Saturday, April 8, 2017

Summer Street, Franklin MA - Open Letter to the Town Council

As a longtime resident of Franklin, I care about our city's past, present and future. I am all for development of our community, but it needs to be done in a responsible way. Here is my letter to the Town Council on the Summer Street rezoning.

Dear Town Council members,

It came to my attention that the Summer Street applicant is coming back to the Town Council to resubmit the request for a change of Rural Residential I zoning to the Residential VII zoning. 

I am reaching out to you to express my strong opposition to the proposed zoning changes for the Summer Street property. I did appreciate the Town Council members voting NO the first time. As many residents have expressed during the meeting then, there is a reason why people move to that particular part of our town - it is for the rural feel of the area. I think the change to Residential VII does not fit the area or Franklin as a whole (we can all see what the Residential VII looks like at the Village at Cook’s Farm). It also contradicts the mission statement of the Master Plan adopted in 2013, especially the sections “…we are a community dedicated to effective planning, responsible land use, balanced growth,…” and “… we are committed to cultivating accessible open space, a sense of neighborhood, and a desire to preserve the character of our New England town..”.

In August 2016, TC Chair Mr. Matt Kelly wrote a response to inquiries on growth and infrastructure : “As a council we agree that built in thousand of new homes in our community is not an answer, nor is it what we want. The Franklin Town Council has taken a stance to look at smart growth…”

With 800+/- units that are either under construction, approved, before PB or in the work, according to the Jeff Nutting’s letter to the Town Council in October 2016, we seem to be heading in that direction…

I hope you will take this opportunity, as an elected Town Councilor, to show your commitment to serving the entire Franklin, MA community and vote NO on this matter. 

I appreciate and thank you for your service and for your commitment to our city, that is known as The Town of Franklin!

Renata Gilarova
resident

On a lighter note - enjoy the musical stylings of Jamie Barrett and his song "The City Known As The Town Of Franklin". We have a beautiful and safe city to live in and are very fortunate!

For more detailed information about Summer Street and other town matters, please visit Franklin Matters.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring forward, test your smoke/CO detectors, change batteries

Daylight saving time will begin at 2am on Sunday, March 12, 2017! 




Whether you enjoy to spring forward or not, it is always a good time to test your smoke and CO detectors and change batteries in all of them.
Please remember that the smoke detectors should be changed every 7-10 years and the CO detectors every 5-7 years.


If you are selling a home, you will need all the detectors in compliance with the Massachusetts law. You can find the latest information HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your local Fire Department, they will be happy to help!

For those of you ready for spring (here in New England), here is a preview of what's to come once the snow melts.


Be safe and feel free to connect with me for a free, no obligation consultation if you are looking to buy or sell your home. Email Renata@BetterLivingRE.com or call/text (508) 507-9715

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Summer Camps in Franklin, MA and beyond!


Back by popular demand - 2017 Summer Camp List! 

Many registrations are open now (some will have programs up in the coming months). If you know of a camp or a summer program that is not on the list, I will be happy to add it. Just email me at Renata@BetterLivingRE.com

Last updated on 4/21/2017

Bellingham, MA
Bellingham Field Hockey
Dreamcatcher Horse Farm
Maplegate Country Club
Marcov's Sharp Gymnastics
New England Country Club - Nike Golf Camps
Once Upon a Kiln
Summer Baseball Camp

Franklin, MA
Adirondack Club Summer Camps
Anglican Church of the Redeemer - VBS
BFCCPS Summer Courses
Camp Haiastan
Clarion Farm Summer Horsemanship Programs
Dance Studio
D.A.R.E. Camp/Junior Police Academy
Dean College
Drama Kids of Metro West
Franklin Country Day Camp
Franklin High School Summer/Sports Camps
Franklin Mill Store
Franklin School for the Performing Arts
Franklin Soccer School 
Franklin Youth Lacrosse
Franklin Youth Soccer Association
Hockomock YMCA (also in Foxboro and North Attleboro)
Prospect Hill Country Day School (contact them for more information)
Self Esteem Through Art
Sunrise Montesori School, Inc.
The BullDog Baseball School, Dean College - contact school for more info
The BullDog Football School, Dean College - contact school for more info
The Elemen-Tree House
Town of Franklin - Lifelong Learning
Town of Franklin Recreation Department - covering Franklin and Medway
Tri-County Vocational Tech. School Summer Camps

Holliston, MA 
Willow Brook Farm
Parks and Recreation Programs
Summer Oasis at Holliston Public Schools

Mendon, MA
Kids 'N' Us Summer Recreation Program
Swim Lessons at Mendon Town Beach

Medway, MA
Camp Invention, Medway Middle School
Camp Sunshine - special needs summer program
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp
Flipside Gymnastics
Medway Community Farm
Rising Star Equestrian Center
Saddle Row Farm
The Little Gym
Town of Franklin Recreation Department - covering Franklin and Medway

Milford, MA
Milford Community Summer Camps
Milford Sports Center
Milford Youth Center

Millis, MA
Shadowfax Farm 
Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm
Town of Millis Recreation Department
Woodside Montesori

Norfolk, MA
Camp Lucky Ducky
FC Puma Soccer Camps
Fungineers
Norfolk County Agricultural HS
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Town of Norfolk Recreation Department

Upton, MA
Fin and Feather Sports -Outdoor Adventure Clinics

Wrentham, MA
DARE to Dream Summer Day Program
Town of Wrentham Recreation Department

OTHER AREA TOWNS: 
Ashland: Camp Bailout (girls only)
Blackstone: Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club
Bridgewater: The Bridge Center year round programs for individuals with special needs
Lexington: Bina Farm Center
Mendon: Southwick ZOO Wild Adventures Summer Program
WorcesterWorcester Polytechnic Institute (ages 7-17), Ecotarium

OTHER RESOURCES:
EXPLO
New England Summer Camps Directory
Activity Hero
iD Tech Camps (STEM learning experience)
VT: Aloha Foundation Camps
ME: Experience Camp (for boys who lost their parent, sibling or primary caregiver)