Friday, September 8, 2017

Lifelong Music Academy: Fall 2017 Registration Now Open!

We offer a variety of after-school music classes for students looking to enhance their musical education. Below is a brief overview of each of our music programs. 

Please click a program name for more information, calendars, and how to register.

The Band School of Franklin: For students in grades 4 through 8. Tuesday afternoons at Horace Mann Middle School starting 9/19/17.

The Chorus School of Franklin: For students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Tuesday afternoons at Franklin High School starting 9/19/17.

The String School of Franklin: For students in grades 3 through 12. Monday afternoons at Horace Mann Middle School starting 9/18/17, and Thursday afternoons at Franklin High School starting 9/28/17.

Private Music Lessons: For all ages (children, teens, adults). Monday through Thursday at Franklin High School. Instruction is offered in the following instruments: Cello, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Low Brass, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice. Lessons begin the week of 9/11/17 but enrollment is ongoing throughout the school year.

Adult Community Chorus: The Franklin Forte is our non-audition performing Adult Chorus group, which meets Tuesday evenings at Franklin High School starting 9/19/17.

Music Together® (birth through 5 yrs): Our new music and movement class for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents. Fridays starting 9/15/17.

You can also go to the Lifelong Music Academy via this link to make your selection

Lifelong Music Academy: Fall 2017 Registration Now Open!
Lifelong Music Academy:
Fall 2017 Registration Now Open!

Take a walk on the Town Common - World Suicide Prevention Day - Sep 10

I wanted to send you this little flyer I made up for an informal event I'm trying to get started to bring awareness to World Suicide Prevention Day, which is Sunday 9/10/17. 

I am hoping to build a walk of greater magnitude for next year. Thanks for sharing!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Sep 10
World Suicide Prevention Day - Sep 10

For more info on the Worldwide Event

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Downtown Partnership: Thursday's General Meeting will be a busy one!

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038

Partnership Office Sign
Thursday's General Meeting Agenda

Join us at Thursday morning's General Meeting, 8:30 a.m. in Dean College's Campanella Board Room. The agenda is packed and the coffee is free!

Franklin Downtown Partnership, 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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“It was pretty wild. I didn’t expect it"

"Imagine waking up and finding a piece of your own artwork showing up as the first post you see on Twitter; then Instagram; then Facebook. Before you know it, you can’t scroll through your social media accounts without it showing up, gaining hundreds of retweets and reposts. 
Well, this is exactly what happened to Franklin High School senior, Emma Trinanes. Trinanes has been drawing her entire life, pulling from her parent’s encouragement to be creative. Inspired by her love for the New England Patriots, Trinanes decided to draw quarterback Tom Brady “back in February, [when] the Super Bowl was coming up. [She] figured it would be a good homage to [Brady]."

Continue reading the article online at Pantherbook

If you missed seeing the artwork earlier, here it is

Emma Trinanes sketch of Tom Brady that has attracted a lot of attention
Emma Trinanes sketch of Tom Brady that has attracted a lot of attention

This was originally posted in August

FHS Volleyball outlook for 2017

Hockomock Sports has published their outlook for volleyball in the Hockomcok League. We share the Franklin information here. Follow the link below to find the outlook on the other teams around the league

2016 Record: 13-7
2016 Finish: Reached D1 Central/West Quarterfinal
Coach: Kate Horsmann

"After losing just four seniors to graduation, the Franklin Panthers return an experienced and deep team ready to make a run at the Kelley-Rex division title. The Panthers bring back both of their middle hitters to anchor the attack and net defense. Senior Meaghan Maguire (42 blocks) is back for her third year while junior Maggie Doyle (57 kills) returns after a strong sophomore campaign. 
Franklin also brings back junior setter Lauren McGrath, who was selected as Underclassman of the Year last season. Ellie Wisniewski (63 kills) will be one of the team’s top offensive threats at outside hitter. 
“We are deep and have experience on offense this season,” said FHS coach Kate Horsmann. “Our floor leader and top defensive player graduated, so finding a floor leader and shoring up our defense will be a big factor in how our season plays out.”

Continue reading the Hockomock League Volleyball Outlook

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS's Ryan Driscoll tabbed as a "Player to Watch"

Hockomock Sports has published their outlook for Football players to Watch around the Hockomcok League. We share the Franklin information here. Follow the link below to find the outlook on the other players in the league. 

Driscoll stepped into the lineup as a sophomore and started all 11 games at cornerback for the Panthers in 2016. He demonstrated the natural speed and instincts to be a top cover corner and second-year head coach Eian Bain said this his improvement from day one means that Driscoll will be one of the focal points of the Franklin defense this fall. With Driscoll and junior safety Nolan McLaney, the Panthers secondary should be a strength of the team for the next couple of seasons, as they try to shut down high-powered passing attacks like Mansfield, Taunton, and Attleboro.

Continue reading the Football payers to watch on Defense

There is also a listing of the Football Players to watch on Offense

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Attention Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - West Nile Virus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has informed the Franklin Health Department that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in South Franklin on August 30th. It is not unusual for West Nile Virus to be found in Norfolk County or Franklin this time of year. 

We do however urge residents to take common sense precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Avoid outdoor activities during the peak hours of mosquito activity; generally between dusk and dawn. The use of a repellent containing up to 30% DEET, permethrin or picaridin provides protection against mosquitoes. Permethrin products should not be applied directly to the skin, but only used on clothing. We recommend that residents drain all standing water on their property. Birdbaths, buckets/pails, wheelbarrows and children’s inflatable pools all provide ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project has suspended all truck-mounted spraying for the season due to cooler evening temperatures, which reduces mosquito activity significantly. It is expected that no additional spraying will be conducted unless the virus activity level changes considerably.

The Franklin Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will continue to closely monitor mosquito/virus activity in the town to ensure residents are provided with up to date information.

If residents have any questions, you may contact the Franklin Health Department office @ 508-520-4905.

David E. McKearney, R.S.
Public Health Director
Franklin Health Director

Attention Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - West Nile Virus
Attention Franklin Residents: Public Health Advisory - West Nile Virus

This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

BFCCPS: High School Fair - Sep 14

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School is holding our annual High School Fair on September 14th from 7 - 8:30 pm. This event is open to all Grade 8 students and their parents in the area.

Guests will meet with representatives and students from a variety of private, independent and vocational high schools in the Metrowest area, Boston, Worcester, and northern Rhode Island.

The list of schools that will be in attendance is included here on our website:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact our School Counselor, Mrs. Julie McCoy at

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"promote inclusion through team practice and competition"

"This fall, Franklin High School will be introducing a Unified Basketball program. As defined by the Special Olympics website, Unified Sports “Brings together ATHLETES with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities (UNIFIED PARTNERS) to train and compete on the same team. Participants improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills and learn acceptance and inclusion while participating in Unified Sports. A primary goal of Unified Sports is to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition. 
Franklin’s Unified program will meet two days a week after school, in addition to playing 4-6 games against other teams in the Hockomock League or other regional teams. The first practice is Wednesday, September 13th and the season goes until the end of October. 
“Last spring, Unified Track was very popular and we hope to continue that with Unified Basketball,” said senior Grace Sameski, who is helping with the program.

Continue reading the article on Unified Basketball at the Pantherbook

2017 Best Buddies Basketball Clinic
2017 Best Buddies Basketball Clinic (Pnatherbook image)

The Unified Basketball proposal was discussed and approved at the School Committee meeting held on Aug 22, 2017.

Other items from the School Committee meeting Aug 22 can be found here

FHS Cross Country results at Hockomock Jamboree 2016

Both the FHS boys and girls cross country team ran on Tuesday. The Hockomock Jamboree was held at Borderland St Park in Easton. I was able to find the individual results online at The team results seem to be incomplete. As this is the first meet of the season, the team results are less meaningful.

Note: I missed but an eagle eye reader caught that these are the resukts from 2016, not this year. Oops, I'll post this year's when available.

Boys Varsity

12Nicholas Gnaman
12Everett Henderson
10Michael Hagen
12Tyler Marchioni
10Mitchell Regan
10Dylan Kehoe
10Cooper Ross
10Matthew Shumway
11Hayden Goldsmith
12Kyle Stevens
10Daniel Barrow
11Zachary Siders
12Kyle Arena
10Ryan Goldman
11Owen McKenna

Girls Varsity

.11Nicole Clermont
11Katherine Hartnett
11Ella Gutkowski
10Katrina Walbert
11Brianna Cummings
10Brandi Osborne
10Kimiya Kim
11Hannah Cunniff
11Molly Houlihan
10Stephanie Malachow...
10Julia DiGiaacomo
11Emma Trinanes
10Elizabeth Davis
10Christina Fuentes

Boys Junior Varsity

9Dylan Pare
10Nicholas Zaffino
10Ben Kolb
9Wyatt Whitney
9Miles Reed
9Jack Mollo
12Colin Nash
10Jared Winiker
10Tim Kolb
11William Jacobs
11Nicholas Richert
9Sean Earley
10Nicholas Bokelman
9Sean Morris
9Ben Settle
9Josh Angermeier
9Tyler Vining
11Jason Bond
11Chris Olah
10Jared White
9CJ Dexter
11Matthew Karp
11Stuart Miklas
9Evan Strouse
11Mitchell Taylor
9Jack Lichtenstein
9Cutler Whitmore
11Michael McGonagle
11Brandon Hertzberg
9Justin Flaherty
9Nicholas Elkins
9John Trombert
11Ian Flynn
11Andrew McCarthy
9Brian Dunbar
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Girls Junior Varsity

9Lauren Jackson
10Kate Stavely
9Nikki Kim
12Fiona Moynihan
10Rachel Morris
10Caroline Johnson
11Victoria Healey
11Julia Longobardi
11Madison Moore
9Kaylee Myers
10Avery Knous
11Melissa Marchese
11Laura Lynch
11Sara Gabriel
9Meenakshi Meyyappan
9Jacqueline Forcina
11Jordan Jette
9Samhita Modak
10Lindsey Larivee
9Alana Portesi
Provided by results can be found here and filtered by team

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers