Showing posts with label Big Y. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Big Y. Show all posts

Saturday, March 21, 2020

"to better enable customers to practice social distancing"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:
"Hours and days for early shopping vary depending on the individual store. Shaw’s, Big Y and Price Chopper are providing them every day of the week from 6-7 a.m., while Market Basket is offering them from 5:30-7 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hannaford offers them from 6-7 a.m. on those three days.

Grocery chains throughout the region, including Market Basket, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Shaw’s and Big Y, have begun to offer early shopping hours for seniors to help protect them from both coronavirus exposure and the increasing difficulty of securing high-demand products.

Customers aged 60 and over will have first access to food and supplies in the store, with younger patrons asked to come later.

Older people are most at risk of health complications and death from coronavirus, and are encouraged to minimize contact with potential carriers of the virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

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Big Y - Franklin, MA
Big Y - Franklin, MA

Friday, July 12, 2019

"called the use of such bags 'an inordinate amount of waste'"

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

As of Aug. 1, if you don’t bring your own bags to Big Y supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut, prepare to break out your coin purse.

Big Y Foods, Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that it moved up its planned elimination of single-use plastic bags at check-out counters, from 2020 to August 2019. Customers without their own bags can pay for paper bags at checkout at 10 cents a pop.

The company owns 80 supermarkets and specialty stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including one each in Franklin and Milford.

“Big Y has been complying with single-use plastic bag bans in several Massachusetts communities since 2014,” a press release announcing the change said. “Coming off of recent changes to laws in various towns across the New England region, Big Y has moved up its 2020 timeline to eliminate single-use plastic at checkouts in all of its locations in order to streamline operations and to do its part to support sustainability.”

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The MDN article referenced this brief video released by Big Y on how to clean the re-usable bags.

I'll need to re-think about where I keep my supply of bags (curretnly in the car).


Big Y - Franklin, MA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

In the News: plastic bags eliminated by BIG Y; breathalyzer tests require validation

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

Plastic bags being eliminated by BIG Y

"In a decision affecting all 70 Big Y supermarket locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut, Big Y Foods, Inc. this week announced it will eliminate plastic bags from checkout counters. 
That includes the store in Milford, off Rte. 109 and one in Franklin on Rte. 140.
The company uses 100 million plastic bags at checkout counters each year.
“Single-use plastic bags create an inordinate amount of waste,” a press release from the company says. “Big Y recognizes its responsibility to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste that contributes to litter, harms the environment and can endanger wildlife.” 
The change won’t happen until 2020, allowing employees and customers to get used to the idea, and make the switch to reusable bags."
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Recall that some FHS students in 2016 had created an online petition, brought forward a proposal, worked their way through the local legislative process before ultimately getting dismissed by the Economic Development Committee of the Town Council in one of their lesser highlight moments. The students can be happy now.

FHS students discussing the proposal with the EDC Nov 30, 2016
FHS students discussing the proposal with the EDC Nov 30, 2016

Balance of power plays out

"Prosecutors trying to get convictions for people suspected of driving drunk have seen their jobs get much more difficult after a Massachusetts judge ruled this week that Breathalyzer tests cannot be used as evidence in court. 
Judge Robert Brennan, who was hearing a consolidated test case that involved more than 400 Breathalyzer exams throughout the state, ruled the tests can’t be used until the Office of Alcohol Testing proves it results are accurate. 
Brennan’s ruling is being hailed by MetroWest defense attorneys as fair. 
“I think it’s the right decision,” said David Levinson, a Framingham lawyer. “There have been so many issues with the various testing devices. There has to be some kind of accountability.”

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Interesting that many of the Google provided links to the MA Office of Alcohol Testing all end up at the District Attorneys page. There is also this reference but no page link. The office must truly being being rebuilt.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

In the News: Big Y gets the license, 2 more arrested at the clothing bin

After listening to arguments for and against the request, the Town Council Wednesday granted a liquor license to the Big Y supermarket. 
The family-owned chain, which has a location on East Central Street, applied for the town’s only available malt and wine license to open one of its Table & Vine shops. 
Big Y’s application met with some opposition from residents, including the owners of a decades-old local business, who argued that the area did not need another beer and wine merchant.
Continue reading the article here

My notes from the meeting and discussion Wednesday can be found here

For a second time in two weeks, police say they thwarted a pair of thieves who were stealing clothing donations, finding one hiding in the locked donation bin. 
Kevin Santos, 22, of Brockton, and Valdir Barros, 27, of Central Falls, Rhode Island, were charged Monday with breaking into a depository and trespassing, as well as larceny over $250 after allegedly stealing from a Society of St. Vincent de Paul donation bin kept in a parking lot on Main Street. 
Two Brockton men targeted the same donation bin last week, police said, leaving with more than 50 trash bags of clothing.
Continue reading the article here

Last week's article can be found here

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Has the process been followed?

Given that the following resolution was passed in May 2014, did you see any notifications or announcements about a license being available in the past several weeks?

No, neither did some other folks. Franklin announcements are usually posted here:
Franklin news and announcements
Franklin news and announcements

Why is there a license award coming up for the Town Council meeting on Wednesday?

Or is this the same one that brought about the discussion in March 2014 that lead to the policy?

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Whereas: The Town Council has asked for a fair and equitable policy for the disposition of available alcoholic beverages (Package Store) Licenses;

Whereas: In order to provide an opportunity to all potential businesses to compete for an available (either because census results in additional license or existing licensee surrenders license) Liquor or Beer and Wine license, the Town Council wishes to adopt the following process.

• When the Town Administrator becomes aware of an available license he/she shall:
• Give notice to Town Council at the next Council meeting.
• Advertise the availability of the license via the Town Web page and other appropriate means. The advertisement will state the date the applications must be submitted and the hearing date before the Town Council.
• Conduct a hearing at which the applicants will be allowed to make their case before the Council in support of their application.
• Council will make a determination whether a public need exists based on a set of criteria which may include:
o Proximity of existing establishments.
o Will the license be used to enhance the economic development of a neighborhood?
o Impact on neighborhood.
o Is it near a school or place of worship?
o Other? 

• Council may determine that no public need exists, not withstanding applicant(s)

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The policy was posted on the Franklin webpage here

David vs. Goliath
David vs. Goliath

Franklin Liquors (yes, the one located just down the street from the Big Y) posted this

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BIG Y: Learn About Prescription Drug Safety and Drug Interactions

Pharmacy Food and Family. April is Prescription Drug Safety and Drug Interaction Awareness. Join Us! Tuesday, April 21st 11am - 4pm.
© Copyright 2015 Big Y Foods Inc., Springfield, MA

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Big Y Foods Inc., 2145 Roosevelt Avenue, PO Box 7840, Springfield, MA, 01102

Friday, September 19, 2014

Big Y: Learn How To Prevent and Treat High Cholesterol

Inform and Inspire - September is... CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION MONTH! Join us! Friday, Sept. 19th 1pm - 6pm. Inform and Inspire event day in all Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center Locations. Our pharmacists can help you understand how to prevent and treat high cholesterol by making therapeutic lifestyle changes.
© Copyright 2014 Big Y Foods Inc., Springfield, MA

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Big Y Foods Inc., 2145 Roosevelt Avenue, PO Box 7840, Springfield, MA, 01102

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Win Red Sox Tickets From WMRC and Big Y!

Big Y and WMRC want to give you a chance to win tickets to a Red Sox game!
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Welcome myBigY members to the New

We're upgrading our website to bring you more of the features you've been asking for.
Welcome myBigY members
to the New!
We'd like to introduce all of our MyBigY members to the new
and updated myBigY.

As a member, you know that at Big Y, the customer is Job #1 and we're upgrading our website to bring you more of the features you've been asking for this year.
• clean and bright new design
• easy to navigate
• new recipes with nutritional info
• meal planning information for healthy living
• and coming soon...
    Special offers only on
    Special deals that load right to your Big Y Express Savings®
    or Silver Savings Club® card

In order to continue to offer you great customer service and a fast and
efficient online experience, please reset your MyBigY password in order to keep your information secure and accessible.

Simply click on the link below and continue to take advantage of great service, great sales and an easy way to get both!

UPDATE myBigY now

Thanks for being a myBigY member and for shopping Big Y,
The Big Y Web Team

©Copyright 2013, Big Y Foods, Inc., 2145 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA, (413) 784.0600

Friday, December 7, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 8

On Day 8 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In August, the Big Y finally opened its doors.

Franklin, MA: Big Y
Big Y - Franklin, MA opened in Aug 2012

RT 140 is newly expanded and paved, the lights are operational to allow access out of Big Y and the Municipal Building as well as the other business opposite. It is rare to see only one car in the parking lot.

Why highlight the Big Y for this month? I think it tells us a couple of things about Franklin.

First - Businesses find Franklin a good place to operate. Look around at what is underway (new or renovation) or proposed. There are still some empty or underutilized buildings but compared to other communities, this is so much better. Why? Tax dollars. Yes, it is all the same tax rate but the businesses are at least paying and the more that come here, the better off we'll all be.

Second - the Big Y has helped create competition for our food dollars. Our family shopping pattern has changed to include a stop there periodically to take advantage of the sales. In times like these when stretching a dollar for as much as you can get, it helps when there is competition. Will Franklin remain with three food markets? Time will tell. In the meantime, we can shop for the best price!

For the 12 Days of Donating, the Franklin Food Elves have combined forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Register to save for Education at Big Y

In September, I wrote to remind those who visit Stop & Shop for their food shopping to register their frequent buyer or savings card with one or more Franklin schools.

The Big Y also offers a donation to your local school by registering your savings card. Big Y as part of their opening promotion is adding a Silver coin to those who accumulate more than $1,000 spending at the store between Oct 4 and Dec 31 2012.

The registration is simple. Go to the Big Y webpage

You can link your savings card to a school. The selection defaults to CT schools, simply scroll down to find your Franklin school. Or you can start typing in your school name (for example, "Oak") and the page will return the results (in this case those containing "Oak").

Note: Shaw's also has a program based upon Box Tops that also earns cash for local schools

Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile: photo essay

The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile came to Franklin yesterday as part of the Big Y celbrating their grand opening.

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

As a big kid, and one who grew up with Oscar Meyer (yes, showing my age!) I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

Especially since Beefilicious Ben had sent me an email letting me know they were coming. If they took the time to find me, I could only return the favor!

I was justly rewarded with the visit

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

The inside reminded me more of Pooh Bear (similar colors)

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

I think I would could get used to seeing the hot dog on the dash after awhile. At least I hope so

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

This is only the most recent of a long line of vehicles that goes back to 1936. Is anyone around who remembers one of these earlier versions?

Franklin, MA: Oscar Meyer Wienermobile

You can enter a contest to get driving around in the luxury vehicle if you register on

This was one way to bring smiles to those who came by the Big Y on Saturday!