Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dean College performs Twelfth Night

The Dean College School of the Arts is now playing its first theatre production of the semester, Twelfth Night. The show opens TONIGHT and will run through this Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

Twelfth Night is a comedy set in the Hotel de Illyria on the French Riviera. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, disguised as a boy, falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Throw into this mix a cast of characters, which includes Sir Tobey Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Feste the Fool, the lusty Maria, and taciturn Malvolio, and you have a riotous tale of mistaken gender and love triumphant on the Cote d'Azur of the Roaring 20'

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

Dean College performs Twelfth Night
Dean College performs Twelfth Night

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 PM
Performing Arts Studios Stage Franklin, MA

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Rabies found on Daniels St

"A raccoon found near 85 Daniels Street on February 15th has tested positive for the rabies virus. Animals infected with the rabies virus may be unsteady on their feet or act aggressively. 

Residents are urged not to approach any wild animal which appears to be sick or injured. Please contact Franklin Animal Control immediately at 508-520-4922, or you may call the Franklin Police Department for assistance. 

Anyone who has direct contact with a wild animal that is acting unusual should contact either Franklin Animal Control or the Franklin Health Department without delay."

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You're invited to Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018

You're invited to Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018

Register now for CAAD2018!

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education.

8:00 - 9:00          Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10           Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25           Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40           MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00        Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10        Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20       Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15          Lunch and Meet Your Reps…talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25           Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30          Wrap Up

  • How to Attract and Keep Volunteers
  • Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • How to Build Community Partnerships
  • Social Media Basics
  • Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits
  • Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets
  • Leveraging PR and Email Marketing
  • The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
Register Now
our sponsor, Dedham Savings Bank

Action and IMPACT is a free program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASSCreative, and our sponsor, Dedham Savings Bank.

Participate in ArtWeek

Participate in ArtWeek

The FCC is bringing ArtWeek to Franklin April 27-May 6, and we'd like you involved! For more information, or to apply to be part of ArtWeek, visit:

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Franklin Historical Museum: Birthday Celebration - March 3

On Saturday March 3, the Franklin Historical Museum will celebrate the town’s 240th birthday. 

The town was officially incorporated on March 2, 1778 and the museum marks this anniversary each year by inviting all residents sharing the same birthday, as well as the general public, to celebrate. 

About 80 people share the March 2 birthday and special invitations were sent to each of those residents in February. 

All March 2 birthday celebrants in attendance that day are entered into a drawing for a cash prize, which features the face of the town’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin! Guests are treated to cake, coffee, Franklin trivia, and a bit of Franklin History.

The Historical Museum is open
  • Saturdays 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Sundays 1 PM to 4 PM

You can also visit the Historical Museum on the web at   

or on Facebook at

Franklin Historical Museum: Birthday Celebration - March 3
Franklin Historical Museum: Birthday Celebration - March 3

FHS girls basketball top Shepherd Hill

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 52 vs. Shepherd Hill, 43 – Final
– Ali Brigham and Bea Bondhus combined for 31 points to help the Panthers beat the top seed at the Westboro tournament and one of the top seeds in the Central. Franklin will face Hopkinton in the tournament final on Thursday night.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Via the Twitterverse

Follow all the FHS sports on Twitter

Franklin Newcomers and Friends: “Green Thumb” - Mar 14

Come join your Franklin friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends monthly meeting. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30. Come get a “Green Thumb” as we learn how to have Happy, Healthy Houseplants from Lee Minnichelli. Lee has a degree in Plant and Soil Science and owned The Plant Lady, an interior landscaping business, for 12 years in Pittsfield, MA.

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 7:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). 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 or our Facebook page, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

Franklin Newcomers and Friends: “Green Thumb” - Mar 14
Franklin Newcomers and Friends: “Green Thumb” - Mar 14

In the News: Downtown Partnership event schedule; St Vincent de Paul Lenten collection

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

"The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates for its 2018 events and meetings, and a few of those events have new dates and times thanks to input from members and Franklin residents. 
The annual Strawberry Stroll, which traditionally had been held on Thursday afternoons, will be Friday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. 
“Residents told us that holding the Strawberry Stroll on a Friday evening would make it easier for them to come downtown and enjoy the event,” says Executive Director Lisa Piana. “The feedback told us more families could spend time together downtown without the Stroll competing with after-school activities and sports. We think it will be a very positive change for families and for our downtown businesses and restaurants.” 
Thanks to a member’s suggestion, the Partnership’s networking events are now monthly breakfast meetings (instead of lunch) held in the Dean College dining center. The first breakfast meeting in January drew 15 members who shared ideas and enjoyed a meal for less than $6."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

In the News: Downtown Partnership event schedule
In the News: Downtown Partnership event schedule

"The St. Vincent de Paul of St. Mary’s Church is organizing a Lenten collection drive for the food pantry. 
In observance of the season of Lent, the St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking people to consider bringing one item for the food pantry on each weekend of Lent. 
Suggestions for each weekend are:
  • Feb. 24/25: Cereal
  • March 3/4: Jars of spaghetti sauce
  • March 10/11: Juices, coffee, cocoa
  • March 17/18: Jelly, jam
  • March 24/25: Canned tuna and chicken
  • March 31/April 1: Crackers and snacks

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Slates Summer Programs for Children and Teens

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) announces a summer session of theater programs, ballet intensives, one-week camps, voice and instrumental lessons, and dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. The summer session runs from July 2 to August 24, with registration beginning March 5.

FSPA Summer Theater provides the opportunity for hands-on immersion in a Broadway Boot Camp, cabaret show, play or musical theater production, with enrollment for one to five weeks. The Cabaret week (July 23-27) focuses on repertoire choices, song interpretation and presentation, and concludes with a cabaret style revue at THE BLACK BOX theater in downtown Franklin. 

The three-day Broadway Boot Camp (July 30-August 1) brings Broadway headliners to FSPA for song and dance master classes and coaching on individual performance skills. A weeklong drama program (August 20-24) presents a straight play, while a two-week musical theater program (August 6-17) stages a major book musical at THE BLACK BOX.

Summer Programs For Children And Teens
 Summer Programs For
Children And Teens
Summer Ballet Intensives feature a final showing at THE BLACK BOX, along with extracurricular classes in Alexander Technique, nutrition and injury prevention. The four-week Intermediate/Advanced Intensive (July 2-26) and three-week Young Intensive (July 9-26) provide training in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe/pointe, modern, dance history, character dance and choreography.

Among FSPA weeklong performing arts camps: 

  • Broadway Camp (grades K-5, July 23-27 or August 20-24) teaches vocals, choreography and scene work, with a chance to showcase skills in a final ensemble performance. 
  • Acting Camp (grades K-4, July 9-13 and grades 5-7, July 30-August 3) explores character development and improvisation. 
  • Camp ProVoice (ages 7-9 and 10-13, July 9-13) focuses on individual performance skills with music from Broadway, movies and TV musicals, as well as pop and rock hits, culminating in a performance of solos, duets and small ensembles. 
  • Jazz and Tap Camp (grades 4-7, August 20-24) combines age- and level-appropriate dance with a creative summer experience. 
  • For young beginner dancers, Dance Discovery (ages 5-9, July 9-13) teaches basic dance vocabulary and positions, floor exercises and simple steps, with a focus on musicality and rhythm. 
  • Creative Kids Camp (ages 5-8, July 23-27 or August 20-24) engages campers with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts. 
  • The youngest campers, ages 3-5, are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience (July 23-27) with FSPA’s Little Music School Director, Kim Rezendes.

For summer registration, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668. For further information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions, dates, faculty, and tuition, call or visit

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced

Good news to share via the Franklin Area Network:

"I wanted to share the recent release of the 2018 Pop Warner Little Scholars. These scholars are being recognized for academic excellence and Franklin has 38 scholars this year, more than any other district in the Hockomock league.

These students are 6-8th graders that must first qualify with a excellent GPA to submit an application where they then have to provide community service and extra circular activity information. I think it speaks so highly of the great job Franklin schools are doing to provide excellence in academics while also producing well rounded students.

These scholars will be honored at an awards banquets in March at Gillette Stadium hosted by the National Pop Warner Organization. "

You can find more about the event here: 

Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced
Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced

You can find the full Pop Warner Little Scholar listing here

Or here

Economic Development Committee (EDC) - Agenda - Feb 21, 2018

Economic Development Committee (EDC) Meeting

Wednesday February 21, 2018

6:00 PM

Municipal Building 355 East Central Street 
Room 205


1. Temporary Signs
2. Parking surrounding the downtown
3. Commercial I Parking Regulations
4. Commercial I Dimensional Regulations
5. Multi-Family Housing in General Residential V and Commercial I
6. Review of R7 - Generally
7. Review of over 55- Generally

Additional details on these topics can be found in the document for the Jan 31 meeting agenda

Who are the members of the EDC?

  • Thomas Mercer - Chair
  • Eamon McCarthy Earls
  • Glenn Jones
  • Melanie Hamblen

More on the Town Council subcommittee can be found here

example of temporary signs frequently seen at King and Summer Sts
example of temporary signs frequently seen at King and Summer Sts

"The messages are sure to put a smile on any face"

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

"The importance of a random act of kindness is not lost to the youth of Franklin. 
Nine-hundred felt, paper, and foam hearts were strung up last week with clotheslines and pins, dangling from tree to tree at the Franklin Town Common to commemorate both Valentine’s Day and simple, everyday niceties. 
Two hearts are weaved or glued together to create a pocket in the middle. Each heart-pocket contains a note describing a random act of kindness performed by a Franklin student. 
Messages about helping friends build snowmen and aiding with school work are stuffed into the small pockets that are laced around the park and gazebo."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Hearts of Kindness

FHS boys basketball top Tech Boston, take Harvey Nasuti Winter Classic title

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 vs. LaSalle Academy, 4 – Final

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 76 vs. Tech Boston, 67 – Final

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:

"Coming off a state finals appearance a year ago, Franklin loaded its schedule with tough opponents in hopes of preparing for another deep playoff run. 
After beating D1 South hopeful New Bedford on Sunday, the Panthers matched up with the state’s top-ranked team, Tech Boston, in the championship game of the Harvey Nasuti Winter Classic. 
Although the flow of the game was hindered by nearly 50 foul calls, the Panthers made the runs at the right times and limited the Bears in transition, resulting in a 76-67 win. 
“We feel like we’re one of the best teams in the state,” said Franklin coach CJ Neely. “We’re not worried about who’s one or two or stuff like that. We talk about our goals and taking it one step at a time. This was our next goal [to win this tournament] and Tech Boston happened to the be the top-ranked team. They’re a very good team. We like that we can compete there and show what we’re made of, especially on the defensive side of the ball I think we did a great job able to slow them down some.”
Continue reading the article online

For other results around the Hockomock League on Monday

Franklin senior Paul Mahon converts a layup in the first half against Tech Boston. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin senior Paul Mahon converts a layup in the first half against
Tech Boston. (Ryan Lanigan/

Ashley Loomis selected as Player of the Week

"Franklin senior Ashley Loomis has been selected as the Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 11 through Feb. 17. Loomis is the 20th player selected for the 2017-18 school year and 10th player chosen during the winter season. 
Loomis capped her incredible career in the pool with two state titles and two state records at this past weekend’s swimming championships at Boston University. After making it four sectional titles in four years in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle the week before (and winning both races in convincing fashion at the Hockomock Championships), Loomis added to her resume with a third straight state title in the 200-free and fourth straight in the 500-free, both in record-breaking fashion. 
“Having Ashley as a part of Franklin swimming has been an amazing journey; truly a significantly valuable learning experience for athletes and coaches alike,” said Franklin coach Jess Pridham. “I have watched her grow and mature as both an athlete and as a person. She has always maintained a high level of humility, dignity, and grace through all of her success as well as encouraging and supporting her teammates in their endeavors as well."

Continue reading the article online

Ashley Loomis selected as Player of the Week
Ashley Loomis selected as Player of the Week

Fellswater to play in Wrentham - Feb 24

Who: Fellswater
When: 7:30 PM, Saturday, Feb. 24
Where: Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, MA 02093

Boston’s Celtic music ensemble, playing a wide range of tunes and songs, drawing from the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Canada, and beyond.
For more information and tickets, go to

Fellswater to play in Wrentham - Feb 24
Fellswater to play in Wrentham - Feb 24

Franklin Garden Club: “House Plant Success” - Mar 6

“House Plant Success” will be the focus of the Tuesday, March 6 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Dr. Paul Steen, a Master Gardener certified by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, will discuss common mistakes that cause failure in caring for house plants and how to avoid them. He will provide practical tips and easy solutions to avoid failures. Steen will also discuss 12 common house plants and how to make them bloom and thrive. The program will include an opportunity to ask question and for participants to bring in a few of their house plants for Steen to diagnose problems and make suggestions regarding care.

Steen is a retired physician who has been gardening for more than 50 years. He owns a home greenhouse and manages a one-acre shade garden. He has served as an instructor at Tower Hills Botanic Garden where he taught courses in tropical plants, shade gardening, and home greenhouse management. An Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Steen is Past President of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.  Visit them on the web at

Franklin Garden Club: “House Plant Success” - Mar 6
Franklin Garden Club: “House Plant Success” - Mar 6