Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Franklin Turkey Trot - Nov 25, 2021 - Registration is Open

The 10th Annual Franklin Turkey Trot registration is OPEN! 


Please visit www.franklinturkeytrot.org for race information and registration. 


Free t-shirts to the first 100 to register.  Also, please let us know if you are interested in being a race sponsor.


Thanks!

--
Krystal Whitmore
Race Director

Franklin Matter is proud to help sponsor this event 

Franklin Turkey Trot - Nov 25, 2021 - Registration is Open
Franklin Turkey Trot - Nov 25, 2021 - Registration is Open


Recap: Community Preservation Committee - historical tour scheduled, housing and zoning discussed

Quick Recap:
  • Tour of Red Brick and Historical Museum scheduled for Sep 29, Oct 1, formal agenda with details to be published soon to cover open meeting requirements
  • Update on 215 Prospect St with appraisal by town provided to owner/developer this week. They may accept or choose a 2nd view
  • Amy Love, Town Planner, provides update on housing plan as shared in this past summer's meeting
  • After roundabout discussion on zoning and development and affordable as a component of, meeting adjourns
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live via the Zoom conference bridge.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #cpc0921  
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cpc0921&src=typeahead_click  
 
Agenda doc (including connection info) ->
https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee/agenda/cpc-agenda-4 
 
 
Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen



FM #608 - Planning Board Candidate - Beth Wierling - 09/16/21 (audio)

FM #608 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 608 in the series. 


This shares my conversation with candidate for Planning Board Beth Wierling. 


This is one of a series of conversations with candidates for the Franklin Election on Nov 2, 2021. I do this to provide Franklin, MA voters with accurate and timely information that they can use to cast an informed vote. Publication of the answers or interview responses does not constitute an endorsement of this or any candidate.


We cover the candidate questions as previously developed with the community and shared with the candidates. Five of the questions are ‘general’ in nature, the sixth is specific to the role of the candidate. In this case, for the Planning Board.


Our conversation runs about 14 minutes, so let’s listen to my interview with Beth Wierling.  ** Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/77621d30-6e5a-4e0b-a04e-29e5a9b710a1



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Candidate questions -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/election-2021-candidate-interview.html 


Candidate page ->  https://www.bethwierling.com/   


Election Collection 2021 ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/07/franklin-election-collection-2021.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?

  • 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/  or www.franklin.news 


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"

 

Beth Wierling (Twitter profile image)
Beth Wierling (Twitter profile image)

FHS field hockey, volleyball, and both cross country teams post wins on Tuesday

Via @HockomockSports  and Twitter we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021

Field Hockey = Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 9 – Final 
– Franklin scored three goals inside a six minute span in the first quarter to set the tone and the Panthers never looked back in a win over visiting Taunton. Kaitlyn Carney, Sydney Rogan, and Payten Crandall all scored for Franklin with the latter also assisting on the second goal. Carney went on to add three more goals, two assisted by Emily Carney in the third quarter. Shaw Downing and Haley Wernig also had first half goals while Sophia Cuneo tacked on a goal in the fourth quarter. Megan Sullivan had the shutout in net for the hosts.

Volleyball = Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– Franklin senior Cailyn Mackintosh did it all to lead the Panthers to a win at home, a 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-9, 25-20) over Taunton. Mackintosh had 21 assists, 10 digs, four aces, and three kills in a strong all-around performance while sophomore Taylor Lacerda added 10 kills an an ace in the win.

Boys Cross-Country = Franklin, 20 @ Attleboro, 43 – Final 
– Attleboro’s Lee Casstevens won the race but the next seven runners to cross the finish line were all Panthers. Casstevens crossed at 17:15 for first overall followed by Franklin’s Griffin Sieczkiewicz in second and Clancy Golden in third. Stephen Rontiris, Tyler Apicella, Michael Farrow, Connor Kucich, and Will Boozang all finished in order to round out the top eight spots.

"Great First Win! FHS XC defeats Attleboro 20-40!
Baton to Boozang for hard work, 30 second PR, and top 7 finish.
Top 7 Finishers:
Sieczkiewicz 18:18 Golden 18:34 Rontiris 19:09 Apicella 19:22 Farrow 19:26 Kucich 19:29 Boozang 19:31 https://t.co/sMLfVYt3z6"

Girls Cross-Country = Franklin, 15 @ Attleboro, 50 – Final 
– It was a clean sweep for the Panthers with their five scorers taking the first five spots in the race. Abigail Baker was first overall followed by Fiona Morrison, Carli Walbert, Alex Batla, and Vivie Loukota to found out the top five.

Golf = Canton, 151 @ Franklin, 166 – Final 
– All four of Canton’s scorers shot 40 or better on the road at Franklin Country Club, leading the Bulldogs to a non-league win. Conor Hunter was the match medalist, shooting a low-round of 35 to pace the visitors. Will Gefteas added a 36 in the win while both Mike Leonetti and Nate MacDonald shot 40. CJ Steel fired a team-low round of 40 for the Panthers, Brendan Collins and Tyler O’Brien each shot a 41, and Liam Lewandowski came in with a round of 44.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Boys Cross-Country = Franklin, 20 @ Attleboro, 43 – Final
Boys Cross-Country = Franklin, 20 @ Attleboro, 43 – Final 


Blessing of the Pets - Sunday, Sep 26, 2021

Love your pet? Come to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a special Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, September 26 during the 10am worship service on the front lawn of the church ... in the pumpkin patch. 

The Rev. Kathy McAdams will lead the Sunday service that includes a special blessing for all pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who is associated with the patronage of animals and the natural environment. Bring your dog, cat, bird, goat or whomever is your beloved pet (on a leash or in a carrier, please). Favorite stuffed animals and photos of pets are welcome too!

Everyone is invited. 237 Pleasant Street, Franklin, MA

For more information:
Call 508-528-2387
Like us on Facebook: St John’s Episcopal Church
On Twitter   @FranklinStJohns
View www.stjohnsfranklinma.org 

Blessing of the Pets - Sunday, Sep 26, 2021
Blessing of the Pets - Sunday, Sep 26, 2021


Franklin Farmers Market announces kids sing-along band to appear Friday, Sep 24

We are excited to have The Stacey Peasley Band with us on Friday for a kids sing-along.  
There will be 2 shows, starting at 3:15 and 4:15 PM.  
Sponsored by S&L Therapy

Farmers Market announces kids sing-along band to appear Friday, Sep 24
Farmers Market announces kids sing-along band to appear Friday, Sep 24


Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) with reference points on shared streets and shared use paths

With our input sought for the Complete Streets Discussion tonight, here are a couple of pieces of background info on the program and its related programs. Agenda document with participation info for the discussion found here =>  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/complete-streets-public-discussion-sep.html


Reference 1
There are 846 miles of shared use paths in Massachusetts. Learn more about MassDOT's shared use path investments in the 2021 Bicycle and Pedestrian Update #SharedUsePaths https://t.co/PWmT5YCyWW

Shared from Twitter ->  https://t.co/mZC8EEkDmW


There are 846 miles of shared use paths in Ma
There are 846 miles of shared use paths in MA


Reference 2

The @MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement. Prioritizing space for dining, parks and visual arts promotes economic development and quality of life in communities all across MA. #BuildBackBetter #mapoli https://t.co/5QsShVsYPW
Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/T4MASS/status/1440311515861565454?s=03

@MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement.
@MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces program encourages planners and local leaders to rethink how we use pavement.


Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Sep 22, 2021

Policy Sub Committee Meeting

Municipal Building - Training Room (Virtual Link in Agenda)

A G E N D A

“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may, in fact, be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

I. Electronic Distribution of Approved Policies

1. none

II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee

A. none

III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item

A. EBCFA Masks-Face Coverings

B. Review of G policies: GBJ, GCA, GCBC, GCD, GCQF

C. Continued review of Policy Section G


Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Sep 22, 2021
Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Sep 22, 2021



Mass Alliance: Grassroots Organizing Academy - registration is open


Coming up!! Less than two days to register!! We especially want to encourage college students and young activists to register. 
We have scholarships available to make this more accessible for all!!
https://t.co/Z4RhM4DUrI


Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/massalliance/status/1440453638258786314?s=03

Mass Alliance: Grassroots Organizing Academy - registration is open
Mass Alliance: Grassroots Organizing Academy - registration is open


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Franklin, MA Town Council Meeting - Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - Three Part Audio Segments

FM #605-606-607 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, numbers 605-606-607 in the series. 


This shares the three part audio segments of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police retirement and promotion individuals, along with their guest and family members were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


I’ve split the just about two hours and forty-five minutes ( 2:45 total elapsed time) into three (3) logical segments:

  • First (#605) - covers the opening, citizen comments, Police retirement and promotions. The break after the police ceremonies was excluded from this audio.  (~40 mins)

  • Second (#606) - covers three appointments, one license transaction and the SAFE Coalition presentation by Jennifer Knight-Levine (~ 58 minutes) 

  • Third (#607) - covers the DelCarte invasive species update by Conservation Agent Jennifer Delmore, Legislation for Action, Council Comments and meeting close. (~ 58 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Sep 15, 2021


Part 1 (#605) -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/5563727f-a24f-4aa8-b4e2-9901951bd693



Part 2 (#606) -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ab9ec365-5692-4151-883f-04fe5e8014cd



Part 3 (#607) -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c0a7f4f2-5afb-4d2d-9daf-64422c92b1f1



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Agenda document 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/09-15-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf 


My notes from the meeting  -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/recap-introduction-retirement-promotion.html 


Town Council Quarterbacking session (a short recap with Council Chair Tom Mercer) -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/fm604-town-council-quarterbacking.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?

  • 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 www.Franklinmatters.org   or www.franklin.news 


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"

 

Slide from the SAFE Coalition presentation by Jennifer Knight-LevineSAFE Coalition presentation by Jennifer Knight-Levine
Slide from the SAFE Coalition presentation by Jennifer Knight-Levine

Complete Streets Public Discussion - Sep 22 - 6:00 PM

Complete Streets Public Discussion
September 22, 2021 - 6:00 PM

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

Complete Streets program
The Town Administration and Town Public Works staff will be hosting a meeting to discuss the Town’s initial filing of its Complete Streets program with the state on October 1st. 
If any member of the public wishes to attend this discussion, please feel free to attend.

The Complete Streets Policy was approved by the Town Council on April 7, 2021. 

Remote connection info can be found in the meeting agenda:


What's with Complete Streets?
What's with Complete Streets?

"You're not going to believe what I am about to tell you"

Every once in a while, something comes along that just stops you in your tracks. 

Gives a pause. 

Causes you to take a deep breath. 

This is one of those times. 

Take a few moments to read and experience this comic from The Oatmeal.

FHS girls soccer and golf teams post wins on Monday

Via @HockomockSports  we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Monday, Sep 20, 2021

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 0 @ Taunton, 2 – Final 
– Taunton junior Riley Rebello set up the game-winning goal in the first half and scored the insurance tally in the second as the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season, matching their best start since joining the Hockomock League. Rebello set up freshman Ian Robicheau to put the Tigers ahead in the 33rd minute. Rebello put the game away with a nice shot from outside the area in the 63rd minute.

Girls Soccer = Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 7 – Final 
– After being held scoreless in the first half, Franklin exploded for seven goals after the break. Anya Zub scored four times, including one from the penalty spot, Stella Regan added a brace, and Selene Hammad scored once for the Panthers, who remain just one point back of KP in the division standings. Izzy Arnold, Lily Deforge, Anna Grasso, Avery Greco, and Tori Carmignani each had an assist for the Panthers.

Golf = Franklin, 164 @ Milford, 173 – Final 
– CJ Steel continued his strong start to the season, earning match medalist honors with a low-round of 38 to lead the Panthers on the road at Hopedale Country Club. Ben Paterson added a round of 41 for Franklin. Anthony LaPierre carded a 40 for the hosts while Jacob Hipolito added a 42 for the Hawks.


For other results around the Hockomock League
https://hockomocksports.com/mondays-schedule-scoreboard-09-20-21/

The FHS Sports Twitter list to follow for results and updates

FHS girls soccer and golf teams post wins on Monday
FHS girls soccer and golf teams post wins on Monday

Podcasts are up - at wfpr.fm

There is a new webpage for podcasts on the wfpr.fm website. The page contains links to each of the 7 talk/interview programs.

Go to:   wfpr.fm
Click:   Past Shows  or directly -> https://wfpr.fm/wfpr_v2_011.htm

You ca also find links to the podcasts on the Franklin Matters page. The most recent episode of each podcast is ready to play.  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/franklin-matters-radio.html



Podcasts are up - at wfpr.fm
Podcasts are up - at wfpr.fm

Reminder: St. Vincent de Paul Society - walk/run - Sep 25

Each year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary’s Church walks to bring awareness to the Franklin Community of the struggles some residents experience that impact their daily lives. For thirty years, SVdP has been helping people in need in regardless of race, religious beliefs or ethnic background.  The SVdP members work closely with many charitable and government organizations in Franklin.

The SVdP members are all volunteers. Members assist people in a number of ways to help them retain their dignity and to help them to become self-sustaining. Some ways in which the SVdP society assists those in need include:

Guide them to other resources, both state and charitable
Provide clothing and furniture through our SVDP Thrift Stores
Supply non-perishable food and paper products from our pantry to supplement other food resources
Assist financially during an unexpected crisis helping to pay rent, medical, car repairs etc.  

Last year we helped Franklin Families 345 times for $59,319.00

This year walk participants will follow a route around the town common. Participants may walk between one and three miles. One time around the common is a third of a mile.  Registration opens at 8 AM. The walk begins at 9 AM.

If you would like to support our mission of helping residents of Franklin in need, you may make a financial donation in one of two ways.

1. Send a check to: SVDP 1 Church Square Franklin, MA 02038 Or   
2. Online to the SVDP team at: https://www.fopwalk.org/event/2617

If you have any questions, please call SVDP 508-918-2291. All donations stay in Franklin and all information is kept confidential.


Download a copy of the flyer as a reminder

Annual Friends of the Poor Walk - Sep 25
Annual Friends of the Poor Walk - Sep 25