Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sunday's walk in the sunlight after the snow (photo essay)

After walking Saturday during the morning snowfall, the sun shown gloriously on Sunday. Join me for this walk around Franklin in the sunlight.

King St is empty for the moment as the trees cast shadows
King St is empty for the moment as the trees cast shadows
puddles bring reflections and new views to the world around us
puddles bring reflections and new views to the world around us
the train headed out of Frankin Station to Forge Park
the train headed out of Frankin Station to Forge Park
one side of the Dean Bank building not many see
Dean Ave glistens in the sunlight
Dean Ave glistens in the sunlight
the war memorials on the Town Common decorated with snow
the war memorials on the Town Common decorated with snow
the bandstand surrounded by snow
the bandstand surrounded by snow
on the High St side of the Town Common, the spruce trees and Civil War memorial cast long shadows
on the High St side of the Town Common, the spruce trees and Civil War memorial cast long shadows
sneakers have been hanging there for some time now
sneakers have been hanging there for some time now

biggest puddle and best reflection on the walk
biggest puddle and best reflection on the walk
Nason St playground, the other tot lot in Franklin (aside from the new one at Fletcher Field)
Nason St playground, the other tot lot in Franklin (aside from the new one at Fletcher Field)
inside the Cake Bar, getting hot chocolate for the last stretch of the walk home, #shopFranklin
inside the Cake Bar, getting hot chocolate for the last stretch of the walk home, #shopFranklin

CPR came in very useful

I am humbled by this email received on Sunday:

Hi Steve, 
I wanted to share something with you that occurred this morning. 
The Franklin Matters web site advertised discount CPR last year. I signed my musician husband up as we have 3 young children. 
Well, this morning at his morning basketball game it came in extremely useful. A gentleman suffered a heart attack and my husband was able to perform compressions while someone got the AED, another called 911, while others helped with respirations, etc. 
As a group, they likely saved his life (very hopefully). He had a stent placed within an hour of the event. 
I just wanted to share with you. Though we had discussed him getting CPR training, we never signed up until your site simplified it for us. 
Here's to counting our blessings! 
Best, Jen and Hans Morrison

Act 1sr CPR - office sign on East Central St (next to Hess Oil)
Act 1sr CPR - office singn on East Central St (next to Hess Oil)

Act 1st CPR was last shared here in Nov 2014. Training is still available

Note: The Act 1st webpage is re-directing to their new training service registration system and should revert back to normal sometime soon.

Rep Roy: Storm Info for 10th Norfolk District

This is a special edition of our regular monthly newsletter to provide storm related information and contact numbers for residents. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can get on our email list by clicking here.
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Region bracing for storm

With a major blizzard descending upon us, here are some resources to help you navigate potential issues that may arise. Reports indicate that the impending winter storm could be one of the largest blizzards we've seen in a long time. Snowfall amounts  in the area 2-3 feet, along with strong and damaging winds, are expected in our area.

Due to the expected severity of the snowstorm, Governor Baker declared a state of emergency this afternoon for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Further, beginning at midnight tonight (12:00 a.m. Tuesday), a travel ban will be in effect until further notice.

The MBTA will maintain a regular schedule today, but will not operate on Tuesday.

Below you will find the latest news regarding the storm, along with helpful tips, phone numbers, and other resources that exist to assist you during severe weather conditions.

Please be smart and stay safe!

Important telephone numbers

Safety tips

If possible, make sure of the following:
  • download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to your smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available by clicking here .
  • shovels/snow removal tools are accessible
  • rain gutters are clear for easy drainage
  • smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable and have fresh batteries
  • vehicles are fully fueled
  • keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut-food will stay six to nine hours in a refrigerator without spoiling. Frozen foods will keep about 24 hours.
  • items stored in a basement that could be damaged from flooding are protected
  • cell phones are fully charged
  • you are well-stocked on essential food items and water
  • you have cash available (as ATM's may not function with loss of power)
Plan to stay safely indoors throughout the course of the storm, beginning Monday afternoon/evening and through Wednesday morning.

If you use a generator, be sure to operate it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. While running your generator, make sure you shut off the main power supply to your home.

Online resources

Verizon storm tips

Verizon has listed tips for preparing for the upcoming winter storms.  For a recent Verizon blog post and video that offers valuable tips to make dealing with Old Man Winter and emergencies a little easier, click here.

And for more information about storm preparation for wireless customers, click here.

Be a good neighbor

During dangerous winter storms, the people who are often most at-risk are the elderly and/or disabled.

Please check in on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and live alone. Spend a few minutes shoveling out a relative or neighbor who is unable to do so themselves, and if the power goes out, be sure to stay in contact with them.

If you or a loved one rely on a respirator or an oxygen tank, be sure to report that to your utility company.

And if you or a loved one depend on daily medications, be sure that you have enough to last the next few days, as pharmacies may be closed and travel will be difficult. 
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Soccer for Smiles Tournament --> February 17 - 19, 2015

Have Fun While Making a Difference!

Our next tournament is coming up quickly!

February 17, 18, and 19, 2015

Even though the tournament runs for three days, a player's commitment is just a couple of hours on one particular day. High schoolers come on one day, younger girls on the next day, and younger boys on the third day. The day is split by age groups in 2- or 3-hour blocks of time. It is great fun!

This year we will direct our donations to support two initiatives:

Soccer for Smiles Tournament
Soccer for Smiles Tournament

For additional information and to register, please follow this link

"Get a head start by organizing your financial documents"

From the MA.GOV blog, they share some of the links to the common MA personal income tax forms. Yes, now that we are in 2015, April 15 (tax deadline) is approaching daily. While the Super Bowl comes first, and spring training is around the corner, we are in 'tax season.'
Tax season is upon us, and that can mean stress for Massachusetts residents and workers who don’t have the documents they need to file returns and payments by the April 15, 2015 deadline. 
While the Department of Revenue (DOR) encourages online filing of Massachusetts state income taxes withWebFile for Income, you can make filing a paper return as easy as possible by having the right forms and information at your fingertips.  

image shared from MA.GOV page on tax season
WebFile for Income is only available to full-year residentsPart-year residents and non-residents can file electronically using commercial software or a professional tax preparer.
Continue to the MA.GOV site to find the link to the common forms  http://blog.mass.gov/blog/government/get-ready-for-tax-season/

Verizon: Important storm-related updates regarding your Verizon FiOS services

Dear Valued Verizon Customer,
This time of year, we maintain a particularly watchful eye for winter storms and the many inconveniences they bring. As the upcoming nor'easter bears down, we want you to know that we're ready. Whether brief or lengthy, a power outage is one of the most common storm-related occurrences. Knowing that, we have already deployed resources to help our customers that could be impacted.
What should I do in the event of a power outage?
Visit verizon.com/outage from your smartphone, or other wireless device to:
Track current outages
Find answers to equipment repair and backup service questions
Create a "Repair Request" if needed
Do I need to reset anything once power is restored?
Most issues can be resolved by unplugging and plugging your Verizon equipment back in (Set Top Box, Router, etc). If that doesn't resolve your issues, you may need to restart your Optical Network Terminal (ONT) by following these instructions. For additional troubleshooting assistance, download our In-Home Agent application.
Thank you for choosing Verizon. We hope you have an enjoyable and safe winter.
Your Verizon Team
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NationalGrid: Be Prepared for the Winter Storm

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Major Winter Storm
A winter storm system will continue hitting our area with blizzard-like conditions including high winds, freezing temperatures and moderate coastal flooding.
National Grid field crews and support personnel have been deployed in the event the weather causes damage to our region's electric system. We have increased staffing and field personnel and are ready to address any service issues that may arise from the storm.
While storm preparations are important, so too is the safety of our customers and employees. Please exercise caution and keep a safe distance from crew work locations, especially when driving where visibility might be limited by snow.
Here are some tips to help keep everyone informed and safe:
To report an outage, please call 1-800-465-1212, visit www.ngrid.com/juno or download our mobile app on the Apple iTunes or Droid stores.
Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps. Please make sure to have a good supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food and flashlight with batteries.
Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid by calling 1-800-465-1212.
If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid's system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored.
Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company's Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
We'll continue to share safety tips, information on outages and any updates on restoration through @NationalGridUS on Twitter, Facebook.com/NationalGrid and ngrid.com/juno.
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Representative Roy Announces Franklin & Medway Office Hours

Representative Roy Announces Office Hours

State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway and Franklin for the Month of February on the following days:
Medway – Saturday, February 7th 10:00-11:00AM, Muffin House CafĂ©, 116 Main Street Medway, MA 02053
Franklin – Thursday, February 26th, 8:30-9:30AM, Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA 02038
Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him.

Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention.  Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you.

He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, or email him at Jeffrey.Roy@MAhouse.gov.

the Franklin Senior Center at night
the Franklin Senior Center at night

Monday, January 26, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: no school Tuesday or Wednesday


Based on direction from our public safety officials all schools will be closed on Tuesday 1/27 and Wednesday 1/28. 
There will be no school activities Monday 1/26, Tuesday 1/27 or Wednesday 1/28. 
All School buildings will be closed during this . Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. 
There will be no Recreation programs nor evening basketball. 
We wanted to convey the information early so families may make plans. 
The HS schedule of exams will be disseminated by the HS administration.

Thank You

FHS in the snow Feb 2014
FHS in the snow Feb 2014

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Attention: Trash and Recycling pick up for Tuesday and Wednesday canceled

Due to the winter storm curbside trash and recycling will not be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday 1/27 and 1/28. 
Instead, both trash and recycling will be picked up next week on the regular day. 
If your pickup is Tuesday or Wednesday you can get a free orange overflow trash bag, please visit the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street to pick it up. 
Crush recycling and cut down boxes to fit what you can in the recycling cart for pickup next week. 
No other delays are planned for Thursday and Friday of this week.

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SNOW CLOSINGS from Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin

Snow closings from Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin

JANUARY 26, 2015, AT 5 PM. 

 JANUARY 27, 2015!




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