Monday, July 31, 2017

5th Annual Wiffle ball Tournament - Aug 19

The 5th Annual Wiffle ball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 19. This is an annual fund raising event for the Random Smile Project.

  • Registration: 8-8:45am, games start at 9am
  • $125 per team
  • Each team plays a minimum of 3 games prior to tournament seeding
  • Fletcher Field, Peck Street, Franklin, MA
  • Two Divisions:
  • Recreational (here for fun)
  • Competitive (fast pitch)
  • 5 players per team

5th Annual Wiffle ball Tournament - Aug 19
5th Annual Wiffle ball Tournament - Aug 19

"there is some hope when it comes to partisan blindness”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"UMass Lowell senior Hannah Daly helped conduct a nationwide political survey whose results were anything but surprising: the two major political parties just don’t trust each other. 
The results of the 1,000-person, nationwide survey offer a glimpse into how political differences skew our view on the founding principles of democracy. Through her research, she discovered that, over the years, opposing parties have lost faith in each other’s respect for core democratic values. In other words, political parties have trouble believing the opposing party will uphold the standards of democracy properly. 
“We were expecting to see something like the results looked like,” said Daly, a Franklin native.. “In previous work on democratic tolerance, commitments to values like free speech have been much higher percentage-wise, like, in the 90 (percentile). So, it was kind of interesting to see that our results were in the 80 and 70 (percentile).”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For more info on the results of the UMass-Lowell polls, follow the link

UMass-Lowell polls
UMass-Lowell polls

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell is providing another friendly reminder to consumers that you don't have to spend time and money to drive to the Registry to view land records since they are available online via the Registry's internet-based document research system at

"A recent review of online traffic interacting with our website, done through Google Analytics, indicates that without question our most popular feature is providing an online research capability for users to access all our online land documents. Consumers can see up to 6,000,000 scanned land document images dating back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793. We are bringing the Registry records into people's homes and businesses.

"Providing secure, accurate and accessible land record information, coupled with our on-site customer service center, is critical to our success at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds," said Register O'Donnell.

Elaborating on the Registry's research capabilities, O'Donnell said, "Land record information can be researched by multiple options, including the name of the property owner and property address. Consumer can access our internet-based document research system for many endeavors such as, to determine property ownership, to research land titles, to review land plans (only plans which are recorded at the Registry) and finally to confirm that documents affecting a person's property - such as mortgage discharges - have been duly recorded."

The Registry's website also provides information on how to obtain copies of land documents. The Registry copy charges are $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage.

In conclusion, O'Donnell stated, "A crucial focus we bring to our work at the Registry of Deeds each and every day is ensuring all our users are receiving first-class customer service. Norfolk County residents and businesses deserve a Registry of Deeds that provides them with access to land record information in an easily accessible and consumer friendly manner. The Registry website does that by bringing the Registry records into your homes and businesses."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on and

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website at Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us 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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Norfolk Deeds - Consumer Alert Service
Norfolk Deeds - Consumer Alert Service

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Franklin Biennial Town Election – November 7th, 2017

Nomination papers will be available beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Town Clerk's Office

The Following positions are available in the Biennial Town Election to be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Board of Assessors - 1 Seat - 4 Year Term (2017- 2021)
  • Board of Health - 1 Seat - 4 Year Term (2017- 2021)
  • Planning Board - 3 Seats - 4 Year Term (2017- 2021)
  • School Committee - 7 Seats - 2 Year Term (2017- 2019)
  • Town Council - 9 Seats - 2 Year Term (2017- 2019)

Contact Teresa M. Burr, Town Clerk with any questions,
(508)520-4900 /
Read more:

Related post:

The screen shots showing each of the existing memberships, who remains, who's position is up for election:

the steps to the Franklin/Dean MBTA station have finally been patched. The station is an on-going topic for the Town Council
the steps to the Franklin/Dean MBTA station have finally been patched.
The station is an on-going topic for the Town Council

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival - Saturday Recap

A collection via Storify of the Twitter posts during the Festival as it happened on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Be sure to scroll within the Storify widget to view all the posts.

day is done, the tent is empty
day is done, the tent is empty
Thanks to all who helped to make this wonderful event a reality! Thanks also to all those who came to participate, please tell your friends and neighbors to come next year!

Elks Care, Elks Share 5K Race and Walk - Sep 30

The needs of our Veterans are ever evolving. As a community it's up to us to be there for them when they need us most - will you help us in serving those who have served for us?

It's easy and fun!

  • You or your business can be sponsors for this event having a booth race day to promote yourself
  • Sign up to be a walker or runner and create a free fundraising platform where people can pledge for you
  • Create a team and have people join you in your goals
  • Print this flyer and hang it around town to spread the word

We appreciate anything you can do to help the Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 spread the word of this community event that raises awareness. 


Race registration:

Elks Care, Elks Share 5K Race and Walk - Sep 30
Elks Care, Elks Share 5K Race and Walk - Sep 30

Franklin Public Library: Harry Potter Party - July 31

The Franklin Public Library will host a Harry Potter Party, Monday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character, get sorted into a Hogwarts House and enjoy other games and snacks.

Franklin Public Library: Harry Potter Party - July 31
Franklin Public Library: Harry Potter Party - July 31
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

Encore Music: Fall Registration 2017

Fall Registration is fast approaching! Re-acquaint yourself with our registration process and find out how to ensure your preferred lesson time for the year! 
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Fall Registration 2017

How time flies! Fall registration is already upon us as of Tuesday, August 1st

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Fall Registration 

Registration opens Tuesday, August 1st!

Contact the front desk at either Encore location to find out instructor availability and ensure your preferred time. Payment must be taken at the time of scheduling, and the annual registration fee of $15 will apply.

In addition to the ever-popular monthly plan, Encore also offers the following discounts for students:

Annual Plan: Commitment to the entire academic year, with a 10% discount when paid in full before the year starts. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the deadline is August 31st.

Trimester Plan: Commitment to a trimester (Fall, Winter, Spring), with a 5% discount when paid in full before the trimester starts. For Fall 2017, the deadline is August 31st.


From September 5th through June 30th, Encore's typical hours of operation are as follows:

Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-9:00pm
Friday: 2:00-6:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm (Millis only)

Please come and join these exciting opportunities at Encore! Call (508) 533-7700 for more information!
Ages 6-8
This class offering at Encore is specifically designed for children who are too young for our more advanced vocal ensembles or private lessons. It is also a perfect stepping stone into the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for those who are interested in becoming a part of this internationally-acclaimed achievement program. Students will be introduced to the elements of singing — breathing, ear-training, and rhythm. Performances will be held throughout the year.   Wednesdays: 5:00-5:45  OR Thursdays: 4:30-5:15

  Ages 8-13
This boys' vocal ensemble offers the opportunity to sing in a fun and supportive environment. This one-hour class will meet weekly and explore many genres of music including jazz, rock, pop, and a cappella. Opportunities to perform will be available throughout the year. No prior experience required.        Tuesdays: 6:00-7:00

Ages 8-13
This all-female vocal ensemble teaches teamwork while exploring two– and three-part harmony singing. Students will build self-confidence while expanding their knowledge of various musical genres like pop and musical theatre. Opportunities to perform will be available throughout the year. No prior experience required.  Thursdays: 5:30-6:30

 Ages 8-18, By Invitation

This class, held in tandem with our Recording Techniques course, is designed to teach students what it means to work as a studio musician/back-up vocalist. Students learn first-hand about mic-technique, patience, preparedness, harmonies, and production. This two-hour, weekly class requires commitment, home preparation, and flexibility. Students will have opportunities to perform both as a group and as soloists.
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 

Ages 10 and up
Woodwind Specialist will be coaching this collaborative chamber group. Two years of experience with an instrument is recommended, but not required. Flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and bassoon players are all welcome, and will have opportunities to perform as a group throughout the year. Mondays 7:00-8:00


All abilities, ages, and instruments are welcome for this weekly class with John Salzillo! There are performance opportunities throughout the year, and students learn the art of improvisation and playing in a collaborative environment.
Saturdays: 1:30-3:00
Ages 14 and up
The Songwriter's Workshop is a class designed specifically with the modern songwriter in mind. We will focus on the details of lyric writing, exploring rhyme schemes, literary devices, and lyrical analysis to assist our creation of vivid and descriptive stories.  We will analyze examples of popular song structures and music theory specific to the modern songwriter.

Basic music theory is not a prerequisite nor is the ability to play an instrument, but it is strongly encouraged.  Students will need a lyric writing journal and a device for taking notes. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their existing compositions or songs in progress with the class as we offer constructive critique and analysis in a safe and intimate setting. Tuesdays 7:00-8:00


Ages 13 and up
Instruction in audio recording techniques is the focus of this 90-minute, weekly class. Students learn about audio recording and sound reproduction in tandem with the Encore EnHarmonix recording ensemble. With hands-on work in an active recording studio, students will have opportunities to learn about signal flow, mic placement, sound engineering and editing, and many other aspects of music production.     
  Wednesdays 6:30-8:00
This class introduces students to the fundamentals of reading music, key signatures, time signatures, and other rudimentary concepts. This level of theory is a co-requisite for students of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program who are studying at Level 5.       Mondays 7:00-7:45

INTERMEDIATE THEORY  (Beginner Theory a prerequisite)

This class builds upon the concepts introduced in Beginner Theory. Students will continue to expand their knowledge of music, including composition and form. Co-requisite with Levels 6 and 7 of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.    
Mondays 8:00-8:45

(Intermediate Theory a prerequisite)

This class is for the advanced musician who has already taken Intermediate Theory or AP Theory in school. The class will flesh out the concepts learned in earlier classes, and will lead the student toward the study of Harmony. This class is co-requisite for Level 8 of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.   
Wednesdays 8:15-9:00
Mark Your Calendars


Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5 – Royal Conservatory Performance Assessments in Franklin

Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 - Royal Conservatory Academic Assessments in Franklin

Saturday, September 2 - Summer Session Ends

Monday, September 4 – CLOSED for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5 - Fall Trimester and Academic Year Begins
Location, Location, Location! 

As Encore continues to grow and evolve, we are experiencing increased movement between our two facilities.  When we opened our Millis location in May, 2014, at 352 Village St., one very compelling reason for our choice of location was its proximity to our flagship location in Franklin.  Although they may sound very far apart, rest assured that our Millis location is just a short, two-mile, four-minute drive from Franklin and is easily accessible.  
Stay Connected

Encore joined Instagram! Follow us here to see photos, videos, and important announcements!

Keep up with the latest happenings at Encore by joining our group on Facebook called  Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios. This is not to be confused with our Facebook page of the same name. The page is dedicated to announcements made by the Encore administrators, including closings due to inclement weather.

The group is YOUR VENUE. We encourage all students, parents, alumni, and staff to make use of it: post musical events, ask questions, share ideas! Don't be shy: get to know the members of your Encore family today.

The Encore Music Education Foundation now has a Facebook page! Please visit and "like" this page for up-to-date information about scholarship and subsidy availability.

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Franklin, MA 02038

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival - Saturday - July 29 - Closing Day

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival
Performance Schedule

Saturday, July 29

The Franklin Art Association will display works of local artists in the lobby of THE BLACK BOX.   The detailed schedule of performances looks like this:

Festival Stage
Circle of Friends Stage
(outside, under the tent)

Set up

12:00 - 12:30 PM
Heath Nisbett
Set up
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Set up
Michele Kelly
1:30 - 2:00 PM
Emma Newton
Set up
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Set up
Jamie Barrett
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Universal Singers
Set up
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Set up
Stefilia's Stone
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Ann Sears
Set up
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Set up
Jim Henry
6:00 - 6:30 PM
Kaye Kelly
Set up
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Set up
Victims of Gravity
8:00 PM
FPAC performs a “24 Hour Play”

Bring your beach blanket and chairs for the 'Franklin lawn' in THE BLACK BOX parking lot (seating limited under the tent, first come first serve).

For updates to the schedule, follow @artshappenhere
Franklin restaurants will offer samples of their best for sale under the tent during the afternoon

All roads should lead to The Rome Restaurant in Franklin either before or after taking in one or more of the events at the Cultural Festival. 

The Rome will feature "Festival Fettucini" from 4:00 PM to closing each night Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29.  The culinary arts are one of the key arts that the Festival is looking to showcase. Franklin has a broad variety of culinary choices!

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out the webpage or follow the Festival on Twitter

To help financially support the Festival please visit:

The tri-fold flyer with the full schedule can be downloaded here

You can also download and print a copy of the Saturday schedule here

3rd Annual Cultural Festival - Friday Recap (photo, video)

The weather was perfect for the 3rd Annual Cultural Festival outdoor events on Friday. The Farmers Market was active and full of vendor choices. 

Multiple farms had fresh produce and I got our set of cooking knifes sharpened. #shopFranklin's space was represented by Linda Waters and Confidence Beads. Bob Vozella and family conducted tastings for Franklin's own La Cantina Winery

two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market
two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market

Bill and Linda Hamaker led a good group in laughter yoga inside the Town Common bandstand.

Laughter Yoga at the 2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival
Let's Laugh Today, Laughter Yoga at the 3nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival

Kevin Wolfe and friend performed many familiar rock songs

Kevin Wolfe and friend performing
Kevin Wolfe and friend performing

The day closed out under the stars with a performance of The Mikado by FPAC

cast of the Mikado by FPAC takes a bow
cast of the Mikado by FPAC takes a bow

The day had begun with the FPS Summer Music Concert at Franklin High School. There will be more video and photos from this set of performances in the days to come but for now, here is the closing song dedicated to Dr Pandora Carlucci (also a key contributor for the Cultural Festival).