Saturday, April 16, 2016

1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - April 27

The Franklin Food Pantry and the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club have joined forces to co-host the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on Wednesday, April 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Franklin High School cafeteria. The event, which includes a simple meal of soup and bread, is meant to remind guests of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger.

Attendees will choose a hand-painted, ceramic bowl to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.” A silent auction will feature select pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club, and local youth, adult and corporate groups. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

“The Empty Bowls Dinner will bring together members of our community who are working together to fight hunger,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “We hope it will be a powerful reminder of the many people who struggle to put enough food on the table. We are thrilled to partner with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club to address the vital issue of hunger. We look forward to attracting all ages at this family-friendly event.”

Students in the Empty Bowls Club have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year to be used at the dinner. “Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and instructor for the Empty Bowls Club. “It is rewarding for them to use their creativity to contribute to such a worthy cause. The true impact of their hard work will be felt on the night of our big event.”

Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased at the Franklin Food Pantry. Seating is limited so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. Payment must be made in cash or checks payable to the Franklin Food Pantry. 

The Pantry will hold “Box Office Hours” to sell tickets at its 43 W. Central Street location (on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station) during the following times:
  • April 19, 4 – 6 pm
  • April 21, 5 – 7 pm
This bowl will be included in the Silent Auction at the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Franklin High School on April 25.
This bowl will be included in the Silent Auction at the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Franklin High School on April 25. 

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. The ceramic bowls are created throughout the year by the Empty Bowls Club and various corporate and community groups organized by the Pantry through its Empty Bowls Project. For more information on the dinner, or to arrange for your group to hold an Empty Bowls Project, visit or call 508-528-3115.

"Commuter rail adds extra train run for Franklin line"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) this week announced changes to its commuter rail schedules, including alterations that would affect the Franklin line. 
The new schedules, announced on Thursday, will take effect on May 23. 
MBTA spokesman Jason Johnson said the new schedules are intended to improve reliability - partly by making one delay less likely to cause another.

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The full new MBTA schedule for Franklin can be found here

MBTA commuter rail heading to Forge Park
MBTA commuter rail heading to Forge Park

FHS spring sports results for Friday, April 15

It was a split result against Mansfield on Friday with the FHS boys and girls tennis teams winning their matches with the Mansfield baseball and softball teams taking theirs. In the boys lacrosse match against Cohasset, the FHS team lost 8-7. Results courtesy of Hockomock Sports.


  • Franklin, 6 @ Mansfield, 14 – Final 

– Sophomore Tyler Dalton struck out five in five innings of work to earn his first career win. Mansfield’s offense exploded with Kevin Dow and Mike Arnold each going 3-4 with three runs scored, Jake Tryder going 2-3 with two RBI and Tyrone Pascual went 2-3 with an RBI for the Hornets.


  • Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 7 – Final 

– Freshman Mady Bendanillo had a career day, connecting on a pair of home runs to lead the Hornets. Bendanillo hit a solo home run in the first inning and then connected for her first career grand slam in the second inning. The tandem of pitcher Maddie Letendre and catcher Bri Homer limited the Panthers at the plate. Letendre struck out six in a complete game while Homer played great behind the plate according to head coach Lori Letendre. Maddie Letendre helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3, while Megan Letendre, Kara Bendanillo, Rachel Carafa, Homer and Liz Mackin all had hits. For Franklin, Ally Shea went 2-4 with a run scored, Clara DeCarvalho was 2-4 and Alyssa Dasilva had a pair of RBIs in the top of the seventh.

Boys Tennis

  • Mansfield, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final 

– Franklin won at second and third singles as well as first and second doubles to get the win. Junior Eli Brooks won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles and Tom Mancini won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. James Johnston and Cam Piana won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and the team of Jeremy Gran and Dan Barrow won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis

  • Franklin, 4 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final

Boys Lacrosse

  • Franklin, 7 @ Cohasset, 8 – Final 

– Senior Austin Kent and sophomore Eric Civetti both scored a hat trick and registered an assist for the Panthers. Head coach Lou Verrochi said Sophomore Connor O’Rourke was superb in goal with nine saves.

Luke Gordon (32) battles with a Cohasset player in Friday’s non-conference matchup. (Phil Garceau/ESPN Boston)
Luke Gordon (32) battles with a Cohasset player in Friday’s non-conference matchup. (Phil Garceau/ESPN Boston)

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League on Friday

MBTA - Starting May 23 - Commuter Rail Schedule Change

The new Commuter Rail spring schedules go into effect on Monday, May 23rd and are now available on the MBTA website at

Please note that there will be no schedule changes for the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville Lines.

Paper copies of the schedules will be available in the Boston-based stations (North Station, South Station, and Back Bay) starting on Monday, May 16th.

Last updated: Apr 14 2016 02:02 PM

Click here for more information:

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Franklin commuter rail approaching Franklin Dean Station from Forge Park
Franklin commuter rail approaching Franklin Dean Station from Forge Park

For ease, the Franklin line new schedule can be found here

Or on the MBTA site,_Events_and_Press_Releases/04.12%20Franklin%20Final.pdf

Winemaking Classes Start Soon


Winemaking Classes with LaCantina Winery 
Begin Later This Month
Dear Friends:

Learn the art of traditional Italian winemaking - and bring home your own case of wine!

The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at Franklin, in conjunction with La Cantina Winery, is pleased to once again offer Winemaking Partnership classes. This is a multi-week course designed to introduce you to the pleasures and satisfaction of winemaking.

Your seminar fee of $250 includes all materials - grapes, use of professional winemaking equipment, winemaking consultation and education, 10-month wine storage, corks, capsules, bottles and one case of wine to take home.
          For More Information and To Register
FPS- Life Long Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Franklin Art Association - Spring Art Show - Apr 30, May 1

On Saturday, April 30th, the Franklin Art Association will hold an opening reception and awards ceremony at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, Franklin.  The show will feature an exhibit and sale of works of art by member artists, a "clothesline cash and carry" art sale, small works table and bin sales of original work and prints.  Live music will be provided by the Franklin High School Jazz Band.  Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Franklin Art Associate - Spring Show and Sale
Franklin Art Associate - Spring Show and Sale
The show opens on Saturday, April 30th, 12 pm - 8 pm, and continues through Sunday, May 1st, 12 pm - 3 pm.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our members' artwork at this terrific new venue at THE BLACK BOX," says Sue Sheridan, association president.

More than 100 pieces of art and photography by member artists will be featured.  All works will be for sale and reasonably priced.

The Franklin Art Association is a non-profit organization and has been continuously providing art education programs in Franklin for more than 40 years.  Monthly meetings, art exhibits and painting workshops provide the opportunity for artists and photographers at every skill level to meet and learn from one another in a supportive environment.  Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at the Franklin Senior Center, which feature art demonstrations by established regional and national artists.

The association's activities are supported in part by the Franklin Cultural Council, which is a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  For more information about association activities, check the website at and

About the event:

WHEN:  Saturday, April 30th from 12 pm - 8 pm, with an opening reception at 7 pm.  The show continues on Sunday, May 1st, 12 pm - 3 pm.  

WHERE:  THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central St., Franklin



Friday, April 15, 2016

Downtown Project Update #26 - April 15, 2016

"There will be no work on site (downtown) Monday, April 18. 
Tuesday traffic will be detoured off West Central St down West St as curbing will be installed in front of 711 plaza."

Anthony Tavalone


new curbing being put in place, to be followed with new sidewalks
new curbing being put in place, to be followed with new sidewalks

This was shared from the Town of Franklin

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/15/16 - THU 4/21/16

SATURDAY 4/16/16
8am-12pm   Recycling Event - Bottles, Cans, Appliances, Electronics to benefit FHS Softball Boosters, Elks Lodge, Pond Street.
12:30-1:30pm   FYHA Try Hockey for Free - Girls only! (ages 7-12) at the Pirelli Veterans Arena

SUNDAY 4/17/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club

TUESDAY 4/19/16
9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
1-3pm   Kids Paint - Spring Flowers - Franklin Art Center

9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers Club Meeting at the “3” Restaurant. Public welcome.

THURSDAY 4/21/16
9-11:30am   Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones, free event, registration required at Franklin Senior Center
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Tulips - Franklin Art Center
7pm   La Cantina Winery Tasting at Franklin Liquors

For additional April Break kid's activities in Franklin area go 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

Franklin Neighbor Brigade recognizes the Spirit of Volunteer Appreciation Week

Franklin Neighbor Brigade has a couple of shout outs in the Spirit of Volunteer Appreciation week. Thank you to our volunteers for giving and sharing themselves to others!

  • To all our volunteers - April 22nd the Franklin brigade will be receiving an award from the Franklin Senior Center and Council on Aging for our volunteer work with the Senior population.

  • As a fundraiser for the Jefferson Elementary Fifth Grade Celebration, the school's fifth graders sold bags of "Soul Warming Soups," and provided the option of donating a bag of soup to a local charity. With the selling power of the fifth grade students, as well as their generous families and friends, the school donated thirty bags of frozen soup to the Franklin chapter of Neighbor Brigade. More than fifteen families purchased two and four pound bags of soup, and the company generously matched these donations. The students thoroughly embraced the opportunity to raise money for their end-of-year celebration, while participating firsthand in assisting local families in need. Thank you volunteer Jacqui. S. For making this happen! Our recipients are going to be enjoying this soup all winter long.

Soul Warming Soups
Soul Warming Soups

  • Kelly K has led a committee in creating "Neighbor Brigade Care Cups" to welcome new recipients with extra cheer and encouragement.

"NB Care Cups"
"NB Care Cups"

  • Catherine A is leading a committee at her children's school with the art department in creating words of inspiration on butterfly's to Neighbor Brigade recipients in an art project.

words of inspiration on butterflies
words of inspiration on butterflies
You can help the Franklin Neighbor Brigade. Information on the group can be found on the internet at

FHS girls lacrosse tops Concord-Carlisle 13-7

"On Thursday evening, the Franklin girls’ lacrosse team began a run of five straight games against teams ranked among the top 25 in the state with the visit of Div. 1 Central/East rival Concord-Carlisle, which won the sectional title last spring. 
After losing a second half lead against Needham in the season opener and eventually falling in overtime, this was an opportunity for the Panthers to pick up a marquee win early in the season and build momentum for a difficult portion of the schedule. 
It did not start well. The Patriots jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first half, but senior midfielder Kenzie Pleshaw took over with four goals before the break and five in the game to spark a Franklin comeback that turned into a comfortable 13-7 victory."
Continue reading the article by Josh Perry, Managing Editor of Hockomock Sports

Kenzie Pleshaw (15) scored five goals and the Panthers rallied from an early deficit to beat Concord-Carlisle. (Josh Perry/
Kenzie Pleshaw (15) scored five goals and the Panthers rallied from an early deficit to beat Concord-Carlisle. (Josh Perry/

Rotarians honored with Paul Harris Awards

In addition to the many projects Rotarians do locally (scholarships, TVs and wheelchairs for the Senior Center, spaghetti supper for Franklin Seniors (sign up will be posted at the Senior Center in late May), town common benches and lights, Youth Leadership training), Rotary is the largest nonprofit service agency in the world, building water and sanitation services in the 3rd world, ambulances and medical supplies in disaster areas, crutches in disease ravaged countries, as well as running Polio Plus, which has recently been enhanced by matching contributions from the Bill Gates Foundation that has Rotary virtually eliminating polio from the face of the Earth. 

The major way individual Rotarians support International activities is by becoming Paul Harris Fellows (meaning they contributed $1000 increments to Rotary Foundation (which monitors and supports the projects). 

Several local Rotarians were honored by District Governor Jim Fusco recently Pictured receiving their Paul Harris Awards are Bruce Healey (Dean Bank), Frank Cusanno (Bristol Co. Savings Bank) and Joe Paolino (Honeydew Donuts). Presenting the awards were Dr Jeff Morrill and DG Fusco, both Fellows themselves.

Joe Paolino (Honeydew Donuts)
Joe Paolino (Honeydew Donuts)

Frank Cusanno (Bristol Co. Savings Bank)
Frank Cusanno (Bristol Co. Savings Bank)

Bruce Healey (Dean Bank)
Bruce Healey (Dean Bank)

In the News: School Committee hears about counseling, Atty General Healy looking for equal pay, DelCarte clean up scheduled

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The School Committee heard an extensive presentation on district counseling efforts this week. 
The committee at its Tuesday night meeting listened to several members of the counseling staff - as well as some students - as they outlined initiatives at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said the role of school counselors had changed dramatically from the days when the focus was college and job preparedness. 
"School counseling is not what it used to be," he said. "It has never been more involved or far-reaching."

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The Franklin Matters reporting on the School Committee meeting can be found here

"Attorney General Maura Healey calculates that she could have purchased 1 million cups of coffee with the additional wages she would have earned if she were paid the same as her male co-workers. 
“It is long past the time to get this done,” said Healey, who joined with state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, State Auditor Suzanne Bump and dozens of male and female legislators by the Statehouse’s Grand Staircase for Equal Pay Day, which was Tuesday. 
Chief among the topics was a pay equity bill (S 983) that prohibits employers from discriminating on wages based on gender. 
The bill would make it illegal for a company to ask what a job applicant made in a previous job, which Healey said often used as a way to keep women’s salaries down. The legislation would also bar any prohibitions against employees discussing their wages with each other."

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"The Conservation Commission is seeking volunteers for a cleanup of the DelCarte Conservation property next weekend. 
The cleanup - scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 - is the first such event at the 136-acre Pleasant Street property, which the town has opened up for recreational uses. 
Town Conservation Agent George Russell said the work that day would likely involve mostly trash pick-up. 
"It's more a maintenance issue than anything," he said, adding that the work would take place along the property's trails and picnic areas."

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the playground at DelCarte is currently closed for repair but scheduled to be re-opened for May
the playground at DelCarte is currently closed for repair but scheduled to be re-opened for May

Governor Baker Signs $200 Million Bill for Chapter 90 Funding; Franklin to get $948,070

"Governor Charlie Baker today (Thursday, Apr 14) signed House Bill 4133, An Act Financing Improvements to Certain Municipal Roads, authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities this construction season. Chapter 90 funding supports the reimbursement of every municipality in the Commonwealth for road-related construction projects and comes from general obligation bond issuances.

“Fulfilling the state’s commitment to support municipalities and grant access to critical funding for important transportation improvements across the Commonwealth has been a priority of our administration since our first day in office,” said Governor Baker. “Cities and towns count on this funding each year and we look forward to remaining a reliable partner on this issue for years to come.”

“As I have traveled across the Commonwealth meeting with local officials to discuss the most important issues facing their cities and towns, Chapter 90 is always an important part of the conversation,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We are pleased the state will provide $200 million worth of funding that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of everyone in Massachusetts.”

Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns."

Continue reading the press release from the Governor here

What does Franklin get from this announcement? According to the links provided, Franklin is scheduled to receive $948,070

  • City\Town: FRANKLIN
  • District: 3
  • Mileage: 134
  • Population: 31,635
  • Employed: 17,513
  • Allotment: $948,070
For the interactive view to see what other communities receive

screen grab of MassDOT Chapter 90 program page
screen grab of MassDOT Chapter 90 program page

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mine Brook Area Cleanup and Walk Planned in Franklin

Metacomet Land Trust will sponsor a trail walk and cleanup of the town open space near Mine Brook in Franklin in cooperation with the Charles River Meadowland Initiative, the Charles River Watershed Association and the Town of Franklin Earth Day celebration. 

Everyone is welcome; families with young children please email for more information about conditions.

Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 AM, rain or shine – duration, approximately 90 minutes

Town-owned open space along Mine Brook, accessed through the Pond Street Property of the Town of Franklin. Follow the dirt driveway to the north of the the Kinder Care daycare facility at 42 Pond St. to the open “parking” area at the end, approximately 1000 feet. [This location is also known as the former sewer bed area.] While the trail is level, the trail may be overgrown and brushy. Please be prepared for wet ground. Please bring insect repellent, hat and work gloves of your choice. 

Link to Google Maps

Free; suggested for adults, teens, and families with children 10 and older. Volunteers from Metacomet and the Charles River Meadowland Initiative will be on site to lead a walk over and through town land toward the vicinity of Mine Brook and the US Army Corps of Engineers Upper Charles flood control project lands. The focus is both to clean up any litter along path and to provide the public and local officials with an introduction to the 500 acres of contiguous open space in the proposed Charles River Meadowland area. Trash bags will be provided.

The Charles River Meadowland Initiative is working to bring together Federal and State agencies, as well as citizens and town governments in Bellingham, Franklin, and Medway to improve access to and management of this important open space resource. We also will use this occasion to contribute to the annual cleanup efforts of the Charles River Watershed Association. Mine Brook flows into the Charles River.

Please register to attend so we can provide enough materials for all: please contact Alan Earls at (mention Cleanup in the subject line) or by call 508 528 6930.​
Mine Brook seen looking toward i495
Mine Brook seen looking toward i495

Representative Roy Announces May & June Office Hours

State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway and Franklin for the Months of May and June on the following days:

  • Franklin – Thursday May 26th, 8:30-9:30AM — Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St, Franklin, MA 02038
  • Franklin – Friday June 10th, 10:00-11:00AM — Elizabeth's Bagels, 456 W Central St, Franklin, MA 02038
  • Medway – Saturday June 25th, 9:00-10:00AM — Muffin House Café, 116 Main St, Medway, MA 02053

Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him.

Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you.

He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2020, stop by Room 527A in the State House, or email him at

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Instructions for Using Your Bank's Online Payment Service to Pay Town of Franklin Bills

Are you currently using your bank's online payment service to pay Town of Franklin bills? 
If so, please use the required format detailed below to insure that your payment is applied to the correct bill.

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screen grab of Town of Franklin webpage
screen grab of Town of Franklin webpage

FHS spring sports record 6 wins on Wednesday

It was a win all around for the FHS tennis, lacrosse, baseball and softball games on Wednesday. Results courtesy of Hockomock Sports.


  • Franklin, 13 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final 

– Franklin’s offense reached double figures for the second straight game to pick up another road win. Tyler Gomes had a pair of doubles and five RBI to lead Franklin while Jake Lyons had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, Josh Macchi had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Ryan Hodgkins had a triple and three runs scored, Stephen Luttazi had a pair of hits, a pair of runs scored and an RBI and Joe Corsi scored a pair of runs. Mike Skaza got the win on the mound, tossing five innings and striking out four. Ryan Morse pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Franklin. Attleboro’s Pat Collins went 2-4 with an RBI double for the Bombardiers.


  • Franklin, 8 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final

"The game stayed close for six innings. In fact, Attleboro got its first run in the bottom of the sixth to pull within two and get the momentum heading to the final inning. 
But, as has been the case all season for the Bombardiers, there seems to be one trouble inning and on Wednesday afternoon against Franklin it turned out to be the seventh. 
The Panthers scored five runs in their final at-bat, on just two hits, to break open the game and pull away for an 8-1 victory. Junior catcher Clara DeCarvalho led the way for the visitors, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI."
Continue reading the full game write up from Hockomock Sports

Additonal softball game photos by Hockomock Sports

Junior catcher Clara DeCarvalho (29) gets congratulated by head coach Kate Fallon after her fifth inning triple. (Josh Perry/
Junior catcher Clara DeCarvalho (29) gets congratulated by head coach Kate Fallon after her fifth inning triple. (Josh Perry/

Boys Lacrosse

  • Franklin, 18 @ Sharon, 4 – Final 

– The teams finished level (3-3) at the end of the first quarter but Franklin won the second quarter 6-0 and the second half 9-1 to get the win. Freshman Jacob Alexander dominated the faceoff X, winning 24/26 draws while sophomore Eric Civetti tied a team record with eight goals in the game. Senior Austin Kent added four goals and three assists and sophomore goalie Connor O’Rourke made seven saves in net. Head coach Lou Verrochi credited the defense of Sean Lockhart, Matt Pleshaw, Wyatt Arsenault and Pat Morrison for limited the Eagles after the first quarter.

Girls Lacrosse

  • Sharon, 3 @ Franklin, 17 – Final 

– Julia Jette scored a team-high four goals, including her 100th career goal, and added two assists to lead the Panthers. Grace MacCallum had a pair of goals and four draw controls and Olivia Truenow had two groundballs and played well on defense according to head coach Kristin Igoe.

Boys Tennis

  • Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 

– Franklin’s Rahul Herur and Eli Brooks picked up 6-1, 6-1 wins at first and second singles respectively to lead the Panthers. Tom Mancini won 6-2, 6-1 at third singles for Franklin, James Johnston and Cam Piana won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and Jeremy Gan and Dan Barrow won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles for the Panthers.

Girls Tennis

  • Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final 

– Franklin didn’t lose a game at first or second singles as well as first doubles to get the win. Hannah Sweeney and Anna Humphreys won 6-0, 6-0 at first and second singles respectively while junior Anja Deric and senior Katelyn Davenport won with the same score at first doubles. Franklin junior Madison Derby won 6-3, 2-6, 13-11 at third singles and seniors Halle Love and Selina Wu won 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Wednesday

In the News: Library moving, trails cleared, auditions scheduled, empty bowl dinner set

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

The Franklin Public Library began its move to a temporary location this week as it prepares for a $10.5 million renovation of its Main Street building. 
Workers buzzed about the library building Tuesday morning, moving shelf after shelf of books and disassembling circulation desks. Tuesday was the second day of the library's closure; it is slated to re-open May 2 at 25 Kenwood Circle (off Grove Street near Interstate 495). 
Library Director Felicia Oti said the work had been progressing well. 
"So far, it's been excellent," she said. "I applaud the staff - there's been a lot of heavy lifting, and they're just giving their all."

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Luke d’Entremont, a Life-ranked Boy Scout from Troop 126 Franklin and sophomore at Franklin High School, made new trails in Franklin Town Forest so that private property would be circumvented. His work was an Eagle Scout Project, which is part of the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. 
Trails had crossed private property within the forest. The new trails make the paths wind around the property and extend approximately one­-half mile.

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sign posted indicating the trail work underway
sign posted indicating the trail work underway

Franklin School for the Performing Arts, 38 Main St., will hold placement auditions for Summer Theater programs on April 30. 
Auditions will begin at 2 p.m. for those entering grades 3-5; 2:30 p.m. for those entering grades 6-8; and 3 p.m. for those entering grades 9-12.

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The Franklin Food Pantry and a Franklin High School club will be hosting an "Empty Bowls" dinner later this month in an effort to raise awareness about hunger. 
The dinner - scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 27 at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m. - is the first such event to be held by the pantry and the high school's Empty Bowls Club.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Unrepaired Gas Leaks in Franklin

Each year consumers spend billions on thousands of natural gas leaks. Currently Franklin has 41 unrepaired gas leaks dating back to 2009. This is not only a financial issue for consumers but it is also a safety and environmental issue. I've provided two links concerning gas leaks. Please consider publishing this in Franklin Matters. 

Thank you, 

Jim Hill


City Maps of Gas Leaks | HEET

this is a screen capture of  the interactive webpage marking known gas leaks for Franklin, MA
this is a screen capture of  the interactive webpage marking known gas leaks for Franklin, MA


America Pays for Gas Leaks: Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks Cost Consumers Billions
A report prepared for Sen. Edward J. Markey; Released: August 1, 2013

Or read the embedded document here:

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Forever Young - A Neil Young Tribute Band April 23

Next show is April 23rd featuring Forever Young
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Forever Young

A Neil Young Tribute Band

April 23rd, $20

"Forever Young combines superb musicianship, great arrangements and a well chosen set list of hits and rarities in finely saluting one of rock's legends. They are also a lot of fun"  ~ Patrick Norton, President, Narrows Center for the Arts
Forever Young - A Neil Young Tribute Band
Forever Young - A Neil Young Tribute Band
On Saturday, April 23rd, award winning band Forever Young presents a tribute to the music of Neil Young at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin. Forever Young is a six piece band that performs the best of Neil Young's acoustic and electric songs!  Forever Young takes you back, gets you singing and dancing, and puts those Neil Young songs in your head to linger long after the show!

All of the musicians performing in Forever Young are staples of the Rhode Island music scene and veterans of many national and regional tours. In addition, they are all fans and have been influenced by the music of Neil Young. Drawing on his 40+ year career, the show highlights many of Young's popular songs and a few of the more obscure numbers. 

The show is presented with the full six piece band doing both the acoustic and electric songs that Neil Young is famous for. The show is reminiscent of the "Four Way Street" live album recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and of Neil Young with his many back-up bands.

 Forever Young is:
* John Amitrano – acoustic and electric bass, vocals
* Amy Bedard – violin, vocals, guitar, keyboard
* Gary St. Germain  – drums, percussion and vocals
* John Fuzek – 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboard, 6-string banjo
* Dan Lilley – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica
* Pete Vendettuoli – electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, vocals

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
May 7       DALA with The Young Novelists
May 14     Jim Kweskin and Samoa Wilson

Sep 10      Garnet Rogers with Shawna Caspi
Sep 24      An Evening with Tom Rush

Oct 15      Jim Henry and Abbie Gardner (Red Molly)

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

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