Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Franklin Performing Arts Company’s production of the under-the-sea spectacular, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, plays for three more performances this weekend at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. Shows are on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Based on the beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and the classic animated film, the enchanting blockbuster musical brings audiences into a magical ocean kingdom – home to mermaid Ariel, King Triton and a host of memorable characters, including Flounder the fish and Sebastian the crab. When the beautiful and curious young mermaid falls for a handsome human, Prince Eric, in the world above, she bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright, Disney’s The Little Mermaid features the irresistible songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Under the direction of Nick Paone and Raye Lynn Mercer, the show’s clever staging brings audiences right up close to all the action and into The Little Mermaid’s fantasy world. The theater’s 360-degree catwalk provides a dramatic platform to feature the production’s professional orchestra, conducted by Musical Director Hallie Wetzell. FPAC’s costumer, Merrie Whitney, who is building the entire show, has fashioned designs that are true to the spirit of the movie, but reflect her creativity in supporting the show’s direction and choreography by Paone, Mercer and Kellie Stamp. Sea creatures are anthropomorphized and given human qualities to bring the underwater scenes to life. FPAC’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented as part of the company’s 25th anniversary season.

Lead roles will be performed by Madi Asgeirsson (Ariel), Jason Barney (Chef Louis), Jocelyn Jones (Scuttle), Greg Leach (Triton), Kathy Longobardi (Ursula), Nick Paone (Sebastian), Amanda Wylie (Flounder), and Peter Wyner (Grimsby) of Franklin; Michael Fajardo (Prince Eric) of Hopkinton; Katie Gray (Flotsam) of Milford; and Jenna McDermott (Jetsam) of Wrentham.
Franklin’s Madi Asgeirsson performs as Ariel
Franklin’s Madi Asgeirsson performs as Ariel

Area cast members also include Lily Barney, Kendra Dombroski, Laney Dragsbaek, Hayley Driscoll, Andrew Falanga, Mia Fleischer, Anna Grasso, Collin Hancock, Wendy Jones, Sydney Leach, David Lee, Tatiana McAlpine, Grace Olah, Akira Ontsuka, Bella Pelaggi, Hannah Rezendes, Madison Rezendes, Katharine Waples, Caitlin Woodcock, Katie Wylie, Kristen Wylie, Melissa Wyner, and Delaney Zolnowski of Franklin; Amanda Willis of Holliston; Caroline Merten of Hopedale; Colie Vancura of Medfield; Maddy Williams of Medway; Nicholas Steiner of Millis; Laine DiMartinis, Mairead Nee, and Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; and Susauna Wickstrom of Wrentham.

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

6th Annual Franklin-Bellingham Franklin Fives Road Race - May 14

6th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Franklin Fives Road Race

5 K Run, 5 Mile Run, 3.1 or 1.5 Mile Walk

Saturday May 14, 2016 at 10 AM

Help support our effort to develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail into a multi-use path for Franklin and Bellingham

  • Registration: 8:30 – 9:45 AM
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM ( + or - )
  • Start / Finish: 628 Washington St. Franklin, MA (Remington School)
  • Run 5 K or 5 Mile courses through residential neighborhoods
  • 1.5 or 3.1 mile mile walk through residential neighborhoods
  • Entry Fee: $25 prior to race day, $30 day of the race, $15 Students

The SNETT is an abandoned rail bed running from Franklin to the CT line

Register online at:

 6th Annual Franklin & Bellingham Franklin Fives Road Race - May 14
 6th Annual Franklin & Bellingham Franklin Fives Road Race - May 14

FEF's 19th Annual Trivia Bee scheduled for Apr 13

The Franklin Education Foundation (FEF) will hold its 19th Annual Trivia Bee on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. There will be live music by the Franklin High School Jazz Band, a raffle table, and refreshments.
19th annual FEF Trivia Bee - Apr 13
19th annual FEF Trivia Bee - Apr 13

Fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee have enabled the FEF to donate over $300,000 to the Franklin Public Schools since 1997 for innovative education programs that would not otherwise be possible.


The Bee will be held at the Thomas Mercer Auditorium at the Horace Mann Middle School. 

  • The middle school Bee will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the theme will be general trivia. Teams for the middle school Bee will be composed of students from each of the 3 Franklin middle schools. 
  • The regular Bee will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the theme will be pop culture. For the regular Bee, teams consist of three people sponsored by local businesses, civic groups and individuals. 
Organizations may send their own team or may sponsor a team of Franklin High School students.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a team, donating an item to the raffle table, or bidding on naming rights for the final championship round should contact Kit Brady at All entries must be received by Wednesday, March 30th .

For more information about the Franklin Education Foundation, please visit our website at or visit us on Facebook (

In the News: Medway BOH considering moratorium on crumb rubber, Dean to hold 5K

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

The Board of Health is considering a moratorium on turf fields using crumb rubber infill, but will reportedly let residents decide at the ballot box or Town Meeting. 
Board member Jordan Warnick said Tuesday that the board is looking for input on the matter, but will not take matters into its own hands. 
“I think all of us are in agreement that we should not be the individuals who decide on that at the current understanding of issues related to crumb rubber infill,” he said

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crumb rubber mostly gone from the Beaver St field in Franklin
crumb rubber mostly gone from the Beaver St field in Franklin

Dean College will host the Dean Dash 5K at noon April 23 at the college campus.The course will start and end at Awpie Way, directly outside of Dean Hall at the Dean College campus, 99 Main St. 
The race will begin promptly at noon for competitors to take a 3.16-mile run, jog or walk through the residential streets of Franklin. A hydration station will be waiting for participants at the 2-mile mark and a post-race lunch will welcome runners back as they cross the finish line. 
Live music, lawn games, face painting and a bounce house will take place after the 5K. 
Registration will cost $5 for Dean College students and ages 11 and younger; $10 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $15 for community members. Price includes a race T-shirt, race bib, drawstring bag souvenir, lunch and hydration station. 
For information and to register:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It Takes a Village: Davis Thayer

Josie Maguire and Jonathan Weiss will be providing updates on all that is going at Davis Thayer School. 

Please tune in this week for the latest updates and learn how you can help support all of their efforts. 

It Takes a Village...

  • Tuesday morning at 9:00
  • Wednesday morning at 7:30
  • Saturday evening at 8:30

  • Comcast Channel 8
  • Verizon Channel 26

For additional info on the Franklin TV programs visit them on the web

Davis Thayer Elementary School
Davis Thayer Elementary School

AFFORDABLE HOUSING available in Franklin, MA

  • 48 Arlington Street, RESALE PROPERTY - $165,000

6 Rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, 1223 sf, forced hot air and oil heat

  • 15 Beaver Court - NEW CONSTRUCTION - $165,000

5 Rooms, 1368 sf, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Large Kitchen with granite counters and
an 18x20 family room, heated by gas

15 Beaver Court
15 Beaver Court

Lottery Date 

– 03/30/2016 held at Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA, 6:00 pm both

Application Deadline: 3/25/2016, 1:00 PM

Household Income Limits: 

  • 1 Person - $ 48,800 
  • 2 Person - $ 55,800 
  • 3 Person - $ 62,750
  • 4 Person - $ 69,700 
  • 5 Person - $ 75,300 
  • 6 Person - $ 80,900

Applications and Information available at the Municipal Building, Franklin Public
Library, 118 Main St., and at, Affordable Housing. Contact Maxine
(508) 520-4949 or


The Beaver Court house was the one previously reported as being built by students at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical

Annual Parent Info Night - Anti Bullying - Mar 29, 6:30 PM

  • What is bullying and what is not bullying under the law?
  • When is student behavior bullying and when is it developmentally typical behavior?
  • What are school district requirements and obligations under the law?
  • What information are school districts able to share with you about their bullying
  • investigations?
  • What are student support and safety plans?
  • What is the role of law enforcement?
  • How can parents and school personnel work together to address instances of bullying
  • and support positive student behavior?

These topics and more will be addressed by Attorney Paige Tobin from Murphy, Lamere and Murphy Law Firm

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

6:30 P.M.

FHS Lecture Hall

This was shared from the Franklin Schools webpage

Community entrance to FHS
Community entrance to FHS

Women's FIT Boxing

via Mary Alexander
If you didn't know, Women's FIT Boxing is a program for women that I have been running for 13 years. My next 5 week session begins this Monday 03/14. It's open to both members non-members and it's affordable. 
You'll leave the class feeling a sense of accomplishment, get a great workout, and have a ton of fun doing it! If you want to come and try a class, please feel free to stop by CrossFit Franklin/Team Fitness and try a class free!  
Here's the information and remember you don't need to bring experience, conditioning, or a fear of it being too hard. It's made for every individual person and it's my job to help you.

Women's FIT Boxing
Women's FIT Boxing

In the News: Aubuchon to relocate, electronic recycling, middle school presentations, bylaw changes

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Aubuchon Hardware Company will close existing hardware and paint stores in Franklin and open a new store in the Horace Mann Plaza. 
“This consolidation effort will bring all employees from the two stores under one roof to provide the community with exceptional service for all of their hardware, paint and lawn and garden needs,” said Kenneth Moore, vice president of inventory management and store development."

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"The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, 201 Main St., will host an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 to benefit the eighth grade’s upcoming trip. 
The recycling fees are as follows: $20-$30 televisions; $5-$10 towers and laptops; $10 monitors and large appliances; and $5 printers, fax machines, copiers, cell phones and landline telephones, kitchen electronics, gaming systems and VCR/DVD/CD players."

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"The Franklin School Committee heard presentations from two of the district's middle schools about new science and technology initiatives. 
Principals, teachers and students from the Annie Sullivan and Remington middle schools spoke at last week's meeting about ways to encourage student involvement in those topics. 
Annie Sullivan teachers Mike Procacini and Julie Viveiros discussed developing scientific literacy in eighth-grade students. Their students had been given a writing assignment about the nervous system - the brain in particular. Procacini said the intent was to have students incorporate literacy, data collection and the study of textural evidence in one project."

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"The Town Council last week advanced two bylaws: one that would assess a penalty on those who do not allow the installation of new water meters at their houses and another that would prohibit parking in town lots during snow emergencies.
The council approved the first reading of both the proposed bylaws. A final vote on the matters will come at a future meeting. 
Department of Public Works Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi spoke about both proposals. He said the first would impose a $25-a-day penalty on homeowners who do not let town workers install new water meters in their houses."

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Franklin Democrats to Elect Delegates To State Convention - Mar 26

Registered Democrats in Franklin will be holding a caucus in the Community Room at Franklin Public Library on March 26th at 10am to elect 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Action Agenda. 

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 4th at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

"There is much at stake in 2016 as big, outside money targeting our Democratic legislators has already been pledged," said Chairperson Denise Schultz. "Our June convention will focus on building up our Democratic Party's grassroots around the values and ideas that improve the lives of working Bay Staters - ensuring we send strong Democrats to Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill and the White House."

Franklin Democrat Town Committee
Franklin Democrat Town Committee

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Franklin, and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be "add-on" delegates.

The committee normally meets at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of the month at the Union Street Grill. For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Denise Schultz at / 508-612-5950 or check out their website at

FHS hockey tops Marshfield 3-1 to take D1 South Sectional Final

A rebuilding year? Think again. 
After graduating 21 seniors from a squad that made a historic run to the Super 8 tournament, there were plenty of questions surrounding this year’s Franklin hockey team. 
But those questions have now been answered and this year’s group of Panthers made history themselves, beating Marshfield 3-1 in the D1 South Sectional Final. It marks the program’s first D1 sectional crown just in just its third season at that level. 
“People were saying this was a rebuilding year but the guys in the locker room and me, we knew this wasn’t a rebuilding year,” junior forward Adam Assad said. “We were going to get out here and do our best and try to win it.” 
Assad scored two goals in the game, including the game-winner late in the second period and an empty netter from his own blue line. Senior Sean Hedvig had the game-tying goal in the second period, just his second goal of the season.

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Franklin junior Adam Assad scored a pair of goals against Marshfield in the D1 South Final. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin junior Adam Assad scored a pair of goals against Marshfield in the D1 South Final. (Ryan Lanigan/

Additional photos can be found here

In the News: Family Science Night, Dean presents "Hair"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

More than 300 children came to Franklin High School Thursday night to - among other things - examine fingerprints, see jousting robots, code programs and design paper airplanes. 
The second annual "Family Science Night," an event intended to encourage students in elementary and middle school to take up an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The night was put on by the high school's Science National Honor Society. 
At the event, families visited various classrooms throughout the building, each with a given theme. The school's video production studio, for example, used green-screen technology to send participants to far-off or imagined places, while the physics classroom had a demonstration on the conservation of momentum using a basketball and smaller ball.

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The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform “Hair” April 6-10 on the Main Stage in the Campus Center at Dean College, 99 Main St. 
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. 
The production of “Hair” will take place 7:30 p.m. April 6-9; 2 p.m. April 9-10. Tickets cost $5-$22 and can be purchased online. Parental discretion is advised.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

Sunday, March 13, 2016

From the financial audit to mandatory alcohol training, the Town Council meeting covered a lot of topics

financial audit

The financial audit results were shared with the Town Council at Wednesday's meeting. The results are good overall. Part of the unfunded OPEB liability appears for the first time. The full unfunded portion will appear in Fiscal Year 2018. Franklin needs to continue to make progress developing risk plans. It also needs to prepare for new single audit requirements. Both of these actions are from the management letter. The risk planning has been underway for a couple of years and does take time to put into place.

mandatory alcohol training

There was no action yet but the discussion on requiring mandatory alcohol training will be coming to a future meeting. A few of the businesses who came did not object in principle to the concept but did have questions on timing and coverage for part time vs. full time etc. Changes will be made to be brought forward at a future meeting. The measure if approved would likely take effect Sep 1, 2016.


In action items, part of the land associated with the Nu-Style property on Grove St was declared surplus. This will lead to the sale of the land. It was mentioned in previous meetings that there is an abutter with interest in acquiring the land.

municipal aggregation

The municipal aggregation plan was approved. It will now start going through the state regulatory process with hopes of having it available for residents by the end of this year 2016. One surprise for me was that while I had expected to have to sign up for this, the plan coming out of the gate will include everyone. We can choose not to participate and later come back in. Both the leaving and returning are without penalty. The key reason for the plan will be twofold; stability in price and usually a cheaper price due to the bulk purchase.

Bylaws for first reading

Two bylaws were introduced for first reading. One to provide a process for the DPW to get into residents home to change the water meter. The process to update all meters in underway and working well for those who acknowledge the process. There are about 400 residents who have not responded to multiple notification to set up appointments for the meters to be changed. The whole process in the house takes less than 45 minutes. (I did have it done and it was quick and easy).

The second bylaw was to extend the parking restriction during snow storms to the public lots. Folks were moving their cars off the streets to these public spots and preventing snow removal from being handled.

5. Bylaw Amendment 16-755: Chapter 179, Water – 1st Reading

ACTION: The Council approved the first reading of a bylaw amendment to enforce a reasonable penalty on households that do not allow town representatives into their homes to replace old water meters with new meters that have advanced technology to register more accurate water usage. Approved 7-1 (No: Pfeffer).

6. Bylaw Amendment 16-756: Chapter 170 Vehicles and Traffic Article X Winter Storm Overnight Parking – 1st Reading

ACTION: The Council approved the first reading of a bylaw amendment to prohibit parking in public parking lots during snow emergencies. Approved 8-0.

DelCarte playground

In the Town Administrator update section, Jeff NUtting mentioned that the manufacturer of the DelCarte kids playground was out again to check on the problem. They will return at the end of April to make repairs at no cost to Franklin.

DelCarte kids playground closed until repairs are made in late April
DelCarte kids playground closed until repairs are made in late April

Franklin has continued its recent practice of summarizing the Actions Taken and posting them to the webpage

The full set of documents released for the meeting can be found here

Franklin Police announces new hiring - John F Flynn IV

Chief of Police Stephan H. Semerjian is pleased to announce the hire of a new Franklin Police Officer bringing the Departments sworn police officer number to 46. After an extensive background investigation which included education, financial and personal character components of all potential candidates John F. Flynn IV has been offered employment as a police officer by the Town of Franklin. Flynn is a long time Franklin resident graduating from the Franklin High School and Westfield State University. Flynn was one of 270 interested candidates who took the first non‐civil service department administered entrance examination in January of 2014.  
Flynn will begin his rigorous 26 week Basic Police Recruit Training at the Massachusetts Police Training Council’s Plymouth facility in April of 2016. Upon successful completion of all required courses of study Flynn will then report to the Franklin station for the beginning of a 10 week on‐the‐job Field Officer Training component with veteran Franklin Police Officers as his mentors and teachers. After successful completion of his field training Flynn will be given his duty assignment as a full‐time Franklin Police Officer and begin the start of what I expect to be a very rewarding and beneficial career of police work for both Flynn and the Town of Franklin.
Franklin Police 911 Panther Way, Franklin
Franklin Police 911 Panther Way, Franklin

The full announcement can also be found online here

Franklin Parks and Recreation Space (video)

Have you been to all the parks and recreation spaces in Franklin?

Franklin Park Compilation from Nick Nurnberg on Vimeo.

For more info on the parks and recreation spaces

from the south end of the large pond at DelCarte
from the south end of the southern basin at DelCarte
For more about the ecology of DelCarte