Saturday, November 25, 2023

Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements

The Franklin Garden Club will sell decorated holiday wreaths and cemetery arrangements on Saturday, December 2,  from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Daddario’s Hardware Store, 528 West Central Street, Franklin, MA.  

In addition, holiday fresh floral arrangements will be sold on Instagram and Facebook beginning December 16. The Franklin Garden Club Instagram handle is @franklingardenclubma. The sales will benefit several different club activities. 

Payment for all purchases can be made with cash, check, credit card or Venmo.

The real wreaths will be decorated in a variety of colors and styles and will include eye-catching bows and other ornamentation. Many will include a variety of greens, as will the cemetery boxes.  All items will be reasonably priced:  wreaths - $30; cemetery planters and swags- $20. The floral arrangements, created with fresh flowers and greens, will feature either holiday or winter themes and will be priced from $15 - $40.

Club Co-Presidents Pat Donnelly and Mary Anne Dean stated, 
“We are very excited to offer area residents the opportunity to purchase beautiful holiday wreaths and arrangements created by members of the Franklin Garden Club.  This will help those who may not have the time to decorate their own wreaths or make arrangements, while also assisting the Club. "
All proceeds will benefit Garden Club activities, including the Club scholarship, pine tree seedling program for elementary school students, some of the Franklin Common and library plantings, and education programs open to the public. 

The Franklin Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements
Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

Franklin School Committee 
November 28, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order Mr. Callaghan
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. Callaghan
C. Payroll Mr. McNeill
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report
II. Guests/Presentations
A. Parmenter Elementary School Highlights Presentation
B. FHS National Art Honor Society Trip Proposal
C. District Assessment Presentation
III. Discussion/Action Items
A.   FHS National Art Honor Society Trip Proposal
I recommend approval of the request of Diane Plouffe and Amy Edson to take Art students to the MassMoca (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Clark Museum in North Adams, MA from March 15-16, 2024 as presented.
IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports
VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the November 14, 2023 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2609.86 from O’Connor Studios for in house enrichment at Keller Elementary as detailed.
C. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $356.67 from Ohiopyle Prints for Supplemental Supplies for FHS as detailed.
VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Adjournment

Meeting Packet folder -> 

School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023
School Committee - Agenda for Meeting Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

This Chalkboard Chat recaps the School Committee reorganization, Tri-County debt exclusion, & FHS presentation (audio)

FM #1103 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1103 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my recorded conversation with Franklin School Committee member Dave Callaghan. We had our conversation in the Franklin TV & Public Radio studio on Monday, November 20, 2023. 

Our primary topic was a recap of the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023.  We covered 

  • The election, the School Committee reorganization

  • The Tri-County debt exclusion avoids problems with the Franklin budget

  • The FHS update on what’s happening across their academic, club & sports activities

The recording runs about 25 minutes so let’s listen to my “chalkboard chat” with School Committee Chair Dave Callaghan. Audio link ->


Contact info for Dave Callaghan 

School Committee page => 

School budget -> 

Agenda doc  ->    

Meeting packet folder -> 

Franklin TV video for replay -> 

My notes captured during the meeting via Twitter can be found in one easy to ready PDF -> 

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This Chalkboard Chat recaps the School Committee reorganization, Tri-County debt exclusion, & FHS presentation (audio)
This Chalkboard Chat recaps the School Committee reorganization, Tri-County debt exclusion, & FHS presentation (audio)

Another DePaolo family member continues Project PJ

"Hello everyone!  
My name is Ryan DePaolo and my family and I are continuing Project PJ this year! We have been running this organization since 2014 and are so excited to be doing it again!  
Project PJ is a community service project that aims to raise awareness for children placed in foster care through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.  
We are asking people to donate NEW pajamas for children of all ages, infant to age 18. If you have any questions you can email us at and make sure to follow us on Instagram for updates and information about the project!  
You can drop in person donations off to my house at 48 High Ridge Circle, we have a donation bin on our side steps, and I have attached a QR code with links to online registries at Amazon and Target if that is easier.  
Thank you all for your consideration and constant support of this project!  
Happy holidays!"
Another DePaolo family member continues Project PJ
Another DePaolo family member continues Project PJ

THE BLACK BOX schedule for December

Saturday, December 2: 
Viva Las Elvis: A Vegas Christmas
Tribute Concert
Viva Las Elvis: A Vegas Christmas
Viva Las Elvis: A Vegas Christmas

Saturday, December 9: 
The Rescignos: Franklincense
Take a walk in a twin-ter wonderland! For over a decade the Rescigno brothers have performed a brand new holiday comedy show in NYC, and this year they are bringing another new holiday show to Franklin!
The Rescignos: Franklincense
The Rescignos: Franklincense

Get your tickets online at ->

Friday, November 24, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 24, 2023 to November 30, 2023

The Downtown Partnership Holiday Stroll also occurs during the open hours for the businesses participating Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Friday, November 24

9:00am Fill the Cruiser at BJs

9:00am Fill the Cruiser at Marshall’s  

6:00pm Jamie Barrett (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Saturday, November 25

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am Mrs. Claus visits & reads (Franklin Historical Museum)

10:00am Post Thanksgiving Rail Trail Walk (Grove St entrance)

12:30pm Fill the Cruiser at the Raillery Pub

4:00pm Piano Steve (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Sunday, November 26

1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

4:00pm Santa Arrives at the Town Common 

Tuesday, November 28

2:30pm Rainbow Café (Franklin Senior Center)

Wednesday, November 29

1:00pm Senior Scribblers (writing group) (recording session at FranklinTV Studio)

Thursday, November 30

6:00pm Charlie Rock (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

7:00pm New Thespian Showcase (ticketed event) Dean College)


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: Nov 24, 2023 to November 30, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 24, 2023 to November 30, 2023

Ellis Paul, December 2, 8:00 PM at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

Ellis Paul
Ellis Paul, December 2, 8:00 PM
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Ellis Paul w/ Radoslav Lorković
and special guest Grace Morrison
December 2, at 8:00 PM $25

Award winning performer Ellis Paul returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, December 2nd accompanied by Radoslav Lorković on keys. He doesn't just write songs; he's a guitar-carrying reporter who covers the human condition and details the hopes, loves, losses of those he observes, turning their stories into luminous pieces of music that get under your skin and into your bloodstream. And much like the artists who have influenced him, everyone from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to the singer-songwriter who is undoubtedly his greatest inspiration, Woody Guthrie, Paul weaves deeply personal experiences with social issues and renders them as provocative works that are as timely as they are timeless. His new album "55" touches on the necessity of gratitude in a difficult era of the pandemic and divided political stances.

Special guest Grace Morrison will open the show. Born and raised on the shores of Cape Cod, Grace's unique brand of "saltwater country" has established her as a confident, refreshing voice in country-pop. With performances at Nashville's Bluebird Café and co-writes with multi-Grammy winner Lori McKenna under her belt, Grace made a name for herself in 2022 at songwriter festivals from Massachusetts to Montana.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this show are $25. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Please visit to purchase tickets or for more information

Upcoming Shows
Joe Jenks, The Nields, Matt Nakoa, Garnet Rogers, and Susan Werner!
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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Everyone wins setting a record turnout at the Franklin Turkey Trot 2023

Over 800 folks pre-registered to participate in the walk, run, stroll annual Franklin Turkey Trot fund raiser for the Franklin Food Pantry. With walk in registrations, it was reported to be a record turnout. Final numbers and fund raising totals will be available later. 

Franklin Turkey Trot 2023
Franklin Turkey Trot 2023
In the meantime, almost 800 finished the Turkey Trot Thursday morning in cool but delightful weather to get some exercise in before the turkey dinner later. The event started and finished at the Church of Later Days Saints on Jordan Road. 

Lots of families and friends gathered for this event. Lots of smiles were around as folks reconnected while chatting and walking the course. Yes, there was also a number of speedy runners, current and past FHS runner names can be recognized in the finish listing. 

There should be consideration of a "pushing the carriage or stroller" category given the presence of as many as there were. It truly was a family oriented event.

Updated via a Facebook post by the Franklin Food Pantry:
"Wow! We are giving thanks for our amazing community who participated in this year's Turkey Trot and raised more than $48,000 for the Franklin Food Pantry!  
More than 1,000 people registered for the race and 60 organizations and individuals sponsored the event.  
So many volunteers made this run possible, but special thanks to Erin Campbell of LDS Franklin and Jen Johnson of The Pantry.  
Happy Thanksgiving!"
If you had not yet listened to my conversation with Erin Campbell, Franklin Turkey Trot organizer and with Jen Johnson, Franklin Food Pantry Major Gift Coordinator, you can do so by following this link ->

what the start looked like from the back of the pack
what the start looked like from the back of the pack

FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Dec 13, from 3 to 4 PM

The Town Of Franklin Health Department and Fire Department Present Stop The Bleed® Training

The person next to a bleeding victim may very well be the one who’s most likely to save him or her from bleeding to death. By learning how to Stop The Bleed®, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control bleeding once you learn three quick techniques.

Take the Stop The Bleed® training course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency happens.

FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Dec 13, from 3 to 4 PM
FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Dec 13, from 3 to 4 PM

Holiday Stroll: Downtown Franklin, Fri, Sat, & Sun

Keep It Local
Support Franklin Businesses

Holiday Stroll Nov. 24 - 26

Franklin Historical Museum

Bring the kids and enjoy the fun! Mrs. Claus will make her annual appearance at the Franklin Historical Museum Thanksgiving weekend. 

Join us Sat, Nov. 25 from 10 AM to noon. Mrs. Claus will be reading The Night Before Christmas to enchanted children and of course will be available for a special holiday photo. Each child will also receive a holiday sticker craft. 

Franklin Downtown Partnership | 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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