Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Networking & Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation Event on February 19, 2014!


What is the YPO?

The YPO is THE place for young professionals who have an interest in social and business networking, community involvement, and professional development.

Come meet other young professionals in your area and check out the YPO!

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YPO Now Accepting New Members

The YPO Membership Application is now available! For your convenience, you can download the application here, or you can complete it online at our new website: www.unitedregionalypo.org/join.

Membership fees are $50 per person, annually. If your business is a member of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce (URCC), your first year of membership into the YPO is free!

Applications can be returned:
Mail: 42 Union Street,
Attleboro, MA 02703

 Thank You to our Event Sponsor
Twenty8 Logo     
Patriot Place,
Foxboro, MA

YPO@Twenty8 Food & Spirits
Third Wednesday of the Month 6-8pm

 YPO@ Twenty8 Logo    
Situated in the Patriot Place Complex inside the Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place, Twenty8 Food & Spirits has quickly become one of the hottest dining spots in Foxboro, MA. The ambiance is sophisticated yet fun while the menu features New England favorites with a trendy twist.

Please join the YPO on Wednesday February 19th, 2014 for the opportunity to make connections, build relationships and showcase your business with your peers in Twenty8's eclectic, electric setting in Foxboro.
This event will be well attended, so don't miss this great opportunity to meet and connect with other local Young Professionals.

Pre-register for this event NOW to receive the reduced cover of $5 by clicking HERE 
Registrations at the door will $10.
Light appetizers will be provided!

We hope to see you all there!!!

Local Charity Initiative

We are excited and proud to announce our partnership with deserving local non-profit organizations! Half of our event admission proceeds for January, February and March 2014 will be donated to The Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation.The Julia Foundation created and maintains Julia's Garden, a playground at the World War I Memorial Park in North Attleboro in memory of Julia Cekala.  


Join us for networking with an even higher purpose!


For more information, please contact the YPO at
unitedregionalypo@ymail.com or 508-488-YPO (9761).

Registrations at the door will be $10.00. 
 Networking Workshop
Tips and Techniques to Make More Connections
Come join The United Regional YPO for a highly-interactive workshop where you'll discover:
          • How To Make the Better Business Connections
          • The One Thing You Should NEVER Do When Networking
          • How To Grab Someone's Attention and Engage Them with Just Nine Words
          • 5 Tips to Remembering Names
          • How to Craft a Kick-Butt 30 Second Elevator Introduction
          • And Much More...

This workshop will be hosted by Ed McDonough, a Business Coach, Speaker and Marketing Consultant, on Thursday, February 27th from 6-7:30 PM at the Fisher College North Attleboro campus.
Ed is the founder of Executive Coaching in Walpole, MA. Since 2001 Ed has been a successful entrepreneur and multi-business owner who has a unique talent for developing and implementing long-term profitable marketing strategies.

In addition to his business owner experience, Mr. McDonough spent over 25 years as a top-level Information Technology professional and Project Management Consultant in Corporate America, making him well versed in all facets of the business environment. His real-world brick and mortar business experience combined with his passion for effective web-based marketing has lead him to coach business owners throughout North America to success from the ground up.

Don't miss this opportunity to discover how you can make more and better business connections!

Network Made Easy!
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 NEW DATE!!
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Fisher College North Attleboro Campus
Room 3
451 Elm Street
North Attleboro, MA
Register now and Save 50%!


  Be sure to check out our upcoming events on our website and stay up to date with everything YPO by connecting with us online.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Kind Regards,
United Regional YPO

*Must be at least 21 years old to attend events

For more info call 508-488-9761 or e-mail

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United Regional YPO | 42 Union Street | Attleboro | MA | 02703

"start the ball rolling on gun legislation"

The MA House of Representatives task force on guns issued its report and recommendations.
All private firearms sales should be completed through a licensed dealer, live-fire training should be required for those seeking a license, and the state should comply in a limited capacity with the National Instant Background Check System, according to the long-awaited recommendations of a team of experts advising House Speaker Robert DeLeo on gun policy. 
While concluding that Massachusetts "already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation," DeLeo's Committee to Reduce Gun Violence offered 44 recommendations on Monday to reduce gun violence and gun suicide, to improve public safety, and to standardize gun licensure throughout the state. 
"Virtually every gun begins as a legal gun, in the hands of someone who passed a background check," the task force wrote in a 23-page report, noting that most gun owners handle their weapons lawfully, and suicide is the leading cause of gun deaths.

Read the full article at: http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209355#sthash.yrLZ4x6e.dpuf

Monday, February 3, 2014

Friendly reminder: Library Lovers Month - what is your favorite book?

There are only a few entries thus far... maybe you missed this the first time around. This will be open throughout the month of February. The Friends of the Library will post the results on their Facebook page. (If you haven't found them on Facebook, click here)

To help celebrate February as "Library Lovers Month", the Friends of Franklin Library (FoFL) would like to know what your favorite book is, and why (just a couple of sentences). It can be a book you read recently, or one you read years ago. Maybe you have a favorite author you can tell us about. Who knows, maybe we'll each find a new book or author to enjoy!

Ben Franklin reading outside the Franklin Library
Ben Franklin reading outside the Franklin Library

Entries will be accepted until Feb 28, 2014.

As you submit your entry, you'll have the opportunity to view the other entries.

50% CPR & First Aid Training

Act First EMS, Inc.is offering 50% off CPR & First Aid Training for ALL FranklinMatters viewers in February/March at our Franklin training center. (Located at 247 E Central Street next to HESS Gas Station)

Register Today! – Visit http:www.actfirstcpr.com/open

Act First offers high quality Public trainings from American Heart Association certified instructors at all of our training centers.

Our highly trained Medical Staff and CPR training staff is comprised of Paramedics, Firefighters, EMTs, Nurses, and other professionals with real life experiences.

Upcoming Trainings:
CPR and First Aid
(These dates below will cover infants, children, and adults.)

Wed Feb 12 – 6:15pm

Saturday Feb 22 – 12pm

Saturday March 1 – 2:30pm

Mon March 10 – 10am

Sat March 15 – 10:30am </h2>

Space is limited and seats fill up fast.

Register Today! – Visit http:www.actfirstcpr.com/open

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This offer cannot be combined.

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Best Regards,

Customer Care - Act First CPR

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"A business built on referrals" (Just ask a neighbor)

In the News: Feehan science fair

Bishop Feehan High School recently announced the winners of its annual Science Fair that included Franklin residents Sydney Maika, Christopher Chou and Marissa Fontaine.
See more at: http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140203/NEWS/140209524#sthash.KNWU20gy.dpuf

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Feb 5, 2014

January 22, 2014, Executive Session

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.






Financial Forecast – Jeffrey Nutting


1. Bylaw Amendment 14-727: Amendment to Chapter 47, Alcoholic Beverages – 2nd Reading

2. Bylaw Amendment 14-729: Amendment to Chapter 179-9.1, Exhibit A, Water System Map - 2nd Reading

3. Bylaw Amendment 14-730: Amendment to Chapter 139-14, Exhibit A, Sewer System Map – 2nd Reading





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

The set of documents released for this agenda can be found on the Franklin webpage here

"It’s quite an important service"

The Milford Daily News has an article on regional transportation. In the article it mentions the GATRA bus that services Franklin.

The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority, meanwhile, has bus routes that serve Franklin, Bellingham and Medway. Ridership on those three routes grew from about 27,400 in 2011 to 29,700 in 2012. 
Mary Basilone, the mobility manager for the authority, said local leaders and her agency saw a need to transport commuters, seniors, college students and others and started routes to meet that demand. 
She said her agency would like to improve connections with other regional transit authorities and enhance night and weekend service, but it needs funding to do so. 
She acknowledged there are competing interests for transportation money as state leaders work to improve bridges and roads in addition to public transit.

You ca read the full article here:

In Aug 2009, the Franklin Area Bus was wrapped in Dean College colors
In Aug 2009, the Franklin Area Bus was wrapped in Dean College colors

Information on the Franklin Area Bus, can be found on the GATRA page here

Franklin Food Pantry: current needs

If you would like some donation ideas that can help to fill some gaps in our current supply:

Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central St
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central St

Healthy Future Shelves

  • Gluten Free
  • Quinoa
  • Dry spices and herbs
  • Vinegar
  • Olive or canola oil

Nonfood shelves

  • Toothbrushes
  • Shaving Cream/Gels
  • Deodorant
  • All Purpose Cleaners

Food shelves

  • Canned Ravioli
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cereal
These items can be dropped off at the Food Pantry during our open hours Tue - Fri from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Or left in the box at the entrance to to Food Pantry. Please don't leave liquid items in the box when it is really cold.  Thank you!

Franklin takes Hockomock Wrestling Chamionship

On Saturday, the Franklin wrestling team added a team title at the Hockomock Championships to the league title that the Panthers had earned during the dual meet season. Franklin had five individuals bring home Hockomock titles and garnered 256 points as a team to hold off rival North Attleboro (225 points) to win the team crown at the meet, which was held at Oliver Ames. 
Franklin Public Schools - home of the Panthers
Franklin Public Schools - home of the Panthers
Stoughton finished in third place with 167 points and was the top Davenport team, beating out the host Tigers by 13 points. 
Franklin head coach Carmine Callace noted that the Panthers had 13 of their 14 entrants place. The lone Franklin wrestler not to place was Pat Glynn, but he also picked up two wins by pin to help the team’s overall score. 
“We do have a lot of depth; we do and that really helps,” Collace explained. “Today was a real team effort because we had some tough matches in the semis, but nobody got down on themselves and they all battled back.”
You can read the full article here

"How can I help get them off the streets?" (video)

For six years, Michael Leoni has documented the lives of homeless teenagers living in Los Angeles, interviewing nearly 400 for a film that he hopes shines a light on the problem.
Still unfinished, the film, "American Street Kid," depicts young people trying to survive life on the streets. 
Through the course of filming — compiling hundreds of hours — the Franklin High School graduate found himself nearly homeless once and had to cope with the deaths of two of the teenagers he aimed to help. 
Despite the adversity, Leoni, born Michael Leon, won’t stop until the film is released. 
"It’s really, really, tough subject matter," Leoni said in a recent telephone interview from Los Angeles. "We’ve kept going, and now we’ve got to see the hope."

You can finish reading the full artcile here: http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140202/NEWS/140209631/1994/NEWS#sthash.isD2TXHS.dpuf

You can view the promo video here (7 minutes)

and find our more about American Street Kid here

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Franklin Library: "Levers and Pulleys and Gears ... Oh My"

The Franklin Public Library is holding a new series of sessions for students in the 1st through 4th grades. "Levers and Pulleys and Gears ... Oh My!"

Franklin Public Library "Levers and Pulleys and Gears ... Oh My!"
Franklin Public Library "Levers and Pulleys and Gears ... Oh My!"

Registration for this is required, and you can do so at this link:

FSPA to Present the Hit Family Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

FSPA Presents 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Two Shows ! 


Saturday February 8th
at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

FSPA proudly presents an all-student production of the hit family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the New England Chapel, 40 Kenwood Circle, in Franklin! 

Based on the biblical Joseph story, the lively Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical follows the trials and triumphs of Jacob's favorite son in a high-energy, high-adventure retelling of epic proportions! The musical is entirely sung-through and boasts catchy songs of many musical styles, from country western and calypso to pop, disco and rock 'n roll. The enduringly popular Joseph is a colorful and uplifting show for audiences of all ages.

Tickets Adults $22 Students and Seniors $20
Click here to buy tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 
or call (508) 528-8668


Franklin Performing Arts Company uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Franklin Performing Arts Company - PO Box 16, Franklin, MA, 02038, (508) 528-8668
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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In the News: medical marijuana, Franklin actress

Milford site approved for medical marijuana dispensary
Milford made the cut for one of the first licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state on Friday, but five applicants from Framingham, one from Shrewsbury and a pair from Franklin came up stone cold. 
The state Department of Public Health, through the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, on Friday granted 20 provisional licenses to non-profit companies chosen during a competitive selection process that began last summer. They were chosen from a pool of 100 applicants

Franklin actress returns to local stage in 'Fox on the Fairway'
When the Walpole Footlighters open the comedy, "Fox on the Fairway", on Feb. 7, Franklin's Anne-Marie Weaver will be returning to their stage after a 12-ear hiatus. 
The comedy is by the master of farce, Ken Ludwig, author of "Moon Over Buffalo" and "Lend Me a Tenor." This laugh-filled romp will run weekends until Feb. 23 at The Footlighters Playhouse on 2 Scout Rd., East Walpole.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/31/14 - THU 2/6/14

1/31 FRI   9:30am-7pm   Learning Express Franklin - donating 10% of sales to Munroe Fund.
1/31 FRI   6:30pm-8:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art Center.

2/1 SAT   8am-11am   Girls Softball/Boys Baseball Walk-In Registrations. Elks Lodge, Franklin.
2/1 SAT   9am-5pm   New England Bonsai Gardens Re-Opening. Bellingham, MA.
2/1 SAT   1:30pm-2:30pm   Coffee (or tea) & Craft for Adults @ Franklin Public Library. Create a   Valentine's Day wreath. 

2/2 SUN   1pm   FPAC Concert Series: Ben Rudnick & Friends. FREE admission. 38 Main St., Franklin.

2/4 TUE   1:30pm   Conversations About Dementia. Call to sign up: 508-520-4945. Franklin Senior Center.
2/4 TUE   7pm   Finance Committee Mtg., Franklin Municipal Building, Council Chambers.

2/5 WED   7pm   Town Council Mtg., Franklin Municipal Building, Council Chambers.

2/6 THU   6:30pm   Report Card Info Session for Parmenter & Jefferson Schools. Parmenter School Library.

For more details click HERE and select the event of interest.

If you know of an event or have a suggestions for the calendar, please email Renata at Renata@BetterLivingRE.com.

Franklin Schools: early dismissal Friday

From the sign at the Parmenter School

Parmenter sign