Saturday, December 12, 2015

"we need to win the hustle plays"

"There are a lot of new faces on the Franklin bench this season. The Panthers bring back only one starter from last year’s team, which reached the Div. 1 Central final, and it is expected that there will be an adjustment period for new players in new roles. 
The pieces, new and old, fit perfectly on Friday night in the season opener against Holy Name. 
Utilizing a tenacious full court press, Franklin jumped out to a 26-0 lead and never looked back. The Panthers won the opener 70-41 in a rematch of the last two district semifinals, which the teams split."
Lauren Rudolph (25) scored 15 points to lead the Panthers to a 70-41 win over Holy Name in the season opener. (Josh Perry/
Lauren Rudolph (25) scored 15 points to lead the Panthers to a 70-41 win over Holy Name in the season opener. (Josh Perry/

Continue reading the full article here

In other FHS sports action on Friday, the girls swim team beat Stoughton and the boys team results were not posted.

"Package thefts rise during the holiday season"

A timely post to share from the MA Consumer Affairs blog

"With holiday shopping in full swing, millions of consumers are expected to ship gifts to their family and friends. However, sending the packages to the right address does not guarantee that they will be received by the intended recipient. Package thefts rise during the holiday season, and some thieves will even follow delivery trucks to scoop up packages as soon as they are delivered.

To make sure your package is properly received this holiday season:

  • Require a signature upon delivery
  • Request tracking and delivery confirmation
  • Insure your packages
  • Specify delivery instructions, such as “leave at back door”
  • Arrange to pick up packages at the post office or delivery service location
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to look out for your order and accept/pick up your packages
  • Ship packages to your workplace if your employer allows it

If you are sending a package, let the recipient know that it is coming and when to expect it to arrive (and not to open it just yet!). Be sure to follow up with them to make sure it was received."

Continue reading the tips from the MA Consumer Affairs blog here

image from webpage
image from webpage

  • The link to file a claim on a Fedex package can be found here

  • The Holiday Help Center for UPS can be found here

  • Holiday shipping dates from the US Postal Service can be found here

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Annual Holiday Food Drive to Continue to the End of the Year

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Says Annual Holiday Food Drive to Continue to the End of the Year

Saying that the demand this year appears to be greater than ever, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell announced today that the Registry's Annual Holiday Food Drive will continue to run through December 31, 2015.

"Here in Norfolk County," noted Register O'Donnell, "some of our less fortunate neighbors continue to face economic hardship. We know this because we see each month the Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings that take place. Furthermore, at a statewide level, Project Bread noted that 1 out of every 10 households in Massachusetts is food insecure. The Greater Boston Food Bank has distributed more food product the week before Thanksgiving than ever before, including produce. The signs are visibly out there that people need help."

Local pantry officials agree food donations, especially as we head into the winter and holiday months, are critical to their operations. "The holiday season is the busiest time of year. For the past 40 years, we have relied on the generosity of our local communities to donate food and help neighbors in need," noted Rick Doane, Executive Director of Interfaith Social Services of Quincy. Unfortunately, the issue of hunger does not stop at any border. Rene Feuerman, Director of the Brookline Food Pantry noted, "Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in the number of individuals and families needing assistance. Just this past summer, we added 100 families to our needs list. Currently, we are feeding 850 households here in Brookline."

"Non-perishable food items such as rice, canned vegetables and soups, spaghetti, tomato sauce and paste are quite popular. Toiletries and paper products are also greatly appreciated," noted O'Donnell. These and other items can be brought directly to the Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham from Monday, November 23, 2015 through Thursday, December 31, 2015. A donation bin has been set up in the Registry building lobby which is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.

Those who wish to donate but are unable to travel to the Registry can do so by donating food supplies at their local pantries across Norfolk County. "Dropping off a food donation at the Registry or a local food pantry could make the difference in a family's holiday. Working together, we can make a huge difference this holiday season," concluded Register O'Donnell.

For a list of local food pantries, please visit the Registry of Deeds website at To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at for follow us on

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listing of Food Pantry's in Norfolk County
listing of Food Pantry's in Norfolk County

Friday, December 11, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 12/11/15 - THU 12/17/15

FRIDAY 12/11/15
Dec 1- Dec 12   Food Elves: 12 Days of Donating -  annual fundraiser for Franklin Food Pantry. For locations for donations click HERE.
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Winter Lighthouse at the Franklin Art Center
8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SATURDAY 12/12/15
9am-3pm   Book Sale at Franklin Public Library
1pm   Holiday Workshop at Franklin Art Center
2pm   The Black Box: Snow White and the Seven Elves
5:30pm   The Nutcracker presented by Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center at the Bellingham High School
7:30pm   The Black Box: Snow White and the Seven Elves

SUNDAY 12/13/15
7:30-10:30am   Weekly Sunday morning breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club, open to public.
9am-12pm   Bag Sale at Franklin Public Library
12-4pm   Dog pictures with Santa at Destination Dog (7 Forge Parkway, Franklin)
2pm   FPAC presents: The Nutcracker at the Franklin High School
1 pm   The Nutcracker presented by Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center at the Bellingham High School
2 pm   The Black Box: Snow White and the Seven Elves
3pm   Holiday Sing Along with Jamie Barrett at Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 12/14/15
12-4pm   Dog pictures with Santa at Destination Dog (7 Forge Parkway, Franklin)

WEDNESDAY 12/16/15
5:30-8pm   Santa at the Learning Express in Franklin

THURSDAY 12/17/15
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones - call Franklin Senior Center to register
6:30pm   Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar: acoustic and a cappella performers welcome
7pm   Franklin Forte Adult Chorus: FREE Winter Music Concert 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

This weekend in the Blackstone Valley

Holiday stroll, shopping, lighting, and of course...Santa!

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Woonsocket Train Station
Holiday fun happening all around Rhode Island's
Blackstone Valley.
In the community...
Main Street Holiday Stroll

Saturday, December 12th
1 pm - 8 pm 
Between Market & Monument Squares
Main Street
Woonsocket, RI

This winter-themed event will bring neighbors and business owners together to celebrate the holidays while renewing interest in Woonsocket's historic downtown Main Street area. Aside from shopping along the brightly decorated storefronts, attendees can enjoy carolers, street and musical performers, children's activities, arts & crafts, free Christmas movie screenings, a visit from Santa Claus, and much more!
Foundry Artists Holiday Show

Continues this weekend...
December 11th (12 PM - 8 PM) and 12th and 13th
(10 AM - 6 PM)

The Pawtucket Armory
172 Exchange Street
Pawtucket, RI

For thirty years, this popular New England holiday tradition has offered the opportunity to both view and purchase work by 60+ top regional artists. With a juried selection of artists, caliber of work is high. Categories of fine art and crafts range from art glass to wood, and include painting, sculpture, metal, fiber, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, photography, millinery, artisan beauty products, handmade books, and furniture.
Santa at Stillwater

Saturday, December 12th
1 PM - 3 PM

Stillwater Mill Complex
100 Tinkham Lane
Burrillville, RI 

Head up to Burrillville for their annual "Santa at Stillwater" celebration. Santa arrives by Harrisville Fire Truck for you to tell your Christmas wishes. He'll even have a small gift for those on his "good" list. 
Warm up with hot chocolate and donuts, and enjoy holiday music provided by the Burrillville Middle School Chorus. Plus, get your face painted in the Library CafĂ© & decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus in the library's community room.

DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA! and bring Christmas to the Burrillville Animal Shelter by donating pet food, treats, & pet products in the drop box at the event.

After that...
Stop over at Mapleville Farm's 1st Annual Holiday Lighting starting at 4 PM. This quaint family-run farm will have caroling, hot cocoa and cookies, and a festive lighting at 4:45!  CLICK HERE for more info.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas - Open House

December 12th (4 PM - 7 PM) and 13th (2 PM - 6 PM)

Hearthside House
677 Great Road
Lincoln, RI 

With a chorus of traditional carols being sung by costumed carolers, visitors are welcomed into the cozy warmth of Hearthside. Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the house to enjoy the treasured elegance of Christmas by the amber glow of candlelight and the twinkling lights of the ornate trees.  Enjoy the sounds of the season and capture memories with a picture taken with our Victorian-style Santa Claus.  
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council

Weekends from Nov 20th - Dec 20th

Historic Woonsocket Depot
1 Depot Square
Woonsocket, RI 

Celebrating our 16th year, this holiday experience has become a classic for families far and wide. Join us for a 90-minute train ride complete with storytelling, holiday songs, games, delicious hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug, and a special gift for all the kids from Santa. Put on your pajamas...grab your camera...and get ready to make some memories on this "magical trip". 

Rent the "Center by the Blackstone" 
for your next event this holiday season

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 

The "Center by the Blackstone" meeting & event facility is a great alternative to banquet halls, traditional meeting rooms, and conference centers. This unique and trendy multifunctional facility provides a spacious interior that includes a gallery space and intimate 90-seat theater. It boasts a beautiful interior design with ample parking and close proximity to Slater Mill on the banks of the Blackstone River. Located just 5 minutes from I-95, the "Center by the Blackstone" is the perfect location to host your holiday party or upcoming public event. 
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FHS winter sports, wrestling won; Lauren Rudolph is a 'Player to Watch'

From Hockomock Sports, we share the schedule for Friday's competition, the results of Thursday's wrestling match, as well as the "Players to Watch" outlook for Girls Basketball.


Friday's competition

Girls Basketball

Franklin vs. Holy Name, 6:30

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Franklin @ Stoughton, 4:00

For the complete schedule around the Hockomock League on Friday


Thursday's Results


Franklin, 60 @ Stoughton, 24 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

Girls Basketball - Players to Watch

Lauren Rudolph, Franklin – Franklin is flying under the radar at the start of the season after losing a number of pieces from last year’s squad but one player who could make a big leap this winter is Rudolph. The senior wing has plenty of range, which works well in Franklin’s drive-and-kick attack and she has also developed the ability to take the ball to the basket as well. She suffered an injury during soccer last year that forced her to miss the beginning of the season, but this time around she is ready to jump in and become one of the primary scorers for the Panthers. There is talk that Franklin lacks some of the star power of recent seasons, but Rudolph has shown the potential over the last two years that she may be ready for a breakout.
Continue reading about all the players to watch for girls basketball here

in the News: Franklin Police "wait and see"; children's school registration

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

Dean College
Dean College
According to Team Ops’ website, no prior experience is necessary for applicants, and all training is provided prior to a first scheduled assignment. 
On Wednesday, Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said the department will “wait and see” how the situation plays out. 
“We’re certainly in discussion with the campus,” he said, adding that the department hasn’t had the chance to go over specifics on what Team Ops is responsible for and what police will have to pick up.

Continue reading the article online here (subscription may be required)

Registration for the Franklin Children’s School will take place beginning Jan. 22, 2016 and run through Feb. 7. 
The preschool will use a lottery system to fill all program openings. A priority will be given to all currently-enrolled FCS students, siblings and alumni. All applicants will be notified either by phone or email of their placement or waitlist status by Feb. 12.

Continue reading the article online here (subscription may be required)

Library Book sale and Holiday sing along

Monthly Library Book Sale - Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the Bag sale - Sunday, 9:00 AM to Noon

Library book and bag sale 12/12-12/13
Library book and bag sale 12/12-12/13

And then Sunday, a Holiday sing along with Jamie Barrett at 3:00 PM

Holiday sign along - Jamie Barrett
Holiday sign along - Jamie Barrett

These items were shared from the Franklin Library page here

and here

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Parmenter Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop happens at Parmenter School today from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Holiday Shop - Dec 10
Holiday Shop

For more info about the Parmenter School check out their page on the web

“On Monday, we found out everyone was terminated”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Dean College has announced its plan to eliminate its campus police force and hire a private security company, causing the campus police union to file a complaint against the school. 
The newly-formed Dean College Campus Police Association has filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and is alleging that after informing the school president last week of its intention to unionize, officers were let go. 
The would-be union’s attorney, Scott Dunlap, said federal law requires a union to notify an employer of the officers' intent to organize before a petition is filed with the NLRB, and he did so to Dean College President Dr. Paula Rooney at 5:30 p.m. Friday via email, he said. 
“On Monday, we found out everyone was terminated,” he said."

Continue reading the article online here (subscription may be required)

BFCCPS student fund raising for Walk4Wells

Walk4Wells is a program run by Plan USA that raises money and awareness for people in third world communities that do not have local clean drinking water. Women and children in this situation have to walk an average of 3 miles a day just to get water, even if it isn't the cleanest it can be. 
Walk4Wells uses the money to install wells in the communities in need. Wells access water that is naturally filtered in underground water chambers. Franklin is community that also depends on well water like many other communities around the world. 
Right now, they are working in Burkina Faso, an African country that suffers greatly from this issue. People like us can raise money for them by hosting walkathons for their communities.

-Francisco Coakley

FHS Boys Basketball - Toy Drive for the Santa Foundation - Friday, Dec. 18

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
The FHS boys basketball team is hosting a toy drive on Friday, Dec. 18, at their freshman, junior varsity and varsity home games. Game times are at 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. 
The team is asking for attendants to bring an unwrapped toy to the game, which will benefit the Santa Foundation in Franklin. 
In exchange for a donated toy, each participant will receive a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

“I shot it until I didn’t have any money left” (video)

From the Milford Daily News:
"The S.A.F.E. Coalition opened its community forum with a half-hour video depicting just how easy it is for youth to start taking opiates, get addicted, and overdose. 
The video, put together by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation this year, depicts a high school student pressured by friends to bring some of the “good stuff” to a party. He raids his mother’s medicine cabinet. The film depicts he and his friends fall into a circle of pill popping and social withdrawal. His mom checks him into rehab, while his friend overdoses on heroin, his parents unaware he was even using."
Continue reading the article on line (subscription may be required)

  • The trailer for the film shown Tuesday night

  • The full 30 minute film

For additional information on the SAFE Coalition visit their webpage

or find them on Facebook

News from the Franklin Neighbor Brigade

From Linda Gagnon, Franklin chapter leader of the Neighbor Brigade:
"Franklin Neighbor Brigade (NB) is active in the community presently operating with 203 volunteers. 
With varying month's of busyness, the brigade handled close to 300 requests this year. Additionally, there have been many extra moments that volunteers went above and beyond for their neighbors. What has been heart warming, is the giving focus especially during the holidays and the extra love to check in on recipients after they have moved out of crisis and adjusting to what we have called "the new normal". 
The illustration below shows the kinds of crisis NB takes part in. 
activity breakdown across the full Neighbor Brigade
activity breakdown across the full Neighbor Brigade

"Across the Neighbor Brigade network, we have served 3,210 requests for the year! 
We celebrate the impact this has brought to many of our recipient lives including our volunteers who often share like the following statement 
"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate being a volunteer for Neighbor Brigade. The feeling that I get when dropping off a meal, a note, and a little extra cheer has left a mark on me. It has been a great experience for me and also for my children."

If you want to help with the Franklin Neighbor Brigade, visit their webpage


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December 2015


Director's Letter

As Neighbor Brigade celebrates our fifth anniversary in 2015, we couldn't be prouder of how far we've come since Pam Manikas Washek first harnessed the power of "neighbors helping neighbors" in 2010. From one small band of Wayland neighbors stepping forward with meals, rides, home visits, pet care and more for families in crisis, Neighbor Brigade now boasts 5,000 volunteers in 29 chapters across eastern Massachusetts from Charlestown and Needham to North Attleboro and West Bridgewater. Our chapters not only step forward year-round in times of immediate crisis, but as you will see below many of our chapters have initiated gift-collections and food drives for families and individuals that need a little extra support over the holidays. These spontaneous acts of kindness by our chapters - over and above our core mission - give us further resolve to continue strengthening Neighbor Brigade for many years to come.
We are at an important junction for the organization. In the first half of 2016 we hope to launch new chapters across Massachusetts and beyond, broadening our service area to help neighbors in need. But to do this we need your help. With each new chapter funding is even more critical to sustain and grow our programs: Donations support our software platform, chapter leader support and outreach materials, staffing, and other necessities down to office supplies and technical support. Your donation to our upcoming annual appeal will ensure the continuation of Pam Washek's vision for the growth of Neighbor Brigade as a household name.
We are grateful to the individuals and corporation that stepped forward to support our Pam's Run event back in October, and we hope you consider a renewed gift this holiday season to keep our programs running at full speed.
Wishing you happy and healthy holidays,
Stephanie Lawrence

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P.O. Box 248
Lexington, MA 02420

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