Saturday, August 20, 2016

loans "to help them start, grow and create new jobs"

The Town of Franklin’s Department of Planning and Community Development, in conjunction with South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, announces the Franklin Business Loan Program, which will be rolled out during the Small Business Administration’s workshop, ‘SBA Advantage, Connections that Work’ on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Golder Room (in the Campus Center), Franklin, MA 02038. At this seminar, the SBA and SEED will provide information on their loan programs and resources available to help business owners.

The loan programs provide financing for new and established businesses to help them start,
grow and create new jobs in Franklin by forming a partnership with SEED, which provides loans from $1,000 to $5.5 million.

SEED offers three loan programs:

1) The Micro Loan Program provides loans from $1,000 up to $50,000, which can be used for working capital, inventory, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, and refinancing of business credit card debt. The term on the loans is 6 years at a 6 percent fixed interest rate with no prepayment penalty.

2) The Revolving Loan Fund provides loans up to $250,000, which can be used for the purchase of land and buildings; equipment and furnishings; working capital, or as the down payment on a larger project. The SEED portion of the project is generally 40 percent or less, although in cases where there is a larger financing gap, SEED’s portion can be greater. The term on the loan is up to 10 years at a 5 percent fixed interest rate with bank participation and 6 percent without. There is no prepayment penalty.

3) The 504 Loan Program provides up to 40 percent of the financing needed behind a
bank/credit union’s 50 percent for the acquisition and improvement of commercial and
industrial buildings; and the purchase and installation of heavy machinery and equipment.
SEED’s portion can range from $120,000 to $5 million for most businesses, and $5.5 million for manufacturing businesses. SEED’s portion offers a fixed interest rate below market for 20 years, currently at 4.1 percent, and at 3.7 percent for 10 years.

SEED is a non-profit economic development organization certified in 1982 by the U.S. Small
Business Administration with the mission to grow and create jobs throughout the region. SEED also provides business assistance and works with other economic development organizations and financing institutions in the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business are able to obtain the assistance they need to be successful.

For more information, or to register for the seminar, please contact Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development at (508) 520-4907 or email

This was shared from the Town of Franklin website

"He chose the Franklin Food Pantry"

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 
That is how the phrase usually goes, unless you are a certain 9-year-old boy living in Franklin. For Suhas Wijegoonasekara, it goes more like this: When life gives you lemonade, make a food pantry donation. 
The youngster is planning to do just that with proceeds from a lemonade stand he is operating on a sidewalk bordering the Franklin Town Common from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 21 
Even before the first cups have been filled and served, though, the stand is already a triumph for the soon-to-be Kennedy Elementary School fourth-grader. For many youth, running a lemonade stand is something of a summertime rite of passage, and it's no different for Suhas. He has been working on his mom, Amali De Zoysa, to allow him to have a stand for a long time now."

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Donate to the Franklin Food Pantry securely online
Donate to the Franklin Food Pantry securely online

In the News: Rain garden tour, Museum photos on show

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

"Franklin residents and town employees joined representatives of the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) for a tour of five Franklin rain gardens on Aug. 17. The tour was part of an ongoing partnership between CRWA and the Franklin Department of Public Works (DPW) to demonstrate to residents how rain gardens can prevent pollution and help get rainwater into the ground. 
A rain garden collects and filters polluted runoff from driveways, rooftops and streets. The DPW has installed 15 rain gardens and 94 rainwater holding basins throughout Franklin. The gardens, maintained by the DPW with help from neighbors and volunteers, prevent polluted runoff from entering the Charles River and its tributaries and replenish ground water levels. 
The native grasses and perennials planted in the rain gardens were chosen for their ability to withstand both wet and dry conditions, including the current drought."

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one of the 14 rain gardens around Franklin can be found at the Parmenter School
one of the 14 rain gardens around Franklin can be found at the Parmenter School

"A unique event allowing a rare opportunity to view selected vintage photographs from the collection of the Franklin Historical Museum will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Almont Gallery and Studios, 161 Main St., Medway. 
The public is invited to view classic vintage photos from the museum’s collection which have been digitized for clearer and closer viewing. The images will be shown on giant, poster-size digital display units hung throughout the gallery. 
Many of the photos are labeled with dates and information, but guests will have the opportunity to name people, locations and events not previously identified. The images date from the early 1900s through the 1950s and include photos of Franklin High School athletic teams, police and fire department photos, factory and mill images, family photos and more."

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Franklin Library: End of Summer Jam with Jamie Barrett

Summer time is almost gone, school about to open. The reading list hopefully has been completed so it is time to celebrate!

Join Jamie Barrett at the Franklin Public Library on Monday, Aug 22 at 1:00 PM to help celebrate.

This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Friday, August 19, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 8/19/16 - THU 8/25/16

FRIDAY 8/19/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common
1pm   Mr. Vinny’s Puppet Shadow Puppet Puppet Show @ Franklin Public Library
5pm   FSPA in the Box: Bye Bye Bieber
7:30pm   FSPA in the Box: Bye Bye Birdie
SATURDAY 8/20/16
8am-3pm   4th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament - Random Smile Project @ Fletcher Field
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
2pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library

SUNDAY 8/21/16
9am   Bag Sale @ Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Pour Richard's Snappy End of the Summer Bash

MONDAY 8/22/16
8am   SAFE Coalition Inaugural Golf Tournament @ Franklin Country Club
1pm   End of Summer Jam with Jamie Barrett @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 8/23/16
10:30am   Legos and Giant Games @ Franklin Public Library
12-2pm   Teen and Tween End of Summer Party @ Franklin Public Library

10:30am   Comedian - Juggler Bryson Lang @ Franklin Public Library
8:15pm   Movies in the Park @ Choate Park in Medway

THURSDAY 8/25/16
10:30am   Family Storytime @ Franklin Public Library
5-9pm   SAFE Coalition Substance Abuse Drop In Center @ St. John’s Episcopal Church (237 Pleasant Street)
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

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Hosts Open Houses - Sep 1 and Sep 10

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold back-to-school Open Houses for prospective students and families on Thursday, September 1 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama. Prospective students are also encouraged to try a complimentary class.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
Franklin School for
the Performing Arts (FSPA)

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school provides an extraordinary faculty of artist-teachers and a nurturing environment where students grow skills for the stage and for life. FSPA offers extensive classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano.

A year-round calendar of performing opportunities features musicals, plays, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, chamber ensembles, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater showcases, summer theater, ballet and dance company performances, and the school’s signature Spring Concert. THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located just behind the school and provides a professional venue for FSPA student productions. Many FSPA students also participate, by audition, in FPAC’s annual season of shows.

Registration is ongoing. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. For more information, including fall class schedule and catalogue, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at

Set your calendar: Ladybug 5k - Saturday, October 15

This year's Ladybug 5k will be on Saturday, October 15th, starting from Kennedy School at 551 Pond St. In addition to the 5K, there will be kids races, games, face painting, and raffles. Fun, family friendly event.

  • Race registration and number pick up start at 8:30 AM
  • Kids race at 9:30
  • 5K at 10 AM
  • Cash prize for top male and top female overall in the 5K

Registration is available for the 5K, kids race and family pricing of $50 per family.

Participants can preregister at

For more details see our website at

The start of the Ladybug 5K in 2015
The start of the Ladybug 5K in 2015

Franklin Public Library: Book Sale - Aug 20-21

The monthly Library Book Sale is being held Saturday and Sunday at the temporary location 25 Kenwood Circle. The book sale is on Saturday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and the Bag Sale on Sunday from 9:00 to Noon.
This would be a good time to stock up for your late summer reading!

This was shared from the official Town of Franklin webpage

In the News: weight loss program at Y, drought conditions worsen

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

"The Hockomock Area YMCA has announced that all three of its branches will now offer a 10-week weight loss program called Weigh to Change following the success of the Foxborough spring program, during which 31 members lost a total of 267 pounds and 318.5 inches. 
An information session will take place at the following locations:
  • Bernon Family Franklin Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30; or 10 a.m. Sept. 3.
  • Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic St., 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1; 9 a.m. Sept. 10.
The fall program will begin Sept. 12 and will run through Nov. 19."

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"The weekly report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that the area in Massachusetts experiencing extreme drought conditions has expanded dramatically despite spotty downpours last weekend and this week. 
According to the monitor, which is overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the area in the state seeing the second highest level of drought jumped from 3.66 percent last week to 16.86 percent this week. The area in extreme drought includes much of MetroWest and the Milford area. The extreme drought area includes the eastern two-thirds of Middlesex County, the northern half of Norfolk County, nearly all of Essex County and all of Suffolk County.

U.S. Drought Monitor Massachusetts
U.S. Drought Monitor Massachusetts

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Franklin Historical Museum To Host Miniature Metals Exhibit In October

A very special exhibit will open October 2nd at the Franklin Historical Museum. A personal collection of miniature metal artwork, hand crafted by Franklin born Abraham Megerdichian will be on display for the month of October. Megerdichian’s son Robert will open the exhibit with a presentation and talk about the history of his father’s work.

A selection of about 20 tiny recreations of everyday objects, made from brass, aluminum, stainless-steel and copper will be on display. A sampling of items for this exhibit include: a brass Asphalt Roller, a copper and steel Cannon with Cannonballs, an aluminum Inkwell with Feather Pen, a Flexible Flyer Sled and tiny brass Roller Skates.
miniature metal artwork
miniature metal artwork 1

In his life time, the elder Megerdichian, a machinist by trade, made over 300 miniatures for family and friends as gifts for holidays and special occasions. Just a hobby to him at the time, his work is now being recognized as the intricate creative artwork that it is. It’s a labor of love by his son Robert to bring his father’s work out of storage and into the public eye.

Various pieces are currently being exhibited at The Attleboro Area Museum of Industry, The Science Museum in Boston, The Lynn Museum, the Providence Children’s Museum, and soon at Connecticut’s New Britain Industrial Museum. Robert approached the Franklin Historical Museum because of his father’s connection to Franklin.

miniature metal artwork 2
miniature metal artwork 2

Abraham was born in Franklin in 1923 to Armenian Immigrants, but the family later moved to Cambridge where he was raised. The family kept close ties to Franklin and Abraham helped build Camp Haiastan, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Camp on Summer Street.

Robert Megerdichian’s presentation will cover his father’s craft, his artwork, his love of family, as well as an interesting history and anecdotal stories of Franklin’s Armenian Community.
miniature metal artwork 3
miniature metal artwork 3

Join us for this very special event, 1:30PM, Sunday afternoon, October 2nd, 80 West Central Street, Franklin. 

Visit us on our Facebook page and our webpage Admission is always free and the museum is wheelchair accessible.

Local Music Scene Raises $3000 For Franklin Food Pantry

On June 25th, 2016, local musicians in The Greater Milford Area Local Music Scene came together to raise much needed money for the Franklin Food Pantry at The Black Box located right next door to the pantry.

Co-organizer Bill Donovan explains why he and co-organizer Ray Auger decided to raise money for the pantry. "The Franklin Food Pantry does not receive funds from the state or town. They rely ultimately on us, the community, to help keep the shelves full."

Auger and Donovan decided to throw a concert with some of their friends to help raise money for this worthy cause. The two are founding members of Fringe Benefits and Charity Case respectively. These are fundraising event bands made up of different members from other local bands. 

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry
"You've heard of super groups, this is along the same lines with the exception that we don't share their money and fame, lol," explains Auger. "It's a chance for local musicians to collaborate with each other and raise a little money for various local causes. I had been doing Fringe Benefits for some time now with my acoustic partner Justin Redden. Recently I talked Bill into forming Charity Case with Matt Zajac. How it works is that we choose a cause, put a set list together, piece together the rest of the band and play a show."

Dan Feeley and South Street Six, all musicians with ties to the Franklin area, joined Fringe Benefits and Charity Case at The Black Box for a night of great music and dancing to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. A small ticket price, some great raffles items, good friends and generous sponsor donations from Dean Bank, F&P Molla Inc, and Elemen-Tree House led to a grand total of $3000 raised from the night.

James puts that into perspective, "An average bag of groceries costs $18 to put together. That's about 167 bags of groceries that we were able to donate to those in our community in need. It feels good to do something we love as musicians while giving back. Music heals and music helps and we are looking forward to doing more great events like this."

In the News: Charles River Meadowlands meeting, last day to register for state primary

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Charles River Meadowlands workshop will take place 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut St. 
Community activists have been meeting for the past six months as they work to raise awareness of the Charles River Meadowlands in the Franklin/Bellingham/Medway area. 
Led by Franklin resident Alan Earls, the group has gained support from state and local officials, and the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the Charles River Meadowlands. The open space, designed to provide a natural buffer in times of flooding, also offers opportunities for outside recreation."

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image from Charles River MEadowlands webpage
image from Charles River MEadowlands webpage

"Friday is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 8 state primary. 

Clerk’s offices at city and town halls will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, for voter registration. Voters can also register on line at, in person at Registry of Motor Vehicles offices or by mail by downloading a form available on the secretary of state’s website and sending it to or dropping it off at the local city or town hall. Mail-in forms must be postmarked by Friday for a voter to be eligible for the primary. Some town halls may close voter registration at 5 p.m. Friday - please contact your town for details."

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Mr Vinny's Shadow Puppet - Puppet Show comes to the Library

Mr Vinny's Shadow Puppet Puppet Show comes to the Franklin Public Library on Friday, August 19 at 1:00 PM.

The puppet show is best for kids from 3 - 9 years old.

Note: the Library is operating from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle while construction and renovation work is done on the main building downtown.
Mr Vinny's Shadow Puppet - Puppet Show comes to the Library
Mr Vinny's Shadow Puppet - Puppet Show comes to the Library

This was shared from the official Town of Franklin webpage

Mr Vinny was also scheduled to appear here in June.

In the News: site plan process changed, appraisal day scheduled

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town has approved new rules that allow for less paperwork for certain building renovations and alterations. 
The Town Council recently gave its final, unanimous approval to a zoning bylaw amendment that would allow for limited - instead of full - site plans for some of those projects, should they meet certain criteria. 
Since full site plans are costly - owing to engineering work and the need to notify neighbors - town officials said they may dissuade building owners from improving their properties. It's hoped the change will improve that situation."
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Additional information from the most recent Town Council meeting (8/10/16) can be found here

word on the street says the development of the Ficco's and Keagan space was waiting on this change
word on the street says the development of the Ficco's and Keagan space was waiting on this change

"The Franklin Historical Museum, 80 W. Central St., will hold Appraisal Day from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16. 
Antiques will be appraised by certified appraiser Nancy Wyman, of Coyles Auction Gallery of Bellingham. Guests are allowed a maximum of three items to be appraised at a rate of $5 each."

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What Has The Franklin Downtown Partnership Been Doing For 15 Years?

You've visited, walked by or driven past these places and things for years, yet have you ever stopped to think how they came to be? 

Here are some of the projects and events the Franklin Downtown Partnership has created or been involved with since 2001:

1 - The multi-year $7.25 million Streetscape Improvement Project 
2 - The Franklin Commons Development

3 - The Cake Bar patio on East Central Street
4 - The Summer Street patio area and green space
5 - The green space sitting area on West Central Street

6 - The design of the green space in front of the Historical Museum
7 - The bronze statue of the straw hat boy in front of the Historical Museum

8 - The park benches in downtown
9 - The downtown changeable gateway signs

10 - The new trash and recycling barrels
11 - The downtown holiday decorations and lights 
12 - Beautification and flowers throughout the downtown

13 - The launch and early management of the Farmers’ Market
14 - The Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” campaign
15 - The Franklin downtown map and brochure
16 - Emmons Street development property
17 - The 150 Emmons Street green space and Horace Mann Statue 
18 - Franklin High School scholarships
19 - On-going Economic Development 
20 - The Annual Strawberry Stroll

21 - The Annual October Stroll

22 - The Annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting
23 - Progressive Dinner and Third Thursday Events
24 - On-going community outreach and business support

25 - Won’t you join us this year for our next exciting downtown project?

  • This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership webpage

Note the last day to register to vote has CHANGED

Last day to register to vote or change party affiliation, for the State Primary is now Friday August 19. The Town Clerk's office will be open until 5:00pm. 

Last day to register to vote or change party affiliation, State Election is Wednesday, October 19 till 8:00pm in The Town Clerk’s Office


State Primary = Thursday, September 8, 2016

State Election = Tuesday, November 8, 2016


All Franklin precincts vote in one place

  • Franklin High School, Oak Street, 6:00am – 8:00pm

election booths at FHS will be ready for the State Primary on Thursday, Sep 8, 2016
election booths at FHS will be ready for the State Primary on Thursday, Sep 8, 2016

The updated notice from the Secretary of the Commonwealth can be found here

This was shared from the official Town of Franklin webpage

Updated Absentee Ballot info

Last "Concert on the Common" for this summer

6:00 pm – 6::30pm -> Children's Program

  • Elaine Kessler - Story Teller

6:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Matt Zajak and Partner

last concert on the common for this summer, Aug 17
last concert on the common for this summer, Aug 17

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin returns on Wednesday, September 7th!

Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Wednesday, September 7th (and every first Wednesday of the month) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Life is better when you're laughing
Life is better when you're laughing
Laughter Yoga is a unique and playful practice that does not rely on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter Yoga will have you smiling frequently and laughing heartily. Learn simple exercises to help you lighten up about life and bring more laughter into it! 

Laughing strengthens the immune system and helps with stress, depression and anxiety. There are no fancy postures and is appropriate for all ages and all physical levels. You can sit or stand. New laughers are always welcomed! 

$5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. 

If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail

See more information and other opportunities to laugh at

Blackstone Heritage Corridor - Strategic Plan Now Available for Public Comment

BHC's Strategic Plan Now Available for Public Comment

Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) has developed a ten-year strategic plan and is inviting the public to review and comment on it. To develop the Plan, subcommittees of the BHC Board of Directors were formed to lead the work in specific areas of the BHC mission:  Environment, Historical & Cultural Resources, and Economic Development & Community Revitalization.  Nearly 50 people participated on those subcommittees, representing Board of Director members, partners, residents, businesses, corporations, municipalities, nonprofits, state agencies and federal agencies.  Participants applied their extensive knowledge base to contemplate challenges and opportunities that BHC and the National Heritage Corridor are likely to face during the ten-year period of the plan.  Each subcommittee gave birth to an overall vision for the resource category and developed a list of strategies that would achieve their vision. Those visions and strategies were then compiled into this strategic plan.

To review the strategic plan, click here. Comments should be directed to Charlene Perkins Cutler by email at and should be sent by September 1, 2016. 
Volunteer Show & Tell

Are you interested in volunteering in your community? Have you been looking for an opportunity to get connected to the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor? We would love to show you how through the Volunteers-in-Parks program. Join us  for a Volunteer Open House. RSVP to Suzanne Buchanan at or call (508 ) 234-4242.

When: Monday, September 10, 2016 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA 01588

Get ready to GO! Explore in September

Enjoy the rest of summer but know that the best is yet to come! BHC is proud to bring GO! back for another exciting September, featuring 75 different experiences throughout the National Heritage Corridor. This year's program features new events, offering at least one adventure in each of the 25 National Heritage Corridor communities.

The program begins on  Thursday, September 1st at 1:30 p.m. with a kickoff celebration at BHC headquarters at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA, and includes a tour of the historic Linwood Mill. Immediately after the building tour, enjoy a Ranger Walking Tour of the historic village of Whitinsville, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

For a full copy of the GO! program, click HERE, or pick up a brochure at any of the BHC's Visitor Centers, at one of the brochure kiosks throughout the National Heritage Corridor or at the BHC office at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA. Follow Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates on GO! and more.

NOTE: A reminder to GO! experience leaders: there is a volunteer training meeting on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at BHC headquarters at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA. Please come to pick up your 2016 t-shirt and signs.

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