Monday, February 29, 2016

Franklin Democrats to Elect Delegates To State Convention

Registered Democrats in Franklin will be holding a caucus in the Community Room at Franklin Public Library on March 26th at 10am to elect 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Action Agenda. 

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 4th at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

"There is much at stake in 2016 as big, outside money targeting our Democratic legislators has already been pledged," said Chairperson Denise Schultz. "Our June convention will focus on building up our Democratic Party's grassroots around the values and ideas that improve the lives of working Bay Staters - ensuring we send strong Democrats to Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill and the White House."

Franklin Democrat Town Committee
Franklin Democrat Town Committee

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Franklin, and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be "add-on" delegates.

The committee normally meets at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of the month at the Union Street Grill. For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Denise Schultz at / 508-612-5950 or check out their website at

Presidential Primary - March 1st. Polls open at 6:00 AM - close at 8:00 PM - all of Franklin votes at FHS

Reminder: Presidential Primary is March 1st. Polls open at 6:00am - 8:00pm at the Franklin High School Gymnasium on Oak St.

**The last day to vote Absentee is Monday, February 29, until 12:00 noon in the Town Clerks Office.**

If you are not sure you are a registered voter, what your Party Affiliation is or your Precinct Number, please call the Town Clerk's Office at (508)520-4900 or email:

The Town Clerk's Office will be open on Tuesday March 1, (Election day) FOR ELECTION BUSINESS ONLY. Please plan accordingly. Thank you!

Primary election day - March 1 all of Franklin votes at Franklin High School
Primary election day - March 1 all of Franklin votes at Franklin High School

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Register O'Donnell Stresses Need to File Mortgage Discharges

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Stresses Need to File Mortgage Discharges

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded consumers about the importance of filing a mortgage discharge in a timely manner after their mortgage has been paid off.

Register O'Donnell noted, "During our office hours, one of the most common asked questions by homeowners is whether they have clear title to their property. This can be determined by accessing the Registry's online records and verifying if all mortgages associated with the property have been discharged."

The Register went on to say, "When a mortgage is paid off, a mortgage discharge document needs to be recorded with the Registry of Deeds to clear a homeowner's property title. A discharge is a document (typically one page) issued by the lender, usually with a title such as "Discharge of Mortgage" or "Satisfaction of Mortgage."

In many instances stated O'Donnell, "Discharges are sometimes filed directly by banks or settlement attorneys with the Registry as part of a property sale or as a result of a refinancing transaction. In other cases, the mortgage discharge is sent to the property owner who is then responsible for making sure the document is recorded at the Registry.

"Whether or not a discharge is recorded by the lending institution or the individual property owner, ultimately the responsibility falls on the property owner to check and make sure that all necessary documents have been recorded at the Registry of Deeds."

The Register further mentioned that there have been cases where no discharge has been recorded against a long paid off mortgage. Unfortunately, some of the lending institutions that provided funds for these mortgages are no longer in existence. While in most other cases, financial entities have merged with another lending entity. "You cannot sell your property without having all mortgage discharges recorded," the Register warned.

If a property owner needs to retrieve an original discharge of a mortgage and is unclear which lending institution is now responsible for providing the document, an option is to contact the Massachusetts Division of Banks at 1-800-495-2265. This government agency can assist the consumer in tracking down contact information for the lending institution that is responsible for the mortgage.

When recording a discharge, the original document is required. The Registry of Deeds does not accept photo copies or faxed copies of documents. The filing fee, set by state statute, is $76.00.

In conclusion O'Donnell stated, "After paying off all the mortgages on their property, homeowners want to be assured that they have clear title to their property, especially if they are contemplating selling it. Being diligent and aware of what is required will go a long way in giving the homeowner peace of mind."

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is staffed with a team of customer service representatives who can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM at (781) 461-6101. These representatives have been trained in researching documents and are well versed on the subject of mortgage discharges and what, if necessary, needs to be done to clear title to a property."

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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

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage

In the Globe: Shrewsbury library renovation, FHS referenced in new schools using technology

The Boston Sunday Globe West edition featured an article on the renovation and expansion of the library in Shrewsbury. Franklin is about to renovate and expand its own library this year.

  • Read the Globe article here (subscription may be required)

On Saturday, the Globe front page featured an article on the increasing use of technology in new schools. Among the schools mentioned was Franklin High School with several mentions.

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Students Brad Bedarian (left) and Ross Carboni worked on a robotics project at the modern Franklin High School (DAVID L RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)
Students Brad Bedarian (left) and Ross Carboni worked on a robotics project at the modern Franklin High School (DAVID L RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)

In the News: invasive plant attack, voter turnout trends

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"It concluded that the major problem is invasive plant life," he said. "Until that is addressed, all other life will be choked out." 
The study, conducted to evaluate obstacles to the ponds' recreational use, stated that non-native aquatic plants (milfoil and water chestnut) and invasive carp are threats to the native life at DelCarte. 
"Those fish (carp) will eventually take over the whole water body," Russell said. "A single-species ecosystem is unhealthy." 
Russell said the town's three-year plan - based on the study's recommendations - would call for the application of herbicides in years one and two and bolstering the ponds' spawning habitat in year three.

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The ESS Study referred to in the article can be found here

DelCarte in autumn color
DelCarte in autumn color

Ashland Town Clerk Tara Ward remembers the spring town election of 2014.
All day and into the evening, Ward and her staff manned voting stations. 
When the polls closed, it didn't take long to tally the results: Only 211 people voted. 
"I was telling my election workers to vote," said Ward. "I was floored." 
Ward's experience isn't unique in MetroWest, where residents come out in droves for presidential and state elections, but skip local races.

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While not one of the communities listed in this article, Franklin's voting record aligns with the other communities. The numbers for elections from 2003 through 2014 can be found here

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Photos from the walk around Franklin

Reporting by walking around, I'll share some photos of the walk around Franklin Saturday morning. 

weather unraveled the sign but Franklin TV is still operating on Hutchinson St
weather unraveled the sign but Franklin TV is still operating on Hutchinson St
The new Recreation Dept facility at 275 Beaver St
The new Recreation Dept facility at 275 Beaver St

one of the Mine Brook ponds as the brook crosses Beaver St
one of the Mine Brook ponds as the brook crosses Beaver St
the artificial turf field at Beaver St.
the artificial turf field at Beaver St.

touch the field, you can't put your fingers in the blades of the carpet
touch the field, you can't put your fingers in the blades of the carpet
at the Sculpture Park, looking good in the sunshine
at the Sculpture Park, looking good in the sunshine
rain garden along Panther Way, part of the preparations to meet the soon to be announced EPA regulations on managing storm water before it goes to the Charles River
from the window to the principal's office at FHS, evidence of the water damage

the new artificial turf field is markedly different from Beaver St
the new artificial turf field is markedly different from Beaver St
Big difference with the turf field just across the way, there are pellets, there are blades but not as much cushion as the new field although more than at Beaver St
Jeff Skillings, professor at Dean College,  will speak on Baseball history on Mar 23

S.A.F.E. meeting with Chris Herren on Monday - Feb 29, 7:00 PM

This is a reminder about our S.A.F.E. Coalition meeting Monday, February 29, 2016 featuring Chris Herren.
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Chris Herren in Franklin on Monday

The SAFE Coalition is hosting former Boston Celtic Chris Herren on Monday, February 29 at the Franklin High Auditorium at 7:00 pm. The talk, part of Herren's Impact Speaker Series, is designed to educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, good decision making and providing "real-world" techniques on how to handle pressure within a teen's life, community or family situation.

Chris Herren's story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction were captured through the publication of the book, Basketball Junkie and the release of the ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded.

Chris is a Fall River native who dreamed of playing in the NBA. That dream came true when he became a Boston Celtics player having been traded to his home town by Denver in 1999. Chris then lost it all and nearly his life to addiction and substance abuse disorder. Clean and sober since 2008, Chris now devotes his life to inspiring people of all ages. Please join us to hear Chris talk about his journey!

Be advised that this is a first come first seated event with no ticketing. We expect a large crowd, so we urge folks to get there early.

Also, there will be two Substance Abuse counselors and information tables in the FHS lobby for consultation both before and after this event. If you know anyone that is struggling with Substance Abuse disorder, please let them know that help will be available.
Chris Herren - Unguarded

Chris Herren: Unguarded

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
7.p.m. to 9 p.m.

Franklin High School Auditorium

Click the image above to watch Chris Herren's story in the ESPN film Unguarded. And please be sure to join the SAFE Coalition on Monday for this important discussion on substance abuse disorder.
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THE BLACK BOX Sets The Stage For Culinary Cabaret Food And Wine Event - Mar 4

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Culinary Cabaret 2016 on Friday, March 4, from 7-11 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. The annual food and wine event showcases the culinary and performing arts, featuring masterful dishes and gourmet specialties. The evening also includes a culinary-themed silent auction and entertainment by the ACME Jazz Quartet and the international touring ensemble Electric Youth.

FPAC is pleased to collaborate with exceptional area chefs and restaurants to present an innovative evening of inspired cuisine. Savor fine wines, craft beer, and delicious appetizers, desserts and dishes from Café Assisi, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Genji Sushi, Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill, J and L Catering, Morin’s Fine Catering, Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits, Twist Bakery, 3 Restaurant, The Curry House, The Sugar Shoppe and more.

THE BLACK BOX fill get its marquee in early March
THE BLACK BOX fill get its marquee in early March

Celebrating Culinary Cabaret’s 5th anniversary, the signature event’s 2016 reprise will once again showcase food and art of outstanding creative caliber. 

  • Davio’s Executive Chef Paul King, a Culinary Cabaret founding partner, will serve up grilled cheese short ribs on Texas toast with horseradish cream. 
  • Chef John Boardman of J and L Catering will prepare shrimp ceviche, served with a homemade garlic tortilla chip, and key lime pie shooters. 
  • Among the event’s new partners, Café Assisi will treat guests to braised pork osso bucco, fried spaghetti, polenta, sour dough breads with seasoned dipping oil, and a flavorful antipasto display. 
  • Fragrant Indian cuisine from The Curry House will feature chicken tikka masala, chana masala and samosas. 
  • Sweet and savory selections from Twist Bakery Café will include an assortment of pastries, along with pulled pork corn muffins with chipotle slaw and cheddar, smoked gouda and ham scones.

Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits will partner restaurant stations with representatives from vineyards and distributors, who will pour wines specifically chosen to complement the chef-prepared specialties. Reflecting Pour Richard’s “Never Drink Ordinary” motto, beverages will feature small producers, high quality and eclectic selection.

Tickets for Culinary Cabaret are $75 and are fully inclusive of the evening’s food, wine, beer and entertainment. Event proceeds support Electric Youth’s 2016 European concert tour, featuring a July 4th performance for U.S. troops stationed at Aviano Air Force Base. For more information, visit Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 508-528-3370.

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin has moved to Wednesday, March 2nd

Moved from Monday to Wednesdays
Let's Laugh Today in Franklin has now moved to the first Wednesday of each month (except this April when it will be the second Wednesday).  
Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Wednesday, March 2nd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 
Laughter Yoga is a unique and playful practice that does not rely on humor, jokes or comedy. It will have you smiling frequently and laughing heartily. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! You can sit or stand. 
a laugh is ...
New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family.

Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating.
Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail 
Interested in an entire weekend of laughing, networking, learning, and inspiration on March 12th and 13th? Interested in a lifetime certification that is internationally recognized? See

Tri-County: The TC Insider

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To the Tri-County Community,

It's a busy time of year for the Guidance Department. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior students have selected classes for next year and Guidance is busy processing the requests. Our counselors are also out interviewing our applicants for next year's freshmen class at the local middle schools.

Some of our students have been busy preparing and competing in specialized competitions:

The First Robotics team is building this year's entry and will compete later on this month. Many students competed at SkillsUSA District competitions Thursday at Southeastern RVTHS in Easton.

The 2016 Culinary Arts Pro-start teams competed this past Monday and earned bronze medals.
The Culinary team consisted of: Rob Jackson, Justin Chapman, Hannah Ruff and Julia Ohlson.
The management team consisted of Colleen Kinney and Miranda Way.

Winter Sports are winding down with four teams competing at the state level:

Girls Varsity Basketball captured the league title for the second year in a row and finished their regular season at 18-2. They will find out today who they will be playing in the MIAA State Tournament.

Ice Hockey completed their regular season yesterday with a 7-1 victory, which qualified them for the MIAA State Tournament for the third-straight year. The team will find out Saturday who and where they will be playing.

The Wrestling team continues their outstanding season this weekend as four of our wrestlers will be competing at All-States at Reading High School. The team finished with 9 League All-Stars, a Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

The Varsity Cheerleading team captured the State Vocational crown with their outstanding performance this past Sunday at the State Vocational Championships held at Tri-County. The team will be competing at State Regionals on Sunday, March 6, at Marshfield High School.

Spring Sports Signups will be held on Thursday, March 10, and spring practices begin on Monday March 21.

Thanks again for your support,
Mr. Procaccini

Calling all Grade 9 Students!

Grade 9 students are invited to try out for SkillsUSA Leadership competitions. Freshmen competitions include: Exploratory Project Demonstration, Career Choice Commentary, and the Sticker Design Contest. If you're interested in competing in a freshman competition, our SkillsUSA advisors, Ms. Baldi in S-216, Mr. Chauvin in Graphics, and Mrs. DePasquale in N-212, can provide you with more information and contest regulations. Try-outs for these contests will be held after school on March 15, 16, 17. Students chosen to represent Tri-County at the SkillsUSA State Conference will compete in Marlborough, from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30.

Upcoming Events

Senior Project Papers Due
Thursday, March 3

MEFA College Admissions Seminar
Thursday, March 3

Early Release Day
Friday, March 4

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