Friday, October 24, 2014

Sample Great Food at Taste of the Region!

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Sample the Best Foods in our Area

Oct. 28
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tri-County RVT High School
147 Pond St.
Franklin, MA

Participating food establishments include: Artistry Kitchen, Making Whoopie, Willow Tree Poultry, Edible Arrangements in Foxboro, The British Beer Company in Franklin, Commonwealth BBQ, Ambrosia Tavern, 3 Restaurant, Game 7 Sports Bar and Grill, Lake Pearl Luciano's, Natty Greene's Tavern, Tri-County RVT High School Culinary Club, Cracker Barrel, Chili's Grill & Bar in Plainville, Twelve Fine Food & Spirits,   
Hawthorn Suites and D's Lectables.

Thank you to our event sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank. Middlesex Savings Bank

Taste of the Region tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  
Call The United Regional Chamber of Commerce at  
508-222-0801 for tickets.

Vote on awards for
Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Best Presentation,  
and enjoy a fantastic silent auction!

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Ladybug Spots - Community Send Off - Saturday, Oct 25th

Join us as we honor the 40th Anniversary of our State Bug. As this year long celebration of the 1974 2nd grade class from the Kennedy Elementary School and their teacher, Palma Johnson comes to a close, enjoy this final chance to see all 25 of the 2 foot artistically decorated Ladybugs together in one place.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Franklin Art Center • 391 East Central Street, Franklin, MA

Franklin Art Center ladybug
Franklin Art Center ladybug

Additional photos from the Ladybug appearance on the Town Common in August can be found here

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Please come out this  Friday, October 24, 2014, for Franklin High Schools Varsity Boys Soccer Team's Annual SENIOR NIGHT at FHS Pisini Field (Oak Street)!

The varsity boys team has been undefeated their last 15 games, are the 2014 Hockomock Kelley-Rex Division 1 Champs with a record in the league of 11-1-2 (11-1-4), and have a playoff berth at the MIAA Soccer Tournament.

Please come out to help us cheer on the varsity boys soccer team as they play North Attleboro HS, recognize our many seniors and their parents, and watch a great game of soccer!
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you this Friday evening! GO PANTHERS!!!

Date:  Friday, October 24, 2014
Location:  FHS Turf Field (Pisini Field, Oak St, Franklin)

Franklin vs. North Attleboro HS

The following varsity senior boys and their parent(s) will be recognized starting at: 5:30pm

Players to be announced onto the field, followed by the National Anthem at: 6:25pm

Kick off at:  6:30pm

Justin Bates #23 Tim LaRowe #8
Sean Baur #7 Adam Moessing # 14
Tyler Beckmann #21 Nick Murray #0
Dan Dervay #9 Jack Vail #15
Scotty Donaldson #4 Harrison Ward #20
Billy Dorion #3 Nate Zaccardi #16
James Fredrick #1 Mike Bennett – Team Manager
Cobi Frongillo #13
Cal Harmon #2
Ben LaBelle #18

Ballot Questions for All: The Climate Hawk’s Companion Podcast

In preparation for the Nov 4 election, this podcast presents the 'climate action' viewpoint on the ballot questions. Always good to hear both sides before making a decision.

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Ballot Questions for All: The Climate Hawk's Companion Podcast

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In this episode, we evaluate November's ballot questions from a Climate Hawk's perspective, and draw lessons applicable across the country. We talk with commentator D.R. Tucker and Citizens Climate Lobby's Gary Rucinski about both the Bottle Bill (Question 2) and the Gas Tax (Question 1.) Then we talk with Chris Manns, who is leading the fight in Metro-West Massachusetts for the "Vote Yes For Democracy" question that reverses the Citizens United decision.
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The following links provide information on the move to amend the constitution in response to the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision:
A top-level discussion of the statewide ballot questions is here.
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Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra opens 2014-2015 season

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) has announced the 2014-2015 season featuring five dynamic concerts with world-renowned soloists, the premier of a new symphony, the annual favorite "Holiday Pops," a program of music that went from opera to Broadway; and concluding with music from cinema musicals in the spring. 
"We are very excited about this new season," said Paul Surapine, Claflin Hill founder, and its artistic director since 1997. "This year we have a great mix of music for all audiences. At our first concert, our "European Dance Rave" we will perform Dances Thraces by Petko Stainov; Dances of Galanta by Zoltan Kodaly; and Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra," said Surapine. "We chose these pieces because they really highlight the virtuosity of the orchestra's musicians." The Claflin Hill Symphony season opens with this concert in the Grand Ballroom of Milford Town Hall on November 8, 2014. 
A regional concert favorite – "Holiday Pops 2014" heralds the holiday season with both the CHSO and the New World Chorale. The concert will feature traditional favorites that define the spirit of the season, as well as new classics. There will be eggnog, hot chocolate, and a visit from a special guest dressed in red. 
"It is such a joy to see the families who come every year to the Pops," said Surapine. "We've seen children grow up in front of us! And Santa always makes a special appearance despite his hectic schedule in December." The Holiday Pops 2014 concert is on December 13, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town Hall. 
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, CHSO will perform works by the Symphony's frequent guest conductor and composer Thomas Hojnacki, including the world-premiere of his Second Symphony "The Canyon," inspired by his recent eight-day backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon. 
"Tom is not only an outstanding composer, faculty member at Berklee School of Music, performer and friend, but he has served as mentor to many CHSO musicians, and youth orchestra musicians," explained Surapine. "A Composers' Life" is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town Hall. 
The fourth concert of the CHSO season is "A Chorus Lineup: Opera to Broadway" on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The New World Chorale again joins CHSO for an evening of popular operatic choruses, including compositions by Verdi, Delibes, Wagner, Puccini and others. 
"We will also feature medleys of great choral moments from Broadway's "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera," said Surapine. 
The Symphony Season concludes with its fifth concert "Cinema Musicale: A Night at the Movies" on Saturday April 25, 2015. 
"What would movies be without the great music that accompanies the on-screen scenes and action?" said Surapine. Music from soundtrack favorites including the score of "Lawrence of Arabia," "Jaws," "Out of Africa," "Star Wars," "Ben Hur," "Bridge Over the River Kwai," and more will be performed. Join the Orchestra to celebrate musical memories from our favorite movies. 
"This region is so fortunate to have access to world-class musicians and composers. Milford has always been a city of music – starting with the immigrant populations who came here to make a better life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries," said Surapine. "They made music a priority here, building opera houses and performance venues. 
Claflin Hill is proud to continue that tradition. We could not do so without the support of so many regional businesses, partners' individuals and foundations that recognize the value of music in our lives." 
Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra performs five symphony concerts each year, along with children's concerts, regional school outreach, chamber music concerts, summer park concerts, and the MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra, now known as The Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies. 
Paul Surapine is a New York-trained clarinetist who saw the opportunity to create performances featuring talented musicians who live in the Boston/MetroWest region, and to generate a way for locally-based companies and corporations to give back to the community through sponsorship and support. 
Individual and season ticket information is available online at, or by calling 508-478-5924. Special family packages and student pricing is also available. 

Clafin Hill Symphony Orchestra
Clafin Hill Symphony Orchestra
The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, located in Milford, MA, is a powerful regional musical force. Through passionate performances presented by masterful musicians, the CHSO plays a leading role in the cultural enrichment and vitality of Central Massachusetts and MetroWest communities. The CHSO sponsors a remarkable outreach program that helps youth perfect their musical talents and build long-lasting appreciation for music.

Reminder: Franklin MOMS Club Preschool Fair

The MOMS Club of Franklin, in cooperation with the Franklin Public Library, invites the public to attend a Preschool Fair. 
This fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Library on Thursday, November 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St, Franklin, MA
Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St, Franklin, MA

Representatives from local preschools in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Wrentham will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information to parents seeking preschools for the 2015-2016 school year. 
If you have any questions please email: