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

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:

Friday, March 13, 2015

WMRC and Franklin Downtown Partnership - Good News Initiative

Franklin Downtown Partnership webpage photo
Franklin Downtown Partnership webpage photo

WMRC First Class Media, a Milford-based media company and Franklin Downtown Partnership member, has launched a "Good News" initiative and wants to hear your positive stories.

WMRC is a locally owned multi-media company that supports local businesses. WMRC 1490 AM broadcasts reach listeners in 14 local towns in 3 counties, and it's website has logged 22,000 visits.

If you are looking for a new audience to tell your positive stories to, WMRC First Class Media may have a way to help.

WMRC Press Release

To download and print a copy of the WMRC-First Class Media press release click here.

You are subscribed to email updates from Franklin Downtown Partnership

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Boston Globe shows a Franklin page

Yes, there is a "Your Town" Franklin page! A recent conversation with Globe Regional Editor David K Dahl, revealed the news and he followed up with a link.

You can view the new page here:

It will aggregate information as published by the Globe and other identified sources (yes, this site is one of them!).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Franklin has two newspapers

Summer time. No school, time for family vacations, time for competition to heat up in the free paper space in Franklin. Yes, it appears that way.

We just returned from a long weekend to find two local papers in our mail. One I am familiar with. Franklin's Local Town Pages has been delivered to Franklin's residents monthly since December 2010. The JN Media Franklin News looked similar. Both delivered as 24 pages.

Many of the ads were the same in both, maybe the competition will be good for the local businesses!

Time will tell if the 'new' paper will stick around. Franklin has seen papers come and go after one edition. The Franklin Local Town Pages is the longest to stick around thus far.

Note: I do get paid a nominal amount for my contributions to the Franklin Local Town Pages.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A warm welcome for the Franklin Town News!

The arrival this week of the new Franklin Town News is a good development for Franklin. You should already be aware that while at one time many years ago Franklin did have its own newspaper (The Sentinel), we get coverage by the Milford Daily News and the occasionally from the Boston Globe West edition.

The current reporter for the Milford Daily News, Brian Benson, I think is doing very well. He is covering a lot of Franklin and covering it well. He is also publishing information in advance of a meeting which prior reporters had not done.

Franklin also is covered by the Wicked Local or Franklin Gazette. Covered is an appropriate term as this is the paper tossed in the driveway weekly. As I walk around town, I find a lot of them simply left there. The news contained inside is all re-purposed from what has been published in the Milford Daily News.

Hence, the need for Franklin MAtters. I publish here all the information from the town meetings (Town Council, School Committee, etc.) that I can participate in. This information is meant to be accurate and timely. You help me if you find I make a mistake so the accuracy is good. I provide links to documents and the documents themselves to make the information that may be on the Franklin website, easier to get at and use.

Now, the Franklin Town News comes along and will provide a new communication channel to the residents of Franklin. Supported by ad revenue and mailed directly to residents, this ensures a better chance of getting to everyone than the news or websites can do today. I welcome the Franklin Town News.

  • Any Franklin business can benefit from advertising in this publication. The target market is what you are always looking for. If you are doing business in Franklin, the target market is provided for you.
  • Any Franklin organization can benefit from publishing an information article. The monthly timing is the only hindrance but with proper planning, the mailing at the beginning of the month can announce your event during the coming month or set the stage for a future month. There is also a website where you can read the paper online, as well as a calendar which can be updated more frequently than monthly. As the awareness grows, these should be more useful in getting the word out.

An informed community will make good decisions on election day.

I have no formal business relationship with Franklin Town News. I have and anticipate continuing to submit an article or two for each issue on behalf of Franklin MAtters or the Franklin Food Pantry.

If your business or non-profit would like advice on how to leverage Franklin Town News (or other communication channels) to spread your information, please reach out and contact me. I am open to sharing what I know and have learned.  

Franklin, MA

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Franklin Town News

The new Franklin Town News arrived in my mailbox today. I think it looks pretty good for a first edition. I look forward to seeing next month's issue already.

What do you think of it?

Franklin, MA

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Print extras in today's Milford Daily News

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Staff reports on 11/20/10

Milford Daily news front page 11/20/10
Every day, The Milford Daily News prints stories you will not find anywhere else. In today's edition, read about a lockdown drill at Hopedale Junior-Senior High School; talk of setting up a nonprofit to run Franklin's cable TV studio; and columnist Lenny Megliola's take on the Celtics' Kevin Durant.

Things you can do from here:

There are three good advantages for those folks in Franklin. MA and beyond who want to keep up with what happens in Franklin.

First, you can visit Franklin Matters and get the information about the business of Franklin, everyday in one place.

Second, you have an option to subscribe via RSS feed or email, or just visit the site from a bookmark or list of favorites. If you want to skip the daily dose and go right to the weekly summary, you can get that either via RSS, email, or iTunes.

Third, while my colleagues at the Milford Daily News are out to sell something, I am not. So when I report from the Town Council or School Committee meeting you get all the information available from the meeting as it is discussed. You don't need to wait until Saturday to have to buy the paper to find out that Franklin is considering establishing a non-profit 501(c)3 entity to run the cable feeds for the town.

Your choice to stay informed on all the business of Franklin.
Because Franklin MAtters!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New paper coming to Franklin

Yes, the Milford Daily News and Wicked Local/Franklin Gazette will get some competition.

I met with Chuck Tashjan of Our Town Publishing recently to discuss his new expansion into Franklin. He has already been publishing a monthly for Medway-Millis and expanded to Norwood earlier this year.

You can view the online version of these papers here:

He is looking to do a monthly newspaper for Franklin beginning in December. The newspaper (likely 12-16 pages) will be delivered via postal mail (not thrown in your driveway).

Contact Chuck, his office number is 508-533-4588

  • If you have a local business and would like to advertise
  • If you are a local  community group and have good news to share on a monthly basis

Franklin, MA

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"The earthquake is over, the disaster is not"

Glenn Jones is returning to Haiti to help with the recovery efforts from the earthquake. He will be
"continuing to contribute my electrical skills to a small village called Leogane. Leogane was in the epicenter of the Earthquake that shook Haiti in January."
Glenn wrote this letter to explain his contribution and seek your help:

Glenn Jones Letter on 'Going to HAITI'

A video summary of the work of MissionE4:

This is a great example of a "good news" that I'd like to share more often. If you have a good news story, please let me know.

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document and video.

Franklin, MA

Friday, December 18, 2009

Express LIne #4

The latest Express Line is available.

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You can subscribe to this newsletter and other email notifications on the Franklin Town website here

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Franklin's Express Line

The current Franklin Express Line has just been published.

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You can subscribe on the Town website to receive your own copy here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Recyle that plastic slide

Have your kids outgrown that plastic slide or turtle sandbox? Franklin now has a spot for recycling those large plastic items.

More details are available in this issue of Recycling News:

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To have news from the Town, Police, and recycling be delivered to your email address, you can subscribe on the Town website here

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Franklin's new "Express Line"

Subscribe to the Town News to receive an email update at least monthly.

This is what the first issue looks like:

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You can subscribe to the Town's newsletter via this link