Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blackstone Valley: Things to do in July

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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
July: Things to do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

For a complete, detailed listing of events, see the event calendar

Ranger Walkabouts Continue Throughout the Summer

Thursday, July 10
Ranger Walkabout: Nine Men's Misery: King Philip's War & the Blackstone Valley
Cumberland Public Library
1464 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, RI
Start time: 6:30 pm
King Phillip's War (1675-76) was fought between the Nipmuc, Wampanoag and Narragansett Nations against the recently arrived English settlers. This war stretched across the Blackstone Valley, much of southeastern New England and up into New Hampshire. 
Join the National Park Service to learn about this conflict, and visit the earliest veterans' memorial established in the United States. This program includes a trail walk, please wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk will begin at the gazebo behind the Cumberland Public Library. 
Parking: Plenty of parking is available in the Cumberland Public Library parking lot, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI. 

Marking Mileage: Distance-Oriented Hikes Around Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary

worcester ma

Tuesdays, July 1 - July 15
Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 
414 Massasoit Avenue 
Worcester, MA 01604 
10:00 - 11:30 am

Looking to get some distance under your belt? Want some exercise with walking buddies? Need a kick to get started? 

Take a naturalist-led walk each week as we go progressively farther through the sanctuary. Start off the first week with an easy 2-mile walk, then work up to longer distances each week. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087

Summer Concert Series at Alternatives

Thursdays, July 3 - September 4
50 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Alternatives is kicking off the 2014 free Summer Concert Series with an Independence Day celebration and The Lovejoy Band! 

The show starts at 6 PM and will end in time for you to catch the fireworks on Linwood Street. Don't forget your lawn chairs. Refreshments are available.

Summer Programs at Willard House and
Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum
11 Willard Street
Grafton, MA

Wednesdays: July 9, July 23, August 6 Once Upon a Summer Story Time
12:30 - 1:15 pm

Willard House and Clock Museum is partnering with the Grafton Public Library to offer children ages 3-6 a unique opportunity to enjoy special stories, tours of the museum and a craft. The program is free of charge. Space is limited and reservations can be made by contacting the museum at 508-839-3500. Participants are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the museum's grounds. 

Saturday, July 19

Music in the Barn
Start time: 6:00 pm

Blackstone Cuil and special guests - Spend a mid-summer's night enjoying the spirited melodies of this lively Celtic Band. Musicians from Grafton's Apple Tree Arts open this musical evening. For more information, contact the museum at 508-839-3500

Sunday, July 27
Iced Tea Social and Lawn Party
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Spend a quiet, relaxing summer afternoon with a tall glass of iced tea and period refreshments at an iced tea social. Guests will be served outside, weather permitting, or in one of the museum's galleries. Limited tours of the museum will be available. Admission to this special event is by reservation only. Please contact museum no later than July 20 at 508-839-3500 for cost information and reservations.

Free Summer Programs at Captain Wilbur
Kelly House

Free Kelly House Programs 2014

Pawtucket Parks & Recreation
Pawtucket Library Summer Programs

Pawtucket Summer Programs 2014

Plant Pull Party

Saturday, July 26, 9:00 am - Noon 
and/or August 10, 1 - 3:00 pm
Blackstone River Watershed Association
Rice City Pond
East Hartford Avenue
Uxbridge, MA
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Now that the man-made garbage has been hauled out, it's time to roll up sleeves and haul out Mother Nature's garbage! 

Join Blackstone River Watershed Association for their annual Pull the Plants Party to continue the battle against the invasive asian water chestnut outbreak in Rice City Pond! 

Exact dates for the party will be dependent on weather and plant growth.

Hearthside Pays Tribute to the 1904 World's Fair
World's Fair 1904Sunday, July 13

677 Great Road (Rt. 123)
Lincoln, RI
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

During the event, an extensive exhibit will be on display throughout the rooms at the 1810 Hearthside House, which will include photographic displays, interpretive panels, video presentation and memorabilia. 

Self-guided tours throughout Hearthside will be available throughout the day as well as a re-creation of the carnival-type atmosphere that was found at the 1904 World's Fair along "The Pike."  

Cogswell Tower Tour

Wednesday, July 23
Start time: 6:00 pm 

The tour of Cogwell Tower at Jenks Park in Central Falls is July 23 at 6:00 p.m. Meet at the arch on 580 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI. 

Downtown Sundown Concert Series

downtown sundown
Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street
Providence, RI
Saturday, July 12
  • Kayla Farnham
  • Heather Rose
  • Kristen and J
  • Rank Strangers
Saturday, July 26
  • Jesse and Jack Gauthier
  • Dan Lilley and Scatman
  • Lisa Markovich
  • Bethel Steele

Event Calendar

Check out the event calendar for a more complete, detailed listing of Blackstone Corridor Events:

We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
About The Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
Congress established the National Heritage Corridor in 1986 to restore and preserve the nationally significant heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, where the industrialization of America began. It has become a successful program of partnerships between federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nongovernment organizations, pooling their resources and pursuing a common agenda of preservation and revitalization. 

Ongoing Blackstone Corridor programs and projects include historic preservation, river cleanup, land conservation and stewardship, visitor centers, ranger walks, programs with schools, recreational programs and events, support for arts and cultural events, training for partners and volunteers and assistance to towns trying to preserve their heritage while also improving the local and regional economy.
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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

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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
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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)