Saturday, April 13, 2013

Franklin Library: April Vacation Week Programs

April Vacation Week Programs

LegoChallenge from Tuesday, April 16th through Saturday, April 20th

Organized by Eagle Scott, Kyle Perry, this challenge will be on all week long. All ages
are welcome to stop by the Library's Reading Room to see what types of creations you
can build with Legos! Please check the Library website for further details.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Family Storytime for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Join us for thirty minutes of stories and music the whole family will enjoy. All ages are
welcome and no registration is required.

'Spring Forward' with Jamie Barrett at 4:00 P.M.
An afternoon music concert by a Franklin favorite that will be fun for everyone. All ages
are welcome and no registration is required.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Drop-In Craft for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Drop-in and see what crafts you can make from a variety of choices. This is for all ages
and no registration is required.

Spring Carnival for all ages at 3:30 P.M.
Come out to celebrate the arrival of spring at our Library Carnival featuring games,
prizes, music, and refreshments. No registration is required to join in the fun.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Wally the Green Monster for all ages at 10:30 A.M.
Come and hear a Red Sox story, meet with Wally, and get your picture taken with him.
Get in the spirit for baseball season…Go Sox!

Zentangle®for tweens and teens at 4:00 P.M.
You don't need to be an artist to make this beautiful doodle art. Come and learn the
basics of the Zentangle method and leave with a masterpiece!

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Family Movie for all ages at 10:00 A.M.
Have a few laughs while you enjoy the latest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid
movie series, "Dog Days".

Franklin Public Library - 118 Main Street Franklin MA 02038 - 508.520.4940

Legislators and Aides Visit Cotting School

Cotting School visit
Cotting School visit

44 Legislators and Aides Visit Cotting School
On April 8, 2013, Representative Jeffrey Roy met with constituent and Curriculum Specialist and Director of Middle School Ann Buckely of Medway, during "Invite Your Legislator to Cotting School Day: A View Inside a Special Education School.'" Representative Roy joined 43 other legislators and aides from New Hampshire and Massachusetts for classroom visits and a tour of Cotting School in Lexington MA, which serves students with a broad spectrum of learning disabilities, communication impairments, physical challenges, and complex medical conditions.
 Photo caption: Left to right: Ann Buckley, Director of Middle School, Thomas B. of Hopkinton, Cotting student, Representative Jeffrey Roy, Dan S. of Tyngsborough, student, and Patricia Sicard of Tyngsborough, parent.

For more about the Cotting School visit their webpage

In the News: mission to Kenya, celebrate the seasons, commits to Babson

Franklin officer to go on mission to Kenya

As a school resource officer, Eric Cusson regularly deals with kids who have an aversion to sitting quietly in class, who want nothing more than to get the heck out of school.

Partnership celebrates the seasons

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates for its well-attended yearly events.

On the sports side, HockomockSports reports:

Franklin's Bohmiller Commits to Babson

Franklin point guard Sam Bohmiller announced tonight via Twitter that he will be taking his talents to Wellseley next year, pursuing a college basketball career at Babson College. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

MassBudget: Analyzing the House Ways & Means Budget

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Analyzing the House Ways & Means Budget
On Wednesday, the House Ways & Means Committee released its budget proposal for FY 2014--its blueprint for what we should do together through state government over the coming year.

Our new Budget Monitor describes how the proposal would affect core programs, from Health Care and Education to Youth Employment and the Environment--including information on how it would raise the necessary revenue. It also compares the new proposal with prior years and the Governor's earlier proposal.

The House Ways & Means budget includes some limited new funding for Higher Education, Local Aid, and Transportation, but it doesn't include the broader investments that the Governor had proposed to improve the long-term economic prospects of our Commonwealth by strengthening our pre-K and K-12 education systems.

  • While the Governor's plan would greatly expand access to high-quality Early Education & Care programs, the House Ways & Means budget actually cuts funding for those programs.

  • To support his broader investments in our schools, our transportation systems, and our economic future, the Governor proposed a revenue plan that would ultimately raise $1.9 billion per year. The House Ways & Means plan includes much less new tax revenue, roughly $500 million.


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Reminder: Trash pick ups delayed one day

Patriots' Day is observed April 15th trash and recycling will be delayed a day for the week.

If your normal pick up day is Friday, it will be picked up Saturday.
Large item pick up will stay the same for Thursday.

Franklin, MA: new twin bins
trash bins or totters

In the News: casino regulations, FHS track teams

Gaming commission may tweak regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) may adjust its protocol and allow host communities to decide on a casino agreement before it finishes vetting the applicants.

Franklin boys, girls sweep Milford on track

The Panther boys and girls squads both got their first wins of the year with clean sweeps of an extremely undermanned Milford squad. Franklin’s boys won their meet 91-44 while the girls’ had a bit more of tough time, coming up with an 86-50 win.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"this will revive it"

The Milford Daily News has an article on the new sculpture park being built at the old town pool.
The park’s grand opening will take place in the fall, Kabat said. Depending on available space, the center would like to display between 10 and 15 sculptures, rotating new ones in whenever possible. 
"Some of the sculptures will have containment areas, and some we are going to hide in the trees," said Kabat, adding that the center will accept art from students and professional artists. 
After the park is established, Kabat said he would like to hold art classes there, through the center and the new high school. 
The Department of Public Works has to install fences and create paths, Nutting said. He noted that the park will be handicap-accessible.

Read more:

the old town pool
To contribute to the sculpture park, or buy a brick, you can visit this page

"Understanding behaviors"

The Alzheimer's Association will be at the Senior Center on Wed, April 24th to make a presentation on "Understanding Behaviors".


for additional information on this and other programs at the Senior Center, you can check their page on the Franklin website

or subscribe to their newsletter (PDF)

Baseball: Franklin 10, Attleboro 1

Offensive Outbursts Help Franklin Past Attleboro

ATTLEBORO - Hot bats and a solid performance by Brendan Kuzio gave Franklin a big 10-1 win on Wednesday against the previously undefeated Attleboro.

Franklin Library: Wally the Green Monster

Wally the Green Monster

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Downtown Partnership - Event Listing for 2013

Franklin Downtown Partnership Sets 2013 Events

The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces the dates of its exciting events and festivals for 2013, including the Strawberry Stroll, the ever-popular Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership also has scheduled its General Meetings and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what's happening in and around Franklin.
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

Downtown Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18th, at 9 a.m. The FDP will join the Franklin Garden Club to spruce up the downtown center for spring and summer. Volunteers will plant more than 1,200 flowers, and community service hours will be available for students. Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Winter Decorating Day will be Sunday, November 24th.

The Strawberry Stroll will be Thursday, June 13th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Partnership plans its famous strawberry shortcakes, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors for this popular event. For more information please contact event Co-Chairs Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at

This year's annual Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each year this popular fair draws more than 6,000 visitors. Booth registration information will be available on the FDP website in June.

The Holiday Stroll will be Thursday, December 5th, at 4:00 p.m. A tree lighting, carolers, a visit from Santa, refreshments and shopping specials will kick off the holiday season. Roberta Trahan and Gregg Chalk will be the co-chairs for this festive event.

The Partnership will hold General Meetings on May 2nd, September 5th and November 7th. All business owners and residents are invited to learn more about the Partnership's efforts in revitalizing downtown Franklin. The Thursday meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center.

1st Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament

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Italian Wednesdays & Comedy Night at 3!

Italian Wednesdays,
Comedy Night
April 26 & May 31 at 3!
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In the News: Tri-County, Senate race

Tri-County students participate in clinical visits

Sophomores enrolled in the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Medical Careers program are halfway through their experiential clinical learning at the Wrentham Developmental Center, a state-run, residential facility for developmentally disabled adults in Wrentham.

Follow our Senate race Twitter account

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Safe prescription drug disposal

If you have prescription drugs that you are no longer taking, why leave them in your cabinet?

What should you do to dispose of them properly?
Drop them in the trash? NoFlush them down the toilet or drain? No
Bring them to the safe disposal drop box at the Franklin Police Station.

911 Panther Way, Franklin, MA

The kiosk is located just inside the front door.

  1. Open the handle 
  2. deposit your prescription containers 
  3. close the handle

As easy as 1, 2, 3!


Coincidentally, the newspaper has this article today:

Drug drop-off day is April 27

Local police departments will once again join forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration to get rid of residents' unused prescription medicine when the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held Saturday, April 27.

Note the DEA site does not list Franklin but the kiosk is at the Police Headquarters!