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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Youth Mountain Bike Team - Info Night - Mar 22 at 6 PM

Youth Mountain Bike Team - Info Night
Bellingham Public Library
March 22, 2022 - 6 PM

Minuteman Junior Cycling Club is hosting an info night 3/22 at 6 PM to kick off the 2022 season. Membership is open to kids from 5th -12th grade. We ride near Franklin, ranging from Walpole to Uxbridge. 
All experience levels welcome. 
Come find out more.
Youth Mtn Bike Team - Info Night - Mar 22 at 6 PM
Youth Mtn Bike Team - Info Night - Mar 22 at 6 PM

Download a copy of the flyer

Friday, January 28, 2022

Distinguished Young Women - info session scheduled for Feb 4, 2022

Calling all high school juniors who want to earn scholarship money and join our female empowerment program - zoom info meeting February 4 at 7:30 PM!
Shared from Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/3085838531686152/

Distinguished Young Women - info session scheduled for Feb 4, 2022
Distinguished Young Women - info session scheduled for Feb 4, 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Update on CIO Status

January 18, 2022

Dear Friends of the Norfolk Registry of Deeds and Registry Users,

Many of you have asked for an update on the efforts to keep the on-site Registry Chief Information Officer (CIO) that has been funded and in existence at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds for over 20 years. The Norfolk Registry of Deeds also needs to keep the on-site direct-report IT technology staff that makes up the Registry IT Technology Department which has been in place for well over 35 years.

The three Norfolk County Commissioners held a hearing on December 8, 2021 on recommendations if implemented that will negatively impact the functioning of an independent and modern Registry of Deeds as a result of not keeping as is an on-site Registry CIO and on-site Registry IT Technology Department. Attached is a document that was submitted to the Norfolk County Commissioners that you can review if you so choose click document here. This document advocates why the Registry IT Technology Department is needed and should be kept in this era of technology, cybersecurity and ransomware.

Also here is the link to the Norfolk County Commissioners Meeting of December 8, 2021:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdzTgUHXUHc

The words and reasons written by so many of you in letters and emails articulating why the Norfolk Registry of Deeds should keep its on-site direct report Registry IT Technology Department are so compelling. I wish I could now report that the advocated position of keeping the Registry CIO and keeping the on-site Registry IT Technology Department has finally won and prevailed. I can not. This critical issue is now being put into the Norfolk County Budget process as stated by the Norfolk County Commissioners.

Thank you so much for your support which must continue in order to make sure this unsound public policy decision is NOT implemented during this budget process.

I wish you and yours a happy and healthy new year in 2022.

Sincerely yours,

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds 

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Update on CIO Status
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Update on CIO Status


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Keep your personal information safe in the New Year


Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

As 2021 winds down, lots of us are making resolutions for a fresh start in the New Year — maybe to exercise regularly, get our finances in order, or spend more time with friends. But your list isn't complete until you add "update my security software" and "protect my personal information" to the mix. Scammers and hackers are always looking for new ways to steal your personal information online.

Read more ->  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2021/12/keep-your-personal-information-safe-new-year?utm_source=govdelivery


Keep your personal information safe in the New Year
Keep your personal information safe in the New Year

Friday, December 24, 2021

News Literacy Project --> a concise one-pager to better understand and avoid misinformation

"New from @NewsLitProject -- a concise one-pager with key insights, takeaways and reminders to help you and your loved ones better understand and avoid misinformation:

More about misinformation -> https://t.co/8UTBmli8NO
 
One pager ->  https://t.co/3FyPn4Wg4a"

News Literacy Project --> a concise one-pager  to better understand and avoid misinformation
News Literacy Project --> a concise one-pager  to better understand and avoid misinformation


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   https://get.checkology.org/

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


Monday, December 13, 2021

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

There are multiple meetings this week. The Town calendar provides all the details. I will be reporting on the following:

  • School Committee meets Tuesday (7 PM)
  • A School Committee budget workshop before their Tuesday meeting (6 PM)
  • Town Council meets Wednesday (7 PM)
  • A Town Council subcommittee looking at reviewing their procedures manual also before their meeting Wednesday (6 PM)

The monthly Franklin Matters Q&A scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM. The meeting is hybrid. I'll be in the Senior Center and also allow for participation virtually via Zoom. Send me an email for the Zoom info. 

The Town Officials and State Rep Jeff Roy will hold their monthly coffee hour at the Senior Center Thursday morning at 8:30 AM. Also a good chance to get some details on any questions you may have.

Town Calendar - https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday
Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Misinformation and democracy: How can we find truth in the age of misinformation?

"The past several years have seen a massive, sometimes malicious, assault on our sense of shared reality. The combination of social media and conspiracy theories has increased the reach and velocity of destructive lies. As a result, both the physical and political health of our country have been placed at risk.

On public health, the dissemination of misinformation about COVID-19 and the safety of vaccines has been responsible for thousands of avoidable deaths. Public benefit from the miraculous development of vaccines was partially squandered. Some politicians even echoed fraudulent information for political benefit – riding a wave of falsehoods with casualties when it crashes to the shore.

On America’s civic health, the tribalization of information is a serious threat to democracy. Many Americans live in ideological bubbles where their main sources of information gain profit by feeding fear and anger. In some cases, it has encouraged the self-radicalization that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection and other violence. "
Continue reading the article online 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/12/09/threat-democracy-misinformation-covid-age/6430888001/?s=03

The research report that drove the article can be found here ->


hidden common ground
hidden common ground


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Results of the survey on candidate information available for the Nov 2021 Biennial Election

The following is the output from the survey conducted after the 2021 election. There were 146 anonymous responses. While the number is low (compared to the total votes cast) to the extent that these folks (likely engaged) took the time to do so, the insights should be useful. 

There were 4 questions asked
1 - My voting action for this election was via: ballot type (a required question)
2 - How well prepared were you with information on the candidates to make your vote? (numerical response required on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)) (optional)
3 - What information did you find the most useful? (please be concise in your answer) (optional)
4 - What information do you wish you had? (please  be concise in your answer) (optional )

voting actions pie chart
voting actions pie chart



rating distribution chart
rating distribution chart


My takeaways
Continue to provide the info in advance of early voting (to the extent that the candidates cooperate)
Continue to enable/incentivize the candidates to provide their info
Continue to be as transparent as possible about the sources of info
Expand to provide transcripts as a regular feature for the audio/video interviews

While there is feedback looking for more of a ‘summary’ or table to simplify the candidate positions, I personally would hesitate to do so. 

I have provided the open-ended responses in three PDF files.
Both responses together (good for insight into the individuals’ responses, if blank, there was no response)
Two files, one with each question response listed together, this should enable a view of common themes such as there may be

Results of the survey on candidate information available for the Nov 2021 Biennial Election
Results of the survey on candidate information available for the Nov 2021 Biennial Election


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Boston Globe: "A local disinformation researcher breaks down what to know" and News Literacy Project provides guidance on what to do

"When does online disinformation cross a line from mostly innocuous to harmful to others? A Boston-based researcher who studies disinformation and misinformation sought to break it down in a chart that rocketed across the Internet last week, offering clarity to readers in an age when new conspiracy theories seem to pop up all the time.

The chart, which was retweeted more than 18,000 times, is organized to convey both an increasing detachment from reality and threat level, with the top grouping largely rooted in antisemitic views, its creator, Abbie Richards said. She emphasized that her design is “just one of many conspiracy theory frameworks.”

In the time since Richards first designed her framework for understanding conspiracies and conspiracy theories, monumental events like the 2020 presidential election had not yet taken place nor had the coronavirus pandemic become as deeply intertwined with daily life."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Conveniently, the News Literacy Project (https://twitter.com/NewsLitProject/has an infographic on how to deal with someone on this misinformation front:
"How can you speak up to someone who's shared misinformation without starting a showdown or turning them off? Check out our infographic ⤵️

#NewsLiteracyNow https://t.co/MIvUQkmucg"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/NewsLitProject/status/1465690193327968256

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Did you vote Nov 2? Please respond to this quick survey on what you thought of the candidate information available

To help prepare for the next local or biennial election, let's capture what you think about the information available for this one while it is still 'fresh' at hand. The original sources of information covered via this survey are the Franklin Voters Guide, Milford Daily News/Wicked Local, Frank Falvey's interviews for Franklin TV, the series by Franklin Matters, and the two candidate nights. "

Survey closes this weekend. We have more than 80 responses but there were more than 5,000 voters so there is an opportunity!

There are only four questions and the survey should take less than a couple of minutes to respond to. Thanks you!


Did you vote Nov 2? Please respond to this quick survey on what you thought of the candidate information available
Did you vote Nov 2? Please respond to this quick survey on what you thought of the candidate information available


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

2021 Franklin Biennial Election Information Survey

To help prepare for the next local or biennial election, let's capture what you think about the information available for this one while it is still 'fresh' at hand. The original sources of information covered via this survey are the following:

  • Franklin Voters Guide
  • Milford Daily News/Wicked Local
  • Frank Falvey's interviews for Franklin TV
  • the candidate question series by Franklin Matters
  • the two candidate nights (11/14/21 & 11/21/21)
If the survey form is not visible, please use this link


2021 Franklin Biennial Election Information Survey
2021 Franklin Biennial Election Information Survey


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates - Nov/Dec 2021

School News: Important Information and Dates

November - December 2021

  • Parent Conference sign ups (11/10 and 11/12) Link will be posted soon. Can be in-person or via Google Meets video conference.
  • Can't access your Aspen account? First, try using the Forgot my Password link on the Aspen log in page. An email will be sent to you with a link to get back into your account. If that does not resolve your issue, use THIS FORM to request a password reset.
Upcoming events:  
Nov 2         No School-Election Day; PD Day
Nov 9         Last Day of Q1
Nov 10       Half Day of School; parent-teacher conferences; dismissal at 10:55 AM
Nov 11       No School-Veteran's Day
Nov 12       Half Day of School; parent-teacher conferences; dismissal at 10:55 AM
Nov 24,25,26  No School-Thanksgiving Break  
Nov 29      School Photo retakes day
Dec 7         FHS Chorus and Orchestra Concert 7 PM @ FHS Auditorium (snow date 12/10)
Dec 9         FHS Band Concert 7PM @ FHS Auditorium (snow date 12/21)
Dec 10       Half day of School PD Day
Dec 24-Jan 2 Winter Holiday Break
 
  • New Student Registration-click HERE
  • Moved? Complete a Change of Address form HERE
  • 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: Important Information and Dates - Nov/Dec 2021
Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates - Nov/Dec 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

FHS Gymnastics Schedules Info Session Oct 27

FHS Gymnastics (@fhs_gymnastics) tweeted  Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Anyone interested in trying out for FHS Gymnastics info mtg for students on 10/27 @ 2:30 PM in lecture hall.  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns if you cannot attend. lupienp@franklinps.net @fhsgymboosters @FHSSports @FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS @FranklinMatters https://t.co/9jkMQcxvL8

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/fhs_gymnastics/status/1450184663587303425?t=c5Bk104uWmklvemBYcvVxw&s=03



Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fact check: "The Southwest Airlines mess and rumors of a vaccine walkout"

"What are you going to believe: Official statements or social media?

The Southwest Airlines cancellations over the weekend are a good example of how news travels on two different tracks today.

In the part of the United States that relies on traditional media, rumors that the cancellations were the result of a pilot protest over coronavirus vaccine mandates were dismissed because, well, there was no evidence. Official entities, such as the airline, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Southwest pilots union, all issued statements saying the rumors were false."
Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/10/13/southwest-airlines-snafu-rumors-vaccine-walkout/

Fact check: "The Southwest Airlines mess and rumors of a vaccine walkout"
Fact check: "The Southwest Airlines mess and rumors of a vaccine walkout" (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)


Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Franklin Voters Guide is available

The Franklin Voters Guide is a "work in progress". 

"The Franklin Area Voting Guide is intended to be a non-partisan resource created by private individuals to allow the people of Franklin, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities to cast an educated vote on issues that impact our community.

Information contained in this guide is provided by candidates and taken verbatim from their survey responses, or sourced from candidate websites/social media accounts, public statements, town halls, and past achievements."

It is a collaborative effort: 

  • As the Franklin Matters interviews (email and audio) are completed, they are being shared there. 
  • Frank Falvey, is recording interviews with candidates. Those audio files will be part of the Voter Guide repository. 
So do we have everyone accounted for yet? No
  • There are some candidates completed and there are some in the edit/publishing mix
  • There are candidates with interviews scheduled for next week 
  • There are candidates working to confirm the scheduled for their interviews 
And yes, there are some that have not yet reached out to either the folks behind the Voters Guide or Frank Falvey, or myself to provide information to share.
 
What can you do between now and the time you cast your vote
  • Read up on what the candidates have shared
  • If you find a candidate, who doesn't have info, prompt them to reach out to get their info into the mix
  • If you find a candidate you want to follow up with on a topic or two, the info to contact them is available with what they have published. Go for it. Don't be bashful

If you haven't registered to vote, please do so by October 13. 
Absentee ballot applications are available. 
Vote by mail applications are available. 

Early voting in the Town Clerk's office will be available once the printed ballots are available (possibly the week of Oct 12).
Early voting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 23 and Sunday, Oct 24 from 10 AM to 1 PM on both days.

On of course, all precincts vote at Franklin High School on Nov 2, 2021 from 6:00 AM to 8 PM.

The Franklin Voter Guide ->  

The Franklin Voters Guide is available
The Franklin Voters Guide is available


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The year of understanding: COVID-19 and the humanity of the unvaccinated - The Boston Globe

"For the most part, people are looking for answers, but the cards are stacked against them in this digital world. Every health care provider has had that one ardent unvaccinated conspiracy theorist who refused to believe that COVID is real despite showing them their trashed lungs on the CT scan, all while they’re on high-flow oxygen. Anecdote holding the power that it does, that patient runs the risk of coloring our perception of all unvaccinated patients in this same light. But, instead, my charge to health care providers is this: Take a meaningful pause and ask, “How did this person get to this point?” And understand that their condition is in part due to the challenges of the common person trying to understand complex medical science and being influenced by those with alternative agendas.

That same night, I diagnosed a young woman, with three young kids, with lung cancer. She was a smoker, and she knew that smoking can cause cancer. How is her situation any different from an unvaccinated person with COVID? How many of us would stand at the bedside in her tragic hour and berate her for smoking? How many of us would, upon learning of someone’s death from cancer, say flatly, “Served her right”? If she said. “I didn’t think it would happen to me,” would anyone really say, “Whelp, I hope you survive” as we walked out the room? These are statements I have heard said to or about unvaccinated COVID patients in a recent week. Clearly, this does nothing to foster that trusted relationship between a physician and their patient.

When I asked my unvaccinated COVID patient what was keeping him from getting the shot, he said he had read online that the vaccine gets into your DNA and he was afraid of what that would mean. So I sat down on his bed and spent a few minutes drawing a picture of a cell and nucleus, and explained in simple terms how mRNA works and why his DNA is not at risk. His next question was, “How soon can I get the vaccine?” He then called his kids and told them the same, and they asked where they could get the vaccine. While not successful in every encounter, I’m optimistic about the ripple effect that these little wins may have. And damn it if we don’t need a win now and again. In our most fundamental charge, “doctor” means “teacher.” This is the year where we understand. This is the year where we teach."
Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required)

Anti-vaccination protesters near Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 14. Earlier that week, the City Council voted to require proof of vaccination to enter many public indoor spaces in the city.DAVID MCNEW/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
Anti-vaccination protesters near Los Angeles City Hall on Aug. 14. Earlier that week, the City Council voted to require proof of vaccination to enter many public indoor spaces in the city. DAVID MCNEW/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES


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  https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=28690



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.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXJoddN1p8G5HAd4ORUUek3dXCNSM81z5eBZ5VSLS5TJAyzA/viewform

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  https://www.franklinps.net/fhs/students-families/pages/drivers-license-documentation-fhs

Need a work permit for a new job? Click HERE for information on obtaining one   https://www.franklinps.net/franklin-high-school/students-families/pages/work-permits

Click here for 2021-2022 Franklin Public Schools calendar  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/calendar_2021-22_0.pdf



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


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Your privacy and data protection: "If you have lots of data, you can turn that into money"

"Why should you care about protecting your privacy online? Tech critic Carissa Véliz says it’s not just a matter of personal preference: It’s a civic duty.

Véliz, associate professor at the Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, is the author of “Privacy Is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data,” which blends philosophical insight and practical advice. Véliz says that guarding your privacy promotes something akin to digital herd immunity. Many companies claim that the more data they have, the better their products will be, but Véliz argues that this personal data ultimately gets transformed into something toxic, which society should regulate much like asbestos. Last year The Economist called “Privacy Is Power” one of the best books of the year, on any subject."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Whether using either Google or Firefox as my browser, I use DuckDuckGo to help prevent the tracking codes from gathering the data  https://duckduckgo.com/
   
If you have lots of data, you can turn that into money
https://duckduckgo.com/about


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Washington Post: "Facebook and YouTube’s vaccine misinformation problem is simpler than it seems"

"On Friday, President Biden said Facebook is “killing people” by spreading misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines. On Monday, he changed his tune. “Facebook isn’t killing people,” he amended, instead blaming a handful of disinformation merchants who use the platform.

Whether Facebook is or isn’t killing people depends on your definitions. What’s clear, regardless, is that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms have played a major role in the anti-vaccine movement. And they continue to do so, despite some sincere efforts by the companies to combat the trend.

...

So now you have two media realms: a traditional media realm in which information must be both true and interesting to reach an audience, and a social media realm in which it must only be interesting. Guess which one is bound to become a magnet for conspiracy theorists, hoaxsters, propagandists, disinformation operatives, grifters and peddlers of false cures?"
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