Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hockomock Playoff Schedule & Scoreboard - 3/5/13

 FHS Girls basketball team beats Newton South by 1 point!

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

Here are today's Hockomock playoff games.

Boys Basketball
#1 Mansfield, 68 vs. #12 Brookline, 50 - Final
#12 Sharon, 79 vs. #1 Scituate, 83 - Final - Sharon is eliminated from the post season.

Girls Basketball
#4 Franklin, 54 vs. #17 Newton South, 53 - Final

Things you can do from here:

Franklin Library: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Franklin Public Library by Franklin Public Library on 3/5/13

Things you can do from here:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Healthy Future Franklin Seeks Community Sparkplugs, March 20, 6 – 8 PM

Join Healthy Futures Franklin to create sustainable change in our community. We believe that it takes a village (or community) to energize, inspire, and spark change. We are looking for sparkplugs (volunteers to serve on subcommittees) in Franklin who also believe that:

  • Play is powerful – Access to parks, outdoor recreation, and sidewalks is a priority.
  • Healthy eating is a right not a privilege – Access to healthy, affordable foods is possible.
  • United voices create change – Increase awareness of programs, projects and polices underway.

Healthy Futures Franklin, a Mass in Motion Initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is a community-driven coalition committed to promoting healthy eating and active living through programs, projects and policies, making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Healthy Futures Franklin

Mass in Motion

Subcommittees will be meeting for the first time on March 20th at the Franklin Food Pantry Conference Room to focus on developing time lines to implement high impact strategies and policies to improve the health of Franklin. Become part of the movement or attend to learn more. There is no obligation to stay involved, but please consider learning what this is all about and help be part of the solution.

Both Subcommittees are scheduled to meet Wednesday, March 20, at the Franklin Food Pantry back to back to accommodate community members who are interested in both areas of focus.

  • Active Living Subcommittee – Wednesday, March 20, 6 – 7 PM
  • Healthy Eating Subcommittee – Wednesday, March 20, 7 – 8 PM

Please contact Lauren Marciszyn at 774.235.2737 or via email at to become involved, join our mailing list or learn more about this coalition.

Calling all Foodies!

The Franklin Performing Arts Company is hosting the Culinary Cabaret this Friday, Mar 8th

Here's What's Cooking!
Wondering what will be taking place at our Culinary Cabaret?  Read on to get a taste of just a few of the highlights!

Upon arrival enjoy a glass of Prosecco provided by Panzano, Tomasso's Tuscan Market.  Savor hors d'oeuvres from Artistry Boston with favorites such as Roasted Tenderloin Steak and Cheese Sliders and Artichoke Prosciutto Tartlets.  

Visit with Executive Chef Paul King of Davio's who will delight your senses with George's Banks Scallops, squash puree and port syrup.  If you are feeling adventurous, stop by Tavolino where Chef Greg Galano will be serving up wild boar gnocchi slow braised with Sangiovese wine and peppercorn and mint pesto brushed lamb lollipops. Chef Chad Terry of 3 Restaurant will offer Jumbalaya with Rock shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage, a house specialty.

For a more detailed list of the event happenings and to purchase your tickets please visit our Culinary Cabaret event site.

Fri, March 08, 2013 7:00PM to 10:00PM (Eastern)
Milford, MA
Clarke ~ The Ultimate Kitchen Resource Center
Frankin Performing Arts Company

Unsubscribe Info: This email was forwarded to you by This action did not cause your email address to be added to any mailing lists. You will not receive any future emails unless you choose to subscribe to the list by clicking the opt-in link at the top of this email.

Franklin Performing Arts Company
P.O. Box 16
Franklin, MA 02038

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.
Non-Profits Email Free with VerticalResponse!

snow art

As the snow piles recede, some folks are happy to see it go. Some folks are sad. Don't get me wrong, I am ready for spring! In the meantime, let's enjoy what we do have.

snow pile - King St

There are some interesting arrangements as the snow melts. Nature sculpts all on its own.

stone wall on King St

And they say art is in the eye of the beholder. Do you see art around Franklin in your snow piles?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Franklin Road Races in May

For the runners and walkers in Franklin, there are a bunch of 5K events coming up.

May 11
The Elks will hold their first event in what is expected to be an annual series. This event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and the Wounded Warrior Project. For additional information and to register visit the website

May 11
The 3rd Annual 5K for the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee will be held to raise money for the further development of the trail.

May 19
The 12th Annual Independence Day 5K and Walk, Roll, Stroll will benefit the Horace Mann Education Association. More info and to register visit their webpage

If you hear of other events in May, please let me know so I can add them to the calendar

"unpredictable twists and turns"

From the Milford Daily News we read about Michael Tougias and his latest book:
Tougias has just published his 20th book, "A Storm Too Soon,’’ a gripping account of three men who barely knew each other trapped in a flimsy raft amid 70-foot waves in a 2007 tropical storm in the Gulf Stream. 
"It’s funny how fate works. I was a business major in college. I didn’t write a word until I was 30,’’ Tougias said recently. "But I’ve always been interested in anything to do with the sea.’’ 
Subtitled "A True Story of Disaster, Survival And An Incredible Rescue,’’ his new book chronicles the struggles of Captain JP de Lutz and his two crewmen after their 47-foot sailboat capsized in raging seas.

Read more:

Michael Tougias' webpage

on Facebook

and blog

"expects the town to embrace Today's Special"

The idea is alive and work remains to be be done according to this article in the Milford Daily News:
In fact, Carlucci has already picked a name: Today’s Special. The restaurant, she hopes, will provide crucial job opportunities for young adults with special needs amid an engaging, vital social environment. 
"It’s important for a lot of reasons," she said. "I feel like young adults with special needs really live a separate life from other young people, and I would really like to blur the lines between them." 
She added, "Once they leave school … the opportunities really go away — social opportunities and employment opportunities. We are looking to give them a place to go and work. Not everybody is going to want that social type of job, but some do..."

Read more:

The Horace Mann Educational Association holds their major fund raiser in May. The 12th Annual Independence Day 5K Run and the Independence Day Walk, Roll and stroll are scheduled for May 19th. For more information on this event please visit

FHS Winter Carnival


FHS Students Hosting Winter Carnival For All Children

Sunday March 10                               
12 to 4 pm
FHS field house

Cotton candy, popcorn, games,"Bouncy House"

Proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook School support fund
$5 admission - includes all games etc.
ages 3 and under free              

This e-mail has been sent to you by FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message. If you wish to discontinue this service, please inform FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PERSON, by US MAIL, or by TELEPHONE at (508) 613-1777.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.






1. Chief of Police, Stephan Semerjian
2. Financing the New High School


1. Resolution 13-08: Swahn Lane, A Private Way Acceptance of Covenant with Owner
2. Resolution 13-09: Transfer of Tax Title Possession Parcels to Different Municipal Purposes
3. Resolution 13-10: Town of Franklin Net Metering Power Purchase Agreement Authorization
4. Resolution 13-11:Authorization to Expend Funds in Excess of Available Appropriations
5. Bylaw Amendment 13-700: Amendment to Chapter 82, Appendix A, List of Service Fee Rates – 1st Reading





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


Note the full set of documents as published for this meeting can be found here

Keller Sullivan School Tour - Mar 7, 6:00 PM

The next stop on the tour of the school facilities here is Franklin is the Keller Sullivan complex on Lincoln St.

Join the principals, members of the School Committee and Central Office on the tour. This is a good opportunity to see inside the building, visit classrooms, and have questions answered along the way.

The Helen Keller Elementary School entrance


The Keller school webpage can be found here

The Annie Sullivan Middle School entrance


The Sullivan school webpage can be found here

Respond to the event invite on Facebook here

"as challenging as it is rewarding"

Joyce Edwards, Director of Instructional Services for the Franklin Public Schools, is quoted in the Milford Daily News article on the new PARCC test that will replace the MCAS test.

What is PARCC? PARCC is Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

What is the difference between the MCAS and PARCC?
The MCAS —influenced by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, whose creation followed the passing of the Education Reform Act of 1993 — has consistently tested for a collection of skills that educators expect students to learn during their elementary and secondary schooling. 
However, PARCC’s goal has been to use benchmarks that will accurately predict students’ chances of excelling beyond high school, should they choose to attend a four-year institution or dive into the workforce. 
"The MCAS was not developed to look ahead and signal whether or not students are ready for success after high school," said Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "This assessment is very deliberately asking that question . . ."

While the current MCAS science test will remain, the other subject areas will move to the new PARCC test.
Bolduc added, "They are taking the MCAS and putting it on steroids." 
With two versions of the test given in one school year — though districts will have the option to administer up to four versions in a year — teachers will get initial feedback from a late year test before the comprehensive final exam, providing them with, as Edwards put it, "just in time intervention." 
To prepare for PARCC testing, districts have to make sure they have the infrastructure to administer the test (for those that do not, the state will offer a pencil and pen version) and continue fusing their curriculum with the Common Core.
When you read "the infrastructure required" what they really mean to say is the computer systems the student will used to take the test.

Read more:

For more information on the collaboration of the 24 states visit

For information from the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education visit

High School Experience - 2013 - Register now!

Franklin High School is pleased to offer its sixth summer of the High School Experience. This course is designed to welcome incoming grade 9 students to Franklin High School.

Who: Entering grade 9 students
Dates: August 12 - 16, Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Franklin High School
Cost: $125.00, includes lunch each day
Scholarships available on the web site

Hockomock Sports: Franklin High results (video)

In the playoffs, the Franklin High School boys basketball took Mansfield to overtime before falling 57-48. Watch the Hockomock video with Ryan Lanigan as he recaps the game with Canton's Coach Ryan Gordy.

On the hockey front, the FHS hockey team defeated Martha's Vineyard 4-3

For all the Hockomock playoff results for Saturday Mar 2 see here

Franklin Library: Krafty Mondays - Get Framed!

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:


via Franklin Public Library by Franklin Public Library on 3/2/13

Things you can do from here: