Monday, July 4, 2022

Senate President Karen Spilka to Host Autumn Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Return to in-person fair will include fun and informative activities for older adults 


State Senate President Karen E. Spilka announced plans for her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair to be held in-person in Framingham on October 22, 2022. The free event will include fun and informative activities for older adults, as well as food, workshops, live music, vendors, and raffles.  


"Each year, my Senior Health and Wellness Fair has been a great chance for me to get to know so many residents of our community and to connect them with resources, fun activities, and, most importantly, each other," said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "Last year, this event was held remotely to keep everyone safe. Isolation has made connecting with one other even more important for residents of any age, but particularly for seniors. That's why I am so excited to be able to hold this event in-person again this year." 


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event hosted hundreds of seniors and older adults annually from across the MetroWest area and beyond. 


Senate President Karen Spilka's Senior Health and Wellness Fair is scheduled to be held in-person at Keefe Technical High School, at 750 Winter Street in Framingham, on October 22, 2022. Residents are encouraged to call the office of Senate President Spilka at (617) 722-1500 with questions.  

Senate President Karen Spilka to Host Autumn Senior Health and Wellness Fair
Senate President Karen Spilka to Host Autumn Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Census Bureau Profile America Facts for Features: The Fourth of July - 2022

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The Fourth of July: 2022

Patriotic Places

JUNE 29, 2022

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution the importance of statistics as a vital tool for measuring America.

Most of the following facts are possible thanks to responses to U.S. Census Bureau censuses and surveys. We appreciate the public's cooperation as we continuously measure our people, places and economy. 

Did You Know?

2.5 million

The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: 1789-1945


The nation's population on April 1, 2020. Source: 2020 Census


The number of signers of the Declaration of Independence.

It is also worth noting that:

  • John Hancock, a merchant by trade, was the first signer. In 2020, more than 1 million business establishments nationally with paid employees were in the retail trade industry like Hancock. Source: 2020 County Business Patterns, Table CB2000CBP
  • Benjamin Franklin, who represented Pennsylvania, was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence at age 70. Pennsylvania had a resident population of 13,002,700 on April 1, 2020. Edward Rutledge of South Carolina was the youngest signer at age 26. South Carolina had a resident population of 5,118,425 on April 1, 2020.

Source: 2020 Census 

                                     Patriotic Places 

  • Places with the word "liberty" in their names.

Source: Vintage 2021 Population Estimates

  • Places with the word "union" in their names.

Source: Vintage 2021 Population Estimates 

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Franklin TV and schedule for Monday, July 4, 2022

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Monday

9 AM 12 PM and 6 PM Talkin’ the Blues – Jim Derick & Todd Monjur
2 hours of awesome blues music, info, interviews

11 AM 2 PM and 8 PM A More Perfect Union – with Dr. Michael Walker-Jones,
Representative Jeff Roy and Dr. Natalia Linos

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = MONDAY
8:00 am SAFE Coalition: Kyle Brodeur
9:00 am FHS Graduation 2022
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Quinoa
12:30 pm Sandhya: Macaroons
1:00 pm Cooking Thyme: Ice Cream
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Meat-Lovers Pt. 1
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Summer 2018 Show 5
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 11
4:00 pm Metrowest Symposium: Ruby Payne
5:30 pm Senior Connection: Dementia
6:00 pm Veterans' Call: Veterans' Treatment
7:00 pm Let's Talk Sports: Brett Feldman
7:30 pm Frank Presents: Kathy McAdams
8:30 pm The Drummer's Studio 12th Anniversary

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

7:00 am All-Town Showcase: Band

8:30 am FHS Varsity Softball: v Mansfield 04-22-22

10:30 am Public School Event: Remington Spring Music '22

12:30 pm Public School Concert: Horace Mann Spring Music '22

2:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Kyle Brodeur

4:00 pm FHS Varsity Baseball: v King Philip 05-07-22

6:30 pm FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse: v Moses Brown 05-24-22

8:30 pm FHS PCC: Vaping Panel

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

8:00 am Planning Board: 06-27-22 2:00 pm Planning Board: 06-27-22

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Franklin TV: July 4th = Democracy So many fought for it. Let’s keep it.

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 07/03/2022

Our arduous trail to freedom is a hard-fought journey littered with great sacrifice. Our grand experiment in democracy – it was literally revolutionary. That great upheaval returns, and we are again at the precipice of revolution. Don’t think so?

Consider this think-tank analysis: The socioeconomic stability of any country is maintained when the income for the upper 2% of society is not more than10 times the income for the average citizen. This statistic indicates that a 10x income disparity defines a threshold for triggering populist unrest. It’s the widening divide between the haves and the have nots. It marks the edge of revolution. We’re there. Another tenet holds that democracy maintains its stability through revolution at the ballot box. We avoid physical revolution because we vote the bad actors out that don’t advance equitable public policies. That’s how voting is supposed to work. It presumes that votes are reasoned decisions. Sadly, too often they’re not.
Democracy So many fought for it. Let’s keep it
Democracy So many fought for it. Let’s keep it

Our first revolution began here in Massachusetts. Today’s is elsewhere – in the flyover states – in the South – in economically depressed regions of the country. This populist revolution harnesses the disenfranchised who are aimlessly angry over their hapless helpless circumstances. There’s a lot of ongoing pain out there. Today’s revolution got branded early in this century. The Tea Party. Catchy, no? Right wing conservative media fueled it. Republican candidates legitimized it. Trump seized it. He usurped all reason with anger mongering three-word chants. Lock – Her – Up!  Stop – the – Steal!  Hang – Mike – Pence!  Three – Word – Chant!

Other pandering pols blast ‘dog whistles’ over contrived social evils. They harvest votes from all that aimless anger. Anger = votes. We, the People – are being played. The essential quality that is completely absent on this grand stage? It’s integrity. If our elections are to save us, we must save our elections. They’re not broken or fraudulent, but there are those who claim that they are. Why? They want control. They believe that it’s not the votes that count. It’s those who count the votes. They want that job. Hence, they foment false revolution. It is high irony that they are socially engineering democracy to kill itself at the ballot box. We must identify, support and vote for candidates who hold a steadfast commitment to our Constitution with integrity in thought and deed and who have the courage to act.

Vote – Smart – Now! Vote – Smart – Now! 

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4th of July Celebration - schedule for Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sunday, July 3

1:00pm - 4th July: Rides and food booths open (WRIST BANDS FROM 12‐5 - save $ buy the wristband/card online ->

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm - 4th July: Attleboro School of Rock

3:00pm - 4th July: Michael Ravelis

4:30pm - 4th July: Matt Zajac

7:00pm - 4th July: Backyard Swagger (high energy country rock show covering hits by top artists)

4th of July Coalition home page

Franklin July 4th Coalition

c/o Dean Bank

P.O. Box 307

Franklin, MA 02038

Download a copy of the recent Franklin 4th July mailer with the complete schedule of events  ->

one of several rides for smaller folks
one of several rides for smaller folks

the nonprofit food tent lineup
the nonprofit food tent lineup

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy receives John “Jack” Healy Leadership Award

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) presented State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) with the John “Jack” Healy Leadership Award in the DCU Club at Polar Park in Worcester on May 20th.  The award ceremony was part of MassMEP’s  ‘Manufacturing Your Future i4.0,’ an event for Massachusetts manufacturers to come together and take a deep dive through the components of Industry 4.0, along with a view of SMART Manufacturing, and the chance to learn about the importance of building a roadmap in I4.0 to remain competitive and see direct impacts to the bottom line. 

Representative Roy received the award in recognition of his dedication to and support of Massachusetts Manufacturing.  Currently the House Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy, he is also the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages “Making It” in Massachusetts.   
State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy
State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy
“I was honored, humbled, and deeply touched to be the recipient of the Jack Healy Award from MassMEP,” said Representative Roy.  “Under the leadership of Speaker Ron Mariano, Massachusetts has assembled an unparalleled support system and is fully committed to a thriving manufacturing sector. I have been delighted to play a small role in the efforts to help companies make it in Massachusetts and look forward to seeing more moving here.” 
 “No one deserves this award more than Representative Roy,” said Dennis Leonard, Chairman of the Board, MassMEP.  Representative Roy’s efforts have fostered innovation and created opportunities for economic growth in Massachusetts. He has been a steadfast supporter of the MassMEP, requesting funding for the program every year. We as a manufacturing community are in a better place because of him.”

L-R: Rep Roy, Mark Schmit of NIST and Tom Andrellos of MassMEP
L-R: Rep Roy, Mark Schmit of NIST and Tom Andrellos of MassMEP

In 2016, MassMEP created the John “Jack” Healy Leadership Award to recognize excellence within manufacturing companies and honor individual manufacturing leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing. This award is in honor of MassMEP's former President and leader, John "Jack" Healy. Jack was the leader of MassMEP from 1997-2016. During his tenure he changed the way manufacturing is perceived and was often referred to as the "Voice of Manufacturing." His role with MassMEP and his passion for the industry were the catalysts in shaping the direction of manufacturing in Massachusetts. 
Past recipients of the John “Jack” Healy Leadership Award include Speaker Robert DeLeo and Congressman Jim McGovern. 

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Senator Rausch: June Beacon Hill Roundup

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Senator Rausch State House Briefing   
Part 2, Chapter 17 (June 30, 2022)   

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent actions, and particularly the Dobbs decision, it is no exaggeration to say that we are living in dark times for our country, our federal government, and the rule of law. As a woman, a mother, a Jew, someone who has been pregnant and given birth, a scholar in reproductive justice and the law, and someone who genuinely cares about the survival of our democracy, I feel the impacts of these decisions in every fiber of my being. The Supreme Court has engaged in drastic, unprecedented, and extremist judicial activism that moves our country decades back in time.  

State legislatures across the country must act. Now. Indeed, state governments have never been more important. I remain fervently committed to protecting broad-spectrum reproductive health care access and delivery in our Commonwealth, regardless of residency. State governments are our last line of defense. With a month to go in the legislative session, I will keep fighting to advance the urgently needed policies to protect your rights. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find my statement about the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, a celebration of pride and Juneteenth, a legislative update, and a roundup of some district events. For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me and my team via phone (617-722-1555) or email ( We are here to help.   

I wish you and your loved ones strength, health, resilience, and joy.     

Yours in service,  
Senator Becca Rausch   

Virtual Evening Office Hours

Senator Rausch: June Beacon Hill Roundup 

My team and I host virtual office hours every month. Residents from any part of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, as well as residents of the Norfolk, Worcester and Middlesex District (which takes effect in January 2023), are welcome to share their questions and opinions on state issues with me and my team via video chat or phone call.    

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Upcoming virtual office hours:    

Monday, July 11, 5-6 PM 

Monday, August 1, 5-6 PM 

Our mailing address is:
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Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

One day delay in the normal trash/recycle schedule for the 4th of July week

With the 4th of July falling on Monday, there will be a one day delay in the normal trash/recycle pickup schedule. If your schedule is normally on Monday, then it is Tuesday, if Tuesday, it is now Wednesday, and so forth.

If you accidentally tossed the new 2022-2023 curbside flyer from Waste Management (which picks up per contract from the Town of Franklin DPW), you can download a copy here  ->

Note the next one day delay in the normal schedule will be in September for Labor Day.

Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters
Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters