Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Please donate to help the 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival

The Franklin Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival July 26 to 29, 2017.

The Committee will supervise and facilitate the performances, fine arts, and culinary arts events during the Festival in and around downtown Franklin, MA.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations may participate by contributing to help support the events/performances for the Festival.

Every bit that you can contribute will help to make the 3rd Annual Festival a success!   

Help spread the word!

The current schedule for the Festival can be found in this trifold brochure

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out webpage or follow the Festival on Twitter

Come Support A Dough Rai$er to benefit Make Change for Change!

Eat and drink to raise money. Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Bellingham will donate up to 20% of your check to the charity. 

Dine In or Take Out!

WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 2017
WHERE: Uno 205 Hartford Ave, Bellingham
TIME: All day, dine in any time or order take out any time

Present the attached coupon to your server at time of payment.

Thank you for your support!

Come Support A Dough Rai$er to benefit Make Change for Change!
Come Support A Dough Rai$er to benefit Make Change for Change!

Town of Franklin exceeds the 10% affordable housing threshold

In a letter to the Town Council, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, Jeff Nutting announced that Franklin had risen back above the critical 10% for Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI).

1. The 288 Glen Meadow apartments were recently purchased by a new investor. He was successful in obtaining funding from MassHousing to do some updates to the property. The purchase was recently completed; hence, all of the Glen Meadow apartments were added back into the SHI. 
2. As you will see, the Town has 11.89% of its housing stock as affordable by the state. until this number drops below 10% again, the Town will not be susceptible to proposals that seek to override local zoning. 
3. It is important to note any 40B proposal that has already been filed previous to Friday, June 23, 2017 will continue to through the process. 
As many of you know, the Town has bumped up and down over the 10% line for many years. Today's announcement is a compliment to the Town, including the hard, proactive work of the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust and the town's overall receptiveness to having a diverse housing stock for families of all incomes. 
Jamie and I are available for any questions you may have.

the stage on the Town Common in the rain
the stage on the Town Common in the rain

You can find the full memo and inventory listing on the Town of Franklin page

“This is long overdue”

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

"With shovels in hand, representatives from Franklin, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville officially broke ground on the Metacomet Regional Dispatch Center Tuesday morning in Norfolk, the host community. 
“This regional center means politics were put aside and this was done because it’s what’s best for our communities,” said Norfolk Selectmen Vice Chairman Jim Lehan. “It was recognizing it’s the right thing to do ... we’re all going to be in a better position for it.” 
The state is contributing nearly $5 million in grant money to establish the dispatch operation, which will combine services for the four towns out of the new building, said Town Administrator Jeff Nutting. 
“We’re excited,” Nutting said. “It’s in a great location and will offer better services to the citizens and better response times for the safety folks.”

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Franklin Liquor: July 4th Specials

Check out the Franklin Liquors 4th of July specials in their email newsletter

Franklin Liquor: July 4th Specials
Franklin Liquor: July 4th Specials

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Live reporting: Discussion only to Closing

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – First Reading
  1. IKB – Homework Policy
  2. JICH – Substance Abuse Policy
Dr Ahern came to last policy subcommittee meeting, and will be coming to the next one
what it does not say is that there will not be any homework
extraordinarily diverse views on homework

  • articulate what the value of homework is and why it is used
  • there is a balance between school work and home life
  • encourage collaboration on larger projects among the teachers at a school

included research on best practices as well as what other districts are doing

a ripe opportunity to have a rich conversation on the topic, the conversation to be continued

communication on what the homework is intended to accomplish seems to be a cause of some of the problems

This is a revision but not the end of the discussion

reminder of addressing issues at the teacher/principal level before raising beyond

how will the homework policy be reflected in the school improvement plans?

O'Malley wants last sentence of proposed policy removed (it had been as written in prior versions)
likely will be more of a discussion item as well as a vote when it comes to the final reading

-------  need to leave to participate in a work meeting

4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $375.00 from the Remington PCC for field trips.
c. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $4,880.00 from the Oak Street PCC for inhouse enrichment and supplemental supplies.
d. I recommend moving the following Policies to a second reading:
  1. IKB – Homework Policy
  2. JICH – Substance Abuse Policy

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Motion to Adjourn 

Dr. O’Malley

Live reporting: Special Education Presentation

  • b. Special Education – Debbie Dixson
Asst Directors
Paula Marano
Ellen White

(Note: Schultz arrives at 7:10 PM)

brain frames training started with 40 special education teachers, now over 100 general teachers trained

a resource on brain frames can be found here

registered behavior technician - training underway and certification available from Pearson

iReady an online tool, piloted in elementary, provided diagnostic and blended learning strategies
aligned with curriculum and state standards

more on iReady can be found online

issue with delivery services to students either out of district if there are needs that can't be met, or if they can be serviced within the district. Always an ongoing discussion

the slide summarizing the category of student disabilities serviced for the student population is rather interesting

15.11% of the total Franklin student population is on an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Derek Donahoe
ECDC, Remington, FHS
recipient of the Latham Award, will be speaking at Fenway Park later this week

has had equal access to materials through technology
has a computer with him that allows for access to Google products
takes the train once a week, learns about purchasing items
has a one-on-one aide
has had great teams of teachers, looks forward to high school and to what else he can learn

updates planned for the District website to provide more and better information on the programs and resources available

future speakers/training

  • Jessica Minahan - scheduled for ED day to start school

  • Sarah Ward, executive functioning session scheduled for special ed teachers in the Fall


Sara Mulcahey, Co-Vice-President of SEPAC
provides an overview of the SEPAC organization and programs

Wrobleski family story
2 children on IEPs, for different reasons

the abc's are important but being able to dress and feed herself is also quite important

Live reporting: School Committee - June 27, 2017

Present: Bilello, Scofield, Douglas, Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz (arrived 7:10PM) Jewell
Absent:  none

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda
no changes

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the June 13, 2017 School Committee.
motion to approve, seconded, pass 6-0

Recognition of Susan Childers for excellent minutes, leaving this position after this meeting

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations

  • a. Ffion Titmuss – Salutatorian, FHS Class of 2017 – Poetry Recitation
Personal - Tony Hoagland

Franklin Public Schools: Special Education Presentation - June 27, 2017

This is scheduled for discussion at the Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The full agenda for the School Committee meeting can be found here

sunrise over Horace Mann
sunrise over Horace Mann

Franklin School For The Performing Arts (FSPA) To Host July Open Houses

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will host summer Open Houses on Wednesday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama.

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school offers classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 

FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. An extensive calendar of performing opportunities features musicals, plays, ballets, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater and dance company showcases, and more. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. FSPA TALENT offers management services for young performers who elect to pursue professional opportunities.

FSPA is also pleased to offer FSPA Academy, an academic alternative for students seeking a challenging curriculum in a supportive, flexible environment that encourages their creative goals. Provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in collaboration with TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the program builds upon TECCA’s state-approved online curriculum and features an enhanced emphasis on arts, language and culture, including Music Theory, foreign language conversation classes, field trips and more. 

In addition, a new FSPA AfterSchool enrichment program offers supervised recreational experiences, including games, crafts and other creative arts activities, for students in grades K-5. The program begins at the close of the regular school day, with transportation available from Franklin and Medway schools.
Franklin School For The Performing Arts To Host June Open Houses
FSPA To Host Open Houses

FSPA’s summer session runs June 26 through August 22 and fall classes begin on September 11. Registration for summer and fall is ongoing. Call (508) 528-8668 or visit for more information, including the FSPA catalogue, summer brochure and fall class schedule.

Annie Walsh - Underclassman of the Year leads FHS girls lacrosse award selections

Hockomock Sports has published the 2017 season ending awards for girls lacrosse.


Gianna Cameron – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin freshman Gianna Cameron stepped in between the pipes for the league’s top program and put together a stellar rookie campaign, as Franklin retained the Kelley-Rex division title and returned to the state semifinal. Cameron allowed only 5.9 goals per game and saved 58.2 percent of the shots she faced. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Gianna is a very talented goalie, and was consistent in net all year! She made some incredible saves and was the difference maker in many of our close games.”

Grace MacCallum – Franklin – Defense
Franklin junior Grace MacCallum was a major factor for the league champion Panthers, as part of a defensive core that allowed 142 goals this year, the fewest of any Hockomock defense. MacCallum pulled down 42 draw controls, 42 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers this year, helping Franklin finish 22-2 and win the Div. 1 East title for the third time in four years. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Grace did a great job on defense and on the draw for us this season. She has a knack for coming up with big interceptions and ground balls!”

Annie Walsh – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin sophomore Annie Walsh put in an MVP-caliber season as both the focal point of the Panthers attack and one its key contributors on the defensive side of the ball. The 2017 Underclassman of the Year (see below) scored 79 goals and recorded 15 assists, while shooting 54 percent. Walsh also had 91 draw controls, 53 ground balls, and 52 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Annie had a fantastic season as our do-it-all midfielder. I am looking forward to watching her continue to get better!”


Grace McDermott – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Grace McDermott provided leadership and tenacity in the Panthers league-leading defense that helped propel Franklin to the top ranking in the state, a national top 25 ranking, and a third Div. 1 East title in the last four years. McDermott finished the year with 27 draw controls, 38 ground balls, and 32 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Grace did an excellent job as both a captain and starting defender this year. Her determination and work ethic on the field is unmatched, and she will truly be missed!”

Erin Walsh – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin freshman Erin Walsh jumped right into the starting lineup during her rookie campaign and put together an all-star season, joining her sister Annie in the Panthers midfield and as one of the team’s top finishers. She finished with 56 goals and 14 assists in her first varsity season, while shooting 48 percent. Walsh also had 21 draw controls, 36 ground balls, and 19 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Erin was a spark for us in the midfield this year! Her stick skills are unreal, and her competitiveness really showed.”

Caroline Lounsbury – Franklin – Attack
Franklin senior Caroline Lounsbury wrapped up her impressive career for the Panthers with 50 points this spring (39 goals and 11 assists), helping spark a Franklin offense that scored a league-high 311 goals. Lounsbury also chipped in with 24 gound balls and 10 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Caroline is one of the most improved players to come through the Franklin program. Her athleticism, speed, leadership, and scoring ability played a huge role for us this year!”

Underclassman of the Year - Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh
Underclassman of the Year - Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh

Underclassman of the Year

"Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh has been named the 2017 Girls Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year after helping the Panthers clinch a sixth straight Kelley-Rex division title, fifth outright title in a row, and another undefeated run through the Hockomock. 
Walsh led Franklin with 59 goals (fifth best in the league) and was second on the Panthers with 13 assists. Her 72 points was tied for sixth best in the Hockomock and she passed the 100-goal mark for her career this spring, as she helped the Panthers finish 22-2 and win the Div. 1 East title for the third time in the last four seasons. 
“Even with a talented group around her, so much of the Franklin offense ran through Annie this season,” said Managing Editor Josh Perry. “But, Annie did a lot more than score goals. She also helped back defensively and often forced the turnover or made a play on defense to get Franklin back the ball.”


"Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino has been named the 2017 Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to a sixth straight league title and a third Div. 1 East title in the past four years. 
“In Kristin’s tenure, Franklin has emerged as not only the team to beat in the Hockomock, but also among a handful of teams that each season are in the mix for a state title,” said Managing Editor Josh Perry. “The Panthers have a giant target on their backs and still remain the class of the league.”

Continue to read the full article to find all the award selections around the Hockomock League

Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28

Jamie Barrett in concert at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 AM.

Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28
Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28

This was shared from the Town of Franklin Library page

In the News: Library hosts petty zoo, seniors often targeted for scams

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

"A long line of excited children formed for their chance to pet baby chicks, bunnies, goats and ducks at the Franklin Public Library Monday morning. 
“We can’t wait, we really want to pet the goats,” said Franklin’s Christina Beaupre, 8, who was waiting with her brother Zach, 11, and friends Morgan Trulby, 7 and Peter Bryan, 11. 
Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo, was visiting as part of the library’s summer programming. The library offers special events throughout July and August that include the petting zoo, a pajama dance party, pirate party and Harry Potter party."
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"Last month, a former Lowell building inspector was convicted of larceny after swindling an elderly neighbor out of her home. A year ago, authorities accused a Raynham woman of scamming her stepfather out of $200,000. And just last week, a Waltham man pleaded guilty to a securities fraud scheme that stole $82,000 from victims including a senior citizen and his own girlfriend. 
Those incidents are among countless examples of financial abuse and exploitation of elders in Massachusetts. 
“Financial abuse is an extremely important topic in the commonwealth,” said David P. Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging. “We need to make everyone aware of the extent that this is going on and the issues involved in it.”
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the Franklin Senior Center
the Franklin Senior Center