Saturday, July 21, 2018

You can help the Wonderful World of Wine in the People’s Choice competition!

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) show on Franklin Radio 102.9FM hosted by Kim Simone And Mark Lenzi is running in the Podcast Awards - The People’s Choice competition!

If you like the show please take a minute to vote for us! It takes two easy steps:

1. Register with your email

2. Select The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) in the 'Education' category to nominate the show.

The deadline to nominate shows is July 31st, 2018.

We are grateful for your support!

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) On Franklin Radio WFPR 102.9FM
The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW) On Franklin Radio WFPR 102.9FM

If you haven't heard the podcast, info on how to listen was shared earlier

Franklin School For The Performing Arts To Host Open Houses - Aug 6, 14, 23, 29, Sep 8

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will host a series of Open Houses at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin on Monday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The community is invited to tour the facilities, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama for all ages and levels. Prospective students are also encouraged to schedule a complimentary trial class. The FSPA summer session runs through August 24, and fall classes begin on September 10. Registration is ongoing for all programs.

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school offers classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 

FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. An extensive calendar of year-round performing opportunities features musicals, plays, ballets, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, musical theater and dance company showcases, and more. 

Select FSPA musical theater troupes and the CenterStage dance company perform each spring at Walt Disney World, and the ensemble Electric Youth tours Europe every summer. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. FSPA TALENT offers management services for young performers who elect to pursue professional opportunities.

FSPA is also proud to offer FSPA Academy, an academic alternative for students seeking a challenging curriculum in a supportive, flexible environment that encourages their creative goals. Provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in partnership with TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the program builds upon TECCA’s state-approved online curriculum offering Music Theory, math tutoring, field trips and more. 

In addition to the Academy, FSPA also offers FSPA AfterSchool, an enrichment program for students in grades K-5, providing supervised recreational experiences, including games, crafts, and other creative arts activities. The program begins at the close of the regular school day, with transportation available from Franklin and Medway schools.

To learn more about FSPA or the Back-to-School Open Houses, call (508) 528-8668 or visit for more information, including the FSPA catalogue and fall class schedule.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)

“It’s an important public health measure”

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

"To understand the chilling, public health effects of the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, look no further than Middlesex County. 
The county includes some of the cities and towns in the Daily News coverage area, and had the highest number of opioid-related overdose deaths (346) in the state last year. 
“The number of people dying unintentionally from opioid-related overdoses is clearly at the top of the list (in the opioid crisis),” said Dr. Dennis Dimitri, chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force. 
He believes the state is pumping significant resources into treatment and public education campaigns to warn residents about the dangers of opioids."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

What isn't explicitly covered in the article is the rise of support groups like the SAFE Coalition. They provide a number of services including a hotline and a resource manual.

SAFE Coalition - resource manual "What do we do now?"
SAFE Coalition - resource manual "What do we do now?"

Friday, July 20, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 7/20/18 - THU 7/26/18

FRIDAY 7/20/18
9:30am   Family Yoga @ Franklin Public Library
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Farmers Market @ Town Common
8pm   Black Box Jazz: Steven Kirby @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 7/21/18
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Toe Jam Puppet Band @ Franklin Public Library

SUNDAY 7/22/18
8am   FREE Yoga at the Beach @ Chilson Beach, Beaver Pond
8am   12th Annual Hockomock YMCA Triathlon @ Lake Pearl, Wrentham
11am   Goat Yoga (registration required) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm   
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1pm   8th Annual FHS Boys Hockey Golf Tournament @ New England Country Club, Bellingham

MONDAY 7/23/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Garden Storytime @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Southeastern MA Community Concert Band @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Library Board Meeting @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 7/24/18
All Day   Drop In Craft @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Stacey Peasley Concert @ Franklin Public Library

11am   Tick Talk @ Franklin Senior Center
2pm   Giant Bubbles @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Concert on the Common: Electric Youth @ Franklin Town Common
6pm   Movie Night @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 7/26/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Pre-K Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6:30pm   Genealogy Club Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   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

“There is no one making bottles in New England"

Via the Franklin network, we get the link to this story on the domino effect of companies closing up operations:

"Inside a huge industrial building in Franklin, there are 120 conveyor belts designed to carry broken glass to three stories of giant machines that crush the glass and sort it, to be sent away and be made into new bottles. 
But those machines aren't running now. 
"I think the plant operated at approximately 80 decibels — glass is banging, machines are running. Yeah it was it was pretty loud here,” said Andrew Crowley of Strategic Materials, which owns the plant. Today the plant almost silent inside. “It's kind of sad, it being so quiet," he said. 
The plant closed last month because it lost its only big customer — a company called Ardagh, which ran a plant just nine miles away in Milford that turned all that glass back into bottles. That closed down in March. 250 people worked there."

Continue reading the article online. You can also listen to the audio segment at the same link

The machines inside the Strategic Materials plant have remained quiet since the facility closed down in June.
"The machines inside the Strategic Materials plant have remained quiet since the facility closed down in June."

For more about Strategic Materials

Support for the Concession Stand at Pisini Field is still needed

You may recall the proposal to replace the concession stand at Pisini Field. It was approved by the School Committee after sufficient fund raising was accomplished. Construction is underway as planned with most of it to be done while school is out for the summer. It is also to be completed in time for the opening of school in September to be available for sporting events in the new year.

There is still need for additional funds to help complete the project. There is also need for carpenter volunteers for items such as interior walls, partitions, doors and finishes.

If you can contribute financially, please follow the link to the GoFundMe page

If you can help with the carpentry, let me know and I'll put you in contact with the right folks.

Photos from Saturday, July 14

standing on the sidewalk going to the field and facing the field
standing on the sidewalk going to the field and facing the field

standing on the sidewalk going to the field and facing the parking lot
standing on the sidewalk going to the field and facing the parking lot
Photos from this week with the roof beams and roofing being placed

the roof beams
the roof beams

the roof beams and roofing being placed
the roof beams and roofing being placed

From December 2017

From April 2018

MassBudget: A Formula for Success


July 18, 2018

A Formula for Success:
Updating education funding to help schools better serve all our children

Students have the best chance of succeeding when their schools have the resources to serve them effectively. But the Massachusetts school funding formula, known as Chapter 70, has not been comprehensively updated in 25 years, leaving many schools unable to adequately support essential resources like teachers, materials, and well-maintained facilities.
In its new report, Building an Education System that Works for Everyone: Funding Reforms to Help All Our Children Thrive, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) examines how much the formula falls short of funding major expenses and how that leads to under-resourcing of other critical needs. 

The report finds that the Commonwealth could address the problems identified by the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) - the underfunding of specific expenses and inadequate funding to support low-income students and English Language Learners - by increasing education funding by $888 million (or $1.082 billion when also accounting for increases in to minimum aid provided to all school districts). 

The report also examines the implications of reforms that do not include the full complement of funding categories identified by the FBRC. All of the estimates assume a five year phase-in of the reforms.MassBudget: A Formula for Success
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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“Everyone could use a little extra kindness, so why not do this right on Main Street in Franklin”

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

"Sometimes a bit of nature with a unique human touch is all it takes to lighten the day and remind people of what truly matters. 
On Main Street next to Rockland Trust Bank, a new kind of garden is growing – a Kindness Rock garden. The space is decorated with small, painted rocks. Every painted rock displays either a phrase of encouragement or a small drawing of the artist’s desire. 
A sign outside the garden encourages people to take a rock if they’re in need, and to leave one if they’d wish. 
Berry Insurance owner and coordinator of the project Kaitlyn Pintarich said she was moved by the idea after finding a small painted rock in the Franklin Town Common last winter."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

the Kindness Rock Garden on Main St
the Kindness Rock Garden on Main St

the kindness rocks on Main St

Franklin Public Library Book Sale - July 21-22

Franklin Public Library Book Sale, Saturday, July 21, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The bag sale is scheduled for Sunday, July 22 from 9:00 AM to noon.

Franklin Public Library Book Sale - July 21-22
Franklin Public Library Book Sale - July 21-22
This was shared from the Library page

Thursday, July 19, 2018

FAB funding not so 'fabulous' at this point in the budget cycle!

Did you know Franklin is served by a Regional Transportation Authority? The Franklin Area Bus (FAB) is operated by the Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA).

"Among the budget items being negotiated on Beacon Hill are increases in funding for the state's Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs). 
The RTAs have not received an increase in state assistance or an inflation adjustment in more than three years, though they have seen increases in operating costs for negotiated wages, health care, fuel, and insurance. Governor Baker has proposed level funding at $80 million, the House version of the budget calls for $82 million, and the Senate's version calls for $88 million. 
Regional transit administrators and their supporters say that if they don't receive the proposed $88 million, there will be further service cuts for the more than 32 million riders who use the 15 RTAs throughout the Commonwealth. Most riders are low-income or elderly people who have few, if any, alternative transportation options."

Continue reading the article online

Updated 7/19/18 noon: email confirmation that $88M was in the budget document sent to the Governor per Rep Jeff Roy
"I have confirmed that the Regional Transit Authorities were funded at $88 million in the budget we passed yesterday. Here is the line item:

1595-6370 For an operating transfer to the regional transit authorities organized under chapter 161B of the General Laws, or any prior laws, under clause (2) of subsection (d) of section 2ZZZ of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided, that each regional transit authority receiving assistance under this item shall deliver not later than October 1, 2018, a copy of its most recent audited financial statement to the chief financial officer of the Massachusetts department of transportation, the secretary of administration and finance, the treasurer of the commonwealth, the comptroller of the commonwealth, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the joint committee on transportation ........................... $88,000,00

Franklin Area Bus
Franklin Area Bus
What is the FAB schedule?

The archive has several articles on GATRA/FAB going back to 2009

The GATRA home page can be found

THE BLACK BOX presents Steven Kirby’s “Illuminations” Project - Friday, July 20

THE BLACK BOX third annual Summer Concert Series presents “Jazz in July,” featuring Steven Kirby’s “Illuminations” Project on Friday, July 20. The show begins at 8 PM at the downtown Franklin theatre, music and event venue.

Steven Kirby is an award-winning guitarist/composer and an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He has appeared on more than 25 released recordings and toured in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Caribbean, Europe, China and Africa. Kirby’s music is most categorized as contemporary jazz, but it is influenced by a variety of genres. His compositions have won awards in the International Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contest and DownBeat, and his music has been played on over 100 radio stations in this country and internationally.

The “Illuminations” Project is Kirby’s newest compositional and performance endeavor. Described as “richly textured, multi-layered, ebullient and lyrical jazz,” it showcases original compositions and arrangements, as well as some creative arrangements of standard tunes, using a quintet of instrumentalists and a singer performing both wordless and lyrical vocals. “Illuminations” was an Editor’s Pick in the prestigious jazz publication, DownBeat.

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

THE BLACK BOX presents  Steven Kirby’s “Illuminations” Project - Friday, July 20
THE BLACK BOX presents  Steven Kirby’s “Illuminations” Project - Friday, July 20
(night time photo of THE BLACK BOX marque taken by yours truly)

In the News: MA budget goes to Governor; Dean conducts forensic program for high school students

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

"The $41.88 billion budget deal that was filed Wednesday morning and quickly approved by the Legislature includes no new fees, according to the lead House negotiator, and relies on an unusual eleventh hour revenue projection upgrade to boost spending to levels higher than either the House or Senate approved this spring. 
The budget (H 4800), which is on track to reach Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk by the end of the day, was filed 17 days after the start of the new fiscal year, and 13 days before the end of formal legislative sessions, during which recorded votes can be taken. 
House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez told reporters Wednesday that he did not think there was “any one thing” that kept negotiators from producing an on-time budget, saying he and his counterpart, Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka “kept on going back and forth.” 
“They weren’t simple policy pieces,” Sanchez told reporters. “At times you have to dive in in these policy pieces, and you really get stuck in the woods sometimes. I’m just happy and proud we got out of the woods and we have a budget before you that does have significant policy pieces in it.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

An email from Representative Jeff Roy on the just passed budget adds:
"Yesterday, the Budget Conference Committee released its FY19 report and it was enacted by the House and Senate. I am pleased to say that all of the local amendments for Franklin were funded fully and included in this report. 
These include:
  • $50,000 for the Franklin Veterans' War Memorial Parkway
  • $200,000 for King Street Park in Franklin
  • $100,000 towards the New England Center for Children Partner Program at Parmenter Elementary in Franklin
  • $25,000 for the Franklin Downtown Partnership 
  • $50,000 for an Accessible Van for Tri-County"
The budget now is in the Governor's approval queue. He has ten days to approve or reject a specific line item. This also leaves some time for the House and Senate to take action on override items before their session closes for the Summer.

 - - - - -
"Now in its second year, Dean College’s Pre-College Summer Forensic Program is nearing its end, but will be back again next summer. The program lasts two weeks, costs running from $1,250 for commuters and $1,950 for students who choose to catch an early college dorm experience and remain on campus. 
With so many crime dramas saturating cable and streaming services, it’s hard not to take an interest in the investigative process, according to Dean Paul Resten. 
“In many cases these are students that have an interest in the science behind it,” he said. “It’s a very popular topic, and they get to understand what they see on TV, but also from a scientific level as well.”
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Dean conducts forensic program for high school students
Dean conducts forensic program for high school students

You can help the Butterfly Garden for Ryan and any lost to substance abuse

"My name is Mikaela DeMaria and my boyfriend Ryan Trant lost his battle with addiction September 13, 2017.  
He left behind his mother, three siblings, our son and many other family members and friends. We, together with Fatima Shrine in Holliston, are creating a Butterfly Garden of Remembrance in Ryan’s memory along with all those who have been lost to substance abuse.  
We would like to get the word out to as many local families who have been affected as possible, especially Franklin as Ryan lived in town for about ten years and his twin brother still resides there.  
Below is the link to the article I had asked about sharing and also the link to the garden’s Facebook page. Thank you for all your help!"
Milford Patch article

The Facebook page for the Butterfly Garden

There is an email set up for any questions (including how to donate to this cause)

Butterfly Garden of Remembrance
Butterfly Garden of Remembrance

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Second Sunday Speaker Series: Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective - Aug 12

Author, speaker, blogger, noted researcher and expert on solving photo mysteries, Maureen Taylor returns to the Franklin Historical Museum Sunday, August 12 at 1:15. The Wall Street Journal called her ‘the nation’s foremost historical photo detective’. 

Wedding Gown display
Wedding Gown display
Join us for Maureen’s presentation ‘Telling the story of wedding photos’ as our speaker series once again relates to our summer Wedding Gown display. The 14 beautiful gowns will be on display until August 26th.

Immediately following the presentation, the public is invited to bring in their vintage family wedding photos (up to 3) to be scanned and become part of the museum’s permanent photo collection. 

All photos brought in for scanning must have a tie to Franklin through the Bride, the Groom or the location of the ceremony. Dig out those photos and let your family take their place in Franklin history.

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, is ADA accessible and admission is always FREE.

Shhh, I Make More than My Husband

A puzzling thing can happen when wives earn more than their husbands do.

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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

Shhh... I Make More than My Husband

Shhh... I Make More than My Husband

When wives earn more than their husbands do, a puzzling thing can happen: Husbands say they earn more than they are and wives underreport their income.

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New Census Bureau research shows that the incomes couples report on Census Bureau surveys do not always match their IRS filings. The Census Bureau is working to improve the quality of reported earnings by comparing an individual's survey response with their reported response from another source.

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