Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FHS Mahon tabbed as a player to watch for Hockomock basketball

HockomockSports has published their 2017-2018 boys basketball season preview as well as their 10 players to watch. The Franklin summary is shared here. FHS senior Paul Mahon is listed as one of the 10 to watch. The links for the complete Hockomock preview and listing are provided as well.

2016-2017 Record: 22-5
2016-2017 Finish: Reached D1 State Final
Coach: CJ Neely

After making it to the Division 1 State Final a year ago, the Panthers are hoping to be just as competitive this season. With three starters back, and a handful of experienced and talented bench players, the expectations for Franklin are certainly high.

Losing Josh Macchi to graduation will hurt, but the Panthers return their best player in senior Paul Mahon, along with two terrific young talents in junior Jalen Samuels and sophomore Chris Edgehill. When playing at his best, Samuels’ athleticism and offensive skills make him one of the toughest marks in the league. Edgehill really turned it on in the tournament and if he can sustain that level of play throughout the regular season, the Panthers will be a favorite for the league title.

Seniors Alex Klowan, Matt Elias, Jack Rodgers and Gavin Farnan all picked up valuable minutes a season ago and will be key pieces for the Panthers, whether its apart of the starting line up for coming off the bench. Having so many experienced players ready to come off the bench should give Franklin the upper hand on a lot of teams.

“Our strength on the offensive end will be in our balance and willingness to share the ball and create great scoring opportunities for the team,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “On defense, we hope to make our opponents uncomfortable at all times and really focus on getting stops as a unit.”

Franklin vs. Mansfield basketball action (HockomockSports photo)
Franklin vs. Mansfield basketball action (HockomockSports photo)


Without a doubt, Franklin senior Paul Mahon is one of the hardest working players in the Hockomock League. The effort that he puts in night in and night out if often unmatched. Whether he’s stepping in to take a charge, or harassing ball handlers as they try to dribble up the court, Mahon is among the best at hustle plays. On top of that, he’s become the heart and soul of a talented team. Not only is he a good defensive player, but he can hurt teams on the offensive end of the court. He was the lone junior named to the HockomockSports.com First Team last season after averaging 11.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals a game, and shot 40% from deep. With the emergence of junior Jalen Samuels and sophomore Chris Edgehill, defenses will have a tough time focusing in on just one player.

For the complete listing of Hockomock players to watch

For the complete Hockomock boys basketball preview

"they put in all that time, and they donated to the town"

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

"When artists from Wheaton College went to the Franklin Sculpture Park earlier this month to finish an art installment they had been working on, they found their entire project dismantled. 
The project, which involved hanging 116 blank, Tyvek-covered books onto branches in the park, was meant to commemorate the donation of books from Benjamin Franklin to the town, marking the first public library in the United States. 
The fishing lines are still visible on many tree branches. Wheaton art professor Kelly Goff confirmed that the lines were cut intentionally, but could not provide further detail, aside from the fact that his class was upset by the occurrence. The books were tied high up on some trees, making the action of cutting them down difficult without being noticed at night when the incident allegedly occurred. Police were unable to respond to comment. 
Linda Kabat, former coordinator at the Franklin Arts Center and manager of the Franklin Sculpture Park, said she was disheartened by the incident. She said the artists often expect damage, but this was not the work of a windy day."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

some of the 100 books hanging from the trees framed Ursus
some of the 100 books hanging from the trees framed Ursus
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Have you tried this site/service?

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Tip of hat to Ryan Jette for the link

Monday, December 11, 2017

MISSING 100 Sculptures at Sculpture Park

Please help. If you know or saw something at the Sculpture Park from Sunday, Nov 26 through Friday, Dec 1, please call the Franklin Police Dept.

I can confirm the books were hanging from the trees as I took photos of them Sunday morning, Nov 26 on my walk

some of the 100 books hanging from the trees framed Ursus
some of the 100 books hanging from the trees framed Ursus

From the social media radar

From the social media radar, items of interest for Franklin

The Boston Globe ran a story about a singer who composed a song including every one of the 351 MA communities


Colleen Donahue posted these photos on Friday from the visit that happened that day. She gave permission via email to share these.

"Today wood carvers from the Franklin Senior Center visited students at the Horace Mann Middle School. The talent is amazing !
The conversation between the generations was priceless.Take a look at some of the photos-you will be amazed"

FHS Duncan, Robbins recognized for Hockomock Soccer Awards

HockomockSports has published the 2017 Hockomock League Soccer Awards. The FHS student athletes selected are shown here. Links to the complete listing are also provided.


Molly Duncan – Franklin – Forward
Franklin senior midfielder Molly Duncan closed out an impressive four-year varsity career with another all-action fall in the center of the pitch for the Panthers and helped Franklin make a return to the state tournament despite a relatively young roster. Duncan scored eight goals and had six assists this year but also provided energy and leadership in the heart of midfield or at forward, her versatility an example for the younger players. Franklin coach Tom Geysen said of Duncan, “She is well skilled, knowledgeable, accomplished and has a very high soccer IQ; she will continue to play at the next level in the fall.”

Cat Robbins – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin senior goalie Cat Robbins closed out her four-year career with a second straight strong season as a starter, holding things together behind a relatively inexperienced Franklin back line. Robbins finished the season with a 1.80 goals against average this season and held six clean sheets, as the Panthers returned to the Div. 1 South tournament. Stepping in after the successful career of Dani Lonati, Robbins has proven to be a solid shot-stopper with the athleticism to make saves in either corner and she is committed to play soccer next year at Plymouth State University.

For the full listing of girls soccer

For the full listing of boys soccer

HockomockSports Editor’s Note: The HockomockSports.com Awards are selected strictly by our staff and have no affiliation to the official Hockomock League all stars. Please note players are listed by position.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Register O'Donnell Voices Concerns About Norfolk County Real Estate Market

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Voices Concerns About Norfolk County Real Estate Market

After analyzing the most recent housing data for Norfolk County, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell expressed some concerns with regards to real estate sales and lending activity for the month of November 2017.

O'Donnell noted, "November real estate sales, for both residential and commercial activity, were off by 3% from the previous year. A total of 1,512 property transactions were recorded versus 1,563 in November 2016.

"Additionally, the average sale price of residential and commercial property for the month was $638,120, a 12% reduction year over year. Also, total sales volume, again for both residential and commercial, was $619 million, a 9% decrease from November 2016. Clearly, the limited amount of available real estate inventory is having a drag on the real estate market in Norfolk County."

The story gets more sobering when we look at the lending market numbers in Norfolk County. "As we have seen for the last few months," stated the Register, "the number of mortgages recorded during the month of November decreased by a significant 28%. Also, the total volume of mortgage financing, for both residential and commercial properties, came in at $1.1 billion, a 35% decrease year over year. There is no question consumers are being cautious when considering big ticket expenses. Furthermore, interest rates have crept up slightly, which have proven disconcerting to many homeowners interested in purchasing a home."

There was one major piece of positive news in the area of foreclosure activity where a total of 13 foreclosure deeds were filed in November in comparison to 19 filings in the same 2016 time period. However, on the other hand, a total of 125 Notice to Foreclose Mortgage documents, the first step in the foreclosure process, were recorded versus only 52 in November 2016.

"Frankly, the Notice to Foreclose Mortgage numbers were disappointing," noted Register O'Donnell. "We must continue to bear in mind that foreclosure activity has a human face, even during these seemingly decent economic times. My office remains highly committed to partnering with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950 to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400."

Homestead recordings were flat with a total of 1,004 Homesteads filed in November compared to 1,002 in November 2016. O'Donnell noted, "A Homestead provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "There is no question that both real estate and lending activity in Norfolk County took a hit in November. Therefore, it is unlikely we will see any momentum in the housing market until there are increased levels of inventory, particularly when it comes to starter homes. While the prevailing feeling is that change in leadership at the Federal Reserve will not disrupt current monetary policies, it nevertheless bears watching, especially when it comes to rising interest rates."

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.

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

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,MA 02026-1831

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Register O'Donnell Voices Concerns About Norfolk County Real Estate Market
Register O'Donnell Voices Concerns About Norfolk County Real Estate Market

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, December 13

Trade all your holiday stress for laughter on Wednesday, December 13 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at he Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Come and enjoy this unique exercise of guided laughter exercises combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body's cells. This oxygen boost gives enhanced vitality, energy and a feeling of real well-being. 

Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! New laughers are always welcomed! 

$5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. www.letslaughtoday.com. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com.

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, December, 13
LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, December, 13

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 12, 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.”

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Snow Presentation – Robert Cantoreggi, DPW Director and Carlos Rebelo, Director
of Highways/Parks

b. Special Education Overview – Debbie Dixson, Director of Student Services; Paula Marano and Ellen White, Assistant Directors of Special Education

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Concession Stand - Approval of Proposal – Michael Socci
I recommend approval of the Concession Stand Proposal as discussed.

b. FY18 Capital Requests
I recommend approval of the FY18 Capital Requests as discussed.

c. FAA Senior New York City Trip – Carol Anne Tebbets, Art Director
I recommend approval of the request to take FAA Seniors to New York City on March 24, 2018 to visit the MOMA and see School of Rock as detailed.

d. FHS Select Chorus – Smith Center for the Arts at PC
I recommend approval of the request to take Select Chorus students to Smith Center for the Arts at Providence College, RI on February 23, 2018 to attend the PC Choral Festival as discussed.

e. School Start Times Advisory Committee
I recommend approval of the establishment of a “School Start Times Advisory Committee” to the School Committee as discussed.

f. 2018-2019 School Calendar Draft
I recommend adoption of the 2018-2019 School Calendar as discussed.

4. Discussion Only Items

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations;
Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s

b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task
Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; MASC)

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the November 28, 2017 School Committee meeting.

b. Approval of Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the Executive Session minutes from the November 28, 2017 School Committee meeting – not for release.

c. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1,170.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.

d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $595.00 from the J.F. Kennedy PCC for field trips as detailed.

e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $250.00 from Maura Schaeffer and Johanna
Culloty Jobin for the Jacqueline A Schaeffer Theatre Arts Scholarship.

f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $29.08 from Coca Cola Give for in-house enrichment at FHS.

g. I recommend acceptance of a check for $325.00 from the Oak St. PCC for field trips.

h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $255.78 from Follett School Solutions for 
supplemental curriculum materials for Keller Elementary School.

8. Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman, School Business Administrator

9. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

10. Payroll Ms. Douglas

11. Adjournment

The documents released for this agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin webpage

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 12, 2017
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 12, 2017

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Dec 13, 2017

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

Agenda ItemSummary

A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - November 15, 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/Recognitions - Honoring Public Safety - Teerith Pasricha, Audrey DiMella
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 the matter.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments
F. Hearings
F. Hearings
G. License Transaction
G. License Transactions - 2018 Annual Alcoholic Beverages License Renewals
H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions - Franklin Senior Center - Karen Alves
I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
J. Legislation for Action
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-74: Acceptance of Gift - Council on Aging
2. Resolution 17-75: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Veterans Memorial Path Account
3. Resolution 17-76: Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Veterans Memorial Path Account
4. Resolution 17-77: Legal Notices
5. Resolution 17-78: 2018 Schedule of Town Council Meetings
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 - None
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

Reminder: Fashion and Harps today

You can combine the two events today:

Karen Antonowicz will discuss the influences of wartime on fashion. From the Civil War to World War II. What does rationing and limited resources do to influence fashion.  
A presentation, discussion, and fashion samples are all part of Karen's one hour talk. Join us for this compelling look back at fabric and fashion by this noted fashion expert. Sunday, December 10 at 1:15 PM.


New England Irish Harp Orchestra will share a wonderful medley of Holiday music that will put you in the perfect mood for the season! 
Sunday, December 10 - 7:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church 


New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10
New England Irish Harp Orchestra - Dec 10
Fashions of The WW II Era - Dec 10
Fashions of The WW II Era

FHS Wrestling takes 1st place at Mt Hope Tournament

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS wrestling tournament on Saturday, Dec 9, 2017.

Wrestling = Mt. Hope Tournament (Franklin, Stoughton)
– Franklin had a wrestler place in the top three in 10 of the 14 weight classes, and won five of those 10 brackets. Franklin finished first with 256 points, over 100 points more than second place. 
Ian Bakalars (120), TJ Remillard (132), Mike Racca (145), Seamus Cogavin (152), and Bruce Johnson (195) all took first place, 
Jake Carlucci (106) and Jack Coughlin (220) each took second, 
and Ken Sauer (113), Jordan Carlucci (126), and Brian Farrell (138) all placed third. 

Stoughton placed fifth overall with 97 points. Paul Feeney was the lone winner for the Black Knights, taking first in the 220 bracket while Malachi Green was second in the 195 bracket.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Saturday

From the Twitterverse:

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Encore Music Education Foundation Event - Dec 17

If you're looking to support local music education, check out the Encore Music Education Foundation's online auction at www.biddingforgood.com/EMEF.

The Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc.'s Music for the Win Benefit Program will be hosted on December 17th, 2017. The evening will feature appetizers, a sit down dinner, and dessert. It will also feature performances from Encore Music Academy's students, faculty, and recording ensemble, the EnHarmonix.

During the event there will be raffle tickets sold for multiple raffle items on site, as well as $20 tickets for the chance to win $2,500 in cash. We will also be hosting an online and in-person Silent Auction which includes over 40 exciting items! 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit students of music through providing funds for merit-based scholarships and needs-based subsidies.

Tickets can be bought online, where you can register for the auction as well. Come join us for an evening filled with music, community, and fun!

Encore Music Education Foundation Event - Dec 17
Encore Music Education Foundation Event - Dec 17

FHS girls basketball wins in OT, both Indoor track teams run away with a win

From HockomockSports we share the FHS results from the opening night of winter sports.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 33 vs. Holy Name, 29 – Final (OT) 
– Freshman Elizabeth Wilson was fouled in the final seconds of regulation and hit all three free throws for Franklin to force overtime in the season opener. The Panthers outscored Holy Name 5-2 in the extra period to earn the win. Franklin rallied from 19-10 down at halftime, helped by holding the Naps scoreless in the third quarter. Sophomore Breanna Atwood led the Panthers with nine points, while Ali Brigham and Wilson each scored six in the win.

Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis)

Boys = Attleboro, 23 vs. Franklin, 76 – Final 
– Franklin took first place in 11 of the 12 events, rolling to a win over the Bombardiers. Senior William Jacobs was a two-time winner for the Panthers, taking first in the 55M hurdles (8.74) and in the high jump (5-05.00). Junior Dylan Kehoe took first place in the 600M, finishing in 1:30.23 – the top time among all Hockomock runners at the meet. Attleboro’s lone first place finish was senior Alex Boedeker in the 2 Mile (10:23.23).

Girls = Attleboro, 20 vs. Franklin, 80 – Final 
– It was a dominant performance for the Panthers, taking first place in 11 of the 12 events, including all individual events. Senior Jess Kroushl had a tremendous night, winning three individual events with two league-best performances. Her times in the 55M Dash (7.47) and 300M (43.84) were the best on the day, and she also took first in the long jump (16-06.75). Danielle Pierre won a pair of events, winning the 55M hurdles and the high jump for the Panthers. Attleboro’s first place win came in the 4×200 relay.

For the other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Celebrate the Season With a Holiday Jazz Brunch at THE BLACK BOX

BLACK BOX Jazz presents a holiday jazz brunch featuring guitarist Mark White, bassist Mark Poniatowski, pianist Joe Mulholland, drummer Kenny Hadley and friends on Sunday, December 17 at 12:00 noon. Celebrate the season with holiday music favorites while enjoying a light continental brunch. A suburban hub for great music and the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

Mark White has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, George Russell, Gil Evans and Anthony Braxton, as well as the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, New England Ragtime Ensemble under Gunther Schuller, and Boston Musica Viva under Richard Pitman. A Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, he has taught over 50 clinics for Berklee in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea. White has played many theatre engagements with touring Broadway companies and has recorded for Blue Note, King, MMC Records and Heineken Jazz Festival.

Kenny Hadley has performed with Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris. His renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. The band’s acclaimed recordings include Come Sunday, A Beautiful Friendship and Common Thread.

An Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Joe Mullholland is an accomplished pianist, recording artist and composer. He has released three CDs of original music written for his sextet, and he has composed numerous electronic scores for Boston-area dance companies. Mulholland performs regularly as a jazz pianist and vocal accompanist at the Regattabar, Ryles, Scullers, and at the Waterfront Jazz Festival, among others. He previously taught jazz piano and ensembles for more than a decade at Brown University.

Mark Poniatowski is an Associate Professor in Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival with the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Boston Blues Festival with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, as well as with Sid Caesar, Floyd Dixon, Rita Moreno and Junior Watson. Poniatowski’s recordings include Mississippi Moan with the Bruce Katz Band, More Than Live with Janiva Magness, The George Carlin Show soundtrack, Room for Two with April Hall, and a self-titled CD, The Mark Poniatowski Situation.

Show tickets are $20; an optional continental brunch is available for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Celebrate the Season With a Holiday Jazz Brunch  at THE BLACK BOX
Celebrate the Season With a Holiday Jazz Brunch  at THE BLACK BOX