Saturday, June 26, 2021

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast June 25, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar 

Link to Franklin Matters - and 

Link to the Town's webpage -

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 

"Morning Glory" at Yellowstone National Park


How to shop online and not get ripped off 

Tips for caregivers of people living with dementia: Meaningful home activities: 


The power of music on memory 

I put hammers on a piano 

Just for Fun

Sankaty Head Lighthouse Tour 

Baby sugar glider learns how to glide 

Tour Hershey's Chocolate World! 


Funny kids high on anesthesia 

Grandparents are exhausting Cam Bertrand 

Kindness Matters

Random acts of kindness 

Upcoming Events 


10:00- Asian Mah Jong

1:00- American Mah Jong

1:00- Chair Volleyball

1:15- Movie Matinee

6:00- Cribbage


9:00- Cribbage

9:30- Busy Bees

9:30- Low Impact w/ Shirley Mae

1:00- Bingo

1:00- Cribbage Instruction

1:00 Quilting

1:00 Audio Book Club (PHONE)

5:30 Quarantini Time (ZOOM) 


8:30- 12:00- Wellness RN 

9:45- Chair Yoga

10:00- Knitting

10:00- Scrabble

1:00- Chair Volleyball

1:00- Line Dancing

1:00- Senior Scribblers


9:00- Cribbage

9:30- Busy Bees

9:30- Low Impact w/ Shirley Mae

10:00- Discussion Group

12:30- Painting Space

1:00- Bingo


10:00- Woodcarving

11:00 Sunshine Club (ZOOM)

12:00 T.O.P. S

1:00- Pokeno

Attached you will find Donna's Fun Filled Activity Pages

Happy Summer!


Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Boston Globe: "Warning of a coming ‘Egg-mageddon,’ Mass. lawmakers move to alter animal welfare ballot measure passed in 2016"

"The cracks started appearing a few years after Massachusetts voters in 2016 approved a ballot initiative that effectively mandated that all eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens.

The law, backed by nearly 8 of 10 voters, was pushed by top animal welfare groups in order to create what they argued were more humane standards for animals.

Now, warning of an “Egg-mageddon” — a severe egg shortage that would send prices spiking — lawmakers are moving to change the measure before it goes into effect in 2022. The proposal would reduce the floor space requirements for hens housed in facilities where they are able to move vertically, a change supporters argue would bring Massachusetts in line with a standard developed over the last five years. The effort has the support of both the egg industry, which largely opposed the 2016 reforms, and animal welfare groups that spent millions to pass them, including the Humane Society of the United States."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Milford Daily News: Franklin Police left Civil Service, part of a trend

"When Thomas Lynch took over as Franklin police chief in 2016, the department had no female officers.

Since then, Lynch has hired six of them, which he said offers a much-needed diversity to the police department.
He was able to do it easier because Franklin does not use Civil Service, a method that he said limits candidates available to a department to two or three candidates instead of a wide pool.

“I wanted experienced female officers,” said Lynch. “We can gear our tests to what we want in Franklin.”
Chief Lynch speaks to @milforddaily about leaving Civil Service for hiring of police officers, and the advantages it brings.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Update From Waste Management ~ Friday, June 25

Update From Waste Management ~ Friday, June 25

Update from Waste Management for Friday, June 25:

Recycling: All of yesterday's and today's pick-ups will be complete by the end of today.

Trash: Thursday's route and at least 50% of Friday's route will be completed today. If your trash is not picked up today, please leave your barrel out, Waste Management is planning to pick it up tomorrow (Saturday). Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Shared from the Town of Franklin page

Update From Waste Management ~ Friday, June 25
Update From Waste Management ~ Friday, June 25

Franklin's Event Outlook: Jun 25 - July 1, 2021

Farmers Market opens today but not next Friday due to the 4th of July celebration taking over the Town Common beginning Wednesday, June 30. The Zajac Brothers perform at THE BLACK BOX Friday night. Be a Match for Gigi on Saturday.

Friday, June 25
"Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
1:00pm  - Book Sale
2:00pm - Farmers Market
3:30pm - Kids craft activity by Library Youth Services
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
8:00pm - Zajac Brothers @ THE BLACK BOX

Saturday, June 26
 "Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
9:00am - Be the Match for Gigi
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
8:00pm - Studio Two (fund raiser for HMEA)

Sunday, June 27
"Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Monday, June 28
"Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Tuesday, June 29
"Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
9:00am - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
12:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
6:00pm - Pamela Hines – Jazz Journey
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)

Wednesday, June 30
 "Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
10:00am - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/ Kim
1:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
6:00pm - 4th July: carnival rides
6:00pm - Broadway in Franklin (Video on Demand)
6:00pm - 4th July: Matt Zajac (solo acustic)
7:00pm - "The Wonderful World of Wine" – Mark/Kim
7:30pm - Let’s Laugh Today is Free on ZOOM!
8:00pm - 4th July: Mo Bounce (funk, soul, R&B party)

Thursday, July 1
"Hedgehog Needs a Hug" (story walk)
10:00am - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
11:00am - "Talkin’ the Blues" – Jim/Todd
1:00pm - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
2:00pm - "Talkin’ the Blues" – Jim/Todd
6:00pm - 4th July: carnival rides
6:00pm - 4th July: Attleboro School of Rock
7:00pm - 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node
7:00pm - "Frank’s Music" – Frank Falvey
7:30pm - 4th July: Victory Shot (classic rock)
8:00pm - "Talkin' the Blues!" - Jim/Todd

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district meeting calendar is found
Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Franklin's 4th of July schedule

Franklin 4th of July Celebration

Wednesday, June 30
6-10 pm: Rides and food booths open (WRIST BANDS FROM 6-10PM)
6-7 pm: Matt Zajac (solo acoustic)
8-10 pm: Mo Bounce (Funk, Soul, R&B party band)
Thursday, July 1
6-10 pm: Rides and food booths open (WRIST BANDS FROM 6-10PM)
6-7 pm: Attleboro School of Rock (building musical proficiency through innovation)
7:30-10 pm: Victory Shot (classic rock with a combination of creativity, skills and energy)
Friday, July 2
6-10 pm: Rides and food booths open
8-10 pm: Duppy Conquerors (testimonial to Bob Marley’s spirit and his music)

Saturday, July 3
12-10 pm: Rides and food booths open (WRIST BANDS FROM 12-5PM)
First Annual Franklin Blues Festival: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
2-3:15 pm: Padula Trio Plus One (Franklin’s own playing jazz/blues standards
4-6 pm: Slam Allen Band (blues, soul and R&B to deliver a powerful performance)
6-8 pm: Mike Crandall Band featuring Bruce Bears ( blues & swing music)

Sunday, July 4
12-5 pm: Rides and food booths open (WRIST BANDS FROM 12-5PM)
12-1 pm: Michael Rivelis (solo acoustic)
1:30-3 pm: Granite Brass (bringing spirited music to those who served our country)
3:30-4:30 pm: Jamie Barrett (solo acoustic)
Check July 4th Coalition Facebook page for schedule updates 

Visit the July 4th Coalition page to donate and for other information

Franklin July 4th Coalition 

Franklin's 4th of July schedule
Franklin's 4th of July schedule

FM #570 - Ariel Doggett - This was a blast - 06/17/21 (audio)

FM #570 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 570 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ariel Doggett. Ariel is currently the virtual programs coordinator for the Franklin Senior Center.  

We talk about her transition to virtual program coordinator as COVID-19 hit during 2020. We also talk about how Ariel evolved the programming during the pandemic and now the migration of the Respite and Supportive Day programs back to in person is underway and targeted for September.

The recording runs about 29 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ariel on Thursday, June 17.

Audio file =


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FM #570 - Ariel Doggett - This was a blast - 06/17/21 (audio)
 FM #570 - Ariel Doggett - This was a blast - 06/17/21 (audio)

Recap: Town Council meeting - deserved recognitions made; 2 restaurant alcohol licenses approved; open meeting law complaint received and addressed

Quick Recap:
  • Two sets of recognitions: one for officer Mellor leaving to go to law school; second, for the multiple police and fire personnel from Franklin and Norfolk who responded to the Winter St fire
  • Two restaurant all alcohol licenses issued, one for Sierra Brick Over Pizza, the other for Proof to operate the second floor as a separate restaurant in the same building as Glen Pharma
  • Open meeting complaint received and acknowledged for not approving meeting minutes in the timely manner as required by law; changes being made to adjust process
  • Two transactions to help close out the FY 2021 finances, both about 200K in total and considering these are the adjustments on a over $100+ budget during a pandemic year, the Town did (and does) well managing their budget
  • Veterans Officer Dale Kurtz to retire, replacement to be hired
  • parking bylaw change referred to Planning Board for their review and decision before it comes back to the Council for 2 readings before final vote


As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session


Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album

The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #schcom0608 


Agenda folder ->


Agenda doc (including connection info) ->



  • Getting ready for the Town Council meeting at 7 PM. The agenda doc can be found. #tc0623
  • Dial in info for the session can be found in the image #tc0623
  • Frongillo participating remotely, Dellorco not present in the ViceChair spot. Steve Gilmore talking of the Be The Match for Gigi, link and info shared earlier #tc0623
  • Match entries on Saturday will be entered into a drawing for tickets to a Patriots game when #12 visits this season #tc0623 Citizen commenting on the condition of the Brick School. Unipay payments fee will be waived beginning in July (hurrah!) For bank transfer
  • Paperless payments coming to more payments, fee waivers at 35 cents vs. postage at 55 cents #tc0623 per Kerri Bertone the Treasurer/Collector
  • Officer Mellor leaving Police Dept to go to law school. #tc0623
  • Plaque presented #tc0623
  • Chair Mercer lists the fire and police personnel from Franklin and elsewhere who were involved in the Winter St fire #tc0623 2 min recess to allow for in person recognitions
Annual Appointments
  • Clerk Jones reads the listing of annual appointments to boards and committees #tc0623
  • Motion to approve appointments, second, passes (Kelly also not present during break) (although both are expected some time for the meeting) #tc0623 vote via roll call 7-0-2
License approvals
  • Next up, open meeting complaint about Town Council meetings not approved timely. #tc0623 well handled with response by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
  • "This is petty, of all the things we do, and this is the worse thing to happen?" #tc0623 "I hope Mr Higgins isn't reading my thought bubbles" "A rule is a rule, a law is a law, and we must comply." Attny Cereal recommends an authorized response (vote by council) vote ->
  • Motion and second, via roll call 7-0-2 (2 absent) EDC met last Weds, two discussions, HPP and home based business;
Legislation for action
Town Administrator's Report
  • TA report, will look at the red brick school house, was scheduled for historical tour for CPC #tc0623 job posting to replace Anne Marie Tracey was made, interviews hopefully in July. Looking to fill before Sep. Chrissy will be leaving and part of transition; Alysia ->
  • Will replace Chrissy, backfilling for Chrissy, job posted In council comments, cool story on the 2nd performance of Bright Stars during the storm Sat night. #tc0623 Chair Mercer recognizes that the police and fire personnel come out in good numbers in recognition of some ->
  • That the public may not always be aware of or see,
Executive Session
  • Motion to move to executive session (to return) via roll call 7-0-2 #tc0623
  • They're supposed to come back to open session but that's all for me tonight, catch you next time! #tc0623

Note: I did not wait for their return. Per conversation with Chair Mercer the morning after, one of the two items for the session were in fact brought to a vote, the other was held due to the 2 absent councilors (Dellorco, Kelly)


Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days


The Winter St heroes, Franklin police and fire along with some Norfolk personnel
The Winter St heroes, Franklin police and fire along with some Norfolk personnel

FHS Teams in 3 (yes, three!) D1 sectional finals today

FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) tweeted at 7:34 PM on Thu, Jun 24, 2021:

Busy weekend shaping up Panthers! 
Friday - Girls Lax hosts C-C at 4:30 PM in the East Sect Final. Boys Lax hosts Hingham at 7 PM & Baseball hosts BC High at 7 PM - both South Div 1 Semifinal games. 
Saturday - Track heads to Norwell for the D1 State Meet #LETSGO
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Odd Fellows: Trivia Extravaganza - Aug 1

On August 1, 2021, the public is invited to join the Franklin Odd Fellows for an afternoon of Trivia, fun and good cheer from 2 to 4:30 PM at the Bellingham Sportsman Club at 360 Lake St., Bellingham, MA 02019.

The event will consist of teams of up to ten players with a registration cost of just $10 per person and $15 at the door.  Team pre-registration and pre-payment is strongly encouraged.

After a long and difficult year in 2020 where four Odd Fellows fundraising events were canceled due to Covid-19, William F. Ray Lodge #71 has remained active and continues with the renovation process of the building and with indoor meetings and cookout gatherings in their quaint pine grove back yard.  

This will be our first social event for this year that will help us to continue the longstanding tradition of giving back to our local community - and have a good time while doing it!  The Bellingham Sportsman Club has worked closely with the Bellingham Board of Health and is now following restaurant guidelines for holding public events.  

Get your team of trivia masters together and register today.  Entries at the door will be integrated into whatever teams have space remaining at their tables.  There will be a cash bar available during the event.

Register and prepay:

Download the flyer as a reminder ->  

Franklin Odd Fellows: Trivia Extravaganza - Aug 1
Franklin Odd Fellows: Trivia Extravaganza - Aug 1