Saturday, September 22, 2018

Franklin Public Schools 2018-2019 Music Department Calendar

The Music Program Schedule for the Franklin Public Schools is integrated into the Community Calendar. The Schedule is also available in one place in the doc shown here:

The "Classic Stones" Benefit Concert is scheduled for Nov 2

Classic Stones Concert Franklin High - Nov 2
Classic Stones Concert Franklin High - Nov 2
Tickets are available for the concert online here and at Shaw's

Massachusetts Cultural Council Conducts Site Visit For Proposed Franklin Cultural District

The Town of Franklin hosted the Massachusetts Cultural Council for a site visit of the proposed Franklin Cultural District on September 20, 2018, the last step in the process to establishing an official, State-designated Cultural District in Franklin. 

The Franklin Cultural District (FCD) will be a demarcated region within the town that encompasses the cultural facilities, activities, and assets that lie in a compact, walkable area. Franklin’s vibrant cultural atmosphere is already home to the nation’s first public library, the Franklin Historical Museum, Dean College School of the Arts, over 25 other performing, visual arts and dance studios and associations, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Establishment of the FCD will likely attract additional arts and cultural organizations in the future, driving economic development.

Cultural District status will make the FCD eligible for a variety of state grant programs, state economic development opportunities and monies, strategic planning and historic preservation assistance, and marketing through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

This effort has been years in the planning, beginning with the Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee, who were tasked with gauging interest in the project and starting the organizational efforts necessary to begin the application process. The Steering Committee met with potential partners, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and Town of Franklin administrators to determine the needs, geographic area and types of businesses to be included, and the roles and responsibilities of the District itself. A preliminary site visit with the MCC and the Town resulted in a decision to move forward with the formal cultural district application.

On June 28, 2017, the Franklin Town Council passed Resolution 17-45, which endorsed the FCD’s cultural district goals, namely to “attract artists and cultural enterprises; encourage business and job development; establish the district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance property values; and foster local cultural development.” The FCD will be managed by a Town-appointed Franklin Cultural District Committee, made up of seven Franklin residents, established in November 2017.

The FCD Committee filed a formal application for Cultural District status with the State in June of this year. After the application was reviewed, the MCC scheduled a final, more detailed, site visit, the last step in the process. The site visit, held on September 20, began with a meeting between Anita Walker, Executive Director of the MCC, and the complete MCC Communities staff, Franklin Town administrators, and members of the FCD Committee to discuss the District's potential impact on arts and economic development in the area. Then followed a walking tour of key District partners' facilities, led by MA State Rep. Roy.
Anita Walker, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council and Rep Jeff Roy
Anita Walker, Executive Director,
Mass Cultural Council and Rep Jeff Roy

"It is inspiring to see that the idea for a Cultural District has blossomed, and know that this tour will be the capstone presentation for the State approval process," said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin). "Arts and culture are essential, as they help us better understand and interpret the world around us, they improve our ability to think critically and act creatively, and they offer the opportunity to see and communicate better. Having designated space for cultural enrichment will also be an economic boost for our community and spread the message that Franklin is a place where culture is thriving. I applaud the committee for its hard work over the past five years, and thank them for their commitment and dedication to the District."

The walking tour began at the Franklin Public Library, and included stops at the Franklin Historical Museum, Franklin Downtown Partnership offices, The Black Box and Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Franklin Senior Center, Franklin High School, Teddy Gallagher's, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, The Little Shop of Olive Oils, and Dean College.

Says Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean, "Dean College is proud of our long history in the town of Franklin and excited about the Franklin Cultural District. Dean’s impact is significant in Franklin from both an educational and cultural perspective, and our geographic location serves as a meaningful footprint within the district. We look forward to doing whatever we can to make this endeavor a continued success."

Franklin Cultural District logo
Franklin Cultural District logo
The site visit ended with a Q and A session and meeting of many of the FCD partners with the State MCC representatives. Now that the MCC has reviewed the application and conducted a site visit, the State can render a verdict on the application. A decision should be announced early in 2019.

"The site visit went very well," says FCD Committee Chair Philip Regan, "We are pleased by the State's response to our application, and are excited by what the advent of a Cultural District could do for the Town of Franklin."

To learn more about the Franklin Cultural District, their partners, and upcoming activities and events, visit their website at, or follow them on Facebook (, Twitter (@FranklinCulture), and Instagram (@franklinculture).

FHS boys soccer, girls soccer, and golf teams posts wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Sep 21.

Football = Franklin, 6 @ Mansfield, 24 – Final 
1st Quarter: (M) Aidan Sacco 14-yard rush, Michael DeBolt XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) M. DeBolt 35-yard field goal; (M) Vinnie Holmes 2-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) Cincere Gill 46-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good; (F) Nick Gordon 56-yard pass to Ryan Driscoll, 2-point conversion failed.

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of provides the game recap

Photo Gallery for this game

FHS football gets ready on the line ( photo)
FHS football gets ready on the line ( photo)

Boys Soccer = Stoughton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Franklin built a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a furious Stoughton rally to beat the Knights. Stoughton used an own goal and a tally from John Neves (from Fabi Ponce de Leon) to get within a goal. The visitors nearly found the equalizer but Franklin’s defense was able to fend the Knights to get the win.

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 9 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final
– Emily Landry had two goals and an assist to lead the Panthers in a big win. Sydney St. Marie and Carly Alston each had a brace, Stella Regan added a goal and two assists, Anna Balkus had a goal and an assist, and Erin Quaile had a goal for Franklin. Sam Powderly, Kaylee DeSimone, and Calen Frongillo all had assists in the win. Nicole Weir had a strong game for the Black Knights.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 1 vs. Needham, 7 – Final
– Franklin’s Victoria Quinn scored in the first half on an assist from Cassi Ronan but the Panthers fell at home to Needham. Quinn’s goal had Franklin tied 1-1 at half with the Rockets but Needham’s offense exploded in the second half. Anna Jardine made four saves while Neilee Hess had one stop.

Golf = Franklin, 249 @ Medway, 291 – Final
– Franklin earned a win over Medway, who uses six cards for final scoring. Quinten Fero was the medalist, leading the way with a low-round of 38 for the Panthers. Jake Blaney, Matt D’Errico, and Jack Paterson each shot a 40 for Franklin.

For other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Shared Living Provider Informational Session - Oct 29

Shared Living Provider Informational Session

Hosted by HMEA, Inc

Monday, October 29, 2018 
at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Franklin Public Library Community room

Shared Living Provider Informational Session - Oct 29
Shared Living Provider Informational Session - Oct 29

“They’ll have access to more branches, more ATMs, more services”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Before the end of the year, longtime community mainstay Milford National Bank is expected to close, reopening as Rockland Trust. 
The two banks announced a merger earlier this year, with Rockland Trust acquiring the 169-year-old Milford institution this fall. A final date awaits regulatory approval, but Rockland Trust Company Public Relations Marketing Manager Ellen Molle said she expects action in the fourth quarter of 2018. 
Milford National Bank, in a notice on its website, has told customers its branches will reopen as Rockland Trust branches on Nov. 19. 
“We are excited about this combination and the opportunity to provide you with outstanding banking products and services to help meet your financial goals,” the notice states."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

“They’ll have access to more branches, more ATMs, more services”
Rockland Trust sign on a winter day

FTC Consumer Alerts: Hang up on Medicare card scams

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Scammers follow the news – and the money. A few months ago, we shared the news that Medicare is sending new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits, replacing your Social Security number with another number. As expected, scammers have been trying to cash in on this change.

Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/21/18 - THU 9/27/18

Friday, September 21
 Knitting Group
 ArtWeek Mass NonProfit Network Panel call
 Franklin Garden Club - Flower Arrangement Sale
 Franklin Farmers Market
 Rep Roy - Office Hours at Farmers Market
 FPAC: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Saturday, September 22
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 OCC Concert: The Kingston Trio
 FPAC: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 Circle of Friends: John Gorka with special guest Amilia K Spicer
Sunday, September 23
 Car Wash to benefit FHS Gymnastics Team
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 FPAC: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Monday, September 24
 Rep Roy - Office Hours in Medway
 Move Along
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Library Board Meeting
 Ted Reinstein - Book Talk
Tuesday, September 25
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
Wednesday, September 26
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Construction Junction
 Family Game Night!
 Town Council meeting
Thursday, September 27
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 Genealogy Club Meeting

For the interactive version, please visit

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

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

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/21/18 - THU 9/27/18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/21/18 - THU 9/27/18

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!

New class offered THIS TRIMESTER!

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents a new and exciting class ... Piano Lab!

Learn how to play piano in a group setting! Progress at your own tempo! Our skilled piano lab instructors will help you achieve your piano goals!

Classes will include 3 to 6 students. With the use of headphones in class, along with our piano lab textbook, students will learn and practice with the guidance and individual attention from our piano lab instructors. Students will also participate in group piano pieces as part of a piano lab ensemble within the class setting.

Piano lab is a great class for beginners over the age of ten, and for students of all ages with previous musical experience on any instrument, for students who study voice, and for those who are interested in learning keyboard skills to augment their study of music. Vocal students can even learn to accompany themselves!

To register, please call reception at (508) 533-7700 or e-mail:

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!
Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios presents Piano Lab!

FHS field hockey, volleyball and golf teams post wins on Thursday

Via HockomockSports, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Sep 20.

Field Hockey = Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 8 – Final
– Amanda Lewandowski led the way for the Panthers with two goals and two assists to help Franklin pull away in the second half. Regan Paterson had a hat trick and Victoria Quinn and Cassi Ronan each had a goal and an assist for the win. Ashley Reutlinger scored once and Emma DiPhillipo had an assist, while Anna Jardine had five saves in the win. Kayla Laboy made 11 saves for the Black Knights.

Volleyball = Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– The Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 victory. Ellie Wisnieswki had seven kills and nine digs for the Panthers. Maggie Doyle had five kills and five solo blocks and was a force at the net for Franklin. Hailey Sanders and Peyton Arone each added five kills, libero Riley Marino had 10 digs and a pair of aces, and setter Lauren McGrath had 30 assists and five aces for a very balanced Franklin attack.

Golf = Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 206 – Final
– Matt D’Errico shot the low round of the day for Franklin, carding a 39 in the win.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS field hockey, volleyball and golf teams post wins on Thursday
FHS field hockey, volleyball and
golf teams post wins on Thursday

YMCA Teen Leaders Help Rebuild Houston

One year ago the city of Houston and southeastern Texas were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Locally, the tragedy spurred youth to action, becoming a rallying cause for the YMCA's Teen Leaders Club.

YMCA Leaders Clubs combine leadership, volunteering, and community service opportunities with fun and fellowship and are available to all kids in middle and high school, with syndicates in Foxborough, Franklin and North Attleboro. The Hockomock Area YMCA's Teen Director Alyssa Boutin of the Invensys Foxboro Branch wanted to get the kids involved right away to address the Houston situation. "We talked about how it would feel to have to return to school amidst turmoil left from the natural disaster. Many of their peers in Houston were without basic necessities that we tend to take for granted."

Boutin arranged for the Greater Houston YMCA's Leaders Club to skype with club members at the Hockomock Area YMCA. "We learned they were going to school despite a lot of damage and loss of electricity and were in need of some of the most basic items, like tooth brushes and tooth paste or shampoo, soap, and clothing," said Boutin.

Resultant of that conversation, local teens orchestrated a relief drive that generated nine boxes of essentials weighing over 200 pounds. The teens gathered donations from drop bins at each of the Hockomock Area YMCA facilities and sent them off to the YMCA in Houston. Bags of hygiene-related donations had come in to bins where members check-in at their local YMCAs.

"Membership at the YMCA is about building spirit, mind, and body," said Executive Director Patrick Murphy of the Foxboro Y. "It was not surprising to see the generous response from our members. They are great examples to our teens as they learn about social responsibility and how they are called to make a positive difference."

Houston teens were grateful recipients of the supplies. In turn, they offered up an invitation for the Massachusetts teens to join Teen Escape: a program designed for teens across the country to make real impact on a community in need. The 2018 destination was Houston and transportation would be covered by Southwest Airlines.

On July 22, seven teens from the Hockomock Area YMCA left for Houston and spent five days working on rebuilding homes.

The youth that traveled had been chosen based on their essays during an application process conducted at the Y. They joined YMCAs from Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, North Carolina, and Houston—all told over 75 people contributed to the rebuilding of Houston through Teen Escape.

"We worked on seven houses to get families back in their homes," says Boutin who accompanied the Leaders. In addition to cleaning up debris remaining from Hurricane Harvey, the teens painted, removed walls and installed new drywall, and replaced tile and floorboards.

The crew met a woman whose family left their home when water reached the four foot mark. The morning after Harvey hit, they waded through the water until they arrived at a high point in the neighborhood where a relative was waiting to help.

They also worked on a house for a retired nurse whom they enjoyed speaking to. She shared that she had lived in her house for 50 years. She'd stayed through Hurricane Harvey and had no intentions of ever leaving, so repairs to the house to keep it standing were critical.

"When we met her in her home and heard her story, I think that's when the teens truly understood the impact they were making," said Boutin. “It was an experience we all learned from and are determined to bring back here, encouraging others to make a difference."

The group photo includes the following individuals and town of residence (L-R):  BACK ROW: Bobby Saba, Mansfield  Michelle Mattson, North Attleboro  AJ Jaber, Wrentham  Dan Brennock, North Attleboro - He is the executive branch director of the North Attleboro YMCA  Alyssa Boutin, Providence - She is the teen director of the Foxboro YMCA FRONT ROW:  Valentina Ipatova, Attleboro  Maddy Jankowski, North Attleboro  Megan Flaherty, North Attleboro  Corinne McMorrow, Franklin
The group photo includes the following individuals and town of residence (L-R):
BACK ROW:Bobby Saba, Mansfield
Michelle Mattson, North Attleboro
AJ Jaber, Wrentham
Dan Brennock, North Attleboro - He is the executive branch director of the North Attleboro YMCA
Alyssa Boutin, Providence - She is the teen director of the Foxboro YMCA
Valentina Ipatova, Attleboro
Maddy Jankowski, North Attleboro
Megan Flaherty, North Attleboro
Corinne McMorrow, Franklin

About Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit

Get a First Look at FPAC’s Virginia Woolf?

Get a first look at the cast of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? presented by the Franklin Performing Arts Company September 21-23 at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, MA. The cast features Nick Paone, Hallie Wetzell, Craig Hanson, and Amanda Dubois.

Nick Paone, Hallie Wetzell, Craig Hanson, and Amanda Dubois.
Nick Paone, Hallie Wetzell,
Craig Hanson, and Amanda Dubois.
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. 
Get a First Look at FPAC’s Virginia Woolf?
Get a First Look at
FPAC’s Virginia Woolf?

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.

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling the box office at 508-528-3370, or at the door (as long they remain available). You can follow FPAC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

45th Annual Craft Fair - Nov 10

The Franklin Newcomers and Friends 45th Annual Craft Fair is coming up. Come get a start on your Holiday Shopping . . . or find the perfect birthday, anniversary, housewarming, etc ... gift. 

The Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Tri-County High School, 147 Pond Street, in Franklin, MA. All proceeds go to local charities. 

In addition to the Artisans we will have a Bake Sale Table, Raffles and we are accepting donations for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Interested Crafters of handmade items are welcome to request an application by sending an email to

45th Annual Craft Fair - Nov 10
45th Annual Craft Fair - Nov 10

LiveARTS: Season Announcement 2018-2019

Announcing our

2018-2019 Season
Sunday, October 21, 2018

at 3 p.m.

Special Benefit Concert

for LiveARTS
The Buswell Ensemble

James Buswell, violin,
Amy Galluzzo, violin,
Carol Ou, cello

with Victor Rosenbaum, piano

Music of Mozart

Pre-Concert talk by Ann Sears,
Professor of Music, Chair, Music Department
Wheaton College
from 2:30-2:45
Sunday, November 4, 2018

at 3 p.m.
A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday

Sunday, February 17, 2019

at 3 p.m.

Music for Cello and Piano

Sunday, April 14, 2019

at 3 p.m.
Mistral Music

Season Subscription Rates

Still the best ticket prices anywhere!

All four concert for Adults: $80
All four concerts for Senior Citizens (65 +): $60
As always, Students 18 and under are by donation

How to Buy Tickets
  • Follow this link to our website ( and use your credit card to purchase your season subscription or tickets for individual concerts.
  • You can purchase a season subscription at the door at our first concert, Sunday, October 21st. Tickets for each concert are available at the door.
  • You can write a check to LiveARTS and mail to LiveARTS, c/o Rick Duthe, 283 Prospect Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

We look forward to seeing you
at an upcoming performance!

All concerts take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin at 262 Chestnut Street. Located in a beautiful natural setting, the Meetinghouse is accessible for all.


LiveARTS, a Franklin-based chamber music concert series, is dedicated to presenting classical music featuring outstanding Boston-area and national musicians in a local setting. Ticket prices cover a very small part of the expense involved to bring these concerts to you. LiveARTS relies on the generous support of donors to bring world class musicians to the area at affordable ticket prices. Your donation are greatly appreciated!

LiveARTS is an 
autonomous, nonprofit, nonsectarian affiliate of the First Universalist Society in Franklin. Tax-Deductible contributions go directly and exclusively to LiveARTS.

Support the ARTS!


Support LiveARTS!

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LiveARTS, Franklin, Massachusetts
283 Prospect Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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