Saturday, July 12, 2014

FHS Last Tour: Corridors and Student Art Work - part 6 (photos)

I was out of town and offline for most of the 4th of July week. So after a pause, let's continue the walk through the corridors of Franklin High School on the 'last tour.' I'll share more photos of student art work and other significant items of interest here:

student art - full wall mural - view from the left
student art - full wall mural - view from the left

student art - full wall mural - view from the right
student art - full wall mural - view from the right

the infamous lecture hall and stage
the infamous lecture hall and stage

student art work - 1
student art work - 1

student art work - 2
student art work - 2

student art work - 3
student art work - 3

student art work - 4
student art work - 4

student art work - 5
student art work - 5

student art work - detail
student art work - detail

student art work - in context
student art work - in context

Photos shared earlier can be found here:

Note: all the photos will be posted to Facebook and to Flickr for anyone to view in a single place. The locations are already established and photos will be added to them over time.

Facebook album       Flickr album

Update: E-ZPass email phishing scam - sample email

I had shared the alert from MassDOT about the E-ZPass email phishing scam that was making the rounds. As I checked my email spam folder this morning, I found that I had one! How cool... This is what I got and how it looks in Gmail:

E-ZPass phishing email
E-ZPass phishing email
While the Google spam filter has already identified this as spam, one of the key place to look is in the email address. The header of the email will look official (E-ZPass Service Center) but the actual email address will be something other than what it should be (support at The .ru in this case indicated the email is from a Russian domain.

The simple word on how to deal with suspicious emails? Delete.

Don't follow the link, you could pick up a virus or worse. Don't ever provide information if you do follow the link. They are looking for your account info and will take you for a ride if you give it to them.

Be safe!

For reference the post earlier this week can be found here:

In the News: Marjorie Turner Hollman

Marjorie Turner Hollman sat at a small wooden picnic table at the entrance of Louisa Lake Park in Milford. 
Hollman, a freelance writer and personal historian from Bellingham, watched as water trickled down the nearby dam. To the north, a paved pathway trailed into the distance. 
This trail, known as the Upper Charles River Bikeway, is one of 30 trails described in Hollman’s book, "Easy Walks in Massachusetts." The book describes hiking trails in Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Milford, Millis, Uxbridge, Wrentham and Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 
"It’s not arduous walks," Hollman said. "It’s when you’ve got an afternoon or morning … and you just want go someplace right around the corner but you don’t know quite where to go."
You can continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here:

along the SNETT off grove St in Franklin
along the SNETT off Grove St in Franklin

You may recall that we featured a few of the Franklin walks from Marjorie's book last month. You can find the write up on each walk here:


Beaver Pond/Chilson Beach

Dacey Fields

MassBudget: What the Governor vetoed from the FY15 budget

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Today, the Governor signed into law the state budget for FY 2015. The budget is a statement of priorities, describing what we will do together in the coming year, and detailing how we will pay for those things. With the limited revenue available, this budget focuses on a few priorities, including making investments in our transportation systems, continuing the process of restoring deep funding cuts made to the state's higher education system, and funding reforms of the system for paying human service providers.
In signing the budget, the Governor also exercised his authority to veto line items or portions of line items. These vetoes are small in the context of the full budget, reflecting a high degree of agreement among the Governor, House, and Senate.
The Governor's vetoes are detailed in the table below, many of which are vetoes of specifically earmarked projects.

The state budget includes not only funding appropriations but also changes to state law, in what are called "outside sections." The Governor also vetoed some of these policy provisions and proposed that the Legislature adopt amendments to others (details are included HERE).
With the Governor's signature, the FY 2015 budget is now law. It is important to note, however, that with a two thirds vote of the House and Senate the Legislature can override any of these vetoes.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 7/11/14 - THU 7/17/14

FRI 7/11  12-6pm   Farmers Market at Franklin Common
FRI 7/11   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center

SUN 7/13   8am   Yoga on the Beach - Beaver Pond, Franklin.

MON 7/14   4-7pm   Farmer’s Market at Whole Foods Plaza in Bellingham.
MON 7/14   6:30pm   Family PJ Storytime at Franklin Public Library.

TUE 7/15   4pm   Lego Club and Games at Franklin Public Library

WED 7/16   1pm   Teddy Bear Picnic at Franklin Public Library (lawn area)
WED 7/16   6pm   Concerts on the Common - The Bubble Music Man followed by The Frank Padula Band.

THU 7/17   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center (Sangria Night)

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For more details about events click HERE.

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

Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common

The farmers market is open today on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Franklin farmers market
Franklin farmers market provides a searchable map to locate farms and farmers markets.

The search of a 15 mile radius around Franklin reveals 16 markets. So if you can't make it to the Town Common today, there are others days to visit a market.

screen shot of Mass Grow map
screen shot of Mass Grow map

300 Fisher St - MA DEP, EPA presentation

Matthew Fitzpatrick, from the MA DEP, provided the presentation file used for the discussion on 300 Fisher St during the Town Council meeting Wednesday.

You can view the file here:

All the files on the MA DEP site associated with 300 Fisher St can be found here

and here

One of the recent updates (7/10/14) reveals that the most recent walk through of the site found it to be unsecured "from trespassers"

photo of map shown during presentation at Town Council meeting
photo of map shown during presentation at Town Council meeting

300 Fisher St (map)

A follow up email from a Fisher St resident prompted sharing this map.

As I understand the water flow, Mine Brook flows from the Fisher St area towards Beaver St and i495. As you look at this map, it would be flowing up to the top of the map and to the left (oriented as north and westerly).

screen shot of the detailed map showing contamination at 300 Fisher St and Mine Brook
screen shot of the detailed map showing contamination at 300 Fisher St and Mine Brook

The details on the hazardous waste (contaminated soil and ground water) can be found in the notes from the Town Council meeting this week:

The presentation document and associated MA DEP files on 300 Fisher St can be found here

In the News: recycling center, downtown project

The recycling center will open on Sundays beginning next month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November, a change the Town Council pushed hard for. 
The town still has to get the staff in place, and adding the new hours at the 455 Beaver St. center will cost roughly $2,200, which will likely come from the sale of permits.
Continue reading the full article in the Milford Daily News

After a decade of waiting, interspersed with numerous meetings and design updates, the initial improvements to the downtown will finally begin this month with roadwork on Lincoln and Main streets. 
Throughout the summer, construction crews with Walsh Contracting, the project manager hired by the state Department of Transportation, will install new drainage infrastructure and start a full reconstruction of the roadways. 
Delays and detours during the daytime hours are expected as the work progresses. A construction superintendent will notify residents who live along the streets when crews are working in front of their homes. 
Continue reading the full article in the Milford Daily News

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Live reporting - Downtown Project Status meeting - 7/10/14

meeting opens

Dean College's Brian Kelly provides some safety logistics about the room we are in here at Dean.

Town Administrator Jeff Nutting introduces the key folks part of the evening Questions and Answers and then Rep Jeff Roy provides some opening remarks in his role as one of the State liaisons.

Jeff Nutting - at podium introducing the remaining folks
Jeff Nutting - at podium introducing the remaining folks

Dave (last name not captured) - Walsh Construction
focus of work this year will be Main St to Lincoln, primarily underground work, then grinding up the road prior to re-paving. Anticipate having all the underground work and a binder layer done before the winter. In 2015, we'll come back to begin the sidewalks, etc. which will take more time (we'll have the full season to do so).

Final coating should be all done in one smooth continuous cover.

Nutting - There'll be some pole replacements and the State can speak to the coordination.

George Merdi - State, construction engineer
coordinating the utility work to be done. The utility work is critical to the timeline of the schedule. The utility companies are on board.

Nutting - will there be traffic flow during the construction?
Dave - when feasible, there will be detours noted for work for the day (removed at the end of the day)

Nutting - access to the driveway?
Dave - will try to provide what we can during the day, at least at the end of the day

Q - on the map, there is a small section of  Summer St, what about the remainder of Summer St?
Nutting - Yes, the first 100 feet or so from East Central is part of the downtown project. The remainder of Summer St is a town project, water line this year and paving next year as we normally do. Trying to coordinate the schedule between the two during the year.

Q - can you take us back through the project, what it will be like at the end?
Nutting - Obtained funding in 2002, the ultimate goal to get the fire station off the one way street. (2) To slow down traffic on Main St. Speed bump curb to curb at Depot St, and at Dean at the crosswalk. (3) studies have shown that not all the traffic wanted to go on Main St, so the traffic staying on 140 can do so. (4) aesthetic improvements, brick walks, utilities underground, period lighting.

There is no indication that the traffic getting through town will be any faster. The funding was $1M per year beginning in 2005, so we wouldn't have had all of it until 2010 anyway.

Did look at under grounding utilities from Ruggles to West Central but it didn't make sense financially. Will still some overhead wires there.

photo of the map handed out at the meeting
photo of the map handed out at the meeting
Map detail - The green coloring indicates work being done in 2014. The blue and yellow sections will be done in 2015. The blue is the full roadway rebuild on Main St. The yellow is the mill and re-paving along East/West Central and Emmons Sts.

Q - line on my property seems to be in the middle, is that where it will stay?
Nutting - we have the full plan docs here, the same contractor did the Union St work a couple of years ago.

Q - what is the change order process?
Nutting - we'll have the info available. No guarantee but submit it, it will be reviewed and decided.

Q - what will the Main St be like?
Nutting - there'll be a base coat down before the winter will be here.

Q - sense of Bridge to Emmons St?
Dave - all of next year, early Apr through the summer. Construction equipment? There will be times it will be closed.
Nutting - Main St is a full depth reconstruction
Dave - right now it will be all daylight work.
Nutting - water and sewer is already done, the State will be doing some drainage

Q - what about parking?
Nutting - we are looking at alternative areas. Perhaps Emmons st. The Post Office is putting their own parking lot in, so that will help us. May prohibit commuter parking for a period

There is a sequence for doing the bridge in 3 phases, you can come down and review the details.

Q - what about the width of the road?
The right of way will not be any wider. The structure of the bridge will not be touched.

Q - what about the work in front of the fire station?
The fire dept will not be impacted during the work period.

Q - on the quality of the asphalt mix?

Q - What about the trees? Some of them have colored ribbons.
Dave - orange indicates trees to be protected, blue to be removed; we'll be coming in next week to start putting the protection in and around the trees

Q - no handicap accessible access on Main St?
Nutting - that is why we are doing this. The work we are doing is going to be all ADA compliant

Q - considering some lights? At St Mary's trying to turn left coming up Beaver.
Nutting - there is no signalization in this work. There is no plan to change any of the signals in this work

Q - Anything ore on the timing for downtown next year?
Dave - we'll concentrate on doing the full depth first, the lions share of the West Central/Emmons would be later next year.

Brutus - mill and overlay will be fairly quick, you can do it in about two weeks

Q - on street lighting downtown vs. Union St where it is light up like a Christmas tree
Downtown will be getting the period lighting, the East Central area will remain with above ground poles and lights

Q - What about the Emmons St lot?
Nutting - there is nothing decided yet, the Town Council has to consider that. Even to go through a public process to dispose of the property, it could be set to be available in fall of 2015.

Jeff Nutting facilitating answers to the questions
Jeff Nutting facilitating answers to the questions

Q - when will the traffic turn?
Nutting - when it is all done, hopefully some time Sep/Oct 2015. It could be as late as Apr 2016

Q - there'll be times when our students will be moving in and out, where we have to communicate with 1,000 families
Nutting - we will keep you informed and work with the abutters as issues come up. This is a MA project so we (Franklin) will be in a communication role.

Q - what is the normal day hours
Nutting/Dave -  7-3 normally on M-F

Q - on how to get to Main St
Nutting - Coming east on West Central, you'll turn left on Emmons and right on Main.

Q - how do GPS people know that Franklin has no gone two-way?
Nutting - call Google?

Q - on parking along Main St down by St Mary's, currently can be done on both sides?
Nutting - we'll need to look at that, maybe need to restrict parking

Q - what about the meters?
Nutting - they'll come out during the construction but the Town Council has not yet decided what to do. We could enforce 2 hour parking without meters.

Q - Emmons up to Ray St?
Nutting no change, it will remain one way

We'll be getting the communications and notifications out in the next couple of weeks.

closing meeting

Recycling center to open on Sundays, Citizens Committee renamed

In the first of three presentations at the Town Council meeting on Weds, July 9th, the MA DEP and EPA jointly appeared looking for assistance with the clean up of hazardous waste at 300 Fisher St. The site has held many different operations over the years. There is ground water and soil contamination that is spreading to Mine Brook but not to Beaver Pond. The MA DEP and EPA would work with the site owner to develop a plan for the clean up. To get the process started, Franklin was asked to leverage their connections to get the governor to write a letter to the EPA asking for the site to be added to the National Priorities Listing (NPL). The Council made a motion and passed it unanimously to put that letter together.

map of 300 Fisher st showing the areas of contamination
map of 300 Fisher st showing the areas of contamination

The second discussion item resulted in a decision to open the Recycling Center on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This expands the service available to Franklin residents. The $25 sticker is good from July 1 through June 30, 2015. Once paid, residents can bring the items listed on the recycling flyer without additional charge.

The third discussion item resulted in the changing of the name and scope for what was the "Citizens Committee" to the "Advisory Committee." The scope of the effort is now reduced from the broad set of actions to a single focus:
"to solicit, encourage and promote quality development that is financially beneficial and aesthetically complimentary to the community"
The renaming and the adjusted scope are good changes.

My full set of notes from the meeting can be found here

Franklin Library: Teddy Bear Picnic

Summer time, green grass, warm sun, a good time for a Teddy Bear picnic! Get your teddy bear and come to the Franklin Library for Wednesday, July 16 at 1:00 PM.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Teddy Bear Picnic

This was shared from the Franklin Library page here:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Live reporting - Closing

Norma Collins retiring next week, had been instrumental in a number of buildings

Downtown project meeting at 6:30PM at Dean College
public welcomed

thanks to 4th of July committee

Concerts on the Common started tonight

Lincoln St did start with the culvert today, the street should

Erin Lynch congratulations as Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry

Passport at the Town offices

Do have a twitter account and will be using in more and more with the up coming construction

ATC report?
probably a couple of months

did replace current lights with LEDs over time, did get a 2/3rd subsidy to pay for those

accepting 12,000 fluorescent bulbs from State

Bissanti - I see more blighted buildings around town we need to do something
Nutting - we can take another look
Cerel - we have as strong a bylaw as exists in the Commonwealth
Jones- can we get it before the economic development to look at?

Cerel - in a case of irresponsible parties, there is a problem
there is no easy solution, there is a provision to expand the housing courts to cover the entire state
we are in a zone where we are not covered currently
that would be one more tool to use if that happens

Bissnati - commend Padula on extension of the recycling center hours

Kelly - congrats to Erin Lynch as well, Norma is a treasure
Nutting - there are certifications required for the position, we are moving quickly

Kelly - thanks for my fellow councilors for walking the parade route with me this year

Pfeffer - Fire Dept put in a work order 10 months later

Vallee - getting complaints about Lincoln and Daniels
Nutting - some people drag their feet in getting contracts signed, the water line was intended to sit over the winter; should have been started in the first of June

Padula - if we are going to do anything with the bylaw, let's ensure we include the town attorney



motion to adjourn, seconded, passed 8-0

Live reporting - Legislation

Economic Development committee meeting (date to be added)

1. Resolution 14-47: Creation of Franklin Advisory Committee From the Citizens’ Committee
motion to move, seconded, passed 8-0

2. Resolution 14-48: Acceptance of Gift - Town of Franklin
motion to move, seconded, passed 8-0

3. Bylaw Amendment 14-737: Amendment to Chapter 139-14: Sewer Map – 2nd Reading 2/3 Vote
Bissanti recused himself
affects single property on Pinehurst St
motion to move, seconded, passed 7-0-1 (via roll call)

4. Bylaw Amendment 14-739: Amendment to Chapter 179- 9.1: Water Map - 1st Reading
Bissanti recused himself
motion to move to 2nd reading, seconded, passed 8-0

developer will be replacing a section of water line which has been on the master plan for a decade

5. Bylaw Amendment 14-740:Amendment to Chapter 139-14: Sewer Map – 1st Reading
Bissanti recused himself
motion to move to 2nd reading, seconded, passed 8-0

benefit to the public, attached letter should be included, donation of approx. $100,000

Live reporting - Citizens Committee


Franklin Advisory Committee (Citizens’ Committee)

folks don't appreciate the work required to sit in the Council chairs
a number of us volunteered to help in anyway we could

many years ago Franklin did have an advisory committee

new scope = "to solicit, encourage and promote quality development that is financially beneficial and aesthetically complimentary to the community"

committee sized to be from 5 to 9 members appointed by the Town Council
would be looking to add a couple of members

Live reporting - Recycling Center


Recycling Center

Padula - probably breaking even this year, last year made about $20,000
concern that there was no request from the citizens for extensions
brief survey expressed interest in 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM hours for Sunday

the $25 dollar stickers, covers all the listing of items (to be added)
saves money compared to calling to use the curbside recycling

Nutting - revenues also fluctuate with the recycling market

motion to open recycling center from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sundays
to mirror the Tuesday openings mostly Apr to Nov

the DPW budget is large enough to absorb this, we'll have more info for the budget next time around
it would be a minimal change

seconded, passed 8-0

Live reporting - EPA - 300 Fisher St


multiple folks from MassDEP and US EPA presenting
a multi-million dollar cleanup
contamination extends outside the property boundaries and includes Mine Brook
can qualify for SuperFund listing process

(presentation to be added later) presentation added 7/11/14 - 5:30 AM

six primary areas for contamination
contamination is migrating down Mine Brook, it is not going into Beaver Pond
need to investigate further and to address the contamination that is present

BJAT LLC is property owner and lack resources to deal with the clean up

Discussion on the ownership, whose responsible, etc. will be investigated by EPA as part of this process
determination of liability will be part of the effort
EPA has resources that the State of MA doesn't have access to

It is not likely to be associated with the Town but that final determination has not yet been made

Health risks - physical hazards, as well as lead in Mine Brook that is migrating

EPA has legislation to go after the appropriate parties for liability and to provide funds via the SuperFund if necessary

anyone who has had a hand in contributing or not limiting the contamination will be identified

EPA has a good track record with Potentially Responsible Parties (PRP)

MA has 37 Superfund sites within the state, 70% have responsible parties involved

EPA came in later, MA DEP had asked them first
first notification came in 2007, an engineering company walked through and suspected contamination which was confirmed with research and testing

The EPA is not involved with the NuStyle property as it is not a SuperFund site. They have assisted the Town with remediation

Assistance is being looking for in getting the site onto the listing, it will require a letter from the Governor

There is no air borne solution, just soil and ground water contamination

The process is iterative, in the assess phase right now

SuperFund takes awhile to get it cleaned up
requires multiple Federal rule milestones

National Priorities Listing (NPL)
EPA proposes sites twice a year, the next cycle would be for next spring (spring 2015)
would require letter from Governor by Fall 2014

it is fair to say that this could take a decade or more to resolve
it will be a number of years to get our arms around the scope of the effort

The Federal government does not take ownership, we do place liens on the property to help repay the costs

boots on the ground late 2016 or 2017 to do the real investigation
remediation had to speculate, would be a number of years off

Kelly - are they in good tax status?
Nutting - I don't know off hand

motion to draft letter as necessary, seconded, passed 8-0
letter should be ready by Friday

Live reporting: Town Council - July 9, 2014

Present: Feldman, Padula, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti, WIlliams
Absent: Mercer


– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.

Jul 30th - special Town Council meeting at 7:00 PM






FHS sports garner end of season recognition

1 - Franklin lacrosse - Marta Versprille as the Hock league’s MVP
In the midst of another dominating and undefeated Hockomock League season by the Franklin girls’ lacrosse team, the coaches gathered and chose senior midfielder Marta Versprille as the league’s MVP. Four years ago, another Versprille was honored with the same award -- Marta’s sister Anne. 
“It meant so much to me to be named Hock MVP,” said Marta shortly after the season ended. “Many girls in the league are deserving of the title, especially a number of my teammates. I think it really could've gone to anyone this year and I’m honored to be chosen.” 
The two sisters can actually thank the middle sibling, their brother Jake, for beginning the family’s fascination with lacrosse. Jake and his cousin Sam were the first to pick up the sport in elementary school, the year that Franklin began a town league. It wasn’t until a few years later that Anne and Marta also had a league to join and they were instantly hooked as well.
You can read the full article here:

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

2 - Hock Top 15 Countdown - #3 Kings of the mat
On Saturday, the Franklin wrestling team added a team title at the Hockomock Championships to the league title that the Panthers had earned during the dual meet season. Franklin had five individuals bring home Hockomock titles and garnered 256 points as a team to hold off rival North Attleboro (225 points) to win the team crown at the meet, which was held at Oliver Ames.
Read the full article recognizing the FHS wrestling team's accomplishments this past season.

3 - Softball awards - All star team - Catcher - Brie Flaherty, Franklin
Franklin junior Brie Flaherty had a big season behind the dish for the Panthers. The 5'5" junior caught both Sabrina LoMonaco and Lilly Criscione throughout the season and was one of the top defensive catchers in the Hockomock. She batted .272 on the season and knocked in 22 runs for the Panthers. She scored six runs of her own and had seven doubles on the season. Flaherty also smacked four home runs in her junior campaign and listed History as her favorite subject.
Read the full article here

4 - Top 15 Countdown - FHS Girls Soccer makes the listing at #4
It was a bit of a see-saw battle in the Division 1 East Finals between Franklin and Concord-Carlisle. The Patriots' offense went to work right away before Franklin finally settled down and took control for the middle portion of the game. In the second half, the Patriots battled back. 
But Franklin went with the strategy of keep away, and it worked -- well, almost. Leading 10-9 with a minute to go until they would crowned D1 East Champs, the Panthers turned it over and within 20 seconds, their one-goal lead turned into a one-goal deficit to CC. 
As the final seconds ticked away, it appeared that it would be the Patriots that would take the title, but with just two seconds left, everything changed again.
Read the full story here

5 - Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year - FHS Jack Vail
Franklin junior attack Jack Vail has been named the 2014 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Vail was an offensive juggernaut, helping the Panthers to a share of the Kelley-Rex Division title. 
Vail was one of the best scorers in the entire league, scoring 60 goals on the season and adding 48 assists for an impressive total of 108 points.

"Jack was one of the most consistent players in the entire league throughout the season," Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan said. "It seemed as though Jack was always involved in scoring a big goal for the Panthers. He not only had a great season in terms of scoring himself, he was able to draw the attention of defenses and became a true assist man as well. Those two things right there are big factors in why Jack was named Player of the Year for"
You can read the full article here

Blackstone Valley: Things to do in July

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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
July: Things to do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

For a complete, detailed listing of events, see the event calendar

Ranger Walkabouts Continue Throughout the Summer

Thursday, July 10
Ranger Walkabout: Nine Men's Misery: King Philip's War & the Blackstone Valley
Cumberland Public Library
1464 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, RI
Start time: 6:30 pm
King Phillip's War (1675-76) was fought between the Nipmuc, Wampanoag and Narragansett Nations against the recently arrived English settlers. This war stretched across the Blackstone Valley, much of southeastern New England and up into New Hampshire. 
Join the National Park Service to learn about this conflict, and visit the earliest veterans' memorial established in the United States. This program includes a trail walk, please wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk will begin at the gazebo behind the Cumberland Public Library. 
Parking: Plenty of parking is available in the Cumberland Public Library parking lot, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI. 

Marking Mileage: Distance-Oriented Hikes Around Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary

worcester ma

Tuesdays, July 1 - July 15
Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 
414 Massasoit Avenue 
Worcester, MA 01604 
10:00 - 11:30 am

Looking to get some distance under your belt? Want some exercise with walking buddies? Need a kick to get started? 

Take a naturalist-led walk each week as we go progressively farther through the sanctuary. Start off the first week with an easy 2-mile walk, then work up to longer distances each week. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087

Summer Concert Series at Alternatives

Thursdays, July 3 - September 4
50 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Alternatives is kicking off the 2014 free Summer Concert Series with an Independence Day celebration and The Lovejoy Band! 

The show starts at 6 PM and will end in time for you to catch the fireworks on Linwood Street. Don't forget your lawn chairs. Refreshments are available.

Summer Programs at Willard House and
Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum
11 Willard Street
Grafton, MA

Wednesdays: July 9, July 23, August 6 Once Upon a Summer Story Time
12:30 - 1:15 pm

Willard House and Clock Museum is partnering with the Grafton Public Library to offer children ages 3-6 a unique opportunity to enjoy special stories, tours of the museum and a craft. The program is free of charge. Space is limited and reservations can be made by contacting the museum at 508-839-3500. Participants are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the museum's grounds. 

Saturday, July 19

Music in the Barn
Start time: 6:00 pm

Blackstone Cuil and special guests - Spend a mid-summer's night enjoying the spirited melodies of this lively Celtic Band. Musicians from Grafton's Apple Tree Arts open this musical evening. For more information, contact the museum at 508-839-3500

Sunday, July 27
Iced Tea Social and Lawn Party
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Spend a quiet, relaxing summer afternoon with a tall glass of iced tea and period refreshments at an iced tea social. Guests will be served outside, weather permitting, or in one of the museum's galleries. Limited tours of the museum will be available. Admission to this special event is by reservation only. Please contact museum no later than July 20 at 508-839-3500 for cost information and reservations.

Free Summer Programs at Captain Wilbur
Kelly House

Free Kelly House Programs 2014

Pawtucket Parks & Recreation
Pawtucket Library Summer Programs

Pawtucket Summer Programs 2014

Plant Pull Party

Saturday, July 26, 9:00 am - Noon 
and/or August 10, 1 - 3:00 pm
Blackstone River Watershed Association
Rice City Pond
East Hartford Avenue
Uxbridge, MA
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Now that the man-made garbage has been hauled out, it's time to roll up sleeves and haul out Mother Nature's garbage! 

Join Blackstone River Watershed Association for their annual Pull the Plants Party to continue the battle against the invasive asian water chestnut outbreak in Rice City Pond! 

Exact dates for the party will be dependent on weather and plant growth.

Hearthside Pays Tribute to the 1904 World's Fair
World's Fair 1904Sunday, July 13

677 Great Road (Rt. 123)
Lincoln, RI
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

During the event, an extensive exhibit will be on display throughout the rooms at the 1810 Hearthside House, which will include photographic displays, interpretive panels, video presentation and memorabilia. 

Self-guided tours throughout Hearthside will be available throughout the day as well as a re-creation of the carnival-type atmosphere that was found at the 1904 World's Fair along "The Pike."  

Cogswell Tower Tour

Wednesday, July 23
Start time: 6:00 pm 

The tour of Cogwell Tower at Jenks Park in Central Falls is July 23 at 6:00 p.m. Meet at the arch on 580 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI. 

Downtown Sundown Concert Series

downtown sundown
Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street
Providence, RI
Saturday, July 12
  • Kayla Farnham
  • Heather Rose
  • Kristen and J
  • Rank Strangers
Saturday, July 26
  • Jesse and Jack Gauthier
  • Dan Lilley and Scatman
  • Lisa Markovich
  • Bethel Steele

Event Calendar

Check out the event calendar for a more complete, detailed listing of Blackstone Corridor Events:

We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
About The Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
Congress established the National Heritage Corridor in 1986 to restore and preserve the nationally significant heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, where the industrialization of America began. It has become a successful program of partnerships between federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nongovernment organizations, pooling their resources and pursuing a common agenda of preservation and revitalization. 

Ongoing Blackstone Corridor programs and projects include historic preservation, river cleanup, land conservation and stewardship, visitor centers, ranger walks, programs with schools, recreational programs and events, support for arts and cultural events, training for partners and volunteers and assistance to towns trying to preserve their heritage while also improving the local and regional economy.
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