Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sunday, May 17 is HMEA's Virtual incredABLE 5K

5K Virtual Race

The winners of last year's incredABLE 5K will complete the race course this year in a LIVE BROADCAST EVENT!

Everyone is invited to tune in and cheer on the runners as they do something incredABLE!



RSVP on Facebook,  Invite family and friends to join you in the day's virtual events!

Sunday, May 17 at 11:00 AM
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Announcement of Contest Winners
  • Live Raffle Drawings
  • Special Thanks
  • Note: You may need to refresh your browser to see us go LIVE!


Sunday, May 17 is HMEA's Virtual incredABLE 5K
Sunday, May 17 is HMEA's Virtual incredABLE 5K

Seniors: Virtual Coffee Hour next Thursday, May 21

Attention Seniors! Please join us for a Coffee Hour next Thursday, May 21st at 8:30 AM! The Zoom links are found below. 
A great opportunity to connect with local and state officials!
Join the Zoom Meeting here Meeting ID: 818 3989 8549 or call the # below!

State Rep Jeff Roy, Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and members of the Town Council

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Seniors: Virtual Coffee Hour next Thursday, May 21
Seniors: Virtual Coffee Hour next Thursday, May 21

Online New Student/Kindergarten Registration and Change of Address Form

Franklin Public Schools is happy to announce the launch of our online New Student Registration/Change of Address Form. Parents/Guardians will be able to utilize this form to enroll a new student in Franklin Public Schools or change a current student’s address within Franklin. 

Once completed, parents/guardians will receive a personal confirmation email from their child’s school with further enrollment information. We are excited about this new endeavor and are hopeful it will make our registration process more efficient.

If you are interested in enrolling at the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), please contact Laura Flanagan, school secretary, at to learn about availability and enrollment procedures. Once your child has been accepted and enrolled at ECDC, we will guide you through the Registration Process.


*Please note that if your student is a current 5th or 8th grader attending school in Franklin, their records will be automatically transferred to the appropriate Franklin middle or high school and no action is required

Online New Student/Kindergarten Registration and Change of Address Form
Online New Student/Kindergarten Registration and Change of Address Form

IN the News: "must be deliberate and careful to balance economic and public health needs"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Two key strategies to maintaining progress in the fight against COVID-19 as the state begins a gradual process of reviving public activity will be use of masks and, wherever possible, employees working remotely, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.

During his daily coronavirus press conference -- potentially his last State House appearance before Monday, when a panel plans to file a report outlining a roadmap toward phased reopening -- Baker touted both practices and stressed that the public health threat will require an ongoing vigilant response.

About half of the employees in state government’s executive branch have been working remotely since late March, and Baker said his administration this week extended that policy “for the foreseeable future.”

He praised large employers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and Raytheon who have collectively permitted about 150,000 workers to fulfill their duties from home, suggesting other fields where remote work is possible should follow their example."
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Contollo Mass Manufacturing begins operations

From the news:

Notice of Aerial Spraying - Norfolk County Mosquito Control District

To: Pesticide Board & Boards of Health 
From: David A. Lawson, Director
Date: May 13, 2020
Re: Notification of Late Evening Aerosol Applications (Ultra Low Volume – ULV)

Please be advised that the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District will begin the 2020 late evening ULV aerosol applications on or about May 26, weather permitting.

May 26 through October 23, 2020 - Adulticide aerosol (ULV) applications. (Conducted between sunset and midnight, Monday through Thursday)

If any resident wishes to know what day of the week spraying may be conducted in their town, they should go to the Districts website at After the ULV program begins, if an individual would like to see a map of areas to be treated on the day of application, they can go to that same link, and then enter their address in the address line of the interactive map.
Please note that the ULV map will be posted on or about 3:30 p.m. the day of the scheduled application.

  • If you are not requesting spraying, but wish to simply be notified of spraying near your home, we have an automated notification system that will send you an e-mail if you are within 300 feet of a scheduled spray route on that evening.
  • In order for you to be notified, you need to provide us with your name, address, and an email address. [Note: We do not sell or distribute e-mail addresses to any outside entity.] It will be your responsibility to check your emails on the day of spraying to see if a notification is sent to you.
  • Please call the office to get yourself registered for this service. (781) 762-3681. You will need to re-register for this service each year.

The purpose of the adulticide application is to control nuisance and/or virus carrying adult mosquitoes. The control product being used is Zenivex (EPA Reg. No. 2724-807) applied in ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers at a rate of approximately one ounce per acre of finished spray.

Process to Exclude Property From Public Area Wide Pesticide Applications - State Regulation 333 CMR:13:03 provides a method for homeowners to exclude their property from public area-wide pesticide applications. For more information, please click on the following links:

Notice of Aerial Spraying - Norfolk County Mosquito Control District
Notice of Aerial Spraying - Norfolk County Mosquito Control District
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In the News: "Mass. hydro project caught up in Maine ballot fight"

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

"The project that would provide New England with its largest source of renewable energy and Massachusetts with about a fifth of its electricity demand is at the center of a simmering political and legal fight taking shape in Maine.

New England Clean Energy Connect, a 145-mile transmission project of Central Maine Power Company, is expected to link the electrical grids in Quebec and New England to provide cleaner and more reliable hydropower directly to a converter station in Lewiston, Maine, and into the regional power grid.

This week, CMP’s parent company filed a lawsuit against the state of Maine claiming a ballot question that project opponents got on the November ballot to overturn a key permit approval is unconstitutional. That suit came days after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled in a separate case that contested signatures turned in by project opponents were valid.

Bay State utilities and Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration chose the project to help Massachusetts meet its statutory requirements to increase renewable energy supplies after their first choice -- the Northern Pass project through the White Mountains of New Hampshire -- was stymied by regulators there."
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For additional info, the ballotpedia entry is here

COVID Connectors: Connect Sick Patients with their Loved Ones with a repurposed device

Elizabeth Pehota (@pehota) tweeted at 1:09 PM on Fri, May 15, 2020:
"Have an old phone? Here's an idea 💡

Due to visitor restrictions, hospital patients feel isolated & many are looking for a way to connect with their loved ones.

That's where our #NERevs  Hometown Hero Kaya Suner comes in with COVID Connectors ⬇️"

Go direct to 
Note: "Due to hospital policies we are only able to accept Apple iOS devices at this time"

COVID Connectors: Connect Sick Patients with their Loved Ones with a repurposed device
COVID Connectors: Connect Sick Patients with their Loved Ones with a repurposed device

Friday, May 15, 2020

Tri-County Regional Student Receives 34th Annual the Outstanding Vocational Student Award

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School senior, Hannah Davis, has been selected as the recipient of the 34th annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award.

The Outstanding Vocational Student Award is presented each year by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) to one student from each vocational technical high school in Massachusetts. The award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their local school district and to the statewide vocational education system. Recipients must have excellent attendance, a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and vocational-related work experience. The students must demonstrate leadership qualities, technical competence, involvement in the community and extracurricular activities.

Hannah Davis, daughter of Jason and Tracy Davis of Franklin, is an outstanding student in the Engineering Technology Program at Tri-County. She is Valedictorian for the class of 2020 carrying a weighted grade point average of 4.49.
Tri-County superintendent-director Stephen Dockray and Hannah Davis
Tri-County superintendent-director Stephen Dockray and Hannah Davis

During her time at Tri-County, Hannah has participated in a rigorous course of study that included both Honors and Advanced Placement Courses. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, and was awarded the Cougar Culture Award for her exemplary achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. She is Scout Leader for the FIRST Robotics Team and is one of Tri-County’s Student Ambassadors. She was also selected as the DAR Good Citizen for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

As part of the co-operative education program, Hannah has worked at TE Connectivity in Norwood as an Engineer. She was a member of Smith College’s Summer Science and Engineering Program and has already completed two courses at Bristol Community College. Hannah was accepted at many competitive colleges and is leaning towards attending UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College.

A competitor in Skills USA, Hannah took a Gold Medal in Leadership District and State Competition: Additive Manufacturing and a Bronze Medal in: Exploratory Demonstration. Hannah also participated in a NASA sponsored project called HUNCH where she worked as a project manager.

In addition to her academic achievement, Hannah is an accomplished athlete. She serves as the Captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team, Varsity Basketball, Track and Field and Volleyball teams.

New Resources to Help Massachusetts Residents Cope During COVID-19

Senate President Karen Spilka and Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders today announced the launch of an awareness effort to help people cope with social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and May’s Mental Health Awareness month.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, nearly 1 in 2 Americans say they are now dealing with anxiety and depression, double the normal rate from a year ago, according to Kantar’s National Health & Wellness study.

Massachusetts’ new awareness campaign centers around “What If?,” a new video promoting the power of reaching out and connecting with those who might be struggling to cope, and includes practical tips and resources on the enhanced site.

“May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is particularly important this year to address one of the common, but less talked about, challenges brought on by the pandemic – the feeling of being alone during uncertain times,” said Senate President Karen Spilka. “One of the most fundamental things anyone can do to help those struggling to cope is simple: reach out to your friends or loved ones to see how they are doing. This campaign also seeks to connect those who may need additional resources to the supports we have available as a state. I’m proud to partner with Secretary Sudders and her team on this timely and necessary effort.”

“We know that COVID-19 is impacting people’s mental health in very different, but very profound ways,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “Social distancing and staying at home, while necessary and effective during this public health crisis, can create challenges for everyone, and especially for those with behavioral health conditions. In partnership with Senate President Spilka, the effort launched today will raise awareness that there are many ways to cope.”

The 30 second video, which will be promoted across social and digital media channels over the coming weeks, was produced in coordination with the Massachusetts State Senate, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health using funding provided by the Behavioral Health Outreach, Access and Support Trust Fund created in the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget.

The video asks people to take four simple steps: Ask, Listen, Encourage, and Check-in. It also directs viewers to online resources at that offer information and suggestions on how to stay connected to loved ones and creative ways to cope, as well as the importance of using the free and confidential 2-1-1 system to talk to someone.

The “What if?” video is the first part of a larger public information campaign on mental health stigma, sponsored by Senate President Spilka and Secretary Sudders, scheduled to launch later this summer.

More information on how you can get help is available by visiting or calling 2-1-1 to speak to someone anonymously

FHS "Keeping Music Alive" #8

This week, we will feature the Loukota Family String Quartet! Ms. Carla Loukota, Franklin's middle school orchestra director, will perform selections from "Brave" with her three children:

Warren Loukota - FHS Senior who will be going to UMASS Amherst and will be studying History on the pre law track.

Vivienne Loukota - 8th Grade at Horace Mann MS

Claire Loukota - 7th Grade at Horace Mann MS

ALSO! Miles Reed will perform a solo piece that he recently composed for the cello. Miles is a senior at FHS and will be attending the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall to study cello performance.


The Loukota Family String Quartet

Miles Reed Cello Solo


Diane M. Plouffe
Director of Music
Franklin Public Schools
Franklin High School

CDC releases edited coronavirus reopening guidance

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
"U.S. health officials on Thursday released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted six one-page “decision tool” documents that use traffic signs and other graphics to tell organizations what they should consider before reopening.

The tools are for schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit systems, and bars and restaurants. The CDC originally also authored a document for churches and other religious facilities, but that wasn’t posted Thursday. The agency declined to say why.

Early versions of the documents included detailed information for churches wanting to restart in-person services, with suggestions including maintaining distance between parishioners and limiting the size of gatherings. The faith-related guidance was taken out after the White House raised concerns about the recommended restrictions, according to government emails obtained by the AP and a person inside the agency who didn’t have permission to talk with reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity."
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Mass transit



Child care

FSPA to Hold a Series of Virtual Open Houses

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold a series of Virtual Open Houses for prospective students and families live on their Facebook page. The community is invited to join FSPA director Raye Lynn Mercer to tour the facilities, ask questions, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 

The Virtual Open Houses will be held on Wednesday, May 27, Monday, June 8, and Wednesday June 24 at 4:00 pm. Raye Lynn Mercer will lead viewers on a tour of the school’s 38 Main Street facility, discuss class offerings, and answer previously submitted questions as well as questions asked in the comments in real time.

Serving more than 500 students annually from 45 communities in Massachusetts’ Metro West region, FSPA is committed to quality education in the arts with exceptional curriculum, outstanding professional faculty, and unwavering dedication to each and every student enrolled. Founded in 1985, FSPA is a unique place where students of all ages and levels of ability participate in an array of music, dance, and drama programs with professional instruction and extraordinary performing opportunities. 

FSPA’s faculty boasts outstanding professional artists, performers, and teachers. Their impressive credentials are indicative of the excellent instruction available in all programs. FSPA instructors strive to meet the individual needs of each student, working to develop each student’s abilities to his or her own potential.

Performance is an integral part of an FSPA education and the school offers unrivaled performing opportunities for students throughout the year. On the calendar annually are student recitals, concerts by faculty and guest artists, master classes, student showcases, holiday shows, the school’s signature Spring Concert, and summer camps and intensives. In addition, for students whose level of interest is more focused, there are special performing ensemble opportunities available by audition.

The Virtual Open Houses will be held live on the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Facebook page. Visit for more information. Follow FSPA on Facebook, Instagram (@FSPAonline), and Twitter (@FSPAonline).

FSPA to Hold a Series of Virtual Open Houses
FSPA to Hold a Series of Virtual Open Houses

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing Short-Term Borrowing During Historic Remote Session

The Massachusetts State Senate convened Thursday for the first-ever remote session in the history of the body to pass legislation to allow short-term borrowing to meet the Commonwealth’s financial obligations.

“I am proud of the Senate’s ability to meet the challenges of this public health pandemic and humbled by the historic nature through which today’s vote was taken.” Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “The legislation that advanced today will help the Commonwealth responsibly meet near-term budget challenges as we continue to address the impacts of COVID-19. I’d like to thank Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues as well my colleagues for their bipartisan support of this legislation.”

“In order to protect the Commonwealth’s taxpayers and maintain fiscal discipline during this public health crisis, the bi-partisan legislation passed by the Senate today authorizes the Commonwealth to finance the recent extension of the 2019 state individual income tax filing deadline and provides a necessary bridge to help us get through the next few months until the next fiscal year,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “Thanks to the steady leadership of Senate President Spilka, the continued hard work of my colleagues in the Senate, and the continued collaboration with our partners in the House and Administration, the passage of this bill will allow the Commonwealth to meets its fiscal obligations and pay its bills without negatively affecting our residents in the midst of this pandemic.”

"This borrowing bill, passed with bipartisan collaboration, will allow state government to deliver on its commitments without disruption. That, in turn, will translate into the actions we need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and support important spending items like local aid and school funding," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester)

The legislation, An Act to Facilitate the Delay of the Income Tax Filing Deadline, complements legislative action taken in early April to extend the income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, which provided flexibility to residents and families across the state amid the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The extension mirrors actions taken on the federal level.

To ensure budgetary stability, the bill allows the treasurer to borrow during Fiscal Year 2020 to meet financial obligations that would normally be fulfilled through income tax filings.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

Hold the date: June VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Veterans Coffee Social - June 3

June VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Coffee Social

Join us Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Our May VIRTUAL Coffee Social was a success! There were 18 guests in attendance via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool.

It was great to see so many of our veterans on-screen and know that they are staying healthy and safe. We were also joined by our friend Courtney, a dedicated Starbucks Associate who assists us at our monthly Coffee Socials. Starbucks continues to be such a generous community partner and we can't thank Courtney and the rest of the Route 140 Starbucks team enough!

We are not sure when the Senior Center will re-open but we plan to host the June Coffee Social either in-person or virtually via Zoom. 

Stay tuned for updates on this web site!

Hold the date: June VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Veterans Coffee Social - June 3
Hold the date: June VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Veterans Coffee Social - June 3

Thursday, May 14, 2020

FM #269 School Committee Meeting 5/12/20 (Audio)

FM #269 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 269 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes includes links to the meeting agenda, my notes from the meeting, and links to other documents for the meeting.

The recording runs about just over two hours, so let’s listen to May 12 School Committee meeting


My notes

School Committee agenda

Meeting packet with other documents

FHS graduation plans

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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.

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FM #269 School Committee Meeting 5/12/20 (Audio)
FM #269 School Committee Meeting 5/12/20 (Audio)

In the News: FHS planning ‘memorable’ graduation parade

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

"Despite high school memories, like prom and spring sports, lost to the coronavirus pandemic, Franklin High School Principal Paul Peri said the district is planning what could be one of its most memorable high school graduations.

On Tuesday night during a Franklin School Committee virtual meeting, Peri, joined by Senior Class President Danny Harrington and Vice President Chorrkin Chin, outlined the school’s plan for a graduation parade tentatively scheduled for June 5 in place of its usual ceremony, which is held every year in the high school gymnasium.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, we have been meeting quite a bit with various groups and we are trying to pull together a graduation ceremony like never seen before in Franklin, and I think that the class advisors and officers have done an absolutely incredible job of really working with all the different parties involved,” said Peri.

Three possible routes have been mapped out, with students starting at the middle schools they attended in town, and the top 10% of the class and class officers starting at the high school."
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Franklin Matters notes from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday can be found here

The full presentation document was shared by Principal Paul Peri.

Three photos of the virtual presentation on the FHS graduation are shown below.
additional photos from the meeting can be found

route on the FHS campus to get to the diploma distributions points shown in red
route on the FHS campus to get to the diploma distributions points shown in red

example from Milton HS on how they set up for diploma distribution
example from Milton HS on how they set up for diploma distribution

sample pictures gathered as part of the FHS planning for graduation
sample pictures gathered as part of the FHS planning for graduation

"Each phase must ensure that cities and towns have full access to the resources needed to reopen"

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)
"The MMA today (5/13/20) presented a comprehensive set of municipal priorities and recommendations to the state’s COVID-19 Reopening Advisory Board, the 17-member panel drafting the state plan that will be released on May 18.

The MMA is calling for:
  • Timely notice to local government in advance of each reopening phase
  • Strong and specific health and safety standards and directives from the state on how to protect the public and employees during each phase
  • Delivery of resources to all communities to ensure equity and consistency in public services throughout the state
  • Clear affirmation of local enforcement authority and high standards for industry to follow to ensure consistency across Massachusetts

Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and MMA Executive Director Geoff Beckwith presented a detailed framework for action that was developed by a special MMA Reopening Advisory Committee of municipal officials from across the state.

The MMA emphasized the need for a careful and sustainable reopening process that is driven by public health needs above all, so that Massachusetts can avoid a second shutdown, which would devastate chances for economic recovery in the near term while lives are again at risk."

Continue reading the article online

The presentation copy can be found online

1 page of the summary on recommendations
1 page of the summary on recommendations

FHS Oskey 2020 Trailer

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Once Upon A Town: Spear, AJ Cataldo and Exchange - Franklin, MA (video)

Join Eamon McCarthy Earls and Joe Landry as they talk about the Spear Block, the A. J. Cataldo Block and the Exchange Building.

Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #19

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hi friends,
The weather is starting to turn, and the COVID-19 infection curve is moving in the right direction. Remember, we all need to keep up our physical distancing and mask-wearing best practices to keep the COVID contagion trend moving downwards. 

I have some additional exciting news: tomorrow I will testify before the Joint Committee on Election Laws in support of my 2020 Vote by Mail Act. Senate Chair Barry Finegold will livestream the hearing via his Facebook page. I will be speaking at approximately 1:45 p.m. Please tune in!

I encourage you to submit your own written testimony by emailing the Committee Chairs, Senator Finegold ( and Representative Lawn ( Testimony must be submitted by 5 pm this Friday, May 13.
    2020 vote by mail act
Also tomorrow, the Senate will hold its first ever formal session via remote voting. (Remember that you can always tune in to watch session via livestream at!) This is a notable advancement. At the core of our representative democracy is engaged debate by legislators and voting on the record. Tomorrow's session brings us one step closer to the debates we need on several complex bills still pending, including the election reforms we will discuss during tomorrow's hearing. While we have passed several important bills during the pandemic so far, we've had to do it all with unanimous support. We are now at the point where we might not have complete consent, and that's not a bad thing -- in fact, it's a healthy part of our democracy -- but we have to have the process to make it happen, even during a public health crisis.
As always, my team and I are here for you. Call us at 617-722-1555 or email me directly at and one of us will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates.

Wishing you and your families strength, health, and resilience. 

Yours in service,

Senator Becca Rausch

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