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It's safe to say that Franklin is not just starting a new chapter in the program, but arguably a whole new book. Dean O'Connor and the field house are gone. CJ Neely takes over the program and the team will play in a new state of the art gym. One thing that remains the same is the winning standard.
"I'm really looking forward to growing as a team and focusing on day to day progress," Neely said. "I expect our kids to really have to battle day to day for minutes which should make practices very competitive and enjoyable. If we stay focused on commitment to daily improvement I hope to be in contention in a highly talented and deep Hockomock league and make a strong tournament showing."
Six-foot-seven Marcus Giese returns as not only one of the better post players in the league, but one of the best players period. He's tough to defend around the rim and he showed last year that he can has extended his range. On defense, his shot blocking ability is unmatched and makes it tough to score in the paint. Tim Prunier had a breakout sophomore year last season and will look to build on that while Dylan Reno will emerge as a key player on both ends of the court.
The Panthers return all but two regular players from last season’s team, which lost the league title by a single game and reached the D1 Central semifinal in Franklin’s first year competing outside of Eastern Mass. Head coach John Leighton knows that his team enters the season with huge expectations, especially with star forward Lexi Martin back for her senior season and recently signed to play at Merrimack College.
“Lexi signed and that’s nice because now she can focus on the season without having to worry about it,” said Leighton. Along with Martin, Franklin returns a cast of players that can all play major roles in the drive and kick system that Leighton runs. Julianne Pisani was the team’s leading scorer in the tournament with Martin out injured and will be joined in the backcourt by her twin sister Tracey, who was the HockomockSports.com Defensive Player of the Year last winter.
Jillian Spolidoro adds size and shooting on the wing and junior Aubrie Kutil continues to develop into a weapon on the post. Alexandra Ethier and Olivia Adiletto will add scoring off the bench and Leighton expects junior Lauren Rudolph to return from an ankle injury that she suffered during the soccer season and add another shooter off the bench.
As if that was not enough talent to work with, Leighton is also looking for Caroline Maguire, Meghan Georges and “dynamic” freshman Kiera Fernandes to contribute as well. After regularly making deep runs in the tournament, Leighton is hopeful that this year’s team can “break through” and bring a title home to its new gym.
|Franklin Library: Book Sale 12/13, Bag Sale 12/14|
|Franklin Performing Arts Company|
|Franklin Performing Arts Company|
Two Franklin women and an Andover man, whom police say are suspects in at least 10 area house break-ins, are being held on $10,000 bail after their arraignment in Wrentham District Court Friday on charges related to a Plainville burglary last week, police said.
Rachelle O’Handley, 27, of 431 Lincoln St., Franklin, Sandra Salazar, 26, of 606 East Central St., Franklin, and James Howard, 35, of 15 High St., Andover, pleaded not guilty to charges of breaking and entering during the daytime with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property of more than $250 and possession of a Class A drug, heroin, police said.
All three are also on probation for previous offenses, according to court documents.Continue reading the full article in the Milford Daily News here (subscription may be required)
Join us here for a fun afternoon of Gingerbread Man Decorating!
We will have some Winter Crafts and a Hot Chocolate Bar!
Santa will also be visiting!
We would love to have you stop by for an enjoyable afternoon!
Price of Admission: Donations at the door of Toiletry Items or cans of pineapple for the Franklin Food Pantry
|Franklin KinderCare Learning Center|
|winter event flyer|
The trip, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), will take Roy first to Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest cities, steeped in history and religion, then north to Haifa and finally to Tel Aviv. He'll be joined by eight other state legislators and five Boston city councilors.
The group plans to spend many hours at the Knesset compound in western Jerusalem, where the 120-member parliament meets. The Knesset serves as Israel's legislative body, and its members are elected every four years.
"We’re going to learn how the government works," Roy said. "This year the JCRC is focusing on shining a light on smaller communities within Israel and looking to invite along representatives who have served in local government. The trip was of great interest to me."
|the new studio with the 'cloud' antennas up|
|FHS Auditorium - site of the FHS Winter Concert on Dec 10|
|The public skating schedule can be found here|
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or skating for the first time, friends and family can embrace the start of fun winter activities at a Massachusetts DCR ice skating facility.
Where are the Ice Skating Rinks?There are a number of skating options that can make winter fun for everyone. They include:
- DCR ice skating rinks located across Massachusetts;
- 17 accessible ice skating rinks sponsored by the DCR Universal Access Program; and
- Ice skating sleds at select accessible rinks provided for persons with disabilities (these can be operated by either the rider or another skater).
|screen grab of post on skating in MA|
|Jamie Barrett - Sun Dec 7 - 2:00 PM|
Franklin Line Train 1702 (6:35 am from Forge Park / 495) delayed approximately 10 minutes due to track work today
Affected direction: Inbound
Last updated: Dec 06 2014 06:47 AM
|screen grab of DPW culvert work|
Donna and I are hosting an open house at Tastebuds Fresh Marketplace on Saturday December 6, from Noon to 2:00pm.
We will be featuring a wine and craft beer tasting along with a Boar's Head Holiday Ham tasting and a live Cooking Demo.
Gift Certificates and a special bonus offer will be available for purchase along with our regular fare of quality meats, sandwiches and prepared food.
All the shops at Silver Maple Commons are participating, so make sure you stop by.
Hope to see you all there,
Dave and Donna Lanni