Saturday, April 9, 2022

Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media (video & slides & resources)

Missed our last Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media event?  

It's now available on our YouTube channel along with the presentation slides and resources pamphlet which are linked in the bio.

"On March 24, 2022, the Franklin Substance Abuse Task Force held the second installment of the Critical Conversations series. The night focused on the impact of social media on the social-emotional wellbeing of youth. Keynote speaker, Georgia Wells, tech journalist for the Wall Street Journal, kick off the event speaking on how the tech companies behind social media and the effects on young people. The Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Karyn Polito provided additional remarks addressing state-level initiatives regarding social media usage. A panel was curated to offer various perspectives on the topic of social media and was followed by an audience question and answer session. You can access the slideshow here:

Resource list for parents can be found here:

Busy week for School Committee meetings

Yes, this is a busy week for School Committee meetings. If you happen to see one or more of them around, thank them for what they are doing!

  • Monday, Apr 11 - 8:15 AM
Special meeting School Committee - open meeting to go to directly to Executive session for negotiations (not a meeting for public attendance, needed to be posted to enable full committee participation)

  • Tuesday, Apr 12 - 6 PM
School Committee workshop - Superintendent's evaluation

  • Tuesday, Apr 12 - 7 PM
School Committee meeting - key vote on budget

  • Wednesday, Apr 13 - 5 PM
School Committee special meeting - interview candidate for superintendent

  • Thursday, Apr 14 - 6:30 PM  CANCELED
The 5th annual Legislative Forum 

Thursday, Apr 14  - the 5th annual Legislative Forum
Thursday, Apr 14  - the 5th annual Legislative Forum

On the Climate Front: more heat pumps; legislation in Congress; MA Senate acts to drive climate action forward

A Cold War law could be used to boost heat pump production 

"Democrats and climate advocates are demanding the White House invoke a Cold War-era law to boost domestic manufacturing of heat pumps and other clean energy technologies, arguing it could simultaneously counter Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and fend off climate change.

The Defense Production Act enables the president to force manufacturers to expand the production of crucial goods in times of crisis. President Harry S. Truman wielded the law in 1950 to bolster steel production for the Korean War. Former president Donald Trump and President Biden used it to boost the manufacturing of ventilators and medical masks respectively."

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Is the world’s most important climate legislation about to die in US Congress?

"On April 23, the day after Earth Day, a big tent coalition—climate activists, union workers, civil rights leaders, and increasingly desperate young people—will be gathering outside the White House. If you live on the eastern seaboard and are free that Saturday, you should sign up and join them. Here’s why:

Tucked beneath the headlines on COVID and Ukraine, the most important climate legislation in US history – and thus, arguably, in world history – is still stuck in Congressional purgatory. You’d be forgiven if you weren’t fully aware. It is not trending on Twitter. President Biden has mostly stopped talking about it. The enormous moral stakes have been brutally ablated by a broken, farcical, and, above all, extremely boring legislative kludge known as budget reconciliation. The months-long saga has turned Biden’s original “Build Back Better” plan into the juridical equivalent of a Warhol soup can – a ubiquitous token evacuated of any original meaning."

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An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday introduced An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward, its second major climate proposal this legislative session, and the latest effort to continue the Commonwealth on its path towards reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The bill, also known as the Drive Act, increases investments in the state’s clean energy infrastructure, builds and improves upon existing incentives for homeowners, renters, and consumers to reduce their carbon footprints, and reduces emissions from the building and transportation sectors.

“With the Drive Act, we are taking an all-hands-on deck approach to saving the planet, with a particular focus on three area that will need significant attention if we are to meet our ambitious goal of having net zero emissions by 2050: the transportation, clean energy, and building sectors,” stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “With gas prices fluctuating and our reliance on foreign oil being brought into question once again by world events, it is in everyone’s best interest to get more Massachusetts drivers into electric vehicles, and this bill will help do that through investing in renewed EV incentives for consumers and expanded EV infrastructure. I’m proud that the Senate continues to lead on facing the existential challenge of climate change, and I am particularly grateful to Senate Majority Leader Cream and Chairs Barrett and Rodrigues on their dedicated work to aggressively move this important legislation forward.”

“Building off last year’s landmark Next Gen Climate law, An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward is a comprehensive climate bill focused on boldly confronting our climate challenges and achieving our ambitious 2050 net zero carbon emission goals as quickly and as equitably as possible,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I applaud Senate President Spilka and her team for their incredible leadership, ensuring the Senate is committed to prioritizing an all-hands-on deck approach on the issue of climate change, and I applaud Senator Barrett, Senator Creem, their staffs and the Senate Ways and Means team for their collaboration, dedication and focus to put forward this comprehensive package to meet this most urgent moment. I look forward to a robust and energetic debate next week on the Senate floor.”
“We know climate change is relentless, so we think Massachusetts needs to be relentless, too,” stated Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Senate Chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee. “No one's around to give out ‘A’s’ for effort. What matters are results. An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward pushes back against global warming on multiple fronts, and with an emphasis on innovation and smart experimentation. It's about thinking long-range but executing now, in the short term. It's about problem-solving, confidence, and even optimism.”

“It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the passage of another landmark climate bill, but the climate crisis requires of us to constantly drive Massachusetts’ climate policy forward,” said Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem (D-Newton), Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. “I’m grateful to President Spilka, Chair Rodrigues, and Senator Barrett for prioritizing climate action, and I’m incredibly proud of the bold steps that the Senate is proposing today to reduce emissions from transportation and buildings and invest in clean energy technology.”

An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward bolsters cutting edge clean energy technologies, updates the offshore wind procurement process and supports the advancement of solar power. It also incentivizes consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), electrifies the MBTA bus fleet and builds up the EV charging infrastructure across the state. Finally, it addresses issues regarding building emissions, biomass facilities and the future of gas in the Commonwealth, among other things.

A detailed description of the bill’s provisions can be found in the accompanying fact sheet. The Senate plans to debate S.2819, An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in advance of the annual celebration of Earth Day. In coordination with the Drive Act, the Senate will take up H.851, An Act preserving open space in the Commonwealth, and S.676, An Act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases. The former bill codifies into law protections for open space covered by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, while the latter bill takes action to ensure that homeowner insurers provide crucial insurance coverage to families who are at risk of costly home heating oil spills.

PDF of the press release

PDF of the Fact Sheet 

An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward
An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward

FHS girls and boys tennis, softball, and baseball teams post wins on Friday

Via, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Friday: 
Baseball = Oliver Ames, 4 @ Franklin, 10 – Final 
– Franklin set the tone early with three runs in the bottom of the first and then tacked on four more in the second to secure a win over visiting Oliver Ames. Franklin took advantage of an error and a walk to get RBI singles from Chris Goode (3-for-3, three RBI), Jace Lyons (3-for-3, two RBI), and Ben Jarosz to seize a 3-0 lead. Jack Muir had a hit and a run scored to help OA (seven errors) cut the deficit to one run but Franklin came right back with four runs, all with two outs, to break it open. Goode knocked in Luke Sidwell and Ryan Gerety (two hits, two runs), and a drop third strike allowed Goode and Evan Raider to score to make it 7-2. Sophomore Austin Campbell earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in three innings of work. Ethan Voellmicke tossed two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three with one hit allowed.

Softball = Oliver Ames, 3 @ Franklin, 8 – Final 
– Oliver Ames scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead but Franklin scored once in each the second and fourth to tie it, and then scored five runs over the fifth and six innings to get the win. Lexi Galsband brought in OA’s first run with a squeeze bunt and Katie Melendy and Katherine Farley followed with an RBI each to make it 3-1. Dana Stott had an RBI single to cut the deficit in half and and Aislinn Lavery brought in the tying run to make it 3-3. In the top of the fifth, Reece Allen smacked an RBI double and Kiera Kotwicki drove in a second run to put the Panthers ahead 5-3. In the top of the sixth, the Panthers pushed across three runs to extend the lead to 8-3. Kotwicki got the win in the circle, scattering four hits in four innings of work while Lavery tossed three scoreless innings in relief, striking out two without allowing a hit. Freshman Emily Martin had two hits and a run scored for the Tigers.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final 
– Franklin won a pair of singles matches and a pair of doubles matches, all in straight sets, to get a win on the road in Easton. Senior Vayshnav Malhotra didn’t drop a set in a 6-0, 6-0 first singles victory while senior Thomas Broyles was victorious 6-3, 6-2 at second singles for the Panthers. Sameen Shaik and Tyler Fitzpatrick earned a clean 6-0, 6-0 win at first doubles, and the Panthers got a 6-2, 6-1 win from the second doubles tandem of senior Tim O’Keefe and sophomore Jay Gorgas. Oliver Ames senior Raphael Vache prevailed in a marathon third singles match, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (1).

Girls Tennis = Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final 
– Anchored by a sweep of singles action, Franklin defended home court to knock off the visiting Tigers of Oliver Ames. Vedika Vinayak prevailed with a 6-4, 6-2 win at first singles, Izzy Trull added a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles, and Sarah Schiavo won 6-2, 6-2 at third singles for the Panthers. The team of Chloe Essam and Sydney Tolonen added another win for Franklin, taking the second doubles match by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Oliver Ames’ first doubles tandem of Morgan Vasiliou and Caroline Peper notched a 6-1, 6-1 win.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS softball in action vs. Oliver Ames on Friday
FHS softball in action vs. Oliver Ames on Friday

Town Council hears of ISO Class 1 for Fire Dept, approves storm water fee, passport fee, and ARPA funding allocation (audio)

FM #769 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 769 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, April  6, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick recap:

  • Fire department achieves ISO Class 1 rating, only one of 9 in MA and one of 15 in New England to do so. Contact your insurance company. Whether a business or residence, there could be a savings with this higher rating on insurance policies. Doc on Fire Department web page to send to company to support the potential savings.

  • 2 new hires for Fire Dept sworn in. These are experienced firefighters coming from other areas to backfill open positions with the Fire Dept.

  • Three alcohol license approvals were voted on. One to approve the move of Pour Richards, one to approve the permanent set up of outdoor dining at 3 Restaurant, and one to approve a license for the Birchwood Bakery & Café downtown. As a sign of how well Franklin has survived the pandemic, we now have more restaurant liquor licenses post pandemic than we did pre-pandemic.

  • Town Administrator Jamie Hellen provided an update on ARPA funds and how they would be allocated. Council approved the allocation which will now be submitted to the County for disbursement of the funds. Some of the $10M allocated to Franklin (approx. $2M) comes directly to the Town, some (approx. $6M) comes through the County.

  • The second approval for the storm water utility fee was approved. The fee will first appear in July 2023 (FY 2024). There is time to confirm your impervious coverage area (see the town storm water page) and order a rain barrel to help with mitigation of storm water and save on the potential fee.

  • Passport photo fee was approved so the Town when processing your passport application can now provide a ‘one-stop’ shop service. The photo fee is $10 per photo. The fee for the passport is set at the Federal level.

The recording runs under two hours (1:58). The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of April 6, 2022. Audio file ->


Agenda document ->

My notes from the meeting  -> 

Photos from the meeting can be found in one album ->


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Firefighter Michael Eaton getting pinned by his daughter
Firefighter Michael Eaton getting pinned by his daughter

Town of Franklin: Health Dept & School COVID dashboard updates

1 - The weekly FPS COVID-19 dashboard is now available to view  here ->   (Shared from Twitter -> )

2 - The Town of Franklin Health department updates the COVID-19 dashboard weekly and can be found here ->

Jake Auchincloss: An Update from Your Congressman


Hello, I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed.

Since I last wrote, I've worked to continue our global progress against COVID-19, hold China accountable, and advocate for our District's priorities.

The Global Race Between Vaccinations and Variants
One of my top priorities in Congress is protecting the health and safety of my constituents. That means getting as many people vaccinated as possible – here and around the world. The House of Representatives recently passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. Recognizing the ongoing impact of COVID-19, this package initially included $15 billion to prepare for and prevent future variants. As a Co-Chair of the Global Vaccination Caucus, I worked hard to secure this funding; however, this critical funding was removed from the budget before it passed.

I vocally opposed the removal of this funding. To move forward, I support the passage of standalone legislation that would fund the procurement of antiviral medication, as well as research at the NIH to develop vaccines that protect against future variants. This legislation must include funding for Global VAX, an initiative to increase global vaccination rates.

I have been a strong proponent of funding global vaccinations and will continue to be as Congress works on finalizing this funding. I introduced a Marshall Plan to commit American financial and technical resources toward this purpose. I have also stood with my fellow co-chairs of the Global Vaccination Caucus to support $5 billion in funding to vaccinate the world.

Holding China Accountable for its Support of Russia
Globally, we must blockade Russian energy exports to hold them accountable for their invasion of Ukraine. Oil, gas, and coal provide hundreds of billions of dollars to fund Putin's barbaric war machine. And yet, China continues to insist that its friendship with the Kremlin knows no limits.

China is on the wrong side of history. I believe that China must enforce a blockade or face significant consequences. I have strongly supported efforts to weaken Russia's economy and hold Putin accountable, including by voting to pass bills that would impose an embargo on Russian oil and end the United States' permanent normal trade relations with Russia.

Advocating for the Fourth District
Last week, I stood with the district and voted against a provision in the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act that could cost thousands of offshore wind jobs in Massachusetts and set back our nation's transition toward clean energy. Our district and our state are uniquely positioned to lead in offshore wind development, with the South Coast seeing massive potential from the industry. Offshore wind presents an opportunity to propel job growth and economic development, while charting a sustainable path forward. As a result of my advocacy alongside Rep. Bill Keating, the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee committed to working to ensure offshore wind jobs and development are not negatively impacted in the final version of the bill.

I also joined my constituents in standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We must continue to show up for as long as this crisis demands. We must be committed for the long haul to protecting and rebuilding a strong, sovereign, prosperous, and democratic Ukraine.

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Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis

Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis

Senate Passes Sweeping Social Equity Cannabis Bill

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed S.2801, An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry. Through the creation of a new fund that aims to support equity in the cannabis industry and improvements to the local licensing process, the bill levels the industry playing field to help members of communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement take part in the Commonwealth's growing cannabis market.

"I'm proud that when the Senate and the Legislature legalized the commercial marijuana industry in 2017, we prioritized the creation of a first-in-the-nation equity program," said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "Unfortunately, many barriers continue to prevent those historically harmed by marijuana prohibition from entering the industry. Today's bill takes important steps to address these by providing resources to support social equity businesses and putting guardrails in place on the Host Community Agreement process. I thank Chair Rodrigues and Senator Chang-Diaz for their work to bring this legislation forward."

"The legislation we passed today builds upon the goals that we have always had for the cannabis industry here in the Commonwealth - protecting consumers, supporting small business, and promoting social equity," said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. "I want to thank Senate President Spilka for her leadership, along with Senator Chang-Diaz, Senator Cyr, Senator Jehlen and others for advocating to make sure Massachusetts remains a cannabis industry leader. Ultimately, this bill passed by the Senate promotes the continued growth of a competitive and equitable industry here in our state and I hope to see it advance to the Governor's desk very soon."

"Addressing racial justice in our state means getting real about closing our cavernous racial wealth divide," said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston). "With this bill, Massachusetts will reclaim our leadership role, carving a path to make equity a reality in the cannabis industry. Lowering entry costs and opening up new avenues to capital will put this multi-billion dollar industry within reach for many talented equity entrepreneurs."

"When we passed recreational cannabis legislation five years ago, we sought to ensure the Commonwealth's budding cannabis industry would be equitable, diverse, and have ample avenues of entry for small-scale and Black and Brown-led entrepreneurship," said Assistant Majority Whip Julian Cyr (D-Truro). "Regrettably, the Legislature's intention to build an industry rooted in social justice has not yet been fully realized. Today we are living up to that promise by establishing guardrails on host-community agreements, allowing communities interested in pursuing social consumption sites to do so, and empowering a strong, vibrant, local cannabis industry with a robust cannabis equity fund."

"Limiting the cost of operation is part of promoting social equity and repairing harm to communities harmed by War On Drugs, by lowering one of many barriers to entry with the host community agreement reform in this bill," said Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville). "I hope this new bill is even clearer in stating the intent of the law and the ability of the CCC to achieve the goals of promoting social equity. High costs of cannabis have helped preserve the illicit market for cannabis and this bill will take significant steps to expand business opportunities and lower costs across the commonwealth."

Social Equity Fund

The bill builds upon existing Massachusetts law, which legalized adult-use cannabis and made a first-in-the-nation commitment to equity in the cannabis industry. A combination of high entry costs and lack of access to capital have kept many would-be entrepreneurs from taking part, resulting in fewer than seven percent of cannabis licenses in Massachusetts going to social equity businesses.

Opening an average cannabis retail shop can require $1 to $1.5 million in liquidity, and the numbers are even higher for manufacturing facilities --at around $3-$5 million. Since federal cannabis laws prevent these businesses from accessing traditional bank loans, lack of capital can pose an insurmountable barrier, leaving many entrepreneurs vulnerable to predatory financial deals and damaging equity partnerships. The social equity fund, created by the legislation, would facilitate new access to capital by making grants and loans, including forgivable and no-interest loans, to equity applicants. The fund has the support of the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), whose commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the idea earlier this legislative session. The fund will receive ten percent of annual revenue collected from the marijuana excise tax (an estimated $18 million for FY2023). Massachusetts is poised to join a handful of other states in pioneering this program.


Host Community Agreements

The bill also responds to concerns about the process of negotiating Host Community Agreements (HCAs), which have been identified as a key factor in keeping industry entry costs high. The bill re-affirms that fees in HCAs cannot exceed three percent of a cannabis business' annual gross sales and must be reasonably related to the costs associated with hosting a cannabis business in a city or town.

Other components of the bill include:

  • Incentives for municipalities to prioritize equity, through a portion of the marijuana excise tax that is distributed to cities and towns that host social equity marijuana businesses. This is cost-neutral to the consumer.

  • A requirement that the CCC establish rules and regulations for municipalities to promote full participation in the industry by previously harmed communities.

  • Clarifications to the existing law's authorization of social consumption businesses, clearing a path for municipalities to permit on-site cannabis consumption businesses in their city or town via local ordinance as well as local referendum. Currently, many residents, particularly renters and those who live in public housing, do not have a location where they may legally consume cannabis products, even nine years since voters approved medical marijuana and five years since the approval of adult use.

The bill now moves to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for further consideration.

Link to actual legislation -> S.2801, An Act Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry

Franklin Health Department: April is Minority Health Month

April is Minority Health Month. The goal is to eliminate disproportionate preventable illnesses in minority populations.  
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April is Minority Health Month

An Act relative to the creation of a women’s rights history trail

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday unanimously passed S.2802An Act relative to the creation of a women’s rights history trail. The legislation celebrates the rich history of the women’s rights movement and contributions women have made across the Commonwealth. 


Each year, thousands of tourists visit Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, to learn about the founding of our nation and walk in the history of our founding fathers. This legislation would allow residents and visitors alike to follow a similar trail to learn about the women who have made our Commonwealth, and nation, what it is today. By attracting tourists to women’s rights history trail sites, this bill will also help to stimulate economic activity throughout Massachusetts.


"Women in Massachusetts have played a pivotal role at every step in the Commonwealth’s history, yet their contributions are too often overlooked," said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "The Women's Rights History Trail will serve as a visible monument to the history of women—and the women's rights movement. Understanding this history gives us all a chance to reflect on where we have come from and what it means to leave a legacy that can uplift and inspire future generations. I am glad to see that this trail will give particular attention to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of the women who have transformed Massachusetts. I would like to thank Senator Lovely and her staff for their work to make this a reality."


“Massachusetts has a rich history of involvement in the women's rights movement,” said Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem), the bill’s lead sponsor. “Women have had a pivotal role in shaping the policies of our Commonwealth, and this bill will ensure that those contributions are known and celebrated. I would like to thank Senate President Spilka for her strong leadership and the work she has done to highlight women’s history, and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators for their advocacy. The history of these women is our history, and we must continue to advance that history forward.” 


This legislation creates a 16-member task force responsible for soliciting public input and conducting research to recommend sites, properties, and attractions for that are historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women's rights and women's suffrage, and that reflect Massachusetts’ geographic and demographic diversity. The Senate bill also requires the inclusion of accomplishments of women veterans in the trail, as well as recommendations for increasing the representation of women in the artwork of the State House. Members of the task force would include representatives from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, among others. 


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and the Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism will be required to develop a program based on the task force’s recommendations, including educational handbooks, maps, signs, and vacation itineraries connected to the trail. The task force will have until January 1, 2023, to file its report.


With versions of this bill having been engrossed by the House and Senate, An Act relative to the creation of a women’s rights history trail now moves to the House of Representatives for enactment. 

Link to the legislation itself ->

An Act relative to the creation of a women’s rights history trail
An Act relative to the creation of a women’s rights history trail 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Apr 8, 2022 to Apr 14, 2022

The Culinary Cabaret returns to THE BLACK BOX in person this year, a key fund raising event while highlighting culinary arts of local businesses along with the talented performers of FPAC. The Library Book sale, Winter Farmers Market are  among a full set of events on Saturday. LiveARTS fund raising concert tops Sunday. 

If you miss the St Mary's Faith Formation group on Saturday, you can get the replay on Tuesday. Thursday provides a home buying/selling seminar along with the 5th Annual Legislative Forum hosted by the School Committee.

Friday, April 8
1:00pm - Book Sale
7:00pm - Culinary Cabaret

Saturday, April 9
9:00am - Book Sale
9:00am - First responder event
9:30am - St Mary's Women's Faith Formation
10:00am - Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm - Bag Sale
7:00pm - Wrestling Match Fundraiser for OIL FOR VETS Program

Sunday, April 10
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)
3:00pm - LiveARTS 3rd Annual Fund Raising Concert

Tuesday, April 12
7:00pm - St Mary's Women's Faith Formation Group

Thursday, April 14
6:00pm - Home Selling (and Buying) Seminar with Industry Experts
6:30pm - 5th Annual Legislative Forum

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

2022 HockomockSports Boys Basketball Awards recognize: Digiorgio, Vinson, O'Leary, Harvey, and Coach Neely has posted their listing of awards for Boys Basketball for the Winter 2021-2022 season. We shared the FHS selections and provide the link to the full listing.

Second Team

Henry Digiorgio – Franklin – Guard
After getting a taste of varsity basketball a year ago, Franklin sophomore Henry Digiorgio looked like a veteran for the Panthers this year. He was a handful on the offensive end with his ability to pull up from range plus the ability to take defenders on one-on-one and attack the basket. He was one of the best rebounding guards in the league this season. He had a team-high 16.1 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds while shooting 41% from three-point range and 85% from the free-throw line. “Hank made huge strides from his freshman to sophomore year going from a role player off the bench to a go-to scorer and one of our best rebounders,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “He also showed a huge amount of toughness coming back from a difficult injury and competing hard in the state tournament. I am really excited to see the next step in his development.”

Sean Vinson – Franklin – Forward
Franklin senior Sean Vinson had a breakout year for the Panthers and emerged as one of the top players in the Hockomock League. Despite playing few minutes prior to this season, Vinson was an impact player from the first tipoff of the season to the last second of the playoff game. He hurt defenses with his shooting, played solid defense night in and night out, and was a leader both on and off the court for Franklin. He finished the year with 12.6 points per game and hit on 38.5% of his three-point attempts. He was third on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game. “Sean has been one of the best leaders we have ever had at Franklin,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “Right from the start of the year, he did all he could to help his teammates feel comfortable and thrive. He really gave us a huge lift on both ends of the floor, whether it was timely buckets or giving a great effort on defense.” Boys Basketball Underclassman of the Year

Franklin sophomore Henry Digiorgio has been named the Boys Basketball Underclassman of the Year for the 2021-2022 season, the 10th year the award has been given out.
Digiorgio got his feet wet during last year’s COVID-shortened season, getting minutes as a freshman, and showed little flashes of what was to come. This year, Digiorgio was a part of the starting lineup and took over as the go-to scorer for the Panthers. He showed off his range with his three-point shooting and he attacked defenses with great confidence, finishing strong at the rim.
“Hank made huge strides from his freshman to sophomore year going from a role player off the bench to a go-to scorer and one of our best rebounders,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “He also showed a huge amount of toughness coming back from a difficult injury and competing hard in the state tournament. I am really excited to see the next step in his development.
Continue reading the write up -> Boys Basketball Underclassman of the Year for the 2021-2022 season Boys Basketball Underclassman of the Year for the 2021-2022 season

All Underclassmen Team 

Henry Digiorgio, Franklin
Franklin sophomore Henry Digiorgio had a great season for the Panthers this year. He had a team-high 16.1 points per game to go along with 6.1 rebounds while shooting 41% from three-point range and 85% from the free-throw line. He earned Underclassman of the Year honors (see above) for his achievements this season. “Hank made huge strides from his freshman to sophomore year going from a role player off the bench to a go-to scorer and one of our best rebounders,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “He also showed a huge amount of toughness coming back from a difficult injury and competing hard in the state tournament. I am really excited to see the next step in his development.”
Sean O'Leary, Franklin
There were a lot of new faces for the Panthers this season, and Franklin sophomore Sean O’Leary seized that opportunity and emerged as one of the better players in the Hockomock League. A versatile player, O’Leary can play multiple positions on the offensive end and can be a real mismatch for opposing defenses. He finished the year with 11.3 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting at a 36% clip from three-point range. “Sean was at the center of so many big plays for us this season,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “I am most impressed with his character and versatility. He has some of the best inside moves I have seen in a long time, can take opponents outside and knock down threes, and is one of the best help defenders on our team, leading our team in charges as well.”

All Defensive Team

Ben Harvey, Franklin
Franklin junior Ben Harvey emerged as the top defensive option on the Panthers, who were once again on the of the best defensive teams in the Hockomock League. The Panthers had a host of good defensive players but Harvey’s versatility and willingness to commit to the defensive end made him stand out. He could match up with the physicality of the big men, and he was quick enough to keep up with speedy guards. He averaged 4.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. “A great leader and one of the toughest competitors I have ever coached,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “Beef is always ready to take on any challenge and do anything our team needs night to night to get the win. He does all of the little things that teammates and coaches respect that don’t always stand out in the newspaper the next day but are essential to what we do as a team.” Boys Basketball Coach of the Year 
Franklin head coach CJ Neely has been selected as the Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 season. It’s the first time Neely has been honored with this award. 
Neely guided a young and inexperienced group to a terrific season, posting a 21-4 record with the second-best offense in the league (64.3 points per game) and second-best defense (48.8 points allowed per game) in the Hockomock. Coming into the season, Neely had to replace his entire starting lineup last season and a total of 123 career points among all returners. He started three sophomores, a junior, and one senior and battled through a difficult schedule. Franklin’s only losses came to Kelley-Rex division champs Taunton (the Panthers were the only Hock team to beat the Tigers this season), twice to rival Mansfield (who reached the D2 Elite 8), and Catholic Memorial (D1 Elite Eight) in overtime.
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Franklin head coach CJ Neely
Franklin head coach CJ Neely

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