Saturday, October 4, 2014

Harvest Festival - Music Schedule

Multiple stages will be set up throughout downtown Franklin with entertainment options sure to make you festive. Please join us Sunday for the 12th annual Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Click here to download a PDF.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Street Stage Schedule
11 - 11:30 a.m.                    DJ Domenic Cotoia opens the Festival

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.           FSPA “character performances”
12 - 12:30 p.m.                   DJ - “Top 40 Playlist”

12:30 - 1 p.m.                     DJ - “Country Time”
1 - 1:30 p.m.                       FSPA “character performances”

1:30 - 2 p.m.                       DJ - “Rock and Roll”

2 - 2:30 p.m.                       DJ - “Dance Music”

2:30 - 3 p.m.                       FSPA “character performances”
3 - 4 p.m.                            DJ - “Top 40 Playlist”

4 p.m.                                 DJ Domenic Cotoia closes the Festival

Harvest Festival Parking Sign 2013
Harvest Festival Parking Sign 2013

Center Island Stage

11 a.m.              Corinne Savage - Singer/Songwriter

12 p.m.              Heath Nisbett- Flamenco Guitar

1 p.m.                Airacuda - Americana

2 p.m.                Michael Stefanic - Guitars and Keyboard

3 p.m.                Jamie Barrett - Guitar

East Central Street Patio

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.   Flute duet - Nicole and Samantha

12:45 - 1 p.m.          Brick Wall Hearts, acoustic set 
                                       Trea, Matt, Ryan and Gillian

1- 1:30 p.m.              Brass Quintet - Sophie

2:30 - 3 p.m.             Harp and voice - Emma

3 - 3:30 p.m.             Brick Wall Hearts, electric set
                                        Trea, Matt, Ryan and Gillian

The Cake Bar
2 - 4 p.m.          Fun Faces With a Twist - Balloon Artist Dick Moberg

Rockland Trust Parking Lot

Children’s Area featuring carnival games, sports activities, and fall arts and crafts

This was shared from the Downtown Partnership webpage

Special Election scheduled for Dec 16

As announced during the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Glenn Jones has resigned effective immediately. This has triggered a special election to be held Dec 16th.
Elected to his third term last November, Jones, 44, recently started teaching at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. And the State Ethics Commission told Jones that continuing to serve in both positions might present a conflict of interest, as the council each year must vote to fund the town’s contribution to Tri-County’s budget. 
"It’s with a heavy heart that I resign," said Jones, who also chaired the economic development subcommittee. "This, by far, is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life as a volunteer. It’s been five great years and I hope to continue to serve in the future." 
For now, he added, "My commitment is to my students."
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News (Subscription may be required)

Special Election announced for Dec 16, 2014
Special Election announced for Dec 16, 2014

There will be a Special Election to fill a vacancy on the Town Council Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Nomination papers will be available beginning on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 8:00am. 
Last day to obtain nomination papers will Friday, October 24, 2014 at 4:00pm 
Nomination paper must be returned by Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by 4:00pm 
Last day to register to vote for this special election is November 26, 2014 by 8:00pm 
Absentee ballots will be available within three weeks of the election.
If you have any questions please call Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC at 508-520-4900.

The Special Election timeline was shared from the Franklin website

The full set of notes from the Town Council meeting Wednesday can be found here

Franklin Solar Challenge now on Facebook

You can follow the link to 'like' their page and sign up for notifications.

Franklin Solar Challenge
Franklin Solar Challenge

Prior posts on the Franklin Solar Challenge

Informational meeting in August

Informational meeting in September

"recognize red flags that might indicate that a call is a scam"

The Mass Consumer Affairs Blog has good info on what to do if you get a phone call that sounds like a scam.
The most important thing that consumers can do is learn to recognize red flags that might indicate that a call is a scam:
  • Legitimate debts that you owe should always be documented in writing. Request that the person produce their claim in writing to confirm they are not a scammer. Scammers will likely not do this because it is too much trouble to forge, and because it creates a paper trail leading back to them. If the caller did not notify you in writing, that’s a red flag.
  • The IRS (and all government agencies) will never request that you send them money through a prepaid card. Consumers should be extremely suspicious of this kind of request. Another variation of this scam, which is older and less common, is that the scammer tells the consumer to wire them their money. This may sound more legitimate than the prepaid card, but it is still a red flag. Government agencies do not request payment via wire transfers.
The Office of Consumer Affairs advises consumers to hang up the phone if they are suspicious and call theirlocal IRS number to check if they owe a legitimate debt. If it turns out to have been a scam, consumers should report it to the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General’s Office at (617) 727-8400.

Mass Consumer Affairs Blog
Mass Consumer Affairs Blog

You can read the full article on the Mass Consumer Affairs blog here

Franklin MOMS Club Preschool Fair

The MOMS Club of Franklin, in cooperation with the Franklin Public Library, invites the public to attend a Preschool Fair. 
This fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Library on Thursday, November 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St, 02038
Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St, 02038

Representatives from local preschools in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Wrentham will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information to parents seeking preschools for the 2015-2016 school year. 
If you have any questions please email:

TeamFitness: October FREE offer!

The flyer below shows an amazing opportunity we are offering for the Entire Month of October.  Please read and if you have any questions, contact Mary Catherine Alexander at: .  Thank you. 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/3/14 - THU 10/9/14

FRI 10/3   12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common
FRI 10/3   3:30pm   Exploring Night Sky, grades 1-4, Franklin Public Library
FRI 10/3   4-7pm   Valdivieso's Head Winemaker visits Pour Richard's. Tasting and bottle signing.
FRI 10/3   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center
FRI 10/3   8pm   ACME Jazz Quartet at The Black Box in Franklin

SAT 10/4   10am   How to plant a garlic. Franklin Community Gardens on King St.

SUN 10/5   11am-4pm   HARVEST FESTIVAL - Downtown Franklin.
SUN 10/5   11am   Remington/Jefferson Challenge 2K/5K and Spartan Obstacle Course, 628 Washington St., Franklin
SUN 10/5   2pm-4pm   Halloween Craft at the Franklin Public Library

TUE 10/7   7pm   Garden Club and Friends of Franklin Library hosting mystery writer Neal Sanders. Alumni Restaurant, Franklin (In lieu of admission, attendees are asked to bring an item that can be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry).

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

Ladybug 5K - a family event at the Kennedy School October 18th

The Ladybug 5k and Kids Fun Run is coming on October 18 
 Don't forget to register for this fun Kennedy event!!! 

Ladybug 5K at JF Kennedy School
Ladybug 5K at JF Kennedy School

Visit the website for information and to register online

More photos from last year's day running in the sun can be found here

FHS sports teams find victory on Thursday

From Hockomock Sports we find the results for FHS on a busy fall sports day


Franklin, 34 @ Taunton, 6 - Final1st Quarter: (F) Kyle Skidmore 1-yard rush, XP fail (6-0); (F) Daevon Weathers 50-yard rush, Nick Yelle XP good (13-0).
2nd Quarter: (F) K. Skidmore 12-yard pass to Andrew Parent, Yelle XP good (20-0)
3rd Quarter: (F) K. Skidmore 52-yard pass to A. Parent, Yelle XP good (27-0); A. Parent 42-yard rush, Yelle XP good (34-0).
4th Quarter: (T) Terrence Gibson 38-yard rush, XP fail (34-6).
Franklin High School Panthers
Franklin High School Panthers

Boys Soccer

Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 4 - Final - Adam Moessing (assisted by Ben Labelle), Hatim Brahimi ( assisted by Bill Dorion), Sean Baur (assisted by Adam Moessing) and Nick Parent (assisted by Nate Zaccardi) scored for the Panthers. James Frederick picked up his sixth shutout of the season.

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 4 @ Milford, 0 - Final - Sophomore Christine Pye played well in goal for Milford, according to head coach Jay Mastaj.


Milford, 1 @ Franklin, 3 - Final - Aubrie Kutil led Franklin with 11 kills and Lauren Markland added 10 kills and a pair of aces. Megan Rogers added 22 assists and two aces for the Panthers.


Franklin, 158 @ King Philip, 179 - Final - Evan Vaughan shot a team-best 36 for the Panthers and Phil Henault carded a 38 for Franklin.

For all the Hockomock League action on Thursday visit here

Happy October - Sweat for a cause!

Helen Owens Fitness is celebrating their 1 year anniversary by giving back to Franklin. For every person taking a class during the month, they will donate a dollar to the Food Pantry.

Get fit and help your neighbors!

This month marks one year since I started offering classes as Helen Owens Fitness! It's been an amazing and rewarding journey and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than to give back to the wonderful community in which I work and live! 
Throughout the entire month of October, Helen Owens Fitness will donate $1 to the Franklin Food Pantry for EVERY person who comes to sweat for a cause, to ANY and ALL classes! That's all you have to do...just show up in class!

Grab your friends and family…this is the month when your sweat will not only pay off toward a healthier you, but will also help make a difference in someone else’s life!

Additional donations and needed items will also be collected at the studio during regular class times. More details on those items to follow! 
Every “BODY” can help somebody!

Be sure to check out for more information about how this great organization helps our community and what else you can do to help! 

Helen Owens Fitness
Helen Owens Fitness
You can find Helen Owens Fitness on Facebook (above) or on the web here

MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women - currently accepting applications

October 2, 2014

Dear Steve,

I am pleased to share the exciting news that legislation I filed to establish a Metrowest Commission on the Status of Women was recently signed by the Governor. This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women's rights here and across the state. We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth.

There are currently five county and regional women's commissions operating under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) in Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape and Islands, Essex County and Worcester County. The new law fills a gap in commission coverage to ensure that women and girls of MetroWest also have their voices heard.

MCSW is currently accepting applications from people interested in joining this new nine member volunteer commission, and I encourage all people with knowledge of the challenges women face in MetroWest communities to apply. The MetroWest commission will study and report on the status of women and girls in the region, recommending ways to advance women's rights and promote equal access to health care, employment, education and economic development opportunities.

Applications to join the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women are due December 1st. Please click here for more information about the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and a link to the application.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to call my office at (617) 722-1640 or email me at
Warm Regards,

Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk

Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
Room 320, State House
Boston, Massachusetts  02133

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