"With Franklin voting to permanently remove its parking meters this year, those coin-eating sentinels of the sidewalk have become an increasingly rare sight in the Milford area and MetroWest.
Even those towns that have kept their meters - Framingham and Natick - have considered ways to modernize them in a world where fewer and fewer people are carrying change.
The Franklin Town Council voted in August to eliminate parking meter rules from its bylaws, a move that followed the physical removal of the town's 50 meters to facilitate a remodeling of its downtown area. The meters, which collected about $18,000 a year, were deemed inconvenient and aesthetically displeasing."
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|the parking meters have been removed from downtown Franklin, so they won't be decorated for the holidays|
"Franklin Art Center, 391 E. Central St., has added new art classes for ages 2-6 this fall.
ABC Art will focus on a letter a week. Students will learn letter formation and letter sounds, and will complete a piece of art to go along with the weekly letter.
Classes are available 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sept. 20-22, letter C, cat collage; Sept. 27-29, letter D, dog drawings. "Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)