Saturday, May 3, 2014

Kindergarten Information Nights Scheduled

Announced 2014-2015
(Parents/Guardians only please)

The principals at each elementary school invite parents to join them for a tour and information session. This adult-only event provides parents and guardians with information about a typical kindergarten day and helps you prepare for the transition. Families with children eligible for kindergarten should plan on attending the session at their child's home school.

  • J.F. Kennedy Elementary May 15th 6:00 pm
  • Parmenter Elementary May 21st 6:00 pm
  • Jefferson Elementary May 22nd 6:00 pm
  • Helen Keller Elementary May 15th 6:00 pm
  • Davis Thayer Elementary May 22nd 6:00 pm
  • Oak Street Elementary May 28th 6:00 pm
Franklin Public Schools
Franklin Public Schools

Franklin High School; Hockomock results

Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 3 - Final - Zane Byrne tossed six inning for the Panthers, allowing five hits and just two walks. He struck out two and allowed just one earned run and went 2-3 with two doubles at the plate.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin, 7 @ Oliver Ames, 1 - Final - Brie Flaherty led the charge offensively for Franklin, going 2-4 with a three run home run and four RBI, Elizabeth Criscione was 2-4 and Maddie Connelly scored two runs and had an RBI. Sabrina LoMonaco picked up the win with just one walk, four hits and sevens strikeouts. Oliver Ames' Victoria Ziner was 2-4 with a run scored and Kayla Soucie was 2-3 with an RBI.

Franklin, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 1

Friends of Franklin Library - Annual Meeting -- May 7

The Friends of Franklin Library will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, located on the first floor of the library. 
The Friends is a nonprofit group advocating on behalf of both the library and the library's many loyal patrons. In the past year, the FOFL has helped fund the purchase of books and ebooks as well as furniture in the Children's Room. Also, the organization recently established a scholarship for college-bound graduates of Franklin High School. 
All are welcome to attend the annual meeting, whether you're a member or just a fan of America's first public library.

Friends of the Franklin Library * P.O. Box 147 * Franklin, MA  02038 *

Benjamin Franklin statue at the Franklin Public Library
Benjamin Franklin statue at the Franklin Public Library

Senator Spilka: Updates from the State House

MAY 2014

Dear Steve,

Spring is finally here! The State House has been buzzing with activity, including Marathon events, advocacy days, tours and visits from constituents. We are also continuing our work on legislation and starting the process of crafting the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1st.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or need my assistance at (617) 722-1640, or email me at For more updates, visit my website, follow me on Twitter and "like" my Facebook page.

Warm Regards,

Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk

Senator Spilka or a member of her staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns at district office hours:

Friday, May 16th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Golden Spoon
85 W. Main Street

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Haven
76 Railroad Street

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Cafe
24 Front Street


Stone Park Pavilion
Saturday, May 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This annual Earth Day event is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends while cleaning up parks and neighborhoods in the community. Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 3rd
Jordan Hall
725 Washington Street
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit Holliston local businesses as part of the Holliston Business Association's annual Spring Stroll. More details here.

Natick Common
Saturday, May 10th
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the return of spring with live music, fresh produce, baked goods, local cheeses and crafts. The Farmers' Market is every week beginning on Saturday, May 10th. For more details, click here.

Saturday, May 17th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club to plant flowers across town for the 11th annual Beautification Day. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Rome Restaurant. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 17th
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Medway Middle School Field

Show your Medway community spirit and spend time with family, friends and neighbors at the 20th Annual Pride Day. More details here.

Town Common
Saturday, May 17th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Buy beautiful plants, flowers and herbs on the Town Common while supporting the Garden Club's beautification, conservation and education efforts. More details here.

Sunday, May 18th
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore historic homes in Framingham and learn about the town's cultural history. For details and tickets, click here.


Impact Framingham supports important community projects to enhance the civic, educational, recreational, cultural and benevolent interests of Framingham and its people. Learn more here.


My annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be held at Keefe Technical School in Framingham on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

Office of State Senator
Karen E. Spilka
Room 320, State House
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1640 

118th Boston Marathon

Marathon Monday was a beautiful day out in MetroWest, and the day's events were a perfect example, as always, of our shared commitment as a Commonwealth to freedom, perseverance and community connection. I had a great time kicking off the 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton with BAA Executive Director Tom Grilk and Representative Carolyn Dykema - it all starts here!

Annual Marathon Wreaths Ceremony

Every year, the Greek Consulate presents the Boston Athletic Association with beautiful olive branch wreaths to crown the winners of the Boston Marathon. The wreaths are grown, cut and hand-crafted in Marathon, Greece and are symbols of our connections to the original Marathon Run in Greece. They embody the spirit of the Boston Marathon: the spirit of freedom, democracy, peace and community celebration. As Hopkinton's sister city, Marathon, Greece has particular significance for all of MetroWest.

I was proud to participate in the annual ceremony at the State House last month and catch up with Dimitri Kyriakides and his wife, Fay. Dimitri is the son of the famous Stylianos Kyriakides, who won the 1946 Boston Marathon and is known as the first runner for charity.
The Caring Force Rally

The Caring Force held a rally for human services at the State House last month. I was proud to stand with the advocates and providers and thank them for their tireless work every day for our state's most vulnerable and their families. These people provide critical services for individuals in our communities, including: people with developmental or physical disabilities, people with mental illness, children, elders, veterans, people who are homeless or poor and people who are abused.

Child Welfare Advocacy Day

The Children's League of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children organized an important gathering of advocates and providers of child welfare services at the State House last month. These are critical services keeping our children safe and strengthening our families and communities. I was pleased to welcome these terrific advocates and share updates on my work with Family Resource Centers, the Adoption Task Force and the conference committee working on domestic violence legislation. This event was also an opportunity for legislators to learn what many differnet private agnecies across the state are doing to help children and families.

Franklin Students Tour the State House

Representative Jeff Roy and I welcomed a group of 80 fifth graders from the Oak Street Elementary School in Franklin for a State House tour, including an inside look at the Senate Chamber, some building fun facts and Massachusetts history highlights.

Legislative Updates

Last month, we passed a bill to fund transportation infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth, just in time for spring construction season. A reliable, well-maintained transportation system is key for quality of life and economic development in our community and across the state. This bill supports many important projects in MetroWest and state-wide to address accessibility, safety and traffic issues. Read more about MetroWest projects in the bill here.

The Senate also unanimously passed a bill to prevent and repair gas leaks in our state's natural gas pipeline. Natural gas leaks are a critical environmental issue, as well as a public health and safety threat. I am proud to support this legislation, which takes important steps to repair our aging infrastructure and reduce costs and dangers of gas leaks in our communities. Read more about the bill here.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 5/2/14 - THU 5/8/14

FRI 5/2   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center

SAT 5/3   9am-12pm   Earth Day Clean Up and Yard Sale - Franklin Recreation Department
SAT 5/3   9am-12pm   Kennedy School and Cub Scouts Pack 126 Recycling Event (Bottles, cans and useable shoes)
SAT 5/3   10am  4th Annual Franklin and Bellingham SNETT Road Race
SAT 5/3   10am-1pm   Spring Rain Garden Workshop, Franklin DPW, registration required.
SAT 5/3   10am-2pm   Hockomock YMCA Healthy Kids Day - Stuff a Truck Challenge, Patriot Place, Foxboro. Help fill up Franklin Food Pantry's Truck with needed items. Info here.
SAT 5/3   1:30pm - Coffee & Craft for Adults - Franklin Public Library
SAT 5/3   5pm-6pm   Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run - Free event, prizes. Fletcher Field in Franklin

SUN 5/4   7am   Walk for Hunger in Boston.
SUN 5/4   9:30am-11am   SADD Walk of Tears at Franklin HS.
SUN 5/4   2pm-5pm   Dodgeball Tournament to benefit Best Buddies, Horace Mann Middle School, Franklin.

TUE 5/6   3:30-4:30pm   FEA "Cash Mob" at Edwins in Franklin.

WED 5/7   7pm-8pm   Friends of Franklin Library Meeting, Community Room at FPL.

THU 5/8   7pm-8pm   YMCA hosts Elizabeth Smart, Child Protection Activist at Foxborough HS. $20, tickets available at local YMCA branches.

For the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For more details on above events click HERE and select the event of interest.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

Town Council votes for $110 million operating budget

After the second budget hearing on Thursday, the Town Council voted unanimously for the $110,275,241. The vote was via roll call as Councilor Tom Mercer was participating via telephone conference call.

Unlike most recent years where the budget had little real increases in hours or services, this time around there are a few.

  • Increase TA staff hours for passports and purchasing
  • One custodian for new HS
  • One patrol officer/one dispatcher
  • Added PT clerical hours at Fire Dept.
  • Added staff hours at Senior Center
  • Added Sunday hours at Library

The TA (Town Administrator) increase in staff is really a shift of hours from the Town Clerk. Apparently, the Town Clerk can no longer legally process the passports. The Town will continue to provide this service but via the Town Administrators office (not the Town Clerk's office).

The first two pages of the Budget Summary presentation from Wednesday's budget hearing are shown here

(the remaining pages will be posted this weekend as I convert the hard copy to PDF format to share here)

Franklin Municipal Building - the setting for the Town Council meetings
Franklin Municipal Building - the setting for the Town Council meetings

Additional details on the budget can be found on the following links:

Town Administrator's FY 2015 budget file

Town Administrator's budget letter (details on the changes to the budget)

Copies of this year and prior year budget documents can be found here

Franklin Matters reporting on the Finance Committee's detail review of the budget during their set of budget hearings

Budget hearing #4

Budget hearing #3

Budget hearing #2

Budget hearing #1

audio version (the meeting was not recorded by Franklin TV)

Finance Committee - 04/01/14 (Capital budget review, final vote on FY 2015)

Franklin Educators Get Ready To ‘Mob’

The Franklin Education Association has scheduled a “cash mob” for Tuesday, May 6, at Edwins, 341 West Central St., Franklin.
Edwins Gifts
Edwins Gifts
The educators chose Teacher Appreciation Day to stage their own bit of local economic stimulus. 
“We get a lot of support from parents, students and others in the community. We appreciate knowing that our work is valued, and we think a cash mob is one way of saying ‘thank you’ and giving back to the town,” said FEA President Chandler Creedon. 
Cash mobs have become popular vehicles for publicly supporting locally owned businesses. The “mob” selects a shop or business and then arrives en masse, with each member committed to spending at least a certain amount of money agreed upon by the group. 
FEA members plan to spend at least $20 each during their visit to Edwins, which is locally owned and specializes in gifts, jewelry and home décor.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6
Edwins, 341 West Central St., Franklin

National Teacher Day - May 6
National Teacher Day - May 6
For more about National Teacher Day, you can visit the National Education Association page

YPO Offers Law Workshop

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce logo 

The United Regional YPO is hosting a Law Workshop on Wed., May 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Forming Your Business Entity And Protecting Its Intellectual Property will be held a Fisher College, 451 Elm Street, Room 5, North Attleborough. Attorneys from Pierce Atwood LLP will be presenting the workshop. The cost is $5 for preregistration and $10 at the door. See the event flyer here and register here.  
YPO Logo

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 42 Union Street | Attleboro | MA | 02703

Net neutrality emergency

Evan here from Fight for the Future. We've got another web emergency on our hands. 
Corporate monopolies are trying to break the Internet. Will you stand up for net neutrality? 
Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal for new rules that would allow for a " fast lane" of Internet traffic for content providers who are willing (and able) to pay a fee. [1] The proposal reverses the FCC's previous commitment to net neutrality and open internet and allows ISP's like Comcast or Verizon to slow down and censor services that don't pay the toll. 
We have to be totally honest, this situation is seriously grim. But there is still hope. The FCC already knows that the Internet community wants net neutrality, but they think they can put their spin on these new rules and sneak them through. If we can prove them wrong right now with a massive public outcry, we can literally save the Internet once again. 
We need you on this one. Click here to demand net neutrality! 
We need to stop the FCC now. Big business groups are already ramping up lobbying efforts with the FCC in swarms since Wednesday's announcement in support of censoring the open Internet and to ensure this dangerous proposal moves forward. [2] 
This is a critical moment. In the last few weeks more than 85,000 people have taken action with us. Can you help us get to 100,000 by the end of the day today? 
Click here to take action to keep the Internet free. 
More people than ever are fighting back to restore net neutrality. With your support, we have the power to stop the FCC from censoring the Internet. 
Evan and Kevin
Fight For The Future
P.S. We're going to fight tooth and nail on net neutrality, and we're going to win just like we did with SOPA. Want to support our work? Donate $15 today. 
[1] Gautham Nagesh. "FCC to Propose New 'Net Neutrality' Rules".
[2] Edward Wyatt. Edward Wyatt. "Lobbying Efforts Intensify After F.C.C. Tries 3rd Time on Net Neutrality"

Franklin Library: Coffee and Craft for Adults - Zentangle

Want to try zentangle? The library is offering a zentangle class for adults as part of their Coffee and Craft series. This Saturday, May 10 at 1:30 PM.

Coffee and Craft - zentangle
Coffee and Craft - zentangle
This was re-posted from the Franklin Public Library

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Live reporting - Town Council - May 1, 2014

Present:  Feldman, Padula, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti, Williams, Mercer (remote)
Absent:  none


B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.







started meeting, no items required after pledge so there is a five minute recess

Resume meeting -

- 7:10 PM Budget: FY 2015 Budget Hearing – 2nd Reading
Dacey, Gagner, Nutting

reading of voting doc line by budget line, if any one holds an item that will be discussed before voting

Hold placed on

192 - Public Property and Buildings
Judy - discussion on report of expenses, detailed starting July 1st
want a worked order report, not scrubbed, open items
Matt - why is he not here tonight? I see others here. I am more concerned about our buildings and how they are cared. Brief presentation. Maybe a council walk through of the department
what were the give backs from all of the departments for the last five years? were the budgets reduced?
Bissanti - when the money comes back, what happens?
Nutting - That goes into free cash.

210 - Police
Vallee - how many men do you have excluding dispatchers?
Semerjian - 44 including me, no one is comparable to us, they have different issues
Nutting - an average of 45 across comparable communities, and with the budget tonight, an increase of one more to make it 45.
Semerjian - we usually have 6 and sometimes as low as 4. we don't go down to 2
Padula - Are we a model of other communities?
Semerjian - Milford did have more people and the population has dropped
Williams - with more officers, you'd be more pro-active
Semerjian - yes we are fortunate to have the specialty areas covered with 30-odd patrol guys out on the road to cover. things are going very well!
Padula - Medway has an officer over the the senior center, do we do that?
Semerjian - yes, we do - regularly. I go myself too

510 - Health
new number 176,358
motion to increase, seconded, passed 9-0 via roll call

710 - Retirement of Debt
question to clarify debt amount increase

440 - Sewer (Charles River Assessment)
motion to increase, seconded
motion to divide the remaining amounts among the COA and the Cultural Council
Nutting - does not recommend the change

original motion withdrawn
request to amend the motion - put the money into the Library account 610

Gagener - you'll have a better opportunity to spend this extra money later
vote failed 7-2 via roll call

1. Resolution 14-31: Adoption of FY 2015 Budget
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0 via roll call






motion to adjourn, via roll call passed 9-0

Join the Food Pantry team to race/walk on May 10

Join the Franklin Food Pantry team on Saturday, May 10 in the Elks Care Elks Share 5K Road Race and Walk!

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

The Race benefits the Franklin Food Pantry and Wounded Warrior Project. Contact Jenn Parrella, Franklin Food Pantry team coordinator, at for details on joining the team.

Franklin Elks
Franklin Elks

Visit for race and registration details. The event features a 5K loop of paved roads for runners and walkers, post-race refreshments, giveaways, raffles, DJ, music and free prizes.

Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project