Saturday, August 19, 2023

Franklin, MA: Job Opportunities with Building & Inspections, Facilities, Finance, Library, Public Works,

FCCA Open Meeting Agenda - Aug 19 at 3 PM (includes neighborhood block party)

Saturday, August 19, 2023
3:00 P.M.

Anne Bergen:  
  • Brief Welcome and Introductions                                             
  • Vote on extension of three-year term for Pandora Carlucci

Pete Fasciano:
  • New Gov facility
  • Comcast channel Change
  • Beaver Street Press box facility
  • Status of PEG
  • Audit update
  • Perhaps upcoming events where you will SEE us…

Enjoy food, with delightful music brought to you by Jamie Barrett!

FCCA = Franklin Community Cable Access. The Franklin TV studios are located at 23 Hutchinson St

Economic Development Subcommittee considers updates to a revised sidewalk snow removal bylaw (Audio)

FM #1041 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1041 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. 

Chair: M Hamblen, C Frongillo, P Sheridan, G Jones (absent)

Town Administration: J Hellen, B Taberner

Brief recap

  • The previous sidewalk snow removal bylaw was repealed as unenforceable in 2017

  • The sidewalks covered by the Town in their snow removal plan have not been updated in years

  • Small sections were discussed and proposed to add to the Town removal coverage (along 140 near the Westerly Apts., the East/West Streets neighborhood, the Alpine/Milliken neighborhood)

  • Discussion on the parameters for clearing, when to have completed, etc. were reviewed, also the need for marketing and education to build a culture of "we can do this" and take care of the neighbors who are unable to do so.

  • The Town staff will work on the revisions as discussed, basic text of the prior bylaw is a good start to work with, add the map (new areas), etc.

  • Motion to adjourn

The recording runs 57 minutes, so let’s listen to the Economic Development Subcmte discussion on Aug 16, 2023. Audio file ->


Meeting agenda =>

My notes ->

Meeting video ->


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taken in 2017 on a walk Sunday morning, approx. 12 hours after the storm ended
taken in 2017 on a walk Sunday morning, approx. 12 hours after the storm ended

State Ethics Commission Feedback Shared by One Franklin

Hello One Franklin!!! 

I wanted to forward the email below to you all regarding the question that came up at last nights TC meeting. I sent the email to Nancy Danello, Town Clerk and copied Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator, Tom Mercer, Town Council Chair, and Denise Spencer, School Committee Chair. 

Thank you everyone, have a great weekend!

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ruthann OSullivan 
Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2023 at 3:45 PM
Subject: State Ethics Commission Feedback
To: Nancy Danello 
Cc: Jamie Hellen, Tom Mercer, Denise Spencer, 
Kenneth Ojukwi

Hello Nancy (and friends)!!

I wanted to let you know that I spoke to the State Ethics Commission, Attorney John Macdonald specifically. I told him about the One Franklin Ballot Question Committee, as well as the fact that I am running for School Committee.

He verified what the OCPF had said, which is that I can run for School Committee without it being a conflict. Once elected, I will have the same restrictions as other members. However, I plan to contact his office once again if elected and get specific clarity as to my limitations working with One Franklin, which appear to be around fundraising and using municipal resources as expected. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions for me. Have a great weekend!!!

Ruthann O'Sullivan 


State Ethics Commission Feedback Shared by One Franklin
State Ethics Commission Feedback Shared by One Franklin

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda for Aug 22, 2023

Franklin School Committee 
August 22, 2023 - 7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. McNeill
C. Payroll Ms. Spencer
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. none

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. 2023-24 Student & Family Handbook Approval
I recommend approval of the 2023-24 Student and Family Handbooks as detailed.
B. Graduation Proposal
I recommend approval of the 2023-24 HS Graduation date change as detailed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your August 8, 2023 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B. Remington Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $101.02 from Shutterfly, LLC for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $34.73 from Ohiopyle for supplemental supplies at FHS as detailed.

VI. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Adjournment

The agenda doc also contain remote participation info

The packet folder can be found ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda for Aug 22, 2023
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda for Aug 22, 2023

Notice from the Department of Public Works: Phase 7 Sewer Lining Project Starts Week of August 21, 2023

Notice from the Department of Public Works:

Starting Monday, August 21st, 2023, the Town's contracted vendor; Inland Waters Inc. will conduct cleaning and CCTV inspection of the sewer lines on the following streets ...

  • Alpine Row
  • Beaver St.
  • Chestnut St.
  • Church St.
  • Corbin St.
  • Crescent St.
  • Cross St.
  • Emmons St.
  • Fales St.
  • Garden St. 
  • Highland St.
  • Hillside Rd
  • Horace Mann Elementary Parking Lot
  • Josephine St.
  • Main St.
  • Milliken Ave.
  • Moore Ave.
  • Oak St.
  • Pleasant St.
  • Queen St.

During this part of the lining there will be minimal disruption to sewer service. If you experience any issues please call the DPW at 508-553-5500.

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Notice from the Department of Public Works: Phase 7 Sewer Lining Project Starts Week of August 21st, 2023
Notice from the Department of Public Works: Phase 7 Sewer Lining Project Starts Week of August 21st, 2023

Multi-town moving memorial vigil - Aug 31

JOIN US, AUGUST 31, 2023 - Join us in remembering and honoring all those who have lost their life to addiction by attending our MULTI-TOWN moving memorial vigil.

Wrentham, Town Common 1:00 PM
Norfolk, Town Common 2:00 PM
Millis, Town Hall 3:00 PM
Medway, Thayer Estate 4:00 PM
Franklin, Town Common 6:00 PM

Multi-town moving memorial vigil - Aug 31
Multi-town moving memorial vigil - Aug 31

Mass. seal, motto commission asks for public input on new design

survey on seal, flag
survey on seal, flag
Dear participant:

The purpose of this survey is to learn about people’s understanding of the current Massachusetts state seal and opinions about design features of a future seal. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Boston are working on this project the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto.

We hope you take the time to participate.  

What is involved: If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a short (5-10 minutes) online survey. Your participation is completely voluntary. You are free to skip any question and may stop at any time.

The State Seal Commission and archive of their hearings can be found online ->

The Guardian: 2 articles on PFAS

Drinking water of millions of Americans contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’

"Drinking water consumed by millions of Americans from hundreds of communities spread across the United States is contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic chemicals, according to testing data released on Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The data shows that drinking water systems serving small towns to large cities – from tiny Collegeville, Pennsylvania, to Fresno, California – contain measurable levels of so-called “forever chemicals”, a family of durable compounds long used in a variety of commercial products but that are now known to be harmful.

The water of as many as 26 million Americans is contaminated, according to an analysis of the new EPA data performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington DC-based non-profit."
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New data shows that about one-in-10 drinking water systems contain the two most notoriously dangerous forever chemicals. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
New data shows that about one-in-10 drinking water systems contain the two most notoriously dangerous forever chemicals. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

EPA’s new definition of PFAS could omit thousands of ‘forever chemicals’
"The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office responsible for protecting the public from toxic substances has changed how it defines PFAS for a second time since 2021, a move critics say they fear will exclude thousands of “forever chemicals” from regulation and largely benefit industry.

Instead of using a clear definition of what constitutes a PFAS, the agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics plans to take a “case-by-case” approach that allows it to be more flexible in determining which chemicals should be subjected to regulations.
Equipment used to test for PFAS in drinking water.

Among other uses for the compounds, the EPA appears to be excluding some chemicals in pharmaceuticals and pesticides that are generally defined as PFAS, current and former EPA officials say, and the shift comes amid fierce industry opposition to proposed limits on the chemicals."
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The Guardian: "Revealed: WHO aspartame safety panel linked to alleged Coca-Cola front group"

"Guideline on Diet Coke ingredient by consultants tied to industry is ‘obvious conflict of interest’ and ‘not credible’, report says"
"In May, the World Health Organization issued an alarming report that declared widely used non-sugar sweeteners like aspartame are likely ineffective for weight loss, and long term consumption may increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.

A few months later, WHO declared aspartame, a key ingredient in Diet Coke, to be a “possible carcinogen”, then quickly issued a third report that seemed to contradict its previous findings – people could continue consuming the product at levels determined to be safe decades ago, before new science cited by WHO raised health concerns.

That contradiction stems from beverage industry corruption of the review process by consultants tied to an alleged Coca-Cola front group, the public health advocacy group US Right-To-Know said in a recent report."
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‘Because of this conflict of interest, conclusions about aspartame are not credible, and the public should not rely on them,’ US Right-To-Know’s executive director says. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
‘Because of this conflict of interest, conclusions about aspartame are not credible, and the public should not rely on them,’ US Right-To-Know’s executive director says. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Friday, August 18, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: August 18, 2023 to August 24, 2023

Friday, August 18

1:00pm - Book Sale ($1/book) (Franklin Public Library)

Franklin Farmers Market
Franklin Farmers Market

2:00pm - Franklin Farmers Market (Franklin Town Common)

2:00pm - Thrift Threads thrift shop (Franklin Federated Church)

3:00pm - Hogwash BBQ (food truck) (Franklin Town Common)

3:30pm - Bus-14 (live music) (Franklin Town Common)

6:00pm - Jamie Barrett (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Tyler Zajac (live music)  (La Cantina Winery)

6:00pm - The Reminiscents (live music) (Franklin Town Common)

8:00pm - Movie Night: "The Incredibles" (Franklin Town Common)

Saturday, August 19

9:00am - Book sale ($1/book) (Franklin Public Library)

Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen
Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

12:00pm - Pangea Cuisines (food truck)  (67 Degrees Brewery)

1:00pm - Bag sale (books at $5/bag) (Franklin Public Library)

3:00pm - Franklin TV - Block Party & Open Board Meeting

4:00pm - Moxie (live music)  (La Cantina Winery)

5:00pm - Michael Rivelis (live music) (Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen)

La Cantina Winery
La Cantina Winery

Sunday, August 20

7:30am - All you can eat Breakfast (Franklin Rod & Gun Club)

10:00am - FUSF Service "Trees: Bridges to Spirit" (First Universalist Society of Franklin)

1:00pm - Cornhole Tournament (Franklin Odd Fellows fundraiser at Bellingham Sportsmans Club)

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

2:00pm - The Fourtet (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Monday, August 21

6:00pm - A Silent Voice (movie night) (Franklin Public Library)

Tuesday, August 22

11:00am - Books to Go (Horace Mann Middle School)

2:30pm - Rainbow Café  (Franklin Senior Center)

Wednesday, August 23

10:00am - FSPA Open House

1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group)

Thursday, August 24

6:00pm - Open Mic Night

6:00pm - Charlie Rock (live music)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Franklin's Event Outlook: August 18, 2023 to August 24, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: August 18, 2023 to August 24, 2023

Franklin Food Pantry Welcomes New Board Members: Barton, Baur, Harrington, & Stott

The Franklin Food Pantry, a private, nonprofit organization offering supplemental food assistance to more than 1,300 individuals per year, is pleased to announce the addition of Jim Barton, Amber Baur, Oona Harrington, and David Stott to the board of directors. The newly elected members hold a variety of backgrounds and expertise in business, civic, and nonprofit leadership, and will strengthen the governance and oversight of The Pantry, which recently moved to a new building at 341 W Central Street, Franklin, Massachusetts.

“As we enter The Pantry's next phase in our new home, it is critical to enlist additional leadership to help guide and deliver enhanced programs and services,” said Rachel Flum, Chair, Board of Directors, Franklin Food Pantry. “On behalf of the board, I am thrilled to welcome Jim, Amber, Oona, and David whose diverse perspectives and expertise will serve our neighbors and town well."

Jim Barton co-owns Allegra Marketing Print Mail in Franklin. He previously spent more than 20 years working as a sales and marketing executive in the consumer electronics industry. Jim prioritizes community involvement and supports numerous local businesses and nonprofits including SAFE Coalition, the Franklin Cultural Council, and Foster Care Essentials. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and resides in Medway, Massachusetts.  

Amber Baur
is a demonstrated strong senior leader with more than 30 years in operations, service management, and employee development. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration. She finds great joy in helping others through volunteering at the Franklin Food Pantry, coaching Franklin Youth Soccer, and being a docent at Southwick’s Zoo. She and her family reside in Franklin.

Oona Harrington is passionate about creating inclusive and equitable   environments and supports individuals and teams through her work in talent strategy and operations. Oona volunteers as a mentor for her company’s Women’s Business Resource Group and is a senior mentor for The Valedictorian Project. She also volunteers at Franklin Public Schools serving as a sub-committee member, co-chair for the Weekend Backpack Program, and as a parent representative on the school council. Oona earned an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a graduate degree from Babson College. Oona and her family reside in Franklin.

David Stott
is Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Sensata Technologies, an NYSE-listed industrial technology company. He practiced corporate law with private law firms in New York City, London, and Houston. David previously served on the Governance Committee of the Food Pantry Board. He and his family reside in Franklin.
The four new board members will serve three-year terms, increasing the volunteer-led team to eleven individuals. To support the Franklin Food Pantry’s daily operations, or to provide support for the non- profit’s new building campaign, please visit

About the Franklin Food Pantry, Inc.
The Franklin Food Pantry, Inc. offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to more than 1,300 individuals per year. The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other strategic partners. 
We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs. Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck. Programs include home delivery, a weekend backpack program for Franklin school children in need, mobile pantries, emergency food bags, and holiday meal packages. 
The Pantry is located at 341 W. Central St. in Franklin, Massachusetts on Route 140. Visit for more information.

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Now hiring for a variety of positions districtwide

FPS is hiring for a variety of positions districtwide.

We are seeking substitute teachers, adjustment counselors, educational support professionals and more.

View the full list of employment opportunities here:

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Franklin Public Schools, MA: Now hiring for a variety of positions districtwide
Franklin Public Schools, MA: Now hiring for a variety of positions districtwide