Saturday, May 16, 2015

3rd Annual Drink Pink for the Cure! - May 31

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Sunday, May 31 2-5 PM


Once a year, we combine our passion for dry rose wines with our passion for eradicating cancer to host Drink Pink for the Cure!

I cannot think of a more important cause, or a more personal one. Literally every person I know has been touched by cancer. Let's help to change that.

We will have tons of dry rose, plus some reds and whites for the uninitiated! Privateer Rum will be making fabulous (pink!) cocktails. Whole Foods is contributing cheese and fruit. The Snappy Dogs ladies will be here in the parking lot. We'll have some raffle items. We'll have a boatload of fun.

We will also make a difference. Every penny of your $20 ticket is a direct contribution to Making Strides, and Pour Richard's will also donate a percentage of our profits from sales.

Your $20 ticket includes a Riedel crystal wine glass, etched with 'Drink Pink for the Cure'. Please consider attending this event and bringing friends.

  Tickets now available in-store, or click HERE to purchase online.

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In the News: drug arrests, drug problem, Cultural Festival fund raiser

Five people were arrested last week as part of a month-long investigation into a local heroin distribution organization, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office said Friday. 
Nathan Freeman, 36, of Franklin, pleaded not guilty at his Wrentham District Court arraignment Monday to possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance; possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance (marijuana) and possession to distribute a Class A substance (Suboxone). 
Freeman was indicted in Norfolk Superior Court on April 29 on different heroin and marijuana distribution charges, officials said, and a judge revoked his bail on that case and ordered him held without bail for 90 days. He will be arraigned June 3 in Superior Court.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

A group of Town Council members met privately with the police chief on Thursday to discuss what actions the department is taking in response to the state's opioid epidemic. 
The meeting followed the arrests last week of three men and two women who were allegedly part of a local heroin distribution organization. 
As a result of the meeting, the department added information on its website about opioid overdoses, including a YouTube video on risk factors and a state report on response strategies. 
Also, Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian was asked to brief the council next Wednesday on further measures the department will pursue.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

A group of local businesses and artists holds a kick-off event tonight to raise money for a weeklong summer arts festival in the downtown. 
The fundraiser starts at 8 p.m. at the Franklin Performing Arts company's 200-seat theater, The Black Box, at 15 West Central St. Tickets are $18. 
Festival organizers will provide more details about the event, slated from July 29 to Aug. 2, and a jazz trio is set to perform.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

Franklin Cultural Festival - arts happen here!
Franklin Cultural Festival - arts happen here!

For more info on Franklin's first Cultural Festival check here

Friday, May 15, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 5/15/15 - THU 5/21/15

FRI 5/15   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
FRI 5/15   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena
FRI 5/15  8pm   Night of Jazz - Ben Whiting Quintet at The Black Box

SAT 5/16   9am-12pm   Downtown Franklin Beautification - sign up to help
SAT 5/16   9am-4pm   Book Sale at Franklin Public Library, live music by Betty Kushner at 9am and Emma Newton at 11:30am
SAT 5/16   10am   Healthy Kids Day at Patriot Place hosted by Hockomock YMCA
SAT 5/16   6pm-7:30pm   Let’s Bowl Away Cancer - Relay For Life Fundraiser at Ficco’s Bowladrome
SAT 5/16   8pm   Kick off for the Franklin Cultural Festival at The Black Box

SUN 5/17   8am-1pm   HMEA’s 14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk, Roll and Stroll, 50 Constitution Blvd., Franklin
SUN 5/17   9am-12pm   Bag Sale at Franklin Public Library. Fill up a paper bag for only $5.

WED 5/20   6-8pm   Kindergarten Info Night at Helen Keller School

THU 5/21   4-5pm   Lego Club at Franklin Public Library  
THU 5/21   6-8pm   Kindergarten Info Night at Davis Thayer School
THU 5/21   6:30-8:30pm   Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar. Acoustic and a cappella performers welcome.
THU 5/21   7-8:30pm   Local singer and songwriter spotlight at The Black Box

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

Franklin Letter Carriers’ Food Drive a Record-breaking Success

Postal workers deliver 4.5 tons of food to the Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin letter carriers collected more than 9,229 pounds of food from area residents and delivered it to the Franklin Food Pantry on May 9 in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The amount is more than double last year’s record of 4,585 pounds of food that was donated by residents and picked up by postal workers during normal mail rounds.

The record 9,229 pounds of food was more than double last year’s tally of 4,585 pounds.
The record 9,229 pounds of food was more than double last year’s tally of 4,585 pounds.

Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide effort organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) that provides food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise be faced with depleted stocks during the summer months. The food drive is the nation’s largest single-day drive, collecting almost 73 million pounds of food last year.

“We were completely overwhelmed by the amount of food and household necessities we received this year,” said Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “The generosity of this community and the outpouring of support are truly heartwarming. We are so thankful for the hard work of the postal carriers, the kindness of our neighbors, and the help of so many volunteers on that day. Many people in our community were engaged in making this effort such a success.”

Franklin letter carrier Rich Maloney organized this year’s record-breaking Stamp Out Hunger food drive, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers
Franklin letter carrier Rich Maloney organized this year’s record-breaking Stamp Out Hunger food drive, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers

Part of the success of this year’s drive was due to yellow Stamp Out Hunger bags that were placed in residents’ mailboxes as a reminder to put out their food donations. The postal workers were thrilled to see the impact that resulted – double the amount of donations over last year.

Postmaster Mike Catalano and wife Lauren came out to the event to show support and lend a hand in unloading the trucks. “We are really honored to be a part of such a worthwhile cause,” said Catalano. “I was so proud to see our trucks arrive overflowing with food donations. The letter carriers gladly worked twice as hard this year to help families in need in Franklin. What a great community to be a part of.” Catalano said that Franklin letter carrier and Stamp Out Hunger coordinator Rich Maloney was instrumental in organizing such a successful drive this year.

Erin Lynch, Franklin Food Pantry executive director, and Mike Catalano, Franklin Postmaster, lend a hand in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the Franklin Food Pantry
Erin Lynch, Franklin Food Pantry executive director, and Mike Catalano, Franklin Postmaster, lend a hand in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the Franklin Food Pantry

During Saturday’s food drive, the fleet of mail trucks was greeted by dozens of Pantry volunteers who unloaded the trucks, weighed the bags, sorted items and stacked them on shelves. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive helps replenish the Pantry’s inventory that has been depleted of its donations received during its busiest time of the year, the November/December holiday season.

The Franklin Food Pantry, established in 1987, provides 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, schools, churches and community members. For more information, or to make a donation, visit or call 508-528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Franklin Cultural Festival Kick-off fundraiser - May 16

We're very excited about both the quantity and the quality of the many varied artists and exhibits we'll experience in July. Of course, these events come with costs associated with it so we're holding the Franklin Cultural Festival Kick-off fundraiser this Saturday night May 16 at 8:00 PM at THE BLACK BOX

We hope you'll attend and support our festival. Tickets are $18. Join us for desserts from The Cake Bar, we'll have a cash bar as well. 

We'll be providing more details about the festival, you'll see snippets of some of the performances, we'll have a jazz trio provide some music. So come see good friends and patrons of the arts. 

Franklin Cultural Festival - Arts happen here
You can purchase tickets by going to THE BLACK BOX website, Tickets will be available at the door. 

If you cannot attend please consider a donation. You can donate by clicking on our Go Fund Me site 

Thank you for your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee

Franklin Library: Book Sale May 16 - 17

This is the weekend for the monthly Franklin Library Book Sale. The standard schedule applies; books for sale on Saturday from 9:00 - 4:00 PM. Books by the bag for sale on Sunday from 9:00 AM to noon.

Music by Betty Kushner from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Saturday to help set the book buying spirit!

Library Book Sale - May 16-17
Library Book Sale - May 16-17
this was shared from the Library webpage here

YMCA Bernon Family Branch presents Red Triangle Award to Franklin Food Pantry

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In the News: Fahey retires, Kurtz hired as Veterans Services Agent

For nearly all of his working life, Bob Fahey has been paid very little to make other people's lives richer. 
Whether counseling students with mental health issues or assisting struggling veterans, Fahey, 88, maintained one guiding philosophy: "Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” 
This month Fahey retired as the town's veterans’ services officer after 14 years in the post. And though he'd say he never worked a day of those 14 years, many in the town would politely disagree with him. 
Since 2001, Fahey has dedicated himself to “making sure that those who have served our country are not forgotten or left uncared for,” as his boss, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting, put it in a letter thanking him for his commitment.
Continue reading the article here

Franklin Senior Center serves as the center point for veterans services
Franklin Senior Center serves as the center point for veterans services

The town has hired Dale Kurtz, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, as its new veterans’ services officer. 
Kurtz, of Franklin, replaces long-time veterans’ services officer Bob Fahey, who retired this month after 14 years in the post. He will also work part-time in Avon. 
Kurtz enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and was later admitted to West Point. He graduated in 1973, leaving the service five years later as a captain. 
In 2011, Kurtz started volunteering as Fahey’s assistant before taking a position as the veterans’ services advocate for Norfolk County.
Continue reading the article here

For additonal information on veterans services, check the webage here's%20Services

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Noodle Company event to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry - May 18

Hello All -  the Noodle Company is opening in Franklin and invites friends of Franklin Food Pantry to come try them out this coming Monday, May 18th.  
Please use the link below to register and feel free to share with friends. 
Proceeds from meals purchased that day will go to the pantry, up to $1,000. 
Thank you! 
Noddles and Company, Franklin, MA
Noddles and Company, Franklin, MA


Erin LynchExecutive Director 
Franklin Food Pantry43 West Central StreetPO Box 116, Franklin MA 02038508-528-3115 ext. 3 Federal tax ID #

Franklin Library: A weird MA evening with Jeff Bellanger

Jeff Belanger will be talking at the Franklin Library on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30pm

Jeff Belanger - a weird MA evening
Jeff Belanger - a weird MA evening
For more about Jeff you can visit his webpage

Library Sign - Jeff Bellanger
Library Sign - Jeff Bellanger

Kindergarten Information Night at Kennedy and Parmenter Schools

Tonight is the first of several nights where the local elementary schools will host an information night for kindergarten.

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 @6pm
  • 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

Parmenter School sign with Kindergarten information noght  and Memorial Day program schedule
Parmenter School sign with Kindergarten information noght
and Memorial Day program schedule

Note: given the apparent disconnect in the starting times, I would go with the sign info and worse case you'll be early (as opposed to having missed something).

MassBudget: Analyzing the SWM Budget for FY 2016

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Analyzing the Senate Ways & Means Budget for FY 2016

Yesterday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released its budget proposal for FY 2016, modestly increasing education programs above levels in the Governor's and House budgets (read our full Budget Monitor HERE). The SWM proposal follows the Governor and the House in increasing funding to fight substance abuse and in modestly increasing local aid. The budget also provides new funding to the Department of Revenue that will strengthen its capacity to ensure that companies pursuing complex tax evasion strategies pay their fair share. 

Like proposals by the Governor and the House, the SWM budget relies heavily on temporary strategies to balance the budget:

The budget proposals by the Governor, the House, and the Senate are all shaped by fiscal challenges that date back to the late 1990s: after cutting the income tax by over $3 billion dollars between 1998 and 2002 we have experienced deep cuts in areas like higher education, local aid, and public health. Meanwhile, the highest income residents in the Commonwealth pay a substantially smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than do the other 99%. If the tax system were reformed so that the highest income 1% of taxpayers paid roughly the same share of their income in taxes as everyone else, that would raise about $2 billion that could be invested in our people, our communities and our economy.

For our full analysis of the Senate Ways & Means proposal, please click HERE
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Both Franklin Lacrosse Teams Clinch their Third Straight Kelley-Rex Division Titles

From Hockomock Sports we find that the FHS boys and girls lacrosse teams won their 3rd straight Kelly-Rex Division titles with their wins against Milford on Wednesday.

Boys Lacrosse

Milford, 2 @ Franklin, 17 - Final - Franklin clinches its third straight Kelley-Rex division title with the win and first outright title since 2013.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Lacrosse

Franklin, 20 @ Milford, 3 - Final - 15 different players scored for the Panthers and Tracy Pisani, Rebecca Allen, Maddie Egan and Dana Lewandowski each scored their first goals of the season. With the win, Franklin clinched its third straight Kelley-Rex division title outright and fourth straight overall.


Franklin, 1 @ Taunton, 3 - Final - For the second straight start, Jared Jorge pitched six innings for the win, scattering five hits and allowing just one run. Jorge once again helped his cause at the plate with two hits and two runs, Zach MacLean had a sacrifice fly and Max Bowden had an RBI hit. Bowden picked up his fourth save of the season, pitching a scoreless seventh inning.


Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 - Final - Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Franklin senior Sabrina LoMonaco hit a two-run home run to lift the Panthers. LoMonaco picked up the win in the circle for Franklin as well, striking out five in a complete game effort. Olivia DiGiacomo singled and eventually scored to give Franklin a 1-0 lead through two innings. Taunton tied the game in the top of the third off an RBI double from Jordan Wade. A single from Meghan Navarro scored Kelly Reading to give Taunton a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth.

Girls Tennis

Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 2 - Final

For all the results of Hockomock League action on Wednesday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Downtown Project: Update #3

The contractor is finishing up placing drainage structures in the Downtown this week. 
They are also working in front of Dean College on drainage. Next week they will begin to bring on another crew and start reclaiming at the intersection of Pleasant and Main Street and work toward Dean College. 
They are still planning to bring in a small crew to install street light bases in about 50 locations.  They anticipate they can install four or five light bases a day so it will take 2 to 3 weeks once they begin. 
If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or my office at 508-520-4949.
it is quiet on Main St early in the morning
it is quiet on Main St early in the morning


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Healthy Futures Food Drive At The Hockomock Area YMCA Will Conclude At Healthy Kids Day On Saturday May 16

Please join the Hockomock Area YMCA and support local food pantries this week. The reality is that one in nine people in eastern Massachusetts is at risk for food insecurity. As an organization that is committed to social responsibility, the YMCA is in the final stages of their annual Healthy Futures Food Drive. 
Healthy Futures Food Drive
Healthy Futures Food Drive

The community is encouraged to participate and be there for our neighbors and our community. On Saturday, May 16 at the free community event Healthy Kids Day®, held from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Patriot Place in Foxborough, the Franklin Food Pantry will have their mobile pantry truck and challenge the community to fill it with healthy food items. 

Healthy Kids Day aligns perfectly with the Hockomck Y’s Healthy Futures initiative, an innovative program committed to reducing inactivity and poor nutrition. Free activities for families will be held at NRG Plaza, located outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. As an alternative to attending the event, donation boxes are also available in the lobbies of the YMCA branches in Franklin, Foxboro, and North Attleboro through Friday, May 15. 

The following items are suggested because food pantry partners in the 15 communities the Hockomock Y is privileged to serve often don’t have resources to consistently provide healthier options: 
  • Cereal (lower sugar) 
  • Mac & Cheese (whole grain) 
  • Hearty Soups (ex. lentil, minestrone, vegetable, black bean; lower sodium) 
  • Pasta Sauce 
  • Canned Vegetables (lower sodium) 
  • Canned Fruit (in juice) 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Pasta, Brown Rice (whole grain) 
  • Canned Beans 
  • Baked Beans, Turkey Chili 
  • Peanut Butter, Sun Butter 
  • White Tuna 
  • Spices 
  • Nuts, Seeds (ex. almond, sunflower) 
  • 100% Juices 
  • Water Bottles 
  • Olive or Canola Oil
  • Paper Goods 
  • Personal Hygiene Items 
  • Food for Restricted Diets (ex. gluten or nut free) 
  • Pet Food / Pet Products 
  • Supermarket Gift Cards (give directly to Y staff) 

For more information on Healthy Kids Day, please visit To donate at the branches, please visit a Hockomock Y branch at 300 Elmwood Street in North Attleboro, 67 Mechanic Street in Foxboro, or 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin. 

About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit