Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rep Roy, World Languages, and district improvement plan updates part of School Committee meeting Jan 10

Catching up to the recap of the School Committee meeting of January 10, 2017. I had been head's down on the Residential VII series and forgot to include this summary.

Representative Jeff Roy visited the Committee to provide an update on several of his legislative initiatives as well as on the budget process at the State House. Legislation to be filed or in some cases refiled that he mentioned covered teen sexting, improvements to driver's education, curriculum frameworks for civics and genocide. He is also working with the manufacturing caucus on how to train and prepare folks for the skilled manufacturing jobs that are available.

There was good discussion on the foundation budget and the equity issues with State funding and the impact to the Franklin budget. 

Rep Roy at the School Committee meeting
Rep Roy at the School Committee meeting
Laura Evans, the Word Language Director lead a group of language teachers in an overview of the language programs offered in the school district. 

L to R: Jennifer Jones, Laura Evans, Stephanie Ahern, Emily Day, and Shannon Martin
L to R: Jennifer Jones, Laura Evans, Stephanie Ahern, Emily Day, and Shannon Martin

The update on the District and School Improvement Plans was a coordinated effort. Asst Superintendent Peter Light, Asst Superintendent Joyce Edwards and Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski took turns presenting on different sections of the update.

  • The video replay of the meeting is available on demand

  • My notes reported live during the meeting provide additional details

The posted agenda for the School Committee meeting Jan 10, 2017

FHS basketball and swim teams post wins on Friday

Boys Basketball = King Philip, 49 @ Franklin, 64 – Final
– Freshman Chris Edgehill scored a career-high 16 points for the Panthers and Josh Macchi had 14 in the win.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 67 @ King Philip, 36 – Final

Boys Swimming = Oliver Ames, 75 @ Franklin, 94 – Final

Girls Swimming = Oliver Ames, 57 @ Franklin, 113 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

And via the Twitterverse

Panther Cheerleaders Rockin the house!
Panther Cheerleaders Rockin the house! (image via @)FHSSports)

2nd Annual LEAPING into Kindergarten - Feb 27, 2017

Franklin Public Schools announces the 2nd Annual LEAPING into Kindergarten, an event for Franklin families with children eligible for kindergarten. 

Click here for the flyer

Kelty Kelley, M.Ed., Principal
F. X. O'Regan Early Childhood Development Center
224 Oak Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-541-8166
Fax: 508-541-8254

"There is no hand so small that it cannot leave an imprint on the world!" Klub Kidz

Horace Mann MIddle School on a bright and sunny summer day
Horace Mann MIddle School on a bright and sunny summer day

"There's a very diverse set of business owners who come out"

"The town will continue its series of workshops with the federal Small Business Association this coming week, as it looks to provide help to businesses throughout the region. 
The session - scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Municipal Building - will feature information on such topics as loan programs, government contracting opportunities and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said the town's community planning office has held several such workshops. 
"One of the things they try to do is provide opportunities for aspiring and current business owners to get accurate information, in real time," he said. "We're giving the opportunity to talk, face-to-face, with the people who administer things like small-business loans."
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Franklin Municipal Building

Previously posted here

Connections that work! SBA Workshop - Jan 25

  • Looking to Start or Expand your Business?
  • Gain a better understanding of SBA Programs and Services

General information will be provided on the following:

MSBDC – Mass Small Business Development Center

SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business

SBA Guaranty Loan Programs:
7(a) Loans - Microloans
SBA Express Loans - 504 Loan Program

Government Contracting Opportunities:
8(a) Business Development - HUBZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) - Small Disadvantaged Business - Surety Bonding - Disaster Assistance

CWE – Center for Women and Enterprise

Register online here

LiveARTS: Sari Gruber, soprano; Cameron Stowe, piano - Jan 29

The next LiveARTS concert is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 29 at 3:30PM. 

Sari Gruber, soprano and Cameron Stowe, piano are featured. 

They will play music of Shubert, R. Strauss, da Falla, Barber, Ives, Cole Porter and William Balcom

image from Sari Gruber webpage
image from Sari Gruber webpage
LiveARTS postcard
LiveARTS postcard
For additional info on LiveARTS, please visit their webpage

Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/20/17 - THU 1/26/17

FRIDAY 1/20/17
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Pizza Showdown at Franklin Public Library
7pm   FYHA Face-Off Fundraising Event

SATURDAY 1/21/17
9am-3pm   Book Sale - Buck a Book @ Franklin Public Library
11am-1pm   Sunrise Montessori Open House @ 31 Hayward Street
8pm   Broadway Series: Matthew Scott @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 1/22/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
9am-12pm   Bag Sale - $5 a bag @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 1/23/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 1/24/17
6:30pm   Dean College Executive Lecture Series: Angela McKay - free, registration required @Guidrey Center

9-11am   Connections That Work - Small Business Owners Info Session @ Franklin Town Hall
3:30pm   Teen Lounge @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 1/26/17
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ 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.

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Circle of Friends: Peter Mulvey January 28th with Pamela Means

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PETER MULVEY with Pamela Means
Jan 28th 8PM $20
Peter Mulvey is an amazing songwriter and singer, an extremely entertaining storyteller, and a guitar wizard. He is returning to The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse stage in Franklin on Saturday, January 28th at 8PM. He has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums.  Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers, has prepared Mulvey to deliver an outstanding concert. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song, being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world.

"Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style." - The Boston Globe
Opening the show will be Pamela Means, a singer-songwriter and jazz musician, with "mad guitar-and-vocal skills" (Time Out New York) who has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, winning awards, delighting audiences and impressing critics with her seven independent releases. With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career.

"You groove so deep, so deep. I can't get out. And, I wouldn't want to." - Ani DiFranco
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
Feb 11      Joe Crookston with Emily Mure
Mar 4        Celtic Band RUNA
Mar 18      The Boxcar Lilies

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

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FHS girls Indoor track win vs. King Philip

Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)

Boys = Franklin, 43 vs. King Philip, 57 – Final

Girls = Franklin, 79 vs. King Philip, 21 – Final

All the Indoor track teams competed in Hockomock League activity for Thursday

  • The complete meet results for the Boys (via Coolrunning)

  • The complete meet results for the Girls (via Coolrunning)

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Library Book Sale weekend

The monthly Franklin Public Library Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 22 from 9:00 - noon buy 'books by the bag' sale.

Library Book Sale weekend
Library Book Sale weekend

This was shared from the Library webpage

"Students get targeted support in areas where they struggle"

"Calling for a personalized, student-centered approach to reforms, state education leaders gathered Thursday to mark the release of an annual report on the state of education in Massachusetts. 
"Unless we change the rules of operations in our state and give more schools the types of freedoms we allow charters, we will not see that type of personalization, and we will see a continuation of a top-down approach," said Board of Higher Education Chairman Chris Gabrieli, who advocated for empowering individual schools to lead the way on reforms.

A crowd of approximately 300 filled the ballroom at the Omni Parker House Hotel, where the Boston-based Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy released its annual "Condition of Education in the Commonwealth Report." While Massachusetts is a national leader in education, there are still deficiencies in the system that need to be addressed, Rennie Center Executive Director Chad d'Entremont said.
"Even as a leader, if we stand pat, we will fall behind," d'Entremont said."

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Download the full PDF for the Rennie Center report

screen grab of Rennie Center data dashboard
screen grab of Rennie Center data dashboard

In the News: Superintendent search narrows to 3; another 'safest city' recognition

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"In daytime work session Thursday, a special town committee narrowed its list of candidates for school superintendent to three. 
Making the cut following a series of meetings are Blackstone-Millville Assistant Superintendent David Thomson, Chelmsford Assistant Superintendent Linda Hirsch and Weymouth Assistant Superintendent Susan Kustka. The committee did not advance Wareham Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood. 
The committee - which includes the Franklin School Committee as well as Town Councilor Thomas Mercer, high school Principal Paul Peri, teachers association President Donna Grady and parent Sarah Mulcahy - will now visit the home districts of the candidates. The group also scheduled a public forum with the candidates for Feb. 1."

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Spruce Pond sunrise
Spruce Pond sunrise

"A website has named Franklin the fourth-safest city in America, continuing a multi-year streak in which the community's safety has been lauded. 
The site - location-based analytics search engine NeighborhoodScout - released its lists of both the top 100 safest cities and top 100 most dangerous cities on Jan. 9. A company spokeswoman said the list is based on the latest FBI crime data - in this case, from 2015 - as well as the population of each city. 
This is not the first year NeighborhoodScout's list has recognized Franklin. In 2012, the community ranked as the second safest city in the U.S., and since then has been ranked first in 2013, first in 2014 and seventh in 2015."

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NeighborhoodScout screen grab
NeighborhoodScout screen grab

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DelCarte Pond Herbicide Treatment - Timeline for 2017

During 2017 and 2018, herbicide treatments will be applied to the DelCarte Ponds as part of the restoration and preservation of this important recreation area. The treatments are designed to eliminate the invasive plant species which are proliferating rapidly and threaten to completely “take over” the waterbodies unless action is taken to stop their spread.

The time frame for this work is as follows:

  • Prepare and File MA DEP License to Apply Chemicals Permit - APRIL
  • Pre-Treatment Survey – MAY
  • Variable Milfoil Treatment – EARLY JUNE
  • Initial Water Chestnut Treatment – EARLY JUNE
  • Interim Survey – LATE JUNE
  • Follow-Up Water Chestnut Treatment – EARLY JULY
  • Final Post-Treatment Survey – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
  • Year-End Report – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Signs will be posted at the ponds concerning this work it is important to bear in mind that ON THE DAY OF THE TREATMENTS, USE OF THE PONDS WILL BE RESTRICTED.

Any questions on this project should be directed to the Conservation office at 508-520-4929.

The northern pond at DelCarte in winter
The northern pond at DelCarte in winter

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

"There's no reason to do it, other than financial gain for the landowner"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A controversial proposal to rezone a parcel on Summer Street to allow for denser residential development failed to pass at Wednesday's Town Council meeting. 
A full audience of residents applauded as the measure did not garner the needed two-thirds majority to pass, with only five of the needed six "yes" votes. 
The change would have affected the 11-acre parcel at 496 Summer St., altering its zoning from rural residential to a zone that would allow more residential units. Medway-based developer Grandis Homes indicated that they wished to put 34 single-family townhouses on the land. Developer representatives said the project would generate $270,000 in one-time permit fees, and about $250,000 per year."

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snow covered trail in the Franklin Town Forest along Summer St
snow covered trail in the Franklin Town Forest along Summer St
My complete notes from the legislation section of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday

The roll call votes was as follows: 

  • Dellorco - No
  • Jones - No
  • Vallee - Yes
  • Pfeffer - Yes
  • Mercer - Yes
  • Padula - Yes
  • Pellegri - No
  • Kelly - yes

vote was 5 yes, 3 no, the measure fails to pass as it need 6 votes to pass

FHS wrestling gets win against Oliver Ames

The FHS winter sports results from the action on Wednesday via Hockomock Sports and Twitter

Wrestling = Oliver Ames, 12 @ Franklin, 44 – Final
– Oliver Ames received wins from Liston Funai (138), Dean Pacini (195) and Jack Mills (285).

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 5 – Final
– Taunton battled to take a 3-2 lead through two periods and then finished off the Panthers in the third period. The Tigers scored an early third period goal to go up 4-2 before Franklin cut the deficit to one with 2:11 to play. However, Taunton scored an empty netter from its defensive zone with 34 seconds to go to ice the game. Zack Albert had four points, registering three assists and scored the game-winning goal. Nick Terry scored twice and had one assist while Jordan Hoey and Mike Volkmann each scored once. Justin Chappell made 24 saves to earn the win.

Boys Swimming = Franklin, 45 @ Taunton, 49 – Final

Girls Swimming = Franklin @ Taunton, 4:00 (no results)

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 0 vs. Medfield, 4 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League

getting ready FHS girls hockey vs. Medfield
getting ready FHS girls hockey vs. Medfield photo via @CoachMac

and via the Twitterverse

MassBudget: Budget Explainer: Transportation

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

Budget Explainer: Transportation 

Better transportation infrastructure makes the economy more productive, connects people to jobs, and reduces the amount of time people waste in traffic.

Where do the resources come from to operate our transportation system, and where is the money invested? The flow chart below displays state revenues and spending, with the width of the arrows representing the dollar amounts. Read the fact sheet with a larger chart.

MassBudget has also recently updated two fact sheets that compare Massachusetts taxes to other states: 
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.

BOSTON, MA 02108

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FUN One-Night Workshops In January

Franklin Public Schools ~ Lifelong Learning Institute
The Center for Adult Education
and Community Learning
Your Winter Adventure

Fun One-Night Workshops 
Don't miss these ......

Easy Indian Cooking: Hands-on class Register Now
Cooking authentic Indian food has never been so easy. In this 2-hour hands-on class, you will get the confidence to recreate your favorite Indian food, while also learning about the health benefits of various spices AND tasting some delicious dishes.
Thursday, January 26
7:00 to 9:00 pm 

Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street 
Cost: $70

Learn how to downsize successfully by focusing on the memories not the stuff. During this class we'll discuss the difference between valid and invalid reasons for holding onto things. We will define what it means to keep the memories not the stuff, and we will discuss 10 different ways to hold onto the memories.    
Thursday, January 26
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street
Cost: $25  


Investing for Retirement  Register Now
Learn what it takes to create a successful retirement for you and your family.  If you are just starting out, midway through your career or closing in on retirement, this 2 hour seminar will give you the tools and information you need to lay the foundation to accomplish your long term goals.Tuesday, January 31  
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street
FPS- Lifelong Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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