Saturday, March 9, 2013

HONK - twice today!

As a result of the storm, the Franklin Footlighters (middle school) Friday night production of Honk is cancelled. There will still be a performance this Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm which promises to sell out quickly! In order to accommodate friends, family and the general public a new show has been added, a matinee performance also this Saturday, March 9 at 3:00pm. Both shows will take place at Horace Mann Middle School, tickets are available at the door for $10.00


These poor kids have really had to battle to make this show a success. They lost a full week of rehearsal due to the blizzard. They lost their final dress rehearsal Thursday due to this most recent snow storm. Now they have have lost their Friday show. The kids have been rehearsing for this show four days a week since December.

We are asking for the community's support to come out and make this matinee show a success. Please forward this email so we can get the word out.

Thank you so much.
The Cast of Honk

"Let's Bid for the Kids Auction" Social and Fundraiser

The 13th Annual "Let's Bid for the Kids Auction" Social and Fundraiser for the Davis Thayer Elementary School PCC will be held Saturday, March 9. Doors open at  6:00 PM at the Adirondack Club on Chestnut St.

In the News: Davis Thayer, daylight savings

Davis Thayer auction is tonight

In its 13th year, the auction has proved the school’s largest fundraiser, regularly bringing home between $10,000 and $20,000 thanks to the more than 100 parents who attend.

Change your clock, change your battery on March 10

Art exhibit - Mar 9, 3:00 to 5:00 PM

good day, would you be willing to post this for the Woodshed Gallery? Many people don't know about it and it's a wonderful place to browse fine art, jewelry etc. My wife is Tina who just retired from the Franklin SchoolSystem as an art teacher. 
Thank you! 
Paul Guarino

Bruce Wood is the Gallery Director.

Woodshed Gallery
Woodshed Gallery

Where is the Wood shed Gallery?
1243 Pond St, Franklin

Exhibit Mar 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

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Julia's Garden Charity Wine Event

An email from the United Regional Chamber of Commerce announces this fund raiser:


Friday, March 15, 2013

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. wine tasting
Seated Dinner at 8 p.m.
Dancing 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lake Pearl Luciano's
299 Creek St.
Wrentham, MA
Order tickets online - $65 per ticket

All Proceeds Benefit:
Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 42 Union Street | Attleboro | MA | 02703

For additional information and to purchase tickets for this event, please visit

For more information on the Julia Foundation please visit

Franklin Library: Krafty Mondays - St. Patrick's Day

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Recycling Center Closed

Good Morning.  Due to inclement weather, the recycling center is closed today, March 8.  It will re-open tomorrow.

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Culinary Cabaret - Friday - Mar 8

"We are incredibly grateful to the Franklin Performing Arts Company for their support," said Erin Lynch, Franklin Food Pantry director of Development. "The Franklin Food Pantry is about so much more than handing out food. It is about giving people hope and nourishing the spirit of our community." 
The ticket price is $75 per person, which includes food, wine, craft beer and entertainment. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Clarke, The Ultimate Kitchen Resource and Culinary Center, 393 Fortune Boulevard.

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Additional information including ticket purchase can be found on the FPAC webpage

Franklin's Birthday Celebration


The Franklin Historical Museum will host the Town's 235th Birthday Celebration on Sunday March 17th from 1:00-4:00pm.

13 year old harpest Emma Newton of Franklin will be performing as well as local singer songwriter Jamie Barrett.  Jamie will lead the crowd in singing Happy Birthday and will perform his song 'The City known as the Town of Franklin'.  Emma will perform two 1/2 hour sets.

Franklin residents who share the same March 2nd Birthday with the town have been sent invitations to celebrate this festive occasion at the Museum. 

All are welcome to join us in paying tribute to our town and share in a piece of the giant birthday cake.

"how construction would affect businesses"

The Downtown Project is making some planning progress as reported in the Milford Daily News:

Almost ten years in the making, the project aims to bring business back to the heart of town, in part through several cosmetic and safety improvements. 
Construction — slated to begin next fall after the project goes out to bid in August — will include: converting one-way traffic on Main Street and West Central Street to two-way; fixing roadways and sidewalks; upgrading lighting; and installing interconnected traffic signals and calming devices. 
With a total length of more than a mile, the work, the bulk of which should wrap up in the spring of 2014, will encompass a large swath of the downtown.

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Additional information on the project can be found on the Downtown Partnership webpage

And on the Planning and Community Development webpage

And the collection here


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        March 7, 2013

Contact:–Kevin Franck, 617.626.7121(o), 617.823.7580 (c)
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16,100 New Jobs Estimated for January 2013, Unemployment holds steady at 6.7%

BOSTON MA - March 7, 2013 – Revised benchmark numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released today show that Massachusetts created 92,800 jobs in 2011 and 2012, 32,100 more jobs than previously estimated. Revisions to the statewide unemployment rate also show very little month-to-month change for 2012.

Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases year-end revisions to its previous estimates for job growth and unemployment. While initial estimates of job growth are based on surveys of representative samples, the benchmark revisions are based on actual data collected from employers in the Commonwealth through September 2012. Revised jobs numbers for the last quarter of 2012 are still based on projections.

"We still have work to do to make sure everyone in Massachusetts who wants a job can find one and that companies who want to hire can find the employees they need but these new jobs number based on actual data make me more confident than ever that our investments in innovation, infrastructure and education are helping the Commonwealth recover faster and stronger," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. "These jobs estimates show a steady job recovery and more continuous job growth compared to previously published estimates for 2011 and 2012."

The revised unemployment numbers, drawn from newly revised data, show that the unemployment rate for every month of 2012 was between 6.6% and 6.8% and there was very little change from month-to-month.

In January 2013, the Massachusetts unemployment rate was 6.7%. According to the BLS, 19,300 private sector jobs were created while government jobs declined by 3,200. Thus, the Commonwealth added 16,100 jobs in the first month of 2013.

2011-2012 Benchmark Job Growth Revisions by Sector
Education and Health Services: Previous estimates showed jobs in Education and Health Services increased by 300 in 2011 followed by a gain of 7,300 jobs in 2012. Revised estimates show Education and Health Services gained 13,800 jobs in 2011followed by a gain of 13,900 jobs in 2012. 

Construction: Previous estimates showed jobs in Construction decreased by 2,000 in 2011 followed by a gain of 300 jobs in 2012.  Revised estimates show Construction added 5,400 jobs in 2011 followed by a gain of 2,400 jobs in 2012.

Leisure and Hospitality: Previous estimates show jobs in Leisure and Hospitality decreased by 2,200 in 2011 followed by a gain of 6,300 jobs in 2012.  Revised estimates show Leisure and Hospitality gained 7,200 jobs in 2011 followed by a gain of 10,700 jobs in 2012. 

Manufacturing: Previous estimates showed jobs in manufacturing increased by 2,300 in 2011 followed by a decrease of 1,100 jobs in 2012. Revised estimates show Manufacturing lost 1,100 jobs in 2011 followed by a loss of 2,500 jobs in 2012.

Government: Previous estimates showed Government jobs declined by 6,000 in2011 followed by a gain of 900 jobs in 2012. Revised estimates show government lost 3,600 jobsin 2011followed by a gain of 6,200 jobs in 2012.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services: Previous estimates indicated this sector added 9,900 jobs in 2011 and another 22,800 jobs gained in 2012. Revised estimates show 16,200 jobs added in 2011 and another 9,300 jobs gained in 2012.

January 2013 Employment Overview

Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 5,100 (+1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 15,100 (+3.1%) jobs with gains across all components.

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 2,400 (+0.4%)jobs over the month with gains across all components. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 6,500 (+1.2%) jobs; Retail Trade added 3,600 (+1%) jobs; Transportation added 2,600 (+3.1%) jobs; and Wholesale Trade added 300 (+0.2%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality added 3,300 (+1%) jobs over the month due to gains in both components. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 10,700 (+3.3%) jobs.

Construction added 2,400 (+2.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction added3,700 (+3.2%) jobs.

Other Services added 1,300 (+1.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services added 2,700 (+2.2%) jobs.

Information added 700 (0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 2,300 (+2.7%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 100 (+0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 500 (+0.2%) jobs; Finance and Insurance lost 300 (-0.2%) jobs; Real Estate, Rental and Leasing added 800 (+2%) jobs.

Education and Health Services gained 1,900 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 14,300 (+2.1%) jobs.

Manufacturing gained 2,100 jobs (+0.8%) over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 1,500 (-0.6%) jobs.

Mining and Logging gained no (0.0%) jobs. Over the year, Mining and Logging lost 200 (-18.2%) jobs.

Government lost 3,200 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Local Government lost 1,400 (-0.5%) jobs, State Government lost 1,600 jobs (-1.3%) and Federal Government lost 200 (-0.4%) jobs. Over the year, Government gained 3,000 (+0.7%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview
The January 2013 estimates show 3,251,000 Massachusetts residents were employed and 232,900 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,483,900. The January labor force increased by 2,100 from 3,481,800 in December, as 2,800 more residents were employed and 600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force was 7,400 above last year's level, with 9,400 more residents employed and 2,000 fewer residents unemployed.  

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers.As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CESState and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.
Local area unemployment statistics for January 2013 will be released on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The preliminary February 2013 and revised January 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, March 21, 2013.  See Media Advisory for a complete list of release dates.
Detailed labor market information is available

MassBudget: Early Education & Care in Massachusetts

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Early Education & Care in Massachusetts

When MassBudget first unveiled our Children's Budget two weeks ago, we described the many opportunities it provides to see what we do through our state government to help children thrive. That includes descriptions and funding information for over 150 different programs across the state budget.

Our new brief, "Nurturing Kids, Supporting Families: Early Education & Care in the Massachusetts State Budget," builds on the resources in the Children's Budget to assess one key facet of our effort to support kids: Early Education & Care.

Decades of research have shown that quality Early Education & Care can help prepare children for success in school and in life--while also giving parents the flexibility they need to find and keep jobs. "Nurturing Kids, Supporting Families" analyzes the investments Massachusetts is making in that area, including child care for low-income families and vulnerable children, efforts to improve the quality of child care and pre-school programs, and the infrastructure necessary to make these possible.

"Nurturing Kids, Supporting Families" is the latest in a series of MassBudget reports on Early Education & Care in Massachusetts, including:

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Friends of the SNETT Trail Summit - Cancelled for Friday March 8, 2013

Hi everyone,
Due to the weather(…again), we are canceling the Friends of the SNETT Trail Summit (…again).  We've seen conflicting weather reports and decided it was best for everyone to not have to travel should the worst of the predictions come true.
Even though the third time is a charm, as the saying goes, we decided not to reschedule a third Trail Summit.  Instead, we are going to post a  "Virtual Trail Summit 3.0"  on our Friends of the SNETT ( website.  The same information in an easy-to-read online format, but without the snow.  We are hoping to have Trail Summit 3.0 available by the end of next week and will keep you posted.   While we are disappointed that we will not be meeting with our legislators and DCR to talk about the SNETT,  we look forward to gathering with them at other Friends of the SNETT events.  We have several exciting activities planned for National Trails Day on June 1, 2013 that will show our communities' commitment the SNETT.      We would like to thank the Town of Blackstone for offering the use of their Town Hall for the Summit and to everyone that was going to donate food, drinks, and paper goods.  Thanks to the Town of Franklin for giving us the name tags, folders and labels.  We appreciate the efforts of the video crew, who put together a visual tour of the SNETT (which will be available on the website).  And, thank you to our speakers—Senator Moore and Representative Roy, Becky Kalagher (BSTRA) and Conrad Crawford—for being willing to speak twice about the trail.    Finally, we would like end with the beautiful cake that Kathy Wicks had made for the February Summit and then, with foresight, decided not to order again for the March Summit.  I hear it tasted as good as it looked!

SNETT cake

Have a good weekend and get outside on the SNETT—it's great for snowshoeing!

Stacey, Jean and Charlie

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Franklin Public Schools: Afternoon/Evening Activities



Please be advised all school buildings will close at 4:00 this afternoon. All afterschool and evening activities are canceled. All athletic programs and tournament games are canceled. This includes all special events, private music lessons and rehearsals.

Due to the logistical challenge of parents/guardians who may commute long distances to work and for those who may not have childcare  arranged, we are not planning to have a shortened school day. Dismissal will be at the regular time.

The Solutions program will remain open until 6:00 p.m.
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Town Council Meeting - 03/06/13

The collection of posts by agenda section for the Town Council meeting Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013 can be found below.

Police Chief Stephan Semerjian presented an overview of the Police Dept spiced with some historical photos. He committed to sending the presentation copy to me so I can share it here.

The refinancing costs for the high school building project can be reduced by over $1,000 per homeowner. There are two years early in the life of the bond where the cost for the year is higher than initially projected but then the remaining years are all lower. This is with a project rate of 3.65% and the bonds may actually be able to be financed for less than that resulting in a further reduction overall. The Town Council was in consensus on this non-voting item. We'll get an update later this year as the bond deal is finalized.

The solid waste (trash and recycling rate) will increase from $204 to $212 for the next fiscal year (beginning in July). While this is an increase, the overall cost is still lower (with the increase) than with the previous system. The totters are paid off, the system is working well, trash collection is down and recycling is up.

The Town Council approved the second power purchase agreement for the solar energy 'farm' being put up on the Mount St Mary's property this year. This is the second of the two agreements signed. The combined worth of the two agreements is $6M over twenty years. This amount comes from the cost savings for the electricity purchased as well as the increased property taxes being collected.

The Public Library has a Facebook Page and a Twitter account! Yes, the Town is continuing to explore the use of these social media tools to help share information with Franklin residents.

You can find the Library on Facebook here

and on Twitter here

The agenda and documentation as published by Franklin can be found here

Spring Garden Celebration!


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Spring is just around the corner, and as Saint Patrick's Day approaches, so too does our first major garden event of the year.

Spring Garden Celebration 2013
@ King Street Memorial Community Garden

On Sunday March 17th, from 9am until Noon we'll be in the garden hosting some special events to kick off the growing season!

- Raised Bed Construction Demonstration - We'll be building four new raised beds in the garden.  Come along to lend a hand and learn what you need to build one of your own for home.

- Seed Exchange - Bring your excess seeds and exchange them with other gardeners for those you need.

- Winter Sowing - Learn how to create your own mini-greenhouse out of a milk jug to give your seeds a head start on the season.

- Pea Planting - We'll be running a pea planting demonstration in the Food Pantry bed. Yes, you can plant seeds in March!

The Franklin Community Garden Committee has been hard at work preparing for the garden's third season as we work to add new beds, and bring in new members from the wait list.  We're looking for some new committee members to help us to continue this great community project. 

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If you are interested in becoming a committee member please contact us via the gardenmail link on the sidebar for additional information.

See You At The Garden!

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"Anytime we can save the taxpayers money, I would be in favor of it"

In the Milford Daily News recap of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, they report on only one agenda item, the proposed refinancing of the high school building project.
Homeowners residing in a property assessed at $353,000 will see a $71 increase on their tax bills in fiscal year 2014 — up from $45 in the prior plan — and a $212 increase in fiscal 2015, up from $85. They will pay $212 again in fiscal 2016, down from $216, and the same amount every year after that until the town covers its debt. 
The preliminary payment method had residents paying an additional $260 in 2017. 
With the plan Nutting presented on Wednesday, taxpayers would over the life of the project pay a total of $5,440, rather than $6,612. 
"I’m very comfortable from where we’re sitting right now," said School Building Committee Chairman Tom Mercer, speaking remotely from China. "Although we have that ... spike, this is really a no brainer; it just saves everybody money."

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For the full report on the entire agenda of the Town Council meeting, you can visit this link

Poetry Goes to Hollywood

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If you didn't get enough poetry from this year's Oscar winning films, take a look at this partial list we've compiled of poems in cinema, including:

Alone by Maya Angelou

   from Poetic Justice
by W. H. Auden
   from Before Sunrise
One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
   from In Her Shoes
The Tyger by William Blake
   from Blade Runner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
   from Citizen Kane
by Robert Frost
   from The Outsiders
To an Athlete, Dying Young by A. E. Housman
   from Out of Africa
   from Dangerous Minds
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
   from Dead Poets Society

Poem as Screenplay: Six Video Collaborations
Poets have long been interested in the cinematic. Here are six video adaptations by filmmakers inspired by poems and the poets who wrote them, including Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Academy Chancellor Anne Waldman, and others.

What is the relationship between verse and the moving image? In this new lesson plan students focus on how poetry and film connect, and create their own screenplay in which poetry plays the leading role. The lesson includes poems by Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Bishop, Walt Whitman, and others.
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