Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tri-County RVTHS Holds Senior Project Fair and Announces Award Winners

Tri-County RVTHS held its annual Senior Project Fair in the high schools’ gymnasium. The event was held for seniors to showcase their amazing innovations to the community as they applied the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in their career programs toward developing their Senior Project. Four seniors were recognized for their superior creativity and design. They are:

  • 1st Place: Christopher Perno of Bellingham - Construction Craft Laborers for his Outdoor Fireplace
  • 2nd Place: Marilyn DuValley of North Attleboro - Carpentry for her Wooden Tableware
  • 3rd Place: Jack Sullivan of Franklin - Graphic Communications for his Stop Motion Video
  • The Student Colleague Choice Award - Ally Bettencourt of North Attleboro - Carpentry for her Guitar

The Senior Project is a capstone project for all Tri-County students. In their junior year, students must research a topic which partners with their trade program area but is outside of the curriculum. Under the direction of their English instructors they take that information and produce an extensive research paper. They then develop and manufacture a product that is relevant to their research.

Vocational instructors provide assistance and advice during the development of the product, as well as the research process. The completed product must reflect a minimum of 40 hours of work, which is provided during senior year in the final week of November and first week of December. Students turn in their finished products in January. The seniors present their products to a panel of industry professionals and Tri-County faculty members. The top three products from each Career Program are then selected to be displayed during the Senior Project Fair.

“In order to be successful in the modern workplace as well as in college, our graduates must master this integration process,” said Mary Ellen MacLeod, Director of Cooperative Education. “The Senior Project serves as a vehicle for Tri-County students to develop and exhibit these vital skills while putting them into real-life practices. We believe the community has been inspired and in awe of what our students have achieved.”

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. For more information, visit

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Franklin Beautification Day, May 20th 8AM - 11AM

This coming Saturday is Franklin Beautification Day, May 20th 8AM - 11AM

Help needed at following locations and times:

1. 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM at Fairmount Farms at 887 Lincoln St to transport plants to Downtown or Town Common locations. Trucks or SUV's will make the job easier.

2. 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Downtown Franklin - 20 volunteers needed to help do the plantings in downtown area and bridges. Prefer high school age and/or Adults due to traffic and safety.

busy volunteers making Franklin look beautiful!
busy volunteers making Franklin look beautiful!

3. 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Town Common - 20 volunteers needed to help the Franklin Garden Club plant and mulch. There will be A FEW hundred plants and two trucks of mulch and many young muscles need to help distribute and spread it around. Feel free to bring your garden tools and wheel barrows, just put your name on them!

Eileen Mason providing guidance on what to do
Eileen Mason providing guidance on what to do

spreading much on the Town Common
spreading much on the Town Common

Adult, students and young children are all welcome to participate at this site.

Feel free to email or call 508-330-4234 with any questions.

Additional photos of prior beautification days can be found on Facebook

All winning results for the FHS spring sports teams on Wednesday

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, May 17.

Baseball = Franklin, 4 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final
Franklin senior Steve Ferguson scored what turned out to be the winning run on a squeeze play in the top of the seventh and the Panthers held off a late surge from Attleboro to earn the win. Franklin scored two runs in the top frame to go up 4-1. Jake Noviello went 6.1 innings for Franklin, striking out nine with four hits allowed to earn the win. Bryan Woelfel picked up the last two outs to earn the save for Franklin. Offensively, Jake Lyons had two hits, including a double, and scored a run, Ryan Hodgkins belted an RBI triple and scored a run and Cam Lupien knocked in a run. Attleboro’s Matt Callahan had two hits, scored a run and drove in two, Dylan Maskell had two hits and an RBI and Tyler Davis reached base four times, stole two bases and scored once. Tyler McGovern was the tough luck loser on the mound, tossing a complete game. “He pitched well, made it tough for us,” said FHS head coach Zach Brown.
Softball = Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
Franklin got all three of its runs within the first two innings and junior Jackie Cherry did the rest in the circle, tossing a complete game shutout. Franklin freshman Anna Balkus singled, stole second and used two wild pitched to come home. Ally Shea also scored in the first inning for the Panthers. In the second inning, Cherry helped her own cause, reaching in the second and having courtesy running Emma DiPhilippo scoring the Panthers’ third run. In the circle, Cherry allowed just two hits, issued two walks and struck out five.
Boys Lacrosse = Foxboro, 5 @ Franklin, 9 – Final
Franklin raced out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and used that strong start to take down Foxboro. The Panthers gained a 7-3 edge by halftime but were blanked in the third quarter by Foxboro’s defense and the Warriors cut the deficit to three at 7-4 entering the fourth. But Franklin recovered and won the fourth quarter 2-1 to prevail with a win. Eric Civetti had three goals and three assists, Packie Watson also netted a hat trick and had one assist and Nitin Chaudhury had one goal and one assist. Chase Tanner and Jake Davis each added one goal while sophomore Jacob Alexander notched 15 wins at the face off X.
Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 9 @ Foxboro, 8 – Final
Foxboro won the final draw control of the game and charged down the field. But with just under 10 seconds remaining, there wasn’t enough time to set a up a play. Instead, time ran out just before the Warriors could release their final shot. 
If there was another second left, Foxboro might’ve scored its seventh goal of the half and completed a stunning comeback. 
Instead the clocked hit double zeros and Franklin recorded its second straight one goal victory, 9-8, over Foxboro in a battle of division leaders. The win clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex title for Franklin — the sixth straight for the Panthers.
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Boys Tennis = Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final

Franklin bounced back from just its third loss with a sweep of Attleboro, dropping just four games total. Eli Brooks moved up a spot and earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles, Rohan Herur won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Tyler DiPalma, usually a second doubles player, notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of James Johnston and Derek Wu continued their strong season with a 6-0, 6-0 win at first doubles while Dan Angermeier and Tony Calderone won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles.
Girls Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final

The Panthers earned their second 5-0 sweep of the season, both coming in victories over Attleboro. Hannah Sweeney (first singles) and Anja Deric (second singles) won in straight sets without losing a game while junior Stephanie Schiavo won 6-3, 6-1 at third singles. Franklin’s first doubles team of Madison Derby and Julia Hogan won 6-4, 6-3 and juniors Jillian McLaughlin and Alexa Katsaros notched a 7-5, 6-0 win at second doubles.

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Lifelong Learning: Summer Sports AND Yoga

Franklin Public Schools - Lifelong Learning Institute

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If you have played competitive volleyball in the past and would like to find something closer to home or get back into it after an absence, then this class is for you!
Two nets are set up each week in a mini-tournament format with changed teams each week. Referees/line judges are used when possible.

Tuesdays, June 27 to August 15
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Number of Sessions: 7
Location: Franklin High School Gymnasium, 218 Oak Street
Cost: $65

Men's Basketball - Extended into Summer

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Tuesday and Thursday Nights
Men's Basketball is a great way to burn calories and have fun at the same time. So shoot hoops for fun and health!  basketball-shot.jpg
Tuesdays, June 27 to August 8
Thursdays, June 29 to August 3
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Number of Sessions:
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HathaYoga - Friday on the Common

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A late afternoon class on Friday with Tranquil Souls Staff that will leave you feeling happy and balanced after your work week and get you ready for your weekend!
Bring your mat and positive energy to the Franklin Town Common on Friday afternoons.  
Fridays, June 2 to June 30
4:30 - 5:45 pm
Number of Sessions: 5
Location: Franklin Town Common
Cost: $50
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Hatha Yoga - Wednesday in Studio

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This session will take place at Tranquil souls Studio. The practice of Hatha Yoga helps to increase strength, flexibility and posture, and decrease stresses of everyday life. Yoga, which has been around since the 15th century, 
yoga_class_pose.jpghelps to quiet the mind and improve health. This class is geared toward beginners who have never done yoga before or anyone looking fora more gentle approach to exercise. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes to class.

Wednesdays, June 14 to August 9
Time: 700 - 8:30pm
Number of Sessions: 8
Location: Tranquil Souls Studio
Cost: $70

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“We want him home”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The parents of a missing 20-year-old Franklin man spoke Wednesday of their desperate hope to see their son returned to them as the search continued for a fourth day. 
Nancy and Dan Doherty said to reporters that they were devastated and heartbroken that their son, Michael Doherty, had not yet returned. 
“(We) don’t wish this on anyone - ever - and we just want our son home,” said Nancy Doherty. 
She said their son, whom she called the love of their lives, had made many friends, some of whom had traveled to Franklin in hopes of helping with the search, though they have held off in order to not interfere with police efforts."

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Police Alert: missing 20 year old, male,  last seen in the Phyllis Lane area of Franklin
Police Alert: missing 20 year old, male,  last seen in the Phyllis Lane area of Franklin

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21

Back again for the 2017 season, the Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile will be hitting the road this summer bringing a free Fenway Park and Red Sox baseball experience to fans throughout New England. The Red Sox Showcase is a transportable Fenway Park featuring an interactive baseball program that will let kids and families get into the game, and experience baseball like the pros.

The centerpiece of the Showcase is a customized 15-foot panel truck that transforms into a massive Red Sox experience with interactive games and activities, allowing fans to test their baseball skills, all under the backdrop of a replica Green Monster scoreboard, Fenway Park’s iconic left field wall; including:
• Batting cage
• The Red Sox virtual reality experience
• Pitching accuracy stations
• Steal 2nd base challenge
• Green Monster selfie station
• Giant Jenga

The Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile is a part of the Red Sox Calling All Kids initiative, which aims to provide greater access to Red Sox games, enhance kids experiences at Fenway Park, and celebrate and strengthen the game of baseball in the community. 

For more information on Calling All Kids, please visit, and for the full schedule of dates and locations, please visit

Sunday, May 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21
The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to
HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21

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HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day
HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day

MassBudget: What's the actual state cost of MassHealth?


What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth?

This year, the MassHealth program (the name for Massachusetts' Medicaid program) will provide health insurance for 1.9 million residents: children in low-income households; low-wage workers; elders in nursing homes; people with disabilities; and others with very low incomes who cannot afford insurance. This is more than one-quarter of the Commonwealth's population, including close to one-half of all children. Not surprisingly, such a significant program represents a large share of the state's budget. But how much?

MassBudget's new fact sheet, "What is the Actual State Cost of Mass Health in 2018?," explains that since Medicaid is a partnership between state and federal governments, much of this essential health care coverage is actually paid for by the federal government. The Governor's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget includes approximately $16.6 billion for MassHealth. This total (or "gross" amount) is approximately 37 percent of total state budget appropriations. The federal government then reimburses Massachusetts for more than half of this spending. After receiving these reimbursements, the state's net cost for MassHealth is $8.0 billion, 24 percent of the total net budget.

To read the full MassBudget fact sheet on the actual cost of MassHealth, click here (LINK).

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FHS boys and girls track teams top KP in close meets

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Tuesday, May 16.

Softball = Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final
– Mansfield scored two runs in the third, added two more in the fourth and never trailed in a close win over Franklin. Marissa Staffier knocked in a pair of runs in the third, bringing home Megan Letendre (double) and Mady Bendanillo (single). In the fourth, Letendre and Bendanillo – who both had two hits on the day – had RBI singles to cap the Hornets’ scoring. Sarah Cahill struck out three while allowing 10 hits in the win. Franklin freshman Anna Balkus went 3-for-3 while Alyssa DaSilva and Alexx Niss (two-run triple)each had two hits for the Panthers.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final
– Franklin won both doubles matches but Mansfield swept singles play to earn the win. For Franklin, James Johnston and Derek Wu won 6-2, 6-3 at first doubles and Tyler DiPalma and Rahul Hosdurg prevailed with a 6-4, 6-2 win at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Mansfield, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– Mansfield earned two wins in singles play and one more in doubles to defeat Franklin on the road. Junior Sarah Doyle won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and sophomore Elizabeth Elsner took a 6-2, 6-2 decision at third singles. Mansfield’s first doubles team of Chloe Peters and Tessa Garufi won 6-0, 6-0. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles and the team of Jillian McLaughlin and Alexa Katsaros won 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 at second doubles.

Boys Track = Franklin, 71.33 @ King Philip, 64.67 – Final

Girls Track = Franklin, 71 @ King Philip, 65 – Final

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“We can’t give up hope right now”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Hours after police search dogs may have picked up a scent in the search for a missing 20-year-old Franklin man, the community came together Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil in support of his family. 
Police said a bloodhound had tracked a scent for Michael Doherty, a junior at Duke University, into Bellingham and asked people in the Maple Street area, by way of an automated phone call, to check their backyards or sheds for any sign of the missing man. Authorities said they would be bringing in additional dogs to further explore the trail. 
Other than that, there was little progress announced. 
The search on Tuesday continued until dark, authorities said, and investigative efforts will be ongoing. Police said they are not prepared to say when the search would be called off, or when efforts would shift from rescue to recovery. About 50 searchers, including the civilian Massachusetts Rescue and Recovery Canine Unit, took part."
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Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2018 Budget Recommendations

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means today (Tuesday - May 16)  announced a $40.79 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget recommends targeted investments in a variety of areas to sustain and advance our shared prosperity and future growth, directing resources to programs and services essential for children, families and communities.

“This budget focuses on the fundamentals: education, health and human services, and housing,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “The Committee is clear-eyed about the fiscal environment in which we release our recommendations, but we stand firm in our belief that money invested in securing hope and opportunity for our people is money well spent. As we face unsteady times, we must be prepared to act responsibly. But we must never lose sight of the fact that our fortunes rise and fall together, and that taking care of each other is a core Massachusetts value.”

“This Senate budget makes strategic investments in the Commonwealth’s most critical programs and services, while still working within the context of our fiscal realities,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “As the chair of the Senate Kids First working group, I am particularly pleased with the targeted investments and wide range of supports we included for children and their families. I am proud to have once again worked with Chairwoman Spilka to craft a sustainable and compassionate budget that both reflects the shared priorities of the Senate and addresses the pressing needs of communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

“Once again, we face a very challenging budget year. Our revenues are inadequate to meet many needs and commitments in education, transportation, and housing, among other critical areas” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville), Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “Chairwoman Spilka and her team have listened to senators and advocates. With compassion and innovative ideas, they worked hard to reconcile those needs with our current resources.”

The FY 2018 budget includes $40.79B in total spending, an increase of 3.3% over FY 2017 estimated spending, and invests in key areas related to local aid, education, health and human services, housing and workforce development. The Committee’s budget recommendations limit the use of one-time revenue sources and protect the state’s Stabilization Fund.

In line with the Senate’s Kids First framework to invest in our children, the Committee directs funding to high quality education for everyone, from children at birth to adults making midlife career transitions.

  • $4.76B in Chapter 70 education funding, including a minimum increase of $30 per pupil aid, 85% effort reduction to bring school districts closer to their target spending and steps to implement the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations for health care and special education costs.
  • $545.1M for community colleges and universities and $529.5M for the University of Massachusetts, to support lifelong learning and workforce development initiatives at our state higher education institutions.
  • $293.7M to fully fund the Special Education Circuit Breaker for the 6th year in a row, reimbursing school districts for the high cost of educating students with disabilities.
  • $15.1M to expand access to high quality preschool for low income 4 year olds.
  • $10M to boost salaries for early educators.

The Committee’s budget takes steps to contain health care costs and invests in health and human services to ensure access to high quality, affordable health care and to support children, seniors, people with disabilities and veterans.

  • $143M for a range of substance abuse treatment, intervention and recovery support services.
  • $91.4M for mental health services for children and young people, including $3.7M for the Massachusetts Child Psychiatric Access Program and $100K for a new pilot program to increase care coordination and referral resources for children with behavioral health needs.
  • $24.2M to fully fund Department of Developmental Services Turning 22 services to help young people with disabilities transition to the adult services system.
  • $13.2M for Family Resource Centers, providing an array of services for families across the state, including multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups and early childhood services.
  • $3.5M to encourage collaboration among agencies, schools and community partners to strengthen programming for early detection and screening for mental illness in children.

The Committee’s budget invests $464.1M in low income housing and homelessness services, with a focus on preventative and supportive resources to connect people with affordable, stable housing, as well as assistance for those in crisis. In addition to increasing funding, the budget expands access to housing and homelessness prevention resources by increasing the income threshold for rental vouchers, expanding eligibility for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program and increasing the HomeBASE re-housing subsidy cap to better divert families to housing.

  • $165.9M for Emergency Assistance Family Shelters.
  • $100M for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, providing funding for 350 to 400 new rental assistance vouchers.
  • $46.2M for assistance for homeless individuals.
  • $32.6M for the HomeBASE diversion and rapid re-housing program.
  • $18.5M for RAFT, providing short-term financial assistance to low income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • $5.5M for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program to provide over 100 new rental assistance vouchers for low income people with disabilities.
  • $2.5M for housing and supportive services for unaccompanied homeless youth.

The Committee’s budget also makes targeted investments to promote self-sufficiency among low income families and create opportunities for people to develop the skills they need to compete in the workforce and boost our economy.

  • $30M for adult basic education services.
  • $14.6M for the Department of Transitional Assistance Employment Services Program to help people move toward economic independence and self-sufficiency.
  • $12.5M for summer jobs and work-readiness training for at-risk youth.
  • $4M for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.

The Senate Ways and Means budget continues the Senate’s strong partnership with municipalities in directing significant investments to local aid and community services.

  • $1.06B for Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) to support community investments in education, health care, public safety and roads and bridges.
  • $83M for Regional Transit Authorities.
  • $27.7M for the Board of Library Commissioners, $10.4M for regional library local aid, $9.8M for municipal libraries and $2.3M for technology and automated resources.
  • $16.5M for the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support the state-wide creative economy and local arts and culture.
  • $14M for local Councils on Aging to strengthen programs and services in senior centers.

Senators can file amendments to the Senate Ways and Means recommendations until Thursday at 5 p.m. The full Senate will then debate the Fiscal Year 2018 budget in formal session beginning Tuesday, May 23rd. The FY 2018 Senate Ways and Means Budget Recommendations are available on the Massachusetts legislature’s website: