Monday, April 21, 2014

May 1 General Meeting Agenda

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Golder Room

I.     Open Meeting

II.    Adoption of Agenda

III.   Introductions

IV.   Town Update -- Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator
       a.  Streetscape
            i.    Construction schedule update
            ii.   Introduce Maxine Kinhart
            iii.  Communications logistics
            iv.  Update on island design and plantings
       b.  Emmons Street project
            i.   Next steps
            ii.  Updates on possible state funding options
       c.  Other town updates

V.    Report from Executive Director
       a.  Brochure/Map project
       b.  FDP Event Calendar -- review (handout)
       c.  Membership/Sponsorship
       d.  Steering Committee for Emmons Street project
       e.  "Adopt a Block" -- Devin Gray

VI.   Strawberry Stroll Committee -- Nicole, Jane, Bryan

VII.   Networking Luncheon -- Joel Carrara

VIII.  Beautification Committee -- Eileen Mason

IX.    New Business
        Ladybug Project -- Franklin Cultural Committee

X.    Adjourn

Beautification Day:  May 17th


Emmons Street Steering Committee

Steering Committee for Emmons Street Property

Anyone who is interested in attending the Emmons Street Steering Committee Meeting please contact Denise Schultz at deniselynnschultz@gmail.com so she can add you to the e-mail list.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beautification Day Press Release

Brush off your garden gloves and dig in the dirt with the Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club on Saturday, May 17. The 11th annual Beautification Day will run from 9 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine. Volunteers and donations are needed to help make this project a success.
This year organizers were extra thoughtful when planning the plantings, choosing flowers and a blue and pink color scheme with recent community events and the streetscape construction project in mind.
“We were thinking about children, in the wake of losing several young adults and children in town this year,” says Eileen Mason, Beautification Day chairperson. “Our hope is that everyone who sees these flowers will think of their children and embrace their individuality, creativity and zest for life.”
Pink and white petunias and blue and white Lobelia, provided by Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin, are colorful and hardy plants that should last all season in full sunlight and a harsh construction environment.
The flowers will be displayed in boxes on the bridges and in front of some downtown businesses, but not in planter barrels on the center island this year due to road construction. Volunteers will also plant flowers and mulch the memorial gardens on the Town Common.
Residents, especially students in need of community service hours, who are interested in volunteering should contact Eileen Mason at emason11@verizon.net. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. on the center island in front of the Rome Restaurant. Anyone with a pickup truck is asked to help transport plants from Fairmount Farm at 8:00 a.m. Each year, Franklin Ford donates the use of their truck, which is a huge help to volunteers.
“We’re fortunate to have the help of the Franklin High School hockey teams and a great group of volunteers from the YMCA helping again this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to create a welcoming image,” Mason adds.
Sponsors and donations are needed to help offset the costs of the Beautification Day committee’s year-round planning, growing, planting and maintenance efforts. For as little as $150, businesses or residents can be a bronze sponsor. Watering help will also be needed in the greenspace garden across from the Mega Bites Deli.
Gold and platinum-level sponsors will have their names prominently displayed on signs for the 2014 season. Silver sponsors will have their name displayed on a group sign for the remainder of the year. Details about sponsorship can be found at franklindowntownpartnership.org/.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Please make checks out to: Franklin Downtown Partnership, P.O. Box 413, Franklin, MA, 02038.
For more information about the Partnership, membership, or the FDP’s mission, projects and events, contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or downtown.franklin@yahoo.com, or go to franklindowntownpartnership.org/.

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FDP Hires Communications Coordinator Press Release

Partnership Hires Communications Coordinator

The Franklin Downtown Partnership recently hired Terri Frank as the non-profit organization’s Communications Coordinator. Frank, a resident of Franklin, has worked as a volunteer for the Partnership for the past five years.

In addition to her PR and website responsibilities, her new duties will include acting as Coordinator for the new Franklin Map/Brochure, which will be published early this summer. She will also be the Crafter Chairperson for the FDP’s Harvest Festival, set for October 5.

Terri Frank can be reached at terrifrank1@gmail.com.

For more information please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or downtown.franklin@yahoo.com. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Important Announcements, Dates to Note

Important FDP Reminders:
Please read all the way to the bottom so you don't miss out on important dates ...


Membership
2014 membership due APRIL 30th.
You need to have your membership paid in order to receive a free business listing in the new Franklin Brochure. Please fill out the application with your check.




Sponsorship
Beautification Day (May 17) and Strawberry Stroll (June 12) sponsorships are due in May. If you are planning to sponsor, please e-mail the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com so we can include you on the flyers.




Steering Committee for Emmons Street Property
If you are interested in participating in the Steering Committee that will be developing ideas for the Emmons Street property, please contact Denise Schultz at deniselynnschultz@gmail.com or the FDP office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com.





Economic Development Meeting
Wednesday, April 16th, 5:30 p.m.
Town Hall



Town Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.
Town Hall



Town Cultural District Meeting
Thursday, April 24th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Franklin Public Library. 
Note:  Rescheduled from April 17th. The primary purpose of the meeting will be for the Cultural District Partnership (governance/management structure) to form and begin moving forward as its own entity. This meeting will also serve as a means for continued discussion about the Cultural District's geographic location (map critique) and discussion about the purpose and function of the Cultural District in general for the Town. Contact: btaberner@franklin.ma.us.



FDP General Meeting
Thursday, May 1st
8:30 a.m. at Dean College
Agenda will be posted on the website shortly.



Beautification Day
Saturday, May 17th, 9:00 a.m.
All businesses should remove holiday greens from their barrels this week. Contact Eileen Mason  at emason11@verizon.net if you plan to volunteer.

Photo courtesy of the Franklin Garden Club



Franklin Brochure Map
All paid 2014 FDP businesses will receive a free listing.  Terri Frank will be emailing advertising options soon. Please note there is very limited space to advertise, so if you are interested you should contact Terri as soon as you receive this information. Since the brochure will be printed by the end of May, we will Not be able to include any members who pay their membership late.



Harvest Festival
The booth form will be posted on the FDP website June 15th.  Terri Frank will be the contact this year and will be sending out information to current members. 2014 members will get a chance to sign up early before non-members.





Cultural Council Meeting to be April 24

The Cultural District meeting has been rescheduled:

The next Cultural District Meeting is Thursday, April 24th at 7PM in the Community Room of the Franklin Public Library.

The primary purpose of the meeting will be for the Cultural District Partnership (governance/management structure) to form and begin moving forward as its own entity. This meeting will also serve as a means for continued discussion about the Cultural District's geographic location (map critique) and discussion about the purpose and function of the Cultural District in general for the Town.


Click here to download this flyer.