Saturday, May 14, 2011


Forge Parkway between Old West Central Street (opposite BJs Warehouse) and new West Central Street will be closed to through traffic from May 14 to May 16. MBCR is replacing the railroad crossing in this area.

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You can help today!

1 - If you want to help with the Community Gardens as they finish filling the beds made last week, you can go to the King St fields this morning.

Additional details can be found here:

Build day - progress

2 - If you want to help the Franklin Food Pantry process the food and non-food items being collected by the Post Office in their rounds today, you can come by the Food Pantry this afternoon from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Additional details on the "Help Stamp Out Hunger Drive" can be found here

Photos from last year's drive:

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What happened Friday?

There were no updates here on Friday due to an outage by Google's Blogger platform. Items were queued to post but they were not posted. I did not have access to make any updates.

The Blogger system managed to keep the site up and available so any visitors here were able to read the posts and follow the links but wouldn't have been able to comment.

For those who also subscribe to the Facebook group, I was able to provide an update there. If you are not yet subscribed on Facebook, you may want to consider joining the group. There tends to be less posts than those shown daily here. There also tends to be more conversation around some of the posts.

If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen the update:
Blogger will be in read-only mode while we resolve some maintenance issues. Sorry for the inconvenience.
As I re-read the update, would you have known that Blogger meant Franklin Matters? Probably not. I'll need to do better next time.

The official word from Blogger on what happened can be found here:

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"going to have a dramatic impact on the level of services"

Eliminating a circulation desk would have happened regardless of the budget picture, said Town Council Chairman Scott Mason, who noted voters repeatedly rejecting Proposition 2 1/2 overrides has contributed to the current situation. 
"It's always unfortunate when people lose their jobs," said Mason, who had not seen the leaflet yesterday afternoon. "In my opinion this comes back to the taxpayers. We have a town to run and a certain amount of money to (use). Are we going to cut police and fire or library workers? We're going to cut library workers."

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In the News - headquarters moves

Franklin company Echo moves headquarters south

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Steve Nelson helps with HMEA!

The 10th Annual HMEA Independence 5K Walk, Run, Roll & Stroll also celebrating 50 years of support for thousands of children and adults with disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual challenges will be held in Franklin on May 22nd rain or shine. 

The event includes a professionally timed and run 5K USATF certified course plus a flexible 5K walk that is very family oriented and fun. Free food, parking, tee shirts, entertainment, and fun games and a kid’s activities area. 

Raffles, award program. Franklin High School Jazz Band performance, Gene Lavanchy (Fox 25) will host the event. Sports teams mascots appearances, train rides Special tribute to Veterans and currently enlisted military personnel. For more info or to volunteer, get involved via or

Registrations are being accepted through Thursday May 19th on the web site Early community champions helping to sponsor the are industry giants ADP, AAA-Southern New England, EMC, Wal Mart, UPS Trucking, Tegra Medical, Team Hoyt, Waste Management, Rockland Trust, Charter Communications, D’Angelo’s, Autobahn East, Vehicle Fleet Management, Quality Beverage, Price Chopper, Ducharme Estates, Holliston Oil, Medway Oil, T&J Heating, Eagle Stainless Tube, Plansee USA, Roche Bros., Garelick Farms, Waste Management, WB Mason, Todson, Boston Sports Club, Franklin, Team Fitness Franklin.

The funds raised at this special event will benefit over 2600 children and adults with developmental disabilities in 110 towns from Attleboro to Littleton and from Boston to Worcester. In addition, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Army National Guard and the Pawtuxet Rangers will participate in the opening ceremonies by providing a special tribute to America’s Armed Forces.

Those interested in sponsoring, participating, or attending the event, are encouraged to visit the web site at to register on line or download more information on the event or contact Linda Conley at 508-298-1107, or Doug MacPherson 1105. A Super raffle and a special 50/50 will also culminate on race day.

HMEA is a non-profit agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in 110 communities in central and eastern MA. Headquartered in Franklin, they provide a wide variety of services including educational, vocational, and residential supports. For more information please call 508-298-1105.

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Friday, May 13, 2011



Would you like a connection to history?  Do you have an artistic flare?  If so, we're interested in your ideas.

The Franklin Historical Museum is searching for an official logo.  This logo will be used on stationary, publications, our web page and promotional items.

The museum moved to it's new location on West Central Street, ½ block from the fire station, last May.  We are approaching our 1 year anniversary, and to celebrate we are holding a logo contest.

If you have an idea for a logo and would like to submit it for consideration, we'd love to hear from you.  Simply send your artistic rendering of your logo idea to Debbie Pellegri, c/o Franklin Town Hall, East Central Street Franklin, MA 02038.  All entries should be received by the deadline Monday, May 16th.

The selected logo will be unveiled at the Museum's 1 year anniversary celebration on Sunday May 22nd.

The contest is open to all ages.  You can be part of history!

MA Walks to School Successes

May 2011
Healthy Futures Logo
Community Highlights
Cottage Street School
Community Champion
Amvet Boulvard & Community School
Participating Schools
Bernon Family Branch:
Oak Street Elementary, Franklin
Stallbrook Elementary, Bellingham
Invensy's Foxboro Branch:
Igo Elementary, Foxboro
Burnell Elementary, Foxboro
Taylor Elementary, Foxboro
  Jordan/Jackson, Mansfield
Cottage Street, Sharon
Heights Elementary, Sharon
East Elementary, Sharon
North Attleboro Branch:
Amvet Boulevard, North Attleboro
Community, North Attleboro
St.Mary-Sacred Heart, North Attleboro
Community Sponsors
Special thanks to:

 Bank of America for providing breakfast bars, prizes and supporting the organization of SRTS in North Attleboro. 

Associates at JCPenny for donating over sixty prizes for North Attleboro's "Golden Sneaker Raffle."
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Massachusetts Walks to School Day
The Hockomock Area YMCA supported twelve schools in our communities that participated in Massachusetts Walk to School Day on May 4, 2011. This annual event, encouraged by MassRides Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, provides youth, parents, and community volunteers the opportunity to participate in a healthy, environmentally friendly travel option to and from school.

With over 100 elementary and middle schools around the commonwealth taking part in MA Walks to School Day, our YMCA was excited to provide volunteers to support safe, successful events.

Our YMCA values the SRTS program and other important community-driven programs, projects and polices that help make the healthy choice the easy choice for our communities as part of our Healthy Futures Initiative. Our YMCA is committed to reducing youth inactivity and poor nutrition.    

Cottage Street School

SRTS cottage street 2011 
Cottage Street School has incorporated the Safe Routes to School Program into the School Wellness Policy and has successfully launched monthly Walking Wednesdays.  Students are encouraged to walk on the first Wednesday of the month and they have the option of four different meeting locations that are staffed by faculty, parent and YMCA volunteers. Meeting locations are color coded with a matching color assigned to each bus, creating an effective efficent system.  

Community Champion 
susan johnson

Susan Johnson has been a crossing guard in Franklin for forteen years. For the past ten years she has been helping students safely walk to Oak Street Elementary School with spirit and enthusiasm.

Each day the students look forward to seeing which of her seventy-five hats she'll wear that day! On MA Walks to School Day she was wearing a chicken hat, as she is also a foodservice staff and chicken was being served that day.

Amvet Boulvard & Community Schoolnorth attleboro walk to school
With over four hundred walkers, community sponsors and volunteers, North Attleboro shined at it's second MA Walks to School Day.
Students walked from meeting areas determined through a colloboration with Bank of America, North Attleboro School Administrators and the Hockomock Area YMCA. Students who were bused to school were encouraged to walk when they arrived, providing all students with the opportunity to participate.
Committed to 'paying it forward,' our Y was able to deliver over one hundred fifty bags of groceries to Lenore's Pantry made possible by generous donations from members and staff. Barbara Zimmer, School Age Program Director, said, "I felt so privaleged to see the face and the reaction from the Town Nurse, Anne Marie Fleming, who was overwhelmed with the donation. It was a great addition to the day!"
Please contact a member of our Healthy Futures Team if you would like to learn more about our Healthy Futures Initiative or to join one of our community-driven task forces.
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Hockomock Area YMCA Healthy Futures Team:

Bernon Family Branch: Lauren Marciszyn, RD, LDN, Director of Youth & Community Wellness:

Invensy's Foxboro Branch: Caitlin Hurley, Director of Youth & Community Wellness:

North Attleboro Branch: Mike Mahoney, C.S.C.S, Director of Community & Workplace
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Parmenter School car wash and bottle/can drive

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The fifth grade at Parmenter Elementary School, 235 Wachusett St., will hold a car wash and bottle/can drive on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hockomock YMCA Branches Hold Summer Camp Open House May 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for summer camp at the Hockomock Area YMCA. All three branches in Foxboro, North Attleboro, and Franklin will hold an open house this Sunday, May 22 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This afternoon will be highlighted with activities for the children to participate in and get to experience Y Camp hands-on! The open house is designed to provide prospective campers with a chance to see the camp, meet camp directors, ask questions, and learn about the variety of summer day camps our YMCA offers.

As parents look for opportunities to keep their kids active this summer, the Franklin YMCA reminds caregivers that camp is among the best options for engaging kids in activities that will help develop their spirit, mind and body, while getting them outdoors in a safe environment. “Camping is synonymous with personal development. It provides kids with the opportunity to practice social and decision-making skills through new experiences,” says Jim Downs, vice president of youth & community development of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Kids come to camp to develop friendships, learn skills in a new environment, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

YMCA Camp provides exciting and educational summer camp options for school-age children, teens, and options for children with special needs.

Attending summer camp at the YMCA can impact youth and teens in several important ways:

  • Kids learn when given a break from their daily routine. Camp offers kids and teens productive “time away” from the troubling economic news they hear every day, as well as an independence they do not typically experience at home or in school.
  • Lifelong memories are made at camp. Camp Wigwanawan is the ideal environment for developing new skills, learning from other campers and counselors, and making new friends to share it all with.
  • Decision-making skills are learned through experience. At camp, kids and teens learn and practice how to make smart choices, solve problems, and work as a team toward common goals. These skills are essential to character development.
  • At camp, kids and teens develop confidence by trying and learning new things, including adventurous outdoor activities that can lead to healthy, life-long habits.
  • Camp is the perfect environment for increasing kids’ and teens’ awareness and appreciation of nature and the great outdoors.

Collectively, the nation’s largest providers of camping programs, YMCAs have operated summer camps for more than 100 years. Each year, YMCAs operate more than 2,000 community and regional YMCA day camps that serve 600,000 individual campers each summer, which includes about 120 specialty camps for kids with disabilities. An additional 1.5 million individuals participate in camp programs throughout the balance of the year in family camps, weekend retreats, and school camping.

Please visit or call the Franklin branch at 508.528.8708, the Foxboro branch at 508.772.1353, or the North Attleboro branch at 508.695.7001 to learn more.

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King St. Community Garden Build Day Part 2 : When Compost Attacks

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers we were able to build 44 of our 46 raised beds at the King St. memorial park last Saturday.  Unfortunately we only managed to fill several of the beds due to a scheduling conflict with the bobcat operator.  This Saturday we will be getting together at King St. at 8am to finish what we started.  Baring any acts of nature we should be done before lunch. 

What will we be doing?

We will be building the 2 remaining raised beds.
We will be moving several of the raised beds to form a new row on the left side of the garden. 
We will be moving beds out of the way to allow the bobcat access to the blocked in beds, and then back into position to be filled in turn.
We will also be anchoring beds in their final locations with the central stakes so they can be filled by the bobcat.

What should I bring?

If you have a cordless drill bring it along.  My DeWalt should easily get us through the two beds and side stakes, but as last Saturday taught us backup helps.

Where do I sign up?

Just reply to this e-mail if you can make it.

Thank you for all your support!

Chris Clay, The Franklin Community Garden Committee, and Friends of Franklin Community Gardens, Inc.

PS.   Time Lapse of last Saturday's Build Day :
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Stamp Out Hunger - May 14

With 1 in 6 affected by hunger, they can be found all around us.

Help your neighbor.

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Help us help your neighbor.

You can contribute by leaving some non-perishable goods for your postal carrier on Saturday, or help volunteer as the donations are delivered by the carriers to the Food Pantry on Saturday afternoon, or make a monetary contribution on the Food Pantry website

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In the News - school use fees, copper thief caught, beautification day

Franklin may raise rates for using school facilities

Franklin man caught stealing copper

Franklin Beautification Day set

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Franklin would need to apply for a waiver"

With the cuts, Franklin will only be able to staff a fire engine and ambulance in one station and an engine or ambulance in its second station instead of staffing a fire engine and ambulance in both stations, McCarraher said. 
"It's like playing baseball with seven players in the field," he said. "As long as it's hit to somebody, everything is fine. ... As long as incidents occur one at a time and are moderate, we'll be fine." 
But about 50 percent of all calls - and more than 80 percent of building fires - come in while another emergency is in progress, McCarraher said.

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"Regionalization ... is going to come anyways"

Meanwhile, work is continuing on a study examining the feasibility of regionalizing dispatch services in Franklin, Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville thanks to a $44,000 state grant. Franklin is only looking at fire dispatch while the other towns are examining police and fire dispatch. 
Employees from Pennsylvania consulting firm L.R. Kimball have gathered call volume and financial data and met with emergency officials in the four towns, Franklin Fire Chief Gary McCarraher said. 
"If it works out, fine," McCarraher said. "If it doesn't, at least we know what not to do. ... There's no downside to participating in this."

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Monday, May 9, 2011

In the News - garden lottery, blood drives

Registration open for Franklin Community Garden lottery


Blood drives to be held in Franklin

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Community Gardens: Build Day

Volunteers worked in teams to put the beds together:

Build day - progress

The beds are located at the King St fields:

Build day - ready for planting

Some of the beds close to the entrance provide handicap access with a good stone dust surface:

Build day - handicap accessible

Work in progress on Saturday afternoon:

Build day - it become real!

More info about the Community Gardens can be found

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

And then there were gardens!

The Community Gardens made great progress on Saturday, that large step from a dream to reality happened! Over 40 folks participated, overcoming some minor obstacles (re-charging handheld tools, and a hail storm) to put together the 46 garden beds.

Time lapse photos shows the progress during the course of the day (photos every 30 seconds)

Julie Balise from the Milford Daily News came back to gather info for her story:

Garden takes shape in Franklin park

Master gardener, Chris Clay wrote about the success on his blog (the source of the time lapse photos)

A longer post is on the Community Gardens website here

What's next?
If you want to plant and garden on one of the beds, sign up for the lottery before the drawing on May 23.

Thanks to all, the hard work is done.

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Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - 5/10/11

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Mission Statement
The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with the community, will cultivate each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the April 27, 2011 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Glynn
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: Budget to Actual

2. Guests/Presentations
a. New Assistant Principals
b. Teen Angels
c. Music Department – Nancy Schoen
d. Art Department – Mike Caple

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy - First Reading – KF – Community Use of School Facilities

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of the donation from the Franklin Music Boosters as detailed to the FPS Music Department. (Total donation value: $3,628.24)
b. I recommend approval of the Middle School Music student trip to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH on Friday, June 17, 2011 as detailed.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $294.00 from Wells Fargo for in-house enrichment at FHS.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

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The final budget approved by the House of Representatives for Fiscal Year 2012 includes modestly more funding than recommended by the House Ways & Means Committee in several areas, but largely follows the HWM proposal in implanting deep cuts across state government. 

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Calling for the Pantry

$20 will feed your neighbor for a month.

The First Annual "Calling for the Pantry" phone drive was successful but you can still help by making a contribution.

You can write out a check and mail it to the Food Pantry:
Franklin Food Pantry
P.O. Box 116
Franklin, MA 02038-0116

If you would like to make a secure online donation you can do so here:


The Food Pantry and those we serve, thank you for your contribution!

The Franklin Food Pantry is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

We believe in the power of community. Our mission is to connect the resources needed to sustain a healthy life.

The Food Pantry website can be found here: