Sunday, April 3, 2022

Town of Franklin: April 2022 E-Newsletter

April 2022 Edition
Franklin for All public forum
We had incredible participation in the Franklin for All public forum. Over 600 residents contributed to the Visioning Survey. Our project consultants at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will use feedback to create the zoning recommendations. The draft recommendations will be presented to the public again some time in May - June.

Franklin for All is a study with the MAPC aimed at rezoning Franklin center for economic growth and diverse housing opportunities.

April Break with the Rec Department!
April Break
Looking to keep the kiddos entertained this upcoming April break? The Recreation department has you covered. Their April break programs includes street hockey, flag football, art explorations and even a Snapology Robot Extravaganza where kids can explore robotics!
Hydrant Flushing - April 4
This program is conducted annually to improve Franklin's water quality and fire flows. Residents may experience temporary water loss or discolored water while hydrants are being flushed in their area. Please visit our website to find out where we will be working each day.
We appreciate your patience during flushing!

Storm Water & Rain Barrels
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 18 from 4-6pm. Order your rain barrel today!

The rain barrel program is one of many residential and commercial credit incentives to support Storm Water Utility.
Autism Awareness Month
The FPD is providing Autism Awareness Seatbelt Covers at the station to anyone who may need one. These covers serve to help first responders when interacting with persons with autism. In addition, we encourage everyone to fill out the Autism Elopement Alert Form. This form is used to help first responders understands a person's typically behavior, preferred method of communication, tracking information, etc. Access the Autism Elopement Alert Form here.

International Women's Day
On March 8, the FPD recognized International Women's Day. Since 2016, the FPD made it a goal to diversify its hiring standards including hiring more female officers. The department currently has 6 full-time police officers; Officer Tara Lagoa, Detective Leanna Baker, Officer Amanda Ayer, Officer Andressa Rosa, Detective Laura Canavan, and Officer Victoria McVicar.
Promotions & New Hire
This past month we formally welcomed Officer Derek Mackey to the FPD. Officer Mackey joined the department in December 2021 after serving with the Blackstone and Pittsfield Police Departments. Officer Laura Canavan was promoted to Detective and Officer Connor Crosman was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. Congratulations and good luck to Officer Mackey, Detective Canavan, and Sgt. Crosman.

Connect with FPD
Facebook & Instagram: @franklinmapolice
Twitter: @franklinpolice
April 6 – Veterans' Coffee Social – 10am at the Senior Center. Please join us for a celebration of the
Starbucks team this month! All veterans are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation!
April 14 – Veterans' Council Meeting – 7pm at the Senior Center. All members of the community interested in veterans' activities are invited.
April 14 – Air Force Reserve 74th Birthday
April 23 – Army Reserve 114th Birthday

The Tune It Out guitar lessons program for veterans meets on Tuesdays at 5:30pm at the Senior Center. There is no charge for lessons and no guitar experience is required. Call the Veterans' Services Office for details. Stay tuned for info about our Memorial Day Celebrations – May 27 (Breakfast), May 30 (Parade & Ceremony on the Town Common).
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or mask will be required at all Veterans' events and activities.
Common Grounds Cafe at the Senior Center!
The Grand Re-Opening of the Common Grounds Cafe will take place April 11. Breakfast 8:30am - 10:30am and lunch 11:00am- 1:00pm. We are excited to welcome our new Chef Anne Scungio!

Franklin Public Schools
Superintendent's Recommended Budget
Our FY23 Budget also continues services to support "Pandemic Recovery" utilizing both Operating Funds as well as Federal Grant funding to prioritize: social-emotional supports, academic interventions, health and safety practices, and continued support of technology integration.

The budget also prioritizes and recognizes growing needs within our student body. Despite overall student enrollment going down, we are seeing more intensive needs by students receiving special education services. We are also experiencing an increase in our English learner population, with more students overall and more students with limited or interrupted formal education and/or earlier language proficiency.

The budget is an iterative process. It is anticipated the School Committee will vote on a final budget on April 12. Finance and Town Council budget meetings will be in May.
Franklin Public Library
Library Event Highlights
April 8 & 9 - Book Sale
Calling all bookworms! There will be a book sale Friday from 1pm-5pm and Saturday from 9am-12pm the $5 bag of books promotion will also be on the 9th from 1pm-4pm.

April 11 - I.D.E.A. Club
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity are Awesome Club meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 4pm. Our story times celebrate all of the ways we are different and wonderful. Come read, sing, play and learn with us!

April 16 - Baby Sensory
Join us at 9:30am for a 45 minute immersive sensory experience, best for babies under 2. Got older siblings? they can bring along a stuffed toy or baby and play along!

April 30 - Author Talk: Letters from Red Farm
Join our Author Talk with Elizabeth Emerson at 3pm as she dives into the Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin.

Library Hours
The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 1:30-5pm. The Library will be closed on Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18 in Observance of Easter Sunday and Patriots' Day .
Real Estate Exemption Application Forms
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 1pm. The FY23 Exemption Application Forms will be available after July 4th.

FY23 Business Asset Forms of List were due by March 1st; and FY23 Commercial-Industrial-Apartment (4 or more)-Mixed Use (Commercial & Residential) Income & Expense forms were due by March 11th. Late filings on the latter two (2) forms should be done immediately.

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.

Thanks very much to all owners & residents for your continued cooperation in our efforts to assure you of fair & equitable taxation. - Franklin Board of Assessors
Keep up with meetings, departments & committees. The schedule and links can be found on our website calendar.
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Town of Franklin
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038 (508) 520-4949
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