Friday, November 24, 2017

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!

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#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!
#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! Help FPAC light the stage!

Please support FPAC and help us light the stage!

After Black Friday and after Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday allows each of us to step into the giving season with opportunities to support organizations that touch our lives throughout the year. 

Please support the Franklin Performing Arts Company as we continue to bring professional, family friendly entertainment to your backyard. Your gift to FPAC will allow us to purchase much needed lighting equipment to better light the stage for the year of performances ahead! 

Currently we are required to rent equipment to supplement what is now installed in THE BLACK BOX. FPAC's Giving Tuesday goal is $3,000 with which a spotlight, several instruments and lamps will be purchased.

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Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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“A big part of the forums is for me to do less talking and more listening”

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

"As part of her entry plan, newly hired superintendent Sara Ahern will hold a community forum to both introduce herself to the community and to gather perspectives on the school system. 
The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 on the third floor of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Main St. 
Part of her entry plan is to listen to residents and others across the district to understand their perspectives about the schools. Ahern already met with parent groups and will be meeting with students and faculty as well, she said. 
“Really what I’m trying to understand is what do they perceive to be the strengths and what opportunities for growth do they see,” she said. “I think it’s important for me to understand the district from many different perspectives as I come in new to Franklin Schools.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Superintendent Ahern's Entry Plan was published here earlier

Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM
Community Forum with Superintendent Sara Ahern - Nov 30 - 6:30 PM

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cultural District Committee Appointments scheduled for approval

One of the agenda items for the Town Council meeting November 29 will be the appointment of the 7 member Cultural District Committee. This committee would oversee and coordinate the cultural efforts for Franklin. The memo to the Town Council summarizes the proposal.

"We are requesting the Town Council ratify the following individuals to be members of the newly formed Cultural District Committee:

  1. Christopher Brady for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  2. Stacey David for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2020.
  3. Robert DeRobertis for a two-year term to expire on June 30, 2019.
  4. John LoPresti for a two-year to expire on June 30, 2019.
  5. Philip Regan for a one-yeart erm to expire on June 30, 2018.
  6. Nancy Schoen for a one-year term to expire on June 30; 2018.
  7. Tyler Warren for a one-year term to expire on June 30, 20.18.

Please note all seats are three-year terms. These are the initial terms to introduce the staggered years of the committee for initial appointments. It's anticipated the one-year termed candidates will be
considered for reappointment in June 2018.

In June 2017, the Council approved Resolution 17-44 authorizing the creation of a Cultural District Committee (resolution, map and memo attached). Over the summer, the Town held an open application period for anyone in the community to apply. We received almost two dozen applications. Through the fall, Jeff and I met with each candidate in person. Suffice to say, choosing seven folks out of the group was very difficult given the passion, creativity and interest from all applicants.

Given the work the Committee will be doing moving forward, it was important to get a diverse set of skills and interests. Our recommendation includes backgrounds in arts and culture, media, marketing, public relations, downtown economic development and more.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have."

Earlier this year, the Town Council approved this step

Franklin Cultural Festival
Franklin Cultural Festival

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

HockomockSports put together the Campus Report for the fall season of 2017. Several FHS alumni were mentioned for their respective athletic accomplishments:
Quintin McDermott, Alexis Stowell, Victoria Stowell, Allison Burke, Nicole Ellin, Meghan Dieterle, Maddie Bressler, Taylor Cogliano, Dani Lonati, Sammy Rondeau, and Joe Kalil.

Read the full details here

FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics
FHS alumni still busy in collegiate athletics

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

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

"Many cities and towns closed their municipal offices early on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. But town and city clerks in every Massachusetts community remained behind their counters until 5 p.m. 
Wednesday was the deadline to submit signatures for questions to appear on the 2018 ballot. The Attorney General’s office certified ballot questions on 18 topics earlier this year – 17 proposed laws and one proposed constitutional amendment. 
The groups behind the ballot questions needed to collect at least 64,750 signatures by Wednesday to proceed to the next step in the process. The residents of any one county cannot comprise more than 25 percent of those signatures. 
Local clerks must certify the signatures of the registered voters in their communities. That is, the signatures of Milford residents are submitted to the Milford town clerk – and so on."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For the complete listing of initiative petitions filed for the next election, check out the Attorney General's webpage here

“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”
“We did it entirely through a grassroots operation”

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving

Town offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and re-open on Monday, Nov 27.

The Library is closed today but will be open on Friday and the rest of the weekend for its normal schedule.

Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Franklin Town offices closed for Thanksgiving
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday
Library is closed today but will be open on Friday

This was shared from the Town of Franklin web pages

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM

The Committee For Concerts on the Common


The Annual Christmas on the Common

Sunday, November 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM
on the Franklin Town Common

Lighting up the town common holiday lights and displays!
Refreshments and goodies!
Visit with Santa and "Jingles the Elf"

In case of inclement weather, holiday festivities will
take place across the street in the Ben Franklin Charter School


Please Send Donations To:
"Concerts on the Common"
P.O. Box 92
Franklin, MA 02038

Or contact 528-2206 for more information

Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM
Annual Christmas on the Common - Sunday, Nov 28 - 4:00 PM

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3

Calling all Local Autism friends

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event!

Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3
Meet Santa at this very special Autism Eats-
Dell True Ability holiday lunch event - Dec 3
Join us at Restaurant 45 in Medway on December 3 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Meet, eat and take pictures with Santa in our private room. Treats for the kids!

Autism Eats now in its fourth year was started to give autism families an opportunity to enjoy restaurant meals without the stress that often accompanies these outings. Since everyone in our private room "gets it" there is no need to explain any behaviors or feel like all eyes are on us.

MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3

On Saturday, December 2nd at 6 AM right through Sunday, December 3rd at 12 PM, MyFM Media will be setting up camp outside of Target on Fortune Boulevard in Milford for their first annual Stuff-a-Bus event collecting toys for Toys For Tots. 

"Folks are invited to visit us on location, right outside of Target with an unwrapped toy donation for Toys For Tots", explains MyFM's "Mr. Everything" Ray Auger. "The idea is to fill a Vendetti Bus in that 30-hour period. It's a aggressive goal but I know the kind of people we are working with in this community and I know it can be done."

The idea came to Auger from past Stuff-a-Bus events he was involved with working on radio station on Cape Cod and Portsmouth, NH. Target was quick to agree to help with the location and Vendetti Bus, a good friend of MyFM, was happy to lend them the bus. In case of exceeding their goal, the MyFM and Asphalt Engineering Station Wagon will also be on hand for additional storage of toys.

"We are very excited to add this event to our myriad of community outreach programs at MyFM Media," says MyFM Media President Tom McAuliffe. "Our local community supports us in so many wonderful ways, so giving back like this is never a question."

Can't make it to the event or want to give a little more? "We are offering a fun incentive for anyone who would like to donate $200 to the Stuff-a-Bus efforts", Auger adds. "We will broadcast a Facebook Live Shopping Spree in your honor to thank you for your generous donation. Anyone interested should contact me at your convenience."

If you would like more information about MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus, please contact Ray Auger at 617-851-7542 or

MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3
MyFM's Stuff-a-Bus - Dec 2-3

Artists, educators, performers & venues wanted for ArtWeek Franklin 2018

We want YOU for ArtWeek Franklin!

The Franklin Cultural Council is bringing ArtWeek, a statewide arts festival, to Franklin April 27 - May 6, 2018...and we want YOU involved!
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Anyone can host an ArtWeek event…organizations, businesses, schools and individual artists. And while the VENUE has to be in Franklin to be part of ArtWeek Franklin, the HOST or participating organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space.

What makes an event an ArtWeek event?

ArtWeek events should be unique, memorable and inspired experiences that offer a taste of the arts, culture, and/or creativity unlike others that you can traditionally experience throughout the rest of the year. Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public by adding a simple "ArtWeek twist" like:
  • Inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal or offering a free pre- or post-show talk or discussion 
  • Hosting a hands-on workshop or demonstration (and it's extra cool to host them in an unexpected place)
  • Adding a twist to open studios by including a 30-minute mini-workshop or how-to session with an artist
  • Creating a partnership event between artists and businesses
  • Offering a tour, hosting a lecture or creating a panel to discuss a relevant topic in arts, culture or creativity
  • If you're a restaurant, consider participating in the Art of Food.
Learn More

Why participate?

ArtWeek brings tourists to town, customers to your business, and  attendees to your events. It can drive revenue, raise awareness, create a sense of community, promote good will, and get more people interested in your goods, services, programs, and more. Plus, ArtWeek will promote you for free!

Need inspiration?

The great people at ArtWeek have created handy inspiration sheets for every type of business, organization and venue. Follow the link below to start generating ideas for how YOU can create a unique ArtWeek event.

So let's talk money...

ArtWeek events must be open to the public (though you can limit the number of attendees through ticket sales or other means), but they don't have to be free. All events must be under $50, and you keep all revenue. Want to host a free event? Well, that's certainly encouraged too! In fact, the Franklin Cultural Council believes so strongly in ArtWeek that we are providing special grants just to those programs offered free of charge! To apply, click here:
FCC ArtWeek grants

Let's talk promo...

The beauty of ArtWeek is that it's a partnership! ArtWeek helps coordinate and promote the events through their unique, searchable database (they'll create a web page for your event free of charge!), as well as ads, press releases, and on social media.

State and regional partners such as the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism, the Mass Cultural Council, and the MetroWest Visitors Bureau will promote ArtWeek through their channels.

The Franklin Cultural Council, the Town of Franklin, and our local partners will also help raise awareness through all of our efforts. That's a whole lot of extra visibility to amplify your own efforts!

Location, location, location...

Have an idea, but don't know where to host the event? Have a venue, but looking for a program? We can help! We are putting together a list of events and venues to help match up partners. If you're interested, simply fill out this Google form:

ArtWeek Partnership Form

So where do you sign??

Ready to participate? If so, follow the link below to apply directly to ArtWeek for your event to be part of the fun! It's a short form and easy to fill out – we promise! The early bird deadline is Jan. 8; final deadline is Feb. 28. And if you don't mind, drop us a line at the Franklin Cultural Council at so that we know you want to be involved. We can't wait! Still have questions? Visit ArtWeek's FAQ's for more info.
Apply Now
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Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM

Did you know that each pint of blood donated saves as many as 3 lives? This Thanksgiving season show your thanks by giving the gift of life through blood donation. 

Sophia Sabini-Leite, a senior at Franklin High School, is carrying on the work of her sisters and sponoring regular blood drives in the Franklin community for Boston Children's Hospital.

This Wednesday, November 22, the Children's Hospital Blood mobile will be stationed at the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin from 1 PM to 6 PM. 

Sign up online at: for an appointment, 
or contact Sophia at (857) 236-1910, 
or for more information and to sign up.

Hope to see you on Wednesday, November 22nd, at the Boston Children's Blood Mobile!

Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM
Children's Hospital Blood mobile - today from 1 to 6 PM

Franklin Food Pantry: A Season of Thanks


   November 2017

A Season of Thanks

Dear Community,
Every Thanksgiving my mother says the same thing, "Please invite anyone to join us for dinner, we don't want anyone to be alone today!"  

I try to carry her wise words with me always. In so many ways this is what the  Franklin Food Pantry is all about. Making sure that everyone has a place at the table.

Throughout the year each one of you has helped us share food and comfort with those who need it, and we are truly grateful.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!
THANK YOU for your support,  


Additional leadership gift and corporate sponsor opportunities available,
for details please email Erin Lynch

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, 
across the street from the fire station.
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038

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