Saturday, December 23, 2023

Have you tried the "Year in Review" Quiz on the News in the Town of Franklin for 2023?

Let's try something a little different as we approach the close out of 2023. 

How closely did you pay attention to the news during the year?

A Town of Franklin "Year in Review" news quiz. 

10 questions, and a bonus question. All worth 10 points each.

Submit a valid email at the beginning of the quiz, and at the end of the quiz, you can select to receive how you did on the quiz sent to that email.

We'll keep the quiz open until January 7 and share the overall results.

Take the quiz in the embedded form below or follow this link ->

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities with Finance, Facilities & Public Works - get your application submitted

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. 

Munis Administrator - Finance Department

Heavy Motor Equipment Operators - Department of Public Works 

Junior Building Custodian - Facilities Department

Part Time and Substitute Custodians - Facilities Department 

Updated 12/22/2023

If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.

To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe here .

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Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities with Finance, Facilities & Public Works - get your application submitted
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities with Finance, Facilities & Public Works - get your application submitted

Panther TV: "School Alone" (video)

Panther TV (@fhspanthertv) posted Fri, Dec 22, 2023:
Happy Winter Break everyone!!! 
TV class produced this special to kick things off. We hope you like it :-) 
Thanks for watching and we'll see you next year!!  @FranklinHS @FHSPantherbook @FranklinPSNews @FranklinMatters via @YouTube

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Panther TV: "School Alone" (video)
Panther TV: "School Alone" (video)

Rausch Report: Looking back and Forging Ahead - (December 2023)

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As we near the end of the year, I'm taking this moment to look back at everything we've accomplished together. From one-on-one conversations with constituents to district events and advancing legislation, it has been a busy and fulfilling year.  

This year has also been challenging. We've witnessed a rise in hate crimes and antisemitism, continued attacks on reproductive health care across the country, and an increase in climate-related disasters. These challenges, however, fuel my commitment to this work, our communities, and the Commonwealth. It's an honor to serve you in the State Senate, and I will continue working hard for you and your families on Beacon Hill.  

This month's Rausch Report includes a look back on a successful 2023 and a look forward to the work still ahead, a roundup of district events, a snapshot of upcoming community happenings, and more. 

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to call me and my team at (617) 722-1555, email me at, or attend upcoming office hours. We are here to help.   

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season and good things to come in the new year.

Yours in service,  

Senator Becca Rausch   

On the legislative front, my team and I have accomplished a lot this year for our constituents, our communities, and the Commonwealth: 

Local and statewide funding wins: I'm proud to have secured millions of dollars in the FY 2024 budget for local and statewide initiatives, including funding for the continued implementation of a universal mental health screening program for students in grades 7 and 9 in Franklin, Town Common playground upgrades in Bellingham, fire department improvements in Norfolk and Plainville, a sustainability coordinator in Medfield, and much more. I am particularly proud of securing full funding for the Hey Sam mental youth text line, highest-ever funding of $350,000 for the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee, and similarly highest-ever funding of $2.5 million for civics education for Massachusetts students.  

Legislative wins: The legislative process is moving along and bills are beginning to progress through their respective committees. I filed more than 60 bills this term and all but 3 of them have had their hearings already. My legislative portfolio covers reproductive care, personal and public health, climate action and environmental justice, election reform, education, good governance, and more.  

Committees must take some type of action on all bills timely filed this session by February 7, 2024, so we anticipate an increase in floor votes and activity in both the Senate and House chambers in the months ahead. You can track the status of a bill moving through the legislative process here. (Find some handy instructions here, under "how to track bills"). 

The Senate has already advanced some critical bills this term, such as tax relief, pay equity, and increasing health care access to pharmaceuticals, PrEP, and disposable menstrual products. This is in addition to our $56 billion annual budget and the recently finalized 2023 close-out budget, which funded collective bargaining agreements, special education tuition rate increases, disaster relief for municipalities impacted by storms and natural disasters that occurred in 2023, and more. 

Committee Progress: I was also reappointed by the Senate President to serve as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Working collaboratively with my House co-chair, we've done initial assessments on more than 350 bills and held 10 hearings on topics such as plastics and waste management, environmental justice, air and water quality, animals, parks and open spaces, climate change, and waterways, oceans, and wetlands. In addition to this significant body of work, the Committee has been out in the field, touring Boston Harbor to advance discussions about preserving and protecting our harbors, coastlines, and waterways, and visiting Revere, Lynn, and Marblehead to bring focus to coastal resiliency, remediation, and carbon sequestration. 

Caucus Leadership: I am honored to serve as an at-large board member of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll met with members of the Women's Caucus this week to discuss the Caucus's strategic priorities to uplift and support women and girls in the Commonwealth.  

Hate Crimes Task Force: I was recently appointed to the Hate Crimes Task Force and attended my first meeting this week. The Task Force's collective work to combat identity-based hatred and bigotry is profoundly important, and I am proud to be part of it.  

Looking ahead: We have more work to do in 2024. My team and I continue to shepherd our bills through the legislative process with the goal of enacting good law and strong policy across a multitude of issues. Also, as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, I am eager to continue my strong partnership with my House co-chair as we move through next level reviews and assessments of the hundreds of bills under our jurisdiction, utilizing the lenses of climate action and environmental justice. 

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Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 215
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133                   

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Franklin Fire schedules a free hands only CPR class for Jan 16, 2024 - register now!

Franklin Fire (@FranklinMAfire) posted on Thu, Dec 21, 2023:
We are offering a free hands only CPR class on January 16, 2024.  
Registration is required as there are only a limited amount of spots available:


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Franklin Fire schedules a free hands only CPR class for Jan 16, 2024 - register now!
Franklin Fire schedules a free hands only CPR class for Jan 16, 2024 - register now!

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Winter break extends to Jan 2, 2024

Franklin Public Schools, MA (@FranklinPSNews) posted Fri, Dec 22, 2023:
All Franklin Public Schools will be CLOSED December 25th- 29th, 2023 (Winter Break) through January 1st, 2024 (New Year's Day). 
Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.
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Franklin Public Schools, MA: Winter break extends to Jan 2, 2024
Franklin Public Schools, MA: Winter break extends to Jan 2, 2024

Friday, December 22, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 22, 2023 to December 28, 2023

Friday, December 22

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

Saturday, December 23

8:00am Girls Scout Cookies 4 Sale (outside King St Dunkin Donuts)

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)  

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

10:30am Pancakes and Pajamas! (and Jamie Barrett) (Franklin Public Library)

3:00pm Piano Steve (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Sunday, December 24  Christmas Eve

10:00am Christmas Eve Services (New England Chapel)

Monday, December 25  Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 26

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

10:30am Scott Martell Magic Show (Franklin Public Library)

Wednesday, December 27

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

10:30am Music at the Blissful! A Fun Family Concert! (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm Buildwave Family Night! (Franklin Public Library)

Thursday, December 28

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

10:30am Interactive Puppet Storytime! (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm Open Mic Night (67 Degrees Brewing)


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 22, 2023 to December 28, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 22, 2023 to December 28, 2023

Franklin Police open a YouTube Channel (video)

Franklin Police Dept. adds a YouTube channel to their communication tools. The first video shares some of the events during the storm on Monday, December 18, 2023.

"This is a short 6 minute video capturing some of the storm on December 18, 2023"

"It was a 1977 Pontiac"

The DPW shares an Elm Street Bridge update:
"Elm Street Bridge Update!!!  
So some folks wondering why bridge was closed and when it will reopen??? In layman's terms, the Elm Street bridge is a very old granite block bridge that was constructed in the late 1800s. MassDOT and Franklin Public Works keeps a keen I on it.  
When the Charles River raises to a certain level, as measured by the red and yellow marker on the side of the bridge (see photo below), we might recommend closure for safety as the velocity of the water in the river might undermine the footings of the bridge which could cause a bridge failure, i.e. the bridge could collapse!  
Before we reopen the bridge, the footings need to be inspected by the MassDOT dive team. They were out there today, even though the level of the Charles River has dropped by more then a foot, the velocity of water is still to swift for them to safely inspect. So we have to wait a little longer. 
Going out on limb here, but feeling pretty confident that the inspection will turn out positive. It is very well constructed old bridge that has seen a lot of floods over the years! As they say, they "don't build like that anymore"! 
On a side note, it was a 1977 Pontiac that made jump, not a 1978!"

"It was a 1977 Pontiac"
"It was a 1977 Pontiac"

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And if you missed the original post to reference the Pontiac, the photo is shared here

Unless you own a 78 Pontiac Trans AM, I would seek an alternate route
"Unless you own a 78 Pontiac Trans AM, I would seek an alternate route"

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