Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Downtown Project Update # 11

The contractor plans to delay paving on Emmons Street and Summer Street until next week due to the predicted rain. They will continue to install new curbs on West Central Street over the next 10 days.  
Their goal is to have the all the curbs, sidewalks and paving complete on West Central Street by the end of the construction season except a short section of paving between the Emmons Street and Union Street where a base coat will be applied for the winter. 
They will be digging up the sidewalk on the east side of East Central Street to install the conduit over the next two weeks. They will put back temporary pavement on both sidewalks of East Central Street until the new curb and sidewalks are installed next week. 
Please be reminded that the schedule can change due to weather or other delays. 
If anyone has a question please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949.

paving on Emmons Street and Summer Street will be delayed due to the weather forecast
paving on Emmons Street and Summer Street will be delayed due to the weather forecast

Franklin Garden Club Meeting on Creating Rain Gardens

The Franklin Garden Club will co-sponsor with the Town of Franklin Department of Public Works a program on creating a rain garden on Tuesday, October 6 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, located at 26 Daniel McCahill Street. 
The program is open to all residents free of charge. 
Shawn Mayers of groundSwell Designs will provide an overview of rain garden designs, installation, maintenance and costs. The presentation will include pictures of existing residential gardens. Mayers has conducted several workshops on rain garden designs and maintenance, including a highly successful one for the Town of Franklin in June. 
A graduate of the Landscape Institute of Harvard University and the Boston Architectural College, Mayers has more than 10 years of experience in landscape design. She holds several certifications, including those related to rain gardens and bioretention. 
“The Town of Franklin is taking a variety of steps to protect water quality by reducing the amount of pollutants in the stormwater generated from runoff from paved surfaces, such as roads and parking lots, and rooftops,” stated Robert Cantoreggi, Director of the DPW. 
“This includes partnering with the Charles River Watershed Association to implement a residential rain garden program in Franklin that involved two trainings for Franklin residents during which two demonstration rain gardens were constructed. These demonstration gardens can be seen at the Remington/Jefferson School and at the DPW Administrative Building and are part of the DPWs outreach program to highlight the benefits of capturing and recharging stormwater.“
“Creating rain gardens has proven to be a very cost-effective way to reduce stormwater pollutants going into lakes and rivers. The Garden Club is offering this program in collaboration with the Franklin DPW to inform residents of how they can easily establish rain gardens to support the Town’s stormwater management program, “commented Susan Childers and Mary Anne Dean, Garden Club co-presidents.

rain garden at the Parmenter School
rain garden at the Parmenter School


Date:     October 6, 2015
What:   Franklin Garden Club Meeting on Creating Rain Gardens; co-sponsored by Town of Franklin, Department of Public Works
When:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA 02038, United States
Franklin Garden Club
Franklin Garden Club

Franklin needs your help!

The Town of Franklin is looking for Members for the following committees. 
If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the form below and return to the Town Administrator's Office.

  • Design Review Commission
  • Disabilities Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeal (Associate)

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

The committee volunteer form

FHS sports results Tuesday, Sep 29

The field hockey and girls cross country teams posted wins on Tuesday. The boys cross country team dropped their race against Mansfield. All results are shared from Hockomock Sports.

Field Hockey

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final 
– Senior Samantha Jones made nine saves in net to get the shutout as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season. Freshman Annie Walsh scored a pair of goals while senior Kelsey McPhee, sophomore Christina Quinn and freshman Cassi Ronan each scored once.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys - Cross Country

Mansfield, 20 @ Franklin, 35 – Final

Girls - Cross Country

Mansfield, 42 @ Franklin, 18 – Final

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Tuesday

"it made sense to purchase the building instead of renting it"

Dean College has purchased a downtown building for $5.7 million, a move officials said will contribute to the area's revitalization. 
The college formalized the acquisition of the building at 17 East Central St. within the last couple of weeks, said Gregg Chalk, Dean's vice president of marketing and communications. 
According to Chalk, the college does not expect to make any immediate changes to the property. 
"The college has had students in there since 2007," he said. "There are about 75 upperclassmen housed there, along with a resident director."
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from the archive: Cafe Dolce was where The Cake Bar is now

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Victory all around for FHS Teams on Monday

From Hockomock Sports we can share the results of Monday's competition in fall sports. Both FHS soccer teams, along with the volleyball and golf teams posted victories.

FHS Sports
FHS Sports

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 4 vs. Xaverian, 0 – Final 
– Hatim Brahimi scored the opener for the Panthers and also added the final goal. Brahimi’s first goal was set up by David Stowell, who also scored a first half goal for Franklin off an assist from Austin Kent. Kent then found the back of the net in the second off off an assist from junior Cam LeBlanc. Henri Guilmette had the shutout in net for the Panthers.

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 5 vs. Dartmouth, 0 – Final 
– Emily Spath scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Victoria Stowell had three assists in the non-league victory.


Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final 
– The Panthers won 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5. Aubrie Kutil led Franklin with 12 kills and Hannah Chace had seven. Elizabeth Neal led the team with 18 assists and Dayna McCue had 37 digs.
Franklin players celebrate the final point of the fifth set in a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Taunton on Monday. (Josh Perry/
Franklin players celebrate the final point of the fifth set in a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Taunton on Monday. (Josh Perry/

The volleyball team is featured with a full article by Hockomock Sports:
Following Friday’s loss to Mansfield, the Franklin players called a meeting over the weekend to address the fact that they had played tight against the Hornets. According to coach Kate Horsmann, the Panthers needed to work out how to be ready without being too “skitzed out.” 
Whatever method the players came up with, it worked wonders for the first two sets at Kelley-Rex Division leader Taunton on Monday evening. 
The Panthers jumped all over the Tigers to win the first two sets before Taunton roared back in the third and fourth to force a deciding fifth set. Franklin took back momentum and claimed the final set 15-5 for a 3-2 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5) victory that means the top four teams in the division all have just one loss.

Continue reading the full article here:


Franklin, 164 @ Attleboro, 169 – Final

For all the results across the Hockomock League on Monday

You may get quoted for a book on "Massachusetts Town Greens"

I have been commissioned by a major book publisher to write a book, "Massachusetts Town Greens," and am thrilled to have the Franklin Town Common in the mix. 
At this time, I am looking for quotes from Franklin residents on why they love their town common. It could be a general statement/perspective or something based on personal experience. 
By posting on the Franklin Matters page under my post or sending your feedback by email to, I will be more than happy to include a few quotes in the book. 
The book will be out around July 2016 and be about 260 pages. 
Best regards, 
Eric Hurwitz
Franklin Town Common
Franklin Town Common

The wikipedia entry for town greens

You can respond to Eric on the Franklin Matters Facebook page here

or via email to me and I can forward it on to Eric.

FPAC 2015 Gala - Silver is the New Black

Franklin Performing Arts Company
Franklin Performing Arts Company

FPAC's Gala Celebration is only a week away! Have you purchased your tickets yet?

If not – click here:

Click here to see Highlights from past Galas!

Enjoy Dinner, Dancing and Fantastic Entertainment featuring a special performance by Broadway's Jenn Colella. 

Spectacular Live and Silent Auctions include: Four Matilda Company Seats to see FPAC's own Jack Mullen on Broadway, including a visit with Jack after the show (These are the best seats in the house!); a Dream Vacation for Eight in Glorious St. John at White Cottage Villa; a 3-bedroom (sleeps 12) suite at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Kissimee, Florida (near Walt Disney World) during April Vacation week; Bruins, Patriot and Celtics tickets!

See you October 3rd!

Event invitation
FPAC 2015 Gala - Silver is the New Black
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Paperless Post

Franklin Node Joins 350 Mass

Franklin Node Joins 350 Mass

The Greater Franklin node is the newest addition to 350 Mass! Node members from Franklin, Medway, and the surrounding towns are organizing to stop Spectra's Access Northeast gas pipeline. Node members are calling on local town officials to withhold approval for Spectra's pipeline proposalThe node is also coordinating with the Stop the Medway Power Plant group  -- on September 17, the two joined forces for a protest outside a meeting between Lt. Governor Karen Polito and Medway selectmen. 
Franklin Node Joins 350 Mass
The node meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Carolyn Barthel is the node coordinator and can answer any questions: her email address is
What: 350 Mass Node Meeting (Franklin)
When: Thu, October 1, 7pm – 9pm
Where: First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

To view the full 350 Mass newsletter follow this link

In the News: Y costume swap, Solar Challenge succeeds, Neighbor Brigade recognized, Sen Spilka plans office hours

The Hockomock Area YMCA invites families in the community to participate in a Halloween costume swap Oct. 8 and a farm day at Wards Berry Farm Oct. 13. 
Families are invited to bring their clean, gently-used costumes into any Member Service Desk at the following branches: Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin; Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic St., Foxborough; and North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood St., North Attleborough, no later than Oct. 7.
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The Franklin Solar Challenge has reached another milestone, earning a solar array for a local nonprofit organization. 
The challenge, which offers increasing tiers of savings for townspeople who agree to put solar systems on their properties, has been ongoing. It was originally set to end in September, but was extended to Oct. 15 to accommodate higher-than-expected interest.
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The Franklin Town Council recently honored a local volunteer group for the work it does for area residents. 
The council, at its meeting last week, read a proclamation in honor of and awarded a trophy to the local chapter of the Neighbor Brigade. 
Council Chairman Robert Vallee read the proclamation to chapter leaders Linda Gagnon and Cheryl Ferri.
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Franklin has its own Neighbor Brigade chapter
Franklin has its own Neighbor Brigade chapter

State Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Franklin and Medway on Friday, Oct. 2. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district. 
Medway's office hour will be held 12-1 p.m. at the Muffin House CafĂ©, 116 Main St., Medway. 
Franklins office hour will be held 1:30-2:30 p.m. at The Cake Bar, 17 E Central St., Franklin. 
Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Spilka’s office at 617-722-1640 at any time.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

How will the pilot work out?

In a pilot program announced Friday, Boston's MBTA is going to start tracking public-transit rider movements using beacons--stationary devices that measure the movements of people carrying smartphones, usually using bluetooth or Wi-Fi. 
It's similar to technology used by retailers to track customer movements in store. In another example, a Boston startup, Cuseum, uses beacons to track people's movements through museums, providing data designed to help museum operators engage with visitors.

An important item on a number of front is provided  by the following statement by the MBTA in their press release:
No personally identifiable information will be collected through this pilot program. Operating in a transmit mode similar to GPS, beacons cannot see, collect or store any personal data or consumer information. Beacons are transmit-only Bluetooth low energy devices that send out a signal that can only be used by user-enabled apps running on mobile devices to trigger location-specific content. In order for a mobile device to detect a beacon, a user must download an app that utilizes the technology and opt-in to allow the app to receive the beacon's signal.

While one of the objectives is to
"How beacon technology can be used to help the MBTA better communicate with riders"

another is to
"How brands can increase engagement and interaction with commuters based on proximity"

Will the communications really improve alerting riders to the schedule changes, or simply that someone has something to sell around the corner remains to be seen?

MBTA logo
MBTA logo

You can read the Boston Innovation article here

Note: the pilot supposedly started on Friday but what app is required to take part in this was not specified.

Reporting by Walking Around - Sunday, Sep 27 (photo essay)

a good reminder
Signs and other promotional material are available at

Fortunately, Franklin Police do pay attention to speeding and coincidentally, the speed monitor boards were out in both directions on Union St on Sunday. They had been switched over from alerting about the railroad crossing closing for Saturday.

speed monitor on Union St
speed monitor on Union St

The traffic was a mess on Saturday trying to navigate around Franklin. Folks unaware of the crossing repair work were being re-routed on East St to West Central St and then to Cottage. Or via Cottage downtown to West Central.

the newly repaired railroad crossing on Union St
the newly repaired railroad crossing on Union St

brick cross walk showing increase sign of wearing, brick will be coming out soon
brick cross walk showing increase sign of wearing, brick will be coming out soon

even with all the construction, have a wonderful day!
even with all the construction, have a wonderful day!

Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know

"The number of annual deaths related to opioid use in Massachusetts increased dramatically between 2000 and 2014, according to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Parents should be aware that young people are at high risk of becoming involved in this fatal epidemic. Data provided by Governor Baker’s Opioid Working Group indicates that 74 percent of individuals with a substance use disorder began using by age 17. 
With resources from DPH, start a discussion about opioid abuse with your children, and learn how the Opioid Working Group is taking steps to protect young people from addiction."
screen grab of MA GOV page on "What parents need to know"
screen grab of MA GOV page on "What parents need to know"

Continue reading the MA Gov article online

"a pump will be needed to send water to the plant"

We need to be aware of what is happening in our neighborhood, not just along our streets but just over the town line. Medway is tackling the issue of the proposed power plant expansion and now Millis is getting involved.

The Board of Selectmen is expected to approve a contract with an engineering firm to perform a review of the town’s water system to determine the feasibility of selling water to Exelon, which is planning a 200-megawatt expansion of its Medway plant. 
The Medway water system is already overburdened, and as a result, the town can't sell water to Exelon, which needs an average of 95,000 gallons per day for emissions control for two proposed 100-megawatt turbines at its existing 117-megawatt oil-fired facility on Summer Street. Exelon is proposing to purchase water from Millis, which would then pump the water into Medway’s water system.
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Additional resources:

Medway Peaker Project page

Boston Globe's "The Argument" with both sides for the story

And the Stop Exelon Facebook page

and webpage

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Neighbor Brigade is recognized for their work by the Town Council

In one of the shorter Town Council meetings, the Council heard the Neighbor Brigade presentation, recognized them for the work they do, and effectively handled several legislative items in about 30 minutes.

Linda Gagnon, Cheryl Ferry and Council Chair Bob Vallee
Linda Gagnon, Cheryl Ferri and Council Chair Bob Vallee

The Neighbor Brigade is a volunteer organization that helps individuals and families in need. They have been in existence for 5 years, founded by a woman from Wayland. Linda Gagnon was inspired to bring this community service to Franklin.

They provide a virtual network of services and this is their 3rd year of service for Franklin. They had 15 requests in the first year, 400 requests last year. The requests keep coming in. They coordinate to deliver meals and provide other help as needed.

The volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty. A mother loses her husband and doesn't know how to start a lawn mower. Another mother dealing with impending surgery, no other family support, the volunteers provide that help.

The Neighbor Brigade is in contact with other organization like the hospital, Schools, Fire Dept, Police Dept to make referrals as necessary.

To join or donate to the NEighbor Brigade visit them on the internet at  or in Facebook at

In the business portion of the meeting, the Council approve payment of a bill from 2015 fiscal year that just arrived. The Council authorized payment from insurance for a couple of occurrences. This is required when the amount exceeds 20,000 dollars.  

The School Building committee was formally disbanded. While the major work of the committee is complete, there remains a 'punch list' of items that still require attention. Tom Mercer, the committee chair, has been empowered to address those until they are complete.

The Senior Center Renovation Project was funded for an additional 601,000. This provides a total of 1.6M for the project to cover the current estimate. The Committee will now put out a formal bid for the work to be done to build out the second floor, add an elevator and do some other work in the building.

The complete notes taken live during the meeting can be found here:

Improvement plans and accreditation are an ongoing cycle

The School Committee meeting featured the overviews of the school improvement plans for the 2015-2016 school year. The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) and all the elementary schools presented. The Horace Mann Middle school also presented to give Shawn Fortin a chance to cover the work before he leaves in October.

(The new principal for Horace Mann was announced on Thursday as Rebecca Motte. She is currently an assistant principal at the Annie Sullivan Middle School.)

The school improvement plans build upon the District Improvement Plan presented in the prior School Committee meeting. Each school takes the district level plan and brings it to their level.

Links to each elementary school plan are included below. The district plan can be found here:

Other note worthy items from the meeting:

The FHS accreditation process will begin Mar 2017. Committee leads have been appointed, training is starting and more info will be shared as the process develops. Recall that one of the drivers of the new FHS facility was to help close an accreditation item. The new school building opened successfully in Sep 2014, the item was closed and the whole new accreditation review cycle will begin again.

On October 15, music students from around the District will be performing at the October Stroll in business locations downtown.

As fall arrives this week, the District is gearing up for first snow planning meeting. They are looking to make some refinements on the snow plan, including to the process for clearing the FHS parking lots.

Finally the last FHS building Committee was held and the committee will be officially disbanded as the work is now complete. This is an item on the Town Council agenda for Weds. 

Updated from the Town Council meeting, while the major work of the committee is complete, there remains a 'punch list' of items that still require attention. Tom Mercer, the committee chair, has been empowered to address those until they are complete.

The set of notes reported live from the meeting on Tuesday, Sep 22 can be found here: 

the entrance to the new FHS
the entrance to the new FHS

Franklin Food Pantry seeks additional donated space

The Franklin Food Pantry seeks additional donated space for our busy season!

Space will be used for non-perishable donations October through January. 

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

Looking for:

  • Ground level receiving and storing, no stairs.
  • Roughly 800 square feet or more.
  • Indoor temperature controlled.
  • Room to setup tables and shelves for volunteers to sort and store food donations.
  • FFP staff will need daily keyed access for scheduled donation drop-offs.

Please email or call the Franklin Food Pantry (508-528-3115) if you can help. 

Thank you!

Hayrides at Hoffman Farms - weekends through October

"Come visit Hoffmann Farm on the weekends this fall! We will have Hayrides out to our pumpkin patch, $8pp and you get a to pick a pumpkin!

Kids under 2 are free! 

Rides start at 1pm Saturday's and Sunday's through October. Rides go out every half hour and last ride is at 4:30. 

We have all your fall decor and the farm stand is open 10-6 daily with lots of fall veggies!!!"

Find more info about Hoffman Farm on Facebook

Hoffman Farm - Facebook photo
Hoffman Farm - Facebook photo

FHS field hockey drops match, football touchdown video

The FHS field hockey team lost 2-0 to Walpole and we can shared this video of a key touchdown pass from Friday night's football game. Both items were shared from Hockomock Sports.

Field Hockey

Franklin, 0 vs. Walpole, 2 – Final 
– Seniors Taylor Reutlinger and Maddie Gendreau and junior Dana Lewandowski played a strong game for Franklin according to head coach Lisa Cropper.
For all the results across the Hockomock League on Saturday

And one of the highlights of Friday night's football game where the Panthers came back from a 13-0 deficit to win 14-13 was this pass.

"we’ve driven and rated every mile in town"

Milford Daily News has a long article on the road maintenance programs of the MetroWest communities and quotes DPW Director Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi in a couple of places.

"If the base road is good, you can do maintenance over and over at a third of the cost of a full-depth reclamation," said Milford Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli. 
To maintain road integrity, local departments of public works and highway departments deploy an array of tools. The least intrusive, said Franklin DPW Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi, is crack sealing. 
“With crack sealing, we take an emulsion and use it to fill hairline cracks,” he said. “That’s to keep out water which, during the winter, causes potholes. 
“It doesn’t look great, but it’s a very cost-effective way to maintain roads,” he added.

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Crack seal

crack seal on Everett St, Franklin
crack seal on Everett St, Franklin in 2014

Chip seal

chip seal on Delta Dr in 2014
chip seal on Delta Dr in 2014

rework the road base

Lewis St in 2015
Lewis St in 2015

new base

new base coat in place, the curbing and sidewalks are being installed before the final coat is applied on Lewis St
new base coat in place, the curbing and sidewalks are being installed before the final coat is applied on Lewis St

Final coat

the raised crosswalk at Dean College on the newly paved Main St
the raised crosswalk at Dean College on the newly paved Main St

Saturday, September 26, 2015

FHS football and field hockey win while golf and volleyball lose

It was a break-even Friday for the athletic teams at FHS where they posted wins in Football and Field Hockey while the Golf and Volleyball teams lost. The detailed results are shared from Hockomock Sports.


Taunton, 13 @ Franklin, 14 – Final

  • 1st Quarter: No scoring.
  • 2nd Quarter: (T) Damion Theodule 1 yard rush, XP good; (T) Tanner Costa 46 yard rush, XP fail.
  • 3rd Quarter: No scoring.
  • 4th Quarter: (F) Brad Jarosz 1 yard rush, Nick Yelle XP good; (F) Jake Wolowacki 53 yard pass to Sam Harrell, N. Yelle XP good.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Mansfield, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 
– Mansfield picked up wins in the first two games and finished it off in the fourth game. The Hornets took a 25-9, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18 win behind 10 kills from Meg Hill, six kills from Colleen Riley and 13 digs from Cathryn Heavey. Franklin’s Caroline Maguire had three kills, three blocks and a pair of aces, Aubrie Kutil had six kills and Dayna McCue finished with 22 digs and three aces.

Field Hockey

Franklin, 1 @ Taunton, 0 – Final 
– Franklin senior Kelsey McPhee scored the lone goal of the game while Panther goalie Samantha Jones have a big save on a breakaway to preserve the lead. Head coach Lisa Cropper said seniors Abby Egan, Maddie Gendreau and Kenzi Pleshaw all played well defensively.


Franklin, 171 @ King Philip, 156 – Final 
– King Philip’s Mickey Riley was the match medalist, shooting a 37 to lead the Warriors. Matt Dao shot a 40 for the Panthers.

For all the results around the Hockomock League

"We've been meeting on the subject for over a year"

The town has removed parking meters along downtown East Central Street, a move that could be made permanent. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the meters were being removed to accommodate ongoing roadwork taking place in the center of town. He said the status of the meters after the work is completed is in question. 
"There's been a proposal to not (put the meters back), but it hasn't been approved," he said. 
Nutting said the police department would be enforcing a two-hour parking limit where the meters once were. That regulation, he said, would remain in effect until the Town Council adopts more permanent rules.

New flag pole? No. Parking meter in process of being removed.
New flag pole? No. Parking meter in process of being removed.

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Franklin News from the Twitterverse - Saturday, Sep 26

Drug Tack-Back Day is today from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, drop off your extra prescription medicines at the Franklin Police Station, 911 Panther Way.


Concussion Awareness week concludes but the need for concussion awareness goes on!


As mentioned during the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, each Friday at the High School is a dress up theme day. This Friday (Sep 25) the Freshman Class won.

Free Flu Shot Clinic - Oct 13

For all Franklin residents 6 months or older

No copays

  • Bring your insurance cards
  • Wear a shortsleeved shirt

When?  Tuesday, Oct 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Where?  Franklin Senior Center

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

This was shared from the official Franklin page

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