Saturday, October 12, 2013

Reminder: Rail Trail Opportunity today!

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee  (FBRTC) is hosting a clean-up day tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 8:30 to noon.  No experience is necessary and tools will be provided.

If you are interested in helping clear and clean-up this great asset in your backyard, we will be meeting at the Lake Street parking area in Bellingham.  You can bring your own tools if you would like, but please no power tools.

“There is no typical hungry person"

“Hunger is a very real, chronic condition in our state,” Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, said in a statement announcing the distribution of funds. 
“There is no typical hungry person. And we know that it takes more than one solution to solve a problem as complex, and yet as personal, as hunger. Each of the organizations we funded provides a critical role in helping to solve hunger in the community.” 
Project Bread runs and supports programs that connect community farms to local food pantries; screen families for hunger within health centers; and make it possible for people in need to pick up food with dignity.

Read more:

For more about Project Bread visit their webpage

To contribute to the Franklin Food Pantry, you can do so securely via their webpage

Friday, October 11, 2013

Franklin Sculpture Park (updated video)

When I visited on Tuesday to grab some photos of the first two pieces located at the Sculpture Park, I also shot this about 4:00 minute video.

Stop by to see the "emerging art" from the "emerging forest"!


Prior visits to the Sculpture Park recorded these photos and videos

Sassafras in color

Colors of this season are becoming more abundant.

This sassafras tree is showing the range of colors it has.

If you have a good photo of the fall foliage and want to share it here, please send it along and you'll be listed with the photo credit.

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

The Farmers Market is open every Friday through the end of October.

farmers market sign downtown

Stop by to get fresh produce!

farmers market on a sunny day

Library: Doggie Tales

The Franklin Library program scheduled for weds Oct 16th is going to the dogs. Yup, doggie tales. Reading to your dog.

Franklin Public Library
doggie tales

The details in the flyer seem to indicate this will be a series of events in the program "Doggie Tales". You'll get to meet the dogs and their handlers from Pawsitive Touch.

This was re-posted from the Franklin Library webpage

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"contrary to the theory of 'smart growth'"

The Milford Daily News updates the vote that the Planning Board needed to do over due to some procedural issue violations with the original vote.
Upon second look, the Planning Board on Monday voted not to endorse zoning legislation allowing a specific development on the Cook’s Farm property. 
The five zoning bylaw amendments, taken together, create a new residential district for Cook’s Farm that permits several single-family units on one parcel, provided the developer meets certain requirements. 
If accepted by the Town Council, the district could be used for similar developments.

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I copied the Housing Section from the recently approved Master Plan to let you read and see how many of the Master Plan objectives are met by this zoning bylaw change. You can find the full Master Plan document online here

Goals and Objectives
Policy Statement: Support in-fill housing practices and provide for all affordability options,
giving Franklin’s residents the opportunity to maintain a decent standard of living.

Franklin recently created a Housing Plan which was adopted in 2008 by the Commonwealth.
This plan helped the Housing and Circulation Sub-committee form the goals and objectives
listed below.

Goal 1: Provide the appropriate mix of housing alternatives that meet the needs of Franklin based employment.

Objective 1.1: Assess current and projected employment within the Town, and propose policy and zoning changes to assure adequate workforce housing is provided.

Objective 1:2: Encourage development of a mix of rental and owner-occupied housing units that are affordable to Franklin’s workforce.

Objective 1.3: Encourage development of workforce housing in areas of Town where property is underutilized or needs redevelopment, and where walking distance of Rail service is available.
Please refer to Goal 1 in the Land Use section of this document.

Objective 1.4: Create zoning that would allow for workforce housing in appropriate areas of Town

Goal 2: Support development of affordable housing opportunities for low, moderate and middle-income households. (See Appendix H: 2011 Affordable Housing Strategy – Program Recommendations)

Objective 2.1: Seek adoption of Chapter 40R: Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District, in appropriate area of town.

Goal 3: Assure residential developments requiring special permits are concentrated where adequate utilities are available and where proposed project impacts will not significantly impact roadway circulation level of service.

Objective 3.1: Evaluate housing development plans to assure proposed projects utilize existing infrastructure in the most cost effective manner, and where capacity can be sufficiently increased in the most cost effective manner, as well as encourage 10% affordable housing in any new residential development.

Goal 4: Encourage, rezone as required, and support housing appropriate for expected future demographics.

Objective 4.1: Support the development of housing opportunities for seniors and the elderly.

Objective 4.2: Change zoning to allow for the expansion of “in law” apartments in the existing single family homes.

Objective 4.3: Encourage the development of smaller housing units to better meet the needs of a younger generation of households.

Goal 5: Encourage future housing developments to take advantage of public transportation resources, including the MBTA commuter rail, and GATRA bus service.

Objective 5.1: Promote mixed-use, Transit-Oriented Development in appropriate areas.
Please refer to Goal 2 and related objectives in the Land Use section of this document.

Objective 5.2: Encourage development of housing near public transportation, including the MBTA stations in Downtown Franklin and the Forge Park Station.

Goal 6: Support sustainable development, renewable energy and recycling initiatives, low impact development, and other “Green” activities during all public and privately funded housing developments (Refer to Section 9 of the Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), Objective 4.3 and subsequent actions.)

Objective 6.1: Seek adoption of Community Preservation Act (CPA) (Refer to Section 9 of the OSRP, Objective 4.2 and subsequent actions).
Please refer to Natural, Cultural & Historic Resources Objective 5.4.

Eat at Panera today, help the FHS soccer teams!

Help raise funds for the FHS soccer teams. Print the attached flyer and have a meal at Panera on Thursday, October 10th. 8am - 8pm - breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Panera Bread
Panera Bread
A portion of proceeds for items purchased with the flyer presented will go to FHS Soccer Boosters.

Feel free to send this flyer to all your friends!

* You must bring the flyer for FHS Soccer Boosters to get credit. They will not accept a picture on a smartphone. This flyer is valid only at Panera Bread at 270 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin, MA

In the News: workforce training grants, river cleanup volunteers needed

Workforce training grants to create jobs in Franklin, Ashland, Southborough

As part of state-wide workforce grants, about $400,000 will be spent at companies in Ashland, Franklin and Southborough to train more than 600 employees and create 50 new jobs in the MetroWest and Milford region.

Volunteers needed for Blackstone Valley Riverways cleanup

The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) is sponsoring a river cleanup on Sunday, Oct.20, from 1 to  This event will be held rain or shine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yes, Franklin has an app for that!

Ever wanted to use a smartphone app to report a pothole or street light out? Franklin has joined the Commonwealth Connect app originally introduced by Boston. You can find the app in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

Don't have a smartphone? You can still report a problem by going online to the Franklin webpage here

Franklin goes online to report a problem
Franklin goes online to report a problem

I installed the app for my Android device last night. It was quick and easy to do. You also set up an account to report an issue and receive notification on the status of the issue.

Franklin smartphone app
Franklin smartphone app

The notification of the new app was posted to the Franklin webpage on Tuesday

Sculpture Park (update)

Hey, there are sculptures in the new Sculpture Park on Panther Way! When I stopped by the Franklin Art Center during the harvest Festival on Sunday, I had heard there were two in place with two more scheduled. I managed to stop by to grab these photos after work on Tuesday.

landscaping is finished, grass is being seeded

the first piece (picture does not do it justice)

landscaping along the path

landscaping along the 'main area'

sculpture #2

Stop by to see these pieces for yourself and check out the park.

In the News: honor DelCarte

Tozian: Honor DelCarte by keeping land wild

After reading the article of what the Town of Franklin has proposed for The DelCarte Conservation area (“A hidden jewel no longer,” March 28), I felt I needed to add what experiences I've had over the years with Earnest DelCarte and his shop, Franklin Reservoir, Bait and Sport Center.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Red Molly Oct 19 with Layah Jane

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Red Molly
at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
October 19th, $25

with special guest
Layah Jane


Red Molly is a female trio playing fun, infectious Americana. They will return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, October 19th at 8PM. Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and a warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious.

"Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune."
-Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

Canadian Folk/Soul songstress Layah Jane opens the show. She is a burst of joy onstage - a velvet voiced tunesmith of tender, clever, conscientious Canadiana that seeps into the soul. Layah is the winner of numerous awards including the Ontario Independent Music Awards for Best Female Artist, Best Folk Performer, and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz. Layah Jane

"With a voice that's both sweet and rich, and a delicious, deep-groove approach, Toronto artist Layah Jane has found her sound and honey's the word for it....Folk flavours with a soul feel..." -Roots Music Canada

Layah Jane
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. Admission is $25. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

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
A Celtic Christmas
PLAY Sat Jan 18 14, 08:00 PM
Pesky J. Nixon, Spuyten Duyvil
Tickets: $20
Two great bands!
  Sat Feb 01 14, 08:00 PM
Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Tickets: $20
Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia perform ALL of the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell.
PLAY Sat Mar 01 14, 08:00 PM
Amy Black, Girls Guns And Glory
Tickets: $20
Split bill
PLAY Sat Mar 22 14, 08:00 PM
Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli
Tickets: $25
  Sat Apr 05 14, 08:00 PM
Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher
Tickets: $20
  Sat Apr 26 14, 08:00 PM
Zoƫ Lewis
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat May 10 14, 08:00 PM
Ellis, Joe Crookston
Tickets: $20
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