Saturday, February 10, 2018

9th Charity Soccer Tournament - Soccer for Smiles - Feb 20-21

Our ninth charity soccer tournament, Soccer for Smiles, is coming up very soon, February 20 and 21. Several teams and individuals have already registered, but we are looking for a lot more. The more the merrier!

For those new to the tournament, it is a 3v3 tournament, all for fun and charity, that takes 2-3 hours on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on gender and age. The games are run like our Franklin Soccer School (FSS) in-class leagues and tournaments with FSS staff managing substitutions and games. Our goal is to make it fun for all and the teenage staff does a nice job of doing so!

To sign up and get more information, please head over to:

Questions about the tournament can be sent to

What is Downtown Sports? This is the name of the sports complex that includes our brand new, multi-sport court and our beloved Carpe Diem Field. The court will be open in a week or two. Details of it can be found on our webpage and on our Facebook page accessible through:

When you come to Soccer for Smiles, stop in at the new court!

Downtown Sports - located in the former Aubuchon Hardware
Downtown Sports - located in the former Aubuchon Hardware

Franklin Police Pledge to IACP's ONE MIND Campaign

The Franklin Police Department is pleased to announce that they have pledged to take action in support of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign, with the intent to unite local communities, public safety organizations, and mental health organizations in such a way that the three become “of one mind.”

The One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons with mental illness. To join the campaign, the department has committed to implementing four promising practices over a 12–36 month timeframe. These four strategies include (1) establishing a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with one or more community mental health organization(s), (2) developing and implementing a model policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illness, (3) training and certifying 100 percent of the agency’s sworn officers (and selected nonsworn staff, such as dispatchers) in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety, and (4) providing Crisis Intervention Team training to a minimum of 20 percent of the agency’s sworn officers.
Franklin Police Pledge to IACP's ONE MIND Campaign
Franklin Police Pledge to IACP's ONE MIND Campaign

"The Franklin Police Department is committed to training our officers to better serve all members of our community, especially those who struggle with the challenges of mental illness." said Chief of Police Thomas Lynch "We see the One Mind Campaign as an example of our mission, vision, and values statement. We will continue to look for innovative ways to bring our officers closer to the community, and build trust with all whom we are charged with protecting."

The Franklin Police Department acknowledges the need to recognize and address recent societal, cultural, and technological changes that impact law enforcement responses to persons with mental illness. The strategies that the department has pledged to adopt create a unique opportunity to form a partnership with mental health organizations in the community. The committed efforts of both law enforcement agencies and the mental health community to reduce officer and civilian fatalities and injuries resulting from encounters between law enforcement officials and persons with mental illness are of critical importance. Pledging to support the One Mind Campaign is the first step towards creating a safer community for all.

For more information on the One Mind Campaign visit

A copy of the full report, Improving Police Response to Persons Affected by Mental Illness, links to additional resources and a list of all agencies that have taken the pledge is also available on the website.

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

Mansfield tops both FHS boys and girls basketball teams on Friday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Feb 9, 2018.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 47 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final

Girls Basketball = Mansfield, 62 @ Franklin, 48 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap:
"Mansfield had a lot on the line when it traveled to its biggest rival on Friday night. A win against Franklin would clinch at least a share of a third straight league title for the Hornets, while senior center Meg Hill was only seven points away from reaching 1,000 for her career. 
With a layup off a feed from Mady Bendanillo late in the first quarter, Hill (17 points, nine rebounds) made quick work of her accomplishment, but the Hornets needed to battle to the end to pull out a 62-48 victory that sealed a three-peat of Kelley-Rex titles. 
“We had a chance to come over here to get a share of the title with a 1,000-point scorer, lets get it all done tonight,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “I’m glad it’s over and now we can relax and a win against KP to win it outright takes a little pressure off when we play OA (in the league finale).”

Continue reading the article online

For the photo gallery from the girls basketball game

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS applies defensive pressure
FHS applies defensive pressure

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 2/9/18 - THU 2/15/18

FRIDAY 2/9/18
9-10:30am   Tri-County Children’s Center Open House and Registration @ Tri-County HS, 147 Pond Street
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
11am-1pm   Valentine’s Jazz Brunch Party @ Franklin Senior Center
2-3pm   Tech Help with HMMS Students @ Franklin Senior Center
5:30pm   Heart with Hope Restorative Yoga (for parents and loved ones of those suffering from addiction) @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk

SATURDAY 2/10/18
9:30am-3pm   Christian Zen Retreat @ McMahon Guest House
9:30am   Family Yoga Adventure @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-12pm   BFCCPS Information Session and Building Tours @   BFCCPS
10am   Animal Tales (ages 2.5-5) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
11am   Open House @ Sunrise Montessori
12:30-3pm   Franklin Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren @ FHS
2pm   FSPA presents ‘Shrek the Musical’ @ The Black Box
2pm   Marc Berger and RIDE @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   FSPA presents ‘Shrek the Musical’ @ The Black Box
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Chelsea Berry @ FUSF

SUNDAY 2/11/18
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1:15pm   Paul Compton: Saving Franklin's Historic Homes from the Wrecking Ball @ Franklin Historical Museum
1:30pm   Career Chats: Medical Professionals @ Franklin Public Library
2-4pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 2/12/18 
9am-1pm   Kindergarten Registration @ Franklin Municipal Building, 3rd floor
10am   Storytime (all ages, free) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Franklin Democratic Town Committee Meeting/Delegate Election @ Hawthorne Suites

TUESDAY 2/13/18
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3-6pm   Kindergarten Registration @ Franklin Municipal Building, 3rd floor
7pm   Franklin School Committee Legislative Forum on Education Funding @ Franklin High School
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Monthly Meeting (open to public) @ Franklin YMCA

5-8am   ‘Ashes to Go’ and blessings @ Franklin Dean MBTA Station, service offered at 7pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church
10am   Animal Tales (for ages 2.5-5) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1:30-2:30pm   Preschool Play N’ Learn @ Franklin Public Library
3:30pm   Movie Screening @ 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   Let’s Laugh Today - laughter yoga @ FUSF

THURSDAY 2/15/18
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
12pm   Urban Sketching (no experience necessary) @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Executive Lecture Series: NIKE Executive Michael Spillane @ Dean College, Guidry Center
6:30-7:30pm   School Committee Coffee Session @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 
7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop: "I feel worried. Tips to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety" (all public welcome) @ Franklin Municipal Building (3rd floor)
7-9pm   350 Mass Legislative Training for Climate Activists @ FUSF

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 Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren - Feb 10

"Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in Franklin, and you’re invited! She’ll be talking and answering questions about how she’s holding the Trump Administration accountable and fighting for Massachusetts families in the Senate. This is also a chance to meet some of our team members and learn how you can get in this fight in 2018. 
Doors open at 12:30 PM and the town hall will begin at 1:30 PM. Admission is first come, first served. We're sorry, but signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event."

Franklin High School Auditorium
218 Oak Street
Franklin 02038

Sat, February 10, 2018
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite

Franklin Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren by Elizabeth for MA
Franklin Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren by Elizabeth for MA

FHS wrestling and girls hockey teams post wins on Thursday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Thursday, Feb 8, 2018.

Wrestling = Franklin, 33 @ North Attleboro, 18 – Final

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap

"Holding a 2-1 lead with under five minutes to go, the Canton boys hockey team was whistled for too many men on the ice. 
It was just the second penalty of the game for the Dogs, but the visiting Panthers of Franklin High needed just 20 seconds in the second period on their first chance of the man advantage to cash in. 
With the game on the line, Canton’s penalty showed it had learned its lesson from earlier on, coming up with a near perfect kill. The Bulldogs went on to score just over a minute after killing the penalty, and again with the net empty, to earn a 4-1 win in a clash of Davenport and Kelley-Rex division champions. 
“That was a great kill,” said Canton head coach Brian Shuman. “Bubba [McNeice] had a great game with the two goals but he was great on the kill. Jack Goyetch, Johnny [Hagan], Ryan [Nolte]…they all had a big kill. They learned their lesson from the first one around. They played very smart on that second kill, that was a huge part of the game.”
Continue reading the game recap

For the photo gallery follow this link

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap

"With two of the top defensive units in Canton and Franklin going head to head, goal scoring chances were going to be at a premium. 
Franklin sophomore Jordan Dwyer took advantage of her chance, scoring the only goal of the game a minute into the final period to give the Panthers a 1-0 upset over Canton. 
While Dwyer provided the lone tally of the game, it was Franklin freshman goalie Natalie Stott (35 saves) that put the Panthers in position to get the win. 
“She made the difference,” said Franklin head coach Margie Burke of Stott. “Anytime its a one-goal game, you have to give it to the goalie. She gave us the opportunity to put one puck in the net. And it wasn’t until the third period. If [Canton] gets a couple goals early on, then we don’t even have that chance. She played great.”
Continue reading the game recap

For the photo gallery follow this link

For other results around the League on Thursday

Franklin’s Jordan Dwyer celebrates with her teammates following her third period goal. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin’s Jordan Dwyer celebrates with her teammates following her third period goal. (Ryan Lanigan/

Representative Roy: What's happening in the district - February 2018 newsletter

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I'm running for re-election in 2018

It is been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Franklin and Medway as your State Representative for the past five years. And I am happy to report that on January 26, 2018, I took out papers to run again this year and I hope to again earn your support. Working together, we can continue to make our district and Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family.

This month's newsletter highlights some of activities that have taken place in our area over the past month. I welcome your input and feedback on any of these activities and on how we can continue to make progress together.

Thank you for your continued interest and support and i look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.

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In the News: Dunkin moves to paper cups; Census count adjustments for fairness

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin. One has a completion date targeted for 2020, the other regards the Census count in 2020.

"Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is about to undergo a big change. The Massachusetts-based company is saying goodbye to its signature polystyrene foam cups and introducing paper cups. 
It’s another move to modernize the iconic brand. The transition to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually. 
The plans are to begin eliminating all polystyrene foam cups beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. A new, double-walled paper cup will be used instead. The current reclosable lid remains. The company said the paper cup will keep beverages hot while keeping hands cool without the need for a sleeve."
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"A change in rules ahead of the 2020 census could prove a boon for Fayetteville and other communities around Fort Bragg. 
Fayetteville and North Carolina leaders have praised the change, which could ensure that the state’s large military population is not counted elsewhere, leading to more federal money and the possibility for an additional seat in Congress. 
The new rules are designed to better count five different populations, such as deployed service members, overseas federal employees who are not U.S. citizens, crews aboard U.S. maritime or merchant vessels, juveniles in treatment centers and residents of religious group quarters. 
A memorandum release by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday detailed the rule changes and said they were meant to ensure the once-a-decade population count is “fair and consistent.”

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Odd Fellows to host Register O'Donnell - Mar 12

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell has been invited to speak to the general public as a guest of the Franklin Independent Order of Odd Fellows on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Franklin Public Library located at 118 Main Street, Franklin.

The short speaking program will touch on the historical nature of the Registry and the Register’s efforts to modernize and computerize the vast number of Norfolk County real estate records. Following his remarks, the Register will be available to answer individual questions. Members of the Register’s staff will also be available to assist in providing information about the Massachusetts Homestead Act. On-site work stations will be available to provide the status of a mortgage discharge, print a copy of your deed or provide a demonstration on how the Registry’s On-Line Land Records Database works.

This is a community outreach initiative sponsored by the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. It is Register O’Donnell’s goal to provide a convenient way for residents to learn more about how the Registry serves Norfolk County. Although Registry staff cannot provide legal advice, they will be able to answer basic questions, provide general information, take a document for recording and assist in filling out a Declaration of Homestead form.

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, “like” us on follow us on and/or

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

Odd Fellows to host Register O'Donnell - Mar 12
Odd Fellows to host Register O'Donnell - Mar 12

Saving Franklin from the Wrecking Ball - Feb 11

"It is well known that Franklin has grown rapidly for several decades. "Progress" sometimes meant that old or historic structures were in the way - and that usually meant demolition. 
However, Paul Compton, a long time resident, had other ideas and from the late 1960s he engineered the relocation of 5 houses, at least one dating back to the 1840s, to a new neighborhood along Pond Street. Paul will explain why and how he pulled off this accomplishment and will provide a slide show illustrating the process."

When: Sunday at 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Where:  Franklin Historical Museum, 80 W Central St, Franklin

Saving Franklin from the Wrecking Ball - Feb 11
Saving Franklin from the Wrecking Ball - Feb 11

FHS hockey and wrestling rescheduled for Thursday, Feb 8

Via HockomockSports we share the schedule changes for the FHS sports events that had been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018. With the early dismissal all the afternoon school events were canceled and the FHS sports were re-scheduled as follows:

Boys Hockey
Franklin @ Canton – Postponed to Thursday, 2/8 at 7:30.

Girls Hockey
Franklin @ Canton – Postponed to Thursday, 2/8 at 4:00.

Franklin @ North Attleboro – Postponed to Thursday, 2/8 at 6:00.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

“As this new industry is established: simpler is better”

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

"From standardizing community host agreements to allowing porta-potties on outdoor pot farms, speakers at a public hearing Wednesday offered many suggestions on how to tweak regulations governing recreational pot, with particular emphasis on helping small farmers succeed in the nascent industry. 
“There’s no ganja like farm-grown ganja,” said Eric Schwartz, co-founder of Farm Bug Cooperative, a cooperative of farmers which will be applying for a craft marijuana cultivator cooperative license. “I think Massachusetts can be a shining example for the rest of the country in ending the failed marijuana prohibition policy.” 
About 100 people gathered at the Worcester Public Library Wednesday morning for a public hearing on draft regulations governing the adult use of cannabis in the state. The meeting was hosted by members of the Cannabis Control Commission, and was one of several being held throughout the state to solicit feedback on the draft regulations - which oversee everything about the cannabis trade from seed to consumption."

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MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage
MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage

RIDE in NH and MA This Week

RIDE in NH and MA This Week
Hi New Englanders,

I'll be in you part of the planet this week, with the RIDE Band at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Friday evening and Music in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center in Peterborough, NH Saturday night.

I'll also be performing RIDE in concerts at three Massachusetts libraries. Acoustic magician, Joe Flood will join me on mandolin, fiddle and guitar in Framingham on Thursday evening and in Franklin, Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, I'll be at The Thomas Crane Library in Quincy for a concert featuring the upright bass fabulousness of Mr. Marty Ballou.

Fri, Feb 9 @9 PM      The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA
Sat, Feb 10 @7 PM   Music in Bass Hall, Peterborough, NH

Ariel Bernstein - Drums / Greg Toro - Bass / Joe Flood - Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar / Marc - Guitar, Harmonica

Thursday, Feb. 8th @ 7 PM   Framingham Library
Saturday, Feb 10th @ 2 PM   Franklin Library
Sunday, Feb 11th @ 3 PM     Thomas Crane Library

"Gritty, cinematic tales of the real times stripped bare, at other times dramatic and experience like no other album I've heard this year." - MAVERICK, U.K.
RIDE in NH and MA This Week
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