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Saturday, June 15, 2019
"Plans for a new cell tower are causing a stir in Franklin.
Homeowners near the proposed site of the 116-foot tower, on Edwards Street, say the project will hurt property values and pose a safety risk. They’re also accusing a town official of unethical behavior.
“It’s going to be an eyesore. My house value is going to go down,” said Christine Maguire. “And even the thought of it possibly being a health hazard is bothersome to me.”
Vertex Tower Assets, LLC, needed special permission from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to build in Maguire’s neighborhood, which is not zoned for the 116-foot tower. At a public hearing in early May, and over the protests of a few residents, according to meeting minutes, the board granted that approval."
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Where is the cell tower to be located?
With the Police Station so close, why couldn't the Town get the additional revenue?
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
"a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 3" at 2:18 PM
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, and the Federal Communications Commission, FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) portion of the test will be sent to virtually all consumer cellular phones in the U.S. beginning at 2:18 p.m. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) test will follow on all television and radio stations at 2:20 p.m. This is the first time the federal government has tested the WEA.
The WEA test message will appear on mobile phones and will read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones will display this national test using the header “Presidential Alert.” These nationwide alerts, established pursuant to the WARN Act of 2006, are meant for use in a national emergency and are the only type of alert that can be sent simultaneously nationwide by FEMA. Each phone should receive the message only once."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and the |
Wireless Emergency Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 3" at 2:18 PM
The FEMA fact sheet for the test Oct 3, 2:18 PM
Saturday, June 23, 2018
"The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age.
The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain cellphone tower records, an important tool in criminal investigations.
Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information “is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled.” Roberts wrote that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements” as they are captured by cellphone towers.
Roberts said the court’s decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
You can read the full Supreme Court decision here
Friday, March 9, 2018
Franklin Public Schools: Schools are in session but .... Operations of Systems in Our School Buildings
|Franklin Public Schools: Schools are in session but .... Operations of Systems in Our School Buildings|
Thursday, September 21, 2017
From Part 1
"When buying landline telephone service for your home, you should be aware of several issues, including technological changes impacting the communications network, and ask questions to make sure you are getting the type of telephone service that best meets your needs.
Telephone calls are generally categorized as:
Always contact your service provider of choice to inquire about their service offerings and available calling plans. You can choose one provider for all your calling needs, or you can select different providers for different types of calls.
- Local: Calls made within your immediate area as determined by the exchanges (area codes) in the calling plan and the service provider you choose. It is possible that calls in your own municipality may not be considered local. Be sure to ask or request a list of the exchanges that are part of your local calling plan;
- Regional: Calls made outside the “local” calling area; and
- Long Distance: Calls generally made out-of-state.
Federal Law allows you to keep your current phone number when you change providers as long as you remain within the local exchange. When switching providers be sure to tell your provider you want to keep your existing phone number."Continue reading part 1
|How Do You Connect? A Consumer Guide to Landline Telephone Service: Part 1—Overview (image from MA Consumer Affairs article)|
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Many thanks for the quick and detailed responses. Sensorly will be a better place to aggregate our answers. I could not have replicated the maps that they provide.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The various carrier services are mapped out so it helps to see where the coverage is in relationship to where your residence is.
|Verizon 4G for 02038, 12/3/12 6:00 PM|
This screen shot above depicts the Verizon 4G coverage for 02038.
I'll suspend the spreadsheet we started earlier today and recommend that all who want to participate use this instead. It is so much better!
Go to sensorly.com!
Updated 12/3/12 6:00 PM
The survey here has been suspended. A loyal reader found a better site to use.
Thank you for submitting your info, please share with your Franklin friends and neighbors!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, August 13, 2009
from The Milford Daily News News RSS by Angel Roy/Daily News staff
The whole meeting was reported live here
Sunday, May 17, 2009
You can also check to see if your phone # is already registered.
Remember that this will help reduce unwanted phone calls, no one can guarantee stopping all of them.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
New Plug-in-Shelf Portable Cell Phone Charging Station Eliminates Cell Phone Clutter
The clutter from cell phones and cell phone charger cords is increasing due to the growing number of cell phone users in the home. The CP Docks brand of cell phone charging stations introduces a new portable unit, the Plug-in-Shelf. It joins the EZ Mount home organizer model introduced last year at www.cpdocks.com. The Plug-in-Shelf Cell Phone Charging Station is a convenient new cell phone accessory that simply plugs into any electrical outlet. When you travel, just unplug and go!
Franklin, MA (PRWEB) December 16, 2008 -- CP Docks introduces its latest cell phone charging station, the new, portable Plug-in-Shelf model, a product that eliminates the tangle of cell phone charger cord clutter from counters and tables. When you need to travel, simply unplug the unit and take your charger and charging station with you!
The Plug-in-Shelf cell phone accessory is a clever problem solver that allows cell phones, chargers and cords to be placed on a small convenient station that plugs into any electrical outlet in your home. The unit consists of a shelf for the phone, a cord holder to hide the charging cord and a unique plug adapter to plug in your existing charger. There is no need to store the charger when not in use since it can always stay with the charging station, even when you travel.
Manufactured from durable plastic with a skid-free pad to hold the phone or PDA, the Plug-in-Shelf plugs into any outlet and keeps your charger and cell phone in one place. No storing and looking for your charger and best of all, no more messy charger cords laying on your kitchen counter! The Plug-in-Shelf is $12.95 and available at www.cpdocks.com. with free first class shipping.
Professional home organizers have discovered the CP Docks cell phone chargers. Geralin Thomas, a professional organizer from North Carolina, recently learned about the units and put them in her own home.My kitchen counter space had disappeared with the mess of cell phone cords from my husband and my two teenagers. It seemed I was always pushing them out of the way ... the EZ Mount solved my problems -- and the kids can finally find their car keys!
I am a contractor who can get a call in the middle of the night. I keep my EZ Mount next to my bed. The phone acts as a night light while charging and it is handy if I get a late night call. A great product!
"Recently, I discovered the Plug-in-shelf and I'm impressed! It's a gizmo that requires no learning curve, no batteries and best of all, it is inexpensive. This product actually conquers and cures countertop-cord-confusion. Clients love them. Professional Organizers love them. Geeks love them. Families love them. I appreciate the way one intelligently designed little thing can change the entire landscape of a room. If your counter tops are covered with cords from iPods, mobile phones, digital cameras, computer cables, etc. I suggest the Plug-in-Shelf or EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Stations."--Geralin Thomas, Metropolitan Organizing, www.metropolitanorganizing.com
The benefits of the Plug-in-Shelf charging station include:
- A permanent location for your cell phone and charger.
- Uses your existing cell phone charger.
- No more need to store your charger when not in use.
- No more looking for your charger when you need to charge your phone.
- Your cell phone is always charged and ready to use.
- Keeps your tables and counters clear of messy charging cords.
- Protects your phone from spills and damage.
- It makes the perfect holiday gift.
Many other customers have discovered the benefits of the CP Docks line of cell phone charging stations.
"My kitchen counter space had disappeared with the mess of cell phone cords from my husband and my two teenagers. It seemed I was always pushing them out of the way ... the EZ Mount solved my problems -- and the kids can finally find their car keys!" -- Carol, MN
"The Plug-in-Shelf works great for me. I am getting an extra one for my fiancb-Wendy, MI
"I am a contractor who can get a call in the middle of the night. I keep my EZ Mount next to my bed. The phone acts as a night light while charging and it is handy if I get a late night call. A great product!" -- Dennis, MA
"I love it! It would be a great idea for a gift." -- Nancy, NH
The portable Plug-in-Shelf, along with the EZ Mount Charging Station, which features a built-in key hook, is now available online at www.cpdocks.com. You now have two great solutions to keep your home organized and clear of the tangle of cell phone charging cords.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
While many public officials are hesitant to share information about what the government is doing, what many Americans don't realize is that the business of public officials is highly accessible, especially when it comes to how taxpayers' dollars are spent.
To raise such awareness, the Daily News is participating in Sunshine Week, an annual project aimed at creating awareness about freedom of information and government secrecy.
A Daily News reporter hand-delivered written public record requests to several Milford and MetroWest town officials last month, asking for each one's three most recent town-issued cell phone bills.
How did Franklin fare?
Franklin Police Chief Stephen Williams also refused to provide complete bills.
Franklin Town Attorney Mark Cerel wrote a letter on Williams' behalf, explaining he would provide general billings, but not an itemized record.
"Public safety and security and personal privacy interests preclude making any of the records available," wrote Cerel. "There is a significant risk that he would inadvertently disclose an exempt telephone number in reviewing a high volume of calls, thereby creating a public safety and/or security risk or a personal privacy violation."
The town later provided general billings of all townwide-issued cell phones, which includes Williams' phone, free of charge. Franklin pays about $3,000 each month for all town employees' cell phones.
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here.
This is a nice attempt to participate in "sunshine week". Rather than make an issue on the phone numbers themselves, I'd have preferred an analysis of the kinds of coverage the phones have.
Do they have basic phone service or a higher level of service?
Then you could have a discussion on what level of phone service is appropriate by department for a local community to provide.