Monday, May 9, 2022

One Last Try – Registry of Deeds IT staff

Dear Registry users and citizens,

We recently posted on our website www.norfolkdeeds.org  a video of a recent April interview outlining why the Norfolk Registry of Deeds should keep its 2 person on-site direct report Registry IT Department.  Sometimes “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” given all that has been written about this matter.  State Law has provided funds to pay for all Registry IT positions in an IT Department that has been in existence for over 35 years at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds.  The on-site Registry IT staff must be kept.

 

On May 4, 2022 Commissioners Peter Collins and Joseph Shea in a 2 to 1 vote eliminated all Registry IT positions out of the Registry Budget.  This is reckless.  It is unprecedented not to have on-site Registry IT services.  The Registry, its staff and those that the Registry serves are being targeted by a full scale dismantling of the Registry of Deeds on-site direct report IT support.

 

You can help stop the reckless and poor decisions with too many possible bad outcomes by contacting the Norfolk County Advisory Board members. A list of the members is also posted on our website. Please let these representatives know to keep the direct report Registry IT staff when they vote on May 11, 2022.  Also, please contact members of the Finance Committee of the Advisory Board from Avon, Plainville, Randolph, Milton and Brookline who will be voting a recommendation to the whole Advisory Board.

 

Professional Registry staff, Registry users and citizens who have supported the need for on-site Registry IT professionals are NOT being listened to by County Commissioners Collins and Shea.  Why would these Norfolk County Commissioners oppose their paid consultant Mark Abrahams answering deposition questions and their attorney write as one of the reasons that is could cause “embarrassment”?  For who?  The two county commissioners – Collins and Shea – who voted as they did?  For all county decision makers who influenced the IT review, actions and reports with the goal to dismantle the direct report Registry IT Department?  This is what you Registry supporters are up against but we all must keep “fighting the fight.”

 

You will also find posted on our website a letter from Attorney James McKenzie that says it all. It is just a sample of the support the Registry of Deeds has received since the 2 to 1 Norfolk County Commissioner vote going back nearly a year to June 30, 2021 to not have a Registry CIO. Was this the plan all along to not have any Registry IT professionals in the Registry IT Budget? On behalf of myself, the Registry staff and all who depend on the Registry of Deeds including homeowners I want to thank you for your kind words and support that has been given throughout this whole unfortunate matter.

Sincerely yours,

 

William P. O’Donnell,

Register of Deeds

 


To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

 

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham.  The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org.  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.



One Last Try – Registry of Deeds IT staff
One Last Try – Registry of Deeds IT staff

Jim Derick talks with poet Elaine Mullens in this episode of Chapters

Since Elaine Mullen was a girl her life has been filled with trauma. Rather than allow circumstances to define her, Elaine has used her pain to forge new and deep understandings of the meaning of life. Elaine shares with us the stories of her past and important lessons she's learned along the way. 

Elaine' books of poetry may be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Elaine-Mullen/e/B00LMJFPMG%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/4ffc6f23-11aa-4623-8d73-e3b9b25ce363 

You can listen to Chapters on wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM dial on Friday's on the schedule =  9:00a/12:00p /6:00p 


Jim Derick talks with poet Elaine Mullens in this episode of Chapters
Jim Derick talks with poet Elaine Mullens in this episode of Chapters


FHS outdoor track results for Frosh/Soph Hoar Meet on Saturday

  • Some amazing performances at the Freshman/Sophomore meet on Saturday.  Special congrats to Sarah Dumas, who was named female athlete of the meet for her 1st place finish in 3 events (100H, 400H, 4x100 relay)
  • Other medalists: Ella Chandaria (2nd 400H), Lily DeForge (2nd SP), Darby Nicholson (3rd SP, 3rd Disc), Anna Cliff (3rd 200m), Alex Batla (5th 2 mile), Ava Workman (5th 400m), Liz Hopkins (5th SP), Abby Griffith (5th HJ), Kyra McSweeney (5th HJ, 6th LJ)
  • Also medaling were the 4x100 relay (1st - Cuneo, Dumas, O Costa, Cliff) and the 4x800 relay (3rd - Walbert, Matteson, LeBlanc, Sweeney)

Shared from FHS Track &Field Boosters Twitter account   https://twitter.com/FranklinXCTrack

Full results from the MSTCA page => https://mstca.org/meet/mstca-jim-hoar-frosh-soph-invitational  (meet info)

 https://dl.airtable.com/.attachments/12584b27f3aa5040af28d64c3a4f204b/962144c3/hoarperflist22.pdf?ts=1652046432&userId=usrPq8oNWd6LjIuNG&cs=f48fbc6bc2513e5b  (meet results)

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

"the state of emergency essentially became a pilot project for this concept"

"PEACE OF MIND for assisted living residents and their families – that’s what a bill before the Massachusetts Legislature would deliver. What small changes could make such a big difference? A handful of non-invasive treatments that are simple yet highly consequential.

To understand the issue first requires understanding the model. Assisted living, which has been certified and regulated for 27 years in Massachusetts, is a special combination of residential and personalized support services designed to meet the needs—both scheduled and unscheduled—of those who require help with activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include tasks related to bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and other similar personal care needs.

Different from a nursing home, assisted living is a distinctly non-medical setting. Every resident has a private living area and maintains their preferred level of independence. In addition, while every assisted living community has nurses on staff, the law prohibits them from providing any skilled care whatsoever to residents. In the cases where a resident needs care, he or she has the choice of having a family member administer it or arranging and paying separately for an outside provider."

Continue reading article online
 
Nurse and elderly man spending time together --- Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis
Nurse and elderly man spending time together --- Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis

Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Monday, May 9, 2022

  • wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM dial = Monday

9 AM 12 PM and 6 PM Talkin’ the Blues – Jim Derick & Todd Monjur
2 hours of awesome blues music, info, interviews

11 AM 2 PM and 8 PM A More Perfect Union – with Dr. Michael Walker-Jones,
Representative Jeff Roy and Dr. Natalia Linos

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = MONDAY

7:59:00 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
8:00:00 am SAFE Coalition: Michelle Palladini
9:00 am Concerts on the Common: Pub Kings & Padula Band
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Quinoa
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:00 pm Cooking Thyme: Grillin'
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Shrimp, Tomato & Greens Pizzetta
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 1
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 7
5:30 pm Senior Connection: Mental Illness
6:00 pm Let's Talk Sports: Nathan Messer-Kelty
6:30 pm Veterans' Call: SHINE
7:30 pm Frank Presents: Shawn Dooley
8:30 pm The Black Box: Rising Stars Cabaret

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = MONDAY

7:00 am Public School Event: Elementary Music Pt. 1 06-04-18
8:30 am FHS Varsity Softball: v Needham 04-29-22
10:30 am All-Town Showcase: Chorus and Orchestra
1:30 pm Let's Talk Sports: Nathan Messer-Kelty
2:00 pm SAFE Coalition: The Hamlins
3:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse: v Concord-Carlisle 04-30-22
9:00 pm U. S. Army: Jazz Ambassadors 04-01-19

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) = MONDAY

8:00 am Planning Board: 04-25-22
11:00 am Economic Development: 05-04-22
2:00 pm Planning Board: 04-25-22
6:30 pm Finance Committee - budget hearing #1 LIVE 
7:00 pm Planning Board:  Remote via Zoom, 844 1863 7664

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - May 10, 2022 - Agenda

Franklin School Committee
May 10, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

 

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Unified Basketball Team

B. Approaches to Student Behavior Presentation – Lucas Giguere, Josh Hanna, Craig
Williams

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. BICO Board Vote
I recommend the appointment of Lucas Giguere to serve as the Franklin representative
for the 2022-2023 school year.
B. ACCEPT Board Vote
I recommend the appointment of Lucas Giguere to serve as the Franklin representative for the 2022-2023 school year.
C. Policy 1st Reading
I recommend moving policy ADF - Wellness Policy to a second reading as discussed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the April 26, 2022 Special and Regular
School Committee meetings as detailed.
B. Fernando P. Baglioni Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 for the Fernando P. Baglioni
Scholarship as detailed.
C. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2988.25 from Cadence Education for
districtwide supplemental supplies as detailed.
D. FHS Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two check totaling $3,600.00 as follows:
$3,000.00 Logic Tree - Field Trip (DECA) Student Activity Account
$ 600.00 Franklin Cultural Council - Supplemental Supplies FHS Gift Acct.
E. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,428.00 from the Keller PCC for field trips as
detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Executive Session
a. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA/RN unit as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(2) to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.
X. Adjournment

Agenda doc includes remote connection info -> 

Meeting packet folder (with other docs released for this session)

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - May 10, 2022 - Agenda
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - May 10, 2022 - Agenda


Today is THE Last day to get your tickets for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14

"OF COURSE we have a selfie-station at the ready for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium! 
Today is May 8th! That means you've got TODAY to get your tickets! 
Saturday, May 14th! 9-1:30pm! Franklin High School! 
Music! Art! Speakers! (Michael Bobbitt!!) Inspiration! Friends! Food! What are you waiting for!?

*Gorgeous hand-made canvas made by artisan, Taylor McVay, of Norfolk, MA* "

Register here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717

Shared from Instagram (with minor modification on date) 

Kaye Kelly, Cultural Council Chair, is an arts advocate. Are you?
Kaye Kelly, Cultural Council Chair, is an arts advocate. Are you?

FHS baseball top King Philip 9 to 2 on Saturday

Franklin 9, King Philip 2.  
WP - Mucciarone (5inn, 6H, 1ER & 4Ks). Kuczmiec solid in relief (2inn, 1H & 2Ks).  
Offensively, Raider (3-4, HR, 2B, 2R & 4RBI), Goode (2-2, 2R & RBI), Jarosz (2-3, 2B, R & RBI), & Marino (1-3, 2B & 2R).  
Next up: Mon. 5/9 Franklin @ Attleboro at 3:45pm.

Shared from Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FHSCoachZBrown/status/1523144724370100225 

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Town Council hears from Congressman Auchincloss, can't decide on parking fines, is impatient with DT progress, among items at May 4 session

FM #790 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 790 in the series. 

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick recap:

  • Recognition of Harriet DiMartino on her 100th birthday

  • Compliance check failures continued from prior meeting; both 7-Eleven & Liquor World acknowledged and accepted violations, agreed to one day suspension of license effective May 11

  • Public hearing for street acceptances held, both ultimately passed via legislation with 8-0 vote (1 absent)

  • Congressman Jake Auchincloss, 4th Congressional District, appeared to provide multiple updates and answer questions from the Council and meeting participants. First Federal elected official to appear before Council

  • Melanson & Heath presented an overview of the just completed FY 2021 audit results; the results are good, no issues found, nor was a management letter included also a good sign that the financial processes are in good order

  • Bylaw to adjust parking fines tabled for 2nd meeting in June, more discussion clearly required on this topic. As reported, there was no consensus among the EDC which brought it forward and there remains no consensus on how to proceed

  • Second bylaw parking zone map proposed changes to add a ban on overnight parking downtown. Almost got tied to the other bylaw item (they are separate but related) but did get moved to a second reading

  • Update on Davis Thayer provided by Town Administrator. The building is still in School Committee control, confirmation received from MSBA on their awareness of closing and that the closing should have no impact if the Town does decide in future to go for MSBA funding. Not sure why the Council remains “impatient” with this status as they could have started their planning process to determine a future use anytime after the building actually closed. The School District is not using the building for education, another use can start to be determined, it will take time to do so, and likely be still not finally decided by the time the School Committee turns the building over legally to the Town

The recording runs about 3 hours and 35 minutes (3:35)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 4, 2022

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-790-town-council-meeting-05-04-22

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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_may_4_2022.pdf

My notes of the meeting captured via Twitter are shared in one PDF here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMWY7GtMKVFxIC_v1UtFIWXE7iIrLK4a/view?usp=sharing

You can find the Franklin TV video link here -> https://youtu.be/eTzFFC_N9ds (the meeting starts at 2:50)


Photos from this session can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/RfP17XvuTeDNCLwk6

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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk
Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk


Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/08/2022

This week on our radio roundtable: SCOTUS, The Supreme Court of the United States. We discuss the leaked ruling that would kill Roe v Wade as settled law.

We expect a Solomonic wisdom from SCOTUS. But, of late it appears to suffer the same polarizing politics of the legislative branch, having been biased effectively by them and the executive branch. I was taught that SCOTUS was an impartial arbiter of our laws, as measured by the truest letters and intents of our Constitution. Sadly, I have been disabused of that naïve notion, and there is no Santa Claus.

Recently, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa struck down the CDC’s authority regarding the use of protective masks on public transportation. Last I looked, the CDC had a public health charter? Yes/No?

During the height of the pandemic, many of those who argued vehemently against wearing masks had no issue with exposing others to grave risk of death. Many of them claimed, ‘I have my rights. It’s my body, my choice’. (Sound familiar?)

No masks? Pro-life? That strikes me as an odd Venn diagram of oxymoronic values. 

hy·poc·ri·sy /həˈpäkrəsē/ noun
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

As a guy, it’s beyond me to experience pregnancy in unfortunate circumstances, perhaps with no partner for support, and perhaps no future. As a guy, I cannot walk in those shoes (be they flats or heels). I cannot achieve that wisdom. All I can do is extend something rare and precious that in today’s society (and perhaps our judiciary as well) is increasingly absent. We expect wisdom from the courts. We expect decrees that clearly exude that wisdom. Lately, some findings read more like op-ed pieces. Today, we are seeing justices that appear to come up short on balancing the scales of justice, and perhaps even shorter on applying mercy.

Where I have no wisdom, where I cannot frame fair justice, let me hold not righteous dudgeon, but rather, let me offer tender mercy.

Our winding path to a more perfect union is not an easy walk, but walk we must. 

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching.

The Supreme Court episode of More Perfect Union => https://more-perfect-union.captivate.fm/episode/047-the-supreme-court

Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)
Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf   

#FranklinCANBeincredABLE ! Help Support HMEA with a t-shirt or hoodie (or donation)!

"Who wants incredABLE Day swag? From now until May 18th, you can purchase one of these incredABLE day hoodies in sizes YL-XXXL.  
We also have t-shirts and long sleeve shirts available. You’ll be super comfy while supporting HMEA’s programs at the same time! buff.ly/3KsKjf8"
#FranklinCANBeincredABLE ! Help Support HMEA with a t-shirt or hoodie (or donation)!
#FranklinCANBeincredABLE ! Help Support HMEA with a t-shirt or hoodie (or donation)!

Note: I have long supported HMEA, they are a most worthy cause based here in Franklin that provides support across the whole life of an individual. See how with this informative graphic ->   https://www.hmea.org/whole-life-support/

Find out more about HMEA at https://www.hmea.org/

*HMEA is an abbreviation for Horace Mann Educational Associates

On the climate front: 2 articles remind us (1) unified approach required (2) time is running out

On the climate front, two articles reminding us (1) we need to tackle climate in a unified approach (we have one world to share with others) and (2) time to act is indeed running out.

"Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year – the previous April record – preliminary government data has shown, alarming environmental campaigners.

In the first 29 days of April, deforestation in the region totaled 1,012.5 square km (390 square miles), according to data from national space research agency Inpe on Friday. The agency, which has compiled the monthly data series since 2015/2016, will report data for the final day of April next week.

April is the third monthly record this year, after new highs were also observed in January and February."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

An aerial view shows logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rainforest in Anapu, Para state, Brazil, in 2019. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters
An aerial view shows logs that were illegally cut from the Amazon rainforest in Anapu, Para state, Brazil, in 2019. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters


"The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth grows, a global review has found.

There are about 11,000 species of bird spanning the globe, but the populations of half of them are falling, while just 6% are increasing. Their flight and song make them easier to study than many animals, meaning they are the best studied large group.

Bird populations are also affected by all the damage caused by human activity, from the destruction of wild habitat, the climate crisis, and pesticides and other pollution, to over-hunting and impacts of alien species and disease. This makes them the best living indicators of global change, the scientists said."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The most threatened families of birds are those which are larger and take longer to reproduce, including the Australian brushturkey. Photograph: thomasmales/Getty Images/iStockphoto
The most threatened families of birds are those which are larger and take longer to reproduce, including the Australian brushturkey. Photograph: thomasmales/Getty Images/iStockphoto


Boston Globe: "answers will be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation”

School officials are investigating after Franklin High School fans heckled an opposing team’s players during a varsity baseball game with homophobic, racist, and antisemitic slurs.

Joshua Hanna, the principal of Franklin High School, said in a letter to families Friday that officials “denounce such behavior and are outraged” about the heckling, which had happened the night before and was directed at a team from Sharon.

“Our hearts go out to the Sharon community,” Hanna said. “There is no place for such behavior in our schools and at school events.”

The slurs were yelled by a group of Franklin fans gathered near a fence along the left-field outfield area during the night game held in Franklin, according to Hanna.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Coincidentally, the School Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, has an update on "Approaches to Student Behavior Presentation – Lucas Giguere, Josh Hanna, Craig Williams," The full meeting agenda can be found online

Boston Globe: "answers will be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation”
Boston Globe: "answers will be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation”

Furry Friends of Franklin Dog Park need your help Sat, May 14 to spread some mulch

Dacey Field dog park
Dacey Field dog park

"Hello dog lovers. Save this date.  
Furry Friends of the Franklin Dog Park Volunteer Committee needs your help on Saturday May 14th at 9:30 am to spread 30 yards of fresh wood chips.  
We need shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows. Refreshments will be there for those who help and Gino’s famous peanut butter, blueberry dog biscuits for our furry friends.  
Thanks.  "

Shared from Facebook ->   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/3157913507811987/ 


Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open

Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open! Families must register each student individually before June 13th to guarantee their seat.  
Our online registration on FamilyID makes it easy.  
Visit our transportation page for registration details: buff.ly/2PeUnRr or https://www.franklinps.net/district/transportation
Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open
Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1522692441589297152