Saturday, July 21, 2012

Looking to tell your story with a video?

Six One Seven Studios has been operating in Franklin, MA as a full service film and video production company since earlier this year as well as renting out the soundstage to filmmakers in the area.

The Acting For Film Two Day Intensive will provide students not only access to Six One Seven Studio's professional video and editing equipment, but teach them the tools necessary to be a fully effective actor on a film set.

Info on this class can be found in this document:

Good candidate questions coming in

Thanks to you we have four good questions for our candidates thus far.

What question would you ask these candidates for the 10th Norfolk District to help make your decision on how to cast your vote?

  • If elected what changes would you propose to help commuters from Franklin/Medway afford to get into Boston for work?  
  • What are your thoughts about the MA higher education costs.  Is there anything you would propose to help more students afford MA State higher education?
  • Local officials often complain to voters that costly state mandates tie their hands and prevent them from making common-sense fiscal policies for the town. What will you do as state rep to remove burdensome state mandates and un-tie local officials' hands?
  • What will be your priorities if you are selected to serve in the state legislature?

If you have a question, you would like to ask one of the candidates for the 4th Norfolk District, please use the form here to submit it

Or if you want, you can always send me an email at (shersteve at gmail dot com)

Riding for a cause

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When Rick Tobin heard about his brother-in-law's diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the Franklin resident was completely lost. Tobin felt obligated to help. But what could he do? The question bedeviled him for a long time before he finally found his answer last year in the form of a three-day, 270-mile charity bike ride from Boston to Greenwich, Conn.

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In the News: Kennedy, amendments, bottle deposits

PHOTOS: Kennedy on the campaign trail in Franklin

Friday, July 20, 2012

What would you ask the candidate?

Farmers Market: noon to 6:00 PM

The Farmers Market is open today on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

Where in Franklin is the Town Common?

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Who wants to be a constable for Franklin, MA?

Immediate Notice to the Residents of Franklin

Constable Position—One Vacancy

Candidates interested in filling the vacant position of Constable, in the Town of Franklin, are asked to submit a letter of intent to Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC, Town Clerk no later than August 31, 2012 at 12:00noon. Position will be appointed by the Town Council until the next scheduled Town Election in November/2013. At that time, candidates will be able to take out nomination papers to run for the unexpired term of constable.

Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC
Town Clerk/Election Administrator

Crackerbarrel Classic 5K slated for Sept. 15; register early online

For the local runners, if you haven't run the Crackerbarrel Classic before, it is a good flat course!


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The 32nd Annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5K Road Race/Walk will be held on  Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m., at the Wrentham Developmental Center, 131 Emerald St., Wrentham.


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Thursday, July 19, 2012



DATE: Thursday, September 6, 2012

TIME: 6:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.

PLACE: Franklin High School field house on Oak Street - all precincts

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE: AUGUST 17, 2012 (FRIDAY) at 8:00pm at the Town Clerk’s Office, First Floor, 355 East Central Street, Municipal Building.

Absentee Ballot Information: Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s office. A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to the following reasons may vote absentee up to 12:00 noon the day before the election:
(1) absence from your city or town during normal polling hours; or
(2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
(3) Religious belief.

All absentee requests must be made in writing with an original signature (no faxes or e-mails are accepted). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC, Town Clerk, at 508-520-4900.

Attest: Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC, Town Clerk

In the News: Town Council meeting coverage

From the Town Council meeting held Wednesday, the Milford Daily News has two articles. One covering the liquor license suspensions and one on state aid.

The first time liquor license violators will serve their one day suspensions this Friday (Guru, Ichigo Ichie, and Alumni). The Franklin Mobil suspension is for three days beginning this Friday.

Franklin liquor license suspensions handed down

Franklin to receive more state aid

Franklin Library: Teddy Bear Picnic

Today, the Library has a bubble party with the Bubble Music Man.

Next Wednesday, there will be a teddy bear picnic!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

TED Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!)

"Summer time, the living is easy" or so the lyrics go to one song... this TED Talk shows a rather interesting way to view music.


“Americans need us to solve problems"

Part of Franklin will be interested in the 4th District candidates and part will be interested in the 3rd District.
The three are vying for the Republican nomination to fill the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a Democrat. Frank announced in November that he is retiring after more than three decades in Congress, citing the newly reconfigured district. Bielat lost to Frank in 2010 by an 11-point margin. 
The winner of the Republican primary will likely face off against Brookline resident Joe Kennedy III. Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, has shown strong fundraising capabilities— raking in $1.3 million last quarter— and pundits have said he’ll be hard to beat. 
Newton engineer Herb Robinson is also running for the seat as a Democrat, but his campaign hasn’t picked up momentum and has just $997 cash on hand.

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In the News: art schedule, school closes

Franklin Art Center after school art fall schedule available

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Franklin schools gain $10,000 A+ dollars!

On the School Committee agenda for Tuesday evening, Jul 17, 2012, there are two action items acknowledging donations to Franklin High School and Remington Middle School.

b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $453.42 from A+ School Rewards for the Franklin High School.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $66.94 from A+ School Rewards for Remington Middle School.
According to the Stop and Shop A+ webpage, this is only part of the donations heading to the Franklin schools.

The tally for the Franklin School District works out to be

Annie Sullivan MS  $  3,587.16
Jefferson ES  $  1,314.88
Oak St ES  $  1,014.34
Helen Keller ES  $     923.03
Gerald M Parmenter ES  $     860.13
Davis Thayer ES  $     859.75
John F Kennedy ES  $     821.44
Franklin HS  $     453.42
Horace Mann MS  $     445.06
Remington MS  $       66.94

These must be the first two donations received by the school offices. According to the A+ website checks should be delivered in June via regular US Mail attention to the principal of each school.

As a frequent shopper at Stop and Shop, our card was set up to contribute to a couple of schools. It is your choice to set this up for one or more schools.

We'll do another post as the school year approaches on how to set up your Stop and Shop card to contribute to one of the Franklin schools. If you want to see more about the A+ program visit the Stop and Shop page here

Sting Jun 15 catches four business

The Milford Daily News reports on one of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting scheduled Weds Jul 18,2012.
The Guru Bar & Grill, 30 Main St., Alumni Restaurant and Bar, 391 East Central St., Mobil gas station on West Central Street and Ichigo Ichie Sushi & Hibachi Grill, 837 West Central St., failed the check, police said. 
The Mobil gas station had failed a compliance check in 2009. 
The businesses were notified June 18 by police and received letters from Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting’s office recently informing them of the license hearings. 
From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 15, the Franklin Police Department checked 35 businesses with six undercover police officers and four under-21 buyers. The minors tried to buy alcohol while the officers observed.

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In the News: WAM free, graceful pig, drug charges

One site to add to your schedule this summer!

Visit Worcester Art Museum's world-class collection for free

'Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig' to dance in Franklin, Hopedale

Franklin man, Holliston man arrested on drug charges

Salisbury Historical Markers Unveiled

Does Franklin have one of these markers?

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via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 7/16/12

Salisbury Signs, July 16, 2012MassDOT today joined state and local officials in Salisbury to unveil five Historical Markers, reclaiming an important connection to the proud history of the Commonwealth.

In 1930, the legislature authorized the Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the colony with historical markers.  Nearly 300 markers were erected statewide, all with an inscription telling the stories of the early settlements in each community.

Five signs were erected in the Town of Salisbury.  MassDOT restored one, the Old Meeting House sign, and replaced four others with replicas of the original 1930 signs.

The Commission 82 years ago promised that "travellers who shall pass by the many storied ways through the lands of the Puritan occupations in the ancient days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, may now read on tablets set by roadsides or in city streets the tales which the ocean shores, the hills, the fields, the churches, the garrison houses and the old hearthstones, have to tell of the heroism, of the romance and of the tragedies, and of the unfaltering faith, of the ancestors of our Commonwealth."

The legislation called for the highway department to maintain the signs.  Congratulations to MassDOT workers for doing just that, keeping alive the tales of our ancestors.


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Franklin Public Library: Bubble Music Man


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jul 17, 2012

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 June 26, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll - none Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Linda Ashley – New Principal at Jefferson
b. Evemarie McNeil – New Principal at Davis Thayer
c. Barbara Sherman – New FHS Assistant Principal for Student Services
d. Whitsons – Food Service Presentation (Joe Armenti, District Manager and Kyle Parson, Chef)

3. Discussion Only Items
Remote Participation

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of the donation of the JF Kennedy School Inclusive Playground by the JFK PCC valued at $114,830.00.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $453.42 from A+ School Rewards for the Franklin High School.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $66.94 from A+ School Rewards for Remington Middle School.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $792.85 from Life Touch for Davis Thayer Elementary School.
e. I recommend acceptance of $50.00 cash from Oak St. School’s fifth grade class for Oak St. Elementary School.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $775.25 from All American Publishing for the Athletic Dept. at FHS.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,600.00 from Parmenter PCC for supplies for Parmenter School.

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. Adjourn

Franklin's Big Y getting ready

The final preparations along RT 140 are underway for the Big Y to open as announced on Aug 23.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

New curbing is being placed as the road will be wider approaching the Big Y entrance.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

New concrete sidewalks are being finished along the way on both sides.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

The wider road becomes more evident as you approach the main entrance which is also opposite the entrance to the Franklin Municipal Bldg and neighboring retail plaza.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

This is one of the light poles that will control access to the main entrance of the Big Y as well as the entrance into the Franklin Municipal Bldg and retail plaza.

RT 140: expanding for Big Y

The landscaping is looking good. The signs are in place. Aug 23 will be here soon.

For more about the Big Y feel free to visit their web page

Museums turn to high tech to attract young audience

Franklin's Historical Museum has a web page and a Facebook page. Have you visited them yet?

Web page

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In 2009, as part of a major re-branding campaign, the Framingham Historical Society became the Framingham History Center. Along with the hipper name, it hired a freelance Web designer to build a spiffy, streamlined website, which included a blog.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Molloy's new sign

The smiley face sign has gone to wherever those old signs may go.

Franklin: Where am I? #3

A smaller version of the smile remains on the Molloy's Service Center sign.

All the gas pumps were replaced and are not yet operational.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Jul 18, 2012

A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 6, 2012, June 20 Regular and Executive Session - to be released

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS - This meeting is being recorded by Verizon, Comcast, and Franklin Matters

C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS – Franklin Lodge of Elks #2136



Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10

  1. Alumni Restaurant
  2. Franklin Mobil
  3. Guru Restaurant
  4. Ichigo Ichie Restaurant

New All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store– Devita’s

1. Senators Karen Spilka and Richard Ross
2. Emergency Management – Gary McCarraher


1. Resolution 12-56:Ratification of Franklin Police Association Contract
2. Resolution 12-57:Ratification of Franklin Police Sergeants Association Contract
3. Resolution 12-58:Ratification of Franklin Public Library Staff Association Contract
4. Resolution 12-59:Ratification of Department of Public Works Contract
5. Resolution 12-60:Exemption of All Positions in the Police Department from the Civil Service Law
6. Resolution 12-61:Declaration of Town-Owned Land (Two Unimproved Lots Off Beaver Court) As Surplus and Available for Disposition and Authorization to Convey Same for Nominal Consideration to the Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund
7. Resolution 12-62: Authorization to Hold Bonfire
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 12-685: Amendment to Chapter 185 §24 Floodplain District – 2nd Reading
9. Bylaw Amendment 12-687:Amendment to Chapter 25, Personnel Regulations, Appendix A, Classification Plan and Appendix B Compensation Plan Pay Schedules – 2nd Reading
10. Bylaw Amendment 12-688:Amendment to Chapter 82, Appendix A, List of Service Fee Rates-Board of Health, Department of Public Works, Recreation, Council on Aging – 2nd Reading
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 12-689:Amendment to Chapter 185 §5. Zoning Map - Single Family III to Business Zoning – Referral to Planning Board





O. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents for this agenda can be found on the Franklin webpage

In the News: ballot questions, trash costs, tax holiday

Questions on the right to life, medical marijuana, and auto-repair will be on the ballot this November

Three hot-button issues on Nov. ballot in Mass.