Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FHS Havens, Robbins, Gipson, and Smith recognized as Girls Soccer All Stars has published the official 2016 Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.


  • Hannah Reiter, Mansfield


  • Nadia Havens, Franklin
  • Catherine Robbins, Franklin
  • Abigail Gipson, Franklin


  • Miranda Smith, Franklin
2016 Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars
2016 Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars

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JH Home Collections sends holiday greetings!

JH Home Collections Team
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JH Home Collections Team would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday. We are grateful to live and work in such a desirable community where our clients have never been happier calling Franklin home! 

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From left to right: Jean Kulesza, Heather Furfari, Erin Connell
From left to right: Jean Kulesza, Heather Furfari, Erin Connell

FHS D’Errico and Woelfel recognized as Golf All Stars has published the official 2016 Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.


  • Brady Allbritton, Oliver Ames


  • Matt D’Errico, Franklin
  • Bryan Woelfel, Franklin

For the full listing

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"the buffet, you can't go wrong!"

#shopFranklin speaks with Nilu Patel of The Curry House to learn about how she and her partners decided to open a restaurant in Franklin. 
We also explore all of the flavors in India and learn what makes The Curry House unique - and DELICIOUS!

Where is the Curry House?

418 West Central St in Franklin

Visit their webpage
The Curry House

Note: the video was recorded in May or June 2016 as they mentioned the "Taste of Franklin" was coming up and that was part of the 2nd Annual Cultural Festival at the end of July

FHS Brahimi, Asmath, San Clemente recognized as All Stars has published the official 2016 Hockomock League Boys Soccer All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league. 

The FHS athletes are listed here. There is a link provided below that will take you to the complete listing.


  • Tyler Mann, King Philip


  • Hatim Brahimi, Franklin
  • Farley Asmath, Franklin


  • Connor San Clemente, Franklin

2016 Hockomock League Boys Soccer All Stars
2016 Hockomock League Boys Soccer All Stars

Reminder: Annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Nov. 26 featuring New England Ringers

The New England Ringers, the region's premier community handbell ensemble, is returning to Franklin after a two-year hiatus to perform at the Franklin Federated Church Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 PM.

The concert will feature an arrangement of winter and Christmas melodies. including the familiar and beloved Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, a rousing version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, and a haunting rendition of God With Us for All Time, arranged by Betty Garee and featuring the gorgeous sound of Cathedral Bells.

New England Ringers is a 15-member community handbell ensemble of highly energetic musicians playing the most advanced level of handbell literature. NER performances are a blend of lively and diverse musical moods and styles. Repertoire includes classical transcriptions, familiar favorites, and original compositions.
New England Ringers is a 15-member community handbell ensemble
New England Ringers is a 15-member community handbell ensemble

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the mission and ministry of Franklin Federated Church. Franklin Federated engages in a wide variety of mission activities, with a particular focus on feeding the hungry.

Admission is $15 per person. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at 508-528-3803.

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TeamFitness: Thanksgiving Week Information

Thanksgiving Hours for 
Team Fitness and CrossFit Franklin:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: 5 am - 5 pm (morning classes as scheduled)
  • Thanksgiving Day: 7 am - 12 noon (7:00 am WOD in CF Box) and (7:15 am SPIN Class- only class- early sign up recommended).
  • Friday, Nov 25: 5 am - 7 pm (regular hours and classes)
We will supply a box to collect all non-perishable food items to be delivered to the Franklin Food Pantry. Please consider all items including dish soap, hand soap, toilet paper, plastic wrap, canned goods, and even coffee. Nearly a third of adults they serve skip a meal so their children can eat. Thanksgiving is coming. Lets give thanks for our well being and help those who are in need.

Hunger does not have a season.

If you prefer, here is the link to donate directly to the organization. Franklin Food Pantry Donations!
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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Nutcracker - "a journey full of surprises and wonder"

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) proudly presents The Nutcracker, bringing special guest artists, a 27-piece orchestra, and more than 100 area dancers to one suburban stage. FPAC invites audiences to fall under Drosselmeyer’s dreamy spell and join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a journey full of surprises and wonder. 

A popular holiday tradition for more than two decades, The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the timeless ballet delights the imaginations of audiences young and old with festive magic and colorful splendor. FPAC presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin High School auditorium, 218 Oak Street, in Franklin. 

Snow Queen
Snow Queen

The production features a professional orchestra under the direction of Peter Cokkinias, who celebrates his 13th year as music director/conductor of FPAC’s Nutcracker orchestra. Guest artists Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys, company dancers with Festival Ballet Providence, will perform the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Rosario Guillen, a student of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will dance the part of the Nutcracker/Prince, with Aaron Andrade of Lincoln, Rhode Island, playing the role of Dr. Drosselmeyer. A choir will sing the ethereal choral parts that accompany the enchanting Snow Scene that closes the ballet’s first act.

FPAC’s The Nutcracker also showcases the talents of scores of area students, ages 6 and older, from many regional communities and local dance schools. Performers cast in featured roles include Mia Antunovic of North Attleboro as Clara (Saturday) and Kissy Doll (Sunday); Alli Tomsik of Medway as Clara (Sunday) and Kissy Doll (Saturday); Ty Gavin of Bridgewater as Fritz; Shaina McGillis of Franklin as Dew Drop (Saturday), Snow Queen (Sunday) and Spanish Soloist (Sunday); Sarah Strock of Holliston as Snow Queen (Saturday), Spanish Soloist (Saturday) and Candy Cane Soloist (Sunday); Lauren Szczepanowski of Franklin as Mouse Queen, Candy Cane Soloist (Saturday) and Dew Drop (Sunday); Haley Desjarlais of Medway as Arabian Soloist; Naomi Fitzgerald of Walpole as Harlequin (Saturday) and Marzipan Soloist; Alex Beckman of Northbridge as Harlequin (Sunday) and Marzipan Soloist; Mairead Nee of Walpole as Chinese Soloist (Sunday); Emma Nicholson of Franklin as Soldier Doll; and Julia Kimball of Canton as Soldier Doll.

FPAC’s The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by Cheryl Madeux, who formerly danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Hartford Ballet and American Ballet Theatre companies. Additional choreography is by Casey Harkness Andrade and Clyde Nantais. Marina Van Winkle is rehearsal assistant for Cherubs and Marzipan Corp.

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit FPAC supports educational arts experiences, quality entertainment and outstanding performance opportunities for professional artists, community performers and students of the arts. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, FPAC celebrates its 26th season. Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation is FPAC’s Holiday Performance Sponsor. Tickets are $30-$34. For tickets and more information, visit or or call (508) 528-3370.

Reminder: new MBTA schedule in effect Monday

I had a chance to sit with the old and new schedule to find and mark the changes. They are mostly minor but for those looking to catch the train from South Station to head home, 4 trains leave a minute or two earlier. As one who has watched the clock carefully, those 1 and 2 minutes changes can mean making or missing the train. Take note if one or more of these are trains you would catch.

  • Train 713 - now leaving at 2:40 (-1)
  • Train 715 - now leaving at 3:48 (-2)
  • Train 717 - now leaving at 4:43 (-2)
  • Train 745 - now leaving at 5:02 (-1)

Inbound there are as 5 time changes, four leaving earlier (one leaving 21 minutes earlier) and one 6 minutes later than it used to.

  • Train 708 - now leaving at 7:50 (+6)
  • Train 718 - now leaving at 2:57 (-3)
  • Train 720 - now leaving at 4:01 (-4)
  • Train 722 - now leaving at 5:03 (-1)
  • Train 726 - now leaving at 7:43 (-21)

If you find I missed a change, please let me know so we can share with all.

*** Published earlier ***

Fall Commuter Rail schedules go into effect on Monday, November 21st. Schedules are now available online at

The fall schedules incorporate severe weather service information and can be viewed on on each line's schedule page. 

Paper schedules will be available at North Station, South Station, and Back Bay starting on Monday, November 14th.

Last updated: Nov 01 2016 01:27 PM

boarding the Franklin train at Franklin-Dean Station
boarding the Franklin train at Franklin-Dean Station

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For convenience, the Franklin schedule can be found here

And a copy is located here

FHS Walsh, Ronan, Morse, Marshall, Lonsbury recognized as All Stars has published the official 2016 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league. 

The FHS athletes are listed here. There is a link provided below that will take you to the complete listing.


  • Kelli McCarthy, Foxboro


  • Annie Walsh, Franklin
  • Cassi Ronan, Franklin
  • Kate Morse, Franklin
  • Kayla Marshall, Franklin


  • Caroline Lonsbury, Franklin
2016 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars
2016 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars

Register O'Donnell Sees Mixed Signals with Norfolk County Real Estate in October

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Sees Mixed Signals with Norfolk County Real Estate in October

Mixed signals were the theme for Norfolk County real estate activity in the month of October 2016.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reported, "The data collected shows seemingly contradictory figures when it comes to both real estate sales and lending activity. While sales showed a slight year-over-year decrease of 4%, the average sale price of residential and commercial property during October was $756,035 a 27% increase. Additionally, total sales volume, again for both residential and commercial property, was $688 million; it marked a 14% increase compared to October 2015."

Mortgage activity also showed some mixed signals. O'Donnell stated, "The number of mortgages recorded during the month of October was 3,120, a 23% increase compared to the previous year. However, total mortgage financing for the month was $2 billion, compared to $3.4 billion the previous year. The drop-off is largely attributable to a $811 million property financed in Quincy and Braintree in October 2015."

The same mixed signals were also seen in foreclosure activity. The bad news was the increase in the number of foreclosure deeds recorded. A total of 34 foreclosure deeds were recorded in October compared to 14 recorded during the same time in 2015. The good news was a reduction in the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process. Seventy-seven Notice to Foreclose Mortgages were filed in October compared to 101 filed in October 2015.

"While I am guardedly optimistic the worst of the foreclosure activity is behind us," noted O'Donnell, "these numbers do tell us that some of our neighbors continue to face economic hardship. My office is committed to partnering with Quincy Community Action Programs at (508) 598-0950 to ensure homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender are getting the help they need. Another option is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333."

The number of Homesteads recorded, an important consumer tool available to homeowners, was essentially flat. A total of 1,010 Homesteads were filed last month, compared to 1,016 during the previous October. O'Donnell noted, "A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "The real estate sales activity experienced in Norfolk County during the month of October clearly shows a tremendous amount of competition for a limited number of properties available. Keys for a healthy real estate market going forward will be the level of available inventory and whether there will be a potential rate increase by the Federal Reserve. My office will be monitoring these issues very closely."

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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