Saturday, September 28, 2019

School Committee Meeting Recap: Start times put on 'pause'; elementary school improvement plans approved

The School Committee meeting held Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 revealed some interesting news. 

The early release of MCAS data shows that the JF Kennedy Elementary School and the Davis Thayer Elementary School were recognized by the State DESE for their results. As the full set of MCAS data is understood, there will be an update to the community later this fall.

The ECDC and elementary school improvement plans for the 2019-2020 school years were presented and approved. Copies of the presentation documents are included here. Links to the individual improvement plans are available.

The school start time update provided the greatest shock (or disappointment) to some but it was a rather practical move. The effort to study changing school starts times has been 'paused.' Given the effort required with the upcoming budget cycle (and a significant budget shortage to be dealt with - likely raising the infamous 'o' word) along with the study to start on the potential closure of Davis Thayer (which would also require a redistricting of the entire school population - a major effort), and the need to actually continue the day to day operation of education the current school population, it was a wise move.

The presentation copy for the school update is shared below. 

  • The Superintendent's Report

Additional details captured live during the meeting can be found in my notes
  • Live reporting: Discussion Only items through to C...
  • Live reporting: Discussion/Action items
  • Live reporting: School Start Times Update
  • Live reporting: Elementary School Improvement Plan...
  • Live reporting: School Committee - Sep 24, 2019

elementary school principals presenting their School Improvement Plans
elementary school principals presenting their School Improvement Plans

FHS girls soccer posts win vs. North Attleboro

Via, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Sep 27, 2019

Boys Soccer = North Attleboro, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 2 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
The Panthers scored twice on first half set pieces to secure the victory. Sabrina Addi’s long free kick was flicked on from the edge of the box by Erin Quaile midway through the half, catching the keeper off her line for the opening goal. Addi scored the second on a corner kick that bounced around in the North box. She finally latched onto the loose ball and lifted it into the back of the net. Lydia Hershey, Colette Petit, and Taylor Ward played well defensively for the Rocketeers, while Alex Moulson played a solid all-around game in midfield.

For a Photo Gallery from this game

Field Hockey = Franklin @ Walpole – Postponed to Saturday 9/28 at 10:00

Football = King Philip, 26 @ Franklin, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Robbie Jarest 25-yard pass to Brian Wassersug, Dylan Conti XP good; (F) Thomas Gasbarro 53-yard pass to Cole Lakatos, Parker Cheuvront XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Ryan Halliday 1-yard rush, D. Conti XP good; (KP) R. Jarest 11-yard pass to Andrew McKinney, XP blocked.
3rd Quarter: (F) Mack Gulla 1-yard rush, P. Cheuvront XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) R. Halliday 11-yard rush, 2pt pass failed.

Ryan Lanigan, the founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:
"The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The King Philip offense has had some success from the new wrinkles it’s added this season, but when it mattered most, the Warriors turned to their signature ground and pound running attack.

Senior Ryan Halliday rushed for 150 yards on 33 carries, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and scored a pair of touchdowns to pace the Warriors to a 26-14 win over rival Franklin, KP’s 16th straight win over the Panthers.

After getting just one touch on each of King Philip’s first two drives of the second half — both quickly ended in punts — and Franklin playing with the momentum after cutting the deficit to six at 20-14, the Warriors turned to Halliday."
Continue reading the game recap

For a photo gallery of this game

For other results around the Hockomock League

Carly Alston, FHS
Carly Alston, FHS

MBTA Update: Franklin Line notice - shuttle bus through October 20

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. Passengers may experience delays of up to 30 minutes as a result of shuttle bus connections.

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 travelling 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.

8:40 PM and 10:40 PM departures from Forge Park as well as 11:20 PM 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 27 2019 03:31 PM

MBTA Update: Franklin Line notice - shuttle bus through October 20
MBTA Update: Franklin Line notice - shuttle bus through October 20

Friday, September 27, 2019

Franklin Connections: October edition available

Franklin Connections, the October Edition of the Senior Center Newsletter has been posted to the Town of Franklin webpage and is available.

Franklin Connections: October edition available
Franklin Connections: October edition available

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Sep 27 to THU - Oct 3

Mon Sep 30, 2019
Thu Oct 3, 2019

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 - Sep 27 to THU - Oct 3
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Sep 27 to THU - Oct 3

Be Prepared to Enjoy a 'Taste of the Region' - Oct 22

United Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our 30th Annual Taste of the Region
It's going to be a great night! We hope you'll join us.

Wow! Restaurants are signing up and more are being added every week.

Tickets are available at the United Regional Chamber of Commerce office and on Eventbrite.

Please contact the Chamber if you would like to represent your business with a basket or raffle item.

Also, please contact the Chamber if you would like to volunteer the night of the event. We need people to set up, tear down, register happy (and hungry) attendees, and manage the silent auction and raffle tables.

The Chamber's phone number is 508-316-0861 or email Jack Lank.
Be Prepared to Enjoy a 'Taste of the Region' - Oct 22
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 310 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762

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FHS field hockey, volleyball, and golf teams post wins on Thursday

Via, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

** Field Hockey = Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 8 – Final
– Franklin continued its strong start to the season, racing out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and scoring eight straight overall to beat visiting Oliver Ames. Stephanie Bell scored a pair of goals and assisted on another all in the first half for the Panthers. Amanda Lewandowski scored twice, Leila Frankina and Olivia Rondeau each scored and had an assist, and Kaitlyn Carney and Hanna Richardson each scored once. Neilee Hess made five saves in the win. Ellie Waters (from Cassie Gennis) scored for Oliver Ames.

** Volleyball = Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
– Oliver Ames rallied to win the third set to keep the match going, but Franklin closed it out in the fourth set to grab a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 26-28, 25-23) win over the Tigers. For OA, Jordan Bosse had 16 kills, 15 digs, and three aces, Allie Kemp added 31 assists, and Alison Barth finished with 32 digs and 35 serve receptions.

** Golf = Medway, 185 @ Franklin, 165 – Final
– Franklin notched its 11th straight win of the season with a non-league decision over Medway. Jack Paterson earned match medalist honors with a 39 while Pat Dolan added a 41 and Sean Connelly finished with a 42.

For other results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

FHS field hockey, volleyball, and golf teams post wins on Thursday
FHS field hockey, volleyball, and golf teams post wins on Thursday

LiveARTS: Benefit Concert - October 6


Victor Romanul, Violin
Lisa Romanul, Piano

in a benefit concert supporting LiveARTS
concert series and music in the community

Performing works by
Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and Foote
LiveARTS: Benefit Concert - October 6
Sunday, October 6

3:00 p.m.
An interview with violinist Victor Romanul
and LiveARTS Board Member David Burnham

David: You studied with Jascha Heifitz. What was it like to study with him? What was the audition like?

Victor: Jascha Heifitz was my teacher in 1980-81 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. These were group lessons, held twice a week. There were 2 other students when I started, and 5 when I left. The audition consisted of him mentioning the middle of one piece after another, and I had to play from memory from the general repertoire, which was not announced in advance.

David: What is it like to have Lisa as both your musical collaborator and your spouse?

Victor: We have always played together, but we have begun playing together much more often now that our five children are grown.

David: Tell us about performing and recording a work written by John Williams for you and Michael Zaretsky.

Victor: John 
Williams came backstage after one of of my Duo recitals with violist Michael Zaretsky. Michael asked him to write us a violin and viola Duo. Several years later, the "Duo Concertante" arrived in the mail at Michael's house, and we subsequently performed and recorded it. Working on refining it at John's home with Michael was one of the highlights of my performing life. He remains a good friend.

David: Why are you supporting LiveARTS by performing in this benefit concert?

Victor: I love to perform solo. I do a lot of solo recital and concerto performing. It is exciting to bring a high level of performance to places outside of the big cities. I am very impressed by the time and effort people bring to build up these local concert series. It will be a great pleasure to perform at LiveARTS.
First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut Street
Franklin, Massachusetts.

Tickets $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, students by donation
Tickets available at the door or on our website –
The building is completely accessible.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Parking is free.

For more information about LiveARTS,
please call 774-571-7920 or visit our website.
Copyright © 2019 LiveARTS, Franklin, Massachusetts, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 678
Franklin, MA 02038

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In the News: water plant close to coming online; Girls With Impact offers scholarships

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

There is a light at the end of the town’s summer-long water treatment plant repair tunnel that has kept the town on a full water ban since July.

Department of Public Works Director Brutus Cantoreggi said Wednesday via the department’s social media that the town has all the parts needed to get its main water treatment plant up and running.

The plant at 10 Public Works Way was shut down on July 7, along with the town’s two largest and oldest wells associated with it, as a result of a fire in one of the tanks.

“We finally have all the parts needed to fully restore the water treatment plant after the fire,” Cantoreggi reported. “Our crews are currently working to install the parts and we hope to have everything ready very soon.”

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"A nonprofit organization hopes to equip 100 teen girls from low- to moderate-income families with the skills needed to launch a business, nonprofit or community project.

Girls with Impact, a group that aims to supply next-generation leaders with a strong network for both the corporate and public sectors, announced recently that it will give 100 girls scholarships to an online academy where they can learn how to build a business or nonprofit.

The deadline to apply is Monday. Applications can be submitted online at Scholarships are made possible by support of Eversource Energy and Boston Scientific, according to a press release.

The live, online program is designed with Harvard University experts. It guides girls through ideation to a plausible business plan. Along the way, the girls learn about concepts such as competition, targeting customers, finances and marketing."

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For more about Girls With Impact

Girls With Impact offers scholarships
Girls With Impact offers scholarships