Sunday, August 30, 2015

October Stroll Sponsorship, Thursday's General Meeting

October Stroll Sponsorship

We are so excited for the upcoming October Stroll on Thursday, October 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Music, pumpkins, scarecrows and hot cider!  

We are looking for sponsors for this wonderful fall event. Bronze level sponsorship is only $300 and your booth gets to be on Sponsorship Row! Use the following links for more details and registration forms: 

The deadline to be included on posters and in all press releases is September 10 so let us know if you would like to be a sponsor!

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Partnership General Meeting
Thursday, September 3
8:30 a.m. 
Dean College-Golder Room
Agenda will be posted shortly
Coffee will be served.  
Update on Streetscape Project! Come with your questions.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Progressive Dinner Ticket Info Coming Soon!

We are creating an Eventbrite Progressive Dinner ticket sales website where you can go to choose your dinner flight and purchase your tickets. 

Details will be published here and on Facebook this weekend.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Traffic Alert for Monday, 8/24, & Tuesday, 8/25

From the Town of Franklin website:

Screen shot of Town website Friday morning.

For more information go to the Town of Franklin website:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Center for Adult Education & Community Learning Fall/Winter Classes

The Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute has set its Fall/Winter 2015 course guide for The Center for Adult Education & Community Learning, and many of the instructors are Downtown Partnership members! 

Screen shot of the Center for Adult Ed brochure

The course brochure was mailed last week and is also available online at under the Adult Education link. 

  • Take cupcake decorating classes taught by the Angie McMillan and Tracie Turinese, owners of The Cake Bar.
  • Learn how to dive back into the working world after a hiatus with Linda Waters, owner of Back to Business LLC, and Dionne Katinas of The Marketing Studio
  • Get fit and healthy with Heather Martin of Tranquil Souls Yoga and Carol Bouchard of The Adirondack Club.
  • Learn about food and wine from Mark Lenzi of Franklin Liquors, Angie and Tracie of The Cake Bar, and Bob Vozzella of La Cantina Winery.
  • Paint custom wineglasses with Linda Kabat of the Franklin Art Center

Classes begin September 13.

Register online at under the Adult Education link, or call 508-613-1480. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

October Stroll Press Release

What do crisp, cool days, pumpkin decorating, hot apple cider, and music bring to mind? They all mean it’s Autumn in Franklin. To celebrate the fall season, the Franklin Downtown Partnership is planning an October Stroll on Thursday, October 15, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event will be similar to other FDP events such as the Strawberry Stroll and the Holiday Stroll. Details are being finalized and will be publicized soon on the Partnership website,, and on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at


Member Announcements from The Cake Bar, The Estate at Franklin

The Cake Bar

Tomorrow is the third Thursday of the month and that means Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar. Connect with Angie McMillan,, if you're interested in performing!

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The Estate at Franklin

Stop by The Estate for a Dine In - Dash Out event on September 24.

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Brookdale - Senior Living Solutions
Dash in for a tour, and meet the team that strives daily to provide solutions to your    clients’ senior housing needs. Then dash out with a delicious meal to go. It’s a great opportunity to experience the hospitality, service and care that make Brookdale communities such exceptional places to live.
Thursday, September 24  |  5:30 to 7 p.m.
Take 30 minutes on your way home to Dash In & Dine Out. Admission is complimentary.
For reservations or more information, call (508) 520-1150.
The Estate at Franklin
Assisted Living  |  Alzheimer's & Dementia Care 
656 King Street  |  Franklin, MA 02038

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Downtown Streetscape Project Update #8

The latest update from the Town Administrator's office:

Dear FDP Members:

Please read the Town Streetscape Project Update below.  This information will be helpful to you and your customers and clients.  Please note that the FDP will have a more detailed overview on the project at our September 3rd General Meeting.

August 18, 2015

DownTown Project Update #8

The scheduled work for the next two weeks will include completing the driveway work on Main Street as well as curbing and sidewalk completion at Pleasant Street and Beaver Street. 

They will be raising the castings along Main Street, High Street and a portion of Emmons Street in anticipation of paving those streets during the last week of August. Only ¾ of Emmons Street will be paved at this point. The remainder will be completed when the Recreation Department moves into its new location and the gas service can be disconnected in the street. We anticipate that to be in Mid- September. 

A short section of Summer Street will be paved as well. 

Please note that Main Street from Emmons Street to School Street will be closed for 24 hours one day next week in order to install the raised sidewalk in front of Dean College. The specific day has not been determined but we will notify everyone as soon as we know. 

Work will continue on finishing the sidewalks on Emmons Street and sidewalks along West Central Street. They will continue to put in the bases for the new street lights. 

No permit has been issued for the work on the Bridge Deck so that work is still on hold. 

If anyone has a question please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Progressive Dinner Press Release

The Franklin Downtown Partnership would like to invite you out to dinner. Instead of choosing just one restaurant, why not go to four different eateries? You can by joining us for the inaugural Progressive Dinner on Sunday, September 27, in downtown Franklin.

Your culinary exploration will begin with appetizers at one restaurant, soup at another, an entrĂ©e at a third, and then dessert. You can choose from two different flights, with each flight featuring four downtown restaurants. Flights will be staggered to begin every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening will end on a sweet note with dessert at The Black Box while you’re entertained by Franklin School for the Performing Arts students.

Participating restaurants are Artistry Kitchen, Bamboo House, Chinese Mirch, Hang Tai, Maguro House, Making Whoopie, The Cake Bar, and The Rome Restaurant.

“We created the Progressive Dinner to remind the community that our businesses are open during the road construction project. What better way than to have people walking through downtown, enjoying local restaurants and entertainment with friends?” says event organizer Jane Curran, owner of Jane’s Frames.

Tickets are $50 per person, including tips and taxes. Beverages are not included. Choose your flight when you purchase tickets, which are on sale now through September 15 at Jane’s Frames, The Franklin Downtown Partnership office, and Emma’s Quilt Cupboard. Cash or check only.

Full menu and flight details will be available when you purchase tickets, and on the Downtown Partnership’s website,, and Facebook page.

Thank you to NHS Print, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, Simon’s Furniture and The Mac Deli for sponsoring this event. Sponsorships are still available. Please contact FDP event co-chairperson Jane Curran at for information or with questions.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Reminder: Networking Luncheon Friday

Join us Friday, August 14, for our Networking Luncheon!
Dean College Dining Center
1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $6.75

Make connections, build relationships and enjoy great food!

RSVP to Dave Drucker, or 

Updated Sponsorship Forms, Include Progressive Dinner

Would you like to sponsor our upcoming Progressive Dinner in downtown Franklin? We've updated our Sponsorship Opportunities and Sponsorship Registration forms to make it easy. 
Progressive Dinner
Sunday, September 27
First seating beginning at 5:30 p.m.
More details coming shortly!

Contact the FDP office,, or event chairperson Jane Curran at with questions.

Click here to download the updated 2015 Sponsorship Registration Form

Click here to download the updated 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities Form.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Member: Feet In Motion School of Dance

Welcome new Downtown Partnership member Feet In Motion School of Dance! 

Located at 250 E. Central Street, Feet In Motion is gearing up for its 17th season. FIM offers classes for ages 2.9 through adult in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe and Lyrical. Registration is open now and classes begin Monday, September 14. 

You can learn more about Feet In Motion School of Dance at their website,, or on their Facebook page

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Networking Luncheon This Friday, Progressive Dinner September 27

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Luncheon
Friday, August 14th, 1:00 p.m.
Dean College - Dining Center

Please RSVP to Dave Drucker,, or Gary Donelan,

Also ... Details coming soon for the FDP Progressive Dinner event on Sunday, September 27th.  Mark your calendar. This is going to be a fun event!  Please contact Jane Curran at if you would like to sponsor this event or purchase a ticket. 
$100 Level Sponsorships available.
More details coming soon....

Friday, August 7, 2015

Traffic Alert: Construction Downtown on Main Street

Traffic is being detoured off Main Street northbound onto Cottage Street due to roadwork at the bridge. 

Businesses on East Central and Main streets are open for business. Main Street can be accessed via West Central Street (Rt. 140) southbound.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Downtown Partnership Upcoming Events

We've added a few more dates to the events we told you about last week:

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Luncheon
Friday, August 14th, 1:00 p.m.
Dean College-Dining Center

General Meeting
Thursday, September 3rd, 8:30 a.m.
Dean College Campus Center-Golder Room

Winter Beautification Day
Sunday, November 22nd
Volunteers Needed

Holiday Stroll
Thursday, December 3rd
Sponsors Needed

Franklin Downtown Partnership
Fundraiser Dinner
Congressman Joe Kennedy -- Guest Speaker
*** Rescheduled to Spring 2016 ***

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spilka Announces Restored Funding for Downtown, MA Projects

A message from Senator Karen Spilka - Great news for the Town of Franklin and the downtown!
Dear Franklin Town Officials,
I am pleased to announce that the Massachusetts legislature restored funding to critical local and statewide programs by overriding the Governor’s budget vetoes to the fiscal year 2016 budget.    

Funding was restored for the following initiatives:

·         $50,000 for a NEW initiative for substance abuse coalition in Franklin.
·         $60,000 for school zone safety improvements.
·         $50,000 for a NEW initiative to construct a statue of Horace Mann.
·         Fully funds the Regional Transit Authorities at $82 Million ($2 Million increase from FY 2015).
·         $9 Million in local state aid for libraries ($55,000 increase over FY 2015) to directly provide aid and support to local library initiatives. These funds will allow local libraries to increase technology resources, educational resources, as well as retain crucial staff levels.
·         $9.9 Million for Regional Library aid ($29,000 increase over FY 2015) to help to fund the interlibrary loan system in the Commonwealth for increased sharing of resources.
·         Includes $18 Million for Kindergarten Expansion Grants which help to support and maintain full-day kindergarten programs.
·         $14.2 Million for Massachusetts Cultural Council ($2.4 Million over the FY 2015 post-9c amount). This is the highest it has been funded since FY 2002.
·         $14.6 Million for Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism which is $300,000 over FY 2015 post-9C amount.
·         Maintains existing funding for DCR State Park Operations, ensuring the same high level of service in FY 2016 as in FY 2015 and keep the same 143 parks open this year as were open last year.
·         $100,000 to establish the 495/MetroWest Suburban Edge Community Commission to study development challenges being experienced by suburban communities.   

As always, if you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Puja Mehta in my office at (617) 722-1640. I look forward to continuing to work with you to make Franklin stronger.
Puja Mehta, J.D.
District Director
Office of Senator Karen E. Spilka
Senate Ways and Means
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Monday, August 3, 2015

New Member: Marietta Z Courtney, CPA, MST

Welcome new Franklin Downtown Partnership member Marietta Z. Courtney, CPA, MST!

This tax and accounting services firm is located at 2 Master Drive, Suite 4, in Franklin off of Beaver Street. Marietta Z. Courtney, CPA provides a wide range of services to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in a variety of industries. 

You can learn more about Marietta Z. Courtney, CPA at their website,, or find them on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Downtown Road Milling Operations Set for Tuesday, Wednesday

A message from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation 

UPDATE on Downtown Road Project:

We will be milling sections of Main St tomorrow (Tuesday, August 4). The sections include from Lincoln St just past Church St, Main St from School to Emmons St, and if time permits, a section of Emmons St (up to the roadway widening area just short of the intersection). 

Wednesday night (August 5) we will be milling the intersection of Beaver/Pleasant and Main St so as not to adversely effect traffic during the day (starting after 7 pm). If we do not get to Emmons St Tuesday, we will finish that Wednesday night.

Thank You,
Anthony Tavalone