Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run and Walk to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry

The Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27th. The lollipop course will begin and end at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 91 Jordan Road in Franklin. Sponsored by the Feed the Need organization located in Hull, MA, the race is open to runners and walkers of all ages, featuring medals for best overall, first, second and third and for men, women and children by age category. A free raffle and continental breakfast will follow the race.

Feed the Need races started back in 2003 to support food pantries and shed light on hunger issues in local communities. The first such race took place here in Franklin in 2005, an idea of the LDS Church to help give back.“The race was renamed the Franklin Turkey Trot and began taking place on Thanksgiving morning three years ago when my son Hayden asked if he could plan the race as his Eagle Scout project – it has really hit its stride since,” remarked Krystal Whitmore, Director of the Franklin Turkey Trot.

“We are inspired by the fantastic turnout for the Franklin race. It is wonderful to see something so simple create this great sense of community bonding and giving back on the holiday of Thanksgiving.” Erin Lynch, Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry agrees, “When
people come out on this special holiday to get involved it shows a uniting and protecting of our community – our larger family – from the threat of hunger. We are grateful to Feed the Need for spearheading the race and raising awareness.”

Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k
Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k

Erin has been preparing to run this year’s race for several weeks with Franklin’s State Representative Jeffrey Roy. “Representative Roy and I decided to run the race in 2014 to bring more attention to the aspect of building sustainable solutions to end hunger. Jeff has been a huge supporter of our role in the Healthy Futures Franklin initiative, a collaboration launched by the Hockomock Area YMCA. We are all working together to improve the health of the community, and increasing access to nutritious food is a critical step.”

“Franklin is a town that prides itself in connecting with one another in the face of adversity,” said Representative Jeffrey Roy “On the issue of hunger, Franklin Food Pantry is at the heart of a collaborative network of organizations, individuals and volunteers who partner throughout the year to make food and healthy, life changing programs available to our neighbors. The Franklin Turkey Trot is one of those events where it all comes together and I would like to thank Erin Lynch for issuing me the challenge several months ago to join her in healthy living and training to run this year.”

Entry Fee for the Turkey Trot $20 or 20 cans of food (or box of personal toiletries). To participate in the Turkey Trot, please pre-register online at Register in person at LDS Church on Wednesday night, November 26th, 7-9pm or on race day, 6:45-7:45am. The first 100 participants to pick up their race bibs on Wednesday night will receive a T-shirt.

As part of the mission to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, the Franklin Food Pantry has increased the amount of fresh produce offered, resulting in a 43% increase in households returning on a regular basis for their fruits and vegetables. From June through October the pantry hosts a weekly Healthy Futures Market, where families receive produce as well as cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes courtesy of Cooking Matters. Also implemented this year was the new Healthy Futures™ shelf, which offers healthy alternatives such as Gluten-Free, Low Sodium, Low Sugar, and Whole Grain options for each family to choose from.

Other ways to donate:

To make a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry, please visit The Pantry located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140. Donations are accepted during business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am -1:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am. Non-perishables may be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door, or monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038.

About Feed the Need

Feed the Need is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting education and awareness of local hunger issues by sponsoring physical activities and events.

About Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization FEIN #04-327663. Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. The Franklin Food Pantry currently serves more than 600 households throughout the local community; distributing more than 186,000 pounds of food and provisions annually. Families receive monthly food supplies; weekly produce and bread; and special seasonal items of holiday meal packages and school supplies. Please visit the website at, and like Franklin Food Pantry on Facebook at, or call us at 508-528-3115.

Where is the needle disposal kiosk located?

The town’s new needle/syringe disposal kiosk has been relocated to the lobby of the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street. The kiosk will be available to residents during normal DPW business hours.

To protect the health of personnel servicing the kiosk, absolutely no needles/syringes or lancets will be accepted unless they are inside an approved sharps container. Laundry detergent containers, cardboard boxes and plastic bags are not acceptable. Also the needle kiosk is not for the disposal of medications. The Franklin Police Department has a collection bin for residents to dispose of medications.

Residents may purchase small sharps containers from Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Target for a nominal fee. The Town of Franklin does not provide sharps containers to residents.

While this seems like a new notice, it was originally posted in Sept 2012. Franklin bought the needle disposal kiosk after the July 1, 2012 implementation of a new MA law requiring such.

The kiosk was originally hosted at the downtown Fire Station and then moved in Sept to the DPW office where it has remained since.

July 2012

Sept 2012

Franklin DPW building , 257 Fisher St
Franklin DPW building , 257 Fisher St

Hockomock Playoffs - FHS volleyball and field hockey

The playoff schedule and seeding for FHS teams have been posted to Hockomock Sports


#9 Franklin (10-8) will travel to #8 North Middlesex (14-6) on Thursday, October 30th at 6:00.

All the volleyball seeding and schedules can be found here

Field Hockey

#9 Franklin (11-3-4) will travel to #8 Dennis-Yarmouth (11-3-3) on Thursday, October 30th at 2:30.

All the field hockey seeding and schedules can be found here

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

For more information about Franklin High School visit their page on the Franklin website here

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

School half days - Thu/Fri

The Parmenter School sign touts their schedule for this week. Pumpkin Stroll today (and the weather should cooperate). Early dismissal on Thursday and Friday this week as elementary schools schedule parent/teacher conferences.

pumpkin stroll at Parmenter today
pumpkin stroll at Parmenter today

FHS Soccer teams tie King Phillip

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
In Monday's action, both the FHS girls and boys soccer teams tied against the respective teams from King Phillip.

Girls Soccer

King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 0 - Final - Franklin carried the play but strong defensive play from KP's Kelly Halnen, Erin Machado, Emma Corcoran and Hanna Balunos, as well as goalie Maggie Gall kept the Panthers off the board.

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 1 - Final - Franklin's Adam Moessing opened the scoring off an assist Cal Harmon in the first half. King Philip's Cam Mullins leveled the game in the second half.

Additional results from the Hockomock League can be found here

United Regional Chamber Announces Person, Business of the Year & ATHENA Award Recipients

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce logo

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
Announces Its
2014 Person of the Year,  
 Business of the Year and
ATHENA Award Recipients 

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce announces its recipients of the 2014 Person of the Year, Business of the Year and ATHENA awards. The awards will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Nov. 13 at Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central St., Franklin, 11:30 a.m. The cost is $45; pre-paid registration required. RSVP by calling the Chamber at 508-222-0801.  

Ted Dion

Edward A. "Ted" Dion has been named the Chamber's Person of the Year. Owner and president of E.A. Dion Inc., Ted serves in an array of volunteer and charitable activities. He is a director/incorporator of Bristol County Savings Bank, and serves on the boards of Attleboro YMCA, Bishop Feehan High School, St. Mary's Foundation, United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, and Sturdy Memorial Hospital Foundation. He is a Good Scout Award recipient from the Anawon Council Boy Scouts and established the E.A. Dion Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit St. Mary's Sacred Heart School.

"Ted is the most philanthropic individual I know," wrote nominator Todd Richardson. "He is extremely generous with his time as well as finances. He has no agenda and very quietly does more than most. He does this all in generosity and not for accolades."

Attleboro Jewelers will be recognized as the Chamber's Business of the Year. Based in Attleboro, the jewelry store has been in business for 19 years. Founded by Nancy Young in 1982, G. Austin Young (dba Attleboro Jewelers) was originally established to advise five of the leading jewelry manufacturing companies in the Providence-Attleboro area. The company now attracts thousands to downtown Attleboro annually and employs 25 people.

"Attleboro Jewelers supports myriad community and civic causes," said nominator Kelly Fox. "In spite of very challenging times for the jewelry industry, Attleboro Jewelers has experienced consistent growth, often in the double digit range annually. It is a business that is here to stay and is an anchor for the downtown business district."

Attleboro Jewelers was also nominated by Ken Abrahams for Business of the Year.  


Candace Sallale
Candace Sallale will be awarded the international ATHENA Award at the Chamber's annual meeting. The ATHENA Award is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence and have assisted women in developing their full potential. Founder and owner of Sallale Financial Services, LLC, Candace founded the Trust Alliance of Professionals in 2011 and serves on boards at the Central Congregational Church of Attleboro Falls and the Hockomock YMCA Board of Directors. Additionally, Candace has conducted several workshops advising women on their financial needs and how to protect their assets. An active member in the Women's Success Network (WSN) since 2003, Candace played a pivotal role in the WSN Scholarship Program which supports non-traditional female students who wish to continue their education. Since 2005, when Candace personally undertook a number of fund-raising initiatives to expand the WSN scholarship program, the organization has distributed $75,000 in scholarships.

"Candace is an advocate, mentor and a role model for other women," write nominators Maureen Wilkinson and Roxanne Richard. "She has demonstrated her 'can do' attitude time and time again and clearly embodies ATHENA award attributes."
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The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 42 Union Street | Attleboro | MA | 02703

THE BLACK BOX to Present Live Music Series Events

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music, and event venue, presents a wide-ranging lineup of live music entertainment this November. Events are slated to feature children’s programming, cabaret and a Big Band Brunch. The broad-based calendar of entertainment offers something for everyone. THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street.

THE BLACK BOX Children’s Series kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8. Franklin’s Jamie Barrett, singer-songwriter, guitarist and music teacher, and Nick Paone, actor, writer and director, join forces to present an engaging mix of family-favorite songs and animated storytelling. The afternoon delivers a fun and interactive program for audiences of all ages. THE BLACK BOX Children’s Series is sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank.

The Kenny Hadley Big Band headlines a special Big Band Brunch
The Kenny Hadley Big Band headlines a special Big Band Brunch

On November 9, BLACK BOX Jazz presents a Big Band Brunch, featuring the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band. The critically-acclaimed 16-piece juggernaut, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more. The Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. Franklin’s Artistry Kitchen serves up the morning’s inspired brunch, featuring a pastry table, waffle station, vegetable frittata, Applewood smoked bacon, home fried potatoes, coffee, tea and juice. A cash bar is also available. Savor a memorable pairing of sublime Big Band music and delicious fare. Brunch begins at 11 a.m., with entertainment starting at noon.

The inaugural evening of BLACK BOX Cabaret will be staged at 8 p.m. on November 14. Spotlighting the vocal stylings of talented FPAC performers, entertainment is presented with live accompaniment in an intimate night-club atmosphere. A cash bar is available and BLACK BOX meals from Artistry Kitchen may be pre-ordered. BLACK BOX Cabaret is sponsored by Milford National Bank and Trust.

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Monday, October 27, 2014

November 4th - Election Collection - 2014

The listing of candidates for the State election on Nov 4th can be found here

Commentary on voter turnout based upon historical data from Franklin's elections from 2003 through 2013

To help prepare to vote on the ballot questions for the state wide election on November 4th, these links bring in one place all that has been published here regarding the specific questions. (As I find anything else worthy to add as the election approaches, I'll also include the links here.)

I put together a ballot question cheat sheet. You can print it out, make notes on it, mark you choice and bring it with you to the poll on Tuesday

Ballot Question 1 (state wide question on elimination of gas tax indexing)

Ballot Question 2 (state wide question on expanding the beverage container law)

Ballot Question 3 (state wide question on expanding the prohibitions on gaming)

Ballot Question 4 (state wide question on earned sick time for employees)

Ballot Question 5 (local to Franklin - dedicated override to fund road repairs)

Ballot Question 6 (local to Franklin - not binding on repealing the Citizens United decision)

MCAN Climate Hawk take on the Ballot Questions

Ballotpedia has information on the four state wide questions here

You can also spend some following the links to review their information on the gubernatorial election and other state wide positions on the ballot Nov 4th,_2014#Race_background

MassBudget has published a series on Ballot Question #4 on Earned Paid Sick Time
Health implications 
Data for Franklin 
Frequently Asked Questions

Voices of Franklin

Sean Slater on Question One

Carla Lievano on Question Four

Where does Franklin vote now that the Field House is gone?
Vote at the high school gymnasium. Parking is available in front of the building at 218 Oak St. Signs will direct you to the community entrance (see photo) and into the gym.

community entrance to Franklin High School, gymnasium located on the left inside the doors
community entrance to Franklin High School, gymnasium located on the left inside the doors

Halloween Safety Tips and the Teal Pumpkin

With Halloween coning up on Friday, the MA. GOV blog has a timely posting on Halloween Safety Tips where they write in part:
You can help make everyone’s Halloween enjoyable by looking after children and establishing a safe environment, whether for costumed characters visiting your home or if your kids are out scaring up sweets.
  • Inspect all candy when trick-or-treating and throw away anything that was possibly opened or otherwise not in its original packaging.
  • Ensure there is a clear path to your front door and that your lawn is well-lit to protect trick-or-treaters.
  • Remind your child about street safety and to never enter a stranger’s home or get in their car.
Continue reading the article here

Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Safety Tips

One of the other measures to ensure a safe Halloween is to offer non-allergic choices to the trick or treaters. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project:
This Halloween, FARE is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project. This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.

The Teal Pumpkin Project page provides a variety of resources:

The NBC video clip from Philly has a summary of the Teal Project:

Hat tip to Renata for sharing this video clip!

Yard Waste Curbside Pickups Scheduled for this week (beginning Oct 27th)

Yard Waste Curbside Pickup Schedule: Week of October 27 and November 17.
Pickup will be on your regular curbside pickup day. Yard waste must be out at curb by 7:00 am. Please contact the DPW if you have questions 508-553-5500

You can find the full schedule in the recent curbside chronicle here

Franklin's Dept of Public Works
Franklin's Dept of Public Works

For additional information you can visit the official Franklin DPW webpage here

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Franklin is not immune from hunger. You can help!

Do you have experience in Human Resources, Marketing and/or Public Relations, or Law?

Have you considered using these skills to help your Franklin neighbors?

How can you help?

Franklin is not immune from hunger. Real hunger. The kind where you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.

A variety of reasons bring people to the Franklin Food Pantry. A temporary job loss. Lingering financial hardship caused by the recession. Underemployment. A reduction in SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

This is an exciting time of growth for the Food Pantry. We have an amazing Executive Director, Erin Lynch, who has put together a dedicated team of part-time staff and volunteers. They are busy strengthening support and services for our Food Pantry clients while fostering new and exciting community partnerships.

The Food Pantry has an active Board of Directors who are fully committed to ensuring that Erin and her team have the resources and support they need. The Board Governance Committee is now developing a pool of interested individuals who are ready, willing, and able to help in this effort.
During the months of October and November, we will be accepting applications submitted by seasoned professionals in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing and/or Public Relations, and Law.

In December and January, the Governance Committee will be conducting interviews with selected applicants. The Board will review the vetted applicant pool at the January 27th Food Pantry Board meeting.

Successful new Board members are scheduled to complete the board orientation prior to attending their first meeting on February 24, 2015. Other candidates are scheduled to be notified of their status during February.

If you would like to learn more about what it means to volunteer for the Board, you can visit the Food Pantry website.

If you have the skills, desire, and time to volunteer we ask that you express your interest by completing this form and following the instructions to submit it to Mary Gianakis

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

About the Franklin Food Pantry

We provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions by empowering our community through resources, education, and collaboration.

We are a registered not-for-profit organization that has served thousands in our community since 1987. As part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network, we depend entirely upon support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners, schools, churches and community members.

The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501©(3) non-profit organization FEIN# 04-3272663.

Reminder: FEF Casino Night - Nov 1, 2014

The Franklin Education Foundation (FEF) will hold their annual casino night on Saturday November 1, 2014.

Held at the Franklin Elks Hall, 1077 Pond St, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. There will also be a Texas Hold-em Tournament beginning at 6:00 PM which will require a separate entry fee.

Franklin Elks - 1077 Pond St, Franklin, MA 02038
Franklin Elks - 1077 Pond St, Franklin, MA 02038

Tickets for the Casino Night are $25 each or 2 for $40.

From the About us page on the FEF website
We are an independent, non-profit, community-based organization developed to support to innovation and excellence in education. We do this by funding grants for teachers and other staff within the Franklin public school system. 
Since 1997, FEF has funded hundreds of grants totaling over $300,000. These grants have touched students at all levels from the early childhood development center through the high school.

For more information on the Franklin Education Foundation, visit their website here

Ballot Question 5 - Dedicated Override to fund repairs to Roads and Sidewalks for Franklin

Ballot question 5 has been in discussion for several years with the discussion finally moving to action this year. The DPW has been updating their inventory of road conditions and coordinating the rebuilds with water/sewer work for the roads at the same time. 

A good number of the 200+ miles of roads in Franklin are all coming due for repairs around the same time. not surprising for those who were here to witness the explosion of Franklin's growth during the 1980's and 1990's.

The Town Council voted in June to put the question to the votes at the November 4th election. The 'official' explanation for the vote and associated links covering the details behind the question can be found here:

This question requests the voters to consider a $1,500,000 dedicated override specifically for the improvements to roads and sidewalks and the extension of sidewalks in Franklin. A dedicated override means that the funds can only be spent on roads and sidewalks and for no other purpose without the approval of the voters at a future election. The dedicated override is a permanent increase in your taxes unless the citizens vote to reduce or eliminate it. The Town Council cannot appropriate the money for any other purpose. 
The $1,500,000 will help address the nearly $50,000,000 backlog in road and sidewalk repairs as outlined in the 2012 BETA Engineering Study. If the voters approve the dedicated override, then starting in fiscal year 2015, the annual cost to the average single-family home assessed at approximately $360,000 would be $130 per year.

This text can also be found on the official Franklin webpage here

Ballot Question 5 text

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Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $1,500,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding a stabilization fund as provided in GL Chapter 40 Section 5 B, said funds to be expended solely for roadway, sidewalk and related drainage work for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and sixteen?

The text was included in the Town Council resolution approved on June 4, 2014

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Lincoln St road work during Aug 2014
Lincoln St road work during Aug 2014

Related posts

Road updates around town this year (2104)

The "Initiative 2014 Plan" as presented to the Town Council June 2014

DPW Upcoming projects updated for 2014

The road condition inventory as of Jan 2013

From Apr 2013, DPW work planned for 2013 - 2015

From Aug 2013, the initial proposal

The presentation document from the Aug meeting

From Mar 2014, the updated listing of road projects already being planned

Ballot Question 6 – Resolution on Amendment to U.S. Constitution - Not Binding

Franklin voters will see six ballot questions at the November 4th State Election. The first four ballot questions are the same for all Massachusetts voters. The 5th and 6th questions are unique to Franklin.


The ballot question asks essentially whether your State Representative should be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling for an amendment to the United States Constitution, stating that the rights protected under the United States Constitution belong to natural persons only, not corporations. The resolution would also indicate that states may place limits on political contributions and political spending. This would be in response to the United States Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, 558 U.S. ____ (2010), a case dealing with the regulation of campaign spending by corporations. In the Citizens United decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the government may not keep corporations from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. It ruled that corporations, as virtual persons, have the same free speech rights as living, breathing persons. The ballot question seeks support for resolution to overturn the Citizens United decision by
amending the United States Constitution. 
The question appears on the Franklin ballot under Article XIX of the Massachusetts
Constitution, Part I and M.G.L. c. 53, section 19. Under the Massachusetts Constitution, the people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to give instructions to their
representatives on public policy matters. 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 below be submitted to the voters in this community.

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Question 6 is Not Binding

Shall the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution affirming that 1) rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only and 2) both Congress and the states may place limits on political contributions and political spending?
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What does it mean by saying this is "not binding"?
The vote is form informational purposes and the representative (Jeff Roy) will take the information into consideration when he casts his vote in the MA House. He is not bound to vote according to the results of the question.

The information contained here can also be downloaded in a PDF format for printing here

Update: Ansh Tarafder's Community Service Project

Thanks to all who have supported  my project. I am accepting online donations for my YMCA Youth Membership Fund. I have to submit my project on November 20,2014. I have $149 in offline donations and $125 in this fund. So I need $326  by Nov 20,to reach my target.
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