Friday, September 28, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/28/18 - THU 10/4/18

Friday, September 28
 Knitting Group
 Franklin Farmers Market
Saturday, September 29
 Walk for the Poor
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Beer Extravanganza
Sunday, September 30
 Picnic and Worship on the Common
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, October 1
 Move Along
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Introduction to Landscape Drawing
Tuesday, October 2
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Healthy Weight and Your Child Program
 Franklin Garden Club meeting
 Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group
Wednesday, October 3
 Coffee with a Cop
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Minds in Motion
 Construction Junction
 Franklin School Committee - Community Coffee
 Woke: A YA Book Club
 Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting
Thursday, October 4
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/28/18 - THU 10/4/18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/28/18 - THU 10/4/18

Fishing Derby raises $500 for Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids

On my walk Sunday morning, I discovered a fishing derby at the DelCarte Recreation Area that was just completing. Turns out it was part of a Capstone Project by Brendan Curley.

Brendan is an 8th grader at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School. He's in the final stages of a multi year (starts in 7th grade) Capstone project. Students are asked to think of a service learning project that is important to them and their family. They then write an action plan which gets approved each step of the way by their advisers. 

Brendan has a love for the ocean and enjoys fishing any chance he can get. He fishes both fresh and salt water. He knew he wanted to find an organization that helps the marine environment for future fishing enthusiasts! 

He discovered OPAK (Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids) and he decided to dive in to help them! Melanie Colby and Jeffrey Morgan embraced his project.

He set three goals for his project. Public speaking, to raise awareness, and to learn more about protecting the marine environments.

  • Brendan first met with Jeffrey at a local Starbucks to learn more about the company.
  • He held a "dry run" Fishing Derby (very impromptu) in the spring of 2018 to get his feet wet and have a better understanding of what he would need for the larger derby in the fall.
  • He conquered his first public speaking action item - be a mystery reader in his sister's 4th grade classroom :)
  • He attended an OPAK summer workshop in Chatham learning about the dangers of plastics in our ocean. He also led a small group during this workshop and had more public speaking opportunities.
  • He contacted Medway Community Cable to shoot a promo video for his fishing derby to be broadcast/shared over Facebook.
  • The culmination was the fishing derby (which you saw) this past Sunday. It ran from 8-10. We had approximately 50 participants. He raised $500 so far which will be donated to OPAK and be put towards a high school workshop for a school district in need. There were Medway Community Fishing T-shirts handed out - Karl Infanger runs this club and was a helpful resource fro Brendan, Bass Pro Gift cards given out to the first fish caught in the first hour and the second hour. As well as, a gift card for the most fish caught over 2 hours.

Thanks to the Curley Family for providing the information to share about this project. If you would like to Donate to the cause
Click Donate today and when checking out - under additional information select Brendan's name so that the donation is credited to his project.

    Fishing Derby raises $500 for Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids
    Fishing Derby raises $500 for Ocean Protection Advocacy Kids

    The video promotion mentioned can be viewed in the Tweet shown here

    FHS field hockey, volleyball, golf, and boys cross country team all post wins on Thursday!

    Via HockomockSports, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Sep 27, 2018

    Field Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
    - Franklin’s Victoria Quinn scored with under 10 minutes to play to give the Panthers a win on the road at North Attleboro. Quinn got her stick on a shot from Cassi Ronan to put the Panthers up 1-0 with eight minutes left. Christina Luccini made a save on a penalty stroke early in the second half to keep the game tied.

    for a Photo Gallery from this game:

    Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final

    Golf = Attleboro, 184 @ Franklin, 163 – Final
    – Franklin senior captain Matt D’Errico and sophomore Nolan Norton shared medalist honors, both shooting low-rounds of 39 to pace the Panthers past Attleboro. Jake Blaney chipped in with a 41 for Franklin while Ethan Johnson and Jack Handy led Attleboro, each shooting a 43.

    Boys Cross Country = Franklin, 24 @ Mansfield, 31 – Final
    – The top five runners finished within an 11-second span and the top 10 was all within a minute in a very exciting finish at Mansfield. Franklin junior Tyler Brogan crossed first, edging Mansfield’s Patrick Heavey by just two seconds. Franklin senior Mike Hagen and sophomore Nick Calitri took third and fourth overall while Mansfield’s Jason Windvogel rounded out the top five.

    Top 10: 1. Tyler Brogan (Frank, 16:49) 2.Patrick Heavey (Mans, 16:51) 3. Mike Hagen (Frank, 16:52) 4. Nick Calitri (Frank, 16:56) 5. Jason Windvogel (Mans, 17:00) 6. Peter Sullivan (Mans, 17:08) 7. Dylan Kehoe (Frank, 17:11) 8. Mike Mullahy (Mans, 17:12) 9. Camden Harrington (Frank, 17:20) 10. Paxton Howard (Mans, 17:21).

    Girls Cross Country = Franklin, 30 @ Mansfield, 25 – Final
    – Mansfield junior Jessica Alestock and sophomore Emma Lamson finished strong over the 800 meters to earn seventh and eighth, respectively, clinching the win for the Hornets. Hornet sophomore Tessa Lancaster was first overall, jumping ahead early and never looked back. Julia Fenerty was the first Panther to finish, taking second overall.

    Top 10: 1. Tessa Lancaster (Mans, 20:24) 2. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 20:30), 3. Maggie Riley (Mans, 20:33) 4. Sydney Hawkins (Frank, 21:05) 5. Kat Walbert (Frank, 21:08) 6. Brinly Meelia (Mans, 21:12) 7. Jessica Alestock (Mans, 21:55) 8. Emma Lamson (Mans, 22:06) 9. Brandi Osborne (Frank, 22:15) 10. Sarab Giuliano (Frank, 22:15).

    For other results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

    Cross Country detailed results

    Complete Boys Varsity results

    JV results

    Complete Girls Varsity results

    JV results

    Franklin @ North Attleboro field hockey action ( photo)
    Franklin @ North Attleboro field hockey action ( photo)

    In the News: Horace Mann leak damages auditorium; Well #2 offline for e. coli

    From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
    "After last Tuesday’s heavy rain storms, Horace Mann Middle School officials are assessing water damage done to the stage and music department. 
    “During those heavy rains and flash flooding, the interior courtyard at Horace Mann became flooded with water due to a clogged drain,” Franklin Superintendent Sara Ahern said during the Tuesday School Committee meeting 
    A large amount of water seeped into the school, settling in the pit of the auditorium, she said. The water flooded the stage and seeped into the entrance to the band room, as these were the lowest points. 
    “It didn’t extend beyond into the office areas or classroom hallways because of that depression in the floor,” she said."
    Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

    The Superintendent's Report can be found on the Town of Franklin Schools page

    The interior courtyard of Horace Mann Middle School lit up for the FHS All Night Party  in 2016 but the source of the blocked drain and water leak
    The interior courtyard of Horace Mann Middle School lit up for the FHS All Night Party
    in 2016 but the source of the blocked drain and water leak

    "During a routine check of the 12 public water wells in Franklin this week, one was flagged as containing a low level of the bacteria E. coli. 
    The Department of Public Works emphasized that the well has been shut off to the public supply and that it is actively working to fix the issue. Water well No. 2 was taken offline and water to the affected areas has been diverted to other mains for now. 
    Human or animal wastes can cause E. coli contamination of water supplies. Microbes in the fecal matter can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. 
    In a statement, the town said there is no emergency and no need to boil water before cooking or drinking."

    Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

    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

    Reminder: Franklin Federated Church - Birthday Celebration - Oct 14

    On Sunday, October 14, Franklin Federated Church will host a birthday celebration commemorating the formation of the First Congregational Church of Franklin (1738), the First Baptist Church of Franklin (1868) and the subsequent federation of the two churches (1938).

    Original church council ledgers dating from 1846, artifacts from the church’s historical room, a pictorial roster of ministers since 1738, and photo albums depicting church members and activities from 1938 to present will be available for perusal during the event. 

    A short humorous skit, “The Music Wars”, written by Church Historian Lyn Pickhover, will be performed as part of the regular service. The skit is based on an actual event in church records from 1738, the records of which are now on permanent loan to the Congregational Library in Boston.

    The Franklin Federated Church is located at 171 Main Street, Franklin, directly opposite the Common. Services are held on Sundays at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

    Franklin Federated Church - Birthday Celebration - Oct 14
    Franklin Federated Church - Birthday Celebration - Oct 14

    Franklin Art Association: October 3 features Vincent Crotty

    The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

    Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Vincent Crotty, an oil artist born in Ireland, and now residing in the Boston area. Crotty's work has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and plein air competitions internationally. 

    FAA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May, and are free and open to the public. For more information log on to

    Franklin Art Association - Oct 3 Meeting features Vincent Crotty
    Franklin Art Association - Oct 3 Meeting features Vincent Crotty

    Join Us in Celebrating the Blackstone River Valley

    Let's Join Together and Celebrate the Rich History of
    the Blackstone River Valley -
    The Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution!
    Greetings to the historical societies, museums and historical sites of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor!

    We are reaching out to you to share some exciting news and hope you will consider joining us as we move to unite those working to preserve and promote the important history of the Blackstone River Valley!
    West End Creamery Highlights Blackstone River Valley
    In This Year's Corn Maze!
    Join Us in Celebrating the Blackstone River Valley
    We are so excited to share the news that West End Creamery in Whitinsville, MA, is celebrating the Blackstone River Valley in its Corn Maze this season! The maze includes a Scavenger Hunt with 10 information stations filled with the history of the Blackstone River Valley. Learn more about the West End Creamery Fall Festival and Corn Maze here!

    Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
    670 Linwood Avenue
    Whitinsville, MA 01588

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

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