Saturday, February 28, 2015

FHS girls basketball edge Westford Academy 50-49

The FHS girls basketball team pulled out a close game against Westford Academy on Friday night. Josh Perry, Managing Editor, Hockomock Sports provides the complete summary of the game.

After allowing only 28 points through three quarters, the Franklin defense was opened up by Westford Academy in the fourth. The visiting Grey Ghosts, the defending Div. 1 Central champions, scored 21 points in the quarter and had the ball with 35.5 remaining on the clock, down by just one point, and with a chance to win a second straight game on their final possession. 
During the timeout, Franklin coach John Leighton reminded his team to get back to the aggressive, switching defense that had made it successful. 
He explained, “ We knew they were going to run a lot of on the ball screens and off ball screens -- just keep moving and try to shake someone free. We just kept switching and getting in the way as best we can.” 
Jillian Spolidoro scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Panthers edged out a one-point win to reach the D1 Central semifinal. (Josh Perry/
Franklin still had to inbound the ball and Martin (six points, nine rebounds, four assists) was fouled with 1.0 left. The Panthers got it in to Julianne Pisani (four points, five assists) and the clock ran out before the whistle to secure a 50-49 win for the hosts.


Franklin will take on No. 3 seed Holy Name, which knocked the Panthers out last year, in the semifinal on Tuesday at WPI.

Continue reading the full article here

Franklin Liquors: Happy 237th Birthday Franklin MA! One Day Wine Sale 3/1/15

From Mark Lenzi at Franklin Liquors

Back in February 1978 after a “small” snow storm our dad purchased Jimmies Package store. For those of you not familiar with it or its location it was historic in town. One half was a liquor store the other a tobacco/penny candy/soda fountain AND both sides connected. Located in the center of town looking there now you would never know it existed. There is an empty lot before the railroad bridge left of HR Block and across from The Rome Restaurant.

Jimmie's Liquor Store - downtown Franklin
Jimmies Liquor Store - downtown Franklin

parade passing by Jimmie's Liquor Store - downtown Franklin
parade passing by Jimmies Liquor Store - downtown Franklin

When it came time to change the name there was none better than FRANKLIN Liquors. Our whole family has deep roots in Franklin, gradates of the schools and all still living in the town today. As a child I can remember walking from Davis Thayer School To CCD at St Mary’s BUT having to stop for candy first.

In 1986 we relocated the store, one of many changes in the town over the years due to growth. We are proud to be family owned and Franklin residents!

Check out the wine specials and the remainder of the Happy Birthday Franklin posting here:

HMEA News & Notes - February 26th, 2015

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February 2015
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed

SAVE THE DATE: May 17th, 2015
14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk
HMEA will be hosting the 14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at EMC2 on Constitution Blv., Franklin. 

For over 13 years, this family fun event has raised funds to support 3800 children and adults from ages 1 to 101 with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and behavioral challenges. 

We encourage you to join us in support of another successful year celebrating and fundraising for children and adults with disabilities and their families.

HMEA Career Fair: March 19th, 2015
On Thursday March 19th, 2015, HMEA will open its doors 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 something for everyone. 

Winter Weather for People With Disabilities
Photo Credit: Automotive Mobility Solutions
With record-breaking snowfalls, nor'easters and blizzards, Winter 2015 has presented Massachusetts with many challenges - and winter isn't over yet.

If we find it hard to get around with 4 foot snow bankings and roads that have yet to see a good melting, imagine the difficulty for someone using a wheelchair.

It is important to keep sidewalks and ends of driveways clear if you have a person with a disability living in your community. Whether it's a traditional or motorized wheelchair, these transportation devices require sidewalks to be cleared wide enough to allow safe travel for wheelchair users.

Winter weather considerations go beyond sidewalk clearing and include important winter safety tips for people with disabilities. 

Tell Me Something Good
Even though we still have twenty-two days until Spring technically begins (boo-hoo), daylight savings is right around the corner.

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 8th, 2015. 

Even though we loose an hour, we gain longer evening daylight, especially in summer.

Children's Services Awarded $5,000 Grant 
On Thursday, January 29th, HMEA's Children's Services Division which provides ABA home and school programs as well as school-to-work transition programs, was awarded a $5,000 grant by The Metrowest Foundation - Youth in Philanthropy program. 

Vice President Doug MacPherson represented the agency in receiving the generous check.

Learn how this grant with be used to help youth on the spectrum supported by HMEA. 

"The Big Picture" Workshop
MFOFC Full Life Ahead Series
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
FROM: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Center of Hope Foundation
100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA

Calling on Volunteers
We need your help at HMEA'S 14th Annual Independence 5K  Run and Walk, Roll & Stroll to take place on Sunday May 17th, 2015 in Franklin, MA. Various volunteer opportunities available. 
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