Showing posts with label good news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label good news. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me

On the seventh day before leaving Facebook 

My true love sent to me

Seven tweets a twitter'

Happy anniversary Franklin Matters! Goodbye Facebook! (audio) 

Yes, the count down is underway....  

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On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me
On the seventh day before leaving Facebook , My true love sent to me

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know" (part 1)

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.

Need or want Help
If you need or want help setting up email or RSS, I've scheduled a few Zoom sessions to walk through the options to subscribe (other than Facebook). 

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Reference points on Facebook data leaks
Mark Hurst's Good Report also has a listing on RSS Readers to add to what I shared here.

Mark also went to so far as to urge community organizations to get off Facebook

Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 1)
Franklin Matters is leaving Facebook; your alternatives to consider to remain "in the know"  (part 1)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Franklin High School - news you can use

Fall 2021

Student ID's & bus pass pick up- there will be a table set up in the Cafeteria during lunch the first week of school for students to pick up their ID's and bus passes. If we do not have a photo on file for your student, have them stop in the Main Office and we will take their photo and print an ID for them.

Chromebook Insurance for 2021-2022 school year-payment portal open now through September 16th. Click HERE to purchase via Unibank

Can't access your Aspen account? First, try using the Forgot my Password link on the Aspen log in page. If that does not resolve your issue, use THIS FORM to request a password reset.

Upcoming events:  
Aug 31       First day of School !!  School hours 7:35 AM to 2:10 PM
Sept 3        No School PD Day
Sept 6        No School-Labor Day
Sept 7        No School- Rosh Hashanah
Sept 8        9th grade class meeting (assembly)
Sept 9        10th grade class meetings (assemblies)
Sept 10      11th & 12th grade class meetings (assemblies)
Sept 16      No School Yom Kippur
Sept 30      Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians at FHS from 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Oct 1          Half Day of School - PD Day; Dismissal at 10:55 AM, no lunch served
Oct 11        No School Columbus Day
Oct 15        Senior Portraits due to the yearbook advisor by this date
Oct 16        PSAT to be held for FHS Juniors only, class of 2023. From 7:30 AM to 12:00 noon; Online Registration/Payment will be open from September 3rd-10th. Cost is $25.00
Nov 2         No School-Election Day

Getting a driver's license or permit? Click HERE for information on obtaining the necessary documents from FHS

Need a work permit for a new job? Click HERE for information on obtaining one

Click here for 2021-2022 Franklin Public Schools calendar

Franklin High School - news you can use
Franklin High School - news you can use

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"there are alternatives to the decline of local news"

"Local journalism is in crisis. “America’s local news has reached its death spiral phase” proclaimed the Columbia Journalism Review in 2018. Two years later, an oft-cited study out of the University of North Carolina found that some 2,100 community newspapers had ceased publishing since 2004, leaving the country with large swaths of “news deserts” — areas that are unserved by any local news source.

But though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood. Researchers generally focus on the changes wrought by technology over the past quarter-century — changes that tell an important story, but not the whole story.

It’s true that classified ads offered by Craigslist, a mostly free service, wiped out what had accounted for about 40% of newspaper revenues overnight. And yes, Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising, leaving news organizations to fight over scraps."
Continue reading the article online

Picked up by the radar on Facebook:

Though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood. By Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy
Though the collapse of community journalism is real enough, we believe that its causes are only partly understood.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Town of Franklin, MA: Read the March 2021 Newsletter Here!

Hello Franklin!  The March edition of the Town of Franklin newsletter is now available.  Stay connected and updated with what is happening in town.  
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Town of Franklin, MA: Read the March 2021 Newsletter Here!
Town of Franklin, MA: Read the March 2021 Newsletter Here!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

"It’s the megaphone that makes the government work better"

Rep. Lori Ehrlich (@RepLoriEhrlich) tweeted on Tue, Feb 16, 2021:
Terrific article by @KamiRieck with insight from @dankennedy_nu @BrendanCrighton & @jasonpramas. TY Speaker @RonMariano for this important new law and for appointing me to the new 23-member commission. I look forward to digging in!
"The growth of “news deserts” in Massachusetts and the possible solutions to improving local journalism in underserved communities will be the focus of a new commission approved in the final hours of the last legislative session.

The initiative by Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, and Sen. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn, was part of the massive economic development bill approved by lawmakers and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker last month. It will examine the sustainability of local press business models and the sufficiency of news coverage in communities across the state.

“Local journalists tell the community stories that bind us together,” Ehrlich said. “They tell us who we are, and where we’ve been and where we’re going. Local news is also essential to ensuring a healthy democracy.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Need some good news about covid-19? Here are six reasons for optimism

From The Washington Post, an article of interest for Franklin:
"These days of rising cases, hospitalizations and now surging deaths can be overwhelming. To help get through this storm, we must keep track of positive developments, too. 
Here are six positive developments to remind us that there is hope in this crisis: 
  • Therapeutic treatments (in addition to what we already have for the most sick patients) will arrive before vaccines. When someone contracts the novel coronavirus, his or her body’s immune system launches a defense, including producing antibodies that circulate in the blood to help identify infectious invaders. These circulating antibodies offer some protection against future infection (for how long, we still don’t know). Scientists have now engineered clones of these antibodies — what we call monoclonal antibodies — and they are showing to be effective both therapeutically and to prevent infection. They work by attacking the spike protein of the coronavirus, which is how this virus gets into our cells. Stop that from happening, and the virus can’t replicate inside the body."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Coronavirus portal for Franklin

From The Washington Post, an article of interest for Franklin
From The Washington Post, an article of interest for Franklin

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Panther TV News - Special edition - April 24, 2020

Panther TV (@fhspanthertv) tweeted at 8:40 AM on Fri, Apr 24, 2020:
"@dannyhar562 is still hopeful for the senior class. He shares the work being done behind the scenes toward graduation and other events, on this week's Panther News! "

Shared from Twitter:

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Two too good not to share!

1 - "Happy birthday Will! We love to bring a smile!"
Also found in the Milford Daily News:

Twitter video screengrab
Twitter video screengrab

2 - Kathy Pennell reads "Brown Bear, Brown Bear ..."

View the story video on Facebook: 

Facebook screengrab image
Facebook screengrab image

Monday, March 9, 2020

Franklin Newcomers and Friends features Steve Sherlock - March 11

Come join your friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends monthly Meeting. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30. 

We are so pleased to welcome Steve Sherlock as our speaker. He single-handedly created Franklin Matters in 2007, a daily source of information about everything that matters in Franklin. Anyone can sign up for a free subscription on In addition to attending local government meetings, school events and supporting local community organizations, Steve provides some photojournalism as he reports on his weekly walks around our community. He is a true treasure in Franklin; a local Hero! It will be an interesting and informative evening!
Franklin Newcomers and Friends
Franklin Newcomers and Friends

No need to be a newcomer to the area . . . and no need to RSVP. Come join us and have fun while you make connections in your community. We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. We are a member driven organization and are always excited to welcome new faces and new ideas.

Residents of Franklin, or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, are welcome to join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). We run our meetings September through May. 

We meet at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central Street, Franklin, upstairs in a private room. Complimentary hot appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available.

Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year. Look for us on our website, or on our Facebook page or on, Franklin Newcomers & Friends Club. 

Yes, this is a public appearance which I will make and be the speaker, not the reporter. I have a few stories to tell, some photos to share, and a few tips on navigating the news. Bring your questions!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

"To do what she did for me was a very special"

Via the Franklin Food Pantry and Channel 5's series "5 for Good"
"At a recent visit to Mint Dental in Franklin, Jeff Bowditch expressed his deep gratitude to dentist, Dr. Olga Krikunenko. 
"I can't thank you enough for everything you've done," Bowditch said.
It wasn't that long ago that the Army veteran spent most of his time trying to hide his teeth. Old crowns had fallen off, leaving old injuries exposed. 
"He was getting some care at the VA at some point, but he stopped being able to get there," Kirkunenko said."

Continue reading the article online and watch this video clip at

"To do what she did for me was a very special"
"To do what she did for me was a very special"
For more about the Franklin Food Pantry, visit them online

For more about Mint Dental, visit them online
or visit their YouTube channel

Friday, September 6, 2019

"The sisters' achievement is a remarkable milestone for women in the military"

Via Franklin resident Rus Lodi's Facebook post about his sisters:

"Their brother Rus Lodi calls them “leadership junkies.”

If you’re a soldier, you’d better just call them ma’am and salute.

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are each accomplished in their own fields. But together they have become the first two sisters, the Army believes, to attain the general’s rank in the service's 244-year history.

"Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi represent the best America has to offer," said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. "However, this comes as no surprise to those who have known them and loved them throughout this extraordinary journey. This is a proud moment for their families and for the Army."
Continue reading about the Lodi sisters online

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and her sister, Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi pose for a family photo after, then Col. Lodi's outgoing Change of Command for the 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C. in July 2018. (Photo: None,
Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and her sister, Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi pose for a family photo after, then Col. Lodi's outgoing Change of Command for the 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C. in July 2018. (Photo: None,

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Franklin Police were busy preparing for the holidays

Sharing a few posts from the Franklin Police Facebook account to show their work on duty and off. We have a lot to be thankful for in Franklin, especially the Police Dept (1) for their service and (2) for going above and beyond to help. 

"On Wednesday, December 21, 2018 Officer Tyler Peabody, Officer Tara Lagoa, and Detective Jonathon Bussey from the Franklin Police Department participated in the Shop with a Cop at the Target located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Over a dozen area police departments assisted in the event to help children."

"Thank you to all who helped support the FPD Toy Drive. This year was a tremendous success. We were able to help over 30 local families directly, and work with the Santa Foundation to help even more! Special thanks to Detective Copeland and Detective Bussey for their hard work putting this together."

"Today (12/20/18), Natasha Kelty, Veteran Outreach Coordinator from the Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program came to the station to present a plaque to the FPD for our participation in No Shave November. This year the Home Base Foundation had 116 Departments participate, and raised over $240,000. 
Pictured with Natasha (L-R) are CSO Mucciarone, Detective Bussey, Chief Lynch, Officer Rosa, Officer Flynn, and Sergeant Zimmerman. 
Female officers were able to show their support by wearing special digital camo hats for the month."

Follow the Franklin Police on Facebook

And visit their page on the Town of Franklin website

Thank you to all who helped support the FPD Toy Drive (Town of Franklin, MA Police - Facebook photo)
Thank you to all who helped support the FPD Toy Drive
(Town of Franklin, MA Police - Facebook photo)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Why you should be news literate!

"Today, information moves around us in many forms, every hour of every day. Even if we do not seek out news on our own, we often receive it anyway, instantly, on our phones. 
So how can we manage this mountain of information so that fake news does not mislead us? 
We believe this requires news literacy. News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge news reports. Are they credible? Can you rely on the reports to be true?"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"He’s the heart and soul of our team"

By KEN HAMWEY, Staff Sports Writer for localtownpages - Franklin

"Some may think that Franklin High basketball coach CJ Neely is overly effusive in describing junior captain Paul Mahon. 
The Panthers’ coach, who directed his squad to the Sectional finals last year and a co-championship in the Kelly-Rex Division of the Hockomock League, is extremely bullish on his off-guard, calling him “a coach’s dream, one of the best defensive players in the league, the ultimate competitor and a good person, on and off the court.’’ 
Mahon, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound off-guard, is indeed special. He’s humble in his role as Franklin’s only captain, and he’s willing to learn what he doesn’t know. He’s also encouraging when teammates need an emotional lift, and he’s quick to offer assistance and friendship to the less fortunate. 
Consider this situation — his best friend since early childhood is a Down syndrome youth, and Mahon often shoots jump shots with him in their back yards or in Franklin High’s gym. The 17-year-old Mahon also attends his friend’s Special Olympics events. “I always try to encourage him,’’ Mahon said."
Continue reading the article online

FHS Boys Basketball Captain Paul Mahon
FHS Boys Basketball Captain Paul Mahon

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Franklin Almanac arrives at Franklin TV

There’s a new program in town. In fact, it’s all about the town. At Franklin TV we’ve launched our very own news-magazine program, Franklin Almanac. Like an actual almanac of information, it’s a compendium– of life in Franklin, produced and hosted (and written and edited) by our TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari.
Franklin TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari
Franklin TV journalist Polikseni Manxhari

See Almanac this week on All-Access TV.  Almanac also has an introductory run weekdays at noon on our TownHall TV channel, Comcast11/Verizon29.

As TV news pioneer Edward R. Murrow opined, reporting the news on TV is like writing with a five hundred pound pencil. There’s a lot of preparation and location work that goes into producing even a single story. With our pilot program done and on the record, we are already ramping up for our second episode in mid-January. Our plan is for Almanac to be a regularly scheduled program in 2017 with new episodes every two weeks. Almanac will offer a review of key recent events as well as a look ahead to the upcoming, the new and the notable.

Franklin Almanac
Franklin Almanac

As we begin our new news endeavor, we want to give a nod of appreciation to Franklin’s volunteer Information Director, Steve Sherlock and his invaluable website Franklin Matters. In our pilot episode you’ll get to meet Steve as he sits down with Polikseni to offer his insights on citizen journalism, local news and information.

Okay, everyone– lift that pencil– on three.

Copyright, 2016, FCCA, Inc. and the author Pete Fasciano, Executive Director of Franklin TV. All rights reserved.
And – thanks for watching!

For the full viewing guide to Franklin TV

or here

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Let's celebrate 10 Years by honoring you, the loyal readers, and help Franklin, MA nonprofits

How does one celebrate that Franklin MAtters has reached 10 years of providing timely and accurate information to Franklin residents? By choosing to honor you, the loyal readers, with a contribution to your choice of Franklin nonprofit.


Part A: 5 of the longest 200 email subscribers were selected randomly. They’ll receive notification of this selection and a request to identify a Franklin nonprofit. A $50 contribution to that *qualified nonprofit* will be made in their name.

Part B: They will also receive a 2017 calendar published by the Franklin Historical Museum.


5 of the email subscribers who sign up during the month of November will also be randomly selected to receive a copy of the 2017 calendar published by the Franklin Historical Museum.

How to subscribe?

If you are not already subscribed to receive the daily email from Franklin Matters, please consider doing so. Why?

  • You won't miss any of the good stuff
  • It is free

You can subscribe here

This is especially true for those who follow Franklin MAtters on Facebook. Facebook filters what you see and that filtering means you do not see all that is published. One email, sent daily ensures you have access to all the information that matters to Franklin.

celebrating 10 years of readership growth, thank you!
celebrating 10 years of readership growth, thank you!

* Note: A qualified nonprofit is one that has registered as a 501(c)3 and is based in Franklin.


This website is part of my public service effort for Franklin and I can use your help.

How can you help, you ask?
If you have an interest in writing about something that matters in Franklin, please let me know. In particular, I am looking for someone to follow the Planning Board, Conservation Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals. 

As always -

  • If you like this, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please tell me.

This feedback loop is important. Thank you for reading and sharing! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Franklin News from around the social media

  • On Facebook, Jeff Roy posted about the FHS Mock Trial team winning their first case. FHS Teacher Mike Walsh added that 
"What Jeff Roy neglected to mention is that he has been volunteering his time to help us prepare for this complicated case. Meant a lot to the kids that you came to cheer them on today."

Delighted to see some talented young litigators from Franklin High School try a case in the Marlborough District Court....
Posted by Jeff Roy on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coach Bain letter

  • Have you heard about the "Helping Hands Florist"? Quality flowers prepared with quality attention by a group from HMEA. Hmm, Valentine's Day is coming!

Helping Hands Florist
Helping Hands Florist

Monday, December 28, 2015

In the News: Franklin's top stories for 2015

The Milford Daily News recaps the stories of the year for Franklin. They list the explosion in October, Dean replacing the campus police, the election in November, and Debbie Pellegri's retirement among the top stories. There are several more listed. Read the full article online (subscription may be required) and see if you would add a story: