Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dan Gentile - Franklin Rotary President

Franklin Rotary 's new President Daniel Gentile, presents Past-President's gavel plaque to outgoing President Scott Martin. 

Dan is President of his third Rotary club as a result of job relocations. Scott is Director of the Hockomock Y in Franklin.

Dan Gentile - Franklin Rotary President; outgoing President Scott Martin
Dan Gentile - Franklin Rotary President; outgoing President Scott Martin

In the News: St Rocco's statue new home; PawSox move to Worcester

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

"The celebrated of St. Rocco may have seen its last big festival, but by this time next year it will have a new and far more visible home. 
The statue formerly sat in the old St. Mary’s convent grounds, an area that hasn’t seen much use other than for the annual Feast of St. Rocco festival. With the festival wrapping up last weekend after a 40-year run, church officials say they will move the statue to a new home in front of St. Mary’s, 1 Church Square. 
“What I thought it was important to do was to take the statue of St. Rocco from over there, and place it at our new entrance, which is for everyone,” said the Rev. Brian Manning, pastor at St. Mary Parish. “He’s the beacon of welcoming people, and healing and hope in our lives.”
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"The Pawtucket Red Sox and the city have signed an agreement that clears the way for the Triple A team to move here and play in a stadium that will be built on the former Wyman-Gordon property near Kelley Square. 
City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. emphasized Friday that the project involves more than just bringing a minor league baseball team to Worcester and building a ballpark for it. 
He said it includes a large-scale redevelopment of 18 acres of largely vacant and blighted property in the Kelley Square area that will add to the ongoing revitalization of the Canal District and transform that part of the city. 
In addition to construction of a 10,000-seat multi-use stadium, at an estimated cost of $86 million to $90 million, the deal includes a development blueprint that calls for $90 million in private development for 225 market-rate apartments, a 150-room hotel, a second boutique hotel consisting of about 100-110 rooms overlooking the ballpark, and 65,000 square feet of retail/restaurants."
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BNI® Massachusetts Launches 100th Networking Group

BNI®, the world’s leading networking and business referral organization, announced today that it crossed a major milestone in Massachusetts by launching its 100th BNI chapter in the Boston Region.

The new East Boston networking group, called BNI Thrive, officially marked their launch on June 15 at the Courtyard Marriott, collecting new applications from local business owners and sales professionals seeking a way to market and grow their businesses.
The launch of BNI Thrive has potential to bring significant benefits to the small business community in East Boston and to boost the local economy.

BNI Thrive members with Launch Director Claudia Thompson (third from left).
BNI Thrive members with Launch Director Claudia Thompson (third from left).

“We are thrilled to have BNI Thrive become our 100th chapter. It shows that there is still great demand for local professionals to build a reliable network to support their businesses,” said Patti Salvucci, Executive Director of BNI Massachusetts. “There has never been a better time for membership in BNI. It works because it’s a proven formula that has helped thousands of Boston-area business owners and salespeople build meaningful relationships that lead to qualified referrals and closed business.”

BNI Massachusetts has more than 2700 members representing a wide diversity of professions across its 100 chapters. In 2017 BNI Mass. reported $121 million in closed business from member referrals – an average of $45,500 per member. Those were the highest numbers in the organization’s 23-year history.

“BNI’s philosophy of Givers Gain® works. By giving business to others, you will receive business in return.” Salvucci said.

BNI Thrive meets weekly on Friday mornings from 7 AM to 8:30 AM at the Courtyard Marriott at 225 McClellan Highway, East Boston, MA 02128.

Graham Weihmiller, Chairman & CEO of BNI offered congratulations to BNI Thrive and the chapter’s Launch Director Claudia Thompson.

“We’re thrilled to see how area business leaders have embraced BNI, and we look forward to launching more chapters in the months and years to come, and building many lifelong relationships in the Boston area,” Weihmiller said. “Claudia and her launch team have done excellent work positioning BNI Thrive for long-term success by delivering new business referrals for its members.”

Franklin has a BNI group meeting
Franklin has a BNI group meeting
Franklin has a BNI group meeting

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting - Sep 12

The Award Winning Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club is excited to welcome you to our 2018/2019 Season. On Wednesday, September 12 please join us at “3” Restaurant at 7:30 PM. Come learn what we won!!

Our first meeting of the year is a perfect opportunity to have fun while you make some connections in your community. We are a multi-generational club with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. 

As a member driven organization . . . your ideas count and we want to hear them! We offer a wide range of activities for all ages and interests.

Find us upstairs at “3”. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided.

We invite any resident of Franklin, or a surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, to join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). We run our meetings September through May.

Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year. Look for us on our website, or on our Facebook page or on, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting - Sep 12
Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting - Sep 12

Friday, August 17, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 8/17/18 - THU 8/23/18

FRIDAY 8/17/18
9:30am   Family Yoga @ Franklin Public Library
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Farmers Market @ Town Common

SATURDAY 8/18/18
9am-2pm Electronics Recycling Event @ St. Mary's Church
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

SUNDAY 8/19/18
11am Goat Yoga (registration required) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 8/20/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Lego Robotics Club @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 8/21/18
All Day   Drop In Craft @ Franklin Public Library

10:30am   Activated Story Theatre @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Concerts on the Common: Elastic Five @ Town Common
6pm   Movie Night @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 8/23/18
9am-6pm FSPA Open House @ 38 Main Street
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Pre-K Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
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

Reminder: Electronics Recycling Event - August 18

SATURDAY, August 18th - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
St. Mary’s Church, 201 Main St, Franklin MA

Any and all electronics and appliances, including TV’s, monitors, computers, printers, microwaves, AC’s, washers, dryers, lawn mowers and any item that has a plug.

Our Costs:
● $5 each — Computers, DVD players, Laptops, Misc. Electronics, etc.
● $10 each — Microwaves and Small Appliances, Exercise Equipment, Grills, Lawn Mowers & Snow Blowers (gas removed)
● $15 each — TV’s under 19," Computer Monitors, AC’s, Dehumidifiers
● $20 each — Washing machines, Dryers, Stoves, Large appliances, TV’s between 19” and 26"
● $25 each — TV’s between 27” and 31,” Large Refrigerators
● $30 each — TV’s between 32" and 35”
● $35 each — TV’s over 36”
● $40 each — Projection TV’s
● NO CHARGE: Cell Phones, Tablets, Bikes, Car or Truck Batteries


Contact Jim Wood

Electronics Recycling Event - August 18
Electronics Recycling Event - August 18

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Reminder: Electronics Recycling Event - August 18
Reminder: Electronics Recycling Event - August 18

BFCCPS Capstone Project - fund raising for NEADS - Aug 19

Angie R. is a BFCCPS Grade Eight student who is holding an event at Rock n' Coal in Bellingham, MA on August 19, 2018 from 2-5 PM as part of her Capstone Project.

There will be live music and raffles. NEADS is a nonprofit organization who trains canine assistants for people who are deaf or have a disability. They are also service dogs for children and veterans too.

Support a great cause, maybe win some raffles and enjoy some delicious pizza!

BFCCPS Capstone Project - fund raising for NEADS - Aug 19
BFCCPS Capstone Project - fund raising for NEADS - Aug 19

BFCCPS is hosting a High School Fair on September 17

BFCCPS is hosting a High School Fair on September 17. 
The event is free and open to local Grade 8 students and their parents to meet with representatives and students from a variety of private and independent high schools in the Metrowest area, Boston, Worcester, and northern Rhode Island. 
We hope you can join us!

High School Fair
September 17 at 7 PM
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin, Massachusetts

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School   is hosting a High School Fair on September 17
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
 is hosting a High School Fair on September 17

MBTA Notice: T-Alerts Account Transition - old alerts turned off at end of August

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And, after a testing phase, we're ready to roll it out to everyone. As part of this process, we need to turn off the old T-Alerts system at the end of August—which means you'll stop receiving any alerts you signed up for with this system.

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MBTA Notice: T-Alerts Account Transition - old alerts turned off at end of August
MBTA Notice: T-Alerts Account Transition - old alerts turned off at end of August

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Request for St Rocco memorabilia

The St Rocco 40th Celebration Committee is seeking memorabilia items from the past 40 years to be placed on display at the St Rocco 40th year celebration event being held on October 6th. 

Any and all Items (posters, signage, photos, t-shirts, banners, jewelry, and other decorations pertaining to the St Rocco Festival over the years) will be of interest.

Following this event all the items received will be donated to the Franklin Historical Museum to be archived and used as display items at the museum by the discretion of the Historical Museum staff with possible input by members of the St. Rocco celebration 40th anniversary committee members.

These donations may be dropped of the parish office at the St. Mary's Rectory to be given to Paula Coughlin with a deadline of September 9th.

Photos from the St Rocco Festival in 2013


FPAC announces 2018-2019 season

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) has announced its 2018-2019 season. The company’s 28th season will include Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sept. 21-23), Disney’s Newsies choreographed by Broadway cast member Clay Thomson (Oct. 13-14, 19-21), The Nutcracker (Dec. 1-2), Humbug! A Beggar’s Opera (Dec. 8-9), an original holiday panto by Nick Paone (Dec. 21-22), You Can’t Take it With You (Jan. 25-27), Seussical the Musical (Mar. 8-10, 15-17) , and Cabaret (Jun. 14-15). The season will close with the 12th annual Whatever Theater Festival (Jul. 31-Aug. 3).

The season opens in September at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin with Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. The Broadway production of this play was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright.

FPAC’s 5th annual season at THE BLACK BOX will continue in October with Disney’s Newsies. The production will feature choreography by Broadway’s Clay Thomson (Newsies, Matilda). Thomson is featured in the viral YouTube video #CupsTapDance as well as his most recent appearance in The Happy Tap Dance #TAPPY.

Tickets are already available for Disney’s Newsies and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at or by calling (508) 528-3370.

FPAC announces 2018-2019 season
FPAC announces 2018-2019 season

6th Annual Wiffleball Tournament - Aug 18

6th Annual Wiffleball Tournament

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Registration: 8-8:45 AM, games start at 9 AM
  • $125 per team
  • Each team plays a minimum of 3 games prior to tournament seeding
  • Fletcher Field, Peck Street, Franklin, MA
  • Two Divisions:
  • Recreational (here for fun)
  • Competitive (fast pitch)
  • 5 players per team

For more info follow on Facebook

or the tournament page

6th Annual Wiffleball Tournament
6th Annual Wiffleball Tournament

Attention Residents: Water Shutoff to various Streets Tuesday, August 21 from 8 AM - 3 PM

Water Shutoff to various Streets Tuesday, August 21 from 8 AM - 3 PM

Due to necessary water main repairs at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Miller Street, water service will be turned off on Tuesday August 21, 2018 from approximately 8:00 AM until approximately 3:00 PM at the following locations:

Christine Avenue
Green Street
Jason Circle
Miller Street from Pleasant Street into Norfolk
Pleasant Street from Greystone Road to Miller Street
Short Street
Trevor Road
Wyllie Road
Wyllie Court
Hassler Road (Norfolk)
Mill River Road (Norfolk)
School Street (Norfolk)

Please note that the rain out day is Wednesday August 22. Please check on the Town's website ( or follow the DPW on Facebook for updates (

We appreciate your patience during these repairs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the DPW at 508-520-4910.

FTC Alert: What you need to know if you were a MOBE customer

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Alvaro Puig
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

We recently wrote about steps that the FTC took to stop MOBE, an internet business-coaching scheme that was promoting a bogus online business opportunity to retirees and veterans. We've gotten a lot of questions from MOBE customers on our consumer blog and business blog. Here's what you need to know if you were a MOBE customer.

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"The one issue the two candidates did agree on? The Electoral College"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"There was no love lost between Secretary of State William Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim who squared off in a tense half-hour television debate on Tuesday evening, trading verbal punches and innuendo as the two battle in a Democratic turf war for an office Galvin has held for over two decades. 
Galvin, who agreed to the debate on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” only a day before the taping, criticized his younger opponent for lacking experience and distorting his record. Zakim, meanwhile, tried to paint the long-time incumbent as an obstacle to reform, including same-day voter registration, which Galvin says he supports. 
The fast-moving dialogue moderated by host Jim Braude touched on everything from Galvin’s choice to schedule this year’s primary on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day, to Zakim’s own record of voting -- or not voting -- in primaries."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For further research Bill Galvin's campaign page
and Josh Zakim's campaign page

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FEF Wine Tasting - La Cantina Winery - Friday Aug 17

Franklin Education Foundation (FEF) Wine Tasting at La Cantina Winery on Friday Aug 17 at 7:00 PM

Always a great night to hang out with friends and others interested in Franklin Public Schools (FPS) over a great glass of wine. All proceeds go to the FEF grant program for FPS! See you FRIDAY!

FEF Wine Tasting - La Cantina Winery - Friday Aug 17
FEF Wine Tasting - La Cantina Winery - Friday Aug 17

Updated: St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection - Aug 18-19-20

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

On the weekend of August 18-19 - the backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes  
and on Monday, (August 20th - only until noon) - the backpacks should be dropped off in the library of the Benjamin Franklin Charter School.
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!

Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:

or here:

Job Opportunities with Town of Franklin

Job Opportunities
  • Firefighter/Paramedics - The Town of Franklin's Fire Department is in the Massachusetts Civil Service system. 
    • If you are currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in a Civil Service community and are interested in working for Franklin, send a resume and cover letter to
    • Please note: new hires must have and maintain a paramedic certification and complete an Associate's Degree within 5 years of the date they are hired.   
To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.  
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.
To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe here

Job Opportunities with Town of Franklin
Job Opportunities with Town of Franklin

Football We Hardly Know You! Lifelong Community Learning Planning Two-night Interactive Workshop

Not as familiar with football as you would like to be? Lifelong Community Learning can help with that! Their two-night, interactive workshop is designed to help you see what you've been missing. Plan to join the fun Thursdays, September 13 and September 20, at Franklin High School.

American football is about trying to make points by passing, carrying, or kicking an oblong ball into the opponent’s end zone. Football is an intense game with its own unique language, including some terms that seem...well, just plain odd. 

For example: a strong safety is a defender and a regular safety is a play that scores two points — really?! Knowing the language and the players, as well as common penalties, can take you a long way toward understanding this popular American sport. Just in time for football season, this could be the class you’ve been waiting for!

The fee for the two-night class is $40. Anyone interested in participating can register by going to and clicking on Lifelong Community Learning. For more information, call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.

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

Football We Hardly Know You! Lifelong Community Learning Planning Two-night Interactive Workshop
Football We Hardly Know You! Lifelong Community
Learning Planning Two-night Interactive Workshop

Direct link to register:

Franklin Rotary Car Show - Sep 16

Franklin Rotary Car Show (cohosted by Dean College)

Our initial run at a Car Show last fall was so successful - nearly 60 cars showed up last September!- that the Franklin Rotary is having another car show this fall. Cars are entered by their owners, and are judged in several categories. Entrance fees are paid by car owners, but all public is admitted free

"Electric Cars" are a new category this year, reflecting the radical change occurring the auto industry. An experienced DJ will emcee the show and usually brings a big following of experienced devotees that can share all kinds of interesting facts about your favorite old cars. Freshly prepared food is available in the Dean College Student Center.

The show is Sunday, September 16, 2018, 11 AM to 3 PM (or as needed to complete judging), at the Dean College main parking lot in downtown Franklin, on Route 140 just west of the intersection with Emmons St (traffic light).

Parking is available adjacent in Rockland Trust Bank lot 1/2 block east on Rt.140 or by the elementary school just west of the show on Union or School Streets.

Awards are covered by show sponsors, so if you would like to have your personal or business name on one of the awards please call Terry Katsoros at Rockland Trust at or Gary Convertino at for info.

Car Show Sponsor Form

Car Show Flyer

Franklin Rotary Car Show - Sep 16
Franklin Rotary Car Show - Sep 16

Franklin Art Association September 5, 2018 Meeting

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a short business meeting and a presentation by pastel and oil artist, Kim Morin Weineck

Kim is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and founder of the Neponset Valley Artists (NVA). Her work has won numerous awards and is held in collections in the U.S. and Europe. 

FAA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May and are free and open to the public.

Kim Morin Weineck web page
Kim Morin Weineck web page

“I think this is the most important change for the public to know about”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"An upcoming bylaw change on the Town Council’s agenda involves the height of buildings in commercial and business zones. 
The height requirement of buildings in commercial zones is proposed to be reduced from 60 to 50 feet. The zone covers mostly the area around the corner of Union and Cottage streets, and part of East Central Street. 
“It made no sense to have a 60-foot building in that neighborhood,” said Town Administrator Jeff Nutting. “It’s commercial, but they’re all old one- and two-story houses from the ’50s and ’60s. From that perspective, it would be completely out of character.” 
Increasing the height of buildings in the business zone from 40 to 50 feet, Nutting said, also makes sense. The area covers much of East Central Street and the area around Franklin Village Mall and Panther Way."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The Actions Taken from the Town Council meeting held Aug 8 can be found

"The council on Sept. 5 is scheduled to vote on the issue of property restrictions for chickens. Currently, residents are required to have their chickens at least 100 feet from their lot line. The change would allow just 25 feet from each direction, except the front yard."
When the Sept 5 meeting agenda is published, it will be shared here.

The August 8 meeting agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin page

“I think this is the most important change for the public to know about”
“I think this is the most important change for the public to know about”