Showing posts with label TV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TV. Show all posts

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Franklin Public Library opens this Chronicle piece on "Libraries are evolving into community centers with multi-services"

"Books represent only a small part of what draws today’s patrons to public libraries, which have evolved into thriving community centers with multi-services.

"We're a passport agent, we do notary, we do technology help—if you don't know how to use your phone, you come in, you get technology assistance. We offer so much more than books,” says Liane Verville, the director of the Fall River Public Library.

Greg Peverill-Conti’s day job is as an information services supervisor for the Wellesley Free Library. As co-creator of the nonprofit Literary Land Project, he’s visited libraries across the country, as well as most of those in Massachusetts, to explore, document, and promote what he sees as the vital and evolving role of public libraries in our communities.

"People have this idea that libraries are museums or books, that they're just these anachronistic institutions that aren't really relevant,” Peverill-Conti says. “And we saw again and again, that's not true."
Continue reading the article and watch the video which opens at the Franklin Public Library ->

screengrab from Chronicle piece on Libraries are evolving
screengrab from Chronicle piece on Libraries are evolving

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Franklin's Marcella DiChiara was selected to participate in Season 3 of "THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE" on PBS

Today (May 7, 2024), PBS announced the eight home cooks from across America who will showcase their culinary talents in Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE, the upbeat cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food so vibrant and delicious. With a wide-ranging variety of cooking styles influenced by their varied backgrounds — from Alaskan to African, Chinese to Sicilian, Southern, German, Mexican and more, Season 3’s contestants represent the unique diversity of American home cooking.

Hosted by Alejandra Ramos, Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE features two new judges and a new location. Tim Hollingsworth, award-winning chef and Los Angeles restaurateur, and Francis Lam, host of public radio's "The Splendid Table," join returning host Alejandra Ramos and judge Tiffany Derry in Nashville, Tennessee. Each week, after two challenges, the judges will determine which home cook has the winning dish and, in the final week, the top three will compete for a chance to win this year’s competition. The eight-episode series premieres Mondays, June 17 through August 12, 2024, 9:00-10:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS App. 

Franklin's Marcella DiChiara is one of the Contestants:

Marcella DiChiara
Marcella DiChiara

Marcella DiChiara (Franklin, Massachusetts) is a first-generation American whose passion for her Sicilian roots comes through in every dish she prepares. Her mother came to the United States with her family at age ten, and her dad immigrated to the United States in his late twenties. Growing up in Connecticut, Marcella spent every summer with her family, including her three siblings, back in Sicily. These experiences informed how she viewed cooking and the importance of family and community gathering around the table. Marcella works as an E-Commerce executive but never misses an opportunity to get in the kitchen and prepare a meal for her husband and two children. She prides herself on cooking traditional Sicilian dishes based on her mother’s recipes while using fresh, Mediterranean-inspired local produce. Marcella’s signature dish is Arancini al Ragu (Risotto Balls with Meat Sauce). 

Meet the other Contestants


Mae Chandran (Malibu, California) was born in Guangzhou (Canton) in Southern China. At the age of three, she and her mother left China for Hong Kong. When she was eight, Mae left Hong Kong for Fall River, Massachusetts, to join her family, who lived above the Chinese-American restaurant they operated. Although Mae was immersed in the world of cooking (specifically Cantonese cuisine) from a young age, it wasn’t until she met and married her Sri Lankan husband that she began exploring the use of more spices and more "heat" in her recipes. Now with two grown children, Mae and her husband are enjoying retirement while she keeps busy working on their garden, which has been featured in The Malibu Times, making her international award-winning marmalade, and working on her memoirs. Mae’s signature dish is her Cantonese BBQ Chicken made with chicken thighs, Chinese brown bean sauce, hoisin sauce, and sriracha sauce.


Tim Harris (Fort Mill, South Carolina)  grew up living all over the world as a “military brat” until his father retired from a 27-year career in the US Air Force, and the family settled back in the Carolinas when Tim was 12. Influenced by his Dutch mother, as well as his paternal Southern Grandmama’s cooking, Tim developed an appreciation and a taste for many different types of cuisines at an early age. Now married with two children and a career in insurance, Tim uses his cooking to bring people together and spread community and positivity through his dishes. Creative and willing to try anything in the kitchen, he loves to grill, smoke meat, and feature fresh seafood from the Carolinas’ coastal waters along with bold flavors. Tim’s signature dish is his Lowcountry-Style Shrimp and Cheesy Grits. 


Doug Heilman (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a training consultant who grew up on a farm in western Pennsylvania. With German roots from both of his grandfathers, Doug fondly remembers his maternal grandmother cooking what she referred to as “peasant food,” taking their traditional German recipes and making them with the produce and other ingredients they farmed. In his cooking, Doug draws inspiration from his German heritage (often utilizing his family’s handwritten recipe cards), the thriving and eclectic Pittsburgh food scene, and his husband’s Italian roots. He’s a frequent guest on local news, where he does monthly cooking segments and loves to host delectable dinner parties with his husband for friends and family. Doug’s signature recipe is Pickle-Brined Chicken Schnitzel.


Jon Hinojosa (San Antonio, Texas) was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, to proud Mexican parents. Tragically, both of Jon’s parents passed away when he was young, so learning to cook began out of necessity. It quickly blossomed into a passion as he worked in local restaurants – starting as a dishwasher and eventually serving as manager. Now with a family of his own and a proud dad of three adult daughters, he feels it’s more important than ever to celebrate their roots and fully embrace what it means to be Mexican-American. He extended his nurturing role to the work he did as Founding Director of a San Antonio-based youth organization that advocates for marginalized communities through a series of arts and culture programs. As he looks forward to his next adventures, his focus and work will always center on the arts, culture, and community. Jon’s signature dish is Green Chicken Enchiladas served with Spanish Rice.


Adjo Honsou (St. Louis, Missouri), originally from Togo, West Africa, combines her heritage with her passion for food. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 and, introduced to the art of cooking traditional West African dishes by her grandmother, Adjo's culinary skills flourished. However, sourcing authentic African ingredients in Missouri proved to be a formidable task. Undeterred, she embarked on a journey of exploration and experimentation, tirelessly researching and discovering local substitutes to recreate the flavors of her homeland. Today, Adjo proudly shares her love for West African cuisine with the St. Louis community and beyond. A scientist and single mother of two, she balances her professional responsibilities and familial duties while nurturing her entrepreneurial spirit. Two years ago, she started her food truck showcasing Togolese specialties at local events and festivals. Among her signature dishes is Oxtail Palm Nut Stew, a tantalizing fusion of oxtail, aromatic curry sauce, palm nut puree, and fiery habanero peppers.


Ingrid Portillo (Charlotte, North Carolina) was born in El Salvador in the mid-1980s. Her father was a farmer and rancher whose dream was for his children to continue that tradition, but Ingrid and her family were forced to flee to the United States to escape the Salvadoran Civil War. Ingrid credits her grandmother as her cooking inspiration, and she keeps her memory and legacy alive through her own cooking. Ingrid considers herself a lifelong PBS fan, having learned English and many cooking skills by watching PBS programs. After meeting her husband and having two kids, they relocated to North Carolina, outside of Charlotte. It is incredibly important for Ingrid that her children embrace their Salvadoran roots and honor the memory of their ancestors, especially those who didn't survive the war. Ingrid's signature dish is Pupusas with Curtido and Salsa MaĆ­z — corn tortillas stuffed with braised meat and served with pickled cabbage and salsa.


Kim Sherry (Anchorage, Alaska) is an artist who grew up in the small town of King Salmon as a fourth-generation Alaskan. Coming from a family of subsistence hunters and fishers, Kim is an avid gardener who has always had an appreciation for the outdoors and a reverence for the wildlife that sustained their community. Kim has two teen daughters and credits her husband, Bruce, for expanding her culinary repertoire and introducing her to the global flavors that influence much of her cooking. While comfort food is her go-to, Kim is also a skilled baker and frequently uses a sourdough starter that’s been in her family for more than one hundred years! Kim’s signature dish is a Salmon Banh Mi.


Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE was filmed at GREEN DOOR GOURMET, a 350-acre farm, on-farm market, and agritourism destination in Nashville, Tennessee. THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE is co-produced for PBS by VPM and Objective Media Group America. Steve Humble is the Executive in Charge for VPM. Zara Frankel is the Executive in Charge for PBS. At Objective Media Group America, an All3Media companyAlyssa Hastrich is Showrunner, Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce are Executive Producers and Erin Flynn is Senior Vice President of Current Series. 


About VPM

As Virginia’s home for public media, VPM connects nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley to insightful programming in arts and culture, history, science, news, and education. VPM operates public television stations VPM PBS, VPM Plus, VPM PBS KIDS, lifestyle channel VPM Create and international program channel VPM WORLD, as well as Richmond NPR station VPM News (88.9 FM) and VPM Music (107.3 FM, 93.1 FM and 88.9-HD2). In the Northern Neck (89.1 FM) and Southside Virginia (90.1 FM), listeners receive a combination of news and music. Audiences can access VPM online at and on Facebook TwitterInstagram and YouTube



Objective Media Group America is the U.S. arm of Objective Media Group. An LA-based All3Media America company, OMG America is led by President Jilly Pearce in creating and producing original entertainment and reality formats, including “Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown (The Food Network) “Lingo” (returning for season 2 on CBS), “The Cube” (TBS), “12 Dates of Christmas” (HBO Max), “Worst Cooks in America” (The Food Network) and more. Objective Media Group, an All3Media company, is headquartered in London and headed up by CEO Layla Smith. 


About PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 42 million adults on linear primetime television, more than 15 million users on PBS-owned streaming platforms, and 56 million people view PBS content on social media, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature, and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS LearningMedia for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. As the number one educational media brand, PBS KIDS helps children 2-8 build critical skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality content on TV — including a PBS KIDS channel — and streaming free on and the PBS KIDS Video app, games on the  PBS KIDS Games app, and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at PBS.orgone of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, FacebookInstagram, or through ourapps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Communications on X (formerly Twitter).

Monday, October 16, 2023

Town Council discusses and does not move to second reading the snow removal bylaw (video)

The Town Council met as scheduled on Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023 in the Council Chambers, all 9 members participated (2 remotely - Dellorco & Frongillo)

The Franklin TV video is available for replay ->  

Quick recap

Key item for discussion was the first reading of the snow removal bylaw coming up from the Economic Development Subcommittee which advanced it for discussion by a 3-1 vote. It failed to move to a second reading by a 4-5 vote (4 for, 5 against). The language will be reworked in discussion with the "no" votes to address their concerns.
a. Discussion: A Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin by Inserting Chapter 147, Snow and Ice, Removal Of
i. Legislation for Action Item #9a.  

  • The agenda doc -> 

Franklin, MA: Town Council Agenda for Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council Agenda for Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023 at 7 PM

Saturday, February 5, 2022

67 Degrees featured with a spot on CBS Boston TV

I remember when Olivier Edouard brought his idea and passion for a brewing license to the Economic Development subcommittee meeting years ago. The road since then has been challenging, never mind opening (finally) in Feb 2020 and have COVID-19 hit in March.

CBS Boston did a spot on their brewery and it is spot on!

Visit 67 Degrees online or in person on Grove St

67 Degrees featured with a spot on CBS Boston TV
67 Degrees featured with a spot on CBS Boston TV

Monday, December 21, 2020

"Food insecurity leaving an impact across MA"

Via Boston25 News

"Alison Caruso left her part-time job earlier in 2020 to care for her teenage son, who she said had become depressed after the death of a family member and spending months trying to learn from home. She relies on the food pantry in Franklin as well as food stamps to survive, she said.

The state has seen food insecurity rise significantly, according to a study by Feeding America.

Norfolk County was cited as the area with the highest child food insecure rate at 163%, which is also the country’s highest mark, according to Feeding America."
Continue reading online (video clip also available on page)
screengrab of FFP Executive Director Lynn Calling
screengrab of FFP Executive Director Lynn Calling

Thursday, June 11, 2020

What does 103 teachers look like?

Photos of the teachers who raised awareness on RT Tuesday afternoon before the School Committee meeting.

The Boston 25 video brief on the article:

Note: there is a difference between "notification" and "cuts". The School Committee has not yet voted to approve either the 25 or 50 cuts that would be required to balance the budget (depending upon the planning scenario used). These notifications were made in advance of the date required per contract.
The details on the budget will be figured out over the next several months due to the fluid situation. This is not like prior years where once the budget was set, it was rarely changed. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen expects to make several revisions to the budget for FY 2021.
The discussion at the School Committee meeting did not reveal when the budget vote would be scheduled, only that there was still work to do.

The FY 2021 school budget page 

The FY 2021 budget collection for the Town of Franklin

What does 103 teachers look like? - 1
What does 103 teachers look like? - 1

What does 103 teachers look like? - 2
What does 103 teachers look like? - 2

What does 103 teachers look like? - 3
What does 103 teachers look like? - 3

Monday, February 18, 2019

50 Years of Sesame Street

American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street

Sesame Street is coming to the Library via the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
Nearly 4,500 digitized episodes of the groundbreaking children's TV series have been donated to the archives & will be available on-site.

Click here for more information

Friday, April 20, 2018

ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library

Catching up to the brief Chronicle item on the Franklin Library showcasing the read-a-thon to celebrate Benjamin Franklin's birthday on January 17.   

To view the Chronicle episode, follow this link:

ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library
ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library

Note: The entire episode is less than six minutes long and the Franklin segment comes along at about 1:44, the second of three segments.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ladybug Story on WCVB's 'Chronicle' Tuesday Night -> Replay available on demand

Did you catch "Chronicle" on Channel 5 Tuesday night? The show featured many of the 56 official Massachusetts symbols, including the ladybug. 

A screen shot from the WCVB website shows Rep. Jeff Roy speaking at Town Hall about The Ladybug Story booklet.

The story of the Kennedy School second grade class of 1974's efforts to have the ladybug named as the official state insect was highlighted as part of this show. 

Follow the link below to watch the segment on the WCVB Chronicle website. The fiberglass painted ladybugs from the Cultural Council's project, as well as Representative Jeff Roy, Town Hall, the Franklin Public Library and the Franklin Art Center, made appearances. The Franklin portion of the story begins after the Polka segment, at 1:45.

This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page

Related posts:

  • Announcement of the Ladybugs to appear on the Town Common in August 2014

  • The ladybugs have landed on the Town Common

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Channel 5 - Wake up call schedule

From the Superintendent:

Back in Oct/Nov many of our schools were featured on Channel 5 - the rest of the schools were filmed in Dec and here is the schedule.

Channel 5 Morning Wake Up Calls:
Parmenter Elementary – Monday 1/26 
Helen Keller Elementary – Tuesday 1/27 
Annie Sullivan Middle –
Patriots version (Thursday 1/29) 
Normal version (Monday 2/9)
Franklin High School – Tuesday 2/10


Note: as this is TV, they desire is to draw viewers so you won't get a specific time. The wake-up call is usually early in the morning. When the video clips are made available for replay, I'll share them here.

screen grab for wake up call for Oak St/Horace Mann
screen grab for wake up call for Oak St/Horace Mann

The wake up call for Oak St/Horace Mann can be found here

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Important Information Regarding FiOS TV - FOX is back

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