Saturday, September 10, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022

School Committee - Meeting Agenda

Municipal Building - Council Chambers (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence
I. Routine Business
  • A. Review of Agenda
  • B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
  • C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
  • D. FHS Student Representative Comments
  • E. Superintendent’s Report
II. Guests/Presentations
  • A. DLI Presentation
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy Second Readings/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed: 
  • ADC – Tobacco Products on School Premises Prohibited 
  • AC - Nondiscrimination
  • ACAB - Harassment Including Sexual Harassment
B. Elimination of Policies
I recommend eliminating the following Policies as discussed:
  • ACAB-RI - Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination
  • ACAB-R2 - Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Sexual Harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
IV. Discussion Only Items
  • A. New Superintendent Induction Program Introduction & Transition Plan – Dr. Michael Sullivan
V. Information Matters
  • A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
  • B. School Committee Liaison Reports
VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
  • I recommend approval of the minutes from the August 23, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Keller Gift
  • I recommend acceptance of a check for $449.71 from O’Connor Portraiture for in-house enrichment as detailed.
VII. Citizen’s Comments
VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items
IX. Adjournment
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Sep 13, 2022

Town Council hears from new Dean leadership and get a drought status update (audio)

FM #840 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 840 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. 

The recording runs two hours, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on September 7, 2022. Audio file ->


Meeting agenda =>

My notes -> 

The meeting video is also available for viewing on YouTube 


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DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi & Water Superintendent Doug Martin
DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi & Water Superintendent Doug Martin

Dean College President Kenneth Elmore J.D. and Chancellor Edward M. Augustus, Jr
Dean College President Kenneth Elmore J.D. and Chancellor Edward M. Augustus, Jr

Franklin Public Schools: Space Needs & Facilities Assessment Subcommittee - Sep 13 at 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
Space Needs & Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

September 13, 2022
6:00 - 6:45 P.M.
Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Conference Room


"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be  discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

● Call to Order

● Follow-up on RFP Assessment

● Redistricting Advisory Committee Interest Form Follow-up

● Planning Next Steps

● Adjourn

FHS girls soccer and football teams posts wins on Friday posted the results of Hockomock League competition on Friday, Sep 9, 2022. We share the FHS results here and provide the link to the full set below. 

Football = Franklin, 32 @ Wachusett, 22 – Final
  • 1Q: (W) McGeary 3-yard rush, XP good; (F) Jase Lyons 65-yard pass to Luke Davis, Garrett Portesi XP good.
  • 2Q: (W) Wachusett touchdown, XP good; (F) G. Portesi 30-yard field goal. (F) J. Lyons 60-yard pass to L. Davis, XP failed.
  • 3Q: (F) J. Lyons 35-yard pass to L. Davis, XP failed; (F) G. Portesi field goal.
  • 4Q: (W) McDonald rush, McGeary 2pt rush; (F) Mike Davide 4-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good.

Boys Soccer = Franklin 1, @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final 
– Oliver Ames raced out to a three-goal lead by halftime and then tacked on two goals inside the final 15 minutes to secure a 5-1 win over Franklin in its season opener. Five different players scored for the Tigers, starting with a goal just over five minutes into the game. Sophomore Luke Churchill lifted a ball over the top of the defense and junior Ryan Linhares ran onto it and calmly chipped the oncoming keeper on the bounce. Less than 10 minutes later, sophomore Casey Milliken played in a through ball to junior Ryan Carney and he finished low to the far post. OA made it 3-0 in the 35th minute as Hector Bucio was first to a corner from Linhares, hitting a low one-timer into the back of the net from inside the area.

Franklin had a strong start to the second half and played equal to the hosts. The Panthers pulled one back in the 47th minute after good pressure from juniors Andrew O’Neill and Hansy Jacques ended up in a combination between the two and the latter smashed a low left-footed shot off the far post and in. After some more even play, OA cashed in on a Franklin turnover. Andrew Martins took down a failed clearance connected with Milliken, who fired a cross/shot that was spilled in the area and Mirray Dasilva was first to the loose ball and fired it in. Michael MacAdam came up with a turnover at midfield and quickly hit a counter pass up to Milliken that drew Franklin goalie Griffin Tolonen well off his line. Tolonen got the ball but it deflected right to Martins, who passed one into the back of the net.

Girls Soccer = Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap:
"When Franklin head coach Tom Geysen left practice on Thursday evening, he didn’t know what to expect from his team when it lined up to face Oliver Ames in the season opener. Once things kicked off for real though, the Panthers eased their coach’s fears and welcomed him back to the sidelines with a win.

Franklin scored twice in the opening half and used its typically stout defense to earn a 2-0 victory over a young Tigers team, winning Friday afternoon’s battle of defending league champions at Pisini Field.

“I knew what was going to happen in the second half because that’s how they play and I told these kids ahead of time, they’re going to play long ball, they’re going to push to the wings, and that’s what they did,” said Geysen, who was forced to miss last season because of health issues. “I thought defensively, the kids in the back played really well.”
Continue reading the game recap online ->

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Franklin senior Norah Anderson makes a tackle in the penalty area, denying Oliver Ames a scoring opportunity in the season opener. (Josh Perry/
Franklin senior Norah Anderson makes a tackle in the penalty area, denying Oliver Ames a scoring opportunity in the season opener. (Josh Perry/

Broadway's Sara Jean Ford to appear as Maria in The Sound of Music

Sara Jean Ford
Sara Jean Ford
Announcing the cast and creative team for The Sound of Music! October 14-23 at THE BLACK BOX! Sara Jean Ford (Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, CATS, How to Succeed…, A Little Night Music) stars as Maria Rainer opposite FPAC’s Nick Paone as Captain von Trapp. Featuring Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Broadway’s Hairspray, Finian’s Rainbow, Off Broadway’s Bat Out of Hell) as Max, Jillian Paige as Elsa, and Shauna Martin as Mother Abbess. 

FPAC’s production will be directed by Raye Lynn Mercer featuring choreography by Christopher Rice-Thomson (Broadway’s Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman, Hamilton Tour) and music direction by Hallie Wetzell.

The von Trapp family will be played by FPAC Apprentices Tatiana McAlpine (Liesl), Mason Sanford (Friedrich), Finley Doherty (Louisa), Julian DiChiara (Kurt), Aida DiChiara (Brigitta), Colette Levliere (Marta), and Catherine Cornwell (Gretl) with John Fitzhenry as Rolf Gruber.

Tickets on sale now at or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370!

SAFE Coalition seeks community partners to help support their key programs

Have you been thinking about supporting your little community? 

We are actively looking for community partnerships to support our amazing and life-changing programming! Reach out to us today to learn about these opportunities!
  • Afterschool Teen Program
  • Transportation services
  • Medical Support Staff
  • Harm Reduction Care
For more information on how to support these programs please reach out to Jennifer Knight-Levine at 

SAFE Coalition seeks community partners to help support their key programs
SAFE Coalition seeks community partners to help support their key programs

Franklin Boys Hockey schedules their Annual Bottle/Can & Food Pantry Drive!

Franklin Boys Hockey 
Annual Bottle/Can & Food Pantry Drive! 

is just days away so start gathering your items!!

When: 9/17 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Pirelli Rink

Franklin Boys Hockey schedules their Annual Bottle/Can & Food Pantry Drive!
Franklin Boys Hockey schedules their Annual Bottle/Can & Food Pantry Drive!

Dan Rather: Toddler In Chief

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Dan Rather: Toddler In Chief

Toddler In Chief

Mine, mine, mine, mine

Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images
(Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

"Me, me, me, me..."
"My, my, my, my..."
"Mine, mine, mine..."

You don't have to listen to Donald Trump for very long to discern a worldview that is completely and utterly egocentric. 

He has gallivanted through a life made possible by his daddy's money (nevermind the shadows under which it was accumulated). He has exploited a business and social structure designed to cater to, indulge, and excuse men like him. He is driven only by quenching his basest desires. 

And over and over again, Donald Trump has gotten away with it — like a young child who has been given (and has taken) everything without ever being told "no."

Now he is being indulged by an entire political party. And like a misbehaving toddler, his disruptive antics have spread to others. They mimic his temper tantrums. Chaos escalates.  

Except this is not a preschool classroom, it is a nation. 

Petulance is not measured in hoarded blocks and broken crayons but in the demise of our democratic order. 

"My top secret documents..." 
"My judges..."
"My people..."

Trump sees a simplistic binary world where everyone is either there to serve his needs or they are the enemy. Material possessions are to be accumulated and used however he sees fit — according to the metric of personal benefit. 

The way our system of government aspires to work is that the law applies evenly to all citizens. Sadly, history has shown time and again how far from that reality we often are as a nation. But the principle of "equal justice under the law" is fundamental to the American ideal, and we as a people overwhelmingly believe in striving for it.

Trump and his acolytes do not even pay lip service to it. There is no "my fellow citizens," no commonality. He expects to exist in an alternate universe. By his formulation, the law applies only to "thee" as in us, and never to "me," as in him. 

This mindset was destructive enough when it drove the decision-making in the Oval Office. Since Trump's defeat in the 2020 election, the danger in some ways has escalated. The truth is that the president of the United States is afforded many special privileges and powers. But they reside in the office and not the person. Donald Trump is no longer president. And yet the court ruling from a judge he appointed runs roughshod over this democratic principle. 

Trump's motives for hoarding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago are unknown. Recent reporting that they contained some of this nation's most sensitive secrets raises very disturbing ramifications. But regardless of what Trump was doing, one thing we can say for certain is he believes the rules don't apply to him. 

He believes he can lose a free and fair election and meet that fate with lies — the first president in American history to not accept defeat. 

He believes he can foment violence without consequence to himself. 

He believes he can blow up our institutions of governance with impunity.

And if you judge by his legions of apologists and lackeys, he is correct. They are happy to excuse his behavior or just look the other way. It's why people like Senator Marco Rubio are eager to blame federal law enforcement for what he deems the minor infraction of a private citizen keeping highly classified documents in an insecure location for who knows what motive. "I don't think a fight over the storage of documents is worthy of what they've done," he said recently. The storage of documents? Is that really what we're talking about? Of course not. And of course Rubio had a very different take when we were talking about Hillary Clinton for a far less serious infraction. 

We have seen some version of the same excuse each and every time Trump has blown past what had been the limits of accepted behavior. Because it's Trump, they say it's okay. Everything he does is okay. 

We saw it in the run-up to the 2016 election. We've seen it in the lies too numerous to count, the unstable actions, and the pernicious divisiveness. Heck, we saw it with two impeachment trials. It's happened over and over again. It's like a preschool teacher saying, in effect, "Oh that's just Donnie being Donnie." Except every preschool teacher or responsible parent I know understands you can't do that. 

Actions must have consequences if order, rules, and laws are to hold. The Department of Justice and other prosecutors can say, "No, you can't do that." Juries, including grand juries, can, too. And so can voters. Elections, after all, also have consequences.

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Attention Franklin Seniors: Flu Clinic with free high dose flu vaccine for those 65+

Attention Franklin Seniors: Flu Clinic with free high dose flu vaccine for those 65+
Attention Franklin Seniors: Flu Clinic with free high dose flu vaccine for those 65+

Friday, September 9, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Sep 9, 2022 to Sep 15, 2022

Farmers Market today, Cultural Festival Saturday, Second Sunday Speaker at the Historical Museum on Sunday, and something almost everyday of the week... it is indeed September and things are happening in and around Franklin! #artshappeninghere

Friday, September 9

9:00am - 9/11 Remembrance (Franklin Senior Center)

2:00pm - Farmers Market (Franklin Town Common)

6:00pm - Hit the Bus (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Santa Foundation fund raiser (ticketed event) (La Cantina Winery)

Saturday, September 10

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

12:00pm - 2022 Cultural Festival (Franklin Town Common)

12:00pm - Cultural Festival - features food trucks, beer & wine garden, artisan vendors, nonprofit alley and entertainment (see Main Stage listing) (Franklin Town Common)

12:00pm - Main Stage: FHS Theatre Company performs "Cinderella Medley"

12:45pm - Main Stage: Onot Isreali Dance Troupe

1:30pm - Main Stage: Ron Reid's Sunsteel Quartet

2:45pm - Main Stage: Indian Wedding Showcase

3:45pm - Main Stage: She Grooves 

4:30pm - Main Stage: Eguie Castrillo Salsa Orchestra

6:00pm - Patrick Durkin (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Sunday, September 11

10:00am - 125 Anniversary Celebration Worship Service (St John’s Episcopal)

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:15pm - Second Sunday Speaker: Maureen Taylor, Photo Detective (Franklin Historical Museum)

Tuesday, September 13

7:00pm - FBRTC Meeting (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm - Yankee Quilters (Emma’s Quilt Cupboard) 

Wednesday, September 14 7:00pm - Newcomers & Friends meeting (Escape into Fiction) Thursday, September 15 8:30am - Town Council Office Hours (Senior Center) 6:00pm - Kendo (live music) (La Cantina Winery) 7:00pm - 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node (virtual meeting)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

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

What's happening at the Franklin Cultural Festival on Saturday? Download this 1 sheet guide

This one sheet PDF document combines the info you need to be aware on 
  • where to park
  • the schedule for the Main Stage 
  • the layout of the Cultural Festival on the Town Common

Fortunately, we have a beautiful weather forecast for Saturday. There is plenty to do and see for all ages as Franklin celebrates "Community Unity"

What's happening at the Franklin Cultural Festival on Saturday? Download this 1 sheet guide
What's happening at the Franklin Cultural Festival on Saturday? Download this 1 sheet guide

2022 Hockomock Football: Players to Watch on Defense - FHS' Quintina has published its listing of Football Defense Players to Watch for the fall 2022 season. We share the FHS athlete and link to the full listing below.


Franklin had its best season in over a decade last year, and it had one of the most dynamic offenses in the state. But the Panthers also had a terrific defense, allowing just over 15 points per game (and an even more impressive just 10.4 against in league play). The Panthers have some key pieces from that defense back this year, including middle linebacker Nick Quintina. At 5’10, 205 pounds, Quintina isn’t the biggest linebacker out there but he does it all for the Panthers. He’s good when he drops back and helps in pass coverage, does a nice job reading the play against the run, and can get downhill to attack the ball carrier. If Franklin looks to make it back-to-back Kelley-Rex division title, they’ll need more of the same from their defense, and having Quintina in the heart of it will certainly help.

For the full listing of  Football Defense players to watch in the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview - Franklin has published its outlook for the Field Hockey teams for the fall 2022 season. We share the FHS outlook and link to the full Hockomock League outlook below.

2021 Record: 20-2-0 (Kelley-Rex champion)
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Final Four
Coach: Michelle Hess

Franklin had one of the most dynamic offenses last season, not only in the Hockomock League where they went 16-0, but also one of the best in the entire state as they reached the Division 1 state semifinals.

What’s good news for Franklin is bad news for everyone else: the Panthers have nearly their entire attacking group back ready to make another run at a state title. The offense will be anchored by Kaitlyn Carney, the 2021 HockomockSports Player of the Year, who scored a league-best 37 goals and added 18 assists. Franklin also has dynamic forward Shaw Downing back fresh off a 20-goal, nine-assist season a year ago. The attack will also feature junior Sophia Cuneo, sophomore Haley Wernig, and sophomore Raena Campbell.

One area that will have some new faces is the defensive unit after the Panthers lose two of the best defenders in the league in Kendall Jones and Kate O’Rourke. Head coach Michelle Hess is looking for Ella Mahoney to anchor the group after starting last year while freshman Devon Barry joins Megan Sullivan and Chloe Strassner as the goalies on the roster.

“After graduating five seniors and winning the Kelley-Rex Division, we are looking forward to defending our three-year title and working hard towards being four-peat champions,” Hess said.

Continue reading the full field hockey preview online ->

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers