Saturday, August 4, 2018

Franklin Historical Museum: 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.

Senator Richard Ross: July 2018 Newsletter

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, July 2018
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham)
proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and
Middlesex District.

State House
Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054

Senator Richard Ross: July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

July has been a busy month here at the State House as we have been closing out our legislative session. My fellow Senators and I have been working on many pieces of legislation regarding veterans affairs, municipal police training,  economic development, and many other issues as well.

The FY19 Budget has been signed by Governor Baker, and I suggest you review my FY19 Budget Round-Up, which includes information on funding for improvements across my district to help our towns and lessen the burden on you, the taxpayers.

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at (617) 722-1555 or email

FY19 Budget Round-Up

I am pleased that the budget signed by Governor Baker includes funding for many important programs and projects throughout my district. This funding will go a long way in improving the quality of education at our schools, providing transportation to our citizens, especially seniors, improving streets and dams, and fighting the opioid epidemic. There is more I wish we had done, as far as cost saving measures and letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned dollars, but our work continues.

FY19 Earmarks
1. Attleboro Fire Safety – Provides $50,000 for a fire safety grant in Attleboro
2. Franklin Veterans War Memorial - Provides $50,000 for Franklin to construct a veterans memorial parkway on the town common
3.Franklin –King Street Park Improvements - Provides $200,000 for improvements to the King Street Memorial Park
4. Franklin downtown Partnership - Provides $25,000 for the Franklin Downtown Partnership
5. Millis Senior Transportation - Provides $50,000 for Millis to purchase a new senior van
6. Millis High School Auditorium - Provides $60,000 for Millis to renovate the High School auditorium
7. Natick Veterans Oral History Project - Provides $30,000 to the Veterans Oral History Project at Morse Library in Natick
8. Natick Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities - Provides $75,000 to Natick to support Camp Arrowhead which provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities statewide
9. Natick Opioid Task Force - Provides $60,000 for the Opioid Task Force in Natick
10. Natick Service Council for Veterans -Provides $25,000 for the Natick Service Council for Veterans substance abuse prevention efforts
11. Needham handicap Accessible Transport Van for Seniors - Provides $90,000 for Needham to purchase a handicap van for senior transportation
12. Needham Pedestrian Safety Improvements - Provides $200,000 for Needham to make certain public safety improvements
13. Needham Cutler Park Improvements - Provides $100,000 for maintenance and improvements to Cutler Park in Needham
14. Norfolk City Mills Dam Improvements - Provides $50,000 for Norfolk for improvements to the portion of Main Street traversing the City Mills Dam
15. North Attleboro Child Safety Grant - Provides $50,000 for the WWII Veteran Memorial Pool in North Attleboro
16. Wellesley Pedestrian Crossing Study - Provides $30,000 for Wayland to conduct a feasibility study on improving the crossing at Route 9/Worcester Street in Wellesley
17. Wellesley Protective Gear - Provides $24,000 for Wellesley to purchase personal protective gear and medical supplies for law enforcement
18. Wrentham Developmental Center Mitigations - Provides $100,000 to cities and towns hosting developmental centers or state schools
19. Tri-County Voc-Tech High School Handicap Activity Van for Disabled Students - Provides $50,000 for Tri-County to purchase a new handicap activity van
20. King Phillip Regional School Safety - Provides $100,000 to the towns of King Philip (through Wrentham) for school safety improvements
The Newsletter was shortened for publication here. To review the full set of contents

Franklin Almanac - Episode 9 (video) - from the archives

Re-posting the Franklin Almanac - Episode 9 (video) from the archives in July 2017. Polikseni has moved on to a regular weekend position with a TV station in Vermont.

Franklin Almanac Episode 9 with Host Polikseni Manxhari was published on Jul 24, 2017. It is available for replay on YouTube after being broadcast on the local Verizon and Comcast cable channels.
  • Introduction- 0:00-0:35
  • Franklin Legion 5k- 0:36-3:51
  • Housing Threshold- 3:52-11:25
  • Algonquin Pipeline- 11:26-18:54
  • Franklin Farmers Market- 18:56-23:51
  • Final thoughts and closing-23:52-25:20

two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market
two rows of vendors at the Franklin Farmers Market

Remember when - August 4, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bill Glynn - sit and chat summary

In his lawn chair, one man was reading near the bandstand on the Town Common. The concerts are scheduled for Weds. Was he waiting for the concert? No, Bill Glynn was waiting for folks to show up for the "Sit and Chat".

They did come. By ones and twos, a total of seven. A mother with her children in Franklin schools who also works as a teacher. A father with children in the school whose wife is a teacher. She was at the boys baseball game, so he came. Two more mothers, coordinators for one of the school PCC organizations. Another mother with two little ones just getting into the school system, curious to understand what their future in the schools might be like. Another mother (also a teacher) brought her son who will be a senior at Franklin High in September (yes, he did want to come along).

Continue reading about the "Sit and Chat" session that Bill, a first year member of the School Committee, held back in 2010.

Remember when - August 4, 2010
Remember when - August 4, 2010

Friday, August 3, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 8/3/18 - THU 8/9/18

FRIDAY 8/3/18
9:30am   Family Yoga @ Franklin Public Library
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Malik the Magic Guy @ Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Farmers Market @ Town Common
8pm FPAC presents: Shakespeare's Macbeth @ Franklin Town Common

10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
11am Goat Yoga (registration required) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Pumpernickel Puppets @ Franklin Public Library
8pm Whatever Theater Festival 2018: The Game Show of All Game Shows + The Soiree! @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 8/5/18
8am   FREE Yoga at the Beach @ Chilson Beach, Beaver Pond  
10:30am   40th Feast of St. Rocco’s Festival - Opening Mass @ St. Mary’s Parish
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 8/6/18
9am-6pm FSPA Open House @ 38 Main Street
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Garden Storytime @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 8/7/18
All Day   Drop In Craft @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Pajama Dance Party @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group @ Franklin Public Library

1pm   Ted Talks @ Franklin Senior Center
6pm   Concert on the Common: Matt Zajac and Friends @ Franklin Town Common
6pm   Movie Night @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Friends of the Library Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Town Council Meeting @ Municipal Building
7:30pm   Let’s Laugh Today (laughter yoga) @ FUSF

9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Pre-K Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
5-10pm   40th Feast of St. Rocco’s Festival (rides open) @ 195 Main St.
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.

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

Town of Franklin kicks off study of Charles River Meadowlands with funding from DCR

Charles River Meadowland Initiative has announced an effort to secure the services of a consulting firm to undertake a study of more than 500 acres of lands in the towns of Franklin, Bellingham, and Medway currently under the jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of the study is to assess conservation and passive recreation opportunities available on those lands and adjacent town lands.

The $25,000 grant made available through the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) was facilitated by state representative Jeffrey Roy, representing Franklin and Medway, state representative Kevin Kuros, representing Bellingham, as well as former state representative John V. Fernandes of Milford.

According to Franklin Director of Planning, Bryan Taberner, the immediate goal is to identify a qualified firm and work to a timeline that will produce a report by the first half of 2019. “We expect that process should identify a few key areas for focus as well as general long-term goals,” he said. The work will be managed by a Working Group consisting of volunteers from the three communities, he added.

As part of the process, the Meadowlands Initiative Working Group and the consultant will be planning and hosting public hearings in Franklin, Bellingham, and Medway to identify ideas and concerns from townspeople, abutters, local officials, and others interested in the project. Feedback from that process will eventually become part of the report.

“This is a great step forward for the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative and is a credit to the many volunteers, our dedicated local legislators, and our local officials who have generously shared their time and ideas,” said Alan Earls, founder of the organization.

About the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative

The towns of Bellingham, Franklin, and Medway play host to more than 500 acres of land protected by the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Charles River Natural Valley flood control project. Organized in 2015 with guidance from Metacomet Land Trust, Charles River Meadowlands Initiative is an effort among citizens and local officials to work together and to work with Federal and State officials, to improve access to and management of this beautiful natural resource. 

For more information visit

For questions about the Meadowland Initiative, please contact Alan Earls:

For questions about the specific project parameters and requirements, contact Byran Taberner:

Oct. 28. 2017, 20 walkers explored between Oak St. Extension and White Ave in Franklin. (courtesy photo)
Oct. 28. 2017, 20 walkers explored between Oak St. Extension and White Ave in Franklin. (courtesy photo)

Remember when - August 3, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Franklin: Walgreens Conveyor

Quite busy at the Walgreens (former Four Corners Bldg) site. The foundation appears to be nearing completion.

Franklin_WalgreensConveyor, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Continue reading from the archives of 2009

Franklin Almanac - Episode 8 (video) - from the archives

Re-posting the Franklin Almanac - Episode 8 (video) from the archives in July 2017. Polikseni has moved on to a regular weekend position with a TV station in Vermont.

Franklin Almanac Episode 8 With Host Polikseni Manxhari is available for replay on YouTube. The show was originally posted on Jul 5, 2017

  • Intro - 00:00-00:42
  • Strawberry Stroll - 00:43-06:30
  • Interview with Nan Rafter - 06:31-14:52
  • Plaque dedication for Harvey Nasuti - 14:53-20:00
  • LED streetlights - 20:01-27:40
  • Final Thoughts - 27:41-29:57

Fletcher Field flag pole honors Harvey Nasuti
Fletcher Field flag pole honors Harvey Nasuti 1

In the News: wreath on the tomb; absentee ballots available

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

"There is one organization that has endured since the Revolutionary War in America, drawing its roots from the Sons of Liberty themselves – The Improved Order of Red Men. 
Last weekend, Franklin resident Anthony Gromelski, national president of the Order of Red Men and a Vietnam veteran, joined state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, in placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. 
Gromelski placed the wreath for the final time as the Order’s president, a position also known as Great Incohonee. It was an honor he felt will last a lifetime, he said. 
“We’ve been doing this for 56 years,” he said. “It’s in the history books, and it’s to honor the Unknown Soldier.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"Secretary of State William Galvin announced Thursday that absentee ballots are now available in every city and town for the state party primaries scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
“With the absentee ballots now in the city and town halls, college students who will be heading back to school can obtain their ballots and cast them before they leave,” Galvin said in a statement. “Anyone who expects to be away or otherwise unable to get to their precinct on September 4th should apply for an absentee ballot as soon as possible.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

THE BLACK BOX Sings… Frozen - Aug 8

THE BLACK BOX will present a concert celebrating the music of the highest-grossing animated film of all time: Disney’s Frozen! The concert will feature a narrated telling of Elsa and Anna’s story with live performances of the film’s songs as well as new music written for the current Broadway production. 

Enjoy the memorable songs of Kristen and Robert Lopez in concert on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 pm at THE BLACK BOX located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin. 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for teens, $10 for youth 6-12, and $5 for kids 5 and under.

Modeled after the popular cabaret series “54 Sings” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC, THE BLACK BOX launches its new THE BLACK BOX Sings… Series with the songs of Disney’s Frozen. The series will celebrate the music of musicals, composers, and artists sung by Franklin Performing Arts Company favorites.

For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit

THE BLACK BOX Sings… Frozen - Aug 7
THE BLACK BOX Sings… Frozen - Aug 7

Lifelong Community Learning Announces Fall Registration Open

Registration is now open for the fall semester at Lifelong Community Learning. Classes begin in early September. Participation is open to individuals, organizations and businesses alike in Franklin and the surrounding region towns.

This fall, participants can choose from a very interesting variety of options. Class categories include Art, Food and Wine, and Astronomy and Photography. 

Or join us for “Football We Hardly Know You”- a two-night interactive workshop where registrants can learn basic football terminology, rules, and penalties, just in time for the start of football season.

Our Kids’ Corner program, a place where fun and learning meet, has been expanded again and will include another Parent and Child Painting Night in mid-September.

Looking for a day-trip adventure? Lifelong Community Learning has it! There will be a Fall Foliage Day Trip to New Hampshire where you will have lunch at the lovely Woodbound Inn. 

If skiing is your adventure, you will have two opportunities for day trips – Okemo Mountain in Vermont or Bretton Woods in New Hampshire. All motor coach trips will begin and end at Franklin High School.

You won't want to miss our Public Safety / Personal Awareness classes offered in partnership with the Franklin Police and Fire Departments.

This fall you will also find more exercise and sports programs than ever including Yoga and Yoga For Anyone, Zumba, a Fitness Class for Active Agers, Country Line Dancing, and Community Walking. Badminton is back this fall along with two nights of Men’s Basketball. Intermediate and Advanced Volleyball classes round out the field.

Visit for full course details and to register. You may also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480 for more information.

Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for residents in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities.
Lifelong Community Learning Announces Fall Registration Open
Lifelong Community Learning Announces Fall Registration Open

Reminder: FPAC Presents 11th Annual Whatever Theater Festival - Aug 2-3

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 11th annual Whatever Theater Festival, featuring a production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m. 

The production will be staged outdoors on Franklin Town Common. Performances are free of charge, with donations to FPAC gratefully accepted.

One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth is a psychological thriller about unchecked ambition, ruthless murder and revenge. Fueled by witches’ prophecy and a lust for power, tyrannical madman Macbeth carries out a murderous plot to take Scotland’s crown. 

With wife Lady Macbeth, the pair’s dark corruption erodes human compassion and causes devastating destruction. FPAC presents a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic morality tale, as “Something wicked this way comes.” 

Conceived and directed by Nick Paone, the summertime Whatever Theater Festival brings together professional artists, FPAC alumni, students and community performers in a collaborative theatrical experience. 

For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit

An overview of Macbeth can be found online

FPAC Presents 11th Annual Whatever Theater Festival - Aug 2-3
FPAC Presents 11th Annual Whatever Theater Festival - Aug 2-3

Remember when - August 2, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

"We don't want anything sneaky going on"

Posted Aug 01, 2008 @ 11:29 PM

Leaders of the citizens' group, "It Does Not Fit, Do Not Permit" say they will remain vigilant in opposing "irresponsible development" and keeping a watchful eye on developers.
About 50 members of the group descended upon the Zoning Board of Appeals July 24, to fight a commercial development plan Councilor Joseph McGann and former police chief Lawrence Benedetto proposed in January for 704 Washington St. The members expressed frustration that the two sought a second continuance and did not appear.

Continue reading in the archives

the property at 704 Washington has not changed since then

Franklin GIS map of 704 Washington
Franklin GIS map of 704 Washington