Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting - Agenda - Apr 5

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:30 AM
Dean College Campus Center, Campanella Room

I.              Open Meeting                        

II.            Adoption of Agenda  

III.          Member Introductions         

IV.          New Board Member Introduction  

V.            Thank you to Terri Frank    

VI.          New Communication Coordinator Introduction

VII.        Town Update-Jeff Nutting and Town Council 
VIII.     FDP Updates-Lisa Piana        
a.     Membership Discounts
b.    New Website
c.     Sponsorships
d.    Ladybugs, Kindness Rock Garden, Beautification Day
IX.          New Mixed Development-Brad Chaffee

X.            Merchant Meeting Update- Pandora Carlucci

XI.          Strawberry Stroll-Beth Wierling/Jen Hurst
a.     New Day and Time - Friday, June 8, 5:00-8:00
b.    Registrations and Sponsorships

XII.        Networking Breakfasts-Gary Donelan/Matt Lechter  
XIII.     New Business and Member Announcements         

XIV.      Adjourn and Networking

Networking Breakfast -- Friday, April 20
Beautification Day -- Saturday, May 19
Strawberry Stroll -- Friday, June 8
General Meeting -- Thursday, June 14        

This was shared from the Downtown Partnership page 

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting - Agenda - Apr 5
Franklin Downtown Partnership
General Meeting - Agenda - Apr 5

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lifelong Community Learning: Spring Watercolor Art Class

Franklin Public Schools          Lifelong Learning Institute 
Lifelong Community Learning is  pleased to announce 
Lifelong Community Learning: Spring Watercolor Art Class

Don't wait...
and start painting now

 Tired of hearing that everything is bad for you? 
  Register now for something that is good for you!
   Whether you want to begin to paint or continue your painting skills, this class is for you.
The class is taught by GAIL ECKBERG, a full-time teaching artist

218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038,  508-613-1480

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American Community Survey Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities

Learn about intern opportunities at the Census Bureau

American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau

American Community Survey Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for qualified interns to work on the American Community Survey (ACS). This survey is the largest continuous household survey in the United States. It is a monthly survey that provides a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including educational attainment, income, disability status, employment, migration, and many more population and housing topics. The data are used by governments, businesses, and individuals to plan for emergencies, learn about local communities, and make better decisions.
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first (200) applicants are received or on Friday, April 6, 2018, whichever comes first. Learn more about how to apply for this internship via USAJOBS.

Learn More

The ACS provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions about the future. These statistics are required by all levels of government to manage or evaluate a wide range of programs, but are also useful for research, business, education, journalism, and advocacy. If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Service Center on 1-800-923-8282.
To request a free data workshop, training, or presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau, please contact the Data Dissemination Office at or 1-844-ASK-DATA (1-844-275-3282).

Thank you,
U.S. Census Bureau

Dean College to Host 5th Annual Dean Dash 5K on Saturday, April 21

Dean College will host its 5th Annual Dean Dash 5K on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Franklin, MA campus.

The course will start and finish at Awpie Way, directly outside of Dean Hall at the Dean College campus, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA. The race will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. for competitors to take a 3.2-mile walk, jog, or run through the residential streets of Franklin. A hydration station will be waiting for you at the 2-mile mark.

Registration is $5 for Dean College students and kids 12 and under; $13 for faculty/staff/alumni; and $18 for family/community members. Registration prices will increase by $5 on race day. Price includes race t-shirt, race bib, drawstring bag souvenir, lunch, hydration station and live entertainment. Race day registration begins at 12:00 noon. Individuals who do not register ahead of time should be on location no later than 12:15 p.m. to complete the registration process.

Whether you are a seasoned race enthusiast or a first-time runner, we hope you will join us by participating in this year’s race.

For more information and to register, visit

Dean College to Host 5th Annual Dean Dash 5K on  Saturday, April 21
Dean College to Host 5th Annual Dean Dash 5K on  Saturday, April 21

3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1 - Tickets on Sale

To help the nearly 1,000 individuals seeking food assistance from the Franklin Food Pantry, the Pantry is again partnering with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club in the 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on May 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Franklin High School.

The dinner event, which features a simple meal of soup and bread served “soup-kitchen” style, will set the stage for community members to learn more about the true effects of hunger. Featured speaker Erin Lynch, Pantry executive director, will present “Hunger in Franklin,” highlighting the impact of hunger on struggling local families. Lynch’s talk will be at 6:45 p.m., but the open house format welcomes attendees any time between 6 – 8 p.m.

The event serves as a reminder of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger. The awareness and fundraising event is family-friendly and caters to all ages. “We want attendees to understand the devastating effects that hunger can have,” says Lynch. “It is a very real problem for many in our own backyard. By working together as a community to fight hunger, we can better the lives of our neighbors in need. If you have enough to eat, you can focus on helping your kids with their homework; you have more energy to look for a job; your kids do better in school.”
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1 - Tickets on Sale
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1

Lynch said she is grateful for the partnership with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club. Students have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year, and have hosted bowl-making events open to the community. The hand-painted, ceramic bowls are given to attendees to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.”

“Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and advisor for the Empty Bowls Club. “In addition to making ceramic bowls throughout the year, students volunteer the night of the event. It is a heartwarming experience to see these impressive young people so engaged with our community in such a worthwhile cause.”

The event includes a silent auction featuring more elaborate pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and community members. In addition, kids of all ages will have an opportunity to make a bowl to take home with them. Donations made via the Giving Wall will be used to purchase food for neighbors in need. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased online at

Seating is limited to 350 guests so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on advance ticket sales, tickets may be available at the door. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. For more information on the dinner, visit or call 508-528-3115.

About the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club
Franklin High School is participating in an international charity project called Empty Bowls, which supports hungry people in local communities. The objective of the Empty Bowls Club is to teach students of all ages that they can make a difference in their local community. Club members, along with FHS faculty, district K-12 art teachers, and the Franklin community, make ceramic bowls throughout the year. Then, the Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry work together to co-host a community meal of soup and bread. All funds raised at this event are donated to the Franklin Food Pantry. The Empty Bowls Club has been sponsored by the Franklin Cultural Council.

About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to nearly 1,000 individuals. Clients have access to bread and fresh produce daily during Pantry hours. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. Other programs include a Mobile Pantry, Cooking Matters classes, a Healthy Futures Market, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.

“I think this inspired all age levels”

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin

"Robotics are indeed the way of the future, and to get there, it’s wise to start at a young age. 
But that doesn’t mean the present is limited to children. 
At Saturday’s inaugural robotics expo at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, first-graders paired with older students in a display of previous work. 
Angela Batt, an engineering teacher at Tri-County and the event’s coordinator, runs a Daisy Girl Scout troop out of Plainville, where she has 13 first-graders who are passionate about Lego robotics. She broke her troop into three junior Lego-league teams, and with the younger leagues being non-competitive, they always end the year with an expo. This year, they combined their expo with area middle schools and the Tri-County high robotics team."
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“I think this inspired all age levels”
“I think this inspired all age levels”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Town Council - recap - March 28, 2018

The town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 28 opened with the swearing in of Firefighter Paramedic Peter Ballou. Peter was introduced by Chief Gary McCarragher and sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr.

Peter Ballou was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Peter Ballou was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Councilor Mercer was participating remotely so all votes were via roll call.

There was some discussion on the measure moving through the State legislative process to establish an animal registry before taking some action to endorse it. The measure was discussed and commented on. Any action to endorse it would be scheduled for future session.

The only vote of significance was to approve a measure to upgrade the town's phone system with a new one via a lease arrangement which would provide a good savings over a purchase.

The official Action Taken document as published by the Town of Franklin.

Reminder: FPAC's Culinary Cabaret at THE BLACK BOX - Apr 6

"Join us at THE BLACK BOX when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, wine and entertainment, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, flavorful dishes and delectable desserts!

Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits presents representatives from vineyards and distributors, who will pour wine tastings to compliment the chef-prepared specialties. Reflecting Pour Richard's "Never Drink Ordinary" motto, beverages will feature small producers, high quality and eclectic selection.

Featuring entertainment by Electric Youth and special guest artists of the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Culinary Cabaret supports Electric Youth's 2018 European tour including Fourth of July at Aviano Air Force Base!"

April 6th, 2018
7:00 - 10:00 PM

15 West Central Street, Franklin, MA

Tickets can be purchased online

FPAC - Culinary Cabaret - April 6
FPAC - Culinary Cabaret - April 6

Noviello, a Player to Watch as HockomockSports posts their baseball preview

HockomockSports has published the baseball players to watch and preview for the Hockomock League. We share the FHS items here and provide links for the full listing at HockomockSports

"Franklin returns one of the best rotations in the league and the centerpiece for that staff is senior Jake Noviello, who is back after an outstanding season for the Kelley-Rex champions. The Fairfield University-commit threw 55.1 innings last season, second most in the league, and led the Hockomock with 61 strikeouts. One of the hardest throwers in the league, Noviello finished the season with a 6-2 record and also picked up the win in the Panthers’ playoff opener. Noviello and the rest of Franklin’s arms will be hoping for another league title and to put together a longer state tournament run this spring."

For other "Players to Watch" around the Hockomock League

2017 Record: 18-6
2017 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Zach Brown

"Focusing on pitching and defense, the Panthers will be looking to get better each and every day as they try to replicate the success from a season ago. 
Franklin won the Kelley-Rex division last year, its first league title since 2012. And the mix of pitching and offense put the Panthers in some conversations for Super 8, but the Panthers ended up in the D1 South and bowed out in the quarterfinals after being forced to play on back to back days. 
The arms that helped the Panthers have so much success last year as almost all back, starting with staff ace senior Jake Noviello. The Fairfield-commit struck out a Hockomock-best 61 batters a year ago, going 6-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 55.1 innings of work. Noviello is complemented by lefty Jason Ulrickson (7-0, 0.80 ERA, 35 K), Bryan Woelfel (3-2, 0.91 ERA, 4 SV, 31 K) and senior James Leofanti. 
The defense will be anchored by a pair of returning starters in junior shortstop Alex Haba (0.360, 12 runs) and junior catcher Jake Macchi. 
“While we are returning a number of experienced arms we are also turning over a number of positions last season,” said Franklin head coach Zach Brown. “So, we will be young or inexperienced at a number of positions. Offensively, my hope is that as the season progressing we will be able to develop an identity and find a way to manufacture runs.”

For the preview on the other teams around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Recycling event for FHS Softball - Apr 14

There is a recycling event scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM in the Horace Mann Middle School parking lot on Oak St. The event is a fund raising activity for the FHS softball team.

Recycling event for FHS Softball - Apr 14
Recycling event for FHS Softball - Apr 14

“The demand for higher education is not rising like it was”

From the Boston Globe Sunday edition, an article on the effects of declining enrollment for small colleges.

"Joseph Chillo has a luxurious office in a beautiful building with a view of a leafy neighborhood in this wealthy town. But while his perch may look idyllic, his job is not. 
As the leader of Newbury College, a small, struggling, liberal arts college where enrollment has declined 86 percent over the past 20 years, he has a lot of sleepless nights. 
Chillo worries about a lot of things: Will next fall’s crop of students materialize, will there be enough financial aid, which majors should be cut, how much will the school get for a building it is selling, and will that be enough to close a 10 percent budget deficit."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Dean College, Franklin
Dean College, Franklin

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April vacation destination in our backyard: The Brown Sisters photos

As we enter April, a school vacation is coming up and perhaps you're looking for something to do. If you have ever been caught by the Brown Sisters photos, you can see them at the ICA in Boston through Apr 22. 

Nicholas Nixon is the photographer for the 40+ year series of the photos of his wife and her three sisters. More about Nicholas and his work follows:

"As an exhibition title, “Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision” is almost self-explanatory. The show runs at the Institute of Contemporary Art through April 22. 
Nixon needs no introduction around here. For many years, he’s been one of the starriest names in what has long been a very starry photography faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. And since his inclusion in the ground-breaking 1975 exhibition “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape,” Nixon has had a national, and eventually international, reputation for decades. 
So the Nicholas Nixon part of the title is clear enough. Ditto “persistence.” Nixon turned 70 in October, and the show’s 112 black-and-white images start in 1974 and extend to this year. In fact, there are two or three photographs for each year. The sole exception is 2017, which has just one image: the latest iteration of Nixon’s most famous body of work, “The Brown Sisters.” The series consists of an annual group portrait of Nixon’s wife and three sisters-in-law."

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April vacation destination in our backyard: The Brown Sisters photos
April vacation destination in our backyard: The Brown Sisters photos

The ICA Exhibit

MOMA online contains 190+ of Nixon's photos

New Yorker link to Brown Sisters Photos

School Committee recap - March 27, 2018

The formal budget hearing for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) school budget was the primary topic on Tuesday night. The proposed budget was tweaked slightly to bring it into balance by using $900,000+ in additional funds from the schools revolving accounts. 

The budget totals to be appropriated as well as the total offset via the use of the revolving account funds can be seen here for FY 18 and FY 19:

FY18 and FY19 budget totals appropriated and revolving account use
FY18 and FY19 budget totals appropriated and revolving account use

Background on the variety and fund balances for the many revolving accounts can be found here

Additional info on the budget including the breakdown by school and across the district by department can be found here

Aside from the items on the "consent agenda", there were two votes recorded. One to approve to continue the practice of not accepting school choice students. The second vote was to accept the Committee meeting calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

My notes recorded live during the meeting can be found here:
Franklin boy scouts from Troop 99 reviewed the school budget book  during the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Mar 27
Franklin boy scouts from Troop 99 reviewed the school budget book
during the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Mar 27

FHS girls lacrosse opens with loss to Cohasset

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the news of the first spring sports action for the FHS girls lacrosse game on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  

Girls Lacrosse = Cohasset, 9 @ Franklin, 8 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Saturday

Via the Twitterverse

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

What is Franklin's most majestic tree?

This is the time of year, post snow, just before the trees bud and fill out with their leaf cover to really view a tree. They are amazing in their structure.

In your walk around Franklin, what tree amazes you?

You can send me an email with your photo, or share it via the Facebook group.

Here are a couple from my walk on Saturday.

At the Charter School, former St Mary's school grounds.
At the Charter School, former St Mary's school grounds.

Along King St near Peck St
Along King St near Peck St