Thursday, November 30, 2017

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Winterbloom Holiday Show - Dec 9

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Winterbloom Holiday Show - Dec 9
Dec 9 - 8 PM $25
Add some joy to the holiday season with the wonderful music of Winterbloom.  This female supergroup performs at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Holiday Show on Saturday, December 9th, at 8PM.  Winter is a time for gathering – and sometimes it's even more fun to gather with friends than family!  It's in this spirit that a new holiday tradition has emerged – a tradition of friendship and music.  Every few years four successful, internationally touring singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman will tour as "Winterbloom" with diverse reflections and experiences to share for the holidays.

It started with one magical show in December 2008 that led these four women to record and tour together.  Since then they reunite in the dark days of winter to bring the gift of gorgeous melody to us all.  This holiday season Winterbloom returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse for one of only two northeast concerts.

Join Winterbloom this holiday season for an evening of warmth, friendship, sarcasm and surprises. This is a wonderful treat for the entire family.

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 $25.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

Upcoming Shows
Jan 6         Gretchen Peters
Jan 27       Seth Glier
Feb 10       Chelsea Berry
Mar 3         Patty Larkin

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

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Lifelong Learning: Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled & Fun Evening - Dec 7

Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute
Lifelong Community Learning

Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled Just In Time For The Holidays
with Chef Colin Boisvert
Lifelong LEarning: Brunch Workshop - Idea-Filled & Fun Evening

Learn how to make a delicious and impressive brunch and take away recipes for home use.
Menu will include: Bacon, Cheddar & Chive scone, Chocolate Scone, yogurt Parfait with Homemade Honey Nut Granola & Fresh Berries, Roasted Red Pepper, Asparagus, & Goat Cheese Frittata, Fresh Fruit Tart with Caramelized Banana, Ginger Pineapple Spritzer, Frozen Mocha 
Seats are limited. Must be 18 to participate.

Thursday, December 7
 Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street, Franklin
Cost: $35

             Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak St, 508-613-1480
FPS- Lifelong Learning | 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9

Who: Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert
When: 7:30 pm, Sat., Dec. 9
Where: Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, MA 02093
Description: This mix of Christmas, Gospel, and Traditional Bluegrass is expected to be a sellout as the last event of OCC’s 325th anniversary celebration. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult.

For more information and tickets, go to

Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9
Southern Rail Bluegrass Christmas Concert - Dec 9

In the News: FHS Class of 1968; "paper-palooza" drive for St Mary's

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

"The Franklin High School class of 1968 is celebrating their 50 th class reunion on June 1 and 2, 2018. 
Class reunion committee members have been reaching out to members of their class to make them aware of planned festivities.The majority of classmates have been located and contacted. However the committee is still attempting to locate/contact the following classmates: Nancy Blizzard, Anne Cunningham, George DeLucia, Linda McKay, James J. Nelson, John Robichau, Joanne Simmons, Linda St. Elmo, and Candace Wilcox-O’Neil. 
The committee members are asking that anyone who has contact information regarding any of the above listed names to forward the information via email to mscjmacd@me.comor

field house exterior
field house exterior
"The St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society is holding its December food collection drive Dec. 2 and 3. 
The shelves are well stocked with food due to the Thanksgiving food collection. For December, the theme of the collection will be “Paper-Palooza.” The organizers are seeking donations of paper towels, napkins, Kleenex and toilet paper. 
Donations may be dropped off any time in the boxes at the doors of the church, One Church Square, Franklin.

Timeless Women's FIT Boxing - new session starting

Timeless CrossFit and Fitness

Women's FIT Boxing!

Enrollment is now OPEN for the next 5 Week Session!

Begins Monday, December 4 - January 6, 2018

Designed for women of all fitness levels who want to be fit and healthy. You will be taught the foundations of boxing along with basic punching combinations. You will be so motivated, release stress, melt body-fat, and have a blast doing it! 

Come give Women's FIT Boxing a try today because there is something for every woman and no experience ever needed!! ~Coach MC

"Can't Is Not An Option!"

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Timeless Women's FIT Boxing - new session starting
Timeless Women's FIT Boxing - new session starting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Live reporting: Snow-Ice presentation

H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions - Snow and Ice Presentation - Brutus Cantoreggi
assisted by Carlos Rebello

approx $30,000 to do the entire town, vs. $8,000 on the 5 truck route

$45/reimbursement for mailboxes, there is not a contest or lottery to hit boxes

some good contractors, can not get enough, it is not money, they just are not wanting to do plowing
the one man plow on the small pickup is okay, the heavier equipment is where the shortage is

we have $950,000 in the snow/ice budget his year, are using a five year average
which is also why we keep free cash in the spring to use where necessary

need to do a balancing act to keep the salt use a minimum and avoid the sand use

detail contract for the snow plow contractors, specifics and follow up

Cottage Court - Town no longer to plow, it took 19 months for a decision and no we need to maintain it with short notice; the trucks, fire trucks, trash trucks all use it, all we are asking for is to plow the Court; ten tax payer residents on Cottage Court

spot in front of Bamboo House apparently is not a public way and yet it is plowed

M Heard - 8 Cottage Court - we all bought our homes down there knowing the town would take care of the road

Set up a neighborhood meeting together some info and hear all sides

Live reporting: Legislation for action

Legislation for Action
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-70: Classification Tax Allocation - Residential Factor

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

2. Resolution 17-71: Classification Tax Allocation - Open Space Exemption

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

3. Resolution 17-72: Classification Tax Allocation - Small Business Exemption

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

4. Resolution 17-73: Classification Tax Allocation - Residential Property Exemption

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Live reporting: Town Council - Nov 29, 2017

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Mercer, Kelly, Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls 
Absent:  none

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF (83 pages)

A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - October 11, 2017, October 25, 2017

motion to approve Oct 11, seconded, passed 9-0

motion to approve Oct 25, seconded, passed 9-0

B. Announcements
B. Announcements - This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments.  The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.

no citizens comments
E. Appointments
E. Appointments - Cultural District Committee
(listing contained in the link)

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

F. Hearings
F. Hearings - Public Hearing - 7:10 pm
1. Tax Classification Hearing

motion to open hearing, seconded, passed 9-0

Kevin Doyle, Ken Norman, Chris Feeley

based upon calendar year 2016 market data
approx 2% increase in single family residential property

last year was a revaluation year, now on a five year cycle (used to be a three year cycle) 2022 will be next revaluation year, interim years are market valuation adjustments

all the sheets and info in the package were approved by the Dept of Revenue before being shared here

Prop 2.5% is related to the overall property tax levy but not to the individual residential valuations

first two tax bills are estimates, and second two bills are current but they also reflect the increase that should have been paid earlier had it been known

annual updates should help to smooth out the changes and so avoid some 'sticker shock' with major changes

Max Morrongiello - speaking to the tax rate that is insufficient to support the town needs, We need to do more for the schools, we are on the bottom of the funding for schools. teacher retention and school class sizes need to be talked about.

Nutting - clarification on the levy limit, the amount that the Town can raise to support the budget. There will be plenty of opportunity to talk about the budget which is the only way to raise more, via a budget override which would take a vote of the citizens

motion to close the hearing, second, passed 9-0

Budget Subcommittee - Padula
EDC - Mercer
Capital - Dellorco

name listed is chair of subcommittee, additional details to be added later

Budget:  Padula, Mercer, Pellegri, Kelly

Economic Development Committee (EDC): Mercer, Earls, Jones, Hamblin

Capital: Dellorco, Casey, Kelly, Pellegri

Review of council proceduresMercer, Padula, Pellegri

Hamblin - Liaison to the Agricultural commission
Delorco / Casey - Liaison to the Safe Coalition

Town Administrators Update
thanks to the Concerts on the Common for the big turnout and good work, DPW too
Holiday Stroll downtown on Dec 7
draft schedule for meetings looking for feedback

Lt Darling - trip to Puerto Rico
Lt Chief Mills - good story on bone marrow donation
the stories caught my eye and were great stories, these are good people

Request for water topic to be addressed as mentioned in Feb meeting

Councilor Comments
Pellegri - Looking for additional help on the committee; Barbara Rondeau, call to volunteer
The lights are looking good, thanks for all the work

Jones - there is need for additional help, there is capacity in lots of spots

Hamblen - thanks to Eileen Mason for the work on decorating the downtown, a 2 day effort, all volunteer effort, hockey teams and lots of individuals helped

Casey - with what I read in the Gazette, it was humbling to see a resident go there to do that work

Dellorco - thanks for the lights, it looks good

Franklin Newcomers and Friends annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Party - Dec 13

Come join your Franklin friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Party. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30. To participate in the swap, bring a wrapped gift valued between $15 and $20. No need to RSVP, just join us!

We invite any resident of Franklin, or a surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, to join us at "3" Restaurant, 461 West Central Street, Franklin.

Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available. We meet upstairs at 7:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. We run our meetings September through May. Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.

For more information, please visit our website or our Facebook page, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

Franklin Newcomers and Friends annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Party - Dec 13
Franklin Newcomers and Friends annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Party - Dec 13

Fashions of The WW II Era - Dec 10

Karen (Ren) Antonowicz of Spirits of Fashion discusses the influence of war and rationing on 1940s Fashions. Despite the restrictions there was still a distinct style and trends that developed in everyday fashion. Join us as she presents dress and style of the WWII era.

Sunday December 10, 1:15 PM

Hours of Operation: Saturday 10-1, Sunday 1-4, Thursdays 5-8. Always Free and handicap accessible

Fashions of The WW II Era - Dec 10
Fashions of The WW II Era

Find out more about the Franklin Historical Museum on the web at

Cub Scouts Annual Pancake Breakfast - Dec 2

Cub Scouts Annual Pancake Breakfast on December 2 from 8 - 11 AM at the Franklin Elks. 

Santa will be in attendance! 

$7/ per person, Children under 3 & Scouts in uniform are free.

Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts Annual Pancake Breakfast - Dec 2

Franklin SEPAC: Movie Night - Thursday, Nov 30

Thursday, Nov 30

We will be meeting at the Regal Cinemas in Bellingham, MA at 6:50 PM on Thursday, November 30. Movie starts at 7:20 PM and following the movie we will be going to Chili's for drinks.
Hope you can join us for a night out to have a few laughs, which is guaranteed with this movie!  
Please RSVP to our email by Wednesday, November 29.  

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355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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