Friday, September 4, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/4/15 - THU 9/10/15

FRIDAY 9/4/15
10am-12pm   Open House at Dean College Children’s Center Preschool
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

9-10am   Helping Hands Knit and Crochet Group Meet at The Cake Bar

TUESDAY 9/8/15
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting at the Franklin YMCA (new members welcome)

7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Meeting at the “3” Restaurant (new members welcome)

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

Franklin's Tegra Medical employees get wet in fund raiser

Tegra Medical
Tegra Medical
From Christine at Tegra Medical, 9 Forge Park, Franklin:

"We had our company picnic Thursday and received an overwhelming amount of donations for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
We also raised over $2,000 for The Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children's Hospital of RI. 
The employees bought tickets to dunk their favorite supervisors (pictures also included below)."

Bill C ready for the dunk tank
Bill C ready for the dunk tank

supervisors ready for the dunk tank
Bob and Chris ready for the dunk tank

group photo of Tegra Medical employees
group photo of Tegra Medical employees

Economic Development Meeting Agenda - Sep 9 - 6:00 PM

Via email from Town Administrator Jeff Nutting:

The Economic Development Committee will meet next Wednesday at 6 pm in the Training Room. Items for discussion include marketing, Nu-style and Pond street. 

Note: The Training Room is located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. The meeting should not last more than an hour as the Town Council is scheduled to begin their meeting at 7:00 PM. (The Economic Development Committee is comprised of four Town Councilors - Bissanti, Kelly, Padula, and Vallee.)

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Background information on the Nu-Style property can be found in the 2013 Annual Report

Student's Capstone project to help Medway Food Pantry

This is a flier my son John made for his Capstone project:

In Support of the Medway Village Church food pantry, a donation drive is being held here from September 1 to November 1. 

My name is John Demartinis and I am in 8th grade attending the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. 

This is my Capstone project, I must complete this project to pass the 8th grade. I am a Medway resident.

Items needed for drive:

  • Shampoo
  • Napkins
  • Soap
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Caned goods
  • Boxed goods.
  • Jelly
  • Tomato sauce, chicken soup, boxed milk.

And anything else that you can donate would be greatly appreciated

If you live in the Medway area please help by bringing donations to Starbucks, Medway yoga, medway cleaners, curves, Anne Market, medway karakate,little gym,the muffin house and to any of the shops at the plaza where ocean state store is. 

If you cannot donate, You can also make a donation by check to the

John DeMartinis
Medway resident
Anything you want to do would be greatly appreciated.

Kelly (John's mom)

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Blackstone Valley: GO! and September News and Events

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For a complete and detailed listing of events, see our event calendar

Get Ready...Get Set...GO! 

Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. is promoting a series of events and experiences throughout the Valley during the month of September!

Join us for a kickoff celebration at the Little Red Shop Museum, followed by a Hopedale Walkabout on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5-6:30 p.m. 

Location: Little Red Shop Museum
                 12 Hopedale Street
                  Hopedale, MA

For full listing of GO! activities, click 

Greenway Challenge - Registration ends soon!
                                       Volunteers Needed!

On Saturday, September 26, the Blackstone Heritage Corridor's 15th annual Greenway Challenge takes off from Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA. The finish line is at Lincoln Woods in Lincoln, RI, followed by a finish line celebration.  (Rain date October 3rd.)

Registration ends soon!  Click here to view our special Greenway Challenge website and sign up your team!

Volunteers are needed throughout the course at the different transition sites. Be part of the "amazing race" that winds through the Blackstone Valley by supporting the event as a volunteer! Make new friends, see new places, and be a VIP for a day.

For more information, contact Barbara Dixon at

GO! To The Uxbridge Antique Fire Museum
Roy Henry and William Martin, both volunteers from the Uxbridge Antique Fire Museum, partnered up to host the first event in Blackstone Heritage Corridor's GO! program on September 1st, offering free tours of the museum. 

Tucked away on Depot Street, across from the former Bernat Mill, is where the museum artfully displays all of its memorabilia, some dating back to          the 1800's. 

Originally located in the boiler room of Bernat Mill, the museum had to move due to a fire in 2006 and mill owners at Capron Corp. donated and renovated space at the Bernat Garage across the street in 2009. 

Today it proudly houses a 1940 Seagrave fire truck and is considered the crown jewel of the museum.Future projects include the restoration of a 1927 Stewart Pumper and an antique alarm box display. The museum will be open every Tuesday throughout September from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment on other days. For more information, please call 508-278-2014.

For a full calendar of GO! events, click here

Paddle Club's Big Finish for 15th Season! 

Congratulations to the Blackstone Valley Paddle Club on finishing their 15th season. Thank you to the volunteers who have kept this club active for so many years and for supporting the on-the-water exploration of the Blackstone Valley!

There is one more chance to paddle in September! Join Paddle Club volunteers Cheryl Thompson and Julie Riendeau as they lead a leisurely paddle from the Blackstone Gorge to the Millville Lock and        back on Sunday, September 20th. 

This trip is part of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor's GO! program and is a free event. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles and life jackets. On this trip you will pass under the historic Triad Bridge and enjoy a close-up look at the remains of the Millville Lock. 

Meet at the Blackstone Gorge at the end of County Street in Blackstone. The trip is 5 miles and will last 2-3 hours. For more information, call 401-647-5887.
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For a complete and detailed listing of events, see our event calendar.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: First Day!


Dear Franklin Families: 
We had a great opening today and it was wonderful to see our enthusiastic learners back in school. 
Thank you to facilities and DPW for making our schools looks beautiful. Much appreciation to the Franklin Police for their help and support in managing first day traffic. 
Here is a link to sign up for Free/Reduced Lunch. The flyer is attached.  Our sign-up link is also on the district web site and is completely confidential.
Check out Twitter and You Tube to see our "Dancing Principal", Brian Wildeman welcome students at Remington Middle School. Thanks to our friends in the media at Fox 25 and WCVB the video has gone viral.

Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay safe and learn much!

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Davis Thayer Elementary School
Davis Thayer Elementary School

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"when used in excess caffeine can be deadly"

The Washington Post has an interesting article on America's addiction to caffeine:

There was a time when getting your daily dose of caffeine meant a simple cup of coffee or tea. 
Poured into a ceramic mug, the steaming liquid tended to be enough to give most people that extra burst of energy to get out the door. Back then, you'd have to drink a heck of a lot -- 81 cups of brewed coffee, or 317 cups of black tea, for the average 195-pound U.S. male -- to reach a lethal dose. So while you might still get the occasional shakiness, nausea and fast heartbeat associated with ingesting too much caffeine, you were highly unlikely to die from it. 
But somewhere along the way, caffeine became an obsession, a need for many Americans; and an entire industry sprang up to try to make caffeine ingesting more efficient.
table showing daily caffeine intake by age for Americans
table showing daily caffeine intake by age for Americans

Continue reading the article here

Medway Power Plant expansion

Hi Steve,

I'm wondering if you know about the proposed expansion of Exelon West Medway.  They have filed with the Siting Board a petition to build a 200 Megawatt dual fuel (Natual gas and ULSD) peaker plant at its current site in West Medway. If you look at the maps on the website: - you will see there will be significant pollution also effecting Holliston, Bellingham and Franklin. - especially important to those Franklin residents who live on the Medway/Bellingham line and businesses including Franklin Country Day Camp.

Here are some highlights of the project:

- 97,000 to 190,000 gallons of water used per day.  Source is unknown at this time but it will draw from the Charles River Watershed. 

- Over 700,000 tons of Co2 generated per year (according to the Conservation Law Foundation it will be the 6th dirtiest plant in the Commonwealth when up and running in 2018)

- 160 foot smoke stacks (current zoning allows for 70 feet)

- 50 foot buffer wall for noise mitigation

- 1,000,000 gallon storage tank for ULSD - (OIL)

- 16,000 gallons of aqueous Ammonia stored on site

- The location of the plant is on the West Medway, Bellingham, and Franklin town lines.

- They are looking to tap into the Algonquin gas pipeline, and their potential route goes through wetlands.   

- There are 5 day care centers, Medway High School, Choate Park in the town of Medway that are within a 3km radius of the plant.  There are also several organizations and a school from Franklin and Bellingham in close proximity as well.

As a family community, Medway isn't the right place to put such a large power plant. In fact, the Town of Medway adopted a master plan in 2009 that promotes industrial/business growth, but also set up to protect the environment.  Our master plan states:

"The reduction and prevention of pollution at all levels is a goal that makes sense both from health and budgetary perspectives.  Short-term gains in growth and/or tax revenue that produce potential long-term harm to Medway's environment must be avoided."

"93% of the 2009 MMPC Survey respondents think that the quality of drinking water and conservation are important. Water quality was a concern of residents responding to the 1999 Master Plan and continues to be an even bigger issue at this time."

"73% of the respondents to the 2009 Master Plan Survey believe that protecting the rural, small town character of Medway was important.  Likewise, maintaining the "sense of hometown community" was a common sentiment in the 2009 Survey."

Here are some links that you may be interested in:  - Siting Boards filing site.  The Docket is ESFB15-01.


Medway is a community which is enjoyed for its character and charm.  Residents don't want to see that lost due to this project. 

For our Neighbors in Franklin, it should be known that (if approved) Medway will received approx $2.5 MILL per year for 20 years while neighboring communities will see no monetary gain but will suffer the effects of decreased property values, increased traffic and pollution.  In past proposals, hearings were held in surrounding towns - this time, there is currently no indication of informing or involving surrounding communities.

I wanted to inform you of what was going on. There are a few residents that would be glad to speak with you, raising awareness is very important to us.

Tracy Stewart

In the News: Pipeline opposition group to meet, good communication helps with roadway work

"Spectra Access Northeast Opposition Group will hold its second meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin. 
The group opposes a 48-mile natural gas pipeline proposed for the Milford area due to environmental and property value concerns. The pipeline is slated to run through Milford, Medway, Bellingham, Franklin, Upton, Millis, Norfolk and Walpole."
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"Good communication has helped businesses deal with the extensive roadwork taking place in the downtown area, a local business official said. 
Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana said it has been "so far, so good." 
"We've set up a good communications system," she said. "As executive director, I've attended meetings about it every two weeks, so I've been getting direct updates."
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K9 - Axe on the job

The Franklin Police Dept posted this PDF announcing the newest edition to their K9 squad. Axe, replaced Ehre who is transitioning into retirement.

Officer Mike Gilboy is seen with his new police dog Axe at the Franklin Police Department.  Daily News Staff Photo/ John Thornton
Officer Mike Gilboy is seen with his new police dog Axe at the Franklin Police Department.
Daily News Staff Photo/ John Thornton

According to the report in the Milford Daily News, Axe actually started working last year

National Recovery Month - 2015

Facing Addiction
UNITE to Face Addiction is thrilled to join tens of thousands of people across the country celebrating recovery as Recovery Month 2015 kicks off today (9/1/15)! There are over 600 hundred National Recovery Month events around the country and you can find all of them by clicking here.

Recovery Month has really taken off since its launch 26 years ago. This year, UNITE to Face Addiction will have organizers at 41 events to promote the rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 4th. If you haven't already signed up to attend the UNITE to Face Addiction Rally, please do so now by clicking here.

10.04.15 will be the day the silence ends around the addiction crisis. Tens of thousands of people will be on the National Mall and we're counting on you to be there!

Thank you,

The UNITE to Face Addiction team

P.S. Please book your hotel room for 10.04.15 today! We have some great room rates, but most of them only last for the next ten days. You can find a complete listing of our hotel rates and booking codes by clicking here.

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The UNITE to Face Addiction rally is being organized by Facing Addiction Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state, and local non-profit organizations.
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Franklin Public Schools: Events in Millis


September 2, 2015
Good Evening:
As you are aware of the events that unfolded in Millis today we in the Franklin  Public Schools have monitored the situation along with the Franklin Police and our colleagues in neighboring school districts. While there is no reported threat to the Franklin community we will remain vigilant and alert.
We have alerted school administrators of the need to reinforce all safety protocols. All doors remain secured and visitors will be buzzed in as per protocol. Identification with a picture ID may be requested by school personnel upon entry. We have well defined safety and security procedures and staff is well versed in how to handle a variety of situations.
We plan to open school as scheduled and we anticipate the level of police presence consistent with what was evidenced today at all our schools. The Franklin Police Department will continue patrols around schools and will be a visible presence. We will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate with public safety officials.
We will keep the community of Millis in our thoughts as they deal with this unfortunate event. It is our primary mission to maintain a safe school environment and the security of our children and staff is a priority.  Stay safe and if you see something that is of concern contact the police.
Maureen Sabolinski
Superintendent of Schools

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For those who may have missed what happened in Millis on Wednesday, the Holliston Police Twitter account provides a copy of the police press release on the event

Parmenter Sign
Parmenter Sign