Friday, May 10, 2019

MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps

MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps

Announcing the Whole-Home
Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ("MassCEC") is excited to announce the launch of our Whole-Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot.

MassCEC has allocated $500,000 to provide rebates for the installation of whole-home air-source heat pump ("ASHP") systems at residential properties – specifically at existing homes with natural gas and new construction projects designed to operate without fossil fuels. This pilot is meant to support ASHP systems that function as the sole source of heating in a home without the need for supplementary or back-up heat. The Pilot will accept applications until December 31, 2019 or until all allocated funding has been awarded
MassCEC launches pilot program for whole-home heat pumps
HVAC contractors interested in becoming a participating installer should review the requirements in the Pilot Program Manual and reach out to with any questions.

Through the pilot program, MassCEC will promote projects at the leading edge of Massachusetts' strategic electrification efforts. A major goal of the pilot is collecting learnings and information on whole-home ASHP systems, so we look forward to sharing preliminary results, lessons learned, and case studies through the pilot program. Read our blog post to learn more about the goals of the pilot, and please reach out to us if you have any questions or ideas.

Further program information can be found at
The MassCEC Air-Source Heat Pump Team
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The MassCEC Air-Source Heat Pump Team
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
63 Franklin St, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Reminder: Franklin Cultural District: Dedication Celebration - May 10 - 3:30 PM

We are looking forward to the celebration of Franklin's New Cultural District. Please come join our legislators

  • Senate President Karen Spilka
  • Senator Rebecca Rausch
  • Representative Jeff Roy

on Friday, May 10 at 3:30 PM at the Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central Street. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at THE BLACK BOX.

We also want to remind you all of our upcoming May Cultural District Partners meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 PM Franklin Public Library.

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

Honor Roll for the third quarter from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

The honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin is now available. 

  • Students who receive term grades of B- or better in all subjects earn honor roll status.
  • Students who earn grades of A- or better in all subjects receive high honors.

Download a copy of the listing here:

Honor Roll for the third quarter from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Honor Roll for the third quarter from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

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

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Baseball = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 11 – Final 
– Franklin had three pitchers combine for a one-hitter scored double-digit runs for the fourth straight game. Liam Dailey allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks, striking out four in five innings of work. Ben Guzman (two strikeouts) and Will Pacheco (three strikeouts) each pitched an inning in relief. Scott Elliott led the offense with three hits, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Alex Haba (two runs, RBI), Jake Macchi (two runs), and Brennan Rivera (run, two RBI) each had two hits for the Panthers.

Softball = Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 6 – Final
– King Philip Faith Turinese had a strong performance in the circle, scattering five hits in a complete game shutout. Meghan Gorman had two hits, including a home run, to lead the Warriors’ offense. Liliana Rolfe also had two hits and Abby Carey came through with a key single with the bases loaded. Franklin’s Maddy White went 2-for-3.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 21 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final
– Franklin built a 13-1 lead by halftime and then pitched a shutout in the second half, rolling to a win over the Hornets. Senior Jacob Alexander continued to dominate at the face-off X, winning 20-of-22 draws to help the Franklin offense control possession. Sophomore Matt Lazzaro scored six goals and had two assists, junior Jake Davis scored five times and added two helpers, senior Nitin Chaudhury had a pair of goals and one assist, and both junior Ben Greco (three assists) and senior Tim Kolb (two assists) scored once. Senior Will Davis made nine saves in net.

Girls Lacrosse = Mansfield, 3 @ Franklin, 16 – Final
– Franklin ran away with the game, picking up its seventh straight win with a 16-3 decision over visiting Mansfield. Senior Annie Walsh (four goals, three assists) and junior Erin Walsh (five goals, two assists) led the offense with seven points apiece, while Kelsey MacCallum added a hat trick and assists. Junior Gianna Cameron had a strong game in goal with 11 saves.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 2 – Final
– Franklin won two matches in singles action and won one doubles match in a three-set thriller to edge King Philip in a battle of top teams in the Kelley-Rex division. The Panthers, who entered tied with the Warriors in first in the division, got the deciding win from Saket Gandham and Shoumik Sompally, who pulled out a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win at second doubles to give Franklin the win. Liam Marr won at 6-3, 6-3 at first singles and Vayshnav Malhotra didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. King Philip sophomore Nick Putney won 6-1, 6-2 at second singles and the team of Jack Cannon and Nate Ihley, both juniors, secured a 6-4, 6-0 win at first doubles.

Girls Tennis = King Philip, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Michael Atleson
Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education

A while back, we warned you about the "one ring" scam. That's when you get a phone call from a number you don't know, and the call stops after just one ring. 

The scammer is hoping you'll call back, because it's really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer. 

Well, the scam is back with a vengeance, and the FCC just issued a new advisory about it. Read the FCC's advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:

Read more

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

Kids’ Summer Vacation Cooking Camp - Grades 4 - 7

It’s summer vacation and it’s a great time for cooking camp! Lifelong Community Learning is pleased to announce its Kids’ Summer Vacation Cooking Camp at Kids Corner for Grades 4 - 7. 

The camp runs Monday through Thursday during the week of July 29 and the fee is $299. Kids’ Corner aprons are also available to purchase for just $11.99.

For 3 hours each day - over 4 days, students will enhance their kitchen skills and learn complex techniques like searing, sautéing, folding, and more. 

Menus and recipes are fun and challenging at the same time. Here’s a sample of what the students will be cooking: breakfast for dinner, comfort foods, a variety of cookies, and snack attack favorites.

For more information and to register, go to and click on Community Learning-Kids’ Corner. You can also call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.
ABOUT US: Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for residents in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities. 
NOTE: If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brenda Reed at 508-613-1483 or email at

Kids’ Summer Vacation Cooking Camp - Grades 4 - 7
Kids’ Summer Vacation Cooking Camp - Grades 4 - 7

Charter School expansion isn't a driving cause of the FPS school budget deficit

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Since the expansion of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School was first discussed six years ago, Executive Director Heather Zolnowski said its impact has remained transparent with the town. 
And while she believes it’s a factor in the town budget, she says it’s not to blame for the town’s looming structural deficit entering fiscal year 2020. 
“We’ve been talking about this for six years – they knew it was coming,” said Zolnowski in response to comments from Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen that the school’s expansion costs have left a dent in the fiscal 2020 budget. Hellen is forecasting a structural deficit, possibly extending to fiscal 2022 due to a lack of sufficient state funding for the charter school. 
According to Hellen, more than $5 million in town funding is being diverted to the school in fiscal 2020 - $1.1 million more than this year."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Horace Mann statue in downtown Franklin, the father of public education
Horace Mann statue in downtown Franklin, the father of public education

Related post:

Per the legislative update at the Town Council meeting, Wednesday, May 8 the DESE forecast of Charter School funding has caught up to the actual numbers for the projected enrollment at the Charter School. We should see these changes in the budget package being prepared for the Town Council budget hearings scheduled for May 22 and May 23. The Franklin Public Schools still face a deficit and have had to make some hard decisions.

My notes recorded live during the Town Council meeting on May 8

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Live reporting: Legislation for action

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
June 19

c. Economic Development Subcommittee
June 12

covered earlier in this meeting
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))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 via roll call

Bylaw Amendment 19-841: Municipal Service Fees- Ten Day Recycling Sticker- 2nd Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 19-841- Majority Vote (5))

motion to add "consecutive" to the amendment; voted 9-0

motion to approve as amended, seconded, passed 9-0 via roll call

11. TOWN ADMINISTRATORS REPORTfollow up on comments re: Skyline Dr
replacement water replacement program
did Skyline water lines; did have neighborhood meeting
did look to narrow the roads (did Coronation Drive last year)
better long term maintenance
it does slow folks down
would review project and get back to her by Friday
first heard of the drainage issue tonight

good news to be designated as a Housing Choice Community; rewards adoption of best practices
with Governor, get certificate, eligible for state projects and grants

Kudos to Laurie R for finding this and we easily qualified

Regional Dispatch Center going live sometime tonight
other towns went live this week
in full operation by Friday

budget message and fiscal forecast being sent this week

hearings May 22-23

12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMScan we get an update from Cultural Council on ArtWeek


Executive Session

Franklin resident at 109 birthday, May 4

thank you to the legislators

Saturday, Remington Jefferson SNETT fund raising 5M/5K

props to our school committee folks who are fighting tooth and nail for us

King St - I finally saw someone playing pickel ball there

Memorial Day breakfast May 24 - 9 AM
Memorial Day parade 10 AM typical route

Cultural District dedication at 3:30 with reception at BLACK BOX

None scheduled

Live Reporting: Legislative Update - Spilka, Rausch, Roy

a. Senate President Karen Spilka, 
Senator Rebecca Rausch, 
State Representative Jeffrey Roy

Senator Spilka thanks Jeff Nutting for all his has done during his time in leadership
we have a strong team in the State House, we help each other, support each other
it has been a pleasure working with them

Senate version of the budget issued yesterday

revising the foundation budget is one of the keys that got me into this position so to be here now and help make some changes, is good

working to get rid of stigma for mental health, needs to be treated the same as physical health

Chap 70 has made this a priority, started to increase per the review commission recommendations, more than the House and Governor, most to the low income students where it is needed

increased for health insurance and SPED transportation
Franklin should receive more as we phase it in over the years

Charter reimbursement, actually less money but calculated differently so an increase over the House amount of approx $800K

updated numbers for the Charter, had attributed more numbers to Franklin, actual numbers show less students so the numbers will reflect that

fully funded the SPED circuit breaker; amount about $200K estimated for Franklin

created $10M trust fund for mental health awareness

Senator Becca Rausch, it is a privilege to work with such colleagues
working on amendments now which are due Friday

working on home rule petitions
senate vice chair committee on elder affairs
advancing elder care and housing

good governance and good democracy, seeing good engagement and that is good
health care and reproductive health

focused on the budget for the next several weeks

Rep Roy, good to be back here, interesting to be on this side of the table
I'll echo what my colleagues have said, it is good working together

House and Senate are in agreement on Chap 70
incremental increases in Chap 70, a $2M increase with an enrollment from 6000 - 5200; a hard fight to have; $4K increase in per pupil expenditure

schools are facing burden and need every dollar they can

projected at 479 now at 375 students for Charter School, it is still somewhat a moving target 

in close contact with DESE charter guru to keep informed as the budget continues to be worked

Chap 90 - $910K for Franklin coming; Brutus start your engines

working on additional earmarks; honored and thrilled to chair the higher education committee; having a college in Franklin makes this important; looking to address sexual assaults on campus; college/school closures - 17 in last year in MA, looking to protect students so they don't get hurt

looking at how higher education is funded, taking a deep dive to look at those issues

while I feel like a young legislator, this is my 7th visit

Jones - chap 90 funding, awesome, that will get us one road
3-5 years, Beaver St interceptor

Hamblen - thank you for all that is going on at the State
thanks for the funding for the SNETT design of the bridge
goal of the trail is to have someplace for all to go other together

Secretary Beaton did come out to ride the trail, a good thing that he also had a flat as he went up the hill

Hellen - State to be filling with Conservation possible to be wrapping up for end of this year

Dellorco - that for coming, thank for what you do on the opioid issue,that runs hand in hand with mental health

Padula - what I see from clients is that things spin back to mental health; it is such a down stream problem and a major issue

Nutting - $13M state revolving fund for our water treatment plant, saving us hundreds of thousand dollars; maybe doing something for us with the sewer down the road

Mercer - local option taxes
Hellen - we get $500K in local meal tax, .75 of one penny currently, if we could get a little more; doubling the meals tax is not really going to be noticeable

Dr Bergen - thanks for coming to our Forum earlier this year
we are trying to educate our community on our budget issues

opioid and mental health, schools becoming the main social service agency and we can fund the counselors we need; so the question - is there specific funding to help us with the counselors in schools?

Spilka - mental health issues are a problem at all the schools, it is sprinkling through out the budget; most in gateway communities last fall; family resource centers funded; looking at other ways to support the family and the children; the Senate did create a $10M for mental health; asked for a working group on mental health to see what else we need to do; what can we do to change the paradigm

Bergen - while we are working with a level service budget, we are faced with SPED outplacements where their tuition costs are increasing at 8plus percent

Spilka - we will look into that

Schultz (Vice Chair School Comm) - thanks for fully funding the circuit breaker, that is important for us; addressing short medium and long term transportation reimbursements

Spilka - we will continue to look at that, not sure if they have had hearings yet; the focus had been on the Chap 70 funding formula

 Spilka - we have never fully funded the charter schools, we need more money; that was the hardest thing as Ways and Means chair, to hear all the needs and try and figure out how to use the one pot of money and balance it out, it only goes so far

Schultz - I am frustrated that we are not asking for an override this year

Roy - one of my first votes was to index the gas tax to the rate of inflation, dedicated to fixing roads and bridges; ballot question over ruled the $10B revenue that could have been available to use; fair share amendment passed today; a group of folks did not like the tax, Supreme Judicial Court weighed in to deny that revenue for transportation; it is not an easy battle

pilot program to take congestion off the roads was vetoed by the Governor

wonderful graph that talks about education and what it can do for the economy
it is a straight line, and MA is the first state to surpass 50% with bachelors degrees

Spilka - our people are our biggest national resource, and by supporting them, it is our future; education is a priority for us three and for our MetroWest communities

Hellen - Cultural District announcement on Friday at 3:30 PM at the Historical Museum
public invited

Mercer - thank you for coming, and for what you do

Live reporting: Senior Housing Project

b. Franklin Ridge Senior Housing Proposal

3 story building to meet an increasing need for Senior housing in Franklin
60% of Boston amount for income qualification

Eaton Place - 50 unit housing already in area

mimic some of the design used at Eaton Place
ledge primarily but to be landscaped all around

up to 3 years to get the financing needed
anticipate 2024 completion for occupation

looking for support

Jones - I am looking forward to this project
check on freezing water pipes in the existing building, hopefully to avoid in the new building
meeting with Eaton Place next week, meeting with Abutters as well

we are working with the Housing Trust and the Town
Eaton Place had a HUD2 design requirement limitation we are going with State requirements to avoid

Housing Trust did commit $500K and the land towards the project
working with low income housing tax credits and housing program to secure the financing necessary

Hamblen - any open space left?
Yes, another 8-10 acres being reserved for future housing options

Eaton Place meeting scheduled for May 17, 10:00 AM
most of the HUD components have shifted to the state level since the last time
don't need a co-sponsor like we did need at Eaton Place

Resolution 19-31: Franklin Ridge Senior Housing Development (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-31- Majority Vote (5))
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Live reporting: Town Council - May 8, 2019

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Kelly, Mercer, Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls
Absent:  none

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.

Cathy Mellor, Skyline Drive
subdivision change without notification to owners; streets narrowed, 
45 years resident, supported others
width 30 plus, reducing to 20 something
doesn't slow down speed
family neighborhood
taking out the sidewalks without notification until 2 weeks ago
asking for a disaster with the sizes of all the trucks, Amazon, UPS, etc.

new drainage system to help with Skyline Estate; four new storm drains, but not at the mouth where the water is coming from; people need clarity on what is going to happen with the storm drains and run off

complaining about the removal sidewalks, they are aesthetically pleasing; with parties on the street how will the fire trucks get through

sidewalk drew them to the neighborhood, to hear that they are being removed is upsetting, we walk on them all the time

April 24, 2019

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

a. Franklin Cultural District, Roberta DeBaggis Trahan

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

La Cantina Winery Company, Farmer 
Winery, Farmers Market

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0