Showing posts with label 12 days. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 12 days. Show all posts

Friday, January 3, 2020

Franklin, Mass History: Victor Pisini (video)

Eamon McCarthy Earls interviews Victor Pisini in this almost one hour video.
"Victor Pisini, owner of Pisini Shoes in downtown Franklin, reflects on seven decades working in town, serving in the Korean War, raising a family, and watching Franklin transform."
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/jrKmP8eTS_Y



Pisini Shoe Store set up for the Holiday Stroll in Dec 2017 (Facebook photo)
Pisini Shoe Store set up for the Holiday Stroll in Dec 2017 (Facebook photo)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Franklin Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive - Dec 1

This year the Franklin Food Elves "12 Days of Donating" Campaign marks 14 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season and beyond. Starting on December 1 and running through December 12, the neighborhood collection by local middle and high school student serves as the largest fundraiser for The Pantry.

Again this year, the Elves will collect monetary donations only for The Pantry. With dozens of food and fund drives underway, the Pantry is out of space to store the inventory. The Pantry uses the collected monetary donations to purchase chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits.

"Our community becomes very involved this time of year collecting food for the Pantry," said Lynn Calling, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. "We are grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive. But, after the holidays, when end-of-year giving subsides and food drives are infrequent, monetary donations will help us through the lean months that follow."

"In addition, monetary gifts allow us to buy what we need when we need it. They give us the flexibility we need to provide for the more than 1000 individuals who count on us. We are also able to purchase food through the Greater Boston Food Bank for much less money than people pay in the grocery story allowing our dollars to have more buying power."

The Food Elves will notify their neighbors about how the can support the Pantry. They will distribute flyers in their neighborhoods about the Food Elves Drive. Neighbors can make donations in two ways through a check donation that the elves will pick up personally; or through each Elf's own online personal campaign page. Each Elf will be able to keep track of how much they personally raise.

The Franklin Food Pantry thanks our middle and high school students who serve as our Food Elves. Any student interested in becoming a Food Elf can visit: https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/franklin-food-elves/

Some of this year's Food Elves gather at the Pantry for an orientation and tour
Some of this year's Food Elves gather at the Pantry for an orientation and tour


About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to over 1,000 individuals. Clients have access to a variety of fresh, frozen and nonperishable foods on monthly scheduled shopping trips as well as Walk-in Fridays. They can visit the Pantry daily for fruits, vegetables, bread and pastry. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding.
In 2018, 304,824 pounds of food was provided to clients. Other programs include the Weekend Backpack Program, Carts for Clients, Mobile Pantry, Healthy Futures Shelf, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. Visit www.franklingfoodpantry.org for more information.

Franklin Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive - Dec 1
Franklin Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive - Dec 1

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Franklin Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive - “12 Days of Donating” Campaign Celebrates 12th Year

This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 12 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season. The Elves are putting a new twist on this popular giving tradition with a shift in their collections for the Pantry.

The Elves are changing it up to be a fund only drive. With dozens of food and fund drives underway, the Pantry is out of space to store the inventory. Monetary donations that are collected will be used to buy chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits.

According to Erin Lynch, the Pantry’s Executive Director, “Our community becomes very involved this time of year in collecting food for the Pantry. We are grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive. But, after the holidays, when end-of-year giving subsides and food drives are infrequent, monetary donations will help us through the lean months that follow.”

“In addition, monetary gifts allow us to buy what we need when we need it. They give us the flexibility we need to provide for the more than 1,000 individuals who count on us. We are also able to purchase food through the Greater Boston Food Bank for much less money than people pay in the grocery store.”

Later this month, the Food Elves will notify their neighbors about how they can support the Pantry. As in the past, they will distribute flyers in their neighborhoods about the Food Elves Drive. Neighbors can make donations in two ways: through a check donation that the elves will pick up personally; or through each Elf's own personal campaign page on CrowdRise. 

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest-growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable giving. It is used by millions of individuals to raise money for their favorite charities and causes. Each Elf will be able to keep track of how much each personally raises.

There are more than 130 elementary, middle and high school students involved in the Food Elves. Any student interested in becoming a Food Elf should contact franklinfoodelves2017@gmail.com.


About the Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities once a month to more than 1,000 individuals, including nearly 300 children. Clients have access to bread and fresh produce daily during Pantry hours. 
As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. Other programs include a Mobile Pantry, Cooking Matters classes, a Healthy Futures Market, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. 
The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit franklinfoodpantry.org for more information.

Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur are the Co-Lead Food Elves for the 2017 Campaign (Photo courtesy of Patti Dextradeur.)
Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur are the Co-Lead Food Elves for the
2017 Campaign (Photo courtesy of Patti Dextradeur.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Franklin Downtown Partnership - 2013 UPDATES




Happy Holidays....
Get ready for a Great New Year!

FDP General Meeting
Thursday, January 3rd
8:30 am
Dean College, Campus Center-Golder Room
Agenda will be posted on website prior to meeting

FDP "After the Holiday" PARTY
Thursday, January 17th  Evening
More details to follow...you won't want to miss this one!

FOOD ELVES and "12 Days of Donating"
The Food Elves brought in 2 TONS of food donations for the Food Pantry and $5,700.
A BIG THANK YOU TO All of you who participated...including...
*  Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
*  Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
*  Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
*  Dean College, Campus Center
*  DCU, 500 West Central St.
*  East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
*  Emma's Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
*  Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
*  Jane's Frames, 11 East Central St.
*  Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
*  RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
 
Strategic Planning
We welcome input from all of our members as to what projects you would
like us to focus in in 2013.  Please call or e-mail us soon.
 
Event Coordinators Needed
If you would like to volunteer to be an Event Coordinator for one of the FDP events please contact the FDP office by January 4th.  We could really use your assistance.
 
Have a Happy Holiday....and Healthy New Year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of Donating


The Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership are trying to reach a new goal of collecting 2 tons or 4,000 pounds of food for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
The drive is only 310 pounds away from reaching that goal. 
Also, the Food Elves are trying to surpass last year’s money donations and are only $300 away from meeting that new goal.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1783182947/Food-Elves-extend-12-days-of-donating-in-Franklin#ixzz2F1WQ8ViF

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Food Elves and FDP trying reach 2 Tons of food for Pantry


A Big Thank You for all of your support on this year's "12 Days of Donating" campaign.

The Food Elves and FDP passed their goal and are now trying to set a New Goal of bringing in 2 TONS (over 4,000 pounds) of Food for the Food Pantry.

We are only 310 pounds away...so please pass the word.

The Food Elves are also trying to beat last year's money donation total and need just $300 more to meet this goal.

The "12 Days of Donating" is extended until this Saturday
...so please send a reminder out to encourage everyone to drop off their donations at one of the following locations:  Franklin Downtown Partnership, Berry Insurance, Chestnut Dental, Dean Bank, Dean College, DCU, East Coast Driving School, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Janes'Frames, Murphy Business, RE/MAX Executive Realty

Or have them drop off donations at the Food Pantry between 9-1 on Thursday
or Friday and let them know it is for the Food Elve "12 Days of Donating".

Together we are making a difference....

Franklin Downtown Partnership
and the Franklin Food Elves...50 elves and counting...



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 12


On the last day of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.


We are still in December, so to try and reflect on the month while only in the middle is a bit fool hardy. The tree has been purchased but not yet set up or decorated. Cookies are being made. Plans are being reviewed, action items completed, presents wrapped and perhaps shipped to places far from Franklin to arrive in time.

There'll be places to go, people to see: performances of the Nutcracker (Dec 15 and 16 at the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center); Midsummer Night's Dream (Dec 19 and 20 at Franklin High School)... A Christmas Carol at the United Methodist Church this Thursday, Dec 13. 

In your travels around Franklin, consider dropping off a contribution of food or non-food items, to the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership for their 12 Days of Donating drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

Day 11 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-11.html

Day 10 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-10.html
Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 11

On Day 11 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In November, the FHS Girls Soccer team won the state championship to complete their season undefeated, over 300 runners/walker turned out on Thanksgiving morning to raise a ton of food and a great deal of money for the Feed the Need 5K, the high school building project got update with a better timeline now that construction is actually underway and Franklin went to the field house to vote on Nov 6th.

The voter turnout for this Presidential year was just over 80% and similar to other elections of this category. This is the highest turnout that Franklin provides for an election. The lowest is the biannual vote for the Town Council, School Committee and other local officials that are elected (rather than appointed). For these elections, Franklin generally turns out around 18% although there was an increase in the last election. If that is the indication of a change in turnout, time will tell.

The every four year State level elections turn out the second most Franklin voters with just over 60%. The elections that really matter the most to Franklin taxpayers are those for override or debt exclusion votes and about 40% turn out for those.



One could say that money is what drives these numbers. The overall campaign dollars spent for a Presidential election dwarfs the State level and especially the local level. The dollars up for vote is what drives the override and debt exclusion turnout to be twice what it is for electing our officials.

Perhaps then, the need for money to assist the Food Pantry in completing its mission will help both the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership be successful in their drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 10 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-10.html
Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html


Sunday, December 9, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 10

On Day 10 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In October, the campaigns made their final pitch, the Library Book Sale took place, and the ceremonial shovel went into the ground for the new Franklin High School among the many highlights. These are just a few of the many events that occurred during this busy month. I would suggest that most folks would agree on Hurricane Sandy probably as being the most significant event of October.

NationalGrid power outage map for Franklin during Hurricane Sandy


Franklin was lucky. Some folks did lose power. NationalGrid for all the improvements they made did fail in the communication realm and town officials will be working with them to improve yet again to do better next time.

While Franklin was lucky, getting some rain and wind, Sandy bore her full force on the NY/NJ area. Sections of the metropolitan area will be a long time recovering. It will take time and resources to rebuild.

Collection bin for NJ Hurricane Sandy relief

Franklin participated in a relief effort to send food, water and other key items to those in need. Franklin has been good about this, it is a caring and sharing community.

While the Food Pantry has two part-time employees, everything it does is really accomplished through the efforts of volunteers. The collections, sorting and stocking the shelves, assisting with the distribution of food; all of these steps take time and effort and are driven by Food Pantry volunteers.

A current example of the community effort to supply the Food Pantry is that of the Food Elves with the Franklin Downtown Partnership. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html



Saturday, December 8, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 9

On Day 9 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In September, schools re-opened, the State primary was held, and the Harvest Festival closed out the month among the many happenings and news items. 

President Paula Rooney of Dean College presented to the Town Council on how much Dean does for Franklin. Located in the center of Franklin, Dean has integrated into the community. The presentation document can be viewed here:




You can go to the on demand video archives to view the presentation (video and audio) as it was delivered to the Town Council on Sep 19th
 http://view.liveindexer.com/ViewIndexSessionSL.aspx?ecm=634841170883675000&indexSessionSKU=hpiBdI5nlsn7qlgtQh+I7Q%3D%3D&siteSKU=L7qhQ46xin/r3Z0jcDVCNw%3D%3D  (The Dean presentation portion appears about 20 minutes into the recording)

As noted in the presentation, Franklin does receive much goodness from having Dean in the middle of town. The collaboration can continue to grow and improve. Much like the collaboration of the Franklin Food Elves with the Franklin Downtown Partnership to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html

Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html



Friday, December 7, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 8


On Day 8 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In August, the Big Y finally opened its doors.

Franklin, MA: Big Y
Big Y - Franklin, MA opened in Aug 2012

RT 140 is newly expanded and paved, the lights are operational to allow access out of Big Y and the Municipal Building as well as the other business opposite. It is rare to see only one car in the parking lot.

Why highlight the Big Y for this month? I think it tells us a couple of things about Franklin.

First - Businesses find Franklin a good place to operate. Look around at what is underway (new or renovation) or proposed. There are still some empty or underutilized buildings but compared to other communities, this is so much better. Why? Tax dollars. Yes, it is all the same tax rate but the businesses are at least paying and the more that come here, the better off we'll all be.

Second - the Big Y has helped create competition for our food dollars. Our family shopping pattern has changed to include a stop there periodically to take advantage of the sales. In times like these when stretching a dollar for as much as you can get, it helps when there is competition. Will Franklin remain with three food markets? Time will tell. In the meantime, we can shop for the best price!

For the 12 Days of Donating, the Franklin Food Elves have combined forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html

Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html

Thursday, December 6, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 7


On Day 7 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In July, road work on RT 140 was underway to prepare for the opening of the Big Y in August. A syringe disposal kiosk was positioned at the Fire Station downtown, then moved to the DPW Offices. The five candidates campaigning to replace Rep Vallee were hitting the pavement going door to door and the three Democrats were preparing for their first debate on July 30.

The Farmers Market opened every Friday from June through November 2 and seemed to be the busiest during July. The market located at the Town Common, featured the produce from local farmers. One special treat I enjoyed was the fresh native honey from Akin-Bak Farms. Stopping by to talk with Howard Crawford was always a pleasure.

I have seen articles raising questions about the benefits of buying local produce but I also wonder who is really behind the article. Unfortunately, so many of the big food companies fund research that is slanted, it becomes hard to trust what is available to read. Hence, there is one advantage with buying local. The farmer is there to talk to. Simple, direct. Fresh produce from the local area.

Nourse Farm
The Nourse Farm stand from Oct 2011 at the Franklin Farmers Market


Half way through the 12 Days of Donating, the Franklin Food Elves have combined forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html

Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 6

On Day 6 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In June, the Town Council approved the budget for FY 2013, the Downtown Partnership held their Annual Strawberry Stroll, and MassDOT held a public hearing on the Downtown Project among many events during the month.

The Franklin Community Garden operating in its second year was the setting for a good bit of sharing on healthy alternatives to the use of pesticides. If you have not been to the Community Garden at the King St Memorial Field, please make a date to do so sometime. It is a great example of the collaboration among organizations within Franklin. The benefits are enormous. Every time I go there, I come away with another good story to share. While good food is grown in the raised garden beds, the conversations among the gardeners, and with those who pass by, is building the kind of community where we can all be proud to say we live here!

Franklin, MA: Community Garden

For more on the Community Garden and healthy alternatives to pesticides, visit this link
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/06/franklin-community-garden-diatomaceous.html

For additional information on the Community Garden, visit their website http://www.franklincommunitygardens.org/


Another good example of collaboration is the current 12 Days of Donating where the Franklin Food Elves are combining forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html

Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html 
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html

12 Days of Donating: Day 5

On Day 5 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In May, there was a whole lot going on. candidate campaigns for Rep Jim Vallee's seat started, the Master Plan Committee held its first public forum, and the annual Memorial Day activities took place among the many events for the month. 

The one event, i'd like to focus on here is the combined Library Book Sale and DPW "Touch a Truck". This is a good example of Franklin seamlessly providing a quality event and yet it is a combined Town and non-profit sponsored event. The DPW provides the facility and the vehicles are arranged for easy access around the garage and parking areas. The food is donated by local businesses. The Library Book Sale is coordinated by the Friends of Franklin Library and is an all volunteer non-profit effort. The turnout is great, the smiles and bags of books are plentiful. The Library (and hence the Franklin residents) benefit from the funds raised. There is also a separate collection for the Franklin Food Pantry (which we appreciate!).

One could walk away from the event and think this is a wonderful thing that the town does. And they would be right. It is a result of the wonderful collaboration that can be very effective among the various Franklin organizations.



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Guy Supernor poses as Batman

For more photos from the Library Book Sale and DPW "Touch a Truck" day
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/05/library-book-sale-and-dpw-touch-truck.html

Another good example of collaboration is the current 12 Days of Donating where the Franklin Food Elves are combining forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html 
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html