Friday, July 24, 2020

“I personally have experienced a lifetime of insults, racism and sexism”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women” whose adherents include President Donald Trump. 
A day after rejecting an offer of contrition from Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., for his language during this week’s Capitol steps confrontation, Ocasio-Cortez and more than a dozen colleagues cast the incident as all-too-common behavior by men, including Trump and other Republicans. 
“This issue is not about one incident. It is cultural,” said Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. She called it a culture “of accepting a violence and violent language against women, an entire structure of power that supports that.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20200723/ocasio-cortez-dems-assail-mens-abusive-treatment-of-women?rssfeed=true

Video link from C-SPAN = https://youtu.be/LI4ueUtkRQ0




Thursday, July 23, 2020

FM #316 - Franklin (MA) Fire Department Promotion Ceremony (audio)

FM #316 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 316 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin (MA) Fire Department Promotion Ceremony held on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. This is the next step in the department's reorganization plan put together by Chief James J McLaughlin. Links to earlier updates are in the shown notes.

The ceremony runs just about 45 minutes, so let’s listen to Fire Department Promotion Ceremony.

Note the actual swearing in language is hard to hear however all the announcements for the pinning is loud and clear.  Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HNh5LkNK




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The program and photos from the event
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/07/franklin-fire-department-promotional.html

Chief McLaughlin interview in March 2020
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/04/fm-233-fire-chief-james-mclaughlin.html

FinCom budget hearing May 2020
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/05/finance-committee-recap-budget-hearing.html

Town Council budget hearing June 2020
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/06/real-time-reporting-town-council-budget.html

Town Council votes to remove Fire Dept from Civil Service in Jan 2020 (requires legislative approval)
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/01/fire-dept-removed-from-civil-service.html


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FM #316 - Franklin (MA) Fire Department Promotion Ceremony (audio)
FM #316 - Franklin (MA) Fire Department Promotion Ceremony (audio)

Dream Come True: A Magical Night of Disney Classics with Christopher Rice & Clay Thomson

THE BLACK BOX Summer Concert Series presents Christopher Rice and Clay Thomson in Dream Come True: A Magical Night of Disney Classics on Saturday, July 25! Sponsored by Dean Bank

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students/Seniors.

Tickets are no longer available online for this show. Tickets must be reserved in table groupings. Please call 508-528-3370 for tickets.
https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1388&month=07&year=2020

 A Magical Night of Disney Classics with Christopher Rice & Clay Thomson
 A Magical Night of Disney Classics with Christopher Rice & Clay Thomson

Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM




Don White and special guests
View this email in your browser
Don White online show
July 23 7 PM Donations
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse presents an online concert by Don White, on Thursday, July 23rd at 7 PM to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. http://www.donwhite.net/

This Zoom event will be interactive – meaning that Don and the audience will be able to hear laughter and applause as it happens. At the end of the show, there will be an after party. Special guests Peter Yarrow and John Gorka will join him and perform!  Franklin's Jamie Barrett will open the show with one song.

If you want to be in the interactive Zoom concert use this access information.
Go to www.Zoom.com and “Join Meeting”
Meeting ID: 825 8331 9277
Password: 646619

You may also view the show on YouTube please go to https://youtu.be/Zwoc7dXhnpU

There is no fee but donations will be accepted and benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.

PayPal : https://www.paypal.me/donwhitefolk
Venmo: @DonWhiteFolk
Or you may mail a check to Circle of Friends, PO Box 21, Franklin, MA 02038
Upcoming Online Shows
Aug 8       Peter Yarrow
Sep 12     John Gorka

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA                                         

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Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM
Don White online concert to benefit Franklin Food Pantry - July 23 - 7 PM


Franklin Fire Department Promotional Ceremony

Promotional Ceremony
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
4:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM

Franklin Fire Headquarters
40 West Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038

Processional
Lt. Scott Keefe, Milford Fire Department
Bag Pipes ~ Worcester Fire Brigade

Performing the National Anthem
Liz Cassidy, fellow Town Employee & Vocalist

Invocation
Chaplain Rick Marcoux

Greeting
Deputy Chief James P. Klich

Speakers
Fire Chief James J. McLaughlin
Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator

Promotions & Pinning Ceremony

Benediction
Chaplain Rick Marcoux


... Honorees ...

Battalion Chief Charles Allen 
Battalion Chief Thomas Carlucci 
Battalion Chief Keith Darling 
Battalion Chief Steven Sims

Captain William Blanchard
Captain Thomas Konieczny
Captain Sean Lovely
Captain Kevin Marshall

Lieutenant Paul Molla
Lieutenant Laurie Roy
Lieutenant David Smith

Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Voss

A copy of the program can be found
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f9AmWtMnBVashlWAs5cFhiA_7xV6R8hL/view?usp=sharing

Photos from the ceremony can be found in the following album
https://1drv.ms/a/s!AiZyV6NyMWgnhqhqC9yQkR7loijgGQ

Or on Flickr here  https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPAkXSr

Franklin Fire Department Promotional Ceremony
Franklin Fire Department Promotional Ceremony

Rockland Trust’s Affiliated Charitable Foundations announce more than $200,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Rockland Trust’s two affiliated charitable foundations (Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc.) announced combined giving of more than $200,000 to 40 local organizations providing services to at-risk populations during the second quarter of 2020. The $200,000 of affiliated foundation second quarter giving was in addition to $460,000 of donations made by the foundations during the second quarter of 2020 to support pandemic relief efforts.

During the second quarter of 2020 the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation provided support to 25 organizations including;

  • The Brockton Visiting Nurse Association: An organization based out of Brockton, MA that provides innovative and cost effective health care services in home.
  • The S.E.A.L. Foundation: A Plymouth County organization that creates and funds educational and social opportunities in non-public school and camp settings for students who learn differently in order to ensure they maximize their potential.
  • The Brockton Together Fund: A collaborative effort between the City of Brockton, the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley that will provide direct resources for emergency assistance and expanded food distribution to the most economically vulnerable populations in Brockton.

The Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation provided support to 15 organizations during the second quarter of 2020 including;

  • Franciscan Children’s Hospital: A pediatric post-acute hospital located in Brighton, MA where children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs receive specialized care whom are committed to excellence, innovation and family support.
  • Horace Mann Educational Associates: A Norfolk County based organizations that supports, teaches and empowers adults with developmental disabilities and their families to live a meaningful life of their choice.

“We were thrilled to provide grants to these incredible organizations, all of which have a tremendous positive impact on the individuals and communities they serve,” said Edward Seksay, President and Chair of both the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the Rockland Trust – Blue Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc. “By assisting these non-profits we hope to help provide our communities with the services they need to flourish.”

Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations focus on giving that supports affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, health and human services and youth programs.

For more information about the organizations who have received funding from the affiliated foundations please visit, RocklandTrust.com.

ROCKLAND TRUST CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc. became affiliated with Rockland Trust in 2009 and has contributed more than $7 million dollars to non-profit organizations.

ROCKLAND TRUST- BLUE HILLS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.

The Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc. became affiliated with Rockland Trust in 2019 and has contributed more than $6.8 million dollars to non-profit organizations.

ROCKLAND TRUST

Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: INDB) is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Named in 2019 to The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list for the 11th consecutive year, Rockland Trust offers a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services. Rockland Trust serves businesses and individuals through more than 95 retail branches, commercial and residential lending centers, and investment management offices in eastern Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, the South Shore, the Cape, and Islands, as well as in Worcester County and Rhode Island. The Bank also offers a full suite of mobile, online, and telephone banking services. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing Lender. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®,” please visit RocklandTrust.com.

Rockland Trust’s Affiliated Charitable Foundations announce more than $200,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations
Rockland Trust’s Affiliated Charitable Foundations announce more than $200,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Planning Board: Public Hearing - Mixed Business Innovation Zone - 5 Fisher, 29 Hayward Sts

In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a Remote Public on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7:10 PM, for a Site Plan application at 5 Fisher Street and 29 Hayward St in Franklin, MA prepared by Farland Corporation, New Bedford, MA, Inc. and submitted to the Department of Planning & Community Development by K Fisher RE Services, LLC, 69 Milk St, Westborough, MA 01581.

The property is located in the MBI Zoning District (Assessors Map 278 Lot 016) on Fisher and Hayward Streets. The purpose of the Site Plan modification is to allow non- woven materials be produced at 29 Hayward Street.

Please note: This will be your only written notice of this public hearing. All future Public Hearings on this matter, will be posted on the Planning Board’s website under Agendas.

This meeting will be done remotely via “ZOOM” platform. Residents can view the Town Website and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on access to the meeting.

Please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at (508) 520- 4907 if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.

Copies of the plan and supporting documentation may be reviewed in the Department of Planning & Community Development during regular office hours.

Anthony Padula, Chairman

Planning Board: Public Hearing - Mixed Business Innovation Zone - 5 Fisher, 29 Hayward Sts
Planning Board: Public Hearing - Mixed Business Innovation Zone - 5 Fisher, 29 Hayward Sts


DESE guidance for school re-opening planning on Transportation and Facilities/Operations

New guidance just released by DESE for school re-opening planning.


Transportation

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uDU352EwOD12AtjP71zvgOnkniqgV0VY/view?usp=sharing




Facilities and Operations

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11uD1Qqh6nfF1_bOLrZKysfSvd55aHVTA/view?usp=sharing



DESE guidance for school re-opening planning on Transportation and Facilities/Operations
DESE guidance for school re-opening planning on Transportation and Facilities/Operations

Community Outreach Hearing: Proposed Marijuana Establishment - Aug 6

Community Outreach Hearing

Subject: Proposed Marijuana Establishment
Date: 8/6/2020
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting Web Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87564277718
Zoom Access Information Dial in #: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 875 6427 7718
Zoom meeting instructions: To join the online community outreach meeting enter the above listed web address into the address bar at the top of your internet browser. Then follow the listed instructions on the provided website. Or you can dial in using the phone number and meeting ID provided.

Presentation Information

Presented by: PharmaCannis Massachusetts Inc (dba Verilife)
Proposed address for the retail marijuana establishment: 164 Grove St Franklin, MA 02038
Questions can submitted prior to the hearing by email: MAOutreach@PharmaCann.com
★ There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions
★ The meeting will be recorded for replay on local cable access or other broadcast means at the host community’s discretion.


For the site plan and application on the Planning Board page
https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/pages/164-grove-street

For additional info on the company, visit their web page   https://www.verilife.com/ma

From the Cannabis Control Commission
https://mass-cannabis-control.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MPL-EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-PHARMACANNIS-v3.pdf



Note: This had been scheduled previously and is now rescheduled for this date/time
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/07/franklin-residents-community-outreach.html

In the News: "Those timelines can be vitally important"

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest for Franklin: (Franklin is one of the districts found non-compliant)

"As a former school committee member with more than a decade of experience advocating for twin sons with special needs, Jennifer Curran is not used to feeling powerless in dealing with schools. 
But when school officials in her small western Massachusetts town of Granby presented Curran in May with a document requesting that she relinquish federally protected rights for her sons’ special education services during school closures, Curran assumed it was part of a new, and troubling, pandemic reality. She signed the paperwork. 
“I felt like I had no choice,” she said. 
Now, the state says Granby and at least 10 other Massachusetts school districts, including Beverly, Malden, and Norfolk, violated state and federal special education laws by asking parents this spring to absolve school districts of key special education responsibilities, including, in some cases, the provision of vital services (such as speech therapy and one-on-one reading help), and, in others, the requirement to follow a strict timeline governing how quickly a child must be assessed for a disability and provided an instruction plan."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/22/metro/dozens-massachusetts-districts-faulted-asking-parents-sign-away-special-education-rights/

In the News: "Those timelines can be vitally important"
In the News: "Those timelines can be vitally important"

COVID-19 Immunology 101 for Non-immunologists.(video)

"In collaboration with BioRender, Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, explores COVID-19 Immunology 101 for Non-immunologists."

About BioRender:
BioRender is the easy-to-use science illustration tool that’s quickly becoming a staple in academic institutions and labs around the world! You can access the program for free at https://biorender.com/

Video link =https://youtu.be/jeN8v5I5VNA



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 Town Council Meeting Postponed

Town Council Meeting Postponed

Good evening Franklin,

Unfortunately tonight's (July 22, 2020) Town Council meeting will need to be postponed until next Wednesday July 29th, due to technical difficulties with the live stream. We apologize for any inconvenience. We feel postponing was the best option to allow for citizens engagement. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

July 22, 2020 Town Council Meeting Postponed
July 22, 2020 Town Council Meeting Postponed

Sidewalk Sale! Franklin Federated Church Friday, July 24, 12-5

Franklin Federated Church at 171 Main Street is in the process of renovating and upgrading its dining room and kitchen. On Friday, July 24 from 12-5, as a result of intense cleaning and purging of the cabinets, church members will set up tables at the church containing silverware, utensils, dishes, glassware, etc.

The public is invited to peruse the items, take what they want, and make a goodwill donation. 

  • No pricing, no money exchanging hands. 
  • No direct social contact needed but some masked, friendly conversation always welcome.


Sidewalk Sale! Franklin Federated Church Friday, July 24, 12-5
Sidewalk Sale! Franklin Federated Church Friday, July 24, 12-5

THE BLACK BOX: Ali Funkhouser: I Only Wanna Laugh - July 23

THE BLACK BOX Summer Concert Series presents Ali Funkhouser: I Only Wanna Laugh sponsored by Dean Bank on Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 pm!

Join Ali Funkhouser, pianist Raye Lynn Mercer & violinist Irina Fainkichen for an evening of musical shenanigans with music from Sondheim to Whitney Houston!

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students/Alumni/Seniors.

Get tickets online
https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=1375&month=07&year=2020

THE BLACK BOX: Ali Funkhouser: I Only Wanna Laugh - July 23
THE BLACK BOX: Ali Funkhouser: I Only Wanna Laugh - July 23

Concerts on the Common: Friday, July 24

The Franklin Farmers Market update:
"Franklin's Concerts on the Common start this Friday! This week's concert starts at 5 PM so come early and do some shopping at the market."

Friday, July 24
5 - 6:30 PM = "Pub Kings"
6:30 - 8:00 PM = "Frank Padula Band"
8:15 PM - Movie Night = "Toy Story #4"

Follow the Franklin Farmers Market on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinFarmersMarketMA/photos/a.562064507186871/3379373718789255/?type=3&theater

Concerts on the Common: Friday, July 24
Concerts on the Common: Friday, July 24