Saturday, May 22, 2021

Public Hearing - 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan - June 2

Public Hearing - 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan

The Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 PM via the ” Zoom” platform to present the highlights of the Town’s 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan. Residents can visit the Town Website ( and click on the Town Calendar for up to
date information on how to access the meeting. Residents can access the document at the Department of Planning and Community Development’s web site:
Feedback from the general public is a critical component of the planning process. Written comments should be forwarded to the Department of Planning & Community Development, Housing Development Plan Comments, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038-1352, or send by email to
The Public Comment period runs until 6/25/2021. If you have any questions,
please call 508-520-4907.
Submitted by,
Maxine Kinhart
Department of Housing & Community Development

Shared from the Town of Franklin page ->

Direct link to plan ->

or view/download a copy of the plan here ->

Public Hearing - 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan - June 2
Public Hearing - 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan - June 2

Head's up for Franklin Veterans - Memorial Day & ArtWALK

We are having a Memorial Day program on the Common on Monday, May 31 at noon after brief memorial ceremonies at Dean College, Union Street and St. Mary's Cemeteries.  All are invited to the program at noon.
There will not be a Memorial Day breakfast or parade this year.

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help us at the monuments on the Town Common at the ARTWALK on Fri & Sat. (Jun 11-12) (We will provide volunteers with info about each monument so they are able to answer visitors' questions.) Interested folks can sign up by calling our office.

Thank you!

Debra Martin
Franklin Veterans Services
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038
T: 508.613.1315

Head's up for Franklin Veterans - Memorial Day & ArtWALK
Head's up for Franklin Veterans - Memorial Day & ArtWALK 

FHS boys lacrosse senior night

"What a great senior night for the boys @Franklin_Lax! Congrats on the win! Looking at that beam of light coming down on the team photo, might be greater things ahead for this crew"

Shared from Twitter:

No score provided for either girls or boys games on Friday. Other results around the Hockomock League can be found

FHS boys lacrosse
FHS boys lacrosse senior night


Franklin High School: Car Parade Schedule for June 5, 2021

FranklinHighSchool (@FranklinHS) tweeted on Fri, May 21, 2021:
What are you doing on Saturday, June 5th at 11am? 
Coming out to celebrate the Senior class we hope!! 
@FranklinPSNews @FranklinMatters #PantherPride

Shared from Twitter:

Car Parade Schedule for June 5, 2021
Car Parade Schedule for June 5, 2021

Area Swimmers Post Personal Bests at Sunkissed Championship Meet

HAY Lightning is the name of the longstanding team of swimmers hosted by the Hockomock Area YMCA, which practices at pools housed at the Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro YMCAs. For this team of athletes ranging in age from 6-18, the goal of swimming at the Sunkissed Invitational swim meet every March or April has become a highly anticipated event.
If going to Nationals is one of a swimmer's goals for the season, then the swimmer must make the commitment to attend practices and work hard. Additionally, swimmers must give themselves every opportunity, over the course of the season, to swim the events in which they are trying to qualify.

During the pandemic this past year, we are proud to say that members of the YMCA team have continued to swim and improve their skills, including competing in 12 swim meets between September and March.
HAY Lightning
HAY Lightning

The Nationals meet, designed in accordance with USA Swimming guidelines, gives the opportunity to compete in a national meet to many more swimmers than comparable meets in other organizations. Historically, swimmers, who otherwise may never encounter this experience, get the opportunity to travel to, and compete in, a big four-day meet. The qualifying times are attainable goals for most junior swimmers (at least 10 years of age) as they approach the age of 13, and for senior swimmers from 14 years of age.

Hosted by Team Charlotte Swimming, this year’s event—formerly planned to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina—was forced to become a virtual event. Parents, most of whom usually attend the meets and perform chaperoning duties for meals, as well as timing and officiating duties, pulled together to ensure a successful local event, while honoring the seniors and upholding important team traditions such as door decorating, swimmers’ parade, and roses for anyone earning a spot on the podium.

Participation on the National Team involved 25% of the swimmers. “We saw amazing achievements that included kids receiving qualification times that will allow them to compete at other prestigious events,” said swim dad Dan Campbell of Plainville.

“Twenty-seven of the meet participants swam at personal best times.” Dan continued, “Beyond the 189 swims at Sunkissed, we know how fortunate our kids were to be able to swim throughout the short course season. My daughter Megan, who will go on to swim in college with eight other recruits, is one of two who got to swim during COVID — and she is the only one that’s been able to compete. That she achieved four personal bests at Nationals is something else!”

It is a testament to the commitment of the team when one looks at Sunkissed results to see nine team records broken, including the shattering of the twenty-year-standing 500 free record. Harikalal Birali (of Franklin) broke her first team record, Jack Maron (of Sharon) broke two, and Jill Carline (of Attleboro) had a standout showing with 6 team records.

“The Y’s support means so much to families involved in the 2020 HAY Lightning season, said Dan who looks forward to the future of the team and his involvement with it.


HAY Lightning, the Hockomock Area YMCA’s competitive swim team for swimmers 18 years and younger, participated in their annual national championship swim meet March 25-28 at the North Attleboro YMCA. The 30 Junior & Senior National Championship qualifying swimmers posted 134 personal best times (out of 162 swims) and 25 swimmers achieved qualifying times for Sunkissed Championship Meet 2022. Eight team records were broken.
HAY Lightning, the Hockomock Area YMCA’s competitive swim team for swimmers 18 years and younger, participated in their annual national championship swim meet March 25-28 at the North Attleboro YMCA. The 30 Junior & Senior National Championship qualifying swimmers posted 134 personal best times (out of 162 swims) and 25 swimmers achieved qualifying times for Sunkissed Championship Meet 2022

Franklin Fire Dept welcomes 2 new engines

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Fri, May 21, 2021:
Special delivery at the Franklin Fire Department today! Two new engines have been added to the fleet and will serve as the front line pieces of equipment for the Town. 
These state of the art engines will be deployed from both stations in town. @FranklinMAfire

Shared from Twitter:

Finance Committee meeting of February has an overview of the truck purchase. A good deal for the Town as it saves money on both trucks and maintains the online and reserve rotation of vehicles that has worked well for the Town.

The Town Council meeting of February 17 covers the legislation for action authorizing the purchase of the vehicles. Due to the timing, the Town Council got to approve first and then the Finance Committee reviewed it. Normally, it would have been the other way around.

Franklin Fire Dept welcomes 2 new engines
Franklin Fire Dept welcomes 2 new engines

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - May 21, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar 

Link to Franklin Matters - and 

Link to the Town's webpage -

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 

Rod & Gun Club fishing derby - Jun 5
Rod & Gun Club fishing derby - Jun 5


Finding Easy Walks Wherever you are: Hopedale Parklands with Marjorie Turner Hollman


More strange and unique musical instruments 

The History of Jazz part 1 

Just for Fun

Moments of animal genius 


Woman gives toys to a wild magpie and he brings friends to play with her! 

5 EASY and thrifty outdoor DIY ideas 


Don't ask a man to clean the carpets - Jeanne Robertson 

Old Man Noises - Ross Bennett - This is hysterical! 

Kindness Matters

Dance for Kindness 

Random acts of kindness, faith in humanity restored 

Upcoming Events email or call the senior center to register or inquire about programs.  Currently the mask mandate is still IN EFFECT until May 27th!  Not our rules but we ALL must follow them until they are lifted by the state and town.  Thank you for understanding and following the rules.  


11-1 Café Open 

1:00 Tele-Bingo 

1:30 Movie Matinee - Must be registered

2:00 Memory Café - via zoom


9:30 Busy Bees

 9:30 Chair w/Shirley -must be registered

10:00 Virtual Chair w/Judi 

11:00 Cardio 

11:00 Tailgate Tues 

12:00 Drum Connection - Must be registered - FULL

1:00 Low Vision 

1:00 Quilting 

5:30 Quarantini Time - via zoom


9:00 Wellness RN - call for appointment

9:45 Chair Yoga - Must be registered

10:00 Knitting 

11:00 Mindful Movements - call to register

1:00 Senior Scribblers 

1:15 Healthy Sleep - call to register

1:30 Stampin Up! - Must be registered

4:00 Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group


9:30 Busy Bees 

9:30 Chair w/ Shirley - must be registered

10:00 Discussion Group 

10:00 Virtual Chair w/ Judi 

11:00 Cardio - must be registered

12:30 Painting Space - must be registered

1:00 BINGO! - must be registered


9:30 FOFE 

10:00 Woodcarving 

11:00 Sunshine - via Zoom 

11:00 Café Open - must call for a table in advance

12:00 TOPS 

 Link to the Franklin Senior Center Calendar :   or our newsletter 

Attached you will find Donna's Fun Filled Activity Pages

Enjoy the beautiful weather and stay healthy!



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

@MassGovernor: MA vaccine preregistration program goes away, home vaccine expands

Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) tweeted on Fri, May 21, 2021:
Our preregistration system has scheduled hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Today, with vaccines widely available, we announced the system will close by the end of the month. New signups will close on 5/25 and everyone will be offered appointments by June.

@MassGovernor: MA vaccine preregistration program goes away, home vaccine expands
@MassGovernor: MA vaccine preregistration program goes away, home vaccine expands

Boston Globe Spotlight: "Failure of Command"

"Governor Charlie Baker was indignant last June, as he outlined the results of an investigation into the crisis at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.

“It’s a very special place, and has always held a special place in my heart,” Baker said of the state-run home, where a COVID-19 outbreak had killed 76 veterans that spring — one of the highest death tolls of any senior-care center in the country.

The report by Boston attorney Mark Pearlstein was “nothing short of gut wrenching,” Baker said. The chaos and carnage at the Soldiers’ Home was “truly horrific and tragic.” There had been inexcusable failures of leadership by superintendent Bennett Walsh and of oversight by Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, Baker said. So they both had to go.

At that press conference, Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders took no personal responsibility for the massive loss of life at a facility they oversaw. Instead, they laid blame solely on officials below them, particularly Walsh and Ureña, in what a Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigation has found was an often misleading narrative marked by omissions and false assertions. 

The governor distanced himself from the decision to hire superintendent Walsh, who now faces charges of criminal neglect during the pandemic. Baker said Walsh had been appointed by the Soldiers’ Home board of trustees, which “really wanted Bennett Walsh to have that job. And I can tell you that the first time I ever met him or talked to him was when we swore him in.”

That wasn’t true. Baker interviewed Walsh before naming him superintendent in 2016, despite Walsh’s lack of health care management experience, an administration spokesperson recently confirmed."

Continue reading the article online  (subscription may be required)
the veterans known to have died from COVID through May 23, 2020.
"the veterans known to have died from COVID through May 23, 2020"

Did you know that plastic beer carriers can't be recycled (even though they are labeled as 100% recyclable)

"It’s estimated* that at least 10 million new plastic can carriers are used annually by breweries in Massachusetts, with just 10% of them being collected and re-used, and less than 2% of them ever getting recycled. As a result, the amount of plastic beer packaging waste ending up in landfills each year is enough to fill any of the state’s largest breweries with discarded carriers rather than beer.

A number of factors have combined to create a perfect storm in which carriers end up in the hands of consumers who pitch them into their curbside recycling bins because manufacturers market them as “100% recyclable.” But the state’s RecycleSmart website, an initiative of the Massachusetts department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and its three largest waste disposal companies (Casella, Republic, and Waste Management) all say that plastic carriers and six-pack rings are incompatible with sorting equipment. As a result, they get rejected and sent to landfill or incineration, both of which have negative impacts on the environment."

Friday, May 21, 2021

Franklin's Event Outlook: May 21 - May 27, 2021

A couple of civic events today in person along with a couple of virtual events before we get to Saturday with the in person performance at THE BLACK BOX of the songs of WICKED. Sunday complete the performances of WICKED and the 20th Annual IncredABLE Day for HMEA. No pun intended but this is an incredABLE weekend as we move closer (and carefully) towards reopening.

Friday, May 21
Story Walk @DelCarte
1:00pm - Congressman Auchincloss: Community Office Hours
2:00pm - Downtown Beautification
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
7:00pm - HMEA: Virtual Jukebox Bingo II

Saturday, May 22
Story Walk @DelCarte
11:00am - Job Fair - Plainridge Park Casino
2:00pm - THE BLACK BOX Sings...WICKED
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
7:30pm - THE BLACK BOX Sings...WICKED

Sunday, May 23
Story Walk @DelCarte
HMEA - IncredABLE Day
10:00am - 20th Anniversary incredABLE Day
2:00pm - THE BLACK BOX Sings...WICKED
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Monday, May 24
Story Walk @DelCarte
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Tuesday, May 25
Story Walk @DelCarte
9:00am - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
12:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
6:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Wednesday, May 26
Story Walk @DelCarte
10:00am - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/ Kim
1:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
7:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
7:30pm - Let’s Laugh Today is Free on ZOOM!

Thursday, May 27
Story Walk @DelCarte
10:00am - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
11:00am - "Talkin’ the Blues" – Jim/Todd
1:00pm - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
2:00pm - "Talkin’ the Blues" – Jim/Todd
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
7:00pm - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
8:00pm - "Talkin' the Blues!" - Jim/Todd

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district meeting calendar is found
Community Calendar
Community Calendar


incredABLE Day is Coming!

20 Years of Celebrating the ABLE In All Of Us!

For 20 years, incredABLE Day has united thousands of people around a common cause: to raise vital funds that allow HMEA to continue providing lifespan services and supports to more than 5,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Massachusetts and Rhode Island

HMEA launched its first incredABLE Day in 2002, as a way to bring together the community we support and work with, to celebrate the ABLE in all of us. The event is now HMEA's biggest fundraiser of the year and, twenty years later, incredABLE Day remains a highly-anticipated annual tradition for the thousands of children, adults, and families impacted by intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism, who depend on HMEA's services. 

Proceeds raised for this event are returned to our programs – including 24/7 Residential Services, Day Habilitation and Employment Programs, Children's Services, Clinical and Medical supports, and Applied Behavioral Health Services – to ensure the continued provision of these invaluable services and the ongoing pursuit of our mission.

Don't Miss Your Chance To Do Something incredABLE!
Auction & Raffle Sales Close May 21 at 12pm!
Place your bids in the incredABLE Auction!

Items include:
1-week vacation anywhere in the world!
13" MacBook Pro!
Golf Tour package!
Ultimate Dining package!
And more!
Get your Dream Raffle tickets! $5 gets you 6 chances to win!

Items include:
10" tablet!
HD video camera!
Gift cards & baskets!
And more!
You could win up to $5,000, while helping to give up to $5,000!* Get your 50/50 raffle tickets for just $25 each. One lucky winner will take home half of the total prize money raised through ticket sales!

*amount based on tickets sold.
Place Your Bids & Get Your Tickets Today!
First, Get Your Tickets & Place Your Bids!
Then, Watch To See If You're A Winner!
Tune In for The Special LIVE Broadcast Event!
Tune in to HMEA's Facebook or YouTube pages this Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:00am for a special, live broadcast event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary incredABLE Day! Click the buttons below, or search "HMEAinc" on either platform.

All are welcome to watch and join along in the comments! You'll see:
  • incredABLE athletes running the incredABLE 5K!
  • Special guests throughout the broadcast!
  • Announcement of incredABLE Contest, Challenge, & Auction winners!
  • LIVE Dream Raffle and 50/50 Raffle drawings!
  • And more!
Sunday, May 23 at 10:00am!
Give to incredABLE Day
Donate to the team page of your choice and make a targeted gift of support, or make a general donation and help incredABLE Day have an incredABLE impact!

Or, text ABLE2021 to 44321 to make a donation in any amount you choose, securely and right from your phone! Donations in support of incredABLE Day are gratefully accepted through June 30, 2021.
Through June 30, 2021!

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