Monday, April 24, 2017

Town of Foxborough Presents Free Narcan Training and Drug Take Back Program


The S.A.F.E. Coalition, in association with SAFE Foxborough, Foxborough Fire Department, Foxborough Police Department and BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.) will present a Free Narcan Training Session and a Drug Take Back Program on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM – Noon. The public is invited. Reservations are welcome but not necessary.

You can make a difference!

“Foxborough Police, Fire and EMS are collaborating with our community partners in an effort to bring this deadly affliction of opioid abuse under control. This problem requires an open mind and open heart and all the resources we can muster to save lives.”
Foxborough Police Chief William Baker

“We are a community that is always there for our family, friends and neighbors. Overdose deaths caused by heroin and synthetic opioids have reached an all-time high. We need to strive to save those opioid overdoses by administering Narcan and save the life. Foxborough has always been known as a community that never forgets, and we need to always be there for any individual experiencing an opioid-related overdose.”
Foxborough Fire Chief Roger Hatfield

“Generic Narcan (naloxone), an opioid antagonist, is perhaps the one most critical drugs in combatting overdose with heroin, fentanyl and other illicit opioids. Without this drug, untold numbers of lives, far in excess of those already lost, would have not been given the chance to battle Substance Use Disorder. It is critical that ‘Narcan’ become widely available during this prolonged and growing epidemic until we can stem the deaths associated with these opioids.”
Jordan E. Warnick, Ph.D. Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Associate Dean (Ret.) University of Maryland School of Medicine and Secretary, S.A.F.E.Coalition

Town of Foxborough Presents Free Narcan Training and Drug Take Back Program
Town of Foxborough Presents Free Narcan Training and Drug Take Back Program

For more about the S.A.F.E. Coalition visit their webpage  http://safecoalitionma.com

Empty Bowls Dinner Promotes Hunger Awareness “Somewhere, Someone’s Bowl is Empty”

With more than 1,000 individuals seeking food assistance from the Franklin Food Pantry, a movement is underway to educate the community about the level and impact of hunger in Franklin. A dinner featuring a simple meal of soup and bread will set the stage for community members to learn more about the true effects of hunger.

The 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on May 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Franklin High School will remind guests of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger. The awareness and fundraising event, co-hosted by the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry, is a family-friendly event and caters to all ages.
Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club students (standing, left to right), Julia Mahon and Jess Netto, helped participants in a recent Empty Bowls Project event
Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club students
(standing, left to right), Julia Mahon and Jess Netto,
helped participants in a recent Empty Bowls Project event 

“We hope attendees gain a better awareness of the impact of hunger in our community,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Reducing hunger leads to a healthier community. If you aren’t hungry, you can focus on helping your kids with their homework; you have more energy to look for a job; your kids do better in school. If we can work together to help our neighbors in need, our community will be stronger.”

Lynch said she is grateful for the partnership with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club. Students have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year to be used at the dinner. They have also hosted bowl-making events open to the community.

“Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and advisor for the Empty Bowls Club. “In addition to making the bowls, they will volunteer the night of the event. They were a huge help at our first dinner held last year which was a sell-out success and attracted 250 people. We are thrilled to be able to accommodate 350 attendees this year!”

Event participants will choose a hand-painted, ceramic bowl to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.” A silent auction will feature more elaborate pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and community members. Donations made via the Giving Wall will be used to purchase food for neighbors in need. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1 and must be bought in advance online at www.franklinfoodpantry.org. Seating is limited to 350 guests so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on advance ticket sales, tickets may be available at the door. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. For more information on the dinner, visit www.franklinfoodpantry.org or call 508-528-3115.

Reminder: Pub Crawl Fund Raiser - April 29

We have neighbors that are homeless and hungry and we want to help them now!

Come to the pub crawl for a fun night out while raising funds for those in need in MA.

Tickets are selling fast! Get your tickets now, they must be purchased in advance! There are 4 ways to pay:


  1. Go to PayPal and send money to Courtney@makechangeforchange.org
  2. Call Amy Gilman 857-363-8935 and make a payment over the phone.
  3. Go to: https://www.gofundme.com/makechange4change and purchase online
  4. Head over to The Sugar Shoppe and pay for tickets there

Can't wait to see you there!
PUB CRAWL Fundraiser - April 29
PUB CRAWL Fundraiser - April 29



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Register O'Donnell Announces 35,000th Book Printed at Registry



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Announces 35,000th Book Printed at Registry

Celebrating a significant landmark at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Register William P. O'Donnell today announced the Registry recently completed printing its 35,000th book of recorded land documents.

Register O'Donnell noted, "The printing of our 35,000th book - which includes but are not limited to such documents as deeds, mortgage discharges, and homesteads - is truly a significant milestone and a testament to the volume of work completed day in and day out here at the Registry. It also irretrievably links us to the Registry's rich history that dates back to 1793, when George Washington was President.

"While we continue to print books, the Registry has embraced cutting edge technology allowing us to record land documents instantaneously. Documents are scanned and available for viewing within 24 business hours of recording at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

"Our computer systems are backed up on a nightly and weekly basis. This redundancy allows the Registry to maintain a permanent record of all land document recordings in the event of a disaster affecting our building at 649 High Street, Dedham. Additionally, the Registry also microfilms all recorded land documents and ships the microfilm off-site to a secure location to be retrieved in the event of a catastrophe."

Residents and those with an interest in Norfolk County property are encouraged to visit the Registry of Deeds. Users of the Registry have the additional option to view land documents by whichever means they are comfortable with, either hard copy via books or on-line by one of our many computer workstations available to the public.

Concluding his remarks, O'Donnell stated, "The Registry takes its role very seriously to serve as a depository for all recorded Norfolk County land documents, which is approximately 6,000,000 records. While we have embraced the latest technology to improve efficiencies, the printing of books allows us to keep a permanent record of each land document on-site."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.


Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

Sent by registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org in collaboration with
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Norfolk County Register of Deeds - screen grab
Norfolk County Register of Deeds - screen grab

Gianna Cameron (FHS girls lacrosse) named Hockomock Sports "Player of the Week"


"Franklin freshman Gianna Cameron has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 16th through April 22nd. Cameron is the 27th athlete selected for the 2016-2017 school year and the third selection during the spring season. She is the first girls lacrosse player, fourth Franklin athlete, and second freshman to be selected this school year. 
Cameron, a rookie goalie, has stepped right into the starting lineup and been an integral part of Franklin’s early season success, which has included eight straight wins and a goal difference of plus-62. The Panthers have allowed only 39 goals this year with Cameron as the backstop for a strong defensive core. 
“Gianna has been rock solid on defense this year,” said head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “Her athleticism and instincts are unlike any goalie I have ever seen, and she plays like a senior.”

Continue reading the article online
https://hockomocksports.com/player-of-the-week-gianna-cameron-franklin-girls-lacrosse/

Gianna Cameron (FHS girls lacrosse) named Hockomock Sports "Player of the Week"
Gianna Cameron (FHS girls lacrosse) named Hockomock Sports "Player of the Week"

Auction Sale of Low Value Parcels of Land - May 17

LEGAL NOTICE
TOWN OF FRANKLIN
OFFICE OF THE TREASURER

SALE OF LOW VALUE PARCELS
M.G.L. CHAPTER 60, SECTION 79

MAY 17, 2017 
MUNICIPAL BUILDING
355 EAST CENTRAL STREET
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2ND FLOOR



  • One set of 11 parcels is scheduled for sale at 10:00 AM

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Town of Franklin Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter60, Section 79, James P. Dacey, the Treasurer of the Town of Franklin, intends to sell the hereinafter described parcels of land at public auction, said sale having been approved by the Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursuant to M.G.L., Chapter 60, Section 79
Details of the 11 land parcels can be found online
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/legal_notice_lolv_auction_10_am_5-17-17_2.pdf


  • One set of 10 parcels is scheduled for sale at 2:00 PM

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Town of Franklin Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 60, Section 79, James P. Dacey, the Treasurer of the Town of Franklin, intends to sell the hereinafter describedparcels of land at public auction, said sale having been approved by the Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursuant to M.G.L., Chapter 60, Section 79.

Details of the 10 land parcels can be found online
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/news/legal_notice_lolv_auction_2_pm_5-17-17_2.pdf

Town of Franklin Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Council Chambers
Town of Franklin Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Council Chambers

Palliative Care Informational Session - Apr 26

Are you or someone you love coping with a serious or chronic illness? 

You are welcome to attend a free palliative care session to answer any questions you might have. This session has the answers to creating your best life now even with a serious or chronic illness.


On Wednesday, April 26 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Register for the session at cmulligan@newenglandchapel.org or call 508-541-9078

This informational session is co-sponsored by Milford Regional Medical Center

Palliative Care Informational Session
Palliative Care Informational Session


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Franklin Residents/Taxpayers, you'll be tested on this

Aside from the budget, this is the single most important document that every Franklin resident and taxpayer should be familiar with. After the only operational override passed in 2007, there was another attempt in 2008 that failed. One of the outcomes of the failure was the establishment of the Long Range Financial Planning Committee. 

The committee began with representatives from the Town Council (3), School Committee (2), and Finance Committee (2). In December 2010, it was reformed as a committee completely made up of 'citizens' - that is residents with no other direct board membership.

Vision The Long Range Finance Committee is a citizen advisory group tasked with helping citizens and Town officials better understand Franklin’s long-term financial outlook and the various courses of action available to secure Franklin’s financial future. 
Mission The Committee will achieve this vision by (i) evaluating and reporting on the Town’s five-year financial projection, (ii) assessing the nature and potential magnitude of the Town’s significant financial risks, particularly those that give rise to a structural deficit, and (iii) recommending steps to close the gap between future expected revenues and expenditures in an effort ultimately to achieve fiscal sustainability.

The Committee produced their final report in June 2012. Since that time, the Town Administrator has been updating the long range financial plan each year.


The current report was just posted to the Town of Franklin webpage and is copied here for your reading pleasure.

The introduction from Town Administrator Jeff Nutting:

"Each year we look into the crystal ball and try to project the long term fiscal health of the community. We look at trends over the last five years, adjust for one time issues or "bumps" in the road and then try to predict the fiscal future. Looking ahead a couple of years is not that difficult while projecting five years ahead is a "best guess' of what may affect local government beyond the "normal revenue and expenses" We do not know today how the economy, Federal and State budgets, changing demographics, growing population, unknown mandates, health care, etc. will affect our fiscal health in the future. 
We do know that: 
• Our population has increased from 29,738 in 2001 to over 34,000 in 2017 and it will continue to increase. Currently there are over 800 potential housing units under construction, in the "pipeline or proposed by developers with more to come. 
• Health care costs continue to be a concern. 
• Our unfunded retiree health insurance obligation is $93,000,000 (2015). 
• Our unfunded pension liability is $41,346,000 (2016). 
• The FY 18 School budgets will use one time revenues to balance the budget and beyond that they will have few reserves left. 
Franklin is in generally good financial shape today but we will continue to struggle to maintain high quality school and municipal services given the fiscal constraints that we operate under.
I believe we can continue a "level service" budget in fiscal year FY 18. The trend suggests that in FY 19 we will need to use school and town reserves to maintain services. 
Starting in FY 20 the forecast strongly suggests we will face service cuts and/or a tax increase. 
While many departments would like to add employees to better serve the citizens the available revenues leave very few options for expanding the work force with recurring revenues. 
In order to have trne fiscal stability there would need to be a great deal of change in Federal and Sate laws and regulations that drive up the cost of doing business. I do not see any political will to make major changes for the foreseeable future. 
We will continue to do are very best on behalf of all the citizens of Franklin to maintain a high quality of life while trying to control costs to the taxpayers."







Long Range Financial Planning Committee Meeting notes for their 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 sessions can be found in the meeting archive
http://www.franklinmatters.org/p/meeting-notes.html

The 5 year financial plan published in 2012
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/report.pdf

Information provided to candiates for the Town election in Nov 2011
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/01/franklin-ma-long-range-financial.html

road sign on Pleasant St is rather appropriate for this posting, the financial plan contains many hazards
road sign on Pleasant St is rather appropriate for this posting, the financial plan contains many hazards

FHS softball rally to win 3-2; boys lacrosse win 9-5

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Saturday, April 22.


Softball = Franklin, 3 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final

– Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers rallied for a pair of runs to walk off with a win against the Trojans. Jackie Cherry led the inning off with a single and courtesy runner Anna Balkus advanced to third on sacrifice bunt from Olivia Haba. Balkus came home to tie the game on a wild pitch. Rachel Cousineau drew a walk, Ally Shea singled and both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Olivia DiGiacomo then delivered the game-winning hit with a base hit. The Panthers scored their first run in the fifth inning when Cousineau knocked in Tara Hartnett (2-for-3), who led off with a double. Cherry earned her first career win in the circle for the Panthers.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 9 vs. Masconomet, 5 – Final

– Junior Eric Civetti netted a hat trick and had one assist while classmate Kyle McInery found the back of the net twice with one assist as Franklin rolled passed Masconomet. Senior Packie Watson scored twice to round off the Panthers’ attack. Junior Connor O’Rourke made 12 saves in net while sophomore Jacob Alexander lost just one face off all game, albeit due to a false start.

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League on Saturday
https://hockomocksports.com/saturdays-schedule-scoreboard-042217/

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Take the Story Walk at DelCarte

The Story Walk should be a good way to stretch your legs today and explore a book and the open space. Yes, the playground is closed for now. It should re-open in June but in the meantime, the trails are still open and the short green trail is used for the Story Walk.

A collaboration between the Library and Recreation Dept the Story Walk spreads a children's book along a trail.

Exercise, read and explore as you go.

I captured the story walk in photos on Saturday to share here.

The story is "The Friend Ship" by Kat Yeh


DelCarte - Story Walk - 2017