Saturday, February 29, 2020

Fifth Annual Party For The Pantry to take Place April 4

Join the Event of the Season and 
Raise Money for the Franklin Food Pantry

On April 4, 2020 local musicians will band together to raise money for the Franklin Food Pantry at the 5th Annual Party for the Pantry. The event runs from 7:00 am -12:00 am at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, MA. 

The Party for the Pantry is a fun night of live music from local bands, dancing, raffles, auctions and community giving. Co-organizer Bill Donovan explains why he and co-organizer Ray Auger decided to start this annual event five years ago. “The Franklin Food Pantry does not receive funds from the state or town. They rely ultimately on us, the community, to help keep the shelves full.”

“We are looking for raffle items donated by local businesses and individuals this year for our regular raffle, “Super Raffle” and silent auction. A bulk of the money raised comes directly from the raffles so we appreciate all who donate,” explains Raffle Coordinator Deirdre Donovan. If you are interested in donating please contact Deirdre at,

The night’s musical lineup includes live performances by We’re Going Streaking, Karate Show and South Street Six, and more to be added. All musicians have ties to the Greater Franklin area and donate their time and talents for the cause. Tickets go on sale March 1 and can be purchased at:

The Fifth Annual Party For The Pantry cannot be made possible without the generous sponsorships of our community. As of February 25, this year’s sponsors include: B Luxe Salon, Charon Tree Service, Dean Bank, Envoy Mortgage Company, Franklin Matters, Nerds To Go and Tranquil Souls Yoga. If you would like to sponsor this event please contact Kim Cooper at: or visit:

“We are so grateful to Bill and Ray for organizing this event every year to help raise funds for The Pantry,” said Lynn Calling Executive Director for The Franklin Food Pantry. “The Franklin Food Pantry serves over 1,100 of our Franklin area neighbors and we rely on financial and food donations to help provide them with the healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and canned goods they need to help them with their food insecurity. The money raised from this event will go a long way toward helping our neighbors. We look forward to a great night of music and community!”

About the Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to over 1,100 individuals. Clients have access to a variety of fresh, frozen and nonperishable foods on monthly scheduled shopping trips as well as Walk-in Fridays. They can visit the Pantry daily for fruits, vegetables, bread and pastry. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. In 2019, 302,336 pounds of food was provided to clients. Other programs include the Weekend Backpack Program, Carts for Clients, Mobile Pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. Visit for more information.
Fifth Annual Party For The Pantry to take Place April 4
Fifth Annual Party For The Pantry to take Place April 4

Franklin: Early Voting Turnout

Early Voting Results:
  • Monday, 2/24 253
  • Tuesday, 2/25 264
  • Wednesday, 2/26 356
  • Thursday, 2/27 244
  • Friday, 2/28 290

TOTAL; 1,407

Good Week!!!! Have a nice weekend.


Teresa M. Burr, CMC
Franklin Town Clerk
355 East Central St.
Franklin, MA 02038

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Franklin: Early Voting Turnout
Franklin: Early Voting Turnout

FHS' Ali Brigham breaks school scoring record in win to advance in playoffs

Via and the Milford Daily News, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Friday

Girls Basketball = D1 Central
#1 Franklin, 85 vs. #8 Framingham, 37 – Final
– Franklin was ruthless in its opening round playoff game, opening its Central title defense with a 48-point victory. Ali Brigham scored a game-high 29 and passed Kelly Meredith (1,632 points) to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. Olivia Quinn added 18, Megan O’Connell had 12, and Stefany Padula scored 11. The Panthers will face Holy Name in the Central semifinal on Tuesday night at 7:45 at WPI. Franklin won both meetings with the Naps in the regular season.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Jared Keene provides the game write up at the Milford Daily News
"It had been eight days since the Franklin girls basketball team played its regular season finale.

The Panthers won that game – barely – over Bishop Guertin to take an unbeaten record into the postseason. But any thoughts that top-seeded Franklin might look sluggish when it hosted No. 8 Framingham on Friday night were quickly abolished.

Franklin won every quarter and got a trademark game from senior captain Ali Brigham, who made school history in the process, on its way to a convincing 85-37 Division 1 Central quarterfinal victory over the Flyers.

With the win, Franklin (21-0) moves on to meet No. 4 Holy Name – a team it beat twice this season, albeit by just five and nine points – in the semifinals on Tuesday at WPI at 7:45 p.m. Framingham finished up its season 10-11."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

FHS' Ali Brigham breaks school scoring record in win to advance in playoffs
FHS' Ali Brigham breaks school scoring record in win to advance in playoffs

Franklin Newcomers and Friends: Steve Sherlock to speak - March 11

The Franklin Newcomers & Friends will meet at 7:30 PM March 11 at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central St., Franklin.

The group will welcome local resident Steve Sherlock, who created Franklin Matters in 2007, a daily source of information about everything that matters in Franklin. In addition to attending local government meetings, school events and supporting local community organizations, and sharing newspaper articles of interest to Franklin, Sherlock provides photos as he reports on his weekly walks around the community.

The group will meet upstairs at “3″ Restaurant. There is no need to RSVP. Anyone from Franklin or local towns that don’t have newcomers organizations is welcome. This is a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie.

Complimentary hot appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available. Additionally, the Newcomers hold many events to stay connected throughout the year.

For information, visit

If you don't already subscribe to Franklin Matters, you can do so online

Franklin Newcomers and Friends: Steve Sherlock to speak - March 11
Franklin Newcomers and Friends: Steve Sherlock to speak - March 11

Franklin Public Schools: Information about Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

Good morning Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We are aware that many families and staff members have concerns and questions related to the news of the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and how it may impact our local schools and community.

As a district, we are remaining informed of the health advisories being issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other agencies. 

For your reference, you may wish to view the following links, which are providing regular updates and recommendations:

While this is a public health concern, the CDC and MA DPH continue to report that the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time.

Please see the attached letter for additional school-based information related to prevention.

Kind regards,

Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Public Schools: Information about Coronavirus
Franklin Public Schools: Information about Coronavirus

Franklin Garden Club - "Good Bugs and Bad Bugs"

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

"The Franklin Garden Club will feature a presentation on “Good Bugs and Bad Bugs” during its next meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. Social time starts at 6:30 PM.

The event is free and open to all.

Common beneficial and pest insects that gardeners encounter in New England will be highlighted. Their habits and life cycles will be discussed in terms of how their presence affects the success of a garden year."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin Garden Club - "Good Bugs and Bad Bugs"
Franklin Garden Club - "Good Bugs and Bad Bugs"

Franklin Rod & Gun Club - all-you-can-eat breakfast - March 8

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

Breakfasts will be held from 8 to 11 AM 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

Friday, February 28, 2020

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Feb 28 to THU - Mar 5

Friday, February 28
 Library-Leap Frog Scavenger Hunt!-Whole Family
 Early Voting for March 3 - Presidential Primary
 FDP Networking Breakfast
 Knitting Group
 Franklin High School All Class Reunion
 FHS Theatre present "Six Rounds of Vengence"
Saturday, February 29
 Library-Leap Frog Scavenger Hunt!-Whole Family
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Library-Leap Day Family Fun!-Families
 Pesky J Nixon: Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sunday, March 1
 Library-Leap Frog Scavenger Hunt!-Whole Family
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, March 2
 Library-Move Along- Ages 0-5
 Library- D&D for Kids- Ages 7-13
 Community Forum to Address Preparedness For Climate Impacts And Hazard Mitigati
Tuesday, March 3
 Super Tuesday (regional holiday)
 Presidential Primary
 Library- Cool Cruisers- 8mo-18mo
 Library-Get Ready for Kindergarten- 3-5yrs
 Library-You Decide Storytime!-Ages 0-5
 Library-Code I.T.- Ages 4th grade +
 Library-Toe-Tapping Tuesdays-Ages 2-4!
 Library - Adults - Drop-In ESL Conversation Class
 Franklin Garden Club: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
 Friends of the Franklin Library Book Group
Wednesday, March 4
 Library- Terrific Toddlers- Ages 18mo-3yrs
 Library- Creation Station!- Ages 4+
 6th Grade All Town Concert
 Library-Artist Amigos!-Teens (13+)
 Franklin Art Assoc - Monthly Meeting
 Friends of the Franklin Library
Thursday, March 5
 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+)
 Community Information Night about Enrollment Forecast

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 - Feb 28 to THU - Mar 5
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Feb 28 to THU - Mar 5 

Important links for information on the Coronavirus.

The CDC is updating information related to the Coronavirus on their website at This site is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can sign up to receive e-mail alerts related to the Coronavirus on the same site.

You can also find the latest information about the virus from the Massachusetts Department of Health at

Printable fact sheets are available here:

Important links for information on the Coronavirus
Important links for information on the Coronavirus.

Both FHS boys basketball and boys hockey teams win to advance in playoffs

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

** Boys Basketball - D1 Central
#6 Franklin, 66 @ #3 Natick, 63 – Final
– After seeing its 12-point halftime lead disappear, and facing a 59-50 deficit on the road in the fourth quarter, Franklin pulled out an impressive win over the third-seeded RedHawks. A steal and layup from Natick’s Ryan Mela gave the hosts a 59-50 lead with 4:08 left, capping a wild 24-5 surge from Natick, which trailed 41-29 at half. But Franklin responded as senior Chris Edgehill (20 points) drained a pair of three-pointers and senior Brayden Sullivan (10 points) had a key steal and score that cut the deficit to just five.

Edgehill hit one of his threes to make it 61-61 before Natick went back ahead. Junior Declan Walmsey hit a three with under a minute to play to give Franklin a 64-63 edge, and then sank two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to push it to 66-63. Natick’s last second shot was off the rim as the Panthers clinched the win. Steven Karayan added 10 points for Franklin, who advances to the D1 Central Semifinals on Sunday against #2 Worcester South, who prevailed 62-57 in overtime over #10 Wachusett. Franklin and South will tipoff from WPI at 5:00.

** Boys Hockey - D1 South
#10 Franklin, 7 @ #7 King Philip, 1 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap
"One team looked like it was hitting its stride at the right time of the year and looked like it was as comfortable playing on the playoff stage as it was at any point during the regular season. The other team looked like it was making its first playoff appearance in five seasons. 
Franklin scored twice in the opening four minutes of Thursday night’s Div. 1 South first round contest at the Canton Ice House, including one just 36 seconds in, and never looked back, rolling to a 7-1 victory over King Philip in a battle of the top two finishers in the Kelley-Rex division. 
“I thought we would’ve had more,” said KP coach Paul Carlow, admitting that Franklin played like a playoff-tested team on Thursday. “We were on our heels from the get-go and we never got out of the starting blocks really. I was worried all week about the game being too big for them and it was.” 
The Panthers wasted no time grabbing the lead. Tom Tasker fired a wrist shot from the point and through a screen in front that slipped past KP goalie Jesper Makudera, after just 46 seconds.

Continue reading the game recap

For a Photo Gallery from this game.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin celebrates one its two second period goals in a dominating 7-1 win against King Philip in the playoff opener. (Josh Perry/
Franklin celebrates one its two second period goals in a dominating 7-1 win against King Philip in the playoff opener. (Josh Perry/

In the News: Bellingham to decide on a $1.5 million override; Franklin schools budget gap expected to close

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Voters will decide in May on a $1.5 million override requested by the School Department for its fiscal 2021 budget. 
Selectmen last Saturday approved the override, meaning the proposal will appear as a ballot question at the annual town election on May 5. The measure requires approval from a simple majority of voters to pass. 
Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said the school district is seeking the override to help compensate for a lower reimbursement expected from the state on charter school funding, as well as to add positions in areas of increased need. 
For the average homeowner, the $1.5 million override would result in property taxes being increased by about $160 in the next fiscal year, Marano said, based on a home value of about $325,000.
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"The School Department anticipates “a budget gap to close” after reviewing its plans for fiscal 2021, requesting an increase of $3.9 million in funding from the town, according to Superintendent of Schools Sara Ahern. 
Reviewed on Tuesday night before the School Committee, the proposed school budget of $68,767,873 represents an increase of $3,909,373 (6%) over the current budget, said Ahern. Fiscal 2021 begins on July 1. 
The town’s total current budget is $129.6 million, with about half of it - $64.8 million - allocated to Franklin Public Schools. 
Even though the school district is requesting a $3.9 million increase for the coming year, Ahern said she doesn’t anticipate the town paying that entire amount."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The live reporting from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday on the budget for FY 2021

Assume Town of Franklin gets $3m in expected revenue, with schools proposing an increase of $3.9m over last year we have a math problem
Assume Town of Franklin gets $3m in expected revenue, with schools proposing an increase of $3.9m over last year we have a math problem

Franklin Veterans: Hire A Vet Breakfast - March 18

Best Bet "Hire A Vet" 2020

The Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring a breakfast to assist veterans seeking employment to meet with potential employers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 At 7:30 AM

MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Road, Dedham, MA

Please RSVP to John Gorham at: (781) 292-3290 or email:

Veterans Please Bring Resumes/Business Cards. Be ready for an interview!

Franklin Veterans: Hire A Vet Breakfast - March 18
Franklin Veterans: Hire A Vet Breakfast - March 18
Shared from the Town of Franklin page

For students (teachers): Take A Virtual Field Trip With the Census!

"You and your students are invited to take a virtual field trip to the U.S. Census Bureau on March 5 with a behind-the-scenes pass to hear from Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and some of the agency’s top experts. Use this special event to teach students how census data is collected and used, and to boost their interest in the 2020 Census.

The virtual field trip is an entertaining, fast-moving video that takes students on a mission to discover details about the Census Bureau’s work, featuring insights and demonstrations from geography and data visualization experts. At the close of the video, students will be challenged to test their knowledge with an interactive quiz show.
  • Extend the experience with a live Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET on March 5. Experts from the Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) will be on hand to answer questions about the 2020 Census and the many uses of census data. Just follow with the hashtag #StatsinSchools to participate.
  • The field trip and Twitter chat are part of SIS Week: Everyone Counts! — Statistics in Schools’ weeklong series of daily activities to educate and excite students about the 2020 Census. The full virtual field trip video will be available March 5 through the online daily activity guide, but in the meantime you can catch a glimpse of what it will include.

Watch a sneak preview"

For more about the virtual field trip

Low-Budget Beacon Hill Episode 2: How a Bill Really Becomes a Law

Rep. Maria Robinson and I decided it was time to update the beloved Schoolhouse Rock video and shed some light on how a bill really becomes a law in Massachusetts.

Have you ever wondered why there’s such a rush of legislative activity at certain times of the year? Or why the same exact bill gets filed in both the House and the Senate? Or how that bill ends up looking so differently when it comes out of the House and the Senate, and how those differences between the chambers get resolved?

Lawmaking in Massachusetts is a complex but crucially important process, so we knew we had to cover it in our informational video series, Low-Budget Beacon Hill, explaining the nuts and bolts of how the State Legislature works.

Check out Low-Budget Beacon Hill, Episode 2: How a Bill *Really* Becomes a Law, to learn all this and more. (Unfortunately, there’s no singing in our version.)

Please click below to watch and let us know if you have any suggestions for future episodes!

Yours in service,
Senator Becca Rausch

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Attention Franklin: Election Workers needed for March 3rd Primary.

Election Workers needed for March 3rd Primary.

The Town Clerk's office is seeking election workers for the March 3rd Primary at Franklin High School. 

Time slots available from 6 AM until 8 PM. $12/hour, must be 18+ years old and a registered voter.  

Contact the Town Clerk's office for more information at 508-520-4900.

Attention Franklin: Election Workers needed for March 3rd Primary.
Attention Franklin: Election Workers needed for March 3rd Primary.

Shared from the Town of Franklin page

9th annual Culinary Cabaret - April 3

Join us at THE BLACK BOX when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, wine and entertainment!

The 9th annual Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, flavorful dishes and delectable desserts!

Featuring entertainment by Electric Youth and special guest artists of the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Culinary Cabaret supports Electric Youth!

When: April 3, 2020 - 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Where: THE BLACK BOX,  15 West Central Street, Franklin, MA

Your all-inclusive ticket delivers a delicious, entertaining evening!
Check out our website for more information and updates.

Only until March 1st - save $20 on a pair of tickets, so get your tickets today!

9th annual Culinary Cabaret - April 3
9th annual Culinary Cabaret - April 3

FM #212 - School Committee meeting - demographics study 2/25/20 (audio)

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 212 in the series. We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

The expected demographics study was presented during the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020. Expected? Yes, This is ONE key piece of the information that needs to be gathered and digested to enable the School Committee and community to make a decision on what needs to be done to prepare for enrollment and facilities.

The potential for closing the Davis Thayer school has been talked of off and on for several years. The work is now underway to look at that and what it would mean for the district and community as a whole.

The demographics study presented is ONE key piece of the information needed for such a decision. As outlined by Superintendent Sara Ahern at the end of the presentation segment, the SECOND key piece is expected in or around April as the facility analysis arrives from that consultant.

For our existing school facilities, what capacity do we have for students in each building based upon current or anticipated requirements? The capacity report should provide the answer to that question. One could go back to when each building was built and look at what it was designed for but the educational requirements have changed considerably since then. Davis Thayer for example, since it is the key item driving the question, was built as a high school and is now being used as an elementary school.

Along the course of the discussion you’ll hear James McKibben comment on space requirements. Note - this was not part of his charter, his was only to focus on the demographics - however, from his experience in working with other districts, he can say that due to special education requirements the space (that is, square foot requirements) per student will increase.

Pay attention to the assumptions, there are 19 of them. Mr McKibben counts a couple as more critical than others. The mortgage interest rate most would acknowledge as important. The lower it is, the more willing buyers will be. Of interest is the amount of existing home sales required to maintain our population. Per his calculations, 275 homes per year.

The presentation doc is linked in the show note so you can follow along.

Assumed to be supporting documentation for the presentation
(was not referenced during the meeting but was posted to the packet web page)

More analysis and insights will be discussed over time as we all digest the numbers. The discussion runs about an hour and 10 minutes so without further ado, let’s listen in.


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James McKibben presenting the demographics study to the School Committee
James McKibben presenting the demographics study to the School Committee