Saturday, June 4, 2016

"We're really something, and this is our story"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"While the Franklin High School Class of 2016 was asked to look ahead - sometimes as far as 50 years - during its graduation Friday evening, they were also urged to cherish each moment, and not let goals overwhelm their lives. 
Friends, family and well-wishers packed the high school gymnasium (and spilled over into the auditorium) to see the class off during the ceremony. 
Class Vice-President Jeff Wu, the event's first speaker, said that, while many graduation speeches include an anecdote that sums up the seniors, he did not feel that was possible in this case."
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scrolling congratulations to the FHS Class of 2016
scrolling congratulations to the FHS Class of 2016

MassBudget: Conference Preview - Differences Between House & Senate Budgets for FY 2017

What's at stake in each budget area?

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

During three days of budget debate last week the Senate adopted 453 amendments adding $61.3 million to the bottom line of the Ways and Means proposal (about one seventh of one percent).

To read MassBudget's full analysis, click HERE.
In the end, the House and Senate budgets are very similar. Not only are the budget totals within 0.1 percent of each other (which makes sense since they had essentially the same amount of revenue to work with), but the two proposals are also within half of one percent of each other in every major category. For example, the House proposes 0.2 percent more for Health Care, including slightly larger investments in public health and more support for MassHealth, while the Senate proposes 0.45 percent more for education, including modestly more than the House for local public schools and higher education.
Over the next few weeks a House and Senate Conference Committee will work to compromise on these difference and build together a final budget that funds our schools and local services; maintains our roads, bridges, and public transit; keeps our air and water clean; provides supports for those facing difficult challenges; protects our public health; and keeps open our parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and libraries.
This Budget Monitor describes the funding and policy differences between the House and Senate in each major area of the budget, and provides links to in-depth descriptions of programs and issues addressed in each budget proposal.
The tables near the end of this Monitor also show funding differences between the House and Senate budgets not discussed elsewhere.
You can read the new Budget Monitor HERE.

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MassBudget revenue comparison for FY 2017
MassBudget revenue comparison for FY 2017

2nd Annual Frates' Family Field Day - June 12

Join us for the 2nd Annual Frates' Family Field Day --- on Sunday, June 12th!

It is a great afternoon of family fun --- brought to you by Team Frate Train.

Fantastic music ... potato sack races ... three legged races ... balloon animals ... cotton candy ... inflatable sports games ... face painting ... and of course, the chance to take the ice bucket challenge!

The event takes place at King St. Memorial Park --- from 1pm-4pm.

This is a fun, free event --- catering to those in kindergarten to grade 5. Come have some fun, take the ice bucket challenge --- and help us promote awareness of Pete's story and support ALS research.

Pete Frates is the 30-year-old former Boston College Division 1 athlete, and creator of the world famous Ice Bucket Challenge, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Pete established the FrateTrain ALS Research & Support Fund to provide funding for targeted ALS research and to help support those afflicted with ALS who have not been as fortunate to receive the support he has. ALS research received tremendous recognition over summer 2014 through the widespread “Ice Bucket Challenge.” 

Its purpose was to promote awareness of the disease and to encourage donations to research, the cause received an outpouring of support. With the support of countless celebrities including Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, and Taylor Swift, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” was a tremendous success; raising millions of dollars to help find treatments and a cure, as well as raising awareness worldwide about this tragic disease. Team Frate Train is asking you to take the ice bucket challenge with us on June 12th!

To learn more about Pete's story or the ALS Research and Support Fund, please go to:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 6/3/16 - THU 6/9/16

FRIDAY 6/3/16
9am-12pm   Genealogy Conference at FHS - Trace Your Tree - open to public
12pm-6pm   OPENING - Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
5pm   FHS Graduation at FHS gym/auditorium
6pm-6am(next day)   Relay For Life of Franklin, Bellingham and Wrentham at King Phillip HS in Wrentham
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at the Franklin Art Center
8pm   The Black Box New England Artist Series: The Love Dogs
11pm-5am   FHS All Night Party for Graduates at HMMS

9:30am-4:30pm   Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts for Everyone at Franklin Public Library (bring your own lunch, pictures, album, scrapbooking materials...)
10am-1pm   Recycling Drive sponsored by Kennedy School PCC and Cub Scout Pack 126 - bring your bottles, cans, electronics, batteries and more to Kennedy School. Contact for complete list and more info.
10am-2pm   Rain Garden Training and Demonstration (Franklin residents only - registration required)

SUNDAY 6/5/16
10am-1pm   Open House at Russian School of Mathematics in Franklin (9 Summer Street)
12-2pm   Cub Scouts ‘Open House’ at The Town Common

MONDAY 6/6/16
Mandatory Water Conservation Begins in Franklin - details here

TUESDAY 6/7/16
11am   #shopFranklin - Being Small Business info session at 23 Hutchinson Street. Please RSVP.
1:30pm   Knitting Circle for Adults at Franklin Public Library (25 Kenwood Circle)

7pm   #shopFranklin - Being Small Business info session at 23 Hutchinson Street. Please RSVP.

4-7pm   FDP’s Annual Strawberry Stroll in downtown Franklin
4pm   Lego Club at the Franklin Public Library (25 Kenwood Circle)
5-9pm   SAFE Coalition’s Substance Abuse Drop In Center at St. John’s Episcopal Church (237 Pleasant Street)
7pm   School Committee Coffee Hour at Franklin Cable Access TV (23 Hutchinson Street)

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

FHS boys and girls lacrosse and tennis teams advance in playoffs

Baseball = D1 South

  • #9 Franklin, 4 @ #8 Durfee, 6 – Final 

– Franklin took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Hilltoppers climbed back into the game with four in the bottom half and added single runs in the second and third. Offensively, Nick Santucci went 1-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored, Brad Jarosz was 2-3, Mike Skaza knocked in a run and both Steve Ferguson and Alex Bissanti scored a run for the Panthers. Sophomore Jake Noviello pitched well in relief for the Panthers, tossing four innings with just one run allowed while striking out five.

Softball = D1 South

  • #15 Franklin, 4 vs. #18 Somerset Berkley, 6 – Final (8 inn.)

Boys Lacrosse = D1 South

  • #5 Franklin, 17 vs. #12 Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final 

– Austin Kent scored four goals and had three assists for the Panthers, who also got four goals and an assist from Eric Civetti. Chase Tanner added three goals for Franklin and Jake Alexander had two, as well as winning 21-of-23 face-offs.

Girls Lacrosse = D1 East

  • #1 Franklin, 11 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final 

– Franklin raced out to a 7-0 lead at half and held the Tigers of Newton North scoreless for the first 35 minutes of the game. Kenzie Pleshaw had four goals to lead Franklin while Julia Jette had one goal three assists, Diana Griffin scored twice and had a pair of assists. Head coach Kristin Igoe credited her defense with a very strong game, led by Sam Jones, who won six draws and two ground balls.

Boys Tennis = D1 South

  • #13 Mansfield, 1 @ #4 Franklin, 4 – Final 

– Franklin got a pair of wins in both singles and doubles to advance in the MIAA tournament. Junior Eli Brooks battled back for a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 win at second singles and freshman Dan Barrow won 6-4, 6-2 at third singles. Tom Mancini and James Johnston continued their stellar seasons with a 6-2, 6-1 win at first doubles and Jeremy Gan and Derek Wu won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles. Mansfield’s Benny Lin won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles.

Girls Tennis = D1 South

  • #14 Taunton, 4 vs. #19 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final

For all the Hockomock results on Thursday

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MBTA: New fares go into effect Friday, July 1

New fares go into effect Friday, July 1. Go to to view new fares.

Another MBTA commuter rail train on the way into Boston
Another MBTA commuter rail train on the way into Boston

Just about to adjust to the new schedule and the new fare structure comes along. What had been a $9.25 one way from Franklin becomes a $10 one way. What was $18.50 round-trip becomes $20. Easier for the conductors to make change.

The full fare card can be found here:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Downtown paving postponed

The Downtown paving has been postponed. The contractor has not had their mix design approved.

MassDOT's district lab has just notified us that the paving operations cannot take place until the mix has been approved. They have the proper test scheduled for Monday but no mix can be placed prior to that.

We'll continue to keep the town informed of the rescheduled dates. The public can use the downtown roadways tonight and businesses will be open.

Via email from Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen

"ceremonial groundbreaking Friday morning for an addition to the Franklin Public Library"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
"It's really going quite quickly," said Pfeffer. "The area is all fenced in, and they've taken down a couple of trees." 
A number of officials have been invited to the ceremony, including all 10 library building committee members, all the members of the Town Council, the Friends of the Franklin Library, the Franklin Library Association and the town administration. The building committee members will have shovels to take part in the groundbreaking itself. 
The project will construct an addition - which will feature a meeting room and public restrooms - as well as expanding existing spaces within the library and updating the building's heating, air conditioning and sprinkler systems."

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the Library is operating normal hours from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle
the Library is operating normal hours from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle

The presentation showing what the renovation will look like can be found here

From the archives:

  • The temporary location opens

  • Advance notice of the move to temporary location

Franklin Medway American Legion 5 Miler Reminder - June 25

The American Legion Annual 5 Miler Scholarship Fund Road Race

Saturday June 25th, 2016 at 8 AM

Help support our effort to give scholarships to high school students looking at the high cost of secondary education. All profits from this event will go to the Scholarship Funds for Medway Post 367 and Franklin Post 75.

Registration: 7:00 – 7:45am
Start Time: 8:00am
Start / Finish: Medway High School
88 Summer Street
Medway, MA 02053
Run: 5 mile loop on paved roads
Entry Fee: $25
$15 High School Students
  • Post race refreshments
  • Prizes awarded by category
  • T-Shirts for entrants
  • Raffle Prizes

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Paving Thursday, Brick Sidewalks, Strawberry Stroll in the News

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Streetscape Project Update #31
Check out the brick sidewalks on Main Street!

This week crews are adding an interesting and beautiful design element to the sidewalks on Main Street. Masons are laying bricks in sections of sidewalk.

Those sidewalks are open to pedestrians - please come support your downtown businesses!

From the town Administrator's office:

May 31, 2016
Downtown Project Update #31

Paving to begin: construction will begin paving the binder course on Main Street (between Emmons St and the bridge) on Thursday night this week. Crews will be working from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. This area includes a small section of Emmons St., Dean Ave. and Depot St.

If anyone has a question, please feel free to reach out to the DPW Director, Brutus Cantoreggi or Town Engineer, Michael Maglio at 508-553-5500 or Jeffrey Nutting, Town Administrator at 508-520-4949

Strawberry Stroll News Coverage

The following story, written by Mike Gleason, appeared in the Milford Daily News Tuesday night:

Franklin: Strawberry stroll set for next week
FRANKLIN - The downtown area will mark the start of summer with a "Strawberry Stroll" next week.
The stroll - scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. - has been an annual Franklin Downtown Partnership event for the past 14 years.
Lisa Piana, the partnership's executive director, said the event was something of a local favorite, with a number of residents attending annually to feast on strawberry shortcakes.
"We go through dozens of cases of whipped cream and over 100 quarts of strawberries each year," she said, adding that the shortcakes will be served in front of Dean Bank. "It's a fun event to start the summer - what better way to do that than with strawberries?"
Piana said turnout for the stroll is typically dependent on the weather, though about 800 to 1,000 shortcakes are served each year.
Sweets will not be the only draw for the stroll. There will be sidewalk sales and booths set up at the Main Street parking lot, with giveaways and children's activities.
Piana said there will be live entertainment at several venues, with music set to be played at Jane's Frames and a dancing company scheduled at Simon's Furniture.
Lemonade and cookies will be available at the Franklin Historical Museum.
Though the downtown area is in the midst of a roadwork project, Piana said the stroll should be relatively unaffected by the work.
"We have a promise that the sidewalks will be done (for the stroll)," she said.
Indeed, she said, this event may be one of the first showcases of the work that has been done.
"This is a chance for everyone who has been driving through downtown to see, close up, the streetscape project," she said. "They can see the new lamp posts and the brickwork that has been done."
Beyond promoting the downtown area, Piana said, the stroll - like the partnership's holiday tree lighting event - is intended to help foster a small-town feel.
"It's like a downtown party - a coming-out for those who have been cooped up all winter," she said.
Mike Gleason can be reached at 508-634-7546 or For news throughout the day, follow him on Twitter @MGleason_MDN.

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Introducing.... #shopFranklin - Being Small Business

And so a journey begins.....

Welcome and thank you for joining me as I introduce
#shopFranklin - Being Small Business.

#shopFranklin - Being Small Business was created in response to the desire of Franklin's independent business owners to find new and creative ways to collaborate around the common goal of a vibrant and thriving small business community.

Please join me next week to learn more about how we, as a business community, can work together in creative and innovative ways to help Franklin's independently owned businesses succeed. 
These sessions will be very relaxed and will include an overview of #shopFranklin - Being Small Business membership, proposed ideas, calendar of upcoming events, general discussion and casual conversation.  We will be hitting the ground running!

Thank you sincerely for your enthusiasm and trust.     -
Sarah Mabardy

Two information sessions will be held at:
23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin

Tuesday, June 7th 11:00 AM     and        Wednesday, June 8th 7:00 PM
FranklinTV offers water, tea and coffee.  You are welcome to bring any food or drinks  for yourself (or all).  Please RSVP via email to 

A glimpse at how #shopFranklin  - Being Small Business is different from other business groups
  • Business driven, not organization driven.   The mission is to promote Franklin's independently owned business community - not the #shopFranklin group.
  • Focused.  By representing ONLY independently owned businesses in Franklin, the group can present ideas, information and resources  that are timely, relevant and actionable
  • Established community#shopFranklin - Being Small Business has the benefit of an established consumer audience and business community - the existing 1,600+ #shopFranklin Facebook group members -  that has consciously chosen to be a part of the movement to support Independently owned businesses.
  • Choice.  Each member of #shopFranklin - Being Small Business decides how they would like to participate in the organization.  There are no participation requirements or quotas. 
  • Passion and Energy. the #shopFranklin movement was initiated over a year ago out of the sheer desire to help Franklin's independently owned businesses.  That passion and energy has not only sustained, but grown and continues to do so.
  • Action.  Small business owners are often teeming with ideas and responsibilities, but short on time.  #shopFranklin - Being Small Business will facilitate the process of turning ideas into action for the benefit of the business community or, as available, for an individual business with a specific need. 
  • Community over Competition.  Leveraging the collective talents of the business community for the benefit of all local independently owned businesses
and that doesn't even touch on all of the great ideas, events, education sessions, initiatives, group marketing, promotions, consumer'll have to come to the meeting  to learn more!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

School Committee to host a series of Coffee Hours

All of our community benefits when our public schools are strong. To make sure our schools stay among the very best in the state, the school committee will seek input from all members of the community. 

The Community Relations Subcommittee of the Franklin School Committee will be hosting a series of coffee hours. We would like to hear from the citizens of Franklin as we begin to review the mission and vision of the Franklin Public Schools. With the goal of meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, we would greatly appreciate your input. 
  • How are we doing? 
  • What are our strengths? 
  • Where would you like to see us put more of our resources? 

All members of the community are welcome to attend any/all of these sessions. Join us:
  • Thursday, June 9, 7:00 P.M. Franklin Cable Access TV Station
  • Saturday, June 11, 9:00 A.M. Franklin Cable Access TV Station
  • Friday, June 24, 9:00 A.M. Franklin Senior Center

Franklin School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee: 

  • Anne Bergen
  • Vanessa Bilello
  • Denise Schultz

Contact us with your concerns, questions at the Franklin School Committee

Front Row:  Cindy Douglas, Vice Chair; Dr. Kevin O'Malley, Chairman; Dr. John Jewell Back Row:  Vanessa Bilello, Dr. Anne Bergen, MaryJane Scofield, Denise Schultz
Front Row:  Cindy Douglas, Vice Chair; Dr. Kevin O'Malley, Chairman; Dr. John Jewell
Back Row:  Vanessa Bilello, Dr. Anne Bergen, MaryJane Scofield, Denise Schultz

THE BLACK BOX: "The Love Dogs"

THE BLACK BOX New England Artist Series presents The Love Dogs, featuring rockin’ rhythm and blues, on Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. With barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano, stinging Fender guitar, and a red-hot horn section of trombone and alto, tenor and baritone saxes, The Love Dogs also showcases a swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business” and a charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. 
Based out of Boston, the septet just celebrated its 20th year. Combining elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll, The Love Dogs have played juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. They’ve released four CDs. Many of the cuts have been blues radio favorites and several of the Dogs’ signature original songs have been used in feature films and on television. The New York Post says, “Even though the music could make Leonardo’s David dance, it’s the songwriting that separates these dogs from the rest of the pack.” Voted “Best New England Band” by Blues Audience magazine, The Love Dogs is part Rat Pack party, part 20th century musical encyclopedia, and part revival meeting. 
The band’s lineup, featuring some of the Northeast’s best players, consists of Eddie “Duato” Scheer (lead vocals), Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), Steve Brown (drums, vocals), Mario Perrett (tenor sax, vocals), and Mark Paquin (tenor sax, trombone). THE BLACK BOX show will also feature bassist Mark Poniatowski. 
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at or at the door. A cash bar is available. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. For more information, call (508) 528-3370.