Monday, December 10, 2018

FHS Brigham a "player to watch"; FHS boys basketball preview by HockomockSports

Via HockomockSports we share the FHS information from the "Top 10 girls basketball players to watch" and the FHS boys basketball preview. Given that FHS lost to Mansfield in the D1 State Final, the Hockomock League looks to be very competitive again this year.

Girls Basketball: Ten Players to Watch in 2018-2019

Brigham is the lone member of last season’s First Team to return this season, the two-time reigning Underclassman of the Year is one of the reasons that expectations are really high in Franklin this winter. Last year, while averaging 15 points per game, Brigham showed that her game is expanding, as she demonstrated the ability to step away from the basket to knock down shots and even take players off the dribble. 
At 6-foot-3, she will tower over most teams in the Hock this season and should be penciled in for a double-double just about every night with her ability to control the paint on both ends of the floor. Teams are going to throw double teams, zones, and different defensive looks at Brigham every night, so her movement to find pockets of space and her passing will be important to keep the Panthers humming on offense. 
Already one of the league’s best rebounders (14 rebounds per game last year) and shot blockers (twice recording more than 10 blocks in a game), Brigham, who is getting Div. I looks, should also be one of the league’s top scoring threats this season and a top contender for player of the year.


2017-2018 Record: 23-4
2017-2018 Finish: Reached D1 State Final
Coach: CJ Neely

The Panthers have reached the D1 State Final each of the past two seasons and it looks like they have the tools to try and make a third straight appearance. Franklin brings back two of the top players in the Hockomock League in senior Jalen Samuels and junior Chris Edgehill.

Both Samuels (13.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Edgehill (17.1 ppg, 3.5 apg) have a wealth of varsity experience that the Panthers will rely on as others battle for minutes in the rotation. Edgehill is one of the most dangerous guards offensively and can score in a variety of ways while Samuels can present a matchup problem for most teams. Will Harvey also has varsity experience and will likely see an increased role in the 2018-2019 season.

The rest of the rotation is up for grabs but there is a lot of choices for head coach CJ Neely, who noted there is a strong amount of depth and balance on this year’s squad. Unsurprisingly, Franklin will be focused on causing problems on the defensive side of the ball. The Panthers have been known as a gritty defensive squad and they are looking to continue that tradition this year. Offensively, Neely is hoping unselfishness and outside shooting will help replicate the success of previous seasons.

“It will be a season long battle for minutes and guys will have to earn our trust through defensive intensity and unselfish play on offense,” Neely said. “Our goal is to focus on the process of competing hard and improving each day and the results will reflect our daily effort and attitude.”

Continue reading the boys basketball preview.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

SNETT - Design Permitting for Prospect St Tunnel

"Exciting sighting! 
DCR has begun Phase 1, the Design and Permitting for the Prospect Street Tunnel. This initial Phase is expected to be completed by early 2019. 
Once approved, construction bids will follow and then the actual construction. The completed tunnel will provide a continuous pathway from Grove St. in Franklin on into the connecting trail in Bellingham."

SNETT - Design Permitting for Prospect St Tunnel
SNETT - Design Permitting for Prospect St Tunnel

For more about the SNETT rail trail

Getting the tunnel connected will help with the overall usability of the trail. Currently the Franklin side sorta ends at Prospect St and the Bellingham side is well worth getting up and over Prospect St to use.

Franklin side of SNETT
Franklin side of SNETT

Bellingham side of SNETT
Bellingham side of SNETT

In the News: No rush to get a ReadID

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

"Massachusetts residents planning to renew their driver’s licenses in the new year may want to consider getting a Real ID, as 2019 marks the final year before the long-anticipated IDs will be required for domestic flights and to enter federal buildings. 
Getting the new IDs, however, isn’t quite as simple as before. 
The state started issuing the new identification cards in March 2018 and through November the Registry of Motor Vehicles had issued 474,406 Real IDs, according to a spokeswoman with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. But not everyone is jumping at the opportunity. 
Nearly 689,000 residents opted to stick with the standard ID during the same time period, and while it’s difficult to know exactly why residents choose one ID over the other – especially considering the cost is the same – getting a Real ID is definitely more complicated."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Check the MA RMV site for info on the ReadID process and documentation requirements

No rush to get a ReadID
No rush to get a ReadID

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 11, 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. Report Cards – Dr. Sara Ahern and Dr. Joyce Edwards

3. Discussion / Action Items

4. Discussion Only Items
a. BICO FY18 Annual Report

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]; School Start Times Advisory
Committee [SSTAC], MASC)

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

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your November 27, 2018 School Committee Meeting.
b. Chamber Chorus Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Olivia Goliger for the recurring trip to Providence College on February 1, 2019 to participate in an invitational HS Choral Festival as detailed.
c. Boys Ice Hockey Team Trip
I recommend approval of the request of Chris Spillane to take the Boys Ice Hockey Team to Barnstable, MA from February 21 – 22, 2019 for a Hockey Tournament as detailed.
d. Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $900.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips as detailed.
e. JF Kennedy Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $675.00 from the JFK PCC for field trips as detailed.

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence 
– Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

11. Executive Session
a. Strategy with respect to collective bargaining

12. Adjournment

The agenda for the Dec 11 meeting

Documents released for the Dec 11 meeting

a view of FHS
a view of FHS

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Dec 12, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 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 December 12, 2018 - 7:00 PM
a. This meeting is being recorded 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.
a. November 14, 2018
Board of Health - Ciera Maffei
Zoning Board of Appeals - Philip Brunelli
Zoning Board of Appeals - Christopher Stickney
Shaws Supermarkets- Change of Manager
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School
Risk Assessment
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee 
b. Budget Subcommittee 
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 18-70: Appropriation Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per M.G.L Ch.44, §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-70 - Majority Vote (5))
Resolution 18-71: Town Council Meeting Schedule for 2019 (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-71 - Majority Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 18-826: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic- 2nd Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 18-827 Majority Roll Call Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 18-827: Amendment to the Water System Map - 2nd Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 18-827 Majority Roll Call Vote (5))
Purpose #2: to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations and/or to conduct contract negotiations with non-union personnel, namely: new Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, on compensation and other terms and conditions of his employment agreement.
Reconvene in Open Session if necessary, re: vote to offer employment agreement, specifying compensation and other employment terms and conditions to the new Town Administrator Jamie Hellen.

Franklin TV and Franklin radio are funded via cable access fees
Franklin TV and Franklin radio are funded via cable access fees
The Financial Risk Assessment Report

Franklin's Holiday Happenings - Sunday, Dec 9

The event listing for Today's Holiday Happenings coordinated by the Franklin Downtown Partnership.

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Intermission, 36 (Rear) Main Street - Serving holiday beverages & muffins

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM: La Cantina Winery 357 Union Street  - Wine Tasting

1:15 PM: Historical Museum - Second Sunday Speakers Series, James Johnston

2:00 PM: Franklin High School - FPAC’s Humbug!

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM: The Rome - Delicious Cheese Pizza for $5.00, Dine in only

Sunday's events can be found online

The full month of events coordinated by the Franklin Downtown Partnership

Franklin's Holiday Happenings - Sunday, Dec 9
Franklin's Holiday Happenings - Sunday, Dec 9

FHS wrestlers take first at Mount Hope Holiday Tournament

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS sports action on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018

Mount Hope Tournament (Franklin, Stoughton)
– At the annual Sharon Lombardo Holiday Tournament, Franklin took home the championship and Stoughton was fourth overall. Franklin placed first with 211.5 points with four champions and five finalists. Stoughton had two finalists and had 118.5 points. 

Franklin’s Jake Carlucci (113, dec. 8-7), Jordan Carlucci (132, pin 0:34), Ken Sauer (138, dec. 5-3), and Dominic Sackley (170, pin 3:09) won individual titles while Drew DiFilippo (106), Adam Colella (160), Caleb MacLean (160), Dylan Nawn (182), and Ben Jacoby (195) each finished second. 

Stoughton’s Thomas Ratcliff (170) and Carlvin Laguerre (285) each had second place finishes.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Save the Date: January 8 - Social Emotional Learning Forum


Please join me and the Social Emotional Alliance for Massachusetts ( for a Social Emotional Learning Forum on Tuesday, January 8 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Warren Conference Center and Inn at the Hayden Lodge located at 529 Chestnut Street, Ashland 01721. Registration begins at 5:30 PM.
The forum is part of my MetroWest Kids Initiative to promote the benefits of social emotional learning and examine opportunities for effective implementation in schools throughout Massachusetts. As Senate President, I pledge to remain dedicated to helping schools create a positive climate, while fostering the development of social and emotional skills for adults and students.  

Use #MetroWestKids to promote the event on social media and share this event widely with your network! I will keep you informed as the event approaches, and appreciate you saving the date for this informative discussion!

If you have any other concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to call my office at (617) 722-1500 or email Puja Mehta at

Warm Regards,
Senate President Karen E. Spilka
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk

  Link to RSVP

Office of Senate President Karen E. Spilka | Massachusetts State House, Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

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Consumer Alerts: Contact lens seller turns a blind eye to the law

Consumer Alerts: Contact lens seller turns a blind eye to the law
by Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Cosmetic contacts lenses – also known as costume or decorative contact lenses – can change the way your eye looks without correcting your vision. 

While they may seem like just another fashion accessory, the fact is all contacts require a prescription. Anyone who sells you lenses without getting a copy of your prescription or verifying your prescription information with your prescriber is selling them illegally.

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