Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The People's Inauguration - January 21, 2021

 

"On January 20th, we will celebrate the work of democracy as we watch a new President and barrier-breaking Vice President make an oath of office. 
The next day, on January 21st, we will join them in making a commitment to do our part to heal and rebuild America. 
We envision a nation that is anti-racist, equitable, and sustainable. 
Each of us has a role in that labor, and we will only succeed if we lead with love."

Find out more about this virtual event and how to "lead with love"

The People's Inauguration - January 21, 2021
The People's Inauguration - January 21, 2021


S.W.A.N Paint Night; Strength, Wellness & Networking with Amy Adams

Join us for a free community PAINT NIGHT with Amy Adams for our next "Monday Night Masterclass"! No experience necessary!

Need materials? We've got you covered! Free materials for the first 25 participants to register. One ticket per family/computer please! 

Registration is open via Eventbrite:

Follow the event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/239478554418886/

S.W.A.N Paint Night; Strength, Wellness & Networking with Amy Adams
S.W.A.N Paint Night; Strength, Wellness & Networking with Amy Adams



Franklin Downtown Partnership: Updates for January 2021

  • Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) General Meeting. The first general meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 (8:30 AM). Please mark your calendars.

  • Help Support a Local Business
As you know, this has been a challenging year for so many Franklin businesses. If you are a businesses that has remained strong during these times, the FDP would like to offer you an opportunity to support other businesses. Please consider sponsoring the FDP membership of a struggling business that could not otherwise afford it.

    $100 pays for one business
    $200 would support two businesses

The FDP made a commitment early this year that we would continue to support all Franklin businesses. But as a non-profit, we are asking for assistance so we can continue to do this into 2021.

Please see the this form for details and email the FDP if you would like to sponsor a fellow Franklin business. 

 


Find out more about the Franklin Downtown Partnership on their page

Disclosure: I am an individual member of the Franklin Downtown Partnership

Franklin Downtown Partnership:  Updates for January 2021
Franklin Downtown Partnership:  Updates for January 2021


Tracy Novick: "...regarding in school transmission"

Tracy Novick writes:

"Early last week, I received a lengthy, footnoted letter from a Worcester Public School student, pressing for a return to school buildings.

Let me note first: I do so love getting emails from students! or any contact at all from students! Keep those coming! 

It repeated--not surprisingly, as this has been the main push in much of the press--the idea that schools were safe from COVID transmission. As I haven't done a blog post on that--I just keep tweeting out links to things--I am excerpting here that section of my response to the student letter, for both myself and others who might find it useful."

FM #439 Norfolk County RSVP - 01/13/21 (audio)

FM #439 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 439 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Norfolk County RSVP Program Director Robert Pierson. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The recording runs about 22 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Robert about Cyber Seniors and the free training available



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Contact information
Robert Pierson, Director
Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program     
Phone: 781-234-3445
Fax: 781-326-6480
 
Norfolk County Commissioners' Office
614 High Street
Dedham, MA  02026

PLEASE VISIT US ON FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/NorfolkCountyRSVP

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:   @NorfolkRSVP   https://twitter.com/NorfolkRSVP 

Recent RSVP Newsletter:  https://t.co/BoBNAv2v39?amp=1

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

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

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 

FM #439 Norfolk County RSVP - 01/13/21 (audio)
FM #439 Norfolk County RSVP - 01/13/21 (audio)


Franklin Police: Ben Franklin gains his "Canine Good Citizen" certification

"Congratulations to Ben Franklin! Today he earned his “Canine Good Citizen” certification.   
Thank you to MasterPeace Dog Training of Franklin for their continued generous donation of working with our canine companion! 
Officer Mucciarone and Ben will continue to serve the community by brining joy and smiles to all!"

Franklin Police: Ben Franklin gains his "Canine Good Citizen" certification
Franklin Police: Ben Franklin gains his "Canine Good Citizen" certification



Boston Globe: "private companies can make a killing, legally, if you can’t keep up with your property taxes"

"On Nov. 11, Mark Mucciaccio answered the door at his home in Easton to a woman who said she had been sent by the property’s “owner” to change the locks on the doors.

The woman handed him a “to whom it may concern” letter that said the house, which Mucciaccio, 58, and his brother, Neil, 55, inherited from their late parents many years ago, was now owned by a company called Tallage Lincoln LLC.

The three-sentence letter cited a “final” court judgment giving the company ownership, but said nothing about taxes. Still, Mucciaccio had no doubt it came as a result of the thousands of dollars he owed in property taxes, dating back to 2016."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Boston Globe: "As the planet warms faster, scientists study controversial ways to lower temperatures"


"As the planet continues to warm at an accelerating rate, scientists are looking into a potential insurance policy, a radical way of curbing climate change by altering the climate system itself.

A team at Harvard University this summer plans to conduct the first of a series of highly controversial tests of what’s known as solar geoengineering, a way to reduce global warming by spreading particles in the atmosphere to reflect sunlight back into space.   
If an advisory board authorizes them to proceed, the scientists plan to travel in June to a remote part of northern Sweden, where they’ll launch a giant balloon into the stratosphere to test whether they can adequately maneuver an instrument-filled gondola suspended below. If all goes well, the team later this year plans for the first time to inject a small amount of calcium carbonate — a common substance found in rocks — into the atmosphere to better understand how the chemical compound might be used to moderate temperatures on the ground."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"all of the social science shows that if someone really believes a conspiracy theory, it is just about impossible to change their minds”

"President Trump stands as a singular figure in American history for his willingness to entertain conspiracy theories from the Oval Office, and none has been more damaging or far reaching than his unsubstantiated claim that the 2020 election was rigged against him. One out of every three Americans believes that there was widespread fraud in the last presidential election, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, despite no evidence to support that view. Two in three Republicans believe so.

The social conditions that brought so many people to believe the falsehoods Trump has told about the election and a litany of other issues took root decades before he became a political figure and will extend far beyond the four years of his administration, according to scholars of disinformation and conspiratorial thinking.

“What’s unique about Donald Trump is that he took advantage of this widespread distrust of government and media to say everyone is lying to you except for me. We have never had a president so devoted to spreading disinformation and trying to overturn an election,” said Kathryn Olmsted, a historian at the University of California at Davis. “The people who stormed the Capitol are absolutely convinced that the election was stolen. They’re not being opportunistic; they really believe this. And all of the social science shows that if someone really believes a conspiracy theory, it is just about impossible to change their minds.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Compost service coming to Franklin, sign up for a plan to begin Jan 25

"We are stoked to be rolling out service in these new towns.  Sign up now for compost collection at blackearthcompost.com starting soon:
  • Franklin - Monday, January 25th
  • Cohasset - Thursday, January 21st
  • Norfolk - Monday, January 25th"
"Compost, Grow, Eat...Repeat. Our mission is to collect food waste, process it into nutrient rich compost, and return it to the community. There it will re-enter the growth cycle in your backyard garden or at a local farm, creating zero waste."
Shared from Facebook:

This is not a Town of Franklin service, it is provided by the Black Earth Compost company

Pricing available on the Black Earth Compost page


New York Times: Fox settles lawsuit over it's lies

"On Oct. 12, 2020, Fox News agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family of a murdered Democratic National Committee staff member, implicitly acknowledging what saner minds knew long ago: that the network had repeatedly hyped a false claim that the young staff member, Seth Rich, was involved in leaking D.N.C. emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. (Russian intelligence officers, in fact, had hacked and leaked the emails.)

Fox’s decision to settle with the Rich family came just before its marquee hosts, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity, were set to be questioned under oath in the case, a potentially embarrassing moment. And Fox paid so much that the network didn’t have to apologize for the May 2017 story on FoxNews.com.

But there was one curious provision that Fox insisted on: The settlement had to be kept secret for a month — until after the Nov. 3 election. The exhausted plaintiffs agreed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

NO Trash Delay This Week

NO Trash Delay This Week


For more info and a link to the flyer, visit the Trash and Recycling page

Shared from the Franklin DPW Facebook page

Monday, January 18, 2021

FM #438 SchComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)

FM #438 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 438 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Davis Thayer Facility Analysis meeting held on Thursday, Jan 14, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee and Central Office personnel were in the Municipal Building, the remainder of the Committee was remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes.

Let’s listen to this segment of the Davis Thayer Facility Analysis meeting of Jan 14, 2021

Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H1mZQdjS


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Agenda doc
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/01/davis-thayer-facilities-analysis.html

My notes from the meeting
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/01/school-committee-davisthayer-facility.html

 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

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

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 

FM #438 SchComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)
FM #438 SchComm Davis Thayer FA Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)


FM #437 SchComm Budget SubComm Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)

FM #437 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 437 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Budget Subcommittee
meeting held on Thursday, Jan 14, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee and Central Office personnel were in the Municipal Building, the remainder of the Committee was remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes.

Let’s listen to this segment of the Budget Subcommittee meeting of Jan 14, 2021

Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H6bbvfFS

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Agenda doc
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/01/school-committee-budget-sub-committee.html

My notes from the meeting
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/01/school-committee-budget-subcommmittee.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

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

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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.

I hope you enjoy!

------------------

You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

FM #437 SchComm Budget SubComm Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)
FM #437 SchComm Budget SubComm Mtg - 01/14/21 (audio)


Franklin TV: Building Back Better Than Ever!

Looking back, looking ahead – things are looking up. 
by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 01/17/2021
 

A year ago at this time we began worrying about this new virus cum pandemic. Eleven months ago we shut down. Our studios remain closed.  They will likely remain closed well into Spring – perhaps longer. Our TV and radio studios are dark. Painful, but necessary.

Along the way we have had to pivot – shift gears – call it what you will, but this new normal that is still defining itself has forced us to revisit everything that we do. Our technical facilities and operations had to be reworked from the ground up – quickly.

First up – Get the radio station reworked to enable remote operations from homes. Franklin Public Radio relies on volunteers to create our weekly programming heard on wfpr.fm. Since last year our volunteers have risen from 17 to 30, almost double. Their programming has expanded from four days to span the entire week.

Town Chambers required a significant facility redesign to incorporate live remote interaction between residents and meeting officials via Zoom. This was done with permanence in mind, providing greatly valued, very convenient access for all. There are more planned improvements pending through Spring. We have also upgraded our website, adding live streaming in HD for all three of our channels as well as video-on-demand service for our programs and government meetings.

More recently, we have also added live high school sports coverage for parents who can’t attend our Panther games. We are continuing to refine and expand this effort. We are working with neighboring towns to carry the ‘away’ games as well. Like our radio and government efforts, this also is a permanent change for the better.

Change happens. Each and every day we make choices – to have that change affect us as it will, or to drive that change toward a direction of our choosing; converting the daunting challenges of unexpected change into newfound opportunities for growth. Given all that has happened to us in 2020 – and all that we have made happen - and all that we will continue to make happen in 2021 – I am enthused – and grateful. IMHO, 2021 and beyond will be nothing short of amazing – for all of us.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching.

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

 

 

Franklin TV: Building Back Better Than Ever!
Franklin TV: Building Back Better Than Ever!

Franklin Historical Museum: Visit a Federal Period Parlor in Franklin

We invite you to visit the Franklin Historical Museum Sunday afternoons from 1 PM-4 PM. Although our hours are limited, there is still a lot to see.  An exciting, permanent exhibit has recently been installed that is well worth the visit. 
 
Jim Johnston has installed a Federal Parlor in honor of his mother Clara F. Johnston. The beautifully appointed room brings you back in time to the way a Franklin home may have been decorated during the Federal period, late 1700s early 1800s.
 
A new exhibit will open in February that pays tribute to prominent women in Franklin history. Such names as Lydia Ray Pierce, Annie Ray Thayer, Alice Wiggin, Palma DeBaggis Johnson, Loraine Metcalf and Stella Kehayas Jeon are just some of the women who will be featured. 
 
While there please check out our newly revamped and fully stocked Gift Shop. In addition to our popular ornaments, the gift shop offers, Franklin mugs, candles, pillows and many more Franklin themed items. Proceeds from Gift Shop support the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.
 
During these sensitive times, the Museum  complies with Covid regulations.  Building occupancy is limited, face masks are required, and names are taken for contact tracing. The museum is wheelchair accessible and admission is always free.

 

Franklin Historical Museum: Visit a Federal Period Parlor in Franklin
Franklin Historical Museum: Visit a Federal Period Parlor in Franklin

FHS boys and girls basketball, girls hockey, and gymnastic teams all post wins on Sunday

From HockomockSports.com we share the FHS sports results:

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 70 @ King Philip, 53 – Final 
– Franklin scored 25 points in the third quarter to turn a halftime deficit into a comfortable lead and win over King Philip. The Warriors had five players score in the second quarter, taking a 28-27 lead at the break. Senior Andrew Byfield scored eight of his 18 points in the third while Declan Walmsley, who hit four three-pointers in the second to keep the Panthers in it, scored 14 of his career-high 29 points in the second half. Danny Clancy added 14 points for the Warriors while Charlie Grant chipped in with 10 points.

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 5 @ Boston Latin, 2 – Final
"5-2 Win over Boston Latin
Goals by Carter (2), Stoller, Greco, and Brown. Congrats to Avery on her first varsity goal!!  3 stars of the game are Avery, Katelyn, and Madi"

Gymnastics = Franklin, 140.9 @ Sharon, 117.05 – Final 
– Franklin had a strong showing on Sunday evening, knocking off Sharon by the score of 140.9-117.05. Emma White had the top score in the All Around for the Panthers with a 38.25 while Caroline Woelfel finished with a 34.05.

Top 4 Scores (Franklin only): Vault: Emma White (F) – 9.5 | Lizzie Brown (F) – 8.8 | Emma Nelson (F) – 8.4 | Caroline Woelfel (F) – 8.3 || Bars: E. White (F) – 9.55 | C. Woelfel (F) – 8.3 | Elizabeth Schirduan (F) – 8.75 | E. Nelson (F) 8.15 || Beam: E. White (F) – 9.6 | E. Schirduan (F) – 9.15 | C. Woelfel (F) – 8.65 | Olivia Reagan (F) – 8.25 || Floor: E. White (F) – 9.6 | C. Woelfel (F) – 8.8 | Ashley Hammann (F) – 8.6 | Katherine Kurtz (F) – 8.5

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 62 @ King Philip, 48 – Final
"After playing at King Philip’s pace for the opening eight minutes and heading into the first break down by a point, Franklin coach John Leighton implored his team to slow things down, move the ball around, and look for good shots not just the first shot.

Over the next two quarters, the Panthers did just that, scoring 40 points in the second and third quarters combined and turning that deficit into an 18-point lead. Franklin would lead by as many as 25 points in the fourth and earned a sweep of the Warriors with a 62-48 victory.

“Something you never want is a slow start and that’s exactly what we had,” said Leighton. “We had way too many turnovers, we went too fast, but what I was impressed by is that by the end of the quarter they had bought into the idea of slowing it down, seeing the next step, and when you start getting defensive stops they can’t press as much.”
Continue reading the game recap from
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com
 
 
For other results around the Hockomock League
 
 
ranklin point guard Erin Quaile dished out eight assists to lead the Panthers to a win at King Philip. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin point guard Erin Quaile dished out eight assists to lead the Panthers to a win at King Philip. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021

Project BOE is a new initiative in the MetroWest area with the aim of supporting historically underrepresented progressive individuals interested in getting involved in local government or running for local office.

  • INFORMATIONAL MEETING: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 @ 3:00 PM
 
Follow the Facebook event for the connection info
 
 
Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021
Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021

 

Town Administrator Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee - Jan 20, 2021

Town Administrator Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee
Continued from 12-02-2020 Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
January 20, 2021 - 6:15 PM

 

1.    Call To Order
2.    Town Administrator Evaluation Discussion
3.    Adjourn

 

Connection info contained in the agenda doc:
 

 

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen participating in a recent Finance Committee meeting
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen participating in a recent Finance Committee meeting


FHS Gymnastics: Meet Emma and Elizabeth

FHS Gymnastics (@fhs_gymnastics) tweeted on Sun, Jan 17, 2021: