Saturday, July 31, 2021

Veterans - "Tune It Out" guitar lessons underway and you can still join!

The "Tune It Out" guitar lessons program has officially started!

Music instructor Jamie Barrett is giving introductory lessons to Veterans on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center.

Guitars will be provided to those who are interested in lessons but don't have a guitar.  Call the Veterans' Services Office at (508) 613-1315 to sign-up.

Left to right: Jamie Barrett, instructor, veterans Matt Linahan, David Kast and Scott Halet
Left to right: Jamie Barrett, instructor, veterans Matt Linahan, David Kast and Scott Halet

Sen. Rausch slams DESE/DPH non-binding masking recommendations


"Today, Governor Baker and his administration failed our Commonwealth's children and families. The DESE/DPH masking guidance falls far short of the data-driven recommendations of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and hundreds of Massachusetts medical and public health experts: everyone age 2 and up in every school setting – from childcare through grade 12 – must wear masks indoors. Kids, parents, teachers, and school committees have been through enough; they deserve better than weak, unenforceable, non-binding guidelines that further endanger their health and safety."

Sen. Rausch slams DESE/DPH non-binding masking recommendations
Sen. Rausch slams DESE/DPH non-binding masking recommendations

DESE releases fall guidance for school districts

MASC-School Committee (@MASCSchoolComm) tweeted on Fri, Jul 30, 2021:
"Just released fall guidance from the @MASchoolsK12. 
Please note:
"Today's guidance is a recommendation for districts, and individual districts should make decisions based on their own particular circumstances.""

Shared from Twitter:

Full document available ->

Franklin Election Collection - 2021

This will collect all the posts with information on the Franklin Town Election scheduled for Nov 2, 2021. The most recent items will be on the top of the list with the older items below.

While are called the "Town of Franklin", we operate as a city form of government with a Council, an Administrator hired by the Council to manage the town operations, and a School Committee which hires a Superintendent to manage the school district operations. 

Every two years, the entire Town Council (9 positions) and School Committee (7 positions) are up for election. There are other elected positions that have staggered terms so some of them are available every two years. 

The Town Clerk is normally elected every four years, but with Nancy Danello taking on the role as "acting Town Clerk" when Teresa Burr resigned, the position is up for election this year.

All precincts vote in one location, Franklin High School. The precincts are used to balance the voter numbers across the town and are set at the State level. Our State Senate representation is split between two districts while we have a Representative in the House that covers the town and a few precincts in Medway. 

Election Timeline
  • Monday August 2 – Nomination papers available (by appointment only) in the Town Clerks Office.  Please check our website for hours.
  • September 10 by 5:00 PM – Last day to obtain Nomination papers
  • September 14 by 5:00 PM – Signed Nomination papers must be submitted to Board of Registrars for certification
  • September 30 by 5:00 PM- Last day to withdraw your candidacy
  • October 13 – Last day to register to vote.  Office hours will be extended to 8:00 PM or register online at
  • Please visit our website or call the Town Clerks Office at 508-520-4900 for a complete list of available positions.

Election News:

Info on the Positions for Election 

Franklin Election Collection - 2021
Franklin Election Collection - 2021

Massachusetts State Senate Overrides Governor’s Vetoes on Fiscal Year 2022 Funding

Massachusetts State Senate Overrides Governor's Vetoes on Fiscal Year 2022 Funding

Ensures adequate funding for school districts, RTAs, police training, behavioral health and more 

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill to override Governor Charlie Baker's vetoes on certain items in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget passed earlier this month. The actions taken by the Senate will ensure adequate funding for school districts, regional transit authorities (RTAs), and public and mental health supports, as well as the implementation of last year's landmark police reform bill. Additionally, the bill includes measures to reinstate certain guidance relevant to state bodies such as the MBTA and prison facilities.

"Our Fiscal Year 2022 budget was carefully crafted and debated to ensure the success of our efforts to get back to better by focusing on resources and services that are critical to everyday life in the Commonwealth," stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "The Senate refuses to compromise on investing in public transportation, our schools, and behavioral health supports, among other things, which are so important to our recovery. I would like to thank Chair Rodrigues, the entire Ways and Means committee, and my colleagues for acting swiftly to override the Governor's actions.

"The votes we took to swiftly override the Governor's vetoes ensure we stay the course and uphold the spirit of a forward-looking, fiscally responsible Fiscal Year 2022 budget plan that this Senate passed unanimously a few weeks ago," said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. "I want to thank my friend, Senate President Spilka for her close counsel and leadership, Chair Michlewitz for his continued partnership, the members and staff of Ways and Means for their hard work and my colleagues and their staffs for their input throughout this process. Collectively, our actions today support our Commonwealth and our communities, providing municipalities with critical resources necessary to meet the requirements of police reform, preserving an equitable funding stream for our regional transit authorities, while taking a common-sense approach to fulfill future obligations we know exist—fully funding the Student Opportunity and meeting our state pension needs."

Many of the Governor's vetoes were cost-cutting measures deemed unnecessary by the Legislature in light of the state's need to invest in crucial programs and services. Gubernatorial vetoes threatened $150,000 in funding for the children's behavioral health advisory council, as well as $150,000 for Emergency Family Assistance Shelters. With the Legislature's overrides, these funds are now restored.

To offset the cost of charter schools on school districts, this legislation reinstates a policy of 100 per cent charter school tuition reimbursement for school districts which have reached the spending cap on charter schools, thereby providing $2.9 million to school districts across the Commonwealth. For local transportation, $3.5 million is reinstated to enable Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) to operate effectively as use of public transportation picks back up.

Last year's omnibus police reform legislation, An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the Commonwealth, included provisions requiring cities and towns in Massachusetts to follow new officer training standards. In line with this, the Legislature set aside $1 million in funding to pay cities and towns for costs incurred by new training programs, which the Governor vetoed entirely. The override legislation reinstates this funding so that cities and towns can be compliant with the police reform law without additional financial burden.

Citing fiscal concerns, the Senate also voted to further delay implementation of a tax deduction for charitable donations until at least 2023.

"The trigger for the charitable tax deduction was the income tax hitting 5 per cent, and that happened January 1, 2020," said Senator Adam G. Hinds (D-Pittsfield). "In the period between the triggering event and the start of the implementation of the charitable tax deduction, COVID-19 hit and completely changed our economic picture. A delay makes sense until we have more clarity on the economy and our revenue absent federal assistance."

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget conference report included two transfers of FY22 funds to help support known obligations that the Commonwealth will face in the future: fully funding the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) and unfunded state pension obligations. The Governor sent an amendment back asserting that there may not be sufficient surplus funds to make the transfers as proposed and recommended using FY21 funds instead. The Senate adopted a further amendment yesterday that suggests funding these transfers to the highest level possible given actual revenues at the time the transfer is to take place, thus providing flexibility to react to an uncertain future revenue picture while still requiring surplus funded to be dedicated to cover these future obligations.

In addition to funding projects across the Commonwealth, the legislation passed on Thursday encourages the MBTA to develop 'shovel-ready projects,' or projects in their final stages of development, in anticipation of incoming federal dollars and their requirements. The Senate also reinstated guidance on releasing, transitioning, or furloughing inmates from Massachusetts prisons in a timely manner.

Having previously been passed by the House, the overrides now return to the Governor's desk with a veto-proof majority.

Massachusetts State Senate Overrides Governor’s Vetoes on Fiscal Year 2022 Funding
Massachusetts State Senate Overrides Governor’s Vetoes

MMA: "Gov. signs law extending voting provisions through Dec. 15"

From the Mass Municipal Association (MMA) we share: 

"Gov. Charlie Baker today signed a $261.6 million supplemental budget for fiscal 2021 that includes provisions to extend early voting through Dec. 15, 2021.

With regard to elections, the new law:

• Extends no-excuse absentee voting for all elections through Dec. 15, 2021
• Authorizes in-person early voting for any regular or special municipal preliminary, primary or general election on or before Dec. 15, 2021
• Authorizes early voting by mail for any regular or special or state preliminary primary or general election on or before Dec. 15, 2021
• Extends the right of voters ordered to quarantine to select an alternative location for delivery of ballots for annual or special municipal or state primary or election held on or before Dec. 15, 2021
• Allows a select board, board of selectmen, town council or city council — after a public hearing and by recorded and public vote at least 45 days prior to the date of an election — to opt-out of allowing early voting by mail for any annual or special municipal preliminary or municipal election"

Direct ink to the legislative bill ->

MMA: "Gov. signs law extending voting provisions through Dec. 15"
MMA: "Gov. signs law extending voting provisions through Dec. 15"

Registration opens August 2nd for the 2021 MNN Annual Conference!

MNN's 2021 Annual Conference, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state, will take place virtually from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8 in your home office!

The theme of this year's conference is "A Bridge to Better," which captures a common aspiration of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector and those who support it as we move forward together. The conference will feature speakers, panels, over 20 workshops, networking opportunities, and a new and exciting virtual event platform to allow attendees to easily navigate the online setting.

Registration for the conference will open NEXT WEEK on August 2nd. Please keep an eye on your email for more details and reach out to Madeleine at if you have any questions in the meantime.

Interested in sponsoring this year's event? Learn more and sign on here.
This year's conference will include:
This year, watch and engage with workshops live or on your own time. Experience conference like never before with access to over 25 hours of educational content and networking.

The conference workshops will cover a variety of topics for every stage of a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization.

Virtual Event Platform
Attendees will have access to a virtual conference portal that allows them to easily navigate workshops, schedule meetings with other attendees, participate in networking hours, view the attendee list, and explore the services of our sponsors and exhibitors.

Networking Opportunities
Hundreds of conference attendees will take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. Enjoy moderated virtual networking sessions catered to specific topics of interest.

In addition, have access to an attendee list at anytime through our virtual event portal and arrange meetings with potential connections.

Inspirational Speakers
The conference will feature inspirational speakers with exceptional stories of impact from their careers, including the presentation of two Lifetime Achievement Awards to champions of the nonprofit sector.

Attendees will leave the conference with new insights into how their organizations can work to build a better Commonwealth for the people they serve.

Keep an eye on your email for more surprises and announcements to come!

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Franklin Senior Center: The last of the blasts July 30, 2021

The Last of my Blasts!

Hello Everyone!

This has been an incredible journey!  I have sent 79 email blasts over the past 17 months and it is time for me to transition back into my role as the Supportive Day Coordinator / Respite Coordinator at the Franklin Senior Center.  I have enjoyed finding interesting, strange, intriguing, funny and helpful information to share with you all and I hope each one of you has enjoyed my 'informational tidbits' as well. 

We have hit highs and lows; had moments of isolation and fear but also kindness and connections.  Technology helped us combat social isolation and bridge the gap to access the world.  Doors were opened to new friendships with sites like zoom and what's app.  People shared their talents, Colleges and Universities opened up to free learning; Museums, Aquariums, Churches and more opened their doors virtually and allowed us to explore. Musicians held free concerts and groups of strangers, from around the world,  came together to create beautiful, harmonious music together. Basically anything you have on your bucket list became available (usually for free) right at your fingertips. 

We were not limited by distance and had the chance to explore Natural Parks, Underwater marvels, travel to foreign countries and fly over, through and around some of the most beautiful places in the world. What truly matters, the human connection, blossomed and we saw multi generational cross over with children writing cards to seniors and seniors sharing knowledge with the younger generations.  There was less division as people reached out to help and make sure nobody was alone.  During this time of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty we rediscovered kindness and compassion.  

My hope moving forward is that those lessons and kindness remain and we continue to foster, encourage and share them.  We have an opportunity to take the positive things we learned, the connections we made and the kindness we showed strangers and step forward, bringing it all with us. COVID isn't over yet and hopefully neither are all the positives that came from the past year and a half of LIVING through a pandemic. 

Stay safe, stay kind, we are all in this together.  And remember to tell people what they mean to you, that you love them and that you are grateful to have them in your life. 

HUGE virtual hugs to you all,


Nantucket Harbor at Sunrise July 2021

Supportive Day Program "Sunshine Club" update

We are excited to announce that our Supportive Day Program will be reopening in September!  "Sunshine Club" is a social day program for seniors with mild to moderate cognitive loss, dementia or Alzheimer's.  We are finishing up work on the enrollment packets and will be calling those on our waitlist to schedule our assessment interviews.  If you have a loved one or know someone who might be interested in learning more about Sunshine Club or attending please email or  

Companion Care Update

The Companion Care Program provides regularly scheduled, in-home respite for caregivers.  If you are a caregiver and would like to know more about this program please email  We hope to have this program up and running in mid-September.

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 the Franklin Observer - 

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 


Senior Gardening Tips - keeping it easy and safe,large%20pots%20%28for%20container%20gardening%29%20More%20items...%20 

Robocalls - We all get them and hate them.  Here are tips to stop them! 


50 countries unite and sing Amazing Grace 

500 greatest love songs of all times (according to someone) 

10 oldest musical discoveries 

Just for Fun

16 satisfying art techniques from around the world 


The truth behind Italy's $1 homes 

An experiment in gratitude / The science of Happiness 

Vintage Boston 

How COVID changed our world 


Weird things caught on security camera 

25 Knock Knock jokes 

Dad jokes - HAHAHA These are HYSTERICAL.  I challenge you not to laugh 

Kindness Matters

Coming together by staying apart - The kindness of COVID (a commercial with a good message) 

Foster Kid gets his fairytale ending 

Son of a fallen Deputy bids on his Fathers car at auction 

Children and Seniors come together 

Don't put people in boxes - no matter what you believe this is a wonderful message 

Upcoming Events 

Please see the attached calendar for August.  You can always check out website (link above) or request a copy of the newsletter digitally or hard copy.

Attached you will find:


August Calendar of Events for the Senior Center

Donna's fun filled activity pages

I am going to miss doing these blasts but hope to see you in person at the Franklin Senior Center!  Here is a photo of me so you know what I look like! :-)

Ariel Doggett
Ariel Doggett

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