Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities in Marketing/Communications, Health nurse, Executive Asst, Custodians, etc.

Job Opportunities

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.  

  • Marketing and Communications Specialist - Offices of the Town Administrator and Superintendent of Schools
  • Public Health Nurse - Health Department
  • Regional Health Agent - Sanitary Inspections and Enforcement - Metacomet Public Health Alliance (apply through the Town of Wrentham)
  • Executive Assistant - Town Administrator's Office
  • Part-time and Substitute Custodians - Facilities Department

If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.

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Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities

Be the Match for Gigi - June 26 (video)

Gigi is a beautiful 2 year old in need of a stem cell bone marrow transplant matched donor. There will be a drive through event on Saturday, June 26 at the Horace Mann Middle School from 9 AM to 1 PM to conduct the 5 minute cheek swab while in your car.

PLEASE NOTE:  To join the registry you must be 18-44 years old, in good health and willing to donate to any patient in need.

Questions? Contact Ann Evans at Be The Match New England or 401-714-6240

Can't make the event - join the registry at

30 second video promo link ->

Download the poster as a reminder: 

Be the Match for Gigi - June 26
Be the Match for Gigi - June 26 (video)

FYI Be the Match from TCAM TV on Vimeo.

Keeping wits and hope alive

For the runners among us:
"For the first third of his preliminary race at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, Sean McGorty ran comfortably, keeping pace near the front of a heap of 14 runners. He had started running the 3,000-meter steeplechase — a middle-distance event that requires competitors to hurdle high, hard barriers, sometimes over 2½-feet-deep pits of water — in May, but already he had achieved the qualifying standard.

McGorty, a Fairfax native and Chantilly High graduate, entered Oregon’s Hayward Field hopeful to reach the Tokyo Olympics. To secure his place in the final, he would need to finish in the top five. Everything was going to plan one kilometer in, until it wasn’t. A runner stepped on the back of McGorty’s right foot, ripping down the heel of his shoe.

“I got a flat tire,” McGorty said."
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Sean McGorty finished ninth in his preliminary heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Sean McGorty finished ninth in his preliminary heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

350 MASS: Who's Delaying Climate Action in MA? (video)

Via 350 MASS: 

"Earlier this year, Brown University released a bombshell report that identified the forces working against climate action in Massachusetts. 
Hear from researchers Trevor Culhane, Galen Hall, and J Timmons Roberts, as well as Rep. Mike Connolly to answer the question everyone is asking: Who's Delaying Climate Action in MA? "

video link ->


MA News Briefs: traffic is back, legislature rebuffs Gov Baker, remote access should stay for meetings

“Traffic, for all intents and purposes, is back to about 2019 levels on most roadways in Massachusetts at this point,” Gulliver said in a presentation to the Department of Transportation’s board.
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"House lawmakers on Tuesday rejected Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to spend $2.8 billion of federal funds provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan, opting instead to stow the majority of the $5.3 billion in aid into a separate account under the Legislature’s control.

House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano and Senate President Karen E. Spilka said in a statement Tuesday that by placing the money in a separate fund, it will allow lawmakers to decide how best to use the money with input from the public."
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"As we look back on the hellish year gone by, it’s also time to sort through those changes worth keeping, those things that actually made improvements in our lives.

And those changes don’t begin and end with to-go cocktails — as much fun as they were. One of the best things to come out of the pandemic lockdown was the way most government bodies from Beacon Hill committees to municipal boards and commissions adapted, allowing their own members and members of the public to attend meetings remotely — from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Computer screens became that critical window on the political world that allowed the public to tune in to legislative committee hearings on crucial issues, city council hearings, town meetings. And not merely to tune in, in many of those cases, but also to offer remote testimony. Distance or disability was no longer a factor. Nor was the inability to get a babysitter or reluctance to make the hours-long trek from Pittsfield to Boston."
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495/MetroWest Partnership: Our 2021 "Strength in Numbers" Report

Strength in Numbers 2021
& Community Profiles
Each year, the 495/MetroWest Partnership publishes our Strength in Numbers report, highlighting our region's advantages and successes. While 2020 brought with it instability, hardship, and unprecedented challenges for all of our stakeholders, 2021 has shown optimism and resurgence in the 495/MetroWest region. While many residents and businesses were adversely impacted by the pandemic, our region was uniquely well-positioned to weather the crisis economically, due to a strong presence of invulnerable economic sectors and a highly educated workforce, consistently enjoying comparatively lower unemployment. Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, those advantages continue to serve our region well.
Accompanying our 2021 Strength in Numbers report are economic and demographic profiles of each of our 36 cities and towns. Data points presented in each community profile include population changes, educational attainment, commuting patterns, housing information, occupations and industries, and more.
We invite our stakeholders to utilize our Strength in Numbers report and the accompanying community profiles in promoting the region and inviting others to be a part of all that is happening throughout our 36 communities!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if the Partnership can be of any assistance to you:
Jason Palitsch, Executive Director
(774) 760-0495 x105

Thank you for your continued commitment to strengthening our region.

The 495/MetroWest Partnership | 200 Friberg Parkway, Suite 1003, Westborough, MA 01581

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“Massachusetts is going to be ground zero for the next wave of this fight”

"A fight that became the most expensive ballot measure in California’s history has arrived in full force in Massachusetts, setting the stage for a potentially costly campaign that could reshape the state’s labor law and how hundreds of thousands of workers operate under it.

The question of whether Uber drivers, DoorDash delivery people, and other so-called gig economy workers should be classified as independent contractors or employees has already reared its head in litigation and at the State House, where a bill backed by the major ride-hailing companies is working through Beacon Hill’s legislative gears.

But the emergence of two similarly named but opposing coalitions — each claiming the backing of app-based workers — is seeding a potential ballot question fight next fall, when voters could be asked to decide how the workers should be treated."
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Library of Congress: Copyright Public Modernization Committee Announced

Library Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee

The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office's modernization initiative.  The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Housing Production Plan comment period is closing Friday June 25, 2021

Have you sent in your comments yet?

Sections of the plan were shared here in advance of the first public hearing at the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust meeting (June 2, 2021).

Housing Production Plan sections
  • The Introduction to the **2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft**
  • Executive Summary: ** 2021 Town of Franklin Housing Production Plan (HPP) ***
  • Plan Development and Public Participation ** 2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft **
  • Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment ** 2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft **
  • Strategies for Affordable Housing Production ** 2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft **
  • Find the full copy of the Housing Production Plan
  • Info on the public comment period

Meeting notes and audio links

Municipal Affordable Housing Trust meeting (audio with link to recap)

Economic Development Subcommittee meeting (recap)

The Housing Production Plan comment period is closing Friday June 25, 2021
The Housing Production Plan comment period is closing Friday June 25, 2021 Schedule for Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Listen each week on the air at 102●9 fm, and online at our website, wfpr●fm as we bring more of our community – to community radio.  

9 AMFinance Cmte - 6/16/21
10 AMWonderful World of Wine
11 AM Community Preservation Cmte - 6/17/21
12 noonFinance Cmte - 6/16/21
1 PMWonderful World of Wine
2 PMCommunity Preservation Cmte - 6/17/21
3 PMMusic of the Swingin’ Big Band Era
4 PMGreat American Songbook
5 PMGreat American Songbook
6 PMFinance Cmte - 6/16/21
7 PMWonderful World of Wine
8 PMCommunity Preservation Cmte - 6/17/21 Schedule for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Schedule for Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tri-County RVT High School 42nd Graduation Ceremony - June 6, 2021

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School officially gave 221 diplomas during the school’s 42nd graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 6th.

Superintendent-Director, Stephen Dockray, was joined on stage by School Committee Chair Brian Mushnick of Norfolk, Principal Michael Procaccini, Vocational Director Cathie Rebelo, Director of Special Education John Martin, Class Valedictorian Vivienne Seested of Franklin, Class Salutatorian Gerard (Ace) Ayotte, III of Seekonk, and. Class President Jennavive Barber of North Attleboro.

“You have made it to today despite a world-wide pandemic happening around you for the past 15 months. You have had to adapt continually over your last two school years here at Tri-County. This is a skill set that will serve you well in future years,” Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray said. “Class of 2021, you did it! You should be SO proud of yourselves. It may not have been an easy road, but you made it!”

During her inspiring Valedictory speech, Seested spoke about Tri-County’s motto, “Work Hard, Today Counts,” and encouraged her classmates to “Work hard, work smart. Your yesterday, today, and tomorrow count.”

Barber’s Class President speech saluted her graduating classmates by saying, “Among us are electricians who powered light to hospitals, IT experts who fixed students’ Chromebooks during distance learning, and even healthcare workers who took care of COVID patients. We may have not had a normal high school experience, but as a vocational school, we did something bigger; we impacted the world in ways teenagers have never done before. We were unlike any others before us; we were unprecedented.”
Tri-County RVT High School 42nd Graduation Ceremony - June 6, 2021
Tri-County RVT High School 42nd Graduation Ceremony - June 6, 2021

Several students were awarded local scholarships and tool awards totaling $82,100 available exclusively to Tri-County students during the ceremony. Similar to scholarships, tool awards are given by local businesses, civic organizations, and families to aid students entering the workforce to purchase tools for their trade.

One of the largest scholarships awarded is the Dean College scholarship given annually to one Tri-County graduate. Anna Weidman, an Engineering Career Program graduate from Franklin, has been awarded a $36,000 tuition scholarship to Dean College for the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years/eight semesters of attendance at Dean College. This is the twenty-third year that Dean College has awarded a scholarship to a Tri-County Regional student.

This year, Digital Federal Credit Union granted $10,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. 

The Tri-County graduation was held on a stage designed and constructed by the teachers and students of our Carpentry Program. The new stage will be used for years to come, and their hard work is much appreciated.

Many Tri-County graduates will further their education by attending a university or post-secondary education. Others will enter the workforce with the certifications and skills gained throughout their high school career, and five Tri-County graduates plan to enter into the U.S. Military.


graduation was held on a stage designed and constructed by the teachers and students of our Carpentry Program
graduation was held on a stage designed and constructed by the teachers and students of our Carpentry Program

FHS baseball, girls and boys lacrosse teams win to advance in playoffs

From we share the FHS spring sports playoff results: 

Baseball - D1 South = #16 Durfee, 1 @ #1 Franklin, 15 – Final (5 Inn.) 
– Franklin exploded for 12 runs in the fourth innning, turning a two-run game into a blowout against visiting Durfee. The Panthers built a 3-1 lead over the first three innings but the offense was nearly unstoppable in the fourth, recording nine hits and three walks to put the game out of reach. Junior Chris Goode (double, run, three RBI), sophomore Ryan Gerety (double, three runs, two RBI) and freshman Henry DiGiorgio (three runs, RBI) all smacked three hits to lead the way for the Franklin offense. CJ Jette added two hits and two runs, Jack Marino drove in two runs and scored twice, Jake Fitzibbons hit a double, had a walk and drove in two runs, Nate Cooke reached twice with an RBI, and Ben Jarosz had a hit, two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Jacob Jette earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in four innings of work while striking out six. Franklin will host #8 Norwood on Wednesday at 7:00PM.

Boys Lacrosse - D1 South = #16 Mansfield, 3 @ #1 Franklin, 16 – Final 
– Franklin’s Justin Alexander only lost one faceoff as the Panthers rolled to their third win over Mansfield this season, this one in the state tournament. Sophomore Luke Davis led the attack with three goals and six assists, Matt Lazzaro added three goals and four assists and Jayden Consigli netted five goals in the win. Owen Kielty added a pair of goals and Joe Consigli notched a goal and four assists. Franklin will host #9 seed Wellesley on Wednesday at 6:30.

Girls Lacrosse - D1 East = #9 Acton-Boxboro, 10 @ #1 Franklin, 15 – Final 
– Franklin jumped ahead of Acton-Boxboro early and never surrendered the lead to advance to the next round. The Panthers took a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and pushed the advantage to 11-1 by halftime. Franklin held a 13-4 advantage going into the final quarter where A-B pumped in some goals to tighten the score. Katie Jones scored three goals and had two assists while Katie Peterson accounted for a pair of goals and a pair of assists in the win. Jamie Tanner played well on defense and in the midfield, notching six draw controls and three caused turnovers. Brigid Earley made eight saves in the win for Franklin, who will host #5 seed Lincoln-Sudbury on Wednesday at 4:00.

Boys Tennis - D1 South - #8 Needham, 3 @ #1 Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Franklin took wins at first and second singles but lost both doubles matches and third singles, falling to Needham to end the season. Senior Liam Marr emerged from a battle at first singles with a 6-4, 4-6, 14-12 win while Vayshnav Malhotra recorded a 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 win at second singles for the Panthers.

For other spring sports playoff results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Tickets Are Selling Fast, So Grab Them While They Last! - Studio Two at THE BLACK BOX June 26

Less Than A Week Until Showtime!
Saturday, June 26, 2021

Doors at 6pm | Music at 7pm
The Black Box | 15 West Central Street | Franklin, MA

Raffles | Door Prize | Complimentary Dessert Bar | Full Cash Bar
From the band: Studio Two is a headlining Beatles tribute band, comprised of Berklee Alumni who focus on the most exciting, energetic period of The Beatles: the early years (1962 - 1966). Choosing from a catalog of songs from their club and touring performances, Studio Two captures all of the excitement and danceable 50's and 60's Rock 'n' Roll songs The Beatles helped popularize. All of this is done in period correct attire and equipment. You will be transported in time! 
*The event is scheduled to take place outdoors; if weather does not permit this, the show will proceed as scheduled, at the same time and location, but indoors.

Please park in the adjacent Rockland Trust lot. Those arriving in wheelchairs should locate the "Wheelchair Drop-Off" sign near the building entrance for better accessibility.
Thanks to Philip Lippolis Plumbing & Heating in Walpole for, once again, generously sponsoring this event! Proceeds from this event benefit the programs of HMEA, which support more than 5,000 children, adults, and families throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island impacted by intellectual and developmental disability. We appreciate the generosity of our sponsor and you, the attendees!
Get Your Tickets Before They Sell Out!
HMEA | 8 Forge Park East, Franklin, MA 02038

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