commuter Rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Please take precautions while travelling to local stations. 

For the latest commuter rail information, follow us on Twitter @MBTA_CR, sign up to be a T-Alert subscriber, and consider downloading the Keolis MBTA Commuter Rail or the MBTA-endorsed Transit apps.

Please be on the platform 5-10 minutes prior to departure to ensure timely boarding.

Last updated: Dec 18 2016 12:48 PM
Sent by the MBTA."

Franklin Dean Station in light snow
Franklin Dean Station in light snow

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - 12/21/16

The agenda can also be viewed in this PDF

Agenda ItemSummary
Approval of Minutes
B. Announcements
D. Citizens Comments
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-775: Amendment - Zoning Map Changes from Rural Residential I to Residential VII an Area on Summer Street - 7:10 pm
1. Resolution 16-80: Appropriation Public Safety antennas (majority vote)
3. Zoning bylaw Amendment 16-775: Amendment to Chapter 185, Section 5 Zoning Map
4. Bylaw Amendment to Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees
5. Bylaw Amendment 16-777: Amendment to Chapter 151, Solid Waste and Recycling
6. Resolution 16-75: Adoption of G.L. Chapter 64N Section 3 Local Tax on Marijuana Retail Sales and Establishment of Tax Rate
7. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-779: Changes to Chapter 185 Section 3 Definitions
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-780: Changes to chapter 185 Section 4 Districts Enumerated - Referral to Planning Board
9. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-781: Changes to Chapter 185 Section 5 Zoning Map - REferral to Planning Board (majority vote)
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-782: Cjamges tp Cja[ter 185-Section 7 Compliance - Referral to Planning Board (majority vote)
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-783: Amendment to Chapter 185 Section 49 Marijuana Use Overlay District - Referral to Planning board (majority vote)
O. Adjourn
downtown Franklin in snow
downtown Franklin in snow

Franklin Almanac arrives at Franklin TV

There’s a new program in town. In fact, it’s all about the town. At Franklin TV we’ve launched our very own news-magazine program, Franklin Almanac. Like an actual almanac of information, it’s a compendium– of life in Franklin, produced and hosted (and written and edited) by our TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari.
Franklin TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari
Franklin TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari

See Almanac this week on All-Access TV.  Almanac also has an introductory run weekdays at noon on our TownHall TV channel, Comcast11/Verizon29.

As TV news pioneer Edward R. Murrow opined, reporting the news on TV is like writing with a five hundred pound pencil. There’s a lot of preparation and location work that goes into producing even a single story. With our pilot program done and on the record, we are already ramping up for our second episode in mid-January. Our plan is for Almanac to be a regularly scheduled program in 2017 with new episodes every two weeks. Almanac will offer a review of key recent events as well as a look ahead to the upcoming, the new and the notable.

Franklin Almanac
Franklin Almanac

As we begin our new news endeavor, we want to give a nod of appreciation to Franklin’s volunteer Information Director, Steve Sherlock and his invaluable website Franklin Matters. In our pilot episode you’ll get to meet Steve as he sits down with Polikseni to offer his insights on citizen journalism, local news and information.

Okay, everyone– lift that pencil– on three.

Copyright, 2016, FCCA, Inc. and the author Pete Fasciano, Executive Director of Franklin TV. All rights reserved.
And – thanks for watching!

For the full viewing guide to Franklin TV

or here

FHS hockey teams post wins on Saturday

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 6 vs. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 0 – Final

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 1 – Final


Franklin’s Brendan O’Rielly and Canton’s Jack Goyetch battle for possession. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin’s Brendan O’Rielly and Canton’s Jack Goyetch battle for possession. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

"Head coaches Chris Spillane and Brian Shuman shared a similar sentiment following Saturday night’s game at the brand new Canton Ice House: more offense. 
While the Panthers came away a 2-1 non-league win over the Bulldogs, Spillane has a handful of experienced forwards that were only able to register 15 shots in the game. 
For Shuman, his Bulldogs created plenty of scoring chances, putting 23 shots on net but an inexperienced offensive unit was only able to convert once. 
The bright side for both teams is that it’s just the first week and both Spillane and Shuman expect their respective teams – and one another’s – to improve in the coming weeks. 
“We had it in little bits and spurts but nothing sustained at all,” Spillane said. “That was not one of our better hockey games, from the back end to the front end. I think we had only like 13 shots total which is insane for us. We have most of our returning offensive players back, we should be scoring four goals a game. It just wasn’t offensive game, nor a good defense game.”

Continue reading the write up that Hockomock Sports Editor in Chief Ryan Lanigan provides

Additional photos from the game by HockomockSports can be found here

FHS Girls Indoor Track tops Taunton

From HockomockSports we share the Indoor track results from the meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday.

Indoor Track - Boys = Franklin, 36 vs. Taunton, 64 – Final 

– Taunton grabbed first place in nine different events to pick up a win against Franklin. Dylan Lynch won a pair of events for the Tigers, finishing first in the 1 Mile (4:49.28) and the 2 Mile (10:06.78). Jadin Bruneau won the 55M dash (6.93), Lucas Alves was first in the 300M (37.85), Jimmy Hoye took first in the 600M (1:31.33), Ryan Leason (39-01.00), John Chretien (37-10.00) and Jared Taje (37-05.25) swept the shot put, Nathan Grant was first in the high jump (5-06.00) and Sam Krajewski won the long jump (18-09.25). Franklin won both the 2x400n and the 4×400 relays while getting a win from Nicolas Gnamen (2:50.74) in the 1000M.

Indoor Track - Girls = Franklin, 67 vs. Taunton, 33 – Final 

– Franklin sophomore Halle Atkinson won a pair of individual races and anchored the 4×200 relay to a win. Atkinson won the 55M dash in 7.70 and took first in the 300M in 43.19. The Panther’s 4×200 crossed first in 1:52.80. Franklin’s Lauren McGrath also had a big day for the Panthers, scoring in three events. McGrath was second in the high jump (4-07.00), third in long jump (15-00.50) and second 55M hurdles (10.18). Taunton freshman Victoria Gravel was first in the 55M hurdles (10.10), senior Shannon Stokes won the high jump (4-09.00) and Samantha Tichelaar took first in the long jump (16-02.50).

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Saturday

All the details for each event for the Women

All the details for each event for the Men

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers