Saturday, January 6, 2018

Wine tasting to support the All Night Party

You’re invited to a wine tasting supporting the Franklin All Night Party. To reserve your seat, please drop a $35 check in my mailbox made out to FHS All Night Party. 21 Pearl St. Franklin

What’s the All Night Party? Every year after the FHS Senior Class graduates, we throw an awesome party at Horace Mann Middle School! It’s the communities way of keeping our kids safe. It takes about 300 volunteers to pull it together every year.

This is not a town paid event. The community has come together to make this event happen year after year since 1991.

For fun, we are having our second annual wine tasting at Franklin Liquors on Jan. 27, 7 PM.

I’m happy to reserve a seat or table for you and your friends! It’s a great way to get out with friends!

Saturday, January 27 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Franklin Liquors
363 E Central St, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

The Facebook event can be found

Wine tasting to support the All Night Party
Wine tasting to support the All Night Party

For more info about the All Night Party, visit their webpage

If you can't make the wine tasting and want to contribute, there is a donation button on the webpage!

"Congratulations on the Town of Franklin’s designation as a Green Community!"

Here is the official letter from the MA State Department of Energy Resources announcing the "Green Community" award for Franklin:

This announcement had been posted here at the beginning of the month

You can also find the letter on the Town of Franklin webpage

solar panels at Mt St Mary's Abbey provide over 90% of Franklin's electricity
solar panels at Mt St Mary's Abbey provide over 90% of Franklin's electricity

Meeting to review "Council Procedures Manual" - Jan 10

Before the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan 10, the subcommittee looking to possible revisions or updates to the Council Procedures Manual is scheduled to meet at 6:00 PM in room 205.

The procedures manual is what sets out the order (agenda) and conduct of the meeting. The meeting is governed by Robert's Rules of Order per this manual.

Review the current version here

or from the Town of Franklin webpage

What are Robert's Rules of Order?


Side note: when visiting New Bedford this summer, I found out that Captain Henry Martyn Roberts had been assigned there to build Fort Rodman (now called Fort Tabor Park) to protect the entrance to the harbor. It was while stationed there, he conducted a meeting and lost control of it. He went home that night to write down the process so that wouldn't happen the next time. These parliamentary procedures are what we know and use today as Robert's Rules of Order.

Captain Henry Martyn Roberts had been assigned there to build Fort Rodman (now called Fort Tabor Park)
Captain Henry Martyn Roberts had been assigned to
build Fort Rodman (now called Fort Tabor Park)

2018 Family Concert Series: Sunday Afternoon Blues - Jan 7

FPAC launches the 2018 Family Concert Series on January 7, at 1 p.m. with a program of Sunday Afternoon Blues, featuring Mark Poniatowski on bass, Sonya Rae Taylor on guitar/vocals, Johnny Juxo on keys, Ed Scheer on drums/vocals and Bobby Gus on guitar. 

Showcasing talented professional musicians in an engaging and entertaining format, Family Concert Series events are presented free to the community and are especially geared to children. 

Sponsored by Berry Insurance, the concerts provide young audiences with a fun introduction to the world of live music.

2018 Family Concert Series: Sunday Afternoon Blues - Jan 7
2018 Family Concert Series: Sunday Afternoon Blues - Jan 7

"advised residents to shovel out fire hydrants"

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

"Franklin Police Sgt. Brian Johnson warned drivers about the icy roads. 
“The biggest fear right now is things freezing,” he said. “Unfortunately when it gets this cold, if the roads are still snow-covered or wet, even throwing down sand and salt doesn’t do too much.” 
Local DPW officials have also been reaching out to residents in locations around town that historically have water pipe problems during the arctic cold."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"advised residents to shovel out fire hydrants"
"advised residents to shovel out fire hydrants"

Senator Ross: December 2017 State House Update

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

State House
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Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
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Dear Friends,

It is my hope that you had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and joyous holiday season.

In the legislature we have completed much work but there is so much yet to do in this legislative session. As the new year begins, we reflect on what this past year has brought us and for what we are thankful. We addressed healthcare reform where I co-sponsored bills to address rising costs, negligent caretakers and risky insurance practices.

I filed bipartisan legislation to improve access and affordability of cancer clinical trials across the state. We took up the issue of graduate student loan debt that is affecting our children and families and debated telecommunication regulations for the coming year. These are just a few of the many important topics taken up this session. Be sure to read more about my legislation in the Legislative Spotlight section.

In the past year, I've worked to bring back significant funding to this district for various programs and projects, including infrastructure improvements, environmental protection grants, public school aid and much more. I've also worked to maintain fiscal discipline in our state budget and only spend within our means – and not waste your hard earned tax dollars.

The Spring 2018 session will be a busy one and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue improving our great Commonwealth.

I have had the pleasure of meeting various constituents from our district at my office hours and at State House visits. I appreciate hearing from you on the things that matter to our district and our Commonwealth.

It is an honor to serve as your State Senator.
As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at 617-722-1555 or email


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/5/18 - THU 1/11/18

FRIDAY 1/5/18
6:30pm  Electric Youth 2018 @ The Black Box
8:30pm  Electric Youth 2018 @ The Black Box

10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
3:30pm   Franklin Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest @ Franklin YMCA
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Danielle Miraglia @ FUSF

SUNDAY 1/7/18
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1pm   2018 Family Concert Series - Sunday Afternoon Blues, Free - Sponsored by Berry Insurance @ The Black Box
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2-4pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library
5-6:30pm   Fitness Fundraiser (benefits Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation) @ Dean College

MONDAY 1/8/18
10am   Storytime at the Farm (all ages) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 1/9/18
9am   School Concert @ Parmenter Elementary
10am   Free Trial Class: Music Together @ Franklin Music, Movement and Mindfulness
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Free Trial Class: Kidding Around Yoga @ Franklin Music, Movement and Mindfulness
7pm   Guided Meditation for Stress Relief with Suzi Purcell @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting (public welcome) @ Franklin YMCA

9am   School Concert @ Keller Elementary
10am   Animal Tales (for ages 2.5-5) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   Teen Advisory Board @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting @ 3 Restaurant
7:30pm   Let’s Laugh Today (Laughter Yoga) @ FUSF

THURSDAY 1/11/18
9am   School Concert (3rd and 4th grade) @ Parameter Elementary
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 
7pm   Wine Aromas Class @ Franklin Liquors

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

YMCA: Get Ahead With Our New Technology Lab And Technology Club

Thanks to a generous donation from a good friend, a technology lab has been created at our Franklin Y.

The goal of this space is to teach middle school and high school students about careers in technology.

Join us for our next Technology Club Meeting on Tuesday, January 9 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at our Franklin Y.

This is a free member opportunity.

Guest speakers will be Jeff Boudreau, President of Dell EMC Storage Division as well as Gartner Research executives.

This club introduces students to the benefits of a career in the technology field and provides a safe place to learn and prepare for a job in technology.

Upcoming meeting dates are February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 10.

For more information about the Technology Club or Technology Lab, contact Kim Jennings at

The link to the website article is:
Facebook Event is

Electric Youth 2018 debuts at THE BLACK BOX - Jan 5

Electric Youth 2018 debuts at THE BLACK BOX with two shows on Friday, January 5 at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM, offering high-powered family entertainment with music for all ages! 

Electric Youth 2018 includes Lily Barney, Kelsey Breslin, Naomi Fitzgerald, Mia Fleischer, Aaron Frongillo, Sydney Leach, Caroline Merten, Maddie Rezendes, Hannah Rezendes, Susauna Wickstrom, Caroline Wilkins, Griffin Wilkins, Caitlin Woodcock, and Lindsey Wyner. 

The EY singer-dancers are backed by Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison.

Don’t miss this exciting evening of timeless hits and non-stop entertainment! Tickets are $26.
Electric Youth 2018 debuts at THE BLACK BOX - Jan 5
Electric Youth 2018 debuts at THE BLACK BOX - Jan 5

Friday, January 5

6:30 and 8:30 PM

Purchase your tickets online

Franklin Children's School Open House

Franklin Children's School (FCS) announces registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration has begun and will run through February 8, 2018.

Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on January 18 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for families interested in learning more about the school.

FCS is located at 900 Chestnut Street in Franklin.

If you are interested in setting up a tour, would like an application, or have any questions, please contact Executive Director- Kim Barrett at 508-528-9378 or email

Franklin Children's School was voted #1 choice for Franklin preschools in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards!!

Franklin Children's School Open House
Franklin Children's School Open House - Jan 18

Visit FCS on the web

In the News: computer chips need patching; Medway increases mailbox reimbursement

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

"Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world’s personal computers and smartphones. 
The two hardware bugs discovered can be exploited to allow the memory content of a computer to be leaked. Such a leak could potentially expose stored passwords and other sensitive data, including personal photos, emails and instant messages. 
Researchers at Google’s Project Zero and academic institutions including the Graz University of Technology in Austria discovered the problem last year and disclosed it Wednesday."
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"Residents who have their mailboxes taken out by a plow during storms may see an increase in their reimbursement by the town. 
The Board of Selectmen this week voted to increase the amount the town offers to $50, up from $25. 
Town Administrator Michael Boynton raised the matter at the board’s Tuesday meeting, saying he felt $25 was on the low side. 
“I’m beginning to think $25 is from a day gone by,”′ he said, noting that the standard mailbox likely costs closer to $50."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin's mailbox policy provides for reimbursement of $45

"The reimbursement amount for damaged mailboxes is $45.00. For a resident to receive a reimbursement, they are required to provide a paid receipt or invoice. The DPW will not pay more than $45.00 per incident per household per year. 
The Franklin DPW does not provide replacement mailboxes and will not perform any repairs to mailboxes. All receipts and invoices are due no later than May 15th of the current fiscal year."

or here

The reimbursement amount for damaged mailboxes is $45
The reimbursement amount for damaged mailboxes is $45

FTC Scam Alerts: How scammers make you pay

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Lois C. Greisman
Associate Director, Division of Marketing Practices, FTC

Here's one of the top questions we get from people: Is this a scam? 

Whatever the "this" looks like, here's our best answer to that question: 

Did someone say you can only pay by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, or loading money on a cash reload card? If they did, then yes: that is a scam.

Read more

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES:  This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Franklin Residents: Parking Ban and Recycling Center notice due to storm

Over night parking ban in Franklin from 7 PM Jan 4 to 7 AM Jan 5.

Recycling Center closed tomorrow Jan 5.

Parmenter School at night (before this storm hit)
Parmenter School at night (before this storm hit)

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule change for Friday, Jan 5

The Commuter Rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, 1/5.

Please be on platforms 5-10 minutes prior to departure to ensure timely boarding. Temperatures below freezing are forecast for the morning commute on Friday, January 5, 2018. Passengers may experience delays due to the weather impact of Thursday's blizzard.

Allow additional time while travelling to local stations and use caution traversing platforms and parking lots. For the latest Commuter Rail information, follow us on Twitter @MBTA_CR, visit, sign up to be a T-Alert subscriber, and consider downloading the MBTA Commuter Rail or Transit apps.

Last updated: Jan 04 2018 06:01 PM

Sent by the MBTA.

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule change for Friday, Jan 5
MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule change for Friday, Jan 5

Franklin Public Schools: No School -- Friday, January 5, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Due to the continued forecast, which includes extremely cold temperatures and high winds, and to allow for sufficient time to clean up from today's storm, the Franklin Public Schools will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018.

The district's central office will be open, but delayed by 2 hours. Therefore, we will open at 9:30 AM, or, for staff, as you are able to safely arrive.

All Friday afternoon and evening activities are also canceled.


Franklin Public Schools

from a sunny day after  a smaller snow storm, be safe!
from a sunny day after  a smaller snow storm, be safe!

Dean College Presents: "Twelfth Night" - February 21-25, 2018

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Twelfth Night, beginning Wednesday, February 21 through Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy set at the Hotel de Illyria on the French Riviera. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, disguised as a boy, falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Throw into this mix a cast of characters, which include Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Feste the Fool, the lusty Maria, and taciturn Malvolio, and you have a riotous tale of mistaken gender and love triumphant on the Côte d’Azur of the Roaring 20’s.

The Dean College production of Twelfth Night will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $22, Seniors $12 and Children $7.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

Dean College Presents: "Twelfth Night" - February 21-25, 2018
Dean College Presents: "Twelfth Night" - February 21-25, 2018

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

Senator Spilka Hosts Social-Emotional Learning Forum - Tuesday Jan 9 @ 6pm, Ashland

On Tuesday, January 9, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a forum with the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy about social-emotional learning (SEL). The conversation will highlight the work of exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning, a network bringing together school districts across Massachusetts to design and implement policies and practices that promote SEL.

The forum is part of Senator Spilka's MetroWest Kids Initiative, designed to identify strategies to help children in MetroWest learn, grow and succeed, with a focus on social-emotional learning. SEL is a research-backed framework to bring skills like stress management, positive relationship-building, responsible decision-making and empathy into classrooms.


  • Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)
  • Jennifer Poulos, Associate Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy
  • Debra Bromfield, Director of Student Services, Canton Public Schools
  • Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Richard Fournier, Director of District Partnerships, Transforming Education

Discussion of social-emotional learning and opportunities for implementation in MetroWest schools

January 9, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Warren Conference Center and Inn
Hayden Lodge
529 Chestnut Street, Ashland

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite.

Senator Spilka Hosts Social-Emotional Learning Forum - Tuesday Jan 9 @ 6pm, Ashland
Senator Spilka Hosts Social-Emotional Learning Forum - Tuesday Jan 9 @ 6pm, Ashland

The exSEL Network is led by the exSEL Coalition, whose members include the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives and Massachusetts School Administrators Association. The exSEL Coalition's non-profit partners, the Rennie Center and Teachers 21, provide expertise, support and training for the network.

FHS wrestling, gymnastics, boys basketball and both Indoor track teams post wins on a busy Wednesday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 43 @ Coyle and Cassidy, 53 – Final

Wrestling = Franklin, 64 @ St. John’s Shrewsbury, 6 – Final

Boys Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis) = Franklin, 73 vs. Taunton, 27 – Final
Girls Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis) = Franklin, 69 vs. Taunton, 31 – Final
The indoor track results can be found online

Gymnastics = Sharon, 121.45 @ Franklin, 128.40 – Final
– Franklin junior Mia Lizotte won the all-around for the second straight meet, earning a 34.7 to edge out Sharon’s Ariana Chabot (30.9). Franklin junior Sadie Rondeau placed first on the beam for the Panthers with an 8.35 while freshman Lexi Lupien took second in each the vault, beam, and floor.

Girls Hockey = Canton, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of provides the game recap:
"It was becoming a frustrating night for the visitors. Canton held a 15-1 edge in shots on goal during the second period against Franklin in Wednesday afternoon’s Hockomock League tilt at Pirelli Veterans Arena, but went into the second intermission locked in a scoreless tie. 
Buoyed by the experience of having been in tough, close games many times before, the Bulldogs stuck with their game plan. Kendra Farrelly scored with the first shot on goal of the third period and Maggie Malloy added a second with two minutes left to secure a 2-0 victory and a two-point lead in the league standings. 
“It really doesn’t bother us that much because we’ve been in so many of those late games,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “All through the playoffs there were late goals and we just never feel like we’re out of it. If we don’t win, we just feel like we ran out of time."
Canton junior Maggie Malloy (27) had a goal and an assist to help Canton beat Franklin and jump to the top of the Hockomock League standings. (Josh Perry/
Canton junior Maggie Malloy (27) had a goal and an assist to help Canton beat Franklin and jump to the top of the Hockomock League standings. (Josh Perry/

Continue reading the girls hockey recap online

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 74 vs. Catholic Memorial, 60 – Final
Joe Clark, Student Reporter provides the game recap
"When the teams headed into the lockerroom for the halftime break, it looked as if the game was headed to a classic Franklin-Catholic Memorial finish that would come down to the final minutes. 
But instead, Franklin came out swinging in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 28-15 in the frame en route to a 74-60 win for the Panthers. 
The third quarter started out similar to the first half as a back and forth affair. CM’s Kani Glover (seven points) opened the scoring up for the Knights, but Franklin sophomore Chris Edgehill (eight points) quickly responded with a three for the Panthers."
Continue reading the boys basketball recap online

Girls hockey photo gallery

For the other results around the Hockomock League

Via the Twitterverse