Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

FHS Gymnastics catches up with the details on recent Senior Night

FHS Gymnastics (@fhs_gymnastics) tweeted on Tue, Jan 24, 2023:
"SENIOR NIGHT DETAILS - lots of season highs and career highs. So proud of this team!! "  https://t.co/jc5Pj9uRAt

"Such a fun night celebrating our seniors!! The energy competing against Canton is always our teams favorite. Great coach, great team spirit! Congratulations to the Canton Seniors as well. Lots to talk about! 

Top 4 - Vault - Molly Chandler 8.1, Senior Captain Emma Nelson 8.0, Abby Scotland 7.7, Molly D'Amato 7.6. 

Bars - Senior Captain Emma 8.55, Abby Robillard 7.6, Ciara O'Brien 7.6 season high, Senior Captain Maia Keohane 7.5. Shout out to Senior Katie Valutkevich for her season high of 7.35

Beam - SENIORS DOMINATED- Senior Captain Olivia Reagan 8.55, Senior Captain Maia 8.5, Senior Captain Emma 8.4, Senior Katie Valutkevich 8.1. 

Floor -Drum Roll season high and Career high from Senior Captain Maia 9.3 that routine was SPECTACULAR, Followed up by Senior Captain putting down her second meet in a row of a season high of 8.8, Ryann Chandler 8.4, and Senior Katie with her 3rd season high of 8.3, way to be consistent!!

So proud of these girls love coaching them and watching them bond, grow and work hard! 

Home meet Friday vs a tough Attleboro at All Around Gymnastics Academy 8:30 PM be there!"


SENIOR NIGHT DETAILS - lots of season highs and career highs
SENIOR NIGHT DETAILS - lots of season highs and career highs

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Town of Franklin: Conservation Commission - Request for Determination of Applicability - Jan 26, 2023

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 131, s.40 (The Wetlands Protection Act) Franklin Conservation Commission will hold a Hybrid Public Hearing on Thursday, January 26, 2022 at 7:05 PM on a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by JNJuhl & Associates, LLC of Franklin, MA to develop a 6.5 acre portion of site into Affordable Senior Housing in the Buffer Zone of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW). This project is located on Veterans Memorial Drive.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform and “In-person” in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting. 

All records and files for this project can be viewed at the Conservation Office located on the first floor of the Franklin Municipal Building.

Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard. The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for a hearing impairment, contact the Conservation Department at the Municipal Building or by calling (508) 520-4929.

Patrick Gallagher
Chairman



senior housing expansion proposed for near Eaton Place
Franklin Ridge senior housing expansion proposed for near Eaton Place (May 8, 2019)

Friday, October 28, 2022

Franklin gains $3.2M grant for the Franklin Ridge Senior Housing project

"The Baker-Polito administration today announced more than $143 million in grant awards for economic development projects made through the Community One Stop for Growth portal.

The grants, which will support 337 local projects in 169 communities statewide, were announced at an event in Pittsfield by Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Undersecretary of Community Development Ashley Stolba, and MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera, who were joined by local officials. "

Continue reading the article at MMA -> 

Among the awards is one for Franklin:


$3.2M This grant will be used to support the Franklin Ridge Senior Housing project, a development that will increase affordable housing along Veterans Memorial Drive. Construction includes improvements to roadways, sidewalks, streetlights, utility connections, and the addition of a new water booster pumping station.

Governor Baker's press release ->

For the full listing of awards:

Franklin gains $3.2M grant for the Franklin Ridge Senior Housing project
Franklin gains $3.2M grant for the Franklin Ridge Senior Housing project

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Senior Fair is back! - Oct 22 - Registration is open now

On Oct. 22, #MetroWest residents ages 55+ and their families can join at in #Framingham for workshops, exhibits, meals, prize drawings, and interactive activities and more!

Learn more and register TODAY here: karenspilka.com/fair
Shared from Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/KarenSpilka/status/1570759972442587138?t=4igukxVF74ycX-SgUqeAnA

The Senior Fair is back! - Oct 22 - Registration is open now
The Senior Fair is back! - Oct 22 - Registration is open now

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

MA Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors

The Massachusetts State Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to promote the wellbeing of senior citizens with disabilities by clarifying their right to create and access pooled trusts while also receiving MassHealth benefits. Pooled trusts can provide funding to help seniors with disabilities to pay for items and services which are not covered by MassHealth, such as home care services, uncovered medical, dental and pharmacy costs, transportation, clothing, and household items.

 

“MassHealth serves some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “Senior citizens and people with disabilities deserve to be able to save and make smart financial decisions for their living expenses without having to worry about their eligibility for MassHealth. I want to thank Senator Jehlen for pushing for this legislation and Senator Rodrigues for his committee’s review.”


“The passage of this legislation today strengthens our support for our older disabled population by improving their quality of life and makes aging in Massachusetts a more caring experience for this population in need,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I would like to thank the Senate President for her continued support, along with Senator Jehlen and others for their advocacy, ensuring we help to preserve funds for this vulnerable population, while protecting their eligibility for public benefits.”

 

"For decades, disabled people have been able to use special needs trusts to pay for important services not covered by MassHealth," said Senator Patricia B. Jehlen (D-Somerville), lead sponsor of the bill. "The trusts allow them to qualify for MassHealth while preserving enough assets to pay for items not allowed by Medicaid rules, such as home care, transportation, dental care, clothing, and personal care items.  When the beneficiary of a special needs trust dies, any remaining assets are returned to the Commonwealth.  Millions of dollars are recovered from these trusts each year."

 

Pooled trusts, which are managed by nonprofit organizations, combine the resources of many beneficiaries for the purposes of administrative cost-effectiveness and investment optimization. In Massachusetts, they have been used to give people with disabilities a way to access health care benefits, such as those offered by MassHealth, while depositing additional funds into the trust to pay for items and services not covered by those benefits.

 

Historically, disabled individuals of any age have been permitted to join pooled trusts without interfering with their MassHealth eligibility. In 2019 however, a federal court decision held that a Medicaid penalty may be imposed on a senior who creates a pooled trust account which is not regarded as a ‘fair-market value’. This makes it possible for MassHealth to penalize disabled individuals aged 65 and over who set up a pooled trust. This legislation would prevent this by requiring MassHealth to regard all pooled trusts as ‘fair-market value’.

 

Having passed the Senate this legislation now goes on to the House of Representatives for enactment.


Link to legislation -> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H4792


MA Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors
MA Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors

Monday, June 13, 2022

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042 - Uvalde, Cribbage, Visiting The Neighborhood, Amazon and More (audio)

"In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center writer's group share stories, poems, writings and more about the tragedy Uvalde, Cribbage and a String of Pearls, Revisiting old neighborhoods, Amazon deliveries and more!

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for June 2022."

Audio file -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/episode-042-uvalde-cribbage-visiting-the-neighborhood-amazon-and-more

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042
Senior Story Hour: Episode 042


The writer's group meets weekly on Wednesday's at 1 PM either in person at the Senior Center or virtually via Zoom. Once a month we meet at the Franklin TV studio to record this session for radio and podcast.

If you would like to join the writer's group contact the Senior Center or send me an email (shersteve @ gmail.com) and we'll get you on the mailing list.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime

Attention seniors (but anyone who wants to know really!) 

"This free short course from MediaWise for Seniors will teach you how to tell what’s true and false on the internet. By looking at examples of political, health, travel and climate misinformation, you will learn techniques for identifying false information and how to seek out trustworthy sources.

Christiane Amanpour, Joan Lunden, Lester Holt, Hari Sreenivasan and Dave Jorgenson — MediaWise Ambassadors — will also pop in to share their advice as experienced journalists to help you navigate information on platforms like Google, Facebook and more."
You can register for a Poynter account, then register for the free course.

How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime
How to Spot Misinformation Online - Self-directed course, free, start anytime

This is not the only course available via MediaWise for Seniors 

Friday, May 27, 2022

FHS Senior Awards Night 2022 (video)

The FHS Senior Awards Night was broadcast via multiple channels Thursday evening and is available via YouTube for replay.  Link -> https://youtu.be/soSP9PeOPKM


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

"a village is going to help them stay in their homes"

"For many older Americans and their families, the devastating COVID-19 outbreak — which caused more than 200,000 deaths in nursing homes nationally — was a persuasive argument for living at home as long as possible.

Now, as the pandemic grinds into its third year, a loose-knit band of tech gurus, gerontology researchers, and volunteer-powered elder support groups, called “villages,” is seeking to overcome the obstacles to aging in place. Among the toughest: a worsening shortage of home care workers, who can assist the oldest residents with walking, dressing, or showering.

Coronavirus sped up the deployment of “age-tech,” technology that helps older people age in place, by seven to 10 years, said Joe Coughlin, director of MIT AgeLab in Cambridge. "

Continue reading the article (subscription may be required)

Dale Orzalli, a Seaglass Village volunteer, arrived at Maureen Neumann's front door to take her to a doctors appointment at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody.MATTHEW J LEE/GLOBE STAFF
Dale Orzalli, a Seaglass Village volunteer, arrived at Maureen Neumann's front door to take her to a doctors appointment at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody.MATTHEW J LEE/GLOBE STAFF

Saturday, February 26, 2022

More Perfect Union -> "COVID and Seniors" (audio)

"In this episode, the group is rejoined with Frank Falvey to discuss the current COVID climate and the effects it's had on senior citizens; what it's like being a senior during this time, the disproportionate negative effects it's had on seniors, what has been done to aid this group and what more still needs to happen."

Audio file -> https://more-perfect-union.captivate.fm/episode/042-covid-and-seniors


More Perfect Union - episode 042
More Perfect Union - episode 042

Monday, December 20, 2021

Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks

Massachusetts residents aged 62 or older are eligible for a discounted lifetime parking pass. This pass covers the cost of parking at most state parks.

If you are eligible for a Senior Parking Pass, you can order it by mail.

Send a request for a Senior Parking Pass to your closest regional office:

Central Regional Office
355 West Boylston Street, Route 110
Clinton, MA 01510
Attention: Senior Pass 

Include:
  • A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license or other official proof of state residency and age.
  • A check for $10 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • A contact phone number or email in case we need to reach you. (Optional)
  • Senior passes may take 4-7 weeks before they are mailed.

For additional info on this program, use this MA Gov link ->  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/get-a-senior-parking-pass

Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks
Senior Parking Pass for MA Residents good for use at MA State Parks


Friday, November 26, 2021

Be Your Own Hero Q & A Event - Dec 3, 2021


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Be Your Own Hero Q & A Event - Dec 3, 2021

 
     

Friday, December 3 • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Are you thinking of moving to a senior living community, but have too many questions or concerns? Join us for a Q&A at Magnolia Heights and meet with current residents, our gracious staff, and knowledgeable guest speakers at our Be Your Own Hero Event. You'll get to learn all about our gracious retirement lifestyle so you can feel confident when planning for your next chapter.

     
 

For more information or to RSVP, please call

508-520-3471

 
     
     
   
     
     
 
 
Copyright © Magnolia Heights (567) All rights reserved.
 
     
Magnolia Heights Gracious Retirement Living (567)

Monday, October 25, 2021

Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments

FM #646-647-648 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 646-647-648 in the series. 


This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police retirement and promotion individuals, along with their guest and family members were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


I’ve split the just about two hours and forty minutes ( 2:40 total elapsed time) into three (3) logical segments:

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Oct 20, 2021


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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/october_20_2021_town_council_agenda.pdf


Agenda folder ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council/agenda/october-20-town-council-agenda 


My notes from the meeting  -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/recap-town-council-approves-creation-of.html


Town Council Quarterbacking session (a short recap with Council Chair Tom Mercer) -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/town-council-quarterbacking-with-chair.html 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) 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 www.Franklinmatters.org   or www.franklin.news 


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!


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Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments
Town Council Meeting - 10/20/21 - three audio segments

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting 
October 13, 2021 - 6:30 PM


Agenda
1. Call to Order
2. Election of Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Clerk
3. Public Comments
4. Approval of Minutes - 6/16/21
5. Senior and Veterans Tax Workoff Programs:
a. Resolution 21-59: Further Amending The Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program
b. Resolution 21-60: Further Amending The Veterans’ Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program
6. Human Resources Department & Employee Benefits Presentation: Karen Bratt, Human Resources Director.
7. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Update: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
8. Future Agenda Items
9. Adjourn

Please find the agenda and links for the upcoming Finance Committee Meeting posted here: https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-13-21_finance_committee_agenda.pdf

Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021
Finance Committee - Meeting Agenda - Oct 13, 2021


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners

You may be entitled to a reduction in the real estate tax you’re required to pay this year!

You may be entitled to a $1,000 tax reduction if you have been continuously domiciled in Massachusetts for 10 years and have owned and occupied a Massachusetts property for 5 years; 

-AND-
You are single,
Age 70 or older on July 1, 2021,
Your income last year was $21,393 or less, and
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$35, 499 or less.

-OR-
You are married,
One of you was age 70 or older on July 1, 2021,
Your income last year was $26,385 or less, and
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$38, 034 or less.

If you are over an above limit, you may still be entitled to a $345 tax reduction if you have owned and occupied your Franklin property as your domicile for at least 5 years,

-AND-
Your assets (checking, savings, bonds, etc.) not including your home were
$50,712 or less,
-AND-
You are a surviving spouse; or single 70 or older July 1, 2021,
-OR- 
You are married and one was age 70 or older as of July 1, 2021.

If you think you might qualify and need information or assistance in completing the application, call the Franklin Senior Center; 508 520-4945.

Some widows of veterans may be eligible for a tax exemption.

Please contact:
Veterans’ Services Office at (508) 613-1315

Download a copy of this info

Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners
Attention Franklin Senior Homeowners


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Panther TV: FHS Senior Awards - Class of 2021 - broadcast at 7:30 PM

Franklin High School's Senior Awards Ceremony premieres tonight at 7:30!! 
Watch it here: https://t.co/STms2Rh0EO via @YouTube  
@FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS @FranklinPSNews @FranklinMatters



the FHS field is set for graduation, Senior Awards are broadcast tonight
the FHS field is set for graduation, Senior Awards are broadcast tonight


Saturday, May 29, 2021

FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help

FHS PCC (@FHS_PCC) tweeted on Fri, May 28, 2021

Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help
Signup form -> https://t.co/FZLWoV3QMY 


Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/FHS_PCC/status/1398376995550072839

FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help
FHS PCC: Attention parents, Senior Car Parade can use your help


Saturday, May 1, 2021

SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - CPT James Ahn

SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 

CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

James Ahn
CPT James Ahn
 

Captain James Ahn, a graduate of UC Riverside and the Claremont McKenna College Army ROTC program, died in 2015 during a parachute training operation while participating with his Special Forces unit in Washington State. For all of those who knew and loved James, he will never be forgotten. He was the consummate person and professional who was respected by everyone he came in contact with. 

In James' honor, Gain Service Academy is sponsoring an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Special Forces Veteran who is working towards the completion of a higher education degree. 

For more details and a scholarship application, go to the link below:   https://www.gainserviceacademyadmission.com/cpt-james-ahn-memorial-scholarship/



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide

Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide

The Town of Franklin has created an online resource guide for local and state government assistance programs, including information about the Senior Circuit Breaker and a tax credit estimation worksheet. Please find it posted on our website at https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/citizen-discounts-exemptions

Download the 4 page PDF here   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/local_state_assistance_programs_4_1.pdf

Shared from https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/citizen-discounts-and-exemptions-guide

Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide
Town of Franklin: Citizen Discounts and Exemptions Guide