Saturday, March 12, 2016

Support the All Night Party - bottle/can drive today

The FHS All Night Party is holding a fund raising bottle and can drive today in the high school parking lot from 9:00 AM to noon.

bottle can drive 9:00 to noon 3/12/16
bottle can drive 9:00 to noon 3/12/16

The next drive will be held Saturday May 14 also from 9am-12pm in the FHS Parking lot

For more info about the All Night Party

Help Support the SAFE Coalition - Donate to join the monthly calendar raffle

Your donation gives you 26 chances to win
  • $ 1000 prize
  • $ 500 prize
  • $ 100 Prizes
  • $ 25 prizes

Each calendar raffle is $20, you may purchase as many as you like.

You can purchase your calendar on the link provided below or mail your check to the address listed.
SAFE Coalition
SAFE Coalition

All donations must be received by March 30th. Upon receipt of your donation, we will enter your name on each raffle ticket you purchase.

Safe Coalition
P.O. Box 434
Franklin, MA 02038

About the SAFE Coalition:

What is the S.A.F.E. Coalition? The SAFE Coalition is a community wide response to this growing public health crisis. Our mission is to provide early education and prevention strategies, treatment options and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. 
Why we became involved? We became involved after learning many young adults in our own community have developed the disease of substance abuse disorder. These young adults and their families have been batting an illness without education or support. Far too often this illness has left its mark either through broken relationships, overdoses, or death. 
Why does the SAFE Coalition need your financial support? SAFE has many initiatives planned that will help our community battle this epidemic. Grant funds for coalition work are limited. We are a volunteer led grass roots organization that cannot sustain itself with your support. 
Here are just a few of the initiatives we are planning in the near future:
  • Develop regional “Drop-in Centers” where a comprehensive range of services, including counseling and treatment options will be offered to those impacted by Substance Abuse Disorder.
  • Provide resource kits that offer information on counseling, treatment centers and more. These will be given out by police officers and first responders to at risk people.
  • Provide Narcan and training for the at risk community (including parents of active users).
  • Providing a 24/7 substance abuse hotline with licensed counselors available to answer questions and provide treatment to those in need.
  • Continue to present innovative programs for all aged groups aimed at early prevention.

Thank you for your generous support!  
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Donate to a calendar

Additional info on the monthly raffle   Calendar Supplement Letter

In the News: small business seminar, Chris Herren in Hopedale, Waite talks about scholarship

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The town holds an event for small-business owners and aspiring owners next week with the hopes of linking them with development resources. 
The event - scheduled for March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Municipal Building - will feature a presentation by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), among others. It is slated to end around noon. 
John Allen, of the town's Department of Planning and Community Development, said it is important for the town to assist its smaller businesses.
"Our economy is based on small businesses," he said. "It's great to have large businesses, but we need small businesses as well."

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"Chris Herren could have retold his tale of how his battle with drug addiction sidelined his once promising career and turned him into a motivational speaker. 
Herren, speaking Friday at Hopedale Junior-Senior High School students in a packed auditorium, instead spoke about the students and young adults he’s met who have fallen victim to the scourge of drugs, depression and self-image issues."

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"Waite said she first learned of the academy from her computer science teacher, who gave her a flyer about it. 
"I applied in May and I was accepted," she said. "So, for a week in July, I commuted in to Boston." 
She spent that week learning about apps and was given a Samsung Galaxy Note tablet to help further her efforts."

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“Try Your Luck” special at TeamFitness

Hello everyone! Team Fitness in Franklin is having a St. Patrick’s Day special March 14 – 19th. It’s a “Try Your Luck” special. Everyone will receive a discount and you could even win a FREE membership. 
Just knowing you could win a FREE membership makes it worth the trip. Check it out when you have the chance!


St. Patrick’s Day special
St. Patrick’s Day special

Teen Yoga Classes - - - Don't Miss Out


March 22
May 17

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Fee: $100  


Tranquil Souls

15 E Central St 
Franklin, MA


Exciting, fun program

Appropriate for girls ages 14 - 17.

This class will empower teenagers to become more self-aware and confident.

The girls will gain a sense of well-being while developing strength and flexibility. They will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques.

Through a playful mix of heart-opening poses, thoughtful discussion, mediation and breath work, students will be exposed to the concepts of non-violence, truthfulness, gratitude, moderation, and the cultivation of compassion and joy.

FPS- Life Long Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Franklin Liquors: St Patrick's Day Newsletter And Sale

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Fine Cigars
In Stock

We Sell ALL MA Lottery
Instant Games
Family Owned
Vintage 1978

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St Patrick's Day Newsletter
get Ready For St Paddys Day 

Let us help you get your Irish on! 
Many gift ideas in stock.
Also in this newsletter is information on food pairings
,Irish items in stock and our favorite Irish treat.
Have A Safe And Happy St Patrick's Day
Franklin Liquors

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Happy St Patricks
363 East Central St
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00AM-9:00PM
Fri and Sat 9:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday 10:00PM (STATE LAW)-6PM

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 Featuring Grady Family Vineyards 
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Located in the heart of California's Lodi Wine Appellation,
the Grady Family Vineyards produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio wine grapes.
The climate, soil, vineyard design and careful vineyard management combine into the craftsmanship
of these premium varietal wine grapes from an area that so many have come to know for quality
and exceptional value.


About the Grady Family Vineyards

The family first vineyard was in  1998 on a 50 acre parcel approximately 3 miles west / southwest of
downtown Lodi, California. Evening Delta breezes cool the area during  warm summers
producing fully ripened wine grapes known for their balanced tannin structures,
fruitiness and ample acidity.
The vineyard is managed by Jim Grady III, a Fresno State viticulture graduate.
Wine making started in 2001. After several successful vintages and a Silver medal
at the California State Fair, they decided to begin commercial production.
In the spring of 2008, they began distributing their wines throughout the United States.

This winery is what we love!
Family Vineyard,Small Production,Great Quality!

The Wines

 10-20% on 750ml wines
We offer an EVERYDAY discount on 750ml wines. Save 10% on 6 and 20% on 12 bottles.  You can mix or match!  BEST Wine discount around!

Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central St, Franklin, MA 02038

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/11/16 - THU 3/17/16

FRIDAY 3/11/16
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at the Franklin Art Center

SATURDAY 3/12/16
9am-12pm  Bottle and Can Drive at FHS to support All Night Party
9-11:30am  20th Annual Spring Baseball Clinic - Session 2 (ages 7-13), at FHS, registration required.
9am   Shamrock Shuffle at Medway HS
12-2:30pm  20th Annual Spring Baseball Clinic - Session 2 (ages 7-13), at FHS, registration required.
1-3pm   Free Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Green Mountain Chocolate - Hopedale location
1-2pm   Adult Coffee and Craft - Spring Votives - at the Franklin Public Library
2pm   FPAC presents: The Little Mermaid at The Black Box
6pm   Random Smile Project GALA at the Rhode Island Convention Center
7:30pm   FPAC presents: The Little Mermaid at The Black Box
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Susan Werner with special guest Matt Nakoa at FUSF

SUNDAY 3/13/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club
2pm   FPAC presents: The Little Mermaid at The Black Box
3pm   Teen Paint Party at the Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 3/15/16
6:30pm   Student Advisory Board Meeting at the Franklin Public Library

6:30pm   Doggie Tales - Read to a Dog (grades 2 and up) at Franklin Public Library - registration required
7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop: Mass Health and CBHI presented by representatives from You, Inc. - at the Town Hall

THURSDAY 3/17/16
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and their Loved Ones - free, but please register - Franklin Senior Center
4-5pm   Lego Club at Franklin Public Library

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

What’s a Revaluation? … What does a Revaluation look like?

By Kevin Doyle, Director of Assessing, Town of Franklin

"As you may know, the Town of Franklin is embarking on its revaluation for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017).

For local cities and towns in Massachusetts, most revenue is raised through local “ad valorem” taxation, which is taxation on local real and personal (primarily business assets) property “according to value”. Since valuation is the basis for taxation, about 35 years ago court decisions and legislation resulted in state mandates to assure “Full and Fair Taxation” with every community revaluing all property every 3 years. Previously, while assessors recognized the importance of updating property records and values, there was often a perceived or real local government concern that once revalued, the city or town may appear to the state to be wealthier relative to its need to receive state aid. Thus, the state made it clear that this was a new mandate for uniformity statewide, thus state aid at least as value is concerned should be fairer. During this same time, Proposition 2 ½ was passed to place controls on the level and future growth of overall local property tax revenue.

Massachusetts residents got used to every 3rd year being a Revaluation Year. The expectation was that there would be a significant increase in the number of assessing agents, mostly data collectors, during the time leading up to revaluation. There was concern that with a revaluation, there was a greater chance that both valuations and tax bills would increase quite a bit. However, right from the start the intention was to create a system to equalize values to achieve uniform full and fair cash values. For properties that appreciated at a higher rate than others, there would be greater tax increases over time, which was to be expected, since these taxes were to be levied on property “according to value’.

Valuation schedules have to be tested on specific market or sales data and adjusted accordingly to reflect the changes that have taken place since the last revaluation. While to revalue property doesn’t necessarily require recollecting all property data every 3 years, a periodic recollection every 5 to 9 years is state mandated and needed to achieve appropriate property valuations.

So if a Revaluation takes place every 3rd year, why does my tax bill usually have a different value every year? Over the past 3 ½ decades, there have been both market increases and decreases, and these of course don’t wait to happen for your next Revaluation. Thus, assessors began to make value adjustments more frequently as needed, until finally in this last decade it was recognized and mandated by the state that valuations needed to be tested annually and adjusted if and as needed. For the property owners and for the assessors, this really means that every year is a revaluation year. 

Annual updates provide greater assurance that valuations are being equalized town wide and generally lessen the chance for greater tax bill sticker-shock. However, even if the market is flat, property changes, such as home improvements, are included in property record annual updates and thus may result in a property value change. Also, most cities and towns will be sure to levy the 2 ½ % allowable overall limit increase annually, thus a minimum tax increase of 2 ½ % should be anticipated for every property.

The assessors recommend you familiarize yourself with the records and data they maintain on your property. You can search your property on our website using the Town’s GIS systems by clicking here. (Note: suggested browser is Firefox or Internet Explorer)

Please inquire if you believe the data may be inaccurate. Errors on your property record can often best be reviewed and corrected proactively before the start of the next fiscal year’s actual tax."

The Board of Assessors can be reached at 508-520-4920.

Franklin Board of Assessors
Franklin Board of Assessors

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