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FM #368 Talk Franklin - 10/23/20

Updated about 1 month ago.

FM #368 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 368 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing and Communications Specialist Anne Marie Tracey. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about:
- Re-opening/Pandemic status; Case counts at high since June
- Election progress going well, turnout high
- Listening sessions 2 down, more to come- Nov 16; #ThinkFranklinFirst; New grants available (up to 50 employees); Micro grant program still available
- Town Council Mtg; Fire Dept = 3 firefighter/paramedics sworn in;
Police = 2 sworn in, recognized one retiree
- Beaver St interceptor

Links to the key topics covered here are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 43 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie.

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COVID-19 status https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/covid-19_case_counts_13.pdf

Town Clerk page https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk

Business listening sessions https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/business_listening_flyer_-_final_2_1_1.pdf

Business grants (newest one, up to 50 employees) https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/covid-19-response/covid-19-grants-massachusetts-small-businesses

Microgrants (small business, 5 employees or less) https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/micro_enterprise_grants_3.pdf

Beaver Street interceptor https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/8b._presentation_-_beaver_street_interceptor_.pdf

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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!
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