Saturday, December 29, 2018

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve

"On New Year's Eve, the Commuter Rail will run on a regular weekday schedule with some changes to last train departure times due to the fireworks.

All MBTA service, including the Commuter Rail, will be free after 8 PM on New Year's Eve.

Bikes, including folding bikes, are not allowed on all inbound trains between 10 AM and 6 PM and on all outbound trains from 4 PM until the end of service.

For additional information visit

Last Updated: Dec 28 2018 06:48 PM"

MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve
MBTA: Commuter Rail schedule for New Year's Eve

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FHS boys hockey top Bishop Guertin 3-2 in OT

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Dec 28, 2018

*** Wrestling = Lowell Tournament
– Canton’s Eddie Marinilli became the first wrestling in program history to win an individual title at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament. Marinilli took first in the 145 bracket, which featured 60 wrestlers. Marinilli knocked off the fifth seeded wrestler in the quarterfinals to earn his 100th career win and then took down the top-seeded grappler Jacob Cardozo of Southington in the semifinals. In the finals, Marinilli used takedowns in the first and second periods, plus an escape in the third, to pick up a 5-3 win. 

Franklin had the top finish as a team, taking 17th overall with 89 points. Foxboro was 21st with 80 points, Canton totaled 72 points, Stoughton had 35 points and Taunton finished with 27 points. 

Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (132) was the top Panther, taking third overall while Jake Carlucci (113) and Dominic Sackley (170) each took eighth. For Foxboro, William Ogebebor battled his way to a third place finish at 220 and Adam Lanctot (120) had a sixth place finish. Taunton’s Woudanly Danger (285) was seventh overall.

*** Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 vs. Bishop Guertin (NH), 2 – Final (OT)

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For detailed bracket results for the George Bossi Wrestling Tournament

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

AAU Basketball team tryouts - Jan 9

"We are a new AAU Basketball club established in 2018. We'll be starting off with one team in boys' basketball but will be expanding in the future.

Currently accepting players from Massachusetts and Rhode Island for Boys 16 and Under. Boys AAU Basketball tryouts for Spring 2019 session are coming up!"

January 9, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Framingham State College
$25 Tryout Fee

If you are interested, please email or visit our website to register.
AAU Basketball team tryouts - Jan 9
AAU Basketball team tryouts - Jan 9

“Every year, this is just something cool to see”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"It’s always clear that the bigger the gift during the holiday season, the more fun children will have with the box that contained it. That’s why the Franklin Public Library’s annual “Box City” event in late December has become so popular. 
Children’s Librarian Caleigh Keating hosted the third annual Box City event on Friday afternoon. Children from Franklin and surrounding communities came to create the mini-municipality in the gathering room at the library. 
With dozens of donated boxes, egg cartons and other items, children were able to fill the room with their own box structures and other designs, creating Box City. 
Keating said the event is a success every year."
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Franklin Public Library Box City was held on Friday
Franklin Public Library Box City was held on Friday

Friday, December 28, 2018

[Franklin Residents] 911 Outages

Please be advised that the 911 system is experiencing sporadic outages. 

If you call 911 and receive a busy signal, please hang up and dial 508-520-1916. Technicians are working on the problem. Currently 37 states are affected including Massachusetts.

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[Franklin Residents] 911 Outages
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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Dec 28 - THU Jan 3

Friday, December 28
 Knitting Group
 Box City!
 Hot Cocoa and Coloring
Saturday, December 29
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Holiday Happy Feet!
 Cookie Decorating
Sunday, December 30
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, December 31
 New Year's Eve
 Move Along
 Noon Year's Eve Party
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
 Library Closing
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
 Library Closed
 New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Construction Junction
 Woke: A YA Book Club
 Franklin Art Assoc - Monthly Meeting
Thursday, January 3, 2019
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Fandom Thursdays

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Dec 28 - THU Jan 3
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Dec 28 - THU Jan 3

FHS boys basketball tops Brighton 63-35 in Larry Fisher Holiday Tournament to advance

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS sports action on Thursday, Dec 27, 2018

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 63 vs. Brighton, 35 – Final
Franklin clamped down defensively, forcing Brighton into 32 turnovers on its way to a big win over the Bengals. The Panthers forced 12 turnovers in the first quarter alone and hit their first eight shots from the floor, taking a 25-6 lead after eight minutes of play. Junior Chris Edgehill had a team-high 15 points, senior Will Harvey added eight points, and Jack Rudolph finished with seven points and three assists. Franklin will play host Bridgewater-Raynham in the championship game of the Larry Fisher Holiday Tournament on Saturday at 4:45. 

– Click here for a photo gallery from this game

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 2 @ Mount St. Charles (R.I.), 3 – Final (OT)
– Franklin senior Joe Lizotte and junior Shane McCaffrey each scored once but the Panthers fell in overtime to host Mount St. Charles. Ryan Cameron had an outstanding game in net for the Panthers. The game will go down as a tie for MIAA purposes.

Gymnastics = Franklin, 134.5 @ Mansfield, 147.5 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

Jalen Samuels in action (HockomockSports photo)
Jalen Samuels in action  (HockomockSports photo)

MassBudget: Minimum wage increase to $12 will benefit 662,000 workers

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.
December 26, 2018

Minimum wage increase to $12 will benefit 662,000 workers

In response to a multi-year grassroots campaign, Massachusetts lawmakers this year made a significant move toward ensuring workers can earn enough to support their families - by raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15 by 2023. January 2019 will mark the first step in this progression, when the state's minimum wage goes from $11 to $12.
This increase will affect 15 percent of Massachusetts working parents and 19 percent of children in the state, according to a new Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) analysis$12-Massachusetts-Minimum-Wage.html.

Minimum wage increase to $12 will benefit 662,000 workers
The increase will give a raise to the majority of food service workers (68 percent) and about a third of workers in human services - which include those who work in child welfare, disability services, and elder services. The increase will boost the wages of more than a third of Hispanic/Latinx workers, 29 percent of Black/African American workers, and 18 percent of White workers.
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.

BOSTON, MA 02108

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Franklin Art Association January 2, 2019 Meeting

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 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, an art supply swap and jewelry-making clinic led by FAA President, Pam Warren.

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 January 2, 2019 Meeting
Franklin Art Association January 2, 2019 Meeting

In the News: MA Governor, legislators get raise; action being called for on climate change

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Two years after legislators ignited an uproar by voting through a generous package of pay raises for themselves and other public officials, the salaries for incoming lawmakers on Beacon Hill are going up again by almost 6 percent. 
Gov. Charlie Baker certified a raise of 5.93 percent for the 200 members of the House and Senate beginning for the 2019 and 2020 session, raising the base pay for legislators by $3,709 to $66,256. 
Baker is also in line for a hefty pay increase, with the governor’s salary set to grow from $151,800 to $195,970. He will also receive a housing allowance of $68,854. 
The size of the pay increase for Baker is as large as it is in part because the Republican turned down a pay raise in 2017 that would have increased his salary from $151,800 to $185,000 after the Democrat-controlled Legislature overrode his veto of the pay raise package."

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"Massachusetts has been a leader when it comes to environmental legislation but in the wake of a federal report detailing the impact of climate change, many local activists say there is more to be done. 
The report predicted that the average global temperature is much higher and rising more rapidly than ever before in modern society. It also forecast continued rising temperatures and sea levels, resulting in more frequent flooding, wildfires, as well as the spread of food- and water-borne illnesses. 
Climate change has become an issue of heightened importance in recent years, especially for Massachusetts voters. In a WBUR poll from last year, 88 percent of registered voters in the state said they were concerned about climate change, up from 77 percent in 2011. 
Massachusetts became one of the first states in the country to legislatively address climate change with a regulatory program. In 2008, the Global Warming Solutions Act was signed into law, requiring the state to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050."

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The WBUR poll referenced can be found online

Most Mass. Voters Say Climate Change Is Bringing More Frequent Or Severe Storms (WBUR Photo)
Most Mass. Voters Say Climate Change Is Bringing
More Frequent Or Severe Storms (WBUR Photo)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Joe Crookston - January 5

Joe Crookston January 5, 
Dar Williams Jan 26
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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Joe Crookston - January 5
Joe Crookston
Jan 5th 8PM $20
Joe Crookston returns for his fourth performance at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 5th. He is bringing his fiddle, his slide guitar, hilarious stories, foot-stomping and infectious rhythms, and gorgeous, universal songs for a night of sublime music that will leave you feeling more awake and alive and with a renewed sense of what's possible.

Whether he's picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.  It happens every time.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films.

"With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…and Joe does." -Sing Out Magazine

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Upcoming Shows
Jan 26       Dar Williams
Mar 9         Greg Greenway
Mar 23       Patty Larkin
Mar 30       Celtic Band RUNA
Apr 13       Tracy Grammer
May 11       Ordinary Elephant

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FHS girls hockey top Algonquin 3-2

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ Algonquin, 2 – Final
– Amanda Lewandowski, Cassi Ronan, and Regan Paterson (game-winner) each scored goals for the unbeaten Panthers and Gabby Colace (14 saves) picked up the win in goal.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers