Saturday, February 4, 2017

FHS girls and boys basketball team top OA, boys swim take 4th in Hock Championships

Josh Perry, Managing Editor, Hockomock Sports provides the recaps for the FHS girls and boys basketball games versus Oliver Ames on Friday:

"Beginning the season with a relatively young and inexperienced lineup, Franklin opened with six straight losses. Given time to figure out the varsity level, the kids have turned out to be alright after all. 
All 11 of the players on the Franklin roster saw time on Friday night in the first game of a doubleheader at the William F. Nixon Gym and nine of those players got on the scoresheet, as the Panthers showed off their depth to beat Oliver Ames 59-48. It was the fifth straight win and sixth in the last eight games for Franklin, which is now .500 in the league and four wins from booking a playoff spot. 
“It’s a tremendous difference,” said Franklin coach John Leighton about the team’s confidence over the past few weeks compared to the start of the season. “You start 0-6 with a young team then they’re going to doubt themselves. They’re going to question things. I’m so impressed by every member of the team picking each other up and that’s lifted the confidence.”
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Kate Morse (25) scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds, one of nine Franklin players with at least a point, to help the Panthers extend their win streak to five games. (Josh Perry/
Kate Morse (25) scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds, one of nine Franklin players with at least a point, to help the Panthers extend their win streak to five games. (Josh Perry/

"When Franklin and Oliver Ames played the first time, almost a month to the day from Friday night’s second meeting at the William F. Nixon Gym, the game was essentially over by halftime. The Panthers turned up the defensive intensity, broke the game open, and then pored it on for a 33-point victory. 
The Tigers were determined that it would not be the same result this time around and, despite Franklin extending its lead to as many as 15 in the third quarter, pulled within five points with only four minutes remaining in the game. 
With the crowd getting loud and momentum with the home team, Franklin junior Matt Elias (eight points) drilled a clutch three to extend the lead back to eight, Josh Macchi snatched an offensive rebound for a bucket, and then Connor Peterson dropped a pass to Jalen Samuels under the basket for the hoop and the foul. 
The Panthers made the plays they needed to down the stretch, holding off the OA comeback and pulling out a 64-52 victory that keeps Franklin tied with Mansfield at the top of the Kelley-Rex division (with the two teams set to square off next Friday)."
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Franklin freshman Chris Edgehill (3) scored a team-high 15 points to help the Panthers hold off Oliver Ames and remain in a first place tie in the Kelley-Rex. (Josh Perry/
Franklin freshman Chris Edgehill (3) scored a team-high 15 points to help the Panthers hold off Oliver Ames and remain in a first place tie in the Kelley-Rex. (Josh Perry/

The FHS Boys swim team finished 4th in the Hockomock League Championships


1. King Philip – 279
2. Canton – 256
3. Milford – 251
4. Franklin – 249.50
5. Taunton – 238
6. Oliver Ames – 210.50
7. Attleboro – 149
8. Mansfield – 138
9. North Attleboro – 133
10. Sharon – 129
11. Foxboro – 31
12. Stoughton (one swimmer) – 4


200 Yard Medley Relay
1. King Philip (Colby Vieira, Jack Poppenberger, Andy Sprague, Tyler Stringfellow) – 1:46.96
2. Franklin (Jack Cashin, Roy Wang, Sumit Choudhury, Connor Bourgeois) – 1:47.41

200 Yard Free
1. Sebastian Melendez, Canton – 1:45.54
4. Sumit Choudhury, Franklin – 2:02.94

200 Yard IM
1. Nick Antonellis, Milford – 1:59.15
6. Roy Wang, Franklin – 2:10.41

50 Yard Free
1. Connor Bourgeois, Franklin – 22.51

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Nick Antonellis, Milford – 53.96
5. Sumit Choudhury, Franklin – 59.84

100 Yard Free
1. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 51.20
3. Connor Bourgeois, Franklin – 51.30

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Canton (Owen Guerini, Sean Mitchell, Adrian Bankowski, Sebastian Melendez) – 1:31.65
2. Franklin (Jack Cashin, Roy Wang, Sumit Choudhury, Connor Bourgeois) – 1:35.85

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Chris Watson, Milford – 1:06.35
2. Roy Wang, Franklin – 1:06.80
5. Jack Cashin, Franklin – 1:07.89

For the complete write up and results

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"reportedly selling alcohol below the invoiced cost"

Mark Lenzi, Franklin Liquors, is quoted in an article by the Milford Daily News on a court case where the State has charged a Natick "big box" store with violating pricing regulations.

"Mark Lenzi, a member of the family that owns Franklin Liquors in Franklin, said conflicts between larger and smaller sellers have been a big issue for years. 
"Everybody buys from the same distributors, and we all get the same price," he said. "Lately, people have been challenging that, saying they want to charge whatever they want." 
Beyond pricing, Lenzi said, there have been instances where distributors have provided manpower to help stock bigger stores - behavior a newly filed bill hopes to curtail. 
This case, Lenzi said, could prove to be troublesome if the court concurs with Total Wine's reasoning. 
"I think every small retailer is following this case," he said. "We can't compete if people are just going to give things away."
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Exploring the Charles River Meadowlands

On Jan. 31, the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative ( led a group of activists, local officials from Bellingham, and legislators Jeff Roy and Kevin Kuros to discuss plans for 2017 as well as a long term vision for the area. 

The group started on Pearl Street in Bellingham where the town recently demolished an industrial facility and removed a mill dam, opening up access to a section of the Charles River. Later, the group visited two sites in Franklin that provide direct access to the Charles River Meadowlands and could become starting points for trails and bike paths in the future.

"The crucial thing we focused on today was the ways in which each of these areas along the Charles or its Mine Brook tributary can be linked, bringing our communities closer together, providing recreation, and even offering alternative transportation routes to shopping and entertainment," said Alan Earls, founder of the Initiative.

The next meeting of the Charles River Meadowlands initiative will be in the Dean Room of the First Universalist Society, Franklin at 262 Chestnut St, Franklin at 6:30 PM on Feb. 7. We will discuss these goals and we will be looking for help identifying access points and existing trails and planning more meetings with officials.

​For further information, contact Alan Earls (

Members of the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative met with officials from Bellingham and state legislators on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Marjorie Turner-Holman)
Members of the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative met with officials from Bellingham and state legislators on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Marjorie Turner-Holman)

"proposed constitutional amendment would add 4 percent to the state income tax for people who earn more than $1 million"

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

"Later this year, a proposed surtax on million-dollar incomes is expected to pass the final hurdle standing between it and a spot on the 2018 state ballot, potentially raising taxes on more than 15,000 people and generating nearly $2 billion in revenue. 
"I don't think there's the slightest chance it won't pass," said Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington, predicting the proposal will easily get enough support in the Legislature's next constitutional convention to advance to the ballot. 
To make it to the ballot, the proposal needs at least 50 of the 200 state lawmakers to vote for it at constitutional conventions in consecutive sessions. Last May, it got 135 votes from legislators, clearing the first step by a wide margin."
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"The number of Massachusetts residents earning $1 million or more doubled between 2004 and 2014. 
The state Department of Revenue (DOR) releases a report in the fall that breaks down the number of people, by municipality, who have filed income taxes with an adjusted gross income of more than $1 million. 
In Massachusetts, 15,422 residents filed income tax returns stating they made more than $1 million in 2014. Another 1,808 people working in Massachusetts but living elsewhere earned a seven-figure income. 
A decade earlier, 7,895 residents reached this income marker, while 1,170 out-of-state residents earned a seven-figure income."
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Calling all Women! United Regional Chamber seeks your input

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We are looking for your input on the start of a women's impact group.  
Please click the link below, and answer the brief four question survey.

We truly appreciate your time and consideration.  

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 2/3/17 - THU 2/9/17

FRIDAY 2/3/17 - 1/2 Day Franklin Public Schools
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
12:30pm  Water Bottle Flipping Contest @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Designer Handbag Bingo to benefit Jefferson Elementary PCC @ Elks Lodge (public welcome)
7pm   Jazz Cafe @ Remington Middle School

8am-12pm   Franklin Youth Baseball Walk-in Registration @ Elks Lodge
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1pm   Cookie Decorating Fun with SugarMomma's Custom Cakes @ Franklin Public Library

SUNDAY 2/5/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2:30pm   Opera for Kids: Little Red Riding Hood - free family event @ The Black Box

MONDAY 2/6/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 2/7/16
6:30pm   Charles River Meadowlands Meeting @ FUSF
7pm   Valentine Wine Tasting @ Franklin Liquors
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee monthly meeting (open to public) @ Franklin YMCA

12:30pm   Meme All the Shirts! @ Franklin Public Library (1/2 day for FHS)
6:30pm   Teen Advisory Board Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting @ 3 Restaurant

4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other Franklin events and happenings click HERE.

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

Town Council Recap - Feb 1, 2017

The Town Council moved to approve the change in manager for Joe's American Bar and Grill, held a public hearing on the zoning for recreational marijuana and approved a land swap with the State to help resolve the outstanding issue with the Recycling Center.

How serious are liquor license violations taken?
At least by the Joe's American Bar and Grill, the actions taken since their violation serving an uderage drinker as part of the annual Franklin Police operation in 2016, they are serious. The restaurant boosted their training requirements for the wait and bar staff. The restaurant is now using a private sting service where monthly the company conducts a sting operation. The first four the restaurant has passed. There also is a new manager who was approved as part of the normal license change process.

Marijuana zoning
The public hearing on marijuana zoning drew no community comments and very little discussion from the Council. The set of 5 amendments align the recreational marijuana with the zoning for medical marijuana (in the industrial park areas of Franklin). In the combination, the terminology is also removing the medical or recreational distinction and just calling it 'marijuana' zoning. The five amendments were moved to a second reading after the public hearing. The measures will be scheduled for a future Council meeting for final approval.

Public access on private property
The issue raised last year where it was revealed that one of Franklin's drainage pump stations had been placed on private property and Franklin had no access agreement with the residences, was finally resolved. 

Police Dept promotions
The domino effect of replacing Chief Semerjian with Chief Lynch continued with the recognition of five promotions. Officers Smith, Guarino, Bussey, Grover, and West were introduced for the public pinning ceremony. The details of the introductory remarks were published separately and can be found here

  post bage and pinning L to R: Bussey, Smith, Grover, West, Guarino
post bage and pinning L to R: Bussey, Smith, Grover, West, Guarino

29.3 acres for 4.71
The amount of land Franklin is swapping with the State to resolve the issue with the recycling Center on Beaver St. Apparently, years ago when it was used as a land fill, Franklin had used more of the land they they technically owned. When the landfill closed, due to the ownership issues, the closing of the fill area was not completed properly and has been sitting unresolved until now. The land swap deal needs to be authorized y the Legislature but then when Franklin owns the land, additional work will need to be done to properly cap the fill.

Per Jeff Nutting at the meeting in his update to the Council, it would be approximately 2-3 years before they would come back with the plan and request for some number of millions of dollars to cap the landfill and complete the recycling center.

My notes reported live from the meeting can be found here

The Actions Taken as published by the Town Council can also be found here

The full video for the meeting is available from the Town of Franklin

FHS girls drop ice hockey match to KP

In a light day of action for winter sports, there is only the girls hockey game to report via Hockomock Sports

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Joe Crookston with Emily Mure - Feb 11

Celtic band RUNA March 4th
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JOE CROOKSTON with Emily Mure
Feb 11th 8PM $20

Joe Crookston returns for his third performance at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, February 11th. He is bringing his fiddle, his slide guitar, hilarious stories, foot-stomping and infectious rhythms, and gorgeous, universal songs for a night of sublime music that will leave you feeling more awake and alive and with a renewed sense of what's possible. This concert WILL be more than you're expecting and you WILL be glad you came. Promise. A night of Joe Crookston stories and songs will make you laugh one minute and feel transcendent the next. Turn off the news and come out for a night of beauty and pure magic.

Never heard of Joe Crookston? Check him out on YouTube. It's good but live is so much better. Take a chance and decide to come to this concert. Joe Crookston was invited to be the Artist in Residence at last year's Folk Alliance International Conference. There are films being made of his songs. Come and hear why.

Joe Crookston has a rattlesnake tail in his slide guitar. Check out this rattlesnake song.

Having a good day? Having a bad day? Maybe... it's hard to say!
Singer-songwriter Emily Mure will open the show.  She was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Kath Bloom, Darlingside, Garrison Starr, The Farewell Drifters, Kris Delmhorst, and more.
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
Mar 4        Celtic Band RUNA
Mar 18      The Boxcar Lilies
Apr 1         Brother Sun

Apr 22       Livingston Taylor
May 6        Catie Curtis

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

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MassBudget: Analyzing the Governor's budget proposal

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Analyzing the Governor's Budget

The budget proposed last week by the Governor for the fiscal year beginning in July includes proposals that strengthen the capacity of the state's MassHealth program to meet the healthcare needs of people in Massachusetts and address fiscal challenges caused by a decline in private-sector employees receiving health insurance from their employers. This decline has led to increasing enrollment in MassHealth and thus growing state costs. 

MassBudget's new BudgetMonitor parses the details of Gov. Baker's various spending and revenue initiatives, including a $2,000 per-employee assessment on employers who don't meet certain benchmarks for providing health coverageWhile the budget contains several other revenue and savings proposals, the health care strategies are the major reasons the Governor is able to propose a budget that significantly reduces reliance on temporary revenue and savings to achieve balance.
The Governor's budget proposal includes expanded supports for behavioral health and substance misuse, including allowing treatment of civilly-committed men at facilities other than MCI-Bridgewater, increased support for mental health services in the corrections system, and across-departmental initiatives to combat harms caused by opioid misuse. The Governor also proposes to increase significantly funding for services for young people with developmental disabilities in the year they turn 22 and lose eligibility for school-funded services. The proposal again includes an initiative that the Governor brought forward last year that would reduce benefits for certain low-income families receiving Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) by changing the way disability insurance benefits are counted in the formula for determining TAFDC payments.

In addition, the Governor's budget proposes several modest reforms to update our tax system, including: taxing some short-term room rentals; requiring additional online retailers to collect sales taxes; and having credit card companies remit sales taxes to the Commonwealth more quickly.

As with past budget proposals, the Governor's FY 2018 budget does not propose significant new funding to make progress on some of the big challenges our Commonwealth faces, such as expanding early education; making higher education more affordable; improving schools in all of our communities; or fixing our transportation infrastructure.

Check out the Budget Monitor examination of the Governor's proposals for major state programs in greater detail. Links from the Table of Contents allow readers to jump quickly to specific sections. Each section also provides links to our on-line budget tools including our Budget Browser (which provides funding information for every account in the state budget going back to FY 2001) and, where applicable, to our Children's Budget and Jobs and Workforce Budget.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.


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In the News: Franklin Public Radio born; Anne-Marie Weaver in lead role

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"At 10:29 exactly Thursday morning, a new sound hit the Franklin airwaves. 
Franklin TV Executive Director Peter Fasciano, sitting in a small shelter on Forge Hill, struck a few keys on a laptop, cueing a brief announcement about a new radio station and its mission. With that, the programming switched to music, and 102.9 FM WFPR - Franklin Public Radio - was born. 
This marked the culmination of a multi-year process, Fasciano said, with the first steps taken back in 2012. Efforts accelerated last summer, with the public access station working with federal agencies and local boards to approve the antenna's location and prepare for broadcasting."

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the radio tower was placed only a few days ago
the radio tower was put into place on January 17, 2017 (Photo via @wknorman)

"The Walpole Footlighters are warming up winter at their playhouse at 2 Scout Road in East Walpole, where they have been rehearsing for their next production, "Don't Dress for Dinner". 
In the cast of this comedy is Franklin's Anne-Marie Weaver. 
The show will be performed weekends from Feb. 3 through 19. This is the second production of the Walpole Footlighters 2016-2017 season, their 92nd in continuous operation. 
Weaver plays the role of Jacqueline, who creates much of the hilarity in this frenzied farce. Weaver returned to the Footlighters stage in 2014 in the Ken Ludwig comedy "Fox on the Fairway" after a 12-year hiatus. Her first role at Footlighters was as the grieving daughter in "Graceland," which was followed by parts in "6 Rms Riv Vu," "Sweet Charity," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and as the trouble-making maid in "Angel Street."
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Valentine Wine Tasting - Franklin Liquors - Feb 7

February 7 at 7pm

Host: Shanley Snydeman

At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.
A mix of types and styles to get you ready for the big day.

Let's taste and explore.

About Shanley
Shanley is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She holds degrees in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales and Bachelors in Hospitality Management from Endicott College. 
She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has over a decade of experience working with the wine programs of such restaurants as Legal Sea Foods, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and Gibbet Hill Grill. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, sailing and hockey.

Register at this link

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Free Narcan and CPR (‘Hands Only’) Training Session - Feb 15

The S.A.F.E. Coalition, in association with the Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police Department and BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.) will present a Free Narcan and CPR (‘Hands Only’) Training Session on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Franklin Fire Department Headquarters, 40 West Central Street, Franklin MA. 

The public is invited.

‘Drop-In’ Narcan Training Session

The ‘Drop-In’ Narcan Training Session will be ongoing from 4:00-8:00 pm with no reservation necessary. Narcan will be distributed at no charge after the training session.

“Overdose deaths caused by heroin and synthetic opioids have reached an all-time high. Naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan, has been proven to save lives by reversing the effects of opioids. Anyone with minimal training can learn how to administer naloxone and save the life of an individual experiencing an opioid-related overdose.”
T.J. Lynch
Chief of Police, Franklin

“Generic Narcan (naloxone), an opioid antagonist, is perhaps the one most critical drugs in combatting overdose with heroin, fentanyl and other illicit opioids. Without this drug, untold numbers of lives, far in excess of those already lost, would have not been given the chance to battle Substance Use Disorder. It is critical that ‘Narcan’ become widely available during this prolonged and growing epidemic until we can stem the deaths associated with these opioids.”
Jordan E. Warnick, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Associate Dean (Ret.)
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Secretary, S.A.F.E.

"Providing Narcan is an important step in combating the opioid epidemic that is raging in our community. Life-saving Narcan grants overdose victims another chance to find recovery" 
Jim Derick
President, S.A.F.E.

Franklin Fire Dept Headquarters, 40 West Central Street, Franklin MA
Franklin Fire Dept Headquarters, 40 West Central Street, Franklin MA

CPR Training Session

The CPR Training Session is a ‘Hands-Only’ session and will be offered at 4:00 pm, 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm. REGISTRATION is essential for the CPR training – send an email to with your name and session time. Information of certificate programs will be available.

“In an emergency that causes a loss of breathing or lose their pulse, whether it is drug-related or not, the availability of CPR can be critical. Waiting for an ambulance and trained medical personnel may not be an option. You can make a difference!”

The S.A.F.E. Coalition provides this and other sessions to provide education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by Substance Abuse Disorder, their families and friends. For more information please contact the S.A.F.E. Coalition at 508-488-8105 or