Saturday, October 1, 2022

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - Agenda for Oct 4 session includes Schmidt's Farm purchase

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd Floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street

1. Approval of Minutes
a. June 7, 2022

2. Chapter 61, Town’s Right of First Refusal to Purchase Approx. 113 Acres of Land off 215 Prospect Street. Discussion and vote on recommending use of CPA funding for purchase to the Town Council.

3. Community Preservation Master Plan v. 2
a. Request for Appropriation: $50,000 for the Red Brick Schoolhouse
b. Other project updates:
i. Nason Street Tot Lot
ii. Historical Museum Cupola
iii. King Street Memorial Park
iv. Townwide Open Space & Recreational Plan
v. State Matching Fund update

Agenda doc and remote connection info

cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum
cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum

Author Visits scheduled for Franklin Middle Schools Oct 25-27

Horace Mann MS (@HMMSLightning) tweeted Fri, Sep 30, 2022:
Exciting news! We'll welcome @LeslieConnor29 to HMMS in October - this will be her second tour of the middle schools and our first IN PERSON author in two years! 
Be sure to read before her visit @EscapeIntoFictn @FrkPublicLib

Shared from Twitter ->

Author Tour scheduled for Middle Schools Oct 25-27
Author Tour scheduled for Middle Schools Oct 25-27

Town Council Quarterbacking: the short version of Wednesday's (Sep 28, 2022) Council meeting (audio)

FM #854 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 854 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of Sep 28, 2022

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics


a. Agricultural Commission - Daniel Morse

b. Conservation Commission - Meghann Hagen

c. Council on Aging - Kimberly Mu-Chow

d. Finance Committee - Michael Hamilton


a. Resolution 22-61: Direction for Issuance of Request for Proposals for Town Property Containing "South Franklin Congregational Meeting House" Located at 762 Washington Street (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-61 - Majority Vote) 


a. Bylaw Amendment 22-880: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Article IV, Stopping, Standing and Parking, §170-15 Parking Prohibitions and Limitations, D. Parking Prohibited, Downtown Parking Map

Municipal aggregation protects Franklin residents from the proposed NationalGrid electric rate increase

Touch a truck – Oct 15 (10 AM to 2 PM)

Red Brick School exterior renovation underway

State flag resolution request – Oct 19 state legislation (Roy, Rausch, & Spilka) visits Council

Harvest Festival – Sat Oct 1, rain date Oct 2

Our conversation runs about 27 minutes:

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 

Let’s listen to this session of Town Council Quarterbacking recorded Sep 29, 2022


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South Meeting House
Old South Meeting House, Washington St

FHS girls and boys soccer, golf, field hockey, and football teams all post wins on Friday posted the results of Hockomock League competition on Friday, Sep 30, 2022. We share the FHS results here and provide the link to the full set below.

Boys Soccer = Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– In a battle of the top two teams in the Kelley-Rex division, Franklin used a late-winner to take over first place in the division at the midway point of the season. The Panthers got off to a great start at home as Trey Lovell finished off an assist from Will Kryzak in the sixth minute for the early lead. Attleboro junior Alex Vecchioli converted a pass from Esvin Morales to bring the visitors level in the 15th minute. The game stayed level for the majority of the game before Kryzak finished off a great pass from Andrew O’Neill in the 77th minute to secure the win.

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 
– Kelly O’Connor scored a pair of goals to help Franklin bounce back from its loss on Wednesday and to keep pace with KP in the league title race. It was an even first half, but the Panthers took the lead in the final five minutes, O’Connor nodding home a Bridget Leo corner. With Attleboro pushing for an equalizer, Franklin was able to strike twice more after the break. Anya Zub doubled the lead a little more than halfway through the second half, with O’Connor picking up the assist. O’Connor then secured her brace and her third point of the night with a goal with nine minutes to play. Alexis Campbell made six big saves that kept Attleboro in the game, while Rachel Welch made seven stops for the Panthers. Attleboro coach Steve Santos was proud of the way the team kept battling to the end.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 8 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 
– Holding a 3-0 lead at halftime, Franklin pulled away with two more goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth to finish with an 8-0 lead. Emily Carney scored a hat trick for the Panthers, scoring once in each of the first three quarters, while Payten Crandall had two goals and one assist in the win. Kaitlyn Carney (one assist), Haley Wernig, and Sydney Rogan (one assist) each scored once in the win. Devon Barry and Megan Sullivan (two saves) combined for the shutout in net.

Volleyball = Franklin, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final 
– Attleboro rattled off three straight points in the final set to turn a one-point deficit into a 3-2 (14-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13) win over visiting Franklin, giving the Bombardiers one of their biggest wins in program history. Julia Leonardo was a monster at the net for the Bombardiers, putting down 36 kills to go along with 20 digs to pace the attack, while Sadie Whiwtmarsh had a huge showing with 23 kills. Addie Shelton added 11 kills and 12 digs in the win. Natalie Brojek orchestrated the offense for the hosts, dishing out 49 assists to go along with 15 digs and three blocks.

Golf = Attleboro, 175 @ Franklin, 145 – Final 
– Brendan Collins had a consistent day out on the links, shooting a medalist round to lead the Panthers to a win over Attleboro. Collins carded a 36 to lead the way, CJ Steel shot a 38, and both Caden Sullivan (one birdie) and Jack Hagerty (one birdie) each came in at 38. Bradley Martin led the Bombardiers with a 43.

Football = Franklin, 21 @ North Attleboro, 20 – Final
1Q: (NA) Nathan Shultz 49-yard rush, Austin Clemente XP good; (F) Jase Lyons 24-yard pass to Derek Dubriske, Garrett Portesi XP good.
2Q: (F) J. Lyons 31-yard pass to Luke Davis, G. Portesi XP good; (F) J. Lyons 30-yard pass to Grayson Hunter, G. Portesi XP good.
3Q: (NA) Greg Berthiaume 7-yard rush, A. Clemente XP good.
4Q: (NA) Chase Frisoli 1-yard rush, Conversion failed.

Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap:
"When Cole Sidwell intercepted a pass inside his own 30 with 36 seconds remaining, the Franklin bench exploded onto the field assuming that the victory was sealed. But, two penalty flags sat on the Community Field grass and, after a lengthy discussion between the officials, off-setting penalties meant that North Attleboro would have one last chance.

Facing fourth and 13 from the Franklin 49, North quarterback Chase Frisoli dropped back one more time and fired a deep ball to Jovany Rivera down the right sideline. The North receiver had a step on the corner, but he just wasn’t able to haul in the pass.

After a giant exhale, the Franklin sideline exploded into life again, knowing that all it would take was one kneel down and the win was theirs. The Panthers survived Friday’s league opener 21-20, earning their first win at North since 1992.

“It’s two top 10 teams, Franklin coach Eain Bain said. “I don’t care if we won by half a point, as long as we get out of here with a win. We knew coming in here there would be adversity tonight, fortunately we took advantage of some things in the first half. As a team effort, I thought it was a great win.”

For other results around the Hockomock League

Luke Davis caught a first half touchdown, helping Franklin pull out its first win at North Attleboro since 1992. (Josh Perry/
Luke Davis caught a first half touchdown, helping Franklin pull out its first win at North Attleboro since 1992. (Josh Perry/

Harvest Festival re-scheduled for on Sunday, Oct 2 from noon to 5 PM

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is holding its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday from noon to 5 PM.

The map showing the location of vendors and activities downtown along Main St and West Central St is shared here. Page 2 is the vendor listing with where they are located by location #.
Due to the rain that is forecasted for Saturday, the FDP Harvest Festival will move to its rain date on Sunday, October 2. 

Please note that all other event logistics regarding set up times and booth locations will remain the same. 

We hope that your schedule will still allow you to participate. If you are a vendor that has a schedule conflict that will prevent you from participating in the event, please contact Harvest Festival Chair Scott Martin

Franklin Harvest Festival, map and vendor listing - Saturday, Oct 1; rain date, Oct 2
Franklin Harvest Festival, map and vendor listing - Saturday, Oct 1; rain date, Oct 2

The 55+ Health & Wellness Fair is Back, register now

Senate President Karen E. Spilka | Massachusetts State House, Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

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Town of Franklin: October 2022 E-Newsletter

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October 2022 Edition

Upcoming Election Information

The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 6am-8pm at Franklin High School GymnasiumIn person early voting will take place October 22 - November 4 (with the exception of Sundays) at the Franklin Municipal Building ONLY (355 East Central Street). There will be NO in person early voting at Franklin High School.

The Municipal Building in person early voting schedule is as follows...

Saturday, Oct. 22: 9am - 3pm

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8am - 4pm

Wednesdays: 8am - 6pm

Fridays: 8am - 1pm

Saturday, Oct. 29: 9am - 5pm

Please note that Oct. 29th is the last day to register to vote. You may check or update your information via the State's Online Voter Registration tool. For additional Election information, please visit the Town Clerk's webpage.

Your Energy Bill: Take a Peek Before the Peak

Concerned your energy bill may increase? Franklin Municipal Aggregation Customers Aren't!

With Franklin's Municipal Aggregation program, you don't have to worry. Residents who did not opt-out of our Municipal Aggregation program will NOT see an increase in the our contracted price of $0.10725 per kilowatt, which will remain through November 2023. Not sure if you opted out? Take a peek at your energy bill before peak energy usage increases over i the Winter. While National Grid delivers our energy, it is the supplier that we have contracted our pricing with that makes all the difference.

To find out if you're opted in, spot the extra column on your bill titled "Other Supplier Services" under your account balance section of your bill.

You can access a sample bill with a comparison here. If you wish to enroll you may OPT-IN at OR call Dynegy at (866)220-5696 and ask to be enrolled.

Department of Public Works

DPW Touch A Truck

Join the Franklin DPW for their Touch A Truck event on October 15 from 10am-2pm (rain date October 16). The event will feature a variety of various town trucks as well as some food trucks available. The Hydrant Painting winner will be announced during this event at noon. To be held 25 Public Works Way in Franklin!

Did someone say..."discounted compost bins"?

The Town of Franklin Solid Waste Division is offering a limited amount of discounted residential compost bins to the residents of Franklin. This offer is supported by a grant awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Sustainable Materials Recovery Program. 

Reach out to the Environmental Affairs Coordinator Derek Adams for more information. First come, first serve!

Franklin Public Schools 

Franklin Public Schools celebrated a successful start to the 22-23 school year. Special thank you to our Faculty as well as our Franklin Fire and Police departments for their assistance in coordinating safety drills and lockdowns across the district.

The Franklin School Committee will be at Harvest Fest on October 2 from 12pm-5pm. Visit their booth located in front of Rockland Trust. They'll have magnet calendars to giveaway. There is a limited supply so be sure to snag yours before they run out!

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

October 5 - A Wizards Mystery Party

The Wands of Procyon have been stolen and we need your help to find them! Question the suspects and put your detective skills to the test! Ideal for ages 8+. Begins at 1pm

October 22 - Trunk or Treat: Families!

Dress up and join us from 10:30am -12:30pm in the library parking lot for a safe, little-kid friendly afternoon of trick-or-treating in the daylight! In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors!

October 27 - Community Conversations

All are welcome to join us the last Thursday of each month at 6pm to unpack, discuss, and engage with topics relevant both within our community and beyond. Come with an open mind, leave with plenty of food for thought! October topic: The Politics of Book Banning. Remote participation is available by registering via this link.

Library Hours

The Library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Sunday hours are 1:30pm - 5pm. The library will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Indigenous People's Day.

Library Calendar of Events - October 2022

Free Family Fun in Franklin!

The Franklin Downtown Partnership will host its 19th annual Harvest Festival downtown on October 2 from 12pm-5pm. There will be vendor booths, entertainment, food, kids activities, balloon art, specials from downtown merchants, artwork and crafts. Looking to volunteer? Contact:

Join the Franklin Health Department for the 1st annual Fall Health Fair from 3pm-6pm on October 19 at the Franklin Public Library! The event will include multiple live performances, local vendors, health screenings, local health resources, exhibitors, free Night Owl Farm produce, food trucks, activities for kids, raffles & freebies, and much more! 

The Franklin Conservation Commission invites you to attend the DelCarte Fall Gathering on October 22 from 9am - 12pm. Activities include pumpkin painting, a Woods Walk, a meet and greet with Soil and Wetland Scientists, and more!

The Franklin Fire Department will host their annual Open House on October 29 from 10am - 2pm at their Head Quarters at 40 West Central St.!

Join the Franklin Police Department as they participate in the national "Faith & Blue" weekend in partnership with the Franklin Interfaith Council & the Church of Latter Day Saints. Join us at 91 Jordan Rd. in Franklin & run from 10-1pm. Activities include car seat installations, diaper drive, and a first responder touch a truck.

Veterans' Services & Senior Center

Senior Center

October 1-27 - Join us for a month long murder mystery at the Senior Center! Each week new clues arrive and you can become the detective you've always wanted to be! Submit who killed Mr. Noah Opinion by October 27!

October 6 - Get together at 4:30pm for a relaxing night out, you bring your friends, we'll bring the pasta. Together, we'll watch the new Marilyn Monroe Movie. $3/person. Call to register by October 5.

October 12 - Pathways to Healing Monthly Bereavement Group will meet at 1:30pm. The goal is to help you on your journey of healing after a loved one passes.

October 13 - The start of our new exercise dance class every Thursday going forward at 2pm. Only $3/person!

October 25 - Join us at 2:30pm for our Rainbow Café; where members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community for coffee, conversation, and friendship.

Mondays - Vinyasa Yoga Classes Mondays at 4:30pm $3/person.

Looking to lose some weight and be held accountable before the holidays? Join our 6 week Butterball Competition! Weekly weigh-ins, educational classes, and to top it off the winner wins the prize money and a Butterball turkey! $5/person to join! Starts the first week in October!

Questions? Contact the Senior Center Office at 508-520-4945 or online here.

Veterans' Services

October 5 – Monthly Coffee Social starts at 10am at the Senior Center. All veterans welcome!

October 15 – Bus Trip to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson from 8:30am - 1:45pm. Tickets are $15 and include the bus, admission and a box lunch and are only available at the Veterans' Services Office. Sign-up now as space is limited!

October 20 – Veterans' Council Meeting - 7 pm at the Senior Center.

Tune It Out Guitar Classes – Free weekly classes for veterans are held Tuesdays at 5:30pm at the Senior Center. No guitar experience needed.

RSVP – Rides for Veterans Program is looking for volunteer drivers to drive veterans to medical appointments. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed at $.40 per mile up to $300 per month. This is a flexible volunteer program. Drivers have the option of providing one or two-way rides and can say no when called and choose to provide a ride when it works with their schedule. If interested, please call Chris or Robert for details (781) 329-5728.

Contact the Veterans' Services Office at 508-613-1315 or access their department page to learn more.

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