Saturday, November 11, 2023

Save money by finding home energy waste! Get a "Kill A Watt Monitor" from the Franklin Library "Library of Things" collection

Do you know where the energy hogs in your home are? 

Did you know that the Franklin Public Library, in addition to lending books and media, also lends “things”? 

Their library of things includes items such as games, electronic devices, kitchen appliances, a telescope, and more; it also includes an electrical power monitor named “Kill A Watt”. The Kill A Watt power monitor is a small, portable device which can plug into a power outlet, and then monitors the electric power usage of anything which is plugged into it. 

The following testimonial was written by David Rittenhouse in October 2023, and can be found on the Testimonials page :
“I use a dehumidifier in my basement. Because it uses a compressor, it uses significant electricity while running. I found this out by borrowing a Kill A Watt Monitor from the Franklin Public Library "Library of Things" collection. 
There are two major ways to use it: 1) Press the "Watt" button to find out real-time usage (in this case about 500 watts) when the unit is on; 2) use the KWH or killawatt hour button to see how much energy is used over time. The library lets you borrow this device for 3 weeks. 
I ran my humidifier for 2 weeks and doubled the KWH to get a rough energy usage per month. I bought a new dehumidifier and will be saving electricity and using it year-round, now that it rarely needs to come on during the heating season to keep humidity at a healthy level below 60%. (Please note that the Franklin Library only has a partial list of things on their website, and at the time of writing did not include the TOOLS KILL A WATT MONITOR.) 
My old dehumidifier was 20+ years old. My next project will be to see how much electricity my 20+ year old refrigerator uses.”
For more information on this and other energy-saving ideas, please visit !

borrow a Kill A Watt Monitor from the Franklin Public Library "Library of Things" collection
borrowing a Kill A Watt Monitor from the Franklin Public Library "Library of Things" collection

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Nov 14, 2023 meeting

Franklin School Committee
November 14, 2023 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order            Mr. Giguere

Organizational Meeting
  • Election of Chair
  • Election of Vice Chair
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills TBD
C. Payroll TBD
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. FHS Highlights

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy 2nd Reading/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:
HA – Negotiations Goals
HB – Negotiations Legal Status
HF – SC Negotiating Agents
B. Boys Varsity Lacrosse Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Lou Verrochi, Chris Baker & Kevin McCarthy to take the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team to Long Island, NY on April 15-17, 2024 to participate in 3 Lacrosse Games as detailed.
IV. Discussion Only Items

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 of the October 24, 2023 meeting as detailed.
B. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $3571.70 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
C. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1640.00 from Music Parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.
D. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $3499.10 from the Keller PCC for field trips as detailed.

VII. Good of the Order

VIII. Citizen’s Comments

IX. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

X. Adjournment

The meeting packet folder can be found ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Nov 14, 2023 meeting
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda for Nov 14, 2023 meeting

FHS Football loses to Natick on Friday

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports playoff competition for Franklin High School on Friday, Nov 10, 2023.

Football - Non-Playoff - Franklin, 20 @ Natick, 42 – Final

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FHS Panther sports results shared via subscription to
FHS Panther sports results shared via subscription to

"The US must acknowledge the right to food in order to transform its broken food system"

"The US must acknowledge the right to food in order to transform its broken food system in the post-pandemic era and make it more resilient in the face of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, according to a United Nations hunger expert.

“Whether we’re talking about right to food, food justice or food sovereignty, there has been growing momentum over the last 10 years to understand that food is not just something we just leave to be determined by what is available or by corporations or the status quo,” said Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food.

Last month, Fakhri presented a report on the right to food – which would entail that adequate food be available and accessible to all people – as a means of food system recovery and transformation to the UN general assembly.

“People are really mobilizing around food to say food is political, cultural and social, and we should be able to decide for ourselves what counts as good food,” he said.

The right to food, which can also be characterized as a right to culturally appropriate nutrition that a person needs to live a healthy and active life, is recognized in the UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, it has not historically been a mainstream concept in the US."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required) ->  

"The Challenge
To recover from the current food crisis, and with an eye to the future, States face three issues. They must:
(a) Respond to the food crisis with national plans;
(b) Develop an international coordinated response to the food crisis;
(c) Transform their food systems to make them more resilient to climate change and prevent biodiversity loss.
States must address all three issues as interdependent. If they do not
cooperate and develop an international coordinated response, their
national plans to recover from the food crisis will fail. At the same time,
how they respond to the multiple crises at hand will significantly affect the nature of their food systems for decades to come."

Direct link to local copy of the report summary (4 pages) ->

Direct link to local copy of the full report (20 pages) ->

"The US must acknowledge the right to food in order to transform its broken food system"
"The US must acknowledge the right to food in order to transform its broken food system"

Your Franklin questions answered, in person or remotely - Nov 15 at 11 AM

What is going on with .... ?
What happened to ....?
How come .... ?

Join Steve Sherlock, Franklin Matters & Community Information Director (volunteer), for an informal and informative Q&A session. 

What is the session about?

• Steve provides some updates on what's happened in the past month in the first 10-15 minutes, then opens the floor to answer whatever questions you have

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 11:00 AM  

Where: Franklin Senior Center (2nd floor conf room) and via Zoom

If you want the Zoom link, please use this form, or check with the Senior Center front desk, or email me:  

Your Franklin questions answered, in person or remotely - Nov 15 at 11 AM
Your Franklin questions answered, in person or remotely - Nov 15 at 11 AM

Amy Dain published her exclusionary zoning research (video)

Amy Dain (@amydain) posted at 4:25 PM on Thu, Nov 09, 2023:
In case you missed it, here is the presentation of my research on the history of exclusionary zoning in Boston's suburbs.  or


Report presentation from Amy Dain at the November 8, 2023 release event for "Exclusionary by Design: An Investigation of Zoning's Use as a Tool of Race, Class, and Family Exclusion in Boston's Suburbs, 1920s to Today," which was released as part of Boston Indicators’ Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center. Read the full report here:

Direct link to PDF report ->

Shared from Twitter ->

Brain Freeze Bonanza scheduled for Franklin Senior Center - Nov 15 at 6 PM

Call 508-520-4945 DURING BUISNESS HOURS and say you want to register for the "Brain Freeze Bonanza". 
Get ready to sprinkle some rainbow-rific fun into your evening at the Franklin Senior Center on November 15th, starting at 6 PM! Join us for the fabulous "Brain Freeze Bonanza: Ice Cream Tasting, Puzzles, & Board Games": an event tailored for the LGBTQ+ community, open to people of all ages, and designed to be the ultimate friend-maker! 
Hosted by the sensational "Non-Scene" Friends, Franklin Senior Center, Springwell/BayPath Elder Services, and Pete's Nerd Emporium this evening promises a blend of laughter, camaraderie, and brain-bending delights. 
Indulge in a frosty adventure as you sample an array of delectable ice cream flavors that will have your taste buds doing the tango. From classic chocolate to eccentric eggnog, there's a scoop for every craving and every color of the rainbow. There will even be vegan and lactose free ice cream available! 
Step into the world of jigsaw puzzles - where pieces come together to create masterful works of art. Whether you're a puzzle aficionado or just looking to piece together new friendships, the Brain Freeze Bonanza has got you covered. But that's not all! 
Brain Freeze Bonanza scheduled for Franklin Senior Center - Nov 15 at 6 PM
Brain Freeze Bonanza scheduled for Franklin Senior Center - Nov 15 at 6 PM

Board games enthusiasts, this is your moment! Engage in thrilling matches and strategic showdowns that are sure to bring out your competitive spirit. This event is not just about games and goodies, it's about building connections. Forge new friendships and revel in a welcoming space designed to celebrate diversity and unity. 
It's free to attend, but YOU MUST RSVP BY CALLING 508-520-4945 DURING BUISNESS HOURS and say you want to register for the "Brain Freeze Bonanza". 
For our friends coming from Boston, we are working to arrange carpooling. There's also a convenient train that will whisk you away to Franklin Dean Station, arriving at 5:29 PM. The senior center is a 16 minute walk or we can transport you from the station! And when it's time to head back, the return train leaves Franklin at 8:07 PM, ensuring a smooth journey back to Boston. 
Let's make this a night to remember - an evening filled with laughter, puzzles, and ice cream dreams. See you at the Brain Freeze Bash!
To attend, but YOU MUST RSVP BY CALLING 508-520-4945 DURING BUISNESS HOURS and say you want to register for the "Brain Freeze Bonanza".

What I am reading: "Making the Most of Uncertainty"

BIG Questions Institute Bi-Weekly Update

November 8, 02023, No. 159 (Read online)

Making the Most of Uncertainty

Making the Most of Uncertainty


One of the resources we often cite in our work in schools is a piece titled "Our Brains Were Not Built for this Much Uncertainty" from the Harvard Business Review. The tl;dr version is that when familiar patterns in life begin to fall apart or appear less controllable, our brains react with a threat response, and the negative impacts on our mood and our productivity can be profound.

In liminal, in-between times such as these when so many narratives of how we live on the planet are breaking, uncertainty can become paralyzing. And as we're seeing on almost a daily basis, a common response is to narrow our gaze, to try to stop the bleeding of change, and to hold on more tightly to the remnants of what used to "work."

Even when it's obvious that much of what we're holding on to won't "work" any longer.

But might we learn to see uncertainty as an opportunity, not a threat? To use it as a spark to create new narratives that are more just and relevant and healthy for all living things?

What if, as mythologist Martin Shaw asks, we "reframed 'living with uncertainty' to 'navigating mystery'?"

As he says:

"There's more energy in that phrase. The hum of imaginative voltage. And is our life not a mystery school, a seat of earthy instruction?"

Arguably, nowhere do we need more of "the hum of imaginative voltage" than in schools. Nowhere is the narrative more uncertain and tenuous than the one that suggests that an "education" in a time of intense change and complexity is something that is delivered to students based on the past and not experienced by students in real life with a focus on the future.

And honestly, to suffer (as we must) through the liminal and not contribute to the creation of what comes next is indefensible, especially in education.

This is our moment to collectively write the next story of education, not out of a sense of fear, but with wonder, awe, and curiosity.

What will we imagine and create together?


Homa and Will

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 10, 2023 to November 16, 2023

Friday, November 10  Veterans Day (substitute)

6:00pm Jon Paul Royer (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm Laura May Duo (live music)  (La Cantina Winery)

6:30pm Steve Demers (live music) (Raillery Public House)

Saturday, November 11  Veterans Day

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am RISE Up - a social gathering

4:00pm Emily & Nick (live music)  (La Cantina Winery)

6:00pm The Core (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm The Chestnut Street Review Variety Show (FUSF, 262 Chestnut St)

Sunday, November 12

1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:15pm Second Sunday Speaker - 'Celebrate Wrentham 350' (Franklin Historical Museum)

Monday, November 13

7:00am Yard Waste Curbside Pick up (on your trash day)

7:00pm Virtual Town Hall for Youth (8th grade & high school) (Senator Becca Rausch)

Tuesday, November 14

7:00am Yard Waste Curbside Pick up (on your trash day)

7:00pm FBRTC Meeting (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm Yankee Quilter's Meeting (Emma's Quilt Cupboard)

Wednesday, November 15

7:00am Yard Waste Curbside Pick up (on your trash day)

11:00am Franklin Q&A (writers discussion group) (Franklin Senior Center)

1:00pm Senior Scribblers (writing group)

7:00pm RENT (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Thursday, November 16

7:00am Yard Waste Curbside Pick up (on your trash day)

8:30am Town Council Office Hours (Franklin Senior Center)

2:00pm Trek & Tales (DelCarte Conservation Area)

6:00pm Kendo (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

7:00pm RENT (ticketed event) (Dean College)


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: Nov 10, 2023 to November 16, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Nov 10, 2023 to November 16, 2023

Beaver Street Sewer Interceptor Replacement Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

Today (11/09/23) the Town of Franklin kicked off the Beaver Street Sewer Interceptor Replacement Project at the Franklin Recreation Center located at 275 Beaver Street.  

Town Council Chair, Tom Mercer, welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking and declared “the rehabilitation and realignment of the Beaver Street Interceptor will provide the most cost-effective, long-term solution to the Interceptor’s capacity and structural deficiencies, and will improve accessibility, operational and maintenance challenges as well as environmental impacts for the Town”. 

The Beaver Street Interceptor has been in continuous service for 108 years and is considered Franklin’s most critical sewer asset, conveying almost 70 percent of the Town’s sewage with an average daily sewage flow of approximately 1.5 million gallons per day through the pipeline. Other than routine maintenance, no improvements to the interceptor have been made since its original construction in 1914.

According to Franklin’s Department of Public Works Director, Robert Cantoreggi, extensive manhole inspections and cleaning and closed-circuit television inspection of the pipes were last completed in 2013 and 2014. Results of these investigations showed signs of increasing deterioration and worsening conditions of the pipes and manholes, most notably increased tuberculation, cracks, manhole and pipeline infiltration, and root intrusion.

“Due to its age, the risk and consequence of failure, environmental impacts, and the percentage of the Town’s sewer flows conveyed by the interceptor it is imperative we undertake this project and keep Franklin flowing,” stated Cantoreggi. 

Beaver Street Sewer Interceptor Replacement Project
Beaver Street Sewer Interceptor Replacement Project
Liz Taglieri, Executive Director of the Charles River Pollution Control District, recognized the Town’s proactive efforts toward infrastructure and safety. “Seeing the Town of Franklin invest in such a critical piece of its sewer infrastructure demonstrates just how much the Town values its responsibility to safely and effectively collect and transport the wastewater, ensuring the health and safety of not only the Town of Franklin, but also its neighboring communities.”  

The cost of this project will total more than $33 million. The Town was able to secure funding for this project through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Division of Municipal Services and State Revolving Fund (SRF) low-interest loan and principal forgiveness program. This program assists cities and towns to improve drinking water, stormwater and wastewater facilities and infrastructure to comply with federal and state quality requirements. Commissioner Bonnie Heiple of MassDEP was present for the groundbreaking ceremony. 

The climate crisis has brought significantly increased rainfall and storm impacts that can overwhelm infrastructure that was designed for a different time,” said Commissioner Heiple. “We are pleased to help bring this important project to fruition, as it will have tangible benefits to both public health and the environment.”

The Rehabilitation and Realignment of the Beaver Street Interceptor will improve environmental impacts, access, maintenance, and sanitary sewer overflows. The interceptor includes 59 manholes and approximately 2.3 miles of pipe, extending from the intersection of Cottage Street and Union Street to the easement behind Pond Street, near the Interstate 495/Route 140 interchange, where it discharges to the Mine Brook Interceptor. The projects consists of re-routing a portion of the existing interceptor, rehabilitating 6,100 linear feet of cured-in-place pipe lining, replacing 2,600 linear feet of the interceptor, upsizing of portions of the interceptor, installing 6,000 linear feet of new force main and gravity sewers, abandonment of 5,000 linear feet of the interceptor, and the construction of one new pump station and its associated force mains.

The interceptor project is extensive and is anticipated to take about 30 months to complete, starting in the fall of 2023 and ending in the summer of 2026.

For more information on the project please visit the Department of Public Works website at

FHS Volleyball wins to advance to D1 Final 4

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports playoff competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, Nov 9, 2023. 

Volleyball - Division 1 = #10 Franklin, 3 @ #2 Haverhill, 2 – Final
– Franklin kept the match alive with a fourth set win and then rallied in the fifth to stun second-seeded Haverhill, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 15-12), to earn a spot in the Division 1 Final Four. The Panthers got off to a great start, 9-0, in the first but the Hillies climbed back into it and took it, gaining a 1-0 lead. After the Panthers pulled back even, Haverhill once again surged ahead late for a 2-1 lead. With the fourth tied 13-13, Franklin went on a 12-7 run to close it out and keep the match going. The Panthers trailed, 8-7, at the switch in the fifth but won back-to-back points and never trailed again. Taylor Lacerda clinched the win with her 13th kill of the match, slamming a shot down the line. Lacerda also had 24 digs, three aces, and two blocks while sophomore Makayla Kuykendall registered a team-high 19 kills along with three aces, and 20 digs. Sophomore Livi Alberti landed 15 kills and seven blocks, Grace Lacerda had 10 kills, and Sasha Tracey dished out 53 assists go to along with 18 digs. Olivia Valante had a strong game defensively with 32 digs. #10 Franklin awaits the winner of #3 Barnstable and #6 Andover, who are playing on Saturday at 2:00.

Franklin will play the winner of the Barnstable vs Andover match scheduled for Saturday, Nov 11 at 2 PM at Barnstable.

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You're invited! To see the Chestnut St Review return to perform Nov 11, 2023

       The Chestnut Street Revue Hits the Stage
                                  November 11th at 7 PM!
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Chestnut St Review

The Chestnut Street Revue will hit the boards on Saturday, November 11th.  7 - 9:30 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin,  262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA

The showcase of talent is sure to BRING THE HOUSE DOWN and RAISE THE ROOF! You won't want to miss it. 

Instrumentalists young and old will toot their horns, strum their strings, bang their drums, or tickle the ivories.  Singers will have you humming along, laughing aloud, or gobsmacked in awe. Storytelling will weave a tale to transport you to new places. And did you know, there will be DANCING! Not only will you be entertained by one of our youngest members, but also the FUSF Dance Team will make their first public appearance. 

This fundraiser will also feature a bake sale of delicious treats and beverages and a raffle of some fun stuff. 

So, mark your calendars and join us this Saturday!!

TICKETS ARE $10 per person or $25 MAX per family.

Please bring cash or checks for refreshments and raffle tickets. 


Lifelong Community Learning: Turn natural items into a work of art! - register for workshop Dec 6

Picture of Pebble Art

Craft your own framed art piece made from pebbles, sea shells, driftwood, and more!

For information and to register, visit:

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