Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Drive extended - 99 in Milford - benefits Dana Farber and Jimmy Fund

**** Our Book Sale has been extended for the entire week! We had such an amazing response and want to share the excitement with EVERYONE. Stop by a few times this week. We have MANY books to share that are still in boxes ****

Book Drive - Milford 99 - May 17-18
Book Drive - Milford 99 - May 17-18
Stop by the 99 in Milford on May 17th and 18th from 11am-4pm and check out our Book Drive to benefit The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund.

Lots of amazing books available to get you ready for your Memorial Day Trip reading pleasure!

Stock up on our summer reading material!

Toddler books, Children's books, teenage reading, Novels, books on travel, ...self-help books...the list goes on!

Wonderful author's such as:
  • James Patterson
  • Steven King
  • John Grisham
  • Danielle Steel to just name a few.

Stock up for summer! Find summer reading material for your students. Come check us out! We have LOADS of books!

We will also be collecting returnable cans and bottles at this time.

All proceeds from the Book Drive & Bottle and Can collection will be donated to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund.

Last year we raised $7,000. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 this year.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FHS Boys Basketball Coach not returning next year

In case you missed it, Coach O'Connor was asked not to return as head coach for the boys basketball team at FHS next year.

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Franklin Cub Scouts - Registration - May 31

Franklin Cub Scouts are holding a registration drive on Saturday, May 31st from 2-4pm on the Franklin Town Common, Main Street. 

Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts
Scouting is a fun way to foster friendships, life skills and build character. For more information, contact Chris at

For additional information on Pack 17, you can visit their webpage

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FHS Spring sports results - May 20

The spring sports results for Franklin High School from Tuesday, May 20th as reported by Hockomock Sports.

Boys Lacrosse
Franklin, 12 @ Newton North, 11 - Final (OT)

Boys Tennis
Franklin, 4 @ King Philip, 1 - Final - Kyle Paniscio (Franklin) won 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 at first singles, Rahul Herer (Franklin) won 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at second singles and Sean Barker (Franklin) won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Tom Mancini and Brian Barker (Franklin) won 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 at first singles and the team of Nate Gee and Ross Carey (King Philip) won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis
Franklin, 2 @ Foxboro, 3 - Final

view of the new Franklin High School under construction
view of the new Franklin High School under construction

For the full slate of Hockomock results visit this page

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spruce Pond - two views

Walking Sunday, I found my way to the inside of Spruce Pond to take this photo looking towards King St

reflections on Spruce Pond
reflections on Spruce Pond

The view from King St was able to capture a more dramatic view of the clouds in the sky.

reflections on Spruce Pond
reflections on Spruce Pond
The Spruce Pond Creamery can be seen in the distance in the second view.

Road crack seal

One of the methods of extending the life of a road was observed on my walk Sunday afternoon. The crack seal had been freshly laid on Everett St (off Union St near King St).

crack seal on Everett St
crack seal on Everett St
The DPW road program was outlined earlier this year at the Town Council meeting March 19th. The presentation document and my notes can be found here

FYI - speaking of roads, RT 140 between Beaver and Union St was shut down Monday night as the state worked on the road. They were grinding up the surface to prepare to repave. I had been on RT 140 on Saturday and did not see any notification of such work coming. Nor had it started. It was needed. I do distinctly recall navigating within the lane to avoid potholes. As most of the stretch from the i495 to Beaver was already scrapped up, they must have worked quickly on Sunday.

FHS Spring Sports - results Monday, May 19th

Hockomock Sports reports on the spring results from Monday. In particular, the Franklin High School results are as follows:

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 1 - Final - Zane Byrne tossed a complete game shutout for the Panthers, allowing five hits and striking out five while walking just one. Mansfield's Jeff Perillo also pitched a gem, allowing just one run in the loss. Senior Drew Inglesi (2-3) had the lone RBI of the game, knocking in senior Cam Kelley for the lone run.

Franklin, 7 @ Mansfield, 0 - Final - Lilly Criscione struck out nine for the win in the circle for the Panthers and connected on a two-run home run at the plate. Maddie Connelly went 2-3 with two runs and Olivia DiGiacomo was 1-3 with an RBI double.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 2 @ Franklin, 20 - Final

Girls Lacrosse
Franklin, 20 @ Attleboro, 2 - Final - Maegen Schmauder scored five goals to eclipse the 100 career goal mark. 11 different Panthers scored goals and 15 different players had points. Alex Mitchell and Dani Lonati both played well in net.

Boys Tennis
Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 - Final

Girls Tennis
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 - Final
the new Franklin High School under construction
the new Franklin High School under construction

The full slate of Hockomock League results from Monday, May 19th can be found here

Monday, May 19, 2014

Speakers Forum: Rep Jeff Roy - Jun 11, 2014

The fourth in a series of public talks hosted by the Franklin Odd Fellows:
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Franklin Odd Fellows

Meet your State Representative

Presenter: Jeffrey Roy, State Representative for Franklin and Medway
Date: June 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Franklin Public Library, Community Room (Downstairs)

1. General Overview of Role as State Representative
2. Representative Roy’s Goals
3. First Term in Review
4. Future Initiatives
5. Questions & Answer Period 

General Information about State Rep. Roy: State Representative 
Jeffrey N. Roy was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District. It is his great honor and privilege to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill. 
He has worked as an attorney in Massachusetts since 1986, and has operated a law firm, Ravech & Roy, P.C., with his long-time business partner since 1993. Their law firm is dedicated to vindicating the rights and expectations of consumers injured at home, work, or play. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Massachusetts Bar Association. 
In 2011, he was elected to the Town Council in Franklin, Massachusetts. In January 2012, he was selected to chair the town’s Master Plan Committee. Prior to that, he served on the School Committee, and served as its Chairman for 9 of his 10 years of service with that board. He also co-chaired Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Task Force. 
He has been married to his wife Maureen for 24 years and is the proud father of three children, all educated in the Franklin public school system. His oldest graduated from Bates College in May 2012, and his middle daughter is in her second year at Boston College. His youngest is in his junior year at Franklin High. 
He is also a bicycle rider in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge event, which raises money for the Jimmy Fund and he is a staunch advocate of development of the SNETT in Franklin and Bellingham.
Franklin Public Library
Franklin Public Library

You can print out the flyer for this talk

6th Annual Parmenter 5K - June 1

The 6th Annual Parmenter 5K Run for All Ages is scheduled for June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Parmenter School on Wachusett St.

student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012
student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012

You can register for the 6th Annual Parmenter 5K here

student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012
student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012

Or print the form here:

Getting ready at the starting line in 2012
Getting ready at the starting line in 2012

Yes, there are two races starting at the same time on the same day here in Franklin. The Franklin 5K will start at 10:00 AM on Washington St and the Parmenter 5K will start in front of the Parmenter School on Wachusett St.

"on a case-by-case basis"

Hmm, I had missed this.
The Daily News reported this week that the police log posted on the town website Sunday omitted an arrest the chief wanted to keep secret. Maxine Kinhart, a longtime assistant to the town administrator, had been charged with drunken- and drugged-driving. Asked several days later about the omission, Police Chief Stephen Semerjian admitted he'd kept the arrest out of the public log "to give this woman a day or two to try to get things in order." 
Semerjian conceded this isn't the first time he has kept names and arrests out of the public log, telling Daily News reporter Matt Tota he makes such decisions "on a case-by-case basis." 
That sure makes it sound like in Franklin, it's not what you did that matters, but who you know. If that seems unduly cynical, it's the attitude public officials invite when they do favors for friends and sweep the evidence under the rug.
You can read the full article in the Milford Daily News (subscription maybe required)

Franklin Police Station
Franklin Police Station

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10th Annual Franklin 5K - June 1

73-year old Dick Hoyt and his 52-year-old quadriplegic son Rick have become sports icons as Team Hoyt. They are one of the world’s most inspiring stories and the Y is proud to welcome them to the 10th annual Franklin 5K. This family event, taking place Sunday, June 1 at Marsh and McLellan Companies in Franklin, aims to break down barriers for people with disabilities.
Team Hoyt
Team Hoyt

Team Hoyt is a great example of a father’s love. Despite Rick’s disabilities as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, his spirit and mind have always been strong. His family has long supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education, and the workplace, culminating in his graduation from Boston University.

The father and son team has competed in over 1,000 athletic competitions, including 32 Boston Marathons, 22 duathlons, and six Ironmans. At first, race organizers tried to exclude the Hoyts unless Dick could qualify in the difficult time of Rick’s 20-year-old age group, which they did at the 1982 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. In 1996, at the 100th Boston Marathon, the duo was recognized as Centennial Heroes.

The Hockomock Area YMCA shares the Hoyts’ strong belief in inclusion. In 2012, the Y honored Team Hoyt at its Legends Ball benefiting inclusive programming at the Y. The Integration Initiative, available at all Hockomock Area YMCA branches in Franklin, Foxboro, and North Attleboro, is a unique program that provides opportunities for children with special needs to engage with their typically developing peers in YMCA programs, activities, and services.

Since 2004, over 600 families have participated in the Initiative, experiencing teamwork, pride, happiness, and a true sense of belonging. “The Hockomock Area YMCA is to be commended for creating such a wonderful program for the youth in the communities it serves,” said Dick Hoyt upon receipt of the Legends Award in 2012.

All proceeds from The Franklin 5K will be used to provide anonymous scholarships at the Y and to subsidize the Integration Initiative. The race was started by The K Girls - Kris and Kayla Biagiotti - in memory of Kayla’s dad Bob Biagiotti and his belief that no child should be left on the sidelines. Kris continues her advocacy through this event.

Last year, Kris and Kayla were just feet away from the finish line when two bombs exploded at the 2013 Boston Marathon. That day, lost among the chaos, The K Girls made Boston Marathon history as the first female team to complete the race in the disabled division. Kris and Kayla are excited to run again with Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have been huge inspirations to them.

Franklin 5K 2013
Last May, the community participated in The Franklin 5K, raising funds to celebrate children of all abilities. The event was led by race founder Kris Biagiotti (pictured front center with her daughter Kayla)

At The Franklin 5K, you will enjoy spirit, teamwork, and commitment to community with the Hoyts and The K Girls! Join us Sunday, June 1 at Marsh & McLellan Companies, 431 Washington Street in Franklin. Day of registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the run, walk, or roll starts at 10:00 a.m.

The family day includes Touch a Truck, with vehicles from Bass Pro Shops, the National Guard, and Franklin’s police and fire departments. Kids get the excitement of crossing a finish line of their own with a free fun run, starting immediately after the 5K and cheered on by the Y’s Teen Leaders Club. Healthy activities for the whole family include Minute to Win It challenges, KidTucky Derby racing, Noodle tag, face painting, a silent auction, raffles, music, and more.

Register today by visiting Cost to participate is $30. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 men’s and women’s finishers from several age categories and all participants will receive a finisher medal.

The Franklin 5K - June 1, 2014
The Franklin 5K - June 1, 2014

Bay State Physical Therapy will be on site to cater to participants’ needs, including warm up stretching, taping and wrapping, sports massage, and injury care. Thank you to event sponsors Marsh & McLellan Companies, Bay State Physical Therapy, Design Elements for Business, and Chestnut Dental. Questions, please contact Sr. Director of Youth Programming Tim Shaw at 508.879.5746 or

About The Hockomock Area YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. For more information about the Hockomock Area YMCA, please visit

You can register online here:

Franklin Food Pantry Operation Director, Linda Sottile recognized with Community Service Award

The Franklin Food Pantry will launch a mobile food service next month, extending aid to the needy who, for whatever reason, cannot make it to the downtown pantry. 
Director Linda Sottile announced the new mobile pantry Friday during an event at the senior center, where she received a community service award from the Council on Aging. 
Linda Sottile and Ken Norman
Linda Sottile and Ken Norman
Once a month, a truck will set out from the 43 West Central St. pantry loaded with supplies to a different location in town, including the senior center and the Central Park Terrace and Winter Street housing projects.
You can read the full article at the Milford Daily News: (subscription maybe required)

The new truck the Franklin Food Pantry will use to become 'mobile'
The new truck the Franklin Food Pantry will use to become 'mobile'

For additional information about the Franklin Food Pantry, you can visit the webpage here

or follow them on Facebook

Special movie night at the Franklin Historical Museum - June 29th

If you ever wondered what it was like to live in colonial revolutionary times, '1776' is the movie for you.
History Buffs, students, teachers and movie lovers will enjoy viewing '1776' at the Franklin Historical Museum.

The fun family night will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. The price of admission is a canned good or non perishable food item.

In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin coerce Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic as they try to persuade the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. As George Washington sends depressing messages describing one military disaster after another, the businessmen, landowners and farmers in Congress all stand in the way of the Declaration, and a single 'nay' vote will forever end the questions of independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialog are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants.

Come enjoy this informative film right before we start our annual 4th of July celebration week. The showing is at 5:00 PM on Sunday June 29th and is appropriate for the whole family. Popcorn will be served.

Remember to bring a canned good for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Franklin Historical Museum - 80 West Central St
Franklin Historical Museum - 80 West Central St

Additional info on the movie
IMDb listing =
Wikipedia entry =

Franklin Senior Center - presentation updated

The demographics on Page 3 were updated to include the latest numbers from the Franklin Census for 2013.

  • There are 5,461 residents 60 years of age and over in Franklin per the town’s 2013 census
  • The UMass Gerontology Institute projects an increase to 6,667 elderly residents in Franklin by 2020 and 9,217 by 2030 (27% of the population)
  • The average number of visitors to the Senior Center per day is 130
  • There are 1,200 active participants at the Center

Eye on Sight - Mobile vision clinic - June 6th
Eye on Sight - Mobile vision clinic - June 6th

Additional information can be found on the Franklin Senior Center webpage

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to the webpage to view the presentation