Saturday, April 2, 2016

FHS boys and girls lacrosse top Canton

Boys Lacrosse

  • Franklin, 13 @ Canton, 3 – Final 

– Ben O’Neill netted a pair of goals for the Bulldogs and Shaun Kirby added one in the loss.

Girls Lacrosse

  • Canton, 2 @ Franklin, 16 – Final 

– Julia Jette led Franklin with seven points, potting three goals and adding four assists. Emily Spath had a pair of goals and three assists and Jordan Jette netted a pair of goals. Dani Lonati had nine saves in goal for Franklin. Mary Nee and Casey Bradley had the goals for the Bulldogs.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

In the News: Tri-County cut-a-thon, tax bills mailed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
"The Tri-County Regional cosmetology program will host a Cut-A-Thon and Style-A-Thon from 2:10 to 7 p.m. April 8 in the high school’s salon, 147 Pond St., to raise funds for a Franklin runner who is participating in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2016. 
For a $10 donation, adults can receive a haircut from the high school and post-secondary students. Students can participate for $5. Those who do not wish to have their hair cut can have it washed, blow-dried and styled for the same price."

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"The town of Franklin has mailed out the fourth quarter fiscal 2016 real estate and personal property tax bills, which are due May 2. 
Payments are considered made once received, and payments received after the deadline will be charged a 14 percent interest. 
The fourth quarter tax bills are based on the new valuations and tax rate of $14.40. The first two quarterly tax bills are preliminary or estimated bills. The third and fourth quarterly bills are actual bills and will be adjusted by the amounts estimated for the first two quarters."

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 4/1/16 - THU 4/7/16

FRIDAY 4/1/16
2pm   Moving Party at the Franklin Public Library: Join us for cake, games, treats, crafts. There will be drawings for book giveaways for all ages.
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked - Umbrellas - at the Franklin Art Center
7pm   Franklin SEPAC: Night of Comedy Fundraiser at CBS Scene, Patriot Place
9pm   Comedy Night at “3” - Chris Zito

9:30am-4:30pm   Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts for Adults at  Franklin Public Library (bring your lunch, photos, albums, scissors, card stock, adhesive and embellishments)
12:30-1:30pm   FYHA: Try Hockey for Free - Girls Only (ages 7-12) at Pirelli Veterans Arena
2pm   FSPA in the Box: Spring Ballet at the Black Box Theatre
3:30pm   Open House at La Cantina Winery (355 Union Street, Franklin)
4pm-10pm   Scavenger Hunt sponsored by PMC Franklin Kids Ride
6pm   FSPA in the Box: Spring Ballet at the Black Box Theatre

SUNDAY 4/3/16
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Morning Breakfast at Franklin Rod and Gun Club
5-9pm   SAFE Coalition event: Faces of Recovery featuring Mike Zito - at the Black Box Theatre

TUESDAY 4/5/16
10-11am   Senator Ross - Franklin Meeting Opportunity at the Franklin Senior Center (register by calling 617-722-1555)
1:30pm   Knitting Circle at the Franklin Public Library

6:30pm   Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting - Watercolor demonstration by Marla Greenfield. Meetings are free and open to public.
7:30pm   Dean College presents “Hair”

7:30pm   Dean College presents “Hair”

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

Massachusetts Tax Amnesty Starts April 1st

It's Time to Catch Up On Back Taxes

MA TAX AMNESTY 2016 will be open to all individuals and businesses to catch up on back taxes and save on penalties. This program will allow you to:

  • File delinquent returns or amend prior tax filings.
  • Pay only the tax and interest you owe. Tax penalties and any interest due on those penalties will be waived.
  • Benefit from a three-year limited lookback period on unfiled returns.

Massachusetts Tax Amnesty Starts April 1st
Massachusetts Tax Amnesty Starts April 1st

Visit the Tax Amnesty site for additional info

Prunier, Dieterle, Mahon, and Peterson by Hockomock Sports

Hockomock Sports has published the Boys Basketball awards for the recently completed 2015-2016 season. Tim Prunier, Jay Dieterle, Paul Mahon, and Conor Peterson were recognized for their contributions to the Franklin High School team. Tim and Jay were recognized in two categories each.

1st Team Boys Basketball - Hockomock Sports photos
1st Team Boys Basketball - Hockomock Sports photos

  • Tim Prunier – Franklin – Guard

Franklin senior Tim Prunier captained a Panthers team that won its first Kelley-Rex division title since 2012 and reached the D1 Central Sectional Finals for the second time in his three years on varsity. Prunier, who was voted Hockomock League MVP by the league’s coaches, averaged 13.0 points per game, 4.5 assists per game and 4.0 rebounds a game. He was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year and averaged 2.5 steals a game. In his three years, Franklin reached the sectional final twice and the semifinals once.

2nd Team Boys Basketball - Hockomock Sports photos
2nd Team Boys Basketball - Hockomock Sports photos

  • Jay Dieterle – Franklin – Guard

Franklin freshman Jay Dieterle, the Underclassman of the Year. broke into the Hockomock League with a rookie season to remember. Dieterle led the Kelley-Rex division champions in scoring with 14.0 points per game and added 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He scored a career-high 24 points in December to help Franklin upset No. 1 ranked Catholic Memorial and also tied his career mark against Milford and in the playoffs against Westford Academy. He shot 40% from three-point range and 45% from the field overall.

Franklin freshman Jay Dieterle as been named the 2015-2016 Boys Basketball Underclassman of the Year, the fifth season the award has been given out.





Franklin senior Tim Prunier has been named the 2015-2016 Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year, the fifth season the award has been given out. Prunier was also selected as the Hockomock League MVP by the coaches and was named to the First Team.






For the complete results for Boys Basketball awards

Class of 2020 -> Register for High School Experience

Going to be a Franklin High School freshman in September? This is one key thing to do this summer!

Welcome Class of 2020 to Franklin High School!
Be part of the experience!
August 9 to 12, Tuesday - Friday
9 AM to Noon
Franklin High School
During the week students will:
  • meet other incoming freshman
  • meet faculty members from the Freshman Collaborative
  • participate in Project Adventure Challenge by Choice games
  • learn about FHS technology and receive a chromebook
  • collaborate on Class Motto
  • receive t-shirt and water bottle
FPS- Lifelong Learning | 355 East Central Street | Franklin | MA | 02038    

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In the News: Chapter 90 road funds, peaker plant gets one State approval, Franklin arrested for bad checks

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Cantoreggi said Franklin would receive just shy of $1 million under the Baker’s budget that will go to putting in new water lines and rebuilding roads. 
The Northgate neighborhood, Cleveland area and Summer Street are expected to be reconstructed. 
Like Milford, any additional money would benefit Franklin. 
“If the additional money comes through, typically what we do is preventative maintenance, which would be crack sealing and chip sealing. It is not necessarily the most glamorous type of work, but it makes the roads last a lot longer,” said Cantoreggi."

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Road construction on East Central St is currently funded with a State grant
Road construction on East Central St is currently funded with a State grant

A state official has given the environmental go-ahead to energy company Exelon to expand, but the firm still needs another key state board's approval to build. 
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Michael Beaton said Exelon’s Final Environmental Impact Report “adequately and property complies” with the state Environmental Protection Act. 
“The project has been clearly described and presented, its impacts have been identified, feasible alternatives to the project have been analyzed commensurate with the project’s purpose and need, and the (report) includes clear commitments to mitigate (d)amage to the (e)nvironment,” Beaton wrote in the March 18 certificate which was posted on the state Department of Public Utilities website this week.

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"A Franklin man was arraigned Thursday in Wrentham District Court on charges of larceny and forging several checks stolen from a relative, authorities say. 
Michael J. Boudreau, 25, of 951 Pond St., faces two counts of forging a check, two counts of attempting to commit a crime and uttering (passing) a false check."

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FHS girls lacrosse drop match in double OT 15-14

Spring sports is already underway and the FHS girls lacrosse team played Needham Thursday going into double overtime before coming out on the short end of a 15-14 final score. Results are from Hockomock

Girls Lacrosse

  • Franklin, 14 @ Needham, 15 – Final (2OT) 

– Seven different players found the back of the net in Franklin’s opening game. Kenzie Pleshaw led the way with a team-high four goals and Emily Spath netted three goals. Sam Jones forced three turnovers on defense and had a pair of ground balls. Dani Lonati made seven saves in net.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Happenings At The Franklin Historical Museum


The April item featured in the Museum’s ongoing Item of the Month series is a small Native American Stone Knife from our collection. There is a lot to be learned about how Native Americans in this area used stone tools to create axes, grinding tools, etc. to shape their environment and live off the land. The knife, a general purpose tool, with both a tapering point and a thick edge, demonstrates the highly advanced workmanship and ingenuity of the local Wampanoag tribe. 
The research and exhibit is put together by Justin Edwards, a Dean College history major and a student of American History professor Rob Lawson, and by Susan Elliott, museum volunteer.


Visit the museum Sunday April 10th from 1:00PM-4:00PM and view Stanley Chilson Films from the 1950s. See a bit of the Simple Life of Mid Century Franklin on the museum’s large movie screen. Stanley Chilson was a photographer who chronicled life in Franklin from the early 1930s through 1960. His films are rare treasures, that give us a unique view of how life once was in our town.


The Museum will be open from 11:00AM-2:00PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 19th, 20th and 21st - School Vacation Week. Open to the public and always free the Museum hopes to encourage families looking for something to do with the kids during school vacation. Enjoy ‘History Mysteries’ by guessing the age of a vintage American Flag from our collection. Student visitors will be encouraged to fill out an index card with their guesses. Winners will receive a letter of commendation and a small token of appreciation for visiting and participating. View a Herbert Hoover campaign poster and determine how old it might be. There will even be a question or two to try to stump our older visitors. Enjoy portions of the animated series Liberty’s Kids on the museum large viewing screen. There’s lots to see and much to learn from a visit to the Franklin Historical Museum. Spend your vacation learning a little bit of Franklin’s history.
Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

The Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Franklin. Hours of operation are Saturdays 10:00AM – 1:00PM, Sundays 1:00PM – 4:00PM and starting again in April, Thursday evenings 5:00PM – 8:00PM. There is handicap access through the back door of the museum with an elevator to the 1st floor exhibits. Visit soon!

Franklin Art Association - Spring Show - April 30, May 1

Franklin Art Association - Spring Show - April 30, May 1

Rudolph and Kutil recognized by Hockomock Sports

Hockomock Sports has published the Girls Basketball awards for the recently completed 2015-2016 season. Lauren Rudolph and Aubrie Kutil were recognized for their contributions to the Franklin High School team.

Girls Basketball 1st Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 1st Team - Hockomock Sports photo

Girls Basketball 2nd Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 2nd Team - Hockomock Sports photo

2nd Team

  • Lauren Rudolph – Franklin – Guard

Franklin senior guard Lauren Rudolph put in a solid all-around season for the Panthers to help them finish in third place in the Kelley-Rex division and qualify for the playoffs before bowing out after a tough trip to Westford. Rudolph averaged 9.4 points per game this season, while also grabbing nearly four rebounds and four steals per game. Rudolph spearheaded Franklin’s pressure defense and flourished in the drive and kick offense that the Panthers favor. She has committed to play at Springfield College next year.

Girls Basketball 3rd Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 3rd Team - Hockomock Sports photo

3rd Team

  • Aubrie Kutil – Franklin – Forward

Franklin senior center Aubrie Kutil developed into a force in the paint for the Panthers this winter, the culmination of a strong four-year varsity career. Kutil led Franklin with 9.5 points per game, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. She added 7.4 rebounds per game and also showed off great vision and touch as a passer out of the post, which was the perfect fit for the Panthers style of offense. Kutil was named a Hockomock all-star by the league’s coaches for her play this season.

For all the details on the Girls Basketball Hockomock awards

Hydrant Flushing resumes April 4

The Franklin Department of Public Works, Water Division will begin its hydrant flushing program on Monday April 4, 2016.

This program is conducted annually to improve Franklin’s water quality and fire flows. Some hydrants will be flushed in the evening hours on weekdays and in the morning on weekends, while others will be completed during the day. Hydrant flushing will continue depending on water availability and system pressures.

Residents may experience temporary water loss or discolored water while hydrants are being flushed in their area. Even though the water may be discolored, it is still safe for human consumption.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the DPW office at 508-553-5500.

Flushing Areas will be posted here once the program has commenced.

hydrant flushing at Parmenter School
hydrant flushing at Parmenter School

In the News: Dean to use common app, Library move scheduled, empty bowls dinner set, discrimination lawsuit dismissed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Students applying to Dean College for 2017-18 will now have the ability to do so through the Common Application, an online system used by nearly 700 colleges and universities in the United States and around the world to manage the college admission process. 
By becoming a Common Application member, Dean College gains the opportunity to discover students who may not have been reached in the past."

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"To accommodate a renovation and addition to its building, the Franklin Public Library will be closing on April 11 and re-opening in a temporary location in early May. 
The library this week released a timeline of the effort, which will result in its re-opening at 25 Kenwood Circle on May 1. The year-long, $10.5 million project will add a new section to the building, as well as updating its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems."

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"The Franklin Food Pantry and the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club will co-host the Empty Bowls Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 in the Franklin High School cafeteria, 218 Oak St. 
Attendees will choose a hand-painted ceramic bowl to take home. A silent auction will feature select pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and local youth, adult and corporate groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the Franklin Food Pantry."

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"The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Franklin Public Schools by a special education teacher once employed by the district. 
The suit, originally filed in June 2014, alleged that the schools discriminated against teacher Mary Perry because of her age. In a decision issued Tuesday, the appeals court held that a trial judge's summary dismissal of the case was proper."

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"will revitalize an underutilized urban site" - Back Bay Station to be renovated

"It looks like Back Bay Station, the dingy and outdated transit hub of the MBTA at the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart streets, is getting an aesthetic overhaul, inside and out. So much so you might not even recognize the new structure. 
Boston Properties Inc. put forth plans Tuesday for the project, which would entail not just revamping the station itself, but the entire block surrounding it. Retail outposts would line the street level of a new glass office tower – 26 stories of twisting glass akin to several giant boxes stacked on top of each other at odd and seemingly random angles. 
The MBTA building itself, which sees some 30,000 commuters each day, would be redone to reflect a more modern transit station. Department stores and a supermarket could be in the picture as well, and the finished product will also offer "a variety of high-quality housing opportunities," which will reportedly include the creation of affordable housing."

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The full 242 page PDF of the project proposal can be found here

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Downtown Project Update #24 - March 29, 2016

Next week, construction will begin on the new sidewalk improvements and new road work on East Central Street leading into downtown. 
The bridge deck portion of the new island should be completed by the end of April. The project is anticipated to be fully complete by the end of August. 
Also, please note detours. From time to time, please be aware of detours around the downtown construction area through the spring and summer. 
Detours may need to be established as the construction team sees fit, and may not be able to give residents notice in advance. If we can, we will.

downtown triangle section under construction
downtown triangle section under construction

This was shared from the official Franklin webpage