Monday, April 13, 2020

Recent Franklin Matters Radio shows

Recent Franklin Matters Radio shows, or podcasts.... from April 1 to April 11. This is a listing from Google Podcasts.You can also find this show on iTunes and other podcast apps.

You can also find some of the shows on
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Available episodes

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Special Easter fun from the Franklin Police Dept

Thanks to the Franklin Police Dept for a little fun to share today!

checking in
checking in

vehicle check
vehicle check

ready to roll
ready to roll

LiveARTS: Michael Lewin plays a free concert from his home - Apr 19


Don't miss the
final concert
of our
2019-20 season!

Internationally acclaimed
concert pianist

Michael Lewin

has graciously agreed
to perform
 from his home
on Zoom!

Sunday April 19 at 3 p.m.
Please join us for
this free online concert
using this link:

Michael Lewin Concert

You can download Zoom
using this link:

Download Zoom
Pianist Michael Lewin brings his artistry to our LiveARTS audience in a SPECIAL ZOOM EVENT. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, he will perform that composers's Variations in C Minor. He will also perform music of Chopin and Debussy. He will share his insights into the music he plays, and will open up the event to a Q & A with audience members.
Michael Lewin
Michael Lewin
Michael Lewin is one of America's most active and popular concert pianists, having played for audiences in more than 30 countries. His career was launched with victories in several international piano competitions. His numerous recordings have won a Grammy Award and a Round Glass Music Award. Mr. Lewin is Professor and Head of Piano at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Director of Classical Music for Ethos Music in China. He is a Julliard School graduate. His teachers included Leon Fleisher, Yvonne Lefebure, Adele Marcus and Irwin Freundlich.
This is a free concert. If you have bought a ticket for the concert on April 19, please consider making a gift of the purchase price to LiveARTS. If you would like a refund, please call 774-571-7920 to make arrangements.
Thank you!
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FM #244 Town Administrator Jamie Hellen "Talks Franklin" 4/10/20 (audio)

FM #244 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 244 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Jamie Hellen, Franklin Town Administrator and Anne Marie Tracey, Marketing and Communication Specialist. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Given the dynamic changes we are seeing during this pandemic period, we are shifting this call and show format to a weekly schedule.

We talked about the decision to follow the DPH guidelines and not to report COVID-19 locally. The Town is reporting through the proper channels and the State DPH reports on the overall total and at the County level but not locally. We get into some of the pros and cons of this discussion item.

We talk about the Beaver St recycling center that after being open for yard waste only on Easter weekend is returning to a ‘closed’ status at least until May 4. Other topics include participation in local or at least area blood drives, the School Committee has a meeting Tuesday, and the Town Council has their next session scheduled for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 15.

Among the topics on the agenda are the Community Preservation Act, a public hearing on another in the series of plot line clean ups, the discussion on the solid waste fee increase proposed for July 1, 2020. The full agenda and documents for the Town Council meeting are linked to in the show notes.

The recording runs about 44 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Ann Marie. Audio file =


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FM #244 Town Administrator Jamie Hellen "Talks Franklin"  4/10/20 (audio)
FM #244 Town Administrator Jamie Hellen "Talks Franklin"  4/10/20 (audio)

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - April 15, 2020

Meeting Date: April 15, 2020

A NOTE TO RESIDENTS: Due to the growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we will be conducting a remote/virtual Town Council Meeting. In an effort to ensure citizen engagement and comply with open meeting law regulations, citizens will be able to dial into the meeting using the provided phone number (Cell phone or Landline Required) OR citizens can participate by clicking on the attached link (Phone, Computer, or Tablet required). The attached link and phone number will be active for the duration of the meeting for citizens to ask questions/voice concerns.

Link to access meeting: April 15, 2020 Town Council Meeting Link (Editors Note: the link should be password protected for the safety of all participants and to ensure the uninterrupted conduct of business; as it is not (yet), you'll need to go to the Town of Franklin page to access the link)
 -- Then click “Open Zoom” 

Call-In Phone Number: Call 1-929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID # 701 131 488

a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.

a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
a. March 19, 2020
b. February 12, 2020

- None Scheduled

- None Scheduled

6. HEARINGS - 7:10 PM
a. Zoning Map Changes on or Near Pleasant, Chestnut, and Brook Streets

a. Dean College: New Section 12 All Alcoholic Beverages License, Located at 135 Emmons Street, Franklin, MA.

a. Coronavirus Updates
b. Community Preservation Act (CPA)

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee


Zoning Bylaw Amendment 20-853: Zoning Map Changes on or Near Pleasant, Chestnut, and Brook Streets - First Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 20-853 to a second reading - Majority Vote)


Resolution 20-19: Solar Authorization - Maple Street Bellingham (Motion to approve Resolution 20-19 - Majority Vote)


Bylaw Amendment 20-857: Chapter 82, Trash and Recycling Fee Increase - First Reading (Motion to move Bylaw Amendment 20-857 to a second reading - Majority Vote)

- None Scheduled


Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting

The full agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin page

The agenda can also be found in one LARGE PDF file (~59MB - can take time to download)

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - April 15, 2020
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - April 15, 2020

Enter the Town of Franklin Trails & Walking Paths Drawing

"It's going to be a beautiful weekend! Find some time to get outside (safely, of course!) & check some Franklin Trails & Walking Paths off your list! 
We are holding a drawing to win a free rain barrel! Find the details & a link to our new trails website here"
Shared from Twitter:

This section of the SNETT trail you can get to from the Lake St parking area
This section of the SNETT trail you can get to from the Lake St parking area

Storywalk at DelCarte (photo slideshow)

A fun Storywalk is up at DelCarte! Enjoy the sunshine!

And if you haven't made it there yet, you can visit it virtually with this photo slideshow

Spring 2020 - StoryWalk

Photo taken in the rain on Weds 4/08/20
Photo taken in the rain on Weds 4/08/20

Marc Berger: "Reason and a Rhyme" (video)

Marc Berger came to the Franklin Public Library a couple of years ago (Feb 2018) and has composed/released this new song for the times we find ourselves in.

For more of Marc 's work:


Skies begin to blacken
Streets are out of tune
When you’re down and draggin’
Railing at the moon
When you fear your weary heart won’t stand another blow
Keep in mind these simple lines and they will lead you home

So don’t you cry, you’ll get by
If you just keep the faith
For all the love you’re dreaming of
Comes to those who wait
And every song you pass along
Will return someday
There’s a reason and a rhyme a
And answers on the way

Feel the gentle rhythm
Sweep across the land
All our sins forgiven
Soil and the sand
Like the wild and raging river rushing for the sea
Bends and winds so many times before it’s finally free