Saturday, September 15, 2018

Franklin Food Pantry: Why our backpacks have no books


September 2018
Why our backpacks have no books  

Relieving hunger. Nourishing lives.

Dear Friends, 

This year, an extra special backpack will be going home with some  
Why our backpacks have no booksFranklin elementary school students every Friday. It contains no books, no homework, no pencils. Yet, it may impact their ability to learn like never before.

The backpacks will be filled with child-friendly foods for kids in need. With no access to school-provided meals on the weekends, some families struggle to provide enough food for their kids. The food will help fill the weekend hunger gap experienced by some children in our community.

The Weekend Backpack Program is a partnership between Franklin Public Schools and the Franklin Food Pantry. The official roll out is underway this month to all elementary and ECDC students. Each school is coordinating its own sign-ups for interested families. The Pantry provides all of the food and coordinates volunteers to pack the backpacks and distribute them to each school every week. Names of students are kept confidential and are not shared with the Pantry. Through private donations, the program is funded by the Pantry at no cost to the Town of Franklin or participating families.

Children experiencing hunger have difficulty concentrating, are socially withdrawn and are less likely to excel academically. Our hope through the Weekend Backpack Program is to help provide enough fuel for learning so that students thrive in school - academically and emotionally.

We are thrilled to be part of this incredible collaborative effort with Franklin Public Schools that has gained the support of so many - School Superintendent Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., elementary school principals, adjustment counselors, school nurses, teachers and PCCs. A true spirit of cooperation and commitment to the health of our community makes this program possible.

Learn more about the Weekend Backpack program, how others are getting involved, and some ways you can be a part of this worthwhile program.

Why our backpacks have no books


P.S. - I would like to give special thanks to Bristol County Savings Bank for its recent expansion grant to grow this program; and the Hockomock Area YMCA for the initial grant last year that launched the pilot program at Parmenter Elementary School. We are grateful for your support!

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust. We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA, on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot,  across the street from the fire station.

generously donated by Rockland Trust
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FHS named a "Special Olympics Unified Champion School"

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

"Special Olympics Massachusetts has announced that Franklin High School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, is receiving national banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. 
Franklin High School is receiving this honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect. An award celebration will take place at the school at a date and time to be determined by the school. 
Franklin High School is one of ten schools in Massachusetts and 131 schools nationally to receive this distinction. The school will be presented with a banner to hang in their school and be included on a list of other schools around the country who have achieved this distinguished status."
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For more about Unified Champion Schools

FHS football, girls soccer, and volleyball teams post wins on Friday

Game of the Week – Football

Franklin, 21 @ Milford, 0 – Final 

First Quarter: No scoring.
Second Quarter: (F) Nick Gordon 28-yard pass to Ryan Driscoll, Parker Chevrant XP good.
Third Quarter: (F) N. Gordon 7-yard rush, P. Chevrant XP good; (F) N. Gordon 6-yard run, P. Chevrant XP good.
Fourth Quarter: No scoring.

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap:
"On its opening three possessions of the game, Franklin managed about 30 yards of offense and turned the ball over twice. But the Panthers got one more chance to break the scoreless deadlock before halftime and made it count, scoring on the final play of the second quarter. 
The momentum carried over into the second half, as Franklin would score on both of its possessions in the third quarter to break Friday night’s rivalry game with Milford wide open and pull away for a 21-0 victory that sends the Panthers into league play with a 2-0 record. 

“It’s a big win for us,” said Franklin coach Eian Bain. “This is a tough place to play. To get out of here 2-0, and more importantly 1-0 this week and focused on this task, we’re going to enjoy it for 24 hours.”
Continue reading the recap

For a photo gallery from the game

Evan Wertz (25) celebrates a fumble on Milford’s opening possession of the game. Franklin scored either side of halftime and held the Hawks scoreless to win 21-0. (Josh Perry/
Evan Wertz (25) celebrates a fumble on Milford’s opening possession of the game. Franklin scored either side of halftime and held the Hawks scoreless to win 21-0. (Josh Perry/

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final
– Canton scored once in each half to secure two points with a win over visiting Franklin. Simon Cruz opened the scoring in the 32nd minute as the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the break. Paul Corcoran made it 2-0 just five minutes into the second half. Alejandro Correal notched his first career shutout.

Girls Soccer = Canton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Olivia Rodman opened the scoring for the Bulldogs but Franklin responded within five minutes on a tying goal by Halle Atkinson. Freshman Stella Regan gave the Panthers the lead and then late in the game Sydney St. Marie added an insurance goal to seal the win.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final
"While the majority of Hockomock League teams have hit the field, court, or links over the past two weeks to get their seasons underway, the Canton field hockey team has been left watching. 
Between hot weather and thunderstorms, the Bulldogs have had their first game pushed back on a couple of occasions. 
Canton finally began its 2018 season on Friday afternoon and used a late surge in the second half to pick up a 2-1 win over visiting Franklin."
Continue reading the recap

Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ Canton, 1 – Final
– Franklin picked up an impressive win over a good Canton team, taking a 3-1 decision (25-21, 13-25, 25-21, 25-9) over the Bulldogs. For Canton, Julia Minichello played great defense with 14 digs and three aces and Nicole Brown was fantastic with 22 assists, 24 digs and four kills.

Golf = King Philip, 169 @ Franklin, 166 – Final
– Matt D’Errico shot a 38 to lead the way for the Panthers in a close match at Franklin Country Club. Franklin also got a round of 41 from Quintin Faro and a 42 from Jake Blaney. KP was led by Kayla Shuberth, who shot a 40.

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Franklin Art Association - Oct 3 Meeting features Vincent Crotty

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Vincent Crotty, an oil artist born in Ireland, and now residing in the Boston area. Crotty's work has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and plein air competitions internationally. 

FAA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May, and are free and open to the public. For more information log on to

Franklin Art Association - Oct 3 Meeting features Vincent Crotty
Franklin Art Association - Oct 3 Meeting features Vincent Crotty

Blackstone Valley: Explorer River Tours start in Woonsocket this Sunday!

Our tours on the Blackstone River in Woonsocket start this Sunday! From a look at the's going to be a great afternoon (sunny and high 70s)!

Visit Woonsocket and experience a very different view of the Blackstone River while it flows under half a dozen bridges.

Learn how Woonsocket grew into an industrial giant during the last third of the American Industrial Era – spinning wool, cotton and producing rubber products. The large structures made of steel, concrete and brick are a testament to coal, steam and water-powered machinery that provided thousands of jobs, supported communities and created a bustling and booming industrial city.

Sept. 16 to Oct. 21: Cold Spring Park, 101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket, RI
Explorer Tour & Blackstone Culinaria
Bugg'd Out BBQ
101 Katherine Rd. Woonsocket

Saturday, September 22
4 pm

If you'd like to join our wait list email

Meet us down by the river for a special barbecue buffet picnic with Bugg'd Out BBQ at Cold Spring Park! We'll have a spread of tasty BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread.

After our meal we'll hop aboard the Explorer for a narrative cruise of this Northern RI portion of the Blackstone River!
Napoleon Lajoie talk with author Greg Rubano
101 Katherine Rd., Woonsocket

Saturday, September 29th
1 pm

Join us on The Explorer for an informative talk with Greg Rubano, author of In Ty Cobb's Shadow: The Story of Napoleon Lajoie, Baseball's First Superstar

Come learn more about Nap's interesting story from his impoverished French-Canadian childhood in the mills of Woonsocket to his career as a player-manager where his fielding was special to watch and he hit the ball so hard he at times literally tore the cover off.

Tour includes some light "ballpark" fare
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council | 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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School Committee - June 26, 2018

Franklin TV video replay

Meeting packet documents

School Committee agenda

School Committee - June 26, 2018
School Committee - June 26, 2018

School Committee - June 12, 2018

Franklin TV video

Meeting packet documents


 Community Group Updates  FEF – Kit and Lisa Brady
 Community Group Updates  FEF – Kit and Lisa Brady

Friday, September 14, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/14/18 - THU 9/20/18

FRIDAY 9/14/18
9am   Franklin School Committee Community Coffee @ Franklin Senior Center
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
12-6pm   Farmers Market @ Town Common
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 9/14/18 - THU 9/20/185-8pm "Dancing at Dean" corner of Dean Ave and Main St

SATURDAY 9/15/18
9am-3pm   Book Sale @ Franklin Public Library
9:30am   Family Yoga Adventure @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
7:30pm   Black Box Cabaret: Disney Songbook @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 9/16/18
9am-12pm   Bag Sale @ Franklin Public Library
11am-3pm   Franklin Rotary: Car Show @ Dean College
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library

MONDAY 9/17/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3-5pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library
7-8:30pm   High School Fair (all 8th graders and parents/guardians welcome) @ BFCCPS

TUESDAY 9/18/18
9:30am   Cool Cruisers @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library

10:30am   Teriffic 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 9/20/18
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
5-7pm   Medway to Walpole Reliability Projeect Open House @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7pm   Franklin SEPAC: Introduction to Special Ed in Franklin - Parent Rights and Regulations @ Municipal Building

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM