Showing posts with label recording. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recording. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Recap: Franklin Housing Authority meeting 2/07/22

Quick recap:
  • The Franklin Housing Authority met on Monday, Feb 7 at 4:30 PM in the community room at Central Park terrace
  • Key item - waiting list has over 8 thousand individuals, only 300 odd are from Franklin. It is good t have Franklin a desirable community but we need more housing
  • The four units out of service from the fire in 2021 may be back online in March. Currently empty units being filled as applicants are vetted and arrangements confirmed
  • Revenue up over this time last year, attributed to better management of rental payments coordinating with residents on the timing of the Social Security funds, etc.
  • Director contract extended for 5 year term using current contract language. The DHCD template is in court being challenged on some of the provisions  and the resolution is not anticipated any time soon. Hence, the renewal of the current contract terms
Twitter thread of notes taken during meeting listed below
Audio of the meeting to be available in couple of days

  • Franklin Housing Authority meeting underway, recording in process, assuming gremlins are kept at bay, recording will be available in day or so #fha0207
  • Meeting agenda here -> #fha0207
  • Over 8K on waiting list for housing, 315 local residents on listing. #fha0207 revenue up about $11k year to date with 11 vacancies, 4 related to fire, a couple of units coming to use this week.
  • A TV unit is on in the background for resident use, hopefully won't mess with the recording too much. #fha0207
  • Motion to accept director report, second, next meeting March 7 (keeping it to Weds) motion as amended passes unanimously. #fha0207 motion to accept operation statement, seconded, auditor doing ok, passes unanimously.
  • No CPC update, anything under old business? No. Checking on other listings per agenda. Furnace replacement. Amount of bids exceed DHCD award to date but trying to adjust to fit within or increase accordingly #fha0207 board approval pending DHCD funding for 9 units - passes
  • Winter St emergency boiler replacement project #fha0207 may need to add a temporary unit to keep things going while replacement underway, expecting bids this week, have expedite approval motion approved unanimously
  • Tenant board member to fill the next vacant seat, working with Town Clerk and tenants to communicate and prepare accordingly, tenants would file application, be reviewed by Town Administrator, and ultimately approved by Town Council #fha0207
  • Ethics and DHCD training mandatory but board member is optional for tenant members #fha0207
  • Mgt agreement with Norfolk, value of contract increases, approval for $66k, Norfolk Board also to approve, passes unanimously, Board can approve allowance of 30% for executive for mgt of contract, approved unanimously; prior salary based upon 39.5 hours, #fha0207 5% increase on base per DHCD, first since 2017, motion to approve as allowed by DHCD, unanimously
  • Litigation regarding the DHCD template, looking to extend current agreement for Lisa for 5 years, rather than use the new template; no resolution likely to DHCD template anytime soon; best option to extend for now #fha0207 specific motion to be read in
  • Motion read, moved, second, passes unanimously; motion to adjourn, passes unanimously #fha0207 That's all for tonight catch you next time!
The Twitter thread can also be found in one PDF

Franklin Housing Authority
Franklin Housing Authority

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

FHS Playoff Action Means a Trifecta for Tuesday Night Sports on Franklin TV

The plan for Tuesday's Franklin High School fall sport playoff events is to broadcast all three games LIVE. Luckily we have three channels to go live from, our All-Access channel, our Educational channel, and our Government channel. 

1 - Field Hockey will be shown on our GOV channel, which is Channel 11 for Comcast and 29 for Verizon.  (11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)
This channel assignment is important because Field Hockey rarely goes beyond an hour and a half for total run time. By having Field Hockey on the GOV channel, there's less of a risk of Field Hockey going too far beyond the allotted time should it do so.
There is a School Committee meeting scheduled for 7PM on the GOV channel tomorrow, so the hope is that Field Hockey is done by 6:30 at the latest, otherwise we'll show Field Hockey until School Committee goes live.
Field Hockey will be shown on our GOV channel, which is Channel 11 for Comcast and 29 for Verizon.  (11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)
Field Hockey will be shown on our GOV channel, which is Channel 11 for Comcast and 29 for Verizon.  (11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)

2 - Volleyball will be broadcast on the Education/ Pride channel - Channel 96 for Comcast and 28 for Verizon  
(11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)

Volleyball will be broadcast on the Education/ Pride channel - Channel 96 for Comcast and 28 for Verizon  (11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)
Volleyball will be broadcast on the Education/ Pride channel - Channel 96 for Comcast and 28 for Verizon  (11/09/21 - 5:00 PM)

3 - Girls Soccer will play on the All Access Channel - Channel 8 for Comcast and 26 for Verizon.   (11/09/21 - 6:00 PM)

All three games will also be recorded for later playback as well. If there is a problem with the live feed, at least the recordings should be available for replay later.

Girls Soccer will play on the All Access Channel - Channel 8 for Comcast and 26 for Verizon.   (11/09/21 - 6:00 PM)
Girls Soccer will play on the All Access Channel - Channel 8 for Comcast and 26 for Verizon.   (11/09/21 - 6:00 PM)

Director Chris Flynn, hanging in there in a remote broadcast studio
Director Chris Flynn in a remote broadcast studio

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Franklin Matters Q&A - August 26 at 1:30 PM (hybrid session - Senior Ctr and Zoom link)

Get your Franklin MA questions answered on Thursday, August 26 at 1:30 PM. 

This is a hybrid event coordinated with the Senior Center = "Franklin Matters Q&A with Steve Sherlock"

  • Held at the Franklin Senior Center for those who want to meet in person
  • A Zoom session is also available for remote participation
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Time: Aug 26, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Q&A on Franklin Matters - August 26 at 1:30 PM
Q&A on Franklin Matters - August 26 at 1:30 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2021

2020 Selections to the National Recording Registry Announced

National Recording Registry Adds 'Rhythm Nation' Among 25 New Selections

Image featuring Ira Glass, Kermit the Frog, and Janet Jackson
2020 Selections to the National Recording Registry Announced

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation's recorded sound heritage.

Janet Jackson's clarion call for action and healing in "Rhythm Nation 1814" now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong's "When the Saints Go Marching In," Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," Nas' "Illmatic," Kool & the Gang's "Celebration," and Kermit the Frog's "The Rainbow Connection."

Watch the announcement video featuring several of the artists and songwriters.

Click here for more information  =>

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Too many meeting choices for Wednesday evening Feb 3, 2021

Some meetings nights are quiet, some can be quite challenging. Which meetings shall I report on for Wednesday, Feb 3?

At this point, I'll cover the Board of Health meeting. Franklin TV has the TA meeting (or at least the Town is recording it).

I will need to make a choice between the Davis Thayer Facility (DTFA) meeting and the Economic Development (EDC) meeting. Leaning towards the EDC as the topic is revisiting a prior divisive conversation. The DTFA has already reached consensus on what their recommendation would be. This meeting would start and work the draft. The final discussion and decision is still to be determined when the School Committee takes it up (TBD). I can arrange for a copy of the DTFA recording so I can listen to later and then share.

The Town Council meeting will then be the priority for however long that goes.

And until the 'clone option' works for me, the Historical Commission is left out of the coverage. If you know some one who would want to cover it, let me know.

5:00pm = Board of Health Meeting

5:00pm = Town Administrator Evaluation Ad Hoc Subcommittee Meeting

5:30pm = Facilities Analysis Sub Committee Meeting  (2 - second choice)

5:45pm = Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting  (1 - leaning towards)

6:30pm = Historical Commission Meeting

7:00pm = Town Council Meeting

School calendar is

Town calendar is

Too many meeting choices for Wednesday evening Feb 3, 2021
Too many meeting choices for Wednesday evening Feb 3, 2021

Friday, December 18, 2020

CommonWealth Magazine: "Ruling permits citizen recordings of police"

"While Beacon Hill legislators haven’t moved yet to address Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendments to policing reform legislation, other efforts to improve law enforcement accountability are moving forward locally and in the courts this week.

Earlier this week, the First Circuit Court of Appeals said people can’t be prosecuted under the state’s 1968 wiretapping statute for secretly recording police in a ruling that upheld part of a lower court order that countermanded a statewide ban on such recordings.

The court heard arguments back in January about whether private citizens can audio and video record police in public spaces."

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Ben Gardner's Boat, in the Franklin TV studio (pre-COVID-19)

In a time seemingly long ago, pre-COVID-19, Jeff Roy and his band Ben Gardner's Boat spent some time in the Franklin TV recording studio. Jeff got to post the video segments of the songs recorded. Here is one: "Collide"

For more songs from the recording session, find them in Jeff's YouTube channel


Sunday, September 13, 2020

FM #345 School Committee Meeting - 9/08/20 (audio)

FM #345 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 345 in the series. 

This shares part of the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The audio recording of the meeting runs about 90 minutes or 1 hour and 30 minutes


The agenda doc, including connection info 
The meeting packet with all docs released for this meeting 
My notes taken via Twitter during the meeting are summarized here
Photos used in the Twitter thread can be found in the Google photo album


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

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FM #345 School Committee Meeting - 9/08/20 (audio)
FM #345 School Committee Meeting - 9/08/20 (audio)

Monday, March 30, 2020

National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist

"The gentle sounds of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”; Russ Hodges’ thrilling play-by-play of the National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951; the Village People’s international dance anthem, “Y.M.C.A.”; “Cheap Trick at Budokan”; and the original 1964 Broadway cast recording of “Fiddler on the Roof” are among the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.
“The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time,” said Hayden. “We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the registry. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture.”

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with annually selecting 25 titles that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. More information on the National Recording Registry can be found at

Continue reading about this

Listen link can be found here

National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist
National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist

Monday, May 20, 2019

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 23 - Budget Hearing #2

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 23. This is the second of two budget hearings on the FY 2020 budget. The first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22.

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of May 23, 2019
1. HEARINGSFY 2020 Budget Hearing: 7:10 PM 
Resolution 19-32: Adoption of FY2020 Budget (Motion to Move Resolution 19-32 - Two Thirds Majority Vote (6))
Resolution 19-33: Amendment to FY2020 Budget (Motion to Move Resolution 19-33- Majority Vote (5))

Why are there two votes to pass the budget?
As Councilor Glenn Jones is employed by Tri-County RVTHS, it would be a conflict of interest for him to vote on the Tri-County budget (effectively authorizing to pay himself). The budget votes is split so Councilor Jones can participate in and vote on the vast majority of the Franklin budget and recuse himself (properly so) for the portion that is specifically associated with Tri-County.

Depending upon how the Town Council reviews the budget this year, you may or may not get a whole lot of info on the inside story of the major departments and their cost drivers. In recent years, the Council has taken the approach of reading the totals of the voting doc department by department. 

During such reading of the totals, a councilor or more can put a 'hold' on the item which after the reading will make that item available for more detailed discussion. Sometimes this are simple questions, sometimes these get involved.

From a resident stand point, what really happens in the budget can only be found at the Finance Committee meetings. They have each department head come forward to review and answer questions on the details of their budget. Granted some of the departments budget needs are minor, some are major. 

The first budget hearing for the FY 2020 budget was held on March 18 and recorded. My notes and audio recording is available here

Notes for March 18

Audio recording for March 18

The second budget hearing held on Apr 25 unfortunately was not recorded by anyone. I was out of town on business. If there were minutes of the meeting, the FinCom has not met since the April 25 meeting and no minutes are published to their page.

This is the first year in many that there is no need to ask for an exception from  the state due to insufficient funding for the Library
This is the first year in many that there is no need to ask for an exception from
the state due to insufficient funding for the Library

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Library of Congress: Additions to National Recording Registry

New National Recording Registry Class Is "Superfly"

Library of Congress: Additions to National Recording Registry
The classic radio western "Gunsmoke"; Ritchie Valens' groundbreaking 1958 sensation "La Bamba"; Sam & Dave's 1967 hit single "Soul Man"; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical "Hair"; and Neil Diamond's 1969 "Sweet Caroline," which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation's recorded sound heritage.

Click here for more information

Friday, March 23, 2018

What does Groucho Marx, Fleetwood Mac and Arlo Guthrie have in common?

While radio stations periodically run a weekend with their top all time hits, the Library of Congress also keeps a recording of what they determine to be the key music. 25 pieces were added to their collection this year and there should be something for everyone.

In the Sherlock household, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is a Thanksgiving tradition.

More about this year's additions can be found on the Library of Congress page

The Library is also looking for nominations for what to add this year. The nomination form and details on the process can be found here

2017 National Recording Registry (Listing Titles in Chronological Order)

  1. “Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta” (single), Victor Herbert and his Orchestra (1911)
  2. Standing Rock Preservation Recordings, George Herzog and Members of the Yanktoni Tribe (1928)
  3. “Lamento Borincano” (single), Canario y Su Grupo (1930)
  4. “Sitting on Top of the World” (single), Mississippi Sheiks (1930)
  5. The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (album), Artur Schnabel (1932-1935)
  6. “If I Didn’t Care” (single), The Ink Spots (1939)
  7. Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization (4/25/45-6/26/45)
  8. “Folk Songs of the Hills” (album), Merle Travis (1946)
  9. “How I Got Over” (single), Clara Ward and the Ward Singers (1950)
  10. “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” (single), Bill Haley and His Comets (1954)
  11. “Calypso” (album), Harry Belafonte (1956)
  12. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (single), Tony Bennett (1962)
  13. “King Biscuit Time” (radio), Sonny Boy Williamson II and others (1965)
  14. “My Girl” (single), The Temptations (1964)
  15. “The Sound of Music” (soundtrack), Various (1965)
  16. “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (single), Arlo Guthrie (1967)
  17. “New Sounds in Electronic Music” (album), Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros (1967)
  18. “An Evening with Groucho” (album), Groucho Marx (1972)
  19. “Rumours,” (album), Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  20. “The Gambler” (single), Kenny Rogers (1978)
  21. “Le Freak” (single), Chic (1978)
  22. “Footloose” (single), Kenny Loggins (1984) remake released in 2011.
  23. “Raising Hell” (album), Run-DMC (1986)
  24. “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” (single), Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (1987)
  25. “Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra” (album), Various (1996)

What does Groucho Marx, Fleetwood Mac and Arlo Guthrie have in common?
What does Groucho Marx, Fleetwood Mac and Arlo Guthrie have in common?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Our students are an integral part of what we do and who we are"

The Franklin radar picks up this find from Boston Voyager. It turns out that Encore Music celebrates their birthday on Sep 29.

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Ostrow. 
Lisa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. 
My business partner, Patrick Dreier, and I, founded Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios on a bit of a whim. In August, 2011, we were both teaching music out of our homes, and running a recording studio out of Pat’s basement. While on the phone one day, I tossed out the idea of opening a school together, which was met with silence. I traveled to Canada that week and when I returned, Pat called and said, “About that idea you had …” to which I replied, “What idea?” and that is how Encore was born. Just one month later, on September 29, we signed Encore into existence!"

Continue reading the article online at Boston Voyager

image from Encore Academy webpage
image from Encore Academy webpage

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pantherbook: "FHS Sound Record Department Receives Ableton Grant"

Riley Halliday, Writer for the Franklin High School "Pantherbook" writes about the grant received for the Sound Record Department.

"It’s no secret the FHS has an outstanding resources for its sound recording department, however things just got a little more interesting. 
Mr. O’Connors, the new sound recording teacher, has already made an impact in his first months here. He recently applied for a grant from Ableton, a music software company. This Wednesday, sound recording classes and the music production club received fantastic news which included 15 new Ableton Push boards, as well as Ableton Live software.
Continue reading the article online

Pantherbook photo for the article on the sound grant received
Pantherbook photo for the article on the sound grant received
Find more articles in Pantherbook here

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Start by asking Great Questions"

StoryCorps invites families across America to participate in its Great Thanksgiving Listen from Nov. 26-29. 
The goal of this project is to preserve the voices of a generation, in a single weekend. Equipment required is a smartphone or tablet and the StoryCorps App, available free for Apple and Android devices. The stories recorded can remain private or become part of the Library of Congress. The free app allows for up to 40 minutes per listening session to be recorded.
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Story Corp - recording booth
Story Corp - recording booth

The Getting Started quick ref card

Interview tips

Review some sample questions to ask

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

StoryCorps launches new project: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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It may still be August, but it's never too soon to start planning for the holidays! And this Thanksgiving, StoryCorps wants to be a part of your family's traditions.

Our Founder and President, Dave Isay, was on Good Morning America yesterday to share some exciting news about The Great Thanksgiving Listen. Click here to see Dave on GMA.
On Thanksgiving weekend 2015, StoryCorps will join forces with ABCNPR and TED to record interviews between students and their elders across the country. Our educational partners will include Facing History and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

The Great Thanksgiving Listen will use smartphone technology to foster meaningful connections among families, communities and classrooms. Plus, with permission from the participants, each interview will be uploaded to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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