Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lake Pearl Plunge 5K - Aug 22

Good morning! 
I'm wondering if you could help us spread the word for the Lake Pearl Plunge 5K this Saturday, August 22! 
We are trying to raise money to build a new boat ramp at the Lake Pearl Boat Launch which currently has deteriorated so far that it causes damage to boats and truck often. It also causes pollution to the lake because trucks have to back so far into the water to launch their boat that the truck exhausts are fully submerged, due to the extremely shallow depth at the boat launch. 
I know a LOT of Franklin-ers that love and use the lake and would greatly benefit from the restorations we are raising money for. It will cost just under $20k to rebuild and we are over 90% of the way to our goal. 
The 5k will take place on August 22 at Lake Pearl 299 Creek St. Wrentham. Check in will open at 8 and the race will start at 9. Runners will get to run around Lake Archer and finish with a splash as they plunge into Lake Pearl at the finish line. 
We have received massive amounts of support from local businesses in the form of sponsorships and prize donations for the runners. Prizes include gift cards to Davios in Foxboro, MacDeli in Franklin, Bass Pro Shops, James' Breakfast and More in Wrentham, and more. Bass Pro has also donated goody bags for the first 100 participants to register that include goodies from many local businesses! 
Lake Pearl Plunge 5K - Aug 22
Lake Pearl Plunge 5K - Aug 22
It has truly evolved into a community project, with astounding support coming from businesses such as Lake Pearl (who is also hosting the event), Wrentham Cooperative Bank, C3 Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc., Anderson Signs, R. E. Anderson Trucking, Carroll Advertising, Earthwork Industries, Core Concepts, DW Metal Fab, Wrentham House of Pizza, Chappy Girls Jewelry, Town Pizza and Allegra Printing. 
We have even had two billboard ads donated for the event, which can be seen along Route 1! To register, all runners, walkers and skippers may go to
We invite everyone to check out our Facebook page for news and updates -
We also have a GoFundMe set up
We would love your help spreading the word to Franklin residents! Please let me know if you have any questions!

In the News: animals at the Library, lightning strikes, TEDxNatick being scheduled

Rabbits, frogs and turtles are among the animals that could be making an appearance at the Franklin Public Library this afternoon. 
The library is set to host a "Wild Heroes" program by Animal World Experience at 4 p.m. today, looking to educate children about the creatures that inhabit the natural world. 
The event, said library Director Felicia Oti, is part of a slate of programs that has been running throughout the summer.
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Several lightning strikes were reported during a Tuesday afternoon storm. 
The Franklin Fire Department reported via its Twitter account that it had been dispatched to a house struck by lightning on Hunters Run at approximately 5:10 p.m. 
About a half-hour later - at 5:42 p.m. - the department reported, again through Twitter, that it had responded to a house fire at Royal Court. 
Both situations were dealt with, though an estimate of the damage done was not immediately available.

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Rosemary Driscoll, one of several organizers of the event, said organizers are planning for the event and looking for ideas for speakers. The group is also happy to have more people help out. 
Natick Education Foundation sponsored a simulcast viewing of a TED youth conference last year. Driscoll, president of the foundation, said TEDxNatick is much broader and not a specific Natick Education Foundation event, though the foundation expects to be a sponsor. 
“This is much more about a community event than it is a straight public education event,” Driscoll said. “The whole idea is it’s ideas that inspire.”

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Reporting by walking around: Sunday, Aug 16 (photo essay)

The walk Sunday took me out Chestnut St through Chestnut Ridge and back East Central to find out what was happening in that area. Turns out that there is a bunch of things going on.

landscaping at Magnolia Heights looks great
landscaping at Magnolia Heights looks great
Magnolia Heights has transformed what was the 'rock pile'
Magnolia Heights has transformed what was the 'rock pile'
Planet Chrysler Jeep expanded their parking area
Planet Chrysler Jeep expanded their parking area

Dave's Cafe is getting ready to open where the Best Deli had been (next to the Municipal Building)
Dave's Cafe is getting ready to open where the Best Deli had been (next to the Municipal Building)

the work on Lewis St had gotten to strip the road completely
the work on Lewis St had gotten to strip the road completely

another view of Lewis St
another view of Lewis St

the Shaw's Plaza has received a new coat and new parking lines
the Shaw's Plaza has received a new coat and new parking lines

what was the BP gas station has changed to Speedway
what was the Hess gas station has changed to Speedway

Hockomock YMCA: TPC Boston Hosts Integration Initiative Golf Clinic

This summer, TPC Boston hosted two golf clinics for members of the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Integration Initiative. Participants were given tips from the best, receiving instruction in putting, chipping, and full swing from professional staff at TPC Boston. Later, the newly trained golfers hit the links and played a few holes on the championship course, the same course that will host the best players in the world on Labor Day weekend for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Among the participants were some of Franklin’s shining stars: Datta Baplata, Peter Willis, and Douglas McNulty. They were joined by Hockomock Area YMCA staff, additional members of the Integration Initiative, as well as Patriots Legend Steve King and several other generous donors who support the Initiative.

Peter Willis
Peter Willis

This is the fourth year that TPC Boston has hosted these clinics. While many of the participants were golfing for the first time, some of the kids had years of experience and were excited to return. Hockomock Area YMCA President Ed Hurley observed how some of the participants “have been playing for several years now as a result of this experience.” The golfers from the Integration Initiative have developed their game so much that the Hockomock Y was able to start a 20-person integrated golf team in 2014, a program which is still going strong.

Dave Baplata
Dave Baplata
The day, however, was not over after the golfers finished the course. They were treated to some pizza provided by Domino’s and then given a special surprise: tickets to the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Hurley smiled as he commented on how the kids would watch the best players in the world “and they can tell their friends they played on the same course.”

“I want to thank everybody at TPC Boston…for doing this again for us every year. It’s something the kids look forward to and we look forward to. It’s a great day for our Y and the kids and our Integration Initiative,” said a grateful Ed Hurley. The Hockomock YMCA is proud to have experienced another successful golf clinic thanks to TPC Boston and the Integration Initiative.
Doug McNulty and Cody Martin
Doug McNulty and Cody Martin

The Hockomock Y’s Integration Initiative has been at work for 11 years, fostering an environment of inclusion and respect for young people with special needs. The Initiative has positively impacted over 700 families, a number which grows more and more every year thanks to events like the TPC golf clinic.

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

Memory Café - Thursday - Aug 20 - 3:00 PM

Please join us this Thursday at the Franklin Senior Center for our monthly Memory Café. Memory cafes are places for people with memory loss to share in social time with their caregivers and others.

This month we plan to do a very simple flower arrangement with flowers donated by Hillside Nurseries. We will have a refreshment and just chat and relax!

Memory cafes are popping up around the state and nationally as well. Locally the cafes are coordinated by Beth Soltzberg at Jewish Friends and Family Services in Waltham, Mass. There are several cafes in our area and all are open to the public and are free of charge. 
See the attached link for more information. 
Please call Elaine Owens at 508-520-4945 to register for this week’s café.

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center
For additional info on the programs that the Franklin Senior Center offer visit their page

Franklin Library: Animal World Experience - 4:00 PM

The Franklin Library has Animal World Experience coming on Wednesday at 4:00PM. 

This is one in the series of summer events sponsored by The Friends of the Franklin Library.

Animal World Experience - 8/19 - 4:00 PM
Animal World Experience - 8/19 - 4:00 PM

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

"Fatal drug overdoses claimed more than a thousand lives in Massachusetts last year"

“The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program helps federal, state, and local authorities to coordinate drug enforcement operations, support prevention efforts and improve public health and safety,” said Botticelli, who served as director of Massachusetts substance abuse services from 2003 to 2012 where he oversaw a pilot program for Quincy police to begin carrying naloxone to treat opioid overdoses. 
The New England HIDTA also will receive $265,000 to advance a range of drug use prevention initiatives and to support HIDTA operations. 
“This federal funding comes at a critical time in Massachusetts and New England’s effort to tame this scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse," said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. "Heroin overdoses are taking lives at an unprecedented rate. Stemming this tide will require a comprehensive strategy that teams public health, science, medicine, and law enforcement on the federal, state and local levels to stop addiction before it takes hold and secure treatment when and where its needed most."
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Who's behind the free movie night at Beaver Pond this Friday?

The Franklin Small Shop Co-op has gotten together to sponsor the free movie night. The current program guide from Franklin TV lists the 20 businesses.

You can also find the program guide each week on Franklin TV's webpage. It shows the schedule for all the shows broadcast on Franklin TV.

Franklin TV
Franklin TV
Small Shop Co-op
Small Shop Co-op

The Small Shop Co-Op is a group made up of local, independently owned, small businesses in Franklin MA. The group's goal is to brainstorm and implement new methods, events, and/or tools used to market small businesses within the Franklin community. Examples of such events include a town wide small business scavenger hunt, as well as the Movie Night and Small Business marketplace at Beaver Pond.

The Wiz - Aug 20-23 at Dean College

Did you think you were in the Land of OZ this weekend while at the Feast of St Rocco's? You might have caught the cast of The WIZ as they were out and about.

Roberta Trahan with the cast and Joel Thayer
Roberta Trahan with the cast and Joel Thayer

Dean College and the Massachusetts Star Players proudly present “The Wiz” in a series of live performances at The Main Stage Theater on the Dean Campus in Franklin, MA. Shows start at 7:30 PM on August 20th, 21st and 22nd and at 2 PM on August 22nd and 23rd.
“The Wiz” is a seven-time Tony Award-winning musical that retells the classic musical “The Wizard of Oz.” This show follows the story of Dorothy, a farm girl who wishes to see more than Kansas. Through her adventures in the Land of Oz, she encounters the impossible, which assures her that home is where the heart is.
Warren Reynolds shares this video he captured of the preview of The Wiz presented during the Franklin Cultural Festival. You can see The Wiz this weekend. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and at 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

To purchase tickets for the show, visit or call 774-226-5130

"It's not a new position - there's no new budget being added"

The Franklin School District has made a number of personnel changes ahead of the coming school year. 
The School Committee heard a report on the moves, and voted to name Joyce Edwards as assistant superintendent at its meeting last week. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski characterized the assistant superintendent move as more of a reorganization than anything else. 
"(Edwards') role had been director of instructional services," she said. "It's a new title, but the same person in the role."
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Franklin HIgh School will open with 4 new assistant principals
Franklin HIgh School will open with 4 new assistant principals

For all the reporting on the School Committee meeting of Aug 11, check this link

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Preliminary listing of candidates for Franklin's Nov 3rd election

The updated listing of candidates from the Town Clerk's office on Friday, Aug 14th

Assessor Donna Greenwood
  W.Kenneth  Norman
Assessor Total
Bd. Of Health Donald G. Ranieri, Jr.
  Philip M. Brunelli
Bd. Of Health Total
Constable John S. Power
  Philip M. Brunelli
Constable Total
Planning Bd John F. Carroll
  William D. David
Planning Bd Total
School Com. Anne K. Bergen
  Cynthia J. Douglas
  Denise L. Schultz
  Kenneth B. Hiscoe, III
  Kevin P. O'Malley
  Mary Jane Scofield
  Rita M. Graci
  Trevor A. Clement
  Vanessa A. Bilello
School Com. Total
Town Clerk Diane M. Padula-O'Neill
  Elizabeth F. Simon
  Paul J. Cheli
  Teresa M. Burr
Town Clerk Total
Town Council Brett S. Feldman
  Deborah L. Pellegri
  Glenn F. Jones
  James D. Schultz, Jr.
  Judith Pond Pfeffer
  Matthew T. Kelly
  Peter E. Padula
  Richard W. Power, Sr.
  Robert D. Dellorco
  Sean P. Slater
  Thomas D. Mercer
Town Council Total

Grand Total   32

Franklin Town Common
Franklin Town Common

The offer to the candidates for an interview can be found here

The election timeline can be found here

The election 2015 collection can be found here

Cooking with the Franklin legislative delegation

Franklin's legislative delegation got together recently to do some cooking. We see how they frequently get together on legislation and funding for Franklin, let's see how they cook!

Trisha Perez Kennealey, owner of Artistry Kitchen guides them in the cooking in the studio at Franklin TV.

For more about the Franklin Food Pantry you can visit their webpage

Link to the individual webpages for your legislators can be found here:

yard sale - Acorn Animal Hospital - Aug 16 - 8:00AM to 2:00 PM

Posted to the Franklin Matters Facebook page yesterday:

Acorn Animal Hospital will be hosting a yard sale TOMORROW (Sunday) from 8-2!  
If you have any unused items that you are looking to get rid of, we will be accepting donations TODAY (Saturday) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  
All proceeds from the yard sale will go directly to the Maggie Fund to support pets in need. unfortunately we cannot accept the following items: sofa beds, clothing, mattresses, paints, tires, chemicals, textbooks, computers, televisions, air conditioners or other large appliances.

Acorn Animal Hospital
Acorn Animal Hospital

TeamFitness: How to Save on Membership

The Benefits of a Referral Program 
100 Franklin Village Drive
Franklin, MA 02038

Forward this email

Team Fitness Franklin | 100 Franklin Village Drive | Franklin | MA | 02038

“The donations help to save their lives”

"Pedro, a 4-year-old Chihuahua and terrier mix, was adopted when he was just nine 9 weeks old, but was turned over to Just a Touch Rescue after a year because he barked. 
Kikka, an 11-year-old Pomeranian who is blind in one eye, was turned over to the organization because her owners couldn’t afford to pay fix an infection that came from breeding. 
Split, a 12-year-old Australian Shepherd, was brought to a vet to be euthanized because the owner “didn’t want him anymore,” said Debbie Fahrenholtz, founder and president of the organization."
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screen grab of The Big Biscuit webpage
screen grab of The Big Biscuit webpage

For more about The Big Biscuit, visit their webpage here