Monday, October 31, 2016

Player of the Week – Nicole Clermont, FHS Cross Country

For the 2nd week in a row, a Franklin High School athlete has been named the "Player of the Week" by

Last week sophomore Annie Walsh was named for field hockey and this week it is junior Nicole Clarmont for her win at the Hockomock Cross Country Championships.

"Franklin junior Nicole Clermont has been selected as the Player of the Week for October 23rd through October 29th; the eighth player chosen for the 2016-2017 season. Clermont dominated the course at the Wrentham Development Center, winning the Hockomock League Championships for the second straight year. 
On Saturday morning, Clermont finished the 3.1-mile course in 19:06.49, besting her time from last year by over five seconds and crossing the finish line over 40 seconds before the next runner. During the dual meets, Clermont was undefeated (5-0) as Franklin clinched its second straight Kelley-Rex division title. Franklin placed fourth as a team at the league championship meet. 
“Nicole has really emerged as an elite distance runner in the state,” Franklin head coach Paul Trovato said. “This was her second straight Hockomock League Cross Country Championship and she has worked extremely hard to reach that level of success. Her work habits have become infectious as she brings out the best in her teammates and encourages them all the time.”

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Player of the Week – Nicole Clermont, Franklin XC
Player of the Week – Nicole Clermont, Franklin XC

“We don’t need to put each piece of produce in a separate plastic bag”

The Boston Globe MetroWest section of Sunday's paper recapped the community efforts to ban plastic bags.

"Industry lobbying may have helped block a state legislative effort to limit use of disposable shopping bags earlier this year, but local environmental advocates see victory in the growing numbers of cities and towns that banned the bag. 
At least 18 communities this year passed rules regulating or outright banning retailers from using disposable plastic bags at checkout, including Framingham, Watertown, Wellesley, Bridgewater, and Shrewsbury. 
“We’re basically living in this disposable society that was invented in the 1970s, and we have to change this,” said Ken Weiss, a Framingham man who successfully petitioned his town to adopt rules limiting plastic bags. 
Ban regulations are being considered in Boston, Springfield, Franklin, and Easthampton, while Brookline could tighten its existing bag rules, and officials are expected to enact their own in Natick."

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The Franklin proposal has been assigned to the Economic Development Committee for review. The Committee does not yet have a meeting scheduled for the remainder of 2016. 

The Franklin November calendar

image from the proposal presentation by the FHS students
image from the proposal presentation by the FHS students

The petition circulated in May 2016

The recap of the September 25, 2016 Town Council meeting where the presentation was made by the FHS students

“In the last seven or eight years we were pretty to watch because we could move the ball"

HockomockSports Managing Editor Josh Perry provides the full write for the FHS girls soccer game on Saturday:

"Franklin faced perennial Div. 2 power Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon and it started well for the Panthers, who hit the bar and forced four saves from the NDA keeper in the opening 40 minutes, but the offense stalled after the break. 
In the second half, the Cougars had an opportunity to hand Franklin just its third loss of the season but standing in the way was Catherine Robbins. The junior keeper stopped a pair of breakaways 15 minutes into the second half that preserved another clean sheet and grabbed Franklin a point in a 0-0 draw at Pisini Field. 
“She’s been solid the whole year long,” said Franklin coach Tom Geysen of Robbins, who took over in net after the graduation of four-year starter Dani Lonati. “She’s done everything we’ve asked her to do. There isn’t anything more that she could have done than she’s already done.”

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Junior keeper Cat Robbins stopped a pair of breakaways in the second half to preserve a clean sheet and a point for Franklin against NDA. (Josh Perry/
Junior keeper Cat Robbins stopped a pair of breakaways in the second half to preserve a clean sheet and a point for Franklin against NDA. (Josh Perry/

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Party with the Franklin Downtown Partnership - Nov 12

You can still buy tickets to Franklin Downtown Partnership 15-Year Anniversary Gala! Follow this link to buy tickets online ( or stop into Jane's Frames or the FDP office to buy them in person. 

 You can still buy tickets to our 15-Year Anniversary Gala

You can still buy tickets to the Downtown Partnership 15-Year Anniversary Gala

Tickets are available until Wednesday, November 2, at the end of the day.

Participate in a raffle of gift baskets and a silent auction of exceptional items donated by our wonderful local businesses. Dance to music by Ben Gardner's Boat, featuring Representative Jeff Roy. Fox 25 News Reporter Bob Ward will emcee the night. Enjoy heavy appetizers and pasta catered by 3 Restaurant. 

All of this happens in downtown Franklin at THE BLACK BOX!

Won't you join us? 

(Note this is being held Nov 12, 2016)
This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page

Note: Franklin Matters is a proud member of the Partnership and will be participating in the Gala.

In the News: blood drive at Charter School; Leavel in one show at THE BLACK BOX

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"When Giovanna Sabini-Leite was 11, she found herself in Boston Children's Hospital for major surgery on a spinal fusion resulting from scoliosis. 
"I lost more blood than the doctors thought would be possible, and I had to do a self-donation," said the now 17-year-old. 
At the time, the nurses told her she had O negative blood, a universal -- though rare -- blood type. It was during this experience Giovanna began to realize the life-saving impact blood donations have on those who need them. 
After that, she said, "it was always in the back of my mind."
"Those interested in donating can sign up online at (code: BenFra) for an appointment time, or contact Giovanna and Olivia at 508-541-1253, or send email to or for information.

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Giovanna and Olivia Sabini-Leite, seniors at Franklin High School will conduct a blood drive at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School Nov 11
Giovanna and Olivia Sabini-Leite, seniors at Franklin High School will conduct a blood drive at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School Nov 11

"Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel will perform a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Black Box, 15 W. Central St. 
This event will launch The Black Box Broadway Series, sponsored by Childs Engineering. Leavel recently finished an Atlanta run of the new Broadway-bound musical “The Prom.” In Franklin, she will be accompanied by acclaimed musical director Phil Reno, who is currently conducting “Something Rotten” on Broadway. 
Seating options for The Black Box Broadway Series feature general admission, preferred table seating and VIP tickets, which include an exclusive reception with the Broadway stars."

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This is your chance to provide input to the School Superintendent Search

What do Franklin parents think about the current school day and recess allocation? 

According to the Milford Daily News (MDN) article below, Hopkinton and Medway parents are attempting to get the time for recess increased. This is a complicated issue as it may involve lengthening the school day and changing current contractual arrangements not just with teachers but also bus schedules.

Three parents appeared to discuss the 'hot' dress code issue on Franklin on Saturday. Granted a number of other conversations were already conducted in a number of forums and meetings but three came to this one open forum.

  • Have you provided input to the Franklin Superintendent search survey?
The survey starts out by seeking your input on several aspects of the Franklin School District. For each of these points you are asked to rate according to a five point scale with
1 = Strongly Disagree 
2 = Disagree 
3 = Neither Agree or Disagree 
4 = Agree 
5 = Strongly Agree

The superintendent search survey questions:
  • The district provides a clear, compelling vision for the future.
  • The district is heading in the right direction.
  • The district has high standards for student performance.
  • The district makes decisions based on information from data and research.
  • The district is working to close the achievement gap.
  • The district provides a well-rounded educational experience for all students.
  • Teachers personalize instructional strategies to address individual learning needs, special education and gifted.
  • District schools are safe.
  • The social and emotional needs of students are being addressed.
  • Students are on track to be college and career ready.
  • Technology is integrated into the classroom.
  • The district engages the community as a partner to improve the school system.
  • There is transparent communication from the District.
  • The district engages with diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic groups.
  • Facilities are well maintained.
  • The district is fiscally responsible.
  • The district employs effective teachers, administrators and support staff in its schools.
  • Employees are held accountable to high standards.
  • District technology infrastructure is sufficient to support 21st century learning.

From your responses to these questions, the survey ask you yo prioritize your selection. The summary of these results along with all the other information gathered by the HYA search team in interviews, meetings and forums will be used to produce the "Leadership profile". The leadership profile will be reviewed with the School Committee later in November.

Recess article from MDN

"After moving to Hopkinton a few years ago, Sonya Fairbanks Harris was a bit shocked. 
Upon enrolling her two sons in Hopkinton Public Schools, she learned that her children - accustomed to 45 minutes of play time each school day in their old school in California - were now receiving 15 minutes of recess. 
“At 4:00, I can’t rewind a child from multiple tantrums because they’ve been holding it together” all day, she said. 
Her concern for overburdening children with schoolwork was not alone though, as parents in MetroWest and the Milford area have joined together to demand longer recess periods for students."

Related posts:

Overall timeline for the superintendent search process

School Committee meeting summary with search firm decision

Tri-County Urgent Care now open in Hopkinton, just off Route 495!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Nov 2, 2016

The agenda for the Town Council meeting scheduled for Nov 2, 2016. This is a new format as produced by the new town website.

The left column (in red text) should all be links to the supporting documentation. Some are blank links. I have marked in BOLD those that contain the real documentation for the agenda.

You can obtain the PDF of this agenda on the town webpage

or in the Franklin Matters archives

Agenda ItemSummary
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Clerk
This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
Senator Spilka, Senator Ross, Representative Roy
01. Resolution 16-58: Request for Legislation Exempting all Positions in the Fire Department from Civil Service Law - (Majority vote)
Resolution 16-61: Confirmatory Order of Taking – Unimproved Land Off Lincoln Street Located in Rolling Brook Estates Residential Subdivision – (2/3 Vote (6))
03. Resolution 16-67: Rescind Borrowing Authority (Resolution 16-20 Appropriate and Authorize Borrowing of Funds to Pay Costs of the Construction of Sidewalks and Related Work) Fund Through Appropriation – (Majority Vote)

vote early this week
vote early this week

In the News: dress code discussed, early voting is busy

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Parents, school committee members and other school officials discussed the district’s proposed dress code policy at length Saturday morning in an attempt to find some even ground throughout the district. 
The draft code provides broad guidelines on what not to wear to school and lists four bullet points: anything that defames or demeans any individual or group; promotes the use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco products; references sexually provocative or explicit content and causes disorder or disruption in the school. 
The code, once approved, will apply to the entire district. Each of the 11 schools, however, will be responsible for writing a dress code in the student handbook that nails down specifics. 
There will not, however, be any number lengths included, much to the pleasure of three mothers in attendance."
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draft copy of policy up for discussion Saturday
draft copy of policy up for discussion Saturday

"The results may not be in for this election, but municipalities across MetroWest are already seeing a win for early voting in Massachusetts. 
This is the first year Massachusetts voters can go to the polls on a day more convenient than Election Day. Despite the extra work for clerks across the state, early voting will most likely cut down on the poll lines on Nov. 8. 
“It’s a little overwhelming, not just for this municipality but for all, because it is an unfunded mandate for this particular election,” said Marlborough City Clerk Lisa M. Thomas. “But we have had quite a few people come in, they love the convenience to cast their ballot as opposed to going to the polls. The ultimate goal is to have less people at the polls so there is more fluidity when folks go to the polls on Election Day.”

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Per Franklin Town Clerk, Teresa Burr, there were 2767 votes in Franklin recorded in the first five days, Saturday morning was also busy but no totals are available at this time.

sign at the Franklin Municipal building on Saturday
sign at the Franklin Municipal building on Saturday

FHS boys 2nd, girls 4th in Hock Cross Country Championships

The Hockomock League held its annual cross country championships on Saturday morning at the Wrentham Development Center. Franklin boys took 2nd place and the girls 4th place overall. 

Everett Henderson lead the boys with an 8th place finish while Nicole Clermont and Kate Hartnett lead the girls by finishing 1 and 2 respectively.


Team Results
1. Mansfield – 55
2. Franklin – 104
3. Oliver Ames – 106
4. Attleboro – 109
5. North Attleboro – 136
6. Sharon – 155
7. Taunton – 166
8. King Philip – 174
9. Milford – 227
10. Stoughton – 236
11. Canton – 291
12. Foxboro – 331

Individual Results
1. David Seybert, Attleboro – 16:23.23

8. Everett Henderson, Franklin – 16:57.81
15. Tyler Marchioni, Franklin – 17:17.27
22. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 17:33.94
23. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 17:36.98
36. Nicholas Gnaman, Franklin – 18:01.71
38. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 18:02.72
39. Hayden Goldsmith, Franklin – 18:02.92
42. Matthew Shumway, Franklin – 18:04.37
43. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 18:04.73
48. Kyle Stevens, Franklin – 18:13.34

Nicole Clermont approaching the finish of the girls cross country race


Team Results
1. Oliver Ames – 61
2. North Attleboro – 69
3. Sharon – 77
4. Franklin – 81
5. Taunton – 131
6. King Philip – 174
7. Foxboro – 180
8. Mansfield – 181
9. Attleboro – 262
10. Milford – 272
11. Canton – 308
12. Stoughton – 388

Individual Results
1. Nicole Clermont, Franklin – 19:06.49
2. Kate Hartnett, Franklin – 19:50.70
20. Ella Gutkowski, Franklin – 21:00.50
25. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 21:15.48
33. Brianna Cummings, Franklin – 21:35.19
36. Alana Portesi, Franklin – 21:52.55
40. Kimiya Kim, Franklin – 21:56.52
56. Molly Houlihan, Franklin – 22:37.38
57. Mary Viera, Franklin – 22:38.39
59. Hanna Cunniff, Franklin – 22:41.38

This was shared from the Hockomock Sports page here

Click here for a photo gallery from the boys race.
Click here for a photo gallery from the girls race.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Three Rising Stars - Nov 5

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Three Rising Stars
Matt Nakoa, Rachael Kilgour, and Kirsten Maxwell

Nov 5th 8PM $20
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse show on Saturday, November 5th, at 8PM features three young rising stars, Matt Nakoa, Rachael Kilgour, and Kirsten Maxwell.  You may not have heard their names yet,  but  each is an excellent award-winning performer.  Here is a video of them performing "Time After Time" together:

MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. He has won awards at many prestigious music festivals.  Last May he opened our Susan Werner concert and received a standing ovation.

"Between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar, [Matt Nakoa] drops jaws." - The Boston Globe

Duluth, MN, singer-songwriter RACHAEL KILGOUR has built a devoted following over the last ten years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence. She was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 NewSong Music Contest, a win that earned her a performance Lincoln Center in NYC.

KIRSTEN MAXWELL is a versatile 23 year-old vocalist, guitarist and songwriter who has quickly become a recognized fixture on the Long Island singer-songwriter scene. She was the winner of the 2016 South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition and performed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this summer.

"... Kirsten Maxwell's clear soprano rings out in a way that would make Judy Collins and Joan Baez approve. She backs that up with skillful guitar playing and a growing collection of well-crafted songs. It's exciting to imagine what the future holds for her."
— John Platt, "Sunday Supper" WFUV-NYC
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Nov 19      The Kennedys
Dec 3         Ellis Paul
Dec 10       A Celtic Christmas with Robbie O'Connell and Rose Clancy
Jan 7         Christine Lavin and Don White
Jan 28       Peter Mulvey

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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FHS girls soccer ties Notre Dame, 0-0

From Hockomock Sports we share the FHS girls soccer team tied with Notre Dame 0-0 on Saturday.

*** Girls Soccer = Franklin, 0 vs. Notre Dame, 0 – Final

Miranda Smith (15) and Megan Doherty (11) in action against NDA
Miranda Smith (15) and Megan Doherty (11) in action against NDA

Photo gallery provided by Hockomock Sports:

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League

Saturday, October 29, 2016

All electronic tolling is here and the tool booth demolitions begins (video)

MassDOT has prepared a slick video (embedded below) showing the steps in removing the toll booths now that all electronic tolling is in place as of Oct 28, 10:00 PM.

  • Do you have your transponder yet?

Additional info 

  • on the demolition project

  • on all electronic tolling (AET)

  • The information alert on the site

Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalkfest challenge a success

Wrentham Factory Outlet customers were treated to a display of talented chalk artists as they shopped last Saturday. 

The show was sponsored by the Franklin Rotary Club and Simon Properties, owners of the Wrentham Outlet, with cash and trophies awarded to the winners in the adult and children's categories. 

Overall winner was Kerry St.Pierre who won both the judges' award and the people's award divisions. Other adult cash prizes went to Lee Ball (2nd) and Sarah Anzalone (3rd). 

This was the first time this was done at the Wrentham Outlets and should become even more impressive next year--Cambridge and Providence Rotary Clubs have excellent shows at their local Simon Properties

Event photos submitted by the Rotary Club:

Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success
Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success

Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 1
Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 1

Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 2
Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 2

Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 3
Franklin Rotary sidewalk chalk challenge a success 3