Saturday, May 16, 2015

"There is really something wrong" (video)

While you are out and about this weekend, especially those parents with kids on one or more of our artifical turf fields, this 20 minute video is a must view.

Patti Wood, Executive Director of non-profit Grassroots Environmental Education and visiting scholar at Adelphi University explains how synthetic turf and its components can affect children's health. This video is adapted from a presentation given in Ramapo, New York on May 14, 2015. More information on synthetic turf is available at the Grassroots website,

Synthetic Turf and Children's Health with Patti Wood from Grassroots Environmental Ed on Vimeo.

grassroots info webpage
grassroots info webpage

For more information on GrassrootsInfo check their webpage here

For their fact sheet on synthetic turf download the PDF here

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FHS teams win on Friday

Franklin's spring sports teams were victorious on Friday in their Hockomock League activities. Hockomock Sports the results as follows:


North Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 7 
- Final - Kyle Skidmore tossed a complete game, allowing just one run with three strikeouts and didn't issue any walks for the win. Offensively, Skidmore helped his cause going 2-4 with an RBI, Nick Burgos was 1-3 with a double and two runs scored, Nick Santucci went 3-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, Ant Chaiton went 2-4 with a run and an RBI and Zane Byrne knocked in a pair of runs.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


North Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 7 
- Final - Alicia Donovan went a perfect 3-3 at the plate, knocking in three runs. Sabrina LoMonaco went 2-3 with an RBI at the plate and pitched 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts for the win. For North Attleboro, Kaylea Sherman was 2-3 and knocked in all of North's three runs.

Boys lacrosse

Franklin, 17 @ King Philip, 6 
- Final - Freshman Eric Civetti had a team-high seven goals with two assists while senior Jack Vail scored twice and added six assists. DJ Shea made 10 saves in net for the Panthers. For the Warriors, Lukas Cepkauskas had two goals, one assist, Brandon King scored twice, Sam Agricola had one goal and one assist and Tim Watson scored once. Freshman Matt Narewski went 19-26 on face offs for KP.

Boys Tennis

Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 2 - Final

For all the Hockomock League action, check here

Norfolk County Mosquito Control - spraying to begin May 26th

Please be advised that the Norfolk County Mosquito Control will begin the late evening ULV aerosol applications on or about May26, weather permitting. 
May 26 through September 30, 2015 Adulticide aerosol (ULV) applications.(conducted between sunset through midnight, Monday through Thursday) 
If any resident wishes to know when the spray program may be conducted in their area, they should go to the Districts website at   
If an individual would like to see a map and/or street listing of the areas to be treated, they should click on the following link, and then enter their address 
Current late evening aerosol application schedule and maps 
Please note that the ULV map and/or street listings will be posted on or about 3:30 p.m. the day of the scheduled application. Residents may also contact the following number 617-582-6216 after 3:30 P.M. the day of the scheduled treatment to receive information detailing the streets/areas to be treated in the town.

Norfolk County Mosquito Control
Norfolk County Mosquito Control

This was shared from the Franklin webpage

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Effective Monday May 18, 2015




  • No lawn watering between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • No holiday delays for watering
  • No lawn watering is permitted on other days of the week

The summer Water Conservation Measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption. 
During the summer months, the Town experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn watering. There have been 24‐hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place mandatory water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months. 
A total of 1‐inch of water once per week from rain and watering promotes the healthiest lawns. compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200. 
For additional information, visit the DPW website at 
Any questions should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 508‐520‐4910.

Franklin DPW headquarters building
Franklin DPW headquarters building

HMEA 5K Family Fun Day - this Sunday

There is still time to register to run or walk and enjoy the great family fun day at EMC here in Franklin.

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Sunday May 17th, 2015 (8 am - 3 pm)
EMC2 Franklin, MA
This Sunday, please join host Gene Lavanchy and HMEA as we celebrate the nearly 4000 individuals we are privileged to serve, our 650+ caring staff we are honored to work with, and all of their families by inviting our entire community to celebrate with a full day of entertainment at our 5K Family Fun Day.

This year's event details:

8:00 AM - Runner registration

9:00 AM - Race begins

10:00 AM - Walker Check-in
10:00 AM - Awards Ceremony
10:30 AM - Opening Ceremonies
10:45 AM - America The Beautiful by Alyssa Surrette
11:00 AM - Walk begins
12 noon - Complimentary Cookout
12:00 PM - Irish Step Dancing
12:00 - 12:45 PM - Studio Two Beatles Concert
12:30 PM - 2nd Kids Fun Run
12:45 PM - Team 21 Dog Talent Show
1:30 PM - Announcement of Raffle Winners
2:00 PM - Closing Ceremonies

*Note: The road will be closed from 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM*

For more information on this year's event including: walker, runner and event maps and the full list of entertainment, please visit: We hope to see you there!

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