Saturday, January 5, 2019

Finance Committee - Agenda - Jan 8, 2019

The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 8 at the Franklin Senior Center10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

This will be first of two meetings to review the Capital budget. You may recall that these capital budget hearings are usually held in November/December. The hearings are late this year as the State was late to certify the free cash total for Franklin.

Free cash is neither free nor cash. It is the accounting result of under spending what was authorized for the prior year's budget expenses, and receiving more revenue than had been forecast in the FY 2018 budget. 

Franklin has historically used the free cash amount to build the individual stabilization funds (general, recreation, fire truck, etc.) and to fund the capital needs for the Town departments.

Capital budget presentations are scheduled from

  • Fire
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Sewer Enterprise
  • Water Enterprise

On Tuesday, Jan 15, capital budget presentations are scheduled from

  • Schools
  • Facilities
  • Technology
  • Recreation

After hearing all the presentations, the Finance Committee will vote to recommend some or all of these (with or without modifications) to be brought to the Town Council for their review and vote.

The complete agenda documents for the Jan 8 and 15 meetings can be found on the Town of Franklin pages

Jan 8

Jan 15

Finance Committee - Agenda - Jan 8, 2019
Finance Committee - Agenda - Jan 8, 2019

Franklin Library: Don Wilding's "Rum Running and Prohibition on Cape Cod "- Jan 8

Don Wilding's presentation on "Rum Running and Prohibition on Cape Cod"  is scheduled for the Franklin Public Library on Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 PM.

Don Wilding's "Rum Running and Prohibition on Cape Cod "- Jan 8
Don Wilding's "Rum Running and Prohibition on Cape Cod "- Jan 8

For more about Cape Cod historian Don Wilding

Cape Cod historian Don Wilding
Cape Cod historian Don Wilding

FHS boys and girls Indoor Track teams post wins over King Philip

Hockomock Indoor Track & Field League
Varsity Meet #3 - 1/4/2019
Reggie Lewis Center
Dual Meet Scores - Through Event 42

Oliver Ames 52.00 - 48.00 Attleboro
Sharon 75.00 - 23.00 Canton
North Attleborough 75.00 - 21.00 Foxborough
Franklin 58.00  - 42.00 King Philip
Mansfield 53.00  - 47.00 Taunton
Milford 74.00  - 25.00 Stoughton

Attleboro 57.00  - 43.00 Oliver Ames
Sharon 73.00  - 27.00 Canton
North Attleborough 75.00  - 25.00 Foxborough
Franklin 67.33  - 32.66 King Philip
Mansfield 72.00  - 28.00 Taunton
Milford 53.50  - 46.50 Stoughton

Congrats to Tyler Brogan for breaking the school record in the 1000m at 2:35.56
Congrats to Tyler Brogan for breaking the school record in the 1000m at 2:35.56 

The individual FHS results by events boys first, then girls.

Dual meet results

All results

FHS gymnastics, girls basketball, boys and girls swim teams post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Jan 4, 2019

Girls Basketball = Mansfield, 47 @ Franklin, 60 – Final
– Bea Bondhus scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Panthers in a crucial divisional matchup. Franklin also got 20 points off the bench to hold off the Hornets, who limited Ali Brigham’s scoring with a box-and-one defense. She finished with six points and 12 rebounds. Megan O’Connell stepped in to add seven points and four other players added six apiece for the Panthers.

Boys Swimming = Franklin, 107 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final
– Franklin junior Pat Juszczyszyn, junior Connor Eck, and sophomore James Wu each had an individual win as the Panthers earned a division win in the pool.

Girls Swimming = Franklin, 94 @ Attleboro, 76 – Final
– The Panthers swept the 100 fly and the 500 free to pull away from the Bombardiers in the pool on Friday afternoon. Senior Katie Cashin was a double winner for Franklin while junior Katie McGuire had one individual win. For Attleboro, liz Saltz won both 50 and 100 free, qualifying for states in both races, Jackie Lynch-Bartek won both the 200 free and 100 breaststroke, qualifying for sectionals in the 200 free, Tiffany Chin qualified for sectionals with a win in the 100 backstroke, and Ella Lynch-Bartek placed second in both the 100 free and 100 backstroke, qualifying for sectionals in the 100 free.

Gymnastics = Franklin, 139.5 @ Norton, 124.1 – Final
– Mia Lizotte took the all-around title with a score of 36.55 and Kate Rudolph took second with a score of 34.8 to help the Panthers earn the non-league win. Lizotte won all four events (9.3 on vault, 8.7 on bars, 9.45 on beam, and 9.1 on the floor), whole Rudolph finished third on the vault (8.9) and the bars (8.3) and second on the beam (9.0) and the floor (8.6). Emma Owens (9.05) finished second on the vault, scored 8.3 on the bars, and 8.5 on the floor. Sadie Rondeau was second on the bars with an 8.4, third on the beam with 8.65, and fourth on floor with an 8.35. Lexi Lupien scored 8.4 on the vault and 8.5 on the beam.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 57 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of provides the game recap:
"Mansfield sophomore Matty Boen has witnessed dozens of Mansfield and Franklin clashes from the stands, watching older brothers Michael and Max dawn the Hornet uniform against the rival Panthers. 
Boen got a little closer to the action last season, watching all three meetings between the teams from the bench as a reserve. 
Friday night was finally his turn to become part of the rivalry. 
Boen came out on fire, scoring 11 of his career-high 19 points in the opening quarter, and then coming away with the game-sealing steal in the final seconds of the game to help the Hornets secure a 59-57 win over the Panthers."

Continue reading the recap online

For a photo gallery of the game

Chris Edgehill in action against Mansfield (Ryan Lanigan/
Chris Edgehill in action against Mansfield (Ryan Lanigan/

Mile Twelve Bluegrass Concert at OCC Coffeehouse in Wrentham, Jan. 12, 2019


Original Congregational Church
1 East Street, Wrentham, MA 02093
Phone: 508-384-3110

at OCC Coffeehouse
Saturday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM

Mile Twelve Bluegrass Concert at OCC Coffeehouse in Wrentham, Jan. 12, 2019Only a little more than a week to go before Mile Twelve's performance in Wrentham. 

Don't miss this great group! The winners of IBMA's 2017 Momentum award are now nominated for 2018 Emerging Artist of the year, and they show no signs of slowing. 

Their debut full-length album Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin, was met with critical acclaim and earned the band time at the top of the bluegrass charts as well as an IBMA nomination for 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today says, "The Boston-based group has been making noise in bluegrass with their virtuosic approach to the music, clever songwriting and arrangements, a nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, and a youthful energy that appeals to all age groups. All of that shows on their new release, Onwards."

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Band members are Evan Murphy on guitar, David Benedict on mandolin, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on fiddle, Nate Sabat on bass, and BB Bowness on banjo. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, the band members write and perform captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

Paul Schiminger, President of The IBMA says, "What I and so many others love about Mile Twelve is their musicianship, material, and energy. Their sound is fresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass. They move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, terrific original material, and interpretations of pop music classics, while knocking you over with their strong instrumentals and harmonies." Tim O'Brien calls them "a group to watch in the coming decade."

Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at the church office, 508-384-3110, or at The event will be in Fellowship Hall at the back of the church with entry from the parking lot behind the church. Parking is available behind the church and in the lot across the street. For more information and to be added to the mailing list, visit the website or contact Ken Graves, 508-384-8084,


AT OCC COFFEEHOUSE (Tickets now available for all shows on website. All shows are general admission seating, so arrive early for good seats.):

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, Don White, a must-see storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. With Mike Agranoff opening.
Saturday, March 2, 2019, Fellswater, Boston's Celtic Music Ensemble. Back by popular demand.
Friday, April 5, 2019, Tom Rush, folk music icon, with Matt Nakoa.
Saturday, April 27, 2019, Bill & Kate Isles, an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Audiences feel they are listening to stories of the own lives, told by two of their best friends.

See website for complete OCC Coffeehouse season schedule, more details, and for ordering tickets.

Quincy-based Stop & Shop announces acquisition

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

Stop & Shop announces acquisition

"Stop & Shop Supermarket Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire Bethpage, New York.-based King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc. for an undisclosed price. 
The agreement includes King Kullen’s 32 supermarkets, five Wild by Nature stores and the use of its corporate office in Bethpage. 
“King Kullen is a well-respected grocery chain in the Long Island market that has an 88-year tradition of excellent customer service,” said Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop, in a statement. “We look forward to bringing our quality, selection and value to more communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For more about Stop & Shop visit

Quincy-based Stop & Shop announces acquisition
Quincy-based Stop & Shop announces acquisition

Friday, January 4, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 4 - THU Jan 10

Friday, January 4
 Knitting Group
Saturday, January 5
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Baby Sensory!
 Franklin Library: Staff available to talk Survey
 Franklin Library: Staff available to talk survey
 Electric Youth 2019
 Joe Crookston - Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
 Electric Youth 2019
Sunday, January 6
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, January 7
 Move Along
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
 Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting
Tuesday, January 8
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Don Wilding's Cape Cod
 School Committee
 Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group
 Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Public Meeting
Wednesday, January 9
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Construction Junction
 Teen Advisory Board
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, January 10
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Discovery Workshop
 Fandom Thursdays

For the interactive version, please visit
For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar

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

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 4 - THU Jan 10
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 4 - THU Jan 10

Jazz Brunch: The Mark White Octet - Jan 13

The Mark White Octet returns to THE BLACK BOX on Sunday, January 13 for a jazz brunch! 

The Mark White Octet is a jazz group dedicated to swinging, precision ensemble performances of charts written by stellar jazz arrangers that feature the exceptional instrumental/improvisational skills of all the members. 
Mark White Octet
Mark White Octet

The group is based on the original Dave Pell Octet that featured many of the West Coast’s finest jazz instrumentalists from the 50’s and 60’s. Featuring a West Coast Swing with an East Coast Vibe, the band includes Mark White (guitar), Scott Deogburn (piano), Arnie Krakowsky (tenor sax), Ken Reid (baritone sax), Rick Hammett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jon Garniss (trombone), Mark Poniatowski (bass), and Kenny Hadley (drums). 

Each is a dedicated jazz artist bringing superlative instrumental, interpretive, and ensemble skills to the group as well as a wealth of performance experience in the theatre, classical, and commercial music genres. 

All octet members are professional jazz educators and several hold positions currently at leading institutions. Brunch begins at 11:45 a.m., with music beginning at noon.

For tickets

BFCCPS: Join us for an Enrollment Open House!

Enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School are currently being accepted. We would like to encourage all interested families to join us for an Enrollment Information Session to learn more about our school community.

Two sessions will be hosted at 201 Main Street in Franklin. The first is on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10 am to noon and the next will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10 am to noon. Please note that attendance at these events is purely optional and no RSVP is required to attend.

You'll hear from the Board of Trustees, Members of the BFCCPS School Administration, and Faculty as well as Parents at our school. These open houses are a great way to learn more about the school's mission, and see what makes BFCCPS such a special place!

Please note that school visits are not available during school hours so these enrollment sessions are truly the best way to learn more about BFCCPS before the annual enrollment lottery.

For the 2019-2020 School year, BFCCPS will offer 302 new openings. The BFCCPS Expansion is the best chance for local applicants to secure enrollment at our school!

We will be adding two new classrooms for Grades Kindergarten through Grade 5 as we open our brand new 72,000 square foot school. 92 spaces will be offered for Kindergarten and 40 new spaces will be offered in all grades Grades One through Five. Applications for Grade Six through Eight will be accepted as openings occur or will receive a wait list position. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Communications Coordinator Mrs. Joanne Basile for assistance.

BFCCPS: Join us for an Enrollment Open House!
BFCCPS: Join us for an Enrollment Open House!

Learn more on this BFCCPS Expansion Brief.

Want to apply now? You can complete an online application. You can also click here to print an application to mail into us, or drop by at 201 Main Street in Franklin, MA between 8 and 2:30 to fill out an application in person.

Online version

Print version

Franklin Children's School Registration and Open House

Franklin Children's School announces registration for the 2019-2020 school year!!

Registration has begun and will run through February 1, 2019.

Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 26, 10:00-12:00 for families interested in learning more about the school. FCS is located at 900 Chestnut Street in Franklin.

If you are interested in setting up a tour, would like an application or have any questions, please contact Executive Director, Kim Barrett at 508-528-9378 or email

Franklin Children’s School was voted #1 choice for Franklin preschools in the 2017 and 2018 Readers Choice Awards!!

Franklin Children's School Open House
Franklin Children's School Open House - Jan 26

Visit FCS on the web

Saturday Ski Trip Planned - March 2, 2019

Lifelong Community Learning has announced a March 2 ski trip to Bretton Woods, NH. Participants will enjoy a day on the slopes without thinking about the driving. 

Transportation will be provided by a chartered motor coach departing Franklin High School parking lot at 5:30 AM and will depart Bretton Woods at 4:30 PM to return home. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, and to register, go online to and click on Community Learning-Special Events. 

You can also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.

Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing diverse and enriched education and experiences for all area residents and children – a resource for all ages.

NOTE: If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brenda Reed at 508-613-1483 or email at

Get a copy of the Flyer

Saturday Ski Trip Planned - March 2, 2019
Saturday Ski Trip Planned - March 2, 2019

“It’s about how we can form our goals over the next five years”

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

Franklin Library looking for survey responses

"The library is ready to release its newest trio of surveys to aid in a new strategic plan for the next five years. 
“We’re going to be rolling out a whole series of surveys and questions to our patrons to sort of help us shape the strategic plan,” said Children’s Librarian Caliegh Keating. 
The survey touches on suggestions on collections, programming, services,
Keating said that the kind of information they’re looking for is focused on areas that the library is succeeding as well as areas that may need improvement."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Answer the first three questions of the new Strategic Plan Survey here

Franklin Library looking for survey responses

Franklin Library looking for survey responses

Franklin Author Book Sale Specials

Franklin author Susan K Hamilton has some book sale specials announced that I found via the Twitter stream. We had shared the release of Shadow King in November 2018.

Franklin Author: Susan K. Hamilton fantasy genre novelist

"The ESCAPE! Anthology released yesterday and is currently in the Top 50 on Amazon for both Short Stories and Anthologies. Special $2.99 price until Jan. 6! Grab your copy today, you'll be glad you did!#shortstories #anthologies #amreading #books"

"Buy the Amazon Kindle version of Shadow King for just $0.99 through 12/12/19!
Grab a copy today!"


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Newcomers and Friends Club: Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16

Not just for Newcomers . . .

Since it’s the New Year, why not start fresh! The Newcomers are cleaning off our bookshelves and emptying our closets. We’re having a Book and/or White Elephant Swap. Whatever you bring, you’ll bring home something similar. So, if you want to participate, bring a wrapped (brown paper or foil will do!!!) book and/or unwanted Holiday Gift to swap. Books of fiction or cookbooks are suggested.

We’re also doing a collection drive for the Franklin Food Pantry. We’re collecting bars of soap . . . please bring wrapped bars of soap to donate if you’d like to participate.
Newcomers and Friends Club: Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16
Newcomers and Friends Club:
Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16

Come join your Franklin friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends monthly Meeting. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30. Due to a conflict, we had to change our January date.

No need to RSVP, just join us to have fun while you make connections in your community. We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. As a member driven organization . . . your ideas count and we want to hear them!

Residents of Franklin, or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, are welcome to join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). We run our meetings September through May. We meet at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central Street, Franklin, upstairs in a private room. Complimentary hot appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available.

Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year. Look for us on our website, or on our Facebook page or on, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.