Saturday, June 6, 2015

FHS - All Night Party - 2015

Being able to deal with change was a common thread on Friday. Madison Wendell, FHS Class of 2015 Valedictorian, talked of choosing to embrace change. Principal Peter Light in his remarks to the graduates also talked of change. One of the items also in much discussion during the preparation for this years graduation was the location of the All Night Party.

Given the chance to take photos of the transformation of Horace Mann Middle School to the setting of the All Night Party, I gladly accepted. Hopefully the photos here will do justice to the creation of a magnificent space for a party.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make the All Night Party a success. (Note, I assume it was a success. The space was transformed magically but I'll admit to leaving before the party started!)

This is a few of the photos. The full set can be found in the Flickr Album here

All Night Party 2015 - 1
All Night Party 2015 - 1

All Night Party 2015 - 2
All Night Party 2015 - 2

All Night Party 2015 - 3
All Night Party 2015 - 3

All Night Party 2015 - 4
All Night Party 2015 - 4

All Night Party 2015 - 5
All Night Party 2015 - 5

All Night Party 2015 - 6
All Night Party 2015 - 6

All Night Party 2015 - 7
All Night Party 2015 - 7

All Night Party 2015 - 8
All Night Party 2015 - 8

All Night Party 2015 - 9
All Night Party 2015 - 9

All Night Party 2015 - 10
All Night Party 2015 - 10

All Night Party 2015 - 11
All Night Party 2015 - 11

All Night Party 2015 - 12
All Night Party 2015 - 12

All Night Party 2015 - 13
All Night Party 2015 - 13

I was able to take pictures of the last All Night Party in the old FHS building. Those photos can be found here:

Where will the Class of 2015 go next?

Where will the Class of 2015 go next? 

Thanks to information provided by the Franklin School Department, I was able to create this pivot table. Shown in descending order, these institutions or life categories are where at least 2 of the 392 graduates of FHS indicated they will be heading to.

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Post Secondary PathTally
University of Massachusetts, Amherst37
University of New Hampshire20
- Employment12
Massachusetts Bay Community College12
Westfield State University12
Framingham State University10
University of Massachusetts, Lowell10
Bridgewater State University9
Bryant University8
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth8
Roger Williams University7
University of Vermont7
Western New England University7
Boston College6
Plymouth State University6
Southern New Hampshire University6
University of Rhode Island6
Dean College5
- Life Skills Transition5
Northeastern University5
Saint Anselm College5
University of New Haven5
Boston University4
Coastal Carolina University4
Hofstra University4
Ithaca College4
Keene State College4
Quinnipiac University4
University of Connecticut4
University of Massachusetts, Boston4
Emmanuel College3
Endicott College3
Fitchburg State University3
Franklin Pierce University3
Lesley University3
Providence College3
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3
Simmons College3
Stonehill College3
University of Maine3
University of South Carolina3
Wentworth Institute of Technology3
Worcester State University3
Assumption College2
Bunker Hill Community College2
Emerson College2
Fairfield University2
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences2
Merrimack College2
New York University2
Norwich University2
Pennsylvania State University, University Park2
Salem State University2
Salve Regina University2
Springfield College2
Suffolk University2
Syracuse University2
Tri County Cosmetology Program2
United States Navy2
Worcester Polytechnic Institute2
- Other Unique Institutions79

Alphabetically, this is the listing of the 79 institutions where only one graduate will go

Post Graduate Institution
American University
AmeriCorps Service Program
Anna Maria College
Asnuntuck Community College
Babson College
Bard College
Becker College
Belmont University
Bentley University
Bridgton Academy
Brigham Young University
Bristol Community College
Bucknell University
Cape Cod Community College
Castleton State College
Clemson University
Colby College
Community College of Rhode Island
Cosmetology School
Cosmix School of Cosmetology
Curry College
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eckerd College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Florida Atlantic University
Fordham University - Lincoln Center Campus/Rose Hill Campus
Full Sail University
Gap Year
Husson University
James Madison University
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Kents Hill School
Lehigh University
Lynn University
Marist College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts State University
Methodist University
Mount Ida College
New Hampshire Technical Institute
Pace University, New York City
Porter and Chester Institute
Regis College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sacred Heart University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Michael's College
Seattle University
Siena College
Southern Connecticut State University
The George Washington University
The University of Tampa
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
Towson University
Trinity College
United States Army
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University of California, Davis
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami
University of New England
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Southern California
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
Utica College
Wheaton College MA
Wheelock College

"choose to embrace change"

Madison Wendell, Franklin High School’s 2015 valedictorian, told her fellow graduates Friday to hold on to their drive to explore and, with it, venture confidentially into “the direction of your dreams.” 
Wendell also used an anecdote from her childhood – a wild moment at a 2007 Red Sox game – to encourage them to live in the “here and now.” Sitting in the Green Monster seats with her family, her face buried in the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, she said she missed a home run ball off the bat of Mike Lowell that bounced inches away from her seat. There was a fracas over the ball, with everyone around lunging for it, including her mother. 
“And then there’s me, two eyes in a small pink baseball hat, peeking out over the edge of the Green Monster, wondering what on earth everyone was screaming about,” Wendell said.

Continue reading the article here

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Latin Awards at BFCCPS

As part of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School's commitment to a classical education, our students in grades 3-8 receive instruction in Latin. This year, on May 29th, students in grades six and eight were recognized for their achievements on the National Latin Exam.

Grade Eight students participated in The National Latin Exam, which is technically a high school level exam for Latin I.  This year, BFCCPS students have earned three Gold Medal recipients, which is a record accomplishment! BFCCPS students have also been awarded four Silver Medals, five Magna cum Laude and seven Cum Laude Awards.  We are so pleased and proud of the students' accomplishments as this marks an unprecedented amount of eighth grade Awards.

This year, four students in grade six have received certificates of Merit for Introduction to Latin. 

Grade Six:

These students have received certificates of Merit for Introduction to Latin

  • Vibha Kamath 
  • Samuel Pfieffer 
  • Neeraj Ramesh 
  • Hector Vasquez

Grade Eight:

These students have received Gold Medals: A Summa Cum Laude Award

  • Amanda Tardif 
  • Shraddha Iyer 
  • Ansh Tarafder

These students have received Silver Medals: A Maxima Cum Laude award

  • Angela Piso 
  • Brinda Venkataraman 
  • Elizabeth Viveiros 
  • Samuel Gilberti 
  • Katherine Mc Callister

These students received Magna cum Laude Awards

  • Amy Keigwin 
  • Nihal Kamath 
  • Haley Dion 
  • Kaitlyn Broyles

These students received Cum Laude Awards

  • Spencer Jolie 
  • Sophie Kripp 
  • Sky Da Costa 
  • Charlotte Ackman 
  • Kaylee di Simone 
  • Andrew Bremser 
  • Emma Goulet

This student received a Special Award for excellence and perseverance in Latin

  • Owen Neas

In the News: Ficco's closes, Taunton man charged

Yet discussing the close, Ficco didn't reveal any pangs of regret, though he said it likely hasn’t sunk in completely. It will hit him the hardest, he said, when he drives by the new shopping plaza slated to be built in the alley’s place. The building will be razed. 
“There are hundreds of stories, when you’ve been here as long as we have,” he said. “There're all kinds of things – one woman told me she’d been in the same league for 47 years. I feel a little bad for the older folks, my regular customers who’re here every week.” 
And Ficco will miss watching the jubilant faces of people as they bowl, especially the children. “I was always around people who were having a good time,” he said, adding that the alley has been the venue for uncountable first dates, many of which blossomed into happy marriages.
Read the full article here

A Taunton music teacher, who has taught children in public and private settings in several cites and towns in Massachusetts, has been accused of child rape. 
Charges were filed after police said Charles Hocking, 66, inappropriately touched a 7-year-old boy during piano lessons at a home here last month. 
Hocking has been charged with aggravated statutory rape of a child (two counts) and open and gross lewdness. He was held on $10,000 bail following his Wrentham District Court arraignment Thursday.
Read the full article here

Friday, June 5, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 6/5/15 - THU 6/11/15

FRI 6/5   12-6pm   OPENING of Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common!
FRI 6/5   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
FRI 6/5   8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SAT 6/6   2pm   Jamie Barrett and Nick Paone Return! to The Black Box

TUE 6/9   7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Public Meeting at the Franklin YMCA

WED 6/10   6:30pm   Marjorie Turner Holman introduces her new book More Easy Walks in Massachusetts at Franklin Public Library.

THU 6/11   4-7pm   12th Annual Strawberry Stroll - Downtown 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

Franklin Police: Robbery Press Release

Franklin Police Detectives are still working all leads in this robbery investigation. Female victim was surprised by lone male with a handgun while exiting her car in the driveway. Male suspect brandished firearm at victim and demanded cash, victim gave cash from her pocketbook and suspect male fled down Forest Street on foot. Franklin Patrol Units were in close proximity when call of robbery received and closed off immediate area to allow for Franklin K-9 search. 
As a precaution elementary schools in the area were put on administrative lockdown. K-9 search of the area had negative results. Canvass of residents in the area provided limited detail. Case actively being investigated. We are thankful that no one was hurt during this incident. 
If you have any information at all we strongly urged you to call the Franklin Police Department Tip Line @ 508-440-2780, leave an email @ or speak to a law enforcement officer you know and trust. 
Thank you. 
Chief Stephan Semerjian
911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA 02038
508-528-1212 ext. 2709
“Service for One Service for All”
Fairness, Compassion, Integrity

You are subscribed to the Franklin Police News and Announcements mailing list.

Franklin Police Station - 911 Panther Way
Franklin Police Station - 911 Panther Way
The Milford Daily News article posted for the Friday paper can be found here

Library Renovation Survey - Extended to June 8th

I was kicking myself for not having posted a reminder to participate in the Library Renovation Survey. However, you do have time to do so as they extended the deadline to Monday June 8th.

You can participate in the survey here:

Franklin Public Library
Franklin Public Library

Franklin Farmers Market opens today on the Town Common

The Franklin Farmers Market opens for the season this afternoon with more than 20 vendors lining up on the Town Common. 
The market, with stands located on Main Street at High Street, is up and running today and every Friday (except July 3) from noon to 6 p.m. through Oct. 30. 
“It has become more and more popular each year, and the town has embraced it and is very cooperative in getting us the permits we need to run,” said Grateful Farm owner Tim Garboski, the market manager.
Continue reading the article here

Farmers Market scene from July 2014
Farmers Market scene from July 2014

FHS Girls Tennis and Lacrosse advance, Softball ends with a walk off loss

Things were looking up for Franklin, who took its second one-run lead - a 2-1 lead over Norwood - of the game in the top of the seventh and got the first out in the bottom half on the first batter.

But a single from the #9 hitter Emily Bonoccorso turned into a runner in scoring position after a wild pitch and a single put runners on the second and third with just one out. A ground out to short brought the tying run home to make it 2-2 with the throw allowing the runner to third.
Franklin senior Sabrina LoMonaco delivers a pitch against Norwood on Thursday afternoon. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin senior Sabrina LoMonaco delivers a pitch against Norwood on Thursday afternoon. (Ryan Lanigan/

After an intentional walk to Norwood’s top hitter Erin Graczynski, the first pitch of the next at bat squeeze through to the back stop, bringing Siobhan Reen home for the walk-off win. 
“We fought,” Franklin head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau said. “It was a dogfight per usual but we just didn’t have it in the end.”

Continue reading the article on Hockomock Sports here

Girls Lacrosse - D1 East
#3 Franklin, 9 vs. #6 Natick, 8 - Final

Girls Tennis - D1 South
#7 Franklin, 5 vs. #10 Mansfield, 0 - Final

Other Hockomock league results from Thursday can be found here

MassBudget: The State of Working Massachusetts

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

The State of Working Massachusetts

Our state economy is growing. The state unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2008: 4.7 percent. And yet, despite this very real progress, our economy is not working for everyone - or even for most of us. The median wage is lower today than it was a decade ago and poverty is higher, even though our economy has grown substantially. Fixing that disconnect - the failure of economic growth to lead to an improving standard of living for working people - is the core economic policy challenge facing our state and our country.

To read the full State of Working Massachusetts report, click HERE

There are a number of policies that could be pursued at the national level to restore real wage growth and begin to build broadly shared prosperity. Massachusetts also can do a lot to expand economic opportunity and improve the lives of working people and families. The State of Working Massachusetts explores the well-being of our people and the strengths and weaknesses of our state economy. With the best educated workforce in the country we have the highest median wage. But across the income spectrum, wages have stagnated while income growth is concentrated among our very highest income households. That's a problem that state and federal policies need to address. 

In addition to covering issues of wages and incomes, the various sections of The State of Working Massachusetts discuss the jobs situation in our state, poverty and child poverty, and the important role education plays in all of these areas. Throughout the report, we present data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and others. We invite you to read more about all of these topics and to explore the many other issues we cover and reports we provide on the MassBudget website.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA 02108

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center | 15 Court Square | Suite 700 | Boston | MA | 02108