Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lifelong Learning: Fall 2021 Art Classes Starting Soon

Join a supportive community of fellow artists and artisans while developing and improving your skills.

All classes are held at Franklin High School

Fall Watercolor PLUS
10 week class - $115
Find your 'me' time and immerse yourself in your own creations! Beginning watercolorists will learn the basics while more experienced watercolorists can enhance their skill and style at their level of watercolor.
Beginning Monday, September 20
10 week class - $115
Just starting to paint? Or are you looking to continue to develop your painting skills? Well, this class is for you. Learn different painting techniques with acrylic paints using a toothbrush, cards, & more.
Beginning Wednesday, September 22

For more class options & additional details visit:

FPS- Lifelong Community Learning | 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

FM #601 - Acting Town Clerk with things to know about Nov 2, 2021 - 09/10/21 (audio)

FM #601 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 601 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with acting Town Clerk Nancy Danello. We used a conference bridge to review the timeline and other key matters for the Franklin local election scheduled for Nov 2, 2021.

We cover the following key topics

  • Candidate papers due Sep 14, Last day to withdraw Sep 30

  • Ballots got to print Oct 1, Ballots available (TBD but likely by the end of the week of Oct 4)

  • Early voting - (start TBD - depending upon ballots) 

    • in Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours

    • Sat Oct 23, Sun Oct 24 - time to be confirmed

  • Absentee ballot applications available now

  • Election Day - Nov 2, 2021

The show notes include links to the Town Clerk page and other election information.

Our conversation runs about 19 minutes, so let’s listen in to my conversation with Nancy Danello.  Audio File ->


Town Clerk’s page -> 

Register to vote -> 

Election timeline  -> 

Franklin Matter’s election collection for 2021 ->   


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Acting Town Clerk with things to know about Nov 2, 2021
Acting Town Clerk with things to know about Nov 2, 2021

2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Sep 27

2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board

The Franklin Planning Board will be holding a Hearing Remotely and in the Town Council
Chambers at the Town Hall on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:10 PM to present the
final draft of the Town’s 2021 Housing Production Plan (HPP) for the Town of Franklin.
The HPP has been prepared by the Department of Planning and Community Development with input from the Town Council, Economic Development Committee, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, Franklin Housing Authority, the Town’s Administration and staff, and the Town of Franklin’s residents.
The HPP can be accessed on the Department of Planning and Community Development
Please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at (508) 520-4907
if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide
translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.
Anthony Padula, Chairman

Shared from the Town of Franklin page

2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Sep 27
2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Sep 27

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - Sep 15

 Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
September 15, 2021

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers, 355 East Central Street; 5:45 PM

1. Wayfinding signs discussion

Agenda doc with remote connection info

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - Sep 15
Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - Sep 15

FHS girls soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams post wins on Monday

Via @HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Monday, Sep 13, 2021 
Boys Soccer = Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 0 – Final 
– Attleboro found the back of the net early and that was enough to pick up two points on the road at Franklin. Senior Connor Adema tracked down a long punt from sophomore keeper Tyler Rocchio and buried it in the fourth minute to put the visitors ahead. Rocchio recorded his first shutout of the season in the win.

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 
– The Panthers scored twice in the first half and it was enough to make it two straight wins to start the season. Freshman Kelly O’Connor added her first career goal to put the Panthers in front, assisted by Riley Fitzpatrick. Anya Zub then scored for the third time in two games, finishing a feed from Chloe Barca. Rachel Welch made eight saves for her second clean sheet of the season. Franklin’s midfield of Selene Hammad, Bridget Leo, Chloe Stavely, and Barca did well to control the game, and Norah Anderson, Katie Ewald, and Izzy Arnold had strong performances in the back line. Attleboro coach Steve Santos praised his team for battling through the second half and the Franklin defense for keeping the Bombardiers at bay. Emily Dunlea, Bethany Alves, and Kahlan Gray all played well for Attleboro.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final 
– Franklin scored with no time left in the first half to level the scoring and pumped in three second half goals to run away with a win on the road at Attleboro. After a scoreless opening quarter, the Bombardiers took the lead in the 27th minute on a goal from Madison Ellis. Since Franklin earned a penalty corner, play continued after time expired in the second quarter. Kendall Jones converted a pass from Kiera Kotwicki to bring the Panthers even. Shaw Downing put the Panthers ahead on a pass from Kaitlyn Carney in the 43rd minute, and Kaeley Dubriske made it a 3-1 advantage after another assist from Carney. Sydney Rogan put the game away (assisted by Downing) in the 58th minute. Ava Haggerty was strong in net for Attleboro with 19 saves.

Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 
– Franklin fended off a good push from Attleboro in the second set and went on to complete the sweep (25-9, 25-20, 25-14). Cailyn Mackintosh dished out 19 assists and had a huge day at the service line with 10 aces. Cate Roberge and Taylor Lacerda both notched three aces to go along with six kills apiece. For Attleboro, Lilly Boedeker recorded 17 digs while freshman Julia Leonardo had 15 digs and nine kills.

Golf = Franklin, 161 @ King Philip, 145 – Final 
– King Philip had all four of its scorers come in with a round under 40 to help the Warriors sweep the season series with rival Franklin. Mike Matheson was the match medalist, shooting a round of 35 that included a birdie. Gavin Croke, who had an eagle on the fifth hole, and Jared Curran each shot 37 while Pat Reardon finished at 38. Franklin’s CJ Steele had a team-low round of 38.

 "Great match from KP who played a great round 145-161 final from Wentworth  Steel 38; Tyler 39; Benny 40; Hags/ Caden /Caroline 44.   Onto North Attleboro tomorrow #getirdone #rollpanthers "

For the other results around the league on Monday

FHS girls soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams post wins on Monday
FHS girls soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams post wins on Monday

Senator President Spilka: Fall Priorities, Legislative Accomplishments so far

Updates from Beacon Hill & MetroWest
Planning Next Steps for Fall...and Beyond.
I hope your summer has gone well and you have been enjoying the weather.

Like many of you, I am planning for the fall amidst excitement and uncertainty. The Massachusetts State Senate continues to consider and advance policies designed to protect the health and safety of our residents and promote economic resiliency and recovery during the pandemic. We are also poised to advance key policy initiatives to help residents in other ways. My priorities for this fall include:

  • Taking action on Federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding to invest in critical areas with public input
  • Making vote-by-mail a permanent option for Massachusetts voters   
  • Addressing mental and behavioral health issues, including those stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Completing our redistricting process to reflect population changes and ensure that everyone's voice is heard in the State House

You can read more about these priorities in this online GBH article which came out recently.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on these and other items likely to come up as well this fall. 
As always, my office is available if you need assistance or wish to share your opinion. You can email me at or call 617-722-1500. Hope you enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Warm regards,
Twenty Years after 9/11
In our moments of profound loss, it is the coming together of community which upholds and sustains us. This was true 20 years ago today, in the immediate aftermath of the truly terrifying and absolutely devastating 9/11 attacks, and it is still true today.

I know that words cannot express the tremendous grief felt by our nation over the tragedy which took place twenty years ago, but we can give voice to our gratitude for the heroism of the first responders, the rescue workers, and all the volunteers who rushed to the scene in the minutes, hours, and days after 9/11, and to the brave service men and women who answered the call to defend America in the months and years that followed.

We can also remember who we are as a nation by recalling the countless acts of kindness in the days that followed and by affirming our bonds of community and our national commitment to the ideals of liberty, justice and compassion – ideals which are are hard-won and worth defending. At this very difficult time, I wish you peace and comfort, and most of all – remembrance of what was lost.

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Co-ed Volleyball, Men's Basketball, & Badminton Starting Soon

Get Ready for
Fall Team Sports 2021
Build your strong foundation in the basics of volleyball. The mechanics of passing, setting, and spiking will be the focus, as well as the importance of good positioning. A fun, competitive time is guaranteed for all!

12 Mondays beginning 9/20
Looking for a night of fun and exercise? Join us for a great workout and some friendly competition. Basketball is a great way to de-stress and add variety to your routine. In this handball game players will use skills such as dribbling, shooting, running, and jumping....It's BASKETBALL - be part of the fun!

12 Tuesdays beginning 9/28

10 Thursdays beginning 9/23
Badminton is a racquet sport played by two people or four people. Unlike other racquet sports, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock – a cone-shaped projectile that moves differently than a ball - the ideal sport for those who like to be kept on their toes.

12 Wednesdays beginning 9/29

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"How do we solve this problem? There’s a simple fix: eliminate off-cycle elections"

"Like most other municipalities, turnout in Boston in off years is pathetic: only 16.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Boston’s 2019 city council election. Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting turnout to be even lower than in 2013, despite Boston growing by 9 percent over the past decade. Turnout is not only low, but also racially skewed. Hispanic turnout was almost six times lower in the 2019 off-cycle election than in the 2020 presidential race. The share of Hispanic voters in the electorate was also 39 percent lower in 2019. Local elections determine control over public education – in a city where 43 percent of public school children are Hispanic, this loss of Hispanic voice in local government exacerbates existing racial disparities. 

What accounts for the low turnout and racial disparities in local races? The problem is simple: Boston, like 80 percent of American cities, holds its local elections in odd-numbered years, or “off-cycle.” This practice dates back a century, when Progressive Era reformers believed that off-cycle elections would insulate local contests from national politics. In reality, however, this practice dramatically depresses turnout.

A recent issue brief released by policy action lab Policy for Progress explains why. Holding local elections off-cycle places an extra burden on voters by forcing them to know the date of their local election and take another trip to the polls. Without high-profile national races on the ballot, this added burden often means the difference between voting and staying home."

Continue reading the article online ->

Visit Policy for Progress online for more info ->

"How do we solve this problem? There’s a simple fix: eliminate off-cycle elections"
"How do we solve this problem? There’s a simple fix: eliminate off-cycle elections"

Franklin Lions schedule "Reverse Trunk or Treat" - Oct 23, 2021

"The Franklin Lions will be holding their second annual drive thru Trunk or Treat. We all looking to fill the Franklin High School parking lot with Trunkers."
Follow the event on Facebook for updates

Franklin Lions schedule "Reverse Trunk or Treat" - Oct 23, 2021
Franklin Lions schedule "Reverse Trunk or Treat" - Oct 23, 2021

Franklin Dog Park help needed on Saturday, Sep 18

"Hello dog lovers. 

We need volunteers to help out at the Franklin Dog Park on Saturday September 18 at 9:30 AM.  

Every time we get heavy rains at the dog park, the wood chips wash down to the fence area. We are moving the wood chips from the fence area to areas that needs to be filled in. 

Please bring wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes. Refreshments will be served."

Thank you
Furry Friends of the Franklin Volunteer Committee

Shared from Facebook
Dacey Field dog park
Dacey Field dog park