Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join us at the 10th Mass Poetry Festival

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Join us at the 10th Mass Poetry Festival
It's Time to Plan Your Festival Weekend!

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Sonia Sanchez · Kaveh Akbar · Duy Doan
 Jeffrey Harrison · Dorianne Laux · Erika Meitner Carl Phillips · Nicole Sealey
Sean Thomas Dougherty · Rhina P. Espaillat
A Letter from the Festival Director

A Letter from the Festival DirectorHas it been 10 years, already? Yes, it has -- and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival is back again with 10 nationally recognized, and award-winning poets headlining three days and nearly 100 different programs, including poetry readings, workshops, music, and more. Meet with poets, writers, and publishers at our small press and literary fair, or engage them in conversation at one of many sessions held throughout the weekend. Surround yourself with what's good—you may be surprised, and you may surprise yourself. Please join us for this special 10th year.
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Watch this video to see why Salem loves the Mass Poetry Festival!
Raining Poetry for the 2017 Mass Poetry Festival
Saturday May 5, 2:00pm-3:00pm, The Bridge at 211

Join Ben Berman, Danielle Legros Georges, and Kelle Groom as they commemorate SALAMANDER's 25th anniversary.
Saturday May 5, 12:15pm-1:15pm, PEM Connect BLDG

Sean Thomas Dougherty · Kamilah Aisha Moon · Oliver de la Paz

As poets, we face the double danger of the sentimental and the exoticization of their disability. This panel will address how do poets negotiate the topic and portraiture of autism. Each panelist will read a small selection of poems that they have written about their own autistic children or siblings, and speak to the difficulties of writing these poems. How do we speak our joys, fears, love in language whose intent is to nurture, to elevate, to challenge, and to sing.
Be inspired. Try something new. Surprise yourself.
We have space available in a variety of workshops. You can generate new work, talk about craft with poets and poetry lovers, or ask that question about poetry you've always wanted to ask. 
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Monday, April 9, 2018

FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)

FM #142

This internet radio show or podcast is number 142 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the brief ceremony at the unveiling of the new display case for Benjamin Franklin’s books. The case was ordered as part of the Library renovation project was delayed in delivery but the books were safely installed this week. The ceremony was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The ceremony itself runs about 12 minutes. Photos of the ceremony and of the books in the display case can be found on FranklinMatters.org/

Without further ado, here is the audio recording.


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I hope you enjoy!
FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)
FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)


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Ben's books return to display at the Franklin Public Library

Photos from the unveiling of Ben's books at the Franklin Public Library on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

well said
well said

Building Committee Chair Judith Pond Pfeffer
Building Committee Chair Judith Pond Pfeffer

Mary Olsson, Franklin Historical Commission
Mary Olsson, Franklin Historical Commission

in the middle of the unveiling
in the middle of the unveiling


you can walk around the display to view the books
you can walk around the display to view the books

You can see the stitches on the leather book covers
You can see the stitches on the leather book covers

For more photos, visit this link:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/BuBL0ZVshZR0vxXP2

The audio recording of the brief unveiling ceremony can be found here

Ben's Books

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - April 11 - 5:45 PM

The next Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 at 5:45 PM in Room 205 at the Franklin Municipal Building.


Recommended actions:

1. Solar
2. Lot Line cleanup
  • Fisher/Hayward Street
  • Raymond Street
  • Union Street neighborhood
3. C1 changes
  • Dimension regulations
  • Parking


4. Multi-Family Housing in RV and Cl/Affordable Housing
a. R7
b. Over 55 Housing Overlay
c. lnclusionary Zoning
5. Economic Development Overview

Future Meetings:

6. Poultry Zoning (May Meeting)
7. Clark, Cutler, McDermott rezone (May Meeting)
8. Sign bylaw and temporary signs
9. Marijuana, Grow, medical dispensaries, recreational grow or dispensaries, overlay district
10. Overlay District Mapping
11. Sale of Town Owned Land
12. Brewery zoning update

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The pond or old town swimming pool now the location of the Sculpture Park had its  growth cut back significantly this winter
The pond or old town swimming pool now the location of the Sculpture Park had its
growth cut back significantly this winter

Boston Globe recognizes Loomis, Edgehill and Stott

The Boston Globe published their All Scholastic listing in Sunday's paper. Three Franklin High School athletes were recognized.

"Ashley Loomis = Division 1: Franklin | Senior
To close her dominant high school career, Loomis broke two state records at Division 1 state meet, defending her 200 free title for the third straight year (1:49.00) and the 500 free title for the fourth straight (4:50.76). She will attend Yale.

Chris Edgehill = Franklin | Sophomore
The Hockomock League underclassman of the year averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game during his sophomore season. The 6-foot point guard led his team to a 22-3 record and second consecutive Division 1 state finals appearance.

Natalie Stott = Franklin | Freshman
The Hockomock All-Star put up some of the state’s best numbers as a freshman, posting eight shutouts to go with a 0.90 GAA and 0.954 save percentage while tending net for a Panthers team that allowed a state-low 18 goals on the year."

The full listing of All Scholastics for the Winter season 2017-2018 can be found online (subscription maybe required)


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Register O'Donnell Sees Norfolk County Real Estate Market Mirroring National Trend

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Sees Norfolk County Real Estate Market Mirroring National Trend

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted that Norfolk County 1st quarter (Jan-March 2018) is following the national real estate market trends when it comes to real estate market prices and sales.

Register O'Donnell noted, "During the 1st quarter of 2018, the number of real estate properties, both residential and commercial, fell 6% year over year. There were 3,525 properties sold compared to 3,753 during the 1st quarter 2017. While there were plenty of individuals and families looking to enter the housing market, the lack of available real estate inventory is without question causing a reduction in sales. On the other hand, there is no doubt that low inventory has caused real estate sales prices to rise. This is just a classic case of market demand."

The average sales price, again both for residential and commercial real estate during the 1st quarter was $953,988, a 52% increase from the 1st quarter 2017. Also, the total volume of residential and commercial sales for the quarter was $1.8 billion, a 37% increase. It should be noted these numbers were also impacted by the sale of two commercial properties in Quincy totaling $80 million and $43 million and also the $76 million sale of the former Reebok headquarters in Canton.

Also mirroring what is being seen nationally, Norfolk County saw a reduction in the number of mortgages recorded during the 1st quarter. A total of 5,155 mortgages were recorded during the 1st quarter 2018 compared to 6,005 during the same time period in 2017. "A combination of reduced property sales and an uptick in interest rates is causing a reduction in lending activity," stated O'Donnell.

While Norfolk County saw a reduction in lending activity, the overall amount of mortgage indebtedness recorded during the quarter actually increased a significant 94% to $7.4 billion. This figure was impacted by a $746 million mortgage taken out against a commercial property in Weymouth that was recorded in late January 2018.

The number of Homestead filings also fell 12% during the quarter. "The Homestead law," stated O'Donnell, "provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge Norfolk County residents to consider this consumer protection tool."

Foreclosure activity was mixed during the quarter. The number of foreclosure deeds recorded was 68, a 1% reduction from the 1st quarter 2017. However, there were 168 Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, a 16.6% increase year over year. A Notice to Foreclose Mortgage is the first step in the foreclosure process. "This is a statistic that bears careful watching," noted O'Donnell.

The Register noted, "My office continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950. They are available to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400. Each of these programs is staffed by knowledgeable professionals. I urge anyone who is facing a foreclosure issue to avail themselves of these excellent programs."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "While the eastern Massachusetts economy remains strong, the local real estate market will not see increased activity until there is more housing stock available for sale. There is no indication right now that we will be seeing such activity anytime soon. Another factor that could possibly impact the market is whether the Federal Reserve will follow through on its plans to increase interest rates this year."

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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Franklin Public Schools: Interview Committee Invitation

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff of the Franklin Public Schools Community:

We have begun the process of selecting a new Assistant Superintendent of Schools and are seeking two parent volunteers and two faculty volunteers to sit on the Interview Committee. This Committee will serve to interview candidates who have been screened for an initial round of interviews and to recommend finalists to move forward to the Superintendent for the next steps in the process.

Volunteers for this committee must be able to fulfill both of the following time commitments:

  • Tuesday, May 15: Organizational Meeting and Interviews from 3:30 PM-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 16: Interviews from 3:30 PM-8:00 PM (if needed)

All interviews will take place at the Franklin Public Schools' Central Office.

If you are interested in participating on the Interview Committee, please contact Denise Miller by email at millerd@franklinps.net or at 508-553-4819 no later than 4:00 PM Monday, April 23. We will email you by Friday, April 27 to inform you if you have been selected to participate.

Please note that all parents/guardians/staff will have the opportunity to meet the finalist(s) and provide input to the Superintendent before she makes a final decision.

Thank you in advance for your interest in serving on this committee.

Lisa Trainor

Director of Human Resources

Franklin Public Schools: Interview Committee Invitation
Franklin Public Schools: Interview Committee Invitation

In the News: Ben's books return to display; FHS student dies over weekend

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

"If there is one great truth about history, it is that no story is single-sided. 
That certainly is the case with the story of how the town of Franklin came into the possession of more than 100 books gifted by founding father Benjamin Franklin sometime in 1785 or 1786 — a story that included correspondences between at least four parties, and involved the passage of letters overseas to France and England. 
Those same books, which must have been received with much excitement — having been provided by one of 18th century America’s own living legends — were the subject of renewed excitement on Sunday as library officials unveiled a new state-of-the-art, museum-quality display of the volumes in the newly renovated reading gallery located in the historic part of the library at 118 Main St. 
For many decades stuffed into a shadowed, enclosed book case pressed against a wall that many walked by without an inkling of their significance, the books now rest within a humidity-controlled, UV light-protected case that affords 360 degrees of viewing and offers no back stage placement. The custom-made display cost in the neighborhood of $20,000, paid for by the Franklin Library Association Trust."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Ben's books return to display
Ben's books return to display

"A member of Franklin High School’s senior class recently died, according to Principal Paul Peri. 
Jack Sewell died over the weekend, according to an email from Peri. No details of his death are available. 
In his email, Peri said Sewell “was a kind and charismatic young man with a captivating personality and a heartwarming smile.”

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Channel 25 has this item on Jack Sewell

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Change in plan: The Franklin Matters Facebook page will continue

I posted. 
You responded. 
I will change my approach and NOT remove the Franklin Matters Facebook page.

Rather than replay the full thread from Facebook, suffice to say, my logic fell apart on one key point that at least one of the three alternatives would be acceptable for most. For a variety of reasons, they are not.

I appreciate your feedback.The posting process will continue to the website, Twitter, Facebook and the daily email. I will still encourage all to consider using one of the three if you really want everything that I do post. The one thing that neither of us can change is that Facebook will NOT show you all I post.


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Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - April 10, 2018

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. Update on STEM & Digital Learning (DIP Goal #2) – Dr. Joyce Edwards
b. School Safety Presentation – Peter Light, Sara Ahern, Sgt. Mark Manocchio

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Budget Vote
I recommend approval of the FY19 Franklin Public Schools budget in the amount of $63,235,000.00 as discussed.
b. Oak Street Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Jo-Ann Stanton to take Oak Street 1st graders to the Providence Children’s Museum on May 15, 2018 as detailed.

4. Discussion Only Items - none

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; School Start Times
Advisory Committee [SSTAC])

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

7. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the regular session minutes from the March 22, 2018 (snow date from 3/13/18) and March 27, 2018 School Committee meetings.
b. Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the Executive Session minutes from the March 27, 2018 School Committee Meeting not to be released.
c. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from Anne LaPlante for FHS field trip as detailed.
d. FHS Senior Pilot
I recommend continued suspension of policy JH – Student Absences for the purposes of the late arrival/early release pilot for seniors at FHS on good standing during quarter 4.
e. Oak Street Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,700.00 from the Oak Street PCC for Field trips.
f. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $500.00 from Robert & Sara Wayne for a FHS Field trip as detailed.

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence
a. Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

11. Adjournment

The agenda can be found on the Town of Franklin page

Documents released for this agenda can be found in this folder on the Town of Franklin page

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - April 10, 2018
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - April 10, 2018

Norfolk County Mosquito Control District - Arial application begins April 9

In accordance with 333 CMR 13.04(7) (a and b), please consider this as notification of the potential spring (and summer if conditions warrant) aerial applications targeting mosquito larvae in the larger wetlands of the District.

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control District will potentially be conducting helicopter applications of the bio rational larvicide Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) to control mosquito larvae, should conditions warrant. Go to the Districts website for targeted spring wetland locations. The summer wetland locations will be posted before any application should it be warranted. 

These potential applications will be conducted over specific large wetlands in the Towns of:

Any potential applications will be conducted between April 9, and September 28, 2018.

The trade name of the granular formulation of Bti utilized will be any of the following:
VectoBac GR (EPA Reg. #73049-486); VectoBac G (EPA Reg. #73049-10): VectoBac GS (EPA Reg. #73049-10). For further information contact David A. Lawson, Director at (781) 762-3681

Information is also available on line at www.norfolkcountymosquito.org

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

Norfolk County Mosquito Control District - Arial application begins April 9
Norfolk County Mosquito Control District - Arial application begins April 9

PMC Kids Scavenger Hunt - April 28

Whose ready for a Scavenger Hunt? 

Join us for this fun Community Event that raises money for a good cause. All profits will go towards this year’s PMC Franklin Kids' Ride/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 

PMC Kids Scavenger Hunt - April 28 (courtesy photo)
PMC Kids Scavenger Hunt -
April 28 (courtesy photo)
Grab your friends, co-workers or significant others and form a team (one carload). Be creative, name your team and dress the part.

Reach out to Lisa Marchioni at lisabxyz@verizon.net for more info or to reserve a spot. This is a 21+ event.

You can find out more about the PMC Kids ride online

You can follow the event on Facebook

Franklin Arts Academy Fund Raiser - Apr 26

The Franklin Arts Academy (FAA) Boosters will be hosting a Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser with proceeds being used to fund an FAA student field trip and scholarships for FAA seniors. Raffles available at the door. Light snacks and live entertainment will be provided.

Pour Richard’s is graciously hosting the event and will also be donating a portion of sales proceeds to the FAA Boosters.

When: Thursday April 26, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Tickets: Contact Karen Glynn to purchase your $5 tickets via faaboosters@gmail.com. Tickets $7 at the door

You can follow the event for updates on Facebook

Franklin Arts Academy Fund Raiser - Apr 26
Franklin Arts Academy Fund Raiser - Apr 26