Saturday, May 18, 2019

Franklin Memorial Day Parade - Route, schedule, group sign up

It's that time of year again to plan the annual Franklin Memorial Day Parade. 

The following information below will help you to inform your group, friends, families and visitors as to how to prepare for the parade.

This year you WILL BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER at in order to march or participate. 

Please have your group(s), band, etc register by May 24, 2019

Thank you!

It’s a Good Life,

Matt Kelly
CEO / Owner

Direct: (508) 520-1600
Fax: (508) 590-0278

Franklin Memorial Day Parade - Route
Franklin Memorial Day Parade - Route

Franklin Police Patrol Officer – looking for Academy trained officers

The Franklin Police Department is currently accepting applications for an academy trained Patrol Officer.

Franklin is a vibrant city along Route 495 in Eastern Massachusetts, 28 miles south of Boston and 26 miles north of Providence. We have a population of approximately 33,600 spread across 27 square miles. The Franklin Police Department has 52 uniformed officers including the Chief, Deputy Chief, 3 Lieutenants and 9 Sergeants. 

The Franklin Police Department offers a professional work environment and generous education incentive. We will be offering the 4 on 4 off (10 hour shift) for patrol division personnel starting in July 2019.

Candidates must be graduates of the Full‐time Basic Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC) Police Academy or equivalent. Please note, this must be the full‐time academy and we will not be able to accept Intermittent/Reserve Academy. Applicants with 0‐5 years of experience are encouraged to apply.

Franklin Police Patrol Officer – looking for Academy trained officers
Franklin Police Patrol Officer – looking for Academy trained officers

Candidates must hold an Associate’s Degree or have an honorable discharge from the military (or have completed two years of military service and be in good standing) to be considered for employment. If a candidate is hired based on military experience, s/he must complete his/her Associates Degree within 42 months of hire.

The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation and a medical and psychological exam.

• Be a United States Citizen (birth or naturalized);
• Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;
• Have no felony record (MGL 41‐96A), or have any equivalent conviction that would be a felony in Massachusetts;
• Have no tattoos or scaration from the neck up;
• Must currently reside or be willing to relocate within 15 miles of the Town of Franklin within 6 months of appointment;
• Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License (by date of appointment);
• Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms, “LTC”;
• Must not smoke any tobacco products (MGL 41‐101A);
• Must be able to perform the essential functions of a police officer, including being willing and available to perform said functions on weekends, holidays, and on an overtime basis or when staffing requires;

Interested candidates shall email the following documents in Microsoft Word or PDF format to
1) resume
2) cover letter
3) copy of diploma from the MPTC or equivalent Academy

A copy of the job posting can be downloaded here

or directly from the Town of Franklin page

FHS baseball and softball teams top Oliver Ames

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, May 17, 2019

Baseball = Franklin, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final
– Franklin erased a pair of deficits, the second time in the top of the seventh inning to grab a win on the road at Frothingham Park. OA built a 2-0 lead in the first inning and extended it to 3-0 on a John Gomes sac fly to score CJ Deveau. Franklin rallied for three in the fifth inning to tie the score but the Tigers went back ahead in the bottom half when Jay Spillane (double) scored on an RBI single from Jacob Levine. 

In the top of the sixth, Jake Fitzgibbons brought Cooper Ross in with a sac fly to tie it, and Brennan Rivera drove in JB Floris for the game-winning hit. Rivera got the save in relief, allowing one hit but then getting a double play ball to end it. Fitzgibbons earned the win in a relief appearance, tossing 2.1 innings, striking out three with one walk and two hits allowed. 

Alex Haba (two doubles, run, two RBI) and Scott Elliott (double, run) each had two hits for the Panthers. Jake Erlich had two hits while Chris Pearsons had one and an RBI, and also had a strong outing on the mound in his first start. Sean O’Brien shined defensively for OA in centerfield.

Softball = Oliver Ames, 3 @ Franklin, 8 – Final
– Franklin raced out to a five-run lead before Oliver Ames plated three runs to get within striking distance. But Panther junior Sarah Jackson smacked a three-run home run in the sixth inning to help Franklin secure the win. Maggie Hobby had a two-run double early to help Franklin build a 5-0 lead. 

Katie Abreu had a two-run triple for OA, scoring Abbi Holmes (single) and Emma Varella (bunt), and then scoring herself on a single from Katie Mills to make it 5-3. Jackson put the game away with the three-run shot in the sixth. Emily Valentino, who had three hits at the plate, picked up the win in the circle for Franklin, tossing a complete game with four strikeouts.

Boys Tennis = Oliver Ames @ Franklin – Postponed to TBD.

Girls Tennis = Franklin @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

New England Artist Series: Booty Vortex plays at THE BLACK BOX - May 18

THE BLACK BOX New England Artist Series presents Booty Vortex

In Boston, MA during the year 2005, 12 funky musicians banded together and dared to play the groovy tunes from the 70’s. These timeless disco, funk songs will have you shakin' what yo' mama gave ya! And the heat these players/singers bring is guaranteed to knock you off your feet! 

If there's a hole in your life, if your dancing shoes are staring at you woefully from the back of the closet, or if you just love to dance! Then you need to spend some time in the Vortex. Renew your spirit, get your groove on and experience the power of Booty Vortex!

Tickets available online

HMEA’s incredABLE 5K - Sunday, May 19

HMEA’s incredABLE 5K, celebrating the “able” in everyone, is set for this Sunday, May 19 in Franklin. The event also includes a Kids’ Fun Run and fun family activities.

Some highlights

1 HMEA’s incredABLE 5K, celebrating the “able” in everyone, is set for this Sunday in Franklin. The event also includes a Kids’ Fun Run and fun family activities.

2 The event, held rain or shine, benefits the Horace Mann Educational Associates of Franklin, which has a mission to teach, support and empower people with disabilities and their families to live meaningful lives of their choice.

3 The event is held at Dell EMC, 50 Constitution Boulevard, Franklin. Free parking is available.

4 Registration is at 8:30 AM, with the 5K race and walk starting at 10 AM, followed by the Kids’ Fun Run at 11:30 AM.

HMEA’s incredABLE 5K - Sunday, May 19
HMEA’s incredABLE 5K - Sunday, May 19

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“had a feeling that there was a story hiding in that idea”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Susan Hamilton can trace her beginnings as a serious writer to a particular college assignment. 
“My freshman writing professor challenged us to write ‘something creative,’” she says. 
Until then, most of her writing was for school. This time, the assignment was a tipping point. 
“I enjoyed the story I wrote so much, I set out to write a novel,” the author shares."

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Tri-County: The TC Insider

This newsletter was shortened for publication here. To read the full set of contents follow this link

May 16, 2019

To the Tri-County Community,

I intended to start this TC Insider with a "spring is here" statement, but with the weather we've been having it's hard to do with no sunshine for what seems to be days at a time. Still, somehow, we have got most of our games in and all of our teams are doing well. All of our teams including baseball, softball, lacrosse, and track have winning records and are looking towards making their state tournament competition goals.

As Graduation gets closer we keep an eye on the weather and hope for at least one sunny Sunday on June 2nd. Having graduation outside is a great way to celebrate the event, but some cooperation from the weather is required. We are just a few weeks away from Senior Week with Honors Night scheduled for May 29th and senior trips the day before and the day after. Senior final exams will be held next Wednesday and Thursday on May 22nd and 23rd for all seniors required to take them. The exams will be administered via Senior Distance Learning.

May 21st and 22nd are also Math MCAS exams this year for sophomores. Additionally, sophomores and those freshman students in Biology Honors will take the Biology MCAS test on June 4thand 5th. Please refer to ItsLearning for more information on exam schedules for both sophomores and seniors. Our ELA exams went very well and we anticipate the Math exams to do the same. Please remember to have your students get some rest and come to school ready to do their best.

Don't forget to come to Tri-County to see some great things our seniors have been working on for the past couple of years at the Senior Project Fair scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00 PM. You'll be truly amazed!

Thanks for your support.
Work Hard, Today Counts,

Mr. Procaccini

Upcoming Events

Senior Finals
May 21 &; May 22

Math MCAS - All Grade 10 Students
May 21 &; May 22​

Senior Project Fair
May 23

Memorial Day - No School
May 27

Honors Night
May 29

Last Day for Seniors
May 31

June 2

Biology MCAS
June 4 & June 5

Early Release Day
June 7 (2, 4, 6, 8)

TC Golf Tournament
June 7

Last Day of School
June 18

About The TC Insider

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Tri-County: The TC Insider
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - May 17 to THU - May 23

Friday, May 17
 Music Dept. Breakfast
 Knitting Group
 Book sale
 Catch your Breath
Saturday, May 18
 Book Sale
 St Mary's Women’s Faith Formation Group
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Bag Sale
 Democrats Caucus
 FSPA Spring Concert
 FSPA Spring Concert
 Booty Vortex
Sunday, May 19
 HMEA incredABLE 5K Walk Run and all day Family Fun
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 FSPA Spring Concert
 FSPA Spring Concert
Monday, May 20
 Toddler Playgroup
 Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
 Quizzy E Trivia Night at the Library!
Tuesday, May 21
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
 Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, May 22
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 FHS Pep Band Memorial Day Rehearsal
 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
 Bump and Beyond Expecting Parents Group
 Hungrytown Folk Duo
 Town Council Meeting (budget hearing)
Thursday, May 23
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 FAA Senior Celebration
 Town Council Meeting (budget hearing)

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 - May 17 to THU - May 23
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - May 17 to THU - May 23

Franklin Public Library: Follow-Up Survey

Earlier this year, we had a series of Strategic Plan surveys. Now, we would love it if everyone could take a minute to complete our Follow-Up Survey! 

Please tell us what you really think about the Franklin Public Library!

Franklin Public Library Follow-Up Survey:

Franklin Public Library: Follow-Up Survey
Franklin Public Library: Follow-Up Survey

Franklin Cultural District Dedication Held - May 10, 2019

The Franklin Cultural District held a formal dedication ceremony on Friday, May 10, at the Franklin Historical Museum. Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham), Representative Jeff Roy (D-Franklin), Susan Nicholl as the community liaison for Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), and Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, all spoke along with the Chair of the Franklin Town Council Tom Mercer and the Vice Chair of the Franklin Cultural District Committee John LoPresti. 

Each emphasized the strength and vibrancy of arts and culture in Franklin and what an important milestone it is to achieve Cultural District status. Franklin is the 46th community in Massachusetts to establish a Cultural District.

"Franklin is an absolute treasure and a great addition to our Cultural District Initiative. The history and cultural vitality of this community makes it a destination for visitors as well as a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Most impressive is the spirit and energy that brings this cultural district to life," says Anita Walker.

The Franklin Cultural District (FCD) is a demarcated region within the town that encompasses the cultural facilities, activities, and assets that lie in a compact, walkable area. Along with having the nation's first public library, Franklin is also home to Dean College, the Franklin Historical Museum, the Franklin Public Schools (a district well known for its strong music and art programs, including FHS' Arts Academy), over 25 other cultural, performing, visual arts and dance studios and associations, and a variety of restaurants and cafes. Establishment of the FCD will likely attract additional arts and cultural organizations in the future, driving economic development.

An official Franklin Cultural District sign was unveiled at the dedication, along with a new logo and the launch of a new website, which can be found at The website includes a listing of all arts and cultural partners in town, along with a District-wide arts calendar.

Franklin Cultural District
Franklin Cultural District

The dedication ceremony was followed by a wine and cheese reception at THE BLACK BOX theater, where students from Franklin High School and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts performed, followed by a solo by Rep. Jeff Roy, a duet with Roy and Senator Rausch accompanied by Franklin Public Schools music teacher Jamie Barrett, and then a finale with Barrett performing his original song "The City Known As The Town Of Franklin". Both FCD Partner organizations and interested town residents were in attendance, full of positive comments that added to the celebratory spirit of the event.

To learn more about the Franklin Cultural District, their partners, and upcoming activities and events, visit their website at, or follow them on Facebook (, Twitter (@FranklinCulture), and Instagram (@franklinculture)

 from left:Franklin Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, FCD Committee member Stacey David, Franklin Town Councilman Robert Dellorco,  FCD Committee member Nancy Schoen, Senator Becca Rausch, FCD Committee member John LoPresti, MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, FCD Committee member Pandora Carlucci, Representative Jeff Roy, Franklin Town Council Chair Tom Mercer
 from left:Franklin Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, FCD Committee member Stacey David, Franklin Town Councilman Robert Dellorco,  FCD Committee member Nancy Schoen, Senator Becca Rausch, FCD Committee member John LoPresti, MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, FCD Committee member Pandora Carlucci, Representative Jeff Roy, Franklin Town Council Chair Tom Mercer 

FHS girls tennis drops match to Attleboro

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Girls Tennis = Attleboro, 4 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 
– With two wins in singles play and two more from doubles action, Attleboro earned a 4-1 decision on the road. Ella Lynch-Bartek won 6-2, 6-4 at first singles, Brianna Aronne earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory at second singles, the team of Lauren Anthony and Nicole Matheson picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win at first doubles, and Jordan Benardo and Rena Danho teamed together for a 6-3, 6-4 win at second doubles. Franklin’s Ashvika Boopathy won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at third singles.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

In the News: Party for the Pantry a success; early voting proposed for MA 2020 Presidential Primary

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

"The fourth annual Party for the Pantry was a success once again, even more so than last year. 
Last week, more than 100 residents packed into the Black Box Theater to support the Franklin Food Pantry, as well as to party with local bands and neighbors all night long. 
William Donovan, one of the event organizers, said they crushed their expectations for this year. 
“Last year was the first year we hit $10,000, so every year we feel like we have to better ourselves,” he said. “This year we took in $13,600. Now I’m thinking about how we’re going to top it next year.”

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Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

Early voting proposed for MA 2020 Presidential Primary
"Ten months before the 2020 Massachusetts presidential primary, Secretary of State William Galvin is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting and give voters five extra days beginning in February cast their ballots. 
Galvin, who has previously backed an expansion of early voting to include the presidential primary election, drafted a proposal that Sen. Michael Brady, of Brockton, has filed as an amendment to the state budget. 
If adopted when the Senate debates its version of the fiscal 2020 spending bill next week, the question of early voting in the 2020 primary will move into conference committee negotiations between the House and Senate. 
“Early voting has been enormously popular in Massachusetts since we began offering it in 2016,” Galvin said in a statement Thursday. “Expanding early voting to include the Presidential Primaries will make it much more convenient for voters to show up and have their voices heard.”
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MassBudget: SWM Committee's FY 2020 budget follows Governor's in revenue, includes slightly more education funding

MassBudget  Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.
May 16, 2019

Senate Ways and Means Committee's FY 2020 budget follows Governor's in revenue, includes slightly more education funding

The Senate Ways and Means (SWM) Committee's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal goes further in boosting K-12 education funding than other proposals this budget cycle. But, constrained by the lack of substantial, new revenue, the Committee had to propose less funding or relatively small increases in other areas such as child care assistance for low-income families, elder services, and other areas, as discussed in MassBudget's analysis.

The SWM budget proposal includes a more comprehensive approach to reforming the public K-12 education funding formula than the Governor and House proposals. However, funding levels in the SWM budget are still somewhat less than the most comprehensive plans being debated currently by policymakers. Updating the funding formula can help ensure that students across Massachusetts, particularly disadvantaged kids, receive a high-quality education.

Further, the SWM Committee proposes to fund the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division (FLD) at $4.5 million, which is 8 percent less in total funding than FY 2001 (adjusting for inflation), but is 17 percent less when adjusted for job growth in Massachusetts since then. The FLD enforces the state's wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, and earned sick time. This funding decrease could weaken many of the increased worker protections and benefits passed in recent years.

Regarding revenue, the SWM Committee included many of the new tax proposals first presented in the Governor's FY 2020 budget. (The House, by contrast, includes only the Sales Tax Modernization proposal.) These include a new tax on opioid manufacturers and another on vaping products. Unlike the Governor, the SWM Committee directs these new revenues to off-budget funds dedicated to combating and treating addiction, rather than to the General Fund from which most budgetary appropriations are made. 

Like the House and Governor, the SWM budget also relies on pre-existing sources that recently have begun generating revenue (like taxes on marijuana sales and "Airbnb rentals"). While inclusion of these various types of additional revenue may appear to boost the Commonwealth's ability to invest in a range of priorities, in fact, the new revenues would mostly serve to back-fill substantial anticipated revenue losses from several already-scheduled tax cuts. These cuts - along with other, non-tax revenue losses - will impact state collections in FY 2020 and beyond.

As is true of the House budget, most additional revenue in the SWM budget comes from a variety of consumption taxes, which hit low-income earners the hardest, and will make the state's tax system more upside-down than it already is.

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The full set of details associated with the Senate Ways and Means budget for FY 2020 can be found online

Senate Ways and Means budget proposal for FY 2020
Senate Ways and Means budget proposal for FY 2020