Saturday, October 3, 2020

Franklin 5K Turkey Trot Adapts to Covid-19 Regulations

Franklin 5K Turkey Trot Adapts to Covid-19 Regulations
9th Annual Family Fun Run Benefits Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry is pleased to announce that the annual Franklin Turkey Trot will still happen in 2020! The fun 5K will occur with a few changes to keep all of our runners safe and provide help to the Franklin Food Pantry neighbors.

While the turkey trot will still officially run on Thanksgiving morning, November 26th, each runner can run or walk their own personal 5K when it is most convenient for them and can map out their favorite course anywhere throughout town. Once runners have finished the race, they can post a picture on social media sharing that they completed their run and their time while tagging the Franklin Food Pantry and using the hashtag #turkeytrot2020.

The registration fee of $25 goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help feed those in need, and participants can register online at This year, the Franklin Food Pantry will not be able to accept food donations instead of the fee. Thank you for understanding this change in policy. The first 100 registers will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Runners can also purchase a t-shirt directly from the registration page.

"This year, more than ever, we have seen the importance of the Food Pantry to our Franklin Community. Between June 2019 and July 2020, we have seen an increase of 21% of households that visit us. Our neighbors are feeling the effects of Covid-19 and are turning to the Pantry for food and support during these trying times, said Lynn Calling, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. "Thanksgiving will look different for many this year, but one thing that will not change is the tradition of the The Franklin Turkey Trot to rally our community to give back and help protect others from the threat of hunger. The over 1,400 individuals we serve are grateful to our community for coming out to support us."

There are also several opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the race. Funds received from sponsorships are used to purchase t-shirts for the first 100 registered race participants, and other costs associated with the event. Any additional money from sponsorships will go directly to support the Franklin Food Pantry. Interested sponsors should contact Kim Cooper at or Krystal Whitmore at

"I'd also like to take the time to thank Race Director Krystal Whitmore who volunteers every year to coordinate this wonderful event. We weren't sure if we'd be able to have this event this year, but we are so fortunate We are fortunate to have an incredibly hard-working group of volunteers, led by Krystal, to still make this event happen," said Calling. "Krystal organizes church members, high school students, and her own family members to volunteer. The amount of work involved is amazing. We could not do this without them."

About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to over 1,400 individuals. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. Between June 2019 and July 2020, 287,691, pounds of food was provided to clients. Other programs include the Weekend Backpack Program, Carts for Clients, Mobile Pantry, and holiday meal packages. Visit for more information.

Note: Franklin Matters is proud to be a sponsor of this event

2019 Turkey Trot Runners
2019 Turkey Trot Runners

FM #358 EDC Listening Session Number 1 - 9/30/20 (audio)

FM #358 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 358 in the series.

This shares the Franklin, MA Economic Development SubCommittee "Listening session" that was held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The session was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

A quick recap:

  • The first of several “listening sessions” was held on Weds, Sep 30.
  • While the meeting was delayed in opening officially, there was a healthy interactive discussion among the non-Council Chamber folks while waiting. The conversation unfortunately did not continue when the meeting opened.
  • It is a known problem with “listening sessions” where those doing the listening tend to respond to ideas rather than absorbing and asking no more than clarification questions like: please elaborate, what could work, what could be done… and that happened here too.

The meeting runs just about 88 minutes, so let’s listen to the EDC ‘listening session’ of Sep 30, 2020.  Audio file =




The agenda doc, including connection info
Listening Session schedule
My notes taken via Twitter during the meeting are summarized here
Photos used in the Twitter thread can be found in the Google photo album

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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EDC Chair Melanie Hamblen
EDC Chair Melanie Hamblen


Municipal Aggregation Program Informational Session - Oct 5

Municipal Aggregation Program Informational Session

  • Event Date: Monday, October 5, 2020 - 10:00am

Zoom Information

Program Announcement
Municipal Aggregation Program Informational Session - Oct 5
Municipal Aggregation Program Informational Session - Oct 5

FHS Golf wins second match in row vs. Attleboro

Via and Twitter we have the results of the fall sports activity for Franklin High School. 

Friday's Results

Golf = Attleboro, 195 @ Franklin, 157 – Final

Panthers roll to 2-0 with shooting a 157 over AHS today. Capt Paterson led the way with a 37 while red hot Norty followed with a 38. Hagerty added a 40 and Connelly closed with a 42. Back at it Monday. @FHSSports  @FHSPantherbook

Thursday's Results

Golf = Franklin, 149 @ Attleboro, 168 – Final 
– Franklin senior Nolan Norton fired a one-over par round of 36 to lead the Panthers to a win in their first match of the season. Senior Brian Sandham added a two-over round of 37 at Stone-E-Lea Golf Course in Attleboro while sophomore Jack Hagerty and senior Jack Paterson each shot 38 for the Panthers. Attleboro junior Brendan Raymond had a team-low round of 37 while Carter Shelton added a 41 for the Bombardiers. links
FHS Golf wins second match in row vs. Attleboro
FHS Golf wins second match in row vs. Attleboro

Franklin Public Library October 2020 News & Events

Franklin Public Library October 2020 News & Events

Library News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Franklin Public Library is currently closed to the public. Curbside Pickup is available Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the vestibule of the entrance at the top of the parking lot ramp. Library Staff are available by phone (508-520-4941) and email ( Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours are not available at this time.

In observance of Columbus Day, Curbside Pickup will not be available Monday, October 12th.

No donations are being accepted at this time. Please do not place them in the return bins or outside the building.


Programs for Children and Teens

Weekly Virtual Events for Kids!Fall Virtual Storytime Schedule

Wake Up Wiggles! Mondays 10:30AM on Facebook Live!

Zoom Tummy Time for Babies! Tuesdays @9:30AM

          email Miss Caleigh at to register for Tummy Time!

Zoom Toe Tapping Tuesdays! (Super Silly Dance Class for Ages 2+!) Tuesdays @4:00PM

          email Miss Bree at to register for Cool Cruisers!

Bookworm Bounce! Thursdays @4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Zoom Book Club for Kids Grades 3-5 (Alternating Saturday afternoons at 3:30PM)

Kids in Grades 3-5! Join us for awesome book discussions and fun activities! We are currently reading the 39 Clues Book 3 (The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis) and having a blast trying to solve all the mysteries and make predictions with this thrilling series!  Email to get involved!

Reader's Choice Zoom Book Club for Teens! 

Join a group of avid readers as we choose a YA book or series to read together and then discuss over zoom! This casual book club meets on zoom at the convenience of the members, and we decide what to read together, and LOVE getting recommendations! Email to get involved!

Teen Advisory Board, 2nd Wednesday of the Month on Zoom @7:30PM!

Teens! Want to get involved at the library from a distance? Join us as we plan teen-centric events, book displays, revamp our website and more! The perfect way to earn community service hours remotely! Email to get involved!

Special Programs for Families

Halloween Family Friendly Cooking Class:  Witch Fingers! Saturday, October 31st @1:00PM!

Join Miss Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen for a special zoom cooking class for kids and their grown-ups! We will be making witch finger treats in honor of Halloween!

To register and receive the recipe and zoom link, please email!

Programs for Adults

​Jumpin' Juba Car Concert, Friday, October 9, 3:00 p.m.Jumpin Juba Car Concert

Jumpin' Juba mixes blues from Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans with roots-y rock & roll, jazz, calypso, & Latin flavors. Steve Hurl's guitar playing draws from great blues, & early rock & roll. Bruce Ward's piano work recalls such greats as Prof. Longhair & Albert Ammons. For more information please visit  or .

Please remain in your vehicle or its immediate vicinity while enjoying the concert. Social distancing rules apply. Stay at home if you or a member of your household is sick. Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn if you are exiting your vehicle. Please maintain a distance of six feet from other participants.

This program is supported by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


West African Kora presented by Sean GaskellSean Gaskell
Sunday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire.

While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

This performance will take place on our FaceBook  and YouTube pages.


Antonio Meucci: Inventor of the Telephone?Antonio Meucci
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

Most of us grew up learning that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone – in Boston, no less. But there were many others who claimed to have gotten there first or simultaneously, and some of those "other" inventors still have their supporters. One of the "other" inventors with a particularly credible claim was Antonio Meucci, an immigrant from Florence, Italy, who shared a laboratory with Bell for a time but had actually shown a prototype of his own telephone more than a dozen years before Bell claimed his breakthrough. In this Zoom presentation, in honor of Italian History Month, local historian and Sons of Italy member, Alan Earls offers the fascinating story of Meucci (with slides).

This program will take place on Zoom. To register, please visit .


Kitchen Table Art Workshop: Beeswax Ink TransfersBeeswax & Ink Transfer

Sunday, October 25th, 3:00 p.m.

Transformation is pretty cool! Working in miniature we will explore an ink-onto-wax encaustic-like transfer method that has a magical quality. We will apply, burnish, and mark pigment from recycled magazine pages onto beeswax coated wood. The workshop is for adult and young adult artists, non-artists, and emerging creatives from all fields. No prior art experience is necessary.

Registration is open until October 15th. Priority will be given to Franklin residents. Pre-assembled kits containing materials and tools to be used in the workshop will be available for the first 15 registrants to pick-up curbside at the library. Additional participants may make up their own kit with a provided supply list. After registration closes, you will receive an email with either instructions about picking up your kit OR a supply list to put together your own kit. All registrants will receive the link to connect to the (Zoom) workshop.

To register go to Email questions to Jacqueline Volpe at Please register early if you would like to receive one of the pre-made kits since quantities are limited.

Kitchen Table Art Workshops (KTAW) are online open studios intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in the safety of our homes while being socially and artistically connected online. We will take turns sharing our creations as we work. Participants are asked to help create an atmosphere where we all feel open to exchange conversation and inspire each other's individual freedom of expression. So - let's say yes to our creativity by coming together online to make art!


Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.Book Club

The book for discussion is The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a rare book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas of honey, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a beautiful barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the rare book and in his own life.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at . To register, please visit  .


Online Resources

Even though we are closed to the public, the Library still has so much to offer! Here are updates and information regarding the Library's services during this closure:

Our digital library is still open! Explore our collection of audiobooks, ebooks, and more at . On your phone or tablet, download the Libby and Minuteman Library Network apps!

Try out KanopyhooplaCreativebug, and Consumer Reports on the Featured Databases page (exclusively available to Franklin residents).

Learn something new, find articles for school assignments, read newspapers like the New York Times, or pick up a new skill using the links on our Databases & Research Resources page.

Don't have a Library card? Apply for one online here ! This will give you access to all of our online resources and apps.

Tune in to our Facebook page for streaming storytimes, book discussions, and other live programs.

For email Reference service, or help with your library account, send questions to . Inquiries will be answered within 24 hours.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Shared from the Town of Franklin Library page

Franklin Public Library October 2020 News & Events
Franklin Public Library October 2020 News & Events

Watch "Think Franklin First ‐ A Keep It Local Campaign" on YouTube

Video link = 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Economic Development Subcommittee: Listening Session 1 - Recap of Sep 30, 2020 Session


  • The first of several “listening sessions” was held on Weds, Sep 30.
  • While the meeting was delayed in opening officially, there was a healthy interactive discussion among the non-Council Chamber folks while waiting. The conversation unfortunately did not continue when the meeting opened.
  • It is a known problem with “listening sessions” where those doing the listening tend to respond to ideas rather than absorbing and asking no more than clarification questions like: please elaborate, what could work, what could be done… and that happened here too.

As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #edcls0930

Photos (screen captures) shared via Twitter can be found in one folder 


  • Ready for EDC listening session #1 #edcls0930
  • Meeting opened but they are running late due to tech difficulty #edcls0930 So we'll wait.
  • While we have time to share the economic development page for Franklin  #edcls0930
  • And the Market Study which is one of the key inputs for the listening session soon to start #edcls0930
  • And the MetroWest study is also for consideration #edcls0930
  • Tonight is primarily for downtown Franklin, Franklin Cultural District along with the Crossing section segments of the Franklin market place #edcls0930
  • Tech resolution reached, meeting formally opening #edcls0930  (20 mins late)
  • Approx 21 via Zoom, some Committee and town folks in the Council chambers #edcls0930 Live stream and Verizon/Comcast cable subscribers also have access to their local channels
  • Tony Dasilva of the rail trail Committee notes an increase in traffic on the SNETT #edcls0930 Jamie adds about parking lot at Beaver and Grove, access to State forest, another lot coming to Spring St for access to the SNETT desire to be complete streets enabled
  • Long term plan includes work on Kenwood Circle and eventually all along Grove #edcls0930 to bring trail all the way down to the Crossing is desired. CSX owns and uses the stretch so it will take time, time, time
  • Friendly reminder if anyone needs the info to join #edcls0930
  • Senator Rausch in the audience #edcls0930 Lisa Piana of Downtown Partnership has some info and will be surveying their businesses.
  • #ThinkFranklinFirst campaign launches Oct 1 in town social media and newsletter #edcls0930 looking for help in sharing info. Work also underway on cultural district page to reflect current events, etc.
  • Recognizing that Amazon is a competitor, is there a way to develop a local delivery service to combine resources among the businesses. Would it be worth it to avoid hitting the Amazon button. #edcls0930 a grubhub for local items (not just food)
  • Suggestion on adding more lights downtown around the trees, will the sled be back? #edcls0930 Q on occupancy capacity for the next step per Gov Baker announcement yesterday. Outdoor back to 100, performance venue at half capacity doesn't cover Gillette yet
  • Looking to open Library, Senior Center, and Municipal building for Nov 9... #edcls0930
  • Drive through expanded hours coming to enable ballot drop off at Municipal building, stay tuned for more info coming. Visit town clerk page for updates. (will also share via of course) #edcls0930
  • Q on how many businesses are actually represented here? Trail folks, cultural folks, citizens, and there was out reach to business owners, etc. Personal invite to all 820 businesses by ToF office. #edcls0930
  • Raul of MAPC encourages use of students at Dean as a resource for helping in marketing or creation of collateral #edcls0930
  • How do we create a jingle on the #thinkFranklinFirst theme? #edcls0930 next one Oct 19, restaurants, hospitality, tourism target for that discussion but open to all
  • That's all for tonight, catch you all next time. #edcls0930 
EDC Chair Melanie Hamblen
EDC Chair Melanie Hamblen


COVID Positive Letter to ASMS Families

October 2, 2020

Dear Franklin Families,

I am writing to inform you that a person in our Annie Sullivan Middle School community has tested positive for COVID-19. This person has not been in the school building.

Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe. We have been planning for this scenario during our reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place to sanitize the school, inform individuals who were at risk of exposure or in close contact, and support everyone navigating this stressful experience.

Students and staff in the building have been closely adhering to the safety protocols including mask-wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful to our faculty/staff and families/students for continued efforts to monitor symptoms and stay home when not feeling well. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of transmission.

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community member who tested positive, your child was not a close contact (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes) of the affected school member. As always, please continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if they show any symptoms or are not feeling well.

Parents/guardians of students who were in close contact with the community member will be notified privately. All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of the test result. We are also following all Department of Health protocols, including collaborating with our local board of health to complete contact tracing. Additionally, we are asking those parents/guardians whose students are tested for COVID-19 to please report the results to the school nurse. Staff members are to report positive test results to their supervisor. We are working hard to understand the impact of the virus on our school community and this information is a critical piece of that puzzle.

To prevent transmission of the virus to staff and students, we sanitize the school with a focus on areas that are frequently touched/accessed. We will continue to be vigilant in adhering to all of the protocols that have been put in place.
As noted in a previous communication regarding COVID-19, please visit the following link for more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing:

You can also find a map of testing sites at Please contact us immediately should you or someone in your home begin to show symptoms.

We are committed to continuous communication with and support of our families. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please e-mail

Thank you for your continued support.

Franklin Public Schools 

The COVID Communications protocol was announced previously
COVID Positive Letter to ASMS Families
COVID Positive Letter to ASMS Families


"Breweries in Pandemic Times" - #thinkFranklinfirst

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest for Franklin:
"Chilly weather didn’t stop a devoted group of thirsty customers from huddling on the concrete patio outside the small Idle Hands brewery one evening last week. Tractor-trailers rumbled past on a busy four-lane road. The clickety-clack of the Orange Line could be heard nearby.

Despite the gritty backdrop, all six outdoor tables were occupied and replenished with India pale ale, pilsner, lagers, and other craft beer. A few steps away, drive-up customers walked just inside the empty taproom to pick up their favorite ale and cart it home.

Chris Tkach, the owner, said he has managed to weather the near-constant reinvention forced on his small business by the pandemic. Revenues are down only 10 to 15 percent so far this year, he said. But as temperatures fall, Idle Hands and the state’s 200 other breweries worry whether all the changes they have made to stay afloat since March will be enough.

“The next six months could be excruciatingly challenging,” said Jack Hendler, co-owner of Jack’s Abby in Framingham. “A lot of breweries have been able to get through the past three months, but it has yet to be seen what will happen over the next few.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

This is an opportunity to #thinkFranklinfirst and consider 67 Degrees Brewing Co when looking for craft beer

Franklin weekend -> Oct 2 - 3 - 4, 2020

Farmers Market
Friday, Oct 2  - noon to 6:00 PM
Franklin Town Common 

Boy Scout Troop 126 bottle can drive
Sat, Oct 3 at the Franklin Elks (repeats on Sat, Oct 10)
or schedule a pick up by 5 PM on Friday

THE BLACK BOX presents T.3
Two virtual performances on Sat, Oct 3  6:30 PM or 8:15 PM

Franklin weekend ->  Oct 2 - 3 - 4, 2020
Franklin weekend ->  Oct 2 - 3 - 4, 2020

THE BLACK BOX presents T.3 - virtual performance - 2 shows on Oct 3

T.3 is a New York based vocal group composed of Liam Fennecken (School of Rock), Jim Hogan (Waitress) and Brendan Jacob Smith (The Simon & Garfunkel Story).  They gained popularity on social media platforms with covers of Disney, Broadway and Pop hits. They’re excited to share their music with you tonight! Feel free to follow them on social media: @t.3official #T3Thursday #tiktoktenors

Buy Tickets to watch in person at THE BLACK BOX: Two shows on Saturday, Oct 3: 6:30 PM or 8:15 PM

Want to watch from home?  Click here to purchase a virtual ticket and watch the Live Stream!

Jim Hogan is a New York City based actor, singer, musician and member of viral-sensation vocal group, T.3!  His Broadway National Touring credits include Waitress, The Phantom of the Opera and Spring Awakening.  Jim has performed as a soloist with Symphony Orchestras across the US and Canada. Training: Penn State University. Follow Jim on all social media outlets: @jimhogan220!

Liam Fennecken is a proud graduate of the Penn State BA Theatre program.  He is an actor, musician, and songwriter living in NYC.  He recently toured the US and South Korea in School of Rock, and has toured North America with Once, American Idiot, and Peter Pan 360.  Follow along on social media @liamfennecken!

Brendan Jacob Smith is an Actor, Singer and Songwriter based in Brooklyn, Ny. A recent graduate of Ithaca College, Brendan will be playing Art Garfunkel in the US/ Canada Company of The Simon and Garfunkel starting this spring. He recently finished up his time as a member of Hyannis Sound, Cape Cod’s professional A capella group, and was seen as Frankie Epps in Parade at The Rev Theatre Company. Follow on Social media @Brendanjacobsmith! 

THE BLACK BOX presents T.3 - virtual performance - 2 shows on Oct 3
THE BLACK BOX presents T.3 - virtual performance - 2 shows on Oct 3

October 2020 E-Newsletter. Election Info, Department News and More!

The Town Clerk's office is preparing for the November 3rd election. All information can be found on the Town Clerk's website.
Please note: There is a special Town Election being held on December 5th to fill a vacant Town Council seat. Important deadlines are as follows:
  • October 14th: Last Day to obtain nomination papers
  • October 16th: Last Day to file nomination papers
  • October 20th: Last day to withdraw
The Town of Franklin Coronavirus Information Portal is available on our homepage and is updated frequently to provide our residents and business owners with the latest information and resources. Find Franklin specific data under the "Town of Franklin News" tab.
Fiscal Year 2021, 2nd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property bills will be mailed out October 1st and are due November 2nd.
You can pay online here, or visit the Municipal Building drive-thru during regular business hours. You can also drop payments in the Official Town of Franklin Mailbox (pictured above) located at Town Hall.

Franklin Public Schools is beginning the transition to a hybrid model, starting with K & 1st grade, on October 1st. In order to keep our families, staff and the community informed, we have published a Reopening Website. New information is added as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates.
FPS will also be releasing monthly newsletters and School Committee updates. To sign up for these communications, please click the link below.
The Town of Franklin celebrated the retirement of our longtime Senior Center Director, Karen Alves, and welcomed our new director, Erin Rogers. We wish Karen the very best in her retirement and thank her for her years of service to our elder community!

The Curbside Cafe is providing freshly prepared meals, distributed daily at the Senior Center for elders 60 and older.Click to find out how to order!
Curbside Pick up continues at the Library! Find out more on their website!

The Franklin Library is continuing to put out a calendar FULL of fun events for all ages! Visit their website and sign up for the Library Newsletter to stay in the loop!
Stay updated about all the FABULOUS programs happening at our library! Visit their website and/or social media to find out more about the offerings for all ages!
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Franklin Police Department wants all survivors of domestic, and sexual violence to know that there are resources available to help. We made this short video to talk about it, and suggest the following links if you or someone you know needs assistance. New Hope, Inc. and the National Domestic Violence Hotline are valuable sources of information. 
As always, in an emergency please call 911.
Want to know what is happening in town?

Check out the updated (and ever evolving!) Franklin Cultural District Website and find local events, entertainment, happenings, restaurants, organizations and more!
The Newsletter is too long for posting here, visit the Town of Franklin page for the full contents