Friday, March 6, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/6/15 - 3/12/15

FRI 3/6   3:30pm   Science Friday: Meteorology at Franklin Public Library
FRI 3/6   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
FRI 3/6   7pm   Culinary Cabaret at The Black Box
FRI 3/6   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 3/7   10:30am   Family Storytime at Franklin Public Library
SAT 3/7   1pm   Toy Story Movie at Franklin Public Library

SUN 3/8   10am-12pm   Religious Education Open House at FUSF
SUN 3/8   1pm   FSPA presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Black Box
SUN 3/8   5 pm   FSPA presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at The Black Box

TUE 3/10   7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting at the Franklin YMCA - new members and public welcome!

WED 3/11   12-2pm   Adult Painting at Franklin Art Center
WED 3/11   6:30pm   Getting Paid to Talk Seminar - register at Franklin Adult Education
WED 3/11   7pm   Small Business Co-Op Meeting at The Cake Bar - public welcome!
WED 3/11   7pm   Speakers Forum: Franklin Fire Department at Franklin Public Library

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

"small businesses have suffered devastating sales losses due to the unprecedented winter weather"

In case anyone needed some statistics to prove the point, the survey says:
After a strong holiday sales season and amid growing consumer confidence, Massachusetts small businesses experienced an average drop in sales of 24 percent during the recent wave of snowstorms, according to new survey. 
Sales losses for retail and restaurant employers were higher, at 49 percent, as customers hunkered down at home and stayed off dangerous roads and away from a public transit system marred by service woes. 
The survey, released Thursday by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts and other groups, looked at sales between Jan. 26 and Feb. 22. More than 1,600 small businesses responded to the survey, most of them companies with less than $5 million in annual sales. Many larger employers and employers not hurt by the weather did not respond, officials said.
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We can do something to help. We can #shopFranklin!!!

Ribbon Cutting at Real Living Realty Group

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at Real Living Realty Group, 55 West Central St., Franklin, on March 3 to celebrate the real estate brokerage's new location.
Steven Falguera of Real Living Realty Group, State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, Mike Colombo of Real Living Realty Group, Matt Kelly of Real Living Realty Group, and State Sen. Richard Ross

Pictured at the ribbon cutting, in the front row left to right, are: Steven Falguera of Real Living Realty Group, State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, Mike Colombo of Real Living Realty Group, Matt Kelly of Real Living Realty Group, and State Sen. Richard Ross.

Budget Statement by MTA President Barbara Madeloni

The following statement was issued to the press yesterday and is posted on the MTA website.

Statement by MTA President Barbara Madeloni
on Governor Charlie Baker's Proposed Budget for 2015-2016

Governor Baker's proposed budget is troubling for its lack of vision and absence of meaningful investments in education and other vital community services. Although some of the governor's ideas appear positive, his budget is ultimately a proposal that shortchanges students, families and our cities and towns by including cuts to kindergarten expansion programs and providing inadequate funding for our public schools, colleges and universities.  

MTA logo
MA Teachers Association

While keeping school districts at foundation levels, as is constitutionally required, Governor Baker's proposed spending plan fails to address the fact that many of our communities already face significant shortfalls in the resources they need to provide children with the schools they deserve. Public education is the center of our democracy and the heart of our future, and the Commonwealth's spending priorities must recognize that.

Where the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant program is concerned, for example, Governor Baker is eliminating funding. This step would hinder expansion of full-day kindergarten programs and cause some districts to reduce access.

The MTA is also deeply concerned about other grant cuts that appear to target education programs in urban communities. The consolidation of numerous programs into an account called the "Partnership Schools Network" is disturbing and potentially very harmful to our public schools and students.

Governor Baker is unfairly seeking to further shift health care costs to many current active state employees and all future state retirees by increasing the percentage they pay for coverage through the Group Insurance Commission. In other areas, the governor's proposal to "level-fund" numerous line items will actually result in cuts that damage our current services and our economic future.

The time has come for Massachusetts to turn the corner and look toward the revenues required to help working families and the communities they live in. Over time, the Commonwealth has implemented billions of dollars in tax cuts. In addition, we live in a state where residents with the highest incomes pay the smallest share of their incomes in state taxes.

Every budget represents choices, and the plan outlined today does not include the right ones for our students, families or communities.

This was shared from the MTA webpage

In the News: Wilfork neighbors react, Henandez neighbors testify

Neighbors of longtime New England Patriot Vince Wilfork, who announced Thursday the organization did not pick up his contract option, had nothing but praise for the Franklin resident. 
Wilfork, a defensive lineman who was a team captain, has always been very active in the community. He heads the Vince Wilfork Foundation, a non-profit concentrating in diabetes research. Wilfork was often seen in the Franklin Town Hall and school district, according to Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri, a friend of Wilfork's wife, Bianca.
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Prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial honed in on a Franklin condominium Thursday, commonly referred to as Hernandez’ “flophouse.” 
Prosecutors brought two Franklin residents to the stand – Barbara Scardino, the real estate agent that sold Hernandez the rental property and Carol Bailey, tenant of a neighboring unit in the building.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Franklin Publc Schools: Another Update on Parmenter


Good Afternoon, 
It has come to our attention that there are a number of rumors circulating regarding the individual involved in the incident at Parmenter School on Monday. We are aware that there are media reports that are citing information that school department has not received. We need to reiterate that this individual did not make any threats while he was in the school.  
Please be advised that this is a legal matter and is now in the hands of the police and the court system.  As such, the school department is not privy to any further information about this individual or his intent.  We have filed a No Trespass Order on him for all schools and school grounds in the district.   
Any further questions about this individual should be directed to the police. 
Sally WinslowAssistant Superintendent of Schools
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Franklin Public Schools: Update on Parmenter

We have been apprised by the Franklin Police that the individual involved in the incident at Parmenter School on Monday has been arrested and is being arraigned in Wrentham District Court today.  The police are continuing to investigate the matter, and we will update you as appropriate when we get further details.  The school department intends to work with the Franklin Police to issue a no trespass order to this individual, prohibiting him from all schools and school grounds. 
Sally Winslow
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

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HMEA Career Fair - March 19th


My name is Lauren Bavosi and I am the Marketing Manager at HMEA Inc. in Franklin MA.

I noticed that you feature local town events on your website. Please consider adding information about our March 19th Career Fair. Here is the info:

                Who: HMEA Inc.             
                What: HMEA Career Fair
                When: Thursday, March 19th 2015, 4-7 pm
                Where: HMEA Inc., 8 Forge Park, Franklin MA 02038

HMEA Career Fair
HMEA Career Fair
On Thursday March 19th, 2015, HMEA will open its doors in Franklin to the public to welcome job seekers to apply and interview for positions available company-wide. The agency is looking for people who are passionate about gaining experience and becoming an important factor in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Whether you have an interest in working with children with Autism or joining a team of staff assisting adults with disabilities to earn gainful employment, there is an something for everyone.

Anyone who attends the career fair will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $100 gas card and two $25 gas cards. Interested candidates are asked to bring a copy of their resume and to be prepared to interview on the spot. Visit our website for more information at

Attached, is the official flyer.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Lauren B. Bavosi
Manager, Marketing & Communications

HMEA | 8 Forge Park East
Franklin, MA 02038


Application Package for the Franklin Cultural Festival is now available

In case you missed this: The application package for the Franklin Cultural Festival is now available.

Attached, please find the application package for the Franklin Cultural Festival performances and events. The Festival will take place between July 29 and August 2, 2015, and will celebrate the Performing Arts, the Fine Arts and the Culinary Arts. 
The application package includes a briefing memo that explains the Festival and the application process. Additionally, it includes information about dates, times and potential locations. There is a 3-page application and a map of the proposed Franklin Cultural District. 

without the snow, the Town Common is likely one of the locations for events scheduled  for the Cultural Festival during the last week of July
without the snow, the Town Common is likely one of the locations for events scheduled
 for the Cultural Festival during the last week of July

You can find all the details here

FHS Hockey falls to Malden Catholic in Super 8

Just the score from Hockomock Sports to report on for the FHS hockey game. The hockey team did accomplish a whole lot getting to Suer 8 for the first time. Much to be proud of as they were the first Hockomock team to ever do so.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

HockeySuper 8#7 Franklin, 0 vs. #2 Malden Catholic, 5 - Final

For other results around the Hockomock League playoff action on Wednesday

Franklin Library: "Toy Story" - Saturday at 1:00 PM

Movie time at the Franklin Library. Get out of the house, let the kids enjoy a good movie. Saturday at 1:00 PM

Toy Story - movie Saturday at 1:00 PM
This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Real time Reporting: Town Council meeting - March 4, 2015

Present: Feldman, Padula, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Bisssanti, Williams, Dellorco
Absent: Mercer

- January 7, 2015, February 11, 2015, April 2, 2014, April 16, 2014, May 7, 2014
Motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0

– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin Matters.



- Cultural Council
Madison Weber
Teresa M. Burr
Motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0

Joint approval of Board of Assessors and Town Council of individual to Board of Assessors

- Acapulcos – Change of Officers/Directors 
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0

and Change of Manager
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0




received report from MBTA on repairs that would be desired at the Franklin/Dean Station

no funding for this but it is progress

bond refinancing saves money

Another grant received for storm water maangement
addition of rain garden, underground capacity to recharge aquifer

storm water regulations to come online this spring or July

Fire Dept to be making a presentation at the Library next Wednesday

Police officers took classes on responding to incidents of mental illness

Snow/Ice budget, exceeded by $350K approx, ($1.3M total)
will cut in to the capital budget planning
gap not as bad as it could have been with the work of the Council to increase funding

will need executive session to discuss real property



waiting on traffic studies before scheduling the next Economic Development meeting

– Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required

motion to move to executive session, seconded, 8-0 via roll call
will not return to public session

Note: as I was late coming out of Boston via the commuter rail and anticipating that the meeting would be a short one (it was), I did report in 'real-time' via the webcast rather than getting to the meeting room where it would have been "live reporting"

The distinction was published here in 2010:

Franklin Public Schools: Information from Assistant Superintendent Winslow


March 4, 2015 
The administration of the Franklin Public Schools learned Monday that an unauthorized individual was admitted to one of our schools. It was initially thought the individual was a visitor or volunteer and the person was admitted to the school and directed to sign in. When the individual did not sign in and access a visitor badge he was almost immediately intercepted by three school staff and was escorted out of the building.  At no time did this individual make a threat, create a disturbance or have any contact with students and he left willingly without incident. The other schools in the district were immediately notified, but as there was no threat at any school, a lock down was not initiated.  The Franklin Police were notified and are continuing to investigate. A parent meeting was held at the impacted school led by school administration and the Franklin Police Department on Tuesday evening to debrief the incident. 
As a result of this incident, all school principals were immediately directed to initiate a review of safety protocols with staff with respect to all individuals seeking to access schools. Additionally, principals will discuss school safety at the next Parent Communication Council meeting at their schools.  Parents are encouraged to attend. 
We take the safety of students and staff seriously.  When our internal investigation and the police investigation are completed, we plan to debrief with police to implement any recommendations in moving forward. We are committed to our continued collaboration with the Franklin Police Department and all the administrators to review safety protocols and procedures. 

Parmenter Elementary School
Parmenter Elementary School

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FSPA Ballet Conservatory To Present "Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland"

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Ballet Conservatory presents "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole as Lewis Carroll’s immortal children’s story comes to life in this captivating ballet. Delight in the surreal wonder of Alice’s dream world where things are not always as they seem. Discover the fantastical Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Caterpillar and more. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is choreographed by FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux, with stage direction by Madeux and Raye Lynn Mercer. Set design is by Nick Paone, with costuming by Merrie Whitney.

Featured roles in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be danced by Kendra Dombroski (Alice), Shaina McGillis (White Rabbit) and Lauren Szczepanowski (Mad Hatter) of Franklin; Jared Brouillette (March Hare) of Holliston; Haley Desjarlais (Butterfly), Ally Lynch (Tweedle Dee) and Alli Tomsik (Dormouse) of Medway; Phoebe Dias (Tweedle Dum), Jessica Guidice (Small Alice) and Mikaela Guidice (Sunflower) of Norfolk; Noura Sander (Queen of Hearts) of North Easton; and Sarah Radford (Marigold) of Wrentham.

The cast animates Alice’s vivid imaginary world, bringing to life the flowers, butterflies, caterpillar, mushrooms, cards, pages, flamingos and hedgehogs. Ensemble cast members include Ty Gavin of Bridgewater; Meghan Archung, Claire Bauer, Emma Brown, Anya Clark, Isabella DeCrescenzo, Paige DeMarino, Dora Ebbeling, Amanda Fleischer, Lauren Foellmer, Madilyn Hendricks, JoJo Liu, Emma Nicholson, Grace Olah, Paityn Orr, Corinne Pungitore, Olivia Rondeau, Sofia Smith, Carley Woodcock, Katie Wylie, Jaiden Wyner and Delaney Zolnowski of Franklin; Dana Zapolin of Holliston; Anna Martin and Samantha Pannenborg of Hopedale; Kaitlyn Calnan of Medway; Evelyn Luster, Maddie Proffer, Nora Skaling, and Hannah Weis of Norfolk; Grace Ellis of North Attleboro; Jillian Refford of North Easton; Julia Calianos of Upton; Lily Devine, Naomi Fitzgerald and Zoya Malik of Walpole; Gina Brown and Chloe Pouilot-Porter of Wrentham.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit or call (508) 528-8668. Visit for more information about FSPA’s ballet program, including class schedule and course catalogue.

FHS girls basketball win, boys hockey plays game 2 tonight

From Hockomock Sports we find that the girls basketball team won to continue in the playoffs. 

The boys hockey team plays game 2 of their best of three against Malden Catholic tonight

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Girls Basketball 
D1 Central 
#2 Franklin, 51 vs. #3 Holy Name, 38 - Final

Super 8 
#7 Franklin vs. #2 Malden Catholic, 8:00

Reminder: Religious School Open House

Temple Etz Chaim, Franklin, is hosting two Religious School Open House events. Families interested in Religious School for their school-aged children from Pre-K through High School are welcome to join us Sunday, March 15, 2015 or Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 9:15 to 11:00 am at the Medway High School, 88 Summer Street, Medway. 
Each event will include a tour of the school and participation in the activities of the day, opportunities to meet with the Rabbi, the Education Director and representatives from the Membership Committee as well as time for coffee and schmoozing with temple families. 
There is no cost for attending. RSVP by email to Hana Berman at or call the temple office (508) 528-5337 to RSVP or for additional information.

screen grab of Temple Etz Chaim webpage
screen grab of Temple Etz Chaim webpage

For additional information on the Temple Etz Chaim, please visit their webpage

MassBudget: What helps low-income parents succeed in the workforce


How can the state help low-income parents succeed in the workforce?
Two decades ago Massachusetts and the US adopted reforms aimed at shifting our welfare programs towards supporting work. The goal was to help more low income parents to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support a family. To accomplish this, the state would shift funding away from cash assistance and towards important work supports like child care and job training. Since parents with young children can't leave their kids home alone when they go to work, they need access to affordable early education and care for their kids. Those programs also play a very important role in preparing young children for success in school, and in life. Many low income parents also need access to job training and education programs to develop the skills they need to reach their potential. And those who can't afford a car need access to reliable public transportation to be able to get to work.

While Massachusetts increased investments in some of these areas immediately after the welfare reforms of the mid-1990s, there have been deep cuts and chronic underfunding since then. Funding for child care is down 24% since 2001 and funding for the Employment Support Program, which provides job training and related supports for low income parents has been cut 78% since 2001. Our public transportation system has been chronically unable to make the investments needed to ensure reliability, as has become painfully clear in recent weeks.

Declines in Support for Low Income Working Parents, provides an overview of what the state has and has not been doing to provide the support low income parents need to succeed in the workforce. Funding for the TANF Program in Massachusetts provides greater detail on the history of funding of funding for these programs.

Massachusetts has taken important steps to improve the wages and working conditions of low wage workers by significantly increasing the state minimum wage and by protecting the ability of workers who are too sick to work to be able to take a sick day without being fired. Our Commonwealth could build on that progress by providing low income parents with the job training, child care, and reliable transportation they need to succeed in the workforce.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA 02108

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center | 15 Court Square | Suite 700 | Boston | MA | 02108

MBTA: Commuter Rail Recovery Schedules

Dear MBTA Commuter Rail Customer,

Commuter Rail Recovery Schedules for all lines will continue to be available on our website here

Additionally, a number of apps are available that use the most up-to-date commuter rail schedules to help you plan your journey, such as:
1. Google Maps: (select train/bus icon for transit directions) 
2. The Transit App: (iPhone/Android) 
3. T-on-Time: (all platforms)

We appreciate your patience as we work to resume full service.

Thank you,
MBTA Commuter Rail

Sent by the MBTA. 

screen grab for T-on-Time app
screen grab for T-on-Time app

If any one has used one of these apps, or has a different one they find helpful please let me know. 

Does one of these apps (or any other) provide status updates? Using the official schedule is one thing. Having real-time updates is another. Given the timing issues with some of the T's own updates, I wonder if there is an app where users provide updates. Something like Waze for the commuter rail.