An energy assessment at no-cost. A 2-3 hour visit to assess the efficiency of the home.
You can call 866-867-8729 to set up an appointment.
|Next Step Living website|
|Next Step Living website|
A message from OAK STREET ELEMENTARYGood afternoon Oak St, ECDC, and Horace Mann families,
As you may know, a malfunction in one of our smoke detectors triggered an emergency evacuation. Even though this was not technically a drill, our students and faculty were not in any real danger at any time. The evacuation went smoothly and the fire and police departments responded quickly and efficiently.
Unfortunately, the same malfunction that triggered the alarm prevented us from immediately resetting the system. As a result, the alarm persisted for more than three hours.
After waiting outside for thirty minutes, we were cleared by the fire, police, and facilities departments to reenter the building despite not being able to reset the alarm. The flashing lights associated with the fire alarm continued through most of the afternoon. Accommodations were made for individual students as needed.
|Horace Mann - Oak St (ECDC is located behind this building)|
All: The Town has received proposals from six Solar Panel Installation Companies for the Franklin Solar Challenge project. I am working with a Proposal Review Committee made up of four Town residents who volunteered to review the proposals and interview the solar installation companies. Interviews took place today (September 3rd) and the Proposal Review Committee has identified two finalist. The Committee will conduct further review of the two finalists to assure the Town chooses the solar installation company that is right for the Franklin Solar Challenge project. Both companies are well qualified and have implemented similar projects in other Massachusetts communities.
Which ever solar installation company is chosen for the Franklin Solar Challenge they will be in attendance at a meeting on September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 355 East Central Street. The company will provide specifics about their company and general information on solar panel installation costs and the different options available.
I hope all interested residents and small businesses are able to attend next week's meeting. If not able to attend next week there will be many other opportunities in the near future to obtain the same information, including at the Harvest Festival on October 5th. Either way, the solar installation company chosen by the Town will begin contacting all individuals that previously provided the Town with contact information.
In addition to the solar installation company chosen for the Franklin Solar Challenge, a partnering energy audit company will be in attendance at next week's meeting. It is not required, but strongly recommended that all property owners considering solar panels first have a free energy audit performed. Additional information will be provided at next week's meeting.
I look forward to working with the Town's residents and small businesses on the Franklin Solar Challenge project.
|Mt St Mary's solar farm when it was under construction during Aug 2013|
"It was not until he was appointed secretary in 1837 of the newly created board of education of Massachusetts (the first such position in the United States) that he began the work which was to place him in the foremost rank of American educationists. Previously, he had not shown any special interest in education. He was encouraged to take the job only because it was a paid office position established by the legislature. He began as secretary of the board. On entering on his duties, he withdrew from all other professional or business engagements and from politics."
|Horace Mann page on wikipedia|
|Boston Sports Club Franklin sign|
The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for three 2014 holiday productions, Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker and the original FPAC musicals Humbug! and ’Tis the Season!
The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season – a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Presented with live professional orchestra, FPAC’s magical journey of The Nutcracker features more than 100 area dancers and special guest artists. A family favorite since debuting as part of FPAC’s 2008 season, Humbug! is an original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
|FPAC auditions for The Nutcracker|
With musical hits of every genre and live accompaniment by a 10-piece band of professional musicians, Humbug! transports audiences from Dickensian England to contemporary America as the novel’s characters and storyline are reimagined with modern setting and dialogue.
’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in many musical styles including R&B, jazz, rock, Motown, gospel and Broadway.
FPAC will present The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, Humbug! on December 12-14 and ’Tis the Season on December 20 and 21. Humbug! will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s new home and performance venue in downtown Franklin. Both The Nutcracker and ’Tis the Season will be performed at the new Franklin High School auditorium.
Open auditions for The Nutcracker will be held on Saturday, September 27 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in Franklin. Students, ages 6 and older, from all area dance schools are welcome. Ballet attire is required. Audition times are 9:30-10 a.m. for ages 6 and 7, 10-10:45 for ages 8 and 9, 11-11:45 for ages 10 and 11, 11:45-12:45 for ages 12 and 13, 1-1:45 for ages 14+ (off pointe), and 2:15-3:15 for ages 12+ (pointe audition; must be on pointe for at least one year). Off-pointe callbacks are scheduled at 1:45-2:15 p.m., with pointe callbacks from 3:15-4:00.
Open auditions for Humbug! and ’Tis the Season! will take place at THE BLACK BOX on Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m. for ages 6 and 7, 1:30 for ages 8 and 9, 2:00 for ages 10 and 11, 2:45 for ages 12 and 13, 3:30 for ages 14+, and 4:30 for adults. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song. A simple dance combination will be taught at the audition.
A distinctive suburban non-profit arts organization founded in 1991, FPAC brings together professional artists, community performers and students of the arts in a collaborative and creative environment. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, productions draw performers and audiences from more than 100 communities throughout the region. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at www.fpaconline.com.
Adam Moessing and Bill Dorion scored the goals for the Panthers and James Fredrick picked up the shutout in net.
|demolition of the old building continues 1|
|vehicles gathering to decide what's next|
|the main entrance remains intact for now|
|interesting design for the new bike racks|
|a bike lane was added to the roadways on the school grounds|
|tables and seats positioned for the outdoor cafeteria|
|new sign is going up near the old one on Oak St|
How many times have you thought “I’d like to take a class, participate in a workshop, have some fun.” Well, here’s your chance. Franklin Adult Education and Community Learning, a program of the Lifelong Learning Institute at the Franklin Public Schools, is rolling out its fall programs……AND you can register now by going to www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com and clicking on Adult Education to get started.
“Whether you are looking for fitness, finance, food, fun, sports, language or art, there is something for you. We are absolutely delighted to offer these opportunities to our residents through our public school system,” says Maureen Sabolinski, Franklin’s Superintendent of Schools.
Area residents can find diverse and enriched education and experiences in the Franklin Adult Education and Community Learning programs and partnerships. Whether you are a working professional, senior citizen, person with special needs or in transition, there’s a program for you. Last year more than 1,200 individuals visited Adult Education.
“Now we have a new season. We have exciting new offerings and we are in a brand new building” says Pandora Carlucci, executive director for Franklin Lifelong Learning Institute, the umbrella under which the Adult Education program operates. She goes on to say “we are fortunate to have many of our classes operating in the new state-of-the-art Franklin High School. It’s an amazing facility that will increase our ability to provide new and innovate offerings now and in the years ahead.”
For example, this fall at Franklin High School you can participate in a variety of very interesting Financial help classes, even a Digital Photography class or find an activity on the schedule of Adult Education events posted on the Lifelong Learning Institute’s website www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com.
In addition, you can take advantage of online Learning Classes and Online Career Training Programs, courses conducted in partnership with Ed2go and Gatlin Education Services. These career-focused online courses give you the latest in learning, and skills that can help you to acquire professional caliber positions in many in-demand occupations.
These instructor-facilitated courses are available anytime, anywhere. A team of available online professionals, anytime scheduling, and educational textbooks combine for a relevant, interactive learning experience. You can find a complete listing of all titles and more information at www.ed2go.com/franklined.
Brenda Reed, director for Adult Education and Community Learning says “Whether you’re five, fifteen, fifty or older, there’s much to like at Adult Education. Our fee-based programs have something for everyone. So, don’t wait. Register now before your favorite class is filled.”
|Teri DeWitt at the community entrance to the new Franklin High School|
|doggie tales returns to the Library Sep 17th|
Foxboro, 1 @ Franklin, 2 - Final - Franklin sophomore Alex Sullivan scored with two seconds left off a corner by junior captain Taylor Reutlinger. Reutlinger scored Franklin's first goal on an assist from sophomore Dana Lewandowski. Samantha Jones made three saves in net while Emily Jeffries and Maddie Bressler also played well for the Panthers.
Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 - Final
|La Cantina Wine School|
Did you know Franklin has a school that teaches you how to make wine in the Italian tradition? This article in the Milford Daily News introduces us to Bob Vozzella and La Cantina Wine School.On Saturday, Professore di Vino Vozzella, as he has taken to calling himself, taught a group of students how to press the grapes, which had fermented a couple of weeks within special tubs. The wine would be a zinfandel.
Wearing black T-shirts with the words "Crush Crew," they were scooping the rich violet grapes into the press. The work left their hands covered in the same color.
Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1868850256/Franklin-man-uncorks-wine-school#ixzz2hh0inIaS (subscription may be required)Robert Alario, one of the pupils, enrolled at Vozzella’s school to relive some of his childhood. "I use to make wine with my father," the 59-year-old Fitchburg resident said. "This brings back incredibly fond memories."