Friday, April 26, 2019

Lifelong Music Academy: Summer 2019 Music Programs open for Registration

Lifelong Music Academy
Summer 2019 Music Programs

July 22 – August 2, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

$340 per program

40 hours of summer music fun! Ensemble rehearsals, recreational time, spirit days and much more. Students end the two weeks with a performance and a celebration. All programs take place at Franklin High School except Rock Band Jr. and Musical Theater Jr., which are at Horace Mann Middle School.

CONCERT BAND – Entering 5th–6th grades with 1 or 2 years of playing experience

SYMPHONIC BAND – Entering 7th–9th grades with 1 or more years of playing experience

ROCK BAND JR. – Entering 4th–6th, no experience necessary

CONCERT STRINGS – Entering 4th–5th grades with 1 or 2 years of playing experience

SYMPHONIC STRINGS – Entering 6th–9th grades with 1 or more years of playing experience

MUSICAL THEATER JR. – Entering 3rd–5th grades, no experience necessary

MUSICAL THEATER – Entering 6th–8th grades, no experience necessary

TECHNICAL THEATER – Entering 6th–12th grades, no experience necessary


Plus, we have a 6-week summer session of PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS for students entering 3rd–12th grades, and adults. July 9 – August 14, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, depending on the instrument. Choose 4, 5 or 6 weeks that fit your schedule. $30 for 30-minute lessons, $60 for 60-minute lessons. Registration opening soon.

QUESTIONS? Email or call 508-613-1481.

Lifelong Music Academy:  Summer 2019 Music Programs open for Registration
Lifelong Music Academy:  Summer 2019 Music Programs open for Registration

Senate President Spilka, Chair Hinds Announce Members Of Revenue Working Group & Convene First Meeting

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Senate announced the members of its Revenue Working Group during a press conference in the newly renovated Reading Room, adjacent to the historic Senate Chamber in the State House. Immediately after the press event the Revenue Working Group convened its first meeting.

Chaired by State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield), who serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue, the establishment of the Senate Revenue Working Group fulfills a vision first outlined by Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D- Ashland) during her inaugural address to Senate members on January 2, 2019.

“I am excited to be working with Senator Adam Hinds and the many distinguished members of the Revenue Working Group to take a close and comprehensive look at how our tax code is structured in Massachusetts,” said Senate President Spilka. “With all of the changes to how we live and work these days, it is important to see what is working, what is outdated, where we can improve, and how we can create a revenue system for the Commonwealth that is fair and functional for all of us. I am confident that we will find a way to continue to provide for the economic vibrancy of Massachusetts while allowing us to care for each other and fund our priorities.”

The Revenue Working Group is charged with assessing the existing Massachusetts revenue system and exploring ways to update and improve it, with the primary goal of ensuring the Commonwealth’s system of revenue collection generates sufficient funds in a predictable, sustainable and fair manner while contributing to a vibrant and competitive economy and ensuring taxpayer accountability.

As outlined by the Senate President, the Revenue Working Group is a part of the existing robust dialogue on the state’s current revenue system and tax policy on Beacon Hill, and will operate as a parallel effort with the Joint Committee on Revenue. Information gathered by the Working Group will help inform decisions made by Senator Hinds in his capacity as co-chair of the Committee during this legislative session, and will be available to Revenue Committee members and staff.

The Working Group will meet throughout the 2019-2020 legislative session, convene public forums in various locations across the state and recommend policy changes for future consideration by the Massachusetts Legislature. Legislative recommendations are not expected to be filed for consideration until 2021. The ongoing efforts of the Working Group throughout 2019-2020 is not expected to hinder legislative and policy decisions that may come before the House of Representatives and Senate during this legislative session.

“The members announced today are a deliberately inclusive, bipartisan and talented group representing business leaders and workers, non-governmental leaders and grassroots advocates, professors and tax attorneys,” said Senator Hinds. “Each brings a unique perspective and a lot of experience to the Working Group that I believe will ensure any recommendations that result from our efforts will be capable of gaining wide acceptance. My hope is that at the conclusion of our review of the tax code, the Working Group will make recommendations that are positive for working families and small businesses, and support economic growth and vital government investments in Massachusetts.”

The 21 members of the Senate Revenue Working Group announced were:

  • Senator Adam G. Hinds, Chair, Senate Revenue Working Group
  • Senator William Brownsberger (D- Belmont), Senate Vice Chair of the Committee on Revenue
  • Frank Callahan, President, Massachusetts Building Trades Council AFL-CIO
  • JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Mass Business Roundtable
  • Nancy Creed, President, Springfield Regional Chamber
  • Peter Enrich, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Deb Fastino, Executive Director, Coalition for Social Justice
  • Senator Ryan Fattman (R- Sutton), Member, Joint Committee on Revenue
  • Christina Fisher, Executive Director for Massachusetts and the Northeast, TechNet
  • Hilary Bacon Gabrieli, Tax Policy Attorney
  • Harris Gruman, Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council
  • Beth Huang, Director, Massachusetts Voter Table
  • Eileen McAnneny, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
  • Tim Murray, President & CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Amy Pitter, President & CEO, Massachusetts Society of CPAs
  • John Regan, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • Mayor Dan Rivera, City of Lawrence
  • Marie-Frances Rivera, President, Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center
  • James E. Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • David E. Sullivan, Attorney
  • Steven A. Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

It is the tradition of the Massachusetts Senate to, at times, establish working groups, independent of the Joint Committee process, to conduct robust assessments of key policy areas. This session, at the direction of President Spilka, the Senate is also convening working groups on Transportation and Mental Health.

Senate President Karen Spilka announces the members of the Senate Revenue Working Group, chaired by Senator Adam Hinds
Senate President Karen Spilka announces the members of the
Senate Revenue Working Group, chaired by Senator Adam Hinds

Earth Day - Beaver Pond - Sat, Apr 27 - 9 AM

For over 10 years, the Town of Franklin has conducted this event in an effort to educate the public on recycling, beautification, and general clean up of the town.

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd throughout the United States. Franklin will host our own Earth Day on Saturday April 27th at Beaver Pond from 9:00 AM - Noon.

We'll start at 9 AM with bagels and coffee and assigning clean up locations to all the volunteers. We have some kid friendly locations that are at parks and playgrounds. We also have some adult friendly locations along the edge of streets (Washington/Grove) that could really use a clean up. Not sure who litters anymore? But, we'll do our best to pick it all up. 

We will hand out trash bags and gloves to all the volunteers and ask that they leave them curbside for our DPW to pick up after the event. 

At 12:00 PM, we'll ask everyone to return back to Beaver Pond for a volunteer appreciation pizza lunch. We'll hand out community service certificates to all the HS kids that need them. Lets all pitch in to clean up Franklin!

Earth Day - Beaver Pond - Sat, Apr 27 - 9 AM
Earth Day - Beaver Pond - Sat, Apr 27 - 9 AM

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Your table awaits you at the Empty Bowls dinner May 2

Have a seat at the table to end hunger

Please join us!

Next week our community will come together in support of the Franklin Food Pantry in our fight to end hunger. The 4th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on Thursday, May 2 is a family-friendly event that raises funds and awareness for the Franklin Food Pantry as we work towards a hunger-free community. Here are some highlights of the event:
  • Delicious soups donated by Whole Foods Market and 3 Restaurant, topped off with some warm fresh bread and a little something for your sweet tooth
  • Kids can make a bowl to take home as part of ArtWeek, Franklin
  • All participants are given a handmade ceramic bowl as a reminder that "somewhere, someone's bowl is empty"
  • On site giving opportunities such as a Silent Auction of beautiful ceramic bowls, and a Giving Wall where you can purchase a bag of groceries for a Franklin family 
Stop by the Franklin High School cafeteria any time between 6 - 8 p.m. and join us for a bowl of soup. 

This very speciaevening is made possible through a wonderful collaboration with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club. It reflects the hard work of a dedicated and passionate group of EB Club members, district K-12 art teachers, their students and Franklin community members. 

We will be selling 350 tickets through our website on a first-come, first-served basis. You can buy your tickets now online.

There are also sponsorship opportunities available for groups and corporations. 

Thank you so much for your support. We hope you can join us!

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, 
across the street from the fire station.
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038

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Franklin Gearing Up For Taste of ArtWeek - Apr 27

The Franklin Cultural Council and Random Smile Project charity are gearing up for Taste of ArtWeek, a huge kick-off celebration to Franklin ArtWeek, held on Saturday, April 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on the Franklin Town Common. 
La Cantina Winery
La Cantina Winery

Taste of ArtWeek is intended to give attendees a "taste" of what ArtWeek is all about. Nine sweet and savory food trucks will allow sampling of various cuisines from seafood to Italian and vegan ice cream to frozen cheesecake. Five craft beer and wine vendors, including Jack's Abby, Zelus, Crue Brew, Exhibit 'A', and La Cantina Winery, will offer tastes as well as full pours of their products. 
Jeff Roy's band
Jeff Roy's band

A series of seven live dance and music performers, including MA State Representative Jeff Roy's band, professional musicians from the Berklee School of Music, and nationally-known Dean College Dance Company, among others, will give attendees a flavor for what ArtWeek performances are all about. 

Over 30 artisans will show their handmade wares in the juried Craft Fair, and a hands-on and demo tent, called The ArtWeek Pavilion, will allow festival-goers to try their hand at a selection of painting, drawing, origami, sand art, spin art, and other artistic projects. A fine art exhibition, hosted by the Franklin Art Association, will round out the festival.

Taste of ArtWeek is the kick off event to Franklin's ArtWeek, which includes almost fifty events being held from April 26-May 5, 2019. 

For more information about Taste of ArtWeek, or to purchase tickets for the food trucks and beer & wine garden, please visit The Craft Fair, ArtWeek Pavilion, live performances, and fine art exhibition are all free to attend. 

For a brochure of all Franklin ArtWeek events, please visit

Franklin High School class of 1969 invited for 50th Reunion

Franklin High School invites Franklin High School class of 1969 alumni (and guest) to be honored for their 50th year reunion during this year’s Franklin High School graduation ceremony on June 7, 2019.

There will be a reception starting at 4:00 PM where alumni will be able to catch up with classmates and school faculty over light refreshments in the Franklin High School Media Center. 

Alumni will then take part in the graduation procession into the gymnasium where they will be honored during the ceremony.

For more details and to RSVP, visit the Franklin High School Alumni website at or call 508-553-4814.

Franklin High School class of 1969 invited for 50th Reunion
Franklin High School class of 1969 invited for 50th Reunion

FHS softball, boys and girls lacrosse, and boys tennis all post wins

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

Softball = Taunton, 1 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– Franklin junior Sarah Jackson hit her second home run in as many games, this one a solo shot that broke a 1-1 tie to give the Panthers an upset win over Taunton, snapped the Tigers’ 28-game win streak dating back to last April. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Hanna Aldrich drove in Jaime Brown (two hits, two walks). Ally Shea led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and moved to second on an infield error. Courtesy runner Molly Collins scored on a two-out single from Maddy White to make it 1-1. Jackson broke the tie with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth. Jackie Cherry earned the win, allowing five hits while strikeout out four. Kelsey White was solid in the circle for Taunton, striking out six.

Boys Lacrosse = Sharon, 2 @ Franklin, 25 – Final

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 19 @ Sharon, 6 – Final
– Annie Walsh had nine points, five goals and four assists, to lead Franklin to the win. It was the third straight game that the Panthers had held an opponent to six goals or fewer. Kelsey MacCallum added four goals and Jackie O’Neil had a goal and three assists in the win. Franklin goalie Gianna Cameron made six saves. Sharon was led by Emma Eberhardt, who scored four of the team’s six goals. Jenna Goldstein and Bridget McManus each scored for the Eagles and McManus also had a pair of assists. Rose Wald came up with 12 saves against the Franklin attack.

Boys Tennis = Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
– Franklin’s Liam Marr prevailed in a battle with Stoughton’s Waseem Sablon in a battle of two of the top sophomores in the league, securing a 6-4, -5 win to complete the Panthers’ sweep. Rohan Herur won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles, and Vayshnav Malhotra didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Saketh Saripalli and Lucas Gulick won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles while Saket Gandham and Shoumik Sompally didn’t lose a game at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

"The Gift of Music" Fall Event: Save the Date - Nov 10, 2019

"The Gift of Music" Fall Event
Mark your calendars and join us once more for an unforgettable evening!
"The Gift of Music" Fall Event: Save the Date - Nov 10, 2019
The Encore Music Education Foundation presents "The Gift of Music", a fundraising gala this Fall on Sunday, November 10th at the Milford DoubleTree Hotel.

Mark the date and stay tuned for more information in the coming months. 

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Franklin, MA 02038

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In the News: School budget cuts move forward; Commuters want State to improve their commute

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

School budget cuts move forward
"Even after a $100,000 reprieve, 13 teachers will likely lose their jobs and several fees will increase next year at Franklin Public Schools due to a townwide budget crunch caused by rising costs associated with municipal services and charter school expansion. 
The School Committee on Tuesday night voted to adopt a revised fiscal 2020 school budget of $64.6 million, down about $2.2 million from an original proposal of $66.8 million that the board agreed on last month. 
The revision comes after news of the town incurring a structural deficit entering fiscal 2020, which begins July 1. Superintendent Sara Ahern had announced earlier this month that the district needed to cut about $2.3 million from its budget due to the crisis, but that number was trimmed when the town agreed to add $100,000 after factoring in a proposed increase in state aid by the state House of Representatives and the sale of library bonds. 
Staffing cuts approved include eight faculty positions in grades seven and eight, two sixth-grade teaching positions and three elementary teaching positions. Other adjustments include raising the transportation fee by $35, increasing athletic fees by $25 and adding a $150 parking fee for high school students."

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In the News: School budget cuts move forward
In the News: School budget cuts move forward

Commuters want State to improve their commute
"Workers are fed up with their commutes, according to a recent statewide poll of registered voters. 
Of the 1,200 participants, those with the longest commutes report the frustration has led them to consider changing jobs or leaving the region, according to the report prepared by The MassINC Polling Group. Sixty-six percent say there’s an urgent need to improve the state’s transportation system. 
“The levels of frustration we are seeing in this poll suggest a significant portion of workers are reaching a breaking point when it comes to their commutes,” said Steve Koczela, president of MassINC Polling, in a statement."
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Buy Taste of ArtWeek tickets online and skip the line!

Buy Taste of ArtWeek tickets online and skip the line!
Food truck and beer garden tickets are available online! 
Buy in advance and skip the long ticket lines to go 
directly to Will Call. 
For more information, the performance line up, or to purchase tickets, go to
Taste of ArtWeek is the kick off event to Franklin ArtWeek. For a complete schedule of all 50 Franklin ArtWeek events, click

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Dodgeball Tourney to benefit Jill Pisano - May 25

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Register today to play in our DODGEBALL TOURNEY to benefit Jill Pisano! 

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Dodgeball Tourney to benefit Jill Pisano - May 25
Dodgeball Tourney to benefit Jill Pisano - May 25

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

27 Franklin Middle School Music Students to perform with Massachusetts Jr.Central District Honor Ensembles - FHS to host event

Twenty seven members of the Franklin Middle Schools music program auditioned and were accepted into the 2019 Massachusetts Jr. Central District Honor Ensembles. Franklin students represented Annie Sullivan Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School and Remington Middle School. The performances will take place this Saturday, April 27 at Franklin High School beginning at 2:00 PM.

Participating in the Jr. Central District Band are Sophie Fioravanti, Sydney Lincourt, Derek Terwilliger, Joel Keller, Adithya Balagurumoortjy, Maria Zaki and Katie Zercie.

Remington Middle School
Remington Middle School
Jazz Band is Marcus Altieri, Colin Manocchio and Christopher Botchis.

Selected to perform with the Jr. Central District Orchestra are Nicholas Bauer, Sibi Charan Dinakaran, Vivienne Loukota and Pritam Sompally, Lola Richardson, Vignan Kamarthi, Leo Yang, Patrick O’Brien, Kyle Formato, Josalyn Mascio and Weylan O’Connell.

Singing in the Jr. Central District Chorus is Adriana Jordan, Gianni Pazvakavambwa, Kayla Durkin, Katie Hanifin and Mia Quinn
symphony band at MICCA
symphony band at MICCA

For the first time, Franklin High School will be hosting this exciting event. Top musicians and educators from throughout Central Massachusetts will join together on April 27 to perform the music that has been prepared over a three rehearsal period. 

The Franklin Music Boosters and the Franklin Music Staff, lead by FMB president Deborah Ryan and Director of Music, Diane Plouffe are prepared to welcome over 1000 student musicians and their families for a day of music. The day will begin with rehearsals, followed by two concerts. The Honors Chorus and Jazz Band concert will be held at 2:00 PM, while the Orchestra and Concert Band concert will be at 4:00 PM. Both performances will take place in the Franklin High School auditorium.

Following the performances guests are invited to attend the Franklin Cultural Council “Taste of ArtWeek” Festival held on our town common from 4-8 PM. This event will include a craft fair, live performances, a beer and wine garden and food trucks.

Tri-County Receives Donation from Lutron Technologies

Lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics has generously donated $3,000 to the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Electrical Wiring Technology vocational program to help energize student learning in the school’s electrical program.

The gift, a Lutron Vive lighting and energy management control, was donated by Joseph Pero of Lutron and Keith MacKay of Yusen Associates of Woburn, Massachusetts and was presented to Cathie Rebelo, Director of Vocational Education at Tri-County, Electrical Instructors, Francis McKeown and Robert Sprague, and Electrical Wiring Technology students.

Lutron’s Vive is a revolutionary, simple and scalable wireless lighting control solution for new and existing buildings. Vive wireless works great as a retrofit application, providing flexible wireless lighting design and installation options. The new Vive Wireless Hub provides Vive Vue software allowing facility managers and building owners the ability to maximize productivity and building performance.

The Electrical Wiring Technology vocational program is reliant on equipment like the Lutron Vive to develop and build projects which advance learning and promote real-world application and experience for students. The plan is to use this equipment in the classroom to control lighting and HVAC systems.

After discovering that the electrical program may not be able to afford to purchase the Lutron equipment on their own, John Narducci, Branch Manager of Electrical Wholesalers of Franklin, stepped in to help by contacting Lutron and asking for a donation of the product. “Electrical Wholesalers have already helped and supported the Tri-County Electrical program by sponsoring school field trips to the Museum of Science in Boston,” said Francis McKeown, Electrical Instructor at Tri-County. “We are so grateful for this generous gift as well.”

The students are excited to work hands-on with the equipment. This gift creates an amazing opportunity for the electrical students. “The Lutron Vive lighting and energy management control is an investment in student success and its impact on student learning will be felt over the coming years,” said Robert Sprague, Tri-County Electrical Instructor.

Electrical Wholesalers is a full service electrical distributor with branches throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire and provide the highest quality service to electrical contractors as well as residential, commercial and industrial. Electrical Wholesalers is owned by US Electrical Services, Inc., the largest distribution company in the country.

Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. (, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures lighting controls and automated window treatments for residential and commercial applications. Lutron products save energy and make light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the home and office.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County Receives Donation from Lutron Technologies
Tri-County Receives Donation from Lutron Technologies

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda - April 25, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:45 pm
Franklin Municipal Center, 2nd Floor Council Chambers

AGENDA (Revised)
1. Call to Order
2. Public Comments
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Budget Update
5. FY2020 Budget Presentations: Dept. Classification

  • Information Technology 155 General Government
  • Franklin Public Schools 300 Education

6. Final Recommendations and Vote
7. Adjournment

Trust Fund Balances Update

  • General Stabilization $ 6,034,922
  • Recreation Fields 300,453
  • Open Space Acquisition 1,113,432
  • Budget Stabilization 390,527
  • Free Cash 694,091
  • Fire Truck Stabilization 206,506
  • OPEB 4,929,772
  • Property Acquisition 265,696

OPEB Obligation as of 6/30/18 (PAYGO): 74,059,736

The Agenda document:

The FY 2020 budget document used for the March 18, 2019 session

The Finance Committee as it begins the Jan 8, 2019 capital budget meeting at the Senior Center
The Finance Committee as it begins the Jan 8, 2019 capital budget meeting at the Senior Center