Monday, October 15, 2018

FHS boys cross country take 2nd, girls 6th at Bay State Invitational

The FHS boys cross country team finished 2nd and the girls 6th at the Bay State Invitational run at Northfield Mountain on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Place Name Grade School T Time Scoring Pl
5  Tyler Brogan 11 Franklin 16:43.8 5
6  Michael Hagen 12 Franklin 16:46.0 6
8  Nicholas Calitri 10 Franklin 16:55.9 8
29  Camden Harrington 11 Franklin 17:46.3 25
36  Dylan Kehoe 12 Franklin 17:59.2 32
51  Mitchell Regan 12 Franklin 18:16.4 44
90  Daniel Barrow 12 Franklin 18:49.8 83
106  Matthew Shumway 12 Franklin 19:13.1 99
127  Declan Walmsley 10 Franklin 19:29.8 119
134  Cooper Ross 12 Franklin 19:35.5 126
184  Nicholas Zaffino 12 Franklin 20:57.3

                                  Team Scores                                    
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9 
   1 Wellesley                    46    1    3    9   16   17   20                
      Total Time:  1:25:07.61                                                     
         Average:    17:01.53                                                     
   2 Franklin                     76    5    6    8   25   32   44   83   99  119 
      Total Time:  1:26:11.24                                                     
         Average:    17:14.25                                                     
   3 Wakefield                   132   11   12   22   36   51   55   79  145  148 
      Total Time:  1:28:20.12                                                     
         Average:    17:40.03                                                     
   4 St. Johns Shrewbury         144   15   21   24   38   46   52   53   78   84 
      Total Time:  1:29:03.26                                                     
         Average:    17:48.66                                                     
   5 Pentucket                   162    7   26   30   41   58   63   73   77  135 
      Total Time:  1:29:06.90                                                     
         Average:    17:49.38        

Place Name Grade School T Time Scoring Pl
41  Julia Fenerty 12 Franklin 22:55.2 34
42  Katrina Walbert 12 Franklin 22:55.3 35
44  Sydney Hawkins 10 Franklin 22:55.9 37
53  Sarah Giuliano  11 Franklin 23:03.0 45
58  Julia DiGiacomo 12 Franklin 23:14.4 49
60  Brandi Osborne 12 Franklin 23:16.7 51
66  Liliana Duffy 9 Franklin 23:34.3 55
73  Caitlyn Casey 9 Franklin 23:51.4 62
78  Mary Viera 12 Franklin 24:11.9 67
80  Stephanie Malachowski 12 Franklin 24:15.5 69
82  Maura Bruns 12 Franklin 24:21.8
89  Erin Barry 12 Franklin 24:50.6

                                   Team Scores                                    
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9 
   1 Wellesley                    43    1    3    5   15   19   20   22   31      
      Total Time:  1:42:23.71                                                     
         Average:    20:28.75                                                     
   2 Billerica                    44    4    7    9   11   13   14   28   39   65 
      Total Time:  1:43:01.09                                                     
         Average:    20:36.22                                                     
   3 Marshfield                  111    6    8   24   27   46   50   64           
      Total Time:  1:48:05.65                                                     
         Average:    21:37.13                                                     
   4 Hingham                     113    2   10   29   32   40   56   57   60   61 
      Total Time:  1:48:43.10                                                     
         Average:    21:44.62                                                     
   5 Lunenburg                   191   17   30   41   44   59                     
      Total Time:  1:53:43.16                                                     
         Average:    22:44.64                                                     
   6 Franklin                    200   34   35   37   45   49   51   55   62   67 
      Total Time:  1:55:03.81                                                     
         Average:    23:00.77                                                     

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Register O'Donnell Delivers 3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Activity Report

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Delivers 3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Activity Report

Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted that there were mixed results when it came to the Norfolk County housing market for the recently concluded third quarter.

O'Donnell noted, "The total number of real estate sales in Norfolk County during July through September for both residential and commercial property was 5,157, which was only a 1% increase from the previous year. This sluggishness stems from a continued lack of inventory to meet the needs of the market. It has been a problem now for a considerable period of time and has caused hardship for those looking to buy properties, especially for first-time homeowners."

Also, the Register mentioned that the total dollar real estate sales volume, again for both residential and commercial real estate, increased by a significant 15% to $2.5 billion. Additionally, the average property sale price for the quarter was $728,692, an 11% increase year over year.

Mortgage activity declined in the 3rd quarter. There were 6,621 mortgages recorded compared to 7,300 during the same time period in 2017. Additionally, total mortgage borrowing fell by 65% to $2.7 billion. However, this number was dramatically skewed by a $1.6 billion mortgage taken out against a commercial property in Weymouth during the 3rd quarter 2017. Another key factor in the reduction of mortgage borrowing, noted Register O'Donnell, were the small but noticeable hikes in interest rates.

On the consumer front, there was a 1% increase in the number of Homesteads recorded during the 3rd quarter. A total of 3,572 Homesteads were recorded compared to 3,543 year over year. The Register stated, "A Homestead 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 important consumer protection tool."

Foreclosure activity was mixed during the 3rd quarter. The total number of foreclosure deeds recorded was 63, a small 3% increase year over year. The numbers were more sobering with Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings, the first step in the foreclosure process. There were 127 Notice to Foreclose Mortgages recorded during the quarter, a 24.5% increase year over year.

O'Donnell noted, "I continue to be concerned with the number of foreclosure filings. The Registry of Deeds continues to work 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."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "Ongoing issues with available inventory are causing prospective buyers to pay increased amounts for real estate. These prices are having an adverse impact on first-time home buyers who are trying to purchase property at an affordable cost. Furthermore, the recent increases in interest rates by the Fed may cause consumers to think twice before borrowing and going further in debt."

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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 Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at

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

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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Register O'Donnell Delivers 3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Activity Report
Register O'Donnell Delivers 3rd Quarter 2018 Real Estate Activity Report

"it’s another tool in the toolbox for our department to have”

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

"A new face will soon be a prominent part of the Franklin and Medway police departments. 
The towns were recently awarded a joint grant with Framingham-based Advocates Inc. to hire a clinical social worker to assist with cases involving people in mental health crises. The initial grant is valued at about $300,000 and is for three years, according to the Franklin town website. Renewals are possible afterward. 
Medway Police Chief Allen Tingley said the clinician will work in Medway on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while occupying the Franklin station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays."
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This was announced by Franklin Police and shared here in August

Franklin also agreed to share a resource office with Tri-County Regional VT with the agreement reached with Town Council approval last week.

"it’s another tool in the toolbox for our department to have”
"it’s another tool in the toolbox for our department to have”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

LiveArts: Benefit Concert on October 21 - performance by The Buswell Ensemble

LiveArts: Benefit Concert on October 21
Join us for the first concert
of our current season!

Music of Mozart
Sunday, October 21, 2018
3:00 p.m.
LiveARTS begins its 16th season with a Benefit Concert. We are honored to have four amazing musicians participating in an all-Mozart program in the first concert of our new season. Internationally acclaimed musicians James Buswell, violin, and Victor Rosenbaum, piano, will lead an ensemble that includes violinist Amy Galluzzo and cellist Carol Ou. All four musicians have strong ties, past and current, to the New England Conservatory of Music and are known for their strong interests in teaching music to students everywhere. All four of these artists have donated their performances free of charge to LiveARTS and its audience, because they all believe in bringing great music directly to where interested people live. Experiencing live classical music does not need to involve a long trip and expensive parking in Boston. It's available right here!

The Benefit Concert will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Church in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street. 

At 2:30, Ann Sears, Professor of Music at Wheaton College, will provide a pre-concert talk about the music to be performed in the concert. There will be a silent auction of a variety of items. Audience members can bid on gift certificates from several stores and shops in the area, a selection of fine wines, and piano tunings by our liveARTS piano technician. Doors open at 2:15. The building is completely accessible for all.

Recently, Donald Krishnaswami, Artistic Director of LiveARTS, was interviewed on Franklin's local cable television station. To hear more about this concert, and to learn about the upcoming season, use this link to see the interview:

Since this is a benefit concert for LiveARTS, ticket prices are $40 and $30 for seniors. As always, students 18 and under are by donation. Tickets are available at the door or online at For more information, call 774-571-5798.
Violinist James Buswell
Violinist James Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with major orchestras around the world. His regular professional activities include solo and chamber music recitals, conducting, teaching, lecturing and writing. In recital, he is known for regularly combining standard masterpieces with works of newer music, of which he is a champion. 
Victor Rosenbaum, piano
Victor Rosenbaum, piano, delighted a LiveARTS audience in our past season with an all-Beethoven solo piano recital. He is back this year, bringing musical acquaintances with him. Mr. Rosenbaum was chair of the piano department at New England Conservatory for more than 10 years. He is currently Music Director of the Music for Peace concert series in Massachusetts.
Violinist Amy Galluzzo
Violinist Amy Galluzzo has an active career both as a chamber musician and soloist. Ms. Galluzzo has performed at several prestigious summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. She maintains a private violin studio in Boston and has been involved with the Bennington Chamber Music Conference since 2015.
Carol Ou, cellist
Carol Ou, cellist, is a versatile artist, known for her ease with the diverse musical styles of the last five centuries. She is a recording artist, and has premiered several new compositions written especially for her. Since 2007, Ms. Ou has been Music Director of the Heifetz International Summer Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and Staunton, Virginia.
We look forward to seeing you at our first concert of the season.

LiveARTS is an autonomous, nonprofit, nonsectarian affiliate
of the First Universalist Society in Franklin.
Tax-deductible contributions go
directly and exclusively to LiveARTS.

Support the ARTS!

Support LiveARTS!

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283 Prospect Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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2018 Friends of the Poor Walk successfully funds St Mary's St. Vincent de Paul

St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who was involved in the 2018 SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk. This year we were thrilled to see more than 110 parishioners and community members participate in the walk. 

It was wonderful to see the Ursuline soccer team and many members of the Franklin High School field hockey team participate along with several of St. Mary’s confirmation students. The increase in participants and donations helped the SVdP to meet our fundraising goal!

One hundred percent of the donations stay in Franklin and will go directly to support any of our Franklin neighbors in need.

All of your help and contributions are greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Garelick Farms and The Knights of Columbus for their support and contributions of drinks and energy snacks.

Thank you again for your generous contributions and for helping us to work on our goal of “Neighbors helping neighbors.”

2018 Friends of the Poor Walk
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2018 Friends of the Poor Walk 2
2018 Friends of the Poor Walk 2

Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29


In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:05 PM in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, for a Special Permit and Site Plan application titled "Site Plan for Commercial Building 4 Liberty Way in Franklin Massachusetts" and submitted to the Franklin Department of Planning and Community Development on October 9, 2018 by 19th Fairway Development Inc., 42 Adin Street, Hopedale, MA.

The site is located at 4 Liberty Way in the Industrial Zoning District-Marijuana Use Overlay District (Assessors Map 329, Lot 002). The purpose of the Site Plan and Special Permit is to construct a 35,000 +/- commercial building for Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use.

Copies of the plan and supporting documentation may be reviewed in the Department of Planning and Community Development during regular office hours.

Please note: This will be your only written notice of this public hearing. Should the Planning Board vote to continue this Public Hearing, the date and time will be posted on the Planning Board's website under Agendas.

Please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at (508) 520-4907 if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.

Anthony Padula, Chairman

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Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29
Public Hearing: Marijuana Cultivation and Product
Manufacturing and Research Facility Use - Oct 29

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 17, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

(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
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of October 17, 2018 - 7:00 PM
a. This meeting is being recorder by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
a. 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.
September 26, 2018
Finance Committee- John Grace
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-820: Zoning Map Changes on or near King Street, Summer Street, Lawrence Drive, and Uncas Ave.
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 18-58: Acceptance of Gift to the Franklin Public Library from the Franklin Library Association (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-58- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-59: Appropriation Request for FY19 Supplemental Appropriations and Transfers (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-59- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-60: Appropriation General Stabilization Fund (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-60- Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-61: Appropriation DPW- Public Way Improvements (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-61- Majority Vote (5))
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-820: Zoning Map Changes on or near King Street, Summer Street, Lawrence Drive, and Uncas Ave - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-820 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote(5))
None Scheduled

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 17, 2018
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 17, 2018

In the News: woman charged in stabbing; Shrewsbury students advocating to prohibit Styrofoam containers

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A Franklin woman has been charged after a stabbing incident Thursday morning at her home on North Park Street. 
Michelle Mangion, 45, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery on an intimate partner, according to police. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Wrentham District Court. 
Police say the victim called them at 7:59 a.m. from Mangion’s home at 56 North Park St. When officers arrived, the victim was outside the home, bleeding heavily from the arm. 
As an officer approached the victim, the victim allegedly said, “She stabbed me.” In the report the officer also stated that one eye appeared to be bloodshot with bruising. EMTs were called to treat the wound,"

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"It appears that the monthslong hard work of four high school students to get the town to prohibit food establishments from dispensing prepared food in Styrofoam containers is paying off. 
Selectmen voted unanimously last week to recommend adoption of each of the town’s Oct. 22 warrant articles, including the citizen petition article that seeks to prohibit local food establishments that require a permit to operate from dispensing prepared foods in disposable food service containers made from Styrofoam. 
The Board of Health last week notified selectmen that it had taken a unanimous vote in support of the warrant during its meeting on Sept. 26."
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