Showing posts with label King St. Show all posts
Showing posts with label King St. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Amie Hazel Interiors invites builders and contractors to breakfast, Sep 26

Amie Hazel Interiors of Franklin wants to invite all builders and contractors to a special breakfast on Tuesday, September 26. Come join designer Amie Hazel at King Street Café on King Street in Franklin from 7-9 AM to discuss how she can help your business through design. 

In addition to working closely with clients, you can learn how Amie Hazel Interiors works in tandem with contractors and installers to execute the best solutions for each project. Amie’s desire is to make the entire process run as smoothly as possible for everyone. 

So, come support local business at King Street Café in Franklin on Tuesday, September 26 from 7-9.

Amie Hazel Interiors invites builders and contractors to breakfast, Sep 26
Amie Hazel Interiors invites builders and contractors to breakfast, Sep 26

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Economic Development Subcommittee agrees to proposal on zoning change for 2 lots from Residential to Business (audio)

FM #1046 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1046 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. 

Chair: M Hamblen, C Frongillo, P Sheridan, G Jones

Town Administration: J Hellen, B Taberner

Brief recap

  • Brief discussion around the proposal to change the zoning of 2 lots on King St near Fire Station 2 from residential to business. 

  • A few questions to clarify the matter considering the process and kind of business operation to be allowed were asked. These are more likely to be better understood/considered during the formal hearing process assuming the measure continues to get referred by the Town Council to the Planning Board. The Planning Board will review and make their recommendation back to the Council which in turn holds their own public hearings before voting on it.

  • One of the nuances on the timeline, by starting now, it could get completed (i.e. a final decision by the Council) before the November election, at which point if it was still in limbo, it would need to start all over.

  • The measure was approved by 4-0 to bring to the Town Council at the next meeting (Sep 6).

The recording runs about 18 minutes, so let’s listen to the Economic Development Subcmte discussion on Aug 23, 2023. Audio file ->


You may access the agenda for this meeting here: 

Shared from -> 

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

Franklin TV video replay -> 


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map showing location of the 2 lots in question on King St
map showing location of the 2 lots in question on King St

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Friendly Reminder: Pickleball start time is 8 AM at King St Memorial Park

Shared from the Franklin Recreation page:
"As you know, there is opposition to the sport of pickleball and the noise it creates in other parts of the country/state.  Many Towns are being forced to shut down courts and facilities due to neighbors that do not like the sound.  I'm not sure if this group knows, but we have neighbors of the King Street courts that are not happy with the noise.  
Especially with early morning play on weekends.  I received another complaint today of someone playing pickleball at 6:20 AM.  This really isn't fair to the neighborhood.  
We have advertised start time would be no earlier than 8:00am.  Just to reiterate, the hours at King Street courts are:
Open Play-8:00am-12:00pm
Open Play-4:00-8:00pm
Please continue to use the Team Reach app on your mobile device: Group code:  KingStPB 
With our hope for additional courts in FY2024, we really need to spread the word that pickleball can not start before 8am.  These players breaking the rules will force the Town to shut down courts, like they have in other communities.  
We have all worked too hard for this to happen.  Please respect our neighbors and follow the rules.   
Thank you,  
Ryan Jette"

Check out the Pickleball paddle holder, order of play system at King St Memorial Fields
Check out the Pickleball paddle holder, order of play system at King St Memorial Fields

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Check out the Pickleball paddle holder, order of play system at King St Memorial Fields

"Who's up Next? 
Check out our brand new pickleball paddle holder at the King Street pickleball courts. 
Let's Play!"

Check out the Pickleball paddle holder, order of play system at King St Memorial Fields
Check out the Pickleball paddle holder, order of play system at King St Memorial Fields

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - March 7 at 7 PM

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
March 7, 2023 - 7:00 PM


1. Approval of Minutes: February 7, 2023

2. Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Budget
a. FY24 Budget Approval
b. FY24 Project slate
i. Open Space Appropriations
ii. Fletcher Field Playground Improvements - $150,000
iii. Nason Street site work preparation - $25,000
iv. Beaver Street Challenge Course - $150,000

3. Adjourn

The agenda doc has additional supporting info on the CPC budgeting as well as remote participation info ->

Photos of the Challenge Course taken in Nov 2022 ->

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - March 7 at 7 PM
Community Preservation Committee Meeting - March 7 at 7 PM

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Dec 6, 2022 - Community Preservation Committee meeting video available via YouTube

The Community Preservation Committee met Tuesday Dec 6, 2022 with 7 members participating (6 in Council Chambers, 1 remote).

The Franklin.TV recording is available for replay via YouTube

Quick Recap:

  • Committee: Chair C Feeley, M Doyle, J Livingstone, P Malcolm,W Simarian, R Power (remote), L Oxford - [D McNeill, M Giardino absent]
  • Town Administration: J Hellen, A Alleyne,  

The committee approved the minutes of the prior meeting via roll call vote (7-0-2; 7 for, 0 against, 2 absent). 

Motion to accept the proposed meeting scheduled for 2023, seconded, passes via voice vote (7 for, 0 against, 2 absent)

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen provides project updates on work underway

  • Red Brick School exterior renovation - doors and windows backordered

  • Nason St Tot lot site prep work being done now in advance of renovation in the spring

  • King St Memorial Field estimate and draft depiction of the field layout and work proposed. Timeline and funding remains TBD. Would be adding pickleball courts, would be including a paved path all around the park, would also be adding parking; questioned on if handicap access for the community garden is considered? I added that when the garden opened in 2010, it did have a stonedust entrance and among the first four beds on each side of the main gate. It was covered with mulch a few years ago. The base likely could be restored.

Jamie also provided a financial update, it had a minor error and would be further enhanced to better reflect what was approved vs allocated vs. spent, etc.

Committee entered executive session via roll call vote not to return to open meeting  (7 for, 0 against, 2 absent)

depiction of proposed King St Memorial park improvements
depiction of proposed King St Memorial park improvements

Franklin, MA: Community Gardens - Opening Day
Community Garden opening day, 2011 shows the stone dust (grey) around
 the first 8 garden beds at the entrance

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Community Preservation Committee meeting scheduled for Dec 6 at 7 PM

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
December 6, 2022 - 7:00 PM


1. Approval of Minutes
a. October 4, 2022
2. 2023 CPC Meeting Schedule

3. Town Administrator Project Updates
a. Red Brick School House
b. King Street Memorial Park Design

4. Finance Update:
a. 2022 CPA Trust Fund Distribution
b. Community Preservation Act Fund Balances

5. Executive Session:
a. Considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Public Body

The agenda doc and remote connection info ->

Community Preservation Committee meeting scheduled for Dec 6 at 7 PM
Community Preservation Committee meeting scheduled for Dec 6 at 7 PM

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - Agenda for Oct 4 session includes Schmidt's Farm purchase

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd Floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street

1. Approval of Minutes
a. June 7, 2022

2. Chapter 61, Town’s Right of First Refusal to Purchase Approx. 113 Acres of Land off 215 Prospect Street. Discussion and vote on recommending use of CPA funding for purchase to the Town Council.

3. Community Preservation Master Plan v. 2
a. Request for Appropriation: $50,000 for the Red Brick Schoolhouse
b. Other project updates:
i. Nason Street Tot Lot
ii. Historical Museum Cupola
iii. King Street Memorial Park
iv. Townwide Open Space & Recreational Plan
v. State Matching Fund update

Agenda doc and remote connection info

cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum
cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum

Monday, August 22, 2022

Annual Report Of The Recreation Department - FY 2021

Note: FY 2021 is last year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The report was prepared to cover the business for the FY 2021 period. This year’s report FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) is in preparation now and is normally available for distribution at the polls for the November election.

The Recreation Department is located at 275 Beaver Street, Franklin MA 02038. The Recreation Department offers Franklin residents a variety of programs and activities for youth and adults, as well as coordination of youth sports organizations field use. The department operates and schedules activities for Beaver Pond (beach and turf field), Fletcher Field, Dennis Pisani Softball Field, Henry “Ski” Faenza Tot Lot (Nason Street Tot Lot), King Street Memorial Field (including the pickleball and basketball courts), Dacey Community Field (including disk golf course), and the Meadowlark Lane fields. The department is also responsible for scheduling the use of all school athletic fields with coordination from the Franklin High School Athletics Department. Our department works closely with the various town youth sports organizations and Athletic Director, Tom Angelo and his assistant Susan Jacobson to schedule all youth sports activities around the high school team practices and games.

Chilson Beach
Chilson Beach was open from June 19-August 20, 2021 with a swim at your own risk policy. No lifeguards were on duty. However, we staffed the beach with gate guards to check for residency as the beach remains Franklin residents only. The pond was home to canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and hiking. 

For information on Chilson Beach and our water testing results, please visit: 

At the above website, residents can check the water quality and E-coli levels as we run a water quality check every week throughout the summer to make sure it is safe for swimming.

On the turf field at Beaver Pond, we continue to permit soccer, field hockey, flag football, and boy’s lacrosse. The turf field was used for the Franklin Recreation Department’s NFL Flag football program under the direction of Jack Geromini (program coordinator), Franklin Youth Soccer, and Franklin youth boys lacrosse, as well as yoga for senior citizens, tai chi, boot camp, and many other recreational activities. A portable recycled plastic walkway is on site for handicap accessibility to the water edge and playground area. The Franklin High School soccer, lacrosse and field hockey programs play all of their home games on the turf field as well. The turf field was recently resurfaced in 2017 and the field is cleaned, decompacted and tested for GMAX annually.

Recreation Programs Summer Camp
An eight week summer camp was held at King Street Memorial Field from June 29-August 22, 2020. The program hours were Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily. Registration was limited to 50 campers due to COVID-19 restrictions. Activities included: organized games, arts and crafts, water activities, sports, and weekly field trips. The 8 weeks featured camp shirt tie dye on Tuesdays, field trips were canceled this summer, but we continued the fun having a giant slip and slide/water slide every Thursday, and Pizza day Fridays. The Franklin Summer Camp Directors this year were Jonathan Geromini and Tim Shannon. The Franklin Summer Camp staff included: Sasha Arias, Danny Angermeier, Alana Portesi, Danny Brecht, Jared Cain, Jason D’Valentine, Joe Clark, Julia DiGiacomo, Julia Hogan, Tony Calderone, Will Conley, Halle Atkinson and Kelsey MacCallum.

Pre-Season Flag Football Camp ran again under the supervision of Jack Geromini. Jack lea a 3 day camp from 9:00am-12:00 noon for all interested Flag Football Athletes to help them prepare, practice and get excited about the upcoming Fall Flag Football Season.

Youth Basketball Program
The Youth Basketball program was not able to run for the first time in over 30 years due to COVID-19. School gymnasiums were not available to the Rec. Department
Pee Wee Baseball
The Pee Wee Baseball program is an introductory baseball program for children ages 4-6 years old. It was created in 1999 by Director, Ryan Jette. The program was reduced to 150 kids in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Track and Field
The Recreation Department’s track and field program numbers have increased drastically. On top of offering our annual Winter Track and field program to over 75 athletes ranging from Kindergarten to Eight grade, we are now offering Spring, Summer and now Fall track programs. These running programs are coached by Stacey Federico and she also receives help from High School track athletes.

NFL Flag Football
The Recreation Department teamed up with the NFL to bring this non-contact flag football league to kids aged 6-14 years old. Program numbers saw a dip in 2020 down to 240 kids. The program was run each Tuesday & Thursday evening at the Beaver Pond Turf Field. Reversible NFL game jerseys, playbooks, belt/flag setup and access to the NFL Kids website gives kids the opportunity to follow their favorite player or team. Players learned the fundamentals of throwing, catching, running and teamwork. This program continues to be one of the best programs the Recreation Department runs and its because of our program coordinator, Jack Geromini who has been supervising this program for 19 years.
Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse program has grown from 28 girls to over 150 girls. In 2020, our teams did not participate due to COVID-19. However, we typically participate in the Founders League. This league provided better competition for our growing players. There were 2 teams at the 1st-2nd grade division. There were 3 teams at the 3rd & 4th Grade division. There were 3 teams at the 5th & 6th Grade level. And there were 2 teams at the 7th & 8th Grade level. All levels play in 8 regular season games. Franklin Girls Lacrosse is one of the largest girls’ lacrosse programs in the area.
NHL Street Hockey
This summer, our street hockey program was very popular with over 110 kids and 8 NHL teams represented. We hold a skills clinic for the first four sessions to evaluate the player skills. Then, we break them up into equal teams so that games will be fair and fun for all. Teams play twice a week, Monday and Wednesday’s. Jack Geromini is the league coordinator with the help of FHS hockey team players. Our Street Hockey program participated at the new Fletcher Field rink.

Girls Field Hockey
Franklin Recreation offers girls youth field hockey in many formats throughout the year. The fall (August- October) are usually the months that the field hockey leagues We work closely with the FHS Assistant Coach, Kim Carney to coordinate clinics, field usage, games. The K-2 division, an in house program features practice sessions and some in house small sided games. The 3rd & 4th grade team will play some scrimmages/games against area teams (probably 4-6 games). The 5th & 6th and the 7th & 8th grade teams will play in the Commonwealth League with 8 games vs. surrounding towns. 100+ girls comprise eight teams for the fall Field Hockey League.

Golf Lessons
The Recreation Department expanded the golf lessons offered into the summer months, by offering a full or half day camp in the summer. The Recreation Department, in conjunction Maple Gate Country Club, offered Adult and Junior Golf instruction. The lessons covered all aspects of the game of golf (putting, chipping, bunkers, irons, and woods). Registrants met one day a week for 6 weeks to practice their skills. Lessons were offered during the summer and fall season for over 50 residents attending. Express 2 day lessons were offered over April Vacation. Participants enjoyed playing the course following the six-week lesson to see what they learned.

ArtVenture Afterschool Studios
Art instructor; Kerry LeBlanc has flourished our arts department. With over 100+ children ranging from Pre-k to Middle School have signed up to take one of the many diverse art programs. ArtVenture Afterschool Studio, Artventure Preschool Studios, Art Summer Camp. All art programs are held at the Recreation Department.

Preschool Programs
Our Preschool classes are held in the mornings from 9:00am to 11:30am. The Recreation Department has two certified preschool instructors on staff; Nicole Nesbit and Emily Dandurand. Nicole and Emily teach our First Friends programs; Exploration Station, First Friends, First Friends Lunch Bunch and More Fun with Friends. They hold class’s Monday through Thursday and yearly roughly 440 children sign up to take their programs.
Preschool Science Programs taught by Christina Tocci and Christina Burkeholder. These programs explore the environment in which we live in, the human body and much more.

Children’s Programs
Our children’s programs vary from Rocketry and Engineering classes to Girls on the Move, Home Alone Safety and Social Netiquette classes. We have a core niche of students who enjoy working with their hands during our Robotics, Robotics II, Robotic Arm and Rocketry programs. We also offer a female only running program where goal setting is the primary focus along with nutrition and running. Home alone safety and social netiquette classes teach children the ways to stay safe home alone and when they are using the internet.
Rec Gym Programs
With the addition of our new Recreation Gymnasium, we were able to implement an extremely popular sport, played by many around the United States; Pickleball. We offer this program three out of the four season inside at our new gymnasium where we have 2 full pickleball courts. During the summer months we offer pickleball outside our new courts at King Street Memorial Field. We also acquired 2 indoor batting cages for baseball training for youth baseball teams to utilize. Some other popular programs for middle school athletes that utilize the new gymnasium are volleyball, speed & strength, street hockey, tennis, indoor field hockey, to name a few.

Parks and Playgrounds
Other Recreation Department initiatives included the coordination of Eagle scout projects for trail maintenance and kiosk construction. The department coordinated the Community Gardens at King Street Park. Vendetti Motors donated a brand new playground at Beaver Pond in memory of Joe and Mary Vendetti.

King Street Memorial Park
We also worked on a capital project to renovate the King Street Memorial Park by building pickleball courts, basketball court, baseball field, scoreboard and batting cages, as well as install new components at the playground.
Disc Golf
Our Disc Golf course located at Dacey Field off of Lincoln street has become a popular destination for many out of town and even out of state players. In 2010,  Director  of  Recreation,  Ryan  Jette  and Assistant Town Engineer, Jay Mello were the energy behind the building and engineering of the Disc Golf Course. This 18 hole course is over 100 acres behind a multi-use town park. Many events take place at Dacey Field Disc Golf course to instruct and teach new players the popular growing sport.

For more information, visit: 

The full Annual Report for 2021 can be found

The collection of Annual Reports can be found online

Annual Town Report Of The Town Clerk’s Office - FY 2021
Annual Report Of The Town of Franklin - FY 2021

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

DPW Notice - Mill & Overlay Project to continue Wednesday, August 3, 2022

DPW Notice - Mill & Overlay Project to continue August 3, 2022

  • Sections of Beaver Street near the recycling center, 
  • Union Street near the Common 
  • the intersection of King / Chestnut/ East Central (Route 140) will be impacted.

Notice from the Franklin Department of Public Works

Our road improvement program continues tomorrow. Areas that will be "Milled & Overlaid" (i.e. remove top inch and half of asphalt fix manholes and drains structures then repave with new asphalt) are sections of Beaver Street near the recycling center, Union Street near the Common and the intersection of King / Chestnut/ East Central (Route 140).

This work is expected to cause significant traffic delays especially at the intersection of King / Chestnut/ East Central (Route 140)! 

As always, please seek alternate routes and proceed with caution in construction areas.

Shared from Town of Franklin DPW ->

DPW Notice - Mill & Overlay Project to continue Wednesday, August 3, 2022
DPW Notice - Mill & Overlay Project to continue Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Thursday, July 28, 2022

2 passes complete, looks like 1 to go - King St paving status

Hopefully the last pass of paving will complete on Thursday. 

I also hope that the white lines return soon. Given the behavior of some of the drivers today (after the paving crews finished) making three lanes where there normally were two.

After King St, the crews will work on East Central (from Ruggles to Lewis), Union (from Beaver to School St), and Beaver St (from the RR tracks to I-495 overpass) - possibly in that order. We'll watch for updates from the DPW.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Franklin DPW: King St paving begins Jul 27, 2022

Notice from the Franklin DPW

Paving will begin on King Street Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from Union Street to East Central Street.

Please seek alternate routes and plan for any delays.

Franklin DPW: King St paving begins Jul 27, 2022
Franklin DPW: King St paving begins Jul 27, 2022

Shared from Twitter ->

Monday, July 25, 2022

King St paving scheduled to begin July 26

Digital signs indicate that the paving of King St is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 26. The slalom like drive along King St will come to an end as the paving completes. 

Unfortunately, the speed of the traffic will likely increase with the newly paved surface. Be cautious! 

In case you missed it: King St from Union to East Central St (RT 140) was milled and will be repaved as part of the mill and overlay project.

good depth at the junction with Susan's Way
good depth at the junction with Susan's Way

the raised utility caps are marked with orange
the raised utility caps are marked with orange

Friday, July 8, 2022

Mill and Overlay work well underway on King St

"The Town's contractor, Massachusetts Broken Stone Company, will be starting up on the 2022 Mill and Overlay project the week of July 5. 

Streets for this project are to include:

King Street (from Union Street to East Central Street), East Central (from Ruggles to Lewis), Union (from Beaver to School St), and Beaver St (from the RR tracks to I-495 overpass).

The contractor will be starting on King Street. The project will continue through the summer. "

Shared from

good depth at the junction with Susan's Way
good depth at the junction with Susan's Way

the raised utility caps are marked with orange
the raised utility caps are marked with orange

the storm drain is covered and marked also with orange
the storm drain is covered and marked also with orange

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Attention: Road repaving work starting July 5 - sections of King St, Beaver St, Union St, & East Central

On my transits this week, I noticed covers being put on the storm drains along King St. Something was coming. With the DPW confirmation yesterday, the repaving work is going to being after the 4th of July.

Work areas 

  • King St from Union to East Central 
  • East Central from Ruggles to Lewis St 
  • Union St from Beaver to School
  • Beaver St from the railroad tracks to i495 

Road repaving work starting July 5
Road repaving work starting July 5

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Girl scout cookies alert for Saturday, Jan 29

"Snow Is Coming, Get Your Girl Scout Cookies Now! Junior Scout Troop 82351 is fully stocked for their cookie booth scheduled for Saturday 1/29 at Dunkin Donuts on King Street (8am-12pm).  
With the uncertainty of the upcoming storm, if you’d like to place an order ahead of time & pick up at your convenience, please reach out! (**Pick up location will be on Pond Street in Franklin.)"
Use the Facebook link to order in advance ->

Girl scout cookies alert for Saturday, Jan 29
Girl scout cookies alert for Saturday, Jan 29

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Shade Sail installed at Community Garden

Good Afternoon,
I'm happy to announce that our shade sail project has been completed and is now installed at the Community Garden.  The area will be used for gardeners to enjoy lunch, read a book or just relax after tending to the garden.  
We are lucky to have some incredible volunteers from the New England Chapel that worked for two days to install this structure.  If you would like to send an email of appreciation to Dena Gauthier (, and/or Robert Heriot (, I'm sure they would appreciate it.

The shade structure will typically be put up around Memorial Day in May and taken down around Veterans Day in November.  
Thank you,

Ryan Jette
Director of Recreation
Franklin Recreation Department

275 Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Office: (508) 613-1667
Mobile:(508) 400-4099
"just for the fun of it"

Shade Sail at Community Garden 1
Shade Sail at Community Garden 1

Shade Sail at Community Garden 2
Shade Sail at Community Garden 2