Friday, September 28, 2018

Franklin Liquor: Exploring Tre Monti Wines - Oct 11

Exploring Tre Monti Wines - October 11 - 7 PM

Host: Natalie D'Alessandro Volpe

From Emilia-Romagna Italy Tre Monti traces its origins back to the early 1960s with the inspiration of Sergio Navacchia and of his wife Thea, who for years was the real driving force behind the winery until her death in 1989.

The heart of the winery lies in the center of the farm estate in Imola, where only estate-grown grapes are vinified. All of the vineyards are managed according to the principles of sustainable viticulture, which mandate inter-row cover-cropping and the lowest possible use of unnatural products.

All of this so that the final wine is the perfect expression of everything around its environment. Tre Monti became certified organic in 2014.

A not to miss Italian wine event!

About Natalie:

Natalie D'Alessandro Volpe is a Wine Broker of fine Italian wines for NDV Wine Agents, LLC.

Natalie currently represents a portfolio of exceptional wine varietals from regions throughout Italy, including Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Veneto and Puglia. She works primarily with small family owned vineyards that practice sustainable and organic farming, and enjoys introducing her clients to grapes that are obscure and or indigenous to the region. In addition to her wine brokerage, Natalie is certified as an Italian Wine Specialist through the North American Sommelier Association, and conducts staff training, wine dinners and educational talks and seminars.

Franklin Liquor: Exploring Tre Monti Wines - Oct 11
Franklin Liquor: Exploring Tre Monti Wines - Oct 11

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Oktoberfest at THE BLACK BOX - Sun, Sep 30

Oktoberfest at THE BLACK BOX - Sun, Sep 30

Join us for Oktoberfest at THE BLACK BOX!

THE BLACK BOX closes out September with the venue's first Oktoberfest on Sunday, September 30! From 12:30-6:00, enjoy a variety of German, as well as local craft beers with a menu of Bavarian foods, festive live music, and outdoor games. 

THE game will also be on during the Oktoberfest event. Families are welcome!

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Lifelong Learning Job Opening

Part-Time Office Coordinator Opening - Lifelong Learning, Franklin

Are you looking for part-time work right here in Franklin? 

The Lifelong Learning Institute is looking for someone who's available 16 hours a week (Mon-Thu 4-8 PM) to work with our staff, our students, and their families out of our Franklin High School office. 

You'll meet and greet music students, schedule private music lessons, track makeup lessons, assist with kids' cooking classes, help plan new classes and activities for Franklin residents, and more. 

For complete details and to apply, go to Lifelong Learning - Office Coordinator Posting.

Lifelong Learning Job Opening
Lifelong Learning Job Opening

FHS golf and girls soccer post wins, boys soccer plays to a tie

Via HockomockSports and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 0 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final

Girls Soccer = North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– Stella Regan had a pair of goals in the first half, assisted by Calen Frongillo and Hailey Toolin, to lead the Panthers to a big cross-over win. Breanna Atwood made eight saves to preserve the clean sheet for Franklin. Emma Noreck made six saves for the Rocketeers.

Golf = Mansfield, 174 @ Franklin, 166 – Final
– Franklin notched its second straight win over a division foe, this time knocking off Mansfield at Franklin Country Club. Quinten Faro was the match medalist after carding a low round of 38. Jack Paterson added a 40 for the Panthers while Ryan Dow led Mansfield with a round of 40.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS golf and girls soccer post wins, boys soccer plays to a tie
FHS golf and girls soccer post wins, boys soccer plays to a tie

Harvest Festival - Downtown Franklin - Oct 13

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Hockomock Area YMCA Announces Healthy Weight and Your Child Program Classes this Fall and Winter

The Hockomock Area YMCA is excited to announce a new program called Healthy Weight and Your Child Program which empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Healthy Weight and Your Child program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.

Made up of groups of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. The program is an evidence-based model, developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best available research, as well as clinical and government guidelines. The sessions are facilitated by trained content and activity leaders who are committed to engaging the whole family.

Those interested in this program are invited to attend a Family Information Session on Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin. Interested families can contact Marykate Bergen at or call 508-339-4053 to register to attend the session.

The Hockomock Area YMCA has been involved with youth obesity prevention since 2007, which marked the start of their Healthy Futures Initiative designed to create healthier communities.
Healthy Weight and Your Child Program
Healthy Weight and Your Child Program

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session program, which includes 20 sessions delivered two times per week, followed by five weekly sessions. Sessions are two hours in length with the first hour delivered in a classroom setting and the second hour focusing on physical activity. A family Y membership is provided for the duration of the program.

To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

Thanks to a generous grant from CHNA 6 and the continued support of the Stop and Shop Our Family Foundation, there will be no cost for the first eight families who enroll.

The first program will begin in Franklin. The Franklin class will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm starting October 8th.

The class in Milford is currently being planned and the goal is to launch early 2019 with interest at a Milford location. For more information, please contact Marykate Bergen at or 508-339-4053.

About the Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit

Franklin Residents: Drinking Water Notice from The Department of Public Works

"We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants to ensure the safety of the water supply. On September 26, 2018 our water system was notified that a water sample collected on September 25, 2018 from Well #2 tested positive for E.coli, which is a fecal indicator. Fecal indicators are used to detect ground water sources that may be susceptible to fecal contamination which may contain harmful viruses or bacteria. When we learned of the fecal positive sample, THE WELL WAS IMMEDIATELY TAKEN OFFLINE. 
The water delivered to your taps through the distribution system is treated with ultrafiltration and disinfected with chlorine to kill viruses and bacteria, including E.coli. It is important to note that samples collected on September 26, 2018 in the distribution system did NOT detect any fecal contaminants. 
This source is one of 12 active wells that supplies drinking water to our system. In accordance with the federal Ground Water Rule (GWR) requirements, we are notifying you of the situation and conducting additional sampling to evaluate the extent of potential fecal contamination and will take further actions as necessary."

This is a formal notification per regulatory requirements.

The full text of the Drinking Water Notice can be found here

Franklin Residents: Drinking Water Notice from The Department of Public Works
Franklin Residents: Drinking Water Notice from The Department of Public Works

Macklemore in Pawtucket This Saturday! - "Recovery Fest 2018"


Tickets starting at just $23!


Macklemore in Pawtucket This Saturday! - "Recovery Fest 2018"


The Above the Noise Foundation is a New England based not for profit organization that hosts drug-and-alcohol-free music festivals that inspire, empower, and provide funding to U.S. cities battling the national addiction epidemic. This inaugural "Recovery Fest 2018" features national recording star Macklemore appearing at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

"Recovery Fest 2018"




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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Live reporting: To Closing

remember Eddie Grant, born in Franklin
water ban about to be lifted

thanks for the help with the Cultural Tour last week

parking signs going up on East/West Sts, police monitoring it

e-coli hit on one of the wells; likely from the large rainfall
not a boil water issue
req for Norfolk county pension update
interview with folks on experiences recording with Franklin TV
reach out to Joe Landry or Eamon Earls

thanks for Simon's for re-doing the mural
can't see how they would not recommend us
Past Councilor, David Lovelette passed away

Crissy Welton thanks for putting the book together each week

thanks to the local 103 members 3-400 electricians went to Lawrence area, some will be work 7x12 until problem is resolved, converting from gas to electric

FEF is planning the next Harlem Wizards game, big fund raiser

Thanks for attending the Norfolk County Farm Bureau fund raiser, enough for 2 scholarship

Harvest Festival Oct 13 (rain date the 14th)
Dean Bank with another "dancing at Dean" event

was wonderful to walk the town and the cultural district and listening to the things that has happened and is offered, it is amazing
some of the state folks were very impressed with the overall presentation, the walk through would be used as the example of what they like; only to award one this year, no reason why we shouldn't get it

None Scheduled

Live reporting: Legislation for Action

Resolution 18-51: Verizon Cable License Renewal (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-51- Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-52: Acceptance of Gift to the Senior Center (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-52- Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-53: Library Budget (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-53- Majority Vote (5))

adjustment to current budget to avoid asking for a waiver this year
after all we are the 1st Library, shouldn't have to ask for a waiver
the finances are better and we can do this
an increase of about 98K to the budget for the Library

we just renovated the Library for about 10M

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-54: Ratification of the Memoranda of Agreement between the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Police Association (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-54-Majority Vote (5))

regional center opening in Jan, staff came up with a way to increase staffing at no cost to the town, save overtime money and it can be used to increase staff

round of kudos for the negotiation success on both sides, also shows the thinking outside the box to resolve a tight problem; "progressive"

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-55: Ratification of the Memoranda of Agreement between the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Police Sergeants Union (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-55 - Majority Vote (5))

similar to above, for same reasons as above

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0  

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815: Changes to 185, Attachment 9, Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815- Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0   via roll call

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-818R: Maximum Building Height Dimensional Regulations - 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-818R- Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

modification to make standard heights across the bylaws

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0   via roll call