Saturday, April 29, 2017

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band - April 30 - 2:00 PM

Bring the family, young  old and come on out to see this highly acclaimed band who are one the most sought after bluegrass bands in New England. With powerful three and four part harmonies and fast but tasteful picking, these musicians are blazing new ground throughout the Blackstone Valley and beyond. 

If you want to hear some great bluegrass music, come on out and see Blackstone Valley Bluegrass!

Franklin Public Library, 25 Kenwood Circle - 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band - April 30 - 2:00 PM
Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band - April 30 - 2:00 PM

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Circle of Friends: Catie Curtis May 6 with Rachael Kilgour

The Catie Curtis "final outing" tour May 6th
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Catie Curtis 
with Rachael Kilgour
May 6th 8PM $25
Catie Curtis has become something more than a songwriting star. Her career spans fourteen albums, songs featured on TV shows Dawson's Creek, Desperate Housewives, Alias, Chicago Hope, and Felicity, and movies like Finding Graceland and A Slipping Down Life. For over 20 years, she's been a perennially popular headliner, appearing at performing arts centers, concert halls, folk clubs, music festivals, Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, and the White House.

Catie has announced that she will stop touring and has dubbed this series of concerts her "final outing" tour.  Come see her while you can.

"With her deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion. Intricate acoustic picking sometimes recalling Joan Armatrading…but Curtis is very much an original." Rolling Stone

"Catie Curtis displayed a gift for making simple kindness seem edgy and chic, her gorgeous falsetto leaps embellishing the simplicity of her vocals." – Scott Alarik

"Folk-rock goddess" – The New Yorker
Duluth, MN, singer-songwriter Rachael Kilgour has built a devoted following over the last ten years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence. She was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, a win that earned her a performance Lincoln Center in NYC. Catie produced Rachael's last CD and they have performed together many times.
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. Admission is $25. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 

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

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MassBudget: The evidence on millionaire migration and taxes

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Economists consistently find that a well-educated workforce and a high-quality transportation system are among the bedrock elements upon which a prosperous state economy is built. Providing everyone with access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential boosts the productivity of individual workers and strengthens the overall economy. A well-functioning transportation system likewise strengthens the economy, allowing goods and people to move quickly and reliably to the places they need to be. 

While the economic importance of high-quality transportation infrastructure and public education are widely recognized, some fear that raising taxes to fund such investments could lead to high-income taxpayers leaving the state - particularly if tax increases are focused heavily on these high-income households. Fortunately, because there is wide variation in tax rates among the 50 states, economists have ample data with which to study this question. The most thorough studies have found consistently that tax rates influence the residence decisions of only a very small share of such households. Instead, high-income people-like other people-overwhelmingly choose where to live based on work and business opportunities, family and social connections, and the draw of an agreeable climate. The vast majority do not make their residence decision based on state tax rates.  In this policy brief we examine the evidence on the likely migration effects of raising income taxes on high-income households-those with taxable annual income above $1 million-and the impacts on net state revenue. 

To read the full paper, click here (LINK).
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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The Evidence 0n Millionaire Migration and Taxes
The Evidence 0n Millionaire Migration and Taxes

Franklin Recreation: 20% off Summer Camp

Register for the Franklin Recreation Summer Camp (King St program) before May 25th and use the coupon info to get 20% off the registration fee.

Franklin Recreation: 20% off Summer Camp
Franklin Recreation: 20% off Summer Camp

More information can be found on the Franklin Recreation page

Register online here

Franklin Food Pantry: Great Opportunity for Community Service Hours for Students

Stamp Out Hunger is right around the corner, and the Franklin Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help organize all of the goods that the Franklin Letter Carriers will collect on May 13 as part of the national food drive.

All food collected by the Franklin Letter Carriers is brought to the Franklin Food Pantry. The canned and boxed food donations from area residents supplement the fresh food that the Pantry purchases for clients through monetary donations.
Volunteers Needed for Stamp Out Hunger on May 13
Volunteers Needed for
Stamp Out Hunger on May 13

Adult and youth volunteers are needed to help unload the donations from the mail trucks, date check and sort the items, then organize them by types of food. Volunteers will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will send you an email reminder a few days before the event with any additional information.

Please use the links below to sign up for the shift that interests you. Please sign up for ONE shift only.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Shift is full. Please consider another shift.)

12 – 3 p.m. (20 volunteers needed)

2:30 – 5:30 p.m. (30 volunteers needed)

Thank you!

This was shared from the Franklin Food Pantry webpage

"It’s very exciting - the kids worked really hard”

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

"Members of the Helen Keller Elementary School’s Best Buddies program gathered on the school’s “cafetorium” stage Friday morning as they were honored for their participation in the group. 
Those students - dressed in black Best Buddies T-shirts - had been recognized as an “Outstanding Promoter Chapter” by the state branch of the organization, which works to partner students with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. School officials have said the Keller Best Buddies group, established in 2015, is the only one in the country based in an elementary school. 
The recognition was announced during an all-school community meeting that morning. Principal Eric Stark said the recognition came at an appropriate time, as the school was celebrating inclusion; a large number of students at the assembly were wearing brightly colored shirts, meant to evoke the “Autism Awareness” ribbon."

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/28/17 - THU 5/4/17

FRIDAY 4/28/17
7:30pm   FPAC Presents “The Crucible” @ The Black Box
9pm   Comedy Night @ 3 Restaurant

SATURDAY 4/29/17
9am-12pm   Celebrate Earth Day (town wide clean up), meet @ Beaver Pond
9am-11am   DelCarte Clean Up @ DelCarte Conservation Area
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6-10pm   Pub Crawl Fundraiser for Make Change for Change (tickets must be purchased in advance)
7:30pm   FPAC presents “The Crucible” @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 4/30/17
1pm   Meat Shoot! in the Lounge @ Elks Lodge
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   FPAC presents “The Crucible” @ The Black Box
2pm   Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 5/1/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 5/2/17
1pm   Franklin Downtown Partnership Networking Luncheon @ Dean College
6:00pm   Empty Bowls Simple Supper Fundraiser @ FHS

7pm   Franklin Art Association Meeting @ Franklin Senior Center
7:30pm   Laughter Yoga: Let’s Laugh Today @ FUSF

3:30pm   Star Wars Day! @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7-8pm   Annual Music and Art Appreciation Night @ FHS
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7:30pm   Stony Brook Camera Club @ Anglican Church of the Redeemer (31 Hayward St)

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For the Community Calendar click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this form

Felicia Oti tells the Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club what's new at the Library - May 10

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club welcomes you to our next monthly meeting. On Wednesday, May 10 we are hosting a Guest Speaker. Franklin Library Director Felicia Oti will join us to talk about the exciting changes happening with our library. It will be an opportunity to hear about the plans for the new space, resources and programming as well as ask questions or offer suggestions. Please 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 7:30pm 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.

Felicia Oti tells the Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club what new at the Library - May 10
Felicia Oti tells the Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club what new at the Library - May 10

Wins for FHS teams in baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, and boys tennis

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, April 27.

Baseball = Franklin, 12 @ Canton, 4 – Final
– Franklin’s offense got going early, plating three runs in each the first and second innings to earn a win over the Bulldogs. Jason Ulrickson earned the win in four innings of work, striking out four with just one earned allowed. Ulrickson also knocked in a pair of runs to help the offense. Both Jake Lyons (three runs, RBI) and Ryan Hodgkins (two runs, two RBI) went 3-for-3 while Cam Benham had two RBI and Matt Foley chipped in with two hits and two runs scored.

Softball = Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 9 – Final
– Jackie Cherry and Emily Valentino combined for nine strikeouts in the shutout win over Canton. “It was a solid team win,” said head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau. “Everyone contributed and did their jobs.”

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 19 @ Milford, 3
– Final – The Panthers picked up their 10th win of the season with a big victory on the road. Lauren Bissanti scored once and had two assists, Grace McDermott and Mairead Goguen each notched one goal and one assist and Lilly Kolb had two goals.

Boys Tennis = Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
– Franklin’s Rahul Herur walked away with a win at first singles after a marathon battle with Canton’s Jake Wolicki. Herur prevailed 5-7, 6-2, 10-8. Eli Brooks took second singles 6-3, 6-2 and Rohan Herur won 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) at third singles. James Johnston and Derek Wu notched a 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Tyler DiPalma and Rahul Hosdurg won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final
– Franklin dropped just two games in winning first and second singles but Canton’s second doubles team prevailed in three sets to help the Bulldogs earn the win. Hannah Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Anja Deric won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles for the Panthers. Canton’s team of Stelina Michaelidis and Sarah Hernandez battled back to win 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles. Kiki Karavas won 6-4, 6-3 at third singles and Julia Burkowski and Jena Moyle won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles for Canton.

For the other scores around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MassBudget: How vulnerable is Massachusetts transportation to federal cuts?

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 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

A high-quality transportation system is important for our quality of life and a strong economy. Our state and federal governments work together to fund the construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, rails, and public transit systems. In the coming months Congress is expected to debate proposals that could destabilize this partnership. MassBudget's new fact sheet examines the extent to which the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and transit agencies across the state rely on federal sources of revenue for their operations and capital investment. It describes the grants most vulnerable to near-term budget cuts and how larger sums of federal transportation funding could face cuts after 2020.

Most federal transportation funding to Massachusetts is more vulnerable to budget cuts in the longer term than the short term. Most immediately, federal cuts could eliminate or curtail some programs that have awarded grants to Massachusetts in the past for transportation improvements and expansions, especially for public transit and rail. Over the longer term, the study finds a lack of sustainable revenue for the federal transportation trust fund imperils the larger federal support provided for Massachusetts investment in highways, transit and other construction and repair projects.
To read the full report, click here (LINK).
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA 02108
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, 15 Court Square, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108

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Let’s Laugh Today - May 3

Let’s Laugh Today in Franklin is on Wednesday, May 3rd (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. 

Enjoy this delightful practice, appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.When we laugh, we energize our bodies and revive our spirits. All that is involved is deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. 
Let’s Laugh Today - May 3
Let’s Laugh Today - May 3

It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. 

$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
Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See for opportunities to laugh in other towns. 

If you have any questions, e-mail

HMEA's incredABLE 5K - May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Dell Corporation in Franklin, MA
The Red Sox Showcase is coming to incredABLE 5K!

The Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile, will bring Red Sox baseball and Fenway Park to towns across New England all summer long. The truck will carry a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge, and a virtual reality experience. 
Register to Walk, Run and Fundraise
HMEA celebrates the values, dreams, and potential of individuals with disabilities and their families. The proceeds from HMEA's incredABLE 5K directly benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Join us for incredABLE 5K walk, run and all-day family fun!

Other Ways to Support HMEA's incredABLE 5k
Pre-5K Fundraising Events

The following are fundraising events whose proceeds will go toward our programs fundraising efforts for the incredABLE 5K. Please support their efforts by participating. Don't forget the coupon for each event so HMEA will receive a donation.

11Papa Gino's
15 Taunton St., Plainville
Plainville Day/Empclick here
for flyer
15Paint Party Fundraiser
Elks Lodge, Franklin
Residentialclick here
for tickets

50/50 and Dream Raffles
50/50 tickets are now only $25 and we will have 400 tickets available so you can still win $5K at the 5K! CLICK HERE to view the raffle board and pick your number, then contact us to purchase, at 508-298-1107 or 508-298-1129. Hurry up and call, be sure to get your lucky number!

Get your Dream Raffle tickets at one of our programs or call 508-298-1107 or 508-298-1129. Only $1 or 6 for $5 and this raffle includes some amazing prizes like a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Bose Wave Radio IV, X-flyer Drone with HD Camera, lots of gift certificates and other fabulous prizes. Tickets will be available at the event.

Be an incredABLE Volunteer 
Do something incredABLE for our community, be one of our 250 awesome volunteers. There are many shifts available to volunteer for a couple of hours or all day in our kids corner, food tent, 5K route and more. You'll get the official 2017 incredABLE volunteer t-shirt, sponsored by Dell, and a special volunteer gift. 

CLICK HERE to register to volunteer.

Thank you to our 2017 LEAD Sponsor!

HMEA, 8 Forge Park East, Franklin, MA 02038

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