Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Register O’Donnell Outreaches to Franklin Residents

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell and his outreach team held office hours this past Thursday, June 4th, at the Franklin Municipal Building. The Registry is the principal office for the recording and storing of property records in Norfolk County.

O’Donnell and his team were able to provide Franklin residents proof of property ownership by providing a copy of their deed. In addition, Registry personnel were able to answer a variety of questions including but not limited to mortgage discharges and the benefits of the Homestead Act. A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of a property owner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

“It was my pleasure to visit Franklin and answer questions regarding Registry of Deeds’ issues. A core objective of my office is to provide quality customer service to the residents of Norfolk County. These office hours are a convenient and cost effective way to bring the Registry and its services directly to the citizens of Norfolk County. In addition to answering questions, we were also able to bring land documents back to the Registry central office for recording. As a result, residents were spared the time and expense of traveling to the Registry’s Dedham location,” noted Register O’Donnell.

In conclusion, O’Donnell stated, “I want to thank the members of the Town Council, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting and all the staff at the Franklin Municipal Building for their generosity in allowing us to bring the Registry directly to the citizens of Franklin.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com @NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

ECDC and HMMS Presentation Documents for School Committee meeting June 9

Both the ECDC and HMMS have presentations scheduled for the School Committee meeting Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM.

The documents scheduled for the meeting can be viewed here:


ECDC entrance
ECDC entrance


The full agenda for the meeting can be found here:

Parmenter Art Show - June 10

Parmenter art show on June 10 at 5:00 PM
Parmenter art show on June 10 at 5:00 PM

Franklin Library: Marjorie Turner Hollman - June 10

Marjorie Turner Hollman writes:
Everybody who knows Massachusetts knows that western Mass has mountains, Cape Cod has wonderful beaches, and Metro West has shopping. 
Far fewer people know that MetroWest and Central Mass also offer some of the best strolling spaces in all of New England! At each of these outdoor destinations, you’ll find something of interest along the way: picturesque stone walls, waterside views, birds, beavers, and more. 
Spend a morning or afternoon, and be sure to return as the seasons change.
Continue reading her article "5 Top Spots for Easy Walks in Massachusetts" online. The DelCarte Open Space is one of the 5 spots featured.

You can talk with Marjorie on Wednesday, June 10 when she appears at the Franklin Library. She has just published her second book on 'easy walks' in our area and has lots of stories to share.

Marjorie Turner Hollman appears  June 10 at the Franklin Library
Marjorie Turner Hollman appears  June 10 at the Franklin Library

Monday, June 8, 2015

FHS 2015 - All Night Party - Video Walk

I shared photos Saturday of the All Night Party and on Facebook here

Harry Potter's room recreated for the All Night Party
Harry Potter's room recreated for the All Night Party

I can share a video of the walk through the hallways to capture the look and feel of the transformation. Roberta Trahan, Vice Chair of the School Committee, says it well:
I was absolutely amazed at what was accomplished at HMMS, the quality of the decorations, the unique way they incorporated the outdoor area, the spaciousness of the site. When I think back to the early discussions when the ANP team was told that the new FHS would not be used for at least this year I honestly wasn’t sure how ANP 2015 would play out. 
I have to give kudos to the ANP decorators/organizers and all who worked to make this one of the best I have seen; for their ability to see this new space, work with it and embrace the change that was brought to them. 
Also, to the staff at OAK/Mann complex, especially Sean Fortin and Corrine Minkle as I am told they were welcoming, cooperative and bent over backwards to help. 26 years and going strong!
Enjoy the video walk through!

Note: yes, I do slip at the end of the video and call this the Horace Man High School, it is the Horace Mann Middle School set up for the Franklin High School All Night Party. I also call Hagrid 'Hagar', I have no idea where that came from. I know he is Hagrid.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 11, 2015


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




– 7:10 PM Budget: FY 2016 Budget Hearing – 2nd Reading




1. Resolution15-37:Adoption of the FY 2016 Budget





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


Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

The one page agenda for this meeting can be found here:

The FY 2016 Budget voting document was included in the agenda for the 1st session on Wednesday, June 10th. All the individual FY 2016 budget documents can be found here   http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_Admin/budgets/FY%2016%20Budget/

The agenda for the Wednesday session can be found here

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 9, 2015

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

Franklin Public Schools  "the key to learning"
Franklin Public Schools
"the key to learning"

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 26, 2015 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations:
a. Retirees
b. ECDC Update – Kelty Kelley
c. Horace Mann Update – Shawn Fortin, Kaitlyn Demers

3. Discussion Only Items

4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of the request for ASMS 8th graders to travel to Pawtucket, RI to see a PawSox game on June 10, 2015 as detailed.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for 287.66 from O’Connor Studios for supplemental supplies at Davis Thayer Elementary School.
c. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2.500.00 for FHS Scholarships:
1. Whitson’s Food Service $1,500.00
2. Steven M. Coppola $1,000.00
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,200.00 from the Oak St. PCC for Supplemental Curriculum Materials.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session
Personnel Update

8. Adjourn

The agenda was shared from the School Committee webpage here

Reminder: Rain Garden Training and Demonstration - Jun 13

Franklin Residential Rain Garden Project
Learn to design, build and maintain a home rain garden to treat polluted rainwater from your driveway and roof while adding beauty and visual interest to your property.
Rain Garden Training and Demonstration - Jun 13
Rain Garden Training and Demonstration - Jun 13
Saturday, June 13, 2015 
10:30 am - 2:30 pm 
Lunch Provided

Remington/Jefferson School 
628 Washington Street, Franklin

Register at www.soakitupfranklinma.org

Contact Alexandra Ash aash@crwa.org or 781-788-0007 x 200

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

"this class has left 'an indelible mark' on the school"

A one-story home at Beaver Court stands as one of the many achievements of Tri-County Regional’s Class of 2015, said its president, Bryanna Haskell. 
The home – built for the town’s Affordable Housing Trust by seniors studying carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing and heating – also represents the varied skills that this year’s 238 graduates have learned during their four years at Tri-County, Haskell, of North Attleboro, said. 
“Imagine a house located at Beaver Court in Franklin and the family it will shelter,” Haskell told families and friends Sunday at the vocational-technical high school’s 36th commencement exercises. “Through our last four years at TC, every one of us has learned a skill that could touch the lives of those living at 15 Beaver Court, or anywhere around the state, the country or the world.” 
Valedictorian Laura Auerbach of Franklin credited those trades, which students took along with a traditional academic schedule, with helping define the graduates’ passions.
Continue reading the Milford Daily News Article

Beaver Court home built by Tri-County students for the Franklin Affordable Housing program
Beaver Court home built by Tri-County students for the Franklin Affordable Housing program
Additional photos of the work being done at Beaver Court can be found here

Want to be a Nursing Assistant Instructor?

National Medical Academy is seeking responsible RN's & LPN's to fulfill the role of Nursing Assistant Instructor at our Franklin, MA campus. (Exit 16 & 17 off Rt 495)

We are currently seeking RN's and LPN's to be National Medical Academy's Nursing Assistant Instructors. You will provide instruction in an approved training curriculum and in accordance with Center training procedures. The CNA Instructor revises the training curriculum and material needs as required; works as a member of the Team in providing individual student case management, in developing the employability of students, and in providing assistance in any area needed to maintain quality student services.
National Medical Academy
National Medical Academy is located in Franklin

Massachusetts Licensed RN or LPN
2 years of experience in a long term care setting are mandatory. License must be valid and in good standing. Experience in vocational instruction preferred. Must possess a valid in-State Driver's License and meet Company insurability requirements. Must possess applicable industry certification and carry Professional Liability Insurance.
Saturday and Sunday's 8a-4:30p (16 hours a week) 
Monday - Thursday 6p-10:15p (one Saturday 7a-2p per class rotation) (16 hours a week)

To Apply

Sunday, June 7, 2015

FHS Graduation 2015 (video)

And if you missed the graduation itself, you can view it here

Additional information on the commencement can be found here

Thanks to Franklin TV, Panther TV and all those who helped produce the graduation event.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 10, 2015

– May 6, 2015, May 20, 2015

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




– 7:10 PM Budget: FY 2016 Budget Hearing – 1st Reading


– Purple Heart Presentation


1. Resolution15-36: Salary Schedule: Full Time Elected Officials
2. Resolution 15-38: Establishment of a Fire Department Fire Rescue Training Revolving Account for FY 16
3. Resolution 15-39: Establishment of a Council on Aging Senior Center Activities Program Revolving Account For FY 16
4. Resolution 15-40: Establishment of a Council on Aging Supportive Day Program Revolving Account for FY 16
5. Resolution 15-41: Establishment of a Use of Facilities Account for FY 16
6. Resolution 15-42: Authorization for Intermunicipal Agreement with County of Norfolk to Provide Veterans’ Services to Franklin
7. Bylaw Amendment 15-747: Amendment of Service Fees - Solid Waste and Recycling- 2nd
8. Bylaw Amendment 15-748: Amendment to Chapter 128 Peddling and Soliciting – 1st Reading
9. Bylaw Amendment 15-749: Amendment to Chapter 139-14 Sewer System Map – 1st Reading





– Collective Bargaining, Nine Municipal Units


Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

The full set of documents released for this agenda can be found here

All the FY 2016 budget documents can be found here   http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_Admin/budgets/FY%2016%20Budget/

FHS boys lacrosse advances: “It was huge; we needed that one”

Franklin beat Xaverian 10-7 to advance to its first ever sectional. They host Catholic Memorial on Tuesday.

With Xaverian storming back in the third quarter of Saturday’s Div. 1 South quarterfinal at Pisini Field and suddenly in control of momentum, Franklin coach Lou Verrochi gathered his team and tried to settle it down.
Franklin senior jack Vail (14) scored six goals, including five in the second half, to lead the Panthers into the Div. 1 South semifinal for the first time. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin senior jack Vail (14) scored six goals, including five in the second half, to lead the Panthers into the Div. 1 South semifinal for the first time. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
He looked at his players and asked them who would step up and score the next goal to stem the tide and get the Panther the win. 
There was no surprise that it would be senior Jack Vail.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Hockomock League MVP scored a highlight-reel goal that put the Panthers back up three and ended the Xaverian comeback. With the ball on the left of the goal and with towering defender Joe Gaziano on his back, Vail made a hard fake to the top of the defense that put the pole back on his heels and allowed space for a spin move into the middle.
Continue reading the full article in Hockomock Sports here

Tri-County RVTHS Hosts 24th Annual Honors Night

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School celebrated the outstanding scholastic achievements of nearly 250 students on Wednesday, June 3, during the school's 24th annual Honors Night.

Awards were handed out for perfect attendance, shop excellence, academic excellence, Honor Roll, community service, service to school organizations, and overall contributions to the school. Several students also received armed services awards.

Recipients from the Class of 2015 included Emily Spillane, of Franklin, who was nominated by school administrators for the Massachusetts Vocational Association Secondary Award; Laura Auerbach, of Franklin, who received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Award for Academic Excellence; Bryanna Haskell, of North Attleborough, for the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Award; and Jessica Coates, of Bellingham, for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Emily Spillane and Evan Sheehan, of Attleboro, received the Marine Corps Athletic Excellence Award, Laura Auerbach was awarded the Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, and Michael Ambrose, of Millis, received the Department of the Air Force Math and Science Award.

Three members of the Class of 2015 were lauded for maintaining perfect attendance through all four years of high school. Those students included Andrew DuPlessis, of North Attleborough, Karl Petersen, of Plainville, and Nathan Twyman, of North Attleborough.

Several students from each grade level received the Cougar Culture Award for their exemplary achievement in areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Grade 9 recipients were Kaylee Dunn, of North Attleborough, Isabella Leonardi, of Plainville, and Tori Maynard, of Millville. Recipients in grade 10 included Samantha Frey, of Medway, William Galligan, of Medway, Kathleen Loonie, of North Attleborough, and Julia Spillane, of Franklin. The grade 11 recipients were Aimee Evers, of Franklin, Michael Goss, of Franklin, Kelsey Maynard, of Millville, and Tyler Thomas, of North Attleborough. Jake Ducharme, of Norfolk, and Dillan Hoyt, of Walpole, joined Laura Auerbach, Bryanna Haskell, and Emily Spillane as the grade 12 recipients.

English teacher Brian Keaney was honored as Tri-County’s 2015 Teacher of the Year during the event. The Teacher of the Year is selected annually by the senior class.

Recipients of the Cougar Culture Award
Recipients of the Cougar Culture Award

Recipients of the Cougar Culture Award pose with Tri-County Principal Jean Mallon after Honors Night on Wednesday, June 3. Top row (from left to right): Samantha Frey, of Medway, Tori Maynard, of Millville, William Galligan, of Medway, Michael Goss, of Franklin, Jake Ducharme, of Norfolk, Tyler Thomas, of North Attleborough, and Principal Jean Mallon. Bottom row (from left to right): Dillan Hoyt, of Walpole, Laura Auerbach, of Franklin, Julia Spillane, of Franklin, Kathleen Loonie, of North Attleborough, Isabella Leonardi, of Plainville, Kelsey Maynard, of Millville, Aimee Evers, of Franklin, and Bryanna Haskell, of North Attleborough. Not pictured: Emily Spillane, of Franklin, and Kaylee Dunn, of North Attleborough.

Representative Roy Announces Office Hours for month of June

State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway and Franklin for the Month of June on the following days:

Franklin – Monday June 22nd, 6:00-7:00PM Murphy Business – 15 E Central St,
Franklin, MA

Medway – Saturday June 27th, 9:00-10:00AM, Muffin House CafĂ©, 116 Main St, Medway, MA 02053

Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him.

Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention.  Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you.

He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2020, stop by Room 527A in the State House, or email him at Jeffrey.Roy@MAhouse.gov.