Friday, March 11, 2016

Franklin High School PCC - Meeting - Mar 14 - 7:00 PM

The next Franklin High School PCC meeting will be taking place on Monday, March 14th at 7 pm in the FHS Library. The Science Department Head, Bill Bobrowsky will be presenting. We will also have school counselors presenting on the topic of substance abuse and parental resources. Please spread the word! We look forward to seeing you there.

Below is the agenda:


March 14, 2016
1. Welcome

2. Principal Peter Light / Deputy Principal Paul Perri
• Opening Remarks

3. School Adjustment Counselors - Discussion on substance abuse and parental resources

4. Department Head Introduction/Presentation
• William Bobrowsky - Science

5. Important Dates:
• March 23 - Spring FHS Music Concert @ 7:00pm in the Auditorium
• March 25th - No School-Good Friday
• March 30th - Half Day PDD Dismissal at 10:50 AM
• APRIL – Franklin Food Pantry donations – All month long there will be a collection box At FHS!
• April 1st - Sophomore Dance from 7PM-10PM in the FHS Cafeteria
• April 12th - Jazz Night @7 PM in the FHS Auditorium
• April 18th - April 22nd-Spring Break
• April 29th - Half Day PDD Dismissal at 10:50 AM
• April 29th - Prom for Juniors 7PM-11PM

6. Upcoming PCC Meetings:
May 9, 2016

main entrance - Franklin High School
main entrance - Franklin High School

In the News: Medway official unhappy; municipal energy aggregation proceeds for Franklin

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"(Medway) Town officials are unhappy with a group opposed to Exelon’s proposed 200-megawatt expansion of the company’s existing Summer Street facility. 
The group, which operates a Facebook page called STOP Medway Power Plant, earlier this week posted a Connecticut Post article that highlighted power plant opponents. 
The story cited a proposal from Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to build a 580-megawatt power plant in Walpole in 2008, when Medway Town Administrator Michael Boynton served the same role in that town."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"The Town Council approved a municipal energy aggregation plan with the hopes that it will save local electricity customers money on their bills. 
The council heard a presentation about the merits of an agreement with Colonial Power Group during its Wednesday meeting. 
Representatives from the group, as well as the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associate, gave a brief slideshow presentation about municipal aggregation, which would have the town seek bids from power suppliers. Municipal aggregation options, they said, typically save customers money and - since the town can determine the length of its contract - can enjoy more stability from rate fluctuations. 
Officials also noted that though residents will be included in the program by default, they may choose to opt out when they wish."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Note: I am pleased the aggregation was approved. I was pleased to learn that I did not need to sign up. I would have been happy to be among the first to do so. However, as announced during the Town Council meeting, all Franklin will be enrolled by default and can opt out at anytime. 

6th Grader charter students create movie trailers for books read

6th grade students at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School created movie trailers for the books they read. They gathered images, sounds and created the textual commentary to prepare the short movies. An example of one of the trailers is shown here.

Grade 6 iMovie Book Trailers
making Grade 6 iMovie book trailers

Follow this link to view all the book trailers created

This was shared from the BFCCPS website here

Meals on Wheels fundraising

The Tri-Valley Meals on Wheels program is holding two fundraisers for March. The first, a raffle, with tickets $3 each or 2 for $5. You can purchase the tickets by calling Meals on Wheels at 508-949-6640.

Meals on Wheels raffle
Meals on Wheels raffle

The second is an Italian dinner being held on Thursday, March 31. Tickets for this are $7 and can also be obtained by calling Meals on Wheels at 508-949-6640

Italian dinner - Thursday, March 31
Italian dinner - Thursday, March 31

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Big Night! Vernal Pools come alive in Franklin

With spring-like weather expected this week and into the next few weeks, the Conservation Commission reminds you to keep your eyes and ears open for signs of "Big Night".

Big Night is the term we use for those first few warm, rainy nights of spring. The warmer weather and rain cue wood frogs and salamanders to begin migration, through forests and across roadways, to local vernal pools to breed. Vernal pools, as their name suggests are small depressions that collect snow melt and rain in the spring and fill for just a few short months, providing a safe place for some frogs and salamanders to breed.

These animals live in the uplands during most of the year and move in large numbers to the pool they were hatched in on these nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear wood frogs (they sound a little like quacking ducks) and spring peepers in the next few weeks.

If you are lucky enough to witness or hear nature's musings, please enjoy! And then do not forget to call the Conservation Department at 508-520-4929 to report it.

You can learn more about vernal pools here:

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This was shared from the Franklin webpage

Dean College Presents: Hair, April 6-10, 2016

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform Hair, beginning Wednesday, April 6, 2016 through Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Dean College presents Hair
Set in the turbulent era of the Vietnam War and "Free Love," Hair presents the rock music and revolutionary culture that went with it on the stage. This show has a vitality, a timelessness, and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America. It has a strong effect on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. 

What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and What a Piece of Work is Man and Hippie Life. You won't want to miss our talented students perform this musical performance!

The Dean College production of Hair will take place in the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$22 and can be purchased online. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

For the 3rd time, the road for FHS ended against St John's

Ryan Lanigan, Editor in Chief, Hockomock Sports provides the details on the FHS basketball game on Wednesday.

"Numbers don’t always tell the whole story of a game, but they certainly help explain what happened. 
Franklin went from shooting 50% in the first half to just 26% from the floor in the second. 
Franklin hit half of their six three point attempts in the first half but struggled from deep in the second half, going 1/9. 
St. John’s shot over 40% from the field for the game (nearly 50% in the second half), had a plus-15 advantage on the glass and went 16/19 from the free throw line. 
Those numbers totaled up to a 67-52 win for St. John’s over Franklin in the D1 Central Sectional Final."

Continue reading the article online

Franklin senior Tim Prunier dribbles past a St. John;s defender in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin senior Tim Prunier dribbles past a St. John;s defender in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/

From the Twitterverse

Kids Cooking Classes - Super Suppers - Register Now


March 23
May 4

6:00 PM
6:45 PM  



Franklin High School


Six Fun-Filled Sessions
with Sandhya Jain

 Super Suppers:  Grades 5 - 8
Each class will be approximately 45 minutes long.  Students will learn measuring math, mixing, and basic food science and will work directly with the chef instructor.

The instructor will demonstrate basic knife skills and discuss safety rules for the kitchen. It's a great opportunity for young minds to expand their palate by cooking a wide range of food.

Each week students will prepare
one of the following:
Menu:Wheat Pizza, Chicken nuggets, Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, Pesto Pasta, Chocolate Mousse, Roasted Garlicky Salad with Honey Mustard dressing.

$120 plus $18 fee for ingredients  

 About the Instructor 
Sandhya Jain, owner of Sandhya's Kitchen and currently appearing on Franklin TV cable television, shares her passion for making cooking easy, effortless, healthy, and delicious. Says Jain, "Cooking has been my passion for over 20 years." 

FPS- Life Long Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact

"We thought we should give a reasonable amount of time"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

The Town Council debated the terms of a bylaw that would require anyone serving liquor in town receive alcohol awareness training. 
The council heard from several business officials Wednesday night and discussed several concerns with the proposal, which was originally put forward by councilor Andrew Bissanti. The proposal would require managers, bartenders and all employees who sell or serve alcohol undergo "safe service of alcohol" training.

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Reminder: Family Science Night at Franklin High School

Family Science Night - Franklin High School 
From 6:00 to 8:00 PM

A community service project by the FHS Science National Honor Society

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Live reporting: to Closing

moving in right directions, could be out at end of April to make repairs
the contractor will bear all expenses

did open bids for Pleasant and Chestnut St
will bring to capital committee in future

working on capital budget and annual budget


Bissanti - Conservation Commission enforcement practices
would like to see a lighter gentler message
some one apparently put some lawn clippings in his yard in what is a wetland (also on his land)

Jones - looking forward to the lottery on March 30 for the Beaver Ct building
(apparently an open house was held recently)

Dellorco - condolences to the 'Franklin mayor' Peter's family

Bissanti - thanks for pushing along the alcohol awareness program
if this saves one life, then it is all worth it

Pfeffer - there were 2 open houses on Sunday
can't please everyone

- Pending or threatened litigation
1. Proposed Excelon expansion of Medway electric generating facility pending before Energy Facilities Siting Board.
2. Proposed Spectra gas transmission line through Franklin.

motion to adjourn, passed 8-0

Live reporting: Legislation for Action

no reports, EDC wants to set a meeting


  • Resolution 16-11: Declaration of Town-Owned Land on Grove Street (Portion of Former Nu-Style Property) as Surplus and Available for Disposition
Motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0
  • Resolution 16-12: Authorization for Municipal Aggregation of Electricity
Bernie Lynch, Mark Capadona
  • this provides opt in and opt out choices
  • aggregation provides choice, stability and savings
  • designed to protect customer rights
  • no penalties for customers
  • largest aggregation company, also a MA company
  • local oversight and control with program
  • approximate Dec of 2016 for electricity to flow
  • possible savings 100-250 mentioned on typical household
  • we are enrolled initially, can opt in

  • Resolution 16-13: Appropriation: Town Administrator: Insurance Recovery Account – 28123490
motion, seconded, passed 8-0
any insurance claim over $20K needs to be authorized by the Council

Pfeffer - problem with the $5K deductible as it was a problem from the beginning

Mercer - the deductible is a topic of discussion with the principles involved, this allows us to get moving and to recoup the funds

  • Resolution 16-14: Appropriation: Records Management – Assessors
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0
Kevin Doyle, Director Assessors office
  • need most recent 40 years of records for processing
  • need to reduce the volume and reorganize the space available for the records
  • info does grow annually
  • little time to work on the backlog of records to get them organized
  • some digital records are allowed but they can not be the 'official' record

  • Bylaw Amendment 16-755: Chapter 179, Water – 1st Reading
motion to amend from 21 to 30 days, seconded, passed 7-1 (Pfeffer no)
move as amended to second reading, seconded, passed 8-0
looking for a different process to get access to replace the water meter

  • Bylaw Amendment 16-756: Chapter 170 Vehicles and Traffic Article X Winter Storm Overnight Parking – 1st Reading
adjusting the bylaw to cover all public parking during the storm periods to allow DPW to plow

move as amended to second reading, seconded, passed 8-0
parking at Depot St, or at the Library, Fletcher Field, and sometimes the school
notification via website, reverse 911, police called in to get owners to move cars

Live reporting: alcohol training bylaw discussion


  • Mandatory Alcohol Awareness Training for Licensees

draft for review and comment 

"If you're going to serve liquor, you should be trained before serving."

most establishments are okay with it as they are mostly doing it today

change time for new hires from 14 to 30 days

don't understand the requirement for the waiting period

a 2.5 hour course good for 3 years, costs only $40, can be done online

will hinder the one day sales in that this will apply to them as well

would prefer to have one on one training rather than online

The ABCC is already watching for any overserving instances as reported by police incidents

There should be a transition period per Cerel

Recommend a 9/1 date and reached consensus on that date

Live reporting: Town Council - Mar 9, 2016

Present: Padula, Mercer, Vallee, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Dellorco, Jones
Absent: Pellegri 


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


– Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.





2015 Audit – Melanson Heath, Auditors

The documents released for this agenda can be found here

Independent Auditors Report

P 14
enterprise funds (water, sewer, solid waste) in the second column
118M high school building to be depreciated
118M other fixed assets being depreciated

42M - OPEB listed, this is the GAAP amount for reporting purposes, not the total outstanding liability.
net pension liability, 39M

1.5M in OPEB trust fund to help fund the liability

deficit equity due to the unfunded liability previously not reported

P 16
9M is a good number, one the bond agencies look for (stabilization accounts and free cash)
at 9% indicates a very strong financial  position

P 20
amount revenues beat the budget, in far column $864K, a good number

use of free cash and stabilization, appropriately used for one time funds, i.e. snow and ice

very strong financial balances for enterprise funds

Management Letter

no material issues or weaknesses noted

The Risk assessment process mentioned has been for past couple of years and it being worked, still work needs to be done. Looking for Franklin to be more proactive in identifying risks for the town

single audit completed, no findings this year. Thresholds are being raised and more documented policies and procedures are being required. If not completed by next year's report, there could be 'findings' next year.

the audit runs very smoothly

Emily Waite, FHS senior wins Samsung Mobile App Scholarship

Emily Waite, a senior at FHS has received the Samsung Mobile App Scholarship for $20,000. Emily finished on the top in the 2015 contest. She will be receiving her award at a press conference at the end of April. 


"A 12th grader at Franklin High School in Franklin, MA. Emily's idea, Med Kid, aims to make frequent medicine-taking fun for children with serious illnesses; Med Kid gives in-app rewards each time a medicine is taken."

Emily Waite (photo from Samsung webpage)
Emily Waite (photo from Samsung webpage)

"Six Samsung Mobile App Academies were held during the summer of 2015 in Miami; Houston; Boston; San Francisco; New Brunswick, NJ; and Washington, DC/ Baltimore, MD, with the goal of igniting top-performing 11th and 12th graders' interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the related careers. Students learned about mobile app concept development and coding basics, plus the research, logic, design, and marketing that developers use when conceptualizing and creating mobile apps. Afterward, students had the opportunity to submit their own app concepts for a chance to win scholarships!"

For additional info on this program and the other awards, check out the Samsung site