Thursday, March 5, 2015

Application Package for the Franklin Cultural Festival is now available

In case you missed this: The application package for the Franklin Cultural Festival is now available.

Attached, please find the application package for the Franklin Cultural Festival performances and events. The Festival will take place between July 29 and August 2, 2015, and will celebrate the Performing Arts, the Fine Arts and the Culinary Arts. 
The application package includes a briefing memo that explains the Festival and the application process. Additionally, it includes information about dates, times and potential locations. There is a 3-page application and a map of the proposed Franklin Cultural District. 

without the snow, the Town Common is likely one of the locations for events scheduled  for the Cultural Festival during the last week of July
without the snow, the Town Common is likely one of the locations for events scheduled
 for the Cultural Festival during the last week of July

You can find all the details here

FHS Hockey falls to Malden Catholic in Super 8

Just the score from Hockomock Sports to report on for the FHS hockey game. The hockey team did accomplish a whole lot getting to Suer 8 for the first time. Much to be proud of as they were the first Hockomock team to ever do so.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

HockeySuper 8#7 Franklin, 0 vs. #2 Malden Catholic, 5 - Final

For other results around the Hockomock League playoff action on Wednesday

Franklin Library: "Toy Story" - Saturday at 1:00 PM

Movie time at the Franklin Library. Get out of the house, let the kids enjoy a good movie. Saturday at 1:00 PM

Toy Story - movie Saturday at 1:00 PM
This was shared from the Franklin Library webpage

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Real time Reporting: Town Council meeting - March 4, 2015

Present: Feldman, Padula, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Bisssanti, Williams, Dellorco
Absent: Mercer

- January 7, 2015, February 11, 2015, April 2, 2014, April 16, 2014, May 7, 2014
Motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0

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



- Cultural Council
Madison Weber
Teresa M. Burr
Motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0

Joint approval of Board of Assessors and Town Council of individual to Board of Assessors

- Acapulcos – Change of Officers/Directors 
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0

and Change of Manager
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0




received report from MBTA on repairs that would be desired at the Franklin/Dean Station

no funding for this but it is progress

bond refinancing saves money

Another grant received for storm water maangement
addition of rain garden, underground capacity to recharge aquifer

storm water regulations to come online this spring or July

Fire Dept to be making a presentation at the Library next Wednesday

Police officers took classes on responding to incidents of mental illness

Snow/Ice budget, exceeded by $350K approx, ($1.3M total)
will cut in to the capital budget planning
gap not as bad as it could have been with the work of the Council to increase funding

will need executive session to discuss real property



waiting on traffic studies before scheduling the next Economic Development meeting

– Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required

motion to move to executive session, seconded, 8-0 via roll call
will not return to public session

Note: as I was late coming out of Boston via the commuter rail and anticipating that the meeting would be a short one (it was), I did report in 'real-time' via the webcast rather than getting to the meeting room where it would have been "live reporting"

The distinction was published here in 2010:

Franklin Public Schools: Information from Assistant Superintendent Winslow


March 4, 2015 
The administration of the Franklin Public Schools learned Monday that an unauthorized individual was admitted to one of our schools. It was initially thought the individual was a visitor or volunteer and the person was admitted to the school and directed to sign in. When the individual did not sign in and access a visitor badge he was almost immediately intercepted by three school staff and was escorted out of the building.  At no time did this individual make a threat, create a disturbance or have any contact with students and he left willingly without incident. The other schools in the district were immediately notified, but as there was no threat at any school, a lock down was not initiated.  The Franklin Police were notified and are continuing to investigate. A parent meeting was held at the impacted school led by school administration and the Franklin Police Department on Tuesday evening to debrief the incident. 
As a result of this incident, all school principals were immediately directed to initiate a review of safety protocols with staff with respect to all individuals seeking to access schools. Additionally, principals will discuss school safety at the next Parent Communication Council meeting at their schools.  Parents are encouraged to attend. 
We take the safety of students and staff seriously.  When our internal investigation and the police investigation are completed, we plan to debrief with police to implement any recommendations in moving forward. We are committed to our continued collaboration with the Franklin Police Department and all the administrators to review safety protocols and procedures. 

Parmenter Elementary School
Parmenter Elementary School

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. 

FSPA Ballet Conservatory To Present "Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland"

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Ballet Conservatory presents "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole as Lewis Carroll’s immortal children’s story comes to life in this captivating ballet. Delight in the surreal wonder of Alice’s dream world where things are not always as they seem. Discover the fantastical Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Caterpillar and more. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is choreographed by FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux, with stage direction by Madeux and Raye Lynn Mercer. Set design is by Nick Paone, with costuming by Merrie Whitney.

Featured roles in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be danced by Kendra Dombroski (Alice), Shaina McGillis (White Rabbit) and Lauren Szczepanowski (Mad Hatter) of Franklin; Jared Brouillette (March Hare) of Holliston; Haley Desjarlais (Butterfly), Ally Lynch (Tweedle Dee) and Alli Tomsik (Dormouse) of Medway; Phoebe Dias (Tweedle Dum), Jessica Guidice (Small Alice) and Mikaela Guidice (Sunflower) of Norfolk; Noura Sander (Queen of Hearts) of North Easton; and Sarah Radford (Marigold) of Wrentham.

The cast animates Alice’s vivid imaginary world, bringing to life the flowers, butterflies, caterpillar, mushrooms, cards, pages, flamingos and hedgehogs. Ensemble cast members include Ty Gavin of Bridgewater; Meghan Archung, Claire Bauer, Emma Brown, Anya Clark, Isabella DeCrescenzo, Paige DeMarino, Dora Ebbeling, Amanda Fleischer, Lauren Foellmer, Madilyn Hendricks, JoJo Liu, Emma Nicholson, Grace Olah, Paityn Orr, Corinne Pungitore, Olivia Rondeau, Sofia Smith, Carley Woodcock, Katie Wylie, Jaiden Wyner and Delaney Zolnowski of Franklin; Dana Zapolin of Holliston; Anna Martin and Samantha Pannenborg of Hopedale; Kaitlyn Calnan of Medway; Evelyn Luster, Maddie Proffer, Nora Skaling, and Hannah Weis of Norfolk; Grace Ellis of North Attleboro; Jillian Refford of North Easton; Julia Calianos of Upton; Lily Devine, Naomi Fitzgerald and Zoya Malik of Walpole; Gina Brown and Chloe Pouilot-Porter of Wrentham.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit or call (508) 528-8668. Visit for more information about FSPA’s ballet program, including class schedule and course catalogue.

FHS girls basketball win, boys hockey plays game 2 tonight

From Hockomock Sports we find that the girls basketball team won to continue in the playoffs. 

The boys hockey team plays game 2 of their best of three against Malden Catholic tonight

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Girls Basketball 
D1 Central 
#2 Franklin, 51 vs. #3 Holy Name, 38 - Final

Super 8 
#7 Franklin vs. #2 Malden Catholic, 8:00

Reminder: Religious School Open House

Temple Etz Chaim, Franklin, is hosting two Religious School Open House events. Families interested in Religious School for their school-aged children from Pre-K through High School are welcome to join us Sunday, March 15, 2015 or Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 9:15 to 11:00 am at the Medway High School, 88 Summer Street, Medway. 
Each event will include a tour of the school and participation in the activities of the day, opportunities to meet with the Rabbi, the Education Director and representatives from the Membership Committee as well as time for coffee and schmoozing with temple families. 
There is no cost for attending. RSVP by email to Hana Berman at or call the temple office (508) 528-5337 to RSVP or for additional information.

screen grab of Temple Etz Chaim webpage
screen grab of Temple Etz Chaim webpage

For additional information on the Temple Etz Chaim, please visit their webpage

MassBudget: What helps low-income parents succeed in the workforce


How can the state help low-income parents succeed in the workforce?
Two decades ago Massachusetts and the US adopted reforms aimed at shifting our welfare programs towards supporting work. The goal was to help more low income parents to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support a family. To accomplish this, the state would shift funding away from cash assistance and towards important work supports like child care and job training. Since parents with young children can't leave their kids home alone when they go to work, they need access to affordable early education and care for their kids. Those programs also play a very important role in preparing young children for success in school, and in life. Many low income parents also need access to job training and education programs to develop the skills they need to reach their potential. And those who can't afford a car need access to reliable public transportation to be able to get to work.

While Massachusetts increased investments in some of these areas immediately after the welfare reforms of the mid-1990s, there have been deep cuts and chronic underfunding since then. Funding for child care is down 24% since 2001 and funding for the Employment Support Program, which provides job training and related supports for low income parents has been cut 78% since 2001. Our public transportation system has been chronically unable to make the investments needed to ensure reliability, as has become painfully clear in recent weeks.

Declines in Support for Low Income Working Parents, provides an overview of what the state has and has not been doing to provide the support low income parents need to succeed in the workforce. Funding for the TANF Program in Massachusetts provides greater detail on the history of funding of funding for these programs.

Massachusetts has taken important steps to improve the wages and working conditions of low wage workers by significantly increasing the state minimum wage and by protecting the ability of workers who are too sick to work to be able to take a sick day without being fired. Our Commonwealth could build on that progress by providing low income parents with the job training, child care, and reliable transportation they need to succeed in the workforce.

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.

BOSTON, MA 02108

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center | 15 Court Square | Suite 700 | Boston | MA | 02108

MBTA: Commuter Rail Recovery Schedules

Dear MBTA Commuter Rail Customer,

Commuter Rail Recovery Schedules for all lines will continue to be available on our website here

Additionally, a number of apps are available that use the most up-to-date commuter rail schedules to help you plan your journey, such as:
1. Google Maps: (select train/bus icon for transit directions) 
2. The Transit App: (iPhone/Android) 
3. T-on-Time: (all platforms)

We appreciate your patience as we work to resume full service.

Thank you,
MBTA Commuter Rail

Sent by the MBTA. 

screen grab for T-on-Time app
screen grab for T-on-Time app

If any one has used one of these apps, or has a different one they find helpful please let me know. 

Does one of these apps (or any other) provide status updates? Using the official schedule is one thing. Having real-time updates is another. Given the timing issues with some of the T's own updates, I wonder if there is an app where users provide updates. Something like Waze for the commuter rail.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HipHarp at The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse - Apr 25

HipHarp at The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse!


Saturday, April 25 - 8:00pm-10:00pm
Deborah Hanson-Conant
Deborah Hanson-Conant


"HipHarpist" Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is returning to one of the best Coffeehouse in the country, 'Circle of Friends Coffeehouse' at the Universalist Society Meeting House in Franklin, MA.

DHC is a Grammy-Nominated performer, composer and probably the world's most eclectic harp player.  She performs as soloist with symphonies and in her one-women shows and concerts world wide - and has made her home in the Boston area for the past 30 years.  She dragged her 6-foot concert harp into a Cambridge jazz club in the early 80's and started a career that includes a slew of awards, touring as a soloist with the Boston Pops, and as a band member with guitar legend Steve Vai, her own music special on PBS, and shows throughout the US and Europe. 

Along the way, DHC invented the wearable 32-string electric harp she plays, that's now designed for her by the French CAMAC company, and is the top-selling electric harness harp in the world.

What is her show like? Stories, humor, and music from Blues to Flamenco with sounds you never thought could come from a harp.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is known as the "finest church coffeehouse in the country." It's like a visit to a 60's coffeehouse, BUT, with a modern sound system. Intimate. Funky. Fun. Franklin, MA  is equidistant from Boston, Providence and Worcester on 495, about 25 miles southwest of Boston.


Circle of Friends Coffeehouse at the Universalist Society Meeting House
262 Chestnut Street
Franklin, MA, 02038





FHS All Night Party: Bottle/Can Drive - Mar 14th

There will be a Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday, March 14th. 

It will be held at the FHS parking lot from 8-1PM and supports the All Night Party.

Last year this was part of the collection:

Bottle/Can Drive for All Night Party
Bottle/Can Drive for All Night Party

Help them top last year's collection!

For additional information and to help the All Night Party visit their webpage

"Yoga and Tea" - March 6 - 5:30 - 7:00pm

From Heather:

Tranquil Souls YOGA
Tranquil Souls YOGA
Tranquil Souls Yoga hosts and participates in many benefit classes and charity drives throughout the year. Our largest event of the year is Yoga Reaches Out held at the Dana Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium. 

I am particularly passionate about this year's event because a portion of the proceeds are going to Ben Speaks an organization which helps prevent Teen Suicide and Bullying. As yoga teacher, mother and someone who works closely with teens this is close to my heart.

Tranquil Souls Yoga has formed a team and will be joining 1200 other yogis on Sunday, April 26 to support two great causes, Boston Children's Hospital and Ben Speaks. We would love your support. 

We are selling handmade eye pillows at the studio and we are also hosting a "Yoga and Tea" donation-based class on March 6 from 5:30-7p. 

Both with 100% of the proceeds going to Yoga Reaches Out! All checks are tax-deductible and welcome in any denominations.

Here is the link to our team page

Tranquil Souls YOGA
15 East Central Street, Franklin MA 

"LIKE" us on Facebook!


Lifelong Learning: Getting Paid To Talk Seminar

This workshop "Getting Paid To Talk" is taking place next Wednesday, March 11 from 6:60 to 9:00pm at Franklin High School. It is one of our one-night spring offerings.

Community entrance at Franklin High School
Community entrance at Franklin High School

About The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at Franklin 
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at Franklin is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute and is dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for adults in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities. Diverse and enriched education and experiences are the goals of The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at Franklin. 
~ Our commitment extends to working professionals, senior citizens, persons with special needs and those in transition. 
For more information, please contact The Center for Adult Education office at 508-613-1480 or email

Sciene Friday - Meterology - Mar 6th

Science Friday at the Franklin Public Library is scheduled for Mar 6th at 3:30 PM. Ms Gina will explore the science of meterology. Space is limited and registration is required.

This is good for students K to 4th grade.

Register at

This was shared from the Franklin Library page here