Showing posts with label benefits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label benefits. Show all posts

Friday, December 16, 2022

Franklin Town Council closes out last meeting of 2022 with approval of an open space purchase to reach 200 acres in about 18 months (video)

The Franklin Town Council meet for the last time in the 2022 calendar year on Dec 14, 2022. The last agenda was a full one even after revising it to remote a couple of items for a future session.

After about 2 hours and 10 minutes, they entered Executive Session and returned after approx. 35 minutes to approve two more items and then close the meeting.

The Franklin TV video replay is available here -> https://youtu.be/qVbiUMlcbL8

The full agenda doc also contains remote participation info ->

My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting (in 1 PDF file)

The meeting audio and my recap will be shared in a day or so.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda & Documents for Dec 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda & Documents for Dec 14, 2022 7:00 PM

Friday, October 28, 2022

Veterans' Call: PACT Act (video)

Hoping to learn more about the PACT Act

For an overview from local experts, visit https://youtu.be/-qzZkUMsheI

The show features guest speakers Matt Ching and Tom Ryan from the state of MA Department of Veterans' Services.  Matt and Tom are both National Service Officers who provide technical assistance and advice to VSO's regarding VA claims. 

Their expertise and knowledge helps Veterans across the Commonwealth,  so please take advantage of this opportunity to hear from them directly.

If you have any follow-up questions or want to file a claim, just give our office a call!  

Best regards, 

Shannon


Shannon Nisbett
Veterans' Services Officer
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038
T: 508.613.1315



Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hear about the Veterans' Bonuses available on the new "Veterans' Call" (video)

Hello all,

Please watch my recent interview with Steven Croteau, state Veterans' Bonus Manager, on Franklin TV's YouTube Channel!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPWo7SlM47A

We've also posted the link to the video on our website under News and Announcements.  https://www.franklinma.gov/veterans-services

Please spread the word and share this info with other veterans.  If you want to apply for a bonus, just give our office a call!

Sincerely, Shannon
--
Shannon Nisbett
Veterans' Services Officer
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038
T: 508.613.1315

veterans memorial son the Franklin Town Common at night
veterans memorial son the Franklin Town Common at night



Saturday, May 7, 2022

Finance Committee: Budget Hearing #1 - General Government - May 9, 2022 - 6:30 PM

Finance Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Monday, May 9, 2022  - 6:30 PM
 
Agenda
1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes
a. March 9, 2022

4. 2022 Capital Budget Round 2

5. FY23 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing:

FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website
a. General Government - Accounts 111 Town Council, 123 Town Administrator, 131 Finance Committee, 135 Comptroller, 141 Assessors, 147 Treasurer-Collector, 151 Legal, 152 Human Resources, 155 Information Technology, 161 Town Clerk, 164 Elections & Registration, 176 Appeals Board (ZBA), 177 Planning & Growth Management, 184 Agricultural Commission, 192 Public Properties & Buildings, 196 Central Services

b. Human Services - 510 Board of Health, 541 Council on Aging, 543 Veterans Services

c. Culture & Recreation - 610 Library, 630 Recreation, 690 Historical Museum, 691 Historical Commission, 695 Cultural Council, 696 Cultural District Committee.

d. Debt & Interest - 710 Debt Service - Principal, 750 Debt Service - Interest

e. Employee Benefits: 910 Retirement & Pension, 945 Risk Management (Liability Insurance)

6. Future Agenda Items

7. Adjourn



FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website
FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Veterans Coffee Social - Learn about property tax exemptions for eligible vets! March 2 - 10 AM

March 2022 Coffee Social

Learn about property tax exemptions for eligible vets!

Join us for coffee and conversation!

All veterans are welcome!

  • When: March 2 - 10 AM
  • Where: Franklin Senior Center

Shared from ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/veterans-services/news/march-2022-coffee-social

Veterans Coffee Social - Learn about property tax exemptions for eligible vets! March 2 - 10 AM
Veterans Coffee Social - Learn about property tax exemptions for eligible vets! March 2 - 10 AM


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Social Security Benefits Increase 1.3 % in 2021

From the Social Security Administration we share:

"Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 1.3 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2021. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

Continue reading   https://blog.ssa.gov/social-security-benefits-increase-in-2021/

 

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2021
Social Security Benefits Increase in 2021

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM




Don White and special guests
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Don White online show
July 23 7 PM Donations
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse presents an online concert by Don White, on Thursday, July 23rd at 7 PM to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. http://www.donwhite.net/

This Zoom event will be interactive – meaning that Don and the audience will be able to hear laughter and applause as it happens. At the end of the show, there will be an after party. Special guests Peter Yarrow and John Gorka will join him and perform!  Franklin's Jamie Barrett will open the show with one song.

If you want to be in the interactive Zoom concert use this access information.
Go to www.Zoom.com and “Join Meeting”
Meeting ID: 825 8331 9277
Password: 646619

You may also view the show on YouTube please go to https://youtu.be/Zwoc7dXhnpU

There is no fee but donations will be accepted and benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.

PayPal : https://www.paypal.me/donwhitefolk
Venmo: @DonWhiteFolk
Or you may mail a check to Circle of Friends, PO Box 21, Franklin, MA 02038
Upcoming Online Shows
Aug 8       Peter Yarrow
Sep 12     John Gorka

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA                                         

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Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM
Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Don White Concert to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry - July 23

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is presenting an online concert by Don White, on Thursday, July 23 at 7 PM to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Don is an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He’s been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years. He is a Circle of Friends regular whose songs and stories always have our crowds rolling in the aisles. http://www.donwhite.net/
Don White Concert to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry
Don White Concert to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry

Franklin's Jamie Barrett opens the show.

A special surprise guest will be joining Don at the end of the show.

You will be able to view this show on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Zwoc7dXhnpU

There is no fee but donations will be accepted and benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.
Franklin's Jamie Barrett opens the show
Franklin's Jamie Barrett opens the show

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Please visit  http://www.circlefolk.org/ for more information.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

You may be eligible for SNAP benefits


AlertsMA: Need help buying healthy food? You may be eligible for SNAP benefits. Visit Mass.gov/covid-snap for more information and how to apply.

"You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers SNAP benefits. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods.
To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and nonfinancial criteria."
You may be eligible for SNAP benefits
You may be eligible for SNAP benefits

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Good flowchart to explain MA unemployment benefits

Via the Dept of Unemployment Assistance
"The Department of Unemployment Assistance is moving swiftly to implement three new public benefit programs that will expand unemployment eligibility; temporarily increase weekly benefits for all claimants; and allow additional categories of people to claim unemployment benefits.
The move, the largest expansion of assistance for the Commonwealth’s workforce since the Great Depression, follows new guidance from the federal government regarding the CARES Act."
For additional info visit their MA.gov page
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/update-massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-announces-guidance-on-cares

Good flowchart to explain MA unemployment benefits
Good flowchart to explain MA unemployment benefits

Saturday, February 15, 2020

"these programs are really a win, win, win"

Via Commonwealth Magazine, we find that the State is suspending the HIP program as of Feb 24. The Farmers Market today in Franklin is not affected but the next markets in Mar and Apr will be.

"AT A MONTHLY WINTER FARMERS market run by Roots Rising in Pittsfield, shoppers can buy apples, canned tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions, and winter squash. A shopper using SNAP benefits can spend $1 to buy $2 of produce under the state’s Healthy Incentives Program, or HIP.

But as of Feb. 24, shoppers on public benefits will no longer get that extra money. The state is suspending HIP for the winter, with plans to restore it May 15. State officials say the program – which doubles the impact of SNAP benefits when produce is bought from a participating farm – is a victim of its own success and has outgrown its budget.

Without a temporary suspension of the program, state officials say its $6.5 million state appropriation would run out quickly and no money would be left during the busier buying and growing season this summer.

Advocates for farmers and low-income individuals say the loss of HIP will hurt shoppers and sellers. Recently, 89 legislators wrote to Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Amy Kershaw protesting the suspension, and the lack of notice."
Continue reading the article online
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/state-government/state-suspending-farm-food-benefits-program/

Winter Farmers Market
When: Sat, February 15, 10am – 2pm
Where: Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St, Franklin, MA 02038, USA (map)
Description: A winter farmers market where local farms and crafters/vendors can gather together to sell products and network within their community
 
 
"these programs are really a win, win, win"
"these programs are really a win, win, win"

Thursday, May 24, 2018

PJ's Service Dog Benefit - June 16

We shared the GoFundMe for PJs Service Dog earlier. Now there is a Family Fun Day scheduled for June 16
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/04/gofundme-service-dog-for-pj.html


We hope you will join us for a fun family afternoon and help make this dream come true for PJ!

DJ, Food, Raffle Items, Silent Auction, Field Games, Cash Bar and more!

Food generously provided by:

  • The Rome
  • Fitzy’s Pub
  • Franklin Pizza and Deli
  • Cole’s
  • Jimmy D’s


Field games generously provided by:

  • Taylor Rental of Norfolk


Some of our wonderful silent auction items:

  • Interior Design package valued at $375
  • Maple Gate Country Club Golf 18 hole foursome package valued at $240
  • Norfolk Glass Fancy Mirror
  • Cooking Class for Six by Celestina
  • Simons Furniture piece
  • Pony Party
  • Multiple Photo Sessions by local professional photographers
  • and more!!!



Ticket Price:

Adults: $20.00
Kids 12 and under: FREE!


FAQs


What can I bring into the event?

  • Bring friends and family to help support PJ!


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • Phone/ Text: Kristie at (508) 488-7582 or Jen at (508) 918-8553
  • Email: Kristie at tkmax4@aol.com


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • No


Can I buy tickets day of/at the event?

  • Yes! Cash or check accepted at the event

Eventbrite site for tickets in advance


PJ's Service Dog Benefit - June 16
PJ's Service Dog Benefit - June 16

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Franklin Agway sales to benefit SAFE Coalition - March 24-25

"March savings at the Franklin Agway. More deals on our anniversary weekend. Support the SAFE Coalition 3/24-3/25 when purchasing your all natural Bonide products."

Franklin Agway sale to benefit SAFE Coalition
Franklin Agway sale to benefit SAFE Coalition




More about the SAFE Coalition can be found on their webpage
http://safecoalitionma.com/

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Public Notice to All Veteran's & Surviving Spouses


This notice is to reassure all qualifying Veteran's and their surviving spouses that information on the 2017 veteran's exemption is on its way. The Board of Assessor's has sent letters to all qualifying Veteran's and surviving spouses of their eligibility for veteran's exemptions for Fiscal Year 2017. 
Within the next 3-4 weeks, the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) will send you a summary of benefits you currently receive from the VA including a disability rating. To apply for an exemption, please attach a copy of this new VA letter to your new FY 2017 veteran’s tax exemption application when you return it to us. 
The Board of Assessors can be reached at 508-520-4920 
Dale Kurtz, Veteran's Officer, can be reached at 508-613-1315

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_News/Public%20Notice%20to%20All%20Veteran.pdf

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Franklin High School hosting benefit concert on Tuesday, May 26

The Franklin High School “Tri-M” Music Honor Society and “Change for a Chance” club are hosting a benefit concert on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin High School Courtyard. 

Suggested donation is $5 and all proceeds will go to the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children (EAC) based in Takaungu Kenya. The EAC nonprofit helps people improve their own lives by empowering women and children, providing assistance to communities and providing access to resources and tools for change.

The concert, open to the public, will feature musicians, singers, bands and chamber groups from Franklin High School.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership.

Change for a Chance is a student club that organizes events to support local and international charities.

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the concert

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Friday, December 20, 2013

Franklin's portion of the Norfolk County Retirement System

Unfunded liability is an item of discussion for the Franklin budget. There are two areas of unfunded liability. The Norfolk County Retirement System and the towns own post-retirement benefit liabilities. Town administrator Jeff Nutting reviewed this worksheet with the Finance Committee at the December meeting. It was the first time that Franklin had received such detail from Norfolk County.

As you read the table in the attachment below, FRA is the Franklin line. We have an outstanding liability of $36.4M.



How Franklin will save to pay for this unfunded liability will continue to be a discussion item each budget cycle.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ensuring Food Stamp Integrity

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via USDA Blog by Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA on 3/8/12

Cross posted from Politico:
As agriculture undersecretary and a former director of state Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon and Iowa, I know the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. In today's difficult economic times, this vital program helps families across the nation put food on the table.

Despite a rash of recent stories about food stamp fraud, the facts are that the Agriculture Department has a zero tolerance policy on this. We aggressively pursue those trying to take advantage of America's compassion for people in need.

First-quarter results of our anti-fraud efforts demonstrate this commitment. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, we penalized — with fines or temporary disqualifications — more than 225 stores that violated program rules and permanently disqualified more than 350 stores caught trafficking food stamp benefits.

We're now stepping up our efforts. I announced in December new anti-fraud initiatives. We awarded a 10-year contract to SRA International to develop the next generation of fraud-detection systems.

We plan even stronger penalties for retailers that misuse the program. We recently updated our policies to clarify that advertising the sale of benefits through social media is a violation and can result in disqualification from the food stamp program.

In addition, we're finalizing rules to deter the practice of buying and discarding food to get money-back deposits; or reselling and exchanging products bought with food stamp benefits to obtain cash or other noneligible items.

The Agriculture Department's efforts to combat SNAP trafficking have been particularly successful. Trafficking — the sale or purchase of benefits for cash — is an illegal activity punishable by criminal prosecution. Over the past 15 years, department and state agencies administering the program have sharply reduced such trafficking — from 4 percent to 1 percent.

But we cannot be content with that success — the people taking unfair advantage constantly change their tactics. We remain vigilant, working to stay ahead of these new forms of program abuse. We have stepped up documentation requirements and background checks on retailers who participate, or seek to participate, in food stamps. Stores that falsify information will be denied or disqualified and may face a $10,000 fine or imprisonment for as long as five years, or both.

The Agriculture Department recently launched a website (www.fns.usda.gov/fightingsnapfraud) to get the word out about our efforts to deter fraudulent food stamp activity and enlist the public's help in fighting it. We will continue to use all tools available, including the latest technology, to combat fraud.

Some perspective on this is crucial. There are 46 million eligible Americans who depend on food stamps, largely because of income, age, disability or job circumstances. Nearly half are children, 8 percent are elderly and 20 percent of food stamp households include a person who is disabled. The great majority abide by program rules.

The fact is fraud is a limited problem in SNAP — though no amount is acceptable. Stores violating the program represent less than one-half of 1 percent of the more than 230,000 food stores authorized to redeem benefits. And the recent fraud stories indicate enforcement efforts are working — as those who would abuse the program are being caught and prosecuted.

This is good news for all U.S. taxpayers and good news for those who use the program — including millions of children and older Americans — who depend on food stamps. Which, in turn, is why the Agriculture Department is committed to assuring the integrity of this vital program.

Things you can do from here:

Monday, February 8, 2010

In the News - benefits for Vietnam veterans

Franklin Veterans Agent Bob Fahey said 709 Franklin residents served in Vietnam between 1965 and 1975, and recently several have approached him about whether their illnesses could be connected to their service.

``What I want to do as a veterans agent is make people aware of these circumstances war creates,'' Fahey said.

He said vets must file an application proving their service in Vietnam, and provide documentation of the disease to determine whether they qualify for benefits.
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Vets now qualify for Agent Orange-related illness benefits

from The Milford Daily News News RSS