Saturday, January 15, 2022

Update: Historical Museum closed through end of January

Late breaking news from the Historical Museum. Unfortunately, they won't be available as an indoor activity this weekend (or the remainder of January). 

"We have decided to close the museum through the end of the month of January. 
Due to the recent spike in COVID cases we thought it best for the health and safety of our volunteer staff, and our visitors, to take a break until things calm down a bit. 
We plan to re-open in early February."
 
Note: Ben Franklin's birthday party had been scheduled for Sunday, Jan 16. 

Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St
Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St 

Community Preservation Committee: Public Hearing - January 18, 2022

Community Preservation Committee Public Hearing 
January 18, 2022


The Community Preservation Committee will be holding a public hearing on January 18, 2022 at 7:10 PM regarding the use of Community Preservation Act funds as it pertains to our community needs. 

Agenda: 

1. Approval of Minutes 

2. Public Hearing #2: a. Citizens hearing for ideas, questions or proposals on how to use the Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to incorporate into the CPA Plan.

Please find the agenda and links for the meeting here: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-01-18_cpc_agenda_-_hearing_2.pdf

Community Preservation Committee: Public Hearing -  January 18, 2022
Community Preservation Committee: Public Hearing -  January 18, 2022

Memory Cafe', Wednesday January 19 at 1 PM

Hello All,

Please join us on Wednesday January 19 at 1 PM for our "Where's the toast?" Memory Cafe'.  

Memory cafes are a safe and inviting space for those with memory loss and their families and caregivers to interact and socialize.  This month we have the wonderful and engaging Howie Newman entertaining us.  

Please see the attached flyer and register if you are interested in attending.  
Feel free to pass this information along to those who might be interested in joining us.

Thank you and see you Wednesday!
Ariel


--
Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator


"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Download the flyer to share or use as a reminder:

"Where's the toast?" Memory Cafe'.
"Where's the toast?" Memory Cafe'


FHS girls basketball tops Mansfield 60 - 33 on Friday

Via HockomockSports.com, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Friday: 

Mansfield, 33 @ Franklin, 60 – Final 
– Franklin hadn’t played in nearly a month, so it took a while for the Panthers to get going, but they then went on a 22-0 run between the second and third quarters to grab hold of the game and stay perfect on the season. Olivia Quinn (four rebounds and three assists) and Stefany Padula (four steals and two blocks) each scored 14 points to lead the Panthers and combined to knock down five threes. Katie Peterson added 12 points, three assists, and a pair of blocks, while Brigid Earley scored nine points. The Hornets were shorthanded with several players out and several just making their return. Abby Wager came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points, all in the second half, and Olivia Salisbury added six points and five rebounds. Rose Maher had six points and eight boards, while Bridget Hanley scored three points but also chipped in with eight rebounds, three steals, and four assists.


Franklin, 38 @ Mansfield, 48 – Final 
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap:
"The solution to Mansfield’s problem was so simple, yet incredibly difficult at the same time. 
The Hornets needed a basket.

With two elite defenses going at it, points were at a premium on Friday night and Mansfield’s 15-point lead over Franklin had dwindled down to three, having scored just four points in a six-minute span between the third and fourth quarters.

Franklin’s attempt at a tying three rimmed out and the Hornets got just what they needed, scoring on three of their next four possessions to finish strong and earn a 48-38 win over the previously undefeated Panthers."


For other results around the Hockomock League
https://hockomocksports.com/fridays-schedule-scoreboard-01-14-22/

Boston Globe coverage of the boys game can be found ->

Emma Souza (24) and Katie Peterson (12) ready for the rebound (HockomockSports.com photo)
Emma Souza (24) and Katie Peterson (12) ready for the rebound (HockomockSports.com photo)


FHS Spectator Code Of Conduct

Friendly reminder on the FHS Spectator Code of Conduct 


Or in this PDF copy (embedded here)




FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Reminder game night at Franklin Newcomers & Friends - Jan 19

Not just for Newcomers . . .

Come join your friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers & Friends monthly meeting.  Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, January 19th at 7:30 for Game Night! Following the club updates, we will play some fun, social games to kick off the new year! 

We will also be collecting personal care items and cleaning supplies for the Franklin Food Pantry. Please bring one or more items from the following list:  shampoo (8 oz-24 oz), conditioner (8 oz-24 oz), disposable razors, hand and body lotion (8 oz-24 oz), liquid hand soap (6 oz-24 oz), Scott’s toilet paper (single WRAPPED roll 1000 sheets), cleaning wipes, all purpose cleaner spray (32 oz), ajax or comet cleansers.

Come join us and have fun while you make connections in your community.  We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie.  We are a member-driven organization and are always excited to welcome new faces and new ideas.

No need to be a newcomer to the area…residents of Franklin (or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club) are welcome to join us. We run our meetings September through May on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers) upstairs in a private room at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central Street, Franklin. 

Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available.
 
Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.   Look for us on our Meetup page for more information.   
https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Newcomers-Friends

Franklin Newcomers & Friends - meeting Jan 19 - a game night!
Franklin Newcomers & Friends - meeting Jan 19 - a game night!

Boston Globe All Scholastics for Fall 2021 - FHS well represented!

Catching up to share the Fall season 2021 Boston Globe All-Scholastics for Franklin High School - here we go! #bgfall2021 => High Schools - The Boston Globe  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/high-schools/all-scholastics/

Football
  • Jared Arone - FHS | SENIOR - The 6'2" senior quarterbacked the best offensive season in program history with more than 2K passing yards and 28 TDs with just 2 interceptions. The Hockomock All-Star tossed 4 TD passes in state semifinals against Springfield Central. #BGFall2021
  • Mack Gulla - FHS | SENIOR - The Hockomock MVP rushed for more than 1,700 yds with 16 TDs, leading Franklin to a 10-1 season and league title while snapping doubledigit losing streaks to Mansfield and King Philip. Gulla finished his career with 33 touchdowns #BGFall2021
  • Coach of Year -> Eian Bain - DIVISION 1: FHS - his Panthers were perhaps the best public school football team in the state, winning the Hock’s Kelley-Rex Division, reaching the state semifinals and finishing 10-1, including a Thanksgiving W over D2 state finalist KP #BGFall2021
Field Hockey
  • Kaitlyn Carney - FHS | JUNIOR - Despite being the focus of many defenders, the junior found ways to break through, scoring 37 goals with 18 assists, leading all Hockomock scorers. 5 of those goals came in the Panthers’ postseason journey to the state semifinal #BGFall2021
Girls Soccer
  • Anya Zub - FHS | SOPH - After scoring 3 goals and 4 assists as a freshman, the soph’s impressive season (20 goals and 6 assists) was the catalyst of the Panthers’ Hockomock championship. Zub’s scoring touch netted her league all-star and First Team EMass selections #BGFall2021
Volleyball
  • Athlete of YearCailyn Mackintosh - D1: FHS | SENIOR - The Hockomock MVP was the focal point for the Panthers, who earned the top seed in the D1 tournament. Mackintosh registered 535 assists and 70 aces and finished her career with 1,387 assists in 3 varsity seasons #BGFall2021

Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2

Ms. O'Leary had an exciting announcement this morning: SURPRISE!🥳One of our favorite people is returning to HMMS! 
Sign up for the Feb. 2 presentation using the Google Form. 
Excited to introduce @RutaSepetys to our wonderful readers. https://t.co/p4UP9aRuvr

Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/nJpIRXht5L


Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2
Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2

Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment

The Franklin Fire Department was awarded $24,990 as part of a grant through the Department of Fire Services.  This grant will be used to purchase safety equipment.  Thank you to @MAFireMarshal @MassDFS for the support.

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/FranklinMAfire/status/1481631162258837505

Full press release from Governor's Office

Document with the listing of all the department awards, including Franklin's

Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment
Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment


CommonWealth Magazine: "State budget writers forecast continued growth in tax revenues"

"Budget officials on Friday revised upward their revenue forecast for the current fiscal year by $1.5 billion and then projected the state’s tax take would rise 2.7 percent in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. 

The “consensus revenue” figure of $26.915 billion for fiscal 2023 agreed on by Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues, and House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz was toward the middle of the range forecasted by the state Department of Revenue at a hearing last month. 

The policymakers were swayed by economists’ predictions of a rise in revenue ($967 million) as society continues to recover from the pandemic. But those same economists, at December’s hearing, warned that there is also significant uncertainty. In the last couple of years, taxes have come in far higher than expected, mainly due to federal recovery efforts injecting large sums of money into the economy, and the state has revised its tax revenue numbers during the course of the year. "

Why share this item? 
As we get into the budget season, it really starts with the State budget when the Governor introduces his view of the budget on the 4th Wednesday of January. The Governor's numbers generally are used to determine the Chap 70 and local aid expected for Franklin which accounts for about 25-30% of our total revenue. 

Listen to the revenue calculation describe in the recent Finance Committee meeting and you'll hear how the revenue is calculated and then adjusted as the year progresses and the State finalized their budget (usually around Aug/Sep), and after Franklin gets peak at its own revenue and how those projects are coming through (or not) before setting the tax rate in December to 'close out' the budget cycle for a fiscal year.


"The annual budget process begins each year when the Governor files recommendations as a bill with the House of Representatives. Under the state Constitution, the Governor must submit a proposal by the 4th Wednesday of January or, in the event of a new term, within five weeks later. This bill is called House 1 or "House 2" depending on the year."   https://malegislature.gov/Budget/GovernorsBudget


The golden dome of the State House. (Photo by Andy Metzger)
The golden dome of the State House. (Photo by Andy Metzger)

 

Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits

"A misleading letter, from an unknown source, is circulating online that mentions a $1,200 special Social Security earnings credit for people who served in the military. We want to make sure veterans with active and inactive service have the appropriate information that they need and do not take unnecessary action. 
Under certain circumstances, special earnings can be credited to your military pay record for Social Security purposes. Since 1957, if you have earnings for active-duty military service or active-duty training, your military service earnings have been covered under Social Security. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend drills) is also covered by Social Security. If you served in the military before 1957 and did not pay Social Security taxes, we have added special credit to your earnings record for some of your service. These extra earnings may help you qualify for Social Security benefits or increase the amount of your benefit. 
You can read more in our Military Service and Social Security fact sheet. We take your benefits seriously because we know you depend on them. Thank you for your service!"

Via Social Security Matters:  https://blog.ssa.gov/military-service-and-increased-social-security-benefits/ 

Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits
Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits


Friday, January 14, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Jan 14, 2022 to Jan 20, 2022

Fortunately, the scheduled events for this weekend are indoors. The Library book sale takes place Friday and Saturday. The Winter Farmers Market operates Saturday  and the Historical Museum is open Saturday and Sunday.

All Town offices, schools, and buildings are closed for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday on Monday. Looking ahead, take a group walk on the SNETT Wednesday morning. Town Council office hours at the Senior Center are scheduled for Thursday morning and the Cultural District partners have a meeting on Thursday evening.


Friday, January 14
1:00pm - Library Book Sale

Saturday, January 15
9:00am - Library Book Sale
10:00am -  Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm - Library Bag Sale

Sunday, January 16
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)

Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19
10:00am - Group Walk

Thursday, January 20
8:30am - Town Council Office Hours
7:00pm - Cultural District Partners Meeting

Find the full calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found   https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation, a "must listen" for those following the budget

 FM #700 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 700 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 5 of the Finance Committee members were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 2 members were remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. (2 members were also absent)


The recording runs about an hour and 8 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting Jan 12, 2022. Audio file => https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-700-finance-committee-01-12-22



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Meeting agenda =>   

https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee/agenda/fin-com-agenda-20 


Link to Finance Committee => https://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee 


My notes for the meeting =>  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/recap-finance-committee-gets-walk.html 



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Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation
Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation


Attention Franklin Residents: Dynegy Energy Services Mailing about municipal aggregation coming

Notice: Dynegy Energy Services Mailing to Franklin Residents

Notice to Franklin Residents:

Dynegy Energy Services, the supplier selected through the municipal aggregation program, will be sending out a Basic Service mailing to residents utilizing their services. 

The consumer notification letter and opt-out card will be sent to anyone in Franklin who is on National Grid Basic Service but hasn't already been mailed to (e.g. residents who are new in town, residents who have ended a third party contract and switched back to Basic Service, etc.). The mailing informs our residents about the Town's Program, shows them the savings over Basic Service and allows them a 30-day opt-out period before being automatically enrolled.


Shared from the Town of Franklin page ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/notice-dynegy-energy-services-mailing-franklin-residents

More info on Municipal Aggregation ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/municipal-aggregation

Official Mailing is copied here ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/news/franklin_sweep_1.22.pdf

From the archives - Listen to Jamie Hellen talk about Municipal aggregation in this podcast episode from Feb 2020 (it seems like soo long ago!)   https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/02/fm-208-jamie-hellen-on-municipal.html
FM #208 - Jamie Hellen on Municipal Aggregation
FM #208 - Jamie Hellen on Municipal Aggregation

Need a good laugh? Join with HMEA at their "Giggles for Good" comedy show - Feb 26, 2022

"Get ready to LOL with HMEA, because Giggles for Good is back! Tickets are now on sale for our virtual comedy show featuring @cyrussteele0613 and @AshGutermuth. All proceeds benefit programs at HMEA that serve people with special needs. 
Get tickets here: https://t.co/AFbDYAzPsy  or https://www.hmea.org/giggles/
"This virtual comedy show will feature two hilariously funny, family-friendly comedians Cyrus Steele and Ashley Gutermuth!"

Shared from Twitter:  https://t.co/zxQcl6ZTBW

Panther News: Friday, January 14, 2022 (video)

Let's make FHS a "No Place for Hate" school! Panther News: Friday, January 14, 2022

Direct video link -> https://youtu.be/P_8scrVmJpg

MIAA Statement Reiterating Masking Guidelines - 01/13/22

To:         MIAA Membership
From: Dr. Robert Baldwin, Executive Director
Re:         MIAA Masking Guidelines
Date: January 13, 2022

I have learned throughout my career that the only thing worse than a lack of information is a mixed message. Yesterday, the MIAA Basketball Committee voted to recommend to the Association’s Board of Directors that basketball players and officials have the option to not wear masks during play. This recommendation is well within their purview, and in this case, serves as a recommendation only to the Board of Directors.

This memo intends to provide our members with a clear message regarding Mask Wearing Guidelines and what continues to be the intent of this Association as a whole. The protocols that take place within the school day should be consistent with the behaviors that occur in co-curricular activities. That is why the MIAA has been in lockstep with DESE’s masking recommendations.

I attended a meeting yesterday where an esteemed medical doctor said that the current surge is 20 fold higher than the first surge when COVID 19 began. This is not the time to be sending a mixed message regarding masking guidelines to our membership. DESE recently extended its mask requirement for all K-12 public schools in Massachusetts through February 28, 2022, based upon the current Omicron surge. It is the intent of the MIAA to stay the course as well.

I will reiterate guidelines that were communicated on November 23, 2021, and again on December 21, 2021. Student-athletes, coaches, and officials that are indoors shall be masked. Uniform compliance collectively adhered to by local authorities for ALL student-athletes throughout the Commonwealth eliminates mixed messages and continues to be the expectation during this heightened cycle of COVID 19. Proper mask-wearing (nose and mouth fully covered) is the expectation needed for the safety of our students and school communities.
Masking guidelines for school events at off-campus venues adhere to this same guideline as well. It is important during this time that we collectively and consistently continue to enforce proper mask-wearing of coaches and student- athletes at practices and athletic contests.

In closing, I respect and honor the difficulty of local control. However, I felt the need to send a clear and consistent message to our member schools that we will continue to stay the course as we continue to navigate the current winter season.



Shared from Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MIAA033/status/1481692682208825344

MIAA Statement Reiterating Masking Guidelines - 01/13/22
MIAA Statement Reiterating Masking Guidelines - 01/13/22


Franklin Library & Lifelong Learning: Programs closed Monday, Jan 17 for Martin Luther King Jr Day

Lifelong Learning (@FPSLearning) tweeted on Wed, Jan 12, 2022:
https://t.co/5hN0lzZit8

Lifelong Learning: Programs closed Monday, Jan 17 for Martin Luther King Jr Day
Lifelong Learning: Programs closed Monday, Jan 17 for Martin Luther King Jr Day



Franklin Public Library Closed Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Day

Franklin Public Library Closed Monday

Franklin Public Library Closed Monday

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King Day.


Kitchen Table Art Workshop: Cold Wax Painting (space for 12 in workshop)

Kitchen Table Art Workshop: Cold Wax Painting

Cold Wax Painting

Kitchen Table Art Workshop: Cold Wax Painting

Sunday, February 6, 2022, 4-6 PM on Zoom. Registration deadline January 26th

Cold wax painting is a sculptural painting technique that uses cold wax medium with oil paint. We will approach it as an abstract and experimental painting method, but it can be used in representational and other painting applications.

The beeswax medium thickens the paint and creates a texture, transparency, and depth that is like encaustic painting, but without the use of heat. Marks can be made with whatever strikes your fancy.

Participants will supply items that can be found around the home or at local stores (for example repositionable painters' tape, a squeegee/bowl scraper or old credit card). Everyone who signs up will receive a supply list and instructions on how best to set up their work area along with a link to the Zoom meeting. Twelve kits with materials for the workshop will be provided, with distribution priority given to the first 12 Franklin residents who sign up. Kits can be picked up at the library during the week before the workshop. Anyone that does not receive a kit can build their own with instructions on the supply list. A kit is not required to participate. For help with materials and more information about the workshop contact Jacqueline Volpe, The Creativity Curator at jbvdesignstudio by email at thecreativitycurator@gmail.com. Information and the supply list will be posted on her website https://www.thecreativitycurator.com/ . To register, please visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=FRANKLIN&curName=2022/... .

Shared from FPL page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/news/kitchen-table-art-workshop-cold-wax-painting


Offshore wind policy draws sides and maybe progress

"A LONG-BREWING fight over state energy policy moved into the spotlight on Tuesday as key players laid out their positions in what promises to be an interesting debate over the best way to propel the state’s offshore wind industry into the future. 
The starting point is a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker that would steer $750 million in American Rescue Plan Act money into a fund that would invest in new energy technologies, train a new energy workforce, and change the way offshore wind procurements are run in the future."
Continue reading the article online
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/energy/offshore-wind-policy-fight-takes-center-stage/


"Governor Charlie Baker and secretary of energy and environmental affairs Kathleen Theoharides on Tuesday urged the Legislature to pass a plan to make the state more competitive in the offshore wind industry. 
The hourslong hearing before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy was contentious: 90 witnesses, including many supporters and some naysayers, signed on."

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/01/11/science/baker-urges-state-pass-offshore-wind-investment-help-meet-climate-goals/


"THE LEGISLATURE’S energy committee approved a bill Wednesday evening that would give the state’s Clean Energy Center a major role in the development of the offshore wind industry and tap consumer electricity and natural gas bills to pay for tax credits, grants, and investments to make it happen. 
Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, the House chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee, maneuvered the bill through the panel with 10 House members and one Senate member voting in support, one senator voting no, and four senators and one House member reserving their rights. Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester, a Republican, was the lone no vote."

Sen. Michael Barrett of Lexington (left) and Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, the chairs of Legislature's Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee.
Sen. Michael Barrett of Lexington (left) and Rep. Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, the chairs of Legislature's Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee.


Crime Time Mysteries! Saturday Jan 15 - 2 PM

Crime Time Mysteries! Saturday January 15th @2:00PM

"AGES 13+ Join us for an immersive murder mystery game from "Hunt a Killer" that is told over the course of six “episodes.” 
Each episode contains different clues that you'll use to solve the ongoing investigation! Examine the evidence to uncover critical clues, corroborate alibis, create timelines, and identify each suspect’s means, motive, and opportunity! 
It is not required that you attend all 6 meetings, but since the episodes build on themselves, it is highly encouraged!"

Crime Time Mysteries! Saturday Jan 15 - 2 PM
Crime Time Mysteries! Saturday Jan 15 - 2 PM

Shared from the FPL page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/crime-time-mysteries

Franklin Art Association: Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022

Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting. Wednesday, February 2!

Beth Newman, who holds a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, has worked primarily in watercolor, graphic design, and mixed media (collage work), and oil painting in a more illustrative style geared for children’s book illustration.  She has taught in small art studios including the former Whitehall Farm Studios of Hopkinton (children and adult), independent painting workshops at Bunkhouse Creative of Holliston, and recently at the HCA.  She will be discussing and demonstrating her approach to creating her works.

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Beth Newman art work
Beth Newman art work

Beth Newman
Beth Newman


Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Friday, Jan 14, 2022

  • wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday
9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = FRIDAY

7:00 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
8:29:00 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
9:00:00 am Frank Presents: Greg Dowd
10:00 am Physician Focus: Concussions and Brain Injury
10:30:00 am SAFE Coalition: PSA
11:00:00 am Senior Connection: Sleep
11:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Waffles
12:30 pm Sandya: Pasta
1:00:00 pm Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
1:30:00 pm Pizzapalooza: Margherita Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 8
3:00 pm The Drummers Studio: 11th Anniversary Show Two
4:30 pm Whole Health Visions: Life Coaches Pt. 2
5:00 pm We The People January 6th Vigil
7:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Kyle Brodeur
8:00 pm Senior Connection: Sleep
8:30 pm Circle of Friends: Freebo, Alice Howe & Kirsten Maxwell

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am Public School Event: Lifelong Winter Music 2021
8:30 am It Takes A Village: 40 Percent Club
9:30 am FHS Varsity Wrestling: v King Philip 12-22-21
11:30 am FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v King Philip 01-15-21
5:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v Belmont 01-02-22
7:00 pm Public School Concert: FHS Winter Jazz 01-23-20

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) =  FRIDAY

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 12-02-21
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 12-02-21

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Oh my! omicron continues driving new record, how high will we go?

Franklin, MA COVID-19 case counts continue to be driven by the omicron variant. Two weeks ago the positivity was 8%, last week we were at 17.06%. This week the positivity rate is at 22.83%.

This week positivity rate  is at 22.83%
This week positivity rate is at 22.83%


chart for week of 1/13/22 - note scale for Y axis same as last week
chart for week of 1/13/22 - note scale for Y axis same as for last week


Reminhttps://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/medicaregov-3-things-you-can-do-to.htmlder via Medicare.gov -> "3 things you can do to protect yourself from Omicron (vax, boost, mask!)" https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/medicaregov-3-things-you-can-do-to.html

Make your own data visualization from this
https://app.flourish.studio/visualisation/4817758/

Boston Globe community coverage

Mass.gov COVID-19 page -> https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting

The CDC page for COVID-19 tracking  -> https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home