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Showing posts with label newsletter. Show all posts

Saturday, July 13, 2024

📰 BEN's Bulletin: New Format, MBTA Communities

BEN's Bulletin: New Format, MBTA Communities
BEN's Bulletin: New Format, MBTA Communities

BEN's Bulletin (07/08/24)


We've launched and now we're shaping up! This is the new format of our newsletter, where we'll be sharing information on key meetings, events, and resources. Please feel free to provide feedback.

As always, we meet every THIRD THURSDAY at Franklin TV (unless otherwise noted). Our next meeting is July 18 at 7 PM. All are welcome!

Our agenda and previous minutes will be shared in advance of the meeting.

Key Agenda Items

It'll be a relatively quiet season for meetings, but BEN's keeping an eye on MBTA Communities Act compliance and the Master Plan. 

For live links and photos, see the items on our Google Doc.


Reach out with any comments or questions. Thanks!

The BEN Brigade

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Ben 4 Franklin,

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Franklin Senior Center Connection Newsletter for July 2024

Franklin Senior Center Connection

Newsletter July 2024

View the Franklin Senior Center's Monthly Newsletter: July 2024

Our programs are in full force this summer! Don't miss some of our July Highlights:

  • July 10 - Laughter Yoga 
  • July 11 - Pizza & Movie Night, Ordinary Angels
  • July 12  - Eat Around the World Germany
  • July 16 - Comedy Show - Steve Sweeney, the King of Boston Comedy, will be sure to get you laughing! Join for an afternoon of a coffee bar, desserts, and comedy. 
  • July 17 - Memory Cafe
  • July 18 - Coffee Hour with State & Local Officials
  • July 19 - Monthly Party: Luau with Steel Drum Performance
  • July 22 - Mini Golf Event: 9-hole Mini Golf Course at the Senior Center! ALL are welcome, bring your friends, kids, & grandchildren. Event will conclude with an ice cream treat!
  • July 29 - Southeastern MA Community Concert and ice cream social. 
  • July 30 - Rainbow Cafe

Please note the Senior Center is closed on Thursday July 4th. There will be no Veterans Coffee Social on July 3rd and no Warrior within Yoga Class on July 4th. 

Read more

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

July 2024 Franklin Library News & Events for Adults

July 2024 Franklin Library News & Events

Library Hours
The Library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Library will be closed Thursday July 4th for Independence Day.

Franklin Public Library's 2024 Reading Challenge!
July: A book published the month you were born!
For complete details and to sign-up, visit our website! Grand prizes made possible by the Friends of the Franklin Library!

Museum Passes
No is a great time to reserve passes to the area's most popular museums, aquariums, and more! Passes are available to be reserved up to thirty days in advance.

Franklin Library Book Sale

  • Friday, July 19th, 1:00-5:00pm.  Saturday, July 20th, 9:00am to 12:00 Noon  All books are just one dollar!
  • Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, July 20th, from 1:00-4:00pm  Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Franklin Library ESL & Adult Literacy Program
Volunteer tutors needed! To volunteer please be at least 18 years old, have a High School diploma, & speak English clearly.  No prior teaching experience needed!  Volunteer tutors and students do not need to be Franklin residents. If interested, please fill out the registration form on the library's website.

Events for Adults

Knitting Group! Fridays @ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Love to knit or crochet? Join our group of local fiber artists who will be meeting in the Friends of the Franklin Library Community Room on Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Table Top! Alternating Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:00PM
Registration Required. No Experience Necessary.
It's time to dust off your dice, grab a source book and role play your way through hijinks and horrors! Table Top is a Monthly game of Tabletop Role Playing Games for Adults!
Email to sign up or get more info!

Friends of Franklin Library Meeting! Wednesday, July 3rd @ 7:00PM
Love the Library? Then how about joining the Friends! Attend the next Friends of Franklin Library meeting! Contact the FOFL at: | Follow the Friends on Twitter: @FriendsFranklin

Family Game Night! Tuesday, July 9th @ 6:00PM
No Registration Required.
Try a new game! Introduce your favorite! Most importantly... Play games!
This a monthly group dedicated to the great board games out there and a space to find some new people to play with! All ages welcome!

Tricky Trivia! Thursday, July 11th @ 6:30PM
No Registration Required!
Are you ready to prove your trivia knowledge is more than trivial? Do you have the facts to fight for the title of Franklin's Trivia Master? Join us for snacks and a Family Trivia Challenge at the Library! Play as a team or go solo for ultimate bragging rights!

Maker Moment Saturday July 13th @ 2:00 PM
No Registration Required!
Take on a small project to try a new skill! Beginner friendly instructions and coaching is the focus, but veteran makers are always welcome to share their expertise! We are making small shell trays from air dry clay!

Interactive Movie: Jaws Thursday July 18th @6:00PM
Enjoy an interactive screening of the beloved classic movie, Jaws! Popcorn and props are provided!

Crochet FUNdamentals, Friday July 19th @1:00 PM
Come explore the fundamentals of crochet as we work together on a simple project to foster the learning process.  In our two hour class we will explore the following; pairing of yarn and hook, gauge, the chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet, and treble crochet.  All class materials will be provided. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Painting For Adults! Saturday July 20th @1:00PM
Registration Required!
Grown-ups! Are you feeling creative? Join Miss Lily to create your very own step-by-step painting of a Santorini-inspired scene! All materials will be provided.

History in Concert: Journey through American Pop Saturday July 20 @3:00 PM
Performed by Jon Waterman this unique performance experience combines music, history, storytelling with original songs inspired by his research.

Chess Group! Saturday, July 27th @ 2:00PMChess - The Game of Kings has resumed play! All ages and ability levels are welcomed.  If you would like to learn how to play chess, you are welcome as well! Learn an opening, develop strategic & tactic abilities, improve endgame skills. Sets will be available. No registration required!

***From Friends of the Franklin Library***

The Friends held their 2024 Annual Meeting last month and elected several new Board Members. Congratulations to Dave Djerf who was elected as President, and to Alan Earls and Liz Pungitore who were elected as Directors. We welcome Dave, Alan, and Liz to the Friends' Board!

Thank you to Lisa Rein our outgoing President! Lisa has been on the Friends' Board since 2017, most recently serving as our President from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. We are very appreciative of Lisa's many contributions through the years and of her excellent leadership as our President for the past several years. While we will miss seeing Lisa at our monthly board meetings, we look forward to having Lisa as a library Friend for many years to come.

Friends of the Franklin Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Franklin Public Library. We meet monthly from September to May and are always looking for new Friends to join us. Save the Date: Our next meeting is scheduled for 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 4th. In the meantime, we wish everyone a wonderful summer filled with reading great books and attending fun library programs & activities!

Interactive Movie: Jaws Thursday July 18th @6:00PM
Interactive Movie: Jaws Thursday July 18th @6:00PM

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

State Representative Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - June 2024

Memorial Day ceremony

Rep. Roy was delighted to offer remarks at the Franklin Memorial Day commemoration on the Town Common to honor the courage of those who faced unimaginable challenges on the battlefield, who stood firm in the face of adversity, and who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in peace and security.

At both a breakfast and column ceremony on the Town Common, Rep. Roy remembered their valor, their sacrifice, and their unwavering commitment to duty.

And he was proud to mention that in May, the House of Representatives passed the HERO Act. The bill, aptly titled: Honoring, Empowering and Recognizing Our service-members and veterans expands access to supports and benefits for veterans in the Commonwealth. You can learn more about that bill by clicking here.

Copyright (C) 2024 State Rep Jeff Roy. All rights reserved.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Franklin (MA) School Committee newsletter for June 6, 2024

The June School Committee Newsletter was sent out this morning (06/06/24). Read the newsletter to catch up with what's been going on and what's to come.

Franklin (MA) School Committee newsletter for June 6, 2024
Franklin (MA) School Committee newsletter for June 6, 2024

Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Franklin Senior Center Connection Newsletter for June 2024

Franklin Senior Center Connection

Newsletter June 2024

Don't miss out on our June Events. View the June Newsletter here. 

Special Highlights:

  • Senior Olympics June 10th - 21st
    • Half-mile race, Chair Volleyball, Puzzle Wars, Axe Throwing, Scrabble, Curling competition, One-mile race, Bocce tournament, Putting Contest, Men & Women's Cornhol Competition, Pool Tournament, Cribbage Tournament, Two-Mile Relay, Basketball Free-Throw, Trivia, Darts, Party and Award Ceremony! (Register for your events, t-shirt, and party slot) 
  • Override Information Session June 5th
  • Pizza and Movie Night: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood June 6th
  • 6-week Intermediate iPhone Course starting June 6th
  • Guided Meditation; Every Thursday in June
  • Eat Around the World: Greece June 7th
  • Memory Cafe June 26th

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Direct link to your copy (PDF) ->

The Franklin Senior Center Connection Newsletter for June 2024
The Franklin Senior Center Connection Newsletter for June 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024

Mitzi is excited to share the events & happenings at the Library for May 2024 (audio)

FM #1197 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1197 in the series. 

This session shares my conversation with Mitzi Gousie, Programming and Outreach Librarian with the Franklin Public Library. We had our discussion at the Franklin TV Studios on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.


We talk about 

  • Reviewed the regular open hours, and month ending holiday times

  • Library events for May 2024

    • Special events

    • Kiddos, or “littles”

    • Family

    • Adults

The show notes include links to the Library page and to the calendar of events where registration for some of the events is required/recommended..

The recording runs about 20 minutes, so let’s listen in. Audio link ->


Mitzi Gousie’s email -> 

Franklin Public Library page -> 

May Newsletter -> 

Library Calendar of Events -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit  or 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

Franklin Public Library: News & Events scheduled for Mary 2024
Franklin Public Library: News & Events scheduled for May 2024

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

State Representative Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - May 2024

What's happening in the district - May 2024

What's happening in the district?

In the House, we just completed the budget for FY25. I was proud to deliver local aid to Franklin and Medway that will assist the Franklin Food Pantry ($50,000), the Medway Village Food Pantry ($50,000), the Franklin Performing Arts Company ($100,000), the SAFE Coalition ($50,000), the Franklin Downtown Partnership ($25,000), and the Medway Community Farm ($25,000). I was also happy to file an amendment that added $500,000 to the Genocide Education Trust Fund.

We voted to send $29,717,993 to Franklin and $11,042,877 to Medway for school aid through Chapter 70, which represents an increase of $104 per student over FY24 (nearly triple what the Governor proposed in her budget) and $2,983,453 for Franklin and $1,473,066 to Medway in Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA). This is on top of our vote to provide $939,828 to Franklin and $395,457 to Medway, critical tools to make improvements to local transportation infrastructure.

Overall, the FY25 House budget funds UGGA at $1.283 billion, and Chapter 70 education funding at $6.863 billion, representing a $309 million increase over the funding provided for Chapter 70 in the FY24 budget. The budget also funds the fourth year of a six-year implementation plan for the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), which was enacted in 2019 to ensure that public schools have the necessary resources to provide high-quality education to students, regardless of zip code or income level.

Click on the image below for the video of the highlights of the environmental and energy provisions in the budget from remarks I made on the House floor.

It was an amazing budget in challenging times and I am will keep you updated as the budget moves to the Senate later this month.


Copyright (C) 2024 State Rep Jeff Roy. All rights reserved.

State Rep Jeff Roy

State House Room 43
Boston, MA 02133

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