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Town of Franklin: November 2022 E-Newsletter

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November 2022 Edition

Upcoming Election Information

The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 6am-8pm at Franklin High School GymnasiumIn person early voting will take place October 22 - November 4 (with the exception of Sundays) at the Franklin Municipal Building ONLY (355 East Central Street). There will be NO in person early voting at Franklin High School.

The Municipal Building in person early voting schedule is as follows...

Thursday, November 3: 8am - 4pm

Friday, November 4: 8am -1pm

Access additional Election information via the Town Clerk's webpagePlease note the Town Clerk's Office will be closed on November 8, 2022 due to State Election.

Acquisition of Schmidt's Farm 

A Win for Open Space!

On October 19, 2022 the Town Council voted unanimously to exercise its Chapter 61A right of first refusal and purchase 113 +/- acres of land located at 215 Prospect Street, known as Schmidt's Farm. Following Finance Committee and CPC approval, the Town Council voted to borrow $3,800,000 to cover the cost of this land acquisition. This 20 year borrowing will be funded by Community Preservation Funds. This land will remain as open space and will eventually be master planned.

Department of Public Works

Discounted Compost Bins 

The Town of Franklin Solid Waste Division is offering a limited amount of discounted residential compost bins to the residents of Franklin. This offer is supported by a grant awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Sustainable Materials Recovery Program. 

Reach out to the Environmental Affairs Coordinator Derek Adams for more information. First come, first served!


While some rainwater evaporates or seeps into the ground, most water runs across the land, into our storm drains and ultimately into our streams and bodies of water. That post precipitation runoff is called stormwater, which carries pollutants that are harmful to humans, animals and our greater ecosystem. There are a variety of things we can do as a community to reduce harmful runoff. Learn more about stormwater here.

Reminder: Fall curbside yard waste collection will now run the week of December 5, 2022.

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

November 5 - Diwali Celebration 

Join us 1pm-3pm for a special Diwali celebration including dance, crafts, music, food, henna, and more!

November 19 - Comics for Culture

Storytellers ages 10+ are invited to join us at 3pm for a

60-minute workshop aimed at embracing the understanding of various perspectives when it comes to heroes and comics, whilst empowering youth to share their own stories through comics. Registration required!

November 25 - Santa Storywalk

The Franklin Recreation Department and the Franklin Public Library are teaming up again for a cozy winter walk with our favorite Man in Red! Bundle up and meet us at DelCarte Park at 10:30am for a special storywalk, followed by cookies and cocoa!

Month of November - Miss Bree's Bookopoly

Join our month long interactive reading challenge. Roll the dice, move your piece on our giant board, and have fun with a variety of reading and creative challenges, and chances to win prizes galore! Deadlines to "buy" prizes is January 14, 2023.

Library Hours

The Library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am-8pm., Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday 1:30pm - 5pm. The library will be closed Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day and Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. The library will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday, November 23. The library will be open on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Library Calendar of Events - November 2022

Franklin F.Y.I

The Franklin Fire Department would like to remind everyone with the cooler weather that heating systems should be serviced to avoid fires or carbon monoxide. If using a wood stove or fireplace the chimney should be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep.

The Veterans Service Office will host a Veterans Luncheon on November 11 at 11am. The event will take place at the Elks Lodge (1077 Pond Street). Franklin Purple Heart recipient Robert Gardner will be the featured speaker.

The Town of Franklin 2022 Annual Report is available now.

Registration for Winter programs with the Franklin Recreation departments are open. Claim your spot today!

Think Franklin First

Gift giving gift season is approaching! Looking for the perfect gift? How does one card with countless possibilities sound? With over 40+ local participating businesses, shopping and gifting local just got a whole lot easier.

Buy a Think Franklin First Gift Card today in person at Dean Bank in Franklin or online here.

Veterans' Services & Senior Center

Veterans' Services

November 2 – Monthly Coffee Social starts at 10am at the Senior Center. All veterans invited! Franklin veteran Bob Crowley will share information and photos about his recent Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC to view our military memorials. Honor Flights are available to WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans at no cost. Information about applying for an Honor Flight trip will be available at the Social.

November 10 – Marine Corps' 247th Birthday

November 11 – Veterans' Day - Is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice treaty which ended WWI and the day to thank military veterans for their service.

November 15 – Tune It Out Open House will begin at 5:30 pm. Any veteran interested in learning to play the guitar is welcome. Meet the instructors and other learners. No guitar experience needed.

November 17 –  Veterans' Council Meeting - 7 pm at the Senior Center.

Veterans Memorial Walkway & Holiday Cards

The next brick installation on the Veterans Memorial Walkway is scheduled to coincide with Veterans' Day. Brick orders are now being accepted for the Memorial Day installation.

Holiday cards for veterans who are deployed are available to sign in the Senior Center lobby

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

Senior Center

November 9 – We're partnering with the Franklin Food Pantry and the YMCA to host a Mobile Food Pantry. Come to the senior center 11am-12pm to receive a bag of stable items, choice of protein, and dairy items

November 10 – Swing on by for Dinner and a Movie! We'll have Hot Dogs and Beans and watch the Movie DOG starring Channing Tatum starting at 4:30pm. $3/person. Register by November 9.

November 18 – Celebrate FRIENDSGIVING with live entertainment and delicious food from 11am- 1pm. $6/ person. Register by November 16.

November 29 – Join us at 2:30pm for our Rainbow CafĂ©; where members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community for coffee, conversation, and friendship.

November 30  Sue Barbour is retiring after 20+ years at the Senior Center. Come to say your goodbyes and well wishes to Sue on her last day at 1:30pm

Questions? Contact the Senior Center Office at 508-520-4945 or online here.

Keep up with meetings, departments & committees. The schedule and links can be found on our website calendar.
Arts, theater, dining, live music & more! Find out what's happening in town! Visit our website!

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Franklin, MA 02038 (508) 520-4949
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