Saturday, August 24, 2019

7 candidates certified, 24 total candidates thus far for the Franklin Biennial Election

The candidate listing has grown slightly this week. There are candidates equal to the number of positions for Constables, Planning Board, and Town Clerk. The Town Council currently has 10 candidates for nine positions and the other boards/committees are currently short of candidates. 

Let's go Franklin. 

There should be more candidates to allow for some competition and choice. The last day to take out papers is Friday, Sep 13. The last day to return papers is Tuesday, Sep 17.

The listing of the 22 candidates who have taken out papers to run for the open positions on the Franklin Biennial Election is provided via Town Clerk, Teresa Burr. 7 of the candidates have had their papers certified to confirm their ballot entry.

The listing will be updated weekly to provide the 'scorecard' of who's taken papers, who's turned them in, etc.

Download your copy from here

Find more information on the Franklin Election Nov 5, 2019 in the "election collection"

Franklin Election Collection - 2019
All precincts vote on Nov 5, 2019 in one location, Franklin High School

FPAC Announces Season of World Premiers, Franklin Favorites, and Broadway Stars

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) is excited to announce its 29th Season. The theater company based out of THE BLACK BOX will present a year of world premiers, Franklin favorites, and Broadway stars. The season opens with Yasmina Reza’s award winning comedy Art. Serge has bought a modern painting for a huge sum of money. Marc hates it and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides. If your friendship is based on tacit mutual agreement, what happens when one person does something completely different and unexpected? Art directed by Nick Paone runs September 20-22 at THE BLACK BOX.

Save the date for FPAC’s annual Gala hosted by Broadway’s Michael James Scott on Saturday, October 12 at THE BLACK BOX. This year, the company celebrates WISHES starring the Genie himself from Broadway’s Aladdin. FPAC’s annual, signature gala event marks their sixth season at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue. The night will feature inspired cuisine, exciting live and silent auctions, fabulous entertainment, and dancing.
FPAC Announces 29th Season
FPAC Announces 29th Season

FPAC presents Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, choreographed by Broadway's Clay Thomson (King Kong, Newsies, Matilda) October 19, 20, and 25-27. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Audiences will be treated to Broadway choreography in the suburbs.

Experience all the festive magic and colorful splendor of The Nutcracker as FPAC stages its cherished annual production of the holiday classic with live orchestra, special guest artists, and more than 100 area dancers December 7 and 8 at the Franklin High School Auditorium. The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season - a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. The world-famous ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, delights the imaginations of audiences young and old with a professional production at a reasonable price. Fall under Drosselmeyer’s dreamy spell and join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a journey full of surprises and wonder.

The holidays are jolly and bright as ’Tis the Season! returns to entertain FPAC audiences with great merriment, fanfare, and fun. An original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995, ’Tis is an upbeat, jazzy extravaganza featuring members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band, with contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in musical styles ranging from R&B, gospel, and Motown to rock, pop, and Broadway. Celebrate the season with FPAC December 14 and 15 at the Franklin High School Auditorium.

FPAC is thrilled to present the world premiere of Christopher Rice's The Tappy Christmas Special LIVE!. Based off of Rice's viral #TAPPY video series, this Christmas spectacular will feature Rice, other special Broadway surprise guests, and FPAC favorites all on one stage. Christopher Rice joined the FPAC family last season when he headlined the sold-out run of Disney's Newsies as Jack Kelly. Currently appearing in Pretty Woman on Broadway, Rice's other credits include The Book of Mormon on Broadway, the national tours of West Side Story, White Christmas, and more. The viral tap dance video series #TAPPY has been seen by over 3 million people worldwide. Local audiences will have the chance to be part of the live studio audience at THE BLACK BOX December 20-22.

On January 24-26, the classic comedy Tartuffe comes to THE BLACK BOX. So virtuous is Tartuffe that every form of pleasure is an abomination to him. Orgon, a rich merchant, is completely duped by the ruse and watches approvingly as the cunning Tartuffe "reforms" his whole family. So besotted is the merchant that he even plans to give Tartuffe his fortune, his house, and finally his daughter. Orgon's wife finally exposes Tartuffe for the rogue he is -- and her husband for being a gullible fool. By the time Orgon sees the light, only the courts can insure justice. This clever adaptation of Moliere’s comedy is a must-see at THE BLACK BOX.
Season of World Premiers, Franklin Favorites, and Broadway Stars
Season of World Premiers, Franklin Favorites, and Broadway Stars

THE BLACK BOX turns pink March 13-15 and 20-22 as Legally Blonde the Musical takes the stage. A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and featuring Jerry Mitchell’s original Broadway choreography, this musical is so much fun, it shouldn't be legal.

FPAC’s season will close June 5-7 with Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at THE BLACK BOX. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in Franklin, MA. 

Franklin Garden Club: Paper Quilling Workshop - Sep 3

The Franklin Garden Club will begin its 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, with a meeting at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel Cahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. An informal social get-together will take place from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. followed by a Paper Quilling Workshop

The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member. The meeting will also feature an optional perennial swap and friendship arrangements. Those attending may bring a perennial cutting from their garden to swap, as well as some cut flowers for the arrangements.

Club Co-Presidents Susan Childers and Deborah DeGrazia stated, “The Garden Club, founded in 1987, offers many educational programs, and one does not have to be a Master Gardener to join. Meetings provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about various aspects of gardening from experts and to exchange information with fellow members. We welcome anyone who is interested to attend the first meeting to learn more about the Club and planned activities.” 
Paper Quilling Workshop - Sep 3
Paper Quilling Workshop - Sep 3

The Paper Quilling Workshop will be led by DeGrazia and supplies will be provided. Paper quilling is the art of cutting paper into long thin strips, rolling and pinching the pieces into different shapes, and then gluing the shapes together to form decorative art. Paper quilling projects can be used to decorate cards, boxes, gift bags, picture frames, or even be made into 3D stand-alone art pieces. (

In addition to the September 3 meeting, this year’s programming schedule includes: October 1: Mushroom Foraging; November 5: Climate Reality; December 10: Holiday Auction; February 4: Craft Night; March 3: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs; April 7: Rose Care 101; May 5: Hypertufa Workshop; June 2, Garden Tour and Year End Social

Club community service activities include planting and maintenance of the Franklin Town Common gardens and the planters at the Franklin Library, sponsorship of an annual scholarship awarded to a high school graduate, distribution of pine tree seedlings in the elementary schools, and special projects with other community organizations. The Franklin Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. 

Veterans Coffee Social - Sep 4

Veterans Coffee Social

Wednesday ▪ Sep 4 ▪ 10:00 AM

Franklin Senior Center Café

Come And Chat With Other Vets
Coffee And Pastry Will Be Provided
All Vets Are Invited!

For More Information, Contact the Veteran Services Office At: (508) 613-1315

Veterans Coffee Social - Sep 4
Veterans Coffee Social - Sep 4

Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run - New for 2019!

Dolores and I did this walk in 2014 and it was a good experience to walk the bridge

Wear Your Accomplishment!
We're excited to share that this year's Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run will have finisher's medals for the first time ever!

Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Citizens Bank, we'll be able to make the same large charitable impact this event is known for, while also awarding every runner and walker with this custom-designed medal at the finish line!

Featuring a 3D-modeled image of the bridge and the Newport Pell Bridge 50th Anniversary logo, the medals hang from a silky, sublimated ribbon.

Earn yours on October 20th at the ninth annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run!

© 2019 Gray Matter Marketing. All rights reserved
Gray Matter Marketing | 200 Highpoint Avenue, Unit B5, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Sent by in collaboration with
Trusted Email from Constant Contact - Try it FREE today.
Try email marketing for free today!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 23 to THU - Aug 29

Mon Aug 26, 2019
Thu Aug 29, 2019

For the interactive version, please visit
For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar

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

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 23 to THU - Aug 29
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Aug 23 to THU - Aug 29

Franklin Civics Forum: How Your Town Government Works - Sep 25

Join us on Wednesday, September 25, for a free, non-partisan “Franklin Civics Forum: How Your Town Government Works.”

Did you snooze through your Civics course in high school? Did you even get a Civics course in high school? It’s not too late. 

Six current members of Franklin’s town government will speak about their areas of expertise:
  • Tom Mercer, chair of the Town Council, will provide an initial overview of the town government—its parts, their interrelationships, their purposes and personalities. He will also moderate the forum.
  • Melanie Hamblin, a member of the Town Council, will speak from the point of view of Franklin’s legislature.
  • Anne Bergen, chair of Franklin’s School Committee, and Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Schools, will discuss education, the largest single part of the town budget.
  • Joe Halligan sits on the Planning Board. He will speak on the Board's role in the town’s development, zoning, land use, and the like.
  • Jamie Hellen is the Town Administrator. He will close the forum by explaining how his office oversees the day-to-day implementation of town government.

A question-and-answer period will follow. Refreshments will be served. 

Admission is free and open to all.

This is a non-partisan event sponsored by the Franklin Democratic Town Committee.

Space is limited. Registration is encouraged.

For more information, or to reserve a seat

Franklin Civics Forum: How Your Town Government Works - Sep 25
Franklin Civics Forum: How Your Town Government Works - Sep 25

BLACK BOX Blues presents Sonya Ray Taylor - Aug 24

BLACK BOX Blues presents Sonya Ray Taylor! Sonya is part of the new breed of blues and soul musicians, always searching for new ways to revitalize the form. A triple threat, Sonya is a fiery guitar slinger, soulful blues belter, and a songwriter of depth and craft beyond her years. 

She is joined by her husband Ryan Taylor to form a powerful guitar duo. The couple has logged many miles in their young careers, from Boston to Austin then Nashville, where Sonya was signed by BMG Chrysalis. 

The two have worked with or shared stage with artists ranging from Austin queen of soul, Tameca Jones, Gary Clark Jr, John Popper of Blues Traveler, John Medeski, and Derrico Watson of the Victor Wooten Band and have made TV appearances on shows such as the the ABC series "Nashville". 

They are two of the finest young guitar players in the scene today and continue to provide audiences with high energy and soulful performances up and down the east coast and beyond.

Tickets for this 8:00 PM show is available at or by calling the Box Office at 508-528-3370. You can follow THE BLACK BOX on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in Franklin, MA.

BLACK BOX Blues presents Sonya Ray Taylor - Aug 24
BLACK BOX Blues presents Sonya Ray Taylor - Aug 24

39th Annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5K Road Race/Walk - Sep 14

Online preregistration is up for the 39th Annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5k Road Race on  September 14, 2019. 

Hope to see you again.


39th Annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5K Road Race/Walk - Sep 14
39th Annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5K Road Race/Walk - Sep 14

Is the American Community Survey legit?

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Colleen Tressler - Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Here at the FTC, we always tell people to use caution when someone they don't know asks them for personal information. So it's not surprising that people are asking questions about mailings and phone calls they're getting about the American Community Survey (ACS).

Read more 

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