Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”

“Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer” will be the focus of the Tuesday, February 6 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Ellen Davis, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Franklin, MA, will be the featured speaker. She will highlight the types of feeders, food and locations that can support a wide variety of birds coming to a yard or garden in every season. Store manager Haley Perry will assist with the presentation.

Davis, an avid birder, opened her store in 1996 in Medway, MA and then moved it to Franklin in 2011. Her interests in birds, as well as more than 28 years experience as a buyer for Jordan Marsh and the New England Aquarium has enabled her to establish a successful retail operation that is a well known resource for those interested in attracting and enjoying birds. 

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.
Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”
Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Chelsea Berry Feb 10 with Billy Keane





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First Universalist Society
262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA 02038
(508)528-2541 circlefolk.org
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Chelsea Berry Feb 10 with Billy Keane

CHELSEA BERRY


February 10th, $20
with special guest
Billy Keane
Chelsea Berry returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, February 10th, at 8PM.  Chelsea appeared in Franklin last spring performing with Livingston Taylor and she was so impressive that she was invited back as a featured performer.

She is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as "compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame." As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Cheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge.

Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor calls her vocals "world class" and says of Berry, "A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing." Berry's beautiful voice and commanding stage presence has brought her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston and others as well as headliner of her own shows. Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home in NYC.

Her music transcends its indie rock roots and touches listeners with its poetic lyric, bold melodies, and pure, clear, powerful vocals. Singer/songwriter Chris Smither says Berry is "..Great, talented, beautiful … her future is so bright you're gonna have to wear shades."  http://www.chelseaberry.com/

Opening the show will be Billy Keane, a folk musician for a new generation.  His music combines compelling story telling and socially relevant lyrical poetry with melodies and accompaniments ranging from the energetic and heart-pumping to the introspective and achingly touching.  http://www.therealbillykeane.com/

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
March 3    Patty Larkin
March 17  An Evening with TOM RUSH    NEW
April 7      Gretchen Peters with Carolann Solebello
April 28    Pat Donohue

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FHS boys and girls basketball, girls hockey teams post wins on Tuesday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018


Boys Basketball = Sharon, 48 @ Franklin, 78 – Final
– Franklin scored 39 points in each half, building a double-digit lead by halftime and never looking back. Franklin sophomore Chris Edgehill scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Panthers while senior Paul Mahon added 14 points. Malik Lorquet had 13 points to lead the Eagles while Aaron Strong added 10 points.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 63 @ Sharon, 40 – Final
– The Panthers clinched a postseason berth with a win at Sharon. Ali Brigham led the way with 18 points, while Bea Bondhus added 12 and Megan O’Connell had 10 for the Panthers. Franklin coach John Leighton said it was a “great team effort.”

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 2 @ Ursuline, 1 – Final
– Regan Paterson scored a pair of goals to lead the Panthers to a road win.


For other results around the Hockomock League
https://hockomocksports.com/tuesdays-schedule-scoreboard-01-30-18/

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers












Friendly Reminder: You're invited to Cultural Connections - Feb 1

Cultural Connections, a free arts and culture roundtable, will be held Feb. 1 at 7 PM at the Franklin Historical Museum, 80 W. Central Street, Franklin. 

Anyone interested in arts and culture, from any organization in any town, is invited to attend. 
The subject of this roundtable will be Community Partnerships, and our discussion will be led by Athena Pandolf and Kelly Artamonov. Athena is the Executive Director of the wonderfully vibrant Natick Center Cultural District, and Kelly is an integral part of the team at ArtWeek, a statewide arts festival sponsored by the Boch Center. 
Both of these amazing women have experience in creating strong partnerships between arts organizations, local businesses, and the community. They will present their thoughts on the subject, followed by an open discussion with you sharing stories of what has and hasn't worked for your organization, along with the opportunity to ask questions of others. 
A great opportunity to network! 

Please RSVP using the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-connections-tickets-41875762533
You're invited to Cultural Connections - Feb 1
Friendly Reminder: You're invited to Cultural Connections - Feb 1

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see”

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

"The Stony Brook Camera Club will present “The Art of Landscape Photography” with Ron Wilson on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. 
The presentation will show that subject matter provides the building blocks while composition acts as the glue holding it all together and lighting sets the stage for capturing a moment able to convey a sense of being there. 
Topics covered will include: How to think visually through use of the elements of color, shape, line, texture and pattern, how to use light in a way that best reveals the subject, and how to frame an image around an effective compositional base."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180130/stony-brook-camera-club-to-present-landscape-photography-program

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see”
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Register O’Donnell was Guest Speaker at Franklin Senior Center

As part of an ongoing effort to bring the Registry of Deeds directly to the citizens of Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell appeared January 23rd as guest speaker at the Franklin Senior Center. O’Donnell gave an overview of the Registry, the principal office for providing real property information in Norfolk County.

Register O’Donnell also spent time warning seniors about an ongoing deed scam that is being perpetrated against all citizens of Norfolk County, young and old. “Norfolk County residents continue to receive direct-mail solicitations offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an exorbitant fee ranging anywhere from $59.50-$86.00,” stated O’Donnell. 

“Don’t fall victim to this deed scam. These companies are making outrageous profits. If a consumer knew that the Registry of Deeds would provide them a certified copy of a property deed for a charge of only $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 for postage, they would never agree to pay these companies such an outrageous fee for service. The average price for a mailed homeowner’s deed by the Registry, usually two pages, is $3.00.”

A good portion of the address was also spent discussing the advantages of the Massachusetts Homestead Act. Register O’Donnell noted, “The Homestead Act is an important tool for homeowners as the law provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”
Register O’Donnell was Guest Speaker at Franklin Senior Center
Register O’Donnell was Guest Speaker at Franklin Senior Center

Concluding his remarks, O’Donnell stated, “I want to thank Karen Alves, Director of the Franklin Senior Center, Council on Aging board members and all the staff at the Senior Center who do an outstanding job serving the elderly community of Franklin.”

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 via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda - Jan 30, 2018

The agenda for the Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018.


1. Call to Order
2. Election of New Officers; Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Clerk
3. Public Comments
4. Approval of Minutes
5. Free Cash Overview/Administration
6. Capital Budget Presentations:

  • School Department
  • Facilities Department
  • Technology Department
  • Town Clerk Department
  • Fire Department
  • Police Department
  • Public Works Department
  • Water Enterprise Department

7. Final Recommendations and Vote
8. Adjournment



Trust Fund Balances Update as of 12/31/17
• General Stabilization      $ 5,060,984
• Recreation Fields                    6,802
• Open Space Acquisition    1,101,229
• Budget Stabilization         1,848,663
• Free Cash                       2,821,988
• OPEB                              4,072,090
• Property Acquisition            260,620

OPEB Obligation as of 6/30/17 (PAYGO): 69,295,796


The full agenda document can also be found on the Town of Franklin webpage
http://www.franklinma.gov/finance-committee/agenda/finance-committee-agenda-revised-3

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda -Jan 30, 2018
Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda -Jan 30, 2018

Mansfield tops FHS gymnastics

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Monday, Jan 29, 2018


Gymnastics = Mansfield, 144.35 @ Franklin, 135.35 – Final

For other results around the League on Monday
https://hockomocksports.com/mondays-schedule-scoreboard-01-29-18/


via the Twitterverse





Franklin Public Schools - Delayed Opening 2 Hours - Jan 30, 2018

Dear Franklin Public Schools Faculty, Staff, and Families,

Due to snow-covered roads conditions this morning, the Franklin Public Schools will be opening with a 2-hour DELAY on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Preschool and Delayed Openings: the morning preschool session will be cancelled. Full and extended day preschool will have a delayed opening. The delayed opening does not affect the afternoon preschool.

District office staff — please arrive as you are safely able.

Please allow for extra time and care this morning to arrive safely.

Sincerely,

Franklin Public Schools

Davis Thayer in snow from an earlier storm in winter of 2018
Davis Thayer in snow from an earlier storm in winter of 2018

Reminder: Franklin Newcomers and Friends - Game Night - Feb 7

Come join your Franklin friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends monthly meeting. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30. Take a break from the cold and warm up at our Game Night. It’s one of our favorite and more social events.

We invite any resident of Franklin, or a surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, to join us at "3" Restaurant, 461 West Central Street, Franklin. Complimentary appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available. We meet upstairs at 7:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). We run our meetings September through May. Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year.

For more information, please visit our website www.franklinnewcomers.com or our Facebook page, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.


Franklin Newcomers and Friends: Game Night - Feb 7
Franklin Newcomers and Friends: Game Night - Feb 7

Franklin Rotary Club invites seniors to Valentine's Breakfast - Feb 10

The Franklin Rotary Club invites the senior community to join us at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 10 for a Valentine's Breakfast at the Franklin Housing Authority. Featuring a warm breakfast, hot coffee, fruit, music and some special Valentine's Day surprises. 
Franklin Rotary Club
Franklin Rotary

The Franklin Housing Authority's Large Community Hall at 1000 Central Park Terrace is where the event is located. 

Call the Franklin Housing Authority at 508-528-2220 to sign up. Please register by Monday, February 5.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be Sunday, February 11. Call the Franklin Housing Authority for more details.





“This community is action-oriented and has a can-do attitude I deeply respect"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Superintendent Sara Ahern has been going from school to school sitting in on classes, hosting forums, and meeting with parents and other stakeholders to learn as much as she can about her new district. 
Ahern highlighted her observations to the School Committee on Jan. 23, and while she had many positive things to say about the dedication of Franklin parents and teachers to their children, she also pointed out a few areas that could use improvement. Ahern took over this summer for Maureen Sabolinski, who retired at the end of last year. 
The report, part of Ahern’s entry plan to the district, is a compilation of observations she gathered by visiting all 11 schools multiple times to perform observations on about 164 classrooms and other workplaces."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180129/franklin-superintendent-highlights-early-observations


The full report of Entry Plan Findings can be found below and on the Schools webpage
http://franklindistrict.vt-s.net/Pages/FranklinDistrict_News/025D2652-000F8513.0/Superintendent%E2%80%99s%20Report%20of%20Entry%20Findings.p




the Word Cloud of words students provided in her round of meetings
the Word Cloud built of words students provided in her round of meetings

In the News: ladybugs to gather again; “A Pirate’s Life for Me”

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

"In the spirit of springtime, the Franklin Downtown Partnership hopes to find all of the ladybug sculptures purchased by business owners in 2014, so the metal bugs can scale buildings and keep park-goers company. 
Lisa Piana with the Downtown Partnership said the sculptures always bring smiles, and she hopes to see them all outside for everyone to enjoy. 
“They’re really fun to look at, each one is unique,” she said. “We thought it would be fun to walk downtown and see them in all different places.” 
Businesses, which bought the ladybugs from the cultural council about three years ago, should lend them for public display this spring, Piana said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180129/downtown-partnership-is-looking-for-ladybugs-to-decorate-franklin-this-spring

Ladybug_PantherPride
ladybugs to gather again


"The Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School has announced upcoming performances of “A Pirate’s Life for Me,” set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 2 and 2 to 4:30 March 3 at Horace Mann Middle School, 224 Oak St. 
Tickets are priced at $17 for adults and $13 senior citizens and children younger than 10. Tickets will be sold at the door or an order form will be available for download at http://bfccps.org."

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180129/strongbenjamin-franklin-classical-charter-to-present-a-pirates-life-for-mestrong

Join the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School for “A Pirate’s Life for Me”
Join the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter
Public School for “A Pirate’s Life for Me”

Monday, January 29, 2018

FM #138 - Franklin Town Government 101 (audio)

FM #138

This internet radio show or podcast is number 138 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the Franklin Town Government 101 event held on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

The program featured

  • Dr. Robert Krim, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Framingham State University
  • Franklin State Rep. Jeff Roy has previously held positions on the Franklin School Committee and Town Council
  • a conversation and question and answer period with Town Council representative Tom Mercer and School Committee member Denise Schultz, moderated by Steve Sherlock of Franklin Matters


Yes, I had the privilege to be the moderator for the discussion portion and I think we did well. If you bump into someone around town, hopefully you’ll be able to make a connection and have a civil discussion on what we need to do to advance Franklin as a community.

The recording runs just about 2 hours. I did remove the portion when we took a break for coffee and refreshments. Without further ado, here is the recording




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This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can use your help.

How can you help?

If you like this, please tell your friends and neighbors.
If you don't like this, please let me know.

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes = search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes
subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters on iTunes

The full agenda for the session can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/01/franklin-town-government-101-jan-27.html

Rep Jeff Roy making his presentation before the discussion/Q&A  with Tom Mercer and Denise Schultz tat I moderated
Rep Jeff Roy making his presentation before the discussion/Q&A
with Tom Mercer and Denise Schultz tat I moderated

Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3

Who: 
Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan

When: 
7:30 PM, Saturday, February 3

Where: 
Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, MA 02093

Description: 
A retrospective spanning worthy years of an iconic master of the lyric by and iconic performer of keyboard and song.



Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door

For more information and tickets, go to http://www.musicatocc.org.



Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3
Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3

Brogan, Kroushl, and Clermont lead FHS Indoor Track performances Sunday

The MSTCA Boys and Girls INVITATIONAL - LARGE SCHOOLS was held on Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston.

Tyler Brogan took 4th, Jess Kroushl took 5th and Nicole Clermont took 6th in their respective events to lead the FHS efforts.

The FHS results are shown in the listing below:


Girls 55M dash
5 Kroushl, Jessica          12 Franklin                  7.39 
Cummings, Brianna         12 Franklin                  7.79  11  7.784

Girls 300 M dash
27 Atkinson, Halle           11 Franklin                 43.83  10 

Girls 1 Mile Run
6 Clermont, Nicole          12 Franklin               5:17.23   3

Girls 2 Mile Run
11 Hartnett, Katherine       12 Franklin              11:57.54   2

Girls 55 M hurdles
42 McGrath, Lauren           11 Franklin                  9.66   9 

Girls 4x200 Relay
8 Franklin  'A'                                       1:49.19   8 
     1) Atkinson, Halle 11              2) Cummings, Brianna 12           
     3) Pierre, Daniella 11             4) Kroushl, Jessica 12   

Girls 4x400 Relay
15 Franklin  'A'                                       4:18.05   3 
     1) Atkinson, Halle 11              2) Clermont, Nicole 12            
     3) Jackson, Lauren 10              4) Hartnett, Katherine 12         

Girls 4x800 Relay
9 Franklin  'A'                                      10:07.78   1 
     1) Clermont, Nicole 12             2) Clifford, Emma 11              
     3) DiGiacomo, Julia 11             4) Gutkowski, Ella 12         

Girls Long Jump
16 Kroushl, Jessica          12 Franklin              16-05.00
26 McGrath, Lauren           11 Franklin              16-00.50

Girls Shot Put
11 Goodermuth, Sarah         12 Franklin              33-06.00
18 Rizoli, Allison           12 Franklin              32-06.50
29 Smith, Miranda            12 Franklin              30-06.00 


Boys 55 M Dash
99 Cherry, Tucker            12 Franklin                  7.12   2  7.115
114 Flaherty, Colin           12 Franklin                  7.19   9  7.188

Boys 300 M Dash
60 Pek, Liam                 11 Franklin                 38.85   6  38.842

Boys 600 M Dash
11 Kehoe, Dylan              11 Franklin               1:25.47   8 

Boys 1000 M Run
 44 Harrington, Camden        10 Franklin               2:46.31   2 

Boys 1 Mile Run
4 Brogan, Tyler             10 Franklin               4:22.37   4 
23 Hagen, Michael            11 Franklin               4:34.26   3

Boys High Jump
27 Jacobs, William           12 Franklin               5-08.00


The Complete listing of results can be found online
http://www.mstca.org/Winter_Season/Winter%202018/Results-Coaches%20Inv.-Large%20Schools.htm

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Register O'Donnell Hosts Meeting on Electronic Recording of Land Court Documents



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Hosts Meeting on Electronic Recording of Land Court Documents

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently hosted a meeting of Massachusetts Registers of Deeds and their staff relative to the enactment of a recent 2017 law which allowed Registries to electronically record registered land or Land Court documents.

"In part, the Registers' meeting highlighted the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds use of technology when it came to improving the recording experience for our institutional users relative to electronic recording of Land Court documents. Our Registry was the first in Massachusetts to electronically record a registered land or Land Court document beginning on April 12, 2017. We started with electronically recording mortgage discharge documents and then expanded a few months later to all documents submitted to our Land Court including deeds, mortgages and Homesteads," noted O'Donnell.

The Norfolk County Register explained that Massachusetts has two designations for recording property: recorded land and registered land/Land Court. "The majority of land is designated recorded land while a small percentage, approximately 20% here in Norfolk County, is defined as registered land. Land is considered registered land once a petition has been reviewed and adjudicated by the Massachusetts Land Court Department in Boston," noted O'Donnell.

The electronic recording of recorded land documents has been in place since 2010 at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. However, due to the more stringent requirements associated with recording registered land documents, electronic recording of these particular documents could only take place with the passage of Chapter 404 of the Acts of 2016, an Act to Modernize Registries of Deeds, which eliminated the need to retain original registered land documents. The Act passed both the Massachusetts State House of Representatives and Massachusetts State Senate on January 3, 2017. This piece of legislation was signed into law and approved by Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker on January 11, 2017 taking legal effect on April 12, 2017.

In conclusion, Register O'Donnell stated, "The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is first and foremost an organization that is focused on customer service. Electronically recording Land Court documents saves our customers considerable time and expense, along with allowing Registry staff to be utilized in a more efficient manner. It's a win-win situation for us all."

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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Register O'Donnell Hosts Meeting on Electronic Recording of Land Court Documents
Register O'Donnell Hosts Meeting on Electronic Recording of Land Court Documents

"the expansion will give us an opportunity to finally let them in’’

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe West edition on Sunday catches up to the BFCCPS expansion update.

"One of the Commonwealth’s oldest charter schools is moving to a new building in Franklin with hopes of reducing its waiting list and doubling its enrollment within 10 years. 
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School plans to break ground this spring on a 72,000-square foot building at 500 Financial Park Drive. 
The new facility will allow the school to grow from 450 students in kindergarten through eighth grade to 900, said Heather Zolnowski, head of school."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2018/01/26/franklin-charter-school-about-expand/qwKyASpp3ICsDHC1jsAUnL/story.html

The expansion of the school, doubling their capacity over several years, may have an effect on the Franklin school district enrollment which is already in a decline for the elementary enrollment. How that will affect the Franklin schools could also have a budget impact. Stay close to the Franklin budget cycle to find out.

Related posts on the Charter School expansion


http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/01/benjamin-franklin-classical-charter.html

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/08/the-new-building-is-projected-to-cost.html

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/06/bfccps-expansion-update.html

A concept rendering of the new Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School building that is planned in Franklin. (ARROWSTREET)
A concept rendering of the new Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
building that is planned in Franklin. (ARROWSTREET)

In the News: town government 101; school choice by the numbers

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

"Kelsey London knew a two-hour talk about government would likely be heavy educational material for her two young daughters. 
“It’s still a good introduction,” she said at the Franklin Public Library Saturday morning, “even if you don’t understand everything.” 
The Franklin family was at the first event in a planned discussion series in town, meant to help residents understand and become involved in government. 
The forum drew about 20 people. Local and state officials explained how government works, from the simple – the difference between a senator and a representative – to the complex – how Franklin officials decide the town budget."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180128/franklin-in-focus-works-to-increase-civic-participation

The Franklin Town Government 101 group on Saturday (Jeff Roy Facebook photo)
The Franklin Town Government 101 group on Saturday (Jeff Roy Facebook photo)


The article on School Choice which Milford Daily News ran on Jan 20, 2018 has been re-posted with an interactive table. The table depicts two graphs: one of the sending and receiving students for a school district, and two, the sending and receiving funds for the school district. 

View the full article online
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180128/school-choice-brings-benefits-challenges-for-budgets


A screen capture of the Franklin selection is shown here:

school choice by the numbers
school choice by the numbers