Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates

Winter Tournament Seeding Process  

Winter Tournament Seeds Released February 25

WINTER TOURNAMENT SEEDING PROCESS
During the Fall 2022 season the MIAA launched an effort to streamline the production of the final power rankings, and create a smoother process of building and releasing the tournament brackets. These new guidelines once again will be used by sport tournament directors, seeding committees, and MIAA staff for the Winter 2023 postseason in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Ice Hockey and Girls Ice Hockey.

CUTOFF DATE – Thursday, February 23: All regular-season games in Basketball and Hockey must be completed by the end of the night in order to be included in the power rankings, postseason records and qualification requirements.  Scores must be recorded into Arbiter before the end of the night.

WORKING DAY – Friday, February, 24: The season data from Arbiter will be collected by MIAA staff as of the 4 AM report.

By 9 AM, staff will produce and publish a report on MIAA.net with each team's record (broken down by division, listed alphabetically by school), and all schedules and score data as reported to Arbiter throughout the season. No power rankings data will be published at this time.

If there are any changes that need to be made from that point, they must be communicated BY EMAIL to either the MIAA sport-specific liaison or tournament liaison.
BOYS, GIRLS BASKETBALL - Peter Smith - psmith@miaa.net
BOYS, GIRLS HOCKEY - Richard Pearson - rpearson@miaa.net
TOURNAMENT LIAISON - Jim Clark - jclark@miaa.net

Information entered directly into Arbiter will not be valid after 4 AM on the Working Day.

Schools will have 24 hours to report any corrections, and tournament officials/MIAA staff will also have the same 24 hours to track down any missing scores, and make any corrections to the data. Any changes or corrections to existing score data must be verified IN WRITING by both schools.

BRACKET/SEEDING DAY – Saturday, February 25: At 9 AM, the data will be considered FINAL and no more changes will be made. The final data will be used to create the final power rankings, which will be published along with the brackets on the following scheduled release times:

BOYS, GIRLS HOCKEY: 10 AM   &  BOYS, GIRLS BASKETBALL:  1 PM

The initial bracket release will include only matchup information, and brackets subsequently will be updated by tournament directors and MIAA staff with dates, times and sites for individual matchups.
 


MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates
MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates


Friday, February 3, 2023

Urgent: Extreme Cold Temperature Forecast - February 3 - February 5, 2023: Resident Resources

Extreme Cold Temperature Forecast  

February 3 - February 5, 2023: Resident Resources

Massachusetts is predicted to experience potential record breaking cold temperatures and gusty winds Friday, February 3rd through Sunday February 5th, 2023.

Residents are reminded that the Franklin Public Library will be available as a warming center during regular business hours on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

At this time, the Town of Franklin does not anticipate opening an emergency shelter, UNLESS there are widespread power outages in town from the wind. Any updates will be communicated via the official Town of Franklin Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram social media accounts and website. Residents can dial 2-1-1 to find warming centers and emergency shelters near you. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Residents are encouraged to review emergency resources by visiting the Emergency information toolkit located here

Below are some tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for staying safe in extreme cold.

What to do during extreme cold weather:

  • Reduce outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.
  • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your arms, legs, hands and feet. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Follow recommended safety precautions when using space heaters, a fireplace, or a woodstove to heat your home. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated.
  • If you lose heating, move into a single room. At night, cover windows and external doors with extra blankets or sheets.
  • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered in plastic to prevent them from freezing. Let a trickle of warm water run from a faucet to keep water moving through your pipes.
  • If your pipes freeze, open all faucets all the way, remove any insulation, and heat the frozen pipe with a hair dryer or wrap with towels soaked in hot water. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.
  • In the event of a power outage, you may need to take extra precautions or go to an emergency shelter to stay warm.
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for cold-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need extra help.

 

Shared from Town of Franklin -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/extreme-cold-temperature-forecast-february-3rd-february-5th-2023-resident

Urgent: Extreme Cold Temperature Forecast - February 3 - February 5, 2023: Resident Resources
Urgent: Extreme Cold Temperature Forecast - February 3 - February 5, 2023: Resident Resources

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Franklin.TV: "It’s All Chrimsy! Christmas everywhere you look" (video)

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 12/18/2022


The Senior Center’s Christmas Wonderland on Thursday evening was indeed an extravaganza of yuletide cheer, goodies, d├ęcor, music, along with Santa & the Mrs.. Many civic groups decorated themed trees. Christmas creativity was everywhere. One tiny toddler summed it up. It’s all Chrimsy!

Winter wonderland - 12/15/22 - P Fasciano #1
Winter wonderland - 12/15/22 - P Fasciano #1

Winter wonderland - 12/15/22 - P Fasciano #2
Winter wonderland - 12/15/22 - P Fasciano #2

Questions? Call us. 508-541-4118. 
Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching.

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  
 

holiday symbols 2022

Additional photos from the Winter Wonderland can be found in this album


The Winter Wonderland was recorded and is available for replay on your schedule

At about 16 minutes, PE James begins performing Christmas classics 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Do You Have Your Christmas Tree Yet? Fully Decorated Trees auctioned at Franklin Senior Center - Dec 15

Do You Have Your Christmas Tree Yet?
Do You Have Your Christmas Tree Yet?
The Franklin Senior Center will be auctioning off live, fully decorated trees (yes, the ornaments and lights are included) at the Winter Wonderland Event this Thursday!

When: Thursday, Dec. 15 from 4:30 -7 PM
Where: Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel Mccahill St, Franklin

Trees Decorated By: Franklin Police Dept. Franklin Historical Museum, Busy Bees, Garden Club, Veterans

Live Trees Donated By: Bryggs, Hillside & Fairmount

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Winter Wonderland - INSIDE at the Senior Center - Dec 15 (or listen/watch)

Enjoy walking/driving* around the Senior Center to view beautifully decorated trees & lights, visit with Santa, live entertainment, Hot Cocoa & Cookies, and more! 
Free to the public and fun for the whole family-an event you don't want to miss! #winterwonderland #community #lights 
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Walk around Inside the Senior Center  
  • listen via wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM radio dial

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Driving


* changed to interior event only due to the weather forecast for Thursday evening.

Franklin Senior Center schedules Winter Wonderland - Dec 15
Franklin Senior Center schedules Winter Wonderland - Dec 15

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Franklin Recycling Center Hours begin their Winter schedule (no Tuesdays)

Winter Hours

The winter hours of operation for the Recycling Center are now in effect.

  • Fridays 9-3
  • Saturdays 9-3
  • Sundays 8-1

- Franklin Environmental Affairs

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste/news/recycling-center-hours-0

For more on solid waste, trash and recycling -> https://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste

Beaver St. Recycling Center Open for Winter Hours
Beaver St. Recycling Center Open for Winter Hours (no Tuesdays)

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Franklin Senior Center schedules Winter Wonderland - Dec 15

Franklin Senior Center (@FranklinSrCntr) tweeted Fri, Dec 02, 2022:

Enjoy driving/walking around the Senior Center to view beautifully decorated trees & lights, visit with Santa, live entertainment, Hot Cocoa & Cookies, and more! 
Free to the public and fun for the whole family-an event you don't want to miss! #winterwonderland #community #lights 

Shared from Twitter -> https://t.co/wKyz0iL1vB

Franklin Senior Center schedules Winter Wonderland - Dec 15
Franklin Senior Center schedules Winter Wonderland - Dec 15

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Volunteers needed to help with the Winter Decorating Nov 19 - Maybe that is something you can do?


WINTER DECORATING
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Winter Decorating Nov 19
Winter Decorating Day has been scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 19. Volunteers are needed to help install wreaths, bows and greenery. Please email Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com if you are able to help dress up the downtown for the holidays!

Winter Decorating Nov 19
Franklin Downtown Partnership | 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Prepare for winter weather emergencies while avoiding scams






Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Terri Miller

Scammers don't hibernate in the winter. Just like you, they're watching the weather reports and preparing for storms — and they're counting on catching you unawares.

Read more -> https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2022/10/prepare-winter-weather-emergencies-while-avoiding-scams




Prepare for winter weather emergencies while avoiding scams
Prepare for winter weather emergencies while avoiding scams

Sunday, September 25, 2022

State Rep Jeff Roy outlines help available for high energy costs this winter


"I am sure you have been hearing and reading about increased energy costs. In summary, due to high natural gas and oil prices stemming from the Russia-Ukrainian war and other factors, heating and electricity utility bills will dramatically increase this winter.  To help you manage these steep increases, my office has compiled a list of resources that can help.  In addition, the Baker-Polito Administration is consulting with the federal government to create a winter heating plan, which we will share once available.   

It is important to keep in mind that our overreliance on natural gas to both heat our homes and serve as a fuel for electricity generation has made Massachusetts vulnerable to price swings.  In current and previous sessions, the Legislature has directed the state to contract and prepare the grid for large amounts of offshore wind and other clean energy resources in an effort to reduce this overreliance and mitigate climate change impacts.  While the benefits of these future projects will not impact this winter’s heating season, once online, they will help stabilize utility bill prices while also providing economic benefits and transitioning us to the Commonwealth’s clean energy future. 

The following resources are available, should you need them.   

Utility payment plans 
Massachusetts’ investor-owned utilities offer flexible payment plans, regardless of income, and potential balance forgiveness.  Enrolling in a payment plan can protect constituents against shutoffs for up to 12 months with most utility companies.  Please refer to the list at the bottom of this post for information to contact your utility.*   

Income-eligible assistance programs 
For customers with a household income not greater than 60 percent of the state median income, Massachusetts utilities offer a discount on a customer’s total utility bill as well as individualized payment plans known as arrearage management plans (AMPs) where a customer can have some or all of their outstanding balance forgiven.*  These customers can also apply at any time throughout the winter season for fuel assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Community action agencies can help walk constituents through the process of applying and answer any questions they may have.   

Constituents between 60 to 80 percent of the state median income are encouraged to see if they qualify for financial help from the Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Winter heating shutoff protections 
You are protected by Massachusetts law (MGL c.164, § 124F) from having your gas or electric utilities shutoff from November 15, 2022, to March 15, 2023 if those services are used for heating.  Constituents will still be responsible for any unpaid bills when the shutoff ends.  The Attorney General’s office encourages customers to enroll in a utility payment plan, which also provides shutoff protections, and avoids accumulating debt.  As stated above, most utilities offer payment plans for up to 12 months. 

Energy efficiency audit 
The nation-leading Mass Save energy efficiency programs run by the Massachusetts investor-owned utilities can provide constituents with information about how to reduce their energy use.  This should lead to lower bills over time.  In addition, income-eligible customers can participate in Mass Save’s low-income offering, known as the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network.*   

Municipal aggregation programs 
Constituents in communities with active municipal aggregation programs may consider switching from their electric company to the aggregation.  The long-term electricity contracts used in these programs, typically set for three years’ time, result in stabilized electricity costs that are not subject to the same short-term price fluctuations (although upon program renewal, prices may increase). We encourage all communities to consider whether municipal aggregation is a good fit for them moving forward.    

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions or concerns and stay safe and warm this winter season! "

For the utility information you can find that at https://jeffreyroy.com/2022/09/24/help-with-high-energy-costs-this-winter/

For the Franklin National Grid customers who are part of Municipal Aggregation, there is no increase. Our contract price is not affect by this rate change.

For more about Franklin's Municipal Aggregation program, visit the town page  https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/municipal-aggregation

Franklin's Municipal Aggregation program
Franklin's Municipal Aggregation program

Friday, July 29, 2022

Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!

Youth Basketball Association at Downtown Sports!

Dear Basketball Families,

Downtown Sports would like to welcome you to one of our newest winter offering, the Youth Basketball Association for players in Grades K-4

To improve outcomes for players in basketball we surveyed parents, listened to coaches one-on-one, and facilitated focus groups on improving results on the court.

From this collaborative work we created the Youth Basketball Association which we feel can provide an alternative for families looking for more engagement and growth.

Some Highlights of the YBA...

  • Program runs from late November to Early March.
  • Provides one weekly, weekday Targeted Training Session (Practice) which will be facilitated by a lead coach and supported by your child's head coach. This will always be on the same day and time.
  • Game modifications utilized based on best-practice for the grades/grade-spans we service. Ex. Size of Ball, Rim Height.
  • Game Times (Saturday's) always at the same time each week.
  • Professional Development for our Head and Assistant Coaches and an expectation of teaching the same skills so all players are provided a guaranteed curriculum. 
  • Supplemental Training option on Friday afternoons focused on dribbling and/or shooting. 
  • A Travel Team Option (Grades 2-3)
  • A per hour cost rate that is similar to other area programs which includes a team pinnie and all weekly practices/games.

Our Divisions include:

  • Kindergarten Co-ed
  • 1st/2nd Boys
  • 1st/2nd Girls
  • 3rd/4th Boys
  • 3rd/4th Girls
  • Travel 2nd Boys for players who demonstrate grade-level proficiency in basketball
  • Travel 2nd/3rd Girls  for players who demonstrate grade-level proficiency in basketball

To Register, please click here. Once at the page view by category and scroll down to Winter Basketball. 

If you have any other questions regarding this new Winter Basketball Program do not hesitate to reach out to the Coaches at Downtown Sports

Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!
Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!

Where is Downtown Sports? 240 Cottage St, Franklin
Visit their webpage -> https://www.downtownsports.net/

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm

1 - Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25)

2 - Parking ban in effect 2/25/22 from 1:00 AM to 8 PM 

Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm
Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm

Shared from https://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste/news/curbside-trash-and-recycling-will-be-picked-saturday-226-instead-friday


Saturday, December 18, 2021

FHS Chorus and Orchestra Winter Concert - Dec 1, 2021 (video)

Did you miss the concert? Now, you can catch up to view it via video.

"FHS Chorus and Orchestra Winter Concert, December 1, 2021  @FranklinHSMusic @FHSPantherbook @FranklinPSNews @FranklinHS"
https://t.co/h6smTFldAt   or  https://youtu.be/bzC_IG1rpoU
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/fhspanthertv/status/1471890925953638402


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season


"This #MIAA memo regarding Winter Masking guidelines was recently sent to schools. #patience #understanding #OneTeamOneMIAA" 

 Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/LZBxAHutWu

MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season
MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Franklin Historical Museum - Winter Hours Reminder

As the days grow shorter and colder the museum has switched to our Winter schedule. 

We’re open weekends only, Saturday mornings 10AM-1PM and Sunday afternoons 1PM-4PM.  

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and visit our website Franklinmuseum1778.com for event schedules and updates. We are ADA compliant and admission is always free.

Franklin Historical Museum - Winter Hours Reminder
Franklin Historical Museum - Winter Hours Reminder


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Volunteers needed for Winter decorating, maybe you can help!


Franklin Downtown Partnership
WINTER DECORATING
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed for Winter decorating, maybe you can help!
Winter Decorating Day has been scheduled for Sat., Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help install wreaths, bows and greenery. Please email Eileen Mason at emason4234@gmail.com if you are able to help dress up the downtown for the holidays!

Franklin Downtown Partnership | 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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