Monday, June 24, 2024

Franklin TV is looking for pictures of the Turco & Pisano Market

"Franklin TV is looking for pictures of the Turco and Pisano Market on Hutchinson St. This is our current home and we would like to memorialize our history and this special neighborhood.  
Rose Turco, our Board member and family relative, cannot locate any family pictures of the market."
If you do have photos of  the Turco & Pisano Market, please contact info@franklin.tv


Franklin TV is looking for pictures of the Turco & Pisano Market
Franklin TV is looking for pictures of the Turco & Pisano Market

Hold the date for the next SAFE Cafe featuring The Elastic 5, Sep 14, 2024

SAFE Cafe featuring The Elastic 5, Sep 14, 2024
SAFE Cafe featuring The Elastic 5, Sep 14, 2024

 

"Join us for an incredible evening of live music by The Elastic 5! 
More details to come! 
We look forward to rocking out with you!"



Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) schedule for Monday, June 24, 2024

  • wfpr.fm 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 Frank’s Music – with Frank Falvey

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

8:00 am SAFE Coalition: The Hamlins
9:00 am FHS Graduation 2024
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Peppers
12:30 pm Cooking with Linda: Rigatoni Alforno
1:00 pm Cooking Thyme: Grillin'
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Deep Dish
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Summer 2018 Show 3
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 8
3:30 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Districts
4:30 pm Tri County Graduation 2024
7:00 pm Frank Presents: Wayne Dunnebier
8:00 pm Endless Konnections Kitchen: Tomato Soup
9:00 pm BEN4 Franklin Launch
 
  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel           (Comcast 8, Verizon 28) = MONDAY

8:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse v Mansfield 05-17-24
10:00 am Public School Event: Sullivan Spring Music 2024
11:30 am Public School Event: Concert Hour Day 1
1:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Districts
2:30 pm SAFE Coalition: Task Force
3:30 pm FHS Varsity Baseball v Lawrence 06-02-24
7:00 pm FHS Graduation 2024

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

8:00 am Planning Board 06-17-24
12:00 pm Davis Thayer Re-Use Advisory 06-10-24
2:00 pm Planning Board 06-17-24

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  



Watch Listen Read all things that matter in Franklin MA
Watch Listen Read all things that matter in Franklin MA

Sunday, June 23, 2024

What's happening in Franklin, MA: Sunday, June 23, 2024?

Sunday, June 23
12:00pm Pride Day (Town common)
1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm Musical Bingo (Teddy Gallagher's Pub)
2:00pm 2nd Annual Fundraiser at the Winery to Support Steve's Pan Mass Challenge Bike Ride  (La Cantina Winery)


**  NO Town Meetings today


What's happening today in Franklin?
What's happening today in Franklin? 
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Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events    

Find the full Community event calendar  https://bit.ly/FranklinCommunityCalendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://bit.ly/Submit2Calendar

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26

Voices of Franklin: Corey Bunnewith, new owner of Pour Richard's adds to the discussion

In-Tandem with Ann Williams response to Mark Lenzi's June 17th Franklin Matters post.  

Hello All, 

My name is Corey Bunnewith - Owner of Rye's Wine Inc. dba Pour Richard's Wine and Provisions.... The hopeful next chapter, iteration and continuation of Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits doing business at 835 W Central St in Franklin, MA.

There is a good chance over the last 12 years, if you've visited Pour Richard's at a charity event, seminar, or grand tasting - That I have met you over those years. Ann Williams has been a long standing customer of mine across a multitude of wineries that I've represented over the years. I've been lucky enough that my wines have graced her shelves and made their way into homes around Franklin and supported a multitude of local charity efforts.

I am hopeful that my wife and I will be able to be a part of the next chapter of Pour Richard's - A continuation of her efforts of community, charity, curation, and education. We hope to take that to a new level of being a place of learning, bringing local makers, agriculture, farms and families into the space. To continue curating and supporting wineries and breweries striving to make a difference and create products that become an accent to the residents of Franklin's daily lives.

The transfer of these licenses are not skewed to the support of big business, if anything this offers an opportunity to those with full liquor licenses to fill the void that Ann will leave. An opportunity to support local, crafted, unique spirits brands. And for Pour Richard's to expand its support beyond wine to local makers, artists, farmers and producers of items that elevate the in-home culinary experience. 

My wife and I look forward to being able to hire locally, mentor, and build a space that continues to create a positive influence on the town of Franklin.

Cheers,
Corey Bunnewith



If you missed the public hearing notice for the transfer of the license to BJ's you can find it here -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/town-of-franklin-notice-of-public.html

If you have something to say, you can find the guidelines here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/03/introducing-voices-of-franklin.html

Voices of Franklin: Corey Bunnewith, new owner of Pour Richard's adds to the discussion
Voices of Franklin: Corey Bunnewith, new owner of Pour Richard's adds to the discussion

Voices of Franklin: Ann Williams responds on the proposed BJs license transfer

This letter is in response to Mark Lenzi’s Voices of Franklin post from June 17. I believe there were significant errors and inaccuracies in that document, and would like to point those out before the license transfer hearing on Wednesday, June 26.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Ann Williams. I own and operate Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits, currently located at 835 West Central Street in Franklin. I founded the store with my former business partner in 2012, and have operated it as a sole proprietor since 2017. When Pour Richard's was first before Franklin Town Council (in 2012), we were represented by the late Neil Roche. Neil, an indefatigable booster of all things Franklin and also a wine lover, communicated with me that he was 'proud to help bring this type of store to Franklin, because it was time Franklin had a real fine wine shop.' I considered this opinion high praise, but also a standard to live up to. I was proud to count Neil as a customer until his death in 2015. I am also incredibly proud of the business and community we have built, concentrating on small producers, exceptional customer service, and education. In addition, we have donated an average of $5,000 per year to local and regional charities, and facilitated and hosted fundraisers which helped those groups raise even more.

But time marches on and life changes. After nearly 12 years in business, I want to sell my store and move on to the next phase. 

Mr Lenzi’s letter rather implies that BJ’s is asking the Town of Franklin to create an all- alcohol license for them. This is not true. The actual transaction being considered is the transfer of my current license to BJ’s, and the transfer of their Wine and Malt license to my current premises, where a new owner will take over.

These two licenses are located less than .5 miles apart, so the transaction will not change the footprint of licenses or service to town residents. Corey and Colleen Bunnewith, who are buying Pour Richard’s, want to continue the business substantially as it is, eventually replacing liquor with gourmet foods and other provisions.

The hard liquor business in Massachusetts is definitely moving toward consolidation and big box stores. When I started in the business, a single owner was allowed to control 3 stores. That total is now 9. Some companies (such as Liquor World) already own the maximum allowable. BJ’s fits that trajectory, and honestly, they will probably make more comprehensive use of the liquor license, stocking more mainstream brands than the boutique products I offer. They are a large corporation, but that doesn’t make them evil, or lazy about compliance, either. Searching through the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission records, I could not find a single charge against BJ’s Franklin, or even evidence of a complaint. Meanwhile, the Bunnewiths-with many years of beverage and hospitality industry experience between them- will continue stocking artisan wines and craft beers, holding tastings and fundraisers and engaging with the wonderful Franklin community at Pour Richard’s.

The Franklin Town Council did deny a license upgrade to Big Y in 2022, but that transfer request was substantially different than this. They were attempting to purchase the license controlled by Village Mall Liquors, significantly altering the footprint of licenses in town. The transfer would also have resulted in two all-alcohol licenses being located directly across the street from each other, perhaps not the best use of those licenses. 

The current transfer requests would extend BJ’s ability to serve their current customers and also help a young couple attain ownership of an established small business. Please consider these facts before coming to a decision.

Ann Williams
Current Owner, Pour Richard's Wine & Spirits

For reference, the Mark Lenzi letter referenced ->   https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/voices-of-franklin-lenzis-argument.html

If you missed the public hearing notice for the transfer of the license to BJ's you can find it here -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/town-of-franklin-notice-of-public.html

If you have something to say, you can find the guidelines here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/03/introducing-voices-of-franklin.html

Voices of Franklin: Ann Williams responds on the proposed BJs license transfer
Voices of Franklin: Ann Williams responds on the proposed BJs license transfer

Discussion of control, competition & convenience on the proposed BJs license transfer (audio)

FM #1239 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1239 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with 

  • Mark Lenzi, owner of Franklin Liquors

  • Harry Patel, owner of Liquor World

  • Hunter Rudd, entrepreneur with experience in Colorado alcohol market

We met to record at the Franklin TV & Radio studio and virtually on Thursday, June 20, 2024.  

We reviewed the issue at hand. Pour Richard’s and BJs effectively swap licenses so BJs ends up with the all alcohol license and Pour Richard’s (under new ownership) ends up with the beer/wine license.  


We discuss control, competition, convenience, and some of the other nuances around the potential transfer and domino effects of the possible move.


The conversation runs about 50 minutes. Let’s listen to our conversation.

Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1239-bjs-proposed-license-transfer-06-20-24


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Mark Lenzi - Franklin Liquors -> https://www.franklinliquors.com/shop.html


Harry Patel - Liquor World -> https://liquorworldma.com/shop 


Hunter Rudd - LinkedIn profile -> https://www.linkedin.com/in/hunterhrudd/   and his business page -> https://www.sommsays.co/    


Politico article referenced on pending FCC suit -> https://www.politico.com/news/2024/06/03/ftc-lawsuit-southern-glazer-wine-spirits-00161323


Franklin Matters post on the license transfers -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/town-of-franklin-notice-of-public.html 


Mark’s letter to the  community & Town Council ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/06/voices-of-franklin-lenzis-argument.html 



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


How can you help?

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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


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Discussion of control, competition & convenience on the proposed BJs license transfer (audio)
Discussion of control, competition & convenience on the proposed BJs license transfer (audio)


Town of Franklin: Town Council - Meeting Agenda for June 26, 2024

FRANKLIN TOWN COUNCIL
Agenda & Meeting Packet
June 26, 2024 7:00 PM


Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers 355 East Central Street 



1. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 9 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
c. Upcoming Town Sponsored Community Events.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three 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 MINUTES
a. May 22, 2024  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/3a._may_22_2024_tc_meeting_minutes_-draft_for_review_-_google_docs.pdf
b. May 23, 2024  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/3b._may_23_2024_tc_meeting_minutes_-draft_for_review_-_google_docs.pdf
c. June 5, 2024  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/june_5_2024_tc_meeting_minutes_draft_1.pdf
4. PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS
a. Proclamation: Gabrielle “Ellie” Dalton & Community Outreach Dog, “Officer” Ben Franklin
b. Proclamation: Rabbi Thomas Alpert
 
5. APPOINTMENTS
a. Town Comptroller - Linda Darling
6. PUBLIC HEARINGS - 7:00 PM
a. Transfer, Change of Location, Pledge of Collateral and Approval of Manager of a Section 15 Wine and Malt Beverages Package Store License: Rye's Wine Incorporated d/b/a Pour Richard’s Wine & Provisions Located at 835 West Central Street, Suite 2, Franklin, MA 02038
i. License Transaction #7a
b. Transfer, Change of Location and Approval of Manager of a Section 15 All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store License: Mormax Corporation d/b/a BJ’s Wholesale Club Located at 100 Corporate Drive, Franklin, MA 02038
i. License Transaction #7b
7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
a. Transfer, Change of Location, Pledge of Collateral and Approval of Manager of a Section 15 Wine and Malt Beverages Package Store License: Rye's Wine Incorporated d/b/a Pour Richard’s Wine & Provisions Located at 835 West Central Street, Suite 2, Franklin, MA 02038
b. Transfer, Change of Location and Approval of Manager of a Section 15 All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store License: Mormax Corporation d/b/a BJ’s Wholesale Club Located at 100 Corporate Drive, Franklin, MA 02038
8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION
a. FY25 Budget Amendment
i. Legislation for Action #9a
9. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
a. Resolution 24-44: General Funds Appropriations, Transfers and Adjustments FY25 (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-44 - Majority Vote)
b. Resolution 24-41: Statewide Opioid Settlement Fund Appropriation (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-41 - Majority Vote)
c. Resolution 24-45: Town Council Approval of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds ($2,975,000) (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-45 - Majority Vote)
d. Resolution 24-48: Town Council Approval of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds ($8,304) (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-48 - Majority Vote)
e. Resolution 24-46: Authorizing the Borrowing of Money to Pay Costs Associated with the Constructing and Equipping the Hayward St. WTP Improvements Project (DWSRF 16730) (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-46 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
f. Resolution 24-47: Authority for Town Administrator to File Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Application (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-47 - Majority Vote)
g. By-Law Amendment 24-910: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Water Usage Rates - Second Reading (Motion to Approve Bylaw Amendment 24-910 - Majority Roll Call Vote)
h. By-Law Amendment 24-911: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Curbside Trash Fee - Second Reading (Motion to Approve Bylaw Amendment 24-911 - Majority Roll Call Vote)
i. By-Law Amendment 24-912: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Stormwater Service Charge - Second Reading  (Motion to Approve Bylaw Amendment 24-912 - Majority Roll Call Vote)
j. Resolution 24-43: Appropriation Transfers FY24  (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-43 - Majority Vote)
k. Bylaw Amendment 24-909: Chapter 139, Sewers (Grease Traps) - Second Reading (Motion to Approve Bylaw Amendment 24-909 - Majority Roll Call Vote)
l. Resolution 24-40: Acceptance of Gifts - Senior Center ($120) (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-40 - Majority Vote)

10. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
a. Pavement Management Plan
b. Town Finance Office Appointments
11. SUBCOMMITTEE & AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Economic Development Subcommittee
c. Budget Subcommittee
d. Master Plan Committee
e. Davis-Thayer Reuse Advisory Committee
f. Police Station Building Committee
g. GATRA Advisory Board
12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

13. COUNCILOR COMMENTS

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled

15. ADJOURN

Note: Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting


Town of Franklin: Town Council - Meeting Agenda for June 26, 2024
Town of Franklin: Town Council - Meeting Agenda for June 26, 2024

Franklin TV: Waffle Wednesday!

It happened – on Thursday? That’s Okay.

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 06/23/2024 

What’s important is that it happened. (And, who doesn’t like waffles?)
Before covid brought the world to a halt we produced programs at our studio more often than we do these days. It’s not that we’re not busy. We’re still as busy as ever shooting programs and events on location (often live) all over Franklin and beyond. Add some necessary ‘work-from-home’ capability that helped us get through the pandemic, and our staff presence in the building is less these days than it was in 2019. Back then, we would meet in our TV kitchen for Waffle Wednesday. It was an opportunity to meet, socialize, bond, talk shop, set schedules, and share skills. Whether at home or at work, family and friends tend to gather in the kitchen.

Franklin TV: Waffle Wednesday!
Franklin TV: Waffle Wednesday!

Here are all the fixins and mixins for our Waffle Wednesday gathering. Every high level corporate strategy meeting should be as tasty. Makes for good attendance.

I cooked up a dozen waffles for the staff, and our tradition of meeting, learning, and planning for upcoming events while breaking brea– erm, waffles – is rekindled.

Please pass the maple syrup.
Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching
 
Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf   


Watch Listen Read all things that matter in Franklin MA
Watch Listen Read all things that matter in Franklin MA

Creative Corner still has openings for summer programs

Creative Corner summer programs
Creative Corner summer programs


Register online at the Creative Corner webpage ->   
https://www.creativecornerartstudiofranklin.com/elementaryclasses



Upzone Update offers analysis of MBTA Community compliance efforts

"Upzone Update offers analysis of MBTA-C compliance efforts, produced by zoning expert Amy Dain and the staff of Boston Indicators. This week's article is by Amy Dain.

It has been an intense spring of zoning reform, as housing prices continue to escalate. The Upzone Update has been reporting on wins, opportunities, and also some disappointments.

Stay tuned for more editions of the Upzone Update due out in the fall, when votes on zoning reform will resume, and the SJC will hear the Milton case.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to be in touch with your own insights and updates. Contact us at upzoneupdate@bostonindicators.org

Continue reading the recent update ->    https://mbtacommunities.bostonindicators.org/mbtac-its-all-in-the-details/ 

 

Upzone Update offers analysis of MBTA-C compliance efforts
Upzone Update offers analysis of MBTA-C compliance efforts

Watch "The Next Global Superpower Isn't Who You Think | Ian Bremmer | TED" on YouTube

"Who runs the world?  
Political scientist Ian Bremmer argues it's not as simple as it used to be. With some eye-opening questions about the nature of leadership, he asks us to consider the impact of the evolving global order and our choices as participants in the future of democracy. If you love watching TED Talks like this one, become a TED Member to support our mission of spreading ideas: https://ted.com/membership"



Watch "The Next Global Superpower Isn't Who You Think | Ian Bremmer | TED" on YouTube
Watch "The Next Global Superpower Isn't Who You Think | Ian Bremmer | TED" on YouTube

Saturday, June 22, 2024

What's happening in Franklin, MA: Saturday, June 22, 2024?

Saturday, June 22
10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
10:00am Goat Yoga (Fairmount Farms)
10:30am Kick Off to Summer Reading (Franklin Public Library)
7:30pm Electric Youth Bon Voyage Concert (THE BLACK BOX)
8:00pm Karaoke Night (Raillery Public House)

Note - Franklin Pride Day rescheduled for Sunday, June 23, same hours 12 - 4 PM

**  NO Town Meetings today


What's happening today in Franklin?
What's happening today in Franklin? 
---------------

Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events    

Find the full Community event calendar  https://bit.ly/FranklinCommunityCalendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://bit.ly/Submit2Calendar

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26