Monday, April 15, 2024

Garnet Rogers, April 27, 8:00 PM at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

Garnet Rogers

Garnet Rogers
April 27 at 8:00 PM  - $25

Garnet Rogers is a Canadian folk musician who started off his musical career writing, recording and performing with his older brother Stan Rogers. He released six studio albums with Stan, two of which were posthumous, after Stan's tragic death aboard Air Canada Flight 797. Garnet then embarked on a solo musical career which saw him shift from the more traditional folk sounds of his brothers music towards a more contemporary style. Garnet has recorded over a dozen albums since 1984 and established himself as a "charismatic performer and singer" with his songwriting and smooth, dark baritone voice.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this show are $25. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Please visit for tickets and more information.

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Reminder: Seed, Stroll, & Roll on Earth Day - April 20

Join our community for an accessible earth day event! Stroll and roll along the paved pathway around the Franklin Sculpture Park.

Spreading wildflower seeds and artfully decorating a recycled canvas tote.

This event is free and open to the public.

Seed, Stroll, & Roll on Earth Day - April 20
Seed, Stroll, & Roll on Earth Day - April 20

Seed Stroll & Roll is weather permitting, please check our social media channels the day of for updates:
Brought to you by your Franklin community members: Rise up, Franklin Recreation, Conservation & "Arts, Culture the Creative Economy" Departments.

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In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense the 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)

FM #1172 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1172 in the series. 

This session shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. The Council met on Wednesday, and we get together on Thursday morning to condense the meeting. In this case, one of the longer ones at 4 hours.  We look to focus on 

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

Topics for this session:

  • License Modification - Change of Officers & Change of Stock Interest of a Section 15 Retail Package Store License: Table & Vine, Inc. Located at 348 East Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

  • New Section 15 All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store License and Approval of Michael Gannon as the Manager - Shikshapatri Corporation d/b/a Dacey’s Market & Deli, Located at 353 Lincoln St., Franklin, MA 02038

  • Resolution 24-17: Local Acceptance of GL Chapter 166 Section 32A

  • Resolution 24-18: Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services Department ($2,250), Senior Center ($1,500), Franklin Historical Museum (~$600) 

  • Franklin Town Council Support for Proposed GL Chapter 40B Affordable Housing Project at 444 East Central Street Pursuant to DHCD’s Local Initiative Program (LIP): Friendly 40B 

  • Town Administrator report

Press release on Cantoreggi reinstatement 

The recording runs about 30 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Tom.Audio link


The Franklin TV broadcast of the 4 hour session is available for replay on YouTube -> 

Agenda and supporting documents for this session -> 

My notes captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> 

Photo album with the slides as captured during the presentation on Wednesday 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense to 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)
In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense to 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)

BT/ALC Big Band at Franklin High School - April 25 - free & open to the public

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:00 PM - Free and Open to the Public!

The BT ALC Big Band, led by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark, has reshaped the depiction of the big band ensemble. By employing the traditional instrumentation reminiscent of Duke Ellington and Count Basie while infusing funk, soul and hip hop, afro-beat, reggae and jazz styles, the BT ALC Big Band has created an undeniably unique sound they dub Big Band Funk.  Original repertoire encompassing funk, soul, hip hop, afrobeat, reggae and jazz styles, combined with a rotating cast of Boston’s heaviest hitters make each show special. 

BT/ALC Big Band
BT/ALC Big Band

Brian and Alex met at UMASS Amherst studying composition and arranging with Jeff Holmes.  Committed to education, they travel the state providing clinics and workshops for students focusing on confidence and creativity. 

“Play the music you love, just in your own way.”

*Made possible by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, the Franklin Music Boosters, and the Franklin Public Schools*

Franklin Cultural Council
Franklin Cultural Council

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Senior Center events for the week of April 15 - April 19

"Here’s what’s happening this week at the #franklinseniorcenter 
Are you a people pleaser? Do you want to know the science behind what makes you this way? Join us Friday at 1 for a fascinating discussion with Kymberlee O’Brien."

Note: The Senior Center is closed Monday but full of events for the remained of the week

Check out the full calendar of events ->

Senior Center events for the week of April 15 - April 19
Senior Center events for the week of April 15 - April 19

Register O'Donnell Promotes Massachusetts Homestead Act

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded homeowners about the importance of filing for Homestead Protection


In 2023 there were 9,693 decelerations of Homestead filed at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 14% less than in 2022.


"If you own a home, and it is your primary residence, you have an automatic homestead exemption of $125,000. However, if you file a Declaration of Homestead at the Registry of Deeds, the exemption increases to $500,000. The Homestead Law provides a homeowner with limited protection against the forced sale of their primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000 if they have filed. This is especially important when you consider that for most of us, a home is our most valuable asset. Consumers should take steps to protect that asset," noted Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. 

Register O'Donnell Promotes Massachusetts Homestead Act
Register O'Donnell Promotes Massachusetts Homestead Act

Another feature of the Homestead Law is the allowance for the filing of an Elderly Homestead Declaration, which defines an elder as a person who is 62 years of age or older and provides protection of $500,000 for each qualified person.


The Register further noted, "In March of 2011, the Homestead Law was updated so that a valid Homestead is not terminated when refinancing a mortgage. Other changes that took place back in 2011 state that a Homestead can provide protections for a primary home even if it is held in a trust. The definition of a primary residence was also expanded to include a manufactured or mobile home." 


A Declaration of Homestead also protects the sale proceeds if the home is sold for up to one year after the date of the sale or on the date when a new home is purchased with the proceeds, whichever comes first. Additionally, if the home is damaged by a fire, for example, the insurance proceeds are protected for two years after the date of the fire or on the date when the home is reconstructed or a new home is purchased, whichever is earlier.


While the Homestead Statute provides important protections for homeowners, it is important to note that certain debts are exempt from protection under the Homestead Act. These include federal, state, and local tax liens, as well as mortgages contracted for the purchase of a primary home and nursing home liens. Most other mortgages, debts, and encumbrances existing prior to the filing of the Declaration of Homestead, along with probate court executions for spousal and child support, are also not covered under the Homestead Protection Statute.


Declarations of Homestead are recorded at the Registry of Deeds for a state-imposed fee of $36.00. Additional information about the Homestead Law and the forms are available at no cost by going to the Registry’s website at


Register O’Donnell concluded, "I want to reiterate that a Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. While the debt is still owed, homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that with a Declaration of Homestead recorded at the Registry of Deeds, their primary residence cannot be forcibly sold to satisfy some debts."


If you have any questions about a Homestead, please contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at 781-461-6101, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @norfolkdeeds.


The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham.  The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW): Episode 261 - interview Len Presutti (audio)

In this episode Kim and Mark interview longtime respected Certified Wine Educator Len Presutti.

Welcome to another captivating episode of The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)!  In this delightful interview, we sit down with the esteemed Len Presutti, a true connoisseur of the grape. Let's uncork the conversation and explore a bouquet of fascinating topics:
Episode 261 - interview Len Presutti (audio)
Episode 261 - interview Len Presutti (audio)

1. Wine and Temperature:
   - Len shares his insights on the impact of temperature on wine. From cellaring to serving, discover how the right temperature enhances your wine experience.

2. Serendipitous Encounters:
   - Kim and Mark reminisce about how we met Len. His passion for wine and generosity in sharing knowledge left an indelible mark on our careers. We owe much of our growth to his mentorship.

3. Sip, Swirl, Savor:
   - Len unveils his top wine tasting tips. From deciphering aromas to assessing flavors, these pro tips will elevate your tasting game.

4. Perfect Pairings:
   - We delve into the art of matching wine with food. Len's expertise shines as he guides us through harmonious pairings that elevate both the dish and the glass.

5. Education Uncorked:
   - Does wine education truly impact sales? Len weighs in on the value of wine knowledge for consumers and industry professionals alike.

6. Wine by Design with Len:
   - Tune in to Len's new radio show, Wine by Design With Len, airing on 1510 WMEX Boston.  Discover the stories behind the labels, the vineyards, and the winemakers. Len's passion for wine radiates through the airwaves.

Wine Buying tips Len shares his secrets to shopping for wine. 

So, grab your favorite glass, pour a generous splash, and join us as we raise our glasses to Len Presutti and the enchanting world of wine! 

You can reach Len by email

And find his show on


Kim and Mark

#wine #thewonderfulworldofwine #franklinma #podcast #winebydesignwithlen #wineeducation 

Boston Globe: "Spotting a deepfake: Eight tips and tells"

"Deceptive deepfakes seem to be everywhere these days, making it harder than ever to sort the true from the false. While there’s no silver bullet to address the threat posed by generative AI, here are a few techniques to guard against disinformation.

1. Take your time, look closely
As humans, we are hardwired to focus on the face. But while many of today’s AI-image generators can create lifelike faces, it pays to spend a little time looking at other aspects of an image. AI is apt to cut corners and that’s where things can get weird. Look at the background. Does it make real-world sense? Does everything line up? How about people other than the image’s primary subject? Is there a phantom limb? Maybe a sixth finger?"
Continue reading the tips on how to detect deep fakes! (subscription maybe required)

Visitors can watch videos and guess if the images are real or fake. The MIT Museum's exhibit "AI: Mind the Gap" looks at deepfake video technology.LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF
Visitors can watch videos and guess if the images are real or fake. The MIT Museum's exhibit "AI: Mind the Gap" looks at deepfake video technology. LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF

Washington Post: "Are you ready to buy a house? Take our quiz and find out"

"Homeownership is how many Americans accumulate wealth, and it’s an important life goal for millions. But affording a home is a growing challenge — if not out of reach entirely — for many people.

In the past three years, mortgage rates have more than doubled and are now at nearly 7 percent on a typical 30-year loan. And they are unlikely to drop significantly this year. Even those who can swing an all-cash purchase, experts say, still have plenty of other expenses to consider, including maintenance and insurance.

So, should you buy a home right now? To help you decide, take this quiz."
Continue to read the article and take the quiz (gift article link)

The Guardian: "How to spot five of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest disinformation tactics"

"Amy Westervelt and Kyle Pope have covered climate disinformation for a combined 20-plus years – here’s their guide on how to decode it

Increasingly sophisticated and better-funded disinformation is making climate coverage trickier both for journalists to produce and for the public to fully understand and trust.

But telling the story, and understanding it, has never been more urgent with half of Earth’s population eligible to vote in elections that could decisively impact the world’s ability to act in time to stave off the worst of the climate crisis.

Swayed for 30 years by fossil fuel industry propaganda, the media has been as likely to unknowingly amplify falsehoods as they were to bat them down. It’s only in recent years that more journalists started to shy away from “both-sides-ing” the climate crisis – decades after scientists reached an overwhelming consensus on the scope of the problem and its causes."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

‘Basically it’s a propaganda campaign.’ Composite: Getty Images, Guardian Design
‘Basically it’s a propaganda campaign.’ Composite: Getty Images, Guardian Design

Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio ( schedule for Monday, Apr 15, 2024

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Monday

9 AM 12 PM and 6 PM Talkin’ the Blues – Jim Derick & Nick Remissong
2 hours of awesome blues music, info, interviews

11 AM 2 PM and 8 PM A More Perfect Union – Discussing American Politics and Current Events - Peter Fasciano, Dr. Michael Walker Jones, Dr. Natalia Linos, State Rep Jeff Roy, and Nick Remissong hold a round table discussion on current events and American politics, bringing about thoughtful conversation, compelling discourse, and a look at what the future might hold for the United States.

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 6, Verizon 26) = MONDAY

7:30 am Master Plan Committee Open House
8:00 am SAFE Coalition: Woody Geissman
9:00 am Metrowest Arts & Culture Symposium 2023
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Peppers
12:30 pm Cooking with Linda: "Marry Me" Chicken
1:00 pm Cooking Thyme: Lasagna
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Shrimp, Tomato & Greens Pizzetta
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Summer 2018 Show 7
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 4
3:30 pm Veterans' Call: VA Pension
7:00 pm Frank Presents: Jacob Juncker
8:00 pm Endless Konnections: Introduction
8:04 pm Endless Konnections: Natasha Ward Pt 1
9:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Referee Shortage Pt1
10:00 pm Circle of Friends: Cheryl Wheeler

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel        (Comcast 8, Verizon 28) = MONDAY

8:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse v Sharon 04-10-24
10:00 am Jazz Cafe 2019
11:30 am Public School Concert: FHS Chamber Music
1:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Referee Shortage 2
2:30 pm SAFE Coalition: Task Force
6:00 pm FHS Varsity Baseball v Sharon 04-13-24
10:00 pm Critical Conversations: Student Wellbeing

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 9, Verizon 29) = MONDAY

8:00 am Planning Board 04-08-24
12:00 pm Economic Development 04-10-24
2:00 pm Planning Board 04-08-24

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online  

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - April 17, 2024 - agenda for meeting

Finance Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:00 PM


1. Call to Order

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes
4. Town Fiscal Policies
5. Town Administrator FY25 Budget Proposal 
6. Standing Updates:
7. Adjourn

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - April 17, 2024 - agenda for meeting
Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - April 17, 2024 - agenda for meeting