Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Water Conservation Measures are still in effect

From the Franklin website:
Please be advised that the Water Conservation Measures are still in effect until further notice due to the dry weather conditions.

yes, the election has come and gone but the water conservation measures remain
yes, the election has come and gone but the water conservation measures remain

Online course available through Brown University

Interested in neuroscience and/or computer programming? This might be up your alley!

Hi Steve, 
I am a Franklin resident, a lecturer at Brown University, and an avid reader of Franklin Matters :-) 
I was wondering if you might be interested in promoting a course I am teaching online starting at the end of the month.  The course, Exploring Neural Data, is offered for free to anyone, on the Coursera platform.  Brown University did a write-up about it today: https://news.brown.edu/articles/2014/09/mooc 
I thought it might be fun for members of the community to participate in the course, so I was hoping that Franklin Matters might be a way for them to become aware of it.  The course has no prerequisites, and would even be appropriate for advanced high schoolers with an interest in neuroscience and/or computer programming.  Here is the link to the course: https://www.coursera.org/course/neuraldata 
Please let me know what you think and if you need any more info! 
Monica Linden, Ph.D.
Dept. of Neuroscience
Brown University
Box GL-N
Providence, RI 02912

neuroscience online course through Brown
neuroscience online course through Brown

Emmon's Street RFP Vote-Wednesday-Sept 17th

Town Council Meeting
Wednesday, September 17th
7:00 pm at Town Hall

Town Council will vote on the specifics of the the RFP for the downtown Emmon's Street Property. 
They will decide on if they will allow a drive-through option on this site. The Council would like to hear from residents and business owners on what their views are regarding this downtown gateway property.
150 Emmons St
150 Emmons St

The FRP details can be found in the posted agenda for this meeting

FHS Soccer teams win and tie; Golf wins

From Hockomock Sports we find the results of the Hockomock League action on Monday:

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 6 @ Attleboro, 0 - Final - Bailey Knous, Alexis Stowell, Victoria Stowell and Taylor Cogliano scored for the Panthers.

Boys Soccer
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 0 - Final


Franklin, 152 @ Attleboro, 198 - Final - Evan Vaughan carded a match best 36 for the Panthers. Attleboro's Eric Carey shot a 46 for the Bombardiers.

For all the Hockomock results you can visit

In the News: Annual Run, Walk and Score! Road Race - Sep 21

The Franklin High School girls ice hockey team booster club will hold its Annual Run, Walk and Score! Road Race on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m., at Jefferson Remington Middle School, 628 Washington St., Franklin. 
With tremendous turnouts in 2012 and 2013, the boosters offer both 2k and 5k courses, which appeal to enthusiasts of any fitness level and age. Both courses have been measured and certified by USATF and all participants will receive an official time once they have completed the course. 
This course is quite flat, which makes it favorable not only for experienced runners but also for those entering a running event for the first time. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher, man and woman, in six age categories in both races.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News (subscription maybe required)

The registration and race information was posted here previously

2K, 5K Road Race
2K, 5K Road Race

Monday, September 15, 2014

What will we do with the money?

The RFP for the former sewer plant on Pond St is out as well as the proposal to sell 150 Emmons St. With two RFP's on the street to sell town property, it might be time to start the discussion on what are we going to do with the money?

The money from either or both sales would qualify as capital funds and hence would have to be used for similar purposes according to what I recall the discussion on the sale of the Four Corners Building (now Walgreens). The funds can not be used for annual operational expenses.

The renovation and expansion of the Library I think would qualify. The buildout of the second floor of the Senior Center should also qualify.

What else would?

Is there a current plan to use the money or to just set it aside in the bank for future use?

Four Corners Building - June 2009 (just before demolition)
Four Corners Building - June 2009 (just before demolition)

Milford Daily News article on the Pond St RFP

The agenda for Wednesday's Town Council meeting includes the details of the 150 Emmons St RFP

Audio from the Town Council meeting January 19, 2008 on the Four Corners RFP

One more "Amazing" Pan-Mass Fundraiser...

Only 15 more days of fund raising left for the 2014 Pan Mass Challenge!

Many of you have already donated and for that I thank you.

Now please support me with this one last fund raiser for 2014. I am selling raffle tickets for this "Amazing Spider-Man" quilt that my wife, Patricia, work hard on all spring and summer.

Amazing hand quilted Spiderman

Until September 27th, this 38" × 47" Spider-Man Quilt will be on display at:
Friendly Neighborhood Comics
191 Mechanic St.
Bellingham, MA 02019

Friendly neighborhood comics
Friendly neighborhood comics
amazing Spiderman quilt
amazing Spiderman quilt

If you would like to be the proud owner of this quilt you can purchase raffle tickets at Friendly Neighborhood Comics during the month of September.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 4:00 PM. The winner will be announced on FNC's FaceBook page and via @PMC_M8R on Twitter.

You can also purchase raffle tickets online by making a donation to my Pan-Mass Challenge ride:

Be sure to mention "Spider-Man Quilt" in the "Note to Rider(s)" field at the bottom of the second screen. Your tickets will then be mailed to you.

Ticket prices are as follows:

…and if you want the quilt really bad:
…and if you want the quilt really REALLY bad:

Did I mention that it glows in the dark?

Spiderman quilt glows in the dark
Spiderman quilt glows in the dark

If you have a friend you think might be interested then please forward this email or send them to this link, which describes the Spider-Man Quilt Raffle in detail:


100% of all proceeds will get directly passed through to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where your donations will fund vital cancer research and patient care.

PS - If you have your donation to the PMC matched by your company's Corporate Gift Matching Program, that amount will be taken into consideration for your raffle ticket order.

Martin Middelmann​
Pan-Mass Challenge Rider
Cure Cancer by donating here:

Franklin Flyers Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey registration is now open!

Franklin Youth Hockey has opened the registration for their Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey programs. Each program has three consecutive 9-week sessions. Session 1 will start on Sunday September 21, 2014. 
You can register and get additional information on their website, franklinflyers.org. Act now before the sessions fill up, these are the only Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey programs affiliated with the Franklin Flyers.

Franklin Flyers website
Franklin Flyers website

Informational Meeting on the Atlantic Bridge Project

Algonquin Gas Transmission has scheduled an informational meeting on the Atlantic Bridge Project, which includes a proposed expansion of the Algonquin Gas Transmission with new pipelines in Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Algonquin representatives will be available to answer questions concerning the proposed facilities, safety, environmental and permitting processes, construction and operation, and other aspects of the Atlantic Bridge Project.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham,
835 Upper Union Street in Franklin

If you are unable to attend feel free to call 888-331-6553 or write to the Algonquin Project Office, 3 Allied Drive, Suite 303, Dedham, MA 02026 with questions

Atlantic Bridge Project

Atlantic Bridge Project

You can also find additional info on the Spectra Energy webpage here

and here

This was shared from the Franklin webpage

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New FHS Tour/Dedication Schedule

From the Franklin Public Schools page


Saturday, September 20
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Dedication Ceremony and Reception

Sunday September 21
Ceremony 1:00
Reception and Tours 1:30- 3:30

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Sep 17, 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.



Franklin Advisory Committee
Deborah L. Pellegri
Joseph F. Halligan Jr.
Paul R. Compton
Richard Ciccone


Ron Roux – Design Build, LLC
David McKearney, Board of Health


1. Resolution 14-56: Franklin Advisory Committee
2. Resolution 14-57: Support for House Bill 1840, Seniors and Retired Volunteers Act of 2013
3. Resolution 14-58: Authorization to Issue Request for Proposals – Emmons Street Property





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The set of documents released for this meeting can be found on the Franklin website

Note: most of the document released is the full text and associated supporting docs for the RFP on 150 Emmons St

150 Emmons St - the subject of the RFP
150 Emmons St - the subject of the RFP

"How not to be ignorant about the world"

The TED Talk by Hans and Ola Rosling has a provocative title. It may be just me but I would have said "How to better informed about the world." And maybe that is why I am doing what I do and not presenting something like this.

Regular readers know that what we are about here at Franklin Matters is sharing information and creating a fact-based understanding about what is happening in Franklin. We focus on the business side of things but do spend time in related matters.

At one point in the talk Hans says:
"You see, the problem is not that people don't read and listen to the media. The problem is that the media doesn't know themselves."
What we do here is not 'traditional media'. I use "we" deliberately. You contribute as much to this site as I do. Your questions, your information, your corrections all help to drive what is shared here. It may be my name on most of the regular posts. It may be Renata's name on the weekly summary of events. But is is YOU behind the scenes feeding us the info and questions.

Towards the end of the talk Ola (Hans' son) says:
"If you have a fact-based worldview of today, you might have a chance to understand what's coming next in the future."
Thank you! Please continue to read, comment, share and ask question. Together we can become more informed about Franklin or as Hans would say "not ignorant!"

The video runs about 18 minutes so settle in and enjoy!

You can find this Ted Talk on the official Ted page here

Other TED Talks by Hans Rosling can be found on his profile page

Hans Rosling - TED bio page
Hans Rosling - TED bio page

Note: as mentioned previously, if someone has interest to follow and report on Franklin committee meetings, feel free to reach out to me. I can help you with the technical details.

Please Support Neighbor Brigade!

Hello Friend, 
It's hard to believe October is just around the corner and Neighbor Brigade's annual Pam's Run 
On Oct 18, 2014 we honor Pam Washek's memory and the need to support the mission she ignited and that lives on. 
This is my 3rd year leading the Franklin chapter and I am honored to be helping our neighbors when an immediate short term crisis enters their lives.  The community of volunteers in Franklin has been a great comfort to families, knowing a neighbor is willing to lend a helping hand if family and friends are not enough or available.  
After a year of many of my close friends and family members challenged by the unexpected health and life challenges, I could not imagine anyone doing these real life days without help.  We continue to grow as a community of volunteers as well as our partnerships in the community.  
I am grateful to take part in a wonderful organization that is bringing needed love and attention to our neighborhoods.  Please support Neighbor Brigade in any way you can to help in enriching more and more communities to join and help their neighbors!  
I have a donation page open and ready: https://donate.neighborbrigade.org/fundraise?fcid=341412 
Much love and thanks in advance, 
Neighbor Brigade - help is next door
Neighbor Brigade - help is next door

The Organization:

Neighbor Brigade
Neighbor Brigade establishes and mobilizes community-specific networks of volunteers to help residents facing sudden crisis such as devastating illness, accident, or other tragic event. Our volunteers provide non-medical, non-monetary services and collaborate with the shared purpose of helping fellow residents. Neighbor Brigade provides temporary support to those affected while strengthening the fabric of a community.

Next Size Up founders celebrate 5 years running consignment events

Two Franklin moms, Kristin Kane and Tiffany Miller, are celebrating five years of running the Next Size Up  Kids' Consignment Sale this fall. 
Through the business, they conduct large consignment sale events every spring and fall, where area families can both earn cash selling their children's outgrown or unwanted items, and shop for gently used toys, clothes, furnishings, strollers and more at a fraction of retail.

next size up consignment sale
next size up consignment sale
The events have grown considerably since the first sale was held in the fall of 2009 in Franklin: that event was held in a small function hall and had 60 consignors selling 2,500 items. Next week, when the sale is held Sept. 19 – 21 at the John Smith Sports Center in Milford, the sale will have 200 consignors and more than 30,000 items. 
"The idea caught on pretty quickly," Miller said. "At the time, consignment sales were common in other parts of the country but they were a new concept in this area.  We have found that once people experience the sale, they get hooked." 
Local parents who sell through Next Size Up earn at least 60 percent of the sale price of their items – much higher than what is offered by a traditional storefront consignment shop. They can increase that percentage to 75 percent by volunteering at the sale itself. 
"Last spring, our average consignor payout was $326, and a number of consignors earned over $1,000 each," Miller said. "A lot of families tell us these payouts really make it worthwhile to take part in our events."

Each sale is not just a big yard or rummage sale, but a highly organized event. Prior to the sale, each consignor enters their inventory into an online system, choosing their own prices, and then prints barcoded tags to attach to each item. They come by appointment to drop off their items, which are then inspected by a team of volunteers to ensure that toys and baby equipment are in working order and clothing is free of stains or excessive wear. 
 "From the beginning, we have put an emphasis on quality," Kane said. "We wanted shoppers to be confident in what they were buying from us. They have shown their appreciation for that by coming back year after year to shop." 
Once items are inspected, they are placed on the sale floor much like they would be at a retail store – a very large retail store. Clothing is hung by gender and size, and toys, books, sporting equipment and other items are organized by interest and age range.

In addition to an emphasis on quality, Kane and Miller have also made charitable giving a priority. They invite consignors to leave unsold items at the end of the sale for pickup by Cradles to Crayons, a Boston charity that gives the items directly to needy families. A food drive is also held in conjunction with each sale, and on half-price day, shoppers can gain admission a half-hour early by bringing in two non-perishable items for the local food pantry. They also provide free passes to a private presale – which is generally open to consignors, volunteers and paid ticket holders only – to military families and a limited number of new, first-time parents.

Miller and Kane also provide other local entrepreneurs a chance to advertise through their events, as vendors during the sale or advertisers on the Next Size Up website or shopper handouts. This has been a great way for many local businesses to reach out to local families. 
The next event will be Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 AM to 8 PM.  New items will be restocked on Friday evening for Saturday's opening.  The half price sale will be on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 AM to 2 PM (many items will be marked 50% off). Those bringing 2 items for donation to the Daily Bread Food Pantry of Milford will get 9:30 admission on Sunday.   
Cash, Mastercard and VISA will be accepted. No food or drink will be allowed on the sale floor due to the new turf.
More information is available at: http://nextsizeupkids.com

Have you taken a ride on the Franklin Area Bus?

The Franklin Area Bus is a service provided by GATRA (Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority).

The bus runs a route from the Municipal Building to the Village Mall Plaza (Stop & Shop).

Franklin Area Bus
Franklin Area Bus

Visit the Franklin Area Bus page for their schedule and fare information

Franklin Area Bus
Franklin Area Bus