- Friday from 1 - 5 PM
- Saturday 9 to noon
- Saturday 1 to 4 PM
The Franklin Public Library book sale has changed to a monthly format. Friday's from 1 - 5 PM, Saturday's from 9 - noon, and then the bag sale from 1 - 4 PM also on Saturday.
|Library Book sale - 9 AM to noon; bag sale 1 to 4 PM today|
The Bag Sale is back on Fridays June 11th & 25th, 5:00-6:00 PM.
Fill a bag of books for five dollars! Bags will be provided.
The Franklin Public Library Book Sale is every Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m. All books are one dollar each.
|Library Book Sale today, bag sale returns from 5-6:00 PM|
"Falling into step with many other area communities, Franklin this year will become yet another place unfriendly to thin-film, single-use plastic bags.
Town councilors on Wednesday voted to eliminate use of the ubiquitous plastic bags at checkout by all retailers, taking official action following an initial and extensive discussion of the topic last month during the first of two required readings of the bylaw.
According to Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, the ban will take effect on July 1, though local businesses will have an option to seek a three-month compliance extension if needed to use up existing stock.
The ordinance, he said is “very similar to others. It’s very close to the Medfield bylaw, which has been approved by the attorney general.”
|The FHS students who persisted in advancing the plastic bag reduction were recognized with a proclamation for their efforts|
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
|Bylaw Amendment 20-848: Chapter 147, Snow and Ice Removal - First Reading|
|Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - Dec 4, 2019|
"Medway voted to ban carry-out plastic bags at its Fall Town Meeting Tuesday night in an effort to reduce litter and promote environmental sustainability.
By a show of hands, Article 5 was approved by a little over half of residents present, amending the town’s general bylaws by adding a new article called “Article XXXII Plastic Bag Reduction.” The ban targets plastic check-out bags sold or provided to customers at any town establishment, but the following are still acceptable:Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
- Thin plastic bags used to protect delivered newspapers
- Laundry or dry-cleaning bags
- Thin film bags, typically without handles, used to contain produce, meat or fish
- Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended to be used for home food storage, garbage, waste, pet waste or yard waste
- Product bags (bag integrated into packaging of a product)
- Town Pay-As-You-Throw trash bags"
"Exit numbers on Massachusetts highways will be changing over the next two years, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
The state currently utilizes a sequential exit numbering method and will change to a mileage-based exit system in order to comply with a federal mandate, which was laid out in 2009.
Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware are the only three states that do not comply with the federal mandate at this time."
"The Massachusetts Senate is now scheduled to vote on not one, but two consumer product bans on Wednesday in its final formal session of the year.
The chamber teed up legislation Monday that would forbid retail businesses from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, placing it on an agenda that already includes a House-approved bill banning flavored tobacco products and imposing a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes.
Under the bill (S 459), stores in most cases could only offer recyclable paper bags or reusable bags for a fee of at least 10 cents at the point of sale. Retail establishments would be required to remit 5 cents for each paper bag sold to the state, which would in turn be directed to communities to fund bag ban enforcement, recycling promotion, waste reduction and other local environmental efforts."
"Nine years after the state implemented a difficult-to-enforce ban on texting while driving, five months after legislative negotiators began the latest attempt to take phones out of drivers’ hands, and three and a half months after their original agreement collapsed, lawmakers Monday queued up a compromise bill that could reach the governor’s desk as soon as this week.
The legislation, filed with support from all six members of a conference committee tasked with resolving differences between the original House and Senate versions, would forbid the use of all handheld electronic devices behind the wheel, except for those in hands-free mode. Drivers could view electronic maps on a device mounted to the windshield, dashboard or center console, but they could not use their hands to interact with any electronic beyond a single touch or tap to active hands-free mode.
Motorists who violate the new regulation would face fines between $100 and $500, and third and subsequent offenses would be surchargeable for insurance purposes."
"For at least the seventh consecutive legislative session, lawmakers and driving safety advocates on Tuesday morning asked legislators to give police the ability to pull over and ticket drivers if anyone in the car is not wearing a seat belt, citing the state’s 46th-in-the-nation ranking for seat belt usage and the promise of saving lives.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
For years, plans to stiffen penalties under the state’s seat belt law have buckled in the face of racial profiling and privacy considerations. Under the current law, police officers in Massachusetts can only issue a ticket for a violation of the seat belt law if they pull the driver over for another offense.
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, and state Sen. Paul Feeney, D-Foxborough, filed legislation that would increase the fines for seat-belt violations and would make the violation a primary offense, for which police can stop drivers.
The bill, which has nine co-sponsors, would see drivers and passengers over age 16 fined $50 for not wearing seat belts. The driver would be charged an additional $50 for each passenger between the ages of 12 and 16 who were not wearing belts."
"The Millis Select Board moved the plastic bag ban initiative forward as an article for voting at the next town meeting Nov. 4.
The bylaw will eliminate single-use plastic bags in Millis, similar to the 122 other towns that have passed carry-out bag ban legislation.
Newspaper bags, dry cleaner bags, vegetable bags without handles, bags used for packaging meat and fish and brown paper bags will not be affected."
|From the back of the room at the EDC meeting, Aug 14, 2019|
|Franklin Library Book Sale & Bag Sale: Oct 18-19|
"Legislation that would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags at all retail and food establishments is now before the House Committee on Ways and Means.Continue reading the article online
In July, the bill (H. 3945) was reported out of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, which made changes to a bill that was filed early this year.
The MMA testified in support of a statewide ban at the first hearing on the original bill in April, citing the precedent of more than 100 cities and towns that have already passed local bylaws or ordinances intended to curb the use of plastic bags. The MMA testimony noted that plastic bags get caught in machinery at recycling processing facilities, leading to breakdowns, delays and increased costs that are passed along to municipalities."
|A single-use plastic bag is caught on tall grasses in a field.|
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"As more and more cities across the state and country prohibit plastic shopping bags, a statewide ban came closer to reality last month. There’s just one major problem: Some of the most adamant supporters of efforts to enact a ban say they can’t support the bill.
At the heart of the issue is an ideological battle over how well plastic bag ban policies actually work, and whether such legislation creates unintended environmental consequences.
A coalition of environmental, retail, and municipal groups had worked with lawmakers to draft legislation with two key components: banning single-use plastic bags statewide and requiring a fee on all paper bags used during checkout. The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Representative Lori Ehrlich and Senator Jamie Eldridge, and endorsed by nearly 100 legislators and 200 constituent groups."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
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Full EDC membership for meeting with 20 plus others in attendance this evening to discuss plastic bag ban proposal. Idea of a subcommittee to look at overall solid waste issue in lieu of this proposal brought forward #edc0814— Steve Sherlock (@FranklinMatters) August 14, 2019
Draft proposal for former Keigan lot is a mixed use development with restaurants and apartments. Issue is with the 100+ units and it not including affordable housing puts us on the path of jeopardizing the 40B percentage we achieved #EDC0814— Steve Sherlock (@FranklinMatters) August 14, 2019
|from the back of the Training Room, almost a full house with 20+ folks|
|camera snapshot of the draft plans for the former Keigan location|
|camera snapshot of the photo rendition shared at the meeting, the rendition may change as the proposal works its way through the process|
|Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 14|
|Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 14|
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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