Friday, March 17, 2023

Brewhound: "67 Degrees Brewing Expands to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets"

Microbrewery 67 Degrees Brewing today proudly announced it will open and host The Cellar by 67 Degrees at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets next month. The beer garden and service area will provide Wrentham and the surrounding community with a rotating line of the brewery’s popular craft beers from April 8 through the end of November.

The Cellar by 67 Degrees is the first beer garden of its kind to be opened at the popular Wrentham Outlets, and marks the latest expansion by Franklin-based and minority-owned 67 Degrees. The Cellar will cater to the shoppers, residents, and visitors who enjoy Wrentham and the surrounding communities in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Located in the center of the shopping complex, and with ample parking, accessible facilities, and dining options for all, the beer garden is the latest addition to the rejuvenated Premium Outlets.

“As a leading small business in Franklin and member of my Small Business Advisory Council, 67 Degrees Brewing brings vibrancy and innovation to our community. To have a growing and minority owned business take root and expand to such an important location in our Commonwealth is long overdue and refreshing to see,” said Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham). “I look forward to visiting The Cellar at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets and driving support for shopping and dining locally at an additional location within our district.”

“Small business is the heart of our region, and among the most critical pieces of our community,” said Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Roy. “The growth of 67 Degrees Brewing reflects its leadership, products, and service. It’s a company that’s easy to support, and I look forward to its opening at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.”
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Brewhound: "67 Degrees Brewing Expands to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets"
Brewhound: "67 Degrees Brewing Expands to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets"

Franklin LGBTQ Alliance Newsletter - March 16, 2023

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Join us for GAYme night on 3/21 from 6-8!
Franklin LGBTQ Alliance Newsletter
Franklin LGBTQ Alliance
In this newsletter we include an invitation to our next meeting and community events, including our first book club discussion, and include opportunities to get more involved.
You're Invited to our Upcoming Meeting
When: Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 PM
Where: In-person and Virtual
After our business meeting we will be painting Easter eggs!
We want to hear from you! Please take this very short survey to tell us about what events you would like to see and how you want to get more involved with the Alliance. 

Our second annual Pride Month event! Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities
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Slam the Scam: Keep Your Personal Information

Slam the Scam: Keep Your Personal Information

03/16/2023 02:50 PM EDT

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Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? Knowing how to identify potential scammers will help safeguard your personal information. 

There are common elements to many of these scams.

Scammers often exploit fears and threaten you with arrest or legal action. Scammers also pose as Social Security or other government employees and claim ... 

Franklin Health Department: Wellness Update - March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! 5.3 million Americans today are living with a disability related to a brain injury. 

Learn more about prevention, signs, and symptoms of a brain injury:

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Mar 17, 2023

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday

9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = FRIDAY

9:00 am     Frank Presents: Caron Grupposo
11:00 am Senior Connection: Public Health
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Brownies
12:30 pm Sandya: Crepes
1:00 pm     Physician Focus: Children's Health: The Major Problems
1:30 pm     Pizzapalooza: Emergency Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 6
3:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Student Athletes
3:30 pm     Sons & Daughters of Italy: Paolo DiGregorio
7:00 pm     Metrowest Symposium: Equity & Access in Arts & Culture
8:30 pm Circle of Friends: Seth Glier

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am     Public School Concert: Strings School 05-16-16
8:30 am     It Takes A Village: Laurie Harrington
11:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Pembroke 03-02-23
1:30 pm     Public School Event: Annie Sullivan Winter Music 2022
3:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Brockton 03-07-23
9:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v Marshfield 03-04-23

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) =  FRIDAY

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 03-02-23
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 03-02-23

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online   

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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting - March 25

On March 25 at 11 AM, residents of Franklin and Bellingham will gather for an exciting event – the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly resurfaced section of the Southern New England Rail Trail (SNETT). This project has been a long time in the making, and the community is eager to celebrate the completion of this important infrastructure upgrade.

The resurfaced section of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail was completed in late 2023 and runs from Grove Street in Franklin to Prospect St. The trail is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skaters of all ages and abilities, providing a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for residents to stay active and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.

The resurfacing of a section of the trail has been a top priority for local officials and community members alike. The previous surface was worn, uneven, and prone to flooding making it difficult for some users to navigate safely. The new surface is smooth, even, and durable, providing a comfortable and safe experience for all who use the trail.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the trailhead located at Grove Street in Franklin. Attendees can expect a festive atmosphere, with speeches from local officials and community leaders. The ceremony will culminate with the cutting of the ribbon, officially marking the opening of the newly resurfaced section of the trail. Following this there will be a group walk on the newly completed section of the trail

Local officials are thrilled about the completion of the project and the positive impact it will have on the community. "The Rail Trail is a wonderful asset for our towns, and we're proud to be part of its improvement," said Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail President Cobi Frongillo. "This project will make the trail safer and more accessible for all users, and we're excited to celebrate this important milestone with our community."

The resurfacing project was designed by Franklin Department of Public Works, and carried out by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail is a prime example of how investment in community infrastructure can have a positive impact on the quality of life for residents. The resurfaced section of the trail will provide a safe and enjoyable space for people of all ages and abilities to stay active and connect with nature.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the resurfaced section of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail is an exciting event for the community, marking the completion of an important infrastructure upgrade that will benefit residents for years to come. Attendees can look forward to a celebration of community, outdoor recreation, and the power of investment in public infrastructure.

the newly resurfaced section of the Southern New England Rail Trail (SNETT)
the newly resurfaced section of the Southern New England Rail Trail (SNETT)

Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Tax Incentives | Resource Management | Land Endowment

Your land is a part of your legacy. Deciding what will happen to your land after you are gone is the next critical step of being a good land steward and furthering that legacy. Who will own your land and how will it be used? What will your legacy continue to be? 

These are questions that the "Converse and Conserve" workshop on Wednesday, March 29 from 4 PM - 6 PM at Town Hall, Council Chambers can answer for you.

Join the Franklin Conservation Department, Franklin Assessor's Office, Franklin Agricultural Commission, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Metacomet Land Trust, and DDCRW Law in learning about your options. Come learn about applicable tax incentive programs for forestland, agricultural land, and open space; learn about resource management for your natural environment; and even learn how to endow your land to ensure its lifelong protection. Estate planning, whether for now or for the future, is not just for the wealthy or for those who own "estates" – if you own land, then estate planning is a necessary and valuable step to ensure that the legacy of your land is a positive one!

Food and beverages will be provided by Birchwood Bakery & Kitchen.

RSVP for a free gift. 

For more information or to RSVP contact 520-4847.

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Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy
Converse and Conserve Workshop - Come Learn About Programs That Allow Your Property to Work for You and Create a Family Legacy

Town Council whiffs on an easy layup to bring "Affordable" housing to Franklin (Video)

The Franklin, MA Town Council whiffs on an easy layup to bring more housing and "Affordable" housing to Franklin. At the Council meeting on Wednesday, March 15, the Council voted 4-5 to support a "friendly 40b" proposal. The proposal needed 6 votes to pass, it was 4 yes (Frongillo, Sheridan, Hamblen, Mercer) and 5 No (Cormier-Leger, Chandler, Pellegri, Jones, Dellorco).

Why did they blow this 'easy layup'? Ask them to explain, the short summary I have is they misunderstand

1 - the 'friendly 40b' process - one claimed to have been lied to when this vote was their one chance to have a say in the matter and what they said was "we don't want to work with developers to bring in affordable housing"
2 - they denied the opportunity to continue to work with the developer to iron out some of the issues as it went through the process. Now they have conceded all the issues to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Yes, the ZBA always had the final say, the Council never would, but this was their one chance and they failed
3 - the property has been turning in approx. $13K revenue to the Town, the proposal would have generated about $800K. Yes, a $790K increase in revenue for a vote (and they failed)
4 - the property is zoned industrial and given the topology (a bunch of wetlands, which are still being worked out with the Conservation Commission) wouldn't not actually be used for industrial development. Or it would have in the years prior. Here was a residential use that would increase revenues without additionally burdening services and they failed to pass it
5 - there is a big difference between "Affordable" (note Capital "A") defined at Federal and State levels and what is actually "affordable" (lowercase "a") . Locally we have no control over that. We do need housing, we do need "Affordable" units and while this would have brought "Affordable" units, the council failed

Video link -

Details on the proposal from the agenda are found here:

b. Discussion & Project Presentation: 121 Grove Street, a “Friendly 40B” - Fairfield
i. Legislation for Action #9a
2. Proposed 121 Grove Street Application  ( 

My notes on the full meeting are in one PDF file. The audio and full recap will be available after I calm down 

4 FHS students recognized for MA Art Education Juried Exhibit entries

"Congratulations to the FHS students who were juried into the Massachusetts Art Education Juried Recognitions Exhibition
And to Margo & Kyla who received additional awards this afternoon. So proud! 
@FranklinHS @FHSPantherbook @FranklinMatters @NAEA"

Students recognized:
  • Margo Savage
  • Katie Sawyer
  • Kyla Miller
  • Isabella Kabat
Margo also received an "Art for All Award" of $250
Kyla also received a "Blick Art Award" for $100

4 FHS students recognized for MA Art Education Juried Exhibit entries
4 FHS students recognized for MA Art Education Juried Exhibit entries

Reminder: SheGrooves to perform at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - April 1

SheGrooves band April 1
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SheGrooves scheduled to perform at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - April 1

April 1 - 8 PM FREE!
Using our Voices for Positive Change: A Celebration of Empowered Female Musicians!

SheGrooves is Boston's premiere female contemporary band. Groove-based, Neo-Soul and fierce, this group of Berklee College of Music women aims to represent modern female musicians.  This family-friendly public event will explore how women historically have used their voices for positive change within the world. SheGrooves repertoire currently includes original tunes as well as unique covers of Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, as well as jazz greats, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves. We aim to inspire and empower communities to celebrate, elevate and respect the female voice.

This is a FREE show thanks to grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, but please email to reserve seats. Thanks.
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available.  Please visit  for more information.
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Permitting Reform: The key to Unlocking Massachusetts’ Energy Revolution -Thursday, April 6

The path to achieving decarbonization goals and ultimately a net-zero Commonwealth faces a challenge: The arduous and lengthy process of upgrading the local and regional electric grid and permitting new energy infrastructure. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law lay the financial incentives and support to expand ambitious infrastructure investments that can usher in a clean energy future. But projects typically encounter an uncertain fate on the ground, including a maze of litigation and unnecessary permitting delays that are making climate goals increasingly difficult to meet.

The permitting reform challenge involves balancing critical review processes that ensure equitable stakeholder participation with the urgency to upgrade current infrastructure and install the next generation equipment. As Massachusetts considers reforms designed to streamline energy infrastructure regulation, join the MASSterList and the State House News Service for an important panel discussion on this critical policy issue with Massachusetts energy leaders, advocates, and key legislators.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Dylan Rossiter:
MCLE New England — 10 Winter Pl, Boston (Downtown Crossing), MA 02108
8 AM networking/light refreshments — 9 AM panel discussion
  • Rep. Jeffrey Roy: House Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy
  • Lizzi Weyant: Deputy Executive Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Elizabeth Turnbull Henry: President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Steve Woerner: President, National Grid New England
  • Colin A. Young: Reporter, State House News Service (moderator)

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Get your Tickets for the FPAC performance of "Something Rotten!" Fri, Sat & Sun

Franklin Performing Arts Company presents the hilarious musical comedy Something Rotten! running March 17-19 at THE BLACK BOX

With choreography by Broadway's Tyler Hanes!  Starring Robbie Rescigno and Paul Rescigno, with Broadway's Christopher Rice-Thomson and Michael Barra, and featuring Nick Paone, Katie Gray, Ali Funkhouser, and Tim Ayres-Kerr. 

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Note: I was able to attend last Saturday's performance and it was great entertainment