Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Live reporting: Recreation Dept Update

b. Recreation Department

Ryan Jette, 20th year in Recreation

program services generally supported by fees

5,277 kids in programs for 2018
at least 25% of the population utilize recreation in some form

95 unique programs, over 400 different class offerings

580 in high school intramural program

1,026 in K-8 winter program

field hockey at the youth level, started in 2008 and now growing the sport

basketball, 1450 kids k-12 - largest program in Rec

wrestling coordinated with Carmine Colace

Spring is busy, lacrosse nets to string, thinking about the beach
community garden being assumed by Rec

pickleball is fastest growing sport, courts at King St mid-May should be ready

staff at Chilson Beach staffed only at gate, swim at own risk

Earth Day Apr 27 9-12

19 Senior tax work our program; Gloria Rollinson retired this year
honored her with a plaque

fields and playgrounds coordinated and scheduled
maintained by DPW

provided over 1,000 hours of community service hours during 2018

new scoreboard at FHS via $35K grant from Middlesex Savings Bank

thanks to Jeff for all his help and advocacy over the years

Dellorco - we have the best rec director in the state, hats off to you Ryan
nets at King St should be up my Memorial Day

Live Reporting: Town Council - March 20, 2019

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Kelly, Padula, Earls
Absent: Mercer, Pellegri

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of March 20, 2019
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.
Citizen comments - 
Alan Earls

Charles River Meadowlands Initiative - better access to the area, Apr 11 input schedule to review findings - location at King St Fire Station 
6:30 PM 

a. Auditors- Independent Auditors Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2018

Zack Bentros, Auditor
Chris and Kerry

page 1 (after table of contents)
clean opinion, best opinion

narrative summary, page 14 state of net position
library project as completed moved from a project to an asset accounted for as depreciation

Norfolk Retirement changed assumption rate
increase in liability offset by an increase in investment revenue
$4.4M decrease in liability

Net OPEB liability
big change for town and all communities
change in accounting statements reflected in the changes here
full liability required to be presented in full, as opposed to spread of 30 years
users of statements won't be shocked by the change

P 16
$1.3M current taxes or liened, good job on tax collections
$11.9M an increase over the prior year; starting point of DOR amount of free cash
a little over 10%, and an increase over the prior year, favorable

P  20
highlights the unassigned fund balances
$1.9M more revenue than expected
$1.3M less expenses than budget

used $2.2M in free cash but then gave back more than used

amount set aside for OPEB is about average for other communities

the Town is in a very strong financial position, there are no items in a management letter to be addressed, only about 20% of the communities don't get a letter

thanks to Kerri and Chris, Audit is a cumbersome process and they did very well

Electric Youth Returns to THE BLACK BOX - Sold Out - Mar 22

Electric Youth returns to THE BLACK BOX on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm offering family entertainment with music for all ages. Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including pop, classic rock, contemporary Broadway, and country hits. The show will feature fully choreographed performances of One Republic, No Doubt, Guns N’ Roses, Aretha Franklin, The Greatest Showman, Kelly Clarkson, and more. They will be joined by special guests Future Shock.

The 2019 group of talented young singers and dancers includes Laney Dragsbaek, Hayley Driscoll, Tatiana McAlpine, Kelly McCormick, Emma Nicholson, Hannah Rezendes, Madison Rezendes, and Lindsey Wyner of Franklin, Susauna Wickstrom of Wrentham, Griffin Wilkins and Caroline Wilkins of Walpole, and Cassidy Baratta and Kelsey Breslin of Hopkinton.

The American touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers, ages 14-18, is backed by the eight-piece Boston Show Band — world class musicians who’ve worked with music legends Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Van Morrison and more. Electric Youth is trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. The group has toured Europe 15 times, performing in such renowned venues as Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Schonbrunn Palace; Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre; England’s Arundel Festival; Disneyland Paris; and professional theatres in Bristol, London and Windsor. EY has also headlined Fourth of July shows for U.S. troops stationed in Italy at Camp Ederle, Camp Darby, and Aviano Air Force Base. The ensemble has performed on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, on Fox-TV and WBZ Radio, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, the Smithsonian Museum Theater, the United Nations and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Electric Youth has released six albums, including 2014’s Power Chord, available on iTunes. This summer, they will tour Italy, France, the U.K., and Switzerland.

Collectively, the members of Electric Youth 2019 have performed with Broadway stars, sung the National Anthem for Boston sports teams, been selected to perform at “Broadway Sessions” in NYC, won national gymnastics titles, worked with choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, performed on televised dance specials, and more. Alumni of Electric Youth have gone on to appear on Broadway, in national and international tours, television, regional theater, feature film, professional dance companies, cruise ships, and more.

Tickets for March 22 are available at or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. You can follow Electric Youth on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

Note: according to the marque, the show has sold out

Electric Youth Returns to THE BLACK BOX - Sold Out - Mar 22
Electric Youth Returns to THE BLACK BOX - Sold Out - Mar 22

Franklin Library: Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine - March 21

Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine, Thursday, March 21, 6:30 PM

"Prepare to gasp, cringe and chuckle, as you discover the primitive practices juxtaposed with the scientific advancements that characterize Victorian medicine. 
Janet Parnes of Historical Portrayals by Lady J will escort you through topics that include hygiene, patented “remedies”, kitchen-cupboard concoctions, pregnancy protocols, disease-prevention myths, dentistry and discoveries that paved the way for medicine as we know it today. 
The result is a light factual look at medicine at the time of corsets, calling cards and decorum!"

Franklin Library: Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine - March 21
Franklin Library: Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine - March 21

FHS athletes named to wrestling and gymnastics Hockomock League All Stars

Below are the official 2019 Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Mateusz Kudra, North Attleboro


  • Drew DiFillipo, Franklin
  • Jake Carlucci, Franklin
  • Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
  • Alex Fracassa, Franklin
  • Dom Sackley, Franklin

Below are the official 2019 Hockomock League Gymnastics All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Lily Goulding, Mansfield


  • Mia Lizotte, Franklin
  • Sadie Rondeau, Franklin

Honorable Mentions:

  • Emma Owens, Franklin

For the complete listing of wrestling All Stars

For the complete listing of gymnastics All Stars

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Odd Fellows held a fundraiser Cornhole Tournament

On February 23, 2019, the Franklin Odd Fellows held a fundraiser Cornhole Tournament at the Downtown Sports facility at 240 Cottage St. in Franklin. Ten teams came together for a fun time in a double elimination, blind draw style tournament that was organized to raise funds for the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation and other local charities. 

This was a first of a kind event for the Odd Fellows who wanted a team sport oriented fundraiser in one of the winter months to balance out a similar event that was held in June of 2018. Facility owners, Richard Frongillo and Kevin Sayward, were gracious hosts throughout the day and lodge members put on a free buffet lunch complete with lasagna, chili, meatballs and rolls, salads, pastas, chips, soft drinks and desserts.

Franklin Odd Fellows
Franklin Odd Fellows
The Grand Prize for the winning team received an all expenses, round trip experience to
Nantucket Island on Daffodil Weekend that included round trip tickets for two on the Grey Lady high speed boat out of Hyannis, and participation in the hugely popular Antique Car Parade. The winning team of “Two Kids and a Bean Bag” were Shane Jackson & Dan Labonte. The second place team of “J & R” was fielded by Ralph Delucia and Jerry Rinkel. Raffle prizes included Red Sox and Patriots shirts and a hand-made ball point pen that retails at $80.00. This high quality and very unique pen is made by the current Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows lodge, Rob Knospins of Millis, MA.

Downtown Sports is an athletic Facility available to teams, clubs, and the community at
large for the enjoyment and development of athletes. The sports complex includes a turf field and a multi- sport court with separate space for fitness and exercise classes, training and group activities.
fundraiser Cornhole Tournament
fundraiser Cornhole Tournament

William F. Ray Lodge #71 is located at 330 West Central St and has been doing good
charitable behind the scenes work in Franklin since 1878. They are currently trying to secure the date of June 15th for their next tournament at the VFW Post on Pond Street in Franklin. 

This article, with more pictures, can be seen on the lodge’s site:

Anthony Delasanta sprinting faster for URI

Franklin's Anthony Delasanta, runs track for the University of Rhode Island. Anthony won the A10 Conference 400 meter sprint championship at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on February 24 in a time of 48.49 seconds. 

Anthony also placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 22.25 and ran a leg of the fourth place 4X400 meter relay. This past winter season, Anthony also won the 400 meter sprint at the following meets: Beantown Challenge, Howling Husky Invitational, and URI Sorlein Invitational.

In addition, Anthony placed third in the 400 meter sprint in a time of 47.13 at the ICAAAA Championship, the second largest track meet in the United States, second in the New England Championship (NEICAAA) and fifth at the Dr. Sander Columbia Invitational at the Armory in New York City. He is currently ranked 79 in the United States in the 400 meters

Additional Info links:

Anthony Delasanta sprinting faster for URI
Anthony Delasanta sprinting faster for URI

Thanks to Yanks Care Package Event - March 23

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8 AM – 9 AM – Drop off of donations
Thanks to Yanks Care Package Event - March 23
Thanks to Yanks Care Package Event - March 23
9 AM – 1 PM – Sorting and packing


Join us for a care package packing event. We have ten units with over 325 individuals (soldiers, airmen, seamen) actively deployed.

Anyone interested in helping out is welcome – we will also accept donations of the following items:

Protein bars and powder
Snacks that won’t crush when we pack them up
Morale boosters/games
New socks

Non-aerosol personal hygiene items for men and women (e.g. shaving products, insect repellent, sun-tan lotion, chap stick, soap, deodorant, foot care products, toothcare products, shampoo/conditioner).

Monetary donations to assist with mailings/delivery are also welcome. For more details contact 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jazz Ambassadors to play at FHS - April 1

Join the US Army Field Band, Jazz Ambassadors in Franklin, Massachusetts to hear the military's finest practitioners of jazz and swing. 

"The Army's official touring big band, this 19-member jazz ensemble has received widespread acclaim at home and abroad, earning the Jazz Ambassadors the title "America's Big Band". This concert is free and open to the public."

For tickets and information call 508-613-1650 or use this link

Franklin High School Auditorium
218 Oak St
Franklin, Massachusetts

Jazz Ambassadors to play at FHS - April 1
Jazz Ambassadors to play at FHS - April 1

FHS swimmers selected for Hockomock All Stars

Below are the official 2019 Hockomock League Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.


Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames


  • Roy Wang, Franklin
  • Connor Eck, Franklin
  • Christopher Carey, Franklin
  • Patrick Juszsyn, Franklin
  • Brendan LaPuma, Franklin

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brendan LaPuma, Franklin


Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames


  • Katharine Cashin, Franklin
  • Kathryn McGuire, Franklin
  • Elizabeth Tang, Franklin
  • Allyssa LaPuma, Franklin
  • Maia Wainwright, Franklin
  • Kathryn Chew, Franklin

Honorable Mentions:

  • Linnea Remillard, Franklin

For the complete listing of boys

For the complete listing of girls

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24

The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage! Broadway’s Kyle Taylor Parker and Amanda Jane Cooper treat audiences at THE BLACK BOX to a dazzling revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way!

Kyle Taylor Parker is currently Geno in My Very Own British Invasion at the Papermill Playhouse. Broadway credits include Kinky Boots (Lola, OBC Angel) and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Amanda Jane Cooper, one of Wicked’s longest running Glinda’s on Broadway, was most recently seen as Glinda in Wicked for the show’s 15th Anniversary on Broadway. She has also been seen on Glee on FOX, CSI on CBS, and Disney’s Jessie. 

Broadway In Franklin also showcases musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.

For tickets to "Broadway in Franklin" or for more information about other presented events at THE BLACK BOX, visit or call (508) 528-3370. 

THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24
THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24

2019 FPD DARE Camp: Registration Now Open

Applications for the 2019 FPD DARE Camp are now being accepted. Forms are available below:

2019 FPD DARE Camp
2019 FPD DARE Camp

This was shared from the Franklin Police Dept page

Town of Franklin offering residents discounted rain barrels

Don't forget to order your rain barrel! 

Franklin is once again partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer residents discounted barrels for just $79. 

Residents may then apply for a $50 water conservation rebate from the DPW for a total cost of only $29!!

Click here for more information or to order:

How to apply for a DPW Water Conservation Rebate:

"backlog at our career and technical training centers"

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

Investments in Voc Tech match needs of students, industry
"Lawmakers, a former top Baker administration and city manager, and a one-time lieutenant governor joined advocates Monday to call for an increase in funding for vocational-technical education and passage of a bill to expand access to those programs. 
The Alliance for Vocational Technical Education said that 20 percent of Massachusetts high school students are enrolled in a career and technical education (CTE) program, but that 3,200 students across the state are on waiting lists to get into such programs, which focus on career training. 
Massachusetts Competitive Partnership CEO Jay Ash said the business leaders he talks to “all have the same thing to say” when he asks them about the future of their business and the state’s economy."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
Tri-County Regional Voc Tech

Veterans Coffee Social - Apr 3 - 10:00 AM

The Veterans Coffee Social is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr 3 at 10:00 AM. The Franklin Senior Center will host the event in the cafeteria.

Veterans Coffee Social - Apr 3 - 10:00 AM
Veterans Coffee Social - Apr 3 - 10:00 AM