Monday, December 18, 2017

"This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Opioids" - YouTube

"Driven by opioid addiction, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioids are part of a drug class that includes the illegal drug heroin and powerful pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others. In 2015, more than 33,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids. Every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as directed. 
Lily Fang's animation, Susan’s Brain, is part of a free online course produced by HarvardX and Harvard Health Publications. The course, The Opioid Crisis in America, challenges preconceptions about addiction and about who can become addicted to opioids, and this animation illustrates changes in the brain that lead to addiction. Dr. Elena Chartoff and Dr. Hilary Connery, both of Boston’s McLean Hospital advised on the brain science within this animation. This video is provided courtesy of the President’s and Fellows of Harvard College © 2017."
Continue reading the National Geographic article
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/video/shorts/this-is-what-happens-to-your-brain-on-opioids/

For more on opioid addiction from Harvard
https://www.health.harvard.edu/addiction/understanding-opioids




Thanks to the Safe Coalition for point to this!
https://www.facebook.com/safecoalitionma/posts/1169533646510173

Franklin Public Library: Holiday Hours Announced

Holiday hours for the Franklin Library were posted to the Town of Franklin page and shared here

The Library is Closed on the following days:

  • Sunday, Dec 24
  • Monday, Dec 25 - Christmas Day
  • Sunday, Dec 31
  • Monday, Jan 1 - New Year's Day


Franklin Public Library: Holiday Hours Announced
Franklin Public Library: Holiday Hours Announced
Franklin Public Library: Holiday Hours Announced
Franklin Public Library: Holiday Hours Announced
This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage
http://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/holiday-hours

Sunday, December 17, 2017

FHS ties in first Hockomock girls hockey game; wrestling and both track teams post wins

Via HockomockSports, we share the results of the FHS sports action on Saturday, Dec 16, 2017.


Wrestling = St. John’s Prep Quad (Franklin)
– Franklin had the best team at the meeting, sweeping all three opponents. The Panthers opened with a dominant 45-18 win over Lawrence, earned a hard-fought victory over the hosts St. John Prep (31-21) and finished the day with a 58-16 win over Salem (NH). Jordan Carlucci went 3-0 on the day with three pins.

Boys Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis) = Franklin, 61 vs. King Philip, 39 – Final
Girls Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis) = Franklin, 77 vs. King Philip, 23 – Final

Detailed event by event results can be found here
https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/319401/results/m/1/55m


Girls Hockey = Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 2 @ Franklin, 2 – Final

Josh Perry, Managing Editor for HockomockSports provides the game recap
"Hockomock League history was made on Saturday afternoon at Pirelli Veterans Arena, when Franklin hosted Mansfield/Oliver Ames (MOA) in the first girls’ hockey game to be played under the league’s banner. 
Previously, girls’ hockey teams had been part of the Southeastern Mass Girls Hockey League (SEMGHL), but now the Hockomock had expanded enough to have its own competition, although, as Franklin coach Margie Burke explained, her young Panthers squad was more concerned with the start of a new season rather than a new league. 
“There wasn’t a lot of focus on that to be honest,” Burke said. “Again, a young team, a lot of them don’t know the history. To them, they just assumed it was the Hock because that’s what the school is in.” 
Amanda Lewandowski scored the historic first league goal and Franklin led 2-0 until late in the game, but the Warriors scored twice in the final 7:27 of the game to come from behind and ensure that both teams went home with their first Hockomock League point."
Continue reading the game recap:
https://hockomocksports.com/franklin-and-mansfield-oliver-ames-hockey-tie-in-first-hockomock-game/

For additional girls hockey game photos from HockomockSports
https://hockomocksports.smugmug.com/20172018/Winter-2017-2018/Franklin-MansfieldOliver-Ames-Girls-Hockey-12-16-17/

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Saturday
https://hockomocksports.com/saturdays-schedule-scoreboard-12-16-17/

Mansfield/Oliver Ames scored a pair of goals in the final seven minutes to rally for a 2-2 tie with Franklin in the first ever girls hockey game in Hockomock League history. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
Mansfield/Oliver Ames scored a pair of goals in the final seven minutes to rally for a 2-2 tie with Franklin in the first ever girls hockey game in Hockomock League history. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Dec 20, 2017

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/december_20_town_council_agenda.pdf

Agenda ItemSummary


A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - November 29, 2017
B. Announcements
B. Announcements - This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a  matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments
F. Hearings
F. Hearings
G. License Transactions
G. License Transactions - DeVita's Market - Change of Hours
H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions
1. State Representative, Jeff Roy
2. Sewer/Recycling - Brutus Cantoreggi
3. High School Concession Stand
I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
1. Budget
2. Capital Plan
3. Economic Development
J. Legislation for Action
J. Legislation for Action
K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items
M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments
N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session - None
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn

Note: I have a work event on Wednesday and will be unable to report on the meeting until the video replay is available

High School Concession Stand proposal
High School Concession Stand proposal

Franklin Historical Museum announces their winter and holiday schedule

The Franklin Historical Museum will be closed 

  • Sunday, December 24 
  • Saturday, December 30 
  • Sunday, December 31

The museum is now on their Winter Schedule and will not open on Thursday evenings until spring rolls around (soon!). 

The museum is open Saturday morning 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and  Sunday 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM. The museum is handicap accessible and admission is always free. Think of us when you find that vintage object in Grandma’s attic or Grandpa’s workroom. If it has a Franklin story, we’d like to share it.

Find out more about the Franklin Historical Museum on the web at
http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Franklin Historical Museum announces their winter and holiday schedule
Franklin Historical Museum announces their winter and holiday schedule

FTC Scam Alerts: ‘Tis the season for stopping robocalls



Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC


Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like unwanted calls interrupting your day.

Maybe you've gotten one — you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person. Internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal sales robocalls from anywhere in the world.

Fortunately, you have some options to block robocalls and other unwanted calls. Some are free and others cost money.  Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.