Thursday, December 2, 2021

Town of Franklin - E-Newsletter for December 2021

December 2021 Edition
On Friday, November 26, 2021, the Franklin Board of Assessors received Final Certification of its FY 2022 Real & Personal Property Revaluation by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MA DOR). The Full & Fair Cash Valuations resulting from this program are being used to establish the FY 2022 Tax Rate and resulting taxes, after the first 2 quarters preliminary bill credits, for the final 3rd (January) & 4th (April) quarterly bills.

New Growth Revenue was also approved on November 26, 2021. This is the revenue resulting from the value of additions to both the real and personal property tax base, which has been added to the Tax Levy for FY 2022.

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:10 PM, the Board of Assessors will present data relevant to the the FY 2022 Tax Rate to the Town Council, which following the Tax Classification Hearing, will vote the required tax rate questions
With over 35+ participating businesses in town, shopping and dining small are made easy with a Think Franklin First gift card.
You can purchase a card with cash in person at Dean Bank or online where you can have your card shipped or emailed to yourself or the recipient of the gift card.

Want to support small businesses but don't know where to start? Visit one of our town sponsored Franklin Pop Shops before the program concludes on Dec. 31st!
Bookstore Escape into Fiction offers variety of bookmarks, totes, stickers, puzzles. coloring books, and of course a diverse catalogue of literature. They'll even special order a title for you.

Coffee company Doglio Coffee offers high quality organic and ethically sourced coffee. Drop by and build your own holiday gift box with various brews, tumblers and chocolate!

Both Escape into Fiction and Doglio are located at 70 East Central St. While you're in the area, be sure to visit our other pop up shop Greco Design Co., located on 2A Main St.

Specializing in home decor, Greco Design Co. offers hand painted wood signs, frames, wall hangings, artwork and prints, watercolor calendars and so much more. Looking for something specific? Take advantage of their custom order services! Join them Dec. 9th from 5-8pm for their special Sip + Shop event.

Deputy Chief Mill & Lieutenant Manocchio Retire
The Franklin Police Department said goodbye and congratulations Deputy Chief James Mill and Lieutenant Mark Manocchio who retired last month. DC Mill concluded a 27+ year career with the FPD. DC Mill started his career in 1994 and worked several years in the patrol division before being promoted to Sergeant in 1999. In 2000 he was made a Detective Sergeant and led the Criminal Investigations Unit for 16 years. In 2016 he was promoted to Deputy Chief.

Historic Shift for Franklin's Women in Uniform
On Sunday November 21, 2021, for the first time in the history of the Franklin Police
Department, the number of female officers on shift outnumbered the male officers.
Pictured are Officers McVicar, Rosa, Canavan, and Ayer.

Connect with FPD
Facebook & Instagram: @franklinmapolice
Twitter: @franklinpolice
Franklin Public Library
Library Event Highlights
Dec.11th - Pancakes and Pajamas
Keep your jammies on and join us at 10:30am for a cozy pancake breakfast, hot cocoa, and a special holiday surprise! What better way to celebrate the warmth of the
season than in the coziest way we can think of!
Dec. 14th - We Did It for You
Women's journey through history is a story on how Women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there! Join us at 7pm via zoom. Sponsored by the Mass Cultural Council
Dec. 17th - The Storytellers Guild
A club for writers! Each month we meet to grow as storytellers, through prompts, discussion, and sharing our creativity! Ideal for grades 3 and up. Join us at 4pm!
Dec. 30th - Noon Years Eve Party
Let's send off 2021 in style! Join us at 11am for an end of the year bash as we ring in 2022 early! We'll have snacks, games, and a super new year's celebration!

Library Hours
The Franklin Public Library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 25th for Christmas Day. The Library will close early at 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday, 9am. to 5pm, and Sunday 1:30-5pm.
The Franklin Public Schools Substance Abuse Task Force teamed up with the SAFE Coalition to host the Critical Conversations Panel. The panel featured 7 speakers with various perspectives representing education, health care, law enforcement, parent/guardians, and people with lived experience. The conversation focused on identifying and addressing mental health and substance use among families and within our community.
Stormwater Division
The Town of Franklin is excited to introduce you to WaterSmart Program!

It's a part of our commitment to provide you with the best tools to better manage your water use and your bill. This tool will allow us to notify you of unusual usage or rebate opportunities - saving you money, one drop at a time! Get started today by logging on to the WaterSmart Web Portal. To register for this free service, just enter your billing account number and email address. You can then access all of your utility data as soon as it becomes available each billing period. See how your water use compares to similar sized homes in your neighborhood, and get access to customized recommendations on how you can save water and money.
Second Sunday Speaker Series
Dec. 12 at 1pm - A Contemplative Life: Franklin native Charlie Harrington discusses his recently released book, A Contemplative Life: Essays and musings from the last of the baby boomers.
Keep up with meetings, departments & committees. The schedule and links can be found on our website calendar.
Arts, theater, dining, live music & more! Find out what's happening in town! Visit our website!
Subscribe to our Town podcast and listen to bi-weekly episodes detailing news and updates about our town.
Town of Franklin
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038 (508) 520-4949
Town of Franklin | 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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