Saturday, March 3, 2018

Town of Franklin: [Residents] March 3rd 2018 Storm

Good morning:
This is Brutus Cantoreggi with the Town of Franklin to provide you with an update on the loss of electricity within the Town after yesterday's historic Nor'eater storm.
There are presently 3,140 customers in Franklin without power.  As of this morning, National Grid has begun power recovery efforts in the community and will restore power as quickly as possible.  They presently warn that full power restoration may take up to 72 hours.  If you do not have power make sure you contact National Grid at 800-465-1212.  They can't restore your power if they don't know it's out.
The high winds of yesterday caused many power and other overhead transmission lines to come down.  Please stay away from any downed wire and treat all downed wires as energized electrical lines. Only a few road remain impassable due to trees and wires down; they are marked with barricades and signs - please do not drive past barricades.
Citizens without power can go to the Hockomock YMCA located at 45 Forge Hill Road for a warm shower and charge your electronic devices.  
We will keep you updated with information as the situation dictates.  As always please call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Town of Franklin: [Residents] March 3rd 2018 Storm
Town of Franklin: [Residents] March 3rd 2018 Storm

Urgent: Power Outage Update

Power Outage Update

Due to the power outages the Franklin YMCA is allowing residents with no power to use their facility to take hot showers and charge your phones and laptops etc.

For information about power outages please visit National Grid at:  or call 1-800-465-1212
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Urgent: Power Outage Update
Urgent: Power Outage Update

Supporting documentation for the FY 2019 School Budget Proposal

On Friday, March 2, a check of the document folder for the Feb 27, 2018 meeting reveals the "supporting documentation" referenced by the Superintendent's memo are now available. 

The meeting packet folder can be found here:

The budget supporting documents of note:

  • Budget breakout school by school (generally determined as a per student allocation)

  • Budget line item details for FY 16 through the proposal for FY 19

  • What's in the revolving accounts? How are they able to provide funding to offset the budget?

  • What are Special Funds? State and Federal grant details can be found here

  • The Superintendent's memo and the presentation document

Superintendent to School Committee - FY 2019 School Budget Memo and Presentation
Superintendent to School Committee - FY 2019 School Budget Memo and Presentation

The supporting documents can also be found on the School District page here

Pantherbook: "Hitting Snooze on the Morning Bell"

Madeleine Lussier, Editor of Pantherbook, has a piece on school start times called "Hitting Snooze on the Morning Bell"

"The idea of later school start times has spread to the town of Franklin. 
As it stands right now, Franklin High School has one of the earliest start times in the area with Medway beginning school at 8:04, Milford students getting to class at 7:50, and the bell ringing in Bellingham at 7:30, but as early as January 2019, students at Franklin High could be the ones sleeping in the latest. 
Beginning school at a later time would allow students to develop longer natural sleep cycle which in turn allows for more cognitive function, or increased availability to learn according to the U.S National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health."
Continue reading the article at Pantherbook

Pantherbook: "Hitting Snooze on the Morning Bell"
Pantherbook: "Hitting Snooze on the Morning Bell"

FHS wrestlers Bakalars and Remillard perform at New Englands

Via Twitter, we share the FHS wrestling results from the New England meet being held in Providence.

Help Neal in his marathon fund raising

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Silver Lining Mentoring
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"Transportation projects are a major part of local economy"

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

"When a harsh winter crippled MBTA service in 2015, Gov. Charlie Baker had realized that it was time to bring the entire system into the 21st century. 
Baker vowed Friday morning to focus on upgrading signals, switches, tracks, power systems and electronics. 
“I am just going to be a bear about this,” Baker said in front of business leaders as one of the keynote speakers at the annual 495/MetroWest Partnership annual conference at the Courtyard Marriott. “Until we make the investments we are supposed to make so the core system runs in such a way that somebody might recommend to someone to ride it.” 
He said a lot of the infrastructure is 50, 60 or 70 years old."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

boarding the train at Franklin/Dean for the commute to Boston
boarding the train at Franklin/Dean for the commute to Boston

MassBudget: Educated and Encumbered

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

March 1, 2018

Educated and Encumbered: Support for higher ed down since FY 2001, tuition and debt up

While the economic strength of Massachusetts is built largely on having the best-educated workforce in the nation, funding for public higher education has declined substantially since 2001. This has led to large increases in tuition, fees, and student debt. Those financial obstacles can limit opportunity for high school graduates, potentially weakening our state economy. In the past dozen years debt for graduates of four-year public colleges and universities has grown more rapidly in Massachusetts than in 48 of the 50 states.

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's report, Educated and Encumbered: Student Debt Rising with Higher Education Funding Falling in Massachusetts, finds that per-pupil funding for public higher education has declined by 32 percent since 2001 in Massachusetts, funding for scholarships has declined at a similar rate, and per-pupil debt has increased 122 percent since the 2003-2004 school year. The average debt among public university graduates now almost equals that of students graduating from the state's private colleges and universities.

The report finds that, by 2016, more graduates of public higher education had debt than graduates of private institutions - 73 percent compared with 54 percent.

MassBudget: Educated and Encumbered

Since Fiscal Year 2001, the state's public higher education funding has decreased by about $3,000 per student in today's dollars while tuition and fees rose by about $4,600 per student in that same time.

Read the full report here.
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 3/2/18 - THU 3/8/18

FRIDAY 3/2/18
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
1:30pm   Mighty Girls Story Time @ Franklin Public Library
5:30pm   Heart with Hope Restorative Yoga (for parents and loved ones of those suffering from addiction) @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
6-10pm   Party for a Cure - Kim Luccini Fundraiser for DF Marathon @ Elks Lodge
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
7pm   ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’ - BFCCPS Musical @ Horace Mann MS
8pm   The Black Box Local Artist Series: The Gershwin-Porter Songbook featuring Cindy Jones @ The Black Box

9-10am   School Committee Coffee Session @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Town of Franklin's 240th Birthday Celebration @ Franklin Historical Museum
12pm   FSPA Musical Theatre Showcase @ The Black Box
2pm   METG DramaFest Preliminaries, Franklin HS performing ‘Fahrenheit 451’ @ FHS
2pm   FSPA Musical Theatre Showcase @ The Black Box
2pm   ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’ - BFCCPS Musical @ Horace Mann MS
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Patty Larkin @ FUSF

SUNDAY 3/4/18
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
3pm   Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 3/5/18
10am   Storytime (all ages, free) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Book Discussion Group @ Franklin Senior Center
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm  Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 3/6/18
10:30am   Get Ready For Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Lenten Soup Supper and Book Study (weekly until March 21) @ St. John’s Episcopal Church
6:30pm   Canvas Paint Night @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
7pm   Franklin Garden Club Monthly Meeting - House Plant Success @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Friends Book Group @ 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   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Franklin Art Association Meeting - demo by Kim Morin Weinick (meetings are free and open to public) @ Franklin Senior Center
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   YA Dystopian Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Friends of Franklin Public Library Meeting @ Franklin Public Library

9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ 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
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge
1pm   Minds in Motion @ Franklin Senior Center
3:30pm   Discovery Workshop @ Franklin Public Library
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

Celebrate 40 Years of Excellence with Tri-County - Apr 7

Tri-county Regional Vocational Technical High School

40th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit


6 - 7 PM Vocational Shops Open
7 - 9 PM Hors D’Oeuvres and Cash Bar

Entertainment will be provided
Donation: $75.00 per person*

To purchase tickets go to:

Download a flyer

 Celebrate 40 Years of Excellence with Tri-County
 Celebrate 40 Years of Excellence with Tri-County - Apr 7

FHS boys basketball advance in playoffs with a 79-49 win

Joe Clark, Student Reporter provides the game recap for the FHS boys basketball opening playoff win against Lincoln-Sudbury.

"In last year’s D1 Central Quarterfinals, Franklin survived a major scare from Acton-Boxboro en route to a 59-52 win. This year, Franklin made sure that scare never came, as the top-seeded Panthers played a near-perfect game from start to finish in a 79-49 win over #8 Lincoln-Sudbury. 
“This year, we talked about that [the Acton-Boxboro game] at practice and said how you can’t walk in and look at your number one seed and think that’s going to do the job and get you to win games, you have to go out and show why you earned that seed, be the team you have been all season that’s put you in the great position you’re in now, and I thought we did that tonight,” said Franklin coach CJ Neely about his team’s performance. 
Franklin started the game out on a 10-2 run that included five points from Matt Elias (seven points), but L-S went on a 5-0 run behind threes from Kahmari Williams (11 points) and Jack Sorbo to cut the Franklin lead to 10-8 midway through the first quarter. 
But Franklin dominated the rest of the half, using a 30-9 run, highlighted by 11 points and three steals from Paul Mahon (19 points, four steals) and seven points off the bench from Will Harvey. The run gave the Panthers a 40-17 halftime lead."
Continue reading the article online

Franklin senior Paul Mahon takes a three-point shot against Lincoln-Sudbury. (Peter Raider/
Franklin senior Paul Mahon takes a three-point shot against Lincoln-Sudbury. (Peter Raider/

Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018!

Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018

Register now for CAAD2018!

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education.

8:00 - 9:00          Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10           Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25           Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40           MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00        Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10        Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20       Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15          Lunch and Meet Your Reps … talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25           Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30          Wrap Up

  • How to Attract and Keep Volunteers
  • Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • How to Build Community Partnerships
  • Social Media Basics
  • Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits
  • Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets
  • Leveraging PR and Email Marketing
  • The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
Register Now

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SOAR at BBC's St. Patty's Party - Mar 17

SOAR at BBC's St. Patty's Party

Hosted by SOAR and British Beer Company Franklin

Saturday, March 17 at 9 PM - 12 AM

SOAR at BBC's St. Patty's Party - Mar 17
SOAR at BBC's St. Patty's Party - Mar 17

What is SOAR?
We are a teen rock band focused on classic rock songs by artists ranging from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and everything in between.

Who are the SOAR band members?
Jaylyn: Vocals and Keys
Mitch: Bass
Theresa: Vocals and Guitar
Tyler: Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Will: Drums, Drums and more Drums

Find them on Facebook at

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“Our success has come about from our partnering within the region"

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

"For almost 15 years, Paul Matthews has been hearing from companies about the challenges of the 495/90 interchange. 
But last year the long-standing project to fix the interchange entered its design phase with $227 million set aside in the state’s capital plan. 
Matthews, executive director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, said enhancing the project is key for the region’s economy. The interchange is vital for companies to transport products and raw materials and for their employees’ commutes, he said. 
“It is in its final design stage,” Matthews said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For more about the 495/MetroWest Partnership, visit them on the web

The "Strength in Numbers" report for 2017 can be found here

495/MetroWest Partnership
495/MetroWest Partnership

Mommy & Me Baby Yoga Class - Thursdays beginning March 8

Lifelong Community Learning

Mommy and Me Baby Yoga
Mommy and Me Baby Yoga


8 Thursdays, beginning March 8
11:00 to 12:00 pm

Tranquil Souls Yoga
15 East Central Street, Franklin
Use yoga to help strengthen your bond with baby as you enjoy their budding personality!
Babies will experience yoga poses, songs and rhymes specific to infant development while on their backs, tummies and being held. 

This class is for babies - newborn to pre-crawling with their caregiver. 

No prior yoga experience required. You are free to meet the needs of your baby throughout class.

Please bring a receiving blanket for baby and a yoga mat. 

FPS - Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mustard’s Retreat plays Wrentham - Mar 23

Who: Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough)

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, March 23

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

Their special brand of folk music. Highly acclaimed as not only songwriters, but as interpreters of traditional and contemporary songs and stories, their show is full of enthusiasm, good humor and fine musicianship.

For more information and tickets, go to

Mustard’s Retreat plays Wrentham - Mar 23
Mustard’s Retreat plays Wrentham - Mar 23

For more about Mustard's Retreat

Superintendent to School Committee - FY 2019 School Budget Memo and Presentation

"I am pleased to present the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 19 Budget on February 27, 2018 at the regular School Committee meeting. This presentation is the culmination of many steps in the development process, beginning with the School Committee’s Budget Workshop on October 10, 2017. I have been working closely with the central office administrators and building principals to consider budgetary needs as we plan for the 2018-2019 school year. I have also been in communication with the Town Administrator as part of the planning process.

The Budget Subcommittee has met several times, including in December with the Town’s Budget Subcommittee. The subcommittee members have been updated about progress along the way and have agreed to the proposed process for budget development. Since the last Budget Subcommittee meeting on February 13, 2018, the central office administrators, building principals, and I met to discuss the “Critical Needs” of the district, a selected few of which are included as additions to a Level Service budget. The recommended actions related to our “Critical Needs” are aligned with the current District Improvement Plan or are consistent with the process I have outlined for developing a new Strategy for Improvement for Franklin Public Schools in the coming months.

The Superintendent’s Recommended Budget proposes an appropriation of $64,390,935, which represents a 6.9% increase over the FY 18 appropriation. When revolving funds of $3,623,985 are considered compared to last years’ revolving fund amount of $6,329,935, the proposed increase in expenses is reduced to 2.18%. This proposal includes a $955,935 budget gap (at this time) yet to be closed. There are some outstanding variables that will impact the school budget, including the town’s actual allocation toward the school budget, the actual rate of increase of health insurance, whether or not there is additional Circuit Breaker revenue expected in a supplemental state budget, and the remaining expenses for FY 18.

From here, I recommend that the School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee begin to work on refining the budget in this iterative process, ultimately bringing forward a proposed budget for public hearing on March 27, 2018 with a proposed School Committee vote on the FY 19 budget on April 10, 2018.

I want to thank and commend Miriam Goodman, our School Business Administrator, for her keen insight, diligence, and attention to detail in preparing the FY 19 budget. In addition to the presentation, we are sharing supporting documentation with you."

Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

This copy was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

The budget presentation document can also be found on the Town of Franklin webpage's%20Recommended%20Budget%20(1).pdf

The "supporting documentation" has not yet been made available to the public (updated 3/2/18 - documents uploaded after this post was originally created)

Superintendent to School Committee - FY 2019 School Budget Memo and Presentation
Superintendent to School Committee - FY 2019 School Budget Memo and Presentation