Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Live reporting: Community Coalition - June 30, 2015

While I had some technical difficulty in the auditorium at Franklin High School on Tuesday, I was able to send out updates via Twitter. The updates and additional info is captured here.

I created #opioidFranklin as a tag for the Twitter updates and then was able to collect them via Storify

For those reading this via email, you will need to click through to the Franklin Matters webpage to read the full "storify"

Rep John Fernandes, Milford provides an update to the group
Rep John Fernandes, Milford provides an update to the group

Anthony Delasanta - Bishop Feehan - All Scholastic in Track

When reporting on the Franklin All Scholastics, I missed one. Thankfully, members of our community notified me and I can correct that.

Globe All Scholastic Photo - Anthony Delasanta
Globe All Scholastic Photo - Anthony Delasanta

Anthony Delasanta, a junior from Franklin attending Bishop Feehan, made the All Scholastics in the 400 meter event for Boys Track

Delasanta won the Division 3 400 in 49.83 seconds and the EAC crown in 49.13. He was second in the 400 at the All-State meet by .02 seconds, running in 48.37, and second in the 300 (35.29) at the indoor All-State meet.

You can find all the Boys Track All Scholastics here

You can find all the spring 2015 All Scholastics here

"Our whole community is talking about it, and that really does make a difference.”

Matt Dowling shared his experience with heroin addiction, describing it as several years of a vicious cycle that saw him getting clean, relapsing, then finding himself in trouble again with the police and his parents. 
“Five years clean, I live a normal life now,” Dowling, 27 and a 2006 Franklin High School graduate, said Tuesday night at the first meeting of a local coalition on the drug epidemic plaguing the state. “Drugs don’t own me anymore. If anyone is suffering or knows someone suffering, you can talk to me: I’d love to help in any way I can.” 
His willingness to help – offering his cell phone number to anyone who asked – captured the essence of the meeting in the Franklin High School auditorium, where a 12-person panel gathered to discuss the drug crisis in Massachusetts.
Continue reading the article here

regular schedule for trash pickup this week

There is no delay for Curbside Collection this week.

regular schedule for trash pickup this week
regular schedule for trash pickup this week

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Globe Spring 2015 All Scholastics for Lacrosse includes 2 from Franklin

In case you missed the Boston Sunday Globe, the spring 2015 All Scholastics were published including two from Franklin for Lacrosse.

Globe All Scholastics Photo - Emily Jeffries
Globe All Scholastics Photo - Emily Jeffries

The full set of All Scholastics for Girls Lacrosse can be found here

Globe All Scholastics Photo - Jack Vail
Globe All Scholastics Photo - Jack Vail
The full set of All Scholastics for Boys Lacrosse can be found here

FHS All Night Party - 2015 (video)

You'll recall I was able to capture some photos of the All Night Party at Horace Mann Middle School as it was set up and before the high school graduates arrived. Those photos were combined with others taken during the event by the All Night Party Committee to produce this cool video.

Curl up with a refreshing drink of your choice and enjoy this collaboration.

The FHS Seniors did have a great and safe graduation party!

The 'master' collection of photos can be found on Shutterfly here

FHS All Night Party 2015
FHS All Night Party 2015

Some of my photos from the All Night Party were shared here

To get involved with next year's All Night Party keep this site in mind for updates

Community Coalition - Formation Meeting Agenda - June 30, 2015

The agenda for the meeting Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 PM at the auditorium in Franklin High School

I. Welcome and introductions – Jeff Roy

II. Speakers (3-5 minutes each)
A. Mike Morrissey, Norfolk District Attorney
B. Robin Chapell, Walpole,
C. Jeffrey Hopkins M.D., Emergency medicine perspective
D. Amy Leone, Community Impact and JAG Coalition, Milford
E. Ed Hurley, Hockmock YMCA President
F. Jennifer Knight, Franklin family support group
G. Matt Dowling, recovered addict
H. Roy Scipion, Pharmacist at CVS Franklin
I. Reinhard Straub, American Addiction Centers
J. Maureen Sabolinski, Franklin Superintendent of Schools
K. Robert Dellorco, Franklin Town Councilor & Coach
L. Steve Semerjean, Franklin Police Chief
M. Robert Donovan, Franklin Fire Department
III. Mission, objectives, organization
A. “Saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent
and eradicate addiction.” Or other suggestions.
B. Coalition name
1. Franklin Against Drugs (FAD)
2. Franklin Against Opioids
3. Other suggestions
C. Organization of group

IV. Ideas for future
A. Fed Up Rally (
B. Development of website with resources
C. Speaker series
D. Other ideas
E. Next meeting

use the community entrance at FHS to get to the auditorium
use the community entrance at FHS to get to the auditorium

MUST WATCH: Are We Treating Women Athletes Like Guinea Pigs? (video)

via @turfgrassforum

Main St paving today - from Pleasant St to High St

  • Mass DOT will be paving Main Street Tuesday, June 30th
  • Starting from in front of the Charter School to just past High Street 
  • They will also be paving High Street itself

Main St approaching High St
Main St approaching High St

In the News: social media renews case work, Community Coalition meeting

Thirty-five years later, the homicide investigation remains open, with detectives from Bellingham, Franklin and the State Police continuing to develop sources and pursue leads. 
The departments are using social media to stir up new information about the murder. 
“It is believed that those involved are still out there,” Bellingham and Franklin police said in a joint statement. “Someone knows just what happened to Theresa. Whatever the circumstances were or may have been, Theresa should not have perished in such a cruel and careless manner.” 
In an interview with the Daily News last week, Franklin Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said the departments have an obligation to “keep the fire going.”
Continue reading the article here

A community coalition on opioid abuse will meet with the public for the first time Tuesday night to introduce its mission and provide insight from experts on the statewide epidemic. 
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, will host the 7 p.m. session in the Franklin High School auditorium. In bringing together doctors, drug counselors, educators, police officials and town leaders, the coalition members hope to establish a local support network for residents struggling with addiction. 
“We are expecting a large group at the meeting, and we have arranged for a number of speakers to address topics surrounding opioid abuse and ways that the coalition can help curb this epidemic,” Roy said in an email update Monday.
Continue reading the article here

Monday, June 29, 2015

Franklin Community Coalition on Opioid Abuse Update - Meeting June 30th

The first meeting of the coalition is Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at FHS.
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Community Coalition

Meeting reminder

Here is a quick reminder about the Franklin Community Coalition meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 30th at 7 pm in the Franklin High School Auditorium.

We are expecting a large group at the meeting, and we have arranged for a number of speakers to address topics surrounding opioid abuse and ways that the coalition can help curb this epidemic. The goal is to jumpstart a community conversation and establish a coalition that will meet on a regular basis and provide consistent programming in this area.

In addition, many of you have already completed the survey included with last week's email. Thank you. Please click here or on the image to the right to view the document which includes the names and information on the people who have already responded. You can also download a copy that you can print out if you choose. I trust that you will find it valuable to know about some of the folks who will be with you on Tuesday.

If you haven't already submitted your information, and are still interested in adding it, simply click here to complete a short survey. We will then incorporate your info into the final list.

In the meantime, last week Governor Charlie Baker released the findings of his Opioid Working Group, a comprehensive report detailing 65 actionable steps to curb the deadly opioid epidemic. You can view the report by clicking hereThe findings by the 18-member Working Group include short and long term action items to be implemented between now and the next three years, some requiring legislative action and funding and some will be achieved through partnerships with private industry and federal leaders.

The announcement comes just days after the launch of a statewide public service campaign to alert parents about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse by their kids. You can link to the campaign by clicking here.

Finally, below I have again included some links to two timely videos on the subject. One is a short film called If Only which was produced by James Wahlberg and filmed in Tewksbury. It tells the story of two teenagers battling addiction to prescription opiates. One of the boys gets help to beat the addiction, while the other dies of an overdose. The other film is an 87-minute documentary titled The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts. It's the work of a recent Andover High School graduate who is trying to draw attention to opiate abuse in his community.

I thought the films would be of interest in preparation for our first community conversation on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing you then.

If Only, a film produced by James Wahlberg, tells the story of two teenagers battling addiction to prescription opiates. Click the image above to view the movie.
The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts is the work of a recent Andover High School graduate trying to draw attention to opiate abuse in his community. Click on the image above to watch the movie.
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Rep Jeff Roy: What's happening in the district - June 2015 newsletter

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Newspapers to publish legal notices on the web

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a history-making bill that will require newspapers to publish legal notices on the Web. The bill, H 1566, "An Act Concerning Electronic Publication of Certain Legal Notices," was one that I sponsored with help from the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association
For centuries, public notices only appeared in print. But as we well know readership of print papers has taken a sharp decline. At the same time, overall readership of newspapers has been on the rise because of the Internet and online access. It's time that public notices take part in this increased readership.

During the debate, I had the opportunity to deliver my maiden speech on the House floor.You can view the video by clicking here or on the image above, and photos by clicking hereThe House voted 153-0 in favor of the legislation. The bill now goes to the Senate.

As always, I thank you for he opportunity to serve and I urge you to contact me with any questions about the bill or any other matter.

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Franklin School For The Performing Arts Slates Summer Open Houses

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold summer Open Houses for prospective students and families from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 30 at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama. Prospective students are also encouraged to try a complimentary class during the summer session, which runs through August 21.

Celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary season, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer and built upon the notion that arts experiences are an integral part of a well-rounded education, FSPA offers an extensive roster of classes for all ages and levels, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 
Programs are provided in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction. FSPA is also the home of the Little Music School, an innovative program teaching children as young as 18 months to play the piano. 
An unparalleled calendar of performing opportunities features all-student musicals, plays, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater showcases, Glee Club, performing troupes, dance companies, a classical ballet variations ensemble, and instrumental ensembles. Many FSPA students also participate, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. 
Summer programming features week-long performing arts camps, 3-day workshops, two 3- and 4-week ballet intensives, and an 8-week session of dance, voice and instrumental private lessons and classes. An all-new FSPA Summer Theater program provides opportunities for hands-on immersion in a cabaret show, concert musical (Schoolhouse Rock!), behind-the-scenes theater design, straight play or musical theater production (High School Musical). Registration for summer and fall sessions is ongoing. 
For more information, including fall class schedule and summer session brochure with full program descriptions and dates, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recap: School Committee meeting June 23

Among the items for discussion at the School Committee meeting were two policies. One a set of documents covering the "Community Use of School Facilities". The other covering "Domestic Violence Leave." Both policies were moved to a second reading (meeting in July).

The Community Use of School Facilities can be read here

Domestic Violence Leave can be read here

The presentation documents for Horace Mann Middle School and High School Guidance updates were posted to those sections after the meeting and can be found below.

Maureen Barker was recognized for her many years of keeping the minutes for the School Committee.

School Committee Chair Paula Mullen, Maureen Barker, School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski
School Committee Chair Paula Mullen, Maureen Barker, School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski

Recap: School Committee meeting - June 9

At the School Committee meeting on June 9, recognition was given to those teachers and school personnel retiring.

Three current vice principals at Franklin High School are also leaving to take other positions advancing their careers outside the district.

Mr Lucas Giguere is leaving to begin his new role as the Principal of Bellingham High School. (You can also view a video interview on Pantherbook here)

Nicole Haberman is going to be the Academic Assistant Principal at Westwood High School

Christopher Schmidt is going to be the Athletic Director at Nipmuc Regional High School.