Sunday, July 24, 2016

#shopFranklin - Hillside Nursery

Sarah Mabardy, the chief instigator behind #shopFranklin, has started a Franklin TV series to highlight the local businesses of Franklin. In this episode Sarah talks with Chris Depoto of Hillside Nursery. We find out how Hillside started with chickens and the development of i495 brought about the relocation to their current Washington St store. 

"#shopFranklin - supporting small business speaks with Chris Depoto of Hillside Nurseries. Hillside Nurseries has been in Franklin for three generations and is a true independently owned local family business. 
Specializing in landscape/hardscape design, retail plant selections and custom floral design - Hillside has been serving the Franklin community with knowledgeable and personalized service."

#ShopFranklin can be found on Facebook

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In the News: Pokemon Go, golf tournament, MetroWest jobs a reverse commute

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

"Aspiring Pokémon masters were out in force in the town common Saturday afternoon. 
The Franklin Federated Church, which sits just opposite that grassy expanse, set up some amenities for Pokémon Go players on its front lawn. Volunteers underneath a small tent offered water, some frozen treats and a recharging station to the trainers. 
Pokémon Go, a smartphone app in which players seek the eponymous creatures in the area that surrounds them, has been downloaded millions of times and has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon."

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"A golf tournament to benefit the S.A.F.E. Coalition will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Franklin Country Club, 672 E. Central St. 
The tournament will support the outreach programs of the S.A.F.E. Coalition in Franklin, Medway, Milford and surrounding communities in Norfolk and Worcester Counties. It will include a barbecue lunch and awards."

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"While many commuters rely on the train to go from homes in MetroWest to jobs in Boston, Chris Walsh and Cathal Dodd take it the other way. 
Lured by the availability of a website-related job, Walsh, 29, said he’s happy to commute out from Boston to the suburbs. 
“I actually don’t mind the commute,” he said, as he waited on a recent afternoon at the Framingham commuter rail station for a train home to Boston. 
He said he has found a higher-paying job in MetroWest than closer to the city."

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Airbnb taxes

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Should Hotel Taxes Cover Short-Term Rentals Through Services Like Airbnb?
A new factsheet from MassBudget examines how several states across the country have changed their rules to extend room-occupancy taxes levied at hotels to include short-term rentals made through Airbnb and similar companies.
Airbnb and Taxes: What Other States are Doing and How Much Revenue Might Be Raised in Massachusetts examines how 11 other states apply short-term rental taxes to bookings made through platforms like Airbnb. The factsheet explains the current exemption for short-term residential rentals and how taxing these bookings would work. It explains recent research on how rentals booked through companies such as Airbnb can compete with traditional short-term accommodations like hotels. It also presents data on people and businesses renting out through Airbnb full-time and with multiple units. It examines how much revenue the room occupancy tax currently generates and Massachusetts Department of Revenue estimates of the additional revenue that would be raised with new rules extending the tax to short-term residential rentals.
You can read the new fact sheet (HERE).

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Senator Ross: Summer 2016 State House Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, Summer 2016

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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

State House
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Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054
Dear Friends,

The summer is in full swing, yet the legislature is still at work on the FY17 budget. These are uncertain times, but please know that I am working hard to make sure we craft a budget that addresses our most important needs, while protecting your hard earned tax dollars.

Please read my newsletter for recent pertinent updates and what to expect in the coming months.


A big portion of the summer involved working to finalize the fiscal year 2017 state budget. In the midst of annual budget debate, Governor Baker filed a precautionary budget to cover July spending. The governor signed the $5.3 billion, one-month spending bill in order to allow the state to maintain its services as the annual budget was not expected to be on time.

Throughout the finalization of the budget, the conference committee was aiming to address the issue that revenues next fiscal year could be below estimates. At the end of June, the Legislature enacted a $39.146 billion state budget for FY 17 that invested in areas related to local aid, education, children's health and safety, housing, health and human services, workforce training and economic development. The budget also included $139.2M in total funding to fight the opioid epidemic in support of substance abuse education, prevention and treatment programs.

With tax revenues down sharply, serious decreases in funding were necessary. On July 8th, Governor Baker signed a $38.92 billion annual budget which cut $256 million in spending from the plan approved originally by the Legislature. The budget signed by Governor Baker only increases spending over the current fiscal year by 1.3 percent. In the newly signed budget, the governor hopes to allocate money towards local aid, education, Medicaid and pensions.

As your senator, I have worked to maintain the programs and services you hold dear while being certain to balance our state budget and maintain long term fiscal responsibility.

The newsletter was shortened for publication here, view the full newsletter here

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Next Meeting of Charles River Meadowlands initiative, Tuesday, July 26

We have made significant progress since we began meeting in January and now we want to engage key stakeholders and decision makers who can help us move this forward.

Specifically, we are planning a workshop for the evening of Sept. 27. This will be "all invited" but we are targeting members of various town boards, selectman, town council members and town managers, as well as representatives of federal and state agencies.

The evening will kick off with an overview and slide show about the Charles River Meadowlands and then move into a panel discussion/presentation from various experts who have helped to create and manage resources such as the Charles River Meadowlands and this type of public access and shared use effort. The concluding portion of the evening will be the workshop where we will field and propose questions such as:

  • What are the legal and regulatory barriers and enablers?
  • What do towns, and federal/state agencies need to do to move ahead?
  • What are the likely up-front and ongoing costs?
  • What are the benefits to various stakeholders?

Please come this coming Tuesday evening to help us shape and refine this plan and get Charles River Meadowlands truly "on the map" with local decision makers.

TIME AND LOCATION: The next meeting of the Charles River Meadowlands group will be on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:30 - 8 at the first floor Arcand meeting room at 10 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA

Alan R. Earls

Charles River Meadowlands
Charles River Meadowlands

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Traffic Study updated for Madalene Village Proposal

"OK a couple things to update everyone on.

TRAFFIC: We got a traffic update based on our request that the original traffic study, which was done in December of 2015, be done again to reflect traffic based on activity on sports fields.

What we learned was that while there's significantly more traffic (!), it's still considered acceptable. It changes the "level of service" in the area from a grade of A to a grade of B. I've attached it in case you're interested.

THURSDAY: The developer intends to ask for a continuance, so we've learned. That's not official yet, per the Woislaws. If they ask for a continuance, the Woislaws would like to organize a meeting for anyone who's interested in establishing next steps and staying organized. We'll keep you posted. But as of now, the next meeting is still tentatively scheduled for July 28 at 7:35 p.m.

Thanks, everyone!"

Christopher Parish

Stop Madalene Village sign
Stop Madalene Village sign found along Wachusett, Cottage and Peck Sts

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Franklin Cultural Festival July 27th - July 30th

The Franklin Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival.  Scheduled for July 27 through July 30, 2016, the Festival will celebrate many of the cultural arts found throughout Franklin. All the performances and events will be free thanks to the sponsorship of many donors large and small.  The festival is a key step toward the Town of Franklin's initiative to create a state-designated cultural district in Franklin.

The four day festival begins at 5 pm, Wednesday, July 27th on the Franklin Town Common with children's activities including face painting, sidewalk chalk painting and block printing.  Members of the Franklin Art Association will facilitate all art-related activities.  The opening ceremony will begin at 5:45 PM followed by Concerts on the Common with Electric Youth performing at the Town Common gazebo.

Events continue Thursday through Saturday, including theater, music, art and food.  Check the website at and Facebook at for more information.


Wednesday, July 27, Franklin Town Common

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Art Activities – Sidewalk Chalk, Face Painting, Block Painting and Plein air Painting
5:45 PM – Opening Ceremony - the Franklin Cultural Festival Committee
6:00 PM – Electric Youth 

Wednesday, July 27, at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, Franklin

8:30 PM: One-Acts, Franklin Performing Arts Company

Thursday, July 28, at the Historical Museum, 80 West Central Street, Franklin

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM The Fiddling Thomsons

Thursday, July 28, at the Franklin Town Common

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Laughter Yoga, by the statue
8:00 PM - Shakespeare on the Common, Franklin Performing Arts Company, at the gazebo

Friday, July 29, at the Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street, Franklin

11:00 AM – Performances by Chorus Camp, Summer Glee, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Elementary Strings and Summer Orchestra, FHS Auditorium

Friday, July 29, at the Sculpture Park, Panther Way, Franklin

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Kevin Wolfe, Classical Soft Rock

Friday, July 29, at the Franklin Town Common

8:00 PM - Shakespeare on the Common, Franklin Performing Arts Company, at the gazebo

Saturday, July 30
THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, Franklin
Under the Festival tent

Culinary Arts – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - The "Taste of Franklin" … featuring many local restaurants 

Visual Arts – Afternoon and evening – featuring Franklin Art Association exhibit and Robot Designs

Performing Arts – 12:45 PM to 10:00 PM


12:45 PM Emma Newton, Voice and Harp
2:00 PM     Brent Selby, Cello and Keun Young Sun, Piano
3:15 PM         LiveARTS - Don Krishnaswami, viola and Ann Sears, piano
4:30 PM      Heath Nisbett, Flamenco guitar
6:00 PM    Kaye Kelly, Guitar
6:30 PM    One Acts

Hosted by Circle of Friends 

1:15 PM         Stefilia's Stone 
2:30 PM  Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli
3:45 PM Jamie Barrett
5:00 PM  Jim Henry with Stephanie Marshall & Susan Cattaneo of The Boxcar Lilies
7:30 PM Victims of Gravity
9:00 PM Soiree
10:00 PM Closing Ceremony

Franklin Cultural Festival - July 27 to 30, 2016
Franklin Cultural Festival - July 27 to 30, 2016