Saturday, October 3, 2015

FHS soccer and volleyball teams beat KP

From Hockomock Sports we share the results of the fall sports action on Friday. The football game was rescheduled to Saturday. Both boys and girls soccer beat King Philip by identical 2-0 scores. Volleyball also beat KP by 3-1 and the golf team dropped their match to Canton.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final 
– Hatim Brahimi put the visitors in front off an assist from Brian Czuba and Franklin took a 1-0 lead into the break. Senior Nick Parent then iced the game with a late goal in the second half off an assist from senior Austin Kent.

Girls Soccer

King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Bailey Knous and Alexis Stowell each scored goals for the Panthers.


Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final 
– The Panthers picked up a key Kelley-Rex win with scores of 28-26, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21. Dayna McCue had 30 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil and Beth Neal each had 10 kills while Kutil added an ace and Neal had a pair of aces and blocks and 13 assists. Franklin Head coach Kate Horsmann said Caroline Maguire had a huge role defensively at the net with four blocks and three kills. For King Philip, Josie Rowean led the team in attacks and had six service points in game one, Gwen Uyrus added seven service points in game two, Emma Lopez had eight service points in game three, and Amanda Loewen had five digs.


Canton, 171 @ Franklin, 180 – Final 
– Canton sophomore Jack Goyetch was the match medalist, shooting a 40 for the day. Bryan Woelfel shot a 43 for the Panthers.

For all the results of Hockomock League action on Friday

Fields of Danger? (video)

NBC Nightly News updates the crumb rubber story.

Why is this a concern for Franklin? 
A new field was installed at Franklin High School with crumb rubber. There are two additional fields being budgeted for an update in the next couple of years. If there is enough interest, then perhaps the crumb rubber on those two (Beaver Pond and Pisani Field) could be updated with a safer mix than crumb rubber.

photo from August 2015 during the installation of the field which is now complete and being used regularly
photo from August 2015 during the installation of the field which is now complete and being used regularly

Part 1 (Wednesday, September 30)

"It's the most common form of artificial turf and millions of children play on it every day, but is it safe? We put the question to the feds in our NBC News investigation."

"The list has nearly doubled, from 34 to 63 gathered from around the country. 15 have died."

Part 2 (Thursday, October 1)

"We're not willing to let our kids be the guinea pigs"

Thanks for the alert from @turfgrassforum

Pumpkins in the Park - Friday, Oct 30

The Franklin Art Center presents....

Pumpkins in the Park

in cooperation with the Franklin Recreation Dept.

At the Sculpture Park on Panther Way (before the Police Station)

Ladybug 5k - Sunday, October 18th

This year the Ladybug 5k will be on Sunday, October 18th, starting from Kennedy school at 551 Pond St. 

In addition to the 5K, there will be kids races, games, face painting and raffles. Fun, family friendly event.

Ladybug 5K race start
Ladybug 5K race start

Race registration and number pick up starts at 8 AM
Kids race at 9:30
5K at 10 AM

Cash prize for top male and top female overall in the 5K

Participants can pre-register at
registration is available for the 5K, kids race and family pricing, family maximum $40

See our website at

"would have no valid reason to remove pens from the property"

A Bourne man was arraigned in Wrentham District Court Friday on charges that he stole as much as $54,000 worth of pens from a Franklin business. 
Gregory Loonan, 55, of 22 Carnoustie Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony breaking and entering during the daytime and larceny valued more than $250. He was released on $1,000 bail. 
Franklin Police Detective Eric Zimmerman wrote in an affidavit that the security director of Kuehne + Nagel, the local branch of an international shipping firm, contacted police in August regarding a large number of missing Cross pens. The company, he said, handles some packaging and distribution work for Cross.

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screen grab of Kuehne + Nagel webpage
screen grab of Kuehne + Nagel webpage

Friday, October 2, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/2/15 - THU 10/8/15

FRIDAY 10/2/15
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SATURDAY 10/3/15
9am-12pm   Tri-County Showcase Spectacular - Open House at the Tri-County RVTHS
10am-12pm   First Annual Horseshoe Tournament at Franklin Rod and Gun Club, spectators welcome. Canceled due to the weather
6pm   FPAC Gala at The Black Box

SUNDAY 10/4/15
1-4pm   Pour Richard's Presents: 'French Lessons' - learn more about french wines and cheese pairings. Free event.

TUESDAY 10/6/15
6pm   Franklin Candidates Night at the Franklin Town Hall
7pm   Creating Rain Gardens event at Franklin Senior 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

Franklin Federated Church: Blessing of the Animals - Sunday, October 4th

of the Animals

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Franklin Federated Church - 171 Main Street

3 p.m. – Outdoors on the Front Lawn

(Rain date is Sunday, October 11th also at 3 pm)

Pets are treasured gifts from God and worthy of blessing.
Join us for prayer, celebration, blessings, and treats for our beloved special companions. All creatures great and small are welcome!
We ask that all pets be leashed/caged/restrained.
If your pet is no longer living, you may bring a photo in their honor.

People and pets of all faiths are welcome!!

Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort and convenience.

Pastor Charley Eastman - 508-528-3803 -
A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation affiliated with the United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches USA
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Taunton takes the golf match, FHS tops KP in field hockey

From Hockomock Sports we share that the FHS golf team lost to Taunton and that the FHS field hockey team remained unbeaten with a 1-0 victory at KP.


Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 162 – Final 
– Taunton’s Mario Wilson carded a match low round of 37 for the Tigers.

Field Hockey

Franklin,1 @ King Philip, 0 – Final
– Christina Quinn scored nine minutes into the game and it turned out to be the game-winner for the Panthers. KP goalie Abby Campbell made 14 saves to keep the Warriors in the game in the second half. Franklin goalie Sam Jones made a save with 1:30 left to preserve the win.

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

Abby Campbell (31) made 14 saves for KP but Christina Quinn’s first half goal gave Franklin the win on Thursday. (Josh Perry/
Abby Campbell (31) made 14 saves for KP but Christina Quinn’s first half goal gave Franklin the win on Thursday. (Josh Perry/

Hockomock Sports Managing Editor Josh Perry provides an in depth summary of the field hockey game Thursday. 
For the first time, Franklin and King Philip field hockey met up on the brand-new turf at Macktaz Field in a meeting between the first and third place teams in the Kelley-Rex Division. 
The Panthers came in unbeaten in the league, but the Warriors came in fired up at the chance to knock their rivals off the top of the league standings. 
With just a little more than a minute remaining in the game, and after nearly 20 minutes of nonstop Franklin pressure, the Warriors finally got a break and a scoring opportunity. Senior attacker Casie Curtin hit the edge of the circle and fired towards goal, but Franklin senior goalie Sam Jones, who had spent 20 minutes standing in the cold wind as mostly a spectator, was out to cut down the angle and kick the shot aside.

Continue reading the full write up online

1st Annual Horseshoe Tournament - Canceled due to the weather

I was just informed that due to the forecast of bad weather this weekend the Horseshoe Tournament has been canceled. 
No new date has been announced at this time. 

The Franklin Rod and Gun Club is holding our First Annual Horseshoe Tournament. I was hoping you could post it on your events calendar/website. 

Franklin Rod and Gun Club 
1st Annual Horseshoe Tournament
Saturday October 3rd, 10:00 AM
Food and Cash Prizes! 
$25.00 Donation 
Spectators Welcome! 
Cash Bar and Food Available

51 Florence St Franklin, MA 
(508) 528-2573

Franklin Rod and Gun Club
Franklin Rod and Gun Club

Hurricane Joaquin will likely bring more rain

With the latest tracking from NOAA's Hurricane Central, Joaquin will likely ver off the coast and leave us more rain early next week.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center
as of 5:00 AM Friday, October 2

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In the News: Superfund listing good news, Pumpkins in the Park, Purr-fect Cat Shelter fund raising

Area officials reacted favorably to news that a contaminated property on Fisher Street had been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of Superfund sites.
The EPA announced Wednesday that the former BJACT LLC property will be placed on the agency's National Priorities List of Superfund sites. The land at 300 Fisher St., according to an EPA release, has been used for industrial purposes since the late 1800s, with rubber and plastic manufacture among its uses. It is currently inactive, and has been so since 1985.

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In cooperation with the Franklin Recreation Department, Pumpkins in the Park will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Franklin Sculpture Park on Panther Way, near the police station. 
Those interested are asked to drop off pumpkins between noon and 2 p.m., or 5-6 p.m. Lights will be provided by Franklin Art Center. Event attendees will vote for their favorite pumpkins and prizes will be given for the most creative, scariest and funniest.
Franklin Art Center Facebook photo
Franklin Art Center Facebook photo

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The Purr-fect Cat Shelter will hold the Pour for Paws Wine Tasting fundraiser 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits, 14 Grove St. 
The event will be an afternoon of wine sampling provided by Pour Richard’s and raffle items. Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits will also donate 20 percent of the sales during the event to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

FHS volleyball topped North Attleboro 3-1

We can share the results from Hockomock Sports. The volleyball match was held on Wednesday but both soccer games were postponed due to the weather. FHS volleyball topped North Attleboro 3-1. 


North Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– After dropping the first set, the Panthers rallied back to win the next three for the win. Caroline Maguire had five aces, five kills, three blocks and 12 service points, Beth Neal had 17 assists, nine kills, three aces and a pair of blocks, Alyssa Shea added eight kills and two digs and Dayna McCue had 25 digs and a pair of aces. Freshman Lauren McGrath had six straight service points, including four aces, in the fourth set to help close the match.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Soccer

North Attleboro @ Franklin – Postponed to TBA

Girls Soccer

Franklin @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBA

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Wednesday

"There's no debate - questions will be asked, and candidates will be able to answer"

Local voters will get a chance next week to hear from a number of candidates seeking town office in the November election. 
The town will be hosting a "Candidate's Night" in the Franklin Municipal Building's council chambers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 
Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri said the event would feature candidates from contested races - that is, those seeking Town Council, School Committee or Board of Health seats or the town clerk position. 
The night will be moderated by former police chief Lawrence Benedetto and questions will be asked by a panel including Michael Doherty, United Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jack Lank and Country Gazette reporter Heather Harris.

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Town Council candidates in 2013 at the Candidates Night
Town Council candidates in 2013 at the Candidates Night

For the current listing of candidates for all positions check here

Frankenstein 5K - Scary Run, Walk or Stomp, Oct 31

Frankenstein 5K - Scary Run Walk or Stomp, Oct 31
Frankenstein 5K - Scary Run Walk or Stomp, Oct 31

Register here

In the News: Russian School of Math announces awards, 300 Fisher St added to NPL

The Russian School of Mathematics, an after-school math program for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, announced 11 students from Franklin posted high scores on national and international math competitions. These students are among more than 900 Russian School of Mathematics students across the country who excelled in math competitions this past year.

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Russian School of Math - Franklin
Russian School of Math - Franklin
For more information on the Russian School of Math in Franklin visit them on the web

“EPA continues to protect public health and the environment in communities with an industrial past that has left contamination behind,” said EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding. “Now that the BJAT LLC Site is listed on the NPL, we will begin a comprehensive study and cleanup work in Franklin to help ensure that we are protecting health and the environment in this community.” 
“Superfund designation will promote cleanup of this site,” said Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “The required cleanup is potentially extensive and complex, so the Superfund will provide the resources needed for achieving a full and comprehensive cleanup. We look forward to working with the EPA.” 
As with all NPL sites, EPA first works to identify companies or people responsible for the contamination at a site, and requires them to conduct or pay for the cleanup. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting substantial cleanup at the site.

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image of the site with contamination locations marked
image of the site with contamination locations marked

This is a good step in the process started years ago. As recently as July 2014, the MassDEP and EPA made a presentation to the Town Council about getting the site added to the NPL

Earlier this year the EPA announced that the application had been submitted for review.

In the News: (1) Millis no decision on water, yet; (2) early voting to be in effect for 2016

As an update to the item posted earlier this week:
Selectmen held off on agreeing to a contract with an engineering consulting firm to study the possibility of selling water to Exelon after financing questions. 
Exelon - a power generation company that owns and operates a 117-megawatt, three-unit oil-fired plant in Medway - is proposing to add two new generating units capable of producing 200 megawatts, but in order to do so, the plant needs water, and lots of it. 
The plant will need an average of 95,000 gallons of water per day to control the plant’s emissions, but is planning to draw a large amount of that from an onsite well it has already dug.

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In case you missed the earlier item, you can find it here

Looks like this will be something to be addressed by the next Franklin Town Clerk
Town Clerk Ann Odabashian spoke to selectmen at the Monday all-boards meeting, in which they sought updates from town departments. 
She said she was worried about a recent state law mandating early voting, in which towns must offer voting for about two weeks prior to an election, during regular town clerk hours and at an election site. 
"I have not heard any solution of where to hold early voting, how to manage it or how to pay for it," she said. "The state's not paying for it." 
The town, said Odabashian, must have early voting ballots, absentee ballots and regular ballots created for next year's election.

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Additional info about the new law to take effect in 2016 can be found here

and here

Gov. Deval Patrick signs a law establishing early voting in Massachusetts on May 22, 2014 at the State House. (SHIRA SCHOENBERG / THE REPUBLICAN)
Gov. Deval Patrick signs a law establishing early voting in Massachusetts on May 22, 2014 at the State House. (SHIRA SCHOENBERG / THE REPUBLICAN)

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 Café, 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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