Saturday, October 18, 2014

Franklin High Soccer teams win

Hockomock Sports reports that both the FHS boys and girls soccer teams won when they played their respective teams from Mansfield in action on Friday.

Boys Soccer

Heading into Friday afternoon’s game with Mansfield, Franklin knew that it needed just a point to clinch a share of a fourth straight Kelley-Rex division title. But the Panthers were also facing an opponent that needed a point to keep its postseason hopes alive and were not about to give the result to the league leaders. 
Despite intense pressure from the Hornets in the second half, Austin Kent’s first half goal would be enough for Franklin in a 1-0 win at Pisini Field. It was Franklin’s 11th clean sheet of the season and extended its unbeaten run to 14 games since the opening game loss to Oliver Ames. 
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
“It’s not the prettiest but it’s a good win and we’ll take it,” said Franklin coach Fran Bositis.
Continue reading the Hockomock Sports article here

Girls Soccer

Franklin scored two goals just over a minute apart at the end of the first half and crept closer to another Kelley-Rex crown with a 2-1 win over Mansfield. 
Junior Victoria Stowell set up the game's opening goal in the 35th minute and then scored herself just 65 seconds later. 
"[Mansfield's] always a very good team," Franklin head coach Tom Geysen said. "I said to [Mansfield coach] Kevin [Smith], we're mirror images of each other as far as the athletes go, the style of play, the aggressiveness, the skill level, we're very evenly matched. We were the first time and we were this time. I hope we don't have to see them in the tournament."
Continue reading the Hockomock Sports article here

FHS Hockomock League results for Field hockey and Football

Field hockey

Franklin, 4 @ Taunton, 0 - Final - Franklin received goals from four different players: junior Diana Griffin, senior Maddie Bressler, junior Kelsey McPhee and junior Ashley Conroy. Senior Emily Jeffries had two assists and sophomore Caroline Lounsbury and junior Taylor Reutlinger each had one. Junior Samantha Jones made five saves in net to earn the shutout.


North Attleboro, 28 @ Franklin, 7 - Final


For all the results in the Hockomock League action on Friday, visit this page

Threat Multiplication: The Climate Minute Podcast

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Threat Multiplication: The Climate Minute Podcast

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"They came in and really hit the ground running"

The Milford Daily News gets around to reporting on this aspect of the Town Council meeting Wednesday night by writing:
Pressed to assess the contractor handling the roadwork on Lincoln Street, Public Works Director Robert Cantoreggi needed to take a cue from his wife, a schoolteacher.
"Some people get As in certain subjects, but they’ll still get a D here and there," 
Cantoreggi said of Aggregate Industries, which has been rehabbing the street since July. "I think the communication could have been better on their part." 
The Town Council grilled Cantoreggi on Wednesday about complaints from residents and town officials concerning the pace and quality of the work on a stretch of the road that runs from Elm Street to Brook Street.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here

You can find all my notes from the Wednesday Town Council meeting here

Lincoln St under construction in August 2014
Lincoln St under construction in August 2014

Additional photos from my visit to Lincoln St this summer can be found here

Friday, October 17, 2014

WMRC: Friday Night High School Football - Franklin vs North Attleboro

WMRC High School Football

N. Attleboro @ Franklin
6:45pm pregame / 7pm kickoff

This week's game coverage features a Hockmock Legue Rivalry Showdown as the North Attleboro Rocketeers visit the Franklin Panthers. Last Season N-A got the better of Franklin by a final of 24-13. Tune in starting at 6:45 asthe Panthers look for their 3rd win of the season. Matt Romeling and Jarred Aldie will have the call from Franklin...Kick-off at 7pm



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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/17/14 - THU 10/23/14

FRI 10/17   12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market - Town Common
FRI 10/17   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Franklin Art Center
FRI 10/17   7:30pm   Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)

SAT 10/18   9am-4pm   Book Sale at Franklin Public Library
SAT 10/18   9am   Annual Yard Sale at Franklin Federated Church
SAT 10/18   9:30am   LadyBug 5K and Kids Fun Run and activities at J F Kennedy School, Pond Street, Franklin.
SAT 10/18   10am   Neighbor Brigade’s Pam's Run in Wayland
SAT 10/18   10:30am   Stony Brook Sanctuary in Norfolk celebrating 50th anniversary
SAT 10/18   7:30pm   Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)

SUN 10/19   9am-12pm   Bag Sale at Franklin Public Library
SUN 10/19   2pm-5pm   Purrfect Cat Shelter Fundraiser at Pour Richard’s
SUN 10/19   2pm  Peter Pan Musical at The Black Box (15 W. Central St., Franklin)

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

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

Our little town is complete with a new kid on the block

From Lisa Buccella:
Our little town is complete with a new kid on the block! Yes, THE BLACK BOX is an amazing new performance venue at 15 W Central Street. So far, there has been a fabulous gala with an extended tent for additional space and a really cool, old-school feel jazz evening with an audience of college students, seniors, youth right along with adults of all ages. Head to the website for more information! 
This weekend (and next), you can see Broadway's timeless musical Peter Pan at THE BLACK BOX! The soaring, magical adventure will be presented with a live professional orchestra and the spectacular aerial effects of Flying by Foy! 
The TONY® Award-winning musical, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's celebrated classic play and novel, features beloved characters and memorable songs. Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Darling children invite you to a journey along on this high-flying, swashbuckling fantasy adventure to Neverland. Discover pirates, lost boys and one very hungry crocodile! Clap your hands and believe - and follow Peter, "Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!"

THE BLACK BOX , Franklin
 Show schedule and tickets can be purchased on line here

A new edition of The Franklin Connection is available

A new edition of The Franklin Connection has been published on the Town of Franklin web site. 

Click the link below to read the latest edition.

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Taste of the Region Oct. 28

Make plans today to attend The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of the Region on Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Franklin. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School, 147 Pond St., Franklin, you can sample food from restaurants throughout the region and bid on exciting silent auction items. 
 New this year are prizes for Best Sweet, Best Savory and Best Presentation. Some of the food establishments that will be participating include: Artistry Kitchen, Making Whoopie, Willow Tree Poultry, Edible Arrangements in Foxboro, The British Beer Company in Franklin, Commonwealth BBQ, Ambrosia Tavern, Cracker Barrel, Chili's Grill & Bar in Plainville, and Twelve Fine Food & Spirits. The event sponsor for Taste of the Region is Middlesex Savings Bank.  
United Regional Chamber of Commerce
United Regional Chamber of Commerce

Taste of the Region tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 508-222-0801 for tickets.

In the News: taxing marijuana stalled, recycling grant received

The town’s plan to charge a local sales tax on medical marijuana has become a pipe dream, at least until the next Legislative session. 
Franklin officials had petitioned legislation to allow the town to impose a 5 percent local sales tax on the retail and wholesale sale of medical marijuana. 
But lawmakers effectively killed the bill late last month along with a similar version filed by the town of Dennis, deciding to put both on hold for further study. A bill petitioned by Fairhaven met the same fate in July. 
The three failed attempts by the towns to tax medical marijuana indicate that the Legislature is not ready to take on the potentially contentious issue.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription maybe required)

Franklin received $7,500 to expand its existing recycling program to collect carpet materials at municipal recycling stations. Franklin also received a $1,000 grant for outreach and educational materials for the town’s drop-off recycling program. 
The grants, funded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, are intended for recycling, composting and reuse activities to limit the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription maybe required)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trick or treat, but no alchohol

The liquor licenses for the British Beer Company and the 99 Restaurant were suspended for three days during the Town Council meeting on Wednesday. One day will be served on Friday, Oct 31, Halloween. Two days will be held in abeyance for two years as these are first time offenses.

The bartender who served the minor was fired immediately from the 99. The bartender at British Beer was suspended for a week, re-did the training required and is now back working. Both organizations took immediate action in recognition of their failure to pass this test.

The Town Council heard from Franklin's legislative representation. Senators Karen Spikla and Richard Ross and Representative Jeff Roy had time on the agenda to provide a brief update on how they coordinate and collaborate to help Franklin at the State House. They also took time to recognize the service to Franklin by former councilor Glenn Jones.

from left to right: Senator Spilka, Glenn Jones, Rep Jeff Roy, Senator Richard Ross
from left to right: Senator Spilka, Glenn Jones, Rep Jeff Roy, Senator Richard Ross

Jones, you may recall, announced his resignation at the last Council meeting to avoid a conflict of interest with his new position teaching at Tri-County Regional Voc Tech.

Police Chief Stephen Semerjian introduced some of the new police officers and recognized one who will be retiring soon.
Chief Stephen Semerjian introduces new police officers to the Town Council
Chief Stephen Semerjian introduces new police officers to the Town Council

DPW Director Robert Cantoreggi and Engineer Mike Maglio also presented information on the Lincoln/Daniels St construction project. Work remains to be done but the major push to complete the section in front of the school contributed to the feeling that once that section was done, nothing was really happening.

Among the key legislative items was the creation of a building committee for the build-out of the second floor of the Senior Center. The group appointed effectively reunites those who served on the original building committee.

Additional details on these and other items from the meeting can be found in these links reported during the meeting on Wednesday.

FHS Sports results from Wednesday, Oct 15

Franklin High School soccer teams won in their Hockomock League action on Wednesday.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 1 @ Attleboro, 0 - Final - Adam Moessing scored the lone goal of the game for the Panthers on assists from Billy Dorion and Nate Zaccardi with 26 minutes left in the game.

Girls Soccer

Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 6 - Final

Field Hockey

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 0 - Final - Franklin junior goalie Samantha Jones and senior Emily Jeffries played well according to head coach Lisa Cropper.

For the complete set of results around the Hockomock League, check Hockomock Sports

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