Saturday, April 21, 2018

2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22

"Join us for our 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm 
Learn, Create, Challenge Yourself, Get your Face Painted and Pet a Goat! 
Celebrate all of the magic that Mother Earth provides us, connect with your local producers and the community we have cultivated here on this tiny point on the planet! 
This IS a fundraiser (for the farm), so we will be selling tickets to participate in most activities (carnival style). The parking fee is $10 and includes 5 tickets. In honor of Earth Day, Walkers and Bikers get 5 FREE tickets! Otherwise, Activity Tickets are $2 each. Bring Cash! We can charge your credit card if you are buying $10 or more. 
Katy Riley, farmer at Treehouse Farms and talented artist, made our supercool poster:"
2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22
2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at White Barn Farm - April 22
There is a long list of activities for Earth Fest, visit their page for details

FHS girls lacrosse and boys tennis post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 11 vs. Bishop Feehan, 4 – Final

"After scoring just over one minute into the game, the Franklin girls lacrosse team struggled to find the back of the net for much of the first half. 
Despite eight shots on goal during the half, Bishop Feehan goalie Maggie Roberts came up with big save after big save to deny the Panthers, and with 1:06 left to go in the half, the Shamrocks led 2-1. 
Kelsey McCallum scored off a shooting space penalty to tie the game at 2-2, and milliseconds before the buzzer sounded to end the half, Hailey Toolin found the back of the net to put Franklin up 3-2. 
Those two goals proved to be the spark that Franklin needed, as in the second half their offense broke through with eight goals en route to an 11-4 victory over Bishop Feehan."
Continue reading the recap by Joe Clark, Student Reporter

Baseball = Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

"The temperatures may have been hovering around 40 degrees and fans and players alike were bundled up as though it were mid-February rather than the middle of April, but Taunton starting pitcher Jack Moynihan was not bothered by the cold. He came out throwing heat and dominated from the opening pitch of Friday’s early season night game at Franklin. 
Moynihan struck out the first five batters he faced and closed the game by striking out five Panthers over the last two innings. He finished with 15 strikeouts on the evening, allowed only three hits, and tossed a complete game shutout, as Taunton walked away with a 2-0 victory to remain unbeaten. 
“Phenomenal,” said Taunton coach Blair Bourque of Moynihan’s night. “Getting ahead with his fastball first time around and then mixing it up but getting ahead. He did a great job.”
Continue reading the game recap by Josh Perry, the Managing Editor of

Photos from the baseball game can be found online

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Taunton, 0 – Final 
– Franklin continued its perfect start with a sweep on the road at Taunton. Rohan Herur won a battle at first singles, emerging with a 7-5, 6-4 win while Liam Marr (6-2, 6-0) and Saketh Saripalli (6-0, 6-0) also picked up wins to sweep singles play. The team of Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles while Tony Calderone and Dan Angermeier didn’t lose a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles.

Girls Tennis =  Taunton, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final 
– Taunton dropped just two games total in four matches to get a win on the road. Jillian Pagliuca won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Vanessa Rosa picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles, and Jocelyn Pagliuca won by forfeit at third singles. Samantha Martin and McKenzie Lucie (first singles) and the team of Amanda Pugh and Kayla Parrett (second doubles) both won without losing a game.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

FHS baseball in action
FHS baseball in action

MassBudget: House Ways and Means budget proposal adds funding to early ed, rental voucher program

With the Franklin budget cycle fully underway, keeping track of what is happening at the State level is important as approx 25% of the Franklin budget is funded by money from the State.

MassBudget  Information.
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April 19, 2018

HWM FY 2019 budget proposal adds funding to early education, rental voucher program

The House Ways and Means (HWM) Committee's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal largely aligns with the Governor's proposal, but differs in a number of areas.

The MassBudget's latest Budget Monitor finds the HWM Committee's budget proposal provides additional funding in:
  • Early Education and Care. The HWM budget provides $20.0 million for Center-Based Child Care Rate Increases to improve early education quality by increasing the rates paid by the state to child care providers. That funding should aid in increasing salary, benefits, and professional development for early educators. The HWM Committee also proposes $8.5 million for a new initiative focused on professional development for early educators facilitated by Massachusetts community colleges.
  • K-12 Education.This budget provides $33.5 million more in Chapter 70 Aid (and related reserves) than the Governor proposed. In addition, it funds grant programs at $20.8 million more than the Governor recommended. This includes an added $9.5 million for charter school reimbursements and $8.9 million more for special education costs.
  • Housing. This budget proposal would increase funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) to $100.0 million, which is $7.3 million more than FY 2018. MRVP provides housing vouchers to help low-income families, including those living in emergency assistance shelters, secure housing.
  • MassHealth. To reduce costs to the state, the Governor proposed moving 140,000 low-income adults off MassHealth coverage and into subsidized commercial coverage funded through the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund and the Health Connector. The Administration had also proposed reforming coverage and pricing for pharmaceutical drugs. The HWM budget does not include these proposals.
Without any significant revenue sources beyond those in the Governor's budget, the HWM budget funds these differences largely by underfunding various accounts - such as for the removal of snow and ice from state roads - that likely need to be funded eventually. This risks leading to challenges maintaining a balanced budget during the upcoming fiscal year.

One new initiative on which the Governor and the HWM Committee agree is the expansion of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC raises the incomes of lower wage working families and has been found to improve long term education and health outcomes for children in those households.

The rest of this Budget Monitor examines the HWM budget proposals for major state programs in greater detail, comparing them to the Governor's proposals and to the amounts budgeted in FY 2018. As noted above, the FY 2018 budget appropriated less than is expected to be spent in several accounts. A supplemental budget was recently approved by the House (and is now pending in the Senate) that provides additional funding for those accounts and others. When particularly relevant, we include those projected spending levels in the analysis as well. Links from the Table of Contents below allow readers to jump to specific sections. Each section provides links to our online budget tools including our Budget Browser (which provides funding information for every account in the state budget going back to FY 2001) and, where applicable, to our Children's Budget.

Read the full report here.
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one effect of the drop in early education funding is the loss of the Kindergarten grant that Franklin used to provide aids in the K classrooms
one effect of the drop in early education funding is the loss of the Kindergarten grant that Franklin used to provide teacher aides in the K classrooms

Franklin Art Association: May 2, 2018 Meeting - "Social Media for the Artist"

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM followed by a short business meeting and a presentation on Social Media for the Artist. Meetings are free and open to the public. 

For more information log on to

Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin
Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin

Library Book Sale weekend - Sat-Sun - $1 per book

Franklin Public Library Book Sale, Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The bag sale is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 from 9:00 AM to noon.

Library Book Sale weekend - Sat-Sun
Library Book Sale weekend - Sat-Sun

This was shared from the Library page

MBTA Reminder: Saturday/Sunday - Franklin Line shuttle weekends

Weekend train service on the Franklin Line will be replaced by ADA accessible shuttle buses, making all regularly scheduled stops, between Forge Park/495 and Readville stations from April 7th through May 27th during the installation of PTC.

The MBTA will install federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) systems along the Franklin Line to improve safety by reducing train collisions and derailments. This work will require weekend shutdowns on the line between Forge Park/495 and Readville, where passengers will connect to train service.

Shuttle buses will be free and passengers will pay for train service from Readville to Boston.

Last updated: Apr 12 2018 03:06 PM

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Head's Up: Weekend Train Service Via Shuttle buses Apr 7 - May 27
Head's Up: Weekend Train Service Via Shuttle buses Apr 7 - May 27
The sign won't be lying on the ground on Saturday and Sunday (I hope)
The sign won't be lying on the ground on Saturday and Sunday (I hope)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 4/20/18 - THU 4/26/18

FRIDAY 4/20/18
8am   FDP Networking Breakfast @ Dean College Dining Center
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am-12:30pm   Animal Affair (Outside - weather permitting) @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Alan Earls: Blizzard of ’78 @ Franklin Senior Center
5:30pm   Heart with Hope Restorative Yoga (for parents and loved ones of those suffering from addiction) @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
8pm   Local Artist Series: Fat City Band @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 4/21/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
9am-2pm   Electronics and Bicycle Recycling @ St. Mary's Parish
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
9am-12pm   Bellingham - Franklin Annual Rabies Clinic @ Bellingham DPW
9am-12pm   SNETT Rail Trail Clean Up in Franklin, meet @ Grove St. Trailhead Parking Lot
9:30am   Baby-Wearing Dance Party @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-1pm   Franklin Senior Center open House @ Franklin Senior Center
10am-1pm   Camp Wiggi Open House @ Franklin YMCA
10:30am   Earth Day Planting Event (Friends Program Room) @ Franklin Public Library
11am   History of the Little League in Franklin @ Franklin Historical Museum
1pm   Dean Dash 5K @ Dean College
1-8pm   Art From Heart - FAA Spring Show @ The Black Box
2:30pm   Christian Zen Retreat @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union St)

SUNDAY 4/22/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
9am-12pm   Bag Sale @ Franklin Public Library
12-4pm   Art From Heart - FAA Spring Show @ The Black Box
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1-4pm   Antique Appraisal Day @ Franklin Historical Museum 
2-4pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library
3-5pm   Fairmount Farm Make and Take Sign Event @ Fairmount Fruit Farm

MONDAY 4/23/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3-5pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Library Board Meeting @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 4/24/18
10:30am   Get Ready fir Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Todler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   FHS Chamber Concert @ FHS
6pm   Finance Committee Meeting @ Franklin Municipal Building (3rd floor)
7pm   School Committee Meeting @ Franklin Municipal Building

10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Five Wishes @ Franklin Senior Center
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   Wine 101: Your Palate @ Pour Richard’s
7pm   Franklin Cultural Council Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Parent Discussion Group @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 4/26/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Fibromyalgia Support Group @ Franklin Senior Center
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6:30pm   Franklin Art Academy Fundraiser @ Pour Richard’s
6:30pm   Genealogy Club Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop: Defining Autism from Heart by Mr. Kerry Magro @ Horace Mann MS
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Pat Donohue - April 28

Pat Donohue April 28
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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Pat Donohue - April 28
Apr 28th 8PM $20
On April 28 Grammy winning guitarist and songwriter Pat Donohue will return to Franklin.  Pat's musical tastes are eclectic and though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist his influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing "haunting."

For over twenty years Pat held the position of lead guitarist and songwriter on A Prairie Home Companion and is now successfully touring the US performing at acoustic venues, art centers, and theaters, teaching at prestigious guitar camps and conducting workshops in fingerstyle guitar around the country. His performance last summer at the New Bedford Folk Festival was stunning.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Tickets for this shows are $20.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
May 12     Antje Duvekot with The Starlight Honeys

Chris Smither, John Gorka, Bettman & Halpin, Susan Werner, Patty Larkin, and much more. Tickets on sale soon.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure

Imagine, as a high school student, taking on the role of project manager to fulfill a need within your community. That is exactly what happened at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School - an Interactive Play Structure has been built and delivered to the Plainville Public Library to be used in the Children's Library.

The interactive play structure was created, designed and built by Tri-County students in the Carpentry, Early Education and Graphic Communications vocational programs. Students were challenged with working both within their individual vocational areas to create their piece of the project while collaborating with the other programs in order to complete the project.

Under the supervision of licensed vocational teachers, Early Education students acted as the project managers in order to ensure the play structure met the specifications from the Plainville Library. Dramatic play is an important method of learning for young children, and prop boxes, as they're called, are play materials grouped by theme, which make this activity even more effective.

Early Education students created four prop box themes and materials while consulting with Graphic Communications on the visuals. The prop boxes included camping, a pizza restaurant, a bakery, and a movie theatre. Lesson plans were then created for table top activities and extended activities for some of the equipment and materials the library already had. A fifth prop box, with the theme of automotive repair, will be donated to the library in the first week of May.

Students in Carpentry worked on designing and building a multi-functional structure. After learning the project specifications from Early Education students, they created a design which consisted of three structural boxes: a refrigerator, and interchangeable sink area and an oven. This was done utilizing a 3D modeling software called Sketchup. Carpentry students honed their skills in milling, sizing, designing, installing, and finishing. Once the structure was built, students from Auto Collision Technology sprayed the structure with a clear coat of paint to preserve the finish.

The next part of the unit's requirements would encompass a protective "glass-like" cover in order to be able to change the graphic panels. Graphic communications students worked with Early Education students to implement the themes that were to be developed. Graphic students created artwork according to the specifications outlined by the Carpentry shop. Once the designs were approved by Early Education, Graphics then printed and laminated the artwork. The laminated prints had to be cut down precisely to fit the openings of the windows in the structure. 

The challenges students faced were realizing that the sizing had to be the exact fraction to decimal conversion so the artwork could fit the template. The graphics students learned the challenge of illustration in allowing the freedom in terms of look and feel, as long as the theme was obvious and matched the lessons that Early Education students had developed.

"The Interactive Play Structure made by Tri-County students is amazing," said Laura Brillant-Giangrande, Children's Librarian, Plainville Public Library. "The response from the children has been wonderful. The children are excited to pretend and interact with each other as they engage in the themed activities and play out their ideas. There is so much more socialization happening, and that is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish as part of the Kindergarten readiness programming."

An additional component to the project was to extend the goal of Play with A Purpose while at home. Tri-County students incorporated technology with a QR code, so that families could download the application on their smartphone, scan the code, and have lessons available at home to extend the learning beyond the library program hours.

"Tri-County students were really the driving force behind this project, said Michelle Tilden, Early Education Vocational Instructor at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. "We were there to provide support as needed, but they were able to use their prior knowledge, research skills, collaboration techniques, creative thinking and personal investment to come up with a solid educational solution that the members in our community had asked for and needed."

Opportunities presented by communities offer Tri-County students valuable real-world experience that plays a part in their career-focused technical education. Students are able to see the relevance of their academic and career skills that they learn in school and use these skills throughout their careers.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure
Tri-County Regional Students Completes Interactive Play Structure

FHS boys lacrosse tops Lexington, moves on to Creator's Crosse Championship final on Saturday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 13 vs. Lexington, 5 – Final
– Franklin turned a close game into a comfortable win with a dominating fourth quarter. The Panthers led by just two goals, 6-4, after three quarters but scored six unanswered goals during the final frame to get the victory. Head coach Lou Verrochi said Jacob Alexander was unbelievable at the faceoff X, winning 19-of-22 attempts. Jake Davis and Eric Civetti recorded hat tricks and added an assist, Chase Tanner netted three goals, and Nitin Chaudhury chipped in with two tallies. Connor O’Rourke made seven saves in the win.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Via the Twitterverse

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin High School All Night Party - Volunteers needed

Sign ups are open for chaperoning the Franklin High School All Night Party June 1-2 following Graduation. We need over 350 volunteers! It's a big deal to be part of this important community event. 

We have shifts from 11-3 AM and 1-5 AM for cleanup. Please share!

Thank you for understanding how important this event is to keep Franklin safe after high school graduation.

Sign up by clicking the link

What is the All Night Party?
"The All Night Party is given by Senior Parents and community volunteers to the graduating seniors of the current year to provide a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment for the senior class to get together one last time. 
The party is filled with food, entertainment, games, prizes, and decorations. The theme is different each year and kept secret until the seniors arrive at the party at 11 pm. The party runs from 11 pm to 5 am on the night of graduation. 
On the same day that the seniors graduate high school, our decorating crews descend on Horace Mann Middle School and begin the magical transformation. By the time the seniors arrive, the transformation is complete and the school has turned into a different world. As the seniors are leaving at 5 AM the clean-up crews begin arriving, and by 9 AM the school is once again back to normal. As you can imagine, in order to make the party a success we need many volunteers. There are many opportunities to help, depending on your interests or availability. 
MISSION STATEMENT: The goal of the Franklin All Night Party is to let the graduating seniors know how important they are to the Franklin community. The Franklin High School parents and community volunteers demonstrate their commitment to the well being of the graduating seniors of the current year by providing an All Night Party in a drug and alcohol-free environment in which to celebrate."

Volunteers needed for the Franklin High School All Night Party
Volunteers needed for the Franklin High School All Night Party

Local Artist Series: The Fat City Band - Apr 20

On Friday, April 20 at 8 PM, THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Fat City Band. For more than four decades, The Fat City Band has written, recorded, and performed a unique blend of blues, roadhouse rock, jazz, and New Orleans-style R&B. 

Performing coast to coast and beyond, the high-energy band has shared the stage with such legendary greats as James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. Bringing more than 40 years of showmanship and entertainment experience to every show, the band remains committed to one idea: “Music should be fun.” 

The Fat City Band invites audiences to come and join the party. Tickets are $20.

The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Local Artist Series: The Fat City Band - Apr 20
Local Artist Series: The Fat City Band - Apr 20

For more about Fat City Band, visit their webpage

In the News: Camp Haiastan renovations; GoFundMe for Montgomery

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Hidden in the woods off Summer Street, the Armenian Youth Federation’s Camp Haiastan is being renovated with the help of a few generous donors. 
David Hamparian, executive director of Camp Haiastan, said that the camp’s offices are being restored because they are in one of the oldest buildings on the site. In the past few years the camp has renovated many of its facilities, all fueled by donations. 
The Armenian Summer camp was founded in 1950 by area residents who had lived through the Armenian genocide. Their children took over as the elder generations passed away. Haiastan was the first Armenian camp in the country. Hamparian said the mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians by Turkish forces in the early 1900s has flown under the radar in many ways and is given little attention in textbooks and classrooms.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

AYF Camp Haiastan
AYF Camp Haiastan

"Teenage years can be stressful. But it’s also a time where the future is bright and minor details are forgotten over time. 
Small things, however, can alter lives. And in Jackson Montgomery’s case, it’s a bug bite. 
On Thursday afternoon, the Franklin resident was preparing for a science final at UMass Amherst. The test, he said, is stressful, but it’s his Lyme disease he was worried about. 
“My symptoms really start to act up at night,” he said. “But that’s OK, I’ll do my best and make it through.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin resident struggles with Lyme disease. Can you help?
Franklin resident struggles with Lyme disease. Can you help?

ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library

Catching up to the brief Chronicle item on the Franklin Library showcasing the read-a-thon to celebrate Benjamin Franklin's birthday on January 17.   

To view the Chronicle episode, follow this link:

ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library
ICYMI: WCVB - Chronicle item on the Franklin Library

Note: The entire episode is less than six minutes long and the Franklin segment comes along at about 1:44, the second of three segments.