Saturday, March 16, 2019

Electronics recycling event at St Mary's Church on Sat - March 23

Electronics recycling event at St Mary's Church on Saturday, March 23, 9 AM - 2 PM

Accepting:

Any and all electronics and appliances, including TV’s, monitors, computers, printers, microwaves, AC’s, washers, dryers, lawn mowers and any item that has a plug.

Our Costs:

● $5 each — Computers, DVD players, Laptops, Misc. Electronics, etc.
● $10 each — Microwaves & Small Appliances, Exercise Equipment,
Grills, Lawn Mowers & Snow Blowers (gas removed)
● $15 each — Computer Monitors, AC’s, Dehumidifiers, TV’s under 19"
● $20 each — Washing machines, Dryers, Stoves, Large appliances,
TV’s between 19” and 26"
● $25 each — TV’s between 27” and 32”, Large Refrigerators
● $30 each — TV’s between 32" and 35”
● $35 each — TV’s over 36”
● $40 each — Projection TV’s
● NO CHARGE: Cell Phones, Bikes, Car or Truck Batteries

RAIN OR SHINE, CASH OR CHECK, ZERO LANDFILL Questions? Contact Jim Wood = J.wood36@yahoo.com



Download your copy as a reminder:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczVXh4YTcxS1RfU3VFMmtRWFZ1Tk1mekxIQ1hF/view?usp=sharing



Electronics recycling event at St Mary's Church on Sat - March 23
Electronics recycling event at St Mary's Church on Sat - March 23

Affordable Housing Lottery - 35 Palomino Drive

Resale unit is 1541 square feet and includes 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, central air conditioning and a one car garage

INFORMATION SESSION:
March 27, 2019 6:00 PM, Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

LOTTERY:
May 1, 2019, 6:00 PM, Municipal Building, Council Chambers

Affordable Housing Lottery - 35 Palomino Drive, Franklin, MA 02038
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/affordable_housing_lottery_-_35_palomino.pdf

Application
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/application_2019.pdf

35 Palomino Drive, Franklin, MA 02038
35 Palomino Drive, Franklin, MA 02038

Narcan and CPR training - March 28

Narcan and CPR training
Thursday March 28 at the Franklin Senior Center
6:30-7:30 PM

Cost: free

Open to all ages
Those trained can take home Narcan

Follow the event on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/634211777022850/?ti=ia

Narcan and CPR training - March 28
Narcan and CPR training - March 28

LeVar Burton Continues his Legacy of Literacy



Reading Is Fundamental

Announcing a New Literacy
Resource for RIF

LeVar Burton Continues his Legacy of Literacy
March 2019

Happy National Reading Month! As an important supporter of RIF's work, I want you to know more about a truly transformational addition to RIF's literacy toolbox.

Earlier this month, I was joined by actor, director and literacy advocate LeVar Burton at the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSW EDU) to announce his gift of literacy to a packed house. The event was attended by thought leaders and influencers in the education industry and was a perfect opportunity to announce the gift of Levar Burton Kids' awarding-winning Skybrary to Reading Is Fundamental.

Skybrary allows RIF to expand its suite of digital offerings for young readers with an interactive library of over 900 high-quality digital books and video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a lifelong love of learning. 

The child-friendly resource allows kids to explore thematic collections of books and add books they are inspired by to a digital backpack. 
Each book includes audio, along with additional games, videos, and other activities that support the book.

The team at RIF is so thankful for this incredible resource and we are enthusiastically exploring ways we can extend access to Skybrary to those most in need. We look forward to sharing our plans with you.
LeVar is beautifully eloquent about literacy and the link to our conversation follows if you want to learn more.

Thank you for sharing a bit of National Reading Month with RIF and heartfelt thanks for everything you do to support children's literacy. RIF's work would not be possible without you.
Sincerely,
Alicia Levi
Alicia Levi
President and CEO
supporter

Senate President Spilka Announces Staff Office Hours In Ashland on April 12

Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) announced today that her staff will be hosting office hours at her district office on Friday, April 12, at 37 Pond Street, Ashland 01721, from 10:00-11:00 AM.

Any constituent who would like to speak with Senate President Spilka’s staff is encouraged to stop by. 

Appointments are encouraged by emailing Puja.Mehta@masenate.gov with their name, address, phone number and topic of conversation no later than Friday, April 5.

Senate President Spilka Announces Staff Office Hours In Ashland on April 12
Senate President Spilka Announces Staff Office Hours In Ashland on April 12

Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshop - Register Today -> Apr 3 - Apr 4

The Franklin Police Department and Franklin Public Schools’ Lifelong Community Learning will present a FREE two-night Women’s Self-Defense Workshop on April 3 & 4 at Franklin High School as part of their continuing community partnership.

Participate in this very important workshop to learn realistic self-defense strategies for women from age 16 to 65. Officer Tara Lagoa discusses risk reduction and avoidance, situational awareness, how to trust your intuition, and basic hands-on self-defense techniques. This program will include the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System.

This is a great workshop for mothers and daughters to attend together. Please dress comfortably and wear sneakers. Learn how to put power into your own hands. The workshop is FREE, but registration is required.

For more information and to register online, go to www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com, click on Lifelong Community Learning & select Special Events.



Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshop - Register Today -> Apr 3 - Apr 4
Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshop - Register Today -> Apr 3 - Apr 4

Friday, March 15, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Mar 15 to THU - Mar 21

Friday, March 15
 Book sale setup
10:00am
 Knitting Group
1:00pm
 Library Book Sale (new schedule)
7:30pm
 Seussical
Saturday, March 16
9:00am
 Book Sale
9:00am
 Library Book Sale (new schedule)
9:30am
 Family Yoga Adventure
1:00pm
 Library Bag Sale (new schedule)
7:30pm
 Seussical
Sunday, March 17
 St. Patrick's Day
2:00pm
 Seussical
Monday, March 18
10:30am
 Move Along
11:00am
 Toddler Playgroup
2:30pm
 Musical Rehearsal
3:00pm
 Monday Crafternoons
3:30pm
 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids ( Teen Room)
7:00pm
 OSKEY Rehearsal
7:00pm
 FinCom - FY 2020 Budget hearing #1 of 4
Tuesday, March 19
9:30am
 Cool Cruisers
10:30am
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
2:30pm
 Musical Rehearsal
4:30pm
 SPRING ART Snow Date
6:00pm
 MICCA All Town Showcase Concert Orchestra/Chorus SNOW DATE
6:00pm
 MICCA All Town Showcase Concert Orchestra/Chorus SNOW DATE
6:30pm
 Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens - Companion Plants
7:00pm
 FinCom - FY 2020 Budget hearing #2 of 4
Wednesday, March 20
10:30am
 Terrific Toddlers
11:00am
 Toddler Playgroup
4:00pm
 Construction Junction
5:00pm
 Book Bites
7:00pm
 OSKEY Rehearsal
7:00pm
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, March 21
9:30am
 Baby Tummy Time
10:30am
 Story & Craft
2:30pm
 Musical Rehearsal
4:00pm
 Fandom Thursdays
6:00pm
 MICCA All Town Showcase Concert - Band SNOW DATE
6:00pm
 Volunteens
6:30pm
 Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine

For the interactive version, please visit
For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar
http://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this link

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Mar 15 to THU - Mar 21
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Mar 15 to THU - Mar 21

Franklin-based "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" support group launching April 10 at the Y

Starting on April 10 the Franklin Y will host a bi-monthly meeting of a support group called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. This program is a collaboration between the Y, the SAFE Coalition, and the state Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

There is a population of grandparents who are being awarded custody of their grandchildren as their own children deal with substance abuse disorder issues. Many of them are 60 years old or younger and still working, limiting their time to access resources to guide them through raising kids again, while dealing with the continuing grief of knowing that their children's situation is at the point where the courts have taken away their parental custody.

This group will provide information, resources, and support for grandparents and kinship caregivers. It will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at the Franklin Y, 45 Forge Hill Road, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. 

The group will be facilitated by a SAFE Coalition Board of Director and trained social worker, Meredith Poulten. The Y will provide child care to grandparents who need to bring their grandchildren with them in order to make the meeting.

Please see the flyer for more information. Get a copy of the flyer here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczaVpsQUdhLWNyakVwcy1DZ3NkS2VLaGVPdWxz/view?usp=sharing




Franklin-based "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" support group launching April 10 at the Y
Franklin-based "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" support group launching April 10 at the Y


Watch "RMS Pi Day 2019" on YouTube

Remington Middle School prepared to celebrate PI Day in a grand way.

Enjoy!






2019 PI Day video  https://youtu.be/C5wAko9q9tE

2018 PI Day video   https://youtu.be/lo6WV5e09hk


FHS Softball: annual youth clinic for grades K-5 - Mar 23

CALLING ALL YOUTH SOFTBALL PLAYERS! 

FHS Softball is hosting our annual youth clinic for grades K-5 on Saturday March 23 from 9 AM - 12 PM in the FHS gym. Learn the fundamentals of fast pitch or expand your skill base with fun drills and stations led by Varsity Coach Kate Fallon, her coaching staff and current varsity players! 

See the attached flyer for registration details or click the link below for online registration and payment

online registration and payment
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xN7Wc_-4MpecpFf8L_3qWCRHZ8uxUyU19UmRjS_XBhM/edit

flyer for registration details
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczYmdlQXRtby1hM3Fra3BjVVhUNXRCeDE5dGFz/view?usp=sharing

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers - Girls Softball


Internet & Social Media Safety for Students - March 27

Lifelong Community Learning is offering a class aimed at informing middle school students about the importance of being careful when using the Internet & social media. The workshop will be conducted by community service officers from the Franklin Police Department.

Social networks involve a lot of sharing, including photos, videos, links, and personal information - and it’s not always good. Many kids and teens enjoy sharing these things with their friends, but they may actually be sharing information with more people than they realize. For example, accepting friend requests from strangers. This means their "friends" may not be people they can trust.

Internet & Social Media Safety for Students, will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Franklin High School. Participation is open to all area middle school students. The class is FREE but registration is required.

For more information and to register, go online www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com and click on Lifelong Community Learning. You can also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.


Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing diverse and enriched education and experiences for all area residents and children – a resource for all ages.

Internet & Social Media Safety for Students - March 27
Internet & Social Media Safety for Students - March 27

MBTA's Rail Vision Update -Survey open until March 29

Dear Rail Vision Subscribers,

Thanks to more than 100 participants at last week's Rail Vision Open House. Our team heard lots of comments and suggestions, explained the alternatives, and learned about your challenges and preferences. You can follow up by visiting the project website where there are fact sheets on each alternative that include a map of the service area, service features, and a summary of benefits and trade-offs. You can share additional comments by emailing us at RailVision@state.ma.us.

The Rail Vision Non-Rider Survey remains available until March 29. It can be accessed on any device by visiting www.MBTARailVisionSurvey.com. The survey takes about 20 seconds to complete and is a creative way for people who do not regularly use the rail system to let us know what is important to them. Non-rider voices and their responses will help frame alternatives we hope will inspire more drivers to leave the highway and board a train more regularly. Please share the survey link widely.

If you were not able to attend the open house, you can find the presentation on the study website, along with materials from our past Advisory Committee meetings. You can also send comments and questions via the website.

The Rail Vision Team


This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT's Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email

MASSDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting.

Title VI Notice of Nondiscrimination: MassDOT complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related federal and state statutes and regulations. It is the policy of MassDOT to ensure that no person or group of persons shall on the grounds of Title VI protected categories, including race, color, national origin, or under additional federal and state protected categories including sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, ancestry, veteran's status (including Vietnam-era veterans), or background, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity administered by MassDOT. 

To request additional information about this commitment, or to file a complaint under Title VI or a related nondiscrimination provision, please contact MassDOT's Title VI Specialist by phone at (857) 368-8580, TTY at (857) 368-8580, fax (857) 368-0602or by e-mail at MASSDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us.

If information is needed in another language, please contact the MassDOT Title VI Specialist by phone at (857) 368-8580.






MBTA's Rail Vision Update  -Survey open until March 29
MBTA's Rail Vision Update  -Survey open until March 29



Register Now: Spring Music for Young Children session at Encore Music

The Spring Music for Young Children session is open for registration now at Encore Music.

Register Now: Spring Music for Young Children session at Encore Music
Register Now: Spring Music for Young Children session at Encore Music


Register online at  http://www.encoremusicacademy.net/

Crafters wanted - 17th Annual Strawberry Stroll - June 14

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is seeking crafters for its upcoming Strawberry Stroll on Friday, June 14 at 4 PM to 8 PM (rain date June 15). This 17th Annual Strawberry Stroll is expected to be the largest ever. 

Enjoy live music, dancing, sidewalk sales, activities, delicious foods and more with thousands of people of all ages on the closed-off streets of downtown Franklin.

Crafters can register for a space at the Strawberry Stroll for $75. The registration form will be available on the Partnership’s website in mid-April, www.franklindowntownpartnership.com

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501©3 organization that supports downtown revitalization and streetscape efforts, and organizes events such as the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Beautification days.

Crafters wanted - 17th Annual Strawberry Stroll - June 14
Crafters wanted - 17th Annual Strawberry Stroll - June 14

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Charter School building updates

The BFCCPS Charter School has been one of the topics of conversation at the School Committee and Town Council meetings this week. The financial forecast for this year and next year's budget is not good and coming up with additional funding (yes, an override option was mentioned) is part of the discussion.

The Charter School was one of the topics due to the State funding formula which would re-allocate additional money from the FPS school budget as BFCCPS expands this September. 98 additional students from Franklin are reported to have won a lottery to attend the new school as it opens in Sep, unfortunately also taking funds from Franklin per the State formula.

This topic was also raised with Franklin's legislative delegates during the School Committee Legislative Forum in February. There is talk of changes to the formula but when and if that happens this year is unknown.

Stay tuned to the budget discussion. The Finance Committee budget hearings open Mar 18, Mar 19, Mar 25, and Mar 26.

From the BFCCPS web page:
"We visited the site on Friday March 1st and have lots of new photos to share. You will see lots of interior progress since our last two weeks ago. We will continue to share updates on the building every other week moving forward."
exterior view of the new facility under construction for BFCCPS  and scheduled to open in Sep 2019 (BFCCPS photo)
exterior view of the new facility under construction for BFCCPS
and scheduled to open in Sep 2019 (BFCCPS photo)
Find additional photos and updates from BFCCPS on their web page
http://bfccps.org/march-1st-expansion-update/

TOM RUSH with Matt Nakoa at OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham


OCC COFFEEHOUSE
Original Congregational Church
1 East Street, Wrentham, MA 02093
Phone: 508-384-3110

The two concerts listed below are the final ones of our 2018-2019 season. Tickets for the Tom Rush show are selling briskly, so it is likely they will sellout. Tickets for all shows are available at the church office, 508-384-3110, or at www.musicatocc.org.

TOM RUSH with Matt Nakoa
Friday, April 5, 7:30 PM

Tom is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration and journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. 
TOM RUSH with Matt Nakoa at OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham
TOM RUSH with Matt Nakoa at OCC Coffeehouse

Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences.

Matt Nakoa,Tom's keyboard player and vocalist, now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. Matt's piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney.
Tickets are $45, in the church sanctuary.

BILL & KATE ISLES
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 PM
BILL & KATE ISLES
BILL & KATE ISLES
They are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, in Fellowship Hall.

OCC Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert. Please call 508-384-8084, email occmusic99@gmail.com, or visit http://www.musicatocc.org for more information.