Saturday, October 24, 2015

Franklin Candidate for Town Clerk - Diane Padula-O'Neill

Diane Padula-O'Neill and I sat down at Panera recently. This is the summary of our conversation about her candidacy for Town Clerk.

FM - What is your Franklin story?

Padula-O'Neill - I was born and raised in Franklin, along with my two sisters Darlene Denommee and Denise DePedro, by our parents John R. Padula and the late Sheila (Spadoni) Padula. I currently live in Franklin with my husband Stephen and my four stepchildren.

I started at Dean Bank in a traveling role in 2002. With my personality and previous business and banking knowledge, I could easily bring myself to other branches and I fit in well. Within my first year, I was chosen to become Dean Bank's Electronic Services Coordinator and have been in this position 13 years. In this job I have learned both the service and backend of the online and telephone banking products as well as ATM and Point of Sale, making me the primary contact for both customers and Customer Service Rep's in the Dean Bank's Operations Department.

It was not long after settling into this position that I made the decision to go back to school and eventually graduating from Dean College in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Business and going on to Emmanuel College to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Business in 2011. It took me a bit longer than I originally anticipated as I received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007 and needed time off for surgery, radiation treatments and to take care of myself. I had met my husband only one year prior but knew he was a keeper soon after my diagnosis. Through it all, I had the love and support of my family, friends and my employer who directly contributed to my success and I am stronger today because of it. 
My parents were greatest examples and taught me the importance of getting involved, investing in our youth and community. For many years I coached both Pop Warner and High School Cheerleading and participated in many Relay for Life events too. I am a Commissioner for Franklin Housing Authority and member of the Franklin Art Association. I have volunteered with a number of local organizations like the Downtown Partnership "Beautification Days", Franklin Food Pantry annual food drives, Friends of Franklin and the Franklin Rotary Club's Annual Pasta Supper for the elderly where I enjoy serving dinners and I'll even get up a sing a few songs to entertain.

FM - What do you see as a challenge for the position of Town Clerk?

Padula-O'Neill - The Office of the Town Clerk oversees the town's vital records, town census, town meeting actions, town and state elections and voter registration. I don't see any real challenges but I do see many opportunities. I have taken a proactive approach by announcing my candidacy in March. I have met with our Town Administrator and Town Clerk's in our surrounding towns. I know what is expected of a Town Clerk and I am looking forward to the future of the Franklin Town Clerk's office. 
This job will provide me the latitude to work toward obtaining my Town Clerk Certification while working to increase voter registration through education and improving our civic engagement through visibility. I want to bring the office into the 21st century especially now that online voter registration is available in MA. 
I will work to forge a better relationship between the Clerk's office and our high school students. Because students can pre-register to vote at the age of 16, my goal is to educate and spark their interest in their rights as voters in America and citizens of Franklin.

FM - What do you bring to the position that would set you apart from the other candidates?

Padula-O'Neill - I am rooted in Franklin, I know Franklin, I care deeply about Franklin because it's my lifelong home. I am competent, dedicated and forward thinking. My integrity, education and expertise in customer service will be best served when dealing with the needs and wants of our Taxpayers and other Municipal Departments. I plan to modernize the Clerk's office with a strong focus on customer convenience where my extensive work experience in business and electronic banking services coupled with my passion for serving our community make me the stand out candidate to see this through. 
Although I enjoy seeing people in person, this is not always conducive. Over the next four years, I will work to make the Clerk's office more accessible introducing more online contact and services. For instance, by improving upon the online access of our annual report making it more interactive and user friendly. People don't want to leaf through every page to get to where they want to be. It could be better indexed. I'd also like to look at a Point of Sale (POS) system to handle online orders and in office payments too. The office should be able to take credit and debit cards for payments for copies of certificates and licenses and for services provided by the clerk's office. Not everyone carries cash anymore.

If you have any follow up questions for Diane, you can contact her via

You also visit her website
Of find her on Facebook

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 3rd. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review this text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion.

"We are in the arena. We are the change"

It has taken me roughly three weeks to process the events that occurred on the National Mall in Washington, DC on October 4th, 2015. I cannot remember a time where I felt such a wide range of emotions in such a short period of time. I have never, in my entire life, felt such an outpouring of love, momentum and hope. 
When we first heard about Unite to Face Addiction, it was merely an idea. It wasn't even called "Unite to Face Addiction" yet. Greg Williams sat in my living room and talked about this idea that he had to bring the recovery community to the National Mall and give addiction it's "AIDS quilt moment." Our friend Mario was in the other room making phone calls to potential backers and entertainers. We wondered what it would look like. We wondered if the recovery community would stand behind it. It seemed so far into the future. I am finding it hard to believe that it is now behind us.
Kate Meyer photo of UNITE 10/4/15
Kate Meyer photo of UNITE 10/4/15

Continue reading Kate's reflections on the historic day on the Washington Mall

FHS boys soccer and field hockey teams win, football loses

Via Hockomock Sports we share the results of the fall sports action on Friday. The FHS football team lost to Attleboro 35-0. The FHS boys soccer team beat Taunton 3-1 and the field hockey team also beat Taunton 3-2.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Attleboro, 35 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

  • First Quarter: (A) Brendan Nunes 12 yard rush, Elijah Lewis XP; (A) B. Nunes 9 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
  • Second Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 38 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
  • Third Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 11 yard rush, E. Lewis XP; (A) Cam Furtado 8 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
  • Fourth Quarter: No scoring.

Boys Soccer

Taunton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– David Stowell put Franklin ahead in the first half off an assist from Wes Kozil. Brian Czuba got his first goal before the break off an assist from Cam LeBlanc. Taunton pulled within one in the second half off a free kick from Austin Botelho but Czuba added an insurance goal off an assist from Hatim Brahimi.

Field Hockey

Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– Caroline Lounsbury scored the game winning goal with 44 seconds left off assists from Taylor Reutlinger and Kenzi Pleshaw to lift the Panthers. Taunton held a 1-0 lead at halftime but Diana Griffin knotted the game just three minutes into the second half off assists from Cassi Ronan and Reutlinger. Annie Walsh put Franklin ahead at 2-1. Abbey Kingman scored both of Taunton’s goals.

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Friday:

Franklin Public Schools: Announce Community Walking at Franklin High School

Franklin Public Schools ~ Lifelong Learning Institute

Community Walking at Franklin High School 

As we enter Autumn and the temperature begins to drop, we are pleased to announce that Community Walking at Franklin High School has returned.  Escape the cold and walk in the warmth of the high school track or hallways. 

Walking is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when school is in session, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Walkers may use the elevated track when there are no games taking place in the gym.  If the track is not available, walkers may use the high school hallways on the first floor. 

Walkers should enter the Panther door and go to the Adult Education office to sign in. They will receive a guest lanyard to wear.  When they are finished walking, they will return to the Adult Education office to sign out and return the guest lanyard. The sign-in/sign-out process and wearing guest lanyards are part of the school safety protocol.
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Use the Community Entrance (Panther Door) at FHS
Use the Community Entrance (Panther Door) at FHS

"The TC Insider" - news you can use from Tri-County Regional Voc Tech


A Message from Principal Mallon:

As many of you know, Tri-County holds one main funding event each year. Four years ago, we switched from an auction to a golf tournament. This year, our Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville. This will be an early release day for students. We use the revenue we raise from the Golf Tournament to help fund student activities. Whether you are a golfer, sponsor, or volunteer, your help will be greatly appreciated. We would like to avoid having to charge students fees to participate in clubs and activities. Thank you in advance for your support.

Another way to get involved in the school is to join our very active Tri-County Athletic Boosters association. Members of TCB devote considerable time and energy to raising money to fund scholarships at graduation, trophies and awards at the end of each sports season, letter jackets for qualifying student athletes, and other special projects here at the school. You may have noticed a link to the TCB on the webpage under Athletics. If your schedule does not permit you to get directly involved, please consider supporting their various fundraising activities.

TC News

Students in our Automotive Collision Repair program spent seven months working on a 1969 Mercury Cougar. Their work paid off on October 10 when the vehicle claimed first place in the People's Choice category at the Cougar Club of America East Coast National Car Show. Learn more:

Athletic News
We're proud to announce the Varsity Golf and Varsity Volleyball teams are 2015 Mayflower Athletic Conference Champions! Congratulations to Junior Kyle Hobbs who was selected as the 2015 Outstanding Golfer for the Mayflower Athletic Conference.

Get ready for Ski Club!
The Ski Club will begin their weekly trips to Wachusett Mountain beginning on January 9, 2016. The club visits Wachusett each Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for six weeks. Ms. Johannesen will begin the application process on November 2. Applications are due NO LATER than Tuesday, November 24. Please see Ms. Johannesen for more information and to pick up your application.

An Update from Guidance:
If you haven't already scheduled a parent meeting with your student's guidance counselor, please contact Mr. O'Brien (last names A-K) or Ms. Johannesen (last names L-Z) to discuss their future goals. Seniors should continue to visit the guidance office for updated information regarding career opportunities. Common Application Workshops will continue to be offered to seniors on Wednesdays in S206. Please listen to the announcements.

SAT Testing
The registration deadline is November 5 for the December 5 SAT. The late registration deadline is November 23 (with an additional fee).

*Students eligible for free or reduced lunch should see their guidance counselors regarding possible fee waivers for SATs and college applications.

College Financing Seminar
The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, MEFA will present a College Financing Seminar here at TC on Tuesday, December 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cooperative Education Update
Co-op seniors now have a Co-op Course in Its Learning. This interactive platform will allow Co-op students to reach out to Mrs. MacLeod easily, especially on B week when they are not at Tri-County. Bulletins will be posted along with answers to frequently asked questions as they arise. Additionally, both the Co-op Calendar and Time Sheet are now available for print through the site.

Co-op students are reminded they must fill out their time sheet in its entirety prior to their supervisor signing it at the end of the week in order to receive weekly credit for hours worked. They need to indicate the types of jobs, chores and experiences that they were a part of before the supervisor signs it. The shop teachers receive a copy of those time sheets. It is very important for the instructors to be aware of the types of new and different experiences that your child encounters on the job.

All Co-op students must turn their time sheet into Mrs. Roberts in the front office when they arrive back to school on Monday. Mrs. Roberts inputs those hours so that your child is not considered absent or delinquent from school. Failure to do so may result in suspension from Co-op for the next shop week. An occasional reminder to your child is always a plus and greatly appreciated!

Senior Project
Seniors have completed the process of determining what their Senior Project Product will be. Parents co-signed this form indicating that you are aware of the scope of the project selected. Senior Project fabrication time is Monday, November 16, through Wednesday, November 25.. All seniors will be working on their Projects in-house during this time. The student is responsible for providing the necessary materials to fabricate their Product.

Upcoming Events

Career Day
Thursday, October 29

Career Day
Friday, October 30

Veterans' Day
Wednesday, November 11

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In the News: Lippert Field, Franklin Distinguished Young Women, Johnston essay on Pellegri

On Oct. 17, Dean College honored faculty member and coach Dale Lippert with a surprise dedication at the Longley Athletic Complex, 69 Maple St. 
Thanks to a donation from Peter Hexter, a member of the board of trustees, Dean College was able to dedicate the football field in Lippert’s name. 
The surprise was announced during the halftime show of Saturday’s Dean College football game. Lippert was asked to make his way to the center of the field and he was honored for his dedicated service with an unveiling of a sign across the press box with his namesake.
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The Greater Franklin Distinguished Young Women Program will host an information session for female high school juniors 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the community room at the Franklin YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road. 
The program is open to all female high school juniors and is free to join. Rehearsals will start in late February and will meet one night per week. Attendance is preferred. The program show date will be in May or June, but it will be announced at a later time.
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James Johnston, Franklin historian and regular contributor to the Milford Daily News has this piece on the retirement of Deborah Pellegri

Deborah Pellegri is ending a long era of public service in the town of Franklin. Her civic service to the Franklin community has spanned four decades, going way back to her founding of the Fourth of July Committee with two other great Franklin civic leaders, Jean Cataldo and Lorraine Doherty. Together this dynamic trio has created a tradition of celebration of this nation's birth that has spanned a third of the last century and lives on to today.
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“Voices of Franklin” - update

We are only a few days away from Nov 3rd when we will determine who will sit and decide for us on the Town Council, School Committee, Board of Health, and serve in the Town Clerk's office to mention just the contested elections.

While the newspapers offer a “letters to the editor”, Franklin Matters has “Voices of Franklin”. If you would like to express your thoughts on a hot topic, or what it is like to live in Franklin, this is for you. Perhaps on the way things were, or the way things should be. There are any number of topics that matter to Franklin. 

You do the writing and we can help you can share your story here.

Franklin Matters
Franklin Matters


If you

  • have time to write a couple of paragraphs
  • access to email
  • your voice can be published here in a new “Voices of Franklin” section. 

Your written submission will need to abide by the editorial guidelines found below. You'll also need to be aware that anything published on Franklin Matters is subject to the Creative Commons License 3.0 for USA. Specifically, what is published can be shared with attribution but not for profit.

More information about the editorial guidelines and creative commons license are found in the links below. If you would like to clarify something before sending your writing in, you can reach out to me (shersteve at gmail dot com).

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/23/15 - THU 10/29/15

FRIDAY 10/23/15
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
3:30pm   Science Friday: Mission Space (grades K to 4) at Franklin Public Library
4-6pm   Annual Franklin SEPAC Halloween Ride at Tangerini’s Farm. Event is free and open to all Franklin special-needs students and their families. RSVP required! Event fills up quickly. Email:
6:30pm   Project Smile 12th Anniversary Celebration, Doubletree Milford. Great auction items! Support the non-profit that supports the community and children involved in traumatic events.
6:30-8pm   Annual Spooky Games at the Franklin YMCA. Community event open to all.
8-9:50pm   Spooktacular DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena

SATURDAY 10/24/15
9-11am Franklin High School Open House
10am-3pm   Craft and Vendor Fair to benefit Santa Foundation @ Elk’s Lodge in Franklin
12-4pm   Grand Opening of Sugar Shoppe, 334 Union Street, Franklin
5:30-9pm   Halloween Party for all ages at FUSF
7:30pm   FSPA presents “The Addams Family” at The Black Box

SUNDAY 10/25/15
7:30-10:30am   Weekly Sunday morning breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club, open to public.
2pm   FSPA presents “The Addams Family” at The Black Box
3pm   Greg and Axel Show at Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 10/27/15
6-9pm   Taste of the Region at the Tri-County HS

THURSDAY 10/29/15
6:30pm   Genealogy Club Monthly Meeting at Franklin Public Library

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

FHS girls soccer and volleyball top Taunton

From Hockomock Sports we share the results of Thursday's fall sports action where the FHS girls soccer team continued keeping a clean sheet by wining 2-0 and where the volleyball team topped Taunton by a 3-2 win in the matches.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls soccer

Franklin, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final 
– Victoria Stowell scored from the penalty spot and Megan Georges had Franklin’s second goal on an assist by Maddie Connelly.


Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– Sam Campbell and Rose Morrisette both played strong defense for the Panthers and each had key serving runs in the fifth set to lead Franklin. Dayna McCue had 43 serve receivers, 21 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil had 12 kills and a pair of digs and Beth Neal had 18 assists, eight kills, four aces and a pair of blocks.

For the rest of the results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

Wizards Game Tickets Available to Buy at Franklin Recreation Basketball Skills Session

NOV 13th, 7:00pm, Tri-County HS gym

Wizards Game Tickets Available to Buy at Franklin Recreation Basketball Skills Session this Saturday! Save Money and Purchase Your Tickets Before the Game (and before we sell out).

We will be at the following schools’ skill sessions this Saturday.

General Admission tickets:
Students $10. 
Cash or check only.
Harlem Wizards
Harlem Wizards

  • Sullivan Middle School Gym - 8:00-10:00am and 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Horace Mann Middle School Gym - 2:00-6:00pm
  • Remington Middle School Gym - 1:00-5:00pm

For more information, please visit
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Franklin Library: Greg the Magician and Axel the magic mutt

Halloween Fun with Greg the Magician and Axel the magic mutt on Sunday, October 25th, 3 PM at the Franklin Public Library.

Greg and Axel, halloween fun

This was shared from the Franklin Library page here

In the News: Adult learning workshops, Exelon lacks water contingency, Mercer runs for 3rd, Jones looks to return

The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning, 218 Oak St., announced five upcoming one-night workshops open to the community beginning Nov. 7. 
Each one-night session is designed to be an informative and enjoyable evening in a relaxed setting. Some sessions are interactive. 
Anyone interested in one or more of the following one-night workshops can register by going to and clicking on Adult Education or by calling The Center at 508-613-1480:

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Although there is no guarantee that Exelon, Millis and Medway will come to an agreement on pumping water through each town to Exelon's proposed expansion, the company does not have a contingency plan. 
Millis Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall said he only received a final proposal Monday from the engineering firm Kleinfelder to do feasibility study of selling water to Exelon. 
The company needs a maximum of 95,000 gallons per day, but will be able to draw about half of that from an onsite well.

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During his time on the Town Council, Thomas Mercer has helped bring multiple new town buildings to fruition, and said he was proud the town had invested in its infrastructure over the years. 
Mercer is one of 14 candidates seeking nine Town Council seats in Franklin's Nov. 3 election. A lifelong resident of Franklin, he is running for a third term on the council, though he has served the town in several other capacities.
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As a former Town Council member himself, candidate Glenn Jones finds himself in an interesting position as he runs to rejoin it. 
Jones is one of 14 candidates seeking nine seats on the council in the Nov. 3 town election.
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Voices of Franklin: Sean Slater on a Tax Override Question

Hello fellow Franklin residents 
My name is Sean Patrick Slater and I am running as a 1st time candidate for the Town Council. There has been a couple of hot topics that have come up recently in the social media forums. While collecting signatures I was asked if I would support an override. Given the informal discussions around this issue you would think it would be a complicated issue. It is not, it is simple. 
There is no such thing as an “unexpected” or “emergency” expense. A tax increase request in the form of an override is an admission to an unbalanced budget. Proper planning eliminates the need to ask for more money due to unscheduled expenses. I believe citizens, including myself, recognize that managing a budget for 33,000 residents is a massive responsibility. I also believe those involved with the budget process start out with nothing but the best intentions. That being said, the size of the budget and the unmet demand for services should not be used as override rhetoric. 
If you hear we need an override to pay for road repairs and/or to help fund a $93M OPEB unfunded obligation, I would follow that up with a question; with a budget of approximately $113M, where specifically were these dollars allocated? Trust then verify. If we are saying $113M is not enough to run this town then I would humbly ask to validate each line item in the town budget that looks questionable. There is a reason overrides have been repeatedly voted down, Franklin residents are intelligent enough to use common sense. 
The other question I was asked was “if the question does surprisingly make the ballot, would the outcome of the vote change how you would conduct business on behalf of the town? Regardless of an override outcome, our priority is always to be as fiscally responsible as necessary in carrying out the will of the people. We do not change our approach or behavior based on a vote. The way we allocate or prioritize may change in respect to budget items. 
However, we, as a Council, should not be using the results of a vote to compromise our commitment to fiscal discipline. Both scenarios will require an open and honest communication among the Council, Town Administrator, finance committee and department heads. A collaborative and common sense approach is the best way to move forward with an issue that is this controversial. 
Chalk it up to my experience in corporate America but in my current job, if I know I am unable to keep the project on budget they will find somebody else who can. If I ask my SVP for more money without any legitimate evidence to validate that request then he would tell me to take some time off after laughing me out of his office. In the private sector this is known as the chicken little defense. The sky is not falling just because we are not receiving more funds, rather the confidence is falling because we are abandoning reason and logic in asking for those funds. 
Thank you for your time. 
Sean P. Slater, PMP

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Franklin Matters - Voices of Franklin
Franklin Matters - Voices of Franklin

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Fun at the Downtown Partnership October Stroll


We had a clear and beautiful afternoon for Thursday's downtown Franklin October Stroll! The crowds came out to celebrate Fall in Franklin with music, impromptu dance parties, crafts, face painting, games, pumpkins and decorating kits, gift shopping, costumed characters and delicious foods. Thank you to all the wonderful Franklinites and area residents who came out to celebrate the season with us!

Our wonderful sponsors helped make our first October Stroll a resounding success - Thank You! 

Thanks to the Bernon Family Branch YMCA for operating the Children's Area for the event. Thanks, also, to the Franklin DPW and the Franklin Police for helping us with logistics and safety. 

Many thanks, too, to all the volunteers who helped organize and run this fun event.

Here are a few photos from the evening. 

Gold Sponsors Middlesex Savings Bank and Rockland Trust

Silver Sponsors Dean Bank, DCU, Franklin Ford and The Estate at Franklin

Bronze Sponsors Chestnut Dental Associates and Keefe Insurance

Bronze Sponsors Chestnut Dental Associates

Friends of the Stroll Sponsors Alumni Restaurant, Beaux Regards Photographic Art by Marjorie Sardella, Crossway Church, D. G. Ranieri Real Estate, Jane's Frames, Nexamp, Next Step Living, The Franklin Historical Museum and WMRC 1490-AM.

Additional photos can be found on the Downtown Partnership Facebook page