Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 Strawberry Stroll Sign-up, Map

There is still time for businesses to participate in our 2015 Strawberry Stroll! Contact Nicole Fortier today at to sign up no later than today.

Here's the Strawberry Stroll map, provided by Franklin Local Town Pages. The map will appear in the June 1 issue of the Local Town Pages (check your mailbox!) and at the Stroll on June 11. Click here to download a copy.

Networking Opportunity Next Thursday

A message from FDP member The Estate at Franklin:

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Brookdale - Senior Living Solutions
For those who appreciate the finer things in life. Wine & Cheese Networking Reception.
Expand your palate and your network at our Wine & Cheese Networking Reception. Sample a variety of fine wines and cheeses, connect with professional colleagues and tour our community. It's a great way to unwind at the end of the day and to learn how we can help you serve your clients well.
Thursday, May 28  |  5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for wine sampling, mingling and fun.
Discover why Brookdale communities are such exceptional places to live.
For reservations, or to schedule your personal visit,
call (508) 520-1150 by May 27

The Estate at Franklin
Assisted Living  |  Alzheimer's & Dementia Care 
656 King Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Strawberry Stroll Flyer

We're less than a month away from the Franklin Strawberry Stroll!

Want to print this flyer? Click here to download

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

State House Update on Sick Time Law Penalties

The State House News Service put out this update today:


Senators on Tuesday voted 10-28 to rebuff an attempt to delay the implementation of penalties in the earned sick time law voters approved in November. 

Sen. Don Humason (R-Westfield) offered an amendment to the fiscal 2016 budget that delays penalties for violations of the law until January. Humason said his aim was to protect employers and give them a chance to comply with the law, while allowing people to still accumulate earned sick time. Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), said many small companies do not have the resources or legal staff to process the law, which goes into effect on July 1

"The goal of the amendment is as long as they're not willfully skirting the law they will not be charged treble damages," deMacedo said. 

Attorney General Maura Healey's office has proposed regulations to accompany the law and on Monday proposed a provision that calls for a transition period for employers with existing earned sick time policies. Sen. Dan Wolf (D-Harwich) said he had spoken with Healey's office. Officials told him that they are on a "good path" with the regulations, and an amendment like Humason's would "cloud the water," he said. 

Four Democrats joined the six-member Republican caucus in supporting the amendment - Sens. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster), and Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport). 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Patriotic Beautification Display

Volunteers helped the Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club plant beautiful red, white and blue flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge, in planters in front of numerous businesses and in the memorial gardens on the Town Common Saturday morning.

According to Eileen Mason, the Beautification Day chairperson, the patriotic theme to this year's flowers honors our American service men and women.

We would like to thank Eileen and all the volunteers for creating such a beautiful display!

We can't forget our sponsors, without whom we would not have been able to offer such a warm welcome to Franklin:  

Franklin Ford - Silver Sponsor
Middlesex Savings Bank - Silver Sponsor
Simon's Furniture - Bronze Sponsor

The watering system for the bridge was turned on Saturday.

Sponsorship helps us create welcoming displays year round. Would you like to contribute? Follow these links for more information.