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

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 -> https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/3085040018432670/


   
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 (dena@nechapel.org), and/or Robert Heriot (bheriot09@gmail.com), 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
Email:  rjette@franklinma.gov
"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



Friday, August 13, 2021

Franklin Annual Report - 2020: Recreation Department

275 Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038 

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, Dacey Community Field, and the Meadowlark Lane fields. The department is also responsible for scheduling the use of all school athletic fields. Our department works closely with the various town youth sports organizations and Athletic Director Tom Angelo to schedule all youth sports activities around the high school team practices and games.

Chilson Beach
Chilson Beach was open from June 20-August 21, 2020 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, visit:

At the above website, residents can check the water quality and E-coli levels as we run a water quality check every week 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, 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.

The Recreation Dept does so much, their full report doesn't fit here. Please continue reading with either the PDF version (page 109) or the print version (#103) -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk/files/town-franklin-annual-report-2020

Prior Annual Reports can be found online

Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Recreation Department
Franklin Annual Report - 2020:  Recreation Department

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Franklin Community Garden: Maintenance Day - Nov 11

We are planning on having a maintenance day on November 11th from 9am-12. By then all garden beds should be cleaned out and if you are planning on renting next year that would be a great day to amend your soil.  With beautiful weather in the forecast for the next week, we really need to spend a few minutes cleaning out the beds.  It's also a good time to plant garlic for next year as well.  

What will be doing on that day? You can care for your garden by cleaning it out and then we need help moving the picnic tables and covering them, washing the tools (important so that when we use them next year if there were any disease on the tools it will not be transferred to someone's garden), cut the grass one last time, stack all the tomato cages in the back of the shed so they don't blow away, put the hoses away, put down some clover and clean out the shed. After November 11th the water will be shut off.

It's time to clean out your garden beds of all fallen produce, perennials that do not belong (strawberries, raspberry bushes, corn stalks and mint.)  If you would like to grow mint then you need to put it in a plastic pot and then plant the pot in the garden.  This way it does not multiply throughout the whole garden.  If you ever decide not to use that garden space and the mint had been growing then it would be a big deal to remove it and this holds true for the strawberries and the bushes.

The University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension offers these free one hour LEARN AT HOME webinars.  This one is perfect for us: "Putting  the Garden to Bed: Tips and Tricks for Success Next Year" . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuuAh1Ir4Es  There are others and once you visit their website you can choose whatever seems to be of interest to you.

Lastly, I want to thank all our volunteers for their hard work keeping the Community Garden going so smoothly.  Deb Schwab has really stepped up to be our liaison from the Recreation Dept to all of you.  She has been behind the scenes organizing all the eagle scout projects, managing the volunteers for the maintenance days and I can't thank her enough.  Teresa Triana, Jen Kuse (Franklin Food Pantry), Melanie Hamblen and all our eagle scouts.  This has been our best year by far and it's because of all of these individuals.  Thank you letters will be going out to our eagle scouts today.


We will open up registration to all returning gardeners for 2021 on Monday, February 1st, 8:30am. 


Jen Kuse and Lynn Calling viewing the garden beds that the Franklin Food Pantry used this year
Jen Kuse and Lynn Calling viewing the garden beds that the Franklin Food Pantry used this year


Thursday, August 20, 2020

FM #332 Franklin Food Pantry Community Garden - 8/13/20 (audio)

 FM #332 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 332 in the series. 

This session shares my conversation with Jen Kuse, volunteer coordinator of the Franklin Food Pantry beds at the Community Garden. We are also joined by Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. Our conversation was conducted at the Community Garden, outdoor, and adhering to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


In this conversation, we learn about Jen’s green thumb (sometimes brown and dirty) as she coordinates the efforts of several local churches and many volunteers to provide fresh produce to the Food Pantry’s clients. The Tuesday of the week we recorded this, they delivered 50 pounds of produce, with likely another 50 pounds scheduled for Friday for the Food Pantry.


This is a great story to share. You can help in any number of ways. Contact Jen to volunteer with the regular maintenance, or a maintenance day, or financially.


As we listened to the recording, we found a few minor corrections. Jen never actually answers Lynn’s question on how many garden beds the volunteers are gardening and harvesting from; it currently is 12. The listing of the organizations who have helped is in the show notes below. Jen also mentions Deb's name (volunteer from The BFCCS), and says her correct name (Deb Schwab) the first time, and then refers to her as Deb Benjamin the second time. Oops, we got you covered Jen (and Deb!)


The recording runs just about 18 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jen and Lynn. Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HDm92gkK



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  • The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

  • Franklin Federated Church

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

  • Franklin United Methodist Church

  • New England Chapel


Jen also considers the Town of Franklin Recreations Dept and the Franklin Agway (https://www.franklinagway.com/) as partners in support and supplies.


Jen Kuse  communitygardens@franklinfoodpantry.org 


Lynn Calling, Executive Director, Franklin Food Pantry  lcalling@franklinfoodpantry.org 


Franklin Food Pantry = https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/ 


Photos of the garden beds at the Community garden

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Jen Kuse showing one of the garden beds to Lynn Calling
Jen Kuse showing one of the garden beds to Lynn Calling

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Franklin Community Garden: Maintenance Day - June 28


MAINTENANCE DAY! Sunday, June 28 from 9-12
The plan is to: Paint the shed (thinking the same color that the wood guardrail at King Street is painted), paint the picnic benches with clear polyurethane, grass will need to be mowed again, and Bed 53 will need to be filled with soil.
That will be it for Maintenance Day/Build Days until the fall! So, please turn up!

REMINDERS:
  1. Please drain hoses when done watering your garden bed. When draining, fill the water can that is at that spigot. This way the water is not wasted.
  2. Throw away all veggie id tags in the garbage and not on the ground.
  3. Please help in filling bed 53 with soil.
  4. Please help in spreading the soil next to bed 52 where the demo bed was.
  5. If anyone hasn't planted in their bed and have decided not to use the bed this year, kindly contact the Rec Department.
my garden bed is growing nicely this year
my garden bed is growing nicely this year

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Community Garden (OPENING - Today) - Parks opening next week (with restrictions)

Good Morning,

Tomorrow (Weds, May 20) is the first day the Community garden will be open.  Water should be turned on this week.  Barricades should be moved from the entrance to the inside the park to block only the playground/ball field area.  For now, parks and playgrounds still remain closed, although we are making the Community garden available to you folks.  

Next Monday, we will be removing all barricades around Town and opening parks with restrictions in place.  I wanted to make sure you all received the attachment I provided last week, so I'm including it in the body of the email.  Have fun and please be safe.
Franklin Community Gardening during COVID-19
Franklin Community Gardens offer many benefits which include socialization, exercise, and the production and consumption of nutritious, fresh and locally grown herbs and vegetables.  Beginning Wednesday, May 20, we will open the Community Garden to one member per garden bed for their maintenance. 
Garden access will be restricted to no more than 5 gardeners at one time.  It is important to understand the state guidelines (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information) regarding social distancing and proper hygiene.  (These regulations also are subject to change amid fluid developments.)
This guide offers ideas and guidance on:
  • Best practices for community garden management during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Additional cleaning/sanitation precautions to utilize in the Franklin community gardens
  • Recommendations on being a safe, responsible visitor at the Franklin community garden.
Following these recommendations, along with the use of common sense and caution, can increase the likelihood that our community garden will remain accessible.
In such a public setting, the Centers for Disease Control now recommends wearing cloth face coverings. For a guide on how to create your own cloth face coverings, visit the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html). 
Best Practices for Community Garden Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Franklin Community Garden is considered an essential space; garden members should immediately implement the following practices:
  • Garden members must wear masks or cloth covering at all times, along with gloves.
  • DO not visit the garden if you feel ill, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks or have had known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks
  • Leave garden gates open during hours of operation to avoid frequent contact.  No need to keep opening and closing gates, unless you are the last one to leave later in the day.
  • Avoid use of public benches or picnic tables
  • Limit the size of work groups to 5 people or fewer inside the fenced area
  • If folks cannot police this themselves, we may be forced to stagger times for arrival and availability to reduce crowds
  • Social distancing guidelines of remaining at least 6 feet apart at all times
  • If members have them, please bring your own tools or make certain you wear gloves while using.  We will have cleaning supplies in the shed and we expect anyone that uses a tool will sanitize before and after use.
  • We would appreciate folks helping with the following.
    • Regular cleaning of contact surfaces (doors, padlocks, water spigots, gates, wheelbarrows, etc.)
    • Hand-washing or hand-sanitizing regularly 
PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE TO HELP KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND HEALTHY.
Ryan Jette
Director of Recreation
Franklin Recreation Department
275 Beaver Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Office: (508) 613-1667
Mobile:(508) 400-4099
Email:  rjette@franklinma.gov
"just for the fun of it"
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Prior notification on the Community Garden opening
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/05/community-garden-opening-may-20.html

Community Garden (OPENING - Today) - Parks opening next week (with restrictions)
Community Garden (OPENING - Today) - Parks opening next week (with restrictions)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Zipline for kids at King St Memorial Park (video)

A new zipline for kids 5 to 12 years old was installed recently at the King St Memorial Park. On one of my visits to my plot at the Community Garden I captured this video.

Oh to be 11 again! (at least to try this out!)



zipline chair at end of line - more mulch seems to be going to be added at the end of the line
zipline chair at end of line - more mulch seems to be going to be added at the end of the line

yes, it is restricted to 5-12 year olds with parent supervision
yes, it is restricted to 5-12 year olds with parent supervision

a new climbing rope pyramid was also installed recently
a new climbing rope pyramid was also installed recently

the slide combo was already at the same playground at the King St Memorial Fields
the slide combo was already at the same playground at the King St Memorial Fields



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Soccer Shoot - free for all - Oct 1

Fun and Free competition available to ALL children under the age of 14. 

The child does not have to play soccer in Franklin to take part in this event. Stop by and take a chance to shoot on goal!


Sunday, October 1 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
King Street Memorial Park


Soccer Shoot - free for all - Oct 1
Soccer Shoot - free for all - Oct 1

For updates, follow the Franklin Elks Facebook event
https://www.facebook.com/events/349068738866618/

Monday, September 26, 2016

Franklin Elks Lodge - FREE Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under

The Franklin Elks Lodge is hosting a FREE Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under on October 1st at the King Street Memorial Park in Franklin.

This is an event that every State in the US hosts for the Elks. It starts at a Lodge Level, then winners advance to District, then to State - with a chance to win Nationally! It is a lot of fun and a great way for kids to connect and compete. There are different age groups for the kids. 

The only thing we ask is that parents bring the birth certificates at time of registration to confirm the age. There is no minimum skill levels to participate. Older kids shoot at a grid that is on a goal and are tallied by points made for each section. Young ones are scored on kicking the ball through cones.


Franklin Elks Lodge is hosting a FREE Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under
Franklin Elks Lodge is hosting a FREE Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under


There is a Facebook event for this
https://www.facebook.com/events/336187660056941/

Friday, September 9, 2016

Community Garden Committee Annual Report For FY 2016

"The mission of the Community Garden is to provide Franklin residents with a place to meet, learn, and grow, by providing a healthy space in which we can share the joy of growing organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

In partnership with the Town of Franklin, the Recreation Department, and the nonprofit Friends of Franklin Community Gardens,

Your Community Garden Committee:

• Identifies appropriate locations
• Coordinates design and construction of new gardens
• Develops and enforces rules and regulations for the gardens
• Oversees the plot lottery, gardener registration and plot distribution

We pledge to continue:

• Supporting our community in growing local food
• Providing locally harvested food to those in need
• Promoting increased social interaction through gardening within our community
• Developing an educational garden for all ages

The King Street Community Garden continues to thrive in its fifth season! This year we have 52 beds available for planting, all of which are currently leased to community members and local non-profits, including St. Vincent De Paul, HMEA, and the Franklin Food Pantry. Our annual May plant sale was a success as always, and last October’s garlic planting demonstration was well-attended. The Community Garden welcomes interested gardeners of all skill levels.

Over the past fiscal year, the Community Garden Committee has focused on two areas in addition to our typical tasks. First of all, we undertook a review and rewrite of our bylaws, rules, and regulations, in order to incorporate the best practices and experience we have gained over the last five seasons at King Street. This updated “gardener’s handbook” has been made available to all gardeners electronically via Google Docs.

We have also made a concerted effort to recruit new gardeners and new members for the Committee. With the departure of former Chair, Christopher Clay, the Community Garden Committee is in great need of additional Committee members to help us efficiently run the King Street Garden and plan educational programming for the community. Our Chair, Bonnie Kaiden, sent a letter to all of our current gardeners seeking new Committee members, and we are awaiting responses. We have not yet succeeded in finding additional Committee members, but we are continuing our efforts in that direction and hope to have new members soon.

We look forward to many more harvests to come! If you would like to join us for the 2017 season, please visit the Franklin Recreation Department in person or online. For more information about the Community Garden, contact us at franklincommunitygardens@gmail.com or visit our website at www.franklincommunitygardens.com.

The Community Garden Committee meets the First Monday of the month at Town Hall. Check the Town of Franklin Meeting Calendar for details.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact any committee member or visit the Town Clerk’s office."

  • Bonnie Kaiden, Chair 
  • Kiernan Reed, Secretary 
  • Amy Acevedo, Member 
  • Rich Clauser, Member


Respectfully submitted,
Kiernan Reed Secretary


fresh growth at the Community Garden in August 2016
fresh growth at the Community Garden in August 2016


This was shared from the official Town of Franklin page
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_News/024A19CA-000F8513

Other related posts on the Community Garden

  • 2016

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/05/franklin-community-garden-seedling-sale.html

  • 2013

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/07/community-gardens-photo-essay.html

  • 2012

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/06/franklin-community-garden-diatomaceous.html


Monday, August 31, 2015

"150 tons of washed beach sand poured to a depth of 12 inches"


There may not be any surf nearby, but there’s certainly plenty of sand at King Memorial Park in Franklin where the town has paired with a local Eagle Scout to construct a regulation-sized beach volleyball court. 
The idea had been talked about for awhile in the Recreation Department office, according to director Ryan Jette, who said Program Director Megan Woodacre, a former collegiate volleyball player and coach, had been looking into what it would take to construct a regulation-size court. 
That’s when local teenager Jack Jenkins approached the town with his idea to construct a beach volleyball court as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Continue reading the article online here (subscription may be required)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2015/08/21/surf-but-plenty-sand-franklin-beach-volleyball-court/8QGSEjGtVYFmJLlvl2Et4M/story.html

King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 1
King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 1

King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 2
King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 2

King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 3
King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 3

King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 4
King St Memorial Park - beach volleyball court - 4

The monthly newspaper, Franklin Town News also had an article on this Eagle Scout project  http://franklintownnews.com/

Monday, August 4, 2014

funding for school zone safety lights in Franklin put back in the budget

State funding for traffic signals for additional locations within Franklin was part of the current FY 2015 budget, vetoed by the Governor and re-instated last week. Milford Daily News reports:
The other amendment, which asked for $60,000 to fund the installation and operation of solar-powered school zone safety lights in Franklin, was also vetoed. 
Roy last month said he called the governor’s office asking for an explanation and was told Patrick "was eliminating all earmarks in the budget." 
And with the new Franklin High School set to open this fall, Roy said the town’s "reasonable request" would help mitigate traffic in the school-heavy area. 
"To me, these were two very important issues for both Franklin and Medway," Roy said before he asked the House and Senate to override the vetoes.

Continue reading the full article in the Milford Daily News here
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140804/NEWS/140809091/1994/NEWS


What kind of traffic signals are these? Similar to the one installed on King St by the Parmenter School.

pedestrian traffic signal on King St
pedestrian traffic signal on King St

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Herbicide - before and after

As noted during June, the herbicide spraying was going to happen. On my regular walks I managed to capture a before and after sequence on King St by Spruce Pond.

Before - weeds growing happily
Before - weeds growing happily

After - weeds drying up
After - weeds drying up

The notification on the herbicide spraying was posted here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/herbicide-spraying-to-begin.html

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Community Garden continues to grow

On my Saturday walk I went by the Community Gardens to see the raised beds and how they were growing. The beds were in various states of growth. I met and talked with a couple who with their young daughter had just gotten a bed this week. They were setting out their plants while their daughter was having a good deal of fun with the dirt.

Photos from a random sample of the beds and their growth.

growing in Franklin -1
growing in Franklin -1

growing in Franklin -2
growing in Franklin -2

growing in Franklin -3
growing in Franklin -3

growing in Franklin -4
growing in Franklin -4

growing in Franklin -5
growing in Franklin -5

Related posts on the Community Gardens

Annual Report 2013
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/01/annual-report-2013-community-garden.html

Growing - July 2013
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/07/community-gardens-photo-essay.html

Getting ready for 2012
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/01/heralding-in-new-gardening-year.html

Build day - 2011
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/05/community-gardens-build-day.html

More about build day in 2011
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/05/and-then-there-were-gardens.html

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Plants for sale - Community Gardens

Starting your garden? A variety of vegetable plants are available at the Community Garden.

a sample of plants for sale
a sample of plants for sale

listing of plants and prices
listing of plants and prices
The sale is scheduled Sunday from 9:00 AM to noon.

Where is the Community Garden?  At the King St Memorial Park



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Walking Saturday

Saturday gave us a teaser of spring with the temps getting into the 50's in the afternoon. I went for my walk in the morning and caught the following photos to share.

point of view
point of view
When you frame a photo, you are setting up a point of view. We all have a point of view. Some times we act and think like we don't but how we frame things definitely affects what we think and do.


Emeritus at 656 King St opening in May 2014
Emeritus at 656 King St opening in May 2014
 A new senior living center is opening on King St in May. The Emeritus website is full of information on the approach they take for this time of life and the special needs associated with it.

Emeritus entrance on King St
Emeritus entrance on King St

The Emeritus blog has good articles. Recent articles include one on how to live to be 100
http://www.theseniorcareblog.com/post/how-live-be-100

and one on how to make exercise fun
http://www.theseniorcareblog.com/post/how-make-exercise-fun


King St Memorial Park sign
King St Memorial Park sign
 I need to do some research on this person. Can anyone help provide me some insight on who William A Somerby Jr. was? He is recognized with this sign and a memorial in the park.Other than that he was a Colonel in the US Air Force the signs don't provide additional detail.

ready for March madness?
ready for March madness?
 The basketball court looks too wet to play today but give it another day or two of this good spring weather and there'll be some folks gathering to play hoops

Community gardens in their snow blanket
Community gardens in their snow blanket

stream flows under King St
stream flows under King St


lucky to catch a melting drop of water
lucky to catch a melting drop of water
Sometimes the right amount of being there and patience brings a reward. I was able to catch this drop of melting snow! Did you get to take a walk on Saturday? Where did you go? What did you see?

Would you be interested in joining me for a walk some Saturday morning? If so, please leave a comment or send me an email. If there is interest, I'll schedule some time for a group walk and talk.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

slowing down on King St

In my brief observation on Monday afternoon the signs appear to be slowing traffic down. The sign facing traffic coming from i495/Union St did not have the flashing lights going. Vehicles as they approached were hitting 45 plus MPH and then slowing as they realized what the sign meant. One vehicle slowed quickly and so much, the vehicle behind it started tooting.

The sign facing traffic coming from RT140/Summer St did have the lights blinking and for the most part was also slowing traffic.Traffic in this direction seemed to hit 40 as a max and then slow down.

Franklin_KingSt_Slowdown_1
King St speed sign

I cropped the photo exclude the vehicles and license plates. My survey was purely unofficial.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Getting ready to slow down on King St

The meetings around the safety of the school crossing on King St at Wachusett St for the students going to the Parmenter Elementary School made promises that are about to be delivered.

Construction on the past couple of days have resulted in some tree branches trimmed back

Franklin_KingSt_2
note: tree branches trimmed

one tree removed

Franklin_KingSt_4
note: stump and sawdust remains where tree was

poles installed for better marking of the crossing

Franklin_KingSt_1
new sign pole on corner

speed warning signs have been installed. This one shown is on King St heading to i495. There is a similar one on King St heading towards Wachusett St.

Franklin_KingSt_3
new speed sign

With school opening on Tuesday, the work to finish the installation seems like it can be completed on Monday.


From the archives
the meeting at Parmenter with Franklin officials was mentioned during the January Town Council meeting
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/01/live-reporting-closing.html

the plan to prepare for this installation was voted on and approved by the Finance Committee in March and then by the Town Council
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/03/delcarte-recreation-proposal.html
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/03/franklin-ma-town-council-agenda-mar-27.html