Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Annual Christmas on the Common - Nov 29 - 4:00 PM

The annual tree lighting ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov 29th at 4:00 PM.

As in prior years, Santa Claus will probably arrive at the Town Common in grand style via one of the Franklin Fire Dept trucks.

The tree is up and ready to have the lights turned on

Christmas tree on the Franklin Town Common
Christmas tree on the Franklin Town Common



The tree on the triangle where Main St and West/East Central meet is also up and ready

Christmas tree on the triangle in downtown Franklin
Christmas tree on the triangle in downtown Franklin
Thanks to "Concerts on the Common" for putting together. If you'd like to contribute, the information on where to send the check is 

"Concerts on the Common"
PO Box 92
Franklin, MA 02038

Franklin Library: Thanksgiving week hours posted

The Library announced that it will close on Wednesday at 2:00 PM. It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. It will be open for normal hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Franklin Public Library - THanksgiving week hours
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Senator Spilka: Many Reasons to Give Thanks

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Dear Friend,

As we prepare to join family and friends in the annual tradition of Thanksgiving, I want to say how very grateful I am for the opportunity to serve the people of the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk district and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When we work together, we have every ability to build a stronger future for our children, families and residents.

In a time when the challenges facing our state, the nation and the world seem so great, it is important to remember that we can turn to our neighbors, communities, friends and families for support. I wish you all health, wellness, strength and good cheer this holiday season.

Proud to walk with family and friends in honor of my sister and
mother-in-law to fight Alzheimer's and dementia

Last Formal Session of 2015
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate wrapped up formal legislative sessions for 2015. We passed bills in the following key areas:
  • Shared Prosperity & Income Inequality
  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Shared Leadership & Transparency
  • Combating the Opioid Crisis
  • Protecting Taxpayers
  • Protecting Our Children & Families
  • Intergovernmental Affairs

Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
Room 212, State House
Boston, Massachusetts  02133
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As always, if you would like additional information or have any concerns or comments, please call my office at (617) 722-1640 or email me at

Warm Regards,
Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk 
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Rep Roy: What's happening in the district - November 2015 newsletter

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Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes to you and your family for a most Happy Thanksgiving. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. We gather together around a table, thankful to have one another in our lives and grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us.

As I think about gathering this week, I am grateful for your friendship, support and guidance over the years, and most importantly, for the opportunity you have given me to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway. I thank you for continuously being there and coming together as a community, in both good times and bad.

And I thank my family, friends, and colleagues who work day in and day out to make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family. That hard work and commitment is such a great way to give thanks and pay it forward.

As I look forward to carving yet another turkey, I hope that you too will enjoy your day and the beginning of a wonderful holiday season!

State Rep Jeff Roy · State House Room 527A · Boston, MA 02133 · USA

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Shades IN Place Inc: We've gone national!!

I had the opportunity to participate in the ribbon cutting when Roger opened his location on Grove St and have been watching his business grow. His message today includes the realization that a Franklin business can gain business via the Internet. Not quite a radical concept but an important one none the less.


We are now Nationwide! Well, Sorta! View on the web

The Blind Spot
'Shady' stories in the life of a Brazilian small business owner
November - 2015

Roger Magalhaes
Shades IN Place Inc.
Owner & Blind Installer

Nothing like the internet to help spreading the word...Read on to find out what happened two weeks ago.


Gone Nationwide
Last week I received a call from Claire. Claire was moving from North Reading to Milford, and needed window coverings for her new home. I have to be honest: I don't receive many phone calls these days. The majority of my inquires are either via email or text. Yes, texting is so popular nowadays and isn't just exclusively for kids anymore.
Anyway, back to Claire. I find that talking on the phone is great, because we can discuss details, get a feeling for what the client really wants, and even schedule a consultation all at the same time...I always like to get an idea of how people found us and because she did not mention it, I asked: "How did you find me Claire?" To my surprise, she said "I didn' daughter in California did."

Right there and then, I knew Claire's daughter in California had found my online reviews. It was one of the best moves I made a couple of years ago. Following the evolution of our society, we barely see or talk to our neighbors or family anymore (sometimes that can be a good thing), but the fact is that many times we have to rely on a complete stranger's experiences before we make our minds when making a purchase nowadays. Especially if the opinions you need are from people across town or even across the country!
Let me give you an example of why reviews are becoming so vital. Would you simply walk into a bookstore and buy just any book on the spot, based on the fact the cover said it was a best-seller? Or would you rather read the reviews and recommendations first, before you make your decision? Yeah, me too.
So today's newsletter has a few key points for you:
#1 - We are in November already, and this week we are celebrating
Thanksgiving. As such, I am humbled and so grateful for our success and your continued support. My company started out back in 2006 as a part time job, then went through the great recession, and I'm proud to say that next year we will be celebrating TEN YEARS in business and I could not do without you and your support. I just wanted to say THANK YOU!
#2 - The only way we can stay around for another ten years without being swallowed up by the big players, is by having the support of happy clients like yourself. Following the trends, I would humbly ask you to post a review of your experiences using our services. There are 3 links below for your convenience. Please use the one that suits you best. Thank you so much, It really does make a difference for us!
But Before I Go... I just started a weekly blog post called Riding Along
. Every week, you will have the opportunity to learn what we did, where we went, and what jobs we performed. We'll even try to make it fun and entertaining sometimes. Curious? Intrigued? Good! Hop on and check it out!
Wishing you and your family a peaceful, thankful, and restful Holiday Season!

What I do...

People don't shop for window coverings often. In fact many haven't 
bought new shades in 15 - 20 years!

My job is to introduce you to the many wonderful features & benefits 
that automated shades have to offer.

As a result you will be able to control privacy, home security (protection) and prevent sun fading via smartphones and tablets whether you are home or away.
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76 Grove St. Franklin MA 02038

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