Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadway’s Matthew Scott To Headline THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series

Broadway’s Matthew Scott performs a one-night-only show at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music and event venue, on Saturday, January 21. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is the second in THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series, sponsored by Childs Engineering. The series, new this season, kicked off in November with Tony Award winner Beth Leavel. 

Fresh off his Broadway run as Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris, Matthew Scott will perform a solo cabaret show. 
Broadway’s Matthew Scott
Broadway’s Matthew Scott

His Broadway credits also include Jersey Boys, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Actors’ Fund), A Catered Affair with Harvey Fierstein, and Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams. His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, for which he won the Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actor; Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse); A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed Opera House); Eden and Unknown Soldier (The O’Neill Theatre Center); West Side Story (The Muny); Ragtime, My Fair Lady and Carousel (all at Paper Mill Playhouse); Beaches, Company and Side by Side by Sondheim (all at the Signature Theatre); and Legally Blonde, Swing!, Les Misérables and Sunset Boulevard opposite Liz Callaway (all for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). 

Television appearances include First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb for PBS, All My Children, and the 2006 and 2009 Tony Awards. 

Seating options for THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series feature general admission ($45) and a premiere ticket with reserved table seating ($65). A suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

FHS swim teams top Attleboro

From HockomockSports we share the results of Monday's FHS winter sports action

Boys Swimming = Franklin, 93 @ Attleboro, 76 – Final

Girls Swimming = Franklin, 107 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
– Junior Ashley Loomis and senior Helen Huang each won a pair of individual events and were apart of two winning relay teams. Loomis won the 200 and 500 free while Huang took first in the 50 and 100 free. Huang and Loomis teamed up with Leah Benoit and Audrey Finn to take first in the 200 free relay. Isabel Capecci and Katie McGuire were apart of the first place 400 free relay with Huang and Loomis.

Gymnastics = Franklin, 114.5 @ North Attleboro, 136.7 – Final
– Franklin’s top all around finish came from Liz Traphagen. Traphagen scored 8.0 on vault, 7.8 on bars, 8.5 on beam and 8.6 on floor.

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League

Via the Twitterverse

Franklin Youth Baseball registration now open

FYBO is pleased to announce on-line registration is open. You can register at www.franklinyouthbaseball.com

For new players and returning players paying registration by check, open registrations will be 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM January 28th and February 4th at the Franklin Elks Club located at 1077 Pond Street.

Birth certificates are needed at the time of registration for all new players.

We are also looking for head and assistant coaches at this time. Interested parents can register on-line (just like you would for a player) and stop by one of the open registration times to fill out the required CORI forms.

We will be accepting umpire sign ups at open registration as well.

FYBO still has open positions on the board for Bath Ruth Coordinators, Assistant Rookie League Coordinator as well as Summer League Reps for Big Diamond and Barnstormers. If you are interested in donating your time for the kids please us know.

You can reach us at: franklinyouthbaseball@yahoo.com

image from Franklin Youth Baseball Webpage
image from Franklin Youth Baseball Webpage

Winnie the Pooh Party - Franklin Library - Jan 14 - 10:30 AM

Come to the Hundred Acre Wood (also known as the Franklin Library) for a Winnie the Pooh Party on Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Winnie the Pooh Party - Franklin Library - Jan 14 - 10:30 AM
Winnie the Pooh Party - Franklin Library - Jan 14 - 10:30 AM

This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

"felt the bylaw as written was anti-business"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town is reconsidering a 1975 bylaw that requires businesses to clear nearby sidewalks of snow. 
The Town Council recently voted to repeal the bylaw - which sets a 12-hour time limit for businesses to remove snow - at the suggestion of Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. A second vote is needed before the repeal occurs. 
When the bylaw was passed, Nutting said, most of the Franklin's businesses were located downtown, so clearing the sidewalk in front of storefronts was a straightforward proposition. Now, he said, businesses are located in many places throughout town, including the area along Rte. 140, Kenwood Circle and Union Street and in the two industrial parks. 
"I don't think it's practical any more," he said. "I don't think we've written tickets (for it) in the years that I know of."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

evidence that the DPW does get to clear the sidewalks of snow. However one must also ask if the Downtown Project took so long, to plan, couldn't they atleast have put the pole on the side of the sidewalk?

Take the poll on this to rewrite or remove the bylaw

Reminder: Two speakers about walks in future and walks today

Just a reminder that The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club next event is this Wednesday, January 11. We are hosting two local speakers; local Author and Community Volunteer Alan Earls will update us on the Charles River Meadowlands. He will talk about the over 500 acres of open space that make this one of the great land preservation and management opportunities in our region. 

Also, local Author and Historian Marjorie Turner Hollman will introduce us to a treasure trove of outdoor recreational opportunities in our area. She has authored books highlighting easy walks and hikes in our locale. She will share her knowledge of hidden gems in our area waiting to be explored.

We invite any resident of Franklin, or a surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, to join us at "3" Restaurant, 461 West Central Street, Franklin. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available. 

We meet upstairs at 7:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. We run our meetings September through May. Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.

For more information, please visit our website www.franklinnewcomers.com or our Facebook page, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

even in the snow, the woods are lovely at DelCarte
even in the snow, the woods are lovely at DelCarte

Related post

  • 2nd edition of Easy Walks with links to three easy walks in Franklin


Monday, January 9, 2017

Would you like to present or perform at the Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival?

The Franklin Cultural District Festival Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2017. 

The Festival will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including: THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Brick School, the Historical Museum, the Town Common, the Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School.

To highlight and support all presenters, the Festival Committee is seeking Performing groups/individuals, Visual Artists, and area Restaurants/Food Service businesses to participate in the Festival.

Please see the information attached regarding the Schedule of Events. There are three separate applications on the Cultural District Website: 
  1. Performers/Music
  2. Visual Artists 
  3. Culinary Arts
Please select the application that best fits your presentation.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Franklin Cultural District Festival Committee at: FranklinCulturalDistrict@gmail.com

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM on February 28, 2017 to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2017
Third Annual Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cover letter (includes draft schedule of events)

Performers/Music Application

Visual Artists Application

Culinary Arts Application

Should the sidewalk snow removal bylaw be rewritten or removed?

Town Council is considering disabling the bylaw on sidewalk snow removal for retail areas. Given that as currently written it is reported to be unenforceable; should it be (1) rewritten or (2) removed?

There is a poll widget on the Franklin Matters page in the top right corner. Please record your answer there and feel free to elaborate in the comments here.


From the Town Code  http://ecode360.com/10434215?highlight=sidewalk#10434215

§ 147-1Time limit for removal.

Owners of premises in which business may be conducted and which premises abut a public way shall, within 12 hours after a snowstorm, remove all accumulations of snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of said premises.

§ 147-2Violations and penalties.

[Added 12-9-1987 by Bylaw Amendment 87-114]
Whoever violates the provision of § 147-1 above shall forfeit and pay for each violation a fine not exceeding $25.

taken on a walk Sunday morning, approx 12 hours after the storm ended

FHS strong performances at Frosh-Soph Indoor meet

Some sports and FHS highlights via the Twitterverse

Girls Fr/So 4x400 relay takes 1st with a 4:14
Girls Fr/So 4x400 relay takes 1st with a 4:14

The complete performance results from the MSTCA McIntyre Meet on Sunday can be viewed here

or here (PDF)

Register O'Donnell Highlights 2016 Norfolk County Real Estate Activity

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Highlights 2016 Norfolk County Real Estate Activity

While 2016 was in may ways a tumultuous year, both nationally and internationally, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell also reported it was a solidly impressive one for the local Norfolk County real estate market.

Register O'Donnell noted, "A review of 2016 showed a strong across-the-board performance when it came to Norfolk County real estate. During the year, the number of residential and commercial properties sold increased 4%."

In addition, the total volume of residential and commercial sales in 2016 came in at $9.1 billion, an impressive 12% increase year over year. The average sales price, for both residential and commercial, was $775,031, an increase of 8% over 2015.

Another positive economic indicator was the 167,600 land documents recorded, a 6% increase from the prior year. "These numbers indicate that Norfolk County remains a desirable location to raise a family and secure gainful employment," noted O'Donnell.

The year 2016 was also a robust one for real estate financing in Norfolk County. A total of 35,159 mortgages were recorded, representing an 11% increase from 2015. Total mortgage financing closed at $19.3 billion, a 5% increase from the previous year. Register O'Donnell stated, "Clearly, a strong economy in eastern Massachusetts, coupled with low interest rates, were the key factors."

Norfolk County residents continued to avail themselves of the protections provided by the Homestead Act. A total of 12,573 Homesteads were recorded in 2016, a 4% increase over 2015. O'Donnell noted, "A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge homeowners who have not recorded a Homestead against their primary residence to consider this valuable consumer protection tool."

One note of concern in an otherwise bright market was foreclosure activity. A total of 294 foreclosure deeds were filed in Norfolk County in 2016, compared to 250 in the previous year. In addition, Notice to Foreclose Mortgage, the first step in the foreclosure process, also increased by 3.7%. Register O'Donnell noted, "These numbers are quite sobering. While one foreclosure is one too many, there is a silver lining in the 4th quarter of 2016, the Registry saw significant reductions in the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings. I am cautiously hopeful these trend lines will continue."

The Registry continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and NeighborWorks Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950 to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option for consumers is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Norfolk County real estate market experienced solid growth in 2016. A strong economy in eastern Massachusetts, coupled with low interest rates, propelled consumers to spend on housing, even in light of the reduced inventory. In 2017, it will be interesting to see if this activity can be sustained, especially in light of the increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

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 www.norfolkdeeds.org.

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

Sent by registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org in collaboration with
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screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Franklin MA: Planning Board - Agenda - Jan 9, 2017

The agenda for the Planning Board meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan 9 2017 has been posted to the Town of Franklin webpage


I had missed that the development for the Pond St property was already in public hearing mode. The full agenda can be viewed here (PDF window)

or here

site of the former Franklin sewer works (photo from a walk in Sep 2015)
site of the former Franklin sewer works (photo from a walk in Sep 2015)

Important Cultural District Planning Meeting - Jan 19 - 7:00 PM

The Town of Franklin’s Department of Planning and Community Development invites you to attend a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on January 19, 2017 to hear an update on plans for a Cultural District in Downtown Franklin.

The Cultural District Steering Committee has worked hard for more than two years to draw attention to Franklin’s great cultural resources, advocate for creation of the Franklin Cultural District, and organize the annual Franklin Cultural Festival.

The Committee and Town staff are looking for your input regarding the creation of a state designated Cultural District and related management issues, as well as support for ongoing and potential cultural activities.

Input and ongoing involvement of all Franklin organizations and individuals is desired to develop a strong partnership consisting of cultural organizations, historical and community organizations, non-profits, private businesses, government agencies, educational and faith based institutions, and individual artists. All are encouraged to participate in this partnership.

Anyone in need of additional information should contact the Town of Franklin’s Department of Planning and Community Development.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Bryan W. Taberner, AICP

Director of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1352
Phone: 508-520-4907
Fax: 508-520-4906
Email: btaberner@franklin.ma.us

Thursday January 19, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Franklin Municipal Building
355 East Central Street, Town Council Chambers

Arts Happen Here in Franklin, MA!
Arts Happen Here in Franklin, MA!

Note: I am volunteering my time and effort as part of the Cultural District Steering Committee to make this happen for Franklin.

FHS wrestling takes 3 more wins on Saturday

Via the Twitterverse

Franklin Wrestling

"In a matchup of unbeaten perennial state wrestling powers in the finals of the inaugural Redhawks Duals tournament, Franklin snapped a tie when Mike Racca won by pin at 120 pounds in the final match to lift the Panthers to a championship win by a 35-29 score over host Natick on Saturday. 
The score was tied 29-29 as each team won seven matches heading into the decisive matchup at 120 pounds. 
"It was a great match with hard-fought wrestling and a lot of fun," said Franklin coach Carmine Colace. 
"It was a great match," said Natick coach Bob Anniballi. "They are one of the best Division 1 teams (in the state)."
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In the News: Kutil and the road to UMass Dartmouth; sledding map

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

"It gets a bit complicated, with a dose of personal conflict on Alicia Kutil's part, if one is to trace the back roads that ultimately placed her at UMass Dartmouth. 
"I wanted to go far away," said the ex-Franklin High basketball star. "I wanted to go to some pretty school down south." A slew of local colleges recruited the six-footer. She didn't even bother opening the letters. She sent video to a bunch of Division 3 schools down south. 
The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia was one of them. The basketball coaches liked what they saw of Kutil. She visited the campus, and enrolled. All good, so far. 
Then it wasn't good at all, and the change didn't take long."
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"By the time the storm Saturday ends, most of the area will have a decent coating of snow and cold enough weather to keep it around for a few days. 
In other words, the conditions are ripe for sledding. Check out an interactive map created by Millis woman Sharon Aigler for all the best sledding hills in the area, at hollistonmedway.communitykangaroo.com/sledding. 
The hills are also ranked by difficulty: small hills, large hills and intense thrill hills. 
Aigler, who runs the Community Kangaroo website, said she created the map with crowdsourced suggestions to solve a common problem."
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screen grab of sledding map
screen grab of sledding map

Fin the interactive version of this map online

In the News: Buckley Mass Audubon photo winner; Upper Charles River trail progress

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

"It's a striking photo - an orange-yellow sunset reflected in near-perfect fidelity by the water, with a few beach-goers navigating the narrow spit of land between sky and ocean. 
That picture, of Cape Cod's Mayflower Beach, has won statewide recognition for local 15-year-old Samantha Buckley, as it took high honors in a Mass Audubon photo contest. The society named it the top entry in the under-18 division of its "People in Nature" category. 
Buckley said she's had an interest in photography for some time, and had taken part in some photography challenges in her art classes.

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Under 18: Samantha Buckley
Under 18: Samantha Buckley
View other Mass Audubon photo winners from the 2016 contest here

"The push for the Upper Charles Trail, a bike and walking path through Ashland that would connect to a greater, 25-mile loop, just got a little outside help. 
The town has hired an engineering firm to help solidify a proposed route and a plan for construction. 
If Ashland completes the trail, it will finish its leg of a five-town loop first envisioned decades ago. Currently, only Milford has finished its stretch of the trail, but Holliston isn't far behind, having acquired the land it needs for the last stretch of unfinished trail. Hopkinton, Sherborn and Ashland are all in some stage of planning."

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More info about the Upper Charles Trail (and other rail trails in MA)

Franklin is the starting point for the Southern New Eegland Trunk Trail (SNETT) located off Grove St   http://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

SNETT trail entrance parking along Grove St
SNETT trail entrance parking along Grove St