Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Trash delayed one day this week for those scheduled for Wed-Thu-Fri

New Year's Day falls on Wednesday so those with trash/recycle pick up (like at my house) get delayed one day along with those scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Franklin DPW Facebook post
Franklin DPW Facebook post

FHS girls and boys swim teams post wins vs. Taunton

Via HockomockSports.com and Twitter, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Monday.

Girls Hockey = Franklin @ Methuen – Postponed to Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11:00.

Boys Swimming = Taunton, 79 @ Franklin, 88 – Final

Girls Swimming = Taunton, 73 @ Franklin, 95 – Final

Other results around the Hockomock League

And via Twitter:

Dory goes to  @ally_gagnon  for stepping up in a huge way allowing our team to have 3 full relay teams for the 200 free relay!
Dory goes to  @ally_gagnon  for stepping up in a huge way allowing our team to have 3 full relay teams for the 200 free relay!

Senator Rausch State House Briefing: Year in Review

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Senator Rausch State House Briefing: Year in Review
Greetings from Beacon Hill!

I can hardly believe it's been a year since my inauguration, and what a year it's been. A year of tremendous growth and learning, and also great successes and accomplishments. I am incredibly proud of all we've done in such a short time. A few highlights, in no particular order:
  • I visited public high schools covering more than half the district to meet with administrators, teachers, counselors, and students, to learn from them how to best support our public education system. I also hosted an education funding forum and listening session for constituents and education stakeholders in the district, featuring Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of the Education Committee. Senator Lewis took our district's comments into consideration when crafting the Student Opportunity Act, now passed into law.
  • I'm doing my duty to support parenting parity with my bill to require fully and equitably accessible diaper changing stations! We've got a lot of messes to clean up; let's start with the diapers. On the earlier side of the parenting spectrum, I also got my bill (filed with Chairwoman Kay Khan) to license and regulate certified professional midwives passed successfully out of the Public Health Committee! 
  • Staying true to my commitment to transparency, I stand to support every request for a roll call vote. Every single one.
  • After months of researching the extent of the flaws in our Commonwealth's immunizations public health infrastructure, I filed the Community Immunity Act with Leader Paul Donato in the House. My team and I assembled a robust slate of organizational endorsers from the medical, public health, social work, and education fields, generating meaningful and credible testimony at the December Public Health Committee hearing. We also crafted and implemented a robust media strategy to gain support and momentum for this comprehensive public health reform bill. My op-ed was published in the Boston Globe and many statewide newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets have covered the bill. Stay tuned for more. A conversation about immunization law and policy is now unfolding across the Commonwealth, the likes of which has not happened here in decades.
  • I gave several notable floor speeches this year, two of which were picked up by local news outlets and spread widely on social media. The first, my #375Mwishlist speech during budget season, addressed the need for restoring the Commonwealth's previous corporate tax rate. The second, my primary elections speech during the Supplemental Budget debate, underscored why we should move the Commonwealth's primary date from September (latest in the nation) to June and included a large visual aid!
  • I attended every Senate formal session, and voted with colleagues in favor of many bills that are now law, including banning flavored vaping products, increasing transparency in campaign finance, prohibiting the abusive practice of "conversion therapy" on minors to attempt to change their sexual orientation, providing $8,000,000 in supplemental funds to ensure tens of thousands of people in Massachusetts could continue accessing reproductive health and family planning services once Trump's gag rule went into effect, and lifing the cap on welfare benefits for children. (We overrode Governor Baker's veto on that last one.) In addition, my fellow Senators and I voted to ban plastic bags and toxic flame retardants. 
I'm looking forward to plenty more progress in 2020, and I remain deeply grateful and profoundly honored to represent our district and serve in the Senate. Thank you.
As we embark upon a new year and a new decade, all of us in the Becca Bunch wish you and yours happiness, health, success, and sweetness in the years to come.
Yours in service,

Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Lifelong Community Learning: Winter Online Learning

Are you ready for a change? Would you like to learn something new? Here's a chance to explore new opportunities.

Check out these options AND remember, many courses also have a self-paced option that you can start anytime.

Grant Writing Suite

A to Z Grant Writing is an invigorating and informative course that will teach you how to raise needed funds. It's an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant writing consultants or community grant writing volunteers.

Supervisor Suite

To succeed as a manager, you must know how to lead, communicate, and delegate. If you’re a new manager, this online management training course will prepare you for success in your new position.

Paralegal Suite

Careers in the legal field often require years of training, but paralegals can enter the job market quickly. This online course bundle will introduce you to the basics of the paralegal profession.

For additional professional development opportunities

Lifelong Community  Learning: Winter Online Learning
Lifelong Community  Learning: Winter Online Learning

FHS basketball wins tournament, FHS hockey and gymnastic teams post wins

Via HockomockSports.com and Twitter, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Sunday.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 76 @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 51 – Final
– A close game through three quarters, Franklin dominated the fourth quarter to earn a convincing win in the Larry Fisher Championship game at Bridgewater-Raynham. Franklin led by two after one quarter, just one point at 29-28 at halftime, and took a 51-47 lead into the final frame but the Panthers’ defense limited the Trojans to just two field goals, four points total in the fourth to pull away for the win. Steven Karayan hit half of his six triples in the final quarter on his way to a career-high 20 points to earn tournament MVP honors while senior Brayden Sullivan added 14 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Jack Rudolph scored seven of his 13 points in the open quarter while Chris Edgehill scored all nine of his points in the second half. Franklin connected on 12 three-pointers in the game.

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 6 vs. Fairfield Prep, 4 – Final
– After falling behind 2-0 in the opening period, Franklin found the net five times in the second period to skate to a win over Fairfield Prep. “Fairfield was very talented team, I’m proud of my boys for working the system and working hard,” said Franklin head coach Anthony Sarno. Conor O’Neil (from Sean Connelly and Tom Tasker) and Kyle Hedvig (from Will Sheehan and Declan Lovett) scored to knot the score at 2-2. CJ Jette (from Colin Hedvig and Joe LeBlanc) put the Panthers ahead and Tasker (from Lovett and Colin Hedvig) and Kyle Hedvig (from Lovett, his third assist) scored back-to-back goals to put the Panthers up 5-2. Dylan Marchand (from LeBlanc) tacked on an important third period goal.

Girls Gymnastics = Franklin, 133.40 @ Medway, 117.60 – Final

Other results around the Hockomock League

And via Twitter:

Congratulations to Brayden Sullivan for making the  All Tournament Team and Steve Karayan on being named Tournament MVP!
Congratulations to Brayden Sullivan for making the  All Tournament Team and Steve Karayan on being named Tournament MVP!

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 restated the importance he places on the Registry's use of social media platforms to communicate directly with the citizens of Norfolk County.

"At the Registry of Deeds," noted O'Donnell, "we put a lot of emphasis on communicating with Registry users on a 24/7 basis. 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 million land documents dating back to 1793, as well as learning about our latest consumer protection programs. I also want people to know that Registry information is available not just from using their workstation or laptops, but also from their smartphones or tablets."

The Register further 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, and the average prices of property sold.

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 the Register, "has utilized Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to provide information to the general public. By utilizing these platforms, Norfolk County residents 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 their 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
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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Franklin Public Library: January 2020 News & Events for Adults

Franklin Library January 2020 News & Events

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's Day, and Sunday, January 19, and Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day . The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.

News & Events

Happy ReNew Year!
Your checkouts will now automatically renew! After January 1st, checkouts that are eligible for renewal will renew automatically two days before the item is due.
Items will not renew if there is a hold for another person, the item does not allow for renewals, maximum renewals are used up, or if your library card is blocked.
A "Due Date Reminder" email will tell you if your items renewed. Check your account anytime with the Minuteman Library Network app or at www.minlib.net .
Libby Ebook & Audiobook News
Push notifications are now live in Libby! Choose which notifications you'd like to receive from the Libby menu under Manage Notifications, including:
  • When a hold becomes available
  • When a loan is about to expire
  • When a loan has expired
And more!
Coming in early 2020, hold suspension and hold redelivery! Suspending a hold will let you pause your hold without losing your place on the waiting list. Hold redelivery will allow you to suspend a hold after it becomes available. This feature, which will replace auto-checkout, will give you more control over your holds and help keep wait lists moving more efficiently.
Members of the Franklin community are invited to use the two display cases in the Reading Gallery on the second floor of the Library. If you are interested in displaying collections, art, or artifacts in the cases, please review the Town's guidelines and submit an application here https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/pages/art-exhibit-and... .
Programs for Adults
 Author Talk with David Farrow, Sunday, January 5, 3:00 p.m.
David Farrow is the author of "The Neverglades: Volume One," a collection of short stories that has gained a cult following on sites like Reddit and YouTube. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford with a degree in English and is now an active member of the GrubStreet literary community in Boston, MA. Today he lives in Franklin, where he is hard at work on his next writing project.

Foreign Film Night, Tuesday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.
La Strada (1956). Italian
There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in LA STRADA, the film that launched them both to international stardom.
Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampano encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With LA STRADA, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956.

Get Organized in 2020, Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.
Jenna Elliott is the founder of The Naked Flower, Professional Organizers.  She has been an organizer and re-designer for 16 years and works with a variety of clients, both in the office and in the home.  Prior to starting The Naked Flower Jenna was a master floral designer and project manager for a fortune 500 company.  This fun and interactive workshop will get you focused on your organizing goals.  She will share tips on new ways to think about your stuff, create better habits to help you tackle the clutter utilizing your calendar and to-do list more effectively, where to start the purging process, and organizational Resources. This program is free and open to the public.

Cookbook Club, Saturday, January 11, 3:00 p.m.
The first selection for our new Cookbook Club is The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten. Stop by the Circulation Desk on the first floor or contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at 508-520-4941 or kshipala@minlib.net to choose a recipe. Bring your prepared dish to the meeting to share and give your thoughts on the recipe. All are welcome to attend

Documentary Film Night, Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.
Digital Disconnect (2018).
In this era of Facebook privacy breaches, "fake news" and filter bubbles, the essential film DIGITAL DISCONNECT trains its sights on the relationship between the internet and democracy. Tracing the internet's history as a publicly funded government project in the 1960s to its full-scale commercialization today, the film traces how the revolutionary, democratizing potential of the internet has been radically compromised by the growing and unaccountable power of a handful of telecom and tech monopolies.
Based on the acclaimed book by media scholar Robert McChesney, DIGITAL DISCONNECT examines the ongoing attack on net neutrality and the concept of an open internet by telecom monopolies like Comcast and Verizon; explores how internet giants like Facebook and Google have amassed huge profits by surreptitiously collecting our personal data and selling it to advertisers; and shows how these tech and telecom monopolies have routinely colluded with the national security state to advance covert mass surveillance programs.

Online Job Search and Resume Submittal Workshop, Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.
Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow will analyze and discuss numerous online search strategies including job alerts, job boards, job aggregators, and company employment pages. We will then discuss how to best utilize these web sites for submitting one's resume. This program is free and open to the public.

Art in Bloom, Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
It may be the middle of winter outside, but step into the Franklin Public Library in January for a Spring-time feel during our Art in Bloom event!
Art in Bloom seeks to 'interpret" art with a flower arrangement and the art to be interpreted will be Kira Seamon's popular photography. She took an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru and we will interpret some of these fascinating vibrant photos with flowers. Kira also is known for her kaleidoscopic photography which looks like beautiful abstract art. She rounds off the display with her traditional photography of popular subjects such as landscapes and sunsets.
We are featuring a special hands-on floral arranging workshop on Saturday Jan 25th, where patrons can try their hand at interpreting Kira's art! We will have a veritable buffet of flowers to choose from, impressing everyone with both quantity and quality of blooms. Kira provides the art, scissors, flowers and vases and we will create beautiful arrangements that will be displayed around the library for a week afterwards, allowing many more patrons to enjoy a bit of Springtime!
SPACE IS LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! To register, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at 508-520-4941 or kshipala@minlib.net .

Acrylic Pour Workshop, Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
Look at art differently and learn a meditative fluid painting technique with Artist Jacqueline Volpe! Participants will apply paint, in the style of the abstract expressionists of the New York School, to convey a greater importance on visual sensation rather than the representation of objects and explore, like they did, "going with the flow".
Paint without brushes to create a unique and spontaneous abstract painting! Participants will pour on canvas and various other materials to take home. We will cover various pouring techniques and tips for "after the pour". All materials and equipment will be provided. The workshop is for adult and young adult beginner to advanced artists. This program is limited to fifteen participants. To register, please visit  https://www.thecreativitycurator.com/mixed-media-art-journal-workshops-s... or call Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at 508-520-4941.

Technology Help, Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Staff from Nerds To Go Computer Service will be available to assist patrons with common technology issues such as email access, password reset/recovery, cell phone feature usage, getting onto public Wi-Fi, and accessing information on line. This service is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is Becoming, by Michelle Obama. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at kshipala@minlib.net .

Library Tech Time, Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Need help downloading ebooks to your Kindle? Trouble downloading the Libby or Minuteman apps? Curious about hoopla, Kanopy, or the many databases available to Franklin residents? Stop by or make an appointment during Tech Time now available on Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. Can't make that time? Don't worry, technology assistance is always available at the Reference Desk. Please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala or Reference Librarian Vicki Earls for more information.

Proctoring Services
The Franklin Public Library will now be offering proctoring services to its patrons. Proctoring will be free of charge, and by appointment only. Contact Library Director Felicia Oti or Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala for more information. 

Knitting Group, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Love to knit or crochet? Join our group of local fiber artists who will be meeting in the Friends of the Franklin Community Room on Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, January 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, January 18, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Franklin Public Library: January 2020 News & Events for Adults
Franklin Public Library: January 2020 News & Events for Adults

FHS wrestling: Sackley places 2nd, Carlucci places 7th, and Sauer places 8th at G Bossi Lowell

Via HockomockSports.com and Twitter, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Saturday.

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 0 @ Mount St. Charles, 2 – Final
– Franklin goalie Ray Ivers made 28 saves to keep the Panthers in the contest, which was a one-goal game until the final minute until Mount St. Charles tacked on an empty net goal with 18.6 seconds left. Franklin will take on Fairfield Prep out of Connecticut on Sunday at 4:00.

Lowell Tournament (Canton, Franklin, Stoughton, Taunton), 9:00

George Bossi Lowell Holiday

lined up before puck drop

Other results around the Hockomock League

And via Twitter:

"focus on engaging students in conversations about how unchecked hate can proliferate"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
Massachusetts recorded the fourth-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents of any state in 2018, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, prompting lawmakers to propose that all schools teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides.

Jewish students throughout the commonwealth have repeatedly encountered anti-Semitic slurs, been told their families should have died in the Holocaust and discovered swastikas scrawled on the bathroom walls of their schools, the ADL reports.

In just the last two months, a middle school student in Great Barrington threatened Jewish students with an alleged kill list and two students at Framingham’s Christa McAuliffe Charter School circulated a “Kill the Jews” Snapchat group.

Recognizing schools as hotbeds for anti-Semitism, state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, and Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport, filed the Genocide Education Act, which would require every school district to adopt genocide curriculum that addresses “the notion that national, ethnic, racial or religious hatred can overtake any nation or society, leading to calamitous consequences.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Senator Rodrigues' bill https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S327
Representative Roy's bill   https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H566

Saturday, December 28, 2019

FHS boys basketball, gymnastics, and boys hockey teams all post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports.com and Twitter, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Friday.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 68 vs. Charlestown, 59 – Final
– Franklin used a 14-6 run over the final 3:34 of the third quarter to create a double-digit lead and made enough plays down the stretch to earn the win in the first round of the Larry Fisher Holiday Tournament held at Bridgewater-Raynham. Senior Steven Karayan scored eight of his team-high 18 points during that run, hitting a pair of three-pointers. Senior Brayden Sullivan also drained a pair of threes in that stretch, finishing with a career-high 11 points. Senior Chris Edgehill helped the Panthers take a lead after one quarter (21-14) and kept his side in the game by halftime (down 36-35) by scoring 14 of his 16 points in the first half. Jack Rudolph (nine points) had a key three in the fourth quarter and Thomas Gasbarro scored five of his seven points in the final frame. Franklin will play host B-R in the final of the tournament on Sunday at 7:00.

– for a photo gallery of this game:

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 vs. LaSalle Academy (PA), 2 – Final (OT)
– Franklin junior Joey LeBlanc deposited the game-winner in overtime to help the Panthers upend LaSalla Academy. For MIAA purposes, the game goes down as a 2-2 tie but for the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff, the game went into overtime. LeBlanc’s winner means Franklin will take on host Mount Saint Charles at 8:00 on Saturday night. Franklin took the lead in the first on a goal from Shea Hurley on an assist from Dylan Marchand but LaSalle scored twice in the second to take the lead. Tommy Tasker brought the Panthers level on a goal midway through the third on an assist from Sean Connolly.

Girls Gymnastics = Franklin, 132.7 @ Taunton, 128.65 – Final 
– Sophomores Kate Rudolph (34.2) and Caroline Woelfel (32.25) took first and second, respectively, in the All Around as the Panthers picked up a win over Taunton. Rudolph was first for Franklin in the vault, bars, and floor while Lexi Lupien earned a first place finish in the beam. Woelfel took second in both the vault and floor while taking third in the bars.

Results: Vault – Kate Rudolph 9.0, Caroline Woelfel 8.75, Maddie McGuire 8.65, Lexi Lupien 8.4; Bars – K. Rudolph 8.3, Emma Nelson 8.1, C. Woelfel 7.3, M. McGuire 7.1; Beam – L. Lupien 8.5, E. Nelson 8.4, Olivia Reagan 8.2, K. Rudolph 8.1; Floor – K. Rudolph 8.8, C. Woelfel 8.6, L. Lupien 8.3, E. Nelson 8.2.

Wrestling = Lowell Tournament (Canton, Franklin, Stoughton, Taunton), 9:00

For other results around the Hockomock League

And via Twitter:

FHS Senior Brayden Sullivan
FHS Senior Brayden Sullivan