January 2021 Newsletter
Keep It Local - Support Franklin Businesses
Next FDP General Meeting:
Feb. 4, 2021
The first general meeting of the FDP is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 4, 2021. Please mark your calendars.
Valentine's Day Specials
Is your business running a Valentine's Day special? Please let us know so we can share it on social media! Email downtown.franklin@yahoo.com with the details.
Beautification Invoices Sent
The FDP winter beautification
invoices were sent out this week. Please look for them via email.
Sponsors Needed for Newsletters
The FDP would appreciate your support during these challenging times. Sponsorships for the Partnership's February and March newsletters start at $100. Please see this form for details and email the FDP if you would like to be a sponsor.
Help Support a Local Business
As you know, this has been a challenging year for so many Franklin businesses. If you are a businesses that has remained strong during these times, the FDP would like to offer you an opportunity to support other businesses. Please consider sponsoring the FDP membership of a struggling business that could not otherwise afford it.
  • $100 pays for one business
  • $200 would support two businesses

The FDP made a commitment early this year that we would continue to support all Franklin businesses. But as a non-profit, we are asking for assistance so we can continue to do this into 2021.

Please see the this form for details and email the FDP if you would like to sponsor a fellow Franklin business. See the local businesses that have lent their support to other businesses this year!
Upcoming Services at St John’s Episcopal Church
  • Sunday, February 7 at 10 a.m. (Scout Sunday)
  • Sunday, February 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Ash Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

Contact Admin@StJohnsFranklinMA.org about joining remote Sunday School. For more information, call 508-528-2387.
FBRTC Happenings
Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee recently published a newsletter with information about its upcoming Guided Walk and its Pour Richard's Fundraiser. Read the newsletter here.
$284 Billion Small Business Relief Bill
The U.S. Congress has approved a $900 billion bill that includes an extension of last spring’s Paycheck Protection Program, allowing another $284 billion or so in forgivable, federally backed loans for ailing small businesses. Read the details here.
Health Connector Enrollment
The Health Connector is currently in its annual open enrollment period through January 23, 2021. The Health Connector helps uninsured Massachusetts residents find affordable options for coverage that starts February 1 or March 1, 2021. View www.mahealthconnector.org for details.
Vaccine Distribution Timeline
The COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline was developed with consultation from the Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory Group. The timeline prioritizes: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden.

For more details and updates on vaccination priorities, please click here.

We are currently in Phase 1 of this timeline, as highlighted above in the graphic. Healthcare workers who care directly for COVID-19 patients are being vaccinated where they are employed. Long term care facilities’ residents and staff are being vaccinated as part of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program, which facilitates on-site vaccinations at no cost to the facilities.

Vaccinations for first responders began on Jan. 11. For COVID-19 vaccine locations and more information, click here.
Consumer Alert: Small Business COVID Scam
There's a new coronavirus-related scam making the rounds, but this time the crooks are targeting small businesses. It starts with an email that claims to come from the "Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance." It says you're eligible for a loan of up to $250,000 and asks for personal information like birth date and Social Security number. Read more here.
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