Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Globe Spring 2015 All Scholastics for Lacrosse includes 2 from Franklin

In case you missed the Boston Sunday Globe, the spring 2015 All Scholastics were published including two from Franklin for Lacrosse.

Globe All Scholastics Photo - Emily Jeffries
Globe All Scholastics Photo - Emily Jeffries

The full set of All Scholastics for Girls Lacrosse can be found here

Globe All Scholastics Photo - Jack Vail
Globe All Scholastics Photo - Jack Vail
The full set of All Scholastics for Boys Lacrosse can be found here

FHS All Night Party - 2015 (video)

You'll recall I was able to capture some photos of the All Night Party at Horace Mann Middle School as it was set up and before the high school graduates arrived. Those photos were combined with others taken during the event by the All Night Party Committee to produce this cool video.

Curl up with a refreshing drink of your choice and enjoy this collaboration.

The FHS Seniors did have a great and safe graduation party!

The 'master' collection of photos can be found on Shutterfly here

FHS All Night Party 2015
FHS All Night Party 2015

Some of my photos from the All Night Party were shared here

To get involved with next year's All Night Party keep this site in mind for updates

Community Coalition - Formation Meeting Agenda - June 30, 2015

The agenda for the meeting Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 PM at the auditorium in Franklin High School

I. Welcome and introductions – Jeff Roy

II. Speakers (3-5 minutes each)
A. Mike Morrissey, Norfolk District Attorney
B. Robin Chapell, Walpole, www.drugfreewalpole.com
C. Jeffrey Hopkins M.D., Emergency medicine perspective
D. Amy Leone, Community Impact and JAG Coalition, Milford
E. Ed Hurley, Hockmock YMCA President
F. Jennifer Knight, Franklin family support group
G. Matt Dowling, recovered addict
H. Roy Scipion, Pharmacist at CVS Franklin
I. Reinhard Straub, American Addiction Centers
J. Maureen Sabolinski, Franklin Superintendent of Schools
K. Robert Dellorco, Franklin Town Councilor & Coach
L. Steve Semerjean, Franklin Police Chief
M. Robert Donovan, Franklin Fire Department
III. Mission, objectives, organization
A. “Saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent
and eradicate addiction.” Or other suggestions.
B. Coalition name
1. Franklin Against Drugs (FAD)
2. Franklin Against Opioids
3. Other suggestions
C. Organization of group

IV. Ideas for future
A. Fed Up Rally (http://feduprally.org)
B. Development of website with resources
C. Speaker series
D. Other ideas
E. Next meeting

use the community entrance at FHS to get to the auditorium
use the community entrance at FHS to get to the auditorium

MUST WATCH: Are We Treating Women Athletes Like Guinea Pigs? (video)

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Main St paving today - from Pleasant St to High St

  • Mass DOT will be paving Main Street Tuesday, June 30th
  • Starting from in front of the Charter School to just past High Street 
  • They will also be paving High Street itself

Main St approaching High St
Main St approaching High St

In the News: social media renews case work, Community Coalition meeting

Thirty-five years later, the homicide investigation remains open, with detectives from Bellingham, Franklin and the State Police continuing to develop sources and pursue leads. 
The departments are using social media to stir up new information about the murder. 
“It is believed that those involved are still out there,” Bellingham and Franklin police said in a joint statement. “Someone knows just what happened to Theresa. Whatever the circumstances were or may have been, Theresa should not have perished in such a cruel and careless manner.” 
In an interview with the Daily News last week, Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said the departments have an obligation to “keep the fire going.”
Continue reading the article here

A community coalition on opioid abuse will meet with the public for the first time Tuesday night to introduce its mission and provide insight from experts on the statewide epidemic. 
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, will host the 7 p.m. session in the Franklin High School auditorium. In bringing together doctors, drug counselors, educators, police officials and town leaders, the coalition members hope to establish a local support network for residents struggling with addiction. 
“We are expecting a large group at the meeting, and we have arranged for a number of speakers to address topics surrounding opioid abuse and ways that the coalition can help curb this epidemic,” Roy said in an email update Monday.
Continue reading the article here

Monday, June 29, 2015

Franklin Community Coalition on Opioid Abuse Update - Meeting June 30th

The first meeting of the coalition is Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at FHS.
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Meeting reminder

Here is a quick reminder about the Franklin Community Coalition meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 30th at 7 pm in the Franklin High School Auditorium.

We are expecting a large group at the meeting, and we have arranged for a number of speakers to address topics surrounding opioid abuse and ways that the coalition can help curb this epidemic. The goal is to jumpstart a community conversation and establish a coalition that will meet on a regular basis and provide consistent programming in this area.

In addition, many of you have already completed the survey included with last week's email. Thank you. Please click here or on the image to the right to view the document which includes the names and information on the people who have already responded. You can also download a copy that you can print out if you choose. I trust that you will find it valuable to know about some of the folks who will be with you on Tuesday.

If you haven't already submitted your information, and are still interested in adding it, simply click here to complete a short survey. We will then incorporate your info into the final list.

In the meantime, last week Governor Charlie Baker released the findings of his Opioid Working Group, a comprehensive report detailing 65 actionable steps to curb the deadly opioid epidemic. You can view the report by clicking hereThe findings by the 18-member Working Group include short and long term action items to be implemented between now and the next three years, some requiring legislative action and funding and some will be achieved through partnerships with private industry and federal leaders.

The announcement comes just days after the launch of a statewide public service campaign to alert parents about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse by their kids. You can link to the campaign by clicking here.

Finally, below I have again included some links to two timely videos on the subject. One is a short film called If Only which was produced by James Wahlberg and filmed in Tewksbury. It tells the story of two teenagers battling addiction to prescription opiates. One of the boys gets help to beat the addiction, while the other dies of an overdose. The other film is an 87-minute documentary titled The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts. It's the work of a recent Andover High School graduate who is trying to draw attention to opiate abuse in his community.

I thought the films would be of interest in preparation for our first community conversation on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing you then.

If Only, a film produced by James Wahlberg, tells the story of two teenagers battling addiction to prescription opiates. Click the image above to view the movie.
The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts is the work of a recent Andover High School graduate trying to draw attention to opiate abuse in his community. Click on the image above to watch the movie.
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Rep Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - June 2015 newsletter

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Newspapers to publish legal notices on the web

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a history-making bill that will require newspapers to publish legal notices on the Web. The bill, H 1566, "An Act Concerning Electronic Publication of Certain Legal Notices," was one that I sponsored with help from the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association
For centuries, public notices only appeared in print. But as we well know readership of print papers has taken a sharp decline. At the same time, overall readership of newspapers has been on the rise because of the Internet and online access. It's time that public notices take part in this increased readership.

During the debate, I had the opportunity to deliver my maiden speech on the House floor.You can view the video by clicking here or on the image above, and photos by clicking hereThe House voted 153-0 in favor of the legislation. The bill now goes to the Senate.

As always, I thank you for he opportunity to serve and I urge you to contact me with any questions about the bill or any other matter.

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Franklin School For The Performing Arts Slates Summer Open Houses

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold summer Open Houses for prospective students and families from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 30 at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama. Prospective students are also encouraged to try a complimentary class during the summer session, which runs through August 21.

Celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary season, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer and built upon the notion that arts experiences are an integral part of a well-rounded education, FSPA offers an extensive roster of classes for all ages and levels, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 
Programs are provided in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction. FSPA is also the home of the Little Music School, an innovative program teaching children as young as 18 months to play the piano. 
An unparalleled calendar of performing opportunities features all-student musicals, plays, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater showcases, Glee Club, performing troupes, dance companies, a classical ballet variations ensemble, and instrumental ensembles. Many FSPA students also participate, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. 
Summer programming features week-long performing arts camps, 3-day workshops, two 3- and 4-week ballet intensives, and an 8-week session of dance, voice and instrumental private lessons and classes. An all-new FSPA Summer Theater program provides opportunities for hands-on immersion in a cabaret show, concert musical (Schoolhouse Rock!), behind-the-scenes theater design, straight play or musical theater production (High School Musical). Registration for summer and fall sessions is ongoing. 
For more information, including fall class schedule and summer session brochure with full program descriptions and dates, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at www.FSPAonline.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recap: School Committee meeting June 23

Among the items for discussion at the School Committee meeting were two policies. One a set of documents covering the "Community Use of School Facilities". The other covering "Domestic Violence Leave." Both policies were moved to a second reading (meeting in July).

The Community Use of School Facilities can be read here

Domestic Violence Leave can be read here

The presentation documents for Horace Mann Middle School and High School Guidance updates were posted to those sections after the meeting and can be found below.

Maureen Barker was recognized for her many years of keeping the minutes for the School Committee.

School Committee Chair Paula Mullen, Maureen Barker, School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski
School Committee Chair Paula Mullen, Maureen Barker, School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski

Recap: School Committee meeting - June 9

At the School Committee meeting on June 9, recognition was given to those teachers and school personnel retiring.

Three current vice principals at Franklin High School are also leaving to take other positions advancing their careers outside the district.

Mr Lucas Giguere is leaving to begin his new role as the Principal of Bellingham High School. (You can also view a video interview on Pantherbook here)

Nicole Haberman is going to be the Academic Assistant Principal at Westwood High School

Christopher Schmidt is going to be the Athletic Director at Nipmuc Regional High School.

Franklin Community Gardens: Pollinator Event postponed due to the weather

Hello Gardeners,
The work day and pollinator events have been postponed due to the inclement weather. We'll update you all as soon as we have confirmed a new time with the speaker for the pollinator event.

bee on flower
bee on flower


Electric Youth To Perform Free Summer Concerts

Following a two-and-a-half week summer concert tour of England and France, Electric Youth (EY) will perform two free outdoor concerts on Thursday, July 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Norfolk Town Hill and on Wednesday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. on Franklin Town Common. The Franklin concert will be presented as part of the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival, hosted by the Franklin Cultural District Committee. The culinary, fine and performing arts celebration will take place at various downtown Franklin locations from July 29 to August 2.

Electric Youth’s 12th European tour features three shows at Disneyland Paris and several concerts along the coast of Normandy. Performances in England include a July 4th show for U.S. troops stationed at Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Feltwell Air Force Bases and concerts at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre and in Arundel and Hastings. Electric Youth first debuted in England and France in 2013 and this season’s itinerary marks a return to those countries after last summer’s tour of Austria and Italy. 
The 13 singer-dancers of Electric Youth 2015 are pictured in this portrait photo
The 13 singer-dancers of Electric Youth 2015 are pictured in this portrait photo

Backed by the eight-piece band of world-class musicians, Electric Youth delivers a fun, high-energy evening of family entertainment with an extensive range of contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits for audiences all ages. This season’s repertoire features fully choreographed performances of the best of Adele, Aretha Franklin, Imagine Dragons, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, Styx and more. 
Selected annually by audition, the group is chosen for superior musicianship, stage presence, and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance, and acting. This season’s ensemble of performers, ages 15-17, studies multiple dance disciplines, voice, and acting at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). Electric Youth 2015 includes Adriane D’Amato of Foxboro; Madison Asgeirsson, Kendra Dombroski, Jocelyn Jones, Shaina McGillis, Lauren Szczepanowski and Melissa Wyner of Franklin; Michael Fajardo of Hopkinton; Sam Evans of Medfield; Maddy Williams of Medway; Katie Gray of Milford; Kylee Rollins of North Attleboro; and Jenna McDermott, of Wrentham.

The EY singer-dancers are backed by Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison. EY’s show band features Kenny Hadley on drums, Bill Miele on bass, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Ken Reid on tenor saxophone, Ben Whiting on baritone saxophone, John Wilkins on guitar, and Raye Lynn Mercer on piano. Under the direction of Mark Poniatowski, musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Hallie Wetzell is Electric Youth’s Vocal Director. Choreographers include Mercer, Casey Andrade, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp. 
Electric Youth has released six professional CDs and performed internationally at England’s Arundel Festival, Disneyland Paris, professional theaters in Bristol, London and Windsor, and such renowned venues as Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Schonbrunn Palace. EY has also headlined Fourth of July shows for U.S. troops and their families stationed in Italy at Camp Ederle, Camp Darby, and Aviano Air Force Base. The ensemble has performed on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, on Fox-TV and WBZ Radio, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, the Smithsonian Museum Theater and the United Nations. EY’s music, including the 2014 album Power Chord is available at amazon.com and iTunes.

For more information about Electric Youth or the EY summer concerts, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit www.electricyouth.com.

In the News: "subject to a number of challenges such as cost, space and need for volunteers"

Milford Daily News has an article on the challenges that the local 4th of July holiday celebrations are facing. In part Franklin is mentioned:
Franklin, like Natick, has seen location concerns lead to at least a temporary halt of its fireworks display. 
Warren Revell, an organizer of the Franklin celebration, said the construction of the town's new high school had taken up the space once used to shoot off the fireworks. 
Revell, though, did not rule out the display's return, should a suitable location be found. “We'll see what happens,” he said. “This is our third year without fireworks... it's a year-to-year thing.” 
This year's celebration is facing another limitation; road construction has led to the cancellation of the traditional parade. The town will instead hold a battle of the bands, a children's parade and a laser light show this Independence Day weekend.
Continue reading the full article on line here

2015 Franklin 4th of July Celebration
2015 Franklin 4th of July Celebration

Note: This is one of the many great events happening in Franklin that is put together by an private/volunteer organization and not the Town. You can contribute to the cause here

You can volunteer for the cause here  http://july4thfranklinma.com/volunteers.asp

News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Outreaches to Women's Council of REALTORS

Continuing ongoing efforts to educate members of the public and the real estate profession, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently conducted an informational seminar for the Women's Council of REALTORS, Greater Boston Chapter at the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services office in Norwood.

Register O'Donnell, accompanied by his outreach team, provided a synopsis of Registry services, followed by an interactive overview of its on-line computer system. "Providing information on our services and having key stakeholders become more comfortable using our on-line computer system is a win-win situation for both the Registry and real estate professionals. Realtors count on accurate and easily accessible land record information in order to provide better service to their customers. This free flow of information helps both entities achieve their goals," noted Register O'Donnell.

In addition to showing how to navigate the agency's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org, including its on-line research component, O'Donnell also spent time discussing several of the Registry's most popular services. These include the Consumer Notification System, a new program offered by the Registry that alerts residents when a land document has been recorded against their name. Deed scam warnings, where homeowners are being solicited to pay an exorbitant fee for their deed, when a copy of it can be easily obtained at the Registry for a few dollars. And the benefits of the Homestead Act, which provides limited protection against the forced sale of a property owner's principal residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

In conclusion, Register O'Donnell stated, "I very much appreciate the efforts of Julie Palmaccio, president of the Women's Council of REALTORS, Greater Boston Chapter, Sheila Horne-Talarico, president-elect and Jeanne Sanfilippo, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Norwood for hosting the seminar on our behalf. We were glad to be of service to this fine organization."

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.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

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Photo: from left to right: Women’s Council of REALTORS, Greater Boston Chapter President Julie Palmaccio, President-Elect Sheila Horne-Talarico, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell
Photo: from left to right: Women’s Council of REALTORS, Greater Boston Chapter President Julie Palmaccio, President-Elect Sheila Horne-Talarico, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell

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Rainy Day Alternative - Peter Pan

Via Mike Wheeler:
Last performance of Peter Pan Sunday at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) at Steps Off Broadway in Bellingham Ma.  
Tickets available at the door.  
Captain Hook is played by Kristopher Kyer from L.A. He appeared in Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and is amazing as hook!  
Playing Pan is local Cara Dipeitro who could be on Broadway now! 
www.stepsoffbroadway.com for more info! Going to rain so a great way to spend the afternoon.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Snow Sister's Soiree - Franklin Library - 6/27 - 10:30 AM

The Snow Sister's Soiree takes place today at 10:30 AM at the Franklin Public Library.

Join the Snow Sister's for singing, a story,  a game, autographs, and photos. Feel free to arrive in costume!

Snow Sister's Soiree - Franklin Library - 6/27 - 10:30 AM
Snow Sister's Soiree - Franklin Library - 6/27 - 10:30 AM

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

This is sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Library.

Summer Concert Series At THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s new theater, music, and event venue, presents two evenings of great jazz to kick off the first annual Summer Concert Series. 
Beginning on Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m., THE BLACK BOX features The Mark Poniatowski Situation, led by bassist, composer and arranger Mark Poniatowski, with Robert Gallegos on trumpet, Jon Garniss on trombone, Kenny Hadley on drums, Joe Mulholland on piano and Jared Sims on saxophone. 
The Mark Poniatowski Situation released a self-titled CD of jazz instrumentals composed and arranged by Poniatowski in 2010. An associate professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music, Mark Poniatowski’s extensive experience includes performances with the Bruce Katz Band, Toni Lynn Washington Band, Kenny Hadley Big Band, Soul Kitchen, Floyd Dixon, Sid Caesar, Rita Moreno, Bob Newhart, Junior Watson, Janiva Magness and Kid Ramos. Performances throughout the US and Europe include the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival, Boston Blues Festival, The River Festival, and The Natt Jazz Festival in Norway. Recordings include Two Sides with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, Mississippi Moan with the Bruce Katz Band, and The George Carlin Show soundtrack.

THE BLACK BOX Summer Concert Series continues on Friday, July 24 at 8 p.m. with the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band. The critically acclaimed 16-piece juggernaut, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more. The Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson.
Kenny Hadley Band
Kenny Hadley Band
THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Cash bar available. Doors open at 7:30. For additional event information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com.

The Ladybug Trek ends June 30th!

It’s not too late to play and win!

Stop by any of the 15 participating stores today and earn entries toward the grand prize by solving the clues! 

Simply go to: ladybug.citytrek.com to play. The contest ends June 30th.

screen grab of Ladybug Trek locations in Franklin
screen grab of Ladybug Trek locations in Franklin

Ladybug Trek - visit some or all of the 15, and get a free entry into the grand prize drawing
Ladybug Trek - visit some or all of the 15, and get a free entry into the grand prize drawing

For example, when you visit Franklin Liquors you'll find that they have

In-Store Special Raffle Prize You Can Enter To Win!
Solve the clue to enter to win a Bud Summer Package.

Franklin Liquors 'Bud Summer Prize Package"
Franklin Liquors 'Bud Summer Prize Package"

"Opioid addiction is a health care issue that knows no boundaries"

You may have heard that Governor Baker announced several initiatives to address the opioid addiction problem facing the Comonwealth of MA.
“Let me make one thing perfectly clear here. Opioid addiction is a health care issue that knows no boundaries across age, race, class, or demographics,” Baker said. “From the Berkshires to Boston to Cape Cod, too many people have heart-wrenching stories of loved ones and friends that battled with addiction and in some cases lost their lives.” 
Unintentional opioid overdoses claimed an estimated 1,008 lives in Massachusetts in 2014, an increase over the prior year and more than three times the number of lives lost to automobile accidents. 
The report calls for the creation of nearly 200 new treatment beds by July 2016, state funding for school prevention programs to be designed at the local level, a partnership with a chain pharmacy to pilot a drug take-back program, and amendments to the civil commitment statute to include substance abuse disorders.
Continue reading the article in the Commonwealth Magazine here

STOP Addiction in its tracks
STOP Addiction in its tracks

Additional information can be found on the Health and Human Services webpage

opioid deaths vs. motor vehicle deaths 200-2013