Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Summer Fun Dance Camps

Imagine tutus, tiara, castles and wands. Make edible jewelry and paint with chocolate. Watch your favorite story book come to life, all while dancing! Patti Eisenhauer Dance is offering a variety of themed dance camps for young dancers this summer. In addition, the Intensive Dance Camp for older dancers is also being offered. All are welcome to both camps.
Isabella Wenzel of Franklin loves her magic wand
Isabella Wenzel of Franklin loves her magic wand

There are several options for the Summer Fun Dance Camps. Following are the dates and times for Week 1: Princess Camp, Ages 2-6, Aug 5 to 9, 10am to 11:30am. Little Princess will enjoy a magical day of dance, crafts, games and fun. American Girl Doll Camp, Ages 5-12, Aug 5 – 9, 12:30 to 2pm. Enjoy a fun day of camp with your favorite doll. Bring your doll to dance camp and enjoy a day of dancing come home with lots of handmade mini crafts. Campers can bring any large doll. It does not have to be the American Girl brand.

The schedule for Week 2 is as follows: Story Book Camp, Ages 2-6, Aug 12 -16, 10am to 11:30am. Your child’s imagination will be swept away into their favorite stories as they dance at this special camp. Each day will focus on a different story including Fancy Nancy, Mary Poppins, Angelina Ballerina and Pinkalicious! Candy Dandy Dance Camp, Ages 5-12, Aug 12-16, 12:30 to 2pm. Girls just want to have fun and they will at this candylicious camp! Enjoy sweet crafts, dance to candy songs and make homemade treats.

For a special treat, join the Lunch Bunch Program! Any camper can take advantage of our Lunch Bunch program. You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic with the teachers and enjoy a dance, movie, game or craft. Time is 11:30-12:30 and the cost is $30 for the week.

Tuition for each camp Summer Fun session is $95. There is a 15% discount if you pay your full camp tuition by April 15. Also, a 10% discount is added if you register for the second week.

The Intensive Dance Camp for older dancers will take place July 29 to August 2, 2013. This camp is for the serious dancer that wants to improve technique, flexibility and learn new types of choreography with Master Teachers. There is a strong emphasis on ballet at this camp. Please contact the dance center for details, times and pricing at

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Patti Eisenhauer Dance
In its 32nd year of dance education, Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center is a state-of the art Dance Center offering tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and gymnastics classes, as well as birthday parties. Classes are held for each age group from pre-school children through adult. Children are taught the discipline of tap, ballet and tumbling during their class each week. The center offers air conditioning and springboard flooring.

To register, please call or visit Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center, located at 31 Hayward Street in Franklin, MA. For more information, call 508-520-7873 or email: Visit or become a fan on Facebook.

PMC Franklin Kids Ride

PMC Franklin Kids Ride is now open for registration. Kids 3-14, please join us to raise money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The ride is Sunday, June 9th at Jefferson Elementary School. 

Please like the event page, PMC Franklin Kids Ride 

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In the News: nasty weather, Smart911

Meteorologists teach residents about nasty weather in Franklin

Nearly 40 people were certified as National Weather Service Skywarn spotters on Tuesday night at the library, learning how to spot the different cloud formations of a thunderstorm and the dangers, from lightning to hail, that they pose.

Milford becomes first in state to offer Smart911

Milford on Tuesday officially became the first town in the state to offer Smart 911, a system that allows residents to share personal information with public safety personnel ahead of time to speed responses and care.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Feet in Motion: Spring Fundraiser

Fundraiser to Support
the Dance Teams of
Feet In Motion!

Add extra benefit to your spring cleaning!!

Don’t throw those unwanted items away! Donate them!
FIM Studio thru 4/21/13

Donations also accepted at Hometown Paint parking lot April 28, 10 am to noon.

Items Needed:
(Please pack all items other than bikes or hard toys in well tied plastic bags.)

  • Clothing and Shoes – useable and wearable, any season, size, or gender
  • Accessories – purses, backpacks, briefcases, belts, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, baby accessories, ties
  • Household Items – (made of fabric!) – blankets, sheets, bedspreads, pillows, quilts, comforters, table clothes, draperies, curtains, towels, bath rugs
  • Toys – Soft – stuffed animals, rag dolls, beanie babies
  • Toys – hard – cars, trucks, airplanes, action figures, dolls, doll houses (hard toys must put in a 24” x 24” x 21” box)
  • Bikes – please do not drop bikes at FIM until the pick up date.

Please Do NOT bring:
VCR tapes or CDs, books, porcelain or ceramic items, non-fabric household items, furniture, appliances or electronics.

*Volunteers needed to help with the Pick –Up Day. Contact Nikki.

Dance Boosters is a separate organization from Feet In Motion (FIM) that is focused on raising funds in support of enriching the dance education and experiences for the dancers of FIM.

Beautification Day-Volunteers and Sponsors

Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

Beautification Day is right around the corner...  Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 AM
If you would like to volunteer please contact one of our Beautification Committee members:
Eileen Mason:
Chris Bond:
Jim Schultz:
If you would like to be a sponsor for Beautification please contact the FDP office.

This year we will also be having a Special Fundraising Event to raise money for Downtown Beautification and FDP Events
Tuesday, May 7th
5:00-7:30 at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits
More information coming soon!

You won't want to miss this fun Spring Event!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or like to donate a raffle item please contact the FDP office.

This was originally posted to the Franklin Downtown Partnership page

In the News: King St, casino standards, softball clinic, Republican scholarships

Speed still a problem on Franklin's King Street

The town is considering placing two traffic-calming devices at the corner of Wachusett and King streets to help curb rampant speeding in the Gerald M. Parmenter Elementary School zone.

State to set casino application standards

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Boston to discuss how it would judge casino applications, including the one for the proposed project in Milford.

Lady Panthers Softball Clinic will be held April 6

Franklin High School Lady Panthers Softball Clinic will be held Saturday, April 6 – rain or shine – from 9 a.m. to noon at Franklin High School Field House for grades one through six.

Franklin Republicans offering scholarships

Once again, the Franklin Republican Town Committee is providing a scholarship opportunity for students.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 27, 2013

December 19, 2012, January 9, 23, 2013

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.




Town Council Proposal of Charter Amendment to Voters: Town Treasurer/Collector to be Changed from Elected to Appointed Position


YMCA – Healthy Futures/Mass in Motion


1. Resolution 13-12: Grant of Utility Easement 218, 224 Oak Street (New High School)
2. Resolution 13-13: Appropriation: Pedestrian Safety Signal – Parmenter
3. Resolution 13-14: Appropriation: DelCarte Recreation Improvements
4. Resolution 13-15: Town Council Proposal of Charter Amendment To Voters: Treasurer/Collector to be Changed from Elected to Appointed Position
5. Resolution 13-16: Acceptance of Access Easement Over Property at 42 Hayward Street
6. Resolution 13-17: Acceptance of Access Easement Over Property at 31 Hayward Street
7. Resolution 13-18: Acceptance of Gift – Town of Franklin
8. Resolution 13-19: Acceptance of Gift – Franklin Fire Dept.
9. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-701: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions- Referral to Planning Board
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Changes to Chapter 185-36. Impervious Surfaces - Referral to Planning Board
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Changes to Chapter 185-40. Water Resource District – Referral to Planning Board
12. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-704: Changes to Chapter 185, Attachment 9. Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements. – Referral to Planning Board
13. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-705: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Single Family III to Business Zoning District – Referral to Planning Board





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents associated with this agenda as released can be found on the Franklin website here

Spread the word (video)

Spread the word - to end the R word!

spread the word
spread the word to end the R-word

Big Lots

Is Big Lots really having a sale on snow?

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Big Lots

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 26, 2013

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the March 12, 2013 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Horace Mann Update – Shawn Fortin, Katelyn Demers
b. JF Kennedy Update – Joan Toye, Abigail Dressler
The presentation document can be found here

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – Second Reading
JII-Student Complaints and Greivances
JFAB – Student Moving Procedures
End of School Year

4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend adoption of the FY14 Budget in the amount of $54,310,000.00.
c. I recommend adoption of policy JII-Student Complaints and Grievances as discussed.
d. I recommend adoption of policy JFAB – Student Moving Procedures as discussed.
e. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling $266.00 from Kelly Cannon, Deidre Sassaman and the Music Boosters for the Music Department.
f. I recommend acceptance of the donation of four brand new ipad 2’s valued at $1,800.00 from the Franklin Elks for elementary students.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $100.00 from Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, PC for FHS.
h. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,000.00 from Jane Sabolinski and Michael & Maureen Sabolinski for the Donald D. Sabolinski scholarship fund at FHS.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $840.00 from Remington PCC for in-house enrichment.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

JF Kennedy Update – Joan Toye, Abigail Dressler

The presentation document as released for the School Committee agenda for Mar 26, 2013

JF Kennedy Update – Joan Toye, Abigail Dressler

Hockomock Sports - Boys Basketball Player of the Year - Sam Bohmiller has named Franklin senior point guard Sam Bohmiller as the 2012-2013 Boys Basketball Player of the Year. This is the second year that the award has been presented to the top player in the Hockomock League by, with King Philip's Jake Layman taking the honors last year

Read more about Sam's award here:

The full listing of winter all-stars and honorable mentions was also published yesterday by Hockomock Sports and can be found here:


FRANKLIN MA - March 26, 2013

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service Forecast Office
445 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton MA 02780

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting a severe weather spotter training session, part of its SKYWARN program, in Franklin MA

The class will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. It will be held at the Franklin Public Library, at 118 Main Street.

The session is open to the public at no charge. Emergency managers, police, fire, and other first responders are especially encouraged to attend. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.

The training session includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for "severe" thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service.

It is not necessary to pre-register for this training, but anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil. If you have any questions about SKYWARN or the training sessions, please contact Bill Babcock, SKYWARN Program Leader at NWS Taunton MA, or Glenn Field, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, at 508-823-1900 during normal business hours.

Originally published via the FOFL Newsletter

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In the News: illegal apartments, casino experience

Penalty may get tougher for illegal apartments in Massachusetts

Legislation being proposed by an alliance of Massachusetts legislators, Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey would subject landlords who keep illegal apartments in houses to up to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Lessons from Connecticut's casino experience
When Massachusetts first looked at allowing casino gambling, officials pointed to Connecticut as evidence of their success in generating revenue.