Saturday, January 14, 2017

Part 1: Residential VII an Area on Summer Street - Dec 21 Town Council meeting

The Town Council held a public hearing at the Dec 21, 2016 meeting to discuss a proposed zoning map change. The Bylaw amendment would change the zoning for a parcel of property on Summer St from Residential I to Residential VII. The change would allow the single home on the 11+ acres property today to be rezoned to enable up to 30+ homes instead of the 7-8 homes it is currently zoned for.

The second reading of the bylaw proposal is scheduled for the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan 18. The minutes from the Dec 21 meeting for the section of the hearing on this matter are shared below. 

Note: the Town Council has not yet accepted the minutes. As part of the agenda on Wednesday, they have a chance to make any recommended changes to these before they become part of the official record.

This is Part 1 of a series to collect the development of the Residential VII Zoning history in one place. The Residential VII zoning bylaw was discussed, written, and approved in 2013 and then applied to Cook's Farm in 2014. The Council meeting Wednesday is to decide if this zoning bylaw should be applied to the Summer St parcel. Additional items in this series will include information around the parties to the development, the timeline, and the written and recorded meetings.

If the zoning change were accepted, the developer would still be required to come forward with the formal proposal for the land and homes to be built. The Planning Board would hold their public hearings before issuing the permits required. Other sections of the Town government (Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, etc.) would get involved depending upon the nature of the proposal. 

Based upon what happened with the Cook's Farm situation, once the Town Council approved the zoning change, they were no longer involved in the project. The Town Council is a legislative body, they enact the bylaws, the other boards, and commissions and town departments are responsible for ensuring the the process and regulations are adhered to. 

*** From the Town Council meeting of Dec 21, 2016 ***


► Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-775: Amendment – Zoning Map Changes from Rural Residential I to Residential VII an Area on Summer Street. 

MOTION to Open the public hearing by Mercer. 
SECOND by Padula. No Discussion. 
►VOTE: Yes-8, No-0. (Bissanti - recused)

■ Mr. Richard Cornetta, Attorney representing Grandis Homes LLC, and Mr. Mounir Tayara, Principal of Grandis Homes, addressed the Town Council. Attorney Cornetta stated Grandis Homes is an active real estate development company based out of Medway, MA. They have been involved in about 1,000 residential units from residential homes to apartment style and condominiums. He stated Mr. Tayara is familiar with the Town of Franklin’s bylaws and regulations. 

Attorney Cornetta stated this is a petition for a proposed zoning amendment to the bylaw and would be an amendment to the zoning map. Mr. Bruce Hunchard and Ms Gwynne Hunchard are the petitioners and owners of 496 Summer Street, an 11-acre parcel. 

This parcel includes their primary single-family home; the remainder of the land is wooded, undeveloped. This petition is a map amendment to change the zoning map from Rural Residential I to Residential VII. He reviewed procedural issues, provided an overview of the legislative intent of the Residential VII bylaw, and addressed the Master Plan including how this development addresses some of those goals. 

He stated they received unanimous agreement by the Planning Board for recommendation to the Town Council for this map amendment. The development proposal is for 34 three-bedroom, single-family residential town homes. There would be a homeowner’s association set up for the maintenance of the infrastructure improvements. He discussed the definition of spot zoning and case law. 

He noted a possible misconception in the interpretation of one person benefitting. He stated if it can be demonstrated that the general public can benefit then spot zoning does not exist in that circumstance. He reviewed some financials provided to the Town Council and claimed it would be a net-positive for the town. 

■ Chairman Kelly noted he received a letter from Lawrence Benedetto, Chairman of the Franklin Advisory Committee, endorsing the project. 

■ Mr. Nutting stated he had no comment. 

Citizens’ Comments: 
■ Mr. Dave Nichols, 486 Summer Street, stated this is spot zoning. Changing this zoning will not have any positive impact for the neighbors, the neighborhood, the abutters, or Summer Street in general. This will benefit very few. Summer Street is already too fast and dangerous. This does not fit the character of the
neighborhood. He said the only thing he can do is appeal and challenge this zoning change. He cannot believe this is due process. 

■ Ms. Sally French Winters, 486 Summer Street, has been there for 33 years
with no neighbors. When she found out the developer was intending to also buy Mr. Wajer’s home at 488 Summer Street, she looked at the map. The proposed access road will come 400 ft. along her driveway and property. She will be living in a construction zone. She has lived in town for 59 ½ years and finds it
deplorable that this could be done. She provided pictures to the Town Council. This will forever change her life. This is an invasion of her privacy. 

■ Mr. Kurt Lovell, 711 Summer Street, stated he has lived here most of his adult life. This zoning from R-I to R-VII is ridiculous. The town forest abuts this property. Is this setting a precedent for R-VII zoning? Traffic is a major concern. 

■ Ms. Annamaria Bailey, 715 Summer Street, stated she has been a resident of Franklin for over 20 years. It is a nice country road; it is not commercial. Summer Street is not downtown living. Issues with water resources have not been addressed. Do we want this kind of housing; we are trying to preserve a community. Cook’s Farm looks horrific coming into town. What do we want this town to look like beyond the money? We do not need to develop every pocket. We oppose this and hope you will also. 

■ Ms. Deborah Lovell, 711 Summer Street, would like all to think about if this were happening to your neighborhood, would you want it? Would you want 34 houses put in that little area and have the additional traffic? Franklin is one of the safest communities, are we going to change that? We have always had faith in the Town Council so please consider that. 

■ Mr. Eric Bearce, 493 Summer Street, stated his concern is traffic. An urbanized
development does not fit in with Summer Street and the neighborhood. ■Ms. Kimberly Spelman, 6 Great Pond Road, agrees with everything that has been said. The Town Council would be mistaken to think this will benefit anyone that is anywhere close to this property. It is not safe to walk from this area to
downtown. In order to go outside of the Master Plan there needs to be some overriding interest. What is that overriding interest? It cannot be the $250,000 per year revenue. 

■ Mr. Alan Nelson, 479 Summer Street, stated he has been there for 45 years. He will be almost across the street from this development. Traffic will be atrocious. It will double the number of single-family dwellings on the street. Ten years ago the town was petitioned to bring sewer to five houses on Summer Street; the town agreed to do that with the intent that only five existing single-family dwellings would be tied into that sewer because of the size of the sewer main. To add 34 houses, they will have to put a new sewer main on the street and no one has talked about that yet. It is the wrong project for this place. There are wetlands over there as well. 

■ Mr. Brian Concannon, 15 Summer Heights Drive, stated they have not presented a justified case to change the existing zoning. All around that area is one acre lots. They have not presented any hardship that they cannot develop it more in line with what is already around that area, one or two-acre lots. He noted they have not indicated that they will actually pay for the sidewalks. The project does not fit with the neighborhood. 

■ Ms. Cynthia Honcharuk, 403 Summer Street, stated Palladini Village did affect her land with the water runoff. There is all ledge over there. She has wildlife on her property such as deer, woodchucks and foxes. What will taking 11 acres away from the current conservation area do? She will appeal this. To overload the street with more houses is wrong. 

■ Mr. Adam Sanders, 483 Summer Street, stated he also had runoff effects from Palladini Village. The current traffic is very concerning and the speed which cars travel down the road. More cars added to the street will add serious traffic concerns and be dangerous. He will have cluster houses in the back of his home with Palladini Village and also in the front of his home with this project. He does not agree with this; it does not fit with the neighborhood.

■ Mr. Michael Gavrilles, 8 Squibnocket Road, stated he has walked from Squibnocket Road to the train station for 17 years and it is dangerous. Unless sidewalks are going to be installed, the development will not work and not be connected to the downtown area. 

■ Ms. Paige Duncan, 35 Gallison Street, read a letter from two practicing professional planners stating to not rezone this area. Reasons included that the
town should not try to rezone this to avoid 40B, but rather take leadership role and bring town back into compliance with the 10 percent minimum. The Town Council should update its Housing Production Plan before considering this rezoning. This proposed project is not addressing 40B at all and will set the town further back in reaching the 10 percent minimum. The location is not close to downtown and is not walkable, there is no affordability, not consistent with Master Plan, it is spot zoning, and it will benefit the owner and not the community. She asked how is this proposed zoning in this area for the greater good of the town? 

■ Mr. James Gianotti, 2 Woodchester Road, wonders why there is a Master Plan as it seems every month some zoning is being changed or amended. There was no evidence given that this conforms to the Master Plan. He stated the proposed project area is a natural path for many animals from the forest. If these houses are put in the pathway, they should just close the forest as there will be nothing in there. Is this the legacy you really want to leave your children and grandchildren with row housing in every five or ten acres? 

End of Citizens’ Comments 

■ Ms. Pellegri stated she agrees with everything the citizens have been saying. We as councilors are elected to look out for the best interest of the Town of Franklin, not an applicant; decisions should be made on what is best for the town. They have the right to build seven houses, why would we ever want to allow 34 houses? It is a strain on water,  sewer, schools, and traffic.

We must look out for the Town of Franklin. We open the doors for others to come forward. There is only one pro, and that is for the applicant. There is nothing else. 

■ Mr. Dellorco asked about the sewer main and if the neighbors had to be notified? Has anyone done a traffic study? What is the percentage of 40Bs?

■ Mr. Nutting stated the sewer and water mains would have to be extended at the applicants cost. Current percentage of 40Bs is 9.35. There have been discussions about sidewalks, but that would be part of any application. 

■ Mr. Cerel stated that if it were rezoned and they applied for a special permit, then neighbors would have to be notified; there is no requirement for notification of a rezoning. 

■ Mr. Tayara stated they are applying for three-bedrooms because the demographic they are looking to attract is people who will use those homes as lifetime homes and multi-generational homes. At an all-time high for college kids returning to live with parents. 

■ Mr. Padula asked Mr. Cornetta about the sidewalk. 

■ Mr. Cornetta said there have been discussions, but they are preliminary until they get through this first step and to the special permit phase of the project. 

■ Ms. Pfeffer stated she is in favor of manageable affordable housing. With 11 acres, there could be 120 affordable housing units there with no control over. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. These will be 34 high-end homes and probably not too many children. She stated she was going to vote for this. 

■ Mr. Mercer had similar concerns to those of Mr. Padula. If this goes forward and they return there will be issues he will want to strongly comment on.

■ Mr. Padula noted that the Planning Board approved this unanimously. 40B is a consideration. The Master Plan does call for cluster housing. He does not see it as spot zoning; he is in favor of the project. 

MOTION to Close the public hearing by Mercer. 
SECOND by Padula. No discussion. 
► VOTE: Yes-8, No-0. (Bissanti - recused)

The full agenda for the Town Council meeting Weds, Jan 18 can be found here

The Franklin Matters notes for the Dec 21 meeting can be found here

The Franklin TV video of the meeting can be replayed here

On Summer St, at the entrance to the Town Forest. Some of the land where the  trees are would be were the development in question would be positioned.
On Summer St, at the entrance to the Town Forest. Some of the land where the 
trees are would be were the development in question would be positioned.

Both FHS basketball teams top Mansfield on Friday

Via Hockomock Sports we can share the results of the FHS basketballs games played home and away against Mansfield on Friday

Girls Basketball = Mansfield, 43 @ Franklin, 50 – Final
– Bea Bondhus scored a game-high 13 points for the Panthers, 10 in the second half, to help Franklin hand Mansfield its first league loss of the season. Carli Koffinke scored 12 points and Ali Brigham had 11 for the Panthers. The Hornets were led by Ann Maher’s 12 points, while Maggie Danehy scored nine and Jen Peel added eight (seven in the first quarter).

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 52 @ Mansfield, 40 – Final

"Sometimes the numbers don’t always tell the whole story, but you don’t need to look much further than the halftime score between Franklin and Mansfield. 
The visiting Panthers held a 24-10 lead over the Hornets. Franklin held the hosts to just four first half field goals (4/26) and used that advantage to pick up a 52-40 win. 
“We pride ourselves on the defensive side of the floor, that’s one of our staples,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “Anytime you can hold [Mansfield] to 40 you’re going to be jacked up and excited. You know they can score the ball with the best of them, they were one of, if not the top, scoring team in the league. Usually we try to keep them in the 50s and we know its going to be grind. It was about playing 32 minutes and buying into the scouting report for all 32 minutes. The guys did a great job of focusing on the game plan."

Continue reading the full game summary from Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of

Franklin’s Paul Mahon (left) drives to the basket against Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin’s Paul Mahon (left) drives to the basket against Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/
Additional photos from the boys game at Mansfield from Hockomock Sports

For all the results around the Hockomock League

MBTA: Monday the Commuter Rail follows the normal weekday schedule

The Commuter Rail will be operating on a regular weekday schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017.

Last updated: Jan 13 2017 04:05 PM

Click here for more information:

Franklin Dean Station; early in the morning, waiting for the train
Franklin Dean Station; early in the morning, waiting for the train

Teacher Cross-Fit starts Jan 24, enroll today

"My way of giving back to ALL THE TEACHERS who have helped and continue to help my boys and so many students in such positive ways! 
Session begins next week, Enrollment is OPEN! 
Thank you!!" MC

Teacher Cross-Fit starts Jan 24, enroll today
Teacher Cross-Fit starts Jan 24, enroll today

Friday, January 13, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/13/17 - THU 1/19/17

FRIDAY 1/13/17 
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
8pm   John Funkhouser Trio @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 1/14/17
10:30am   Winnie the Pooh Party @ Franklin Public Library

SUNDAY 1/15/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club

MONDAY 1/16/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

6:30pm   Doggie Tales (read to a service dog, grades 2 and up, registration required) @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 1/19/17
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones @ Franklin Senior Center (free event, registration required)
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Beyond the Paranormal - book discussion with authors @ Franklin Public Library
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

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 and/or

Franklin Veterans Municipal Assistance Fund: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Did you receive a slip in your recent tax bill looking for donations to a Veteran’s Fund? This flyer looks to address any questions you may have on this fund.

the Franklin Veterans Municipal Fund call for donations
the Franklin Veterans Municipal Fund call for donations

What is this Fund?
On October 19, 2016, the Franklin Town Council accepted the provisions of a new state law that allows the Town of Franklin to establish a Municipal Veterans Assistance Fund.

What costs qualify for assistance?
The funds raised will go toward three approved uses outlined in the state law – food, transportation, fuel assistance (heat and oil) – to assist Veteran’s in need within the Town of Franklin.

What about assistance with housing costs or rent?
Unfortunately, housing costs are not allowed under the law and the Town of Franklin cannot pay direct costs toward housing. If you need housing assistance, we encourage you to still contact the Veterans Officer to discuss other possible assistance.

Do all donations actually go to Veterans?
Yes. It is important to note that 100% of the funds received goes directly into Franklin Veterans’ pockets. The overhead and administration of this fund are done through the Franklin Veterans Officer, which is in the Town’s annual operating budget.

How can I contribute?
There are three ways to make a donation:
1. Online:
2. Check/Money Order, please send payments to:

  • Franklin Municipal Veteran’s Assistance Fund
  • 10 Daniel McCahill St
  • Franklin, MA 02038

All checks and money orders payable to: Franklin Municipal Veteran’s Assistance Fund

3. In-person: Please visit the Veteran’s Services Department at the Franklin Senior Center to make a donation in person

Who administers the funds?
This fund is managed by the Franklin Veterans Officer with oversight and authority by the Town Administrator.

How are funds distributed?
Funds are distributed to qualifying Franklin Veterans through the Town’s Veterans Services Officer.

I’m a Veteran and could use some assistance or I know a Veteran who needs assistance. Who do I call?
Call the Veterans Department at 508-613-1315 for details and an application.

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page (PDF)

FHS girls tops Attleboro, boys lose very close meet

Via Hockomock Sports we can share the results of the FHS Indoor track meeting on Thursday

Boys - Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center) = Attleboro, 51 vs. Franklin, 48 – Final

– For the second straight week, Isaiah Rodriguez and David Seybert each won a pair of events as Attleboro edged Franklin. Rodriguez was first in the 55M dash and the long jump while Seybert won the 600M and the 1 Mile races. Brett Szlachciuk won the 1000M and Otoniel Llanos finished first in the shot put. Franklin got first place finish from Paul Kroushl (300M), freshman Dylan Pare (2 Mile) and William Jacobs (55M hurdles and high jump).

Girls - Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center) = Attleboro, 10 vs. Franklin, 90 – Final

– Franklin swept both relays and took first and second in nine of the 10 individual events to get the big win. Franklin got wins from Jess Kroushl (55M dash and long jump), Meghan Doherty (300M), Nicole Clermont (600M), Katherine Hartnett (1000M), Ella Gutkowski (1 Mile), Molly Houlihan (2 Mile), Danielle Pierre (55M hurdles) and Sarah Goodermuth (shot put). Attleboro took first and second in the high jump with Victoria Pike coming in first and Allison Wall placing second.

For the rest of the results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

The complete set of results via CoolRUnning can be found here for the boys

and for the girls results

Franklin Public Library: closed Sunday and Monday, Jan 15 and 16, 2017

The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, Jan 15 and 16 for Martin Luther King Day.

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

"how to support students through homework"

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

"The town's schools have made strides in communicating to parents and the community at large, district officials reported in a mid-year review. 
The officials spoke at Tuesday's School Committee meeting about progress made thus far on the District Improvement Plan and School Improvement Plans over the 2016-2017 school year. Goals in those plans included improving communication, implementing social/emotional learning in the classroom, promoting a culture of responsibility and aligning curriculum to meet student needs. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said there had been an emphasis on improved communication. 
"We've been pushing community engagement a lot," she said. "The (Annie) Sullivan (Middle) School has been amazing at using Twitter this year."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

A current example of the use of Twitter

Keller School Best Buddies at the Celtics game
Keller School Best Buddies at the Celtics game

Additional information on the District Improvement Plan update can be found in the live reported notes from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday (The full summary should be available this weekend)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kindergarten Registration 2017 scheduled for March 27 and 28

Kindergarten Registration will be held on two evenings

  • March 27th 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • March 28th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Horace Mann Middle School – Cafeteria
224 Oak Street, Franklin, MA

There are 3 ways to access the FORMS you will need to register a child for kindergarten. These forms will NOT be available at the registration.

To access FORMS:

  1. Download from our web site:
  2. Pick up forms at the ECDC, located at 224 Oak Street (behind Horace Mann)
  3. Pick up forms at the Office of the Superintendent, located at 355 East Central St.

Or access the forms directly from these links:

Residency form

from the Oak St Kindergarten twitter account
from the Oak St Kindergarten twitter account

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Kindergarten registration overview

Information night

Kindergarten Registration Age

Vision Screening Guidelines

MA Dept of Public Health Requirements

KIndergarten Bus Information

Franklin Children's School Registration and Open House

Franklin Children's School Announces Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year!!

Registration will take place beginning January 23, 2017 and run through February 8, 2017.

Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on January 19th 4:00-6:00 for families interested in learning more about the school. FCS is located at 900 Chestnut Street in Franklin. 

If you are interested in setting up a tour, would like a fall 2017 registration application or have any questions, please contact Executive Director- Kim Barrett at 508-528-9378 or e-mail

Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on January 19th 4:00-6:00
Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on January 19th 4:00-6:00

FHS boys hockey and wrestling teams post wins on Wednesday

Boys Hockey = North Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 7 – Final

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 0 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final

Wrestling = Franklin, 48 @ Taunton, 11 – Final
– Taunton picked up wins from Alex Simon (170), Nuno Camara (182) and Woudanly Danger (220).

Joe Clark, Hockomock Sports .com Student Reporter, provides a complete write up on the FHS boys hockey game:

"Franklin’s offense came ready to play on Wednesday night at Pirelli Veterans Arena, rolling to a 7-3 win over North Attleboro to pick up two points in league play. 
Coming off back-to-back five-goal games, Franklin’s offense continued to roll, scoring just over two minutes into the contest. On the power play, Franklin freshman defenseman Colin Oppelt found Joey Blasie for a slapshot that found the back of the net to put Franklin up 1-0. 
A few minutes later around the nine minute mark, North Attleboro had a chance when Jason McNeany found space but a great save from Franklin goalie Cam Benham kept the Franklin lead at 1-0. A minute later, Franklin almost scored again on a slapshot by junior defenseman Jack McGrath from the blue line, but a nice save from goalie Ryan Warren kept the North deficit at one."
Continue reading the article online

From the Twitterverse

Franklin 7 NA 3, hat to Magazu 2gs
Franklin 7 NA 3, hat to Magazu 2gs

Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford

Ellis Paul will be performing at Memorial Hall in celebration of 25 years of touring!

"The World Ain't Slowin' Down"

Ellis Paul Celebrates 25 Years On The Road

Memorial Hall
30 School Street
Milford, MA 01757

Show time: 7:00pm
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It's a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. 

Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. 

The exhilaration of the open road. A ​celebration of heroes.​ ​The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love... intimate, passionate and enduring.

Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford 2/11/17
Ellis Paul's "25 Years On The Road" tour is coming to Milford 2/11/17

In the News: School Committee faces budget issues, meadowlands goals set

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

"Members of the School Committee this week urged State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, to review the way schools are funded in Massachusetts. 
Roy, a former member of the committee, attended the group's Tuesday night meeting to provide a summary of his priorities for the coming legislative session. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley noted that the effort to reform the formula by which a district's foundation budget - or the minimum that it can spend - is determined began in the early 1990s, and asked Roy why there had not been more progress since then. 
"Everything is now changing, and not to the inexpensive side," O'Malley said. "How do we get the urgency of our voice to the state house?"

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

site of the Horace Mann statue to be unveiled on May 7
site of the Horace Mann statue to be unveiled on May 7

"A local volunteer group is seeking help from several towns in its efforts to help protect and promote the Charles River Meadowlands. 
The group decided at a meeting this week to adopt a plan that includes goals for the land, which is spread out over several pieces of property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The meadowlands - located in, among other towns, Bellingham, Franklin and Medway - were purchased as a buffer to absorb river flooding. 
Alan Earls, who is leading the local effort, said the plan was developed over the course of many meetings. 
"It's based on feedback we got from people, including town committees, town planners, the people who attended our meetings and abutters," he said. "We want to see the land preserved, managed and made more accessible."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Affordable Condominium Home for Sale - 9 Leanne Way

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What is the Franklin TV Community Bulletin Board (CBB)?

"Our Community Bulletin Board helps local nonprofit groups, schools and civic organizations to spread the word about their mission and their meetings and events deemed of interest to Franklin cable subscribers and the community. Generally, we update our Bulletin Board weekly."

View additional info on the Community Bulletin Board

Or download a copy from here

Franklin TV studio on Hutchinson St
Franklin TV studio on Hutchinson St

Superintendent Search narrows to 4 Candidates

The Franklin School Committee is progressing as they continue the process of seeking to replace Superintendent, Dr. Maureen Sabolinski who is retiring in June 2017.

The Committee hired the national consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to assist them in the search. HYA was able to generate 57 applicants for the position.

From this number, they recommended 4 semifinalists to be interviewed by the search committee. The 4 semifinalists chosen are:

  • Linda Hirsch, Ed.D.
  • David Thompson, Ed.D.
  • Kimberly Shaver-Hood, Ed.D.
  • Susan Kustka

Joining the search committee for these interviews will be 4 representatives of the Franklin Community:

  • Sarah Mulcahy, Parent
  • Tom Mercer, Town Council
  • Paul Peri, Franklin High School Principal
  • Donna Grady, Franklin Teachers Association

The Search committee will interview the semi-finalists on January 19 at 9:30 AM. At the Franklin Municipal Building in the Council Chamber (2nd Floor). 

The public is invited to observe these interviews. Next steps in the superintendent search will be developed after these interviews are complete.

sunrise over Spruce Pond
sunrise over Spruce Pond

Dean College Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream, February 22-26, 2017

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning Wednesday, February 22, 2017 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakespeare's plays. It brings together the realms of the mortal and immortal, colliding in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. Simple and engaging on the surface, it is none the less a highly original and sophisticated work, where love is capricious as the wind, and where a mischievous imp named Puck plays with fate as merrily as a baby with a toy.

You won't want to miss our talented students perform in this well-loved play!

The Dean College production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

Dean College, Main St Franklin
Dean College, Main St Franklin

Both FHS basketball teams top Taunton on Tuesday

From HockomockSports we share the results of Tuesday's FHS winter sports action

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 55 @ Taunton, 42 – Final
– Taunton turned a second half deficit (25-17) into a third quarter lead (27-25) but Franklin rattled off a 10-4 run to close the quarter and never looked back. Junior Connor Peterson led the way for the Panthers with 21 points while Paul Mahon added 12 points and Jalen Samuels chipped in with 11 points.

Girls Basketball = Taunton, 21 @ Franklin, 63 – Final
– Ali Brigham was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13 points. Franklin also got 11 points from Kate Morse and nine points from Bea Bondhus.

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League

FHS girls basketball vs. Taunton
FHS girls basketball vs. Taunton

Via the Twitterverse

Franklin Art Association Meeting - Feb 1

Adam O’Day
Adam O’Day
The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Adam O’Day, a contemporary multimedia artist working from studios in Abington and Medford.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information log on to

Multimedia Painting, Hadley Street by Adam O'Day
Multimedia Painting, Hadley Street by Adam O'Day