Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Franklin Candidate for School Committee: Virginia (Gigi) Zub

Virginia (Gigi) Zub (GZ) and I sat down at Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House to talk about her campaign for School Committee for the Franklin Biennial election scheduled for Nov 7, 2017.

FM: Tell me a bit about yourself, your family, and your life here in Franklin? What is your Franklin story?

GZ: We have been in Franklin for 16 years. My husband had bought the house as a starter home, little did he know that when he met me and we got married, that I would fall in love with it and the area. Franklin has a really good reputation for its school system. It is not perfect; everybody has their issues. My brother (Mike Caple) had been teaching here and helped start the Franklin Arts Academy, so we knew something about it. We got married at St Mary’s, reception at the Franklin Country Club, and have been here ever since. We have no desire to go elsewhere, it is a great community.

Our kids went to Parmenter and are now at Remington Middle School. I made a brief appearance in the Opening Dance of School Principal Dancing video. You know this is all important serious stuff but we also need to have fun and create an environment where all can thrive. Principal Brian Wildeman does a really good job at that.

My husband and I were both born overseas. I was born in Naples, Italy and then raised in Bridgewater, going through the school system there. My husband was born in the United Kingdom and went to the American School in London. He didn’t come here until he went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). We have this sort of international worldview outlook, not just Franklin, MA and I think that is important.

We had gone back to visit the school in London. They had the American curriculum there but what they did was amazing. We still have furniture in the house that my husband made when he was in school. They had a proper shop. They made stuff. Kids could come in collaborate and work together. So I have this world view on education and I think that it is important to be involved in my kids’ education.

FM: What experience or background will help you to serve in this role? What do you bring to the table that helps to set you apart from the others?

GZ: This unique background combination as a parent, which I think is an important qualification, being in the corporate education, and the things I can bring from that world. I think this is a plus to bring to the School Committee. The company I work for just built a new learning center, using groups that are more learner centric. I manage the team that creates the curriculum. We have some staff that does the teaching or we bring in subject matter experts from the business to lead the class. We use smart boards just like the schools do. That corporate experience, and managing a large budget, while it is not my favorite thing to do, it is an important one. How do you spend your dollars? You can talk about priorities but until you put dollars to the item, it is not likely to happen.

So, we were just at a presentation at Remington. They used a smart board and were hesitant to advance to the next item because they weren’t sure it would work. Now that is training, that is support. Are we providing the right amount? Money doesn’t solve all the problems. Are we using it wisely? Are we being creative? This is one of the things I like about Dr. Ahern. She is asking what are we doing with corporations? What are we doing with grants? How are we doing other things to help supplement the budget?

FM: What do you see as your role’s biggest challenge and do you have any suggestions on how we can resolve it?

GZ: I know a 2 ½ override is a hot button. I am not sure it is the answer but I do think that everything should be on the table. We should have a conversation about our goal. What is our goal? Is our goal to give our children the best education? Which includes really good teachers, really good classrooms, support from the community whether you have kids or you don’t have kids. We need to create an environment where our children can thrive. That is my mantra. Creating an environment where every child, every person, has an opportunity to thrive, our teachers, our administrators, so that we can be successful. At the end of the day, they are going out into society to do something. We’d rather the something be good.

We live less than 2 miles from Remington and we don’t get the free bus. So I as a parent am I going to pay about $700 for the two to ride? Okay, no. It took me a few extra minutes to get here today as I got stuck in the traffic. What are we doing? We have one of the highest bus fees around. Even the $50 fee per kid to do the activities. For some families that is a challenge, that is a big expense.

One other challenge is how to involve more of the community? When I started thinking about running for this, I went to a couple of the Community Relations coffee hours, and to a couple of the School Committee meetings. One I went to was the budget reading. Not sure why I picked that one. I was the only citizen in the meeting full of principals and other teachers and school personnel. I was really surprised at how little the community was involved. They were all there and then when the budget was finished, they left and I was alone. It is interesting that we don’t have much engagement. So how do we improve that? I would say that Denise Schultz, Vanessa Bilello and Anne Bergen have done a fabulous job with community outreach. I’d like to see us not only continue but increase our engagement.

You see it in a corporate environment too. I can’t tell you how many emails get sent out that no one pays any attention to. You should send the message in multiple channels, multiple times, to get it across. Until it catches their attention, maybe speaks to them, addresses the “what’s in it for me?”, the message is lost. Long term we are getting to a point where we are going to have a budget crisis. We can’t address that if we only have the seven-member School Committee in the conversation. We should think about what that story is and get that message out.

So, it is the budget, and how do we get the community involved, those are the two major challenges. A bunch of stuff falls underneath those two. Inclusion, what do we do about start times and end times for school? If our objective is to have the best effective, valuable educational experience we can have for our kids, how do we do that when the science is telling us that what we are doing goes against what they need?

At Parmenter, the PCC bought the school supplies for each student. I never had to do so. We (the parents) did the fundraising of course, the PCC did the work. At Remington, I got a list of supplies needed. I was surprised. So how can we do that better? Can we get the PCC’s together to make a more equitable experience across the schools versus one school doing better fundraising than another?

I don’t think challenges like this are insurmountable but it does take a significant amount of work. I think involvement of the community beyond the seven members of the School Committee is the key to getting anything. So how are we going to do that?

So, I bring my experience as a parent, in corporate education, having an elementary education background, a different perspective, and the world view we discussed earlier. I do think it is important for us to think about the goal of providing our kids an education so that our kids can contribute to society in a global way. I am not just a Franklin, MA citizen. I am a citizen of the United States and of the globe. I think we should look at all of that and not just our little piece.

How do we make sure we have a consistent educational experience across the district? I think standards are important. I don’t particularly think we need to worry about the standardized testing and whether their kid can test properly or not, I think we need to assess. How do we assess versus test?

Learning has always been a passion for me. It is not that I have lots of free time (not that anybody does really) but it is something I am passionate about so I want to see that my own children and the children in the community have a really good educational experience. I think it is important to get new people involved with what we do as a school committee. I think if we tend to have the same people over and over again, that’s not good. It is good to have continuity but I also think it is even better to have new ideas.

Additional information on Gigi and her campaign including how to contact her

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 7. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review the text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion. 

Offer to Candidates 2017

Book Signing: "Run. Think. Repeat.: Funny, Thought-Provoking, and Totally Random Thoughts" - Nov 9

Franklin’s Kim Rezendes celebrates the release of her first book, Run. Think. Repeat.: Funny, Thought-Provoking, and Totally Random Thoughts from a Mom on the Run, with a special signing at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin on Thursday, November 9 from 7-10 p.m. A compilation of short stories about life, food, family, and small town roots, the book grew out of thoughts and observations Kim had while running. Each story comprises a chapter in the book, with some being poignant, others inspirational, and most funny and fun.
Franklin’s Kim Rezendes celebrates the release of her first book
Franklin’s Kim Rezendes celebrates the release of her first book

The book morphed out of Kim’s blog and Facebook posts, with encouragement from friends and family who enjoyed her humorous writing style and related to her stories. Kim spent a year compiling the pieces while continuing to write new material. Written in conversational style, often as a stream of consciousness, the book’s chapters fall into four sections: FamiLove, “Her”story, Think. Thank. Thunk., and Randumbs.

Born and raised in Franklin, Kim still lives in her hometown surrounded by family and childhood friends. Her writing reflects Kim’s appreciation for small-town community and old-school perspective. The stories are highly relatable and honest, with a real-life view. Local readers may well recognize familiar people and places, while others will find in Kim’s anecdotes much that reminds them of their own lives, family, and experience.

Director of the Little Music School at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), Kim is also one of FSPA’s earliest alums. She notes that Run. Think. Repeat. celebrates longtime relationships with teachers and fellow students who remain some of her closest friends. Working with FSPA’s youngest learners, Kim draws a connection between her own powers of observation and those of the children she teaches: “Children notice things that others don’t and they verbalize things that others might not. Parts of my writing are musings on common situations and circumstances. I pay attention to everyday things that we’re surrounded by and I’m inspired by them.”

Kim finds her writing to be a relaxing process that helps clear her head and put things in perspective. “In the classroom, I do the same thing,” she says of her shift in outlook. “If something is not going as planned, I try to focus on what is going well and not sweat the small stuff.”

The feedback from readers has been what Kim hoped it would be. “It’s an easy read,” Kim says. “There’s so much heavy in this world, the book allows people to stop thinking about all the craziness.”

Released by MindStir Media, Run. Think. Repeat. is available for purchase at THE BLACK BOX book signing or via online retailers Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. The $14.99 paperback is also sold locally at The Spotlight Shop, 34 Main Street, in Franklin. 

THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin; visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com to learn more. 

For more information about Run.Think. Repeat., visit www.runthinkrepeat.com

New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10

New England Irish Harp Orchestra will share a wonderful medley of Holiday music that will put you in the perfect mood for the season!

Sunday, December 10 - 7:00 pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church 
237 Pleasant Street Franklin, MA 

Tickets $10 (payable at the door) 

FREE  With Dean College ID 

Transportation provided call (781) 708-1327 

New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10
New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10

FHS field hockey playoff scheduled for Thu; McDermott starting at Salve Regina

From Hockomock Sports we share the field hockey playoff info and an article on a Franklin High School football alumni.

D1 South - Field Hockey Playoffs
#18 Franklin (9-7-2) will travel to #15 Westwood (9-6-3) on Thursday, 11/2 at 3:30.

For all the field hockey playoffs currently scheduled

"On Saturday afternoon, the Salve Regina University (Newport, R.I.) football team lost its second game of the season, 35-26 to Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Western New England. Even with that defeat, the Seahawks are an impressive 5-2 this fall and just a game back of the league leaders. 
One reason for Salve’s success on the gridiron this season has been the play of senior quarterback Danny McDermott. The Franklin High alum has waited three years for his chance at the starting job and he is making good use of the opportunity, completing more than 54 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns in the first seven games of the season. 
Last week, against rival Endicott, McDermott set a career-high with 321 passing yards and also tossed three touchdowns in a big win. In an interview in the days following the Endicott win, McDermott passed most of the credit onto the play of his teammates."

Continue reading the article online

Franklin High alum Danny McDermott (17) was a back-up for three years, but this fall, as a senior, he earned the starting spot and has led the Seahawks to a 5-2 start. (Zan Carver/Salve Regina Athletics)
Franklin High alum Danny McDermott (17) was a back-up for three years, but this fall, as a senior, he earned the starting spot and has led the Seahawks to a 5-2 start. (Zan Carver/Salve Regina Athletics)

Absentee Ballots Are Now Available At The Town Clerk’s Office




TIME: 6:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.


Absentee Ballot Information: Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s office. A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to the following reasons may vote absentee in the Town Clerk’s Office up to 12:00 noon Monday, November 6, 2017

  1. absence from your city or town during normal polling hours; or
  2. physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
  3. Religious belief

To request an Absentee Ballot:

  1. Email: (tburr@franklinma.gov)
  2. Visit the Town Clerk’s website at (franklinma.gov) to print out an Absentee Ballot request form and either email or fax (508)520-4913.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa M. Burr, Town Clerk at (508)520-4900 or  
Email (tburr@franklinma.gov)

Franklin Election Collection - 2017
Franklin Election Collection - 2017

Food & Wine One-Night Events Planned

Lifelong Community Learning and local business partners, have announced One-night Events for November & December. Together they have created these fun & interactive workshops.

Baking Breads for Home & Giving with Chef Colin Boisvert - Tuesday, November 14 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Trying to get a handle on the holiday season? With these easy Sweet Holiday Breads and recipes, you’ll be more than ready for guests, not to mention last minute gifts. Seats are limited. Must be 18 to participate.

Making Yogurt & Cheese At Home – with Melanie Hamblen, Agway, Franklin Urban Farm Store - Thursday, November 16 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Yogurt-making and cheesemaking are DIY skills that are worth mastering. When you know how to make your own product, you don't have to pay a premium to enjoy fresh, preservative-free food. Attend this workshop and see how much fun this can be! Seats are limited. Must be 18 to participate.

Popping The Cork On Sparkling Wines - with Mark Lenzi, Franklin Liquors - Tuesday, November 21 - 7:00 - 8:30pm
Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many of life's best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly. What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world. Seats are limited. Must be 21 to participate.

Create A Holiday Terrarium & Taste Festive Wine – with Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits AND Agway - Thursday, November 30 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Add a little holiday color to your indoor space with an eye-catching terrarium! Not only are they a great oxygen booster, terrariums are easy to create and can be made in a variety of sizes.….AND at the same time enjoy the sampling of festive wines that will add to your Holiday enjoyment! Seats are limited. Must be 21 to participate.

Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled & just in time for the holidays with Chef Colin Boisvert - Thursday, December 7 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
A fun-filled evening of cooking demos, tasting and sharing! Learn how to make a delicious and impressive brunch and take away recipes for home use.
Seats are limited. Must be 18 to participate.

Anyone interested in one or more of these one-night events can register by going to www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com and clicking on Lifelong Community Learning.

Lifelong Community Learning at Franklin is a program of the Franklin Public School’s Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for residents of all ages in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities.
Food & Wine One-Night Events Planned
Food & Wine One-Night Events Planned

The Little Shop of Olive Oils - Sampling Sundays - Nov 4 to Dec 24

Come join us at The Little Shop of Olive Oils on Sundays during the holidays and sample some of the finest Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Aged Balsamic Vinegars from around the word. You can also check out delicious samplings of Tapenade, Pesto and various Dips from local chefs (while they last). Try the stuffed peppers and olives too!

Treat yourself!

From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM every Sunday until December 24

For more about Little Shop of Olive Oils, visit them on the web

Biennial Town Election - Tuesday November 7, 2017

Biennial Town Election
Tuesday November 7, 2017   6 AM - 8 PM
Franklin High School - 218 Oak Street

For more information please click here

Read more: http://www.franklinma.gov/node/142083

Biennial Town Election - Tuesday November 7, 2017
Biennial Town Election - Tuesday November 7, 2017

In addition to the Town of Franklin info, you can find the Election Collection here

Monday, October 30, 2017

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Eric Schwartz - Nov 4

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Eric Schwartz
Nov 4th - 8 PM $20

NOTE: This show is recommended for mature audiences

Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, satirist, multi-instrumentalist, and entertainer Eric Schwartz will perform at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, Nov 4th at 8 PM.

He's been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years. Eric's songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. His songs go from the political to the profane, sometimes both and have won him the International Songwriting Competition's best comedy song of the year award.

Eric's latest CD release The Aristocrat was called "a comic treasure" by Paul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) and the U.K.'s Rock'n'Reel magazine says it is "beautifully produced and perfectly executed".

Schwartz has garnered radio play on many stations including NPR's All Things Considered. His CD "The Better Man" caused Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley to say "by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary - some of which is damn profound. Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!"

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. Tickets for this shows are $20.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
Nov 18       Richard Shindell
Dec 9         Winterbloom

Jan 6         Gretchen Peters
Jan 27       Seth Glier

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

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Franklin Candidate for School Committee: Dianne Feeley

This interview with Dianne Feeley (DF), candidate for Franklin School Committee, was collaborated on via email. I am behind on transcribing the interviews I have conducted and need to finish four this week.

FM: Tell me a bit about yourself, your family, and your life here in Franklin? What is your Franklin story?

DF: I love Franklin and as a born and raised Franklinite I am proud of our history, and also excited about how it has grown over the years. I fondly remember the “Old Franklin High School” and how well my teachers prepared both me and my husband to pursue our goals. I am also proud of the school system today as my children were both able to attend the colleges of their choices and pursue their dreams.

I am a graduate of Framingham State College with a BS in Mathematics and a Concentration in Education. Each year in order to maintain my teaching certification, I continued my education by taking graduate courses and workshops in Special Education, Accounting, Mathematics, and Technology. I recognize that the classroom is always changing and it is important to provide teachers with the support to improve their art.

Currently I am working as a bookkeeper with Quick Bookkeeping LLC of Franklin. When I retired from teaching, I learned a new skill and utilized my continued education to become a bookkeeper. I enjoy working with local business owners to help with their books. If I am not working you can usually find me spending time with my family. My grandson, Jack, and I enjoy taking walks and playing at the Nason and King Street Parks.

Although I no longer have children enrolled in the Franklin Public Schools, I am life-long learner and an educator, as such I am committed to help maintain the high standards of education in the town.

FM:  What experience or background will help you to serve in this role? What do you bring to the table that helps to set you apart from the others?

DF: As a certified High School Mathematics teacher of 21 years with service at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical H.S. and Holliston High School, l have experience with curriculum, policy, and standardized testing at the high school level. I was the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (NEASC) team as well as a member of the search committee for hiring staff at Holliston High School. Franklin High School recently completed their NEASC review and received feedback from the visiting team. As an educator who has not only co-chaired a NEASC Team, but has been on the receiving end of accreditation feedback, I have experienced the implementation phase of the visit.

I am accustomed to working with a team. I understand the needs of all students as I have experience with all levels and abilities. I recognized the importance of a well-rounded student. The arts, sports, and clubs are equally important as a rigorous curriculum and these areas should be supported. I understand the importance of collaborating with others and gathering information to make well-informed decisions in the best interest of all.

FM:  What do you see as your role’s biggest challenge and do you have any suggestions on how we can resolve it?

DF: I think the biggest Role of the school committee is to support the Superintendent. Dr. Sara Ahern and the Central Office Administrative Team as well as the building based administration need to be supported in order to meet the needs of all students in the Franklin Public Schools. With that being said, the budget and financing a top notch education as well as attracting and retaining qualified staff are always items of concern.

I believe the teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, and the support staff are the foundation of the school system. It is important to provide the appropriate compensation within budget constraints. In order for the schools to be successful, the School Committee should ensure the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Principals have the tools necessary to support and implement their policies in order to continue achieving high standards for all of the families in Franklin.

As a lifelong resident of Franklin, I cannot imagine raising my family in a better town. Franklin has much to offer their residents: restaurants, parks, sports, theater, clubs and a beautifully renovated library. Schools are the heart of the town and Franklin has great schools. Now that I am a retired from my full-time position as a teacher, I am able to give back to the school community in a different capacity. It would be my honor to serve as a member of the school committee. I would use my experience to voice the importance of educating the needs of the whole student (cognitive, emotional, and physical). I would appreciate your vote on November 7th.

To follow up directly with Dianne, you can reach her via email at diannefeeley@gmail.com

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 7. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review the text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion. 

Offer to Candidates 2017

Election Collection - 2017

Election Collection - 2017

Franklin Downtown Partnership - General Meeting - Nov 2

Introduce yourself, meet our members, learn great information!

FDP General Meeting
Thursday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Campanella Board Room, first floor

Franklin Downtown Partnership - General Meeting - Nov 2
Franklin Downtown Partnership - General Meeting - Nov 2

For more about the Downtown Partnership visit their webpage

The Franklin Public Library is getting ready for the grand re-opening on Sunday, Nov 5

It's starting to look like a library around here! First of all, thank you for your patience during our moving process. Construction is almost finished, furniture is being delivered, and the books are shelved. 
The Franklin Public Library's Grand Reopening Open House is Sunday, November 5 and is open to the public 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Regular hours will resume 9:00 a.m. Monday, November 6th. 
Meanwhile, here are some pictures of what the Library looks like inside.

The Franklin Public Library is getting ready for the grand re-opening on Sunday, Nov 5
The Franklin Public Library is getting ready for the grand re-opening on Sunday, Nov 5

Register O'Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar

Continuing his efforts to provide outreach to Norfolk County communities, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently hosted a free informational seminar on computer assisted land record research.

At the seminar, attendees learned how to navigate the Registry's online research page www.norfolkdeeds.org and to access documents such as deeds, mortgage discharges, Homesteads and other land related materials. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds state-of-the-art computer system has more than 6 million land document images available for viewing, dating back to 1793.

Register O'Donnell noted, "We are very proud that all of our land documents are online and are accessible within 24 business hours of recording. The feedback we have received from attendees indicates these computer seminars are very useful for real estate professionals, genealogists and members of the general public alike."

For those attending the seminar, computer skills were not required. Each attendee received free reference materials, which they took home with them. Additionally, there were several staffers on hand, including Register O'Donnell, who were available to assist and answer questions.

"Those attending the October 17th seminar," stated O'Donnell, "learned how easy it is to look up land related documents. With this knowledge, they can do this research from the comfort and convenience of their home or work computer."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Computer seminars are held by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds twice each year in the spring and the fall. The dates are advertised in local papers throughout the county as well as through the Registry's social media outlets. For further information, you can contact Alicia Gardner at 781-461-6104 or at agardner@norfolkdeeds.org."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

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 www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
phone: 781-234-3336

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

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Register O'Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar
Register O'Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar

Help with the Franklin St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving food baskets

Each year, the St. Vincent de Paul headquarters in Stoughton offers the Franklin St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving food baskets ($10 each) for distribution throughout the community. If you are in need of assistance for Thanksgiving, please call the St. Vincent de Paul office at (508) 918-2291.

The St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society will be conducting its 9th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on the weekend of November 18 and 19, to enhance the baskets from HQ and to restock our food pantry shelves. 

Suggested items to donate include applesauce, cranberry juice, popcorn, peanut butter, jelly, jams, cookies, crackers, bread mix, pudding, candy corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cereal, fruit cocktail, coffee/tea/cocoa, boxes of chocolate, canned yams and vegetables, rice, chowder, and a Thanksgiving tablecloth or decoration.

Donations may also be dropped off any time between now and November 19 and may be placed in the boxes at the doors of the church. 

Please know that these donations will give many families in the community a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for all your help and support!

Help with the Franklin St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving food baskets
Help with the Franklin St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
Thanksgiving food baskets

Exploring French Wine Regions - Nov 9

Lets take a tasting tour around France.
Exploring French Wine Regions - Nov 9
Exploring French Wine Regions - Nov 9
 Thursday Nov 9th 7 PM

From Franklin Liquors and Tri-County Adult Education: We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and so much more!