Monday, February 14, 2022

FHS girls hockey team posts a 3-2 win vs. Mansfield/Oliver Ames on Sunday

Via, we share the results of the FHS winter sports action on Sunday:

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 0 vs. Natick, 2 – Final

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 2 – Final 
– Maggie McCaffrey scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with three minutes left to play, to help the Panthers pick up the road win. Molly Hurley had the first goal for the Panthers while Lindsey Dennett, Shaw Downing, Samantha Wong, and Dana Stott each had an assist. Maeve Anastasia and Kylie O’Keefe each scored for MOAF, the latter tying the game at 2-2 with nine minutes to play. Cammy Shanteler, Cierra Doherty, and O’Keefe each had an assist for the Warriors.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin High School Student Newsletter - week of Feb 14, 2022

"Here is our Student Newsletter.

Enjoy the Super Bowl, can't wait for the halftime show!"

Shared from Twitter:

Franklin High School Student Newsletter - week of Feb 14, 2022
Franklin High School Student Newsletter - week of Feb 14, 2022

Good Deeds: Black History Month

Every February the United States of America celebrates Black History Month.  It is a way to honor the contributions that African Americans have made throughout history while also recognizing the fight for equality and justice continues.  A founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History organization, Carter G. Woodson, is believed to have had the idea for what would become a month-long celebration.  Mr. Woodson who earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University was born in 1875 to newly freed Virginia slaves.  The motivation for Carter Woodson of developing this concept of celebrating black history was his belief that African American children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements.  Carter Woodson was instrumental in having Negro History Week launched in 1926.

As the decade of the 1960’s closed Negro History Week continued to be celebrated.  This was the precursor for what was changed into Black History Month.  The month of February was picked for Black History Month because it contained the birthdays of United States President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.  President Lincoln was born on February 12.  Frederick Douglas, a former slave, who became a noted abolitionist did not know his precise birthday but celebrated his date of birth on February 14.  Some fifty years after the first celebrations of black history then United States President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month during the celebration of American’s bicentennial in 1976.  President Ford called on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The Norfolk Registry of Deeds and the land records housed there date back to 1793.  John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was then Governor of Massachusetts and on March 26, 1793 signed legislation that established Norfolk County on June 20, 1793.  A modernization initiative recently completed at the Norfolk Registry of Deeds that transcribed handwritten land records dating from 1793 to 1900 has made history come alive.

As Black History Month is celebrated let us be aware of connections to Norfolk County.  Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in 1856.  He was an educator, author and orator who during his lifetime was one of the prominent voices for African Americans in the United States.  Booker T. Washington established the Tuskegee Institute a school of higher learning for African Americans located in Alabama.  He called for progress through education and entrepreneurship.  Booker T. Washington’s connection to Norfolk County was that he vacationed for several summers at the residence owned by William H. Baldwin, Jr. in South Weymouth at the intersection of Main Street and Columbian Street.

As part of the 225th Anniversary Commemoration of Norfolk County in 2018 the Registry of Deeds chose another notable African American Audie Cornish who hails from the Norfolk County community of Randolph to be in its Notable Land Records book.  Audie Cornish was born in Randolph in 1979.  She graduated from Randolph High School and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Audie Cornish went on to become a journalist for the Associated Press and later a reporter for Boston public radio station WBUR.  In 2005 she shared first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for a report entitled “Reading, Writing and Race.”  Ms. Cornish became a reporter for National Public Radio later becoming a host and news chair.

William Maurice “Mo” Cowan lived in the Norfolk County town of Stoughton.  He was appointed to serve as the United States Senator for the State of Massachusetts on February 1, 2013.  He served along with U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) making it the first time that two African Americans served simultaneously in the United States Senate.  Prior to his appointment Senator Cowan earned a law degree at Northeastern University and joined the prestigious law firm of Mintz Levin where he later became partner.  Mr. Cowan left the law firm to become counsel to Governor Deval Patrick.

Speaking of Governor Deval Patrick an African American who was elected as Governor of Massachusetts in 2006.  He served two terms as Governor.  Did you know he lived in the Norfolk County town of Milton?

Florida Ruffin Ridley was an African American civil rights activist, suffragist, teacher, writer and editor born in 1861.  She was one of the first black public schoolteachers in Boston and edited the Women’s Era, the country’s first newspaper established by and for African American women.  Florida Ruffin Ridley lived in the Norfolk County town of Brookline where in 1896 she was one of the town’s first African American homeowners.  In September 2020 the Florida Ruffin Ridley School in Brookline was re-named in her honor.

The Norfolk Registry of Deeds building is located in Dedham.  This Norfolk County community recently honored the life of William B. Gould (1837-1923) by renaming the East Dedham Passive Park in his honor.  William B. Gould was born into slavery in North Carolina.  He escaped slavery in 1862 by boat during the Civil War.  Mr. Gould served for the Union for the rest of the Civil War in the Navy chasing Confederate vessels.  After the Civil War ended this Civil War Navy Veteran was a distinguished member of the Dedham Community.
Henry W. Diggs was a lifelong resident of my hometown of Norwood from 1906 to 2003.  He and his relatives were the first African Americans to settle in Norwood.  After graduating from Norwood High School in 1924 Mr. Diggs worked for the Norwood Press.  He would later serve as a radio repairman for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.  Henry Diggs was active in town government having served on the Norwood School Committee, Town Meeting and the Blue Hills Regional High School Committee.  Mr. Diggs in a high school graduation address urged graduates to “build a bridge” to one another so that “walls of suspicion, fear, prejudice and hate will disappear.”

Sam Jones was a clutch basketball scorer who won 10 Championships with the Boston Celtics during their dynasty in the late 1950’s and 1960’s.  Mr. Jones died recently at the age of 88.  Sam Jones as a Boston Celtics wore the number 24 which was retired by the Celtics in 1969 while he was still an active player.  He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 having played all 12 of his NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics.  Sam Jones  owned a home together with his wife Gladys in the Norfolk County community of Sharon while he was playing for the Boston Celtics.

Black History Month commemorates contributions made by African Americans to our country and to the fabric of what makes up our country.  Let us be proud and take notice of all noted contributions and know individuals from our communities here in Norfolk County have been a part of that history. 

Register O’Donnell and Hyacinth Cornish
Register O’Donnell and Hyacinth Cornish

FHS wrestling takes 4th in D1 South sectional meet provides a recap of the wrestling tournament on Saturday. We share the Franklin information here and provide a link to the full write up below


Top 4 Placements
Division 1 South
Teams: 1st: Taunton (214), 4th: Franklin (160)

  • Riley Carlucci (113, 2nd) 
  • Timothy O’Leary (138, 1st) 
  • Connor Dillon (152, 4th)
  • Alex Foley (160, 4th)
  • Sheridan Nolan (195, 2nd)

For the recap

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

"These roles will be critical in a time of recovery"

Brenda Cassellius, superintendent of Boston Public Schools writes:
"Last month, I returned to teaching in a classroom after two decades. As the superintendent of schools in Boston, I got a lot of media coverage for working as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School on a day when more than 1,000 Boston school employees called in sick. Yet I was just one of hundreds of district staffers who pitched in to help.

Like school districts and employers across industries, Boston Public Schools has faced intense staffing challenges for the better part of two years, challenges made worse by the pandemic.

Now, as we enter the pandemic’s third year, America’s public schools are at risk of defaulting on their moral obligation to millions of children. Teachers, aides, principals, bus drivers, school lunch workers, custodians and other school staff are leaving in droves or are out of service due to illness. A dearth of substitutes and backup workers means day-to-day decisions about whether a school can remain open are the norm."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

National Guard Specialist Austin Alt fills in as a substitute teacher at Pojoaque Valley Middle School in Pojoaque, N.M., on Jan. 28. (Adria Malcolm/Reuters)
National Guard Specialist Austin Alt fills in as a substitute teacher at Pojoaque Valley Middle School in Pojoaque, N.M., on Jan. 28. (Adria Malcolm/Reuters)

Franklin TV and schedule for Monday, Feb 14, 2022


  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Monday

9 AM 12 PM and 6 PM Talkin’ the Blues – Jim Derick & Todd Monjur
2 hours of awesome blues music, info, interviews

11 AM 2 PM and 8 PM A More Perfect Union – with Dr. Michael Walker-Jones,
Representative Jeff Roy and Dr. Natalia Linos

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = MONDAY

7:59:00 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
8:00:00 am SAFE Coalition: Woody Geissman
9:00 am Concerts on the Common: Jamie Barrett & Electric Youth
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Waffles
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:00 pm Cooking Thyme: Candy Apples
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Healthy Pizza Crusts
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Show 3
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation Show 1: Show 1
3:30 pm Physician Focus: Electronic Medical Records
4:00 pm The Only Cure Is Education
4:30 pm Extended Play Sessions: Season 10 Show 11 - Kemp Harris
5:30 pm Senior Connection: Sleep
6:00 pm Veterans' Call: Robert Pierson
7:30 pm Frank Presents: State House Pt. 2
8:30 pm ArtWeek: Airmen of Note

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = MONDAY
7:00 am Public School Event: FHS Winter Jazz Night '22
8:30 am Public School Event: Lifelong Music Pt. 1 01-28-19
10:00 am FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v Attleboro 02-10-22
12:00 pm FHS PCC: Vaping Panel
2:00 pm It Takes A Village: Dementia
3:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Mansfield-OA-Foxboro 02-03-22
4:31 pm Public School Concert: FHS Winter Music 2018
8:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Basketball: v St. Paul 02-07-22
10:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Taunton 02-08-22

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) = MONDAY

8:00 am Planning Board: 02-07-22
11:00 am Economic Development: 02-02-22
2:00 pm Planning Board: 02-07-22

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online  

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Sunday, February 13, 2022

St. Mary's Women's Club Make and Take Meeting - Feb 17 - 7 PM

Ladies, do you need a night out? The St. Mary’s Women’s Club will be gathering on Thursday evening, February 17 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. 

We are making signs and decorations with Julie Ackles Frias from Life Expressions DΓ©cor. Check out her web page at for more info and pictures of some fun ""Make and Take"" parties they have held.

All ladies are welcomed to join us for a fun evening of laughs and creativity. The projects are around $30 a piece. 

Email Rose O’Koren, and let her know you are coming so we have enough material. 

If you forget to tell Rose, come any way, I’m sure we will have enough.


St. Mary's Women's Club Make and Take Meeting - Feb 17 - 7 PM
St. Mary's Women's Club Make and Take Meeting - Feb 17 - 7 PM

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Feb 16, 2022 - 7 PM

Agenda & Meeting Packet
February 16, 2022 - 7 PM

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.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three 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.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - None Scheduled.

a. New Hire: Police Department - Derek Mackey
b. New Hire: Police Department - Tyler Brabham
c. New Hire: Police Department - Joseph Burchill
d. New Hire: Police Department - Michael Demers
e. New Hire: Police Department - Conor Desmond

6. HEARINGS - 7:10pm - None Scheduled.

a. Discussion: West Street Neighborhood Parking - Thomas J. Lynch, Chief of Police
b. Presentation: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Schools
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
d. Town Administrator Evaluation Ad Hoc Subcommittee Report

a. Resolution 22-13: Adoption of Fiscal Policies (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-13 - Majority Vote)
b. Resolution 22-14: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44, §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-14 - Majority Vote)

Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting

Agenda doc and remote connection info ->

slide from the presentation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
slide from the presentation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Franklin TV: Finding Ben Franklin, Part 3

Who/What/When/Where/Why? The obvious ‘who’ is our subject, Ben himself. The less obvious, but equally important ‘who’ is the artist who portrayed him, Joseph Duplessis.

Given Ben Franklin’s international stature, there were several artists who painted him at various points in his life. Some interpretations are difficult to recognize as Franklin. Fortunately for us, Duplessis was a very talented, detailed realist.

Clear evidence of his immense talent is displayed in his own self-portraits. He rendered the left in 1798, a few years before he died. He is reflective, starkly honest. His earlier 1780 image shows his ability to illuminate his subjects in a most favorable light while maintaining a very high degree of cognitive fidelity. Duplessis could literally sell his talent by just standing next to his own likeness.

He answers the two key questions that are not always aligned with each other.
“Will it look like me?  Will it (I) look good?”  A reconciliation of reality and vanity.

We in Franklin, MA 02038 were certainly not the first to set out on a quest to find Ben Franklin. The U.S. Mint faced the same challenge in its various designs for our $100 dollar bill. They concluded that the Duplessis work was clearly the best reference for creating their own engraved iconic interpretation.

The Duplessis image – it was right on the money.

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


Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online 

FHS cheerleaders take 1st, wrestling team takes 4th, girls swim team take 5th on Saturday

Boys JV hockey = FINAL: Franklin 4, KP 2. 
Goals from Lewandowski, Balducci, Daley, and Carosi gave the Panthers the edge against their rival. Great game from Keller in net.

Girls Swim - 5th
Our Girls Swim team finished 5th of 49 teams in the South Sectional Meet! Wow!!!

  • MIAA results for girls

  • MIAA results for boys

Cheerleaders - 1st
1st place D1 win and grand champions at the Natick Invitational earlier today!! Great way ti start off the winter season!

Wrestling - 4th
Great day at D1 south sectionals with the team placing fourth. Leaman placed 5th. Carlucci placed 2nd. O’Leary placed 1st. Dillon placed 4th. Foley placed 4th. Granata placed 4th.  Parlon placed 5th. Sheridan placed 2nd. @FHSSports @HockomockSports 

Girls lacrosse charity game
Congratulations ladies! You represented the town and our program for a great cause today. Looking forward to seeing you on the field this coming season! #asfllacrosse @Fhsglax @FHSSports @kenziebakess @kaitlyncarney00 @JamieTanner23 @_kpeterson_

For other results from for Saturday

@kenziebakess @kaitlyncarney00 @JamieTanner23 @_kpeterson_
@kenziebakess @kaitlyncarney00 @JamieTanner23 @_kpeterson_

Capital Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Agenda - Feb 16, 2022 - 5:30 PM

Capital Budget Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
February 16, 2022 - 5:30 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
3rd Floor, Training Room, 355 East Central Street

1. FY22 Capital Plan
a. Proposed Town Administrator FY22 Capital Plan.
i. Technology Department
ii. Town Clerk’s Department
iii. Facilities Department
iv. Fire Department
v. Police Department

Agenda and supporting documents ->

The recording of he Finance Committee is available. They heard this presentation on Weds, Feb 9 (normal process flow, FinCom gets to it, then the subcommittee then the full Town Council)

Finance Committee approves FY22 Capital Plan and revisions to ToF fiscal policy - 02/09/22 (audio)
Finance Committee approves FY22 Capital Plan and revisions to ToF fiscal policy - 02/09/22 (audio)

"Who will speak for the bees, for the bees have no tongues?"

The sentence got my attention, and the verse held it. A long Twitter thread but the thread reader PDF output makes it easier to read.

Joe LaRusso πŸ”Œ πŸ•³πŸ‡ (@jglarusso) tweeted at 2:19 AM on Sat, Feb 12, 2022:

"Who will speak for the bees, for the bees have no tongues?

πŸŒΈπŸŒΎπŸƒπŸ’πŸŒΈ 🌺 🌷🌼🌹🌿
At the south end of town where the Grickle-grass grows between tracks, & the wind smells sour after trains disgorge commuters & belch the stench of diesel-kvetch, and no birds…"

Shared from Twitter:

Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope you will join the FBRTC and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail

Date: May 7
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022

Franklin Charter Discussion - Frank & Steve close out with Part 3 - 11/29/21 (audio)

FM #730 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 730 in the series. 

This shares part 3 of my conversation with Frank Falvey, of Franklin Presents, a long time Franklin resident and cable show host. This is part of a three-part series on the Town Charter, the process to change it, and some of the possible revisions that Frank and I discuss.  


Links to the current Town charter (modified in 2013) and the charter report for 1995 (prior changes) are included in the show notes. 

The recording runs about 40 minutes: Let’s listen to this recording of Frank and I talk about the charter.  Audio file ->


Feedback via email ->

Current Town Charter -> 

Charter Commission Report - 1995

MA General Law Chapter 34 

Division of Local Services (DLS) - newsletter summarizing change change process 

Part 1 - 

Part 2 - 


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Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on Nov 2019
Falvey and Sherlock in FHS for the first live broadcast on Nov 2019

Remote Meetings extended through July 15, 2022

Via MASC twitter update we share:
Note that H4345, signed by Governor Baker today, extends the provision for remote meetings through July 15, 2022. #mapoli #MAEdu
Legislation ->

Remote Meetings extended through July 15, 2022
Remote Meetings extended through July 15, 2022