|Santa Claus arrives Sunday|
|Santa ready for pictures|
Additional photos from 2011 can be found here:
|Santa Claus arrives Sunday|
|Santa ready for pictures|
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, has drafted legislation that would authorize municipalities to post public notices online rather than having to pay the local newspaper to publish them.
Roy last week testified before the House Joint Committee on the Judiciary, arguing that his bill would increase transparency and help "cash-strapped" cities and towns save money.
Also testifying at the hearing were newspaper publisher executives who oppose the legislation. Newspapers, they say, "play a unique and time-tested role in publishing public notice advertising, and "to remove these ads from newspapers would be to undermine accountability, reduce transparency and weaken the economy."
A proposed virtual school in the region is getting plenty of support from MetroWest lawmakers and school officials, who have told the state they have confidence in the education collaborative behind the plan.
With leftovers all that remain of Thanksgiving, the annual Christmas on the Common on Sunday evening will celebrate with a familiar flourish the beginning of the holiday season.
|Erin Lynch, Director of Development for the Franklin Food Pantry posed by the full truckload of donations|
In 1785, Benjamin Franklin shipped to the town of Franklin, Mass. — the first town of many named in his honor — 116 books for a public library. His sister Jane, who never went to school and never learned to spell, asked him to send her a list of those books. “My Reason for this Request is I have a grat deal of time on my hands,” she explained. “I Love Reading ...and I dont doubt I can Borrow of won and another of my Acquaintance.” Then she set about trying to read every book on that list, from Locke to Montesquieu, from Blackstone to Newton.
In Franklin, Mass., those books — the gift from Benjamin Franklin — are still there, in the town library. They are locked in a cabinet. A few years back, the library’s board, citing a lack of funds for the care of rare books, decided that the door to that cabinet must never be opened. None of those books will ever be read again.
Last year, the Friends reached out to the six communities through which the trail passes, getting them to agree to help fulfill the groups’ goal of fixing up the entire trail.
The groups say the grant funds will go toward two specific projects, including cutting back overgrowth and re-grading the surface of a roughly 2-mile section of the trail between South Street and Monroe Street in Douglas.
And with help from the National Parks Service — made possible thanks to another grant — the groups aim to create a long-term development plan for the trail. The plan will include a protocol to inventory and assess trail conditions and structures.
|part of the SNETT in Franklin, the old utilities pole remains|
|Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits|
Stop by Pour Richard's on Black Friday! Bring in a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Food Pantry or a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, and we'll take 10% off your purchase. Thank you for supporting these important programs!
Pour Richard's is located at 14 Grove Street, Franklin. Phone 508-520-9163. Friday hours are 10 AM-9PM.
The Friends of Franklin, a charitable organization that assists local families in need, has put up its "Angel" trees, brimming full of holiday wishes and needs from about 400 local children whose families need some extra help this year.
The holiday season is going into full swing, and there is no lack of festive activity in the area. Here is a town-by-town listing of some of the things we know about that are going on this weekend and next. More listings for events later in the month will come next week.
and times of joy!
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consider the special from Story Corps on PBS
Consider making a donation either one-time or recurring to the Franklin Food Pantry or your most important charity!
A big thank you to Eileen Mason and all the volunteers who came out to decorate downtown center. It was a cold one! Special thanks to the FHS students and the Garden Club.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
|Franklin holiday decorations|
|the water trough is looking spiffy!|
|the bridge railing is nicely decked out for the holidays!|
Team Fitness Franklin | 100 Franklin Village Drive | Franklin | MA | 02038
Of the record-setting $39 million raised for cancer research by cyclists of the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge, 86 Bellingham, Franklin, Medway, Mendon, Milford and Upton residents raised nearly $552,700.
A woman was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation after fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in a single-family home on Marks Way with the woman's three children inside.
O Rare Ben Franklin! A turkey already? A turkey for a National Bird! Yes, that's right. The great Ben Franklin lauded the turkey as a noble bird while he considered the eagle as a sneaky and morally depraved specimen of bird kind. How could Ben, a man of the world, ever have entertained such a thought that the turkey and not the eagle be our national symbol?
|roof work underway|
|roof first, then interior|
Team Fitness Franklin
M-Th 5am-9pm, Fri 5am-7:30pm, Sat 7am-3pm
100 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin
Franklin Food Pantry
43 W. Central St, Franklin
|Turkey Trot Family 5K|
|Franklin Food Pantry|
|from the distance|
|and closer still to see the details|
|the gymnasium section exterior is almost enclosed|
|an angle view across the front and main entrance|
|closer to the front and main entrance|
Looking for a great holiday gift? The Franklin High School Boys Hockey Boosters and Incontro Restaurant in Franklin are once again teaming up to bring supporters a discount offer for the holiday season.
Temple Etz Chaim welcomes families with children ages birth through pre-school to join its new Tiny Tots play group.
|individual home next to the farm stand|
|farm stand view|
|farm stand view 2|
|Cook's Farm as you leave Franklin|
The following business have applied for Framingham: Massachusetts Compassionate Patient Care Corp., Patient Alliance Wellness Center Inc., Mass Relief, Prime Wellness of MA Inc. and 1 Releaf, Inc. Two businesses, Baystate Medical Enterprises Inc. and Commonwealth BioPharm Inc., will be seeking permits in Franklin.
Following a winter in which the governor issued a "shelter in place" warning for the first time since the Blizzard of '78, the state and utilities are taking steps to prepare for the snows to come this storm season.
Every year, on a morning in late August or early September, thousands of students across the region step off the bus to start their first day of school. Around 180 school days later, they'll say goodbye for another summer.
Bio-Care Collaborative Inc. has met with various town officials, including the police and fire chiefs, over its proposal for a dispensary at 122 Grove St., within an area sited to allow for the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana.
"Good luck with your Phase II application," wrote Health Director David McKearney and Board of Health Chairman Bruce Hunchard, "and we look forward to having Bio-Care join our business community."
According to a letter dated Nov. 19, Bio-Care would grow the medical marijuana sold at the Franklin facility in another community. However, the town indicated that it would have "no objection" to the nonprofit also opening a cultivation center here, as long as it meets the zoning restrictions.
|Playground - walk around|
|Playground - walk around - stairs and slides|
|playground walk around - that it looks like a tree fits nicely with the area|
|playground walk around - side view|
|playground - yes, there'll be swings!|
|playground - facing Pleasant St, my back it to the water|
|playground - corner view|
|playground - completed the walk around - good place to start/end with|
The Franklin Downtown Partnership will join the Franklin Garden Club to decorate the downtown for the holidays on Sunday, Nov. 24. Any and all helpers are welcome.
Franklin Youth Hockey is offering Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs starting Dec. 1.
"This is very exciting: This community sees the arts as central not only to the quality of life for the people who live here, but it also sees the arts as essential for a top quality education and essential for the vitality of its downtown," said Anita Walker, appointed as the state’s highest-ranking cultural official in 2007.
Walker's last stop on her first trip to Franklin was the downtown Franklin School for the Performing Arts. Upon seeing the school, she walked through the proposed space for the Franklin Performing Arts Company’s new theater on West Central Street.
The nonprofit will open a 250-seat "black box" style venue in the spring.
|future home of "The Black Box"|