Saturday, March 14, 2015

Oak Hill Open House - Saturday -> 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Village at Oak Hill - Open House - March 14
Village at Oak Hill - Open House - March 14

Addtional information on the housing options available can be found here

This was shared from the Franklin webpage here


"an impossible pricing environment"

From the Milford Daily News we read:
It’s a story told everywhere. The number of single-location grocery stores dropped by 3,000 from 2002 through 2007, according to the most recent U.S Census data. The trend ought to show as big or bigger in new numbers due later this year, according to Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. 
The buying power of bigger chains like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., with annual grocery revenues of $156 billion, is so strong that grocers in tiers below have been forced to consolidate, said Mitchell, co-director of the Minneapolis-based advocacy group. What’s left is an impossible pricing environment for places like Colella’s, whose $13 million in gross sales in its best years has dropped well below that. 
A self-described workaholic who’s run the Boston Marathon four times, Danahy talks with a heavy heart about the 2011 arrival in town of Price Chopper, a 134-store chain based in Schenectady, New York. Price Chopper grabbed more than 10 percent of her business. For a profit margin that never gets better than 2 percent, that’s a nightmare.
Continue reading the article here

The demise of several local businesses in Franklin has spawned the grass roots efforts on the Shop Small Co-op. The collaboration around marketing is a great community effort. 

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Register O'Donnell Warns Homeowners About Deed Scam

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Warns Homeowners About Deed Scam

Continuing his efforts to combat consumer fraud, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today expressed his ongoing frustration regarding Norfolk County residents receiving direct-mail solicitations offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an outrageous fee of anywhere from $59.50-$83.00. Providing a certified copy of property deeds is a service provided by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds for a charge of only $1.00 per page plus an additional $1.00 for postage in the case of a request received by mail. Average Registry fee for providing a certified copy of a deed is usually $2.00.

A recent example cited by O'Donnell was a deed solicitation received by a Weymouth resident from a private company in California. The solicitation was labeled Recorded Deed Notice and requested the homeowner forward a check to them in the amount of $83.00 for a copy of the homeowner's deed. In this case, the Weymouth resident would have been charged $3.00 by the Registry for providing a mailed copy of the deed, $2.00 if the resident had picked it up at the Registry.

Register O'Donnell stated, "While the practice may be legal, it's certainly not ethical. These direct-mail companies are preying upon the innocent assumptions of Norfolk County residents, many of them first-time homeowners. Consumers are interpreting these notices as a bill, since they have a due date. I urge Norfolk County citizens not to fall prey to these types of misleading deed scam advertisements."

If you receive such a deed solicitation notice, please contact the Registry's Customer Service Department immediately at (781) 461-6101 or by email at Additionally, if you desire a copy of your deed, also contact the Registry's Customer Service Department and we will be glad to provide you with one for a nominal fee of usually $2.00.

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on or follow us on @NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Updates

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New Contact Information 

for the
Blackstone Heritage Corridor

New phone number * New email addresses

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor office now has a new phone number, and staff have new email addresses.  

Partnership Grant Applications Now Available
Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. has announced a grant program to help others support its work in the region to: 
tell the story of American industrialization, 
preserve and enhance Valley communities, 
balance conservation and growth, and 
promote river recovery.  

The new funding round is available for municipalities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies who work in the 25 cities and towns of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.  


GO! for a walk...GO! for a hike...GO! for a paddle, or pedal, or tour!

What is it?

An exciting new fall activity for the 25 towns of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor during the entire month of September, 2015.  Blackstone Heritage Corridor will coordinate and promote a program of free, guided experiences and other events to highlight the wonderful resources in our valley, soon to be the 402nd National Park!   

Reminder - March 17th
Explore.  Discuss.  Share.  
Join us on March 17th at the College of the Holy Cross.  
Explore the Visitor Center site.  
Discuss the plans for this interpretive and cultural amenity.  
Share your thoughts!

Are you suffering from Cabin Fever? 
Wishing for Spring Fever?
Join us on March 24th!

Save the date, March 24th, as we celebrate the arrival of Spring in the Blackstone Valley. VIP Kathy Barton will be presenting a visual interpretive program on Spring Wildflowers of the Blackstone Valley.  As many of you know Kathy has incredible knowledge of all things that grow wild!  A chance to escape and cure your cabin fever, visually feel that spring is in the air and network with other volunteers of the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program.

Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, and it is also wonderful chance to reconnect and feel re-energized.  If you are not already a VIP come learn more about becoming a VIP!  You are encouraged to bring a friend and imagine the possibilities! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Blackstone Heritage Corridor Offices, 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI

RSVP to Acting Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Buchanan at 

Register Now for Bike and Blues the Blackstone!
Join the staff and partners of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. for our second annual Festival Bike Ride through the scenic and historic Blackstone River Valley.

Bike and Blues the Blackstone takes place on May 2nd.  Register soon!

The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a unique cultural landscape of industrial history and immigration in the interconnected system of the Blackstone River watershed. An energetic nonprofit, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. partners with organizations, local communities and businesses, and residents to insure the long term vitality of the Corridor.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/13/15 - 3/19/15

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FRI 3/13   1:30pm   Adult Coffee and Craft at Franklin Public Library
FRI 3/13   7pm   Shrek Musical at Franklin High School
FRI 3/13   7:30pm   The Music Man at The Black Box
FRI 3/13   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 3/14   8am-1pm   Bottle and Can Drive at Franklin HS, benefits All Night Party
SAT 3/14   7pm   Shrek Musical at Franklin High School
SAT 3/14   7:30pm   The Music Man at The Black Box
SAT 3/14   8:15pm   Comedy Show at Franklin Elks Lodge (PG18): Steven Coppola and Mark Scalia

SUN 3/15   1pm   Zentangle Workshop at Franklin Art Center
SUN 3/15   2pm   The Music Man at The Black Box
SUN 3/15   7pm   Auditions for Shakespeare Production at Dean College

MON 3/16   7pm   Auditions for Shakespeare Production at Dean College

WED 3/17   12-2pm   Adult Painting at Franklin Art Center
WED 3/17   6:30pm   Doggie Tales at the Franklin Public Library. Registration required.
WED 3/17   7pm   Creating Communities of Support: Food Allergies with Dr. Michael Pistiner at The Black Box. Sponsored by BFCCPS. More info here.

THU 3/19   4-7pm   HMEA Career Fair at HMEA - Forge Park, Franklin.
THU 3/19   4-6pm   Open House at Sunrise Montesori in Franklin
THU 3/19   6:30-8:30pm   Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar - free admission.

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

Charter School Expansion Update

Dear BFFCPS Community, 
Late in 2014 two Requests for Proposals (RFP) were published by BFCCPS as the next major step in our expansion project. The first RFP was for Real Property Acquisition and the second was for an Owner’s Project Manager. To facilitate the reviewing of responses to the RFP’s the Board of Trustees created an RFP Review Committee comprised of four members of the Board of Trustees, two members of the BFCCPS administration, two members of the BFCCPS faculty and Staff, and two parents of current BFCCPS students. The RFP Review Committee, working with the support of Charter School Support Services, has first been reviewing the responses submitted from organizations interested in serving as our Owner’s Project Manager.  After an extensive review, interview and contract negotiation process I am pleased to announce that Daedalus Projects Incorporated has been secured to serve as BFCCPS’s Owner’s Project Manager.

Continue reading this recent news on the BFCCPS webpage

Charter School band in the 2013 Memorial Day parade
Charter School band in the 2013 Memorial Day parade

The Music Man at THE BLACK BOX

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the Broadway charmer, The Music Man, on March 13-15 and March 21 and 22 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. With small-town spirit, con-man-makes-good plot, and toe-tapping score, the six-time Tony Award winner woos audiences of all ages.

“It’s my favorite show!” said Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “The humor is so honest. It’s charming and so well written.”

With book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, The Music Man showcases an all-American score that captivates with gorgeous ballads, rousing marches, nostalgic barbershop harmonies, and such cherished standards as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” and “Till There Was You.”

“Those elements – the barbershop quartet, the marches – are real crowd pleasers,” noted Mercer.

The musical theater classic follows fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he attempts to bamboozle the townspeople of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a marching band. But Hill’s scheme begins to unravel when he falls for Marian the librarian and must choose between the promise of romance and a quick getaway.


Under Mercer’s direction, FPAC’s production makes creative use of THE BLACK BOX’s open floor plan, with staging that mixes a traditional proscenium format with the intimacy and flexibility of the venue’s space. The aisles lead into the center of River City, bringing the audience into this iconic small town. The theater’s 360-degree catwalk provides a dramatic platform to feature the production’s professional orchestra, conducted by Boston’s Peter Cokkinias.

The Music Man spotlights the talents of 50 lead, featured and ensemble cast members, with Franklin’s Nick Paone and Hallie Wetzell in the starring roles of Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. A prolific FPAC performer and director, the versatile Paone most recently appeared as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Scrooge in Humbug!, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, and was creatively cast as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Nick is the founder and creative force behind FPAC’s annual summer Whatever Theater Festival. FPAC Vocal Director Hallie Wetzell is also Vocal Director at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), where she oversees the Pro Voice program, teaches private vocal instruction, and music directs all ensembles, including the international touring group, Electric Youth. A classically trained soprano with master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music, Hallie is a veteran FPAC performer as well.

The Music Man cast showcases well-known local talent, including Jamie Barrett, popular Franklin music teacher, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. Barrett is featured in the musical’s famed barbershop quartet, along with Ed Milham of Attleboro, Graham Hancock of Franklin and Brian Steiner of Millis.

From 10 area towns, cast members also include Madi Asgeirsson, Janene Asgeirsson Jason Barney, Lily Barney, Aidan Clark, Brooke Collins, Devin Curley, Christine DiMartino, Mia Fleischer, Aaron Frongillo, Brandon Hancock, Graham Hancock, Kelly Irwin, Ed Jones, Jocelyn Jones, Wendy Jones, Greg Leach, Sydney Leach, Shauna Martin, Tatiana McAlpine, Caroline Merten, Debra Packard, Shane Packard, Chuck Peters, Guy Rezendes, Hannah Rezendes, Kim Rezendes, Madison Rezendes, Katharine Waples, Michele Webster, Amanda Wylie, Melissa Wyner and Peter Wyner of Franklin; Colie Vancura of Medfield; Alan Mercer and Maddy Williams of Medway; Zoe Stewart of Mendon; Katie Gray of Milford; Bob Matson of Millis; Susauna Wickstrom of Plainville; Laine DiMartinis, Mairead Nee and Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; Kellie Stamp of Westport; and Jenna McDermott of Wrentham.

FPAC’s commitment to youth development in the arts is reflected by the casting of 30 children and teens in this production, working collaboratively with the musical’s adult professional and community performers. Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC supports educational arts experiences, quality entertainment and outstanding performance opportunities, drawing performers and audiences from more than 100 communities throughout the region.

Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation is the Premier Sponsor for FPAC’s production of The Music Man. Six performances will be presented on March 13, 14 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 15, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34. For more information and tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit

Just 65 days until...

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The 14th Annual HMEA Independence 
5K Run and Walk, Roll and Stroll

With the temperatures above freezing, our thoughts can turn to springtime activities and "The 14th Annual HMEA Independence 5K Run and Walk, Roll, and Stroll" coming up on May 17th!

Right now is the BEST time for participants to register and open up a personal fundraising page at
All of the proceeds from this event go directly to the wonderful programs driven by our 650 caring staff. This boost will benefit 4,000 children and adults with disabilities supported by HMEA Inc. 

Let's make this the best year yet!
* Special Incentive *

Raise $500 or more on your personal fundraising page by April 27th and you will be entered into a drawing to win a one week stay of your choice to anywhere in the world that is part of the RCI worldwide timeshare system.

Want to be a sponsor and be listed on 1200 tee shirts?

Event Date (rain or shine): 
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Event Place: EMC2
50 Constitution Blvd. Franklin, MA
Event Time(s):
Run registration: 8:00 am
Run start: 9:00 am
Walk check-in: 10:00 am 
Walk start: 11:00 am 
*Walkers, please plan to arrive NO earlier than at 10:00 am. Road closed from 8:45-9:45 am*
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