Monday, October 9, 2017

Final Candidate listing for Franklin Election - Nov 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017, the following is the list of Candidates who will be on the ballot for the upcoming Biennial Town Election this November 7, 2017
Teresa M. Burr, Town Clerk

Town Council – 9 Seats – 2 year term

  • Andrew Bissanti - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Robert Dellorco - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Glenn Jones - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Matthew Kelly – Candidate for Re-Election
  • Thomas D. Mercer - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Peter E. Padula – Candidate for Re-Election
  • Deborah L. Pellegri - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Judith Pond Pfeffer - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Patrick Casey
  • Melanie Hamblen
  • Eamon McCarthy-Earls
  • Mickey Lee Whitmore

School Committee – 7 Seats – 2 year term

  • Anne K. Bergen – Candidate for Re-Election
  • Cynthia Douglas - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Denise L. Schultz - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Mary Jane Scofield –Candidate for Re-Election
  • Dianne C. Feeley
  • Dr. Monica Linden
  • Alexandra Porter-Marques
  • Virginia (Gigi) Zub

Planning Board – 2 Seats- 4 year term

  • Joseph Halligan - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Anthony D. Padula – Candidate for Re-Election

Planning Board –Associate – 1 Seat – 4 year term

  • Richard W. Power, Sr.

Board of Health – 1 Seat – 4 year term

  • Bruce J. Hunchard - Candidate for Re-Election
  • Bridget Sweet

Board of Assessors – 1 Seat – 4 year term

  • Christopher K. Feeley – Candidate for Re-Election

You can also download and print this listing (PDF)

Final Candidate listing for Franklin Ballot - Nov 7
Final Candidate listing for Franklin Ballot - Nov 7

BFCCPS Alumni – Where Are They Now

From the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS) blog, comes this item of interest for Franklin voters.

"Students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight at BFCCPS participate in a variety of Community Service projects each year. It is our hope that over the course of their time with us, that these continued service opportunities will help instill an ongoing interest in service activities well beyond their time here at BFCCPS. 
We’ve recently learned that two BFCCPS alumni, Patrick Casey and Eamon McCarthy Earls, have registered to run for office during this year’s Franklin Town Council Election.

Continue reading the article online

BFCCPS Alumni – Where Are They Now
BFCCPS Alumni – Where Are They Now (image from BFCCPS website)

Chelmsford tops FHS field hockey 2-0 on Sunday

From Hockomock Sports and Twitter we share the results of the Franklin High School field hockey game vs. Chelmsford from Sunday, Oct 8.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 0 vs. Chelmsford, 2 – Final
– Franklin’s Christina Luccini made 10 saves but the Panthers fell to visiting Chelmsford in the rain. FHS head coach Lisa Cropper said Annie Walsh, Cassi Ronan and Regan Paterson had strong games for the Panthers.

Shared from Hockomock Sports as the only league game on the schedule for Sunday

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Register Speaks with Channel 7 About Deed Scam

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register Speaks with Channel 7 About Deed Scam

Continuing his efforts to combat consumer rip-offs, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently sat down with WHDH-TV Channel 7 reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan to remind homeowners to disregard a direct-mail solicitation offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an outrageous fee of anywhere from $59.50 to $83.00.

Register O'Donnell stated, "Today, there is a California company that is sending a direct-mail solicitation to unsuspecting homeowners asking them to send a check for $83.00 in order to receive a copy of their deed. If a consumer knew that the Registry of Deeds would provide them the same certified copy of a property deed for a charge of only $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 per document for postage, they would never agree to pay such an outrageous fee for service. The average price for a mailed homeowner's deed by the Registry, (usually two pages) is $3.00."

"This marketing scam hits consumers hard in their wallets and pocketbooks, especially the elderly and first-time homebuyers," noted O'Donnell. Furthermore, during his interview with Channel 7 reporter Ryan, Register O'Donnell stated these solicitations directed at unsuspecting homeowners were "unconscionable."

O'Donnell reminds residents, "If you receive a deed solicitation notice, please contact the Registry's Customer Service Center immediately at (781) 461-6101 or by email at Additionally, if you desire a copy of your property deed, you can also contact the Registry's Customer Service Center or come by the Registry of Deeds office hours that are held in all our Norfolk County communities."

The Register's segment with consumer reporter Ryan is also available for viewing on Channel 7's website by accessing the following online link:

Register O'Donnell concluded, "I want to thank Channel 7 and Hank Phillippi Ryan for spreading the word about this unethical behavior being carried out against not only Norfolk County homeowners, but homeowners across Massachusetts. From my perspective, this is nothing but a scam. As the word is spread, hopefully more people will become aware of this type of scam."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on and

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in 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 Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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Register Speaks with Channel 7 About Deed Scam
Register Speaks with Channel 7 About Deed Scam

Columbus Day: a normal schedule for some

Columbus Day is a Federal holiday so there is no postal delivery or pick up. 

Schools are closed but the trash and recycling schedule for Franklin is NOT delayed, it will run on the normal schedule.

Franklin's Municipal Building is closed for the holiday and the Library is closed due to the move back to the renovated building on Main St.

The MBTA commuter rail will run on the normal weekday schedule.

For more about the origins of Columbus Day, check out the wikipedia entry here

Trash and recycling bins
Trash and recycling bins

Legislators to Host Manufacturing Roundtable - Oct 12

As part of Manufacturing Month in Massachusetts, Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) is hosting a Manufacturing Roundtable at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:00am. Some thirty-five manufacturers, legislators, state officials and advocates are slated to attend.

The Tri-County Manufacturing Roundtable will be an opportunity for manufacturing companies to discuss partnering with manufacturing leaders and local schools to ensure that their companies have the right tools and highly trained workforce they need to grow. Manufacturing of today involves employees that are highly trained in technology, programming and innovation.

The discussions will be led by Ira Moskowitz, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs at the Innovation Institute at MassTech, which manages the Commonwealth’s investments in the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) program, and John Killam, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). 

M2I2 aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and promotes job growth through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators and other academic and training institutions. Under Killam’s direction, MassMEP has played a key role in securing training grants for manufacturers, as well as preparing potential employees for careers in the field of manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is vitally important to the Massachusetts economy,” said Representative Roy. “It is the sixth largest employment sector here, and we are constantly looking to innovative solutions that can help our economy grow. We know the area provides competitive salaries for workers and advances the development of revolutionary products. Collaboration between manufacturers, community colleges, technical high schools and regional workforce boards is a way we can continue to develop talent and increase production.”

According to the recently launched Manufacturing in Massachusetts website (, 10.1% of the Commonwealth’s total economic output is tied to manufacturing and $26 billion in manufactured goods were exported from the Commonwealth in 2016 alone. Roughly 250,000 employees work in the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, comprising 7.8% of the total workforce in the state.

Rep. Louis Kafka (D-Sharon), Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham), Sen. Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough), and Rep. Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk) are also expected to participate.

These efforts are supported by the Legislature’s bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus which serves as a link for legislators cutting across issues that affect the manufacturing industry. Formed in August 2014, the Caucus includes more than 60 legislators from around the Commonwealth. Lawmakers focus on training for manufacturing employees, encouraging innovation by helping start-ups access resources, and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in key manufacturing sectors. The Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Roy and Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Springfield).

October is MA's Manufacturing Month
October is MA's Manufacturing Month

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Are You Registered To Vote? Last day to register - Oct 18

Are You Registered To Vote?

The last day to register to vote is
Wednesday October 18, Town Clerks Office
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

You may also register on line at



Franklin High School Gymnasium
218 Oak Street
6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Are You Registered To Vote? Last day to register - Oct 18
Are You Registered To Vote? Last day to register - Oct 18

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Oct 10, 2017

Franklin School Committee October 10, 2017
Municipal Building – Training Room 7:00 P.M.
This meeting will not be recorded

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.”


Call to Order Dr. O’Malley
1. Budget Priorities
2. Budget Communication
3. Budget Process and Timeline
4. Adjournment

Note: I believe the intention of the "This meeting will not be recorded" was meant to convey that by conducting the meeting in the 3rd Floor Training Room meant that Franklin TV would be unable to record and broadcast the meeting.  Unless prevented, Franklin Matters plans on recording the meeting for audio broadcast later.

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 11, 2017

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also download and review the 50 pages of documents released for this agenda (PDF)

A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - September 13, 2017
B. Announcements
B. Announcements - This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations
D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town administrator to review to review the matter.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments
F. Hearings
F. Hearings
G. License Transactions
G. License Transactions: Shaw's - Change of Manager and New Officer: (Move to approve the Change of Manager to William M. Nasif and Change of Officer to Gary R. Morton on the Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. Wine and Malt Beverages Package Store License.
H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions
I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-62: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Fire Department (Motion to Move Resolution 17-62 - Majority vote (5))
J. Legislation for Action
2. Resolution 17-63: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Police Department (Motion to Move Resolution 17-63 - Majority vote (5))
J. Legislation for Action
3. Resolution 17-64: Request to Town of Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals to Request a Traffic Study of the Intersection of Mill Street and Chestnut Street in Franklin (Motion to Move Resolution 17-64 - Majority vote (5))
J. Legislation for Action
4. Bylaw Amendment 17-796: Chapter 63, Buildings, Numbering Of - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 17-796 - Majority Roll Call vote (5))
J. Legislation for Action
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-797: Setbacks for Accessory Buildings and Structures - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 17-797 - 2/3 Majority Roll Call vote (6))
K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items
M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments
N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn
things are taking shape as the renovation of the Franklin Public Library is finishing up
things are taking shape as the renovation of the Franklin Public Library is finishing up

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee today announced its endorsement of Monica Linden for Franklin School Committee. MWPC's endorsement of Ms. Linden is part of the efforts made to support candidates running for elected office in communities across the Commonwealth.

Endorsing a record 36 women running for municipal level office to date in 2017, coupled with a surge of new members by 450%, MWPC is building strong momentum heading into the highly anticipated 2018 federal and state elections. 

The groundswell of support comes as MWPC PAC endorsed candidates are running for elected office in competitive races, including School Committee, Board of Selectmen, City Council and Mayor in Beverly, Boston, Cambridge, Easthampton, Everett, Framingham, Franklin, Melrose, Newton, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and other communities.

"MWPC is pleased to endorse Monica in her race for the Franklin School Committee," said Linnea Walsh, MWPC interim executive director. "Monica is committed to MWPC's goals of parity to ensure that more women are equally represented at the policy and decision-making table. She recognizes that municipal government is where the rubber meets the road in terms of advocating for the investments and programs to help students and families succeed."

MWPC PAC endorsements have yielded several wins including Cindy Friedman, who won the special election for the 4th Middlesex Senate seat in July, and Elizabeth Almeida, who won her election in the race for the Westford Board of Selectmen race.

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden
Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC)
Political Action Committee endorses Monica Linden

About the MWPC PAC

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is a non-partisan organization that works to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions. 
Please visit to learn more about our Political Action Committee. Follow us on Twitter at and connect on our Facebook page.

For more about Monica

In the News: cross country is different; Tangerini's pick your own flowers

Articles of interest for Franklin:
"There’s something different about cross country that sets it apart from other sports. 
There are no playbooks or signs to memorize. There are no balls to throw or hit, and there’s no need to maneuver around any approaching defender on a cross country course, unless you happen to take a wrong turn and a tree stands in your way. 
On a cross country course, although there is a team element to the sport, the runner is focused on just him or herself and how they can achieve the best possible time. And that is all up to them — no missed call by an official can alter their finish in a race. Much of a cross country runner’s individual performance is driven by just that, the individual. 
In a season that begins in the doldrums of summer, moves through the fall as the leaves change colors, and ends just before Thanksgiving with a pre-winter chill in the air, cross country runners need to train in a way that keeps them conditioned through all weather and course conditions. Different teams and their top runners have different training regimens to stay in peak physical shape."
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Franklin Girls XC vs. Mansfield. On your marks... Let's Go Panthers! via Twitter
Franklin Girls XC vs. Mansfield. On your marks... Let's Go Panthers! via Twitter

"When the sun is shining and the air is warm, as is often the case this time of year, there is a general fluttering and buzzing that occurs among some of the furrows at Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm. 
This is where the wildflowers grow - a colorful realm of industrious honey and bumble bees languidly visiting the various blooms collecting nectar for winter, and of butterflies flittering, basking and sipping. It is also a spot visited by people, come to collect stems for themselves, mason jars, buckets, and clippers in hand. 
The mostly organic, non-GMO farm at 139 Spring St. has been running a CSA (community supported agriculture) flower share for about 10 years now. 
“People can come pick their own flowers,” said owner/grower Laura Tangerini on a recent warm afternoon, running her palms over a thick patch of red globe amaranth while taking a break from her other work to visit the flower furrows."
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COLUMBUS DAY SALE !!! - Polar Express Train Ride in Blackstone Valley

SAVE $5.00 on each ticket
by using discount code:

Call 401-495-1213 for tickets or
*Ends at 11:59 PM on 10/9/17. Good for new ticket purchases made 
between 10/6/17 and 10/9/17.
Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.
 Don't can also check out our Polar Express Gift Shop!
It's full of great official Polar Express items and more!

 1 DEPOT SQ. WOONSOCKET, RI |  401-495-1213 
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council | 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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