Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Roads go ever ever on"

Students at Horace Mann are about to embark on a journey!
Turns out, the posters were written in runes, which appear in the book. (Tolkien based his fictional language off ancient Norse runes.) 
The enormous success of last year’s read-a-thon, during which 250 students devoured Suzanne Collins’ "The Hunger Games," prompted teachers to plan another one.
Those who opt to take part in the challenge have a set amount of time to read "The Hobbit," Tolkien’s epic fantasy tale about a skittish hobbit who, swayed by a learned and powerful wizard, joins a hearty company of dwarves on a quest for stolen riches. 
After tackling the dense, 19-chapter novel, they must prove they’ve followed the story all the way to its conclusion — in the shadow of the Lonely Mountain — by answering a few questions about the plot.

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I heartily endorse this book choice! I first read The Hobbit when I was in high school as it had just become available (yes, that dates myself). I proceeded to read and re-read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy dozens of times beginning each re-read with The Hobbit. While the Hunger Games is a decent story, The Hobbit is so much richer.

The students will come to find:
Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon. 
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

Cops: Couple robbed area donut shops to feed heroin habit

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A husband and wife this week went on a spree of armed robberies, with one acting as the stick-up-man, threatening donut shop cashiers with a syringe he warned contained AIDS-infected blood, and the other as the getaway driver, to feed their heroin addiction, a prosecutor said Friday.

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Winter Parking Ban returns soon

Yes, it is October. Summer is gone. Winter is around the corner. Franklin is preparing for what winter will bring this time around:

College Readiness Seminar 10/18/12

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Mr. Fortin asked the PCC to share information with families about an upcoming seminar that may interest many of you.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 PM


This is an annual event started by Lorretta M. Holloway, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English Department to get parents to start thinking about not just the content knowledge but the habits of mind their kids need to be successful in college. Parents of Middle School and early High School children are encouraged to attend.

For complete details, view the event flyer here.

Horace Mann Middle School PCC | 224 Oak Street | Franklin | MA | 02038

Boston I-93 Overnight Lane Closure October 16-17

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MassDOT's enhanced maintenance schedule will require complete lane closures of Interstate 93 Northbound through Boston from 11 pm, Tuesday, October 16 until 5:30 am, Wednesday, October 17.

I-93 Northbound traffic will be detoured off the highway at Exit 16 (Southampton Street Exit) to Frontage Road Northbound. Ramps from Frontage Road Northbound allow traffic to get to I-90 Eastbound (Logan Airport) and I-90 Westbound. I-93 Northbound traffic will continue on Atlantic Avenue and re-enter I-93 Northbound at Haymarket On-Ramp. Traffic destined for Route 1 Northbound (Tobin Bridge) should stay on the surface streets and access the Route 1 Northbound on-ramp in City Square.

Work to be performed October 16-17 includes: tunnel wall and sign washing, drain cleaning and maintenance, as well as maintenance of electrical and communications systems.

Enhanced maintenance is planned for I-93 through Boston in November, exact dates to be announced.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Groundbreaking for New Franklin High School

The Franklin community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new FHS on Saturday, October 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will occur on the athletic fields between the Field House and Pisini Field. During the week of October 14, leaders of Bacon & Agostini Construction of East Providence, R.I., the Building Committee, and project and design managers will meet to plan the best phasing for the construction work to ensure public safety and minimize disruptions to students, parents, teachers, visitors, pedestrians, neighbors and motorists.

Additional information on the new high school can be found on their webpage  or find them on Facebook

Absentee ballots available

The last day to register to vote for the November election is October 17th. Absentee ballots are now available and additional details can be found in the notice shown here

Additional information can be found on the Franklin Town Clerk webpage

or on the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth webpage

In the News: assisted suicide, Cardinal tweets

Opponents gather support to fight assisted suicide ballot question

Dean College: OKLAHOMA!

Multiple Tony Winner and Broadway Sensation Comes to Franklin, Massachusetts in Dean College Presentation of OKLAHOMA!

Toe-tapping show dates scheduled for November 14-18

Franklin, MA  - October 11, 2012…The Dean College Theatre department is pleased to announce that its second production of the 2012-2013 academic year is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. Dean College invites the public to make plans now to buy tickets before the production hits the stage for five consecutive days at Dean's Main Stage theatre. 

Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful backdrop against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

"A classic ground-breaking event in American musical theatre," says David Krasner, Dean of the School of the Arts at Dean College. "Rodger & Hammerstein's first collaboration and some consider it their greatest."

Directed by Dean Faculty Member Jim Beauregard, with Musical Direction by Stephen Bergman, and Choreography by Julie Cassamas-White,  Oklahoma! will involve over 45 Dean Students in all aspects of the production including stage managing, house managing, lighting and sound operations, costume and back stage help.

Music is  by Richard Rodgers, and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with  Book by Oscar Hammerstein II.

All performances are reserved seating and advance purchase is strongly recommended. Show times are Wednesday – Friday, November 14-16 at 7:30PM with a matinee (2:00PM) and evening (7:30PM) performance on Saturday November 17 and a matinee performance on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00PM.

For ticket and information, email , call 508-541-1605 or visit

Main Stage theatre is located in the Campus Center at Dean College.

Franklin Library: Sparky's Puppets

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Couple sought for donut shop robberies

Franklin police seek couple in donut shop robberies

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FCCA / Franklin TV Annual Member Meeting, Nov. 8th, 2012

FCCA / Franklin TV Member Meeting, November 8th, 2012
We have a big event coming up.  Our first annual member meeting is scheduled for November 8th at 6:00 PM at the Senior Center.  This meeting is open to all Franklin TV members.  Questions?  Send an email to   
You can also call us at 508-541-4118.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about Franklin TV's plans for a new studio that will enable us to provide better production support for Franklin residents and organizations who wish to create TV programs.  It's also an opportunity to meet our current board.  Our progress to date, plus the groundwork for our plans going forward are all thanks to our current board members who have contributed so much of their time and energy to shape a clear vision for Franklin TV and move ahead as a new nonprofit organization.

Come to the Senior Center, November 8th at 6:00 PM.  Presentations begin at 6:30.  Please join us at this important Franklin TV event.  Get to know the current board.  Come meet, greet, and vote for the latest board nominees. 

And, thanks for watching!

       - Pete Fasciano, Executive Director, Franklin TV

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Franklin TV | 13-25 Main st. | Room 10 | Franklin | MA | 02038

Curbside Chronicle - 4Q - revised

A revised version of the previously published Curbside Chronicle is now available. As near as I can tell the difference between the two is an added date (Nov 12) where there will be no pickup and the regular pickup days will slide one. Those getting picked up Monday will now be Tuesday, Tues to Weds, etc.

If you find any other differences, please share

In the News: Dunkin robbed, gas leak, debates

Franklin Police: Pair robs Dunkin' Donuts with HIV syringe

Interested in politics? We're interested in you

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We are putting together a panel of people to comment on political issues and we are looking specifically for a couple of average voters - people not afiliated with a campaign or elected officials and ideally people who consider themselves "midd-of-the-road."

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