Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jane's Frames: You don't want to miss this Once a Year Sale!

Inventory Clearance Sale
30% OFF Custom Picture Framing 
with our  In-stock Products

* Thousands of In-Stock Frame moulding and mats to choose from

*Museum Glass not included in sale
You won't want to miss this sale!
A great chance for Quality Custom Framing 
with this Once a Year Sale
Offer valid until January 7th 2017!      
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Jane's Frames | | 11. E. Central St. Franklin, MA 02038

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Beatles for Sale – Live at THE BLACK BOX - Feb 24

Beatles for Sale – Live at THE BLACK BOX
15 W. Central St. (route 140) Franklin, MA
Friday, February 24th, 7 PM
presented by Lippolis Plumbing

$20 per person (Last years' concert sold out, so get your tickets early!)

Join us for a nostalgic night of Beatles music with Beatles for Sale! Come listen and dance to your favorite tunes from the early 1962 Beatles through the Beatles biggest hits of 1970.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, so get there early to enjoy some good food, take a chance in the raffle and get your cash door prize ticket!

All proceeds benefit HMEA and go directly to supporting children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

BEATLES FOR SALE is a New England-based Beatles tribute band from Massachusetts that is committed to recreating the sounds of the Beatles live in concert. They are past recipients of regional awards such as Best Tribute Band in New England and Best Live Act, and have received several other nominations.

This band delivers a fun and energetic performance complete with original instrumentation and vocal harmonies that are as accurate as possible to the original Beatles recordings. There are no offstage performers or pre-recorded tracks - everything is performed completely live.

Beatles for Sale – Live at THE BLACK BOX - Feb 24
Beatles for Sale – Live at THE BLACK BOX - Feb 24

Town Council Recap: Contentious public hearing on zoning map change

The Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 was contentious as it seemed like most of the existing residents along Summer St spoke against the proposal to change the map to add high density Residential Zoning 7 to a single parcel. The map change would enable the one parcel to be developed for 34 residences instead of the approx 7-8 that the current zoning required. 

A few councilors spoke raising questions about the proposal but the measure did move to a second reading with an 8-0 vote. (One Councilor recused himself - Bissanti). The crowd was upset with the vote as even the councilors speaking against the measure (or raising questions about it) voted to move the measure forward to a second reading in January.

After the crowd left the meeting, the Council meeting seemed disorganized as the repercussions of the zoning bylaw map change seemed to have had lingering effects.

The Council needed to redo one vote to record it via roll call. They had previously voted via voice vote. The discussion then got testy as there was disagreement on the bylaw numbering convention. Normally, the bylaws are numbered in two parts the first digits referring to the year of passage, the second set increasing sequentially. Some of the bylaw amendments were numbered as 16 (this year) and some as 17 (next year). Further adding confusion to this, some of the paperwork in the hands of the councilors also differed. Some councilors had a set with paperwork for 16, others for 17. 

The set of bylaws to enable recreational marijuana in the industrial zones as well as implement a 2% sale tax moved to the Planning Board for their action. The measures will return to the Town Council for 2 readings before the final vote and enactment in 2017.

Not to be overshadowed by the contentious zoning hearing, the new Lieutenant for the Fire Dept. Keith Darling was sworn in to open the meeting.

PDF for the zoning map change

GIS Map entry for 496 Summer St

On Summer St, at the entrance to the Town Forest. Some of the land where the  trees are would be were the development in question would be positioned.
On Summer St, at the entrance to the Town Forest. Some of the land where the
trees are would be were the development in question would be positioned.

My full set of notes taking during the meeting remotely can be found here. Note: I did catch up to the portion of the meeting that I missed due to work and added/updated the notes accordingly.

The video replay of the Town Council meeting is available

FHS girls hockey tie Auburn 1-1

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 1 vs. Auburn, 1, – Final
– Junior Bella Trask netted the game-tying goal in the third period for the Panthers. Juniors Caroline Hedvig and Jillian McGlaughlin each had an assist on the goal. Katelyn Pokorny made 14 saves in the game for Franklin.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

For other results around the Hockomock League on Monday

Confirmation via the Twitterverse

Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM

Come to the Franklin Public Library for a "Chanukah Story Time" on Wednesday morning, Dec 28 at 10:30 AM.

"Come join us for a fun filled hour featuring "If the candles could speak" by Dassie Pruss. We will hear some Chanukah stories, sing some songs, as well as make a Chanukah craft. We will also provide a snack and juice."

Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM
Franklin Library: Chanukah Story Time - Dec 28 - 10:30 AM
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

From Hopelessness to Recovery

Facing Addiction

Ivana Grahovac
Ivana Grahovac speaking at the
UNITE To Face Addiction Rally
My name is Ivana Grahovac, and I am a woman in long-term recovery. I was addicted to heroin while I was in college, and thought my life was over. I didn't know it was possible to survive. I didn't know I could recover from the compulsion and thought society abandoned me. Give hope, and help others survive and find recovery, like I did. Please support Facing Addiction.

IF there had been a #UNITEtoFaceAddiction rally in DC back in college, IF I heard the Surgeon General say: "Addiction is a chronic brain disease, not a moral failing", IF I had seen the "Concert to Face Addiction" while I was struggling . . . the compassion and understanding would have empowered me to reach out for help. 

All these "IFs" are opportunities for education. You can help us educate families and communities with your year-end, tax-deductible donation.
I know how fortunate I am to have survived. I want to do everything I can to shift our nation's response from hopelessness to the PROMISE of prevention and recovery, especially for young people. That is why I am so thankful to serve as Facing Addiction's Director of Advancement. Facing Addiction has been able to achieve so much in such a short amount of time, thanks to YOU!
With love and gratitude,


ALL gifts count!

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Facing Addiction a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis, as well as an independent coalition of national, state, and local non-profit organizations.
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10th Annual GWS Essay Contest is now open to all girls in grades 9-12 in MIAA schools

Found via this tweet:

MIAA image from webpage
MIAA image from webpage

"February 3, 2017 is the Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women and Sports Day, a day that recognizes the positive influence of sports participation on the lives of girls and women, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. This year’s theme is “Expanding Opportunity.” 
To honor this day, the MIAA is giving its female student athletes the opportunity to tell us their stories about opportunities available (or not!) to them in sports and in life and how they hope to keep opportunities expanding for others in the future."

Essay Prompt: 
Opportunities for participating in competitive athletics have expanded since Title IX was passed almost five decades ago, and experts agree these opportunities give female athletes a toolkit for success in life. 
How has this expanded opportunity affected you? 
How will you use your participation in athletics to help expand opportunities for future female athletes?

Monday, December 26, 2016

FPAC’S Free Family Concert Series Presents The New England Percussion Ensemble

Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Family Concert Series kicks off this season with the New England Percussion Ensemble on Sunday, January 8 at 1 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. 

A treasured FPAC tradition for more than two decades, Family Concert Series events are especially geared to children in length and format and provide young audiences with a fun introduction to the world of live music. Offered free to the public, the special concerts feature talented, professional musicians in an engaging and entertaining way.
New England Percussion Ensemble
New England Percussion Ensemble

The New England Percussion Ensemble specializes in presenting creative and energetic audience-interactive enrichment programs to youngsters. Their “Language of the Ancients” program is a journey through time, explored with imagination, inventiveness and creativity, to discover the many melodic, rhythmic and tonal possibilities of percussion. An audience hands-on ensemble concludes the program.

FPAC’s 2017 Family Concert Series is sponsored by Berry Insurance. For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit or

FHS boys hockey tops Newburyport, wrestling sweeps Marshfield quad

Catching up to the results from Friday, Dec 23 we can share the following:

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 4 @ Newburyport, 1 – Final

Wrestling - Marshfield Quad (Franklin)
– The Panthers went 4-0 at the Marshfield Super Quad. Franklin beat Duxbury 56-15, Bristol Aggie 54-15, Marshfield 36-24, and Pembroke 62-3.

For other results around the Hockomock League from Friday, Dec 23

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

With confirmation from the Twitterverse:

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell Announces 2017 Winter Outreach Schedule


William P. O'Donnell, Register
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
649 High St., Dedham, MA 02026 


Alicia Gardner
Director of Support Services
(781) 461-6104
Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell
Announces 2017 Winter Community Outreach Schedule

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell announces the 2017 Winter Community Outreach Schedule. The Registry of Deeds Speaking Engagements and Office Hours are an integral part of its consumer outreach initiative. The Register and members of his staff will be at the following Senior Centers, Libraries, Town Halls and Community Center starting on Wednesday, January 11th through Thursday, March 30th.
Outreach Event
Randolph Veterans Career Fair
Stetson Hall
Wednesday, January 11th
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Speaking Event
Randolph Lions Club
LaScala Restaurant
Wednesday, January 11th
Speaking Event
Cohasset Elder Affairs
Willcutt Commons
Wednesday, January 18th
Office Hours
Needham Town Hall
Highland Room
Thursday, January 19th
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Speaking Event
Foxborough Boyden Library
Community Meeting Room
Tuesday, January 24th
Speaking Event
Sharon Men's Club
Sharon Community Center
Tuesday, January 31st
Office Hours
Braintree Town Hall
Johnson Chambers
Thursday, February 2nd
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Office Hours
Medfield Town Hall
Chenery Hall
Thursday, February 9th
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Speaking Event
Wrentham Council on Aging
Senior Center
Wednesday, February 15th
Office Hours
Medway Town Hall
Sanford Hall
Thursday, March 2nd
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Speaking Event
Plainville Historical Commission
Humphrey House
Wednesday, March 15th
Speaking Event
Medway Public Library
Cole Room
Wednesday, March 22nd
Speaking Event
Cohasset Rotary Club
Lights Keepers Hours
Monday, March 27th
Office Hours
Norfolk Town Hall
Room 124
Thursday, March 30th
10:00AM to 12:00PM
It is Register O'Donnell's goal to provide a convenient way for residents to learn more about how the Registry serves them as it conducts business closer to their homes, saving them time and money. "By releasing the winter schedule now it provides people with advance notice to put these dates on their calendars," noted the Register.
Although, Registry staff cannot provide legal advice, they will be on hand along with the Register, to answer basic questions, transport documents for recording and assist in the filling out of a Declaration of Homestead form that provides for limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. They will also assist a person in signing-up for the new Consumer Notification Program that alerts a homeowner when a transaction has been made against their property to alert them against potential cases of fraud.
Additionally, there will be on-site work stations that can provide real-time status of your mortgage discharge, print out a copy of your deed and provide a demonstration on how the Registry's On-Line Land Records Database works. No appointment is necessary to attend these Office Hours.
Furthermore, Register O'Donnell is also available to speak to the membership of any of the professional or community organizations within Norfolk County. If interested, please call 781-461-6116 or email
To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on, follow us on twitter and instagram @norfolkdeeds.
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., 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. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at
phone: 781-461-6116
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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Franklin Library: Animal Affair - Dec 27 - 3:00 PM

Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo, will appear at the Franklin Public Library on Tuesday, Dec 27 at 3:00 PM.

Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo
Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo

"Our petting zoo is perfect for any occasion or event, in any season, and for any age group!

We believe having animals at your event shouldn't be just an activity, but an experience that creates a lasting memory! All of our PETS are deeply loved and receive the best of care, which is evident by their sweet nature and love of affection."
For more about Animal Affair, visit their webpage

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

"an example of new investment happening in downtowns around the region"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Kristina Burkey knew she wanted her first brick-and-mortar store to be in Natick. 
In the six months since she opened Calliope Paperie, a stationery and gift shop on the corner of North Avenue and Rte. 27, she found her instincts were right. Burkey is impressed with the activities and sense of togetherness she has experienced in Natick Center. 
"People here value their town and want to invest in it," said Burkey, who lives in Marlborough. 
And, while she understands concerns some people may have about increased development, Burkey is excited to see how redevelopment projects currently under construction add to the liveliness and mix of businesses in downtown."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

wreaths on the backdrop in the new Horace Mann Square
wreaths on the backdrop in the new Horace Mann Square

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Seasons greetings to all!

This will be the only post today. 

Take the time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. 

If you need something to read, there are plenty of posts in the archives going back to November 2007 and there are photos taken in and around Franklin in the Flickr tab.

The Franklin Town Common covered in the recent snow
The Franklin Town Common covered in the recent snow

This website is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can use your help.

How can you help?

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