Tuesday, June 19, 2018

James Montgomery Band Returns To THE BLACK BOX - Jun 22

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music, and event venue, presents the renowned James Montgomery Band on Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

Blues legend James Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit, he learned firsthand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, Montgomery has carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

He formed the James Montgomery Band in 1970 while attending Boston University. Montgomery’s inimitable harmonica playing, combined with his energetic live shows, led to the band’s quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery Band was among the hottest acts in Boston, along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn records.

Since that time, Montgomery has recorded six albums. His first, First Time Out, has been re-mastered and re-released by MRG/Capricorn. Others include James Montgomery Band on Island Records, which was number nine on Billboard’s national playlist; Duck Fever, with members of the David Letterman Band; Live Trax, with the Uptown Horns (the Rolling Stones’ horn section); and his release on Tone-Cool, The Oven Is On.

Montgomery has toured with major artists including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf, among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York’s “Trax.”

Over the years, Montgomery’s band has been a springboard for many musicians, with members having included Billy Squire, Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Jeff Golub (Rod Stewart), Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels), Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles Orchestra and Crosby, Stills & Nash), Bobby Chouinard (drummer with Ted Nugent, Squire, and Robert Gordon), Jeff Levine (Joe Cocker), Aerosmith’s Tom Gambel, and many others.

Tickets are $25. THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), 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.

James Montgomery Band Returns To THE BLACK BOX - Jun 22
James Montgomery Band Returns To THE BLACK BOX - Jun 22

“We’re definitely going to celebrate this one"

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap of Franklin High School's Super 8 championship win. FHS went through the Super 8 tournament undefeated and beat Central Catholic 3-2.

"In the bottom of the eighth inning in Monday night’s Super 8 final at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium, it looked like Central Catholic had finally figured out Franklin starter Bryan Woelfel. A single and a double put two runners in scoring position with nobody out in a tie game. 
Franklin coach Zach Brown decided that he needed to make a change and called in third baseman Jake Noviello. The Fairfield University-commit had been warming up during the Panthers at-bats just in case and was now called on to try and get out of the ultimate high-leverage situation. 
“We had a shot,” said Brown about how he felt bringing in his ace in that situation. “I felt like it was a spot in the order and just knowing Jake and knowing his competitiveness I thought we had a shot.” 
Noviello explained, “I pitched against them the other day and I got hit around in one inning, so I knew to just come at them tonight and just try to gas them up.” He added with a shake of his head, as the accomplishment settled in, “It’s unbelievable, unbelievable.”
Continue reading the article online

Franklin’s Bryan Woelfel (left) and Jake Noviello combined to pitch the Panthers past Central Catholic. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin’s Bryan Woelfel (left) and Jake Noviello combined to pitch the Panthers past Central Catholic. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

FHS representatives on boys and girls Hockomock League Tennis All Stars

Below are the FHS representatives for the official 2018 Hockomock League Boys and Girls Tennis All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

2018 Hockomock League Boys Tennis All Stars

Tyler DiPalma, Franklin
Rohan Herur, Franklin
Liam Marr, Franklin
Derek Wu, Franklin

Honorable Mentions:
Tony Calderone, Franklin

For the full listing for the Boys All Stars

2018 Hockomock League Girls Tennis All Stars

Honorable Mentions:
Emmy Mahoney, Franklin
Alexa Katsaros, Franklin

For the full listing for the Girls All Stars

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

The TC Insider: Tri-County Newsletter

June 17, 2018

To the Tri-County Community,

Graduation is in the books, MCAS 2018 is complete and we are looking forward to finals this week. Our spring sports are drawing to a close with Spring Sports Awards for Track and Field on the 19thand all other spring sports on the 20th. Fall sports signups will begin next week.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and with the exception of some wind gusts almost perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Many thanks to our special guests and thanks to the parents and families that attended. Each class has its own personality and this one was no exception, well behaved and fun, and very supportive of each other.

MCAS 2018 has us testing freshmen for the first time. Our honors Biology freshmen took the test with the sophomores. We look forward to seeing their scores in the fall, they were a very confident looking group. As we look at changing our schedule over the next few years to allow for four lab sciences in addition to more Advanced Placement sections, we would like to see all our freshmen take a Science MCAS in the future.

Please note that we have changed our finals schedule this year with half days for students June 19-22 and a makeup day on Monday June 25. Students will take two finals per day so attendance is important.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce Sara Martin has been appointed to the Athletic Director position.  We wish Sara much success in her new position.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Thanks for your support,
Mr. Procaccini

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“These kids were a part of our community and part of our lives for a time”

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

"In 2014, the community suffered a traumatic shock after siblings Lexi Munroe, 8, and Sean Munroe, 7, died after being trapped inside a hope chest. On Tuesday, Sean would be graduating from the fifth grade at Davis Thayer Elementary. 
On Monday morning, the day before Davis Thayer’s fifth-grade “stepping up” ceremony, 38 pink lawn flamingos were bunched up on a field nearby where the children would get their graduation certificates. 
The plastic bird flock is part of an effort to raise money for a scholarship in the name of the Munroe children, but they took it a step further this time - a flamingo was planted for each of the 37 students who were graduating, but added one more to represent their classmate, Sean, whom they lost four years ago. 
But the birds won’t be at the ceremony; the group has been asked to remove them. The siblings’ aunt, Kristin Williams, said the administration told them that rehashing their deaths might be emotionally harmful for the students."

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 20, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

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

Agenda ItemSummary
A. Approval of Minutes - June 6, 2018
A. Approval of Minutes - June 6, 2018
B. Announcements
B. Announcements - This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizens Comments
D. Citizens Comments - 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 engage 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 Administraor to review the matter.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments - Charles River Polution Control District
F. Hearings
F. Hearings
1. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-802: Zoning Map Changes From Commercial II, or Rural Residential II & Single Family Residential IV, to Rural Residential II or Single Family REsidential IV, an Area on or Near Edwards, Raymond, and Beaver Streets
2. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-803: Zoning Map Changes from Industrial, or Industrial, or Industrial & Single Family Residential IV, or Industrial & RuralResidentialI , or Rural Residential I, to Single Family Residential IV or Industrial and Area on or Near Fisher, Hayward, and McCarthy Streets
3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-804: Zoning Map Changes from Single Family Residential III & Single Family Residential IV, to Single Family Residential iii or Single Family Residential  IV & Single Family Residential IV,, an Area on or Near Washington, Arlington, and James Streets
4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-805: Changes to Section 185-21 Parking, Loading, and Driveway Requirements
G. License Transactions
G. License Transactions
H. Presentations/Discussions - Electric Youth
H. Presentations/Discussions - Electric Youth
I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
1. Capital
2. Budget
3. EDC
J. Legislation for Action
J. Legislation for Action
1. Bylaw Amendment 18-814: Chapter 125, Peace and Good Order - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-814 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))
2. Resolution 18-30: Additional Designations of "Special Municipal Employee" Under State Ethics  Law ( Motion to Move Resolution 18-31, Majority Vote (5))
3. Resolution 18-31: Appropriation: Town-Wide Operational Risk Assessment FY 18(Motion to Move Resolution 18-31, Majority Vote (5))
4. Resolution 18-32: Appropriation: Sidewalk Tractor FY 18 (Motion to Move Resolution 18-32, Majority Vote (5))
5. Resolution 18-33: Appropriation Roads (Motion to Move resolution 18-22, Majority Vote (5))
6. Resolution 18-34: AppropriationFire department Salaries Supplemental appropriation FY 18 (Motion to Move Resolution 18-34, Majority Vote (5))
7. Resolution 18-35: Appropriation: Debt Service Supplemental Appropriation FY 18(Motion to Move resolution 18-35, Majority Vote (5))
8. Resolution 18-36: Acceptance of Gift of Unimproved Land On Easterly Side of Grove Street, Franklin (Motion to Move Resolution 18-36, Majority Vote (5))
9. Resolution 18-37: Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-802:  Zoning Map Changes from Commervial II, or Rural Residential II & Single Family Residential IV to Rural Residential II or Single Family Residential IV, an Area on or Near Edwards, Raymond, and Beaver Streets - 1st Reading (Motion to move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-802 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-803:Zoning Map Changes from Industrial, or Industrial & Single Family Residential IV, or Indusrial & Rural Residential I, or Rural Residential I, to Single Family Residential Iv or Industrial an Area on or Near Fisher, Hayward, and McCarthy Streets. (Motion to Move Soing Bylaw Amendment 18-803 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-804: Zoning Map Changes from Single Family Residential III & Dingle Family Residential IV,  to Single Family Residential III or Single family Residenial IV, an Area on or Near Washington, Arlington, and James Streets -1st Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 180894 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))
12. Changes to Section 185-21 Parking, Loading, and Driveway Requirements - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-805 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))
13. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815: Changes to Dimensional regulations for Commercial I Zoning District - Referral to Planning Board (Motion to refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-815 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote (5))
14. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-816: Poultry Use Regulations - Referral to  Planning Board (Motion to refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-816 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote (5))
K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items
M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments
N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session - Relative to the Opioid Litigation
Meeting Adjourn

Town of Franklin (MA): Budget Collection - FY 2019

Town of Franklin (MA): Budget Collection - FY 2019

"Fireworks cost about $20,000 and is paid for purely with donations from local businesses and residents"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A classic 4th of July tradition will return to the first town in the United States to be named after the founding father Ben Franklin. 
A fireworks display will be shot off from the field in the back of Franklin High School on July 3 at 9:30 p.m., and joins the annual carnival that be held at the town common starting June 29. Though there is no parade again, the Fourth of July Commission has its hopes up that the event will return next year. 
The town common will be packed with carnival rides, live entertainment, food booths, and town vendors for the holiday stretch. 
Commission Chairman Joe Carmignani said that this was an important event to keep alive. 
“We wanted this tradition to keep going,” Carmignani said. “It’s great for families and kids that aren’t able to go away for the 4th of July holiday.”

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will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!
will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!

Make your contribution to the 4th of July celebration online

Register O'Donnell Reports Low Inventory Drives May Real Estate Activity

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Reports Low Inventory Drives May Real Estate Activity

Mirroring trends seen across the United States, Norfolk County experienced reduced real estate sales for the month of May. Additionally, the reduced number of available housing stock inventory caused buyers to bid up real estate prices for both residential and commercial properties.

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted, "During the month of May, Norfolk County real estate sales totaled 1,631 compared to 1,706 in May 2017. These reduced real estate sales figures tell us there is a spirited competition for a limited number of properties. The result is an increase in both average sale price and total sales volume. It's good news for property sellers, but bad news for those trying to buy, especially for first-time homeowners."

The average sales price for May, combining both residential and commercial sales, was $837,777, a 9% increase compared to the previous year. Total dollar real estate sales volume increased by 6% for the month, coming in at $902 million. "If we continue to see low real estate inventory levels, there is no reason to believe that higher price increases will not continue," noted O'Donnell.

Regarding lending activity, a total of 2,348 mortgages were recorded during May, a 3% decrease from the previous year. However, total mortgage financing for the month was $1.7 billion, a whopping 55% increase year over year. This figure was impacted by a $325 million commercial mortgage taken out against a Holbrook property.

Register O'Donnell noted another new trend that can be an obstacle for potential homeowners. "We have seen a recent uptick in mortgage rates. It will be interesting to see the impact that it has on the overall lending market, especially if mortgage rates rise above 5%."

During May, Norfolk County homeowners continued to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,106 Homesteads were filed during the month, a 4% decrease compared to the previous May. "The Homestead Act," stated the Register, "provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000."

Foreclosure activity for the month of May was a mixed bag. The good news was the number of foreclosure deeds recorded in Norfolk County was 16, a 27% decrease year over year. However, the total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 67, an increase of 11%.

The Register once again noted the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950 to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "We are once again seeing the impact that low inventory has on the overall real estate market. Without an influx of available housing stock, these trends will likely continue."

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, 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 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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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18

June 18, 2018 - 7:30 AM

3rd Floor Training Room
Municipal Building
355 East Central Street

1. FY 2020 and Beyond Budget Overview

Who is the "Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting"? 
The committee is comprised of members of the Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee supported by members of the Town Administration.

Why get started on the FY 2020 budget now?
If you recall the passage of the FY 2019 budget (which covers from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) is starting out with a funding deficit of approx $1.4M as that amount was used from the Debt Stabilization fund to avoid a significant cut or an override this year. There is no way to avoid a serious discussion about what Franklin wants to do for the next budget. Hence, they are starting now.

Franklin voters have two realistic choices. (1) Let the Town Council and School Committee make significant cuts to existing services OR (2) consider an override to appropriately fund the operational expenses of Franklin. This is why the discussion is starting with the Joint Budget Committee. They get to start working out the details on what to bring forward for our eventual decision.

Pay attention to the FY 2020 budget discussion. 
It will have a major effect on our daily lives and when the time rolls around to vote for it (assuming we do an override), you will have been informed, and had a chance to make your case.

The agenda can be found online

The FY 2019 budget collection can be found here

Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18
Franklin, MA: Joint Budget Subcommittee Agenda - June 18