Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cultural District Meeting Agenda - Jun 19

The Town's new Cultural District Committee has been holding regular committee meetings since January 2018; they're working hard on a variety of issues including refining district goals, marketing, and editing sections of the the Town's Cultural District application.

FYI - The Town's Cultural District application was submitted to the State on June 8th; hopefully Mass Cultural Council will be doing their application review and holding a site visit this summer.

One of the Cultural District Committee's most important responsibilities is managing and continuing to build the Town's Cultural District Partnership. You've all worked to build this Partnership, and I know you all understand the importance of working together closely.

The Town's Cultural District Committee is holding their first Cultural District Partnership Meeting on June 19th at 7:30. If at all possible each partnering organization should send at least one individual to represent their interests.

Attached is the meeting agenda. I hope to see you next week. Please invite anyone that may have an interest. This is a public meeting; all are welcome.

Bryan W. Taberner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1352
Phone: 508-520-4907
Fax: 508-520-4906

The agenda for the meeting
Cultural District Meeting - Jun 19

Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16

We have an AMAZING line-up of musicians this year!

You asked for a nice day ... and you will HAVE IT! It is looking like a beautiful, sunny day in the mid-80s!

This is truly going to be an incredible festival and we really hope you will join us. For the cost of a single concert ticket, you can see many world-class musicians and dancers over the course of an 8-hour day!

Full website & schedule:


Please LIKE us on Facebook AND share with your friends ... word of mouth is BRT's best friend!

Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16
Blackstone River Theatre - Summer Solstice Festival is Saturday, June 16

Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28

Come join us for a fun summer evening at the ballpark and help raise money for a good cause!

50% of the proceeds from ticket sales through this link (below) will go towards the Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, who’s mission is to provide merit-based and need-based scholarships and subsidies to deserving students and programs of music everywhere.

WHEN = July 28th, 2018 6:15 PM

WHERE = McCoy Stadium
1 Columbus Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Scan the QR code or go to and log on using:

Password: pawsox

Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28
Get out to the ball game with Encore Music - July 28

“We need purchase, possession and use laws, but no one wants to talk about it.”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The effort to increase the tobacco sales age limit to 21 years will undoubtedly cut into the revenue of convenience stores, including the 7-Eleven in Quincy that Dennis Lane has owned for 44 years. 
The loss would be unfortunate for business, he said, but it’s not why he’s against increasing the age. 
“Raising age limits redefines the age that somebody becomes an adult,” said Lane, who doesn’t smoke. “If you’re adult enough to pick up a rifle and protect this country, then you’re obviously adult enough to make the decision about whether or not to smoke.” 
As Massachusetts inches closer to becoming one of a handful of states in which - like alcohol - you must be at least 21 years old to buy a pack of cigarettes, debate has ensued related to health, personal freedom and shared responsibility."
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 6/15/18 - THU 6/21/18

FRIDAY 6/15/18
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Farmers Market @ Town Common
5:30pm   Heart with Hope Restorative Yoga (for parents and loved ones of those suffering from addiction) @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
6pm (FRI)-6am (SAT)   Relay for Life of Western Norfolk County @ Medway Middle School, 45 Holliston St
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk

SATURDAY 6/16/18
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
3pm   PJ’s Service Dog Benefit plus Touch-a-Truck (Franklin and Wrentham Fire and Wrentham PD) @ American Legion, Wrentham
7:30pm   Electric Youth 2018 Bon Voyage Concert @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 6/17/18
9am-12pm   Bag Sale @ Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 6/18/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 6/19/18
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library

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 @ Municipal Building

THURSDAY 6/21/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Kindness Rocks Project (painting) @ Franklin Senior Center
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
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

Next Steps to clean up BJAT, LLC on Fisher St

From the US EPA:

Site Description:
The BJAT, LLC (BJAT) Site located at 300 Fisher Street in Franklin, MA was historically used for industrial operations including the manufacture of rubber and plastic products. The property has not been active since 1985. Investigations have found contaminants in soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water. The Site was added to the National Priorities List (NPL), often referred to as the EPA Superfund list, in September 2015, making it eligible for long-term cleanup action under the federal Superfund program.

Next Steps:
In June, with oversight from EPA’s On-Scene Coordinator (OSC), BJAT is expected to begin a Removal Action which will address hazardous substances present in soil and drum waste for the purpose of reducing risk to human health and the environment. Concurrently, EPA’s Remedial Project Manager will begin a study known as a Remedial Investigation (RI). The RI will identify the nature and extent of Site contamination and the potential human health and environmental risks that the Site may pose. 

The results of this study will be used to develop a Feasibility Study (FS) which will identify what long-term cleanup measures may be appropriate to address human health and ecological risk at the Site. The RI/FS is expected to be completed in three or more years and the findings of the RI will be presented in the Proposed Plan for cleanup. In addition, EPA will determine if any additional immediate response actions need to be conducted to address any imminent hazards that are identified by sample collection efforts.

The short-term work that will be conducted during the Removal Action includes: excavation, sampling, staging and covering of drums and other containers, waste and approximately 2,114 tons of contaminated soil; treatment of excavated soil on-site if appropriate; excavation of a limited number of test pits; air monitoring; and off-site shipment of waste, excavated soil, and other contaminated items that may be encountered for disposal, treatment, re-use or recycling.

BJAT will generally work during daylight hours. The Removal Action is expected to take 3 to 6 months. Throughout the work day, BJAT will be monitoring air at the Site for the safety of site workers and the surrounding community. One may expect to see heavy equipment, workers in white suits, and trucks occasionally which may have a slight effect on traffic. Vehicle and truck traffic to and from the site will be limited to Fisher Street and the primary road, West Central Street (i.e., Route 140). Some hazardous materials will be secured on site temporarily while awaiting shipment offsite to an EPA-approved facility.

You can download the full copy from the Town of Franklin page

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Related links from the Franklin Matters archives

  • Live reporting from the Town Council meeting July 2014
  • DEP and EPA presentation to Town Council, July 2014
  • Map showing property location within Franklin

"they just keep grinding, they keep believing"

Joe Clark, Student Reporter, has the complete recap of the FHS baseball win in the Super 8 tournament by 6-5 in 10 innings.

"Once Franklin scored the tying run in the top of the 9th inning during Thursday’s MIAA Super 8 semi-final against Central Catholic, and got two quick outs in the bottom of the inning, the game seemed primed for extra innings. 
But Central Catholic’s next batter, Vanderbilt-commit Dom Keegan, had other ideas, as he sent a ball high off the wall in left-center field before coasting into third with a triple. Steve Hajjar was hit by a pitch, which set the stage for Mike Borrelli. 
Borrelli grounded to shortstop, but the throw was wide and looked like it would get by Franklin first baseman Steve Luttazi and give Central a walk-off win. Instead, Luttazi made an incredible pick and held the bag, retiring Borrelli and keeping Franklin alive. 
The Panthers capitalized, scoring two runs in the top of the tenth, and winning 6-5, to advance to the Super Eight Final."
Continue reading the article online

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Franklin players celebrate after recording the final out to beat Central Catholic and advance to the Super 8 Final. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin players celebrate after recording the final out to beat Central Catholic and advance to the Super 8 Final. (Ryan Lanigan/

“People are pretty excited about this"

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

"The Franklin Cultural Council applied to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the final approval of the Franklin Cultural District after years of planning. 
The district will help highlight the cultural and historical parts of downtown along with helping to grow the arts and business aspects of the community, according to Deputy Town Administer Jaime Hellen. 
“There is already a vibrant arts and culture scene in Franklin and this is a continuation of that,” Hellen said. “We wanted to maintain Franklin as the premier arts and cultural area of the southern MetroWest region.” 
The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Districts Initiative was launched in April 2011. About 45 cities and towns contain cultural districts, according to the state’s website."

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“People are pretty excited about this"

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"many towns once used the river as a source power"

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

"Bellingham resident and author Marjorie Turner Hollman has just completed the third in her “Easy Walks” local trail guide series, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, this time in partnership with the Ten Mile River Watershed Council. 
Members of the Ten Mile River Watershed Council worked together with Hollman to create this guide to 39 outdoor spaces in the towns that host the river. The series now covers 34 towns in south central and southeastern Massachusetts, and three Rhode Island towns along Massachusetts’ southern border -- more than 120 trails in all. 
Looking for places to walk with your family and/or friends, or with your dog? Hoping to spend time in the outdoors on a trail that is handicapped friendly? Want to find a new place to walk that is right around the corner from where you live? Or maybe you have a canoe or kayak but don’t know how to find safe canoe launches. 
Find information to satisfy all these needs, and more, with maps to each trail head, in each of the books in the series."
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Marjorie's other books in the series

Franklin Cultural District Meeting - June 19

The Franklin Cultural District Committee has completed the cultural district application and has recently submitted it to the state for approval.The committee would like to invite you to our first quarterly partnership meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:30 PM in the Franklin Senior Center.

At this meeting will present an overview of our work to date and also share several exciting possibilities for the future. We look forward to working together to promote the arts and the economic growth of downtown Franklin.

Please join us on June 19th!

Fatherly figures - US Census data stats

Getting ready for Father's Day, here is an info graphic with some stats from the US Census.

Fatherly figures - US Census data stats
Fatherly figures - US Census data stats

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Also, click here for a collection of statistics on fathers.

Franklin Odd Fellows - Cornhole Tournament - June 23

WHEN: June 23, 2018 - 2 PM

WHERE: William F. Ray Lodge 330 West Central St. Franklin, MA 02038

HOW: Sign Up! Up to (4) two person teams will be able to compete at the same time in a "Double Elimination" style tournament.

HOW MUCH: The cost for each person to enter the tournament will be $10.00 and you must sign up with a partner, no singles allowed. If your team loses the first game, you will be entered into the loser's bracket and you will be allowed to continue for another game. In either the winner's or the loser's bracket, if you keep on winning - you will keep on advancing until there are only two teams left to compete for the Grand Prize.

BONUS: Included in the entry fee price will be our end of the year barbecue/ cookout with all the fixins.

Franklin Odd Fellows - Cornhole Tournament - June 23
Franklin Odd Fellows - Cornhole Tournament - June 23

FHS baseball Super 8 game rescheduled to Thursday, Jun 14, 7:00

Via HockomockSports and Twitter, we share the info on the rescheduling of the Super 8 baseball playoff game from Weds to Thursday. Same time, same place. 

Baseball = Super 8 = #7 Franklin vs. #4 Central Catholic – 
Postponed to Thursday, 6/14 at 7:00 at Campanelli Stadium.

For other results around the Hockomock League on Wednesday

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

School Committee - Community Relations - Coffee Hour

Join the discussion today at the Franklin Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The scheduled topic is "School Start Times – update on advisory committee work and to gather feedback".

School Committee: Coffee Hour - Jun 13
School Committee: Coffee Hour - Jun 13

The full listing of scheduled coffee hours can be found online

Franklin Downtown Partnership: General Meeting - Jun 14

The next Franklin Downtown Partnership general meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 AM on the Dean College campus.

This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page

Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space

The Conservation Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 14 will hear about some plans for construction and enhancements to the DelCarte open space. According to the abutters letter and an image of the map showing the work area, the work will be done in and around the existing playground.

For more info, attend or tune into the meeting Thursday, June 14 at 7:15 PM

The agenda for the meeting can be found online

or directly here

Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space
Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space

Last Call to Celebrate Norfolk Deeds Registry’s 225th Birthday

It’s still not too late to mark on your calendar the date of Wednesday June 20th so that you can be part of a celebration as the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds celebrates its 225th birthday. The event, which is free to the public, will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at the Registry of Deeds located at 649 High Street in Dedham Center.

“It was on June 20, 1793 that Norfolk County and the Registry of Deeds came into existence thanks to a bill signed into law by then Governor John Hancock,” noted Register of Deeds William O’Donnell. “As some residents of Norfolk County will proudly tell you, next to his being the lead signer of the Declaration of Independence, this was probably the second most important signature in John Hancock’s life.”

The Register further stated, “This celebration as John Adams would say will be filled with “pomp and parade.” We will have patriotic music sung by retired state trooper Dan Clark. Special appearance will be made by John Adams, John Hancock and his lovely wife Dorothy Quincy. The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office will present an honor guard and there will be food and refreshments.”

The event will celebrate the history of Norfolk County with the exhibits of 45 notable land records, including those of the 4 United States Presidents born here: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush. Additionally, the evening will also focus on the land record of an individual from each one of the county’s twenty-eight communities. “This is an eclectic group of people that have made significant contributions in the areas of science, the arts, politics, environment, law, military and medicine. Additionally, there will be exhibits listing Nobel Prize winners and Governors who were Norfolk County residents,” noted Register O’Donnell

A booklet of the notable land exhibits will be given to each person attending the event. Anyone with questions about this event, please email or call the registry of deeds at 781-461-6117.

Last Call to Celebrate Norfolk Deeds Registry’s 225th Birthday
Last Call to Celebrate Norfolk Deeds Registry’s 225th Birthday

In the News: MA House releases health care bill; 3 Democrats running for Ross' seat

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A House-controlled committee on Tuesday advanced a 127-page health care bill that includes $450 million in assessments on hospitals and insurers, a fee on urgent care clinics, creates consumer protections against out-of-network billing, adds new reporting requirements for MassHealth and urges an acceleration of digital health initiatives. 
The 11 House members of the Health Care Financing Committee voted in a poll Tuesday to recommend the bill coming out of committee, while the seven Senate members of the joint committee either reserved their rights or did not respond to the poll, according to the committee. 
The bill has been in development for months and serves as an initial counterproposal from House leaders to the health care bill approved by the Senate in November. 
“This legislation has been carefully crafted to consider the variety of stakeholders who have shared their priorities with this committee. However, this bill is ultimately shaped around improving the experience for consumers and working towards addressing the growing cost burden of healthcare on the Commonwealth,” Rep. Jeffrey Roy, the committee’s vice chairman, said in a statement. “Because at its heart, the Massachusetts approach to health reform is not about squeezing out efficiencies and cutting cost, it is transforming how we seek to pay for care to promote cost-effective, value driven services in a way that makes the healthcare system more accessible and effective for all of us.”

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"The three Democrats vying to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Ross touched on a number matters at a forum Tuesday, including climate change, education and the opioid crisis. 
Kris Aleksov, Jackie Katz and Becca Rausch are seeking the Democratic nomination for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex state Senate seat. The district includes part or all of Natick, Franklin, Wayland, Millis, Wellesley, Attleboro, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Sherborn and Wrentham."

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FTC Scam Alert: Work from Home Business Scam Sidelined

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Live reporting: to Closing

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your May 22, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. FHS Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of 6 checks totaling $2,715.00 for FHS Scholarships as follows:
  • ASMS PCC $500.00 ASMS Alumni Scholarship
  • Carol Merchant $115.00 Circle of Friends/Best Buddies Scholarship
  • Attleboro Arts Museum $100.00 Sponsor Title Award/Scholarship
  • Franklin Food Pantry $500.00 Empty Bowls Club (2 - $250.00 Scholarships)
  • Friends of the Franklin Library $1,000.00 FHS Scholarship
  • John and Elizabeth Ombelets $500.00 Mock Trial Scholarship

c. Davis Thayer Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $744.18 from the DT PCC for Supplemental Supplies as detailed.
d. FHS Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2,406.33 at FHS as detailed:
  • Ahold $ 413.33 for supplemental supplies
  • Class of 1968 $1,993.00 for in-house enrichment

e. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $50.00 from a Parmenter parent for supplemental supplies at Parmenter as detailed.
f. Keller Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $520.04 for Keller Elementary School as detailed:
  • Keller PCC $250.00 Field trips
  • O’Connor Portrature $270.04 In-house enrichment

g. J.F. Kennedy Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2,293.64 for JF Kennedy Elementary School as detailed:
  • JFK PCC $ 262.50 Field trips
  • JFK PCC $2,031.14 Supplies

motion to approve consent agenda, seconded, passed 7-0

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen
called out for notice a line items for transportation of those who are homeless amounts to $50,000

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence – Budget to Actual, Miriam Goodman, School Business Administrator

11. Executive Session
a. Negotiations with Non-Union Personnel

motion to adjourn to executive session not to return to open meeting

12. Adjournment

Live Reporting: Discussion only, information matters

4. Discussion Only Items
a. SWAC (School Wellness Advisory Committee)

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports 
Community Relations 
- coffee at Library at 6:30 PM
next meeting in Sep at school year start


Public Schools Advocacy
planning underway, at Farmers Market June 22
also to add a date in Sep/Oct
a forum being planned for the fall to review ballot questions for the Election in November

Joint PCC
missing data for 2 schools but apparently very consistent
backpack program by Y coming up again, bins to be in buildings around town

School Start Times
2 main topics

1 - scientific research and impacts where it has been changed; just from a sleep research perspective there is a need
four choices; all at 8:30, different times, K after, no change

2 - communications to public
utilize the multiple chanlels available

not to meet again until the fall

subcommittee meeting ongoing

School Committee workshop Aug 7 (likely at Dean)

Substance Abuse Task Force
School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]  (see report above)

MASC (Denise to attend)
foundation budget recommendation to change, S2525 has passed the Senate, sits in the House and awaiting a vote there

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

personnel presentation
hiring and recruitment practices
annual report looking for guidance, what to include
policies to bring forward

Live reporting: Discussion - Action Items

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Collaborative Board Appointments

  • ACCEPT Collaborative - I recommend the appointment of Dr. Sara Ahern to the ACCEPT Collaborative Board for the 2018-19 school year.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0
  • BICO Collaborative - I recommend the appointment of Dr. Sara Ahern to the BICO Board for the 2018-19 school year.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

b. Appoint of Assistant Superintendent of Schools
I recommend Dr. Ahern’s selected candidate to be appointed as Assistant Superintend
Lucas Giguere, recommended as Asst Superintendent
current Principal at Bellingham High School
70 applicants; selected 8 for interviews and from there chose 3 finalists to whittle down to the recommendation here
initiatives at Bellingham, similar to what's needed here
multi-tiered levels of support introduced at BHS
has been at BHS for 3 years, prior a vice principal at FHS and other positions within Franklin

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

c. Attendance Area – The Westerly
I recommend that students residing at Woodview Way, at the Westerly Apartments be assigned to the Jefferson/Remington district within Franklin starting in 2018-2019.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

d. Policy – First Readings
I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading as discussed:

  • JQA – Financial Assistance Policy
  • JQA-R – Financial Assistance Application & Procedures
  • EFD – Meal Charge Policy
  • EFD-R – Meal Charge Policy & Procedures
  • JFAA-R – School Admission/Residency
motion to move to second reading, seconded, passed 7-0

e. MASC Summer Institute
I recommend the approval of Denise Schultz’s attendance at the MASC Summer Institute in July, 2018.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

f. Travel Expense Approval
I recommend that the Committee approve my acceptance of paid travel expenses for the purpose of attending the Study Tour and Educational Leadership Symposium in Helsinki, Finland and Berlin, Germany July 8 to July 16, 2018.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Live reporting: School Committee - June 12, 2018

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

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
no adjustments

b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
seniors have graduated

d. Superintendent’s Report
Commend and congratulate the high school for the graduation, it was a great community event; dignified and moving, congrats to all behind the scenes to make it happen

Culmination of senior week events; thanks to all the organizations for the scholarships, totaled over $140,000

Students recognized for NCTE as "promising young writers", 2 from Annie Sullivan

Project 351 Ambassador sent a handwritten note to provide an update

last school committee meeting of the school year, will meet on June 26
2. Guests / Presentations
a. Recognition
for Peter Light, who will not be in attendance at the next meeting

b. Community Group Updates

  • SEPAC – Jennifer Hiscoe, Sara Mulcahey
programs for pre-K through to transition to adulthood
"the only way we can take care of our children is to take care of ourselves"
monthly workshops, always free and always open to whomever would like to come
started a sunshine fund this year
funding two scholarships for FHS grads next year
once a month meet at Cole's Tavern for support

Jennifer talked about her daughter Allison who is served as an out of district placement
she was adopted from Russia
has a sensory processing disorder among other things
moved to Franklin from CT as it had the best special education program
started at ECDC, now in Oak St Reach program
now attending a school in Lexington, one of only 33 children in the school
she started reading this year, making great progress
touchy story about visiting Russia thinking it would be a happy thing but in fact was creating anxiety for Ali

  • FEF – Kit and Lisa Brady
projects funded over the years have supported every grade, every school and this year also included some professional development

Kit Brady presenting on the FEF activities and funding
Kit Brady presenting on the FEF activities and funding

one slide with a sample of grants awarded
one slide with a sample of grants awarded
applications are out now, can be worked on over the summer and are due in October

$30,000 available for grants next year
can award grants for multiple years but need to show progress

FPS vs. Harlem Wizards - 11/16/18 the new date, no tickets on sale yet
Trivia Bee usually in Mar/Apr - didn't run this year due to lack of volunteers

wine tasting event at La Cantina
Paint night at Horace Mann

How can I help?
money always helps, but sweat equity is also desirted

a large re-tweeter of FPS accounts
acting as a big fan

c. Athletics Recap – Tom Angelo, FHS Athletic Director
30 varsity team, 56 teams including frosh and JV, largest in Hockomock League

$800,000 expenses; coaches, official, event workers, police details, equipment fees, uniforms, etc. and transportation ($141,000 this year)
ice rentals, gymnastics, and pool time

we win things and awards cost money...

user fees of $389,000 

varsity coaches go through an evaluation with Tom at the end of each season
coaches are on a one year contract

Play in the large division of the Hockomock League, Kelly-Rex 

Tom Angelo, Athletic Director
Tom Angelo, Athletic Director

winter sports highlights
winter sports highlights

year summary
year summary
Unified Sports presented at the MIAA Conf to share on the success of the program

28 fall captains going to Foxboro to the conference on Thursday morning

33 chemical health violations prior to 29 to 10, year over year improvement
captains have bought in, coaches have bought in
needed to change the culture, the expectations are being set

Our DPW is incredible, they do wonderful supporting us
also Ryan Jette, Recreation dept is great to work with
the feeder programs are great, we all work together

a plug for the athletic information webpage
a plug for the athletic information webpage

3. Discussion / Action Items