Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's almost summer at Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin


Summertime is coming,  
summertime is coming!
Team Fitness Franklin is once again offering our 
$99 special 
for the ENTIRE 3 months you are home from college break!
 Come back and see your high school friends, tryout the new group exercise classes and feel great about yourself.

Are you into CrossFit? Do you want to try CrossFit?
We also have a Special Student package for 
3 months of CrossFit which includes 4 elements (introductory) classes if you are new to the sport. 

Please call us at 508-541-8330 to inquire on either student package, or email Travis Vendetti at
We love to meet new people and see old friends.  Good luck at the end of your school year and know we are here when you return home.

The Team at Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin
FREE SMOOTHIE: Have you tried one of our delicious and healthy post workout protein smoothies? Here is a coupon to let you enjoy one while you are home this summer. Just bring to the front desk (only one per student please) to receive your smoothie. Be sure to sign your name on the back.
Thank you and enjoy!!

offer valid: May 15, 2013- August 31, 2013- college students only. Thank you.

Team Fitness Franklin | 100 Franklin Village Drive | Franklin | MA | 02038

Parent Technology Training at the Franklin Library


Good Afternoon
Parents who need help with applications their children are using today – Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Ask.FM, Twitter - can go to the Franklin Public Library for help Thursday, April 25th anytime between 6:30PM and 7:30PM. 
Students (the experts) will be available to teach and answer questions about different applications. They also will help parents set up privacy settings, location settings, and passwords on different devices. BYOD (bring your own device) – Smart Phone, iPad laptop, iTouch. 
For more information please contact Lisa Keohane at:


Tour of Franklin High School - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.

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In the News: casino storefront, health tips, event timeline

Casino developers plan storefront opening in Milford

The developers of the proposed Milford casino have signed papers to rent the storefront they promised earlier this month they would open, but town officials and opponents of the project remain unimpressed with their efforts in town.

Cards to be on MBTA trains with mental health tips

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts announced today it is partnering with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and The Boston Foundation to offer mental health tips for coping with stressful situations in the aftermath of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

UMass officials piece together timeline of events during bombing investigation

Just 12 hours after the FBI released the images of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers Thursday night, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Department of Public Safety officers were developing information that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, one of the suspects, was a student living on campus.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Job Search Jam Sessions return June 14

The economic outlook still has no prediction on a return to ‘full employment’. Recent Dept of Labor statistics show more than 3 applicants for each posted job and hundreds more dropping off the unemployment count.

This Job Search Jam Sessions event will provide you with help for your job search and explore alternatives like entrepreneurship. Sessions will provide you with the tips and tricks to build your network and explore the use of social media tools.

job search jam sessions
job search jam sessions
While many runners train for a long time to start the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, the Job Search Jam Sessions is an event to help you prepare to deal with your job search. “This is an ‘unconference’ for the unemployed and underemployed,” says Steve Sherlock, lead organizer. “The event’s organizers and session facilitators all have experience dealing with the challenges of layoffs and unemployment, and they are enthusiastic about sharing what they’ve learned to help your job search.”

In coordination with the Hopkinton Networking Group, Job Search Jam Session 4 will offer networking opportunities and motivational support for unemployed and under-unemployed workers.  New and recent college graduates are welcome to participate to learn and share the tips and tricks of the job search.

Job Search Jam Session 4 is scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The location: St. John the Evangelist Parish Center, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, Mass. The event has the capacity to serve up to two hundred job seekers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and anyone willing to get to Hopkinton.

Persons interested in attending should register at

The cost is – $8 per person.  You can pay via credit card or cash at the door. 

Attendees will be asked to check in at the Parish Center on Jun 14, between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.  Coffee, refreshments and snacks will be available for the morning and afternoon break. Lunch will also be served during the conference.  

Proceeds from ticket sales will help defray expenses. Any ‘profit’ will be donated to the Church in return for the use of their facility.

Directions to the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center can be found on the church’s website (

“Job Search Jam Session participants will be able to acquire dozens of new LinkedIn connections. More importantly, they will share experiences from the job search with their peers, learn what has worked for others, and at the end of the day they’ll return home more informed, more confident and motivated to pursue new opportunities.”

Job Search Jam Sessions Agenda

The event will feature both seminar-like sessions and informal opportunities to network in small groups. Speakers are still being lined up. The agenda will be adapted to reflect the needs and interests of participants. There will be sessions devoted to job interviews, your elevator pitch, and the use of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Information on specific sessions will be posted to as the schedule is filled in.

Join Downtown Partnership at Pour Richard's

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites the public to Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits for a wine and beer tasting party on Tuesday, May 7. Come mingle with friends old and new while sampling a variety of beverages and learning about Pour Richard’s unique products. Try your luck with a chance to win raffle prizes and hear about the FDP’s plans for downtown Franklin.

The fundraiser will take place at Pour Richard’s new location, 14 Grove Street, Franklin, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will help to support the Partnership’s Beautification efforts and downtown events. Dean Bank and Next Step Living will sponsor the event.  Raffle prizes include items donated by Jane’s Frames and Emma’s Quilt Cupboard.
Franklin Downtown Partnership
Franklin Downtown Partnership

“Pour Richard’s is a unique new business in Franklin and we invite everyone to come experience something different,” says Lisa Piana, FDP executive director. “We hope to bring the community together to support our downtown revitalization efforts, and this is a fun way for residents and business owners to learn more about the Partnership’s goals.”

Money raised at this tasting evening will be used to support on-going beautification efforts and the downtown events, including the Strawberry Festival on June 13th. The Partnership, the Franklin Garden Club and many volunteers plant more than 1,200 colorful flowers downtown each spring, and hang wreaths and greenery for the holidays. This year’s spring Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 18.

“We enjoy partnering with local and regional nonprofits on fundraising initiatives,” says Ann Williams, co-owner of Pour Richard’s. “We present a well-edited selection of small producers, unique products and great values. With more than two decades’ experience in wine sales, we find our products endlessly fascinating; we firmly believe they should also be fun,” she adds.

For more information about this event please contact FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or Details about the Partnership, Beautification efforts, downtown events and sponsorship also can be found on the FDP website,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of business owners, town leaders and residents working together to revitalize downtown Franklin through improvement projects like beautification and streetscape design and with events such as the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll. The Partnership currently has more than 160 members and welcomes all businesses and residents.  The next general meeting is May 2

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MassBudget: Cuts to programs that help young adults

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Helping Young Adults
With the job market still weak and higher education growing more expensive, young people in Massachusetts today face some significant challenges. The Youth Empowerment programs that we fund through our state budget help young people find jobs, break from cycles of violence, and build careers.

Our new brief, "Cuts to Youth Empowerment Programs in the HWM Budget," looks at funding for these Youth Empowerment programs and finds that:

  • Whereas the Governor's budget would increase support for these programs that help young people build a strong future for themselves, the House Ways & Means proposal includes significant funding cuts.

  • The level of support envisioned by the House Ways & Means plan is 50% below the current funding level.

MassBudget's Children's Budget provides a detailed description of each of the affected programs, along with funding information. "Cuts to Youth Empowerment Programs in the HWM Budget" is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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In the News: marathon bombing, donations

Many reach out to help

A week after the Boston Marathon bombings, many local and national fundraisers have emerged to support the victims of the violence. The following is a round-up of several that are either currently active or taking place in MetroWest soon:
Locally, The Cake Bar will be donating a portion of its proceeds on Weds May 8th to the One Fund Boston.

AT&T announces text-to-donate feature for One Fund Boston

AT&T has announced a text-to-donate drive to support One Fund Boston, the charity established to support the victims of last Monday’s marathon bombings.

Read the criminal complaint against Marathon bombing suspect

Federal authorities charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital room Monday with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device, causing death.

Franklin Library: Tween and Teen Writing Event with Jennie Coughlin

Tween and Teen Writing Event with Jennie Coughlin

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Franklin street construction (photo essay)

My walk around Franklin on the weekend ended up with some photos of the progress putting in the curbs and sidewalks along East, West, Nason and other streets in that area of the town.

curbing on East St

Asphalt curbing along the train tracks on East St

concrete sidewalk on East St

New curbing and sidewalk on the other side of East St

curbing and sidewalks on West St

New curbing and sidewalks on West St

sidewalk prep on West St

Across the street and looking back to the train tracks on West St

sidewalk prep on Nason St

curbing and sidewalks on Nason St

On the Town Council agenda for this Wednesday's meeting is an update by DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi on the work his department has scheduled for this summer.

You can find the full agenda here

Tour Franklin High School - 4/24/13 at 6:00 PM

You can tour the current Franklin High School facility on Wednesday starting at 6:00 PM. Join FHS administrators, and representatives from the Central Office as well as School Committee for this event that is open to the public.

FHS field house
FHS field house

The Facebook event can be found here

In the News: moment of silence - 2:50 PM today

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is asking residents to observe a moment of silence Monday at the time the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 
The one-minute silent tribute to victims is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. and will be followed by the ringing of bells in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts. It marks one week since the attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.

Read more:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

from 'cringe mode' to happiness (video)

Let's start the new week by stepping out of 'cringe mode' and open the gate to happiness.

Spend a little over a dozen minutes as Matt Smith tells us about the 'failure bow' and how we can celebrate failure in order to achieve happiness!

Do I see you standing with arms raised and "that dumb ass grin"?

Do I see you applauding someone who has done this?

Not yet... okay. Take it slow but take it!

Thanks to +John Haydon for sharing this

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Apr 24, 2013

February 13, 2013, March 27, 2012

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.




1. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-701: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 3. Definitions
2. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 36. Impervious Surfaces
3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 40. Water Resource District
4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-704: Changes to Chapter 185, Attachment 9. Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-705: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 5. Zoning Map


Facilities Director – Michael D’Angelo
DPW Director – Brutus Cantoreggi


1. Resolution 13-24: Authorization for Town Administrator to Execute Mass DOT Land Damage Agreement in Connection with Route 140 Improvements
2. Resolution 13-29: Authorization to Sign Amended Regulatory Agreement for Meadowbrook Heights
3. Bylaw Amendment 13-700: Amendment of Chapter 82. Appendix A, List of Service Fee Rates – 2nd Reading
4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-701: Amendment to Chapter 185, Section 3. Definitions – 1st Reading
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Amendment to Chapter 185, Section 36. Impervious Surfaces – 1st Reading
6. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Amendment to Chapter 185, Section 40. Water Resource District – 1st Reading
7. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-704: Amendment to Chapter 185, Attachment 9. Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements – 1st Reading
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-705: Amendment to Chapter 185, Section 5. Zoning Map – 1st Reading





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents as released for this agenda can be found here

Parmenter 5K - June 2

The 5th Annual Parmenter 5K will be held on Sunday, June 2.

  • USATF sanctioned event
  • FREE Panda Dash for kids 4-12...bigger and better for 2012!
  • T-Shirts to first 150 registered (must be present to receive.)
  • Awards to top 3 finishers in each age division (M/F)
  • Time splits, water stations, professionally timed
  • Refreshments
parmenter mascot
Parmenter Panda

Collection of paper products and non-perishable food items for the Franklin Food Pantry

Registration Fees (non-refundable)
  • Age 13 and over-$15 pre-registered/$20 on race day.
  • Age 12 and under-$10 pre-registered/$15 on race day.
  • Family 4 Pack (all ages)-$40 pre-registered/$50 race day.

All proceeds to benefit Parmenter Elementary School

There doesn't appear to be an online registration like there was prior years, if this changes, I'll add the link. In the meantime, you can download the application, fill it out and mail it in the 'old fashioned' way. It works!

Online Registration can be found here

If you can't download the form here, go to the race webpage to obtain it there

In the News: coping with trauma

Trauma experts discuss how to cope with bombings

Listen to relaxing music. Go for a walk. Switch the television away from news coverage. Talk with friends and family.

Runners, families feel a relief tinged with sadness

After a week of tossing and turning, Franklin marathoner Jamie Tighe at last slept through the night Friday.