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HMEA Event Draws Record Support in Franklin BY J.D. O’GARA The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on the morning of May 19th, when about 2,200 people came upon foot and wheel to support Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) in its 12h Annual HMEA Independence 5K Walk, Run, Roll & Stroll at EMC, 50 Constitution Blvd, in the Franklin Industrial Park. According to HMEA President and CEO Mike Moloney. Moloney, who waited at the finish line for all of the participants, noted that this year’s event surpassed fundraising efforts of the past. Last year, he says, the sponsored participants in the walk/roll/run raised $176,000. This year, that total reached $200,000. What’s more, adds Doug MacPherson, Vice President of Development and Public Relations for HMEA, is that thanks to a “record-breaking number” of 200 volunteers and the generosity of many sponsors, expenses for the event fell under 10%. “The community has been incredibly supportive,” says Moloney. “The Cardi Bros. put up 30 billboards for us. EMC

Franklin Trout Fishing Derby June 2 BY J.D. O’GARA The Franklin Rod and Gun Club has been in existence since 1936. Although its current president, Kurt Cusack, is a target shooter, the former Marine notes that most club members, who now number about 130, enjoy fishing. On June 2nd, those fishermen will share their knowledge at their annual Trout Fishing Derby.

Dirk Fuller, pushed by Jerry Asamoah, and Colleen Casey, aided by Danielle Dubuque, get ready to cross the finish line of the 12h Annual HMEA Independence 5K Walk, Run, Roll & Stroll, which took place at EMC on May 19th. The event raised $200,000 for Franklin-based HMEA, which serves 2,600 children and adults with developmental disabilities in 110 towns.

employees brought in $10,000. They’re the best corporate partner. This is the 6th year the event’s been held on their property.” The food cooked onsite was prepared by Sodexo, of Dean College, and was donated by Sodexo, Food • Tree Removal & Tree Pruning • Stump Removal • Bobcat Services • Stump Grinding • Bucket Truck

Source and WalMart, added MacPherson. Although neither had a full list of all corporate sponsors with them on the

Their facility is located at 51 Florence Street, on the 25-acre, stocked Uncas Pond, which Cusack notes is named after the famous Mohican portrayed in The Last of the Mohicans, is the “freshest freshwater pond in New England,” as it has only outlets. To keep it clean, no motorboats are allowed on the pond.



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The fishing derby will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and no licenses are required for any Massachusetts residents that weekend. Members of the club will offer free fishing lessons as well as the chance to win multiple raffles and purchase breakfast and lunch. The cost for the derby is $10 per adult, $5 for children aged 12 and under. First prize for heaviest trout overall is $125 or four Sox versus Yankees tickets, while plaques will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place contestants.

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“The range is not used often. We’re more a fishing club, a social club, a place to come down, relax and enjoy the environment,” says Cusack, who adds that the club does, however, offer firearms classes such as “Refuse to Be a Victim” and license to carry (LTC) firearms classes. For fishing, the Franklin Rod & Gun Club does allow for public access to the pond, for those who want to use a rowboat, kayak or canoe. “We allow public access as a donation to the public,” says Cusack, who cautions that, again, due to an effort to keep the water pristine, parking is not allowed down near the water. Membership in the Franklin Rod and Gun Club costs $70 a year, with an initiation fee of $50. In addition, says Cusack, members are asked for a 15-hour donation of services to the club each year, “to help the club provide back to the community and to help the club itself.” “If people don’t put in the 15 hours, they can pay $5 per hour, so the total cost would be $145, but we like

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members to give that time,” he adds. Cusack has a member of the club for about five years, although he’s lived in Franklin for 19 years. Cusack waited to join, he says, because he knew that he had to have a sponsor. What he didn’t realize, he laughs now, is that “If you don’t know anyone and you’re new in town, they’ll do everything they can to help.” As with every club, there is a probationary period, but, Cusack adds, the club has “never had to turn someone away.” The group draws from Franklin, Medway, Millis, Norton, North Attleboro, Bellingham, Norfolk and even Rhode Island. Club members get a key to the building and can use the facilities or the beach. The club has two paddleboats, two rowboats and a canoe for member use, or members can bring their own boats. “Everyone is interested in keeping the environment safe and clean, in conservation and keeping the water pristine, with the community goal of keeping it for future generations,” says Cusack. Community involvement is also important to the club,

Shown here is Kurt Cusack, President of the Franklin Rod and Gun Club. The club will hold a trout fishing derby on Sunday, June 2nd, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Franklin Rod & Gun Club also provides for two local children each year to attend the Conservation Camp in Massachusetts, says Cusack. The club also opens to the public for Sunday breakfasts during certain times of the year, holds an icefishing derby in the winter, spring and fall porkettas, a winter game

supper, and Thanksgiving Turkey Shoots. The Franklin Rod and Gun Club holds its general meetings the second Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. For more information about the Franklin Rod and Gun Club, visit or call (508) 528-2573.

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To Include Free Ticket to Electric Youth at Showcase Live

EY members are chosen by audition for superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. Electric Youth 2013 includes Madison Asgeirsson, 14, Kendra Dombroski, 14, Ali Funkhouser, 17, Graham Hancock, 16, Jocelyn Jones, 14, and Shaina McGillis, 14, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 14, from Hopkinton; Maddy Williams, 14, from Medway and Jenna McDermott, 14, from Wrentham.

Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will take the stage at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. FSPA is pleased to offer prospective students a complimentary ticket to the concert as part of the school’s new All Access Pass program. (Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at Showcase Live.) The concert provides students with the chance to explore firsthand the fun and excitement of arts experiences and live performance opportunities.

Those interested in complimentary tickets should contact FSPA for more information and to schedule a free trial class or tour of the main facility in Franklin or satellite location in downtown Hudson. EY’s Showcase Live concert is family friendly and suited to audiences of all ages, delivering two full sets of high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock and country hits. Backed by an eight-piece band of professional Boston musicians, EY will entertain with fully choreographed performances of The Blues Brothers, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Green Day, Icona Pop, Lady Gaga,

The Script, Stevie Wonder and more. The Showcase Live event will kick off an exciting itinerary of summer performances for the group. Electric Youth will embark on a three-week concert tour of the British Isles and France this August

Music Together Hosts Benefit Concert Music Together of Blackstone Valley located in Milford and Franklin hosted a 25th anniversary interactive sing and dance

along concert. This event showcased "Uncle Gerry," a beloved singer featured on Music Together CD's. This gold standard

family music and movement program has hundreds of centers around the US and 20 other countries. Families from all around the area came to the concert in Medway. To celebrate the anniversary, National Music Together is sending Uncle Gerry and his wife Aunt Denise to centers all over the world to sing, dance, drum and laugh with young children and the grownups who love them.

at venues including Disney Paris. EY has toured Europe nine times, released five professional CDs and performed on a Royal Caribbean cruise, on Fox-TV, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, Walt Disney World and the United Nations. EY 2013 debuted

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Fox 25’s Gene Lavanchy emceed the event, and the Franklin Fire Department was on hand with fire trucks as well. The crowd enjoyed games and booths to make the afternoon complete. The funds raised at this special event will benefit over 3,800 children and adults aged 1-95 with developmental disabilities in 110 towns from Attleboro to Littleton

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This family that walks together… Allison Beach, Ryan Teiner and John Teiner cross the finish line together.

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Franklin Farmers’ Market Opens June 7th BY J.D. O’GARA The Franklin Farmers' Market on the Town Common will open on Friday, June 7th. Local farmers will sell their fresh produce and other products from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday through November 1st (closed July 5th). This year promises to be a big one for the farmers’ market. The number of vendors has almost doubled to 20 since last year, and now the market will offer meat and cheese. What’s more, the market will feature one nonprofit group a week, offering a complimentary table. To inquire, email The following is a partial list of which farms you’ll find and some of what they’ll sell: a Basket Full of Herbs, S. natick – Packaged herb and spice blends aiken-Bak Farms, Franklin – honey and beeswax candles cook’s Valley Farm, Wrentham – fruit and produce Eric’s Sharper Edge, Franklin – knife sharpening

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Five Tips for Your Better Financial Future Provided by John A. Gordon, a financial representative with MassMutual Southern New England, who represents MassMutual and other companies; courtesy of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual)

What is the sign of a good decision?® It’s assessing and then addressing what is most important to your family and its financial future. If you are like many Americans, the recent economic downturn has thrown your family budget for a loop. Many have readjusted their spending habits to such an extent that there is now a new normal. For example, they no longer shop as much as or where they used to; they may indulge in a staycation, rather than a true getaway; and items that were previously considered to be necessities have been relegated to the “can’t afford” or “not needed” category. If you think these are temporary changes, think again. Many economic analysts feel that these new attitudes are here to stay.

Your personal economy You probably know someone who has been laid off or personally impacted by these challenging economic times. And even if you have been fortunate enough to remain employed, you may have been affected by the fallout from declining retirement plan balances. And, similar to the changing financial attitudes that resulted from Great Depression, the difficult times resulting from what many now call the Great Recession have forced many families to take a step back and take a long, hard look at their finances—and where they want to be financially in the future.

Start by developing your family’s mission statement. This is easier than it sounds: Simply write out what is important to you as a group. Be sure to include what your long- and short-term goals are, and what you are willing to give up in order to make those goals a reality. Don’t forget that along the way, you may still want to decide what little luxuries your entire family can enjoy (like a video game system) that you want to keep in your budget – since these can help you feel less deprived and even save you money (by keeping you from going out to first-run movies, for example).

Tips to help improve your economic future Here are some tips to help you take stock of your overall economic picture, with actionable steps designed to help improve your long-term financial security.

Tip #2: Cut back, even if it hurts (a little). Figuring out what is most important to your family from a financial perspective is a smart move –and a good decision for your long-term financial security. Making even small sacrifices in your spending can help you meet your goals. Look carefully at how you and your family members spend your money so you can identify where you can make small changes to cut back on non-essential expenditures. And don’t overlook the bigger-ticket items you pay for every

Tip #1: Determine what is really important. Take stock of what is really important to you and your family— is the newest electronic game system or cell phone more important than creating a secure financial future?

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age, life insurance, and retirement savings plan(s)? In other words, will these important items provide you and your family with the amount of financial protection you’ll need – when needed? Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take a checkpoint now to assess their adequacy and make the appropriate adjustments. Taking the right steps today can help to ensure a better financial future for both you and your loved ones.

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FPAC’s Gala 2013 Shines Brightly for the Arts The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) raised the curtain on Gala 2013, Broadway Encore, on Saturday, May 4 at Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club in Foxboro. Broadway headliners entertained in a one-night-only show, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to the Boston suburbs. The Gillette venue, a renowned setting for world-class performances, provided an exciting backdrop for the evening's festivities. The event benefits FPAC’s mission and supports the development of a performance venue for expanded programming and community outreach. Broadway stars Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams dazzled with several show classics. Having portrayed the lead role of Christine Daae in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Sara Jean Ford delivered a glorious rendition of “Think of Me” from the musical, along with a humorous send-up of “Popular” from Wicked. Tyrick Wiltez Jones, a veteran of the Broadway casts of Finian’s Rainbow and Hairspray and the National Tours of A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Chicago, delighted guests with a medley of tunes from NEWSIES and the poignant “Bui-Doi” from

Miss Saigon, sharing the stage with FPAC student performers and FPAC alumni Andrew Holmes and Caitlin Cassidy. NaTasha Yvette Williams of Broadway’s The Color Purple and The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess performed the showstopping “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls and brought down the house with the comical “You’d Be Surprised” by Irving Berlin. Following the show, guests danced until midnight to Boston's popular R&B band Soul Kitchen. The evening honored two special individuals who have made significant contributions to FPAC and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Franklin’s Tracy Lane received the 2013 Jan Smithers Faculty Award for her tenure as FSPA’s Assistant Director, Coordinator of the Dance and Drama Departments and Instructor of Drama and Musical Theater. With FPAC, Tracy has costumed shows, served as production coordinator and performed on stage. Foxboro resident Amy Buliung was honored as FPAC 2013 Volunteer of the Year, recognized for her dedicated contribution, enthusiasm and boundless energy behind the scenes at FPAC productions and events.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company thanks Gala 2013 Venue Sponsors Phil Norment and Maureen Shiels, Production Sponsors Kelly and Chris Schiavo and inkind donors Postal Center USA, Flowers and More of Walpole, Gillette Stadium, Peterson Party Center and Delux Tux. With the support of the local business community and the more than 200 friends of the arts in attendance, FPAC celebrated an exceptional evening showcasing remarkable talent and enthusiasm for the performing arts. For more information about FPAC, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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A Journey of Growth Local Church Plans Mission to Jamaica this Summer BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN Have you ever taken a vacation and returned with only the clothes on your back? Probably not on purpose, but this is exactly what eighteen area students and four adults, all from the Medway Community Church plan to do this July, in partnership with the mission organization “Won by One to Jamaica” The Medway group plans to depart for Jamaica with their suitcases jammed full of donated items, and will leave everything in Harmons, Jamaica, an isolated mountain village of about 3,000 people. Harmons is hours from the nearest tourist area on the tropical island. Even the suitcases they fly down with will remain in Jamaica and be used as clothes closets by the residents. Medway Community Church Youth Director and leader of the trip, Adam Bridges said, “It’s neat

to think that by cleaning out and donating our excess, we can pass our items on to someone who can use them.” According to the “Won by One to Jamaica” website, the Harmons area experiences 75% unemployment. An important part of the trip is providing support for the employment efforts of this organization. “Won by One to Jamaica” has helped build a thrift store, a green house that employs five families and a fish farm, as well as a dormitory for visitors. These efforts provide employment (and fresh food) to local residents. The members of the mission trip will work side by side with the locals to repair homes, work in the green house, visit residents in the infirmary and work in the area schools. Medway resident Evan Wong, a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood noted, “I’ve been on other mission trips before.

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The trip participants, traveling from July 14-21, are from Medway, Franklin, Millis, Medway, Medfield, Holliston and Ashland. Two fund-raisers are planned in June, and the community is invited to attend and support their efforts. A yard sale to benefit the mission trip will take place at Ocean State Job Lot in Medway, Saturday, June 15th from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. The evening of Thursday, June 27th, treat your family to dinner at Five Guys, at the Franklin Village (across from Stop & Shop) in Franklin. 10% of all proceeds from 5-10 p.m. will be donated to support the trip. “There is a lesson for our youth (and for me) to learn from this,” Franklin resident Linda Hardin, one of the adults going on the trip said. “I suspect the kids will feel refreshed to come home with very little and will have grown in their walk with the Lord as a result.”

Reaching out, one by one. These members of Medway Community Church plan to travel this summer to Jamaica with suitcases packed with donations. After volunteering, they will return with just the clothes on their back. Standing from left: Erin Bontempo (Franklin), Erik Anderson (Ashland), Nora DeBoer (Hopedale), Meg Hardin (Franklin), Jen Arvidson (Adult leader/Millis), Victoria Greenwald (Medfield), Bill Fox (Wrentham), Sr. Pastor Travis Bond (Adult leader/Franklin), Ryan Kilgalon (Medway), Katie Caswell (Franklin), Evan Wong (Medway), Jake Bontempo (Franklin), Craig Soule (Medway), Jess Stone (Medway). Kneeling in front: Brad Soule (Medway)

Items most needed include towels; bed sheets; summer infant clothes; “D” batteries; soap; toothpaste; shoes—both kids' dress shoes and men’s work shoes; and men’s shorts, sizes 28-38. To donate items, or get a complete list of what is needed, email Youth Director Adam Bridges at or call (508) 533-7032. Donated items can be dropped off at the church office at 193 Main Street, Medway from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.



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Living Healthy Create a Peaceful and Healthy Sleeping Environment It is easy to overlook the benefits of a good night's sleep. Without adequate rest a person can be left feeling irritable, distracted and sluggish. Those who repeatedly do not get enough sleep could be facing other health problems as well. For some, the secret to getting a better sleep is modifying their sleeping environment. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic. An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults report having a sleep or wakefulness disorder, and women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Plus, one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime, offers the organization Better Sleep for Life. In some instances, lack of sleep or too much sleep might be indicative of a medical condition, but it could just be related to poor sleep hygiene and an uncomfortable sleeping environment. Making some changes could make all the difference. • Start with your mattress. You will spend between seven to 10 hours in your bed each and every night. An uncomfortable mattress could be an underlying factor in your sleep problems. If your bed is several years old, it could pay to invest in a new mattress and box spring. If you sleep with your

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Living Healthy Eye Care Facts and Myths BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D.

Milford Franklin Eye Center We have all been told by someone at some time, “You’ll hurt your eyes if you do that!” But do you really know what is or is not good for your eyes? Test yourself with the following true or false statements and see how much you know about your eyes.

“Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.” False. Using your eyes in dim light does not damage them. However, good lighting does make reading easier and can prevent eye fatigue.

“Using computers can damage your eyes.” False. Working on computers will not harm your eyes. Often, when using a computer for long periods of time, just as when reading or doing other close work, you blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue. Try to take regular breaks to look up or across the room. This should relieve the feeling of strain on your eyes. Keep the monitor between 18 to 24 inches from your face and at a slight downward angle. Also consider the use of artificial tears. If your vision blurs or your eyes tire easily, you should have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist.

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“Wearing the wrong kind of eyeglasses damages your eyes.” False. Eyeglasses are devices used to sharpen your vision. Although correct eyeglasses or contacts help you to see clearly, wearing a pair with the wrong lenses, or not wearing glasses at all, will not physically damage your eyes. However, children under age 8 who need eyeglasses should wear their own prescription to prevent the possibility of developing amblyopia or “lazy eye.” “Children outgrow crossed or misaligned eyes.” False. Children do not outgrow crossed eyes. A child whose eyes are misaligned may develop poor vision in one eye because the brain will “turn off” or ignore the image from the misaligned or lazy eye. Children who appear to have misaligned eyes should be examined by an ophthalmologist. “Learning disabilities are caused by eye problems.” False. Difficulties with reading, mathematics, and other learning problems in children are often referred to as learning disabilities.

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There is no strong evidence that vision problems cause learning disabilities. Children with learning difficulties often need help from teachers and people with special training. Before such treatment begins, make certain your child is seeing as well as possible.

“Sitting close to the television can damage children’s eyes.” False. Children can focus at close distance without eyestrain better than adults. They often develop the habit of holding reading materials close to their eyes or sitting right in front of the television.There is no evidence that this damages their eyes. “People with weak eyes should avoid reading fine print.” False. It is said that people with weak eyes or people who wear glasses will “wear out” their eyes sooner if they read fine print or do a lot of detail work. The concept of the eye as a muscle is incorrect. The eye more closely resembles a camera. A camera will not wear out sooner just because it is used to photograph intricate detail. “Wearing eyeglasses will cause you to become dependent on them.” False. Eyeglasses are used to correct blurry vision. Since clear vision with eyeglasses is prefer-

able to uncorrected vision, you may find that you want to wear your eyeglasses more often. Although it may feel as if you are becoming dependent on your eyeglasses, you are actually just getting used to seeing clearly.

“Older people who gain ‘second sight’ may be developing cataracts.” True. Older individuals who wear reading eyeglasses sometimes find themselves able to read without their eyeglasses and think their eyesight is improving. The truth is they are becoming more nearsighted, which can be a sign of early cataract development. “A cataract must be ‘ripe’ before it is removed.” False. With older surgical techniques, it was thought to be safer to remove a cataract when it was “ripe.” With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle. “Contact lenses can prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.” False. Some people have been led to believe that wearing contact lenses will permanently correct nearsightedness so that eventually they won’t need either contacts or eyeglasses. There is no evidence that wearing contact lenses produces an improvement in vision.

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“Eyes can be transplanted.” False. Medical science has no way to transplant whole eyes. Our eyes are connected to the brain by the optic nerve. Because of this, the eye is never removed from its socket during surgery. The cornea, the clear front part of the eye, has been successfully transplanted for many years. Corneal transplant is sometimes confused with an eye transplant. “All eye doctors are the same.” False. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) with special training to diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye. To become an ophthalmologist requires a minimum of eight years of medical school and hospital training after college. An ophthalmologist is qualified to provide all aspects of eye

care, including cataract, laser, and other eye surgery. Optometrists (O.D.) and opticians are trained and licensed to provide some aspects of eye care, but they are not medical doctors and have not attended medical school and residency training. In most states, they cannot prescribe all medications or perform surgery. It is always useful to separate fact from myth in eye care. Our eye center and ophthalmologists have state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat many eye problems. From the minor glasses prescription to corneal transplantation, retina care, laser vision correction and our advanced cataract procedures, we are now able to better recognize and manage these problems and continue our mission to provide world class eye care for the entire family. For more details, see our ad on page 1.

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Two New Primary Care Physicians Join Tri-County Medical Associates Phillip Ciaramicoli, Jr., President of Tri-County Medical Associates, is pleased to announce the welcome of Michelle McKenney, DO and Jennifer Gartman, MD to Tri-County’s medical staff. Both physicians are on staff at Milford Regional Medical Center. Dr. McKenney received her medical degree from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI in the Department of Family Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. McKenney is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. McKenney will practice at Franklin Family Practice, at 693 East Central Street in Franklin.

Dr. McKenney is accepting new patients and families. For appointments or questions, call (508) 541-2436. Dr. Gartman received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She completed medical training and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Gartman previously practiced at the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center in Providence where she was the attending physician and Medical Director. Dr. Gartman will practice at Blackstone Valley Family Physicians located

at 18 Granite Street in Whitinsville. Dr. Gartman is accepting new adult and pediatric patients. For appointments or questions, call (508) 234-6311. Tri-County Medical Associates is a physicians’ practice group serving the healthcare needs of residents within the Metro West and Blackstone Valley community. Now in its 22nd year of operation, Tri-County Medical’s physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners practice primary and specialty medicine in 26 office locations within Bellingham, Franklin, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, and Whitinsville. Tri-County Medical Associates is a direct affiliate with Milford Regional Medical Center.

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Living Healthy Sugar Not So Sweet for Your Health Men and women often joke about needing their daily "sugar fix." But the American Heart As-

sociation notes that the average American is consuming nearly twice the amount of sugar he or

she should be, a mistake that could be jeopardizing sugar consumers' long-term health. If sugar is a staple of your diet, then the following are a handful of factors that might make you reconsider your relationship with the sweet stuff. * Sugar may increase risk of diabetes. Studies have shown a link between sugar consumption and diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care revealed that subjects who drank one to two servings of sugar per

day were 26 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank one serving of sugar per month or none at all. Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to weight gain, and overweight and obesity are risk factors for diabetes. And the quick delivery of sugar to your body from sweetened beverages can lead to insulin resistance and inflammation over time. * Excessive amounts of sugar can negatively affect your heart. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who got 25 percent or more of their calories from added sugars were far more likely to have low levels of HDL,

also known as "good cholesterol," than those whose diets included less than 5 percent sugar. Low HDLlevels increase your risk of stroke, heart disease and heart attack. * Sugar may negatively impact mood. A sugar high may temporarily boost your mood, but researchers from Baylor College of Medicine discovered a correlation between sugar consumption and depression. The exact link is unknown, but some researchers feel insulin resistance resulting from heavy sugar consumption forces the release of stress hormones, negatively affecting mood.

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Rondeau is 2013 Unsung Heroine FPAC Slates June Open Auditions for Fall Production of Les Misérables Barbara Rondeau of Franklin was honored as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Monday, April 29, 2013 in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston. Representative Jeffrey N. Roy recommended Ms. Rondeau for this recognition because of her extraordinary service to the Franklin community.

chair of the Santa Claus on the Common committee that brings Santa to the common each year to the delight of Franklin’s children and parents alike.

She was honored with 82 other Unsung Heroines from throughout Massachusetts. The ceremony included a program hosted by Liz Brunner. “Barbara A. Rondeau was the ideal candidate for this nomination,” noted Rep. Roy. “Throughout her years of service to the Franklin community, she gave her time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others. She never sought the limelight and returns each year to the task of making Franklin a great place to live.” Ms. Rondeau is a lifelong resident and a tireless volunteer in Franklin. She is also a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She volunteers her time in the tax work off program in Franklin and is a long time member of the Franklin Alden Club, a women’s service group dating back to 1893. Barbara is also the chairperson of the “Concerts on the Common” that schedules concerts and children’s entertainment on Franklin’s Town Common during the summer months. Those events are enjoyed by many in the town. Barbara is also

This event was made possible with the support of the following community sponsors: Cape Air, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, Casner & Edwards, LLP, Continental Resources Inc., Day Pitney LLP, and the members of MetroWest ATHENA Women. The Commission’s annual Unsung Heroine initiative is underwritten by these private sponsors and the MCSW Trust Fund and no tax dollars were used to fund this event.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will proudly present the acclaimed, recordbreaking musical Les Misérables on October 19 and 20. Open auditions for the production will take place on June 11 and 15 at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), located at 38 Main Street in Franklin. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and book by Alain Boublil, Les Misérables has enjoyed a storied presence on the world stage for 28 years and has earned the distinction of being the world’s longest-running musical. The show’s enduring appeal can be attributed to its memorable characters, moving score and epic storyline. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and set in 19th century France, the musical’s Tony Award-winning score includes such beloved songs as “Bring Him


Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own” and “One Day More.” FPAC is one of the first performing arts companies in the region to receive the rights to present the full length award-winning musical theater classic. Open auditions for FPAC’s production will take place on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. for ages 16 and older. Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 15 for ages 9-15 for the few child roles available and ensemble roles where applicable. Audition times on the 15th are 1111:30 a.m. for ages 9-10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 11-12, and 12:30-1:30 p.m. for ages 1315. To audition, please prepare 16 bars of a legitimate musical theater song, not from Les Misérables, to be sung with piano accompaniment. No pop or rock. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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Noelle Day Spa & Salon Wins First Place in SWAP Make-over Contest This was submitted into the SWAP make over contest on Sunday, April 7. SWAP is a group that was founded 10 years a go by Sammy LaQuale Special accounts manager at Masello Salon Services of Rhode Island along with Glenn Baker Managing director of Summit Salons. SWAP stands for salons with a purpose, the salon owners meet monthly either via conference call or face to face to discuss our industry and how to stay on top of the trends. We have guest speakers come in and talk about everything from the latest styles to business and marketing development.

The photos you see attached were done by our entire team, everyone had a part. The team experience was incredible, everyone felt great about the part they contributed. The story explains our look and how we got there.

Our Story Behind the Look Our story starts very simply with a goal to have this challenge be a collaborative effort among our entire team. This meant that the look that we were going to create needed to have a contributing part for everyone. So it began...our first brainstorming session; we decided that we wanted an “au vanguard” look. Pastels are all the rage, so we definitely wanted to incorporate those. As a team we came up with the idea to make the hair into a pill box hat that could be a pastel color, we then wanted to let our estheti-



cians in on the makeup. They came up with the “hombre” lips and the popping eye. Our nail techs wanted in on the action so they came up with the “stiletto” nails with a duel pastel color. Now that the design was conceived, it was time to get down to work.

On to the pill box hat, this was created by swirling the texturized hair down on to her face at an angle. The stylists then took turns using lacing combs moving from ends to roots to create the volume. Her look was finished with hairspray and she was on her way back to have her makeup finished. The estheticians took turns applying Tigi makeup to her face, eyes, cheeks and lips; as the rest of the

We started by giving our model a facial to prep her skin, as well as, a pre-art and hair cleansing cream to prep her hair. We also had her brow shaped by estheticians. To begin the lightening process, our model's hair was decolorized with Redken bleach. This process was repeated several times to reach the desired shade of blonde. Her hair was then toned and glazed to eliminate any yellow left behind. Immediately following, the stylists and assistants sectioned the hair that was going to create the pillbox. This section was foiled with Redken Chromatics to create the pink hue.

staff observed, giving ideas along the way. Her lips hombre look was created with eye shadow and liquid enhancer. The model’s nails where transformed into stiletto enhancements. At the end of this competition, we felt confident that we met the criteria. When it was all said and done, twenty-three salon staff members collaborated to present this look, and we won first place!

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Troop 99 Boy Scout Leaders Are "Kings of the Grill" BY ANNE PARKER It was a day filled with simple pleasures and country fun. Boy Scout Troop 99 enjoyed their 2nd annual barbecue on the

grounds of the Franklin Rod & Gun Club. It was a perfect spring day as families and friends of the scouts enjoyed good food grilled and good company as they mingled.

The club is located on Uncas Pond near the Franklin and Wrentham border. It's a simple, small, and beautiful pond. Kids enjoyed playing lawn games while the scout leaders and some adults gathered around the grill to tend to the fire. The "kings of the grill" did a fine job grilling meat for a large crowd. Racks of ribs were rubbed with seasoning and grilled to perfection. The chicken was flavorful and done just right. The burgers and hot dogs were delicious. Suzanne Giacalone shared her delicious homemade applesauce.

Boy Scout Connor Schultz takes a shot at horse shoes while his team mate Cameron Cawley waits his turn.

The Cyr family won the 50-50 raffle prize. Troop 99 holds its meetings every other week at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club. The troop is very active and does a lot of camping and hiking, among many other outdoor activities. For more information contact troop leader Lew Pollock at Brothers and sisters enjoyed playing games and building blocks at Troop 99's cookout.

The grills were blazing with ribs, chicken and burgers that afternoon.

Calendar June 1 Friends of the SNETT (Southern New England Trunkline Trail) National Trails ® Day Event, Franklin Trail Head on Grove Street, led by Stacey Wetstein, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., activities include plantings, small clean-up, I Spy Nature Scavenger Hunt. The trail head in Franklin is located on Grove St. approximately 1/4 of a mile north of Washington St. and 2 miles South of Rte. 140. June 1 & 2 Society of St. Vincent DePaul Monthly Food Collection, Items may be may be left in the Conference Room located downstairs in the rear of the St. Mary’s Church any time on these dates. If it’s more convenient, donations may be left in the marked box at main doors. This month, our pantry needs tuna fish, pasta, cereals, juice boxes and bottled juice, fruit cocktail and baked beans. Please no expired or damaged items.

June 2 Trout Fishing Derby, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., no license required, Franklin Rod and Gun Club, 53 Florence Street, on Uncas Pond, Franklin, First prize heaviest trout overall $125 or 4 Sox Vs. Yankees Tickets, Multiple Raffles, breakfast and lunch available, free use of gear, rod & reel to first 25, free fishing lessons, Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5. June 7 Franklin Farmer’s Market Opens, 12-6 p.m. every Friday through November 1st (closed July 5th) June 11 Open auditions for Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) production of Les Miserables on October 19 & 20, Franklin School of Performing Arts, 38 Main St., Franklin, 7 p.m. for ages 16 and older, please prepare 16 bars of a legitimate musical theater song, to be sung with piano accompaniment. No pop or rock. For more informa-

tion, call (508) 528-8668 or visit June13 Franklin Downtown Partnership’s Strawberry Stroll, 4-7 p.m., Downtown Franklin, strawberry shortcakes served up by Dean Bank staff. Garelick Farms provides whipped cream, features music by Music Odyssey Productions and Kevin Wolfe, Franklin Art Center Show with children’s sidewalk chalk design project, Historical Museum wedding gown display and more. For more information please contact the FDP downtown office at (774) 571-3109 or June 14 Franklin Farmers’ Market, 12-6 p.m., Town Common June 15 Open auditions for Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) production of Les Miserables on October 19 & 20, Franklin School of Performing Arts, 38

Main St., Franklin, 11-11:30 a.m. for ages 9-10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 11-12, and 12:301:30 p.m. for ages 13-15. To audition please prepare 16 bars of a legitimate musical theater song, to be sung with piano accompaniment. No pop or rock. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit June 16 Electric Youth at Showcase Live, Patriot Place, Foxboro, 6 p.m., international touring ensemble of singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), tickets $18 loge and $28 floor seats. Call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit Contact FSPA for full-table reservations and booth seating. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and best seats. June 17 United Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central St., Franklin, 11 a.m.,

$185 or $210 with a player passport, per golfer by June 3. Player registration includes lunch, green fees, cart fee, and dinner. Player passports include contests, mulligans and other extras within the tournament. Call (508) 222-0801. June 21 Franklin Farmers’ Market, 12-6 p.m., Town Common June 23 Franklin Football Gridiron 3rd Annual Golf Classic, 1 p.m., New England Country Club June 27 Author John Wukovits, Barnes & Noble, Bellingham, 7 p.m., book For Crew and Country: The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts tells story of Charles Natter, whose niece is Linda Hardin, Franklin resident, will be onhand for book signing. June 28 Franklin Farmers’ Market, 12-6 p.m., Town Common

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Franklin Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Skinner Skinner says that, as a photographer, she’s gained a lot of insight from the Stonybrook Camera Club and another group of photographers who call themselves the F2.8 Group. “We critique each other and support each other 100%,” says Skinner. “I’ve found really wonderful friendships through doing this.”

Mass. from June 13th-July 8th. ( and at Custom Art Framing & Gallery 9, at 45 Central St., Norwood in “The Great Frame Up” through the month of June. She’s also shown work at the Attleboro Art Museum, the Morini Art Gallery in Mansfield, where she just received an honorable mention, and at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. She takes her

work to three RISD art fairs a year, and this year will be at the SoWa fair ( in Boston’s south end every Sunday through October. Skinner’s work can be viewed online at You can also find her recent work on Facebook at

Skinner is also a member of several art associations, including the Franklin Art Association and Foxboro Art Association. Skinner uses macro photography to give every day items a more abstract feel.

This month, the Franklin Art Center will feature the work of local photographer Rebecca Skinner. The artist, who lives with her husband, John, son John and daughter Lillian here in Franklin, produces breath-

it into something else, too. People will say “what is that?’ and they look at it and look at it and try to figure it out. Sometimes they’ll ask me,” says Skinner. Skinner says she’s recently discovered a fascination for older things, such as buildings and junkyards.

“Where it’s peeled paint, rust and old stuff, I’ll try to make a pretty photograph of Photographer Rebecca Skinner says she’s recently focused her work on looking at the beauty of older, worn things in it. Even though closeup, as is seen here in “Simple Chair.” it’s old and deteriorated and most people taking landscape work and prefers to wouldn’t really look at it, if it’s phodo portraits in natural settings. tographed in a certain way, you can Lately, she says, her work has taken make it look really pretty,” says the a turn toward the abstract. artist. “I like to turn things that are everyRebecca Skinner spent her first day things into a more abstract look, eight years of adulthood working as where you don’t know what it is,” a printer in North Carolina. During says the photographer. “I’ll do three of those eight years, she also macro photography, which is a assisted a wedding photographer. close-up photography that’s just getUpon her return from the south, ting real close to something. It’s fun. Skinner took classes at Rhode Island It’s just another way to look at stuff. School of Art & Design (RISD) to Instead of just looking at it from far gain confidence in portrait work. away you get right in there and see However, when she took a landwhat’s there. It’s interesting to make scape class, she was hooked.

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Franklin Sports Local gymnast wins Gold at National Championships Franklin resident 17-year old Kiara Chan recently returned from the Jr. Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championship where she brought home the gold medal in Vault with a score of 9.50. The Level 9 Eastern and Western National Championships are the competitive season's culmination event and bring together the best gymnasts in the country for Level 9. The Level 9 Eastern Championship was held

in Battle Creek, Michigan, on May 2 – 5, 2013. (The Western Championship was also held at the same time in Roseville, California.) This marked the end of a successful competition season for Kiara which began with qualifying for Sectionals.

Around and qualified to the Regional Championships. At the Regional Championships (states of MA, NY, CT, RI, NH, VT) she placed first on Vault and first on Balance Beam and qualified to the Eastern Championships (all 26

states east of the Mississippi River) where she placed first on Vault with a front handspring-front tuck vault. Kiara is a senior at Franklin High School and has been part of Quigg’s Gymnastics in Bellingham since she was 2.5

years old. She currently trains 17 hours per week and is coached by Rodica Marcov and Michelle Hopping. She is also supported by her two sisters 11-year old Caylee (Level 6) and 13-year old Elana (Level 7).

At Sectionals, she qualified to the Massachusetts State Championships where she placed first on Vault and second in the All-

Franklin Nine Handling Adversity In Classy Fashion major setbacks.

BY KEN HAMWEY STAFF SPORTS WRITER Coach Dave Niro and his Franklin High baseball team have overcome some major hurdles and roadblocks this season. The Panthers, who have an 8-5 record after 13 games, are battling for first place in the Kelly-Rex Division of the Hockomock League. A successful record and fighting for first place may not sound so dynamic but Niro’s squad has jelled into a well-oiled unit in spite of some

Franklin lost eight starters from last year’s 19-3 contingent that advanced to the third round of the sectional tournament. Then the pitching staff suffered what should have been a knockout blow when Marc Mele, last year’s ace, was ruled out for the regular season because of shoulder problems. And finally, Niro had to switch co-captain Brandan Eccher to designated-hitter because arm problems forced him to abandon his centerfield slot.

Franklin’s nine basically was faced with a rebuilding effort. “I never say we’re ‘rebuilding, I prefer to call it reloading,’’ said Niro, who’s guided Franklin to a South Sectional championship and seven appearances in the tourney. “Losing eight starters to graduation left us virtually with little or no experience. Then, when Marc, who was 6-1 last year, was forced to miss eight weeks, that was devastating. Eccher has arm problems but he’s still in the lineup as our D-H after two solid seasons as our centerfielder.’’ The Panthers have excelled/survived this year because of intangible assets. And, Niro knows exactly what they are.

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“Our work ethic is terrific,’’ he said. “And, the kids are enthusiastic. We don’t have one player who is a start or stands out. We’re truly a lunch-pail gang.’’ The infield portion of the “gang’’ Bryan Abbott at first base, Tripper Rowean at second, Chris Roche at shortstop, Nick Santucci at third and Steven Shea behind the plate. “Bryan is a good fielder and he’s our leading hitter,’’ Niro emphasized. “Tripper got off to a great

start and has been solid in the field and is making good contact with his bat. Chris has replaced Brandan Skidmore (last year’s Hockomock League MVP) at short and he’s been consistent both in the field and at the plate. Steven is an excellent takecharge catcher who handles the pitchers well. He got three hits against Framingham and caught two runners stealing against Taunton.’’ The outfield features senior Neal Hart in left, Drew Inglesi in center and Anthony Chaiton in right. “Neal started last year,’’ Niro noted. “He’s patient at the plate and he covers a lot of ground in the outfield. Drew has decent speed and a very strong arm and Anthony is a steady hitter in the No. 2 slot and his arm is very strong.’’ Eccher, who hit .318 last year, provides leadership in his role as captain and has demonstrated consistency at the plate in his D-H role.

control is good and he’s patient.’’ Jimmy Henchy has been used as the team’s second starter and Pat O’Reilly has laid claim to the third man in the rotation. “Jimmy is a bulldog on the mound,’’ Niro said. “He has no fear. He’s got a decent fastball and curve and good control. Pat has a dependable curve and a good fastball. He was used first in relief but now is a starter.’’ Andrew Skaza is the closer and he’s been superb. He’s got a 0.00 E.R.A. in six innings. “Andrew is reliable,’’ Niro said. “His fastball is in the mid-80s and he spots the ball well.’’ The rest of the relief corps includes left-handers Chaiton, Abbott and Nick Gallo and righty Cam Kelley. “This group has seen limited duty but they’ve got good control,’’ Niro said.

Senior captain Brendon Kuzio has taken the reins as the Panthers No. 1 pitcher. So far, he’s 5-1 with an earned-run average of 2.47.

The Panthers won the South Sectional title in 2011 by defeating a well-drilled Xaverian squad. Whether the 2013 contingent will go that far remains to be seen.

“Brendon has a nasty slider, a good change-up and a fastball that’s travels in the 80 mph range,’’ Niro said. “He knows how to pitch, his

Franklin, however, has been resilient and able to withstand its share of adversity in classy fashion.

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Franklin Sports Steve Riggott True Team Player in Tri-County Track BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

Tri-County senior Steve Riggott may not be your typical high school star athletic star, but what the Walpole resident lacks in athletic ability he makes up in heart. Riggott not only runs the mile and participates in the long and triple jump for the track and field team; he also patrols the middle of the field for the soccer team. “Steve has more heart than most, that’s what makes him successful. He believes in teamwork and knows that a good team will win, but a great team will win championships,” TC Track Coach Seth Curran said. “You don’t look at him as a number one type of athlete. You look at him as one who wants and makes the team better.”

have, but from time to time, he’ll do something on the field that totally amazes everyone.”

also recorded at the GNB track. As far as the triple jump goes Riggott has jumped a 24’ 4” best.

Superstar status is not why Riggott got involved in sports on the high school level.

“I’m definitely stronger in the mile, there’s no real thought process to it – you just go out and run, while pushing yourself to go faster,” Riggott said. “In the triple jump I tend to over think the event, I should just run and let my feet do the work.”

“I use sports as a way to get away from the stress of high school,” the senior said. “I know that I’m not one of the faster runners and don’t usually score points for the team. I take part in sports so I can be with my friends. I’m a very friendly individual and am passionate about my sports.” In regards to track and field, it was his father (a track athlete all four years at Granby, CT high school) that told him to give it a try for just one year. Riggott was reluctant at first, not wanting his studies to suffer while having fun with sports, but eventually he decided to give it a shot. “I didn’t get into it right away as I was worried about my school work. I found it was not only enjoyable, but it wasn’t interfering with my education,” he said. “I really enjoyed it, especially meeting new people.”

The same sentiments are echoed from the soccer field as well. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the most knowledgeable athlete of the sport that I’ve ever coached,” Cougar Soccer Coach Rick Vernon said. “He may not have that physical ability that the star athletes

While participating in track, Riggott finds himself better in the mile than triple jumping. Running the mile the Tri-Country senior posted his best personal time as the season was coming to an end at Greater New Bedford. It was here that he posted a 6.33 mile, bettering his previous best of 6.4 which he

At the age of nine Riggott got involved in soccer, a sport he’s truly passionate about and although he only got to play on the varsity team for one year, he’s grateful for the opportunity. “I played on the junior varsity team for three years and was bummed out when I didn’t make the varsity team my junior year,” he said. “I know that I don’t have all the skills, but at least I got one year out of it.” Although Riggott may not be able to incorporate all the skills needed to be a top soccer player on the field, he’s somewhat idolized off the field. “It’s interesting when younger players ask my advice,” the outside midfielder said. “I just tell them to never give up and most of them understand as they’ve been playing the sport for awhile.” Coach Vernon totally understands what Riggott brings to the team. “As a coach, you know he’s not the best overall player on the field, but you have to find a spot for him because of what he brings to the sport,” the soccer coach said. “A lot of the kids want him on the field because of his knowledge of the game. For me, it’s like having an assistant coach on the field.” While he may not earn all star status from the league, Riggott is surely appreciated by his teammates and coaches.

Franklin Football Gridiron to Hold 3rd Annual Golf Classic June 23 The Franklin Football Gridiron will hold their 3rd Annual Golf Classic on June 23rd, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the New England Country Club, 180 Paine St., Bellingham. This organization supports the Franklin football program. Contact (508) 802-0470 or for more information.

Steve Riggott's passion for sports makes him a role model for younger players, even without all-star status.

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Tri-County Engineering Senior Gets Full Northeastern Scholarship Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray is pleased to announce that Engineering senior Shannon Croatto of Franklin, daughter of Suzanne Grieve and Claus Croatto, has been awarded a full scholarship to Northeastern University. Croatto is one of ten students in the country to receive a full scholarship to Northeastern through the University’s Torch Scholars Program. Northeastern launched the Torch Scholars Program in 2006 as a bold and innovative initiative awarded to individuals who have overcome exceptional odds and who demonstrate the potential to excel academically. Torch is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for first-generation, low-income students from diverse backgrounds through a full scholarship and comprehensive support program. “When I got the phone call from Northeastern telling me that I had the scholarship, I was in Papa Gino’s with some friends. They put me on speakerphone so everyone in the scholarship office could congratulate me. I started crying right there in Papa Gino’s, just balling my eyes out,” recalls

Croatto. Just over a year ago, Croatto was faced with a situation that led to becoming homeless during her junior year. “It’s kind of surreal, because you never think that these things can happen to you, that you can go from being homeless to having a full scholarship to a school like Northeastern. My best friend Bridget and her family, the McHugh’s of Medway, took me in to help me from September 2011 to February 2012. They were the reason that I was able to stay in school. When they found out about my scholarship, they were so excited for me,” Croatto said. Nominated for the program by her Tri-County Track Coach, Mr. Seth Curran, Croatto was one of 400 applicants to this year’s Torch Scholars Program and one of 50 selected to attend Interview Day at Northeastern this past March. “In Shannon, what we saw was her determination. When we met her on Interview Day, we knew that she should be a part of the Torch Scholars Program. She knew about the program, took initiative, and was a clear winner in our eyes,” noted Shannon

Pittman, Assistant Director of Opportunity Scholarship and Outreach Programs at Northeastern University. Croatto was accepted into Northeastern’s College of Engineering, where she plans to major in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in French. Her scholarship through the Torch Program covers eight full-time semesters at Northeastern, room and board, a meal plan, and a book voucher. In order to remain on the scholarship program, she must hold an oncampus job, perform 100 hours of community service a year, and maintain an overall 2.30 grade point average. “The Torch Scholars Program is life changing, not just because it’s a full ride to a top university, but because it gives students so many academic and social opportunities and gets them involved with global and local issues. These are students who want to give back and contribute to their communities because of the opportunities they have been given. I think that when they graduate, they go on to become outstanding members of society,” added Pittman. Following her graduation from Tri-County RVTHS, Croatto will


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Tri-County Students Win at State SkillUSA Championship Tri-County RVTHS secondary and postsecondary students won more than 20 medals at the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championships, held during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and

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4th Graders Visit State House Eighty Jefferson Elementary 4th Graders from Franklin took a field trip to Boston where they enjoyed a State House tour. The 4th Graders, accompanied by four teachers and a number of parent chaperones got the opportunity to take the guided tour, enter and see the House of Representatives’ Chamber and speak with their State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D), State Senator Richard Ross (R) and representative from State Senator Karen Spilka’s office.

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King St. Memorial Garden Updates The King Street Memorial Garden celebrated a day of planting at the end of least month, getting the garden ready for the growing season. The group started a pollinator garden at the garden to help bring in the beneficial bugs that the beds need for bumper crops. All plot holders are reminded that that they need to participate in at least one work day each season. There will be workdays at least once a month. Shed Keys: We've had multiple inquires about how to obtain keys for the shed. There had been some confusion with the Rec. Dept. as to the location of the keys at the Rec. Dept. that has been cleared up. If you would like your key you can pick it up from the Rec. Dept. during nor-

mal hours. The tools in the shed are for garden use, but please be sure to return them when you’re done and lock things up before you go. Water: The water has been turned on for the season. Flag System: Starting the first week in June I'll be doing weekly assessments of all the beds. You need to maintain your bed and keep it in good order. If anything is out of place I'll leave an orange flag with a note on it for what work needs to be done. Please return the flags to the shed, or outside it, when you've taken care of the issue. Please let us know if you have any questions about addressing flags or any other issues with your beds!

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Camp for 7th & 8th Franklin’s Strawberry Stroll Graders at Tri-County Thursday, June 13 Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School will offer nine Summer Camp programs during the week of August 5 – August 9, 2013 for students entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall. The summer camp programs offer middle school students enriching opportunities to explore careers and exercise the body and mind. Enrollment preference is given to students in the Tri-County RVTHS school district of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. The cost of one camp is $200 and the cost of two camps is $350. Registration forms and full payment must be received by Friday, June 14. The following programs will be held during the week of Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 at the times listed below: auto collision (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) teaches campers the basics of custom painting and airbrushing techniques. Students will be exposed to industry standard auto collision equipment such as the spray booth and fresh air breathing system while creating a hands-on project to take home. Beginning carpentry (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) allows students to use hand and power tools to design

and craft a toolbox, birdhouse, and shelf with pegs. Campers will use professional machinery and learn construction skills in a real wood shop. cosmetology (12:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.) explores all aspects of the beauty industry as campers participate in activities related to hair, nail, and skin care. cyber camp (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) focuses on technology, giving campers the opportunity to create a website, build a computer and a network, and learn the basics of robotics using Legos. Engineering (12:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.) introduces campers to the many concepts of engineering in a simulating, entertaining environment that couples learning with competitions. Hey mom, i Will make it myself – Food For Kids! (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) will involve students in the preparation of a complete meal each day. Campers will learn about kitchen safety, how to prepare appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, and then sit down to eat their masterpieces. Recipes and aprons are provided. Tri-County RVTHS is located at 147 Pond Street, Franklin, and is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award.

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Enjoy Strawberry Shortcake and Stroll Downtown from 4-7 p.m. The Franklin Downtown Partnership expects to dish up more than 700 sweet, juicy strawberry shortcakes at this year’s Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 13. The event will be held downtown from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. The FDP’s famous strawberry shortcakes will be served up by Dean Bank’s branch staff in front of the bank on Main Street. Volunteers expect to cut more than 160 quarts of red, ripe strawberries for the stroll. Garelick Farms will provide cases of whipped cream to top off the mouth-watering dessert. “We have seen great success with the transition of the event from a festival to a stroll. It encourages families to walk through the downtown and visit the local businesses. We are excited for our first event of the year and appreciate the continuing support of our local sponsors,” says Nicole Fortier, event chairperson. Sponsorship row will feature the event’s backers. Platinum sponsors for this event are Big Y Foods and Dean Bank. Silver sponsors are Dean College, Digital Federal

Credit Union (DCU), Middlesex Savings Bank and Garelick Farms. Bronze sponsors are Chestnut Dental Associates, CVS Pharmacy, and Franklin Ford and at the Friends sponsor level Insanity All-Stars and Keefe Insurance. Music will be provided at the event by Music Odyssey Productions featuring Domenic Cotoia. The Franklin Art Center will have an art show and a sidewalk chalk design project for kids. Participating businesses throughout downtown plan sweet and spring-themed specials for the afternoon. Singer and guitarist Kevin Wolfe will be performing outside Pisini Shoes on Main Street. At Jane’s Frames owner Jane Curran will have a special “Kids Create” art project for kids of all ages to participate in. The Historical Museum invites the public to its wedding gown display and A Cut Above will give out free hair tinsel, cider and cookies. Many other downtown businesses also are offering store specials and discounts. Visitors can stroll downtown and visit

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this popular event. For more information contact Event Chair Nicole Fortier at or Bryan Taberner at More information is also available on the Partnership’s website at As a nonprofit organization, the Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors for events including the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown in order to create a positive impact throughout the area, and to be a pro-active organization that brings residents, business owners and community leaders together, encourages cooperation and builds leadership for the purpose of revitalizing downtown Franklin. For more information please contact the FDP downtown office at (774) 571-3109 or

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Dean College Concludes its 147th The Friends of the SNETT National Commencement Ceremony More than 300 graduates join the ranks of Trails® Day Events Dean alumni worldwide June 1, 2013 ifornia, a Dance major who will attend graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the fall.

While at Dean, Volk was appointed Vice-President the Student Athlete Leadership Team and starred on the College’s women's soccer and lacrosse teams where she was named Captain during her sophomore year. She was also awarded the College’s Coaches Award and Biggest Heart Award for soccer.

Celebrating the start of the next chapter in their lives, more than 300 graduating students joined the ranks of over 19,000 Dean alumni worldwide by graduating with their Associate or Baccalaureate degrees today at Grant Field on the Dean College campus . In addition, the College awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards and the Trustees’ Prizes for General Excellence.

The commencement ceremony at Dean College takes a unique approach by featuring keynote addresses by students. The students selected this year include associate degree speaker Julie Volk of Framingham, Massachusetts, a Sports Fitness/Exercise Science Major who is transferring to a 4year institution before pursing a master’s degree in physical therapy; and bachelor degree speaker Jessica Pretty of Quartz Hill, Cal-

Pretty was actively involved in many performing arts and performance choreography opportunities, such as Cabaret 2010-2012, dance team shows, Choreographers’ Concert, Synergy , Brothahood, and Senior Showcase. She was selected to represent Dean at the American College Dance Festival in 2012 and 2013, acted as a community advisor 2010-2012, and was a Student Government representative 2010-2011. Pretty is a member of Dean College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and after graduation she plans to intern for the New York State Council for the Arts and Camille A. Brown & Dancers in New York.

C’mon out and join the Friends of the SNETT (Southern New England Trunkline Trail) on Saturday, June 1st, as we host trail-wide events for National Trails Day.® The Friends of the SNETT consists of representatives from all six SNETT towns (Franklin, Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge and Douglas), as well as regional planning and state agencies. Our goal is to improve and promote the use of the trail. Events may vary by town but include planting flowers and beautifying the trail entrance with the help of the public and the Boy and Girl Scouts, family friendly nature games, such as “I Spy Nature,” and both guided and non-guided trail walks. Free water bottles will be given out on a first-come, firstserved basis. We invite you to come and see where the trail is in these towns and to learn about our future plans for the SnETT. Please check the time and location of the events in your town and we’ll see you there! Franklin, ma – at the Franklin Trail Head on grove Street Led by Stacey Wetstein Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Activities: Plantings, small cleanup, I Spy Nature scavenger hunt

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Letters to the Editor Fun Summer Courses Offered at BFCCPS Franklin Interfaith Council Pastoral Letter on Gun Violence

Has your child ever wanted to learn to sew? Be a spy? Cook up some yummy treats? Travel around the world? Act? Dance? Sing? Play with your American Girl doll with friends? Explore outer space? Celebrate Christmas in July? Well, you are in luck! The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School has the perfect summer classes for you! This July, several BFCCPS teachers are offering some amazing summer courses that are sure to be a hit. It is not too late to sign up...just go to and click on the Summer Programs tab under Student Life. These classes are open to all students, not just BFCCPS students. Check out the complete course listing, descriptions, times and dates at the school website

Dan Sylvia Ordained as Deacon at Franklin Church Deacon Daniel Jason Sylvia of Bellingham was ordained to the Holy Order of Priests this May 5, at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 31 Hayward Street in Franklin, by The Rt. Rev. William L. Murdoch, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in New England of the Anglican Church in North America. Father Dan will continue to serve at Redeemer in Franklin.

Dear Editor, As members of the Franklin Interfaith Council, we represent a variety of faiths and a wide spectrum of political views. We do not speak out about transitory issues. We make statements only insofar as they are imperatives coming out of all our traditions about what society needs to do. It is with that understanding that we today declare our concern about the need to enact protections for our members and the members of our larger community from the epidemic of gun violence. The list of well-publicized mass shootings continues to grow: Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Aurora, Oak Creek, Newtown. There is no need for parents to bury their children and for clergy to officiate at these funerals. Meanwhile, with less publicity, gun violence takes eighty-three lives daily in the United States, including eight children and teens, with one child killed every three hours. Indeed, just since the killings in Newtown,

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three thousand, seven hundred, seventy-four people have been killed by firearms in this country. Our traditions affirm, in the words of the Biblical Book of Leviticus, “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” We as a society need to heed that command. It is time for us to act. We leave the details of these actions to others better versed in them. We also appreciate that many good people own guns, whether for sport or for self defense. But we do know that no person who has significant mental health challenges should be allowed to purchase a weapon. And we do know that gun magazines capable of firing one hundred fifty rounds in five minutes, as the Newtown shooter did, have no role in civilian society. As faith leaders, we need to inculcate in ourselves and in others a greater sense of concern for our fellow human beings, and we rededicate ourselves to that work.


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YMCA Annual Meeting Honors Local Heroes Dr. Renée Quarterman and Tom Senst were both honored at the annual Hockomock Area YMCA’s annual meeting and awards night on Wednesday, May 15 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham. Renée Quarterman, M.D. received the Hockomock Area

YMCA Bernon Family Branch’s Red Triangle Award. This award is presented annually to individuals or organizations for their steadfast dedication and partnership with the Hockomock Area YMCA to meet the changing needs of our community. Since coming to the region as part of The Breast Center at Milford Regional Medical Center in 2009, Dr. Quarterman has improved the health of our community. She recognizes the importance of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program – a free twelve week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or cancer — and she often makes it part of her patient's recovery. Mr. Senst received the Bernon Family Branch’s Youth of the Year

award for his commitment and dedication to making a positive impact on YMCA members, participants, and staff. Tom has been a member of the Hockomock Area YMCA since he was six years old, participating in summer camp and knowing as early as the first week that he would one day become a camp counselor. He credits his early counselors with having fostered morals of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in him. Having advanced from camper to leaderin-training, then counselor-intraining to cadet, he appreciates his current position as counselor because he gets to instill the same values in his campers. For two years, he has been an active participant in Leaders Club, the Y's leadership program that gives teens the opportunity to envision and pursue

a positive future, and offers chances to take an active role in strengthening community. Tom is a respected member of the YMCA staff during the school year, acting as a group leader in the after

school program called our School's Out program and as a coach in youth sports leagues. For more information about the Hockomock Area YMCA, please visit

HMEA Strengthens Board with Medway Nonprofit Specialist Carla C. Cataldo - Principal of Proposals, Etc., a fundraising consulting and proposal-writing business in Medway, MA that helps non-profit organizations raise money to meet the vital needs of local communities, was recently elected to the Board of Directors at Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA). Cataldo who lives in Medway, MA says “I’m delighted to offer my background in non-profit fundraising and government service to support HMEA’s mission. HMEA is a leader in

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Stony Brook Announces Its June Programming! Stony Brook has come alive with the warm weather. Join us for these exciting programs: night. Many of the creatures that have remained inactive during the daylight are beginning to stir. We will start with a discussion and light snack at the Nature Center before heading out in search of the night life! Each month we will explore the interesting natural history of one of the groups of wildlife that visit local ponds, fields and forests as the sun is setting and afterwards. Minimum age: 6. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person. Rhode island coastal carousing: monday, June 17th, from 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will drive to Napatree Point Conservation area on the RI/Conn. Line for viewing assorted shorebirds, then east along the coast to Ninigret Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. Both sites offer a great diversity of songbirds and waterfowl as well. Fee: $35m/$41nm

Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, June 1st and 15th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Our Webfooted Friends/Fabulous Flowers. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair Family Ponding: Sunday, June 9th,, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. We can tell how healthy our wetland is by investigating what lives in the water. We will be removing many species to get a closer look at some fascinating adaptations. Dragonflies with jet propulsion! Sideswimmers! Predaceous diving beetles and more! Of course we will also get to get out fingers dirty! Minimum age: 5. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person.

Herons at the nest: Sunday, June 9th, from 9:00 a.m. 11:30 p.m. Join us for an easy walk to a magnificent rookery which serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons near Stony Brook. Herons (and occasionally other birds at this rookery) raise their young in giant stick-nests built high up in standing dead trees in the middle of wetlands. Heron rookeries are places of great activity. We will have ample opportunities to watch these magnificent creatures gently gliding to and from their nests in the process of caring for their young. We will carpool from Stony Brook a short distance to the rookery.

Sundays at Stony Brook: Sunday, June 23rd, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Take a Stony Brook Sunday stroll in search of birds, turtles, frogs, plants, and other natural wonders in the company of a Volunteer Naturalist. Or, join the Naturalist on the observation deck for a peek through the spotting scope. Do you have questions? Stop by on a Sunday afternoon and we will work to discover the answers together.

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Callei to Help Orphans in Haiti BY REBECCA KENSIL

things in their lives that are tragedies,” Callei says. “I can make that connection.” Her father passed away in high school and her mother was later diagnosed with cancer, but Callei still had a support system. “I always felt like I needed to give back,” she says.

Franklin resident Jen Callei hopes to share and bond with orphans in Haiti, because she has also experienced the loss of parents in her life and wants to give back the way people have helped her. “I have a deep connection with working with kids who have seen

She had been thinking for a while about giving back through a trip to Haiti, as many fellow church members at Franklin New England Chapel traveled there to help after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. Equipped with a passion for working and helping children as an art and theater teacher, she has already helped students with their self-esteem and communication skills in the United States. Now, with this trip to Haiti, she hopes to apply her passion and knowledge globally. Not sure how she would finance the trip, she spoke of the topic with

church members. One day a friend there said words that stuck with her: “God will handle it.” That sentence gave her the strength to move forward. So she signed up for a week trip through Mission E4 that will be from July 13 through July 20 with a group of children and adults. She says some participants have visited Haiti as many as 10 times. “The group pushed me forward that I am going with,” she says. As she plans, she now tackles the fundraising part of it. “There’s a lot of fundraising to do, but I think we’ll get there,” Callei says. Her fundraisers included a buffet night May 18 at The Rome Restaurant in Franklin. She also had students make cards for the orphans in her art classes and at the Holliston Spring Stroll. Many 4 and 5-yearolds drew flowers and suns on the cards. One 7-year-old at the Spring Stroll wrote a message that she found very sweet. The card said, “I love you. Keep shining like the sun.” She teared up when she read it. She added, “They are full of great pictures like stick figures holding hands.” Now that the trip is booked, Callei has learned much more about the country by attending regularly scheduled meetings and by reading books. She was most

shocked to learn that Americans make up 5 percent of the world’s population yet use 50 percent of the world’s resources. “Oh my gosh. To really think about that,” Callei says. “It’s astonishing. I think it’s really important for people to just become more aware. With tragedies and so forth that have been going on in the United States, they make people start to open their eyes more. You have to realize, this happens every day in some countries. The more we help each other globally, the better the situation for everyone will become.” She also has been learning Creole, the language in Haiti, so she can effectively communicate upon arrival, in addition to learning about the culture. Once in Haiti, Callei will be completing many tasks to help the country, which she describes as beyond a third-world country because areas are so devastated. These tasks include rebuilding schools that were destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Other tasks will be distributing uniforms and books to children as well as spending time with the children. She will play games and enact plays with them. Callei is even translating some of the drama games into Creole before she goes so she can successfully play with the chil-

June 1, 2013 dren. She will also be repairing a prison that is in rough shape. Prisoners are often held far beyond their time, she explains, because there are no lawyers. “The conditions are really, really bad,” she says. “So we are actually going to be doing some work to rebuild things in the prison, so there is actual, more room for them to move around.” In addition to these jobs, she will also spend time with the local people. Callei explains her expectations as the trip approaches. “I’m looking forward to just basically helping as much as I can and being accepted into their culture,” she says. “I think I will actually learn a lot from them. It’s going to be quite the experience, but I can’t have expectations because I’m not sure what is going to happen. I know that I’m there to help and I’m going to do all that I can to do a job well done.” To support Callei, her Mission E4 donation page is and her Go Fund Me page is Also going with Callei on the Mission E4 trip is Franklin resident Sean Buckley. His donation page is

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It’s a Sign of the Times... Congratulations to RE/MAX of ers are now focused on securing housing rather than proper representation.

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We’re in a very strong sellers’ market. What this means to the many buyers who are waiting for fresh inventory to surface is that they may not jump soon enough or high enough as each property comes on the market. There are more buyers than there are active listings to buy. most buyers understand that the listing agent represents the seller. Everyone needs proper representation, and buyers need a buyers’ agent to guide them through the buying process. With the great shortage of listings, many buyers are calling the listing agents directly to view properties. The mindset of many buyers is to call the listing agent directly to see a newly listed property so that they may have an opportunity to view the listing and submit an offer. The buyer needs to understand that dealing directly with the listing agent leaves the buyer in a vulnerable position. This is happening more frequently now that the market has changed. Buyers are becoming frustrated with repeatedly missing new opportunities because the new listings are selling so quickly. Many buy-

all buyers need a buyers’ agent for proper representation. All buyers who venture forth on their own without representation must understand that the seller will be the victor. Before you decide to buy a home without a buyers’ agent, consult a Realtor and have a consultation about buyer agency. it’s a smart move, and it will give you an understanding of what every buyer needs when purchasing a home……a buyers’ agent.

New England! RE/MAX of New England announced the top 25 teams and individuals for the month of March and for the first quarter of 2013 in Massachusetts and New England. I'm very excited to say that The Kuney-Todaro Team was #1 in New England for the month of March. We ranked #3 in Massachusetts for the first quarter of 2013 and #4 in New England for the first quarter of 2013.

We are a small team of two full time real estate agents and one marketing agent. Lorraine Kuney is a team leader and holds the position of #1 listing agent in Franklin MA and also the agent capturing the greatest market share in Franklin MA. Tammy Todaro is a listing and selling agent in Franklin MA and also a top producing agent. Tammy is a long time Franklin resident with 14 years of real estate experience listing and selling

residential property. I am the marketing agent for my team, and my job is to market our inventory and find the clients to buy our listings. My online marketing is a daily task and is done consistently throughout the majority of each day. Congratulations to both Tammy and Lorraine for having a stellar month of March and a magnificent first quarter of 2013.

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Franklin (508) 520-1600


property oF the Month: new liSting

Stunning 10 room Colonial on over an acre of land in Franklin Oaks. FrAnklin Mike Colombo

new liSting

new liSting



67 Hancock Rd, Franklin

$659,000 new liSting

new liSting

26 Shady Lane, Franklin

61 Miller Street, Franklin



new liSting

new conStruction town hoMeS

Chris Perchard

Dawn Oliveira





122 Miller Street, Franklin

3 Crab Apple Lane, Franklin

12 Spruce Pond, Franklin




new conStruction condoS

under AgreeMent

under AgreeMent

The Village at Oak Hill Adult Community

Starting at $359,900 under AgreeMent

Arlene Kelly

Sheila McMahon


Dick Thurston




Franklin Heights

268 Chestnut Street, Franklin

33 Cross Street, Franklin

60 Ruggles Strret, Franklin

Starting at $199,900




under AgreeMent

under AgreeMent in 1 dAy

under AgreeMent



6 Farm Pond Lane, Franklin

32 Betten Court, Franklin

6 Dogwood Circle, Franklin




Jillian Weber


Lisa Perrin


Kristen Spillane


Barbara Scardino

Nick Petmezis


4 Donny Drive, Franklin

Real Living Real Estate, Inc.



11 Shawkemo Drive, Franklin


12 Dom Lea Circle, Franklin

Anthony Crugnale Sold


19 Mary Ellen Lane, Franklin

Jeremy Ballarino

Jaime Hogan

233 W. Central St. | Franklin, MA |

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