Monday, December 5, 2022

The Pantry Food Elves Are Busy Canvassing Your Neighborhood!

Franklin Food Pantry Food Elves 2022
Franklin Food Pantry Food Elves 2022
"Food prices increased by 13.1% nationally and 10.9% locally this year and have not only impacted our neighbors but have increased The Franklin Food Pantry’s operating costs as well. Fundraisers like Food Elves are critical to our organization especially now amid rising food prices and increasing need.

Last year our Elves raised over $95,000! These funds help us continue to provide services and food, including fresh produce, proteins and dairy to our neighbors in need. Food Elves is our largest fundraiser and we can't wait to see what our Food Elves accomplish this year!

Food Elves will be canvassing Franklin neighborhoods starting this week. Look for your purple envelope and consider making the holidays brighter for your neighbors by placing a donation in the purple envelope for pickup by your local Food Elf. If you have not been visited by a Food Elf you can donate here or use the QR code."

Or use this link ->


If you want to see the FHS Pep Rally Nov 22, 2022 you can via YouTube (video)

Panther TV (@fhspanthertv) tweeted on Fri, Dec 02, 2022: 
FHS Pep Rally: November, 22, 2022 via @YouTube @FranklinHS @FHSPantherbook

Register O'Donnell Tours FBMS' Yawkey Housing Resource Center, "Suits for Success" Program Makes Clothing Donation

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell donated 10 full suits and more than 40 other articles of business attire to Father Bill's & MainSpring (FBMS) through the "Suits for Success" program during a tour of the construction site for the Yawkey Housing Resource Center on Nov. 17.

 'The Suits for Success' Program and Father Bill's & MainSpring share a common goal, which is to provide individuals who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness with the opportunity to succeed and find independence," remarked Register O'Donnell. "We're happy to assist Father Bill's & MainSpring with this clothing donation."

The "Suits for Success" program, developed by Register William O'Donnell in partnership with several local charities, collects donations of suitable clothing to be distributed to groups like Father Bill's & MainSpring and to individuals who may need appropriate attire for employment interviews.


During the event, John Yazwinski, president and CEO of FBMS, led Register O'Donnell on a tour of the ongoing construction of the Yawkey Housing Resource Center. The project will consist of two buildings: the first is a resource center, and the other building will consist of 25 to 30 apartments for permanent housing. The Housing Resource Center will include two dormitories, a medical clinic, showers, a laundry area, and a commercial kitchen.

"It means a lot to us to have the support of the local community and to know that others see the value in a project like this," said Yazwinski. "A value that encompasses not only the immediate benefit of offering a place to stay for those who are struggling with homelessness, but also the resources that this facility will provide to assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency."

The Yawkey Housing Resource Center will provide those in need with healthcare, meal services, young adult services, education services, veteran services, and substance abuse treatment.


"Projects like 'Suits for Success' and the future Yawkey Housing Resource Center are truly needed, and it's a great resource for helping people enhance their opportunities in life," said Register O'Donnell.


Since February 2009, the "Suits for Success" program, in partnership with Interfaith Social Services of Quincy, Father Bill's & MainSpring of Quincy and Brockton, the Boston Veterans Administration's Healthcare System Voluntary Service Program, and InnerCity Weightlifting, has collected more than 9,000 articles of clothing.


"We've learned over the last decade that programs like 'suits for success' work," said Register O'Donnell. "This program has given many people the confidence to take the next step in their lives, and we hope it can continue its successful mission."


To donate to "Suits for Success," individuals may bring their donations of business-appropriate attire for men and women to the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street in Dedham, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Clothing donations must be clean, without stains, in style, on hangers, or neatly folded. The donation may also be placed in either re-usable tote bags or green plastic bags. Suggested donations for men include suits, dress shirts, pants, and ties. Donations for women include suits, dresses, blouses, skirts, and women's dress pants.


"I thank all those who donated to our 'Suits for Success' program, and I hope other local residents and businesses will consider making a clothing donation," said Register O'Donnell. "I feel like this program can truly make a world of difference in someone's life."


If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming Registry of Deeds events, programs, and real estate information, you can sign up for our Registry email updates at, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at


The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website, Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at

Franklin Art Association: Share & Tell/Share & Sell Festive meeting scheduled for Dec 7 at 6:30 PM

The Franklin Art Association (FAA) Share & Tell/Share & Sell Festive meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM at the Franklin Senior Center. Members are invited to bring art work for open critique and small works for sale.

There will be another large assortment of frames donated by Joan Sweeney’s Estate at the December 7 meeting.  These frames are FREE to all members.  Along with frames, there will be framing glass offered in various sizes. 

Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association

Fiscal year 2024 budget cycle timeline changes slightly with a new Governor

The Town of Franklin starts the Fiscal Year 2024 budget cycle as soon as the tax rate is set for FY 2023. The budget cycle flowchart is posted on the Town page ->

The assumptions on State aid (Chap 70, etc.) usually come in January with the release of the Governor's Budget. The first year of the legislative 2 year cycle the release is call H1, the second year H2. With a new Governor, the timeline starts later in their first term.
"House 1; House 2
The Governor's budget recommendations for the next fiscal year. According to the Constitution, it must be filed within 3 weeks of the convening of the Legislature in January. Newly-elected governors must file House 1 within 8 weeks. In the second year of a legislative session, the Governor's budget is referred to as House 2."
Incoming Governor Healey is required to release their new budget on or before March 1, 2023.

Last year, we recorded a budget cycle conversation with Comptroller Chris Sandini and Treasurer/Collector Kerri Bertone. We get into the budget cycle and all the ins and outs of the details. The only thing that has changed is during the recording we were talking of the possible AAA rating. Since then, the Town has officially been awarded that. You listen to that discussion here:

Visit the Town Budget page for all the info on the cycle and recent budgets

The State budget terminology listing can be found online ->

The full State budget timeline can be found ->

The FY 2023 & Prior info can be found online ->

Town of Franklin budget cycle
Town of Franklin budget cycle

The backstory to a famous children's story

Maria Popova writes of the backstory to the familiar children's story:

"Six weeks before my grandmother was born on the other side of the world, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle announced the publication of a book described only as “a children’s story of a bull,” sold for $1.

In The Story of Ferdinand (public library), a gentle-souled young misfit sits out the perpetual head-butting by which his peers hone their bull-skills, choosing instead to smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree in solitude. His mother, at first worried about his bullness, recognizes her son’s difference and trusts that he would find his way.

And so he does."
The backstory to a famous children's story
The backstory to a famous children's story

Franklin TV and schedule for Monday, Dec 5, 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 – Discussing American Politics and Current Events - Peter Fasciano, Dr. Michael Walker Jones, Dr. Natalia Linos, State Rep Jeff Roy, Chris Woolf, and Nick Remissong host a round table discussion on current events and American politics, bringing about thoughtful conversation, compelling discourse, and a look at what the future might hold for the United States

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

8:00 am SAFE Coalition: The Hamlins
9:00 am Veterans Oral History Project: Warren Sayer Green
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Banana Bread
12:30 pm Sandhya: Cupcakes
1:00 pm Comfort Food: Comfort Food
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Margherita Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 7
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 9
4:00 pm Physician Focus: Straight Talk on Pain Medication
4:30 pm Battleship Cove: Inside The History: Pt. 3
5:00 pm Extended Play Sessions: Season 10 Show 2 - Paul Kelly
6:00 pm Veterans' Call: Steve Crouteau
7:30 pm Frank Presents: Caron Grupposo
9:00 pm ArtWeek: Airmen of Note

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

7:00 am Public School Concert: Elementary Winter Music Pt. 1 12-11-18
8:30 am FHS PCC: Vaping Forum
10:30 am Public School Concert: MICCA Showcase Pt. 2 03-14-18
12:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Soccer: v Mansfield 10-03-22
2:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Woody Geissman
3:00 pm Public School Concert: Sullivan Winter Music 2019
4:30 pm FHS Boys Varsity Soccer: v Leominster 11-10-22
6:30 pm Battleship Cove: Inside The History: Pt. 3
7:00 pm FHS Varsity Field Hockey v Concord-Carlisle 10-06-22
9:30 pm FHS Varsity Volleyball: v Oliver Ames 09-07-22

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

8:00 am Planning Board: 11-21-22
11:30 am Economic Development: 11-30-22
2:00 pm Planning Board: 11-21-22
8:00 am Planning Board: LIVE, Chambers, 842 6420 1224

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 (

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee meeting - Agenda for Dec 7, 2022 - 7 PM

Finance Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:00 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes: November 9, 2022
4. 2023 Finance Committee Schedule
5. Updates:
a. S&P Bond Ratings Report - November 2022
b. Stabilization Funds
c. FY23 Budget Update
6. The Bill Dowd “Deep Dive” Series
a. Discussion: Franklin Public School Department 
7. Future Agenda Items
8. Executive Session
a. Considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Public Body
9. Adjourn

The agenda and released documents for this meeting can be found ->

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee meeting
Franklin, MA: Finance Committee meeting

This Town Council "Quarterbacking" session condenses the 11/30/22 meeting to about 28 minutes (audio)

FM #891 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 891 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of Nov 30, 2022

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics


a. Presentation: Elks Riders Donation to Veterans’ Services Department

6. HEARINGS - 7:00 pm

a. Franklin Tax Classification Hearing

b. Resolution 22-77: Tax Classification Residential Factor

c. Resolution 22-78: Tax Classification Open Space Exemption

d. Resolution 22-79: Tax Classification Small Business Exemption

e. Resolution 22-80: Tax Classification Residential Property Exemption

f. Resolution 22-81: Tax Classification Senior Means Tested Exemption

g. Resolution 22-82: Declaration of Town-owned Property Containing “South Franklin Congregational Meeting House” Located at 762 Washington Street as Surplus and Authorization for Disposition (Sale) to Old Colony Habitat for Humanity

h. Resolution 22-83: Downtown Parking Lot Kiosks Authorization  

i. Resolution 22-84: 2023 Town Council Meeting Schedule

k. Resolution 22-85: Public Property Naming & Memorial Installation Policy

Our conversation runs about 28 minutes:

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 

Let’s listen to this session of Town Council Quarterbacking recorded Dec 1, 2022

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda and documents released for this session ->

Watch the Franklin.TV video replay on YouTube ->

My notes in one threaded PDF document 

My 4 key tax rate charts as discussed in this session


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit or

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

South Franklin Congregational Meeting House
South Franklin Congregational Meeting House

Franklin, MA: Board of Health - meeting - agenda - Dec 7, 2022

Board of Health
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7 PM
3rd floor training room



  • Reading and Acceptance of November 2, 2022 meeting minutes
  • Reflexology regulations public hearing
  • Administrator assistant update
  • Risk-based retail food inspections discussion
  • PHEP representative letter
  • Food waste program
  • Metacomet shared service grant regional inspector report
  • Metacomet shared service grant public health nurse report
  • Metacomet shared service grant epidemiologist report


The agenda and remote connection info can be found ->

Franklin, MA: Board of Health - meeting - agenda - Dec 7, 2022
Franklin, MA: Board of Health - meeting - agenda - Dec 7, 2022

Adaptive Hockey Games at BFCCPS scheduled for week of Dec 5

Students in Grades six through eight at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School will participate in an adaptive sport called Volt Hockey during the week of December 5th.  

"Volt Hockey, played in power wheelchairs in Europe and Canada, came for the first time to the United States with chairs to Boston on November 8, 2021. There are very few sports that allow individuals with disabilities with both upper and lower body mobility impairments to compete. Volt Hockey, being brought by the nonprofit Boston Self Help Center, is expected to excite and encourage individuals with disabilities to play this indoor, 4 on 4, street hockey like game. Expectations are high that this will then spread across New England and the United States as did a similar sport that the nonprofit sponsors, power wheelchair soccer." (source:

The opportunity has been coordinated by Helena and Helge Liedtke, parents of two BFCCPS students and founders of SPace2Thrive,as well as Christopher Heater the Director of Co-Curricular Education and the Physical Education Coaches Patrick Anderson, Julie Bradley and Marjorie Burke.  Equipment has been donated for the event courtesy of the Boston Self Help Center and Boston Whiplash team.  You can learn more about this adaptive sports program on this flyer

Volt Hockey wheelchair
Volt Hockey wheelchair

This activity has been arranged to help all students feel included, most especially BFCCPS' own Vivienne Liedkte, a member of the BFCCPS Grade 8 class who shares. "I love Volt Hockey because I am free to be myself and I feel like I can actually do something good as an equal team member."

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School is an inclusive, vibrant learning community where integrity, knowledge and resourcefulness define our students and empower them to serve the greater community with confidence.  As part of our school's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) and in line with our school's pillar of character education, we are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our students as a demonstration of the virtues of both justice and fortitude.  

You can learn more about  SPace2Thrive and their mission to create spaces where children with and without disabilities and their families can connect and engage in a way that creates an environment of compassion and equality for everyone to thrive, learn from each other and grow beyond limitations. (source:

About the Benjamin Franklin Charter School

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School's mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does.

Franklin.TV: Think Franklin First

Shop – Easily, Wisely, Locally, Lavishly, Lovingly 

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 12/04/2022

Franklin.TV: Think Franklin First

If you need to find great gifts that’re useful/pretty/comfy/tasty/fun/awesome etc. then shop no more. You’ve ready found ‘em.

These Franklin area shops and services are ready to deliver stocking stuffer smiles.

Drive less. Keep more jingle in your pocket. Just Think Franklin First. Easy-peasy.
(No need to give it a second thought. Done.)

Questions? Call us. 508-541-4118. 
Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching.

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

Wine Barre 02038 - Dec 8 - 7 PM at Intermission

Join us for Wine Barre 02038 December 8 from 7:00 - 9:30 PM!  
Adults are invited to stop by Intermission for wine and charcuterie boards by Kim Rezendes! (21+ welcome) 

Wine Barre 02038 - Dec 8 - 7 PM at Intermission
Wine Barre 02038 - Dec 8 - 7 PM at Intermission

Lights at Dean College turned on (video)

The lights at Dean College were light on Thursday, Dec 1. This brief video captures the highlights of the festive occasion.

Shared from Instagram ->

Dean's entrance to Awpie Way
Dean's entrance to Awpie Way

Industrial revolution not sustainable

Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) tweeted Sat, Dec 03, 2022:
"Something to think about:

The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Let's scale that to 46 years.

We have been here for 4 hours. Our industrial revolution began one minute ago.

In that time, we have destroyed 50% of the world's forests. This is not sustainable."
Shared from Twitter

Industrial revolution not sustainable
Industrial revolution not sustainable