Showing posts with label vigil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vigil. Show all posts

Sunday, January 9, 2022

FM #691 - January 6 Vigil (on the Town Common) - 01/06/22 (audio)

FM #691 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 691 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Jan 6 VIgil held on Thursday, Jan 6, 2022 on the Franklin Town Common. The vigil was organized by the Committee to Protect Our Democracy (CPOD), a subgroup of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee, as part of remembrances scheduled across the country.  


The master of ceremony Justin Bates introduces all the speakers.


The recording of the vigil runs about 45 minutes.  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-691-jan-6-vigil-01-06-22


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The text of the remarks by State Representative Jeff Roy can be found ->

https://jeffreyroy.com/2022/01/07/remarks-at-jan-6-vigil-in-franklin/


Milford Daily News/Wicked Local coverage of the event can be found -> 

https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/country-gazette/2022/01/07/calls-action-franklin-vigil-reflects-capitol-attack/9135123002/

Photos of the event can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/T7zBkexGeqhjZqmw5

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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 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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Rep Roy giving his remarks at the January 6 Vigil (on the Town Common)
Rep Roy giving his remarks at the January 6 Vigil (on the Town Common)

Saturday, January 8, 2022

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy: Remarks at Jan 6 vigil in Franklin

Jeffrey N. Roy (@jeffroy) tweeted on Fri, Jan 07, 2022:
"Remarks at Jan. 6 vigil in Franklin https://t.co/IDvOlgjVtS"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1479418690005348353

"As Senator Rausch indicated, our day in the Massachusetts Legislature started with finishing the work of the 191st General Court on January 5, 2021.

We passed multiple pieces of legislation on the final day of the session. This work included wide-ranging pieces of legislation, including one early item that was a resolution for Franklin’s Frank Liotta, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Another piece that passed around 2 AM was a law I had been working on for two years on the prevention of campus sexual violence.

We worked until around 5:00 AM on January 6, and I finally went to bed exhausted to get some sleep."

Continue reading Rep Roy's remarks here ->     https://jeffreyroy.com/2022/01/07/remarks-at-jan-6-vigil-in-franklin/

Audio of the event will be ready for publication and sharing this weekend. Franklin TV also captured a video recording. When that is ready for airing, I'll share the schedule.

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy: Remarks at Jan 6 vigil in Franklin
State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy: Remarks at Jan 6 vigil in Franklin

Milford Daily News/Wicked Local Franklin coverage

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Jan 6 Vigil at Franklin Town Common Bandstand Among More than 175 Events Across the Country

WHAT: January 6, 2022 marks one year since a faction of elected officials incited armed right-wing militants to attack the U.S. Capitol. One year later, the same faction is working to restrict the freedom to vote, attacking fair voting districts, and quietly preparing future attempts to sabotage free and fair elections. 

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Americans across race, place, party, and background are holding candlelight vigils to say: In America, the voters decide the outcome of elections. To prevent this kind of attack from happening again, advocates are demanding that elected leaders pass urgent legislation including the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood. 

This event in Franklin is one of more than 175 events that will take place across the country, including at the U.S. Capitol. 

WHO: The Committee to Protect Our Democracy

WHERE: Franklin Town Common Bandstand

WHEN: 5:00 -6:00 PM

VISUALS: Speakers include Representative Jeffrey Roy, State Senator Becca Rausch and a member of Congressman Jake Auchincloss’ staff with a message from the congressman


Vigil at Franklin Town Common Bandstand Among More than 175 Events Across the Country
Vigil at Franklin Town Common Bandstand Among More than 175 Events Across the Country 


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Talk Franklin - the Winter Solstice episode - 12/21/21 (audio)

FM #684 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 684 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge.


This was recorded coincidentally beginning with the Winter Solstice at 11 AM on 12/21/21. Maybe the start of a new tradition.


We had a less formal agenda to talk through as we discussed the recent tragedy in Franklin, civil discourse, gratitude for what we do have, and looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities of 2022.


The recording runs about 40 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie.


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-684-talk-franklin-12-21-21



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Candlelight vigil recording

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/candlelight-vigil-coverage-as-franklin.html


GoFundMe for Shirley Owen  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/gofundme-for-shirley-in-our-hearts.html 


Community Preservation public hearings announced

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/community-preservation-act-public.html 


Rebuilding Civility in the Public Square (book mentioned by Jamie)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595941509


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

 

Talk Franklin - the Winter Solstice episode - 12/21/21 (audio)
Talk Franklin - the Winter Solstice episode - 12/21/21 (audio)

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Candlelight Vigil for Shirley Owen - 12/19/21 (audio)

FM #682 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 682 in the series. 


This shares audio recording of the candlelight vigil in memory of Shirley Owen. The vigil was held on the Franklin Town Common and attended by a couple of thousand neighbors, friends, and members of the Franklin community.


The event ‘master of ceremonies’ was State Representative Jeff Roy.


Link to the GoFundMe for the Owen family is included in the show notes. At the time of the vigil, over $225,000 had been raised.


The recording runs about 33 minutes. Let’s listen to this recording of the candlelight vigil held Dec 19, 2021


** Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-682-candlelight-vigil-for-shirley-owens-12-19-21

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GoFundMe for Shirley Owen  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/gofundme-for-shirley-in-our-hearts.html 


Link to photos of the vigil ->https://photos.app.goo.gl/fhNJYofT7V7AsHqz7


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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 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!

------------------


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

 


Prayer vigil and candle light service for Shirley Owen - Dec 19, 2021 at 5 PM

Prayer vigil and candle light service for Shirley Owen on the Franklin Town Common at 5 PM on Sunday, Dec 19, 2021  https://t.co/cCWcr0bgGx

Please bring a candle and lighter and wear purple




Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Community acknowledgement of the 2104 lost to an overdose during 2020 (photo essay)

I had been out on my daily walk, approaching the Town Common and saw folks putting out purple flags. Remembered that International Overdose Awareness Day - Aug 31 was going to be celebrated with a vigil and prayers here later today. As I got closer I recognized Jim Derick and asked if he needed a hand. He did and pointed me to the box of flags.

I got busy spreading them out.

2104. Two thousand, one hundred and four.

Say that slowly. Let the number sink in. That is the number of MA residents who left us during 2020 due to an overdose. Recall a couple of years ago, the prevalence of the #2069 signs. While there is more help available today, the struggle is real.


I did go back to the Town Common for 6:30 PM

Jen Knight-Levine and Jim Derick opened the gathering welcoming the 70-80 folks who showed up.

Jen Knight-Levine and Jim Derick opened the gathering welcoming the 70-80 folks who showed up
Jen Knight-Levine and Jim Derick opened the gathering welcoming the 70-80 folks who showed up


Rev Kathy McAdams and Rev Eric Cherry provided a moment of reflection

Rev Kathy McAdams and Rev Eric Cherry jointly provided a moment of reflection
Rev Kathy McAdams and Rev Eric Cherry jointly provided a moment of reflection

Kathy Truitt told the story of her and her son's struggles and how it empowers her to this day.

Kathy Truitt told the story of her and her son's struggles
Kathy Truitt told the story of her and her son's struggles

The group took a brief candle light walk on the Common to the Veterans Walkway for a final prayer.

a brief candle light walk on the Common to the Veterans Walkway for a final prayer
a brief candle light walk on the Common to the Veterans Walkway for a final prayer

For me, the one photo that tells the story of the evening and the constant struggle.

the one photo that tells the story of the evening and the constant struggle
the one photo that tells the story of the evening and the constant struggle


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Three children, two families, one night of mourning

It seemed most of Franklin was in mourning Friday evening. Walking to the Town Common for the Monroe Family vigil, the line of folks paying their respects for the McGrath Family wound through the parking lot to the sidewalk at the Ginley Funeral Home.

In the Franklin Federated Church parking lot, several media trucks were parked motors running, antennas reaching up and out.

High St was blocked off and the Franklin Police detail were assisting with directing traffic.

The bandstand was lit and drew folks from all sides towards it. As you approached, you could pick up a candle. Individuals, couples, families all flowed towards the bandstand forming a rather quiet circle. Small conversations occurred as neighbors met, or introductions were made.


candlelight
candlelight

When the notice was given, one light was quietly and effectively passed from candle to candle until all the candles were lit. A single guitar cast its notes into the evening.




Many of the Franklin Interfaith Council were present and each took a turn leading the group in a prayer or reflection.  A singer step up to perform "Amazing Grace"

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
amazing grace
amazing grace



The children were called to gather to assist in the balloon release. The bunches of balloons tied to the railings around the bandstand were distributed. A couple released early one at a time, finding the night sky. Most did hold a good grip until the time was right to release them as the singer performed  "Over the Rainbow"

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true

balloon release
balloon release

There was a pause as two larger lanterns were put together and the family moved from one side of the bandstand to the other to assist in their release.. The lanterns quietly flew into the night heading towards Pleasant/Lincoln St until then joined the other star lights in the sky.




Additional ways to provide support are listed here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/01/supportpossible-in-many-ways.html

As more are announced they will be shared here and on Facebook

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Important Information re: Vigil Friday



From: "Neighbor Brigade" FranklinMA@neighborbrigade.org
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:56:29 AM
Subject: Important Information re: Vigil Friday


Hello again,

We received an email of concern about Friday nights vigil and a wake happening at the same time down the street from the common for a loss in the McGrath family.  Please be respectfully answering any concerns among your peers and remind others that the Vigil has evolved to bring strength and unity for this family and it is not being facilitated by the Neighbor Brigade.  Below is the note sent to the concerned friend of the McGrath's and she was very positive in this response, Thank you :
Neighbor Brigade has passed on the info and is not the facilitator of this Vigil.

We are a group of community volunteers that are supporting the Monroe's in its right time because of our Mission.

I have received the info for the vigil from a friend of the family that we are connected with and she gave me permission and "encouraged me to spread the word".


It is my understanding that 3 women (names are not necessary) have invited this to happen as a community and they are from the Davis Thayer school where the children belonged.


I hope this helps and I also hope both families can be appropriately and respectfully able to mourn and be allowed opportunity to come together in unity to help these grieving families.


Lastly, I have not received any info about a need to help the McGrath family and just want to let you know that we are sorry for their loss.  Neighbor Brigade is an available resource of volunteers who help families in day to day needs as they grieve and recover.  Please feel free to ask us anymore questions or let me know if there is anything else we can help you with,


Sincerely,

Franklin Neighbor Brigade Leaders



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