On January 31, 2021, Officers responded to a residence for a call of an unresponsive man who was not breathing. Once on scene, officers began life-saving measures including CPR, rescue breaths, and a successful AED shock. With help from the FFD, the man was transported to the hospital, eventually began breathing on his own, and he later made a full recovery. The man's name was David Bernheart. This month, David and his family met with each of the officers from that night and expressed their gratitude. Pictured below are Officer Kal Koblick, the Bernheart family, Officer Jon Giron, and Sgt. Mike Colecchi. Great job guys and thank you to the Bernheart family for letting us share their story.
This month the Franklin Police Department recognized several promotions and welcomed
several new officers. Pictured below are recent promotions including Deputy Chief James West, Lieutenant Eric Zimmerman, and Sergeant Michael Colecchi. Also pictured are new hires to the FPD: Officer Conor Desmond, Officer Michael Demers, Officer Joseph Burchill, and Officer Tyler Brabham. Congrats to all our recent promotions and welcome to our new hires!
National Golden Retriever Day
On February 3rd we, the FPD celebrated National Golden Retriever Day with our therapy dog Ben Franklin!
March 2 – Veterans Coffee Social – 10am at the Senior Center. Sue Reagan from the Franklin Assessor's Office will discuss property tax exemptions for eligible veterans. All veterans are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation!
March 3 – Navy Reserve's 107th Birthday
March 5 – Seabee's 78th Birthday
March 15 – American Legion's 102nd Birthday
March 24 – Veterans' Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center. All members of the community interested in veterans' activities are invited. (Please note the date change!)
March 29 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day honors Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
The Tune It Out guitar lessons program for veterans meets on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm at the Senior Center. There is no charge for lessons and no guitar experience is required. Call the Veterans' Services Office for details. The next engraved brick installation on the Veterans Memorial Walkway is scheduled to coincide with Memorial Day. Brick orders are now being accepted for the May installation. Order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies as well as on the Veterans' Services page on the Town website.
Important Notice: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or mask will be required at all Veterans' events and activities.
St. Patrick's Day at the Senior Center!
The Franklin Senior Center is having their St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage meal prepared and served by the Franklin Fire Department on March 17th 11:30am-1pm. Seats are limited so call 508-520-4945 to reserve a spot now.
We also have a full calendar of events for the month of March including daily programming, support groups, referral services and so much more! Find the latest Franklin Connection newsletter and see all our Senior Center has to offer by checking out our website and social media platforms!
During the February 8th School Committee meeting, Central Office and several other school administrators provided a presentation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts within the district. These efforts are focused on ensuring each student enrolled in Franklin Public Schools will have equitable opportunities to achieve Franklin's Portrait of a Graduate.
The slideshow provides an overview of our students, school based efforts, school committee leadership, professional development, curriculum and instruction, school culture, responding to bias based incidents, district supports, and the D,E,I subcommittees
March 15th - Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball's Color Barrier with Author Ted Reinstein
Reinstein's book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball. It also reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of black Americans in baseball quietly became the norm, and the battle for integration began anew. Author talk begins at 7pm.
March 19th - Encanto Fiesta
Families! Join us at 10:30am for a special fiesta celebrating the film, family and casita everyone is loving lately! We'll have crafts, games, songs, and more!
March 21st - Teen Paint Party
Teens! Join local instructor Denise Palmieri at 5pm for this step-by-step paint party for! All materials will be provided and you'll get to take home your own Owl painting! Ages 12+
The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 1:30-5pm.
Reduce your water bill by utilizing a rain barrel to collect rainwater. When it rains you SAVE!
The Spring Residential Rain Barrel Program is currently open to residents - residents can order directly from The Great American Rain Barrel Company. The deadline to order is May 9th and pick up will be at the DPW on May 18th from 4-6pm. Order your rain barrel today!
What is WaterSmart? It's part of our commitment to provide you with the best tools to better manage your water use and your bill. This free tool will allow us to notify you of unusual usage or rebate opportunities--saving you money, one drop at a time!
Franklin Residential Property Owners, certain blind, senior, veteran or widowed owners may be eligible for an exemption if they haven't already applied since July 1, 2021; these applications are due by Friday, April 1, 2022 at 1 PM. The FY 2023 Exemption Application Forms will be available after July 4th.
Franklin Businesses, your FY 2023 Forms of List, declarations of your business assets, are due in the Assessors Office by Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 4 PM. This is your opportunity to provide a rendition of your non-real estate locally taxable assets in accordance with Massachusetts General Law.
Franklin Commercial, Industrial, Apartment (4 or more) and Mixed Use Real Estate Owners, your confidentially filed FY 2023 Property Income & Expense (for calendar 2021) Forms are due by Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1 PM.
Questions on Forms of List, Income & Expense Forms, or Exemption Applications should be directed to the Assessors Office, 1st Floor Municipal Building, or phone (508) 520-4920.