Saturday, August 6, 2016

Downtown construction continues (photos)

While the traffic has been changed to two-way, the remaining work to finish the Downtown Improvement Project has been happening every day.

The sign has been returned to the narrowed island.

The sign acknowledges the work of the Downtown Partnership to foster the renovations downtown
The sign acknowledges the work of the Downtown Partnership to foster the renovations downtown

Benches and trash/recycle barrels have been placed.

new benches and trash/recycle containers
new benches and trash/recycle containers

Crosswalks are being completed with more polymer coating.

polymer crosswalk in place
polymer crosswalk in place

Among the places where the polymer remains to be placed is at the Main and Dean St intersection

polymer to be paced at the intersection
polymer to be paced at the intersection

And while not part of the Downtown Project, work on the new building at 150 Emmons St continues, including work on the green space where the new statue to honor Horace Mann will be placed.

Horace Mann green space
Horace Mann green space

And as a reason to come downtown, the new Irish pub, Teddy Gallagher's, is getting ready to open. No opening date is set at this time.

Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub
Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub

"the new building is projected to cost about $21 million"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The town has approved the site plan for a new location for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, moving the project another step forward. 
The school is looking to move from its current location on Main Street to a new building on Financial Park between Washington and Grove streets. 
Town Planner Bryan Taberner said the Planning Board approved the plan at a mid-July meeting, though he said he did not believe the school has sought a building permit as of yet. School officials want to open the new building in September 2017."

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the BFCCPS is currently operating from the former St Mary's School
the BFCCPS is currently operating from the former St Mary's School
For more information about the charter school visit them online -->>

MassBudget: FY 2017 an unusual budget year?

New Budget Monitor analyzes the budget for this coming year

MassBudget  Information.
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Analyzing What's in the Fiscal Year 2017 

MassBudget's new Budget Monitor analyzes the budget for the current fiscal year.

This year's budget process was unusual. While the conference committee was meeting to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget, it became clear that the original tax revenue estimate for FY 2017 was too optimistic and the estimate was adjusted down by $750 million. Legislators had to improvise a combination of budget cuts and other strategies to address that new gap. While vetoing about a quarter billion dollars in spending from that proposal, the Governor also identified accounts that the administration believed had been underfunded by the Legislature by $172 million. He filed a supplemental budget to fund these accounts.
In other ways this year's budget process follows a familiar pattern of budget problems - barely balancing in good times and cutting deeply in recessions. The Budget Monitor shows that since 2001, inflation-adjusted funding for higher education is down 14 percent; local aid is down 41 percent; early education 22 percent. Why? Between 1998 and 2002 the state adopted several income tax cuts that are now costing over $3 billion annually. That revenue reduction paired with a long-term pattern of rising health care costs has reduced our Commonwealth's capacity to make important investments in our people and our economy, and has caused chronic budget problems.
This Budget Monitor describes the funding decisions in each major section of the budget and compares proposed funding levels with current and, in some cases, historic funding. It identifies a few bright spots and examines policy changes incorporated in various budget provisions. While vetoes and overrides are noted, the focus is on important budget items and the bigger picture in another difficult year.

You can read the new Budget Monitor HERE.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 8/5/16 - THU 8/11/16

FRIDAY 8/5/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common
1pm   Animal World Experience @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Concert @ La Cantina Winery with Michael McArthur (seating is limited)
8pm   James Montgomery band @ The Black Box

PMC Challenge Weekend - in Franklin on Saturday

SUNDAY 8/6/16
PMC Challenge Weekend

TUESDAY 8/9/16
10:30am   Legos and Giant Games @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting @ Franklin YMCA, public welcome.

1pm   Ecology of Sound @ Franklin Public Library
8:15pm   Movies in the Park @ Choate Park in Medway

THURSDAY 8/11/16
10:30am   Family Storytime @ Franklin Public Library
5-9pm   SAFE Coalition’s Substance Abuse Drop In Center @ St. John’s Episcopal Church (237 Pleasant Street)
6:00pm   Feast of St Rocco opens
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art 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

In the News: aggregation plan making progress, SAFE Coalition schedules events

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The state government will deliberate next week on a plan expected to save money for local power customers. 
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is scheduled to consider the town's municipal aggregation plan at a hearing Monday afternoon. 
In a municipal aggregation arrangement, towns look to save ratepayers money by going out to bid for the supply of power. The intention is to use the number of local customers as leverage to seek a cost that is lower than the default rate charged by the utility company."

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  • The Municipal Aggregation Plan

  • From the Town Council meeting where this was approved

cover page of presentation to Town Council on Aggregation Program
cover page of presentation to Town Council on Aggregation Program

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"A local group dedicated to combating substance abuse is looking toward its future. 
The Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition, which formed last year, held a strategic planning meeting this summer to consider ways to sustainably continue its efforts. 
State Rep. Jeff Roy, one of the group's founding members, said the tone of the meeting was optimistic. 
"It went really well - the future's looking bright," he said. "There are lots of good things happening, and we know we're saving lives."

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”Conserving water now is crucial"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Although rain last weekend and Tuesday provided some short-term relief from a months-long dry spell in Massachusetts, the overall severe drought in the state actually worsened, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor. 
The region in the state considered to be in severe drought expanded to include nearly all of Massachusetts except Cape Cod, a small portion of southeast Massachusetts and most of the Berkshires. This leaves all of eastern and central Massachusetts in severe drought, the third highest drought category issued by the Drought Monitor. The Drought Monitor is an agency, overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that tracks drought conditions and provides guidance to the public and private sector."

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Two key events in Franklin this month

This is a special edition of our regularly monthly newsletter to make you aware of some upcoming events in the area. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can get on our email list by clicking here.
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Two key area events this month

I hope you are enjoying your summer.

I am sending this quick note to let you know about two events taking place in our area this month. They include a Thriving in College program for teens and their parents on Tuesday, August 9 and August 16. The other is the SAFE Coalition's Inaugural Golf Tournament at Franklin Country Club on Monday, August 22.

Both programs are geared at addressing some community needs and to continue our work to make the area a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Please pass along this email to any of your friends, family or neighbors and invite them to participate in these two remarkable programs.

Thank you for your continued support.

Thriving at College

Ok – you got in!  You have the dorm room, supplies and some new clothes. You'll be leaving pretty soon to take the next huge step in your life. For many teens, this is a time filled with excitement but also anxiousness and uncertainty, and certain skills need to be developed in order to overcome these fears and succeed that very first weekend and beyond.

Join us on Tuesday evenings, August 9th and August 16th, for two powerful workshops which will focus on solutions for some of the hurdles both teens and parents often face at the beginning of the college experience. The Thriving in College: Your First Weekend and Beyond workshop series is sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA Bernon Family Branch and Dean College, with support from State Representative Jeffrey Roy, the Franklin Public Schools, Community Impact, New Hope, Riverside Trauma Center and the S.A.F.E. Coalition.

Where:  Franklin High School
Lecture Hall
218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA

When:  August 9 and 16
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Register Now

SAFE Golf Tournament

A "best ball" golf tournament to benefit the S.A.F.E. Coalition will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22 at the Franklin Country Club.

The tournament will support the outreach programs of the S.A.F.E. Coalition in Franklin, Medway, Milford and surrounding communities in Norfolk and Worcester Counties. It will also include a barbecue lunch and awards.

Registration is now open at, and costs $150 per person and $600 for a foursome.

Ongoing S.A.F.E. programs include education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by Substance Use Disorders. Our goals are to empower those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery.

Our Drop-In Centers provide a gateway to professional resources including medical and psychological needs, referrals to outpatient counseling, medical detoxification, in/outpatient rehabilitation programs and other treatment modalities including Healing Hearts, Learn to Cope and Community of Hope.

The Chiefs Roundtable provides a forum for interaction and support of our first responders while SOAR supports treatment for inmates and those involved in the judicial system.

Town Councilor Robert Dellorco, a member of the coalition, said the tournament is intended to help keep the group's "drop-in" centers - in which multiple services for addicts are brought under one roof - functioning.

"We had a grant but, in the future, we will need to fundraise," he said.

In addition to the tournament, the day will feature a barbecue lunch, a silent auction and awards, Dellorco said. And, SAFE is aggressively seeking sponsors for the new event.

"We have a lot of sponsors already, but we're looking to get as many sponsorships as we possibly can," he said.

Those interested in sponsoring the tournament may contact Dellorco at 774-571-5530. The S.A.F.E. Coalition of MA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.

SAFE is also hoping as many golfers as possible register for the tournament. Dellorco said the group's target is 144 golfers, and it is looking to get the word out quickly, as the event is coming up soon.

You can view the Milford Daily News report on the tournament by clicking here.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

State Primary Election - Sep 8; last day to register to vote - Aug 19

State Primary Election
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Franklin High School, Oak Street
6:00am – 8:00pm

  • Are you a registered voter?
  • Do you need an Absentee Ballot?

Last day to register to vote or change party affiliation, Friday August 19th. The Town Clerks Office will be open till 8:00pm on the August 19th

Please contact the Town Clerks Office at (508)520-4900 Or visit (

election booths at Franklin High School where all precincts in Franklin cast their ballots
election booths at Franklin High School where all precincts in Franklin cast their ballots

Most of this information was shared from the Town Clerk's office

2nd edition of Easy Walks in MA now available

Marjorie Turner Hollman has let us know that the 2nd edition of Easy Walks is now available. 
"By popular demand, here is the second edition, expanded from the original Easy Walks publication. Now included are maps, trail conditions, as well as photos, directions, and lots more information for over 50 local walking trails in 16 towns in the Upper Charles River and Blackstone River Valley watersheds in Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island. 
You'll find trail locations in Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Millville, Northbridge, Upton, Uxbridge, Wrentham, all towns in south central Massachusetts, and Woonsocket, RI. 
Many locations are dog-friendly--learn which places welcome you and your dog before you go! All trails are grandparent, parent, and kid friendly. Learn about distances of trails, highlights along the way, directions to each trail head and more"

Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition: Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Grafton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Millville, Northbridge, Upton, Uxbridge, Wrentham

Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition

In 2014, we shared three 'easy walks' in Franklin that were included in the first edition:

The Amazon link can be found here

Encore Music Academy - fall registration now open

We are Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios and we are located at 3 Bent Street right here in Franklin.


Register now to secure your preferred lesson time with your instructor of choice! 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and our instructors fill up very quickly, so please don't delay.

We work very hard to ensure that siblings are conveniently scheduled at the same time or back-to-back, and we make every effort to accommodate the needs of our families.

image from Encore Music Academy
image from Encore Music Academy

And don't forget about our brand-new GlobeToddlers (TM) program for children ages 1-5!!

To register for any class, private lessons, or program, please call (508) 533-7700 in Franklin, or (508) 376-2776 to reach our Millis facility. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead, filled with lots of music, and lots of fun, too!


Random Smile Project's fourth annual Wiffle ball tournament

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Fans of the yellow, plastic bat rejoice - the Random Smile Project's fourth annual Wiffle ball tournament will take place later this month. 
This year's event - set for Aug. 20 at Fletcher Field - is held in honor of local resident James Cashin. 
"Random Smiles provides a bridge of support for people in the community who are going through a difficult time," said Colleen Swenson, a volunteer with the charity. "Jim Cashin is recovering right now from a liver transplant that he received in June... he's a longtime Franklin resident."

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Random Smile Project's fourth annual Wiffle ball tournament
Random Smile Project's fourth annual Wiffle ball tournament
For addiitional info and to register, visit this page

In the News: charter review possible, Sons of Italy celebrate

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council is considering another attempt at a town charter review.
The council at its prior meeting charged town staff with gathering the information, a process that Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said is under way.
"We're trying to collect the reports and recommendations, which include those made by the 2010 and 1995 commissions," he said. "(They) usually put together reports that included suggestions made - which ones they felt made sense and which ones they didn't."

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"The Quattro Eroi Lodge No. 1414 Order Sons of Italy in America, of Franklin, will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sept. 24 at the Coachman’s Lodge, 273 Wrentham Road, Bellingham. 
There will be a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with a full-course dinner to follow. Dancing will take place until 11 p.m. 
Music will be provided by Power Play of Hudson. Dinner will include roasted chicken, baked stuffed filet of sole with lobster Newburg sauce, and roast beef served family style."

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How does Franklin consider itself?

The downtown traffic flow has been redesigned. Before we go and create another charter commission to review how we operate as a government, let's spend some time designing our flag. 

Yes, Franklin does not have a flag, or if we do, I have not seen it. We have a seal, which is prominently used where we could use the principles of design from a flag.

What are the design principles of a flag?

I am glad you asked, there are five:

  1. Keep It Simple (The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory)
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism (The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes)
  3. Use 2 to 3 Basic Colors (Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set)
  4. No Lettering or Seals (Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal)
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related (Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections)

And from the TED Talk below:

"As we move more and more into cities, the city flag will become not just a symbol of that city as a place, but also it could become a symbol of how that city considers design itself, especially today, as the populace is becoming more design-aware. And I think design awareness is at an all-time high. A well-designed flag could be seen as an indicator of how a city considers all of its design systems: its public transit, its parks, its signage. It might seem frivolous, but it's not. 
16:08 - TK: Often when city leaders say, "We have more important things to do than worry about a city flag," my response is, "If you had a great city flag, you would have a banner for people to rally under to face those more important things."

Where did the flag idea come from? 
A relisten of this TED talk:
"Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything."

Who is Roman Mars?

more on flag design
more on flag design
For more on flag design