Saturday, September 9, 2017

Franklin Public Schools; Letter to Athletes and Families on School Turf Field Status

Dear Student-Athletes and Families,

We are writing to provide an informative update on the status of the high school running track and turf fields at Pisini and Beaver Pond Fields, which have been undergoing renovations.

We share your frustration and concern about the delay of the project and the impact on our student-athletes. Although a new turf field has been installed, the field can not be used until the new track is complete. Although a significant amount of time has been spent by both school and town personnel planning appropriate timelines for renovation, there has been an unforeseen delay with the subcontractor who installs the track. The work began last week and is estimated to last approximately two weeks. They can not install in the rain, and each day of rain causes a further delay.

The project’s completion date, at the moment, is estimated to be September 20th, depending on the weather. As such, we have been working to relocate the first two home football games of the season. The September 8th game versus Stoughton is scheduled for Randolph High School. The September 15th game versus Milford is scheduled to be played at Milford High School. We are also developing contingency plans should rain delay the project further, impacting the September 22nd football game. All field hockey games originally scheduled at Beaver Pond Field have been moved to the New Turf Field, which is located near the front parking lot on the high school campus. The boys and girls varsity soccer games that were originally scheduled for Pisini Field have either been rescheduled or moved to the New Turf Field as well. Many of the sub-varsity games originally scheduled on the New Turf Field have been rescheduled or moved to the new Upper Grass Field, which is located near the new baseball and softball fields on campus.

We have been receiving daily updates from our municipal colleagues; they are applying pressure on the subcontractor through a daily fine for each day that the project is delayed and we are documenting the impact of additional transportation costs and lost athletic event revenue, which we anticipate recouping from the subcontractor. We know, however, that this does little to mitigate the impact on our athletic teams. We recognize that and express our sincere regret over the situation.

We want to compliment the student-athletes and coaches for remaining positive, flexible, understanding and resourceful throughout these first few weeks of the new fall season. We will keep you informed should any new information become available.


Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools 
Paul Peri, Principal, Franklin High School
Tom Angelo, Athletic Director, Franklin High School

Friday morning photo of the Pisini Field track
Friday morning photo of the Pisini Field track 

Friday morning photo of Beaver St turf field
Friday morning photo of Beaver St turf field
A PDF copy of the letter can be found and downloaded from here

In the News: suicide prevention; gas prices

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"For some, a cry for help can come from a few taps on a touch screen. 
While suicide prevention phone lines have long provided an outlet for people seeking help in times of crisis, text-based help lines have become increasingly common in recent years. 
“We had kicked around the idea for a number of years because we had seen an ongoing transition of younger people who prefer to communicate by texting instead of with their voice over the phone,” said Steve Mongeau, executive director of Samaritans Inc. “For younger people, not just teens but people under the age of 30, we thought a text option might open up more of an opportunity.” 
Since October 2015, Boston-based Samaritans has provided text messaging support on the Massachusetts Statewide Helpline, 1-877-870-HOPE (4673). Helpline staff and trained volunteers have responded to more than 6,000 text messages, an average of close to 500 per month and growing."
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Take a walk on the Town Common - World Suicide Prevention Day - Sep 10

Take a walk on the Town Common - World Suicide Prevention Day - Sep 10

"It could take several more weeks for gas prices to come back down to earth as oil refineries begin coming back online after Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas coast. 
“Harvey’s geographic path looks like it was crafted by the devil himself in terms of the impact on the refineries, said Tom Kloza, the global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service. “It lead to precautionary shutdowns of all Texas refineries, and, at worst, reduced about 40 percent of capacity east of the Rockies. In terms of scale, it was unprecedented.” 
In Massachusetts, gas prices surged 44 cents in the course of a week, according to AAA Northeast’s Sept. 5 survey of fuel prices. The $2.70 statewide average was the highest average price recorded in Massachusetts in two years, and the spike represents the sharpest increase since Hurricane Katrina lashed Louisiana in 2005."

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FHS field hockey, boys soccer, volleyball, and football results from Friday

From HockomockSports we share the results of the fall sports for Friday, Sep 8.

Boys Soccer
Franklin, 0 @ Xaverian, 1 – Final 
– Franklin head coach Fran Bositis noted improvement from the Panthers’ opening game and said his side played hard, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Field Hockey
Milford, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final 
– Franklin junior Cassi Ronan registered her first hat trick of the season, including scoring on a penalty stroke, to lead Franklin over Milford. Freshman Victoria Quinn scored for the second straight game, finishing off an assist from sophomore Elizabeth Clark. FHS head coach Lisa Cropper also noted junior Emily Valentino had a strong game for the Panthers.

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final 
– Franklin fought off the sweep but North Attleboro finished the match in four sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 25-20. Kezia De La Cruz led the Rocketeers with 12 kills and a pair of aces while Katie DeMontigny had nine kills and two aces in the win. For Franklin, Meaghan Maguire had eight total blocks (six solo) and five kills, Hailey Sanders added three blocks (one solo) and five kills and Lauren McGrath had 19 assists and four aces.

Stoughton, 28 vs. Franklin, 14 – Final  
1st Quarter: (F) Jake Noviello 8 yard pass to Sean Leonard, Matt Zucco XP good. (S) Evan Gibb 15 yard pass to Ajahn Rue, Josh Cocchi XP good.2nd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 35 yard pass to Ruben Gonzalez, J. Cocchi XP good.3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 35 yard pass to R. Gonzalez, J. Cocchi XP good.4th Quarter: (F) Even Wendell 13 yard pass to Jack Nally, M. Zucco XP good. (S) E. Gibb 1 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.

HockomockSports Editor in Chief Ryan Lanigan provides the complete game recap:

"There might be a lot of new faces on the field dawning Stoughton’s black and orange – and at times it certainly showed. But when it mattered most, those new faces made vintage Stoughton plays to help the Black Knights open the season with a 28-14 win over Franklin. 
Playing at Randolph High School because of the construction of the new Stoughton High building, as well as a delay in construction in Franklin’s track, the Black Knights looked completely different from last year’s squad. 
But a goal line stand in the third quarter that resulted in a blocked field goal, and a clock blending scoring drive in the fourth quarter to ice the game looked like true Stoughton football. 
“We just did a hell of a job just to stop them a couple of times,” said Stoughton head coach Greg Burke, now in his 25th season. “We had some screw ups but there wasn’t a lack of effort. And that’s how it usually is with new kids and I’ll take it for the opening game. We had a couple big plays.”
Continue reading the football game recap here

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For all the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Stoughton’s Evan Gibb (right) tries to avoid a tackle in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/
Stoughton’s Evan Gibb (right) tries to avoid a tackle in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/

Flu Clinic on October 17 at the Senior Center

For all Franklin residents, age 6 months or older

At the Franklin Senior Center from 9:30 - 11:30 AM on Thursday, Oct 17, 2017

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Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10

The Franklin Cultural Council is sponsoring a new program called Cultural Connections, an arts and culture roundtable designed to bring members of arts and cultural organizations from many towns together to talk, network, and share stories on various topics about what has and hasn't worked in their organizations. 

Cultural Connections will get together several times a year for a casual few hours of discussion. 

The first session will be held on Oct. 10 at 7:00 pm at Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House at 395 E. Central Street, Franklin, and the topic up for discussion is Social Media in the arts community. 

For more information, or to register, please visit

This program is free and open to anyone interested in the arts from any organization in any town.

Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10
Cultural Connections - Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House - Oct 10

Gala 2017 - "Anything Goes in THE BOX"


Gala 2017 - "Anything Goes in THE BOX"

Broadway's Ben Cameron hosts the Franklin Performing Arts Company's annual Gala on Saturday, October 14th at 6pm.  The signature event, titled "Anything Goes in THE BOX", kicks off the company's 27th season. FPAC welcomes you for a menu of eclectic foods catered by Aliquots and Confectionism, assorted fundraising including many new and exciting auction items, and an evening of outstanding entertainment. The Gala celebration will be held at THE BLACK BOX, Franklin Performing Arts Company's home and performance venue in downtown Franklin.
Ben Cameron has appeared on Broadway in Aida and the original casts of Wicked and Footloose. He has toured with Sweet Charity, Fame, Tommy, Footloose and State Fair and is currently the creator/host of Broadway Sessions at The Laurie Beechman Theater.

Proceeds support the initiatives of
The Franklin Performing Arts Company.


Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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Malouf recognized for her work in French education and culture by French Consul General

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin is pleased to announce the recognition of Mireille Malouf, our esteemed Middle School French teacher, as a Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of the French Academic Palms.

This venerable organization was originally created by Napoleon in 1808 and recognizes individuals for their outstanding service and active expansion of French education and culture.
Mireille Malouf, Middle School French teacher
Mireille Malouf,
Middle School French teacher
(BFCCPS school photo)

Madame Malouf’s nomination was prepared by the Consul General Valéry Freland and approved by the Ministry of French National Education in Paris. This designation was announced by the French Prime Minister in July and awards were presented by the French Consul General, Valéry Freland at a reception at the Résidence of France in Cambridge on September 7th.

Mireille Malouf has been employed as the Middle School French Teacher at BFCCPS since November 2003. The school’s French program has absolutely thrived under her direction. Students faculty and staff participate in the annual Semaine Francaise (French Week) a celebration of French language and culture. Additionally, students in Grade Seven attend a four day overnight trip to Quebec that she thoughtfully and tirelessly plans and implements to the delight of parents, students, faculty and staff.

"We could not be more proud of Madame Malouf; we are thrilled to celebrate her well deserved designation as Chevalier in the French Academic Palms. Mirielle’s commitment to students and her passion for French is simply unmatched. She is an absolutely treasured member of our community." – Mrs. Heather Zolnowski, Head of School, Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

We invite you to review photos and video of the presentation here. Félicitations, nous sommes tellement fiers de vous!

About Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/8/17 - THU 9/14/17

FRIDAY 9/8/17
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ Town Common
6:30pm   Yoga @ La Cantina Winery
7-9pm   Celebrate Downtown Franklin with Fiori, Sweet and Savory, Little Shop of Olive Oils, Teddy Gallagher, Hair and Nail It @ Downtown Franklin

8-10am   Dog Park Clean Up @ Dacey Community Field
9-11am   Remembering 9/11 (placing flags) @ Elks Lodge - community is welcome
10am-2pm   FSPA Open House @ 38 Main Street
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am   Tinkergarten Free Trial Class (sign up at
6-8pm   Exploring Organic Wines with Franklin Wine Club @ Franklin Liquors

SUNDAY 9/10/17
8:30am-9pm   Franklin Federated Church Rally Day @ Franklin Federated Church
12:00 - 2:00pm   Walk on Town Common for World Suicide Prevention Day
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 9/11/17
6pm   11th Annual 9/11 Tribute Dinner for military members and families @ DoubleTree by Hilton in Milford
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 9/12/17
10am   Tinkergarten Free Trial Class - visit for details
12pm   Franklin Downtown Partnership Networking Luncheon @ Dean College Campus Dining Center
7pm   Yankee Quilters Guild Meeting @ St. John’s Episcopal Church
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Monthly Meeting @ Franklin YMCA. Public welcome.

6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends  Club Meeting @ 3 Restaurant
7:30pm   Let’s Laugh Today - Laughter Yoga @ FUSF

THURSDAY 9/14/17
10am   Tinkergarten Free Trial Class @ Fairmount Fruit Farm (sign up at
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6:30pm   Wines of Sicily Seminar @ Pour Richard’s
7pm   Italian Wines Tasting/Education @ Franklin Liquors
7-8:30pm   2017 High School Fair @ BFCCPS. All area 8th graders and their caregivers are welcome.
7pm   Cultural Council Grant Workshop @ Town of Franklin Municipal Building
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

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 Public Schools: Letter of Inclusivity

Dear Franklin Community,

Each school year is a fresh start and as always we are excited to begin this new year. However, the entire administrative team of the Franklin Public Schools would be remiss if we did not share how recent events have caused us to reflect on acts of intolerance across the nation and within our community. We watched in horror as the events of Charlottesville, Virginia unfolded. Despite our greatest efforts to be inclusive, we are not immune to incidents of hate and bias. As former Superintendent Sabolinski stated in her June letter to the community, there was graffiti depicting swastikas at the three school complexes over the course of last year. These painful incidents are an affront to our core values and have caused us to take pause and engage in discussion about the culture we want in our schools. Our overarching goal is to ensure that each child and family is welcomed and safe in our schools. To that end we will be taking actions throughout this school year to meet this goal.

The Franklin Public Schools has been resolute in its enduring commitment to inclusive schools. Our Core Values speak to respecting the Dignity and Diversity of all individuals and cultures. This belief serves as a pillar of strong school climates and the foundation upon which we build a comprehensive educational experience for each student. We will not tolerate, accept or condone acts or speech that are hateful, racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, or gender-biased. We are, as a community, simply better than that.

In the coming school year, our schools will be engaging students in learning experiences that reinforce and promote acceptance and respect. lnclusivity will be a focus of our school and district goals, as reflected in the school and district improvement plans. Our pre-school and the elementary schools will address these issues through age-appropriate discussions and learning experiences through Responsive Classroom practices. The middle schools will be implementing A World of Difference program which promotes respect, acceptance, and inclusivity. The high school and middle schools will engage students in advisory lessons (and through the curriculum, where appropriate) that focus on topics such as the impact of hate, intolerance, bigotry, anti-semitism, and racism.

We invite parents to join us in our effort to eradicate hate from our school community and encourage you to talk with your children about the contents of this letter. Some helpful resources are as follows:

Franklin is a strong community. With your help, we can collectively nurture a learning environment where each child and family feels valued, safe, and respected.


(view the signatures of Superintendent Sara E Ahern, members of the Central Office and all the principals in the PDF copy below)

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Phil Ochs Song Night at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - Sep 16

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featuring Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, Reggie Harris,
& Tom Prasada Rao

September 16th 8PM $25

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse starts our 28th season with a Phil Ochs Song Night on Saturday, September 16th at 8PM. Performers will include Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, Reggie Harris, & Tom Prasada-Rao.  Phil Ochs was an American protest singer and songwriter known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice.

He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and 1970s and released eight albums. His best-known songs include "I Ain't Marching Anymore", "Changes", "Crucifixion", "Draft Dodger Rag", "Love Me, I'm a Liberal", "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends", "Power and the Glory", "There but for Fortune", and "The War Is Over".

Phil Ochs' sister, Sonny, will act as the master of ceremonies as the four singers interpret his songs. As the concert unfolds, these musicians will interact in the round and perform the songs of Ochs with some modern touches added to his 40-to 50-year-old material.  Expect to hear threads of gospel, R&B, jazz, folk, and pop woven into a memorable evening of virtuosity and heart.  The performers are some of the best singer-songwriters and musicians in today's urban folk lineup.

Tom Prasada-Rao was born in Ethiopia of Indian parents, and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He's won multiple Washington area music awards and has established himself as a masterful guitar player with an R&B feel. He also plays violin, piano, and a guitar/sitar hybrid.

Reggie Harris hails from Philadelphia and is a songwriter, a storyteller, and a lecturer. He has toured internationally for years with his wife Kim Harris. His songs echo the Civil Rights movement, Pete Seeger, and Bernice Johnson Reagon. His guitar is the rhythmic junction of all of these influences.

Pat Wictor has lived all over the world and is much in demand as a studio musician on his passion, the slide guitar. He is one-third of the acclaimed trio Brother Sun. Wictor recently released a solo CD of Phil Ochs songs titled "This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs."

Greg Greenway is an international ambassador of the Boston folk scene. In addition to his instrumental expertise, he is a soulful and moving singer, and powerful poet. Greenway performs on guitar, piano and ukulele, and is another third of Brother Sun.

Phil's songs are more relevant today than ever.  Please join us for an evening of powerful and uplifting music.

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 $25. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Oct 14       April Verch Band
Oct 28       Christine Lavin & Don White
Nov 4        Eric Schwartz
Nov 18      Richard Shindell
Dec 9        Winterbloom

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

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FHS fall sports seasons opens competition in soccer, golf, and field hockey

From HockomockSports we share the results of the competitive fall sports action for the FHS teams on Thursday, Sep 7:

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 2 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – 
North Attleboro twice erased a one-goal deficit and scored the game winner with just two seconds left to open the season with two points. Franklin senior Connor O’Rourke put the Panthers ahead in the sixth minute, finishing a shot from distance. North tied the game in the 28th minute when junior Joe Hilf put home a rebound on a corner kick. An own goal put Franklin back ahead but North Attleboro tied the match in the 61st minute. Senior Gabe Pinhancos broke through in alone on goal, touched around the keeper and finished into the net. Hilf scored the winner at the death, putting his shot at the back post with two seconds left.

Field Hockey

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – 
Franklin freshman Victoria Quinn tied the game midway through the first half off an assist from freshman Amanda Lewandowski. FHS goalie Christina Luccini helped the Panthers preserve the tie with a stellar second half, making five her of nine saves in the second half. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper also praised the play of junior Cassi Ronan and senior defender Jolie Bua.


King Philip, 168 @ Franklin, 171 – Final – 
King Philip’s Danny McLaughlin was the medalist with a low-round of 37.

Girls Soccer

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

"Franklin head coach Tom Geysen admitted he had concerns about his defense coming into the season, especially after graduating two Hockomock all stars. 
But in its first test of the season, and a tough one at that, the Panthers passed with flying colors, earning a 3-0 shutout over visiting North Attleboro. 

Junior Grace Gallo anchored the center of the defense with senior Molly O’Reilly and junior Maddie Stewart on the outside. While North was able to register 10 shots, only two were true tests for keeper Cat Robbins. 
“It was a good win, we’re young as far as experience goes and I thought we would be a be a little thin in certain areas but some kids stepped up a bit today that I wasn’t really anticipating,” Geysen said."
Continue reading the full game recap online

Game photo gallery by HockomockSports

For all the other results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

North Attleboro’s Ashlyn Gaulin and Franklin’s Molly O’Rielly battle for possession in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/
North Attleboro’s Ashlyn Gaulin and Franklin’s Molly O’Rielly battle for possession
 in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/

FHS's Cat Robbins recognized as "Player to Watch"

From HockomockSports we share the soccer "players to watch" which recognizes Cat Robbins from FHS.

"Robbins had big shoes to fill when she stepped in between the posts last season, taking over for four-year starter Dani Lonati, but she quickly became one of the top shot stoppers in the Hock. Robbins allowed only nine goals and helped Franklin to another season with double-digit victories. She played every second of every game and finished 2016 with 11 clean sheets, allowing only 0.81 goals against per game. For her efforts, Robbins was named to the All-Eastern Mass. second team. She has the quickness and agility to make the big save and her leadership will be crucial to keeping the young Franklin defenders organized."

Continue to read about the girls soccer players to watch

For the Boys soccer players to watch

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers