Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Concerts on the Common - July 30th

6:00 PM - Electric Youth

Concerts on the Common
Concerts on the Common

Next week - Aug 6th
no concert next week (St Rocco's Festival opens Aug 7th)

Next concert - Aug 13
6:00 PM - Lolly the Clown
6:30 PM - The Leeds

Franklin Ford gets a new look

On my walks around town over the past couple of weeks, I have been observing that Franklin Ford is getting some work done. This week the new look is really coming out.

Franklin Ford - new look 1
Franklin Ford - new look
Franklin Ford - new look 2
Franklin Ford - new look 2
From June 24th

Franklin Food under construction 1
Franklin Ford under construction 1

Franklin Food under construction 2
Franklin Ford under construction 2
June 6th - they were a 'no name place'

Franklin Food - no name for the moment
Franklin Ford - no name for the moment

Franklin Food - no name for the moment 2
Franklin Ford - no name for the moment 2

The Franklin Food Pantry truck was purchased from Franklin Ford

MA One Stop Career Centers

From the blog I find this posting with information on the Career Centers. Franklin has the choice of using one in Attleboro or Milford as they are the closest. When I spent the better part of two years on my job search, I visited Milford and they were a helpful resource.

"Finding a job can be a daunting task that requires a great deal of preparation and commitment. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers are here to help residents find the resources they need to launch their careers. Growing businesses can also benefit from the services provided."
MA Career centers
MA Career Centers

Continue to read about the services and resources available at the Career Centers here

To find all the locations of the career centers, they have an interactive map here

If you know someone who is looking for work, there will be a Job Search Jam Session held in Hopkinton on Sep 12th. Visit this site to check for information on registration as it becomes available.

Franklin Library: "Once Upon a Time" - Aug 4th, 10:30 AM

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts continues their busy summer schedule with an appearance at the Franklin Library on Monday, Aug 4th at 10:30 AM.

FSPA presents "Once Upon a Time"
FSPA presents "Once Upon a Time"

*** Electric Youth (EY) will perform free outdoor summer concerts on Wednesday, July 30, from 6-8 p.m. on Franklin Town Common and on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. on Norfolk Town Hill.

This was re-posted from the Franklin Library page

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Are you ready for a photo challenge?

There are lots of gardens in Franklin; both flower and vegetable. 
Take a photo of something growing. Post it or email it to me. Tag with #franklingrows 
I'll collect them and share them all this weekend. Submit the photo by Friday Aug 1 and they'll be shared on Sun Aug 3.

full photo
full photo

Instagram cropped version:

Ladybug Spots on the Town Common --- Aug 9-10

You recall earlier this year, the Franklin Cultural Council created the Ladybug Spots Project. The decorated Ladybug Spots are now ready to showcase to one and all.

The showing will be held on the Franklin Town Common Saturday and Sunday, Aug 9 and 10 from noon to 4:00 PM.


Davis Thayer's Ladybug
Davis Thayer's Ladybug

On the one hand you can combine a visit to the St Rocco's Festival with a visit to the Ladybug Spots. On the other hand, be aware that parking around the Town Common with St Rocco's underway will be challenging.

From the archive on Ladybug Spots

Jan 2014

Apr 2014

Jun 2014

Franklin Art Center is moving - Sep 1

This was shared on Facebook and in case some of you that only visit here or only read via email missed that news, I am sharing here....

Franklin Art Center - 391 East Central St
Franklin Art Center - 391 East Central St

Rep Jeff Roy - July 2014 newsletter

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House passes gun bill

House passes gun bill

Something remarkable happened at the State House this month.

In a country where gun-control proposals usually provoke a harsh backlash from gun-rights advocates, we approved an historic gun violence bill that drew support from both the Gun Owner's Action League ("A great victory for Second Amendment advocates in Massachusetts.") and Stop Handgun Violence ("This is a huge win.").  As reported in the Boston Globe (click here to read the article), with the vote, the state is a leader when it comes to bridging what often seems like an intractable gulf between the two sides.

Brian Malte, policy director for the Brady Campaign, said he could not recall such a respectful debate in any other state that has tightened its laws. That is obviously a credit to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who built on the state's strong record on gun control to craft even more sophisticated legislation.

As Rep. Roy stated at the beginning of the legislative session, he was committed to figuring out how best to balance the mental health, safety and constitutional issues involved. He understood that we could not do this without respect and empathy for one another's opinions and ideas. It's amazing what can happen when we listen to one another and work together.

The bill is currently before a House and Senate conference committee to iron out differences between the two versions of the bill that were passed. It is hoped that a compromise will be reached before the end of the session on Thursday.
House passes safe access bill

House passes safe access bill

Last week, the House passed the Safe Access bill, balancing the right to access health care with the free speech concerns of those who wish to protest.

Prior to the vote, the Judiciary Committee heard very emotional testimony on the proposed bill to address the Supreme Court decision on the Massachusetts buffer zone case. Rep. Roy serves on the Judiciary Committee. Testimony from the hearing noted that the Supreme Court has upheld reasonable buffer zones at polling places, and even maintains one in front of its building in Washington, DC. In that context, the proposed bill would allow protesters to promote their messages, so long as they do not substantially impede access to those who wish to enter a reproductive health center.

"It's a delicate balance to craft legislation in this area, but the proposed bill does a good job of maintaining the right to speak and respecting privacy rights," noted Rep. Roy. In addition, he thanked everyone who offered respectful, thoughtful, and personal stories at the Judiciary hearing.

You can view the WBZ report on the bill and hearing by clicking here.
Massachusetts is the best state

Massachusetts is the best state

Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family, and we aim to keep it that way. And as reported in the Washington Post, that success often starts with a good education. No state lays that groundwork better than Massachusetts.

That's according to the Education Week Research Center, a nonpartisan group that measured indicators such as preschool and kindergarten enrollment, high school graduation rates, and higher education attainment. The yearly study also considered family income and parental employment, which are linked to educational achievement. You can read the report by clicking here.

Massachusetts again emerged as the top-achieving state, a position it has held since the index was first introduced in 2008.

This recognition gives credence to the commitment etched on the exterior of the Boston Public library: "The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty."
DTA recognition ceremony

DTA recognition ceremony

Rep. Roy attended the Department of Transitional Assistance Client Recognition Ceremony in Framingham. While there, he witnessed the awarding of certificates to several clients who had participated in programs providing them with the basic skills, education, and support services needed to acquire and retain jobs.

"It was certainly wonderful to see these people who participated in a government program that helped them help themselves," said Rep. Roy. "With these certificates, they are well-versed in what needs to be done to get employed, and hopefully they will all be back on track in the workforce. This will help them, their children, and their communities."

Congratulations to the graduates.
Direct shipment of wine to begin soon

Direct shipment of wine to begin soon

Beginning in 2015, residents will have the luxury of merely hopping online to order wine from out-of-state vineyards.

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget included a provision that allows the direct shipment of wine, something that was prohibited in Massachusetts before July 2014. Massachusetts became the 40th state to authorize these sales.

Former Patriot Drew Beldsoe was at the State House in March pushing wine shipment reform (he owns a vineyard in Washington). 
Pan Mass Challenge

Pan Mass Challenge

Next weekend, Rep. Roy will ride his 12th Pan Mass Challenge with Phil's Phriends. He is committed to raising funds for cancer research by riding in the 2014 PMC and would love for you to join him.

The PMC raises more money for charity than any other single athletic event in the country, $414 million since 1980 and $39 million last year alone! This success is the result of a lot of people riding for, and caring about, a cure.

To donate to Rep. Roy's ride, click here.
Franklin & Medway make top 100

Franklin & Medway make top 100

It was nice to see that Franklin (#47) and Medway (#72) have both made the list of the top 100 communities in Massachusetts. You can read the report by clicking here.

To translate "great community" into a quantifiable assessment, GoLocalWorcester went to the data. Their researchers spent hours poring over measures from public sources that help define a great place to live. They gathered and assessed housing prices, tax rates, median household incomes, crime statistics, and school performance on standardized tests in elementary, middle, and high schools. They counted places to go out and have fun, from bars and restaurants, to theaters, historic sites and museums, and golf courses. They even counted libraries.

Rep. Roy congratulates both towns and noted that it's an honor an privilege to represent the people in them.
Medical marijuana tax bill heard

Medical marijuana tax bill heard

The Revenue Committee heard our bill seeking a local sales tax on medical marijuana last week. Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting joined Rep. Roy to offer testimony at the State House. The town of Dennis was also there seeking similar authorization from the Legislature.

The legislation would allow the town to impose a 5 percent local sales tax on the retail and wholesale sale of medical marijuana. The tax would apply to the retail and wholesale sale of the marijuana cultivated in town and sold in another community.

The bill was filed after Franklin's Town Council adopted a resolution requesting Rep. Roy to seek authorization from the Legislature allowing it to tax facilities in town. The text of the resolution can be read by clicking here.

Channel 22 News from western Mass was very interested in the marijuana sales tax bill because the Franklin growing facility will set to the dispensary in Northampton. You can view its report on the story by clicking here.

Magna Carta on display in Boston

Thanks to the hard work or our colleague Rep. Cory Atkins of Concord, the Magna Carta will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston through September 1.

It's one of four of the original documents remaining from 1215 and is one of the seminal documents in the development of limited government, individual rights and liberties, and the rule of law. This is a must see exhibit and joins other historical loans as well as portraits and works of art from the Museum's collection—including the MFA's Sons of Liberty Bowl (1768) by Paul Revere, which is engraved with the words "Magna/Charta" and "Bill of/Rights"—to tell the story of patriots and revolutionaries who fought for freedom in the face of tyranny.

The exhibition also includes portraits, marble busts, and historical documents related to several of the Founding Fathers, presidents, and abolitionists, particularly from Massachusetts, who were inspired by the liberties enshrined in Magna Carta. To learn more about the exhibit, click here.
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In the News: Kmart on RT 109 to close

In the Milford Daily News we find this item of interest to Franklin shoppers:
The Kmart store on Rte. 109 will officially close in October, said Chris Braithwaite, vice president of media relations for Sears Holdings."Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses," he said.Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp. and has had presence in Milford for at least 35 years. The store will begin a liquidation sale Aug. 7, he said.
You can continue to read the article in the Milford Daily News here

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fund raising: Thermal totes for infants

Via email I hear of a fund raiser to help those with infants at a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU):
Hi Franklin! I am working to donate Thirty One thermal totes to the NICU at a nearby many moms go there to see their little babies who are fighting for their lives or very sick. 
I am not looking for other sales or to make the commission will be used to fill the bags with ice packs to keep milk cold, Chapstick, snack, magazines etc... things they need and we can help in some small way. 
It's $20.50 for the tote (incl. tax and shipping). Please help me by donating a tote. You order and it ships to me and you fill your heart with knowing how you helped someone. 
For more info please email Megan DeKing or comment here. Orders will go in August 3rd! Thanks!

The thermal totes:

infant surrounded by thermal totes
infant surrounded by thermal totes

You can email Megan directly at =

Patriots, Public Safety Officials Throw Danny Nickerson a Surprise Birthday Party Unlike Any Other

It started with a simple wish for birthday cards a week before his sixth birthday and ended with a birthday celebration unlike any other at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.

Danny Nickerson, a Foxborough boy with an inoperable brain tumor, celebrated his sixth birthday on Friday, July 25, with a trip to Legoland in Boston before meeting New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium.

Danny and friends
Danny and friends

During the visit, Danny and his family toured the Patriots’ trophy room before taking a walk onto the Gillette Stadium field, where they were greeted by Pat Patriot, the team’s official mascot, and Patriots Cheerleaders.

“We got out on the field and Danny’s name was up on the video boards, which was absolutely awesome,” said Daniel Jamieson, Danny’s father. “I never thought one of my family member’s names would be up on the video board in Gillette Stadium.”

presentation of the card
presentation of the card

Kraft presented Danny with a card signed by the entire New England Patriots team and a gift bag, which included Patriots-themed toys and a customized Patriots jersey. Following the special field visit, Patriot Place treated Danny and his family to a birthday lunch at SkipJack’s.

“Seeing Danny smile so much has been amazing,” said Jamieson. “Everything Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family have done to help out my family and show support for my son is incredible.”

The show of support for Danny didn’t stop there, as Cops for Kids with Cancer organized a surprise birthday party for the six-year-old and his family at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.

“Hopefully this helps Danny and his family know they aren’t alone,” said Burlington Police Sgt. Gerard McDonough, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event. “I’ve read that Danny can feel alone and sad at times, so we want the family to know they are not alone and they are not fighting alone.”

Cops for Kids with Cancer
Cops for Kids with Cancer

Danny’s special day began with a convoy of more than 100 police, fire and EMS vehicles arriving at Gillette Stadium shortly before 9 a.m. Hundreds of public safety officials representing more than 40 communities throughout the region then gathered on the steps of Patriot Place’s grand staircase to sing “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor.

“Seeing all the police, firefighters and motorcycle riders showing up to support my son is absolutely emotional and really nice,” said Jamieson.

The celebration continued on the first floor of CBS Scene with a public safety-themed birthday cake that featured a photo of Danny on a motorcycle and a presentation of birthday cards and gifts from each agency, including a motorized toy police car from Boston Police, which Danny drove around NRG Plaza until the power ran out.

“It’s been an incredible and emotional day,” said Canton Police Deputy Chief Helena Rafferty, who also serves as President of Cops for Kids with Cancer. “Every little boy loves police and fire and it is such an honor to be part of this special day.”

Foxborough police officer Stephen McGrath said participating in Saturday’s celebration was important to the department because Danny is a relative of one of their sergeants.

“We knew that participating today would be just one way to demonstrate our support to Danny and his family, and also to our sergeant,” said McGrath. “I know how important it is to them and I think they need to know not only the Foxborough Police Department is behind them, but the support extends throughout law enforcement and communities across the region. This event brings everything into focus for us and we are honored to be a part of it.”

After cake and presents at CBS Scene, the party moved to Patriots Training Camp where another surprise was waiting for Danny.

Toward the end of practice, Kraft invited Danny and his parents onto the field where the entire team, including head coach Bill Belichick, gathered around the Foxborough family and sang “Happy Birthday” to Danny.

“It’s been an incredible day for Danny and the Patriots singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my son was a real touching moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” said Jamieson.

Danny’s mother, Carley Nickerson, was equally grateful for all the support her family has received since making a public request for birthday cards for her son.

“It’s overwhelming,” Carley said. “Everyone has been amazing. They’ve all come together and are here for our little boy.”

Danny has received more than 150,000 birthday cards in the 10 days since his wish was made public. Some cards have been sent from as far away as Japan, and mail is still coming in.

“It’s been amazing to see him so happy,” said Carley. “He loves getting mail.”

For Sgt. McDonough and Cops for Kids with Cancer, the goal for Saturday was a simple one – make Danny and his family smile.

“As long as Danny was smiling and we gave the family some happy memories it was mission accomplished for us,” said McDonough. “We are very grateful to the Kraft family and the Patriots organization for giving us the venue to be able to do this and we were very happy for the show of support to Danny and thank all the officers who were able to come out.”

Franklin Library: Tanglewood Marionettes - Aug 2 - 10:30 AM

The Franklin Public Library will host a show by the Tanglewood Marionettes:
Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. This title is perfect for younger children and family audiences. 
The Fairy Circus is performed by a solo puppeteer. The presentation includes a lively puppetry demonstration prior to the show, and a Question and Answer session following the performance. 
Running time: 40 minutes
Recommended grade levels: Appropriate for pre-K - 6; best for pre-K - 2

Tanglewood Marionettes
Tanglewood Marionettes

When:  Saturday, August 2, 10:30 AM

This was shared from the Franklin Public Library website

For more about the Tanglewood Marionettes, you can visit their website here