Saturday, January 27, 2024

How much do you care for your loved one? FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Feb 14, 2024

Upcoming Stop the Bleed class presented by the Franklin Health Department and Fire Department on 2/14/24 from 3 PM - 4:30 PM. 

The class is free and open to the public.

Please see attached flyer and share!

Thank you!!

Alisha Sullivan RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse
Town of Franklin
Office: 508-613-1334

FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Feb 14, 2024
FREE Stop the Bleed Training - Feb 14, 2024

Police Station Building Cmte agrees on RFP for the OPM, discusses timeline for selection (audio)

FM #1143 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1143 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Police Station Building Cmte Meeting held on Wednesday, January 24, 2023.4

Quick recap:

  • Police Station Bldg Cmte meeting underway. M D'Angelo provides an overview of the Owner Project Manager (OPM). The request for proposal (RFP) for the OPM is the doc before the group to review and discuss tonight.

  • The OPM really runs the project and is required by Mass Genl Law for projects of this size. The OPM responsibility list is more than a page of single spaced bullet items

  • Submittals from the firms are usually interesting but the interview is key to determine who is most qualified to do the work. Example given of a firm that had done 1 specific project, another had done a few, the last one had more than 20. That experience can be key

  • The initial response is a non price proposal, first you want qualifications, then you can work on a price. FHS OPM was the 3rd choice actually and did a good job ultimately.

  • Chair Mercer reminds group to get to find out the team of individuals that the OPM form would bring to work on this. The firm maybe good but if they bring in a newbie to the firm it may not be so good.

  • Meetings identified but with 3 public is it enough to cover the meetings with the committee? Change orders are key to keeping within the budget and there may be a few meetings involved to do that.

  • Site visits? To consider prior work? Yes, as we get to the architect

  • Setting some proprietary requirements (like common HVAC, locks, etc.) Helps with the overall maintenance and long term reduces cost of maintenance, folks already know of the component, minimum training required too

  • Discussion on use of a 4 vs. 3 week period for firms to prepare. Discussion on the timing of notifications (central register), Feb 7 to March 7, interviews on Tuesday March 12. Feb 15 for a listening session, at the current station.

  • Meeting adjourned with unanimous vote

The recording runs about an hour, so let’s listen to the Police Station Building Cmte Meeting of January 24, 2024. Audio link ->


Review of Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Agenda doc  

Committee page -> 

Franklin TV video link ->


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Police Station Building Committee - Agenda for meeting - Jan 24, 2024 at 7 PM
Police Station Building Committee - Agenda for meeting - Jan 24, 2024 at 7 PM

Both FHS girls & boys basketball teams top Milford on Friday

Via Twitter and our subscription to, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Friday, Jan 26, 2024.

Girls Basketball = Milford, 38 @ Franklin, 61 – Final 
– The Panthers bounced back from Tuesday’s loss by rolling to a big win over Milford, which also moves Franklin back to .500 on the season and keeps it two games back of division-leading Taunton. Franklin got off to a great start, scoring 19 in the opening quarter to lead by a dozen and then added 20 more in the second to make it 39-17 at halftime. In the third, Chloe Fales scored seven points and Sophie Pacheco added six, as the Panthers pushed the lead up to 33 going to the fourth. The Hawks outscored the hosts 14-4 in the final quarter led by TJ Downing’s seven. Fales set a season-high with 16 points to spark the Franklin offense. Norah MacCallum scored nine, Olena Malymina had eight, and Pacheco finished with seven (shooting 5-of-6 at the line). Downing scored a team-high 10 for Milford, which also got five points (all in the second half) from Olivia Baglione.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 81 @ Milford, 53 – Final 
– Franklin’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as it poured in at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters and the Panthers ran away with an impressive win on the road. The visitors wasted little time to get going as they netted 23 points in the first. Senior Bradley Herndon had all eight of his points in the first, senior Sean O’Leary scored eight of his 10 points, senior Henry Digiorgio (six points) added a bucket, and junior Caden Sullivan started to warm up with five points as the Panthers jumped out to a 23-12 lead. Sullivan really got it going in the middle quarters, scoring 12 points in the second and 11 more in the third — including a deep three just before the buzzer — on his way to a career-high 28 points to lead the charge. Hansy Jacques and Justice Samuels added points in the third as the Panthers turned a 43-28 halftime edge into a 70-42 lead going into the final eight minutes.

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

Franklin Senior Center: Senior Connection Newsletter for February 2024


Here is the Franklin Senior Center's February 2024 Senior Connection Newsletter. We will start taking reservations for programs next Thursday, February 1st in person or on the phone!

A few things to note:

  • Monthly Party- Friday, February 9th: Mardi Gras theme! ($6/ person)
  • Take a look at all fun technology classes being offered
  • We are starting up cooking and nutrition classes you won't want to miss!
  • Eat Around the World: Portugal on Friday, Feb 23rd ($6/person)
  • Starting up a "Thriving Solo" group on February 21st: Join other solo agers (single or partnered adults 55+ without the support of adult children or close family members) for a social group focused on what it means to navigate aging on one's own and meeting fellow solo agers!
  • And many more!

Happy February- Stay Warm!

-Your Franklin Senior Center Family

Shared from ->

Franklin Senior Center: Senior Connection Newsletter for February 2024
Franklin Senior Center: Senior Connection Newsletter for February 2024 (PDF)

Congressman Auchincloss: An Update on the last 2 weeks (as of 1/26/24)



I'm your representative in Congress and I write to keep you informed.

  • Standing with hostages
  • Defending Ukraine
  • Securing the border
  • In the weeds with the IT industry
  • Combatting Antisemitism
  • Building more housing


  • Honoring MLK
  • Visiting Fall River
  • Young Israel Sharon
  • Tackling opioids & meth

On the Hill


Standing with the Hostages: I joined fellow Members of the House in standing behind hostage families at a candlelight vigil to commemorate 100 days since Hamas slaughtered, raped, and tortured innocent civilians and took hundreds more hostage. Congress must remain united in pursuing the release of all hostages.

Defending Ukraine: I voted against Speaker Johnson's short-term funding measure. Consistent with my position from last summer, I will not bail the Republicans out of their continuing dysfunction unless they present a clear, credible, and concrete plan to fund Ukraine. Ukrainians are caught between Putin to their East and Trump to their West while they fight on the front lines of the free world, in their pursuit of self-determination. The funds already approved have had tremendous return on investment – making Russia weaker, NATO stronger, and boosting U.S. industrial capacity and jobs, including a billion dollars for Bay State industry alone. Congress must stop delaying and start shipping more materiel to our ally. I joined CNN to discuss my vote. You can watch it here

Securing the border: I am angered by reports that Senate Republicans plan to torpedo an impending bipartisan deal to fund Ukraine and secure our border. By their own admission, they are responding to Trump's request that he wants to campaign on the border, so he doesn't want them to govern on it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Mike Johnson must demonstrate political courage in standing up to Trump and MAGA in order to govern for the good of the country.

Last month, I joined state and local officials and service providers to deliver meals to migrants in our community. I remain committed to passing bipartisan immigration reform like the DIGNITY Act, which would upgrade border security and pre-process migrants in countries of origin; streamline & rationalize asylum & visa pathways; provide documentation and dignity to DREAMers; and help fund the upskilling of American workers.

Legislating on immigration in an election year is a tall order, but I will continue to press for pragmatism and compromise in order to improve border security and ensure due process.

In the weeds with the IT industry: I met with members of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to discuss the importance to the IT industry of strong intellectual property laws; access to global markets; and a thriving U.S. R&D ecosystem. These issues are not just critical to outcompeting China, they are also impactful to the Massachusetts economy.

Combating Antisemitism: In response to the Boston City Council's vote against accepting counter-terrorism funds, I sent a letter to Council President Ruthzee Louijeune urging the council to approve the funding when Mayor Michelle Wu re-submits the request. The Boston Globe concurred in an editorial. Regrettably, the Boston City Council has again delayed approval.

The Israel-Hamas War has heightened our region's need for counter-terrorism security measures, as underscored in recent congressional testimony by the FBI Director. Greater Boston is a national hub for the Jewish community. As antisemitism proliferates, counter-terrorism funding is more pertinent than ever. Impeding its disbursement could undermine the trust of Greater Boston's Jewish community. It is imperative that the City Council reconsider and approve these federal funds to support the safety of Greater Boston, including the town of Brookline in our district, which would be covered under the grant.

Building more housing: I sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee requesting the expansion of the successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program in the bipartisan tax package. I am happy to report the expansion was included in the bill that House Ways & Means approved. You can read more about the proposal, which also includes an expansion of the Child Tax Credit and inducement of corporate research & development, here.

Make your voice heard → I want to hear from you. 

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Around the Fourth


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.: Needham Select Board Member Marcus Nelson and I spoke about our work to advance affordable housing as a foundation of racial justice at Needham's MLK celebration. The celebration's theme was building bridges, not walls. Exclusionary zoning is a paper wall. We can't build bridges if we can't build housing.


Image Credit: Colin Furze, the Herald News

Visiting Fall River: With Mayor Paul Coogan, I visited the Homeless Overflow Shelter at the Timao Center, where federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has supported the Shelter's dynamic team of first responders, substance abuse counselors and mental-health practitioners in treating the homeless population and putting these individuals on the path to self-sufficiency. At the Highland Head Start Birth to Five Center, I heard from early educators about the hundreds of children on their waiting list and the 'two generation' model they pursue, where they uplift both children and their parents. I then toured the Veterans Association of Bristol County, where Executive Director Ken Levesque explained his efforts to expand from a food pantry to a full-service veterans-services hub for southeastern Massachusetts, encompassing social services and community building.

Young Israel Sharon: I joined the members of several Sharon temples at Young Israel of Sharon on Sunday, where I reiterated my support for the Israeli people and encouraged Israel's war cabinet to articulate achievable aims of returning all hostages; degrading Hamas to prevent it from waging further attacks; and establishing transitional governance for Gaza that is consistent with both Israel's security and the aspiration of the Palestinian people for a state of their own. Israel's reported offer of a two-month pause in return for all hostages is an important step in that direction. Hamas' rejection of the offer is another example of that terrorist organization's barbarity and the necessity of destroying its leadership and excluding it from governance.

Tackling Opioids & Meth: I met with the director and analysts from New England's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program. The HIDTA Program is funded from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and has a track record of success fusing government efforts in three domains:

  • Driving tight feedback loops between federal, state, and local law enforcement
  • Combining public safety with public health
  • Addressing drug trafficking along with related threats, including money laundering and illegal gun distribution
HIDTA briefed me on substance-abuse trends in Massachusetts, where in addition to the opioid crisis the analysts highlighted the alarming rise in methamphetamine abuse in the commonwealth, which previously has been spared that scourge. We also discussed bipartisan reauthorization of the HIDTA Program and the local Coast Guard's role in drug interdiction. This last element is of particular interest to me as a Member of the Coast Guard & Maritime Subcommittee and as a former commander of a joint training team for drug interdiction in Panama.




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Applause is taking an intermission during Feb & Mar, returning in April 2024

"Applause will be closed during February and March, BUT the curtain will be open on our Gelato and Unique Finds on APRIL 4th
Thank you all for your enthusiastic support of our first season!"

You can visit Applause online ->

Applause is taking an intermission during Feb & Mar, returning in April 2024
Applause is taking an intermission during Feb & Mar, returning in April 2024

Guest speaker Eric Ross at Metrowest Networkers Group - Feb 2

The Metrowest Networkers Group Welcomes -- Eric Ross
Power Networking - A Comprehensive Short Course
Building a robust, proactive network that will take you to your next job
Friday, February 2nd - Meeting starts at 10 AM.
7 Bishop Street; Framingham, MA (SMOC - The Cuddy Center)
  • Many professional positions are never advertised and can only be accessed via the "hidden job" market.
  • Most professional and executive jobs are landed through networking.
  • Come join us to learn the why, what, and how of relationship-referral networking.
  • Learn what to do, after making contacts at a networking meeting. 
Participants will hear about all the tools needed to develop extensive networks that access the hidden market, and learn a step-by-step process that starts with people they know and generates a continuing source of new professional contacts.
Through relationship-referral networking, these contacts become helpers in your job search and evolve into sources of new networking connections. Some may even become long-term professional or personal friends.
Senior industrial operations leader Eric Ross has a career history turning under-performing organizations into winners and winners into champions. He has held leadership roles in several industries, including manufacturing, HVAC, renewable energy, and professional services.  Eric is a former USAF commissioned officer who completed service in the rank of major and holds MS and BS degrees in Engineering.

Please share this info with anyone who could benefit by attending.

Guest speaker Eric Ross at Metrowest Networkers Group
Guest speaker Eric Ross at Metrowest Networkers Group

Friday, January 26, 2024

Franklin's Event Outlook: January 26, 2024 to February 2, 2024

Friday, January 26
9:00am Wreath Ceremony (Franklin Veterans Walkway on the Town Common)
3:00pm Coffee Conversation with President Elmore (Franklin Public Library)
6:30pm An Evening with Spirit with Psychic Medium Cathy Ripley Greene (SAFE Coalition)
7:00pm Film & Discussion: Selma (Dean College Student Center)
9:00pm Dom DeBaggis (Live music) (3 Restaurant)

Saturday, January 27
8:00am Girl Scout cookie sale (Dunkin, King St) 8:30am Girl Scout cookie sale (Dean Bank, Main St) 10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
10:00am Trail Walk (SNETT Grove St trail head)
1:00pm Kids Paint Party  (Franklin Public Library)
7:00pm Live Music and CD Release by Second Son Band (First Universalist Society of Franklin)

Sunday, January 28
10:00am Girl Scout cookie sale (Learning Express)
11:00am Girl Scout cookie sale (Aubuchon Hardware)
1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

Monday, January 29
6:00pm Sound Bath Meditation Workshop (ticketed event) (Franklin High School)
7:00pm Franklin High School Jazz Concert (donation suggested) (Franklin High School)

Tuesday, January 30
7:00pm Trivia Night (Raillery Public House)

Wednesday, January 31
1:00pm Senior Scribblers (recording session) (FranklinTV Studio)
5:00pm Pantherbook Fundraiser (Sante Fe Burrito)
6:00pm Stand-Up Comedy (ticketed event) (Glen Pharma Distillery)
6:00pm Music & Spoken Word: Where do we go from here? (Dean College Marvin Chapel)

Thursday, February 1
5:00pm Sweet & Greet (Franklin High School Media Center)
6:00pm Franklin LGBTQ Alliance (Franklin Public Library)


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: January 26, 2024 to February 2, 2024
Franklin's Event Outlook: January 26, 2024 to February 2, 2024