Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recycling Events and Earth Day 2014 in Franklin

Kennedy School and Cub Scout Pack 126 Annual Recycling Drive
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 9am-12pm, Kennedy School in Franklin, 550 Pond Street

Accepting recyclable glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic soda bottles. 

NEW THIS YEAR! Also accepting all gently worn, paired men's, women's and kid's sneakers and shoes and sports cleats that are still reusable and re-wearable! Shoes must in pairs.
Please no big winter boots, UGG boots, rubber boots, big fuzzy slippers, ice & roller skates, slippers, flip flops or moldy shoes or with holes/rips.

If your high school student needs community service hours, this is a great opportunity and helpers are welcome.

For more information and to volunteer contact

Town of Franklin Earth Day 2014
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 9am-12pm. Pizza lunch at Beaver Pond for all helpers.
For over 10 years, the Town of Franklin has conducted this event in an effort to educate the public on recycling, beautification, and general clean up of the town.
More information is available HERE. Community Services certificates will be issued to helpers.

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Community Spotlight: Franklin Art Center

The Franklin Art Center teaches art classes to ages  4- adults in a gallery setting. Our certified teachers  base their curriculum on the Massachusetts State Curriculum for the Visual Arts.  During the school year, classes touch upon different mediums , including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Classes for Teens –Adults include Drawing, Oil painting and Watercolor. Photography and Portfolio Review, are offered throughout the year.

Weekly themed summer classes are available June- August.

Art Birthday Parties for ages 4 and up can be booked at the Art Center. Come paint an instructor lead painting with your friends or choose from other art party ideas.

Adults can book a night out with friends at Art Night – Uncorked.
Every Friday night 6:30-8:30 See the new images on our Facebook page.
$35 per session. Space is limited register early!

The Franklin Art Center is currently involved in building the first sculpture park in Franklin.
Visit the Franklin Sculpture Park on Panther Way, next to the Police Station.

Connect with Franklin Art Center:
Website, Friend Us on Facebook
Phone: 508-887-2797
Address: 5 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038
Contact Person: Linda Kabat

Photos and text courtesy of Linda Kabat and the Franklin Art Center.

If you would like to have your organization/business featured on Community Spotlight contact

Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Blue Heron Rookery in Wrentham, MA

I had the opportunity to explore the Wollomonopoag Conservation Area that is just outside of Franklin, MA and is the home to a relatively large great blue heron rookery. I have counted over 20 heron's nests and 1 osprey nest.

Heron's Nests

From the designated parking lot, the dirt trail will lead you to a large beaver pond - you can spot their activity all over the place. Once there, you will see the nests up in the tops of the dead trees in the pond. The rookery is active from March until July, when the herons and their off-springs abandon the nests.

Beaver Activity
Osprey's Nest

To get there take Rt. 140 to Elysium Street. Follow the Elysium Street to the end, you will find parking lot on your right side before the gate.

Have fun exploring! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Community Spotlight: Drama Kids of Metro West

Performance Day, Summer Camp 2013
Drama Kids is the worldwide leader in after-school drama education. Our exclusive 15 year curriculum is designed to bring out the best in every child… shy or outgoing! It is updated annually and lessons do not repeat. Each class is new and reinforces the skills we teach. Skills include: Improvisation, Speech and Movement development, Creative thinking, Teamwork and Leadership, Partner work, Small Group and Large group scene work. Drama Kids is fast paced learning and FUN, with each student performing in every class.

Our classes are broken into 4 age groups: Kinder Kids (Pre-K/K), Lower Primary (K-2nd grade), Upper Primary (3rd-6th grade) and DKI Acting Academy (7th-12th grade). During the spring session, we work on a unique and specially written play (for each age group) that will showcase the skills the students have learned throughout the year. We also offer special workshops during school vacation weeks and many Summer options. We have many classes in Franklin and neighboring communitiesDrama Kids provides a limited number of scholarships and continually works with our community partners to help in any way we can.

Register for Franklin classes, workshops or summer programs HERE.

We are a proud member of Drama Advantages; A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that believes that ALL children should have the opportunity to participate in quality dramatic arts programs in order to develop life changing skills such as confidence, creative thinking ability, and speaking skills - skills so important for life long success.

Costume Day, Upper Primary 2013
Connect with Drama Kids of Metro West, Franklin: 
Website, Facebook, Twitter
Phone: 617-391-0369
Address: 19 Dean Avenue, Franklin, MA 02038
Contact Person: Susie Cristiano

Photos and text courtesy of Susie Cristiano and the Drama Kids of the Metro West.

If you would like to have your organization/business featured on Community Spotlight contact

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Listing: 28 Koshivas Drive, Franklin MA (MLS# 71659440)

$469,900 - Price Reduced (5/18/14)! 

Beautiful 4 bedroom home in a great neighborhood. Nothing for you to do but move in. Take a look at the virtual tour below.

Contact Renata Gilarova for more information at 508-507-9715 or email at

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Upcoming Events from FBRTC

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) members had a lot to cover during the last night's meeting.

 Coming up this Saturday 4/12/14 is the Spring Clean Up of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail. Please join us at 8:30am at the Grove Street (Franklin) trailhead. Bring gloves and a great attitude to help get your local walking trail in better shape for this summer and those to come. Hope to see you all there!

Come to the Franklin Public Library (Community Room) on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7pm to learn more about Rails to Trails and Rails WITH Trails projects in Southern New England: How we got here and where we're going. Presenter Craig Della Penna is the Executive Director of Northeast Greenway Solutions. You can register for this event HERE.

The road race committee is busy planning and ironing out all the details for the biggest fundraiser of the year - the 4th Annual Road Race (1 or 3 mile walk and 5K run). T-shirts available for first 100 registrants. DATE: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014TIME: Run @10am, walk @ 9:45am. PLACE: 431 Washington Street, Franklin, MA.  Register HERE.

Monday, April 7, 2014

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

I enjoyed listening to this TED Talk, where Amanda Burden speaks about public spaces in cities and their development. Not only is she an eloquent and engaging speaker, but she accomplished some beautiful spaces in New York City.

This to me is a very relevant talk as the Town of Franklin is discussing what should happen with the space at 150 Emmons Street and many residents of Franklin came to speak to the Town Council just this past week.

More information from the Town Council meeting is available on Franklin Matters and via Franklin Downtown Partnership.  At the time of this post, meeting minutes and/or video recording was not posted on the Town's website.