Friday, April 13, 2018

“I believe it is impossible for these photographs to be viewed on their own merits any longer"

Change of plans. Guess I won't be going to the ICA to see The Brown Sisters photos after all.

"Following reports that the famed photographer and longtime Massachusetts College of Art and Design professor acted inappropriately with students, Nicholas Nixon’s best-known collection of pictures has been removed from the Institute of Contemporary Art. 
His work, The Brown Sistersis a series of photographs taken of his wife and her three sisters every year since 1975. They’ve been on display at the ICA, along with dozens of his other photographs, for months in an exhibition called “Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision” and had been scheduled to remain there another 10 days."
Continued reading this story online

Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Encore's March/April 2018 Newsletter

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March/April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the March/April edition of The Encore newsletter! It has been a crazy couple of months here at Encore, what with the many snow days, power outages, illnesses, and the like. It is our fervent hope that spring will arrive soon, and with it, much warmer days and better health for all! 

In this issue, please be certain to visit our calendar section, as we have many recital dates and concerts that you will want to take note of and mark in your calendars.

In addition, we have some very exciting announcements to share with you, so check out the Announcements and Anecdotes section for these.

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Encore Policies
Announcements and Anecdotes
Faculty Benefit Concert: Making Music Matter
Important Dates
Music For Young Children
Did You Know?
Student Spotlight
Kudos Korner
Studio Stories
Wind Chamber Ensemble
Location, Location, Location
Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Available
Ukulele For You
Fundraising through Amazon Smile
Harp Lessons Available
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Lifelong Community Learning: Parent & Child Cooking Class - Apr 26

Lifelong Community Learning

Parent and Child Cooking Night
Lifelong Community Learning: Parent & Child Cooking Class

Thursday, April 26
6:30 to 9:00 pm

Franklin High School
218 Oak Street, Franklin
Join us for Parent/Child Cooking Night. Learn some new cooking "together" skills while enjoying the fruits of your family labor.

 Raviolis with a light sauce; a yummy tossed salad and homemade frosted cupcakes.     508-613-1480
FPS- Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

FHS softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys tennis, and baseball teams top Oliver Ames on Wednesday

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Softball = Oliver Ames, 3 @ Franklin, 15 – Final (6 inn.)
– Franklin scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back to secure its first win of the season. The Panthers tacked on four more in the second, five more in the fourth and a single run in the sixth inning. Kylie Bouzan and Meg Caron finished with two RBI apiece while Emily Valentino earned the win, striking out four while scattering six hits. For Oliver Ames, Marissa Guarino was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, Kayla Georgeu added a double, and Katie Abreu scored a run.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 18 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final

Girls Lacrosse = Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 20 – Final
– Halle Atkinson and Shannon D’Arcangelo each recorded three goals to pace the Panthers to a win at home. Alex Field scored her goal of the season while Victoria Quinn had a strong game in midfield with four draw controls. Grace MacCallum anchored the defense with three ground balls.

Boys Tennis = Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
– Franklin earned a clean sweep, dropping just one game in the five matches. Rohan Herur and Saketh Saripalli each won 6-0, 6-0 at first and third singles, respectively. Liam Marr recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles for the Panthers. The team of Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu (first doubles) and the pairing of Tony Calderone and Dan Angermeier (second doubles) each won 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final
– Oliver Ames defended its home court with a sweep of visiting Franklin. Sarah Leger won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles, Tate Hadges took a 6-0, 6-1 decision at second singles and Maura Kiernan didn’t lose a game in a win at third singles. The team of Kristin Bloumbas and Emily Yu recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles while Rachel Stryke and Olivia Groebe prevailed 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles.

Baseball = Franklin, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final (8 inn.)

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:

"Franklin senior Steven Luttazi hadn’t had his best performance at the plate, held without a hit through the first seven innings. But his day changed with one swing of the bat. 
When the Panthers needed him the most, the senior delivered a clutch two-out single to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Jake Macchi followed with a monster two-run double and Franklin prevailed from Frothingham Park with a 5-2 decision in eight innings. 
“It was a tie ballgame, senior at the plate, a kid who’s worked really hard in the offseason…I feel like he was pressing early on but he let the game come to him and put a good swing on it and sparked us,” said Franklin head coach Zach Brown. “Then Jake followed it up with the big blow.” 
Franklin was three outs from earning a win in regulation, but Oliver Ames rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. But instead of wilting, the Panthers responded — all with two outs."

Continue reading the game recap online

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin junior Scott Elliott hits an RBI double in the third inning against Oliver Ames. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin junior Scott Elliott hits an RBI double in the third inning against Oliver Ames. (Ryan Lanigan/

In the News: student debt oversight needed; Medway Community Farm

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

"As the Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in Massachusetts, the measure’s House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for why their chamber should follow suit. 
Sen. Eric Lesser, the sponsor of the bill (S 2380) that passed the Senate Wednesday, said it would create a student loan ombudsman in the attorney general’s office, require the state licensing of student loan servicers and empower state officials to investigate abusive practices by loan servicers. 
Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, said on the Senate floor that the bill would shine a light on an industry that now operates in the shadows, and that the country has reached “the boiling point” on student loan debt."

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"Though recent snow flurries might suggest otherwise, warmer weather is coming, and the Medway Community Farm is gearing up to offer educational and community programs throughout the spring and summer. 
The Winthrop Street-based farm, now entering its eighth season, looks to inform local residents about farming and healthy eating, in addition to its mission of growing crops. The farm offers shares, in which participants can pick up produce regularly over the course of the growing season. 
Alison Dempsey, the farm’s education coordinator, said major work is currently taking place, now that the snow has melted and more temperate days are on the way. At the same time, the farm is ramping up to begin its informational programming."

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FHS Ginley, McGrath, Downie, Miller, and Tasker recognized for HockomockSports Boys Hockey Awards

The 2018 HockomockSports Boys Hockey Awards were recently posted and the Franklin athletes recognized are shared here:

Owen Ginley and Jack McGrath were recognized on the First TeamOwen Ginley was recognized as Goalie of the YearLuke Downie was recognized on the Second TeamJeremy Miller was recognized on the Third TeamTom Tasker was recognized on the Underclassman Team.

Owen Ginley and Jack McGrath, Franklin were recognized on the First Team
Owen Ginley and Jack McGrath, Franklin were recognized on the First Team

Luke Downie – Franklin was recognized on the Second Team
Luke Downie – Franklin was recognized on the Second Team

Jeremy Miller – Franklin was recognized on the Third Team
Jeremy Miller – Franklin was recognized on the Third Team

Tom Tasker, Franklin was recognized on the Underclassman Team
Tom Tasker, Franklin was recognized on the Underclassman Team

Owen Ginley, Franklin was recognized as Goalie of the Year
Owen Ginley, Franklin was recognized as Goalie of the Year

For the full listing of boys hockey awards

Recycling event for FHS Softball - April 14

We are collecting bottles and cans as well as electronics at the recycling event scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM in the Horace Mann Middle School parking lot on Oak St. 

The event is a fund raising activity for the FHS softball team.

Recycling event for FHS Softball - Apr 14
Recycling event for FHS Softball - Apr 14

Additional details and pricing can be found in this flyer

"boomers leave a substantial imprint on the population"

From the US Census Bureau:
"In less than two decades, the graying of America will be inescapable: Older adults are projected to outnumber kids for the first time in U.S. history. 
Already, the middle-aged outnumber children, but the country will reach a new milestone in 2035. That year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that older adults will edge out children in population size: People age 65 and over are expected to number 78.0 million, while children under age 18 will number 76.4 million.
With this swelling number of older adults, the country could see greater demands for healthcare, in-home caregiving and assisted living facilities. It could also affect Social Security. We project three-and-a-half working-age adults for every older person eligible for Social Security in 2020. By 2060, that number is expected to fall to two-and-a-half working-age adults for every older person.

If the trends continue, the U.S. is fast heading towards a demographic first. It will become grayer than ever before as older adults outnumber kids."

Yes, I'll admit to being of the baby boomer generation. There is no denying that. The implications of this population change will affect Franklin over the next several years/decades. The Senior Center has been expanded while the school enrollment has fallen. What else will change? A good topic for discussion as the budget cycle begins.

Paint, Cut, Glue! Kids Collage Workshop - Grades 4-8

Lifelong Community Learning

Paint, Cut, Glue! Kids Collage Workshop Grades 4-8

Wednesdays, Beginning April 25
3:30 to 4:30 pm

Franklin High School
218 Oak Street, Franklin

Designed with beginners in mind! This 2-day kids collage class may be just what you are looking for! It is perfect for ages 8-13. Students will learn basic and experimental collage techniques and apply them to complete their project.     508-613-1480
FPS- Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

live reporting: Town Council - April 11, 2018

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Mercer, Kelly, Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls
Absent:  none

Agenda ItemSummary
A. Approval of Meeting Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - March 28, 2018
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

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

budget hearing meetings May 17-18 for Town Council
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 Coucnil 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 Transactions
G. License Transactions
H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions - Legislative  Update - Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jeffrey Roy, Senator Richard Ross

Senator Spilka not feeling well and wanting to reschedule a future meeting

Senator Ross on his way, was in a hearing before heading out to come here

Representative Roy - House released the budget today, will be pushing for an increase in Chap 70 aid; Senate will add their budget in May, and they'll come together in June

FHS students were at the State House lobbying for Tabacco21 to raise the age to 21; they took a leadership role, displayed a video they prepared, "for me to be their Representative to see them in action, it was a treat"

Chronicle episode features the Franklin Library (link to be added later); what better American story is their to share than that Horace Mann was self educated with the books donated by Ben. 

I am working with my collegues on our behalf all the time; $100,000 for SAFE Coalition; deaths reduced while overdose calls have continued, proud of these efforts

Senator Ross walked in to join the meeting

$50,000 for the Horace Mann statue and plaza

$1M for the SNETT trail work design for the tunnel

$275,000 grant for THE BLACK BOX

$25,000 for the Charles River Meadowlands to develop trails

continued list of grants received for area

11th year MA leads nation in education test scores

41% of the budget goes to Mass Health for health services

MBTA running weekend service via bus, as construction work is being done on the rails

Senator Ross, it is a joy to see you hear tonight

looked at the Mount Ida situation
working on the Ethics Committee, received an 81 page report

looking to request $90K to help with the Veterans Walkway at the Town Common

Bill to allow the capping at the transfer station and land transfer between State and Franklin

Dellorco - thank you, you always return our phone calls

Rep Roy highlights a point from the House Budget to the Franklin Town Council
Rep Roy highlights a point from the House Budget to the Franklin Town Council