This month, the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) debuts a transformative new performance and event venue, raising the curtain on THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. FPAC kicks off the company’s premiere season in its new home with a grand-opening weekend September 20-22 to introduce the theater and event space to the community. Anchoring a series of signature events, FPAC’s annual Gala on Saturday, September 20 features a special, one-night-only performance by TONY® Award winner Beth Leavel and Broadway star Alexander Gemignani.
C.J. Neely is eager to maintain Franklin High’s lofty reputation as a basketball power.
The 33-year-old Neely, who starred in basketball at Oliver Ames and later at Bates College, was Foxboro High’s varsity boys coach for the last seven years. He was hired last month to replace Dean O’Conner, who was released after leading the Panthers to 14 tournament berths in 15 seasons. Neely was a Hockomock League all-star at Oliver Ames and he finished his career at Bates as a captain who scored 1,034 career points.