Friday, October 14, 2022

FHS field hockey tops KP on Thursday 6-3

Via, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, October 13, 2022. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Field Hockey = Franklin, 6 @ King Philip, 3 – Final 
– Franklin’s Haley Wernig scored a pair of second quarter goals inside a five minute span to give the Panthers some breathing room and Kaitlyn Carney’s third quarter tally added key insurance as Franklin survived a tough test from King Philip. The teams traded goals in the first quarter with Payten Crandall’s first goal of the game giving the visitors the lead. Wernig scored twice in the second to take the lead again before KP got one back, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 3-2 at half. Carney scored the lone goal of the third to make it 4-2, and Crandall’s second of the game late in the fourth pushed it to 5-2. KP pulled one back but Franklin once again responded with a goal with just over two minutes to play from Chloe Essam. Leah Santoro, Makenzie McDevitt and Lauren Barriero each had a goal for the Warriors. Devon Barry made six saves in net for Franklin while Haley Bright turned away nine shots for KP.

Volleyball = Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final 
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the match recap:
"When the teams met for the first time, just three games into the new season, Franklin earned a three-set sweep on its home court in a match that was much closer than its overall final score (two of the sets went beyond 25 points). King Philip hosted the second meeting on Thursday night at the Wooden Gym and the opening set was just as competitive.

The Warriors were able to pull out the first set this time around, winning it 27-25, and KP carried the momentum into a 3-0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-19) sweep, a 12th straight win, and a split of the season series.

“I think that for us it was huge,” KP coach Kristen Geuss explained. “I think it gave us a little boost of confidence going into the second set. That first set could’ve gone either way, much like the first time we played them. Just having a win gets us going even more and that momentum takes us into the next set.”
Continue reading the match recap

For a Photo Gallery from this match

For the other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS Football Gridiron: Letter to Fans from Coach Bain

FHSFootballGridiron (@fhs_gridiron) tweeted on Mon, Oct 10, 2022:
"Open letter from our coach to our fans. 

Panther fans rock!!"

Open letter from our coach to our fans
Open letter from our coach to our fans

Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Wed, Oct 12, 2022:
"Franklin's Conservation Commission invites you to attend the DelCarte Fall Gathering 10/22 from 9 AM - 12 PM. 
Activities include pumpkin painting, a Woods Walk, a meet and greet with Soil and Wetland Scientists, and more!"

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Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22
Town of Franklin, MA: DelCarte Fall Gathering scheduled for Oct 22

Franklin High School gymnastics fund raising with Car Wash on Saturday, Oct 15

"The FHS Gymnastics team is back!!! Come support them this Saturday Oct 15th from 9-12!! 

Handstands, flips and cartwheels are possible for the biggest tippers!!! 

Thank you too our loyal customers for your support to us and your community!!"
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Franklin High School gymnastics fund raising with Car Wash on Saturday, Oct 15
Franklin High School gymnastics fund raising with Car Wash on Saturday, Oct 15

Hockomock Area YMCA schedules Spooky Games Oct 21

Hockomock Area YMCA (@HockomockYMCA) tweeted on Tue, Oct 11, 2022:
"Come join us for Spooky Games!  Friday, October 21st from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  
For those who need a sensory-friendly environment, please arrive at 6:00pm. 
Branches in Foxboro, Franklin & North Attleboro. This year's theme is Encanto-Enchanted YMCA."

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Hockomock Area YMCA schedules spooky games Oct 21
Hockomock Area YMCA schedules spooky games Oct 21

"commitments and authorizations under state law that are not fully kept by the Commonwealth"

"THE STATE HAS a $1.2 billion shortfall in aid promised to cities, towns, and school districts, Auditor Suzanne Bump concluded in a report released Thursday. 

The report looked at several major categories of state aid and identified $711.4 million in unfunded mandates related to school aid; $448.3 million related to school transportation; and $103.3 million in government aid, mainly related to the Community Preservation Act. 

“The state should be accountable to fulfill its funding obligations to cities and towns,” Bump said in an interview. “These are mandates that have long been on the books, and it just seems it’s easier to focus on the new and forget about the old.” 

State law prohibits unfunded mandates, requiring the Legislature to fund anything it requires cities and towns to do. But practically, lawmakers have often ignored those obligations. For example, they regularly appropriate only a portion of mandated expenses for school transportation.  

“Insufficient state appropriations or allocations have left programs underfunded, and some programs have seen financial obligations completely ignored despite a commitment under law,” the report says. "

Continue reading the CommonWealth Magazine article online ->

State Auditor Suzanne Bump.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Franklin (MA) Town Council Mtg - 10/05/22 (audio)

FM #861 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 861 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. All 9 members of the Council were present in the Council Chambers

Key events of the meeting

  • Public hearing on Right of First Refusal to purchase Schmidt’s Farm

  • Visit from Norfolk County Commission

  • Approval for change in liquor license for Dacy’s market to be submitted to Legislature

  • Discussion and vote to move to second reading an integrated set of 4 bylaws covering parking in downtown Franklin

The recording runs just over 3 hours, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on October 5, 2022.

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda => 

My notes ->

The meeting video is also available for viewing on YouTube


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one slide from presentation on Schmidt's Farm purchase public hearing
one slide from presentation on Schmidt's Farm purchase public hearing

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Oct 14, 2022

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday

9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

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

7:30 am Franklin Art Association: Dave Kaphammer
9:00 am Frank Presents: Shawn Dooley
9:30 am Frank Presents: Charles Bailey
10:00 am Physician Focus: Prescription Drug Abuse
11:00 am Senior Connection: Maggie Gundersen
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: French Toast
12:30 pm Sandya: Crepes
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Meat-Lovers Pt. 1
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 show 4
3:00 pm ArtWeek: Games
3:30 pm Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Fire Safety
4:00 pm Concerts on the Common: Ken DoRosario

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

7:00 am Public School Event: Annie Sullivan Winter Music 2021
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Philip Hulbig
9:30 am Cultural District: Brent Selby
11:30 am FHS Varsity Volleyball: v Mansfield 10-03-22
1:00 pm Public School Event: FHS Winter Music 2019
2:40 pm U. S. Army: Jazz Ambassadors 04-01-19
5:00 pm ArtWeek: Games
8:30 pm FHS Varsity Field Hockey: v Concord-Carlisle 10-06-22

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

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals 10-06-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals 10-06-22

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 (

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Franklin 5K Turkey Trot Tradition Continues, sign up now for the great start Thanksgiving morning!

11th Annual Family Fun Run Benefits Franklin Food Pantry 

The Franklin Food Pantry is pleased to announce that the annual Franklin Turkey Trot is back for its 11th year! The race will take place on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2022, at 8:00 am and for the first time post-Covid, breakfast will be provided for all participants! In addition, all registered runners will be automatically entered in the Turkey Trot Raffle for a chance to win terrific prizes from local businesses! The 5K starts at 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, MA and follows a lollipop route in a local neighborhood.  


The $20 early bird registration fee is effective through October 18 and then increases to $25. The registration fee goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help feed those in need. Participants can register online here.  The Pantry will not be able to accept food donations instead of the fee.  Runners can also purchase a t-shirt directly from the registration page to commemorate their experience. 

Julia DiMarino
Julia DiMarino

"The Turkey Trot is such a wonderful tradition in our community, and we are incredibly grateful that through this event, we can continue to meet our neighbor's needs for food, services and programs. As we navigate a post-Covid world, we will extend our hybrid distribution model, offering both in-person and curbside distribution. We are also expanding our home delivery and mobile pantries to reach those who cannot come to us," said Tina Powderly, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. "Last year we raised an incredible $35,000! With food prices increasing nationally by 13.1% and locally by 10.9% this year, it's more expensive than ever to serve our neighbors in need. Funds from events like the Turkey Trot are critical to our mission to provide hunger relief and vital services to our community."  


There is still time to become a sponsor! There are several opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the race. Funds received from sponsorships are used to cover costs associated with the event, including the race registration company, timing technology, insurance, and security details. Funds raised above our expenses go directly to support the Franklin Food Pantry. Interested sponsors should contact Marsha Tait at 


Thank you to our current 2022 sponsors (as of 10/11/22)! 

Platinum: Middlesex Bank, MyFM Media 

Gold: Capstan Atlantic/Leslie Doughty, Paul A. Longobardi & Son's Trucking, Emmons St LLC 

Silver: Franklin Matters, Simons, Vendetti Motors, Alisa Hansen, DRR Contracting, Eagle Stainless Tube, Mike & Maureen Sabolinski, The Morandi Family, Nutrify Performance Nutrition for Women, LLC. 


"I'd also like to thank our Turkey Trot Chair, Erin Campbell. We are fortunate to have an incredibly hard-working group of dedicated volunteers, led by Erin, to bring this event to life," said Powderly. "Erin also works tirelessly to secure local businesses to cover the associated costs. The Turkey Trot is an amazing amount of work, and we could not hold this incredible community tradition without Erin's leadership." 


"This event has been a tradition in my community for many years and I'm really excited to be a part of making it happen this year! I'm thrilled that breakfast is back and I'm so happy to be able to thank our runners with a free raffle! I'm looking forward to a terrific day and raising funds that will truly help our neighbors in need," said Erin Campbell, Turkey Trot Chair. 


2021 Turkey Trot Runners
2021 Turkey Trot Runners


About the Franklin Food Pantry 

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to more than 1,100 individuals per year. The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs. 
Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck. Other programs include home delivery, Weekend Backpack Program for Franklin school children in need, mobile pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.  

47th Annual Franklin Newcomers Craft Fair is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2022

The 47th Annual Franklin Newcomers & Friends Craft Fair is set for Sat. November 5, 2022 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

It will still be held at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St., Franklin, after taking a break following two years of COVID.

This year, the craft fair will be held at the school’s gymnasium. Plenty of space for mingling, browsing, and shopping. Enter at the left of the building instead of the front doors. Lots of parking right in front of the entrance.

47th Annual Franklin Newcomers Craft Fair
47th Annual Franklin Newcomers Craft Fair
This popular and well-established event features hand-crafted items from artists throughout New England. You’ll find a wonderful selection of items to give yourself or to recognize a birthday, holiday or any other special occasion.

Here’s a sample of what you can buy: home d├ęcor and housewares, jewelry,  paper crafts, pets, wood crafts, glass crafts, handbags, health and wellness products, food, holiday, art and photography, bath and body, adult and children’s clothing and accessories.

The club is accepting donations for the Franklin Food Pantry. The entry fee is $3 for people 12 years of age and older.

Visit Franklin Newcomers & Friends Club (FNC) on Facebook for more Craft Fair details: @FranklinNewcomersCraftFair

For club information and activities, visit them on Facebook page: @FranklinNewcomersFriends Club.

FHS girls and boys soccer teams post wins on Wednesday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Boys Soccer = Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
"Solid 3-0 win over Stoughton. Gary Scags opened the scoring from Rex. Then Wyatt beats the entire defense and feeds Hansy for a beauty. Trey, from Hansy, finishes the scoring. Juice goes to Wyatt for Beast Mode all night. KP on Friday."

Girls Soccer = Franklin, 1 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final 
– Franklin got its second clean sheet in as many days, holding on for a win that moves the Panthers one point ahead of KP in the league title race ahead of Friday’s showdown. Lauren Mitchell and Emma Tremblay both played well in the Stoughton defense, helping keep Franklin to one goal. Katrina Varnum made 11 saves for the Black Knights.
"1-0 win against Stoughton today G2 goes to Rachel for amazing saves throughout the whole game, especially a save on a PK  Onto KP Friday"
For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Did you hear that the Health Department is holding a Fall Health Fair at the Library - Oct 19

Have a fun filled night and learn about health resources at the Franklin Fall Health Fair on Wednesday October 19th from 3 PM - 6 PM at the Franklin Public Library!
Shared from Town of Franklin Public Library -> 
Vendor currently signed up for the Health Fair:

  • AAA
  • AcuPUNKture
  • Amego
  • Arcadia Dental
  • Balanced Path Wellness Center
  • Feet in Motion
  • Forekicks
  • Franklin Fire Department
  • Franklin Food Pantry
  • Franklin Foot Care
  • Franklin Police Department with Ben Franklin
  • Franklin Senior Center
  • Families in Bloom
  • MCR Chiropractic
  • Metacomet Public Health Alliance
  • Milford Regional Hospital
  • Moxie Mobility Training
  • Neighbor Brigade
  • Night Owl Farm
  • Personal Best Physical Therapy of Norfolk
  • Professional Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
  • Safe Coalition
  • SELF Aesthetics and Therapeutic Specialists
  • Sense of Balance
  • Timeless CrossFit and Fitness
  • Tri-Valley
  • WIC
Food Truck: Trolley Dogs

Free Bags of Night owl Farm Produce (first come first serve)

Performances: Feet in Motion, Timeless CrossFit and Fitness

Soccer Activities by Forekicks

Did you hear that the Health Department is holding a Fall Health Fair at the Library - Oct 19
Did you hear that the Health Department is holding a Fall Health Fair at the Library - Oct 19

Town of Franklin, MA: Touch a Truck scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Be careful Franklin, Hollywood could come calling for Brutus:
"DPW Director Brutus and our Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent Jake want YOU to visit the Franklin DPW yard this Saturday, 10/15 from 10 AM - 2 PM for a special Touch A Truck event!

We've got hot dogs, ice cream and a whole bunch of trucks to touch!"

Shared from Twitter ->

Town of Franklin, MA: Touch a Truck scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Town of Franklin, MA: Touch a Truck scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10 AM to 2 PM


Cultural Council grant applications open through Oct 15

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Wed, Oct 12, 2022:
"Submit a grant application to the Franklin Cultural Council today! Deadline is 10/15. 
Funds are to support programs promoting Arts, Humanities, Civics, History & Interpretive Sciences in Franklin!

Learn more:
#PowerofCulture #ArtsHappenHere @masscultural

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Cultural Council grant applications open through Oct 15
Cultural Council grant applications open through Oct 15

Boston Globe: "A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"

When I worked in Boston, visiting the Boston Common or the Public Garden was something to do as a break during the workday on good weather. A new "Master Plan" has just been revealed to bring about some improvements to the space on the Common. 

All this to lead to holding a place for Franklin's Open Space plan and Mast Plan which both are supposed to begin an update process next year. There will be public meetings, survey's, etc. to craft our own Master Plan for what Franklin should be like in the future. Stay tuned. This will be an important effort to participate in and/or at least be aware of.
"The popular playground on Boston Common, which draws children from across the city and beyond, would nearly triple in size. A revamp of the equally popular Frog Pond would include multiple fountains, while a soccer pitch would be added to the athletic fields. More restrooms, everywhere. And, a place to get a beer or glass of wine.

Those are just a few of the big changes that could be coming over the next decade to the nation’s oldest public park, according to a new master plan for the Common that was released by the city and Friends of the Public Garden on Wednesday.

The grand reimagining calls for both ambitious new projects and more subtle improvements, with a goal of making the Common even more inviting and navigable. So, dog owners would have an enclosed park to let their pets run free. The Parkman Bandstand would have a ramp for people with disabilities. And the athletic fields would welcome soccer and basketball players for the first time."
Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Boston Common "master plan"  ->

Open Space & Recreation plan ->  (the plan details are actually part of the Master Plan doc)

"A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"
"A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"