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

Monday, March 20, 2023

How to find news you can trust - 3 session webinar series in April, 2023

Save the date for our webinar series.
How to Find News You Can Trust. Skills for seeking credible information. Free webinar series. Wednesdays. April 12, 19, and 26. 4pm Eastern Time/1pm Pacific Time.

Hi Franklinites!

You probably read, watch or listen to the news every day, and chances are you often do so online. How do you know whether news sources are credible? How do you know what to trust?

The News Literacy Project is offering a free three-part webinar series to help you navigate the increasingly crowded and rapidly changing information environment. We'll meet at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on April 12, 19 and 26 for about 45 minutes, and we'll invite journalists to join the discussions to help us understand how they think about trust and credibility as they report the news.


April 12: Session 1 | What is quality journalism?

News outlets help us make informed decisions, but the process of creating news isn't always transparent. This session will pull the curtain back on the practice of quality, ethical journalism and its mission to inform us accurately.


April 19: Session 2 | Understanding news media bias

People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? This session will empower you to evaluate the fairness, accuracy and objectivity of news coverage.


April 26: Session 3 | How fact-checking works

With the deluge of digital information, it's getting harder to know what to trust. Fact-checking organizations are taking up the charge to combat the spread of misinformation, debunking some of the most viral content springing up social media. We'll learn about the work professional fact-checkers do and skills we can use to do our own fact-checking.


You can find more information and register for the series here.

We look forward to learning with you! If you have questions about this series, please respond to this email.

For a future founded on facts,
The News Literacy Project

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The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy.

The News Literacy Project
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015

Sunday, July 3, 2022

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Good things take time...

"What dream of yours are you nurturing right now? 🌷

Making quick progress or getting fast results certainly sounds nice, and in our fast-paced world, it can seem like things must be completed in an instant.

But taking things step by step and making progress daily is what generates real results. So if a goal seems too large right now, the thing to do isn’t to speed up.

👉🏽Instead, embrace the power of slow and work towards your finish line with patience and discipline. Let all the good things you’ve been chasing come and catch you, and remember that no matter how small your efforts may feel, things will come together sooner than later."

Via The Good Life Project on Instagram ->

Good things take time...
Good things take time...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

News literacy requires work on everyone's part, and that includes you

Via the News Literacy Project:

"2021 marked another year of rapidly spreading misinformation following breaking news events, from the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to the Biden presidency. Get ready for 2022 by reviewing our news literacy takeaways from the past 12 months. You’ll be prepared to recognize and debunk falsehoods, conspiracy theories and hoaxes in 2022, and know what information to trust, share and act on.

Science misinformation
No, vaccines don’t magnetize you, increase the risk of infertility, contain tracking devices, or cause cancer and HIV. But misinformation surrounding vaccines — along with other science-based topics like climate change — continued to deluge social media feeds throughout the year.

News literacy takeaway: Turn to credible, authoritative sources to confirm or debunk science-related content, such as NLP’s COVID-19 resources page or reputable institutions like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And know that bad actors will even resort to cute cat videos as “engagement bait” to draw you to their sites and spread falsehoods."

Continue reading the article online

Checkology is one of the resources available for news literacy awareness

News literacy requires work on everyone's part
News literacy requires work on everyone's part

Monday, December 13, 2021

Good Deeds: Christmas Movie Trivia


By William P. O'Donnell, Norfolk County Register of Deeds

The Holidays are upon us and it is time for an article from the Registry of Deeds that builds upon the joys of our holiday season.  It is about time a writing that is light and not so serious is written in these "Good Deeds" articles.  There can always be more of that in our day to day lives.

One go to article theme readers of "Good Deeds" may have noticed over the years has been trivia.  There have been trivia questions about historical figures of Norfolk County such as the four Presidents of the United States born here in Norfolk County.  There have been trivia challenges involving naming one of the 28 communities making up Norfolk County as the answer to some notable person who hailed from that community.  

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has seen its share of Hollywood filming which has taken place in and around the beautiful Registry of Deeds Building.  There was an old television show "The Practice" starring actors Dylan McDermott and Michael Spada.  Four episodes of this show were filmed in and around Dedham.  "Ironman" Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall made use of the Norfolk Superior Court and the Registry of Deeds Building front pillars and steps in the film "The Judge".  Recently Rosamund Pike and Eiza Gonzalez used the books and beauty of the renovated Registry of Deeds Record Hall to film "I Care A Lot".  Rosamund Pike won a Golden Globe for her performance in this movie which can be seen on Netflix.

So I thought I would combine the Christmas Season, trivia and this link to movies to challenge the reader to some Christmas Movie Trivia.


Trivia Questions (answers located below)

#1 In Home Alone 2, what city does Kevin mistakenly get lost in?


#2 What was the real name of the character Tim Allen plays in The Santa Clause?


#3 Where does the Polar Express take the children?


#4 Finish this iconic line from It's a Wonderful Life: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his                                   ___."


#5 Buddy the elf sticks to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and ____.


#6 Who was the bad guy Rudolph tried to avoid?


#7 Finish this line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  "It came without packages, boxes or ____"


#8 What did the other reindeer not let Rudolph do because of his shiny red nose?


#9 In the story of a Christmas Carol, what is Scrooge's first name?


#10 What Christmas carol does the Peanuts gang sing at the end of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"?


#11 "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is ____."-Elf


May all the songs and spirit of the Christmas Season bring you happiness and health.  There is no great prize being given out if you did well answering these trivia questions.  However, I certainly hope Santa Claus is good to you.  To everyone a joyful and happy holiday season.



Good News: Christmas Movie Trivia
Good News: Christmas Movie Trivia

#1 New York City
#2 Scott Calvin (SC)
#3 North Pole
#4 Wings
#5 Syrup
#6 The Abominable Snowman
#7 Bags
#8 Join in any reindeer games
#9 Ebenezer
#10 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
#11 Sing loud for all to hear


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community

"Santa's Magical mailbox 
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Ann Marie Donovan was trying to raise money for the Food pantry asking kids to drop a letter to Santa and a small donation for the food pantry at her personal mailbox last year. I contacted her and asked if she would like to have a mailbox at my light show because I get a decent amount of traffic and figured we could raise more money that way. She thought is was a good idea and so that's how it all began. 
Ann is in charge of writing letters along with some really great elves. Thankfully we also have some generous people donating stamps because less than 20% of the letters we get come with a donation and each letter returned to the kids cost us around $1. We understand that not everyone can afford a donation and all kids will get a return letter no matter what. 
The mailbox is taken in and out every night to keep it in as good shape as possible. It should be out by 5:30 every day. We have received letters from many towns in MA including some that are not very close. The elves are working hard and hopefully the first batch of letters will go out soon. 
I named it Santa's Magical Mailbox because I feel like it was magical how members of the community help donate their time, material and skills to make it come to fruition. Scott Firestine made the mailbox and donated it which was absolutely amazing. After just a day or two the paint got ruined so Power Painting Plus ( Rick and John Power) came and picked up the mailbox, repainted it at no cost, then took it to "Signs by Cam" where they redid all of the lettering, which was also at no cost. 
This mailbox belongs to Franklin. I just store it and try my best to keep it in good shape. I hope to pass it on to someone else in Franklin one day. 
Thank you everyone for your support. We hope its a great year for the Franklin Food Pantry and that your kids enjoy their letters from Santa. "
Laura McCarthy

To send a donation, please find the info on the Facebook post

Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community
Santa's Magical Mailbox - highlights the goodness of our Franklin community

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
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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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Or use this link =

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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."

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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)