Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In the News: old and new, cookie bake-off, social media

Some of 'old Franklin' in new high school

Seeing the front of the new Franklin High School for the first time, longtime residents may regard it like a familiar face they can’t quite place.

Franklin - St. Rocco's cookie bake-off was one sweet contest

Even as people lined up to buy plates of Italian favorites at St. Rocco's Feast on Saturday, three were busy tasting and assessing an American classic: Chocolate chip cookies.

Milford-area schools cautiously addressing social media

Increasingly, laptops and iPads are replacing No. 2 pencils and notebooks in the classroom.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fallen Hero: Staff Sergeant Edward C. Dailey, U.S. Army Air Corps

Staff Sergeant Edward C. Dailey, U.S. Army Air Corps, son of John and Julia Dailey, was born on May 20, 1924. Edward lived with his parents and two sisters at 100 Union Street. Edward attended the Franklin public schools and graduated from Franklin High School in 1942. While at Franklin High, Edward was the captain of the basketball team and was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball as well. 
Edward Dailey entered the army in 1943 and was assigned to the air force where he qualified as an aerial gunner. SSgt Edward Dailey participated in 11 bombing missions before the fatal mission which took his life in 1944. The following details of the mission were sent to Edward’s family, by Maurice J. Beacond, Jr., the pilot of the targeted plane: “Staff Sergeant Edward C. Dailey lost his life while on a bombing mission over Hungary in an attack of German fighter planes who concentrated their attack on the U.S. bomber. The bomber was fatally hit, caught fire from nose to bomb-bays, went into a vertical dive, and exploded. 
Staff Sergeant Edward C. Dailey was 20 years old at the time of his death on August 20, 1944 somewhere over Hungary.

S/Sgt Edward Dailey

Fallen Hero: Captain Robert L. Cummings, U.S. Army

Captain Robert L. Cummings, U.S. Army, was born on August 10, 1915, the son of Louis and Ruth Cummings. Robert lived with his parents, one brother and two sisters at 65 Union Street. 
Robert graduated from Franklin High School with honors in 1933 and enlisted in the Army as a private in 1936. In 1937, he was appointed to West Point and upon completion, 4 years later, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. In 1942 he received his promotion to First Lieutenant. In November of 1942, Robert married the former Blanche Barwell of North Andover. 
In January of 1943, Robert L. Cummings was promoted to Captain. Captain Cummings served overseas beginning in March of 1944. He took part in the invasion of Guam after having completed special jungle fighting training. Captain Robert L. Cummings, an officer of the famous 77th Infantry Division, lost his life on November 30, 1944 fighting against the Japanese on Leyte. 
Captain Robert L. Cummings was 29 years old at the time of his death on Leyte.
Fallen Hero: Cummings
Fallen Hero: Cummings

DPW - Initiative '14 Plan

TheDPW did get to post the presentation that they used for the Town Council meeting so we can share it here.

The summary from the Town Council meeting can be found here

My notes taken live during the meeting can be found here

Lincoln St construction - bridge closed Aug 14



This notice was originally shared on the official Franklin webpage

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Chris Smither and Red Molly coming soon

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Franklin, MA
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Chris Smither
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An Evening with Chris Smither at the
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Saturday, Sep 28, $30

Red Molly
with Layah Jane
Saturday, October 19, $25

Red Molly
Red Molly
Sending out this heads-up because both of these upcoming shows have sold-out in the past. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

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. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

Other Upcoming Shows
Nov 9th Seth Glier and Liz Longley
Nov 23rd The Kennedys with the Boxcar Lilies
Dec 14th A Celtic Christmas featuring Robbie O'Connell and Aoife Clancy

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
PLAY Sat Jan 18 14, 08:00 PM
Pesky J. Nixon, Spuyten Duyvil
Tickets: $20
Two great bands!
  Sat Feb 01 14, 08:00 PM
Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Tickets: $20
Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola, Carolann Solebello, and Allison Tartalia perform ALL of the songs from Blue plus original songs inspired by Joni Mitchell.
PLAY Sat Mar 01 14, 08:00 PM
Amy Black, Girls Guns And Glory
Tickets: $20
Split bill
PLAY Sat Mar 22 14, 08:00 PM
Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli
Tickets: $25
  Sat Apr 05 14, 08:00 PM
Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher
Tickets: $20
  Sat Apr 26 14, 08:00 PM
Zoë Lewis
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat May 10 14, 08:00 PM
Ellis, Joe Crookston
Tickets: $20
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Annual Healthy Futures Youth Triathlon Encourages Youth to Give it a Tri

This fall, the Hockomock Area YMCA will host it’s annual Healthy Futures Youth Triathlon on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at its North Attleboro Branch at 300 Elmwood Street, No. Attleboro.  Youth ages 3 – 13 are encouraged to Give it a Tri and participate in one’s age appropriate division. Enjoy this opportunity to be introduced to a lifelong activity that builds confidence, determination and a love for physical activity.
2012 Give it a Tri participants
2012 Give it a Tri participants

The Healthy Futures Initiative, launched in 2006, is a collective community response to the need for improved physical activity and healthy eating among youth. Since the initiative’s inception, the Hockomock Y has focused on improving the identification and enactment of strategies, building upon principals of intervention, prevention, and sustainable change.

The Youth Triathlon is a fun way to engage youth and families in physical activity and healthy eating. Perfect for both beginner and experienced athletes, the event offers a safe, fun activity to inspire and support youth. The event offers four age divisions, giving each participant the opportunity to be challenged while, at the same time, setting kids up for success.

Ages 3 - 5
Ages 6 – 7
Ages 8 - 10
Ages 11 - 13
15 yards
50 yards
100 yards
150 yards
1/4 mile
3/4 of a mile
1 mile
1.5 miles
1/4 mile
1/2 mile
3/4 mile
1 mile

Register today online at  Click on “Events” and “Youth Triathlon.”  You may also register at any Hockomock Area YMCA Member Service Desk in Foxboro, Franklin or North Attleboro.

Day-of registration begins promptly at 9 AM. Parent orientation and bike set up will immediately follow. Athletes should arrive with their helmets and bikes. All athletes will be placed in a heat with heat leaders available to both preview the course and lead stretching.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Michael Bordonaro at 508.643.5225 or  All proceeds benefit the Reach Out to Youth and Families Program at the Hockomock Area YMCA.

About The Hockomock Area YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. Learn more at

"Applications can be found on the department’s website"

Franklin is looking to to hire two part-time dispatchers.
Depending on needs, a part-time dispatcher might work one shift a week, Lutz said. 
The department will look to hire no more than two dispatchers, she said. "If they get one for right now, they’ll be happy," she said. "There’s no point in hiring too many because they don’t get called in often enough to maintain their skills." 
Lutz has reviewed a couple of résumés but has not found any qualified candidates yet. They must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and valid driver’s license.

Read more:

This link will download the Word file that is the application from the Franklin Police Dept page

Monday, August 12, 2013

Franklin - Fallen Heroes series

From wikipedia:
Although September 2 is the designated V-J Day in the entire United States, the event is recognized as an official holiday only in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, where the holiday's official name is "Victory Day",[20] and it is observed on the second Monday of August. There have been several attempts in the 1980s and 1990s to eliminate or rename the holiday on the grounds that it is discriminatory. While those all failed, the Rhode Island General Assembly did pass a resolution in 1990 "stating that Victory Day is not a day to express satisfaction in the destruction and death caused by nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki."[21] It is instead commemorative of those who fought, as Rhode Island sent a significantly above-average percentage of its population into the Pacific theater.

To recognize the Franklin Fallen heroes from World War II, I'll be sharing their information this week. Thanks to Rose Turco for putting it together to recognize them and for allowing me to share this with you.

Monday, Aug 12 is the second Monday in August and Rhode Island is celebrating this day. I'll post two per day until the World War II listing is complete.

The booklet handed out for the ceremony to unveil the street signs on May 15, 2011 can be viewed and downloaded here

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Fallen Hero: Warrant Officer David Bullukian, Jr., U.S. Army Air Corps

Warrant Officer David Bullukian, Jr., U.S. Army Air Corps, was born in Franklin on June 11, 1919, the son of David and Lucy Bullukian. David lived at 64 Cottage Street with his parents and sister, Beatrice. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1937 and served in the local Naval Reserve. 
David joined the Army Air Corps where he rose steadily ahead in rank after attending the army air force advanced flying school for twin engine aircraft. He was one of 20 enlisted men to receive the coveted appointment as a warrant officer and served as the assistant post technical inspector at the Greenwood Army Air Field. Warrant Officer David Bullukian, Jr. was killed in a plane crash in the Midwest in 1943. 
In the memorial service for Warrant Officer David Bullukian, Jr. the Rev. Holge N. Schluntz expressed these words, “We recall with gratitude the splendid personal characteristics and patriotism of this young man.” 
Warrant Officer David Bullukian, Jr., age 24, left his young wife Jeanette of Indiana at the time of his death in 1943.
Fallen Hero: Bullukian
Fallen Hero: Bullukian

Fallen Hero: Seaman 1st Class Charles Christakes, U.S. Navy

Seaman 1st Class Charles Christakes, U.S. Navy, was born on October 1, 1920, the son of Theodore and Agnes Christakes. Charles lived at 2 Garfield Street with his parents, three sisters and one brother. 
Charles graduated from Franklin High School in 1938 and then attended Dean Academy. Charles was an outstanding athlete and played semi-pro baseball and football in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 
Seaman 1st Class Charles Christakes served aboard the U.S.S. Hugh W. Hadley which was involved in a vicious attack of Japanese Kamikaze suicide planes. In a 95 minute attack, the Hadley shot down 23 enemy planes, more than any ship in any one engagement in Navy history, before or since. Thirty-one members of the crew perished and 116 others wounded. On May 11, 1945 in this Battle of Okinawa in the Pacific, Gunner Charles Christakes, when wounded went below for treatment. He then went back up to man the guns when he was killed. For his action, Seaman 1st Class Charles Christakes was awarded the Silver Star. 
Seaman 1st Class Charles Christakes was 24 at the time of his death on May 11, 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Hadley.
Fallen Hero: Christakes
Fallen Hero: Christakes

For the full series of Fallen Heroes you can visit this link

"on the hunt for venues to display their work"

The Milford Daily News provides an update on the sculpture park planned for the old town pool land next to the Police Station on Panther Way. DPW workers were out there Saturday doing some grading work on the walking paths.
When the DPW finishes, Linda Kabat said, the artists will have a better idea of where their sculptures might be displayed. 
"We are just waiting at this point," she said. "It’s hard for the sculptors to get an idea of where their work will go. They are waiting to get a better visualization of the park." 
Depending on the available space, the Kabats would like to set up between 10 and 15 sculptures. The park will include as many permanent installations as the center can afford, while the rest of the sculpture will be rotated in and out.
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Rail Trail: Meeting Notice

The Franklin amd Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) will have a meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the YMCA in Franklin.  Attached is an agenda.  Some items we will discuss at this meeting include, planning future outreach events, possible fundraising ideas, purchasing promotional items, and the Metropolitan Planing Committee bike usage count. 

The meeting is open to everyone.  We hope you will make some time to attend and help develop the trail.

Also, if you have not registered for the Bike Tour, please note that the date has changed to August 24.  The event is free but we ask that you register at www,

Franklin Library: puppets and music

The Franklin School for Performing Arts will share some puppets and music in a show for folks of all ages at 10:30 AM on Monday, Aug 12th.

FSPA puppets and music
FSPA - puppets and music

This notice was originally posted to the Franklin Public Library webpage here

Got soccer? We do! Fall season starts Sept 7th!

If you have not yet registered your child for Fall soccer in Franklin, here is your last chance!
Teams are being created and will be sent out to coaches this week.

The games are set to start in just a few weeks on Sept 7th….practices will be starting soon for Travel teams. Games are played on Saturdays for 10 weeks.

All players will be notified very soon about their team placement and soccer schedule.

The Franklin Youth Soccer program is open to children from age 4 through High School.