Saturday, March 25, 2017

All Night Party - Bottle/Can Drive - Saturday 9 to noon

"Hope to see you! The All Night Party is a safe place for the Graduating Senior class to go the night of Graduation. 

It is a community event, please support by bringing your redemption cans and bottles this morning to the Franklin High School parking lot on the right side of the front entrance. 

We can't do this without the Franklin community support."

All Night Party - Bottle/Can Drive - Saturday 9 to noon
All Night Party - Bottle/Can Drive - Saturday 9 to noon

"Everyone should feel special"

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

"It wasn't exactly springlike outside, but the sunny mood inside the cosmetology shop at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Friday afternoon -- and, later, inside the Adirondack Club -- more than made up for that. 
Scattered around the hair styling and manicure stations, several special young ladies were being preened and pampered by members of the freshman and junior cosmetology class, their fingernails taking on the pastel shades of spring flowers, their lips and cheeks blooming pink like unfolding roses, their hair wound into spirals as bouncy as spring lambs or woven into braids as delicate as new willow branches. 
It was all in preparation for the 2017 Best Buddies Prom Friday night, an annual event for students involved in the Franklin Public Schools' Best Buddies Program. The program is an initiative that pairs Franklin High School's students with intellectual disabilities, the "buddies," with teams of their high school peers. They socialize at school, and do special outside activities together at least once a month, though many get together more frequently."

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Best Buddies Prom 2017 via
Best Buddies Prom 2017 via

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Franklin Library: Amazing Magical Potter's Wheel - March 25 - 2:00 PM

The Amazing Magical Potter's Wheel with the Pied Potter, Rick Hamelin, Saturday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.

For additional information about the Pied Potter, visit his webpage

This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Scavenger Hunt - Adults only please - April 8

Happy Spring!! 

Are you looking for a fun community event that supports a good cause? Form a team and join us for the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 8. 

It's sponsored by the PMC Franklin Kids Ride and all proceeds go directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy fund. 

Adults only please. For tickets or questions, contact Lisa Marchioni at #pmckids2017

Tri-County RVTSD Calls On MA Lawmakers To Make Foundation Budget Top Priority

At its March 15, 2017 School Committee Meeting, Tri-County members voted to endorse S.223, An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century, as its top priority for education policy this legislative session due to its comprehensive approach to education funding.

“We need to address the inadequacies in the foundation budget around health insurance and special education costs,” says Superintendent, Stephen Dockray.

Filed by Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, S.223 fully implements the recommendations of the appointed, bi- partisan 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC). The FBRC found that the current formula underestimates the resources necessary to serve ELL and low-income students and fails to account for rising health care and special education costs. In all, the FBRC found that Massachusetts is underestimating the total cost of education by $1-2 billion each year. As a result, Massachusetts ranks 48th nationally in the achievement gap between affluent and poor students.

“The 1993 Education Reform Act set a radical and sensible goal: to ensure quality education for all children, regardless of zip code,” adds Senator Chang-Díaz. “The Foundation Budget has served Massachusetts – our children, our families, and our employees – incredibly well over its first 15-20 years. But it’s no longer working for the demands of the 21st century. For several years now, our schools have been suffering from death by a thousand paper cuts, and it’s long past time we right this wrong”

S.223 follows the FBRC’s recommendations to update the formula by using actual averages from the state government’s cost-efficient health insurance network—the Group Insurance Commission—to adjust insurance estimates, increasing the assumed special education in-district enrollment and out-of-district costs to reflect reality, and adjusting the ELL and low-income components to align with 21st century best practices. The bill will also establish a Data Advisory Task Force to review school level education data to better inform future policy decisions.

The Foundation Budget was first established in 1993 by the Education Reform Act, and was designed to serve as the starting point for funding school districts across the Commonwealth, by calculating the circumstances and needs of each student. Little has been done to update the formula in the 24 years since its passage, leaving it insufficient to meet the needs of a modern public education system.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/24/17 - THU 3/30/17

FRIDAY 3/24/17
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Electric Youth 2017 Concert @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 3/25/17
9am-12pm   Bottle and Can Drive to benefit FHS All Night Party @ FHS Parking Lot
9am-12pm   FHS Panthers Softball Clinic (grades 1-6) @ FHS
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2-4pm   Amazing Magical Potter’s Wheel (all ages) @ Franklin Public Library
6:30-9:30pm   Middle School Night (grades 5-8, walk ins welcome) @ YMCA
7:30pm   The Jennifer Tefft Band with a special guest Grand Evolution @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 3/26/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
11:45am   Public Presentation on SPECTRA Pipeline Potential Impact @ FUSF
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
3pm   Broadway in Franklin @ The Black Box

MONDAY 3/27/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 3/28/17
6:30pm  One Book, One Community book discussion @ Franklin Public Library

6pm   Family STEAM Challenge: Cup Stacking @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College

THURSDAY 3/30/17
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Franklin Genealogy Club Meeting: Italian Genealogy Research @ Franklin Historical Museum
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7pm   SCREENAGERS (private showing, $10 ticket, must be pre-purchased) @ New England Chapel
7:30pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College
7:30pm   Stony Brook Camera Club @ Anglican Church of the Redeemer (31 Hayward St)

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

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

FHS presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - April 7-8

FHS presents the musical


April 7 and 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door

Directed and choreographed by Marianne Lonati
Music directed by Renee Hersee

Back row: Dan McCarthy, Alexa Katsaros, Daniel Schratz, Maddie Dieterle Front row: Caroline Fabian, Griffin Fenton
Back row: Dan McCarthy, Alexa Katsaros, Daniel Schratz, Maddie Dieterle
Front row: Caroline Fabian, Griffin Fenton

For more about ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, check out the wikipedia page

In the News: Liquor manufacture tasting rooms; OPEB liabilities a concern

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

"Is craft beer the secret ingredient to revitalization? Some area towns would make that argument and now Franklin may want in on the action. 
The Town Council will be considering a zoning change that would allow microbreweries or wineries with tasting rooms in vacant spaces in non-residential areas of town. 
The move was discussed at an Economic Development Committee meeting this week, with Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen noting that craft beer had been going through a renaissance of late. 
"We've done quite a bit of research," he said. "We did take the bulk of this (proposal) from the city of Salem, and we know there's a very successful facility up in Hudson."

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"Though the town received a clean bill of fiscal health this week, local officials said they were concerned about looming retirement liabilities. 
The Town Council Wednesday heard the results of an audit by Andover firm Melanson Heath. Despite an overall positive report, auditors noted that the town's Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability - covering non-pension retirement benefits for employees - was listed at $48 million and will be increasing to about $93 million in 2018 because of a change in reporting standards. 
Melanson's Frank Biron noted that the town had opted to contribute $600,000 this year to fund that liability. 
"That's very good; unfortunately, it's a very large liability, too," he said. "You're not alone in that - other Massachusetts municipalities are in the same boat."

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FHS representatives on Hockomock League Basketball All-Stars

Hockomock Sports has posted the all-stars for girls and boys basketball as voted by the coaches.

Girls Basketball

HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Ashley Sampson, Foxboro


HONORABLE MENTIONS = Carli Koffinke, Franklin

Boys Basketball

HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Sam Goldberg, Mansfield


  • Paul Mahon, Franklin
  • Connor Peterson, Franklin

HONORABLE MENTIONS = Josh Macchi, Franklin

FHS representatives on Hockomock Basketball All-Stars
FHS representatives on Hockomock Basketball All-Stars

In the News: School Committee selects Ahern

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The School Committee has named Sara Ahern as its preference to be the next district leader. 
Committee members, in a brief meeting Thursday night, voted unanimously in favor of Ahern, the Holliston assistant superintendent, as their "preferred candidate" to be the town's new superintendent. Franklin Assistant Superintendent Peter Light had also been a finalist for the position, but opted out of the process. 
Committee Vice-Chairwoman Anne Bergen said Ahern had visited schools earlier that day, and had met with Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting and Assistant Town Administrator Jamie Hellen as well. 
"The feedback from all constituents was very positive," she said. "They felt they could learn and grow with her as superintendent."

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Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!

Tri-County Medical has opened a new Urgent Care facility in Milford. 129 South Main St will be treating patients for non-emergent illnesses and injuries. No appointment is necessary, it is open weekends and evenings.

Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!
Tri-County Urgent Care - Now Open in Milford!

Lifelong Learning: Ceramics Class Begins Tuesday

Ceramics Class Begins March 28


A perfect class for beginners and advanced beginners!  Make clay objects including bowls, mugs, plates, and tiles while learning a new technique each week.

March 28 to May 2 
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Franklin High School
Cost: $100 
Includes supplies
This could be YOUR creation!

Franklin Public Schools                  Lifelong Learning Institute
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
FPS- Lifelong Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Live reporting: School Committee - Special Meeting - 3/23/17

Present: O'Malley, Douglas, Bergen, Schultz, Bilello, Jewell (via remote), Scofield 
Absent: none

Successfully dialed in John Jewell

the meeting is being recorded

received notice of Superintendent Sabolinski's retirement
HYA hired for search process
interviewed, community forums, feedback submitted
there remain contract negotiations and background check to finalize

we are down to one candidate
Mr Peter Light withdrew his application

leaves one candidate Dr Sara Ahern

motion to nominate Dr Sara Ahern pending background checks and successful negotiation


Bergen - open process, feedback received even from those participating via the Forum recording
Dr Ahern toured several buildings, staff, Central Office, all feedback very positive, they feel we can learn and grow with her

Schultz - the second time thru, this is the right fit for us

Bilello - this has been a long process for us, gathering the community input to build the profile helped to make us responsive to what we needed to take Franklin to the next level. I think this feels so exciting to make an offer to Dr Ahern.

Scofield - I echo what the previous committee members said, on the first go round, they were good but you didn't that that feeling

Douglas - I got to speak with her individually after she met with the teachers today

Jewell - this person who we hire has to be politically savvy, and she has demonstrated that. I went back to the responses that we were looking for

O'Malley - this was not an easy process I congratulate all of you, none more so than Anne Bergen, we did all the hard work and came to the right place. An enthusiastic vote. She can lead is to the next plateau

this is a unanimous selection, the right person for the right time in our town.

I would add my appreciation of Peter Light's application, we are in a tremendous position to have a superintendent with Peter's help

going into executive session not to return to public session
motion made, seconded, vote 7-0


Franklin School Committee: Special meeting - 3/23/17 - 7:00 PM

Franklin School Committee
Special Meeting
March 23, 2017

7:00 P.M. = Municipal Building – 3rd Floor Training Room


“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.”

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Superintendent Search

Motion to adjourn and enter Executive Session for the purpose of Contractual Negotiations; and not to return to Regular Session.
Executive Session
Sara Ahern answers a question at the Community Forum
Sara Ahern answers a question at the Community Forum

Peter Light answers a question at the Community Forum
Peter Light answers a question at the Community Forum

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Brother Sun trio - April 1

Come see Brother Sun and hear their incredible harmonies.
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April 1st 8PM $20
Brother Sun is a trio made up of Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor. They will return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 1st at 8PM. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Calling upon contemporary songwriting, and informed by the deep roots of gospel, blues, and folk, the trio weaves a tapestry of harmony that is brilliantly fresh and yet familiar.

Nationally touring folk artists from three major points on the map - Boston, New York, and Chicago - Pat, Greg, and Joe celebrate the amazing power of singing together. Their combined musical skills should make for an unforgettable evening - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano.

Brother Sun has announced that they will not be performing as a group after this summer so this may be your last chance to see this amazing trio.
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
Apr 22      Livingston Taylor with Chelsea Berry
May 6       Catie Curtis with Rachael Kilgour

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

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FHS representatives on Hockomock All-Stars for Boys Hockey


  • Luke Downie, Franklin
  • Brendan O’Rielly, Franklin
  • Tom Sicchio, Franklin

HONORABLE MENTIONS = Cam Benham, Franklin

For all the all-stars around the Hockomock League

FHS representatives on Hockomock All-Stars for Boys Hockey
FHS representatives on Hockomock All-Stars for Boys Hockey

How does dinner at the 99 Restaurant on Sunday sound?

15% of the receipts for Sunday night will go directly to the Encore Music Foundation. 
The Encore Music Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and financial aid for students wishing to study music. 
We hope that you will consider having Sunday dinner with us at the 99! 

*Print out the voucher!*

 ****IMPORTANT: Please make sure to either PRINT or SHOW this voucher on your phone for it to apply!!****

Child Care Continuing Ed. Classes - March 30 - Register Now!

Child Care Continuing Education

Continuing Education Opportunity for Caregivers
Improve and update your child care skills with us
Join us for this one-night continuing education workshop aimed at the needs of the Child Care professional. Enjoy a relaxed setting in the company of colleagues AND get Two Contact Hours when you attend the class.

You're Not The Boss of Me

Teaching Kids to be Flexible Thinkers by Being a Flexible Thinking Adult

Join Donna Shea for an interesting and informative continuing education workshop aimed at the needs of the Child Care professional.   

Thursday, March 30                          
 7:00 to 9:00 pm
 Franklin High School
 Cost: $25

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