Friday, August 5, 2022

FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 8 at 6 PM

Policy Subcommittee Meeting
DATE:8/8/2022 TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM

“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may, in fact, be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

I. Distribution of Approved Policies
A. Other previously approved policies for manuals
II. Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
A. none
III. Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
A. AC - Nondiscrimination
B. ACAB - Harassment
C. Continued Review of E Policies

The full agenda doc including remote access info

FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE::  Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 8 at 6 PM
FRANKLIN SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Aug 8 at 6 PM

CommonWealth Magazine: "Baker vetoes prison moratorium"

"GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Thursday vetoed a five-year moratorium on new prison construction, citing concerns that it would constrain the state from moving forward with several planned prison improvement projects. The moratorium was included in a $5.1 billion bond bill for projects related to government operations, which Baker signed.

“These improvements require facility modifications that will require not only funding, but the allowance of discretion in how existing facilities are used – or not used,” Baker wrote in his signing letter."
Continue reading the article online

The full list of legislation acted upon by Gov Baker on Thursday

Legislation Acted Upon by the Governor - August 4, 2022:

Bill #

Bill Title




An Act financing the general governmental infrastructure of the Commonwealth

Governor Baker

Signed in part – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to a purchase option on a University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth leased facility in New Bedford (FY23 attach Y)

Governor Baker

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to a certain parcel of land in the town of Townsend

Rep. Kim Ferguson, Sen. Anne Gobi

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act authorizing the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to release easements upon certain real property in the town of Canton

Rep. William Galvin, Sen. Walter Timilty

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to the governance, structure and care of veterans at the Commonwealth’s veterans’ homes

Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and Sen. Anne Gobi

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act further regulating the enforcement of illegal hunting practices

Rep. Lori Ehrlich, Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to taking or transmitting images of crime victims by first responders

Rep. Joseph Wagner and Sen. Eric Lesser

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act relative to regular compensation for certain retirees and active retirement system members

Rep. Paul McMurtry and Rep. Colleen Garry

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act authorizing the commissioner of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston

Rep. Elizabeth Malia

Signed – 8/4/2022


An Act protecting research animals

Rep. Carolyn Dykema

Signed – 8/4/2022

MCI-Shirley, a medium and minimum security state prison. (Photo by Department of Correction)
MCI-Shirley, a medium and minimum security state prison. (Photo by Department of Correction)

"a victim of the focus [being] on other quote-unquote more important bills"

"In the churn of its final 23-hour formal session, the Massachusetts Senate embraced a series of changes members said would protect those victimized by crime. They passed a bill that banned first responders from taking pictures of victims. After midnight, they spent 90 minutes debating, and then passed, language expanding the list of crimes for which someone could be held before trial.

“Think about the victims that are asking us to act,” Senator Marc R. Pacheco said from the floor.

Survivors of “revenge porn” question whether the Senate thought of them, too.

Despite 48 states outlawing it and the House voting unanimously to do the same, the Senate adjourned its final formal session this week without taking a vote on a measure that would make the sharing of nonconsensual pornography illegal in Massachusetts."
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The Senate chamber of the Massachusetts State House.CARLIN STIEHL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
The Senate chamber of the Massachusetts State House. CARLIN STIEHL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

CommonWealth Magazine: after all the he said/she said, tax credit might be less than Gov Baker claimed

"AS THEIR CAREFULLY crafted plans for tax relief and massive spending outlays began to slip away with last Thursday’s stunning news about a 1986 tax law, frustrated Democrats on Beacon Hill went into spin mode.

First, late Friday afternoon, Rep. Christine Barber of Somerville took to the House floor to suggest that plans by the Baker administration to sweep a $225 million fund may have been part of the administration’s move to trigger the 36-year-old law that the Baker administration a day earlier said could force nearly $3 billion in tax relief later this year, or about 7 percent of the income taxes paid in 2021.

“It’s becoming clear that to cover closing costs for 2022 and to possibly pay for the $2.8 billion that will go to the taxpayers under Chapter 62F, there may have been some other need for these funds,” Barber said. “I hope that those funds were not used at the expense of covering low and moderate income families’ health care, but that looks like what might be happening. But we know that rather than spend these funds that were in the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund, the governor swept those funds out and then replaced this new program that we created with a study.”
Continue reading the article online

"STATE OFFICIALS said on Thursday that tax revenues grew by more than 20 percent in the most recently completed fiscal year, but that growth will nevertheless yield a tax cap credit that is probably more than $600 million less than what the Baker administration estimated last week.

The tax cap is a 1986 law that sets “allowable” tax revenue the state can take in during a given year and requires collections in excess of that amount to be returned to taxpayers in the form of a credit."
Continue reading the article online

Are you up to date on your vaccinations, including COVID-19 boosters?

Catch up on vaccines to protect yourself against serious illness.
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Stay up to date on your vaccines

It's especially important to stay up to date on your vaccines. Vaccines protect you from serious illness and can even keep you out of the hospital.

Talk with your doctor about which vaccines may be right for you, many of which Medicare covers: 

  • COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines (including getting all recommended boosters when eligible) will keep you best protected from severe COVID-19 illness.
  • One flu shot per flu season. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October to stay protected throughout flu season.
  • Two different pneumococcal shots. Medicare covers the first shot at any time and a different, second shot if it's given at least one year after the first shot.

Visit to see what other vaccines Medicare covers, and talk with your doctor about staying up to date on your vaccines.


The Medicare Team

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Aug 5, 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

7:30 am Celebrate With Pride: Pt. 2
9:00 am Frank Presents: Caron Grupposo
10:00 am Physician Focus: Guns and Public Health
11:00 am Senior Connection: Danielle Hopkins
11:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Healthy Communities
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Tai Salad
12:30 pm Sandhya: Eclairs
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Healthy Pizza Crusts
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 7
3:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Task Force
4:00 pm Senior Connection: Danielle Hopkins
4:30 pm Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac

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

7:00 am Public School Event: Lifelong Music Pt. 2 05-13-19
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Lifelong Learning
9:30 am Pack 92 Pinewood Derby 2022
11:30 am FHS Varsity Volleyball: v Shrewsbury 11-09-21
1:30 pm Public School Concert: FHS Concert Night 2019
3:30 pm Critical Conversations: Social Media
6:00 pm Let's Talk Sports: Unified Basketball
7:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Soccer: v Framingham 11-06-21
9:00 pm FHS Varsity Field Hockey: v Winchester 11-11-21

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

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 07-28-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 07-28-22

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

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Lifelong Learning fall sessions are open for registration: there might be something for you!

Registration is now open at Lifelong Community Learning. We hope you can join us. There’s a lot going on.

Lifelong Learning is the community education branch of Franklin Public Schools, and provides educational experiences for Franklin residents, and those from surrounding towns, from elementary school through retirement.

Adult participants can choose from a very interesting variety of options this fall, including Arts & Crafts, Lifestyle & Culture, Exercise & Wellness, Team Sports, Workshops & Special Events, and Online Learning. Some of the exercise and sports choices are Badminton, LaBlast Dance Fitness, Tai Chi, Yoga, Volleyball, and Ladies Light Hiking.  New this year: Women’s Basketball and Basketball for Men Over 50 along with much more. 

If you are looking for language options, once again we have Beginner Spanish for adults and Conversational Italian. New this fall, we have American Sign Language (ASL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) both for adults.

For children, Lifelong Community Learning’s ever popular Kids’ Corner program is once again offering Kids’ Cooking classes. In these 1-hour classes, students will gain kitchen skills like searing, sautéing, folding, and more. They will create 1 -2 dishes per week depending on complexity and timing. You will want to check this out, there is so much more to see and do at Kids’ Corner. It’s where fun and learning meet after school.

Visit for full course details and to register.  You may also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.

Download a copy of the Fall brochure ->

Lifelong Learning fall sessions are open for registration: there might be something for you!
Lifelong Learning fall sessions are open for registration: there might be something for you!

Pan-Mass Challenge rides this weekend, water stop at Remington Saturday morning

The Remington Jefferson School is a water stop for the 2-day riders. It has a reputation for being one of the better water stops on the route. The riders tend to arrive between 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, Aug 6.

More about the route and PMC

Donate to one or more riders, or to the PMC itself

The Franklin PMC Kids ride is scheduled for Sep 25 to start/finish at Remington Jefferson also.

Pan-Mass Challenge rides this weekend, water stop at Remington Saturday morning
Pan-Mass Challenge rides this weekend, water stop at Remington Saturday morning

Enjoy the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest on YouTube (video)

Great music for you to enjoy.
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Hi all,

I know it has been a long time since our last concert which was Feb 29, 2020. I'm sending this email to let you know that all three days of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Main Stage are now available on YouTube.  You will find many Circle of Friends Coffeehouse favorites and you will probably discover some wonderful new performers.  Please Subscribe to their YouTube channel.

In other news we will soon be announcing a Circle of Friends Coffeehouse concert in September. There are still a few details to work out but we will be posting very soon.
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society.  Please visit  for more information.
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Town of Franklin August 2022 E-Newsletter

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August 2022 Edition

Upcoming Election Information

The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 6am-8pm at Franklin High School Gymnasium. In person Early Voting will take place August 27 - September 2 at the Franklin High School Gymnasium or Franklin Municipal Building.

Franklin High School In Person Early Voting Dates

August 27 9am-3pm   |  August 29 9am-3pm

August 30 9am-3pm   |  August 31 9am-5pm

September 1 9am-3pm | September 2 8am-12pm

You may also early vote in person at the Franklin Municipal Building Monday through Thursday from 8am-4pm and Friday from 8am-1pm, now until September 2nd, 2022.

The last day to register to vote is August 27th 9am - 5pm.

You may register to vote or update any information online via the Massachusetts Online Voter Registration System.

Department of Public Works

Fall Residential Rain Barrel Program Now Open!

Reduce your water bill by utilizing a rain barrel to collect rainwater. When it rains you SAVE!

The Fall Residential Rain Barrel Program is currently open to residents - residents can order directly from The Great American Rain Barrel Company. The deadline to order is September 5 and pick up will be at the DPW on September 14 from 4-6pm.

Order your rain barrel today!

Learn more about rain barrels here.

Join the fun and enter into Franklin's Hydrant Painting Event!

The Town of Franklin Department of Public Works is hosting a fire hydrant painting event! Registration is open until August 12, 2022. Proposed designs must be submitted for approval along with a completed application. Applicants will be notified by August 19, 2022.

For more information including event rules, application and frequently asked questions, please click here.

Franklin Public Schools

Summer Reading

We're excited to welcome students, faculty and staff next month to formally begin the 2022-2023 academic year! With the first day of school approaching, we remind students and their families to work towards their summer reading and math enrichment goals. District specific summer learning opportunities can be found here. Happy learning!

22-23 School Calendar Now Available

The School Calendar for the 22-23 school year is now available. The first day for students will be Monday, August 30, 2022. Be sure to register your Pre K -12 student(s) via Aspen, our online registration portal.

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

August 4 - Whalemobile

Kids ages 5+ are welcome to join us for a special 30 minute journey inside Nile—the life-sized inflatable humpback whale, to learn about how whales and humans are similar and different, and have a chance to touch baleen, teeth and bones! REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Register on our website to reserve your 30minute time slot, event is from 10am - 12pm.

August 13 - Will Parker Concert 

Children's songwriter and teaching artist Will Parker writes and performs music for "kids ages 1-

100." Will plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing-along, dancing, high-fiving, and imaginative play! Will's whimsical and interactive show begins at 10:30am.

August 17 - Rainforest Reptiles Desert Animals

Travel with us to the different rainforests around the world and meet the alligators, turtles, snakes and more that call these places home! Animal Fun for All Ages! Program begins at 1pm.

August 27 - Bollywood Dance

People of all ages are invited to join us at 9:30am for Bollywood Dancing with Deepa Bhaskar. Bollywood Dance is an expressive and eclectic dance form that fuses Indian classical and folk dance with various other dances styles from all around the world!

Library Hours

The Library's summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am - 5pm. The library is closed on Sundays in July and August.

Library Calendar of Events - August 2022

Food, Music, Movies and More! 

Fall Recreation Programs

The Recreation department has released their fall program brochure.


Fall registration opens August 1st at 8:30am.

Sunday Speaker Series at the Franklin Historical Museum!

Join us Sunday, August 14 at 1pm for our presentation entitled "Firestorm: A Childhood Amidst the Ruins of War".

Wolfgang Bauer, a former Franklin Town Manager and currently a representative to the Charles River Pollution Control District, was born in Hamburg, Germany in the midst of the 1943 Allied firebombing that destroyed much of the city and killed tens of thousands. Bauer will review some of the main features of the bombing raids and discuss his life as a small child growing up in the wreckage of a once-prosperous city; a situation now being repeated in Ukraine in the 21st century.

Veterans' Services

August 3 - Coffee Social starts at 10am in the Senior Center Café. In honor of National Purple Heart Day, we will be recognizing Franklin Purple Heart recipients at the Social. All veterans are welcome!

August 6 -  Franklin Elks Lodge on Pond Street is sponsoring a Dinner-Dance FUNdraiser from 6-10 pm with all proceeds going to the Monument Restoration Fund. Tickets are $20/pp. All members of the community are invited to join us for a night of fun featuring a pasta dinner, DJ with dancing and amazing raffle baskets! Tickets are available in the Veterans' office.

August 7 - National Purple Heart Day - Honors the brave men and women who were either wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. Please let our office know if you or a family member (residing in Franklin) is a Purple Heart recipient and we'll add them to our database!

August 18 - Veterans' Council Meeting - 7pm at the Senior Center.

Veterans Memorial Walkway - The next engraved brick installation will be in November to coincide with Veterans' Day. Veterans need not be from Franklin to be honored with a brick. All members of the U.S. military are eligible. Brick order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies and on the Veterans' Services page on the Town website.

For information about COVID-19 booster appointments and clinics in the Boston VA Healthcare System, click here.

Contact the Veterans' Services Office at 508-613-1315 or access their department page to learn more.

Board of Assessors

The Board of Assessors expresses its sincere appreciation for the cooperation of the Franklin citizens in the Assessors Office ongoing cyclical property inspection program. In recent months visits have also been made for building permit and sales verification. With accurate information the Assessors have greater assurance that the taxable valuations represents Fair & Equitable Assessments.

Applications for Statutory Tax Exemptions are available on our website. We suggest applicants to make every effort to complete the forms to return them after Labor Day. For questions, please call 508-520-4920 or make an appointment.

Annual FY 2024 renewal applications for Chapters 61, 61A and 61B will be available mid-September and due back by September 30. New applications for FY 2024 must also be completed and submitted during this time.

The Assessors Office wishes to emphasize that while every effort is made to see that the Tax Maps and the associated AxisGIS parcels are as accurate as possible, these depictions are meant to be a general guide for our property inventory. They are not as-built plot plans nor are they surveys, and are not sufficient for property conveyance purposes.

Reminder: you may want to record a Homestead Declaration at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds; information on this is available at where you will also find other helpful cautions for property owners.

The Board and its Staff wish you continued pleasant and safe Summer season!

Keep up with meetings, departments & committees. The schedule and links can be found on our website calendar.
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