Friday, December 19, 2014

'12 Days of Donating' Preliminary Totals Press Release

(L to R) Elf Ellie Teixeira, Co-Founder Cameron Piana, Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch 

The Franklin Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership are pleased to announce that the preliminary numbers are in and the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign has collected more than three tons (or 6,000 pounds) of goods and $8,000 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Some of the donations dropped off at the Food Pantry

More than 90 Food Elves collected from their Franklin neighbors, the most volunteers in the history of the Franklin Food Elves. They worked in conjunction with local businesses that set up collection bins at their locations around town.

Student volunteers weigh donations
“We’d like to thank all of residents of Franklin who donated to our campaign this year. We also would like to thank the elves that worked hard to bring the donations in, and the businesses that helped fill the donation bins at their locations. We are excited to see the totals because we still have more donations coming in,” says Cameron Piana, Food Elves co-founder.

Local businesses were deeply involved in this year’s campaign. DCU gave a check for $5,000, and 15 other businesses pledged a $200 cash donation and donated time and bin space to the cause.

Those businesses included Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLC, Berry Insurance, British Beer Company, Dean Bank, Dean College, Drama Kids of Metro West, Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Jane’s Frames, Keefe Insurance Agency, Murphy Business, Printsmart Office Products, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, RE/MAX Executive Realty, and Yellin & Hyman, P.C. 

For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Food Elves at or visit their Facebook page.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update on 12/17 Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Milford Daily News ran the following story about the Economic Development Subcommittee's discussion on Wednesday about a proposal to develop the land at 150 Emmons Street. The discussion will be on the agenda of the January 7 Town Council meeting. 

Franklin: Developer unwilling to budge on Emmons Street proposal 

By Matt TotaDaily News Staff 
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 12:01 am 

FRANKLIN – A local developer eyeing the town property on the corner of Emmons Street has objected to the idea of limiting the kind of businesses that could set up shop there. 

Roger Calarese, the developer behind the Franklin Village Mall, submitted a proposal to raze the current building at 150 Emmons St. and replace it with a 5,300-square-foot commercial property with a drive-through.

But the Franklin Downtown Partnership, a consortium of local businesses, opposes the prospect of a restaurant and drive-through, such as a coffee shop.

Because of its location at the entrance to the downtown, the property has been the subject of debate. And most of the suggestions for how the town should develop the property have come from downtown business owners, who see it as a "gateway" to the area.

A request for proposals released in September did not restrict the kind of businesses that could open at the property, only that the front of the site be reserved for a statue and green space.

Calarese, who submitted a $500,000 bid by the Dec. 2 deadline, believes he has met the criteria and is unwilling to place further restrictions on potential tenants.

Calarese had been in talks with a bank about the property, but the negotiations fell through.
“It’s very difficult to get out into the marketplace and market a property when you don’t have control over it,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve been quietly talking to people, but it’s been difficult. “

The Town Council’s economic development subcommittee, which met Wednesday with Calarese, has forwarded the developer’s proposal to the full council.

“I think we’ve beaten this property to death,” said Joseph Halligan, a member of the subcommittee. “I say we accept the man’s offer. I think anything that goes there will be better than what’s there now.”

The council will decide at its Jan. 8 meeting whether to accept Calarese’s proposal as is, or add new restrictions on it.

Matt Tota can be reached at 508-634-7521 or
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Economic Development Meeting This Wednesday

The Economic Development Committee meeting is Wednesday, December 17, at 5:30 at Town Hall in the 3rd Floor Training Room.

The Economic Development Committee will be discussing the proposal they received for the 150 Emmons Street property.

Franklin Matters posted the following item last week with the link to the Milford Daily News story: 
Franklin Matters: "One would assume I’d be moving forward with the p...: Town planning officials received just one response to the request for proposals to develop a town-owned property at the corner of Emmons S...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Food Elves Drop-Off Day Photos

The Franklin Food Pantry was a busy place Saturday morning with Franklin Food Elves bringing in the donated goods they collected. A few industrious elves improvised a slide system to make the drop-offs easier, while a few more elves helped to weigh, sort and store the donations.

Final totals will be announced later this week as more donations continue to pour in.

(L to R) Elf Ellie Teixeira, Head Elf Cameron Piana and Executive Director Erin Lynch

The improvised slide helped make the job easier