Saturday, November 12, 2022

Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements - Dec 3

The Franklin Garden Club will sell decorated holiday wreaths and cemetery arrangements on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Daddario Hardware Store, 528 West Central Street, Franklin, MA.  

In addition, holiday fresh floral arrangements will be sold on Instagram beginning December 17. The Franklin Garden Club Instagram handle is @franklingardenclubma. The sales will benefit several different club activities.

The real wreaths will be decorated in a variety of colors and styles and will include eye-catching bows and other ornamentation. Many will include a variety of greens, as will the cemetery boxes.  All items will be reasonably priced from $25 - $40.  The floral arrangements, created with fresh flowers and greens, will feature either holiday or winter themes and will be priced from $15 - $40.

Payment for the wreaths and centerpieces may be made through credit card, check, cash, or Venmo.

Club Co-Presidents Janice Cederquist and Mary Anne Dean stated, “We are very excited to offer area residents the opportunity to purchase beautiful holiday wreaths and arrangements created by members of the Franklin Garden Club.  This will help those who may not have the time to decorate their own wreaths or make arrangements, while also assisting the Club." 

All proceeds will benefit Garden Club activities, including the Club scholarship, pine tree seedling program for elementary school students, some of the Franklin Common and library plantings, and education programs open to the public. 

The Franklin Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements
Franklin Garden Club to Sell Decorated Holiday Wreaths and Arrangements 

Annual Christmas on the Common - Nov 27 at 4 PM

For the young and young at heart, Santa arrives on the Town Common, Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 4 PM. He is reported to be arriving via a special Franklin fire truck. Will Mrs. Claus be with him too?

Christmas on the Town Common - Nov 27 at 4 PM
Christmas on the Town Common - Nov 27 at 4 PM

Sponsored by Concerts on the Common. Donations to help with this and the Town Common decorations are appreciated. Checks can be mailed to 

"Concerts on the Common"
PO Box 92
Franklin, MA 02038
Download the flyer as a reminder of this special event

FHS girls and boys cross country run the MIAA Division 1 meet; Alex Batla qualifies for State meet

MIAA DIVISION 1 MEET - 11/11/22 Wrentham Developmental Center

Div 1A Girls

Final Standings Score Scoring Order Total Avg. Spread

12 Franklin     297     15-45-67-82-88(91)(105) 1:43:07 20:38 2:38.6

Athlete     Yr. # Team Score Time Avg. Mile 3K

15 Batla , Alexandra  JR 416 Franklin     15 19:00.1 6:06.6 11:30.2

46 Morrison , Fiona SO 420 Franklin     45 20:10.4 6:29.2 12:17.5 

70 Tighe, Ashley SR 423 Franklin     67 20:45.5 6:40.5 12:45.8 

85 Walbert , Carli SO 424 Franklin     82 21:31.6 6:55.3 12:47.5 

91 Sweeney , Katie JR 422 Franklin     88 21:38.7 6:57.6 13:13.3

94 Matteson , Emily JR 418 Franklin     91 21:41.1 6:58.3 13:08.2 

108 Mann , Mackenzie SR 417 Franklin     105 22:21.7 7:11.4 13:37.8 

Div 1A Boys

Final Standings Score Scoring Order Total Avg. Spread

22 Franklin         665     122-130-136-138-139(143)(150)1:30:32     18:07 0:17.1

Athlete     Yr. # Team Score Time Avg. Mile 3K

123 Pink, Jonathan SO 413 Franklin     122 17:55.2 5:45.7 10:58.5

131 Diehl, Joshua JR 408 Franklin     130 18:03.1 5:48.3 10:58.1 

137 Vaccarezza, Jake SR 414 Franklin     136 18:10.3 5:50.6 11:01.3 

139 Boozang, William SR 407 Franklin       138 18:10.7 5:50.7 10:58.7

141 Apicella, Tyler SR 405 Franklin        139 18:12.2 5:51.2 11:01.1

145 Nisbett, Aidan SR 411 Franklin     143 18:18.7 5:53.3 11:12.2

152 Giuliano, Sean SR 409 Franklin     150 18:33.1 5:57.9 11:22.1

Full results can be found online at

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS field hockey and football teams end playoff runs on Friday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, November 11, 2022. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below. 


Football = Division 1 = #8 Methuen, 28 @ #1 Franklin, 24 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Shane Eason 2-yard rush, 2-point conversion good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jase Lyons 35-yard pass to Luke Davis, Garrett Portesi XP good; (F) L. Davis 24-yard interception return, G. Portesi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) G. Portesi 30-yard field goal; (M) S. Eason 71-yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Drew Eason 5-yard pass to S. Eason, Conversion failed; (F) J. Lyons 22-yard pass to Derek Dubriske, G. Portesi XP good; (M) D. Eason 2-yard rush, XP good.

Field Hockey = Division 1 = #5 Franklin, 1 @ #4 Wachusett, 2 – Final

"AMAZING TEAM EFFORT!! Even though we lost 2-1 today I’m most PROUD of my team for how they played.. they played hard.. fought back.. and NEVER GAVE UP!  As a coach you can’t ask for more than that! I love you all & thank you for all your hard work & dedication this season."
Franklin HS Field Hockey
 Franklin HS Field Hockey

For other results around the Hockomock League ->

More Perfect Union: 063 - Jury Duty (audio)

In this episode, the group discusses Jury Duty; how the system works, their personal experiences and stories with the court system, how a jury reaches a decision and so much more. 

Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)
Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)
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Discussing American Politics and Current Events
Peter Fasciano, Dr. Michael Walker Jones, Dr. Natalia Linos, Jeff Roy, Chris Woolf and Nick Remissong host a round table discussion on current events and American politics, bringing about thoughtful conversation, compelling discourse, and a look at what the future might hold for the United States.
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The TED Interview: "A future without pandemics? with Mark Smolinski"

"In 2011, when medical doctor and epidemiologist Mark Smolinski was working as a science advisor for the blockbuster film “Contagion,” the film ran a campaign that asked communities: “What are you gonna do to prepare for the next pandemic?” 
A decade later, as the president of Ending Pandemics–a social venture that aims to predict, detect, and prevent disease outbreaks on our planet– Mark is still thinking about how we can rid the world of pandemic disease. 
In this episode, Mark shares why we use big data to track disease, explains how our interconnected ecosystems shape public health, talks about why ending pandemics is an achievable goal, and argues that local communities are the ones who can lead the way in understanding–and preventing–the spread of illness."
Listen to this episode online here or search for it in your favorite podcast app

Department of Public Utilities Approves New Wave of Grid Modernization Investments

"The Department of Public Utilities last month approved plans from the state’s three largest electric utilities to invest more than $450 million to modernize grid technologies from 2022 through 2025.

Under the three-year plans, the electric distributors will expand grid monitoring, communication and automation technologies to increase the safety and reliability of the Massachusetts electric power system, state officials said.

NSTAR Electric, National Grid and Unitil had each filed their grid modernization plans last year."

Continue reading the article at Mass Municipal Association ->

The DPU website has additional information

Department of Public Utilities Approves New Wave of Grid Modernization Investments
Department of Public Utilities Approves New Wave of Grid Modernization Investments

Join RIF for our Every Book is a Math Book webinar!

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Join RIF for our Every Book is a Math Book webinar!

You are invited to join Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) for a special webinar for educators focused on how books can support math learning. Register today and tune in to Every Book is a Math Book on Wednesday, November 16, from 7 – 8 PM ET. 

During this interactive webinar, educators will learn how to use books from their classroom library to engage students in math problem-solving. Picture books are an excellent resource that help students identify mathematical problems in everyday life, including number sense, geometry, measurement, and algebraic thinking. 

We'll be joined by special guest and educational consultant Kelly Harmon, MAEd, who will model how to guide students through using literature to promote math learning and provide examples to illustrate the concept of math through literature.

Don't miss this unique chance to learn how to use books in innovative and creative ways with your students! This webinar is part of RIF's "Every Book Counts" webinar series, which is dedicated to the power of books across disciplines. 

Happy reading,

The RIF Team