Saturday, January 14, 2023

Franklin Public Schools: Redistricting Advisory Meeting - Jan 17 at 6 PM

Franklin School Committee
January 17, 2023 - 6:00 PM
FHS Media Center & Virtual


“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.”


1. Call to Order
2. Check In
3. Component Updates
4. App Geo Presentation
a. Current District Map
b. Overview of Scenarios
5. Group Discussion
a. Scenario Feedback
6. Wrap-up

Agenda document has the remote participation info

Franklin Public Schools: Redistricting Advisory Meeting - Jan 17 at 6 PM
Franklin Public Schools: Redistricting Advisory Meeting - Jan 17 at 6 PM

Famous Sunday Breakfast All You Can Eat Buffet at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club - Sun, Jan 15

Franklin Rod & Gun Club again presents the:

Famous Sunday Breakfast All You Can Eat Buffet!

This Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:30 - 11 AM. $8 for adults, $4 for kids. Eggs, home fries, sausage, and pancakes, beans, coffee, hot cocoa, juice. Open to all public, and an unbeatable family deal. We're located at 53 Florence St. Franklin. Proceeds go to our friends at the Gilly's House—a recovery center for men struggling with addiction. See you on Sunday!

Famous Sunday Breakfast All You Can Eat Buffet at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club - Sun, Jan 15
Famous Sunday Breakfast All You Can Eat Buffet at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club - Sun, Jan 15

Madalene Village docs from the archives

The initial application information and series of documents as Madalene Village moved through the Franklin approval cycle had been posted here and while the posts are available, the links to the docs themselves got broken over time.

The Mass EPA has scheduled hearing and input sessions for their portion of the approval required, in particular to the proposed move of the stream (at least as I understand it).

I have recreated the links in chronological order, newest first, oldest last. If you are looking for something and it doesn't appear here, let me know and I'll if I have it.

Developer Letter - Feb 2017

Town Engineer memo Feb 2017

Storm water report - revised Dec 2016

Storm water report Nov 2016

Local Bylaw - follow up Dec 2016

ConComm local bylaw - Dec 2016

Architectural Narrative - Apr 2106

Madalene Village docs from the archives
Madalene Village docs from the archives

Both FHS girls & boys basketball teams top North Attleboro on Friday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, January 13, 2023. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below. 

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 72 @ North Attleboro, 59 – Final 
– Locked in a one-point game just over a minute into the fourth quarter, Franklin ran away with a win behind a strong final six minutes. North Attleboro sophomore Jonnie Obuchkowski scored a layup with 6:20 to play, bringing the Rocketeers within a point at 55-54 but Franklin senior Justin Allen (10 points) answered with a deep three and the Panthers outscored the hosts 14-5 the rest of the way. Bradley Herndon, who scored a career-high 20 points, hit a free throw and scored off an offensive rebound and Sean O’Leary converted a putback as the Panthers pushed the lead to 63-54 with 4:43 to play. Franklin forced a pair of turnovers, including a steal from Allen, that both led to transition layups for Herndon to help pull away. O’Leary carried Franklin through the first three quarters, finishing with a game-high 28 points. North Attleboro had a balanced scoring attack, led by senior Givany Carney with 13 points. Obuchowski finished with 11 points while sophomore Chase Frisoli added 10 points.

Girls Basketball = North Attleboro, 17 @ Franklin, 64 – Final 
– Franklin’s defensive pressure shut down North to secure a win that keeps the Panthers within one of league leader Attleboro. The Panthers held the Rocketeers to six points in the first quarter, 15 for the half, and then clamped down even further after the break. North was held to a single basket in the second half, a fourth quarter bucket for Maryellen Charette. After doubling up the Rocketeers in the first half, 30-15, a 24-0 third quarter broke the game wide open. Katie Peterson led 11 Franklin scorers with 11 points. Chloe Fales and Bridget Leo each added nine points and Lizzie Newman chipped in with eight. Sam Faria and Katie Corsetti were North’s top scorers with six points apiece.

Boys Swimming = Franklin @ North Attleboro, 7:15

Girls Swimming = Franklin @ North Attleboro, 7:15

Gymnastics = Franklin, 133.65 @ King Philip, 138.00 – Final
"Franklin fell to a strong KP 133.65 to 138. However we had one of our best meets and had some season highs and personal bests!  
Vault - we started strong top 4 - Ryann Chandler 8.65, Emma Nelson 8.45, Maia Keohane 8.3 and Abby Scotland season high and personal best 8.25. Shout out to Bella Jacoby for personal best 8.05!! 
Bars - is our weakness event and these girls continue to push and work hard and they are getting more consistent! Top 4 Emma 8.35, Maia 7.65, Abby Robillard 7.6, Ciara O'Brien 7.4 and shout out to Abby Scotland for season high and personal best 7.3! 
Beam - Season high and personal best Katie Valutkevich 8.8, Emma 8.8, Maia 8.5, season high and personal best Lilly Cardin 8.4 so proud!! 
Floor - season high from Maia 9.0, season high from Olivia Reagan 8.8, Ryann 8.5, Emma 8.2, and shout out to Ciara with a come back routine 8.0! 
It's really hard to be upset with a loss that's filled with so many wins! I'm proud of how the team came together and persevered!"

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Gymnastics Team photo - 01/13/2023
FHS Gymnastics Team photo - 01/13/2023

Tri-County RVTHS Students’ Art Brings Life to New ThermoFisher Lab

ThermoFisher Scientific recently opened a 290,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Plainville, MA. The new facility will be used for manufacturing life-saving gene therapy products that will impact patients all over the world. In order to decorate the Quality Control (QC) testing hallway, ThermoFisher created a SmART Contest open to students ages 13-18 and our students answered the call. 
Sinead Bergeron of Medway
Sinead Bergeron of Medway

Science themed art work created by contest winner Sinead Bergeron of Medway and runner-ups Catriona Keefe of Wrentham, Morgan Fleury of North Attleboro, and Alexander Vasilyev of Walpole line the QC Hallway and have also been utilized as decals to add color throughout the lab. The students were tasked with creating either computer generated graphics or hand-drawn images and explaining how the artwork displays “science” to them. “You have some amazingly talented students!” commented Marcia Goff, Director of External Communications for Pharma Services at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Catriona Keefe of Wrentham
Catriona Keefe of Wrentham
The students and their guardians were invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony in August to celebrate the official opening of the new facility. Attendance at the ribbon cutting included: former Gov. Charlie Baker, Attleboro area Congressman Jake Auchincloss, Senator Becca Rausch, and State Representative Shawn Dooley. During the ceremony the four Tri-County students were honored for their works of art which reflect the company’s research efforts.
Morgan Fleury of North Attleboro
Morgan Fleury of North Attleboro

“Our students utilized the skills they have gained from Graphic Communications to clearly portray their idea of ‘science.’ It is interesting to see the range of ideas that were born for the open-ended contest,” said Linda Thompson, Graphic Communications instructor.

The state-of-the-art site was purpose-built for large-scale manufacturing. It will offer a flexible and scalable configuration of laboratory and production suites co-located with adjacent warehousing and office space. 

“All 16 of the Career Majors offered at Tri-County have a foundation in STEAM education. The incorporation of critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving helps prepare our students to be innovators and combine left and right brain thinking. It is an honor to have our students’ artwork hanging in the halls of a state-of-the-art facility for a worldwide leader in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr. Karen Maguire, Superintendent/Director, Tri-County RVTHS.

Alexander Vasilyev of Walpole
Alexander Vasilyev of Walpole

For more about Tri-County visit their page ->

Congressman Jake Auchincloss: An Update on the last 2 weeks

An Update on the last 2 weeks


I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed. Happy New Year!

On the Hill

First Days of the 118th Congress

First Days of the 118th Congress: I was sworn in to my second term early Saturday morning after days of dysfunction from House Republicans. Two years after the insurrection of January 6th, the House GOP is still groveling to the extreme right, rather than governing for the exhausted majority. It is unacceptable.

You can watch my FOX News interview reacting to Republican chaos on the House floor here

Unlike last Congress, Republicans now hold the gavel in the House. With that gavel comes the initiative. If they decide to build on the bipartisan progress of the last Congress in lowering costs and achieving clean energy independence, then I am ready to be a good-faith partner in legislating. I am committed to continuing to put forward ideas and avenues of cooperation

Their first actions were a poor start, gutting the congressional ethics watchdog and passing messaging bills to make it easier for wealthy Americans to cheat on their taxes and restrict women's access to healthcare. If they continue in this manner, then I will continue to fight back. House Democrats will not yield in our commitment to democracy, women's rights, gun-safety measures, and clean energy.

Anniversary of January 6th: Following the 2nd anniversary of January 6th, I remain committed to protecting our democracy and safeguarding free and fair elections. I hosted a discussion with Genevieve Nadeau, who leads Protect Democracy's nonpartisan team focused on accountability for abuses of power. She highlighted the importance of the recently passed Electoral Count Act Reform and the need to support state and local election officials as they stand up to seditionists. I will take this conversation with me as I work in Congress to defend our democracy from bad actors.

Make your voice heard → Do you think ensuring our election security and protecting our democratic institutions should be a top priority in the 118th Congress?

Should protecting our democratic institutions be a top priority for Congress?

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Around the Fourth

Year in Review

Year in Review: Over the last year, I was able to secure funding for water and transportation infrastructure in the district, meet constituents and businesses from across the Fourth, and advance critical policy priorities like offshore wind. I secured over $34 million for 15 community projects that will ensure clean water and spur economic growth. Further, my office completed over 1,670 casework requests, hosted 10 town halls, and returned $2.2 million in taxes for constituents. I also enjoyed meeting constituents from all 34 municipalities during my series of coffee chats across the district. I look forward to another year representing the newly-drawn Fourth and hearing from and meeting more of you.

It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the people of the Massachusetts 4th, where I grew up and where I'm now raising my children.





15 Independence Avenue SE
1524 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5931

29 Crafts Street
Suite 375
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: (617) 332-3333

8 North Main Steet
Suite 200

Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: (508) 431-1110


K of C Annual Free Throw Contest - Jan 20, 2023

"The Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 1847, Franklin is holding its Annual Free Throw Contest on Friday, 1/20/23. 

Registration begins at 6:00 PM and the contest follows immediately after at 6:30 PM at the Hockomock YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 

The event is open for boys and girls 9-14 years old as of 1/1/23 from surrounding towns. All contestants will shoot 15 free throws and are recognized for their participation in this event. 

The champs are invited to compete in the district competition which will immediately follow this event. This round contestants will shoot 25 free throws."

K of C Annual Free Throw Contest - Jan 20, 2023
K of C Annual Free Throw Contest - Jan 20, 2023

Panther News: Friday, January 13, 2023 (video)

Panther TV News for Friday, Jan 13, 2023

Franklin Police: Officer Michael LaCure in training

Via Franklin Police:

"Please welcome Officer Michael LaCure to the Franklin Police Department. Officer Lacure, originally from this neck of the woods comes to the FPD from the Milford NH Police Department. 

Officer LaCure has 8 years of experience and was a Sgt. with MPD. He’s currently assigned to the transfer FTO program and will join patrol after his training."

Franklin Police: Officer Michael LaCure in training
Franklin Police: Officer Michael LaCure in training

La Cantina Winery schedule, maybe no live music but good wine!

A quick FYI - while the entertainment activity at La Cantina has dropped off as they closed their outdoor tent and are using their small inner space for the winter, they still are open and selling good wine.

You can also find them at the Winter Farmers Market at Fairmount Fruit Farm

La Cantina Winery schedule, maybe no music but good wine!
La Cantina Winery schedule, maybe no music but good wine!

SAFE Coalition is now licensed to dispense NARCAN

Via Jennifer Knight-Levine at the SAFE Coalition: 

"NARCAN (naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is the most dispensed naloxone brand.

NARCAN is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. Since most opioid overdoses occur in the home and are most often witnessed, having a NARCAN rescue kit nearby can make all the difference.

If someone you know takes opioids or prescription opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone for pain, be prepared for a possible life-threatening opioid overdose emergency.

Please see Indication and Important Safety Information below.
Inhalation not required
Designed for ease-of-use
Used by first responders
Concentrated 4 mg dose (2 per carton)
Requires no assembly or specialized training
The NARCAN brand has been around for 50 years"
View the reel on Instagram ->

SAFE Coalition is now licensed to dispense NARCAN
SAFE Coalition is now licensed to dispense NARCAN

Friday, January 13, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Jan 13, 2023 to Jan 19, 2023

A wet start to the weekend but there are opportunities for a variety of indoor activities; Farmers Market, story time, music and brews, or music in concert. 

Tuesday's schedule shows some important meetings: 
  • The next monthly session for the Dean Neighborhood alliance (open to all Franklin residents). 
  • The Franklin Library Association closes out their organization by publishing their history in a book, with a reception and a panel discussion. 
Wednesday has a MA EPA meeting and community input session on the proposed  Madalene Village 40b development along the stream between Fletcher Field and Cottage St. 

Friday, January 13

5:30pm - Moxie (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

Saturday, January 14

10:00am - Winter Farmers Market (Fairmount Fruit Farm)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free) (Train Town Franklin on display)

10:30am - Winter Time Story Time (for all ages) (Escape Into Fiction)

12:00pm - Raina's Plate Taproom Tailgate (food truck) (67 Degrees Brewery)

5:30pm - Lincoln St Groove Project (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

8:00pm - Viva Las Elvis Tribute Concert (live performance) (THE BLACK BOX)

Sunday, January 15

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free) (Train Town Franklin on display)

Monday, January 16 = Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17

6:00pm - Dean Neighborhood Alliance (Dean College)

6:00pm - Reception and book announcement (Franklin Library Assoc history) (Franklin Public Library)

6:30pm - "Ben’s Donation at 245 - an Exploration of the Role of Libraries in America’s Democracy, Then, Now, and in the Future" (panel discussion) (Franklin Public Library)

Wednesday, January 18

11:00am - Franklin Q&A (hybrid event) (Franklin Senior Center & virtual)

6:30pm - Public Notice Of Environmental Review: Madalene Village (Mass EPA) (Franklin Public Library)

7:00pm - An Evening of Jazz (student performances) (Franklin High School)

Thursday, January 19

8:30am - Town Council Office Hours (coffee & discussion) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - Wine Barre 02038 (Intermission Café)


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

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

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

Electric Youth 2023 Debut scheduled with 2 performances on January 21, 2023

Electric Youth 2023 debuts at THE BLACK BOX with two shows on Saturday, January 21 at 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, offering high-powered family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock and country hits.

Electric Youth 2023 includes FSPA students Tatiana McAlpine, Audrey Miningham, Devin DeAngelis, Finley Doherty, John Fitzhenry, Madigan Wirkus, Abby Trombert, Anya Fox, Ashley Pepin, Erin Belger, Tzintli Cerda, Hannah Connors,  Macie Hoben, Anna Linde, and Mason Sanford. 

Electric Youth 2023 Debut scheduled with 2 performances on January 21, 2023
 Electric Youth 2023 Debut scheduled with 2 performances on January 21, 2023

Boston Globe: "The warm embrace of her teammates helps Franklin’s Reese Doyon cope with her rare neurological disorder"

'There have been countless nights over the past eight months in which Reese Doyon has entered her mother’s bedroom around 11 p.m. or midnight to tell her she’s feeling dizzy.

“Then, before you can even move, she’s on the floor,” said Amy Doyon, Reese’s mother.

Doyon, 17-year-old sophomore in her first year with the Franklin High girls’ basketball team, suffers from frequent, non-epileptic seizures, as a result of functional neurological disorder — a highly rare condition where the brain doesn’t properly send and receive signals. An estimated four to 12 people per 100,000 develop FND, and the condition is even less common among adolescents.

While her current outlook is bleak, one overwhelming positive is the way her teammates and the community have collectively rallied around her."
continue reading the article at the  Boston Globe

The GoFundMe has exceeded its target which again reflects the goodness inherent in the community in times of need.

Franklin High sophomore Reese Doyon (center, No. 14), who was recently diagnosed with FND (functional neurological disorder), which leads to non-epileptic seizures, has expressed her gratitude for the support she's received from the Franklin girls' basketball team, coaches and staff, all of whom have openly embraced her presence on the team.MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
Franklin High sophomore Reese Doyon (center, No. 14), who was recently diagnosed with FND (functional neurological disorder), which leads to non-epileptic seizures, has expressed her gratitude for the support she's received from the Franklin girls' basketball team, coaches and staff, all of whom have openly embraced her presence on the team.MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Public Notice Of Environmental Review: Madalene Village, 40B Development Project - Jan 18 at 6:30 PM


PROJECT: Madalene Village, 40B Development Project 
LOCATION: Cottage Street, Franklin Massachusetts 
PROPONENT: Rich Whittington of MV Cottage Development, LLC

The proponent has submitted an Expanded Environmental Notification Form ("ENF") / Environmental Impact Report ("EIR") to the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, and was published on December 231 2022 in the Environmental Monitor.

This application is pursuant to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act ("MEPA," M.G.L. c. 30, ss. 61-62L). Copies of the ENF/EIR are available at the:
Franklin Public Library, at 118 Main Street in Franklin, MA 02038 Phone: (508) 520-4941
or may be obtained from:
Goddard Consulting LLC, 291 Main St, Suite 8, Northborough, MA 01532 Phone: (508) 393-3784
An in-person public presentation will be made at 6:30 pm on January 18, 2023 at the Franklin Public Library located at 118 Main St, Franklin, MA 02038 to present the project to the public and to receive comments.

Additional virtual public presentations will be made at 6:30 pm on January 11, 2023 and January 16, 2023. 

Comments can be made orally at that time or sent to the MEPA office at Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, 100 Cambridge St., Suite 900, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, via email at, or on MEPA's online comment portal at (or scan QR code), or can be submitted as a letter after the presentation.

A translator can be provided with advance notice upon request in any language to the public presentation. 

Such requests should be made to Mark Arnold via email at, (508) 393- 3784 or via letter at 291 Main St. Suite 8, No1ihborough, MA 01532.

Remote participation info can be found in the agenda doc ->

Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development
Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development

Finance Cmte gets briefed on 1st compensation study performed for Franklin non-union personnel, approves 1st pass of FY 23 capital budget (audio)

FM #915 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 915 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023. 

Seven members of the Finance Committee participated (2 absent); 5 present in the Council Chambers, 2 remote. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, and any Department leader with a capital budget item. 

Quick recap:

  • First item presentation and discussion on the first comprehensive salary and compensation plan for the non-union personnel. Jointly presented by the consultant, HR Director Karen Bratt and Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. New salary ranges developed, implementation will be gradual due to overall funding resources available. Prioritization of those instances in the high ranges and low ranges which need addressing is underway

  • Second item was the first pass of the capital plan for FY 2023. $750K is set aside to cover for snow/ice and if not used will be available for a second round later this year (Apr/May). Brief presentation on each section of the requests, clarification questions on need and or rationale. Supply chain issues are relatively rampant: Grove St traffic light due March 2022 still not here, fire ambulances ordered last year still not here, same for police cruisers ordered last year… Committee moved to approve the full request as discussed to the Town Council for their approval

FY23 Capital Plan Proposal
FY23 Capital Plan Proposal

The meeting recording runs 1 hour and 57 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting Jan 11, 2023.


Discussion: Compensation & Classification Study

i. Draft of Final Report, Results & Methodology -

ii. Compensation & Classification Plan -

FY23 Capital Plan

a. Town Administrator FY23 Capital recommendations memo - 

b. FY23 Department Summary Requests & Capital Plans  -   

c. Quotes (if available)  - 


The agenda doc ->


Note: the doc used by the consultant for the compensation study is not yet available. 


Screenshots of the presentation were captured during the meeting and available in this photo album

My notes -> 

YouTube recording =>

Link to Finance Committee => 


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