Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Franklin High School PCC meeting - May 13 - Superintendent Sara Ahern

The Franklin High School will be having their last PCC meeting for the 2018-2019 school year on May 13 at 7:00 PM at the Franklin High School media center/library. 

With all of the discussions concerning the school budget, start time, and homework policy we have asked Superintendent Sara Ahern to attend the meeting and she has agreed.

Franklin High School PCC meeting - May 13 - Superintendent Sara Ahern
Franklin High School PCC meeting - May 13 - Superintendent Sara Ahern

FHS baseball, softball and both boys and girls lacrosse teams post wins

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Monday, May 6, 2019

Baseball = Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 15 – Final (5 inn.)
– Franklin senior Alex Haba drove in four runs and classmate Scott Elliot went 2-for-4, including a three-run home run, to pace the Panthers to a win over Sharon. Jack Nally added two hits, including a double, and scored three runs, Cooper Ross knocked in two runs and scored once, Jake Fitzgibbons had two RBI, and Joe Lizotte went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Junior Brennan Rivera allowed just two hits in four innings of work, striking out three with one walk. Cody Trotin tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

Softball = Franklin, 17 @ Sharon, 1 – Final (6 inn.)
– Franklin sophomore Gabby Colace (2-for-4) knocked in four runs, including a two-run triple in a six-run first inning as the Panthers earned a big win on the road. Junior Tina Pisano had a triple for Franklin and Kristen Smith had a hit and a run scored. Emily Valentino got the win, scattering five hits while striking out eight. Sharon senior Rebecca Clayman went 2-for-2 with a double and scored a run while Julia Earley had the RBI for the Eagles.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 17 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final
– Franklin senior Jacob Alexander went a perfect 23-for-23 at the face-off X, leading the Panthers to a big win on the road. Sophomore Matt Lazzaro scored a hat trick and had four assists, junior Jake Davis scored four goals and added one helper, and Ben Greco recorded five points with two goals and three assists. Frankie Ireland scored twice for Oliver Ames and Remi Creighton netted one tally.

Girls Lacrosse = Oliver Ames, 6 @ Franklin, 19 – Final
– Franklin had 12 players record a point in a convincing win at home against Oliver Ames. Sophomore Sydney Hawkins and freshman Anna Grasso each scored their first career goals for the Panthers in the win. Oliver Ames goalie Maddie Kullen had nine saves in net, Olivia Piazza had two goals and two assists, Ella Hogan scored twice with one assist, and Olivia Carroll and Sam Cathie had a goal and an assist each.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final
– Sharon senior Danujan Thirumavalavan won the first and third sets, both by tiebreaker, to emerge with a win and give the Eagles a victory against the Panthers. Thirumavalavan emerged with a 7-6 (7-3), 2-7, 7-6 (7-3) win in a battle with Franklin sophomore Liam Marr. Alberto Olivei added a 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0 win at second singles and freshman Rueman Bhattacharyya grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Franklin’s Saketh Saripalli and Vayshnav Malhotra (first doubles) and the team of Lucas Gulick and Shoumik Sompally (second doubles) both won 6-2, 6-2.

Girls Tennis = Sharon, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

“I do think it’s important that we’re involving the public as much as possible”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Senate working group formed to take a deep dive into tax policy and recommend ways to modernize and update the tax code will hold closed meetings, according to its chairman. 
Sen. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, who also co-chairs the Joint Committee on Revenue, told the News Service that the working group will hold six regional hearings to take public testimony but will keep its monthly business meetings closed in an effort to facilitate “honest conversation” among group members. 
“It’s my inclination to do it this way,” said Hinds, who has described the group’s charge as modernizing and simplifying the state tax code by recommending legislative changes for consideration in the 2021-2022 legislative session. 
The group’s first meeting is set for 2 p.m. on May 15 in the Senate Reading Room. Its members include a former lieutenant governor and revenue commissioner, representatives of big businesses and labor unions, and several appointees who favor changes to boost revenue and make taxes fairer for low-income workers."

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From the archives, the original announcement of the Senate Revenue Working Group  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/04/senate-president-spilka-chair-hinds.html

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

FTC Parental Advisory: Dating Apps

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Parents be warned: some dating apps – like FastMeet, Meet24 and Meet4U – allow adults to find and communicate with children. Concerned parents should remove these apps if they're on children's devices. You also can set your kids' devices so they must get parental approval before purchasing any new apps. 

Here are a few more things you should know: 

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Franklin Democrats to Caucus May 18

Registered Democrats in Franklin will be holding a caucus at the Franklin Public Library located at 118 Main Street on May 18 to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

Registration begins at 1:00 PM, and the Caucus opens at 1:30 PM You must be registered no later than 1:45 PM to vote or be considered as a delegate. Voting will begin at 1:45 PM.

This year's state convention will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield for the purpose of amending the Party Charter.

The caucus is open to all registered and preregistered Democrats in Franklin. New this year, preregistered Democrats who will be 16 years of age by May 11, 2019, will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. A Franklin voter may register as a Democrat with the Town Clerk or at the caucus and then run for a delegate slot. Delegate candidates must be present or have informed a co-chair of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee prior to the Caucus of their intent to be nominated.

At the caucus, Democrats will elect 14 delegates and 4 alternates to the convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women with one any-gender delegate, and all ballots will be written and secret.

In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. The deadline to apply to be an add-on delegate is July 8.

The Franklin Public Library is handicapped accessible.

For more information on the caucus and the Franklin Democratic Town Committee, please contact Chair Tonya Price at Chair@FranklinDemocrats.com, find us on facebook, visit our website at FranklinDemocrats.com

Franklin Democrats to Caucus May 18
Franklin Democrats to Caucus May 18

St Mary's Women’s Faith Formation Group - May 18

All women are invited to join the St Mary's Women’s Faith Formation Group on Saturday, May 18 from 9 – 10 AM in the lower church hall at St. Mary Church in Franklin (One Church Square). 

We continue our viewing of Bishop Barron’s “Catholicism” series, with small group discussion to follow. Since segments are on independent topics, we encourage you to attend even if you missed previous sessions. 

Light refreshments will be served. 
Feel free to bring a friend - all are welcome!

St Mary's Women’s Faith Formation Group - Mar 16
St Mary's Women’s Faith Formation Group - Mar 16

Broadway’s Mamie Parris to Bring Solo Show to THE BLACK BOX - May 11

THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Mamie Parris in a one-night-only solo show accompanied by Broadway composer Barbara Anselmi (It Should Have Been You) on Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM. 

On Broadway, Mamie most recently returned to the cast of School of Rock in the role of Rosalie. She previously starred as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS. Her other Broadway and National Tour credits include School of Rock (Patty) (cast album), Wicked (Elphaba), 9 To 5 The Musical (as Judy Bernly, the role created by Jane Fonda in the iconic film), the Tony-Nominated revival of Ragtime, 5-time Tony-Winner The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Roundabout Theatre’s acclaimed revivals of On The 20th Century (Agnes) (cast album), and 110 In the Shade (cast album). 
Mamie Parris in Wicked as Elphaba
Mamie Parris in Wicked as Elphaba

Off-Broadway credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), part of the Encores! Off-Center series, and See Rock City and Other Destinations (Dodi) presented by the Transport Group (cast album out now). Other notable credits include roles at The Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Muny, The Macau International Music Festival in Macau, China, and many more. Her film and television credits include The Blacklist (NBC), A Stand Up Guy (Orchard), and State of Affairs (NBC).

Composer Barbara Anselmi has a long resume as a music director, arranger, and orchestrator. Her writing career began after 9/11 with All Join Together, the title song of a CD that raised money for The New York Times 9/11 fund. Other works include The Orphan Train, book/lyrics by Susan and Sasha Nanus, A Christmas Carol, and The Acting Company Salon Series, (starring F. Murray Abraham and Lynn Redgrave). 

She was a part of the Drama Desk Award nominee "The Audience," and worked for companies such as Theatreworks USA, the Goodspeed Opera House, and Musicals Tonight. Her work has been heard on television and concerts across the country. Barbara is a Faculty member at CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, The New Studio at NYU, and Barnard College, and Alumna of NYU and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

The concert is sponsored by the Waters Corporation and Middlesex Savings Bank. Tickets can be purchased at www.theblackboxonline.com by calling 508-528-3370, or at the door.

Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive

Registry of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded history buffs that all hand written documents at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds have been electronically transcribed and are available for viewing and printing.

"The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been in existence for 225 years. During that time, the Registry has gone from the days of scriveners with quill pens to the modern era of computers and advanced document imaging. We are proud of the effort undertaken to transcribe images of handwritten land documents dating back from 1793 to 1900," noted O'Donnell. "With the transcription process complete, we now have all our land documents, approximately 8,000,000, available at our website www.norfolkdeeds.org."

O'Donnell further stated, "We are extraordinarily proud that the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds was the first in New England back in 2017 to go through this transcription process. The effort undertaken to transcribe these hard to read land documents represented a special effort by the Registry and its vendor to have an accurate representation of these handwritten land documents. This undertaking has allowed the public to perform historical, genealogical and land record research." The Register added that 12.5 million words of Old English prose written in cursive penmanship were transcribed into readable computer text.

It should be noted that while the transcribers made a best effort to translate these hard to read documents, their accuracy is not guaranteed. "These transcribed documents," stated Register O'Donnell, "are not legal documents in and of itself, and are not considered binding on the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds or its employees. It is considered merely a convenient reference for Registry users. For documentation purposes, users should refer to the scanned image of the original document instead of the transcribed image."

"It is a wonderful time to take advantage of this technological breakthrough. Genealogy InTime Magazine estimated that 7.93 million Americans are involved in tracking their ancestors," noted O'Donnell. The Register also stated that two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough was fascinated and delighted to learn about the project, writing "... you {Registry} are making a large and important contribution and I send my warmest congratulations."

Concluding his remarks, O'Donnell stated, "As Register of Deeds, I take very seriously my responsibility to be the custodian of land document information in Norfolk County. Part of that responsibility is to ensure the accuracy and accessibility of these land documents. Future generations will now be able to read these transcribed images with the goal of ensuring a historically correct record of land documents in Norfolk County."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in 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 www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

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

email: registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org
phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831
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Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive
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Two key MBTA projects delayed with commuter rail impact

On the MBTA front, there are two reports with delays in projects
"The MBTA’s $700 million effort to convert to all-electronic fare collection is behind schedule, a blow to a high-profile project that the agency has cast as a near silver-bullet solution to many of its service problems and pricing limitations. 
Officials declined to specify how long it will now take to implement the fare system, originally scheduled for completion in 2021, nor are they saying exactly what has gone wrong. But the delays apparently involve technology issues with the T’s vendor, as well as difficult policy decisions, such as how to conduct random fare checks that the new system will require."
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And earlier last week, there was also a delay announced with the implementation of the new PTC system.
"Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials are worried the agency will miss a key deadline to install a federally required safety system on the commuter rail, with testing of the long-planned system delayed by an equipment issue. 
The new positive train control system, known as PTC, uses a high-tech network to ensure trains don’t collide. The $459 million project was supposed to be fully installed and operational by the end of next year, but hardware and software problems could threaten that timeline, officials told the MBTA’s governing board Monday. 
The key problem is faulty equipment, built by the international conglomerate Siemens, a subcontractor on the project, that is designed to relay information about train locations and speeds."

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How does the automated fare collection system work for commuter rail?
"on the commuter rail, passengers would tap into the system before they board trains and tap out when they reach their destination, so the T can calculate the distance-based fares."

Two key MBTA projects delayed
Two key MBTA projects delayed

What is the process for a Prop 2 1/2 ballot question?

Inquiring minds might ask "How do we avoid letting so many teachers go and raise school fees?" The town budget is balanced to meet expected revenue. The only way to increase the expected revenue is for the majority of the voters to agree to do so. 

Proposition 2½ questions are placed on an election ballot by vote of the "local
appropriating body," which is defined in towns as the selectboard, not town meeting. In
towns without selectboards, a vote of the town council is required to present a question to
the electorate. In cities, a vote of the city council, with the mayor's approval where
required by law, is needed. G.L. c. 59, § 21C(a).

This is the only way an override or exclusion question may be placed on the ballot. They
may not be placed on the ballot by a town meeting vote or any local initiative procedure
authorized by law. A local initiative procedure, however, may be used as an alternative
method of placing an underride question on the ballot.

The board or council must vote the question exactly as it will appear on the ballot.

Proposition 2½ questions may be placed on a regular or special municipal election ballot.

Questions may also be placed on the state biennial election ballot. However, those
questions must be submitted to the Secretary of State for certification by the first
Wednesday in August preceding the election. G.L. c. 59, § 21C(i).

The usual laws and procedures relating to municipal elections apply. The municipal clerk
must receive written notice of the question being placed on the ballot at least 35 days
before the date of the election. G.L. c. 54, § 42C. The vote to place a question on the
ballot must take place in sufficient time to meet this advance notice requirement.

A city or town may present Proposition 2½ questions to the voters as many times during
the year as it chooses. The only constraint on the interval between these elections is the
time needed to call and hold each election.

The Office of the Secretary of State is responsible for administering and enforcing
election laws. Specific questions about the application of these laws to Proposition 2½
elections should be directed to the Elections Division of that office at 617-727-2828."

Additional info on the process can be found in the Division of Local Services (DLS) bulletin which is part of the MA Dept of Revenue (DOR). 

DOR also has a series of short videos to explain the process

What is the process for a Prop 2 1/2 ballot question?
What is the process for a Prop 2 1/2 ballot question?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 8, 2019

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of May 8, 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.
April 24, 2019
a. Franklin Cultural District, Roberta DeBaggis Trahan
La Cantina Winery Company, Farmer Winery, Farmers Market
a. Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Rebecca Rausch, State Representative Jeffrey Roy
b. Franklin Ridge Senior Housing Proposal
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 19-31: Franklin Ridge Senior Housing Development (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-31- Majority Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 19-838: Amendment to the Franklin Town Code at Ch.153 Stormwater Management- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 19-838- Majority Vote (5))
Bylaw Amendment 19-841: Municipal Service Fees- Ten Day Recycling Sticker- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 19-841- Majority Vote (5))

Executive Session

None scheduled
Water/sewer line work underway on Dean Ave
Water/sewer line work underway on Dean Ave

Franklin ArtWeek Schedule for Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5

9:00 -12:00: FPAC 5K and 1 mile Fun Run at THE BLACK BOX ($10/$25)
The first annual Franklin Performing Arts Company Road Race will begin and end at THE BLACK BOX. Along the route, runners will be entertained and encouraged by sidewalk art created by student artists. THE BLACK BOX theater will feature face painting, finish line sign- making for children, and a celebration with live music in the theater lobby. 
Race start time is 10:00 a.m. Race fees: 5K: $25 advance, $35 day-of; Fun Run: $10 advance, $15 day-of.
Runner check-in 9:00. Free activities begin 10:00. 
Register: www.fpaconline.com

10:00 - 2:00: Throwing Seeds mural painting at Franklin Agway (FREE) Come watch farmer and artist Tyler Harris create a mural on Agway's fence as he interprets the phrase “Throwing Seeds”. Tyler grew up in Franklin and is now the manager of a farm in Dartmouth Mass.

12:00 - 2:00: The Art of Canning Pickles at Franklin Agway (FREE)
You can enjoy the taste of summer year round by learning how to preserve vegetables at their peak ripeness. Learn where and when to get your fresh produce at Franklin's local farms as well as how to make your own pickles! Stir & chop, or just watch. Learn the lost culinary art of canning. It's fun and yummy! Outdoor event; weather permitting.

1:30 - 2:15: NoteAble Blend concert at the Franklin Public Library (FREE) NoteAble Blend, an energetic women's barbershop chorus, will perform an a cappella performance, including a fun and lively description of the four parts of barbershop.

1:30 - 5:00: Post-It Note Collage at Franklin Public Library ~ In celebration of ArtWeek 2019, the Youth Services department will be building a Post-It Note Collage! But we need your help! Stop by anytime during the week to help add post-it notes to the wall. What will the final image be?? Only time will tell!!

3:00 - 3:45: NoteAble Blend concert at the Franklin Historical Museum (FREE) NoteAble Blend, an energetic women's barbershop chorus, will perform an a cappella performance, including a fun and lively description of the four parts of barbershop.

Download your copy of the full schedule for ArtWeek here

Franklin ArtWeek Schedule for Sunday, May 5, 2019
Franklin ArtWeek Schedule for Sunday, May 5, 2019

"when you’re picking a school you have to be picking it for more than just sports"

Elizabeth Clark, student and writer for Pantherbook, recently published an interview with Kristi Kirshe.

"Every athlete imagines having successes in high school, college, and eventually the big stage of either professional sports or Olympic sports. For one Panther alumna, she had successes in high school, collegiately, and is now taking the Olympic stage, in a way many wouldn’t expect. 
Kristi Kirshe, FHS Class of 2013, will play for the USA Rugby team. In high school, she was a Gatorade Player of the Year for soccer, and a standout in basketball and lacrosse as well. She went on to play soccer at Williams College, where she was the all-time leading scorer of goals in a season (18), career goals (43), and career points (114). After college, she missed being a competitive athlete and got involved in rugby. I recently got a chance to talk to her about her successes in high school, college, and now her involvement in rugby."
Continue reading the interview with Kristi

Kristi Kirshe
Kristi Kirshe (US Rugby photo)

Panther TV: Interview with Paul Peri

If you have ever wanted to know a little more about Paul Peri, the principal at Franklin High School, this video will either answer some of your questions, or raise other for you to ask Paul when you see him next.

Thanks Panther TV!

For additional Panther TV videos, check out their page on YouTube

Franklin Cultural District: Dedication Celebration - May 10

Dear Cultural District Partners,

The Town of Franklin and the Franklin Cultural District Committee are honored to announce the Dedication Celebration of Franklin’s Cultural District. The festivities will begin with a formal Dedication Ceremony at the Franklin Historical Museum on Friday, May 10, at 3:30 PM. The Dedication Ceremony will be followed by a celebration at THE BLACK BOX, which will include light refreshments and entertainment. All are welcome to attend.

We would also like to remind you of our upcoming Partners' Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held in the Franklin Public Library community room.

We hope to see you all at these upcoming events.

The Franklin Cultural District Committee

Franklin Cultural District: Dedication Celebration - May 10
Franklin Cultural District: Dedication Celebration - May 10