Saturday, May 12, 2018

School Committee recap - May 8, 2018

The School Committee meeting was not broadcast live this week due to technical difficulties. I was out of town on a business trip and wouldn't have been able to report in real-time even if my schedule allowed. Fortunately, Franklin TV had captured the video and did turn it around quickly for replay. I was able to view it to provide the report here.

Present: Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield, Bergen, Schultz, Zub
Absent: none

Student reports
Prom no issues
AP exams, this week, MCAS prep
Musical awards Friday, NHS induction next week
Spring sports underway

Superintendent report
MCAS in active season, working on Math in elementary
Publicly acknowledge teacher contributions
Appreciation from parent group, some students involved too
Admin to participate in an upcoming conf with multiple great topics, including students from Marjory Stoneham Douglas

  • The full text of the Superintendent's Report can be found online's%20Report%20to%20School%20Committee%20May%208,%202018.pdf

a. Transition Program (Students age 18-22) – Pam Myette, Amanda Notz, Carol

"Thanks to the businesses that have and continue to work with us"

Pam Myette, Amanda Notz, Carol Merchant
Pam Myette, Amanda Notz, Carol

Student intern program being developed for help with the building use at the high school. Mostly in tech setup, also update on fee schedule to cover the custodial expenses.

Building Use Fee Schedule and Policy Updates

Wed, May 2, 2018 9:46 AM
Fri, May 4, 2018 8:05 AM
Wed, May 2, 2018 9:46 AM
Corrections to cost estimates which erroneously were using the old costs to calculate the new fees are needed. 
Asst Superintendent Peter Light speaks on the policy changes
Asst Superintendent Peter Light speaks on the policy changes

Dr Linden provided update on a recent conference on personalized learning, accuracy of history presented in a culturally responsible manner

Dr Linden provided update on a recent conference
Dr Linden provided update on a recent conference

Session on family engagement, shared a rubric on how to measure this

Information matters
School budget to Town Council May 16-17

Coffee at Senior Center
May 19 at Franklin TV to record

Three meetings scheduled for policy committee to get some stuff done before Peter Light leaves in June

Public school advocacy at impass with congressman Kennedy

Joint PCC meeting past Monday, substance abuse task force pulling together demo of "hidden in plain sight"
Looking to get to late elementary and middle school parents with this
Looking to work with Panther TV to develop video of the bedroom scene

Targeting Tuesday Aug 7 for school committee summer workshop

Superintendent Ahern talking of future agenda items
Superintendent Ahern talking of future agenda items

Recognition of retirees at next meeting
Possible superintendent evaluation
Not likely to have policies ready for that meeting

Motion to adjourn to go into executive session, not to return to public meeting

  • motion to go to Executive session, seconded, unanimous vote via roll call

The full video replay can be found on the Town of Franklin page

For reference the agenda and documents released for this meeting can be found

“I’ve definitely seen the cultural life of the town increasing”

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

"If Franklin was a cathedral of the arts, it would look something like Barcelona’s Basilica Sagrada Familia - a construction begun many years ago, with details added on over time to create a soaring temple of many facets, as yet unfinished. 
Among its cornerstones would be the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) and its production company, the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC); Franklin LiveArts, the Dean College School of the Arts, the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center (PEDC), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse and the Franklin Art Association - each a juggernaut of the arts on its own. And among its buttresses would be Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, the Lifelong Learning Institute, The Drummers’ Studio and Franklin Public Schools.
Together, they are making Franklin into a hub of arts and culture in the region.
Besides turning out new generations of rising artists and performers, they are drawing renowned artists to the town’s venues: FPAC’s BLACK BOX, Dean’s Main Stage Theater and Guidrey Center, and the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse at the Universalist Church of Franklin among them. 
“There does seem to have been kind of a steady rise in interest in the arts here,” said Stacey David, chairman of the Franklin Cultural Council."

There is a Cultural Council

There is the newly formed Cultural District Committee

The Community Calendar has been operational for a couple of years

“I’ve definitely seen the cultural life of the town increasing”
“I’ve definitely seen the cultural life of the town increasing”

FHS boys and girls tennis drop matches with North Attleboro

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Boys Tennis = North Attleboro, 4 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– North Attleboro capped its memorable week with an impressive win over a good Franklin team. Richard Bermudez won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Christian Bermudez won 6-1, 6-3 at second singles, and freshman Jonah Manso lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. The team of Alex Rinaldi and Sam Gallagher earned a 6-4, 7-5 win at second doubles for North. Franklin’s Derek Wu and Tyler DiPalma won 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 at first doubles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final
– It was a clean sweep for the Rocketeers, taking all five matches in straight sets to defend home court. Jordan Willis didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles, Emily Chiasson earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles, and Katie Ovoian emerged from third singles with a 6-1, 7-6 (10) decision. Azka Siddiq and Leah Marceau won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and the team of Monica Nakhla and Haley Strom won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MBTA: Reminder - Through May 27 - 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: May 11 2018 03:10 PM

MBTA: Reminder - Through May 27 - Franklin Line shuttle weekends
MBTA: Reminder - Through May 27 - Franklin Line shuttle weekends

Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair - June 2

Attention bargain hunters! Save the date for a Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair on Saturday, June 2 starting at 8 AM on the school fields at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School located at 201 Main Street in Franklin.

You can shop the sales including great items such as youth bikes, golf clubs, DVD’s, kitchen items, small furniture, jewelry, toys, camping gear, patio furniture and more! (Stay tuned for a complete list of vendors as we get closer to the event date, or visit this link for a preview of what’s being added!)

We will also be joined by a variety of local vendors including:
  • Avon
  • Miss Puddles Designs- handmade cards and crafts
  • doTerra Essential Oils
  • Lularoe Thea Charles – women and kids clothing
  • Handmade Crafts and Furniture by Robbie Afonso
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • LipSense
  • Color Street

Since Yard Sales start early, you can stop by the Bake Sale to grab a cup of coffee and a snack or drop by the Cub Scout’s booth for a bottle of water!

Want to reserve a booth to clean out your garage or basement? Have a local business and want to join us as a vendor? For $30 you can reserve a 10x10 space and then keep the proceeds of your sales for the day. Learn more and reserve space in this post.

Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair - June 2
Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair - June 2

Friday, May 11, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 5/11/18 - THU 5/17/18

FRIDAY 5/11/18
9-11am   Franklin School Committee Community Coffee @ Franklin Senior Center
9:30am   Mommy Real Talk @ Franklin Public Library
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
2pm   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
6:30pm   FHS Music Awards Night @ FHS
7pm   50th Anniversary Comedy Night - Franklin Youth Soccer @ The Black Box
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk

SATURDAY 5/12/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
All Day   Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - please leave non-perishable items near your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up - benefits Franklin Food Pantry
8-11am   Town Common Garden Spring Clean Up @  Franklin Town Common
9am-3pm   Opening Day Plant Sale @ Grateful Farm (49 Prospect St)
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Mother’s Day Celebration @ Franklin Public Library
2-4pm   Happiness Walk hosted by FHS 40% Club @ HMMS Track
7pm   The 70s - A Musical Tribute @ The Black Box
8pm   Circle of Friends CoffeeHouse: Ante Dovecot @ FUSF
8:45pm   The 70s - A Musical Tribute @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 5/13/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
12pm   The Gershwin-Porter Songbook featuring Cindy Jones @ The Black Box
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1:15pm   James Johnston: The Oliver Pond House in Context @ Franklin Historical Museum

MONDAY 5/14/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Elementary String and Choir Concert @ HMMS
6pm   Introduction to Drawing @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 5/15/18
10am   Franklin Senior Center: Historic Tour of Dean College @ Dean College
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Todler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
6pm   Elementary Band and Chorus Concert @ HMMS

10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
5pm   Book Bites @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Town Council Meeting @ Franklin Municipal Building

THURSDAY 5/17/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Introduction to Drawing @ Franklin Senior Center
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7pm   Franklin SEPAC Workshop: Coping with Bullying @ Franklin Municipal Building
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

Town Administrator's FY19 Budget Narrative (A summary & Narrative about the budget)

"While fiscal challenges remain, our resolve to overcome them is relentless.

The FY 19 proposed budget will be balanced with use of approximately $1,500,000 from our Budget Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day account). While this will work for one year the FY 20 budget will require policy decisions on how to handle the budget shortfall.

We continue to face challenges in properly funding the annual operating budget, Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) and roads. We should continue to maintain the capital plan and debt capacity in the annual operating budget to fund capital improvements.

The Town’s property tax revenue (not including debt exclusions) will increase by 2½ % plus new growth, or about $2.65 million. Local receipts, which include the excise tax and permit and license fees, etc., will increase $300,000, mostly due to increased motor vehicle commitments. Net State Aid (based on the Governor’s budget) will increase by $206,000. The FY 19 “net” revenue increase is estimated at $3.2 million.

Proposed FY 19 Highlights

Treasurer Collector – The budget partially funds a Deputy Treasurer Collector in preparation of the retirement of the current Deputy Treasurer Collector in 2019.

Police – We are reviewing the options to staff the police department when the Dispatch center moves in the middle of the fiscal year.

Regional Dispatch – The target date to open the new center is January 2019. The building is currently under construction.

Franklin Schools – We have provided the largest year over year increase ($3,000,000) in school funding in a decade. This will help relief much of the pressure of the school use of revolving funds but will not resolve the long term funding issues the Town/school face.

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School – The school is relocating to its new location on Washington Street in 2019. This may increase busing costs for the schools when they open.

DPW – We increased the snow and ice Budget by $50,000 for a total of $1,003,500. This is still below the five year rolling average.

Board of Health – The Health office is merging with the Inspectional services
This will eliminate a part time clerk while providing full office coverage for the Health Department. Further we will be contracting for percolation tests and septic inspections.

Library – The opening of the renovated/addition to the library requires additional staffing. Further we are trying to close the gap between our current funding and the Minimum Appropriation Requirement (MAR) of the State Library Board. If the budget is approved we will close the gap from .85% to 90% of the minimum. We would need an additional
$100,000 to meet the requirement. The last time we were in compliance was FY 09.

Employee Wages/Benefits –Wages are generally increasing 3%, Pension costs increased by about 10% or about $450,000, OPEB is funded at $550,000 and health insurance continues to be a challenge. Thanks once again to the employees for working together to constrain health insurance increases. This is critical to maintaining staffing levels.

Budget Overview
In compliance with Article Six, Sections 6-3-1 through 6-5-2 of the Franklin Town Charter, I am submitting the proposed FY 19 budget to the Town Council and Finance Committee.

Each department is required to submit a proposed budget to the Town Administrator. The Town Administrator, the Comptroller, and the individual Department Heads review their budget request.

The Town Administrator also reviews the highlights of the Town’s fiscal plan with the budget subcommittee of the Town Council. Based on input and the meetings with the Department Head, the Town Administrator makes a budget recommendation to the Town Council and the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee reviews the Town Administrator’s proposed budget and forwards their recommendations to the Town Council. The Town Council holds two public hearings prior to adopting the budget.

Financial Policy Summary

While the budget process identifies issues and concerns that the Town will address on an annual basis, it also must do so based in a framework of sound financial management. The Town Council has adopted fiscal policies in the past and should continue to update and review them on a regular basis. Below is a summary of current policies:

Balanced Budget
 Annual costs funded from current revenues.
 Do not defer current costs to future years.

Current status 
– Whenever possible we refrain from using one time funds to balance the budget. FY19 is an exception due to extra challenges we face. We have not addressed our GASB 45 obligation (post-retirement health insurance) although this year we have budgeted $550,000 to continue to fund the obligation of about $70 million (2017 actuarial study).

Compensation and benefits
 Budget with current revenues
 Compensate at market rates

Current status 
– We have nine municipal unions. All unions have collective bargaining agreements through June 30, 2019.

 Estimate annual revenues in detail and project for the following three years.
 Maintain full and fair market value of property assessments.
 Ensure fees charged cover costs incurred.

Current status 
– Future revenue projections are included in the budget. New growth and local receipts have been adjusted to reflect the trends in actual collections. Included in the projection are the enterprise funds direct and indirect charges that pay back the general fund for costs attributable to those funds. Again this year we are charging the water and sewer enterprise accounts for their OPEB obligation.

Financial Reserves
 Adequately fund and maintain reserves (Stabilization, Free Cash, Overlay Surplus)
 Maintain Stabilization account at $5 million or 5% of recurring general fund revenue (less debt exclusions and SBA reimbursement).
 Short-term revenue surpluses shall fund non-recurring projects.
 Free Cash will be used to fund the capital budget and for unforeseen expenses.
 Overlay surplus will be used for capital budgets and non-recurring expenses.

Current status 
- the General Stabilization fund balance is just about $5.1 million dollars which is slightly under the Town’s policy of 5% of general fund revenue.

Long-Term Debt - Proposed
 Reserved for large capital projects.
 Net general fund debt service (not including debt exclusions) shall be targeted at not more than 3.5% of recurring general fund revenue. We are currently well below that number.

Current Status 
- The FY 19 budget calls for a general fund debt service of$6,843,101. According to the independent bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s, our debt level is moderate and manageable. Our debt plan will help to obtain our goal of improving the infrastructure of the Town without the need for debt exclusions (except schools) while maintaining a reasonable debt level. We were recently upgraded to AA+ one grade below the highest rating of AAA."

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

And can also be found here

Town Administrator's FY19 Budget Narrative (A summary & Narrative about the budget)
Town Administrator's FY19 Budget Narrative (A summary & Narrative about the budget)

FHS baseball tops Catholic Memorial 5-1

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Baseball = Franklin, 5 vs. Catholic Memorial, 1 – Final
– Franklin senior Colby Fitzgibbons went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and classmate Bryan Woelfel tossed a complete game with just one run allowed to lead the Panthers to a win over CM. Woelfel scattered nine hits while walking just one, striking out one. Fitzgibbons added an RBI and a run scored while Jake Macchi (two RBI, double), Steve Luttazi (double, run), and Jack Nally (double, run) all finished with two hits for the Panthers. Jake Noviello and Alex Haba each added a hit and a run scored.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

"95 percent of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"House lawmakers voted Wednesday raise the statewide age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and to ban vaping from workplaces. 
The bill (H 4479), which passed 146-4, next heads to the Senate, which passed similar legislation last session. 
Pharmacies would also be barred from selling tobacco products under the bill, which received strong bipartisan support. Many pharmacies have already removed cigarettes from their shelves, and 175 cities and towns have raised their tobacco purchase age up from 18 – the minimum age statewide, according to the Cancer Action Network. 
Cigarettes and other addictive and harmful tobacco products have long posed public health quandaries, and electronic cigarettes – which deliver to the user a heated vapor that often includes nicotine – have become popular more recently, especially among young people."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

FHS students with Rep Jeff Roy at the State House (Facebook photo via Catherine Moran)
FHS students with Rep Jeff Roy at the State House (Facebook photo via Catherine Moran)
earlier this year when the students were lobbying for this bill

FSPA Summer Theater Auditions - May 14

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold placement auditions for FSPA Summer Theater programs on Monday, May 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. Students may audition for the musical 42nd Street (Grades 8-12), an original parody 21st Street (Grades 3-8), two straight plays (Grades 3-7 and Grades 8-12), a cabaret (Grades 5-12), and Broadway Boot Camp (Grades 5-12). There are opportunities for all ages and levels, and all students who audition for the musical and play productions will be cast. Those unable to attend the auditions on the 14th should call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 to schedule a makeup appointment.

The ultimate show-biz musical, 42nd Street features the beloved Broadway standards, “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and the title tune. To audition, please prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song. Repertoire from the Golden Age (musicals written before 1965) is preferred, but not mandatory. Tap experience is not required. For the plays, students may present a monologue, but that is optional. Cold readings may also be part of the audition. Plays will be chosen for each age group based on enrollment. The plays will rehearse August 20-24, with a performance on August 24th at THE BLACK BOX theater in Franklin. The musicals will be presented at THE BLACK BOX at the conclusion of FSPA’s two-week musical theater program, which runs from August 6-17.
FSPA Summer Theater Auditions - May 14
FSPA Summer Theater Auditions - May 14

FSPA Summer Theater also includes a Broadway Boot Camp and cabaret show. The Cabaret week (July 23-27) focuses on repertoire choices, song interpretation, and presentation, and concludes with a cabaret style revue at THE BLACK BOX. The three-day Broadway Boot Camp (July 30-August 1) brings guest instructor Ben Cameron to FSPA for song and dance master classes and coaching on individual performance skills. Ben Cameron has appeared on Broadway in Aida and the original casts of Wicked and Footloose. He is currently the creator/host of Broadway Sessions at The Laurie Beechman Theater.

In addition, FSPA summer programming offers ballet intensives and one-week creative arts camps, along with voice, instrumental, and dance classes. The summer session runs from July 2 to August 24. To register, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668. For more information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions, dates, faculty, and tuition, call FSPA or visit

Timeless CrossFit and Fitness Women's FIT Boxing - May 15

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Enrollment is Now OPEN! The next session begins next week and I'd love to have you come give it a try. Every Friday is Bring A Friend Day and FREE Class 4-5 PM!

No time like right now to get fitter and have a blast doing it!

"Can't Is Not An Option" ~mc

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Timeless CrossFit and Fitness Women's FIT Boxing - May 15
Timeless CrossFit and Fitness Women's FIT Boxing - May 15

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Football Night in Franklin - Grades 2-9 - Sign up NOW

Football Night in Franklin

Skills, Drills, Fundamentals and Fun

****All Participants will receive a Franklin Football Jersey****

****Food will be served free of charge****

WHO: All kids grades 2-9 (Incoming Fall 2018)
WHAT TO BRING: Cleats, Shorts, Water

Coaches Bain and Tirrell are putting on a free youth clinic. Complete with BBQ. Sign up here

Football Night in Franklin - Grades 2-9 - Sign up NOW
Football Night in Franklin - Grades 2-9 - Sign up NOW

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.  
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.
To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe here
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities

Both FHS lacrosse teams and boys tennis post wins on Wednesday

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Baseball = Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 6 – Final
– Taunton took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three runs on five hits but Franklin tied the game with three runs off two hits in the top of the fifth. The Tigers responded right away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Medeiros got it done at the plate and on the mound for the Tigers. Offensively, he had two hits and an RBI. And on the mound, he earned the win, allowing just three hits while striking out 10 in a complete game effort. Jacob Crawford added two hits and two runs and Griffin Tomaszycki had a hit, two RBI, and a run scored for the Tigers.

Softball = Taunton, 6 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– Taunton pushed across three runs in the first inning, added another in the second, and put the game out of reach with a pair in the fourth inning on the road at Franklin. Tigers freshman Kelsey White won her fourth game of the season, allowing just one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts (and no walks). Offensively, Alexa White and Liana Duarte (RBI) each had two hits while Jaime Brown (RBI) reached four times with three walks and a triple. Kya Enos, Hanna Aldrich, and McKenzie McAloon each knocked in a run for the Tigers. Franklin scored in the sixth inning when Ally Shea doubled and courtesy runner Molly Collins came around to score on a single from Tara Hartnett. Emily Valentino struck out four while Gabby Colace played a great game defensively for FHS.

Boys Lacrosse = Oliver Ames, 4 @ Franklin, 17 – Final
– Senior Johnny O’Glishen scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Panthers pick up a big win on Senior Night. Sophomore Ben Greco added a pair of goals, while sophomore Luc Sweeney and junior Patrick Morrison each had one goal and one assist each. Eric LeBlanc scored three goals for Oliver Ames.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 17 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final
– Franklin senior Nicole Houlihan and freshman Elizabeth Wilson each accounted for four points apiece as the Panthers rolled to a win on the road. Houlihan had two goals and two assists, Wilson finished with one goal and three assists, and sophomore Erin Walsh chipped in with three goals and three assists. FHS coach Kristin Igoe-Guarino said Annie Walsh and Hailey Toolin both played well in the midfield for the Panthers. Chloe Kilkelly scored twice for Oliver Ames while Olivia Piazza recorded three assists.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
– Franklin took a pair of wins from singles play and swept doubles in straight sets to get a win on the road at Taunton. Freshman Liam Marr won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and senior Tyler DiPalma prevailed 7-5, 6-2 at third singles. The team of Tony Calderone and Derek Wu won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles while Saketh Saripalli and Shournik Sompally lost just two games in a 6-2, 6-0 win at second doubles for the Panthers.

Girls Tennis = Taunton, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
– Taunton won all five of its matches in straights, going on the road to get a sweep at Franklin. Jillian Pagliuca won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles, Vanessa Rosa took a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles, and Jocelyn Pagliuca earned a 6-1, 6-2 decision at third singles. McKenzie Lucie and Samantha Martin notched a 6-2, 6-1 win at first doubles while Amanda Pugh and Brianna Fevrier teamed together for a 6-2, 6-2 win at second doubles.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MassBudget: Wages, incomes, and overcoming obstacles to economic opportunity

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

May 9, 2018
Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity:
Finding a Way Forward

Effective programs that help families make ends meet - like the Earned Income Tax Credit, SNAP, school lunches, and Social Security - cut the number of Massachusetts residents living in poverty by almost half. Such programs also cut the number of children living in poverty by more than half, according to a relatively new measure developed by the Census Bureau.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's new report, Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward, finds that while effective public programs can help remove obstacles along the road to opportunity, good jobs play a central role in paving that road. While incomes of high-income households have grown considerably over the past several decades, this has not been the case for low and moderate-wage workers.
The report notes that national economic policies have allowed wages to stagnate and that important work support programs are at risk of being cut by the federal government. In some Massachusetts communities, more than one in four children lives below the official federal poverty line. Such conditions and a lack of resources create obstacles to opportunity for children.

MassBudget: Wages, incomes, and overcoming obstacles to economic opportunity

The report will be released today at a forum hosted by the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP). It contains a variety of usable data, including detailed data about municipalities across the Commonwealth. Read the report here.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.


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