Sunday, June 17, 2018

Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18

June 18, 2018 - 7:30 AM

3rd Floor Training Room
Municipal Building
355 East Central Street

1. FY 2020 and Beyond Budget Overview

Who is the "Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting"? 
The committee is comprised of members of the Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee supported by members of the Town Administration.

Why get started on the FY 2020 budget now?
If you recall the passage of the FY 2019 budget (which covers from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) is starting out with a funding deficit of approx $1.4M as that amount was used from the Debt Stabilization fund to avoid a significant cut or an override this year. There is no way to avoid a serious discussion about what Franklin wants to do for the next budget. Hence, they are starting now.

Franklin voters have two realistic choices. (1) Let the Town Council and School Committee make significant cuts to existing services OR (2) consider an override to appropriately fund the operational expenses of Franklin. This is why the discussion is starting with the Joint Budget Committee. They get to start working out the details on what to bring forward for our eventual decision.

Pay attention to the FY 2020 budget discussion. 
It will have a major effect on our daily lives and when the time rolls around to vote for it (assuming we do an override), you will have been informed, and had a chance to make your case.

The agenda can be found online

The FY 2019 budget collection can be found here

Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18
Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18

Town of Franklin Applies for Cultural District Status to the State of Massachusetts

Thanks to a multi-year effort by the Town of Franklin and a group of its citizens, an official application to establish a Franklin Cultural District was submitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the offices of the Massachusetts Cultural Council on June 8, 2018. The Franklin Cultural District (FCD) will be a demarcated region within the town that encompasses the cultural facilities, activities, and assets that lie in a compact, walkable area. 

Franklin’s vibrant cultural atmosphere is already home to the nation’s first public library, the Franklin Historical Museum, Dean College School of the Arts, over 25 other performing and visual arts and dance studios, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Establishment of the FCD will likely attract additional arts and cultural organizations in the future, driving economic development.

Cultural District status will make the FCD eligible for a variety of state grant programs, state economic development opportunities and monies, strategic planning and historic preservation assistance, and marketing through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

"Arts and Culture have become an extremely important and vibrant economic engine for the Town of Franklin," says Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. "Designating the Town as an official Cultural District will only enhance those opportunities and establish Franklin as the premier arts and cultural hub in the southern MetroWest region.”

This effort has been years in the planning, beginning with the Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee, who were tasked with gauging interest in the project and starting the organizational efforts necessary to begin the application process. The Steering Committee met with potential partners, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and Town of Franklin administrators to determine the needs, geographic area and types of businesses to be included, and the roles and responsibilities of the District itself. 

That Committee went on to create the Franklin Cultural Festival, which ran for three years and created a strong basis amongst the partners and evidence for the State of the vigor of the arts and culture community in Franklin. A preliminary site visit with the MCC and the Town resulted in a decision to move forward with the formal cultural district application.

On June 28, 2017, the Franklin Town Council passed Resolution 17-45, which endorsed the FCD’s cultural district goals, namely to “attract artists and cultural enterprises; encourage business and job development; establish the district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance property values; and foster local cultural development.”

In November 2017, seven Franklin residents were appointed to the Franklin Cultural District Committee, an official Town committee which took over for the initial Steering Committee, to make the formal application to the State and then oversee the new district. Part of the application included letters of endorsement and intent from the many cultural assets in town, establishing them as official partners of the District, including the Franklin Public Schools, Dean College, Franklin Downtown Partnership, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Franklin Performing Arts Company/THE BLACK BOX, the Franklin Historical Museum, the Franklin Art Association, the Franklin Cultural Council, and many more. Some of the partners were involved in the FCD initiative from the very beginning, others, such as Drummer’s Studio, Encore Music Academy and Feet in Motion School of Dance, have signed on more recently as the momentum for establishment of the District increased.

During the first quarter of 2018, the Franklin Cultural District’s Goals were refined during Cultural District Committee public meetings. These Goals combine the aims for the State's cultural districts, existing planning initiatives (including Franklin’s 2013 Master Plan cultural resources goals and objectives), and input from Committee partners. The FCD partners will meet with the Committee quarterly, starting June 19, to discuss marketing, cross-promotional events between the partners, and ways to enhance the District. An FCD website, complete with a local arts calendar, is being established to provide a single source of arts and cultural information for town residents and visitors.

The application filed on June 8, 2018, included narrative on the FCD's goals, marketing plans, partners, cultural assets, and State-required metrics to measure the FCD's impact, as well as the official FCD map. In addition, hundreds of pages of supplemental materials were submitted showing examples of arts and cultural events and programming within the proposed District.Once the MCC has reviewed the application, a site visit will be scheduled with the Town, the FCD committee and the FCD partners. Only then will the State render a verdict on the application.

To learn more about the Franklin Cultural District, their partners, and upcoming activities and events, visit their website at, or follow them on Facebook(, Twitter (@FranklinCulture), and Instagram(@franklinculture).

Children of Eden - at FHS - Jun 22 - 23

Children of Eden
Presented by The Theatre Institute and Theatre at the Hockomock Area YMCA

Franklin High School
Friday, June 22nd 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 23rd 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM

"From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Schwartz himself describes the show as one of his favorites he has written. We hope you'll join us to see this amazing cast sing some incredible music!"

For more about the show you can read here or

Download the flyer here

Children of Eden - at FHS - Jun 22 - 23
Children of Eden - at FHS - Jun 22 - 23

In the News: Wayland to see school start time alternatives; MetroWest student Film Festival starts

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"After years of discussion, the (Wayland, MA) School Committee will finally have a choice of possible solutions for a later start time at the middle and high schools. 
The discussion dates back to at least 2004, when a town task force concluded students aren’t getting enough sleep, but that getting to the point of a later start time is “complicated.” 
Superintendent Arthur Unobskey is expected to present the solutions at Monday’s School Committee meeting. 
“I anticipate the School Committee will choose one of the options,” Unobskey told the Daily News. 
Options will call for an 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. start time at the middle and high school. Currently, the opening bell is 7:35 at the middle school and 7:30 at the high school."

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Franklin also has a School Start Times Advisory Committee working to put a similar proposal together. If accepted it would be start no earlier than Sep 2019. The link to the Committee's page for meeting agendas, research, etc.

"The next Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg could be among us, and a new film festival next spring could be where they’re found. 
It’s billed as the first film festival for students in MetroWest, and it’s appropriately called the MetroWest Student Film Festival. 
It’s coming next April 4-7 to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), 14 Summer St., and organizers said it will be an annual event. 
“It gives young people an opportunity to showcase their talents and passion for the arts,” said Kerry Fraser, marketing coordinator for TCAN."

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FHS baseball plays in the Super 8 final Monday, June 18

In the Super 8 tournament, Franklin, the lowest seed to make it to the final, is also the only team left with no losses. Central Catholic needs to beat FHS twice while Franklin can win outright with a single victory on Monday.

Complete MIAA bracket info can be found online

MIAA Super 8 or Div 1A  bracket for 2018
MIAA Super 8 or Div 1A  bracket for 2018

School Committee Newsletter- June 2018

You can also find and read the School Committee newsletter

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cultural District Meeting Agenda - Jun 19

The Town's new Cultural District Committee has been holding regular committee meetings since January 2018; they're working hard on a variety of issues including refining district goals, marketing, and editing sections of the the Town's Cultural District application.

FYI - The Town's Cultural District application was submitted to the State on June 8th; hopefully Mass Cultural Council will be doing their application review and holding a site visit this summer.

One of the Cultural District Committee's most important responsibilities is managing and continuing to build the Town's Cultural District Partnership. You've all worked to build this Partnership, and I know you all understand the importance of working together closely.

The Town's Cultural District Committee is holding their first Cultural District Partnership Meeting on June 19th at 7:30. If at all possible each partnering organization should send at least one individual to represent their interests.

Attached is the meeting agenda. I hope to see you next week. Please invite anyone that may have an interest. This is a public meeting; all are welcome.

Bryan W. Taberner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1352
Phone: 508-520-4907
Fax: 508-520-4906

The agenda for the meeting
Cultural District Meeting - Jun 19

Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16

We have an AMAZING line-up of musicians this year!

You asked for a nice day ... and you will HAVE IT! It is looking like a beautiful, sunny day in the mid-80s!

This is truly going to be an incredible festival and we really hope you will join us. For the cost of a single concert ticket, you can see many world-class musicians and dancers over the course of an 8-hour day!

Full website & schedule:


Please LIKE us on Facebook AND share with your friends ... word of mouth is BRT's best friend!

Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16
Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16

Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28

Come join us for a fun summer evening at the ballpark and help raise money for a good cause!

50% of the proceeds from ticket sales through this link (below) will go towards the Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, who’s mission is to provide merit-based and need-based scholarships and subsidies to deserving students and programs of music everywhere.

WHEN = July 28th, 2018 6:15 PM

WHERE = McCoy Stadium
1 Columbus Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Scan the QR code or go to and log on using:

Password: pawsox

Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28
Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28

“We need purchase, possession and use laws, but no one wants to talk about it.”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The effort to increase the tobacco sales age limit to 21 years will undoubtedly cut into the revenue of convenience stores, including the 7-Eleven in Quincy that Dennis Lane has owned for 44 years. 
The loss would be unfortunate for business, he said, but it’s not why he’s against increasing the age. 
“Raising age limits redefines the age that somebody becomes an adult,” said Lane, who doesn’t smoke. “If you’re adult enough to pick up a rifle and protect this country, then you’re obviously adult enough to make the decision about whether or not to smoke.” 
As Massachusetts inches closer to becoming one of a handful of states in which - like alcohol - you must be at least 21 years old to buy a pack of cigarettes, debate has ensued related to health, personal freedom and shared responsibility."
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