Saturday, September 14, 2019

Franklin residents have stepped up to create a choice for voters

The candidate listing has grown this week. There have been a total of 40 people who have stepped up to draw nomination papers. 5 subsequently withdrew their name leaving 35 candidates. 

23 of the candidates have returned their papers and 20 of those have had their signatures certified to be on the ballot Nov 5. 

The remaining 12 candidates need to turn in their papers by Tuesday, Sep 17 and have the Town Clerk certify the signatures. 

Franklin voters will have a choice for most positions up for election.

BOARD OF HEALTH -2 SEATS  (4 Yr.Term) 3 2
CONSTABLE - 3 OPENING       (4Yr.Term) 4 3
PLANNING BOARD - 3 SEATS   (4Yr.Term) 3 3
SCHOOL COMMITTEE - 7 SEATS   (2Yr.Term) 11 7
TOWN CLERK - 1 Position    (4Yr.Term) 1 1
TOWN COUNCIL  - 9 SEATS      (2Yr.Term) 11 9
Totals 35 27

The last day to return papers is Tuesday, Sep 17.

The listing of the 35 candidates who have taken out papers to run for the open positions on the Franklin Biennial Election is provided via Town Clerk, Teresa Burr. 20 of the candidates have had their papers certified to confirm their ballot entry.

The listing will be updated weekly to provide the 'scorecard' of who's taken papers, who's turned them in, etc.

Download your copy from here

Franklin Election Collection - 2019
All precincts vote on Nov 5, 2019 in one location, Franklin High School

Franklin TURKEY TROT Registration Open

Franklin Turkey Trot Registration is OPEN! 

Please visit for race information and registration.

Free t-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants to REGISTER online. After the free shirts are gone, shirts will be available for purchase for $10 until November 1st.

If you have any questions, please email

See you at the race!

Franklin TURKEY TROT Registration Open
Franklin TURKEY TROT Registration Open

Franklin Cultural District Partners Meeting - Agenda - Sep 18

Hello Franklin Cultural District Partners,

The September Franklin Cultural District Partners meeting will be next Wednesday, September 18th at the studio of Franklin Cable TV and Radio. 

Meeting details are as follows:

Franklin Cultural District Partners Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 = 7:00 PM
Franklin Cable TV and Radio Station, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin

There is on site parking and the building has universal access.
Below you will find the agenda for this meeting.

We hope to see all Franklin Cultural District Partners at the meeting next week.

Best regards,
Nancy Schoen


Nancy Schoen
Chair, Franklin Cultural District Committee

Download your copy of the agenda here:

Franklin Cultural District Partners Meeting Agenda - Sep 18
Franklin Cultural District Partners Meeting Agenda - Sep 18

FHS boys soccer top Canton 3-0

Via we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Sep 13, 2019

Boys Soccer = Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Franklin opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the contest and added two goals in a 10-minute span in the second half to knock off visiting Canton. Lucas Moura put the Panthers ahead on an assist from Ben Moccia in the 7th minute. Trevor O’Neill doubled the lead for the hosts in the 54th minute on an assist from Jacob Cummings. Junior Ethan Cain capped the scoring five minutes later with a goal in the 59th minute.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

FHS boys soccer top Canton 3-0
FHS boys soccer top Canton 3-0

Funding Approved for SNETT Tunnel in Franklin

Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin), Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham), and Representative Mike Soter CR-Bellingham) are pleased to announce that funding for the Prospect Street tunnel along the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) has been approved this week and the project will go out to bid in the fall. A total of $1.3 million, over two fiscal years, will be funded from the Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Trails Capitol Project.

"The Southern New England Trunk.line Trail serves as an important corridor that offers exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities while also connecting communities together throughout the region," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to provide essential funding for the rail trait's Prospect Street tunnel project, which will be managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and appreciates the dedication and hard work of the Town of Franklin's legislative delegation."
Southern New England Trunkline Trail
SNETT trailhead on Grove St

Franklin's legislative delegation has been actively working on this funding since 2014 in order to expand the connectivity of this trail and connect it to the rest of the SNETT. The SNETT, one of the longest trails in Massachusetts, travels 22 miles from Grove Street in Franklin all the way to the Douglas State Forest. The trail is popular to bicyclists, cross-country skiers, equestrians, and hikers and connects with other trail lines, reaching as far as Worcester, MA, Providence, RI and Palmer, MA.

"Well-maintained, accessible recreational trails have a significant positive impact on quality of life across the state," said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "This funding will make significant improvements to the connectivity and accessibility of SNETT, encouraging people to get outdoors, be active and connect with the region."

"As an avid bike rider, this project has always been near and dear to my heart," said Rep. Roy. "I have been advocating for the SNETT because it not offers great recreational potential as a multi-use trail and brings communities together. It also gives life to abandoned railways and provides communities a way to offer open space to its residents. I am thrilled to see that the Governor and DCR are supporting this project and look forward to seeing more residents on the trail."

An impediment at Prospect Street emphasizes the need for a tunnel. At that point one mile into the trail there is steep terrain causing users to leave the trail, trespass on private property, and traverse a steep incline to get to the other side. Many years ago, the old railroad tracks right-of­ way ran under a bridge at Prospect Street. But the bridge was eliminated, and the railroad right­ of-way was filled in, creating this major obstacle.

In 2013, then DCR Commissioner Jack Murray visited the site with members of the Legislature, engineers, Franklin town officials, rail trail committee members, and conservationists to discuss options. And in 2016, Matthew Beaton, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, rode the trail with Rep. Roy (D-Franklin), local officials, and committee members to see firsthand whether a tunnel fit in with the Governor's priorities.

bikers on the SNETT
bikers on the SNETT

Rep. Soter (D-Bellingham) stated, "I'm thrilled to see this project finally move towards reality. This has been in the works for years now and I cannot express enough how happy I am to see this project through as the State Representative of the 8th Worcester District. The Southern New England Trunkline Trail is an outstanding project that promotes environmental stewardship and healthy living for the residents of Bellingham and the surrounding communities."

Senator Becca Rausch (D- Needham) said, "One of the best parts of our pocket of the Commonwealth is its natural beauty. This project not only improves lives in our area by fixing a problem spot for accessibility, but also serves as a draw to others to come visit our region. I'm so proud to support the tremendous work of my colleagues at the state and local levels who have brought this trail to reality."

"I want to thank our state legislative delegation and the Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Committee for all of their tireless work to get these resources to provide better access to the SNETI trail," said Franklin Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. "On behalf of our entire staff and the Franklin DPW, we have been honored to work on this exciting project. There is no question this is a very big deal and we are committed to continuing to work on expansion of the SNETT in the future."

"The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is proud to be the community advocate for the SNETT and the funding of the Prospect Street tunnel project," said Marc Kaplan, FBRTC president. "The tunnel project solves a major impasse on the SNETT and creates a seamless connection between the towns of Franklin and Bellingham. The completed project helps realize our mission of making a universally accessible trail for all ages and abilities and will improve the quality of life for residents. We would like to thank Representatives Roy and Soter and Senators Spilka and Rausch, as well as Franklin and Bellingham Town administrators for their leadership to secure funding for this important project, and the OCR for their tireless work and direct assistance in developing the SNETT rail trail."

The project will go out to bid in November 2019 and the project should be complete by the summer of 2020.

Franklin Democratic Town Committee Votes To Endorse The Green New Deal

The Franklin Democratic Town Committee approved a motion to endorse The Road To The Green New Deal at their September 9 monthly meeting voicing their support of the principles of the Green New Deal, which include:a rapid decarbonization of the economy and government investment in green jobs and infrastructure.

The Committee has been working hard to promote awareness among Franklin voters of the impact of the Climate Crisis on our environment and citizen's health. The Committee has six active sub-committees, including a Forum Committee chaired by Richard Halpern that chose as its first activity to cosponsor a climate crisis forum: "Franklin 2050:The Climate Crisis." 

The Climate Crisis forum will be held October 17 from 7 - 9:00 pm at the Elks Lodge,1077 Pond Street. Speakers will include Marjorie Decker, State Representative, 25th Middlesex District, FDTC member Ted McIntyre, PhD, Board Member, Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN), and Carolyn Barthel from 350 Mass for a Better Future, Carolyn Barthel, Coordinator and Steering Team, 350 Massachusetts For A Better Future.

"Franklin 2050:The Climate Crisis" is free, but seating is limited. Registration is recommended. Pre-registration is available at:

Franklin 2050:The Climate Crisis
Franklin 2050:The Climate Crisis

Reminder: Franklin Line train replaced by bus shuttle to Readville for weekend

Weekends, Sept 7- Nov 24, Franklin Train service is replaced by free buses between Forge Park/495 and Readville for a Fairmount Line connection while PTC is installed. There will be no service at Back Bay, Ruggles, Endicott, Islington and Norwood Depot.

Please visit for more details about bus shuttle schedules. Visit for more information on how this project will improve commuter rail safety and travel.

There will be no Franklin line service at Back Bay and Ruggles stations on weekends. Please travel to South Station to reach a Franklin Line station. If you are traveling inbound, please board a Worcester/Framingham line Train for direct connection to Back Bay or a Providence/Stoughton line Train for a direct connection to Back Bay or Ruggles.

We also recommend the subway: board the Red Line at South Station and transfer to the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing to reach Back Bay or Ruggles.

Due to proximity of adjacent stations, bus shuttles will not serve Endicott, Islington and Norwood Depot stations:
-Endicott station customers, please use Readville or Dedham Corp stations.
-Islington station customers, please use Dedham Corp station.
-Norwood Depot customers, please use Norwood Central or Dedham Corp station.

8:40pm and 10:40pm departures from Forge Park as well as 11:20pm departure from South Station will be accommodated by a bus for the entire trip between South Station and Forge Park (including the portion between South Station and Readville).

Additional weekends may be added to the train service suspension between Forge Park/495 and Readville as work progresses on the Franklin line.

Thank you for your patience while we improve the signal system on your Commuter Rail line.

For more information:

Last Updated: Sep 06 2019 11:40 AM 

Reminder: Franklin Line train replaced by bus shuttle to Readville for weekend
Reminder: Franklin Line train replaced by bus shuttle to Readville for weekend

Friday, September 13, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Sep 13 to THU - Sep 19

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Sep 13 to THU - Sep 19
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Sep 13 to THU - Sep 19

FSPA to present “How to Audition” Workshop with Raye Lynn Mercer - Sep 21

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Director Raye Lynn Mercer will present a "How To Audition" Workshop on Saturday, September 21 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the school's Recital Hall at 38 Main Street. Students and parents are invited to learn about the audition process in an entertaining, interactive format with demonstrations and time for questions from attendees. Included in the workshop are what to expect, how to prepare, and how to conduct oneself at any audition.

The workshop is appropriate for those getting ready for a first audition experience as well as those who are ready to raise the level of their audition presentation. “This workshop takes the mystery out of the process and demonstrates what happens before, during and after the audition. The right preparation and appropriate expectations help make auditioning a positive experience,” says Mercer.
Raye Lynn Mercer
Raye Lynn Mercer

In addition to preparing students for local auditions, Mercer and her staff successfully prepare high school students to audition for college performing arts programs. FSPA alumni are attending top colleges and conservatories including NYU Tisch, Penn State, Oberlin, Oklahoma City University, Hartt School of Music, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and Syracuse University, while FSPA's college graduates are enjoying active careers on Broadway, in national tours, regional theater, film and television. Current FSPA musical theater students have the opportunity to audition for New York City agents and casting directors as well as professional theater.

Registration for the "How To Audition" Workshop can be done in advance at the FSPA Office or by calling 508-528-8668. The workshop is open to anyone and recommended for beginner and intermediate performers and highly recommended for parents.

FHS golf team continues to roll with another win

Via we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final
– Olivia Rodman sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a shot into the top corner with only two minutes remaining in the game. Canton battled back after falling behind to an early Sabrina Addi free kick goal. Elisa Diletizia tied the game from the penalty spot with 12 minutes left in the first half. It was a back-and-forth game with both teams creating chances and both goalies busy. Canton’s Elyse Briderick made 15 stops and Franklin’s Breanna Atwood had 14. Franklin coach Tom Geysen rued his team’s missed opportunities and added, “I feel we are making improvements but there are things we need to do better to succeed.”

Golf = Foxboro, 167 @ Franklin, 155 – Final
– Franklin senior Jake Blaney fired a career-low round of 36 to help the Panthers upend previously unbeaten Foxboro. Blaney shared medalist honors with junior Jack Paterson, who earned his third medalist honor just this week. Pat Dolan added a round of 40 and Nolan Norton chipped in with a 43 for Franklin.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

FHS golf team continues to roll with another win
FHS golf team continues to roll with another win

FYSA - FHS clinic for youth soccer players - Sep 22

Youth soccer clinic conducted by FHS varsity soccer team on Sunday, Sep 22

Download a copy of the registration form to mail in:

Or sign up online

Franklin Youth Soccer Association, 256 Cottage Street, Franklin, MA, 02038

FYSA - FHS clinic for youth soccer players - Sep 22
FYSA - FHS clinic for youth soccer players - Sep 22

Election Deadline - Last Day for candidates to draw papers - Friday, Sep 13

Election Deadline

Don't miss the deadline (Friday, Sep 13) to pull papers for School Committee, Town Council, Board of Assessors, Planning Board, Board of Health, Constables and Town Clerk. 

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Election Deadline - Last Day for candidates to draw papers - Friday, Sep 13
Election Deadline - Last Day for candidates to draw papers - Friday, Sep 13

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Ellis Paul - Sep 21 with Rachael Kilgour

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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Ellis Paul - Sep 21 with Rachael Kilgour
with special guest Rachael Kilgour
September 21  -  8 PM - $30
Ellis Paul returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, September 21st.  Ellis is one of the most significant stars in the modern history of folk music. He is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of fifteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of twenty years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies. He has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.

His music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- "Hall Pass" (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), "Me, Myself, & Irene" (starring Jim Carrey) and "Shallow Hal" (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul's music by referring to him as "a national treasure."

"Ellis Paul is a master storyteller. He combines the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and Bill Morrissey and delivers it with a passion that sets him apart in the company of a new breed of songwriters."
- Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times
Rachael Kilgour
Award winning songwriter and performer Rachael Kilgour will be Ellis' special guest.
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 visit to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
Oct 5          The Kennedys
Oct 19        Windborne
Nov 2         Freebo, Alice Howe, & Kirsten Maxwell
Nov 16       Peter Mulvey
Dec 7         Winterbloom

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) - Open House Series

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold a series of Open House events for prospective students and families at 38 Main Street. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study.

FSPA Open House Series
FSPA Open House Series
The open house will be held on Tuesday, September 17 from 4 PM to 8 PM with an additional open houses on Thursday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 30 from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Proudly serving more than 500 students annually from 45 communities in Massachusetts’ Metro West region, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is committed to quality education in the arts with exceptional curriculum, outstanding professional faculty and unwavering dedication to each and every student enrolled. 

FHS field hockey and golf teams post wins on Wednesday

Via we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019

Field Hockey = Canton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Franklin took the lead just over 10 minutes into the game and added a pair of insurance goals in the final 12 minutes of the game to beat visiting Canton. Freshman Kaitlyn Carney put the Panthers ahead with an unassisted tally in the 11th minute. Carney took a feed from Stephanie Bell and finished, making it 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to go. Amanda Lewandowski gave the Panthers breathing room, scoring with less than eight minutes to go on assists from Carney and Leila Frankina. Canton freshman Ellie Bohane got the Bulldogs on the board with just over two minutes to play. Neilee Hess made three saves in net for the Panthers while Riley O’Connor turned away seven shots for Canton.

Golf = Taunton, 202 @ Franklin, 158 – Final
– Franklin captain Jack Paterson had his best round of the season, earning medalist honors with an even par 35 to lead the Panthers past Taunton. Nolan Norton followed with a 40, Pat Dolan added a 41, and Brian Sandham finished with a 42.

Volleyball = Canton, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:
"The battle between defending division champions Franklin and Canton lived up to the billing on Wednesday afternoon.

The Panthers, reigning champions of the Kelley-Rex division, and the Bulldogs, who won their eighth Davenport crown last season, went back-and-forth, trading wins in the first two sets before Canton pulled away for a 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18) win.

Over the course of the first three sets, the teams were never separated by more than six points, and only once in each set did the lead reach that high. And the leads all came early as the teams were within a point (19-18) in all three of those sets.

After the Bulldogs finished the third set with a 7-4 run to get a 2-1 lead in the match, they came out and played their best set in the fourth game to clinch the win."

Continue reading the game recap

For a photo gallery from this game:

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Wednesday

Canton’s Taylor Harris (right) hits an attack against Franklin in the first set. (Ryan Lanigan/
Canton’s Taylor Harris (right) hits an attack against Franklin in the first set. (Ryan Lanigan/