Saturday, April 1, 2017

FHS to hold Color Run for Mr K's Scholarship Fund - May 13

"Student Government has been working hard to plan a town wide event held for a great cause. 
On May 13th, 2017 community members of all ages will gather to participate in a Color Run right here at FHS! Register here! 
Registration will begin at 9 am and the actual run will begin at 10. There will be a gathering with a DJ after the race, just like an actual Color Run! 
All proceeds will be going directly to Mr. K’s Scholarship Fund. Gift cards to Elizabeth’s Bagels will be given out to every 50th high school student to register. Even better, FHS students could win a FREE COOKIE COUPON. To win, simply gather your sports team or club members. Then, go head to head with the girls vs the boys group of your sport/club! (For example, girls lacrosse vs boys lacrosse; softball vs baseball) 
How do I register my student group? (Read this) 
On the day of the event there will be a check in for sports teams/club members, and the group with the highest participation will win the Free Cookie Coupon. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this! Join us for memory making fun while raising funds for a great cause."
FHS to hold Color Run for Mr K's Scholarship Fund - May 13
FHS to hold Color Run for Mr K's Scholarship Fund - May 13

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Vietnam War Veterans Exhibit - Franklin Municipal Building

Come on by to the Municipal Building to see our new Veterans Vietnam War Exhibit Courtesy of Dale Kurtz, Franklin's Veteran Officer. (exhibit available during normal office hours)

Vietnam War Veterans Exhibit - Franklin Municipal Building 1
Vietnam War Veterans Exhibit - Franklin Municipal Building 1 

Vietnam War Veterans Exhibit - Franklin Municipal Building 2
Vietnam War Veterans Exhibit - Franklin Municipal Building 2 
For additional information about veterans services

Take a chance to help the Safe Coalition

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Only 500 Raffle Tickets to be Sold

Take a chance to help the Safe Coalition
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Drawing @ 1:30 pm, May 22, 2017
SAFE Coalition 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Franklin Country Club, 672 E. Central St, Franklin, MA

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SAFE Coalition Raffle
SAFE Coalition Raffle

Mark your calendars for the Earth Day Celebration at Beaver Pond on April 29

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 am– 12 pm

Meet at Beaver Pond parking lot and volunteer to clean up targeted areas around Franklin.

  • Please bring your own gloves and rakes.
  • Community service certificates will be issued.
  • Free pizza and beverages for volunteers at 12:00pm at Beaver.
  • Free T-shirts to the first 300 volunteers!
  • Free dogwood and rose of sharon saplings to first 100 volunteers!

Earth Day Celebration at Beaver Pond on April 29
Earth Day Celebration at Beaver Pond on April 29

Senator Ross: March 2017 State House Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, March 2017
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

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Dear Friends,

Spring has arrived, and with that the hope of an end to severe winter weather. This past month, my colleagues in the state senate and I have been busy touring the Commonwealth and listening to the concerns of residents across the state.

If you missed the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit seminars that took place in the district this month, please take note that there is still time to apply. For more important information, you may click here.

Please read/share my monthly newsletter for information on internship opportunities, constituent service resources, as well as upcoming office hours during the month of April.

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at 617-722-1555.

Early Voting Cost Remedy
According to a recent report by State Auditor Suzanne Bump, provisions of a 2014 state law requiring municipalities to conduct early voting constitute an unfunded mandate. Senate Republicans have aimed to address this problem with a bill that will require the state to meet its funding obligations for this more popular early voting elections process.

Senate Republicans have proposed and recently filed a bill where communities across the state will have mandated expenses for the state's new election law. Republican members have consistently sought to address concerns about state laws which result in unfunded mandates to various communities. In recent findings, the State Auditor has confirmed that the early voting law did impose financial impacts which are unfunded state mandates.

This bill will allow cities and towns to create an Early Voting Reimbursement Fund which would receive reimbursements from the state for expenses incurred as a result of compliance with the early voting law. While the new early voting program proved to be a valuable resource for voters, it also resulted in a financial burden to complying municipalities. This bill will ensure that our cities and towns no longer have to incur the high costs of these unfunded mandates – a responsibility the Commonwealth should undertake.

Senator Ross Announces Office Hours in April
Senator Ross and his staff will be holding office hours at locations throughout the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District to provide constituents with an opportunity to meet Senator Ross and discuss any matters of importance to them. Constituents may contact Senator Ross' office at (617) 722-1555 or by email at to register for a meeting in advance whether in the district or at the State House in Boston.         
Tuesday, April 4th (Staff)
Millis Town Hall, 900 Main Street, Millis

Tuesday, April 11th (Staff)
Wellesley Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, Wellelsey

Tuesday, April 18th (Staff)
Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin

Tuesday, April 25th (Staff)
Norfolk Town Hall, 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 3/31/17 - THU 4/6/17

FRIDAY 3/31/17
10:30am   Knitting Circle for Adults @ Franklin Public Library
7-11pm   Second Annual ‘Party for the Pantry’ @ The Black Box
7:30pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College
9pm   Comedy Night @ 3 Restaurant

10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College
7-10pm   Costume Karaoke Fundraiser for Mustard Seed Communities @ Franklin Elks Lodge
7:30pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College
7:30pm   FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents: Cinderella @ The Black Box
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Brother Sun

SUNDAY 4/2/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1pm   FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents: Cinderella @ The Black Box
2pm   Dean College presents: American Idiot @ Dean College
4pm   FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents: Cinderella @ The Black Box

MONDAY 4/3/17
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 4/4/17
7pm   Franklin Garden Club: Pruning 101 - open to public and prospective members @ Franklin Senior Center

7pm   Franklin Art Association meeting @ Franklin Senior Center
7:30pm   Let’s Laugh Today (laughter yoga) @ FUSF

8:30am   Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting @ Dean College
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
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

Empty Bowls Dinner Promotes Hunger Awareness “Somewhere, Someone’s Bowl is Empty”

With more than 1,000 individuals seeking food assistance from the Franklin Food Pantry, a movement is underway to educate the community about the level and impact of hunger in Franklin. A dinner featuring a simple meal of soup and bread will set the stage for community members to learn more about the true effects of hunger.
These finished ceramic bowls were given to Empty Bowls Dinner attendees at last year’s fundraiser
These finished ceramic bowls were
given to Empty Bowls Dinner
attendees at last year’s fundraiser

The 2nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on May 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Franklin High School will remind guests of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger. The awareness and fundraising event, co-hosted by the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry, is a family-friendly event and caters to all ages.

“We hope attendees gain a better awareness of the impact of hunger in our community,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Reducing hunger leads to a healthier community. If you aren’t hungry, you can focus on helping your kids with their homework; you have more energy to look for a job; your kids do better in school. If we can work together to help our neighbors in need, our community will be stronger.”

Lynch said she is grateful for the partnership with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club. Students have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year to be used at the dinner. They have also hosted bowl-making events open to the community.

“Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and advisor for the Empty Bowls Club. “In addition to making the bowls, they will volunteer the night of the event. They were a huge help at our first dinner held last year which was a sell-out success and attracted 250 people. We are thrilled to be able to accommodate 350 attendees this year!”

Event participants will choose a hand-painted, ceramic bowl to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.” A silent auction will feature more elaborate pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and community members. Donations made via the Giving Wall will be used to purchase food for neighbors in need. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1 and must be bought in advance online at Seating is limited to 350 guests so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on advance ticket sales, tickets may be available at the door. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. For more information on the dinner, visit or call 508-528-3115.

Both FHS lacrosse teams start season with wins

Boys Lacrosse

Franklin, 11 vs. Falmouth, 6 – Final 
– Franklin coach Lou Verrochi said junior Eric Civetti was unstoppable and sophomore Jacob Alexander dominated in the face off X to pace the Panthers past a senior-laden Falmouth side. Civetti scored five goals and had two assists while Alexander won nearly 80% of the draws. Junior Connor O’Rourke made 10 saves in goal and Verrochi said Wyatt Arsenault, Patrick Morrison and Spencer Briggs played very well defensively. Verrochi added LSM Jack Platner, short stick defensive midfielder Will Harvey and Aaron Mallo all played well. Chase Tanner scored twice and added an assist, Sam Arsenault had a goal and an assist, Packie Watson notched two helpers and Kyle McEniry, Nitin Chaudury and freshman Jake Davis each scored once.

Girls Lacrosse

Franklin, 12 vs. Needham, 7 – Final 
– Franklin led by just a goal (6-5) at halftime but had a very strong second half to open the season with a win over the Rockets. Freshman Erin Walsh impressed in her debut, netting a team-high four goals to pace the Panthers. Classmate Gianna Cameron also had a solid debut in goal, registering 10 saves in net. Halle Atkinson added three goals and Kendall Reardon notched two goals and an assist. Head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said senior Grace McDermott played well defensively with five caused turnovers.

Home opener vs Needham for Girls Lax! #roadtotheship #letsgo @HockomockSports — FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 30, 2017
Home opener vs Needham for Girls Lax! #roadtotheship #letsgo @HockomockSports
— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 30, 2017

Franklin Art Association: Gigi Liverant - April 5

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, April, 5, 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 Gigi Liverant, a much sought after pastel artist, teacher and lecturer from the Southeastern Connecticut area. Meetings are free and open to the public. 

For more information visit

For more about Gigi and her work, visit her webpage

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In the News: School Choice; Dean Dash 5K

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

"The School Committee will decide at its next meeting whether to allow school choice students into the district. 
The matter was raised at the most recent committee meeting, with Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski noting that it had been some time since the schools have accepted such students. 
"We haven't taken school choice students since 2006-2007," she said, noting that seven students accepted at that time currently attend Franklin High School."

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"Years after the initial running of the "Dean Dash," organizers believe the 5-kilometer event has become the campus tradition they'd hoped it would be.
The fourth annual race - scheduled to take place at Dean Hall at noon on April 8 - is expected to draw between 200 and 250 runners, said college Recreation Director Carlos Aguilera. 
"It started in 2014," he said. "We were thinking of traditions that the school might call its own. I was always a runner myself, so I suggested a 5K." 
Aguilera said he thought the intent - to establish a new tradition - has been met; on student surveys, he said, the dash is often mentioned as a positive event."

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set up for the Dean Dash 5K on the Dean campus in a prior year
set up for the Dean Dash 5K on the Dean campus in a prior year

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Formal Appointment Announcement Expected - April 11 School Committee Meeting

On Thursday evening, March 23, the Franklin School Committee voted unanimously to designate Dr. Sara Ahern as its preferred candidate for the position superintendent of Franklin Public Schools effective July 1, 2017, pending contract negotiations and additional background checks. Dr. Ahern is currently the assistant superintendent in the Holliston Public schools and will be replacing Dr. Maureen Sabolinski who is retiring after serving eight years as Franklin’s superintendent of schools.

After the vote was taken, Dr. Ahern, accepted the position, once again pending contract negotiations, which are ongoing. It is expected the process will be completed very soon, and a formal appointment announcement will be made at the April 11 School Committee meeting.

The selection of Dr. Ahern came after a lengthy search process which began in November, and included input from a wide variety of stakeholders through surveys and focus groups to create a leadership profile. Community forums were held and stakeholders in the school community (central office, principals and all faculty) were invited to question all candidates for this important position. All groups were given the opportunity to provide feedback. The Committee wishes to extend its appreciation and gratitude to all involved in this process.

Franklin School Committee Front Row:  Cindy Douglas; Dr. Kevin O'Malley, Chairman; Dr. John Jewell Back Row:  Vanessa Bilello, Dr. Anne Bergen, Vice Chair;  MaryJane Scofield, Denise Schultz
Franklin School Committee Front Row:  Cindy Douglas; Dr. Kevin O'Malley, Chairman; Dr. John Jewell Back Row:  Vanessa Bilello, Dr. Anne Bergen, Vice Chair;  MaryJane Scofield, Denise Schultz

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today in Franklin is on Wednesday, April 5th (and every first Wednesday of the month) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Enjoy this delightful practice, appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.When we laugh, we energize our bodies and revive our spirits. All that is involved is deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. 

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5

It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See for opportunities to laugh in other towns. E-mail if you have any questions.

"a casual night with friends - and it's for a good cause"

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

"The second annual "Party for the Pantry" concert, set for this Friday night, will look to once again raise thousands of dollars for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
The concert - featuring the bands Karate Show, The Abe Froman Project, Charity Case and South Street Six - will start at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater, mere steps from the pantry. 
Bill Donovan, one of the organizers, said he got the idea for "Party for the Pantry" during another charitable event. He said he approached co-organizer Ray Auger, who had set up that event, about hosting something to benefit the Franklin community. He said since the people involved were musicians, it made sense to put on a concert. 
"Most, if not all, the bands have current or former Franklin residents," he said.

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Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry"
Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry"

SEPAC Reminder: Parent to Parent Night Thursday!

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Parent to Parent Night!

Please join us on Thursday, March 30th, 2017
At 7PM Coles Tavern

Come for a casual night out for some laughs, good food and a few drinks!

Look forward to seeing you there!

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355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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April 4: Make Your Voices Heard, MetroWest!


It's time to make your voice heard as part of the Massachusetts Senate's 2017 Commonwealth Conversations tour!

After a very successful visit to MetroWest last session, my colleagues and I are bringing Beacon Hill back to MetroWest again.  Please join us at a Town Hall forum at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on April 4, 2017.


Commonwealth Conversations 2017 is the next step in our ongoing efforts to make your state government even more responsive and accessible to you.  But it can't work without your participation!  Please come to share with us your values, priorities, concerns and ideas.

MetroWest is a dynamic and important part of the state, and I hope you will join us in shaping the future of our much loved community on April 4.


If you can't make the Town Hall on that day, there are still lots of ways to get involved:
I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, April 4th!  For more information, please check out the MetroWest Commonwealth Conversations press release, or visit the Commonwealth Conversations website.

Warm Regards,

Senator Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk
Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
Room 212, State House
Boston, Massachusetts  02133
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