Showing posts with label online. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online. Show all posts

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"UMass Global will undoubtedly be a national powerhouse in online education”

"THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS system will expand its online education footprint in an attempt to reach more adult learners after formally affiliating with a California-based university known for work on the digital front, officials announced Thursday.

School officials finalized a decision to transfer control of Brandman University, which currently serves 22,000 students as an independent part of the Chapman University System, from Chapman to UMass. Effective immediately, Brandman University is now known as “UMass Global,” which officials described as an independent, non-profit UMass affiliate.

The deal broadens online learning available under the UMass banner, and UMass Global will focus in particular on expanding talent pipelines and helping adult learners access new educational opportunities."

Continue reading the article online

"UMass Global will undoubtedly be a national powerhouse in online education”
"UMass Global will undoubtedly be a national powerhouse in online education” 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

"Go For The Green!" Online Silent Auction - opens March 7



"Go For The Green!"  Online Silent Auction  - opens March 7
 
Big Fundraising News!!
The "Go for the Green" Online Auction
Is coming in March

Welcome to our exciting virtual fundraiser!
Bidding will last 10 days, from March 7th @ noon to 
St. Patrick's Day-March 17th @ 8 pm
 
In March, we will explain how to access the auction and spread the word.
 
Join the fun! Help us help Franklin Federated Church. 

      More information to follow before March 7. For updates check out franklinfederated.org

 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Trinity Rep performs A Christmas Carol - "Brimming with creativity and innovation"

A Christmas Carol OnlineUnlimited free streaming through Jan. 10

Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol Online is now streaming for free. Simply register at the links below for your access link. Watch as many times as you want and on your schedule!

"The results offer delightful contrasts — traditional yet trendy, spooky yet warm, edgy yet endearing — that will prove appealing to audiences of all ages...streaming for free through Jan. 10, is a show for the ages, brimming with the creativity and innovation Trinity audiences have missed for months...  - Providence Journal

"...bringing invention and tradition together in a celebration of innovative spirit and holiday cheer...In a year when we have lost so much and so many, Trinity Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL ONLINE is an inspired holiday transformation that - much like Scrooge's own - feels nothing short of a Christmas miracle." - Broadway World

For detailed information about viewing the show, including tips for technical set up, view our FAQ page  https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/how-to-watch-faqs/

Check out our Viewer Guide to read more about the show and artists, and get family activities, games, and recipes   https://www.trinityrep.com/app/uploads/2020/12/ACC-viewer-guide-2020.pdf

A Christmas Carol Online = Unlimited free streaming through Jan. 10

A Christmas Carol OnlineUnlimited free streaming through Jan. 10



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Town Council Recap: Sep 2, 2020 - Building Dept update, plot line changes approved, gifts accepted

Recap: The Town Council heard from the Building Commissioner, Gus Brown as he provided an update on the work of the department and coordination with Planning, Planning Board, ZBA, Inspections, etc. The presentation included photos of the variety of projects worked on recently.

This is one of a series of department updates to the Town Council to increase awareness of the work being done by some of the 'less known' departments. Board of Health coming up next.

The 4th set in the series of plot line zoning changes was covered in a public hearing and then ultimately moved to a second reading. Over time a particular plot of land may have ended up straddling 2 or in some cases 3 or more zoning categories. This clean up moves the plot into a single zone. 

The Town Council approved a series of donations. They also accepted a sewer line extension for a single property off Daniels St not currently served by sewer and where the ground can not handle a septic system.

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online #tc0902
https://twitter.com/hashtag/tc0902?src=hashtag_click 


  • Real time reporting underway for the Town Council meeting #tc0902 Chair Tom Mercer opens with the meeting statement and protocol. Meeting is available via local cable Verizon/Comcast and live stream via Town website
  • Statement from Town Clerk on a number of early voting ballots not counted as of last night, the matter is being addressed and the results will be shared when available #tc0902
  • Citizens comments: Dale Kurtz reminding bricks on sale for veteran walkway #tc0902 Laura Stevens speaking about kitchen use when she doesn't have a commercial grade kitchen. Can't use shared space due to COVID-19 requirements.
  • Moving to approval of minutes from July 29, motion to approve via roll call 8-0 (1 absent - Earls) #tc0902 opening public hearing on lot line changes along Beaver and Oak St, 4th of this session. Previously voted on by planning board and EDC
  • Most of the property owned by Town where FHS and school complex is #tc0902   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10f._zoning_bylaw_amendment_20-858_beaver-oak_streets.pdf Abutters and owners notified prior
  • Bissanti raises concern on reducing amount of Res 4 zoning. Zoning doesn't really apply to town property, usage or value doesn't change. Simplifies the zoning map as part of the overall plan. #tc0902 motion to close hearing, second, via roll 8-0 (1 absent - Earls)
  • Gus Brown, building commissioner to provide update. https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/8a._building_department_09-16-2020_tc_presentation_0.pdf  doc linked here. #tc0902
  • FYI over 30 participants for the Zoom portion of the meeting, also available via cable via Verizon and Comcast as well as live streamed via Town web site #tc0902 Bruce Hunchard of ZBA speaks to their role
  • Viewpoint online permit process implemented in July 2019 if not the building permit process would really have stopped during COVID-19 #tc0902 thanks to multiple folks by Gus for their help in getting online.
  • Examples of work done #tc0902
  • More examples #tc0902
  • First of series of presentations scheduled for TC update, Board of Health coming up next. #tc0902 unregistered cars are not allowed on private property, some say one is, not ever is Gus' time has one been allowed.
  • "Change is a tough process but sometimes it is for the better" #tc0902 virtual inspections performed, pictures were taken and reviewed thoroughly, going back out now to sites where they do have pictures to confirm.
  • Pellegri can't remember a complaint during the time she worked with him as town clerk #tc0902 vacant property bylaw (not blight) did get money via fines from some of the banks, property owners for vacant property
  • Solar project in on Spring st will be paved to the new parking lot for access to both SNETT and Town forest trails. The rest of Spring st will be decommissioned sometime #tc0902 Jamie provides updates on solar project
  • Audience opportunity, no one takes it up. Gus makes closing comments thanks Jamie for leadership and Council for guidance #tc0902 
  • Moving to subcommittee reports; budget meeting 9/16 . EDC met earlier tonight recorded and broadcast Chandler joined to take Earls place
  • Motion on gift acceptance https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10a._resolution_20-51_-_veterans_department_gift.pdf  #tc9902 seconded, passed 8-0 (1 absent) Attny Cerel chimed in that with all Council present no need for roll call This closes VFW info for the walkway, xfers funds to Town; ledger coming to help with location
  • #tc0902 motion on change of date from Nov 11 to the 4th https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10b._resolution_20-52_updated_2020_tc_schedule.pdf  Motion carried 8-0 (1 absent)
  • #tc0902 regular transfer of cable funds to cable group https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10c._resolution_20-53_-_peg_funds.pdf  Motion passes 8-0 (1 absent)
  • #tc0902 motion to accept gift for senior center https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10d._resolution_20-54_gift_acceptance_-_senior_center.pdf  Motion passes 8-0 (1 absent)
  • #tc0902 acceptance of deed and easement https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10e._resolution_20-55_roadway_easement_-_rossi.pdf   motion passes 8-0 (1 absent) housekeeping issue, easement referenced but not formally declared previously compensation was made 20 years ago
  • #tc0902 zoning bylaw for the plot line changes for the public hearing earlier in this session. Move to 2nd reading https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10f._zoning_bylaw_amendment_20-858_beaver-oak_streets.pdf   Motion to approve, second, passes 8-0 (1 absent)
  • #tc0902 sewer system extension proposal https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/20g._bylaw_amendment_20-859_-_sewer_system_extension_100_daniels_street.pdf Motion to move to second reading, seconded, passes 8-0 (1 absent) property owner has no other options. Owner will maintain line; consider a public extension? Would require pump station for public
  • Town administrator report, all set. Requesting item for beer, wine licenses for consideration during this pandemic. #tc0902 Councilor comments, Chandler thanks for EDC Davis Thayer study? Jamie to forward link. Chandler censured on facebook for first time. Hamblen grants coming
  • Pellegri questions on report of museum, good reminder report should be forthcoming. Time spent initially on getting the vendor contract signed. CPA info session coming up Sep 8. #tc0902 unfunded mandates from schools? Jones asked before and hasn't seen yet.
  • Mercer on south meeting house, light on? Can we turn it off? Or for safety? #tc0902 Gus Brown came back to thank the town folks and contractors for their patience. Motion to adjourn, passed 8-0. That's all tonight, catch you next time



Photos captured during the virtual meeting broadcast   https://photos.app.goo.gl/3Fc56adksVZyJvt1A 

Building Commissioner Gus Brown
Building Commissioner Gus Brown


Saturday, August 29, 2020

What to do when you (and your kids) are online at home


Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission


by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC

If you have kids in school, there's a good chance they're kicking off their school year…in your living room. All the while, you might be working away, yourself, in some carved out corner at home.

Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.



 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Franklin Residents: Purchase Your FY 2021 Recycling Center Permit and Pre-Pay for Item Drop Off Online

Purchase Your FY21 Recycling Center Permit and Pre-Pay for Item Drop Off Here!

Attached is listing of accepted materials, hours of operation and fees


The Recycling Center is open regular hours for full services. No cash or checks will be accepted. 

  1. All residents who wish to use the recycling center for item drop off will need to go online prior to pay the required fee(s). 
  2. The online payment portal for recycling fees is on our Viewpoint site (https://franklinma.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1078).  If you do not have a Viewpoint account, please follow the instructions to create one.
  3. A printed slip detailing the fees paid will be required to show proof of payment at the Recycling Center.
  4. No material that includes a fee will be accepted at the Recycling Center without prior payment online with printed receipt.

Attached is a copy of materials accepted, fees and hours at the Recycling Center and Curbside costs.

For additional information or to purchase your Recycling sticker over the phone, please call the DPW Administration office during regular office hours at 508-553-5500.

Please observe social distancing guidelines.



Franklin Residents: Purchase Your FY 2021 Recycling Center Permit and Pre-Pay for Item Drop Off Online
Franklin Residents: Purchase Your FY 2021 Recycling Center Permit and Pre-Pay for Item Drop Off Online


Friday, August 7, 2020

Board of Health Recap: - Weds, Aug 5, 2020


As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.

The Twitter hashtag can be found online #boh0805

  • Real time reporting underway for the Board of Health meeting. #boh0805
  • Cathleen Liberty spending at least 6 hours per week on the school re-opening process providing guidance from the health perspective. #boh0805
  • EDS drive through discussion, plan sounding good, process handbook best seen thus far, logistics to be worked; include Senior Center and Housing Auth in planning for this flu clinic. #boh0805
  • Arbovirus report, DPH reports first human EEE case in Plymouth County, individual has recovered. Norfolk County mosquito control webpage has info on testing process. #boh0805 all applications now online for permits via ToF page
  • BOH members sharing kudos for Cathleen, Ginny and Tyler for their efforts on everything along with COVID-19 #boh0805 intern generated survey, initial results showed depression widespread among Community. New survey got over 800 responses, not related to school process
  • Food inspections found 3 problems, resulted in one establishment getting closed down (name not revealed - assumed a quick turn on issue) #boh0805 safe celebration document to be shared. 2 businesses were notified by MA DLS for non-compliance with COVID-19 violation
  • Calls on RI about their status change per MA change, work exemption applies should be only point to point and not for recreational purposes. DPH will send spreadsheet to BoH for tracking on quarantine #boh0805 next meeting, Weds Sep 2. No citizen comments/questions
  • Motion to adjourn, approved. Meeting ends. Catch you all next time #boh0805

The agenda for this meeting can be found

Board of Health Recap: - Weds, Aug 5, 2020
Board of Health Recap: - Weds, Aug 5, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

Register O’Donnell Promotes On-Line Access to Registry Records During COVID-19 Pandemic

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded county residents that even though the Registry of Deeds building is closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the Registry’s records are available for viewing online via the www.norfolkdeeds.org website.

Register O’Donnell stated, “Despite the constraints we continue to work under due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing secure, accurate and accessible land record information remains central to our work here at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. We also have a customer service center staffed with professionals who have been trained to answer any of your land document related questions. They can be reached at 781-461-6101, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.”

Elaborating on the Registry’s research capabilities, O’Donnell noted, “By utilizing our website www.norfolkdeeds.org, users are able to research land record information online by multiple options, including the name of the property owner and property address. Members of the public can access our internet-based document research system for many endeavors such as determining property ownership, reviewing land plans (only plans which are recorded at the Registry) and also determining that documents affecting an individual or family’s property, such as mortgage discharges, have been recorded. Users can also print non-certified copies of documents and plans free of charge.”

The Registry’s website also provides information on how to obtain certified copies of land documents. The Registry’s certified copy charges are $1.00 per page plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage.

In conclusion, Register O’Donnell noted, “During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has remained operational. Land documents have been recorded allowing buyers and sellers of Norfolk County real estate to complete their transactions, and users have been able to reap the benefits of historically low interest rates. The net result has been the Norfolk County real estate market remaining viable which has benefited users, real estate brokers and agents, lending institutions, legal firms, title companies and many others. None of this would have been possible here in Norfolk County without a state-of-the-art computer system that is available for use by individuals, businesses and real estate professionals alike. The Registry website www.norfolkdeeds.org does all that by bringing the Registry land document records into your homes and businesses.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Register O’Donnell Promotes On-Line Access to Registry Records During COVID-19 Pandemic
Register O’Donnell Promotes On-Line Access to Registry Records During COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lifelong Learning: Dedicate some time to yourself this month





Lifelong Community
Learning
This is a great time to learn something new!
In partnership with Ed2Go, we offer online courses on a wide variety of topics. So take some time to gain business or personal skills from home.
New sessions begin July 15th OR many courses also have a self-paced option that you can start anytime.
We have a few suggestions below, or you can review the full array of career training and/or professional development courses using the links at the bottom of this email.
Understanding Adolescents
Uncover the secrets of the adolescent mind. This course provides valuable information on how adolescents feel, how their identities develop, and how you can best meet their needs.

https://www.ed2go.com/franklined/online-courses/understanding-adolescents/
Introduction to Guitar
Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. 

https://www.ed2go.com/franklined/online-courses/guitar-introduction/
Introduction to Natural Health and Healing
Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? In this course, you'll learn about the various stages of health and illness and discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

https://www.ed2go.com/franklined/online-courses/natural-health-and-healing-introduction/
Want to Learn Something Else?


Lifelong Learning Institute - Franklin Public Schools 
 218 Oak Street, Room 137, Franklin, MA 02038

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We’re Virtual - Kids’ Corner Cooking Camp – Grades 4-7

Registration is open for Virtual Kids’ Corner Cooking Camp – Grades 4-7. Classes will run from Saturday, July 18 through Saturday, August 22

Participation is open to individuals in Franklin and the surrounding region towns.
Originally an after-school and summer camp program, Kids’ Corner Cooking Camp with Sandhya Jain, has shifted its current program to entirely online using Google Meet. These interactive Kids’ Corner cooking classes are set up to show kids (Grades 4-7) how to prepare fun offerings for their family. 

The weekly, one-hour lessons are educational, entertaining, and designed to empower students in the process. And the recipes are healthy and delicious.
For more information, go to www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com and click on Lifelong Community Learning. Or call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1483.

ABOUT US: Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing diverse and enriched education and experiences for all area residents and children – a resource for all ages.

We’re Virtual - Kids’ Corner Cooking Camp – Grades 4-7
We’re Virtual - Kids’ Corner Cooking Camp – Grades 4-7

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

New 2021 Beaver St Recycling Center Sticker Procedure

Also applies to other fees charged for items at the Recycling Center

The Town of Franklin Recycle Center

The Recycling Center is open regular hours for full services. No cash or checks will be accepted. All residents who wish to use the recycling center for item drop off will need to go online prior to pay the required fee(s). 

A printed receipt detailing the fees paid will be required to show proof of payment. The Viewpoint online payment portal for recycling fees is on the Towns Website under Payments & Permits.

https://franklinma.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1078

The current FY20 Recycle Center Permit expiration date will be extended to July 31, 2020.

After July 1, 2020 the new FY21 stickers will be available: To purchase a FY21 sticker go to the Town of Franklin Website and pay online through VIEWPOINT. Make sure to print your receipt dated after July 1 and bring it to the Recycle Center to pick up your sticker.

Residents who purchased a sticker online between June 1 - June 30, 2020 will be MAILED a FY21 sticker.

If you have questions or need help with the payment process please contact the DPW Administration Office Monday– Friday at 508-553-5500.

 
New 2021 Beaver St Recycling Center Sticker Procedure
New 2021 Beaver St Recycling Center Sticker Procedure

Franklin Residents: a message from the Treasurer/Collector on bill pay options

The FY2021, 1st Quarter Real Estate, and Personal Property Tax Bills will be mailed out on July 1, 2020. The due date for these bills is August 3, 2020.

A few reminders for payment options:
  • You can pay online at https://www.franklinma.gov/files/
  • If you choose to mail your payment, please be sure to include the remittance copy with your check.
  • If you use your Online Banking to pay your bills, please remember to reference the bill number(s) you are paying.
  • The dropbox/drive up is available at the Municipal Building as well.

Thank you!

 
a message from the Treasurer/Collector on bill pay options
a message from the Treasurer/Collector on bill pay options

Monday, May 18, 2020

Beaver St Recycling Center Opens Full Service Starting Tuesday, May 19

"Recycling Center Opens Full Service Starting Tuesday, May 19. All materials with associated costs must be prepaid via Viewpoint payment portal."

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, the Recycling Center will be open regular hours for full services. No cash or checks will be accepted.
  • All residents who wish to use the recycling center for item drop off will need to go online prior to pay the required fee(s).
  • The online payment portal for recycling fees is on our Viewpoint site (https://franklinma.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1078). If you do not have a Viewpoint account, follow the instructions to set it one up.
  • A printed slip detailing the fees paid will be required to show proof of payment at the Recycling Center.
  • No material that includes a fee will be accepted at the Recycling Center without prior payment online with printed receipt.
  • Please observe social distancing guidelines

For additional information please call 508-553-5500 and leave a message and someone will promptly call you back.

Attached is a copy of materials accepted, fees and hours at the Recycling Center and Curbside costs.
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/beaver_st_annual_sticker_fy20_5_11_20.pdf




Beaver St Recycling Center Opens Full Service Starting Tuesday, May 19
Beaver St Recycling Center Opens Full Service Starting Tuesday, May 19

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Attention Franklin Residents: Important Notice to Taxpayers

Important Notice to Taxpayers

Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the Town Administrator has adopted two (2) local options to extend the due date for Real Estate and Personal Property (RE/PP) tax payments through June 1, 2020, as well as a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills (water, sewer, trash & excise), which are paid late, but on or before June 30, 2020.

1. Local Option #1: The due date for Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills has been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your enclosed or previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020 or May 1, 2020.

What does this Mean?

  • a. Every property owner in Franklin has one additional month to pay their RE/PP bill.
  • b. Beginning June 2, 2020, late fees and penalties will be assessed.


2. Local Option #2: The town has also optioned “to waive interest and other penalty for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or annual sewer use, or other charge, added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020.”

This waiver applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after when such bills are paid late, but paid on, or before, June 30. This waiver of late fees and penalty does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30

What does this mean?

  • a. The waiver of late fees and penalties applies to only water, sewer, trash & excise bills.
  • b. Late fees and penalties will be waived; provided payment is made on or before June 30, 2020.
  • c. Due dates for all water, sewer, trash and excise bills originally due after March 10 will be due on or before June 30 regardless of the bill due date.
  • d. On July 1, 2020, late fees and penalties will begin being assessed.


How Can I Pay My Bills?

● White dropbox - residents can drop off payments by check and money order only, census forms, etc. in the white dropbox (mailbox) located on the side of the Municipal Building at 355 East Central Street.

● Online Payment - Permitting and Online Payments (property and real estate, water/sewer/trash, excise taxes) can also be found online: Online payments at
www.franklinma.gov/files

Who Do I Contact With Questions?

If any citizen has a question, they should contact the Treasurer-Collector’s Office. The best method right now is to email Treasurer-Collector Kerri Bertone at kbertone@franklinma.gov

Citizens may also call the general office phone line, leave a voicemail and a member of the staff will return your phone call. The phone number is (508) 520-4950.


Please find the PDF of this on the Town of Franklin page:
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/2020-04-15_tax_delay_psa.pdf

Attention Franklin Residents: Important Notice to Taxpayers
Attention Franklin Residents: Important Notice to Taxpayers