Thursday, June 2, 2016

Paving Thursday, Brick Sidewalks, Strawberry Stroll in the News

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Streetscape Project Update #31
Check out the brick sidewalks on Main Street!

This week crews are adding an interesting and beautiful design element to the sidewalks on Main Street. Masons are laying bricks in sections of sidewalk.

Those sidewalks are open to pedestrians - please come support your downtown businesses!

From the town Administrator's office:

May 31, 2016
Downtown Project Update #31

Paving to begin: construction will begin paving the binder course on Main Street (between Emmons St and the bridge) on Thursday night this week. Crews will be working from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. This area includes a small section of Emmons St., Dean Ave. and Depot St.

If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949

Strawberry Stroll News Coverage

The following story, written by Mike Gleason, appeared in the Milford Daily News Tuesday night:

Franklin: Strawberry stroll set for next week
FRANKLIN - The downtown area will mark the start of summer with a "Strawberry Stroll" next week.
The stroll - scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. - has been an annual Franklin Downtown Partnership event for the past 14 years.
Lisa Piana, the partnership's executive director, said the event was something of a local favorite, with a number of residents attending annually to feast on strawberry shortcakes.
"We go through dozens of cases of whipped cream and over 100 quarts of strawberries each year," she said, adding that the shortcakes will be served in front of Dean Bank. "It's a fun event to start the summer - what better way to do that than with strawberries?"
Piana said turnout for the stroll is typically dependent on the weather, though about 800 to 1,000 shortcakes are served each year.
Sweets will not be the only draw for the stroll. There will be sidewalk sales and booths set up at the Main Street parking lot, with giveaways and children's activities.
Piana said there will be live entertainment at several venues, with music set to be played at Jane's Frames and a dancing company scheduled at Simon's Furniture.
Lemonade and cookies will be available at the Franklin Historical Museum.
Though the downtown area is in the midst of a roadwork project, Piana said the stroll should be relatively unaffected by the work.
"We have a promise that the sidewalks will be done (for the stroll)," she said.
Indeed, she said, this event may be one of the first showcases of the work that has been done.
"This is a chance for everyone who has been driving through downtown to see, close up, the streetscape project," she said. "They can see the new lamp posts and the brickwork that has been done."
Beyond promoting the downtown area, Piana said, the stroll - like the partnership's holiday tree lighting event - is intended to help foster a small-town feel.
"It's like a downtown party - a coming-out for those who have been cooped up all winter," she said.
Mike Gleason can be reached at 508-634-7546 or For news throughout the day, follow him on Twitter @MGleason_MDN.

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