Wednesday, July 9, 2014

E-ZPass "Payment for driving on toll road"

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) E-ZPass program today is alerting E-ZPass customers about an e-mail phishing scam. Some E-ZPass customers in Massachusetts and other states have received an e-mail from “E-ZPass Customer Service Center” with the subject, “Payment for driving on toll road.” 
Please be advised that this is NOT a communication from E-ZPass, but is likely a phishing scam. E-ZPass advises you not to open or respond to that message.

If you have any questions about the validity of any message received from E-ZPass, please contact the E-ZPass Customer Service Center for guidance at Telephone: 1-877-627-7745. 
As always, you may visit E-ZPass on the web to check your account:

 The scammers are always trying something new. The reason they try is they are successful enough times to make it worth while. Be alert. If the email is suspicious, don't open it. Delete it.

E-ZPass program scam alert page
E-ZPass program scam alert page

Franklin Library: Hunger Games Survival Course

For the students in grade 6 through 12, the Franklin Library will be holding a Hunger Games Survival Course.

Hunger Games Survival Course
Hunger Games Survival Course

When: July 22 at 2:30 PM

Originally posted to the Franklin Library website

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - July 9, 2014


– 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.







  • EPA
  • Recycling Center
  • Franklin Advisory Committee (Citizens’ Committee)


1. Resolution 14-47: Creation of Franklin Advisory Committee From the Citizens’ Committee
2. Resolution 14-48: Acceptance of Gift - Town of Franklin
3. Bylaw Amendment 14-737: Amendment to Chapter 139-14: Sewer Map – 2nd Reading 2/3 Vote
4. Bylaw Amendment 14-739: Amendment to Chapter 179- 9.1: Water Map - 1st Reading
5. Bylaw Amendment 14-740:Amendment to Chapter 139-14: Sewer Map – 1st Reading







355 East Central St, Franklin MA
355 East Central St, Franklin MA

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

Franklin Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Home Buying And Reselling Program

If you are looking for affordable housing and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the housing lottery later this month.

When is the lottery?

Lottery: Saturday, July 26, 2014
10:00 AM
Applications due by July 18, 2014, 12:00 PM

How do I obtain more information?

INFORMATION – call 508-520-4949 or e-mail for information

Where will the lottery be held?

Lottery Location: Franklin Municipal Building,
Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 
355 East Central Street,
Franklin, Massachusetts 
For Information, contact Maxine Kinhart at 508-520-4949

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Do I need to be present to win?

What type of housing is available?
Two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom,
air conditioned, Screened in Porch.
1248sf home $160,000

You can find the complete information package here

You can find the application here

Alternate path to Franklin website

If you tried to get to the official Franklin webpage    as I did most of Monday, you were likely unsuccessful.

webpage is unavailable message
webpage is unavailable message

I was able to reach the site Monday night via this link:

Town of Franklin, MA webpage
Town of Franklin, MA webpage

Callum Borchers makes 2014 Para-Rowing Team

"Franklin, MASS"
Daily update July 7, 2014
2014 US Para-Rowing Team Named Monday at Trials
Community Rowing, Inc.'s Jaden Thoennes (Bloomington, Ill.) and Callum Borchers (Franklin, Mass.) won the trunk and arms mixed double sculls final ...
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Downtown Construction Project meeting - Jul 10 - 6:30 PM

The downtown construction project work will soon begin. Yes, you have heard that before but it is finally here. Get the latest insights on the schedule at the meeting Thursday, July 10th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Piece Science Building on the Dean College campus.

Directions to the building are included in the notice below:

Dean College - main entrance
Dean College - main entrance

Franklin Library: Medieval Mania

A workshop on medieval history and weaponry for students in grades 6 through 12 will be held at the Franklin Public Library, Tuesday, July 8th at 2:30 PM.

medieval mania for teens
medieval mania for teens

This was shared from the Library page

Zentangle Class Wednesday July 16th at Jane's Frames

Zentangle spoken here logo
Zentangle Class
Dear Steve,
Wednesday ,  July 16th, 6:00-8:30 at Jane's Frames.

Zentangle is a meditative artform that anyone can do!
 No art experience is needed.  

The cost of this 2 hour class is $35.00, it includes the Zentangle kit, so you can continue creating your tangles at home. Please RSVP soon as the class  fills up quickly! After you call or e-mail, I will send you additional information about the class.

 After 14 months of enjoying the relaxing and inspiring process of creating Zen-tangles,  in June  2012 , I was fortunate enough to attend a  three and a half day long course, along with over 100 attendees from all over the world, in order to become a certified Zentangle teacher.
The instructors,  Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts,

are the co-founders of Zentangle.   I am so pleased to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher,  and I now am proud to add CZT after my name! 

What is Zentangle?
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. 
Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

For more information go to QUICK LINKS on right sidebar.

A very Special Thank you goes to my friend Cathy Corcoran, a true Angel on earth, who introduced me to Zentangle over 16 months ago. I have been enjoying this relaxing and inspiring process ever since. It was through Cathy's joy of presenting what she loves, generosity of spirit and inspiration that drew me into the world of tangling. I am forever grateful!

Joyfully and Thankfully Yours,

Jane Curran, CZT
Jane's Frames

Zentangle Class
Relaxing & Eye Opening
Quick Links

Anyhting is possible, one stroke at a time
Zentangle tiles from class
A sample of creations from an Zentangle Class of first time tanglers.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Franklin's 4th of July - events today

Sunday, July 6th: 
  • 1pm-7pm   Food Booths and Amusements Open
  • 2pm-3:30pm   PARADE
  • 3:30pm   Tyler Zajac Solo

refreshments will open at 1:00 PM Sunday
refreshments will open at 1:00 PM Sunday

the rides will open at 1:00 PM Sunday
the rides will open at 1:00 PM Sunday

The complete schedule of events for Franklin's 4th of July can be found here

Franklin Historical Museum: The Wedding Dresses are back. Now through the end of July

A display of wedding dresses from the museum's collection as well as gowns on loan fill the museum with beauty, elegance and nostalgia. Learn a little bit about the history of the wedding gown style and when a famous royal greatly influenced style, making white the color of choice for brides. 
The ever popular Parachute dress made from a Japanese parachute sent home to the bride Emma Veluti by her groom Edward Rabioli during WWII. This 1940's gown designed by Ida Santoro features a beautiful 15ft court train. 
A new gown on display this year was worn by Stella Kehoyas in 1956 when she married Nicholas Jeon. Many Franklin residents will remember that Stella and Nick Jeon ran 'Jimmies' uptown, on the bridge for many years. Stella went on to entertain with her thoughtful interviews of notable Franklin residents. 
Another new gown in the exhibit represents the beautiful detail of the modern age and was worn by the late Cheryl Getchell at her 1993 wedding to Michael Vendetti. 
The oldest gown in the collection, made with whalebone stays in the lace trimmed bodice, is the 1890 dress worn by Julia Clausmeyer when she married her groom John Daesen. Lace from this gown was used 45 years later to make the hat that completed the outfit of Mrs. Daesen's daughter, Florence May Daesen at her 1935 marriage to Edward Murphy. 
The delicate white chiffon dress worn by Jeannett LaBastie on the day she wed Edmund Pisani is also part of the display. 
The gowns are accompanied by photos, stories and memorabilia that complete the picture of the dresses and the brides that wore them. 
one of the wedding gowns on display
one of the wedding gowns on display

Visit the museum

  • Thursday evenings from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM 
  • Sundays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.

The Franklin Historical museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Route 140.

Updated Curbside Flyer

The updated curb side recycling and trash information arrived in the mail this week. The listing of holidays that alters the pickup schedule is one of the key items in the flyer. Our normal pick up is Wednesday and knowing if this week is 'normal' or not helps.

recycle and trash bins
recycle and trash bins

You can view a copy here

or here as the Franklin DPW did post this to the webpage here (PDF)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Franklin's 4th of July - events today

Saturday, July 5th:
  • Children's Day 
  • 12pm-10pm   Food Booths and Amusements Open
  • 12 noon   Children's Parade
  • 1pm-2pm   Vics and Sticks (Family Entertainment)
  • 2pm-3pm   Jamie Barrett
  • 3pm-4:30pm   Flippo the Clown (Juggling and Balloon Artistry)
  • 4pm-7pm   Franklin Idol Contest
  • 7pm-10pm   Groove Doctors Band (local musicians)

UPDATED: Laser Light Show July 5th 10 PM  at the Town Common

Toy Story
Toy Story


The complete schedule of events for Franklin's 4th of July can be found here

MassBudget: Analyzing the Legislature's FY 2015 Budget

MassBudget   Information.
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Analyzing the Legislature's Budget for FY 2015

On June 30th the Legislature enacted the state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st 2014. While the Governor, House, and Senate had some different priorities and each introduced new initiatives, there was significantly more agreement throughout this year's process than last year. With the limited revenue available, there was a consensus on the need to keep commitments made last year: 
  • to make needed investments in our transportation systems;
  • to  continue restoring some of the deep funding cuts made to the state's higher education system during the 20000's; and
  • to fund reforms of the system for paying human service providers. 

The final budget also reflects a shared commitment to begin to strengthen the capacity of the state Department of Children and Families and to make new investments in substance abuse treatment and prevention.

The Governor now has ten days from the enactment of the budget to sign it and veto any outside sections, line items, or portions of line items. The budget then returns to the Legislature which can either let vetoes stand or override them with a two thirds vote of the House and Senate.

The Budget Monitor at this link describes funding levels and initiatives throughout the state budget and compares them to years past.

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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FHS Last Tour: Cafeteria - Student Art Work (photos)

Continuing the walk among the corridors of the current Franklin High School and capturing photos as I walked.

cafeteria wall 1
cafeteria wall 1

cafeteria wall 2
cafeteria wall 2

cafeteria wall 3
cafeteria wall 3

cafeteria wall 4
cafeteria wall 4

cafeteria wall 4 - painted by
cafeteria wall 4 - painted by

cafeteria wall 5
cafeteria wall 5

cafeteria wall 6
cafeteria wall 6

cafeteria wall 7
cafeteria wall 7

Photos shared earlier can be found here:

Note: all the photos will be posted to Facebook and to Flickr for anyone to view in a single place. The locations are already established and photos will be added to them over time.

Facebook album       Flickr album