Sunday, July 17, 2016

Consumer Reports database now available through the Franklin Library

The Consumer Reports database is now available to Franklin residence through the Minutemen library service and your Franklin Library card.

Read the picture for details, or stop by the Library for assistance.

Consumer Reports database now available through the Franklin Library
Consumer Reports database now available through the Franklin Library

This was shared from the Franklin Public Library page

Mike The Bubble Man July 18th

Mike The Bubble Man is scheduled for the Franklin Public Library on Monday, July 18th.

Mike the bubble man
Mike the bubble man, July 18 - 1:00 PM
Shared via the Library page

Race for a Cause in The 10th Annual Hockomock Area YMCA Triathlon – JULY 24

SUNDAY - JULY 24, 2016

8:00 a.m. START TIME

Lake Pearl Luciano’s - 299 Creek Street, Wrentham, MA 0209


This friendly sprint triathlon returns for its tenth year! The race is welcoming to beginners, youth/junior triathletes and paratriathletes. All proceeds benefit the Reach Out for Youth and Families Campaign. The Y is proud to be the first paratriathlete-friendly race in New England beginning in 2013 and continuing to this day.

Fast Facts

1/4 mile SWIM, 9 mile BIKE, 3.1 mile RUN.

  • Swim is in a calm lake, with an in-water wave start.
  • Bike and run provide moderate hills through Franklin, Norfolk, and Wrentham.
  • Centrally located and easily accessed grass transition area.
  • Free tech tee and finisher medals. Top 3 finishers in each category will also be recognized with place medals.
  • Club competition with trophy to first place team. Club members are also eligible for individual medals.


  • Youth: 10-14 (with the permission of the Race Director)
  • Junior: 14-19
  • Age Groups (Male & Female, 20 years+)
  • Clydesdale (Male 200+ lbs)
  • Athena (Female 165+)
  • Paratriathletes
  • Relay Teams (Male, Female, Mixed): 2 or 3 person teams allowed

Race for a Cause in The 10th Annual Hockomock Area YMCA Triathlon – JULY 24
Race for a Cause in The 10th Annual Hockomock Area YMCA Triathlon – JULY 24

Saturday, July 16, 2016

"cultural activities are a form of economic development, bringing people to business areas"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Local cultural officials are bemoaning a decision by Gov. Charlie Baker to veto roughly half of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's budget. 
"I think it's disheartening to hear the governor wants to cut the budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council," said Milford Cultural Council Chairwoman Maggie McIsaac. "Especially in Milford, we do so much with different programs." 
McIsaac said her council uses state funding to bring education and entertainment to the senior center, library and schools."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Whether the Legislature overturns the veto or not, you can contribute to the Franklin Cultural Festival. Your donation of $1, $5, or more will help bring this year's festival to Franklin. 

You can donate to the Cultural Festival through GoFundMe here

Franklin Cultural Festival will happen from July 27 to July 30
Franklin Cultural Festival will happen from July 27 to July 30

"the town does not have a parking problem"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The times may be a-changin' for change-collecting meters as the downtown roadwork project nears completion. 
The Town Council gave tentative approval to several parking bylaw amendments and downtown meters could become a casualty. 
The council, at its Wednesday meeting, voted to pass three amendments to second reading. The amendments set up parking limits in the downtown and eliminated language relating to parking meters."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

If you'd like to get into the details on the bylaw changes, here are the the three changes:

  • Bylaw Amendment 16-765: Amendment to Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Article III, Traffic Signs, Signals, Markings and Zones, §170-10 Authority of Highway Foreman and §170-12 Interference Prohibited, Violations and Penalties. – 1 st Reading ( Motion to move Bylaw Amendment 16-765 to a 2nd Reading – Simple majority) 
  • Bylaw Amendment 16-766: Amendment to Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, at Article IV, Stopping, Standing and Parking, §170-15 Parking Prohibitions and Limitations and §170—17 “Resident Only” Parking – 1 st Reading (Motion to move 16-766 to a 2nd Reading – Simple Majority) 
  • Bylaw Amendment 16-767: Amendment to Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic at Article V, Parking Meter Zones, §170-19 Establishment and §170-20 Additional Regulations; Violations and Penalties – 1 st Reading (Motion to move Bylaw Amendment 16-767 to a 2nd Reading – Simple majority),%202016/Bylaw%2016-767.pdf

parking meters here decorated for free parking during the Christmas holiday period would not be part of the Franklin downtown area
parking meters here decorated for free parking during the Christmas holiday period would not be part of the Franklin downtown area

Town Council - Action Taken - July 13, 2016

It was a busy meeting on Wednesday, July 13. The Town Council had a wide ranging set of topics to discuss and in some cases act upon.

Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub got their liquor license approved by the Town Council but it is pending approval from the MA ABCC,

The new parking rules were approved by a 5-3 vote with Pellegri, Vallee, and Padula voting against. (Without watching the video replay, I won't be able to tell who was the missing member. Bissanti is recorded as having recused himself from one item. Kelly, Dellorco and Pfeffer were quoted in Milford Daily News articles on the meeting so it is likely Mercer or Jones who was missing.)

For additional actions taken review the document provided by Franklin:

Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub got their liquor license approved
Teddy Gallagher's Irish Pub got their liquor license approved

Hockomock Y & Dean College Announce College Transition Free Workshops - Aug 9, 16

Ok – you got in! You have the dorm room, supplies and some new clothes. You’ll be leaving pretty soon to take the next huge step in your life. For many teens, this is a time filled with excitement but also anxiousness and uncertainty, and certain skills need to be developed in order to overcome these fears and succeed that very first weekend and beyond.

Join us on Tuesday evenings, August 9th and August 16th, for two powerful workshops which will focus on solutions for some of the hurdles both teens and parents often face at the beginning of the college experience. The Thriving in College: Your First Weekend and Beyond workshop series is sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA Bernon Family Branch and Dean College, with support from State Representative Jeffrey Roy, the Franklin Public Schools, Community Impact, New Hope, Riverside Trauma Center and the S.A.F.E. Coalition.

The topics covered during the workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Separating from family, lifelong friends, boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Creating new friendships
  • Academic pressure
  • Social pressure

The main focus of these two workshops will be how to stay strong, healthy and confident throughout your college years. Parents are invited to participate as well; the workshops will be structured so that parents and prospective college students will be in separate break-out sessions run by counselors, experienced college officials, college students and recent graduates who will share their experiences, advice and wisdom to help everyone get through the first few weeks and months (and beyond)!

"We are aiming to make that transition from high school to college far less stressful for our teens and their parents," said State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin). "We know that powerful things happen when community organizations and people come together and support each other, and these workshops are yet another example. Join us on August 9 and 16 to help make your teen's journey this fall less daunting."

“Going off to college elicits so many emotions: excitement, anxiety and most often some combination of both. We do a great job of helping teens get into college, but we want them to succeed once they arrive. We want teens to realize that if they are feeling anxious, they are not alone in feeling that way. The more our young people are prepared for the challenges they may face, the more positive college experience they will have, from the first weekend and beyond,” said Dr. Anne Bergen, retired educator, host of “It Takes a Village: Raising Resilient Kids in Today’s World” and volunteer on the Bernon Family Branch YMCA’s Board of Managers.

“The transition to college can be very challenging for new students and their families. The first few weeks and months can be an emotional roller coaster,” said Cindy Kozil, Vice President of Enrollment & Retention at Dean College. “Many parents ask us how they can best support their son/daughter during this transition. We offer specific recommendations, strategies and tips to make the experience easier, less stressful and more enjoyable for all involved.”

These workshops are free and open to the public. We encourage all students (and their parents) just beginning college and anyone seeking more information about the college experience to attend.

Where: Franklin High School, Lecture Hall, 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA
When: August 9 and 16 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is encouraged, and all those who pre-register and attend will be eligible to win a $100.00 gift card.
To preregister visit and enter in the keyword search: Thriving in College.

These workshops are part of the Teen Transitions program. The Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch in Franklin and Dean College have joined forces to provide mentoring and guidance to young adults currently enrolled in high school. Teen Transitions is an innovative approach that pulls together professionals and industry experts living and working in our community to volunteer their time presenting tips and best practices.

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

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

About Dean College:

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year. For more information visit

Dean College Children's Center Accepting Applications for September 2016

Dean College's Children's Center is accepting applications for the following sessions: (1) 2-day morning, 3-day morning, or 5-day mornings for preschoolers; (2) 4-day afternoons for pre-K children.

Innovative and progressive, the school is NAEYC accredited and well known in the community for an inspiring preschool experience. Dean Children's Center is a lab school for ECE majors, with teachers-in-training alongside credentialed teachers. The center has a very professional and caring environment for children to learn through exploration.

The school uses a developmental approach to education which reflects current research in child development and peer conflict resolution. We are a regional resource to parents and educators on peer conflict resolution in young children and our lab school is a demonstration site for best practices in early education of children.

Dean College Children's Center is located at 144 School Street in Franklin. Parking is at 89 West Central Street. For more information, visit or call 508-541-1598

Dean Collage
Dean College

Friday, July 15, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 7/15/16 - THU 7/21/16

FRIDAY 7/15/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common

MONDAY 7/18/16
10:30am   Bilingual Storytime @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Mike the Bubble Man @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 7/19/16
1:30-3pm   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library

6:30-8:30pm   Concerts on the Common: Frank Padula Band, Children’s Program: Big Joey, Storyteller
8:15pm   Movies in the Park @ Choate Park, Medway. Free admission, every Wednesday through summer.

THURSDAY 7/21/16
3pm   Memory Cafe @ Franklin Senior Center (please register)
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art Center

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

WMRC's Living to broadcast Live from Noodles and Co

I will be broadcasting my radio show tomorrow (Friday, July 15) at Noodles and Co in Franklin.  The show is called Living.  It can be heard on WMRC 1490 on Fridays from Noon to 1 PM.  

Ray Auger
WMRC Radio

Five great summer 5k run/walks in Rhode Island and New Bedford.

Franklin runners, some 5K races not far away!
Register early and save.

Check out these great 5k runs.
Register early and save!
Narragansett Bay 5k
Date: July 24, 2016 Start 7:15 a.m.
Start: Pierce Stadium, 201 Mercer Street, East Providence, RI 02914.
Finisher medallions. Live Bands on course. Beer Garden.
T-shirt for all entrants.

Irish Music Festival 5k
Date: Saturday August 27, 2016 Start 10:00 a.m.
Murphy's Law Irish Pub
2 George St, Pawtucket, RI 02860.
FREE Guinness pint glass to the first 150 to register. Irish music starts immediately following the 5k. T-shirt for all entrants.

Fort Taber 5k
Beautiful Sunset Run!
Saturday September 3, 2016
5K Start: 6:30 p.m.
Location  1000 Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744.
T-shirts for all entrants.

CLICK HERE to register now.

Date: 9/10/2016
Start: 10:00 a.m.
Location:  150 Fairway Dr, North Kingstown, RI 02852
T-shirts for all entrants. 

CLICK HERE to register now

CVS Health Downtown 5k

Date: 9/18/2016
Start: 11:00 a.m. Kids start 8:am
Location:  RI Statehouse, Francis St.  Providence RI 02903
T-shirts for all. Finisher medallions

CLICK HERE to register now

RunRhody, PO Box 1940, East Greenwich, RI 02818

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Examining the Proposal to Increase and Reform the EITC

MassBudget factsheet examines the current proposal for the state's Earned Income Tax Credit

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

MassBudget Fact Sheet Examines Proposal to Reform and Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit
The state's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) aims to improve the economic security of lower income working families by increasing their after-tax earnings. A growing body of research has found that raising the incomes of lower-income families provides benefits through the life-cycle: improving the health of children and mothers; boosting school performance; and increasing long-term earnings.

MassBudget's updated fact sheet "Massachusetts' Earned Income Tax Credit and the Current Proposal for Increase and Reform" examines a proposal from the Senate Ways and Means Committee to reform and increase the state EITC.

The Senate proposal would increase the value of the EITC provided by the Commonwealth to 28 percent of the federal EITC benefit, up from 23 percent today.  It would also change the way the EITC is calculated for people who have income in Massachusetts but are not full-year residents.  Currently those households receive a pro-rated share of EITC benefits based on the share or their income that is earned in Massachusetts.  The new proposal would prorate the benefit based on the amount of time the household lives in Massachusetts.  The largest effect of this change would be that people who are full- time residents of another state but earn income in Massachusetts would no longer be able to receive the Massachusetts EITC (those taxpayers are often able to receive a state EITC in the state where they are residents - if that state has a state EITC).
MassBudget's factsheet on the EITC explains the benefits for families with different incomes and numbers of children under the current program, provides estimates of the number of current beneficiaries, and describes the cost of the new proposal and how it is paid for. The fact sheet also provides an overview of research on the effects of the EITC on families and children.

You can read the new fact sheet (HERE).

For information on how many people receive the EITC in each town, see (HERE).

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.


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Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, 15 Court Square, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108

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"I think this is the wrong way to do it"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council at its meeting this week called for more transparency and better tracking in the maintenance of town buildings. 
The council expressed those concerns to Deputy Director of Public Facilities Marco Brancato, who was at the Wednesday session to request approval for a new preventative maintenance program. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the effort would take inventory of public buildings and equipment and put that information into a software program. The program would then set up a maintenance schedule and help identify problem areas."

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Additional information on actions that were taken at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday can be found on the Town of Franklin webpage

Franklin Municipal Building, site of  the Town Council meetings
Franklin Municipal Building, site of  the Town Council meetings

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Franklin Library Book Sale - July 16-17

The Library is now in it's temporary location while construction takes place and the monthly Library Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday (July 16) from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and the Bag Sale on Sunday (July 17) from 9:00 AM to Noon.

This was shared from the official Town of Franklin page

Franklin Public Library operates from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle
Franklin Public Library operates from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle

"if the councilors did not feel local government was broken, they should not fix it"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council will be seeking more information about amending Franklin's charter. 
Councilors asked Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting Wednesday night to gather information about past charter reviews, with the intention of possibly convening a new group to do so. 
Nutting spoke about the ways in which the charter had changed in the past, beginning when Franklin moved to a city form of government in 1978. Since that time, he said, reviews have taken place in 1995 and 2010."
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In case you missed the Jeff Nutting letter as part of the meeting agenda, you can find it here,%202016/Memo%20to%20Council%20Charter.pdf

The full agenda and documents released can be found here

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building