Saturday, September 20, 2014

FHS Dedication Program and Schedules

The tours of the new FHS are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 PM. A concert is scheduled for 1:45. Tours and demonstrations are scheduled from 1:30 to 4:00 PM

new Franklin High School
new Franklin High School

The full set of details on the demonstrations can be found here

The program document for the dedication can be found here

Wondering what has been going on at 15 West Central Street???

Lisa Buccella writes:
Are you wondering what has been going on in the old office furniture building across from Rick's?  Well, there is a big white tent up now and the celebration is about to begin.  THE BLACK BOX is finally here - a performing and entertaining space for all!  Franklin Performing Arts Company (non-profit) has a new home.  This flexible and very cool space will be buzzing throughout the year with something for everyone - from performances to big band Sundays to small recitals to anything that you can think of - the space can be transformed into anything. 
The opening will begin on Saturday evening - come and support a great piece of Franklin's downtown and something for everyone!
tent set up for grand opening of THE BLACK BOX
tent set up for grand opening of THE BLACK BOX

Celebrate the Grand Opening of THE BLACK BOX at FPAC's 2014 Gala on Saturday, September 20 at 6 PM! Join FPAC as we kick off the company's premiere season in our new home with a Grand Opening celebration in THE BLACK BOX! Gala 2014 highlights a weekend of special events to introduce the theater, music and event space to our community. The evening's spectacular entertainment features 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 Miserables) and Billy Flynn (Chicago), among many featured roles. Don't miss FPAC's exciting launch of our 24th season and transformative downtown venue!

Join Us for the Annual FPAC Golf Tournament! Calling all golfers! Invite your family members and co-workers. Don't golf? That's okay! Join us for dinner and entertainment. Entry fee: $175 per golfer; $650 per foursome. Entry fee includes: greens fees, cart, golf shirt, dinner buffet and entertainment. Non-golfing dinner guests: $30 for adults. Sponsor a hole for $100! For registration call (508) 528-8668 or register online at Visit the FPAC website for more information, including the day's agenda.

FPAC Announces Open Auditions for The Nutcracker on Saturday, September 27 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street in Franklin. Students, ages 6 and older, from all area dance schools are welcome. Ballet attire is required. Audition times are 9:30-10 a.m. for ages 6 and 7; 10-10:45 for ages 8 and 9; 11-11:45 for ages 10 and 11; 11:45-12:45 for ages 12 and 13; 1-1:45 for ages 14+ (off pointe); and 2:15-3:15 for ages 12+ (pointe audition; must be on pointe for at least one year). Off-pointe callbacks are scheduled at 1:45-2:15 p.m. with pointe callbacks from 3:15-4:00 p.m. Performance dates: December 6 and 7.

FPAC Announces Open Auditions for Holiday Musicals on Sunday, September 28 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street in Franklin. Audition times are 1 p.m. for ages 6 and 7; 1:30 for ages 8 and 9; 2:00 for ages 10 and 11; 2:45 for ages 12 and 13; 3:30 for ages 14+; and 4:30 for adults. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Beginners and all levels are welcome! Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song. A simple dance combination will be taught at the audition. For more information, call 508-528-8668. Performance dates for Humbug! are December 12-14. Performance dates for 'Tis the Season! are December 20 and 21.

Peter Pan, Broadway's Timeless Musical
Peter Pan, Broadway's Timeless Musical

Peter Pan--Flying Into Franklin This OctoberThe beloved family musical Peter Pan will launch FPAC's 24th season and premier year in THE BLACK BOX, the company's new home and performance venue in downtown Franklin. The Tony Award-winning musical features such memorable songs as "I'm Flying," "I Won't Grow Up," "I've Gotta Crow" and "Never Never Land," along with iconic characters Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and the Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John. FPAC's production of this soaring, magical advenure will be presented with professional orchestra and the spectacular aerial effects of Flying By Foy.

Peter Pan Performance Dates
Friday, October 17 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, October 19 at 2 PM, Friday, October 24 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 26 at 2 PM.

FHS Sports Results: football, soccer

In Hockomock League action on Friday, Franklin High School football team lost to Attleboro and the boys soccer team beat Taunton. Hockomock Sports provides the Franklin results shown here:

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Attleboro, 35 @ Franklin, 0 - Final1st Quarter: (A) Thomas Belin 24-yard rush, Elijah Lewis XP (7-0).2nd Quarter: (A) Brenden Massey 20-yard fumble recovery rush, E. Lewis XP (14-0).3rd Quarter: (A) T. Belin 41-yard rush, E. Lewis XP (21-0); (A) B. Massey interception, 45-yard return, E. Lewis XP (28-0).4th Quarter: (A) Tyler McGovern 30-yard pass to B. Massey, E. Lewis XP (35-0).

Boys Soccer
Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 - Final - Sophomore Hatim Brahimi scored his first career goal and senior Tim LaRowe added the second for Franklin. It's the fifth straight shutout for the Panthers defense, which head coach Fran Bositis says continues to play well.

For all the Hockomock League results from Friday visit here

MassBudget: New Census Data: US & MA Households See Few Gains during Recovery


US & MA Households See Few Gains during Recovery, New Census Data Show

Today's census report shows that our nation's economic recovery is not yet substantially expanding economic opportunity for working people and families across the nation and in Massachusetts. Median incomes have barely budged and poverty remains stubbornly high. For more, read MassBudget's new factsheet, available HERE.

Today's report indicates that the median household income in Massachusetts was $66,768 in 2013.That's higher than the national median of $52,250, but is 5.6 percent (or $3,990) below the previous state high (in 2008). As in the rest of the nation, in Massachusetts incomes declined significantly in the wake of the Great Recession and have barely begun to grow again. Equally disturbing, real median incomes across the nation showed almost no growth over the business cycle (from 2000-2007) prior to the recent recession (average real annual increases were less than one quarter of one percent per year).

With incomes down since the start of the recession, poverty has increased. In Massachusetts, more than one in nine people overall lived in poverty in 2013 and almost one in six children did so. As with incomes, that's better than the nation overall, but worse than our Commonwealth had done before the recession. Overall poverty is up 2.0 percentage points since 2007 and child poverty is up 3.4 percentage points.

The economic challenges facing the nation and Massachusetts include both finding ways to strengthen the economy and making sure that economic progress translates into increased incomes, better working conditions, and reduced poverty in all communities in our Commonwealth.

Click HERE to read the factsheet

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/19/14 - THU 9/25/14

FRI 9/19   12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common
FRI 9/19   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center

SAT 9/20   9am-4pm   Book Sale at Franklin Public Library
SAT 9/20   10am   Fall Fair at Stony Brook in Norfolk
SAT 9/20   10am-2pm   NEW FHS Public Tours
SAT 9/20   12:30-2:30pm   Fun on the Trail at Franklin Public Library (art craft this week; walk on the trail next week))
SAT 9/20   6-8pm   FPAC Gala and Grand Opening of THE BLACK BOX! 15 West Central Street, Franklin

SUN 9/21   9am-12pm   Bag Sale at Franklin Public Library
SUN 9/21   9am   Run, Walk and Score 5K and 2K at Remington Middle School, Franklin
SUN 9/21   1pm   NEW FHS Dedication, 1:45pm Dedication Concert, 2:30-4pm  Classroom Demonstrations
SUN 9/21   1pm-4pm  BLACK BOX Theater open for tours

MON 9/22   3-6pm   Farmers Market at Whole Foods Plaza in Bellingham

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

Distinguished Young Women - a valuable scholarship program! Check it out!

From Lisa Buccella:
While we watched many of our older teen-age friends go through this program, last year my daughter participated.  She did this all on her own, completed all of the forms and necessary paperwork and managed the entire process.  It was a wonderful foundation to help launch her to the chapter that was headed her  Oh, and this program is all about the scholarship options.  My daughter made some great friendships with girls that she wouldn't have otherwise met (she was a student at Bishop Feehan)!   
If you know of a high school senior who lives in Franklin, please pass this along -Distinguished Young Women - a worthwhile program!!!

Visit the Distinguished Young Women on the web here

Distinguished Young Women of Franklin
Distinguished Young Women of Franklin

Fall Club hours for Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin

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Club Hours!

Welcome to Fall!

Below are the Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin hours that began this past Monday, 9/15/14. Note that beginning this Saturday and Sunday, we resume our non-summer weekend hours of 7 am - 3 pm.
Club Hours for Team Fitness and the CrossFit Franklin box.

Beginning this weekend we are returning to our fall/winter club hours.  
Monday - Thursday:         5:00 am - 9:00 pm 
Fridays:                            5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturdays and Sunday:   7 am - 3 pm

For the most up to date class schedules, please refer to the Team Fitness website: 


CrossFit Franklin website:
Check out the new Team Fitness group fitness classes and the CrossFit Franklin coaches and classes. We are very excited to share these updates with you all.  
Try something NEW! FUN! EXCITING! this fall.

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