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Friday, August 3, 2018
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
In the News: back pack drive success, Walgreens recognized
"Thanks to a robust backpack donation drive, more than 250 needy students in the area now have the supplies necessary for the new school year.
The effort - held this summer - was organized by the Hockomock Area YMCA, in partnership with the Franklin Elks and the Franklin School District. Drive leader Michell Branche said 274 backpacks full of supplies were distributed to families in the area.
Branche said the partnerships helped the drive acquire more supplies than last year's iteration, which garnered 64 backpacks.
"It certainly grew from last year's total," she said. "We got quite a lot of support from the community ... I thought we could get a couple hundred backpacks. This is perfect."
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"Area officials, emergency personnel and elected representatives were on hand Tuesday afternoon to recognize the local Walgreens pharmacy for providing access to overdose-counteracting drugs.
The award, according to Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rowe, came as the result of a survey of area pharmacies. Undercover visitors, she said, went to the county's 120 pharmacies and provided the results of their trips. The Franklin pharmacy rated highly in providing Narcan, which counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose.
While the district attorney's office has recognized pharmacies before - for things like vigilance in rooting out forged prescriptions - Rowe said this is the first Narcan-availability award given out."
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|Walgreens - at the corner of happy and healthy|
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Walgreen’s Pharmacy to receive award from SAFE Coalition and Norfolk County DA
WHERE: 160 E CENTRAL ST in Franklin MA
WHEN: 1:30 pm, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The S.A.F.E. Coalition of MA and Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office are pleased to present the first award for proficiency in providing Narcan to the community to Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Franklin, MA.
The presentation will occur at 1:30 PM, Tuesday August 30, 2016 at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 160 East Central Street, Franklin MA. S.A.F.E. goals are to empower those affected by substance abuse disorders, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery.
Walgreen’s is a primary example of community involvement in providing the tools for medical detoxification by health professionals. Representatives S.A.F.E. Coalition will be present.
The S.A.F.E. Coalition of MA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.
Representative Roy and fellow members of the SAFE coalition will be hosting a small event on Wednesday August 30, 2016 at 1:30PM to honor the Walgreens in Franklin. Walgreen’s is being honored for their dedication to safety and well-being of their community and for receiving the Naloxone “Best Practices” award. Representative Roy and the coalition will be joined by Norfolk County District Attorney, Michael Morrissey.
“The amount of support that everyone in Franklin has shown in combating the Commonwealths opioid epidemic has been truly remarkable,” said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) “I am pleased to be able to acknowledge the hard work that another local group is doing to keep our community safe and healthy.”
The Franklin Walgreens is located at 160 East Central Street. Anyone interested in celebrating Walgreens achievement are welcome.
Store manager: Brian Votolato, Pharmacy manager Tricia Ngyuen.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Cops investigating armed robbery of Franklin pharmacy
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Authorities are hunting a man who they say robbed a pharmacy on Monday night. The suspect, wearing a hood, mask and gloves, broke into the Walgreens at 160 East Central St. at about 11 p.m. and pulled a handgun on two employees preparing to leave for the night, police said.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Work real hard to clear the snow!
Stir, stir, stir!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Walgreens - now open
I'll get a picture sometime to record and share but it is open, finally!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Four Corners remembered
Monday, November 9, 2009
Walgreens continues to make progress
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Pictures from around town
The older buildings downtown have been spruced up.
The museum is getting its work done. According to Jeff Nutting's update at the recent Town Council meeting, the windows have a long lead time but otherwise the work is on schedule and on budget.
Spring Pond located along Washington St was showing the full range of autumn colors. The picture does not do justice to the scene.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
New turn available at King/140
This picture shows the lane markings with no cars blocking the view (yes, a lucky bit of timing).
An even luckier bit of timing shows this picture with a red light for the King St traffic. The right lane is making a right turn as the West bound 140 traffic is turning on to King St while the East bound 140 traffic is sitting at their red light.
The pedestrian and traffic light island was shortened to widen the intersection allowing the three lanes (one going out King St to i495, and the two lanes heading from King towards Chestnut St).
This is part of the traffic preparations for the Walgreens to open on the corner later this year.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Franklin: Walgreens Conveyor
I was caught by this arrangement of machines. The bucket loader (far right) drops a load of dirt into the first blue machine. This appears to filter the material and transfer it to another similar machine which may have a different filter setting to process before it drops it off the last conveyor in a pile to be used on the site.
How many men would have been required to provide the same filtering function in the days when the Four Corners Bldg went up (or earlier)?
Anyone know the answer?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Big pile of dirt being removed
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Four Corners destruction
I guess the Town didn't bother to remove their sign.
In the house next door to the property that is also coming down to make way for Walgreens, I hope the envelope in the mail box isn't important.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Four Corners building
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Hey you can see the house now that the trees are gone!
The construction at the Four Corners building is underway. Eventually, a Walgreens will operate from this location.
I'll try to report key milestones here from time to time as the work progresses.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"open the store in April 2010"
Board OKs Walgreens
Read the full article about the Walgreens coming to Franklin in the Milford Daily News here.
The Planning Board last night approved Arista Development's special site plan to build a Walgreens at the former Four Corners School.
Arista Development LLC, of Norwood, plans to build a single-story, 14,500-square-foot building with a drive-through window (along Cross Street) and 60 parking spots, at the intersection of Rte. 140 and King Street.
The plan features two entrances: A single-car entry/exit via Cross Street and a double exit and single entry along King Street.
I think it is interesting that during the Planning Board meeting of 1/26/09 much of the discussion around the traffic mitigation was in the timing of the plans coming to the Town so they the work could be completed by the scheduled store opening in Sep/Oct.
Now the schedule is back to April. That reschedule should provide plenty of time for the traffic work on the corner.
The video of the Planning Board meeting for Jan 26 2009 can be found on the Town website here
Monday, January 26, 2009
Live reporting - Planning Board/Walgreens
Jeff Nutting committed that if the applicant provides the design plans by April 1, the town will have enough time to do the work before Walgreens would be scheduled to open (in October).
The public hearing has now been closed. The decision on the special permits required will be scheduled.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Franklin's Piccadilly Pub closed
Ichigo Ichie has opened where the Piccadilly Pub was located
Word today is that the Piccadilly Pub located here in Franklin is closing. Other Piccadilly Pub locations are remaining open.
Now, it has always be a wonder to me with the 99 Restaurant and Piccadilly Pub next door to other, how both could survive?
We know the answer, they can't.
What will happen up the other end of town with Walgreen's coming into the the Four Corners Building location?
Let me count that would put CVS, Rite-Aid, and Shaw's - all have pharmacy services, four locations within a half-mile of each other.
Who wants to do the math on how long that will last?
I submitted feedback to Piccadilly's via their website as they still show the Franklin location as open. This is what I received via email:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the Piccadilly Pub in Franklin, Massachusetts. We are working on updating our advertising; our intentions are to re-brand this restaurant with a new concept in the future.So there is hope for that location!
Updated May 2011
Yes, it has taken a while but there is a restaurant scheduled to open in Oct 2011: