Saturday, April 11, 2015

Public Notice: Hydrant Flushing Program

The Franklin Department of Public Works, Water Division will begin its hydrant flushing program on Saturday, April 11, 2015. This program is conducted annually to improve Franklin’s water quality and fire flows. 
Some hydrants will be flushed in the evening hours, while others will be completed during the day. Hydrant flushing will continue depending on water availability and system pressures. 
Residents may experience temporary water loss or discolored water while hydrants are being flushed in their area. Even though the water may be discolored, it is still safe for human consumption. 
The streets that we will be working on each day will be listed on the DPW website ( 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the DPW office at 508-553-5500. 

Department of Public Works 
Laurie Ruszala 
Water/Sewer Superintendent

DPW Headquarters - Fisher St
DPW Headquarters - Fisher St

This was shared from the official Franklin page

Flushing Areas Week of 4/11/15:
A Street
Acorn Place
Alisha Drive
Alpine Place
Alpine Row
Anna Road
Arlington Street
Bacon Street
Barbara Circle
Beaver Street
Beth Road
Buena Vista Drive
Burning Tree Road
Camdon Way
Cardinal Drive
Carol Drive
Celinda Drive
Central Park Terrace
Charlotte Court
Chestnut Street
Chilmark Road
Church Street
Cleveland Avenue
Concetta Way
Concord Street
Corbin Road
Corbin Street
Cottage Street
Cottage Street Extension
Country Club Drive
Coutu Street
Crescent Street
Crestwood Drive
Crocker Avenue
Cross Street
Dale Street
Dean Avenue
Delta Court
Delta Drive
Depot Street
Dutchess Road
East Park Street
East Street
Emilio Drive
Emmons Street
Everett Street
Fales Street
Farrington Street
Fisher Street
Gallison Street
Garden Street
Geb Street
Glen Meadow Road
Griffin Road
Hayden Lane
Hayward Street
Henry Lane
Highland Street
Hill Avenue
Hillside Road
Horace Mann Circle
Howard Place
Howard Street
Hutchinson Street
Indian Lane
Ivy Lane
Jack's Way
James Street
Jordan Road
Josephine Street
JR's Lane
Juniper Road
Kerrie Circle
King Phillip Road
King Street
Kingswood Lane
Lawrence Drive
Ledge Street
Lewis Street
Lexington Street
Longfellow Drive
Longobardi Drive
Loretta Road
Lost Horse Trail
Main Street
Maria Circle
Mark's Way
Martha's Way
Martin Avenue
Marvin Avenue
Mary Jane Road
Master Drive
Mathew Drive
McCarthy Street
Meadow Lark Road
Metacomet Lane
Metcalf Street
Milliken Avenue
Mill Street
North Park Street
Northern Spy Road
Oak Street
Odyssey Lane
Orchard Street
Park Road
Parmenter Way
Pearl Street
Pearly Lane
Peck Street
Penny Lane
Queen Street
Ray Hill Road
Red Gate Lane
Ruggles Street
Russell Street
Russet Hill Road
Sandy Lane
Sarah Lane
Saxon Street
School Street
Shawkemo Path
Squibnocket Road
Stewart Street
Stubbe Street
Sugarbeet Road
Summer Street
Susan's Way
Taft Drive
Tam O Shanter Road
Teris Way
Thayer Street
Tyson Road
Uncas Avenue
Union Street
Venus Circle
Wachusett Street
Wamponoag Drive
Washington Street
West Central Street
West Park Street
West Street
Willow Street
Wilson Road
Winter Street
Worsted Street
Zachary Lane

You can check the DPW page here for updates

Beaver St building proposed as new home for Recreation Dept

The Finance Committee heard of plans for the purchase of the building and land at 275 Beaver St to serve as the new home for the Recreation Dept. The Recreation Dept has been housed in the 150 Emmons St property which is in the process of being sold

Emmons St building - under agreement for sale by Franklin
Emmons St building - under agreement for sale by Franklin

The two documents handed out at the FinCom meeting are shown here. 

They are also part of the Town Council agenda package for the meeting scheduled Apr 15th.

The memo from Jeff Nutting outlining the purchase plans

A summary of the Recreation Dept including revenues and expenses from 2011 (actual) to the current 2015 year (projected)

Food Revolution Petition Update

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Hello Food Revolutionary!

We have some exciting news to share with you.

As a signatory of Jamie Oliver's first Food Revolution petition, we wanted to reach out and update you on this petition and Food Revolution Day 2015.

AN INCREDIBLE 812,000 of you signed the 2010/11 petition to stand up for our united belief that kids need better food at school and better health prospects - THANK YOU! We're so grateful for your support, and delighted you all agree action needs to be taken.

YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. With your support, this uprising led to a truly global movement, with the launch of Food Revolution Day in 2012. The same year the Ambassador Programme was also launched -  a growing group of thousands of passionate volunteers in over 100 countries. It has also grown an active, empowered and noisy community online and put pressure on leaders who can help us create positive change and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic through improved food education, food quality and security.

While the Food Revolution has continued to grow, we've still got work to do. With 42 million children across the world under the age of five either overweight or obese, the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming statistics. That's why for this Food Revolution Day Jamie has launched a global petition calling on leaders and governments of the G20 to make practical food education compulsory at school.

It's essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives and we passionately believe that it is every child's human right. Food education will make a difference to the lives of the next generation. So please continue your support by signing this petition and sharing on facebook and twitter to help spread the word, we can't do it without you.

We've already gathered an amazing 600,000 signatures from over 160 countries, but to create a movement powerful enough to force all G20 governments to take action, we need to get to millions!

Thank you very much for your support.

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FHS girls lacrosse tops Medfield

From Hockomock Sports we find that the FHS girls Lacrosse team won a close one against Medfield on Friday.

Franklin, 8 @ Medfield, 7 - Final 
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Julia Jette and Sheelagh Walsh each scored a pair of goals to help Franklin clip Medfield. Nicole Ellin, Emily Jeffries and Julianne Pisani all played well in the midfield according to head coach Kristin Igoe and combined for seven draw controls. Sam Jones was strong on defense, Igoe said, with two ground balls and five caused turnovers. Dani Lonati finished with seven saves in net.

Results from Friday's action around the Hockomock League can be found here

Annual Franklin Post 75 and Medway Post 367 Scholarship Run - Jun 20

The Annual Franklin Post 75 and Medway Post 367 Scholarship Run will be held at Medway High School on Saturday, June 20, 2015. 
We are currently seeking sponsors and donations. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details including instructions on how to register.

If you have any questions or would like to be a sponsor or make a donation, please contact Kim Leone at Franklin Post 75 or Doug Wahl at Medway Post 367.

screen grab of American Legion Post 75 webpage
screen grab of American Legion Post 75 webpage

To register for the 5 mile race, click on the link below.

Franklin Library: Tech Talk - Learn to Program

Every Saturday from 3:00 - 4:00 PM, there will be sessions on learning to program. Today's topic is basic programing with HTML and Java script

Tech Talk: Learn to Program
Tech Talk: Learn to Program
This was shared from the Library page here

Rep Roy: What's happening in the district - March 2015 newsletter

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Manufacturing Roundtable

Our Second Annual Manufacturing Roundtable was a great success and addressed the economic renaissance of this industry in Massachusetts. It also highlighted some of the good work that is being done at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School to bolster efforts to aid the manufacturers and students.

Beyond the many manufacturers in attendance, the group included US Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash, members of the energy community, Rick Lord of the Associated Industries of MA, Tri-County Superintendent Steve Dockray, and Franklin's Bob Vozzella, a manufacturing instructor. Vozzella introduced the Center for Manufacturing Excellence which trains young and old to excel in the advanced manufacturing field.

Manufacturing is vitally important to the Massachusetts economy. It is the sixth largest employment sector here, and is helping to lead us out of the recession. In our state, manufacturing contributes to more than 10 percent of gross state product (GSP). Over the next five years, manufacturing establishments are expected to expand their employment by an estimated 65 percent. In order to sustain this growth, however, we need to develop a strong nexus between educational and training opportunities and the specialized worker skills required by these companies to ultimately succeed.

Events like this show how government, industry, and school officials can work in harmony to create great programs, introduce opportunities for our citizens, and address the skills gap.

Sexting bill filed

Rep. Roy has filed legislation aimed at changing the way the state prosecutes teenagers charged with "sexting."

The legislation provides additional tools to police departments to deal with teen sexting. Current law provides police with a limited ability to react as officers must either charge teens with a felony or nothing. Felony charges can have life altering repercussions to those involved. This bill adds a new section that allows police to charge teens with a noncriminal offense or misdemeanor and also provides for educational opportunities and/or counseling to address the transmission of indecent visual depictions by teens.

Rep. Roy worked with his colleagues and Franklin Police Officer Jason Reilly to craft the bill. He also worked with professors from Bridgewater State University and the University of Colorado to develop the bill's educational and diversion components.

To view the text of the bill, click here. For the Milford Daily News report on the legislation, click here.

Fare relief for commuters

Public transit riders will see free access to the MBTA and the commuter rail for one day, while corporate and other passholders will see a 15 percent discount for one month, under a $5 million plan that state officials approved in March. The plan, passed unanimously by the board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA, seeks to make amends for a stretch of poor performance on the MBTA and the commuter rail as the public transit system endured a battery of winter storms.

The fare-free day will be Friday, April 24, according to an MBTA spokesman. The 15 percent discount is expected to take place during the month of May.

Ladybug on Chronicle

WCVB's Chronicle was on hand in Franklin to capture the story and ran a segment on the ladybug. You can view it by clicking here. It's right after the bit about the State polka.

"Forty years ago, that second grade class got the ultimate civics lesson and had a direct hand in legislating," said Representative Jeffrey Roy. "It was fun to honor the students and their efforts."

Best Buddies dodgeball tourney set for May 3

On May 3, 2015, the Third Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament will take place at Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, MA.  Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization focused on incorporating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into our communities and to provide them with friendships and employment opportunities.

The Franklin school system has four organized Best Buddies chapters. The money raised during this fundraiser will go back into these chapters to continue to fund these vital programs.

The Dodgeball Tournament is for teams of six of all ages and will include music, prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction.
At the tournament there will be double elimination dodgeball games for the different age groups, silent auction items, raffles, prizes, food, drinks, bake sale, and music. Each divisional champion will receive a prize, and the team with the best uniform will also win a prize. 
Fliers and registration forms can be found on this Facebook event link which you can view by clicking here.

Medway and Franklin receive road funds

Rep. Roy joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives  to authorize $200 million for local road and bridge repairs, passing legislation before April 1st so that municipalities can take full advantage of the construction season. Chapter 90 funds may be used for roadway projects, such as resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, traffic control and lighting, or road building machinery, equipment and tools.

The bill includes $944,408 for Franklin, and Medway would receive $402,433. The Chapter 90 formula takes miles of road, population and employment statistics into consideration.

After a particularly harsh winter, this funding package and the timing of it is welcome news to communities across Massachusetts, including Franklin and Medway. This robust local funding is critical to the safety of our residents and economic well-being of our cities and towns, and these dollars will help get our roads back in shape.

The House has been a longstanding champion of Chapter 90 and other local aid programs. This legislation follows the release of $100 million in Chapter 90 funds by Governor Baker which had been previously allocated by the Legislature but not yet approved. And the amount is in addition to a separate $30 million 'Winter Recovery" fund released by the Baker administration specifically for pothole repair.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/10/15 - THU 4/16/15

FRI 4/10   1:30pm   Adult Coffee and Craft: Bath Salts at Franklin Public Library
FRI 4/10   2:10pm-7pm   Cut-A-Thon and Style-A-Thon Fundraiser at Tri-County RVTHS
FRI 4/10   7-10pm   Chad Larrivee Fundraiser at Elks Lodge in Franklin
FRI 4/10   7:30pm   Ayla Brown at The Black Box 
FRI 4/10   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 4/11   8am   New England Family History Conference at 91 Jordan Road, Franklin
SAT 4/11   8am-12pm   Recycling Event - Bottles, Cans, Appliances, Electronics  at Elks Lodge
SAT 4/11   8-11am   Spring Cleaning Fundrasier - Car Wash, Book Drive, Clothing Drive and Bottle and Can Drive at Parmenter Elementary School
SAT 4/11   3:00 - 4:00pm Tech Talk - Basic HTML coding at the Franklin Library
SAT 4/11   4:30-6:30pm   Student Art Show at Franklin Art Center
SAT 4/11   8pm   Cheryl Wheeler Concert at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

SUN 4/12   1-4pm   Antique Appraisal Day at Franklin Historical Museum
SUN 4/12   1-3pm   Zentangle at Franklin Art Center (call to reserve your spot)
SUN 4/12   2:30 - 3:30pm - Zinio Hands on Workshop - Franklin Library
SUN 4/12   3pm   FREE Opera for Kids: Alice in Wonderland at The Black Box (call to reserve a seat)
SUN 4/12   3:30pm   LiveARTS Concert: String Quartet at FUSF, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

MON 4/13   4-7pm   Kindergarten Registration at Horace Mann Middle School

TUE 4/14   9:30am   Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids - Franklin TV at 23 Hutchinson St. is looking for audience
TUE 4/14   6:30-8:30pm   Flower Design - Mixed Arrangement, Hillside Nurseries/Lifelong Learning (registration required)
TUE 4/14   7:00pm  Dean Leadership Institute - Jerry Sargent, Citizens Bank
TUE 4/14   7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee’s monthly meeting at the Franklin YMCA - public welcome!

WED 4/15   12-2pm   Adult Painting at Franklin Art Center
WED 4/15   4-7pm   Kindergarten Registration at Horace Mann Middle School
WED 4/15   7pm   Free Franklin SEPAC Workshop: The Movement of Imperfection with Authors of “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid” at Horace Mann MS

THU 4/16   4pm   Lego Mania Club at Franklin Public Library (ages 3-12)
THU 4/16   6:30-8:30pm   Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar - Free admission, acoustic and a cappella performers welcome
THU 4/16   7-8:30pm   Vegetable garden Basics and more - Franklin HS (register via Lifelong Learning)
THU 4/16   7:30pm   2nd Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Meeting at FUSF, 262 Chestnut Street

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

Horace Mann Day - May 3

The Franklin Historical Commission will celebrate 'Horace Mann Day' on Sunday, May 3, 2015 with a special presentation, HORACE MANN AND HIS WORLD, featuring writer and commentator Peter Golden.

Franklin's most famous son, Mann was a lawyer, politician, abolitionist,  the first Secretary of Education and is most often referred to as the 'Father of Education'.  The museum will unveil the Horace Mann exhibit, which will become
a permanent exhibit.

Invitations are going out to History and Social Study teachers in town.  The public is invited to attend the lecture and enjoy refreshments, including birthday cake in celebration of Mann's Birthday, which falls on Monday, May 4th.

Peter Golden
Peter Golden
The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Franklin, and is open 

  • Sunday 1:00PM-4:00PM, 
  • Thursday 5:00PM-8:00PM 
  • Saturdays 10:00AM-1:00PM  

The museum is handicap accessible.

LiveARTS String Quartet - Sunday - Apr 12 - 3:30pm

Our season’s climax and finale is presented by our own LiveARTS String Quartet. Six seasons ago LiveARTS learned about a group of four immensely talented string players who had been playing together but had not yet given a public performance as an ensemble. 
They were enthusiastically invited to share their artistry on the LiveARTS series of Sunday concerts. So special was the mix of musical talent and insight in this premiere performance that a permanent identity was inevitable: LiveARTS immediately offered its name and a residence haven so that this group would continue. And continue it has--appearing every season since. 
The LiveARTS audience has taken this ensemble to its heart, enjoying profoundly some exquisite performances that have approached the pinnacle of chamber artistry.
LiveARTS String Quarter (LiveARTS image)
LiveARTS String Quarter (LiveARTS image)

All Concerts on Sundays, 3:30 pm at the 
Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in 
Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street

Doors open at 3 pm. Open Seating. Handicapped accessible.

Additional inforamtion including ticket pricing can be found at

New Hope 5K & Family Fun Walk - June 6

Event Information:
The New Hope 5K and Family Fun Walk is a community celebration of healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and healthy communities.

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Remington/Jefferson School – 628 Washington Street Franklin, MA 02038


  • 7:45 am Registration opens 
  • 9:00 am 5K Race Starts 
  • 9:00 am Family Health Fair 
  • 9:30 am Family Fun Walk Starts 
  • 10:30 am Awards

new hope 5K and family fun walk
new hope 5K and family fun walk



Opportunity to Display Local Art in Franklin Businesses

Dear Franklin Downtown Partnership Businesses:  
This summer businesses will have a unique opportunity to support the Franklin Art Association by partnering with local artists to display their work.   Please read the letter below and contact the Art Association if you would like to partner with a local artist.
The Franklin Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the first Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2, 2015.  

The Celebration will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including: The Black Box Theater (inside and outside on its stage) and Historical Museum, in locations along Main Street that may include but are not limited to The Cake Bar, Dean College, the Public Library, the Town Common, the Senior Center and the Horace Mann Middle School, and in other locations (businesses, restaurants, etc.) The programming will include fine arts, musicians, performers, actors, dancers, poets, culinary artists and photographers.
The Franklin Art Association is interested in doing a joint venue with the FDP.  We would like to get a sense of whether any members of the Downtown Partnership would be willing to allow artists to display work on their walls and or window, during the festival, possibly  having the artist setup inside or out and paint.
Our belief is the pairing of artists and businesses will be beneficial to both. If you have an interest in this joint venue with the Franklin Art Association, please contact Daydre Hamilton, committee chairperson.
Thank You,  Daydre Hamilton  H- 508-528-4421

In the News: Pellegri to retire, Dean focuses on respectful community

Longtime town clerk Deborah Pellegri announced that she would not be seeking re-election this November, marking an end to 30 years on the job. 
Pellegri made the announcement shortly before swearing in Teresa Burr as assistant town clerk Thursday morning. 
"(Burr) has worked in the office for the last five years as assistant to the town clerk," Pellegri said. "We felt now was the time (to make her assistant town clerk). She has the experience, and is ready to take on the responsibility." 
Burr will be the first person to hold the assistant town clerk title for several years.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News

Dean College this week contributed to the national effort to stop cases of sexual assault on college campuses, hosting a series of anti-violence events focused on creating a more respectful community. 
The college recognized NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education's campaign, “Enough is Enough” - which aims to promote peace and reduce violence among students. Dean has taken part in “Enough is Enough” week (April 6 through April 10) since 2010. 
The campaign touches on all forms of violence, but the rise of college sexual assaults has brought the issue to the fore.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Downtown Project Update - April 8, 2015

From Town Administrator Jeff Nutting:
We met with Anthony Tavalone the MASS DOT employee in charge of the project, a representative of the contractor, Brian Kelly from Dean College, Lisa Piana from the Downtown Partnership, and representatives from the Franklin DPW. 
The contractor stated he is going to split the project into two phases leaving the reconstruction of Main Street from the Bridge to Emmons Street until to 2016. The contractor indicated he would most likely begin around April 20th starting up near the Red Brick School and working towards Emmons Street over the next couple months. He also will be completing the remaining drainage work on the project (except Main Street) and installing the light bases for the new street lights along the project during that time period. 
Once he completes Main Street from the Red Brick School to High Street to Emmons, he plans to work on Emmons then West and East Central Street during this construction season. This work is likely to take place over the summer and fall. 
We plan to meet in two weeks and will update the community on a regular basis. 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 my office at 508-520-4949.
Construction on Main St during 4Q - 2014
Construction on Main St during 4Q - 2014

Franklin Cultural Festival – Summer 2015

The Franklin Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the first Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Celebration will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including: The Black Box Theater (inside and outside on its stage) and Historical Museum, in locations along Main, Daniel McCahill and Oak Streets that may include but are not limited to The Cake Bar, Dean College, the Public Library, the Town Common, the Senior Center, and the Horace Mann Middle School, and in private business locations (banks, restaurants, etc.) within the district footprint. 

Franklin Town Common bandstand
Franklin Town Common bandstand

Significant streetscape work is planned for downtown Franklin during summer 2015. The Cultural District Committee hopes to have a better understanding of space restrictions resulting from construction sometime during the month of April. At that time it should be able to specifically name the available spaces for events and performances.

The Franklin Cultural Festival Committee will supervise and facilitate the performances and fine arts/culinary arts events from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2. Individuals, businesses, and organizations may wish to have events/performances before or after the Festival dates. 

While the Festival Committee’s work is limited to these five (5) days, it will include other cultural events/performances in program materials. To be included in the Festival, as well as in the program materials, the information needs to follow the submission guidelines and all information needs to be submitted by April 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Applications to participate in the fine arts, performing arts, or culinary arts events associated with the Festival may be obtained from the Cultural District Steering Committee members or requested by email. 

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee includes: Alan Mercer, Roberta Trahan, Sue Sheridan, Jim Schultz, and Pandora Carlucci. If you would like to receive a copy of the participation application packet, please email the Cultural District Steering Committee at

 If you are interested in learning more about the Franklin Cultural Festival please attend our next meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM at The Black Box

The application is also available here