Showing posts with label new year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new year. Show all posts

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Senate President Spilka: From the Bottom of my Heart - Thank You


Dear Friend,

As 2021 draws to a close, my heart is filled with gratitude. To everyone who has supported the work of the Massachusetts State Senate and me personally, I just want to say: thank you.

Like so many of you, my 2021 was filled with ups and downs.

I have been incredibly proud of the work the Massachusetts State Senate has done this year to continue to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including seeing a $4 billion economic recovery package signed into law, as well as passing a comprehensive bill to reform mental health care delivery in Massachusetts.

But I have also had my share of struggles, including being diagnosed by my doctors as having had a mild stroke in November. I am feeling stronger every day, and my doctors expect a full recovery within a matter of weeks. As I reflect on this experience, I am so very grateful to the medical professionals I worked with for their assistance, especially as many have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to care for those with COVID-19.

I am also grateful to everyone who has reached out to support me in my recovery. Because of your support, I am energized by the work ahead. We have important work to do on mental health care, childcare, our climate and much more. I look forward to working with all of you on the issues that matter most to the residents of our Commonwealth.

As we move into a new year, I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy 2022!
Warm regards,
Sharing Awareness About Stroke
In mid-November, I experienced what my doctors diagnosed as a mild stroke. I shared my story in a televised interview because I wanted people to see firsthand that I'm doing well.

I also feel it would be a missed opportunity not to speak up. I hope that by telling my story, I can help raise awareness about those who have survived and thrived after experiencing stroke, and encourage those who are experiencing symptoms to seek help immediately.

Watch my televised interview with Alison King of NBC Boston here.
Political Harmony in Massachusetts
I had a lot of fun joining in Alison King's annual tradition, 'Political Harmony' to join my colleagues and partners in government in singing "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful tradition.

Watch this holiday video here.
Wishing you Happy Holidays!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2022!

Senate President Karen E. Spilka | Massachusetts State House, Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

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Friday, December 31, 2021

"May this be the day We come together"

A poem? In Franklin Matters? Why? 

Sometimes the poet has the words to say what needs to be said. In this case, the new work by Amanda Gorman fits the need so very well.  


‘New Day's Lyric’ by Amanda Gorman

May this be the day

We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend, 

Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,

Battered, we come to better. 

Tethered by this year of yearning,

We are learning

That though we weren't ready for this, 

We have been readied by it.

Steadily we vow that no matter

How we are weighed down,

We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.

Even if we never get back to normal, 

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps. 

So let us not return to what was normal, 

But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,

Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee, 

Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;

Those moments we missed

Are now these moments we make,

The moments we meet,

And our hearts, once all together beaten,

Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,

For even solace can be sourced from sorrow. 

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday, 

But to take on tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,

In a new day's lyric,

In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear, 

For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year, 

Be bold, sang Time,

For when you honor yesterday, 

Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we've fought

Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one, 

Come over, join this day just begun. 

For wherever we come together, 

We will forever overcome.

 



and USA Today

Listen to Amanda read this poem in her Instagram video ->

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Beaver St Recycling Center hours for the New Year's Weekend

Beaver St recycling center hours as the year comes to a close...

For those who want to 'celebrate' getting rid of stuff, this is the time to do so
  • New Year's Eve - 8 AM to 3 PM
  • New Year's Day - 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 2 - 9 AM to 1 PM

Beaver St Recycling Center hours for the New Year's Weekend
Beaver St Recycling Center hours for the New Year's Weekend


Shared from the Town of Franklin DPW Facebook page ->

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Welcome to 2021

Rarely has a new year been so anticipated. Rarely has the old year been so challenging.

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director  - 01/03/2021

2020, good riddance! That was the broadly shared sentiment on New Year’s Eve.

Midnight came. Midnight went. The ball dropped on an evacuated Times Square. That sorry visual summed up 2020. Confetti going nowhere. No cheering throngs. Ryan Seacrest was working overtime to gin up manic excitement from – nobody. (sound effect of crickets.)   The surreal scene unfolded like a bad dress rehearsal. This apocalyptic moment was 2020’s parting ‘gift’ to the world. 2020 threw a  going-away party – and nobody came.  (sound effect of one feeble party horn.)

I take a few minutes to watch the ball drop every year. Underneath the noise and hoopla there is a clock-tick at the stroke of midnight; one that I just don’t hear.

Can’t say the ‘moment’ ever hits home for me at midnight. My sense of a New Year happens when that very first glimmer of predawn light arrives the next morning. This hushed, solitary waking moment, separated from all that was, is when 2021 becomes real. It is my existential, experiential journey from first night to first light.

This is the light of hope and promise. It is mine.

Now we turn to hope for 2021 – more than usual. However, we also need resolve – more than usual. Steely resolve – for our journey from darkness.

Yes, it will be darkest before the promised dawn. But, by steely resolve that dawn will surely come. That resolve is simply to be kind and considerate to others around you, be they friend or stranger.

We are resolved to defeat covid19 in 2021. When it’s gone, we can party– like it’s 1999.
And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching. 
DelCarte on New Year's day
DelCarte on New Year's day

Get this week's program guide for Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  or for archive purposes  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10z6geRirkh-AuYuyu0O9tFiIb7hvdCrD/view?usp=sharing

Friday, January 1, 2021

Commuter Rail notice - New Year's Day service

On New Year's Day, Friday January 1, the Commuter Rail will operate on a regular Sunday schedule. The Rockport Line disruption will be the only disruption in effect.

Affected routes:

  • Newburyport/Rockport Line
  • Haverhill Line
  • Lowell Line
  • Fitchburg Line
  • Framingham/Worcester Line
  • Needham Line
  • Franklin Line
  • Fairmount Line
  • Providence/Stoughton Line
  • Middleborough/Lakeville Line
  • Kingston/Plymouth Line
  • Greenbush Line


Last Updated: Dec 30 2020 06:57 PM 

Additional info can be found on the MBTA page for the Franklin Line
 
 

 

Commuter Rail notice - New Year's Day service
Commuter Rail notice - New Year's Day service

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Town of Franklin: Holiday office hours for New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

The offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 31st, and will be closed on, Friday, January 1st. 

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!  

Town of Franklin: Holiday office hours for New Year's Eve, New Year's Day
Town of Franklin: Holiday office hours for New Year's Eve, New Year's Day


Boston Globe: "First Night Boston cancels New Year’s Eve Fireworks"

The Boston Globe has the following:
"Boston’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks displays are canceled for the first time since 1975 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November, the First Night Boston celebration typically held around Boston and over Boston Harbor was called off by organizers, according to the website, in favor of a livestreamed and broadcast event. First Night tweeted out a reminder Monday that the cancellation includes the traditional fireworks over the city."
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020!

I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and friends as we begin this new year.

If you need some additional reading, feel free to cruise through the archives. The archives contain over 21,000 posts going back to 2007.

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be safe moving about this new year
be safe moving about this new year

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Commuter Rail notice: Include the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans

On New Year's Eve, the Commuter Rail will run on a regular weekday schedule with some changes to last train departure times due to the fireworks.

All MBTA service, including the Commuter Rail, will be free after 8 PM on New Year's Eve.

Bikes, including folding bikes, are not allowed on all inbound trains between 10 am and 6 PM and on all outbound trains from 4 PM until the end of service.

For additional information visit mbta.com/holidays.

Last Updated: Dec 27 2019 02:30 PM 

What is the Franklin Line schedule?  https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Franklin/timetable

Commuter Rail notice: Inlcude the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans
Commuter Rail notice: Include the MBTA in your New Year's Eve plans

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019

If you want to stay informed on what matters in Franklin, MA, you have found the right place. Franklin has a whole lot going on. 

The budget cycle is just beginning. This sets the priorities for how our tax dollars are spent. 

This is also an election year for town offices. We operate with the "strong mayor" form of city government. Yes, technically we are a city. One of several in the Commonwealth that still choose to call ourselves a town. 

The Town Council is our major governing body. They hire the Town Administrator and approve all the management level municipal appointments. Jeff Nutting will be retiring sometime before July 2019. Jamie Hellen, the current Deputy Town Administrator was just hired by the Town Council to replace Jeff.

The School Committee is the governing body for the schools and school budget. They are responsible to hire the Superintendent and approve other school appointments. The school budget is developed within town guidelines and becomes a line item for approval by the Town Council.

Other elected Board and Commission positions will also be up for election in November. More information on the election process will be shared as it is released by Town Clerk, Teresa Burr.

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018

Trash Recycling Schedule offset by one day this week for New Year's Day

Along with the Town office closures for New Year's Day, only Monday's (New Year's eve) trash/recycling will be picked up as normal. 

Tuesday (Jan 1), there is no pickup so you can imagine DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi calling with the message. "Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday. Wednesday on Thursday, and so forth."

The most recent solid waste flyer with the schedule for trash/recycling pickup
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/franklin_2018_2019.pdf

Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters
Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters
*** Closure Schedule ***

Town Offices
  • Tuesday, January 1

Senior Center
  • Monday, December 31
  • Tuesday, January 1

Library
  • Closing at 5 PM, Monday, December 31
  • Tuesday, January 1

Recreation
  • Tuesday, January 1

Saturday, December 29, 2018

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve

"On New Year's Eve, the Commuter Rail will run on a regular weekday schedule with some changes to last train departure times due to the fireworks.

All MBTA service, including the Commuter Rail, will be free after 8 PM on New Year's Eve.

Bikes, including folding bikes, are not allowed on all inbound trains between 10 AM and 6 PM and on all outbound trains from 4 PM until the end of service.

For additional information visit mbta.com/holidays.

Last Updated: Dec 28 2018 06:48 PM"

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve
MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve

To sign up for commuter rail Alerts from the MBTA 
https://www.mbta.com/alerts/commuter-rail

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 30 - 10:00 AM

Celebrate New Year's Eve early by partying at the Franklin Library on Saturday from 10:00 AM to Noon.


Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 30 - 10:00 AM
Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 30 - 10:00 AM


This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage
http://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/noon-years-eve-party

Monday, January 2, 2017

In the News: noon year's eve; opioid prescription tracking

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Local families gathered at the Franklin Public Library midday Saturday to celebrate "Noon Year's Eve." 
The party, now in its second year, is a family-friendly way to ring in the new year without having the young ones stay up until midnight, said librarian Wendy Doody. 
"We did it last year for the first time, and it was very successful," she said, estimating that about 50 people showed up to take part in the festivities. "(Last year) the library director and I looked at the calendar and saw we didn't have any programs for this time of year, so we though this might work."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161231/families-ring-in-noon-year-at-franklin-library



"Although Massachusetts' opioid deaths are still on the rise, with the powerful drug fentanyl adding to the toll, facets of the Legislature's anti-drug act are beginning to help. 
Prescribers have doubled their use of a new online tool to check if patients are getting prescriptions from multiple sources. Schools around the state are instituting programs for students, particularly athletes, to educate them about the dangers of opioids. 
"This approach is building a foundation that will serve us well over the long term," Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel says nine months after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention. 
"This is an epidemic that has been building for years, but I am hopeful in the fact that never before has the commonwealth committed so many resources to addressing opioid misuse disorder, and we are going to continue this comprehensive approach no matter how long it takes," Bharel said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20161231/opioid-epidemic-update-online-tool-tracks-prescriptions-of-painkillers

S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder.
S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder.

Planet Fitness Kick Starts the New Year With Special Offer


Planet Fitness is kick starting the New Year with a sale from January 1 through January 11, by offering new memberships for a $1 enrollment fee and then $10 a month with no commitment. Known for its Judgement Free Zone®, Planet Fitness wants to help first time gym-goers meet their New Year's health and fitness goals by offering a non-intimidating gym experience at an affordable price. Anyone can take advantage of this great deal in the United States or Canada. To find a club, visit PlanetFitness.com/local-clubs.

"New Year's resolutions such as getting fit or joining a gym are top of mind, and we know many people may feel intimidated or unsure of where to start with their fitness goals," said Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness Chief Executive Officer. "Working out should be fun and done at your own pace, and at Planet Fitness we're here for everyone regardless of their fitness level."

Brian Zehetner, Planet Fitness' Director of Health and Fitness and co-author of the book Working Out Sucks! (And Why It Doesn't Have To), offers advice to help keep a New Year's resolution from turning into a "stress-olution":

1. Set realistic goals. It's important to set realistic goals and celebrate achievements along the way, both big and small, which will help keep you motivated! It doesn't matter if your goal is to walk your first mile on a treadmill, or train for a 10K, just know it takes time to form a new habit.

2. Be accountable to someone. Let a close friend or relative know what your plans are for the New Year. They may be interested in joining you on your journey, and if so, the PF Black Card® for only $19.99 a month is a great option. You can work out with a buddy every day for no additional fee.

3. Enjoy what you love, in moderation. Working out and nutrition go hand in hand, but you don't have to forgo all your favorite foods entirely. So, if you're trying to eat healthier in the New Year, it's okay to enjoy that slice of pizza every once in a while too. Especially if you're getting in a good workout!

Planet Fitness has revolutionized the fitness industry with extremely low prices (memberships for just $10 or $19.99 a month*) and offers a variety of benefits including a hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®, brand name cardio and strength equipment, fully equipped locker rooms, flat screen televisions, unlimited small group fitness instruction by a certified trainer through the pe@pf® program, and much more.

Planet Fitness also provides members with an opportunity to connect and support each other with "Planet of Triumphs," an online community that celebrates all accomplishments and inspirational stories of Planet Fitness members. Planet of Triumphs provides an online platform for members to recognize their triumphs (big or small), share their stories and encourage others, reinforcing the Company's belief that 'everyone belongs'. Check out real Planet Fitness member stories and accomplishments at PlanetofTriumphs.com.

For more information or to join online, please visit www.PlanetFitness.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PlanetFitness), Instagram (www.instagram.com/planetfitness/) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PlanetFitness).

*participating locations


About Planet Fitness

Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of September 30, 2016, Planet Fitness had more than 8.7 million members and more than 1,200 stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 90% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year !!!

Welcome to 2017

This will be the only post today. 

Take the time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. 

If you need something to read, there are plenty of posts in the archives going back to November 2007 and there are photos taken in and around Franklin in the Flickr tab.


sun and clouds reflecting upon the lower pond at DelCarte
sun and clouds reflecting upon the lower pond at DelCarte


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