Showing posts with label Animal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animal. Show all posts

Saturday, October 10, 2020

“Some people are afraid of opossums based on their looks"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

Some are fearful of their beady eyes and sharp claws, but any danger opossums pose is usually outweighed by a human’s reaction to them, says Franklin wildlife rehabilitator Stacey Cobb.

On Sept. 14, she met “Hope,” a juvenile opossum who was shot repeatedly with a pellet gun, she said.

“He was in rough shape,” said Cobb, of Nature’s Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation, when she met the injured marsupial at about 5 that morning. A North Attleborough woman and her niece, who Cobb noted were both “pretty badly beaten up” themselves, brought the animal over after he was shot by a neighbor a few hours earlier.

“It was bad,” said Cobb. “He was shot in the eye, and the bullet had gone into his eye and was trying to come out his cheek/jaw area.” He was also shot in the abdomen, she added.

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"Nature's Nurse Wildlife Rehabilitation is a registered 501c3 in Franklin, Massachusetts. We nurse sick, orphaned and injured wildlife back to health and back into their natural environment within the state of Massachusetts."

Visit their webpage

Or their Facebook page


Friday, May 22, 2020

Town Council - Recap of 5/20/20 meeting (and recording)

My notes were captured via Twitter and tagged #tc0520
Animal Control
  • Presentation by Tracey Taddeo on the Animal Control Dept, a quiet group that does good work. #tc0520
  • Patrick Kelleher leads the Franklin side in the joint effort with Bellingham that Tracey covers
Franklin Food Pantry
SAFE Coalition
  • Next up, SAFE Coalition with Jen Levine and Jim Derick to present, copy of deck to be shared later #tc0520
  • SAFE is busy, one contact leads to approx 8 others ( to confirm details, explore options, etc.) #tc0520
  • 40 people/week reach out for support from SAFE Coalition, while they cover 9 communities, it is still a need that is rather large and being met #tc0520
  • SAFE currently funded by grants and donations #tc0520
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center
  • Next up, the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) the regional dispatch center #tc0520 last week was first anniversary of operations so timely albeit delayed due to COVID-19
  • Mendon/Millville regional dispatch will actually merge with the MECC final planning underway
  • Collaboration with depts beyond Fire/Police in Franklin help to make the work that much easier; DPW, technology, Assessors, GIS, facilities, etc. #tc0520
  • Regionalization of dispatch is a success and could be a guide for others to follow. MA had 300plus dispatch centers, CA has 4. With the MECC online and expanding (Millville , Mendon) a source of pride and savings #tc0520
Legislation for Action
Town Administrator Update
  • Senior Center coffee hour on Thursday at 8:30 AM with virtual meeting #tc0520 bring your coffee! Announcement of curbside cafe coming at the meeting but due to start June 1
  • FY2021 budget coming out Thursday, Finance Committee meetings over the next two weeks spread over 4 nights, agendas to show which dept which night, etc. #tc0520 . Need Community engaged as these discussions will be challenging
  • Parks and parking lots to open on Monday, playgrounds will remain closed, masks and social distance requirements still in place #tc0520
  • Board of Health special session on 5/21/20 at 5 PM details on Town of Franklin page effectively #tc0520
  • Council comments wrapped up, motion to adjourn, passed 8-0-1 via roll call. Real time reporting ends for this meeting with this tweet. #tc0520

The Twitter treads can be found online

FM #273 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 273 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The Chair, Tom Mercer opens the meetings, all votes are via roll call, each person speaking is acknowledged by the Chair before speaking. Aside from an occasional bit of background from someone not muted properly, the meeting runs well.

The recording runs about 2 hours and 50 minutes, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 20, 2020.

screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation
screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation

Friday, April 19, 2019

“I think it’s important that we learn to coexist with wildlife”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Stacey Cobb doesn’t need a calendar, or blooming flowers and emerging buds, to tell her when spring has arrived. That’s because it’s the time of year when her household swells with new arrivals - many of them newborns - in need of some compassion and tender loving care. 
They aren’t of the human kind, but rather are babies of the forest: Squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, foxes. When they are orphaned and too young to care for themselves, or they need some non-veterinary care for a while, Cobb is there with open heart to help. 
A wildlife rehabilitator, Cobb is finding herself quite busy lately with the first babies of the season. A litter of five squirrel kits - so young they are still blind and hairless - came into her care just days ago, joining two other baby squirrels she’d already been caring for, in addition to other critters making a temporary home with her until they are ready to be returned to the wild."
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You can help by buying items off Stacy's Amazon Wish List

You can help by buying items off Stacy's Amazon Wish List
You can help by buying items off Stacy's Amazon Wish List

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Franklin Library - "Creature Teachers" and "Minute to Win It"

Two programs are scheduled for the Franklin Library today. Creature Teachers at 10:30 AM and Minute to Win it at 1:00 PM

Franklin Library - "Creature Teachers"
Franklin Library - "Creature Teachers"

Franklin Library - "Minute to Win It"
Franklin Library - "Minute to Win It"

This was shared from the Franklin Library posting on the programs for April school vacation week

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Franklin Public Library: Animal Affair and Shadow Puppet Show - Apr 21

Animal Affair! Friday, April 21st, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Make some new furry or feathered friends when the Animal Affair Traveling Petting Zoo visits the Franklin Public Library! Everyone is welcome to pet, brush, feed, hold, and play with the animals! Participants are taught the proper way to hold and handle the animals. 
Animal Affair will be bringing ducks, chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits! No registration is required.

Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Show! Friday, April 21st, 1:00 p.m. 

Mr. Vinny from the Toe Jam Puppet Band presents a dynamic and hilarious family show! Mr. Vinny specializes in storytelling with unique puppets! Get ready for lots of jokes and audience participation, and a few fun surprises!

Temporary location of Franklin Public Library - 25 Kenwood Circle
Temporary location of Franklin Public Library - 25 Kenwood Circle

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Annual Rabies Clinic - Apr 22


When: Saturday, April 22nd

Animal Control
15 Public Works Way,
Franklin (off of Fisher St.)

Fee: $20.00 (CASH ONLY)

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Dogs MUST be leashed/Cats MUST be in a carrier.

INFO: Call (508)966-5823 or (508)520-4922

Written proof of previous rabies vaccine within the last 9-12 months is needed for a 3 year vaccine.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Franklin Library: Animal Affair - Dec 27 - 3:00 PM

Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo, will appear at the Franklin Public Library on Tuesday, Dec 27 at 3:00 PM.

Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo
Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo

"Our petting zoo is perfect for any occasion or event, in any season, and for any age group!

We believe having animals at your event shouldn't be just an activity, but an experience that creates a lasting memory! All of our PETS are deeply loved and receive the best of care, which is evident by their sweet nature and love of affection."
For more about Animal Affair, visit their webpage

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Saturday, December 10, 2016

In the News: white fox "Frankie"; college enrollment declining

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A rare white fox was captured Thursday in Franklin after spending the last few weeks visiting the yards of various homes near the state forest. 
The gregarious vixen, with soft streaks of red and black in her fur and black-tipped ears, was taken in by the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife after she was caught in cooperation with the Franklin animal control department. The capture followed a sighting reported to the agency Thursday morning. 
Dave Wattles, a black bear and furbearer biologist with the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, said the fox showed no indications of being rabid, though she has been vaccinated."
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If you want to help the white fox "Frankie" listen to this

"Since hitting a peak in 2013, enrollment at Massachusetts public colleges and universities has decreased for the third consecutive year, posing challenges that education leaders are working to address. 
"This was predictable. All you had to do was go back 17, 18, 19 years ago and look at birth rates," state Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago said. "We knew it was coming … But we don't want to just sit back and let those demographic trends take shape." 
After more than a decade of growth, public undergraduate enrollment in Massachusetts has declined by 10,744, or 5.5 percent, since 2013. There are an estimated 186,103 undergraduate students on public campuses in Massachusetts for the fall 2016 semester."

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Petting Zoo to appear at Franklin LIbrary - Oct 3

The petting zoo will appear at the Library parking Lot on Main St (not at the temporary location on Kenwood Circle). 

Monday, Oct 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Petty Zoo to appear at Franklin LIbrary today
Petty Zoo to appear at Franklin LIbrary today
This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The traveling petting zoo brings barn babies to the Franklin Library

Barn babies will make an appearance at the Franklin Public Library on Tuesday, Aug 16 at 2:30 PM. The babies are wrapped in snuggling cloth to enable the children to hold them and keep them safe and warm.

The traveling petting zoo brings barn babies to the Franklin Library
The traveling petting zoo brings barn babies to the Franklin Library

This was shared from the offical Town of Franklin webpage

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Franklin Library: Animal World Experience - Aug 5

Summer time we have lots of opportunity to be fit and healthy. How do animals do it? Find out Friday, Aug 5 at 1:00 PM at the Franklin Public Library.

Remember the Library is operating from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle for the next year while renovations on the Main St building are underway.

Animal World Experience - Aug 5
Animal World Experience - Aug 5
For additional information, check out the Library page n the official Town of Franklin website

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

In the News: candidates night, preschool fair, speech competition, National Merit award, coyote alert

The opioid problem and town finances prominently featured in the conversation among candidates for Town Council in the November election during a Tuesday evening forum. 
Fourteen candidates for the council - along with those running for School Committee, the Board of Health and Town Clerk - took part in a candidates night, giving their perspectives to prospective town voters. The candidates are seeking nine seats on the council in the Nov. 3 election. 
Several candidates, when asked to name a pressing problem facing Franklin, mentioned the opioid abuse crisis in Massachusetts.
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The annual Franklin Preschool Fair is planned on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 5-7 p.m., at the Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St., Franklin. 
Representatives from local preschools in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Wrentham will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to parents seeking preschools for the 2015-2016 school year.

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This year, the Franklin Lions is sponsoring a youth speech competition open to all students in grades 9-12. 
The topic is "In What Ways Has Social Media Changed Society?" The speech must be 5-8 minutes in length, begins at the club level and progresses through to state level, where the winner gets $1,500.

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Tri‐County Regional Vocational Technical High School senior Nicholas Wotton was named a commended student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. 
Wotton, a Franklin resident, received a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for placing among the top five percent of U.S. students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2014. About 34,000 students from across the nation received the commendation.

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Officials are advising Franklin pet owners to be vigilant after a coyote killed a local dog. 
Animal Control Officer Cindy Souza said the attack took place on the Norfolk side of town - near Chestnut and Pleasant streets - around the end of September."We've had a couple of (attacks) over the past two to three weeks," she said. "One dog was killed, while another was just bitten - that was a larger dog."

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Franklin Federated Church: Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, October 4th

of the Animals

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Franklin Federated Church - 171 Main Street

3 p.m. – Outdoors on the Front Lawn

(Rain date is Sunday, October 11th also at 3 pm)

Pets are treasured gifts from God and worthy of blessing.
Join us for prayer, celebration, blessings, and treats for our beloved special companions. All creatures great and small are welcome!
We ask that all pets be leashed/caged/restrained.
If your pet is no longer living, you may bring a photo in their honor.

People and pets of all faiths are welcome!!

Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort and convenience.

Pastor Charley Eastman - 508-528-3803 -
A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation affiliated with the United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches USA
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Franklin LIbrary: Barn Babies - Aug 25, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Pet the animals today! The Franklin Library welcomes the traveling petting zoo today at 1:00 PM.

This is another event in the series sponsored  by the Friends of the Franklin Library.
Barn babies, Aug 25 1;00 PM
Barn babies, Aug 25 1;00 PM

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In the News: animals at the Library, lightning strikes, TEDxNatick being scheduled

Rabbits, frogs and turtles are among the animals that could be making an appearance at the Franklin Public Library this afternoon. 
The library is set to host a "Wild Heroes" program by Animal World Experience at 4 p.m. today, looking to educate children about the creatures that inhabit the natural world. 
The event, said library Director Felicia Oti, is part of a slate of programs that has been running throughout the summer.
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Several lightning strikes were reported during a Tuesday afternoon storm. 
The Franklin Fire Department reported via its Twitter account that it had been dispatched to a house struck by lightning on Hunters Run at approximately 5:10 p.m. 
About a half-hour later - at 5:42 p.m. - the department reported, again through Twitter, that it had responded to a house fire at Royal Court. 
Both situations were dealt with, though an estimate of the damage done was not immediately available.

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Rosemary Driscoll, one of several organizers of the event, said organizers are planning for the event and looking for ideas for speakers. The group is also happy to have more people help out. 
Natick Education Foundation sponsored a simulcast viewing of a TED youth conference last year. Driscoll, president of the foundation, said TEDxNatick is much broader and not a specific Natick Education Foundation event, though the foundation expects to be a sponsor. 
“This is much more about a community event than it is a straight public education event,” Driscoll said. “The whole idea is it’s ideas that inspire.”

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

yard sale - Acorn Animal Hospital - Aug 16 - 8:00AM to 2:00 PM

Posted to the Franklin Matters Facebook page yesterday:

Acorn Animal Hospital will be hosting a yard sale TOMORROW (Sunday) from 8-2!  
If you have any unused items that you are looking to get rid of, we will be accepting donations TODAY (Saturday) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  
All proceeds from the yard sale will go directly to the Maggie Fund to support pets in need. unfortunately we cannot accept the following items: sofa beds, clothing, mattresses, paints, tires, chemicals, textbooks, computers, televisions, air conditioners or other large appliances.

Acorn Animal Hospital
Acorn Animal Hospital

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Live reporting - animal control, Tri-County

we have a long standing relationship with Bellingham
we get use of an employee and a vehicle, we have the pound
they get busy with beavers, coyotes, deer, etc

occasionally we have a capital expense to replace the vehicle

motion to approve, passed 9-0

Tri-County is an assessment
one of eleven communities that comprise the regional
how many students come from the community determine the allocation to the community
it varies depending upon how many students we send them

They have run a tight ship up there, they can come and speak with you if needed
If our assessment is to be changed, the other communities would have to agree to it

have been able to maintain budget from time to time with cuts in materials which is one key area of their expense

what percent of the increase is the increase is students vs the overall increase in their budget
the percent of the students drove the budget

I don't have the student enrollment numbers with me
I'll have the numbers for you on Monday

question on the school committee line
like to be their supplies and expenses

motion to approve, passed 9-0

motion to adjourn

Franklin, MA

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Live reporting - Cultural, Animal

Cultural Council

starter funds for matching grant to provide support to local artists in the community

Animal Control

in conjunction with Bellingham, salary paid by Bellingham, we pay certain expenses and gain 24x7 coverage

been going on for 15 years, well oiled and operating

Expansion could be considered but the kennel size would need to be increased
Would cost more to add to the kennel than it would generate in revenue to offset

end of budget hearings

Reminder - Financial Planning Committee meeting being held at Horace Mann/Mercer Auditorium on Monday April 27th, 7:00 PM

Earth Day - 9:00 AM on Saturday April 18th, start at Beaver Pond

motion to adjourn

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Open for business:

As part of our continuing series on businesses located here in Franklin, I find out that is now open for business via this notice.

Founded by Paula And William Ross, has about 1,000 products to help pet owners enhance the health and relationship with their pets. offers a business opportunity in the $40 Billion Pet Industry and an on-line Pet Store for each affiliate. affiliates have a fully equipped customer service center at their disposal, ready to take customer orders.

For more info, you can buzz them at 888-303-7775, visit their website (, or stop in at their Franklin, MA headquarters.

For information on other businesses in Franklin check out the prior postings here

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