FRANKLIN - The Franklin Town Council, with three new members, were sworn-in last night before the Council's regularly scheduled meeting. Patrick Casey, Eamon McCarthy-Earls and Melanie Hamblen were voted in last week. First order of business last night, the Council... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Franklin residents sending a strong message at the polls yesterday that it’s time for change when it comes to the make-up of the Town Council and the School Committee. The top two vote-getters for a seat on the Town Council were newcomers Patrick Casey and... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The Franklin Town Library renovation and expansion project is now nearing completion with a grand re-opening scheduled for this Sunday. While the work was being done, the Library was operating at 25 Kenwood Circle until mid-September. From that time until the... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Celebrate the best of fall and Franklin with friends and neighbors at the 15th annual Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Harvest Festival features a day of great local entertainment... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The Franklin Town Council will meet tonight at which time members are expected to appoint a new Treasurer/Tax Collector for the town following the decision earlier this year by long-time Treasurer/Tax Collector Jim Dacey to retire from the position. Franklin... Read more.
Local Town Pages - In 1986, Franklin’s Tim Brightman lost his brother Steve to melanoma, and from that point on, he decided he wanted to stand against cancer and began looking for something that he could do. “When my brother was originally diagnosed, he wanted a second... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The new Superintendent of Schools in Franklin says she was drawn to the town because of the school department, the community and opportunities available to students. Sara Ahern was invited to the recent Franklin Town Council meeting where she told councilors... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Franklin residents who may be interested in volunteering and serving on the newly established Cultural District Committee have until Monday to apply for the first round of appointments. The committee has been created to attract artists and cultural enterprises... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Nomination papers will become available beginning this morning for the Biennial Town Election in Franklin. Town Clerk Teresa Burr says her office will have papers available for 21 town positions up for a vote in November. All nine town council seats and all... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The Town of Franklin has released its latest Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI), which reveals the percentage of its housing stock, considered to be affordable by the state, is now at almost 12-percent. Franklin Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting says as long... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Franklin Police say a man and a woman, both from Franklin, have been identified as taking part in a robbery of a convenience store on Summer Street. A panic alarm at the DB Mart was hit Monday night with the store clerk telling police the store was robbed by two Read more.
By J.D. O'Gara, Local Town Pages - Over 100 seniors from Franklin attended a delicious pasta supper at Central Park Terrace on the beautiful summer night of June 15th. The event was the 26th Annual Pasta Supper provided by the Franklin Rotary Club. Rotarian John R. Padula... Read more.
FRANKLIN - By Local Town Pages - A free talk by a prominent expert on immigration, Jessica M. Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), scheduled to be held Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3402 on Pond Street on May 18, was abruptly canceled when the... Read more.
Local Town Pages - Each and every high school track meet consists of a total of 16 events. Franklin’s Jess Kroushl and Miranda Smith usually participate in upwards of 8 events for the Panthers; good thing the two athletes are able to score points in those events... Read more.
FRANKLIN - A resolution aimed at upgrading the town of Franklin’s street lighting system was approved and moved along by Town Councilors. A project that could save taxpayers about 75-thousand dollars a year in electricity costs. The proposal would authorize the town to... Read more.
FRANKLIN - Franklin Police gave an update on the search for a missing college student from Franklin earlier today, the search now moving through Day 4. Deputy Police Chief James Mill says the search on the Oak Street Extension side of the marsh in Franklin has been... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The Town of Franklin is maintaining its strong Bond Rating at Double-A Plus according to the S & P Global Ratings which has determined the long-term rating on the town’s existing debt revealing the outlook for town is stable moving towards 2020. The Rating... Read more.
FRANKLIN - The town of Franklin will honor the father of public education in America with the unveiling of a statue bearing his likeness this weekend. Horace Mann was born in Franklin on May 4th, 1796. He was self-educated in the town using books supplied by Benjamin... Read more.
FRANKLIN - A company which manufactures a solid “gel pack” that provides temperature control and protection for drugs and vaccines has opened up its’ new facility in Franklin. Cold Chain technologies was previously headquartered in Holliston designing, testing and... Read more.
FRANKLIN - A Franklin man is facing numerous drug charges as a result of an investigation that began as a medical emergency call to his home on Stewart Street last month. Franklin Police say a criminal summons was issued in Wrentham District Court against Paul... Read more.
FRANKLIN - A number of Capitol items were approved by the Franklin Town Council last night with the items for the most part being funded out of the town’s free cash which totals about three-point-six million dollars. Franklin town councilors approved money to purchase... Read more.
FRANKLIN - A substance abuse task force is being established in Franklin as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools Peter Light touched upon last night at the School Committee meeting. Light talked briefly about the task force and the need to have the schools take this... Read more.
Franklin - The agenda for the next Franklin Town Council meeting will include a public hearing on where storage facilities can be located in the town, a discussion on water use restriction and ban, plus action is expected dealing with a Marijuana Use Overlay... Read more.
Franklin - Residents of Franklin will get the opportunity tonight to ask questions and listen to the three-finalists seeking to become the next Superintendent of Schools in Franklin. All three-candidates are currently Assistant Superintendents, including the one-local... Read more.
Soprano Sari Gruber and pianist Cameron Stowe will present a recital of songs at the third LiveARTS concert of the 2016–2017 season. The concert will be held on Sunday, January 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut Street... Read more.
Franklin - Franklin Police say a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident remains under investigation. A 9-1-1 call sent police to an area of East Central Street near Cross Street Friday night just before six o’clock for a report of a pedestrian, being hit by a motor vehicle... Read more.
Franklin - The Franklin Town Council has rejected a proposed zoning by-law amendment by a Medway developer who wanted to build 34-homes on 11-acres of land off Summer Street. Many residents spoke out against the proposal citing the loss of privacy, traffic concerns and... Read more.
The Franklin High School wrestling team put on a show on Wednesday night as they beat Milford by a score of 61-10 in just under an hour. The win kept Franklin on a hot streak to start the season, as they now have a record of 3-0. The loss dropped Milford’s team to 2-4... Read more.
Let's face it, a little exercise this time of the year is not going to going to kill you! And considering all the turkey, stuffing and pie you'll be consuming on Thanksgiving, you might want to get a head start on that calorie burning. Here's a list of local "turkey... Read more.
The Franklin Town Council will be looking at a bylaw tonight that would prohibit the use of thin plastic bags at all retail stores in town. The initiative was presented to town councilors by the "Franklin Bag Ban Committee" made up of a group of seniors at Franklin High... Read more.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is announcing the state's second human case of West Nile Virus, affecting a 70 year old man from Norfolk County. This has prompted the town of Franklin to issue a public health advisory to remind it's residents that we remain... Read more.
The Feast of Saint Rocco is held on the second full weekend in August. It is in honor of Saint Rocco, the patron saint of the sick. The opening Mass is at 10:30 a.m., the Sunday prior to the feast. On Saturday on the field, during the feast, at 10:00 a.m., there is a Mass... Read more.
In recent weeks, the Town has experienced excessively high demands for water due to outdoor water use, while water supplies are extremely low due to drought conditions. As a result, a full water ban has become necessary to ensure that adequate water is available to meet... Read more.
A mandatory water ban is now in affect in Franklin because of the current dry, drought-like conditions. Officials said in recent weeks that the town has experienced excessively high demands due to outdoor water use while supplies are low. The ban means no use of... Read more.
The Franklin Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 2nd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival from Wednesday, July 27 to Saturday, July 30, 2016. The Franklin Cultural Festival Committee will supervise and facilitate the performances... Read more.
Franklin Town Councilors last night approved an increase in the trash and recycling fee. There is a $4 increase in the refuse fee to $204 and $184 for the small totter. Administrator Jeff Nutting said $140 thousand will be used from the surplus account to offset the... Read more.
Franklin Town Councilors tonight will be asked to appropriate $60,000 for items related to the town's downtown improvement project. The funds will be used for banners, holiday decorations and American flags. In other business, a $25,000 donation to the Franklin Library... Read more.
This year’s list of the safest cities in Massachusetts was released recently by SafeWise, a home security and safety company, and you’ll be happy to know that the WMRC listening area is home to 4 towns ranked in the top 20! Read more.
Electric Youth 2016 rocks THE BLACK BOX with two shows on Saturday, January 9 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, offering high-powered family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including... Read more.
Franklin Recreation has partnered with the Tri County High School culinary program to offer an exciting new cooking class for middle schoolers. This class will give kids the necessary tools to prepare delicious meals for themselves and their families. Read more.
Given the great weather, the contractor now wishes to continue work for a few more weeks. The plan is as follows, so initially there is minor disturbance with the sidewalk on Main St. First, Walsh will set light pole foundations. This will involve removing a small... Read more.
THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music, and event venue, presents a Big Band Brunch, featuring the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band, on Sunday, November 15. The critically-acclaimed 16-piece juggernaut, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians... Read more.
Franklin's election was held yesterday. Voters chose town council incumbents Matt Kelly, Bob Vallee, Robert Dellorco, Tom Mercer, Peter Padula and Judith Pond Pfeffer and Glen Jones to serve them again. Also, long time Town Clerk Debra Pellegri, who retired from that posi Read more.
THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music and event venue, presents a wide-ranging lineup of live music entertainment this November. Events are slated to feature concerts in genres ranging from classical, jazz and pop to Southern rock, cabaret and children’s... Read more.
MassDevelopment has issued a $4.5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Dean College, a Franklin school that will use bond proceeds to buy Franklin Center Commons II, a 36,000-square-foot, three-story building at 17 East Central Street. The first floor of the building... Read more.
The Mendon Upton School Committee meets tonight to discuss the PARK and MCAS tests, the fiscal year 2016 budget, district action plans and Miscoe Hill athletics and an extra curricular program. The Upton Joint Library and Council on Aging Feasibility Committee meets... Read more.
Franklin Town Council members tonight will approve using half a million dollars from the hotel tax and $101,500 from the sale of land on West Central Street to complete the second floor project at the senior center. Members previously approved spending one million... Read more.
A Franklin man was shot in the leg yesterday afternoon after he poured gasoline inside and outside his home and threatened to sever a gas line in order to blow the School Street house up. Davis Thayer Elementary School was evacuated. They man was treated for injuries... Read more.
A statistician from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education crunched a few numbers recently and posted the top 100 school districts in Massachusetts. Out of 404 school districts, Milford landed at 91 (not too shabby). Medway landed at 63... Read more.
A 19 year veteran of the Franklin police department, Lieutent Thomas Lynch, is the towns new deputy chief. He was appointed by Chief Steven Semerjian and administrator Jeff Nutting. He was promoted to sergeant in the year 2000 and then lieutenant two years later. Lynch... Read more.
Franklin - Main Street between School Street and Emmons Street will be closed beginning at 7am this Monday August 24th and be completed by 12pm on Tuesday August 25th. In order to work on the Rail Road Bridge, the Rte 140 ramp to 495 southbound will be closed Friday... Read more.
Work on the railroad bridge in Franklin will be done over the next few days. The Route 140 ramp to Route 495 South bound will be closed tomorrow through Monday. Traffic will use Grove Street to King Street as a detour. Read more.
A powerful thunderstorm with vivid lightning swept through Bellingham, Franklin, and other area towns yesterday afternoon. The thunderstorms caused some traffic delays because of the heavy down pours and a house hit by lightning on Hunter's Run and another home was... Read more.
The Franklin Cultural District Committee is kicking off its first Franklin Cultural Festival this week! The festival will run from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2, 2015. The Celebration will take place in various locations in downtown Franklin including: THE... Read more.
FPAC presents the 2015 Whatever Theater Festival, running from Wednesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 1. The 8th annual festival features Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 and a presentation of One Acts, an eclectic series of one-act plays. All performances are free of... Read more.
Electric Youth participates in the Franklin Cultural Festival, performing a FREE Concert after the Festival opening ceremony! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:00 p.m and see Electric Youth perform hits by Adele, Aretha Franklin... Read more.
A move by three communities, Hopedale, Bellingham, and Franklin for federal funding under the community development block grant program has proven successful with the award of $894 thousand dollars. Hopedale and Bellingham joined up a couple of years ago and received... Read more.
The Franklin Elks Lodge BPOE 2136 and Veterans for Oil, will host a Showcase Pro Wrestling fundraiser on Friday night July 24th at the Elks Hall, 1077 Pond Street, Franklin. Two former Milford natives will be on the outstanding six bout card, the first match begins at... Read more.
Summer means sun, fun and a little fresh yum yum! Our local area is flush with farm fresh foods! Listed below are all of the towns featuring, in most cases, weekly farmers markets to keep you healthy, full and supporting your local farmers and vendors. Read more.
Police in Franklin say the town is dealing with a major gas leak. It's a situation that's under control, but may take a few days to repair. The gas leak is along Forest Street which is closed to thru traffic from King Street to Stage Harbor. Franklin Police officers... Read more.
Representative Jeff Roy of Franklin hosts a forum tonight on heroin and opioid issues facing his town and others. He said the goal is to establish a community coalition around the drug abuse and the successful model has involved the schools, police, medical... Read more.
A home on Washington Street in Franklin was damaged due to a fire yesterday morning. The cost of the damage is about $200,000. When firefighters arrived there was smoke and flames coming out of the basement and the first floor of the house. It took crews about an hour to... Read more.
Here's a great way to support local businesses! The Franklin Small Shop Co-op presents Franklin's Small Business Mobile Scavenger Hunt. Use the QR code below to download the scavenger hunt game on the Lady Bug Trek mobile app. Then simply solve clues at each... Read more.
The five day Fourth of July celebration in Franklin is all set to go. It will feature entertainment, specialty foods, carnival rides and a laser light show. Although the popular parade will be missing this year. Officials said it has been canceled because of the ongoing... Read more.
The plan to run a high pressure natural gas pipeline through the towns of Franklin, Bellingham and Medway has been withdrawn for now. The announcement from the Spectra Energy Company, which owns the Algonquin Transmission Pipeline, came yesterday, hours before a state... Read more.
Residents of Franklin, Bellingham and Medway will have the opportunity again tonight to express their concerns about a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline that would run through those towns. Spectra Energy is seeking to transport gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West... Read more.
Two Franklin residents will be summonsed to court by Milford Police. Vanessa Sullivan, 18, of Sunset Road and Catherine Myers, 18, of Stone Ridge Road are accused of shoplifting. A 26 year old Milford resident was arrested in Holliston. Bernard Desouza of Water Street... Read more.
Funds to pay off winter storm bills was ok'd by town councilors in Franklin at a meeting last week. The Upton Planning Board will hold a hearing tonight on proposed modifications to the Cross Winds subdivision. Uxbridge Selectmen tonight will discuss property on Sutton... Read more.
Franklin Town Council members will hold a hearing tomorrow night for a beer and wine license for a new store to be located in the Big Y supermarket on East Central Street. The cost of the renovations to the store is listed at $250 thousand and the total cost is $502... Read more.
Milford was unable to come up with a run against Junior Maddie Letendre of the Hornets. Letendre struck out 11 Hawks for the complete game shutout. Ali Atherton pitched well also going six innings and allowing just one run with 2 strikeouts... Read more.
LiveARTS' season’s climax and finale is presented by their own LiveARTS String Quartet. Six seasons ago LiveARTS learned about a group of four immensely talented string players who had been playing together but had not yet given a public performance as an ensemble. They... Read more.
A problem with the fire sprinkler system at the Keller-Sullivan School in Franklin last November caused $53 thousand in damage. Town council members last night voted to use the insurance proceeds to pay invoices associated with the damages at the school. Books, shelves... Read more.
Some extra state highway money will be received by communities to help them fix roads damaged by the past winter. Milford gets $122 thousand, Mendon will receive $41 thousand, Hopedale gets $26 thousand and Franklin receives $140 thousand. The funds will be used for... Read more.
The Town of Franklin has a beer and wine license available. Applications are available on the state's website. The form should be filled out and submitted to administrator Jeff Nutting no late than March 27th. It's likely the license will be awarded in April by the... Read more.
A number of students from Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, located in Franklin and Millis, participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP) assessment sessions each year. The RCMDP assessment process represents an extremely exciting... Read more.
A call was received today at approximately 12 noon from a male party claiming threats of a bomb in the Franklin High School. Protocols were followed with appropriate Franklin Police and Franklin Fire personnel response, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police... Read more.
Neighbor Brigade is a non-profit organization that mobilizes local volunteers to help their neighbors during times of crisis. The Franklin chapter of Neighbor Brigade was formed in 2012 with this "neighbors helping neighbors" mission and has stepped in to help community... Read more.
Franklin school officials have distributed a picture of a man who entered the Paramenter Elementary School without a security check and managed to walk down a hallway unchallenged until a teacher confronted the man. He left without incident. A letter went out to parents... Read more.
By WMRC's Tom Nappi: On Sunday the Franklin Panthers boys met up with the St. John’s Pioneers for the 2nd straight year in the playoffs. The Panthers had the lead most of the game but in the end St. Johns earned the 61-56 victory and advanced to the Central Division 1... Read more.
Acclaimed folk singer Mark Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads. This will be a CD release concert for his latest CD, "Milltowns," a tribute to Bill Morrissey. He will be joined by Richard Gates. Surly Temple... Read more.
The Franklin School Committee last night adopted a policy whereby principals may accept memorial donations in honor of a deceased student other than a scholarship. The policy was accepted on a unanimous vote. Member Trevor Clement was a vocal opponent of the policy... Read more.
Your Culinary Adventure Awaits! Indulge in masterful dishes created by this region's finest culinary talent. Franklin's newest event venue, THE BLACK BOX, provides the evening's dynamic setting. Infused with delightful entertainment by ELECTRIC YOUTH and guest artists... Read more.
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Franklin School Committee recently discussed a policy for lasting memorials to students who have died. Under the agreement the district would accept memorial contributions other than scholarships if the principal agrees. Member Trevor Clement said... Read more.
The Panthers handed Newton North just their second loss of the season last night and took the Comcast Tournament Championship for the second straight season. Franklin led 41-30 headed into the final... Read more.
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Franklin Department of Public Works is educating residents about new trash and recycling regulations that go into effect in July regarding placing trash in recycling bins. It's against the law and communities found doing it will pay the price. Read more.
The Franklin girls’ basketball team survived an epic shooting performance from Taunton on Wednesday night to capture their 14th win of the season with a 47-43 victory over the sleek shooting Tigers. Taunton hit an electrifying 9 three point baskets... Read more.
The Franklin Economic Development Committee meets tonight to begin their discussion on the proposed sale of the town owned Pond Street land. The Town Council approved adding a residential component to the request for proposals from bidders and that is causing some... Read more.
A 24 year old Milford woman will be summonsed to court by Milford Police. Amanda Nadeau of Grove Street is accused of threatening to commit a crime. A woman from Lincoln Street sought a harassment prevention order from a judge. It was denied.
The Emmons Street property owned by the town of Franklin will be sold to developer Roger Calarese for half a million dollars. He will demolish the existing building and use the land for retail purposes and offices. Calarese is seeking tenants for the new building. Read more.
Holliston Selectmen meet tonight to review budgets for technology, veteran services, building department and zoning board. The board also meets with Police Chief John Moore, Fire Chief Mike Cassidy and DPW Director Sean Reese.
Milford school officials continue to plan... Read more.
By WMRC's Tom Nappi - Tuesday Night featured a Hockomock matchup between 2 elite teams as the Franklin Panthers out of the Kelly-Rex division and the Foxboro Warriors out of the Davenport division went down to the wire... Read more.
For the second straight season the Franklin Panthers faced their arch rival Mansfield on the floor of the TD Garden. This time was all the sweeter however for Franklin as they handed Mansfield their first loss of the season and moved into a tie for first place... Read more.
The Franklin Panthers Girls Basketball team is now 6 and 1 after taking down 2 and 6 King Phillip 65-35 in a Hockomock Kelly-Rex matchup. The Franklin offense mixed with the intense relentless defensive pressure was just too much to handle for a young King Phillip... Read more.
The Franklin Panthers Boys Basketball team is now 6 and 2 after taking down 4 and 3 King Phillip 58-43 in a Hockomock Kelly-Rex matchup. The Franklin defense mixed with the inside presence of Senior Marcus Giese shut down King Phillip.
A Franklin developer, Roger Calarese, has submitted a proposal to purchase the town-owned Emmons Street property for half a million dollars. The minimum bid sought was $475 thousand. Calarese has been in the development business for thirty years and did two other... Read more.
Marcus Giese was a sight to see last night for Franklin as he dropped 34 points on previously unbeaten Taunton. It took four overtimes to do it but the Panthers persevered to pull out the win 105-98. The level of play was high by both squads throughout the evening... Read more.
The Panthers boys’ basketball team was stunned Sunday afternoon at home by Catholic Memorial 79-53. Nothing went right for Franklin who had gotten used to blowing out other teams this season but instead experienced it themselves on Sunday. Franklin made a small run in the... Read more.
The Franklin girls’ basketball team lost the first game of their season Friday night, losing on at North Attleboro 56-47. The Red Rocketeers took over sole possession of first place in the Hockomock Kelly Rex Division with the victory. The Panthers now sit in second with... Read more.
Milford, Franklin, Mendon, Hopedale, Upton and many other area towns have successfully negotiated a new trash tipping or disposal fee with Wheelabrator. It will save Milford $45 thousand in this fiscal year and more in the years to come. The new agreement goes into effect Read more.
Franklin Police are continuing an investigation into a robbery at a convenience store on Union Street. A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a hammer threatened the clerk and demanded cash. The man left in a grey car and authorities are reviewing security camera's in... Read more.