Friday, November 24, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 11/24/17 - THU 11/30/17

FRIDAY 11/24/17
7:30pm  Flashback Friday @THE BLACK BOX

SATURDAY 11/25/17
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7:30pm   Christmas Handbell Concert @ Franklin Federated Church

SUNDAY 11/26/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
4-6pm   Annual Christmas on the Town Common - visit with Santa and Jingle Elves

MONDAY 11/27/17
10:30am   Move Along (ages 0-5) @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 11/28/17
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten (ages 3-5) @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Three TED Talks @ Senior Center

WEDNESDAY 11/29/17
10am   Th Constitution with Gary Highlander @ Senior Center
10:30am   Terrific Toddlers (ages 18months to 3 years old) @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction! @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   Learn About Franklin Arts Academy Program at FHS (grade 8-10 students and families welcome) @ FHS
6:30pm   Paul Speidel Blues and Jazz Trio @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 11/30/17
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time! (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10am   Tinkergarten - FREE trail class @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Story and Craft (ages 3 to 6) @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Make Lovely Holiday Cards @ Senior Center
6:30pm   Make a Terrarium Class @ Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits
6:30pm   Community Forum with Superintendent Dr. Ahern @ Municipal Building (3rd floor). All are welcome.
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 

Guide to Holiday Lights and Events (includes Franklin, MA) click HERE.

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

DPW provides an update on the snow/ice plan for winter

The Franklin DPW is scheduled to provide their annual update to the Town Council and community on the snow and ice preparations for this winter.

The document released for the November 29, 2017 meeting is shown below



KP tops FHS in Thanksgiving Day game

From HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS football game vs. King Philip on Thanksgiving.


Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 28 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 1-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) B. Lydon 12-yard pass to Jack Piller, C. Baker XP good; (KP) B. Lydon 37-yard pass to David Morganelli, C. Baker XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Ryan Halliday 3-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.


For all the results around the Hockomock League on Thanksgiving
https://hockomocksports.com/thursdays-schedule-scoreboard-11-23-17/


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!


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#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!
#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!

Please support FPAC and help us light the stage!

After Black Friday and after Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday allows each of us to step into the giving season with opportunities to support organizations that touch our lives throughout the year. 

Please support the Franklin Performing Arts Company as we continue to bring professional, family friendly entertainment to your backyard. Your gift to FPAC will allow us to purchase much needed lighting equipment to better light the stage for the year of performances ahead! 

Currently we are required to rent equipment to supplement what is now installed in THE BLACK BOX. FPAC's Giving Tuesday goal is $3,000 with which a spotlight, several instruments and lamps will be purchased.



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“A big part of the forums is for me to do less talking and more listening”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"As part of her entry plan, newly hired superintendent Sara Ahern will hold a community forum to both introduce herself to the community and to gather perspectives on the school system. 
The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 on the third floor of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Main St. 
Part of her entry plan is to listen to residents and others across the district to understand their perspectives about the schools. Ahern already met with parent groups and will be meeting with students and faculty as well, she said. 
“Really what I’m trying to understand is what do they perceive to be the strengths and what opportunities for growth do they see,” she said. “I think it’s important for me to understand the district from many different perspectives as I come in new to Franklin Schools.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171123/franklins-new-school-superintendent-to-hold-community-forum


Superintendent Ahern's Entry Plan was published here earlier
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczZmF5TTlBN2xwU3N6a0piT1dsdlkzZm9VUHlj/view?usp=sharing

Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM
Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cultural District Committee Appointments scheduled for approval

One of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting November 29 will be the appointment of the 7 member Cultural District Committee. This committee would oversee and coordinate the cultural efforts for Franklin. The memo to the Town Council summarizes the proposal.


"We are requesting the Town Council ratify the following individuals to be members of the newly formed Cultural District Committee:

  1. Christopher Brady for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  2. Stacey David for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  3. Robert DeRobertis for a two-year term to expire on June 30, 2019.
  4. John LoPresti for a two-year to expire on June 30, 2019.
  5. Philip Regan for a one-yeart erm to expire on June 30, 2018.
  6. Nancy Schoen for a one-year term to expire on June 30; 2018.
  7. Tyler Warren for a one-year term to expire on June 30, 20.18.

Please note all seats are three-year terms. These are the initial terms to introduce the staggered years of the committee for initial appointments. It's anticipated the one-year termed candidates will be
considered for reappointment in June 2018.

In June 2017, the Council approved Resolution 17-44 authorizing the creation of a Cultural District Committee (resolution, map and memo attached). Over the summer, the Town held an open application period for anyone in the community to apply. We received almost two dozen applications. Through the fall, Jeff and I met with each candidate in person. Suffice to say, choosing seven folks out of the group was very difficult given the passion, creativity and interest from all applicants.

Given the work the Committee will be doing moving forward, it was important to get a diverse set of skills and interests. Our recommendation includes backgrounds in arts and culture, media, marketing, public relations, downtown economic development and more.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have."






Earlier this year, the Town Council approved this step
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/07/the-town-is-excited-to-move-to-this.html

Franklin Cultural Festival
Franklin Cultural Festival

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

HockomockSports put together the Campus Report for the fall season of 2017. Several FHS alumni were mentioned for their respective athletic accomplishments:
Quintin McDermott, Alexis Stowell, Victoria Stowell, Allison Burke, Nicole Ellin, Meghan Dieterle, Maddie Bressler, Taylor Cogliano, Dani Lonati, Sammy Rondeau, and Joe Kalil.


Read the full details here
https://hockomocksports.com/the-campus-report-looking-back-at-fall-2017/

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics
FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Many cities and towns closed their municipal offices early on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. But town and city clerks in every Massachusetts community remained behind their counters until 5 p.m. 
Wednesday was the deadline to submit signatures for questions to appear on the 2018 ballot. The Attorney General’s office certified ballot questions on 18 topics earlier this year – 17 proposed laws and one proposed constitutional amendment. 
The groups behind the ballot questions needed to collect at least 64,750 signatures by Wednesday to proceed to the next step in the process. The residents of any one county cannot comprise more than 25 percent of those signatures. 
Local clerks must certify the signatures of the registered voters in their communities. That is, the signatures of Milford residents are submitted to the Milford town clerk – and so on."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171122/town-clerks-delay-holiday-for-2018-ballot-question-deadline

For the complete listing of initiative petitions filed for the next election, check out the Attorney General's webpage here
http://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/initiatives-and-other-ballot-questions/

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”
“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving

Town offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and re-open on Monday, Nov 27.

The Library is closed today but will be open on Friday and the rest of the weekend for its normal schedule.
 

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday


This was shared from the Town of Franklin web pages
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/town-office-closure-holiday

http://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/thanksgiving-hours-0