Monday, February 28, 2011

Dean Leadership Institute

Dean College invites the public to its

5th Annual Dean Leadership Institute Executive Lecture

James Roosevelt, Jr.
President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. Presentation
Dean College Campus Center, 135 Emmons Street, Franklin

RSVP to: or 508-541-1612

James Roosevelt's presentation at the Dean Leadership Institute Executive Lecture will be on Social Security and Medicare. Mr. Roosevelt joined Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel, and became president and CEO in 2005. As general counsel he presided over the legal department and the company's compliance, privacy and government relations functions. In November 2008 President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


To all current Partnership members, thank you for your continued membership support! To all those considering membership, please join us!

This past year has been a successful one for the Downtown Partnership! We added an exciting new website and welcomed 54 new members to the organization. We are 140 members strong!

Revitalization continues with the streetscape design work underway and new retailers downtown. We are thrilled to have the community working together to revitalize our beautiful downtown area.

Please find the membership application here. We ask that you send it in no later than March 15th. The Partnership is a non-profit organization and we rely on your membership dues and sponsorship for our funding. The following is a list of opportunities for 2011:

Membership Privileges:
  • Free Booth for business members at Harvest Festival -- $100 value (non food)
  • Downtown Informational Meetings with guest speakers
  • A Voice in economic development and streetscape plans
  • Downtown Merchant Opportunities: Annual Strawberry Stroll and Holiday Stroll
  • Communication Updates on downtown events and streetscape projects
  • Networking Luncheons & Socials where you can meet people and introduce your business
  • Free Link on this website
Your membership dues support events including the Harvest Festival on October 2nd, the Strawberry Stroll on June 16th, Beautification Day on May 21st, Holiday Decorating on November 20th, and the Holiday Stroll on December 1st. These events, along with projects like new greenspace, public sculptures, and downtown signs are all part of our revitalization efforts.

Your membership support is vital to our mission to stimulate economic development in the downtown in order to create a positive impact throughout the area. We appreciate your continued support. The Partnership is a 501(c)3 with the tax ID#03-0461971. Your membership dues are tax deductible. 

We look forward to another successful year,

Lisa Piana, Executive Director, and the Franklin Downtown Partnership Board

2011 Events Press Release

Franklin Downtown Partnership Announces 2011 Events
The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces a calendar full of events and festivals for 2011 that includes a Beautification Day this spring, the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll.  The Partnership also has set its General Meeting dates for the year and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what’s happening in and around downtown Franklin. 
The Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club will brighten up the downtown center for spring with its annual Downtown Beautification Day on Saturday, May 21. Volunteers are needed to help plant more than 1,200 flowers in downtown center, and community service hours are available for students. Due to the economy, the club is once again reaching out to businesses and residents for donations to help offset the cost of flowers as well as winter decorations. All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated! Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. 
The annual Strawberry Stroll is set for Thursday, June 16, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event’s name change this year reflects the Partnership’s desire to encourage people to stroll through the entire downtown area and enjoy entertainment, a sidewalk sale and, of course, the Partnership’s famous strawberry shortcakes. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors to help with this popular event. Nicole Fortier and Diane Glass are this year’s co-chairs.
The annual Harvest Festival, the Partnership’s largest event, is set for Sunday, October 2. Each year this festival draws more than 4,000 visitors.  Angie Grant is the new crafter chair and the co-chair of this year’s festival.  More information will be posted on the FDP website in March.  Please contact Angie Grant at if you are a new vendor and would like to be put on the registration distribution list. 
The third-annual Holiday Stroll is scheduled for Thursday, December 1. Carolers, a visit from Santa, store discounts and refreshments will set a festive holiday mood downtown. Co-chairs for this event are Cindy Kozil and Roberta Trahan.
General Meeting dates are set for March 17, May 19, July 21, September 15 and November 17.  These Thursday meetings are held at the Dean College Campus Center at 8:30 a.m.  All interested businesses and residents are invited to attend and learn about the Partnership’s efforts and what’s happening in downtown Franklin. The organization now has over 140 members and encourages Franklin businesses and residents to become members. A complete listing of all events, meeting dates, volunteer opportunities and contact information can be found on this website (under the Events tab).  
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Franklin Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to fund these events. Any business, organization or resident interested in becoming a sponsor or a member of the Partnership should contact the Executive Director at or (774) 571-3109, or visit the downtown office at 9 East Central Street.  New members are always welcome! 
The Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown to create a positive impact throughout the area. Some past FDP projects include the bronze sculpture in front of the Historical Museum, downtown signs, green space and working with town officials on the streetscape project. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bell Stolen from Historical Museum

The bell outside the Historical Museum on West Central Street was stolen last week. To date it still has not been recovered. To read the entire story by Brian Benson in the Milford Daily News please click here.