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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Milford Local Eatery Week Starts Monday, July 24



Milford is working up an appetite for its second annual Local Eatery Week scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2023 through Friday, July 30, 2023.  A celebration of local community and cuisine.


 "Unlike other "restaurant weeks", ours is open to all businesses that serve edible treats. The only catch is that all eateries must be locally owned and operated.  We want to spotlight those who live in, and give back to, our communities", said Ray Auger, event organizer and President of Local Social Marketing.


During the week-long event participating eateries will be offering special deals to promote their business during a traditionally slow time of the year.  Special offers include half price appetizers, dinners offered at a special price, BOGOs and more. Diners who care to take advantage of the special offers are asked to download the coupons found on the Local Social Facebook page ( on their mobile device and show the coupon to the server from your phone to enjoy the savings.


Current participating locations for this year include: Pepperoncini's Pizzeria and Grill, Central Tavern, Prezo Grill and Bar, Legend and The Oasis Patio at the DoubleTree, Red Heat Tavern, PiNZ, Milford Nutrition and Pizza Palace with more to come.


Local Social offers affordable and local social media management and branding for small businesses in the Greater Milford and MetroWest areas. Specializing in developing one on one relationships with small businesses with the intent to build a solid local customer base while staying "top of mind" with current clientele in fun, creative ways with a guerilla marketing approach.

Milford Local Eatery Week Starts Monday, July 24
Milford Local Eatery Week Starts Monday, July 24

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Pantherbook: Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution at FHS

Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution at FHS
"On Wednesday, January 13, Coronavirus vaccinations were officially administered at Franklin High School. The vaccines, the first of a two-session dosage, were given primarily to frontline medical workers – included were various EMTs, nurses, and other healthcare personnel.

The gym, being the largest space in the school, was utilized to maintain social distancing guidelines while vaccinations were being distributed. Miniature “booths” were set at least six feet apart from one another, with plexiglass shields in front of patients and supervisors at all times. A temperature check was required before entry to the building, along with mandatory mask usage to ensure protection for those who came."
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A view of the Franklin High School gym during Wednesday’s COVID vaccinations.  Siddharth Chandra
A view of the Franklin High School gym during Wednesday’s COVID vaccinations.  Siddharth Chandra

Thursday, May 14, 2020

"sacrificed too much over the past nine weeks to risk a second breakout"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"It would be “incredibly irresponsible” to send everyone back to work at the same time, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday, pushing back against critics who have accused him of moving too slowly to restart the state’s economy as he simultaneously tries to steer the state through the COVID-19 crisis.

The governor also resisted calls for him to tease out details of his reopening strategy before Monday, urging patience as some legislators and industries, like restaurants, are clamoring to be told what businesses will be on the initial list to reopen and what might be expected of them.

“I would love to be able to open everything up tomorrow. That would be an incredibly irresponsible thing to do,” Baker said."

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Gov Baker Video link

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In the News: stay-at--home advisory extended to May 4; State ed board grants emergency powers

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

stay-at-home advisory, closure of nonessential businesses extended through May 4
"Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the extension of the state’s stay-at-home advisory and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses through May 4.

“This order also extends the 10 person limit on social gatherings until May 4 as well,” Baker said.

The original advisory took effect on March 24 and was scheduled to expire on April 7. It instructs all residents except for employees of essential businesses to stay home, with an exception for excursions to get needed items such as groceries or medicine."
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State ed board grants emergency powers to Commissioner Riley
"The day before school districts are due to submit new plans required under a 2019 funding reform law, Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said he expects a legislative fix soon.

The April 1 deadline for superintendents to submit plans detailing steps they’ll take to close persistent achievement gaps was set before Massachusetts schools, under orders of Gov. Charlie Baker, shuttered their classrooms for a period that will last several weeks in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

It’s one of various dates and other provisions laid out in statute and regulations that education officials are now looking to adjust."
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Sunday, September 29, 2019

In the News: aggressive mosquitoes being fought; "525 million probes a day from foreign soil"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"About two years ago, Todd Duval got a call from a New Bedford homeowner. The woman’s children were being attacked by relentlessly aggressive mosquitoes in her yard. The kids had sustained so many bites that the woman took them to the doctor to make sure they’d be OK.

Duval, an entomologist with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project, visited the home. He found plastic toys scattered throughout the yard, corrugated downspout extensions on the home’s gutters and buckets for collecting rainwater that the woman used to water her tomatoes.

The containers were an ideal breeding ground for a species of mosquito that has been threatening to colonize Massachusetts for a few years: the Aedes albopictus, or Asian tiger mosquito.

The first Asian tiger mosquito in Massachusetts was found in New Bedford in 2009. Over the next few years, Duval and other mosquito trackers found the tiny day-biters buzzing around traps in increasing numbers, mostly in New Bedford, Fairhaven and, in some years, a neighborhood in Dartmouth."

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"Every day, the state’s computer network is “probed” more than half a billion times by entities outside the United States looking for a weak spot in the state’s cyber protections that could allow bad actors to infiltrate the state’s information technology infrastructure.

The Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) and others maintain defenses against those probes, but some programs are expected to run out of funding in January when the Legislature’s last IT bond bill runs dry, EOTSS Secretary Curt Wood told lawmakers Thursday.

“We have major initiatives ongoing right now, if the money expires in January, which we anticipate, we will be stopped without any traction,” he said. “So the urgency from a funding perspective is critical.”

Wood, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan and Public Safety Secretary Thomas Turco pressed the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets to advance a $1.15 billion bill authorizing funds for information technology, public safety equipment and cybersecurity projects."

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Friday, June 14, 2019

2nd Annual Milford Fourth Of July Parade Is Coming Together Well

The Milford Fourth of July Committee announces that plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Milford Fourth of July Parade on July 4th, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM. Last year thousands lined Main Street in Milford for the first ever parade celebrating the Fourth of July. "Year one really surprised us", said Co-Chair Ray Auger. "We were thrilled that first annual parade went off really well. It's really great to be a part of creating a new town tradition." "We are excited for parade for number two!", added Co-Chair Joey Callery.
2nd Annual Milford Fourth Of July Parade
2nd Annual Milford Fourth Of July Parade

The committee of seven, including Molly Auger, Renee Callery, Jenny Lyons, Nicole Romiglio and Erin Curley have been working over the past few months to deliver a festive parade that promises to bring the spirit of American independence to Milford for years to come.

The parade steps off at 10:00 AM sharp at the corners of 109 and 16 and ends at Draper Park. Spectators will witness creative representations of Americana from local businesses, organizations and individuals. A bike parade will allow children to participate in a portion of the event as they follow a Juniper Farms Ice Cream truck from the old Middle School East to Draper Park. Plus historical figures will make appearances throughout the route, crowds will be entertained by local musicians and there's still many more surprises in store.
Milford Fourth of July Parade
Milford Fourth of July Parade

This year the parade will feature a community honor inspired by a special guest at last year's event. The committee asked Milford School Bus Driver Moe Hutchins to ride in an automobile provided by Imperial Cars as a thank you to her dedication and service to the community. 

This year the committee made it official with the Milfordian of the Year Award. This award is given to a citizen who stands out as selflessly contributing to make Milford a better place. A candidate for Milfordian of the Year is someone who has shown years of often unrecognized contribution to making the town a better place. This year's Milfordian of the Year is Chief Tom O'Loughlin. The Chief will be riding in the parade and the committee encourages the community to cheer him on.

The Milford Fourth of July Parade has an interactive Facebook page (@MilfordFourthOfJulyParade) and an email for any questions needed to be answered at For the participation form and more info visit the Milford town website and search Fourth of July Parade.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In the News: Franklin curbside pickup fees to rise; Fall construction alert - Rtes. 16 and 140 near Milford Regional Medical

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

Franklin curbside pickup fees to rise
"Trash and recycling fees are going up due to international struggles with plastic disposal. 
Town councilors approved a rate hike of $32 on March 20, raising the average annual cost for curbside trash and recycle pickup to $240. The council also voted to raise the price of stickers in 2020 from $25 to $35 for the transfer station on Beaver Street. 
Franklin recycles about 3,600 tons of waste a year. The cost will rise to $55 a ton in 2020, $20 more a ton than the town currently pays. The town sold around 240 stickers last year, but is considering either eliminating the option or increasing the 10-day fee to $25. 
In the last year, China has been sent massive amounts of plastic waste for recycling purposes. According to NPR, about 106 million metric tons, or roughly 45 percent of the world’s plastic ready for recycling, was exported to China. Inundated with the waste, the country decided at the start of last year to decline any more shipments."
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Note: The first of two votes to approve the rate increase was held on March 20. The second vote is scheduled for a future Town Council meeting before becoming effective July 1. While the fee is increasing, we are still below where the fee was in 2005.

Due to global market issues for recycling, proposal to increase curbside fee
Due to global market issues for recycling, proposal to increase curbside fee

Construction alert: Rtes. 16 and 140 near Milford Regional Medical Center
"The planned facelift for one of Milford’s most heavily traveled roads remains on track to begin this fall. 
The half-mile stretch of Rte. 16 from just past the Milford police headquarters to the Hopedale town border will receive a long-awaited upgrade. The project will focus on the intersection of Rtes. 16 and 140 near Milford Regional Medical Center. The intersection is a regular spot for traffic backups and will be widened to make way for dedicated turning lanes, which should ease the turning radius for large trucks and tractor-trailers. 
“You cannot get through that intersection if someone is taking a left turn,” said Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli. “It’s too small.” 
New modern traffic signals with preemptive control for emergency vehicles approaching the intersection are part of the project."
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

"There isn’t a department in here that doesn’t need technology"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Timothy Rapoza says that all those suspicious emails that town employees have been receiving are safe -- at least for now. 
Rapoza, director of technology services, told town councilors on Wednesday that he is behind numerous fake emails -- replicas of popular phishing emails that appear as if they contain viruses -- sent to town employees, and for good reason: He and his team want to see who is clicking on them. 
The goal, Rapoza added, is to train employees to recognize potential threats when they see them in their inboxes. It’s one of the many tasks of the town Technology Department, which has been in place for about 20 years. 
And Rapoza, who has been with Franklin for 13 years, said he has seen technology change dramatically in that time."

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From more about the Town of Franklin Technology Department

one page from the slideshow presented at the Town Council meeting on Weds, Dec 19
one page from the slideshow presented at the Town Council meeting on Weds, Dec 19

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

“It was like a Franklin community homecoming, a class reunion of sorts”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The change of seasons brings about reflection, introspection and new vision and this was especially felt this fall by the multitude of volunteers who had brought the Feast of St. Rocco to life every August for the past 40 years. 
This past Aug. 12 marked the last day of the final Festival of Food so lovingly run by members of St. Mary Parish. To honor the hundreds of volunteers who made the feast a part of their summer, a Mass of thanksgiving and reception of gratitude was held recently to begin the transition from one tradition to the next. 
The Mass and reception brought 40 years of faith, family, community and tradition full circle. Fr. Michael Guarino, the brainchild of the event in 1979, was the principal celebrant of the Mass. 
His homily was built on the theme of the number 40 in the Bible. He pointed out that the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years; Moses, Elijah and Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days; and the great flood lasted 40 days."
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Photos from the St Rocco Festival in 2013


Thursday, November 8, 2018

My FM 101.3 Wins International Public Service Award

I simply can’t say enough about my staff, our listeners fans and followers, and the Radiothon Committee as a whole for coming through with a record breaking year, it’s amazing how local radio can still make things happen” said Tom McAuliffe, owner of My FM Media, as he accepted The 2018 Simpson Award for Community Service.

“The Simpson Award is one of the highest honors a local broadcaster can receive for community service,” explained T. David Luther, Executive Director of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank (IBIB), which bestows the prestigious award annually. “This award is given annually to only one radio station in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Greater Milford region should be proud of the world-wide recognition given to My FM 101.3.

In a media environment dominated by large corporations and bottom-line priorities, the community service efforts at this independently owned and locally programmed radio station stand out. My FM’s initiative in raising over $100,000 in one day in 2018, as part of a My FM/Milford Regional Medical Center Radiothon, topped the list of reasons the IBIB Board of Directors recommended McAuliffe for the award.

Idea Bank President Mike Hulvey added “"The Simpson Award is one of the most coveted awards in Radio Broadcasting and symbolizes what the International Broadcasters Ideabank is all about....excellence in local community broadcasting. We're proud to honor Tom McAuliffe II, and the team at My FM Media. We're in awe of their use of radio, digital and social media to raise over $100,000 in one day to benefit their local community.

“Not only does this award recognize what our station has been about in the past, but also where our station is headed for the future as we develop into a true multi-media organization. This year’s Radiothon allowed us to shine a spotlight on all the media platforms that we now have at our disposal to assist clients, organizations and causes that are near and dear to our hearts. It’s the power of local radio combined with interactive & social media that carried the day for the 2018 My FM Radiothon” McAuliffe said.

The Simpson Award for Community Service is presented by the International Broadcasters Idea Bank (IBIB), an elite organization of 100 radio broadcasters located around the world. McAuliffe accepted the award from the IBIB’s international gathering, held this year at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis Cape Cod.

In addition to the now-annual Radiothon to benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care at Milford Regional Medical Center, My FM supports local organizations by sponsoring and participating in more than 75 community events each year, including blood drives, parades, fairs, community pride days and a large annual Senior Expo.
My FM 101.3 Wins International Public Service Award
My FM 101.3 Wins International Public Service Award

For more information on the station, visit

Friday, February 16, 2018

"It has come a long way since 50 years ago”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Fifty years ago today, the first 9-1-1 call was made, and the emergency system became the foundation for first-responders. 
Since that first call made on Feb. 16, 1968 in Haleyville, Alabama, the 9-1-1 system has evolved and has become much more than just a centralized number for emergency calls. 
“Telecommunicators, 9-1-1 dispatchers, are essentially the first first-responders,” said Chris Campbell, president of the Massachusetts Communications Supervisors Association and director of communications in Seekonk. 
“They handle the calls from the inception until first responders arrive, and in some instances they stay on the line throughout the whole incident,” he said."

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The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center is the regional dispatch operations serving the towns of Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. They will dispatch police, fire and EMS. Construction is underway with plans to be operational in the Fall of 2018.

Metacomet Emergency Communications Center
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center

Friday, December 1, 2017

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards From Massachusetts Broadcasters Association

MyFM 101.3 announced today that it, and its staff, are the recipients of two prestigious awards from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. The radio station, which serves the market between Boston, Worcester, and Providence, received the Station of the Year merit award. Also, station on-air personality and MyFM's "Mr. Everything," Ray Auger, was honored with the "Above and Beyond" award.

The Station of the Year award is presented annually by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association to the most outstanding radio station in the Commonwealth, and is open to all of the more than 180 radio stations in the Commonwealth. The merit "Station of the Year" is awarded to a Massachusetts radio station that exemplifies overall excellence in all phases of operation.

This year's judges, members of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, cited MyFM 101.3's extraordinary growth of audience and client base. But most importantly, stating that MyFM was the epitome of localism in broadcasting, and providing exceptional service to their listeners, community officials and local organizations.

Jordan Walton, President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association said, "MyFM is a shining example of what a radio station, hyper-focused on their local community, can accomplish."

This is the 6th time that MyFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio has won Station of the Year.

"We are humbled and honored to be recognized again by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association," says MyFM President Tom McAuliffe. "I've been part of this community for more than 27 years and look forward to serving it for many more."

The second accolade bestowed upon MyFM, the Above and Beyond award, was granted to My FM's "Mr. Everything" Ray Auger. The Association noted Auger's combined involvement in the local music scene and his status at MyFM/WMRC to help deliver new forms of artistic culture and fundraising support to the area. By becoming involved with local organizations, he uses his relationships and broadcasting skills to serve his community in an effective and entertaining fashion. In addition to his regular duties as a radio host, producer and promotions director, and so much more, Auger serves on the board of directors for Milford TV and Milford Performing Arts Center. He also hosted numerous community fundraising events, and weekly and monthly open mics and socials.

Walton added, "Ray Auger is the driving force behind much of the local content that MyFM provides listeners in the Greater Milford area. His tireless efforts to make a difference are why his station is thriving and why he deserved to be named our "Above and Beyond" award winner in 2017."

MyFM 101.3 is the sister station of WMRC-First Class Radio, which is one of the oldest locally owned and operated broadcast stations in Massachusetts. The company was purchased in 1990 by Tom McAuliffe, Sr. who was committed to the philosophy that a strong local radio station makes a strong connection to the community. His son, Tom McAuliffe II, took over as President in 2008 making the radio station the area's first choice for local news, weather, sports, traffic and community events.

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards
MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Eat, Drink and Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza - Nov 30

Name: Eat, Drink and Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Event Description:
Interested in being a retail or food vendor? Want to have your looks walk the runway? See link for more info and sign-up forms.

Download, complete and send back to or call us at 508.473.6700.

Lake Pearl
299 Creek Street
Wrentham, MA

Contact Information:
Kelley Brown, Director of Programs & Services
Send an Email

$25 per person

Eat, Drink and Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza - Nov 30
Eat, Drink and Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza - Nov 30

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Plans for the 28th Annual Auction Spectacular & Gourmet Dinner

The area’s largest community auction event returns for its 28th year as the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) prepares for its Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner. Scheduled for Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Milford Portuguese Club, 119 Prospect Heights in Milford, MA. 

The event includes both live and silent auctions, several chances to win prizes and a gourmet dinner featuring more than 40 area restaurants and eateries. The Annual Auction Spectacular is the MACC’s largest fundraiser, helping to advance the organization’s mission of fostering a positive business climate in the 10-town area it represents.

The MACC Auction Spectacular & Dinner Buffet draws more than 300 attendees each year. There, attendees enjoy a fast-paced evening bidding on items that range from the practical to the exotic. Popular auction items like a Zulu Nyala African Safari, autographed sports memorabilia and tickets to various professional sporting events will be back, as well as several new items. Included in this year’s offerings is a four-day stay at a Sonoma Wine Country winery as well as a five-day Cape Cod escape.

“There is such a huge range of items available to bid on. There’s definitely something for everyone whether you’re bidding on an item for yourself or one that you’ll give as gift,” said MACC president & CEO, Laura O’Callaghan. “It’s fun to watch folks bid against each other when there is an item they want and our auctioneer Dick Ferruci, multi-media account executive at Myfm 101.3, keeps everyone entertained throughout.”

The gourmet dinner buffet is a much anticipated part of the evening, featuring signature dishes from the area’s finest restaurants, eateries and local assisted living communities, along with a cash bar. Offering a spread from passed appetizers to carving stations and delicious entrees to desserts that satisfy any sweet tooth, the dinner buffet is a smorgasbord for every taste.

“Year after year the dinner buffet gets rave reviews! It’s a wonderful showcase of the depth of culinary talent we have in our area and we can’t thank our participating food donors enough,” O’Callaghan said.

The MACC’s Annual Auction Spectacular and Dinner Buffet is always a sold-out event and those interested in attending are reminded to reserve their seats now. A single ticket is $30, two or more ticket is $25 each and a reserved table of ten is - $225. Call the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508.473.6700 or register online at or

About the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce

For 90+ years, the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) has been the voice of business in a ten town area representing hundreds of businesses of all sizes and all industries in Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, and Upton. By fostering a pro-business climate, the MACC helps to attract, retain and grow business while providing vital advocacy, engagement and connections for its membership. Visit

Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner
Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner

Saturday, June 3, 2017

In the News: hypothermia cause of death, FHS graduates challenged to change

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Officials announced Friday that hypothermia killed a local college student whose body was found after a week-long search in May. 
Nancy Doherty, the mother of 20-year-old Michael Doherty, said Friday that she was devastated by the news. 
“He was trying to come here, but he got lost in the neighborhood and never made it,” she said. 
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement that Doherty, a Duke University junior, had died as the result of hypothermia brought about by prolonged exposure to atmospheric cold. The death, he said, had been ruled as accidental, and no foul play is suspected."
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"Graduating Franklin High School seniors were urged to change the world, even if just in a little way. 
The school’s Class of 2017 graduated Friday evening, with friends and family gathered in the school’s gymnasium. 
The first speaker, Wesley Kozil, class vice president, recounted the class’ success in athletics, schoolwork and in activities. 
“None of this would be possible without the support of our teachers, family and friends,” he said."

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Palliative Care Informational Session - Apr 26

Are you or someone you love coping with a serious or chronic illness? 

You are welcome to attend a free palliative care session to answer any questions you might have. This session has the answers to creating your best life now even with a serious or chronic illness.

On Wednesday, April 26 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Register for the session at or call 508-541-9078

This informational session is co-sponsored by Milford Regional Medical Center

Palliative Care Informational Session
Palliative Care Informational Session

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!

Tri-County Medical has opened a new Urgent Care facility in Milford. 129 South Main St will be treating patients for non-emergent illnesses and injuries. No appointment is necessary, it is open weekends and evenings.

Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!
Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford

Ellis Paul will be performing at Memorial Hall in celebration of 25 years of touring!

"The World Ain't Slowin' Down"

Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years On The Road

Memorial Hall
30 School Street
Milford, MA 01757

Show time: 7:00pm
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It's a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. 

Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. 

The exhilaration of the open road. A ​celebration of heroes.​ ​The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love... intimate, passionate and enduring.

Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford 2/11/17
Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford 2/11/17

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Milford Area Chamber of Commerce preps for its 27th Annual Dinner and Auction - Nov 19

Laura O’Callaghan, President of the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that plans for the Chamber’s 27th Annual fundraising Dinner & Auction are almost complete and the results are exciting. The event returns to the Portuguese Club in Milford for the sixth year on Saturday, November, 19th. Doors open at 6:30 and a limited number of tickets are still available. 

O’Callaghan stated; “Every year since 1989 our community has come together to share an evening of fun, excitement and delicious food to help the Chamber fund the important work it does for the Greater Milford area residents and businesses. The venue and format changed a few years ago and now all the food is generously prepared and donated by local restaurants, caterers and businesses. The array of dishes that are available is an absolute feast and our guests discover new, local places to try as a result. It’s a win/win for everyone.”

“The Milford Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that performs vital business referral functions as new residents move into town, assists local small business with training, insurance and benefits information for its employees, advocates for its members at the State House and at the national level and provides dozens of networking activities for its members throughout the year. We are the voice of the business community in Milford and the surrounding nine towns. We cannot survive without the support of our membership and our community and we are grateful for the support we receive as a result”, O’Callaghan added.

This year’s auction will include more than 100 silent auction items; items donated by businesses throughout the area. These include golf foursomes, electronics, home furnishings, wine baskets, toys, autographed sports memorabilia, merchandise and a variety of services and more. There are also more than 30 live auction items that will provide the highlight of the evening, as well as the majority of laughs. 

 “Celebrity Guest Auctioneer” Dick Ferrucci from WMRC radio will resume his yearly position on the gavel and 2016’s lineup of items are among the best the Chamber has ever received. In addition to the African Safari trip the Chamber has successfully auctioned for the past seven years they’ve added a trip to Ireland, airline tickets to anywhere in the USA, sporting event packages, getaways to Maine, Rhode Island and more! The 50/50 raffle winner will also be drawn that evening.

For more information, to purchase tickets, see a complete list of available auction items or even make a donation to the Chamber, visit, call them at 508.473.6700 or stop by their offices at 258 Main Street, Suite 306.

The Milford Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1922 and will mark its 95th year of service in 2017. Its mission is to connect businesses and professionals by bringing them together for a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, information, products and services. The Chamber advocates for the business community, promotes economic development, and enhances the quality of life throughout the area. The Chamber serves the communities of Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis and Upton.