Saturday, December 30, 2023

#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 29, 2023

As we role into year's end, we have been busy maintaining programs and beginning to shift our focus from emergency management to long-term sustainability and support for the families in the Emergency Aid (EA) Shelter in Franklin.

The After-School Program continues to offer a weekly outlet for children in elementary, middle, and high school. The program runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons (when there's not a holiday). The program is working with the hotel staff so that the program can run on days when Franklin Public Schools let out early for a half day. If you would like to learn more about the After-School Program or volunteer to help, contact Rev. Kathy McAdams at

Over the last two weeks, we have made major transitions with donation sorting at the Franklin United Methodist Church. Due to construction in the sanctuary and the inability to continue to use that space as additional storage and a walk-thru, all donations have been moved to a new, bigger location within the church on the second floor (the old balcony). This expanded space allows for more storage and a better working environment for volunteers. All volunteers must (still) be able to navigate stairs in order to enter the space.

new, bigger location within the church on the second floor
new, bigger location within the church on the second floor

In addition to moving spaces, volunteers have also been able to pack bags of underwear, socks, and hygiene supplies to all but about 20 families that we have information for. Many thanks to everyone who has donated to the Franklin Interfaith Council's Humanitarian Aid Fund. Your contributions paid for all the socks and underwear! And, many thanks to Stop & Shop for donating the paper bags.

many thanks to Stop & Shop for donating the paper bags
many thanks to Stop & Shop for donating the paper bags

As we move into the new year, the needs at the shelter are shifting. Most of the families are now receiving services that afford them with basic necessities and (in some cases) a modest income. Donations are now being used to supplement the services families are receiving. We are working to figure out what that looks like. We are trying to figure out how donations can be accessed by families in a way that brings some amount of personal agency and choice to the process. We will do our best to keep you up to date as to what those transitions look like as they are happening.

All of that being said, the Franklin Interfaith Council is continuing to solicit donations and regular volunteers to help sort the donations. You can signup to help by going to If you have any questions about the donation sorting or would like to sign up a group at a special time, please contact Pastor Jacob Juncker at

Below is the updated flyer detailing the specific donations we are looking for. As a reminder: all donations should be dropped off inside the main entrance of the Franklin United Methodist Church and NOT at the EA Shelter/Best Western Hotel.

Thank you all for your continued support. The work we have accomplished together is nothing short of monumental and life-changing. Thank you! If you have any questions, please email

#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 29, 2023
#LOVEfranklin // Emergency Shelter Humanitarian Aid UPDATE for Dec 29, 2023

Prospect St emergency repair requires street closing beginning Jan 3, 2024 for several days

Prospect Street Emergency Repair Update:
After careful evaluation of the existing condition of the old granite culvert and working with Engineering and the contractor it makes sense at this time to completely remove the whole granite culvert and replace it with a new 48" concrete pipe.
In order to do this, Prospect Street will have to be closed for a couple of days. Even though this presents a long significant detour (not kidding no easy away around this work) either through Franklin (think Grove St) or Bellingham (126?) it is the safest and most cost effective way to make the repairs.
It is anticipated at this time Prospect St will be closed the morning of January 3rd and hopefully reopen in seven to ten days, weather permitting.
Prospect St emergency repair requires street closing beginning Jan 3, 2024 for several days
Prospect St emergency repair requires street closing beginning Jan 3, 2024 for several days

FHS Boys Basketball posts win at KSA tournament, FHS Wrestling goes 2-1 at Franklin Duals

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, December 29, 2023. 

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 70 vs. Wareham, 69 – Final
Congratulations to the guys going 2-1 in the KSA Holiday Tournament. 
Vs West Orange 56-54 L
Vs Seneca Falls 64-34 W
Vs Wareham 70-69 W

Wrestling = Franklin Duals (Foxboro, Franklin, Canton, Stoughton)
Franklin is 1-1 at the Franklin super duals so far with a loss to central catholic 42-30 and a win against Leominster 48-28. One more match on the day.

Great way to end day 1 with a win against Durfee 54-30. Pins from Cole, Sauer, Carlucci, Griffen, Rosenburg, O’Connell, Large, and Pritoni.

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FHS Panther sports results shared via Twitter & subscription to
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Congressman Auchincloss Summarizes His 3rd Year in Congress representing the 4th District

This year has proved to be turbulent with Republicans taking over the majority and their constant infighting derailing even basic governance. Despite the political theater and GOP-manufactured dysfunction, Congressman Jake Auchincloss was able to achieve results: working to take on special interests to lower healthcare costs; working with the Biden administration to curb gun violence despite Republican control of Congress; establishing an influential voice on U.S. foreign policy regarding China, Ukraine, and Israel; and continuing to deliver top-notch constituent services.       

Legislative Victories and Representing Values

Rep. Auchincloss was appointed to the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. In this committee he has fought for increased investment in science and education and an emphasis on sustaining U.S. leadership for the rules-based, international order instead of turning towards protectionism and isolationism. 

Unanimously passed legislation, the U.S. Supply Chain Security Review Act, through the House to assess the potential economic security and supply chain risks of foreign ownership of marine terminals at major U.S. ports. 

Led a letter with 67 House Members urging the inclusion of funding for safe firearm storage education in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Worked to lower health care costs and cut out greedy drug-pricing middlemen by co-leading or cosponsoring the following bills: the Drug Price Transparency in Medicaid Act, the Protect Patients Against PBM Abuses Act and the Help Ensure Lower Patient (HELP) Copays Act.

Delivering Results at Home 

  • Visited all 35 cities and towns in the district
  • Visited 47 businesses and nonprofit organizations in person across the district
  • Held 32 in-person or virtual town halls to share legislative updates and hear what’s on constituents’ minds. 
  • Hosted 13 youth-focused events to engage with young people across the district on topics ranging from climate change, mental health/social media, anti-Semitism, career readiness, and more.
  • Engaged 100+ students across the district via the Congressional App Challenge, Congressional Art Competition, and Military Academy nomination process.

  • 1975 casework inquiries completed
  • Casework completed for constituents in every city and town in the district
  • $285,569 of tax refunds returned
  • 740 emergency passports secured
  • Assisted 128 constituents with obtaining Social Security benefits
  • Assisted 339 constituents with navigating the US immigration system

Effectively Communicating and Making a Name for Himself in the Next Generation of Democratic Leaders 

Congressman Auchincloss continued his aggressive “go everywhere” media strategy this year, using his unique voice to meet audiences where they are. Called “as media-friendly as anyone on the Hill these days,” it was noted that “the second-term representative, [is] well, everywhere…[and] maintains a relatively aggressive schedule of cable TV appearances.” Thanks in part to this media strategy, Auchincloss “has emerged as a rising star in Massachusetts politics.” 

During his third year in office he has made over 225 local and national television appearances and penned national and local op-eds appearing in The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, The Hill, The Economist, Iowa Starting Line, FOX, and Commonwealth Magazine. 

Congressman Auchincloss made headlines for being the first member of Congress to deliver a speech written by AI on the House floor. Auchincloss – who offers a unique perspective on emerging technologies as one of the few millennials in Congress and as someone with a background in the tech sector – helped kickoff one of the most closely watched debates on Capitol Hill, AI regulation. 

Congressman Auchincloss has used his position on the Select Committee on China and military background to become a leading voice in the Democratic Party on foreign policy issues including being an outspoken advocate for defending democracy abroad. He has taken a leading role in advocating for more aid for Ukraine, including during a speaking engagement at the Texas Tribune Festival; has been out front on supporting Israel’s right to defend itself; and calling for the US to stand with Taiwan and Indo-Pacific allies against Chinese aggression.   

Called the “defender in chief,” Auchincloss has taken a leading role in pushing back on bad faith attacks against President Biden and his agenda while in a Republican controlled House. An “outspoken defender of President Biden on foreign policy,” Auchincloss has stood up for Democratic values both locally and nationally – featured in publications such as The New York Times. Auchincloss will continue to be a strong surrogate for the administration as a compelling voice among emerging Democratic leaders who can talk to a diverse audience. 

As we head into another year of Republican control, Congressman Auchincloss will continue to secure local wins despite being in the minority; stand up for Democratic values; and lay the groundwork for legislation that can be adopted when Democrats reclaim the gavel. 

Stormwater utility fee credit timelines for 2024

Stormwater credits will be accepted from April 1 through May 31 (in advance of the updated billing effective July 1, 2024).

Stormwater credit timelines for 2024
Stormwater credit timelines for 2024

More about the stormwater fee can be found on the Town of Franklin page

Quick 4 min video providing overall view of stormwater utility fee ->

Video on the stormwater fee origin and Q&A -> 

Hockomock Area YMCA schedules a new session of "Mindfulness for Kids" in January

Hockomock Area YMCA (@HockomockYMCA) posted
"Join us for a new session of Mindfulness for Kids in January.

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Hockomock Area YMCA schedules a new session of "Mindfulness for Kids" in January
Hockomock Area YMCA schedules a new session of "Mindfulness for Kids" in January

If Finland solved homelessness, can we? (video)

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 29, 2023 to January 4, 2024

Friday, December 29

6:30am Trash-Recycle Pickup delayed 1 day this week

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt!  (Franklin Public Library)

11:00am Noon Year's Eve Party!  (Franklin Public Library)

7:00pm Comedy Show (ticketed event) (3 Restaurant)

Saturday, December 30

6:30am Trash-Recycle Pickup delayed 1 day this week

8:00am Gingerbread Character Scavenger Hunt! (Franklin Public Library)

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am Train Town Franklin; Part 2 (Franklin Historical Museum)

Sunday, December 31 = New Year's Eve

Monday, January 1, 2024 = New Year's Day

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

7:30pm Voice of Franklin, part of Toastmasters International (Franklin TV Studio)

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

6:30am Trash-Recycle Pickup Delayed 1 day

10:00am Veterans Coffee Social (Franklin Senior Center)

6:30pm Franklin Art Association (Franklin Senior Center)

Thursday, January 4, 2024

6:30am Trash-Recycle Pickup Delayed 1 day


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: Dec 22, 2023 to December 28, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 22, 2023 to December 28, 2023

Franklin Food Pantry Distributes Record Number of Holiday Meal Kits

The Franklin Food Pantry, which provides supplemental food assistance and programs in Franklin, Massachusetts, distributed 275 holiday meal kits to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, and 333 holiday meal kits for December holiday celebrations. 

Meal kits included canned goods and vegetables, a gift card to purchase a protein of choice at a local supermarket, and holiday inspired desserts. The meal kits were distributed curbside by volunteers and staff. Many of the meal kit items, including the reusable shopping bags, were donated by community groups, local business partners, and supporters of The Pantry. 

This year’s demand for holiday meal kits echoes the overall increase for food and services at The Pantry. Visits to The Pantry from September to December 2023 increased 42 percent vs. the same period last year. The Pantry attributes the growing need to continued high cost of food and housing, the end of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments, and The Pantry’s increased visibility on Rt. 140 in Franklin.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide hunger relief to our neighbors in need especially during the holiday season, but the growing need underscores that there is more work to be done,” said Tina Powderly, Executive Director, of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Fighting hunger is an ongoing battle and with the community’s support we can get food into the hand of those who are experiencing food insecurity throughout the year.”

Individuals, community groups, and businesses can get involved by hosting a food or fund drive, making a tax-deductible donation, or volunteering.  More opportunities to get involved are listed on The Pantry’s website. 

For more information on the Franklin Food Pantry, or if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call 508-528-3115 or email

About the Franklin Food Pantry, Inc.
The Franklin Food Pantry, Inc. offers supplemental food assistance, household necessities, and resource referral programs to more than 1,300 individuals per year. The Pantry relies on donations and grants to purchase items and pay for daily operations, and partnerships with The Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and local grocery stores to achieve greater buying power and lower costs. 
Programs include In-person Shopping, Curbside Pick-up, Emergency Food Bags, Mobile Pantries, Home Delivery, Kids’ Snack Bags, Weekend Backpacks, Holiday Meal Kits, Community Gardens, and the Franklin Farmers Market. The Pantry is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in good standing in Massachusetts, recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four- Star Charity, and awarded GuideStar’s Platinum Transparency ranking. The Pantry is located at 341 W. Central St. in Franklin, MA on Route 140. Please visit for more information.


Franklin Food Pantry Distributes Record Number of Holiday Meal Kits
Franklin Food Pantry Distributes Record Number of Holiday Meal Kits

Curbside trash/recycling schedule for New Year's week

  • (January 1-5, 2024) No pick-up Monday, January 1 - one day delay the rest of the week (Regular Friday, January 5 pick-up will be on Saturday, January 6).

  • Friday, Dec. 29 - 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Saturday, Dec. 30 - 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday, Dec. 31 - 9 AM to PM
Curbside trash/recycling schedule for New Year's week
Curbside trash/recycling schedule for New Year's week

FHS gymnastics, boys hockey, & boys basketball teams post wins on Thursday

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, December 28, 2023. 

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 64 vs. Seneca Valley (PA), 34 – Final

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 vs. Framingham, 2 – Final (OT)

Game #6 Results: #9 Franklin (3) Framingham (2) (Shots - Franklin 60 Framingham 25)
1st period Recap: Shots - Franklin (22) Framingham (6)
Off the drop Of the puck the boys 100k like they were shot Out Of a cannon, McEvoy, Paterson & Lampasona immediately get to work with Marchand & Arienti. Balducci, Langevin & Daley follow suit with a couple quick chances & blue line support by Toli & Harrington. Another wave follows as Hager, Wernig & Quinn find a quick couple Of chances as well. It's all Franklin first 6 minutes Of play & w/ 8:52 to go in the 1st. Lampasona gets a chance to put Franklin on the board w/ a penalty shot however #31 Geltman comes up huge! At 5:20 Franklin takes 1st penalty Of the game & with aggressive forechecking by Daley & Balducci & Strong blue line play by Marchand & Arienti Franklin fend off the penalty. W/ .24 seconds left in the period Paterson pushes the faceoff to the corner in the Ozone, McEvoy wins the foot race to the puck & takes it behind the net & pivots, turns, and finds Paterson in the slot- who hammers the tack home putting Franklin on the board to end the 1st Franklin 1 Framingham O. Torraco serves up the egg to Framingham.
2nd Period Recap: Shots - Franklin (18) Framingham (10)
As play continues the pressure from Franklin ensues, Wernig is buzzing keeping Framingham on their heels. Franklin is getting a ton Of chances, but #31 Geltman is stopping everything Franklin throws at him. And w/7:51 to go in the Framingham's Kurzman finds the back Of the net from the point to tie it up 1-1. Franklin sets right back into Sync, Taccini, Wernig & McAlpine pushing the pace and Smith & Marchand standing tall to keep Framingham hemmed into their zone. W/ 4:07 to go in the 2nd Franklin takes an interference penalty, a big standoff by Franklin coupled w/ great play from Balducci, Daley, Paterson & McEvoy combine for more attempts on the PK than Framingham's PP. At 1:08 Franklin gets their chance at the PP & with .11 to go, Paterson takes on almost the length of the ice turning a defenseman inside out & slides one 5-hole, assisted by McEvoy. Once again Franklin put up a big goal with seconds left in the period to take the lead 2-1. Torraco another solid period in net.
3rd Period Recap: Shots - Franklin (15) Framingham (10)
Franklin continues the strong play, but Framingham's #31 Geltman is keeping this one tight all by himself. And w/ 12:56 to go Framingham's #15 Beninati finds the back of the net to tie it up 2-2. W/ 10:39 to go in game Franklin takes a tripping penalty but a Strong rush by Balducci & Daley even up the penalties when Balducci draws a tripping call. Langevin pushing pace coupled w/ a strong period from the blue line crew Marchand, Arienti, Toli, Harrington & Smith making it difficult for Framingham to do much. The is no shortage Of attempts for Franklin but once again the Story is Framingham's #31 Geltman who's not giving an inch in net. End Of regulation 2-2 — this One is going to OT!
OT Recap: Shots - Franklin (5) Framingham (O)
The 4v4 kicks Off McEvoy, Paterson, Lampasona & Marchand followed by Balducci, Wernig, Daley combining for 4 solid attempts to put this one away, again Framingham's #31 Geltman has other plans! Finally, w/ 2:37 to go in OT Paterson wins a huge ozone faceoff to Lampasona — who snaps one top right corner to cap it! Franklin wins 3-2! Torraco solid game, many big saves down the stretch!

Final Franklin 3 Framingham 2 - POG (Torraco)
Stats: Paterson 2GIA, McEvoy 2A, Lampasona IG

Franklin (3-3) @ Newburyport - Saturday 12/30 puck drops @ 12:00PM!

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ Leominster, 4 – Final 
– Julia Flynn had a hat trick for the Panthers, as they battled back from an early three-goal deficit before losing by a single goal. Flynn scored a shorthanded goal, got one on the power play off a Nina Iannuzzi assist, and then added a third with assists from Kaitlin Johnson and Haley Wernig.

Gymnastics = North Attleboro, 115.95 @ Franklin, 128.25 – Final
FINAL Franklin 128.25 vs N.Attleboro's 115.95. Top 4 in each event. 
VAULT - Abby Robillard 8.35, Ciara O'Brien 8.4, Molly Chandler 8.6 and Ryann Chandler 8.7 
BARS - Ciara 6.7, Abby Scotland 6.85, Kendra Love 7.35 and Abby R 7.85 
BEAM - Abby S 8.05, Molly C 8.1, Ryann C 8.2 and Lilly Cardin 8.35 
FLOOR - Molly D'Amato 7.6, Molly C 7.7, Abby R 8.6 and Ryann C 8.85. 

Congrats to Molly C and Abby R for making their All Around debut with Abby R winning the AA with a 32.6.
Great start to a fun season very proud of how everyone stepped up!! 

For other results around the Hockomock League (subscription required) 

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

FHS' Chandaria takes 2nd, Hardt 4th in Pentathlon, & Pink 1st in 1000M at MSTCA Distance Classic

MSTCA Distance Classic - December 28, 2023

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center

Overall meet results -> 

FHS team results -> 

Girls Indoor Pentathlon 55m Hurdles

1 Ella Chandaria +805 • H2 • #157 8.95

4 Cailyn Bruno +702 • H1 • #156 9.42

Boys Indoor Pentathlon 55m Hurdles

1 Quinten Hardt +831 • H1 • #666 8.07

11 Jaret Schmidt +664 • H3 • #676 8.75

24 Bryce Dragsbaek +374 • H5 • #663 10.17

28 Siddharth Chandra +280 • H3 • #660 10.74

Girls Indoor Pentathlon 800m

9 Ella Chandaria     +489 • H2 • #157 2:47.58

11 Cailyn Bruno +462 • H2 • #156 2:50.19

Boys 800m

20 Patrick McIntyre PR • H4 • #668 • Yr: 10 2:18.26

23 Jake Lorenzo H2 • #667 • Yr: 11 2:18.82

Boys Indoor Pentathlon 1000m

10 Quinten Hardt +603 • H2 • #666 3:06.40

17 Bryce Dragsbaek +485 • H2 • #663 3:19.57

26 Jaret Schmidt +393 • H2 • #676 3:30.95

27 Siddharth Chandra +342 • H2 • #660 3:37.86

Boys 1000m

1 Jonathan Pink PR • H1 • #672 • Yr: 11 2:43.19

37 Manuel Romero PR • H3 • #674 • Yr: 11 3:02.10

39 Andrew Rontiris PR • H4 • #675 • Yr: 10 3:02.14

51 Nicholas Mitchell H7 • #669 • Yr: 9 3:05.20

70 Ethan Riley PR • H5 • #673 • Yr: 9 3:11.35

87 Shravan Dev PR • H8 • #661 • Yr: 9 3:17.63

Boys 1 Mile

30 Andrew Scotland H2 • #677 • Yr: 10 4:55.94

49 Jack Halter PR • H5 • #665 • Yr: 11 5:02.69

58 Alexander Fioravanti PR • H5 • #664 • Yr: 11 5:05.92

59 Joshua Diehl PR • H6 • #662 • Yr: 12 5:06.57

101 Adam Peng PR • H7 • #671 • Yr: 10 5:15.02

Boys 2 Mile

37 Tyler Anderson H2 • #659 • Yr: 10 12:08.85

Girls Indoor Pentathlon High Jump

10 Cailyn Bruno +502 • F1 • #156 1.39m 4-06.75

14 Ella Chandaria +470 • F1 • #157 1.36m 4-05.50

Boys Indoor Pentathlon High Jump

5 Quinten Hardt +585 • F1 • #666 1.75m 5-08.75

12 Bryce Dragsbaek +536 • F1 • #663 1.69m 5-06.50

28 Jaret Schmidt +331 • F1 • #676 1.42m 4-07.75

29 Siddharth Chandra +310 • F1 • #660 1.39m 4-06.75

Girls Indoor Pentathlon Long Jump

8 Ella Chandaria +403 • F2 • #157 4.40m 14-05.25

19 Cailyn Bruno +355 • F2 • #156 4.20m 13-09.50

Boys Indoor Pentathlon Long Jump

1 Quinten Hardt +595 • F2 • #666 6.04m 19-09.75

6 Bryce Dragsbaek +556 • F2 • #663 5.86m 19-02.75

21 Jaret Schmidt +433 • F2 • #676 5.26m 17-03.25

25 Siddharth Chandra +411 • F2 • #660 5.15m 16-10.75

Girls Indoor Pentathlon Shot Put

1 Ella Chandaria +489 • F1 • #157 9.38m 30-09.25

22 Cailyn Bruno +292 • F1 • #156 6.32m 20-09.00

Boys Indoor Pentathlon Shot Put

17 Bryce Dragsbaek +446 • F1 • #663 9.34m 30-07.75

18 Quinten Hardt +441 • F1 • #666 9.26m 30-04.75

29 Jaret Schmidt +296 • F1 • #676 6.80m 22-03.75

30 Siddharth Chandra +283 • F1 • #660 6.58m 21-07.25

1 Boys 4x800 Meter Relay 8:43.07 'A' • H1 • J. Pink, J. Diehl, A. Scotland, B. Morin

Quinn Hardt places 4th overall in his first ever Pentathlon! Congrats and on to the new year!
Quinn Hardt places 4th overall in his first ever Pentathlon! Congrats and on to the new year!

Download a PDF of the Franklin results ->
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