Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Franklin Solar Challenge - Next Step Energy - vendor for energy audits

Next Step Living can be found on the web at

An energy assessment at no-cost. A 2-3 hour visit to assess the efficiency of the home.

You can call 866-867-8729 to set up an appointment.

Next Step Living website
Next Step Living website

Franklin Solar Challenge - SolarFlair chosen as installation vendor

SolarFlair, a MA company currently located in Ashland, MA.

Founded in 2007, moved to Framingham in 2010 and then to Ashland earlier this year.


(Copy of the presentation being shown should be available later for sharing here)

SolarFlair did send along a copy of their presentation to share here:

several slides from the presentation are the same ones as shown in the information session Aug 20, 2014.

pictures of installations done around the state, Holden, Charlton, Sherborn, Framingham, etc.

warranty for 25 years on the panel

SREC = solar renewable energy certificates
The wikipedia entry for SREC is

Fire Alarm - Horace Mann, Oak St, ECDC schools

A message from OAK STREET ELEMENTARYGood afternoon Oak St, ECDC, and Horace Mann families,

As you may know, a malfunction in one of our smoke detectors triggered an emergency evacuation. Even though this was not technically a drill, our students and faculty were not in any real danger at any time. The evacuation went smoothly and the fire and police departments responded quickly and efficiently.

Unfortunately, the same malfunction that triggered the alarm prevented us from immediately resetting the system. As a result, the alarm persisted for more than three hours.

After waiting outside for thirty minutes, we were cleared by the fire, police, and facilities departments to reenter the building despite not being able to reset the alarm. The flashing lights associated with the fire alarm continued through most of the afternoon. Accommodations were made for individual students as needed.

Best regards,

Corine Minkle, Kelty Kelly, Shawn Fortin
Oak St, ECDC, Horace Mann

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Horace Mann - Oak St (ECDC is located behind this building)
Horace Mann - Oak St (ECDC is located behind this building)

Reminder: Franklin Solar Challenge update - Sep 10 - vendor to be announced

Friendly reminder:
All:  The Town has received proposals from six Solar Panel Installation Companies for the Franklin Solar Challenge project.  I am working with a Proposal Review Committee made up of four Town residents who volunteered to review the proposals and interview the solar installation companies. Interviews took place today (September 3rd) and the Proposal Review Committee has identified two finalist. The Committee will conduct further review of the two finalists to assure the Town chooses the solar installation company that is right for the Franklin Solar Challenge project.  Both companies are well qualified and have implemented similar projects in other Massachusetts communities.

Which ever solar installation company is chosen for the Franklin Solar Challenge they will be in attendance at a meeting on September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 355 East Central Street. The company will provide specifics about their company and general information on solar panel installation costs and the different options available.

I hope all interested residents and small businesses are able to attend next week's meeting.  If not able to attend next week there will be many other opportunities in the near future to obtain the same information, including at the Harvest Festival on October 5th. Either way, the solar installation company chosen by the Town will begin contacting all individuals that previously provided the Town with contact information.   
In addition to the solar installation company chosen for the Franklin Solar Challenge, a partnering energy audit company will be in attendance at next week's meeting.  It is not required, but strongly recommended that all property owners considering solar panels first have a free energy audit performed. Additional information will be provided at next week's meeting. 
I look forward to working with the Town's residents and small businesses on the Franklin Solar Challenge project.  

Bryan W. Taberner, AICP
Director of Planning and Community Development
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1352
Phone: 508-520-4907

Mt St Mary's solar farm when it was under construction during Aug 2013
Mt St Mary's solar farm when it was under construction during Aug 2013

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He went for the money, stayed for the cause

Fun fact:
Tuesday, we hit 1837 'fans' of this Facebook page. Thank you all for coming to visit, read, and share.
1837 was also the year that Horace Mann began his work in education.

According to wikipedia:
"It was not until he was appointed secretary in 1837 of the newly created board of education of Massachusetts (the first such position in the United States) that he began the work which was to place him in the foremost rank of American educationists. Previously, he had not shown any special interest in education. He was encouraged to take the job only because it was a paid office position established by the legislature. He began as secretary of the board. On entering on his duties, he withdrew from all other professional or business engagements and from politics."

Horace Mann page on wikipedia
Horace Mann page on wikipedia

No homework?

Another sign with interesting wording can be found at the corner of King and Union Sts.

Boston Sports Club Franklin sign
Boston Sports Club Franklin sign

You can find out more about the Franklin Boston Sports Club by visiting their webpage

FPAC Announces Open Auditions For 2014 Holiday Productions

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) will hold open auditions for three 2014 holiday productions, Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker and the original FPAC musicals Humbug! and ’Tis the Season! 
The Nutcracker remains a highly anticipated and treasured part of the FPAC season – a popular holiday tradition for more than 20 years. Presented with live professional orchestra, FPAC’s magical journey of The Nutcracker features more than 100 area dancers and special guest artists. A family favorite since debuting as part of FPAC’s 2008 season, Humbug! is an original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 
FPAC auditions for The Nutcracker
FPAC auditions for The Nutcracker
With musical hits of every genre and live accompaniment by a 10-piece band of professional musicians, Humbug! transports audiences from Dickensian England to contemporary America as the novel’s characters and storyline are reimagined with modern setting and dialogue. 
’Tis the Season! is an original large cast musical first presented by FPAC in 1995. The upbeat, jazzy holiday extravaganza features members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band and contemporary arrangements of favorite holiday classics in many musical styles including R&B, jazz, rock, Motown, gospel and Broadway. 
FPAC will present The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, Humbug! on December 12-14 and ’Tis the Season on December 20 and 21. Humbug! will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s new home and performance venue in downtown Franklin. Both The Nutcracker and ’Tis the Season will be performed at the new Franklin High School auditorium. 
Open auditions for The Nutcracker will be held on Saturday, September 27 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in Franklin. Students, ages 6 and older, from all area dance schools are welcome. Ballet attire is required. Audition times are 9:30-10 a.m. for ages 6 and 7, 10-10:45 for ages 8 and 9, 11-11:45 for ages 10 and 11, 11:45-12:45 for ages 12 and 13, 1-1:45 for ages 14+ (off pointe), and 2:15-3:15 for ages 12+ (pointe audition; must be on pointe for at least one year). Off-pointe callbacks are scheduled at 1:45-2:15 p.m., with pointe callbacks from 3:15-4:00.

Open auditions for Humbug! and ’Tis the Season! will take place at THE BLACK BOX on Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m. for ages 6 and 7, 1:30 for ages 8 and 9, 2:00 for ages 10 and 11, 2:45 for ages 12 and 13, 3:30 for ages 14+, and 4:30 for adults. Students must be 6 years of age or older on the audition date to participate. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Please prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song. A simple dance combination will be taught at the audition.

A distinctive suburban non-profit arts organization founded in 1991, FPAC brings together professional artists, community performers and students of the arts in a collaborative and creative environment. With a focus on youth development and a commitment to live music, productions draw performers and audiences from more than 100 communities throughout the region. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at

FHS soccer teams win

From Hockomock Sports we find the results of Tuesday:
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys soccer

Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 - Final 

Adam Moessing and Bill Dorion scored the goals for the Panthers and James Fredrick picked up the shutout in net.

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 1 @ Foxboro, 0 - Final

The complete scoreboard results from Tuesday for all the Hockomock League action can be found here

Join us for Italian Wednesdays!

461 W Central Street (Rt.140), Franklin, MA 02038 •
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Updates to the new and old high school buildings

The walk this weekend helped me capture some photos around the new Franklin High School. The old school building continues to come down. The new school building has had some additional finishing touches added.

demolition of the old building continues 1
demolition of the old building continues 1
vehicles gathering to decide what's next
vehicles gathering to decide what's next
the main entrance remains intact for now
the main entrance remains intact for now

interesting design for the new bike racks
interesting design for the new bike racks

a bike lane was added to the roadways on the school grounds
a bike lane was added to the roadways on the school grounds

tables and seats positioned for the outdoor cafeteria
tables and seats positioned for the outdoor cafeteria 

new sign is going up near the old one on Oak St
new sign is going up near the old one on Oak St
Additional information and photos on the new FHS project can be found here

Fitness, finance, fun…..Franklin Adult Education and Community Learning has it all

How many times have you thought “I’d like to take a class, participate in a workshop, have some fun.” Well, here’s your chance. Franklin Adult Education and Community Learning, a program of the Lifelong Learning Institute at the Franklin Public Schools, is rolling out its fall programs……AND you can register now by going to and clicking on Adult Education to get started. 
“Whether you are looking for fitness, finance, food, fun, sports, language or art, there is something for you. We are absolutely delighted to offer these opportunities to our residents through our public school system,” says Maureen Sabolinski, Franklin’s Superintendent of Schools. 
Area residents can find diverse and enriched education and experiences in the Franklin Adult Education and Community Learning programs and partnerships. Whether you are a working professional, senior citizen, person with special needs or in transition, there’s a program for you. Last year more than 1,200 individuals visited Adult Education.

“Now we have a new season. We have exciting new offerings and we are in a brand new building” says Pandora Carlucci, executive director for Franklin Lifelong Learning Institute, the umbrella under which the Adult Education program operates. She goes on to say “we are fortunate to have many of our classes operating in the new state-of-the-art Franklin High School. It’s an amazing facility that will increase our ability to provide new and innovate offerings now and in the years ahead.”

For example, this fall at Franklin High School you can participate in a variety of very interesting Financial help classes, even a Digital Photography class or find an activity on the schedule of Adult Education events posted on the Lifelong Learning Institute’s website
In addition, you can take advantage of online Learning Classes and Online Career Training Programs, courses conducted in partnership with Ed2go and Gatlin Education Services. These career-focused online courses give you the latest in learning, and skills that can help you to acquire professional caliber positions in many in-demand occupations.

These instructor-facilitated courses are available anytime, anywhere. A team of available online professionals, anytime scheduling, and educational textbooks combine for a relevant, interactive learning experience. You can find a complete listing of all titles and more information at

Brenda Reed, director for Adult Education and Community Learning says “Whether you’re five, fifteen, fifty or older, there’s much to like at Adult Education. Our fee-based programs have something for everyone. So, don’t wait. Register now before your favorite class is filled.”
Teri DeWitt at the community entrance to the new Franklin High School
Teri DeWitt at the community entrance to the new Franklin High School

About Lifelong Learning Institute and Adult Education and Community Learning

The Lifelong Learning office is located at 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038
Telephone: 508-553-4814; Email:

The Adult Education and Community Learning office is located at 218 Oak Street,
Franklin, MA 02038, Telephone: 508-613-1480. Email:

To explore the full array of program offerings and take advantage of the education
partnership services, visit the Lifelong Learning website at – click on Adult Education.

MassBudget: Analyzing the FY 2015 Budget for MassHealth and Health Reform Programs

MassBudget  Information.
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Analyzing the FY 2015 Budget for MassHealth and Health Reform Programs
A new budget brief, The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for MassHealth and Health Reform Programs, summarizes the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which covers the first full year of implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. This year's budget includes $14.7 billion in funding for MassHealth (Medicaid) and other subsidized health coverage programs, yet more than half of this funding will be reimbursed by the federal government.

This brief is one in a series of budget briefs focused on MassHealth and Health Reform Programs produced by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute in partnership with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

Click HERE to read the brief. 
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Franklin Library: Doggie Tales returns Sep 17th

Improve your reading skills and make a new friends by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Young readers (grades 2 and up) may sign up for a 15 minute slot at the Library Circulation desk.

doggie tales returns to the Library Sep 17th
doggie tales returns to the Library Sep 17th

This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage here

The complete listing of programs for September can be found here

Panthers win Field Hockey and Volleyball matches

Field Hockey

Foxboro, 1 @ Franklin, 2 - Final - Franklin sophomore Alex Sullivan scored with two seconds left off a corner by junior captain Taylor Reutlinger. Reutlinger scored Franklin's first goal on an assist from sophomore Dana Lewandowski. Samantha Jones made three saves in net while Emily Jeffries and Maddie Bressler also played well for the Panthers.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 - Final

The results were shared from the Hockomock Sports posting here

Monday, September 8, 2014

La Cantina Wine School

On my walk Sunday, I found that the recent work setting up the small office space on Union St was not going to be a campaign office. The sign proudly announces the home of La Cantina Wine School.

La Cantina Wine School
La Cantina Wine School

There was an article last year by the Milford Daily News about La Cantina.
Did you know Franklin has a school that teaches you how to make wine in the Italian tradition? This article in the Milford Daily News introduces us to Bob Vozzella and La Cantina Wine School.
On Saturday, Professore di Vino Vozzella, as he has taken to calling himself, taught a group of students how to press the grapes, which had fermented a couple of weeks within special tubs. The wine would be a zinfandel.  
Wearing black T-shirts with the words "Crush Crew," they were scooping the rich violet grapes into the press. The work left their hands covered in the same color.  
Robert Alario, one of the pupils, enrolled at Vozzella’s school to relive some of his childhood. "I use to make wine with my father," the 59-year-old Fitchburg resident said. "This brings back incredibly fond memories."
Read more:  (subscription may be required)

Last year's posting to Franklin Matters appeared here

You can find out more about the wine making school by visiting their webpage