Dr. Alicia's Weekly Blast - 5/26

Dear Friends, You guys - the PNF FB page has over 1100 members! I mean, I’ve been on FB for about 10 years and I can barely scratch 300. That’s testament to how many people LOVE Natick and are stepping up in this recent budget crisis.

Here’s what PNF has been up to this week:

  • We launched our website! https://www.protectnaticksfuture.com/ And since none of us at PNF know anything about search optimization...you’re going to have to just click that link (or type in the URL) to find us.

  • Ms. Emily has more educational videos for us! If you’re as confused as I am about some of this budget talk, Ms. Emily has your back. Links are below in the Learning Center.

  • We’re pushing the GET OUT TO VOTE - All the info you need to register and vote can be found in the “How Can I Help” section below

We’ve narrowed our message - Let’s close this budget gap with cuts for both the school and municipal sides that areSAFE, SHARED and REVERSIBLE!

Here’s a reminder of what you can find in each newsletter:

  • HOW CAN I HELP - Read this section for quick, easy ways to contribute and links to town meetings.

  • TOWN MEETING LINKS - Do you hate tracking down Zoom links as much as I do? Well, they’re all right here!

  • LEARNING CENTER - Confused about what the h*** is going on? Us too! Check out the learning center if you want more information about town committees, budgets, and town politics.

  • WHAT’S NEXT - See what we are planning for the weeks and months to come. 

  • SHOUT OUTS - Just a place for us to “cheers” some of the people making this possible

Questions? Just want to say hi? Shoot us an email! ProtectNaticksFuture@gmail.com

How can I help (in just a few clicks)?

“Like” and share our facebook page (“Protect Natick’s Future”) with your Natick friends.  

We’re at 1100 followers! Can we hit 1500 this week?  

Login to Town Meetings this Week - URGENT!

 We are now logging in as “NAME (PNF).” For example, I will be logged in as “Alicia Lynch (PNF)”. Even if you’re not listening to the whole meeting, just having your name on that screen sends our town’s elected and hired officials a message! Below is a list of meetings this week (click here). 

Kennedy Parents (past, present, and future) - Sign our Petitions!

  1. Here’s our letter to the Select Board, asking that the cuts that must be made are SHARED between the schools and municipal.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kennedy-parent-care-select-board

  1. Here’s our letter to the School Committee, asking that the cuts that must be made prioritize safety and do not pack more kids into a classroom when we are being asked to spread out.  

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kennedy-parents-care

VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Need to register? Deadline is June 19! Click here:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm

Don’t want to go to the polls? Request an absentee ballot using this form: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absentee/English-Absentee-Ballot-Application.pdf

  • Fill out the form and submit it by email, fax, or snail mail

  • Scan and e-mail the form to vote@natickma.org

  • Fax the form to (508) 655-6715

  • Mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office: 13 West Central Street Natick, MA 01760


Join our E-Mail List

Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/g3QgN1 to be added to our e-mail list. Bad jokes included at no cost!

How can I help (in 1 hour or less)?

  • Join our efforts! We have multiple initiatives moving forward rapidly and we’d love your help. Get in touch with Alicia Lynch (aliciadlynch@gmail.com) to learn more about protecting our town’s future.

  • Be a Champion In your Precinct!!  We need volunteers to help reach out to Town Meeting members in the coming weeks. Sign up here for Town Meeting Member outreach here!

  • Are you a Slack Guru? We could use some help organizing our Slack - sending messages to the proper channels and alerting specific people when questions pop up.

Town Meeting Links

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m both bored and kind of morbidly fascinated by all these town meetings. Happily, this week is light on meetings - only two - as you’ll see listed below. 

Tuesday May 26

6:00 Board of Selectmen  YOUR PRESENCE IS ESSENTIAL!

*Budget discussion begins around 7:10pm

*Also important: at 6:05, the BOS will provide a performance review for the Town Administrator, Melissa Malone, who is responsible for the management of ALL TOWN FUNDS. 

https://zoom.us/j/97126846549?pwd=QTZwbE0rTWxIdWxOWXJDZ2xqVHY0Zz09

Meeting ID: 971 2684 6549 Password: 736028 

Wednesday May 27

5:30 pm Financial Planning Committee - YOUR PRESENCE IS IMPORTANT!

*Budget discussion starts around 7:45 

https://zoom.us/j/97838624740?pwd=N2tHMmtkZ0x4SmlPaFV0SkkvVEV6QT09

Meeting ID: 978 3862 4740 Password: 576009

Learning Center

Emily Grant, Natick mom, teacher, and all around fabulous person has created a series of videos to help people better understand the ins and outs of our town budget and politics.

Town Budget 101 video: 

https://youtu.be/f41lEN7jupM

Process to Pass the Budget video:

https://youtu.be/WMuUF4lcvtI Join us on SLACK work space to read articles and discuss ideas about the finance and budget, special interests like sports, theater and Johnson school, and a general thread for us to figure out what the heck is going on! 

What’s Next?

  • Protect Natick’s Future website has launched! www.protectnaticksfuture.com!

  • We need to get our voices heard among the town’s 180 Town Meeting members! This week we will be looking for volunteers and pushing out messaging to Town Meeting members. Can you help? Email us at: ProtectNaticksFuture@gmail.com

  • Exciting Q & A sessions coming up - we’ll dig into the current budget crisis, share what we’ve learned, and answer questions. Dates to be announced in the next week!

SHOUT OUTS!

  • Huge Shout Out to Jess Blazejewski who volunteered to pretty up this newsletter next week!

  • Sending mad respect out to Laura Schreier, Natick mom of 3 kids under 5 (gulp!), who is helping with the district 8 Town Meeting outreach!

  • We’re getting a makeover! Rebecca Pineault is working on a kick ass Logo for PNF!

NPS Alumna, Emily Whitten, has reached out and is joining our team! Got a college student who is home? Have them email us atProtectNaticksFuture@gmail.com. We can find a precinct for them to help us in! 

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