Saturday, October 28, 2017

Police Halloween Party rescheduled for Tuesday - Oct 31


Due to the weather forecast for Sunday, the Halloween Party is being moved to TUESDAY OCTOBER 31st from 4 PM - 7 PM (still at the Police Station). 

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No word yet on the Pumpkins in the Park currently scheduled for Sunday has been CANCELED rather than move to Tuesday

Police Halloween Party rescheduled for Tuesday - Oct 31
Police Halloween Party rescheduled for Tuesday - Oct 31
updated 10/28/17 10:30 AM

Franklin Lions - Candy Drive - Saturday Nov 4

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Franklin Lions - Candy Drive - Saturday Nov 4
Franklin Lions - Candy Drive - Saturday Nov 4

FHS football tops Weymouth, volleyball tops Feehan

From Hockomock Sports we share the results of the Franklin High School fall sports results on Friday, Oct 27.

Football = Franklin, 26 @ Weymouth, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Jake Noviello 18-yard pass to Sean Leonard, Matt Zucco XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) J. Noviello 65-yard pass to Jake Davis, M. Zucco XP good; (F) J. Noviello 16-yard pass to S. Leonard, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (F) Sean Hofferty 3-yard rush, XP failed; (W) Weymouth 10-yard pass, XP good; (W) Weymouth 5-yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Boys Soccer = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– King Philip senior Larsen Keys headed in a cross from Anthony Bozza in the final minutes of play to help the Warriors pick up a point on the road.

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final
– Chloe Layne scored a brace and Avery Snead had a goal and two assists to lead the Warriors to a big win in the season finale to clinch at least a share of the program’s first league title since 2002. Layne opened the scoring nine minutes into the game off a Snead assist and she added an unassisted goal four minutes after the break. Abby Baker knocked in a third off a Snead assist and then Snead scored on a 20-yard free kick for a 4-0 lead after 53 minutes. Ally Stanton scored the fifth on a first-time shot off an Emma Corcoran corner. KP coach Gary Pichel said, “The team is so excited to be champs after a 15-year drought!”

Field Hockey = King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
– King Philip’s Claire Lawler scored a pair of goals in the first half and set up the third to help KP cap its Hock schedule with a win on the road. Lawler scored on a corner with 9:25 to play in the first from Nicole Conner, and then scored with 2:39 left in the half, again on a corner, on a pass from Dana Truini. Liz Furfari iced the game, taking a feed from Lawler with 15:29 to play. Franklin junior Christina Luccini made 10 saves in net, including a stop on a penalty stroke.

Volleyball = Franklin, 3 vs. Bishop Feehan, 2 – Final
– Franklin picked up wins in games one, three and five to edge off the visiting Shamrocks (25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-13). Hailey Sanders and Meaghan Maguire each had eight kills apiece as well as two blocks, while Maggie Doyle chipped in with six kills and four blocks. Junior Lauren McGrath had 33 assists in the win, as well as four ace and two kills.

For all the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Plans for the 28th Annual Auction Spectacular & Gourmet Dinner

The area’s largest community auction event returns for its 28th year as the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) prepares for its Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner. Scheduled for Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Milford Portuguese Club, 119 Prospect Heights in Milford, MA. 

The event includes both live and silent auctions, several chances to win prizes and a gourmet dinner featuring more than 40 area restaurants and eateries. The Annual Auction Spectacular is the MACC’s largest fundraiser, helping to advance the organization’s mission of fostering a positive business climate in the 10-town area it represents.

The MACC Auction Spectacular & Dinner Buffet draws more than 300 attendees each year. There, attendees enjoy a fast-paced evening bidding on items that range from the practical to the exotic. Popular auction items like a Zulu Nyala African Safari, autographed sports memorabilia and tickets to various professional sporting events will be back, as well as several new items. Included in this year’s offerings is a four-day stay at a Sonoma Wine Country winery as well as a five-day Cape Cod escape.

“There is such a huge range of items available to bid on. There’s definitely something for everyone whether you’re bidding on an item for yourself or one that you’ll give as gift,” said MACC president & CEO, Laura O’Callaghan. “It’s fun to watch folks bid against each other when there is an item they want and our auctioneer Dick Ferruci, multi-media account executive at Myfm 101.3, keeps everyone entertained throughout.”

The gourmet dinner buffet is a much anticipated part of the evening, featuring signature dishes from the area’s finest restaurants, eateries and local assisted living communities, along with a cash bar. Offering a spread from passed appetizers to carving stations and delicious entrees to desserts that satisfy any sweet tooth, the dinner buffet is a smorgasbord for every taste.

“Year after year the dinner buffet gets rave reviews! It’s a wonderful showcase of the depth of culinary talent we have in our area and we can’t thank our participating food donors enough,” O’Callaghan said.

The MACC’s Annual Auction Spectacular and Dinner Buffet is always a sold-out event and those interested in attending are reminded to reserve their seats now. A single ticket is $30, two or more ticket is $25 each and a reserved table of ten is - $225. Call the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce at 508.473.6700 or register online at or

About the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce

For 90+ years, the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) has been the voice of business in a ten town area representing hundreds of businesses of all sizes and all industries in Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, and Upton. By fostering a pro-business climate, the MACC helps to attract, retain and grow business while providing vital advocacy, engagement and connections for its membership. Visit

Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner
Annual MACC Auction and Gourmet Dinner

In the News: Berry costume drive success; planning rail trail connections to Boston

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

"The children at Boston Children’s hospital are geared up with hundreds of costumes and accessories for this Halloween, thanks to a costume drive at Berry Insurance. 
Berry was able to collect 300 costumes and accessories this year. Owner of Berry, Kaitlyn Pintarich, said that this is the business’ 11th and most successful year. In its 11-year-run, the business has collected more than 2,000 costumes, said Pintarich. 
“For me, I have four children, all who have been seen at Children’s at some point or another,” she said. “The work that they do there is just incredible. To be able to put a little bit of normalcy into (the patients’) lives when this time could be very scary for them in the hospital, it’s something you just can’t pass up.” 
In addition to the costumes, Berry also raised $1,400 in cash donations. The cash, she said, will be used to buy discount costumes after Halloween to keep the drive going. She also mentioned the business accepts donations all year round."

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"If trail planner David Loutzenheiser had his way, an intrepid cyclist could jump on a bike in Milford and pedal safely to Boston on a network of greenways and rail trails. 
“I’ve been spending the last five years or more mapping the trails throughout the region,” Loutzenheiser told a crowd of MetroWest trail enthusiasts Friday morning. 
The ride to Boston will likely stay a dream a little longer, but, thanks to a new regional initiative, easy bicycle and foot travel through MetroWest is drawing closer to reality. 
Loutzenheiser and dozens of local trail experts gathered under a pavilion in Ashland State Park Friday to kick off the MetroWest Landline Project. The initiative, orchestrated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and MetroWest Regional Collaborative, looks to close seven trail gaps in the region. Loutzenheiser will act as the chief project coordinator."

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  The SNETT in Franklin and Bellingham is not currently part of this plan
The SNETT in Franklin and Bellingham is not currently part of this plan

Friday, October 27, 2017

Don White goes solo for Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Show - Oct 28

Christine Lavin is unable to perform.
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Oct 28th 8PM $25

We just found out that Christine Lavin is ill and will not be able to perform tomorrow night. Don White will be appearing solo. He is an excellent and hilarious performer on his own and we hope you will join us.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.  If you have already purchased tickets and would like a refund please reply to this email.

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. Tickets for this shows are $25.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
Nov 4         Eric Schwartz
Nov 18       Richard Shindell
Dec 9         Winterbloom

Jan 6         Gretchen Peters
Jan 27       Seth Glier

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

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 10/27/17 - THU 11/2/17

FRIDAY 10/27/17
11am-1pm   Senior Center: Halloween Part @ Franklin Senior Center
12-6pm   LAST Franklin Farmers Market @ Town Common
3:30-5pm   Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza (registration required, ages 18 months-10 year olds) @ Franklin Recreation Dept.
4pm   Annual Franklin SEPAC Halloween Ride (must be registered in advance) @ Tangerini’s Farm in Millis
6-8pm   Math Spooky Open House @ Russian School of Mathematics
6:30pm-8pm   Spooky Games at the Y - Free event for all @ Franklin YMCA
7pm   Night of Spiritual Readings with Stephanie McBride @ Franklin Music,  Movement and Mindfulness
7:30pm   FPAC performs Monty Python’s Spamalot @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 10/28/17
9:30am-3:30pm   Christian Zen Retreat @ McMahon Guest House, 1061 Upper Union Street
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-12pm   No Shame - Erasing the Stigma Rally, #2069 @ Wrentham Town Common
10:30am   Take a Walk in the ‘Meadowlands’ @ meet at Oak St Extension
2-5pm   Howl-O-Ween @ Pour Richard’s
3-7pm   The Cake Bar Halloween Party @ The Cake Bar
4-6pm   The Canine Joint - Halloween Costume Contest @ Destination Dog
6-10pm   Today’s Special, Inc - Bakery: Halloween Spooktacular @ Lake Pearl, Wrentham
7:30pm   FPAC performs Monty Python’s Spamalot @ The Black Box
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Christine Lavin and Don White @ FUSF

SUNDAY 10/29/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   Kids Halloween Party @ Tranquil Souls Yoga
2:30pm   FPAC performs Monty Python’s Spamalot @ The Black Box
4-7pm   Franklin Police Halloween Party @ Franklin Police Department
6:30pm-8:30pm   Pumpkins In The Park @ The Sculpture Park

MONDAY 10/30/17
6:30pm   High School Parent Forum with Superintendent Ahern @ FHS Media Center
7pm   Franklin Interfaith Council presents Refugee Immigration Ministry @ St. Mary’s Parish
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 10/31/17
9:30am   High School Parent Forums with Superintendent Ahern @ FHS Lecture Hall
5pm   Historic Cemetery Tour (Union St Cemetery) @ meet at Franklin Historical Museum

6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
7pm   Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting @ Franklin Senior Center

THURSDAY 11/2/17
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7:30pm   FYBO Board Nominations Night @ East Coast Driving School

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

Town of Franklin: Specimen Ballot for Nov 7, 2017 Election

You've seen the candidate listing, here is a specimen or sample ballot for the Nov 7, 2017 election.

Absentee Ballot Information: 

Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s office. A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to the following reasons may vote absentee in the Town Clerk’s Office up to 12:00 noon Monday, November 6, 2017

  1. absence from your city or town during normal polling hours; or
  2. physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
  3. Religious belief.

To request an Absentee Ballot:

  1. Email: ( to request an absentee ballot form
  2. Visit the Town Clerk’s website at ( to print out an Absentee Ballot request form and either email or fax (508)520-4913.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa M. Burr, Town Clerk at (508)520-4900 or
Email (

For all the information leading to the election, visit

Franklin Election Collection - 2017
Franklin Election Collection - 2017

Take an Historic Cemetery Walk on Halloween

Learn a little bit about Franklin's history and it's former residents. 

Dean College History Professor Rob Lawson will conduct a tour of the Union Street Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, October 31st. 

Anyone interested should meet on the steps of the Franklin Historical Museum at 5:00 PM and join the tour that will walk to the cemetery. The tour should take about an hour.

Take an Historic Cemetery Walk on Halloween
Take an Historic Cemetery Walk on Halloween

Spamalot at THE BLACK BOX - 3 shows - Oct 27, 28, 29

Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:00 PM

Monty Python's Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend. Instead, Spamalot features shennanigans including a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside, there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. 
Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni. 
The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Spamalot at THE BLACK BOX - 3 shows - Oct 27, 28, 29
Spamalot at THE BLACK BOX - 3 shows - Oct 27, 28, 29

MassBudget: Report examines strategies for educating English Language Learners` (ELL)

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Report examines strategies for educating English Language Learners

Evidence favors bilingual education over English-only; quality of instruction matters most
High-quality public education in Massachusetts has played an important role in expanding opportunity and creating a strong, high-wage state economy. In its newest paper, Excellence for All: Supporting English Language Learners in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) explores strategies for improving the education of English Language Learners (ELL).

Excellence for All examines the data on what has been happening in our schools with respect to ELL students and the evidence on best practices nationally. Massachusetts policy since 2002 has emphasized English immersion as the primary approach to ELL education. A balanced review of the research reveals, however, that there is generally more evidence supporting bilingual programs. The evidence also suggests that the most important factor for helping ELL students to succeed is the quality of the programs offered.
While Massachusetts schools generally lead the nation in academic achievement, we have not reached our standard of success for ELL students. Among ELL students, Massachusetts ranks 19th in 8th-grade reading and 10th in math. Although we have been making progress in raising ELL achievement levels, including a 12 percent increase in ELL graduation rates between 2008 and 2015, too many ELL students are falling behind.

Well-designed programs, including bilingual approaches that support learning in English along with other languages, have been shown to benefit ELL students. Rigorous research has found that effective programs include a number of strategies, such as:
  • Increasing the professional development of educators - not only English or English as a Second Language teachers, but also training for other content teachers (e.g. science, math) - on how to effectively support ELL students
  • Employing research-backed approaches to improving reading and literacy
  • Providing tutoring for struggling students
  • Implementing family outreach and student support programs, under the direction of ELL coordinators dedicated to these initiatives
A number of schools in Massachusetts and nationally have shown strong results implementing these types of strategies. With adequate funding, technical assistance, and the flexibility to create programs that best fit the needs of local students, more schools could make meaningful progress in helping all of our ELL students thrive.

To read the full report, click here.
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. Through the Roadmap to Expanding Opportunity project, MassBudget has examined proven education strategies for helping all kids learn effectively and be successful over the long term.

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In the News: reaction to opioid emergency; Vallee's influence recognized

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

"Local officials said more resources are needed on the ground level to combat the opioid epidemic that President Donald Trump has called an emergency. 
Those who face the crisis in the Milford and MetroWest areas were cautiously optimistic following the president’s Thursday declaration of a nationwide public health emergency, saying the high-level acknowledgement is a positive step. 
They added, though, that funding for local services is a critical need. 
This move does not necessarily include that money. Administration officials have announced their intentions to seek emergency funds from Congress, but this declaration does not have any dedicated money attached."

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For Help call SAFE Resource Support line – 508-488-8105
For Help call SAFE Resource Support line – 508-488-8105

"Bob Vallee sat in the center of the half-circle desk in council chamber for the last time at Wednesday night’s meeting, marking the end of his 32-year run on the Town Council. 
Highly regarded by his fellow council members, Vallee oversaw innumerable changes in Franklin’s zoning and infrastructure, bringing the town from 1930s zoning to 2017 standards. 
“Sitting on the council for the last four years, I got to watch first-hand the kind of direct impact someone with Bob’s integrity and courage can do to shape the town of Franklin,” said council member Peter Padula. “He’s a been a great influence on me and I think the whole council. Franklin is a much better place to live because of guys like Bob Vallee.”

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Town Council Chair Matt Kelly recognizes Bob Vallee for his service
Town Council Chair Matt Kelly recognizes fellow councilor
Bob Vallee for his 30 plus years of service for Franklin

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Franklin Turkey Trot Helps Feed Local Families in Need

For the hundreds who will come out on Thanksgiving morning for the Franklin Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run, the motto is “Run now, gobble later!” When families gather together for their traditional feast after the event, there will be many more grateful for the bounty that results from the race. The registration fee of $20, or 20 nonperishable goods, goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help feed those in need.

The event begins and ends at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 91 Jordan Road in Franklin. The race, open to runners and walkers of all ages, attracts experienced runners as well as families who want to get out and exercise together before their traditional holiday get-together. A professional race organizer officially records timing, pace and rankings for each runner.

“Thanksgiving is truly a time to be grateful for the many blessings we have,” said Erin Lynch, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. “But it is also an occasion to think of others who are struggling to put food on their tables. The Franklin Turkey Trot rallies our community to give back and help protect others from the threat of hunger. The more than 1,000 individuals we serve are grateful to our community for coming out to support us.”

The November 23 race will begin at 8 a.m. Registration can be done online at; at the LDS Church from 7 – 9 p.m. the Wednesday before the race; or the morning of the race from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Official race t-shirts can be purchased online for $10 for those who register by November 2.

The registration fee of $20 is preferred as it allows the Pantry to “stretch our budget for leaner times,” said Lynch. “Our capacity to store the donated goods is extremely limited this time of year.” If participants prefer to donate goods, Lynch said the Pantry is in need of tea, coffee, hot cocoa and canned fruit. They can also go to the Pantry’s website at for a longer list of current needs.

Lynch credits much of the event’s success to Race Director Krystal Whitmore. “We are fortunate to have an incredibly hard-working group of volunteers, led by Krystal, who make this event possible,” said Lynch. “Krystal organizes church members, high school students, and her own family members to volunteer. The amount of work involved is amazing. We could not do this without them.”

For more information, call 508-520-9864 or email

Franklin Turkey Trot Helps Feed Local Families in Need
Franklin Turkey Trot Helps Feed Local Families in Need - "run now, gobble later!"

Franklin Candidate for School Committee: Anne Bergen

This interview with Dr. Anne Bergen (AB), candidate for Franklin School Committee, was collaborated on via email.

Franklin Matters (FM): Tell me a bit about yourself, your family, and your life here in Franklin? What is your Franklin story?

AB: I am married (husband Tom) and have one adult daughter who was lucky enough to be educated in the Franklin public schools. I came to Franklin as a young teacher and never left! I also served as a reading specialist, elementary principal, middle school principal and acting head of the English department at Franklin High School. In my current role as school committee member, I view my work through the lens of educator, parent and now senior citizen.

FM: What experience or background will help you to serve in this role? What do you bring to the table that helps to set you apart from the others?

AB: My knowledge of curriculum and instruction, school policy, budget and a thorough understanding of what it takes to manage and protect buildings and grounds. I think because I have spent a great deal of time interviewing/meeting with students, teachers, parents, senior citizens, I have a profound understanding of what matters to the stakeholders in our community. 

Too many of our young people today are suffering from depression and anxiety; mental health issues contribute greatly to the eventual use of substances which are destroying the lives of so many families. Working with the Safe Coalition and the Substance Use Task Force has broadened my understanding of the complexity of this issue and what we can do to more powerfully address the social and emotional needs of our students

FM: What do you see as your role’s biggest challenge and do you have any suggestions on how we can resolve it?

AB: All of us I think will point to finances as a huge challenge, trying to maintain a high quality system in a time of fiscal uncertainty. It means establishing clear priorities based on what is best for our students in today’s world and making sure our budget reflects those priorities. As school committee members we must be transparent about school finances and communicate student needs to the public, working with our elected officials at the national, state and local levels. We must be the voices for our students. 

It is always up to the citizens in a community to decide what they are willing and able to support; that is the beauty of a democracy. But we must continue to inform our citizens in an open and transparent way, so they will have the best information available upon which to make those decisions.

To follow up directly with Anne, you can reach her via email at 

From the archives, her interview in 2015: School Committee - Anne Bergen

You can find about more about what Anne does in her regular Franklin TV broadcast "It Takes a Village". In this episode, she talks with Jim Derick of the SAFE Coalition.

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 7. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review the text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion. 

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