Saturday, June 16, 2012

In the News: Electric Youth, Sweatt Beach, Fast Lane

‘Electric Youth’ embarks on 2012 European concert tour

Summer Fun at the Y...Something for Everyone!

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Our Camp Season Starts: This Monday, June 18th!
Our Summer 1 Classes Begin: The Week of June 25th!  

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11:30AM-1:30 PM

Join Us for Olympic-Themed Games & Activities as we Celebrate the Opening of our NEW SPIER FAMILY Outdoor Aquatics Center!

Franklin & North Attleboro Outdoor Pool Opening Celebrations!
Saturday, June 16

Summer Hours
All 3 outdoor pools will be open to members for family swim (+ 1 lap lane) Mon-Fri from 1-7pm
and Sat & Sun from 12:30-6:00pm.

jumping swim suit girl                'SPLASH' INTO SUMMER!
'Splash' Starts Mon, June 18th.

  • 'Splash' is a 5-day swim & safety program for ages 3-12.
  • Offered this Mon-Fri, June 18-22. 
  • Teaches children basic swimming techniques & a variety of safety & rescue skills, including beach, backyard pool, & boat safety!
  • For beginner & intermediate swimmers.
  • Only $25 for a whole week of lessons!
  • Members & Non-members welcome! 
To register: (members) click here
or visit any of our Member Service Desks (both members or non-members)   

Foxboro 'Splash' Sponsored by
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Reach Out for Youth & Families 

We are on the final leg of the Y's annual campaign, the  Reach Out for Youth & Families Campaign.

We are 74% to our goal of raising $650,000. 100% of every $ is re-invested back into our community to help our neighbors live healthier, happier lives. 

If you have not given yet, please consider making a gift to ROFY today. 

To learn more about the Power of Y Voices, click here. 


Triathlon at Lake Pearl

Sunday, July, 22, 2012
Start time: 8:00am EST
triathlon rounded   Luciano's Lake Pearl
299 Creek Street
Wrentham, MA

Register Today!

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Join me at the 8th annual Run for Bob. This event welcomes individuals and families of all abilities.  Secure your spot in this popular Walk · Run · Roll today.  (Early bird savings will end at midnight tonight, Friday, 6/15!)

For more info and to registerclick here

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The Hockomock Area Y is                   providing Stewards of Children
child protection training for adults in the community. 

 Tues, June 26, 2012 (register by June 22)
North Attleboro Police Facility
120 South Washington St, North Attleboro

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For more info, click here.

Contact Tony Calcia at 508.643.5226 or to schedule a training in your community. For program information, visit


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Friday, June 15, 2012

Good time for a car wash!

The Parmenter school has timed it just right with good weather and Father's Day on Sunday to hold their annual car wash this Saturday

In the News: unemployment rate

Mass. unemployment rate down to 6 percent

In the News: open house, Sons of Italy

Preschool Exploration open house at Dean College, June 19

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"those things are done, I’m going to move on"

Rep Jim Vallee just announced that he would be stepping down immediately from his position in the House. He had previously announced he would not run again this November but at the time it seemed he would stay in the role until then. Given the House schedule and Rep Vallee's new opportunity, it does make sense to move on.

“I have a new job, and they want me to work,” Vallee, D-Franklin, said. “I had a job opportunity that started and, you know, they want me to go to work. I had some things I wanted to get accomplished … and I wanted to ensure that the budget was completed. And now that those things are done, I’m going to move on.” 
“It wasn’t a secret: I got a job opportunity. I took it. I served 18 years. My office will be staffed. And there will be someone available to answer the phones and work on constituent issues,” he said.

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Social media forum Thursday night in Franklin

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Milford's Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health wants parents to be aware of the dangers of social media and to discuss the issues openly in hopes of finding solutions.

The center will host a parent roundtable from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hockomock Area YMCA in Franklin, 45 Forge Hill Road. YMCA staff will be on hand to go over strategies for teaching teens smart ways to use social media.

The cost to register is $10 per person and $15 for groups of two. Register online at

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Franklin Public Library: Survey

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How Are We Doing? The Franklin Public Library is committed to the efficient delivery of high-quality services and wants all customers to have an inviting and welcoming experience. Please take the time to tell us about your most recent visit and how we are doing. Any suggestions will assist us in serving you better.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

“We are very thin administratively"

From the School Committee meeting Tuesday night, Milford Daily News reported:
“You look at the list of schools (they will be attending),” Light said, “and it was by far the most impressive list of schools we’ve ever seen at Franklin High School.” 
Light credited the student schedule implemented this year in helping foster the success of the school’s marquee self-directed-learning program. 
The self-directed learning program gives students, during one of their free periods, the opportunity to pursue personalized courses of study. 
“They have the freedom to create their own learning goals,” Light said.

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Flower power

Downtown Franklin is looking bright and cheerful with the colorful flowers in key spots. Thanks to the Downtown Partnership and all the volunteers for making this happen!

Franklin, MA: railroad bridge flowers

Note: Franklin Matters maintains membership in the Franklin Downtown Partnership. The cost of membership for a citizen to join is only $25.00. If you are interested in Franklin, this might be a good thing to do! Membership forms can be found on the Downtown Partnership website

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Parmenter 5K - photo essay

The Parmenter School was the site for their 4th Annual Run for All Ages on Sunday, Jun 10. Great sunshine greeted all the runners and supporters.

Parmenter 5K: in the shade

The Parmenter Panda kept an eye on what was happening

Parmenter 5K: panda

Attached to some of the light poles or parking signs were a series of student work addressing the question: What is fun about running?

Parmenter 5K: what's fun about running? 1

As a life long runner, there is much fun in running

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Good healthy habits can form around regular exercise

Parmenter 5K: what's fun about running? 3

You learn to plan ahead, you learn to follow the curve

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You learn that you CAN do it, you need to take the first step to try

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Consider racing against yourself, use the others on the course for inspiration or incentive

Parmenter 5K: what's fun about running? 6

Ultimately, it is all up to you. Starting and finishing is a worthy reward

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Almost 300 runners and walkers lined up for the start

Parmenter 5K: ready to start

Thanks especially to all the sponsors and volunteers who put the race on; thank you!

Parmenter 5K: thank you to the sponsors

Race results can be found on Cool Running

Franklin teacher inspires cancer ride


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When Catherine Middelmann thinks about her fourth-grade teacher Kirstin Eickmann, she laughs as one moment in particular comes to mind.


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Relay for LIfe - photo essay

The Relay for Life took place this past weekend. The relay this year combined the communities of Franklin, Bellingham and Wrentham. The relay opened Friday evening and ran through Saturday morning. Dolores and I stopped by as part of our normal Saturday morning walk.

You can still contribute to a walker or a team via the website

In a world where you can either give in or fight back, fight back!

Franklin - Relay for Life: banner

This was the end of the line of coins collected during the event

Franklin - Relay for Life: coin row

The line was a long one, effectively extending half way around the track

Franklin - Relay for Life: coin row 2

Some of the tents were still up, maybe there were some late sleepers as well.

Franklin - Relay for Life: banner and tents

Thank you! To all the walkers, the team, the sponsors, and especially to all the donors! Your effort makes a difference!

Franklin - Relay for Life: thank you!

Rep McGovern: 2012 Office Hours - Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway, Franklin

From Congressman Jim McGovern:
During my time in Congress, I have held hundreds of office hours in every city and town in the 3rd Congressional district. These one-on-one meetings give me a wonderful opportunity to listen to your concerns and to help you get the service you deserve from the federal government. 
I'm pleased to be holding office hours again throughout the district. I hope you'll join me to share your thoughts on issues that are important to you and your family. 
I will be holding one-on-one office hours for residents of Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Medway on Saturday, June 23 at Coffee Sensations (116 Main Street, Medway) from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
For an up-to-date list on where and when local office hours are being held throughout the district, please visit my official Office Hours page.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jun 12, 2012

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Mission Statement
The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with the community, will cultivate each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 22, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FPS Retirees
b. Annie Sullivan Middle School Update
c. FHS Update

3. Discussion Only Items
Addition of member district to Accept Educational Collaborative
Food Service

4. Action Items
a. I recommend admission of the Needham Public Schools and the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District to the Accept Educational Collaborative as discussed.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $100.00 from the Evergreen Center for in-house enrichment at the Franklin High School.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $125.00 from the JF Kennedy PCC for field trips as detailed.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $400.00 from the JF Kennedy PCC for field trips as detailed.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2500.00 from the Family of Fernardo P. Baglioni for a FHS scholarship.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1000.00 from the Franklin Country Club for a FHS scholarship.
g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $250.00 from Kathleen &; Maura Schaeffer for a FHS scholarship.
h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $500.00 from the Hockomock Y for in-house enrichment as detailed.
i. I recommend an increase in the school lunch prices as follows: Elementary increase $0.10; Middle/High School increase $0.05 as discussed.
j. I recommend acceptance of the donation of a snare drum and xylophone valued at approximately $300.00 from Dean Winslow for the FPS music program.
k. I recommend approval of the request of Mr. Sidwell for the Girl’s Track team to travel to Saco, Maine on Saturday 6/9/12 for the All-State Meet.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

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

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

Franklin, MA: PMC Kids

The PMC Kids Ride gets underway at 8:00 AM at the Jefferson School. If you want to help this cause, contributions via the website are still welcomed!

Good luck to all the riders today, may the road be smooth for you! Go Franklin!!

PMC Kids Franklin

Franklin Public Schools - Teacher Retirements

Name - School = Position

  1. Robert Bushnell - FHS - Business / Technology Teacher
  2. Elise Demas - FHS - Spanish Teacher
  3. Debra DiMartino - FHS - Speech Language Pathologist
  4. Sandra Dion - FHS - Biology Teacher
  5. Jacqueline Eckhardt - FHS - Spanish Teacher
  6. Virginia Garske - HMMS - English Teacher
  7. Cecilia Gauthier - HMMS - Spanish Teacher
  8. Tina Guarino - ASMS - Art Teacher
  9. Jane Hyman - Jefferson - Principal
  10. Karen Ingerman - RMS - School Adjustment Counselor
  11. Sally Jeffrey - Oak St. - Elementary Teacher (Gr. 3)
  12. Joanne Kelcourse - Kennedy - School Nurse
  13. Susan King - Parmenter - School Nurse
  14. Nancy Malatesta - Keller - Psychologist
  15. Ruthann McHugh Keller Elementary Head Teacher/CET
  16. Ernest Miller - ASMS - Phys. Ed.
  17. Barbara Mitchell - Jefferson - Elementary Teacher (Gr. 5)
  18. Kathleen O’Malley - Oak St. - Elementary Teacher (Gr. 2)
  19. Janine Petrin - FHS - SpEd Coordinator
  20. Joanne Polakoff - Kennedy - Elementary Teacher (Gr. 3)
  21. Diane Poncz - FHS - Spanish Teacher
  22. Pamela Rapp - Keller - SpEd Team Chair
  23. Deborah Taylor - DT - Elementary Teacher (Gr. 1)
  24. James Testa - FHS - Biology Teacher
  25. Susan Tribe - DT - Speech Lang

June -= MA Dairy Month

Governor Patrick visits the Hornstra Dairy Farm to proclaim June as MA Dairy Month.

The Franklin Food Pantry is fortunate to be able to provide fresh dairy products from Garelick farms to our neighbors. Thank you Garelick Farms!

For more information about the Franklin Food Pantry visit their website

Franklin police looking to replace Crown Vics

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 Police this month will be testing new vehicles as potential replacements for the Ford Crown Victoria, according to a press release.

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Downtown Project - Public Hearing - Jun 28 7:00 PM

The MassDOT will hold a public hearing on the RT 140 and Downtown Project on Thursday, Jun 28 at 7:00 PM. The hearing will be conducted at the Municipal Bldg in the 3rd Floor Training Room. (Note due to this choice of location in the Municipal Bldg, the hearing is not likely scheduled for broadcast via cable.)

Additional info on the public hearing can be found in this official notification

Why a public hearing?
The project is funded by the State of MA and hence MassDOT has controlling interest. The project delays are primarily due to the State schedules. Franklin was granted the funds at $1 M per year and waited for the $5 million total was accumulated before beginning the detail planning on this project.