Saturday, July 29, 2023
|Veterans Coffee Social scheduled for Wednesday - August 2, 2023 - 10 AM|
"Meet new friends and be part of something bigger than yourself! Sign up today as a volunteer in our 8th annual backpack drive.
The children you help through this project will be filled with hope, joy, and excitement as they start the school year. "
|Volunteer for the Hockomock Area YMCA 8th Annual Backpack Drive - sign up now!|
"Up to 450,000 Americans may have been affected by a potentially life-threatening red meat allergy caused by ticks as many doctors remain unaware of what it is or how to treat it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In new reports released on Thursday, the CDC found that between 96,000 and 450,000 Americans since 2010 may have been affected by alpha-gal syndrome. The syndrome, also known as a red meat allergy or tick-bite meat allergy, stems from alpha-gal, a sugar molecule not naturally present in humans. Instead, it is found in meat including pork, beef, rabbit, lamb and venison, as well as products made from mammals including gelatin and milk products.“Because the diagnosis of alpha-gal syndrome requires a positive diagnostic test and a clinical exam, and some individuals with alpha-gal syndrome may not get tested, it is estimated that as many as 450,000 people might have been affected by AGS in the United States,” the CDC said, adding. “Of those aware of AGS, knowledge about diagnosis and management is low.”
|Photograph: Jason Ondreicka/Alamy|
"After weeks of negotiations and two stopgap spending bills, state House and Senate Democrats announced Friday afternoon that they finally reached an agreement on the state budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.While they did not announce any details, budget leaders said they are confident they will be able to vote on the budget on Monday.“Our respective teams are actively engaged in ironing out the details and working diligently to finalize the agreement,” Senator Michael J. Rodrigues and Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who serve as budget leaders in their respective chambers, said in a statement. “We are confident that the Conference Committee Report will be filed in the coming days, ensuring that both the House and Senate will take up the report on Monday in formal session.”
|CARLIN STIEHL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE|
|How to spot and avoid post-disaster scams in the Northeast|
Friday, July 28, 2023
Friday, July 28
1:00pm - Talewise: Science Heroes (Franklin Public Library)
2:00pm - Franklin Farmers Market (Franklin Town Common)
3:00pm - Vai's Thai (food truck) (Franklin Town Common)
3:30pm - It's a "J" Thing (live music) (Franklin Town Common)
4:30pm - Sons of Sam Pizza (food truck) (67 Degrees Brewery)
5:30pm - Matt Zajack (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)
6:00pm - Jamie Barrett (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
6:00pm - FSPA & Electric Youth (live music) (Franklin Town Common)
8:00pm - Movie night - "Finding Nemo" (Franklin Town Common)
Saturday, July 29
10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm - JoeDs Wings (food truck) (67 Degrees Brewery)
4:00pm - The Fourtet (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
4:00pm - The Gilligans (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)
5:00pm - Patrick Durkin (live music) (Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen)
Sunday, July 30
10:00am - FUSF Service "Prayer as a Portal" (First Universalist Society of Franklin)
1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, July 31
1:00pm - Harry Potter Party (Franklin Public Library)
6:00pm - Movie Monday “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (Franklin Public Library)
Wednesday, August 2
10:00am - Veteran’s Coffee Social (monthly event) (Franklin Senior Center)
1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group) (Franklin Senior Center)
Thursday, August 3
6:30pm - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance - monthly meeting (Franklin Public Library)
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 School district calendar is found https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26
|Franklin's Event Outlook: July 28, 2023 to August 3, 2023|
"What is prayer if not a question to the universe? What is a portal if not a doorway to an answer?Duncan and Cilla take a different and brief look at the experience of prayer and how it impacts the individual and the sense of community. A portal entails a direction both inner and outer."
August 6: Sangha and MindfulnessAugust 13: Respect for all living thingsAugust 20: Trees: Bridges to SpiritAugust 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices
The School Committee met on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 as scheduled and completed business without student updates (school vacation) or any presentations (summer time) with a brief Executive Session and the total was within an hour. A rare but worthy accomplishment.
August 2023 Veterans' Council Meeting
All Franklin residents are invited!
The Franklin Veterans' Council will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center.
All Franklin residents (Vets and non-Vets) who are interested in Veterans' events and activities are invited.
Council meetings held from January through May also include the Memorial Day Parade Committee. Volunteers for this committee are always needed and welcome!
|on a hot day, trying to think cool thoughts|
"July 26, 2023, marks the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).This landmark civil rights law protects millions of people with disabilities across the country.The Access Board is celebrating accessible design features encountered in everyday life that benefit everyone, not just those with disabilities. Read on to learn more!"
|SSA: The ADA Benefits All People, Not Just “Americans with Disabilities”|
July is Group B Strep Awareness Month.
Group B Strep can be transmitted during birth. Babies may have long-term problems, such as deafness and developmental disabilities, due to having GBS disease.
Get tested & take preventive measures. Learn more: cdc.gov/groupbstrep
|Franklin Health Dept: Wellness Update on Group B Strep|
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Franklin Police ask residents to respond to the "Community Survey on Public Safety & Law Enforcement"
- Community involvement
- Procedural Justice
- Contact and satisfaction
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent.
We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is one of three in a series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water & Sewer Division. During 2021, we did a 3-part series on the water supply. With the Beaver St interceptor project starting later this year, we decided to cover the sewer side of the business. A little more dirty talk although we do start out with some updates on water.
Part 1 - approx. 25 minutes
PFAS - the EPA is looking to update their regulation
Mitigation of PFAS for Well 7 is costly and starting later this year
If the proposed regulations go through, it will be more costly as "60% of our water sources are currently above that (proposed) threshold"
Likely water rate increase coming in a future year (TBD)
New diagram shows lines of responsibility for water (and sewer) between Town and property owners
What to flush or not flush (3 p's - poop, pee & (toilet) paper)
Part 2 - approx. 42 minutes
We get into the core of the sewer system, historical design (or lack thereof)
Beaver St interceptor, construction overview and project plan
System capacity (both water & sewer), annual conservation measures
Oct 14 - Touch a Truck, hydrant painting, snow plow naming contest, and reveal of communication plan for the Beaver St construction project
Part 3 - approx. 27 minutes
We get to the sewer budget and rate increases approved for FY 2024, FY 2025, FY 2026
Review of the projects being completed or being worked, and planned for near term
Sahlin circle (final touches)
Monterrey Dr off Pleasant St (Jan/Feb - awaiting pump delivery)
Phase 7 lining - this summer
next level of I&I study
asset mgt grant
easement clearing & mapping
Good things about the community cooperation
Last but not least mention of the lead service connections (not supposed to be many)
The final section includes a budget recap which summaries as the following:
$500K for expenses,
approx. $1M for personnel
$3.4M for Charles River flow and assessment
$1M for project debt and interest payments
The show notes include links to the Franklin water & sewer division page
Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s sewer services. Audio Part 3 -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1027-tof-all-about-sewer-series-06-14-23-part-2-of-3
Water Sewer Division - https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division
Water Smart program -> https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/welcome-watersmart-program
Leak or Blockage diagram of lines of responsibility between Town and property owners for water and sewer service https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/have-leak-or-blockage
Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive = https://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/consumer-confidence-reports
Charles River Pollution Control https://www.franklinma.gov/charles-river-pollution-control and https://www.charlesriverpcd.org/
Charles River Update to Town Council begins at 57:50 in the Franklin TV meeting video for May 3, 2023 -> https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og
Beaver St interceptor update to Town Council begins at 1:36:30 in the same meeting video https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og
The most recent PFAS update to Town Council begins at 1:52:56 in the same meeting video https://www.youtube.com/live/mhRDmkdk7og
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