Friday, January 6, 2023

School Committee Budget Subcommittee hears of capital budget request & another room needed for ECDC (audio)

FM #910 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 910 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Budget Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, Jan  4, 2023. The meeting was conducted in the 3rd floor training room. Remote participation was enabled for this session per their agenda. As the Chair was remote, the votes were via roll call.

Chair Dave McNeill opened the meeting. School Committee member Dave Callaghan was present to start, member Meghan Whitmore arrived at approx. 6:15. Superintendent Lucas Giguere, Business Manager Miriam Goodman, Asst Supt Paula Marano and Asst Supt Dr. Tina Rogers also participated.

Quick recap

  • School Capital Budget Request was previewed with a late change to possibly reduce it from $900K to about $400K 

  • ECDC Enrollment is increasing and a new classroom needs to be added for March to meet the new 17 students expected who are turning 3; can be covered from revolving funds for now but will require hiring a teacher and aides and be part of next budget request

  • FY24 Budget Timeline no current adjustment due to new Governor and her budget which is not due until early March, will proceed with estimates based upon last year and adjust along the way as necessary

The show notes contain a link to the agenda and to my notes.

The recording runs about 44 minutes, so let’s listen to the Budget Subcommittee meeting of Jan  4, 2023. Audio file ->


Budget Subcommittee agenda

My notes in this ThreadReader PDF -> 


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School Committee Budget Subcommittee hears of capital budget request & another room needed for ECDC (audio)
School Committee Budget Subcommittee hears of capital budget request & another room needed for ECDC (audio)

CommonWealth Magazine: "Seeking predictable permitting for new housing" (part 3 of 5)


"IF YOU LIVE in an affluent suburb of Boston, your municipality is probably not using as-of-right zoning to permit construction of apartments or condos. If your community is served by the MBTA, then the Massachusetts state Legislature has mandated that your municipality zone for multi-family housing as-of-right. The clock is now ticking on implementation.

The mandate was adopted because Boston’s suburbs have not allowed enough transit-oriented home development to meet the region’s needs for housing and transit-accessibility. Discretionary review processes are part of the problem. As-of-right zoning can help."

Part 3 of the 5 part series  

A public plaza within a private development, Trio, in Newton. (Photo by Amy Dain.)
A public plaza within a private development, Trio, in Newton. (Photo by Amy Dain.)

CommonWealth Magazine: "Where should new multi-family housing go?" (part 4 of 5)

"WHERE SHOULD new multifamily housing go? This is a fundamental question facing 175 communities across eastern Massachusetts as they work to implement a new law intended to address the region’s housing shortage. The MBTA Communities law requires cities and towns served by Greater Boston’s public transit agency, the MBTA, to enact zoning that allows multifamily housing near transit.

If history is any indication, communities will seek to locate this new multi-family housing away from existing residential neighborhoods when possible. In recent decades, the largest portion of new housing in Greater Boston has been built in isolated areas on municipal and metropolitan peripheries. As an example, the town of Wellesley approved the construction of a 262-unit complex called The Nines on a spit of land separated from the rest of town, tucked between Routes 95 and 9 and the Charles River. The towns of Needham and Stoneham permitted similar “across the interstate” developments, and other examples abound."

Part 4 of the 5 part series

Night Owl Farm: 2023 Workshops Are Open! (And Farm Update)


2023 Farm Plans

Happy New Year!✨

We have lots to update you on! We may have less to do at the farm this time of year, but that doesn't mean we aren't busy planning for the future! Take a look below to see our plans for some of the bigger happenings at the farm for the 2023 season. The biggest to note is the start of our very first workshop series!


Our 2023 Workshop series is officially live!

Keep a new year's resolution of becoming more self-sustaining by improving (or starting!) your own garden!

Our workshops are open to ALL levels. Some will target those with experience, but we encourage beginners to join as well, and vice versa! :)

We have included workshops on:

  • Caring for Chickens

  • Seed Starting

  • Succession Planting

  • Gardening for Beginner

  • Common Garden Pests & Diseases

  • Soil Health (Coming Soon!)

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Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Jan 6, 2023

  • 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 Conversation of Hope: Black & Jewish Voices in Harmony
9:00 am Frank Presents: Jack Boyland
11:00 am Senior Connection: Traditions
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin: Tai Salad
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:00 pm Physician Focus: Electronic Medical Records
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: Healthy Pizza Crusts
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 1
3:00 pm Battleship Cove: Inside The History Pt. 6
4:00 pm Sons & Daughters of Italy: Ciambotta
5:00 pm ArtWeek: Art + Music
7:00 pm Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Medical Marijuana
8:30 pm The Black Box: Beth Leavel

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

7:00 am Public School Event: Annie Sullivan Winter Music 2022
8:30 am It Takes A Village: D'Angela Alberty
9:30 am Franklin Rec Basketball: 3x3 Tournament Game 4
11:00 am FHS Girls Varsity Hockey: v Canton 12-21-22
1:30 pm FHS Winter Chorus & Orchestra 2022
3:00 pm Pack 92 Pinewood Derby 2022
5:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Basketball: v Foxboro 12-20-22
8:30 pm Battleship Cove: Inside The History Pt. 6
9:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Hockey: v St. John's Shrewsbury 12-20-21

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

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 12-15-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 12-15-22

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

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Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Thursday, January 5, 2023

GoFundMe: Help Reese fight her ongoing battle with FND

"Reese Doyon, 17, a current student at Franklin High School, was recently diagnosed with FND, functional neurological disorder, and is currently battling non-epileptic seizures, occurring almost daily for up to multiple hours at a time. She has been fighting this battle since June. There are very limited resources for adolescents with this diagnosis. Reese has been admitted to Boston Children's Hospital, has been to the ER multiple times, has gotten multiple EEG’s and brain scans done, has seen multiple neurologists and therapists, and we can’t seem to get these events under control.

These seizures prevent Reese from living her everyday life, causing her to miss almost half of the school year so far. She is currently involved in various things such as Best Buddies, unified basketball, unified sports, AAU basketball, and varsity basketball at Franklin High school. Her involvement in all of these have been put to a stop due to her current state.

These seizures leave her unconscious with the loss of speech and mobility from her hips down. These could take up to 24 hours to come back. Because these seizures can occur daily, she isn’t able to live her life like an average teenager.

With this being said, we are trying to raise money for her to get a seizure-alert service dog that would help her know when a seizure is coming and KEEP HER SAFE. This dog would give both Reese and her family some comfort knowing that she will always be safe.

Also, If anyone is aware of any other resources, PLEASE let us know or contact Amy Doyon.

Any donation or share helps!!"
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Franklin.TV: Jan 4, 2023 Town Council Meeting video replay available (video)

The Town Council met on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023  as scheduled and completed a lengthy agenda in just over 2 hours. The Franklin TV video replay is available.

My notes and recap will be available later


4th grade football team recognized for winning the State Championship last year
4th grade football team recognized for winning the State Championship last year

Franklin.TV: Jan 4 Economic Development Subcommittee video replay available (video)

The Economic Development Subcommittee + Steering Committee Meeting met on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023. The video replay of the meeting is available.

Economic Development Subcommittee + Steering Committee Meeting Agenda for Jan 4, 2023
Economic Development Subcommittee + Steering Committee Meeting Agenda for Jan 4, 2023

FHS Gymnastics, girls hockey, girls swim, and boys hockey teams all post wins on Wednesday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the fall sports competition for Franklin High School on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 37  vs. Wachusett, 54 – Final 
– The Panthers were held to single digits in three of the four quarters and the Mountaineers outscored Franklin 25-8 in the third to pull out a win in this battle of Div. 1 contenders. Katie Peterson was the lone Panther to reach double digits, finishing with a team-high 13 points. Chloe Fales added eight points (all in the first half) and Bridget Leo and Norah MacCallum each scored six.

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 6 vs North Attleboro, 1 – Final
Game Results: Franklin 6 North Attleboro 1 {Shots Franklin 45North Attleboro 14) 
1st Period Recap:
The boys came out of the gate strong but only managed to put away 1 goal which came at about 7 minutes into the 1" when Dylan McEvoy finds Ryan Sicchio who takes off on the breakaway for the snipe. Ina period where there was no shortage of shots for Franklin, 19 to be exact, North's goalie found himself very active fending off several bombs from the point from Logan Marchand, Vinnie Pasquarosa, Liam O'Rielly and Aidan Kuykendall. Colby Wagner was strong in the pipes where he saw 6 shots and served up the donut. The period would end Franklin 1 North Attleboro o. 
2nd period Recap:
The boys would continue the fleury of shots in the second but turned up the heat netting 4 more. The first goal of the period came 6 minutes in when Dylan McEvoy brought the puck wide into the zone, curled to dump it to Dan Daley who would hit a streaking Ben Paterson on the back post for the goal. On the very next shift Logan Marchand makes a nice move and slides a beauty of a pass to Dan Daley who rips it home. There was a  small l minute lull on the scoring front but plenty of excitement as players Matt Gates, Zach Langevin and Pat Daley were firing on all cylinders keeping the goalie primed. North would find the back of our net about the 11- minute mark in the 2°• but that would render the last goal of the night for North. With 4:27 to go in the period Dylan McEvoy dishes the puck to Ben Jarosz who slides it to Ryan Sicchio for his 2°• of the night! Again, in a 1- and 2-line punch, the very next shift Anthony Lampasona comes down snaps a wrister off the glass that ricochets in front to Dan Daley who bats it home out of the air for his second of the night! The backend of the house put up some tough defense as Carmine Iannuzzi and James Donovan were laying some nice hits and locking down the defensive zone. North was only able to muster up 4 shots in that period as olby Wagner would lock it down and finish the night early with another great showing. The period would end Franklin 5 North Attleboro 1. 
3rd period Recap:
Much like the 1st and 2nd the boys weren't shy on the shooting front. Several great shifts by Mike Gates, Zach Langevin and Pat Daley & Sam Jette, Nick Weber, and Rhys Greenwood. They would present a lot of shots and a constant ice tilt in the Franklin Ozone. The final capper on the night would come late in the3rd off a hard forecheck Tommy Balducci who disrupts the play enabling Vinnie Pasquarosa to intercept the puck and then slides it Jack Wernig who finds Carter Balducci coming down the right side and snapsa shot top left corner from the circle. Strong defensive showing from Lucas Sheehan and Matt Corvi who again kept North at bay. All hands-on deck to secure the dub tonight! Joe Torraco brought the team home in the 3rd seeing 5 shots and serving up a donut for the period. Player of the game goes to Dan Daley. 
Great to see a lot of guys hitting the ice and getting the job done. Big prep coming for Saturday's BIGHOCKTILT showdown! As Franklin takes on Canton@ Pirelli Veterans Arena on 1/7 @ 6:30PM.

Girls Hockey = Hockomock Stars, 1 @ Franklin, 7
Solid 7-1 win vs Hockomock Stars today‼️‼️
🥅Lanie 🍎Lindsay
🥅Julia 🍎Haley 
🥅Julia 🍎Shaw
🥅Charlotte 🍎Shaw
🥅Lanie 🍎Shaw
Great contributions from everyone on the ice and amazing game in net by Izzy

Wrestling = Taunton, 48 @ Franklin, 32 – Final 
– Taunton remained unbeaten in the league and tied for first in the Kelley-Rex with a solid win at Franklin. The Tigers got wins from Johnnie Mainer-Smith, Michael Leskoski, Xavier Sandoval, Ben Mandeville, John Mandeville, Elijah Prophete, Logan Frank, and Bobby Tran.
FINAL: Taunton 48, Franklin 32 Panthers show some fight in middle weight classes, but 18 unanswered points from Taunton gets the Tigers to move to 6-0 on the year

Boys Swimming = Franklin, 72 @ Canton, 98 – Final

Girls Swimming = Franklin, 91 @ Canton, 79 – Final

Gymnastics = Oliver Ames, 130.85 @ Franklin, 134.75 – Final
This team is coming together and getting stronger every meet. So proud of what they accomplished tonight. 

Top 4 on Vault - Molly D'Amato 8.2, Ryann Chandler 8.4, Molly Chandler 8.5 and Emma Nelson 8.8.

Top 4 on Bars - Ciara O'Brien 7.4, Abby Robillard 7.5, Maia Keohane 7.9. Emma

Top 4 on Beam - Ryann and Katie Vultkevich both with 8.6, Olivia Reagan 8.85 and Emma 8.95. 

Top 4 on FloorCiara 8.4, Olivia 8.5, Ryann and Maia both 8.8. 

For other results around the Hockomock League
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy

Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) and local Indivisible groups throughout the state demand that the U.S. Justice Department prosecute those involved in the attempted coup of January 6, 2021 and other efforts to subvert the 2020 election. Actions will be held across the Commonwealth on the weekend of January 6-8th to support the findings from the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.

“Activists seeking to protect our democracy are taking to the streets, the phones, and social media urging prosecution of Trump for crimes referred to the DOJ by the Jan 6 Committee.” IMC Chairperson Deb Paul said. "The Jan 6 committee factually established that Trump is an insurrectionist whose followers assaulted the Capitol at his instigation. He and his allies must be held to account. We demand that the Justice Department do its work and bring criminal charges against Trump and his co-conspirators.”

Events across the Commonwealth are planned as Trump and extreme Republican MAGA politicians continue to spread false claims about the 2020 election results and to undermine our Constitution and House Republicans plan a sham investigation into the January 6 committee so that they may stay in power and push their extreme agenda. This agenda includes destroying reproductive rights, abolishing our Social Security and Medicare benefits, limiting access to affordable higher education, and thwarting solutions to the climate crisis and gun violence, among other pressing issues.

Activists have planned rallies in multiple locations across Massachusetts to demand accountability, protect our Constitution, and prevent another coup attempt. Members of our Congressional delegation including Representatives Katherine Clark and James McGovern are speaking at rallies in Concord, Worcester and Northampton, along with multiple MA state legislators, local politicians, and grassroots leaders. 


Find an updated list of local actions on the IMC calendar under the listing January 6 Justice. 

For further information, contact Larry Pareles (, 860-670-7542).

Here is a link to the document too:


Indivisible Mass Coalition (IMC) is the statewide organization of volunteers who support the work of more than 50 Indivisible groups and their allies across Massachusetts working to improve democracy and support policies and legislation that improve equity and justice for everyone and eliminate institutional racism. IMC helps to build, support, and amplify the network of Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts to promote and support a participatory democracy. IMC is committed to ensuring that people are informed, organized, motivated and have the necessary tools to engage in our democracy. IMC coordinates with Indivisible National to work on our shared goals for democracy in our country. Learn more at

Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy
Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy

Early Childhood Development Center New Student Open House - Jan 13, 2023

Are you looking for a preschool program for your child? Do you live in Franklin? Is your child going to be 3 by August 31st and not yet eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2023?
Parents and children are invited to join us at Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 9 AM - 11 AM for a tour of the school, to meet our teaching team and learn about our wonderful preschool program!
If you are unable to attend the Open House, you can contact Laura Flanagan to schedule a tour by emailing or by calling us at 508-541-8166.
Please note: tours are held at 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to preserve the confidentiality and safety of our current students. Access our event details here:
Applications for the 23-24 school year at the ECDC are available here:

F.X O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)
224 Oak Street
FranklinMA 02038
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Early Childhood Development Center New Student Open House - Jan 13, 2023
Early Childhood Development Center New Student Open House - Jan 13, 2023

MBTA Commuter Rail: A Franklin/Foxboro Line schedule change is starting January 23, 2023

Monday, January 23, 2023 - a new Franklin/Foxboro Line schedule will go into effect. This schedule adjustment will prevent train conflicts between Readville & South Station after the opening of Pawtucket station (Prov Line) and offer improved on-time performance.

For more information:

Last Updated: Jan 04 2023 11:03 AM

MBTA Franklin Line Schedules ->

Franklin receives $110K from Mass DEP Gap Energy Grant Program

Franklin to receive $110K for "Replacing existing pumps & installing variable frequency drives at the Grove Street #1 and 2, and Milliken wastewater lift stations" as part of this Gap Energy Grant Program
Press release from Mass DEP:

In a continuing effort to support a more sustainable Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $8.1 million in grants through the Gap Energy Grant Program to help water facilities, non-profits and small businesses reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency, and generate renewable energy. The Gap Energy Grants are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), which operates the initiative under its Clean Energy Results Program. By filling the “gap” in project financing, these grants are made possible through the Climate Protection and Mitigation Expendable Trust and enable its recipients to use utility incentives and funds from other sources to build or install energy efficiency and clean energy projects. This year, the 63 recipients receiving the grants represent three sectors in the state: municipal water facilities; non-profit multi-family affordable housing organizations; and agricultural and food-producing non-profits and small businesses. 

“Assisting municipalities, small businesses and non-profit organizations to proactively work to reduce their energy usage and utilize clean, renewable energy is among our top environmental priorities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These Gap Energy Grant Program funds will greatly assist these municipalities and organizations as they work to improve efficiency, reduce energy use, and generate clean energy to produce immediate and long-term energy savings and contribute to the state’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.” 

“The Gap Energy Grant Program enables municipal water utilities and other organizations to leverage critical sources of funding, including energy efficiency incentives from electrical utilities, to fully implement energy saving measures,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Importantly, with lower energy bills, these entities can reinvest their operational cost savings into their facilities and organizational missions.”

These 63 grant awards will support more than 100 projects that are to be completed by the end of 2024. The projects are anticipated to generate more than 9,000 megawatt hours (MWh) in annual electricity savings or onsite generation of clean energy, sufficient to power more than 250 households and reduce carbon emissions by 3,359 metric tons. Overall, the grantees expect to have an estimated annual savings of up to $1,642,963. Examples of awardees include:

  • The City of Pittsfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is one of the 41 water-utility facilities receiving grants, will use its grant for its clean energy Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation project that is expected to save the city over $500,000 annually while reducing electric utility bills by 35 percent; 
  • The Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation is one of 12 multi-family affordable housing non-profit organizations receiving the Gap grant. The organization plans to use the funding to install a 97-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar photovoltaic system at five affordable housing buildings, containing 53 units, in Allston;
  • The Cambridge Community Center is among seven non-profit food organizations awarded a grant, and will use funding for its food pantry to install a 103.2-kW resilient power microgrid system, consisting of 43.2-kW rooftop solar photovoltaic and a 60-kW combination battery power and biodiesel generator system; and
  • Elliot Farm LLC in Lakeville, one of three agriculturally focused small businesses receiving awards, to install a 68.4 kW solar photovoltaic and battery storage system with an Active Demand Response program with Eversource.

“Massachusetts is a national leader in energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy, which the one-of-a-kind Gap Energy Grant Program furthers our collective efforts and delivers beneficial results across the Commonwealth,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “These critical grants provide a positive return on investment, not only for the organizations receiving funding, but also for the state, energy utilities, and the public.”

“Based on the success of the Gap Energy Grant Program over the last decade, MassDEP is pleased to expand the program to non-profit multi-family affordable housing and non-profit agricultural and food distribution entities,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “These entities, like municipal water utilities, can be limited by funding in accessing deep energy savings and renewable energy opportunities through energy improvements. The non-profit organizations that we are funding with a Gap Energy grant will now be able to reduce energy costs and reinvest those savings into their programs, which serve many of the most vulnerable and needy in our state.”

This year marks the first time that the Gap Energy Grant Program has extended its reach to include non-profit organizations and small businesses. In 2018, the second round of Gap Energy grants awarded 43 drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities $4 million, subsequently funding 36 energy projects that are saving facilities $1.3 million annually and generating approximately 9,580 MWh in annual electricity savings or on-site clean energy generation. In 2014, the first round of Gap Energy grants included awards to 21 water and wastewater facilities of more than $1.7 million for 30 projects that have generated enough electricity to fully heat and power nearly 900 Massachusetts homes each year for 15 years.

“In our efforts to mitigate the climate crisis, pursuing energy efficient initiatives is a critical component to reducing carbon emissions,” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “I am thrilled that water facilities in Edgartown, Orleans, and Yarmouth as well as housing-focused non-profits on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard will receive monies from the Gap Energy Grant Program that will help fund local projects that further our community’s clean energy journey.”

“Elliot Farm is a fantastic small business in Lakeville that has continued to evolve and grow,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I congratulate Elliot Farm as a recipient of the Massachusetts Gap Energy Grant Program and thank them for being a model business that is demonstrating how to grow a business, be energy efficient, and contribute to a healthier planet.”

For a full list of grant awardees funded by the Gap Energy grants by sector, please visit MassDEP’s webpage.

MassDEP’s mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s natural resources – air, water and land – to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all people, and a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission, MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities served by the agency.

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Grant award listing -> 

sign at the East Central lift station although not part of this award
sign at the East Central lift station although not part of this award