Saturday, February 1, 2020

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

February Library Hours
The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Drop-In ESL Conversation Class, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Starting this February at the Franklin Public Library, join us every Tuesday night for a drop-in conversation class for all levels of English language learners. This class will focus on helping students become more comfortable using English in everyday life. We call it a class, but it's really more of a group. Proctored by a certified ESL instructor, we will spend each session discussing a different topic--or wherever the conversation takes us! Resources will be provided by the Franklin Public Library so all you need to bring is a willingness to participate and learn. This program is free and open to all who wish to join.

New Pass Available
Library patrons can use the Franklin Public Library's pass to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries across the state at the discounted rate of just $2 per person, for up to four people per pass. Sites include Stony Brook in Norfolk, Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, Moose Hill in Sharon, and Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet. To reserve the pass, visit our website and click on the link for Museum Passes.

Library Now Subscribing to NoveList Plus and NextReads Newsletters!
Can't get enough of fiction, nonfiction, or audiobook recommendations? Use NoveList Plus to help you discover your next favorite read! This resource provides recommendations for all ages. Created by passionate book lovers who understand what readers want, NoveList Plus is a bibliophile's paradise, perfect for readers to explore. Access NoveList Plus from our website on the Databases & Research Resources page.
NextReads Newsletters alert you to the latest releases in your favorite subjects and genres. Reading recommendations for adults, teens, and kids can be sent directly to your inbox! You can even receive the weekly New York Times bestseller lists! The titles in the newsletters are linked directly to our catalog, so you can check availability or place holds. To sign up, visit our website.

Provincetown and the Pilgrims, Thursday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.
The Pilgrims are often linked to Plymouth, but their story in America began in Provincetown, and after two decades, many of them returned to the shores of the Outer Cape. Join Don during the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing for this look back from the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to the 1644 settlement of Nauset, as well as the story behind Provincetown's famous Pilgrim Monument. This program is free and open to the public.

Nerds To Go Technology Help, Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Staff from Nerds To Go Computer Service will be available to assist patrons with common technology issues such as email access, password reset/recovery, cell phone feature usage, getting onto public Wi-Fi, and accessing information on line. This service is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Burn Boston Burn Author Talk with Wayne Miller, Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
In the early 1980s, Boston was set ablaze. Two hundred sixty-four buildings were burned, intentionally set on fire, resulting in millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of injuries. This is the true story of the deep conspiracy of nine men, determined to wreak havoc on the city and the relentless investigators who uncovered them. Told from the perspective of the head ATF Special Agent in charge of the investigation, Wayne Miller, Burn Boston Burn is a tale of political deceit and internal corruption. The book details the series of crimes that shook the city of Boston and became known as one of the largest arson cases on record in the history of the country.
Wayne Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the U. S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years. He has been involved in numerous high profile criminal cases involving illegal firearms, bombings and arsons. He was also a member of the ATF National Response Team, responding to major fire and explosion incidents. For the past 17 years, in the private sector, Mr. Miller has been a fire and explosion analyst for the Massachusetts - based Wright Group, Inc.
During his career, Mr. Miller examined more than 2,300 fire and explosion scenes, responded to over twenty-five major incidents, as well as testified as an expert in more than forty cases in Federal and State courts in civil and criminal cases. 
This program is free and open to the public.

Renaissance V Brass Valentine's Concert, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Romance will be in the air when the Renaissance V Brass perform an evening of swoon-worthy tunes at the Franklin Public Library. Treat your sweetheart to a night of music that will put you in the mood for love. This performance is free and open to the public.

Avoiding Age Discrimination: A Workbook for Baby Boomers, Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
People often worry about age discrimination when seeking new employment, spending an inordinate amount of time convincing themselves that they are no longer relevant in the workforce. We will address how job seekers can overcome age bias and turn their fears into selling points. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead.  In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at .

Genealogy Club, Research Plan Workshop with Marian Pierre-Louis, Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Develop a research plan to help overcome your genealogy obstacles.  Using this tool you will learn how to approach a genealogy problem to find the best solution.   

Library Tech Time,Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Need help downloading ebooks to your Kindle? Trouble downloading the Libby or Minuteman apps? Curious about hoopla, Kanopy, or the many databases available to Franklin residents? Stop by or make an appointment during Tech Time now available on Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. Can't make that time? Don't worry, technology assistance is always available at the Reference Desk. Please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala or Reference Librarian Vicki Earls for more information.

Proctoring Services
The Franklin Public Library will now be offering proctoring services to its patrons. Proctoring will be free of charge, and by appointment only. Contact Library Director Felicia Oti or Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala for more information. 

Knitting Group, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Love to knit or crochet? Join our group of local fiber artists who will be meeting in the Friends of the Franklin Community Room on Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, February 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, February 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, February 15, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events
Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

Town of Franklin E-Newsletter February 2020

Town of Franklin E-Newsletter  -  February 2020

Happy Friday Franklin! 
Please find the latest E-Newsletter HERE

Town of Franklin E-Newsletter February 2020
Town of Franklin E-Newsletter February 2020

FHS boys swim team claims Hockomock League Championship

For the 3rd straight year, FHS boys have swum to the Hockomock League Championship! (The girls teams compete today.)

1. Franklin – 296
2. Milford – 267
3. Taunton -249
4. Sharon – 232
5. King Philip – 228
6. Canton – 191
7. Oliver Ames – 162
8. Mansfield – 157.5
9. Attleboro – 130.5
10. North Attleboro – 107
11. Stoughton – 39
12. Foxboro – 31

200 Yard Free
1. Matthew Thompson, Canton – 1:55.29
5. Patrick Juszcyszyn, Franklin – 2:04.72

200 Yard IM
1. Nicholas Wang, Sharon – 2:05.12
4. James Wu, Franklin – 2:18.70

50 Yard Free
1. Tim Luc, Taunton – 22.83
5. Connor Eck, Franklin – 24.52

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Tim Luc, Taunton – 54.18
2. Derek Whyte, King Philip – 54.37
5. Brendan LaPuma, Franklin – 59.66

100 Yard Free
1. Anthony Carraggi, Oliver Ames – 52.14
6. Connor Eck, Franklin – 54.18

500 Yard Free
1. Derek Whyte, King Philip – 4:59.75
4. Bleddyn Titmuss, Franklin – 5:37.51

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Sharon (David Bai, Danny Schnitzer, Thanh Tran, Nicholas Wang) – 1:37.84
2. Franklin (Brendan LaPuma, Bleddyn Titmuss, James Wu, Connor Eck) – 1:41.08

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Nicholas Wang, Sharon – 1:04.17
3. Brendan LaPuma, Franklin – 1:07.92

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Taunton (Brady Callahan, Martin Dafov, Matthew Heather, Tim Luc) – 3:31.05
6. Franklin (Brendan LaPuma, Bleddyn Titmuss, James Wu, Connor Eck) – 3:46.03

For the full list as published by

For a photo gallery of the meet

Franklin celebrates after clinching its third straight Hockomock Championship meet title. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin celebrates after clinching its third straight Hockomock Championship meet title. (Ryan Lanigan/

FHS girls and boys basketball teams top KP, girls gymnastics wins 2x dual meets

Via and Twitter, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Friday

Boys Basketball = King Philip, 47 @ Franklin, 71 – Final
– Franklin had eight players find the scoring column in the opening half, building a 17-point by halftime and never looked back in big division win over King Philip. Jack Rudolph (eight points), Steven Karayan (10 points), Chris Edgehill (12 points), and Andrew Byfield each hit a three-pointer in the opening quarter and the Panthers connected from downtown 12 times. Declan Walmsley accounted for five three-pointers and finished with a career-high 21 points. The Panthers’ defense held KP to single digits in each the first and third quarters, taking a 54-31 advantage into the final quarter. Alex Fritz had a team-high 15 points for KP while Andrew McKinney added 11 points.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 65 @ King Philip, 39 – Final
– Franklin swept the season series with the Warriors and maintained a two-game lead in the division. Ali Brigham had a big night for the Panthers with 27 points and Olivia Quinn scored 18 points to keep Franklin unbeaten.

Girls Gymnastics = Sharon, 109.00 @ Franklin, 132.60 – Final
Girls Gymnastics = Franklin, 132.60 vs. Medway, 121.00 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

And via Twitter:

Congrats to these guys on an amazing Senior Night win!!! On to the next one!
Congrats to these guys on an amazing Senior Night win!!! On to the next one!

Franklin Rod & Gun Club: all-you-can-eat breakfast - Feb 9

The Franklin Rod & Gun Club slated its all-you-can-eat breakfast events through April.

Breakfasts will be held from 8 to 11 AM Feb. 9, March 8, and April 5 at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club, 53 Florence St. 

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, baked beans, coffee, tea, orange juice and hot cocoa.

The cost is $6 per person and free for children ages 4 and younger.

For information, visit or call 508-528-2573.

Franklin Rod & Gun Club: all-you-can-eat breakfast - Jan 12
Franklin Rod & Gun Club: all-you-can-eat breakfast - Jan 12

In the News: good timing, Spilka speaks about mental illness

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"It was June 7, 1916, when Anna was born in a tidy house with a farmer’s porch on Franklin’s Chestnut Street to immigrant parents: Her mother, Josephine (Laskavitch) was from Poland and her father, John Chestercove (originally Chestzcovo), was from Russia. It was a household already crowded with seven siblings. 
The girl born that day would live through the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, another world war, the Great Depression, Prohibition, the successful adoption of women’s suffrage, the invention of television, development of commercial air travel, the Civil Rights movement, the coming and going of the Cold War, the arrival of man on the moon, and the rise of the age of technology. 
On Thursday, Town Councilor Debbie Pellegri presented Chestercove, whose married name was Ruo, with the town’s Boston Post cane, officially giving her a place in town history. For the presentation, family members gathered around her bed in the Oak Street house she has called home since 1956. On Friday, family members mourned: Anna Chestercove Ruo had died at the age of 103"
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"State Senate President Karen Spilka knows the challenge of living with a family member who suffers from mental illness. 
Her father battled the condition, a fact Spilka shared during her keynote address Friday morning at the MetroWest Opioid Coalition Legislative Breakfast at Leonard Morse Hospital. 
Spilka said she kept her father’s struggle quiet for years, but finally opened up about it publicly for the first time years ago to reduce the stigma of mental illness. 
During her talk, Spilka announced that Senate lawmakers plan next week to roll out a comprehensive mental health parity and access bill. The goal is to level the playing field for mental health services, compared to the current level of services to treat physical health. She did not provide details of the bill."

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MBTA - Franklin Line - Reminder: shuttle bus service on weekends through March 2020

South Station – Forge Park/495

Weekends through March

Shuttle buses will replace Franklin Line service between Forge Park/495 and Readville Stations while we upgrade the signal system as part of Positive Train Control (PTC) work. Also during this work, connecting train service between Readville and South Station will be on the Fairmount Line. There will be no Franklin Line service at Ruggles or Back Bay.

Learn about Positive Train Control

See all Franklin Line service changes

MBTA - Franklin Line - Reminder: shuttle bus service on weekends through March 2020
MBTA - Franklin Line - Reminder: shuttle bus service on weekends through March 2020

Senator Rausch State House Briefing: Part 1, Chapter 9

Senator Rausch State House Briefing
Greetings from Beacon Hill!

Did you know the Senate has a shared leadership model? It's true. I'm proud and honored to serve as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government. This Committee reviews legislation pertaining to local and regional economic development, planning, zoning, charter changes, and a host of other matters often called "home rule petitions." That's short-hand for a change that a particular town or city wants to make to its governance structure or other element of its operations for which it needs the Legislature's approval. (My favorite kind of home rule petition is the kind that creates gender-neutral language in local governance, like shifting from Board of Selectmen to Select Board. Words matter.) The Committee also reviews bills about animal safety and care.

This session, 220 bills were assigned to the Municipalities Committee, and more will continue to roll in throughout the session as my colleagues continue to file home rule petitions for their communities. Between April and November 2019, we held 11 separate hearings where legislators, advocates, and members of the public presented testimony regarding the bills before us. We also received testimony via letters, emails, and telephone calls, and reached out to state agencies and other organizations to add their expertise to our deliberations. Taking all of this information into account, the Committee took favorable action on many bills. Many of those bills have already become law, including the law permitting Norfolk County to borrow the funds needed to make repairs at the Norfolk County Agricultural School.

Those home rule petitions to recognize, in charters, that people other than men serve in local government too? I've loved approving issuing favorable reports on more than half a dozen of them so far this session. Many of those bills have already become law, making the charters of those towns more inclusive and accurate descriptors of their governing bodies. I was also particularly excited to pass a home rule petition to allow Easthampton to implement ranked choice voting in its local elections, which became law back in September. The city will use ranked choice voting in its next election!

We also favorably reported bills that have not yet become law, including bills addressing climate change through zoning and building codes, a bill permitting solar drying of laundry, bills to protect public shade trees and encourage recycling, a bill to set aside handicapped parking spaces, and bills to allow New Bedford to lease a performing arts center and Athol to build a public library.

Under the House and Senate Joint Rules, every Committee must act on every bill assigned to it by the first Wednesday in February. This means that across the State House, over 30 committees are working overtime to make final recommendations on literally thousands of bills by next week!

Wondering how the legislative process in Massachusetts really works? Stay tuned for the next episode of Low Budget Beacon Hill, due for release shortly!

As always, please follow along on Twitter and Facebook, and don't hesitate to call our office at 617-722-1555 or stop by Room 218 in the State House.
Yours in service,
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Friday, January 31, 2020

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Jan 31 to THU - Feb 6

Friday, January 31
 Library- Baby-Wearing Dance Party!- Ages 0-12mo
 Knitting Group
Saturday, February 1
 St. Mary's Women's Faith Formation Group
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Library- Baby Sensory!- Ages 0-2
Sunday, February 2
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, February 3
 Library-Move Along- Ages 0-5
 Library- D&D for Kids- Ages 7-13
Tuesday, February 4
 Library- Cool Cruisers- 8mo-18mo
 Library-Get Ready for Kindergarten- 3-5yrs
 Dean Leadership Institute: Brian Beneduce
 Library-Toe-Tapping Tuesdays-Ages 2-4!
 Library - Adults - Drop-In ESL Conversation Class
 Franklin Garden Club: Craft Night
 Franklin School Committee: Legislative Forum
 Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group
Wednesday, February 5
 Library- Terrific Toddlers- Ages 18mo-3yrs
 Library- Creation Station!- Ages 4+
 Artist Amigos! For Teens
 Franklin Art Assoc - Monthly Meeting
 Friends of the Franklin Library
Thursday, February 6
 Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting
 Library- Tummy Time- Ages 0-12mo (pre-walkers)
 Library-Story Xplorers- Ages 0-5
 Library- Bookworm Bounce Storytime!- Ages 0-5
 FAA Booster Mtg
 Library-Volunteens-Teens (13+)
 Provincetown and the Pilgrims
 Frankin Music Boosters Meeting

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 - Jan 31 to THU - Feb 6
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Jan 31 to THU - Feb 6

FM #197 - Frank Falvey - Handicap access on the Town Common

FM #197

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 197 in the series, that we are now developing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Frank Falvey, creator of two music programs for Franklin TV / Franklin Radio sat with me recently at the Franklin studio.

Frank initiated the creation of the two new handicap parking spots at the Town Common. We sat to discuss how this came to be. Our conversation then stayed within the handicap and access realm to cover parking passes and the accessibility issues at the downtown Franklin/Dean MBTA station.

Listen to our conversation, approximately 35 minutes


Links and answers to some of the questions or topics raised during our conversation:

- MA disability placard info can be found online at the page
note: permanent cards are auto renewed, temporary are not

- American Disabilities Act (ADA) was first published in 1990 and updated recently

- The MBTA meeting was held in December 2019. The meeting was held Tuesday, Dec 17 - I was recording the FinComm meeting that night and missed it. Jeff Roy shared the presentation doc which I then posted to the FM web page later that week

- GATRA - Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority (you can get there from the "Explore Franklin" link on the Town of Franklin home page)


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


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One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St
One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St

FHS wrestling tops KP, indoor track teams split vs. KP, Brogan sets school record in 1 MIle

Via, we share the results of FHS winter sports action on Thursday

Wrestling = King Philip, 30 @ Franklin, 45 – Final
Despite having to forfeit three weight classes and starting the match down 12-0, Franklin rolled to a win that clinches the outright league dual meet title. It is the third Kelley-Rex title in the last four years for the Panthers. Drew DiFillipo started the comeback at 120 with a 10-2 win that cut the KP lead to 12-4. Devin Bramson got the hosts within two with a first round pin at 126 pounds and then a forfeit at 132 put the Panthers ahead 16-12. Jackson Kelley wasted little time putting the Warriors in front with a first round pin, but Alex Fracassa put Franklin ahead for good with a 10-2 win at 145. 

Following a KP forfeit at 152, Dom Sackley added six more points with a first round pin. At 170, Liam Cogavin jumped ahead 7-2 after two periods, but Cole Ricci battled back in the third with a takedown cutting the lead to three and then forcing Cogavin to hold on for the win and three points. Dylan Nawn put Franklin ahead 41-18 with a second round pin at 182, but Shawn Conniff answered back with a first round pin at 195. It was Conniff’s 130th career win and his 100th career pin. He is now two wins shy of the program record. Matt Walker closed out the meet with a 13-2 win at 220 before another forfeit at 285.

For a Photo Gallery from this meet:

Boys Indoor Track = Franklin, 63 vs. King Philip, 36 – Final
– Senior Jacob Cummings and junior Shane Bissanti each took home a pair of individual wins and the Panthers won three more events, plus both relays, to earn a win over King Philip. Cummings won both the long jump (19-09.25) and the 300M (37.98) while Bissanti crossed first in the 55M hurdles (9.44) and won the high jump (5-04.00). Alec Hanley (1:27.53) and Camden Harrington (1:27.95) went 1-2 in the 600M while Griffin Sieczkiewicz (10:47.01) and Joseph Zercie (10:49.74) did the same in the 2 Mile race. KP’s Mike Griffin and Franklin’s Tyler Brogan put on another show in the 1 Mile Race with Griffin (4:18.22) edging out Brogan (school-record 4:18.95), with KP’s Michael Norberg (4:24.56) taking third, the three clocking in the best three times among Hock runners on the night.

Girls Indoor Track = Franklin, 42 vs. King Philip, 58 – Final
– Franklin swept a pair of events but King Philip showed off its depth, taking wins in both relays and six other events to get the win. Junior Sofia DelVecchio won the 55M dash (7.66), junior Allison Beltramini took first in the 300M (45.03), juniors Isabelle Crocker (3:18.29) and Charlotte Majer (3:19.87) went first and second in the 1000M, sophomore Maya Evans won the 2 Mile (12:32.69), junior Milan Simmons (9.42) and senior Victoria Priestley (9.53) went 1-2 in the 55M hurdles, and seniors Sarah Vigevani (30-01.00) and Bailee Ziolkowski (29-10.00) took the top two spots in the shot put. Franklin swept the long jump with sophomore Jillian Fenerty (14-11.00) taking first and sophomore Ava Fraulo (14-10.50) and junior Katelyn Guidi (14-03.00) following as well as the 600M race, won by senior Samantha Powderly (1:45.84) and Sydney Hawkins (1:48.31) and Riley Fitzpatrick (1:50.06) rounding out the top three.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin vs. King Philip wrestlers in action ( photo)
Franklin vs. King Philip wrestlers in action ( photo)