Saturday, May 21, 2011

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

How about a quick refresher on how to tie your shoes?

Franklin, MA

"People in Franklin are really in tune to buying local."

The Art Center will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will be able to meet teachers, learn about classes for preschoolers through adults and see paintings by their first featured artist - downtown business owner Victor Pisini. 
"It's something we both have always wanted to do," Linda Kabat said. "There's not much in the area. We looked around and thought Franklin would be a great town. There are so many children and so much performing arts. We felt we'd increase the visual art." 
The Art Center is one of several new businesses that have come to downtown in recent months. A barbershop, insurance agent, real estate agent and psychotherapy practice are preparing to open or have opened in recently. 
"It's encouraging," said Lisa Piana, executive director of the Downtown Partnership. "We really don't have the issue that so many towns have. As soon as a space opens up, we fill it very quickly. We have a lot of businesses looking to come. ... People realize it's a great town to have a business in. The rent is still pretty affordable."

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In the News - concert

Franklin Interfaith Council to hold concert Sunday

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Lady Gaga on bullying

What's this?

Lady Gaga - what's she got to do with Franklin?

Listen, no one is immune to bullying and its lasting effects

Thanks to Steve Garfield for the pointer to this clip.


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Plenty to do and see in Franklin this weekend

The Franklin Art Center opens an exhibit  Friday night from 7:00 - 9:00 PM featuring Victor Pisini

The Downtown Partnership holds its "Beautification Day" Saturday morning starting at 9:00 AM

The Library Book Sale and DPW "Touch a Truck" is Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Franklin Art Association will hold its Spring Show at the Hayward Mansion

Get your car washed and drop off bottles and cans to recycle at Parmenter School

The HMEA 10th Annual Walk Run Roll & Stroll in the Park on Sunday

Did I mis anything?

Franklin, MA

Hopkinton Networkers Group - "Interviewing For Success: How to Find, and Land, Your Dream Job"

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Stephen Balzac. The facilitator for this week will be Barbara McKee. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, Steve will give a talk about, "Interviewing For Success: How to Find, and Land, Your Dream Job."

"Interviewing For Success: How to Find, and Land, Your Dream Job"

Job hunting is frustrating, stressful, and, in today’s economy, often agonizingly slow. Just getting a call back is difficult, much less getting an interview. You will learn the key elements that will enable you to land the job you want. Learn how to identify the value you bring to your employer and leverage that value to make you stand out from the competition: skills make you a commodity; value makes you unique. The talk also covers how you can avoid getting caught in the Black Hole of Resumes, how you can get into the mind of the interviewer, how you should deal with difficult questions, and key questions you should always ask.

About Steve Balzac
Stephen Balzac is an expert on leadership and organizational development. A consultant, author, and professional speaker, he is president of 7 Steps Ahead (, an organizational development firm focused on helping leaders grow their businesses. Steve is the author of “The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development,” published by McGraw-Hill, and a contributing author to volume one of “Ethics and Game Design: Teaching Values Through Play.” Contact him at 978-298-5189 or

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

June 3, 2011 Workshop
June 17, 2011 Abby Grant Using Boston Business Journal for the job search
July 1, 2011 Wendy Gelberg Personal Branding
July 15, 2011 Patricia Hunt Sinacole "A Practical Guide to Landing a Job in Today's Employment Market."
August 5, 2011 Gail Greenberg
August 19, 2011 Amy Mosher STEMPower Program
September 2, 2011 Workshop
September 16, 2011 Dan DeMaioNewton "Dealing with the Afflictive Emotions of Job Seeking"

General Information:

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose every other Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
Landings (with doughnuts)
New member introductions
Needs and Leads
Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
Skills and Value Statement
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Your title
Your target companies
Geography of search
Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Steven Hakar
Gil Krispien
William Lam
Barbara McKee
Salpi Sarafian

Franklin, MA

In the News - hearing, art, volunteers

Hearing on Franklin cosmetic tattoo place postponed


Franklin artists to display works

Volunteers needed for Franklin's Community Garden

Franklin, MA

"Go By Bike!"

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via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 5/19/11

Go By Bike Check out the updated "Go By Bike!" brochure that has just been released for Bay State Bike Week  2011.    MassDOT Planning, the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) all partnered to update this useful guide to bicycling in Massachusetts.  

The "Go By Bike!" brochure provides a concise and easily understood summary of biking basics that can be used to help a range of ages and experience levels get an easy ride when they "Go By Bike!" Like Bay State Bike Week, "Go By Bike!" is another product of the MassBike – MassDOT partnership.     This partnership reconstituted Bay State Bike Week as a truly statewide event and jointly promotes the Same Roads Same Rules initiative that promotes safe and cooperative sharing of the road among bikers, pedestrians, and motor vehicle drivers. 

The document can be printed on demand in keeping with MassDOT's GreenDOT sustainability policy.
Please view and download the "Go By Bike!" brochure.   For more information, visit , and MassDOT Biking and Walking on the web. This document is a great reference for bicycling in Massachusetts as an active transportation mode that is healthy, green and fun!  

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News from United Regional YPO

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What is the YPO?

The YPO is THE place for young professionals who have an interest in social and business networking, community involvement, and professional development.

Come meet other young professionals in your area and check out the YPO!

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Be on the Lookout
  • The YPO will be co-hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday July 28th at the Hampton Inn in Franklin, MA. The theme is "Christmas in July"! Please join us for a great evening of networking! Sign up here.

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With locations in Attleboro and North Attleboro, MA! 

The YPO has been working hard at completing our spring initiatives. We're proud to announce that our new website and membership application are complete and ready for viewing!

We hope you like our new website and we look forward to welcoming you as a new member of the YPO! 

(PS: Don't forget to join us at our next event on July 28th!)
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New Website

The YPO has launched our new website! Check us out at  

On our website you can find information on our upcoming events, read our blog, meet our Board of Directors, apply for membership and much more!

We want to give special thanks to those who helped make our new website possible:
  • Jack Lank of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce for his continued support and guidance
  • Phil Hickey of Zap Creative for our fabulous logo design and website support
  • Ed McDonough of Executive Coaching for assistance navigating BlueHost and Wordpress
  • Dave Lubelczyk of IMAGEidentity for guidance with Artisteer
  • Kaitlyn Pintarich of Berry Insurance for the YouTube video about the YPO
  • The YPO Board of Directors for creative input and support in seeing this project to completion
Many thanks!

Be sure to check the website frequently to see what's new with the YPO!

YPO Now Accepting New Members

The YPO Membership Application is now available! For your convenience, you can download the application here, or you can complete it online at our new website:

Membership fees are $50 per person, annually. If your business is a member of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce (URCC), your first year of membership into the YPO is free!

Applications can be returned:

About Us
Our events will be a mix of networking and fun held in some of the best places in the area.

*Must be at least 21 years old to attend events

For more info call 508-488-9761 or e-mail

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Community Gardens update

Hello to all of our Community Garden Supporters!

We been busy getting the garden ready, and not so busy writing to you all.
Forgive us!

Here's what's been going on:
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There is still time to sign up for the lottery, links available on the website!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Build Team:

  • We need some help fixing/building/re-building/remediating/relocating some of the raised beds-on-legs gardens from last year.  The snow got 'em bad. We need to make them safe.
  • Heavy work, but quick.  Will be some lifting, sawing, drilling, shoveling.  Dirt moving. Lumber getting.  Rough and tough stuff.  You on?  contact Chris at
  • Still trying to coordinate when and how, will depend on your availability. Locations:  Senior Ctr, Food Pantry, Eaton Place.
Giving Garden:

  • We are also looking to form a dedicated group of volunteers for this season for the Franklin Food Pantry's 4 garden beds, which we are calling the "Giving Garden"
  • Duties----planning, planting, watering and harvesting, delivering produce to the pantry.
  • Would like enough folks so that each person has a 1-2 hrs a week, tops, so about 10 people would do it, 15 would make it cruise 
  • please email Amy Acevedo directly at and we will get it together and roll it out!
May Showers bring June Flowers, Right?
New England version, anyway.

Best Regards,

Amy Acevedo
& crew:

The Friends of Franklin Community Gardens, Inc.
The Franklin Community Garden Committee

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"they didn't know how much time is spent ensuring drinking water is safe"

Perrotta provided a general overview of the town's water system, explaining where the water comes from, why usage restrictions are needed during the summer and how harmful bacteria is eliminated from the water supply. 
"A lot of people complain about paying high water and sewer rates and they don't know that there is a huge infrastructure to maintain," said David Labonte, the secretary for the Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization that supports charities and holds informational meetings such as last night's once or twice a year. 
The department is primarily funded by water and sewer fees and oversees 13 wells, six water storage tanks, about 9,600 service connections, more than 2,000 fire hydrants and 157 miles of water main, Perrotta said. 
"You have eight or nine balls in the air and if you drop one of them the water comes out pink," he said. 
Franklin's water comes from groundwater as opposed to surface sources such as reservoirs. The town pumped 928.5 million gallons in 2010, he said.

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In the News - veterans, book sale

Disabled veterans advisers to give free help in Franklin

Franklin: Library book sale Sat 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friends of Franklin Library book sale this weekend

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grand Opening of the Franklin Art Center

Hi Steve,

I wasn't sure if you wanted to post this is or if we could add a guest post or how you would like to handle it.

My wife and I have just started the Franklin Art Center. It is located in downtown Franklin at 5 Main St (behind Berry Ins.). We will be having the school's Grand Opening Saturday May 21st from 10 to 2 pm. This free event is for anyone to come in meet the teachers, ask questions about the classes, try a lesson, and learn about the art parties. The center will have morning, afternoon, evening and art weekend classes for ages 4 adults in a wide variety of media. Our weekly sessions provide our 4-5 year olds with hands-on activities, stories, and unique lessons for artistic explorations. We are working with the local school and our curriculum for our classes are based on the Massachusetts Visual Arts Frameworks.

Our beginner, advanced, private or group lessons for 16 to adults will focus on the individual needs of the student. Just a few topics we cover are:

- drawings to investigate compositional possibilities.
- blocked-out charcoal/pencil/oil sketches to arrange tonal values.
- oil sketches to experiment with various color schemes and harmonies.
- fundamentals of painting
- preparing canvas and paint for the anticipated tasks.
- applying paint to canvas, either incorporating the results in direct painting.

You are also invited to our gallery opening May 20th from 7 - 9 pm showing paintings from our featured local artist Victor Pisini. Victor is a local icon in Franklin and paints in both oils and watercolor. The gallery will rotate work from local artists and feature them on our web site and in our classes and on our facebook page.

Please visit for more information or call my wife Linda in the center at 508.887.2797.  Or friend us at

I'm sending this from work but the center's email address is Let me know if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you.

Thanks again

Library book sale - DPW Touch a Truck

The Library Book Sale will be combined with the DPW's "Touch a Truck Day" this Saturday. Come on down to the DPW Garage on Hayward St. Buy a book, help the Library.

Check out the equipment and see for yourself how old it is!

The story below and pictures were taken and posted last May.


The combination of the Library Book Sale and the DPW Open House drew quite a crowd on Saturday.

The Friends of the Library paid for the overtime of the DPW workers. The food and drink provided at the DPW Open House was donated by Weston & Sampson.

The bucket truck authorized for purchase as part of the capital plan in 2009 was on display looking brand new. It is over ten years old. The new look comes from the paint job that was part of the purchase price. DPW Director, Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi is walking towards us in the photo.

The DPW garage had four mechanics. One just retired this year and due to the budget cuts, the position won't be filled leaving three mechanics to take care of more than 300 pieces of equipment. Which of these two units looks like it is three years old? and which looks like it is sixteen years old? (Answer at the end of this post.)

Most of the equipment that I saw on display had a sign telling the year and use for the unit. The purpose for some was easy to recognize, some were not. This batwing mower is over 10 years old and still doing duty cutting the grass on our athletic fields.

The weather cooperated for this nice family event. If your son or daughter was one of the horn tooters, they probably walked away with a smile. Your smile came from the fact that they at least stopped blowing the horn!

Iqbal Ismail is show below taking pictures of his daughter Zeba and son Faraz in the front seat of the truck.

Note: In answer to the question above: the unit on the left in the picture is 3 yrs old; the unit on the right is 16.
My thanks to Brutus Cantoreggi and Dave Allard for providing the information to share here.

Franklin, MA

In the News - veterans, water, menu, gardens

Disabled veterans mobile service visiting Natick and Franklin

Franklin Odd Fellows Lodge hosts water supply presentation

Tri-County restaurant in Franklin offers new menu

Check out the new crop of garden bloggers

Franklin, MA

Parmenter School car wash and bottle/can drive

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via The Milford Daily News News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 5/11/11

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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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

495/MetroWest Public Forums Set

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via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 5/16/11

Metrowest map2 The Patrick-Murray Administration's Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development is partnering with Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, and Mass Audubon to engage the 495/MetroWest region in preparing a comprehensive land use and development plan.

The plan will identify priority development and preservation areas and significant transportation and infrastructure investments for the region.
The planning process will include asking what transportation needs should be addressed, where open space should be preserved, and how to ensure continued economic prosperity in the region.

The public is invited to contribute to the vision for the 495/Metrowest region at two upcoming public forums:

Wednesday, June 15, Westborough High School, 90 West Main Street
Tuesday, June 21, Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place
Each forum includes an Open House, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a Public Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

You may RSVP to:
Learn more on the web about the 495 Metrowest Partnership.

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Franklin Beautification Day set for Saturday

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The Franklin Downtown Partnership's eighth annual Beautification Day, will be held on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The partnership is recruiting volunteers to spruce up the downtown.

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In the News - car wash, casino night

Car Wash fundraiser at Kennedy Memorial School in Franklin

Franklin Chargers host Casino Night

Franklin, MA

Monday, May 16, 2011

Parmenter 5K - May 15th - results

The Parmenter 5K Run/Walk results are posted to Cool Running

The rain held off as 225 finished the course looping from the school down Wachusett, Arlington, Union, Cottage, RT 140, King St, Summer, Winter, Peck to King and then back to Parmenter with a good downhill finish.

Parmenter Kid's Run

There was a good crowd of folks supporting the runners and walkers, truly a family event!

Parmenter 5K - inspirational signs on King St

A welcome sight as we turned at Walgreens to head up King St.

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Food Marketed to Children

Are you concerned about government guidelines on food? Particularly, those where they cover food marketing to children? You have a chance to have your say. Excerpts from the full document here (PDF) reveal the objectives of the guidelines and feedback needed:
The Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children (Working Group), comprised of representatives from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), seeks public comment on a preliminary proposal for voluntary principles to guide industry self-regulatory efforts to improve the nutritional profile of foods marketed to children. The Working Group has drafted these principles pursuant to a directive from Congress, as set out in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. As directed by Congress, the Working Group has developed this proposal based on the nutrition, health, and marketing expertise of the member agencies, with the goal of improving children’s diets and addressing the high rates of childhood obesity. Marketing can be an effective tool to encourage children to make better food choices, and voluntary adoption by industry of strong, uniform nutrition and marketing principles, like those proposed here, will advance the goal of promoting children’s health. 
Public comment is sought to help inform the Working Group in shaping its recommendations for enhanced industry self-regulatory efforts as part of a report requested by Congress. Comments are not being requested as the basis for regulation. The recommendations include principles addressing the nutritional quality of foods that are most heavily marketed to children. They also include proposed definitions of advertising, promotion, and other marketing activities targeting children ages 2-11 years and adolescents ages 12-17 years to which the nutrition principles would apply. The Working Group seeks public comment on both the nutrition principles and the definitions of marketing targeted to children and adolescents. Comments must be received no later than June 13, 2011

The primary objective of the Working Group in developing recommendations for nutrition principles for foods marketed to children has been the promotion of children’s health through better diet, with particular – but not sole – emphasis on reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The proposed recommendations are therefore designed to encourage children, through advertising and marketing, to choose foods that make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet (Principle A) and minimize consumption of foods with significant amounts of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health or weight – specifically, sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars (Principle B).
The Working Group recommends that, as industry develops new products and reformulates existing products, it should strive to create foods that meet both of these two basic nutrition principles. It further recommends that industry focus these efforts on those categories of foods that are most heavily marketed directly to children, such as breakfast cereals, carbonated beverages, restaurant foods and snack foods. The proposed principles, if fully implemented by industry for these categories, should lead to significant improvements in the overall nutritional profile of foods marketed to children.  
The Working Group recommends that industry work toward the goal that all foods within the categories most heavily advertised or otherwise marketed directly to children and adolescents would meet the nutrition principles by the year 2016. The Working Group acknowledges that this is an ambitious goal, but believes it is warranted by the urgent need to improve children’s diets and health and address the epidemic of childhood obesity.

The Working Group seeks comment on its two proposed nutrition principles, including the recommendation that industry focus its self-regulatory efforts on the categories of foods most heavily marketed to children. The Working Group is proposing two possible approaches for assessing whether a food product meets Principle A – making a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet. The Working Group is also proposing specific targets for saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars, and sodium content to meet Principle B – minimizing consumption of foods with significant amounts of these nutrients that could have a negative impact on health or weight. Finally, the Working Group is seeking comment on its proposed goal that all foods within the categories most heavily marketed to children meet these two nutrition principles by the year 2016.

You can review the full document here (PDF) and find the details on how to provide feedback.

"A company may have better purchasing power"

"What inspired me to kind of get this ball rolling was the thought of a link between healthy and nutritious eating and student performance," said School Committee member Bill Glynn, who leads a nutrition subcommittee that studied the issue. "My biggest concern is how to best serve the children in a cost-effective manner. I want to do our homework and look at as many options as we can." 
Glynn said he hopes the School Committee can make a decision in time to implement any changes before school starts in the fall. 
Administrators have issued a request for proposals from vendors to manage the food service program. Representatives from Sodexo, Aramark, Whitsons Culinary Group and Chartwells toured school facilities on Thursday. Bids are due by June 1, Business Administrator Miriam Goodman said. 
"We felt a vendor might be able to support us more but that remains to be seen because we haven't seen the proposals yet," Goodman said. "Food service has to be a self-sustaining program because any dollars allocated from the budget are dollars that come out of the classroom."

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

What's happening to the old Dugout space?

The former Dugout and more recently the Cottage St Pub & Grill went out of business and was demolished recently.

Franklin: Cottage St Pub & Grill

Just before demolition:

Franklin: former Dugout on Cottage/Wachusett

The foundation has been placed now:

New Cottage St condos - 1

Another view of the foundation:

New Cottage St condos - 2

According to the Planing Board agendas and video, a 3 unit condo is going onto the site. You can view the continued hear from Nov 22, 2010 here:

Franklin, MA

Wanted: Wedding gowns for Franklin museum

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via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Brian Benson/Daily News staff on 5/14/11

The Franklin Historical Museum is seeking wedding gowns for a display next month.

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