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Neely Aims To Maintain Hoop Success At Franklin High

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.

Franklin Sees Solar in Its Future Good Turnout Suggests Tiered Solar Installation Program Could Be a Success

Members of the town of Franklin are showing that they’re up for the Franklin Solar Challenge. Town planners and volunteers are working together to try to bring a tiered, lower-cost solar program to Franklin, as has been done in some neighboring towns such as Medway, which, through its low-cost program saw 39 installations in the town, amounting 488.6 kW, producing 556 megawatt hours of electricity on an annual basis.

FPAC Opens The Black Box Theatre Kicks Off 24th Season with Grand Opening

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.

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.