Thursday, August 22, 2019

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Free 6-week Program - Begins Sep 26

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Free 6-week Program

Thursdays, Sept. 26—Oct. 31, 2019 (1- 3 pm) 
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA 02038

The program is designed to help you take care of yourself while caring for an older adult. Get the tools you need to:
  • reduce stress
  • communicate effectively
  • reduce guilt, anger and depression
  • make tough decisions
  • set goals
  • problem-solve


Sponsored by Tri-Valley Inc. and The Franklin Senior Center

To register contact:
Laura Black Silver, LICSW, Caregiver Specialist, Tri-Valley Inc.
lblack@tves.org 1-800-286-6640, Ext. 3079 

or Karen Alves, Franklin Senior Center Director kalves@franklinma.gov 508-520-4945

Download a copy of the flyer:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczUy1tUXVmMVprZDZtM0p5U2FvYUNTU1J3RV9n/view?usp=sharing




Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Free 6-week Program - Begins Sep 26
Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Free 6-week Program - Begins Sep 26

Downtown Partnership hosting Networking Breakfasts this fall

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a tasty breakfast with other Franklin Downtown Partnership members at our Networking Breakfasts at the Dean College Dining Center on the first floor of the Campus Center.

Upcoming Networking Breakfasts dates are:
  • Friday, September 20 - 8 AM
  • Friday, October 18 - 8 AM
  • Friday, November 15 - 8 AM

Downtown Partnership hosting Networking Breakfasts this fall
Downtown Partnership hosting Networking Breakfasts this fall

Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

"The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced a second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a person from the Town of Grafton in Middlesex County. The first human case occurred in an individual from Rochester in Plymouth County.

The threat level for EEE virus is critically elevated throughout much of Bristol and Plymouth Counties, and well as in some communities in Middlesex and Worcester Counties. EEE has also been isolated in the towns of Bourne and Falmouth in Barnstable County on Cape Cod.

Although EEE virus has not been isolated in Franklin at this time, the virus has been found in several towns in Norfolk County. As such, it is vital that residents take all steps necessary to avoid mosquito bites, whether at home or when visiting communities with elevated EEE risk northwest or southeast of Franklin. The threat is expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost of the year, which typically occurs in October. All residents are strongly urged to follow the recommendations listed below to protect themselves and their loved ones from illness caused by mosquitoes.

Apply Insect Repellent When Outdoors: Use a repellent with DEET, Permethrin, picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product labels. Remember not to use products with DEET on infants under two months of age. DEET products in concentrations above 30% should not be used on older children. Oil of eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours: Mosquitoes are most active between the hours from dusk to dawn. Limit your exposure out of doors during this peak biting time if possible. If you must be outside, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks will help keep mosquitos away from your skin.

Drain Standing Water on Your Property: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing or stagnant water. Drain birdbaths, flower pots, buckets and children’s wading pools frequently.

Additional public health advisories/alerts regarding EEE will be provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Franklin Health Department as the situation warrants.

More information on mosquito-borne viruses can be found at the MADPH Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito."


This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/public_health_advisory_08-21-2019_0.pdf

Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

"Papa Gino’s will donate its last day of East Central Street sales to the Franklin Food Pantry"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Papa Gino’s will close its East Central Street store at the end of the day on Sunday, but the Village Shopping Center spot will remain open.

All employees at the East Central Street store have been offered a transfer to either Franklin Village or a location nearby, according to Nicole Mazzarella, a spokeswoman for the brand.

The company is calling the move a consolidation to “more efficiently utilize our resources,” according to a press release.

“This decision has nothing to do with company performance; in fact, our sales - locally and overall - have been stronger and guest visits higher than they have been in years. The Franklin restaurant closing is rooted only in efficiency through consolidation,” said Tom Sterrett, president and COO, in a statement."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190821/one-franklin-papa-ginos-to-close-other-to-remain-open


Papa Gino’s will close its East Central Street store
Papa Gino’s will close its East Central Street store

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Live reporting: Legislation for action through to Closing


10. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
10a. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-53: Rescind Outdated Bonds (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-53 - Majority Vote (5))

Hellen - house cleaning of the bonds related to the completed projects, to clean up the financial statements

Kelly - thanks to the boards/committee for keeping the costs down and bringing the projects under

Mercer - the thanks really go to the building committee, the last 6 municipal projects we have come in under and turned back money to the community

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0

10b. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-54: Amendment to FY 2020 Budget (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-54 - Majority Vote (5))

increase school budget for $102,000
to rescind the proposed parking fee and to add back 2 aides that had been cut to balance the previous version of the budget

FinCom budget meeting in the fall may have other adjustments later but these are time sensitive

Padula - these two asks are indicative of the quality of the folks that we worked together with, their hearts are in the right place

Pellegri - are there no other priorities?
Ahern - there are other priorities but this was the time sensitive one; community impact, considering other increases in activity fees, where we could reduce this one, we'd like to. the Administration of the fee is also anticipating some problems for example with winter and snow, if the lots aren't cleared to allow for enough parking what do we do.

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 8-1 (Pellegri = no)

10c. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-55: Acceptance of Gift - Council on Aging (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-55 - Majority Vote (5))

subsidizes the grill cook at the Senior Center, thanks to the Franklin Elders for this support

Kelly - I can't say enough to thank those at the Senior Center for all they do

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0

10d. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-56: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Senior Center (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-56 - Majority Vote (5))

a great gift, thanks

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0

10e. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-57: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Fire Department (Motion to approve Resolution 19-57 - Majority Vote (5))

DCU has done this every year, thanks for their passion and generosity

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0

10f. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONResolution 19-58: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Police Department (Motion to approve Resolution 19-58 - Majority Vote (5))

DCU has done this every year, thanks for their passion and generosity

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0

10g. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONZoning Bylaw Amendment 19-842: Changes to 185-40 Water Resource District - Second Reading (Motion to Approve Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-842: Changes to 185-40 Water Resource District - Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0

Motion to Approve, seconded, passed 9-0 via roll call


10h. LEGISLATION FOR ACTIONBylaw Amendment 19-844: 225 Plain Street - Sewer System Extension - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 19-844: 225 Plain Street - Sewer Extension to a Second Reading - Majority Vote (5))

donation to water conservation fund, also donating a fire hydrant, will also overlap roadway as part of the work
can only be extended to this one residence
next house already has sewer, across street town property so no extension there possible

is there oversight by DPW?
yes, via permit program, there will be oversight and inspection during construction

motion to amend, "a single family residence, pending all other approvals

Motion to move to second reading, seconded, passed 9-0

11. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Exit 17 paving expected to go through September
go problem to have that the State is finally doing this
not going to address the island as part of this

Walker St bridge to close for 6-8 weeks after Labor Day
possibly through Halloween, investment from the State also


12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

none at this time
13. COUNCIL COMMENTS

Hamblen - fund raiser for Norfolk County Scholarship, Pour Richard's Sunday

Casey - thanks for the donations earlier; article on cyberattacks and ransom ware; Councilor Earls brought up the technology council that could help in this arena; ransom attacks on rise, more than 60 this year

Dellorco - shout out to Ryan Jette and Rec Committee, playground done, zipline installed; pickel ball court full all the time

with kids starting fall sports, are we getting checked for EEE

Earls - funding options for digitizing FHS graduations
MA Biotech council - to see if they have any recommendations for bylaws we could consider

Mercer - acknowledge Pellegri's birthday last week

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION

None Scheduled
ADJOURNmotion to adjourn, seconded, passed 9-0

Live reporting: Chateau Restaurant License - Subcommittee Reports


7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS The Chateau Restaurant of Franklin, Inc. New All-Alcoholic Beverages Restaurant License, 466 King Street.

6,000 sq ft
family run restaurant, 9th instance in MA

under demolition, if all approval come in, should be operational late fall, hiring 60-70 employees, looking for local preference

3 generation of family operation, all family owned and run
Nocera brothers

13 booths grew to 800 seats in original location

TIP certify all employees, files kept for renewals, training currency etc.

will be selling 'the bread' sliced or un-sliced

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONSNone Scheduled


9. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTSa. Capital Budget Subcommittee
nothing at this time

b. Budget Subcommittee
nothing at this time

c. Economic Development Subcommittee
meeting last week, things moving along with plastic bag ban
also review of proposal for Keigan proposety

Live reporting: Town Council - Aug 21, 2019

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Kelly, Mercer, Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls
Absent: none

Agenda ItemSummary


1. ANNOUNCEMENTSa. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.


2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. 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.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTESa. July 24, 2019

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0


4. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS
None Scheduled

5. APPOINTMENTS
a. Fire Chief Pinning Ceremony


6. HEARINGS
None Scheduled

Town Clerk Teresa Burr swearing in new Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin
Town Clerk Teresa Burr swearing in new Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin

Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin gets pinned by his son while his father observes
Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin gets pinned by his son while his father observes



Hockomock Area YMCA Celebrates "Livestrong at the YMCA" Program

The Hockomock Area YMCA held its seventh annual LIVESTRONG at the YMCA celebration event on June 19 at Lake Pearl in Wrentham. The event celebrated the impact of the program and raised critical funding for the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the Hockomock Area YMCA. The event raised $36,710. The inspirational evening featured remarks from LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program alumni and the presentation of two awards, the Community Champion Award, given to Dr. Natalie Sinclair, and the Charlie Shannon Volunteer Award, given to John White.

The Community Champion Award recognizes individuals or groups whose engagement and leadership positively impact individuals, and their families in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. This year, the Hockomock YMCA honored Dr. Natalie Sinclair with the award. Dr. Sinclair and her team at Dana Faber Brigham and Women’s in Milford have been instrumental in the growth of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program by referring her patients to the program and supporting them throughout the entire program. 

Ed Kelly, President & CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center; Mary Clermont, Chair of the Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors;  John White, recipient of the Charlie Shannon Volunteer Award; Therese Shannon, wife of the late Charlie Shannon and program alumna and mentor; and Ed Hurley, President & CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA
Ed Kelly, President & CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center; Mary Clermont, Chair of the Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors;  John White, recipient of the Charlie Shannon Volunteer Award; Therese Shannon, wife of the late Charlie Shannon and program alumna and mentor; and Ed Hurley, President & CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA

YMCA program instructor and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program alumna Judy Ammidown presented the award to Dr. Sinclair and said, “Dr. Sinclair I want to thank you for all that you do for us on the cancer journey. For recognizing the value that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA can have for your patients as we work through that chaos that follows the cancer diagnosis.” Dr. Sinclair was not able to attend the event. 

Milford Regional Medical Center President & CEO Ed Kelly accepted the award on her behalf and shared prepared remarks from Dr. Sinclair, “This award is for all of my patients. Cancer cannot take your hope, your courage, or your strength away. I salute you.”

The Charlie Shannon Volunteer Award recognizes a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA volunteer whose commitment, dedication, passion, and leadership helps the participant’s progress through the program and reach their goals. This year’s award was given to John White. John worked in the biotechnology field for many years and worked on cancer research and potential treatments during this time. He is also a cancer survivor himself. John provides his valuable life experiences to the program participants and gives them a relatable figure because he has gone through the same things they have. 

Jackie Robison, YMCA staff member and LIVESTRONG program coordinator, presented the award to John, a North Attleboro resident, and said, “John made deep connections. He encouraged his fellow participants, gave them an ear when they needed to be heard, and at times made them laugh. John is an optimist who brought his inspiration, compassion, and, most importantly, hope to the participants.” John spoke on how his experience in the field helped him be a mentor and said, “I was offered an opportunity to mentor others and provide valuable resources and support from my years in biotechnology and connections in the pipeline to some of the most advanced research being done in targeted therapies.”

Golf Fights Cancer presents a check to the Hockomock Area YMCA. Pictured L-R: Cheryl McGuire, Executive Director of Golf Fights Cancer; Jackie Robison, Hockomock Area YMCA LIVESTRONG Program Coordinator; and Brian Oates, Co-Founder of Golf Fights Cancer.
Golf Fights Cancer presents a check to the Hockomock Area YMCA. Pictured L-R: Cheryl McGuire, Executive Director of Golf Fights Cancer; Jackie Robison, Hockomock Area YMCA LIVESTRONG Program Coordinator; and Brian Oates, Co-Founder of Golf Fights Cancer.

Following the presentation of the awards, Marsea McGonagle gave a testimonial on the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and what it has meant to her and her family. Marsea is the sister of Stephanie Whooten, an alumna of the program and a Franklin resident who passed away in September 2018 after an 18 month battle with colon cancer. Marsea spoke on what the program meant to her sister and how much it impacted her and her family. She said, “As Steph’s family, we are so proud that Steph left her mark on the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, but it also left its mark on her. 

In just those 12 weeks, something magical happened between those four walls. Steph felt the power of the program so much that when she entered hospice this past July and she wrote her will, she designated a percentage of her estate to go to the Franklin Y’s LIVESTRONG program. Approaching death at just 27 years old, it was the next cancer fighter in her neighborhood that she was thinking about.”

The evening also included a check presentation from Golf Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cancer, to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Golf Fights Cancer sponsored Jackie Robison, the Y’s LIVESTRONG Program Coordinator, in the Boston Marathon. Jackie raised over $10,000 for the race and Golf Fights Cancer donated the money back to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Cheryl McGuire, Executive Director of Golf Fights Cancer, spoke about Jackie’s fundraising efforts and said, “Golf Fights Cancer is honored to have you as part of our 2019 team and we are thrilled to be able to empower you to raise the funds to give right back to the LIVESTRONG program.”

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA classes will enroll this Fall beginning in early September at Hockomock Area YMCA branches in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro. This is a free 12-week program designed for cancer survivors and their families seeking to regain health, build strength, and connect with other cancer survivors.For more information, visit www.hockymca.org/new-livestrong-classes or contact Jackie Robison at 508-772-1310.

About the LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA program at the Hockomock Area YMCA:

This program fulfills the important need of the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life. The fact that the program is outside a medical facility and integrated into the community serves to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not about disease.

About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

FPAC Announces Auditions for Matilda choreographed by Broadway’s Clay Thomson

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) has announced an open call for their upcoming production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical choreographed by original Broadway cast member Clay Thomson. The initial vocal audition will be held on Thursday, September 5 at THE BLACK BOX. Ages 9-11 at 5:00 PM, ages 12-13 at 6:00 PM, ages 14-18 at 7:00 PM, and adults at 8:00 PM. 

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a selection in the style of the show. It is requested that auditioners do not sing music from Matilda. Some may be invited from the September 5 audition to attend a callback or invited dance call on Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 PM.

Broadway’s Clay Thomson
Broadway’s Clay Thomson
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Currently appearing in KING KONG on Broadway, Clay Thomson started out as a competitive gymnast at the age of four, which eventually led him into the performing arts. At age twelve, Clay joined the Cameron Mackintosh/NETworks tour of Oliver!. After completing his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University studying Musical Theatre, Clay toured the U.S, Canada, and Japan with the Broadway First National Tour of West Side Story as A-rab. 

Soon after returning from tour, he made his Broadway debut in Disney's Newsies, playing Spot Conlon. After that, he was cast in the Original Broadway cast of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. In 2014, Clay left Matilda to perform in New York City Center Encores' productions of Little Me and The Most Happy Fella. He is featured in the viral YouTube video #CupsTapDance as well as his most recent appearance in The Happy Tap Dance #TAPPY.

FPAC’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical will run October 19, 20, and 25-27 at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin, MA. 

For more information, visit www.FPAConline.com or call 508-528-3370. Follow FPAC on Facebook, Instagram (@franklin.performing.arts.co), and Twitter (@fpac_online)

Save the Date! - 9th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk - Sep 28

9th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk
Sponsored by St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society
September 28, 2019
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM


With September comes the end of Summer, the first day of school and the SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk. The Walk, 1 ½ or 3 miles, is our only fund raiser. SVdP members offer help to all Franklin residents in their time of need. Your support enables us to provide this assistance. Last year we were able to help 186 families.

Registration will begin between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM in the St. Mary’s Center parking lot on Pleasant Street and then the walk will begin there at 9:00 AM rain or shine. Please walk with us in fellowship and contribute to our drive with generosity. To make this Walk better than ever, go to www.fopwalk.org where you can either join the Walk or make a donation.

Join together, with family and friends
to make our Walk better than ever!


9th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk - Sep 29
9th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk - Sep 29

Attention: Registration open for the Franklin Police Exam - Nov 2, 2019

Franklin Police Dept Exam: November 2, 2019

* * * Registration Now Open * * *

The Franklin Police Dept is holding their next police officer entrance exam on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Please click the link below or go to
https://www.policeapp.com/Entry-Level-Franklin-MA-Police-Officer-Jobs/1946/

Attention: Franklin Police Exam - Nov 2, 2019
Attention: Franklin Police Exam - Nov 2, 2019