Tuesday, February 8, 2022

This "Talk Franklin" episode covers Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes

FM #722 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 722 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge.

Our conversation covered current events

  • Town Council goals => Town goals, Town Administrator review base

  • Franklin For All -> EDC plus,  MAPC planning, Forum Mar 7

  • Pop shop success stories

The recording runs about 22 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie. Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Town-Council-Goals--Franklin-For-All-and-Pop-Shop-Program-Success-e1e3tr8/a-a7cagii


Finance Committee agenda -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/01/finance-committee-gets-lesson-on.html 

Franklin For All web page -> https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/ 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

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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.

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This Talk Franklin episode discusses the Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes
This Talk Franklin episode discusses the Town Council goals, Franklin For All, and pop up shop successes

Franklin Democrats to caucus virtually on March 5, 2022

On Saturday March 5 at 4:00 PM Democrats will convene virtually to elect delegates and alternates to represent Franklin at the 2022 State Democratic Convention.

Registered and pre-registered Democrats in Franklin 16 years old by February 4, 2022 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/convention.

The 2022 Convention will be a hybrid convention, with in-person proceedings taking place alongside virtual participation options on June 3 and 4 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Delegates will convene to endorse candidates for statewide office ahead of the September Democratic Primary. The MassDems are closely monitoring changes in public health guidance and will update plans accordingly.

Those interested in getting involved with the Franklin Democratic Committee should contact Rachel Plukas at chair@FranklinDemocrats.org

Franklin Democrats to caucus virtually on March 5, 2022
Franklin Democrats to caucus virtually on March 5, 2022

FHS girls basketball tops St Paul Diocesan on Monday

Via HockomockSports.com, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Monday:

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 68 vs. St. Paul Diocesan, 25 – Final 
– Franklin tossed a shutout in the second quarter and then allowed only one point in the fourth to earn its second big win in as many days. All 14 players got on the score sheet for the Panthers, led by Katie Peterson’s game-high 17. Caelyn Leonard hit a three to close out the first with Franklin ahead 13-8 and then the Panthers put together a 16-0 second quarter to take full control of the game. Leonard scored all nine of her points in the first half. After edging a shooting in the third, Franklin closed the game with a 22-1 fourth quarter. Brigid Earley scored six points and Stefany Padula and Olivia Quinn each had five points in the win.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS girls Indoor Track team takes 1st in Hockomock Championships; boys indoor takes 7th

Hockomock League Indoor Track Championships 2022

The Hockomock League Championships were held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday evening. Below are the team results and the top eight finishes for each event. 

For complete results from Athletic.net ->   https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/386393/results

HockomockSports.com shared a photo gallery of the Indoor Track meet

I have shared the Franklin top results here

1. Oliver Ames – 79
2. Taunton – 76
3. Mansfield – 74
4. Attleboro – 70
5. North Attleboro – 68
6. King Philip – 45
7. Franklin – 41
8. Stoughton – 22
9. Milford – 11
10. Canton – 7
T11. Foxboro – 5
T11. Sharon – 5

55M Dash
1. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 6.61
5. Luke Sidwell, Franklin – 6.82

1. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – 36.70
2. Luke Sidwell, Franklin – 37.44

1. Conal Scully, Taunton – 1:25.96
2. Tyler Powderly, Franklin – 1:26.27
8. Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin – 1:31.43

1. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 2:42.57
4. Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Franklin – 2:48.41
5. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 2:50.63

1 Mile
1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:27.73
6. Bradford Morin, Franklin – 4:48.43

4×800 Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Wyatt Fritchman, Alexander Pierce, Owen McMorrow, Ryan Sarney) – 8:42.51
4. Franklin (Bradford Morin, Connor Kucich, Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Jack Halter) – 8:58.72

Shot Put
1. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 50.05.00
6. Emmett Lackey, Franklin – 39-08.75

1. Franklin – 96
2. Mansfield – 66.5
3. Oliver Ames – 64.5
4. Taunton – 56
5. Stoughton – 46
6. Milford – 43.5
7. Sharon – 43
8. King Philip – 27
9. Canton – 20
10. North Attleboro – 18.5
11. Attleboro – 16
12. Foxboro – 9

55M Dash
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 7.27
4. Jillian Fenerty, Franklin – 7.68

1. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 41.99
2. Jillian Fenerty, Franklin – 42.00
3. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 43.45

1. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 1:38.39
5. Olivia Costa, Franklin – 1:47.03

1. Taegan Hodges, Oliver Ames – 3:09.96
4. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 3:21.60
8. Libby LeBlanc, Franklin – 3:26.41

1 Mile
1. Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 5:13.08
7. Emma Pruitt, Franklin – 6:00.38

2 Mile
1. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 11:32.80
6. Colleen Golden, Franklin – 13:09.34

55M Hurdles
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 8.66
5. Ava Fraulo, Franklin – 9.60

4×200 Relay
1. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Caitlin Dumouchel, Chloe Guthrie) – 1:51.24
2. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Abigial Griffith, Alexandrea Pond, Barra Pfluke) – 1:52.39

4×400 Relay
1. Franklin (Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff, Lainey Costa, Jillian Fenerty) – 4:12.58

4×800 Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Molly Capece, Johanna Holmes, Taegan Hodges, Katie Sobieraj) – 10:05.63
2. Franklin (Charlene Peng, Meghan Griffith, Allison Powderly, Riley Fitzpatrick) – 10:39.17

Shot Put
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 33-09.00
5. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 31-07.50

High Jump
1. Ava Fraulo, Franklin – 5-00.00
2. Abigail Griffith, Franklin – 4-11.00

The full listing of the top results as published by HockomockSports.com
Franklin girls won the 2022 Hockomock League Championship meet. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin girls won the 2022 Hockomock League Championship meet. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

Reminder: St Mary's Women's Faith Formation Announcement - Feb 12, 2022 & Feb 15, 2022

Come join the St Mary's Women's Faith Formation group for our next meeting, February 12th, 9:30-10:30 am. You have the choice of coming to the Parish Hall (One Church Square, Franklin) or attending via Zoom. 

We will view Bishop Barron's video entitled: Trust in the Lord. It is an Old Testament story of Elijah and the Zarephath widow. Bishop Barron provides an uplifting message for what can be a gray time of year. 

For the link to attend via Zoom, please go to our Women's Faith Formation web page (https://www.stmarysfranklin.org/womens-faith-formation). ALL are welcome.

A new opportunity for St Mary’s Women’s Faith Formation – Tuesday night, Feb 15 at 7:00 PM 
For those whose schedule does not permit attending our Saturday morning Women’s Faith Formation meetings – we have a nice surprise for you. 
We are adding a weekday monthly meeting. The 3rd Tuesday each month, 7:00-8:00 PM. We will cover the same speakers, videos, etc… as the Saturday meeting. This meeting will be via Zoom so you can attend in the comfort of your home. So if you can not attend the Saturday meeting, this one is for YOU. 
We hope to see you on Tuesday evening, February 15, 7:00-8:00 PM via Zoom. We will be viewing Bishop Barron’s video on the topic of “Trust in God”. The Zoom meeting link can be found by going to this page stmarysfranklin.org/womens-faith-formation.

St Mary's Faith Formation Announcement - Feb 12
St Mary's Faith Formation Announcement - Feb 12

First Universalist Society in Franklin is hiring for their "Church Operations and Communications Manager" position

Church Operations and Communications Manager

The Church Operations and Communications Manager supports the mission and goals of FUSF, a Vibrant, Energetic, and liberal congregation, by providing leadership and professional expertise to a broad variety of functions necessary for the effective planning and day-to-day operation of the church. The incumbent has broad responsibilities across the entire operation. Reporting to the Minister, the Church Operations and Communications Manager works with other staff, church officers, boards, committees/teams, and volunteer leaders in all facets of this process from visioning to implementation.

The Church Operations and Communication Manager’s primary roles encompass:
Internal Communications including
o handling email, phone and in person inquiries,
o manage and update communication tools and serve as the primary resource for congregants using these tools including Google G-Suite, fusf.org email addresses, Breeze database and Mailchimp,
o Coordinate, edit, update, create, and deliver the: Google calendar, and E-Newsletter,
o supporting the internal congregation and operations structure and being the initial entrance point into the church.
External Communications responsible for our Website, and social media campaign execution and administration.
Church Office Management including Clerical Support
Bookkeeping including account updating and reconciliation via QuickBooks
Support Building and Facilities Management, including custodial supervision.

Must possess excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills; be technically proficient with many office and communication tools, be independent, self-motivated, and reliable, be well organized, detail oriented and able to multitask all with a friendly smile.

The position has a competitive salary, generous benefits, and 4 weeks of paid vacation during the summer.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: Bo.Kinney@fusf.org

screen grab of FUSF.org webpage
screen grab of FUSF.org webpage

Town of Franklin, MA: You can now set up to receive Health Department Alerts

"The Health Dept. has created a push notification system for residents interested in  public health updates info such as COVID-19,  updates from @MassDPH, vector borne diseases, wellness information and more. 
Sign up here under the Health Department Group: https://t.co/GIksgJuuA2"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1490825453879193601

When I logged in, it took me to my profile page. I verified the phone and email accounts I wanted to be used for the notifications. On the left menu, select "Groups" - and "Join" the Health Dept group.

After joining, the notification looks like this for my profile

You can now set up to receive Health Department Alerts
You can now set up to receive Health Department Alerts

Recap on Energy/Climate front: one step forward, two steps back

Something to watch for as a key component of the MA net zero goals: 
"Administration officials did not respond to requests for comment, but the Department of Energy Resources notified stakeholders it was releasing on Tuesday a “straw proposal” containing updates to the existing stretch code and a framework for an “opt-in specialized stretch code.” 
Sources said the revisions to the state building code would deal primarily with windows, insulation, and other measures to reduce energy usage. The opt-in specialized stretch code would allow communities to voluntarily take additional measures that would accelerate energy conservation, including requiring all new construction to include rooftop solar where practicable. 
The stretch code would also require new construction to be equipped for full electrification and to meet at least some passive house standards, the goal of which is to dramatically limit energy usage."
Continue reading the article online ->

Baker seeking major changes in building code
Baker seeking major changes in building code

While the building codes may move forward, a move by the ISO-New England group apparently moves the State efforts backward.

"At a time when New England should be racing to bring as much clean energy online as possible to green its electricity supply, the grid moved this past week to effectively discourage major wind and solar projects for at least another two years.

Like other regional power suppliers, New England’s grid operator has been asked by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to remove or change a mechanism that makes it harder for clean energy projects to enter the competitive market. But after months of saying it supported such a measure, ISO-New England reversed its stance last week and aligned with a proposal from the natural gas industry that would slow-walk any such change.

“It’s another example of not meeting the moment to usher in the clean energy transition,” said Jeremy McDiarmid, of the Northeast Clean Energy Council. “It is an example of the system not being equipped to change as fast as we need it to.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Legislature Approves Nero’s Law

Today, the House and Senate passed An Act allowing humane transportation of K9 partners, also known as Nero’s Law, which would ensure law enforcement officers’ K-9 partners receive life-saving medical attention and transport if injured in the line of duty. The bill responds to the tragic events that took the life of New Bedford-native and Yarmouth Police K-9 Sergeant Sean Gannon and severely injured his K-9 partner, Nero.

“Providing emergency medical services to police dogs injured in the line of duty is both compassionate and appropriate, especially in light of what we're asking them to do,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “Service dogs play a necessary role in effective law enforcement operations, and they deserve our support. I want to thank Senator Montigny for his hard work and attention to this issue, Chair Rodrigues, and Senators Timilty and Cyr for their advocacy and collaboration on this legislation, as well as Speaker Mariano and my colleagues in the House for getting this important bill to the governor’s desk.”

“K-9 police dogs provide several indispensable services to the Massachusetts police force, and the Commonwealth as a whole. Given the sometimes dangerous jobs that police dogs are asked to undertake, providing them with any necessary emergency medical care is our moral responsibility,” said House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano (D- Quincy). “I want to thank Chair Michlewitz, Chair Gonz├ílez, and Representative Xiarhos for the efforts they made to ensure the passage of Nero’s Law, as well as Senate President Spilka and my colleagues in the Senate for advancing this critical legislation.”

In April 2018, Sergeant Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant in the Town of Barnstable. Despite the multiple empty ambulances on site, Nero, who had been shot and severely injured, had to be rushed to the animal hospital in the back of a police cruiser. Current Massachusetts law prohibits emergency medical personnel from treating and transporting animals. Fortunately, Nero survived his injuries, but the inability to transport him showed that reform was needed to honor working dogs who risk their lives every day to serve the Commonwealth. 

Nero’s Law would authorize emergency medical service personnel to provide emergency treatment and transport of K-9 partners. This includes basic first aid, CPR, and administering life-saving interventions such as naloxone.

“K9 officers like Nero are selfless heroes who endure extreme danger in order to keep us safe,” said Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), lead sponsor of the bill. “We must honor their loyalty and service by ensuring EMS personnel can provide basic treatment and transport should they sustain serious injuries. As a native son of New Bedford, Sergeant Gannon, and by extension his K9 partner Nero, is forever a beloved part of our community. The Gannon family has been a tremendous force in ensuring this bill got done, inspiring myself and others to fight for this legislation every day.  We hope this law helps honor their son’s legacy,” said Senator Mark Montigny, lead sponsor of the bill.”

“I’d like to thank Speaker Mariano, Ways and Means Chair Michlewitz, Public Safety Chair Gonzalez, and Minority Leader Jones for their leadership in getting this bill passed in the House this session,” said Representative Steve Xiarhos (R–Barnstable), who sponsored Nero’s bill in the House. “As a former Deputy Chief of Police who was there on the day K9 Nero was shot, I know personally how important this legislation is. We need to send a clear message to first responders throughout the Commonwealth that we support them and their mission.”

“Sergeant Sean Gannon was a dedicated officer of the Yarmouth Police Department known for his restraint and his quiet but firm sense of right and wrong. His tragic murder — and the life-threatening injuries sustained by his canine Nero — left the Cape and Islands in shock and grieving,” said Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “We rely on canines to serve alongside police officers to go where we cannot, seek out what we cannot detect, and search for the vulnerable in their most trying moments, yet existing law prohibits emergency responders from treating and transporting police canines like Nero when they are most in need. I’m proud that the Legislature is honoring Sergeant Gannon’s legacy and his example by protecting our canine friends who have been our companions and partners in public safety and so much more.” 

“I am grateful that Nero’s Law has been enacted. Each and every day, law enforcement professionals, including police canines, put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. It is crucial that our first responders are given the ability to treat them when they are wounded in the line of duty. Our first responders are now able to provide emergent care to wounded police canines as a result of this legislation,” said state Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Listening to heartfelt testimony during our public hearings on this bill, I was reminded of the important, unique, and strong bond between a police officer handler and his or her police canine. This is a great day for the law enforcement community.”

"Thanks to the Speaker and members of the Public Safety Committee for advancing Nero's Law to the Governor,” said Representative Carlos Gonz├ílez (D-Springfield), House Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Our K-9 officers are heroes, and today we honor all those who have been injured or have lost their lives in the line of duty to protect the public. A special gratitude to Denise and Patrick Gannon for their dedication and advocacy."

Nero’s Law now advances to the Governor’s desk for consideration. 

Legislature Approves Nero’s Law
Legislature Approves Nero’s Law

MAPC: Resources for Low-Income Residents to lower their energy bills

25% of U.S. households have a high energy burden -- meaning they spend a a high percentage of their incomes on energy bills. @AllInEnergy helps people lower their bills through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and income-based discounts.

https://t.co/Xde1rIAt80   or   https://www.mapc.org/planning101/reducing-energy-burden-resources-for-low-income-residents/

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAPCMetroBoston/status/1490683515188355073

MAPC: Resources for Low-Income Residents to lower their energy bills
MAPC: Resources for Low-Income Residents to lower their energy bills

Philanthropy, MA: Building a Planned and Deferred Giving Program at No Cost (webinar)

Philanthropy_MA (@Philanthropy_MA) tweeted on Mon, Feb 07, 2022:
Nonprofits! It's not too late to register for Wednesday's workshop on Building a Planned and Deferred Giving Program at No Cost. Learn from field expert Chuck Gordon and make this sustainable funding source a reality for your organization. https://t.co/fs6U1v4RzI


Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022

  •  wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM dial = Tuesday

9:00 AM 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM  Jazz Journey – with Pamela Hines
2 hours. An insightful tour of Jazz Greats in a golden era

11:00 AM 2 PM and 8:00 PM SAFE Radio– Jim Derick and Dr. Anne Bergen
Addressing issues of Drug Abuse Disorder

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = TUESDAY

7:00 am Franklin Art Association: Dave Kaphammer
9:00 am It Takes A Village: Dementia
10:00 am Frank Presents: State House Pt. 2
11:30 am Senior Connection: Hearing Loss
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Waffles
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Healthy Pizza Crusts
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 2
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation Show 1: Show 1
3:30 pm Battleship Cove: Inside The History Pt. 6
4:00 pm ArtWeek: Games
4:30 pm Extended Play Sessions: Season 10 Show 11 - Kemp Harris
5:30 pm Physician Focus: Electronic Medical Records
8:30 pm ArtWeek: John Christoforo

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = TUESDAY
7:00 am Public School Event: FHS Winter Jazz Night '22
8:30 am Public School Event: Lifelong Music Pt. 1 01-28-19
10:00 am FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v Weymouth 01-31-22
12:00 pm Tri-County: Vaping Forum
2:00 pm It Takes A Village: Dementia
3:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Mansfield-OA-Foxboro 02-03-22
4:31 pm Public School Concert: FHS Winter Music 2018
8:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Sharon 02-01-22
10:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v King Philip 01-28-22

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) = TUESDAY

8:00 am School Committee: 01-25-22
11:00 am Economic Development: 02-02-22
2:00 pm School Committee: 01-25-22
7:00 pm School Committee: LIVE, Chambers, 818 0782 6549
Passcode: 467086

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

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)

New February Workshops for 50+Job Seekers in MA Statewide Networking Groups

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Hello Job Seeker!

We have an exciting line-up of 50+ Job Seekers events and workshops for February 2022!

Thurs, Feb 10th, 11 am – 12 pm:

Resilience Through Difficult Times

Savvy Seeker Series with Karen Sowsy!

Karen Sowsy is the Project Manager of the 50+ Jobseekers in MA Statewide Networking Groups. She has extensive experience working with 50+ job seekers through her work with MassHire and Operation ABLE.

Are you finding it hard to bounce back from life stressors?

Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don't experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. In this workshop, you will learn techniques to tap into your strengths and support systems, overcome challenges and work through problems! Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdOiuqzksEtIhZX0cTCnoBPV6ClwUXYiU

Thurs, Feb 17th, 2 pm - 4 pm: Informational Interviewing Roundtable

Special Event

Informational interviews (aka informational sessions) are informal meetings at which one seeks insights on a career path, industry, or company, and asks for general career advice from someone who has experience and knowledge in the areas of interest. Both parties are focused simply on acquiring and sharing knowledge.

At this session you will learn:

·       The #1 rule for informational interviewing.

·       The 3 things you want to take from every session.

·       How to identify potential informational interviewers.

·       How to turn conversations into opportunities

·       What the interviewers want to hear from you.

Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocO2trT8iHtUDBnInX0A9f0TChTH6WAMg


Tues, Feb 22nd, 10 am - 12 pm: LinkedIn Part 2: Job Search Tool

Interactive Workshop

In this 2nd of two sessions on LinkedIn, we discuss how to effectively use LinkedIn to find and apply for jobs, including:

• How to learn who is hiring 

• How to find even more companies to target 

• How to find connectors at your targets 

• How to use LinkedIn filters  

And much more! (SEE ZOOM DETAIL BELOW)

Thurs, Feb 24th, 10:30 am - 12 pm: 

Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment, Part II

Savvy Seeker Series - Panel Discussion, with moderator, David Guydan!

This seminar is the second part of a two-part series on volunteerism. Part 2 will feature a panel discussion by experts in the fields of civic engagement, volunteerism, and employment, and Philistine Waters and Jon Reuman, who have successfully transitioned from volunteering to employment.

Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtf-6gpz8pEtFAw3u6ySQuJN5HZ_X2Pf7x

Kara Cohen is the Manager of Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement with AARP Massachusetts State Office. Kara provides direction for the AARP MA volunteer program and leadership and guidance for the management of the Age-Friendly Network in MA, working to enhance AARP's contributions at the local level.

Doug Dickson is the Chair & Director of Encore Boston Network.

Doug was previously President of Discovering What's Next and the Life Planning Network. In 2010, he co-founded the national Encore Network, of which Encore Boston Network is a member. Doug helped to found Encore Boston Network in 2012.

Chris Woods is the Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives for Massachusetts Service Alliance. Chris is an AmeriCorps NCCC alumni who joined the MSA team in 2019. Through his time spent in AmeriCorps and as a Volunteer Coordinator, he has seen first-hand how the power of volunteers can impact communities and drive social change. 

This event is offered by 50+ Job Seekers in MA Statewide Networking Groups in collaboration with AARP, Discovery Centers for Civic Engagement, Encore Boston Network, and Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Questions: Email us at 50plusjobseekersadmin@mcoaonline.com





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Monday, February 7, 2022





The Franklin Firefighters are graciously volunteering their time to cook and serve breakfast at the Common Grounds Cafe on Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM. 

Hope to see you there! 

Masks and socially distanced are encouraged!

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-senior-center/news/common-grounds-cafe-open-tuesday-thursday-week-breakfast-830a-1000a


You are invited to help determine "Franklin for All" - Mar 7, 2022

The Town of Franklin is working with @MAPCMetroBoston on Franklin For All, a study which utilizes a community driven process to establish a vision for Franklin Center and make recommendations for rezoning the area. 

In order to best achieve our communal vision, we need your voice! Join us for our first public forum on Monday, March 7 at 7 PM

It will be a hybrid meeting that takes place in the Council Chambers at Franklin Town Hall, (355 E. Central Street) and over Zoom. 

Please register for the Zoom session (and to be informed of continuing efforts) at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrdeutpzwvHdyO2z-d4dc6OS0py3faxZR7 

 You can learn more about this project on our project website here:https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/

You are invited to help determine "Franklin for All" - Mar 7, 2022
You are invited to help determine "Franklin for All" - Mar 7, 2022