Saturday, April 13, 2013

Franklin Library: April Vacation Week Programs

April Vacation Week Programs

LegoChallenge from Tuesday, April 16th through Saturday, April 20th

Organized by Eagle Scott, Kyle Perry, this challenge will be on all week long. All ages
are welcome to stop by the Library's Reading Room to see what types of creations you
can build with Legos! Please check the Library website for further details.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Family Storytime for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Join us for thirty minutes of stories and music the whole family will enjoy. All ages are
welcome and no registration is required.

'Spring Forward' with Jamie Barrett at 4:00 P.M.
An afternoon music concert by a Franklin favorite that will be fun for everyone. All ages
are welcome and no registration is required.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Drop-In Craft for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Drop-in and see what crafts you can make from a variety of choices. This is for all ages
and no registration is required.

Spring Carnival for all ages at 3:30 P.M.
Come out to celebrate the arrival of spring at our Library Carnival featuring games,
prizes, music, and refreshments. No registration is required to join in the fun.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Wally the Green Monster for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Come and hear a Red Sox story, meet with Wally, and get your picture taken with him.
Get in the spirit for baseball season…Go Sox!

Zentangle®for tweens and teens at 4:00 P.M.
You don't need to be an artist to make this beautiful doodle art. Come and learn the
basics of the Zentangle method and leave with a masterpiece!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Family Movie for all ages at 10:00 A.M.
Have a few laughs while you enjoy the latest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid
movie series, "Dog Days".

Franklin Public Library - 118 Main Street Franklin MA 02038 - 508.520.4940

Legislators and Aides Visit Cotting School

Cotting School visit
Cotting School visit

44 Legislators and Aides Visit Cotting School
On April 8, 2013, Representative Jeffrey Roy met with constituent and Curriculum Specialist and Director of Middle School Ann Buckely of Medway, during "Invite Your Legislator to Cotting School Day: A View Inside a Special Education School.'" Representative Roy joined 43 other legislators and aides from New Hampshire and Massachusetts for classroom visits and a tour of Cotting School in Lexington MA, which serves students with a broad spectrum of learning disabilities, communication impairments, physical challenges, and complex medical conditions.
 Photo caption: Left to right: Ann Buckley, Director of Middle School, Thomas B. of Hopkinton, Cotting student, Representative Jeffrey Roy, Dan S. of Tyngsborough, student, and Patricia Sicard of Tyngsborough, parent.

For more about the Cotting School visit their webpage

In the News: mission to Kenya, celebrate the seasons, commits to Babson

Franklin officer to go on mission to Kenya

As a school resource officer, Eric Cusson regularly deals with kids who have an aversion to sitting quietly in class, who want nothing more than to get the heck out of school.

Partnership celebrates the seasons

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates for its well-attended yearly events.

On the sports side, HockomockSports reports:

Franklin's Bohmiller Commits to Babson

Franklin point guard Sam Bohmiller announced tonight via Twitter that he will be taking his talents to Wellseley next year, pursuing a college basketball career at Babson College. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

MassBudget: Analyzing the House Ways & Means Budget

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Analyzing the House Ways & Means Budget
On Wednesday, the House Ways & Means Committee released its budget proposal for FY 2014--its blueprint for what we should do together through state government over the coming year.

Our new Budget Monitor describes how the proposal would affect core programs, from Health Care and Education to Youth Employment and the Environment--including information on how it would raise the necessary revenue. It also compares the new proposal with prior years and the Governor's earlier proposal.

The House Ways & Means budget includes some limited new funding for Higher Education, Local Aid, and Transportation, but it doesn't include the broader investments that the Governor had proposed to improve the long-term economic prospects of our Commonwealth by strengthening our pre-K and K-12 education systems.

  • While the Governor's plan would greatly expand access to high-quality Early Education & Care programs, the House Ways & Means budget actually cuts funding for those programs.

  • To support his broader investments in our schools, our transportation systems, and our economic future, the Governor proposed a revenue plan that would ultimately raise $1.9 billion per year. The House Ways & Means plan includes much less new tax revenue, roughly $500 million.


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Reminder: Trash pick ups delayed one day

Patriots' Day is observed April 15th trash and recycling will be delayed a day for the week.

If your normal pick up day is Friday, it will be picked up Saturday.
Large item pick up will stay the same for Thursday.

Franklin, MA: new twin bins
trash bins or totters

In the News: casino regulations, FHS track teams

Gaming commission may tweak regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) may adjust its protocol and allow host communities to decide on a casino agreement before it finishes vetting the applicants.

Franklin boys, girls sweep Milford on track

The Panther boys and girls squads both got their first wins of the year with clean sweeps of an extremely undermanned Milford squad. Franklin’s boys won their meet 91-44 while the girls’ had a bit more of tough time, coming up with an 86-50 win.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"this will revive it"

The Milford Daily News has an article on the new sculpture park being built at the old town pool.
The park’s grand opening will take place in the fall, Kabat said. Depending on available space, the center would like to display between 10 and 15 sculptures, rotating new ones in whenever possible. 
"Some of the sculptures will have containment areas, and some we are going to hide in the trees," said Kabat, adding that the center will accept art from students and professional artists. 
After the park is established, Kabat said he would like to hold art classes there, through the center and the new high school. 
The Department of Public Works has to install fences and create paths, Nutting said. He noted that the park will be handicap-accessible.

Read more:

the old town pool
To contribute to the sculpture park, or buy a brick, you can visit this page

"Understanding behaviors"

The Alzheimer's Association will be at the Senior Center on Wed, April 24th to make a presentation on "Understanding Behaviors".


for additional information on this and other programs at the Senior Center, you can check their page on the Franklin website

or subscribe to their newsletter (PDF)

Baseball: Franklin 10, Attleboro 1

Offensive Outbursts Help Franklin Past Attleboro

ATTLEBORO - Hot bats and a solid performance by Brendan Kuzio gave Franklin a big 10-1 win on Wednesday against the previously undefeated Attleboro.

Franklin Library: Wally the Green Monster

Wally the Green Monster

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Downtown Partnership - Event Listing for 2013

Franklin Downtown Partnership Sets 2013 Events

The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces the dates of its exciting events and festivals for 2013, including the Strawberry Stroll, the ever-popular Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership also has scheduled its General Meetings and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what's happening in and around Franklin.
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

Downtown Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. The FDP will join the Franklin Garden Club to spruce up the downtown center for spring and summer. Volunteers will plant more than 1,200 flowers, and community service hours will be available for students. Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Winter Decorating Day will be Sunday, November 24th.

The Strawberry Stroll will be Thursday, June 13th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Partnership plans its famous strawberry shortcakes, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors for this popular event. For more information please contact event Co-Chairs Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at

This year's annual Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each year this popular fair draws more than 6,000 visitors. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June.

The Holiday Stroll will be Thursday, December 5th, at 4:00 p.m. A tree lighting, carolers, a visit from Santa, refreshments and shopping specials will kick off the holiday season. Roberta Trahan and Gregg Chalk will be the co-chairs for this festive event.

The Partnership will hold General Meetings on May 2nd, September 5th and November 7th. All business owners and residents are invited to learn more about the Partnership's efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. The Thursday meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center.

1st Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament

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Italian Wednesdays & Comedy Night at 3!

Italian Wednesdays,
Comedy Night
April 26 & May 31 at 3!
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In the News: Tri-County, Senate race

Tri-County students participate in clinical visits

Sophomores enrolled in the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Medical Careers program are halfway through their experiential clinical learning at the Wrentham Developmental Center, a state-run, residential facility for developmentally disabled adults in Wrentham.

Follow our Senate race Twitter account

To get news about the U.S. Senate special election - including links to WickedLocal stories, news links and candidate statements - follow the Twitter account we have set up for the race at

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Safe prescription drug disposal

If you have prescription drugs that you are no longer taking, why leave them in your cabinet?

What should you do to dispose of them properly?
Drop them in the trash? NoFlush them down the toilet or drain? No
Bring them to the safe disposal drop box at the Franklin Police Station.

911 Panther Way, Franklin, MA

The kiosk is located just inside the front door.

  1. Open the handle 
  2. deposit your prescription containers 
  3. close the handle

As easy as 1, 2, 3!


Coincidentally, the newspaper has this article today:

Drug drop-off day is April 27

Local police departments will once again join forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration to get rid of residents' unused prescription medicine when the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held Saturday, April 27.

Note the DEA site does not list Franklin but the kiosk is at the Police Headquarters!

Rail Trail Committee - Meeting - Apr 9, 2013

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee will have a meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the YMCA in Franklin.  The meeting will start at 7:30.  At this meeting will will discuss the final details for the 3rd Annual Road Race (May 11), future outreach programs, and our upcoming presentation at the Franklin Town Council meeting. 
Also, registration for the 5k Run / 1m Walk can be found at

Southern New England Trunkline Trail: SNETT
SNETT Trail Head, Grove St, Franklin, MA

The agenda for the meeting

You can also download and print the trace application from here

Ready to Run Program at Team Fitness Franklin

Ready to Run Program at Team Fitness Franklin

A number of you have expressed interest in the 5K training program and we're getting ready to kick it off in early May, with a target of the "Finish at the 50" -5K to be held at Patriot Place on July 3rd. What an amazing experience it will be to run in Gillette!


Jenn Champion Goebel, Certified Personal Trainer and experienced runner, will run the program. It is open to both members and non-members of any age and fitness level. In 8 weeks you'll go from "just thinking about it" to the starting line of your first event.

For $295 (less than $19/session!) you will receive: 
  • a week-by-week plan to get you running 3 miles or 30 minutes non-stop; 
  • 1 running workout per week, scaled to your ability; 
  • 1 conditioning session per week, focusing on injury prevention and flexibility; 
  • one-on-one feedback to help you achieve your goals; 
  • advice on everything from diet and hydration to race day strategy and recovery tactics; 
  • registration in the "Finish at the 50" -5K to be held on July 3rd; 
  • and a team t-shirt.
We'll have two groups:

  • Running workouts on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Franklin HS track
  • Conditioning workouts on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Conditioning workouts on Mondays from 7:30-8:30 PM
  • Running workouts on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Franklin HS track

Groups are limited to 5-10 participants, and will start the week of May 6th. 

If you have any questions or would like to register, please email

**The registration deadline is April 22nd, so don't delay!** 

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FHS Coach Kristin Igoe interviews FHS girls lacrosse Coach Kristin Igoe

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In the News: Price is Right, Falk's Market

Franklin woman appears on Price Is Right

The typical bucket list entries look something like this: seeing all of Europe, skydiving, swimming with dolphins or maybe great white sharks. Not always, though. Take, for instance, Kimberly Howley’s dream to-do list. On it, the number one item was to catch a live taping of "The Price Is Right."

End of an era in Plainville: Falk's Market comes down

A couple of well-placed nudges against the front of the more than 100-year-old Falk’s Market with the demolition claw of an excavator on Monday morning collapsed the landmark in Plainville center with a loud, resoundingly final crunch of snapped wood.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Construction progress - new FHS

The steel continues to rise at the new Franklin High School. On my walk around Franklin on Saturday, I managed to capture these photos to share here:

From Oak St, main entrance to site
Peeking over the green covered fence was a challenge in the strong breeze Saturday.

The cranes are TALL
Getting closer, the cranes are really tall!

Front corner of new building
The coordination of the construction site is amazing. As a IT project manager I can appreciate the level of detail that must be required to get this job done.

front right corner, closer this time for a new angle view
There will be more steel put in place. Follow the line created from the upright sections and you can connect the dots in your minds eye.

around to the back corner of the right side
Now walking around to the back side of the right. The field house of the existing high school is behind me. That the new building is 3 stories tall is telling!

stairway to the roof
The building is impressive. The back is full across but the front is not yet complete. The front that we see currently is the front side of this back section. There will be an open space and then another section like this will get laid out in front. The open space will be a courtyard open on the first floor and letting light into the interior sections of the second and third floors.

The building will be one to treasure as an educational institution!

Yes, there is a Neighbor Brigade in Franklin

Franklin Neighbor Brigade is a resourceful group of volunteers ready to help when immediate friends and family can’t do it all. We are ready to help families in times of crisis, such as illness, serious injury or tragic events. “Help is next door” is what we look to achieve in connecting with others to help during times of temporary crisis.

How do you reach out to the Neighbor Brigade?

You can contact
Linda Gagnon
Neighbor Brigade Inc.

2013 Solarize Mass Program

Medway to Participate in Massachusetts Solar Incentive Program

MEDWAY –– Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D – Franklin) announced that Medway will participate in the first round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass), a grassroots clean energy marketing, education and group-buying program. Roy is a member of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.

The program – run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) – is designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power, and offers residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar. The more people in a particular community who participate, the greater the savings for everyone in that city or town.

"Medway has made strides towards reducing municipal energy consumption, including becoming a Massachusetts Green Community and installing solar panels on the High School and Middle School," noted Roy.  "The town is committed to creating a green and energy efficient community and this grant will undoubtedly be an asset to making the town's goals a reality."

Solarize Mass is an innovative initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) and the Green Communities Division of the Mass Department of Energy Resources (DOER). It provides a structured program for local residential and commercial property owners to access and install competitively priced small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The program will begin in May and the time period for site assessments and sign ups will run through September 30, 2013.

"This year's program will build on the success of the last two years, saving residents and businesses money while creating local jobs," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan.

"This program brings together residents, local and state officials, and solar industry workers to form a truly grassroots effort," said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. "With everyone at the table, we can spread the word about the economic and environmental benefits of solar power across ten communities."

"This new round of Solarize Mass continues to build on the clean energy leadership we've seen over and over again at the community level," said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. "When neighbors encourage neighbors, it creates local excitement and greater participation. This grassroots commitment is fueling Massachusetts leadership in energy efficiency, clean energy jobs growth, and renewable energy adoption."

Last year, 17 cities and towns participated in Solarize Mass, with 749 residents and businesses signing contracts to install solar electricity systems with the capacity to generate 4.8 megawatts of clean, renewable energy – enough to power the equivalent of 719 average Massachusetts homes annually. During the 2012 Solarize Mass program, participating customers were able to purchase solar electricity systems for 20 percent less than the statewide average price at the beginning of the program. The program last year also created at least 32 new jobs.

Due to state renewable energy incentive programs like Solarize Mass, residential solar electricity prices dropped 28 percent in Massachusetts in 2012, according to a report issued by the Solar Energy Industries Association in March 2013. This was the second biggest drop in the nation last year.

Massachusetts set a goal of achieving 250 megawatts of solar PV by 2017. As a result of the Solarize Mass program and other incentives, the state is close to reaching its goal – with 220 megawatts of solar electricity installed to date, the equivalent of powering 33,000 homes for a year.

For additional information on the Solarize Mass program visit this webpage

Rep Jeffrey Roy's profile page on can be found here

Fenway 1912 author at Library

If opening day is not enough for you, you might be interested in meeting author Glenn Stout at the Franklin Library Monday, Apr 8th at 6:30 PM. He'll talk about his book "Fenway 1912"

library: Glenn Stout
Library: Glenn Stout

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Franklin Sculpture Park - imagine the future

I took a walk around the location of the old town pool on Panther Way on Saturday. The photos in this sequence will take us as we approach on Panther Way and then walk around the pool counter clockwise.

storm water catch basin

You can see the Police Station in the distance beyond the storm water catch basins. These were added to remove phosphorus from the storm water before it gets into Mine Brook.

trees and shrubs have overgrown the pool
Nature has taken over the pool area.

pool wall
Benches are planed to be placed along the wide wall area.

opposite end of the pool
Another pond shaped like a check mark feeds into the old pool area. (See map detail below)

water control

A water control point along the wall

pool overgrown by nature

At the back of the old pool looking towards Panther Way. The police station is to the right.

View Larger Map

You can navigate within this map pinned to the Police Station to see the water flow from the pond to the pool and eventually across RT 140 to Mine Brook.

For more information about the sculpture park, please visit the Franklin Art Center page here

You can contribute financially or buy a paving brick to help the cause!