Saturday, September 13, 2014

Franklin Solar Challenge - meeting documents

The flyer available for those attending the Franklin Solar Challenge meeting on Wednesday, Sep 10 is available here:

The presentation used by SolarFlair can be viewed here

My notes from the meeting can be found here

and here

The solar farm under construction at Mount St Mary's Abbey in 2013
The solar farm under construction at Mount St Mary's Abbey in 2013

If you would like to explore joining the Franklin Solar Challenge, you can find out more with the Franklin Planning and Community Development Dept.

Franklin Food Pantry: Volunteers Needed for Mobile Pantry Monday, Sept. 15

Hello Volunteers,

We are looking for a couple of volunteers for our Mobile Pantry at Winter Street this Monday from 1:00-4:00.  Responsibilities include loading the truck with a few crates, loading coolers with refrigerator items, heading to location (1 mile away), unloading crates, assisting clients with selections, weighing items and other assistance as needed.

It is a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in our community and see the complete circle!

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Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

Lisa Buccella and Maria Weiss
Volunteer Coordinators
Franklin Food Pantry
43 West Central Street
PO Box 116
Franklin, MA 02038
508-528-3115, press 5 for volunteer line voicemail

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Dean Leadership Institute Announcement - Werner canceling

Dean Leadership Institute Announcement
Dean College

Dear Stephen,

Thank you for registering to attend Dean College's Fall Dean Leadership Institute Executive Lecture Series event, scheduled for September 23, 2014.

We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, Tom Werner is unable to present the Dean Leadership Institute Executive Lecture. We are working with The Boston Red Sox to secure a new date and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you again for being a friend of Dean College.
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News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

August 2014 Real Estate Activity

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reported today real estate activity in Norfolk County, MA for the month of August, 2014 was flat with small growth in real estate sales volume offset by continuing challenges faced by the mortgage industry. One bright spot for the month of August, 2014 was the average sales price for commercial and residential property stood at $608,535, a healthy 13% increase year over year. 

O'Donnell expressed continued confidence that the worst of the real estate slump has been surmounted and real estate activity, particularly in Norfolk County, would continue to show signs of improvement. O'Donnell stated, "The increased average real estate sales price is the clearest evidence that Norfolk County is an attractive place to live and conduct business. Overall, the improving economy, evidenced by the reduced unemployment rate in Massachusetts, particularly east of Rt. 495, will in the near term result in increased real estate activity and improvements in the mortgage market".

Total dollar volume of real estate activity for the month of August, 2014 increased 1% year over year. For the month of August, 2014, total sales volume was $699 million dollars compared to August 2013 figure of $693 million. The total number of deeds recorded fell 11% year over year with 1,149 recorded in August compared to 1,289 recorded in August, 2013.

Mortgage market continued to face challenges in August, 2014. Total number of mortgages recorded in August, 2014 fell 24% year over year. Key factor in the reduced mortgage recording activity continued to be a slowdown in mortgage refinance activity. Total mortgage indebtedness did increase 49% year over year. The total mortgage indebtedness for August, 2014 was $1.9 billion compared to $1.3 billion in August, 2013.

Foreclosure deed recordings also remained flat. Twenty-one foreclosure deeds were recorded in August, 2014 compared to 20 in August, 2013. Monitoring of foreclosure deeds continues to be a top priority of Register O'Donnell and the staff of the Registry of Deeds. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, working closely with its partners South Shore Home Consortium and Neighbor Works Southern Mass, continues to help identify services and counseling for those Norfolk County homeowners who have recently received a Notice of Foreclosure from a lender.

Homestead recording activity in August, 2014 decreased 13% year over year. A total of 1,138 Homesteads were recorded in August, 2014 compared to 1,315 in August, 2013. Information on the advantages of filing a Homestead Act can be found on the Registry website

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, MA is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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Franklin High School Sports Teams all Win on Friday!

Hockomock sports provides a good source for all the FHS sports scores. In the results from Friday we find:


Franklin, 27 @ Framingham, 21 - Final (OT)
1st Quarter: Andrew Parent 14-yard rush (6-0).
4th Quarter: Jake Lyons 1-yard rush (13-21); Kyle Skidmore 22-yard pass to A. Parent, A. Parent 2-pt rush good (21-21).
Overtime: A. Parent 7-yard rush (27-21).

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 3 @ Sharon, 0 - Final - Tim LaRowe scored a goal and had an assist, Billy Dorion and Cal Harmon each scored once and James Fredrick had the shutout in net for the Panthers.

Girls Soccer

Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 3 - Final - Taylor Cogliano had a goal and an assist in the win for the Panthers. Bailey Knous and Alexis Stowell each scored a goal as well.

you can read all the scores from the Hockomock League action on Friday here

Friday, September 12, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/12/14 - THU 9/18/14

FRI 9/12   12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common
FRI 9/12   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center

MON 9/15   3-6pm   Farmers Market at Whole Foods Plaza in Bellingham.

WED 9/17   6:30-7:30pm   Doggie Tales: Read to a dog. Franklin Public Library, grades 2 and up. Sign up at the desk.
WED 9/17   7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop - Open to Public, Free, Franklin Municipal Building.

THU 9/18   7-8:30pm   14th Annual High School Fair for 8th grade students at Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Franklin.

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

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

Franklin Library: Fun on the Trail

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee has collaborated with the Franklin Library to put this pair of events together. Your child makes an art craft one Saturday (Sept 20) and then takes a walk on the trail the next (Sept 27) to find the art craft.

Nice combination of art and exercise!

Fun on the trail
Fun on the trail
This was shared from the Franklin Library page here

For more info about the Rail Trail, you can visit their website here

Franklin's Primary Election Results

Only 1580 2325 (1590 Democrats and 735 Republicans = 2325 total voters) voters made the effort to get to the high school and cast their ballot in the primary election on Tuesday. Town Clerk, Debbie Pellegri posted the results to the Franklin website.

You can view the results here:

You can also find the results on the Franklin website here

gymnasium section at the new Franklin High School
gymnasium section at the new Franklin High School

MassPoetry: Check out our new website!

Our new website, ways to get involved, Poetry on the T, and more
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We are thrilled to unveil a brand new Get to know our team, our programs, our partnersupcoming events across the state, and more. Here are some of our favorite features and pages:

• Statewide Poetry Calendar
Our new statewide poetry calendar is on its way to being rife with readings across the state. Create a profile by clicking "sign up," then add events to your personalized calendar and get email reminders of what you want to attend. (If you regularly host poetry events in MA and want to be authorized to add events to the calendar, please contact us.)

• Massachusetts Poet Database
In response to several inquiries regarding a database of poets in the state who are available for readings or consideration for various honors, we are creating a database of Massachusetts poets. Please, go forth and create your entry!

• Forthcoming: New Books by Massachusetts Poets
In an effort to promote Massachusetts poets with new books year-round (rather than just at our popular festival reading each year) we will be devoting a page of our website to new books by Massachusetts poets. Please email the image of your new book cover, the link to where it can be purchased, and the publisher info to

• Participation Page
There are countless ways to get involved with Mass Poetry. Check out our Participate page to learn about a handful of them.

And while you're online, be sure to check out:

September Poetry on the T, sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing Program
Our autumn Professional Development offerings with Ben Berman, Regie Gibson, and Cole Rodriguez. If you work with high school students, you won't want to miss these! October 11, November 8, and December 6. 
Our U35 Reading Series page, complete with upcoming readings and videos of past readings.
Media galleries of past Mass Poetry Festivals in all their glory, as you get inspired to submit your proposal for the Mass Poetry Festival 2015! (Submission period Sept 15-Oct 30)
Our current and archived Poems of the Moment!
A look back at Common Threads throughout the years, as we approach the program's fifth anniversary! 
Our articles and series, like this summer's series on Poets Who Write Prose, or a throwback series like The State of Poetry.
If you are part of a group or organization interested in becoming a Poetry Partner, please email

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In the News: Tri-County NASA connection

For another year, a select group of Tri-County Regional Vocational High School students have been named official employees of NASA, joining other schools from across the country to design and build technology that may one day be used on the International Space Station. 
NASA accepted Tri-County into the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program in 2011, and for the past three years, teams of science and engineering students have been developing projects to test in zero gravity.  
Tri-county Regional Voc Tech
Tri-county Regional Voc Tech
Last April, six seniors traveled to Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, to try out their mass flow meter — a device that measures the mass flow rate of a fluid as it moves through a tube — aboard a zero gravity plane. 
This year, 15 seniors and 22 juniors will start new projects or continue work they started last year, such as a mixer for fresh foods that must work in zero gravity.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News (subscription maybe required)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Senior Center piloting evening hours on Thursday

The Senior Center is announcing a pilot program for this month. The center will be open on Thursday Sept. 11 and Sept 25 until 7:30 pm. 
Two new programs are being offered. Mat Yoga and Open Art Studio along with access to the Pool Table, Library, Computer Lab, and Craft and Game rooms. If this proves popular, we will continue to offer these evening hours and expand them accordingly. 
Please call the center for more information 508-520-4945.
Senior Center - WMRC Expo Friday, Sep 26
Senior Center - WMRC Expo Friday, Sep 26

If you missed the monthly newsletter for September you can find it here

September is "National Preparedness Month"

Power outages, hurricanes, floods, or snow storms – it’s important to plan ahead for emergencies. And because the Commonwealth designates September “National Preparedness Month,” there’s no better time to start than now. 
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) have partnered together to launch two public information programs to help residents be ready for emergencies and disasters.

Continue to read the full article on the MA.Gov blog here

September is "National Preparedness Month"
September is "National Preparedness Month"

FPAC Gala Highlights Grand Opening Events At THE BLACK BOX

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) debuts a transformative new performance and event venue, raising the curtain on THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. FPAC kicks off the company’s premiere season in its new home with a grand-opening weekend September 20-22 to introduce the theater and event space to the community. Anchoring a series of signature events, FPAC’s annual Gala will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 6 p.m. featuring silent and live auctions, inspired cuisine by Artistry Catering and Events, and dancing until midnight. 
The evening’s entertainment presents a special, one-night-only performance by guest artists Beth Leavel, renowned Broadway veteran and Tony® Award winner for The Drowsy Chaperone, and Alexander Gemignani, Broadway’s acclaimed Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) and Billy Flynn (Chicago). 
Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel’s extensive Broadway credits include 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Show Boat, The Civil War, Young Frankenstein, Mama Mia!, Elf the Musical, and Baby It’s You! (Tony® Award nominee). Her Tony Award-winning performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone also earned Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as well. Leavel previously headlined FPAC’s 2012 Gala at Gillette Stadium. 
Alexander Gemignani was most recently featured in the Tony® nominated Broadway revival of Violet, with Sutton Foster. Previous Broadway credits include Assassins, Sweeney Todd (Drama Desk Award nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, and The People in the Picture. Gemignani has appeared Off-Broadway in Avenue Q and Sondheim’s Road Show, as well as in a staged concert production of South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stikes Mitchell at Carnegie Hall and in Passions with Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald. 
Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani

The weekend’s Grand Opening events at THE BLACK BOX continue on Sunday, September 21 with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. FPAC invites the community to come celebrate, tour the facility, and learn about upcoming programming. Stop by the venue, located at 15 West Central Street, to see the new space and hear more about FPAC’s 2014-15 presenting schedule. 
FPAC’s season kick-off concludes with the annual FPAC Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting THE BLACK BOX, on Monday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central Street. Enjoy a day on the links, dinner, raffle and entertainment. Featuring a beautifully conditioned and challenging Championship golf course and renovated, state-of-the-art Clubhouse, the Franklin Country Club provides the perfect setting for an exciting day of fun for the whole family. 
The entry fee is $175 per golfer or $650 per foursome and includes greens fees, cart, golf shirt, buffet dinner and entertainment. Those not interested in golf are encouraged to attend the event after-party, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and featuring a cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment. The cost to participate in this portion of the event is $30 per person. Golfers and guests are encouraged to register at by September 13. For tickets or information about sponsorship opportunities, including $100 hole sponsorships, contact Alan Mercer at (508) 528-8668. 
Founded in 1991, the nonprofit, community-based FPAC brings together professional artists, amateur performers and students of the arts in a collaborative and creative environment, with a special focus on youth development and a commitment to live music. As company performers and alumni make their mark in top college and conservatory programs, national Broadway tours, cruise line casts, film, television and regional theater, their successes demonstrate the quality of preparation and level of entertainment value found in FPAC productions. 
For more information about FPAC, THE BLACK BOX and grand-opening events, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

Blackstone River Theatre - Opens 15th season Sunday with Cape Breton music!!



This year's Solstice Fest was our biggest yet... stay tuned for more on the 2015 festival set for June 20! 

Zumba with April Hilliker on Mondays, 6:30 PM
Sept. 13 and 14  
Eight levels of Irish step dance begin 8-week session 

Sunday, Sept. 14, 7 PM 

Sept. 16 and 17 
Five levels of fiddle classes begin 6-week session 

Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 PM 

Sunday, Sept. 21, 7 PM 

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 PM 

Oct. 4 and 5 
Celtic stone carving class

Saturday, October 4, 8 PM 

Oct. 9 
6-week session of tin whistle and 5-string banjo classes begin

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM 

Friday, October 17, 8 PM 

Oct 25 
Beginner/Continuing beginner mountain dulcimer session begins

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM 
Quick Links...
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Tickets often available at door but to ensure a seat


Please understand that when a show is SOLD OUT, it truly is! We must adhere to fire codes and it truly is not possible to fit "just one more"... especially when we have had several people ask to do the same!

If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means:
If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the same day as the show, you will pay the day-of show-price.

NOTE for prepaid tickets
or if reservations have been made but not pre-paid:
If you reduce the number of tickets requested or paid for at the box office on the night of the performance, that ticket must still be paid for! BRT requires 24 hour notice for cancellations or you will be charged for all seats reserved.
Dear Steve,

We have been doing a LOT of behind-the-scenes work to make your BRT experience even better this past month... renovations, painting, gardening, redoing the floors and more... And look for a brand-new parking lot and front walkway this October...

But now it's time to bring back some great music!

Lots of great classes coming up ... five levels of fiddle, Irish step dance for kids AND adults, Celtic stone carving, Zumba, dulcimer, whistle and 5-string banjo!

And we have an AMAZING Fall lineup planned for you! Take a quick look to the left... our website will be updated soon with full info...

Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook to get late-breaking news and really expensive gifts. Well, not that last one but definitely the first part... Please share what we do with your friends!


Hope to see you soon...
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  


Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they explore and test the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie on fiddle, and Maggie on piano have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, both also sing and step dance. Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for "Young Performers of the Year," East Coast Music Award nominees for "Traditional Album" and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for "New Artist" and "Roots Album of the Year," their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will continue to do great things. They are celebrating the release of their new CD, "Sterling Road."

Constantly in pursuit of the boundaries of the violin, and in turn pushing them as far as he can, Brendan Carey Block has been compiling honors on the fiddle since the age of ten. For five summers he received scholarships from the New Hampshire Highland Games and the Saint Andrews Society of New Hampshire enabling him to travel to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the native music and its players greatly influenced Brendan's style. In 2001 he became the US National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, and he is a three-time New England champion. He has been a member of many bands, including The Glengarry Bhoys and Annalivia. The Brendan Carey Block Band includes New England veterans Eric McDonald, of Cantrip, on guitar and vocals and and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and banjo. Together they released Brendan's debut CD in September, 2013. Joining them tonight will be Cantrip fiddler Jon Bews, a prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1994, as a special guest. 
  Event Info
Sunday, September 14, 7 P.M., $15.00
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations

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