Friday, October 26, 2012

Everyone's Invited

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Dean College Campus Center @ 8:30 a.m.
Golder Room

I.        Open Meeting

II.       Adoption of Agenda

III.      Introductions

IV.     Report from Executive Director
          a.   Membership and Sponsorship Updates
          b.   Strategic Direction and 3-year plan
          c.   Franklin Food Elves "12 Days of Donating"
          d.   Winter Decorating Day - Sunday, November 18
          e.   New business coming to downtown Franklin

V.      Report from Holiday Stroll Chairs -- Cindy Kozil and Roberta Trahan

VI.     Downtown Updates -- Jeff Nutting
          a.   Town updates
          b.   Streetscape Update
          c.   Meters and Beautification topics

VII.    Franklin Walking Map -- Beth Dahlstrom, Lauren Marciszyn

VIII.   Networking -- Joel Carrara
          a.   Networking Evening
          b.   Six One Seven Studios -- November 15 starting at 5 p.m.
          c.   Luncheon at Dean College -- November 9 at 1 p.m.

IX.     Business Updates

X.      New Business

XI.     Adjourn

Our next General Meeting will be Thusday, January 3, 2013

Networking Event

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Luncheon

Friday, November 9th, 1:00 p.m.

Dean College Campus Center Dining Hall
$6.00 for lunch
Come network with FDP members and enjoy good food!
New Members Welcome!
RSVP: Joel Carrara

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Attention all Business Owners and Members

Let's Light Up the town of Franklin this Year!
In conjunction with the Holiday Stroll on Thursday, November 29th, the Franklin Downtown Partnership would like to encourage you to decorate your store windows in an effort to create a festive atmosphere for the stroll and for the holiday season.

Need ideas? How about a winter scene with snowflakes and a snowman or something as simple as a wreath with electric candles to create a warm glow. Whatever you decide, we are thankful that you are helping make the season merry and bright!
Holiday Stroll Happenings
Below this post is the list of participating businesses. If you would like to be added to the list and join the festivities please e-mail our event coordinators Cindy Kozil or Roberta Trahan at  But hurry...we want to make sure you get included in the handouts.
Franklin Food Elves
Any business interested in being a drop off location for the annual "12 Days of Donating" campaign for the Franklin Food Pantry should e-mail the FDP as soon as possible. The Food Elves would love to have a few more sponsors which is a $200 commitment if the Elves collect 1,200 lbs of food.   The Elves do all the work....and it is a great cause for everyone!  E-mail us today at and say you would like participate this year! 
Let's make this Holiday Season one to remember....

FDP General Meeting... more info coming.
We hope to see you at the FDP meeting next Thursday, November 1st at 8:30 am at Dean College.  Bring your ideas for 2013.  We want to hear from you!  

Participating Businesses

2012 Holiday Stroll Happenings

Monday, October 22, 2012

Parking Control Officer

Letter from the Chief’s Office
As I am sure most of the citizens of Franklin are now aware the Town has hired a part-time Parking Control Officer. For many years the Parking Control Officer was a well known fixture in the center of Town. The PCO, as we call it, would walk the Downtown streets, have conversation with citizens, help with pedestrian crossings and engage in all around friendly behavior. Due to budgetary constraints the PCO position had gone unfilled for a lengthy period of time. That has changed and a PCO is now actively enforcing parking violations for the Town.
My experience with feedback about the PCO position was that it was welcomed by the Downtown and overall community until that bright orange parking ticket was placed under a windshield wiper blade. We have learned that parking control is one of those job functions that can bring out the worst in some people. It is however a necessary enforcement function.
There may be any number of good reasons and/or explanations as to why a parking violation might have happened and a civil explanation may make all the sense in the world possibly remedying the ticket issue right on the spot. Parking control, particularly in the Downtown where there are businesses who need and deserve convenient access for their customers to help them stay ahead of a downtrodden economy, coupled with the amount of Commuter Rail travelers looking for available parking, is a necessary and important enforcement effort conducted by the Town.
If you have issue with a parking violation I want to remind you that you cannot remedy your parking ticket issue at the Police Station. Parking Ticket appeals are handled by the Franklin Town Treasurer/Collector. If you received a parking ticket that you believe to be in error I would encourage you to appeal to the Town Treasurer and request a hearing. When you appear for the hearing have your facts ready, be civil when presenting your argument and leave knowing the matter has been heard and I can assure you will be decided in a fair and impartial manner.
Thank You
Stephan H. Semerjian
Chief of Police

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Networking Event

to a very special Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Event hosted by Six One Seven Studios

Thursday, November 15th -- Starting at 5:00 p.m.
This is a special evening for FDP members looking for connections and networking opportunities. The event will be at Six One Seven Studios' state-of-the-art film studio located at 25 Kenwood Circle in Franklin. 

Come and enjoy good company, delicious appetizers, beer and wine as you tour the exciting new state-of-the-art studios.

Please RSVP to Joel Carrara at

Learn more about Six One Seven Studios
Six One Seven Studios is a full-service video production company based in Franklin, MA, dedicated to telling your story through high quality video production. 

Our experienced team of professionals has years of experience in the art of communicating through video. From videography, editing, scripting and all aspects of video production service, Six One Seven Studios represents some of the best in the field offering our services at competitive prices.

Six One Studios is equipped with a 3,200 square foot soundstage, makeup and client area, state-of-the-art editing suite and multiple offices.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can attend.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Get Involved With Our Holiday Stroll

Did someone say "HOLIDAYS" ?
Yes...we are now in planning stage for the Holiday Stroll. With an early press date of October 15th we are asking that Sponsors and participants e-mail us soon for the 4th Annual Holiday Stroll.

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
4:00-7:00 pm

Please e-mail our event chairs:
Cindy Kozil,
Roberta Trahan

Holiday Stroll Sponsors Needed

Bronze:  $100
Silver:  $250
Gold:  $500
Platinum:  $1,000

For Holiday Stroll Sponsorship Opportunities click here.
For Holiday Stroll Registration Form click here.

Don't miss out on the Press Date.
Let us know by October 15th if you would like to be a Holiday Stroll Sponsor so we can list you in the newspaper press release!

"Franklin Food Elves"...12 Days of Donating Campaign
The FDP and Food Elves are looking for businesses to participate and collect food donations for the Food Pantry and donate $200 to participate in the "12 Days of Donating Campaign."

Last year the Food Elves collected over $4,000 and a TON of Food Donations.....E-mail the Franklin Downtown Partnership if you would like to have a bin at your business location. You just need to commit to donating $200 and the Food Elves will do the rest...
E-mail us by Monday, October 15th so we can list you in the press release.

Additional information coming soon...

Holiday Stroll Sponsor Registration

2012 Sponsorship Registration Form

Holiday Stroll Sponsor Opportunities for 2012

Here are the Sponsorship levels available for both the Holiday Stroll on November 29 and for Beautification (ongoing). 

Interested? Please contact the Executive Director Lisa Piana at
2012 Holiday Stroll Sponsorship Opportunities

Having trouble seeing the above document? Click here.

Letter from the Holiday Stroll Co-Chairs

FDP 2012 Holiday Stroll Letter

If you're having trouble viewing this document, click here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Franklin TV Newsletter

After attending the September Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting, Franklin Community Cable Access Director Pete Fasciano wrote the following about the FDP in his newsletter.

Thank you, Pete, for your support!

Franklin Community Cable Access Newsletter

If you are having trouble downloading this document, please click here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Many More Thanks!

Thank you to all of you who participated in this year's FDP Harvest Festival.

Special thanks to all of our Sponsors and all our wonderful Volunteers.
And to our Festival Chairs who made the event a huge success.
Thank you Mary Graff and Jeanne Sherlock.
We appreciate Dean Bank for donating and running the FDP food booth again this year and to Rockland Trust for letting use their parking lot for the Children's area .
Thank you  to all the local press for helping us advertise the festival.  Special thanks to Franklin Localtownpages for once again designing and printing the Harvest Fest  maps.
We appreciate everyone who participated in making the event a success! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Harvest Festival Wrap-Up

A heartfelt Thank You to everyone -- visitors, vendors and volunteers alike -- who didn't let a few raindrops dampen their enjoyment of Downtown Franklin's 10th Annual Harvest Festival!

The entertainment, games and shows went on as planned. The food was delicious and the crafts sold briskly. The sun eventually made an appearance, and neighbors enjoyed the day with neighbors.

Our generous sponsors made the day possible -- thank you for your support!

Gold Sponsors:  Rockland Trust and Snow Hill Dental.

Silver Sponsors:  Big Y, DCU, Green Mountain Chocolates and Middlesex Savings Bank.

Bronze Sponsors:  Chestnut Dental, Dean Bank and Keefe Insurance.

Friends of the Festival:  CVS, Ranieri Real Estate, Franklin Community Cable Access, Franklin Ford, Franklin Yoga and Wellness, and Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Franklin. 

Many thanks as well to the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin DPW for helping to make the event set-up and clean-up safe and efficient!

Check out our slide show for more images from the Harvest Festival!