Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the News: Library hosts petty zoo, seniors often targeted for scams

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

"A long line of excited children formed for their chance to pet baby chicks, bunnies, goats and ducks at the Franklin Public Library Monday morning. 
“We can’t wait, we really want to pet the goats,” said Franklin’s Christina Beaupre, 8, who was waiting with her brother Zach, 11, and friends Morgan Trulby, 7 and Peter Bryan, 11. 
Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo, was visiting as part of the library’s summer programming. The library offers special events throughout July and August that include the petting zoo, a pajama dance party, pirate party and Harry Potter party."
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"Last month, a former Lowell building inspector was convicted of larceny after swindling an elderly neighbor out of her home. A year ago, authorities accused a Raynham woman of scamming her stepfather out of $200,000. And just last week, a Waltham man pleaded guilty to a securities fraud scheme that stole $82,000 from victims including a senior citizen and his own girlfriend. 
Those incidents are among countless examples of financial abuse and exploitation of elders in Massachusetts. 
“Financial abuse is an extremely important topic in the commonwealth,” said David P. Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging. “We need to make everyone aware of the extent that this is going on and the issues involved in it.”
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the Franklin Senior Center
the Franklin Senior Center

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