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Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT - Saturday, Sep 23 at 10 AM

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Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT - Saturday, Sep 23 at 10 AM
Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT - Saturday, Sep 23 at 10 AM

Honoring Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT

On September 23, 2023, at 10:00 AM we'll be holding the The "Honoring Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT" will take place on, commencing from the Grove St Franklin trailhead.

Stephen Green, a fervent advocate for the preservation and enhancement of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy of passion, commitment, and community spirit. The memorial walk aims to celebrate his contributions while also raising support for a cause that was close to his heart - the Franklin Food Pantry.

Donations will be solicited during the memorial walk, with all proceeds directed towards the Franklin Food Pantry in honor of Stephen Green's commitment to helping those in need.

Join us in paying homage to Stephen Green's dedication to creating a better community through his tireless efforts on the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee. Lace up your sneakers, gather your family and friends, and come together for a morning of remembrance, gratitude, and giving back.

Warm regards,

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

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Free car seat check at SAFE Coalition - Sep 14

Why are we doing this? As we work with families, we recognized the growing need for car seat education and support. We are so thankful for the partnership with Millis Fire and Toyota to become certified car seat techs! 
This program also provides NEW car seats at NO cost!

Free car seat check at SAFE Coalition - Sep 14
Free car seat check at SAFE Coalition - Sep 14

Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Sep 12, 2023 Meeting

Franklin School Committee
September 12, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

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. Introduce new Administrators
B. District Improvement Plan
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand Trip - Chris Penza
I recommend approval of the request of Chris Penza to take FHS students to
Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand in April, 2025 as detailed.
B. 23-24 District Improvement Plan
I recommend approval of the 23-24 District Improvement Plan as presented.
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 August 22, 2023 meeting as

VII. Good of the Order

VIII. Citizen’s Comments

IX. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

X. Adjournment

Meeting packet folder ->

Agenda doc & remote participation info ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Sep 12, 2023 Meeting
Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Sep 12, 2023 Meeting

FHS boys soccer post win over Xaverian 3-0 on Friday

Via subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, Sep 8, 2023. 

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Xaverian, 0 – Final 
– A trio of second half goals elevated Franklin over Xaverian, handing the Panthers their first win of the 2023 campaign. After a scoreless first half, Franklin senior Noah Cain opened his account on the season to put the visitors up by a goal. Garrett Scagliarini (from Andrew O’Neill) and Matt Honekamp (on a free kick) scored within a five-minute span to put the game away. Jack Perlman had the shutout in net for Franklin.

For other results around the league on Friday  (subscription required)

Reminder that changed to a subscription model in July. I have a subscription to view and share the FHS results that they provide. If you want to view all the worth Hockomock League reporting they do, subscribing is a good thing. It is quite reasonable. The subscription link is provided below.

Panther TV: Panther News for Sep 8, 2023 (video)

"Panther News is back for the 2022-23 school year!! 
Check out our first show!! @FHSPantherbook"

Shared from ->

Town of Franklin September E-Newsletter

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September 2023 Edition

Biennial Town Election

The Biennial Town Election is set for November 7, 2023 at Franklin High School from 6am - 8pm.

You can access the official candidacy list for the upcoming election here.

The last day to withdraw candidacy is September 22, no later than 1pm. Questions? Contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-520-4900 or email

October 28 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.

$11.5 Million Saved for Municipal Aggregation Users.

Consumers enrolled in Franklin's Municipal Aggregation program have saved $11.5 Million and counting since November 2020.

We're excited to announce a renewal of the program with a fixed rate of 15 cents per kWh through November 2025.

Read the full announcement here!

Real Estate Tax Exemptions for FY 2024

A note from the Assessors Office:

As of July 1, 2023, Property Owners who are Seniors 70 or older, Surviving Spouses, Blind, or Veterans with a Purple Heart or a 10% or greater disability may be eligible for a Real Estate Tax Exemption for Fiscal Year 2024. Exemption applications have been available since July 1, were sent to those owners who were eligible in FY 2023, and are continuing to be accepted and processed by the Board of Assessors. If you think you may be qualified, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by early Autumn; this way if granted, your exemption credit could be applied to your 3rd (January) and 4th (April) Quarter Tax Bills. Applications are available in person and online via the Assessors webpage here. Questions? Call the Assessors Office at (508) 520-4920.

Department of Public Works

Rain (Barrel) Drops

The fall residential rain barrel program is open! Visit the Great American Rain Barrel website to purchase your rain barrel. Deadline for ordering is September 24 and pickup will be at the DPW Admin Building (257 Fisher St.) on October 4 from 4pm - 6pm.

Order your rain barrel today!

Touch A Truck

Save the date! The Department of Public Works will host a Touch A Truck event on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10am - 2pm at 257 Fisher St. Winners of the Hydrant Painting contest will be announced at the event! There will be plenty of trucks including food trucks!

Franklin Public Schools

Welcome Back!

Our talented FPS staff has worked hard throughout the summer to collaborate and prepare for the upcoming school year. Which led to a great first week welcoming students into our buildings. We're ready for the 2023-2024 school year!

Free and Reduced Meal Application

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to make universal free school meals for all students permanent. This means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students through the 2023-2024 school year!

Please note that even though meals will be free for all, it is important for families to still complete the Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2023-2024 school year if you believe you might qualify.

Senior Center


Cardio Fusion – Get your endurance up with our new exercise class with Judi! Every Wednesday at 4pm, $3/class.

Live Drum Circle – Jam with percussionist Kimberlee O'Brian on Sept. 8 at 1pm

Mobile Food Pantry – Receive a bag of stable items, choice of protein, and dairy items on Sept. 13 at 11am. This monthly mobile food pantry is offered in partnership with the Franklin Food Pantry, Hockomock YMCA and Franklin Senior Center.

Pizza and Movie Night – Watch the new Indiana Jones Movie: "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" on Sept. 14 at 4:30pm. Call to Register $3/person

Blues Party – Feeling BLUE that summer is over? Join our Blues party on Sept. 15 at 11am and enjoy live entertainment and a delicious ham dinner. Call to Register $6/person

Eat Around the World – OUI are so excited for our taste buds to travel to France with Chef Anne's French cuisine! Join us Oct. 22. Call to Register $6/person

Senior Scribblers Book Signing – Our writer's group, the Senior Scribblers, have published a book! Join us to celebrate and get your book signed on Sept. 26 at 10am.

There are a lot more programs, so make sure to check out the Senior Connection Newsletter or stop by the Senior Center for more information!

Questions? Visit the Senior Center website or call 508-520-4945 to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Flu Shot Clinics

Are you looking to get your Flu Shot? The Franklin Health department will offer FREE Flu Shot clinics. There will be a clinic for adults only and another for kids only. Both will be at the Franklin Senior Center.

Adult Flu Shot Clinic | Click to Register

September 28, 2023 from 12pm - 3pm

Kids Flu Shot Clinic | Click to Register

October 11, 2023 from 3pm - 6pm

Restaurant Expo

The Franklin Health Department will host a Restaurant Expo at the Franklin Public Library on September 27, 2023 from 2pm - 5pm. The Franklin Restaurant Expo allows for food service/restaurant and hospitality industry professionals to connect with a variety of vendors in the region. Interested in reserving a booth or learning more? Visit our event page here.

Senior Expo

The Senior Expo is back! Join us October 6, 2023 from 10am - 1pm at the Senior Center for live entertainment, raffle prizes, a flu shot clinic, hearing tests and more.

This event is geared towards providing resources to our Seniors in a fun way! Learn more about the Senior Expo here.

Harvest Festival

Get ready for fall during the Franklin Downtown Partnership's 20th annual Harvest Festival on September 30 from 12pm - 5pm on Main Street! Rain date is October 1.

There will be music, food, kids' activities, balloons, and plenty of specialty products, art, crafts and more from over 160 vendors. Interested in volunteering for the festival? Email Bryan Taberner at

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

Sept. 14 – Author Talk with Talk: Emily Franklin "The Lioness of Boston"

Join us at 6:30pm for readings and conversation with Lioness of Boston Author Emily Franklin! As a special treat signed book plates will be available at the event for your copy of the book! RSVP here.

Sept. 16 – Robo-Racer Workshop

Have a middle schooler with a passion building and tinkering? Register them today for a 90 min build challenge and engineering experience. Program starts at 10am. Participants will be grouped in teams of 3-4, Hub, motors and LEGO Technic parts will be provided. The Franklin High School robotics team will conduct the workshop. RSVP Here.

Sept. 22 – Farmer's Market Fun!

Join the Franklin Public Library from 2pm-4pm for a special monthly visit at the Franklin Farmer's Market!

Sept. 24 – Wildlife Photography Workshop

Registration Required! Zoo admission is NOT included with this program. Discounted admission is available at the Circulation Desk! Join Nature Photographer Steve McGrath on a Wildlife Photography Workshop where you will learn how to use your preferred digital camera like a pro and improve your wildlife photographic technique. This First Class will have a short presentation to discuss tips and techniques for getting great zoo photographs that look like they were taken in the wild! Then off to the Zoo to Photograph for the day, make sure you bring the longest lens you have. There will be a second class at the Library in October, where we will view our Images and Critique them for a show and tell! With an opportunity to show your best work! RSVP here.

Sept. 30 – Bluey Bash

Celebrate everyone's favorite canine family with an awesome morning of games, crafts, snacks, dancing and more at 10:30am.

Library Hours

The Library's summer hours are Monday - Thursday, 9am - 8pm. Friday & Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Sunday hours of 1:30pm - 5pm will resume after Labor Day.

Library Calendar of Events - September 2023

Veterans' Services

Dates to Know

Sept. 15 – National POW/MIA Recognition Day - A day to remember and honor those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home

Sept. 18 – U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard's 76th Birthday

Sept. 21 – Veterans' Council Meeting - 7pm at the Senior Center. All Franklin residents interested in Veterans' events and activities are welcome.

Sept. 24 – Gold Star Mothers and Families Day

Veterans Memorial Walkway

The next engraved brick installation will be in November to coincide with Veterans' Day the deadline for submitting a brick order form is September 15. Veterans need not be from Franklin to be honored with a brick. All members of the U.S. military are eligible. Brick order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies.

Tune It Out!

The Tune It Out guitar lessons program for Veterans will will resume on September 12. Call the Veterans' Services Office for details.

Contact Veterans' Services at 508-613-1315 or access their webpage to learn more.

Downtown Parking Changes

Town Administration and Town Council have since refined the parking bylaw as of July 19, 2023. There is now Depot St. and the Ferrara's municipal parking lot.

Visit the Town of Franklin's Online Parking Portal for more information.