Tuesday, May 24, 2022

FHS baseball, boys & girls lacrosse, and boys tennis teams post wins on Monday

Via HockomockSports.com, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Monday:
Baseball = Franklin, 16 @ King Philip, 5 – Final (6 Inn.) 
– Scoreless after two innings of play, Franklin’s offense came roaring to life over the final four innings, scoring a season-high 16 runs in a win on the road over King Philip to clinch sole possession of the Kelley-Rex division title. Evan Raider hit a one-out double with the bases loaded to get the offense started, putting the Panthers ahead 3-0 in the top of the third. King Philip had the answer early as sophomore Travis Crawford singled in a run and junior Rudy Gately followed with a two-run double, but Franklin’s offense couldn’t be stopped the rest of the way. After scoring three more runs in the fourth, Franklin used three straight singles from Ben Jarosz, Joe Tirrell, and Ryan Gerety (4-for-4, four runs) to score three runs, and two at-bats later, Chris Goode smoked a two-run double to center to make it 11-4. The Panthers pushed across five more in the sixth as Jase Lyons and Eisig Chig had back-to-back RBI doubles, Tirrell brought a run in on a sac fly, and Goode added two more RBI with a double.

Softball = King Philip, 10 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 
– King Philip picked up its 18th win of the season, jumping out to a 4-0 lead through the first three innings and then tacking on six more between the fifth and sixth on the road at Franklin. Freshman Liv Petrillo got the scoring started with an RBI single in the second, and in the third, Meg Sherwood and Taylor Regan had back-to-back sacrifice flies before Charlotte Raymond (3-for-3) drove in another run with a single. Sherwood led off the fifth with a deep solo home run and Maddie Paschke made it 6-0 with a sac fly to right. In the sixth, Regan doubled in a run, Raymond brought one home on a sac fly, Petrillo added an RBI double, and Paschke capped KP’s scoring with an RBI single. Franklin freshman Sarah Boozang smacked a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to score Dana Stott to get the Panthers on the board. Emma Sheehan got the win for the Warriors, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks, striking out five in a complete game effort.

Boys Lacrosse = Canton, 5 @ Franklin, 25 – Final 
– Franklin exploded for 20 goals in the first half on its way to a win over visiting Canton, completing another undefeated year against Hock opponents. Jake Davis (three assists) and Jayden Consigli (two assists) each pumped in five goals while John Walshe, Eddie O’Brien, and Ryan Grasso each scored a pair in the first half. Drew Hansen added three first half points with a goal and two helpers and Tyler Sacchetti recorded a goal and five assists.

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 17 @ Canton, 1 – Final
-  The Panthers completed yet another perfect Hock season, going 10-0 against league foes capped with Monday’s big win over Canton. Stella Regan (four goals, one assist) and Kaitlyn Carney (three goals, two assists) paced the offense with five points apiece, Kate O’Rourke (three goals, one assist, six draw controls) and Katie Peterson (one goal, three assists) each had four points, and Jamie Tanner (one goal) played well defensively for the Panthers. Allie McCabe scored for Canton while Elyse Broderick made nine saves in net.

Boys Tennis = King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
– Franklin defended home court with a sweep and clinched the Kelley-Rex division title outright for the second straight season, and third straight title overall. The Panthers dropped a total of just two games in singles action with seniors Vayshanv Malhotra and Sameen Shaik each winning 6-0, 6-0, and senior Drew Mahoney taking a 6-2, 6-0 decision. Seniors Thomas Broyles and Tim O’Keefe battled to a 6-3, 7-5 win at first doubles, and the sophomore duo of Jay Gorgas and Ahan Shetty secured a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at second doubles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final
– King Philip kept its division title hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Franklin, taking two wins from both singles and doubles action. The Warriors got straight set wins from Ahunna James at first singles (6-3, 6-2) and Shea Mellman at second singles (6-3, 6-1) while Franklin’s Sarah Schiavo secured a 6-2, 6-0 win at third singles. That meant the match would come down to doubles action, and both matches went into a third set. KP ended with winning both as the junior tandem of Priya Riar and Carlie Burns emerged with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win at second doubles to clinch the win. Resha Ajoy and Lauren Casper added a fourth win, prevailed with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win at first doubles. KP will play Franklin again on Wednesday in a continuation of a rain-delayed match from last week. Franklin will host Foxboro on Tuesday with a chance to clinch at least a share of the division title heading into Wednesday’s clash.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

PantherTV Senior Goodbye: May 23, 2022 (video)

"I'll miss this special group of seniors who've managed to walk the line between good storytelling and humor with every show. Thank you for making me laugh every day! You will be missed!! PantherTV Senior Goodbye: May 23, 2022  
youtu.be/W9M25o7Ji0w via @YouTube "

Shared from Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/fhspanthertv/status/1528771575260008451

Reminder: New set of COVID at home tests can be ordered

"The White House said on Tuesday (5/17/22) that Americans were now eligible for a third order of free, at-home coronavirus tests shipped through the Postal Service. The move doubled to 16 the total number of tests the program has made available to each household.

The tests, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and available on the federal website covidtests.gov, extend a pledge President Biden made during the brunt of the winter Omicron wave, when Americans faced scarce supplies of tests, empty shelves and long lines."

Continue reading the article online

White House press release

Use this order form  COVID.GOV   
Frequently Asked Questions answered here -> https://www.covid.gov/tests/faq

Reminder: New set of COVID at home tests can be ordered
Reminder: New set of COVID at home tests can be ordered

You can Volunteer to help with the All Night Party

FHS Families ANP Committee needs your help for this event the senior class attends on graduation night - If you are able to, please utilize this form to sign up. It is truly a fun event, that your freshman, sophomore or junior will be attend in a few years
Sign up here:

You can Volunteer to help with the All Night Party
You can Volunteer to help with the All Night Party

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

"The stakes can be very high when the Department of Children & Families intercedes between a parent and their child. Now imagine if the parent doesn’t speak English.

That’s what happened to Juan Abad, a Dominican immigrant who’s been a Lynn resident for roughly a decade. Abad didn’t know he had fathered twins until one of them died from severe physical abuse inflicted by the mother’s boyfriend. The state’s Office of the Child Advocate reviewed the horrific case and found that DCF failed to protect the three-month-old baby. The mother, who along with her boyfriend was charged in connection with the baby’s death, called Abad to tell him he was the babies’ father and that the surviving twin, Anthony, had been put in foster care.

And so began Abad’s five-year ordeal to get custody of Anthony, in a case that was hampered by DCF’s language-access shortcomings. The case exemplifies the inconsistent and more than often substandard language access practices across state government agencies. Even though it is required by federal law to provide timely and culturally competent oral language services to individuals with limited English proficiency, the law is rarely enforced."

Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Coincidentally, the biliteracy achievement award issued by the Commonwealth recognized 5 students from FHS last year and 11 for this year. Each student achieved this with at least 2 languages. I recall a School Committee meeting that revealed that there are more than 20 languages spoken in the halls and corridors of FHS.

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"
"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

Senate President Spilka: Important COVID-19 Updates

Important COVID Updates
COVID is still with us, but Massachusetts is prepared.
For many of us, COVID-19 continues to be a source of uncertainty. Should we mask or not? Is it safe to socialize? What can we expect in the weeks and months to come? I hope the resources in this newsletter will help you keep up to date with the latest COVID developments and make the best decisions for yourself, your families and your communities.

As of this month, data from across Massachusetts suggests that we are in the midst of a small surge in COVID cases. The predominance of cases are now concentrated among young adults. Fortunately, the surge has been significantly less deadly and resulted in fewer hospitalizations than the surge Massachusetts experienced at the start of 2022. However, the current surge has not peaked yet.

COVID-19 is transmitted through the air, so being outdoors or opening windows can reduce of the likelihood of spread, even in crowded settings.

Recently, supplemental budget legislation designed to continue our state's efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure robust preparation in the event of a future variant outbreak was passed by the Legislature and signed into law. Thanks to this bill, we can ensure continued no-cost availability of crucial services offered to residents during the pandemic, including testing, vaccinations, treatment, and public health staffing needs resulting from COVID-19.
As always, my office is available if you need assistance or wish to share your opinion. You can email me at karen.spilka@masenate.gov or call 617-722-1500.

Take care, and be well!

Warm regards,
Am I eligible for a booster shot?
CDC recommends
The CDC recommends that everyone ages five years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Those who are eligible for ONE BOOSTER after completing the COVID-19 vaccine primary series:

  • Children ages 5-12
  • Everyone ages 12 years and older

Those who are eligible for a SECOND BOOSTER four months after the first:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • People who got 2 doses (1 primary dose and 1 booster) of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

Is one-way masking effective?
masks work best at decreasing the spread of viruses
Short answer: yes!

While masks work best at decreasing the spread of viruses when everyone is wearing one, wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask worn correctly still decreases your own risk of catching COVID-19 even if no one else is wearing one.

You get the best protection from a N95 or KN95 mask that seals well on your face and remains in place. There should be no gaps around the nose, chin, or cheeks.

Read more on mask effectiveness:

COVID Resources
COVID Resources
Rapid Tests

Rapid tests play an important role in keeping community transmission low. They allow for sooner infection detection, decreased spread and earlier contact tracing.

As of May 17, all U.S. households are eligible to order an additional eight free at-home rapid tests, bringing the total number of such free tests made available to each household by the Biden administration to 16.

Additionally, all Massachusetts insurance companies and Medicare now will pay for eight rapid tests per person per month.
PCR Tests

If you've been exposed to COVID-19 but have no symptoms, scheduling a PCR test is a good option.


Free treatments for COVID-19 are available. They can help prevent hospitalization and reduce your chance for severe disease.

Treatment is available for people who are at increased risk of severe disease, test positive for COVID-19 and have any symptoms, including mild ones such as runny nose or cough. The sooner you start treatment, the better.


Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Legislature allocated $25 million for the state to purchase and distribute high-quality masks, with priority given to education and health care workers. High-quality masks are now available for free in some pharmacies.


The Legislature continues to provide financial support for COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, so that these are available free to all residents, workers, and students in Massachusetts ages five years and up.


The state continues to monitor the development and spread of COVID-19 variants. You can stay prepared by keeping up with the data too!

Senate President Karen E. Spilka | Massachusetts State House, Room 332, Boston, MA 02133

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Franklin TV and wfpr.fm schedule for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  • wfpr.fm or 102.9 on the FM dial = Tuesday

9:00 AM 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM  Jazz Journey – with Pamela Hines
2 hours. An insightful tour of Jazz Greats in a golden era

11:00 AM 2 PM and 8:00 PM SAFE Radio– Jim Derick and Dr. Anne Bergen
Addressing issues of Drug Abuse Disorder

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

7:00 am Memorial Day 2021
9:00 am It Takes A Village: Ethan Dimarino
10:00 am Frank's Musings: Return To Ukraine
11:30 am Senior Connection: Sleep
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Scones
12:30 pm Sandya: Pasta
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: White Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 2
3:00 pm Candlepin New Generation: Show 8
3:30 pm Franklin Downtown Partnership: Strawberry Stroll 2019
4:00 pm Battleship Cove: Preserving the Fleet
4:30 pm Extended Play Sessions: Season 10 Show 2 - Paul Kelly
5:30 pm Physician Focus: Common and Emerging Diseases
8:30 pm The Drummers Studio: 11th Anniversary Show Two

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = TUESDAY

7:00 am Public School Event: FHS Summer Music 2021
9:00 am Public School Concert: Elementary Music Pt. 3 06-04-18
10:30 am FHS Varsity Baseball: v Taunton 05-11-22
12:30 pm Public School Concert: FHS Concert Night 2019
2:00 pm It Takes A Village: Ethan Dimarino
5:00 pm Public School Event: Concert Hour Day 1
8:00 pm FHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse: v Notre Dame Hingham 05-18-22
10:00 pm FHS Varsity Softball: v Attleboro 05-09-22

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

8:00 am School Committee: 05-10-22
11:00 am Economic Development: 05-04-22
12:00 pm Finance Committee: 05-11-22
2:00 pm School Committee: 05-10-22
7:00 pm School Committee: LIVE, Chambers, 819 8910 0206, Code 000249

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf 

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm)

Monday, May 23, 2022

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Budget hearing #2 & vote on budget - May 26, 2022 - 7 PM

Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 26, 2022 - 7:00 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. HEARINGS - 7:00 pm
a. FY23 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing
iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book (per Town Charter prevision 6-5-1 and 6-5-2)    https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/appendix_a_town_of_franklin_budget_book_fy23_2.pdf
iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin School Committee Recommended FY22 Budget Executive

a. La Cantina Winery - Farmer-Winery, Farmer’s Market License   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/4a._la_cantina_license_trans_and_app.pdf

a. Resolution 22-31: Departmental FY23 Expenditure Limits, Town Code Chapter 73, MGL Chapter 44, Section 53E1/2 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-31 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5a._22-31_-_town_council_fy23_expenditure_limits.pdf
b. Resolution 22-32: Salary Schedule: Full-Time Elected Official - Town Clerk (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-32 - Majority Roll Call Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5b._22-32_clerks_salary.pdf
c. Resolution 22-33: Adoption of the FY23 Budget (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-33 - Majority  Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5c._22-33_final_recommendation_voting_document_fy23.pdf



a. Exemption #3: Collective Bargaining (all Town unions) - To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining if an open meeting may have a detrimental  effect on the bargaining position of the public body and the chair so declares.


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

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Budget hearing #2 & vote on budget - May 26, 2022 - 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Budget hearing #2 & vote on budget - May 26, 2022 - 7 PM

Did you get your tickets to The One Act Play That Goes Wrong yet? Performances Jun 10 & 11, 2022

Purchase tickets online today—it's quick and easy!

The One Act Play That Goes Wrong
Presented By Franklin High School Theatre Company

Jun 10 2022, 7:00 PM

Jun 11 2022, 2:00 PM


Franklin High School
218 Oak Street
Franklin, MA 02038

Visit here for more information.
On The Stage
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