Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Municipal Building schedule for the holiday week

From the official Town of Franklin webpage:

The Municipal Building will be closed at 12:30 pm on Wednesday December 24 and will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday December 29th. 
We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Closed for Christmas and re-opening on Monday, Dec 29th
Closed for Christmas and re-opening on Monday, Dec 29th

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Reporting by walking around (photo essay)

Saturday's walk started at the Parmenter Nature Trail and completed by Spruce Pond. Along the way I captured photos and found out what was going on in Franklin.

Parmenter Nature Trail entrance
Parmenter Nature Trail entrance

The water level is much higher than my last visit
The water level is much higher than my last visit
The DPW were busy putting finishing touches on the new tot lot playground at Fletcher Field. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Tuesday, Dec 23.

new tot lot at Fletcher Field
new tot lot at Fletcher Field

there was a house here on Cottage St
there was a house here on Cottage St
Maybe the house was taken to provide additional room for parking at the Oteri Funeral Home?

not handicap accessible
not handicap accessible

location of the Curry House, a new Indian restaurant opening soon
location of the Curry House, a new Indian restaurant opening soon
The Curry House will be opening soon in what was the Franklin Cafe and Grill on RT 140. You can find updates from them on their Facebook page.

The Curry House,  Franklin, MA
The Curry House,  Franklin, MA

stone wall casting shadows on McCarthy St
stone wall casting shadows on McCarthy St

sunlight on Spruce Pond
sunlight on Spruce Pond

Electric Youth: Debut Concert at THE BLACK BOX

Electric Youth (EY) 2015, the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will debut at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin on Saturday, January 10, performing two shows at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.

Electric Youth is pictured in Todi, Italy during the group's 2014 summer concert tour of Austria and Italy
Electric Youth is pictured in Todi, Italy during the group's 2014 summer concert tour of Austria and Italy
Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, Electric Youth delivers a fun, high-energy evening of family entertainment with an extensive range of contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits for audiences all ages. The EY shows at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of Adele, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, Styx and more.

Selected annually by audition, the group is chosen for superior musicianship, stage presence, and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance, and acting. This season’s ensemble of performers, ages 14-17, studies multiple dance disciplines, voice, and acting at FSPA. Electric Youth 2015 includes Adriane D’Amato of Foxboro; Madison Asgeirsson, Kendra Dombroski, Shaina McGillis, Lauren Szczepanowski and Melissa Wyner of Franklin; Michael Fajardo of Hopkinton; Sam Evans of Medfield; Maddy Williams of Medway; Katie Gray of Milford; Kylee Rollins of North Attleboro; and Jenna McDermott of Wrentham.

The EY singer-dancers are backed by Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison.

“The band that tours with EY really raises the level of experience for our singer-dancers and audiences alike,” says Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “These musicians have performed with A-list entertainers, and the music is first-rate. The arranging team for Electric Youth, including several of the band members, writes custom arrangements for EY that allow the group to take classic songs and make them their own.”

EY’s show band features Kenny Hadley on drums, Arnie Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Mark Poniatowski on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone, Mark White on guitar and Mercer on piano. Under the direction of Mark Poniatowski, musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Casey Andrade, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp.

Electric Youth has released six professional albums and toured Europe 11 times, with performances at England’s Arundel Festival, Disneyland Paris, professional theaters in Bristol, London and Windsor, and such renowned venues as Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Schonbrunn Palace. EY has also headlined Fourth of July shows for U.S. troops and their families stationed in Italy at Camp Ederle, Camp Darby, and Aviano Air Force Base.

The ensemble has performed on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, on Fox-TV and WBZ Radio, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, the Smithsonian Museum Theater and the United Nations. EY’s music, including the 2014 album, Power Chord, is available at and iTunes. Electric Youth 2015 will tour England and France this summer.

Tickets for Electric Youth In Concert at THE BLACK BOX are $26, with $18 tickets available for children 12 and under at the first show only. Tables may be reserved for larger parties of 8 and 12. To purchase tickets, visit, stop by the box office at 34 Main Street in Franklin, or call (508) 528-3370.

THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. Light pub fare and cash bar are available. For more information about Electric Youth, visit

MassBudget: When Democracy Works


Dear Steve, 

This year in Massachusetts people participated, our democracy worked, and together we improved the lives and economic security of families across our state.

On January 1st hundreds of thousands of low wage workers will get a raise when the minimum wage goes up to $9 an hour.  When it reaches $11 in two years, over 600,000 workers, and their families, will be better able to make ends meet.   And we know that not only are children's lives improved in the short run when their family's income goes up, they also have a greater opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Starting next July 1st every worker in the state will be able to take a sick day if they are too ill to work - or if they need to take a sick child to the doctor.  No longer will working people have to fear being fired for being sick.

These things happened because thousands of people across the state got involved in our democratic process and worked hard, together, to make life in our Commonwealth better.

We at MassBudget are proud that our research and analysis on these issues helped to support a vibrant and constructive debate that so many of you participated in actively.  It was great to see people across the Commonwealth engaged in a debate informed by hard evidence of how these policies can benefit working people, the overall economy, and the quality of life in our Commonwealth.

There will always be well-funded voices warning that policies that raise wages and improve working conditions are harmful.  With your support, we can continue to help you to build a more inclusive debate that focuses on making life better for all of the people of our Commonwealth.

If you can, please support MassBudget today.

Thank you and Happy New Year,
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FHS Basketball: Girls win, boys lose vs. Oliver Ames

Hockomock Sports reports on the FHS vs OA basketball games on Monday.

Both the Franklin and Oliver Ames girls basketball teams secured two convincing wins to open the season, but only the Panthers were able to continue that success on Monday night.

A crucial 17-0 run that took five minutes off the clock late in the game lifted Franklin to a 57-33 win over Oliver Ames.
Aubrie Kutil started the Panther run with a basket, and Julianne Pisani and Jillian Spolidoro then added three combined points from the line. Lexi Martin knocked down a three and a two during the stretch, and Olivia Adiletto later converted a runner to give Franklin a 52-31 lead with about three minutes left. Kiera Fernandes scored two from the line and then added a three with under a minute to go. Niyera Mitchell laid one in in the final seconds for OA, but the Panthers had already done enough damage to capture their third win of the season.
Continue reading the Hockomock Sports article here

FHS PAnthers

’Tis the season of giving and Oliver Ames senior Ryan Carney was certainly in the holiday spirit on Monday night. 
Carney notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists to help the Tigers spoil Franklin’s first game in their new gym, 68-63. 
For the second straight game, Carney proved he’s more than just a scorer and he picked up six of his helpers in the second half.

“He’s doing a lot of stuff,” Oliver Ames head coach Don Byron said. “Last game, he just filled up the stat sheet. His game has a maturity about it now that he’s developed over the year.”
Franklin (2-1) had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 18-14, but Oliver Ames took a 34-31 lead into the halftime break and then a 51-49 lead into the final quarter.

Continue reading the Hockomock Sports article here

For all the results of Monday across the Hockomock League check this link

Monday, December 22, 2014

"it’s amazing to be in the national championship game"

In the 'where are they now' category, Hockomock Sports has an article reflecting on the soccer season that FHS alumni Kristi Kirshe just completed at Williams College.

In the span of a week, two former Hockomock League soccer stars helped lead their college teams to the Final Four. Although both would be denied a national championship in dramatic fashion, Kristi Kirshe at Williams College and Dominik Machado at Providence College were major parts of historic seasons for their respective programs.

“We only lost three seniors from last year,” said Kirshe, “so we had a strong returning group and right from the start everyone was pretty clear about our goal, which was the Final Four.” The Franklin alum added, “It’s always nice to have your hard work pay off.”

Kirshe (left) and Machado (right) - Hockomock Sports photo
Kirshe (left) and Machado (right) - Hockomock Sports photo

Continue reading the article at Hockomock Sports here

“It’s complicated"

With the comparison to the new tot lot at Fletcher Field fresh in mind, the point is made.
The playground had something that state Rep. Jeffrey Roy did not recognize. 
Large concrete pipes painted colorfully to look like one long caterpillar stood out from the other playthings. 
Roy, D-Franklin, was in Sderot, Israel, a city located just a mile from Gaza that residents say has been bombarded by missiles during this third major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
When sirens sound, villagers told him, children use the pipes as bomb shelters.

Continue reading the article here: (subscription may be required)

Franklin Children's School - Open House - Jan 23, 2015

Hi Steve, 
I am the new director at Franklin Children's School a private, non-profit preschool in Franklin. We are getting ready for registration for the 2015-2016 school year. I was wondering if you would be willing to share the information about our open house with your readers.

Franklin Children's school will be hosting an Open House on Friday January 23rd 4:00-6:00pm at 900 Chestnut Street. The community is welcome to stop in to learn more about the school, tour the classrooms and speak with the teachers. 

Thank you so much for your consideration,

Kim Barrett

screen grab of Franklin Children's School webpage
screen grab of Franklin Children's School webpage

You can find out more about the Franklin Children's School on the webpage here

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Franklin Recreation (@FranklinRec) has sent you a direct message on Twitter!

via Twitter, I can share that the opening ceremony for the tot lot being added to the Fletcher Field Playground will be held on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

@FranklinRec - Tuesday 11am Fletcher playground opening ceremony

Steve Sherlock,
You have a new direct message.
  Steve Sherlock
Franklin Recreation Franklin Recreation
Tuesday 11am Fletcher playground opening ceremony
12:55 PM - 19 Dec 14

Keep the conversation going.
Message @FranklinRec
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The progress of the playground from hole in the ground to the current finished product is shown in this series of photos

Fenced off hole in the ground
Fenced off hole in the ground

Fenced off hole in the ground - 1
Fenced off hole in the ground - 1

the playground comes with 'some assembly required'
the playground comes with 'some assembly required'

it starts to take shape
it starts to take shape

pieces to the puzzle come together
pieces to the puzzle come together

a second structure is added
a second structure is added

a few days later, more progress is evident
a few days later, more progress is evident

assembly complete, now the mulch is getting filled in
assembly complete, now the mulch is getting filled in

'12 Days of Donating' - preliminary results

The Franklin Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership are pleased to announce that the preliminary numbers are in and the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign has collected more than three tons (or 6,000 pounds) of goods and $8,000 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

(L to R) Elf Ellie Teixeira, Co-Founder Cameron Piana, Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch
(L to R) Elf Ellie Teixeira, Co-Founder Cameron Piana, Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch

More than 90 Food Elves collected from their Franklin neighbors, the most volunteers in the history of the Franklin Food Elves. They worked in conjunction with local businesses that set up collection bins at their locations around town.

Some of the donations dropped off at the Food Pantry
Some of the donations dropped off at the Food Pantry

“We’d like to thank all of residents of Franklin who donated to our campaign this year. We also would like to thank the elves that worked hard to bring the donations in, and the businesses that helped fill the donation bins at their locations. We are excited to see the totals because we still have more donations coming in,” says Cameron Piana, Food Elves co-founder.

Student volunteers weigh donations
Student volunteers weigh donations

Local businesses were deeply involved in this year’s campaign. DCU gave a check for $5,000, and 15 other businesses pledged a $200 cash donation and donated time and bin space to the cause.

Those businesses included Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLC, Berry Insurance, British Beer Company, Dean Bank, Dean College, Drama Kids of Metro West, Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Jane’s Frames, Keefe Insurance Agency, Murphy Business, Printsmart Office Products, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, RE/MAX Executive Realty, and Yellin & Hyman, P.C.

For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Food Elves at or visit their Facebook page.

This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page here

Franklin Senior Center: A new edition of The Franklin Connection is available

A new edition of The Franklin Connection has been published on the Town of Franklin web site.

Click the link below to read the latest edition.

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Franklin Police: Drive Sober

The Franklin Police Dept has shared this public service announcement from the MA Highway Safety Division

A message from the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division.

For the 2014 holiday season, the MA Highway Safety Division produced this spot with assistance from the Lexington Police, Lexington Fire-Rescue, and Bedford Police Departments. The message is simple and needs no narration. It's our hope that these images will instill some common sense this holiday season. The spot was produced by The Rendon Group in Boston, MA.

Franklin, MA - Police Dept
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FHS Sports results - Saturday - Dec 20, 2104

From Hockomock Sports we can share the results of the Franklin High School boys and girls track and hockey results from their games on Saturday.

Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)


Franklin, 39 vs. King Philip, 61 - Final - KP's 4x200 relay team had the best time of all schools on the day and the 4x400 relay team had the second best. Senior John Berdos had a strong showing in the 300M, finishing in 38.59. Ryan Spelman had the second best time (4:45.16) in the 1 mile race, and Logan Mitchell had a good showing in the long jump (18-4.50).


Franklin, 41.50 vs. King Philip, 58.50 - Final - Christa Wagner came away with the top time in the 300M for all Hockomock girls, Olivia Weir did the dame in the 1000M race with a time of 3:01.97, Abby Seaberg had the best time in the 1 Mile at 5:29.38, Hannah McNeil was the best in the 55M hurdles on the day with a time of 9.26 and Renee Poirier recorded the top shot put distance at 35-09.00. Franklin freshman Jessica Kroushl had a strong day, finishing the 55M dash in 7.89, which was the fourth best time on the day.

Girls Hockey

Franklin, 5 @ Dover-Sherborn, 5 - Final

Find all the results across the Hockomock League on Saturday

Boys Hockey

Senior forward Alec Borkowski scored the game’s lone goal in the second period and goaltender Ryan Shea made 22 saves to lead Franklin to a 1-0 victory over league rival Canton on Saturday night at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink.
Alec Borkowski scored the only goal on Saturday night as Franklin beat league rival Canton, 1-0. (Josh Perry/
Alec Borkowski scored the only goal on Saturday night as Franklin beat league rival Canton, 1-0. (Josh Perry/

Continue reading the article on the boys hockey win over Canton here

Saturday, December 20, 2014

To frack, or not to frack? - The Climate Minute Podcast

New post on Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN)

To frack, or not to frack?- The Climate Minute Podcast

by massclimateaction
Things wrapped up in Lima at COP20 with an agreement that is either good or inadequate. However, Greenpeace apparently went too far and desecrated a famous archeological site in the Andes. This raises questions about the 'cultural cluelessness' of some activists. Take for example the on going discussion about the Black Lives movement, environmental justice and Climate Hawks.
There was lots of activity on the energy-in-politics front, see
Lots to think about, but remember, this is the Winter Solstice , and longer days are coming.
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.
Thanks for listening.
…Ted McIntyre
massclimateaction | December 19, 2014 at 8:57 am | Tags:, carbon tax, Fracking, global warming, Keystone XL | Categories: Climate Action | URL:
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screen grab of the Mass Climate Action Network page
screen grab of the Mass Climate Action Network page

You can follow the link above to listen or listen right here (31 minutes)

"I’m happy with the way everything came out”

The Milford Daily News confirms that Guru Bar and Grill will be re-opening in January or February at the latest.

The Guru Bar & Grill’s dining room and bar have been dark and quiet for nearly a year, but the bustle of a busy night will again return to the downtown restaurant in early 2015. 
Closed after a fire tore through the kitchen last January, manager Sid Sidhu said Friday that Guru will reopen late next month or, at the latest, early February. 
The 30 Main St. restaurant, which specializes in Northern Indian cuisine, will welcome patrons with a new dining room and revamped menu following thousands of dollars in improvements and repairs.
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The 'open sign' will get lit up in January or February at Guru
The 'open sign' will get lit up in January or February at Guru

You may recall this news was shared here in October

Additional updates on Guru can be found on their Facebook page