Saturday, June 17, 2017

4th of July Schedule of Events

The schedule of events for the Franklin 4th of July has been posted to the webpage

Thursday, June 29

6pm - 10pm Rides and food booths open
7pm - 10pm Swimmer (Band)

Friday, June 30

6pm - 10pm Rides and food booths open
7pm - 10pm ZOD (Band)

Saturday, July 1

11am - 11pm Rides and food booths open
1pm - 2pm Vics and Sticks
2pm - 3pm Flippo the Clown
3pm - 4pm Jamie Barrett
4pm - 6pm Tyler Zajac (acoustic)
7pm - 10pm Groove Doctors (Band)

Sunday, July 2

1pm - 11pm Rides and food booths open
4pm - 7pm Matt Zajac (acoustic)
7pm - 10pm Phantom (Band)

Monday, July 3

6pm - 10pm Rides and food booths open
7pm - 10pm Victory Shot (Band)
10pm Laser Light Show (Town Common)

Tuesday, July 4

12pm - 5pm Rides and food booths open

Haunted House on the Town Common
Haunted House on the Town Common 2016

You can catch a video segment with Polikseni Manxhari in Episode 7 of the Franklin Almanac as she meets with Joseph Carmignani to review the plans.

You can certainly watch the entire 29 minute video or skip to about 15:30 ti catch the 4th of July segment

Opening- 00:0000:43
Healthy Kids Day- 00:44-05:47
Franklin Beautification Day- 05:48-10:17
HMEA 5K- 10:18-15:17
Franklin Fourth of July Celebration- 15:28-22:40
In Memory of Michael Doherty- 22:42-25:15
Final Thoughts- 25:1627:18

Updated: As I did my "reporting by walking around" Franklin on Saturday morning I happened upon Paul Kortick and Joseph Carmignani doing some planning at the King St Dunkin Donuts.

FHS girls track 4x800 relay ran 9:18.5 for a new school record

Via the Twitterverse

Affordable Housing Lottery: 32 Brandywine Road - Application Due Jun 19

Friendly reminder that the application for this lottery is due Monday, June 19

Brandywine Village Lottery: 32 Brandywine Road, $247,000. 3 Bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms Central Air, Gas Heat, 2 Car Garage. 
Information Session to be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers. 
Application deadline is Monday, June 19, Late or incomplete applications will not be entered into Lottery. 
Lottery will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 AM.

Information page and lottery application

Affordable Housing Lottery: 32 Brandywine Road
Affordable Housing Lottery: 32 Brandywine Road

The reminder was shared from the Town of Franklin page

Community Concert with the Massachusetts Walking Tour - June 23

Join songwriting duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their band for a community concert at the Franklin Public Library, part of an 11 part concert series! 

The concert performers are hiking to each concert venue throughout the 11 day series, using the Blackstone Valley’s many recreational trails to get to each concert! 

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with music, nature, and libraries! 

For more information, please visit .

 Earlier this week, the Walking Tour was on a section of the SNETT Trail in Douglas, MA
Earlier this week, the Walking Tour was on a section of the SNETT Trail in Douglas, MA
Follow the Facebook page for updates as the tour makes it way to Franklin next Friday, June 23

Related post with the full schedule of the walking tour

Friday, June 16, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 6/16/17 - THU 6/22/17

FRIDAY 6/16/17
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ Town Common
3:30pm   Summer Reading Book Tote Decorating @ Franklin Public Library
4:30pm   Yoga on the Town Common
6pm-8am(next day)   Relay for Life of Franklin, Bellingham, Wrentham @ Tri-County RVTHS

SATURDAY 6/17/17
9am-3pm   Book Sale ($1 a book) @ Franklin Public Library
8am   American Legion Post 75: 5mile and 5K Road Races @ Remington MS
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1pm   Flag Ceremony by Franklin Elks @ Franklin Town Common
7:30pm   Black Box Cabaret Series: Galen Hancock and Catherine Weiss

SUNDAY 6/18/17
9am-12pm   Bag Sale ($5 for bag of books) @ Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1:15-3:15pm   Franklin Historical Museum: Maureen Taylor - Photo Detective

MONDAY 6/19/17
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

Last Day of School for Franklin Public Schools - half day
3-5pm   Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Open House @ Russian School of Mathematics

THURSDAY 6/22/17
12pm   Teddy Bear Picnic @ Franklin Town Common
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge (Pond Street)
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
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.

Franklin Library: Book Sale, Saturday, June 17; Bag Sale, Sunday, June 18

Franklin Public Library Book Sale, Saturday, June 17, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The bag sale is Sunday from 9:00 to noon.

This was shared from the Franklin Library page

FHS representatives for baseball and softball Hockomock League all stars

Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Baseball and Softball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league and published by Hockomock Sports .Com.

Will Weir, King Philip

Jake Noviello, Franklin
Ryan Hodgkins, Franklin
Alex Haba, Franklin
Jason Ulrickson, Franklin

Jake Lyons, Franklin

Emily Piergustavo, Milford

Ally Shea, Franklin

Jackie Cherry, Franklin

American Legion 5M and 5K Scholarship Fund Road Race - June 17

American Legion

5M and 5K Scholarship Fund Road Race

Saturday June 17th, 2017 at 8 AM

  • Post race refreshments
  • Prizes awarded by category
  • T-Shirts for entrants
  • Raffle Prizes-All Entrants Included!

Help support our effort to give scholarships to high school students looking at the high cost of secondary education. All profits from this event will go to the Scholarship Funds for Medway Post 367 and Franklin Post 75.
  • Registration: 7:00 – 7:45 AM
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM
  • Start / Finish: Remington Middle School, 628 Washington St. Franklin,MA
  • Run – 5 mile or 5k loop on paved roads
  • Entry Fee: $25, $15 for High School Students

Register online via the Franklin Post Site:

Race registration info and form:

screen grab of American Legion Post 75 webpage
screen grab of American Legion Post 75 webpage

Franklin Dog Park - Clean Up - June 28 - 3:00 PM - CANCELED

Franklin Dog Park committee is having a clean up day on June 28th Wednesday at 3pm at the dog park located at Dacey Community Field, Lincoln Street. 

Volunteers needed. We need wheel barrows, shovels, rakes. 

Drinks and snacks will be provided by the committee.

Also on that day anyone that gives a donation to the dog park will receive a bag of home made dog biscuits.

Or you can make your donation out to: 
Franklin Dog Park, PO Box 111, Franklin,Ma. 02038

Updated 6/22/17
Date canceled and to be reschedule for another time

Facebook photo of volunteers at the Dog Park in 2013
Facebook photo of volunteers at the Dog Park in 2013

“We’ll be having Betsy Ross bring down the last flag”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"With music and messages, the Franklin Elks will celebrate the glories of Old Glory at ceremonies on Saturday. 
The group’s Flag Day ceremony is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Town Common. 
Katie Morvan, a member of the Elks, said the group has held Flag Day celebrations over the past several years - this one is entitled “A Salute to Our Flag.” 
“Flag Day was (Wednesday) this year but, since it was the middle of the week, we decided to push it to Saturday,” she said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

the main flag pole on the Town Common was recently  repainted and hung with a new flag
the main flag pole on the Town Common was recently
repainted and hung with a new flag

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MBTA: Commuter Rail requests your feedback

Help the commuter rail prepare for Sail Boston this weekend by taking this brief survey:

Last updated: Jun 15 2017 05:12 PM

Click here for more information:

Franklin Dean Station
Franklin Dean Station

Please help with the Backpack Drive during July-August

We will be collecting supplies and backpacks through the month of July and August at the participating locations listed below. We are looking for the suggested school supplies as well as backpacks.

Supply Drop off locations:
  • Bernon Family YMCA
  • Franklin High School
  • Oak Street Elementary School
  • Franklin Municipal Building
  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • BJ’s in Franklin

Suggested Supplies:
Backpack Drive during July-August
Backpack Drive during July-August
*Spiral Notebooks *Pencils *Erasers*Calculators *Crayons *Markers*Pocket Folders *Pencil Bag *Rulers*Highlighters *Scissors *Binders*Colored Markers *Glue Sticks *Pens*Loose Leaf Paper *Colored Pencils*Mini Hand Sanitizer

Are you or someone you know in need of a backpack? Please contact Michelle Branche at 774-235-2766 or to request your backpack today!

St. Vincent de Paul Freedom from Food Hunger Drive

Once again the St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 7th annual Freedom From Hunger Food Drive on the weekend of June 24th and 25th. 

In order to receive a variety of nonperishable items we are requesting the following items; whole grain crackers, cereal, spaghetti sauce and pasta, peanut butter and jelly, individual containers of Jell-O/fruit/pudding, all paper products, detergent, canned fruit, fruit juice, and applesauce.

All items may be dropped off in the Sacred Heart Hall, (lower level of St. Mary's church or at any of the doors of the church throughout the weekend of June 24th and 25th.

Having breakfast food, healthy snacks, fruit juice and nutritious meals can help people face the day with a positive attitude. Your donations make this possible. Thank you all for your help and support.

St. Vincent de Paul Freedom from Food Hunger Drive
St. Vincent de Paul Freedom from Food Hunger Drive

FHS' Hannah Sweeney, Hockomock League Tennis MVP

Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Girls and Boys Tennis All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league as published by Hockomock Sports .Com.

Hannah Sweeney, Franklin

Hannah Sweeney, Franklin

Griffin Fein, Sharon
Cole Ginter, King Philip

Eli Brooks, Franklin
James Johnston, Franklin
Rahul Herur, Franklin
Derek Wu, Franklin

FHS and Beaver St turf fields to be replaced beginning June 19

From a Facebook posting by the Recreation Dept:
"Starting Monday, June 19, both turf fields, (FHS Pisini turf field and Beaver Pond Turf field) will be off-line and closed while renovations begin. FHS is expected to return to normal use on August 16 and Beaver Pond expected to open on September 1."

This action has been expected. It was discussed last year on the type of turf infill material to be used. It was agreed to use a different type than the crumb rubber that has been the cause of controversy. The money had been put aside for several years to help pay for the field replacements and finally voted for early this year.

new artificial turf field at the high school is made with crumb rubber fill
new artificial turf field at the high school is made with crumb rubber fill

Finance Committee - Budget Hearing in April 2017

Town Council hears proposal to replace fields Dec 6, 2016

Finance Committee - Agenda for Dec 5, 2016

Medway Board of Health considers moratorium on crumb rubber March 2016

Fields of danger - October 2015

Flag Day Ceremony - Saturday, June 17

All are welcome to join the #FranklinElks as we commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

A concert will follow by the Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band! It's a great time. Hope to see you there!

#ElksInAction #MassStateElks

On the Franklin Town Common beginning at 1:00 PM

From the Elks Facebook Flag Day event

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Book Tote Decorating - June 16

Summer Reading Book Tote Decorating, Friday, June 16, 3:30 p.m.

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Book Tote Decorating - June 16
Franklin Library: Summer Reading Book Tote Decorating - June 16
Shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Franklin Public Schools: Letter to Franklin Families and Faculty

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty:

We are deeply saddened to inform you that over the past week, graffiti depicting swastikas has been discovered on a playground at one of our schools (Remington/Jefferson) and in the entryway of another school (Keller/Sullivan). Following the discovery of these hateful symbols, we started our own independent investigations to determine who is responsible for these terrible acts. We also contacted the Franklin Police Department and we are fully cooperating with the police and their investigation.

Jefferson playground
Jefferson playground

We find this graffiti to be extremely disturbing, disrespectful and inconsistent with the diverse and inclusive community that makes up the Franklin Public Schools. If our investigation concludes that a school member is responsible for these acts, we will impose disciplinary consequences consistent with our student code of conduct and take other remedial measures to restore a sense of security and support for all. If the police determine which individual(s) perpetrated these behaviors there could be significant legal consequences as well.

We will continue to be vigilant in order to protect our school community with the safety and security measures that are in place continually. We will also work to remedy the negative impact of these events by working with local community partners and using our school resources to respond at both a school level and a community level.

Please know that the Franklin Public Schools is no place for hate, bias or for the disregard of the civil rights of all individuals. We work tirelessly to teach tolerance at school and will reinforce our core values in the days, weeks and years ahead. As this is a wider community issue, we are asking for your help and support to change attitudes and eliminate hateful speech and senseless depictions of symbols that hurt individuals and groups. Words and actions matter and we need to reinforce the values of tolerance and respect across all of Franklin.
Keller Sullivan school sign
Keller Sullivan school sign

If you have any information to share regarding the graffiti, please contact the Franklin Police Department at 508- 528-1212 and/or the Superintendent's Office at 508 -553-4819. If your child needs support to address these events, please contact your child's guidance counselor or an administrator at your child's school.

As we are deeply concerned about these hateful and disrespectful actions, the Franklin Public Schools has engaged with the Anti-Defamation League to establish a process for training students, faculty and administration in confronting bias in school and in the community. Teams from our three middle schools will engage in training this summer. Additionally this program will enable the training of our students to become peer leaders and trainers skilled in running anti-bias programs for other students and parents. There are plans for FHS to commit to this program as well. We anticipate this program will be impactful on all stakeholders and will propel positive change in our schools and community. You can expect to hear more about this initiative in the fall.

Thank you for supporting our school community and for your assistance in facing this issue.

Maureen Sabolinski, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Franklin Police Officers Complete Advanced Training

Sergeant William Brigham, evening patrol division shift supervisor, recently completed an intensive two week first line supervisor training at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. The First Line Supervisor Course provided sworn public safety professionals with contemporary, relevant concepts of leadership and management appropriate to the role responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. 

Sergeant William Brigham
Sergeant William Brigham

Sergeant Brigham examined topics including: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Leadership Principles; Interpersonal Communication; Discipline, Conflict Management and Performance Appraisals; Problem Solving and Community Engagement; Situational & Crisis Applied Leadership; Legal Updates and Liability; and Fair and Impartial Policing for Supervisors. The program was presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners.

Patrol Officers David Gove, and Conor Ashe recently completed the eighty (80) hour Police Motorcycle Officer Training Course at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. This course was presented by instructors from Northwestern University, and taught officers in the tactics and skills needed for emergency and patrol police motorcycle operators. 

This course is a grueling test of the operator’s abilities, and teaches evasive maneuvering, high speed braking, escape, and avoidance exercises. Both officers will now be out on patrol on the two motorcycles in the Franklin Police Department’s fleet.

FHS representatives on girls and boys lacrosse Hockomock League all stars

Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Girls and Boys Lacrosse All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league and published by Hockomock Sports .Com.


Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro


  • Gianna Cameron, Franklin
  • Caroline Lounsbury, Franklin
  • Grace MacCallum, Franklin
  • Annie Walsh, Franklin
  • Erin Walsh, Franklin


  • Grace McDermott, Franklin


Dan MacDonald, North Attleboro


  • Wyatt Arsenault, Franklin
  • Jacob Alexander, Franklin
  • Eric Civetti, Franklin
  • Pat Morrison, Franklin
  • Connor O’Rourke, Franklin
  • Packie Watson, Franklin


  • Sam Arsenault, Franklin

MassBudget: MA ranks #2 in child well-being, Federal cuts threaten gains


Massachusetts Ranks #2 in the Nation for Child Well-Being; But Federal Cuts Could Erode Gains

New fact sheets show how proposed federal budget cuts would harm MA kids

Children in Massachusetts lead the nation in educational achievement and also rank highly in health measures, but more than one in seven live in poverty, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The annual report measures state-by-state child well-being across four categories: health, education, economic well-being and family and community. 

Four new fact sheets from MassBudget examine these Massachusetts rankings, describe investments the state and federal governments have made to achieve these results, and explain how repeal of the Affordable Care Act and proposed federal budget cuts would threaten child well-being in each of these areas:
The 2017 Data Book is available at , The KIDS COUNT Data Center also contains the most recent national, state and local data on hundreds of indicators of child well-being, and allows users to create rankings, maps and graphs for use in publications and on websites, and to view real-time information on mobile devices.

MassBudget is home to KIDS COUNT in Massachusetts, a national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track and improve the well-being of children across the United States. The Massachusetts KIDS COUNT Advisory Council brings together leaders who work to make life better for all children in Massachusetts.

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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.

BOSTON, MA 02108
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, 15 Court Square, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108

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Franklin TV Annual Open Meeting - Thursday, June 15

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Franklin TV Annual Open Meeting
by Pete Fasciano, ExecutiveDirector 05/21/2017

The time has come once again for our annual open board meeting. This year our meeting is set for Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm and is open to all. If you would like to be involved in Franklin●TV just send an email to: with your contact information. You can also call us for more information. 508-541-4118.

This meeting is an opportunity to tour and learn about Franklin●TV's studio. Our facility enables us to provide full production support for Franklin residents and organizations who wish to create TV programs. It's also an opportunity to meet our current board and staff. Our progress to date, plus all the groundwork for our plans going forward are all thanks to our board members who contribute time and energy to help make Franklin●TV all that a public access TV studio can be and more.

At our open meeting you may cast your vote for new and renewing board positions. This year there will be a vote by all in attendance to reaffirm those board members and terms of their office on the current board as voted and accepted at last year's open member meeting held on June 15, 2016. We will also vote for a new board member to replace retiring board member Nick Remissong. Dr. Pandora Carlucci is a candidate for our new board position.

Excerpt from FCCA bylaws: (Available on our website.)
Section 15. Election of Director by the Membership (a) Members shall be notified by the Clerk of the election of a director by the Membership at the Annual Meeting. Said notice shall be in accordance with the notice provisions of Section 4 of this Article IV. (b) Any eligible voting Member may be nominated for election to the position of Director by: (i) Written notification to the Clerk no later than seven (7) days prior to Annual Meeting; or (ii) By nomination from the floor of the Annual Meeting made and seconded by no less than three (3) eligible voting members.

Meet Our Current FCCA Board
L to R: W. Ken Norman, John Milot, Nick Remissong, Anne K. Bergen, Jay Horrigan, Rose Turco, and Wesley Rea.

Please join us at our Franklin●TV event. Starting at 6:30pm we'll have tours of our facility, some good eats, and you can meet our board. Our brief open meeting begins at 7:00pm. Come meet, greet, and learn all about local TV in Franklin.

And - thanks for watching!

Franklin Downtown Partnership, 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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