Saturday, September 7, 2013

Franklin Newcomers and Friends to meet on Wednesday, Sep 11

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends meeting will be held Weds, Sep 11 at 3 Restaurant on RT 140. Details can be found in the flyer shown here:

For additional information about the club and its activities, visit their website

Apple Picking Season opens at Fairmount Fruit Farm

Fairmount Fruit Farm
                Apple Season
Dear Stephen,
 The cool nights have given beautiful color to our apples. In the store we currently have Paula Red apples that we have been picking for a couple of weeks and well as Macintosh apples the we have just started picking.
The stand is full of peaches, nectarines as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have a variety of local products and baked goods ranging from local coffee to homemade breads and jams.
   U-pick Apples 
 This Saturday marks the first day we will be open for U-pick which starts at 10 a.m. and will go till 4 p.m. You will be able to take a hayride into to the orchard and pick plenty of perfectly tree ripened apples.
Hayride is included with the purchase of a 1/2 bushel or peck bag.

For more information about picking or the farm stand please visit our website. or Call us at
 Do not forget about the homemade apple fritters!

Fairmount Fruit Farm                    

Fairmount Fruit Farm | 887 Lincoln St. | Franklin | MA | 02038

Franklin Library: Teen Book Club - Sep 25

The next Teen Book Club meeting will be held on Wednesday Sep 25th at 6:30 PM. The book for discussion will be the CS Lewis "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Bottle Can Drive today

FHS boy’s hockey can, bottle drive is Saturday, Sept. 7

The Franklin High School boy’s hockey team will hold its annual can and bottle drive on Saturday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Pirelli Veteran’s Arena, 910 Panther Way, Franklin.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Farmers Market - Town Common - noon to 6:00 PM

Yes, even with school back in session and summer over, the Farmers Market is still open every Friday through October.

farmers market sign downtown

Stop by to get fresh produce!

farmers market on a sunny day

Representative Roy's September Office Hours

Boston, MA -- State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway & Franklin for the Month of September on the following days:

Medway – Saturday September 14th, 10:00-11:00AM, Medway Public Library, Room: Cole A – 26 High Street, Medway, MA

Franklin – Saturday September 28th, 10:00-11:00AM, Franklin Public Library – 118 Main Street Franklin, 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

Pam's Run for Neighbor Brigade

Today marks "One Month Until Pam's Run for Neighbor Brigade"

To sign up to run:

To donate:

Six One Seven Studios September Newsletter

Six One Seven Studios | 430 Franklin Viilage Drive | Box 120 | Franklin | MA | 02038

"1.3 megawatts of energy from a solar farm"

Another solar farm is coming to Franklin. Along with the current installation at Mount St Mary's Abbey, the Tri-County Regional Voc Tech is getting into solar.

Tri-County reached a deal with SunEdison Inc., a global company specializing in solar power, that will save it an estimated $1.8 million on energy costs over the next two decades. 
After the contract expires, it can renew the contract or ask SunEdison to remove the panels.
The installation will be built atop four acres of grounds behind the school, with construction beginning in the spring or summer of 2014. 
Power generated from the ground-mounted panels will account for roughly 85 percent of the school’s overall energy use, according to John Roy, Tri-County’s business administrator.

Read more:

Photos of the solar farm at Mount St Mary's can be found here
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Massachusetts Recovers Millions in Revenue by Reducing Employer Fraud and Worker Misclassification

BOSTON – Thursday, September 5, 2013 – Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein today announced Massachusetts has recovered more than $21 million over an 18-month period in owed revenue recaptured through the collaborative work of the state's Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification (the Joint Task Force). This recovered amount is greater than the sum of all previous years combined as detailed in the Joint Task Force's 2012 Annual Report.

In March 2008, Governor Deval Patrick established the Joint Task Force to restore fairness to the Massachusetts economy by addressing employer fraud and misclassification. Working towards this goal, the Joint Task Force is composed of various state agencies including representatives from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), as well as other executive branch agencies, the Office of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division, the Office of the Treasurer's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

"Thanks to Governor Patrick's leadership, the Joint Task Force continues to successfully work together to confront fraud and abuse among employers, to provide an equal playing field for all businesses to compete in Massachusetts and to protect workers," said Secretary Goldstein. "While each participating agency has the ability to recoup revenue on its own, our collective efforts provide greater enforcement and compliance, yields significantly more in revenue for the Commonwealth and delivers better outcomes for both employees and employers in the state."

Joint Task Force agencies work together to reduce fraud and abuse within the "underground economy," a term often referred to those individuals and businesses that choose to conceal or misrepresent their employee population to avoid one or more of their responsibilities related to wages, payroll taxes, insurance, licensing, safety or other regulatory requirements. Often the employees are mischaracterized as independent contractors or paid in cash to avoid these obligations. The underground economy also encompasses other activities such as tax evasion, payroll fraud, under-the-table work and wage theft.

"The collaborative efforts of the Joint Task Force have worked successfully to bring businesses and individuals into compliance with our state laws," said Attorney General Martha Coakley. "The money recovered this year demonstrates both the scope of the problem and our aggressive response to combat fraud and abuse.  As the state's sole wage enforcement authority, our office will continue to take action to protect workers, stop unlawful business practices and level the playing field for all companies."

The Joint Task Force's 2012 Annual Report describes a breakdown of recovered funds and details noteworthy accomplishments and results achieved between July 2011 and December 2012, the most recent period of available collected data. During this 18-month period, Massachusetts recouped $21.39 million in owed revenue and ensured greater compliance with the state's labor, licensing and tax laws.

Among notable accomplishments was the collection and disbursement of $1.17 million in unreported wages by subcontractors on the Marriott Copley Place, Boston (Host Hotels) renovation project, following a multi-month Joint Task Force investigation that began in the fall of 2011. Joint Task Force agencies also identified sub-minimum wage payments to workers; employers without workers' compensation insurance policies; misclassification of workers; and unpaid Unemployment Insurance taxes by contractors and subcontractors working on this renovation project.

"The Joint Task Force is an excellent example of good government at its best and is validated by proven results," said Heather Rowe, Director of the Department of Labor Standards and Interim Director of the Joint Task Force. "Along with our success stories, we are increasing awareness and forging a successful partnership among responsible business owners, labor, advocates, and government to bring fair employment conditions to Massachusetts and stem unfair competitive advantages some individuals seek."

Member agencies of the Task Force also regularly conduct cross agency compliance checks. An example of this cooperative partnership included a joint effort between DUA's Revenue Audit Department, the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Department of Career Services, Department of Industrial Accidents and Department of Labor Standards to track down unpaid taxes, fees and assessments. Over this 18-month period, the state recovered more than $17 million from employers in unpaid unemployment taxes. Of this $17 million, close to $13 million was generated in 2012 alone, nearly double the amount collected in 2011. 

"The work of the Task Force is invaluable in reducing the growth of the underground economy in the state's construction industry," said Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. "Taking on the illegal practices of wage theft, misclassification and tax and insurance fraud creates a more level playing field, which ultimately benefits legitimate employers, tradesmen and women and taxpayers."

"When businesses cheat in the underground economy, it is very tough for good businesses to compete," said Greg Beeman, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. "This, in turn, means fewer legitimate 'above ground' jobs for Massachusetts' workers. In hard hit industries like construction, what Secretary Goldstein and the Task Force are doing to keep a level playing field is an important part of the recovery."

Now in its fifth year, the Joint Task Force is focused on an expanded set of goals and objectives including: 1) Advancing technological capabilities for capturing and tracking referrals; 2) Building upon existing channels of multi-state and federal cooperation and maximizing future potential cooperation; 3) Completing the Task Force research study on employee misclassification and the underground economy in Massachusetts; creating education and outreach material for businesses and workers; 4) Continuing to provide and expand cross-agency training opportunities; expanding Task Force partnerships outside the Executive Branch Agencies; and 5) Working towards implementing objectives to achieve the strategic goals set by EOLWD to increase transparency in government as part of Governor Patrick's MassResults Plan.

To learn more about the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification or to read the Massachusetts Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification 2012 Annual Report, visit

Workers who believe that their rights have been violated and businesses who believe they are at an economic disadvantage because of unscrupulous competitors are strongly urged to call the Attorney General's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or the Joint Task Force Referral Line at (877) 965-2267, email tips to, or visit the Joint Task Force website at to submit complaints. More information about the wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights website at

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sculpture Park update

In my prior visit to the Sculpture Park, I took a video and speculated on what would happen to cover the gap in the bank. Now I know and you can see that they have covered this water way very nicely.

water way covered

water way covered

back side of over grown pool

at the end of the trail

front side of pool

For more info about the Sculpture Park, visit the Franklin Art Center webpage

Contributions to help fund the construction of the park are still welcomed!

Related posts:
If you missed the video, you can view it here

Road Construction: Crescent St

On my weekend walk around Franklin, the sidewalks and base coat for the reconstructed road are almost done. Given the standard practice that Franklin has used, the road will remain like this until spring when the final asphalt coat will be applied.

Crescent St -sidewalk closed

Crescent St - road work

Fallen Hero - PFC Marshall Rollins
Coincidentally, Crescent St is the location of one of the Fallen Heroes signs that was covered here recently. PFC Rollins was in the 4th Marines Division and died from wounds received on Iwo Jima. My father was also in the 4th Marines and was one of the lucky ones to have walked off Iwo Jima.

If you missed the Fallen Heroes series you can find the collection here

Fall into Fitness with Team Fitness & CrossFit Franklin

Team Fitness & CrossFit Franklin

New Fall hours beginning Monday September 9th.
Monday- Thursday 5:00 am- 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am- 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 3:00 pm
This Saturday, September 7, 2013, 
ALL CFF classes will be held 
in the garage room 
(the old box in the back of the 
Team Fitness side).
8 am w/ Rana
10 am w/ MC
NO access to the CFF box on that day. 
You can use the Team Fitness side for your workouts.
The gym will close at 12 noon on this Saturday 9/7.
Thank you for your cooperation!

As always, if there are any questions, feel free to ask at the front desk or call us at: 508-541-8330. We will be sending out more detailed information on the Fall into Fitness weekend wellness event next week!

Yours in Health and Fitness,
The Team at Team Fitness Franklin

Team Fitness Franklin | 100 Franklin Village Drive | Franklin | MA | 02038

Tickets available for Sep 12th Wine Tasting

Hello Everyone, Our wine tasting fundraiser is just about a week away, only $10 per ticket!! This will be a fun night with 100% of all ticket sales and 20% of wine/beer sales going to the pantry. Some great wines will be available to taste and Whole Foods will be providing appetizers!

In order to make this event a success PLEASE buy your tickets and encourage friends, family, co-workers to do the same. Tickets can be bought online through our website  I have attached a flyer for those of you who have break rooms, bulletin boards, etc. where you can post.  The event is also listed on our Facebook page so "like" and "share" away!

(p.s. Next up will be the Paintball fundraiser on Sept. 21st)

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you there!!


Erin Lynch
Director of Development

Franklin Food Pantry
43 West Central Street
Po Box 116, Franklin MA 02038

In the News: positive review, businesses caught

Franklin town administrator gets positive review

Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting, whose contract expired on June 30, received high praise in a recent performance review.

Police: Two Franklin businesses caught selling booze to minors

Ichigo Ichie was one of two businesses caught selling alcohol to a minor during recent police liquor stings, the Japanese restaurant’s second such violation in as many years.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

From Random Smile Project - Rapid Response Alert

Random Smile Project

We have a request for a family of 4 - Mom, Dad, Daughter and Son that recently fled Syria. The son was hurt and is receiving medical treatment in Boston. The family was only able to take one suitcase of belongings with them. Please see below for some suggested items of need:

Sheets and blankets (full or queen)
Pots and Pans
Fry pan
Baking pans
Towels, washcloths
Some bigger items they need
Vacuum cleaner
Gift Cards for Stop and Shop; Target; Gas Cards would be helpful

Please drop this week between 9 - 5pm at Costello Realty at 195 Main Street Franklin up until this Friday September 6, 2013.

Please email so we can anticipate what will be collected if you intend on dropping off anything.

Matt Sousa/Paul Molla
Random Smile Project

Franklin to participate in Mass in Motion Healthy Dining Program

Healthy Futures Franklin

Healthy Futures Franklin is proud to announce its participation in the Mass in Motion Healthy Dining Program, an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Restaurant foods tend to be higher in calories, fat and sodium, and portions are bigger than food prepared at home. But more and more customers are looking for healthier options while dining out. The Mass in Motion Healthy Dining Program works with local restaurants to make healthy food and drink options available to customers. By offering healthy entrees and side dishes, local restaurants are making it easier for Franklin’s customers to make healthy choices.

Mass In Motion
Healthy Futures Franklin will work with local restaurant owners to help them promote smaller portions, fruit and vegetable substitutions, and healthier drink options. Restaurants simply feature healthy menu items they may already offer or make small changes to make existing items healthier. By making these small changes Healthy Dining restaurants can receive free publicity in the community and across the state, increase sales, and attract new customers.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Healthy Dining Program in Franklin, contact Marissa Garofano, Director of Community Wellness at the Hockomock Area YMCA at 774.235. 2737 or

About Healthy Futures Franklin, a Program of the Town of Franklin and the Hockomock Area YMCA
Healthy Futures Franklin, a Mass in Motion initiative, works locally to increase opportunities for Franklin residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. Franklin is among 52 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth that are part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program. Healthy Futures Franklin is working to support the implementation of Complete Street Policies, Safe Routes to School, Community Gardens, Safe Areas to Play and Be Active, and improving school nutrition initiatives that will make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents of Franklin.

About The Hockomock Area YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. For more information about the Hockomock Area YMCA, please visit

What has Dean wrought?

I'll ask your pardon for the pun in advance. It seemed like something too good to pass on. Dean College has had the classic look of brick and wrought iron for years along Main St.

older fencing along Main St

This summer they extended their wrought iron fencing to other sections of the campus to complete the 'look'

new section between dorm and Library

Along Main St

new section along Main St

I think it looks quite good.  What do you think?

In the News: court date finally set

Franklin teen accused of sucker punch to face jury

A trial date has been set for a former Franklin High student accused of slugging a classmate at school, in an assault videotaped and later posted to Twitter.

Related post - April 2012

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FHS - construction photos

When I stopped by the new high school before school opened, I didn't get to go around the building where I had not been able to go before. I had focused on the parking lot opening in the front. With the opening of the parking lots and access road, you can get closer to the building.

the access road from Oak St

more parking available

yellow section is entrance to gym and auditorium

slow down for the pedestrian crossing

up close to the 'practice wall'

framed view of the construction

this corner houses the gymnasium

full view of gymnasium

need to find what this back section houses
this houses the cafeteria

slowing down on King St

In my brief observation on Monday afternoon the signs appear to be slowing traffic down. The sign facing traffic coming from i495/Union St did not have the flashing lights going. Vehicles as they approached were hitting 45 plus MPH and then slowing as they realized what the sign meant. One vehicle slowed quickly and so much, the vehicle behind it started tooting.

The sign facing traffic coming from RT140/Summer St did have the lights blinking and for the most part was also slowing traffic.Traffic in this direction seemed to hit 40 as a max and then slow down.

King St speed sign

I cropped the photo exclude the vehicles and license plates. My survey was purely unofficial.

Guru - Buffet lunch

The Guru Bar and Grill has signs in their windowing announcing a buffet lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Guru Restaurant

Visit their webpage for menu and additional information

FBRTC: Bike Tour Pictures and Upcoming Events

Thank you to to everyone who participated in the Guided Bike Tour of the SNETT. We saw the good, bad, ugly and future ... of the trail that is (although that formation through the streets of Blackstone was not very pretty either!)  Pictures are posted on the FBRTC Facebook page.

Rail Trail Committee
We were pleased to have such a great turn-out for the ride.  A special thanks to Bill Desantis as our guide, Ken Demeo for the shuttle and to all the members who helped plan this event, including: David Labonte, Ed Barth, David Dennison Terri Tomaino, and Dick Tomaino.  Also, thanks Rep. Jeff Roy for this participation in the ride and for his efforts to develop the trail.

We also have some upcoming events that you may be interested in:

Saturday, Sept 28 Autumn Hike/Nature Walk: (in cooperation with the Metacomet Land Trust): Enjoy all the sights, scents and sounds the seasonal changes have to offer on this Saturday morning hike. Family friendly guided activities along approximately. one mile round trip hike. Recognize trees by their scent, bark and leaves; look and listen for signs of wildlife as they prepare for winter. All ages welcome.

Oct 12; Trail Clean-up: Help clean-up and maintain the trail.  We will be working on the Lake to Center Street section.  More details to come.

Thank you again for your interest in the trail effort and for your support of the FBRTC.

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is a volunteer advocacy group dedicated to the development, maintenance, and financial support of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail as a multi-use, universally accessible recreational path.
FBRTC is a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers, a recognized 501(c)(3), and working in partnership with federal, state and local governments, members of the FBRTC are committed to exploring all private, state and federal funding avenues to implement all necessary design plans.              

"they are beautiful and touching and even funny"

The wedding gown exhibit at the Historical Museum is open through Sunday, Sep 8, 2013
Earlier this summer volunteers with the Franklin Historical Commission helped repair wedding dresses for the display. Among them were Colette Ferguson and Connie Lawson, who do most of the work with textiles that go on exhibit at the museum. The volunteers sewed, mended, carefully ironed and dressed mannequins with the gowns, as well as did research in preparation for the exhibit. 
"We have had some challenges with the dresses. We want them to look their best, so ironing is the least amount of preparation we do," said Historical Commission member Mary Olsson. "Our oldest dress from the 1890's is very delicate and has to be handled with extreme care. A few dresses have needed some mending, but most have been kept in very good condition. In some cases the head pieces needed a bit of mending and tulle added to enhance damaged veils."
Read more about the exhibit at the Milford Daily News

Monday, September 2, 2013

talking about the elephant in the room

Do you know the story of the blind men and the elephant? If you want to get a quick refresher on it, this Wikipedia link is quite good.

You can follow the link and then return. I’ll wait for you. How this relates to the ‘elephant in the room’ will be revealed.

What elephant is in the room? The one each of us can see partially (like the blind men). The elephant in the room was raised during the recent parent meeting held at Franklin High School.

What do we know about the allegation? One can put together the timeline as follows:

  • Something occurred between a male teacher and a female student that was inappropriate
  • The incident seems to have occurred some time ago
  • Students were having a conversation about it via Twitter and texting
  • Someone reported the conversation to the School Dept
  • The School Dept immediately took action to suspend the teacher and report to DCF, and Franklin Police
  • The incident become news recently when someone tipped the news media to it, the news media contacted the School Dept, the released their first public announcement on Monday, Aug 26 so parents would be aware before school opened
  • High school teachers were aware the week before, other teachers found out on Monday
  • The DCF and School Dept investigations continue, apparently Franklin Police have no investigation underway (Fox News)
  • There is no estimate on how long the investigations will take to reach a conclusion

Maria Trozzi, the crisis counselor brought in by the School Dept, advised that parents have a conversation with their students about what is appropriate.

How do you start the conversation? 

There are plenty of examples all around us to draw from. Miley Cyrus’ performance at the recent VMA and broadcast via TV might be one to talk about. While much conversation has focused on Miley’s performance, what about Robin’s role?

Another and perhaps easier conversation would be with the recent Dunkin Donuts hot and spicy commercial.

  • If the two people in the car were co-workers, is the conversation appropriate?
  • Does appropriateness change if one were the manager of the other?
  • Does it change, if the two were friends and lovers?

Keep the conversations civil and anger free. Do not end up like one of the versions of the blind men and the elephant where they were fighting each other insistent that their version was true. None of us know what the true story is today. We need to be patient, let the investigation and legal due process run its course.

"it really does make sense to serve that population"

One of the Town Council agenda items for this week's meeting is to add a part time position at the Senior center. Currently, Bob Fahey, the Veterans agent also serves as the outreach coordinator. The new position would allow Bob to focus all his attention to the veterans.
"You could see it over the years," Nutting said, adding, "In 10 years, our senior population has continued to expand … so we are having (to assist) a growing number of seniors and veterans." 
Alves has asked to hire someone to work 19 hours a week. "It will help immensely," said Fahey. "It separates one component of my job so I can place more attention on veteran affairs." 
The person will not only provide outreach to elderly, but also to non-elderly residents.

Read more:

For the documents and full agenda for the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, check this link

Zentangle Class in September at Jane's Frames

Zentangle spoken here logo
Zentangle Class
Dear Steve,
You are invited to attend a Zentangle  class,  on Thursday, September 19th, 6:15-8:15 at Jane's Frames.

Zentangle is a meditative artform that anyone can do!
 No art experience is needed.  

The cost of this 2 hour class is $35.00, it includes the Zentangle kit, so you can continue creating your tangles at home. Please RSVP soon as the class is filling up! When you call or e-mail, I will send you additional information about the class.

 After 14 months of enjoying the relaxing and inspiring process of creating Zen-tangles,  in June, I was fortunate enough to attend a three 1/2 day class, along with over 100 attendees from all over the world. The instructors, 
Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts, are the founders of Zentangle.   I am so pleased to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I now add CZT after my name! 

What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

For more information go to QUICK LINKS

A very Special Thank you goes to my friend Cathy Corcoran, a true Angel on earth, who introduced me to Zentangle over 16 months ago. I have been enjoying this relaxing and inspiring process ever since. It was through Cathy's joy of presenting what she loves, generosity of spirit and inspiration that drew me into the world of tangling. I am forever grateful!

Joyfully and Thankfully Yours,

Jane Curran, CZT
Jane's Frames

Zentangle Class
Relaxing & Eye Opening
Quick Links

Anyhting is possible, one stroke at a time
Zentangle tiles from class
A sample of creations from an Zentangle Class of first time tanglers.

Jane's Frames | 11 East Central Street | Franklin | MA | 02038