Thursday, October 9, 2014

FHS Field Hockey qualifies for the States

The Hockomock League had a busy Wednesday and FHS was among the teams participating with the following results. The field hockey team with their win qualifies for the state tournament.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Boys Soccer

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 - Final - Franklin received goals from Hatim Brahimi, assisted by Tim LaRowe, Adam Moessing, assisted by Cobi Frongillo, and Bill Dorion, assisted by Nick Parent. Goalies James Frederick and Henri Guilmette combined for the shutout.

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 - Final


Stoughton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 - Final - Megan Rogers had a big day for the Panthers with 24 assists, six digs and three aces. Dayna McCue had eight digs and Aubrie Kutil added 12 kills for the Panthers.

Field Hockey

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 1 - Final - The Panthers qualified for the state tournament with the win. Junior Kelsey McPhee scored the lone goal of the game on an assist from junior Kenzie Pleshaw. Samantha Jones made four saves for the shutout.


Franklin, 170 @ Canton, 159 - Final - Brian Halloran and Luke Thompson each carded a team-best 39 for the Bulldogs and Mike Breviglia shot a 40. Franklin's Evan Vaughan cared a match-best 36.

The complete set of results across the Hockomock League can be found here

Franklin Art Association's November meeting


Artist Bob Collins will present an inter active demonstration on drawing the figure with a live model.
Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association
Members and visitors will be welcomed to participate. Please bring a sketch pad. Vine charcoal will be available.


Franklin Art Association's November meeting.


Wednesday, November 5th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
Socialization and refreshments begin at 6:30pm followed by a brief business meeting.


Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA

Free and opened to the public. For further information please visit our web site at or on Facebook at

Reminder: Ladybug 5K - October 18th

The Ladybug 5k and Kids Fun Run is coming on October 18 
 Don't forget to register for this fun Kennedy event!!! 

Ladybug 5K at JF Kennedy School
Ladybug 5K at JF Kennedy School

Visit the website for information and to register online

More photos from last year's day running in the sun can be found here

Backbay Station: Starting October 15: Commuter Rail change

Elevator 856 BACK BAY 
Commuter Rail Tracks 5 and 7 to the lobby is unavailable from Wednesday, October 15, 2014, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, due to maintenance. 
Please contact station personnel or the conductor for assistance. 
Alternatively, please board at South Station. If customers desire to utilize the commuter rail at South Station, please allow additional time to your commute and check the commuter rail schedule for South Station departure times.

Last updated: Oct 08 2014 12:41 PM

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MA Election - Nov 4th - Ballot Question #3 - Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming

Four ballot questions will be presented all voters in the Commonwealth of MA voters in the election Nov 4, 2014. Franklin voters will have two additional questions.

This is the third in a series of posts to help spread the word on the topic of each the ballot questions

By now you should have received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth the familiar red flyer with the "Information for Voters". This text comes from the Secretary's website and is the same as in the red flyer.

MA Information for Voters - Nov 4, 2014
MA Information for Voters - Nov 4, 2014

QUESTION 3: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming

Do you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives on or before May 6, 2014?


This proposed law would (1) prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment with table games and slot machines, or any license for a gaming establishment with slot machines; (2) prohibit any such casino or slots gaming under any such licenses that the Commission might have issued before the proposed law took effect; and (3) prohibit wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races.
The proposed law would change the definition of “illegal gaming” under Massachusetts law to include wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races, as well as table games and slot machines at Commission-licensed casinos, and slot machines at other Commission-licensed gaming establishments. This would make those types of gaming subject to existing state laws providing criminal penalties for, or otherwise regulating or prohibiting, activities involving illegal gaming.
The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.
A YES VOTE would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races.
A NO VOTE would make no change in the current laws regarding gaming.

As provided by law, the 150-word arguments are written by proponents and opponents of each question, and reflect their opinions. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not endorse these arguments, and does not certify the truth or accuracy of any statement made in these arguments. The names of the individuals and organizations who wrote each argument, and any written comments by others about each argument, are on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
IN FAVOR: Massachusetts can do better than casinos. Just ask the “experts”:
• Governor Patrick1, Speaker DeLeo2 and Senate President Murray3 agree: No casino in their hometowns.
• The former CEO of American Gaming said he would “work very, very hard against” a casino in his hometown.4
• Ledyard, Connecticut’s mayor said there has been “no economic development spin-off from (Foxwoods). Businesses do not come here.”5
• Moody’s downgraded its casino outlook from “stable” to “negative”6 and Fitch Ratings said the casino market “is reaching a saturation point.”7
• Indiana prosecutors needed an additional court just to handle casino-related crimes.8
Listen to the experts. Vote Yes: Stop the casino mess.
7 Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2014, Casino Boom Pinches Northeastern States Influx of Competition Leaves Early Players—Such as Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia—Struggling to Keep Bets Flowing, By Scott Calvert and Jon Kamp
Authored by:
Repeal The Casino Deal Committee
5 Michael’s Mall, #520162
Winthrop, MA 02152
AGAINST: A no vote will preserve the state’s Expanded Gaming Law, generating thousands of construction and permanent jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for our cities and towns. Every year Massachusetts residents spend close to $900,000,000 at casinos in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine adding millions to their state budgets.
The Law already has provided voters in several communities, including Springfield and Plainville, an opportunity to bring much needed jobs and economic activity to their communities through first-class development projects. At the same time, the Law has ensured that no community opposed to a casino within its borders will have one. To help further protect residents, the Law contains industry leading consumer safeguards and dedicated public health funding.
Vote no on question 3 to create jobs, economic growth and much-needed new revenue in Massachusetts.
Authored by:
The Honorable Domenic Sarno
Mayor of Springfield
P.O. Box 8670
Boston, MA 02114

Be it enacted by the people and their authority:
SECTION 1. Section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out clause Tenth and inserting in place thereof the following clause:
“Tenth, ’Illegal gaming,‘ a banking or percentage game played with cards, dice, tiles or dominoes, or an electronic, electrical or mechanical device or machine for money, property, checks, credit or any representative of value, but excluding: (i) a lottery game conducted by the state lottery commission, under sections 24, 24A and 27 of chapter 10; (ii) pari-mutuel wagering on horse races under chapters 128A and 128C; (iii) a game of bingo conducted under chapter 271; and (iv) charitable gaming under said chapter 271.”
SECTION 2. Chapter 23K of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section 72 following section 71:
“Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or any general or special law to the contrary, no illegal gaming as defined in section 7 of chapter 4 shall be conducted or permitted in this commonwealth and the commission is hereby prohibited from accepting or approving any application or request therefor.”
SECTION 3. The several provisions of this Act are independent and severable and the invalidity, if any, of any part or feature thereof shall not affect or render the remainder of the Act invalid or inoperative.

If you have not registered to vote, you can still do so up until Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
The Franklin Town Clerk's office hours are
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am-1:pm

For absentee ballots and additional information on the election visit the Town Clerk's page here
For additional information from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, visit the Elections page here

Harvest Festival Kids' Fundraiser Success!

Hi there! 
Katherine Kurtz (left) Mirabella Carrara (right)
I just wanted to share with "FRANKLIN MATTERS" about the wonderful, and successful day our girls had at their Harvest Festival booth. 
Mirabella Carrara and Katherine Kurtz, both age 9, met in pre-school, forming an immediate bond. They now sit side-by-side in their forth grade classroom at Davis Thayer Elementary. Their philanthropic hearts and love for American Girl dolls gave rise to the idea of selling crafts in order to raise money to buy toys, books and dolls for patients at Boston Children's Hospital, where Mirabella was treated as a baby. 
The girls partnered with American Girl Place in Natick and were able to shop there and deliver gifts to BCH last year. 
crafts sold to raise money

With the local support and encouragement, the girls have decided to make this an annual event and started their efforts early this year. Through sales and generous donations, they raised $342 yesterday, selling hot pink sparkly star ornaments and earrings that they made. They also had a coloring table where children were encouraged to color an official Get Well card. We collected over 50 Get Well cards that will be delivered with our gifts in December. 
Thank you to Franklin for supporting these girls, their great idea, and the children at Boston Children's Hospital
Kellie Carrara (mother)
Franklin, MA

making Get Well cards at the Harvest Festival
making Get Well cards at the Harvest Festival

"the important (thing) is where we are going"

The School Committee took time to recognize students on Tuesday night. Sophia Addi was recognized for being selected to the All National Concert Band. Several high school students were recognized for their contribution to get the technology deployed and ready at the new FHS building. The STAR team spent many days/hours during the summer and as school opened.

Supt Sabolinski, Sophia Addi, School Committee Chairperson Paula Mullen, Kevin O'Malley (left to right)

The technology update revealed that the 1700 chromebooks are up and running to provide a 1:1 educational experience for the students. The network was built to handle not just today's capacity but for the future.

Additional chromebooks were purchased for the K-8 grades. While the wireless points were expanded in all the schools, not all the chromebooks have been deployed yet. The smart boards re-redeployed from the old high school building were set up in K-8 clasrooms that did not previously have them.

Technology training is being provided to the teachers at the high school. The training was budgeted as part of the new building project. Training for all the teachers on technology continues to be a challenge.

A new Digital Literacy Group has been formed within the schools to work on helping define and update policy regarding the use of technology in education. This group will also continue to address the educational needs of the teachers in using the technology appropriately in the classroom.

The facility update acknowledged that the parking situation at the high school may be resolved in the next couple of weeks. Paving the newer sections of the parking lot is underway. Paving the extension of Panther Way to the high school will also relieve traffic issues on Oak St.

The security separating the 'public' sections of the new high school is still being worked on. The bell system to alert all on changing classes is not yet working. They are using music to do so now. The music is prompting a discussion on involving the students in the selection of music to be played.

Such engagement is a good thing. The meeting had opened with teacher union president Chandler Creedon raising some issues from the teachers around the handling of the incident at the high school. Established procedures were not followed and teachers were being asked to do things that they should not have. As the investigation into the email is still underway with police and FBI activity, the full debrief is not yet scheduled but being planned for.

The complete set of notes taken during the School Committee meeting Tuesday can be found here

Blackstone Valley: Things to do in October

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October: Things to do in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

For a complete, detailed listing of events, see the event calendar

Guided Walking Tour: 1670s Pawtucket - The Jenks Settlement

Saturdays in October
11:00 am - 12:30
Starts at 11:00 am at Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 

Walking tours of 1670s Pawtucket, The Jenks Settlement follow a one-mile path of downtown Pawtucket, RI, beginning and ending at Old Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. 

The tour will explore the locations of the first iron forge in Pawtucket, established prior to the outbreak of King Philip's War, as well as the settlements of Jenks' four sons and other historic sites and structures. 

Fall Foliage Cruises Aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer

Sundays in October
On the hour at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm,
3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Experience the brilliant autumn colors along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat.

Due to extremely low water levels in the Blackstone River, the Fall Foliage Tours will now operate out of the current riverboat tour site, at Central Falls Landing, at the corner of Broad Street & Madeira Avenue, Central Falls, RI.

Museum of Work & Culture: Made-to-Order Mondays

museum of work and culture made-to-order mondays Mondays in October
Museum of Work and Culture
Woonsocket, RI 

On October 6, 2014 the Museum of Work & Culture will open its doors to visitors of all-abilities for a new program called "Made to Order Mondays." 

As part of its special education initiative, the Museum has been developing programs and resources in order to better serve visitors of all cognitive and physical abilities in an open and welcoming environment.

36th Annual Woonsocket Autumnfest

autumnfest Saturday, October 11 - Monday October 13
World War II Memorial Park
40 Snow Street
Woonsocket, RI
Sat, Sun - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday - 10:00 am - 6:15 pm 

Some of the fun includes an international food court, kidfest, a 3-hour parade, arts and crafts, consumer showcase, entertainment and a beer garden.

Paper Cutting Crafts: Halloween Decorations at Smith-Appleby House Museum

Sunday, October 19
Smith-Appleby House Museum
220 Stillwater Road
Smithfield, RI 

Just in time for Halloween. Make your own Halloween decoration!

Scherenschnitte (shear-n-snit-a) is the charming art of paper cutting. Smith-Appleby House will be hosting their own session of Scherenschnitte fun, presented as a craft in their barn, for young and old alike. 

After folding and cutting your own Halloween decoration, you'll tour the historical Smith-Appleby House to see and hear what daily life was really like in Colonial Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Tours are led by educators and history enthusiasts in Colonial dress. 

Heritage Starlight Taste of the Valley

Thursday, October 23
Felter's Mill
22 West Street
Millbury, MA
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrating the Great Gatsby & the Roaring Twenties! 

Come dressed to impress!

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We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

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