Monday, September 19, 2016

In the News: Gerry's Place opens, Harvest Stroll Oct 6th, some downtown merchants complain

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School’s student-run restaurant, Gerry’s Place, opened its doors for the school year on Sept. 14. 
The first quarter menu features an Italian stuffed mushrooms appetizer, homemade soups du jour and a stuffed tomato salad served with a choice of turkey or tuna. Entree options include chicken gruy√®re, Asian pork cutlets, stuffed cabbage rolls and a low-fat Cajun poached haddock. Lighter fare includes an 8-ounce open steak sandwich and a buffalo chicken breast sandwich. 
Gerry’s Place offers an assortment of Coke products, as well as coffee and tea.

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"The Franklin Downtown Partnership is in the midst of planning for its annual Harvest Stroll. 
Attendees of the stroll, scheduled for Oct. 6 at 4 p.m., will have an additional reason to celebrate this fall: completion of the two-year streetscape project that has remodeled the downtown area. 
Scott Martin, a partnership member and executive director of the local YMCA branch, said the stroll is one of the group's signature events. 
"Luckily, (with the implementation of two-way traffic) we'll be able to close down the street, allowing for a great street festival feel this year," he said. "We have 17 sponsors, six of them new."

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Downtown Franklin getting dressed up for the Harvest Stroll
Downtown Franklin getting dressed up for the Harvest Stroll

"Downtown merchants and organizations have raised concerns - such as traffic-light timing and parking - resulting from the streetscape project that has transformed the area. 
They discussed them at this month's Franklin Downtown Partnership meeting, bringing their thoughts to Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, who was present at the session to give an update on the project's status. 
Many noted that some of the newly installed traffic lights seem to have odd timing, mentioning that the lights facing certain streets rarely turn green. Others noted inconsistent sign placement at the intersection of Main and Emmons streets; the existence of some stop signs there, they said, give drivers the impression that all cars are supposed to stop before entering the intersection."

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