Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Advances on the reading front: Library of Congress adds teachers; DESE changes screening rule

"The Library of Congress kicked off the 2022-2023 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Jacqueline Katz and Caneshia Mills will work closely with staff in the Library’s Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers, students and families throughout the United States.

Jacqueline Katz, a high school science teacher from Princeton, New Jersey, will serve as the Library’s Albert Einstein Fellow.

Caneisha Mills, a middle school history teacher from Washington, D.C., has been named the Teacher-in-Residence at the Library. "

Teachers to Advance Accessibility of Primary Sources for Educators
Teachers to Advance Accessibility of Primary Sources for Educators

The State House News Service writes:
"Massachusetts schools for the first time will face a requirement to screen young students for dyslexia and other potential learning disabilities at least twice per year under a policy state education officials approved Tuesday. 
Taking aim at what Education Secretary James Peyser dubbed a "wait-to-fail strategy," the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously in favor of regulations setting statewide standards for districts to monitor student literacy progress.

Many Bay State schools are already performing some kind of dyslexia or learning disability screening, but officials said the existing framework is dotted with gaps. Now, schools will be subject to the same requirement to assess every kindergartener, first grader, second grader and third grader at least twice annually using state-approved tools to gauge their "reading ability and progress in literacy skills."
Continue reading about the regulation change 

Tracy Novick, Worcester School Cmte member and field director for Mass Association of School Committees (MASC), covers the full Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) board meeting held Tuesday morning (during which the above rule change was approved). Her notes and a link to the proposal can be found online

Section of meeting on rule change

Note: this is an unfunded mandate. DESE provides some grant opportunities to obtain the screening tool and professional development for the tool but NOT for the actual implementation of the tool during the twice a school year period to be required. Why is that important? For this group K-3, and in particular for the K level, who manages the other 18-20+ students while the assessment on 1 is conducted? This becomes less of an issue for the students in 1, 2, 3 grades as they are more independent learners (or should be by that time).
"The Department is supporting schools with a variety of funding opportunities. The Department has offered a competitive grant twice in the last 18 months to support the purchase of early literacy screening assessments and the associated professional development, awarding over $471,955 total to 27 school districts. A similar grant will be offered again in the current school year to support schools that do not yet have an appropriate screening measure in place or are in need of training. The Early Grades Literacy Grant and Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts Grants also provide funding to school districts to purchase an approved screening assessment and the associated professional development if needed. Student Opportunity Act (SOA) guidance identified early literacy screening as a key evidence-based practice, and the Department encourages school districts to use SOA funding to support this cost."

From the "backup" doc shared by Tracy

Fitness Open House scheduled for the 3 Hockomock Y locations - Saturday, Sep 24

Join us on Saturday, September 24th for our Association-wide Fitness Open House! This fitness celebration is designed for you to try a variety of group exercise classes, meet our instructors, challenge yourself and have lots of fun!

Bring your friends (for free), no registration required! We’ll have raffles and prizes.

We will also be kicking off our “Back to school, Get Back to Class” Bingo Challenge that will run from September 24-October 23, 2022! Learn more about your branch’s Bingo challenge by clicking your branch below. Print out your bingo card or get one at our Fitness open house.

Saturday, September 24th: 
• 7:00-7:45am Y Cycle with Amy – Community Room 
• 8:00-8:30am Strength Training w/Jill & Amy – Gym 
• 8:00-8:50am Vinyasa Flow w/JoAnn – Studio 
• 8:30-9:00am TBC (Total Body Conditioning) w/Brenda – Gym
• 9:00-9:30am Mindful Meditation w/JoAnn – Community Room 
• 9:00-10:00am Dance Masters Class (Dance Fusion/Zumba/High Fitness) w/Kaylee, Brenda & Mayumi – Studio 
• 10:00-10:30am Pilates Fusion & Stretch w/Jill – Community Room

For the complete schedule for all 3 locations ->

Fitness Open House scheduled for the 3 Hockomock Y locations
Fitness Open House scheduled for the 3 Hockomock Y locations

Franklin TV and schedule for Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Wednesday

9:00 AM 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM Franklin Matters Radio/FPS Voice – Steve Sherlock
Franklin and its local government, services and events  (repeats Saturday at 9 AM)

10:00 AM 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM  The Wonderful World of Wine – Mark Lenzi, Kim Simone    All about wine, its culture, lore and finer points

11:00 AM 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM Franklin Matters Radio – Steve Sherlock
Franklin and its local government, services and events (repeats Saturday at 3 PM)

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

7:30 am It Takes A Village: Gretchen Scotland
8:30 am Cultural District: Brent Selby
10:00 am Franklin Art Association: Vincent Crotty
11:30 am Cooking Thyme: Sweet Corn Risotto
12:00 pm Brooke'n'Cookin: Mac'n'Cheese
12:30 pm Sandhya: Macaroons
1:00 pm Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Safe Prescribing
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Emergency Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 2
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 4
3:30 pm Veterans' Call: Steve Croueau
4:00 pm Second Sunday Speaker Series: Wolfgang Bauer
7:00 pm 4th of July 2022: Matt Zajac
9:30 pm Concerts on the Common: Reminisants

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

7:00 am Public School Event: FHS Pops Night 05-09-18
8:30 am Universe of Adolescent Sleep
10:00 am SAFE Coalition: Overdose Awareness
11:00 am All-Town Showcase: Band
1:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Soccer: v King Philip 09-16-22
3:00 pm Let's Talk Sports: Youth Sports
5:30 pm Public School Concert: MICCA Showcase Pt. 1 03-14-18
7:30 pm Public School Concert: Lifelong Music Pt. 2 05-14-19
9:30 pm FHS Varsity Field Hockey: v King Philip 09-12-22

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

8:00 am Town Council 09-07-22
2:00 pm Town Council 09-07-22
6:00 pm Economic Development Committee: LIVE, Chambers, 833 1882 7135

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: We are back this Saturday with Pamela Means in a free concert at 8 PM

PAMELA MEANS - Power of the Protest Song
Saturday Sep 24 at 8:00 PM  
FREE with reservation
We are super excited to be presenting this free concert on Saturday.



Part performance and part presentation, this family-friendly public event will explore the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and impacts continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired – and continue to inspire – movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice.

Pamela Means is a multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer,. Her multiple honors include being named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's "# 1 Most Wanted New Artist," "Wisconsin Folk Artist of the Year," "Wisconsin Female Vocalist of the Year," and her politically provocative album, Single Bullet Theory, was voted 2004's "Outmusic Outstanding New Recording." Means's latest album, Precedent, elegantly addresses a range of themes from the state of the union to the state of the heart. Curve Magazine calls her "one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted singer-songwriters in the music industry today."  

She performed at the last Franklin Cultural Festival in 2021 and has appeared at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.

Proof of vaccination required. Masks strongly suggested.
This is a FREE concert but seating is limited.

Please email to reserve seats.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society.  Please visit for more information.

Pamela Means: Power of the Protest Song
Pamela Means: Power of the Protest Song

FPAC’s The Sound of Music Begins Rehearsal in NYC

Rehearsals have begun for the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)’s The Sound of Music, running at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, MA October 14-23.

This past weekend, the seven local children cast as the von Trapp family traveled to New York City to rehearse with director Raye Lynn Mercer, music director Hallie Wetzell, choreographer Christopher Rice-Thomson (Broadway’s Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman, Hamilton on tour), as well as their leading lady Sara Jean Ford (Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, How to Succeed…, A Little Night Music, Finian’s Rainbow) who will star as Maria. 

The local children portraying the von Trapps: Tatiana McAlpine (Liesl), Mason Sanford (Friedrich), Finley Doherty (Louisa), Julian DiChiara (Kurt), Aida DiChiara (Brigitta), Colette Lelievre (Marta), and Catherine Cornwell (Gretl) with John Fitzhenry as Rolf Gruber
The local children portraying the von Trapps: Tatiana McAlpine (Liesl), Mason Sanford (Friedrich), Finley Doherty (Louisa), Julian DiChiara (Kurt), Aida DiChiara (Brigitta), Colette Lelievre (Marta), and Catherine Cornwell (Gretl) with John Fitzhenry as Rolf Gruber

Additionally, the children, Ford, and cast members Nick Paone, Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Broadway’s Hairspray and Finian’s Rainbow), Jillian Paige, and John Fitzhenry participated in a promotional photo shoot in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden with NYC photographer Emily Croft. 

The von Trapp family will be played by FPAC Apprentices Tatiana McAlpine (Liesl), Mason Sanford (Friedrich), Finley Doherty (Louisa), Julian DiChiara (Kurt), Aida DiChiara (Brigitta), Colette Lelievre (Marta), and Catherine Cornwell (Gretl) with John Fitzhenry as Rolf Gruber. 

Broadway's Sara Jean Ford rehearsing as Maria with the von Trapp kids
Broadway's Sara Jean Ford rehearsing
as Maria with the von Trapp kids
The Sound of Music runs October 14-23 at THE BLACK BOX. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. 

The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. 

The Franklin Performing Arts Company at THE BLACK BOX is a professional Equity theater producing musicals, plays, and more, featuring Broadway stars, professional and regional performers, and emerging artists. 

For tickets and more information, visit or call the box office at 508-528-3370.

FHS golf and girls soccer teams post wins on Monday posted the results of Hockomock League competition on Monday, Sep 19, 2022. We share the FHS results here and provide the link to the full set below.

Boys Soccer = Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Franklin twice took the lead but Taunton answered each time and the two squads split the points in a 2-2 draw. Franklin junior Bradley Herndon opened the scoring for the hosts off a feed from Matt Honekamp but Taunton came back with the equalizer by the midway point of the first half on a goal from Javonte Fernandes on an assist from Az-Anael St. Marc. The Panthers pulled ahead early in the second half as Will Kryzak set up sophomore Garrett Scagliarini for his first career goal. But once again, the visitors answered as Aidden Fitting hooked up with Ian Robicheau for the equalizer.

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 4 @ Taunton, 0 – Final 
– Anya Zub’s brace helped Franklin bounce back from its first loss of the season with a convincing win at Taunton. Zub opened the scoring late in the first half and then the Panthers scored three times in just eight minutes of the second half to put the game away. Kelly O’Connor doubled the lead in the 58th minute. Six minutes later, Zub got her second to make it 3-0 and less than two minutes after that Hailey Baima found the back of the net off a Katie Ewald assist. Alli Powderly added an assist as well. Franklin had a sizable advantage in shots but Taunton keeper Hailey Porter had a big night, making 22 saves. Taunton coach Dan Borges also praised sophomore Ava Uhl and eighth grader Maddison Crowley for their defensive effort.

Volleyball = Franklin, 0 @ Lincoln-Sudbury, 3 – Final

Golf = Franklin, 155 @ Mansfield, 159 – Final 
– Franklin went on the road and secured a key non-league win at Norton Country Club, taking down former division rival Mansfield. Liam Lewandowski had a birdie on the second hole and finished with a medalist round of 37 to lead the way for the Panthers. Jack Hagerty and Jack Nelson each added a 39 in the win and CJ Steel finished with a 40 for Franklin. Mansfield’s Drew Urban was a co-medalist with a 37, Brendan Vokey chipped in with a 40, and both Cody Nieratko and Nate McClean finished at 41 for the day.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

What is the sound of human knowledge?

"Sound helps shape our perception and how we learn about the world around us. Some sounds are quite simple to identify, like the sound of a rocket launch or the sound of waves crashing against the shore. But how about the sound of all human knowledge?

The Wikimedia movement is searching for a sound logo that will identify content from all of our projects, like Wikipedia, when visual logos are not an option — for example, when virtual voice assistants answer queries.

Through an open contest, organised by the Wikimedia Foundation, we are inviting the world to create The Sound of All Human Knowledge. This sound will help communicate what the Wikimedia movement stands for — trustworthy, reliable, open, and accessible knowledge for all."

What is the sound of human knowledge?
What is the sound of human knowledge?

Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary

An extract from the Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary follows: (In the full report, this can be found on pages 15-17. The Summary Memo #3 can be found on page 60)

When proposing recommendations that can lead to increased density in an area, it is important to assess the potential impacts from new development and the municipality’s ability to serve that new development. A “build-out analysis” is a tool used in urban planning to estimate the amount and location of future growth. This analysis provides a projection of the maximum number of new housing units and other nonresidential square footage that could result if each parcel were to be redeveloped according to proposed zoning regulations. From there, potential impacts can be estimated such as increased population, parking needs, traffic, demand on municipal services, and more. In general, a build-out analysis provides an overestimation of growth and associated impacts with the understanding that many parcels in a given area will not be redeveloped for any number of reasons.

The new Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities, also known as the new Section 3A of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40A (“Section 3A”), requires communities that are served by the MBTA to have at least one zoning district of a “reasonable size” located within a half-mile of an MBTA station where multifamily housing is permitted “as of right” at a minimum gross density of 15 units per acre. To comply with the “reasonable size” requirement in Section 3A, these districts must be at least 50 acres total with a minimum of 25 contiguous acres. Under the regulations, Franklin will also need to prove to DHCDw that it has multifamily district with a unit capacity—the number of housing units that can be developed as of right in the district— equal to or greater than 1,883 units.

Currently, Franklin does not have a district of reasonable size that complies with all the requirements of Section 3A. The Downtown Commercial District does allow multifamily housing in accordance with Section 3A, but that district is less than the required 50 acres (40.2 acres). If it fails to comply with Section 3A, Franklin will no longer be eligible for state funding from the Housing Choice Initiative, the Local Capital Projects Fund, the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, and potentially other grant sources.

MAPC’s Data Services Department conducted an analysis to calculate total build-out units in the Franklin Center study area based on the Town’s current zoning and the adoption of new zoning regulations that comply with Section 3A. This analysis assumes the adoption of a Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay District (described in detail in the Recommendations section) that includes properties within the Downtown Commercial (DC), Commercial I (CI), and General Residential V (GRV) Districts.

With a total build-out of 3,352 housing units spread out across 174.29 acres, the district-wide gross density would come out to 19.23 units/acre and thus comply with Section 3A. MAPC compared the results of the build-out analysis with existing housing units in the CI, DCD, and GRV Districts to calculate net unit yield.

Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary
Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary

Based on recent studies, local data, site visits, and interviews with Town staff, MAPC has assessed infrastructure in the Franklin Center study area to determine to what extent existing infrastructure may be a barrier to new development and redevelopment.

DPW has no concerns about capacity issues in Franklin’s water and sewer systems, and they think that a very substantial amount of development would need to happen in a very short period of time in order for this to be a concern. Both Franklin’s wastewater and water supply systems could handle another 20% of their total capacity before it becomes a concern. DPW notes that the additional 20% does not mean 20% more units or more people, as newer systems are going to be more efficient in water usage and drainage.

If we translate 2,510 net units under the total build-out in the previous section to population, we could expect a maximum of 6,526 new residents given the average household size in Franklin of 2.6. This would be an increase Franklin’s population by a maximum of 17.8%, from 36,745 to 43,271 people. Based on these findings and the fact that the build-out is an overestimation, MAPC does not believe that the increase in population as a result of Franklin For All’s proposed zoning changes will result in capacity concerns for the Town’s water and sewer supplies.

The Charles River Pollution Control District operates the treatment facility that supports the Town’s sewer system. As part of the agreement for Franklin to be in the Charles River Pollution Control District, the State mandates that people may only water their lawns on trash day. This restriction is announced by the Town each year and runs from May to September. Because of this policy, residents have a false perception that the Town’s water supply is stressed and they blame new development for these complaints.

As the Town of Franklin considers new zoning in and around its downtown center, ensuring the provision of adequate transportation infrastructure and multimodal walking, biking, and transit connectivity will be critical to accommodate new growth and development. Under Section 3A, the Town must create a new multifamily zoning district, 50% of which must be located within half a mile of a commuter rail station. With an MBTA station in the heart of its pedestrian-friendly downtown, Franklin is well-positioned to create new transit- oriented housing and commercial opportunities for residents and visitors. However, targeted infrastructure improvements and broader transportation policy changes will be necessary to ensure that the Town maximizes the potential benefits it can realize under Section 3A.

Summary Memo #3 contains transportation observations and recommendations for infrastructure improvements at specific locations in Franklin Center, as well as more general transportation observations and recommendations that will enable the Town of Franklin to help meet projections for future growth.

The full report from MAPC on the Franklin For All project can be found

The Build-out and Infrastructure Analysis in PDF format ->

Summary Memo #3 in PDF format ->

Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary
Build-Out & Infrastructure Analysis from MAPC Franklin For All Executive Summary

50+ Job Seekers in MA: Interactive Workshop: How to Judge a Resume

Interactive Workshop: How to Judge a Resume
Tuesday, October 25: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us as we present an entirely different approach to improving your resume. We won’t teach you how to write a resume.

We’re going to teach you how to judge a resume, including:

  • What it means to judge a resume.
  • Why it is so hard to judge your own resume.
  • How to recognize a “good” resume.
  • How the professional resume writer associations judge a resume.

Why you need to attend this session: Plenty of other places have been teaching how to write a resume for years. That approach doesn’t work. Too often, they have a precise format and formula, or recommend templates that won’t make it through an ATS. Furthermore, most people are not writers.

This session will be presented by Ed Lawrence, a resume writer who judges submissions for one of the major resume writer organizations

This free program is available through a grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.


Ed Lawrence
Authorized DISC Administrator
Member, CPRW Certification Committee

50+ Job Seekers in MA: Interactive Workshop: How to Judge a Resume
50+ Job Seekers in MA: Interactive Workshop: How to Judge a Resume

Franklin TV and schedule for Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022

  • 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: Joyce McJilton Dwyer
9:00 am It Takes A Village: Gretchen Scotland
10:00 am Frank Presents: Caron Grupposo
11:00 am Senior Connection: COVID Updates
12:00 pm Brooke'n'Cookin: Mac'n'Cheese
12:30 pm Sandhya: Macaroons
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Emergency Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 2
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 4
3:30 pm The Only Cure Is Education
4:00 pm Let's Talk Sports: Youth Sports
4:30 pm Extended Play Sessions: Acoustic X
5:30 pm Physician Focus: Too Much Medicine?
6:00 pm Cultural District: Brent Selby
7:30 pm Joe Landry: The Railroad of Franklin
8:30 pm The Drummer's Studio: 12th Anniversary

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

7:00 am Public School Concert: Lifelong Music Pt. 2 05-14-19
9:00 am Public School Event: FHS Pops Night 05-09-18
11:00 am Let's Talk Sports: Youth Sports
12:00 pm All-Town Showcase: Band
2:00 pm It Takes A Village: Gretchen Scotland
6:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Soccer: v Foxboro 09-15-22
8:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Soccer: v King Philip 09-16-22
10:00 pm FHS Varsity Volleyball: v Attleboro

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

8:00 am School Committee: 09-13-22
2:00 pm School Committee: 09-13-22

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

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (
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Monday, September 19, 2022

Dutch Mill Bulbs - fund raiser for ECDC

Order some Dutch Mill Bulbs online, get them shipped directly to your home, and help this fund raiser for ECDC (

Order now, they ship 2 weeks after you order. 
Plant this fall, enjoy the color in the Spring.

If you don't have a QR Code reader, follow this link ->

Dutch Mill Bulbs - fund raiser for ECDC
Dutch Mill Bulbs - fund raiser for ECDC

Read about the proposed Downtown Parking District Bylaw - discussion scheduled for Weds EDC Mtg - Sep 21 at 6 PM

September 16, 2022

To: Town Council EDC subcommittee 
From: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
Alecia Alleyne, Assistant to the Town Administrator

Re: Downtown Parking District Bylaw

Before the EDC tonight is a proposal for the revised downtown parking district map. We have included the current map and a proposed new version. I will do the best to summarize the proposed changes:

1. No Parking: All “No Parking” outlined in red are exactly the same and no changes have been proposed. These were areas delineated by public safety and the town engineer when the original map was done after the Downtown project was completed in 2017 to reflect narrow roads, turn radius, emergency vehicle access and so forth.

2. Residential Street Parking: The current map has two categories of residential street parking (blue and purple) with different rules. Staff propose merging those two districts into one district for greater consistency. The blue section has residential parking from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Mon.-Fri. to prevent daytime commuters, students and others from parking cars all day in front of residential homeowners in efforts to avoid other parking regulations. Staff have not heard any substantial concerns with this bylaw over the past five years.

If no color exists, there are no parking regulations to follow and residents can freely park.

3. Main Downtown Business Corridor: The area in Orange is a revision of the proposal before the Council earlier this year. Staff are proposing map revisions as follows:
a. 1-hour parking limit on the Main Street and East Central Street corridors between the hours of 6:00AM to 6:00PM.
b. The parking is free and is intended to incubate a greater rotation of cars to do basic errands and stops. Examples: Post office, banks, shopping, lunch, coffee, breakfast, drop off, etc. MOST travel downtown during the daytime are for short errands.
c. Parking in these spaces are also free between 6:00 PM to midnight for evening commerce, no time restrictions.
d. From midnight to 6:00 AM there will be NO OVERNIGHT parking spaces Monday through Saturday.
e. Sunday is free parking without time limits.
4. Parking lots: The Town is proposing the most substantial changes to the downtown parking lot access.
a. Davis-Thayer and the Library.
i. D-T: The Town is finalizing ownership of the former school property and will prohibit overnight parking between midnight and 6:00AM. During the daytime parking is free to use the ball fields and playgrounds for families.
ii. The Library lot is owned by Dean College on a long term lease basis and will remain parking for Library patrons and those who use the Town Common. There will be no overnight parking allowed between Midnight and 6:00AM.
b. Ferrara’s Municipal Lot and the Depot Street Municipal Lot
i. The Town proposes to eliminate all dedicated parking uses (commuter and merchant) in favor of a first come, first serve parking lot for all uses.
ii. The Town intends to purchase “Flowbird” kiosks for self pay. See attached quote for 3 kiosks and information packet on the company. Flowbird allows for quarters, cash, credit card, debit card, Apple Pay/Google Pay/ Samsung Pay and an app. Only personal checks will not be accepted.
iii. The lot can be used by citizens, shoppers, commuters, merchants, employees, customers. First come, first serve every day.
iv. The lot spaces will be available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM for $3 per day unlimited time.
1. The current bylaw only allows quarterly passes, which are $180/quarter, or $3 a day for a regular business week.
v. From 6:00 PM to Midnight the lot spaces are available free for downtown commerce.
vi. From Midnight to 6:00 AM there will be NO OVERNIGHT parking.
vii. Please note the first commuter train leaves Downtown at 5:15 AM (the last time we checked and is certainly subject to changes by the MBTA).

Other miscellaneous points:

The bylaw will take effect at approximately July 1, 2023. Staff expect a four month order wait for the kiosks (and this is pending any supply chain problems).
The Town will look to make investments into speed and traffic enforcement in the FY24 budget, as well as capital investments in the capital plan for additional signage (from electric sign boards to flashing speeding signs).
As a sidebar, the #1 complaint town staff have received this year is excessive speeding on most town roads, the lack of drivers following signage, requests for reduced speed limits on many roads in town and greater traffic enforcement.
The DPW Director estimates 4-8 weeks to replace the signs in downtown.
An update of traffic violation fines should also be adopted. Staff recommendation is to follow the superb research by Lt. Reilly and the FPD. See attached bylaw proposal.
A bylaw in Section 82-6 will also have to be adopted to eliminate the old commuter and merchant language from the Town fees and be replaced with the new proposed fee of $2.00 per day, per car.
Finally, a significant amount of patience and optimism will be required to allow the staff to install this new infrastructure.


As recommended by the Franklin Police Department, one alternative is to commission a third-party study of downtown parking.

Finally, staff understand this proposal is not perfect and will accommodate all parties at all times. That said, due to the altering dynamics of commuting, the town bylaw on the parking lot usage needs to change. The policy opens up almost 90 spaces with unfettered access. It also ensures that there is no overnight parking and ensures that each day, downtown customers can find parking regardless of their destination, purpose or use.

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Download a copy of the 2-page PDF

Download a copy of the full Agenda PDF (38 pages)

March 2020 - shutdown due to COVID, plenty of parking downtown
March 2020 - shutdown due to COVID, plenty of parking downtown

Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Episode 045 - Work & Post Summer Stories (audio)

In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about work & labor, end of summer stories, "The Hokey Pokey" in the style of Shakespeare and more.

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for September 2022.

Senior Story Hour - WFPR = The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group
Steve Sherlock hosts The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group for a monthly reading of short stories, essays, poetry and more. 

“We have a lot of work to do, and we can’t spend our time responding to fantasies"

"On Election Day in Shutesbury, population 1,700, voters place their marked ballots into a narrow wooden box on their way out of town hall. With the turn of a crank and a “ding!” of a bell, each ballot gets passed through a wheeled mechanism and falls into a bottom compartment of the box. White numbers on the manual counter tick up by one: The ballot is counted.

So the town’s part-time clerk, Grace Bannasch, was confused when she began getting pummeled with public records requests demanding voting machine tapes and serial numbers, copies of digital ballots, and file names, all related to the November 2020 presidential election.

She’s not the only one. Municipal elections officials across Massachusetts have been bombarded with these types of requests, which elections experts and political scientists say stem from supporters of Donald Trump who believe there are documents that will prove widespread election fraud in the 2020 election.

The problem has become so pervasive that it’s caught the attention of Secretary of State William F. Galvin, whose office has contacted Attorney General Maura Healey and is working on a coordinated response."
Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin is also in this request cycle, as confirmed with an email from Town Clerk Nancy Danello:
"We get 2-3 sometimes more on a daily basis.  Some of the requests that are coming through are very time consuming... and the majority all have the same language and are looking for the exact same information.....  
But, we do our jobs to the best of our abilities with a smile on our faces :)"

The Shutesbury Town Hall is a former school house. Across the country, election officials and staff are facing requests for information, harassment, and even death threats. Shutesbury Town Clerk Grace Bannasch is the sole election worker in the small town. LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF
The Shutesbury Town Hall is a former school house. Across the country, election officials and staff are facing requests for information, harassment, and even death threats. Shutesbury Town Clerk Grace Bannasch is the sole election worker in the small town. LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF

"our democracy remains in jeopardy"

"Nearly two years after President Donald Trump refused to accept his defeat in the 2020 election, some of his most loyal Republican acolytes might follow in his footsteps.

When asked, six Trump-backed Republican nominees for governor and the Senate in midterm battlegrounds would not commit to accepting this year’s election results, and another five Republicans ignored or declined to answer a question about embracing the November outcome. All of them, along with many other GOP candidates, have preemptively cast doubt on how their states count votes.

The New York Times contacted Republican and Democratic candidates or their aides in 20 key contests for governor and the Senate. All of the Democrats said, or have said publicly, that they would respect the November results — including Stacey Abrams of Georgia, who refused to concede her 2018 defeat to Brian Kemp in the state’s race for governor. Kemp, now running against her for another term, “will of course accept the outcome of the 2022 election,” said his press secretary, Tate Mitchell."


“The most important thing is to not get depressed about the elections and say, ‘Oh, it’s going to be stolen, so what’s the point of doing this?’” Diehl, the Republican nominee for governor of Massachusetts, said in a recent radio interview.

Diehl’s spokesperson, Peggy Rose, replied “no comment” when asked if he would agree to the outcome of the November election.

His Democratic opponent, Maura Healey, the state’s attorney general, said, “We will always accept the will of the people.”

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Geoff Diehl, the Republican nominee for governor in Massachusetts, has not said whether he would accept the election's results. DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF
Geoff Diehl, the Republican nominee for governor in Massachusetts, has not said whether he would accept the election's results. DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF