Thursday, April 20, 2017

Strawberry Stroll Registration Form, Important Deadlines

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is currently organizing the 15th annual Strawberry Stroll, set for Thursday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. downtown, rain or shine. Crafters, community groups, businesses and entertainers are all welcome to participate.

If you would like to be involved please fill out this Registration Form and send it to the FDP office today! Participation for members is FREE!  Non-members should include $75 to purchase booth space (Interested in being a member? Here's our Membership Application).

Important form due dates:
By May 19 -- to be included in the event handout 
By May 25 -- to avoid a late fee 
After May 25 -- registration must include a $25 late fee
May 31 -- no forms will be accepted after this date

If you have any questions, please email event co-chair Beth Wierling at

Download our Strawberry Stroll press release here

Support the Strawberry Stroll with a sponsorship!

Businesses are welcome to sponsor the Stroll. Dean Bank is the Platinum sponsor for this event and will serve up the event’s famous Strawberry Shortcakes. 

For more information about the FDP and sponsorship contact the office at

Here's our Sponsorship Registration Form.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Board of Directors changes

We've had some changes to our Board of Directors this year, with several members of the leadership team making moves. 

Our President of 12 years, Nicole Fortier, has been promoted and is now working at a different Dean Bank location. As a result, she reluctantly stepped down from her leadership position.

Roberta Trahan has graciously agreed to become President.

Scott Martin is Vice President.

Beth Wierling replaces Roberta as Secretary.

Cyndi Rich has stepped down from the board but remains Treasurer.

Paul Resten of Dean College is a new board member.

Jennifer Hurst of Dean Bank is a new board member.

Our Board of Directors and their contact information is listed on our website,

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

General Meeting agenda, *Campanella Board Room

*Please note:  this meeting has been moved back to the Campanella Board Room, 1st floor of the Dean College Campus Center. 

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center
Campanella Room

I.           Open Meeting 8:30 a.m.

II. Adoption of Agenda 8:32 a.m.

III. Member Introductions 8:33 a.m.

IV. FDP Board Update - Roberta Trahan 8:38 a.m.

V. Town Update - Jeff Nutting 8:40 a.m.

VI. FDP Event Updates - Lisa Piana 8:55 a.m.

VII. Beautification Day - Eileen Mason 9:00 a.m.

VIII. Progressive Dinner - Jane Curran 9:05 a.m.

IX. Strawberry Stroll - Lisa Piana/Jen Hurst/Beth Wierling 9:10 a.m.

X. New Business 9:20 a.m.

XI. Adjourn 9:30 a.m.

Save the Dates:

Horace Mann Sculpture Ceremony - Sunday, May 7
Beautification Day - Saturday, May 20
Progressive Dinner - Sunday, May 21
Strawberry Stroll - Thursday, June 8

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New scam targets business owners

A new marketing scam that targets local businesses is circulating and may be headed to Franklin. If you receive one of these phone calls please let the Franklin Police know about it. Thanks to Matt Lechter and Ken Corkran for the following information:

Late last week Dean College received a phone call from the Woonsocket Police Department informing us of a potential marketing “scam” going on in Rhode Island.  An individual, claiming to be “Richard”, is stating he works for Beacon Media News and is soliciting advertising space in a “Campus Life” publication.  He further states that this publication is sponsored by other colleges such as Dean College, Bryant College etc.  Local business owners are then asked to purchase advertising space in this publication, which does not exist.

Should anyone be approached with this solicitation, please contact Franklin Police and do not purchase “advertising” space.  Dean College has no affiliation with this.  

Ken Corkran
Director of Law Enforcement Services
 & Risk Management
99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038