Friday, March 18, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Thursday, June 3, 2021
FM #557 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 557 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with a wonderful fun loving panel of business and artists on the forthcoming ArtWALK Celebration. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.
Agway- Melanie Hamblen
Artist - Chris Blue Lamb Toubeau
Rockland Trust- Laurel Katsaros
Artist - Walter Spencer
We talk about the upcoming ArtWALK scheduled for June 11, 12 and 13. The events will take place on the Town Common, at THE BLACK BOX, and the Historical Museum.
Check out the Cultural District page for all the details https://www.franklinculture.org/home/pages/franklin-artwalk-celebration-escape-arts
Thanks to the Franklin Cultural District, The Franklin Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (grant), Franklin Downtown Partnership, The Franklin Art Association and the Franklin Public Library. Did we miss someone? I hope not, there are a lot collaborating on this wonderful event.
The recording runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen to our conversation
ArtWALK - event page -> https://www.franklinculture.org/home/pages/franklin-artwalk-celebration-escape-arts
Cultural District page -> https://www.franklinculture.org/
Library Summer Reading page https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/events/317406
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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
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One of the pieces of art to be displayed at Agway:
|Artwork by Chris Blue Lamb Toubeau with Brooke J. Toubeau as her collaboration partner|
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Applications are open for a Rockland Trust scholarship
- Selection will be based on the applicant’s academic achievement, community service and extracurricular activities.
- Applications must be either completed online or postmarked by March 15, 2021 to be considered. Winners will be notified by May 17, 2021
- Applications must be complete and accompanied by the two most recent semester grades on an official high school transcript.
- The Rockland Trust Scholarship Committee will record and score all complete applications received by the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Academic Accomplishment: 20 points
- Community Service/Extracurricular Activity : 45 points
- Essay: 35 points
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Rockland Trust’s Affiliated Charitable Foundations announce more than $200,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations
During the second quarter of 2020 the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation provided support to 25 organizations including;
- The Brockton Visiting Nurse Association: An organization based out of Brockton, MA that provides innovative and cost effective health care services in home.
- The S.E.A.L. Foundation: A Plymouth County organization that creates and funds educational and social opportunities in non-public school and camp settings for students who learn differently in order to ensure they maximize their potential.
- The Brockton Together Fund: A collaborative effort between the City of Brockton, the United Way of Greater Plymouth County, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley that will provide direct resources for emergency assistance and expanded food distribution to the most economically vulnerable populations in Brockton.
The Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation provided support to 15 organizations during the second quarter of 2020 including;
- Franciscan Children’s Hospital: A pediatric post-acute hospital located in Brighton, MA where children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs receive specialized care whom are committed to excellence, innovation and family support.
- Horace Mann Educational Associates: A Norfolk County based organizations that supports, teaches and empowers adults with developmental disabilities and their families to live a meaningful life of their choice.
“We were thrilled to provide grants to these incredible organizations, all of which have a tremendous positive impact on the individuals and communities they serve,” said Edward Seksay, President and Chair of both the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the Rockland Trust – Blue Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc. “By assisting these non-profits we hope to help provide our communities with the services they need to flourish.”
Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations focus on giving that supports affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, health and human services and youth programs.
For more information about the organizations who have received funding from the affiliated foundations please visit, RocklandTrust.com.
ROCKLAND TRUST CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.
The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, Inc. became affiliated with Rockland Trust in 2009 and has contributed more than $7 million dollars to non-profit organizations.
ROCKLAND TRUST- BLUE HILLS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC.
The Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation, Inc. became affiliated with Rockland Trust in 2019 and has contributed more than $6.8 million dollars to non-profit organizations.
Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: INDB) is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Named in 2019 to The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list for the 11th consecutive year, Rockland Trust offers a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services. Rockland Trust serves businesses and individuals through more than 95 retail branches, commercial and residential lending centers, and investment management offices in eastern Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, the South Shore, the Cape, and Islands, as well as in Worcester County and Rhode Island. The Bank also offers a full suite of mobile, online, and telephone banking services. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing Lender. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®,” please visit RocklandTrust.com.
|Rockland Trust’s Affiliated Charitable Foundations announce more than $200,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations|
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Today (Apr 27, 2020) the Franklin Food Pantry announced that it has purchased a building to be able to better serve its neighbors. The building formerly known as Dante’s Motors, Inc. is located on 138 East Central Street and will undergo renovations to make it into a functional and expanded Pantry.
The new building will allow The Franklin Food Pantry to increase safety, accessibility, confidentiality and robustness of its current services and help The Pantry to develop new services to better fulfill the full mission of the Franklin Food Pantry. The Pantry will announce a Capital Campaign later in the year to help fund the renovations of the new space. In the meantime, The Pantry will continue to operate at its current location and appreciates the Support of Rockland Trust.
“For the past three years, The Franklin Food Pantry has been searching for a bigger space to be able to increase our assistance to our community. We are so thankful to Rockland Trust for loaning us our space and taking such good care of us over the past ten years, but we have outgrown the building,” said Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Through the generosity of our Board members and close friends of The Pantry we were finally able to make this happen. Because of the commitment of the Board - as volunteers, donors, and advisors - we have been able to secure a mortgage for this property.”
|Lynn Calling, Executive Director, stands in front of the future home|
“We are so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from our community as we meet increased demand due to Covid-19 and we are happy to be able to bring some good news to them,” said Tina Powderly, Board President. “This endeavor has been a long time coming and we’d like to thank community member Christine Bracci who worked with us so closely to help create a lasting legacy for her family’s business and to ensure the growth of the pantry.”
“This building has been in my family for a long time, and I’m so glad that I was able to work with the Franklin Food Pantry to give the building new life and another chance to serve the Franklin Community,” said Christine Bracci, previous owner. “I would like to thank my attorney Michael Heaney, Heaney and Small LLP for his help with making this deal possible.”
During the pandemic, the Franklin Food Pantry continues to operate to serve all new and existing neighbors. The Pantry has changed its hours to Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The Pantry is distributing prepackaged bags of shelf stable items as well as fresh produce and proteins through a drive up service. Since March, the Pantry has seen a weekly increase of new neighbors needing to receive services and all donations have gone toward continuing to feed its patrons.
About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to over 1,100 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 2019, 302,336 pounds of food was provided to clients. Other programs include the Weekend Backpack Program, Carts for Clients, Mobile Pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. Visit www.franklingfoodpantry.org for more information.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The show, which is free and open to the public, will kick off on Friday from 4-8 PM, coinciding with Franklin Downtown Partnership's Strawberry Stroll.
The Fine Art Exhibition and Sale includes works in oil, acrylic, water media, photography, pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. In addition to the exhibited works, small works and unframed art will be available for purchase.
Saturday hours are 11 AM – 7 PM with a wine reception from 4- 6 PM capped off with an awards presentation for the juried exhibit. In addition to first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons awarded, there will be a Best of Show award and attendees may vote for a "People's Choice" award.
Sunday hours are 12 Noon - 4 PM with a Raffle and People's Choice award presentation at 3 PM
For more information about the FAA, go to www.franklinart.org
|Franklin Art Association’s Annual Spring/Summer Art Show and Sale Coming Soon!|
Saturday, September 22, 2018
"Before the end of the year, longtime community mainstay Milford National Bank is expected to close, reopening as Rockland Trust.
The two banks announced a merger earlier this year, with Rockland Trust acquiring the 169-year-old Milford institution this fall. A final date awaits regulatory approval, but Rockland Trust Company Public Relations Marketing Manager Ellen Molle said she expects action in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Milford National Bank, in a notice on its website, has told customers its branches will reopen as Rockland Trust branches on Nov. 19.
“We are excited about this combination and the opportunity to provide you with outstanding banking products and services to help meet your financial goals,” the notice states."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|Rockland Trust sign on a winter day|
Friday, July 20, 2018
"Sometimes a bit of nature with a unique human touch is all it takes to lighten the day and remind people of what truly matters.
On Main Street next to Rockland Trust Bank, a new kind of garden is growing – a Kindness Rock garden. The space is decorated with small, painted rocks. Every painted rock displays either a phrase of encouragement or a small drawing of the artist’s desire.
A sign outside the garden encourages people to take a rock if they’re in need, and to leave one if they’d wish.
Berry Insurance owner and coordinator of the project Kaitlyn Pintarich said she was moved by the idea after finding a small painted rock in the Franklin Town Common last winter."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|the Kindness Rock Garden on Main St|
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
“This is a very exciting day,” exclaimed Brian Earley, chairman of the Board of Directors at the Hockomock Area YMCA. “We are so grateful for the partnership and friendship of Rockland Trust. This Splash Park will be a great addition to our YMCA, and another exciting touchpoint for the community, providing families with a place to spend quality time together.”
Jane Lundquist, executive vice president of Rockland Trust and president of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation marveled at the finished splash park and noted, “I remember that large hole in the ground back in October and look at it today! We are so proud to award a major grant to the Hockomock Area YMCA, an organization that has such an impact on the community.” At the end of her brief remarks Jane was greeted by cheers as she turned to the kids and asked “Are you ready?!”
Franklin Town Administrator Jeff Nutting thanked Rockland Trust for “this wonderful gift to the community and the Y. It’s about those kids, not us, and the important family time this will encourage.” Thanking the Y, Nutting remarked, “Every year I contribute to the Y because the Y gives it back 10-fold.”
At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony Hockomock Area YMCA President Ed Hurley noted, “I want to add my personal thanks to everyone at Rockland Trust. We’re very proud of the long-standing relationship our YMCA has with a bank that believes in giving back to the community. We are honored and proud to be the recipient of your support and friendship.” Hurley presented Jane Lundquist a rendering of the bronze plaque that will be mounted on granite in the park. The plaque reads “Rockland Trust Family Splash Park made possible through the thoughtful generosity of the Rockland Trust Family Foundation. Thank you for your commitment to supporting kids and families in our community.”
|Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors Vice Chairman Bill Chouinard (far left) and Hockomock Area YMCA Board of Directors Chairman Brian Earley (far right) with YMCA members Aiden Cohen (second from left) and Ryan Martin (third from left)|
|Hockomock Area YMCA members enjoy the first ceremonial bucket drop|
|Jane Lundquist, executive vice president of Rockland Trust, and Ed Hurley, president of the Hockomock Area YMCA, with the Rockland Trust Family Splash Park dedication plaque|
|A community group photo of representatives of Rockland Trust, the Hockomock Area YMCA and the town of Franklin|
About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.
The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
All proceeds from this one day event go to support the programs and services offered by HMEA’s 750 staff to 4000 children and adults with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities. They include the programs offered in HMEA’s children’s services ABA division (applied behavior analysts) for therapists to help diagnose children on the autism spectrum with Early Intervention Assessment Kits.
The kits include games, puzzles, toys, blocks, and other tools which are designed to assist in evaluating skills and identifying specific educational needs for children who have been newly diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
One assessment tool in the hands of a qualified ABA (Applied Behavior Analyst) Therapist can touch the lives of many children. They help ensure children are properly assessed so they receive early treatment, much to the satisfaction and comfort of the parents waiting desperately for answers to questions about their child’s situation.
|HMEA celebrates receiving funding from Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation|
The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation focuses its charitable giving on four main areas, education, health and human services, youth programs, and community development. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than $4 million in grants to qualified non-profit organizations. For information about the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, please contact Jeanne Travers at 781-982-6637 or visit www.RocklandTrust.com.
Massachusetts-based HMEA is a private, not for profit agency that supports 4000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, and their families in more than 110 Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. HMEA affirms and promotes the values, dreams and potential of people with developmental disabilities through education, support and life experiences. HMEA is committed to working in partnership with people with developmental disabilities and their families to create individualized supports that best meet their unique needs. HMEA believes that each person with a disability has a desire for a rich and varied life, including a physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual dimension. For more information, visit www.hmea.org
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Yes, relationships matter! Thanks to Rockland Trust this provides the space the Franklin Food Pantry operates from to serve the Franklin community.
|Franklin Food Pantry|
Rockland Trust this week announced its continued support of the Franklin Food Pantry with a $43,200 donation to renew the pantry’s rent-free lease for the fifth consecutive year. The food pantry provides between 2,600 and 3,200 pounds of food to area residents each week. In addition to providing the Franklin Food Pantry with rent-free space, Rockland Trust recently concluded a month-long food drive throughout its entire service area in Massachusetts, including its new Metro North communities and Greater Providence. As part of the food drive, which ran throughout April, the bank also donated more than $13,750 to local food banks.
Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/business/x1391862985/Business-Digest-for-June-8-2013#ixzz2VjwiQM00
For more about the Franklin Food Pantry, visit their webpage http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/
or "Like" them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FranklinFoodPantry
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
you can go around the side of the building to the back to use the ramp.
What happened to the front railing? The cement along the front entrance was deteriorating and was just replaced. A new wrought iron railing is being ordered and will be installed in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, a wooden railing has been put up. Thanks to Rockland Trust for their contribution that allows the Food Pantry to use this building.
Disclosure: As part of my volunteer effort to help Franklin, I lead the Board of Directors for the Franklin Food Pantry. A version of this was originally posted on the Food Pantry website http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/2012/10/handicap-access.html
Sunday, July 22, 2012
For the third year Rockland Trust has donated the use of its building located at 43 West Central Street in Franklin, Mass. to the Franklin Food Pantry. The two-story building, located adjacent to Rockland Trust’s Main Street branch serves as a valuable resource to the Franklin community and provides between 2,600 and 3,200 pounds of food to area citizens each week.
Accepting the $43,200 donation check, Linda Sottile, Pantry Manager of the Food Pantry stated, “This generous donation from Rockland Trust ensures that we can continue to serve the people of the Franklin area. Local residents need our help now more than ever. The space offers plenty of storage space for food and allows us to provide private meeting space for support services.”
“At Rockland Trust, we believe in strengthening the communities in which we work and live,” stated Laurel Katsaros, Vice President and manager of the Rockland Trust Main Street branch. “Rockland Trust is proud to support the Franklin Food Pantry and its efforts to help individuals and families in need.”
About Rockland Trust
Rockland Trust Company is a full-service community bank headquartered in Massachusetts, with approximately $5 billion in assets. Rockland Trust provides a wide range of consumer, business, investment, and insurance products and services. Rockland Trust’s network consists of 67 retail branches, nine commercial lending centers, three Investment Management Group offices, and four residential lending centers located throughout Eastern Massachusetts, and one commercial lending center and investment management office in Rhode Island. To find out why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®,” please visit www.RocklandTrust.com.
Photo: Ann-Marie Corriveau, Rockland Trust Universal Representative; Linda Sottile, Pantry Manager of the Franklin Food Pantry; and Laurel Katsaros, Vice President and manager of the Rockland Trust Main Street branch stand in front of the Franklin Food Pantry.