Saturday, March 19, 2016

Library Book Sale - Saturday - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Come on down to the Library, get an early look at the book selection and enjoy some music from 9:00 to 10:00 while you browse and shop. Today's sale has all books for $1 each.

Return on Sunday to fill a bag of books for $5

Library Books Sale - 9:00 to 4:00 Saturday
Library Books Sale - 9:00 to 4:00 Saturday
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In the News: DelCarte playground repairs scheduled, Medway board to consider site design

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting, speaking at last week's Town Council meeting, said officials have met with the playground manufacturer. 
"We had a very productive meeting," he said. "They made a proposal to move forward on testing the concrete and the soil, and to come back and disassemble a portion of it and weld it back together, so it doesn't keep popping from the ice." 
Nutting said company representatives expect they can do the work at the end of April - assuming the weather is fair. The job would take two or three days. 
"They'll bear all expenses in this matter," he said. "Any final decision would be contingent on having a warranty, so we're not doing this over and over again."

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  DelCarte playground - closed for repairs scheduled for the end of April
DelCarte playground - currently closed for repairs that are scheduled for the end of April

Medway Planning and Economic Development Board meeting

"Exelon’s project represents a much larger proposal at a cost of about $240 million, according to an environmental report. 
The company hopes to build a 200-megawatt expansion of its existing Summer Street power plant, which currently only produces about 117 megawatts of energy via three oil-fired turbines. 
Two new turbines are proposed, along with two 160-foot-tall stacks, a 1-million-gallon fuel oil tank, a 500,000-gallon water tank, a 450,000-gallon demineralized water tank and a 12,000-gallon aqueous ammonia storage tank. 
The board is restricted to only dealing with engineering and site design issues, as the state Energy Facilities Siting Board has the final say as to whether the company can build."

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MassBudget: Maintaining an effective transportation system

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Maintaining an Effective Transportation System

To build a strong economy that expands opportunity, Massachusetts needs a transportation system that works. MassBudget's new fact sheet, Maintaining an Effective Transportation System, examines information from the Department of Transportation that suggests current levels of investment are not enough to keep our roads, bridges and public transit system in good working order.

Well-maintained roads save time and money. Thirty-seven percent of state-owned road miles are officially in "Poor" or "Fair" condition in Massachusetts. The Department of Transportation currently invests an average of $54 million annually to repave roads. At this level, they project that road conditions will deteriorate further, with 79 percent of roads in poor or fair condition by 2025. Merely preventing current road conditions from worsening would require a four-fold increase in investment.

With current funding, the Department similarly predicts that the number of structurally deficient bridges will increase from about 400 today to over 700 in a decade. And based on the resources currently available to fix the MBTA, the transit agency would face a $600 million shortfall in basic repairs over the coming five years, even without including costs to upgrade or expand the current system.

To read the fact sheet on how different levels of investment move our Commonwealth towards or away from an effective and efficient transportation system, please click HERE.
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Franklin commuter rail approaching the Main St bridge
Franklin commuter rail approaching the Main St bridge

Adult Chorus - Spring Session Begins March 22


The music continues. The Adult Community Chorus is back. Don't miss out.

Spring session begins  Tuesday, March 22 
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Franklin High School 
FPS- Lifelong Learning
The Center for Adult Education & Community Learning
218 Oak Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
(508) 613-1480

Franklin Public Schools                  Lifelong Learning Institute
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
FPS- Lifelong Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Foreclosure Assistance Programs Available

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reminded homeowners who are confronting the challenges of paying their mortgage or facing a foreclosure that there are consumer programs available to help them out.

"During the past several years, our office has partnered with reputable agencies by promoting their services when it comes to a mortgage modification and foreclosure issues. We realized that while Norfolk County is a destination location for many homeowners to live and work, some of our neighbors are facing economic hardships. Just last month there were 30 foreclosures recorded at the Registry and 55 notice to foreclose mortgages initiated against homeowners," noted the Register.

Those facing mortgage delinquencies or foreclosure actions can contact either the Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 or Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 587-0950 x-46. Another option would be the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-3333. These agencies provide a range of assistance from helping with the mortgage modification process to providing legal services to stave off a foreclosure and to offering several forms of credit counseling. Additional information can be found on the Registry's website, under the Support tab.

The Register also had a cautionary warning for those seeking such services. "It's important for you to seek the right source such as a non-profit or state agency as cited above. Unfortunately, foreclosure rescues and mortgage modifications are becoming a growing scam. Some unscrupulous private companies look to prey on desperate consumers and make unreasonable promises while wanting outlandish fees for service."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "The Registry is unequivocally committed to helping those facing a mortgage delinquency or foreclosure by directing them to the appropriate agency that can hopefully put them back on the road to financial recovery. I urge people who feel that they need such services to contact the agencies referenced above."

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage

Friday, March 18, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/18/16 - THU 3/24/16

FRIDAY 3/18/16
7pm   Franklin Chargers Dance at Annie Sullivan MS, grades 5-8, tickets $10 at the door.

SATURDAY 3/19/16
9am-4pm   Book Sale at the Franklin Public Library
9am-2pm   Electronic Recycling and Bake Sale at BFCCPS
10am   Franklin Police & Fire St. Patrick’s Day 5K, 50 Constitution Blvd., Franklin. Race starts at 10am, registration at 9am.
2pm   FPAC presents “The Little Mermaid” at The Black Box.
7:30pm   FPAC presents “The Little Mermaid” at The Black Box.

SUNDAY 3/20/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club
9am-12pm   Bag Sale at the Franklin Public Library. Fill up paper bag with books for only $5.
2pm   FPAC presents “The Little Mermaid” at The Black Box
3pm   Andy and Judy Folk Duo at the Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 3/21/16
3:30-6pm   Dean Children’s Center hosts Exploration House

TUESDAY 3/22/16
1:30pm   Knitting Circle at the 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

"This will break down these barriers. It will be like one-stop shopping"

"While the signing of Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid legislation package into law made a huge splash Monday, local activists continued the process of planning programs to help local addicts. 
One of them is a drop-in center, and two local coalitions - SAFE in Franklin and JAG in Milford - plan to roll them out in April. The two groups announced the program in February. 
Drop-in centers are places where addicts and their families can go to seek information, start the process of getting help, and talk to therapists equipped especially for addiction (sometimes called substance abuse navigators). Local police will also be present, but not to arrest anyone. They are there to show support, that they’re committed to helping any addict that wants help, said Amy Leone, director of JAG (Juvenile Advocacy Group)."

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Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines that urge general doctors to consider alternative treatments such as physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before prescribing opioids for chronic pain:

“A day after signing into law landmark legislation to fight the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, I welcome today’s new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage doctors to prescribe fewer opioids and focus on safer, alternative treatments for chronic pain. 
The Baker-Polito Administration is dedicated to combating the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic at the state level, recognizing that one bill, one budget or one program will not be enough to curb this public health crisis. Yesterday, I was honored to sign an opioid bill that includes the first law in the nation to limit an opioid prescription to a seven-day supply for first time adult prescriptions, and other important prevention and education provisions recommended by our opioid working group—and we encourage other states to do the same. 
Recognizing that patients living with chronic pain need access to treatments that will relieve their suffering, I encourage physicians to adopt these new guidelines and discuss alternatives to addictive opioids with their patients. 
It will take all levels of government and intense involvement from law enforcement and the health care community to bend the trend and I encourage all doctors to practice these new guidelines as we continue to break ground in passing more reforms to eradicate the opioid epidemic.”

Attorney General Maura Healey
Attorney General Maura Healey
For additional resources, check the SAFE Coalition webpage

SAFE Coalition
SAFE Coalition

American Legion 5 Miler Scholarship Fund Road Race - Jun 25

Jointly organized between the Franklin and Medway American Legion Posts for the benefit of students at Medway H.S., Franklin H.S and Tri-County Regional Vocational H.S. The 5 mile and 5k Road Race helps us raise money for our scholarship funds. 

Page 1 of the attachment is the flyer and page 2 is the registration information. 

The Road Race is on June 25th at 8:00 AM and is at Medway H.S.

The registration website is:


Event details and schedule

  • Course is a 5 mile loop on paved roads. Post race refreshments. Prizes awarded by category. T-shirts for entrants. Raffle prizes. Help support our effort to give scholarships to high school students looking at the high cost of secondary education. All profits from this event will go to the Scholarship Funds for Medway Post 367 and Franklin Post 75.
  • Start time is 8am. Course start in parking lot to Summer Street to Highland Street to Oak Street, to and thru Choate Park to Winthrop Street to Levering Street and back to Summer Street. for the last mile back to the high School entrance and the finish line in the parking lot.

American Legion 5 Miler Scholarship Fund Road Race - June 25
American Legion 5 Miler Scholarship Fund Road Race - June 25

MBTA: Boston St Patrick's Parade - Commuter Rail notice

On 3/20, passengers attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade should utilize bus shuttles to/from S. Station along the parade route from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.

On the day of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, 3/20, the Commuter Rail will operate on a regular Sunday schedule.

Shuttle bus service will operate to/from S. Station and along Summer St. and East 1st St. in South Boston from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Red Line passengers should be aware that subway trains will frequently bypass Broadway Station due to heavy crowds caused by the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Passengers are encouraged to visit the link below to make travel plans.

Last updated: Mar 17 2016 11:10 AM

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The Franklin Dean Train getting passed by another commuter rail line approaching Boston
The Franklin train is getting passed by another commuter rail line approaching Boston

Solutions Summer Adventure 2016

The Solutions Summer Adventure book is available for summer 2016

View the summer book as embedded here:

Or download a copy from here

  there won't be snow in the summer at Jefferson School to worry about
there won't be snow in the summer at Jefferson School to worry about

In the News: blood drives scheduled, Millis approaching decision on water

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. 
The next opportunities to donate will be from 2 to 7 p.m. April 7 at the Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond St.; and from 2 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the Franklin Country Club, 672 E. Central St. 
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring. 
To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767."

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"A town committee is expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen later this month on whether the town should sell water to Exelon for the company’s proposed Medway expansion. 
On Monday, the Drinking Water Committee, which has met on the issue several times, will be reviewing the final report from Kleinfelder – the engineering firm hired by Millis and paid for by Exelon – on the feasibility of the sale. 
According to the report, the sale is possible, as the town’s water supply “appears to be adequate” to meet projected water demand, including from Exelon and other developments."

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Senior Center: A new edition of "The Franklin Connection" is available

A new edition of The Franklin Connection has been published on the Town of Franklin web site.

Click the link below to read the latest edition.

Senior Center - construction underway to build out the second floor space
Senior Center - construction underway to build out the second floor space

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser on April 9

Next show is April 9th featuring Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser
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Billy Novick and
Guy Van Duser

April 9th, $20

"Guy...has practically invented a finger-picked guitar style, closer to jazz piano than guitar. Billy Novick, on clarinet, had he lived in the 30's would be a legend...."
-Boston Globe
Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser perform at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 9th. "Elegant."  "Riveting." "Soulful." "Classic mastery." These are a few of the  terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. This concert is part of Guy and Billy's "I Can't Believe We've Survived" tour celebrating 40 years of performing together! They have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. You also  may have heard them as frequent guests of the Prairie Home Companion show,  NPR's All Things Considered, or on one of the numerous film and television soundtracks they have been featured on.

Their music combines two perfectly suited musical personalities. It is based around Guy's innovative finger-style guitar wizardry, and his uncanny ability to play bass lines, chords and melodies all at the same time. With his daring imagination, breathtaking technique, and his  wonderful  musicality, Guy has become an inspiration for guitarists all over the world.

Novick's ever-inventive and soulful clarinet playing  provides the ideal complement to Guy's guitar. With his vast knowledge of the classic jazz era, his dazzling improvising skills, and his entertaining vocals, Novick is able to both add a melodic and dynamic spark to Guy's guitar .

Their music sounds fresh and original, yet is also deeply rooted in the rich legacy of the classic jazz age. The duo can play any piece from their huge repertoire-  an obscure Ellington tune, a  Gershwin classic, a complex Jelly Roll Morton arrangement, or perhaps one of the their originals- and immediately have it sound their own.

"Riveting echoes of an earlier jazz era..." -Washington Post

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
April 23     Forever Young - A Neil Young Cover Band
May 7       DALA with The Young Novelists
May 14     Jim Kweskin and Samoa Wilson

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Reminder: Franklin Police and Fire - St Patrick's 5K

The Franklin Police Patrolman Association and The Franklin Permanent Firefighters Association Local 2637 are teaming up to bring a 5K road race to Franklin. 
The race is scheduled for the Saturday after St Patrick's Day, March 19, 2016. It is a fundraising event for the two Associations with proceeds going back in to the Community. 
In the past we have donated to charities such as, Franklin Youth Sports, the Random Smiles Project, Special Olympics and many other great organizations. 
Please show your IRISH on race day!

Event details and schedule

Parking at the EMC parking lots Constitution Blvd, Franklin
  • Elite runners check in will be 9:00am
  • Elite runners start time - 10:00am
  • Non Elite check in 9:30
  • Non Elite runners- 10:30am

There will be a 50/50 Raffle.

Come join us post race with friends and family at Coles Tavern. They have generously donated the downstairs function hall. We will draw the 50/50 raffle here. There will be a cash bar and chips and salsa will also be provided.
Franklin Fire and Police - St Patrick's 5K - March 19
Franklin Fire and Police - St Patrick's 5K - March 19

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In the News: audit report to Town Council, Medway BOH asks about Exelon wells

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The town's finances are in order, according to an audit by the accounting firm Melanson Heath. 
The results of the report - which covered 2015 - were discussed at last week's Town Council meeting. Accountant Frank Biron presented the findings. 
"The bottom line is that the numbers really did not change very much," he said. "They were strong numbers a year ago, and they remain strong this year." 
The most important number in the report, Biron said, is the town's unassigned fund balance - money not committed to other purposes - which was at $9,686,850."

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For the Franklin Matters reporting on the Town Council meeting 3/9/16

DelCarte playground closed at least until the end of April when repairs will be made
DelCarte playground closed at least until the end of April when repairs will be made

"The Board of Health will be sending a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection asking that the department provide the town with assurance that a power plant planning an expansion will not draw down the town’s access to water. 
The concern comes after the plant, Exelon, asked the Board of Health to sign off on a second well, that along with another well, could withdraw an annual average of 51,840 gallons per day. 
Board member Jordan Warnick said the board is concerned that the two wells, combined with the potential use of 45,000 gallons of water per day from Millis, could upset the town’s aquifer."

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Crossroads Clubhouse Pancake Breakfast - Mar 20

Crossroads Clubhouse is hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day Pancake Breakfast on March 20, 2016 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The event will be held at Crossroads Clubhouse which is located at 11 Williams Street in Hopedale. The cost is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for clubhouse members and children under 12. Breakfast tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (508)473-4715 and will also be available at the door. The Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible.
Crossroads, a service of Riverside Community Care, is an employment and recovery community for individuals who have a history of mental illness that reside in the Blackstone Valley, including in the town of Franklin. The Pancake Breakfast is the community's biggest fundraiser and gives the public the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while helping a worthwhile project. For more information on the Pancake Breakfast or Crossroads Clubhouse, please contact Val Comerford at (508)473-4715.

Crossroads Clubhouse Pancake Breakfast

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"This Changes Everything" - screening Friday, Mar 18th - 5:30 PM

Via Carolyn Barthel

The screening of Naomi Klein's book, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, in Millis this Friday is a great opportunity to ​introduce climate change as an issue that we can do something about, so invite some friends and neighbors to come with you! 
Even if you've read her book and you know lots about climate change, go to this film. It will be a real kick in the pants to motivate you to DO SOMETHING

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Millis Public Library, 961 Main St. (Rt. 109)

5:30 PM refreshments

6:00 PM- 7:30 PM movie

poster for Thus Changes Everything
poster for Thus Changes Everything

Good Friday ‘Cross Walk’ is scheduled on the Franklin Town Common

St Mary’s teen ministry is organizing a ‘Cross Walk’ procession on the Franklin Town Common beginning at Noon on Good Friday. Christians of all denominations and ages are welcome. Participants will gather on the Church Square end of the common. 

Together, they will walk through and around the Franklin town common and back to St Mary's lawn, pausing along the way to reflect on Jesus’ great love for us. Teens from The Rock Youth Ministry of St Mary’s parish will read reflections and prayers at each stop. Anyone who wishes to may help share the burden of carrying the heavy cross during the procession. 

All Franklin residents and their families and friends from surrounding communities are encouraged to take part in this meaningful procession on Good Friday to remember Christ's Passion.

Friday, March 25th – 12:00 Noon-1:00 pm

St Mary's Church, Franklin, MA
St Mary's Church, Franklin, MA

Sports, Exercise & Dance - Just In Time For Spring

Sports, Exercise and Dance For Spring
Men's Basketball 

Men's Basketball is a great way to burn calories and have fun at the same time. So shoot hoops for fun and health!
This eight week course begins Tuesday, March 29
Register online now.  Just click  here 


Beginning March 29, Badminton is back and better than ever!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays you can take advantage of this fun sport. 

Get ready to rally with these 10 week courses. Badminton is a racquet sport that can be played by either two people (singles) or four people (doubles).
Register online now. Just click here  .

Intermediate Coed Volleyball

Beginning March 28, Volleyball is back and better than ever!

This ten week course will provide a strong foundation in the basics of volleyball. The mechanics of passing, setting, and spiking will be the focus, as well as the importance of good positioning. A fun, competitive time is guaranteed for all!

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Beginning March 22, Yoga is back and better than ever! 

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can ake advantage of three different types of Yoga.....AND we know one is just right for you.

This eight week course includes Hatha, Kundalini and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

Register online now. Just click here

Zumba and Zumba Basics
A fusion of Latin and  international music and dance

Zumba is a fun and effective way to tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps and the principals of interval training! Zumba will make you smile! 

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Country Line Dancing is Back
 Beginning Thursday, March 31 for 8 weeks 

Country line dance is a popular style of dance in which a group of people performs a sequence of steps in unison while facing each other in rows. Line dancers usually form a series of rows in the middle of the dance floor. Country line dance incorporates many common dance moves into several different combinations. Many people enjoy the relaxed nature of country line dance. Because dancers move independently to the music, the sometimes stressful act of finding a partner does not exist.

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