Thursday, July 7, 2022

Reminder: Town of Franklin July 2022 E-Newsletter

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July 2022 Edition

Our Commitment to being a Green Community!

We are excited to announce that the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green

Communities Division has approved an award of $150,902 for the following projects proposed in the Town of Franklin's Green Communities Competitive Grant application.

• $15,000: Town — Electric vehicles (2)

• $49,514: Horace Mann School — Smart LED lighting

• $24,895: Horace Mann School — Transformer

• $12,194: Remington Jefferson School — Transformer

• $49,299: Keller Sullivan School — Transformer

All of these projects are currently underway and the Town hopes to have all projects completed by December of 2022.

For more information on our Green Communities status and previous grant awards please view our green communities page.

Department of Public Works

Fall Residential Rain Barrel Program Now Open!

Reduce your water bill by utilizing a rain barrel to collect rainwater. When it rains you SAVE!

The Fall 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 September 5 and pick up will be at the DPW on September 14 from 4-6pm.

Order your rain barrel today!

Learn more about rain barrels here.

Finished your Spring Cleaning but that pile of stuff is still staring at you?

Take advantage of our Recycling program! It's easy...

  1. Schedule your free pick up here or by calling 1-866-835-5068
  2. Leave items at your front door by 7:30am
  3. We'll pick them up. No pink bags needed!
  4. Accepted items include...All types of clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Kitchenware, Linens, Items less than 50lbs that one person can carry
Franklin Public Schools

End of Year

FPS celebrated another successful school year in the books! We hope our students, families, faculty, and the greater Franklin community find time to relax and recharge. We are already hard at work preparing for the 22-23 school year at the district level. Effective July 1, 2022, Lucas Giguere will serve as Superintendent of Franklin Public Schools.

Note from the Superintendent

"I am excited to continue to lead our school district as I transition from my current role as Assistant Superintendent. I have witnessed firsthand the commitment of our educators and community toward supporting all children in Franklin, and this makes the responsibility of serving as Superintendent especially meaningful. I look forward to continuing working with our community as we support our students in their educational journey towards becoming kind, resilient, empathetic humans and productive citizens.

With this shift, we bid farewell to former Superintendent Dr. Sara Ahern, who has led with courage and determination amid unprecedented circumstances. We thank her for her service to the Franklin Public Schools and wish her luck in her future endeavors."


Lucas Giguere

22-23 School Calendar Now Available

The School Calendar for the 22-23 school year is now available. The first day for students will be Monday, August 30, 2022. Be sure to register your Pre k -12 student(s) via Aspen, our online registration portal.

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

July 1, 15 & 29 - Camp Craft Fridays 

Every other Friday in July, the Library will host a weekly "training camp" with some fun crafts. Themes include spy, superhero and wizard training!

July 13 - Fun with Drones!

Join licensed drone pilot Brian Kourtz of Boston 25 News as he shows us the different types of drones, uses for drone footage, how to get your pilot's license, and of course, how to fly a drone! Program begins at 1pm.

July 20 - Flying High Dogs

Join us at 4pm for extreme tail wagging fun for the whole family! Mike Piazza and his team of Border Collies are set to show off with their frisbee tricks and more!

July 27 - Ed Popielarczyk Magic Show

Join us as we welcome Ed Popielarczyk for a one-of-a-kind magic show that is guaranteed to leave the whole family impressed! Show starts at 4pm.

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4th for Independence Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am - 5pm. The library is closed on Sundays in July and August.

Library Calendar of Events - July 2022

Food, Music, Movies and More! 

Recreation Programs

The Recreation department runs a variety of programs year round. Looking for something to keep the kids busy during the summer? Our 2022 Flag Football registration opens on Tuesday, July 5!

Interested in something else?

Check out the list of program offerings.

Sunday Speaker Series at the Franklin Historical Museum!

Join us Sunday, July 10 at 1pm for a special presentation recognizing a man who made history in Massachusetts. Edward W. Brooke, the first black person ever elected to the US Senate, represented Massachusetts on Capitol Hill from 1967 to 1979, earning praise as a national leader as well as an important figure in the struggle for civil rights. In the "Juneteenth Plus" presentation, local historian Alan Earls will describe Brooke's rise from a childhood in a segregated Washington DC, to service in a segregated Army regiment that trained at Massachusetts Fort Devens. Learn more about this fascinating, forgotten figure and his impact on our state, nation and town!

Board of Assessors

Tax Exemption Applications - For certain Blind, Senior 70 or older, Purple Heart or Disabled Veterans, or Widowed any age residents who as of July 1, 2022 own and occupy their home in Franklin, there may be an Exemption for which he/she qualifies. For those who qualified in FY22, year ending 6/30/2022, a new FY23 Form is being mailed out to you on July 1, 2022. You may return the Exemption Application beginning July 5, 2022, but we encourage you to return your completed Form to the Assessors Office by shortly after Labor Day. Exemption Applications reviewed and approved by the Board of Assessors by late October will be reflected as a credit on your 3rd & 4th Quarter RE Tax Bills. New applicants may acquire a Form on the Assessors Web Page or at our Municipal Office.

Real Estate Property Reviews Continue -  The Assessors Office sends letters in advance of visiting certain property types or groups of properties by location. Nearly all properties notified require the Town Employee Field Appraiser to verify the exterior measurements of the main and accessory improvements, which many will also require a brief walkthrough to verify your property is accurately described. In our effort to verify your property is correctly described in our records, we have greater assurance that you have a fair and equitable assessed valuation. We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to assist you.

AxisGIS Parcel Maps and Location Based Data: You're encouraged to explore the AxisGIS Property Maps and the growing amount of location-based data town wide. This is a go-to centralized database expanding to provide you as much information as possible both directly and through links about each property in the Town of Franklin inventory. Also each parcel has a tab available to link to each specific address in the ViewPoint permit and licensing application; no added steps to get where you need to go.

Visit the Board of Assessors website for more information.

Veterans' Services

There will be no Veterans' Coffee Social in July

The next Social will be on Wednesday, August 3 at

10am in the Senior Center Café. All veterans are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation!

SAVE-THE-DATE- Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 on Pond Street is sponsoring a Dinner-Dance FUNdraiser on August 6 from 6-10pm with all proceeds going to the Monument Restoration Fund. Tickets are $20/per person. All members of the community are invited to join us for a night of fun featuring a pasta dinner, DJ with dancing and raffle baskets! Tickets are available at our office.

July 4 – Independence Day

July 21 – Veterans' Council Meeting - 7pm at the Senior Center. All those interested in veterans' events and activities are welcome.

July 27 – National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day – The day we honor Korean War veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices.

The Tune It Out Guitar Lessons program for veterans are suspended for the summer, fear not, classes will resume on September 13.

Veterans Memorial Walkway - The next engraved brick installation will be in November to coincide with Veterans' Day. Brick order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies and on the Veterans' Services page on the Town website. Veterans need not be from Franklin to be honored with a brick. All members of the U.S. military are eligible.

Purple Hearts - Please let the Veterans' Services Office know if you or a family member (residing in Franklin) is a Purple Heart recipient so we can add you to our database. The Purple Heart is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. Military. National Purple Heart Day is celebrated on August 7 every year.

Contact the Veterans' Services Office at 508-613-1315 or access their department page to learn more.

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