Saturday, March 7, 2015

Small Shop Co-Op Meeting - Mar 11

Are you a small business in Franklin that is interested in sharing marketing ideas with other local businesses to promote increased sales? 

Small Shop Co-op
Small Shop Co-op
If so, come join the Small Shop Co-Op's next meeting! Our last meeting yielded a ton of great brainstorming ideas so we're hoping to expand on how to turn some of those ideas into reality in our next meeting. 

One of the most exciting items we discussed was coordinating a scavenger/passport type 30 day event to promote Franklin businesses. We've been in touch with a vendor that can allow us to execute this idea, and a rep will be attending the meeting to give us an overview of the phone app capabilities that we can utilize to run our own town wide, small business scavenger hunt! It's VERY COOL and something I think many people will be excited about! We hope you can join us. 

For questions, feel free to email

From Pantherbook: Drama Club success, Melodic Minors

Franklin’s Drama Club won a spot at the Dramafest semifinals for the first time in 10 years for its production of Rebel Without a Cause last Sunday.  
Dramafest is an annual threatre competition hosted by the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild featuring one-act plays from various local high schools. 

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Meet the Melodic Minors, FHS’s very own boys a cappella group! 
The group was started this year by senior Nate Wild and sophomore Gabe DeBenedict because they wanted to do a cappella for their outside-of-school chorus honors requirement. Alongside Gabe and Nate are members Zach Tassinari (senior), Andrew Rizoli (junior), Kevin Buckley, Ben Cohn, and Dan Schratz (freshman). 

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MBTA: Starting Monday: Franklin Line schedule changes - additional trains

Franklin Line Schedule changes, including restored trips, begin Monday, March 9. See for full schedule information.

Three trips will be restored to the Franklin Line schedule beginning March 9:

Departing Forge Park

Train 706 (7:36 AM to Boston)

Departing Norwood Central

Train 734 (8:45 AM to Boston)

Departing South Station

Train 793 (7:55 AM to Norwood Central)
Train 719 (5:10 PM to Forge Park/495) Hyde Park stop added
Train 723 (6:15 PM to Forge Park/495) Hyde Park stop added

Last updated: Mar 05 2015 10:11 PM

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Franklin/Dean Station from the Main St bridge
Franklin/Dean Station from the Main St bridge

Senator Spilka: Snow Storm Recovery Loans for Local Businesses

This year's historic winter storms have posed significant challenges for individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth. Many of us have struggled to cope with transportation delays, home maintenance concerns, snow day boredom and general winter fatigue.

Our local businesses have been particularly impacted by these blizzards. A Retailers Association of Massachusetts survey of local businesses shows a severe drop in sales due to the recent weather, especially among retail and restaurant employers. Businesses were also forced to absorb higher operating costs related to snow removal, roof clearing and heating.

I am pleased to report that the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has announced a Snow Storm Loan Fund for small businesses impacted by winter weather. Local businesses, shops and restaurants are the backbone of the economy in MetroWest communities. These loans, which could range from $5,000 to $10,000, are intended to help small businesses as they continue to recover from lost storm revenue.

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In 2010, I was proud to help establish the MGCC, which offers financial resources and technical assistance to small businesses across the Commonwealth. The Snow Storm Loan Fund is another effort to support local businesses and promote economic development. I applaud the MGCC for taking the initiative on this important issue, and I encourage all eligible businesses to take advantage of this resource. For more information about the application and terms and conditions of the loan, please visit

As always, if you would like additional information or have any concerns or comments, please 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 212, State House
Boston, Massachusetts  02133

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Starting next week, watch for Poetry on the T!

These three poems, by 2015 Mass Poetry Festival headliner Edward Hirsch, 2015 Common Threads poet Rhina P. Espaillat, and U35 poet Hannah Larrabee, will be up on the red line beginning Tuesday, March 9!

Plan your visit to the Mass Poetry Festival

In case you missed it this week, the schedule for the 7th Massachusetts Poetry Festival is now live!
Join us May 1-3 in Salem with headliners Rita Dove • Richard Blanco • Stephen Burt • Denise Duhamel • Nick Flynn • Regie Gibson • Jorie Graham • Edward Hirsch • Richard Hoffman • Adrian Matejka • Marge Piercy • Rachel Wiley • and with the hundreds of fabulous poets participating in sessions. Buy your button today!

Check out Tuesday's release email for information on creating your custom schedule, joining the attendee directory, participating in the Small Press Fair, listing an off-site event, volunteering, and more. 

Common Threads at Grub Street

with Ben Berman • April 2, 6-9 p.m.

Join Mass Poetry and Grub Street Writers for a Common Threads discussion and writing workshop. We will both discuss the wonderful selections in this year's Common Threads Poems and use these poems as inspiration to write our own original pieces. There will be an opportunity to write and receive feedback during the workshop, and everyone will leave with a richer appreciation of the Common Threads Poems and a new draft of an original poem.

This session is free and is limited to fifteen attendees. To reserve your spotclick here and sign up to add the event to your Common Threads calendar.

Common Threads events have been taking place all over the state! Don't forget to be checking out our Common Threads event calendar regularly. 

On Festival Poet Denise Duhamel

by Dawn Paul

Poetry is Duhamel's affirmative answer to all that life throws at her, from the dissolution of love to the certain knowledge that our time here is limited. Though she will welcome you with the familiar or even the frivolous, she will drop you off at the big questions of transcendence and mystery. Read more.

Poem of the Moment

Linda McCarriston: Mr. No Class, USA

Thinking of how he will live
            just shy of retirement
                        if all goes well if all
goes the way the ads
            on t.v. suggest it must
                        urge him to think
it will, gardening with the little lady
            say, golfing maybe, just
                        tossing the ball with the dog in
Continue reading.

Why I Love Poetry

by julie ann otis

"The dusty manacles of what we think poetry and theatre are still weigh on us. But though the outdated or overwrought may give our art a bad name, they also provide the springboard for our minds to be blown by the true, clear voice of those gifted few who pierce thru and captivate us." Continue reading.

Coming up March 24

7 p.m., The Marliave, Boston

David DiSarro
Richard Shideler
Denise Warren

RSVP & share the Facebook event, and visit our website for more info!

Coming up on our statewide calendar:

Tonight (Thursday, March 5)
• The Ones We Carry: A Literary Evening with LeslĂ©a Newman

Friday, March 6
• Fundraiser: An Evening with Harbor Mountain Press & Alice B. Fogel, Diana Whitney, Peter Money, and Partridge Boswell 

Sunday, March 8
• Calliope Poetry Series featuring Danielle Legros Georges, John Holgerson & Sandra Storey

To submit an event, click here. To submit a Common Threads event, click here.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/6/15 - 3/12/15

FRI 3/6   3:30pm   Science Friday: Meteorology at Franklin Public Library
FRI 3/6   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
FRI 3/6   7pm   Culinary Cabaret at The Black Box
FRI 3/6   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 3/7   10:30am   Family Storytime at Franklin Public Library
SAT 3/7   1pm   Toy Story Movie at Franklin Public Library

SUN 3/8   10am-12pm   Religious Education Open House at FUSF
SUN 3/8   1pm   FSPA presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Black Box
SUN 3/8   5 pm   FSPA presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Black Box

TUE 3/10   7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting at the Franklin YMCA - new members and public welcome!

WED 3/11   12-2pm   Adult Painting at Franklin Art Center
WED 3/11   6:30pm   Getting Paid to Talk Seminar - register at Franklin Adult Education
WED 3/11   7pm   Small Business Co-Op Meeting at The Cake Bar - public welcome!
WED 3/11   7pm   Speakers Forum: Franklin Fire Department at Franklin Public Library

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

"small businesses have suffered devastating sales losses due to the unprecedented winter weather"

In case anyone needed some statistics to prove the point, the survey says:
After a strong holiday sales season and amid growing consumer confidence, Massachusetts small businesses experienced an average drop in sales of 24 percent during the recent wave of snowstorms, according to new survey. 
Sales losses for retail and restaurant employers were higher, at 49 percent, as customers hunkered down at home and stayed off dangerous roads and away from a public transit system marred by service woes. 
The survey, released Thursday by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and other groups, looked at sales between Jan. 26 and Feb. 22. More than 1,600 small businesses responded to the survey, most of them companies with less than $5 million in annual sales. Many larger employers and employers not hurt by the weather did not respond, officials said.
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We can do something to help. We can #shopFranklin!!!

Ribbon Cutting at Real Living Realty Group

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at Real Living Realty Group, 55 West Central St., Franklin, on March 3 to celebrate the real estate brokerage's new location.
Steven Falguera of Real Living Realty Group, State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, Mike Colombo of Real Living Realty Group, Matt Kelly of Real Living Realty Group, and State Sen. Richard Ross

Pictured at the ribbon cutting, in the front row left to right, are: Steven Falguera of Real Living Realty Group, State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, Mike Colombo of Real Living Realty Group, Matt Kelly of Real Living Realty Group, and State Sen. Richard Ross.

Budget Statement by MTA President Barbara Madeloni

The following statement was issued to the press yesterday and is posted on the MTA website.

Statement by MTA President Barbara Madeloni
on Governor Charlie Baker's Proposed Budget for 2015-2016

Governor Baker's proposed budget is troubling for its lack of vision and absence of meaningful investments in education and other vital community services. Although some of the governor's ideas appear positive, his budget is ultimately a proposal that shortchanges students, families and our cities and towns by including cuts to kindergarten expansion programs and providing inadequate funding for our public schools, colleges and universities.  

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MA Teachers Association

While keeping school districts at foundation levels, as is constitutionally required, Governor Baker's proposed spending plan fails to address the fact that many of our communities already face significant shortfalls in the resources they need to provide children with the schools they deserve. Public education is the center of our democracy and the heart of our future, and the Commonwealth's spending priorities must recognize that.

Where the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant program is concerned, for example, Governor Baker is eliminating funding. This step would hinder expansion of full-day kindergarten programs and cause some districts to reduce access.

The MTA is also deeply concerned about other grant cuts that appear to target education programs in urban communities. The consolidation of numerous programs into an account called the "Partnership Schools Network" is disturbing and potentially very harmful to our public schools and students.

Governor Baker is unfairly seeking to further shift health care costs to many current active state employees and all future state retirees by increasing the percentage they pay for coverage through the Group Insurance Commission. In other areas, the governor's proposal to "level-fund" numerous line items will actually result in cuts that damage our current services and our economic future.

The time has come for Massachusetts to turn the corner and look toward the revenues required to help working families and the communities they live in. Over time, the Commonwealth has implemented billions of dollars in tax cuts. In addition, we live in a state where residents with the highest incomes pay the smallest share of their incomes in state taxes.

Every budget represents choices, and the plan outlined today does not include the right ones for our students, families or communities.

This was shared from the MTA webpage

In the News: Wilfork neighbors react, Henandez neighbors testify

Neighbors of longtime New England Patriot Vince Wilfork, who announced Thursday the organization did not pick up his contract option, had nothing but praise for the Franklin resident. 
Wilfork, a defensive lineman who was a team captain, has always been very active in the community. He heads the Vince Wilfork Foundation, a non-profit concentrating in diabetes research. Wilfork was often seen in the Franklin Town Hall and school district, according to Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri, a friend of Wilfork's wife, Bianca.
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Prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial honed in on a Franklin condominium Thursday, commonly referred to as Hernandez’ “flophouse.” 
Prosecutors brought two Franklin residents to the stand – Barbara Scardino, the real estate agent that sold Hernandez the rental property and Carol Bailey, tenant of a neighboring unit in the building.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Franklin Publc Schools: Another Update on Parmenter


Good Afternoon, 
It has come to our attention that there are a number of rumors circulating regarding the individual involved in the incident at Parmenter School on Monday. We are aware that there are media reports that are citing information that school department has not received. We need to reiterate that this individual did not make any threats while he was in the school.  
Please be advised that this is a legal matter and is now in the hands of the police and the court system.  As such, the school department is not privy to any further information about this individual or his intent.  We have filed a No Trespass Order on him for all schools and school grounds in the district.   
Any further questions about this individual should be directed to the police. 
Sally WinslowAssistant Superintendent of Schools
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Franklin Public Schools: Update on Parmenter

We have been apprised by the Franklin Police that the individual involved in the incident at Parmenter School on Monday has been arrested and is being arraigned in Wrentham District Court today.  The police are continuing to investigate the matter, and we will update you as appropriate when we get further details.  The school department intends to work with the Franklin Police to issue a no trespass order to this individual, prohibiting him from all schools and school grounds. 
Sally Winslow
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

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HMEA Career Fair - March 19th


My name is Lauren Bavosi and I am the Marketing Manager at HMEA Inc. in Franklin MA.

I noticed that you feature local town events on your website. Please consider adding information about our March 19th Career Fair. Here is the info:

                Who: HMEA Inc.             
                What: HMEA Career Fair
                When: Thursday, March 19th 2015, 4-7 pm
                Where: HMEA Inc., 8 Forge Park, Franklin MA 02038

HMEA Career Fair
HMEA Career Fair
On Thursday March 19th, 2015, HMEA will open its doors in Franklin to the public to welcome job seekers to apply and interview for positions available company-wide. The agency is looking for people who are passionate about gaining experience and becoming an important factor in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Whether you have an interest in working with children with Autism or joining a team of staff assisting adults with disabilities to earn gainful employment, there is an something for everyone.

Anyone who attends the career fair will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $100 gas card and two $25 gas cards. Interested candidates are asked to bring a copy of their resume and to be prepared to interview on the spot. Visit our website for more information at

Attached, is the official flyer.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Lauren B. Bavosi
Manager, Marketing & Communications

HMEA | 8 Forge Park East
Franklin, MA 02038