Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16

Set aside Wednesday evening for "family night" on the common. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic meal; relax and enjoy the evening.

August 16 - Matt Zajac and Friends

Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16
Concerts on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends - Aug 16

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at:St Mary's/Ben Franklin Charter School - across the street from the common.

Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Children's Programs 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 

Note the July 12 concert which was rained out has been rescheduled for Aug 23

August 23 - Leeds

  • Elaine Kess1er - Children's program

Furry Friends of Franklin Dog Park says "Thank you!"

I like to thank all the volunteers that came to help out on August 12th, at the Franklin Dog Park clean up.


Gennarino D'Onofrio
Furry Friends of The Franklin Dog Park

The Cake Bar's Alec Callahan

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Alec Callahan. 
Alec, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. 
Growing up I had many interests such as sports, I loved playing baseball, reading comic books and super heroes which is an obsession still to this day. I would say one of the main reasons I ended up going toward the culinary field was coming from such a large family that was cooking all the time. No matter what time of day it was it felt like my mom and aunts were in the kitchen cooking. Sometimes I would offer to help but the majority of the time I would just complain and ask if it was ready yet. I grew up with my older brother and 2 cousins who are basically my sisters. The 4 of us were always together and did anything and everything together including going out to eat to the point of being a well-known foursome in many of the town’s local restaurants. Our tastes have changed but not our love of food."

Read the remainder of Alec's article online

The Cake Bar's Alec Callahan
The Cake Bar's Alec Callahan

Attention Franklin Residents: Unclaimed Checks

The Treasurer/Collector has posted over 60 outstanding checks amounting to over $22,000 to the Town of Franklin webpage. If you are on the listing, you can contact the Treasurer/Collectors office to begin the process of obtaining the funds.

Treasurer/Collector webpage

Outstanding Funds Process  (also copied below)

Did you know there are six ways to pay bills?
Did you know there are six ways to pay bills?

You can also find the listing on the Town of Franklin webpage

MASS GENERAL LAW CHAPTER 200A SECTION 5: Subject to the provision of section one A, all intangible personal property not otherwise presumed to have been abandoned under any other section of this chapter, including but not limited to all certificates of ownership, dividends, stocks, bonds, money, drafts and claims for money and credit …. shall be presumed abandoned unless claimed by the beneficiary or person entitled thereto within three years after the date prescribed for payment or delivery.

CHAPTER 200A SECTION 9A: On or before November first of each year the treasurer of any city or town holding checks issued by said city or town which have not been cashed and which are deemed abandoned under section five may issue a written determination that it is in the best interest of said city or town to follow the procedures set out in this section.

Checks issued by the Town of Franklin that remain un-cashed are subject to the following actions:

  1. Letters are sent to payee's of un-cashed checks along with an acknowledgement form for claiming the funds.
  2. For checks over $100.00 an advertisement is placed in the local newspaper.
  3. An un-claimed check list is posted on the web-site. 


1. What if my name appears on the list, how do I claim my money?
Please contact the Treasurer’s Office

2. What happens if no one claims a check?
Checks that remain unclaimed after all the necessary steps have been taken are returned to the town's general fund.

3. I received notice of an un-cashed check, what is it for?
Checks issued from the Town of Franklin could be refunds of overpayments of taxes, payment of an invoice or payroll checks. You should contact the Treasurer’s office at 508-520-4950 for more information.

Mass Cultural Council: Artist News - August

Artist News
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Announcing the 2018 Artist Fellowships Program

Kim Carlino (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow '16), Landscape 1, exhibiting at Hope and Feathers Framing and Printing in Easthampton thru 9/2.
Kim Carlino (Drawing & Printmaking Fellow '16), Landscape 1. This month, the artist exhibits at Hope and Feathers Framing and Printing in Easthampton, Mass. and Gavey/Simon in NYC.
Apply Now in Drawing and Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Artist Fellowships Program. The Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously-judged grants for Massachusetts artists, with awards based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted*. Currently, Fellowship awards are $12,000, and Finalist awards are $1,000 (award amounts are contingent upon the finalized legislative appropriation). Read tips on applying.

There are two deadlines per funding cycle. Applications are now being accepted in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. Application deadline: October 2, 2017. Read program guidelines and apply now.

Mass Cultural Council will accept applications in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting beginning December 15, 2017. Application deadline: January 29, 2018.

* Traditional Arts applications are not anonymous and have additional review criteria.

Artist Voices and Resources on ArtSake

The redesigned ArtSake blog.
Cover art for The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017); Rachel Kadish (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow '02, '08), photo by Neil Giordano.
Visit the redesigned ArtSake blog, our online resource to support new art and Massachusetts artists.

Every week, we round up a list of opportunities for artists - a way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more.

Do you want to find or list creative space? Check out our Creative Space Resources.

Rachel Kadish talks about her new novel The Weight of Ink and how "characters plus pressure equals plot."

Kathy Crowley, twice an Artist Fellow, shares the story of the independent bookshop she opened with spouse (and fellow Mass Cultural Council awardee) Chris Abouzeid.

About Mass Cultural Council

Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy. We pursue our mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

Mass Cultural Council's Artists Department

Kelly Bennett, Exhibitions Curator/Program Officer (Visual Arts & Choreography)
Dan Blask, Program Officer (Literary Arts, Film/Video, & Music Composition)
Maggie Holtzberg, Folk Arts Program Manager
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"I think kindness and goodness prevailed”

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

"Hate is difficult to track. 
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups across the country, has pegged a single group in the MetroWest and Milford area - Framingham-based Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement (CCFIILE) – out of 12 groups in Massachusetts. 
The most recent numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which tracks hate crimes across the country, have 411 such crimes reported in Massachusetts in 2015. Six came from the Milford or MetroWest area, and none were as high profile as the Charlottesville, Virginia rally that ended in a woman’s death last weekend. 
That doesn’t mean those six incidents and one group haven’t been harmful, civil rights groups say."

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sign on some Franklin lawns
sign on some Franklin lawns

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Economic Development Committee - meeting audio - Aug 9, 2017

FM #131

This internet radio show or podcast is number 131 in the series for Franklin Matters. This captured the audio recording of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting held August 9, 2017.

EDC Chair Andy Bissanti opens the meeting ad after some discussion on the two agenda items with approval to bring them to the Town Council as formal proposals, the meeting adjourned..

Worthy of note, there were additional councilors in the room when Council Chair Matt Kelly stopped by just before the meeting. Tom Mercer got up and left, Debbie Pellegri remained. This becomes an item towards the end of the meeting when Debbie tries to ask a question. Per Peter Padula, a Town Councilor, not a member of the committee, can be present in the meeting as long as they do not take any active part in the meeting. THey can only observe. If they take part, then their presence can raise a question on whether the Council has enough members for a quorum. As there are four Town Councilors on the Committee (Chair Bissanti, Padula, Vallee, and Pfeffer), another participating Town Councilor raise the participation to five which is sufficient for a Town Council meeting.

Without further ado, here is the recording


This brings the recording of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting held August 9, 2017 to a close..

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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!

The notes for the meeting were also published here


You can also subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"
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Franklin Public Library: Jungle Jim's Minecraft Madness, Weds - Aug 1

The Franklin Public Library has Jungle Jim's Minecraft Madness scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 10:30 AM.

"Join Jungle Jim as he leads participants through the magical world of Minecraft! Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, Jim creates an amazing experience for children. Activities include Giant Dragon creation, the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase and the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza! Appropriate for children ages 4-11."

Franklin Public Library: Jungle Jim's Minecraft Madness, Weds - Aug 1
Franklin Public Library: Jungle Jim's Minecraft Madness, Weds - Aug 1
For more about Jungle Jim

This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

In the News: Anne's Market to close; Vet Ruck Walk arrives Saturday

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

"With her husband sick at home, Anne Saunders headed down the street Saturday to grab an item that was sure to lift his spirits: an egg salad sandwich from his favorite spot. 
Saunders, of Franklin, said her husband visits Anne’s Country Market on West Central Street every few days to pick up lunch, stock up on cigarettes and beer and chat with the owners. Feeling under the weather Saturday, Doug Saunders asked his wife to bring home some comfort food from the store. 
This week marks a sad chapter for Saunders and other loyal customers of the store, who recently learned that after three decades, store owner Anne Brunelli and her family are preparing to close the market for good. 
In a message posted to Facebook last week, the business announced it would close its doors on Friday. While she’s happy to see Brunelli finally start her retirement, Anne Saunders said customers like her husband will miss the neighborhood market."

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"It takes more than physical training to hike 200 miles across Massachusetts in three days carrying army sacks and armor; it also takes motivation and a purpose. 
Nine veterans, active-duty members and civilians will ruck across the state this week to spread awareness about the needs of veterans when they return home. 
“To ruck means to carry a heavy load,” founder of Warrior Thunder Foundation and event coordinator Darren Bean said. “We’ll either carry backpacks or body armor, simulating the burden that our veterans carry when they leave service.” 
The ruckers are scheduled to make their way through Natick around noon on Saturday. They plan to make a stop at the War Memorial on Main Street in Franklin to meet with veterans, citizens and officials in town at 6 p.m. Bean encourages everyone interested to attend and show their support."

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Check the real map for updates from Aug 17 - Aug 20
Check the real map for updates from Aug 17 - Aug 20

Lifelong Learning: Public Safety Partnership Classes Coming This Fall

Franklin Public Schools  - Lifelong Learning Institute

Citizen Police Academy
     Have you ever wondered what it's like to ride along with an on-duty officer? How you would react in an emergency situation? How evidence is collected? What to do if you are stopped for speeding?
The Franklin Police Department hopes to answer some of those questions that you may have regarding the police department and law enforcement. And, in addition, each attendee will be given the opportunity to ride with a Franklin Police Officer during his or her tour of duty to experience the duties and responsibilities of the officers. 

Ten (10) Wednesdays - Sept. 13 - Nov. 15
6:30 to 9:30 PM 
Franklin Police Station, Panther Way, Franklin
Cost: $90

Register Online Now.  Click Here 

Women's Self-Defense Workshop 
Great class for mothers and daughters to attend together.  Learn how to put power into your own hands. Participate in this very important three-night workshop to learn realistic self-defense strategies for women of all ages.  

Officers Tara Lagoa & Lee Ann Baker will discuss risk reduction and avoidance, situational awareness, how to trust your intuition, and basic hands-on self-defense techniques.
Three (3) Mondays - Oct 16, 23, 30
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Remington Middle School, 628 Washington Street, Franklin
Cost:  $90
Register Online Now. Click Here

Home Alone Safety - Grades 1-5
     Children will learn the basics of being safe when home alone for short periods of time, whether by plan or because of an emergency

 Franklin Police Community Service Officer will explain how to safely answer the telephone and door, as well as Internet safety, accident prevention, and fire protection.  Simple First Aid techniques will also be taught. 
Tuesday, Oct 17
4:00 to 5:00 PM
Horace Mann Middle School Gym, 224 Oak Street, Franklin
Cost:  $10

Register Online Now. Click Here

Contact: Brenda Reed, Director
Lifelong Community Learning