Monday, March 31, 2014

Finance Committee - Agenda - Apr 1, 2014

The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday night to vote on the FY 2015 budget. They completed their series of budget hearings last Thursday. With their vote, the next step would be for the notifications and schedule for the Town Council to hold their two budget hearings (likely early in May). The Council usually votes for the budget during their second meeting. The overall budget for 2015 needs to be approve before July 1, 2014 when it is needed to support the daily operations.

The agenda document can be found here:

Franklin, MA - Municipal Building
Franklin, MA - Municipal Building

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Franklin Public Schools - FY 2015 Proposed Budget

The School Committee voted to accept their proposed budget last Tuesday (Mar 25). The full budget document can be found here

You need to use at least version 9 of the Adobe Reader to view the workbook format for the budget documents.

The presentation with the highlights of the budget can be found here:

new Franklin High School under construction
new Franklin High School under construction

Franklin Schools - Last day of school update

So far this year we have had 4 snow days. Also, the Keller/Sullivan Complex was closed one day for a facilities issue. The last day of school is as follows:

  • All Schools except Keller/Sullivan: Friday June 20, 2014 - half day
  • Keller/Sullivan Complex Monday June 23, 2014 - half day

pending any other snow/emergency days of course.

Keller-Sullivan sign from July 2013
Keller-Sullivan sign from July 2013

This was shared from the Franklin Schools page here

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Apr 2, 2014

– February 12, 2014 Regular and Executive Session- To be released

– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.






Senator Spilka and Representative Roy
150 Emmons Street


1. Resolution 14-05: Appropriation: Fire Detail Account – Continue until May

2. Resolution 14-15: Request for Special Legislation, Re: Local Sales Tax on Sale of Medical Marijuana

3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 14-728R: Changes to Chapter 185 – 5, Zoning Map: Industrial to Single Family III(Washington St.)-Referral to Planning Board

4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 14-732:Changes to Chapter 185-21, Parking, Loading, and Driveway Requirements – Referral to Planning Board





– Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The documents released with this agenda can be found here

Franklin, MA - Municipal Building
Franklin, MA - Municipal Building

Franklin Walk - Saturday, Mar 29

I did have some company for the walk Saturday morning (thank you!) and hopefully will have some more as the public walk and continues next month. The weather cooperated nicely for the walk which started on the Town Common at 8:30 AM and finished there about an hour later.

tree lined walkway on the Town Common
tree lined walkway on the Town Common
We started from the bandstand on the Common and walked by the Senior Center, Oak St/Horace Mann complex, between the new and current high school, down Panther Way to the Sculpture Park and then reversed the route to return.

bandstand on Franklin Town Common
bandstand on Franklin Town Common

About 2.5 miles in just under an hour. Conversation along the way with stops for photos here and there.

wrought iron flowers
wrought iron flowers
 One of the flowers has fallen off this work. It doesn't appear to be malicious but rather the results of a poor welding connection. The snow and wind this winter apparently loosened it.

I call this one 'five fingers'
I call this one 'five fingers'
I am curious to find out what the official name is for this piece (above).

railing shadows
railing shadows
the fence railing along the edge of the wall at the former town pool castes its shadow in the morning sun.

2 faced, or split personality?
2 faced, or split personality?
 When I was last at the park, the white of this piece against the snow was impressive. The white against the winter foliage color is stark.

the bear rages on
the bear rages on

Conversation piece: is he raging for joy or frustration/anger? I think it is for joy!

pond reflection
pond reflection
 Completing the loop around the sculpture park you come upon more pond reflections.

If you haven't been to the Sculpture Park yet, I would encourage you to stop by sometime. On Panther Way just before the Police Station. There is parking and the loop through the park is a brief and easy walk. I'd estimate about a quarter of a mile.

I'll schedule another Franklin Walk and Talk for April. We'll check the weather to see which Saturday seems most likely to provide some good weather.

Franklin Voices: Property on Corner of Emmons Street

Hello everyone -

I am writing you because, in the past, you have been kind enough to be open to information on various issues in the Town.  Currently, the Town Council is considering what to do with the old Town Hall, which now houses the Rec department, at the corner of Emmons and 140.  This building is next to Davis Thayer, Dean College and is truly the "front door" to downtown.

There are basically two options: sell the property now or wait.  The attached petition from the  Franklin Downtwon Partnership makes a compelling argument for waiting, including the need to gather community input into what ultimately sits on this important piece of land as well as considering the needs of downtown businesses during the upcoming construction.

Please read the following petition and sign it electronically if you agree with the message. This petition is necessary because at both public meetings and in news interviews, a few members of the Council have indicated that they will move forward with commercial development despite protest from the community, concerns from businesses in the downtown, and other Councilors who expressed issues with rushing into commercial development without further research.

Please take a moment to support this message to the Town Council. 

Thank you.

Tina Powderly

150 Emmons St, the building under discussion
150 Emmons St, the building under discussion

Kindergarten Registration

The Franklin Public Schools announces

April 7th       4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April 10th      4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Horace Mann Middle School – Cafeteria
224 Oak Street, Franklin

Children who will be 5 years-old on or before August 31, 2013 are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2014-15 school year. 
Parents or guardians should plan to attend one of the two registration sessions, however children need not attend. 
Required forms (available 3-3-14), as well as additional information, can be found on the ECDC website  or by contacting Kelty Kelley, ECDC Principal @ 508 541-8166 or

Oak St - Horace Mann Complex
Oak St - Horace Mann Complex

In the News: Charter school expansion, Chargers football registration

State education officials this week gave the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School the green light to double its enrollment and expand its district to encompass 13 other towns. 
Among the first charter institutions to open in the state, the school won approval for two amendments allowing it to increase its enrollment by 450 pupils over the next 10 years and extend the district beyond Franklin's borders.
read the full article here (subscription required)

Registration is now for the Franklin Chargers football and cheer programs and will close April 12. 
Football and cheer paperwork is due, and football equipment fitting day will be held that day, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin High School auxiliary gym. 
Attendance is required for participants. Piesco Sports will be in attendance for those who need to purchase items such as practice pants, girdles, rib shirts, etc.
read the full article here (subscription required)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hockomock Sports awards - Winter season published their winter season sports awards this week. The collection of the awards is as follows:

Boys Basketball  - Chris Rogers and Marcus Giese represent Franklin

Girls Basketball - Lexi Martin and Tracy Pisani represent Franklin

Hockey - Troy Donohue, Kyle Powers and Ryan Spillane represent Franklin

Franklin High School - home of the Panthers
Franklin High School - home of the Panthers

FHS Spring Concert - Apr 1

From the FHS Pantherbook, we find:
FHS Pantherbook
FHS Pantherbook
The Franklin High School Music Department prepares to impress their audience at this year’s Spring Concert. 
Come April 1st at 7pm in the Horace Mann Auditorium to see music numbers by the chorus band and orchestra, with just a 5 dollar donation! 
After being together since September all groups work well together and are confident with their ability to put on a successful display of this hard work and improvement.
 Read more at:

Driving to Boston: Prudential Tunnel Ceiling Removal Project

MassDOT has planned 3 significant weekend lane restrictions on Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) in Boston to remove the Prudential Tunnel ceiling over the roadway. The ceiling remains safe and secure, but has deteriorated beyond the point of repair and must be removed. The tunnel ceiling is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA).
Mass Dept of Transportation
Mass Dept of Transportation

The restrictions will reduce traffic to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound inside the Prudential Center Tunnel on the following weekends:

March 28-30
April 4-6
April 25-27

MassDOT and MCCA strongly encourage motorists planning travel along the Massachusetts Turnpike through Boston to consider using public transportation, seeking alternate routes and allowing additional time to travel through the work zone during these weekends.

For more information about this project and to view printable detour maps and directions, please visit

Friday, March 28, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/28/14 - THU 4/3/14

FRI 3/28   3:30pm   iStories - Franklin Public Library
FRI 3/28   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center
FRI 3/28   9pm   Comedy Night - 3 Restaurant, Franklin

SAT 3/29  8:30am  Franklin Walk with Steve Sherlock, meet at Town Common
SAT 3/29  2pm   Edible Perennial Gardening, Franklin Public Library
SAT 3/29   6pm   Global Market & Cafe, New England Chapel, Franklin

SUN 3/30   1pm   Mother Goose - FREE  event at Dean College (Guidry Center)
SUN 3/30   3pm   Meet Author Cathy Symons at Destination Dog, Franklin

MON 3/31   10am-1pm   Franklin Senior Center Open House

TUE 4/1   7pm   Finance Committee Budget Hearing, Franklin Municipal Building

WED 4/2   6:30pm   Cooking Matters, Hockomock YMCA Franklin
WED 4/2   6:30pm   Protect Your Minor Children Workshop, Tri-County RVTHS, Franklin. Registration required.
WED 4/2   7pm   Town Council Mtg., Franklin Municipal Building
WED 4/2   7pm   Friends of Franklin Public Library Meeting - Community Room (FPL)

THU 4/3   6pm   Girls Night Out at Clarke Kitchen in Milford
THU 4/3   7pm   Finance Committee Mtg., Franklin Municipal Building

For more details on above events click HERE and select the event of interest.

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

Join me for a walk this Saturday

Join me for a walk and talk this Saturday. 

We'll meet at the Town Common bandstand, walk by the high school, to the Sculpture Park and return the same way. 

The total distance should be less than 3 miles at a casual conversational pace. 

Bring your camera!

bandstand on the Franklin Town Common
bandstand on the Franklin Town Common

You can reply to the Facebook event here or send me an email (shersteve at gmail dot com)

WhenSaturday, March 29th at 8:30am
Meet at the bandstand on the Town Common

"an opportunity for careful, long-term, creative thinking"

The Franklin Downtown Partnership Board of Directors sent a letter last week to the Franklin Town Council asking for more time to consider possible uses for the town-owned property at the corner of Emmons Street and West Central Street.

Emmons St building
Emmons St building

The future of 150 Emmons Street is scheduled for discussion at the April 2 Town Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building and is open to the public.

At a March 4 town workshop, concerned business owners and residents filled the room to hear proposals from a local developer and an architectural firm. Community leaders expressed interest in not selling the property and considered developing it into a ‘gateway property’ that would include a cultural center, green space with a sculpture, a park or a combination of these ideas.

After receiving calls from residents and listening to the concerns of its members, including the Franklin Performing Arts Company, Artistry Kitchen, Dean College, the Franklin Art Association and the Franklin Historical Commission, the Partnership’s board felt it was important to ask the Town Council not to rush into selling the property.

“The Town is in an advantageous position in that it owns this important piece of real estate. We have an opportunity for careful, long-term, creative thinking by the community and town officials. The FDP Board feels it is important to give businesses and residents a chance to further research and develop their ideas,” says Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana.

The Partnership’s letter asks the Town Council to suspend issuing a Request for Proposal, or RFP, until the community has time to analyze the impending streetscape project’s impact on traffic and parking and to investigate funding options for noncommercial ideas.

The letter outlined specific goals the Partnership would like considered for the site, including making sure the end result does not cause additional traffic or parking issues. With the streetscape construction about to begin, the FDP is concerned about parking and wants to make sure that the 50 parking spaces located on the site are available to businesses for the next 12 months.

Hat's off to Franklin - at the Historical Museum
Hat's off to Franklin - at the Historical Museum

“We are asking for time to explore alternative proposals and give a project of this magnitude the proper due diligence it deserves,” says Roberta Trahan, Franklin Downtown Partnership Secretary. “The FDP Board looks forward to working with the Town Council, the Planning Department and community leaders to determine the best direction for the downtown and this important ‘Gateway’ property.”

Franklin  Downtown Partnership
Franklin  Downtown Partnership
The FDP is a non-profit group of 200 business owners, residents and community leaders who are working to revitalize the downtown area. For over ten years the organization has provided a voice for the community in matters of public policy and infrastructure projects, and has been involved in many downtown beautification projects, including the greenspace on West Central Street, the bronze sculpture and greenspace in front of the Historical Museum, the patio near The Cake Bar, and the downtown signs and park benches in the center of town.

Perhaps the FDP is best known for its annual events like the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll. The FDP’s office is located at 9 East Central Street, and the Partnership encourages residents to stop by the office if they would like to get more involved in helping to revitalize downtown Franklin.

Residents who would like to share their opinion on the Emmons Street property are welcome to attend the April 2 meeting or they can contact the Franklin Downtown Partnership at (774) 571-3109 or Visit to learn more.

Eat at Panera - Support the All Night Party - Fri Apr 4

Panera Bread has agreed to host a fundraising night for the All Night Party on Friday, April 4th at their Franklin location.
Panera Bread
Panera Bread

Any one that participates must present this flyer to the cashier at the time of purchase so we can receive credit for the sale. The All Night Party will receive 10% - 20% of all sales.

Over One Million Issues Reported on SeeClickFix

This is the company and website that powers the app allowing Franklin residents to report potholes, street light problems, etc.

According to the DPW the amount of reports being made with this channel is continuing to grow.Maybe someday Franklin will also get into this top 10 listing!

Prior posts on the app

Celebrate One Million!

This is such an exciting milestone for us! We are so proud of the residents and local officials who helped us get here, and we want to celebrate our incredible community. We would love for you to send us your favorite SeeClickFix reports on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. We'll feaure our top ten on our blog, send the individuals who submitted them SeeClickFix t-shirts, and sponsor a tree planting in the city or town of choice for the person behind our favorite report. Learn more.
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Remnants of Winter

It's almost springtime, but somehow, there are still evergreen treens strewn about from the month of December. It looks like Bainbridge Island officials will clear out these abandoned trees soon.
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Pumpkin Reunited with Family

This Garfield doppelgänger had difficulty making his way home one day. Luckily, an individual posted on the comment thread to notify Pumpkin's owner that he was waiting at the animal shelter!
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Chicago Reports Millionth Issue

Kudos to the City of Chicago for submitting report 1,000,000, "Pothole in Street"!
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Data by Everyone, A Reflection

Our CEO, Ben Berkowitz, examines the ways in which neighborhood engagement in New Haven has increased.
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First Resident Report, Post Million

An individual based in Washington D.C. submitted the first resident report post million mark: 1,000,177.
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Top Ten Responsive Cities and Towns

Livability compiled a list of top ten responsive cities and towns in the United States. Tontitown, AR, one of the towns included in the top ten, demonstrates quick turnaround in this particular case of rubbish and refuse. We look forward to seeing more great work from all of our government partners!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Library: Edible perennial gardening and landscaping

Planning for spring gardening? Especially now that the snow has gone and it may actually feel like spring for more than a day. The Library is hosting a talk on edible and perennial plants this Saturday at 2:00 PM.

Details in the flyer here

edible perennial gardening and landscaping
edible perennial gardening and landscaping

For more on the speaker, John Root, you can visit his website

Zentangle Class Wednesday, April 9th at Jane's Frames

Zentangle spoken here logo
Zentangle Class
Dear Steve,
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:00-8:30 at Jane's Frames.

Zentangle is a meditative artform that anyone can do!
 No art experience is needed.  

The cost of this 2 hour class is $35.00, it includes the Zentangle kit, so you can continue creating your tangles at home. Please RSVP soon as the class  fills up quickly! When you call or e-mail, I will send you additional information about the class.

 After 14 months of enjoying the relaxing and inspiring process of creating Zen-tangles,  in June  2012 , I was fortunate enough to attend a  three and a half day long course, along with over 100 attendees from all over the world, in order to become a certified Zentangle teacher.
The instructors,  Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts,

are the co-founders of Zentangle.   I am so pleased to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher,  and I now am proud to add CZT after my name! 

What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

For more information go to QUICK LINKS

A very Special Thank you goes to my friend Cathy Corcoran, a true Angel on earth, who introduced me to Zentangle over 16 months ago. I have been enjoying this relaxing and inspiring process ever since. It was through Cathy's joy of presenting what she loves, generosity of spirit and inspiration that drew me into the world of tangling. I am forever grateful!

Joyfully and Thankfully Yours,

Jane Curran, CZT
Jane's Frames

Zentangle Class
Relaxing & Eye Opening
Quick Links

Anyhting is possible, one stroke at a time
Zentangle tiles from class
A sample of creations from an Zentangle Class of first time tanglers.

Jane's Frames | 11 East Central Street | Franklin | MA | 02038