Saturday, November 2, 2013

Candidates for Town Council

Milford Daily News is starting to post profiles for the Town Council candidates

Charles DelFino

Brett Feldman

"tax-free online purchases are unfair for local business"

When you purchase something from Amazon beginning Nov 1, you'll notice that you will have to pay a MA sales tax when you checkout.
"It's something we needed in Massachusetts because our Main Street businesses and local businesses have been at a disadvantage," said state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin. 
Roy said tax-free online purchases are unfair for local business that must pay the state sales tax. 
"If somebody goes into a local store, they can effectively use it as a showroom, look at the items, talk to store owners, learn about the qualities of the merchandise, and then they can leave the store and order it online, and they will save 6.25 percent," he said. "I am glad to see it has finally been fixed."

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Franklin Youth Soccer Assoc: Keep that playoff energy going!!

From: FYSA - Keep that playoff energy going!!
FHS Soccer
FHS Soccer

The Sox won!  Now let's keep that playoff energy going!

Come out an support the FHS soccer teams as they start their playoff runs this weekend!

A great crowd is an awesome home field advantage!  Please stop by if you can!
  • Sat, Nov 2:  FHS Varsity Boys (#5 seed) vs Taunton (#12 seed) 
  • 4:00pm  - FHS turf field

  • Sun, Nov 3:  FHS Varsity Girls (#1 seed) vs winner of N. Quincy(16)/Milford(17)
  • 4:00pm  -  FHS turf field

And if that's not enough playoff fever for you... get out on Saturday night to cheer on the Revs!!
  • Sat, Nov 2:  New England Revolution vs Sporting KC
  • 8:00pm  - Gillette Stadium, Foxboro


"to help handle the ripple effects"

Franklin has sent a letter to the casino developers for the Milford project asking to be considered a "surrounding community."
"We continue to have concerns about the impact of the casino on the town’s housing stock, negative impacts on local retail, including loss of meals and hotel tax revenues, impact on the education system and the demand for increased public safety response to Interstate 495 as a result of the dramatic increase of traffic to and from the casino," Nutting wrote. 
Nutting penned a similar letter in June asking for a meeting with Foxwoods officials, but he did not hear back. 
According to the gaming commission, the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act aims to protect not just the town or city where a casino might be built, but also those municipalities nearby.

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Dean College Hosts Early Childhood Education Training on Nutrition

The Dean College School of Continuing Studies will be hosting a free training for early childhood educators on the topic of nutrition. The event will be held on Wednesday November 20, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and participants will earn two hours of nutrition training from the Department of Early Education and Care.  Seating is limited. 
Highlighting the schedule is a presentation from Pam Mele, titled "Growing up Healthy: A nutrition seminar for early childhood education providers", Pam is an adjunct faculty member and expert in the field of Early Education with over 30 years experience working with young children and educators. 
"On behalf of Dean College's School of Continuing Studies, I am pleased we are able to support the professional development of early childhood educators in our community on such a critical topic as childhood nutrition," says Veatrice Carabine, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Dean College. 
The training will take place in the Golder Room, located in the Dean College Campus Center. Attendees are asked to park in the Campus Center parking lot, at 109 West Central Street/Route 140. 
To register for the event, please call 508-541-1629 or email For more information, please visit   

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nov 2: Due to the Rolling Rally, Commuter Rail's Saturday schedule has been modified

Nov 2: Due to the Rolling Rally, Commuter Rail's Sat sched has been modified to provide special, pre-parade service w/ extra IB trains in the morning

Capacity is being significantly increased along each line. Pleas expect variations in scheduled times due to increased ridership and allow extra time for your trip. The MBTA strongly urges parade-goers to take advantage of the earliest trains to avoid very heavy volume on subsequent trains.

Please note: Commuter Rail service will not run on lines that do not normally run on Saturdays (Greenbush, Kingston, Needham, Fairmount, and Stoughton).

Making stops on each line, the North Side train departure times will be:

Trains departing Rockport at: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m.
Trains departing Newburyport at: 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:48 a.m.
Trains departing Haverhill at: 6:00 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m.
Trains departing Lowell at: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.
Train departing Wilmington at: 7:45 a.m., 9:20 a.m.
Trains departing Fitchburg at: 6:00 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:40 a.m.
Train departing South Acton at: 8:50 a.m.
Making stops on each line, the South/West Side departure times will be:

Trains departing Worcester at: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m.
Trains departing Franklin/Forge Park at: 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m.
Trains departing Providence at: 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m.
Trains departing Middleboro/Lakeville at: 6:50 a.m., 8:22 a.m.
All Commuter Rail lines will return to their regular Saturday schedules at approximately 4:00 p.m. Additional outbound trains have also been added to the Fitchburg Line, leaving North Station at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m., making stops at all stations.

Commuter Rail customers can purchase a $10 roundtrip fare electronically via our mTicket mobile ticketing app at beginning Friday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.

Last updated: Nov 1 2013 11:28 AM

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Food Pantry, Food Elves and Downtown Partnership

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is once again teaming up with the Franklin Foods Elves for the "12 Days of Donating" Campaign to support the Franklin Food Pantry.
The "Food Elves" which is a student run organization will collect food donations the first 12 days of December for the Food Pantry.  We are looking for 10 businesses that will agree to have a food donation bin placed at their business location for this time period for residents to drop by and donate food.  In addition,each business will agree to donate $200 to the Food Pantry for the campaign.
Last year the Food Elves collected 2 Tons of food! It was one
of the most successful food drives ever in Franklin!

Let us know if you would like to be one of the participating businesses so we can list your business in the press release and on the Holiday Stroll flyers. The deadline is next week so let us know soon.  The $200 is not collected until December 12th.
Thanks for your interest....

Lisa Piana
Executive Director
and The Franklin Food Elves

Candidates Forum replay schedule

The recent Candidates Forum is available for replay via your cable channel on these days and times. Franklin TV has confirmed that the schedule was adjusted to provide more views of the program before our election on Tuesday, Nov 5th.
Franklin Town Hall TV
Franklin Town Hall TV

The Candidates Forum will run this week:
Friday  2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM

They will also schedule it heavily Mon/Tues next week.

Franklin.TV ... 23 Hutchinson St., Box 286 Franklin, MA 02038-0286 ... 508-541-4118

What are you going to do with all that Halloween candy?

Friendly reminder that the Franklin Lions will take it off your hands on Sunday

Candy, Candy, Candy, Candy, Candy, Candy!!

Donate Yours
To Our

Sunday November 3rd, 2013
VFW Hall
1034 Pond Street
Franklin, MA 02038
10am to 2pm

Every Child who donates is entered into a drawing various prizes!!!

Sponsored by the Franklin Lions

National Grid: High Wind Alert

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A message from National Grid

National Grid has been closely monitoring the heavy winds expected to hit our area over the next 36 hours. We are preparing our personnel and crew for potential outages and want to make sure that you are ready, too. If you have an elderly relative or neighbor, please ensure that they are aware of the situation and have considered their options.

Please see below for a list of our safety tips and important contact information.
Be prepared by creating an emergency kit:
  • Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Charged cell phone
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
We urge you to stay connected
In addition to Outage Central, National Grid offers a number of ways for customers to report outages or learn about restoration efforts and important safety information. 
Here's how:
  • Outage reporting hotline - Call 1-800-465-1212 to report an outage.
  • Text messages - Customers can receive text message alerts by texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743). Customers can opt out at any time by texting the word STOP to NGRID (64743).
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  • Download our free mobile app (available in the Apple and GooglePlay stores) which will allow you to view outage maps, report your outage, check the status of your outage, and access important contact and safety information.
Remember, if your power goes out, you can also access our mobile website by going to on your mobile phone.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Franklin Art Association - Nov 2013 - Newsletter

The November 2013 Newsletter for the Franklin Art Association

This includes a reminder of their upcoming Art Exhibit and Sale on Sat Nov 16th and Sun Nov 17th

For more about the FAA visit their webpage

Sunrise Montessori School - Yard Sale - Nov 2

The yard sale details are as follows:

  • Sunrise Montessori School yard sale
  • Saturday, November 2nd from 9am to 2pm; rain or shine
  • 31 Hayward St., Franklin

Stop by the Sunrise yard sale for some fantastic deals on children's games, toys, clothing, items for the home, gently used sports equipment and much more.

Sunrise Montessori School is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization. All proceeds from the sale to benefit the school's programs. Unsold items will be donated to Cradles to Crayons and Big Brother-Big Sister.

In the News: make Treasurer appointed, witch in Unionville

Dacey: Make Franklin post appointed

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in Franklin will have an opportunity to change the Treasurer-Collector position from elected to appointed.  The Town of Franklin can join surrounding towns who appoint their Treasurers and Collectors with Milford and Plainville being the lone exceptions; Milford is looking to make their positions appointed.
This is the binding question on the ballot next Tuesday. The second or non-binding question is whether Franklin should consider a mayoral form of government. Technically we already do. In any case, it would take years to bring about the change if the decision were to go forward.

The text of the question can be found here

Johnston: Be there a witch in Unionville?

On All Hallow's Eve, the men went to Old Moll's grave on Forge Hill. In the dark of the night, guided only by the light cast by their tin lanterns, they dug up Old Moll.
There is nothing like a good story for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MBTA: Some subway, commuter rail, and bus service may be extended to accommodate World Series Game 6.

Some subway, commuter rail, and bus service may be extended to accommodate World Series Game 6.

The Red, Orange, Blue, Green, and Silver Lines will operate until their regular weekday schedule time. If necessary, subway service will continue until all fans from Fenway Park have been accommodated after the game's conclusion.

Commuter Rail
The last outbound Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, Middleborough/Lakeville, Needham, and Newburyport Line trains will depart at their regularly scheduled time.

The last outbound Fitchburg/South Acton, Franklin, Haverhill, Lowell, Rockport, and Providence/Stoughton Line trains will be held approximately 45 minutes after the game's conclusion but will leave no later than 1 a.m.

The last regularly scheduled outbound Framingham/Worcester Line train will depart South Station at its regularly scheduled time. An extra train will accommodate World Series passengers at Yawkey Way and will depart approximately 15 minutes after the game's conclusion.

All connecting bus service (service which waits for the last subway train) will operate until its regular weekday schedule time. If necessary, bus service will continue until all fans from Fenway Park have been accommodated after the game's conclusion.

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Franklin Library: trick or treat

Trick or Treat at the Library on Thursday

franklin public library
Trick or Treat at the Library

Reminder - FEF Casino Night - Nov 2, 2013

Details on the Franklin Education Foundation - Casino Night - Nov 2, 2013 can be found in this PDF:

FEF Casino Night  - Nov 2
FEF Casino Night  - Nov 2

Since 1997, Franklin Education Foundation events have raised nearly $300,000 which has been distributed to Franklin Public Schools in the form of special grants. All Franklin Public School staff members are eligible to submit creative, innovative ideas for programs or activities that would not traditionally be funded by tax dollars. To see a list of programs FEF have funded over the years, visit The Franklin Education Foundation is a 5019c03 non-profit organization. All gifts are fully tax deductible.

Beethoven at the Claflin Hill Symphony - Nov 2

There are four Franklin Public School staff members who are playing in an all Beethoven program this Saturday Nov. 2 with the Claflin Hill Symphony. The concert, which features the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Angel Valchinov, is at 7:30 PM at Milford Town Hall, under the direction of Paul Surapine.

Claflin Hill Symphony
Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra

The Franklin Public School and Lifelong Learning staff who are symphony members are Diane Plouffe, violin; Kathleen Woods, viola; Brent Selby, cello; and Kevin Donegan, trumpet. The concert will also feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and the Coriolanus Overture.

Additional details and tickets for this concert can be found online

Hockomock YMCA: Youth Basketball League registration

The Hockomock Area YMCA is accepting registrations for its annual winter Youth Basketball League which begins December 7th for children ages 3-14. The first three weeks will be devoted to practices and the last five weeks to playing games (all will be held on Saturdays). The league is open to players of all levels. 
Hockomock YMCA - Youth Basketball League
Hockomock YMCA - Youth Basketball League

The Youth Basketball League (YBL) is the YMCA’s most popular youth sports league. It focuses primarily on skill development, sportsmanship and fun. Emphasis will be placed on dribbling, shooting, passing, teamwork, and having fun. The first three weeks of practices are developed to meet the needs of each age group and to best advance their skills in a healthy and fun way. For the following five weeks, children will compete in games (times are TBA). Each player in YBL will receive a team t-shirt and a trophy at the end of the season banquet.
Children ages will play in coed divisions. The cost for the program is $66 for members and $99 for non-members. Hurry and sign up today because after November 26th winter league prices will increase. 
To register, please stop by your local branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA:

  • Bernon Family Branch (FR) - 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin | call 508.528.8708
  • Invensys Foxboro Branch (FX) – 67 Mechanic Street in Foxboro | 508.543.2523
  • North Attleboro Branch (NA) - 300 Elmwood Street in North Attleboro | 508.643.5215

Or, visit us online at (only full members can register online).

Please note, ages may vary by branch. For further information, please contact your branch’s Sports Director FR: Kailynn Bateman,, 774.235.2720; FX: Shelly Jacobsen,, 508.772.1354; NA: Michelle Burke,, 508.643.521. 
About the Hockomock Area YMCA
We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors in our community to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Reach Out for Youth & Families is our annual support campaign to provide a YMCA experience to more than 15,000 local children and families in need.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin Stroll at Parmenter, election day next Tuesday

The Parmenter Pumpkin Stroll is scheduled for today. 

Parmenter School sign

Next Tuesday is Franklin's local election.

Franklin Election - Nov 5th

3 Restaurant - Caring for our Community with a Night of Comedy!

Caring for our Community with a Night of Comedy!

Saturday, November 2nd 2013
3 Restaurant, Franklin, MA
7-11 pm, $35 per ticket
Our purpose is to support the Ellie Fund,
a wonderful organization that serves breast cancer patients
& their families locally.

Comedy by the hilarious Harrison Stebbins

Music by the Jennifer Tefft Band
50/50 Raffle
Light Snacks
Cash Bar
Silent Auction

Harrison Stebbins: With a sarcastic wit and an improvisational style, Harrison Stebbins has quickly become one of the most popular comedy acts in the Northeast. His unique blend of high-energy physical comedy and clever insight keeps audiences laughing long after he has left the stage. The current champion of the Sam Adam's Best of Boston comedy competition, he has performed on the Comedy Central Live Tour, Dave Attel's Insomniac Tour featured on Comedy Central, and many more. His razor sharp wit and animated persona have made him one of stand-up comedy's fastest rising stars and an act you don't want to miss!

Jennifer Tefft:  After getting her start playing for change in the subway tunnels and streets of Cambridge, MA, Tefft has gone on to release 4 CDs which have received critical acclaim including a nomination for Best Female Vocalist by the Boston Music Awards. Songs from all 4 releases have been used on national TV shows such as CSI, MTV, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless, among others. Jennifer and her band have toured extensively, sharing the stage with bands like Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Warrant, Missing Persons, and more.
To register for this event, visit, or click here!

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Franklin Library: music and movement

Don't go stir crazy. The youngsters can get out to the Library for music and movement.

Music and movement

Tuesday at 10:30 AM at the Franklin Library

In the News: Friday tweet-a-hon, Washington St accident

State police to take part in Friday Tweet-a-thon

On Friday, Nov. 1, the Massachusetts State Police will join law enforcement agencies around the world to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon to bring attention to the use of social media by law enforcement. 

and while you are at it you can follow @franklinmatters and @franklinfoodpan

Franklin crash leaves Uxbridge man dead, another injured

An Uxbridge man is dead and a Franklin woman injured following an accident Sunday night on Washington Street, police said.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Public Art - Portland, ME

I did a bunch of walking in Portland, ME this weekend and was pleased to see some public art in the city. Along the waterfront in one of the main tourist sections (Commercial St) and then in the Eastern Promenade there were several pieces on display and the photos are shown here. There are other pieces located through out the city in addition to many monuments.

public art - eastern promenade

public art 2 -  eastern promenade

public art 3 - eastern promenade

Armillary - Portland, ME

Armillary 2000 - Portland, ME

For additional information on this piece you can visit the Public Art Portland webpage

Unfortunately, the three pieces from the Eastern Promenade are not available on this webpage.
Portland did put together a "Master Plan" for the Eastern Promenade and you can find that here

Why privacy matters? (video)

After walking around Portland, ME this weekend, this TED Talk is quite relevant. It is amazing how much information we choose to share and what can be done with it.

Alessandro Acquisti explores the topic and provides some insights on the research being done in this arena. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Turkey Trot Family Fun Run 5K

Have a good excuse for some second helpings by running or walking the Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.

Details for this event can be found in the flyer here or on the race webpage

Registration is 20 non-perishable food items or $20.

Flyer updated 11/7/13 to fix a typo

2013 Fall Art Exhibit and Sale

Franklin Art Association
2013 Fall Member’s Art Exhibit and Sale

Bellingham Library
100 Blackstone Street
Bellingham, MA 02019

Follow I-495 North to Exit 17 (Route 140). Take a left off the exit ramp to Route 140 North. Follow Route 140 North through 4 traffic lights, past the Rapid Refill Plaza. At the 5th traffic light, take a left onto Blackstone Street. The Library is located less than a 1/2 a mile down Blackstone Street, on the left hand side of the road.

Saturday November 16th 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday November 17th 12 pm to 4 pm

Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association

The exhibit is free and open to the public and includes:

  • The exhibit and sale of fine art paintings and photographs
  • Bin sales of original works of art and prints
  • A silent auction of small works
  • A scholarship raffle
  • Complementary food and beverages

Since 1971