Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Bedford Folk Fest - this weekend

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

262 Chestnut St

Franklin, MA
Phone: 508 528 2541

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This Saturday and Sunday don't miss the New Bedford Folk Festival. Now with two air conditioned stages including the Zeiterion Theater. John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Lori McKenna, Cheryl Wheeler, Antje Duvekot, The Kennedys, The Grand Slambovians and many, many more. Make sure you check out the Music page.

At Circle of Friends we are looking forward to another fabulous season beginning with Chris Smither on Sep 28th. Be warned that Chris and the following Red Molly concert are sure to sell out.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

PLAY Sat Sep 28 13, 08:00 PM
Chris Smither
Tickets: $30
PLAY Sat Oct 19 13, 08:00 PM
Red Molly, Layah Jane
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Nov 09 13, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier, Liz Longley
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Nov 23 13, 08:00 PM
The Kennedys, The Boxcar Lilies
Tickets: $20
  Sat Dec 14 13, 08:00 PM
Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy
Tickets: $25
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MassBudget: The Legislature's budget proposal for FY 2014

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The Legislature's Budget Proposal
Yesterday (July 1), the House and Senate approved a budget proposal for FY 2014. Though the Governor may veto parts of it, this joint budget includes most of the provisions that will make up the state budget for the coming year.

Our new Budget Monitor shows how the proposal would affect core programs across the budget, from Health Care and Education to Youth Employment and the Environment--including information on revenue. Some of the more significant elements include:

  • State-wide investments to fix and repair our transportation system

  • Roughly $100 million in additional funding for higher education, including UMass, state universities, and community colleges

  • A variety of increases in public health programs that support family planning and protect consumers

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Lapels in Franklin Holds Ribbon Cutting

United Chamber of Commerce


The United Regional Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon cutting event on June 27 to celebrate the grand opening of Lapels Dry Cleaning, 456 West Central St. in Franklin. Lapels offers environmentally friendly dry cleaning services from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Lapels also offers a 24-hour drop box as well as car-hop service.

Lapels Ribbon Cutting

Pictured at the ribbon cutting (L to R) are: Ralph Arguin of Country Gardens, Elaine Blais, Timothy Curley of State Rep. Jeffrey Roy's office, Susan Siraco of State Rep. Jeffrey Roy's office, Celeste Sunderland, Eric Gasbarro, Lapels Owner Pam Sunderland, Gil Blais, Ron Sunderland, Stacey Sunderland, Andy Frappier and United Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jack Lank.

Visit Lapels - Franklin online here

Rep Roy: Office hours

Representative Roy Announces Office Hours

Boston, MA -- State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway and Franklin for the Month of July on the following days: 
Franklin – July 20th, 10:00-11:00AM, Franklin Public Library – 18 Main Street Franklin, MA 
Medway – July 27th, 10:00-11:00AM, Gaetano's Bakery – 74 Main Street Medway, MA 
Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him. 
Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention.  Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you. 
He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, or email him at

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Franklin Matters' 4th of July

Stepping back into the time capsule to see what has been posted here each of the years that Franklin Matters has been around I find:

2012 - "We, the people"

2011 - Family tradition

2010 - Links of Interest on the 4th of July

2009 - Happy 4th of July

2008 - no posting on the 4th, however you can cruise among the archives for the month here:

2007 - Franklin Matters was 'born' during the year as I was posting on my personal blog and didn't become real until November 2007 when this site came into effective.

Let me remind you that

  • If you like what I am doing here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don’t like something, please tell me

Thank you for reading. Enjoy your holiday week!

Franklin's Fireworks - 2012 edition

In lieu of the laser light show replacing the usual 4th of July fireworks, you can step back to last year where I recorded the last 14 minutes of Franklin's fireworks!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On this day - Gettysburg - July 3, 1863

150 years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1 - 3. Pickett's Charge is arguably the critical point of the 3 day fight that allowed the North to turn back the South.

Gettysburg: Confederate view
Southern view of Cemetery Ridge before Pickett's Charge
My wife and I visited Gettysburg in 2008 and captured these photos on the visit.

For more about the battle

Gettysburg: Cemetary 1
Gettysburg Cemetery
The remains of 159 MA soldiers are marked in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln gave the historic Gettysburg Address.

You can find the text of the Gettysburg Address on the Civil War memorial along the main street side of the Town Common.

Franklin: Civil War Memorial
Franklin - Civil War  Memorial

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Civil War Memorial - Franklin, MA - Town Common
Have a safe an enjoyable 4th of July!

FYI - Gettysburg is just one of the many sites to be explored on the National Park Service website as mentioned on the Dean College Library blog
to mark the 150th anniversary of this battleground, the National Park Service (NPS) is giving Gettysburg National Military Park the royal treatment this summer.  From programming for all ages, to remembrance ceremonies of all sorts, there will be an event to meet every need.  Just check out theNational Park Service website for details.

Preparing for Franklin's 4th of July (part 3)

The last set of photos from the Town Common on the show rides set up for the 4th of July celebration.

Toy Story themed funhouse

polar express round she goes

cars spinning and swirling

twisted every which way

The theme for the collection of rides is to scare kids, or get their stomachs turning every which way. Hopefully, the kids will learn from one time when they do this that it is not a pleasant feeling.

What is the full schedule for the 4th of July?

Franklin Library: Closed on July 4th

closed on 4th July, open Fri, Sat
Franklin Library - closed for the 4th

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Survey Says: No to Mayor

The survey question was posted:
"Would you be in favor of further amending the Franklin Home Rule Charter to provide for the election of a mayor to govern the city known as the town of Franklin?"

There were 44 responses and the vote was decidedly No = 27, Yes = 17

While was a survey question here, the Franklin voters will see this on the November ballot. What will happen between now and then will help to determine the fate of the question.

Those for the exploration of changing to a mayoral form of government would need to outline the proposal more distinctly. There are different forms of mayoral government, would saying "Yes" mean one of those in particular (no). It should really mean that the Town Council would then start the process of setting up a Charter Commission to determine what the change would be like. Ultimately, nothing would happen right away. It would still be sometime off before a fine tuned proposal would come back to the voters.

Want to know more about the forms of municipal government?

1 - You can visit the National League of Cities site here

(Note, we already operate legally as a city with a council and manager - coincidentally this is the most popular form of government. )

2 - wikipedia has a worthy entry

3 - Strong Mayor Council Institute has some good information

For other survey or quick poll questions that Franklin Matters has conducted over the years, you can visit the collection here

Franklin's Drinking Water

The 2012 Drinking Water Report has been published and should have arrived in your regular mail from the US Post Office. It provides an annual summary of the water quality and usage. Franklin is a ground water community. All our water comes from aquifers under ground. Out of sight, out of mind  but very important. Hence, the EPA is watching to treat the storm water runoff before it gets into the Charles.

There is whole lot of fine print in the annual report. It is worth spending a few minutes to read. One section on fluoride reports:
Fluoride occurs naturally in all water supplies in tract amounts. In many Massachusetts communities the fluoride level is adjusted to about one part per million (ppm or mg/l) so that it is optimal for better oral health. At this level it is safe, odorless, colorless, and tasteless. There are now over 3.9 million people in 140 Massachusetts communities and 184 million people in the United State who receive the health and economic benefits of fluoridation.
Worthy of note: in the water process flow shown above this paragraph on the Drinking Water Report, it states that fluoride is added to Franklin's water. In the paragraph itself, it implies but does not explicitly state that fact. Since MA has 351 communities, only about one third actually add fluoride. This is significantly less than the US as a whole which has approx. two thirds of the population getting fluoride. (184 million out of 313 million)

As a ground water community, one or more of the wells will turn up a bad test once in a while requiring a notification like the following:

As a ground water community, this is the major reason why the DEP which issues the permit for Franklin to draw from its wells, imposes the water conservation measures each year. We have the capacity to pump what we need to. The DEP fears we would draw down the aquifer more than we should, hence the restrictions.

annual water conservation for Franklin
annual water conservation for Franklin

The annual drinking water report can also be found on the official Franklin webpage

Preparing for Franklin's 4th of July (part 2)

While I was around on Sunday to take some photos of those show rides not yet set up, I did catch those there were set up on the Town Common. Such as

the slide




Seems like there will be rides that the kids will like! What is the schedule for the 4th of July?

Big News from Franklin Yoga & Wellness

Not sure if you are or have ever been a yoga enthusiast, but I thought you may want to get the word out about Franklin Yoga & Wellness. The new owner is the yoga teacher that I have been studying with for many years. Betsy Barry is a Franklin resident and has been teaching yoga for at least a 9 years. She is the most amazing and talented teacher I have met. Her directions are so precise and her attention to detail is so precise that every yoga position is done with the best possible form, realizing that pain or injury is not to be part of a regular healthy yoga practice!
Thank you
Jane Curran

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Exciting News
from Franklin Yoga & Wellness
Look What Has Sprouted
Dear Jane,

Welcome Summer!! In this time of sunny days spent outside, lazy afternoons with toes in the sand and cool evening walks we enjoy the abundance of nature and delight in continual discovery in our gardens. The summer sun restores and transforms, inviting new growth. So here is what we have been sprouting:

Welcome to Franklin Yoga's new owner and director, Betsy Barry!

Finally! The big day has arrived....

Commencement seems to be my theme this spring and summer with one son graduating from college and the other from high school. Endings and beginnings are partners. You can't have one without the other. So, sadly and most joyfully, Guruatma and I are handing Franklin Yoga and Wellness over to our dear friend and long-time teacher, Betsy Barry. She is stepping in as the excited new owner and director and is thrilled to cultivate new growth for all of our amazing and dedicated students.

Guruatma and I are beyond grateful for all of the relationships, memories, and all the blessings we received from our 9 year  stewardship of Franklin Yoga. To all of you, "THANK YOU from the depths of our hearts!"

Be sure to stop in and give Betsy a big welcome hug!

As always, wishing you blessings of love and joy!

Kaye Michelle (Khalsa)

Rooting & Rising: New Classes Coming Soon
Throughout the summer and into the fall we will be adding new classes to support your growth. We remain committed to helping our students cultivate roots that grow strong and deep. Our goal is that all students rise to new heights in their physical and emotional development with the support of our talented teachers. Please let us know what we should be planting in order for you to thrive.
Be sure to check the website for new growth and offerings each week:
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this week only for the 4th of July Holiday 
Guruatma, Denise & Pam deserve a break today - don't cha' think? 
There will be NO
9:30 am Kundalini Yoga or 6 pm Gentle Yoga
 on Thursday and NO
9:30 am Divine Moves on Friday.  

CLASS ON THURSDAY  8:00 - 9:15 am
Help Betsy celebrate this exciting new change!!
Join her for a sparkling  Vinyasa Flow class which will ignite your Independence Day!
Join us at Franklin Yoga anytime you like all summer long for the low price of $189!

 Fire up your practice this summer and burn brightly as you embrace a new you. 

We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!!
We are excited to share these new and exciting changes with you, our valued clients and friends.  Please continue to let us know how best to meet your health and wellness needs.

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1256 West Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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