Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Recycle Center

The Recycle Center - Hours of Recycling Operation:
Tuesday 12-3 p.m. (April – Nov) Fri, Sat 8-3 p.m. 

Permits valid July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 attached to windshield – no exceptions

  • The recycle center also accepts rigid plastic items. ex: plastic lawn furniture, empty garage cans, plastic shelving, milk/soda crates and more. Please see the Town of Franklin website for more information.
  • Recycling Center permits can now be purchased via telephone by calling the DPW office during business hours. DPW - 508.553.5500
  • Cash is not accepted at the Recycling Center. Payments can be made by check, credit or debit card (Visa or Mastercard).
  • The town’s new needle/syringe disposal kiosk is located in the lobby of the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street. The kiosk will be available to residents during normal DPW business hours.

Yard Waste
Leaves and brush will be collected curbside. Beaver Street Recycling Facility also accepts yard waste.
Check calendar for schedule.

Bulk Items

  • Large indoor furniture Pickup Fee: There is a fee per item (limit 1 per week). ex. mattress, box spring, carpet, (per 108sqft, 9x12), wood table & chairs, sofas, etc.
  • Oil-based paints, thinners, shellac and turpentine are accepted at the Recycling Center
  • The Recycling Center now accepts mattresses, box springs and carpeting.
  • Most appliances are $25 • Disposal of TV's start at $25 • Freon Appliances - $30
  • All pickups done on Thursdays. Call Waste Management by Tuesday 3 pm for Thursday pick up! 1.800.972.4545. Please call Waste Management for pricing on other items.

Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters
Franklin trash and recycle bins or totters

The Recycling Flyer can be viewed here:

The recycling flyer can also be found on the Franklin webpage here

BJ's Intersection

The improved signage for the intersection of Forge Parkway and West Central St has apparently reduced the number of traffic incidents. You may recall that for a period of time, the neighborhood was quite upset when  traffic signals were removed by the state. Several accidents occurred some of them with significant injury. Franklin worked with MassDOT to improve the stop signs at the intersection.

In my own use of the intersection, it seems much better behaved than the 'wild west' it used to be.

early warning stop sign ahead
early warning stop sign ahead

stop sign has blinking lights all around the edge
stop sign has blinking lights all around the edge

the intersection is a wide one with good views
the intersection is a wide one with good views

Pet CPR and First Aid


  • Learn Pet CPR and First Aid
  • Get Certified!
  • % of proceeds donated to a local animal charity!

Saturday April 27, 2014 - 1pm to 4pm
Destination Dog,
7 Forge Parkway,
Franklin, MA 02038

Cost: $55

To register:
Pet Emergency Education, LLC

The skills and topics covered in this course include:
Safety when working with sick and/or injured animals
• Restraint and transportation of injured dogs and cats
• Choking/Heimlich Maneuver in dogs and cats
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in dogs and cats
• Bandaging and wound management
• Triage and Assessment

Friday, April 11, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/11/14 - THU 4/17/14

FRI 4/11  6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center
FRI 4/11   7pm   FSPA presents: Disney Showcase, Elks Lodge Franklin. Tickets available at the door or
FRI 4/11   7pm   Kennedy School Ladybug Auction, Primavera in Millis. Tickets available at the door.

SAT 4/12   8:30am   Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Clean Up (meet at Grove St. trailhead, bring gloves)

SUN 4/13   3:30pm   LiveARTS Concert: Janice Weber (piano), First Universalist Society Franklin

WED 4/16   7pm   Rails To Trails and Rails WITH Trails Projects in Southern New England, Franklin Public Library
WED 4/16   7pm   Town Council Meeting, Franklin Municipal Building.

For more details on above events click HERE and select the event of interest.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

High School parking update (video)

This was presented during the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Apr 8. While the new school opens in Sep, the removal of the old school will begin and result in less parking spaces until the removal of the old school and construction of the new fields is complete.

Action is required now!

Additional info can be found here:

new Franklin High School - winter of 2013-14
new Franklin High School - winter of 2013-14

For additional updates on what is happening at Franklin High School, visit their webpage here

FHS Sports Results - Thursday, Apr 10

Via Hockomock Sports we share the following results from Thursday

Attleboro, 12 @ Franklin, 4 - Final - Steven Knox picked up the win going six innings with four strikeouts and allowing just two earned runs. Matt Elliot was 3-4 with four RBI, two runs and a three-run home run. Max Lancaster was 3-4 with three runs and Elliott Desvergnes was 1-3 with a home run. Franklin's Nick Gallo was 2-3 with an RBI, one run and a stolen base and Andrew Parent was 2-4 with a run scored.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Attleboro, 2 @ Franklin, 6 - Final - The Panthers scored five runs in the fourth inning on their way to their fourth straight win. Olivia DiGiacomo was 3-3 with two RBI, Alicia Donovan was 2-3 with two RBI and Sammie Rondeau was 2-4 with two RBI and a triple. Lilly Criscione started the rally in the fourth inning and was 2-4 at the plate and also picked up the win, striking out six. Courtesy runner Tatiana Havens scored twice for Franklin.

Girls Tennis
Franklin, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 - Final

FSPA Registration Open for Summer and Fall Programs

Registration for summer and fall programming is now underway at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Prospective students and families are encouraged to visit the school, tour the facilities and try a complimentary class.

Registration is also ongoing for the current Trimester III, which began on March 24. Students are welcome to start classes and private instruction at any point throughout the year and tuition is pro-rated.

With extensive programs in Music, Dance and Drama, FSPA brings the performing arts disciplines together in downtown Franklin. The school offers instruction for all ages and abilities to meet the needs of those who seek levels of training and involvement ranging from recreational enjoyment to serious study.

FSPA’s music program provides voice and instrumental private lessons, as well as group classes with ensemble performing opportunities. Little Music School®, an innovative music program developed exclusively at FSPA, teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. Dance instruction is offered at all levels in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop, with specialized classes for boys, adults and beginner teens.

FSPA’s roster of dance classes also includes dance for musical theater, lyrical, acro and Horton Technique. The drama department features programs in acting and musical theater with classes for all ages, beginning with kindergarten children. Interactive classes explore storytelling, theater games, improvisation, scenes and monologues, character development and audition preparation.

Performing opportunities at FSPA include musical theater troupes, dance companies, Glee Club, Ballet Repertoire Series, Spring Concert, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses and recitals. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in productions presented by the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC).

Summer session programming runs from June 30 to August 22 and includes performing arts workshops and one-week camps, an eight-week session of voice, instrumental and dance classes, two ballet intensives and the annual SummerStage musical theater program.

FSPA’s roster of one-week performing arts camps includes Camp ProVoice, Jazz and Tap Camp, Choreography Camp, Broadway Camp and Acting Camp, as well as Little Gems Ballet Camp, Creative Kids Camp and Little Music School Experience for younger children.

FSPA will also offer two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Young Dancer Division from June 30-July 11 and Summer Session II for the Pre-Professional Division from July 14-July 24.

The annual SummerStage musical theater program for students in grades 3-12 features a two-week format (July 28-August 8) and full-length production of LEGALLY BLONDE, The Musical.

Younger SummerStage students (grades 3-8) will be showcased in “PARALEGAL, The Musical.” Auditions will be held by appointment and are for placement purposes only; all SummerStage students will be cast in the productions.

FSPA will also offer a series of 2- and 3-day workshops.

  • Critically-acclaimed R&B singer April Hall will conduct a Vocal Styles workshop for ages 13-18, introducing students to jazz phrasing, scatting and improvisation, as well as microphone and performance techniques. 
  • Rock Out, for musicians of all levels, provides students with the opportunity to jam with talented area musicians and learn from well-known Boston professionals. 
  • A performance skills workshop, Up Your Game, will focus on audition techniques, presentation skills and developing or improving an audition binder, headshot/resume and audition wardrobe. 
  • Behind the Scenes will introduce students to the many details involved in bringing a production to the stage, including an overview of the technical and operational aspects of producing a show.

Register over the phone at (508) 528-8668 or in person at 38 Main Street in Franklin. For further information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions and dates, call or visit online at

MassBudget: Analyzing the House Ways and Means Budget for FY 2015

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MassBudget Analysis of the House Ways and Means Budget for FY 2015 
Yesterday (Wednesday), the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) presented its budget proposal for FY 2015. Our new Budget Monitor shows how this proposal would affect programs across state government, from health care and education to human services and the environment.

The HWM proposal does not include significant new revenue, meaning that proposed new investments are relatively modest. They include:
  • Higher education, where funding is increased roughly $60 million over last year and $8 million over the Governor's proposal.
  • Child welfare, where $8.4 million in additional funding is provided to hire additional social workers to begin to reduce caseloads to levels at which children and families could be better protected and supported.  
  • Substance abuse and prevention and treatment, where funding is increased $6.3 million over last year and $3.6 million above the Governor's recommendation.
The budget also recommends a number of cuts to existing programs, including a $13.9 million reduction in funding for youth jobs programs.

Read our full Budget Monitor HERE.
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Kick Off Event To Celebrate SNETT’s DCR Healthy Heart Trail

The Hockomock Area YMCA is proud to host a community event on Friday, April 25 for the Southern New England Trunkline Trail’s (SNETT) Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Healthy Heart Trail Kick Off.

Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

The SNETT is one of the longest trails in southern Massachusetts, covers approximately 22 miles in length, and is almost entirely owned by the DCR. The trail begins in the Franklin State Forest on the east and extends to the Douglas State Forest on the west, and passing through the towns of Douglas, Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone, Bellingham, and Franklin.

Hockomock YMCA
Hockomock YMCA
The trail is designated for use by pedestrians, equestrians or non-motorized vehicles and is being enhanced to improve walkability and increased recreational opportunities. DCR has designated trails statewide as Healthy Heart Trails, denoted by a green heart sign. These trails are typically around 1.5 miles in length and require an easy to moderate activity level.

The event will begin at 9:00am at the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch located at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin. Town officials, Friends of the SNETT, DCR officials, Franklin/Bellingham Rail Trail Association, many community leaders, and residents will be attending.

All community members are invited to attend. At 10:00am, attendees are invited to board a bus to travel to the SNETT for guided walks provided by the Franklin/Bellingham Rail Trail Association and Friends of the SNETT as well as participate in nature games with Hockomock Area YMCA staff. The event will conclude with a picnic lunch on the trail.

If you have event questions, contact Marissa Garofano, Director of Community Wellness for the Hockomock YMCA and at 508-772-1322 or

Healthy Futures Franklin
Healthy Futures Franklin

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. For more information on Healthy Futures Franklin, please visit

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

hydrant flushing - updated

The schedule of streets where the hydrant flushing will happen is being updated each day on the DPW page.

The Franklin Department of Public Works, Water Division will begin its hydrant flushing program on Monday, April 7, 2014. This program is conducted annually to improve Franklin’s water quality and fire flows. Some hydrants will be flushed in the evening hours, while others will be completed during the day. Hydrant flushing will continue depending on water availability and system pressures.  
Residents may experience temporary water loss or discolored water while hydrants are being flushed in their area. Even though the water may be discolored, it is still safe for human consumption.  
Check the DPW Home Page to find out which streets we are working on today.  
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the DPW office at 508-553-5500. 

You can find the schedule here

hydrant flushing in action on Cottage St
hydrant flushing in action on Cottage St

The first notice of hydrant flushing was posted earlier this week

Jazz time

The Franklin High School jazz musicians played their last performance in the Lecture Hall on Wednesday night. The three groups played well entertaining a devoted and appreciative group.

FHS jazz band
FHS jazz band

The program as presented last night:

Another way to capture the performance was with one of my "sherku" called FHS Jazz
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You can find this and other poetry at

FHS Girls Lacrosse 10-1 vs KP

Hockomock Sports reports on the FHS girls lacrosse result from Wednesday:
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Franklin came within seven seconds of posting a shutout on Wednesday afternoon in a 10-1 victory at Kelley-Rex division rival King Philip. Julia Jette led the way with four goals as the Panthers scored seven goals in the second half to pull away. 
“I think that our team expects a lot and we always want more,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe. “I think we had a little bit of jitters in the first half but I thought the ‘D’ played great and Alex made some big saves and they just didn’t score.”

You can read the full article here

Walking - Trees - part 2

While I shared several photos of trees from the walk last Saturday earlier this week, there are a few more from Sunday to share here.

It was much sunny on Sunday so the tree against the blue sky makes for a good view

Tree on King St near Parmenter
Tree on King St near Parmenter

With just the bare branches, a sickness, some sort of mold is very evident on this tree.

tree suffering from some weird sickness
tree suffering from some weird sickness

A closer view of whatever is attacking the tree near the Dunkin Donuts on King St.

tree sickness - close up view
tree sickness - close up view

Library Book Sale - Apr 19

With the April sale on Easter weekend, the book sale and bag sale will be combined to happen all on Saturday, Apr 19.

Library Book and Bag Sale  - Apr 19
Library Book and Bag Sale  - Apr 19

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Franklin High School - Jazz Band - 7:00 PM

My thanks to a loyal reader for sending this along:
I'm not sure if you've received something already from the FHS Jazz band, but the band will host its spring concert tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the high school lecture hall. The program will feature jazz standards AND new works and includes improv solos from both the Jazz Band and the Jazz Workshop. The Franklin High School Jazz Bands recently won several state-level awards for its performances and musicianship under the direction of Band Director Leighann Rudsit.

new Franklin High School
new Franklin High School

Rail Trail clean up - Apr 12

Rail Trail clean up Saturday April 12th at 8:30am at the Grove Street Entrance. Bring gloves and a great attitude to help get your local walking trail in better shape for this summer and those to come !!! Hope to see you all there!!

Where is the rail trail?
Along Grove St, about a half mile from Washington St.

The trail was nice on Sunday
The trail was nice on Sunday

reflections along the trail side
reflections along the trail side

wear good boots to get through or around some wet sections
wear good boots to get through or around some wet sections

Follow the Rail Trail Committee on Facebook

or visit their webpage for more information

Aerial Spraying in Franklin area scheduled for Apr 14 - 30, 2014

The annual spraying for mosquitoes is scheduled for a 2-3 day period when weather permits during the period April 14- 30, 2014.

This was originally posted to the official Franklin page

Franklin Downtown Partnership 2014 Event Dates

Franklin Downtown Partnership Announces 2014 Event Dates
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership
The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates for this year's Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival, Holiday Stroll and Beautification days. The FDP also announces its General Meeting Dates and invites the general public to attend and learn more about important issues and happenings in town.

Downtown Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The Partnership, the Franklin Garden Club and many volunteers will install more than 1,200 flowers and greens, and community service hours will be available to students. Contact Eileen Mason at for details about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Winter Beautification Day will be Sunday, November 23.

The Partnership's 11th annual Strawberry Stroll will take place on Thursday, June 12, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A sidewalk sale, entertainment and the Partnership's mouthwatering Strawberry Shortcakes will kick off summer in sweet style. The FDP currently is signing up sponsors for this event. Contact event Co-Chairs Nicole Fortier,, or Jane Curran, for more information.

The always-popular Harvest Festival will be Sunday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. This annual event will draw at least 6,000 visitors to town for a fun afternoon of local entertainment, shopping, food and games. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June.

The Holiday Stroll is set for Thursday, December 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A visit from Santa, holiday music, crafts and specialty shopping draw hundreds of people downtown for this special holiday evening. Roberta Trahan and Gregg Chalk will co-chair this event.
Along with these popular events, the FDP also set its General Meeting dates: May 1, September 4 and November 6. The Partnership invites all business owners and residents to join discussions about issues affecting the area and learn more about the FDP's efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. The meetings take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center.

Please contact the FDP office if you are interested in sponsoring one of these events!
Remember to get your 2014 membership in so you can participate in these events.
All membership is due by April 30th.

Brick work

When the brick column looks like this

brick column in need of work
brick column in need of work

with the grouting gone, it is time to do a major repair

brick work under way
brick work under way

April 8, 2014 - The United Regional Chamber of Commerce eNews

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
April 8, 2014
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Dear Stephen,
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce strives to keep our members informed. As a member, you receive our weekly electronic newsletter, eNews, and occasional eNews alerts of upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive future editions of this electronic newsletter, please email Lisa or call her at 508-222-0801.
In This Issue...
Spotlight on Education Breakfast
Best-Practices Sales Summit
Scholarships Available!
Ribbon Cutting April 24
Request for Grant Proposals
Ribbon Cutting April 30
Ribbon Cutting May 7
Want to Co-Host a Business After Hours?
Golf Tournament

Spotlight on Education Breakfast May 29  
spotlight on education

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Spotlight on Education breakfast. The event will honor this year's recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, as well as scholarship recipients, Unsung Heroes, and the Top Ten students from the graduating high school classes in the communities served by the Chamber. This event will be held at Lake Pearl Luciano's in Wrentham. The cost for tickets is $22. Students being recognized at the event are invited to attend for free. However, we need local businesses to sponsor these students. Please consider donating $250 to cover one class of students, or $500 to cover a class plus distribute your company's information at the breakfast. Call Lisa at 508-222-0801 for more information. We thank the following companies for already confirming their scholar sponsorships!
                Wheaton College 3.11Tri-County

The Spotlight on Education Breakfast and Teacher of the Year Award are generously sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank.

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Best-Practices Sales Summit Tomorrow 
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Best-Practices Sales Summit tomorrow (April 9) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Ben Couto of Reynolds DeWalt will facilitate the meeting at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 42 Union St., Attleboro. The topic for the meeting will be "Sales Process: What are the steps?" The sales process has evolved over the past 15 years, especially in the last 5 years. We will be discussing what we can do to be effective in this ever changing process.Register by email.

Share your passion for sales in the Best-Practice Sales Summit. This interactive group discusses selling approach, overcoming challenges, and developing a sales pipeline. The Best-Practice Sales Summit is a benefit of membership in The United Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

Do You Have a High School Senior?
We Have Money! 

High school seniors planning to attend a 4-year college or university and who are members of the Chamber (or who have parents that work for a Chamber member) are encouraged to apply for college scholarships through the Chamber. Scholarships are provided by Chamber's Jacqueline C. Stack scholarship fund, Metalor and Mansfield Bank. Applications are due by April 15.

Ribbon Cutting April 24
in North Attleborough 
Ribbon Cutting Red

Join us to celebrate the opening of Ambrosia Tavern, 116 Elm St., North Attleborough, for "east, west, and in-between" cuisine on April 24 at 1:45 p.m.

Request for Grant Proposals  

Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a Request for Grant Proposals for Small Business Capacity Building Program for Plainridge Park Casino. The goal is to ensure that small businesses in the region have the support they need to be suppliers to the Category 2 Casino. The deadline for submitting grant proposals is April 25. Get complete details here.  

Ribbon Cutting in Wrentham April 30  
Ribbon Cutting Red

Join us for a ribbon cutting celebration for the grand opening of Bedrock Granite's Wrentham showroom. Come to the showroom at 1092 South St., Wrentham, at 10:15 am. on April 30!

Ribbon Cutting in Attleboro May 7 
Ribbon Cutting Red

We'll welcome the new office of Timmons Wealth Management at 8 North Main St., Suite 403, Attleboro, with a ribbon cutting event. Please join us on May 7 at 1:45 p.m.

Want to Co-Host a Business After Hours? 
Business After Hours red white & blue

Interested in hosting a Business After Hours? Don't Have a Facility or Want to Split the Cost? Here's a great opportunity! Co-host a Business After Hours at Country Gardens, 339 Tremont Street, Rehoboth, on Wed., June 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants will set up tables to showcase their businesses, and will split the fee and cost of food. Country Gardens is a beautiful facility and Chamber events there always attract a lot of members! If you're interested in participating, call the Chamber at 508-222-0801 by May 21.

Golf with the Chamber June 16 

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual golf tournament will be held on Monday, June 16 at Franklin Country Club at noon. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Get your registration form here to get early-bird pricing! 

Members in the News.... 

Jane I. Coogan (center, left), associate attorney at Coogan, Smith, McGahan, Lorincz, Jacobi & Shanley, LLP in Attleboro, and Edwin R. Hurley (center, right), president of Hockomock Area YMCA, were named corporators of Beacon Bancorp, the parent company of Bristol County Savings Bank, for the Attleboro area at its recent annual meeting.

Take Advantage of Chamber's Job Board
Help Wanted Does your company have an open position that you'd like to advertise? Post it on The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's website job board! Posting positions are totally free to Chamber members - one of the many member benefits! Email Lisa to have your job posted on the Chamber website or visit the Chamber website to see what positions are available.

Monthly Groups

*Extreme Networking Group I meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:45 a.m. The group meets at Best Deli, 391 East Central St., Franklin. Contact: Ed McDonough, 508-308-8224
*Extreme Networking Group III is exclusively business-to-business and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. This group meets at Commonwealth Financial Group, 4 Broad Street in Plainville. Contact: Janet Letourneau, 508-699-4415.

*Best-Practice Sales Summit is held the second Wednesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 42 Union St., Attleboro. Contact: Ben Couto, 617-530-0997.

*Executive Express-o is held the first Friday of every month from 8 a.m. sharp to 8:55 a.m. at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 42 Union St., Attleboro. Contact: Charlie Miller.

There is no additional cost to participate in any of these groups. Participation is a benefit of membership in The United Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for taking time to read this issue of eNewsThis is your Chamber and we value your comments. My door is always open to Chamber members. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns about the Chamber you might have. One of our most highly effective means of communicating with our members is eNews. To ensure you continue to receive eNews, please add to your address book.

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Jack Lank
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Zoo Fundraiser   

Friends of Capron Park Zoo
The Friends of the Capron Park Zoo are hosting an event at the Alex and Ani store in Foxboro at Patriot Place. 15% of all sales will go directly to Friends of Capron Park Zoo. Enjoy lite bites and punch tonight from 6 8 p.m. RSVP by email. Get more information here.

Anniversary Celebration    

Johnny's Hometown Diner, 625 East Washington St., North Attleborough, is celebrating its first anniversary on April 12 with a big celebration and specials all week long! Get all the details here

Easter Egg Hunt  

Proctor Mansion
The Proctor Mansion is hosting an Easter egg hunt on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Come support 4 Paws Animal Shelter. 

Student Job Fair  

On April 14 from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School(B-P) is holding its 3rd Annual Job Fair for students. Whether you are looking to hire co-op, part-time, summer or full-time, B-P has students for your positions. B-P is located at 207 Hart Street in Taunton. For more information, call 508-823-5151, ext.130.  

Rail Trail Events

Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail
The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee is hosting several upcoming events:
Trail Clean-up - April 12
Public Forum - April 16
Road Race & Walk - May 3
Visit the website for information.

Dean Leadership Institute  

Dean College
On April 17 at 8 a.m., The Dean Leadership Institute is hosting a Leadership In Action seminar with Pat Hurley, senior director of operations for the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tiger Woods Foundation. RSVP to

Wine Tasting Event

Storage Pros, 14 Grove Street, Franklin, is hosting a free Wine Tasting on April 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is being held to celebrate the recent renovation of the facility. All Chamber members are invited to attend. RSVP by April 7. More information is available here.

Manufacturing Summit 

MA Advanced Manufacturing Summit will be held April 19 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Get details here.  

Cupcake Parade 

Downtown Associates of North Attleborough is looking for participants for its 2nd Annual Cupcake Parade which will be held April 24. Click here for details.  

Senior Spectacular 

On April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., State Rep. Elizabeth Poirier and area senior providers will once again host the Senior Spectacular. This combination wellness and resource fair will take place at the North Attleboro Middle School, 564 Landry Ave., North Attleboro. Over 100 vendors will be on hand. Download a registration form and flyer

Rehoboth Networking 

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The Rehoboth Business Association has organized a night of networking on April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anjulans Florist & Gardens, 221 Winthrop St., Rehoboth. The cost of $10 includes a light buffet. RSVP by April 25 by email.

Tri-County Golf Tourney 

Tri-County RVT High School in Franklin is hosting a golf tournament on May 3. If you'd like to golf, or if you'd like to be a sponsor or donate a prize, please see the attached brochure. 

Spring Break Luncheon 

Community VNA will host its First Annual Spring Break Luncheon on Sun., May 4 at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a sit-down luncheon, musical entertainment by the a capella singers, Custom Blend, raffle prizes and at Highland Country Club for $35 per ticket. Funds raised will help meet the costs of providing care and support,  including hospice care, Alzheimer's care and specialized services. See the flyer for complete details.
Purchase tickets online or call 800-220-0110.

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