Friday, December 30, 2016

FHS boys hockey top Bishop Guertin 5-2

Via Hockomock Sports

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 5 vs. Bishop Guertin 2 – Final

Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament (Franklin)
  • rescheduled to 12/30/16 due to the storm on Thursday

For the remainder of the results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

Via the Twitterverse
Pick up a 5-2 win over Bishop Guertin. Hardhat to @JBlasie #Nit

Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 31, 11 AM to 1 PM

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

"Come join the party at the Franklin Public Library! We’ll have a plethora of wearable and decorative crafts and activities for the young and the young at heart. A mini smorgasbord of refreshments will be served. 
So, whether you are planning on ringing in the “Noon Year” or staying up for the stroke of midnight, you’ll be in style with festive hats, noise makers, table decorations and more!"

Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 31, 11 AM to 1 PM
Franklin Library: New Year's Eve Party - Dec 31, 11 AM to 1 PM

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Annual Report 2016: Certification – Recount Town Clerk Position


"We, Deborah L. Pellegri, Town Clerk, Anne M. Woodring, Elynor Crothers and Emergency appointment Registrar Lesley A. McCaffrey, being all members of the Board of Registrars for the Town of Franklin, do hereby certify the following acts concerning the recount of ballots on the position of Town Clerk for the Town of Franklin.

We hereby state the following:

  1. Proper documentation to call a recount of votes for the position of Town Clerk was filed by candidate Diane Padula-O’Neill. Total voted difference was 32 votes.
  2. Names were certified and a Recount of votes was scheduled for November 19, 2015.
  3. A hand count was requested.
  4. Present at the recount, other than my staff, were observers for Teresa M. Burr and Diane Padula-O’Neill. Attorney Dennis Newman represented Padula-O’Neill and James Mullen, Town Clerk Hopdale, represented Burr.
  5. The results changed by awarding 1 extra vote to Teresa Burr giving her the total number of 33 ballot difference and declared her the winner of the Town Clerk race.
  6. Total vote counts:
  • Teresa M. Burr 1114
  • Paul Cheli 472
  • Diane Padula-O’Neill 1081
  • Elizabeth Simon 978
  • Blanks 199
  • Total ballots hand counted 3844

The Registrars were asked to review 1 ballot to make the determination of voter intent. The decision was upheld by those representatives present. Everyone was in agreement.

Attested on the 20th day of November, 2015
Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC
Town Clerk/Election Administrator

Theresa M. Burr was sworn into office on November 20, 2015 by Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC, Town Clerk"

the south pond at DelCarte
the south pond at DelCarte


Download and read the full Annual Report for the Town of Franklin FY 2016

Prior year annual reports can be found

Labyrinth Walk - Dec 31, 5 PM to 7 PM

Found walking this week:

Labyrinth Walk - Dec 31, 5 PM to 7 PM
Labyrinth Walk - Dec 31, 5 PM to 7 PM

Via wikipedia:
"In English, the term labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze. As a result of the long history of unicursal representation of the mythological Labyrinth, however, many contemporary scholars and enthusiasts observe a distinction between the two. In this specialized usage maze refers to a complex branching multicursal puzzle with choices of path and direction, while a unicursal labyrinth has only a single path to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and is not difficult to navigate.[5][6][7][8] 
Unicursal labyrinths appeared as designs on pottery or basketry, as body art, and in etchings on walls of caves or churches. The Romans created many primarily decorative unicursal designs on walls and floors in tile or mosaic. Many labyrinths set in floors or on the ground are large enough that the path can be walked. Unicursal patterns have been used historically both in group ritual and for private meditation, and are increasingly found for therapeutic use in hospitals and hospices."
the labyrinth at the First Universalist Society on a sunny morning in November 2016
the labyrinth at the First Universalist Society on a sunny morning in November 2016

"students were concerned"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A former Tri-County student accused of threatening to "shoot up" the school was released on conditions following a Thursday-morning hearing in Wrentham District Court. 
Julius Willis, 18, of 504 Ellis Road in North Attleborough, had been held without bail following his Dec. 13 arrest at the school. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to commit a crime, making a threat that caused serious public alarm, disturbing a school, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. 
At the hearing, defense and prosecution lawyers told Judge Thomas Finigan that they had reached an agreement on conditions of release, pre-empting a dangerousness hearing that would determine whether Willis would continue to be held without bail. Among the conditions, they said, were provisions that Willis stay away from Tri-County, not possess firearms or ammunition, seek mental health counseling, avoid the students who had reported the incident, not use social media, submit to electronic monitoring and seek either employment or education."

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What was memorable about your 2016?

Well that was a blur, right? Where did 2016 go?

I am sure if you take a few seconds to ponder, you will retrieve some memorable moments and occurrences that happened in 2016 and for those that you did not get to ---- well, that's what you plan for in 2017.

For all of us here at HMEA, we are truly grateful to all of you ambassadors, supporters and friends who've helped us in many different ways and right now before the end of 2016 you can truly make one last memorable occasion by helping our 700 dedicated and committed staff make a difference in the lives of 4000 children and adults with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities with a 2016 TAX DEDUCTIBLE gift made by midnight on December 31st.

Go ahead and click here and you can add that one more memorable thing you did in 2016.
And when you do, there's a surprise for you ... our all new HMEA Website!

........ and  I can tell you for sure - 
it will certainly be memorable for everyone here at HMEA.

Wishing you good times, good cheer, 
and a memorable new year.

HMEA, 8 Forge Park East, Franklin, MA 02038

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

When do they pick up my Christmas tree?

Christmas Tree Collection Days

Week of January 9, 2017

Other good information can be found in the recent flyer

When do they pick up my Christmas tree?
When do they pick up my Christmas tree?

Annual Report 2016: Town Council

"The Town Council is the holder of all general, corporate, legislative, and appropriations powers of the Town of Franklin. In that capacity, I present a summary of our annual accomplishments.

Votes in FY 16 include:
• Approving the FY 16 Capital Plan. The Capital plan appropriated $1,938,607.09 to fund the Capital requests of the Departments of the Town. Requests included Fire Department equipment and a new ambulance, Police department requests for 4 cruisers and body armor. DPW requests including 4 vehicles totaling $272,000, Town and School facilities improvements totaling $240,000 for the schools and $423,000 for the Town, mainly Police Dept. improvements and a Fire Dept. roof upgrade.
• The Council voted to appropriate $1.8 million dollars for sidewalks on Pleasant and Chestnut Streets.
• Voted to rezone a portion of West Central Street from Residential 4 to Residential 5.
• Voted to accept a parcel of land off Prospect Street.
• Voted to turn over 17 acres of land to the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust for senior housing.
• Sold town-owned land on Pond Street near Rt. 495 for $1,560,000 for condos.
• Voted to increase the Senior Citizen Tax Work-off abatement Program from $750 to $1,000 and increased the per hour credit for the Senior Work-off Program from $9.00 to $10.00 per hour.
• Adopted a tax work off program for Veterans.
• Voted to refund old bonds, saving $730,000 based on information and guidance from Treasurer Collector, Jim Dacey.
• The Council created a bylaw to prohibit parking on public property during winter storms to help with snow plowing efforts.
• Created a bylaw to impose a $25.00 penalty, after a 21 day notice, to anyone who does not allow their old water meter to be replaced with a new and current model.
• Amended the current alcohol regulations to require all employees of an establishment serving alcohol to have “TIPS” certified training.

It is my pleasure to serve my fellow citizens and to submit this annual report on behalf of the Franklin Town Council for your review.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew T. Kelly,
Franklin Town Council"

sidewalk under construction along Chestnut St
sidewalk under construction along Chestnut St

Download and read the full Annual Report for the Town of Franklin FY 2016

Prior year annual reports can be found

Winter Dance, Exercise & Wellness Classes

The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
Bollywood Fusion 

Let's mix elements of Indian classical, hip hop, bhangra, and Indian cinema-themed dance to create vibrant and exciting routines to popular Bollywood melodies. Get loose and bring out our inner grace with instruction that will encourage a deeper connection to the music that fills your ears. 

Register online now.  Just click here 

Country Line Dancing

Country line dance is a popular style of dance in which a group of people performs a sequence of steps in unison while facing each other in rows. Line dancers usually form a series of rows in the middle of the dance floor. Country line dance incorporates many common dance moves into several different combinations. Many people enjoy the relaxed nature of country line dance. Because dancers move independently to the music, the sometimes stressful act of finding a partner does not exist.

Register online now. Just click here
Ease Into Fitness

This class utilizes simples, low impact aerobic choreography, resistance training, stretching and flexibility techniques resulting in a total body workout. if you are new to exercise, returning to exercise, or looking for a class that takes it back to the basics, then this is the one for you. Bring your favorite light weights and a mat to class.    

Register online now. Just  
click here 

Fitness for Active Older Adults

Back and better than ever!

t's never too late to feel great! The Active Older Adult (AOA) class is for men and women in their mid-40's, 50's, 60's, 70's! This exercise class is designed to help older adults like you - not athletes - interested in improving their life through exercise. This class combines three key components of fitness: Strength-Training, Flexibility, and Cardio-Conditioning and is taught by a certified instructor. Each class is a full hour, held indoors once a week, given in a fun environment making it the fitness choice for Active Older Adults. Bring your favorite free weights with you (2 to 8 lbs).

Register online now. Just click here
Yoga, Yoga, Yoga


Yoga is back and better than ever! 

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays you can take advantage of two different types of Yoga.....Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga

AND we know one is just right for you.

Register online now. Just   click here
Zumba and Zumba Basics

A fusion of Latin and international music and dance

Zumba is a fun and effective way to tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps and the principals of interval training! Zumba will make you smile!

Register online now. Just click here
Contact: Brenda Reed, Director
Adult Education and Community Learning

Adult Education

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FHS boys basketball tops Danvers, hockey loses to Mount

Via HockomockSports and confirmed, added to via Twitter, here are the winter sports results from Wednesday

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 69 vs. Danvers 29 – Final 
– Franklin turned a four point lead at the end of the first quarter (11-7) into a big advantage (35-16) at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Panthers were up 59-26. Paul Mahon led Franklin with 20 points, Matt Elias added 12 points and Jalen Samuels had nine points.

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ Mount St. Charles, 5 – Final

Wrestling = Lowell Holiday Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) 
– Foxboro’s Matt Kelley had the best finish in the tournament, coming in third at 132. Foxboro’s Brian Kelley (138) was fifth and Matt Mullally (160) was eighth overall. The Warriors finished in 12th overall as a team with 111.5 points. Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (106) finished fifth and TJ Remillard (126) came in sixth as the Panthers finished 17th with 94.5 points. Canton was 34th with 53 points and Stoughton was 61st with 27 points.

For the rest of the results around the Hockomock League

And via the Twitterverse:

Franklin Library: Box City - Dec 30 at 2:00 PM

Empty boxes? Bring them to the Library today. Bring the kids back to the LIbrary on Friday for "Box City"

The kids will be able to decorate the boxes and use them to build a whole town or whatever!

Franklin Library: Box City - Dec 30 at 2:00 PM
Franklin Library: Box City - Dec 30 at 2:00 PM

This was shared from the Franklin Library page