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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Franklin Historical Museum has a treat for kids during the Ladybug Trail Spring Walk
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Franklin Public School Spring Art Showcase - March 15 - 4:30 to 6:30 PM
|Franklin Public School Spring Art Showcase - March 15 - 4:30 to 6:30 PM|
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Franklin, MA: Youth Baseball - Spring 2022 Registration Now Open!
There's still time to register for the FYBO Spring Season! Just 18 days left until registration closes, sign up now: https://t.co/eHovD2Fu61
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/C7APzH5sIy
|Franklin MA Baseball - Spring 2022 Registration Now Open!|
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
2022 Spring Registration for Franklin Girls Softball is Now Open!
Click on the "Register" button in the top right corner of the https://www.fgsafastpitch.org/ page to get started!
|2022 Spring Registration for Franklin Girls Softball is Now Open!|
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Hockomock League: Statement on Spring Sports Spectators
The Hockomock League is excited to launch the Spring 2021 Athletic Experience, which includes all of its traditional programs. We are excited to also offer Wrestling and Competitive Cheer to our Spring schedules of events. We are proud to state that “no program was left behind” due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the League has done throughout the 2020-2021 school year, we have closely followed the MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) guidelines for athletic events for both our participants and our spectators, to ensure the safest possible conditions for all involved. We are pleased to put forth the following policies on spectators for our Spring INDOOR and OUTDOOR events:
INDOOR EVENTS: (Boys Volleyball, Competitive Cheer, and Wrestling)
The League will remain consistent with its indoor policies adopted during the Fall 2 season. For each HOME participant, two immediate adult family members and siblings are permitted to attend an event. Additionally 2 family members of AWAY participants may attend an event. Contact tracing will remain in effect and family check-in lists will be utilized at the indoor venue.
OUTDOOR EVENTS: (Lacrosse, Track & Field, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Unified Track)
As the recently amended EEA guidelines have stated, home and away spectator allowance at outdoor stadium events is capped at a maximum of 50% seating capacity at the stadium venue, with socially-distanced six-foot seating on those bleachers.
At open area venues, such as parks and ball fields, home and away spectators must wear appropriate masks or face coverings at all times, and remain socially distanced as much as possible.
The Athletic Directors will continue to monitor information as it is made available from the EEA, DESE, and our local Boards of Health. Each district has the ability to modify this policy based on its own facility limitations and/or local Board of Health restrictions. It is our goal to focus on the health and safety of our communities while safely permitting the appropriate opportunity to watch high school sports in person.
Hockomock League: Statement on Spring Sports Spectators
Saturday, April 17, 2021
FBRTC - Spring Trial Cleanup - April 17 is Cancelled
Spring Trail Cleanup
Due to the weather the cleanup has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
|FBRTC - Spring Trial Cleanup - April 17 is Cancelled|
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
A Spring Arts Awakening for THE BLACK BOX
Spring Arts Awakening at THE BLACK BOX kicks off on April 16 with a concert by three Disney Stars of Broadway: Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” Ashley Brown, current “Genie” Michael James Scott, and original “Tarzan” Josh Strickland. The trio will perform an evening of Disney favorites. There will be limited seating for this special evening out in Franklin.
The Spring Arts Awakening lineup will also include local band The Peacheaters, Blues legend James Montgomery, viral a cappella sensation T.3, international touring ensemble Electric Youth, cabaret performances featuring Broadway stars, a June Pride Month concert benefiting The Trevor Project, FPAC’s annual Culinary Cabaret, and more.
“The Spring Arts Awakening provides an opportunity to welcome our audiences back to THE BLACK BOX,” notes TBB and Franklin Performing Arts Company Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “The safety of an outdoor venue provides patrons a comfortable transition to performances and event gatherings.” Mercer adds, “Reopening guidelines will be followed and all safety protocols will be in place.”
Friday, November 13, 2020
Dean College: Spring 2021 Plan
October 29, 2020
Thank you to everyone for your dedication and commitment during the
past several months as we have navigated our way through the Fall 2020
Following careful planning by all in our Community for the past several
months, Dean College is excited to announce that we will resume inperson instruction and the residential educational experience for the Spring Semester 2021. While being online for the fall semester was the best choice for our community, we are thrilled to see our students in person once again.
The 2020-2021 academic year has been and will continue to be a different experience for all of us. I marvel at the level of engagement our staff and faculty have provided during the fall semester and I am so proud of the effort of our students. Through their determination, creativity and support of each other, our entire community has risen to the challenge and shown what The Dean Difference is all about.
Dean has made and will continue to make a substantial investment in numerous areas as we prepare our campus for residential operations. From testing procedures and personal protective equipment to dozens of facility updates in residence halls and other buildings, we are making every effort to provide the safest campus experience possible.
For students, multiple options exist when determining how to attend classes. Students may choose to return to campus for in-person instruction either as a residential or commuter student or take classes online, similar to our fall semester. For those selecting to live on campus, Dean will do our best to deliver an enjoyable and fruitful campus life experience. Students should be aware however, that there will be safety requirements and behavioral practices to which we must all adhere.
We have created a guide, Dean College Spring 2021 Plan, that summarizes the most important changes to the academic and student experience for the Spring Semester 2021. Please read and review this guide carefully while making plans for the upcoming semester. Our guidelines will continually be updated to reflect current public health conditions. We will make our community aware of any significant updates to these guidelines through ongoing communication.
Dean has also established a COVID-19 section of our website which will contain the most current information including the Spring 2021 Plan, a list of frequently asked questions, and short videos.
The College will continue to be thoughtful and transparent in our communications as we finalize and implement this plan. We ask for everyone’s cooperation and attentiveness to these guidelines as we all navigate through these unprecedented times.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Downtown Franklin Springing to Life with Flowers
- PLATINUM-Dean Bank, Fenton Financial Group, Glen Meadow Apartments, and Middlesex Savings Bank
- GOLD-D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty, Kelly’s Landscaping Inc., and The Enclave of Franklin
- SILVER-Chestnut Dental Associates, Keefe Insurance, Oteri and Son Funeral Home, and Vet Med Pet Supplies
- BRONZE-Berry Insurance and Roche & Roche Law Offices
Special thanks to Vicario Studio for providing these photos.
|Downtown Franklin Springing to Life with Flowers|
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Franklin schools cancel Spring break
"School officials have voted to cancel April vacation this year, making the Franklin School District the latest to erase the spring break from their calendars.
Instead, the district - like others in the area - will continue with remote learning as students remain home during the coronavirus crisis.
Schools have now been closed for five weeks, with some having gotten more formal remote learning underway two or three weeks ago.
“This will provide for continuity at this time,” Franklin school officials noted in a statement issued on Wednesday."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
My notes from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday can be found
The audio recording of the School Committee can be found
The Franklin Public Schools coronavirus portal page with all the information pertaining to the schools https://www.franklinps.net/district/pages/franklin-public-schools-covid-19-closure-information-portal
|screengrab of the budget discussion portion of the School Committee meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2020|
Sunday, February 24, 2019
On this date: Feb 24, 2012 - Wadsworth Diaries
Wadsworth Diary - Feb 24, 1858
"Very pleasant & cold in morn, 10 below zero Grew quite warm before noon. Went after F.M. Newell in morn. Father carried Mother to Uncle Richardsons & went after her at night. I helped Jos pack ice. Wm Miller, Wm Adams, Brockway & J. Pond helped. I (we) paid our taxes, first I ever paid. Cars late, got here about 10 3/4."
In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale.
From the Franklin Historical Museum website
|Wadsworth Station - at the intersection of the SNETT Trail and Spring St here in Franklin|
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Fall back - Did you turn your clock back an hour?
|Fall back - Did you turn your clock back an hour?|
For more about Daylight Savings Time in the USA, visit this wikipedia page
Friday, May 5, 2017
Sunrise Montessori School Spring Fair - May 6
Something for everyone - games, bouncy house, train ride, face painting, balloon animals, raffles and food. Fair will happen rain or shine!
All ages welcome!
WHEN: Saturday, May 6th
WHERE: Sunrise Montessori School, 31 Hayward Street Franklin, MA
|Sunrise Montessori School Spring Fair - May 6|
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Music Department Spring Jazz Night - April 11
Then come to the Franklin High School auditorium on Tuesday April 11th, at 7:00pm. Through grant money provided by the Franklin Cultural Council and the Franklin Music Boosters, Franklin welcomes the Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark Big Band to our annual Music Department Spring Jazz Night!
Featured performances include the FHS Combos, FHS Big Band, a combined Franklin Middle School group, and a performance by the Boston based professional big band. It’s sure to be a blast with jazz standards including Caravan, Blue Bossa, Terry’s Song, and Steppin’ Out as well as some original tunes by both students and professionals.
Admission is free, however we will be accepting $5 donations at the door.
Come hear local live jazz across multiple generations!
Please contact Franklin High School Band Director, Leighanne Rudsit at email@example.com or 508.613.1400x1652 with any questions.
|Brian Thomas and Alex Lee-Clark|
Since the group’s formation in 2011, Brian Thomas and Alex Lee-Clark have gained a reputation for featuring some of the best players in Boston, great compositions, and being undeniably unique. By taking the tradition of the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Thad Jones and infusing it with funk music of their idles like Parliament Funkadelic, The Crusaders, The Meters, James Brown & the JB’s, and many more, they have created a sound that pushes the art of big band forward, while still being pure entertainment for both the band and the audience.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Sunday Breakfast - May 15 - 8:00 AM to noon
Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, bacon, pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults.
Children 10 and under are $3. Tickets will be sold in advance via Lodge members and at the door.
Please visit our website, franklinsonsofitaly.org for information about the Quattro Eroi Lodge.
|Franklin Sons of Italy|
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Big Night! Vernal Pools come alive in Franklin
With spring-like weather expected this week and into the next few weeks, the Conservation Commission reminds you to keep your eyes and ears open for signs of "Big Night".
Big Night is the term we use for those first few warm, rainy nights of spring. The warmer weather and rain cue wood frogs and salamanders to begin migration, through forests and across roadways, to local vernal pools to breed. Vernal pools, as their name suggests are small depressions that collect snow melt and rain in the spring and fill for just a few short months, providing a safe place for some frogs and salamanders to breed.
These animals live in the uplands during most of the year and move in large numbers to the pool they were hatched in on these nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear wood frogs (they sound a little like quacking ducks) and spring peepers in the next few weeks.
If you are lucky enough to witness or hear nature's musings, please enjoy! And then do not forget to call the Conservation Department at 508-520-4929 to report it.
You can learn more about vernal pools here: vernalpool.org
|image from vernalpool.org|
This was shared from the Franklin webpage
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Adult Education: Spring Registration Now Open
Monday, March 30, 2015
Walking around Franklin (photo essay)
|The FEF Trivia Bee is scheduled for April 8|
|as snow recedes we find the casualties of winter|
|the snow makes interesting shapes as it melts|
|almost ready for kids to play on!|
|sign replaced (finally) at the Library|
|the hockey nets are about to go under|
|signs of spring|
|Spring Lake (along Washington St) is starting to lose its ice cover|
|the Community Gardens are still resting under snow|
|this tree is starting to bud!|
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Franklin Art Association - Spring Show - Apr 18 and 19
* Exhibit of original works of fine art and photographs
* Bin sales of original works of art and prints
* Complementary food and beverage
* Clothes line art sale
Monday, March 16, 2015
Spring means it's time to start pruning