Saturday, January 26, 2019

FSPA Students Learn from Broadway Stars in NYC

Over MLK Weekend, students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) traveled to New York City to study with Broadway professionals. FSPA Musical Theater students of all ages took Song Interpretation, Monologue, and Theater Dance classes with Broadway stars, casting directors, and agents, while FSPA Dance students took classes at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center. This trip has been an annual offering for FSPA students since 2008.

The instructors for this year’s master class weekend included Tony Award nominees Jenn Colella (Come From Away, If/Then, Chaplin) and Alexander Gemignani (Carousel, Hamilton, Chicago, Violet, Sweeney Todd, etc.), Broadway performers Darlesia Cearcy (Once on This Island, Shuffle Along, The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime), Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon, Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies with the Franklin Performing Arts Company), Clay Thomson (Wicked, Disney’s Newsies, King Kong, Matilda), Tyler Haynes (Cats, Hairspray, Oklahoma, The Boy from Oz), Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Hairspray, Finian’s Rainbow), Andi Hopkins (Nat’l Tour of Dreamgirls), and NY Casting Director Bob Cline. 

The weekend concluded with a showcase for a panel of staff from Broadway Artists Alliance as well as agent Greg Uliasz. From this showcase, some FSPA students will be selected to return to NYC in February to study at the Broadway Artists Alliance Winter Workshop.

The students also attended the Broadway show The Prom starring Tony Award winner, and frequent FSPA guest instructor, Beth Leavel. After the show, they were treated to a private question and answer session with Ms. Leavel. "I wish I had a Franklin School for the Performing Arts in my life when I was growing up,” says the Tony Award winner. “It's invaluable."

In addition to classes and shows, a tradition of FSPA’s annual New York City weekend is a dinner with FSPA alumni living and working in New York City. FSPA currently has alumni working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in National Tours, on film, TV, professional opera, and regional theater across the country.

For more information on programs at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit www.fspaonline.com, call 508-528-8668, or stop by 38 Main Street in Franklin, MA. FSPA is currently offering an “All Access Pass” to new students which includes a free trial class as well as tickets to an upcoming performance.

FSPA students taking a theater dance class with Broadway's Clay Thomson (Newsies, Wicked, Matilda, King Kong) and Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon). Thomson has frequently guest taught for FSPA and Rice recently starred as Jack Kelly in the Franklin Performing Arts Company production of Disney's Newsies
FSPA students taking a theater dance class with Broadway's Clay Thomson
(Newsies, Wicked, Matilda, King Kong) and Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon).  

FHS Girls Basketball, both Indoor Track teams, and both Swim Teams post wins on Friday

Via HockomockSports, we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Jan 25, 2019


Boys Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center) = Franklin, 66 vs. Oliver Ames, 34 – Final

Girls Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center) = Franklin, 66.5 vs. Oliver Ames, 33.5 – Final
(individual performance results for both boys and girls Indoor Teams shown in PDF file below)

Boys Swimming = Franklin, 98 @ Foxboro, 54 – Final

Girls Swimming = Franklin, 97 @ Foxboro, 68 – Final

Girls Basketball = Attleboro, 28 @ Franklin, 58 – Final
– Ali Brigham was the top scorer for the Panthers with 24 points and Bea Bondhus scored 12 to keep Franklin unbeaten in the league.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 46 @ Attleboro, 51 – Final (OT)
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap:
"Having to try and match up with Attleboro’s 6-foot-5, 295-pound center Qualeem Charles for 32 minutes is one of the toughest covers in the entire Hockomock League. 
Having to try and stop him for four more minutes in overtime just might be impossible. 
Franklin stormed back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the game in the final seconds and send the game to overtime but Charles scored half of Attleboro’s points in the overtime period to help the Bombardiers secure a 51-46 decision in overtime."
Continue reading the basketball game recap:
https://hockomocksports.com/qualeem-charles-attleboro-franklin-overtime/

A photo gallery from HockomockSports.com for the boys basketball game
https://hockomocksports.smugmug.com/2018-2019/Winter-2018-2019/Attleboro-Franklin-Boys-Basketball-01-25-19/

The other results around the Hockomock League
https://hockomocksports.com/fridays-schedule-scoreboard-01-25-19/

Attleboro’s Qualeem Charles (right) goes up for a shot against Franklin’s Sean Leonard in the second quarter. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Attleboro’s Qualeem Charles (right) goes up for a shot against Franklin’s Sean Leonard in the second quarter. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
individual performance results for both boys and girls Indoor Teams shown in PDF file
https://drive.google.com/file/d/17WwAvphgflfmGQZyLaqDNVoGPso2FM6V/view?usp=sharing



Happy 30th Anniversary, Best Buddies!


This year, Best Buddies International is incredibly proud to celebrate 30 years of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
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Happy 30th Anniversary, Best Buddies

Happy 30th Anniversary, Best Buddies! 🎉 


Dear Friends,
This year, Best Buddies International is incredibly proud to celebrate 30 years of inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When I started Best Buddies 30 years ago at Georgetown University, I never imagined that this organization would impact the lives of more than 1.2 million people across the globe, spanning 53 countries and six continents.

Furthermore, If someone had told me then that I would live to see individuals with IDD working in a tech lab earning more than $50,000, participating in pension plans and receiving full healthcare benefits; reporting for a national television show, testifying in front of Congress; and delivering the keynote address at an annual corporate conference in Silicon Valley; I would not have believed any of it. Fast forward 30 years to a world that is indeed more inclusive and diverse, although there is still so much more to be done.
30th Anniversary, Best Buddies
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we are excited to launch the organization's newest program, Best Buddies Living. Best Buddies is elevating our mission to meet the significant need for inclusion by establishing a residential living experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their peers. 

This new program represents our organization's newest and fourth key mission pillar, Inclusive Living. Best Buddies Living will provide individuals with and without IDD the opportunity to live together in a vibrant community that supports all residents in advancing their employment, financial literacy, continued education and life skills as they work to achieve their personal goals. 

Located in Los Angeles in partnership with UCLA, the first house will create innovative residents and pioneer ways to support individuals with disabilities and their peers. As the program expands, Best Buddies Living residences will continue to be near college campuses, cultivating mutually transformative relationships and growth opportunities for people of all abilities. For more information about Best Buddies Living, please visit: bestbuddies.org/living.

Our 30th Anniversary is a special milestone and I am beyond blessed that I get to wake up each day and do what I love. My appreciation and gratitude for this gift is unimaginable!

As we look ahead, I am excited to watch a new generation of leaders step up to the plate to guide our global movement to new levels. I was only in my early 20's when all of this began, and I have never lost faith in the endless creativity, genius level talent, leadership and power that young people have. We will need each of you to help lead our movement forward as I am confident that the spirit of Best Buddies will continue to live on through each of you.

As we celebrate the impact Best Buddies has had on millions of lives, please know that I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you who have supported this organization over the past 30 years. Without you, we would not have reached this momentous milestone. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making this world a better place for people with special abilities.
 
Forever grateful,
Anthony K. Shriver
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Best Buddies International 
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to 
establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities 
for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, 
leadership development, and inclusive living for people 
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).bestbuddies.org
Best Buddies International
100 SE 2nd Street, Suite 2200
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 374-2233

“The president doesn’t just walk in"

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

Teaching the government shutdown


"When U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested delaying the State of the Union amid a government shutdown in January, Massachusetts educators jumped at a teaching opportunity. 
“The shutdown highlights separation of powers that people don’t think about until an unusual moment like this occurs,” said Peter Ubertaccio, dean of the school of arts and sciences at Stonehill College in Easton. “Simple questions like, ‘How does this happen?’ suddenly become really relevant.” 
The longest shutdown in U.S. history, which ended on Jan. 25, left thousands of furloughed workers without pay checks for weeks, and put numerous federal programs at risk of losing resources. But it also created new opportunities for Americans to learn more about how government works and what it means when it doesn’t work."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190125/teaching-government-shutdown


"The practice arises from a duty of the President under the State of the Union Clause of the U.S. Constitution:[5]
He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
— Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution
Though the language of the clause is not specific, since the 1930s, the President has made this report annually in late January or early February. Between 1934 and 2013 the date has been as early as January 3,[6] and as late as February 12.[7]
While not required to deliver a speech, every president since Woodrow Wilson, with the notable exception of Herbert Hoover,[8] has made at least one State of the Union report as a speech delivered before a joint session of Congress. Before that time, most presidents delivered the State of the Union as a written report.[6]"

For more on the State of the Union
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_the_Union

A full copy of the US Constitution can be found online
https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Page one of the original copy of the Constitution
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution (via wikipedia)

Be part of ArtWeek 2019




Be part of ArtWeek 2019!
FCC ArtWeek grants close Jan. 31!

Be part of ArtWeek 2019
ArtWeek is a 10-day festival, April 26 - May 5, 2019, featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Anyone can host an ArtWeek event…organizations, businesses, schools and individual artists. And while the VENUE has to be in Franklin to be part of ArtWeek Franklin, the HOST or participating organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space.

 
Franklin Cultural Council

So let's talk money...

ArtWeek events must be open to the public (though you can limit the number of attendees through ticket sales or other means), but they don't have to be free. All events must be under $50, and you keep all revenue. Want to host a free event? Well, that's certainly encouraged too! The Franklin Cultural Council is once again providing special grants just to those programs offered free of charge! Don't miss out...grants close Jan. 31

What makes an event an ArtWeek event?

ArtWeek events should be unique, memorable and inspired experiences that offer a taste of the arts, culture, and/or creativity unlike others that you can traditionally experience throughout the rest of the year. Plenty of events are outside-the-box, but you can also easily transform an existing event or performance that would normally be available to the general public by adding a simple "ArtWeek twist" like:
  • Inviting the public to what is typically a closed rehearsal or offering a free pre- or post-show talk or discussion 
  • Hosting a hands-on workshop or demonstration (and it's extra cool to host them in an unexpected place)
  • Adding a twist to open studios by including a 30-minute mini-workshop or how-to session with an artist
  • Creating a partnership event between artists and businesses
  • Offering a tour, hosting a lecture or creating a panel to discuss a relevant topic in arts, culture or creativity
  • If you're a restaurant, consider participating in the Art of Food.
Learn More  http://www.artweekma.org/

Franklin Cultural Council · 355 East Central Street · Franklin, Ma 02038 · USA                                         

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 25 - THU Jan 31

Friday, January 25
9:00am
 ECDC New Student Open House
10:00am
 Knitting Group
7:00pm
 "You Can't Take it with You"
Saturday, January 26
10:00am
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
10:00am
 Franklin Children's School Open House
10:00am
 Franklin Library: Adult collections and technology
7:00pm
 "You Can't Take it with You"
8:00pm
 Circle of Friends: Dar Williams (sold out)
Sunday, January 27
1:00pm
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm
 January FUNDraiser for Rail Trail Committee
2:00pm
 "You Can't Take it with You"
Monday, January 28
10:30am
 Move Along
11:00am
 Toddler Playgroup
3:00pm
 Monday Crafternoons
3:30pm
 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
7:00pm
 Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 29
9:30am
 Cool Cruisers
10:30am
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
Wednesday, January 30
10:30am
 Terrific Toddlers
11:00am
 Toddler Playgroup
4:00pm
 Construction Junction
7:00pm
 Parent/Guardian Sleep Education Forum
7:00pm
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, January 31
9:30am
 Baby Tummy Time
10:30am
 Story & Craft
4:00pm
 Fandom Thursdays
6:30pm
 Genealogy Club Meeting

For the interactive version, please visit
For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar
http://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

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

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 25 - THU Jan 31
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Jan 25 - THU Jan 31

Franklin Town Clerk: Updates for residents


2019 ANNUAL CENSUS FORMS


You will be receiving your 2019 Annual Street Listing Census Form and Dog Registration Form in the mail this week. The annual census form must be signed and returned to the Town Clerk’s office within 10 days of receipt. Residents are reminded that census forms must be returned even when no changes are needed to your census information. 

In accordance with MGL Ch 51, Sec 4c, failure to respond to the annual census shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls. If you do not receive a census form, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office.

2019 DOG REGISTRATION


All dog owners must register their dogs annually. Registration runs from Jan. 1st to April 1st.

Dogs not licensed by April 1st are considered unlicensed and late fees will apply.

If you already licensed your dog, please disregard the form included with the census.

If you have any questions, please visit our website
www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk or contact the Town Clerks Office at 508-520-4900 or email tburr@franklinma.gov

********* Top Dog Contest! ********** 
Please visit our website or contact us for details.

We wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2019!

Thank you,
Teresa M. Burr


entries to the Top Dog Contest as of Tuesday night (1/22/19)
entries to the Top Dog Contest as of Tuesday night (1/22/19)



The link to the MA General Law referenced above
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVIII/Chapter51/Section4

Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"

Conversational Italian for the Traveler

DATES:  6 Wednesdays, February 6 - April 3

TIME:  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

LOCATION:  Franklin High School

COST: $80

Buongiorno! Are you planning a trip to Italy? Through situational vocabulary
framed in a cultural context, you will learn the basics to make a stay in Italy
even more pleasant. Get ready to learn about greeting, sightseeing, ordering
food and shopping – Italian style!

Register online
https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-0e4c00bfd8d043199dc7abf0f6d5736c

Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"
Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"

In the News: Rep Jeff Roy travels to Plains, GA; ArtWeek scheduled to kick off Apr 27

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

"A couple times each month, former President Jimmy Carter sits down in front of the congregation at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, to teach Sunday school. 
Hundreds line up in the parking lot hours before dawn to ensure they get a seat. It’s become a pilgrimage of sorts to see the 94-year-old former Democratic president do what he’s been doing most Sundays since leaving the White House in 1981. 
This past Sunday, three state representatives from Massachusetts were among that crowd, traveling together on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to spend a few days taking in the experience of listening to a former president and visiting The King Center in Atlanta. 
“I refer to these as my magical history tours,” said Rep. Jeff Roy, a Franklin Democrat and self-described history buff. “I’ve wanted to do this for years.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190124/franklins-jeff-roy-sits-in-on-president-carters-sunday-school
Rep Kevin Honan (left) Mrs Carter, President Carter, Jeff Roy (Facebook photo of Jeff Roy)
Rep Kevin Honan (left) Mrs Carter, President Carter, Jeff Roy (Facebook photo of Jeff Roy)


"The Franklin Cultural Council announced that it will be hosting Taste of ArtWeek, a kick-off celebration to Franklin ArtWeek, part of the statewide ArtWeek festival, from 4-8 p.m. April 27 on Franklin Town Common. 
Taste of ArtWeek will include food trucks, a juried craft fair and live performances, as well as a beer garden and fine art exhibition at Hayward Manor. The FCC is looking for professional and semi-professional artisans to participate in the craft fair. 
The event will also include a youth section of booths for crafters 18 and younger."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190124/strongfranklin-cultural-council-to-host-franklin-artweeekstrong

"it’s very much like you’re welding when you’re inside the helmet"

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

"Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School recently received a state grant that will go toward expanding the school’s metal-fabrication program. 
The so-called Skills Capital Grant will allow the school to purchase new equipment, including the AugmentedArc - a virtual training simulator for welders and metal workers. 
Tri-County, which was among 31 schools to receive funding, was awarded $123,115. 
“We are grateful and honored to have been awarded this grant by the Baker-Polito administration and are looking forward to seeing our students graduate with the competitive edge needed to compete for exciting career opportunities,” said Tri-County Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190124/tri-county-lands-123k-skills-capital-grant

The grant notification had been previously posted here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/01/tri-county-regional-awarded-123115-in.html


 left-right are:  Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kenneal, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Metal Fabrication Instructor Robert Pierangeli, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Vocational Director Cathy Rebelo, Governor Charlie Baker
 left-right are:  Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kenneal, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Metal Fabrication Instructor Robert Pierangeli, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Vocational Director Cathy Rebelo, Governor Charlie Baker

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Finance Committee - Jan 15, 2019

My notes recorded via Twitter during the meeting


Jan 15
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/2019-01-15_finance_committee_agenda.pdf

The documents for the Capital Budget discussions can be found
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xu_1JUPgKXNH8i9DhDZH7ZkfFk6tyFQp/view?usp=sharing

Note: the document is a single PDF file with 166 pages, so it will take some time to download/open.

The Finance Committee as it begins the Jan 8 meeting at the Senior Center
The Finance Committee as it begins the Jan 8 budget hearing (part 1) at the Senior Center