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Franklin Housing Trust Holds Lottery for First Affordable House Purchased

More Properties Being Considered for Purchase, RFP Ends August 22

On July 26, the Franklin Housing Trust held a lottery for the first home it purchased for resale to a first time buyer. The home, on Landry Street, was purchased for over $253K and sold for $160K. According to the Housing Trust, the house will have an affordable rider on it and will always stay affordable, but there is a chance for the buyer to eventually make some money.

36th Annual Feast of St. Rocco to Take Place August 7-10

Hopefully, this year, it won’t rain on Friday, but Feast of St. Rocco organizers Peter Brunelli and Paula Coughlin aren’t worried one bit. They are too busy putting out brochures and ordering food for the 36th Annual Feast, to take place this year August 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Coughlin explains the event began when a priest at the time, Father Guarino found an overgrown statue of St. Rocco and convinced the then pastor to hold a North-End style feast. Nowadays, somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 people attend the festival each year, says Brunelli.

July Programs at the Franklin Public Library

Every Monday
Story & Craft for ages 3-6 at 10:30 a.m.
Stories, activities, and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 who are able to attend “on their own.” This program lasts around 45 minutes. Please note – no program on August 4th.
Family PJ Storytime for all ages at 6:30 p.m.
Come in your pajamas with your favorite storytime pal and we will provide the bedtime stories.
Every Tuesday
Family Storytime for all ages at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for thirty minutes of stories, fingerplay, and music the whole family will enjoy.

10th Annual Pete’s Bluebird Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show a success

More than over 200 vehicles of all types, antique to brand new, headed to Pete’s Bluebird on Mendon Street in Bellingham in early June. They were headed to Pete’s to have fun and raise funds for some good causes. Bill and Stammy Coniaris, owners of “Pete’s,” and the Car Show Staff, set up tents, picnic tables, heated up the grills and invited everyone to come and stay awhile. Enjoying the sunshine and some great music, people came, stayed, and had a wonderful time.

He Literally Wrote the Book on Sand Training

APECS/CrossFit Tri-Valley Offers Unique Sand Training Opportunities

Getting through an interview with Jason Shea, owner of Athlete Performance Enhancement Centers (APECS)/CrossFit Tri-Valley at 276 Village Street in Medway, was tough. To be honest, my lower back was killing me, and I wasn’t comfortable sitting, only standing. I’d walked into the right place.

Tri-County Students Restore Columns for Town of Franklin

Students from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Construction Craft Laborer Career Program recently restored brick columns for the Town of Franklin at the entrance to the Colonial Village neighborhood on the corner of Washington Street, Colt, Stanford and Warwick Roads. With the guidance of Instructor Valerie Sumner, students began work on the project back in October but because of the long winter were unable to continue work until this May. In about six weeks total, the students rebuilt eight out of the 12 columns onsite.

Franklin Senior Center Program Offers Cares for Caregivers

Grant-Funded, Award-Winning Program Provides Respite -- Accepting New Clients

Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, dementia or any significant chronic medical condition can be all consuming, requiring time and physical and mental effort. Caregivers often don’t get the breaks they need to take care of themselves or do simple tasks.

Franklin Girls Tennis Poises to Reemerge from Sidelines

Franklin is hoping that they can reemerge onto the girls' tennis scene and be relevant once again. It may not come this year, but without a doubt, it’s not that far from becoming a reality. The Panthers are loaded with a large number of talented underclassmen.
Last spring Franklin finished 7-9 and just missed making the tournament for the first time under head coach Dave Sutherland, who has been at the helm for the past 7 years.

HOCKOMOCK AREA YMCA Holds Healthy Kids Day Event at Patriot Place

More than 2,000 attendees, volunteers and community partners celebrated the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on May 3 at Patriot Place in Foxborough. This was the 2nd year that all Hockomock Area YMCA branches joined together for this free community event that encourages kids to be active and provides families with options and methods for living healthier lives.
“The best part of the day for us was watching my kids play in all of the fun activities,” said Dawn Doucette-Kaplan from Medway. “My son Ryne is shy and he really came out of his shell to participate in the games.”