Saturday, June 21, 2014

Franklin Alert: Series of Break-ins Hitting Area

The following info is making the rounds on Facebook and via email:

Hi friends and neighbors,

In case you haven't heard, our house was broken into last Friday, 6/13 around 11:00 am.  Two of my neighbors saw the car turn around and park in front of our house.  The high school van actually passed the car and identified it as a 2010 White Chevy HHR car w/ solid panels on the back side windows and Rhode Island plates.  It looks like a cross between a PT Cruiser and a delivery van.   
suspect vehicle with RI license plates
suspect vehicle with RI license plates

They walked right up to my house probably through the wooded area leading to my driveway and onto my back deck.  They smashed a back door window and reached in to open the door.  They took a laundry basket and a suitcase and loaded it with jewelry, electronics, pocketbooks, etc.  The house wasn't ransacked and they seemed to want to get out quickly (or were spooked by the bus).  The un-nerving thing is most of my neighbors were home and they walked in and out of my house in broad daylight carrying a laundry basket, luggage and even a power washer!  It was just luck that we weren't home or didn't walk in on them since we were only out for 2 hours.  

The police said there's been 15 similar breaking and entering type robberies and this is the fist clue they've gotten on the thieves.  Please pass this message on to your friends and neighbors to warn them and PLEASE be on the lookout for strange cars in your neighborhood.  The police think they're drug addicts looking for items they can quickly pawn.  
They come in the middle of the day when most people are out and probably ring the bell to see if anyone is home.  It makes me to mad that they are able to get away with this so please help stop them!!  Attached is a picture of the car....police believe they will continue to use in the future!

Franklin Food Pantry Announces Summer Initiatives and Mobilizes for a Healthy Season

The Franklin Food Pantry (FFP) has announced new initiatives to expand its services to existing and new clients. Firstly, The Food Pantry is in a position to test drive the mobile food pantry program this year. Beginning this month the FFP truck will become a mobile pantry, providing assistance to neighbors in the community who are unable to visit The Food Pantry’s downtown location due to obstacles such as transportation, childcare and medical reasons. Eligible members of the community will have the opportunity to pick up staples such as canned vegetables, fruits, beans, and soups; peanut butter, tuna fish, pasta, cereal, and beverages. Some non-food items may be offered as well including toiletries, household cleaning supplies and occasional pet products. Meat, dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and bakery items will be on the truck whenever available.
Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

The FFP Mobile Pantry will visit three locations as part of its pilot program on the following schedule:

  • Franklin Housing Authority, 1000 Central Park Terrace on the 2nd Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving residents of the Franklin Housing Authority at Central Park Terrace, North Park, East Park, or West Park Streets. 
  • Franklin Housing Authority, 45 Winter Street on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving residents 45 Winter Street; and 
  • Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street on the 4th Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving those affiliated with the Franklin Senior Center. 

Linda Sottile, Director of Operations for Franklin Food Pantry stated, “We expect to serve
an additional 40+ households in the next six months and hope to have additional locations on the
schedule by the end of the year.”

The Pantry also welcomes back the Healthy Futures Fresh Produce Market this summer. Running June
Healthy Futures Franklin
Healthy Futures Franklin
through October, the market will be open every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm. Clients can visit the downtown Franklin Food Pantry location at 43 West Central Street to pick up quality fruits and vegetables from our local farms and community garden partners. And, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, the Healthy Futures Market will present cooking demonstrations and food samplings from culinary experts of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® program.

Cooking Matters is a series of educational workshops offered in a fun, casual setting. The Cooking Matters staff will prepare simple, delicious dishes using seasonal produce and on-hand pantry staples. Guests will receive nutritional tips and recipe cards to help make these farm to table meals at home. The summer workshops are made possible by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation and fresh produce received from Akin Bak Farm, Hoffmann Farm, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School community gardens and Franklin Community Gardens.

Michelle Camiel, Eastern Massachusetts Manager for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters commented, “Cooking Matters is thrilled to be partnering with local farms, New England Chapel and the Food Pantry. It’s wonderful to collaborate with partners who are just as committed to bringing food skills education to families who need it as we are. We are looking forward to the Tuesday workshops at the pantry this summer!” Erin Lynch, Director of Development for Franklin Food Pantry shared, “The Cooking Matters educational classes are presented in a casual, cooperative and fun setting and have been very successful here. We have seen waiting lists of twenty or more families for these classes so we are excited to offer a summer series under the tent to accommodate larger numbers.”

Increased availability of nutritious food comes at a critical time for those who are reliant on The Food Pantry. For many families, when school closes for the summer, food insecurity rises. While at school, children in need receive lunch daily through state funded programs, but when the bell rings for the summer months, a steady diet can become compromised. Added Lynch, “It is important to serve our clients consistently throughout the year. The Greater Boston Food Bank recognizes the need for creative solutions to these challenges, and recently awarded our pantry a $2,500 grant for capacity building initiatives. The Mobile Pantry and Healthy Futures programs engage a collaboration of resources to provide additional reach to our community. Thank you to our sponsors, partner organizations, and our incredible core of volunteers who make these programs happen. “

To this end, volunteers are still needed for a variety of duties for both programs. Adults and students are welcome for several assignments. Some of the jobs include adult licensed drivers, loading and unloading the truck, set-up, inventory, assisting clients with shopping, and more. To get involved, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at

About Healthy Futures Franklin 
Mass in Motion
Mass in Motion
Healthy Futures Franklin is part of Mass in Motion (MIM). MIM is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play. Marissa Garofano, Director of Community Wellness and the Healthy Futures Initiative for The Y, commented: “The Healthy Futures Initiative is committed to reduce inactivity and poor nutrition in the fifteen communities the Hockomock Area YMCA serves through programs, projects, and policies. The Healthy Futures Fresh Produce Market at The Pantry is an extension of our efforts to provide nutritional advocacy and access to fresh fruits and produce.” About Cooking Matters® Cooking Matters® is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Learn more at For nutritious recipes and more information about Cooking Matters®, please check out the website at

About The Franklin Food Pantry
Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. The Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140 and can accept donations during business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9am -1pm. Non-perishables may also be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door, or monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin MA 02038. For more information, visit, like the pantry’s page on Facebook, or call 508-528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN # 04-3272663.

YPO Membership Changes

Young Professionals Organization
Young Professionals Organization
Special Announcement:
YPO Membership Changes

The United Regional Young Professionals Organization is a community of diverse individuals who share a common interest in professional relationship building, career development, social engagement and civic leadership. As an affiliate of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, the United Regional YPO provides a platform for individuals to engage with their peers and community while providing guidance and support to help them grow personally and professionally. 

You asked and we listened!

We are  excited to announce that you can now become involved with the United Regional YPO without a $50 membership fee. Originally the YPO required the membership fee to cover operational costs. Over the past year we have successfully reduced our costs and are now able to operate without a membership fee while still providing significant donations to local charitable organizations and causes. We are hoping that these changes will give our supporters more flexibility to take advantage of events and workshops without a significant commitment.  
Commonly asked questions:

Q:  Do I need to be a member to attend the events and workshops?
A: No. Attendance to all events is open to the general public.
Q: Can I still contribute a by-line article to the website for free?
A: For now, by-line articles will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.
Q; I already have paid for membership. What do I do?
A: We are in the process of reviewing all paid membership applications since January 1, 2014 and will be refunding on a prorated basis though PayPal. Questions regarding refunds can be directed to 
We look forward to seeing you at future networking  events and educational workshops. Thank you for your support!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 6/20/14 - THU 6/26/14

FRI 6/20   12-6pm   Farmers Market at Franklin Common
FRI 6/20   1-6pm   Franklin Community Blood Drive at Boston Sports Club, 2 weeks guest pass to BSC to all donors.
FRI 6/20   6:30pm-8:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center

SAT 6/21   9am-4pm   Franklin Public Library Book Sale
SAT 6/21   10am-1pm   “Say Goodbye To Franklin High” - final tour!

SAT 6/21   1-4pm   4th Annual Golf Classic - FHS Football and Alumni at New England Country Club

SUN 6/22   9am-12pm   Franklin Public Library Bag Sale
SUN 6/22   10am-11:30am   Zumbathon Charity Event for Jimmy Fund at Helen Owens Fitness in Franklin

WED 6/25   1pm   Summer Reading Kick Off Party at Franklin Public Library (lawn).

THU 6/26   6-8pm   Franklin Food Pantry Fundraiser at Pour Richard’s in Franklin.

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

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

F.X.O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) Now Enrolling For the 2014-2015 School Year

The Francis X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is an integrated preschool program operated by the Franklin Public Schools and is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The program is designed for children who are three to five years old. Parents and community involvement is an integral part of our preschool program. There are 2.5 and 4 hour programs available, but spots are filling quickly so register early! 
The highly trained staff provides a nurturing environment that utilizes a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on the National Association of the Education of Young Children and Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care guidelines. Multi-sensory and hands-on experiences maximize learning opportunities in the areas of social/emotional, language, motor, cognition and daily living skills. 
Applications and additional information for the 2014-2015 school year can be obtained online at: by clicking on the link under "schools" for ECDC. Applications can also be picked up by stopping by ECDC, 224 Oak Street (rear). All applicants must be Franklin residents who are 3 years of age by August 31, 2014. Any questions, please contact Kelty Kelley @ 508 541-8166 or by emailing

The ECDC page on the Franklin website can be found here

F.X.O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
F.X.O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)

TeamFitness: New Group Fitness Schedule, Kids Klubhouse and Blood Drive info

Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin Summer Information and Updates

Summer  Hours update

Mon-Thurs: 5 am-9 pm
Friday: 5 am- 7 pm
Sat-Sun: 7 am- 12 noon
New Summer Group Fitness Schedule begins on Monday, June 23, 2014

There will be no group fitness classes from June 29- June 6 due to the 4th of July Holiday, club clean up and instructor/member vacations. From past experience, we found most classes are not attended. Thank you for understanding.
ANY questions, please email 
Chris Avedisian at:

New Kids Klubhouse Hours
Starting Monday 6/23. the Kids Klubhouse will be available during the following hours:
Monday: 7am-12pm
Tues-Thurs: 7am-11am
Friday: 9am-11:30am  
YOU MUST RESERVE A SPOT FOR YOUR CHILD ONLINE (OR CALL THE CLUB) BY 9:00PM THE NIGHT BEFORE IF YOU PLAN ON COMING IN. Every evening we will check the reservations for the 7 am time and if there is no one signed up for 7 am then there will not be a child sitter for that time. We will then open the Klubhouse at 9 am.  
To sign up, simply go to:
  and log in using the username and password you chose when you created your acct. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Goebel at:
Franklin Community Blood Drive
Sunday, June 29, 2014
9:00 am- 2:00 pm

Team Fitness Franklin
100 Franklin Village Drive

Free 14 Day Guest Pass for all presenting donors!
First Month FREE for anyone who joins on day of the drive.(new members ONLY)

For appt please call:
Have you tried KILL CLIFF Sports Recovery Beverage?
Now available at Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin! A mix of micronutrients and functional ingredients that replenish your body and kick start recovery before, during and after a tough workout. No sugar, no artificial colors or flavors, Vegan.  Only 15 calories and 25mg caffeine.  3 flavors available: Tasty (Blood orange), Double Awesomeness (pomegranate-watermelon) and Force Field (lemon-lime).
Ask at the front desk for details on the nutrients 
and to try one!

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