Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

A Facebook message from a regular Franklin reader warns:
"Steve, please let the community know that the IRS does not call anyone directly to collect outstanding tax bills. That's just not how they do business. I just got a call and the person became belligerent when I called them out. The phone number on caller ID came up as 415-251-9782."
A quick search on IRS phone calls brought this information from the IRS.gov webpage

IRS logo
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS. 
The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.
More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.
The IRS posted this message in October of 2013.

Raise high the roof beams, carpenters!

The new Franklin TV studio is under construction at 23 Hutchinson St (between Union and Wachusett) . It will be transforming what was most recently an Indian market to a start of the art TV and radio production studio. Operated by the community TV group as a 501(3) organization it may be ready open later this year.

The interior of the main building is being re-done. There will be a garage and more studio space added for the addition in the back. Franklin.TV is currently operating from the mobile trailer on site while the construction is underway.

On July 15th progress is visible outside

concrete laid and ready for the walls to be framed
concrete laid and ready for the walls to be framed

side view of rear entrance
side view of rear entrance

footing laid out for the walls to rise
footing laid out for the walls to rise

By Saturday, July 19th the walls had risen!

walls framing up
walls framing up

side view of new walls for addition
side view of new walls for addition
And by Monday evening, the buildings are being connected and ready for the roof beams!

rear studio with garage entrance
rear studio with garage entrance

side view of rear entrance - 2
side view of rear entrance - 2

roof sections being prepared
roof sections being prepared

Photos from a walk by during April can be found here (there was snow on the ground at the time, so in the warmth of July the snow may have a cooling effect!)
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/04/franklin-tv-studio-renovation-progress.html



With apologies to JD Salinger for borrowing the title of his novella

Electric Youth to Perform Free Outdoor Summer Concerts


Just back from a three-week concert tour of Austria and Italy, Electric Youth (EY) will perform free outdoor summer concerts on Wednesday, July 30, from 6-8 p.m. on Franklin Town Common and on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. on Norfolk Town Hill.

Electric Youth’s 11th European tour featured shows in Vienna, Melk, Obergrafendorf and Steiermark, Austria, including a benefit concert at Vienna’s historic 19th century Odeon Theater and workshop with students at the Amadeus International School. Performances in Italy featured a return Fourth of July show for U.S. Troops stationed at Aviano Air Force Base, multiple shows in Lignano and Bibione along the Adriatic Coast, a concert in the medieval Umbrian hilltop town of Todi, and shows in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany and at Lake Como. 
Electric Youth shows deliver high-powered family entertainment with exciting choreography and impressive vocals for audiences of all ages. This season’s wide-ranging repertoire includes hits by Aerosmith, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Carrie Underwood. 
Electric Youth performing during the group's summer 2014 13-concert tour of Austria and Italy
Trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), Electric Youth is backed by an eight-piece band of Boston musicians who've performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison. 
Electric Youth 2014 debuted at Showcase Live, Patriot Place in February and returned on June 13 to perform a Bon Voyage concert. EY recorded the group’s 6th professional album, Power Chord, at Mansfield’s MockingBird Studios in May. As with EY shows, the studio album includes unique renditions of timeless hits. Electric Youth’s music is available on iTunes and CD Baby. 
Electric Youth members are chosen annually by audition for superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. Many members are preparing to pursue a career in the performing arts, while all are gaining valuable life skills through their participation, extensive training and travel experiences with the ensemble. Electric Youth 2014 includes Madison Asgeirsson, 16, Kendra Dombroski, 15, Ali Funkhouser, 18, Graham Hancock, 17, Jocelyn Jones, 15, and Shaina McGillis, 15, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 15, from Hopkinton; Sam Evans, 14, from Medfield; Maddy Williams, 15, from Medway; and Jenna McDermott, 15, from Wrentham. 
EY’s show band features Kenny Hadley on drums, Arnie Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Bill Miele on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone, Mark White on guitar and Raye Lynn Mercer on piano. Under the direction of Mark Poniatowski, musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Casey Andrade, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp. 
For more information about Electric Youth or the EY summer Concerts on the Common, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit www.electricyouth.com.

Franklin Library: Swimmy

A shadow puppet show bringing to life characters from Leo Lionni's book Swimmy is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 at 1:00 PM

shadow puppet show - July 23  1:00 PM
shadow puppet show - July 23  1:00 PM

This was shared from the posting on the Library page
http://franklinpl.blogspot.com/2014/07/swimmyswimmer-shadow-puppet-show.html

More about author Leo Lionni can be found here and here

Monday, July 21, 2014

What does 10,000 look like?

A milestone of sorts happened this past weekend when the 10,000th post was shared here on Franklin Matters. This is not something you would normally see as it is an internal counter when I sit to write out what will be posted.  

You can see it if you scroll through the archives and open a year to see the monthly totals. You did know there is an archive. Visible on the front page right column underneath where you can subscribe to receive the update daily via email or immediately when posted via RSS.

As you can see the archive goes back to Nov 2007. There is a whole lot of good information here. Day by day what happens is recorded. 

Regular readers will recall that I sometimes suggest to pick a day, say today. And then go back into the archives one year at a time to see what was posted on that date in 2013, 2012, etc... It usually is an interesting exercise!


more than 10,000 posts on Franklin Matters
more than 10,000 posts on Franklin Matters

Thank you for helping me create these 10,000. The meeting reporting and photos are mostly mine but you contribute much of the rest. All the questions you ask either lead to follow up info for a prior post or to a new post.

Renata Gilarova gets a special thanks for helping me with the weekly calendar of events. You all help both of us by letting us know that your group will be holding an event.

As always - 

  • If you like this, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please tell me.

This feedback loop is so important.


And for some fun. What does 10,000 iPhones look like when set up as dominos? 



Enjoy!

FHS Last Tour: Corridors and Student Art Work - part 12 (photos)

Let's continue the walk through the corridors of Franklin High School on the 'last tour.' I'll share photos of student art work and other significant items of interest picking up from where we left off last time.

Student art 1
Student art 1

Student art 2
Student art 2

Student art 3
Student art 3

Student art 4
Student art 4

Student art 5
Student art 5

Student art 6
Student art 6

Student art 7
Student art 7

Photos shared earlier can be found here:

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_20.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_19.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_18.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_17.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_15.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_12.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_30.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_29.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-welcome-to.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-field-house-small-gym.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-field-house-photos.html


Note: all the photos will be posted to Facebook and to Flickr for anyone to view in a single place. The locations are already established and photos will be added to them over time.

Facebook album       Flickr album



Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda - July 24

The published agenda for the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Thursday July 24 can be viewed in this document:




Agendas for the Zoning Board of Appeals can be found on the Franklin website
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_ZBAAgendas/Agendas%202014/


Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FHS Last Tour: Corridors and Student Art Work - part 11 (photos)

Let's continue the walk through the corridors of Franklin High School on the 'last tour.' I'll share photos of student art work and other significant items of interest picking up from where we left off last time. A couple of photos from this set come from the art rooms rather than the corridors.

student art 1
student art 1

student art 2
student art 2

student art 3
student art 3

student art 4
student art 4

student art 5
student art 5

student art 6
student art 6

student art 7
student art 7


Photos shared earlier can be found here:

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_19.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_18.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_17.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_15.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_12.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/07/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_30.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art_29.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-welcome-to.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-corridors-and-student-art.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-field-house-small-gym.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/fhs-last-tour-field-house-photos.html


Note: all the photos will be posted to Facebook and to Flickr for anyone to view in a single place. The locations are already established and photos will be added to them over time.

Facebook album       Flickr album



Planning Board - Agenda - July 21, 2014

The Planning Board agenda for the scheduled meeting Monday, July 21 can be seen in the document here:



Planning Board agendas can be found on the Franklin webpage
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_PlanningAgendas/2014%20Agendas/

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

FHS Building Celebration - video

The students put together this video history of Franklin High School. Take a look back through the years from 1971 to the present.




Enjoy!


Note: Email readers will need to click through to the Franklin Matters webpage to see the video


Tobin Memorial Bridge Goes To All Electronic Tolls

In case you happen to use the Tobin Bridge in your travels, this notification from MassDOT on the implementation of E-ZPass is good to know. One difference about E-ZPass at the Tobin Bridge is that "customers will no longer see a traffic light indicator on the Tobin Memorial Bridge signaling the status of your account."

Beginning Monday, July 21, 2014 the Tobin Memorial Bridge will be going to All Electronic Tolls (AET). As an E-ZPass account holder, no new action is needed by you. You will however, see a difference in the traffic pattern on the Tobin Memorial Bridge and you will no longer need to slow down and pass through the toll booths. 
E-ZPass Massachusetts would like to remind our valued customers of the following important items that are needed in order to avoid violations: 
Be sure to mount your transponder properly. The arrows must be pointing up, it must be affixed to the front windshield (using the fastener strips provided), slightly to the right of your rearview mirror and below the tinted portion. 
MassDOT
MassDOT
With the Tobin Memorial Bridge going all electronic, customers will no longer see a traffic light indicator on the Tobin Memorial Bridge signaling the status of your account. Be sure that you always have money on your E-ZPass Account. Please refer to your E-ZPass MA account at www.mass.gov/ezpassma for all your account information and update credit/debit card and checking account information as necessary. If you make manual payments, be sure to make a payment to your account as soon as you see the middle yellow "Low Bal" (Low Balance) light in the toll lanes on MassDOT toll roads. 
Be sure that your license plate information is always accurate and up to date. If the transponder doesn't read, a picture is taken of the license plate and a video toll (v-toll) is posted to the account listing that license plate. If the license plate is not listed on your E-ZPass account, the registered owner of that vehicle will receive a PAY BY PLATE MA Invoice only for travel on the Tobin Memorial Bridge, or a violation for each unpaid toll transaction for travel on other toll roads. 
Thank you and drive safely this Summer 2014