Saturday, January 20, 2018

Residents of Franklin: Census forms and Dog registrations

Residents of Franklin!


You will be receiving your 2018 Annual Street Listing Census Form and Dog Registration Form in the mail next week. The annual census form must be signed and returned to the town clerk’s office within 10 days of receipt. 

Residents are reminded that census forms must be returned even when no changes are needed to your census information. In accordance with MGL Ch 51, Sec 4c, failure to respond to the annual census shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls. 

If you do not receive a census form, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office.


All dog owners must register their dogs annually. Registration runs from Jan. 1st to April 1st.

Dogs not licensed by April 1st are considered unlicensed and late fees will apply.

If you already licensed your dog, please disregard the form included with the census.

If you have any questions, please visit our website or contact the Town Clerks Office at 508-520-4900 or email

We wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2018!

Thank you and Go Pats!!

Teresa M. Burr
Town Clerk

Residents of Franklin: Census forms and Dog registrations
Residents of Franklin: Census forms and Dog registrations

Circle of Friends: Seth Glier - Jan 27 with Rachael Kilgour

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Circle of Friends: Seth Glier - Jan 27 with Rachael Kilgour
with Rachael Kilgour
January 27th 8PM $20
Seth Glier and his band return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 27th at 8PM.

Despite his relatively young age, Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually. He's shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There's grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. Seth will be joined onstage by master saxophonist and harmonica player Joe Nerney and Nashville bassist Rachel Coats.

"Grammy-nominated musician Seth Glier continues to gain momentum" – Paste Magazine

"Singer with an exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel." – USA TODAY
Rachael Kilgour will be Seth's special guest
Rachael Kilgour will be Seth's special guest. She is a songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. She was the 2015 grand prize winner of the international NewSong Music Performance and Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest. Kilgour has shared stages with folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis.
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 $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Feb 10     Chelsea Berry
March 3   Patty Larkin
April 7      Gretchen Peters
April 28    Pat Donohue

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

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"School choice money can be a major factor"

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

"Each year, millions of dollars in state funding flows from school system to school system, following students whose parents send them to a neighboring community. 
In Massachusetts, a 1991 initiative known as inter-district school choice gives parents the option of enrolling their children in a public school district in a community other than their hometown. While the law lets each school district decide whether to accept out-of-district students, no district can deny its students the right to leave. 
“School choice money can be a major factor in determining both the revenue you gain and the revenue you lose for many school districts,” said Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. “Depending on where you are, districts may really depend on that money to sustain the services they’re able to provide to students ... School choice has made districts a little more competitive with each other.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

earlier this winter, Davis Thayer in the snow
earlier this winter, Davis Thayer in the snow

While not mentioned by the article, Franklin had previously allowed for school choice but the School Committee in the past several years has voted not to use school choice. The decisions were primarily based upon the class size and available capacity. 

When school choice is opened, students can come into any grade and then the district is committed to serve them until their leave or graduate. While the funds provided would be nice, there wasn't sufficient capacity to provide for the option. If I recall correctly, the district peaked at about 70 students and the school choice enrollment has declined over the years to less than a dozen or so.

With capacity available in the elementary schools but not at the high school, the decision could be interesting but I would anticipate it to be another "No" for this year. The decision is usually made as part of the budget cycle.

Of note (and requiring further research) the article states that a student leaving a district for school choice going to a charter school, costs the community more than the normal state $5,000 transfer amount. That is new to me. I had not heard that before. There has not been a different amount associated with where a student went, it was always the state mandated $5,000.

Stay tuned!

From the archives on School Choice

Milford Daily News article from 2013

The article from 2013 includes a table on the school choice enrollment from the 2003-2004 school year through 2013

School Committee decision in 2016

School Committee agenda for March 2017

School Choice summary from June 2017

FHS boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swim teams post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 61 @ King Philip, 44 – Final
– Franklin turned a six-point lead at halftime into a 19-point lead (49-30) heading into the final quarter and never looked back. Sophomore Chris Edgehill led the Panthers with 22 points while junior Jalen Samuels added 14 points.

Girls Basketball = King Philip, 47 @ Franklin, 56 – Final
– Ali Brigham led the way for the Panthers with her second 20-point game of the week. The sophomore center scored 23 points and recorded her second triple-double of the season.

Boys Swimming = Taunton, 71 @ Franklin, 91 - Final

Girls Swimming = Taunton, 71 @ Franklin, 90 – Final

Gymnastics = North Attleboro, 138.75 @ Franklin, 131.15 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3

Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan

7:30 PM, Saturday, February 3

Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham, MA 02093

A retrospective spanning worthy years of an iconic master of the lyric by and iconic performer of keyboard and song.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door

For more information and tickets, go to

Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3
Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan - Feb 3

Franklin Police issued a missing person alert

MISSING PERSON - Attempting to Locate.
Franklin Police are seeking assistance in locating Mr. Andrew (Andy) Green, 87 year old African American male. Last seen this morning (Friday) operating his vehicle, Massachusetts registration 764VS9, a 2013 Ford Fiesta, 4 door sedan, color grey. Anyone with information is asked to contact Franklin Police at 508-528-1212.
Mr. Andrew (Andy) Green
Mr. Andrew (Andy) Green

And picked up by the MA State Police

FTC: Scam spotted thanks to a clever store clerk

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information
by Monica Vaca
Associate Director, Consumer Response and Operations, FTC

You're going about your normal day at work when, suddenly, there's a call that looks like it's from your electric company. That's what the caller ID shows, and what the person on the line says. The voice on the line tells you that, because of late payments, the power to your business is about to be cut off. Without power, you can't keep your business running, so that's an emergency. Or is it?

Read more

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 1/19/18 - THU 1/25/18

FRIDAY 1/19/18
8am   FDP Networking Breakfast @ Dean College
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
11:30am   Mommy and Me Fitness (ages 3-8) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
2pm   Tech Help with HMMS Students @ Franklin Senior Center
7:30pm   Noises Off @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 1/20/18
9am-3pm   Book Sale ($1 a book) @ Franklin Public Library
9:30am-3pm   Christian Zen Retreat @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-12pm   Information Session and Building Tours @ BFCCPS
10am   Free Storytime @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
11am-1pm   Open House @ Sunrise Montessori in Franklin
3pm   Yoga and the Blues: Self-care Workshop for Emotional Help @ Tranquil Souls Yoga
6pm   Family Movie Night @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
7:30pm   Noises Off @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 1/21/18
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
9am-12pm   Bag Sale (fill up a bag for $5) @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Adult Tea Party and Brunch @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   Noises Off @ The Black Box

MONDAY 1/22/18
10am   Free Storytime (all ages) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Library Board Meeting @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 1/23/18
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Registrar of Deeds @ Franklin Senior Center
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Guided Meditation for Stress Relief with Suzi Purcell @ Franklin Public Library

10am   Animal Tales (for ages 2.5-5) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10am   Roulette Fun @ Franklin Senior Center
10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Balance Class @ Franklin Senior Center
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)
7pm   FHS Jazz Concert @ FHS
7pm   Parenting Discussion Group @ Franklin Public Library

THURSDAY 1/25/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10am   Senior Scams: Don’t become their victim @ Franklin Senior Center
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elk’s Lodge
3:30pm   Fun with Legos @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
6:30pm   Wood Burning @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
6:30pm   Genealogy Club Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7pm   Franklin SEPAC: Parent Support Group @ Cole’s Tavern
7pm   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

Legislative trio joins School Committee for school funding discussion - Feb 13

"Rep. Roy will join the Franklin School Committee and his colleagues Senator Karen Spilka and Senator Richard Ross for a public discussion on current and future education funding issues. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Franklin High School Lecture Hall. 
The School Committee aims to keep Franklin as a a shining star among both private and public schools across the state. But concerns over per pupil spending, together with rising costs in health insurance, transportation and special education tuition have created pressures on the school budget.

The forum is an opportunity for State officials to provide updates and insights on legislative initiatives directly impacting public schools in general and Franklin in particular. The focus will be on funding and other school issues in the current legislative session."

For more on the February 13 forum

Left to right: Sen Ross, Rep Roy, Sen Spilka and Delegate Ladybug
Left to right: Sen Ross, Rep Roy, Sen Spilka and Delegate Ladybug (from the FM archives 2015)

From Representative Roy's recent newsletter

Tri-County Wrestling Team Wins Mayflower League Title

The Tri-County Regional Cougars wrestling team captured the Mayflower League Title with a 48-27 victory over the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Craftsman last night. 

Earning pins for the Cougars were Cole Guertin, a sophomore of North Attleboro; Patrick Griffin, a sophomore of Franklin; Phil Hulbig a senior from North Attleboro; Drew Hansen, a junior from Plainville; Bobby Fryar, a senior from Plainville; Hashim Lopez, a junior from Walpole; and Dominic Parrella, a junior from Medway. 

The Cougars are now 12-1 for the season. The team will wrestle again this Saturday, January 20th, at the Cape Cod Invitational at Sandwich High School, Sandwich, MA.

(photo taken by Amgela Anderson, a junior from Medway)
(photo taken by Amgela Anderson, a junior from Medway)
For more about Tri-County athletics, visit them online

"October 2020, you will be asked for a passport or REAL ID"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"People who want to travel on planes throughout the United States will soon need a passport or what is being called a Real ID. 
Beginning on March 26, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will offer Real IDs, although they will not be required for travel until October 2020. 
The Real ID is a security standard created by the federal government in 2005 as part of measures after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. 
Everyone who is eligible for a Massachusetts driver’s license can obtain them, but there will be more stringent requirements, RMV spokeswoman Judith Reardon Riley said. "
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For additional info check out the site for Real ID

Franklin High School Jazz Night - Jan 24

Franklin High School is pleased to invite you to our annual Jazz Concert. Come hear our very own award winning FHS Jazz Band under the direction of Mrs. Leighanne Rudsit. Also performing will be three jazz combos under the direction of Mrs. Rudsit. 
Music will include swing, bebop, ballads and funk. Some big band titles will include “Lindy Hopper’s Delight”, "Oop Bop Sh’Bam”, as well as Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and James Peterik’s “Vehicle”. Featured soloists include Matthew Padula on Tenor Saxophone, Bobby Castro and Myles Polioto on Drums, Zachary Cullins on Trombone, and Mitchell Taylor on Bass. 
The event will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 24 at the Franklin High School auditorium. A $5 donation is requested at the door, but is not required.

In the News: students sent kindness letters; Hopkinton opens outdoor ice rink ; Marlboro business opens brewing coffee and beer

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

"A simple reading assignment turned into a one-hundred-fold act of kindness for a local group of young students. 
Fifth-grade students at Oak Street Elementary School decided last fall to send words of encouragement to lawmakers who work at the Statehouse. 
Each of the 100 “kindness letters” contains an inspiring quote hand-written by a student. 
“In this political climate, so many adults could benefit from these messages about listening, understanding, and accepting,” said teacher Heather Adams. “The impact it had on our state representatives is much bigger than what I imagined it would be.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"Just before sunset Thursday, Mark Rhodes helped his 10-year-old son, Neil, lace up his skates at the town’s outdoor skating rink at Carrigan Park. 
“As soon as I get home from work he says, “Dad let’s go,’” Rhodes said. Word of the rink opening is spreading around town. 
Neil brought a hockey stick that he got about a year ago. 
“It’s really good ice and the rink is nice and big,” the fourth-grader at Hopkins school said. “You can play hockey on it.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"J.P. and Melynda Gallagher are brewing up something special for downtown.
Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company is expected to open this summer in the former Speakers nightclub at 19 Weed St., J.P. Gallagher said on Thursday. 
“We always wanted to be in Marlborough, both my wife and I were born and raised in Marlborough,” said Gallagher. 
Lost Shoe will be more than a brewery. It will also be a coffee roaster and coffee shop. J.P. Gallagher has been a long time homebrewer and recently graduated from the American Brewers Guild in Vermont. His wife Melynda recently completed a coffee roasting course at the Coffee Lab International School of Coffee, also in Vermont. 
The idea is to be an all-day business – Lost Shoe will open at 8 a.m. to serve coffee and the brewery will begin serving beer later in the day."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Marlboro business opens brewing coffee and beer
Marlboro business opens brewing coffee and beer

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Volunteers needed for the Franklin High School All Night Party

Sign ups are open for chaperoning the Franklin High School All Night Party June 1-2 following Graduation. We need over 350 volunteers! It's a big deal to be part of this important community event. 

We have shifts from 11-3 AM and 1-5 AM for cleanup. Please share!

Thank you for understanding how important this event is to keep Franklin safe after high school graduation.

Sign up by clicking the link

Volunteers needed for the Franklin High School All Night Party
Volunteers needed for the Franklin High School All Night Party

Tri-County Children's Center to Host Registration & Open House for 2018-2019 Preschool Programs

Registration and Open House for the Tri-County Children’s Center preschool program for 2018 – 2019 will be held on Thursday, February 8th, from 12:15-1:45 and Friday, February 9th, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM at the Tri-County Regional High School in Franklin at 147 Pond Street. Parents will be able to view the preschool while children can engage in developmentally appropriate activities. For more information, please visit

Placement is limited to residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County District, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole and Wrentham. Admission is decided through a lottery system. Registration will be made open to other towns if spaces are not filled by residents within the district.

The number of children registered has traditionally far exceeded the number of spaces available so a random drawing was established. The random drawing for enrollment will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018. Those names not selected in the drawing will be placed on a waiting list.

Birth certificates for children being registered must accompany all registration forms. Registration is limited to those children who are at least age 3 years by September 15, 2018 for the three day program, and 4 years by September 15, 2018 for the four day program. A $25.00 non-refundable registration fee is due at registration time. Enrollment is limited to two years or part of two years for the preschool program, as long as the child is age eligible.

Preschool sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:50 to 11:20 a.m. for the three day program and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the four day program. Tuition is $36.00* per week for the three day program and $48.00* per week for the four day program. Class size is limited to 30 children. *Subject to change

Three teachers in the Tri-County Early Education Program supervise the programs, and are assisted by students in the Early Education Major.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Registration and Open House for the Tri-County Children’s Center preschool program
Registration and Open House for the Tri-County Children’s Center preschool program

FHS boys and girls hockey, and wrestling teams all post wins on Wednesday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday

Boys Hockey = Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 8 – Final
– Taunton limited Franklin to just one goal through two periods, but the Panthers exploded for seven goals in the final 15 minutes. Joey Lizotte, Cam Trask, and Luke Downie each scored a pair of goals to lead Franklin.

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 8 vs. Dedham, 0 – Final
– Senior Jackie Connelly had a hat trick and freshman Natalie Stott recorded another shutout for the Panthers in a big non-league win. Regan Paterson chipped in with a pair of goals, while Amanda Lewandowski, Jordan Dwyer, and Victoria Quinn each scored once.

Wrestling = Franklin, 46 @ Oliver Ames, 12 – Final
– Oliver Ames’ Anthony Berksza and Dean Pacini each earned wins for the Tigers in the loss.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Via the Twitterverse

Need some Franklin gear?

The FHS webpage has a online store to purchase Franklin clothing

The FHS webpage has a online store to purchase Franklin clothing
The FHS webpage has a online store to purchase Franklin clothing

From the FHS School page, select Parents and scroll down the listing to select "School Store (online)"

"a great thing considering the town’s history"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The words of the town’s namesake filled the air. And more than three centuries later, many of them still apply. 
To celebrate the 312th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the town held an inaugural public readathon of his autobiography at the library on Wednesday. 
The daylong event included guest readers spanning from Franklin State Rep. Jeff Roy to local engineer and inventor John Berg. 
Spectators came and went throughout the day, leaving with the words of the founding father jingling around in their heads."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

I had the unexpected pleasure of reading the last segment to close out the day. It was fun and so much of what Ben wrote is still applicable today.

"a great thing considering the town’s history"
The status of Benjamin Franklin outside the Library in the light dusting
of snow that came through Wednesday evening

Kids, Clay and Community - Grades 3-5 - an Empty Bowls Project

Kids, Clay and Community — Grades 3-5 
an Empty Bowls Project

Check the flyer for the schedule. Sessions for each elementary school are set for Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM at Franklin High School.

About Empty Bowls: Empty Bowls is charity project, which works towards fighting hunger in local communities. The Empty Bowls Club at Franklin High School will spend the year making 400 ceramic bowls teaching students how art can make a difference. At the conclusion of this project, The Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry will co-host a fund-raiser at the high school on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 
About Kids Corner: Kids’ Corner, a program of Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute and Lifelong Community Learning, is a unique collection of after school activities for children with the goal of making learning fun. Classes are small, relaxed and designed to encourage children’s creativity …… a place where fun and learning meet.
Kids, Clay and Community - Grades 3-5 - an Empty Bowls Project
Kids, Clay and Community - Grades 3-5 - an Empty Bowls Project

The TC Insider

January 17, 2018

To the Tri-County Community,

It's mid-term time at TC and students are completing their midterm exams. We will be ending the second semester on Friday, January 19th. Halfway through the year with two snow days in the books, our new last day is June 20th. The year is half over and it's time for us to begin planning for the end of the school year activities; MCAS, Senior Awards, and Graduation. Please look to this Newsletter for further information on these events and others as the end of the year begins to take shape.

This week at TC we will be the taking time before the School Committee meeting to honor those that have had long careers at TC, 20 plus years, 25 plus years, and 30 plus years. Leading the pack is our Vocational Director Jean George with 37 years. Others with over 30 years include; Domenic Auciello, Timothy Carroll, Laurie Gildea, and Steven Richard.  With over 25 years; Andrew Giampietro, Nancy Haney, John Kowalczyk, Peter Sabourin, and Christopher Senior. Lastly, those with over 20 years include; Melissa Beckmann, Joseph DeCotis, Luci-Anne Jones, Peter Kubiak, Tara Lane, and Mark LeBlanc. Congratulations to all and thank you for your many years of service to the students and community.

This is also the time of year where freshmen make their shop selections. Last week we had about 75% of the freshmen parents in with their students to go over the process and take a look at the programs again. The freshmen are currently in their last exploratory. This is always a busy time filled with anxious excitement for the students, teachers, and administration. It completes a process that started over a year ago when these students visited and applied to the school. Times have changed. Some of the programs have changed as well, but our mission remains the same; to provide real-life skills and a future for those students that choose to attend our school.  

Thanks for your support,
Mr. Procaccini

Upcoming Events

Admissions - Open Enrollment
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End of 2nd Quarter
January 19

Early Release Day
February 2

Winter Vacation
February 19-23

40 Year Celebration Dinner
April 7

Golf Tourmament
June 8

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