Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tri-County Hosts Grade 8 Open House - Nov 1

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School will host its annual Grade 8 Open House from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, Nov. 1. Prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to tour the campus to learn more about career-focused technical education.

During the Grade 8 Open House, students and faculty will highlight 16 different career areas, the school's rigorous, comprehensive academic program, college and career planning, and vocational opportunities.

Extracurricular activities, athletics, and information about the application and online admissions process will also be discussed. Refreshments will be served and raffles will be available with an opportunity to win some great prizes.

Tri-County Student Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the school's cafeteria to tell visitors more about their career program and academic courses.

Faculty members will also be standing by to escort visitors to any points of interest. The school's vocational instructors will be inside of their shops to answer questions.

Superintendent-Director Stephen F. Dockray and school administrators will host a question and answer session on the benefits of a vocational/technical education in the auditorium.

For those who cannot attend, Tri-County offers tours every Tuesday morning beginning at 9 AM by appointment. Visit to learn more.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County Hosts Grade 8 Open House - Nov 1
Tri-County Hosts Grade 8 Open House - Nov 1

MetroWest Student Film Festival: submission deadline extended to Feb 1, 2019

The submission deadline for the MetroWest Student Film Festival has been extended to Feb 1, 2019.

We have already received some awesome entries and we can't wait to see more! Awards and Prizes for the top film winners. Visit us at for details

"The Center for Arts in Natick and Walnut Hill School for the Arts are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership to produce the first annual MetroWest Student Film Festival, featuring the work of talented students from the cities and towns of Boston MetroWest. Official public screening dates for finalists are scheduled for April 4-7, 2019. 
The MWSFF is a student film festival dedicated to showcasing the talents and creativity of the region's youth by providing an opportunity for young filmmakers and production teams to explore and create stories through motion pictures. Finalists among these student-created films will be shared with friends, families and the community at-large in TCAN’s state-of-the-art screening room. 
We envision the MWSFF as the largest student film festival of its kind in the region. 
Being part of this festival provides entrants the opportunity to:
  • Share films with the regional community
  • Screen films in an independent, state-of-the-art cinema
  • Network with a jury of judges from the industry, and other film makers in the region
  • Attend the festival premiere showcase"

MetroWest Student Film Festival: submission deadline extended to Feb 1, 2019
MetroWest Student Film Festival: submission deadline extended to Feb 1, 2019


FHS football and both soccer teams post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Football = Attleboro, 24 @ Franklin, 31 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Nick Gordon 2-yard rush, Parker Chevront XP good; (A) Justin Cote 83-yard kick return, Colby Briggs XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Jason Weir 1-yard rush, C. Briggs XP good; (F) P. Chevront 31-yard field goal; (A) C. Briggs 35-yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (A) J. Weir 10-yard pass to Ethan Cameron, C. Briggs XP good; (F) N. Gordon 55-yard pass to Marcus Quintina, P. Chevront XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) N. Gordon 11-yard pass to Jack Nally, P. Chevront XP good; (F) N. Gordon 52-yard pass to J. Nally, P. Chevront XP good.

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
– Franklin built a 1-0 lead at half, doubled that advantage in the second half, and walked away with a 3-1 decision to qualify for the state tournament. Nick Barry opened the scoring on an assist from Donny Tappin to give the Panthers a lead by halftime. Tim Duval and Lucas Moura scored second half goals for Franklin.

Girls Soccer = Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 4 – Final
– Anna Balkus scored twice and Calen Frongillo had a pair of assists to lift Franklin to a big win to keep pace with league-leading Mansfield. Sydney St. Marie and Bridgette Ginley also scored goals for the Panthers. Hailey Toolin and Kaylee DeSimone each had assists. Franklin goalie Breanna Atwood made three saves for the clean sheet.

Golf = Franklin, 160 @ Oliver Ames, 150 – Final
– In the final dual match of the season, Oliver Ames knocked off Franklin to earn a share of the Kelley-Rex title with the Panthers. Nolan Donze led the way with a 35, both Liam Barry and Justin Shapiro fired rounds of 38, and Thomas Walsh chipped in with a 39.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FAA Event Invitation: Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Oct 24

Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM

The Franklin Arts Academy (FAA) Boosters will be hosting a Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser with proceeds being used to fund an FAA student field trip and scholarships for FAA seniors. 

Raffles available at the door. Light snacks and live entertainment will be provided.

Pour Richard’s is graciously hosting the event and will also be donating a portion of sales proceeds to the FAA Boosters.

Tickets: Contact to purchase your $5 tickets. Tickets $7 at the door

FAA Event Invitation: Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Oct 24
FAA Event Invitation: Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Oct 24

FTC Consumer Alerts: New materials on cybersecurity for small business

FTC Consumer Alerts: New materials on cybersecurity for small business
by Rosario Méndez
Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

If you own a small business, you know it's critical to protect your business from cyber threats. Today (Oct 18, 2018), the FTC launched new cybersecurity resources for small businesses.

What better time to check out these new resources than now – it's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this week's theme is cybersecurity at work.

The campaign is co-branded with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

FTC Consumer Alerts: New materials on cybersecurity for small business

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Oct 19 - THU Oct 25

Friday, October 19
 Book sale setup
 Knitting Group
 Franklin Farmers Market
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (sold out)
Saturday, October 20
 Library Book Sale
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Learning Differences Resource Meeting
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (Sold Out)
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (sold out)
 Circle of Friends: Bettman & Halpin
Sunday, October 21
 Library Bag Sale (books by the bag)
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (Sold Out)
 LiveARTS: The Buswell Ensemble and Victor Rosenbaum
Monday, October 22
 Move Along
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Introduction to Landscape Drawing
 Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 23
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Renaissance V Brass Quintet
 School Committee - meeting
 Franklin Public Library Book Club
Wednesday, October 24
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Minds in Motion
 Construction Junction
 FAA Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Thursday, October 25
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Genealogy Club Meeting

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/1/18 - THU 10/25/18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/1/18 - THU 10/25/18

Franklin Historical Museum: Winter Hours Begin - Holiday Ornaments For Sale

Starting the first week in November, the Franklin Historical Museum will move to their winter hours, opening weekends only. As the days become shorter and cooler, history has shown that attendance has dropped on Thursday evenings. Winter hours are Saturday mornings 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and Sunday afternoons 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Work continues at the museum as old siding is removed and replaced. Looking for a gift or stocking stuffer? Painted holiday ornaments depicting the Gazebo at the Franklin Town Common will be sold in the museum gift shop while supplies last. The Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum are selling the ornaments, in a sturdy handsome gift box for $15.00 each.

2019 Calendars filled with historic Franklin photos will be available for sale before the end of November. A perfect gift for everyone who loves Franklin. 

The schedule Second Sunday Speaker event for November 11 has been cancelled. please plan to attend the Veterans Walkway dedication that day at the Town Common.

The museum looks forward to participating once again in the Downtown Partnership Holiday stroll in early December and the return of Mrs. Claus. 

Please visit us at 80 West Central Street and discover your history. Admission is always free.

Franklin Historical Museum: Winter Hours Begin - Holiday Ornaments For Sale
Franklin Historical Museum: Winter Hours Begin - Holiday Ornaments For Sale

FHS golf team finishes 3rd in Hockomock League Championship

The Hockomock League Golf Championship took place on Thursday at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. Via @HockomockSports, we share the team and individual results:

1. Mansfield – 240
2. Oliver Ames – 249
3. Franklin – 252
4. Foxboro – 261
5. North Attleboro – 262
6. Canton – 264
7. Milford – 267
8. Sharon – 269
9. Taunton – 278
10. Attleboro – 280
11. King Philip – 282
12. Stoughton – 305

TOP 10
1. Nate Morreale, Mansfield – 76
T2. Ryan Dow, Mansfield – 79
T2. Corey Carter, Sharon – 79
T4. Jack Paterson, Franklin – 81
T4. Nolan Donze, Oliver Ames – 81
T6. Jon Dowling, Foxboro – 82
T6. Matt D’Errico, Franklin – 82
T6. Thomas Walsh, Oliver Ames – 86
T9. Tommy Dimock, Canton – 85
T9. Chris Lavoie, Canton – 85
T9. Jack Giebel, Taunton – 85


Jack Paterson – 81
Matt D’Errico – 82
Quinten Faro – 89

For the full set of results

for the photo gallery provided by HockomockSports

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Residents: REMINDER - Free Flu Shot Clinic on Monday October 22

The 2018 annual Flu shot clinic is scheduled for Oct 22 at the Franklin Senior Center.

Free Flu Shot Clinic - Oct 22
Free Flu Shot Clinic - Oct 22

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

In the News: Warren - Diehl debates this weekend; governor candidates offer choice

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

"Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Geoff Diehl, will debate at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. The hour-long debate will air live on WSBK-TV and on Questions my be submitted to or kelleratlarge. 
Warren and Diehl will also meet at 7 p.m. Sunday on WGBY-TV in Springfield and at Their last scheduled forum is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, on WCVB Channel 5. 
Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai is awaiting action on a federal court lawsuit seeking to force the organizers to include him."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

FHS students got to hear the independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai in September

For all the Election 2018 posts, check out the Election Collection


"As Republican Gov. Charlie Baker looks to continue to build on his track record of getting things done through bipartisanship, challenger Jay Gonzalez is presenting himself as a progressive Democrat who can push Massachusetts beyond what he calls the “status quo.” 
In less than three weeks, voters will decide between incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and challenger Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat. 
The Nov. 6 vote will determine who will lead Massachusetts through the next four years. The two men are offering different approaches, which were spelled out during separate editorial meetings with several GateHouse Media newspapers on Thursday."

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Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

There's Still Time to Join us for the 2018 Senior Fair!

There's Still Time to Join us for the 2018 Senior Fair!

Each fall, I am thrilled to host the Senior Health and Wellness Fair. As you may know from past years, this is an exciting event for everyone involved!

The fair will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. The event includes a continental breakfast and hot lunch!

The goal of the Senior Health and Wellness Fair is to provide a forum for MetroWest seniors to learn, ask questions and enjoy a fun day out. This year's program will include workshops on health programs, benefits and wellness activities. A variety of booths will provide information on health and wellness topics ranging from preventing falls, to dental health, to decluttering your home. Remember to bring your insurance card to make sure you can get your flu shot!

I hope you or your loved ones will consider joining us for a fun, informative and engaging event! Please call my office at 617-722-1500 if you have any questions.

Senate President Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk
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