Saturday, October 6, 2018

Representative Roy Named to Harm Reduction Commission

Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin) was named to the Harm Reduction Commission by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Rep. Denise Garlick, Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. The commission was included as part of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018, legislation which addresses prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction. The commission will review and make recommendations regarding harm reduction opportunities to address substance use disorder.

“Representative Roy is an innovative and thoughtful legislator with demonstrated, in-depth knowledge of both healthcare and the law. We’re proud that he was named to this commission as he will bring value to its work,” said Speaker DeLeo. “He has been a steadfast supporter of the recovery community and has focused on combatting the opioid crisis and improving our healthcare system to best meet the needs of patients. We appreciate his dedication and service to our Commonwealth.”

"I am excited to join the commission and continue working toward the goal of helping those with substance use disorders find a pathway to recovery,” said Representative Roy. "The findings from the commission’s report will be important in addressing this issue at the local and state level and will provide meaningful opportunities for our residents who are struggling with addiction."

“The harm reduction commission will take a closer look at how to engage people at all stages of substance use disorder and encourage recovery,” said State Representative Denise C. Garlick (D-Needham), Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. "Representative Roy is a member of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery and has been a dedicated, compassionate advocate for his district and a leader with experience and insight through the enactment of the opioid bill. Representative Roy is committed to helping individuals who are suffering, families who are struggling and communities straining to meet the many needs of people of all ages dealing with the issues of addiction. I believe his perspective will be invaluable to the people of his district and to the Commission’s work.”

The commission consists of 15 members, including the secretary of health and human services; the commissioner of public health; house and senate members of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery or their designees; the mayor of the city of Boston or a designee; the mayor of the city of Cambridge or a designee; and representatives from the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. It also includes persons with a substance use disorder, a clinician with experience in mental health and substance use disorder, a person working in an established harm reduction program, an expert in relevant state and federal law and regulation, and a representative of local municipal boards of health. 

In its work, the Commission will consider:
  • the feasibility of operating harm reduction sites in which (A) a person with a substance use disorder may consume pre-obtained controlled substances, (B) medical assistance by health care professionals is made immediately available to a person with a substance use disorder as necessary to prevent fatal overdose, and (C) counseling, referrals to treatment and other appropriate services are available on a voluntary basis;
  • the potential public health and public safety benefits and risks of harm reduction sites;
  • the potential federal, state and local legal issues involved with establishing harm reduction sites;
  • appropriate guidance that would be necessary and required for professional licensure boards and any necessary changes to the regulations of such boards;
  • existing harm reduction efforts in the commonwealth and whether there is potential for collaboration with existing public health harm reduction organizations;
  • opportunities to maximize public health benefits, including educating persons utilizing the sites of the risks of contracting HIV and viral hepatitis and on proper disposal of hypodermic needles and syringes;
  • ways to support persons utilizing the sites who express an interest in seeking substance use disorder treatment, including providing information on evidence-based treatment options and direct referral to treatment providers;
  • other harm reduction opportunities, including but not limited to, broadening the availability of narcotic testing products, including fentanyl test strips;
  • alternatives and recommendations to broaden the availability of naloxone without prescription; and
  • other matters deemed appropriate by the commission.

The Commission will also review the experiences and results of other states and countries that have established supervised drug consumption sites and other harm reduction strategies and report on the impact of those harm reduction sites and strategies.

The Commission’s first meeting is scheduled for October 24, 2018 and its findings and recommendations are due to the legislature by February 1st, 2019.

Please contact the office of Representative Roy with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-2430 or

Representative Roy Named to Harm Reduction Commission
Representative Roy Named to Harm Reduction Commission

FHS field hockey and golf teams post wins, football loses to KP

Football = Franklin, 14 @ King Philip, 35 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Robbie Jarest 18-yard pass to Timmy Nault, Cole Baker XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) R. Jarest 28-yard pass to Deric Casado, C. Baker XP good; (F) Nick Gordon 1-yard rush, Parker Chevrant XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) R. Jarest 25-yard pass to David Morganelli, C. Baker XP good; (KP) Ryan Halliday 12-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Sam Callanan 12-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (F) N. Gordon 84-yard pass to Ryan Driscoll, P. Chevrant XP good.

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the football game recap:
"Coming off a difficult, emotional, last minute loss to Mansfield in last week’s title showdown, there was concern that King Philip may have a letdown against Thanksgiving Day rival Franklin. Both teams came into week five with one league loss and a setback on Friday night at Macktaz Field would effectively end that team’s chances of a league title this season. 
The Warriors set aside any worries about the impact of last week’s loss by jumping out to an early lead and then put the Panthers away in the second half with 21 unanswered points. 
KP beat Franklin 35-14 behind three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Robbie Jarest to earn its 13th straight victory in this series dating back to Thanksgiving 2009 and to stay just one game back of Mansfield in the division standings."
Continue reading Josh Perry's recap

For a photo gallery from this game.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 4 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
– Cassi Ronan set up a pair of goals in the first half and the Panthers scored two more in the second half to beat Attleboro. Ronan assisted on Regan Paterson’s goal that put the Panthers up 1-0, and then set up Victoria Quinn as Franklin took a 2-0 lead into half. Sara Carney and Stephanie Bell each scored unassisted goals in the second half and Anna Jardine made four saves in goal for the shutout.

Golf = Franklin, 163 vs. Medway, 178 – Final
– Franklin defended its home course against non-league foe Medway on Friday afternoon. Quinten Faro paced the Panthers with a team-low round of 40 while Matt D’Errico and Jack Paterson each shot a 41.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

FHS quarterback Nick Gordon readies to throw
FHS quarterback Nick Gordon readies to throw (HockomockSports photo)

Town Offices Closed Monday / Public Library Closed Sunday-Monday

The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Town offices will be closed on Monday.

Town Offices Closed Monday / Public Library Closed Sunday-Monday
Public Library Closed Sunday-Monday (Town of Franklin image)

Town Offices Closed Monday / Public Library Closed Sunday-Monday
Town Offices Closed Monday (Town of Franklin image)
This was shared from the Town of Franklin pages here

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Library of Congress: Poet Laureate Launches "The Slowdown"

U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry to Podcast and Radio with 'The Slowdown'

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled "The Slowdown."

"The show will debut on podcast platforms in November; it will be made available to public radio stations nationwide early next year."

Click here for more information

Friday, October 5, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/5/18 - THU 10/11/18

Friday, October 5
 Mommy Real Talk
 Knitting Group
 Franklin Farmers Market
Saturday, October 6
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Baby Sensory
 Learning Differences Resource Team kickoff meeting
 FPAC Gala 2018
 Circle of Friends: Joe Jencks $20 with special guest Katherine Rondeau
Sunday, October 7
 Library Closed
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, October 8
 Library Closed
 Columbus Day (regional holiday)
Tuesday, October 9
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Alive After Five Pay It Forward Networking Event
 School Committee - meeting
 Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Public Meeting
Wednesday, October 10
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Minds in Motion
 Construction Junction
 Teen Advisory Board
 Cultural Connections: Engaging Your Community
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, October 11
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Discovery Workshop

For the interactive version, please visit

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

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

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/5/18 - THU 10/11/18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/5/18 - THU 10/11/18

Election Collection - 2018

The collection of posts covering the election of 2018 for the Franklin, MA voters. (The most current posts will be found on top, progressing to the older posts further down the listing.)

The Official Results for Nov 6

Unofficial results

Town Clerk Teresa Burr posted to the Town of Franklin page Weds AM

What precinct am I?

What does the ballot look like?

The Franklin Town Clerk page with additional information

Election news and information

Analysis on voter turnout

Official results and updated election totals since 2003

Roy wins, Rauch tops Ross

Voters reject Ballot question 1, approve 2 and 3

Georgia's election issues

Election security awareness

Past election vote totals

Ballot Question 2 - background info

Baker, Gonzalez debate again

Warren, Diehl debate again

2nd 10th Norfolk Debate - Monday, Oct 29

Update by area Town Clerks on early voting

Voices of Franklin - Raymon Milic - Yes on Question 1

Inside Question 1 - 2 key pieces for my decision

10th Norfolk - Candidate Debate - Oct 29

Medicare for all; US Senate candidate views

Attorney General candidates debate

GOP group urges to 'blank' Baker

Galvin, Amore debate gets nasty

Early voting begins

Warren Diehl Debate; 10th Norfolk Candidate Profiles

Via Milford Daily News: Warren-Diehl debates scheduled

Oct 17 - Second MA governor candidates debate

Nurses discuss both sides of Ballot Question 1

Franklin Town Clerk provides election info at Franklin In Focus event

10th Norfolk Representative District Debate - Oct 13, 2018 (audio)

In the News: first MA governors debate

In the News: MA Attorney General candidates debate

Early voting opens October 22, 2018

FHS Students hear independent candidate for US Senate

Election info for Franklin

Official results for Franklin September primary

Unofficial results for Franklin, September Primary

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

FHS boys and girls soccer, and volleyball teams all post wins on Thursday

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Oct 4, 2018

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final
– Franklin senior Tim Duval scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to lead the Panthers to a win on the road. “It was a well played game, our kids played really well together tonight,” said Franklin head coach Fran Bositis. Junior Lucas Moura set Duval up for his first goal, and Duval assisted on classmate Ethan Bowen’s goal.

Girls Soccer = Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Franklin scored three times in the final 20 minutes to secure a win in a physical division game. Sabrina Addi opened the scoring for the Panthers and Franklin took advantage of the Bombardiers pushing forward after an equalizer to score two more. Hailey Toolin added the second off an assist from Sydney St. Marie and Anna Blakus sealed the win in the final minute off an assist from Calen Frongillo. Tayla Drape made 10 saves for Attleboro, while Breanna Atwood made four to keep a clean sheet.

Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
– Franklin recorded a win on the road, knocking off Attleboro 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-11). For Attleboro, Jessica Matheson had eight digs and Chelsea Calcagni added six kills.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities

  • Police Patrol Officer - candidates must be graduates of the Full-time Basic Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC) Academy or equivalent
  • Part-Time Custodian 
  • Firefighter/Paramedics - The Town of Franklin's Fire Department is in the Massachusetts Civil Service system. 
    • If you are currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in a Civil Service community and are interested in working for Franklin, send a resume and cover letter to
    • Please note: new hires must have and maintain a paramedic certification and complete an Associate's Degree within 5 years of the date they are hired.   
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.

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Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities
Franklin Residents: Job Opportunities

US Census: "Microbrewery Business is Hopping"

"According to the County Business Patterns program, between 2012 and 2016 (the most recent available data), the total number of breweries skyrocketed from 880 to 2,802. Of that total, 2,605 had 49 or less employees. 
These small businesses employed over 55,000 workers with a total annual payroll of $2.6 billion. 
Keep in mind that these data only include businesses classified as “breweries.” Businesses that brew their own beer (restaurants and brew pubs) but are classified in other industries which are excluded from these statistics. If these other businesses had been included, the number and growth over the last five years would be even greater."
Continue reading about America's love affair with Craft Breweries

An interactive map shows the growth in breweries state by state since 2012. MA data shows:

the growth in breweries in MA since 2012
the growth in breweries in MA since 2012
To use the interactive map yourself:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Local Teen Works With Broadway Star in FPAC’s Newsies

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), the resident theatre company of THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, is bringing the best of Broadway to the suburbs October 13, 14 and 19-21 with its production of Disney’s Newsies. 

The show stars Broadway’s Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon) and is choreographed by Chaz Wolcott who toured with Disney’s Newsies for two years, appeared in the live film version of the show from Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, and was featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. The production also provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for Walpole teen Griffin Wilkins: the chance to understudy a Broadway star.

Griffin Wilkins, a senior at Walpole High School and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, plays “Race” in Disney’s Newsies, a featured role that highlights his dance ability. However, in addition to mastering Wolcott’s intense choreography, Wilkins has the added task of understudying the lead role of Jack Kelly. Traditionally, an understudy is a member of a show’s ensemble who also covers a lead role in case the lead actor is sick or unable to perform. Wilkins has some added duties, explains director Raye Lynn Mercer. 
Griffin Wilkins
Griffin Wilkins

“We’ve had a unique rehearsal process for this show due to four of our leads being based in New York City. While the rest of our cast rehearses here in Franklin, Griffin has had to, quite literally, switch hats in the middle of scenes rehearsing his regular track as well as helping our ensemble understand where Christopher Rice will be during a scene.” The unique process has also taken Wilkins all the way to New York City. “Last week, we held a rehearsal in NYC for our cast members based there and Griffin was able to come along with us to help plug Christopher Rice in, as well as to clean the choreography and vocals,” explains Mercer.

Even at his young age, Wilkins is no stranger to the task of understudying a professional actor. Last March, he appeared as Judah in FPAC’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in which he also understudied Equity actor Andrew Scott Holmes in the lead role of Joseph. This performance won Wilkins a DASH Award for Best Youth Actor in a Musical. 

“Working alongside Chris, knowing that I am understudying an incredibly talented and kind Broadway actor, is an experience like nothing I’ve had before,” says Wilkins, who is currently in the process of auditioning for collegiate Musical Theatre programs. “It is the chance of a lifetime.”

Disney’s Newsies runs October 13, 14 and 19-21 at THE BLACK BOX at 15 W. Central St. Franklin, MA 02038. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. 

In the News: MA Attorney General candidates debate

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

"The two candidates running for Massachusetts attorney general tussled Wednesday over issues related to gun rights, drug addiction and immigration. 
Democratic incumbent Maura Healey faced off against Republican challenger James “Jay” McMahon in a half-hour televised debate hosted by WGBH. Each candidate is asking for the support of Massachusetts voters in the general election Nov. 6. 
McMahon, a lifelong resident of Cape Cod, won the Republican nomination last month after beating Dan Shores of Hingham in the primary election. Healey ran unopposed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)


Maura Healey - Official AG page

Campaign page

James "Jay" McMahon - campaign page


Information for Franklin residents can be found

Early voting schedule for Franklin

The MA Information for Voters (large print edition can be found in PDF format)
Additional information for MA voters can be found on the state page

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018