Saturday, October 25, 2014

Better than a trick or treat, take a chance on Patriots luxury box seats!

Thanks to Team Fitness Franklin for generously donating the following prize:

5 club seats and $50 parking pass to 
Patriots VS. Lions November 23rd at 1:00pm, Gillette Stadium

Face value of these amazing seats is $600 each, for a total prize value of $3,000!

Team Fitness FranklinRaffle Tickets $25 each, or 5 for $100, or 12 for $200

Drawing: 8pm Sunday November 16th at British Beer Company in Franklin

Winner will be notified and winning ticket posted to

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry
All money raised goes directly to the pantry to help feed our neighbors, more than 600 households that can’t afford three meals a day, during the difficult winter months.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Food Pantry during business hours (Tu-Fri 9:30am-1pm, Sat 9am - 11:30am) or from our board and staff.

Disclosure: Steve Sherlock is honored to lead the Board of Directors for the Franklin Food Pantry. Board members and paid staff are not eligible to win the raffle.

Blackstone River Theatre - Irish piper Paddy Keenan!


solstice festival


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

Saturday, Oct 25 

Beginner/Continuing beginner mountain dulcimer session begins with Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM 
PADDY KEENAN with Jimmy Noonan

Saturday, November 1 
Flynn Cohen & the Deadstring Ensemble / Kathleen Conneely &
Mark Roberts

Saturday, November 8 

Sunday, November 9, 4 pm 
CONTRA DANCE with WHITE SQUALL and caller Paul Wilde

Friday, November 14 
Cumberland Land Trust Winetasting Fundraiser

Saturday, November 15 

Thursday, November 20 
AJAX - Greek tragedy
by Sophocles
by Providence College and Salve Regina University

Saturday, November 22

Saturday, November 29 

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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,

parking lot By the time most of you come to the theatre again, you will see our beautiful new parking lot and front walkway! Huge thanks to the Champlin Foundation and the Town of Cumberland for making this major improvement a reality!

We are looking forward to having the amazing Paddy Keenan with us Saturday and we look ahead to next Saturday when we present a great split concert featuring Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble and Kathleen Conneely & Mark Roberts.

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  

PADDY KEENAN with Jimmy Noonan

paddy keenan

Paddy Keenan, who has been referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes," and "the King of the pipers," is generally acknowledged as one of the most accomplished, innovative uilleann pipers playing today. Paddy was the 2003 recipient of the Irish National Traditional Musician Award. Specializing in a wild, fluid style solely his own, Paddy was a founding member of the Bothy Band, one of the most influential Celtic bands of the 1970s. Keenan continues to tour in Europe and the U.S. and has released several solo albums. 

Flute player Jimmy Noonan hails from Cleveland, Ohio but has been a proud Boston resident since 1985. A two-time US Western champion on both the tin whistle and concert flute, Noonan has played Irish traditional music for over thirty-five years and has been teaching Irish music in the US and Canada for over fifteen years. He has taught at Boston College since 1996.

Paddy was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan and the former Mary Bravender. The Keenans were a Travelling family (the wanderers of Ireland known amongst themselves as Pavees) steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Taking up pipes at age 10, Keenan moved to America at age 17 to play blues and rock and roll only to return to Ireland in the seventies. After several member changes, Paddy soon found himself with musicians who would go on to change the face of traditional Irish music. The Bothy Band forever changed Irish music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. 

Paddy's virtuosity on the pipes combined with the ferocity of his playing made him, in the opinion of many, its driving force. Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years since the break-up of The Bothy Band as he has pursued a solo career. In a live situation, Keenan is possibly one of the most exciting traditional musicians in the world. His inventiveness and willingness to take risks most players wouldn't even think of and pull them off, make his playing an endless source of fascination for traditional music lovers and pipers in particular. 

  Event Info
Saturday, October 25, 8 P.M.
$15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations

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Business After Hours at Franklin's Restaurant 3

Business After Hours
Ashley & Joel invite you to an evening of new introductions

Afraid of the DARK?  
Our hosts will help brighten up your evening!

Contacts, great Food, and plenty of good SPIRITS – don't miss it!

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

the CONNECTIONS start at 5:00pm!

                                     3 Restaurant
           461 West Central Street (Rte. 140), Franklin, MA 02038    

MACC & FDP Members $10 ~ Non-Members $25

The MACC – it's OUR business to help YOU do MORE business!
RSVP to the MACC
258 Main Street, Suite 306, P.O. Box 621, Milford, MA 01757

In the News: LiveARTS opens Season

LiveARTS announces its twelfth season and introduces its new artistic director, Donald Krishnaswwami. 
This year, the season opens with violinist Irina Muresanu in an unusual solo recital called "Four Strings around the world," a brilliantly captivating and critically acclaimed concert.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily news here (subscription may be required)

LiveARTS website
LiveARTS website

For the full LiveARTS schedule visit their website

LiveARTS performances are held at the First Universalist Society on Chestnut St.

FHS Sports Results for Friday, Oct 24

FHS Football lost to Mansfield 7-28.Hockomock Sports recaps the game by writing:
After going undefeated with a 13-0 record including a State Championship victory at Gillette Stadium last December, the expectations were high for Mansfield this season However, with the departure of many key seniors and so many injuries to key starters, the Hornets definitely have had their ups and downs this season. They came out on Friday night against Franklin firing on all cylinders as the Hornets beat the Panthers 28-7, helping them clinch a spot in the playoffs.
Continue reading the article here

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS Boys Soccer

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 - Final - Austin Kent scored and assisted on second half goals to lift the Panthers. Kent scored an unassisted goal of his own and then set up Bill Dorion for Franklin's second goal.

FHS Girls Soccer

Franklin @ North Attleboro - Postponed to 10/26, 1:00

For all the action in the Hockomock League on Friday, visit this link

Tranquil Souls Yoga is having an OPEN HOUSE and Ribbon Cutting with Representative Roy!

The October 26 Open House is a day for the community to participate in 6 free classes and meet the Tranquil Team. Special pricing on class passes will be offered to those in attendance. Ribbon Cutting with Representative Roy will be held at 11am! 
Founded by owner Heather Martin, Tranquil Souls Yoga hopes to be a place where the community can come to nurture the mind, body and spirit. Heather’s vision is to provide a tranquil space where yoga is accessible to all. “It’s about allowing people to find that warm, comfortable, safe place to find peace and calm within their mind and body,” Martin said. 
Over 15 classes are offered each week, including Vinyasa Flow, Power, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Teen and Kid’s Yoga Programs. We also offer Barre classes. We believe that it is important to offer a variety of instructors, each offering a unique experience based on heir individual yoga and barre background. Whether you are just starting out or are experienced, there is a class to fit your individual needs. Be sure to check out all the instructors on the Tranquil Team at!! 
In addition to classes, Tranquil Souls Yoga offers special donation-based classes throughout the year. Upcoming offerings include an all levels donation-based class on Thanksgiving Day from 8-10a with all proceeds going to the Franklin Food Pantry. 
We are currently collecting coats for our Coats For Kids Drive. During the months of October and November, if you are new to the studio and attend any morning yoga or barre class and bring in a gently used/new coat your class is FREE! 
Tranquil Souls Yoga is located at 15 East Central Street, Franklin, MA and they can be reached by email at or by telephone at 508-553-9642. 
Please visit for the monthly class schedule and a list of current membership and class package options “I love this community and look forward to many, many years together” stated owner, Heather Martin. . We hope you will join us in our questto help make our world a better, more tranquil place!

Tranquil Souls Yoga
Tranquil Souls Yoga

News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Cradles to Crayons

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Cradles to Crayons

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today announced the Registry of Deeds office, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, will continue to serve as a donation site for the non-profit organization Cradles to Crayons. Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization providing our most vulnerable children with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm and ready to learn.

Register O'Donnell noted, "As a society, it is important to help as best we can our most precious citizens, our children. Cradles to Crayons does tremendous work providing the essentials a child less fortunate needs in their formative years. With the winter months rapidly approaching and the holiday season near, warm coats, winter hats, gloves, shoes, sneakers, and children's hygiene products are some of the critical items needed. I encourage both residents and businesses of Norfolk County to participate in this worthy program and drop by the Registry with a donation."

The donation site for the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located in the Registry's lower lobby. Anyone with questions or requiring assistance should call the Registry of Deeds at (781) 461-6104 or email To learn more about the work of Cradles to Crayons, please visit their website

Register William P. O'Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/24/14 - THU 10/30/14

FRI 10/24   12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common
FRI 10/24   4-7pm   Privateer Cocktail Infusion Class at Pour Richard's in Franklin
FRI 10/24    5:30pm  FHS Boys Soccer - Senior Game - Pisini Field, Franklin High School (game starts at 6:30pm)
FRI 10/24   6pm   Trivia Night at Horace Mann Middle School, Franklin
FRI 10/24   6:30pm   Spooky Games at all Hockomcok YMCA branches. Open to public, FREE event.
FRI 10/24   7:30pm   Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)

SAT 10/25   10am   Milford Upper Charles Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SAT 10/25   2pm   Halloween Party hosted by Girl Scout Troop at St. John’s Church, Franklin.
SAT 10/25   2-5pm   Ladybug Spots Community Party at Franklin Art Center. Come see the ladybugs all together for the last time! Arts, crafts, music, raffles.
SAT 10/25   4-6pm   Children’s Halloween Party at Franklin Dance Shop (5 Flintlock Rd, Franklin) - FREE event.
SAT 10/25   6-9pm   Ladybug Spots Artist and Sponsor Reception at Franklin Art Center.
SAT 10/25   6-8pm   Milford Pumpkin Stroll at Plains Park (Rt. 85)
SAT 10/25   7-10pm   9th Annual Pumpkin Walk at Choate Park in Medway
SAT 10/25   7:30pm   Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)

SUN 10/26   11:30am   Ice Cream Rally with Treasurer Steve Grossman at Spruce Pond Creamery, Franklin
SUN 10/26   2pm  Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)
SUN 10/26   2:30pm   Ed the Wizard’s Halloween Show at Franklin Public Library

TUE 10/28   3:30pm   iStories at Franklin Public Library
TUE 10/28   6-9pm   TASTE OF THE REGION at Vocational Technical HS in Franklin

THU 10/30   1-3pm   Halloween Art at Franklin Art Center
THU 10/30   5-7pm   Trick Or Treat with your children and dogs at Destination Dog, Franklin
THU 10/30   6:30pm   Art Night for Teens/Adults - Franklin Art Center

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

MassBudget: Public Health Implications of Earned Paid Sick Time

Another in the series of publications from MassBudget on Earned Paid Sick Time. Until I did the series on the four statewide ballot questions coming up this November, I had not realized this was one of the questions. Duh! Good thing I determine the success of a day by how much I learn!

  MASSBudget     KidsCount

Earned Paid Sick Time:
Supporting Healthy, Thriving Communities

Policies that affect the health of individuals also affect the health of the community. MassBudget's new fact sheet Earned Paid Sick Time: Supporting Healthy, Thriving Communities examines the effects on the general public, families, and the workplace when workers who are sick, or caring for a sick child, are required to go to work.

In Massachusetts, about 1 in 3 workers do not have earned paid sick time. The rate is higher for those working in jobs that require frequent contact with the public, such as in the service sector. In fact, over half of workers in the service sector, which includes food and child care workers, do not have earned paid sick time. This fact sheet looks at the evidence about the effects on public health when workers don't have paid sick time to address their own health issues or to care for a sick child.

To read the fact sheet please click HERE.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.


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Sample Great Food at Taste of the Region!

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Sample the Best Foods in our Area

Oct. 28
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tri-County RVT High School
147 Pond St.
Franklin, MA

Participating food establishments include: Artistry Kitchen, Making Whoopie, Willow Tree Poultry, Edible Arrangements in Foxboro, The British Beer Company in Franklin, Commonwealth BBQ, Ambrosia Tavern, 3 Restaurant, Game 7 Sports Bar and Grill, Lake Pearl Luciano's, Natty Greene's Tavern, Tri-County RVT High School Culinary Club, Cracker Barrel, Chili's Grill & Bar in Plainville, Twelve Fine Food & Spirits,   
Hawthorn Suites and D's Lectables.

Thank you to our event sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank. Middlesex Savings Bank

Taste of the Region tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  
Call The United Regional Chamber of Commerce at  
508-222-0801 for tickets.

Vote on awards for
Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Best Presentation,  
and enjoy a fantastic silent auction!

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