Friday, April 12, 2019

Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Dave Kaphammer, a pastel artist whose work has received a number of awards from the Post Road Art Center, as well as the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Connecticut Pastel Society.

FAA meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month, September through May, and are free and open to the public. For more information log on to

Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1
Franklin Art Association - Meeting - May 1

Childcare Education Workshop for Caregivers - May 9

Lifelong Community Learning has scheduled a May 9 childcare education workshop for caregivers titled “Maybe You Know This Kid?” with Donna Shea. While all professionals who work with children know that each child is a unique and wonderful person, children in our schools or extended day programs may also exhibit similar challenges.

This roundtable format workshop will draw on the expertise of all participants and explore strategies that have worked for them after they have tried “everything” for and are still bewildered by the child in their care. Attendees will be asked to submit or bring a case study for a brainstorming discussion.

The workshop fee is $25. The evening is sure to be informative and interesting in a relaxed setting with colleagues and new friends.

For more information and to register, visit and click on Lifelong Community Learning. You can also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480 for more information.

ABOUT US: Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing diverse and enriched education and experiences for all area residents and children – a resource for all ages.

Childcare Education Workshop for Caregivers - May 9
Childcare Education Workshop for Caregivers - May 9

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Taste Of ArtWeek Announces Performance Line Up

Taste of ArtWeek, a kick-off celebration to Franklin ArtWeek, will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. The festival will include food trucks, live performances, a craft fair, and a hands-on crafts and demo tent on the Franklin Town Common, as well as a beer and wine garden and fine art exhibition at Hayward Manor, and is intended to give attendees a "taste" of what ArtWeek is all about.

The live performances are free and require no ticketing. They will be held on the gazebo stage on the Town Common, and include a variety of dance, theater, and musical entertainment. 

Dean College Dance Company
Dean College Dance Company

Two of the groups are comprised of professional musicians associated with Berklee College of Music: the Cape Cod Sax Quartet, a jazz ensemble, and Franklin-based folk singers Kaye Kelly and Mark Hardt. In addition, Franklin's own State Representative Jeff Roy will be playing a pop music set with members of his band, as well as his son. 

Dean College will send two groups to Taste of ArtWeek, their Theater Rep Ensemble to perform several musical theater pieces, and their well-respected Dance Company. Other dance performances will come from Feet in Motion School of Dance and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Dance Company. 

The performance schedule is as follows:
4:00 - 4:45 Cape Cod Sax Quartet (jazz)
4:55 - 5:15 Dean College Theater Rep Ensemble & Dean College Dance Company
5:20 - 5:40 Feet in Motion School of Dance
5:45 - 6:05 Franklin School for the Performing Arts Dance Company
6:15 - 7:00 Jeff Roy & Friends (pop music)
7:15 - 8:00 Kaye Kelly & Mark Hardt (folk music)

FSPA Dance
FSPA Dance
The kick-off is being organized by the Franklin Cultural Council, in partnership with Random Smile Project charity. Proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations. For more information about Taste of ArtWeek, or to purchase tickets for the food trucks and beer & wine garden, please visit

Sponsors for Taste of ArtWeek include Mass Vacations, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, the Mass Cultural Council, Dean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, La Cantina Winery, Dean College, Liberty Realty, and Senate President Karen E. Spilka's office.

Franklin Library: An Evening with Steven Foster and Mark Twain - April 16

An Evening with Steven Foster and Mark Twain, Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 PM at the Franklin Public Library.

Franklin Library: An Evening with Steven Foster and Mark Twain - April 16
Franklin Library: An Evening with Steven Foster and Mark Twain - April 16

Shared from the Library page

FHS softball, boys tennis, boys and girls lacrosse teams all post wins on Wednesday

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

Baseball = Mansfield @ Franklin – Postponed to Saturday, 4/13 at 6:00.

Softball = Franklin, 11 @ Mansfield, 6 – Final
– Mansfield scored three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut Franklin’s lead to just three runs (8-5) but the Panthers responded with three runs in the top of the seventh to secure the lead and a win on the road. Franklin jumped out to an 8-0 lead, with Gabby Colace (2-for-2, double, three runs, five RBI) putting the Panthers ahead with a two-run home run in the second inning. The Panthers added five runs in the second and one in the fourth for the 8-0 advantage. After Mansfield cut it to 8-5 through six innings, Franklin senior Jackie Cherry launched a three-run home run to give the Panthers breathing room. Ally Shea (double), Anna Balkus, Peyton Aronne (two RBI), and Maddy White (RBI, run) each had two hits for Franklin. Mansfield left runners on base in every inning but the fourth, including leaving the bases loaded in the first, third, and the seventh. Ella Verheggen went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the loss and the Hornets also got two hits apiece from Mary Muldoon and Sarah Cahill. Emma Roche came off the bench with her first hit of the year to start a sixth inning rally.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 20 @ North Attleboro, 6 – Final
– Franklin senior Jacob Alexander won 21-of-27 faceoffs, helping the Panthers control possession in a 20-6 win on the road at North Attleboro. Matt Lazzaro paced the Panther offense with five seven goals and four assists, Jake Davis added five goals, Ben Greco chipped in with two goals and two assists, and Alexander added a pair of goals and assists in the win.

Girls Lacrosse = North Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 19 – Final
– Franklin notched its third win of the season with a big victory at home over visiting North Attleboro. Annie Walsh led the way with five goals and two assists while Kelsey MacCallum scored six goals with one helper. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said Hailey Toolin had a strong day in the midfield and on defense with three draw controls.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
– Franklin swept doubles play and earned one more win in singles action to edge Mansfield at Memorial Park. Rohan Herur was the lone singles winner for the Panthers, earning a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles. The team of senior Saketh Saripalli and freshman Vayshnav Malhotra won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and juniors Shoyaib Shaik and Shoumik Sompally prevailed 7-6 (3), 7-5 at second doubles. Mansfield’s Luke Nickerson won 7-5, 6-1 at first singles and Nilay Pangrekar scored a 6-0, 6-4 win at third singles.

Click here for a photo gallery of this game

Girls Tennis = Mansfield, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
– Mansfield picked up its second win of the season with a sweep on the road at Franklin. Senior Lizzy Elsner didn’t lose a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles, freshman Kate Martin won 6-1, 7-5 at second singles, and sophomore Aryana Khosravani earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of senior Hannah Podolske and sophomore Alex Burnham won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles while junior Tori Detch and sophomore Alex Wendland prevailed 7-5, 6-1 at second doubles.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

School budget cuts proposed - Read the details

From the Superintendent's memo to the School Committee on reducing the proposed school budget by $2.3M.
"The School Committee adopted a budget of $66,826,115 on March 12, 2019, which represents a 5.68% increase over FY 19. The FY 2020 fiscal forecast, however, does not support this budget and it is anticipated that the School Committee will need to reduce it. Figures available to us at this time project an increased allocation from the Town amounting to $1,265,000, which represents only a 2% increase over FY 2019. This leaves a shortfall of $2,326,115 based upon the adopted budget. 
A series of administrative team meetings and budget subcommittee meetings have occurred within the past few weeks to develop a proposed list of budget cuts (included in the packet), which I reluctantly put forward to the School Committee for consideration. In framing this list, the Administrative Team and Budget Subcommittee applied a framework to consider items that would have the least impact on students in the classroom. This was a very difficult task, given the direct relationship of the school department’s budget to a student’s classroom experience. 
The School Committee will have an opportunity to discuss these items on April 9 and April 23, 2019. I will ask the School Committee to adopt a revised budget on April 23, 2019 that includes budget reductions in advance of the Thursday, April 25, 2019, Finance Committee meeting, being held in advance of the Town Budget Hearing, scheduled for May 22 and May 23, 2019."

The full letter from the Superintendent

The accompany page outlining the proposed budget cuts

Superintendent Ahern (flanked by Giguere, Goodman and Edwards)
The Finance Committee meeting audio of the first part of the budget hearing held March 18. The second part is scheduled for Apr 25 with the School Budget presentation and then the Finance Committee vote to move the budget to the Town Council.

Marathon Monday: Commuter Rail - Special Pass announced

On Monday, April 15, the Commuter Rail is offering a special $15 Marathon Pass valid for all-day, unlimited travel on all Commuter Rail lines through all zones.

This special $15 Marathon Pass is available for purchase through April 15 on the mTicket app and Thursday, April 11, through April 15 from ticket offices at North, South, and Back Bay Stations. 

The $15 Marathon Pass is also available onboard trains via cash or credit card on April 15 only.

Affected routes:

  • Newburyport/Rockport Line
  • Haverhill Line
  • Lowell Line
  • Fitchburg Line
  • Framingham/Worcester Line
  • Needham Line
  • Franklin Line
  • Fairmount Line
  • Providence/Stoughton Line
  • Middleborough/Lakeville Line
  • Kingston/Plymouth Line
  • Greenbush Line

Last Updated: Apr 10 2019 03:10 PM

For more info visit the MBTA

Representative Roy Announces Upcoming Office Hours - Franklin - Apr 18

State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Franklin and Medway on the following days:

Franklin - Thursday April 18, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at the Franklin Senior Center 10 Daniel McCahill Street Franklin, MA

Medway - Friday May 3, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Galante's Restaurant 320 Village St. Medway, MA

James Gay, his staff director, will be accompanying him.

Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention. Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you.

He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2030, to stop by Room 43 in the State House, or to email him at

Representative Roy Announces Upcoming Office Hours - Franklin - Apr 18
Representative Roy Announces Upcoming
Office Hours - Franklin - Apr 18

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Real time reporting: Meeting closes out


Apr 27 - Earth Day at 9 at Beaver St
Apr 27 - 4:00 PM ArtWeek Kickoff  - Tickets available via Random Smile website

Facilities agreement formalized between Town and Schools

Dellorco - what's with the Keller Sullivan sprinklers?
issue nationwide per Insurance Co, they are in doing clean up and another group doing investigation

Pellegri - shouldn't we be notified when something like that (sprinkler) happens

Kelly - issues with "again" sprinklers three times at Keller-Sullivan; no power at Horace Mann,  I don't blame the sprinkler head, I blame the facilities director; three strikes, hit the road, he has no credit in my book

Mercer - cable issues for the School Committee meeting broadcast last night are apparently tied to a three hour timer set on the broadcast, the tape did continue so the rebroadcast will contain the full meeting

Maple st development raising issues from residents to Council. The project is under the planning board domain at this point.The Council does not have a vote on this matter. The Council does want to hear from you, go to the Planning Board meeting on the 22nd. This is the first step of a long process.

None Scheduled

motion to adjourn, seconded, passed 9-0
** Editors note: The web broadcast blinked a couple of times about 10:00 PM but did continue. I discontinued my viewing when the Start Times discussion ended about 10:15 PM.

Real Time Reporting: Legislation for Action

Resolution 19-27: Appropriation & Borrowing Well 3 & 6 Water Treatment Plant (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-27- Two-Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 19-28: Grove Street Water Treatment Plant (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-28 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 19-29: Appropriation Sewer Enterprise Fund Beaver Street Interceptor (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-29 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0
Resolution 19-30: Acceptance of Gift- Veterans Services (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-30 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837: Zoning Map Changes from General Residential V to Single Family Residential IV an Area on or Near West Central Street- 1st Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote (5))

carried to future meeting

Bylaw Amendment 19-838: Amendment to the Franklin Town Code at Ch. 153 Stormwater Management-1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 19-838 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Bylaw Amendment 19-839: Municipal Service Fees- Recycling Sticker Rate Increase- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 19-839- Majority Roll Call Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Bylaw Amendment 19-840: Municipal Service Fees- Curbside Trash/Recycling Rate Increase- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 19-840 - Majority Roll Call Vote (5))

motion to adjust annual rate from 240 to 248

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Real time reporting: Veterans Agent - Dale Kurtz

Veterans Agent Presentation
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee

no updates

b. Budget Subcommittee

no update

c. Economic Development Subcommittee

no update

Real Time Reporting: Town Council - Apr 10, 2019

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of April 10, 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.
March 13, 2019

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0, 2 abstain

March 20, 2019

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0, 2 abstain

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837: Zoning Map Changes from General Residential V to Single Family Residential IV an Area on or Near West Central Street

hearing opened, then continued to June 5 due to pending litigation by a developer with a proposal for the property that would be changed by this measure

Attention Residents: Upcoming Construction - Lincoln St, Chestnut St

Pavement milling on Lincoln St (from Skyline to the Medway town line) will begin 4/10/2019, followed by Chestnut Street (from Pleasant St to Celinda Dr) on 4/11/2019. Paving is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Construction at the intersection of Marvin Ave at Beaver St and Reid St at Beaver St will begin on 4/11/2019 and 4/12/2019; this project is expected to last several months.

Upcoming Construction - Lincoln St, Chestnut St
Upcoming Construction - Lincoln St, Chestnut St

Library Book Sale - April 12-13

The Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 1:00-5:00 PM. It will continue on Saturday, April 13, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Bag Sale will be 1:00-4:00 PM.

Library Book Sale - April 12-13
Library Book Sale - April 12-13

Shared from the Library page

Community Garden build day - April 13

The next Build day is scheduled for April 13 at the Community Garden, King St Fields. Some of the garden beds not redone during the 2017 fall season still need to be redone. 

Currently scheduled for 9:00 - 4:00 or earlier if completed earlier.

Community Garden build day - April 13
Community Garden build day - April 13