Showing posts with label Zoom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zoom. Show all posts

Sunday, May 15, 2022

How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:30 PM, join MAPC and the Town of Franklin for the next Franklin For All hybrid public forum

This event will take place at THE BLACK BOX (15 West Central Street) and over Zoom. Weigh in on draft zoning recommendations and learn about next steps for the rezoning effort. Doors to The Black Box open at 6:00 PM.

To participate & comment:
  • in person at THE BLACK BOX
  • via Zoom (registration required to get link (and ensure on mailing list))
To view/watch only:

Yes, it is the same broadcast starting on Zoom, then feeding out to the various channels of delivery to you at home or wherever on your device.

Yes, it would have been nice to have the recommendations in advance to review and prepare questions & comments. That has not happened; little will change that at this point. What we can do is be patient to listen to what is revealed as a recommendation or recommendations. 

Whatever is revealed may take time to digest. 

The best response may well be quiet, thoughtful absorption of what they reveal.

As mentioned in other meetings, whatever is recommended will be digested and discussed at future Economic Development meetings. 

It will take time to determine what if any changes will be made to the downtown zoning. Those zoning changes also will take time. 

How much time will it take? 

The Town will need 

  • proposal to be drafted by the Dept of Planning and Community Development
  • reviewed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC) (may be more than 1 meeting)
  • when ready EDC will forward to the Town Council
  • the Town Council discuss but decide to refer to the Planning Board for two readings & hearing before Planning Board returns the proposal with recommendation(s) to Town Council
  • the Town Council will also hold two readings and hearing to review and discuss such before final vote (to accept or reject)

So it will be good to see what MAPC proposes but this is really the START of the process if anything will change.

How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event today
How to comment or watch the Franklin For All event today

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Franklin.TV: Our Normal Returneth?

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 03/20/2022

After two years of COVID we are working on reopening our studio. I say ‘working on’ for a number of reasons. Topmost? Things are not simply what they were in 2019. We are entering a new time. This new time demands new thinking.

We are facing more technical changes, and with those, more operational changes. We also have to carefully consider how our staff (God bless ‘em.) can best balance a more flexible work schedule that now includes WFH. With our studio shuttered, they responded in time of COVID-crisis to get out there and cover as many live civic, school and sports events as possible. That meant working many more random nights and weekends. They made it happen without missing a beat.

We geared up, building small, portable TV control systems as ‘Flypaks’ that enable us to originate live from wherever with minimal setup effort. Our systems were also designed to be Zoom-friendly. We installed new systems in Town Chambers for effortless Zoom integration there as well.

Our radio operation became totally remote, with up to a dozen volunteers working, conducting guest interviews and producing programs from home via Zoom.

Now we’re headed back the other way, technically. We’re opening up studios that have been shuttered for the most part. But, they won’t be the same. They also must be Zoom-enabled. Our new normal brings new expectations. We also have to enable Zoom in the FHS auditorium, a very large venue with its own challenges.

The beginning of the pandemic forced us into technical overdrive for months in order to meet the challenges of TV and radio production in 2020.

Now, at the end of the pandemic in 2022 (hopefully) we need to rework our studios, our gear and production skills to integrate Zoom on demand – whenever, wherever. We also plan to work on integrating radio and TV programming where possible. Life in 2019 B.C. (Before COVID) feels like quaint ancient history.  Now, in 2022 A.D. (After Disaster) our lives are filled with change.

The only constant in life – is change. - Heraclitus

Do we simply succumb to it, or – do we master it? 

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching. 
Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online    

Franklin.TV: Our Normal Returneth?
Franklin.TV: Our Normal Returneth?

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Sign up for the Franklin Matters Q&A Session - Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM (hybrid)

Please join me for an informative and informal Q&A session. This will be a hybrid meeting. I plan to be in the Senior Center and will have the Zoom conference bridge available for remote participation. 

We will try something new this time with a special guest: Town Councilor Ted Cormier-Leger will join us for the discussion.

When: Wednesday, Feb 23,2022 at 11:00 AM  

Where: Franklin Senior Center (conf room upstairs on left) and via Zoom

If you want the Zoom link, please use this form:

Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM
Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM

Friday, January 28, 2022

Recap: Procedure review completed; Town Administrator review previewed

Quick Recap:
  • In back to back meetings on Wednesday, two subcommittees of the Town Council completed discussion on their tasks
  • First, the Procedural Review picked up from their Dec meeting to complete review of the current document and make mostly minor and/or technical revisions. One key component is to expand the remote participation up to "no more than 4". Pre-pandemic only one councilor was allowed to participate via phone remotely. Now, with Zoom in place, the limit can be raised to 4. Still need to maintain a physical quorum in the room
  • This is also pending further review depending upon what the State House does with the Open Meeting Law requirements with the current pandemic exceptions expiring in April (or June?)
  • The procedure doc changes as drafted by the subcommittee will be reviewed at a meeting Feb 2, before the full council session at 7, and scheduled for full discussion with the Council
  • Second, the Ad Hoc Town Administrator Review subcommittee met to review the performance and accomplishments of Jamie Hellen
  • Jamie insisted that his review is a reflection of the overall town personnel in providing service to the community. When pressed if he had any plans to leave, he said no. Paraphrasing - I don't take things for granted, it has been most rewarding here, we are rooted in MA, if I had my druthers, I'd stay here. I am still young. #tctar0126 I'd be more than honored to serve here at your discretion.
  • The full review write up is currently planned to be brought to the Town Council for the Feb 16 meeting for their full discussion and approval

The combined Twitter thread for the two meetings is located here (below).

The audio recording of the TA review meeting will be available in a couple of days.


Town Administrator Jamie Hellen updating the Council at a recent meeting
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen updating the Council at a recent meeting

Monday, December 13, 2021

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

There are multiple meetings this week. The Town calendar provides all the details. I will be reporting on the following:

  • School Committee meets Tuesday (7 PM)
  • A School Committee budget workshop before their Tuesday meeting (6 PM)
  • Town Council meets Wednesday (7 PM)
  • A Town Council subcommittee looking at reviewing their procedures manual also before their meeting Wednesday (6 PM)

The monthly Franklin Matters Q&A scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM. The meeting is hybrid. I'll be in the Senior Center and also allow for participation virtually via Zoom. Send me an email for the Zoom info. 

The Town Officials and State Rep Jeff Roy will hold their monthly coffee hour at the Senior Center Thursday morning at 8:30 AM. Also a good chance to get some details on any questions you may have.

Town Calendar -

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday
Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Get your Franklin questions answered - Franklin Matters Q&A - Nov 18

Event Date:  Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 1:00 PM

Join Steve Sherlock at the Franklin Senior Center or on Zoom as he discusses all things Franklin. Bring your questions! To join via Zoom: 

Join Zoom Meeting  ->

Meeting ID: 891 5044 4140
Passcode: wfpr1029 

Get your Franklin questions answered - Franklin Matters Q&A - Nov 18
Get your Franklin questions answered - Franklin Matters Q&A - Nov 18

Friday, November 5, 2021

Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know" (part 2)

Effective Nov 302021 the Franklin Matters Facebook page will go away. You are given notice to find one of the other options to obtain the valuable information shared but not longer directly by me on Facebook.

Someone can also set up a way to take what I share and share it themselves to Facebook. I have no way to stop that. Folks occasionally do so on their own today.

My personal account will remain on Facebook to maintain my family and network connections. I have limited what is posted and shared in that way and am willing to take the risk to maintain those family connections.

I can no longer take the risk exposing your information in this way. Facebook needs to change and only actions like this will get their attention to do so.

Why Nov 30?
The Franklin election is important and as divisive as Facebook is, for those who depend upon it for info, I will provide some time for them to begin to make their move to one of the alternatives.

If you need or want help setting up email subscription or RSS, I've scheduled a few Zoom sessions to walk through the options to subscribe.  There are two sessions scheduled for day time periods and two for evening time evening periods. Hopefully one of them will meet your schedule. 

Zoom options to learn about alternatives to remain "in the know"
  • Monday, Nov 8 - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov 10 - 9 AM
  • Monday, Nov 15 - 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Nov 16 - 7:30 PM
If you need or want help, sign up here ->

Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 2)
Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 2)

Monday, November 1, 2021

Exploring Nantucket - Masquetuck Reservation with Ranger Allen Reinhard

We look forward to seeing you all on zoom tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 2nd at 11:30am for our event: Exploring Nantucket - Masquetuck Reservation with Ranger Allen Reinhard.  

Please feel free to share this event with others who you think might be interested in this beautiful tour of Masquetuck.  The link to join tomorrow is below.

Thank you,

Topic: Exploring Nantucket - Masquetuck Reservation
Time: Nov 2, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 813 8249 7522
Passcode: 909940

Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Exploring Nantucket - Masquetuck Reservation with Ranger Allen Reinhard
Exploring Nantucket - Masquetuck Reservation with Ranger Allen Reinhard

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Q&A on Franklin Matters - Sep 16 at 1:00 PM (hybrid meeting)

 Get your Franklin MA questions answered on Thursday, September 16 at 1:00 PM. 

This is a hybrid event coordinated with the Senior Center = "Franklin Matters Q&A with Steve Sherlock"

  • Held at the Franklin Senior Center for those who want to meet in person
  • A Zoom session is also available for remote participation
Zoom info

Topic: Franklin Matters Q&A
Time: Sep 16, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 2328 3552
Passcode: wfpr1029
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,88223283552#,,,,*25616176# US (Washington DC)
+13126266799,,88223283552#,,,,*25616176# US (Chicago)

*While we do use Zoom to help with the meeting facilitation, only the audio portion of the meeting is recorded for playback via podcast and/or radio

Q&A on Franklin Matters - Sep 16 at 1:00 PM
Q&A on Franklin Matters - Sep 16 at 1:00 PM

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021

FM #587 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 587 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Matters Question and Answer (Q&A) session held on July 22, 2021. The session was coordinated with Ariel Doggett of the Franklin Senior Center and conducted via Zoom. 

This is the audio recording of the brief presentation and then the Q&A discussion we had. A copy of the presentation document is linked below. 

We did have an interruption in the recording (at approx. 18 mins)  as my network connection hung up. Ariel provides a brief recap of what was discussed while I was trying to reconnect. We managed to continue without another interruption.

The August session scheduled for Aug 28, 2021 will be hybrid. I plan on being in a room at the Senior Center and make the Zoom link available for folks to participate virtually.

The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin Matters Question and Answer (Q&A) session.

Audio file =


Presentation link -> 

Demographics study by FPS -> 

Building study by FPS -> podcast collection ->

Franklin Senior Center -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( 

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021
audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Mass. Municipal Assn: "Select board group discusses the future of public meetings"

Mass. Municipal Assn (@massmunicipal) tweeted on Fri, Jul 30, 2021:
Mass. Select Board Assn concluded its annual Leadership Conference series with a webinar on the future of public meetings w/ @TOFranklinMA Town Administrator Jamie Hellen & #Stow Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski. 

"The future of public meetings was the topic of the fourth and final webinar in the Massachusetts Select Board Association’s Leadership Conference series today.

Franklin Town Administrator Jamie Hellen kicked off the meeting with a discussion about how the town has transitioned from all-virtual to hybrid board and committee meetings that allow for a combination of virtual and in-person participation. Hellen showed how Franklin’s Town Council chambers have been set up to allow the council, staff, presenters and meeting participants to attend meetings in-person while the public joins remotely.

Hellen covered important aspects of the set up, such as room layout and the necessary technology, as well as the town’s partnership with its local access TV provider, Franklin TV. He also emphasized the importance of trial and error in order to develop a system that works best for the community."

Mass. Municipal Assn: "Select board group discusses the future of public meetings"
Mass. Municipal Assn: "Select board group discusses the future of public meetings"

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Reminder: Community Conversations - Housing and Race - July 14 - 7 PM (via Zoom)

Housing and Race - July 14 - 7 PM
Housing and Race - July 14 - 7 PM
The Franklin Area Against Racism group (FAAR) is holding the second segment of its Community Conversations series, this time on Housing and Race next Wednesday, July 14th at 7:00PM. 

We invited Jim Johnston (longtime Franklin resident and historian), Bryan Taberner (Franklin Director of Planning and Community Development), and Jesse Kanson-Benanav (Executive Director of Abundant Housing MA) to discuss how how Franklin's housing policies and practices have fostered socio-economic inequities and worked to reduce diversity in the community.

Zoom info contained in the image

Background on Jesse Kanson-Benanav

Monday, June 14, 2021

Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or – Why Do I Feel Undressed?

Via Pete Fasciano - 06-13-2021

As I approach [Store Name – Home Depot, Target, CVS] I stop halfway across the parking lot. Turn around and head back to the car. Again.

Forgot my mask. We are at an in-between time where COVID mandates and rules have softened to become guidelines, recommendations – courtesies. While things are getting better and optimism is on the rise, so is confusion. Do I still mask?

To mask, or not to mask – that – is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer 
the slings and arrows of outrageous infection, 
Or to take arms against a sea of virus
And by masking – end them.
To live— to weep
for those now lost upon the shoals of sorry happenstance 
and doubt in science that hath shielded us
as guide – to light our pathway out.

We are in the churlish waters of change as our new normal envelopes us. Although I’m fully vaxxed, I keep a mask with me – as a courtesy where socially appropriate. If it makes others feel more comfortable, I’m good with it. A social grace.

We’re continuing to rework our facility to better accommodate how programs will be produced in a future that still carries some unknowns, and we continue to adapt. We adapted our way in. We adapt our way back out. Reopening does not mean simply unlocking the front door. Our Community room will now support hybrid Zoom meetings as an option for our guest groups. Our radio programs will as well. There will also be production practices yet to be defined in our TV studios.

The world is forever changed. We’re just not quite certain as to how. But, with change comes opportunity. We intend to find it and seize it. At the moment, we may be ‘in between’, but we are looking and leaning forward.
And –  as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching. 

Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online  or for archive purposes

Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or –  Why Do I Feel Undressed?
Franklin TV: Somewhere In Between Or –  Why Do I Feel Undressed?  

Friday, May 28, 2021

FYI - Zoom update that users will notice

Recorded and livestreamed meetings

"In the latest product update, users will be notified when a meeting they are in is being recorded or livestreamed, along with information about who can see and share the recording and livestream. The user can consent to stay in the meeting or to leave the meeting if they wish.
In addition, users joining a recorded meeting in progress will have their audio and video automatically muted until they click “continue” in the dialog box. These notices will be displayed to all guests joining a meeting or livestream outside the account’s organization, regardless of the account owner’s settings."
There are additional updates but from a user joining a Town meeting, this is the most common. For the full listing visit the Zoom page


Recorded and livestreamed meetings
Recorded and livestreamed meetings


Thursday, May 13, 2021

"Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" via Senior Center Zoom session - May 21

Join Marjorie Turner Hollman as she discusses "Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are" via Zoom. Marjorie is a Personal Historian / FreelanceWriter and Author who forges connections between generations. 
When: Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM
You must register to attend this free event by emailing
For more information on Marjorie you can go to her website:
Shared from the Senior Center Facebook page:

From the archives: Marjorie did an interview in 2020 that you can listen to here

Marjorie Turner  Hollman
Marjorie Turner  Hollman

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6

"#HousingChoice: what are the details of the law, what state guidance has been shared, what decisions still need to be made - join us, @MAPCMetroBoston, and @mhphousing on May 6th for answers to these questions and more!"
Register here -> 

Shared from Twitter:

Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6
Housing Choice in Your Community - Webinar - May 6

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Franklin TV: "Owl-cam Sees All! Necessity is the mother of invention."

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 04/25/2021

We have all been reprogrammed by ‘Le Virus’. What was is no more, and we are headed toward our new normal, whatever that might be. The term ‘new normal’ has become part of our viral lexicon. We say it, but what is it? No one can fully know. That said, we are already living some part of it in our day-to-day. Specifically, we have changed the way we connect and communicate, and IMHO, some of that change is here to stay. I’ve opined in past scribblings on this page that Zoom is here to stay. I still believe that.

Before: Me? On a video? OMG! No way! My hair! My house! I’m a mess.
After: Zoom?  Yeh, fine.  Let’s hang out. Casual athleisure attire is de rigueur.

While laptop cams are pretty good for one-on-ones, they fall short for whole family shots and groups. Enter Owl-cam. It’s a smart camera. It’s wikkid soopa-smaht!

Owl-cam Sees All!
Owl-cam Sees All!

The Meeting Owl is a webcam. Like a webcam, it sees you; it also hears your voice. It has a built-in speaker system. Camera-microphone-speaker, all-in-one, and all connect to your computer with one standard USB cable. No fuss. No muss.

Owl-cam knows who is speaking in a group and shows only that person or persons to the other participants at the far end of the Zoom meeting. What is Owl-cam, and how does it work this magic? It has not 1, but 8 built-in directional microphones arranged in a circle inside its vaguely owl-like casing. Hence, its round shape.

The dome camera is actually at the top, but looks sideways for a 360-degree panorama view. The microphones inform the camera where the person speaking is seated. The camera pulls that person from the panorama image.  When two people speak, it does a side-by-side split-screen image of both.

You’ll see Owl-cams in action in the days ahead. We’re installing some in Town Hall, the Senior Center, our own community room, and wherever future groups gather to conduct hybrid Zoom meets in our new normal.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.


Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online  or for archive purposes