Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Live reporting - Hearings

F. HEARINGS - Public Hearing to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept Tanglewood Dr., Sierra Dr., Dutchess Rd., Summer Heights Dr., Autumn Ln., Fall Ln., Mary Jane Rd., and Anna Rd. – 7:10 PM

Continued to May 8th, 7:10 PM

Live reporting: Town Council - 5/1/13

Present: Mercer, Powderly, Vallee, Bissanti, Roy
Absent: Dellorco, Kelly, Pfeffer, Jones

none this evening

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – 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.

Motion to appoint Tom Mercer as Clerk for this meeting
second, passed 5-0-4



Design Review Commission - Claudine Silverman
motion to approve, passed 5-0-4

Historical Commission - Pearce Murphy, Maureen Murphy, Alice Vendetti as associate members
motion to approve, passed 5-0-4


adjusted the agenda to fill in time before the 7:10 scheduled hearing
Change of Manager /New Officer-Director/Transfer of Stock – M and C Restaurant Group, Inc. dba Alumni Restaurant & Bar
motion to approve, passed 5-0-4

New Wine & Malt Package Store License – Angela Hayat Corporation dba DB Mart 1
motion to approve, passed 5-0-4

Discussion on training requirements
amend motion to only release license upon completion of training by all employees
amendment seconded, and approved 5-0-4

Attorney speaking to their enhancement of the services provided

neighbors speaking against the trash currently found in the area from the store
objections to the lack of parking at the store no need to add alcohol to the operations
school bus stop right at the store, not necessary, already advertising cigarettes, soon to be alcohol

Owners will be adding to the parking lot and working on better trash maintenance for the area

Concern about the size of the lot to be able to meet the needs of the increased traffic and business at the store

The owners are looking to see if they will be able to obtain the license to commit to working on the site plan. They have engineer and draft design. 

Concern about the chicken and egg nature of the proposal
more likely to be selling to the existing customers

Full blown site plan would be addressing these issues via the Planning Board process

"you can't sell drugs at the Kennedy school, why sell alcohol?"

motion to continue the hearing to May 8th at 7:15 PM

Franklin in spring color (part 2)

A couple more photos of the spring colors around Franklin

spring colors
spring colors

Spruce Pond looks good this season

Spruce Pond
Spruce Pond

And even the lowly dandelion adds its color


Celtic Band RUNA May 11

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

262 Chestnut St

Franklin, MA
Phone: 508 528 2541

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with special guests
Stefilia's Stone
Saturday, May 11 $20


Philadelphia Celtic band RUNA will be performing at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 11th. The Stefilia's Stone duo will be opening the show. RUNA burst onto the musical scene in 2008 and has been taking audiences by storm ever since. RUNA brings a contemporary and refreshing experience to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Clannad, Eileen Ivers, and the Guy Mendilow band. Join us for a wonderful evening of music.

Stefilia's Stone
Stefilia's Stone
Together, Carrie Rowan and Adrienne Fawkes are Stefilia's Stone. They create a dynamic display of original music infusing classical piano style with finger picked guitar, smothered with lyrical finesse, served up with a splash of indie, adult contemporary, and modern folk with a pinch of funk.
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

PLAY Sat May 11 13, 08:00 PM
RUNA, Stefilia's Stone
Tickets: $20
Celtic band RUNA returns
PLAY Sat Sep 28 13, 08:00 PM
Chris Smither
Tickets: $30
PLAY Sat Oct 19 13, 08:00 PM
Red Molly, Layah Jane
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Nov 09 13, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier, Liz Longley
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Nov 23 13, 08:00 PM
The Kennedys, The Boxcar Lilies
Tickets: $20
  Sat Dec 14 13, 08:00 PM
Robbie O'Connell, Aoife Clancy
Tickets: $25
A Celtic Christmas
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Veterans Needed to Drive Fellow Veterans to Medical Appointments

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Your Invitation to Respond to Your Community!
Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program
614 High Street, Dedham, MA  02026
Tel: 781-329-5728   Internet:

April 30, 2013 

If You're a Veteran - Buddy, Can You Spare the Time? 

Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program is seeking your help, as volunteer Veterans, to drive your fellow Vets to their medical appointments. Your assistance is urgently needed to help them get the care that they need; otherwise, many vets are unable to keep doctors' appointments which are necessary to address a medical issue that they have. 

"Remember," said Norfolk County Commissioner Francis O'Brien, U.S. Navy Veteran, "Many of the benefits that we enjoy today as American citizens are a direct result of American men and women who served our country. As a veteran, you know this better than anyone. Please answer the call to a fellow vet who needs you now."
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Larkin at Norfolk County RSVP office, telephone: (781) 329-5728, Email:  
Norfolk County RSVP recruits and places volunteers who are 55+ years of age in service positions throughout Norfolk County, and is sponsored by the Norfolk County Commissioners and is affiliated with the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service. 


Norfolk County | 614 High Street | P.O. Box 310 | Dedham | MA | 02027-0310

Raise a Glass with the Franklin Downtown Partnership

Dear FDP Members:
Please send this e-mail to your friends to help us advertise.

Raise a Glass with the 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. 
"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.

 For additional information about the Downtown Partnership visit their website

Hockomock Sports: Stephanie Pisani

Hockocmock Sports continues their Senior Spotlight series this time with the focus on Stephanie Pisani

In the News: Franklin voters, state totals

With approximately 1 percent of 2,901 registered voters casting ballots in Franklin, Steven Lynch topped the ticket for the Democrats and Gabriel Gomez for the Republicans. Totals are as follows: 
Democrats: Lynch: 988 Markey: 907 
Republicans: Gomez: 466 Sullivan: 287 Winslow: 249

Note: the sentence would be better written as "with 2,901 or approximately 1 percent of the registered voters casting ballots in Franklin" The election did draw 2,901 voters. There are over 20,000 registered voters.

Markey, Gomez win in primary election for U.S. Senate in Mass

Tuesday’s primary election for the U.S. Senate was a study in contrasts as Democrats chose a 36-year congressman running on his record and GOP voters backed a political novice promising to be a new breed of Republican.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Franklin, MA: Primary Election results

The email from Town Clerk Deborah L. Pellegri


Attached are the results.  Have a good night.

Total Voters  Democrats........1895

Gomez.  466
Sullivan   287
Winslow  249
Write in       2
Blanks        2        

Lynch        988
Markey      907
write in          0
Blanks          0

Deborah L. Pellegri CMC
Town Clerk/Election Administrator

Office Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm

Voting today - Franklin High School - 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Remember to vote today!

Primary Election - Apr 30

Unfortunately, I have a Franklin Food Pantry Board meeting this evening so I can not count on having the election results available here. The primary is important to determine the town candidates for the 'real' election so cast your ballot. We'll wait for the overall results when they are announced by the major news networks for MA.

If you need to check on how you would cast your ballot, the candidate websites are as follows:


Franklin: in spring color

Out and around Franklin this weekend it was good to see so much color coming out.

Franklin: in color - purple

Franklin: in color - white

Franklin: in color - yellow

Do you have a photo of Franklin's color to share? Email it to me (shersteve at gmail dot com) or post it to our Facebook page

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 1, 2013


B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – 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.



Design Review Commission - Claudine Silverman
Historical Commission - Pearce Murphy, Maureen Murphy, Alice Vendetti as associate members

F. HEARINGS - Public Hearing to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept Tanglewood Dr., Sierra Dr., Dutchess Rd., Summer Heights Dr., Autumn Ln., Fall Ln., Mary Jane Rd., and Anna Rd. – 7:10 PM

New Wine & Malt Package Store License – Angela Hayat Corporation dba DB Mart 1
Change of Manager /New Officer-Director/Transfer of Stock – M and C Restaurant Group, Inc. dba Alumni Restaurant & Bar

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Cmte
Franklin Housing Authority – Lisa Audette


1. Resolution 13-25: Order of Acceptance of Tanglewood Drive and Sierra Drive as Public Ways
2. Resolution 13-26: Order of Acceptance of Mary Jane Road and Anna Road as Public Ways
3. Resolution 13-27: Order of Acceptance of Summer Heights Drive, Autumn Lane and Fall Lane as Public Ways
4. Resolution 13-28: Order of Acceptance of Dutchess Road as a Public Way
5. Resolution 13-30: Town Council Proposal of Charter Amendment to Voters: Treasurer Collector to be changed from Elected to Appointment Position





O. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


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

Celebrate Mother's Day with 3!

2 Great ways to Celebrate Mother's Day at 3

Elaborate Brunch buffet complete with omelet station, carving station and chocolate fountain! Reservations Required. $28 for adults and $14 for kids under 10. Dinner starting at noon in the dining room. Entire dinner menu plus our Chef's specials. Click here to view our specials.
* Half price promotion and kids eat free not valid on Holidays.
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In the News: Beautification Day, library interior

Franklin Beautification Day slated

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club are seeking volunteers and donations for the 10th annual Beautification Day on May 18.

The nation's first lending library may require more than $2 million in building upgrades, including a new HVAC system.

Teen Advisory Board: M.A.G.I.K.

Teen Advisory Board: "M.A.G.I.K."

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