Saturday, April 13, 2019

Franklin Music Students Find Success at MICCA Festival

Bands, Choruses and Orchestras from the Annie Sullivan Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, Remington Middle School and Franklin High School all performed this past weekend at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival. “MICCA is dedicated to the study of music through performance. Creating opportunities for evaluation and expert opinion and feedback to all our participants in a non-competitive setting is our main focus.”

Ensembles are evaluated and awarded a medal of Bronze, Silver or Gold according to the score they receive. Receiving a Bronze medal was the Remington Middle School Band and the Franklin High School Concert Band

Receiving Silver medals were the Horace Mann Middle School Band, the combined middle schools Orchestra and Chorus, the Franklin High School Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Three Franklin Ensembles brought home Gold medals this year from the regional three-day festival; the Annie Sullivan Band (Pamela Butz, director), the Franklin High School Repertory Orchestra (Diane Plouffe, director) and Treble Choir (Olivia Goliger, director).

The Franklin Repertory Orchestra is an audition-based group comprised of 22 students from grades 9 to 12. The Repertory Orchestra is part of Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Music Academy directed by Sheila Darcey.

Ensembles receiving a Gold medal are invited to perform in the state’s “Gold Medal Showcase” at either Mechanics Hall in Worcester or at Symphony Hall in Boston. The Annie Sullivan Band will be performing at Mechanics Hall on Sunday, April 14 at 9:40 AM and the Franklin High School Treble Choir will be performing at Symphony Hall on Saturday, May 4 at 8:40 AM. These performances are free and open to the public.

Franklin High School Repertory Orchestra (Diane Plouffe, director)
FHS Repertory Orchestra (Diane Plouffe, director) Contributed Photo
Treble Choir (Olivia Goliger, director)
FHS Treble Choir (Olivia Goliger, director) Contributed Photo

Annie Sullivan Band (Pamela Butz, director)
Annie Sullivan Band (Pamela Butz, director) Contributed Photo

You can volunteer to take a shift at the FHS All Night Party

It’s that time of year again when we ask all our Franklin Families to help out by volunteering your time at the after graduation FHS All Night Party

There’s several different shifts through the evening and if you’re not a late night person, we always ask for help with cleanup in the morning.

You can register by clicking below👇🏼     Thank you Franklin!  (Friday June 7 into the morning of the 8th)

You can volunteer to take a shift at the FHS All Night Party
You can volunteer to take a shift at the FHS All Night Party

In the News: New England Chapel will move to the former Ficco's; Tri-County librarian recognized with MSLA President's Award

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

New England Chapel will move to the former Ficco's
"Salvation is in the cards for the former Ficco’s Bowladrome and, appropriately, it is coming at the hands of a church. 
New England Chapel, a vibrant and growing Christian faith community based in Franklin, is in line to take over where Paul Ficco and his family left off almost four years ago. 
“We are under agreement for purchasing the Ficco Bowladrome building,” said senior Pastor Mike Laird. 
He can’t help but beam at the prospect. Neither can Family Ministries Pastor Heather Kempskie, who joined Laird in announcing the news."
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New England Chapel will move to the former Ficco's
New England Chapel will move to the former Ficco's

Tri-County librarian recognized with MSLA President's Award
"One of the beauties of working with people with different interests is that their ideas can be combined, said Ariel Dagan, library-media specialist at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. 
“I look at my surroundings and say, ’How can I create behavioral changes when I see something that’s missing,” said Dagan, who has worked in education since 1992 and arrived at Tri-County five years ago. 
The Norwood resident is originally from Jerusalem, and has since spent his life traveling back and forth, attending school in both Israel and the United States. After serving in the Israeli army, as is required of all citizens there, he attended the University of California-Berkeley and University of Rhode Island, earning a master’s degree in information studies. 
The Massachusetts School Library Association recently presented Dagan with the President’s Award, which is given to school librarians who over the course of one to five years make a significant impact on student learning."

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Encore's Summer Offerings for 2019

Music For Young Campers
A wonderful camp for your youngest children between the ages of 3 and 7! The camp runs Monday-Friday from 9 AM - 12 PM with drop-off between 8:30 AM and 9 AM and pick-up between 12 PM and 12:30 PM. Children learn about music through singing, arts and crafts, and through learning piano skills. Each week of camp features its own theme!

Chamber Wind Ensemble
Come experience what chamber music can offer, learn how to play in a small ensemble, and improve your overall ensemble skills. Music from classical to jazz and even pop will be performed. The ensemble is offered for the following instruments: Flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon, and meets Monday evenings from 7 PM to 8 PM

Rock 'N' Pop Ensemble
Come “Rock Out” in our Rock 'n' Pop ensemble. Learn your favorite songs of today and actually play in a rock band! Voice, guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, trumpet and saxophone are all welcome to join. The ensemble meets Thursday evenings at 6 PM and 7 PM for an hour each.

Intensive Theory
Learn how to speak the language of music theory. This is a class for the student who is advanced and needs a challenge, and it will also prepare students to take The Royal Conservatory theory assessments! Classes meet Monday through Thursdays from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Piano Lab
Have you ever said to yourself, ”I wish I had learned how to play piano”? Now is your chance! Piano lab will have you playing songs on piano in just three classes! It is a group class for up to 6 students, and is great for adults and older students ages 10 and up. Piano Lab will be offered Thursday evenings at 7 PM.

Recording Techniques
This class will teach students how to use the recording studio, from setting up microphones and using the software, to using the skills learned to do an actual recording! Classes are limited to 3 students, so sign up as they fill up fast. Classes will be Wednesdays from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Private Instruction
Encore Music Academy continuously offers private lessons on every instrument throughout the whole year, summer included! Come take some lessons and catch up, or get ahead for next year.

View the full summer flyer here

Encore's Summer Offerings for 2019
Encore's Summer Offerings for 2019

Join Matthew Slater For A VIP Indoor Cycling Fundraiser - Apr 28

With Patriots Captain Matthew Slater!
You don't want to miss this! We are planning an amazing indoor cycling event to support the Pan Mass Challenge/Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The Fundraising Part - All proceeds will be donated to Phil's Phriends and 100% of all monies raised go directly to the Pan Mass Challenge!

The Fun Part - We will be joined by Patriots Captain, Matthew Slater! All riders will get a photo with Matthew and can bring an item for him to sign! And we have an official Super Bowl LI jersey to be raffled off!

The Details - Sunday, April 28, from 1-4 PM in our awesome Cycle Zone Studio! Ride the entire three hours or recruit a team and share your ride! Minimum donation is $300 per bike; suggested donation $500.

Mark your calendars, make your plans, build your team
 and get ready to ride!

Watch for more details coming soon!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Apr 12 to THU - Apr 18

Friday, April 12
 Book sale setup
 Knitting Group
 Chess Club for Kids! (FOFL Room)
 Tri-County presents Antigone
 The Franklin Underground, The DayBreakers and CoPilot
Saturday, April 13
 Book Sale
 Christian Zen Retreat
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Coastie visit! (Boating Safety) (FOFL Room)
 Bag Sale
 Tri-County presents Antigone
 Tracey Grammer @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sunday, April 14
 All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 LiveARTS: Mistral Music
Monday, April 15
 Library Closed for Patriot's Day
 Tax Day
 OSKEY Rehearsal
Tuesday, April 16
 Wally and Trophy Visit
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Play S.t.e.a.m.
 Book Bites
 Charles River Meadowlands Community Forum
 All About Sparkling Wines
 An Evening with Steven Foster and Mark Twain
Wednesday, April 17
 Animal Affair! (Outside/ meting room)
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Construction Junction
 Christian Zen Weekly Meditation
 OSKEY Rehearsal
Thursday, April 18
 Baby Tummy Time
 Mr. Vinny Shadow Puppet Show (meeting room)
 Story & Craft
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Apr 12 to THU - Apr 18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Apr 12 to THU - Apr 18

Friends of Franklin Library Receives $15,000 gift from Middlesex Savings Bank

The Friends of Franklin Library announces the receipt of a $15,000 gift from Middlesex Savings Bank. The donation will allow the organization to continue its work aiding programs at the Franklin Public Library.

“We would like to extend our thanks to Middlesex Savings Bank for their generous donation,” said Joseph L. Mullen, president of Friends of Franklin Library. Mullen noted that the donation is one of the largest made to the organization in recent years.

The Friends is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that has supported library programs in Franklin for more than 20 years. Most recently, the group spearheaded the installation of 750 engraved bricks in the new patio outside the library’s School Street entrance, oversaw the addition of several benches and planters on the library grounds, and paid for new tables and chairs in the main reading room.

The recently renovated and expanded library on Main Street is home to a collection of books donated to the town by Benjamin Franklin. When town leaders decided in 1790 that those books should be made available for any resident to borrow, the collection became the first public lending library in America.

“Local libraries play a major role in making our communities the special places that they are,” said Mike McAuliffe, president and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “They provide important resources that residents of all ages can utilize and enjoy. We are pleased to be making this gift to help support all that they do.”

The $15,000 gift to Friends of Franklin Library is part of a cumulative gift of $1.4 million that Middlesex Savings Bank distributed to 84 non-profit organizations including libraries, food pantries and senior centers. Natick-based Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835, is one of the largest independent banks in Massachusetts. It has 30 branch offices located in 25 area communities.

Michael McAuliffe, CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, with Friends of Franklin Library board members Kathie Nosek (center) and Maria Lucier (right)
Michael McAuliffe, CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, with Friends of Franklin Library board members Kathie Nosek (center) and Maria Lucier (right) (Middlesex Bank photo)

Tri-County Regional Student Awarded Full Scholarship to Dean College

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is proud to announce Julia Farrell, a senior in the Culinary Arts career program from Medfield, has been awarded a $34,000 tuition scholarship to Dean College for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years/8 semesters of attendance at Dean College, providing maintaining at least a 2.7 grade point average. This is the twenty-first year that Dean College is awarding the scholarship to a Tri-County student.

Consideration for the scholarship is based on a completed admissions application, a Tri-County senior in good standing, superior academic record, teacher recommendations, interviews with a Dean College Admissions representative and Tri-County School Counselors, and extra-curricular activities including employment. Julia was awarded the scholarship based upon her professionalism and poise along with many of her accolades. Julia has been a member of the cheerleading squad throughout her time at Tri-County. She is employed part-time as a hostess and waitress at Nosh & Grog located in Medfield. Julia plans to pursue a degree from Dean College in Early Childhood Education.

Julia was well prepared for the interview process. Tri-County students are groomed to present themselves in a professional manner. They are taught to research an organization so they are ready to answer any questions posed to them prior to going to an interview.

“Julia Farrell was chosen as the winner of the Tri-County Regional Scholarship because of her wonderful grade point average, her stellar recommendations, and outstanding employment endorsements,” said Larry Thode, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Dean College. “She is a great representative of Tri-County and we’re delighted to have her become a member of the Dean College student body.”

Though the scholarship has typically been announced at graduation exercises in the past, this year it has been announced earlier in order to meet the College’s acceptance fall enrollment schedule.
Tri-County Regional Student Awarded Full Scholarship to Dean College
Tri-County Regional Student Awarded Full Scholarship to Dean College

“Once again we are grateful of the generosity that Dean College has granted to one of our students and are proud of such a rewarding partnership that impacts our community," said Stephen Dockray, Superintendent. “The scholarship program permits another Tri-County student to pursue a college education. Congratulations to Julia from all of us at Tri-County.”

In addition to Tri-County, the College also awards a scholarship to a student who is a Franklin resident at Franklin High School, and to a student who is a member of the Hockomock Area YMCA.

Dean College awards more than $20 million in scholarships and grants annually to assist students in funding their educations. An astonishing 90 percent of Dean students receive some form of merit-based aid with an average award amount of $19,000 per year. Dean College believes in making a private college education as affordable as possible, therefore most awards are renewable yearly provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.

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.