Friday, March 11, 2022

Register your kids for this Vaccine Clinic - Mar 16, 2022

The Franklin Department of Health is hosting a vaccine clinic on March 16 for kids ages 5-11.

See flyer for details!

Register here:

Vaccine Clinic for kids - Mar 16, 2022
Vaccine Clinic for kids - Mar 16, 2022

Watch the FHS Indoor Track participants at New Balance Nationals today & Sunday!

"Good luck to the athletes in NYC this weekend for New Balance Nationals Indoors! Tyler Powderly in the 400M Friday at 11:58 and girls 4x4 (Anna Cliff, Olivia Costa, Sarah Dumas, Jill Fenerty) Sunday at 1:35."  
Livestream - #NewBalanceNationals

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FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Panther News: Friday, March 11, 2022 (video)

Panther TV for March 11, 2022 - >


Mass Senate Passes Oversight Reform for Veterans’ Homes

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation to increase public oversight over the administration of state-operated veterans’ homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. To improve safety and transparency at the veterans’ homes, the bill would restructure the chain of command to more closely match established administrative practices used in hospitals and other large organizations. This legislation follows continued scrutiny of administrative failures at the veterans’ home in Holyoke, which led to the tragic deaths of 77 veterans during the early days of the pandemic, and builds on recommendations made by the Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak, which investigated.


“As the daughter of a veteran, I continue to be heartbroken for the families of those who lost their lives to COVID-19 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “I would like to thank the Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak for their thorough investigation of this tragedy, as well as my colleagues in the Senate who have remained focused on dramatic and drastic governance reform to our veterans’ services to ensure the tragedy that occurred in Holyoke never happens again. The Senate will continue to lead in its efforts to support the brave men and women who have served our country. I want to thank Senator Rush for working for over a decade to confront the issues that affect the treatment of veterans and that impact veterans’ services, as well as Senators Rodrigues and Velis for their partnership in crafting this bill.”


“With the passage of this bill, the Senate recognizes the need to prioritize accountability and oversight, establish effective checks and balances, and ensure clear chains of command at our state’s long-term care facilities for veterans in order to prevent the tragedy at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home from ever happening again,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “Thank you to Senate President Spilka for her leadership, to Senators Rush and Velis for their tireless efforts in shaping this bill, and to my colleagues in the Senate for their continued commitment to supporting our veterans.”


"The Soldiers’ Homes have long suffered from gaps in accountability and a confused chain of command, factors which left it unable to deal with a crisis like the one we saw with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Senator Michael F. Rush (D-Boston), Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs and sponsor of the bill. “The bill passed by the senate today tightens these gaps, enhances the level of oversight by elevating the Secretary of Veterans’ Services to a cabinet level position, and creates a stronger governing structure that supports our veterans and provides high quality care. Thank you to Senate President Spilka, Chairman Rodrigues, and my colleagues in the senate for your continued support of the commonwealth’s veterans


“From removing burdensome reporting layers and cleaning up the chain of command, to putting in place important infection control and medical oversight, this legislation builds on a lot of the critical lessons that we learned since the tragic COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in the spring of 2020,” said Senator John C. Velis (D-Westfield), Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. “Those lives lost are the reason this legislation is before us today, to do right by them, and to do right by all the Veterans who will call Massachusetts home in the coming years. I want to thank the Senate President, the Chair of Ways & Means, and Senator Rush for their steadfast leadership on these important reforms and all my colleagues for their consistent support of our Commonwealth’s Veterans.”


This comprehensive reform bill is designed to increase the safety of residents of veterans’ homes in the Commonwealth. A new, full-time ombudsperson would receive, investigate, and assist in resolving complaints related to the health, wellbeing, and rights of veterans’ homes’ residents and staff. To effectively aid these efforts, a public hotline would be created for residents and staff to direct concerns. The bill would also task the Department of Public Health (DPH) with regularly inspecting the homes; all inspection reports would being made publicly available, excluding identifying information of patients and staff. Veterans' homes would be required to be licensed as long-term care facilities by DPH and adhere to the same standards and regulations.


Amendments adopted during floor debate will ensure that all veterans’ homes are licensed as long-term care facilities; employ both an infection control specialist and an emergency preparedness specialist; have adequate infection control programs in place; and establish best practices for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Other adopted amendments direct the Secretary of Veteran’s Services to conduct an outreach program on the benefits and application process for the veterans’ homes, and require all annual reports from the statewide and regional veterans’ homes advisory councils to be publicly accessible online.


State-operated veterans’ homes in Massachusetts are managed by a Superintendent, who is responsible for everyday operation of the homes and for ensuring improvements to quality of care. The Senate’s legislation would give the authority to appoint a superintendent for each of the Veterans’ Homes to the Executive Director of the Office of Veterans’ Homes and Housing (OVHH). Under the legislation, superintendents would be required to fulfill certain criteria, including being a licensed nursing home administrator with experience running a long-term care facility. Priority would also be given to superintendent candidates who are themselves veterans.


The Executive Director of OVHH would be appointed by the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services, which would be elevated to a cabinet-level position, appointed by the Governor. The Secretary would be required to promulgate regulations concerning the operations and administration of veterans’ homes. Elevating the Secretary to a cabinet-level position would facilitate more timely attention to all personnel challenges.

In addition to altering the command structure responsible for managing veterans’ homes, the bill would also create a statewide Massachusetts Veterans’ Homes Advisory Council, tasked with recommending policies to the Secretary of Veterans Services, as well as Regional Councils, which would be tasked with representing the interests of the local community, residents, and family members at each veterans’ home. Both the statewide Massachusetts Veterans’ Homes Advisory Council and Regional Councils would report annually to the Secretary and to the Legislature. Together with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, these councils would be empowered to submit nominations for and recommend the removal of superintendents. 


Furthermore, the bill would require each home to have a full-time specialist in infection control and emergency preparedness and to adhere to medically-sound guidelines for trauma-informed care, including best practices for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention. Additionally, the homes would be required to maintain organizational plans, updated annually, for normal and emergency operations.


The Senate’s bill would remove existing procedural hurdles which make it harder to donate operating supplies, clothing, medical equipment, personal hygiene products, and holiday gifts to veterans’ homes.


This legislation would set procedures and guidelines for filling vacant positions at veterans’ homes, including posting job openings in a timely fashion, and ensuring that an employee is available to temporarily be tasked with any unfulfilled emergency duties while the position is vacant. Additionally, annual performance reviews would be mandated for all leadership positions at each home.


To facilitate veterans’ access to health care, state-operated veterans’ homes would be required to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments. The bill would also provide mental health resources to employees of state-operated veterans’ homes who worked during the pandemic, and create a commission to rename the Veterans’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke after specific Massachusetts veterans.


Finally, the Senate adopted an amendment from Senator Velis to establish March 21 as Veterans’ Homes Remembrance Day, to honor the veterans who lost their lives due to the tragic COVID-19 outbreaks at veterans’ homes.


As a version of An Act relative to the governance, structure and care of veterans at the commonwealth’s veterans’ homes has previously passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve any differences between the Senate and House versions.   

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House Legislation link ->

MASS Senate Unveils Oversight Reform for Veterans’ Homes
MASS Senate Unveils Oversight Reform for Veterans’ Homes

Yes, photo images can create problems for boys too

"What Is ‘Bigorexia’?
A social media diet of perfect bodies is spurring some teenage boys to form muscle dysmorphia."
"Like many high school athletes, Bobby, 16, a junior from Long Island, has spent years whipping his body into shape through protein diets and workouts.

Between rounds of Fortnite and homework, Bobby goes online to study bodybuilders like Greg Doucette, a 46-year-old fitness personality who has more than 1.3 million YouTube subscribers. Bobby also hits his local gym as frequently as six days a week.

“Those guys made me realize I wanted to get bodies like them and post stuff like them,” said Bobby, who has fluffy curls of dark hair and the compact frame of a gymnast. (The New York Times is not publishing the surnames of minors or the names of their parents in this article to protect their privacy.)"
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Yes, the photo images create problems for boys too
Yes, the photo images create problems for boys too

An Update from Your Congressman Jake Auchincloss on "three significant developments"



Hello, I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed.

I want to share with you three significant developments since I last wrote. 

State of the Union Address 
Last week, I attended President Biden's State of the Union address. President Biden laid out a hopeful message about putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, building a stronger economy, and protecting democracy at home and abroad. This speech was a clarion call that the free world is going to rally behind the Ukrainian people. Ukraine is not alone in their fight against totalitarianism and unprovoked aggression. 

If you are interested in learning what a day in the life of a congressman looks like during the State of the Union, you can watch my recent video.

Recent Developments Regarding Ukraine 
As we watch tragedy unfold in Ukraine, I am in awe of the resilience of the Ukrainian people. Despite the overwhelming size of the Russian military, the Ukrainians are fighters, courageously defending their homeland. I joined many of you in Attleboro to stand in solidarity with Ukraine

I voted to support legislation to deliver military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but our assistance must go further. We had a saying in the Marine Corps, "everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face." Putin has taken body blows through sanctions, but he hasn't yet been punched in the face. An internationally coordinated ban on Russian oil, with greater lethal & civil support for Ukraine, packs the punch that President Putin deserves. I urge our allies to join us.

While backfilling Russian oil in the short term, we must use the oil embargo as an opportunity to further invest in the clean energy sector. Not only is clean energy the fastest growing job sector in the United States and good for our planet, it can provide us with energy independence. We recently passed the America COMPETES Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would help build a resilient and efficient electrical grid, and provide funding for clean energy research. Additionally, the House just passed government funding legislation that includes over $14 billion of investments into clean energy and science to develop and implement clean, affordable, and reliable American energy. With energy independence, we can protect our economy, as well as our strategic interests.

Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis
I have only been a congressman for one year and a parent for two, but I am committed for the long haul to improving children's socioemotional wellbeing. It is a special responsibility I have as the youngest parent in the House Democratic caucus.

In a recent op-ed, I put forth suggestions for tackling the youth mental health crisis. We should keep our schools open and functioning normally, provide kids with richer context and more agency, and expand youth services.

This week, I hosted a Facebook Live with Bridge Over Troubled Waters' Elisabeth Jackson, CEO, and Peter Ducharme, Director of Clinical Services. Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a Boston-based agency providing needed services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. The agency offers a variety of programs, from career development to emergency residence and street outreach. Ms. Jackson and Mr. Ducharme emphasized the importance of expanding youth services. Too often, there are not enough resources or providers to support youth in crisis. In Congress, I will work to increase these vital services.

To stay up to date on the state of play in Congress, please make sure to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and follow me on Instagram.



Jake Auchincloss
Member of Congress


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Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters

"Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? 
That’s the question we’re asking as part of our annual Slam the Scam Day on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Scammers continue to evolve and find new ways to steal your money and personal information. On Slam the Scam Day and throughout the year, we raise awareness about Social Security-related scams and other government imposter scams. We want you to know how you and your loved ones can avoid becoming victims! 
There are common elements to many of these scams. Scammers often exploit fears, threatening you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim there’s a problem with your Social Security number (SSN) or your benefits. They may even claim your SSN is linked to a crime."

Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters
Slam the Scam: How to Spot Government Imposters

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Mar 11, 2022

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday
9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

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

7:00 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Safety on the Roads
8:29:00 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
9:00:00 am Frank Presents: State House Pt. 3
10:00 am Physician Focus: Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Health Care
11:00 am Senior Connection: Kitchen Gadgets Pt. 1
11:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Safety on the Roads
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Scones
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:00:00 pm Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
1:30:00 pm Pizzapalooza: White Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 show 4
3:00 pm Sons & Daughters of Italy: Paolo DiGregorio
7:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Kyle Brodeur
8:00 pm Senior Connection: Kitchen Gadgets Pt. 1
8:30 pm The Black Box: Beth Leavel

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am Public School Event: Lifelong Winter Music 2021
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Philip Hulbig
9:30 am FHS Varsity Wrestling: v Taunton 0-12-22
11:30 am FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v Braintree 03-04-22
1:30 pm Public School Event: Concert Hour Day 1
3:30 pm Public School Event: Remington Winter Music 2021
9:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v Wellesley 03-05-22

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

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 01-27-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 01-27-22

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online     

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Critical Conversations - The Impact of Social Media - March 24 - 6 PM

Social media plays a significant role in our students’ lives, it's designed to. Identifying strategies to establish a healthy relationship with social media that maximizes the benefits and mitigates the negatives is nothing short of a critical conversation.

We invite you to join us for an evening of listening, learning, and engaging with esteemed tech journalist, Georgia Wells from the Wall Street Journal and Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, as they quarterback a conversation on the state of social media. Our local panelists will consist of key community stakeholders and individuals well versed in the various stages of raising children.

Additional information coming soon!

Event Date:  Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where:  Franklin High School, Auditorium

Critical Conversations - The Impact of Social Media - March 24 - 6 PM
Critical Conversations - The Impact of Social Media - March 24 - 6 PM

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting
(Town Council, School Committee, Finance Committee)
March 10, 2022 - 6:30 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building, 2nd floor, Council Chambers 355 East Central Street

1. Introduction of members
2. Role of the committee {committee charge}
3. FY23 Budget Update and Discussion
a. Preliminary FY23 Budget Model

The Joint Budget Subcommittee is made up of members of the Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee.

Joint Budget Subcommittee page ->

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM
Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM

Tri-County RVTHS Seniors Gaining On-The-Job Experience

Senior Legal and Protective students have secured co-ops and internships in their preferred fields to help them gain valuable work experience before they graduate high school. The Legal and Protective Services shop is a criminal justice-based practical career program. The curriculum covers many aspects of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, civics, police field tactics, investigation techniques, C.S.I., self-defense, critical thinking, leadership, psychology, and public service.  The two-teacher shop is led by an attorney and a veteran police officer.  

Teaghan LeBlanc
Teaghan LeBlanc

Teaghan LeBlanc pursued an internship with the Millis Police Department her junior year due to a relationship she built through volunteering and community participation as early as middle school. LeBlanc reorganized the records department, proving herself to be a valuable resource to the department. Chief Soffayer appointed her as a part-time dispatcher for the department in November due to her hard work. "I joined Legal and Protective Services at Tri-County because I had an interest in law enforcement, and this shop afforded me opportunities to explore the field, as well as start earning certifications that will help begin my career," says LeBlanc of Millis.

Erica Godfrey
Erica Godfrey
Erica Godfrey of Plainville has secured an internship with Nora Tyer-Witek, the Clerk of the Court for the Federal District of Rhode Island. Godfrey has the opportunity to observe criminal hearings and questions of constitutional law. Godfrey also makes recommendations to the Clerk about a plain-language initiative for layperson court filings. “Erica is extremely punctual and interested in the work of the court and has expressed very creative thoughts and ideas about the material we have observed and discussed. She has been extremely professional – just like a real member of the court staff,” commented Godfrey’s supervisor.

A'Neysa Cleveland of Plainville is training as a domestic violence advocate and educator at New Hope, a local domestic violence shelter and resource center. Her internship will give her the experience, trainings, and connections to pursue work in this field after her graduation.

Bret Mathews
Bret Mathews

Bret Mathews is gaining experience at the Franklin Fire Department by going on ride-alongs in the fire engine, observing the dispatch department, and assisting with administrative work at the station. "I'm learning so much about how the station is run, what is in the ambulances and engines, and how everything works," said Mathews of Millis. The station has been especially helpful in giving guidance to help Bret select the most efficient way to pursue postsecondary coursework in this essential field. Mathews’ supervisor says, “Bret is doing a great job at Franklin Fire Department.  He is always professional.  He is not afraid to ask questions and had participated in everything he has been asked to do such as ambulance and engine operations, and training evolutions.”

After years of volunteer work at the station, Trevor Runyan of Medway secured an internship with the Medway Police Department. He participates in ride-alongs, observes dispatch operations, and assists with administrative work.

Mullaney Harris holds an internship at Uxbridge District Court, where she observes arraignments, bail hearings, and trials and also assists the clerks and probation department with administrative matters. “Since the start of her internship, Mullaney has proven to be a valuable asset to the Clerk’s Office. She speaks highly of her vocational program as she applies the knowledge and skills she has learned there to her work here,” Harris’ supervisor says of her hard work. Harris is gaining valuable experience and making invaluable connections with professionals in the field. “I've been dreaming of a job in the legal system since I was eight years old. There are so many options for me to pursue and all of them give me a direct opportunity to make positive changes in society which is all I have ever wanted to do,” commented Harris of Uxbridge.

Jake Slook of Franklin is interning with the Medfield Fire Department. He goes on ride-alongs and handles incoming administrative phone calls. He is fine-tuning his plans after graduation with the assistance of the professional connections he has made. Slook is participating in the Medfield Fire Cadet Program to help prepare for his future.

Thomas Ruth
Thomas Ruth
Thomas Ruth is working with the Franklin Town Government through an internship with the Department of Public Works. He is learning first-hand how the citizens rely on their town government to provide well-planned, environmentally-sensitive, cost-effective infrastructure and services to promote public health, personal safety, transportation, and economic growth. “My internship prepares me for the real world,” said Ruth of Blackstone.

Many Tri-County students utilize their senior year to use the skills learned in their career program towards a co-op or internship. The connections they make and the experience they gain allows them to add practical experience to their college applications and professional resumes. Students appreciate the opportunity to grow their skills and connections prior to graduation. “Through co-op, I have grown as a student, professional, and person. I'm tremendously grateful for the dispatchers, officers, admin, and Chiefs who've mentored me the past year and a half,” commented Teagan LeBlanc of Millis.

Franklin High NAHS: Night of the Arts - Apr 29

"Hi, we are happy to announce that we are having a FREE! Night of the arts kids event on April 29 from 5:30-7:30  PM
We would love to see you there!! "

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Franklin High NAHS: Night of the Arts - Apr 29
Franklin High NAHS: Night of the Arts - Apr 29

State Representative Jeff Roy: State House Updates - March 2022

The Genocide Education Act, filed by State Rep. Roy, was signed into law by Gov. Baker in a ceremony at the State Library. The bill, approved by 198 of the 200 members of the General Court, will require public schools to teach the history of genocides and create a fund to help support the new curriculum. Upon signing, Massachusetts become the 20th state to have adopted mandatory Holocaust and genocide education.

“Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of human rights issues and with the passage of this bill, we can do it again,” said Rep. Roy . “We can arm our students with the knowledge they will need to recognize the warning signs and feel empowered to prevent genocides in the future. Making genocide education a mandatory topic for teaching in our schools is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples from all nations to never again permit the occurrence of another genocide, and to deter indifference to crimes against humanity and human suffering wherever they occur.”

You can learn more about the new law and view Rep. Roy’s floor remarks on the bill by clicking here (

State Representative Jeff Roy: State House Updates - March 2022
State Representative Jeff Roy: State House Updates - March 2022

There is more information in this newsletter update from Rep Roy. Follow the link to review the full set of contents ->

Health Department: Weekly Wellness Update - Nutrition

March's Health Observance is Nutrition. Read nutrition labels; packaging can have misleading labels and false advertising.  
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Infant and Toddler Nutrition
Infant and Toddler Nutrition

Gee, masks really work. Good to know in advance of when the next wave comes!

"School districts that required masks this fall saw significantly fewer coronavirus cases than those where masks were optional, according to a large study of Arkansas schools by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC looked at 233 school districts and found those with mask requirements saw a 23 percent lower incidence of coronavirus cases. Rates in districts with partial requirements — for instance, places that required them in hallways but not classrooms — were in between.

“Masks remain an important part of a multicomponent approach to preventing Covid-19 in K-12 settings, especially in communities with high Covid-19 community levels,” concluded the study, which published Tuesday."

Many school districts across the country are dropping mask requirements in classrooms. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post)
Many school districts across the country are dropping mask requirements in classrooms. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Washington Post)