Saturday, September 12, 2015

FHS tops Foxboro as both soccer teams and the volleyball team post wins

From Hockomock Sports we find and share the results of FHS fall sports action on Friday.

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 2 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final 
– Franklin’s Kevin Hall headed home a cross from Austin Kent in the first half and then Kent converted a penalty kick in the second half to give Franklin its first win of the season.
Austin Kent (2) scored a penalty and assisted on Kevin Hall’s (6) goal, as the Panthers defeated Foxboro 2-0 on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/
Austin Kent (2) scored a penalty and assisted on Kevin Hall’s (6) goal, as the Panthers defeated Foxboro 2-0 on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/

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Girls Soccer

Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– The Panthers got goals from defenders Meghan Dieterle and Nadia Havens to earn their first win of the season.


Franklin, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final 
– Franklin was able to edge the Warriors 21-25, 25-21, 8-25, 29-27, 15-12. Franklin’s Dayna McCue had a match-high 47 serve receives and added 14 digs, Alyssa Shea had 11 kills, Caroline Maguire also had 11 kills and added a pair of blocks and aces while Beth Neal had 27 assists, eight kills and four aces for the Panthers.


Taunton, 161 @ Franklin, 170 – Final 
– Taunton’s Mario Wilson shot a match-low 38 to pace Taunton. Ryan O’Berg and Kaynel Gonsalves each shot 40. Franklin’s Matt Dao shot a 40 and Matt Pleshaw shot a 41.


Franklin, 0 @ Arlington, 21 – Final

For the complete set of results across the Hockomock League on Friday

FM #114 - Economic Development Committee meeting 9/9/15

The Economic Development Committee met on Wednesday, Sep 9 at 6:00 PM. This is the audio recording of the meeting held in the 3rd Floor Training Room at the Municipal Building.

My notes were published here and can be used to follow along with the audio.

The audio recording of the Economic Development Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015. The agenda topics were marketing Franklin, the Nu-Style building, and the RFPs for the Pond St property.

The Planning and Community Development memo handed out to participants is also posted to the Franklin webpage and can be viewed here:

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Thanks for a Great 1st Season at THE BLACK BOX!

THE BLACK BOX celebrates one year
Dear Friend of FPAC,

Thank you for being a part of our exciting first season at THE BLACK BOX! We are grateful for the tremendous support of our audiences and patrons this inaugural year as we celebrated the grand opening of Franklin Performing Arts Company's new home and multi-purpose theater, music and event venue. With the enthusiastic participation of our community, we have accomplished great things in so short a time:

  • Recognized among some of the finest cultural organizations statewide in 2015, FPAC was awarded a prestigious $220,000 capital grant for THE BLACK BOX by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.
  • FPAC's production season expanded to include five musicals and three plays, including such iconic book musicals as Peter Pan and The Music Man; an original, experimental musical, Zero; and such through-provoking dramatic works as Nobel Poet Laureate Harold Pinter's The Dumbwaiter.
  • THE BLACK BOX quickly established itself as a key suburban hub for great music with the launch of Children's, Jazz, Cabaret, New England Artists and Local Artists Series. Featuring prominent Boston area musicians and entertainers with local roots, THE BLACK BOX welcomed such diverse artists as Jamie Barrett, Ayla Brown, Brothers McCann, and the Kenny Hadley Big Band.
  • THE BLACK BOX hosted Broadway stars Tyler Hanes and Sara Jean Ford and the NYC-based Joffrey Ballet Concert Group for Artist-in-Residence weekends featuring masterclasses and performances demonstrating FPAC's sustained commitment to quality creative expression and youth development in the arts. Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and Broadway's Alexander Gemignani headlined FPAC's Grand Opening Gala at THE BLACK BOX, bringing the magic of 42nd Street to our suburban MetroWest audiences!
  • FPAC's 8th annual Whatever Theater Festival, featuring free performances of One Acts at THE BLACK BOX and Shakespeare on the Common, was presented this year as part of the first annual Franklin Cultural Festival, showcasing the greater Franklin arts community for a week of cultural events on multiple stages throughout the town's proposed Cultural District.

With great pride and anticipation, we look forward to kicking off FPAC's milestone 25th season and ringing in the first anniversary of our downtown performing arts venue. 

We hope you will join us for many events this upcoming year, beginning with Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost in Yonkers on September 25-27 and FPAC's 2015 Gala celebration on October 3, as we together sustain a thriving cultural center for our region!

Warmest regards,

Raye Lynn Mercer
Executive Director
Franklin Performing Arts Company

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Pour Richard's: Pennywise Sale this Sunday

It's back! Our favorite bargain-hunting, money-saving, new wine-finding event, PENNYWISE! returns to Pour Richard's this Sunday, September 13 from 1-4 PM. 
Summer guests deplete your wine reserves? 
Pour Richard's Pennywise
Pour Richard's Pennywise
Need to stock up for those tailgate parties? Or maybe you just want a couple of nice bottles to serve as consolation for the end of summer? No worries. We've got you covered. 
25+ wines, all 20-70% off original retail, all open for tasting so you can buy what you already know you like. Chardonnay for $7. Delicious Russian River red at 70% Off. Half off Super-Tuscan. Sauvignon Blanc. Prosecco. Zinfandel. Anejo Tequila. And much, much more. 
Tasting is free. Orders available for pickup next Friday, September 18 after 5 PM 
Forget'll save big $$. Never Drink Ordinary. See you Sunday! 
Pour Richard's is located at 14 Grove Street in Franklin.

Support Franklin's Neighbor Brigade -> Pam's Run 5K/10K

Registration is now open for Neighbor Brigade's 3rd Annual Benefit Event:

Honoring the Legacy of Neighbor Brigade Founder Pam Manikas Washek and
Supporting the "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Movement she Ignited

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 10:00 am, Wayland, MA

Franklin has its own chapter of the Neighbor Brigade and they are quite helpful in the community.

You can find out more info on the chapter page here

(Caution, I do not approve of their web design. It makes it very difficult to read)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/11/15 - THU 9/17/15

FRIDAY 9/11/15
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
5pm   Friday Night Fish Fry at the Franklin Rod and Gun Club (dinner starts at 6pm)
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
7:30pm   Soul Kitchen Reunion Concert at The Black Box
8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SATURDAY 9/12/15
8:00am - 4:00pm  FHS Field Hockey car wash at FHS $10/car
10am-12pm   7th Annual Cruisin’ For a Cure Car Show at the Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill. Free and open to public!
10am-4pm   FSPA Back to School Open House
11am   Opiate Addiction Awareness Walk in Milford (meet at the Town Park Bandstand)
1pm   Zentangle workshop at Franklin Art Center (please register in advance)
1pm   Adult Coffee and Craft at the Franklin Public Library - Book Page Wreath

SUNDAY 9/13/15
9am   The 11th Annual Franklin 5K at Jefferson/Remington Schools (registration at 9am, run at 10am)
1:00pm - 4:00pm   Pennywise sale at Pour Richard's; free wine tasting then purchase what you liked at a discount
1:30pm - 5:00pm    Library Sunday hours resume

MONDAY 9/14/15
10am-12pm   Franklin MOMS Club Annual Fall Social at the Franklin YMCA. Activities for kids. Interested non-members welcome.

10am-8pm   FSPA Back to School Open House

THURSDAY 9/17/15
3pm   Memory Cafe for caregivers and their loved ones at Franklin Senior Center (each month new theme). Please call senior center to register.
6:30pm   Open Mic Night at The Cake Bar - FREE admission, acoustic and a cappella performers welcome. Franklin Forte Adult Co Ed Chorus performing at 7:30pm.
7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop: Your Basic Rights presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

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

Sunday hours resume at the Franklin Public Library Sep 13.

Sunday hours resume at the Franklin Public Library Sep 13. 

The Library will be open from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Sunday hours resume at the Franklin Public Library Sep 13
Sunday hours resume at the Franklin Public Library Sep 13

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Fall Pastel Art Classes Begin Next Week

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Don't wait........... 
start painting now
Tired of hearing that everything is bad for you? Well, register now for the one thing that is good for you! Whether you want to begin to paint or continue your painting skills, this class is for you.

You will be immersed and quickly painting your own work. You will apply techniques using materials and gain knowledge in a hands-on, enjoyable environment

September 17th
October 22nd

Franklin High School
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The class is taught by GAIL ECKBERG, a full-time teaching artist


218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038,, 508-613-1480
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MassBudget: Analyzing Education and Transportation Tax Reform Proposal

MassBudget  Information.
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Funding Improvements for Schools, Roads, and Public Transit with Tax Reforms that Improve Fairness
A ballot question has been proposed that would support investments in education and transportation with revenue from an additional 4% tax on income over a million dollars a year. Funding Improvements for Schools, Roads, and Public Transit with Tax Reforms that Improve Fairness examines this proposal and how it relates to longer term economic and policy trends in Massachusetts.

A wide body of research shows that a well-educated workforce and well-functioning transportation system together serve as a critical foundation for state economic success. In Massachusetts, our ability to make smart investments in education and transportation has been hampered by a tax system in which our highest income residents pay a much smaller share of their income in taxes than almost everyone else.

This has proven particularly problematic because our highest income residents have also seen a disproportionate share of the income growth in the Commonwealth over the past few decades. When those whose incomes are growing the most pay the smallest share of their income in taxes, that reduces the state's ability to invest in things like improving our schools, making public higher education affordable, and maintaining our transportation systems.

An additional 4% tax on income over a million dollars would have a modest effect on the few taxpayers - less than one percent of all filers - who would be affected. Because the tax doesn't apply to the first million dollars of income, and because state taxes are deductible from federal taxes, the effective tax rates (ETR) for those affected would be significantly below the marginal tax rate.


To read the full factsheet, please click HERE.

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FHS Football preview

The FHS Football team opens the season tonight with a game at Arlington at 7:00 PM. 

Hockomock Sports has published their preview of the Hockomock League teams. We can share the FHS football team preview here:


2014 Record: 5-6
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Brad Sidwell
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

"Key/Returning Players: Ben Riggs SR. 6-3, 300,OL/DL; Joe Giacolone SR 6-2, 270, OL/DL; Nick Yelle SR. 5-9, 180, LB/RB; Luke Gordon SR. 6-1, 175, WR/DB; Sam Harrell SR. 6-0, 180, WR/DB; Jake Lyons JR. 5-10, 190, RB/DB; Tyler Gomes JR. 6-1, 210, FB/DE; Brad Jarosz JR QB; Will O’Reilly SR. WR/DB; Eddie Scannapieco WR/DB 
Outlook: The Panthers come into 2015 lacking varsity experience in a lot of places, but with more depth at the skill positions and improved play at the line of scrimmage that has head coach Brad Sidwell entering his 20th season with hopes of getting Franklin into the tournament after back-to-back 5-6 seasons. He said, “Not a lot of experience, but many have been progressing through the sub varsity programs.[We] will play physical football.” 
The Panthers will be starting a new quarterback this season with junior Brad Jarosz expected to take over under center and he will have plenty of weapons to use in Franklin’s typically up-tempo offense. Nick Yelle will be in the backfield along with Jake Lyons, while Sam Harrell, Will O’Reilly, Luke Gordon and Eddie Scannapieco are all back on the outside. "

Continue reading the Franklin preview and all the other team previews for the Hockomock League Kelly-Rex Division here

and the Davenport Division here

The TC Insider - Tri-County Newsletter

September 9, 2015

A Message from Principal Mallon:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. September is always an exciting time for students with new classes, sports, and clubs and just being one year closer to graduation. Academic teachers, under the direction of the Academic Coordinator Melissa Beckmann, worked again this summer revising and writing units of instruction to align our curriculum with the common core. The curriculum writing project has now been extended to the vocational side of the house. Two vocational teachers led curriculum workshops under the direction of the Vocational Director, Mrs. Jean George. In the area of bullying prevention, we will be using evidence-based lessons from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) along with content-specific lessons in English, Technology, Health, U.S. History, and Related Instruction to deliver the required elements of the bullying curriculum. In addition, students will be participating in grade-level assemblies presented by Phil Fogelman from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  His presentation is entitled Breaking Barriers. The goals of Phil's presentation are: (1) to explore the invisible barriers that stand in the way of positive social change in our schools and communities today; and (2) to identify steps that participants can take to help break down these barriers in their schools and communities, and in doing so, facilitate respect, fairness and equal opportunity for all people. The assemblies will be held on September 21 and September 28. Our Dean of Students, Chris Beaton will present to parents on Monday, September 29, from 7 to 8:30 in the auditorium. Tri-County's Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, which is included in the Student Handbook posted on our webpage, was also mailed to all families in late August. 

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In the News: deputy chief sworn in, Dean opens for 150th year

The town's new deputy police chief took the oath of office Wednesday night in front of friends, family and fellow officers. 
Thomas Lynch, formerly a lieutenant with the department, was sworn in by Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri at that evening's Town Council meeting. 
After the oath was administered, Lynch spoke briefly about the new position. 
"I will do my best to provide quality service to the town of Franklin," he said. "I want to thank the mentors I've had throughout my law enforcement career. I will continue to seek their advice and counsel when the need arises."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Dean College began its 150th year this week, welcoming both returning students and a freshman class of more than 500. 
The college's official move-in day was Sept. 7 - Labor Day - and classes began Sept. 8. 
Gregg Chalk, the college's vice president of marketing and business development, said a number of changes and new initiatives awaited students, including a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group, which owns the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. The agreement features degree programs in such fields as arts and entertainment management, sports management and security management. 
"We'll be running courses at Gillette Stadium, and our students will have a lot of interaction with their personnel," Chalk said. "They'll get to see what goes on from that perspective."

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Update: Candidates for the Franklin Election on Nov 3

Very little change in the most recent update from the Town Clerk's office as of close of business on Wednesday, Sep 9. 

The last date to take out papers is Monday, Sep 14. The last date to return signed papers is Wednesday, Sep 16.

The ballot should get finalized in the week to 10 days after the 16th as the certification of signatures is completed.

The remainder of the election timeline leading to Nov 3rd can be found here

Assessor Donna Greenwood
Thomas P. Gleavy
W.Kenneth  Norman
Assessor Total 3
Bd. Of Health Donald G. Ranieri, Jr.
Gail P. Chirdon
Philip M. Brunelli
Tara E. Gurge
Bd. Of Health Total 4
Constable Daniel J. McCahill
John S. Power
Philip M. Brunelli
Constable Total 3
Planning Bd Gregory Giardino
Gregory T. Rondeau
John F. Carroll
Mikel G. DeFrancesco
William D. David
Planning Bd Total 5
School Com. Anne K. Bergen
Cynthia J. Douglas
Denise L. Schultz
John S. Jewell, PHD
Kevin P. O'Malley
Mary Jane Scofield
Rita M. Graci
Trevor A. Clement
Vanessa A. Bilello
School Com. Total 9
Town Clerk Diane M. Padula-O'Neill
Elizabeth F. Simon
Paul J. Cheli
Teresa M. Burr
Town Clerk Total 4
Town Council Andrew M. Bissanti
Brett S. Feldman
Deborah L. Pellegri
Glenn F. Jones
James D. Schultz, Jr.
James V. Gianotti, Jr.
Judith Pond Pfeffer
Matthew T. Kelly
Peter E. Padula
Richard W. Power, Sr.
Robert D. Dellorco
Robert R. Vallee
Sean P. Slater
Thomas D. Mercer
Town Council Total 14

Franklin Town Common
Franklin Town Common

The "election collection" can be found here