Monday, March 22, 2021

FHS A World of Difference - Women's History Month video on Megan Markle

FHS A World of Difference (@Franklin_AWOD) tweeted on Sun, Mar 21, 2021:
"In honor of Women's History Month, check out this short video about Megan Markle!"


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FHS' White, Lupien, Randolph and Woelfel selected as All Stars

The official 2021 Hockomock League Gymnastics All Stars were selected by the coaches in the league. We shared the FHS selections and provide the link to the overall listing

Erin Hurley, Mansfield

  • Emma White, Franklin
  • Lexi Lupien, Franklin
  • Kate Rudolph, Franklin
  • Caroline Woelfel, Franklin 
For the complete listing

FHS' White, Lupien, Randolph and Woelfel selected as All Stars
FHS' White, Lupien, Randolph and Woelfel selected as All Stars

Good Deeds: Women of Norfolk County

Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman
Sunita Williams
Sunita Williams
Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams

The month of March we take the time to recognize the impact and importance women have in our society with Women’s History Month.  All of us should be well aware of the importance of women to society, to the shaping of the country we all live in and in our history.  Norfolk County which dates back to 1793 when Governor John Hancock, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, signed legislation establishing the county, has been the home to many remarkable women.  I would like to share with you some of the stories found as a result of researching records here at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds.

Abigail Adams the second First Lady of the United States was born right here in Norfolk County.  She was born in Weymouth in 1744.  She married John Adams in 1764.  She was President Adam’s confidant and took an active role in politics and what was happening in the country.  She was an abolitionist and believed in women’s rights to education and for women to have power and decision over their own lives.  Abigail Adams’s son John Quincy Adams would become the sixth President of the United States.  She is buried with her husband in Quincy.

Deborah Sampson lived in the Norfolk County town of Sharon.  Born in 1760 she attempted to enlist as a man in an Army Unit.  Although discovered and sent home Ms. Sampson later enlisted again and joined the 4th Massachusetts Regiment.  She was wounded in battle fighting in the American Revolutionary War and received an honorable discharge.

A more modern warrior who I had the pleasure of meeting down at the Falmouth Road Race is American astronaut Sunita Williams.  Sunita grew up and graduated high school in Needham in 1983.  She went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy.  She has had a lengthy and successful career with NASA and formerly performed the most spacewalks by a woman.  Ms. Williams also completed the first marathon run in space.  In 2017 the Needham School Committee voted to name the new elementary school the Sunita L. Williams Elementary School.

Speaking of Falmouth, Katherine Lee Bates was born there in 1857 but did you know she lived in Wellesley.  Ms. Bates was a noted author whose inspiration for “America the Beautiful” was the beauty she saw atop Pike’s Peak when hiking in Colorado.  These words were later adapted to a hymn that was the runner up in selecting the National Anthem.

Helen Keller was an advocate for the disabled and a suffragette.  At a young age she contracted an illness that left her blind and deaf.  When you think of Helen Keller you also think of her magnificent teacher and champion Anne Sullivan.  Both of these great and strong women lived in the Norfolk County town of Wrentham.  Helen Keller’s autobiography “The Story of My Life” and later the movie “The Miracle Worker” give great insight into overcoming struggles, compassion and the brilliance of these two women.

Norfolk County is full of women who everyday make our communities a great place to live.  For instance, Doctor Helen P. Cleary who joined the United States Marines in 1942 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel became the first woman to be elected to the Town of Norfolk’s Board of Selectman. This happened in 1965 and the journey of electing women to leadership positions continues today with the first woman Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris.

Norfolk County has been the home to other inspiring and impactful women.  Harriet L. Hemenway from Canton co-founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1896.  Audie Cornish a journalist and National Public Radio news anchor grew up in Randolph, Massachusetts.  Norfolk County can claim entertainers from actress Mindy Kaling via Wellesley who also produced the show “The Office” to noted Broadway and film star in the 1960’s and 70’s Lee Remick who was born and lived in Quincy.  The strength and grace of Needham’s Aly Raisman to be an Olympian Captain and to win numerous Olympic medals is inspirational enough.  Yet Ms. Raisman’s bravery and eloquence speaking out as a survivor to stop sexual abuse which led her to be a recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award should be a shining example to all of us.

It is great to recognize and be mindful of the women in our society and all that they have accomplished.  Let us take a moment to thank all women who have had impacts in our communities and in our lives.  Our lives, our communities, our county and our country would not be what it is without all of you. 

HMEA may have a position for you! Check out the virtual job fair Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021

HMEA Inc (@hmeatweets) tweeted on Sun, Mar 21, 2021:

If you want to make a difference in your work, here's your opportunity. We're looking to fill a variety of positions, including direct care staff, residential managers, and more. 
Email to sign up for our first of three career fairs on Tuesday, March 23rd.
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HMEA may have a position for you! Check out the virtual job fair Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
HMEA may have a position for you! Check out the virtual job fair Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021

MA News: "be mindful that our behavior affects the entire community"

"An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among Swampscott High School students following a recent off-campus event is having a widespread impact on the town, prompting officials to switch the school to remote learning and urging unvaccinated residents to get tested for the virus as soon as possible.

On Saturday, town and state public health experts were working to determine the scope of the outbreak, which Superintendent Pamela Angelakis has deemed Swampscott’s largest since the pandemic began. The high school will be limited to remote learning until April 5, she said.

An estimated 100 residents were exposed to COVID-19 as a result of the new outbreak, said Sean Fitzgerald, the town administrator, though that figure could change as the town’s contact tracing continues."
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"America’s ultra-wealthy have pulled off a brilliantly designed heist"

"Over the past pandemic year, American billionaires have grown $1.3 trillion richer, the beneficiaries of a soaring stock market. Income inequality has widened. One response is imposing new taxes on wealth, such as those just introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), but that approach faces significant political hurdles.

There’s another way to tackle the problem. Instead of focusing only on taxing wealth accumulation, we can address the hidden flip side — wealth transmission. America’s super-rich have created a little-known parallel legal system in some unlikely states. There, they pass on massive amounts of wealth tax-free and lock in inequality for generations, exploiting cracks in our system of taxing inherited wealth."
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"the guilty seem to have no capacity even for remorse"


"After last week’s exhaustive inquiry by Clive Sheldon QC into how young people in football have been subjected to horrific sexual abuse during 25 years with no child protection, the nation this week will hear from survivors. In the testimony they give to a devastating BBC documentary series, they emphasise a constant theme: that their enforced silence for years did further dreadful damage to them, and how liberating it has been to speak out."
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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 23, 2021

Franklin School Committee 
March 23, 2021 - 7:00 PM
Meetings are recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. Zoom connection info located in the agenda doc linked to below

Vision Statement

The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence
FY22 Budget Open Hearing
I.    Routine Business
A.    Review of Agenda
B.    Citizen’s Comments

In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH

C.    FHS Student Representative Comments
D.    Superintendent’s Report
II.    Guests/Presentations
A.    Jefferson Elementary School Highlights, Sarah Klim, Principal; Kim Booth, Asst. Principal
III.    Discussion/Action Items
A.    Approval of PreK-12 Curriculum Director Positions
I recommend approval of the PreK-12 Curriculum Director positions as discussed.
B.    Policy- Second Reading / Adoption
I recommend adoption of Policy GBEB - Employee Conduct as discussed.
C.    Policy-First Reading
I recommend moving Policy GBEA - Conflict of Interest to a second reading as discussed.
IV.    Discussion Only Items
A.    Reopening of Schools Status Update (March 19, 2021)
V.    Information Matters
A.    School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B.    School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force,
School Wellness Advisory Council, Franklin Racial & Social Justice Task Force)
VI.    New Business
A.    To discuss any future agenda items
VII.    Consent Agenda
A.    Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the March 9, 2021 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B.    Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of a check for $6,500.00 from the “Class of 71” for scholarships as detailed.
VIII.    Payment of Bills    Dr. Bergen
IX.    Payroll    Atty. Pond-Pfeffer
X.    Executive Session
A.    Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
B.    Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A §21(a)(2) to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.

XI.    Adjournment 
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 23, 2021
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 23, 2021

FM #497 - Town Council Quarterbacking - 03/18/21 (audio)

FM #497 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 497 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting: 

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

The show notes include links to the meeting agenda and associated documents.

Our conversation runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen in to my quarterbacking session with Tom Mercer.

Audio file =


Agenda document (and released supporting materials in one PDF) 

My notes from the meeting 


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FM #497 - Town Council Quarterbacking - 03/18/21 (audio)
FM #497 - Town Council Quarterbacking - 03/18/21 (audio)

FHS volleyball force 5 sets in dropping match to KP 3-2

From and Twitter we share the FHS sports results: 

Volleyball = Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final 
– After being swept by the Panthers on the road earlier this week, King Philip avenged that loss with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10) win over Franklin on Saturday afternoon to split the regular season series. After Franklin took the first set, KP bounced back with two straight wins but the Panthers stayed alive with a win in the fourth, forcing a deciding fifth set. Senior Nicole Coughlan had a strong day at the net with 20 kills along with four aces while sophomore Ahunna James added 10 kills in the win. Emma Brooks (30 digs) and Lily Carlow (15 digs) anchored the defense against a strong Panther attack. For Franklin, Ally Bonnet-Eymard had nine kills and Lindsey Tarantola added eight kills while Cailyn Mackintosh dished out 31 assists.  
For other results around the Hockomock League
Franklin junior Cailyn Mackintosh sets the ball in the second set against King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/
From the first match earlier this week: Franklin junior Cailyn Mackintosh sets the ball in the second set against King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/

Remington Middle School featured in MAEA virtual art exhibit

"MAEA is happy to share that the virtual statewide Youth Art Month exhibit is now live! Congratulations to all of the artists with work in this exhibit.

Take a moment to check out the FIVE galleries of art and be sure to leave a comment (reply) below to sign our virtual guest book.

We know all of the art educators who worked hard to make this exhibit come together would love to hear from you!"

Link to the 5 galleries  (Franklin entry is found in Gallery 2)

Remington Middle School featured in MAEA virtual art exhibit
Remington Middle School featured in MAEA virtual art exhibit

Franklin HS world language - course offerings

Laura Evans (@LevansFHS) tweeted on Fri, Mar 19, 2021:
"Check out the @FranklinHS world language department's website to learn about course offerings, departmental information, and more!"


Franklin TV: I Got Shot! - And I’m celebrating

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 03/21/2021

"It’s true. I got shot! Right in the apothecary! A local CVS Health Hub to be specific. And, it didn’t hurt one bit. I’m happily headed back for my second dose this week.

I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine. Reserving both of my appointments on the CVS website was E-Z. (Thank you.)

There were two stations for vaccinating about two-dozen people each hour, A year ago I opined that folks should all ‘hunker  up’  (instead of down).  Now, ‘up’ is near, at arm’s length. Put your arms into it. Get shot. Get ahead of the virus. Get to better days ahead.

During our 15–minute wait following our shots, the staff was attentively checking in. I sense they were enjoying the positive vibes of relief from everyone.

Bonus!  They even had yummy chocolates for us in a socially distanced waiting area.  Works for me. Vaccine & Chocolates! Yes, you really should. I’ll be headed back for seconds – on the vaccine. Perhaps even more on the chocolates."

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching. 

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I Got Shot! - And I’m celebrating (Franklin TV photo)
I Got Shot! - And I’m celebrating (Franklin TV photo)

Washington Post: "How to spot a fake video"

"Have you ever felt like you can’t trust all the video on your newsfeed?
Videos are often misrepresented or manipulated these days, with few tools on how to determine what’s real versus fake. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker team put together a guide to teach you how to be your own video investigator."

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Washington Post: "How to spot a fake video"
Washington Post: "How to spot a fake video"

Memory Cafe - Monday, Mar 22 at 2:00 PM

Please join us at our "Where's The Toast" Memory Cafe on Monday at 2 PM.  Howie Newman will be entertaining us with his engaging music.  

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