Wednesday, March 29, 2017

State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates at the State House

Tri-County RVTHS Freshman and Junior Early Education students were welcomed by State Representative Jeffrey Roy of Franklin and Medway to visit the State House and take them on a personal tour. Representative Roy listened and responded to the students' questions regarding how best to provide quality early learning experiences for young children.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the Early Education advocates from Tri-County," said State Representative Jeffrey Roy. "It is important that all students have access to the benefit of a world-class education, and that access must start at early ages. It was great to see these students take a vested interest in Early Education and the overall the betterment of their community."

Junior students learned about proposed legislation to improve Early Education in Massachusetts and identified additional areas which they believe are essential to provide quality early learning experiences for all children. Some of the topics the students broached with Representative Roy included the need for additional recess time for children, the expectations of young children as set forth in the Common Core State Standards, making quality early learning programs accessible to all children and attracting and retaining quality teachers in the field of Early Education.

Representative Roy encouraged students to continue to advocate for children by contacting their local and state representatives in their respective towns, and raising awareness among their friends and families by sharing their knowledge and understanding of the importance of quality early learning experiences for young children.

"I would like to thank Representative Roy for his continued support of our programs," said Superintendent Stephen Dockray. "This field trip, which Tri-County students have taken for the past four years, is a valuable opportunity for students to advocate for the children of Massachusetts."

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.

State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates at the State House
State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates at the State House

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: The Fat City Band - Friday, April 7

http://www.fatcityband.com/
The Fat City Band Friday, April 7
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Fat City Band on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. at the downtown Franklin venue. 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 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 and a suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.



Good Friday ‘Cross Walk’ - Franklin Town Common - Friday, April 14

Good Friday ‘Cross Walk’ is scheduled 
on the Franklin Town Common

Friday, April 14th – 12:00 Noon-1:00 pm

St Mary’s teen ministry is organizing a ‘Cross Walk’ procession on the Franklin Town Common beginning at Noon on Good Friday. Christians of all denominations and ages are welcome. 

Participants will gather on the Church Square end of the common. Together, they will walk through and around the Franklin Town Common and back to St Mary's lawn, pausing along the way to reflect on Jesus’ great love for us. Teens from The Rock Youth Ministry of St Mary’s parish will read reflections and prayers at each stop. 

Anyone who wishes to may help share the burden of carrying the heavy cross during the procession. All Franklin residents and their families and friends from surrounding communities are encouraged to take part in this meaningful procession on Good Friday to remember Christ's Passion.


Good Friday ‘Cross Walk’ - Franklin Town Common - Friday, April 14
Good Friday ‘Cross Walk’ - Franklin Town Common - Friday, April 14

Franklin teens raising funds - Karaoke - April 1

Unleash your inner Rock Star 
and support One Step's mission trip 
and the children/ adults 
of Mustard Seed Communities.

Along with singing, dancing, and crazy costumes 
the night will include
a cash bar, light snacks, and a silent auction.

April 1st, 7PM-Midnight
Tickets - $30/person
You must be 21+ to attend.

Franklin teens raising funds - Karaoke - April 1
Franklin teens raising funds - Karaoke - April 1 


Tickets are available at www.mustardseed.com/karaoke. Ticket sales and silent auction benefit Franklin teen mission trip to Mustard Seed Communities

Pub Crawl Fundraiser - April 29

The Pub Crawl Fundraiser is set for April 29th. We'll go to 5 bars in Franklin
  1. Alumni
  2. Coles'
  3. Teddy's
  4. Rome
  5. Jimmy D's
We'll have a bus that will tour people to each bar. Tickets are $25 per person

10% of your total bill at each bar will be donated back to Make Change for Change (erasing homelessness).

If you'd like to see more info about the charity, check out makechangeforchange.org.
PUB CRAWL Fundraiser - April 29
PUB CRAWL Fundraiser - April 29



Downtown Partnership: Phone scam targeting local businesses







Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Phone scam targeting local businesses
Phone scam targeting local businesses

A new marketing scam that targets local businesses is circulating and may be headed to Franklin. If you receive one of these phone calls please alert the Franklin Police. 

Thanks to Matt Lechter and Ken Corkran for the following information: 

Late last week Dean College received a phone call from the Woonsocket Police Department informing us of a potential marketing "scam" going on in Rhode Island. An individual, claiming to be "Richard", is stating he works for Beacon Media News and is soliciting advertising space in a "Campus Life" publication. He further states that this publication is sponsored by other colleges such as Dean College, Bryant College, etc. Local business owners are then asked to purchase advertising space in this publication, which does not exist.

Should anyone be approached with this solicitation, please contact Franklin Police and do not purchase "advertising" space.  Dean College has no affiliation with this.  

Ken Corkran
Director of Law Enforcement Services
 and Risk Management
99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038

Dean College


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Downtown Partnership: April General Meeting (Apr 6), Networking Luncheon (Apr 11)







Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Next FDP General Meeting is April 6 

Members and non-members alike are invited to our next General Meeting, which will be

Thursday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the

Dean College Campus Center, Golder Room*

*Please note: The Golder Room is located on the second floor of the Campus Center. Signs will direct you to the meeting location. 

The meeting agenda will be posted soon on the FDP website.

Next Networking Luncheon

Join us Tuesday, April 11 for the next FDP Networking Luncheon. 

These informal networking opportunities take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dean College Dining Center, first floor of the Campus Center. 

A delicious lunch and excellent conversation all for the low, low price of $6.55! 

RSVP to Matt Lechter, mlechter@dean.edu, or Gary Donelan, gary.donelan@middlesexbank.com






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In the News: Ahern contract is near; school budget funding not sustainable

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

"The School Committee is in the midst of negotiations with its pick for superintendent, with officials hoping to see progress in the next couple of weeks. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said the committee's preferred candidate, Holliston Assistant Superintendent Sara Ahern, had accepted the offer to succeed Maureen Sabolinski, who is retiring at the end of the school year. 
The committee, O'Malley said, must now negotiate a contract with Ahern and conduct a background check on her. 
"We expect no trouble with either," he said, adding that he expected a signed contract in the next week or so, or within the next few weeks at the latest. "We're fortunate to have someone as capable as Dr. Ahern."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170328/franklin-superintendent-contract-deal-expected-soon



"The town's schools presented a $60.2 million proposed fiscal year 2018 budget to the public Tuesday night, though officials said the revolving funds used to balance it are being depleted. 
The proposal represents an increase of $1.8 million - or 3 percent - over the 2017 budget. District officials cited healthcare costs and special education transportation as among the items that drove the budget higher. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the budget would have the district maintain level services, and did not include a reduction in staff. She said some elementary school staff might be moved around, depending on enrollment figures. 
District Finance Director Miriam Goodman said salaries and healthcare costs account for about 86 percent of the proposed budget. The town is expected to receive about $28 million - around 47 percent of the proposed amount - through Chapter 70 state aid. In the proposal, schools would spend $6.3 million from district revolving funds."


Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170328/franklin-schools-propose-60-million-budget

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - March 28, 2017

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.

AGENDA
"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."

the key to learning
the key to learning

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 28, 2017, March 15, 2017 and March 17, 2017 School Committee Meetings.
Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Nicolas Gnaman
2. Alexander Chitarra
Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FY18 Budget Hearing

3. Discussion Only Items



4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend adoption of the 2017-2018 School Committee Schedule as discussed.
c. I recommend adoption of the Grant Procedures Manual as discussed.
d. I recommend that the district not participate in school choice for the 2017-2018 school year as discussed.
e. I recommend approval of the request of Diane Plouffe to take music students to Boston from 3/9-3/11/17 for the MA All State Music Festival as detailed. (pre-approved remotely 7-0)
f. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling $1,560.00 for the Robert Lima Scholarship.
g. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,265.80 from the Oak Street PCC for inhouse enrichment.
h. I recommend acceptance of the donation of $300.00 from Columbia Gas of MA as a Teacher Appreciation Award for Sarah Murphy (Gr. 4) to be used for supplemental classroom supplies at Parmenter Elementary School.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from the Digital Federal Credit Union for the Robert Lima and Keiichi Kitanosono scholarships.
j. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling $2,245.00 from the JF Kennedy PCC for field trips as detailed.
k. I recommend approval for the recurring field trip for 8th graders to Providence Place Mall on April 13, 2017 as detailed.
l. I recommend acceptance of a check for $4,819.68 from the Jefferson PCC for Field Trips.
m.I recommend acceptance of a check for $220.00 from Franklin Music Parents for inhouse enrichment as detailed.
n. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $801.75 from the Parmenter PCC for Field Trips.
o. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip for Keller 5th Grade students to travel to Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI on May 5, 2017
as detailed.
p. I recommend approval of the request for FHS cheerleaders to travel to Rochester, NY for Platinum Nationals Competition from April 8-10, 2017 as detailed.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
a. Budget Sub Committee – Dr. O’Malley 
b. Community Relations – Ms. Schultz
School Committee Liaison Reports
a. PCC Liaison – Dr. Bergen 
b. SWAC Liaison – Mrs. Douglas

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

7. Executive Session
a. Contractual Negotiations

8. Motion to Adjourn
– Dr. O’Malley




Franklin Almanac - Episode 4

The 4th episode of Franklin Almanac is available for viewing. It is broadcast on the local cable channels daily (M-F) at noon and 7:00 PM. You can also view the episode via the YouTube link provided here.

The four stories covered in this episode of Almanac 

  • Relay for Life
  • Empty Bowls Club
  • Giovanna and Olivia Sabini-Leite Blood Drives
  • 40% Club and women's empowerment






For additional info on these stories
For a complete schedule of what is broadcast on Franklin TV, check the program guide  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf

“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23

Franklin Art Association’s Annual Gala Art Show and Sale takes place 

  • Saturday, April 22, noon - 8 PM 
  • Sunday, April 23, noon - 4 PM

at Black Box Theater, 15 West Central Street, Franklin. 

 “Art Makes The Heart Spring" features a display and sale of judged inclusive fine art, scholarship raffle, small works, art bin pieces. Plus popular attractions such as "Peoples Choice Award" and "Clothesline” of unframed, 8x10, original art. 

There also will be area of art from FHS art students. 

Event is free, open to the public, parking. Come and enjoy live music with wine and cheese during Saturday’s 4-7 PM reception, refreshments throughout the show.


“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23
“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23

Genealogical Club Meeting - March 30th - 6:30pm

The Genealogical Club will meet at the Franklin Historical Museum on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM. The agenda includes Italian genealogy research with guest speaker Mary Tedesco.

Genealogical Club Meeting - March 30th - 6:30pm
Genealogical Club Meeting - March 30th - 6:30pm


Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum


In the News: water ban bylaw reviewed; stuff animals donated to Fire Dept

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

"The Town Council is considering changes to its water ban bylaw, though the new proposal drew sharp criticism from some members. 
The council discussed the matter at its March 22 meeting, with Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting saying the new language would codify the town's current practices. The proposed changes explain more fully the uses of water that would be affected by a ban, create an official "state of water conservation" designation and discuss how the public will be informed of a ban. 
Nutting said that despite discussion at an earlier council meeting, bans would not include private well owners. The new language, he said, did require that private well owners who water their lawns have signs to indicate they have wells, in order to make enforcement easier."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170327/franklin-considers-water-ban-law


"On a recent rainy day, Chloe Zajac and Harriet Chalk arrived at the Franklin Fire Department's headquarters with a special delivery packed inside a plastic laundry basket. 
Armloads of plush animals of all shapes and sizes were piled into the basket, with arms, legs, tails and snouts poking out here and there - a mound of pink, purple, gray, brown, white and yellow cheerfulness. 
Chloe, 7, and Harriet, 8, said they had gotten all of the love and comfort out of the animals they needed, and wanted to share it with others. So they decided to donate them to the fire department, to be given out to children in situations that call for such objects of consolation."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170327/youngsters-donate-stuffed-animals-to-franklin-fire-dept

MBTA: Franklin Line notice on parking at Norwood Central; elevator at South Station

Franklin Line notice: Parking availability may be limited at the southern section of the Lenox Street parking lot at Norwood Central Station from Wednesday, March 29, through Tuesday, April 4.

Due to a bridge replacement project on Guild Street, parking availability may be limited at the southern section of the Lenox Street parking lot at Norwood Central Station from Wednesday, March 29, through Tuesday, April 4. Availability will meet demand as some spaces in the southern edge of the lot will be used to support the bridge replacement efforts.

Affected stops:
Norwood Central

Last updated: Mar 27 2017 06:34 PM

By John Phelan - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10599575
Norwood Central in 2010 (By John Phelan - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10599575)



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The South Station Concourse Elevator, which operates to/from the Commuter Rail and Red Line/Silver Line levels, will be out of service through Friday, March 31, due to modernization.

During this scheduled outage, please utilize South Station Elevator 926 (located on Atlantic Ave) for access to the Red Line and Silver Line.


http://mbta.com/rider_tools/transit_updates/?ttype=elevator&advistory=true&route=Elevator


Monday, March 27, 2017

Finance Committee starts the detailed budget hearings Wednesday, March 29

The FY 2018 budget cycle is underway. A portion of the capital budget was already authorized. The balance is being held up to see how much of the 'free cash' is left after the winter storms do their thing with the snow/ice budget.

As of the recent Town Council, the FY 2017 budgeted amount was already close to what was actually spent for this winter thus far.

The School budget is reviewed at the School Committee meeting Tuesday and then formally presented to the Finance Committee on Wednesday. The remainder of the budget items on Wednesday's agenda are the 'smaller' department items covering Town Council, Town Administration, etc. (see the listing below).

For any resident, watching the Finance Committee review each department for the FY 2018 budget is the best way to find out what is going on, how Franklin operates, and what the drivers are for each department budget. You used to be able to get this insight at the Town Council budget hearings but with the changes they have made over the past several years, that effort is pretty much perfunctory and a waste of time (albeit officially needed).



FY 2018 Budget Presentation:

  • School 300

  • Council 111 A-1
  • Town Admin 123 A-2
  • Fin Comm 131 A-4
  • Comptroller 135 A-6
  • T/C 147 A-14
  • Legal 151 A-22
  • Human Services 152 A-24
  • Central Services 196 A-50
  • Animal Control 292 B-43
  • Historical 691 F-11
  • Memorial Day 692 F-13
  • Cultural Council 695 F-14

Finance Committee photo from ToF webpage
Finance Committee photo from ToF webpage


The working draft of the FY 2018 has not yet been posted to the Town of Franklin page. Or if it has, it is not on the Town Administrator, Comptroller or Finance Committee pages. For reference you can review the FY 2017 budget
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/town_council_budget_17_0.pdf

and the Five Year fiscal forecast (last updated Jan 2016)
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/five_year_fiscal_forecast_fy17-fy21.pdf




Franklin Garden Club: "Pruning 101" - April 4

“Pruning 101” will be the featured program at the April 4 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Featured speaker will be Gretel Anspach, a Master Gardener, who will discuss pruning methods that result in new growth and healthy plants, bushes and trees. She will also discuss the science behind when, how and why to prune woody plants. 

Participants will learn how to make the best use of their money by making good choices about which plants can be pruned by a home gardener and which require the services of a professional.

The Franklin Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, offers educational programs, maintains the garden at the Franklin Common, provides an annual scholarship to a high school graduate, and helps elementary students celebrate Arbor Day.

Franklin Garden Club
Franklin Garden Club
You can follow the Garden Club on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Franklin-Garden-Club-Massachusetts/305256026231649


Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell is providing a friendly reminder to consumers that you don't have to spend time and money to drive to the Registry to view land records since they are available online via the Registry's internet-based document research system at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

"Consumers can see up to 6,000,000 scanned land document images dating back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793. These documents are available via our internet-based document research system. We are bringing the Registry records into people's homes and businesses.

"Providing secure, accurate and accessible land record information, coupled with our on-site customer service center, is critical to our success at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds," said Register O'Donnell.

Elaborating on the Registry's research capabilities, O'Donnell said, "Land record information can be researched by multiple options, including the name of the property owner and property address. Consumers can access our internet-based document research system for many endeavors such as, to determine property ownership, to research land titles, to review land plans (only plans which are recorded at the Registry) and finally to confirm that documents affecting a person's property - such as mortgage discharges - have been duly recorded."

The Registry's website also provides information on how to obtain copies of land documents. The Registry copy charges are $1.00 per page plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage.

In conclusion, O'Donnell stated, "Providing first-class customer service is a core objective of the Registry. Norfolk County residents and businesses deserve a Registry of Deeds that provides them with access to land record information in an easily accessible and consumer friendly manner. The Registry website www.norfolkdeeds.org does that by bringing the Registry records into your homes and businesses."

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/or 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

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research
Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research