Thursday, April 19, 2018

Franklin Downtown Partnership Networking Breakfast - Friday at Dean College - 8 AM

Franklin Downtown Partnership 
9 E. Central Street, Franklin, MA  02038
(774) 571-3109

Networking Breakfast this Friday, April 20

Join us any time between 8 AM and 9 AM at the Dean College Dining Center for a delicious breakfast and conversation with fellow FDP members. Breakfast costs only $5.61 - you can't afford not to come!

Franklin Downtown Partnership | | 774-571-3109 |
Franklin Downtown Partnership, 9 E. Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

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65 Years of Franklin Little League on Display at Franklin Historical Museum

In 1953, with much enthusiasm and excitement Little League came to Franklin. Through a series of photographs, newspaper articles, team rosters and research, an exhibit on display in April brings that first year back to life. 
Four teams sponsored by the VFW, the Jaycees, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, with names like Luccini, Lola, DeBaggis, Nasuti, Bassignani, Rossetti, Padula, Bertone, Mucciarone, Yadisernia, Taddeo Carlucci, Costello, D’Amelio, Fricker, Sullivan and more, the boys of summer were organized and played their first season on the new diamond at Fletcher’s Field. 
The exhibit opens April 12th and runs through opening day of this year’s Little League Season, Saturday April 21st. The museum will stay open after the Opening Day Parade for players and families to stop in and have a look back at where it all started.

a sunny day on the large baseball diamond at Fletcher Field
a sunny day on the large baseball diamond at Fletcher Field

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street is handicap accessible and is open
  • Saturdays 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
  • Sundays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday evenings 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Noviello pitches complete game for FHS baseball to win at Walpole 1-0

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Baseball = Franklin, 1 @ Walpole, 0 – Final
– Franklin senior Jake Noviello dazzled in a complete game effort, helping the Panthers pick up a 1-0 win. Noviello blanked the Rebels through seven innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six. Franklin’s lone run came off the bat of James Leofanti, scoring classmate Steve Luttazi (2-for-3) on a sacrifice fly. Jake Macchi and Jack Nally also had two hits for the Panthers.

Softball = Franklin, 1 @ Taunton, 14 – Final (5 inn.)
– The Tigers scored in four of the five innings of play in a big win over visiting Franklin. Jaime Brown (three runs), Liana Duarte (three RBI), Mackenzie Handrahan (two RBI) and Kelsey White (two runs) each recorded two hits for Taunton while Payton Ceglarski chipped in with a pinch-hit two-run home run and Rylie Murphy had a pinch-hit two-run single. Jaylin Couto struck out three with four hits allowed in four innings of work. Alexis White recorded three strikeouts in one inning of relief. Ally Shea went 2-for-3 for the Panthers. Kylie Bouzan knocked in courtesy runner Maggie Hobby in the fourth inning for Franklin’s run.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Via the Twitterverse

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Reminder: 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1

To help the nearly 1,000 individuals seeking food assistance from the Franklin Food Pantry, the Pantry is again partnering with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club in the 3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on May 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Franklin High School.

The dinner event, which features a simple meal of soup and bread served “soup-kitchen” style, will set the stage for community members to learn more about the true effects of hunger. Featured speaker Erin Lynch, Pantry executive director, will present “Hunger in Franklin,” highlighting the impact of hunger on struggling local families. Lynch’s talk will be at 6:45 p.m., but the open house format welcomes attendees any time between 6 – 8 p.m.

The event serves as a reminder of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger. The awareness and fundraising event is family-friendly and caters to all ages. “We want attendees to understand the devastating effects that hunger can have,” says Lynch. “It is a very real problem for many in our own backyard. By working together as a community to fight hunger, we can better the lives of our neighbors in need. If you have enough to eat, you can focus on helping your kids with their homework; you have more energy to look for a job; your kids do better in school.”
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1
3rd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - May 1

Lynch said she is grateful for the partnership with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club. Students have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year, and have hosted bowl-making events open to the community. The hand-painted, ceramic bowls are given to attendees to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.”

“Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and advisor for the Empty Bowls Club. “In addition to making ceramic bowls throughout the year, students volunteer the night of the event. It is a heartwarming experience to see these impressive young people so engaged with our community in such a worthwhile cause.”

The event includes a silent auction featuring more elaborate pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and community members. In addition, kids of all ages will have an opportunity to make a bowl to take home with them. Donations made via the Giving Wall will be used to purchase food for neighbors in need. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased online at

Seating is limited to 350 guests so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on advance ticket sales, tickets may be available at the door. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. For more information on the dinner, visit or call 508-528-3115.

About the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club
Franklin High School is participating in an international charity project called Empty Bowls, which supports hungry people in local communities. The objective of the Empty Bowls Club is to teach students of all ages that they can make a difference in their local community. Club members, along with FHS faculty, district K-12 art teachers, and the Franklin community, make ceramic bowls throughout the year. Then, the Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry work together to co-host a community meal of soup and bread. All funds raised at this event are donated to the Franklin Food Pantry. The Empty Bowls Club has been sponsored by the Franklin Cultural Council.

About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to nearly 1,000 individuals. Clients have access to bread and fresh produce daily during Pantry hours. As a nonprofit organization, the Pantry depends entirely on donations, and receives no town or state funding. Other programs include a Mobile Pantry, Cooking Matters classes, a Healthy Futures Market, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds schedules Franklin office hours - May 24

Norfolk County Register of Deeds 
Franklin Office Hours

Thursday, May 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Council Chamber
355 East Central Street

The Register and members of his staff will be available to help answer questions or concerns about any Registry of Deeds matter.

Information will be available concerning the Massachusetts Homestead Act. Internet ready computer terminals will be on hand to print a Registry recorded deed, confirm the status of a mortgage discharge or check on any other recordings.

No appointment is needed.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds Franklin Office Hours - May 24
Norfolk County Register of Deeds Franklin Office Hours - May 24
This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage

Franklin Public Library: Mr Vinny's Puppet Show - Sign Language

Two programs are scheduled for the Franklin Library today. Mr Vinny's Puppet Show at 10:30 AM and Sign Language at 1:00 PM

Franklin Public Library: Mr Vinny's Puppet Show
Franklin Public Library: Mr Vinny's Puppet Show

Franklin Public Library: Sign Language
Franklin Public Library: Sign Language
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race

5K Run/Walk - 5 mile run - 1.5 mile walk

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Remington Middle School 
628 Washington Street Franklin, MA

USA Track and Field Sanctioned Event

Run or Walk-5k or Run 5 mile Courses through residential neighborhoods on paved roads. 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods. Help support our effort to develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) into a multi-use path for Franklin and Bellingham. Post race refreshments. Prizes awarded by category. T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Participation Medals & raffle prizes and DJ at the site for your enjoyment.

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5
8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5

Event details and schedule
T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Prizes awarded by category. Post race refreshments. Race timing by Spitler Race Systems.

  • Registration: 8:30 – 9:45 AM
  • Start Time: 10 AM
  • Start / Finish: 628 Washington St. Franklin, MA (Remington School)
  • Run – 5K and 5 mile course through residential neighborhoods
  • 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods
  • Entry Fee: 
    • $30 prior to race day; $35 day of the race 
    • $15 Students prior to race day;  $20 day of race for Students

Link to the Rail Trail Committee website with registration info:

Link directly to registration page:

Link to Facebook event:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Live reporting: Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #2 - 4/18/18

Present: Dufour, Dowd, Conley, Huempfner, Weich, Fleming, Moses, Smith, Dewsnap 

Absent:  none

Fiscal 2019 budget document (160+ pages of good reading)

Budget Hearing #1 can be found here

1.    Call to Order
2.    Public Comments
3.    Approval of Minutes

4.    FY2019 Budget Presentations:


Culture and Recreation
Culture and Recreation
Town Clerk
General Government
General Government
Public Safety
Public Safety
Public Safety

motion to approve the minutes for hearing #1, seconded passed 9-0

Recreation, Ryan Jette
budget basically straight forward as it is self supporting with fee revenue

new programs - strength and conditioning for MS
pickle ball, dodge ball
baseball training with batting cages
street hockey program will be indoor Thursday due to the rain

approx 5800 registered for a program last year, should see a slight increase this year

building getting a lot of use, meetings, CPR training 

Library, Felicia Oti
up 63,000 (still short 99K+ short of required amount by State, will have to file for waiver)
8 weekly regularly scheduled programs, getting ready for kindergarten; tweens and teens, looking to add a science program, and weekend program

the building is wonderful, power outlets and wifi throughout the building

Q - formula established by State?
A - average of last three years and then increased by 2.5%
we should be about 1M to meet the requirement; trying to walk our way up to 110%

windows on the 3rd floor on the Dean side need to be replaced/repaired

waiting for the new gate to get put in so the building can be used after hours

Town Clerk, Elections - Teresa Burr
state primary and state election later this year, other than that no real changes
dog resitrations were due Apr 1

DPW just went live with all their fees a couple of weeks ago
other permitting agencies likely later this summer

Police - Chief out of town, deputy got called away
move item to next Tuesday schedule

Dispatch - building under construction, should be open for 6 months during the FY 2019 year; dispatchers here will move their
47% of the operations is our share of the regional operation

walk in service after hours at the Fire Dept in future will be served via remote camera from the MEC

walk in at Police Station needs to be worked out how to keep someone there

approx 23 dispatchers across the four communities, we have about 16-18 positions available which is why we are consolidating

Jamie Hellen - 
DEP announced a DPW water grant for $80K
will save from operations, and get credit for green community work as well

open space is only for Land purchase, property acquisition is mostly for property maintenance; helps to cover some of the HVAC or other systems that might be needed in a rush

free cash is approx $500K after covering the snow/ice overage
will wait until June to put it towards roads

when the apartments go to Dean Ave, a 'gift' of $700K will come to the town for the road and sidewalks as part of the development

May 16-17 for Town Council budget hearings
next Tuesday, Schools Police and Tech at 6:00 PM 3rd floor training room

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29

Please join us for a Chili and Chowder Challenge to support the Relay For Life of Western Norfolk County at the Medway VFW post 1526 on April 29 from Noon - 4 PM. 

Some of the best restaurants and fire departments around will be presenting their version of chili and chowder for you to enjoy and vote on. There will be a DJ, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Free Ice Cream and more Chili and Chowder than you can eat. 

Tickets are on sale now and are $10.00 with advanced purchase or $20.00 at the door. 

Contact Bill if you would like a ticket, have any questions or would like to help support the Challenge, donations are gladly accepted. 

Bill 508-254-9008 or

Please take a moment to support these local business and fire departments that will be at the Challenge this year. (in no particular order)

  • PJ's Bar and Grill
  • PJ's Smoke "N" Grill
  • Union Street Grill
  • Uptown Pub
  • Restaurant 45
  • Jandl Catering
  • Carnivores All American BBQ
  • Dirty Steve's Famous Wing Sauce!
  • Napper Tandy's Millis
  • Teddy Gallagher's
  • T.C. Scoops
  • Medfield Fire Department
  • Medway Firefighters Local 4602
  • Hose Heads Chili Team
  • Westwood Fire
  • Norwood Firefighters Local 1631
  • Norfolk Fire - MA
  • Needham Firefighters - Local 1706
  • Wrentham Fire Department

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29
Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29

Franklin 2018 Boston Marathon Results

A search of the BAA Marathon Results for Franklin residents returns the following two screen shots. Congratulations to all who persevered in the weather on Monday.

You can use this link to find additional results or more information about the race:

Franklin 2018 Boston Marathon Results - page 1
Franklin residents 2018 Boston Marathon Results - page 1

Franklin 2018 Boston Marathon Results - page 2
Franklin residents 2018 Boston Marathon Results - page 2

FHS girls lacrosse fall to Medfield 7-5

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Girls Lacrosse = Medfield, 7 @ Franklin, 6 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile and Storytime Fiesta

Two programs are scheduled for the Franklin Library today. Whalemobile at 10:30 AM and Storytime Fiesta at 1:00 PM

Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile
Franklin Public Library: Whalemobile

Franklin Public Library: Storytime Fiesta
Franklin Public Library: Storytime Fiesta
This was shared from the Franklin Library page

“We are pleased to promote our values in the communities we serve”

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

"Direct Federal Credit Union is offering a $3,000 scholarship for a 2018 graduate of Franklin High School, with an application deadline of April 30. 
Scholarship recipients will be selected based on personal essays that demonstrate the use of one of Direct Federal’s values in their everyday lives: Drive, integrity, resilience, engagement, competence and teamwork. 
“We are proud to offer $3,000 to a graduate of Franklin High School. Over the last couple of years we have received many great applications and we encourage all students at Franklin High School to apply this year,” said David Walsh, director of community relations at Direct Federal Credit Union. “We are pleased to promote our values in the communities we serve.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Live reporting: Finance Committee - Budget Hearing #1 - 4/17/18

Present: Dufour, Dowd, Conley, Huempfner, Weich, Fleming, Moses, Smith, Dewsnap 
Absent:  none

Fiscal 2019 budget document (160+ pages of good reading)

1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

4. FY 2019 Budget Presentations:
overview provided by Jeff Nutting
See the budget doc for the details
proposing to use the budget stabilization account this year, without making dramatic changes;
Board of Health and Inspection being merged, using an outsourced contractor to do the inspections
with almost $2M in the bank, you don't go ask citizens for more money
you can't just have a one year fix, that is not sustainable



Human Services
Council on Aging
Human Services



Public Safety
Human Services
General Government
General Government
General Government
General Government
General Government
Human Resources
General Government
General Government

Veterans - Dale hired via arrangement with County although working here in Franklin
got some clients to get employed and as they did, they dropped off the roll
VA benefits get reimbursed at 75% rate

Veterans walkway, funding by selling bricks through VFW
walkway along the common near the war memorial end

Council on Aging -Karen Alves
$200K funded by Town but grants and other funding sources also provide the services for the seniors
asking for 7 hours for health services nurse
housing, fuel assistance and social needs are the three top drivers
dozens of homeless folks over the last several years

Open House Saturday - Apr 21 from 10 to 1:00 PM

Inspections - Gus Browm
will combine Planning, Health and Building to actually provide better service

Fire Dept - Capt Gary McCarragher
new deputy coming later this year
increased call volume by 9.5%, first Q another 5%
more calls through 3/4 than we did 5 years ago
hence a lot of pressure on the system, back to back to calls
mutual aid then needs to help, which drives up the average response times
we need an additional level of supervision to help provide support
we were dealing with a meth lab, a medical emergency and another call
training when there are no calls, it can be handled, with our call volume it gets challenging
vehicle maintenance is increasing, may need another vehicle to reduce that

14 employees with less than 5 years experience, another 5 to be replaced soon

5 hours out of 24 he can't respond due to the system is already busy

minimum staffing now at 9 when we should be at ten
working on wellness program to help avoid injuries and injury rates
60% of retirees retire on a line of duty injury; not good

did request an additional 8 firefighter/EMTs to help with response times, injury avoidance and reduce the mutual aid calls

would take an override to provide the support and sustain it

Board of Health, budget down $19K due to staff reduction (re-alignment mentioned above)

typo page 85 of the budget doc the Administration and FinCom are using

Planning and Community Development, Bryan Taberner
minor corrections being applied to the numbers

due to toner replacement plan, some adjustments are being made to dept budgets to reflect the changes

Assessors, Kevin Doyle
no real changes, COLA increase and nothing more
incorporated update to the mapping for 911 system

Treasurer/Collector, Chris Saldini
anticipate hiring a deputy collector later this year, to keep succession plan going

Controller, now a Finance Director (no longer a Controller)

personnel replacing Stephanie, added money for physicals for new hires
schools do their own hiring and physicals (on their budget)

Facilities, D'Angelo - can't be here tonight but can come next week
new bid of contract for electricity now 10 was 7 cents

preventive maintenance software implemented

90% of our electricity comes from solar, most of the schools are or will be LED liaghting
couldn't get to 20% reduction from baseline, could only get to 19.5% as we were already efficient

approx 1700 lights in town, will do in chunks of 100-200 at a time
awaiting NationalGrid to reconcile the data to put the final plan in place

DPW - wage increase due to collective bargaining
snow and ice increase planned, award from State on water system
last year was the first year in over 20 with an increase in personnel (2)
within months of updating the pavement management plan (likely June)
likely a presentation to Council when ready
without March the snow/ice budget would have been good, up about 200K over budget

Street Lights
Public Works
Public Works
Norfolk Aggie
Employee Benefits
General Government
Liability Insurance
General Government
Debt Service
General Government
Town Council
General Government
Town Administrator
General Government
Finance Committee
General Government
General Government
Central Services
General Government
Animal Control
Public Safety
Historical Commission
Culture and Recreation
Memorial Day
Culture and Recreation
Cultural Council
Culture and Recreation

Enterprise accounts (Water/Sewer, Trash)
rate increases coming, Charles River assessment increasing and primary driver

bond authorization likely coming in May for wells 3/6 approx 17M expense for the repairs required

water meter replacement is more about equity for everyone, could have an individual variance but globally it should not be material

$4 increase in trash budget

Tri-County - assessment
based upon student enrollment, with October's enrollment
will be looking for an increase sometime to help repairs for the roof, HVAC, etc.
did go to MA School Building but did not get approved

Employee Benefits - 
pension up 8-9% to catch up on funding schedule
health costs only a 4.5% increase, helps a lot this year
Insurance Health Advisory committee gets all the credit on keeping the reductions to the minimum
town active, all town and school retirees are covered by this Town line item; school cover their active employees with their budget

68/32 split for supplemental insurance
45 cities/towns in GIC (of the 351 in MA)

Debt Schedule
high school doesn't affect the general fund as it is debt excluded
library debt to increase next year but others come off, so we'll have some debt capacity

Town Council
mostly MMA dues and some professional development

Town Administrator, increase only due to wage adjustments

FinCom, mostly advertising, budget books, etc.($1500) $0 on one page (an error to be fixed)

Legal budget
also includes money for labor attorney, arbitration, etc.
all collective bargaining expires at end of this fiscal year

Central Services
postage, copiers, toner, etc.

Animal Control
long standing agreement with Bellingham for this splitting coverage

Historical Commissin
hoping for part-time staff at some point for technical storage help

Memorial Day
mostly for the flags

Cutural Council
ArtWeek coming up this month, easy and small increase with great potential returns

what are the next big projects?
recycling center will be an item once the state land transfer takes place
will need to file a capping plan; est $3M (swag)

police station, addition and renovation sometime
dispatchers will have left

water is the biggest one (paid for by the water rates)
sewer - Beaver St intercepter the big one

eventually roofs will need to be replaced
maybe an opportunity to buy some land

you can borrow money for roads but you're really just chasing your tail with interst esxpense

motion to adjourn