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Artist Creates Art, Inspires New Artists Artist Spotlight: Gail Eckberg

Gail Eckberg says she (and her three sisters) was born into a world surrounded by beautiful things and beautiful places.
“I grew up in a family of artists, a family who had art in my home, by real artists,” says Eckberg, who says she has always been creating art. Eckberg’s mother painted and used pastels, and her father was involved in restoring art and doing gold gilding, something he learned from his father, a world-renowned gold gilder and past director of a Newbury Street gallery. She also had an aunt who was an oil painter.

Read Across America

On Tuesday, March 4th, the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Teachers and students dressed in red and white and participated in many Dr. Seuss-related activities throughout the day. Various members of the community came to visit and read aloud in classrooms. We are honored to have so many guest readers visit our school and share in our celebration of reading! The event was organized by reading specialist Karen LaPlaca.

United Regional Chamber Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's college scholarships. Several $1,000 and $500 scholarships will be distributed through the Chamber. Applicants must be the son or daughter of an employee of a Chamber-member business, be a high school senior who has applied to an accredited four-year college, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and perform uncompensated community service. Completed applications must be received by April 15.

Dean College Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams Make History Earning Region XXI Championships

Franklin, MA (March 3, 2014) – The Dean College Basketball teams made college history this past weekend by capturing Region XXI Championships in the same year. The men, led by Keyon Armstrong's 24 points, defeated the Community College of Rhode Island, 82-67. It was the third win of the season against the Knights, and places the Bulldogs in the District 2 Championship game this Saturday. Dean, at 20-3, will take on Monroe Community College (23-6), winner of the Region III championship, at 12:00 noon at Pieri Gymnasium on Dean's Franklin campus.

Brown Gets Nod To Coach Franklin’s Baseball Team

Zach Brown is Franklin High’s new baseball coach, and if his mentors are the yardsticks to measure his future, then the Panthers program should continue to be successful.
The 34-year-old Brown, who has been an assistant coach at Wheaton College for the last 11 years, has been associated with two top-caliber baseball men, and his father (Don) was the head football coach at Northeastern and UMass-Amherst before taking his current job —defensive coordinator at Boston College.

Collin Spillane an Asset To Tri-County Hockey

As a freshman making the varsity ice hockey team, Collin Spillane found he had a bull’s-eye on his back when he and his Tri-County teammates took to the ice for the first time four years ago. Not only was he a freshman playing on the varsity squad, but his father was also the Cougar coach.

Franklin Education Foundation’s 17th Annual Trivia Bee March 19th

Get your teams ready! The Franklin Education Foundation’s 17th Annual Trivia Bee is coming up on March at the Thomas Mercer Auditorium at the Horace Mann Middle School at 7:00 p.m., and will include live music by the Franklin High School Jazz Band, a raffle table, and refreshments.
All proceeds will go to a worthy cause.

Local Organization Aims to Help Homeless Families

Nationally, 40% of the homeless population is comprised of families. Mass. Coalition for the Homeless puts the number of Massachusetts homeless families at 3,000, and in the Metrowest alone, shelters are full, with 200 of these families being housed in motels-turned-emergency shelters in Natick and Framingham. Programs exist, such as Section 8, but all of those are backlogged, with waitlists.
What’s a family to do in the meantime, especially if they don’t have relatives or friends who can take them in?
Family Promise Metrowest is the answer for some.

Artist Spotlight: David Finds Hidden Talent – and Hidden Color

Stacey David did not expect to be an artist when she grew up.
Following her double major in English and medieval studies, the pastel artist did what a lot of good writers do – she went into marketing, advertising and consulting.
When she moved to Franklin, the young mother of three was looking for an enriching activity, one that didn’t involve children. She took an art class through Franklin Lifelong Learning.

Franklin Odd Fellows to Host Series of Public Speakers at Library

On January 15th, the Franklin Odd Fellows presented Laurie Ruszala, Water & Sewer Superintendent, for a discussion of Franklin’s water supply. The talk was the first of a series planned by the Franklin Oddfellows at the Franklin Public Library.
“Although we’re not going to have a talk in February, we’re trying to do one talk every six or so weeks,” says Oddfellow David Labonte. “We’re trying to do it on our lodge nights, the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month.”