Monday, April 23, 2018

Beautification Day May 19

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine. Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter. Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up a few trays of flowers at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St. Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason to sign up to volunteer.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Franklin Art Association Meeting

The Franklin Art Association will meet on May 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. in Franklin. Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and a presentation on Social Media for the Artist. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

FDP Networking Breakfast

Join us any time on Friday, April 20 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. at the Dean College Dining Center, main level of the Campus Center, for a delicious breakfast and conversation with fellow FDP members. Breakfast costs only $5.61 - you can't afford not to come! 

Contact Matt Lechter or Gary Donelan for more information.

Friday, April 13, 2018

DCU is hiring

DCU's Franklin branch, 500 W. Central St., is looking for two part-time Member Service Representatives. Please follow the links to apply, or share this email with a friend!

Berry Insurance is hiring!

Berry Insurance is looking for a full-time Sales Executive and a Fall Marketing & Branding college intern. The Franklin insurance company, 31 Hayward St. Suite J, St., posted these openings on Indeed. Please follow the links to apply, or share this email with a friend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Board members and new Communications Coordinator

At Thursday's General Meeting, two new Board of Directors members were introduced to FDP members, as was the new Communications Coordinator. 

We would like to welcome new Board member Kevin Johnson! Kevin is an Edward Jones financial advisor and planner and has been an FDP member since 2016.

We would also like to welcome Christopher Peterson to the Board of Directors! Chris is the manager of the DCU branch in Franklin and has been an FDP member for 2 years. 

Cyndi Rich has stepped down as Treasurer, and we would like to thank her for her years of service to the organization!

Gary Donelan, Middlesex Savings Bank manager, is the FDP's new Treasurer. 

Please welcome Lisa Daly-Boockoff as the new Communications Coordinator! Lisa is replacing Terri Frank and will be managing writing, social media and email communication duties. You can reach Lisa at

Partnership Board of Directors April 2018
Seated (L to R) Kevin Johnson, Paul Resten, and Matt Lechter. MIddle row (L to R) Beth Wierling, Executive Director Lisa Piana, President Roberta Trahan, Vice President Scott Martin, Communications Coordinator Lisa Daly-Boockoff. Back row (L to R) Bryan Taberner, Pandora Carlucci (in red), Jen Hurst, Christopher Peterson, and Gary Donelan.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center, Campanella Room

I.              Open Meeting                        

II.            Adoption of Agenda  

III.          Member Introductions         

IV.          New Board Member Introduction  

V.            Thank you to Terri Frank    

VI.          New Communication Coordinator Introduction

VII.        Town Update-Jeff Nutting & Town Council 
VIII.     FDP Updates-Lisa Piana        
a.     Membership Discounts
b.    New Website
c.     Sponsorships
d.    Ladybugs, Kindness Rock Garden, Beautification Day
IX.          New Mixed Development-Brad Chaffee

X.            Merchant Meeting Update- Pandora Carlucci

XI.          Strawberry Stroll-Beth Wierling/Jen Hurst
a.     New Day and Time - Friday, June 8, 5:00-8:00
b.    Registrations and Sponsorships

XII.        Networking Breakfasts-Gary Donelan/Matt Lechter  
XIII.     New Business and Member Announcements         

XIV.      Adjourn & Networking

Networking Breakfast -- Friday, April 20
Beautification Day -- Saturday, May 19
Strawberry Stroll -- Friday, June 8
General Meeting -- Thursday, June 14        


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PayPal Button Fixed!

It has come to our attention that several members were trying to pay their 2018 memberships online but our PayPal link was broken (see right, just above our Facebook link). We are sorry for any inconvenience.

The button is now working again!

Thank you for your patience, and thanks for renewing your membership!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Restaurant going into building at 28 W. Central St.

What's going into the former Rick's location?

Santa Fe Burrito Grill is moving into 28 W. Central St., formerly the site of Rick's Restaurant. The new eatery will serve Mexican food, but we don't yet know when it will open. Stay tuned!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our 2018 Events Press Release

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has set the dates for its 2018 events and meetings, and a few of those events have new dates and times thanks to input from members and Franklin residents.

The annual Strawberry Stroll, which traditionally had been held on Thursday afternoons, will be Friday, June 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Residents told us that holding the Strawberry Stroll on a Friday evening would make it easier for them to come downtown and enjoy the event,” says Executive Director Lisa Piana. “The feedback told us more families could spend time together downtown without the Stroll competing with after-school activities and sports. We think it will be a very positive change for families and for our downtown businesses and restaurants.”

Thanks to a member’s suggestion, the Partnership’s networking events are now monthly breakfast meetings (instead of lunch) held in the Dean College dining center. The first breakfast meeting in January drew 15 members who shared ideas and enjoyed a meal for less than $6.

Future networking breakfasts are scheduled for March 16 and April 20. Everyone is invited to drop in between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. and join the discussion over a cup of coffee or a delicious meal.

The general public is invited to the FDP general meetings to hear the latest news about events, downtown projects, town updates and member announcements. General meetings are scheduled for the following Thursdays: April 5, June 14, September 6 and November 1. Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m., last one hour, and are usually held in the Campanella Board Room in the Dean College Campus Center.

Downtown Franklin’s annual Beautification Day will be Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to Noon. Groups are encouraged to volunteer and community service hours are available.
Eileen Mason coordinates the effort for the FDP along with the Franklin Garden Club.

The Harvest Festival will happen Saturday, October 13, with a rain date of Sunday, October 14. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown.

Winter Decorating Day will be Sunday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Organizer  Eileen Mason will need volunteers for Sunday and also on Saturday the 17th to help sort greens.

The Holiday Stroll date is still under consideration by the FDP Board and will be announced in a timely manner.

 More information and a handy downloadable event list can be found at, and on the FDP’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow the Partnership for updates and notifications about sponsorship and participation opportunities.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 240 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. Go to for more information.