Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Today's the day we have been waiting for!

*** Franklin Public Library

10:30 AM - Captain Haines Pirate Show!

Captain Haines Pirate Show
Captain Haines Pirate Show

*** On the Franklin Town Common

5:00 to 8:00  PM – Art Association: Children’s activities: Sidewalk Chalk Art, Face Painting. Plein air Painting.

5:45 PM - Opening Ceremony

6:00 PM - FSPA's Electric Youth

Festival Schedule: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Festival Schedule: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
* note the schedule is subject to change

All roads should lead to The Rome Restaurant in Franklin either before or after taking in one or more of the events at the Cultural Festival. 

The Rome will feature "Festival Fettucini" from 4:00 PM to closing each night Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29.  The culinary arts are one of the key arts that the Festival is looking to showcase. Franklin has a broad variety of culinary choices!

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out the webpage or follow the Festival on Twitter

To help financially support the Festival please visit:

The tri-fold flyer with the full schedule can be downloaded here

“Like everyone in the nation we’re dealing with the opioid crisis"

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

"Police Chief Thomas Lynch discusses his first full year in the position and reflects on what he hopes to accomplish in the future. Lynch was hired as chief last July, and has been with the department for more than 20 years. 
How did you start your career in law enforcement? 
Police Chief Thomas Lynch (Town of Franklin photo)
Police Chief Thomas Lynch (Town of Franklin photo)
“I’ve only worked as a police officer for the town of Franklin. I graduated from the police academy at 1996. ... I worked in recreation from when I was 14 to when I was 25 for Brookline and Wellesley. ... I was a patrolman from ’96 to ’99. In ’99 I was a detective until 2000 when I was promoted to sergeant. In 2002, I was promoted to lieutenant. I spent 13 years as lieutenant, I was in operations and ran the patrol unit. In 2015, I was promoted to deputy chief, where I was for about nine months, and then I became the chief on July 1 of 2016.”

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The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants (Video)

"Franklin Conservation Commission recently held a meeting featuring a report on beaver activity at DelCarte. 

Whether you view them as an engineering marvel or creators of flooding challenges, and they can be both, beavers (Castor canadensis) are fascinating creatures right here in our community. 

We thought you'd enjoy learning a little more about them in this PBS video."

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

Reminder: Commonwealth Ave. Bridge Project This Week; I-90 Lane Reductions

This is a reminder that the 2017 Construction Shutdown for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project ( is beginning at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, and will continue through 5:00 AM on Monday, August 14. Please note the construction-related impacts below:

Reminder: Commonwealth Ave. Bridge Project This Week; I-90 Lane Reductions
Reminder: Commonwealth Ave. Bridge Project This Week; I-90 Lane Reductions

For Drivers:

I-90 (Mass Pike) Users:
From 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7:
• I-90 between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston will be reduced to two lanes in both directions during peak hours (additional lane closures during off-peak hours, see below).
• The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed.
• The I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently.

I-90 Off-Peak Lane Reductions:
Weekdays, July 28 - August 1 (during I-90 eastbound shift):
• 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM: one eastbound lane open and two westbound lanes open
Weekdays, August 2 - August 7 (during I-90 westbound shift):
• 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM: one westbound lane open and two eastbound lanes open
Weekends (9:00 PM on Friday to 5:00 AM on Monday):
• One eastbound and two westbound lanes open, or one westbound and two eastbound lanes open

See the "I-90 (Mass Pike) Ramp Closures Detour" on the Traffic Management page:

Commonwealth Avenue Users:
• Commonwealth Avenue (between Packard's Corner and Kenmore Square) will be closed to vehicular through traffic (local access only) from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14. Access will be maintained for businesses and abutting properties.
• See the "Commonwealth Avenue Closure Detour" on the Traffic Management page:

Boston University (BU) Bridge Users:
• The BU Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
• See the "Boston University (BU) Bridge Closure Detour" on the Traffic Management page:

For Pedestrians and Bicyclists:
• Pedestrians and bicyclists will have full access across the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the westbound side throughout construction.
• Bicyclists heading north and south between Mountfort/Essex Street and the BU Bridge will follow a minor detour route. See the new Bicycle Routes and Detours Map on the Traffic Management page:
• There will be additional Hubway stations on Commonwealth Avenue during the shutdown (see below).
• See the Walk and Bike Times Map:

For MBTA Green B Line Users:
• The Green B Line will be replaced with shuttle buses between Babcock Street and Blandford Street Stations from 9:00 PM on July 26 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
• See the Green Line page on the project website:

For MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak Users:
• The Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line will operate regular service on weekdays.
• On weekends (July 29-30 and August 5-6), service will terminate at Boston Landing, where customers can take a shuttle to Reservoir on the Green Line D branch.
• Extra Green Line trains will run from Reservoir to Park Street to accommodate Commuter Rail passengers.
• There is no scheduled direct shuttle service provided between Boston Landing and Yawkey, Back Bay, or South Station.
• There will be service between Boston Landing and Yawkey Station only related to the Red Sox games (7/29, 7/30, 8/5, 8/6). This service will be inbound from Boston Landing to Yawkey three hours before the start of each game and outbound with a departure 30 minutes after the conclusion of the ballgame.
• See the Commuter Rail page on the project website:
• Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited Line will be replaced by shuttle buses between South Station and Albany, NY for the weekends of July 29-30 and August 5-6.

For MBTA Bus Users:
• MBTA Bus Routes CT2 and 47 will be detoured from the normal routes from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
• See the MBTA Bus page on the project website:
• Route 57 Bus will operate its normal route.

MassDOT Encourages Active Transportation

There will be pedestrian and bicycle wayfinding signage at all Green Line shuttle bus stops on Commonwealth Avenue to encourage active transportation, especially for short trips. This will help optimize shuttle bus operations by shortening bus wait times and headways.

Additional Hubway Stations:

MassDOT is partnering with Hubway to provide additional temporary Hubway stations on Commonwealth Avenue during the construction period at:
• Babcock Street
• Silber Way

Hubway Ambassadors will be assisting users at these temporary locations Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM and from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, providing additional bikes on a first-come, first-serve basis. All existing Hubway stations along Commonwealth Avenue and the rest of the Hubway service area will continue to be operational.

For New Hubway Users
• Download the brand new Hubway mobile app, available for iPhone and Android:
• Use the app to find a station near you.
• Starting soon, you'll also be able to get a pass via the app (only for a single trip or save 0 on a full annual membership during the shutdown!)
For more information, visit, and download the new Hubway mobile app.

Please see the project website: for more information and to review project documents and presentations.

Please share this advisory with anyone you think may be interested in the project, and encourage them to sign up for email alerts for traffic updates and meeting announcements:

For any questions or comments, please contact Jim Kersten, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-9041 or by email at

Commonwealth Ave Bridge Replacement Project Team

"There are many questions that remain unanswered"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. 
It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. 
But the report doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death. 
“There are many questions that remain unanswered,” said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. “How common is this” in the general population and all football players?"

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Casino Crawl Fundraiser - August 19

Save the date! August 19th is the Casino Crawl Night for Make Change For Change. Proceeds from the Twin Rivers Casino Crawl will help our neighbors in need at the Milford and Medway women's shelters. So come join us for a fun night out while we raise funds for a good cause. Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 19th
TIME: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
WHERE: meet at The Sugar Shoppe. The bus will take us to/from Twin Rivers Casino
COST: $40/ticket

1) contact Amy Gilman 857-363-8935 or and purchase tix over the phone 
2) The Sugar Shoppe
3) Go to the Make Change For Change gofundme account at

The Pub Crawl fundraiser we had a few months ago was such a great crowd and it sold out fast with only one bus. We will have TWO busses for the Casino Crawl. We will also have a raffle and great prizes! Tickets will sell fast. Get yours now!

We can't wait to see you all there! Thank you for your support.

Casino Crawl Fundraiser - August 19
Casino Crawl Fundraiser - August 19

"a measured track forward to reducing pollution"

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

"THE ISSUE: Citing ongoing litigation, the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed new stormwater regulations intended to strengthen clean water protections in Massachusetts. THE IMPACT: The regulations, which are delayed one year, would affect 260 Massachusetts communities. 
Reactions have been mixed following the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it’s delaying a controversial permitting system intended to protect rivers and ponds by better controlling stormwater runoff. 
The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems permit, or MS4, would require 260 Massachusetts cities and towns to develop new stormwater management programs to satisfy the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act. Under the updated permit requirements, municipal governments would need to implement control measures to detect and eliminate illicit sewer connections to existing stormwater drains, conduct education and outreach programs, and manage runoff from construction sites and new developments."

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Franklin has been working closely with the EPA to prepare for the regulation and samples from the archives show this

Recognition of Franklin's efforts in Aug 2016

Garden Club in 2015 held meeting on rain gardens

rain garden doing what it is supposed to, catch the rain and let the ground soak it in
rain garden doing what it is supposed to, catch the rain and let the ground soak it in

In the News: Sons of Italy recap; Harvest Festival registration

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

"The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge No. 1414, ended the 2016-17 year with multiple activities. 
These activities included a lecture by James Johnston on the immigration of Italians to Franklin; the installation of lodge officers; the recognition of Alesandro (Alex) Pizzi with the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Law Enforcement Award; the annual Pancake Breakfast; and an end-of-the-year meeting/luncheon in June."

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"Registration will begin in August for crafters, vendors, artists and community groups who want to participate in the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 15th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This fall’s Harvest Festival is expected to draw more than 8,000 visitors to downtown Franklin. The rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 15. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event."

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Downtown Franklin dressed up for the Harvest Stroll in 2016

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