Saturday, July 15, 2023

Davis-Thayer Reuse Advisory Committee - agenda for meeting July 18, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Davis-Thayer Reuse Advisory Committee
Agenda & Meeting Packet
July 18, 2023 - 7 PM

1. Town Clerk Oath of Office

2. Member Introductions

3. Legal Overview: Open Meeting, Public Records and Ethics Laws

5. Overview and discussion on the current study by Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.
a. Historical Materials & Studies on Davis-Thayer
ii. Franklin School Department Studies
2. School Department Davis-Thayer Website (2021)

6. Discussion on meeting schedule -
a. Next Meeting Date August 15th, 7:00PM

This is a meeting of the Franklin Town Council Sub-Committee; under the Open Meeting Law, this subcommittee is a separate "public body" from the Town Council. Therefore, unless the Town Council has separately notified and posted its own meeting, Councilors who are not members of this subcommittee will not be permitted to speak or otherwise actively participate @ this meeting, although they may attend and observe. This prohibition is necessary to avoid the potential for an Open Meeting Law Violation

Davis Thayer Reuse Advisory Cmte page ->

MassCEC Seeks Participants for Decarbonization Pathways Pilot

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking around 45 homes to participate in the second cohort of the Decarbonization Pathways Pilot. The pilot offers technical support and financial incentives to implement high-efficiency decarbonization measures. This is a great opportunity to get the technical support and financial assistance to bring your home into the 21st century!
MassCEC is accepting applications between July 12, 2023 and July 30, 2023. 

MassCEC is specifically looking for participants who intend to install heat pumps and/or replace their home's siding to create a better insulated envelope within the coming year. We will also be asking all participants to complete a "Home Modernization Package" that ensures the home is well-prepared to convert away from fossil fuel appliances as they make future purchases (e.g., the next time the heat or hot water heater needs to be replaced). We will also be looking for geographic, income, and building type diversity within the cohort. To learn more about applying for the second cohort, read our blog or review the application

Please consider applying and sharing this opportunity with your network. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Learn More & Apply

If you are interested in an update on the progress of the first cohort of the Decarbonization Pathways Pilot, please check out our update blog
Our mailing address is:
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
294 Washington St.
Suite 1150
Boston, MA 02108

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Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - July 25, 2023 at 7 PM

Franklin School Committee 
July 25, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers 

“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 Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. McNeill
C. Payroll Ms. Spencer
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report
II. Guests/Presentations
A. none

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Space Needs & Facilities Assessment Sub Committee
I recommend that the School Committee dissolve the Space Needs & Facilities Assessment Sub Committee as detailed
B. School Facilities Master Planning Subcommittee
I recommend that the School Committee establish a School Facilities Master Planning Subcommittee as detailed
IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

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 your June 13, 2023 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
C. Recurring NH Primary Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request to take FHS AP Government students to NH on February 12, 2024 for the Primary as detailed.
D. Oak Street Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $190.62 from the Oak Street PCC for Field Trips as detailed.
E. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,635.00 from the “Class of 1973” for supplemental supplies to offset Yearbook costs as detailed.
F. Parmenter Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totalling $592.46 from the Parmenter PCC for supplemental supplies as detailed.
G. Remington Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $4,695.00 from the Remington PCC for field trips as detailed.
H. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,617.00 from music parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.
I. Districtwide Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $265.00 from BJ’s Wholesale Club for districtwide in-house enrichment as detailed.
VI. Good of the Order

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

VIII. Executive Session - to return to open session only for the purpose of adjourning
A. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, Section 21 (a) (3) for the purpose of discussing strategy as it relates to collective bargaining with the Franklin Cafeteria Union, as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the Committee, as declared by the Chair.
X. Adjournment

Agenda doc ->

Document folder for this meeting ->

Being Good Stewards To The End - Workshop - Aug 12 at 9 AM

You are invited to this free workshop to learn about health, financial, legal, and funeral planning. Speakers will be Daniela Masters of Aging Well Advocates, Jay M. Elias, Esq., General Counsel for DYER-LAKE Funeral Home, and others.

Saturday, August 12th 9 AM - 11 AM. 

RSVP to (508) 695-5471 or Grace Episcopal Church

104 N Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA

Being Good Stewards To The End - Workshop - Aug 12 at 9 AM
Grace Episcopal Church (pictured to right in photo)

School officials likely violated campaign finance laws, Town Counsel says - Brookline.News

One key reason for being aware of the campaign finance rules and regs ... 

I would expect to see similar training in advance of the possible override being talked of for next year especially given the news from Brookline ->  
"Several Brookline school officials likely violated campaign finance law by sending out emails to parents with information about ballot questions ahead of the May election, according to Brookline town counsel Joseph Callanan.

By sending “unsolicited” emails to various school email lists about the operating override and Pierce school rebuild ballot questions, Superintendent Linus Guillory and four principals improperly used public resources, Callanan wrote in a report published July 7.

Callanan was investigating because a Brookline resident, Joslin Murphy, filed a complaint to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance after the election. Callanan sent his report to the state agency, which does not publicly comment on investigations."

public employees can take a position on a campaign but not advocate for it on official time
public employees can take a position on a campaign but not advocate for it on official time

The Office of Campaign and Political Finance webpage ->

"Disagree Better - Saving Your Family Dinner" - (video)

Mónica Guzmán (@moniguzman) tweeted on Fri, Jul 14, 2023:
"Want better, braver politics? Share the heck out of this video. 
Then ask *your* elected officials what *they're* doing to save our family dinners... & the whole American experiment.

Thanks @GovCox & @GovofCO for stepping the f UP! 🇺🇸"
video link ->  or

Friday, July 14, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: July 14, 2023 to July 20, 2023

Friday, July 14

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

3:00pm - Thee Taco Dude (food truck) (Franklin Town Common)

3:30pm - Jennifer Tefft (live music) (Franklin Town Common)

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

6:00pm - AK Cody (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

6:00pm - Paradise Flyer (live music) (Franklin Town Common)

Saturday, July 15

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

12:00pm - Pangea Cuisines (food truck)  (67 Degrees Brewery)

4:00pm - Dom DeBaggis (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Sunday, July 16

7:30am - All you can eat Breakfast (Franklin Rod & Gun Club)

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

Monday, July 17

6:00pm - Movie Monday "A Man Called Otto" (Franklin Public Library)

Wednesday, July 19

11:00am - Franklin Q&A

1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group)

6:00pm - Buildwave Family Night

Thursday, July 20

8:30am - Town Council Office Hours

6:00pm - Kendo (live music)


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 

Franklin's Event Outlook: July 14, 2023 to July 20, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: July 14, 2023 to July 20, 2023

Hockomock Area YMCA Invites Businesses and Individuals to Pitch in and Support the Y’s 8th Annual Community Backpack Drive

Operation Backpack is now underway at the Hockomock Area YMCA and seeks the support of local businesses and individuals. Committed to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure children and strengthening the community, the YMCA has a hefty goal of 3,000 fully stocked backpacks delivered before the fall school year begins. 
Support the Y’s 8th Annual Community Backpack Drive
Support Community Backpack Drive

“Convening donors and volunteers to support area families in need reflects our Y’s commitment to serve and strengthen our communities together,” says Jim Downs, CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Having access to backpacks and supplies is integral to a student’s success. As many families in our area face financial difficulties, we want to make sure that all kids have the supplies they need to start the upcoming school year off right.”  
New supplies and backpacks are requested now through August 4th. The Backpack Drive is a collaborative effort made possible by the YMCA staff, program participants, partners, and neighbors to provide kids with the confidence that comes when boys and girls are able to go to school prepared. 

Donation bins are located at all Hockomock Area YMCA facilities: Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street, Foxborough; Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin; Mansfield Arts & Education Center, 40 Balcom Street, Mansfield; and Hurley Family Branch, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro.  

“Fulfilling our mission is only possible because of dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and partners who support our cause of enhancing lives and enriching communities,” adds Downs. “Your support with this Backpack Drive will help children and neighbors in need in our 15 town service area.”  

Community members who would like to sponsor the Backpack Drive are asked to contact Patrick Murphy at 508-643-5262 or via email at Sponsorship levels range from $500–which will provide 20 backpacks to students in need–through Presenting Sponsor at $10,000, which is a giving level ensuring that 500 children will receive needed supplies. Be sure to inquire about all sponsorship levels by contacting the Y today. 

In addition to monetary donations, the Y is requesting the following supplies: backpacks for all ages including pre-k, elementary, middle school, and high school, pencils and colored pencils, highlighters, binders, washable markers, rulers, crayons, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, pencil cases, lunch boxes, and scissors. The drive’s Amazon wish list is available at and complete details are available at  
If a member of your family or someone you know needs a backpack, a request form can be found online at  
About Hockomock Area YMCA: 
Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening the community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.  
Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit

MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop

MSAA (@MSAA_33) tweeted on Thu, Jul 13, 2023
Updated description! "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop presented by Jeff Perrotti, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ  @MSAA_33 on July 25. 
Register Now! @PrincipalJQuinn @PrincipalGarden @PrincipalKim @YGB70 @SDubzinski
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MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop
MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Updates

Greetings. We hope your summer is going well.

Here are a few notices for your attention: 

1. Node Meeting: We are NOT meeting in July. Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 3rd. We will send a notice a few days before that date. Whether or not you've participated in our meetings and campaigns, we hope you will join us. As stated on the 350 Mass website, "We are building a powerful statewide movement to end the destructive dominance of the fossil fuel industry and transition to a just, equitable, and clean energy economy."
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Updates
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Updates

2. 350 Mass Picnic: Everyone is invited to the annual 350 Mass Summer Picnic! Saturday, July 22, 2:00-5:00 pm. All are welcome to join as we celebrate the summer and our statewide community.  It's a great opportunity and a lot of fun meeting other members around the state!  We will have refreshments, games, and we will host an activity all about bravery and action. This event location is Filippello Park in Watertown, MA, a location that is kid-friendly because the whole family is welcome. See attached flyer with a link to RSVP.  

3. Calls to Action: Here are a few campaigns that 350 Mass is leading or supporting. Please consider adding your voice.
  • MassSave Restructuring Legislation - 2023.  Despite its high ranking among energy efficiency programs across the country, MassSave has not been successful in being accessible to all. Both Senate bill S.2082 and House bill H.3160 call for a Board of diverse stakeholders and Executive Director to run MassSave, instead of leaving our energy efficiency programs in the hands of the for-profit utility companies. Read more here.
  • Healthy, Fossil-Fuel-Free Schools. Help promote programs to ensure that existing school buildings are healthy and fossil-fuel-free.  Ask the State Treasurer to lead on healthy, fossil-fuel-free schools and direct the Massachusetts School Building Authority to take action. This campaign is led by Mothers Out Front. Read more here.
  • Put Gas in the Past Campaign. Ask Governor Healey to declare No Future for Gas! Sign the petition here.

We welcome your emails and comments. Stay well. 

Node Co-coordinators,

Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern

Ralph Halpern
781-784-3839 (h)


"This year were the “Tier One” cuts ... "Tier Two" cuts next year will be more severe"

Via School Committee Chair Denise Spencer:

Franklin Public Schools has been ringing the alarm bell for 15+ years.

2020 was going to be the swift kick in the rear, but the covid money came in and served as a band-aid. And for the last three years we've been warning people - the money is running out. I don't see another global pandemic happening anytime soon. There are no more handouts. I can't even say the day is here because we've passed the point of no return.

This year were the “Tier One” cuts (see photos in separate post), as discussed at the budget subcommittee meetings, Finance Committee, Town Council, regularly scheduled School Committee meetings…

Tier Two cuts next year will be more severe (read: think programs such as Music, Arts, Foreign Language, not to mention Sports - freshman, froshman JV, Extracurricular Activities, Small Class Sizes, etc. etc..)

The information is out there. Do some research and spend some time to reflect on what you want your community to be.

If you have questions, you can go back and watch some meetings… 

Here you can find meeting packets, agendas, budget information and more

I encourage folks to attend the August 2nd Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting.

Linking historical articles that show this is NOT a new problem
Going forward from FY 2024, what is sustainable? (audio)
Going forward from FY 2024, what is sustainable? (audio)

Franklin United Methodist Church: Community cookout - Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 PM

"All are invited to a FREE community cookout at the Franklin United Methodist Church (82 W. Central Street) on Saturday, July 22. 
Community cookout - Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 PM
Community cookout - Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 PM
Food will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. This event is outside in the grassy lot at the end of our parking area.
In case of rain, this event will be cancelled. Notices will be posted to the church's website and FB page"

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, July 14, 2023

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday

9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = FRIDAY

7:30 am     Commonwealth Heroines: Kai Olsson
9:00 am     Frank Presents: James Ginley
10:30 am Franklin Disability Expo
11:00 am Senior Connection: Joe Landry
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Peppers
12:30 pm Sandya: Crepes
1:00 pm     The Only Cure Is Education
1:30 pm     Pizzapalooza: Healthy Pizza Crusts
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Summer 2018 Show 5
3:00 pm Winning Ways with the MIAA: Shaun Hart Pt 1
3:30 pm     Riffing with the President: Ep 1
4:30 pm     Second Sunday Speaker Series: Mary Olsson
8:30 pm 4th of July 2022: Duppy Conquerors

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am     Public School Concert: Lifelong Music Pt. 2 05-14-19
8:30 am     It Takes A Village: Philip Hulbig
10:30 am FHS Varsity Softball: v Milford 05-22-23
12:30 pm FHS Theater Company: Lord of the Flies
1:30 pm     Public School Event: Remington Spring Music '22
3:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse: v Needham 06-08-23
8:30 pm FHS Senior Awards Night 2020

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) =  FRIDAY

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 06-22-23
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 06-22-23

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online