Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Franklin Residents: September 2020 E-Newsletter

The Town of Franklin Coronavirus Information Portal is available on our homepage and is updated frequently to provide our residents and business owners with the latest information and resources. Find Franklin specific data under the "Town of Franklin News" tab.

  • The State Primary is TODAY, September 1st! Polls are open until 8 pm at FHS.
  • The State Election will be held on November 3rd. Vote by Mail and early voting will be available in addition to in-person voting.
  • We will be holding a special town election on December 5th to fill a vacant seat on the Town Council. Please find all pertinent dates, including the deadlines and hours by clicking below.

Franklin Public Schools will open on Wednesday, September 16 for the 20-21 School year. In order to keep our families, staff and the community informed, we have published a Reopening Website. New information will be added as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates. Thank you!
The Franklin Senior Center is keeping very busy and holding many events, including celebrating the retirement of long-time director Karen Alves! (socially-distanced of course!) Congratulations Karen!

The Curbside Cafe is providing freshly prepared meals, distributed daily at the Senior Center for elders 60 and older.Click to find out how to order!
Green Communities Competitive Grant Award
The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $30,000 grant towards the purchase of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division. $15,000 is earmarked for the purchase of vehicles and $15,000 is earmarked for the purchase of Electric vehicle charging stations, which will be installed at the Municipal Building and Franklin Public Library.
We're making changes to our curbside pickup so that you can pick up your items comfortably in all kinds of weather! Curbside pickup is now in the vestibule of our new entrance at the top of the ramp! You'll be able to grab your items from this spot going forward! As a reminder, pickup is from 10AM-4:30PM Monday through Saturday!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Franklin Public Library will not be resuming Sunday hours in September.
In observance of Labor Day, Curbside Pickup will not be available Monday, September 7th.

No donations are being accepted at this time. Please do not place them in the return bins or outside the building.
Stay updated about all the FABULOUS programs happening at our library! Visit their website to find out more about the offerings for all ages!
On Monday August 3, the Department hosted a COVID-19 response meeting for the Town which included the Town Administrator, Department Heads, school officials and representatives from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The post analysis critique allowed all departments to discuss lessons learned, identify gaps and make any adjustments to allow us all to be better prepared in the future.

On Thursday August 20, the "Start 'Em Early Foundation" donated two "sensory sacks" to the Franklin Fire Department that contain items meant to calm a nervous person or patient with autism who may be overwhelmed by an emergency situation or the noise and bright lights from first responders' vehicles. They will be assigned to both our ambulances. We are grateful for this generous donation!

On Tuesday August 25, the Department received notification of a grant award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The Office of Grants and Research received our application in July and we were awarded $48,724.96 to purchase Mobile Data Terminals (MDT's) for all our emergency response vehicles. The purchase of this technology will greatly enhance our capabilities with the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC).

Veterans Memorial Walkway Update
The next installation of engraved bricks on the Veterans Memorial Walkway is scheduled for November. The cut-off date for ordering bricks for this installation is September 14, 2020. Engraved bricks dedicated to current U.S. service members and veterans are $100 each. Brick order forms are available at: Thank you to all brick purchasers for your support of this project!

September VIRTUAL Coffee Social
Our monthly Veterans Coffee Social will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. For log-in information, go to the Veterans Services web page via the button link below and go to News and Announcements.

If any veteran, veteran's spouse, widow or dependent needs assistance or just someone to talk to, please call the Veterans Services Office at: (508) 613-1315. We are here for you!
NEXAMP Shared Solar Information

Did you miss the online Community Solar presentation from Nexamp?
You can find a recording of the presentation on our YouTube page or by clicking the video
Do you need a Recycling
Center sticker?
Visit our website to prepay all recycling fees and find information on which items are accepted. Payments are only accepted online.
Our Department Spotlight series is an ongoing project to update the community on the current processes and future plans of our many departments. Find the links on our website by clicking above.
Subscribe to our Town podcast and listen to weekly episodes detailing news and updates about our town.
Town Meetings are scheduled and are currently being conducted remotely. The links to participate can be found on our website calendar. Meetings are also available via live stream.
Town of Franklin
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
(508) 520-4949

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