Saturday, August 26, 2017

Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM

Be our guest as the #shopFranklin Business Community invites you to our FREE Family Movie Night on The Franklin Town Common.

Grab some free popcorn and water, buy some pizza, do some shopping and connect with our favorite business owners as you settle in for our showing of "Finding Dory"

Thank you to our#shopFranklin sponsors for making this event possible:
Additional thanks to
NHS Print for the printed signs
Focus Designs & Photos for the graphic
Franklin Recreation Department for porta potties!

Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM
Family Movie Night - Saturday, Aug 26, 7:00 PM

In the News: Franklin native commands ship; Waiver sought for MCAS alternative

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

"The salty sea air, the never-ending expanse of blue, and the unmistakable beep on the sonar displaying a minefield off in the distance. 
Though not a typical day at work for Franklin native and commanding officer of the U.S.S. Champion, Joshua Kristenson, it’s something he’s been trained for and it’s the main focus of his job in San Diego, California. 
The 26-year-old vessel is 244-feet long and is an Avenger class mine-countermeasure ship. Her primary purpose is to detect and detonate sea mines. 
USS CHAMPION - ship's crest
USS CHAMPION - ship's crest
“Mine warfare is somewhat slow and unglamorous. It’s not shooting missiles out of space, and I’ve been on ships that can do that,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s slow and methodical, and extraordinarily vital when it comes to keeping sea-lines of communication open and protecting America and our interests.”

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Additional info on Lt Commander Kristenson and the U.S.S. Champion

"New federal limits on the number of students allowed to take an alternative to the state’s MCAS exam could have significant impacts for some special education students in Massachusetts. 
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind, includes a requirement that no more than 1 percent of public school students in any state take the alternative assessment instead of the state’s standardized exam. Proponents of the cap say the vast majority of special education students are able to take the standard exam with accommodations, and that taking the alternative assessment in early grades could put students on a track that could delay or hinder the eventual attainment of a high school diploma. 
In Massachusetts, more than 1.6 percent of students currently take the alternative assessment, or MCAS-Alt, primarily due to severe cognitive disabilities. 
“Obviously, if a student is required to take MCAS, even with accommodations, if it’s not developmentally appropriate for the student, it’s going to have an impact on them,” said Jim Major, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools, an organization of schools that educates severely disabled students whose educational needs cannot be met by their public schools."

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"civics education is a rather limited offering for students"

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

"According to Michael Walsh, a history, government and politics teacher at Franklin High School, students often struggle with answering sample questions from the U.S. citizenship test. 
A general understanding of the material only goes so far. 
“They may know there are three branches (of government) but do they know they’re supposed to be equal branches?” Walsh asked in a recent interview."

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The full text of the US Constitution can be found online

The charter is the document that determines how Franklin governs itself

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Back to School! Encore's September/October Newsletter

Welcome to our newsletter.  There is always so much going on at Encore - read on to stay up-to-date!
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September/October 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to a brand-new academic school year here at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios! We hope you all had a fun-filled and relaxing summer, and we are really looking forward to the new year and all it promises.

Fall registration is currently in progress and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  We encourage you to call or stop by as soon as possible to secure your preferred lesson time slot(s), as we are filling very quickly.

We have a roster of brand-new classes we are offering this year including, but not limited to: a Songwriter's Workshop under the instruction of Brian Dollaway, our Wind Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Woodwind Specialist, Lea Botta, music theory classes in all levels, our boys' vocal ensemble known as The Encorrigibles, our Girls' Vocal Ensemble, and so, so many more.  Students are welcome to audit one complimentary class at any time.

We are very proud to be able to say that we offer private instruction in every conventional instrument, and even a few lesser-known ones, as well.  In addition to all woodwind and brass instruments, we have instruction in ALL strings, including harp.  Percussion, voice, and piano round out our many offerings.

For more information, please stop by either location, or call us! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Encore Policies
Location, Location and Encore Hours
Fall 2017 Classes: A Complete List
Important Dates
Did You Know?
Music For the Win! Raffle Tickets
Student Spotlight
Kudos Korner
RCMDP Name Change
Studio Stories
Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Available
Harp Lessons Available
Cello Lessons at Encore
Double-Bass Now Offered
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 8/25/17 - THU 8/31/17

FRIDAY 8/25/17
9-11am   StoryWalk® on the SNETT rail trail @ Center Street in Bellingham
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ Town Common

SATURDAY 8/26/17
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
11am-3pm   Back2School Bash @ Russian School of Math in Franklin
7-10pm   #shopFranklin Movie Night @ The Town Common

SUNDAY 8/27/17
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 8/28/17
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 8/29/17
Franklin Public Schools - First Day of School

5:30-7:30pm   Art and Music @ Jane's Frames
6:30pm   SNETT Rail Trail: Ride of Discovery @ Center Street Trailhead in Bellingham, bike and helmet required.

THURSDAY 8/31/17
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

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

Franklin Rotary Club and Dean College will be hosting their first Annual Car Show - Sep 17.

The Franklin Rotary Club and Dean College will be hosting their first Annual Car Show for Charity and Community on Sunday, September 17th.

  • $15.00 per car entry
  • Show: 11:00 – 4:00 PM at Dean College Campus Center, located at 109 West Street, Franklin, MA
  • Judging at 3:00 PM
  • Trophies awarded for specified classes
  • Dean College Dining Hall will be open for a Discounted Brunch
  • Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, soda and water available for purchase
  • Entertainment and DJ hosed by The DJ Car Guy

All the proceeds raised will go directly back to the community:

  • The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program. Rotary Clubs from the around the world, including the Franklin Rotary Club, participate in this leadership program geared towards developing young adults into leaders. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee)
  • Grants to High School Seniors
  • Community Outreach Programs

Sponsorship Available through Business or Personal

  • $1,000 (Exotic Car Level) - Your company branded area space for 2 cars; live promotion by DJ during Show; large company logo display; Trophy Sponsorship – “Best In Show”; Coupons for handout
  • $500 (Luxury Care Level) - Trophy Sponsorship; company logo display; coupons for handout
  • $250 (Classic Care Level) - Trophy Sponsorship; company logo display; coupons for handout
  • $100 (Friends of Rotary Level) – Business Card on Flyer

Franklin Rotary Club and Dean College
will be hosting their first Annual Car Show - Sep 17.


Sponsorship Levels include all Print and Social Media Promotions

Hope to see you all at the Franklin Rotary/Dean College Car Show!

Contact Information:
Gary Convertino – Dean College – (508-541-1681)
Terry Katsaros – Franklin Rotary –

FHS student sketch gathers attention

Another FHS student, Emma Trianese, gained attention this week with realistic artwork. Via Twitter, we find that the wonderful portrait of Tom Brady sketched by @trinanesemma has over 340 retweets and approx 1900 likes only a few days after being shared by OnlyInBoston.

Enrollment underway at Elemen-Tree House

Openings available for Before and After school care. Transportation to all Franklin schools included.

For more information, please visit the webpage

Enrollment underway at Elemen-Tree House
Enrollment underway at Elemen-Tree House

"The point was really kind of just to contribute to a cause and hopefully make an impact"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin, in this case ICYMI:

"There’s a new billboard in town - and a local student is its designer. 
The work by Franklin native and college student Kyle Pandiscio can be seen on highways and interstates across the nation, spreading the message not to text and drive. 
Pandiscio is a marketing student at UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management who entered a nationwide billboard design competition sponsored by Project Yellow Light foundation. Out of 1,100 submissions nationwide, Pandiscio and his partner Julia Keefe, of Westfield, took the top prize. 
Project Yellow Light was founded by Julie and Lowell Garner who lost their 16-year-old son, Hunter, in a car crash in 2007. The organization hosts video, billboard, and radio competitions for high school and college students. Winners receive scholarships and they’ll get to see their content aired or posted around the country."
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Student Team Wins National Advertising Competition
Student Team Wins National Advertising Competition (UMass immge)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

StoryWalk® on the SNETT - Aug 25 - 9 AM

"Come read and walk on the local rail trail. Book(s) are suitable for ages 3 and up, but all are welcome! Participants will be entered into a drawing for a free book. 
This is a pop up StoryWalk® that will only be available on Aug 25th between 9-11am. 
There is a parking area near the kiosk on Center Street, the StoryWalk® will be across the street from parking.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Thank you to the Bellingham Public Library for help with the book selections."

StoryWalk® on the SNETT - Aug 25
StoryWalk® on the SNETT - Aug 25

For updates, follow the Facebook event from the Rail Trail Committee

MassBudget: MA becomes first state with majority college-educated workforce

 Massachusetts Budget and Policy CenterDemocracy.

MA becomes first state with majority college educated workforce

Massachusetts has added another chapter to its history as the nation's leader in education, becoming the first state ever with 50 percent of its workforce holding a bachelor's degree, according to MassBudget's new report, "Education and State Economic Strength: A Snapshot of Current Data." The study highlights the ever-strengthening link between educational attainment and strong state economies.
Massachusetts and New Jersey have the two best-educated workforces and the two highest median wage levels in the United States. Nationwide, 35.5 percent of the labor force holds a college degree, compared to 50.2 percent in Massachusetts. The U.S. median wage in 2016 was $17.80; in Massachusetts it was $21.22.

MassBudget: MA becomes first state with majority college-educated workforce
The report also finds a strong connection between educational attainment and earnings within Massachusetts. Among the state's 25 largest cities and towns, those with the highest rates of college-degree attainment have the highest household incomes while those with the lowest prevalence of college degrees have the lowest household incomes. Expanding educational opportunity can help a lot of young people and strengthen our economy, but it won't by itself ensure that economic growth leads to rising wages for working people.
The report's findings demonstrate that since 1979, inflation-adjusted wage growth overall has been flat or weak for most Massachusetts workers, including those with a college education. But over nearly four decades there has been growth in the "college wage premium" - the additional amount earned by workers with a college degree compared to those who have not attended college. By 2016, the median wage for Massachusetts workers with a college degree was twice that of workers with no more than a high school diploma.
The link to the MassBudget report is here

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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New Franklin Rotary President - Scott Martin

New Franklin Rotary President Scott Martin (center) was inducted by fellow Rotarian Dan Gentile (left). Mr Martin's sons attended to share their dad's experience. Scott is the Executive Director for the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin.

(l - r) Dan Gentile, Scott Martin and sons
(l - r) Dan Gentile, Scott Martin and sons (Rotary photo)
Rotary is an international service organization of over one million members, dedicated to building friendship and improving the lives of people locally and worldwide. One of Rotary's most noted programs is Polio Plus, which has virtually eliminated polio from the earth through a massive vaccination program that only an organization as big as Rotary International could undertake successfully.

Franklin Rotary membership is open to anyone who works or resides in the towns of Franklin, Wrentham, and Medway. The club meets Thursday nights at 6 PM at 3's Restaurant in Franklin and guests or potential members are always welcome.

For more about the Franklin Rotary, visit them on the web

Jane's Frames: Music and Art on Thursday's in August

You're invited!
Join us for Music with Kai Olsson
Art Demo with Jane 
Select Thursday's in August
 8/24 and 8/30
from 5:30-7:30
Guest artists, appetizers and more! 
Plus, we'll be offering specials on all Art in stock
Don't miss the fun and festivities. 
Jane's Frames, 11 E. Central Street, 508-528-3256,
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Jane's Frames | 11 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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