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Town of Franklin - December 2022 E-Newsletter

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December 2022 Edition

Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Think Franklin First

When it's the thought that counts, be sure to Think Franklin First! With a Think Franklin First gift card you can give your favorite "'Franklinite" the flexibility of redeeming their card at over 40+ participating businesses, whilst shopping local! You can email, ship or pick up a card in person at Dean Bank to bundle with another gift!

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

Support Small Businesses!

There are plenty of small businesses all around town! You're bound to find one that has the perfect gift. If you've already finished your holiday shopping, here are some ways you can still support local businesses...

1. Leave a Google or Yelp review for small businesses.

2. Follow and engage with their social media accounts.

3. Tell a friend about your favorite small business.

Downtown Gift Guide

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has created a fabulous Holiday Gift Guide to help shoppers find what they need!

Franklin Police 

Toy Drive

The Holiday Toy Drive is back! The Franklin Police Department is collecting unopened and unwrapped toys for children of all ages. Toys can be dropped off in the bin in the lobby of the police station. Last year the FPD was able to donate toys to over 100 Franklin families and the Franklin Santa Foundation. Any donations are greatly appreciated!

Lock your Cars!

Franklin and other towns in the area have experienced an increase in thefts from motor vehicles. The majority of these thefts occur when cars are left outside and unlocked. We're asking all Franklin residents to secure their belongings and lock their cars every night to help prevent these crimes.

Franklin Police Receive Accreditation

Accreditation is a self-initiated process by which police agencies voluntarily strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession by the profession. The Mission of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is to ensure that the delivery of police services within the Commonwealth is at the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

Resident Radar - News You Should Know

DPW Reminder: Protect Your Pipes!

The Winter Season is upon us, so please be prepared! If your house has a history of frozen pipes please let the water drip. Even if you've never had trouble in the past, you may want to consider it.

Get tips and tricks for keeping your pipes from freezing here.

Fate of the Tax Rate for FY2023

During the November 30th, 2022 Town Council meeting, the Council voted to approve the FY2023 tax rate at $12.58 per thousand of taxable value. This is a substantial decrease of $1.49 from FY2022 rate of $14.07 per thousand of taxable value.

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

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

December 2,9,16 - Hot Cocoa and Coloring

Join us from 2:30-4:30pm every Friday in December for a cozy and creative afternoon!

December 7 - Library-wide Scavenger Hunt

Assemble your team and take on the ultimate scavenger hunt in the library! Bring your family, or grab your friends, and meet us at 2pm to see how many items on our epic list your can find before time runs out!

December 8 - "She's on the Case" An Evening with Mystery Writers

Don't miss your chance to chat with critically acclaimed authors Sulari Gentill, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Eva Jurczyk about some of their intriguing mysteries. This virtual event starts at 7pm, register here today.

December 17 - Holiday Concert from NoteAble Blend

Ready to get festive and maybe even sing along with a dynamic Women's Barbershop Chorus? Swing by at 3pm to experience NoteAble Blend; an energetic women's a cappella barbershop chorus that shares a passion for singing, a support of friendship, a love for teaching and promoting the art of barbershop music, and a desire to contribute to the local artistic community through musical expression.

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 closing at 2:00 pm on Friday,

December 23, and Saturday, December 24 for Christmas Eve. The library will also be closing at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 31 for New Year's Eve. The library will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26 for Christmas (observed).

Library Calendar of Events - December 2022

Veterans' Services

Veterans' Services

December 7 – Veterans Monthly Coffee Social – 10am at the Senior Center featuring a holiday musical performance by the Franklin Silvertones!

December 7 – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 8 – Veterans' Resume Writing Workshop – will be held from 11am-1pm.

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!

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

Now Boarding: The 'Train Town Franklin' Exhibit

Beginning December 18, 2022 the Franklin Historical Museum will exhibit the first in a series of annual dioramas entitled, "Train Town Franklin"- which will feature a Historical Exact replica of the area around the train depot, circa 1932, a time when the rhythm of the daily trains set the pace for a small New England Town - and news from 'down at the depot' was the news everyone wanted to hear!

Young and old will be captivated by this miniature look at "the way we used to be". The structures in this exhibit are built to exact scale from photographs and films taken from that period. Franklin native, and former Town Council Chair, Scott Mason utilizes his historical knowledge and model building skills to bring this exhibit to life! The exhibit will run through February 5, 2023 and will be open to the public every Saturday 10am- 1pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm with the exception of holidays.

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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