Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Hall at THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin presents critically acclaimed jazz vocalist April Hall on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. The concert, rescheduled from February due to a Valentine’s Day snowstorm, is featured as part of BLACK BOX Jazz, one of four dynamic music series launched this year at the new theater, music and event venue. 
April Hall
April Hall
April Hall takes audiences on a special journey through The Great American Songbook, showcasing the most enduring and influential Golden Age standards of the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen. With her swinging all-star band, Hall interprets our most treasured classics by legendary masters of song to deliver a deeply moving evening of sentiment, humor, heartbreak and romance. Her voice described as "glorious" by The Boston Globe, Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. 
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance Award, Hall has done projects for Atlantic Records, under the direction of Arif Mardin, for the legendary Chaka Kahn, Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler and has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Dinah Shore. Hall’s "Room for Two" was named one of Jazz Times top 50 Jazz Records of 2012. Hall will be joined at THE BLACK BOX by pianist Tim Ray, bassist Mark Poniatowski, saxophonist Tom Hall and drummer Kenny Hadley. 
THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street. Tickets for the BLACK BOX Jazz event are $20. For ticket purchase or more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Franklin Art Association Spring Show winners

Congratulations to all the winners at the Franklin Art Association Spring Show!

Franklin Art Association - Art Show and Sale
Franklin Art Association - Art Show and Sale


Rebecca Skinner for “Falling Down” (Photography)


Diane Choquette for “New England Harvest” (WatercolorW


1st Place - Paul Peterson for “A Long Deep Winter”
2nd Place - Dorothy Downing for “Jogging Trail”
3rd Place - Robin Wessman for “Salt Marsh”
Honorable Mention: Richard Fotland for “Sunrise, Tynemouth UK”


1st Place - Aivars Zandbergs for “Winter Glow”
2nd Place - Frank Robertson for “Lucky Lanterns”
3rd Place - Don Iacovelli for “Kids”
Honorable Mention: Lisa Bailey for “High Beams”


1st Place - Deborah Ryan for “Rain Shower”
2nd Place - Daydre Hamilton for “Solo”
3rd Place - Kris Occhino for “Connected”
Honorable Mention: Jerry Aissis for “Shadows of the Past”


1st Place - Joanne Willoughby for “Perfect Blues”
2nd Place - Susan Pratt Sheridan for “Chappy”
3rd Place - Stacey David for “Buoys”
Honorable Mention: Carol Freiswick for “Hat Shop”


1st place - Claire Griffin for “Crocus”
2nd Place - Diana Maley for “Beavertail Light”
3rd Place - Karen Pendleton for “Are You Talking to Me?”
Honorable Mention: Jane Alfieri for “Puppy Love”


1st Place - Margaret Munson for “Spanish Moss”
2nd Place - Judy Belben for “Alley in Yellow”
3rd Place - Marjorie Sardella for “Lamplight Along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway”
Honorable Mention: Guy Occhino for “Lookouts”

FAA photo from their Facebook collection
FAA photo from their Facebook collection
Find additional photos on Facebook here

5th Annual Road Race - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Be part of the effort to develop the Southern New England Truckline Trail (SNETT) in Franklin. 
The 5-mile run, 1.5 or 3.5 walk is sponsored by the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee and proceeds go toward development of the SNETT multi-use trail.

Race Details:
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Start Time: Run 10:00 am/ Walk 9:45 am
Registration: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Entry Fee: $25 prior to race day, $30 day of race, $15 for students
Start Location/Registration: 628 Washington Street, Franklin (Remington School) 

2014 road race start
2014 road race start

Registration Information here

Results of the 2014 race can be found here

Frankli, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda- Apr 22, 2015

The Finance Committee continues to work through the capital budget with the Fire Dept, Facilities, and the School Dept reviewing their proposals.

If you missed the prior meeting and would like to review the notes and listen to the meeting, you can do that here. (Note, this is the only recording of the meeting available).

The agenda for the meeting scheduled at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22 can be viewed here:

The April 1 memo to the FinCom on the Capital Budget can be found here

The 'original' capital plan dated Feb 1, 2015.

Franklin Municipal Building - 355 East Central St
Franklin Municipal Building - 355 East Central St

Milford Daily News pubished their recap of the first meeting in part by writing:
A $2.33 million capital budget has been proposed for this fiscal year, including a $66,000 police department request for new Tasers. 
Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said the department currently has 12 Tasers, eight of which are shared among its patrol officers, according to a recording of the April 7 Finance Committee meeting posted on the resident-run news blog, Franklin Matters. 
Unlike most budget hearings, the meeting was not broadcast on Franklin TV.
Continue reading their article here

AARP Livability Index - leaves out Franklin

Given Franklin's demographics (forecasted to be getting to an older population rapidly), the AARP article caught my eye.
To compile AARP’s new lists of the most livable places in the U.S., it wasn’t only our research that counted—it was also your opinions. The top-10 lists that follow are based on the AARP Livability Index, a new online tool designed to help communities better serve the nation’s aging population. 
To create the index, the AARP Public Policy Institute surveyed 4,500 Americans 50 and older to determine the aspects of community most important to them. We then developed seven categories around those results—housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity, taking into account 60 different factors to rate communities in those categories. 
The Bulletin crunched the numbers some more to find which cities and neighborhoods come out on top. We weren’t looking for the trendy or glitzy. We wanted the most livable. You might be in for some surprises.

One surprise is that Franklin gets only a middling score on their rating system.

Check out their Most Livable Cities

Check out their Best Cities for Staying Healthy

And where does Franklin rate?
If you’re like most of us, you probably want to stay in the community where you live now. The AARP Livability Index identifies how well your community is doing. Go to to find out.
AARP Livability Index

The interactive system should allow you to chose up to three communities to compare. Maybe there were too many comparing when I did it, it did not respond. Trying again should be worth it. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dean Dash 5K - April 25

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Dean Dash 5k Race! This year, not only are we pleased to host Dean College students, alumni, staff, faculty, and family, but we also look forward to hosting our fellow community members in this family-friendly event in celebration of Dean College’s 150th anniversary.

Click here to learn more and to register!

Dean Dash 5K - April 25 - noon
Dean Dash 5K - April 25 - noon

About the Race

The course will start and end from Awpie Way, outside of Dean Hall. You will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. and take a 3.1-mile walk, jog, or run through the quiet residential streets of Franklin. 
Every turn along the course will be clearly noted by a directional sign pointing you down the right path and a hydration station with water and Gatorade will be waiting for you at the 2-mile mark. There will also be course marshals along the route should you need any sort of assistance. 
Upon your return, you will be greeted by Boomer the Bulldog at the finish line and ushered to the serving area where you will get to enjoy a delicious pasta lunch to reward yourself for finishing the Dean Dash.

Chip Timing

Your race bib will contain the MYLAPS B-Tag Timing System, used in the Olympics, Boston Marathon, and Chicago Marathon, to track your time from start to finish. Race results will be published on

Registration Price

  • Dean College Students: $10
  • Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
  • Family/Community Members: $20

Click here to learn more and to register!

This is one of several races in Franklin over the next several weeks. The race information for each will be posted this week.

  • May 2 - FBRTC 5 Mile Road Race
  • May 9 - Elks Care Elks Share - 5K
  • May 17 - HMEA Independence Day 5K Run, Walk and Stroll
  • Jun 6 - New Hope 5K and Family Fun Walk
  • Jun 20 - American Legion Scholarship Run 5 Miles

Franklin Senior Center: “Memory Café” on April 23

The Franklin Senior Center is hosting it’s first “Memory Café” on April 23 from 3-4;30 p.m. 
A memory café is a welcoming place for people with dementia and their care partners to enjoy time together and with others. The café is open to the community and is free of charge. 
There will be socialization, refreshments and often some form of entertainment at the cafés. 
At the April 23 café, Jamie Barrett, a local favorite singer and guitar player, will entertain with some “old fashioned” tunes the participants can sing along to. 
Call the Franklin Senior Center at 508-520-4945 and let them know you would like to attend!
Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center
For other programs at the Senior Center, visit their webpage

or check out their newsletter

Kindergarten Information Night Schedule

From the ECDC Principal's Page we find and share the upcoming Kindergarten Information Night schedule.

What is a Kindergarten Information Night?
"This an opportunity for a brief tour of the school and a presentation by the principal and kindergarten team to introduce you to the building, the routines, the curriculum and the expectations for your student."
  • J.F. Kennedy Elementary - May 14th @6 pm
  • Parmenter Elementary - May 14th @6pm
  • Helen Keller Elementary - May 20th @6pm
  • Davis Thayer Elementary - May 21st @6pm
  • Oak Street Elementary - May 27th @6pm
  • Jefferson Elementary - May 28th @6pm

For other ECDC information you can follow the Principal's Page here

the Oak St - Horace Mann schools entrance on a sunny day
the Oak St - Horace Mann schools entrance on a sunny day

Should MA lead or follow?

From the Mass Climate Action Network we share this episode of The Climate Minute
New Governor Charley Baker’s Executive Order 562 would substitute weak federal environmental standards for the existing superior state regulations here in Massachusetts. Based on overheated rhetoric claiming that state regulations are “confusing, unnecessary, inconsistent and redundant” the governor orders “each secretariat, agency, department, board, commission, authority or other body”… “to promptly undertake a review of each and every regulation” and retain only those which do “not exceed federal requirements.” 
The rule means that any Massachusetts environmental regulations stronger than their Federal counterparts will be dropped, and the weaker Federal ones will be used. Our state is a national leader in many areas, including the fight against carbon pollution and global warming. The regulations that embody that leadership are now at risk. If we rely on the Federal regulations, Massachusetts’ environmental policy will be set by the likes of Senator Ted Cruz. Think that is a good idea? There is more. Listen in.

Mass Climate Action Network
Mass Climate Action Network

"our program has grown along with our space needs”

From the Town Council meeting last Wednesday, we find that MDN reports the purchase of the property at 275  Beaver Street was approved.
A property on Beaver Street will serve as the new home for the Recreation Department now that the town has sold its current headquarters on the corner of Emmons Street. 
Earlier this year, local developer Roger Calarese purchased the town-owned parcel at 150 Emmons St., intending to raze the building there and replace it with a 5,300-square-foot commercial property. 
The Recreation Department still occupied the former municipal building, the only holdover from when it housed all of the town departments. Following the sale, a search began for a new location for the department. 
That search ended last week when the Town Council voted unanimously to purchase a property at 275 Beaver St., which contains an office building and a garage, at a cost of $1 million, including renovations.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

275 Beaver St
275 Beaver St
The agenda for the Town Council meeting and associated documents can be found here

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Video fun day

Video fun day

and in case you missed the original star War trailer released this week:

And a follow up from the alert to the Distracted Driving post earlier this week. Here is the Ellis Paul episode

Three things from the Pantherbook

1 - Jazz Band

On Wednesday, April 15, several FHS jazz music groups performed in the FHS auditorium, including the Jazz Workshop, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Band.  
Here is one excerpt from the concert of the Jazz Band performing the famous Duke Ellington song “Cotton Club Stomp” as directed by Ms. Rudsit. 

2 - TV Production Club

Have you ever wanted to see yourself on the morning news or just want to hone your production skills? 
Either way, Franklin High School’s TV Production Club is the place for you. New this year to any student who has completed a semester of TV Production, Video Production or Digital Journalism, the TV Club offers you the chance to produce fun content for the morning news. 
According to Ms. Moreau, who runs the TV Club, they are working on funny commercials and PSAs ( Public Service Announcements) to make the morning news more interesting. When asked on how she would sell TV Club to an undecided student Moreau said: “It’s fun to work with other students and produce content that you care about.”
Continue reading the article here

3 - YMCA Leaders Club

What’s better than making an impact with your best friends? That’s what the YMCA Leaders club is all about. 
YMCA Leaders Club
YMCA Leaders Club
The Leaders club is a great way to get community service hours because members are required to get at least six hours a month, but it is also a great place to make friends and build lifelong relationships. 
One of the advisors of this club, Nate Packert, said: “We give back to the community through volunteering our services where needed. We are a group of thoughtful committed people who are trying to make a change for the world around us.”
Continue reading the Pantherbook article 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.

Choosing Medicare and Medigap Plans - Apr 30
Choosing Medicare and Medigap Plans - Apr 30

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"Stamp Out Hunger" - food drive on May 9th

The Franklin Food Pantry announced this week that the letter carriers will pick up food donations from residents’ mailboxes on Saturday, May 9. Later the mail trucks will line up at the West Central Street pantry to unload their haul. 
Residents can donate to the food drive by leaving a bag of non-perishable food where their letter carrier normally delivers their mail, or by visiting the pantry at 43 West Central St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
The pantry has a special need for cans of tuna, juice boxes and granola bars, as well as pudding, sugar-free Jell-O, coffee and baking mix for cakes, cookies or brownies. The non-food items include toilet paper, deodorant, and hand and dish soap. 
The national campaign occurs every second Saturday in May, involving letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the country.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

date checking the goods after weighing in
For other photos from 2014 check here