Saturday, April 30, 2022

Senator Rausch: State House Briefing - Part 2, Chapter 15 (April 29, 2022)

Spring is in full bloom, and so is policymaking on Beacon Hill! From a marathon of Senate sessions to the upcoming FY ‘23 state budget deliberations, the next few months are going to be jam-packed. You can expect plenty of game-changing legislation for our communities and billions of dollars flowing into our Commonwealth’s municipal governments, schools, infrastructure, and local projects. I’ll keep you posted every step of the way. 
In this newsletter, you will find updates on policy moving through the Legislature, Earth Day activities in our district, my brand-new Small Business Advisory Council, in-person Senior Coffees, and more. For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me and my team via phone (617-722-1555) or email ( We are here to help.  
I wish you and your loved ones strength, health, resilience, and joy.     
Yours in service,

Senator Becca Rausch   

The Newsletter was shortened for publication here. To view the full contents, please follow this link ->

Senator Rausch State House Briefing - Part 2, Chapter 15 (April 29, 2022)
Senator Rausch State House Briefing - Part 2, Chapter 15 (April 29, 2022)

Boston Globe All-scholastics for Winter 2021-2022 recognize FHS' Peterson, Rudolph, and White

The Boston Globe has published their All Scholastic selections for the Winter 2021-2022 High School season. Links to the articles by section are provided with text for the FHS selections.

Girls Basketball All-Scholastics
  • Katie Peterson, FRANKLIN | JUNIOR
The catalyst for the 22-2 Panthers, Peterson averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game as a Hockomock League All-Star. She has committed to UMass Amherst for lacrosse and was on Franklin’s 2021 state finalist lacrosse team.

Girls Gymnastics All-Scholastics
  • Kate Rudolph, FRANKLIN | SENIOR
The Hockomock League MVP elevated her gymnastics this season, helping Franklin to the New England title and second at the state championships. The senior finished fourth all-around at South Sectionals. She will attend the University of Delaware.
  • Emma White, FRANKLIN | SENIOR
One of the highest scorers in the state, the senior won the all-around at New Englands, the state championships, and South Sectionals. The Level 10 gymnast scored highs of 9.9 on vault and 9.85 on uneven bars and floor.

Wrestling All-Scholastics

Boston Globe All-scholastics for Winter 2021-2022 recognize FHS' Peterson, Rudolph, and White
Boston Globe All-scholastics for Winter 2021-2022 recognize FHS' Peterson, Rudolph, and White

FHS softball tops Needham 8-3 on Friday

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

Softball = Franklin, 8 vs. Needham, 3 – Final 
– Needham pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game but Franklin answered with five runs in the bottom half to pull away for the win at home. Reece Allen led off with a single, Georgia Harvey walked, and Katy Liberman reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases for the Panthers. Hailey Fales drove in one run with a single, and Carly Johnson-Pellegri followed with a two-run base hit to make it 6-3. The Panthers pushed another run across on an error and Kiera Kotwicki plated another run with a sac fly. Aislinn Lavery got the win in the circle, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in a complete game effort.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 10 @ Lincoln-Sudbury, 13 – Final

  • End of the 1st...
Franklin 2
Lincoln-Sudbury 3
Davis: 1G
Sacchetti: 1G, 1A

  • Halftime...
Franklin 4
Lincoln-Sudbury 6
Sacchetti: 2G, 1A
Hansen: 2A
Davis: 2G
Gardner: 1A
Franklin slowly fighting back.

  • End of 3...
Franklin 7
Lincoln-Sudbury 9
Consigli: 1G
Sacchetti: 2G, 2A
Walshe: 1G, 1A
Hansen: 3A
Davis: 3G
O'brien: 1A

Going to be a close 4th quarter.
  • FINAL = Franklin 10, Lincoln-Sudbury 13
Davis: 5G
Consigli: 2G
Sacchetti: 2G, 3A
Walshe: 1G, 2A
Chaudhury: 1A
FHS JV Lacrosse

Nice JV win over LS tonight. 9-2. Great play in all phases of the game. Big game Monday night for both teams on Nick Gaspar night JV at 5:15pm JV Varsity at 7 pm. Ceremony before Varsity game.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS Pep rally, FHS Boys Baseball Highlights, & Panther News for Apr 29 (video)

1 - Franklin High School Pep Rally 2022

video link ->

2 - FHS Boys Baseball Highlights: Wednesday, April 27 (Franklin vs. Foxboro)

3 - Panther News for April 29, 2022

MA Senate to Debate Work and Family Mobility Act Next Thursday (5/05/22)

Senate to Debate Work and Family Mobility Act Next Thursday

The Massachusetts State Senate announced plans today (4/28/22) to debate An Act Relative to Work and Family Mobility at a formal session next Thursday, May 5, 2022. The Work and Family Mobility Act, filed by Senators Brendan Crighton and Adam Gomez, would allow Massachusetts residents who lack federal immigration status to apply for a Massachusetts standard driver's license, the non-REAL ID license. 

The bill, which received a favorable report from the Senate Committee on Rules earlier today, has received widespread support from members of the law enforcement community, advocacy groups, and members of the immigrant community. It proposes strict identity documentation criteria, asking for applicants to present two valid, unexpired identity documents. It makes no change to existing law requiring that all driver's license applicants prove that they live in the Commonwealth. The bill advanced by the Senate Committee on Rules is nearly identical to the version that previously passed the House of Representatives earlier this year.

"As the granddaughter of immigrants, I have been a longtime supporter of allowing everyone, regardless of immigration status, to safely get to work and school, access health care, and participate in the lives of their communities, and so I am pleased to see this bill move forward today," stated Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "All our residents and their families deserve to feel safe, and driver's licenses for qualified individuals is good for our economy, our families, and public safety. I'd like to thank Senators Crighton, Gomez and Lovely for their efforts to push this bill forward."

"I am proud to work with my Senate colleagues to favorably move the Work and Family Mobility Act out of the Senate Committee on Rules today," said State Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem). "This legislation will improve public safety on our roadways and provide accessibility for all Massachusetts residents. Thank you, Senate President Spilka and Senators Crighton and Gomez for your leadership on this bill."

"The Work and Family Mobility Act will make our roads safer and, just as importantly, make the lives of more than 185,000 Massachusetts immigrants without status easier by allowing them to earn a standard driver's license," said State Senator Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn). "In the absence of a robust regional public transportation system, it is impossible for many Massachusetts residents to get through their day without the use of a car. No one should fear detention or deportation over essential everyday tasks such as getting to work, school, doctor's appointments and grocery stores. It is time for Massachusetts to join the 16 other states who have passed this common-sense legislation."

"This important piece of legislation, which is long overdue, has received widespread support from law enforcement officials, municipal leaders, and advocacy organizations across our state," said State Senator Adam Gomez (D-Springfield). "These people are our neighbors, our friends, and our fellow community members. It's past time that we provide them with the ability to have reliable and accessible transportation where they don't have to fear deportation or separation from their families. This legislation gives undocumented residents the same opportunities that their documented counterparts may take for granted — the ability to drive freely across our state, find work in another community, drive their kids to school, run errands for their partner — not burdened with the worry that they may have negative interactions with law enforcement. That's what happens when people have access to reliable transportation: they can thrive, serve their communities, and succeed."

"There is a reason so many law enforcement leaders support this legislation, including a majority of my fellow sheriffs," said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. "I first spoke in favor of this issue as a state representative over 20 years ago. This bill would not only improve public safety by increasing the number of properly identified and insured motorists; but just as critically it will improve a family's ability to get to medical appointments, to the grocery store, and to their kids' school activities. I commend Senate President Spilka, Senators Brendan Crighton and Adam Gomez, as well as the numerous legislators and advocates who have continued to support this vital issue."

In a formal statement, the leaders of the organizations co-chairing the Driving Families Forward Coalition, Brazilian Worker Center Executive Director Lenita Reason and 32BJ SEIU Executive Vice President Roxana Rivera said, "As co-chairs of the Driving Families Forward Coalition, made up of over 270 endorsers including business associations, labor unions, immigrant advocates, faith groups and many more supporting the Work and Family Mobility Act, we are overjoyed that the bill will be coming before a historic Senate vote. We extend our gratitude to Senate President Spilka, Senator Lovely, Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules and our bill lead sponsors, Senator Crighton, and Senator Gomez for their leadership in promoting everyone's safety in the Commonwealth by moving the bill through the legislative process. This includes law enforcement officials who need to know drivers' identities, Massachusetts motorists who benefit when every driver is tested and insured, and, of course, the diverse immigrant communities across the state who need to access doctor's offices, schools, and jobs. Many immigrants' lives would be transformed by this bill, and everyone in Massachusetts would have safer and more secure roads for it."

The legislation also includes layered protection for driver information, prohibiting the Massachusetts RMV from keeping records of citizenship or immigration status for standard license holders and applicants. Safeguards are also put in place for voting, above and beyond the extensive existing protections, directing the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State to establish procedures to ensure that drivers without lawful immigration status are not erroneously registered to vote.

MA Senate to Debate Work and Family Mobility Act Next Thursday (5/05/22)
MA Senate to Debate Work and Family Mobility Act Next Thursday (5/05/22)

FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section

"You may have noticed a construction trailer at Center St parking area and signs at Fox Run Rd and near Harpin St. Exciting things are happening!

The DCR has hired a contractor to improve the section of the SNETT between the Fox Run Rd and Rt. 126. The clearing will start soon. We will post more details as they become available.:

Shared from the SNETT Instagram account - >

FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section
FYI - SNETT Trail work underway on Bellingham section

FORWARD Bill - Projects by Municipality -> Franklin slated for $681K in ARPA grants

FORWARD Bill - Projects by Municipality
Executive Office for Administration and Finance

Last week, Governor Baker filed House bill 4720, An Act investing in Future Opportunities for Resiliency, Workforce, and Revitalized Downtowns (FORWARD). The legislation includes $2.3 billion in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and over $1.256 billion in capital bond authorizations to strengthen state infrastructure, create jobs, and invest in municipalities across the Commonwealth.
The FORWARD bill will make investments in all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Please click here to find a detailed list of the statewide and local projects included in the FORWARD legislation, organized by municipality.
It includes hundreds of projects identified by communities or stakeholders, usually through existing popular programs like MassWorks, that are deliverable within the tight timeframe required by federal ARPA regulations. ARPA funding must be authorized by 2024 and fully expended by 2026. 
NOTE: If your community has a project listed from the last round of the Community One Stop for Growth and that project remains a priority for your city or town, please proceed with submitting a One Stop application for this project in the current FY23 One Stop round. Until the legislation is passed, funding for these projects is not guaranteed and submitting a One Stop application would ensure that the project is reviewed and considered for funding through the normal, competitive application process. 
For a detailed overview of all the programmatic authorizations in the bill, please click here.
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The Franklin section as an image is shown below as copied from 

The $220K MassWorks grant was confirmed previously. I don't recall hearing the other two grants as confirmed.

Franklin slated for $681K in ARPA grants

FORWARD Bill - Projects by Municipality
FORWARD Bill - Projects by Municipality

FPS COVID-19 Dashboard, Town of Franklin portal, ToF vs. State via Flourish

Franklin Public School COVID-19 Dashboard ->

Health Dept COVID-19 reporting 

Nathan Ahlgen Flourish reports (with state data by community)

Nathan Ahlgen Flourish reports (with state data by community)
Nathan Ahlgen Flourish reports (with state data by community)

Friday, April 29, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Apr 29, 2022 to May 5, 2022

The busiest calendar we have had in a long time. While the weather is springish there should be some good options to get out and about to enjoy all that Franklin offers. #ArtsHappenHere

Friday, April 29
5:30pm - Night of Arts Around the World
7:00pm - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
7:30pm - Electric Youth & Future Shock

Saturday, April 30
Independent Bookstore Day
9:00am - SAFE 5K
9:00 - Escape Into Fiction - celebrate book store day with indoor market
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
2:00pm - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
3:00pm - Letters from Red Farm: The Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
7:00pm - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
7:30pm - Claflin Hill Symphony presents Springtime Pops

Sunday, May 1
First Day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
1:00pm  - Historical Museum (always free)
2:00pm - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
3:00pm - Broadway in Franklin

Wednesday, May 4
Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Day
7:00pm - Franklin Art Association

Thursday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo
7:00pm - 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node

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

School Committee hears of awesome science fair projects - 04/26/22 (audio)

FM #785 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 785 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the regular School Committee meeting held Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 

Quick Recap:

  • Given the new agenda format, and that the Superintendent deliberation discussion had been conducted in the special meeting held prior to the regular session, the meeting was short and to the point

  • Superintendent Ahern provided multiple updates (superintendent’s report not yet posted to packet folder as this is published)

  • Recognition of FHS students for project placements at regional science fair. A future consideration would be to conduct a science fair at FHS (which apparently has not been done before). The two projects showcased were awesome. One project motorized a wheelchair, the other determined that an older encryption method is actually more secure than current methods

  • The School Committee entered executive session to continue work on their contract negotiations 

The meeting opened at 7 PM and ran approx. 43 minutes.

Audi file =>


Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

Science fair presentation -> 

Meeting packet folder

My notes -> 


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FHS students presenting on their science fair projects
FHS students presenting on their science fair projects

the motorized wheel chair
the motorized wheel chair

Franklin Public Library News & Events scheduled for May 2022

May 2022 Franklin Public Library News & Events

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Sunday, May 29th and Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Exciting Library News

Inspired by the Ken Burns's four-hour documentary on Benjamin Franklin, two-time award winning broadcast journalist, Pamela Watts will host a program on Rhode Island PBS Weekly about Benjamin Franklin's book donation to the Franklin Public Library.

This program will air on Sunday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. with an encore on Wednesday, May 11th.  After that, it will be on PBS website at .

From the Friends of the Franklin Library

Friends of the Franklin Library Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00pm

Friends of the Franklin Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Franklin Public Library's collections and programs. Want to learn more about becoming a Friend? Join us on May 4th in the FoFL Community Room to learn more about our group and ways to get involved. If you can't attend our Annual Meeting, drop us a line at for more information on the Friends.

Book Sale

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, May 13th ,  1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, May 14th  , 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, May 14th  , from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Homework Help Program

The Franklin Public Library is now offering its free Homework Help program for grades 1-8. The program takes place Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Students will be assisted by either retired teachers or high school students. Application forms for both participants and volunteers are available at the Circulation Desk and on the Library's website .

Featured eResource

Libby, by OverDrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader ! It's free and easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more at 

For the full listing of events in May at the Library please visit this newsletter online
Franklin Public Library News & Events scheduled for May 2022
Franklin Public Library News & Events scheduled for May 2022

FHS baseball, softball, and both boys & girls tennis teams post wins on Thursday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday: 

Baseball = Milford, 1 @ Franklin, 11 – Final (6 Inn.) 
– Franklin pushed across four runs in the bottom of the third to increase its lead to 5-0, and then ended the game with a six-run fifth inning to knock off Milford. Jase Lyons continued to rake at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored to pace the Panthers’ offense. Chris Goode added two hits and two RBI, Eisig Chin also drove in two runs, and Henry DiGiorgio had a pair of hits and three runs scored. Junior Alfred Mucciarone had a strong outing on the bump, allowing one run on six hits and no walks, striking out five in five innings.

Battle till the end Execution, effort, attitude! Wp S 2ip 1h 0R 4K 2-2 3r 3-4 2r 2RBI huge squeeze to tie and take lead 2-3 3r 2RBI another huge squeeze #CantBeatCompete #BuntsWonThisGame #21Outs

Softball = Franklin, 18 @ Milford, 8 – Final 
– Franklin’s bats exploded for 18 runs on 18 hits, scoring in five straight innings between the second and sixth inning during a victory over Milford. Sophomore Carly Johnson-Pellegri had a huge day at the dish, going 4-for-5 while driving in eight runs to pace the Panthers’ offense, scoring three times herself. Kiera Kotwicki added three hits, three runs, and RBI in the win while Aislinn Lavery (two RBI), Georgia Harvey, Katy Liberman and Hailey Fales each added two hits in the win. Milford’s Cae Pellegrini had two hits, including her second home run in as many days, and sophomore Grace Bonina chipped in with two hits and two RBI in the win.

Boys tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final 
– Franklin won all five matches in straights to stay undefeated on the season, moving to 7-0. Senior Drew Mahoney earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at first singles, sophomore Ahan Shetty secured a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles, and junior Ryan Essam prevailed from third singles with a 6-4, 6-4 verdict. The team of seniors Tim O’Keefe and Aidan Karlowicz earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at first doubles, and the team of freshman Dan Reis and junior Tyler Fitzpatrick were victorious, 6-1, 6-0, at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final 
– Taking all five matches in straight sets, Franklin defended home court against visiting Milford. Izzy Trull took a 6-2, 6-0 win at first singles, Vedika Vinayak earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at second singles, and Sarah Schiavo completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at third singles. The team of Allison Bagley and Amulya Jayam earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at at first doubles while the tandem of Ashmita Boopathy and Brooke Daniels emerged with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at second doubles.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers