Monday, September 24, 2018

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Sep 26, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

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Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of September 26, 2018- 7:00 PM
a. This meeting is being recorder by Franklin TV and shows on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda.  The Council will not angage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments.  The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
September 5, 2018 Minutes
Swearing in of Firefighter
Cultural Council
Kaye Kelly
7:10 PM - Resolution 18-51 Cable Television License Renewal.
Franklin Elks Lodge
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 18-51: Verizon Cable License Renewal (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-51- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-52: Acceptance of Gift to the Senior Center (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-52- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-53: Library Budget (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-53- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-54: Ratification of the Memoranda of Agreement between the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Police Association (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-54-Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-55: Ratification of the Memoranda of Agreement between the Town of Franklin and the Franklin Police Sergeants Union (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-55 - Majority Vote (5))
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815: Changes to 185, Attachment 9, Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815- Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-818: Maximum Building Height Dimensional Regulations -2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-818- Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))
None Scheduled

Work underway at DelCarte to improve handicap accessibility for the canoe launch
Work underway at DelCarte to improve handicap accessibility for the canoe launch

Library: Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein - Sep 24

Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein scheduled to speak at the Franklin Public Library on Monday, Sep 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein - Sep 24
Library: Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein - Sep 24

Library: Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein - Sep 24
Library: Journalist and Author Ted Reinstein - Sep 24

Ted also spoke in 2014 at the Library. At the time the enthusiastic group who listened and wanted to buy his book, went across the street to the Ginley Funeral Home parking lot where he sold copies of his book. Maybe the capability to sell books on the Library grounds has changed. It was being talked of during the renovation of the Library. We'll see.

Ted in the center of the Franklin book buyers!
Ted in the center of the Franklin book buyers!
The post in April 2014

The TC Insider - September 2018 Edition

The TC Insider - September 2018 Edition

The TC Insider - September 2018 Edition
September 22, 2018

To the Tri-County Community,

Welcome to the Class of 2022 as you begin your journey here at TC.

Welcome back everyone, it's great to have all of you back in the building. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 as they enter their senior year. We came to this school together four years ago. I look forward to sharing this special year in your lives with you. You have been a great class thus far and I believe that we will have a wonderful year as you complete your time at TC.

All of our fall athletic programs have begun their season under the direction of Sara Martin, our new Athletic Director. We also want to welcome our new Director of Vocational Programs, Cathie Rebelo and our new Facilities Director, Harry Takesian.

Fall is always a very busy time at TC with the next two weeks bringing our Parent Orientation nights and our fall Program Advisory Meetings. Mid-October TC will welcome an accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We spent most of last year preparing our self-study and the team will arrive on October 15th for a three-day visit. The faculty did a great job in preparing the study that includes a new mission statement and motto, "Work Hard. Today Counts".

Thanks for your support,
Mr. Procaccini

Upcoming Events

Program Advisory
September 25

Grades 10 & 12 Parent Orientation
September 27

Early Release
September 28

Grades 9 and 11 Parent Orientation
October 2

Early Release
October 3

Columbus Day - No School
October 8

College Fair
October 11

Career Days
October 25

Career Days
October 26

Mayflower Athletic Conference/Invitational Cheer Competition
October 28

Grade 8 Open House
November 1

About The TC Insider

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Register O'Donnell Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded Norfolk County homeowners of a free on-line Consumer Notification Service offered by the Registry of Deeds to protect county property owners against fraud.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation, (F.B.I.)," noted Register O'Donnell, "continues to assign resources to combat property and mortgage fraud. Many jurisdictions across the country have reported unscrupulous individuals recording fraudulent land documents making it appear they own another person's home or property. Fortunately, we have not seen this type of crime take place in Norfolk County. My intent here is not to frighten county property owners but to make sure my office is out front vigorously protecting consumers."

Any owner of real property in the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County can join the more than 840 homeowners already utilizing the service by signing up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by doing the following: Go to the Registry's website, and click on the Consumer Notification Service Get Consumer "Alerts" button to complete the initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions.

Once you have signed up for the service, each subscriber will be able to input two names, individuals or business, and the corresponding city or town in Norfolk County for monitoring. They can monitor their real estate records for such activities as changes in deeds, mortgages, mortgage discharges, non-mortgage liens, Homesteads or other land documents that might be recorded against the property. O'Donnell stated, "The process to sign-up for the service is user friendly and will only take a few minutes. This free program will not prevent the fraud, but it will allow residents to find out about it quickly."

If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours. The person can check the Registry's on-line land research records at as an option. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they should then immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. After talking with a Registry employee, the subscriber will be given a list of public safety referrals by the Registry.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "As Norfolk County Register of Deeds, I am very cognizant of our core mission which is to record land documents in a secure, accurate and accessible manner. I also want to be proactive in taking any and all steps necessary to minimize the potential for fraudulent activity related to land document recordings. The Registry's Consumer Notification Service provides a level of protection to the program's subscribers against dishonest individuals who would attempt to commit real estate fraud. I urge people to sign up for this program."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on and

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, 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 at Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

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

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Register O'Donnell Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud
Register O'Donnell Promotes Protection Against Real Estate Fraud

“It encourages kids to solve their own problems"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:
"Taking the minds of tomorrow and putting them use today is the priority for Destination Imagination, and why it’s being offered once again in Franklin. 
The international competition puts the minds of students, kindergarten through college level, in action to solve open-ended problems using their own imaginations. 
Franklin’s Destination Imagination officials are holding an open forum on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library. In Franklin, teams start at second grade and go up to the high school level. 
The information session will provide all of the info necessary to understand what the program is about and how it has academically impacted past members, said Mandy Costa, coordinator for Franklin’s Destination Imagination program."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Destination Imagination - get ready! - Sep 26
Destination Imagination - get ready! - Sep 26
Prior article on Destination Imagination

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Sep 25, 2018

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Elementary School Improvement Plans
ii. Davis Thayer
iii. Jefferson
iv. Keller
v. JF Kennedy
vi. Oak Street
vii. Parmenter

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Policy – First Reading
I recommend approval of moving the following policies to a second reading as

  • NEW JFABE – Educational Opportunities for Military Children
  • NEW JFABF – Educational Opportunities for Children in Foster Care
  • BCA – School Committee Member Ethics

b. Policy – Second Reading
I recommend adoption of Policy BA – School Committee Operational Goals as

c. Concession Stand
I recommend acceptance of the Concession Stand at Franklin High School valued
at $210,800.00 from various donors as discussed.

d. FHS Europe Trip Proposal
I recommend approval of the request of Mr. Walsh and Mr. McCarthy to take FHS
students to Berlin, Prague, Krakow (Auschwitz) and Budapest from June 23, 2019
through July 3, 2019 as detailed.

4. Discussion Only Items

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations;
Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation)

b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; School Start Times Advisory Committee [SSTAC],  MASC)

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your September 11, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. Elementary School Improvement Plans
I recommend adoption of the Elementary School Improvement Plans for the following schools as presented:

  • F. X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center
  • Davis Thayer Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Helen Keller Elementary School
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School
  • Oak Street Elementary School
  • Gerald M. Parmenter Elementary School

c. Oak Street Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,232.00 from the Oak St. PCC for field trips as detailed.
d. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $3,891.00 from the Keller PCC for field trips as detailed.
e. RMS Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the recurring field trip request of Mr. Fitzgerald to take 25 RMS students to Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH on October 20, 2018 as detailed.

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence - none

11. Executive Session
a. Strategy with respect to collective bargaining.

12. Adjournment

The documents released for this agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin page

concession stand at Franklin High School
concession stand at Franklin High School

Lifelong Community Learning: New Hampshire Fall Foliage Day Trip - Oct 20

Lifelong Community Learning is offering a day-long fall foliage trip to New Hampshire on Saturday, October 20. The motor coach will leave Franklin High School parking lot at 9:30 AM and return at 6:00 PM. The trip will include commentary and a buffet lunch. The cost is $105 for adults and $65 for a child.

Travel the country roads of New Hampshire for Mother Nature’s annual autumn show! Experience the gently rolling New England countryside, awash with the colors of Indian summer. Travel past quiet ponds, historic farms, weathered roadside taverns, and sturdy colonial churches overlooking quaint village greens.

Woodbound Inn - Fall Foliage Day Trip - Oct 20
Woodbound Inn - Fall Foliage Day Trip - Oct 20
You’ll also stretch your legs for a picture stop at an old fashioned covered bridge before making your way to the Woodbound Inn for a buffet lunch. Continuing on through some of the loveliest displays of foliage in the world, the last stop of the day will be at a local farm stand for baked treats, apples, and complimentary cider. So come along and don’t forget your camera!

Visit to register. You may also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480 for more information.

Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for residents in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities.

The direct link to register is

Town Council Recap - Sep 5, 2018

The best short summary is what I tweeted out during the meeting: "Excitement tonight in Franklin. New fire truck outside, 4 retirees and 4 new hires for Police inside"

new fire truck
new fire truck
The fire truck was funded by saving money in a separate account for 6 years to accumulate the $700K purchase price. The truck is projected to be online for 10 years before moving to a back up role.

Officers Fiorio, Burchill, Kenney, and Chandler were recognized for their years of service
Officers Fiorio, Burchill, Kenney, and Chandler were recognized for their years of service

Officers Crosman, Peabody, Ayer, and Rosa were sworn in and welcomed to service
Officers Crosman, Peabody, Ayer, and Rosa were sworn in and welcomed to service

The official Town of Franklin "Actions Taken" document can be found online

Live Reporting: Town Council Sep 5, 2018

Public Hearings

Subcommittee Reports

Legislation for Action

To Closing via Executive Session

FSPA Introduces New Faculty

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is excited to welcome three new faculty members this fall. 

Meghan Love joins FSPA’s ballet faculty. Love has taught ballet, tap and jazz to 3-14 year olds in after-school programs throughout New Mexico and was an Adjunct Professor at New Mexico State University teaching Jazz Technique I. She served on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre for the Children’s Division and at the Mason Gross Extension Division at Rutgers University. In 2012 she became full-time National Training Curriculum staff for ABT. 
Meghan Love joins FSPA’s ballet faculty
Meghan Love joins
FSPA’s ballet faculty

In the spring of 2018, she was chosen to be part of a competitive professional development program, Boot Camp for Emerging Leaders in Arts Administration, offered through New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, Love was the Manager of the National Training Curriculum and the ABT/NYU Masters Program, instructing in both programs, and she is currently an ABT Affiliate Examiner.

Joining FSPA’s voice faculty this year is Sam Jones. Jones received both his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance as well as his Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation (with Honors and a Music-in-Education Concentration) from New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston. 

Jones won the competitive “Spark” Grant Award to launch his album, as well as NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musician Grant to direct, produce, and star in a gender-blind production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, benefiting the local Boston nonprofit BAGLY to support LGBTQ+ youth.

The music department also welcomes guitar instructor Andres Abenante. Abenante holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory. Specializing in Jazz, Rock, Improvised, Classical and Latin styles, Andres has extensive performing experience throughout the east coast. He has recorded two albums and has served as served as Music Copyist and Transcriber for Eddie Palmieri. Andres currently teaches at the Warren-Prescott School in Cambridge as well as the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.

It is not too late to register for all programs at FSPA. Complimentary trial classes are encouraged and enrollment is ongoing throughout the year. An All-Access Pass is available for prospective students and includes tickets to an upcoming FSPA production, a tour of the school and trial group classes. FSPA, founded in 1985, is located in The Felix Cataldo Block in downtown Franklin. The facilities includes extensive studio space, Recital Hall, The Spotlight Shop and the new Intermission café. FSPA Academy, a full-time academic program, is housed next door at 32 Main Street.

For more information about all programs visit, call 508-528-8668, or stop by the school at 38 Main Street in Franklin.

Interested in Volunteering in the Community? The Design Review Commission has an opening

Interested in Volunteering in the Community? The Design Review Commission is seeking an Associate Member!

Please visit to fill out a volunteer application.

What is the Design Review Commission?
"The purpose of Design Review is to promote safe, functional and attractive development of business and commercial areas; to preserve and enhance the New England character of the Town’s commercial centers and thoroughfares as a valid general welfare concern; to unify commercial properties, both visually and physically, with surrounding land uses; to facilitate a more healthful urban atmosphere; to protect and preserve the unique and cultural features within the Town; and to protect commercial property values by enhancing the Town’s appearance. 
The Design Review Commission (DRC) is a committee of Citizen Volunteers that has approval authority on signage and recommendation input to the Planning Board on Site Plans as to landscaping and lighting and Building Plans as to exterior design, colors and materials."

Want to know more about the Design Review Commission please visit their page here

The Design Review Commission has an opening
The Design Review Commission has an opening