Thursday, August 5, 2021

Franklin Cultural District Updates and Events for August, 2021

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Volume 2|August 3, 2021

Franklin Fridays
...... in the Cultural District

Friday, August 6
FARMERS MARKET 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Town Common
  •  Touch a Tractor sponsored by Franklin Ag Committee
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Halley Elwell, singer/songwriter
CONCERT ON THE COMMONFranklin Recreation Department 
  • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - David Penza
  •  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. - Backyard Swagger 
MOVIE NIGHT 8:00 p.m., Franklin Recreation Department 

Friday, August 13
FARMERS MARKET 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Town Common
CONCERT ON THE COMMONFranklin Recreation Department
  •   5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Matt Zajac 
  •   6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. - Pub Kings
THE BLACK BOX , 7:30 p.m. Legally Blonde, The Musical

Friday, August 20
FRANKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Book Sale
FARMERS MARKET 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Town Common
CONCERT ON THE COMMON, Franklin Recreation Department
  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Heather Deary Acoustic
  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Carolyn Rae & the Rumors
MOVIE NIGHT, 8:00 p.m., Franklin Recreation Department 

Friday August 27
FARMERS MARKET 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Town Common
LA CANTINA WINERY - Ayla Brown, (ticket information here)
THE BLACK BOX at 8:00 p.m. - The Zajac Brothers Band, (ticket information here)

Please note: Events may be subject to change. Check the organization's website or Facebook page; links are included above.
Welcome from the Chair ...

It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through the summer of 2021. Throughout the early summer we have seen life begin to return to pre-pandemic levels. Summer programs that were cancelled last year have enrolled many students, restaurants are busy and our Franklin Farmers' Market has seen record numbers of people in attendance.

Our Franklin Historical Museum enjoyed a robust reopening and is now once again able to resume the popular "Second Sunday Series", on Sunday, August 8th. Throughout the month of August THE BLACK BOX will offer a variety of performances including a production of "Legally Blonde" beginning on August 11th. As we all begin to venture out more let's continue to support all of our local businesses and arts establishments right here in Franklin.

Nancy Schoen, Chair

Franklin Dog Park Event for Aug 5 rescheduled for Aug 11

The event schedule for Thursday August 5 at 2:30 at the Franklin Dog Park has been canceled. 

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday August 11 at 2:30 PM.  Heather Swails-McCarron, Senior Multimedia Journalist for the Country Gazette will be there to talk to pet owners and take pictures of your pet for the Gazette.

Franklin Dog Park Event for Aug 5 rescheduled for Aug 11
Franklin Dog Park Event for Aug 5 rescheduled for Aug 11

50+ Jobseekers Program Final Summer Session - Aug 24, 2021

Summer Series

G2G and Jeopardy Game!


The answer is: "The final Give-to-Get (G2G) session for the 20-21 50+ Job Seekers Networking Program and Jeopardy party!"

The question is: What's happening Tuesday August 24th at 10am?

Join us as we celebrate another season of helping mature job seekers and career switchers. 

We're going to separate you into teams and play classic Jeopardy!

Up to ten teams will compete, with each member of the winning team receiving a free 20-minute coaching session!

Following the Jeopardy game, you can participate in a classic G2G Networking session, during which you can:

·       Network with other job-seekers

·       Review material from previous workshops

·       Obtain help


G2G Networking sessions are not presentations.

You decide what to do.

Tuesday August 24th 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Virtual Doors open 5 minutes before session begins.

Hosts: Melody Beach, Susan D. Kelly, and Ed Lawrence


New to the program? Registration is Required:

Already in the program? Use the same Zoom link you used to attend our spring and summer 2021 sessions.

Download the flyer as a reminder for this event:

50+ Jobseekers Program Final Summer Session - Aug 24, 2021
50+ Jobseekers Program Final Summer Session - Aug 24, 2021

Volunteers Needed for Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival Volunteers Needed
Please pass the word to friends, family and clients that we need volunteers for the October 2 Harvest Festival. We will need more than 50 volunteers to make this year's festival run smoothly.  

Please email the FDP office if you are able to volunteer.

Thank you for your support,
Harvest Festival Committee
Franklin Downtown Partnership • 774-571-3109 •
Franklin Downtown Partnership | 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Franklin, MA: Board of Health Meeting - Aug 4, 2021

Franklin Board Of Health 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 5:00 PM
Training Room, 3rd FL – Room 326


1) Reading and Acceptance of July 7, 2021 meeting minutes


  • Chapter 196 Bare Feet, this chapter prohibits bare feet in business establishments adopted in 1975.
  • Chapter 226 Food Service Establishment, this chapter has three articles. Article 1 requiring dishwashers in all food service establishments.
  • Article 2 requires personnel to be trained for anti-choking procedures.
  • Article 3 requires sanitary practices adopted in 2006.
  • Chapter 238 Manicurist Establishment, this chapter is to regulate the manicure business and permit the business adopted in 2002.
  • Chapter 235 Laundromats, this chapter is to permit the establishment adopted in 1976.
  • Chapter 240 Massage Therapy/Facility, this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare with regards to the practice of massage therapy adopted in 1994.
  • Chapter 246 Motor Oil Sellers, this chapter is to protect the groundwater supply and surface water from contamination by hazardous and toxic material adopted in 1989.
  • Chapter 254 Smoking, this chapter is for food establishments to design a smoking area for smokers adopted in 1988.
  • Chapter 261 Tobacco Products, this chapter is to regulate businesses in the retail sale of tobacco products adopted in 2006.

COVID Recommendations for Schools

Chairman opens the floor for any other new business



Agenda document with remote connection info

Franklin, MA: Board of Health Meeting - Aug 4, 2021
Franklin, MA: Board of Health Meeting - Aug 4, 2021

Franklin Election 2021: What does the Board of Assessors do?

While the Town Council votes to set the tax rate annually, the calculations on what the tax rate should be are based upon the valuations of all the commercial, industrial, residential, and personal property that Franklin has record of. These calculations are performed by the Assessors under the oversight of the elected Board of Assessors.

The state has changed the requirement for a property revaluation from every three years to every five years.

There are three members of the Board. One position is up for election this year. All three positions are four year terms of office and staggered to avoid a complete replacement and loss of institutional knowledge.

From the Town of Franklin Board of Assessors page

Establish and maintain valuations for all real and personal property within the community for purposes of generating tax revenues.

Services and Programs
Valuation, classification and assessment of all real and personal property for tax purposes. Conduct research of real estate market (including sales and ratio studies); prepare sales and other reports for state review and certification of values. Prepares and certifies abutters lists. Processes abatements, liens, and apportionment. Maintains assessors' maps, plans, property transfer records, and valuation data. Processes all real and personal property abatements and exemptions. Processes and abates motor vehicle excise. Prepares data for state approval of tax rate.

Inquiries regarding the valuation of residential property, industrial and commercial valuations, or questions about personal property valuations should be directed to Kevin W. Doyle, Peter Mooney or David Ruberti.

Questions regarding abatement and exemption applications, abutters lists, motor vehicle excise, ownership of real and personal property and general assessment data should be directed to the clerical support staff.

The Board of Assessors section in Franklin Annual Report for 2020 can be found


Franklin Election 2021: What does the Board of Assessors do?
Franklin Election 2021: What does the Board of Assessors do?

audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021

FM #587 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 587 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Matters Question and Answer (Q&A) session held on July 22, 2021. The session was coordinated with Ariel Doggett of the Franklin Senior Center and conducted via Zoom. 

This is the audio recording of the brief presentation and then the Q&A discussion we had. A copy of the presentation document is linked below. 

We did have an interruption in the recording (at approx. 18 mins)  as my network connection hung up. Ariel provides a brief recap of what was discussed while I was trying to reconnect. We managed to continue without another interruption.

The August session scheduled for Aug 28, 2021 will be hybrid. I plan on being in a room at the Senior Center and make the Zoom link available for folks to participate virtually.

The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin Matters Question and Answer (Q&A) session.

Audio file =


Presentation link -> 

Demographics study by FPS -> 

Building study by FPS -> podcast collection ->

Franklin Senior Center -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( 

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.


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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"

audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021
audio from the Franklin Matters Q&A session held on July 22, 2021

FANN Steering Committee has provided two updates for review and action

Dear FANN Members,
The FANN Steering Committee has been working diligently since our formation and we have completed two tasks in draft form and need your input.

Action 1 - Please review (in prep for discussion at Aug 23 meeting)

Below is a draft of the FANN Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values.  These are very important to set the future for the organization as well as lay out how we expect to conduct ourselves going forward.

Mission Statement:  
Creating a forum to align Franklin area nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration and to share information, resources and expertise.  

Vision Statement:  
Franklin will be a community where nonprofit organizations work together for the greater good of its residents. 
Core Values: 
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Conducting ourselves with integrity and authenticity
  • Respect for each other and the community whom we serve
  • Focusing on the dignity and well-being of Franklin residents
  • Compassionately listening to residents' needs.
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Being nice to each other

Action 2 - Please respond to survey

The second item is a Google survey seeking information about your needs related to securing grants for your organizations.  This will give the steering committee more guidance on the content for a potential grant working group and to set appropriate goals and boundaries for the working group efforts.

Survey on grants:

FANN Steering Committee has two updates for review and action
FANN Steering Committee has two updates for review and action