Monday, June 17, 2019

Folks love Quini Wine Tastings - Sign up now for the Tue Jan 25 session

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Join The Franklin Wine Club

FREE BLIND Wine Tasting | FOR CHARDONNAY DRINKERS

Tuesday, June 25 - 7  PM



A Sit down wine event in the Franklin Liquors wine room

Description:

IMPORTANT: RSVP ONLY IF YOU ARE A CHARDONNAY LOVER AND IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED OR OREDERED CHARDONNAY12 TIMES OR MORE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

Prepare to taste and rate up to ten different Chardonnays and TAKE A FREE BOTTLE OF WINE home with you at the end too!

We are looking for members of our meetup and wine tasting communities online to pick up a free bottle of wine and taste different wines using Quini on your smartphone or tablet, while you visit, to get your true opinion about the wines.

Please be there by 6:45 so we can make sure your device is prepped, that you know how things work, and that we can start on time out of respect to everyone else.

The event starts to wind down at 8:30 and shuts at 9:00. Your free wine bottle will be waiting to go home with you too!

Note that you will need at least 45 minutes to go through the ten wine tastings on Quini and socialize, so please plan accordingly.

Criteria: You MUST be a wine consumer who considers yourself as a Chardonnay Lover. By signing up, you DECLARE that YOU and YOUR GUESTS fulfill the criteria stated in this special invitation

Please RSVP quickly with your name and we'll set your FREE take-home wine bottle aside for you. Folks love Quini Wine Tastings. Every event has been full and often oversubscribed by a large margin. So, sign up ASAP.

NOTE: As space is limited, kindly be sure to RSVP only when you know you will be attending, so as to keep spots available for your peers who can surely attend.

. If you have a friend or family member who fits the criteria and they are not part of this Meetup group, ask them to join and RSVP.

• What to bring and do

A big smile and a WELL CHARGED smartphone or tablet.

• If you haven't yet, sign up in advance at MAG.quiniwine.com, and please COMPLETE your user profile before the event with your city of residence, age and wine experience level.

Expect to have fun, meet great people and expand your experience with wine at the same time.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/262235412/

Folks love Quini Wine Tastings - Sign up now for the Tue Jan 25 session
Folks love Quini Wine Tastings - Sign up now for the Tue Jan 25 session



Mark C. Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS
Franklin Liquors
363 East Central St
Franklin MA 02038
508-528-7338
franklinliquors.com


Franklin Democrats organized protest

If you drove through the center of Franklin on Saturday morning (June 15), the day after Trumps birthday, you likely noticed more than 40 participants with signs that ranged from "IMPEACH TRUMP" to "STOP THE COVER-UP". 

The Franklin Democratic Town Committee organized the event, and participated in a nation wide protest with MOVEON.org, along with a number of cities and towns across the nation calling for the impeachment of Trump now. 

Organizers said, there was so much enthusiasm for the event, they may plan another in the near future.

Franklin Democrats organized protest
Franklin Democrats organized protest

“The reality is: a professional person needs a professional portrait”

Via Pantherbook we find about a talent agency opening a branch office in Franklin
"A talent agency, Dynasty Models and Talent, is opening soon in downtown Franklin. If you have always wanted to pursue acting or modeling, now is your chance. 
First of all, what is an agency? For those serious about the entertainment industry, having an agent is essential. An agency is a company, usually with multiple agents, that represents actors. Agents receive casting information from casting directors and submit the actors that best match the breakdown of the character. Then, casting directors choose which of the submitted actors should be brought in for an audition. 
Kristen Reidt, mother of two child actresses, states, “Having an agent is almost a requirement, particularly if you are interested in on-camera work. You will get the opportunity to audition for things that you didn’t even realize were out there. Of course, the hardest part of entering the acting business is finding an agent who is willing to invest their time by signing you.”

Continue reading the article including a video interview with Paul Vicario
https://franklinpanthers.us/ae/2019/06/14/audition-for-a-new-talent-agency-opening-in-franklin/

Franklin-based photographer Paul Vicario sits down in his studio for an interview.
Franklin-based photographer Paul Vicario sits down in his
studio for an interview. (Pantherbook photo)

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry's Social Media



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry's Social Media

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reiterated the importance he places on the Registry's use of social media platforms to communicate directly with the citizens of Norfolk County.

O'Donnell noted, "At the Registry of Deeds, we put a high priority on communicating with Registry users on a 24/7 basis. After all, just because our doors close at the end of the business day doesn't mean the Registry has to stop working for you. For example, our website www.norfolkdeeds.org lets people view scanned images of over 8.5 million land documents dating back to 1793, as well as learning about our latest consumer protection programs. I also want people to note that Registry information is available not just from using their workstations or laptops, but also from their smartphones or tablets."

The Register also noted that you can print out an application of the popular Homestead Act. A Homestead provides a homeowner with limited protection against the forced sale of their primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

Norfolk County residents can also sign-up on-line for its free Consumer Notification Service. This program will alert a person anytime a land document has been recorded against their name in Norfolk County. Additionally, there is valuable county real estate information that can be researched and tracked based on the monthly and quarterly real estate statistical reports, such as the number of residential and commercial properties sold, average prices of property sold, and much, much more.

Besides the Registry website, other forms of social media utilized by the Registry of Deeds include Facebook, facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds, Twitter, twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds, and Instagram. "The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds," noted O'Donnell, "has utilized Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to provide information to the general public. We are optimistic that county homeowners, and in particular first-time home buyers, will use these social media platforms. They can learn more about home ownership and other consumer initiatives like protecting themselves against Deed Scam rip-offs, along with other outreach services, including learning about Registry office hours in the local community."

The Registry has also filmed multiple public service announcements (PSA's) which are available on the Registry's website and YouTube. These PSA's have touched on a variety of issues such as assistance for residents who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Videos highlighting the Registry's various philanthropic initiatives, such as its Annual Holiday Food Drive, Toys for Tots campaign, and its Suits for Success program, which helps people who are attempting to re-enter the workforce, can also be viewed.

Concluding, Register O'Donnell stated, "My office recognizes the value of using social media platforms to forward important information to Norfolk County residents. If you have questions related to real property, I urge you to take a look at our social media offerings."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/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 www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.


Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026-1831

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Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry's Social Media
Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry's Social Media

Franklin School Committee recap - June 11, 2019

The School Committee meeting of Tuesday, June 11, can be summarized as follows:

The Superintendent's Report can be found online
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/superintendents_report_to_school_committee_june_11_2019.pdf

    

FEF Presentation



SEPEC Presentation



Student Services Tiered Focus



Student Services SEL Improvements Preliminary Report



Additional details can be found in my notes reported live during the meeting:


FEF meeting schedule for the coming school year 2019-2020
FEF meeting schedule for the coming school year 2019-2020

Sunday, June 16, 2019

FM #166 - Special Town Council Mtg 6/12/19

FM #166

This internet radio show or podcast is number 166 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the special Town Council meeting held on June 12, 2019. As I was coming down the stairs from the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting on the third floor of the Municipal Building, I realized that the Town Council was gathering for a meeting that had not yet come to my radar.

Town administrator Jamie Hellen describes the search process
Town administrator Jamie Hellen describes the search process

new Fire Chief James G McLaughlin listens intently
new Fire Chief James G McLaughlin listens intently

A quick search showed that this was a ‘special’ meeting just called for the primary purpose of allowing the Town Council to approve the appointment of James G McLaughlin as the Fire Chief.

The search to replace Chief McCarragher (now retired) I knew had been underway. It turns out that apparently the search finalized since the Council meeting on the 12th and since the new chief was going to be away for the next Council meeting (6/26), they called a ‘special’ meeting for this purpose.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording (approx 40 minutes).





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Additional References:

My notes for the meeting
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/06/franklin-fire-chief-approved-james-g.html

Town Council Agenda
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/june_12_2019_special_town_council_meeting.pdf

Town Council Actions Taken
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/town_council_actions_taken_for_june_12_2019.pdf


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

How can you help?

In particular, if you have an interest in real estate, zoning, or construction, I would like someone to help us by following the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and or the Conservation Commission meetings. I’ll provide the guidance on note taking and sharing. You need to bring an inquisitive, open mind, and willingness to learn and share.

Overall:
If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors.
If you don't like this, please let me know.

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
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 = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes


FM #165 Economic Development Subcommittee 6/12/19

FM #165

This internet radio show or podcast is number 165 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on June 12, 2019.

The notes from the meeting along with the agenda and reference documents are linked to in these show notes.

After a brief update on three grants in process, the main portion of the meeting was the discussion with the Franklin High School students bringing the proposal to ban plastic bags back to the process. They have learned from their predecessors and are more prepared this time around.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording (approx 50 minutes).





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Additional Reference Links:

My notes from the meeting
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/06/economic-development-meeting-recap-june.html

The agenda document for this session
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/edc_agenda_-_revised_6-12-19.pdf

House 771 was referenced during the discussion
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H771

The Boston Ordinance
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/final_plastic_bag_ordinance_11.29.17.pdf

WBUR Episode on the plastic bags
https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2019/05/08/ehrlich-house-massachusetts-plastic-ban

Plastic Film Recycling
https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/



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

How can you help?

In particular, if you have an interest in real estate, zoning, or construction, I would like someone to help us by following the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and or the Conservation Commission meetings. I’ll provide the guidance on note taking and sharing. You need to bring an inquisitive, open mind, and willingness to learn and share.

Overall:

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


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
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 = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"




subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes

FM #164 "Exploring Stone Walls" - Robert M Thorson

FM #164

This internet radio show or podcast is number 164 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Robert M. Thorson “Exploring Stonewalls” talk at the Franklin Historical Museum held on June 9, 2019. The presentation copy he used is linked to here so you can follow along.

Robert holding the piece of 'rock' actually melted steel that he talks about at the end of the presentation
Robert holding the piece of 'rock' actually melted steel that he talks about at the end of the presentation

Mary Olsson provides the introduction and closing to the talk at the Historical Museum.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording (approx 1 hour 20 minutes).






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

How can you help?

In particular, if you have an interest in real estate, zoning, or construction, I would like someone to help us by following the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and or the Conservation Commission meetings. I’ll provide the guidance on note taking and sharing. You need to bring an inquisitive, open mind, and willingness to learn and share.

Overall:

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


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
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 = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes

Franklin Public Schools: Safety Concern - Alert and Information

Dear Franklin Families,

Our apologies if you get this message twice, as we are experiencing technical difficulties.

We are writing to alert you of a situation that occurred in Franklin yesterday. The Franklin Police Department has issued a press release related to suspicious activity involving an encounter between a juvenile and a stranger on Oak Street. We want to be sure that you see it: https://www.franklinma.gov/police-department/news/media-release-stranger-encounter-oak-street

We encourage you to hold a family discussion regarding personal safety and we ask that you have a heightened awareness of safety precautions for your children at this time.

The BFCCPS has kindly shared these resources with us, which may be helpful to you:

An article regarding child abduction prevention tips ranging from young children to teens from Parents Magazine.
https://www.parents.com/kids/safety/stranger-safety/talking-to-kids--teens-about-safety--abduction/

Parent tips on this site provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  https://www.kidsmartz.org/ParentTips

We have taken measures to inform our crossing guards and our transportation company so that our crossing guards and bus drivers are aware and can be on heightened alert. If you would like to use an alternative form of dismissal for your child on Monday, please contact your child’s school.

Sincerely,
Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Public Schools: Safety Concern - Alert and Information
Franklin Public Schools: Safety Concern - Alert and Information

“It’s like the foundation of a building. If you remove the foundation, the whole building is going to fall down”

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

"It’s estimated there are about 200,000 species throughout the world that are considered pollinators - animals that transfer pollen grains from one flower to another. Pollination leads to the production of fruits that people eat, and seeds that will create more plants. 
From the plump bumblebee to the chirpy hummingbird, the delicate monarch butterfly to the wide-eyed fruit bat, pollinators of all kinds play an important role in helping maintain the Earth’s biodiversity and agricultural systems. 
It’s estimated there are about 200,000 species throughout the world that are considered pollinators - creatures that transfer pollen grains from one flower to another. Pollination leads to the production of fruits that people eat, and seeds that will create more plants."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190615/pollinator-week-in-massachusetts-time-to-celebrate---and-protect---animals-and-plants-that-fuel-biodiversity

The Franklin Agricultural Commission has recently created a "pollinator pasture" at Dacey Fields:




Pollination Tips to help Horace
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/pollinator_pastures_with_horace_-_untitled_page.pdf

a "pollinator pasture" at Dacey Fields
a "pollinator pasture" at Dacey Fields

Franklin (MA) Police: Stranger Encounter on Oak Street

On June 14, 2019 the Franklin Police were alerted to suspicious activity involving a juvenile student of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School. The juvenile reported that while walking on Oak Street, a male party in a vehicle approached her and motioned for her to come to the vehicle.

Thankfully in this incident a neighbor recognized the situation, and called the juvenile over to her. The child was not harmed in any way.

Over the last few weeks there have been reports in Franklin, and area communities of similar type occurrences. At this time we cannot say with any degree of certainty that these incidents are related other than they all involve school age children. Descriptions of suspects and vehicles are not consistent.

The Franklin Police are actively investigating these incidents. We encourage all parents to talk to their children about what to do if approached by strangers, and to practice safe strategies such as always having a friend with them, or moving with groups of people who they know.

At this time we are not issuing any alert for a specific vehicle or suspect. This message is just to alert the community of these incidents, and to remind parents and children to have a plan about what to do in the event they are approached by a stranger.

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinma.gov/police-department/news/media-release-stranger-encounter-oak-street

Franklin Police - 911 Panther Way, Franklin
Franklin Police - 911 Panther Way, Franklin