Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"my tagline at the time was: 'this is math, not politics'.”

In the Franklin Matters series of posts about local government, the Freakonomics Podcast has a great interview with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo that is shareworthy:

"Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Be a Modern Democrat — and Win.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) 
Gina Raimondo, the governor of tiny Rhode Island, has taken on unions, boosted big business, and made friends with Republicans. She is also one of just 15 Democratic governors in the country. Would there be more of them if there were more like her?"

subscribe to Freakonomics Radio
subscribe to Freakonomics Radio

The Freakonomics Podcast page also has a transcript of the interview and other supporting info  http://freakonomics.com/podcast/modern-democrat-win/

Editorial Note:

Central Falls, RI made news when it went bankrupt largely due to unfunded pension liabilities. Franklin also has significant pension liabilities (OPEB). We are taking steps to fund these but we also have other funding requirements for roads and schools to name just two that are top of mind. 

What can we do now to help prepare for 2028 when Franklin will be (hopefully) celebrating its 250 anniversary? I think we can start by talking to one another. To borrow the line from Gina, "this is math, not politics."

What should our priorities be? What can we do to fund them?

Events to find out info and join the conversation:

  • Jan 27 - Franklin Town Government 101

  • Feb 13 - Legislative Forum on School Funding


Enjoy a day on the slopes - Mar 3 (round trip bus and lift tickets)

Enjoy a day on the slopes!

Depart FHS Parking Lot on a Coach Bus – 5:30 AM 
Depart Bretton Woods to return home – 4:30 PM
Special Ticket Price: $109*

*Includes Transportation and Lift Tickets
*Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent / guardian

Interested? For more information and to REGISTER go to: www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com

Enjoy a day on the slopes - Mar 3 (round trip bus and lift tickets)
Enjoy a day on the slopes - Mar 3 (round trip bus and lift tickets)

FPAC presents Noises Off - Jan 19, 20, 21

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the hysterical farce, Noises Off, at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. 

Directed by Nick Paone, the comedy hit runs this weekend only, with performances on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m.

Michael Frayn’s Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening show, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. 

Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and – of course – flying sardines.

Tickets are $26, with general seating. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370. Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

FPAC presents Noises Off - Jan 19, 20, 21
FPAC presents Noises Off - Jan 19, 20, 21

FHS girls hockey and gymnastics teams both post wins on Monday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Monday, Jan 15, 2018.

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ Brookline/Newton South, 0 – Final
– Franklin senior Jackie Connelly scored the only goal of the game to help the Panthers earn a win on the road.

Gymnastics = Franklin, 130.65 @ Canton, 105.50 – Final
– Franklin senior Liz Traphagen won the All Around with a score of 34.7 while junior Sadie Rondeau was second, scoring an 8.5 on beam and 8.0 on floor. Mia Lizotte scored an 8.90 on vault and a 9.1 on floor, senior Molly Stanton’s score on beam, junior Rachel Cyr’s vault score, freshman Katelyn Guidi score on bars, and freshman Lexi Lupien’s scores on vault, beam and, floor all counted towards the Panthers’ win.

For the other Hockomock League results on Monday


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Via the Twitterverse

If anyone knows where the results of the Davey meet can be found please let me know. I have looked in all the usual places and can't find any Franklin results for Monday.

"It's all about the money"

"How are drug trafficking organizations getting record amounts of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil into Manchester, New Hampshire, the epicenter of the opioid crisis in New England? Two journalists—equipped with two DSLR cameras, 8 GoPros and a laptop—embark on a 1,700-mile journey to find out.

"Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline" takes you on an exclusive, eye-opening, front lines ride through the pipeline that runs from the shores of the Dominican Republic, through Puerto Rico, up the East Coast and into New Hampshire. With the United States focused on securing its southern border, more traffickers are going through America’s “back door” to get their drugs on the streets where demand is the highest. 
Celine McArthur and Freddy Wheeler find out why the Caribbean Corridor is appealing for traffickers. They also show you some of the methods traffickers use to pump their drugs through the pipeline without getting caught—at least, not often. 
Watch and learn from the people who know what’s really going on: A Dominican drug smuggler, a Puerto Rican woman smoking crack on an inner-city street overrun by drugs, an addicted mother who deals out of her New Hampshire home, a 21-year-old Manchester dealer sitting behind bars for a fourth time, admitting he has no idea what he’s selling. 
"Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline" also gives you an inside look at how first responders and local, state, federal and international law enforcement are taking action against the multibillion-dollar narco-industry on land, by sea and in the air. 
The story behind the story: Celine McArthur and Freddy Wheeler were mapping out the special when their television station in Boston unexpectedly shut down. Because the issue is so important to the region, they decided to produce the special on their own time, using their own equipment."

Beyond the Border: The Opioid Pipeline from Freddy Wheeler on Vimeo.

Hat tip to the SAFE Coalition and Patrick Casey for letting us know about this video  https://www.facebook.com/safecoalitionma/posts/1193272637469607


Annual Report 2017: Human Resources Department

The Annual Report is compiled and published each year to be ready for voters to obtain at the November election. A PDF copy is also posted online and available for viewing our downloading. 

The following is a text representation of the printed pages 93-94 (actually 100-101 of 264)

Human Resources Department

The primary function of all departments of the Town of Franklin is Customer Service. To support this, we work to hire and retain the best employees possible. The Human Resources Department provides Customer Service primarily to applicants, active and former employees and retirees.

During this fiscal year turn-over of staff has been high as we continued to see a transition in staff. Baby boomers retired and some employees have moved on to new positions outside Franklin.

Three (3) Clerical staff, two (2) Custodians, four (4) Dispatchers, two (2) DPW workers, two Patrol Officers, four (4) Firefighters, and three (3) members of the professional staff resigned or retired. We were very sad to have one of our Full-Time Fire Dispatchers pass on unexpectedly.

We were fortunate to be able to hire well qualified individuals as clerks (2), custodians (3), DPW workers (2), Dispatchers (4), Firefighters (5), experienced Patrol Officers (3), professional and support staff for various departments (4) as well as a new Youth Services Librarian. Hiring includes a transition of management in the Human Resources Department. As the fiscal year ends we are also finalized the hiring over thirty (30) high school and college students to work in temporary jobs or the summer in DPW or Public Facilities, working with full time staff to cut grass, pick up trash, move furniture, and clean classrooms. They learn a bit about what it takes to care for the Town schools, public buildings, and grounds, and provide a valuable service.

There are many conversations about benefits with new hires, and questions continue throughout an employee’s time with the Town, as their lives change, and contact continues into retirement.

In addition to the mandatory participation in Norfolk Retirement System, the Town offers:

  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short and Long Term Disability plans
  • Section 457 Savings Plans

Health Insurance continues to be a major focus of planning, budgeting and communication. Federal Health Care Reform, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a significant impact on our health insurance program and premiums as it includes per capita fees for a national study commissions. Uncertainties about what will happen on the Federal level causes many to ask what they can expect for coverage in the future, but that is not something we can predict. Other than wages and salaries, it represents one of the largest single costs to the Town. The reporting requirements for this new mandate are extensive and complex. We work closely with the Comptroller’s Office to be sure records for each individual are correct, as they become a part of reporting to the IRS.

All employees, other than Police and Fire, are covered by Workers’ Compensation, a federally mandated program. Our goal is to prevent accidents and lost time from work, and to protect individuals from financial loss when there is an incident. This “no fault” insurance is designed to provide income security and medical coverage for individuals injured on the job. Since July 2011, the program has been insured with MIIA. Human Resources continues to ensure that incident reports are filed timely with Worker’s Compensation. We are now able to file claims “on line” to get them set up quickly so employees are treated and claims processed quickly. Employees who have needed to use the services report a strong and positive experience working with claims managers. We also work with managers and employees across the Town to support safe work practices, so that the frequency and length of workers’ compensation and 111F absences are held to a minimum. The number and severity of incidents has been reduced significantly and we appreciate the work of all employees who practice safe work habits. Our goal is to get each employee back to their job as quickly as they can perform their tasks safely. There is no benefit to anyone who needs to be out for a work related injury.

The Town of Franklin Safety Committee monitors practices and policies, with an eye to reducing hazards at the worksite. In the future, this committee will be under the arm of the Deputy Town Administrator.

We provide benefits that are competitive with the market to attract and keep the right workforce and provide those quality benefits at the lowest cost possible. We review all benefit programs on a regular basis to be sure they comply with Federal and State laws. We continue to work to comply with all new reports and regulations. Over the coming year this will continue to add complexity as we coordinate changes at the Federal level with state regulations, or locally negotiated agreements.

We provide benefits that are competitive with the market to attract and keep the right workforce and provide those quality benefits at the lowest cost possible. In addition to active employees we are responsible for over 550 retirees and spouses of retirees of the Town of Franklin and Franklin Public Schools who have health and/or life insurance as a result of their long-term employment with the Town.

All retirees from the Town and School Department are cared for in the Human Resources Department. Retirees contact our office with changes to their health insurance programs as they move around the country and become eligible for Medicare. We enjoy hearing about their activities after they have left employ with the town. As retirees are a very mobile population, it is our goal and mission to assist all retirees and their covered spouses with any questions they might have which includes the processing of all of their enrollment, coverage and address changes on a daily basis. They receive mailings each year as health insurance plans and rates changes.

As we begin the next year our goals include:

  • Complete the successful transition for the new Human Resources Manager. A new perspective will bring new opportunities to deliver services.
  • Seek opportunities to streamline processes and reduce paper processes while remaining in compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Work with all departments to maintain a safe work environment, to reduce lost time from on the job injuries.
  • Review return to work options for employees who have been out on Workers’ Compensation or 111F.
  • Review best practices in the public sector and find opportunities for skill development to offer to municipal employees.
  • Continue to monitor changes arising from National Health Care Reform.
  • Identify the various workload activities, and ensure proper documentation and training.
  • Partner with School HR activities to find service improvements and cost-efficiencies.
  • Deliver high quality customer service to employees, retirees, and citizens.
  • Constantly monitor full range of benefit options.

Focus on the Health Insurance Program.

  • Identify information which can be best communicated electronically and keep web site current.
  • Provide excellent service to and resolve administrative issues arising from municipal health insurance program.
  • Facilitate managers using job descriptions and performance evaluations to strengthen organizational and employee performance.
  • Support managers and employees in employee relations activities.

We appreciate our employees and retirees and look forward to another year of providing timely and useful service to them.

It has been my pleasure to serve the Town as Human Resources Director, and wish all well in the coming years.

Respectfully submitted

Stephanie Lutz
Human Resources Director.

Annual Report 2017: Human Resources Department
Annual Report 2017: Human Resources Department

This was the last report by Stephanie, Karen Bratt is now handling Human Resources  http://www.franklinma.gov/human-resources

You can find the online copy at the Town of Franklin webpage

and specifically for 2017

In the News: Franklin readathon at Library; Relay for Life planning underway

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

"For the first time, the library will host a public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the town’s namesake. 
The reading will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and features multiple guest readers from the area, including State Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, and local inventor and engineer John Berg. 
“I’m really excited about, I think it’s a really cool thing,” Berg said. 
Lured by Franklin’s work with electricity and engineering, Berg said he’s delighted to help in the reading."

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public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

"For anyone looking to make a difference this year, and have a good time doing it, the Relay for Life is coming up fast. 
Merging with Medway this year, Franklin’s Relay for Life will hold its annual kickoff event at Cole’s Tavern in Franklin on Jan. 30. 
Volunteer Tamra Waslewski said that with so many other fundraisers available, the Relay for Life has lost some of the steam it has had in years past. 
“Relay for Life used to be so important to all of the communities, and very well-attended. It was a blast,” she said. “Over the years it’s sort of dwindled down, and I think it’s because everyone’s fundraising and it’s just saturated.”

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Monday, January 15, 2018

"And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true"

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. (My Lord, No, no, no, no) [applause] We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. (My Lord) Again and again (No, no), we must rise to the majestic heights (Yes) of meeting physical force with soul force."
The full text of Dr Martin Luther King's speech can be found here

School Committee Recap - Jan 9, 2018

The School Committee meeting January 9, 2018 included an update from Superintendent Ahern on the Keller building sprinkler problem, a reminder on he School Start Times Advisory Committee, an update on the recent snow days, and a reminder on the report cards coming home.

The full text of her message can be found in the file here:

Presentation copy for the SEL discussion

Presentation copy for the FHS School Improvement Plan update

Asst Superintendent Peter Light during the SEL discussion
Asst Superintendent Peter Light during the SEL discussion

Additional notes taken live during the meeting can be found here

Franklin Historical Museum announces Second Sunday Speaker Series

The Franklin Historical Museum is launching a new speaker series to be held the second Sunday of each month starting in February. Speakers, on a wide range of historical topics, will give presentations that will run from 60-90 minutes. Each presentation will begin at 1:15 PM.

"We're excited about his new speaker program and hope it becomes something the community will look forward to, depend on, and enjoy", says Historical Commission member Mary Olsson. "We just started booking speakers last month, and although not all dates are full at this time, we have a strong line up at this point."

February 11 : Paul Compton – "Saving Franklin's Historic Homes from the Wrecking Ball" 
- Compton, a long time resident, engineered the relocation of 5 houses from the last 1960s to the 1990s. At least one of those homes dated back to the 1840s. The homes, now located on Pond Street were in the way of 'progress'. Compton illustrates his motivation, enterprise, and technique in saving these home from the wrecking ball.

March 11 : Alan Earles – "The Blizzard of '78" 
- Local historian and writer Earls takes a look back at the impact of the storm and the memories it evokes to this day.

April 8: Joe Landry – "Notable Women in Franklin's History" 
- A museum favorite returns with a presentation on some of Franklin's most famous and historical figures in Franklin's past.

May 13 : James Johnston – "The Oliver Pond House in Context" 
- Franklin Historian and author, Johnston is a descendent of the Pond family, an original founding family of Franklin. Johnston has been the owner and caretaker of the museum-like historical home for the past several decades. This timely presentation on the Oliver Pond home is sure to be entertaining.

June, July and August: special guest speakers to coincide with the annual summer Bridal Gown Exhibit. Details to follow.

September 9: TBD

October 14: Mike Tougias – "King Philip's War" 
- NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76. Tougias is the author of the acclaimed Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War), and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.

November 11: Alan Earls - "Monuments (part II)" 
– The story of the war memorials on Franklin Common. A follow-up to the interesting presentation last fall, historian Earls reveals the story behind the story of our town's war memorials.

December 9: TBD

In addition, the museum has an aggressive event schedule planned starting with hosting the Cultural Connections Roundtable event on February 1; the celebration of the Town's 240th Birthday on March 3; and the participation in the state-wide cultural ART WEEK with five scheduled events and exhibits. A full year of events is scheduled. Follow us on Facebook for timely updates.

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street, is wheelchair accessible and entry is always free.

You can also visit the Historical Museum on the web at

or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FHM02038

Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St
Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St 

Globe West: Alicia Kutil

In the College Update section of the Boston Globe West on Sunday:

Boston Globe image (PARIS FELOGLOY)
Boston Globe image (PARIS FELOGLOY)
Averaging 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game this season, the 6-foot senior netted 25 points on 12-of-19 field goal shooting to help UMass Dartmouth (9-2) extend its 6-game winning streak with a win over Regis Jan. 7.


Register O'Donnell Outlines Norfolk County Real Estate Activity for 2017

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Outlines Norfolk County Real Estate Activity for 2017

While the eastern Massachusetts economy was strong in 2017, the Norfolk County real estate market remained challenged when it came to such issues as real estate sales and mortgage lending.

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted, "An analysis of 2017 real estate activity in Norfolk County showed a total of 18,533 real estate transactions, both residential and commercial. This represented 0% growth from 2016. In addition, the total volume of residential and commercial sales last year totaled $8.2 billion, a 10% decline from 2016. The average sales price, again both residential and commercial, was $710,654, a decrease of 8% from the previous year."

Another failing real estate indicator was a 9% drop in the number of land documents recorded at the Registry in 2017. A total of 152,927 Norfolk County land documents were recorded in 2017 compared to 167,600 in 2016.

The reduction in land documents can be strongly attributed to the falling number of mortgages recorded. A total of 27,563 mortgages were recorded in 2017, representing a 19% decrease from 2016. Total mortgage financing closed at $18.8 billion, a 2% decrease from the previous year. Register O'Donnell stated, "These numbers clearly indicate Norfolk County homeowners are being very careful with taking on debt."

Norfolk County residents continued to avail themselves of the protections provided by the Homestead Act. A total of 12,670 Homesteads were recorded in 2017, a 1% increase over 2016. O'Donnell noted, "A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge homeowners who have not recorded a Homestead against their primary residence to consider this valuable consumer protection tool."

Foreclosure activity saw improving results during the 2017 calendar year, but these numbers come with a note of caution. A total of 268 foreclosure deeds were filed in Norfolk County in 2017, compared to 294 in the previous year. In addition, Notice to Foreclose Mortgage, the first step in the foreclosure process, also decreased by 15.1%. Register O'Donnell stated, "These are good numbers year over year, but I want to point out the numbers of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings actually increased a sobering 57% in the 4th quarter of 2017 compared to the 4th quarter of 2016. We will need to closely watch this number to see if a trend develops."

The Registry continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x-376, 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, "Just as we are seeing across the country, a lack of real estate inventory is adversely affecting the Norfolk County real estate market. We will not see a significant gain in real estate sales numbers until inventory numbers improve. In addition, consumers continue to be very careful when it comes to borrowing. A particular area of caution is refinancing for big ticket items such as home improvements. Two additional factors that we will need to keep an eye on in 2018 are the affect increased interest rates will have on consumer behavior and the impact the recently signed re-write of the federal tax code will have on people deciding whether to borrow."

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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"Senior SAFE grants to help provide education to older adults"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Nearly two dozen MetroWest and Milford-area fire departments received state grants on Friday. 
In all, 255 fire departments across the state received Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grants. The money, which is awarded by the governor’s office, provides departments money to work with school teachers to help provide fire and life lessons. 
Many of the departments also received Senior SAFE grants to help provide education to older adults. 
“The S.A.F.E. and Senior Safe programs are having a great impact on the fire and life safety of our most vulnerable populations – children and elders,” state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostrosky said in a release. “The fire departments being supported in these public education efforts are increasing the safety of the people in their communities.” 
  • Franklin: $5,407
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Franklin (MA) Fire Dept
Franklin (MA) Fire Dept

Friendly Reminder: School Start Times Advisory Committee applications due Jan 17

Franklin has started out on the right foot by inviting you, the stakeholders, to participate in the discussion and study to "study the feasibility of adjusting school start times in Franklin based on current research related to children and sleep."

You have likely heard that the Boston Public Schools attempted to take a systematic, yes, using a mathematical algorithm to develop school start times. The team was highly qualified but as the news has been touting left out conversations with all the stakeholders until after the new start times were developed. The Boston school start times implementation has now been canceled.

It will be different in Franklin. The stakeholders will be at the table first to study, review, discuss, and ultimately "present their findings and possible recommendations for the School Committee to consider."  

What does the timeline for the Advisory Committee look like?
  • Applications accepted through Jan 17, 2018
  • Committee appointments approved by School Committee at Jan 23, 2018 meeting
  • Advisory Committee starts work in Feb 2018
  • Meet approximately twice a month (one full group meeting, one subcommittee meeting), exact times and schedules TBD
  • Present recommendation to School Committee January 2019

You have several options:
  1. Sign up to take part as a member of the Advisory Committee (sign up info below)
  2. Participate in as many of the public meetings there will be to observe and have your say (meeting schedule TBD)
  3. Follow along as Franklin Matters reports on the meetings and progress of the Advisory Committee (subscribe via email to ensure you get all the info  http://www.franklinmatters.org/p/welcome.html)

I would encourage you to consider the first and second options. You can then also help to craft and add to the reporting on the third option.

The conversation about to begin will help Franklin prepare for what it will look like in 2028. What is 2028? The 250th anniversary of its founding.

school start times would likely change the bus schedules. Boston attempted  to save money that way. What will happen in Franklin remains to be seen
school start times would likely change the bus schedules. Boston attempted
to save money that way. What will happen in Franklin remains to be seen.



The purpose of the School Start Times Advisory Committee will be to study the feasibility of adjusting school start times in Franklin based on current research related to children and sleep. The Advisory Committee will be considering any proposed changes within the local context. Representatives from the Advisory Committee will present their findings and possible recommendations for the School Committee to consider. Changes to school start times, if any, are to be decided by the Franklin School Committee.

The commitment for this committee is expected to be two meetings per month, most likely in the evenings. The committee is planned for the 2018 calendar year, with a presentation to School Committee planned for January, 2019. All activities of this committee will be subject to the Open Meeting Law.

If you would like to apply to be a member of the Advisory Committee, please fill out this form. The deadline to complete this form is Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 5 PM. Appointment of committee members by School Committee is scheduled to be made at the January 23, 2018 School Committee meeting.

Click on this link to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/stAh38Ok8637KwkG2

Thank you,

Franklin Public Schools

Additional Resources

an archive of school start times articles

The Boston School Superintendent statement on canceling the start times change  (subscription may be required)

The Boston Globe article on canceling the start times change  (subscription may be required)

The Boston Globe article on the algorithm used to calculate the start time hours and resulting bus schedules  (subscription may be required)

This was originally posted Dec 24, 2017

No delay in the trash and recycling schedule this week

There is no delay in the trash and recycling schedule this week. Yes, Monday is Martin Luther King Day and a holiday with Town offices and the Library closed. 

This is NOT one of the holidays that brings a delay in the schedule. If your trash is scheduled for Monday, today is the day.

For those whose trees were not picked up last week, we'll wait until Tuesday to find out how the schedule will be recovered. Unless, the trees are indeed picked up today. Some folks did not get them picked up last Friday/Saturday.

Franklin Residents: Trash and Recycling pick up schedule - no delay this week
Franklin Residents: Trash and Recycling pick up schedule - no delay this week

Additional info on the trash and recycling schedule can be found on the Town of Franklin webpage  http://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste

"if the town moves forward with another round of cuts instead, he wouldn’t know where to make them"

From the Twitterverse, comes notice of budget discussions not far away in North Attleboro.

"Public safety departments made their case in support of a Proposition 2 1/2 override Thursday, not with dire forecasts or threats of cuts to come if they don’t see the influx of cash, but with pleas to restore what’s already been stripped from their budgets. 
If more cuts come, they said during a three-hour meeting before selectmen, they wouldn’t know how to absorb them. 
The meeting was the first of three before selectmen are expected to come up with a dollar amount for a tax increase put to vote this April."


Cutting to balance budgets is only one way. There are others, lets have the conversation about what matters. If Franklin is facing a $3M shortfall for the FY 2019 budget, what are we going to do?

Events to find information and join the conversation:
  • Jan 27 - Franklin Town Government 101

  • Feb 13 - Legislative Forum on School Funding


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Upcoming Franklin Music Program Concerts

Franklin High School Jazz Night

Franklin High School is pleased to invite you to our annual Jazz Concert. Come hear our very own award winning FHS Jazz Band under the direction of Mrs. Leighanne Rudsit. Also performing will be three jazz combos under the direction of Mrs. Rudsit. Music will include swing, bebop, ballads and funk. Some big band titles will include “Lindy Hopper’s Delight”, "Oop Bop Sh’Bam”, as well as Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and James Peterik’s “Vehicle”. Featured soloists include Matthew Padula on Tenor Saxophone, Bobby Castro and Myles Polioto on Drums, Zachary Cullins on Trombone, and Mitchell Taylor on Bass. The event will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24 at the Franklin High School auditorium. A $5 donation is requested at the door, but is not required.

Jazz Cafe

Franklin Music Program is pleased to present our annual Jazz Cafe concert! The Jazz Bands from Franklin High School, Remington Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, and Annie Sullivan Middle School will be performing in a jazz club-themed evening. Enjoy a comfortable, casual setting where Franklin's jazz students will set the mood. Family is encouraged to attend and refreshments will be served! Please join us Friday February 2, 7:00 PM at the Franklin High School Cafeteria. Tickets are sold only at the event, $10 person, $25 family. We hope to see you there!

Concert Hour

The Franklin Public Schools Music Department will be presenting two nights of chamber music. “Concert Hour” is a showcase of small musical ensembles from the middle schools and high school. These recitals will take place on Tuesday, February 6th and Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 PM in the Franklin High School auditorium. Come hear our talented student musicians from grades 6-12 perform solo and small ensemble repertoire. The recital is free and open to the public.
Upcoming Franklin Music Program Concerts
Upcoming Franklin Music Program Concerts

Note: All the events put on my the school music program are part of the Community Calendar http://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

Town Council Goals Workshop - FM #137

FM #137

This internet radio show or podcast is number 137 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the Town Council Goals Workshop conducted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Unlike other workshops that I have reported on, this was conducted such that here was no opportunity for citizens participation during the workshop and with limited discussion among the Councilors. No deliberations were planned, no votes were planned, that much was understood going into it. The session was very informative and covered a whole lot of topics.

You can find my notes and the document used to guide the workshop accompanying the recording.

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The workshop recording runs about 75 minutes. Without further ado, here is the recording


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Note - I did record the intro calling this #136 when I should have called it #137. Oops. I caught the mistake as I was processing the MP3 file on the host service and chose not to go back and make the change in the recording itself.