Tuesday, July 28, 2020

FDP Sponsors Concert

THE BLACK BOX will present country singer Ayla Brown as part of its outdoor concert series in the theater’s parking lot on Sat., Aug.15 at 8 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District Committee and the Franklin Downtown Partnership. THE BLACK BOX Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Dean Bank.

Tables will be socially distanced and masks will be required when patrons enter THE BLACK BOX building to access the box office, restrooms, and bar. Table groupings will be limited to six. Advance ticketing and payment are encouraged. Tickets are available online.

Read more here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Business Reopening Information

The town of Franklin has provided the following information to assist businesses as they reopen.

COVID-19 Control Plan
Compliance Attestation
Coronavirus Information Portal
Reopening Resources

This is also a handy graphic regarding the Massachusetts Phase 2 Reopening:

Friday, June 5, 2020

Special FDP Meeting Addresses the Reopening of Franklin Businesses

The Franklin Downtown Partnership hosted a special general meeting on June 4 on the topic of reopening businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. State and local leaders discussed various ramifications of the pandemic on businesses and the path back from quarantine. 

Presenters in the online meeting included State Sen. Becca Rausch, State Rep. Jeff Roy, Susan Nicholl from State Sen. Karen Spilka's office, Franklin Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, and Franklin Health Director Cathy Liberty. 

An audio recording and notes on the meeting are available on Franklin Matters.

One of the topics covered during the meeting was the ability of restaurants to reopen with outdoor dining.

“I am very encouraged to learn that Franklin restaurants will soon be able to set up outside dining,” said Franklin Downtown Partnership Executive Director Lisa Piana. “I appreciate town officials expediting the approval process so restaurant owners can take advantage of this opportunity, especially now that the weather is so pleasant.”

Friday, May 29, 2020

FDP Re-opening Businesses General Meeting

Join us for a virtual general meeting on Zoom on Thursday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. This special "Re-opening Businesses" FDP General Meeting will feature updates from state and town leaders, including Franklin Town Administrator  Jamie Hellen, Susan Nicholl from State Sen. Karen Spilka's office, State Sen. Becca Rausch, State Rep. Jeff Roy, and Franklin Health Director Cathy Liberty .

The link to join the Zoom meeting is: https://zoom.us/j/96287098735
Meeting ID: 962 8709 8735
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,96287098735# US

2020 Beautification Sponsors

If you take a look at the planters on the bridge above the railroad in downtown Franklin, you'll notice these signs. It's our way of thanking these community-minded sponsors for their generous donations to the beautification effort!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Reopening Plan

The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19 has been released. Read the plan here

Spring Beautification 2020

On May 15, downtown Franklin sprung to life with colorful plants added to barrels, planters and window boxes. The Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) and the Franklin Garden Club organized the planting of pink, blue and white flowers to beautify the community.

“This year we held a Covid-19 appropriate beautification effort in the downtown area,” said lead organizer Eileen Mason. “We had designated families or residents be responsible for certain locations. Everyone wore masks outside their family units and we maintained the appropriate distancing. We only requested adult volunteers this year in order to keep us all safe.”

Roberta Trahan, vice president of the FDP, said this project is especially meaningful during this time of social distancing. 

“The planting of flowers and beautification efforts give us hope that life goes on,” Trahan said. “It is a visual reminder to our community that we will get through this. Seeing the flowers brings some joy and growth into this difficult time in our lives.”

Thank you to the following sponsors provided financial assistance to make the beautification efforts possible: 

PLATINUM-Dean Bank, Fenton Financial Group, Glen Meadow Apartments, and Middlesex Savings Bank
GOLD-D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty, Franklin Glass Company, Inc., Kelly’s Landscaping Inc., and The Enclave of Franklin
SILVER-Auerr, Zajac & Associates, Chestnut Dental Associates, Keefe Insurance, Oteri Funeral Home, and Vet Med Pet Supplies
BRONZE-Berry Insurance, Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil PC, and Roche & Roche Law Offices

“Thank you to all who helped pull the beautification effort together this year,” Mason said. “Special thanks to Fairmont Farms for the flowers, the Department of Public Works for helping with watering and mulching and to Melanie Hamblen, owner of Franklin Agway, for donating potting soil and distributing it to all of the containers.”

Special thanks to Vicario Studio for providing these photos.

Saturday, May 2, 2020