Sunday, September 21, 2014

THE BLACK BOX is open…if you missed it last night, come to the Open House Sunday 1:00-4:00 (and the hippest restrooms in Franklin)

from Lisa Buccella:

The weekend's Grand Opening events at THE BLACK BOX continue on Sunday, September 21 with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. FPAC invites the community to come celebrate, tour the facility, and learn about upcoming programming. Stop by the venue, located at 15 West Central Street, to see the new space and hear more about FPAC's 2014-15 presenting schedule. 

THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Main St, Franklin, MA
THE BLACK BOX Theater, 15 West Main St, Franklin, MA

FPAC's season kick-off concludes with the annual FPAC Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefitting THE BLACK BOX, on Monday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central Street. Enjoy a day on the links, dinner, raffle and entertainment. Featuring a beautifully conditioned and challenging Championship golf course and renovated, state-of-the-art Clubhouse, the Franklin Country Club provides the perfect setting for an exciting day of fun for the whole family. 
The entry fee is $175 per golfer or $650 per foursome and includes greens fees, cart, golf shirt, buffet dinner and entertainment. Those not interested in golf are encouraged to attend the event after-party, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and featuring a cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment. 
The cost to participate in this portion of the event is $30 per person. Golfers and guests are encouraged to register at by September 13. For tickets or information about sponsorship opportunities, including $100 hole sponsorships, contact Alan Mercer at (508) 528-8668.

Ballot question on constitutional amendment

Note: this event was originally to be held in the new FHS, it will be held in the Horace Mann Middle School Auditorium.

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Ballot question talk on Monday, September 22

Corporations are not peopleOn Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., author Jeff Clements will speak about his new book "Corporations are not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations." The talk will take place in the Thomas Mercer Auditorium at the Horace Mann School at 224 Oak Street in Franklin. Clements will also entertain questions from the audience following his presentation.

The talk is a public forum that will offer residents of the 10th Norfolk District information on the public policy question which will appear on the November 4, 2014 state election ballot. The ballot question asks essentially whether I, as your State Representative, should be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution, stating that corporations are not people. This would be in response to the Citizens United decision, a U.S. constitutional law case dealing with the regulation of campaign spending by corporations.

Under Article XIX of the Massachusetts Constitution, Part I, the people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble to consult upon the common good; give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the legislative body, by the way of addresses, petitions, or remonstrances, redress of the wrongs done them, and of the grievances they suffer. Over the summer, residents of the 10th Norfolk District signed petitions, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 53, section 19, asking that the ballot question on corporate person-hood be submitted to the voters.

The talk by Clements will offer background on the question posed and an introduction to his book on the topic. In his book, Clements explores the Citizens United decision, where the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations, as virtual persons, have the same free speech rights as living, breathing persons. He describes the strange history of the Citizens United ruling, its ongoing effects on democracy, and the growing movement to reverse it. He includes a new chapter, "Do Something!," showing how—state by state and community by community—Americans are using creative strategies and tools to renew democracy and curb unbalanced corporate power. Since the first edition, 16 states, 160 members of Congress, and 500 cities and towns have called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and the list is growing.

Jeff Clements is a cofounder of Free Speech for People, a nonpartisan campaign working to reverse Citizens United, restore equal citizenship for all Americans, and reform corporate law. Mr. Clements served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from early 2007 to 2009.  As Bureau Chief, he led more than 100 attorneys and staff in law enforcement and litigation in the areas of civil rights, environmental protection, healthcare, insurance and financial services, antitrust and consumer protection.  Mr. Clements also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts from 1996 to 2000, where he worked on litigation against the tobacco industry and handled a wide range of other investigations and litigation to enforce unfair trade practice, consumer protection and antitrust laws. In 2012, he cofounded Whaleback Partners LLC, a funding partner for businesses engaged in sustainable food, agriculture, and local economies.

I hope that you will join us tomorrow evening for a thoughtful and timely discussion of this important public policy matter. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Akin Bak Farm To Set Up Produce Stand At Museum For Harvest Festival

Pumpkins, apples, winter squash, honey and crafts! The Franklin Historical Museum is pleased to partner with Akin Bak Farm at this year’s annual Harvest Festival on Sunday October 5th. Akin Bak will set up a farm stand on the Museum’s front lawn and will sell their fresh local harvest to festival visitors. 
“We’ll also have some greens and maybe some tomatoes”, said Seth Rousseau of Akin Bak. 
Akin Bak Farm on RT 140
Akin Bak Farm on RT 140

The display will also include the farm’s famous local honey. “Dad wants to sell his honey, so he’ll be there,” said Bette Rousseau of her 90 year old father, beekeeper, Howard Crawford. 
The Museum will be open 11:00am – 4:00pm and will serve apple cider and donuts to all visitors. People can enjoy the opportunity to purchase fresh produce, crafts and honey from Akin Bak Farm as well as visiting the Museum’s many displays and exhibits during the extended Sunday hours. The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, two doors down from the fire station.
Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

You can find Akin Bak on Facebook here

or their webpage here

Ladybug Seeking Artist c/o FAA

Dear FAA members,  
The Franklin Downtown Partnership/Jane's Frames are looking for an artist for their lady bug.  This is the last of the lady bugs to be painted. Here is what they are hoping to see:  
A background using mostly the blue of the partnership's color with some other colors to give it some texture interest, we could then decoupage some information cutting our "stuff" in the shape of some buildings to make it look downtown-ish. We would use the bottom  8 inches or so for the "buildings". We also like to keep the look of a ladybug, so we wanted it to have a face, with some antennae. 
Contact Claire Griffin ( for details.  
Deadline for production is Oct. 5th. 
Hannah Close
FAA Corresponding Secretary

Some Ladybugs look like this:

Home Is Blooming
Home Is Blooming

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Photos of all the Ladybug Spots can be found on Flickr

or on Facebook

Pam's Run: The place to be on October 18th

Pam's Run - Neighbor Brigade
pam washakOur annual Pam's Run 5k/10k is October 18, just a month away! We need you to register today at! Those registering by September 22nd will receive free t-shirts; the registration fee will increase after September 28th.

Come to walk or run with us and join in the post-race party.

Age group awards and cash prizes for top finishers.
Post-race fun for the entire family with live music, kids' activities, raffles amd food trucks.
A pre-race appearance by one of New England's favorite (retired) athletes—we will announce who soon!

Money raised from Pam's Run will support Neighbor Brigade's programs and chapter resources. Thank you for all that you do in helping us provide free and immediate services to community residents in sudden need.

Volunteers are still needed! Contact if interested.

Start/Finish: Claypit Hill School in Wayland
Start Time: 10am

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

The Parente Family

Extended Family of Wayland
Joint Ventures Physical Therapy & Fitness Washek Electric
Wayland Heating and Plumbing Courtney Lavigne Dentistry
Spinning Lotus Studios – Yoga & Indoor Cycling Traditions of Wayland
Middlesex Savings Bank Leerink Swann
Regan Septic Pumping The Village Bank
KGI Properties, LLC Judy Boyle & Mary Leach, RE/MAX
Collins & Collins

"This makes me want to go back to high school"

Matt Tota, Milford Daily News, writes
The spotless halls were abuzz with a chorus of "wows," "oohs" and "aahs" from people streaming through them, stopping here and there to admire one of the college-like lecture halls or laboratories equipped with many of the same tools as those of a research institution. 
"This place feels like a college," noted Tony Scardino while walking the track above the gymnasium with his son, a first-grader. 
The $103.5 million high school stands as the largest that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has funded to date through its "model school" program, in which schools are built from previous designs, though each slightly tweaked to fit the district’s profile.

Continue reading Matt's article here (subscription maybe required)

I'll agree with what Matt observed, in my walking the halls, overhearing conversations, or in direct conversation, the sentiment was the same. Amazing. Some corporate offices don't provide the kind of working space and meeting rooms that are found here at the new Franklin High School.

There are items remaining on the 'punch list'. The security around the separation of the 'community space and the rest of the high school is not fully installed. Hence, the talk scheduled for Monday evening is being relocated from the auditorium at the new school, across the parking lot to the Horace Mann Middle School.

Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski was saying that this is like moving into a new home, there are lots of little things that remain, boxes still to unpack and put away. The hallways have nice trophy cases to display the awards accumulated over the years but not all have been placed yet.

If you get a chance to stop by for the dedication (1:00 PM) or open house today (See schedule here), please do so. This is an amazing facility.

A few photos from my tour of the new facility

850 seat auditorium
850 seat auditorium

Kitchen area for the cafeteria
Kitchen area for the cafeteria

interior courtyard
interior courtyard

outside view from the 2nd level track
outside view from the 2nd level track

track around the 2nd level of the gymnasium
track around the 2nd level of the gymnasium

trophy cases with several of the awards
trophy cases with several of the awards

new TV studio (boxes still to unpack)
new TV studio (boxes still to unpack)

weight room
weight room

Composting: Everything you need to know

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A gardening newsletter featuring Ask & Share and our friends at HGTV Gardens

  • September Ask & Share Highlights

  • Make Your Own Compost

  • Composting Coffee Grounds

  • Composting — Without a Compost Pile

  • Tips & Tricks

  • Adding compost is one of the best ways to build healthy soil, the foundation of a thriving garden. Fall is a great time to start a compost pile using the organic matter that's so abundant at this time of the year, from garden trimmings to grass clippings to autumn leaves. No matter where you garden, find out how you can make your own "black gold" to enrich your soil.

    Ask & Share Community Highlights

    Benjamin asked:
    How and when should I use my compost I'm my raised garden bed? Winter is nearing and I'm wondering if I should put my compost in my garden before snow comes or just keep my compost for next summer?

    NGA answered:
    Adding compost in either spring or fall is beneficial to your soil. If you've got plenty of compost, adding an inch or two to your garden beds both spring and fall would be ideal. MORE

    Larry asked:
    I grew blue potatoes this year for the first time and the plants have clusters of round objects on them. Are they seeds for next year?

    Felder answered:
    Yup. Potatoes are close relatives of tomatoes and peppers and eggplants, and make little "fruits" which contain seeds. Most of the time you are best off saving some of the tubers themselves to grow more plants - much faster, more dependable and predictable. MORE

    Make Your Own Compost
    One of the best ways to make sure you're raising healthy plants is to promote the growth of vigorous roots. Strong roots come from healthy soil. Regularly mixing compost into your soil improves its health. While compost can be purchased, making your own is easy and has numerous benefits besides helping you grow healthy plants. One benefit, of course, is the money you'll save.

    Read the full article>>>

    From our friends at HGTV Gardens
    Composting Coffee Grounds

    Coffee grounds, along with paper coffee filters, are great as an ingredient with compost (including indoors "vermicomposting"). Bonus: coffee grounds, like tea leaves, are a good source of valuable natural nitrogen — the main ingredient that helps beneficial bacteria break down organic matter into finished compost.

    Read the full article from HGTV Gardens>>>

    Composting — Without a Compost Pile
    We all know that adding compost is the best thing you can do for your garden. It helps build a healthy soil, makes nutrients available to plants, improves water retention and recycles organic waste. But what if you can't compost in the traditional way? For years I felt guilty about not composting. Didn't I want to make the world a better place? Of course I did! But both places where I garden make it impossible for me to have a traditional compost pile.

    Read the full article>>>

     NGA's Tips & Tricks
    Speed Up Composting

    For the quickest composting, chop up organic materials before adding them to your pile or bin. Small pieces have more surface area for microorganisms to work on. A power shredder is a great investment if you compost on a large scale, but you can also chop leaves with a lawn mower and cut up plant material with loppers or hedge clippers.
    Replenish Your Soil

    Fall is a great time to add slow-acting amendments to the soil. Do a soil test first to see what's needed. Then add lime, sulfur, and rock powders like rock phosphate and greensand according to the soil test recommendations. Now is also a good time to replenish the soil by adding compost, chopped leaves, or other organic matter that will break to form humus down over the winter.

    Prepare New Garden Beds

    Save your back by preparing new garden beds without stripping off the sod. Cut existing grass as short as possible; then spread a layer of compost several inches thick on top. Cover with a layer of newspapers 4-5 sheets thick, wetting the papers with a hose as you lay them down. Then top with a layer of mulch, chopped leaves or more compost. By next spring the sod will have decomposed beneath its blanket, adding organic matter to the soil and the bed will be ready for planting.

    Join Ask & Share for more great information from the experts at NGA, our friends at HGTV Gardens, and real gardeners just like you!

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    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    FHS Dedication Program and Schedules

    The tours of the new FHS are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.

    The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 PM. A concert is scheduled for 1:45. Tours and demonstrations are scheduled from 1:30 to 4:00 PM

    new Franklin High School
    new Franklin High School

    The full set of details on the demonstrations can be found here

    The program document for the dedication can be found here