Saturday, February 18, 2017

Both FHS basketball teams top King Philip

Girls Basketball = King Philip, 52 @ Franklin, 58 – Final
"– Franklin rallied from 10 points down to start the fourth quarter with a 27-11 run to close out the game. Ali Brigham led the way for the Panthers with 17 points to help Franklin move within one game of tournament qualification. Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 14 points."

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 72 @ King Philip, 59 – Final

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

Student reporter Joe Clark provides the write up on the FHS boys game
"Franklin got off to a strong start on Friday night and that momentum carried the Panthers to a 72-59 road win over King Philip. 
The Warriors kept things close in the opening quarter, with Tom Madden cutting the deficit to four (11-7) but Franklin responded with a run to stretch its lead. The Panthers rattled off a 9-0 run that included a Connor Goldstein three pointer and four points from Paul Mahon, who had five of his 13 points in the first quarter. The run gave Franklin a 20-7 lead after eight minutes. 
With Franklin big man Connor Peterson (18 points, five rebounds) on the bench to start the second quarter due to foul trouble, KP quickly put four points on the board, but Franklin quickly answered back with four of their own. A huge quarter from Josh Macchi, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the second period, had Franklin up 36-25 heading into the second half. The key in the first half for Franklin was the production from the bigs in Macchi and Peterson (seven first quarter points)."

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Franklin freshman Chris Edgehill attacks the basket against King Philip. (Peter Raider/ Student Photographer)
Franklin freshman Chris Edgehill attacks the basket against King Philip. (Peter Raider/ Student Photographer)

Via the Twitterverse

"You inspire me to continue writing"

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

"Best-selling author and Carnegie Medal finalist Ruta Sepetys told a rapt group of middle schoolers that the characters in her novels are not just a collection of sentences on a printed page. 
"As I'm writing, I'd feel not only angry, but sad - I'd be sobbing (while writing)," she said. "They really do feel real to me." 
Courtesy of Skype, Sepetys came to Horace Mann Middle School to talk about the writing process, resolving plot questions and plug an upcoming movie based on her New York Times best-seller "Between Shades of Gray." The 2011 novel is about the genocide of Lithuanians and other Baltic people following the Soviet occupation in 1941. 
Sepetys said she decided to write the book to shine light on a little-known chapter of history. She said she had spoken to survivors who told her not to bother with it, as the world has forgotten them."

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HMS students for @AllInReading event with the author
HMS students for @AllInReading event with the author

Franklin Police & Fire Local's St. Patrick's Day 5K - March 19

A 5k road race bringing the Franklin community and its local heroes together.

Register online here

Franklin Police & Fire Local's St. Patrick's Day 5K - March 19
Franklin Police & Fire Local's St. Patrick's Day 5K - March 19

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"126 people received Narcan and Narcan training and 45 were trained in CPR"

From the SAFE Coalition:
"Thank you to all that made tonight's Narcan and CPR event an enormous success! We had an incredible turnout! 126 people received Narcan and Narcan training and 45 were trained in CPR. 
Thank you to all of the men and woman at Franklin Fire and Police Departments, BAMSI who did an incredible job and all in our community who came out tonight!"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"As part of a larger effort to combat the opioid epidemic in the area, public safety officials on Wednesday provided life-saving training to help overdose victims. 
The session - held at the Franklin Fire Department Headquarters - was held to teach people how to assist those who have suffered an overdose, providing training on the overdose-reversing drug Narcan and CPR techniques. 
James Derick, president of the anti-opioid Support for Addicts and Families through Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition, said the purpose of the event was to give as many people as possible the methods to prevent overdose deaths. He said there had been strong interest in the community about the event, including from business owners - something he attributed to the large number of overdoses in the center of town. 
"There's a real concentration around the businesses here," he said, adding that training business owners and employees would allow them to help victims until emergency responders arrive."

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members of the SAFE Coalition at the training session Wednesday
members of the SAFE Coalition at the training session Wednesday

Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 2/17/17 - THU 2/23/17

FRIDAY 2/17/17
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
8pm   Ayla Brown @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 2/18/17
9am-3pm   Book Sale: Buck a Book @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

SUNDAY 2/19/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
9am-12pm   Bag Sale: $5 Bag of Books @ Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2-4pm   Disney Craft and Music @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 2/20/17
10am-8pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament @ Carpe Diem Field
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 2/21/16
8am-close   Spy Training Camp: Code Names @ Franklin Public Library
10am-8pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament @ Carpe Diem Field
10:30am   Superhero Storytime @ Franklin Public Library

9am-close   Spy Training Camp: Disguises @ Franklin Public Library
10am-8pm   Soccer for Smiles Tournament @ Carpe Diem Field
10:30am   Sparky’s Puppet Show @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Dean College

THURSDAY 2/23/17
8:30-9:30am   Rep Roy - Open Office Hours @ Franklin Senior Center
9am-close   Spy Training Camp: Secret Messages @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Family STEAM Challenge: Marshmallow  Catapult @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Dean College
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7:30pm   Stony Brook Camera Club @ Anglican Church of the Redeemer (31 Hayward St)

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For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

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

Variety of choices for February/March performances at THE BLACK BOX

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February/March at THE BLACK BOX


This Weekend!

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Ayla Brown Returns to 

Friday, Feb. 17, 8:00 PM

Nashville artist and 
American Idol finalist!

Tickets: Adults $22; 
Students/Seniors $20


THE BLACK BOX New England 
Artist Series: World on a StringSunday, Feb. 26, 4:00 PM

Irina Fainkichen and Tara Novak present "World on a String." The performance will feature music from around the world, including Irish, Hungarian, Romanian, American, and Gypsy tunes. 

Tara Novak is a multi-genre acoustic and electric violinist and vocalist. In addition to being a dynamic solo performer, Tara is also an active composer, arranger, and orchestrator. 

Irina Fainkichen is a busy freelance violinist in the Greater Boston area. She was concertmaster of San Francisco's Russian Chamber Orchestra for many years, appearing as soloist numerous times. Currently, she is a member of Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and co-founder of "Flying Hearts" duo, which performs in a number of musical genres including Jazz, Klezmer and classic American tunes.

Tea service will be
available in the lobby.

Tickets: Adults $20; 
Students/Seniors $18

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Big Band Brunch with Kenny Hadley Big Band
Sun., March 5, 11:30 AM

The critically-acclaimed 16-piece  ensemble, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more. The Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with music beginning at noon. 

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Tickets: Big Band Only: $20;
Big Band and Brunch $12


FPAC Presents
Disney's Beauty
and the Beast
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2 PM
Friday, March 17, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2 PM

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This "tale as old as time" is family theatre at its best!

Tickets: $34



Electric Youth 2017

Friday, March 24, 7:30 PM

Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX, offering family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including contemporary pop,  classic rock, Broadway and country hits. The EY show at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of The Black Crowes, Michael Bublé, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, The Who, Guns N' Roses, and more!

           Tickets: $26


Artist Series
The Jennifer Tefft Band

Saturday, March 25, 8 PM

Catch award winning Alt-Rock singer-songwriter Jennifer Tefft and her band as they celebrate the release of their 5th CD, the first in over 10 years!  A Boston Music Award nominee, and 4 time Local Music Award winner, Tefft is  a fired up, energizing presence who pulls earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them. Her music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock.  

Together with her band, guitarist John Parrillo, drummer Phil Antoniades and bassist Jeff St. Pierre, Tefft has toured the country playing clubs and opening for national acts like Aerosmith, her music has been heard on several TV shows including CSI, MTV, Stargate Universe, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless and many others.
Celebrate the release of this new, edgy, deeply personal CD in Jenn's hometown!

With Special Guest
Grand Evolution.

             Tickets: $15

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The Magic of Broadway in Downtown Franklin!

Sunday, March 26, 3 PM

The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage! Don't miss this Broadway revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way.  Broadway in Franklin features Broadway headliners and appearances by musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and by Electric Youth. 

Coming in April!


The Fat City Band

Friday, April 7, 8 PM

James Montgomery
Friday, April 14, 8 PM

Franklin Performing Arts Company Presents
The Crucible
April 28, 29, 30

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Presents All Student Productions

Ballet Conservatory Presents Cinderella (all student production)
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM

Sunday April 2, 1 & 4 PM

Robin Hood
(all children production)
Saturday, April 1, 12 & 2 PM

15 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 16
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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FHS boys hockey tops Stoughton; clinch Kelly-Rex Division title

Via the Twitterverse, we share the results of the only FHS winter sports action on Thursday. The boys hockey team took it to Stoughton with a 7-0 win. This was the second game in two days. They lost on Wednesday to a top MA school, Malden Catholic, and rebounded with the win on Thursday.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MassBudget: Federal funding at risk for state programs relied on by Massachusetts residents

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

Federal funding at risk for state programs relied on by Massachusetts residents
The state and federal governments operate together to support the important work of expanding opportunity and ensuring the well-being of the residents of the Commonwealth. A number of proposals expected to be debated by Congress in the coming months threaten to destabilize this partnership. MassBudget's new report examines the major federal funding sources that the state uses to provide access to affordable health care, help children thrive, assist low-income families, and care for veterans. In addition to describing the sources of federal funding, the report examines the policy changes Congress is likely to consider that could threaten this funding and the services the funding supports.
This fiscal year, one of every four dollars that supports the state's budget comes from the federal government - close to $11 billion in federal funds.
The report describes how over 30 state agencies and numerous other state programs rely on federal funding, and details a number of significant threats from potential Congressional actions.

Read the entire MassBudget report [here].

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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MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule reminder for Monday, President's Day

The Commuter Rail will operate on a Saturday schedule for Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20, 2017.

Please note there is no service on the Stoughton Line or to TF Green/Wickford Junction on the Saturday schedule.

Last updated: Feb 16 2017 11:56 AM

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Franklin Dean Station before the snow
Franklin Dean Station before the snow

In the News: students to Carnegie Hall; dam safety in MA

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

"Carnegie Hall. 
Just the name of the exalted performance hall brings to mind excellence in music - a place that has echoed with the sounds coaxed into existence by great musicians since 1891, including such legends as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladimir Horowitz, Gustav Mahler, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Isaac Stern, to name but a few. 
Three student musicians from area towns will join that group this weekend. 
Meghan Laurence, 12, of Mendon, Prem Pendkar, 12, of Franklin, and Timothy Reda, 10, of Millis, earned the highest scores in Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP) assessment sessions, with scores of 90 or higher for their specific instrument and level of study."

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"While a breach in an emergency spillway on the nation's largest dam has prompted more than 100,000 northern California residents to flee their homes, Massachusetts officials say they've been taking major steps over the past decade to reduce the risk of a catastrophic dam break in the Bay State. 
"The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Office of Dam Safety works closely with key stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, municipalities, and private entities, to protect the public's safety," DCR spokesman Troy Wall said in an email this week. "The Department will continue to make important investments to the agency's dam infrastructure, monitor dams throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and assist dam owners to ensure statutory and regulatory obligations are met." 
Over the past decade, the state DCR, which declined to make a dam safety official available for an interview, has invested more than $20 million in dam repairs and improvements."

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the spillway at one of the two dams rebuilt at DelCarte with some of the MA funding referenced in the article
the spillway at one of the two dams rebuilt at DelCarte with some of the MA funding referenced in the article