Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Franklin Youth Baseball awards four scholarships

Franklin Youth Baseball was honored to present this year’s scholarships to four outstanding young men. Three FYBO scholarships ($750 each) were given to Joseph Clark, Tyler Langevin, and Jason Collins. The Bill Capen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) was awarded to Brendan Ryan. 

Congratulations and best of luck in the future.

Franklin Youth Baseball was honored to present this year’s scholarships
Franklin Youth Baseball was honored to present this year’s scholarships
Franklin Youth Baseball can be found online http://franklinyouthbaseball.com/

Attention Franklin Residents: the Town Clerks Office will be closed at 1 pm on June 13 and 14

The Town Clerk's Office will be closing this Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 at 1:00 PM.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Teresa M. Burr
Town Clerk

Welcome to the Franklin Town Clerk’s webpage
Welcome to the Franklin Town Clerk’s webpage

"hopefully a loss like this motivates us to work harder in the offseason"

Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter, provides the recap as the FHS girls lacrosse team can't get by Concord-Carlisle in the D1 East semi-final game.
"A year ago, Franklin beat Concord-Carlisle in the D1 East Final. This year the teams met a round earlier, in the semi-final, and not only were the stakes different, but the result was as well, as Concord-Carlisle pulled off a 14-10 win in a back and forth game that featured four ties and five lead changes. 
“They knocked us on our butts last year, they physically took it to us, but I think it was a learning experience for us, we really had something to prove today and I think we did an outstanding job,” said Concord-Carlisle coach Paul Morrison. 
Franklin started out the game strong, with two good goal opportunities early, but two great saves by Natalie Slade turned the Panthers away. They were eventually able to capitalize, with goals from Kelsey MacCallum and Katie Jones giving Franklin a 2-0 advantage early on. 
But, when C-C switched to Fallon Vaughn on the draw, the Patriots went on a huge run of draw controls, taking a 9-3 advantage in that category at the end of the first half. After MacCallum put Franklin up 3-1, Concord-Carlisle went on a four-goal run from 9:08 to 7:22 in the first half."
Continue reading the article online

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, June 12

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Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, June 12

Franklin and Bellingham
Rail Trail Committee

Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, June 12th, 7:30 PM

The FBRTC will meet Tuesday (today) at the YMCA in Franklin. We are always looking for fresh ideas and helping hands. The meeting is open to public.

For more information, visit our Facebook Page!

We hope you can join us.

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"The dynamic adds a unique layer of growing pains for marijuana"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"If you’re curious about the future of legal marijuana in Massachusetts, the liquor industry might offer some guidance. 
Like marijuana, the manufacturing, sale and transport of alcohol were once illegal. The 13-year period, known as Prohibition, ended in 1933, and there are similarities between the years that followed and what’s happening today with the rollout of adult-use marijuana, also known as recreational marijuana. 
“There are some really interesting parallels between the end of Prohibition and the legalization of marijuana,” said Stephanie Schorow, author of “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits.” 
Today, more than 74 Massachusetts municipalities have banned retail sales of adult-use marijuana, preventing retailers -- often referred to as “pot shops” -- from opening within city or town limits. The same thing happened after Prohibition, as cities and towns decided to remain “dry,” meaning alcohol sales were not allowed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage
MA Cannabis Control Commission webpage

Monday, June 11, 2018

FM #145 - Economic Development Subcommittee - June 6, 2018 (audio)

This internet radio show or podcast is number 145 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting that was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The meeting began at 5:45 PM in the 3rd Floor Training Room.

The primary discussion was around how to revise the zoning bylaw to improve opportunity for residents to obtain a permit and maintain some poultry. Part of the discussion was confusion around the competing regulations. The meeting was focused on the zoning bylaw which the Town Council governs. There are also regulations from the Health Department which are separate and which may also require some changes but are created and governed by the Board of Health.

The meeting itself runs about 58 minutes. I did take notes during the meeting but the conversation was so active, I did not tweet out for fear of missing something. The audio should be clear enough to understand. Bryan Taberner was recording the notes officially for the meeting so folks usually announced themselves as they spoke.

The conclusion of the meeting was to proceed with a revision to the current zoning bylaw. It will come before the Council, get referred to the Planning Board (for two public hearings and a decision) and then come back to the Town Council for a public hearing, two readings and a decision. The first appearance before the Council might be in September.

Without further ado, here is the audio recording.


Reference Links

Chapter 185, Attachment 2 is the section of the zoning bylaw discussion for poultry
A search of the Town Code for the applicable governance revealed the following:

The Board of Health regulations can be found in Chapter 193

If the above doesn’t work, try to search for Poultry on the Town Code page


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FHS Outdoor Track: both boys and girls 4x800 relays ran 4th at New England Meet


Girls 800 M Run
Meet record: * 2:05.86 2015 Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross, CT

'17 Champ: L 2:06.90 6/10/2017 Kristie Schoffield, Merrimck Val, NH

National:  1:59.51 2013 Mary Cain, Bronxville - NY

Name Year School Finals H#
1 Nikki Merrill JR Portsmouth RI 2:11.52 3

9 Julia Fenerty 11 Franklin MA 2:16.41 3

Girls 4x800 M Relay
Meet record: * 9:05.30 2014 La Salle Acad.-Prov., RI, La Salle - RI
C Falvey, S Wilbur, K Tavares, A DeCastro

'17 Champ: L 9:09.23 6/10/2017 Glastonbury, CT, Glastonbury, CT
K Hughes, A Braga, G Sparrow, E McGill

National:  8:43.12 2008 Roosevelt HS, Greenbelt, MD
D Lockhart, A Johnson, B Ogunomokun, T Stanley

School Finals H#
1 Greenwich CT 9:17.42 2
1) Kate Ragone 12 2) Hetty McMillan 12
3) Zoe Harris 10 4) Emily Philippides 12

4 Franklin MA 9:23.55 2
1) Julia Fenerty 11 2) Samantha Powderly 10
3) Katherine Hartnett 12 4) Nicole Clermont 12

Boys 4x800 M Relay
 Meet record: * 7:40.28  2010        Hamden, CT                                
                         N Saba, P Cyr, I Whiting, C FitzSimons            
   '17 Champ: L 7:46.97  6/10/2017   DANBURY, CT, DANBURY, CT                  
                         D Campbell, C Leone, M Going, T Cunningham        
    National:  7:28.75  2011        Poli, Long Beach-CA, Poli, Long Beach - CA
                         C Hall, C Penn, A Harris, M Andrews               
    School                                               Finals  H#
  1 East Greenwich - RI                                 7:46.37L  2 
     1) Colin Cianciolo SR              2) Cebastian Gentil SR            
     3) Jeffery Pedersen SR             4) Quentin Viera SR               
  4 Franklin MA                                         7:59.74   2 
     1) Dylan Kehoe 11                  2) Michael Hagen 11               
     3) Camden Harrington 10            4) Tyler Brogan 10   


Complete girls results can be found online

Complete boys results can be found online
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS Art 1 (video)

FHS student reflections on her experience with Art 1.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 12, 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. Recognition
b. Community Group Updates

  • SEPAC – Jennifer Hiscoe, Sara Mulcahey
  • FEF – Kit and Lisa Brady

c. Athletics Recap – Tom Angelo, FHS Athletic Director

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Collaborative Board Appointments

  • ACCEPT Collaborative - I recommend the appointment of Dr. Sara Ahern to the ACCEPT Collaborative Board for the 2018-19 school year.
  • BICO Collaborative - I recommend the appointment of Dr. Sara Ahern to the BICO Board for the 2018-19 school year.

b. Appoint of Assistant Superintendent of Schools
I recommend Dr. Ahern’s selected candidate to be appointed as Assistant Superintend
c. Attendance Area – The Westerly
I recommend that students residing at Woodview Way, at the Westerly Apartments be assigned to the Jefferson/Remington district within Franklin starting in 2018-2019.
d. Policy – First Readings
I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading as discussed:

  • JQA – Financial Assistance Policy
  • JQA-R – Financial Assistance Application & Procedures
  • EFD – Meal Charge Policy
  • EFD-R – Meal Charge Policy & Procedures
  • JFAA-R – School Admission/Residency

e. MASC Summer Institute
I recommend the approval of Denise Schultz’s attendance at the MASC Summer Institute in July, 2018.
f. Travel Expense Approval
I recommend that the Committee approve my acceptance of paid travel expenses for the purpose of attending the Study Tour and Educational Leadership Symposium in Helsinki, Finland and Berlin, Germany July 8 to July 16, 2018.

4. Discussion Only Items
a. SWAC (School Wellness Advisory Committee)

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations;
Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation)
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. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your May 22, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. FHS Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of 6 checks totaling $2,715.00 for FHS Scholarships as follows:

  • ASMS PCC $500.00 ASMS Alumni Scholarship
  • Carol Merchant $115.00 Circle of Friends/Best Buddies Scholarship
  • Attleboro Arts Museum $100.00 Sponsor Title Award/Scholarship
  • Franklin Food Pantry $500.00 Empty Bowls Club (2 - $250.00 Scholarships)
  • Friends of the Franklin Library $1,000.00 FHS Scholarship
  • John and Elizabeth Ombelets $500.00 Mock Trial Scholarship

c. Davis Thayer Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $744.18 from the DT PCC for Supplemental Supplies as detailed.
d. FHS Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2,406.33 at FHS as detailed:

  • Ahold $ 413.33 for supplemental supplies
  • Class of 1968 $1,993.00 for in-house enrichment

e. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $50.00 from a Parmenter parent for supplemental supplies at Parmenter as detailed.
f. Keller Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $520.04 for Keller Elementary School as detailed:

  • Keller PCC $250.00 Field trips
  • O’Connor Portrature $270.04 In-house enrichment

g. J.F. Kennedy Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $2,293.64 for JF Kennedy Elementary School as detailed:

  • JFK PCC $ 262.50 Field trips
  • JFK PCC $2,031.14 Supplies

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

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

11. Executive Session
a. Negotiations with Non-Union Personnel

12. Adjournment

The documents for this agenda as released in advance of the meeting can be found

Franklin Education Foundation

Special Education Parents Advisory Council

Town Council Recap - June 6, 2018

The recap of the Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 is as follows:

  • Special recognition for James Pentikis, a student at FHS, for his work helping to prepare the FY 2019 budget documents.
  • The annual committee and board appointments for the new fiscal year was approved after an amendment to remove the appoint of the ZBA member. A new assessment of candidates for this position will be taken before bringing the appointment back to the Council.
  • The 4th of July Committee provided an update on the schedule for the coming event. It will be bigger and better than last year as the committee has had additional time to plan. Fireworks will return this year. The police and fire departments are still working out details for crowd control as the launching site will be one of the new softball fields at FHS. A mailer is about to be sent to all residents with info on the schedule and a request for donations.  https://www.franklin4th.com/
  • A long listing of legislation was approved, some for final approval and some for referral to the Planning Board. The complete listing can be found in the notes and Actions Taken document below.
  • The final approvals for the remaining free cash allocations will be on the next agenda. Approx. $500,000 remains after the snow/ice shortfall was covered. This remaining money would likely be used for other items on the Capital budget not funded in the first round earlier this year.
  • The proposal to address the parking problem caused by the Dean College students is also supposed to be on the scheduled for the next meeting.

The official Actions Taken document can be found here

My notes reported live from the meeting can be found here

Special recognition for James Pentikis by Councilor Padula
Special recognition for James Pentikis by Councilor Padula

FHS baseball moves on in Super 8; boys lacrosse finishes season

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Boys Lacrosse = D1 South = #4 Franklin, 7 vs. #5 Xaverian, 10 – Final
– Franklin and Xaverian were tied 6-6 after three quarters but the Hawks used a 4-0 surge in the final frame to pull away from the Panthers. Eric Civetti and Matt Lazzaro each scored a pair of goals for Franklin while Chase Tanner, Jake Davis, and Nitin Chaudhury each found the back of the net once. Connor O’Rourke made 10 saves in net.

Baseball = Super 8 = #7 Franklin, 7 vs. #3 St. John’s Prep, 6 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap:
"Franklin has come into the Super 8 with a chip on its shoulder. The last team selected for the elite tournament field, the Panthers are not out to prove that they belong but that they should be one of the teams to beat. 
After knocking off second seed Wachusett in the opening round, Franklin squared off with perennial power St. John’s Prep, the third seed, at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium. It came down to the last out, as these games so often do, but after Jake Noviello induced a weak grounder to second, the Panthers walked away with a 7-6 victory and a spot in the semifinal. 
“We were the last team into this tournament, so we’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown about playing the underdog in the Super 8. 
Bryan Woelfel closed out the win against the Mountaineers just three days earlier, but he was given the ball to start against Prep and it looked as though his start was going to be a short one after the Eagles plated three runs in the third to take the lead for the first time."
Continue reading the recap online

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

For other results around the Hockomock League

Alex Haba (1) and JB Floris (12) celebrate Scott Elliot’s eighth inning triple that drove in three runs, including the eventual game-winner. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
Alex Haba (1) and JB Floris (12) celebrate Scott Elliot’s eighth inning triple that drove in three runs, including the eventual game-winner. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Bon Voyage concert for Electric Youth - June 16

Electric Youth (EY) 2018 returns to THE BLACK BOX on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., offering family entertainment with music for all ages. Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, Electric Youth delivers high-energy music, featuring pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits. 

The event is a Bon Voyage concert for Electric Youth, coming just days before the ensemble departs on June 21 for a 25-day concert tour of Austria and Italy, including a 4th of July performance at Aviano Air Force Base. 

The EY show at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Elvis, J. Geils, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Who, Guns N’ Roses and more. 

The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. 

Tickets are $26. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Bon Voyage concert for Electric Youth - June 16
Bon Voyage concert for Electric Youth - June 16

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14, 7:00 PM

It's June and time for Franklin.TV's Annual Open Board Meeting.

Every year we hold a public meeting to reaffirm one or more of our board members or accept and elect nominations for new board members. We will also review our progress to date and discuss plans for the future. We and the town of Franklin are currently negotiating with Verizon to renew their contract. If you have questions or issues regarding Verizon, this is an opportunity to provide your feedback to the cable provider. We are asking Verizon to convert our local channels to High Definition TV and list our programs in their Program Guide.

This year our meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14 - Flag Day.

Come to our studios, 23 Hutchinson St. for our meeting, some good food and refreshments. We mingle at 6:30 PM and our formal meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Please RSVP if you can attend. Bring a spouse or friend(s). Look forward to seeing you next week.

Pete Fasciano,
Executive Director, Franklin.TV and wfpr.fm

Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14th, 7:00 PM
Franklin.TV Annual Open Board - June 14th, 7:00 PM

Great turnout for the Strawberry Stroll (photo essay)

Friday night was the largest crowd I have ever seen for a downtown event. The weather threatened and held off to provide opportunity for lots of families to make the walk to and around downtown.

I stopped at the Historical Museum first. Heard there was a waiting line to get in when it opened at 4. The bridal gowns are on display through August so if you haven't yet been, go.

entrance to display of bridal gowns
entrance to display of bridal gowns
Pick up one of the booklets shown on the table near the cake and bouquet, it will walk you around the display to tell you about the gowns.

several of the bridal gowns on display
several of the bridal gowns on display
From the Museum, I went to Main St and even at 5:00 it as full of folks

at Dean St, looking to the triangle
at Dean St, looking to the triangle

at Dean St, looking to the Library
at Dean St, looking to the Library
A collaboration between Rockland Trust and Berry Insurance enables a craft activity for kids to create kindness rocks.

craft activity for kids to create kindness rocks
craft activity for kids to create kindness rocks

collaboration between Rockland Trust and Berry Insurance
collaboration between Rockland Trust and Berry Insurance

The application for the Cultural District has been formally submitted to the State. A whole lot of work has been accomplished to this point setting Franklin up for good times!

Philip Regan of the Cultural District Committee was at their booth to provide info
Philip Regan of the Cultural District Committee was at their booth to provide info
More about the Cultural District Committee can be found on the Town webpage

Franklin Town Clerk booth at the Strawberry Stroll
Franklin Town Clerk booth at the Strawberry Stroll
The Town Clerk's office had a table to enable voter registration and talk about the new voter kiosk that will replace the books at the precinct tables when we vote in the state election (primary - Sep 4, election Nov 6, 2018). More info on the voting process will be shared as the election approaches. 

The schedule move to Friday night certainly helped to make the Strawberry Stroll a great success. Thanks to the Franklin Downtown Partnership and everyone else who helped create a great night for Franklin.

For more about the Partnership visit their page  http://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/

Playoff double header today for FHS, baseball at 10 (away); lacrosse at 3 (home)

Normally a double header is two games of the same kind but today's FHS schedule offers a baseball playoff game in Brockton and then a home lacrosse playoff game.

Baseball = Super 8
#7 Franklin vs. #3 St. John’s Prep, 10:00 AM (@ Campanelli Stadium)

Boys Lacrosse = D1 South
#4 Franklin vs. #5 Xaverian, 3:00 PM

Info on Campanelli Stadium

For other Hockomock info on Saturday's schedule

From the Twitterverse

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers