Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mansfield tops both FHS basketball teams on Friday

Girls Basketball

  • Franklin, 38 @ Mansfield, 44 – Final 

– Meg Hill and Caroline Maher led the way for Mansfield with 12 points apiece. Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for Franklin with eight points.

Boys Basketball

  • Mansfield, 55 @ Franklin, 51 – Final 

– Franklin rallied from a 15 point second half deficit to get within two in the final minutes but a big shot from Mansfield’s Matt Ehrlich and key stops sealed the win for the Hornets. Tyler Boulter had a team-high 12 points while Sam Goldberg had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Matt Ehrlich (four rebounds, four assists) and Christian Weber each had nine points, Nick Baskin had six and Max Boen had five points and four assists. Franklin sophomore Connor Peterson scored 21 points and hauled in nine rebounds while freshman Jay Dieterle netted 18 points.

For the other basketball results from Friday night

"Friday night’s contest between rivals Mansfield and Franklin wasn’t the exact same as their first meeting back in January, but the symmetry was apparent. 
Just like January’s game, the home team erased a second half double-digit deficit to make it a one possession in the final minutes. 
But just like the first time around, the visitors walked away with the win. 
Mansfield held off a late rally from the Panthers, keeping Franklin scoreless over the final final minutes, in route to a 55-51 win that pulled the Hornets level atop the Kelley-Rex division with just one league game to go."

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Mansfield’s Matt Ehrlich looks to drive in the second half against Franklin. (Ryan Lanigan/
Mansfield’s Matt Ehrlich looks to drive in the second half against Franklin. (Ryan Lanigan/

Open House at Sunrise Montessori School - Feb 13

Open House at Sunrise Montessori School

Saturday, February 13 from 11am to 1pm

31 Hayward St., Franklin

Free event. The public is welcome to learn about our Montessori preschool and kindergarten programs.
Sunrise Montessori School
Sunrise Montessori School


Contact: Karen Roeber, Director at 508-541-8010

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Register O'Donnell Donates Clothing Thanks to Countywide Donations

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Donates Clothing Thanks to Countywide Donations

Stating that the "Suits for Success program provides a hand up," to those seeking employment, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently delivered a sizeable clothing donation to Father Bill's and MainSpring program.

The Register stated, "On behalf of the many people throughout Norfolk County and registry staff who contributed clothing through Suits for Success, it is my pleasure to deliver these items." O'Donnell handed over such items as women's suits, blouses, dress pants, dresses and shoes. Janna Stanke, Development Associate for Father Bill's & MainSpring said, "This clothing is direly needed, and we are so grateful to everyone who contributed."

Suits for Success is a program to help men and women reach economic independence and personal self-fulfillment. The Registry is proud to partner with this worthwhile program.

Those interested in making a donation can drop off new or gently used business appropriate clothing, professionally cleaned, during the hours of 8:30-4:30 at the Registry. If you have any questions regarding a donation, please call Alicia Gardner at (781) 461-6104.

Register O'Donnell concluded by saying, "Having something in your closet that you don't usually wear can make a world of difference to someone else. It just might be the item that helps them get ahead in life."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 2/12/16 - THU 2/18/16

FRIDAY 2/12/16
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at the Franklin Art Center
7-10pm   Valentine’s Day Dinner and Comedy Show at “3” Restaurant. Reserve your spot.

SATURDAY 2/13/16
11am-1pm   Open House at Sunrise Montesori in Franklin (31 Hayward Street)
1-3pm   Family Valentine Zentangle Workshop at Franklin Art Center
1-2pm   Adult Coffee and Craft at the Library: Coloring

SUNDAY 2/14/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club

MONDAY 2/15/16
10am-8pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament at Carpe Diem, details here.

TUESDAY 2/16/16
10am-8pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament at Carpe Diem.
9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
9:30-11:30am   BB-8 painting at the Franklin Art Center
10:30am-12:30pm   Winter Carnival at the Franklin Public Library

9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
9:30-11:30am   BB-8 3D project at the Franklin Art Center
10:30am   Sparky’s Puppets at the Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament at Carpe Diem.
1pm   Greg the Magician and Axel his dog at the Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Doggie Tales (read to a service dog) at the Franklin Public Library (registration required).

THURSDAY 2/18/16
9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
10:30am   Storyteller Diana Edgecomb at the Franklin Public Library
12-3pm   Birds of Prey Workshop at the Franklin Art Center
1pm   Uncle Moe - Music for the whole family at the Franklin Public Library
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and their Loved Ones at the Franklin Senior Center (free, call to register)
4pm   Lego Club at the Franklin Public Library

February Break activities, camps, programs click HERE.

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

Teens of Franklin Federated to lead service on dating violence

The teenagers of Franklin Federated Church will be leading a special Valentine's Day worship service that looks at building healthy relationships and preventing teen dating violence.

The service will be held Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 AM at the church at 171 Main Street.

All are welcome.  A nursery for babies is available, and activity kits are on hand in the church for children to use during the first part of the worship service. During the second part, children in preschool through grade 4 go to church school. Large print bulletins and hearing assistance devices are available, and there is an access ramp at the left side of the church.

Franklin Federated Church
Franklin Federated Church

"allowing children to learn through discovery"

"Officials from the F.X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center spoke about ways to encourage young children to learn and future changes coming up during this week's School Committee meeting. 
Principal Kelty Kelley gave a presentation to the committee at its Tuesday night meeting, speaking about efforts that had taken place at the school recently and plans for the future. The ECDC is a preschool that accepts children between the ages of three and five, and serves children with and without special needs."

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entrance to ECDC
entrance to ECDC

The notes from my live reporting on Tuesday night can be found here

The presentation document Kelty Kelley used is shown here:

The presentation doc and other info on ECDC can also be found on Principal Kelley's blog page

In the News: voc ed sees increased funding, Art Assoc to meet Mar 2

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Gov. Charlie Baker’s recently announced plan to increase funding to career vocational technical education has local vocational schools appreciative and excited about the opportunities it may provide them. 
The proposed series of initiatives to increase vocational school funding by $83.5 million over the next several years would benefit local schools such as Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Tri-County Vocational Technical High School in Franklin and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough by providing grant opportunities for equipment and learning experiences. 
"With too many good-paying jobs going unfilled, we are pleased to announce this critical investment in our career and technical schools," Baker said in a press release. "Our proposal will make it possible for more students to explore a pathway to success through stronger partnerships with our schools and local businesses in the Commonwealth."

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image from Tri-County home page
image from Tri-County home page

The Franklin Art Association will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 2 at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St.
Refreshments and socialization will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The program will feature Rockport artist Chris Coyne, who will do a watercolor demonstration.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit

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FHS girls hockey team tops Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton

Only one result to share from Thursday's Hockomock League sports action. The FHS girls hockey team won handily against the combined Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton team. Results courtesy of Hockomock Sports.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Hockey

  • Franklin, 7 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 0 – Final

NO Adult Education Classes Next Week


There will be NO Adult Education classes during the week of February 14.

All schools will be closed for February vacation.

Classes will resume during the week of February 21.

         See you then!

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The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
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Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
(508) 613-1480

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

"You’re not going to see too many teams of that caliber"

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of Hockomock writes:
"There is not a single player that took the ice for Franklin on Wednesday night that had ever played against perennial power Malden Catholic. The game was billed as a rematch of last year’s Super 8 first round but in truth it was more of a learning experience, a building block for the Panthers. 
With a Div. 1 tournament berth locked up and a fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title already sewn up, the Panthers used the exclusion game against the Lancers at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink as preparation for the playoffs. 
Although the Lancers skated away with a 6-0 victory, the chance to play the No. 2 team in the state could be a boost for Franklin. 
“They’re stronger, faster. No doubt about it,” said Franklin coach Chris Spillane. 
“Every 50-50 battle they won. They’re good with puck possession and they’re faster.”
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Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski (31) makes one of his 19 saves against Malden Catholic on Wednesday. (Josh Perry/
Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski (31) makes one of his 19 saves against Malden Catholic on Wednesday. (Josh Perry/

In the News: bowling may return, Rec Dept praised, sub committee to look at school calendar

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"When Ficco's Bowladrome closed last June, it brought to an end a 79-year legacy of bowling in downtown. 
The possibility of a return is alive now that a group of businessmen is attempting to bring bowling back to town, using equipment - pin setters, ball returns and automatic scoring system - once used at Ficco's. 
Franklin resident Andy Trockman, the group's operations manager, said his connection to the bowling alley was personal."

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"Town Council members praised the local Recreation Department recently for working to expand its offerings and the number of people it serves. 
The council heard an update from department director Ryan Jette on a number of initiatives at its meeting last week. 
Among the programs the department offers, Jette said, are flag football, field hockey and basketball, as well as classes on such topics as babysitting, social netiquette and art."

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"A new subcommittee will consider whether Franklin schools should continue to have February and April vacations. 
School Committee member Mary Jane Scofield will lead the group, it was announced at a committee meeting Tuesday night. 
School Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley thanked Scofield for taking on the task, saying she had relevant experience in the matter."

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Baseball and softball clinics this March at FHS

FHS coaches and athletes will conduct baseball and softball clinics this March at the high school. Additional details including fees and registration information can be found in the two links listed here.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

  • Softball clinic

  • Baseball clinics

Franklin Rod and Gun Club Event - Feb 21

Come join us for our annual Game Supper at the Franklin Rod and Gun Club, Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2pm. 

We are located at 53 Florence Street in Franklin.

Franklin Rod and Gun Club
Franklin Rod and Gun Club 

Cash bar opens at 1pm.

Ticket donations are $25 per person.
To reserve tickets or for more information please contact us at

MassBudget: Tools for Understanding State Budget Proposals

MassBudget resources to use during the budget season

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

Tools for Understanding State Budget Proposals 

On January 27th, the Governor kicked off state budget season by releasing a detailed Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal. While the final state budget is largely crafted by the Legislature, the Governor's proposal begins an important process of determining what we as a Commonwealth hope to do together through our government, and detailing how we will pay for those things. Key subsequent steps in the process:
  • In April, the House will debate and approve its FY 2017 budget proposal.
  • In May, the Senate does the same.
  • In June, a joint House/Senate conference committee will reconcile differences between these two budgets.
  • The final budget plan, which requires the Governor's signature, will ideally be completed by July 1st, the beginning of FY 2017.
Since the state budget is often the most important policy document of the year, our team at MassBudget works hard to produce the following resources for helping you stay informed and engaged in the public debate. We hope you find them useful!

Budget Monitors (hyperlink in title)
Shortly after each major budget release, we produce a written Budget Monitor that analyzes major proposals across a range of key areas (e.g. education, transportation, health care, revenue). As soon as they're written, we send Monitors out to our email list and post them on our website. Here is our Governor's Budget Monitor, which we released last week, and here is our FY 2017 Budget Preview, which lays out major fiscal challenges entering next year.

Budget Browser Our Budget Browser, which we just updated with all of the Governor's FY 2017 spending proposals, is a user-friendly online tool where you can track all state spending back to FY 2001. You can drill down to individual programs (called line items) or look at clusters of programs that support similar activities (e.g. Child Welfare). You can adjust for inflation so that comparisons make sense over time, and you can generate your own tables and graphs.

Each line item of the Browser has a "Proposals" tab, where you can compare each of the FY 2017 proposals as they are released.

Children's Budget and Jobs and Workforce Budget
These two web tools are similar to the Budget Browser in that they track state funding for programs in these areas--state programs related to children and state programs that support jobs and workforce training. But they go an important step further by also including written program descriptions and links to other useful resources for more detail. These tools are also updated during the budget season.


Finally, do not hesitate to reach out directly to any of our analysts, who are the true experts behind each of these great resources. You'll find contact information and their respective research areas on our website's staff page.

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.

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Blackstone River Theatre - Blackstone Valley Bluegrass returns!



February 13, 8 PM, $15


February 20, 8 PM, $15

February 27, 8 PM, $15
with special guest

Sunday, February 28, 4-6 PM

Friday, March 4, 8 PM,
$22 advance / $26 day of

March 5, 8 PM,
$15 advance / $18 day of

March 12, 8 PM,

$15 advance / $18 day of
PENDRAGON celebrates
St. Patrick's Day!

March 13, 7 PM,
$15 adv / $18 day of

March 19, 2 PM matinee
$12  / $6 children
sponsored by Navigant Credit Union

March 19, 8 PM, $25
American Classics 


THANK YOU to everyone who attended Blackstone River Theatre's
5th annual Summer Solstice Festival! 

We will see you  
this year on June 18

The first band we will announce is an exciting trio called BARRULE who plays music from their native home of Isle of Man. Listen HERE   
Quick Links...
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Tickets often available at door but to ensure a seat


Please understand that
when a show is SOLD OUT,
it truly is!
We must adhere to fire codes and it truly is not possible to fit "just one more"... especially when we have had several people ask to do
the same!

If a show at BRT has
an advance price &
a day-of-show price it means:

If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the same day as the show, you will pay the day-of show-price.

NOTE for prepaid tickets
or if reservations have been made but not pre-paid:
If you reduce the number of tickets requested or paid for at the box office on the night of the performance, that ticket must still be paid for! BRT requires 24 hour notice for cancellations or you will be charged for all seats reserved.

This Saturday we bring back the amazing picking and beautiful
4-part harmonies of BLACKSTONE VALLEY BLUEGRASS ...
On Feb. 20 we see the return of the ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO   and on Feb. 27 we present the BRT debut of the Matt Flinner Trio with guest fiddler extraordinaire Darol Anger.

BRT has an incredible winter and spring season lined up for you ... AND we are getting closer to the launch of our redesigned website!

Please LIKE us on Facebook.

And please share what we do with YOUR friends! 


Hope to see you soon...
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  

Brothers Bob and Dave Dick from Sutton, Mass., renowned musicians and celebrated recording artists, regularly wow audiences with their award-winning picking. The Taylor-Nowlan bass/mandolin combo has been together in numerous bands since 1989. Put these four longtime friends together and you have a group that has excellent musicianship, high energy and a true love of the music. Blackstone Valley Bluegrass plays breakdowns and gospel, fiddle tunes and waltzes and features strong four-part harmonies.

Bob Dick plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band. He toured for 12 years with Front Range, with whom he recorded five albums on the Sugar Hill label, playing rhythm guitar and adding some rapid-fire flat picking. Dave Dick plays banjo, guitar, and mandolin and he sings harmony and occasional lead vocals. He has been a member of several popular bands including Southern Rail, Salamander Crossing and Northern Lights. Although primarily known as a banjo player, Dave also shines on the guitar and mandolin and his imaginative playing style always dazzles the audience.

Dan Nowlan plays mandolin, guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Dan began his musical career playing drums with the Valley Airs Drum and Bugle Corps. Dan helped form Central Turnpike, the "Bluegrass with a Twist" band from central Mass., and also played with Rolling Hills Bluegrass. Ken Taylor keeps the band tight with arguably the most solid bass-playing in the New England area and he is also the bass singer in the band. He was one of the founding members of the Central Turnpike Bluegrass Band.
Saturday, February 13, 8 PM, $15.00
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864
Reservations: 401-725-9272

Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

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