Saturday, April 14, 2018

Franklin Public Schools: Concession Stand At FHS

Dear Franklin School Community,

A group of very generous community members, led by Mr. Mike Socci, have donated time, money, labor, and materials to construct a new concession stand at the location of the current concession trailer at Pisini Field at Franklin High School. This project received School Committee approval in December, pending sufficient funding. Significant fundraising efforts have yielded the necessary funds and the project is moving forward, beginning over April vacation.

We are very excited about this project. The current trailer will be replaced at the current location with a new building with improvements in the kitchen for serving concessions at events. Additionally, the facility will include bathroom facilities. We are very grateful for the generous donations.

Within the next few weeks, community members can expect to see materials being removed from the trailer, its demolition, and the construction of a fence around the construction area.

Construction will continue this spring, with some small projects occurring on weekends, when school is not in session. The majority of the work, however, will be completed over the summer, after school gets out. We anticipate that this will have little impact on our school or our summer programming.

All workers, as we do with every construction project, will have verified CORI checks for safety.

Please contact the Superintendent's office, if you have any questions.

Have a safe and restful April vacation.

Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Public Schools: Concession Stand At FHS

The GoFundMe page is still active

More about the proposed renovations

Leofanti no-hitter leads FHS over Milford 4-0

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Baseball = Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 4 – Final
– Franklin senior James Leofanti dazzled in his season debut on the mound, throwing a no-hitter to lead the Panthers to a win over visiting Milford. Leofanti struck out eight while allowing just two walks to earn the win. Senior Colby Fitzgibbons made a terrific diving play in the sixth inning at second to help preserve the no-hitter. Offensively, Franklin scored two runs in the bottom of the first and added two more in the fifth inning. Junior Alex Haba went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, Scott Elliott walked twice and scored once, and JB Flores went 1-for-2 with two RBI. Milford sophomore Colby Pires kept the Panthers without a hit for four innings. He finished with three hits allowed, three earned runs, two strikeouts, and eight walks.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 8 @ Westwood, 13 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MassBudget: Millionaires have deep roots

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April 12, 2018

Millionaires have deep roots: An analysis of eight states

Massachusetts can have an economy that generates broad prosperity and home-grown millionaires with world-class education and infrastructure. Several other states have top income-tax rates as high, or substantially higher, than what is proposed in Massachusetts. Those states do not have fewer millionaires, and have not seen less growth in their share of millionaires over time.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's new report, What Has Happened in Other States with High Tax Rates on Million-Dollar Incomes? finds that strong state economies are built from the ground up, with a focus on fundamentals like a well-educated workforce. Internal factors, not migration, drive growth of overall incomes and of high incomes. Moreover, migration accounts for a very small share of total state income; millionaire migration is a fraction of overall migration; and tax policy plays a very small role in millionaire migration. 

Careful studies have found that people with high incomes are less likely than other people to relocate to other states. This is because high earners tend to be married, have children, and be more embedded in business and social networks.
MassBudget: Millionaires have deep roots
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MBTA Reminder: Saturday/Sunday - Franklin Line shuttle weekends

Weekend train service on the Franklin Line will be replaced by ADA accessible shuttle buses, making all regularly scheduled stops, between Forge Park/495 and Readville stations from April 7th through May 27th during the installation of PTC.

The MBTA will install federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) systems along the Franklin Line to improve safety by reducing train collisions and derailments. This work will require weekend shutdowns on the line between Forge Park/495 and Readville, where passengers will connect to train service.

Shuttle buses will be free and passengers will pay for train service from Readville to Boston.

Last updated: Apr 12 2018 03:06 PM

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Head's Up: Weekend Train Service Via Shuttle buses Apr 7 - May 27
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“stable but not out of the woods”

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

"Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon’s police dog, Nero, survived a surgery Friday for injuries he received in the Thursday shooting that killed Gannon, according to a Facebook post from the Yarmouth Police Department. 
According to a post from the Dennis Veterinary Hospital, Nero, who was shot in the head and neck, was stabilized at the scene of the Marstons Mills shooting by the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team and then taken to an emergency veterinary facility. He was later transferred to a surgical facility and was described as “stable but not out of the woods.” 
Peter McClelland, a retired Yarmouth police officer who served in the K-9 unit, was with Nero throughout the night, according to the hospital’s post."

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The Yarmouth Police Canine Unit was the first established canine unit on Cape Cod and originally deployed three canine teams
"The Yarmouth Police Canine Unit was the first established canine unit on Cape Cod and originally deployed three canine teams"
More about the Yarmouth, MA K9 unit can be found online

Celebrate the ABLE in all of us!

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Franklin, MA
Do something incredABLE!
Register for HMEA's incredABLE 5K today!
Exciting News! The Red Sox Showcase will be at the incredABLE 5K again this year, thanks to a generous $15,000 sponsorship by the incredABLE Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation!

The Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile will bring Red Sox baseball and Fenway Park to towns across New England all summer long. The truck will carry a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge, and a virtual reality experience.

Save time, download your waiver and bring it with you, click here.

Only REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS will receive the official 2018 incredABLE 5K t-shirt, so make sure to get registered at

Registration will be available the morning of the event at the Registration Tent.

Only REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS who raise $25 will receive a special FUNDRAISER GIFT. A beautiful HMEA beach towel to enjoy this summer!

Fidelity Bank will be at the incredABLE 5K with their ice cream truck, The Frosty Flyer, giving out FREE ice cream treats, while supplies last.

They also gave a generous $2,500 sponsorship to the event!

Thank you Fidelity Bank for being an incredABLE supporter!
Do something incredABLE!

Help us celebrate the ABLE in all of us!
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 4/13/18 - THU 4/19/18

FRIDAY 4/13/18
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Joe Landry: Franklin’s Schools @ 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 4/14/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
10am-3:30pm   Recycling Event (Bottles, Cans, Appliances, Electronics - supports FHS Softball Boosters) @ Horace Mann Parking Lot
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10am-12pm   Book Talk with author Jeanette Scales @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Lady Bug Explorer Packs @ Franklin Public Library
8pm   Local Artist Series: The Loomers @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 4/15/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
All Day   Franklin Public Library Closed
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 4/16/18
All Day   Franklin Public Library Closed

TUESDAY 4/17/18
10:30am   Creature Teachers @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Minute to Win It @ Franklin Public Library

10:30am   Whalemobile @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Balance Class @ Senior Center
1pm   Storytime Fiesta @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
5pm   Book Bites @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)

THURSDAY 4/19/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Show @ Franklin Public Library
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge
1pm   Sign Language Storytime @ 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

“The town’s been saving up for this”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The town budget for fiscal 2019 is short by about $1.5 million, but will be balanced by an emergency fund that hasn’t been used for more than a decade. 
The budget stabilization fund, about $1.8 million, will be allocated to offset the general budget’s deficit. The subtraction leaves very little money remaining in that fund, but the town has a second one in place, which it hopes to not touch. 
Assistant Town Manager Jaime Hellen said that using the $1.5 million will help town committees and boards to readjust their budgets as they see fit in an attempt to meet next budget season’s challenges. The deficit, he said, is likely to last a few years. 
“This is something that we’ve spoken of for several years,” he said. “We’re hitting the point where there are several factors leading to the likelihood of a structural budget deficit, and that’s exactly what that fund is for.”

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The Finance Committee has scheduled their series of budget hearings over the next two weeks. These are department level conversation around the current budget to actual, future needs, and what drives the budget for each department. It is the most insightful forum to learn valuable information. 

After the Finance Committee reviews the budget they will vote on a budget to recommend to the Town Council. The Town Council also holds two budget hearings (as required by Town charter) although they have been more cursory affairs and less informative in recent years. The budget the Town Council will vote on provides the operational funding that the Town will use for the Fiscal Year, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The Finance Committee hearings are scheduled for

  • April 17 - 7:00 PM
  • April 18 - 7:00 PM
  • April 24 - 6:00 PM

The Town Council hearings are scheduled for

  • May 17 - 7:00 PM
  • May 18 - 7:00 PM

The Town has now created a Budget page

The School Committee just completed their budget process this week. They held a working session in October 2017, budget hearing earlier this year leading to the vote to approve their budget on Tuesday, April 10.

The Schools budget is a single line item on the Town budget. The School Department control the overall priority and allocation of the budget within the schools. The Town Council approves the total number to be funded by the town.

The school budget can be found online

a flow chart of the budget process for the Town of Franklin
a flow chart of the budget process for the Town of Franklin

FHS boys lacrosse top Newton North 9-7

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 9 @ Newton North, 7 – Final
– The Davis brothers got the job on both ends for the Panthers in a big win over Newton North. Sophomore Jake Davis paced the offense by scoring a hat trick and adding one assist while older brother Will Davis made 16 saves in an outstanding effort in net. With starting goalie Connor O’Rourke out for his second straight game, Will Davis got the start and came up big for Franklin. Eric Civetti added two goals and one assist, Kyle McEniry added two goals, and Jacob Alexander, who won 16 of 18 faceoffs, scored once.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 0 @ Hopkinton, 5 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers