Saturday, July 17, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "Baker signs budget, takes different tack on tax policy"

"GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday signed into law a $47.6 billion state budget for fiscal 2022, which began two weeks ago. 

While he let most of the budget become law, Baker, who has line-item veto power, had multiple disagreements with lawmakers over tax policy. He vetoed a delay in the implementation of a state tax deduction for charitable giving. He also vetoed lawmakers’ attempts to eliminate two tax credits aimed at specific types of businesses and haggled with them over the details of a new corporate tax benefit. "

Boston Globe coverage

The full budget summary details

CommonWealth Magazine: "Baker signs budget, takes different tack on tax policy"

Library Book sale - 9 AM to noon; bag sale 1 to 4 PM today

The Franklin Public Library book sale has changed to a monthly format. Friday's from 1 - 5 PM, Saturday's from 9 - noon, and then the bag sale from 1 - 4 PM also on Saturday.

Visit the Franklin Public Library virtually for additional info

Library Book sale - 9 AM to noon; bag sale 1 to 4 PM today
Library Book sale - 9 AM to noon; bag sale 1 to 4 PM today

"The total health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself"

"The true cost of food is even higher than you think, a new report out Thursday says.

The U.S. spends $1.1 trillion a year on food. But when the impacts of the food system on different parts of our society — including rising health care costs, climate change and biodiversity loss — are factored in, the bill is around three times that, according to a report by the Rockefeller Foundation, a private charity that funds medical and agricultural research.

Using government statistics, scientific literature and insights from experts across the food system, the researchers quantified things like the share of direct medical costs attributable to diet and food, as well as the productivity loss associated with those health problems. They also looked at how crop cultivation and ranching, and other aspects of U.S. food production impacted the environment. Focusing on the production, processing, distribution, retail and consumption stages of the food system (not including food service), they evaluated what it would cost to restore people’s health, wealth or environment back to an undamaged state, as well as the cost of preventing a recurrence of the problems."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)
The Rockefeller Foundation report can be downloaded 

The Rockefeller Foundation report
The Rockefeller Foundation report "Home Prices Skyrocket In 2021"

"The median sale price of homes in Franklin, MA rose an extraordinary 27% in the first half of 2021, compared to 2020’s first-half median. That’s over a $120K increase in just one year!

At $585,000, the median sale price of single-family homes in Franklin, Massachusetts currently stands 19% above its prior all-time high of $489,900, set back in 2018.

It was a similar story for the overall real estate in Massachusetts: the median home sale price in the Bay State jumped 21% in the first half of the year."

Continue reading the update from Warren Reynolds 

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - July 16, 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 Franklin Observer - 

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 

We need your help Celebrating and honoring Franklin's Oldest resident!  Mr. Walter Zinchuk, born on July 19, 1917 will be celebrating his 104th birthday.

Walter, along with his late wife Alta, purchased their Franklin home in 1958, where they raised four children. Mr. Zinchuk who is a World War II Veteran, served in New Guinea and Australia as a combat engineer. Walter received the Boston Post Cane which represents the oldest Franklin resident, and holds the title proudly! Walter is a very young 104, actively participating in various activities at Benchmark Senior Living.

To celebrate this amazing gentleman, a gathering is planned for Sunday, July 18th at 1:30 p.m. at Benchmark Senior Living, Forge Hill Road, Franklin. We are asking Franklin residents to "participate" in Mr. Zinchuk's birthday celebration by mailing a birthday card to:

Mr. Walter Zinchuk c/o Benchmark Senior Living

4 Forge Hill Road

Franklin, MA 02038

Our goal is for Walter to receive 104 birthday cards. Please help us make Walter's birthday a memorable one!!


Chair stretches to help eliminate back pain 

Daily SilverSneakers meditation 

20 minute indoor walking for seniors - boost your step count 


Beethoven's fifth symphony performed by body percussion! 

Typewriter Brandenburger Symphoniker (music starts at about 1.30 in) 

Just for Fun

90 Year old figure skater 


"Solar kids" 2 brothers who suffer from paralysis when the sun goes down. 43 min documentary 


Franklin, MA past and presented by Joe Landry through Franklin Matters


Changing the hallway prank 

Kindness Matters

Girl thrives as an amputee gymnast 

Housecalls to homeless people in Venice Beach 

Upcoming Events email to attend unless noted otherwise.


9:00 Hairdresser/Barber 

9:30 Italian Conversation 

9:30 Mexican Train Dominoes 

1:00 American MahJong 

1:00 Chair Volleyball 

1:15 Movie: "Indian Horse" 

6:00 Cribbage 


9:00 Cribbage 

9:30 Busy Bees 

9:30 Low Impact w Shirley $3 

9:30 Hand & Foot Cards 

10:00 Virtual Chair w Judith 

10:00 Manicures $10 by appt. 

11:00 Cardio, Strength $3 1:00 Bingo 

1:00 Audio Book Club (Phone) 

1:00 Cribbage Instruction 

1:00 Quilting 

1:00 Chess 

1:00 Mindful Movements $3 

5:00 Quarantini Time zoom


8:30 Blood Pressure & Sugar 

9:30 SHINE 

9:45 Chair Yoga $3 

10:00 Knitting 

10:00 Scrabble 

10:00 Asian MahJong 

11:00 Zumba $3 

1:00 Chair Volleyball 

1:00 Line Dancing 

1:00 Senior Scribblers 

1:00 Bridge 

1:00 Hairdresser by appt. 

3:00 Exploring Nantucket RESCHEDULED new date TBD

4:00 Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group


8:30 Blood Pressure & Sugar 

9:00 Cribbage 

9:30 Busy Bees 

9:30 Bocce Ball 

9:30 Low Impact w Shirley $3 

10:00 Virtual Chair w /Judith 

10:00 Discussion Group: with The Franklin Police Chief 

11:00 Cardio, Strength $3 

11:00 Balance Class w Trish 

12:30 Painting Space 

1:00 Medical Safety with Hypertension & Diabetes 

1:00 Bingo 

1:15 Tai Chi $3 

1:30 Franklin Matters Q&A with Steve Sherlock


9:30 Hand & Food Cards 

10:00 Woodcarving 

11:00 Sunshine Zoom Group 

12:00 T.O.P.S. 

1:00 Pokeno

Attached you will find: Donna's Fun filled activity pages

Rain rain go away, we are ready for some sun again!


Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator

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

MA Fish & Game: "Never thought you’d see a bear? Think again"

MA Fish & Game (@MassDFG) tweeted on Fri, Jul 16, 2021:
While communities in western Massachusetts have been coexisting with #BlackBears for years, a young bear recently made headlines in southeastern Massachusetts. As the bear range expands eastward, many residents are wondering what to do if they see a bear.
Continue reading for information 

Shared from:

MA Fish & Game:  "Never thought you’d see a bear? Think again"
MA Fish & Game:  "Never thought you’d see a bear? Think again"

Meeting Notice and Agenda of the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Commission

BOH Agenda - Norfolk County Mosquito Control Update

1:30 PM on Thursday July 22nd, 2021
1. Approval of the minutes of the June 24th, 2021 Commission Meeting
2. Budget Overview
a. Overview for end of FY 2021 / beginning of FY 2022
b. District website/IT update
3. Fieldwork Overview
a. Overview of 2021 year to date
b. Telematics review – battery situation
c. Tire recycling contract update
4. Surveillance/Virus update
5. Mosquito Control for the 21st Century Task Force update

Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Commission
Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Commission

Friday, July 16, 2021

Franklin's Event Outlook: July 16 - July 22, 2021

The heat and humidity returns today but that won't prevent the Farmers Market this time. Concerts on the Common has two bands (one for the kids and one for all) and a movie night tonight!

Friday, July 16
1:00pm - Book Sale
2:00pm - Farmers Market
3:30pm - Kids craft activity by Library Youth Services
5:00pm - Concerts on the Common - "Bus 14"
6:00pm - Concerts on the Common: "Jesse Liam Band"
7:30pm - Fair, Yates, Betschart & McCrossan
8:00pm - Concerts on the Common: Movie Night

Saturday, July 17
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)

Sunday, July 18
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)
5:00pm - Food Truck and Live Music Festival

Tuesday, July 20
9:00am - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
12:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
6:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey

Wednesday, July 21
10:00am - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/ Kim
1:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
7:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
7:30pm - Let’s Laugh Today is Free on ZOOM!

Thursday, July 22
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
5:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)
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

THE BLACK BOX: Food Truck and Live Music Festival - July 18

Sunday July 18th Schedule (Originally the Saturday May 29th lineup) 
(*Please note that Sunday’s event has been moved inside the theater. )

5:00 PM – Kaye Kelly
6:00 PM – Racky Thomas
7:00 PM – Ken DoRosario
8:30 PM – Diane Blue 

Tickets can be purchased online ->

THE BLACK BOX: Food Truck and Live Music Festival - July 18
THE BLACK BOX: Food Truck and Live Music Festival - July 18 

FHS softball and baseball Hockomock League All Stars

Below are the official 2021 Hockomock League Softball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hanna Aldrich, Taunton
Kelsey White, Taunton

Honorable Mentions:
Molly Collins, Franklin

Below are the official 2021 Hockomock League Baseball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Danny MacDougall, Taunton

Nathan Cooke, Franklin
Jake Fitzgibbons, Franklin
Alfred Mucciarone, Franklin

Honorable Mentions:
Jacob Jette, Franklin

For the complete listing

FHS softball and baseball Hockomock League All Stars
FHS softball and baseball Hockomock League All Stars

Hey middle schoolers! SAFE Coalition summer camp registration is open


🌱 Are you a middle school student looking to make new friends, try yoga and mindfulness, explore ways to use your voice, and enhance your leadership skills? 
💁‍♀️ JOIN US! Please fill out the form below 

Hey middle schoolers! SAFE Coalition summer camp registration is open
Hey middle schoolers! SAFE Coalition summer camp registration is open

FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)

FM #580 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 580 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Community Conversation virtual meeting on Housing and Race coordinated by the Franklin Area Against Racism group (FAAR) and held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo moderated the discussion with featured guests 

  • Jim Johnston (longtime Franklin resident and historian) 

  • Bryan Taberner (Franklin’s Director of Planning and Community Development)

  • Jesse Kanson-Benanav (Executive Director of Abundant Housing MA) 

The discussion focused on how Franklin's housing policies and practices have fostered socio-economic inequities and worked to reduce diversity in the community over the years.

Franklin TV recorded and will be making available the video of this virtual meeting. When available, I’ll include the links here as well.

The audio recording runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Conversation on Housing and Race.

Audio file =>


Link to Director Taberner’s Housing presentation doc 

Or at Slideshare -> 

Link to the announcement of this Community Conversation 

Visit the Development and Community Planning page for additional info on the Master Plan, the Housing Production Plan, etc. 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


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FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)
FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)