Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Preparations

Good Evening.  This is Communications Director Gary Premo calling with information on the pending storm, Hurricane Sandy.  If you have not done so already, please take some time to ensure storm drains near your property are clear of debris; remove any loose objects on your property that may become airborne. 
Please reach out to family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign up for this valuable service, if they have not done so already.  
We will keep you updated during and after the storm with pertinent information. A decision on school opening for Monday will be made tomorrow 10/28/12.  Should we need to open a shelter, we will use the Remington School on Washington St. 
Thank you for listening.  Stay safe.  Good bye.

This e-mail has been sent to you by TOWN OF FRANKLIN. 

Ball smart

I was among the hundreds who turned out for the FHS Girls Soccer team game Friday night. They beat Mansfield by a 4-0 score. It was a tightly played 1-0 game at the half and then it opened up with Franklin scoring 3 times in the second half.

I was impressed with their play and see how they are undefeated. While I am not a soccer expert I have watched my share of games from youth through professional. Soccer is a game where control of the ball is critical. If you have it you can score, if you have it, the other team can't score. The FHS defensive players had good positioning and were hungry to get the ball away from their opponent. The offensive players were likewise hungry for the ball and took care of it. They would let the ball do the work rolling on the surface and picking their head up to look for a team mate to pass to. The passes were crisp and generally received well so that the ball stayed in control of Franklin.

The one disappointment is one I have seen in other games where the goalie is given the punt and the ball generally ends up with the other team. Why more teams don't bring the ball up field on the ground I fail to understand.

Congratulations to the Team on the success they have accomplished this season!

"Still a man hears what he wants to hear"

What do Simon and Garfunkel have to say about the water and sewer bills for Franklin?
The rate hikes, though, went into effect July 1, after being approved by Town Council last year.
For the average customer, that has meant a little more than $40 increase for sewer and a $50 increase for water. 
And the sewer rate will go up again this summer by 20 percent, resulting in a more than $80 increase. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said Thursday that the raised rates have been expected, though he acknowledged, "Time goes by, and people forget."

Read more:

The rates were on the agenda for Sep 2011

Reporting on the approval of the rates

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Franklin Downtown Partnership: Networking Event - Fri, Nov 9

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Franklin Downtown Partnership by (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 10/26/12

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Luncheon

Friday, November 9th, 1:00 p.m.

Dean College Campus Center Dining Hall
$6.00 for lunch
Come network with FDP members and enjoy good food!
New Members Welcome!
RSVP: Joel Carrara

Things you can do from here:

If you can't make the lunch time networking event, there will be one Thursday evening, Nov 15th at Six One Seven Studios

Last minute call for volunteers, only 1/2 HR on Saturday

Hi Gardeners and Friends,

I know this is last minute, but the Garden is in need of a few volunteers for a quick task on Saturday Oct 27:

Grateful Farm of Franklin has generously donated a pallet of bagged cow manure so that we may amend our raised beds. There is enough for each bed.
We need strong bodies to offload the bags from the Farm's van, a human chain of sorts. 

Please respond to Amy at if you are able to help.

1/2 hour, tops.
Noon at the Garden

Community service certifications will be available.

 A Huge Thank You in advance!!

~Amy from the Garden.

Hurricane Sandy Preparations

The text of the alert sent out Friday evening:
Good Evening.  This is Communications Director Gary Premo calling with information on the pending storm, Hurricane Sandy.  Please take some time to ensure storm drains near your property are clear of debris; remove any loose objects on your property that may become airborne and cause damage or injury.  Please reach out to family, friends and neighbors, and encourage them to sign up for this valuable service, if they have not done so already.  We will keep you updated during and after the storm with pertinent information.  Thank you.  Stay safe.  Good bye.

You can subscribe to the news alerts on the Franklin webpage here

In the News: hurricane, craft fair

Towns brace for hurricane's fury

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dean College Donates Media Production Equipment to Franklin High School

Donation provides needed upgrade to enhance student hand-on experience for media curriculum at Franklin High School

Franklin, MA (October 25, 2012) – Dean College School of Arts, in conjunction with Franklin TV, recently donated media production equipment to the Franklin High School media program in hopes of enhancing the hands-on experience Franklin High students have the opportunity to gain throughout their high school career.

With the rapid evolution of High Definition programming, Dean College saw an immediate need to upgrade their equipment, television studio and production center.  High Definition equipment provides students in the Communications program at Dean College the most up-to-date experience needed to prepare for a career in media. This upgrade provided Dean the opportunity to donate the previous equipment to Franklin High School.

"Dean's cameras will help us fill a big void in our media curriculum," said Franklin High School Media Teacher Mr. Nick Bailey. "Our students will gain a much better understanding of how multi-camera studio programs are produced in real-time.  There's nothing like practical, hands-on experience."

The donation was made possible and coordinated through Mr. Pete Fasciano, Executive Director of Franklin TV.

"Dean's equipment contribution could not have happened at a better time for us," said Fasciano. "We were looking to help Franklin High School with expanding their abilities, and Dean's studio cameras are exactly what we needed." 

Dean College offers a two year Associates degree program in communications, as well as a four year Bachelors degree program in Arts and Entertainment Management.

A Musical Thanskgiving

On Sunday Night, November 18th at 7:00 PM, the Franklin Interfaith Council (IFC) will sponsor a Musical Thanksgiving event at the handicapped accessible First Universalist Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St., Franklin. The Interfaith Choir will perform as well as musicians from each house of worship. Admission is free but a plate will be passed for donations to the Council's Fuel Assistance Fund. Baked goods will be available at no charge.

The Franklin Interfaith Council's Fuel Assistance Fund is funded by donations made through the member houses of worship and collections made at Interfaith Council sponsored events. This fund provides fuel assistance, to those in need, in the form of payments to oil, gas, and electric companies. These payments ease the burden of local families experiencing financial difficulties.

The IFC is composed of Clergy and Lay Representatives from the various Franklin houses of worship and celebrates values common to all faiths. The Council sponsors various events and activities to benefit fuel assistance and other charitable causes. The IFC's website is The "Community Outreach" page has a secure "Donation Button" for credit card contributions to the Fuel Assistance Fund as well as request-for-help application instructions. The IFC may be contacted by email:

Lifelong Learning Updates

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Lifelong Learning by Pandora Carlucci on 10/25/12

Last evening was Panther Pride Night at Franklin High School. This program welcomes incoming grade 8 students to the high school and shares information about academics and extra curricular activities. The high school was alive with activity as 8th grade students and their parents visited different information tables hosted by school clubs, listened to the Pep Band and a string ensemble, saw a video on the High School Experience, and listened to a presentation by the FHS principal. Very nice.

Tonight, October 25, over 100 high school students and faculty will be attending the Cabaret dress rehearsal at Dean College. This is an exciting partnership between FPS and Dean College.

Tonight is the second of two classes taught by Mr. Phil Hulbig as part of the Adult Education Continuing Education program for child care providers. The class: Behavior Modification and Designing Positive Behavior Intervention Plans, provides a platform for child care providers to learn how to achieve successful positive behavioral approaches and practical solutions to documentation and intervention.

Sunday, November 4,Franklin Adult Education will be hosting an Afternoon Tea, A La Downton Abbey at Pinecrest Country Club in Holliston. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who love tea and/or Downton Abbey to gather and share an afternoon of delicious food served in a welcoming setting.

Indoor walking at FHS has resumed on Monday and Tuesday evenings between 5:30 and 7:30 PM. It will expand to include Wednesday and Thursday evenings, after Daylight Savings Time. For questions about these or any LLL programs please email us at

Things you can do from here:

In the News: K9 calendars, Ballot Q2

Gotta love that calendar dog: Fundraising calendars for police K9s on sale in Franklin

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tour three schools in one night

You can get an inside view of Franklin schools tonight with a tour of the Horace Mann, Oak St and ECDC complex that starts at 6:00 PM. I think this among all the scheduled tours should be the one single tour you make an effort to attend. I happen to believe that this tour can reveal the real secret to Franklin's successful school program.

Gee Steve, that is a bold statement!

Yes, it is. I don't usually step out so far but in this case I am not alone in the belief that early childhood education is what drives success in life. A recent podcast (or radio show) from NPR's Planet Money talked about this.

Episode #411 - Why preschool can save the World

Two studies are referenced in this show that confirm gains made by students enrolled in preschool created an advantage for those students compared to the control group that lasted for years. Impressive  results.

Maybe you'll take the tour tonight? You'll be able to see what Franklin does in the classrooms for early childhood education, elementary and middle school all on the same tour!

Note: I will only be a participant tonight,the School Administration, School Committee members and building principals are the tour guides. I do hope to stop by to see Mrs Sherlock's room at Oak St.

Franklin's Wendy's new and improved (video)

The new Wendy's opened on RT 140 here in Franklin has made the news as it is one of the first of 10 stores and one of two in MA to convert to this new format.

Reminder: Preschool Fair

The MOMS Club of Franklin, in cooperation with the Franklin Public Library, invites the public to attend a preschool fair. This fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Library on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30-8:00 p.m
Representatives from local preschools in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Wrentham will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information to parents seeking preschools for the 2013-2014 school year. 
Please join us in the Community Room of the Library at 118 Main Street in Franklin.

In the News: ticket sales, dealing heroin, cosmetology class

Tickets on sale for the Nutcracker and Humbug in Franklin