Saturday, January 29, 2022

DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi's voice message in advance of blizzard (audio)

As a special episode of Franklin Matters Radio, we offer the voice recording of DPW Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi's voice message in advance of the blizzard forecasted for Jan 29, 2022.

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Thank you Brutus for all you do!

DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi's voice message in advance of blizzard (audio)
Director Cantoreggi provides an update to the Town Council Jan 19, 2022

Ad Hoc Committee for the Town Administrators Review - 01/26/22 (audio)

FM #712 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 712 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Town Administrators Review. The meeting was held on Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 in the Council Chambers, live streamed and shared via cable and Zoom. We recorded this audio in the room. 

Subcommittee Chair Glenn Jones opens the meeting. Councilors Robert Dellorco and Tom Mercer participate. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, assistant Alecia Alleyne and HR Director Karen Bratt are also in the Chambers.

The recording runs about 50 minutes, so let’s listen to the Ad Hoc committee for the Town Administrators review meeting. Audio file =>


Meeting agenda 

My notes from the meeting 


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Town Administrator Jamie Hellen gets a good review and has no plans to leave
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen gets a good review and has no plans to leave

All 4 FHS teams posts wins on Friday; basketball vs. KP and swim vs. Milford

Via, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Friday:
Boys Basketball = King Philip, 46 @ Franklin, 69 – Final 
– After giving up 16 points in the opening quarter, Franklin’s defense limited the visiting Warriors to 11 points or less in each of the next three quarters on its way to a win. Franklin also got off to a good start offensively with 22 points in the opening quarter. The Panthers extended the lead in each of the next three frames, pushing it to seven at halftime (32-25) and a 15-point cushion (51-36) going into the fourth. Sophomore Henry Digiorgio hit a trio of trifectas on his way to a game-high 19 points while Sean O’Leary (11 points) and Sean Vinson (10 points) each hit two three-pointers and finished in double figures. Sophomore Andrew O’Neill scored seven of his eight in the third to help the Panthers pull away. Tommy Martorano led King Philip, scoring all of his team-high 12 points in the first quarter.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 48 @ King Philip, 21 – Final 
– Franklin was held to its lowest points total of the season, but the Panthers locked down on defense, not allowing KP to score more than nine points in a quarter, to stay unbeaten. The Warriors led 6-3 after the first, but the Panthers held KP to three in the second and went into the locker room leading 15-9. Franklin outscored the Warriors 33-12 in the second half to pull out the win. Katie Peterson led all scorers with 14, including eight in the second quarter. Olivia Quinn scored eight and Stefany Padula had seven for the visitors. KP was led by Liv Lafond’s seven points and Elizabeth Molla had four.

Swimming = Franklin @ Milford, 4:00
No score available at this time. The swim team Instagram account does share they celebrated a double victory!
"We had such an AWESOME final dual meet and senior night tonight against Milford! Double wins for boys and girls making this an UNDEFEATED season for our varsity girls team!!! 💪💪Rowan and Faith got the Nemo and the party animal tonight for their exceptional amount of hard work and team spirit all season!! Thank you so much to all the juniors, sophomores, and freshman for planning such an awesome senior night! WE LOVE YOU - your seniors❤️ "
Double wins for boys and girls making this an UNDEFEATED season for our varsity girls team!!!
"Double wins for boys and girls making this an UNDEFEATED season for our varsity girls team!!!"

For other results around the Hockomock League

Winter Farmers Market update - canceled

A change from what was shared on Friday, the Winter Farmers Market is CANCELED for this week.

We had shared that it was rescheduled for Sunday but that changed as the storm totals increased and the need to clear out became more real.

See you in February!

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting - remote info for Feb 3 session

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting
General Meeting on Feb. 3, 2022
The next general meeting of the Franklin Downtown Partnership will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 8:30 AM via Zoom. The agenda for the meeting will be included in the Partnership's February newsletter.
Franklin Downtown Partnership is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - January 2022

Franklin Public Schools
District Newsletter
January 2021
Feb. 11th will be a half day for Professional Development day.

Last day of school is now June 21st due to the snow day on 1/7.
Updated District COVID-19 Policies and Programs
On January, 10th, 2022, The Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) made the decision to extend the mask mandate until February 28th, 2022. Although Franklin High School has a masking waiver for achieving over 80% positivity, all individuals in every Franklin Public School is required to mask at this time.

On January 18th, 2022, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education released a joint statement with the Department of Public Health regarding updated COVID-19 testing support and guidance.

In accordance with DESE and DPH, Franklin Public Schools is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program to offer free in-home rapid antigen testing for students and staff starting the week of January 31st. Contact tracing will not be taking place for in school exposure. A part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing the Test and Stay and contract tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. We request that families notify your school nurse if your student was an out of school close contact that requires isolation under the current guidelines from DPH.

FHS Happenings!
Franklin High School DECA students competed in the DECA District Two Conference. The organization is focused on developing and empowering students interested in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. 119 FHS DECA students qualified to compete at the State Career Development Conference in March. Congratulations to all and best of luck!

No Place for Hate Campaign
FHS Students reflected on Dr. King's legacy in honor of MLK Day. Drawing from his activism, they embark on their mission to make FHS a Anti Defamation League - No Place For Hate. View their takeaways below...
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Calling All K-5 Families!
Join us to learn more about our new elementary math resource, Illustrative Mathematics! Dr. Tina Rogers, Director of Curriculum, STEM & Elementary Math Specialists will be hosting.

Upcoming Author Visit with Ruta Sepety

Attention HMMS parents! HMMS was chosen for a special visit from historical fiction author Ruta Sepety. She is coming to HMMS for a virtual visit on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd. Students who have read one or more of her books (or who plan to finish one before February 2) are invited to attend! She will talk about her writing journey, research process, uncovering hidden history, and give a sneak peek of her 2022 thriller I Must Betray You.

Students and staff who wish to attend are asked to sign up using the Google Form.

From the School Committee
During the January 11th School Committee meeting, Student Services provided a presentation on Special Education throughout all grade levels with supplemental data, district resources and various programs meant to support our students. The presentation is available to view via this link.

On January 25th, FHS Principal Josh Hannah presented on the program of studies. The presentation is available here.
Please join us for our next meeting on February 8th at 7pm.
Happy New Year to our FPS Families, Faculty, Staff and Franklin Community!
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When the snow buries hydrants, you can adopt one!

"Residents and civic groups (Scouts, local youth groups, Franklin High School teams, etc.) can "adopt" a hydrant or hydrants.  
This is intended to be a commitment for the 2020/2021 snow season and can be applied towards student community service hours.  
Visit our website to Adopt-A-Hydrant today!"


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