Thursday, June 6, 2019

Staff Sergeant Anthony J. Mucciarone, Jr. written by Angela Baker

I received the email in January, 2019:
"My name is Angela Baker. I am a Franklin resident who is currently a college junior majoring in history at George Washington University. I am presently enrolled in a class which is studying the impact of the D-Day invasion on individual communities and soldiers. For this class, I have been tasked with writing a biography of a soldier from Franklin who participated in the invasion and is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery"

Recently, Angela sent along a copy of her final paper to share:
"On June 6, 1944, one of the greatest, most ambitious, military operations in history occurred. In an effort to liberate France from German occupation and to save Europe from Hitler’s grasp, Allied troops landed at Normandy. It was the beginning of the end of a war spurred by tyranny and oppression, that had brought tragedy and grievous human suffering. Thousands would die in the operation, yet it allowed the Allies to begin their advance toward Germany, toward the end of the war, and toward peace. The men who participated in the operation could hardly know what lay ahead of them at the start of D-Day. This is the story of one of those men. This is the story of Staff Sergeant Anthony J. Mucciarone, Jr."

Staff Sergeant Anthony J. Mucciarone, Jr.
A column on the Veterans Walkway for Staff Sergeant Anthony J. Mucciarone, Jr.

FSPA Alum Returns to Choreograph FPAC’s Cabaret

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) alum Chris LeBeau has returned from NYC to create new choreography for the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)’s production of Cabaret

Originally from Holliston, LeBeau received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University’s prestigious Drama Department. His national tour credits include Chicago The Musical (ensemble, understudy Amos Hart) and The Producers (ensemble, understudy Leo Bloom).

Chris LeBeau
Chris LeBeau
In NYC, LeBeau performed at Lincoln Center for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Crazy for You! with choreography by Susan Stroman and took part in the Lab presentation of Babes in Arms under Randy Skinner's direction. Regionally, he has been seen in Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Cabaret, Chicago, Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street, and others.

This past fall, LeBeau was back in Franklin for FPAC’s production of Disney’s Newsies starring Broadway’s Christopher Rice (The Book of Mormon, Pretty Woman) with choreography by Chaz Wolcott (Newsies, CATS, So You Think You Can Dance). LeBeau played Davey in the production.

LeBeau brings his Fosse Dance expertise to develop new choreography for the classic musical. Kander and Ebb’s famous songs from the show include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.” Cabaret will feature additional kick-line choreography by Kellie Stamp.

Cabaret runs for three performances at THE BLACK BOX June 14 and 15. For tickets and more information about FPAC’s Cabaret, visit or call the box office at 508-528-3370.

FHS baseball drops first round game 5-3 to North Andover

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap of the FHS baseball loss to North Andover in the first round of the Super 8 playoffs.

"After getting three straight outs to leave the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, Franklin came to bat in the bottom half with the momentum on its side.

Trailing 5-3 to eighth-seeded North Andover, the top-seeded Panthers found themselves with a chance to potentially tie or win the game in their last at-bats. Dan Markowski led off with a double and Joe Lizotte singled. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, Franklin had senior captain Alex Haba, the Hockomock League’s batting champion and MVP, at the plate.

On a 1-1 count, Haba swung and missed for strike two and senior Scott Elliott, who reached on the fielder’s choice, sprinted and slid into second safely for a stolen base to put the tying run on second base. But before the Elliott could dust off the dirt, the home plate ump signaled for interference at the plate and called the third out, leaving the Panthers at a loss in an opening round matchup of the MIAA Super 8 tournament.

“There’s never one pitch, one swing, one call, one play that defines a game,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “The Super 8 is nine innings, 27 outs, and there’s a million opportunities in that game for us to execute better and change the outcome. Yes, I would have liked to have seen that sequence play out with runners at second and third and the league MVP at the plate. I definitely would have liked to have see that play out but that’s not the reality of the situation."

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For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin’s Joe Lizotte (3-for-4) connects for a hit in the fifth inning against North Andover. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin’s Joe Lizotte (3-for-4) connects for a hit in the fifth inning against North Andover. (Ryan Lanigan/

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures are in effect as of June 3, 2019

  • No lawn watering between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • No holiday delays for watering.
  • No lawn watering is permitted on other days of the week.
  • Hand watering of lawn and landscape is permitted anytime. 
The summer Water Conservation Measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption.  

During the summer months, the Town experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn watering. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place mandatory water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months.

A total of 1-inch of water once per week from rain and watering promotes the healthiest lawns.  Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200.           

Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water conservation measures, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Franklin's drinking water wells, so please water wisely!  If you receive a violation warning from the DPW, please call 508-520-4910 and let us know you have a private well.

Every Drop Counts
Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water every day? But we can all reduce our water use by as much as 30 percent by taking a few simple steps, such as installing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and using water efficiently in our yards. Did you know that the town of Franklin pumped over 990,000,000 gallons of water last year?

The Town of Franklin DPW is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supply through water-efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform as well or better than your existing products.  

The Town is now offering rebates for installation of high efficiency clothes washers, toilets and rain barrels!  Please click here for more information!

Why Should You Care?
  • Using water efficiently will conserve supplies for future generations.
  • Protecting and preserving the nations water supply is critical to our economic future and human health.
  • WaterSense labeled products and services perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts.
  • Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on your utility bill.
Lawn Watering Tips
According to the University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension System, lawns require only one inch of water weekly either from rain or irrigation or a combination of both.  Watering a lawn lightly on a frequent basis, rather than watering deeply once per week, encourages shallow rooting and crabgrass while making the lawn more susceptible to drought injury.  

The Town is now offering rebates for installation of rain barrels!  Please click here for more information!

Test Your WaterSense
Think you know everything there is to know about water? You can't be sure until you've played EPA's "Test Your WaterSense" online quiz! Maneuver the water-efficiency hero Hydro through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters such as Sogosaurus and Drainiac.

WaterSense Labeled Products
Stay tuned as WaterSense labeled products become available at a store near you! EPA maintains an online directory of labeled products that can be found here.

Learn More
What is water efficiency? You can learn more about water efficiency and water saving tips for water consumers. Learn about the benefits of water efficiency and find links to related resources and state initiated programs.

For Kids! Learn all about Water!

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Mandatory Water Conservation Measures are in effect as of June 3, 2019
Mandatory Water Conservation Measures are in effect as of June 3, 2019

Franklin Downtown Partnership: General Meeting - Thursday, June 6

FDP General Meeting
Thursday, June 6

Plan to spend an hour with us tomorrow morning for Franklin Downtown Partnership's general meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 8:30 AM in the Campanella Board Room of the Dean College Campus Center.

Meet Partnership members, network with other business owners, and hear updates about the town, state and FDP. If you're concerned you don't have time, remember the meeting only lasts an hour, from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. That hour will be well worth your investment of time if you meet a new client, a new customer, make a connection, or learn something new!

This month, we will have a panel discussion on economic development. It will feature Town of Franklin Planning and Community Development Director Bryan Taberner, Brad Chaffee of Camford Property Group, and Jay Mello of As Built Brewing.

Bryan will give an update on the town's economic development study that will include a market analysis and market position for Downtown Franklin, The Crossing, and the Mixed Business Innovation Zoning District. He will highlight the potential benefits of this study to the businesses and organizations in Franklin.

Brad will follow with a brief update on his residential condo development and opportunities for collaboration and economic development.

Jay will introduce As Built Brewing to the Partnership and discuss opportunities for collaboration and economic development with this first brewery to open in Franklin.

Please join us!
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“We definitely want to be better than that”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Four miles of double track will be added between Walpole and Norfolk stations on the Franklin line – a major transit link for passengers in the Milford area. That increases operational flexibility, performance and reliability. Three additional roundtrips in the morning and evening have been added along the line, said Scorey. 
The on-time rate for the Franklin line rose from 84.5 percent last year to 90.7 percent this year. It was 87.7 percent in 2017 and 85 percent in 2016. 
Across the commuter rail system, the on-time rate is 91.4 percent for 2019 and has been above 90 percent six consecutive months."

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“We definitely want to be better than that”
“We definitely want to be better than that”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Live reporting: Town Administrator's Report to Closing of meeting


restored old fire station using donations; possible use for the Old South Meeting House

Hamblen - Friday first farmers market - June 7
Strawberry Stroll - June 14
listing of farms at the booth

Casey - Thanks for Memorial Day celebration to Kelly and Kurtz

Dellorco - anniversary of D-Day Thursday, give thanks to a veteran tomorrow

Jones - shares birthday with grandfather who survived D-Day
FHS graduation this Friday, June 7

Kelly - thanks for all the help I am fortunate to be able to run this
Pasta Supper tomorrow without Johnny Padula

Mercer - thanks to Kelly and Kurtz for Memorial Day time and effort
75th Anniversary tomorrow
wishes to mother on her birthday tomorrow

None Scheduled

Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - June 5, 2019
Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - June 5, 2019

Live reporting: Legislation for Action

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
19-36: Red Brick School: Declaration as Surplus and Available for Disposition (Leasing) and Authorization to Lease (Motion to approve Resolution 19-36 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

19-37: Acceptance of Gift - Veterans Services (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-37 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

19-38 Acceptance of Gift - Conservation Commission (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-38 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

19-39: Acceptance of Gift-Franklin Cultural Council (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-39 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

19-40: Appropriation of Cable Funds (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-40 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

quarterly process

19-842 Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Changes to Chapter 185 section 40.D(3)(a) - Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-842 - Majority Vote (5))

Motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0

a technical change to clear up a disconnect between terms in conflicting statements

motion to referral to the Planning Board, seconded, passed 9-0

19-843: Bylaw Amendment- Chapter 25 Human Resource Management - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 19-843 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))

motion to move to second reading, seconded, passed 9-0

cleaning up the by-law which had not been updated to reflect the policies and regulations that are actually being followed

Live reporting: Presentation - Red Brick Schoolhouse


b. Red Brick Schoolhouse

4H - First Robotics

Lot of

Mansfield, Millis, Uxbridge, whole King Philip region

high school focuses on programing
this group does the mechanical as well
STEAM (science technology engineering art math)

coopetition (cooperative competition)
teaching real skills that are needed in the work place

did form in 2007, so have some experience over time

"the sport of the mind"

mutually beneficial to be here in Franklin and use the Red Brick School

senior mentors devote over 150 hours per year volunteering

a win-win for Franklin

Live Reporting: Presentation - Ag Commission

a. Agricultural Commission

officially formed in 2018
5 person commission with 2 associates
diverse group; horses, eggs, vegetables, Farmers Market

screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)
screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)

Ag Comm brochure

women farmers are 38% of the farmers in MA
MA leading country in farm to table movement

moving to smaller farms, hydroponics, etc.

working with local ag comms and other agencies and organizations in this arena

looking to help with MGL understanding to help the farmers and the community
farming is a little different

Franklin farms story map

Facebook page with current posts on events and info
newsletters on local farms

not much open space left, if you want it get it now
mapped chapter 61 land

pollinator pastures to be piloted at Remington-Jefferson and Dacey Fields

looking to partner with the schools

re-look at the Community Preservation Act, maybe better late than never

Establish an Open Farm Day

20,000 to 80,000 in a hive and currently about 50 hives
1 1/2 to 2 hives per acres for a cranberry bog

Live Reporting: Swearing in - Public Hearing on 19-837

Swearing in of Fire Captain

Darrell Griffin, sworn in a new fire captain

2 minute recess

Meeting resumes

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 - 7:10 PM

early April began process on zoning
pending litigation it was postponed to now
due to on going litigation, should continue to a future date 

motion to continue to July 24 at 7:10
likely executive session last meeting in June
can also be continued after July but there should be additional info to possibly discuss

1 - change in officers
2 - alteration to premises, $2.5M remodel to the Shaw on East Central; better consolidation of beer and wine section (currently on opposite sides; shrinking the area of sales
numbers changed due to how the ABS measures
236 total sq ft to 216 

beer and wine were in aisles 1 and 9-10, now to be in aisles 1, 2, 3

motion to approve alteration of premises, seconded, passed 9-0

adding Starbucks inside Shaw's
actually a department managed by Shaw's

redoing the vote to include change in corporate officers and directors, seconded, passed 9-0