Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friends of the Franklin Library Memorial Brick Sale for New Library Patio

Dear fellow Franklin resident,

It is an exciting time for the Franklin Public Library, and The Friends of Franklin Library invites you to be a part of it.

In 1904, Franklin’s library was housed in a permanent building for the first time when the Ray Memorial Building—a gift to the citizens of Franklin from the Ray family—was dedicated. From 1987 to 1989, the library underwent extensive restoration to maintain the original beauty and splendor of this classical Greek structure.

Thousands of patrons borrow printed books, audiobooks, magazines, and music CDs, and benefit from computer access, educational programs, and much more. To accommodate the increased use of the facility and its resources, the library is being upgraded and expanded. 

The ongoing library building project includes a special case to display the books personally donated by Benjamin Franklin at the time of the town’s founding. (The availability of these books is the basis for our town’s claim as home to the nation’s first public lending library.)


In conjunction with the construction of the new wing and major renovations to the building, a new brick patio will be constructed at the School Street entrance. This area is sure to become a favorite spot for patrons to gather, attend a program, or sit and read in leisure. Wi-Fi will be available on the patio.

How can you participate in the library building project? Order an engraved brick, which will be used to pave this new patio area. Your engraved brick will instill this space with a sense of community pride, and be a lasting contribution to this community treasure. Proceeds from the brick sales will be used to pay for new furniture and to fund other library projects.

Bricks may be purchased for yourself, as a gift in honor of someone, or in memory of a loved one. A brick can be inscribed with the names of individuals or groups of your choice on two or three lines. There is a 15-character limit per line. A brick engraved with two lines costs $50; one with three lines costs $75.

Order forms are available at the library’s Kenwood Circle temporary location. Payments should be mailed to Friends of Franklin Library, P.O. Box 147, Franklin, MA 02038. Our members are available to assist at any time, so feel free to email us at

Thank you for your participation in this special project."

The patio Engraved Brick Fund is sponsored by The Friends of Franklin Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible. All proceeds from brick sales will be used for library projects.

Franklin Library under construction
Franklin Library under construction


Wins for the FHS baseball, softball and boys lacrosse teams on Friday

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Friday, May 12.

Baseball = King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 6 – Final
– Franklin’s offense got off to a strong start, plating five runs in the first inning and tacking on one more in the second to beat King Philip and qualify for the state tournament. Junior Bryan Woelfel tossed a complete game shutout with just three hits allowed, one walk and a pair of strikeouts. The Panthers loaded the bases with Jake Lyons (double), Ryan Hodgkins (hit by pitch) and Jason Ulrickson (bunt single) reaching base. Josh Macchi followed with an RBI single, Tyler Gomes knocked in a run with a sac fly and sophomore Alex Haba drove in two with a double. James Leofanti doubled to move Haba to third and Jake Macchi’s sacrifice fly brought Haba home. In the second inning, Ulrickson doubled to score Lyons. King Philip’s Dan Antunes tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Warriors.

Softball = Franklin, 8 @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final
– Franklin’s offense exploded for 14 hits as a team to complete a season sweep of the Trojans. Ally Shea had a three hits to lead the way while Tara Hartnett (RBI), Olivia DiGiacomo (two RBI, two runs), Anna Balkus (run) and Clara DeCarvalho (RBI double) each had a pair of hits. Alexx Niss also had a hit and brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 14 vs. Algonquin, 6 – Final
– Franklin goalie Connor O’Rourke made eight saves the FHS head coach Lou Verrochi praised the defensive effort of his team’s defense as the Panthers picked up a key non-league win. Based on North Attleboro’s win over King Philip, the Panthers clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. Eric Civetti had his way on the offensive end, netting eight goals with one assist and Sam Arsenault and Nitin Chaudhury each scored once and had two assists. Packie Watson found the back of the net twice and Kyle McEniry had two helpers; Johnny O’Glishen and Pat Morrison each tallied a goal as well.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23

The Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour, founded by songwriting duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, will be coming this year to the Blackstone Valley – performing 11 free community concerts while traversing the state on foot. Since 2010, Mandeville and Richards have organized now over 100 coffeehouse style concerts which showcase local musicians and artists across the state – creating a quality evening program for all ages and an opportunity for talent young and old to be enjoyed by a listening audience. Venues chosen for these community concerts include public libraries, town parks, and historical properties – and this year all events have been funded through grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council program.

Carrying approximately 40-50 lbs of gear and instruments, the Massachusetts Walking Troupe, including veteran members Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) and Amy Alvey (fiddle), will be hiking from concert to concert using the Blackstone Valley’s many recreational trails – Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT), Charles River Bikeway, and trails within DCR’s Riverbend Farm to name a few.
Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23
Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking
Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23

In addition to evening concerts, the troupe will also be organizing a series of short group hikes wherein the community will be invited to meet up with the Massachusetts Walking Tour as they travel between towns. These public hikes will highlight some of the Blackstone Valley’s recreational hiking trails, routes which appear in local author Marjorie Turner Hollman’s book Easy Walks In Massachusetts. All routes will be displayed and downloadable at

The Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour will take place between June 15 and June 24, starting in Webster and ending in Blackstone. All concerts will be from 6-8pm and here is a complete listing of events:

June 15 – Memorial Beach – Webster MA
June 16 – EN Jenckes General Store – Douglas MA
June 17 – River Bend Farm – Uxbridge MA
June 18 – Kiwanis Beach – Upton MA
June 19 – Hopedale Unitarian Parish – Hopedale MA
June 20 – Milford Senior Center – Milford MA
June 21 – Medway Public Library – Medway MA
June 22 – Bellingham Public Library – Bellingham MA
June 23 – Franklin Public Library – Franklin MA
June 24 – Blackstone Boys and Girls Club – Blackstone MA

For more information on these events or for videos of previous year’s Massachusetts Walking Tours, please visit If you are an artist or musician from the towns above, and you would like to be involved in an event, send an email to or find the Massachusetts Walking Tour on Facebook.

ICYMI - Charles River PCD webpage, Grateful Farm plant sale, FHS All Night Party

In case you missed it (ICYMI) from the world of social media, here are some things that caught my eye this week as 'share worthy'

The Charles River Pollution Control District just got a new website! Whether you are on the municipal system or a septic hauler pumps your system, this is where all of your sewage ends up for treatment. Check it out to learn more about what your sewer bill pays for!

Opening day plant sale. Get everything ready for your home gardens. We will be selling vegetable seedlings and herbs. There will be ready to plant seedlings as well as decorative potted plants and hanging planters.
All plants are grown with organic methods so your garden starts chemical free.
Also make great Mother's Day Gifts!

FHS Senior Parents - We are only at 60% paid for the All Night Party. Letters went out on Friday to parents who have not paid yet.
This is NOT a pay it forward event. Lack of family participation directly affects this year's entertainment, prizes and decorations.
Please visit our website at to submit your payment.
You can also send a check to FHS ANP, PO Box 15, Franklin, MA or drop off a check in our box at the high school's main office.
We need to receive all payments by May 19th.
If you have any questions, please send an email to
Thank you for your attention to this post!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 5/12/17 - THU 5/18/17

FRIDAY 5/12/17
5-7pm   Mixing for Maladies: Fibromyalgia Fundraiser @ Pour Richard’s

SATURDAY 5/13/17
8am-5pm   Stamp Out Hunger Drive in Franklin, MA (place items near your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday) - supports Franklin Food Pantry
9am-2pm   Grateful Farm Opening Day Seedling and Herb Sale @ 49 Prospect Street
9am   Mr. K’s Color Fun Run/Walk @ FHS
9-10am   School Committee Coffee Hour @ 23 Hutchinson Street
10am-1pm   Hockomock YMCA Healthy Kids Day (free and fun) @ Patriot Place
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-2pm   FUND Drive (clothing, shoes, books, linens... no furniture) @ Sugar Shoppe
11am-12pm   Baby Sensory Program @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Concert: Phil Rosenthal with Songs of Pete Seeger @ Original Congregational Church in Wrentham

SUNDAY 5/14/17
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 5/15/17
5:30pm   Plant Night (family event) @ FHS
6pm   Tri-County RVTHS Senior Project Fair (open to public)
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 5/16/17
6;30pm   Essential Oils and Natural Medicine @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Yankee Quilters Spring Fling @ Imperial Ballroom in Mendon

5pm   Pageturners Tween Bookclub @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Doggie Tales (read to a service dog) @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 5/18/17
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and their Loved Ones @ Franklin Senior Center
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6pm   Kindergarten Information Night @ Jefferson, Kennedy and Paramenter Schools
7pm   Immigration Discussion with Jessica Vaughan @ VFW Franklin CANCELED
7pm   Franklin SEPAC: A Holistic Approach with Nutrition and Meditation @ Franklin Municipal Building
7pm   Franklin Cultural District Formation Meeting @ Franklin TV (23 Hutchinson St)
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.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

What to know for those participating in the Memorial Day Parade

It's that time of year again to plan the annual Franklin Memorial Day Parade. 

The following information below will help you to inform your group, friends, families and visitors as to how to prepare for the parade. Many items will change this year, including our starting and drop off locations so please take note.

Participant Drop Off

  • Drop off will be done on Dean Avenue.

If your group is participating in this years parade please drop them off on Dean Avenue. DO NOT HAVE ANYONE IN YOUR GROUP STOP ON MAIN STREET FOR DROP OFF. This is very dangerous and the last few years we have had some close calls with children almost getting hit. This includes scouting troops and bands.

Parade Route:

The 2017 Parade route will begin at the Depot Street and Dean Bank and proceed up Main St (towards Church St.), take a left onto School, to a Right on W Central Street, then a Right on Beaver St until we reach the Town Common / Church Square. 

The parade will once again stop at the Dean Memorial, Union St and St Mary's Cemetery's. Please see the attached update Parade Route Sheet.

Parade Information:

Date: Monday, May 29, 2017

10:00 am: Muster: Group leaders must check in at the Dean Bank Parking Lot
10:30 am: Parade Starts
12:00 pm: Ceremony at the Franklin Town Common

What We Need From You:

Reply to with your Troop, Group, Band information, contact person and estimated amount of participants in your group. ALL participants must reply by May 15th

Forward this information to anyone who may need it in your Group, Troop, Band, or Organization to the email with any questions.

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WWI Doughboy on the Town Common
WWI Doughboy on the Town Common

Tri-County 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

We can share the honor roll for the third quarter from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin. 

  • Students who receive term grades of B- or better in all subjects earn honor roll status
  • Students who earn grades of A- or better in all subjects receive high honors

MassBudget: Special Business Tax Break Spending Continues to Rise

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

Special Business Tax Break Spending Continues to Rise
The cost of special business tax breaks continues to grow. Today we're releasing an update to last year's report, "The Growing Cost of Special Business Tax Break Spending." Based on new and updated estimates from the administration, the paper shows that the Commonwealth's annual spending on business tax breaks aimed at supporting economic development in Massachusetts continues to rise. These costs are expected to exceed $1 billion for the first time this 2017 fiscal year, and the Department of Revenue projects them to growth further in Fiscal Year 2018.

Although often not subject to the regular and close scrutiny given to on-budget programs, spending on these tax breaks is no different in its bottom-line effect than direct spending through the state budget; each limits the resources available for other state priorities. Adjusting for inflation, these costs have increased from $370 million in Fiscal Year 1996 to $1.028 billion projected in Fiscal Year 2018.

Last week the Pew Charitable Trusts released a national report ranking the fifty states on how well they evaluate their spending on economic development tax incentives. Massachusetts was ranked in the lowest tier, along with 22 other "trailing" states. The report noted that, "Massachusetts is trailing other states because it has not adopted a plan for regular evaluation of tax incentives."

You can read MassBudget's updated analysis of special business tax break spending here (LINK).

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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MAY 2017

We are taking nominations for all board positions!!

We would love to expand the board. If this is something that you would be interested in, please let us know as soon as possible.
The election will be held on May 18th before the workshop.

We are looking for your ideas for making donations from the funds that we raised. Please email us!! 

Franklin SEPAC invites you to join us on 

Thursday, May 18th at 7 PM
for the following workshop:

Mindfulness and Nutrition
 Presented by:
Ms. Christene Gerardi and Ms. Janice Houlihan
Join us for our final workshop of the year! We will be hearing from two wonderful presenters about ways to help your children both in school and out by focusing on two topics: Mindfulness and Nutrition.  Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way non-judgmentally.  Research is showing us that a daily mindfulness practice for kids can help counter act many symptoms of stress that we are seeing in our schools and that mindfulness can be the foundation to SEL programs as a way to get students "ready to learn".  Come and hear more about this practice and learn how you can do some mindfulness of your own at home.  Janice Houlihan, M.Ed. is a Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Inner Explorer whose mission is to unlock academic potential and foster lifelong well-being for millions of children.  Inner Explorer currently operations nationwide and in 20 countries. We will then hear from Christene Lee Gerardi, EdM, an Integrative Medicine Educator, Consultant and Wellness Teacher who has studied both mainstream and integrative health and medicine for over 20 years. She began studying her now 18 year old stepson's sensory processing disorder 15 years ago and is making holistic decisions as she raises her now 9 year old daughter in an effort to prevent, recognize if needed and naturally treat. Because she enjoys food so much, it's her first line of defense!  Christene will show us 5 of the most important nutrients your child should be getting, and how to get them; along with 4 of the most detrimental foods your child is probably eating now and how to replace or eliminate them. In addition, Christene will provide a few natural and complementary therapies that have been shown to be beneficial to children with special needs.   

This workshop will be held in the Third-floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. As always this workshop is free and open to all. Please email us at with any questions. To learn more, please take a look at our website: or like us on Facebook :

Stay updated about our workshops, support groups, and events

Parent-to-Parent Support Group
7 PM on Thursday, May 25th
at Coles Tavern, Franklin
Hope you can come join us for a drink and a few laughs! 
About Franklin SEPAC:
The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs.

We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We also hold support groups, fun meet-ups for the kids (like October's Halloween Party at Tangerini's Farm), and donate educational supplies to the Franklin Public School Special Education programs. We are a volunteer-run organization and need donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. We receive our primary funding through an annual "Evening of Comedy" fundraiser that we host in April.

Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council
355 East Central St.
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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In the News: drought conditions easing; Sons of Italy May breakfast

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

"We’re pretty happy,” said Charlie Koshivas, owner of Fairmont Fruit Farm. “Last year was a poor year.” 
Those working the fields at the Franklin farm said in September that only 25 percent of their apples could be deemed “quality fruit,” - a sharp contrast to the 75 percent level the farm averages on regular years. 
“We didn’t have any peaches last year or any nectarines,” Koshivas said Thursday. “This year it looks like we could have a decent crop.”
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"The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge 1414, will hold the annual May Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. May 21 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1034 Pond St. The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, bacon Italian pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 10 and younger. Tickets are sold in advance via members and at the door. 
The March meeting of the Quattro Eroi Lodge was held at the Franklin cable TV station and featured a talk by local scholar and historian James Johnston. Johnston spoke about the immigration of Italians to Franklin. He placed the stories of local Franklin Italian families within the larger context of Italian immigrations to Canada, Australia and Brazil. 
For information:

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cultural District Meeting - 7:00 p.m. on May 18th at Franklin TV

Cultural District Planning Meeting at Franklin TV

All: Please mark your calendars for a very important and hopefully interesting meeting. The Town is making good progress in its efforts to create a cultural district in the Downtown area. 

On May 18th Franklin TV will host our next meeting at their studios at 23 Hutchinson Street. Franklin TV/Franklin Radio (Franklin Community Cable Access) has signed on as one of our Partners working to create, manage and enhance the cultural district. 

The main topic of discussion on May 18th is our Cultural District Marketing Plan, which is a cultural district application requirement. Steve Sherlock will provide an overview on the status of our Cultural District Web Site, Cultural Events Calendar, and Social Media. 

We'll also be discussing a possible Cultural Asset Catalog (or on-line listing), an on-line "Story Map" of the cultural district, collaborative marketing efforts, and Cultural District Branding and Signage. In addition to fairly short presentations, we'll all have opportunity to provide input. 

Please bring your ideas/suggestions. It is important for all of our partners to provide input into the required Marketing Plan and related issues. I hope we have a full house at Franklin TV.

Going forward. Please mark your calendars for our June meeting, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 15th at Dean College in the Campanella Board Room. We'll be discussing the cultural district application submittal and related required Town Council actions. As with the May meeting, it's extremely important that representatives from all our Partners attend.

Also, attached for your review is a map of the proposed Franklin Cultural District, which was recently submitted to the State for their review.



Bryan W. Taberner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1352
Phone: 508-520-4907
Fax: 508-520-4906

Please note the Town of Franklin is converting to a new email system. Effective July 1, 2017 my e-mail address will be

Franklin TV studio with the 'cloud' antennas up
Franklin TV studio with the 'cloud' antennas up

Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner Tickets On Sale - May 21

The Franklin Downtown Partnership invites everyone to savor the flavors of Franklin’s downtown restaurant scene in its third Progressive Dinner on Sunday, May 21

All of downtown Franklin’s dine-in restaurants are participating, offering specialty dishes that are sure to please everyone. 

“The progressive dinner is a fun way to experience the great tastes of Franklin’s downtown restaurants in one evening, in the company of good friends. Enjoy flavors from around the world by walking from one local restaurant to the next, without ever having to leave town,” says Jane Curran, event organizer. 

Tickets are $55 per person, including tips and taxes. Beverages are not included. Buy tickets and see menus at the Eventbrite ticket site, The Progressive Dinner link is posted on the FDP website and on the FDP Facebook page. 

Diners will choose a start time and either “Flight A” or “Flight B” when they purchase tickets. Each flight will include a soup at one restaurant, an appetizer at a second location, then dinner at a third. Flights will be staggered to start every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m., and diners can expect the evening’s activities to last about two hours. 

As a special treat before each flight begins, diners are invited to sample some remarkable olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Franklin’s newest shop, The Little Shop of Olive Oils, located at 5 Main Street.

“We’re thankful for these restaurants for participating and for our sponsors for making this night possible as this is a big fundraiser for the Downtown Partnership,” says Curran.

Real Living Realty Group is the evening’s Gold sponsor. Teddy Gallagher’s Irish Pub is a Silver sponsor. Printsmart Office Products and Tom Fricker Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. are Bronze sponsors.

Sponsorships are still available for this event. Contact Jane Curran at for more information or with questions about the dinner.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a non-profit 501©3 organization made up of 240 residents, business owners and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership manages events like the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll, and initiatives such as Beautification, streetscape design, greenspace and sculpture projects. For more information about sponsoring an event or becoming a member, contact us at Learn more at

Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner Tickets On Sale - May 21
Downtown Franklin Progressive Dinner Tickets On Sale - May 21

FHS baseball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys tennis post wins on Wednesday

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, May 10.

Baseball = Taunton, 1 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– Franklin emerged from another pitcher’s duel with a close 2-1 win over visiting Taunton. FHS junior Jason Ulrickson tossed a complete game, scattering five hits, issuing one walk and striking out five to earn the win. Taunton’s Tyler Medeiros also allowed five hits with just one talk, striking out seven in six innings of work. Tyler Gomes had a double and a run scored for the Panthers while Ulrickson accounted for the other run. Sophomore Alex Haba was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Cam Lupien brought the Panthers’ other run home with a sacrifice fly. Taunton’s Christian Simoes was 2-for-3 and scored on an RBI double from Joe Manchester.

Softball = Franklin, 0 @ Taunton, 12 – Final (5 inn.)
– Taunton’s offense got off to a strong start, plating a pair of runs in the first inning then blowing the game open with six runs in the second. Jaime Brown went 4-for-4 and scored four whiles while Kya Enos (two hits) knocked in four runs. MacKenzie Handrahan knocked in three runs on a pair of hits, McKenzie McAloon added two hits and eighth grader Hannah Aldrich hit her first career home run for the Tigers. Courtney Fisher struck out four without issuing a walk, allowing just one hit (fifth inning) and two total base runners.

Boys Lacrosse = Canton, 1 @ Franklin, 7 – Final
– Franklin built a 5-1 lead by halftime and shut Canton out in the second half in a low scoring frame. Franklin sophomore Jacob Alexander won all 12 face offs that he took in the game while classmate Nitin Chaudhury notched a hat trick to pace the Panthers’ offense. Eric Civetti scored twice, Chase Tanner and Jack Platner each found the back of the net once and Sam Arsenault recorded two assists. Packie Watson, Kyle McEniry and Pat Morrison each had one assist and Connor O’Rourke made six saves in net.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 15 @ Canton, 3 – Final
– Caroline Lounsbury paced Franklin’s offense with four goals while Lauren Bissanti notched a pair of goals for the Panthers. Mairead Goguen notched a goal and an assist and Annie Walsh (two goals, assists) had seven draw controls.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
– Franklin won all five matches in straight sets, with its second doubles pairing registering a win without losing a game. Rahul Herur won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, Eli Brooks took second singles 6-2, 6-0 and Rohan Herur won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles. The team of James Johnson and Derek Wu notched a 6-1, 6-1 win at first doubles and Tyler DiPalma and Rahul Hosdurg walked away with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Taunton, 4 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– Taunton won four matches in straight sets, taking two wins at singles and two in doubles play. Jordan Pagliuca won 6-2, 6-0 at second singles and Jillian Pagliuca prevailed with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at third singles. The team of Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor didn’t lose a game at first doubles and Jordan Martin and Caroline Hebert notched a 6-0, 6-2 win at second doubles.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

DelCarte invasive plant treatment scheduled for June 7

The tentative date for the first treatment of the invasive plants in the DelCarte Ponds will be 6/7/17, subject to the weather. (It can't be a rainy day.) 

The pond will be closed for fishing, canoeing etc. for 24 hours, but the rest of the area for hiking etc. will be open.

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page


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.

invasive species in the water at DelCarte
invasive species in the water at DelCarte

The ecological study performed to show the need for these herbicide treatments can be found here

The reminder on the treatments was shared from the Town of Franklin page