Monday, July 27, 2015

Franklin Community Coalition on Opioid Abuse Update

The next meeting of the coalition is Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at Franklin High School
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Coalition work continues

Since our first meeting, a lot has happened. Two support groups have begun meetings in Franklin (see more information below), our board of incorporators has been crafting our next steps, and we are starting the process of developing a web and social media presence. For our next meeting (Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m.), Dr. John F. Kelly, the director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Mass General Hospital, will be the featured speaker.

The two support groups consist of Franklin HOPE (Healing Ourselves, Preserving Each other) which meets on Monday evenings and Healing Hearts which meets on Thursdays. The groups offer support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Both preserve anonymity and create a safe place" for people and families in crisis.

In the meantime, we have adopted S.A.F.E. (Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment) as our coalition name. It speaks well to the work we are doing.

On the organizational front, we have begun discussing a leadership structure and seeking volunteers to serve as officers in the coalition. In addition, we have formed subcommittees to formulate a community survey, to address our web and social media needs, and to attend meetings (including the DA coalition, the regional CHNA, and Learn to Cope). There has been a great outpouring of support for our efforts.

We are trying to line up speakers for future events, so if you have ideas or suggestions, please pass them along.

Thank you for your continued commitment to this effort and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 12 for our next meeting.

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Next Coalition Meeting on August 12 at 7 pm

On Wednesday, August 12, S.A.F.E. will feature a talk by Dr. John Kelly, the director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Mass General Hospital. His talk will be followed by a panel discussions and questions from the audience.

Please let your friends and family know about this important event and be sure to join us for an informative and robust discussion.

Click here to view the flyer and Facebook page for this event.

Franklin HOPE meets on Monday

Franklin HOPE (Healing ourselves, preserving each other) has begun meeting on Monday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 262 Chestnut Street in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place for people and families in crisis.

HOPE's mission is a peer led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery. It is striving to become an official Learn to Cope chapter. Until then, it will adopt the Learn to Cope meeting format and bring resources to the table for families in crisis.

The group will also provide mobile support (in home) for parents and family members who need help but don't want a meeting. And the network will provide opportunities for people to call someone in crisis.

The group will meet weekly. At the meeting on Monday, the discussion will begin with comments from Brooke and Ally, two recovering addicts who will share their stories in an effort to help others.

For more information, contact Jim Derick by clicking here
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STOP Addiction in its tracks
STOP addiction in its tracks

Closer to Home than You Think: A Personal Look Inside The Opiate Epidemic

On Wednesday, July 29, the Milford Library is hosting an opiate awareness program featuring Amy Leone, MA, MS, LMHC of Community Impact, Inc. and the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG); Mike Rodrigues, Founder of the EVAN Fund; Katie Triutt and Meghan Triutt Giacomuzzi of the Missin' Matt Walk.

The Rodrigues family lost Evan Rodrigues, age 19 in 2014 to a heroin overdose. The EVAN Fund honors his life and aims to help other youth and their families be educated about this widespread problem.The Truitt family lost Matt Bertulli, Katie's son and Meghan's brother in 2012, also due to a heroin overdose. They are planning a memorial walk in September, the Missin' Matt Walk to fundraise for families on the road to recovery.

Amy Leone is part of the S.A.F.E. coalition and works closely with adolescents and their families to address and cope with addiction, treatment, and recovery. She will also speak about Learn to Cope, a growing  peer-led support network that provides hope and community to families. Milford and Franklin do not currently have chapters.

Following the short presentations, there will be time to ask questions and connect.Sponsored by The Milford Regional Medical Center, The Milford Town Library, Community Impact,Inc, and JAG, this event is free and open to the public. We urge you to attend this important forum.

healing heartsHealing Hearts meet on Thursday

Healing Hearts has begun meeting on Thursday evenings on the second floor of the Franklin YMCA at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin at 7 p.m. The group offers support for families struggling with addiction and recovery. Its preserves anonymity and creates a safe place" for people and families in crisis. 

The group will also provide mobile support (in home) for parents and family members who need help but don't want a meeting. And the network will provide opportunities for people to call someone in crisis. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Knight by clicking here.
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Franklin Art Association: "America, An Artful Journey" - Sep 2

The Franklin Art Association will meet Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street. Refreshments and socialization will begin at 6:30. 
The program will continue with a presentation from Jill Sanford. Please see below for information on the presentation. 
Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association
Meetings are free and opened to the public. 
For more information please visit our website at and

America, An Artful Journey

Art For Your Mind is an engaging, educational, interactive art observation experience designed to broaden the minds of its participants. No prior art experience is necessary. 
Join us for an enjoyable hour of challenging your mind in a whole new way! This back to basics way of looking at art in a group setting is interesting and fun. The featured topic, America, An Artful Journey offers a way to experience American paintings from colonial times through the 21st century as they tell America's story. 
From "primitive" folk art portraits, to surprising realism, then on to modern abstract images. Visualize not only America's growth and change, but also America's developing artistic styles through time.

Please visit for additional information.

From the Newspapers: Electric Youth at the Cultural Festival, Food Pantry grant

In the Sunday Boston Globe West edition:
ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE Earlier this month, they were on stage at Disneyland Paris and the coast of Normandy, followed by performances in England for US troops stationed at Lakenheath, Mildenhall, and Feltwell air force bases. But this Wednesday, July 29, Electric Youth will perform a free outdoor concert for a hometown crowd when they appear on the Franklin Town Common as part of the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival, hosted by the Franklin Cultural District Committee.
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GBFB photo - Greater Boston Food Bank CFO Carol Tienken presents Franklin Food Pantry Director Erin Lynch with a check for $10,000. Courtesy photo
GBFB photo - Greater Boston Food Bank CFO Carol Tienken presents Franklin Food Pantry Director Erin Lynch with a check for $10,000. Courtesy photo

From the Sunday Milford Daily News
The food pantry downtown has received a $10,000 grant from the Greater Boston Food Bank to help improve how it stores and delivers perishable goods. 
The grant, awarded earlier this month, will go toward a $20,000 project that includes buying new refrigerators for the West Central Street pantry and upgrading its food truck or “mobile pantry.”
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

the Circle of Friends 2015-16 schedule is complete, mark your calendars

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is one of my treasures in Franklin. An acoustically sound space with great performers and great desserts at a reasonable price. 

What else can you ask for? Oh, and it is only on Chestnut St so it is easy to get to.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

262 Chestnut St

Franklin, MA
Phone: 508 528 2541

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Our schedule is complete and tickets for all these shows may now be purchased on our website.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse


  Sat Sep 26 2015, 08:00 PM
Vance Gilbert
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Oct 10 2015, 08:00 PM
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams/Grand Slambovians, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams/Grand Slambovians
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Oct 17 2015, 08:00 PM
Pesky J. Nixon, Miles to Dayton
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Nov 07 2015, 08:00 PM
Burning Bridget Cleary
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Dec 05 2015, 08:00 PM
Anne Heaton, Winterbloom, Antje Duvekot, Natalia Zukerman, Meg Hutchinson
Tickets: $25
Winterbloom featuring Anne Heaton, Natalia Zukerman, Antje Duvekot, and Meg Hutchinson
PLAY Sat Dec 12 2015, 08:00 PM
Ellis Paul
Tickets: $25
CD release
PLAY Sat Jan 09 2016, 08:00 PM
John Gorka
Tickets: $25
PLAY Sat Feb 27 2016, 08:00 PM
Seth Glier
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat Mar 12 2016, 08:00 PM
Susan Werner
Tickets: $27
  Sat Apr 09 2016, 08:00 PM
Billy Novick, Guy Van Duser
Tickets: $20
  Sat Apr 23 2016, 08:00 PM
Forever Young
Tickets: $20
A Tribute to the Music of Neil Young
PLAY Sat May 07 2016, 08:00 PM
Tickets: $20
PLAY Sat May 14 2016, 08:00 PM
Jim Kweskin
Tickets: $25
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Movie night at Beaver Pond - Aug 21

Summer time, a family night at the movie, outside at Beaver Pond. That sounds great!

Movie night at Beaver Pond - Aug 21
Movie night at Beaver Pond - Aug 21

What will be showing?

Toy Story - a Disney family 'classic'.

Toy Story
Toy Story - image from wikipedia

This event sponsored by the businesses in the Franklin Small Shop Co-Op.

Games and the Small Shop Co-Op Marketplace will open at 7:00 PM. The movie starts at dusk

35th Annual Crackerbarrel 5K - Sep 12

Hello all. Th 35th annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5k is 9/12/15 and you can register through for on line. 
The site has not been affected by the migration issue for race website www. Crackerbarrel so l hope to see you again this year. is all set for you. 

Crackerbarrel Classic 5K
Crackerbarrel Classic 5K
Thanks, Rich Katno race director

FSPA Summer Theater presents Disney's "High School Musical"

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Summer Theater presents the Disney mega-hit High School Musical at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14. The culmination of FSPA’s annual two-week musical theater program, the production features students in grades 8-12 and will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
A record-breaking, chart-topping pop culture phenomenon, Disney’s High School Musical is family friendly and full of fun. Based on the wildly popular 2006 Disney Channel original movie musical written by Peter Barsocchini, the stage version features the hit songs “We’re All in This Together,” “Bop to the Top,” “Start of Something New,” and “Get’cha Head in the Game.” With high energy and winning style, the movie’s memorable characters come to life, as star athlete, Troy, falls for brainy beauty, Gabriella, the new girl at fictional East High. When the two audition for lead roles in their high school musical, they threaten the status quo and divide the school’s social cliques. Along the way, these jocks, brainiacs, thespians, and more teach audiences about first love, peer pressure, and the importance of breaking free of others’ expectations and learning to be true to yourself.

The stage adaptation of High School Musical features book by David Simpatico and songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, Ray Cham, Greg Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg, and Jamie Houston, with music adapted, arranged, and produced by Bryan Louiselle. FSPA’s production is directed by Raye Lynn Mercer and Nick Paone, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell and choreography by Mercer and Kellie Stamp. 
Featured roles will be played by Michael Fajardo (Troy) of Hopkinton, Madison Asgeirsson (Gabriella) of Franklin, Katharine Waples (Sharpay) of Franklin, Sam Evans (Ryan) of Medfield, Aaron Frongillo (Chad) of Franklin, Katie Gray (Taylor) of Milford, Jason Barney (Zeke) of Franklin, and Brooke Collins (Kelsi) of Franklin. The cast also includes Brian Barrett of Foxboro; Aidan Clark, Kelly Irwin, Lauren Szcepanowski, Lindsey Wyner, and Melissa Wyner of Franklin; Joey Soares and Valerie Tapanainen of Hopedale; and Susauna Wickstrom of Wrentham.

FSPA’s newly expanded Summer Theater program debuted this summer, with opportunities for hands-on immersion in a cabaret show, concert musical, behind-the-scenes theater design, straight play, or musical theater production. Summer programming runs through August 21 and also features one-week performing arts camps, three-day workshops, and music and dance classes. Tickets for High School Musical are $24 (adults) and $20 (students/seniors). For tickets and more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit