Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Attention Franklin: Coronavirus Information Portal


Based on the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 16, 2020, the Franklin Town and School Administration offices, as well as all Franklin public buildings will be closed to the public through April 6th, 2020.  Beginning Friday, March 20th, 2020, at 12:00 Noon, all staff will be prohibited from entering any public facilities through April 6th, as well.


From the CDC: 
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). 
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal iconexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publiclyexternal iconexternal icon characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic."

Go directly to the Town of Franklin portal
https://www.franklinma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/coronavirus-information-portal-updates-here


Attention Franklin: Coronavirus Information Portal
Attention Franklin: Coronavirus Information Portal





Saturday, March 28, 2020

Once Upon A Town: Paul DeBaggis - Franklin MA (YouTube)

"Paul Debaggis, a former member of the Franklin, Massachusetts Planning Board, Board of Selectmen and Town Council, and today a veteran building inspector, shares his stories of a town that led Massachusetts in growth at many points over the past 50 years"

https://youtu.be/p5sc_cXHics


FTC Scam Alert: Socially distancing from COVID-19 robocall scams





Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Karen Hobbs, Assistant Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Scammers – and scammy companies – are using illegal robocalls to profit from Coronavirus-related fears. Listen to some of the latest scammy robocall pitches, so you can be on the lookout and know how to respond. (Here's a hint: hang up!)

Read more  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/socially-distancing-covid-19-robocall-scams 


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



Franklin Residents: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here!)

Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here!)


The Town of Franklin is keeping up to date with the latest information related to the novel Coronavirus as it becomes available. This site will be updated regularly with information from Local, State and Federal agencies. Please check back frequently. 

March 27, 2020, Most recent update at 2:30 PM

CURRENT NEWS

COVID-19 MEMA Update March 26, 2020 - Updated Daily M-F New
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/covid-19_response_command_center_sitrep_03.26.20.pdf

Massachusetts Announces State Income Tax Filing Deadline Being Extended to July 15

Governor Baker orders schools and non-emergency childcare centers to close until May 4th. (March 25)

Baker-Polito Administration Announce COVID-19 Advisory Board (March 25)

Governor Baker issues closure of all non-essential business effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at noon. 

List of Essential Businesses


TOWN OF FRANKLIN UPDATES

Based on the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 16, 2020, the Franklin Town and School Administration offices, as well as all Franklin public buildings will be closed to the public through May 4th, 2020.  Beginning Friday, March 20th, 2020, at 12:00 Noon, all staff will be prohibited from entering any public facilities through May 4th, as well.
Bill Payments & Permitting
  1. White dropbox - residents can drop off payments by check and money order only, census forms, etc. in the white dropbox (mailbox) located on the side of the municipal building. 
  2. Permitting and Online Payments (property and real estate, water/sewer/trash, excise taxes) can also be found online:
    1. Online payments
    2. Online Permitting Portal

Community Resources

The Town of Franklin recognizes the enormous impact the COVID-19 closures and restrictions are having on our community. Please find a variety of helpful resources below.

Unemployment Resources
Food, Housing & Transportation Assistance 
Mental Health & Stress Resources

Important Links & Best Practices

All employees and residents should read the CDC guidelines for personal hygiene and social distancing.  These are the most important things any employee/resident can do to help stop the spread and transmission of the coronavirus (or any virus!). 

Prior Department Messages
    Franklin Residents: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here!)
    Franklin Residents: Coronavirus Information Portal (Updates Here!)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Calendar updates, and the band played on - a COVID-19 playlist

With all our schedules completely revised by this COVID-19 pandemic, the community calendar tab has been 'unpublished' for now. 

However, there are good things happening so a new schedule of virtual events is coming together. In the meantime, here are a few of the music videos I have seen this week that qualify for me as 'share worthy'.

If you find one or more, please send an email, or add a comment and we can build a YouTube playlist of COVID-19 music to help our spirits.

https://youtu.be/QagzdvzzHBQ



https://youtu.be/wVYPVvS-mI4



https://youtu.be/hN7Vim0mIE8



https://youtu.be/p09hpKAv9Jc




https://youtu.be/Y4E3tHaZBlc




https://youtu.be/xBV8PWayZlo



What would you add to this?

5 FHS Music Students performed with the MA All State Honor Band and Jazz Band

Massachusetts Music Educators Association held the 2020 All-State Music Festival on the weekend of March 5-7. Five students from the Franklin High School music program were selected for an ensemble and performed at Symphony Hall in Boston that Sunday.

The annual All-State Conference features as many as 120 teacher workshops, several concert hours and casual concerts, and is attended by more than 800 music educators and 500 of Massachusetts' top student musicians performing band, orchestral, jazz or choral repertoire.

The Franklin High School students selected to the All-State Orchestra are: Christopher Broyles - Viola, Chai Harsha - Viola, Emma Kucich- Flute. Lauren Dennett performed Clarinet with the All State Concert Band and Jenna VanHyning performed with the All State Chorus.

"The all-state experience is a chance for some of our advanced players to surround themselves with the best student musicians in the state," said Diane Plouffe, Director of Music. "The audition process alone exposes students to other local musicians outside of the Franklin Public Schools who are striving for musical excellence and achievement in their community and school. We are proud of all of our students."


From left to right: Chai Harsha, Lauren Dennett, Christopher Broyles, Lauren Dennett, Jenna VanHyning
From left to right: Chai Harsha, Lauren Dennett, Christopher Broyles, Lauren Dennett, Jenna VanHyning


Tri-County RVTHS Donates Medical Supplies to Facilities in Need of PPE

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School delivered medical supplies, including Clorox wipes, face masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and safety glasses, gathered from several of its program departments to facilities in need of personal protection equipment (PPE). These PPE supplies are critical in keeping medical staff safe as they combat COVID-19. Facilities include UMass Memorial, Sturdy Memorial and Countryside Manor.

Several Tri-County graduates who are now working in the medical field have been coordinating with Health Careers instructor Suzanne Dodakian to get these medical supplies, which are in high-demand in the midst of this global pandemic, where they are needed.

“There is no doubt that our doctors, nurses and caretakers are needed now more than ever,” said Superintendent Stephen Dockray. “We are grateful to be able to help them do their jobs and do them safely. Thank you to every medical staff member who is selflessly working to take care of their communities and those who in need of treatment.”

With support from Facilities Director, Harry Takesian, Vocational Coordinator, Cathie Rebelo, and LPN teachers, Patricia Munger, Tara Lane, Maureen Johnson, Suzanne Dodakian, and Lisa Ferrigno we were able to collect, box, and deliver these supplies. From all of us at Tri-County: Stay home, stay healthy, and stay safe.

 
From left to right: Cathie Rebelo, Stephen Dockray, Harry Takesian
From left to right: Cathie Rebelo, Stephen Dockray, Harry Takesian


From left to right: Patricia Munger, Tara Lane, Maureen Johnson, Suzanne Dodakian, and Lisa Ferrigno
From left to right: Patricia Munger, Tara Lane, Maureen Johnson, Suzanne Dodakian, and Lisa Ferrigno


Pink bags suspended, clothing recycling program on hold

I missed an update along the way. While the trash and recycling schedule remains the same, the clothing pickups by Simply Recycling (the pink bags) have been suspended.

Shared via Facebook (and confirmed with a conversation with DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi, that you should hear soon)
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinDPW/photos/a.938433076241163/2980216915396092/

Don't put the pink bags out when you put out your trash/recycling
Don't put the pink bags out when you put out your trash/recycling

Once Upon A Town: Ray Block - Franklin MA (YouTube)

"Hosts Joe Landry and Eamon McCarthy Earls delve into the story of the Ray Block, home to a succession of banks from the 1800s into the present day in downtown Franklin, Massachusetts"


https://youtu.be/X8fJlV-BhYQ

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Help the Franklin Downtown Partnership get your business info out to the community

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is creating a list of business updates during this period of social distancing on our website that will be easy for the community to find in one place.

We want to encourage residents to go online to buy gift cards if your business has them available. We also want residents to know if you offer delivery or if you have new hours.

By filling out the Google form linked in the FDP's March newsletter, the FDP can update its website and get your information out to the community. If you are not an FDP member and would like to have your Franklin business information listed, please email the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com and request the link to the Google form.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is here to help during this difficult time. We will continue to promote our Franklin business members and keep the community updated as things change.

Help the Franklin Downtown Partnership
Help the Franklin Downtown Partnership

FTC: Thinking critically about Coronavirus news and information



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

It's dizzying, the amount of information out there about the Coronavirus. You're dealing with story after story online and through social media, television, radio, and in newspapers and magazines — each with its own take — at all hours of the day and night, from all around the world.

So how can we sort out what's real and what's not?

Read more 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/thinking-critically-about-coronavirus-news-and-information? 

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