Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cultural District Committee Appointments scheduled for approval

One of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting November 29 will be the appointment of the 7 member Cultural District Committee. This committee would oversee and coordinate the cultural efforts for Franklin. The memo to the Town Council summarizes the proposal.

"We are requesting the Town Council ratify the following individuals to be members of the newly formed Cultural District Committee:

  1. Christopher Brady for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  2. Stacey David for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  3. Robert DeRobertis for a two-year term to expire on June 30, 2019.
  4. John LoPresti for a two-year to expire on June 30, 2019.
  5. Philip Regan for a one-yeart erm to expire on June 30, 2018.
  6. Nancy Schoen for a one-year term to expire on June 30; 2018.
  7. Tyler Warren for a one-year term to expire on June 30, 20.18.

Please note all seats are three-year terms. These are the initial terms to introduce the staggered years of the committee for initial appointments. It's anticipated the one-year termed candidates will be
considered for reappointment in June 2018.

In June 2017, the Council approved Resolution 17-44 authorizing the creation of a Cultural District Committee (resolution, map and memo attached). Over the summer, the Town held an open application period for anyone in the community to apply. We received almost two dozen applications. Through the fall, Jeff and I met with each candidate in person. Suffice to say, choosing seven folks out of the group was very difficult given the passion, creativity and interest from all applicants.

Given the work the Committee will be doing moving forward, it was important to get a diverse set of skills and interests. Our recommendation includes backgrounds in arts and culture, media, marketing, public relations, downtown economic development and more.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have."

Earlier this year, the Town Council approved this step

Franklin Cultural Festival
Franklin Cultural Festival

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

HockomockSports put together the Campus Report for the fall season of 2017. Several FHS alumni were mentioned for their respective athletic accomplishments:
Quintin McDermott, Alexis Stowell, Victoria Stowell, Allison Burke, Nicole Ellin, Meghan Dieterle, Maddie Bressler, Taylor Cogliano, Dani Lonati, Sammy Rondeau, and Joe Kalil.

Read the full details here

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics
FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Many cities and towns closed their municipal offices early on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. But town and city clerks in every Massachusetts community remained behind their counters until 5 p.m. 
Wednesday was the deadline to submit signatures for questions to appear on the 2018 ballot. The Attorney General’s office certified ballot questions on 18 topics earlier this year – 17 proposed laws and one proposed constitutional amendment. 
The groups behind the ballot questions needed to collect at least 64,750 signatures by Wednesday to proceed to the next step in the process. The residents of any one county cannot comprise more than 25 percent of those signatures. 
Local clerks must certify the signatures of the registered voters in their communities. That is, the signatures of Milford residents are submitted to the Milford town clerk – and so on."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For the complete listing of initiative petitions filed for the next election, check out the Attorney General's webpage here

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”
“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving

Town offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and re-open on Monday, Nov 27.

The Library is closed today but will be open on Friday and the rest of the weekend for its normal schedule.

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday

This was shared from the Town of Franklin web pages

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM

The Committee For Concerts on the Common


The Annual Christmas on the Common

Sunday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM
on the Franklin Town Common

Lighting up the town common holiday lights and displays!
Refreshments and goodies!
Visit with Santa and "Jingles the Elf"

In case of inclement weather, holiday festivities will
take place across the street in the Ben Franklin Charter School


Please Send Donations To:
"Concerts on the Common"
P.O. Box 92
Franklin, MA 02038

Or contact 528-2206 for more information

Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM
Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3

Calling all Local Autism friends

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event!

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3
Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-
Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3
Join us at Restaurant 45 in Medway on December 3 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Meet, eat and take pictures with Santa in our private room. Treats for the kids!

Autism Eats now in its fourth year was started to give autism families an opportunity to enjoy restaurant meals without the stress that often accompanies these outings. Since everyone in our private room "gets it" there is no need to explain any behaviors or feel like all eyes are on us.

MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3

On Saturday, December 2nd at 6 AM right through Sunday, December 3rd at 12 PM, MyFM Media will be setting up camp outside of Target on Fortune Boulevard in Milford for their first annual Stuff-a-Bus event collecting toys for Toys For Tots. 

"Folks are invited to visit us on location, right outside of Target with an unwrapped toy donation for Toys For Tots", explains MyFM's "Mr. Everything" Ray Auger. "The idea is to fill a Vendetti Bus in that 30-hour period. It's a aggressive goal but I know the kind of people we are working with in this community and I know it can be done."

The idea came to Auger from past Stuff-a-Bus events he was involved with working on radio station on Cape Cod and Portsmouth, NH. Target was quick to agree to help with the location and Vendetti Bus, a good friend of MyFM, was happy to lend them the bus. In case of exceeding their goal, the MyFM and Asphalt Engineering Station Wagon will also be on hand for additional storage of toys.

"We are very excited to add this event to our myriad of community outreach programs at MyFM Media," says MyFM Media President Tom McAuliffe. "Our local community supports us in so many wonderful ways, so giving back like this is never a question."

Can't make it to the event or want to give a little more? "We are offering a fun incentive for anyone who would like to donate $200 to the Stuff-a-Bus efforts", Auger adds. "We will broadcast a Facebook Live Shopping Spree in your honor to thank you for your generous donation. Anyone interested should contact me at your convenience."

If you would like more information about MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus, please contact Ray Auger at 617-851-7542 or

MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3
MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3

Artists, educators, performers & venues wanted for ArtWeek Franklin 2018

We want YOU for ArtWeek Franklin!

The Franklin Cultural Council is bringing ArtWeek, a statewide arts festival, to Franklin April 27 - May 6, 2018...and we want YOU involved!
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Anyone can host an ArtWeek event…organizations, businesses, schools and individual artists. And while the VENUE has to be in Franklin to be part of ArtWeek Franklin, the HOST or participating organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space.

What makes an event an ArtWeek event?

ArtWeek events should be unique, memorable and inspired experiences that offer a taste of the arts, culture, and/or creativity unlike others that you can traditionally experience throughout the rest of the year. Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public by adding a simple "ArtWeek twist" like:
  • Inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal or offering a free pre- or post-show talk or discussion 
  • Hosting a hands-on workshop or demonstration (and it's extra cool to host them in an unexpected place)
  • Adding a twist to open studios by including a 30-minute mini-workshop or how-to session with an artist
  • Creating a partnership event between artists and businesses
  • Offering a tour, hosting a lecture or creating a panel to discuss a relevant topic in arts, culture or creativity
  • If you're a restaurant, consider participating in the Art of Food.
Learn More

Why participate?

ArtWeek brings tourists to town, customers to your business, and  attendees to your events. It can drive revenue, raise awareness, create a sense of community, promote good will, and get more people interested in your goods, services, programs, and more. Plus, ArtWeek will promote you for free!

Need inspiration?

The great people at ArtWeek have created handy inspiration sheets for every type of business, organization and venue. Follow the link below to start generating ideas for how YOU can create a unique ArtWeek event.

So let's talk money...

ArtWeek events must be open to the public (though you can limit the number of attendees through ticket sales or other means), but they don't have to be free. All events must be under $50, and you keep all revenue. Want to host a free event? Well, that's certainly encouraged too! In fact, the Franklin Cultural Council believes so strongly in ArtWeek that we are providing special grants just to those programs offered free of charge! To apply, click here:
FCC ArtWeek grants

Let's talk promo...

The beauty of ArtWeek is that it's a partnership! ArtWeek helps coordinate and promote the events through their unique, searchable database (they'll create a web page for your event free of charge!), as well as ads, press releases, and on social media.

State and regional partners such as the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism, the Mass Cultural Council, and the MetroWest Visitors Bureau will promote ArtWeek through their channels.

The Franklin Cultural Council, the Town of Franklin, and our local partners will also help raise awareness through all of our efforts. That's a whole lot of extra visibility to amplify your own efforts!

Location, location, location...

Have an idea, but don't know where to host the event? Have a venue, but looking for a program? We can help! We are putting together a list of events and venues to help match up partners. If you're interested, simply fill out this Google form:

ArtWeek Partnership Form

So where do you sign??

Ready to participate? If so, follow the link below to apply directly to ArtWeek for your event to be part of the fun! It's a short form and easy to fill out – we promise! The early bird deadline is Jan. 8; final deadline is Feb. 28. And if you don't mind, drop us a line at the Franklin Cultural Council at so that we know you want to be involved. We can't wait! Still have questions? Visit ArtWeek's FAQ's for more info.
Apply Now
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Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM

Did you know that each pint of blood donated saves as many as 3 lives? This Thanksgiving season show your thanks by giving the gift of life through blood donation. 

Sophia Sabini-Leite, a senior at Franklin High School, is carrying on the work of her sisters and sponoring regular blood drives in the Franklin community for Boston Children's Hospital.

This Wednesday, November 22, the Children's Hospital Blood mobile will be stationed at the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin from 1 PM to 6 PM. 

Sign up online at: for an appointment, 
or contact Sophia at (857) 236-1910, 
or for more information and to sign up.

Hope to see you on Wednesday, November 22nd, at the Boston Children's Blood Mobile!

Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM
Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM

Franklin Food Pantry: A Season of Thanks


   November 2017

A Season of Thanks

Dear Community,
Every Thanksgiving my mother says the same thing, "Please invite anyone to join us for dinner, we don't want anyone to be alone today!"  

I try to carry her wise words with me always. In so many ways this is what the  Franklin Food Pantry is all about. Making sure that everyone has a place at the table.

Throughout the year each one of you has helped us share food and comfort with those who need it, and we are truly grateful.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!
THANK YOU for your support,  


Additional leadership gift and corporate sponsor opportunities available,
for details please email Erin Lynch

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, 
across the street from the fire station.
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038

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In the News: Bellingham to set split tax rates

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"This year’s tax rate is expected to hew closely to last year’s, town officials announced this week. 
Selectmen held a tax classification hearing on Monday, with the board opting to retain its current split between residential and commercial tax rates. The hearing was continued to Nov. 29, as issues related to power-plant payments in lieu of taxes must be settled. 
Town Chief Financial Officer Chris Laviolette said the proposed tax rate for a residential property would be $14.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value - the same amount as last year’s actual tax rate. He noted, though, that the number could be affected by a number of things, including abatements and exemptions for taxpayers who meet certain criteria (those who are veterans, blind or elderly, for example)."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

At the tax rate hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 29, the Town Council will make a couple of decisions. The two significant decisions would be (1) single rate vs. split tax rate and (2) agreeing with the Board of Assessors math to set the Franklin FY 2018 tax rate.

Franklin has historically had a single tax rate. To move to a split rate would mean that lowering the residential rate by $1 would raise the business/commercial rate by $4. The amount of commercial industrial property in Franklin is not sufficient to justify a split tax rate.

In advance of the actual calculations for this year, you can find the prior year numbers in the archives:

FY 2017

FY 2015

What does the Board of Assessors do?

MA DLS has a nice Prop 2 1/2 explanation that can be found here

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Veterans Walkway Bricks now on sale

"Did you happen to catch the Town Council meeting? The Veteran's Walkway project for the Town Common has been approved. This walkway will run from the flag pole near the War Memorials to Union Street. All along the walkway will be granite posts with bronze plaques in recognition of our Franklin residents who gave their lives in defense of our country since World War I. 
The project is being funded entirely by donations from members of the community. You may purchase a brick to honor a veteran or currently serving member of the Armed Forces for $100. The proceeds from the sales of bricks will be used to pay for the project. Please stay tuned and we will post the artists renderings of the project." 

The Brick order form

Make checks payable to Franklin VFW Post 3402

screen capture of proposed Veterans Walkway for Franklin Town Common
screen capture of proposed Veterans Walkway for Franklin Town Common

FPAC To Stage 3 Holiday Season Productions

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) celebrates the holidays with three festive productions. Ring in the season with Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker, FPAC’s original musical ’Tis the Season!, and the Company’s third annual holiday panto, with a twist on a fairy tale classic.

The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season – a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the world-famous ballet delights the imaginations of audiences of all ages with festive magic and colorful splendor. FPAC’s production is presented with professional orchestra, special guest artists, and more than 100 area dancers. 

FPAC invites audiences to fall under Drosselmeyer’s dreamy spell and join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a journey full of surprises and wonder. FPAC presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin High School auditorium, located at 218 Oak Street. Middlesex Savings Bank is The Nutcracker 2017 Production Sponsor.
FPAC To Stage 3 Holiday Season Productions
FPAC To Stage 3 Holiday Season Productions

’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in musical styles ranging from R&B, gospel, and Motown to rock, pop, and Broadway. FPAC presents ’Tis the Season! at the Franklin High School auditorium on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.

FPAC’s original panto will be staged at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin on Friday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m., with two shows on Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 and 7:30. The production follows in the British tradition, retelling a well-known fairy tale in an exaggerated style filled with audience participation, popular music, slapstick comedy, jokes, dances, and more. Audiences are invited to cheer for the hero, boo at the villain, and sing along to favorite songs. The panto also entertains with double entendre, references to modern culture, and open satire of other works. THE BLACK BOX theatre, music, and event venue is located at 15 West Central Street. 

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC supports educational arts experiences, quality entertainment and outstanding performance opportunities for professional artists, community performers, and students of the arts. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, FPAC celebrates its 27th season. 

Tickets are $32, $34, and $36 for The Nutcracker and ’Tis the Season!, with a $34 ticket price for the holiday panto. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit

Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM

"As your new Superintendent of Schools, I am seeking to gain the perspectives of various stakeholders across the Franklin Public Schools. 
I am thrilled to invite community members to attend a forum where I will engage in listening to your thoughts on the strengths of the district and opportunities for growth. 
Additionally, the forums will afford me the opportunity to share more about myself and my thoughts on education." 
-- Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D.

DATE: November 30, 2017
TIME:  6:30 - 8:00 PM
Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room
355 East Central St.

Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM
Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM

This was shared from the Franklin Public Schools page (PDF)

Superintendent Ahern's Entry Plan was published here earlier