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Friday, May 5, 2023
The Franklin Meals on Wheels office could use some help. Maybe that can be you?
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Free school meals extended through the 2022-2023 school year!
has extended free school meals through the 22-23 school year! This means that meals will continue to be served at NO COST to ALL STUDENTS. Household applications for free/reduced meals are still important to fill out & will be available in the coming weeks.
|Free school meals extended through the 2022-2023 school year!|
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 14, 2022
“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”
Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance
I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report
A. 8th Grade Civics Projects Highlights
B. Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Comfort Dog
C. Space Needs Presentation
A. Davis Thayer Vote
I recommend, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 15A, that the School Committee declare that the Davis Thayer Elementary School property is no longer needed for school purposes, and further that the School Committee notify the Town Council of that determination. https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_dt_vote.pdf
B. Superintendent’s Evaluation
The chair recommends approval of the Superintendent’s Evaluation as discussed.
C. Revised FY23 Budget
I recommend approval of the revised FY23 Budget amount of $70,220,825.00 as discussed.
D. Meal Prices
I recommend increasing the meal prices for the 2022-23 school year as detailed.
E. Refund of Graduating Seniors' Meal Balances
I recommend making an exception to policy EFD for school year 2021-22 to refund meal account balances over $10.00 for graduating seniors with no younger siblings as detailed.
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 24, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Solutions Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $275.00 for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $974.00 from the Music Boosters for in-house enrichment as detailed.
D. PCC Gifts
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1600.00 from the Jefferson, JFK, Parmenter & Keller PCC’s for in-house enrichment as detailed.
E. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
F. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $285.00 from BJ’s Wholesale Club for districtwide in-house enrichment as detailed.
To discuss any future agenda items
a. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA/RN unit as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(2) to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Franklin Food Pantry distributes holiday meals
- Amazon Wish List Participants for Dunkin Coffee and Sugar Cookie Mixes
- B Luxe Salon
- Bodiya Family
- Chris Feeley
- Metrowest Provisions and their customers
- Starbucks Franklin
|Franklin Food Pantry distributes holiday meals|
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Franklin Public Schools: Meals Pick Up Correction
October 13, 2020
This message is a correction to the meals pick up message from Friday's communication. As noted, pickup at Parmenter is being closed due to low participation.
Free breakfast and free lunch is available for pickup near the cafeteria at the rear of Franklin High School from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (NOT 3-4 PM). All meals are free between now and December 31, 2020.
Franklin Public Schools
For additional information on the school meals during this pandemic period, visit
|Franklin Public Schools: Meals Pick Up Correction|
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Grab-and-go Meal Options
This week's grab-and-go meal options for any child 21 and under.
Available behind FHS 11 AM - 1 PM
|Grab-and-go Meal Options|
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
FM #236 Karen Alves - Senior Center Pandemic Updates 4/03/20 (audio)
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Karen Alves, Director of the Franklin Senior Center. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.
We talk about food services, “Meals on Wheels” can use volunteers, GATRA’s “Dial-a-Ride” has waived fees for seniors, the 50+ networking group is going virtual, an Earth Day lecture was recorded and the video will be posted to the Senior Center page on Apr 22.
Additional details on topics of our conversation can be found in the April issue of “The Franklin Connection” newsletter https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/apr20connection_-_copy_1.pdf
Two quick updates to add to our conversation that Karen realized we missed discussing:
- For reassurance calls: "The Senior Center staff offers a weekly reassurance call for those who would like to receive one. Please call the Center at 508 520-4945 and leave a message."
- For the mental health clinician: "A mental health clinician is available by telephone for elders needing assistance. Please call Gail at: (774) 307-3524 or (508) 657-2791." This program is available through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Tri-Valley, Inc delivering “Meals on Wheels” can use volunteers, please contact Gail Hamilton by calling 508-520-1422
Franklin Senior Center = https://www.franklinma.gov/fsc and specific updates for this pandemic period https://www.franklinma.gov/home/pages/senior-center-resources-and-support
The April issue of “The Franklin Connection” newsletter.
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|FM #236 Karen Alves - Senior Center Pandemic Updates 4/03/20 (audio)|
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
In the News: balancing the FY 2019 budget; Holliston rail trail; Meals on Wheels needs volunteers
"Town officials agree that balancing the budget will be the main topic of concern for the new year.
Town Administrator Jeff Nutting said town officials haven’t picked through the budget with a fine-tooth comb, but has an early prediction that there could be a more than $3 million shortfall. He said it’s too early to tell where cuts might have to be made.
“We’re going to have a big struggle balancing the fiscal budget,” he said. “It’s the dominant issue that Franklin will face in the next six months.”
Nutting said state aid will be set in stone in February. The budget will be voted on in May or June by the Town Council. They will be holding their annual goals workshop later this month."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|Franklin Municipal Building|
"Holliston Trails Committee Chairman Robert Weidknecht started dreaming of a completed Holliston rail trail 20 years ago.
“Throughout the years, I’ve heard all the naysayers. ‘Oh, it’ll never get done, it’ll cost too much,’” said Weidknecht. “It’s a great thing for the town.”
Holliston finished its 6.7-mile section of the multi-town Upper Charles Trail in the fall but 2018 will bring finishing touches and expansion.
The entire Holliston stretch was open briefly until December, when a section over the Bogastow Brook closed to allow repairs to the 8 Arch Bridge. Trail users can detour to Woodland Street until the bridge reopens in the spring."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
"The Medway Meals on Wheels program is hoping to find volunteers to bring food to and check in on local seniors.
Tina Wright, who helps coordinate the program locally, said the Medway program had lost four drivers over the month of December.
“We’re really scrambling,” she said. “We’re looking for three to four people who think they can deliver once a month - it’s an hour to an hour and a half commitment every month.”
Wright said volunteering with the program might be a good way to help fulfill any community-service New Year’s resolutions. Though volunteerism can ebb and spike in certain times of year, she said, Meals on Wheels is seeking drivers who can consistently make monthly deliveries."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
Monday, February 20, 2017
“You need so many volunteers to make it work efficiently”
“It’s a wonderful service, and the meal is not the key point of it,” says Bill Wright, volunteer coordinator of the Medway route of Tri-Valley, Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program, which is currently in need of volunteer drivers. Tri-Valley’s local Meals on Wheels program operates out of the basement of the Franklin Federated Church, with volunteers overseen by Laura Newton. In addition to Wright’s Medway route, the location coordinates meals for another Medway route, three Franklin routes and two Bellingham routes.
When Wright moved to Massachusetts from Illinois 25 years ago, he was looking for a way to give back to the community. In his home state, he had watched and accompanied his mother when she delivered Meals on Wheels.
“It’s somebody to stop at their house, smile, say ‘how are you today?’ Just check in on somebody to say hello to somebody who’s not getting out of their house. To engage in a conversation with somebody, no matter who it may be, because it’s their lifeline to society.”
These meals, says Wright, are delivered to elders and people with disabilities who live in private homes or even in senior housing."Continue reading the article online
|screen grab of Tri-Valley, Inc website|
Learn more about Tri-Valley, Inc. at www.trivalleyinc.org
"Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Program needs volunteer drivers to deliver Meals on
Wheels to homebound elders in your local community or to help pack and serve
meals at area Dining Centers. All volunteers receive training and drivers are
eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. Anyone who can give as little as two hours per week of their time to help is encouraged to call the Nutrition Program at 1-800-286-6640 or 508-949-6640."
Friday, March 11, 2016
Meals on Wheels fundraising
|Meals on Wheels raffle|
The second is an Italian dinner being held on Thursday, March 31. Tickets for this are $7 and can also be obtained by calling Meals on Wheels at 508-949-6640
|Italian dinner - Thursday, March 31|
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Meals on Wheels is looking for your help!
Call… Tri Valley Meal Site 508-520-1422
|Meals on Wheels screen grab|
For additional info about Meals On Wheels http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Franklin's Meals on Wheels Program can use your help!
|Meals on Wheels needs your help!|
Deliveries are any weekday from 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon (routes are in Franklin and 2 surrounding towns).
Kitchen help is from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (in Franklin). Call 508-520-1422 with questions.
Friday, July 22, 2011
In the Globe: local meals tax
The State announced the totals for local meal tax revenues earlier in July
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Meals tax delivers $70.5 million to 146 cities and towns
Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:
The Division of Local Services Municipal Data Bank has the complete list of communities that have adopted the local option tax, and the amount of revenue generated in FY 10 ($27.13 million) and FY11 ($43.33 million). This list appears on the Data Bank Local Options page; just scroll down about halfway until the bullet headed Local Option Meals Excise.
Not surprisingly, Boston has collected the most, about $30 million. The tax has delivered about $5.1 million to Cambridge, $3.2 million to Worcester and $2.3 million to Springfield. But other communities have seen the benefit as well. Natick and Framingham, which share the busy Route 9 corridor, have collected $2.7 million and Northampton, a Pioneer Valley hub of dining and entertainment, has collected $939,000. Blandford, a small town of 1,233 near the New York border, collected $52,000, mostly, one would assume, from the two MassPike service areas in the town.
The state meals tax is 6.25 percent; with the local option, the meals tax rises to 7 percent. Thus a $40 restaurant tab generates $2.80 in meals tax, of which 30-cents goes to a city or town that has enacted the local option. These small amounts add up to a sizable revenue source.
The state share of the meals tax as of May 31 had generated $740 million, up $55 million or 8.1 percent from the same period a year ago, which indicates that the increasing number of communities that have adopted the local option meals tax has not slowed down the pace of taxpayers going out to eat.
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Follow the link in the second paragraph and you'll end up on the DOR website. Scroll down to the meal tax section and you'll see that Franklin gained $239,644 for FY 10 and $347,217 for the FY 11 that just ended June 30th.
A small increase but a good one!