Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Leaving a Legacy of Kindness - Tri-County RVTHS Remembers Sophomore Student Zoe McMorran

They say a person's essence is not obvious to everyone, but there is one student at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School who was known for her positive energy, acts of kindness, caring and strength to all she encountered. That person was high school sophomore, Zoe McMorran. Zoe passed away on March 19, 2017 from a rare form of brain cancer. Many of the Tri-County community wish to reflect on Zoe's life and the impact she had on each of them.

Tri-County RVTHS Remembers Sophomore Student Zoe McMorran
Tri-County RVTHS Remembers Sophomore Student Zoe McMorran

Zoe began attending Tri-County in 2015 where she met her aid, Julie Caffrey. Julie fondly remembers how Zoe was always making her laugh. "The best times that we had were when it was just the two of us walking through the halls and talking about what happened during the day. Zoe was such a hard worker that I would have to tell her to take a break, since she would never tell me she needed one. We would walk down the hallways and she would say hi to everyone. This girl just wanted everybody to feel accepted. I will miss her presence in my life."

Zoe's love for children led her to enroll in the Early Education vocation as a freshman. During her time in Early Education, Zoe made an impact on all who knew her. Emily Doherty, a Tri-County sophomore in Early Education recalls, "I first met Zoe in freshman year in shop. I got along with her immediately. She walked in with a big smile on her face and looked like she was ready to take on the world. I remember a day that I had a lot of blocks everywhere to clean up. Even though she had a lot to clean up herself, Zoe dropped everything and came over to help me. It made me smile. I always think about it. She was just so caring of people. She was very selfless. She had so much love for the kids and love for all of us."

According to her Early Education teachers, Dina Taylor and Michelle Tilden, "Zoe was a ray of sunshine who had a passion that filled us up with joy. She was really happy and wanted to genuinely know how you were doing. She was such a good example of a pure good human being. She left a big impression on our lives to persevere through anything and keep on going. She also taught us to be kind to others because you never know what someone is going through."

Zoe enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program this past year to explore her love of cooking and baking. Anthony Tucker, a Culinary Arts sophomore student smiles while remembering, "I first met Zoe here in Culinary. She wanted to learn how to crack eggs. Zoe had some physical limitations, so I showed her how to do it properly with one hand. Every day she would tell jokes and would make us laugh. She was a good, positive person." Fellow classmate Abbey Pacheco from agrees, "I first met Zoe here at Tri-County. She approached me to say hi and we were instantly friends. She just loved cracking eggs. She was our designated egg cracker. Zoe definitely stood out because she reminded me of my mother, who passed away this past summer of cancer. My mother was always smiling and going and was never down. Zoe was the same way."

Nancy Haney, Zoe's teacher in Culinary first met Zoe as a freshman in Student Council. "She loved her snacks. She was always smiling, contributed to what we were doing, always had something to say, and always tried her hardest. I was thrilled when she came to Culinary because I loved her so much. The customers at Gerry's Place (Tri-County's own restaurant) loved her and gave her huge tips. She was so positive with them and they saw what she had to go through to wait on them and they appreciated her. Every day was special with Zoe. We had a thing where we told each other jokes every day. When she was in the hospital we'd text each other jokes. It was a special thing with us. She always made me laugh and smile. She worked so hard."

The friendships she made during her time at Tri-County were deeply meaningful to her. Fellow classmate and friend Shannon Zogalis recalls, "I met Zoe when we were in cheerleading together in North Attleboro and then again in high school. I remember when Zoe first got sick and Zoe was still singing and laughing to an ice cream truck song during cheerleading. Zoe was brave. When you talked to her she never acted like she was sick. She was just a normal kid. I would stay at the hospital with her and we'd do crafts and hang out all the time."

Adrianna Celese, a classmate and close friend of Zoe's describes her as, "One of the sweetest people you would ever meet. She never judged anyone on what's on the outside. She could see in your heart. We met in Middle School in 7th grade in North Attleboro. We became partners for a project and we were friends ever since."

Zoe's twin sister, Avery McMorran lovingly remembers her sister, "She was my best friend. She was really nice and always included everyone. If she saw someone sitting alone, she would go and include them and made everyone feel welcome."

Despite her untimely passing, Zoe's legacy at Tri-County will live on through her kindness, caring, courage and strength and the memories of those who knew and loved her.

"there’s a lot to look forward to”

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hockomock Sports .com, provide the recap of the FHS girls lacrosse D1 semi-final game on Monday.

"It’s certainly no secret that Franklin girls lacrosse has a lethal offense that is tough to stop. 
But Longmeadow had the perfect game plan in the D1 State Semifinal: keep the ball away from the Panthers. 
The Lancers dominated draws and used lengthy offensive possessions, taking up to three or four minutes at times, especially in the second half. That formula resulted in a 12-6 win for Longmeadow and a trip to the D1 State Final. 
“You can’t win the game without the ball,” said Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said. “I don’t think there is any secret that we didn’t win draws and we didn’t have the ball. When we did have the ball, we could score. But I think we won two draws in the entire second half and our offense was very short. No ball, no win.”
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FHS Hockomock League all stars for outdoor track

Hockomock Sports has published the All Stars for the 2017 Outdoor Track season. The FHS representatives are listed here:


Ella Gutkowski, Franklin
Emma Clifford, Franklin
Jess Kroushl, Franklin
Julia Fenerty, Franklin
Katherine Hartnett, Franklin
Nicole Clermont, Franklin


Miranda Smith, Franklin


Chris Chieng, Franklin


Farley Asmath, Franklin

For the complete listing of all-stars, follow these links


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

MassBudget: Research on Constitutional Convention proposal

MassBudget Backgrounder
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

Background Research and Data Related to Wednesday's Constitutional Convention on the Fair Share Amendment
The state Legislature is expected to convene Wednesday to vote on the Fair Share Amendment, a ballot initiative that would provide revenue for education and transportation by placing an additional four percent state surtax on income over $1 million. If approved, the measure would move toward the ballot in November 2018. MassBudget research in the following reports and fact sheets provides related data and analysis:
Building a Strong Economy: The Roles of Education, Transportation and Tax Policy: This paper analyzes the evidence on the short and long term effects of investments in education and improving our roads, bridges, and public transit systems. Detailed studies find that effective investments in improving the education and skills of the workforce and improving transportation infrastructure can have long-term positive effects on a state's economy.
Funding Improvements for Schools, Roads and Public Transit with Tax Reforms that Improve Fairness: This paper looks at the share of income paid in state and local taxes by high, middle, and lower income people. The data shows that in Massachusetts, as in other states, the highest income households pay the smallest share of their income in state and local taxes. The data also shows that incomes have grown more rapidly for very high income households than for the rest of the population.
Maintaining an Effective Transportation System: Examines official data showing how recent levels of investment are not enough to keep our roads, bridges and public transit system in good working order. The data show how different amounts of future investment would affect the condition of these systems.
How S-Corps and Other 'Pass-Through' Income is Taxed and the Effects of Proposed Tax Reforms: This paper describes how S-corps and other pass-through businesses are taxed and how they would be affected by state and federal tax reform proposals.
The Evidence of Millionaire Migration and Taxes: This paper examines the most thorough and careful studies of how high-income taxpayers respond to changes in tax rates.  Those studies consistently find that tax rates influence the residence decisions of only a very small share of such households. Instead, high-income people-like other people-overwhelmingly choose where to live based on work and business opportunities, family and social connections, and the draw of an agreeable climate.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Dr. Ruth Potee at King Philip High School - June 15

Did you miss Dr. Ruth Potee when she was here in March? 

She'll be back this coming week at King Philip High School Auditorium under the sponsorship of the Wrentham Public Health Nurses (508-384-5485). 

An expert on the physiology and pharmacology of drug abuse especially in adolescents, her talk is compelling, informative and of distinct value whether it is your first time hearing her or even if you have heard her previously. Thursday, June 15, 6:30-9:00 pm with presentation to start at 7:00 pm. 

All are welcome

Dr. Ruth Potee at King Philip High School - June 15
Dr. Ruth Potee at King Philip High School - June 15

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Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 13, 2017

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which
may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed
and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent
permitted by law."

the key to learning
the key to learning
1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the open session and executive session minutes from the May 23, 2017 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Sign off FEA/ESP Contract
b. Retirees

3. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,700.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for in-house enrichment at FHS.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,073.32 from the Parmenter PCC for supplemental supplies.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $500.00 from John & Elizabeth Ombelets for a FHS Scholarship.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $300.00 from the Jefferson PCC for supplemental supplies.
e. I recommend acceptance of several checks totaling $188.00 from the Class of 1967 for inhouse enrichment at FHS.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $262.76 from O’Connor Studios for Supplemental Supplies at Keller Elementary School.
g. I recommend approval of declaring 5 Wenger Choral Risers as surplus as detailed.
h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 from Franklin Library for a FHS Scholarship.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $375.43 from Ahold, USA for supplemental supplies at FHS.
j. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 from Franklin Country Club for a FHS Scholarship.
k. I recommend acceptance of several checks totaling $1,375.00 from various donors for the Dr. Maureen Sabolinski Scholarship fund.

4. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports

  • a. Policy Sub Committee – Ms. Scofield
  • b. Community Relations Sub Committee – Ms.Schultz

School Committee Liaison Reports

5. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

6. Motion to Adjourn 
– Dr. O’Malley

Monday, June 12, 2017

3rd Annual Cultural Festival to showcase the arts that happen here in Franklin

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee is in the final weeks of preparation for the 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival. The Festival will run from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, 2017. The Celebration will take place in key locations in Franklin including: THE BLACK BOX (inside and outside on its stage), the Franklin Historical Museum, the Town Common, Franklin United Methodist Church, and Franklin High School.

The Festival will showcase some of the artistic, musical, performance and culinary talent available in the Franklin area. The District Steering Committee is scheduled to make significant announcements during the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 5:45 PM Wednesday, July 26 at the Town Common. It will be followed at 6:00 PM with a performance by FSPA’s Electric Youth. The Franklin Art Association will have sidewalk chalk art, face painting and other art activities on the Town Common beginning at 5:00 PM.

Thursday’s activities will feature musical performances on the Town Common, the wedding gown display and speaker at the Franklin Historical Museum, robots at the United Methodist Church and a performance of a 24-hour Play at THE BLACK BOX.

Friday’s activities will start at Franklin High School with student musical performances by the orchestra, band and choral groups. The Farmers Market will operate from noon to 6:00 on the Town Common. In addition, there will be musical performances and a yoga session on the Common. The first of two performances of Spamalot will be held at 8:00 PM at THE BLACK BOX.

On Saturday, the activities will be centered at THE BLACK BOX with Franklin Art Association art on display, performances alternating on two stages, one inside and one under the tent outside. The Circle of Friends will host the outdoor stage for several performers. The second performance of Spamalot beginning at 8:00 PM will close the Festival.

The complete schedule will be posted to the Cultural Festival page. There will be a tri-fold brochure with the schedule available for download at the beginning of July.

If you are interested in getting updates on the Franklin Cultural Festival please check out webpage http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/ or follow the Festival on Twitter https://twitter.com/artshappenhere

We do maintain a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalFestival but you should not rely on timely updates due to the way Facebook filters the information to followers.

To help financially support the Festival please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/FCF2017

3rd Annual Cultural Festival to showcase the arts that happen here in Franklin
3rd Annual Cultural Festival to showcase the arts that happen here in Franklin

FHS girls lacrosse to play in D1 State semi-final today; FHS girls 4x800 run 3rd in New England

Via Hockomock Sports .com and Twitter

Girls Lacrosse = D1 State Semifinal

#1 Franklin (E) vs. #2 Longmeadow (C/W), 7:00 (@ Babson College)

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Register O'Donnell Reports Better Than Expected Real Estate Sales in May

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Reports Better Than Expected Real Estate Sales in May

Despite a monthly trend of limited inventory, total real estate sale in May 2017, both residential and commercial, showed a solid 10% increase year over year.

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted, "Surprisingly, Norfolk County real estate sales for May totaled 1,706 compared to 1,554 in May 2016. What was unsurprising is the low number of properties on the market which has given rise to competition, particularly for first-time homeowners, bidding against each other, resulting in healthy increases in both the average sale price and total sales.

"The average sales price for May, again for both residential and commercial, was $766,499, a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Total real estate sales volume increased a whopping 25% for the month coming in at $850 million. In light of the continuing low levels of real estate inventory, it will be interesting to see if this growth can be sustained."

Lending activity for the month was a different story. A total of 2,426 mortgages were recorded during May, a 14% decrease from the previous year. Total mortgage financing for the month was $1.1 billion, a 3% reduction year over year. "An uptick in mortgage rates," noted O'Donnell, "triggered these downward numbers. With the Federal Reserve projected to increase rates during the second half of 2017, I see the mortgage lending activity trend lines continuing for the foreseeable future."

A bright spot for the month of May 2017 was Norfolk County homeowners continuing to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,153 Homesteads were filed during May 2017, a 4% increase compared to the previous May. "The Homestead Act," stated the Register, "is an important consumer tool. A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000."

Additional piece of good news was seen in the area of foreclosure activity. The total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 60, a 28% reduction from the previous year. Foreclosure deed recordings, the final step in the foreclosure process, were flat. A total of 22 foreclosure deeds were processed in May, the same number recorded in May 2016.

"As I have said many times," noted Register O'Donnell, "one foreclosure filing is one too many. With that said, I am heartened by the reduced foreclosure activity seen in Norfolk County. Please be aware the Registry continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 and Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 598-0950. These two non-profits are there to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. Another option is to call the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-5333."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Considering where we are in Norfolk County with low real estate inventory, I was pleasantly surprised by the upsurge in May's real estate sales numbers. However, an important factor we need not overlook is the continued desire of individuals and families to live and work in Norfolk County. The strong quality of life and sound economy in eastern Massachusetts should be able to sustain the local real estate market through the rest of 2017."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website at www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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In the News: Pleasant St neighborhood; Library taking shape

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"With Dean College, the Franklin Town Common, and a train station within walking distance of the Pleasant Street neighborhood, local residents are offered a unique front row experience to things happening in town. 
“We walk down to the town green all the time for farmers markets, festivals, and carnivals,” said Elise Stokes, 38. “For those types of events, they usually shut down the main roads.” 
Stokes said she noticed a lot of her neighbors are either parents of young children in their 30s, or grandparents. She said her neighborhood is so friendly, planning play dates for her children is not difficult at all, and all of the neighbors help each other out whenever they can."

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"The new addition to the Franklin Public Library has begun to take shape, reminding local leaders of a tree house amid the greenery of downtown Franklin. 
The Main Street building - completed in 1904 - is now well into an extensive, $10 million renovation and addition project, aimed at expanding the spaces within and upgrading its systems. 
There are evident signs of progress inside the building - new lighting has been installed, and the building’s frescoes, which were previously covered, can now be seen in their original state. The change is most striking in the new portions of the building - what had been a shell of steel beams is now enclosed, with new windows bathing the space in sunlight. 
Town Councilor Judith Pfeffer, chairwoman of the Library Building Committee, said Friday that the addition’s windows allowed for an excellent view of the trees around the library. She predicted that the west-facing windows - which will eventually have seats and tables along them - would be a popular spot on winter afternoons."

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windows are being installed in the new wing of the Library
windows are being installed in the new wing of the Library

Pond St - 140 foot buffer or ??? (video)

I took a walk along the frontage of the former Franklin land on Pond St to record a video on Sunday, June 11. It was just after noon time and the traffic speed and noise adds to the video.

Trees are being cut as the land is prepared for construction. It looks like a new access road is being added to the property. This accounts for the most open section of the tree cutting.

You can see through to i495 and BJ's across the way from several points along Pond St.

What it will look like when finished remains to be seen. There are several threads of comments on Facebook about whether the developer is remaining within the 150' buffer the Town Council had agreed to with the neighbors.

Stay tuned for more on this as the story and details are revealed.

markings for what appears to be a new access road to the development
markings for what appears to be a new access road to the development

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Town Council Recap - June 7, 2017

The bylaw providing for brewery, distillery and wine making tasting rooms moved to a second reading at the Town Council meeting on June 7. The Electric Youth performed a song as part of the annual visit before heading off to tour Europe. The change in manager of Elks Lodge was approved. The agenda did change from what was posted as Fire Fighters listed for swearing in and a presentation by the SAFE Coalition were rescheduled.

One of the interesting discussions occurred during a rewrite of the bylaw creating the Library Board of Directors where the phrase: 
"Elected officials or library employees of the Town of Franklin will not be appointed as members of the Board."
The phrasing is open for discussion as the measure was moved to a second reading without amendment. Councilors were encouraged to provide feedback to Town Administrator Jeff Nutting.

Editorial Comment on this: The Councilors would be better off spending time on other items. Respectfully, they are charged with
2-4-1 Except as otherwise may be provided by this Charter, all general, corporate, legislative and appropriations powers of the Town shall be vested in the Town Council. 
2-4-2 The Council may enact bylaws, rules, regulations, and other orders, not inconsistent with this Charter, governing its own proceedings, town functions, and all matters bearing on the exercise of its powers and duties.

They recently approved the $120M operating budget of which the Library accounted for less than 1%. There are better opportunities for the Council to find out what is going on within the Library than by having a member sit on the Board of Directors. 

  • The Council can get a periodic update from the Library (as they do with the annual snow and water updates from the DPW). 
  • They could spending more time on the actual budget review. Some will recall the budget hearings used to provide an opportunity for each department to present on their operations and cost drivers. 
  • There are likely other practical considerations to be made as well.

What do you think about this matter? Feel free to comment or send me an email.

The full listing of Actions Taken by the Council can be found here:

My notes taken live during the meeting can be found here:

The Electric Youth being introduced to the Town Council before their song performance
The Electric Youth being introduced to the Town Council before their song performance

FHS Hall of Famer Maurica (Carlucci) Powell

Good news submitted by one of the Franklin Matters readers:

"Oregon Assistant Coach Maurica (Carlucci) Powell is an FHS Hall of Fame track athlete. She coaches the women's distance runners and set Oregon on this path by leading the women to the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championship. Over the years she has coached many of the top American female distance runners. Arguably one of the most successful female track/cross country coaches of all time."

"The University of Oregon women became the first women's program in NCAA Division I history to complete the triple crown of DI cross country, indoor track and outdoor track team titles in one school year. 
Though widely considered to be the best overall team in NCAA history, the Ducks have had their share of ups and downs. Star sprinter Hannah Cunliffe, the 2017 NCAA 60m champion, withdrew from West Prelims due to injury. Their NCAA record holding 4x100m relay was disqualified. On day one, several top women -- including defending NCAA 100m/200m champion Ariana Washington -- did not automatically advance to finals. In the 200m, NCAA leader and 2016 Olympian Deajah Stevens fell to the ground just meters from the finish line and was disqualified. "


Franklin Library: Teen Book Brunch - Sunday June 11

Teens are welcome to join us for breakfast food and a conversation about your favorite reads! Share what books you’re loving lately, and get great book recommendations from others!

Sunday, June 11 at 11:30 AM

The Franklin Public Library is operating from its temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle until the renovations at the Main St location are completed later this year.

renovations under construction on the Main St build of the Franklin Library
renovations under construction on the Main St build of the Franklin Library

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival Schedule: Saturday, July 29, 2017


12:00 – 7:30 PM, Inside THE BLACK BOX (TBB)

Art Exhibit, Franklin Art Association

Franklin Restaurants will be selling food throughout the afternoon.

12:00 – 6:00 PM, Inside TBB

• Heath Nisbett
• Emma Newton
• Universal Singers
• LiveARTS
• Kaye Kelly

12:00 – 8:00 PM, Outside TBB
• Jamie Barrett
• Michele Kelly
• Stelfilia’s Stone
• Victims of Gravity

8:30 PM – Spamalot – FPAC (free ticketed event)

3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival Schedule: Saturday, July 29, 2017
3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival Schedule: Saturday, July 29, 2017

The full schedule is available on the Cultural Festival page http://www.franklinculturaldistrict.org/

* note the schedule is subject to change, follow @artshappenhere for updates