2 hours. An insightful tour of Jazz Greats in a golden era
Addressing issues of Drug Abuse Disorder
"In this episode, the group is joined by former BBC and WGBH radio voice Chris Woolf to discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine, Chris's time in Afghanistan reporting from the country, similarities and differences between the two, what it's like in a warring country and so much more."
|More Perfect Union: 045 - Ukraine And War (With Guest Chris Woolf) (audio)|
There are two School Committee meetings scheduled back to back on Tuesday evening. The first meeting scheduled for 6 PM will be an open deliberation on the Superintendent candidate, current Asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere. The second meeting scheduled for 7 PM is the normal 2nd business meeting for the month. It features student science fair award winners in an otherwise 'light' schedule before going into an executive session to continue labor negotiation strategy.
Mar 1 - Special meeting on Superintendent hiring featured consultation with MASC Tracy Novick. The audio for this 45 minute session is here -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/franklin-school-committee-votes-to.html
Apr 13 - Special meeting to interview the current Assistant Superintendent Lucas Giguere. Each committee member asked 2 questions each with a brief time check after the first round of questions. The meeting last 65 minutes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/04/special-school-committee-mtg.html
Agenda for 6 PM meeting -> (
note NO Zoom option, only live stream or cable broadcast as well as in person in the Council Chambers = The Zoom option as added during the day on Monday and agenda revised to include it) https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_4-26-22_special_mtg-revised.pdf
"There is still time to register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium in Franklin. Lunch is provided with the $15 ticket from our local Birchwood Bakery. So sign up soon by clicking the link before it fills up! Hope to see you there."
Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1518336877388087296
Yes, I am delighted to be leading a session for this event - "Sharing your Arts Identity through Social Media." I plan for it to be a collaborative session. I'll share the lessons I have learned and use regularly and solicit examples from participants.
Register for the Symposium via Eventbrite -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metrowest-arts-culture-symposium-tickets-270070025717
|Register for the MetroWest Arts & Culture Symposium - May 14|
Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported that first quarter (January-March 2022) real estate stats showed an uptick in residential and commercial sales and sale prices, while overall numbers indicate a downturn.
Register O’Donnell noted, “During the recently concluded first quarter of the 2022 calendar year, the average Norfolk County real estate sales price, both residential and commercial, increased 38% to $1,261,0181. Total real estate volume, again both residential and commercial, was $2.56 billion, a 53% increase year over the same period in 2021.”
Register O’Donnell further stated, “The lack of inventory and new construction have continue to push prices up. It remains to be seen if this trend continues as overall activity is starting to slow.”
For the first quarter of 2022, the number of land documents recorded, (such as deeds, mortgages, homesteads, mortgage discharges, etc.) was 34,315, a 33% decline from the first quarter of 2021. Register O’Donnell noted, “This figure tells us there is still a healthy real estate market, however we are not seeing the volume we saw in 2020 and 2021.”
There were 6,664 mortgages recorded at the Registry during the first quarter of the calendar year 2022 compared to 14,001 for the same time period in 2021, a 52% decrease. However, total mortgage borrowing was $7.5 billion for January through March compared to $5.7 billion during the same period in 2021. “With the increase in interest rates, consumers seem to be less inclined to borrow. The discrepancy between the decrease in the number of mortgages and the increase in the amount of mortgage indebtedness is due in part to some substantial mortgage loans on a few commercial properties”, stated the Register.
Norfolk County homeowners continued to benefit from the Homestead Act. A total of 2,378 declarations of homestead were recorded during the first half of the calendar year, a 12% decrease over the same period a year ago. “The Homestead law provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge Norfolk County residents to consider this important consumer protection tool,” noted O’Donnell.
A sharp increase in foreclosure activity in Norfolk County is a cause for concern. A total of 20 foreclosure deeds were recorded in the first quarter versus only 6 filed during the first quarter of 2021. In addition, there was a significant 81% increase in the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process.
O’Donnell stated, “While the eastern Massachusetts economy remains on a solid footing, there are still those in Norfolk County experiencing economic hardship, in many cases through no fault of their own. The Registry continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, (617-479-8181 x376), and NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, (508-587-0950) to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.”
Register O’Donnell concluded, “The economy, particularly the job market in eastern Massachusetts, appears to be improving but inflation, rising interest rates and the lack of inventory may result in a slower real estate market going forward.”
Attached is a link to a Quincy QATV “Good Deeds” episode with host Mark Crosby and Register O’Donnell discussing the 2022 Norfolk County real estate statistics and other issues relating to the Registry of Deeds:
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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.
|Register O’Donnell Delivers 2022 First Quarter Real Estate Activity Report|
"The bumpy economic recovery has had policymakers, economists and Americans households grappling with greater price hikes for groceries, cars, rent and other essentials.
The latest inflation data, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that prices in March climbed 8.5 percent compared with the year before, the highest measure in over 40 years.
The Federal Reserve has launched a major series of interest rate increases to get inflation under control, penciling in seven hikes by the end of the year. But it’s unclear how quickly that action will be able to bring down the rising cost of living, or if the Fed will be spurred to even more aggressive action that risks thrusting the economy into a recession
Persistent supply chain backlogs and high consumer demand for goods have kept prices elevated. And more recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has strained global energy markets and triggered higher gasoline prices. There is no clear answer for when that will change, leaving Americans to feel the strain in their pocketbooks in the meantime. This is a breakdown of how we got here."
|"Five charts explaining why inflation is at a 40-year high"|
"David M. Hamblen, of Franklin and Cotuit, formerly of Lexington, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 22 ,2022, at age 96. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley (Tolman) Hamblen, and brother to the late Nancy (Hamblen) Holt. Devoted father to: Diane E. Campbell of Mashpee; Sally D. Hamblen and husband Richard P. Kosian of Lynnfield; David A. Hamblen and his wife Susan Hamblen of Cotuit; and Melanie J. Hamblen and husband Neal White of Franklin. Cherished grandfather to seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Patrick and Michael Campbell, Nicole, Kroehl, Noelle DiGregorio, Laura Chadwell, Thomas Coyle, and their spouses, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family including George Ridley and Ruth Leiby, and many dear friends. U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II."
Link to obituary -> https://ginleyfuneralhomes.com/#prettyPhoto[iframes]/2/
Shared from the Franklin Observer -> https://franklinobserver.town.news/g/franklin-town-ma/n/76116/david-m-hamblen-96
|David M. Hamblen, 96|
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FM #782 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 782 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Health Director Cathleen Liberty April 19, 2022. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.
The recording runs about 28 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Cathleen. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-782-health-director-cathleen-liberty-04-19-22
Health Dept page https://www.franklinma.gov/health-department
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Board of Health page https://www.franklinma.gov/health-department
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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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|Health Director Cathleen Liberty|
Franklin 14, St. John’s Prep 4 (6inn). WP-Campbell (3.2inn in relief, 1H, 0R & 5Ks). Offensively, Gerety (3-4, 2R, 2 2B & RBI), Goode (1-2, 2B, 2R & 2RBI), Lyons (2-4, 2R, 2B & 3RBI), Jarosz (2-3, R & RBI), Chin (1R, 2RBI) & Raider (2R). Next up: Tues. 4/26 Home vs Foxboro at 7pm https://twitter.com/FHSCoachZBrown/status/1518013039026577408
End of the 1st... Franklin 6 St. John's Prep 3
Consigli: 3G, 1A
Good start from Franklin
Halftime ... Franklin 9 St. John's Prep 9
Davis: 3G, 2A
Consigli: 3G, 3A
Sacchetti: 2G, 1A
An absolute battle in Lexington!
End of 3 in Lexington ... Franklin 11 St. John's 10
Davis: 3G, 2A
Consigli: 4G, 3A
What. A. Game.
2:44 left in the 4th ... Franklin 13 St. John's 12
FINAL ... Franklin 13 St John's Prep 14
Prep scores a buzzer beater to stun Franklin
Davis: 4G, 2A
Sacchetti: 3G, 1A
Consigli: 4G, 4A
"Everyone should do their part.
That was the thinking behind the ambitious housing legislation that Massachusetts lawmakers passed just over a year ago.
The basic idea: require suburbs where the single-family home reigns supreme to do more to help address the housing shortage. The legislation mandates new multifamily zones in 175 cities and towns, known as “MBTA Communities” because they have a subway, commuter rail, bus, or ferry station, or neighbor a town that does. It sets the stage for potentially hundreds of thousands of new apartments and condos to be built across Eastern Massachusetts in the coming years."
|"One thing nearly everyone agrees on: Massachusetts faces a housing crisis, and needs to build more"|
Physician Assisted Suicide presentation St Mary’s Parish Hall in Franklin on Wednesday May 11th 7:00-8:00 PM.
Mr. Jim Driscoll, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference of the Archdiocese of Boston, will be presenting the Catholic perspective regarding physician assisted suicide. Jim will be accompanied by Ms. Tahni Morell. who will share a personal family story.
Please join us and bring a friend to 1 Church Square, Franklin. If you can not make it, we are making this presentation available through Zoom link on the St Mary’s website (https://www.stmarysfranklin.org/).
|Physician Assisted Suicide presentation at St Mary's - May 11|