Saturday, April 29, 2023

Second Sunday Speaker to celebrate Horace Mann - May 14 at 1:15 PM

In May, we celebrate Franklin’s Favorite son, Horace Mann. Our Second Sunday Speaker Series presentation will be The Life of Horace Mann. Born in Franklin and commonly known as the Father of American Education, Mann’s life from a young farm boy from Franklin, braiding straw for pennies to Brown University, to the State House and beyond is a story our town can be proud of. An educator, lawyer, abolitionist, orator and statesman, Mann gave much to many in his short life. Learn about his family life in Franklin, his education, friends, loves and his strong desire to establish free education to all. 

Horace Mann
Horace Mann
Join us for the presentation Sunday, May 14th. Doors open at 1:00, presentation starts at 1:15. Then join us for coffee and cake as we celebrate the 227th birthday of Horace Mann. COVID-19 prevented us from celebrating Horace’s 225th, and he hasn’t quite forgiven us!

Visitors to the museum are asked to bring an item for the Franklin Food Pantry. Personal items such as shampoo/soap/razors/toothpaste, etc. or individually wrapped paper towels, among other items would be welcome. 

We also encourage visitors to browse our gift shop and make a purchase in support of the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum and the programs they support. 

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street, is wheelchair accessible and entry is always free.

You can also visit the Historical Museum on the web at   

or on Facebook at

Town Council Quarterbacking condenses the meeting to what it means for Franklin residents & taxpayers (audio)

FM #980 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 980 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer in our Town Council Quarterbacking session. This is one of the series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior night’s Town Council meeting. 

Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England, this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of Apr 26, 2023

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics

2 license transactions

Transfer of Section 15 Wine and Malt Beverages Package Store License and Approval of Parth Patel as the Manager - Marlboro Food, Inc. d/b/a 7-Eleven, Located at 664 Union St. 

Robert Vozzella / La Cantina Winery - Farmer-Winery, Farmer’s Market License 

1 piece of legislation

Resolution 23-28: Town Council Approval of County ARPA Funds  (Motion to Approve Resolution 23-28 - Majority Vote) 


a. Discussion: Open Space & Recreation Plan Update - Breeka Li Goodlander, Conservation Agent and Natural Resources Manager 

b. Discussion: Display of Flags on Town Flagpoles or Property 

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 

Our conversation runs about 32 minutes. Let’s listen to the Town Council Quarterbacking session recorded Apr 27, 2023

Audio file ->


The agenda doc can also be found on the Town of Franklin page -> 

My notes in one PDF file -> 

Franklin TV meeting video -> 


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.

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Franklin, MA: Town Council Agenda for April 26, 2023 meeting
Franklin, MA: Town Council Agenda for April 26, 2023 meeting

FHS boys lacrosse top Longmeadow on Friday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the spring sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, April 28, 2023. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 16 vs. Longmeadow, 10 – Final
Davis: 4G, 2A
Consigli: 4G, 2A
Sacchetti: 2G, 2A
O'Brien, Walshe: 2G each

Corvi: 13 saves
Alexander: 19-29 on faceoffs 

Great team W for the boys... Officially halfway through the season and we're sitting at 8-1. #onegoal

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 16 vs. Longmeadow, 10 – Final
Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 16 vs. Longmeadow, 10 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin Senior Connection - May 2023 Newsletter

Here is your Franklin Senior Center: Senior Connection May 2023 Newsletter

Rausch Report: Earth Month Recap (April 2023)

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Rausch Report: Earth Month Recap (April 2023)

Dear Franklin,

Happy Spring! April has been an exciting month, with Earth Day, holidays, committee hearings, Town Meeting season, and so much more. Whatever you celebrated this month, I hope it was joyous and meaningful. Personally, I was thrilled to celebrate Passover with friends and family, cheer on runners at the Boston Marathon, join the Town of Sherborn for the launch of Town Meetings, help clean up our district with hundreds of fellow Earth Day volunteers in Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin (check out some of our climate policy work here!) and chair the first two hearings of the Environmental Committee. 

My team and I are deep into legislative work, with committee hearings on water policy, crumbling concrete, and local matters already completed, and the Senate budget debates forthcoming in May. (The House completed its budget debates earlier this week. You can view the House base budget, all 1,566 amendments, and the final House Budget as soon as all the adopted amendments are incorporated.) Over the next few weeks, I'll file numerous amendments to the Senate Budget; youth mental health, housing, education, environmental protection and preservation, local transportation, and small business supports are among the investments I'll work to advance. Also, as a board member for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, I'm collaborating with colleagues to advance our shared priorities through meetings with legislative leadership and Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. 

Rausch Report
Rausch Report

This month's Rausch Report includes legislative updates, district visits, Earth Day highlights, town election information, an important heads up for MassHealth members, youth engagement opportunities, and details on upcoming office hours.  

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to call me and my team at (617) 722-1555, email me at, or attend upcoming office hours. We are here to help.   

Yours in service,  

Senator Becca Rausch   

office hours
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Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) Event - Resume Feedback - May 2

Hi folks,

As part of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging 50+ Job Seeker program, I'm going to present in person next Tuesday at the Natick Community & Senior Center. The topic will be resumes.

Date: Tuesday May 2.
Time: 2 -3:30 pm

If you think you will attend, please bring your resume.
In fact, bring a laptop!

* Let's update your resume file.
* Furthermore, the center has WIFI. I can review your LinkedIn profile, as well.

If you are not already registered for the 50+ program, just walk in.
We will record your name and email address and register you for the program.

BTW, I just returned from the PARW resume writer conference in Florida, where I learned the latest theories and facts about resume writing.

If your resume is not eliciting responses from companies, you've got to attend.


Ed Lawrence
Certified Interview Coach
Authorized DISC Administrator
Member, CPRW Certification Committee

MCOA Event - Resume Feedback - May 2
MCOA Event - Resume Feedback - May 2

Panther TV: Panther news for April 28 (video)

"Panther News: Friday, April 28, 2023
@FHScheer_ @FranklinMatters @FHSSports @FranklinHS @FranklinPSNews @FHSPantherbook" via @YouTube

Shared from Twitter ->

Friday, April 28, 2023

Franklin Police road closure alert for Saturday (4/29/23) morning - FRANKLIN LITTLE LEAGUE PARADE

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning (weather permitting) the Franklin Youth Baseball Organization has its annual little league parade. 
Starting around 9 AM you can expect temporary road closures on West Central St by the Davis Thayer School, Cottage St, and Peck St.

Franklin Police road closure alert for Saturday (4/29/23) morning - FRANKLIN LITTLE LEAGUE PARADE
Franklin Police road closure alert for Saturday (4/29/23) morning - FRANKLIN LITTLE LEAGUE PARADE

Franklin's Event Outlook: April 28, 2023 to May 5, 2023

Concert options with choices of Dean dance students, Electric Youth, John Gorka in addition to live music at the local brewery and local winery. Read your favorite poem on Saturday, or come to listen to what is read. There are additional events through the week leading to next Friday, Cinco de Mayo as #artshappenhere in Franklin.

Friday, April 28

9:00am - Arts & Culture Listening Tour - Session 2 (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm - Northeast Groove (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:30pm - Dean Dance Company (Ticketed performance) (Dean College Main Stage)

Saturday, April 29

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

12:00pm - Favorite Poem Project (Franklin Public Library)

2:00pm - Dean Dance Company (Ticketed performance) (Dean College Main Stage)

6:00pm - Corner 2 Corner (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:30pm - Dean Dance Company (Ticketed performance) (Dean College Main Stage)

7:30pm - Electric Youth 2023 (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

8:00pm - John Gorka (ticketed event, masks required) (Circle of Friends Coffeehouse)

Sunday, April 30

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

2:00pm - Dean Dance Company (Ticketed performance) (Dean College Main Stage)

Wednesday, May 3

1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - Franklin Art Association (monthly meeting) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - FHS Jazz Concert (Franklin High School)

Thursday, May 4

10:00am - Writer's Quiet Space (Escape Into Fiction)

2:00pm - What is wrong with my Houseplants? (virtual) (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm - Ken Barney (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

6:00pm - Papilia's Wood Fired Pizza (food truck) (La Cantina Winery)

6:30pm - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance (monthly meeting) (Franklin Public Library)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Franklin's Event Outlook: April 21, 2023 to Apr 27, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: April 21, 2023 to Apr 27, 2023

Reminder: Read your Favorite Poem at the Franklin Library, Saturday, April 29 from 12 to 3 PM

April is almost but not quite complete so there is time for the Favorite Poem Reading at the Franklin Library, Saturday, April 29 from 12 to 3 PM.

Come to the Library to read your favorite poem, or listen to others read their favorite poem. 

Favorite Poem Project™  with Steve Sherlock  and Camille Napier Bernstein

Choose a favorite published poem that you have long treasured or recently discovered. Read it for a recording celebrating National Poetry Month for later inclusion on Steve’s podcast.

Note: Poems may not be ones you or family members or friends have written.  
Limit: Five minutes reading time.
Use the form here to sign up to read your favorite poem -> 

Download and share the flyer with your friends & neighbors

From the archives: In October 2017, there was a Favorite Poem Reading at the Senior Center. The listing of poems and readers a few days in advance of that event (which I miss) can be found ->

Two poetry events at the Library for April to celebrate "National Poetry Month" - Apr 8 & Apr 29
There were 2 events scheduled, only 1 remains - Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 PM

Franklin's Beautification Day Set for May 20

Get ready for spring. Volunteers are needed for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club's annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin on the morning of Saturday, May 20.

Many hands are needed to help plant a variety of flowers on the bridges, barrels and boxes in front of the stores.

Volunteers with trucks will meet at 7:30 at Fairmount Fruit Farm at 887 Lincoln St. to pick up trays of flowers and deliver downtown. If you don’t have a truck, arrive by 8:30 at the municipal parking lot near the bridge in front of The Rome restaurant. Bring work gloves, rakes and garden tools, if you can.

Students: if you have community service hours to satisfy, this is the perfect opportunity to earn your hours. You will get a note documenting your service.

Not available to plant on May 20? Volunteer to water plants for the season. There are 18 weeks of watering needed throughout the summer months, said Eileen Mason, Beautification Day Chairperson. Pick the weeks that work for you.

This season, the Garden Club and volunteers will be planting Pink Dipladenia, Sally Fun, Deep Ocean Salvia (blue), White Wave Petunias and Juncus Grass-Corkscrew Rush. They have a lush tropical look, Mason said.

 “This year’s selections are somewhat new. We try to plant for the hot dry season,” Mason explained. “They are drought-tolerant and should be quite showy throughout the summer.” She has been in charge of this ambitious effort for more than 19 years.  If you can volunteer to plant May 20th or water this summer, email Eileen Mason at

Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director, Lisa Piana, values the teamwork from all who come together to make this a success. “The FDP is extremely grateful to Eileen Mason, the Garden Club, DPW and the many volunteers that come out every year to plant and water the flowers in the town’s center. We truly appreciate our many sponsors who support the beautification of our wonderful downtown.”

Franklin DPW does their part by supplying water, hoses and mulch, Mason added. They will also clean up litter and debris in certain areas. 

Franklin Downtown Partnership is grateful to the following sponsors who make the beautification effort possible. 
  • Platinum sponsors: Camford Property Group, Inc., Elizabeth’s Bagels, Eileen Mason-REMAX, Maven Hair Company, Middlesex Savings Bank, R.I. Motorsports.  Gold sponsors: Dean Bank, Notturno Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., PhysicianOne Urgent Care, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate.
  • Silver sponsors: Fenton Financial Group, Charles F. Oteri Funeral Home, Safford AXIA Insurance.
  • Bronze sponsors: Keefe Insurance Agency, Vet Med Pet Supplies.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of more than 350 business owners, residents, and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. Residents can join the Downtown Partnership for only $25. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll and the Harvest Festival, and initiatives such as beautification, streetscape design, greenspace, alley murals, and sculpture projects. 

For more information go to
Volunteers Wanted for May 20 Downtown Beautification Day
Volunteers Wanted for May 20 Downtown Beautification Day (photo from 2018)