Saturday, August 20, 2011

"helps the whole school be a student body"

The High School Experience program runs the weeklong orientation - yesterday was the last day - and introduces new students to as many aspects of Franklin High as it can, from academics to simple things such as the layout of the building. Sophomore, junior and senior volunteers helped to acclimate their new schoolmates. 
"I've learned a lot," said incoming freshman Hannah Gallo, citing her newfound knowledge of the footprint of the school, especially. "Before, when we had tours, I didn't know where we were going at all. There was a group of 50 people, and now it's a group of 10." 
More than 230 freshmen - there will be about 400 in the Class of 2015 - took part in the optional freshman orientation. The first year brought in around 90 students, and last year had 198, said Kristin Cerce, co-director of the program and the district director of health and physical education. School starts Aug. 31.

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Franklin's McGann undecided on re-election


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Town Councilor Joseph McGann said yesterday that he is interested in serving on a town board, but has not decided whether he will seek re-election to the council or run for a different board in the Nov. 8 election.


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“There’s room for improvement”

“It seems that there is a clear need for a more ambitious curriculum -- and more rigorous assessment of teachers and student performance,” Charny said. 
Chester said the state’s new Common Core curriculum has made many changes to math education standards already, such as putting more emphasis on teaching proportional reasoning and fractions. 
“Too often, curriculum in those areas have not been as deliberately and carefully sequenced as they should be,” he said. 
Ultimately, though, “math is math,” said Sweeney. “Nothing’s changed about it.” 
“So much of what we’re talking about is the basics,” said DeBenedictis. “Give (students) support, and math is really much easier to supplement than writing, for example.” 
What’s important, educators agree, is finding ways to make the subject interesting to students, and rewarding for them to master. Sweeney said he often tries to incorporate real-life math problems -- figuring out electrical circuits, for example -- so that students will “see firsthand how (math) is done, and how it’s used.”
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Friday, August 19, 2011

"It's been a wonderful experience"

Former Town Councilor Deborah Bartlett has taken out papers to run against incumbent Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri. Pellegri has been town clerk for 27 years, she said, and was last challenged 17 years ago. 
"I don't take anything for granted," said Pellegri, of her position. "I am excited for every election whether I'm running in it or not." 
Current School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy, and current School Building Committee Chairman Thomas Mercer have taken out papers for Town Council, along with Juan Ramon Riveras. 
Three of the nine current town councilors, Chairman Scott Mason, Shannon Zollo and Stephen Whalen, have said they do not intend to run for re-election. In Franklin, the seats of all nine councilors are up for grabs every two years.

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Farmers Market: noon to 6:00 PM

Franklin Farmers Market,  Friday,  12:00pm to 6:00pm

Located on the Town Common

Franklin: Farmers Market

Reminder that the Farmers' Market now accepts SNAP dollars and can double your purchasing power.

Visit the Food Pantry tent at the Farmers' Market for details.

"right back into the swing of things"

"As a coach you have a good understanding of what coaches have to do and do not lose track of what it's like," said Sidwell.

There is much to do this time of year for any athletic director. For the AD-football coach dual role, preparation is the key for opening week.

"To be honest, from doing this awhile, you get used to the flow of how it works," said Sidwell. "You work during the summer prior to this so it's not just overwhelming. You meet with the (fall) coaches over the summer. And you need good maintenance people, which we do in Franklin, that will know what to do with the fields so we do not have a lot of problems and it's not an issue."

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Avery Give Back to Schools

I saw the Parmenter sign the other day and wondered what Avery was up to.

Vote Parmenter $ Avery Com

When I visited I found the following:
There are lots of ways to help earn cash and much needed supplies for your school today. First, make sure that Avery school supplies are on all your Back-to-School supply lists. Avery offers high-quality, durable school supplies with Box Tops for Education® coupons, so kids and parents can clip off the coupons and give them to their schools. Each coupon is worth 10¢—and boy does it add up fast! Schools have earned over $1,000,000 from Box Tops coupons found on Avery products that have helped purchase computers, playground equipment, books and more.And with the Avery Give Back to Schools™ promotion, all you have to do is vote for your favorite school. The top five schools at the end of the promotion will each win $10,000 worth of Avery School Supplies, 10,000 Bonus Box Tops coupons, and $1,000 worth of gift cards. Twenty-five runner-up schools will also win 5,000 Bonus Box Tops coupons! So what are you waiting for? Start voting today! 
Promotion runs June 15 - September 16. Winners announced in late September.
Visit here

Register with an email (you can opt out of receiving promotional emails!) and vote often for your favorite Franklin school!

Nature and Her Ways: Artists' Reception this Thursday

11 East Central Street 
 Franklin, MA
August  2011
Dear Steve,
 You are invited to an exhibit: 


Artist Opening Reception 

Pamela Ruby Russell
Rebecca Skinner

Thursday,  August 18, 2011 4pm-8pm
 The Gallery Show is on display until September 9th

Twilight Moon by Pamela Ruby Russell 
Twilight Moon
by Pamela Ruby Russell
 "My personal approach... is to observe and capture those vulnerable, fleeting moments, the essence of my intimately record the authentic center of a subject, I find this experience completely exhilarating"

Leaf by Rebecca Skinner
by Rebecca Skinner
  "Photography is my lifelong passion...the majority of my work is in color, I tend to avoid any type of digital manipulation of my images....I am constantly exploring new subjects as well as new techniques- there is nothing more rewarding."
Come meet and greet these two talented artist photographers,
  Enjoy live entertainment by singer, guitarist Kai Olsson, 
Be treated to a free hand massage by
Lucy Gallagher, massage therapist,
 Introducing a new organic skin care line by
Neals Yard Remedies.
  Delectable Refreshments and more!!

For more information go to 
Natur and Her Ways
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Harvest Festival Press Release

Franklin’s Harvest Festival Plans Being Finalized

With only a month to go, volunteers are finalizing plans for the 2011 Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 2. The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 9th annual event promises crafters, live entertainment, food, kids games and antique cars spanning the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We expect more than 5,000 visitors this year and we’ve had a tremendous response from crafters and groups who want to participate,” says Harvest Festival Chair Angie Grant. “We especially appreciate our sponsors who have stepped in to make this work. Without their collective support of our community effort we wouldn’t be able to deliver an event of this magnitude.”

The Gold sponsor of this event is Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. Silver sponsors are Middlesex Savings Bank, Digital Credit Union and Green Mountain Chocolate Company. Bronze sponsors are Byrne Financial Freedom, LLC., Chestnut Dental Associates, Dean Bank, Michael Dunsky of Guaranteed Rate and NHS Print. Friends of the Festival include Ferguson Enterprises and Ten Key Inc.

Anyone interested in sponsoring this event can contact the FDP office at or (774)571-3109. Sponsorship registration forms and a list of opportunities can be found on this website under the Sponsorship tab.

Booth space is going fast. If you’re interested in participating contact Harvest Festival Chair Angie Grant at Registration forms can be found on this website. If you would like to volunteer for festival setup or cleanup on the day of the event please contact Joel Carrara at


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of businesses, community leaders and residents. The Partnership relies on donations and sponsorship to fund events like the Harvest Festival as well as downtown improvement projects like beautification efforts and streetscape improvements. For more information please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774)571-3109 or

This was originally posted on the Downtown Partnership website

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fairmount Fruit Farm - strawberries

Did you know that there are still U-pick strawberries to be found in Franklin?

Fairmount Fruit Farm on Lincoln Street (near the Medway border) has an amazing greenhouse full of the berries growing on their new hydro-stackers.

We had a great time picking recently, no deep knee bending or sunscreen needed.

They also have great fresh, organic eggs and a freezer full of fresh lamb.

They will be opening the berry greenhouse to the public later this week.

Check availability by calling them at 508-533-8737

Support your local farmers!

Antonio Mendoca, Neil Acevedo, and Will Acevedo, all from Franklin, at the Fairmount Fruit Farm

Look at the size of this one!

A peek at the hydro-stackers, which the greenhouse also sells.

My thanks to Amy Acevedo for sharing these pictures and information!

Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig

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Join author David Rottenberg as he reads from his book
Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig
David will be joined by ballet dancers who will provide a mini-dance lesson
August 27th at 11 AM
Ages 3 - 8 No Registration required.

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In the News - Tr-County, Rep Vallee, school backpacks

Tri-County Regional School holds grade 9 orientation

Rep. Vallee slates district office hours

Backpack, school supplies collection under way

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Partridge St: road closure Aug 18

NOTICE: Partridge Street between Dover Circle and Harborwood Drive will be closed to through traffic on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM due to construction.

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In the News - high school fair

High school fair planned, Sept. 14

Monday, August 15, 2011

Upper Charles Trail - Milford Section

For the cyclists in the area, the Boston Globe West edition for Sunday had an article about the rail trail efforts in Milford:
The Milford bike path eventually will loop more than 7 miles from the Hopkinton line through downtown and back to the Holliston line. The project is nearing completion of what the town refers to as Phase 2 of the trail, which stretches from the Milford Senior Center, across Route 109 and under I-495 along power lines to the Holliston town line. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is in the works for Sept. 24, according to Reno DeLuzio, former town planner and chairman of the Milford Upper Charles River Trail Committee. Phase 1, where the Millets were riding last Tuesday, stretches from downtown to the Hopkinton town line, skirting playing fields, woods, and water along the way. 
A third stretch, linking the first two, is still being designed.
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Where is the Upper Charles Trail in Milford?

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Is there a group doing something like this in Franklin?
Yes, there is. The Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee is working to develop the section of the SNETT that starts in Franklin and runs to Palmer, MA. You can fill out an application to join the committee or donate online via Paypal here

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"We'll always be tied to St. Rocco's"

For those participating in the 33rd Feast of St. Rocco, the patron saint of the sick, the event is more than a time for socializing and eating Italian favorites like cannoli and lasagna. Like Brunelli, for most it's a matter of the heart. 
Brunelli and his cousin, Mickey Degrazia, two of the five co-chairmen of St. Rocco's and both Franklin natives, have helped plan the feast for three decades now. 
This year, they started the planning process July 25. They expect 50,000 to 60,000 people will attend this weekend, Brunelli said.

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"These are objects that excite the imagination"

For something to do out of the rain, Worcester is not far away. There is a sword exhibit at the Higgins Armory Museum that sounds interesting!

Occupying a single third-floor gallery, the swords in the exhibit are displayed in separate display cases according to chronology and function. 
In addition to several swords, a placard in each cabinet briefly explains the metal-making techniques used to forge them plus additional information on their special features such as the development of complex hilts to protect the user's hand and evolution of the short-bladed cutlass for fighting on board crowded vessels. 
Some of the exhibit's sections include "Ancient Swords," "Medieval Swords," "After the Middle Ages," "Small Swords," "Naval Swords," "American Swords," "Swords of Ceremony and Fancy" and "Making and Using a Sword."

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