Saturday, October 12, 2019

SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk - Thank you!

St. Mary’s Church Franklin, MA
St. Vincent de Paul

2019 St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk

St. Mary's St. Vincent de Paul would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who was involved in the 2019 SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk. This year we were happy to see more than 80 parishioners and community members participate in the walk. It was wonderful to see the Ursuline soccer team and many members of the Franklin High School freshman field hockey team participate along with some of St. Mary's confirmation students.
SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk - Thank you!
Thank you!

One hundred percent of the donations stay in Franklin and will go directly to support any of our Franklin neighbors in need.

All of your help and contributions are greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the St. Mary's Knights of Columbus for their support and contributions of drinks and energy snacks.

Thank you again for your generous contributions and for helping us to work on our goal of "Neighbors helping neighbors."

SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk - Thank you!
SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk - Thank you!

Additional photos from the walk:

Consider voting via absentee ballot for the Nov 5 election!

Absentee voting is now available. 

"In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, a voter must be prevented from voting at their polling place on Election Day, due to:

For those who travel out of Franklin on election day for work (i.e. train to Boston, car to RI or NH), you can vote now or anytime before noon Nov 4 via absentee ballot.

You can visit the Town Clerk's office to vote (similar to the early election voting trialed in 2016) or use the form to mail the application in to receive your ballot via mail and in turn mail it back.

Find the form here 
or go online to

Consider voting via absentee ballot for the Nov 5 election!
Consider voting via absentee ballot for the Nov 5 election!

Shared from the updated and active Town of Franklin Facebook page

FHS boys soccer post win on Friday

Via, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Oct 11, 2019

Boys Soccer = Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– Franklin scored a pair of goals in a five-minute stretch in the second half to earn two points at home against visiting Sharon. After a scoreless first half, a long ball from Matt Szczepanowski was spilled in the area and Lucas Moura was able to touch in the loose ball in the 55th minute. Just minutes later, Nelson Martinez finished off a corner from Donny Tappin to make it 2-0.
– For a photo gallery of this game

Girls Soccer = Franklin @ Sharon – Postponed to Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12:00.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 2 vs. Walpole, 6 – Final
– Franklin took the lead twice in the first half but Walpole responded each time, and went on to score four unanswered goals in the second half to sweep the regular season series with the Panthers. Amanda Lewandowski opened the scoring just over a minute into the game on a feed from Kaitlyn Carney. After Walpole tied it up in the 18th minute, Franklin jumped back ahead when Olivia Rondeau scored on a feed from Kate O’Rourke in the 21st minute. Walpole scored a minute later to make it 2-2 at half. Neilee Hess made four saves for Franklin.

** Football = Mansfield, 39 @ Franklin, 9 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Parker Cheuvront 24-yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (M) Michael DeBolt 41-yard field goal; (M) Nick Marciano 35-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good; (M) Safety; (M) Jack Mousette 13-yard pass to Cincere Gill, M. DeBolt XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) Vinnie Holmes 21-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good; (F) Thomas Gasbarro 20-yard pass to Jake Davis, XP blocked; (M) C. Gill 84-yard kick-off return, M. DeBolt XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Ethan Thevenot 65-yard rush.

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of provides the football game recap:
An early turnover gave Franklin the ball in Mansfield territory and the Panthers gained a couple of first downs before kicking a field goal to grab the lead. Then the Hornets took control with their defense, not allowing the Panthers another first down until inside five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Using a three down linemen look, Mansfield consistently got into the backfield without needing to blitz and, with a little assist from Mother Nature, disrupted Franklin’s typically potent passing attack on Friday night at Pisini Stadium. The Hornets scored 26 straight points to take control and rolled to a 39-9 victory that keeps them unbeaten in league play and alone atop the division standings.

“We’ve got a very, very good defense,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “They’re as athletic a team as we’re going to play but fortunately we’re pretty loaded in the secondary, but it’s a combination of us playing great ‘D’ and terrible weather conditions for them.

Continue reading the game recap

For the football game photo gallery by

For other results around the Hockomock League

Owen Palmieri and Evan Wertz making a defensive stop (Josh Perry/
Owen Palmieri and Evan Wertz making a defensive stop (Josh Perry/

New Franklin Line Schedule effective 10/21/19; Reminder Shuttle Bus on weekends through November

Fall/Winter Commuter Rail schedules go into effect on Monday, October 21st and are now available on the MBTA website at

Paper schedules will be available in stations on Tuesday, October 15.

Franklin Schedule
  • Current version (effective 5/20/19)

  • Revised version (effective 10/21/19)


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:

New Franklin Line Schedule effective 10/21/19
New Franklin Line Schedule effective 10/21/19

5K Foot Pursuit - fund raising for the Franklin Police Association - Oct 26

The Franklin Police Association is once again sponsoring a 5k road race.
"A 5K Run and a free Kids Costume Run (kids 10 and under)
Registration opens at 9:30 AM at Franklin Police Department, 911 Panther Way, Franklin, MA. The 5K starts at 11:00 AM followed by the Kid's Costume Race."
Registration is $25, and $30 on race day. 5K runners 17 and under are $20 including on race day. The Kids Costume Race is free for kids 10 and under.
T-Shirts for the first 100 registered online for the 5K.
This is a fundraiser for the Franklin Police Association which in turn uses the funds to host an annual Halloween Party, No-Shave November donation, Christmas event, youth sports sponsorship, scholarships, etc.

Register online

5K Foot Pursuit - fund raising for the Franklin Police Association - Oct 26
5K Foot Pursuit - fund raising for the Franklin Police Association - Oct 26

MBTA's Rail Vision Update: Open House and Presentation on Wednesday, October 23

MBTA's Rail Vision Update: Open House and Presentation on Wednesday, October 23
Dear Rail Vision Subscribers,

The MBTA and MassDOT invite you to participate in a Rail Vision Open House and Presentation. It will take place on Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Transportation Board Room at 10 Park Plaza (2nd floor). The goal of the event is to provide updates on the results of the analysis for the Rail Vision alternatives, while gathering input from riders and non-riders alike on these futures.

The first half-hour will be an Open House format, with maps, boards describing the service alternatives, and providing an opportunity for discussion with the study team. There will be a presentation at 6:00 PM, followed by Q&A.

Please share the meeting information as widely as you can with your organizations, communities and contacts. It is posted on the project website (

Just a reminder as well that the Advisory Committee meets on Friday, October 18, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, also in the Transportation Board Room at 10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor. Public comment is welcome at the end of the meeting.

The Rail Vision Team

This email was sent to using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of the: Massachusetts Department of Transportation · 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 · Boston, MA 02116 877-623-6846 GovDelivery logo

Friday, October 11, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Oct 11 to THU - Oct 17

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 - Oct 11 to THU - Oct 17
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Oct 11 to THU - Oct 17

St. Mary's Parish: Children's Liturgy of the Word - Sunday's at 9

St. Mary's Parish in Franklin is now holding a Children's Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 9 AM

Children will participate in a lesson and activity related to the reading and sing together at mass. All families are welcome!

Children's Liturgy of the Word - Sunday's at 9
Children's Liturgy of the Word - Sunday's at 9
St. Mary's Parish: Children's Liturgy of the Word - Sunday's at 9
St. Mary's Parish: Children's Liturgy of the Word - Sunday's at 9

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Windborne - Oct 19 with Michele Kelly

Beautiful voices of Windborne Oct 19
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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Windborne - Oct 19 with Michele Kelly
with special guest
Michele Kelly
October 19 -  8 PM $20, $10 students
Internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

"The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today" –Brian O'Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

Circle of Friends favorite singer/songwriter Michele Kelly will open the show.
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
Nov 2         Freebo, Alice Howe, & Kirsten Maxwell
Nov 16       Peter Mulvey
Dec 7         Winterbloom
Jan 4         Cheryl Wheeler
Feb 8         Small Potatoes
Feb 29       Pesky J Nixon

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

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

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

** Field Hockey = Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 8 – Final
"Whoohoo!!! Great team win today... 9-0 vs Sharon..scoring: Olivia R 2G, Molly C 1G, Amanda Lew 1G 3A, Leila F 1G, Kaitlyn C 1G, Jill F w/her FIRST VARSITY GOAL & ASSIST, Steph B 2G 2A, Shaw D w/ her FIRST VARSITY ASSIST...OUTSTANDING DEFENSE today and Neilee H w/SO in goal"


** Volleyball = Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

** Golf = Franklin, 169 @ Taunton, 184 – Final
– Quinten Faro led the way for the Panthers, shooting a low-round of 40 to earn match medalist honors in the win.
"Panthers close out the year with a win finishing 14-4. Faro led with a 40 while Paterson added a 41 and Sandy added a 43. On to Hocks and Sectionals"


For other results around the Hockomock League

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

Franklin Residents: Water Treatment Plant Update - Oct 10, 2019

via the Franklin DPW Facebook page:


As you are aware, the Water & Sewer Department staff has been working to restore the Hayward Street Water Treatment Plant to full capacity since the fire on July 6, 2019. A full cleaning and damage assessment was performed to determine which equipment had to be replaced or repaired. Analysis was done to ensure all new components would meet or exceed new standards. New technology was evaluated and installed to improve control, lower operating costs and increase efficiency where allowed. All repairs were evaluated to determine which tasks would be best completed in house or outsourced to contractors in order to quickly repair the system and maximize cost savings. Much of this work has been completed on weekends by our dedicated staff.

Final replacement parts that were directly damaged by the fire, including the tank heater that caused the fire and had to be custom built, arrived last week. The crews worked quickly to install the parts so that the plant could be fully started up and “test run” for a complete evaluation. It was our hope to restore full operation by the end of last week. However, during this start up, it became apparent that the ultra-filtration filters, which were running intermittently since late July, had sustained damage and required additional repair. All start up procedures and testing has been under the direction of the filter manufacturer and the damage to the filters was not anticipated.

Our crews worked for five straight days in an attempt to repair the filters to a usable level. This is a very tedious process that requires placing a “pin” in each filter that is damaged. There are a total of 40 filter membrane cartridges, in some cartridges there were over 600 holes! Even with all the repairs, water quality was not acceptable, i.e. too much iron and manganese was making it through the filters. We immediately placed the order for all new filters.

Although the manufacturer has rush prioritized our order, these specialized filters require several weeks to manufacture. Therefore, we are currently expecting delivery of new filters in approximately three weeks. In the meantime, we have brought in our consulting engineering firm to see if they have any recommendations to make the old filters more effective until the new filters are installed.

We understand the difficulty the water ban has caused many residents and citizens. We truly appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding, and continued commitment to water conservation. Please understand, we do not recommend a water ban lightly. We need to ensure that there is enough water for drinking and sanitary needs as well as to maintain proper storage levels for fire suppression.

Once again, thank you for your support, feel free to contact us with any further questions."

This is available from the Town of Franklin page

photo via Franklin DPW Facebook page
photo via Franklin DPW Facebook page

"Screenagers: Next Chapter" to be shown at Medway HS

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

"Superintendent of Schools Armand Pires invites parents to attend the district’s screening of “Screenagers: Next Chapter” from 7-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Medway High School auditorium.

Parents can watch the film and hear from a panel of experts to learn about how screen time may be affecting teens. The event is hosted by Medway’s T.H.R.I.V.E. (Tools necessary to foster Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness, Vitality and Empowerment) and SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council).

The film follows a physician who tries to find a way to help her own teens with their mental and emotional well-being. The film, which includes input from brain researchers, psychologists and other thought leaders, explores how teens’ well-being is impacted by screens and how parents and schools can help teens develop skills to overcome mental and emotional health challenges.

The film will be shown to all Medway middle and high school students during school that day."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

BFCCPS showed "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" in March 2017

"From the director of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world."  Video trailer

For more about Screenagers visit their web page 

Franklin Public Schools: Club Information for 2019-2020


CLUBS FOR 2019-2020
Payment of clubs - the fee is $75.00   two ways to pay:
Pay online:
Pay by check:  make check out to Town of Franklin - put your student's name on the memo   - drop off to main office  

  • Pinterest Club - Ms. Iaconis
  • Student Council - Mr. Shebar
  • 6th Grade Intramurals - Ms. Flaherty
  • GSA/Equality Club - Ms. Banis   (will change to Tuesday in November
  • Homework Club - Mr. Dempsey (all grades)
  • Computer Club - Mr. Vizakis
  • Online Newspaper Club "The HMMS Thunderbolt" - Mr. d'Entremont
  • Art Club - Mrs. Katz
  • Peer Leaders - Ms. Iaconis & Mr. Vacca
  • Homework Club - Mr. Dempsey ( all grades)

  • Film Club - Mrs. Sommers & Mrs. Whetstone
  • Community Service Club - Mrs. Donohue
  • 7 & 8 Grade Intramurals - Mr. Dempsey
  • Yearbook Club - Ms. O'Leary & Ms. Flaherty
  • Tech Help for Seniors - Mrs. Donahue (every other Friday, schedule to be posted)
  • Stop, Drop & Read - Ms. O'Leary
  • Chess & Game Club - Mr. Vizakis
  • Video Team News - Mrs. Langmeyer - Mornings
  • Bolt School Store - Mrs. Langmeyer - Afternoons
  • Best Buddies - Mrs. Constantine & Mr. Cote
  • Adventure Club - Mr. Goldman
  • Ski Club - Mr. Goldman
  • Talent Show - Mr. Corey - held in the Spring
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Franklin Public Schools: Club Information for 2019-2020
Franklin Public Schools: Club Information for 2019-2020