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|A. Approval of Minutes|
|A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES|
|D. CITIZEN COMMENTS|
|G. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS|
|1. Discussion on Joint Town Council/Planning Board meetings|
|2. Master Plan Update|
|I. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS|
|J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION|
|1. Bylaw Amendment 16-778: Chapter 160, Taxpayers, Delinquent- 2nd Reading (majority vote)|
|2. Bylaw Amendment 17-784: Repeal Sign Restrictions Bylaw- 1st Reading (majority vote)|
|3. Bylaw Amendment 17-785: Repeal of Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal Bylaw -1st Reading (majority vote)|
|4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-786: Storage Facility Bylaw (Referral to the Planning Board)|
|K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT|
|L. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS|
|M. COUNCIL COMMENTS|
|N. EXECUTIVE SESSION|
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The Franklin Police Department, the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council and Dean College will participate in a law enforcement related training exercise throughout the campus of Dean College on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 8am - 2pm.
There will be several law enforcement vehicles participating in the scenario to include mobile command posts, armored personnel carriers, etc.
The entirety of the exercise will occur on the Dean College campus and we do not expect any road closures or other issues that will affect the downtown district.
|Dean College, Main St, Franklin, MA|
|Franklin Police: Training Exercise Advisory|
"Some may think that Franklin High basketball coach CJ Neely is overly effusive in describing junior captain Paul Mahon.
The Panthers’ coach, who directed his squad to the Sectional finals last year and a co-championship in the Kelly-Rex Division of the Hockomock League, is extremely bullish on his off-guard, calling him “a coach’s dream, one of the best defensive players in the league, the ultimate competitor and a good person, on and off the court.’’
Mahon, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound off-guard, is indeed special. He’s humble in his role as Franklin’s only captain, and he’s willing to learn what he doesn’t know. He’s also encouraging when teammates need an emotional lift, and he’s quick to offer assistance and friendship to the less fortunate.
Consider this situation — his best friend since early childhood is a Down syndrome youth, and Mahon often shoots jump shots with him in their back yards or in Franklin High’s gym. The 17-year-old Mahon also attends his friend’s Special Olympics events. “I always try to encourage him,’’ Mahon said."Continue reading the article online
|FHS Boys Basketball Captain Paul Mahon|
"On April 29, in a ceremony taking place at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, the Franklin Wrestling Program, under the guidance of Coach Carmine Colace, will be inducted into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the Team of the Decade for the 1990’s.
Throughout the 90’s the Panther grapplers were able to win seven state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000), finished second twice; won eight Hockomock League Titles (including six in a row from 1990-95) had two undefeated seasons and averaged 20 wins per season with Colace at the helm. What’s even more impressive is throughout his coaching career, Colace’s teams have collected 10 State Titles, finished second five times and during his 25 year run have never finished lower than fifth once they reached the Sectionals.
“Wrestling in the state of Massachusetts had some dominant teams in the 60’s, but nothing like the team we had here at Franklin,” Colace said. “The 1999 team was probably the best team that we have ever had here, and we actually lost a game that year. During the State Tournament, we had already wrapped up the title after the first day of competition and really didn’t need to wrestle on day two. That’s how impressive they were.”
|Franklin Wrestling Makes History Thanks to Coach Colace|
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"Beacon Hill will likely be a busy place in 2017.
Local lawmakers have identified a range of priorities for the new year, including criminal justice reform, budgeting and continuing to support the communities they serve.
Here's a look at some priorities for several local incumbent lawmakers:
|Davis Thayer Elementary School sign "Happy New Year, school starts Jan 3"|
|Online service page for Franklin Town Clerk|
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|Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club|
|Christmas trees will be picked up during the week of Jan 9|
"Local families gathered at the Franklin Public Library midday Saturday to celebrate "Noon Year's Eve."
The party, now in its second year, is a family-friendly way to ring in the new year without having the young ones stay up until midnight, said librarian Wendy Doody.
"We did it last year for the first time, and it was very successful," she said, estimating that about 50 people showed up to take part in the festivities. "(Last year) the library director and I looked at the calendar and saw we didn't have any programs for this time of year, so we though this might work."
"Although Massachusetts' opioid deaths are still on the rise, with the powerful drug fentanyl adding to the toll, facets of the Legislature's anti-drug act are beginning to help.
Prescribers have doubled their use of a new online tool to check if patients are getting prescriptions from multiple sources. Schools around the state are instituting programs for students, particularly athletes, to educate them about the dangers of opioids.
"This approach is building a foundation that will serve us well over the long term," Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel says nine months after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention.
"This is an epidemic that has been building for years, but I am hopeful in the fact that never before has the commonwealth committed so many resources to addressing opioid misuse disorder, and we are going to continue this comprehensive approach no matter how long it takes," Bharel said."
|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.|
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