Saturday, December 9, 2023

Harriet DiMartino receives Franklin's Boston Post Cane as it's oldest resident

Town Clerk Nancy Danello presented the cane to Harriet DiMartino on Thursday, December 7. 2023. State Rep Jeff Roy also presented a Citation from the MA House of Representatives. Harriet was in the company of several members of her family.

Harriet's story as contained in the Proclamation from the Town of Franklin to mark the occasion: 
Harriet was born on April 18, 1922, in Lancaster NH to Cora Congdon (Nurse) and Frederick Congdon (Clerk of Probate Coos County).  She attended Lancaster schools and graduated from Lancaster High School where she was an excellent student and a basketball star. 
Harriet attended the University of New Hampshire where she met the love of her life, Dominic DiMartino. They both loved ballroom dancing.  After their first dance together, there was only one name that filled Harriet’s dance cards. 
Dom, a civil engineering graduate of UNH, was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the China Burma India Theater assisting with the building of airport runways with the Army Corps of Engineers. She received a degree in accounting from UNH.  During the war, Harriet taught school in Berlin NH and The Catskills NY.   
Dom & Harriet were married on June 1, 1946, shortly after Dom returned home from India.  They moved to Franklin in 1950 where they built their home on Lincoln Street.  Along with being a mother to five children, Harriet was co-owner, Vice President and bookkeeper for the D DiMartino Construction Company which was established in 1962. 
Harriet was a devout Episcopalian and converted to Catholicism to attend church with her husband and family.   She was an active member of the Franklin Catholic Women Club for many years. 
Every summer, the day after school ended, she loaded up the children and family dog in the beach wagon and headed to West Falmouth where the family spent most summers at the cottage built by Dom in 1954. 
She was a fabulous baker of pies and cookies, until aging affected her ability to mix the dough.  Her cookie jars were always filled with homemade treats for those who visit and there was usually an apple or rhubarb pie on the kitchen counter.
Upon retiring she and Dom spent 6 months of the year in their condo in Hollywood, Florida, where Harriet served as the association treasurer of the condo association.  Summers were spent at their “new” home in West Falmouth, built in 1986 adjacent to the cottage.  Annually, there were two brief returns to 2 Meetinghouse Lane in Franklin for the transition from Florida Snowbird to Cape Codder and back.  They were married for 64 years until Dom’s passing in 2011.  Harriet continued the annual north to south migration until 2018. 
Harriet continues to be a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan.  She and Dom were 25-year Patriots season tickets holders (before the Pat’s became a historic team.)    Admittedly, Harriet was the bigger sports fan than Dom. 
Since 2018, Harriet has resided in her home in Franklin full time.  She enjoys crossword puzzles on the TV via an app, watching the Red Sox, MASH DVDs, and weekly Sunday Mass broadcast from Notre Dame University.  She is a devoted and loving mother to five children, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of eight great- grandchildren. 
State Rep Jeff Roy, Harriet DiMartino, Town Clerk Nancy Danello
State Rep Jeff Roy, Harriet DiMartino, Town Clerk Nancy Danello

State Rep Jeff Roy, Harriet DiMartino, Town Clerk Nancy Danello, accompanied by Harriet's children
State Rep Jeff Roy, Harriet DiMartino, Town Clerk Nancy Danello, accompanied by Harriet's children

Other photos from the brief ceremony at the DiMartino residence

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Dec 12, 2023

Franklin School Committee
December 12, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order       Mr. Callaghan
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

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

II. Guests/Presentations
A. FHS Cheerleaders – State Champions!
B. Food Services Highlights
C. Lifelong Learning Presentation
D. Snow Presentation
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. none

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 November 28, 2023 School
Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Oak St. Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $4,300.00 from the Oak St. PCC for field
trips as detailed.
C. 40% Club - Student Activity Account
I recommend creating a student Activity Account for the 40% Club at FHS.
D. Recurring Vet’s Auditorium Field Trip - Parmenter/JFK
I recommend approval of the request of Mary MacMurray to take music students
to the Veteran’s Auditorium, Providence, RI, on May 23 (Parmenter) and May 24
(JFK), 2024 to see a concert and perform with the musicians as detailed.

VII. Good of the Order

VIII. Citizen’s Comments

IX. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

X. Adjournment

Agenda doc (also contains remote participation info)

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Dec 12, 2023
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Dec 12, 2023

Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Sub Committee
December 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd floor Training Room

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

● Define Purpose of Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy Subcommittee
● Review Committee Goals & Establish FY24 Goals
● JPGR Overview & Partnership
● Known FY24 Community Events

Remote participation info included in agenda doc

Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM
Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM

CommonWealth Beacon: "Yes, building more housing does lower rents, study says"

"IT’S A QUESTION that looms large over the effort to promote more development in housing-starved Massachusetts: Does increasing the supply of housing, even if it’s mainly higher-cost, market-priced units, temper the runup in costs that has so many residents straining to make ends meet? 

The idea follows the basic economic principle of supply and demand – when more of something is made available, its price falls. But there are plenty of “supply skeptics” who aren’t convinced that simply opening the housing production spigot will lower costs, and argue instead that it often just drives up prices by promoting gentrification. 

In a recent report, only 30 to 40 percent of those polled in a national survey of urban and suburban residents believed a 10 percent increase in housing production would result in lower home prices and rents. Against that backdrop, however, a research team at New York University issued a report last month arguing that there is clear evidence that boosting supply is the key to lowering or moderating housing costs. 

“All the evidence shows that it does reduce housing costs,” said Vicki Been, director of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. The report by Been and two NYU colleagues attempts to look at all the evidence available from studies of the question. 

“In sum,” they write, “significant new evidence shows that new construction in a variety of settings decreases, or slows increases in, rents, not only for the city as a whole, but generally also for apartments located close to the new construction.”
Continue reading the article at CommonWealth Beacon

From the paper referenced in the article the Abstract summarizes:
"Although “supply skeptics” claim that new housing supply does not slow growth in rents, we show that rigorous recent studies demonstrate that: 1) Increases in housing supply slow the growth in rents in the region; 2) In some circumstances, new construction also reduces rents or rent growth in the surrounding area; 3) The chains of moves sparked by new construction free up apartments that are then rented (or retained) by households across the income spectrum; 4) While new supply is associated with gentrification, it has not been shown to cause significant displacement of lower income households; and 5) Easing land use restrictions, at least on a broad scale and in ways that change binding constraints on development, generally leads to more new housing over time, but only a fraction of the new capacity created because many other factors constrain the pace of new development."

The Taj Estates apartments on East Central street
The Taj Estates apartments on East Central street

Franklin Agway: December Sale, Gifts for everyone on your list

Great Gifts on sale

Franklin Agway: December Sale, Gifts for everyone on your list

Gifts for Everyone on your list!

  • $5 off Birdsnack 20 lb.
  • 10% off All small (5 lbs. or less) birdseed
  • 10% off Indoor growing kits
  • 15% off Squirrel-X bird feeders
  • 15% off All Bee's Wrap
  • 15% off Wheelbarrows and spreaders
  • 20% off All bird, duck and bat houses
  • 20% off Swedish dish cloths
  • 25% off Hummingbird feeders
  • 25% off Flashlights till 12/23
We will be closed 12/24-12/26 and 12/31-1/1/2024

Winter store hours
Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-5
Thursdays and Fridays 9-6
Saturdays 9-4
Sundays 9-2

Sales are in store only, 12/2-12/31/23 while supplies last

See you soon,
The Agway Crew

PS. Come in and check out our new zero waste items. Together we can make a difference.

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The Guardian view on Cop28: a phase-out of fossil fuels is the only decision that makes sense | Editorial | The Guardian

"It was never really in doubt. But the first week of Cop28, which ended with a rest day on Thursday, made one crucial fact impossible to ignore: the fossil fuel industry is not planning to go quietly. Far more of its lobbyists are in the UAE than have attended UN climate talks before. One analysis counted 2,456 of them – nearly four times the number registered last year in Egypt.

The battle is hotting up over what next week’s report on progress towards the Paris goals, known as the global stocktake, will say. Fossil fuel interests – both corporate and national – are pushing hard to avoid references to the phase-out that would signal the end of their business model and vast profits. They don’t want an energy transition that leads to their demise.

Last week, the Guardian revealed that Sultan Al Jaber, who holds the Cop presidency and leads the UAE’s state oil company, recently asserted that “no science” indicates that “a phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to achieve 1.5C”. Forced on to the defensive, he later said that “the phase-down and phase-out of fossil fuel is inevitable”. But it is the nations at Cop28 that will decide, and there is no guarantee that any such pledge will appear in the final text.

One of the key battlegrounds at Cop28 is that of language: whether fossil fuels will be phased “down” or “out”. The choice is either reducing carbon energy sources or getting rid of them entirely. The latter would be preferable, but there are many other battles to be won. There will be haggling over whether a transition to a cleaner future should see fossil fuels “unabated”, with greenhouse gas emissions released directly into the atmosphere, or “abated”, where carbon capture technology and carbon offsets reduce the harm caused. The latter have so far failed to deliver promised benefits, appearing more of a risk than a solution, in enabling the necessity of replacing fossil fuels to be ducked."
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Stay scam free, no matter how far away you roam

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Andrew Rayo

Planning to travel this holiday season? No matter where you're going (over the river and through the woods), how you're getting there (planes, trains, and automobiles), or where you're staying (home for the holidays), here are the scams to avoid along the way.


Friday, December 8, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 8, 2023 to December 13, 2023

There will be opportunities to volunteer for the #LoveFranklin Humanitarian Aid for the Emergency Shelter on Monday through Friday. The donations need to be moved to another location inside the Franklin United Methodist Church (82 W. Central Street, Franklin)--from the basement to the balcony. This new location is slightly larger and will be much more convenient, especially as work begins on the church's sanctuary ceiling. You can signup to help by going to

Friday, December 8

1:00pm Library Book Sale (Franklin Public Library)

4:00pm Jack Frost Jubilee (SAFE Coalition fund raiser) (Proctor Mansion)

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

7:00pm Faculty Dance Works (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Saturday, December 9

9:00am Library Book Sale (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am FUSF Holiday Cookie Walk (262 Chestnut St)

10:00am Train Town Franklin; Part 2 (Franklin Historical Museum)

10:00am RISE Up - social gathering (Franklin TV Studio)

1:00pm Library "Books by the Bag Sale" (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm Yatra Band (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm SMILE FRANKLIN, MA - A Stand-Up Comedy Residency (Box Seats)

8:00pm The Rescignos: Franklincense (THE BLACK BOX)

Sunday, December 10

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

1:00pm Train Town Franklin; Part 2 (Franklin Historical Museum)

1:15pm Second Sunday Speaker (Franklin Historical Museum)

Monday, December 11
7:00pm All that Glitters is Gold: Gustav Klimt (hybrid event) (Franklin Public Library)

Tuesday, December 12

7:00pm FBRTC Meeting (67 Degrees Brewery)

Wednesday, December 13

1:00pm Senior Scribblers (writing group) - (no meeting this week)

7:00pm Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club (Yankee Swap) (Escape Into Fiction)

7:00pm St Mary's Women's Faith Formation Group (St Mary's)

Thursday, December 14

6:00pm Annie Sullivan Middle Sch Concert (Horace Mann Middle School)


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: Dec 8, 2023 to December 13, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 8, 2023 to December 13, 2023

#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 7, 2023

Everything is settling into a routine at the Emergency Shelter in Franklin. Many of the residents at the Emergency Shelter are beginning to receive state services that were, initially, slow to start. This means that our efforts will slowly begin to move from emergency meeting of needs and service gap-filling to long-term support that will ultimately help families transition out of the shelter (which is still going to be a long, slow process).

The After-School Program is now a regular part of community life and providing a helpful outlet for support and play for children in elementary, junior high, and high school. It is offered Wednesday afternoons (when there's not a half-day or holiday). If you'd like to learn more or potentially help out, contact Rev. Kathy McAdams at

The initial push for donation sorting and packing is over. Just about everyone has received warm clothes and at least one coat. That being said, there are still needs to be met and plenty of opportunities to help. 

Next week, there will be opportunities to volunteer Monday through Friday. We need to move all the donations to a new location inside the Franklin United Methodist Church (82 W. Central Street, Franklin)--from the basement to the balcony. This new location is slightly larger and will be much more convenient, especially as works begins on the church's sanctuary ceiling. You can signup to help by going to

If you have any questions about the donation sorting/packing/moving or would like to sign up a group at a special time, feel free to reach out directly to me at

The Franklin Interfaith Council voted today to bulk order new socks and underwear. Once received we will pack socks and underwear to go out to everyone at the shelter. Over the next several weeks, we will be doing our best to fulfill needs that were partially fulfilled (or not at all) in the first round of donation distribution. As such, we're asking for a new list of donations. See the attached flyer (.pdf and .jpeg)

Please note: we are not taking furniture donations nor are we taking toy donations at this time. Christmas gifts for emergency shelter residents have already been taken care of separately from this effort.

Thank you for your on-going support! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.



PS ~To stay up to date on all that is going on with the Franklin Interfaith Council, subscribe to our website by going to and submitting your email address at the bottom of the page.


Rev. Dr. Jacob W. Juncker
Pastor, Franklin United Methodist Church
President, Franklin Interfaith Council

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#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 7, 2023
#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 7, 2023

We’ve been approved as a 501(c)(3)! Support us to help the Children’s Museum of Franklin grow!

We're now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌