Saturday, April 27, 2024

What's happening Saturday, April 27, 2024?

Saturday, April 27

9:00am - DEA Medication "take back" day (SAFE Coalition)

9:00am - Earth Day - Clean Up (Beaver Pond)

9:00am - Stephen Green First Lego League Explore Showcase (Franklin Public Library)

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

10:00am - Celebrate Earth Day (DelCarte Open Space)

10:00am - Roll, Stroll, Seed (Sculpture Park)

10:30am - Rough Sleepers Community Discussion (Franklin Public Library)

10:30am - Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals: A Stuffed Animal Storytime (Franklin Public Library)

6:00pm - Silent Saturdays: "Ravished Armenia" (Franklin Historical Museum)

7:00pm - South Street Six (La Cantina Winery)

7:30pm - Electric Youth & Future Shock (THE BLACK BOX)

8:00pm - Garnet Rogers (Circle of Friends Coffeehouse)

What's happening Saturday, April 27, 2024?
What's happening Saturday, April 27, 2024?

Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

Find the full Community event calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open for viewing (and purchasing the art displayed) during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Fallen Hero Recognitions scheduled for May & June 2024

Fallen Hero Recognition is conducted each day at 9 AM on the Town Common Veterans Walkway.

The brief program (approx. 5 minutes) includes the placing of a Memorial Wreath for the day, a reading of whatever history may be available for that veteran, a salute from those present, and the playing of Taps. 

This is a way of keeping the memory of that veteran alive. The public and any family members are welcome to attend.
11 - Charles Christakes - WWII

1 - William G. Hosford - WWII
5 - Frank Gryzboski - WWII
12 - LLoyd M. Ellis - WWII
14 - Timothy J. Hayes - WWII
15 - Elijah H. Coldwell - WWI
20 - Edward A. Kelly - WWII
24 - Baldo S. Lazzerini - WWII

The program is a collaboration of the Edward L. Grant American Legion Post 75, and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 3402, under the auspices of the Town’s Veterans Council. The program outline and schedule can be found

The schedule has also been added to the Community Calendar for the next 5 years.

For the full published series of Fallen Heroes you can visit this link

Photos of each of the bronze plaques along the Veterans Walkway can be found in this album ->

photo of the recognition group for 1 of the March 10 recognitions
 Honoring Our Franklin Veterans Who Died In Service to Our Country

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, agenda for April 30, 2024

Franklin School Committee
April 30, 2024 - 7:00 P.M

Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order Mr. Callaghan
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

I. Executive Session
A. As per M.G.L. c. 30A, § 21 (a) (2). To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel

II. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Mr. Callaghan
C. Payroll Mr. McNeill
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

III. Guests/Presentations
A. Master Planning Report and Recommendations

IV. Discussion/Action Items
A. Interim Business Administrator Appointment
I recommend the appointment of Interim School Business Administrator pending
contract negotiations as discussed.
B. Override Memorandum of Understanding
I recommend approval of the Override Memorandum of Understanding as

V. Discussion Only Items
A. ACCEPT 3rd Quarter Report

VI. 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 the April 9, 2024 School Committee
Meeting as detailed.
B. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two check totaling: $5377.00 from music parents as
$55.00 Field Trips
$5322.00 In-House Enrichment
C. Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of two check totaling $12500.00 for FHS Scholarships
as detailed.
$2,500.00 DCU Bank
$10,000.00 Fernando P. Baglioni Scholarship Fund
VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX. Adjournment

Meeting packet folder - location of all docs released for this meeting (note some posted after the session) ->

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, agenda for April 30, 2024
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting, agenda for April 30, 2024

Special School Committee meeting enables interview of candidate for business administrator position (audio)

FM #1182 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1182 in the series. 

This session shares the Special School Committee meeting of Thursday, April 25, 2024. Chair Dave Callaghan, Al Charles, Dr Paul Griffith, Ruthann O’Sullivan, KP Sompally, Vice-Chair David McNeill were present; Erin Gallagher was absent. 

Candidate for the interview is the current assistant to the business administrator, as an interim position appointment. Janaina Vasconcelos-Melotti is here to present her background and answer questions.

The meeting recording runs about 60 minutes. Audio link ->


Agenda for this session -> 

My notes captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> 

Franklin TV Video was recorded but it is not yet available (not sure why).


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

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Special School Committee meeting enables interview of candidate for business administrator position (audio)
Special School Committee meeting enables interview of candidate for business administrator position (audio)

The FHS baseball and girls tennis teams post wins on Friday

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

Baseball = Franklin, 6 @ Attleboro, 4 – Final 
– A pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning pushed the Panthers past Attleboro, giving Franklin its second straight win and third in the last four games. The host Bombardiers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game 4-4 going into the seventh but Franklin fought back and regained the lead. Senior Rex Cinelli led off with a single, senior Henry Digiorgio reached on a bunt single, both moved up on a groundout, and then both came home on a single from junior Zach Winer. Sophomore Sean Kryzak (1.1IP, 1H, 1BB, 2K, who came in during the sixth inning, retired the side in order in the bottom half to close it out. Cinelli and Winer both finished with two hits while Jake Shaugnessy notched two RBI in the win. Attleboro’s Michael Huntington went 3-for-4 with a triple from the leadoff spot, driving in two runs and scoring once.

Softball = Attleboro, 11 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
– Attleboro jumped out to an early lead with a three-run first inning and then exploded for seven runs in the third to pull away from the host Panthers. Freshman Lola Ronayne smacked a two-run double in the third at-bat of the game to present the Bombardiers with the advantage. Emily Eby added a two-run single in the top of the third to cap the seven-run burst from Attleboro. Rylie Camacho finished with a team-high three hits along with two runs and an RBI, Ronayne (four RBI, run) and Madison Moran (RBI, run) each added two hits, and Eby finished with a hit, two RBI, and a run scored. Jenna Callahan got the win with five runs against but just two earned, scattering six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings; Ronayne tossed 1.2 scoreless innings in relief with a pair of hits and a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore Ciara O’Brien went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI for the Panthers while Katie Dowley and Sarah Boozang (2 RBI) each had two hits and a run scored.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin vs. Concord-Carlisle, 4:30

Boys Tennis = Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Attleboro won both its doubles matches, including a three-set win at second doubles, to pick up the road victory and maintain its lead atop the Kelley-Rex division. Tyler Rocchio won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles to get the Bombardiers on the board and the first doubles team of Brady Rosen and Luke Hinton rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Attleboro clinched the win at second doubles. Franklin’s team of Gabe Terry and AJ Trull took the first set 6-1, but Dane Holske and Noam Cook rallied to win the next two 6-2, 6-0 to seal the third point for the Bombardiers. Franklin’s Jay Gorgas won in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) at first singles and Adarsh Pressanna pulled out a third-set tiebreaker to beat Jackson Fazzina (6-4, 6-7, 10-4) at third singles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
– In a battle of teams at the top of the Kelley-Rex division, Franklin took all five matches to stay unbeaten on the season. Sophomore Gabby Cura emerged from a tight first set in a tiebreaker and took the match 7-6 (3), 6-2, senior Chloe Essam erased a one-set deficit to score a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win at second singles, and senior Brooke Taylor was dominant in a 6-0, 6-0 third singles victory for the Panthers. Franklin’s first doubles team of juniors Sydney Tolonen and Izzy Trull secured a 6-4, 6-1 win at first doubles while senior Mia Dewsnap and sophomore Isabelle Simino teamed up for a 6-2, 6-2 second doubles victory.

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

Register O’Donnell to Visit Franklin Town Hall - May 7

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell and his outreach team will hold office hours Tuesday, May 7th, from 10 AM to 12 PM at Franklin Town Hall in the Council Chambers as part of his ongoing efforts to bring the Registry of Deeds directly to the residents of Norfolk County.


The Registry of Deeds is the principal office for real property records in Norfolk County, cataloging and housing more than 13.1 million land documents dating back to 1793. The office hours will be held to assist residents with any questions or concerns regarding real property records or land documents.


Register O’Donnell to Visit Franklin Town Hall - May 7
Register O’Donnell to Visit Franklin Town Hall - May 7

The Register expressed his strong belief in the benefits of bringing the Registry directly to Franklin. “These Registry office hours,” noted the Register, “allow us to bring the services of the Registry of Deeds directly to the citizens of Norfolk County without the inconvenience of having them travel to the Registry’s central office in Dedham.”


By offering office hours in Franklin, the Register aims to make it more convenient for residents to access and inquire about real property records. This initiative reflects the Register's commitment to providing efficient and accessible services to the citizens of Norfolk County.


Registry staff are able to provide local residents with certified copies of land documents, such as deeds and mortgage discharges. They can also bring original land documents for residents back to the Registry for recording.


Register O’Donnell concluded by stating, “I understand that not everyone has the ability to travel to the Registry. By offering office hours in Franklin, we hope to accommodate those who may have difficulty making it to our main location. Additionally, residents can also utilize our online services to access and request real property records from the comfort of their own homes. Our goal is to ensure that all Norfolk County residents have convenient and flexible options for accessing and inquiring about their real property records.”


 If you would like to stay up-to-date on upcoming Registry of Deeds events, programs, and real estate information, you can sign up for our Registry email updates at, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at


The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities, and others with a need for secure, accurate, and accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website, Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or email us at

Reminder: Special Programs in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day at the Historical Museum - Apr 27 & 28

April 27 & 28 Special Programs in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24), which marks the beginning of the organized killing of Armenians within the Ottoman empire in 1915. This event was responsible for many survivors fleeing to America, many of whom established a vibrant local community in Franklin, including Camp Haiastan, still located on Summer St.

Saturday, April 27 – During regular museum hours, we expect to share items from Franklin’s Armenian past as well as short films about the Armenian Genocide plus the Silent Saturday showing of Ravished Armenia.
Silent Saturday showing of Ravished Armenia
Ravished Armenia

Sunday April 28 - Franklin’s Mark Minichelli will discuss the history of the genocide and the local community and will share video of his grandmother, Helen Boghosian, a genocide survivor who lived most of her life in Franklin.

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Franklin. The museum is open Saturday mornings from 10AM-1PM and Sunday afternoons from 1:00PM-4:00PM. When visiting the museum, please consider donating a non-perishable item for the Franklin Food Pantry. 

Questions? Contact Alan Earls at 508 560 3786.   

Visit the Franklin Historical Museum online at

Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
May 13, 2024 = 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room

"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."
● Follow Up from Previous Meeting
● Legislative Forum Update
● Strawberry Stroll Update
● Newsletter Update & May Newsletter Planning
● New Website Update

Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM

Franklin Police share: "Four Arrested in Connection with Large Scale Burglary Ring that Executed 43 Breaks Across 25 Towns including Franklin"

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Massachusetts State Police Colonel John Mawn Jr. announced today that Jovan Lemon, 29, of Providence, RI, Paul Lemon, 30, of Warwick, RI, Steven Berdugo, 28, of Providence, RI and Paul Miller, 46 of Woonsocket, RI have been arrested and charged in connection with 43 burglaries and break-ins across 25 towns in Massachusetts between 2018 and 2024. The defendants are part of an organized burglary ring with ties to a violent Providence-based gang known to law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island.

The defendants were directly indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on April 18, 2024 for a total of 95 counts of unarmed burglary and breaking and entering a dwelling house in the daytime with intent to commit a felony.  The incidents giving rise to the charges occurred in the communities of Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Easton, Hopkinton, Lincoln, Weston, Sudbury, Andover, Bellingham, Boxford, Franklin, Hudson, Littleton, Medway, Middleton, Millis, North Attleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Seekonk, Sharon, Southborough, Wenham, and Westwood between July 21, 2018 and March 30, 2024. 

The residents of the majority of homes were persons of Indian or South Asian heritage. Investigators believe that they were targeted based on of their ethnicity relying on a belief that their households were more likely to contain precious metals, jewelry and other valuable heirlooms.

Property reported stolen in the breaks included many pieces of diamonds and other gems and studded jewelry with values of individual pieces up to approximately $75,000; gold bracelets, necklaces and  earrings and large quantities of cash.  In several instances, the property had been secured in locked safes, weighing up to 400 pounds, which the perpetrators removed from the residence along with the stolen valuables.

The aggregate reported value of the stolen property exceeds $4 million.

“The defendants in this case were very sophisticated.  They targeted victims based on their ethnicity and then gathered information about their targets in order to strike when families were not at home.  They were disciplined in concealing their identity, avoiding alarms and minimizing cell phone use before, during and after the breaks and using Wi-Fi jammers.  Despite these challenges and the complicated nature and breadth of this investigation, law enforcement collaboratively and persistently worked to today begin the process of holding these four defendants accountable,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan. 

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cyr, commander of the Massachusetts State Police Division of Homeland Security, added: “The theft crew we arrested today stole countless items of great monetary, emotional, and cultural value from families in multiple states, and did so by violating the sanctity of their homes. Such brazen criminal actions will not be tolerated in our communities. This investigation highlights the dedication of our law enforcement partners to work collaboratively to take down complex criminal networks.”

The arrests are the result of a nine-month investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Division of Homeland Security, including the MACrimeNet program operated by the MSP Fusion Center. 

The MACrimeNet program provides police from different departments capabilities to obtain and share intelligence about criminal acts and patterns, suspects, and other relevant information to help solve complex or cross-jurisdictional cases.

Further assistance was provided by the Rhode Island State Police and local police departments across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The defendants were taken into custody without incident this morning after being arrested in their homes by members of the United States Marshals Service/Rhode Island State Police Task Force.

These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Michael Klunder.

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police in partnership with Police Departments from the communities of Andover, Billerica, Bellingham, Boxborough, Boxford, Carlisle, Easton, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Medway, Middleton, Millis, North Attleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Seekonk, Sharon, Southborough, Sudbury, Wenham, Weston and Westwood in Massachusetts; Avon, CT; East Lyme, CT and Connecticut State Police; Barrington, RI, Cranston, RI and Lincoln RI; and Nashua, NH with additional assistance from Holliston, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Walpole, Wellesley and Westborough MA Police Departments, Cranston, Cumberland, Providence and West Warwick, RI Police Departments and the United States Marshals Service/RISP Task Force.

Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities updated to include Senior Center with Library, Facilities, DPW, & Finance

Job Opportunities

To apply for a vacant position, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. 

Senior Center Director - Franklin Senior Center

Deputy Library Director - Franklin Public Library

Junior Building Custodian - Facilities Department 

Summer Custodians - Facilities Department

Heavy Motor Equipment Operator - Department of Public Works

Firefighter/Paramedic - Fire Department

Chief Financial Officer - Finance Department

Budget and Fiscal Analyst - Finance Department

Mechanic/Motor Equipment Repair Person - Department of Public Works

Summer Employment - Department of Public Works

Part Time and Substitute Custodians - Facilities Department 

Updated 04/25/2024

If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.

To receive notifications of all job opportunities in the Town of Franklin, subscribe here .

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Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities updated to include Senior Center with Library, Facilities, DPW, & Finance
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities updated to include Senior Center with Library, Facilities, DPW, & Finance

Seed, Stroll, & Roll - April 27 at 10 AM

Seed, Stroll, & Roll - April 27 at 10 AM
Seed, Stroll, & Roll - April 27 at 10 AM
Good morning!

Our accessible Earth Day event is on for Saturday, yay!!!

We really hope to see you there if you're up for it, both for your own enjoyment, and also to show the town how beneficial the efforts are to have accessible, inclusive events  

It's 10-11 AM at the Franklin Sculpture Park on Panther Way (next to the Police Station).

There is handicap parking in the main lot next to the station, as well as a couple additional spots off Edwards St (there will be signs).

The Franklin PD have a restroom we can use.

Originally scheduled for April 20 and rescheduled for April 27

Town of Franklin: Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station - Invitation for Bid

IFB - Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station

In accordance with MGL c. 30 section 39m, it is the intention of the Town of Franklin to retain the services of a company for the Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station Project in the Town of Franklin.

Additional Information:  Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station Project

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Town of Franklin: Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station - Invitation for Bid
Town of Franklin: Franklin Ridge Booster Pump Station - Invitation for Bid

Friday, April 26, 2024

Disability Expo schedule for May 4 at the Franklin Senior Center

The 2nd Disability Expo will be held at the Franklin Senior Center on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

This expo will have numerous exhibitors set up at tables that you can visit in order to learn more about a variety of disability-related resources, activities, and support!

Entry is free! 
There will also be free door prizes too!

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11 AM to 2 PM

Where: Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA 02038

Listen to Mary O'Neill talk with me about the Disability Expo. Audio link ->

Disability Expo schedule for May 4 at the Franklin Senior Center
Disability Expo schedule for May 4 at the Franklin Senior Center