Saturday, December 17, 2022

Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting - Dec 20 at 6 PM

Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting
FHS Media Center 
Dec 20, 2022 - 6 PM

"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
● Check-in
● Why Redistricting
● Review of Timeline
● Guiding Principles
● App Geo Presentation
o Current District Map
o Overview of Components as building blocks for scenarios
● Advisory Group Discussion
o Component Review
● Wrap-up/Feedback
● Adjourn

Agenda doc includes remote connection info ->

Redistricting Analysis FAQs were posted 12/15/22

Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting - Dec 20 at 6 PM
Redistricting Advisory Committee Meeting - Dec 20 at 6 PM

What is on your "watch list" of Franklin topics for 2023? (survey)

The Storm water fee will start in July 2023 and before time that we should get an update from the Town of Franklin on what permeable pavers will be permitted to allow homeowners to reduce their impermeable pavement and reduce their storm water footprint.

The "watch list" of Franklin topics will get updated for 2023 as we close out calendar year 2022. Storm water has been on the list for a couple of years. 
  • Will storm water remain on the watch list? 
  • What else should be on the watch list? 

Storm water fee information 

The map of the impervious area for each property

** Please respond to the survey to add your items to the "Watch List" for 2023 **
Share this link with your friends & neighbors ->

What is on your "watch list" of Franklin topics for 2023? (survey)
What is on your "watch list" of Franklin topics for 2023? (survey)

FHS girls & boys basketball and wrestling teams post wins on Friday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, December 16, 2022. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 58 @ King Philip, 50 – Final 
– Franklin finally pulled away in the fourth quarter, shaking an upset-minded King Philip squad, to grab a 58-50 win on the road. The Panthers led by two at the end of the first quarter (13-11) and halftime (24-22), and carried a three-point lead into the fourth quarter (40-37). Justin Allen hit a pair of key three-pointers in the fourth, Hansy Jacques had six of his 10 points in the frame, and the Panthers got a bucket each from Bradley Herndon, Ben Harvey (13 points), and Sean O’Leary (14 points) to close out the win. After a quiet first half, King Philip senior Will Laplante scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half while Tommy Kilroy added a career-high 12 points.

Girls Basketball = King Philip, 43 @ Franklin, 54 – Final 
– Thanks to a strong first half, Franklin picked up a second straight home win to start the season and kept alive its league win streak to 44 games. The Panthers jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and extended it to 31-15 going into the locker room. Sophomore Chloe Fales (career-high 16 points) and Katie Peterson (14 points) combined for 15 in the opening half and Caelyn Leonard buried a pair of threes and scored all eight of her points in the first. KP picked up its offense in the second half, and cut the lead to as little as seven points, but Franklin held on to secure the victory. Emily Sawyer scored 16 points, including eight in the third. Jackie Bonner had 13 points and Maddie Paschke added 11 in the loss.

Wrestling = Silver Lake Quad (Franklin)
Great quad at silver lake, team went 2-1. Undefeated performances by Riley Carlucci,Alex Foley, Will Pritoni, Jack Sauer, Jack Rosenberg 
Outstanding wrestler goes to captain Alex Foley #whosnext

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

RIP: FHS Track Coach Latif Thomas - Dec 7, 2022

"Latif Cornel Thomas, 44, of North Attleboro, MA passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

Over the years, Latif served as a coach of the sprints, hurdles and jumps at North Attleboro High School, Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA and Franklin High School in Franklin, MA. Latif also served as co-director of the annual Complete Track and Field Clinic held at Harvard University. During his tenure he hosted over 1,300 high school sprinters, hurdlers and runners from all 50 states and 12 countries.

Dyer-Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Services - N. Attleboro
161 Commonwealth Avenue
Attleboro Falls, MA

Dec. 20, 2022
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"Memorial Chapel" of Dyer-Lake Funeral Home

Please omit flowers. In lieu of flowers family and friends are welcome to contribute to Maya's college fund by going to and entering the code X2V-P34."

The full obituary can be found online ->

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Town Council approves open space purchase, Town Administrator contract, annual alcohol license renewals, and more (audio)

FM #900 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 900 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. All 9 members of the Council were present in the Council Chambers.

Quick recap:


a. Mark LePage - Conservation Commission

b. Alison Rheaume - Disability Commission

c. Francesca Ricci - Disability Commission

d. Lloyd (Gus) Brown - Sealer of Weights and Measures


a. 2023 Annual Alcohol License Renewals - See attached 2023 Town of Franklin Alcohol Licenses Renewals


a. Franklin Library Association Presentation of Gift - Scott Nolan, President, FLA

b. Snow Removal Presentation: Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi, Director of Public Works

Legislation for Action

d. Resolution 22-88: Local Acceptance of MGL Ch40, Section 5B, Fourth Paragraph

e. Resolution 22-89: Creation of the Massachusetts Statewide Opioid Settlement Stabilization Fund, as Authorized b GL Chapter 40, Section 5B

f. Resolution 22-90: Authorization of and Appropriation for Purchase of Three Parcels of Unimproved Land 

g. Resolution 22-91: Authorization for Town Administrator to Submit American Rescue Plan Act Applications to Norfolk County 

i. Resolution 22-95: Gift Acceptance - Recreation Department ($109,832.25)

Executive session, return approx. 35 mins later

b. Resolution 22-94: Salary Schedule: Full-Time Elected Official - Town Clerk 

a. Vote on approving Administrator contract, subject to Executive Session outcome

i. Legislation for action: 1. Resolution 22-93: Approval of Town Administrator’s Contract 

The recording runs about 2 hours and 16 minutes, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on December 14, 2022. (Due to the Executive Session, approx. 35 minutes, the total time on Wednesday was longer. The recording excludes the Executive Session but does include the return to open meeting).

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda and documents released for this session ->

The Snow presentation ->

Watch the Franklin.TV video replay on YouTube ->

My notes in one threaded PDF document -> 


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Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda & Documents for Dec 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda & Documents for Dec 14, 2022 7:00 PM

Badminton, Basketball, & Co-ed Volleyball Starting Soon

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Build your strong foundation in the basics of volleyball. The mechanics of passing, setting, and spiking will be the focus, as well as the importance of good positioning. A fun, competitive time for all!
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Badminton is a racquet sport played by two people or four people. Unlike other racquet sports, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock – a cone-shaped projectile that moves differently than a ball - the ideal sport for those who like to be kept on their toes.
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Try something new! In this class, you will learn basic swings, footwork, and the rules of badminton. You will have the opportunity to practice and build skills.
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For more class options & additional details visit:

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Franklin Police Media Release - Accidental Death - 12/16/22

On December 16, 2022, at approximately 6:32 AM, Franklin Police and Fire Department units were dispatched to 176 Grove Street, XPO Logistics, for a report of a person down and not breathing. Emergency crews provided medical treatment and the individual was transported to the Milford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Initial indications at the scene are that the male was struck by a truck delivering a dumpster. There are no charges or citations in place at this time but the incident remains under investigation by the Franklin Police Detective Unit, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Accidental Death - 12/16/22
Accidental Death - 12/16/22

Shared from Town of Franklin ->

Senate Passes Bill Supporting Parents Running for Public Office

Legislation would recognize child care costs as a valid campaign expense

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would support parents running for public office by recognizing childcare as a valid campaign expense.

“Public service is a personal choice made more complicated and daunting for working parents, especially women, who face the added costs of childcare,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “While we’ve made great strides in diversifying our electoral representation in Massachusetts, there is much more we can do to make the decision to run for office easier for people with kids. I want to thank Senator Jehlen for championing this issue and look forward to it advancing in the legislative process.”

“This bill would break down a major barrier to open elective office to people who have traditionally not had that opportunity,” said Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Sommerville), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. “Many of us currently in office would not be here today if we didn't have trusted people taking care of our kids while we knocked doors for our first campaigns. Allowing campaign finances to be used for child care means that more people in our communities can participate than ever before and amplify the voices of those who have previously not been heard.”

Under the bill, a political candidate would be able to expend campaign funds for childcare costs, using money raised in support of a political campaign. The bill tasks the Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance with the creation of regulation to oversee the implementation of this change.

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

Senate Passes Bill Supporting Parents Running for Public Office
Senate Passes Bill Supporting Parents Running for Public Office

Congressman Jake Auchincloss: An Update for Nov 21 to Dec 9



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

On the Hill


Respect for Marriage Act: Last Thursday, I was excited to join my colleagues in voting to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which President Biden signed into law. I celebrated this historic vote on the House floor with my trailblazing predecessor, Barney Frank. This critical law ensures that all Americans have the right to marry whom they love by making marriage equality and interracial marriage the law of the land.

Protecting Offshore Wind: Last week, my continued advocacy helped ensure a win for offshore wind development in Massachusetts and across the country. The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was intended to include a well-intentioned, but poorly considered, provision that would have prevented the U.S. offshore wind industry from reaching President Biden's goal of 30 gigawatts by 2030. Over the course of the last year, I led 30 of my colleagues in advocacy to remove the provision, which officially succeeded this week.

The southern part of our district holds massive potential for offshore wind energy and economic development. I will continue to fight for the clean energy and green jobs that offshore wind promotes.

Gun Violence Prevention: I, along with fellow members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, met with the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the Justice Department. We discussed his enforcement of regulations we passed in the bipartisan gun safety bill we passed earlier this year as well as the concerning rise of ghost guns. Ghost guns are assembled by consumers after purchasing different components of the gun from different vendors.

I am committed to ensuring illegal guns, whether assembled commercially or individually, stay off the streets and out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

Make your voice heard → The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House last week. I was the only Democratic veteran to vote against it. The bill currently totals $857 billion, representing an $80 billion increase over the previous year. I am a proud supporter of a strong and growing U.S. military, but the spending needs to be reined in. The Pentagon is the biggest bureaucracy in the world, and it can do 10% more with 10% less — but Congress needs to force the issue.

What do you think?

Do you support reducing the defense budget?

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Around the Fourth


Small Business Saturday: I celebrated Small Business Saturday by stopping by some local businesses with Teddy. We went holiday shopping for Toys for Tots at Henry's Bear Park in Newtonville. I also visited Viva Fall River and met Executive Director Patti Rego, who won the 2022 Gateway Cities Innovation Award. This award recognizes Patti's exceptional contributions to one of the state's Gateway Cities - Fall River. Small businesses need our support, and while I'm working to support them in Congress, I urge you to support them this holiday season by shopping local.

EPA Funding Announcement: On Friday, I joined EPA Regional Director David Cash, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Paul Coogan, State Senator Mike Rodrigues, and State Representative Carole Fiola in Fall River to announce $14 million in federal funding for Fall River. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is also investing over $7 million. These funds will help de-lead Fall River's drinking water and purchase electric school buses. As I said in my remarks to Fall River students: this is government at work, for you.

The mayor's remarks were especially poignant. The days of Fall River being left behind or counted out, he said, are over.





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