Franklin town crier for Aug. 23, 2020

Published: 8/24/2020 10:54:00 AM
Planning board will be shown on Zoom

■Franklin Planning Board is having a meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. To join the meeting use the following link: You can call 1-312-626-6977 and use the meeting ID 85824530261 to join by phone. The application package can be reviewed at under the Planning Department tab or at the Planning/Zoning Office, 214 Memorial St. Please call 934-2341 with any questions or comments.

■Thrift Clothes Closet at 357 Central Street will be having a summer sale and back-to-school sale that offers one clothing item at full price, get the second item free. The sale will be held through Saturday. It will be a wonderful opportunity to discover our new store location.

■The Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry, located at 1 Central St. (across from Benson Auto), might be able to take excess produce from local gardens. If you would like to donate, please call the pantry at 934-2662 or email to see if there is refrigerated space to accommodate your donation.

■The Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry is looking for volunteers on Monday mornings to help with stocking, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to pack items during service hours. Contact Alec Cahn at 934-2662 or email

■The Franklin Animal Shelter will remain open by appointment only until further notice. This policy will be reevaluated regularly and the shelter will fully reopen once the threat of COVID-19 is no longer imminent. Shelter staff continue to be on the premises to insure the proper care of all four-legged guests. Donations will still be accepted during this time via or in person. Check the shelter’s website for upcoming activities to support.

■Three Rivers Coalition will be at the Farmers’ Market/Concerts in the Park every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. You may pick up an application for an absentee ballot for the Sept. 8 state primary, Oct. 10 city election or Nov. 3 general election. Ballot request forms for Sept. and Nov. are also available for downloading at You can also call the City Clerk’s office (934-3109) to get your forms. When your ballot is completed, send it in right away.

■Tuesday’s “Music in the Park” features Bob Rutherford, virtuoso guitarist, entertainer and singer. Refreshments will be available for sale from Buffy the Hot Dog Slinger. Bring a blanket or chairs. Social distancing protocols and wearing of masks will be in place.

■The Franklin Farmers Market will be held at Marceau Park every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 29. Free children’s activities and recipe samples will be available. SNAP, debit and credit cards are accepted. Interested vendors can fill out an application form available on the city Parks & Recreation website or call 934-2118 with questions. Linger a while and enjoy the free concert in the park.

■The Franklin Public Library is open by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The library is offering 15 minutes of browsing to one party at a time. For now, there are no public computers. A virtual story hour is presented weekly. Curbside service is provided Monday through Friday. Call 934-2911 for details.

■If you would like to receive regular notices of city meetings in your email box, visit,  select “Subscribe to E-news” and check the kind of information you would like to receive.

■The City Hall lobby and City Clerk’s window are now open to walk-in traffic. However, please utilize the online system or the main entrance drop box for paying city property taxes, water bills, renewing car registrations and dog licensing renewals. Call the City Clerk’s office (934-3109) for inquiries and updates. 

■Franklin VNA & Hospice offers a Foot Clinic every Wednesday in August. Call to schedule an appointment. Grief one-on-one sessions can be arranged by appointment as well by calling 934-3454.



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