Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Dance Company:Backstage" with Bill Evans, Laura Young, and other award winning artists

Dear fellow arts advocates…just a quick note to invite you to our concert…

Bill Evans (Gugenheim fellow and internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, and educator), Laura Young (founding principal dancer with the Boston Ballet), and other award winning artists present original and historic repertory this weekend and next at Dean College's "Dance Company:
Backstage" concert.

Dean College, downtown Franklin
Dean College, downtown Franklin

I invite you to attend the show April 24, 25, 30 and May 1st at 7:30pm or April 26 at 2pm.

I think you will enjoy helping the Palladino school of Dance at Dean College celebrates its 51st  year with this performance!

Thank you,

Julianne O'Brien Pedersen
Dean and Professor

News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Consumer Notification Service

One way to proactively address fraud is to set up alerts when your information would be used. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has just made available an alert program to monitor your property deed. I set up my alert on Friday and it was quick and easy to do so. I hope it nevers goes off, but if it does, I'll get a warning.

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Announces Consumer Notification Service

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today announced the establishment of a free on-line Consumer Notification Service to protect Norfolk County property owners against potential property fraud.

"The F.B.I. has reported that property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in America. Many jurisdictions across the country have reported individuals recording fraudulent documents making it look like they own another person's home or property. While we have been fortunate that this problem has not manifested itself in Norfolk County, I want to make sure my office is out in front of this issue," noted Register O'Donnell.

Any owner of real property in any of the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County can sign-up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by doing the following: From the Registry's website,, click on the button Consumer Notification Alerts to complete initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions. Once you have signed up for the service, each subscriber will be able to input two names, individual or business, and the corresponding city or town in Norfolk County for monitoring. They could monitor their real estate for liens, deeds, homesteads that might be recorded against the property.

If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they would then immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service department at (781) 461-6101. Another option available to those who receive a notification is to consult the Registry's on-line land research records at The subscriber would also be given by the Registry a list of public safety referrals.

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Part of my job as Register is to provide secure, accurate and accessible land records for all Norfolk County communities. I also want to be proactive in ensuring there is no fraudulent activity related to land document recordings. By offering the Consumer Notification Service, we will be able to provide a layer of protection to the program's subscribers against unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to commit property and mortgage fraud."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, "like" us on or follow us on @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

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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Franklin Library: "Wizard of OZ" - shown 2:00pm on Sunday, Apr 26

"We're off to see the Wizard
The wonderful Wizard of OZ!"

Yes, you can. 

No yellow brick road required. Just make your way Sunday to the Franklin Library. The movie starts at 2:00 PM

The Wizard of OZ
For more about the movie

This was shared from the Franklin Library page here

FHS baseball tops Catholic Memorial 5-2

From Hockomock Sports we find that the FHS baseball team topped Catholic Memorial 5-2 on Friday.

Franklin, 5 @ Catholic Memorial, 2 Final - 
Kyle Skidmore tossed a complete game for the win, allowing just four hits and striking out three for the Panthers. Nick Santucci was 2-4 with a two run home run and Ant Chaiton went 2-4 with a pair of doubles with a run scored, Tyler Gomes went 2-4 and Ben Chaffee was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. 

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Friday

In the News: high school fields, Park Serve Day

The three new athletic fields at Franklin High School are now under construction, with the turf field expected to open first, just in time for the fall sports season. 
Although the new high school has been open since September, the work represents the final phase of a $104.5 million project that began in October 2012.
The school will host fields for baseball, softball, football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse.
The baseball and softball fields, located on the footprint of the razed high school building, will not be ready until 2017, according to Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. While construction will likely wrap up over the summer, the grass needs time to grow.
the site of the future turf field as it appeared on Apr 12
the site of the future turf field as it appeared on Apr 12

Continue reading the article here

You can find all the comments that Jeff Nutting made during the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday here

Several local parks are participating in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's annual Park Serve Day on Saturday. 
The program encourages residents to help DCR staff get parks and beaches ready for summer by cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, planting flowers, painting picnic tables, mowing, weeding and picking up litter, according to a press release from DCR. 
“This effort is a true collaboration, in partnership with residents, friends groups and local officials, which will benefit the tens of thousands of visitors heading to DCR parks this season,” DCR Commissioner Jack Murray said in the release. “We all have a role to play in preserving and enhancing our forests and parks. Park Serve Day provides an opportunity for residents to experience our great resources first-hand and spread the word about what the commonwealth has to offer.”

The Franklin State Forest is on the listing for action today. Continue reading the article for details on how to participate.

You can register online for this activity on the DCR webpage here

Friday, April 24, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/24/15 - THU 4/30/15

FRI 4/24   10:30am   Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs (all ages) at Franklin Public Library
FRI 4/24   2pm   Movie Screening: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part I at Franklin Public Library
FRI 4/24   6:30pm-8:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
FRI 4/24   8pm   April Hall Quartet at The Black Box
FRI 4/24  8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 4/25   10am-12pm   FYBO Opening Day Parade and Festivities, start is at Davis Thayer School
SAT 4/25   12pm   2nd Annual Dean Dash 5K, starts at noon from Awpie Way (in front of Dean Hall), Dean College
SAT 4/25    4 - 7pm  Beer Extravaganza at Pour Richard's to benefit Franklin Food Pantry
SAT 4/25   7pm-midnight   Relay Masquerade at Franklin Country Club to benefit Franklin and Bellingham Relay for Life
SAT 4/25   8pm   HipHarp at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, FUSF
SAT 4/25   9pm   Comedy Night at the “3” Restaurant, Franklin

SUN 4/26   2:00pm  Wizard of OZ movie at the Franklin Public Library

TUE 4/28   1-2pm   Create and Use a Gmail Account - hands on workshop at Franklin Public Library. Call to register, space is limited.
TUE 4/28   3:30pm   iStories at Franklin Public Library

WED 4/29   12pm   Adult Painting at Franklin Art Center

THU 4/30   6:30pm   FUSF Fundraiser at Pour Richard’s: Wine Tasting and Live Music

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

14th Annual Independence 5k Run and Walk - May 17

HMEA Inc. will be hosting its 14th Annual Independence 5k Run and Walk on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at EMC2 on Constitution Boulevard, Franklin. For over 13 years, this family-fun event has raised funds to support 3800 children and adults from ages 1 to 101 with disabilities such as Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other behavioral challenges. This event attracts over 2000 people from Southeastern and Central Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island. 
Last year's event raised nearly $200,000. HMEA is anticipating that this year will be another successful event and hope that the community will continue to help champion its' mission of promoting the values, dreams and potential of people with developmental disabilities through education, support and life experiences. 
5K road race start
5K road race start

The day kicks off with a USATF certified 5K course run starting at 9 am followed by a family friendly and flexible 5K Walk that starts at 11 am. In addition there is a kids “fun run” that starts at 12:30 pm, many games and activities commence/ start after the opening ceremony that pays tributes to military veterans. There is free food and top notch entertainment throughout the day for all to enjoy. 
The family-fun event has numerous activities available for kids such as “touch a truck” – a 150 foot ladder Franklin fire truck, police displays, a wood shop building sponsored by the Home Depot of Bellingham and so much more. Special guests include the mascots Wally the Green Monster, Nibbles Woodaway, and the Cardi Furniture Bros “NiRoPe.” 
In addition, this year’s entertainment highlights boast The New England Revolution Slyde and The Battalion, Studio Two – a Beatles Tribute Band, Irish Step Dancers, Hot Rods, Clowns and even a Dog Show! 
The day’s events feature a special “Dreams Come True” raffle which contains high-end items such as a Bose® Wave® SoundTouch® Music System, a one-week RCI timeshare to anywhere in their world-wide catalog, four complimentary 1-day Park Hopper passes to Disney World Theme Parks, 4 Red Sox Tickets, complimentary one night stay in a Luxurious Room in the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, and the list keeps growing. 
HMEA’s gracious host EMC2 helps to make this day a success by not only providing the location but they also help with the logistics, promotion and even the donation of volunteer t-shirts. Local businesses such as Open Doors Yoga Studio participate by providing yoga demonstration as part of HMEA’s wellness initiative. Families of HMEA are a huge part of the day because their personal investment for their love ones motivates them to mobilize, fundraise and bolster this event for an awesome cause. 
Major sponsors of the event include EMC2, DCU for Kids, Rockland Trust, The Home Depot, Cardi’s Furniture, Wal-Mart Stores, Fidelity Bank, Bowditch & Dewey, Autobahn East, ACT Leasing, AAA of Southern New England, Sodexo Foods, Franklin Industrial Park Association Trust, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Quality Beverage, among many others. 
Anyone interested in sponsoring, participating, or attending the event, is encouraged to visit the website at or contact Linda Conley at 508-298-1107, Doug MacPherson x1105 or Tracy Andryc at x1129.

FHS baseball and both lacrosse teams win on Thursday

Hockomock Sports reports on the spring sports action from Thursday April 23 where the FHS teams all won their games.


Franklin, 4 @ Framingham, 2 - Final 
- Anthony Chaiton struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings of work for the win, not allowing an earned run. Junior Nick Santucci pitched one inning in relief, striking out one for the save. Chaiton went 2-4 at the plate with an RBI and Santucci was 1-2 with a double, run scored and a walk. Zane Byrne went 1-3 with an RBI and Nick Burgos went 1-3 with a run scored.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Lacrosse

Franklin, 8 vs. Walpole, 6 - Final 
- Jack Vail registered a team-high four points with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Justin Miller scored a hat trick while Ben Burke netted a pair of goals. DJ Shea made 10 saves in net and head coach Lou Verrochi said the defense played great.

Girls Lacrosse

Franklin, 17 @ Bishop Feehan, 9 - Final 
- Emily Jeffries led the way with a team-best five goals while Sheelagh Walsh, Julia Jette and Kenzie Pleshaw each recorded hat tricks. Julianne Pisani had six draw controls and Dani Lonati made six saves in net.

For all the Hockomock League action on Thursday

You're Invited: Beer Extravaganza - Apr 25 to benefit Franklin Food Pantry

Basic store logo
Connecting good friends with great wine!
Never Drink Ordinary!

Beer Extravaganza

Saturday, April 25 4-7 PM 

It's 'that' time again-time to check out everything new in brew!

Pour Richard's Spring Beer Extravaganza, featuring dozens of new seasonal beers and 2 fabulous (local!) cider producers, is THE place to find new spring and summer favorites.

Taste a few or taste them all, then vote for your top three. One ballot, drawn at random, will win their favorite beer.

This event is free, but we are taking voluntary donations for the Franklin Food Pantry.

            Mark your calendars for 2 more great events! 

                Bottles & Bark-Sunday, May 3 1-4 PM
          Drink Pink for the Cure-Sunday, May 31. 2-5 PM

Never Drink Ordinary! -Ann and John

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Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

MBTA: Friday - Notice of free service

All MBTA services are free on Friday, April 24, 2015. 

Thank you for your patience and loyalty throughout the winter.

Last updated: Apr 23 2015 11:42 AM

Click here for more information:

Sent by the MBTA.

Franklin/Dean Station
Franklin/Dean Station

And check this article for 5 ways to take advantage of the free rides

Adult Masquerade-themed cocktail party to benefit Relay for Life

When: Saturday 4/25/15 from 7pm-midnight 
Where: Franklin Country Club 
What: An adult Masquerade themed cocktail party, all the procedes go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Franklin, Wrentham, Bellingham. Cash Bar, Light appetizers. Silent Auction with amazing items! 
Ticket Prices: $20 per person Presale, $30 per person at the door or 2 for $50 
Contact: or 508-446-1245

Relay for Life sign in 2013
Relay for Life sign in 2013

The Relay for Life will be held on June 12 at King Phillip Regional High School

screen grab from Franklin Bellingham Wrentham Relay for Life webpage
screen grab from Franklin Bellingham Wrentham Relay for Life webpage

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Franklin Residents to Host 3rd Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament

Franklin Residents to Host 3rd Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament at the Horace Mann Middle School

Next week, on Sunday May 3rd, a group of Franklin residents will be hosting the 3rd Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament – a competitive 6-division tournament for all-ages and abilities!
Best buddies logo

What: Third Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball Tournament with Raffle, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, and more! 
When: Sunday, May 3rd, 2PM-5PM 
Where: Horace Mann Middle School, 224 Oak Street, Franklin 
Cost:  $20/person and $120/team; $60 for Best Buddies teams! 
Information: To register by April 26th or for more information please contact Mike Berthiaume: 
Press: Open

If dodgeball is not your thing, please join us for food, a raffle, and the Silent Auction, which includes items such as: a Tom Brady autographed football, Dustin Pedroia autographed Red Sox game jersey, Red Sox tickets, Patriots tickets, spa baskets and more!

All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization that provides friendship and integrated employment opportunities to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Franklin currently has five Best Buddies chapters and the money raised on May 3rd will go back to support these chapters' integral efforts. 

Prizes will be awarded to each Divisional Champion as well as the team with the best uniform - let the competition begin and bring on the best costumes!

FPAC Presents Double Bill Of Modern Classic Plays

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents a riveting duo of one-act plays – The Dumb Waiter, by Nobel Poet Laureate Harold Pinter, and The Zoo Story, by American dramatist Edward Albee. Performances will be staged May 1-3 at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s theater, music, and event venue in downtown Franklin.

The two-character, single scene plays unfold in real time with unnerving dissonance and minimal staging. Pinter’s darkly comic tale finds two hit men waiting in an abandoned basement for their next assignment. The Zoo Story probes themes of loneliness and isolation through two strangers, troubled outcast, Jerry, and middle-class everyman, Peter. The though-provoking double bill of modern classics will be staged on May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 3.
Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)

Franklin’s Nick Paone and Charley Eastman star in both dramas. A prolific FPAC performer and director, the versatile Paone has been featured this season as Harold Hill and Captain Hook in FPAC productions of The Music Man and Peter Pan, respectively. Recent roles with FPAC also include Scrooge in Humbug!, Jean Valjean in Les MisĂ©rables and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. Nick is the founder and creative force behind FPAC’s annual summer Whatever Theater Festival and has starred in many of the festival’s presentations of Shakespeare on the Common. Pastor of Franklin Federated Church, Charley Eastman has been featured as Rooster in FPAC’s Annie, Freddy Mack in Humbug! and Prospero in The Tempest.

THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street. Tickets are $24. For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Downtown Project Update - Apr 21

The Downtown Project Update for this week:

Contractor started saw cutting the pavement from West Central at Emmons Street to East Central Street for installation of drainage structures. They expect to start with the drainage structures along West and East Central Streets, and then jump back up to Main Street at School Street then work down Main to Emmons Street, then Emmons Street back to West Central.

In the next couple of weeks, they expect to have another crew on the project starting with the roadway reconstruction at the Church and work down Main Street to Emmons Street. 
The light pole crew is also expected in the next couple of weeks.

MASSDOT indicated that they would have the contractor repair any tree protection fencing that was damaged over the winter. If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or my office at 508-520-4949

marking the surface before cutting it
marking the surface before cutting it

You can also view/download the update here:

Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 6

The Franklin Art Association will meet Wednesday, May 6th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for our last meeting until September. 
It will be held at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street. Refreshments and socialization will begin at 6:30. 
Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association
The May meeting will be an opportunity to create art together, rather than have a guest artist. This fun session will offer a variety of still life arrangements for members and guests to draw, paint or photograph. Please bring all materials needed to work in the medium of your choice. Although still life arrangements will be set up, feel free to bring your own objects.

Meetings are free and opened to the public. 
For more information, please visit our website at or

Reminder: Enchanted Memories Travel - Open House - May 2

Enchanted Memories Travel has been based in Franklin for the past 3 years and recently moved into a new office in Depot Plaza.  The owners, Vincent and Maria Dowling are longtime Franklin residents.  
Enchanted Memories Travel
Enchanted Memories Travel (Twitter photo)
We are having a free, family-friendly event in Depot Plaza on May 2.  It's a way to announce our new location and thank the town that has helped us grow and thrive mostly via word of mouth advertising over the past 3 years.  

Enchanted Memories Travel - Open House - May 2
Enchanted Memories Travel - Open House - May 2
Visit Enchanted Memories on the web

In the News: FinCom capital budget, Kraft and Dean team up

The town’s director of public facilities in his annual capital budget has asked for more than $30,000 to scrap the portable classrooms at Davis Thayer Elementary School, seven years after the School Committee declared them surplus. 
Davis Thayer and John F. Kennedy are the only elementary schools in the district that still house portable classrooms. 
The 19 classrooms were installed in the mid- and late-1990s during a period of increasing enrollment in the district. The deteriorating units have long surpassed their 10-year life expectancy. Two years ago, the town removed the portable classrooms at Jefferson Elementary School.
Continue reading the article here

A newly announced partnership between Dean College and the Kraft Group will allow students to study the business of sports and entertainment management under the company’s executives — with Gillette Stadium serving as one of their classrooms. 
Dean said Wednesday that it had teamed with the Kraft Group, owner of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, to establish the Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management. 
The agreement will create new degree programs in arts and entertainment management, business, media studies, communications, security management, sports management, and sports and fitness studies, including courses taught by Kraft Group executives and Dean professors at Gillette Stadium and the downtown campus.
Continue reading the article here

“We just couldn’t stop the bleeding"

Josh Perry, Managing Editor for Hockomock Sports, writes about the FHS vs. Taunton softball game on Wednesday.
The Panthers were in a good position. Two outs in the bottom of the fifth, runners at first and second, and a one-run lead, senior pitcher Sabrina LoMonaco induced a grounder to short. The throw was low and skipped to the fence allowing Taunton to tie the game.

After that things really fell apart.
Taunton would eventually send 14 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and score nine runs, all with two outs. The Tigers turned a one-run deficit into an eight-run lead and then tacked on three more in the sixth to run away with a 17-6 victory over Franklin. It was the second comeback victory over a Kelley-Rex rival in as many days for the Tigers. 
“It kind of shows the character on the team,” said Taunton coach Dave Lewry, “and hopefully we’re making a statement that that’s the kind of team we’re going to be -- that we won’t be beaten until the last out of the seventh inning. That’s what I like to see.” 
“Through 4-2/3 it was a great, great game,” said Franklin coach Kate Fallon, “but then the wheels fell off the bus and the rest is history. We didn’t finish. It’s a seven-inning game, not a five-inning game, and we just didn’t finish.”
Kelly Reading reached base three times against her former team, scored two runs and drove in a pair to help the Tigers come from behind for the second day in a row. (Josh Perry/
Kelly Reading reached base three times against her former team, scored two runs and drove in a pair to help the Tigers come from behind for the second day in a row. (Josh Perry/

Continue reading the article here

In other action on Wednesday


Franklin, 2 @ North Attleboro, 4 - Final 
In a 2-2 game, Brian Kleczkowski hit a two out double in the sixth inning and Brian Poillucci hit an RBI double to score Kleczkowski. Dylon Grzenda then followed it up with a base hit to score Poillucci. Eric Peterson picked up the win, coming on in relief for 1.1 innings of work. Justin Gallagher got a no decision on the mound for the Rocketeers, striking out five in 5.2 innings of work and also gong 2-3 at the plate. Zane Byrne struck out two for Franklin and also went 2-2 with two doubles and two RBI. 

Girls Lacrosse

King Philip, 6 @ Franklin, 14 - Final 
For the second straight game, Kenzie Pleshaw had a strong game offensively with four goals. Emily Jeffries notched a hat trick and had four draw controls while Nicole Ellin had four draw controls and two ground balls. Head coach Kristin Igoe said Grace McDermott and Olivia Truenow played well defensively. 

For all the results of Wednesday's Hockomock League action

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Live reporting: Finance Committee - Apr 22, 2015

Present: Aparo, Conley, Fleming, Bertone, Dufour, Smith, Heumpher
Absent: Dewsnap, Dowd

Minutes of Apr 7 meeting - amend to reflect date of Apr 22 (not May 22) for vote on Capital Budget
motion to approve as amended, passed 7-0

Jeff Nutting
overview of the school capital budget submission

$159,000 for Chromebooks

for 8th grade - for incoming 8th graders, include in assessments and instructions
prepare for the high school where they use chromebooks on a 1:1 basis
8th classrooms would have chromebook carts, not on a 1:1 basis
some also available at Libraries for checkout options

there are parts of chromebooks available for all grades currently, this would make the systems more available for instructions

management of the apps could only be done to the school devices, personal devices would not be managed, would still be filtered but up to the parents for maintenance

Google classroom targeted for transition, it is a free platform

5 years ago, the iPad didn't exist, 3 years ago the chromebook didn't exist
how far out do you want to look?
learning environment is moving online, so moving to a device that supports that is our intent
nothing else compares to the price performance of the chromebook currently

wearable technology is possible in the future

the good news is we have wifi everywhere

$40,000 Special Education vans

vans provide for cross town transportation to keep SPED students within the district where it makes sense to do so
currently have 10 vans, replacing on a schedule
5 seat wheel chair van - not a super effective vehicle for a spare, 2003 vehicle
looking for a regular SPED vehicle to replace this unit
looking for a full size 9 passenger van
comes fully equipped for child restraints, would put this into the rotation
and move another unit into the 'spare' capacity
the other units are mostly 2009 vintage and in good condition and maintenance

modulars for Davis Thayer

demolition in place, pull power, etc. out before demo
dispose of the concrete, etc. spread and see loam for the grass

PA system at Kennedy School

when Oak St opened, the system in the 'old' Oak St was moved to JFK
the technology is not like any of the other schools, older technology and ready to get replaced

$50,000 for carpeting at Davis Thayer

approx 9 rooms, backed carpet wears well and looks good
1998 the carpet put in was not like this


multi-function printer for Recreation Dept
better to buy rather than lease

wireless in Town buildings, some don't have it at all, those that do have older slower systems
leveraging the quantity purchase to bring the Town buildings up to speed
total of 63 access points across the major Town buildings

high school has 219 access points in comparison

Fire Dept

Chief McCarragher, Dept Chief Sharpe

looking to put the money aside this year to replace them all next year
self contained breathing apparatus
units are 10 years old
want to have all the units the same for ease of use
air regular and mask issued to fire fighters for their own maintenance

cardio defibrillator for the emergency vehicles
we don't take chances with letting these units age, these are life saving
replaced 5 years ago, three units one per vehicle

external defibrillators
carried in all the other vehicles

the proposal would go to the Council for May 6th
looking to get the vote to recommend tonight

10% free cash usually goes to OPEB but with such a bad year, more money proposed to go for roads

holding $600,000 in free cash, DPW is already over $500,000 for snow/ice
if all goes well, we would still be able to come back and use $70K later

FY 2016 budget update
budget sent to printer today, budget letter drafting
could get out next week

asked Council for Jun 10-11 for the budget hearings

revenues based upon the House budget
only changed the Governor's number by a little
the charter school issue was fixed so that helps

the only thing that might change is the amount of money to borrow for the high school
it is a place holder but wouldn't affect the budget vote as it is a 'debt exclusion' amonut anyway

fully funds the four fire fighters previously brought in under a grant

health insurance discussion with the unions Thursday
$8M spent on health insurance, actually a better plan that what is in place today

may need to draw the budget stabilization account for FY 2017
key is what the wage and benefit increases run, with only th 2.5% to count on, there is not much room for anything else
looking for ideas to keep the tax bill down

no word on the arbitration award yet, frustrated that is lasting this long
estimated placeholder in the budget

old business
high school, risk dollars?
fields being built as we speak
baseball softball fields under construction
turf field would like to be done Aug 1
warranty would be expiring unitl Aug 1
baseball softball fields need two seasons of growing before use, spring of 2017
turf field would be available immediately

Oct meeting minutes not yet approved

Q - any question on the safety of the turf fields?
A - nothing has come to the committee level, it is an issue out there but two sides to a story, not a clear answer

make a recommendation on the capital plan?
move the capital plan as recommended by Administrator be approved
passed 7-0

motion to adjourn, so moved,  and passed 7-0

The Ladybug Trek is happening in June!

Guess what's happening this June in Franklin?

A small business scavenger hunt of course!

Ladybug Trek - Franklin's small  business scavenger hunt
Ladybug Trek - Franklin's small
business scavenger hunt
The Ladybug Trek will occur between June 12th- June 30th and will include many local businesses including: Making Whoopie, Elizabeth's Bagels, Franklin Yoga and Wellness, Hillside Nurseries, Emma's Quilts, Jane's Frames, Pretty is Pink, Daddario Hardware, Mac Deli, Salon Sorella, Franklin Art Center, The Cake Bar, Terazza, NHS Printing and Franklin Liquors.

Participants will use a mobile app to follow clues throughout the participating businesses to complete the hunt.

The grand prize will total over $1,000 in gift cards from local businesses. More to come on this event in coming weeks!

This event is sponsored by the Small Shop Co-Op.

3rd Annual Elks Care, Elks Share 5k Run and Walk - May 9

The Franklin Elks, Lodge #2136, is proud to announce the Third Annual Elks Care, Elks Share 5k Run and Walk on May 09, 2015.

The Wounded Warriors Project and the Franklin Food Pantry are the beneficary organizations for this event.

Course Map

Registration Information

Register by Apr 24th to receive a t-shirt on race day

the finish line as set up for the 2014 race
the finish line as set up for the 2014 race

Results and photos from the 2nd Annual Race can be found here

GoFundMe - Memorial Expenses for Nick Horton

From a loyal member of the Franklin area network:

This may be old news but the young man who drowned in Hopkinton this past weekend was a 2011 graduate of FHS and was well liked and respected by his classmates. Unfortunately, the funeral expenses will be a significant challenge. A friend of the family has started a GoFundMe site to help the family.

The Milford Daily News article can be found here

screen grab of GoFundMe page
screen grab of GoFundMe page

and the GoFundMe page can be found here