Some may quibble about the silliness of the elf, while others are living by it. Either way, setting expectations and consequences for behavior is good. Whether it is the elf or some higher power watching over us, there is a sense of right and wrong that I believe is inherent in humanity.
Christmas is one of many opportunities during the year to pause and reflect on what has happened, good and bad. There are consequences for both. Some of the consequences are immediate, some will play out over time.
In this holiday season, this time of darkness, find a light, even if it is a glimmer of light. I do believe that there is a light and that light will bring hope and love. Hope that neighbors will help neighbors. That the neighbors will become a community, and live in a community of love and respect for one another.
This will be the last weekly summary for 2012.
Except for December, I have summarized the major event of each month as we progressed though the "12 Days of Donating." If you missed those updates you can find them here: http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-12.html
May you and your family have a great holiday season, and may the New Year bring goodness to Franklin!
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What is ALiCE?
- Food Elves Press Release
- "We need to think hard about what message we're sending to kids"
- In the News: somber service, holiday safety, special election
- Yes, you can help the Rail Trail effort!
- Six One Seven Studios (video)
- MassBudget: Rise and Fall of Local Aid in Massachusetts
- Business After Hours Jan. 15
- In the News: bell to toll, regional dispatch
- DelCarte Property (video)
- Town Council - 12/19/12
- Dean College Quarterback Signs Letter of Intent to Play for Elon University
- In the News: Site plan, Tri-County award
- Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel
- live reporting - Closing
- Live reporting - Legislation
- Live reporting - Citizens Committee update
- Live reporting: Public Hearing - Site Plan and Design Review
- Live reporting: Town Council - Dec 19, 2012
- Softball registration open
- "It will give us a major studio"
- Frankjlin Downtown Partnership - 2013 UPDATES
- In the News: Tri-County, robbery charges
- DelCarte swans
- Planning Board - 12/17/12
- "I think it's a matter of staying alert"
- MassDOT Goal: Triple Bicycling, Transit, Walking
- Franklin lab chemist indicted
- Real time reporting: Planning Board to closing
- Real time reporting: Hoffman Farms
- Real time reporting: Franklin TV
- Real time reporting: Planning Board
- Franklin, MA: Planning Board - Agenda - Dec 17, 2012
- Free holiday parking downtown
- In the News: veterans, charities
- Joint Statement on Franklin Schools opening Monday