Saturday, October 10, 2020

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Oct 9, 2020

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the weekly email blasts. I would love to hear from folks about what you like, don't like or want to see more of! What programming would you like to join and be a part of? Do you know about the upcoming events this month? Name that Tune!!! Healthy Never Tasted So Good! Live outdoor concerts! Check out our offerings and sign up to join in the fun and win prizes!!

Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar - 

Link to Franklin Matters -

Link to the Town's webpage -


11 minute Sit and be Fit with Paul Eugene 

Chair exercises 

Chair Dance Yoga with Shelly Zac 


Top songs of 1963 

Daniel Quick blows the judges away on the X- Factor 

This young man wrote the most beautiful song 

Hallelujah - pan flute played by Wuauquikuna 

Superstition by Stevie Wonder - I dare you to not start dancing when this plays!  Thanks Donna for getting this stuck in my head! 

Just for Fun

How is a kettle pond formed?  Ranger Allen Reinhard answers this question.  We are planning a zoom event with Allen soon!  Be on the lookout in an email blast soon! 


Cute and Funny Baby Animals 


Tour Utah's "The Mighty 5 and Beyond" National Parks.  An hour and a half incredible journey through some of America's most beautiful parks. 


Jeanne Robertson - "A Flight Attendant deals with a bad potato" 

John Branyan - The weirdest name for a city you've ever heard of! 

Kindness Matters

Animals saving other animals 

Have you ever wondered about those random painted rocks you find scattered around town?  Or the kindness gardens filled with cheerfully painted rocks?  This is the story of how kindness rocks started and the woman behind the mission.  Watch the video link embedded on their site for a great, feel good story of kindness, compassion and hope.  Have you ever made a kindness rock? 

Attached you will find:

Love, virtual hugs and good health to you all!  We are still here for you!  Please feel free to email Donna and I with questions, concerns or just to check in!

Ariel & Donna

Please feel free to share this email with anyone you think might enjoy it.  If you want me to add someone to the email blast list just send me a message with their email in it. 


 October special events -call the Franklin Senior Center, visit our website or check out the October newsletter for more details about these programs! 

  • Oct. 13th - Time Out Memory Cafe

  • Oct. 14th - Senator Rausch coffee hour

  • Oct. 15th - Senior coffee hour with local and state officials

  • Oct. 19th - Medicare update with SHINE

  • Oct. 19th - Grateful Days Memory Cafe

  • Oct. 20th - LIVE IN PERSON concerts

  • Oct. 21st - Talk Franklin Matters with Steve Sherlock

  • Oct. 23rd - Name that tune game show

  • Oct. 26th - Norfolk County Sheriff presents "Scams"

  • Oct. 26th - Memory Cafe with Wayne Neon

  • Oct. 30th - Healthy Never Tasted So Good - cooking demonstration and food pick up

October daily events - contact the senior center, visit our website or the newsletter for more details about our weekly offerings. 


  • Tele Bingo - call in game

  • Book Discussion Group (Page Turners) 1st Monday of the Month


  • Chair Exercises

  • Low Vision Support Group (1st and 3rd Tuesday)

  • Audio Book Club (2nd and 4th Tuesday)

  • Quarantini Time - Social cocktail group


  • Blood Pressure and Sugar screenings

  • Zumba gold

  • Wellness consults via phone

  • Medical equipment distribution and donations

  • Fibromyalgia support group (1st wed of the month)

  • Caregivers Support Group (2nd and 4th wed)


  • Chair exercise

  • Cardio strength and balance class

  • Current events discussion group


  • TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly)

  • SUNSHINE group (supportive Day)


When searching for information about the Coronavirus, COVID-19 please use caution!  Unfortunately there are many false sites that contain viruses and malware that can threaten your computer.  Many look like real sites.  Your best bet is to go directly to the CDC, WHO or your local government page (links below).

Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Oct 9, 2020
Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Oct 9, 2020

Franklin Public Schools: Re-opening Update for Families - Oct 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

Dear Franklin Families,

Transition to Hybrid

The average daily cases of COVID-19 in Franklin have remained below 4 per 100,000 for the past three weeks and the percent positivity rate has been below 1%. Current numbers are 3.2 cases per 100,000 and a percent positivity rate of 0.96%. When taken into consideration with Norfolk County and Massachusetts data over the past several weeks, these current health metrics support us continuing forward with a transition to hybrid as follows:

10/19/2020 -- Grades 2, 3, 6
10/26/2020 -- Grades 4, 5, 7, 8 and High Needs at FHS  
11/2/2020 -- FHS

More details about the cohort assignments, schedule, and what to expect upon arrival will be shared from the schools.

Our teachers have been actively preparing to welcome students into our buildings. It will be important at this time to establish new routines, which is always important at the start of the school year, but it is even more important with the latest health and safety practices. As a result, remote instruction for those students whose cohort is not in the building will necessarily begin looking differently as we move into a hybrid environment.

At the elementary level: all students will participate in a synchronous live morning meeting and closing circle. Throughout the day, educators will engage with remote students multiple times throughout the day, and remote students will be provided with assignments and asynchronous learning opportunities as well. Compared to instruction experienced thus far, there will necessarily be less synchronous learning time as our teachers attend to in-person instruction as well as in-person health and safety practices.

We have received a few inquiries about transitioning from having chosen hybrid to Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) or from VLA to hybrid. A separate document explaining the process will be included in versions of this mailing to elementary families. Please know that there is little flexibility and shifts between the two require significant planning about staff and physical space.

At the middle and high school levels:
all students will participate in a lesson launch with their teacher. Educators will employ different strategies to engage students, both in person and remote learners, which may be synchronous or asynchronous. In the early weeks, our teachers will be working hard to establish new building routines, especially the new health and safety practices and there may be additional asynchronous instruction happening for those who are remote.

At all levels and both in person and remote, we ask for your understanding and patience as we begin a very novel way of teaching and learning. Everyone is working very hard and learning new strategies. We also wish to emphasize the need for adaptability. We know that we are in a changing environment and health data could result in partial or full closures, as we have seen in other districts. Flexibility will be important and we ask families to be sure to have a back up plan.

We also know that there may be nervousness about transitioning to the hybrid model. We will emphasize our health and safety practices with students (physical distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing).

Travel to a Non-Lower Risk State
Students who are returning to Massachusetts from a non-lower risk state will have to quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to school. Students will continue to receive instruction at home.

DESE Letter to Families of Students with Disabilities
The Department of Elementary and Secondary education recently released this letter for families of students with disabilities, which we are sharing with you: 

Food Services Update 
The food pick up at the Parmenter Elementary School is being closed due to a lower level of participation. Pick up of breakfast and lunch will now all be done at the rear of Franklin High School, by the cafeteria’s entrance from 3:00 -- 4:00 PM. All meals are free until December 31, 2020

No School Reminder - No School on Monday, October 12, 2020

Have a wonderful weekend, Franklin Public Schools

Please e-mail with questions.


South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review

South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review

South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review
South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review

Daily News Sports: "Franklin field hockey’s family matters: Hess and Carney clans well represented for Panthers"

Via Daily News Sports (@MetroWestSports) we share this article:
"It is a family affair these days within the Franklin field hockey program.

After six-plus months of quarantine with their mothers, Franklin senior Neilee Hess and senior Sara Carney along with her sister, sophomore Kaitlyn Carney, have kept the family time going, even while returning to the field.

Neilee’s mom, Michelle, is the Panthers’ head coach while the Carney sisters’ mom, Kim, is Michelle’s assistant and the JV head coach.

On Thursday, the Carney sisters had quite a day against Milford in a 13-0 rout. Kaitlyn had four goals while Sara added three assists. Hess had a shutout in goal with minimal work, and senior Amanda Lewandowski added four goals as well."
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Daily News Sports: "Franklin field hockey’s family matters: Hess and Carney clans well represented for Panthers"
Daily News Sports: "Franklin field hockey’s family matters: Hess and Carney clans well represented for Panthers" (Daily News and Wicked Local photo/Dan Holmes)

In the News: decline in cigarette tax stamp sales may exceed forecast

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Cigarette sales in Massachusetts were down by 24% in August, according to convenience store owners, and the state has seen a nearly $32 million drop in tobacco excise taxes in the three months since its first-in-the-nation ban on menthol cigarettes took effect.

The decline in cigarette tax stamp sales would put Massachusetts on pace to exceed the $93 million in foregone revenue projected by the Department of Revenue last year from the menthol and mint cigarette ban.

The New England Convenience Store and Energy Marketers Association said the ban has pushed sales to neighboring states, including New Hampshire and Rhode Island where overall cigarette sales were up 65% and 17% in August, respectively. New Hampshire saw a 91% spike in menthol cigarette sales alone in August, and Rhode Island’s coffers benefited from 40% bump in menthol sales.

The ban on menthol cigarettes in Massachusetts took effect on June 1, and while public officials were willing to give up some revenue for the public health benefits of banning all types of flavored tobacco, convenience stores say residents are simply bringing the products back from other states."


Town of Franklin, MA: October Senior Coffee Hour - Oct 15

The October Senior Coffee with Franklin Officials is scheduled for next Thursday, October 15 at 8:30 AM. 
Find the meeting link - Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 5465 3026
Passcode: 703738
Shared from Twitter:

Town of Franklin, MA: October Senior Coffee Hour - Oct 15
Town of Franklin, MA: October Senior Coffee Hour - Oct 15

Commonwealth Magazine: "Pandemic hasn’t erased the opioid epidemic"

From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"HE HAD JUST LOST his father to COVID-19. His dad had succumbed to this relentless disease while living in a long-term care facility. He was just beginning to cope with that loss.

Then, it got worse.

Two weeks later, he lost his son. His son died after a long-term battle with opioid addiction, stolen by an epidemic that has been raging since well before the pandemic – and still rages today.

What made these losses even more traumatic? Unable to hold a funeral or have any real way to join together with loved ones, he couldn’t say good-bye to either. The pandemic had taken that from him as well.

This is the tragic story of one family in Massachusetts. The pandemic has impacted so many more. And for those struggling with addiction, or who have a loved one who is, it’s brought a whole new set of challenges and hardship."

Continue reading the article online
SAFE Coalition provides a good deal of assistance in this arena. "Get Help Now! For Help Call the SAFE Support Hotline: 508-488-8105"
For additional info visit 
Get Help Now! For Help Call the SAFE Support Hotline: 508-488-8105
Get Help Now! For Help Call the SAFE Support Hotline: 508-488-8105

“Some people are afraid of opossums based on their looks"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

Some are fearful of their beady eyes and sharp claws, but any danger opossums pose is usually outweighed by a human’s reaction to them, says Franklin wildlife rehabilitator Stacey Cobb.

On Sept. 14, she met “Hope,” a juvenile opossum who was shot repeatedly with a pellet gun, she said.

“He was in rough shape,” said Cobb, of Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation, when she met the injured marsupial at about 5 that morning. A North Attleborough woman and her niece, who Cobb noted were both “pretty badly beaten up” themselves, brought the animal over after he was shot by a neighbor a few hours earlier.

“It was bad,” said Cobb. “He was shot in the eye, and the bullet had gone into his eye and was trying to come out his cheek/jaw area.” He was also shot in the abdomen, she added.

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"Nature's Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation is a registered 501c3 in Franklin, Massachusetts. We nurse sick, orphaned and injured wildlife back to health and back into their natural environment within the state of Massachusetts."

Visit their webpage

Or their Facebook page


“In general, cyberattacks have increased since the COVID-19 crisis came into affect"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Town officials announced Thursday night that the town was victimized by a “spear phishing” attack that resulted in $522,000 being “misdirected to a third party.”

The attack did not affect the town’s general fund, but rather a non-general fund account, said Town Administrator Jamie Hellen.

“I have been reassured that Franklin’s electronic data is secure,” Hellen said in a press release. “There is currently no evidence of a breach of our systems. All personal information, accounts and town software systems have been found not to be compromised. The incident was not a ransomware attack.”

Spear phishing involves sending emails, posing as trusted sender, with the goal to infect a specific target’s devices with malware or to steal information and/or money. Comparatively, phishing is less targeted toward specific victims and is more random, casting a wider net than spear phishing attacks."

In case you missed the original announcement of the phishing attack:

On Friday, Oct 9, Jamie and I recorded our "Talk Franklin" episode and discussed this incident in more detail. You'll be able to hear that shortly.



"Both the fluctuating pattern and the scale of the changes are unusual"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"The number of Massachusetts workers counted as unemployed dropped by more than 250,000 over the past two months, a decline of more than a third that helped the state escape from a short streak of owning the worst jobless rate in the country.

About 114,000 more workers became employed in that span, too, a sign of continued steps toward recovery following the pandemic-related recession’s low point in the spring.

But the improving jobs numbers and unemployment rate likely mask deeper, more lasting damage at both the state and federal level: many people are dropping out of the workforce altogether, hinting that some — particularly women, who disproportionately fill caretaker roles — have given up attempts to find employment amid slow hiring and uncertainty about the COVID-19 health outlook.

“It’s a significant problem,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President and CEO Eric Rosengren said in a speech on Thursday. “The longer the pandemic goes on, the more you’re going to see people leaving the labor force, not only because they can’t find a job, but because they have to care for either elderly parents, people that are sick because of the pandemic, or children that are not able to go to school because schools have been closed and there is not availability of daycare.”

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New sessions begin October 14th OR many courses also have a self-paced option that you can start anytime.
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