Saturday, August 3, 2019

Offer to candidates for the Franklin Election Nov 5, 2019

To the registered voters and potential candidates for Franklin's biennial election scheduled for November 5, 2019: 

I extend an offer to conduct and post an interview with you here on Franklin Matters and on the corresponding Facebook page. The interview can be either text or audio.

You are running for a position to conduct business on behalf of Franklin. 

Together, we can share your views, your objectives, and help to spread the word to create an informed voter.

Send me an email (shersteve at gmail dot com) and we can arrange a mutually convenient time before Election Day (to be conducted no later than October 19, 2019). 

This is my public service effort conducted solely to enable informed voters here in Franklin.

For reference you can dig into the archive of interviews for the prior Franklin elections covered here

The election collection for 2019 can be found here

Offer to candidates for the Franklin Election Nov 5, 2019
Offer to candidates for the Franklin Election Nov 5, 2019

FTC Consumer Alerts: Summer Film Series - Avoiding student loan debt

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Megan Gordon, Intern, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

Today's Summer Film Series feature is about something many recent graduates might be trying to put out of their minds this summer: student loans.

Read more 


This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

"the burden of trying to get this done for two of our busiest days of the week outweighed any possible benefit"

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

"When shoppers hit the malls and Main Streets later this month during the state’s tax-free weekend, their lunch or dinner will continue to be taxed at 6.25 percent or higher after the Legislature Wednesday voted to exclude meals from the sales tax holiday.

The change was made at the request of Gov. Charlie Baker and restaurant owners who were concerned about their ability to implement a two-day tax holiday, and whether the cost of trying would outweigh any benefit.

Bob Luz, the president the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said restaurants don’t have the capability when applying taxes to a check to separate food from alcohol.

“I think at the end of the day when everybody realized what had happened, the governor quite honestly had one of two options, either include alcohol or don’t,” Luz said."

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 2 to THU - Aug 8

Friday, August 2
 SUMMER Family Yoga (outside if permitting)
 Knitting Group
 Farmers Market
 SUMMER PROGRAM: Farmer's Market Fun!
 FPAC performs "Hamlet"
Saturday, August 3
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Baby Sensory!
 TEEN SUMMER Amazing Race!
 FPAC performs "Hamlet"
Sunday, August 4
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, August 5
 Move Along
 SUMMER MOVE ALONG (outside if permitting, otherwise in Community Room)
 Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting
Tuesday, August 6
 Cool Cruisers
 TEEN SUMMER Page to Screen Showdown: THUG
 Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group
Wednesday, August 7
 SUMMER Family Chess and More!
 SUMMER Crafternoon!
 Concerts on the Common: Kids Show TBD
 Concerts on the Common: DJ Mike Rutkowski
 Franklin Art Assoc - Monthly Meeting
Thursday, August 8

 Baby Tummy Time
 TEEN SUMMER Board Game Cafe!
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 SUMMER Thursday Movie Night

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 2 to THU - Aug 8
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 2 to THU - Aug 8

Franklin Public Schools: Important Message for all Schools - Five Minutes Added

August 1, 2019

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We are writing to inform you that an additional five (5) minutes will be added to the students' school day for Franklin Public Schools (grades K-12) for the 2019-2020 school year.

These five minutes will be added to the end of the students' school day and will be as follows:
  • Franklin High School dismissal time: 2:10 PM
  • Annie Sullivan Middle School dismissal time: 1:55 PM
  • Horace Mann Middle School dismissal time: 2:00 PM
  • Remington Middle School dismissal time: 1:55 PM
  • Elementary School dismissal time: 2:45 PM

On half-days, the dismissal schedule will be:
  • Franklin High School dismissal time: 10:55 AM
  • Annie Sullivan Middle School dismissal time: 10:45 AM
  • Horace Mann Middle School dismissal time: 10:50 AM
  • Remington Middle School dismissal time: 10:45 AM
  • Elementary School dismissal time: 11:45 AM

ECDC (PreK) hours will remain the same as the 2018-2019 school year.

More details will be forthcoming from building administrators as the school year approaches.

For your information and planning, this letter is also being shared with common after school providers within the Franklin community including the YMCA, Adirondack Club, FSPA, Elementree House, and FPS Solutions.

If you have any questions, please contact your school building administrators.


Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Public Schools: Important Message for all Schools - Five Minutes Added
Franklin Public Schools: Important Message for all Schools - Five Minutes Added

Invitation to attend Climate Crisis Forum - Oct 17


It's not too late, but we're not talking the distant future. We're talking right now.

The question of how bad things will be due to the Climate Crisis, the amount of suffering that will occur, the amount of destruction, loss of property, human and animal lives, is a function of what humans do. The actions we take.

Learn what you can do.

It's a Climate Crisis, an emergency and "Franklin 2050: The Climate Crisis" is taking place October 17, 2019 in Franklin, MA.

Hear from notables in the field on the front lines of climate action science, environmental and legislative activism. Discover why its an emergency. Learn the causes and effects and solutions at hand - at the local and state level - to reduce the dangers of the climate crisis for yourself, your family and your children. Right here in Norfolk County.

  • Carolyn Barthel, Coordinator, 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, Franklin node
  • Marjorie Decker, State Representative, 25th Middlesex District
  • Ted McIntyre PhD, Board Member, Massachusetts Climate Action Network

A free educational community wide forum will be held at Elks Lodge, 1077 Pond Street, Franklin, MA, October 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Registration encouraged. Space is limited.

Go to:

Many thanks,

Richard Halpern
Franklin Democratic Town Committee

Franklin, MA 

Invitation to attend Climate Crisis Forum - Oct 17
Invitation to attend Climate Crisis Forum - Oct 17

Dancing on Dean: The Driftwoods - Aug 16

On Friday, August 16, we’re celebrating the Beach Boys with a free, summer, block party event from 6 PM - 9 PM in downtown Franklin, MA! 

Enjoy live performances from The Driftwoods, the #1 Beach Boys cover band! 

There will be free drinks, food, and fun! Be sure to bring the family. We can't wait to see you there!

The Driftwoods (Facebook photo)
The Driftwoods (Facebook photo)

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"would require hands-free use of all mobile devices while driving"

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

"House and Senate Democrats failed to reach a compromise on long-discussed distracted driving legislation after a marathon session Wednesday, abandoning the issue about four hours after Senate President Karen Spilka said a resolution appeared imminent.

Both branches held sessions open from Wednesday afternoon until after midnight Thursday in what was expected to be the last day before a traditional August recess.

With a six-member conference committee privately negotiating the mobile device ban, Spilka told the News Service around 7:45 p.m. that there was an “agreement in principle” and that she expected the matter “should be done tonight.”

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 14

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Municipal Building
355 East Central Street, 3rd Floor Training Room
Franklin, MA

August 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Announcements: This meeting may be recorded by audio or video.

1.Plastic Bag Ban Proposal
2.Potential project at the former Keigan’s dealership - East Central Street

The agenda can be found at the Town of Franklin page

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 14
Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 14

George Monbiot at TED: "The new political story that could change everything"

"To get out of the mess we're in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future."

In the News: Police warn on scams; Crown Vic - classic police vehicle

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

"Since January, more than $800,000 has been stolen from Franklin corporations and residents due to fraud, according to police Sgt. Brian Johnson. 
“Once that money is gone, there’s no hope of recovering it,” he said. 
Local police departments, including Franklin and Medway, are urging residents to educate themselves on scams and how to spot them. 
“It happens a lot,” said Johnson, adding that police receive reports of scams a couple times a month. Of the $800,003 stolen this year, Johnson said about $700,000 of that was taken from a local corporation through wire fraud."

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"Natick police received the last Crown Vic outfitted by MHQ in May 2013. The company put a decal designating it as the “Final Edition Crown Victoria.” Many MHQ employees signed the inside of the trunk to mark the occasion. 
Of the four Crown Vics left in Franklin’s 28-vehicle fleet, three are used by detectives and one is used by officers to go to court assignments or training events, according to Police Chief Thomas J. Lynch. 
“These vehicles do not accrue mileage as fast as regularly deployed Patrol Division vehicles,” he wrote in an email to the Daily News. “As the four remaining CVPIs accrue mileage, years of service and eventually meet our vehicle replacement policy, they will be replaced with Ford Police Interceptor utilities or sedans.”

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In the News: Gov Baker approves FY 2020 budget; MA schools ranked #1 - again

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

"Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday accomplished something House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who joined the Legislature in 1991, said he does not remember seeing happen before: signing the annual state budget without issuing a single spending veto. 
Placing the bottom line at $43.3 billion, Baker signed the annual budget just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, nearly a full month after the start of fiscal 2020 on July 1. 
The Republican governor also went along with the Democrat-controlled Legislature’s tweaks to a drug pricing control measure he proposed in January, and its $5.2 billion in Chapter 70 aid to local schools, nearly $70 million more than he recommended in the budget proposal he filed in January along with a series of school funding reforms. 
Responding to reporter questions after signing the bill in his office, Baker revealed that he did not slash any spending because “this budget’s balanced.”

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"For the second year in a row, Massachusetts schools are tops in the nation. 
At least that was the result of a recently-released study from the personal finance website WalletHub. 
The state’s schools were the highest ranked in both math and reading test scores, as well as the lowest percentage of threatened and injured high school students. The state ranked in the top five in several other categories. 
“Almost 8 percent of Massachusetts’ schools are among the top 700 nationwide, and its students have some of the highest math, reading and ACT scores,” Diana Polk, WalletHub communications manager, said in an email to Wicked Local. “In addition, a third of high school students in the class of 2018 scored at least ‘3’ on advanced placement exams, the largest percentage in the country. These all speak to the quality of the state’s public school system, which is maintained from year to year.”

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Find the full study online

For the second year in a row, Massachusetts schools are tops in the nation
For the second year in a row, Massachusetts schools are tops in the nation

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

FPAC performs "Hamlet" on the Town Common - Aug 2 and 3

"Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) a production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 8 PM. The production will be staged outside on Franklin Town Common. Performances are free of charge, with donations to FPAC gratefully accepted. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

One of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, the play is set in Denmark where the ghost of the King of Denmark tells his son Hamlet to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet's uncle. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge. His uncle, fearing for his life, also devises plots to kill Hamlet. FPAC presents a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale, featuring puppetry by Nick Paone."

FPAC performs "Hamlet" on the Town Common - Aug 2 and 3
FPAC performs "Hamlet" on the Town Common - Aug 2 and 3
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Franklin Public Library August 2019 News & Events

Franklin Public Library August 2019 News & Events

August 2019 News & Events
Library Hours
The Library's summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day.

Author Talk & Book Signing with Debi Graham-Leard, Tuesday, August 13, 7:00 PM
Ever Wonder How a Mystery is Written?
Join New England author Debi Graham-Leard to hear about her writing journey as she wrote her debut mystery 'The Uninvited Guest'. Hear the tale starting with the initial idea through research, from writers groups to publication, plus amusing anecdotes along the way. She'll include the challenges of creating the 2nd story in the Gwen Andrews series, 'Where There's Smoke, There's Trouble'. Her 45-minute talk will end with a question and answer period plus a short reading. Autographed copies of both books will be available.

Documentary Film Series, Tuesdays, August 13, 20, 27, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of documentary films right in Franklin! Refreshments will be served. All of these films (and more!) can also be enjoyed on either or the Kanopy app with your library card!
August 13. Meru, 2015, English. Three renowned climbers navigate nature's harshest elements and their own complicated inner demons to ascend Mount Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas.
August 20. Plastic Planet, 2010, English & German. We live in the Age of Plastic. It's cheap, it's practical, and it's everywhere - from the highest mountains to the hottest deserts, from the North Pole to the South Pole. It's even part of us - inside our blood. Should we be worried?
August 27. I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America, 2016. English. An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

Wednesdays, August 14 & 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Zentangle 101, Wednesday, August 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the "Elemental Strokes" in all Zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.
Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. You don't need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the steps. The result is a delightful surprise.
Zentangle 102, Wednesday, August 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In Zentangle 102 we will continue to create beautiful images building on what we have learned in our previous Zentangle class. As we learn new tangles, we will put them together in creative ways to either create our own mosaic consisting of multiple tiles put together to make a whole or work on a larger surface. We will also discuss enjoyable ways to continue practicing our Zentangle journey on our own.

Canning, Freezing, & Dehydrating with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens,Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Got way too much production from your garden this year?  No problem!  We'll show you the easiest and best ways to preserve it!

Franklin Public Library Book Club, August 27, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. 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 .

Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting, First Monday of the Month, August 5, 7:00 p.m.
Curious about how you can help the Library? Join our group of Friends who are dedicated to making the Franklin Public library an even better place! For more information, please contact the Friends at .

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, August 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, August 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Programs for Children and Teens
Move Along. 10:30 a.m.  For ages 0 – 5 years
This thirty minute program features music, movement, stories, instruments, and other interactive activities to encourage social skills and promote early literacy! Parents and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to participate. No registration is required.

Toddler Playgroup. 11:00 a.m.
Take a break and enjoy some playtime at this informal morning playgroup. The library will provide toys, music, and books for children who are accompanied by an adult. Connect with other parents and let little ones interact with one another. No registration is required.

Picnic Storytime. 1:00 p.m.
Join us on Monday afternoons for a special picnic storytime in our lovely outdoor space near the Children's Room! You bring a picnic lunch and blankets, we'll supply the stories and fun! In the event of rain, we'll have our picnic storytime inside!

Cool Cruisers: a Playgroup for crawlers and early walkers! 9:30 a.m.
Babies who have graduated from tummy time and are scooting all over the place are welcome to this playgroup just for them! We recognize that fun age of exploring is very different from their first few months, so join us for a special playgroup just for this exciting time!

Crafternoon! 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Starting June 26th, drop in every Wednesday between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. to enjoy a craft. Each week will feature a different craft!

Baby Tummy Time! 9:30 a.m. (For pre-walkers ages 0-18 months)
Babies and caregivers: join us each Thursday morning for Tummy Time! Nurture your baby's development with gentle music, movement, and sensory play at the library! Please bring a small blanket or towel for your baby's comfort!

StoryXplorers. 10:30 a.m. For ages 3 and up.
Join us for 30 minutes of themed stories, songs, and movement followed by 30 minutes of craft and sensory play. For children ages 3 and up that can attend on their own. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to watch from the adjoining room.

Thursday Movie Night! 5:00 p.m.
Join us in your jammies for popcorn and a movie!

Special Programs

Family Yoga! Fridays, August 2nd and 16th, 9:30 a.m.
Put on some comfy clothes, grab the whole family and your yoga mats and join us in the program room for our Family Yoga Adventure! We'll follow along with a fabulous story, doing different moves to keep the story going!

Baby Sensory! Saturday, August 3rd, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a 45 minute baby sensory program! Watch your little one interact and engage with a variety of sensory items! Sensory play is a fantastic way to help babies explore their worlds, stimulate the senses, and create little inquisitive explorers! Babies under 2 are welcome and encouraged! (Got older siblings? They can bring along a stuffed toy or baby and play along!)

ImagArena! Monday, August 5th, 1:00 p.m.
Engage in energetic building challenges featuring over a dozen building materials! At the end of the workshop, your creations are posted online to share with family and friends!

Spa Science! Tuesday, August 6th, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Family Chess and More! Wednesday, August 7th, 10:30 a.m.
Step away from the screens and in from the heat. With a wide array of games, from Chess and Checkers to Candy Land and Beat the Parents, it's sure to be fun for everyone!

Happy Feet! Fridays, August 9th and 23rd, 10:30 a.m.
Let's play some music and get those little toes moving! Join us for an introductory class into creative movement using very basic ballet moves. We will have fun learning to move to the music while building coordination and confidence. Laughter and giggles are definitely expected!

Greg and Axel Magic Show! Saturday, August 10th, 10:30 a.m.
The Greg & Axel show is a totally unique entertainment experience that provides magic, comedy, audience participation and one hilarious dog. You will fall in love with Axel as he helps Greg the Magician amaze the audience…he might even cause a little bit of trouble!

Journey to the Moon Puppet Show! Wednesday, August 14th, 10:30 a.m.
Join Astronaut Alta as she blasts off to adventure! Caravan's fact-filled outer space fantasy includes rocket travel, lunar exploration, and even…extra-terrestrial contact! "Journey to the Moon!" is an engaging tale with original (dance-able!) music, loads of interaction, and some of the wildest puppets!

BYO(Baby)! Saturday, August 17th, 10:30 a.m.
Calling all dads! Bring your kiddo along for a fun, casual Saturday morning of playing, exploring, and meeting other dads!

Water Science! Tuesday, August 20th, 1:00 p.m.

Activated Story Theatre! Wednesday, August 21st, 10:30 a.m.
See two folktales acted out on stage with sets, costumes, props, music, and masks! You and your friends are invited to the free show in celebration of the summer!

Sing With Your Baby! Saturday, August 24th, 10:30 a.m.
Join the wonderful Julie Stepanek for a morning of music and engagement with your little one!

Summer Wrap Up Party! Saturday, August 24th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Teen Programs

Teen Board Game Cafe! Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Teen Board Game Café! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Come alone or bring your friends. Play a new game or an old-time favorite. Bring our own games or play one of ours. The options are endless! Light refreshments, befitting a true café, will be served.

Amazing Race: Library Edition! Saturday, August 3rd 1:00 p.m.
A worldly event for teens! Work in teams to navigate Detours and Road Blocks as you "travel" around the world. The goal? Be the first team to successfully complete all the challenges!

Page-Screen Showdown! Tuesday, August 6th, 1:00 p.m.
Help decide once and for all if the book or the movie was better! Join us for screenings of YA book adaptations, complete with themes snacks, crafts, and trivia!

Blanket Fort Night! Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Teens ages 12-18! Join us for an evening of fort making and snacks! Space is limited: email ckeating to reserve your spot today!

So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? Monday, August 12th, 4:00 p.m.
An intro workshop to being a Dungeon Master for Dungeons and Dragons. Meet fellow D&D enthusiasts, learn new tips and tricks for your campaign, deep dive into the rules, and explore the resources around you!

Code It Wrap Party! Tuesday, August 13th, 4:00 p.m.
As we bring summer to a close let's party over all the code we know! Work on a project, grab a snack, and Let's figure out what we want to do next!

Teen Advisory Board! Wednesday, August 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Join us each month for Teen Advisory Board! The Teen Advisory Board is a GREAT opportunity to get involved here at the library! You'll help plan events and programs, create displays and decorate the teen space, and help drive decisions around the kinds of materials we bring to the YA collection, from books and beyond, all while eating snacks and getting volunteer hours! It's a win-win-win!

Silent Library Challenge! Saturday, August 17th, 1:00 p.m.
Calling all teens! Can you stay silent while completing challenges geared towards getting you to make noise? The name of this game is Silent Library, and in order to win, you must work together without making a sound!

Writer's Block Wrap Party! Monday, August 19th, 4:00 p.m.
Calling all writers! We did story prompts, shared tips & techniques, and got published. Let's Celebrate our successes over snacks and story games!

Teen Summer Wrap-Up Chipotle Party! Wednesday, August 21st, 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of summer reading with Chipotle and raffle prizes! Teens who have completed summer reading are welcome to join us for a celebration of all the books you've read this summer!

Avengers Nerf Battle! Wednesday, August 21st, 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Public Library August 2019 News & Events
Franklin Public Library August 2019 News & Events

“We have to bring it all back online and test it”

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

"While repairs have begun at the town’s main water treatment plant in the aftermath of a tank fire earlier this month, it is not known when work will be completed - nor, consequently, how much longer the town will remain on a full water ban. 
DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi on Monday said the repair project, which is looking to come in under $100,000, requires a number of specialty parts that need to be special ordered. 
“The tank is currently being repaired and lined and we are sourcing replacements for the many pieces of equipment that are attached to the tank,” he indicated in an update on the work posted Monday afternoon to the DPW’s Facebook page. “All this specialized work takes time to complete. Additionally, the many repair/replacement parts that are needed are very specialized and cannot just be bought off the shelf at any hardware store.” 
Once parts are put into place, DPW workers will need to undertake thorough testing before Cantoreggi will be ready to call off the full water ban that has been in place since July 7, he said."
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The Facebook post referenced in the article

“We have to bring it all back online and test it”
“We have to bring it all back online and test it”

In the News: Franklin election season starts Aug 1; RMV had a broken process

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

"While most towns in the area have put their election seasons behind them, Franklin is just getting the ball rolling with the approach of its biennial election this fall. 
Town Clerk Teresa Burr said she expects to see a lot of activity right off the bat as she begins distributing nomination papers. Papers will be available starting Thursday for anyone considering a run for any of the town’s upcoming open positions. 
The election is set for Nov. 5. 
Burr, who is among those whose position is up for election, said she plans to be the first to pull papers this year. And she expects others to start collecting papers throughout the day Thursday, “just hearing from word of mouth.”

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"Officials within the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles grappled for years without success to clear chronic backlogs in the processing of notifications sent by other states of infractions by Massachusetts drivers, according to testimony on Tuesday at an oversight hearing prompted by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. 
Members of the Legislature’s transportation committee sought to learn why information that Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had been arrested for drunken driving in Connecticut weeks before the June 21 crash — which could have triggered a suspension of his commercial driver’s license — was not acted upon by the Massachusetts agency. 
Registry officials acknowledge that tens of thousands of such out-of-state notices have gone unprocessed for years, instead left to pile up in boxes stored in a state office."

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