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te s n Art Project Celebrates 40 o r C o f r t a h e e M other of the Y Field House Was Host For Many Of Franklin’s Championship Teams

By J.D. O’Gara


Who knew that the ladybug is the Massachusetts state bug? If you’re from Franklin, you can take pride in knowing that it all started here in your town, 40 years ago, with a 1974 lesson on state symbols in Mrs. Palma Johnson’s 2nd grade class at the Kennedy Elementary School.

The 43-year-old field house at Franklin High will be demolished during the summer, making way for a new school to open in September. To refer to the structure’s demise as the end of an era is downplaying what the building represented, what it housed and the countless success stories that were generated from every nook and cranny. The field house, which opened during the 1971-72 school year, cost $300,000, according to John Padula, who served on the school building committee. The field house hosted many of the Panthers sports teams — boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball and cheerleading. During inclement weather, football,

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Goodbye Franklin High Fieldhouse. As the town makes way for a new Franklin High School building, it will have to say goodbye to the enormous, beloved building home to various titles, crowns and state championships. The building is set to be razed this summer.

baseball and softball squads practiced there. The building, whose dimensions are 125 feet by 240, had its share of championship events, and it helped produce countless crowns for Franklin High’s athletic program. The wrestling team, which won 17 league titles at the

field house, also captured 14 sectional crowns and nine state championship in the facility. Here’s a breakdown of how other teams fared in the building: boys basketball (7 Hockomock League titles); girls basketball (11 league

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“Somehow, the subject came up, ‘Did Massachusetts have a state bug?’ No, so the class discussed it together, and they decided that they wanted to petition the state to make the ladybug the state bug. Palma ordered the petition papers, one thing led to another, and the kids followed along, actually going to the State House when the Senate was working, watching them speaking in their chambers,” says Claire Griffin, Chair of the Franklin Cultural Council. “They actually dressed up as ladybugs when the law was signed into effect.”

To commemorate this history, the Franklin Cultural Council and the Franklin Rotary Club are hosting a town-wide public art project to honor the 40th anniversary of naming the Ladybug as Massachusetts State Bug. The event is being called Ladybug Spots. “Basically, in 2001, the Franklin Cultural Council had raised money through various fundraising techniques to erect statue on common. I don’t know what theme was,” says Griffin. “However, then September 11th happened, and then they didn’t feel it was appropriate to do anything. The money sat there in the account.” Griffin explains that since then, the Franklin Cultural Council donated $3,500 of those funds to the Franklin Art Association, for their exhibit

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Franklin Concerts on the ­Common Back for 23rd Year

By J.D. O’Gara

The Concerts on the Common committee is working hard to finalize their summer schedule of concerts on Wednesday nights at the Franklin Town Common Bandstand. The weekly outdoor music began with a good idea about 23 years ago. Franklin resident Barbara Rondeau, the only original member on the planning committee for the public performances, says that the committee reviews bands throughout the year, considering them for the series.

“I’m the last original member,” says Rondeau, who says that bands submit CD’s and acts call almost all year long to be considered for the series. The programs usually consist of a children’s program followed by a concert, featuring everything from musical acts to dance performances. As of this writing, children’s performers had yet to be finalized. All of the free entertainment is done through the generousity of the local merchants, residents and the Franklin Cultural Council, which is supported by

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June 1, 2014 Franklin Classical Charter School, across from the town common. To make a suggestion or donation for Concerts on the Common, mail your inquiries to Concerts on the Common, P.O. Box 92, Franklin, MA 02038 July 9 To be determined July 16 The Frank Pedula Band July 23 The Sharon Band July 30 Electric Youth August 13 To Be Determined August 20 Mike Rutkowski Please see the July issue of the Franklin Local Town Pages for the final schedule.

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Paul Trovato, who has been girls track coach for 29 years at Franklin, admits he couldn’t watch the demolition of the building because of its rich tradition and the memory of great track stars who competed there.

titles); volleyball (5 Hockomock titles); boys indoor track (one league crown); girls indoor track (16 Hockomock titles, 3 sectional crowns and one state championship); gymnastics (3 Hockomock League titles); and cheerleading (6 state titles and 6 national competitions). “It’s amazing what occurred in that building,’’ said Peter Pasquarosa, who served as Franklin’s athletic director for nine years. “We hosted sectional, state and all-state wrestling tournaments, Hockomock League gymnastic meets, state championships for cheerleading, professional wrestling and the Harlem Magicians basketball team.’’ The 60-year-old Pasquarosa remembers all the pep rallies held in the field house and he even recalls an off-beat event designed to set a world record for handwalking and a request he had to deny to an athlete trying out for a pro team. A high school senior when the building opened, Pasquarosa was in his third year as A.D. in 1994 when major renovations took place. A Mondo rubberized floor replaced the old surface, adding more cushion to the floor and making it safer. New lines were added for track and volleyball and a new roof was installed, eliminating leaks from skylights. The interior was painted with striped accents of blue, white and gray. Modern lighting brightened the building and an Ohio company installed six new basketball hoops.

“We had Laura Quigg, the four Vendetti sisters and the three Carlucci sisters excel in that building,’’ Trovato said. “And, on the boys side there was Mike Ballard who ran for North Carolina and David Noble who went to Yale. I saw the opportunities that building provided to track and field athletes and saw those competitors go on to great colleges. I’ll be heartbroken when it’s demolished. Buildings like that can’t be replicated. I know we have to measure what’s best for the community, but I wish we could pick it up and move it elsewhere.’’ Trovoto, who taught at Tri County Voke for 33 years before retiring, says the field house gave Franklin track teams an advantage, because runners knew how to take the turns, training never stopped for outdoor teams because of weather, and indoor teams could compete unimpeded in events like the hurdles and high jump. Tom Geysen, who coaches Franklin’s girls soccer and boys track teams, was coaching in the field house when it opened, and today he’s the only one still on the job coaching from the staff that worked at the facility 43 years ago. Geysen said the town got its money’s worth.

“I know we’re moving on, and that’s progress,’’ Pasquarosa said, “but there’s so much history at the field house. So many championships were won there and it even was used for the town’s local elections. When it’s demolished, it’ll be an emotional time.’’

“It was the focal point not only for athletics, but also for so many other events,’’ Geysen emphasized. “There were dances there and concerts and trade shows. For the people who were involved with the field house in the 1970s, it’s sad to know it’ll be demolished because there’s lots of meaning for us.”

Pasquarosa emphasizes how active the facility was in winter time, especially when it was used for track, basketball, wrestling and gymnastics. “There were days when 300 kids were in the building and it func-

Don Cotter, who served as A.D. for nine years and also coached boys and girls basketball at Franklin, called it “a shame’’ that the building will be demolished. He coached the Panther boys to the Hocko-

mock League title in basketball in 1978. “There are a lot of memories there,’’ Cotter said. “It was a huge part of my life. A lot of athletes got good instruction in that building. It was ideal for so many things and you could conduct three gym classes simultaneously in the building. We also had many graduation ceremonies there.’’ Cotter added another bit of history about the building that some may not realize. “It was called the Woodrow Abbott Field House,’’ Cotter said. “It was named for a Woonsocket Call sports writer who lived in Franklin and who was devoted to the town’s athletic programs.’’

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Franklin Letter Carriers Deliver Over 2 Tons of Food to Franklin Food Pantry The Franklin letter carriers collected more than two tons of food from area residents and delivered it to the Franklin Food Pantry on Saturday, May 10 in

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During Saturday’s food drive, the fleet of mail trucks was greeted by more than thirty Pantry volunteers who unloaded the trucks, weighed the bags, sorted items and stacked them on shelves. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive helps replenish the Pantry’s inventory that has been depleted of its donations received during its busiest time of the year, the November/December holidays. “This is truly a communitywide effort that comes at a time of great need for the Pantry,” said Erin Lynch, director of development for the Franklin Food Pantry. “This incredible

amount of food gives us the inventory boost we need to help us through the summer months. Thanks to the hard work of the postal carriers, the generosity of town residents and a group of dedicated Pantry volunteers, we are able to better serve the hundreds of families who count on us for supplemental food assistance. We are thankful to have received such a tremendous amount of support in this food drive.” Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of

the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. The Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140 and can accept donations during business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Non-perishables may also be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door, or monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038. For more information, visit, like the Pantry’s Facebook page, or call (508) 528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN # 04-3272663.

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A Hero in Our Midst Howell’s WWII Experience on LST ­Commemorated in Book By J.D. O’Gara Sometimes, young men become soldiers, and those men become heroes, together. Here in Franklin, one such veteran quietly resides on King Street, but many Franklin residents may not realize that his experience in WWII was documented and published last year in a book. We Got Each Other Home, by Andrew Zimmerman, tells the tale of the LST (Landing Ship Tank) 66. On board this huge boat was Franklin’s own Lawrence Howell. Howell served on active duty in the Coast Guard, which was under Naval command during the war, from Valentine’s Day, 1944 to May 8, 1946. He earned the Silver Star and two Bronze battle stars for invasions in the South Pacific. “We boarded the LST 66 in New Guinea,” says the father of

five and grandfather and great grandfather of many, who was recently widowed. “It would carry army equipment, trucks tanks you name it, 250 men, everything the army would need when they went ashore,” says Howell, whose father served in the Coast Guard in WWI and whose son served in the Vietnam war on the USS Forestall. Aircraft carrier. Howell says he trained Sheep’s Head Bay, NY and then in Alameda, Calif., then headed to Hawaii on a big transport ship called the Lauriline. “It was so big, so crowded, the biggest ship I ever saw. You didn’t walk too far away from your bunk, or you wouldn’t be able to find it. You’d get lost.” Howell headed to New Guinea, to board the LST 66, from there. Howell explains that the men

Shown is Michael, is Franklin WWII veteran Lawrence Howell, who served aboard the Coast Guard’s LST 66. Howell’s experience is among those discussed in Andrew Zimmerman’s We Got Each Other Home, published last year.

were always at sea, and they were advised to be ready for action at anytime. “When I first got on, they would call general quarters,” says Howell, who explains that this command meant get to your

stations and be ready for battle. Most of the time, there were some of the crew who would take their time, but the skipper would tell them, “’One of the times when you hear general quarters, you’d better move fast you’re going to be down on the bottom of the ocean.’ You’re always on watch. You don’t know when it’s going to happen. You could be miles and miles out on the ocean, and here comes a couple planes, so you don’t know who they are and they call you to battle stations,” says Howell.When it happens, he says, “You’re scared.”

explains the plane was easily identifiable by its markings. “It took out a 40 MM gun and all 4 men in the gun tub of the ship. We tried to get the men, but there was nothing but body parts in the water. The men were gone.”

Most of the time, however, he “liked being on the ship, just being out on the ocean, you know, and we had a lot of nice guys on the ship with us. They were all good guys, but they were from all over the United States, not just from Massachusetts,” says Howell. He notes that sometimes, movies were shown on deck and that once, ashore, the men got to see Bob Hope perform.

“We buried them all at sea, one at a time, in a big canvas bag and all their equipment. One of them, before the slide them overboard, prays for them. We didn’t have a minister. One of the officers would talk.”

“The invasions I went on were seven,” says Howell, who was involved in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. “They were Cape Sansapor, New Guinea, Morotai, Lingayen Gulf, Zamoanga, and Balik-Papan. The second trip to the Lingayen Gulf, we got hit by a Jap zero.” Howell

Once, he says, the propeller of a plane they shot down landed in the deck of the ship. “‘Made in U.S.A.’ was stamped on it, on a Jap plane. The skipper took that one home with him,” says Howell. Howell explains, gravely that about 15 or so men were lost.

“One time, my Dad was getting honored, and he said to me, ‘The real heroes didn’t come home,’” says adds Howell’s daughter, Becky, with whom he lives along with his grandson, Michael. Howell went on to become a firefighter in Franklin, acting as Deputy Chief for many years as well as Fire Chief. He retired in 1986. He also belongs to the Franklin Masons and the Acacia Club, as well as the Fire Chiefs Association.

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Taylor’s Triumph 2nd Annual Race on June 7th On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, Norfolk will hold its 2nd Taylor’s Triumph, a 5K Run/ Walk in honor of Taylor Manning who died unexpectedly of congenital heart failure in May of 2012. Taylor’s passing at the young age of 13 left a lasting mark on the community; she will be forever remembered for

her spirit, laughter and sense of adventure that encouraged us all to live life to the fullest. Taylor’s Triumph will take place on Saturday, June 7th at the Holmes Field, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA, and kicks off the Norfolk Community Day Celebration. Starting time

Franklin School for the Performing Arts to Hold Open House The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold an Open House for prospective students and families on Thursday, June 12 from 4-7 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs for all ages and abilities in music, dance, and drama, whether for recreational

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Electric Youth to Perform at Showcase Live Bon Voyage Concert for European Tour Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will perform at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a Bon Voyage Concert for Electric Youth, coming just days before the ensemble departs on June 19th for a three-week concert tour of Austria and Italy. The group’s 11th European tour will include a return Fourth of July engagement at Aviano Air Force Base to entertain U.S. Troops and families stationed abroad. Electric Youth is backed by an eight-piece band of Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Ben-

nett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison. EY’s show offers high-energy family entertainment, delivering fully choreographed performances of classic rock, contemporary pop and Broadway hits for audiences of all ages. Audiences at Showcase Live will hear two full sets featuring the best of Aerosmith, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood and more. The 2014 tour will feature concerts in Vienna, Melk and Steiermark, Austria, including a performance at Ehrenhausen Castle, benefit concert at Vienna’s historic 19th century Odeon Theater and workshop with students at the Amadeus School. Performances in Italy

will include multiple shows in Lignano and Bibione along the Adriatic Coast, concerts in Todi and Montecatini within the Tuscany-Umbria region, and at Lake Como. Prior to departure, Electric Youth will wrap up the group’s 6th professional album. The ensemble and musicians have already laid the first tracks at Mansfield’s MockingBird Recording Studio. As with EY shows, the studio album will include unique renditions of timeless hits. “Several of the band members also write arrangements for EY that allow the group to take classic songs and make them their own,” says Director Raye Lynn Mercer.

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Walter Platt on trumpet, Bill Miele on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone, Mark White on guitar and Mercer on piano. Under the direction of Mark Poniatowski, musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp. Tickets for the Showcase Live concert are $18 for Loge Sets and $28 for Premium Seating. To purchase tickets, visit www. Please call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 for table reservations for larger parties. Doors open at 6 p.m. for best seat selection and dinner, featuring Showcase Live’s menu of distinctive cuisine and kid-friendly fare. Prospective FSPA students are encouraged to contact FSPA for information about complimentary tickets, available through the school’s All Access Pass program.

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Stained Glass Windows See the Light after 60 Years By Marjorie Turner Hollman

It all started with some stained glass windows that had been nearly forgotten in the carriage house of the First Baptist Church of Norwood, on Bond Street. The Baptist church houses not only its own congregation; it also provides space

for the Anglican Church of the Redeemer-Norwood, whose main church meets at 31 Hayward Street in Franklin.

Bruce Hadley, chairman of the property management committee at the Norwood Baptist church, wondered if the Church of the Redeemer had any use

Mounting the heavy stained glass was a mountain of effort. On ladders, l-R Dave Jordan, Andrew Riel, on floor, L-R Mackenzie Jordan, Ailton dos Rios

for the leaded stained glass windows that had sat in the basement of the carriage house since the church had moved from its building in downtown Norwood 60 years ago to its present location on Bond St. The windows had been moved and stored, and nearly forgotten. “I thought we might have a use for them at our Franklin church,” noted Father Alan Bouffard, vicar of RedeemerNorwood. “I talked to Father Dan Sylvia, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Franklin, who said he wanted the windows for our church space in Franklin, which is housed in an old mill building. The executive committee of the Baptist church agreed to donate the windows, as long as they were placed in a worship space.” Father Alan continued, “In thanks for the gift of the windows, Redeemer made a donation to the First Baptist church of Norwood in memory of Walter Whitney, a long-time Norwood resident and member of Redeemer-Norwood.” Father Dan added to the story. “When I became the priest here, I started doodling and sketching ideas about what we might do differently with this space,” Father Dan explained. Looking around at the newly refurbished worship space in Franklin, he smiled. “This excites the artist in me, watching our space be transformed into a worship space—it’s good to see. And


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Bethany NXGN crew with the finished installation of the stained glass at Redeemer, Franklin

I’m overjoyed with the chance to partner with other church families.” But great ideas can require some real muscle to become reality. “The leaded glass windows are really heavy!” Father Dan recalled. “It took four guys and a big truck to bring the windows from Norwood over here to Franklin.” And that’s where yet another church comes in. The Anglican Church of the Redeemer is a relatively new but growing church in Franklin. The idea of installing the heavy leaded windows was rather overwhelming. Father Dan’s wife, Lisa, and their children visited the Blessing Barn in Mendon, where his oldest son Isaiah struck up a conversation with Mrs. Cheri McCutchen, director of NXGN, a residential internship program for students who are working with Compassion New England. She is also the wife of Pastor Phil McCutchen, of Bethany Community Church of Mendon.

Isaiah’s conversation with Mrs. Cheri grew into a friendship with the Sylvia family. The Sylvias attended a Compassion summit at Bethany church, a gathering of area churches involved in compassion ministry. “At our Compassion Summit, I asked Father Dan if he had any mission trips planned—we were getting ready to take a missions trip to Baltimore, MD and a conflict had come up— we were not able to go,” Mrs. Cheri explained. “I asked Dan if he had anything that needed our help, and he mentioned the stained glass windows. But I had no idea what putting them up would entail. When I saw the size of them…” Mackenzie Jordan, of Franklin, was part of the crew from NXGN who came to help Redeemer Franklin with this project. She took one look at the windows and said, “We need my dad.” Dave Jordan, a

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Franklin contractor (Dave Jordan Construction) changed his schedule and came to help out for what he originally thought would be a few hours. “But he was there till 7:30 Saturday night,” Mrs. Cheri recalled. Father Dan noted, “We couldn’t have done this without Dave’s help.” The stained glass windows were the most visible aspect of this project, but the crew from Mendon also helped construct a raised platform for the new altar pieces (donated from the former Islington Community Church). A raised stage for the musicians who play during Sunday church services was also created.



Reflecting on the changed appearance of the church, housed in an old New England mill building, Father Dan said, “ Even with the renovations, we tried to retain the feeling of a mill. We didn’t put the stained glass into the windows of the building itself—these are brick walls—we aren’t touching them! And the windows bring in so much light, give it so





Redeemer’s youth group had had a planned mission trip

cancelled as well, and so they shifted their focus to working together with the young people from NXGN. The construction, mounting the stained glass windows and cleaning the space became an intense three- day exercise of working together, young people from Redeemer’s youth group, adults from the church, and a crew from NXGN in Mendon. Father Dan noted that “We worked from morning to exhaustion!”


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much character.” He continued, “...We want the atmosphere and intention to reflect the people, both young and old, who worship with us. It’s a repurposed building, and we are a repurposed people. Come check it out! We want our space to be used.” Stained glass windows recall a feeling of age. Old mills buildings throughout New England recall the history of this area. But stained glass in an old mill building, set in the midst of a growing church of young families and older parishioners says community, which is what it took to get the stained glass into place. The relationships that were forged in the process? It’s what you hope church is all about.

This beautiful stained glass window was one that sat unused in the cellar of the carriage house of first Baptist Church of Norwood, until Bruce Hadley, property management chair at Norwood Baptist Church offered them to the Church of the Redeemer. Here, Kate D’entremont, Natalie Rodrigues, Cassi Ronan from Redeemer’s youth group gives it a good cleaning.

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Tri-County Announces Top Two Students in Class of 2014 Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray is pleased to announce that Lindsey Parent of Plainville, daughter of Carin Gillespie, is the Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Stephen Hagen, Jr. of Wrentham, son of Stephen and Heather Hagen, is the Class of 2014 Salutatorian. The designation of this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian came down to eight thousandths of a point. Parent achieved a weighted GPA of 4.329 while Hagen achieved a weighted GPA of 4.321. The two students have been very successful throughout their high school careers, both in and outside of the classroom. An Automotive Technology major at Tri-County, Parent had set her sights on class Valedictorian from the very beginning. Since her freshman year, she had made it her goal to be the top student of her graduating class. She has maintained the highest GPA since her

junior year; as a freshman she was ranked fifth in her class, climbed to third as a sophomore and then to the very top in her junior year. Parent’s academic achievements are numerous. She was recently nominated for this year’s Walter J. Markham Award, an award sponsored and presented by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Vocational Association to a senior graduating from a vocational technical high school who has demonstrated leadership, good attendance, and excellence in technical and academic studies. In December, SuperintendentDirector Stephen Dockray selected Parent as this year’s recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) Certificate of Academic Excellence. This certificate is awarded annually to a student with outstanding academic achievements and who has made significant


contributions to the Tri-County community. In her sophomore and junior year, Parent was recognized for achieving high honors for all three terms. To accomplish this, she had to maintain a grade of a 90% or higher in each of her classes over the entire three terms. She also received the Shop Excellence Award for having the highest grade and best attendance in her class’s career technical program. Outside of the classroom, Parent is equally as successful. As a junior, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and currently serves as the secretary of the school’s chapter. She was also the starting goalie for the varsity soccer team for the last three years and was captain during her senior year. She was named Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and the Mayflower League All-Star as a sophomore and again as a senior. Parent also received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, which grants her a waiver of tuition to any state college or university in Massachusetts. She will attend Bridgewater State University in the fall to

Pictured above is Tri-County RVTHS Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray with Class of 2014 Salutatorian Stephen Hagen, Jr. (left), and Valedictorian Lindsey Parent (right).

pursue a degree in Psychology and she hopes to one day counsel students who struggle with school. Stephen Hagen, Jr. is this year’s Salutatorian and is majoring in the Engineering Program at Tri-County. He has already taken several collegelevel courses, which will allow him to pursue a double major in Electrical Engineering and Physics in college and still


graduate in four years. Naturally gifted in math, Hagen went beyond the high school-level math track and was offered the chance to take college and graduate-level math courses at UMASS Boston in his junior year. In the past two years, he has taken Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Probability with Statistical Application

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all at the college level. Hagen has been accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute but is still waiting to hear back from top choices Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University. He hopes to one day have a job in electrical engineering or in the field of robotics. “I wanted to show that I was a good, competitive student so I could get into a good, competitive school,” he said. He has proved just that. For the last three years, Hagen has received both the Spanish Award and Science Award, an honor that recognizes the best student in the class for that year. As a freshman, he also received the Math Award. He is hoping to achieve the same for his senior year.

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As a junior, Hagen was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was also a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship this year. He has had perfect attendance since his freshman year and is hoping to finish his high school career without missing a day. Hagen is one of the first two students at Tri-County who have been a part of the robotics program through all four years of high school. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded in 1989 to develop ways to inspire students in the fields of engineer-

ing and technology fields. The organization is the foundation for the FIRST® Robotics competition, a nationally recognized robotics competition with the purpose of sparking the imagination and creativity of students by making hands-on problem solving fun. Founded five years ago, the Tri-County Robotics Team has participated in the FIRST® Robotics Competition since its inception. Hagen is one of the captains of the Tri-County team. Each year that they have competed, the team has placed in the Top Ten out of 50 to 60 schools. Hagen has been busy outside

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skills by volunteering for community service with various non-profit organizations. Volunteer work ranges from Autism Walks to babysitting to book drives. Students involved must complete a minimum of seven hours a month. Hagen has been participating in this program since he was in seventh grade.

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boards and $3,000 to the Franklin Sculpture Park last year. “But we had about $7,000 left in the account, an we wanted to do something to honor this anniversary,” says Griffin, who notes that Mrs. Palma was actually the first neighbor she met when she moved to Franklin 23 years ago. The Franklin Cultural Council has ordered a limited edition of 25 two-foot ladybug sculptures from Cow Painters, an Oklahoma-based company that has created these kinds of sculptures for various cities and towns in the United States, including rabbits for Dedham, Mass. “One of the members of the council saw the rabbits and said this would be an interesting idea,” says Griffin. “We are

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having local businesses and organizations sponsor a ladybug for $500. They collaborate with a local artist. We are trying to have all Franklin artists, but we do have one woman, not from Franklin, who will work with her grown son, who has special needs, on one. A lot of unique little stories will go into each one. FCC Chair, Claire Griffin speaks to members of the Franklin Art Association and presents one of the 25 two-foot blank ladybugs for prospective artists to inspect.

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Some who’ve expressed interest in commissioning a ladybug sculpture include a couple of the Palma children, the Frank-

lin Art Association, and local businesses Dean Bank and Clark-Cutler-McDermott. “It’s going to be a really fun project, and what we hope to do is raise enough money to be able to erect a statue honoring Palma Johnson and her class,” says Griffin, who has contacted various organizations and artists, many through the Franklin Art Association. “We are in the process of starting to distribute the ladybugs to the artists and sponsors,” says Griffin. “We’re

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trying to assist them in collaborating and coming up with the designs. They submit them, and we approve. It’s more a formality. We want to be able to see the designs and get an idea of what they want to do.” They’ll all be unique, says Griffin. Artist Stacey David is working with one of Palma’s children to come up with a design, one artist will take her photographs of flower to create a collage, and another will create a ladybug on behalf of Senator Spilka, Senator Ross and Representative Roy together. “That one is designed so it’s like a note on kid’s school paper. It’s a handwritten letter to Horace Mann and Ben Franklin, thanking them for inspiring the kids to do things and be creative.” Griffin notes that she is sponsoring one as well, for the Straw Hat Society, something she started 10-12 years ago as a lark, but that actually ended up sponsoring a needy family at holiday time each year. “We’re going to have that one at the Strawberry Festival (June 12), and we’re going to have the kids help decorate it,” says Griffin. Later, she says, she’ll auction that off. As for all the ladybugs, she says, the Council is leaving it up to the sponsors to decide whether they want to

auction it off as a fundraiser or keep it. The first time all of the ladybugs will be on display together will be at town common the weekend of St. Rocco’s Festival, (August 7-10). After that, says Griffin, “we are going to try to have them on display at various places downtown, again altogether at the Harvest Festival (weekend of Oct 5), then one more time as part of an open celebration where we give out awards for Peoples Choice of favorite ones.” Accompanying the Ladybug Spots effort is a ladybug-decorating contest at the schools. “We’re just trying to get as much buzz about it as we can,” says Griffin, who notes that the ladybugs were delivered to the Franklin DPW garage and Cultural Council members are taking 4-6 of them at a time to distribute. “Hopefully they will all be decorated by the third week of July, and then they’ll be sealcoated,” adds Griffin. For more information on the Ladybug Spots, visit the Franklin Cultural Council page at the Town of Franklin website, or email

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Franklin Prepares 37th Fourth of July Parade Parade Participants, Volunteers Sought The 37th year of Franklin 4th of July plans are almost complete.

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Tri-County Nontraditional Students Tell Their Stories Six Tri-County RVTHS students enrolled in nontraditional Career Programs recently spoke about their experience at the high school to parents of eighth graders applying to Tri-County. Pictured from left to right are sophomore Gabrielle Dickinson of Wrentham (Carpentry), freshman Madison Lema of North Attleboro (Electrical Wiring Technology), junior Benjamin Hogan of Walpole (Cosmetology), freshman Kelly Porell of Franklin (Electrical Wiring Technology), senior Drew Kelley of Franklin (Early Childhood Careers) and junior Bryanna Haskell of North Attleboro (Electrical Wiring Technology).

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Tri-County’s ­Dillan Hoyt Receives ­Community Service Award Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School junior, Dillan Hoyt, of Walpole was recently awarded the Meg Costello Community Service Award Gold Standard from the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championships for his extensive work with the high school’s vegetable garden. The competition was held during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference from May 1-3 at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, MA and the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. Meg Costello is a health instructor at Shawsheen Regional Vocational Technical High School in Billerica who was very involved with volunteer efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. When she finished her work and returned to Massachusetts, she established the Community Service Award to encourage students to volunteer and learn the value of community service. Students who entered their projects for this award were judged on originality, creativity, their overall impact on the community and the quality of the written report. A Culinary Arts student at Tri-County, Hoyt has been very involved with the school’s garden project, which is used as both a teaching tool and for charity. The

Culinary Arts Program uses it to teach students how to grow vegetables and how to use fresh vegetables in their cooking. Students taking Environmental Science arrange the garden and put down the fertilizer after all the vegetables have been planted. The Early Childhood Careers Program uses the garden to introduce its preschoolers to gardening. Tri-County donates almost all of its produce to the Franklin Food Pantry, which hosts a farmer’s market for its clients once a week in the summer.

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LIVING HEALTHY HOCKOMOCK AREA YMCA Holds Healthy Kids Day Event at Patriot Place More than 2,000 attendees, volunteers and community partners celebrated the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on May 3 at Patriot Place in Foxborough. This was the 2nd year that all Hockomock Area YMCA branches joined together for this free community event that encourages kids to be active and provides families with options and methods for living healthier lives. “The best part of the day for us was watching my kids play in all of the fun activities,” said Dawn Doucette-Kaplan from Medway. “My son Ryne is shy and he really came out of his shell to participate in the games.”

This year, 1,600 YMCAs across the United States celebrated Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing. The event’s goal was to encourage healthier behaviors through exercise and nutrition. Healthy Kids Day aligns perfectly with the Hockomock Y’s Healthy Futures initiative, a program committed to reduce inactivity and poor nutrition in the 15 communities served by the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Our Healthy Kids Day helps reinforce the importance of our Healthy Futures initiative and encourages kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active, and ultimately living healthier lifestyles,” adds Hur-

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The parent on the phone sounds both frustrated and desperate. “I want to help her, but it’s been twenty-five years since I took these classes. I don’t even recognize the terms they’re using!” For Dede Mill, the owner of Club Z! In Home Tutoring in Medway, this is the reason she went into the tutoring business. “Not only do I know what you mean,” she says, “but I think I have just the tutor for your daughter. Can I meet with your family on Wednesday?” Although some students do fine in a classroom with two dozen students, many students find they thrive with one-on-one attention from a tutor. Club Z! In Home Tutoring has tutors available to meet students in their homes for help in a wide range of subjects, including math, reading, foreign languages,

and test prep for all standardized tests. Club Z!’s matching process is vital to their success. “We spend time on the phone with our families,” says Mill. “Then we personally meet with every one before we try to match with a tutor. The student is involved in the process so we can get a good sense from both the student and the family of what’s happening. It takes all that information to make the best possible match.”

Because the tutors work oneon-one with the student, they can often help a student with organizational skills and general study habits, benefitting the student in every subject. Moreover, having the tutor work in the student’s home means the tutor can help the student develop a plan for studying well on his or her own. With an extensive roster of tutors certified to teach special education students, Club Z! has good success with children who might

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require extra help in addition to academic support. “We use only certified teachers for our elementary school-age students, and a mix of certified teachers and degreed professionals for our middle and upper grade levels.� Since tutoring deals with the whole child, a good tutor-tostudent match is imperative. “We want to make sure we choose someone this student will work well with. They get the same person every time, so it’s somebody who really gets to know them academically and personally. Every session, they’re able to pick up right where they left off.� The tutor customizes each session to the student’s own curriculum. “Wherever possible we’re using their books, their quizzes, their tests, anything they have trouble with.� This gives each student a sense of ownership in the process, when they see the relationship between their at-home work and their at-school work. “Students feel it’s directly related to what they’re doing in school, helping with their project, their paper, not just writing about random things but about what they need to do.� Mill adds, “We can work directly with the student’s teachers and guidance counselors. The teacher may want us to reinforce subjects from class or instead to concentrate on separate areas. That’s teamwork, and that’s beautiful.�


Academics isn’t just about facts or memory. “Many of these students lack study and organizational skills, so our tutors integrate organizational skills into everything we do.� A one-on-one tutor can identify organizational issues quickly and give students tactics to help tackle their assignments. “We also work with student athletes and their very rigorous schedules. They need organizational skills to balance all of it.� And for the big challenge their parents never had to deal with: “The technology: how to balance the distractions of cell phones, texting, and the internet. How do we fit study and organizational skills in so they have dedicated time?� Summer brings about its own challenges. “Whether they do well during the school year or not,� says Mill, “all students worked hard to get up to their current level in reading or math or a foreign language, and then they take two months off. That’s a lot of time to forget.� So Club Z! developed summer tutoring programs for both reinforcement of weak areas and maintenance of a student’s strengths. “If we can anticipate some of the things that will happen next year, it will boost their confidence,� Mill explains. “For example, if they’re starting geometry next

September and they have insight into it now, they start with more confidence. The summer is also the perfect time to prepare for the SAT or ACT, or for private school entrance exams.� Plus, most students have some gaps in their learning, and they can fill those gaps over the summer. “This is true for honors students as well as students taking a more entry-level class,� says Mill. “Summer is a great opportunity to prep because they don’t have the pressure of school at the same time.�


From the match-making process to the results in the form of higher test scores and greater satisfaction in school, Mill says, “I never anticipated how rewarding it would be. I’ve had people cry on the phone with relief that we can help. Or they’ve just gotten bad SAT scores in the mail and they call. Phone calls are so positive, and then I get to go to the homes and get to meet these really great families. And then actually helping the student, it’s positive-positive-positive!�

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LIVING HEALTHY Diabetes and the Eye By: Roger M. Kaldawy, M.D., Milford Franklin Eye Center

The longer a person has diabetes, the higher their chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. This disease of the retina can occur with all types of diabetes. This is now a leading cause of blindness in American adults and the most common diabetic eye disease, affecting an estimated 4.1 million adults over the age of 40 in the United States. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.

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Diabetic retinopathy occurs when prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels cause damage to the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye. The retina is the film at the back of the eye, which receives light images and sends them to the brain. A healthy retina is essential for good vision. These blood vessels initially become leaky when damaged by high sugar in the blood, and then may become blocked off. The leaky vessels can lead to spots of bleeding on the retina. In addition, fluid and exudates (fats) escape from the leaky blood vessels on to the retina. This may also cause swelling, known as edema of the retina.

The blocked vessels can starve the retina of oxygen, leading to the growth of new abnormal vessels from the retina, and damage to the retina due to lack of oxygen (ischemia).Good control of diabetes by controlling the blood sugar level helps to reduce the chances of developing retinopathy. Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include poor blood sugar control, protein in your urine, high blood pressure, the longer you’ve had diabetes and high cholesterol and triglycerides. There are three main types of diabetic retinopathy: nonproliferative, proliferative and maculopathy. These are not different diseases, but they are different stages of the same condition. This means the type you have may change as the disease progresses. It’s also possible to have more than one type at once. In non-proliferative retinopathy (also called background retinopathy), small areas of swelling in the blood vessel walls form blebs (microaneurysms) on the retina. Other tiny yellow patches of hard exudates (fats from the blood) and

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other areas of bleeding (hemorrhage) appear as dots and blots. This type of retinopathy is not sight-threatening, but needs to be monitored by your ophthalmologist. Proliferative retinopathy is the most dangerous type of diabetic retinopathy. It causes no symptoms until it is very advanced. In proliferative retinopathy, some of the tiny blood vessels in the retina become blocked. In response to this lack of blood in the retina, new abnormal blood vessels grow. Although these new vessels are trying to help by bringing in more oxygen, they are fragile and may bleed into the eye (vitreous hemorrhage), stimulate the formation of scar tissues that can cause the retina to peel away from the back of the eye (detachment) and cause a reduction in vision. If these new, abnormal blood vessels were left untreated, they could eventually lead to blindness. Furthermore, these abnormal blood vessels increase the likelihood of a type of glaucoma that is very difficult to treat. The area of the retina we use most is called the macula. It provides our central vision and is essential for clear, detailed

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vision. In maculopathy, the hemorrhages, exudates and swellings occur in the macula. This may interfere with vision, particularly for reading and seeing fine details. The diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy is made by examining the back of the eye (retina), using special instruments. Diabetic retinopathy will not affect vision until it is at an advanced stage. This means it’s usually detected by routine checks, making regular eye examinations a must for people

with diabetes. It is crucial for all people with diabetes to be screened for diabetic retinopathy on an annual basis. Diabetic retinopathy is not entirely preventable, but it’s clear that long-term good control of diabetes helps to reduce your risk. If you smoke, stop smoking. Check and control your cholesterol and blood pressure. Do not miss screening eye appointments. Diabetic retinopathy treatment can vary from observation, to laser treatment to more recent high tech interventions (intravitreal anti VEGF injections) designed to stop the growth of

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Dean College Holds 148th ­Commencement Dean College held its 148th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. A total of 217 individuals received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance.

The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who told students not to concentrate on the finish line because “it is the journey that matters.� Dr. Rooney encouraged students to “use a solid foundation of

knowledge, sense of curiosity and opportunity to achieve your very best.�

Additional remarks were provided by Joseph C. Maher, Jr., Esq., Co-Vice Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Caleb Dolman from Manchester, NH and Hanna Anderson from Bridgewater, MA. Caleb Dolman earned his Associate Degree in Sport/Fitness Studies with a concentration in Physical Education. Caleb began his speech by quoting

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Eating Disorder ­Support Moves to Medway Library, Thursdays Eating Disorders Anonymous ( EDA ), which currently meets at St. Joseph Parish, Downstairs, 151 Village St., Medway on Wednesday nights from 7 - 8 p.m. will be moving to Medway Public Library, Downstairs, 26 High St. Medway, beginning Thursday nights from 7- 8 p.m., June 5, 2014 and will meet every Thursday Night. The group is opened to those with a desire to recover from an eating disorder, and is only open to those with an eating disorder. Contact Shirley (508) 533-4517,

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Franklin Bellingham Wrentham Relay for Life June 13-14 22nd Such Event in Franklin, Will be Held at Tri-County J.D. O’Gara

Franklin is poised to host its 22nd American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School at 147 Pond Street, Franklin on Friday, June 13th to Saturday, June 14th, starting with an official opening ceremony at 6 p.m.

night at the Relay at 8 p.m. is that participants will be donating their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for cancer patients. Local salons, Cost Cutters and Salon Sorella, are our stylists. Last year we had 9 participants donate their hair. It was a great turn out,” says Walsh.

“My mother was touched with cancer two different times, and recently one of my best friend’s Dads passed away from it,” says Christine Walsh, who is co-chairing the event this year along with Bridget Rymanowski and Sarah Klim. Walsh acknowledges that the disease touches many lives, but “it’s not a death sentence, anymore.”

Next, says Walsh, is the luminaria ceremony. “This is where we remember those who have lost the battle to cancer,” says Walsh. “We have little white bags we put glow sticks in, and we just have a moment to really think about the ones who have lost their battle. We usually have songs that go with it.”

The night will start with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by a Survivor lap at 6:45. This leads right into Survivor Reception at 7 p.m.

In addition to a DJ, this year’s event will feature a local band, Box of Records, playing Friday night, as well as two dance studios, Feet in Motion, of Franklin, and Encore Dance, of Plainville.


“They have gifts, purple t-shirts that say ‘hope’ on the back.” Walsh notes that the list of Franklin businesses is literally too long to note, as all businesses in town are very supportive. “The list is so long…we have tons of people who donated their time, businesses…there’s a garden that donates centerpieces, flowers. The majority of the community donates to Relay at some point.” Walsh points out that the public is invited to the Relay, and that teams will fundraise throughout the night with activities in addition to having sponsored walkers walk the track all night long. “We do raffle baskets and a store which kind of sells Relay for Life memorabilia,” says Walsh. “Teams do fundraising as well. One is doing sand art. Another is doing ribbons for people to wear. There are cupcakes, lap beads, which people make into necklaces.” “One of our important events that will be happening Friday

“This year is red carpet themed,” says Walsh. “We are trying our best for everything to be shiny.” Walsh notes that Regal Cinemas Bellingham has donated some movie posters, which they hope to raffle off as prizes. “I think it will be a big hit,” Walsh adds. She also notes the Relay will hold a “Miss Relay” pageant, inviting both male and female applicants. On Saturday morning, the Relay will feature a yoga class and a Zumba class. In addition, local professional photographer, Kelly Antosh, donates her time to take pictures of every survivor for the Wall of Hope. “Each cancer survivor writes how long they’ve (beaten cancer) on their wall.” As of mid-May, The Franklin Relay for Life had 42 teams registered. Walsh says that last year brought more than 300 participants from 46 teams, who fundraised over $40,000. Teams can still sign up, as well.

“We have teams that sign up the week before or even on bank night the Monday before Relay, when teams can pick up t-shirts turn in any money they need to turn in.” Walsh says that she got involved a few years ago with co-workers from the YMCA. “One of my friends had started a team when we all worked together. We actually named it “Bernon It Up,” because we worked at the Bernon Family Branch. Now, it’s called “Burning it Up.” Walsh says she can’t say enough about the support from Franklin businesses.

The Relay for Life Franklin, Bellingham and Wrentham will take place on June 13-14 at Tri-County. Shown here is last year’s Drop Your Worries team, which won a trophy for the Most Spirited Relay Team and had many members donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, something that will take place this year at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Photo by Peter Willis.

“I don’t think there’s any one that outshines more than others,” says Walsh. “I think they all do as much as they can.”

You can find Relay for Life Franklin, Bellingham and Wrentham on Facebook, listed as Relayforlife Franklin Bellinghamwrentham, or visit www. to donate or for more information. Sponsors are being always being sought, both for cash contributions as well as any kind of in-kind donation, says Mike O’Brien, of the American Cancer Society. To sponsor this event, contact At the Relay for Life, ­luminaria bags are decorated and lit in honor of loved ones who. Photo by Kelly Antosh.

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Community Invited to Run Franklin 5K with Team Hoyt Funds raised support programs for ­inclusion at the Hockomock Area YMCA 73-year old Dick Hoyt and his 52-year-old quadriplegic son Rick have become sports icons as Team Hoyt. They are one of the world’s most inspiring stories and the Y was proud to welcome them to the 10th annual Franklin 5K. This family event, took place Sunday, June 1 at Marsh & McLellan Companies in Franklin, aims to break down barriers for people with disabilities. Team Hoyt is a great example

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of a father’s love. Despite Rick’s disabilities as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and as a non-speaking person, his spirit and mind have always been strong. His family has long supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education, and the workplace, culminating in his graduation from Boston University. The father and son team has competed in over 1,000 athletic competitions, including 32 Boston Marathons,

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22 duathlons, and six Ironmans. At first, race organizers tried to exclude the Hoyts unless Dick could qualify in the difficult time of Rick’s 20-year-old age group, which they did at the 1982 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. In 1996, at the 100th Boston Marathon, the duo was recognized as Centennial Heroes. The Hockomock Area YMCA shares the Hoyts’ strong belief in inclusion. In 2012, the Y honored Team Hoyt at its Legends Ball benefiting inclusive programming at the Y. The Integration Initiative, available at all Hockomock Area YMCA branches in Franklin, Foxboro, and North Attleboro, is a unique program that provides opportunities for children with special needs to engage with their typically developing peers in YMCA programs, activities, and services. Since 2004, over 600 families have participated

in the Initiative, experiencing teamwork, pride, happiness, and a true sense of belonging. “The Hockomock Area YMCA is to be commended for creating such a wonderful program for the youth in the communities it serves,” said Dick Hoyt upon receipt of the Legends Award in 2012. All proceeds from The Franklin 5K will be used to provide anonymous scholarships at the Y and to subsidize the Integration Initiative. The race was started by The K Girls - Kris and Kayla Biagiotti - in memory of Kayla’s dad Bob Biagiotti and his belief that no child should be left on the sidelines. Kris continues her advocacy through this event. Last year, Kris and Kayla were just feet away from the finish line when two bombs exploded at the 2013 Boston Marathon. That day, lost among the chaos, The K Girls made Boston Marathon

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Franklin Girls Tennis Poises to Reemerge from Sidelines By Christopher Tremblay

Franklin is hoping that they can reemerge onto the girls’ tennis scene and be relevant once again. It may not come this year, but without a doubt, it’s not that far from becoming a reality. The Panthers are loaded with a large number of talented underclassmen. Last spring Franklin finished 7-9 and just missed making the tournament for the first time under head coach Dave Sutherland, who has been at the helm for the past 7 years. “I’m hoping that this is the year that we break through. Playing in the Hockomock is always tough, but we’ve had a lot of close matches where we were on the short end,” the Panther Coach said. “I firmly believe that we will finally make the tournament this year. I’m confident in the adjustments as well as the talent we have on this team.” With a majority of younger athletes on the team, Sara Mahoney finds herself as the only senior to take to the courts for Franklin this year. In addition to being the lone senior on the squad, Mahoney is also

a co-captain that will see time playing on the second doubles team. The senior will trade off with sophomore Halie Love as the partner of sophomore Katelyn Davenport, depending on the opposition.

“Not only is Sara our only senior, but she can play just about every position if needed,” the coach said. “If someone is sick or can’t make a match, she can fill in and she’s fine with it. She’ll play anywhere that we need her to play to help the team.” The first doubles team is made up of junior co-captain Lauren Markland and junior Katelynn Marr and although the two had never played together as a tandem they have been working well together. Sutherland can also use either athlete in the third singles spot if needed.

qualms about her play in the top spot. “She is a very strong and consistent player with phenomenal footwork and very unselfish,” he said. “While playing in the number one spot is very tough and intimidating she is currently undefeated. She’s gone up against the best tennis players, but being USTA (United States Tennis Association) tournament tested she hasn’t wavered.” The other freshmen playing singles is Anja Deric. Having just made the jump to singles from doubles she has sound strokes, but needs to work on her repetition. A little fine tuning and she’ll be fine according to the coach. “When Anja is playing third singles, it complements our

doubles teams.” Sutherland said. “As the coach I have to figure out what the opposing coach is going to do and adjust my team from there. Anja can play at third singles or I can move her into doubles.” With Sweeney at number one, sophomore Anna Humphreys gives Franklin a strong one-two punch at the top two positions. Last year Humphreys, who was named to the Hockomock League All Star team, was the Panthers number one singles player, but she knew her time was limited. “Anna has done very well thus far and took move from first to second singles gracefully. In fact, she told me last year that there was this eighth grader (Sweeney) coming up who was better than she was,” the coach said. “She’s very humble, focused and a very patient hitter with a booming serve. She’ll do whatever is best for the team.” As the Franklin girls attempt

to make a run at the tournament for the first time in many a years, they’ll have to do it with a giant obstacle in their way. With the new high school being built on the tennis courts, the Panthers do not have the luxury of having a home court advantage. Franklin is forced to play every one of their matches on the road, and in doing so, doesn’t allow for a lot of their friends to watch and cheer them on. “Without our own tennis courts we don’t have that relationship with a lot of our fans,” Sutherland said. “Even practice is tough because we are literally pushing to get out of the school and over to the Adirondack Club for our scheduled time.” Despite the impediment the Panther girls are playing their hearts out in hopes of earning themselves a spot in the tournament and as the old adage goes, anything can happen once you’re in.

Playing singles Sutherland has two freshmen and a sophomore, something unheard of in varsity athletics. Hannah Sweeney, a freshman, has been given the responsibility of playing the number one singles position for the Panthers. A very big challenge for a first time varsity player, but Sutherland has no

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Cabral New Men’s Basketball Coach At Dean By KEN HAMWEY Dean College’s success in men’s basketball has caused a change at the top. Rich Fazzi, who led the Bulldogs to a 21-5 record and a trip to the NJCAA Division II Tournament in Danville, Ill., is now head coach of basketball at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill. The Division 3 school became a co-ed college in January, and it will field its first men’s basketball team in September. Replacing Fazzi is Rico Cabral, who’s been a head coach at Massasoit Community College (five years) and also at Mount Ida College (22 years). The 63-year-old Cabral also has served as an assistant coach at Boston College, St. Bonaventure, and Emerson College where last season he was an aide to Jim O’Brien, the former BC and Ohio State coach. “I enjoyed a terrific experience working with Jim O’Brien at Emerson,’’ Cabral said. “But, I wanted to return to being a head coach and direct my own program. When the job opened at Dean, I underwent a thorough and extensive interview process. Working at Dean will be exciting because the studentathlete is an integral part of the college’s atmosphere.’’ John Jackson, the athletic director at Dean, coached against Cabral’s team’s when Dean faced Massasoit. “I’ve had the pleasure of coaching against Rico when he was at Massasoit,’’ said Jackson. “His teams were always well-coached and well-disciplined.’’

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Cabral’s first priority has been recruiting and that includes what he labels “re-recruitment’’ of Dean players who were freshmen last season. “As far as bringing new freshmen in, I’ll be viewing all the showcase tournaments,’’ Cabral said. “We’ll recruit in New England and anywhere else that’s necessary.’’ Cabral isn’t setting any specific goals, such as the number of games he’d like to win. But, he is focused on one specific achievement and one general objective. “I want us to compete for the Region 21 title and I also want our program to duplicate the high level of success that Rich achieved,’’ said Cabral who’s been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and also the Massasoit and Mount Ida Halls of Fame. The high level of success Cabral refers to includes Dean’s winning the Region 21 Championship and the Northeast District II title, which enabled the Bulldogs to advance to the national tourney for the first time in the college’s history. Dean lost both its games at the nationals in Illinois. Fazzi’s nucleus included Charles Correa, Jalen Myrie, and Keyon Armstrong in the backcourt, and Jamal Reuben, David Seymour, Joe Clarke and Antonio Pires in the frontcourt. That contingent played a highpressure, up-tempo style and Cabral would like to continue with that style, if possible.


“We’ll have to see what kind of talent we have,’’ Cabral said. “I’d like to continue with a system that features a fast-break offense with lots of defensive pressure, but it all depends on your personnel.’’ Cabral is in the process of assembling his staff, which will include Anthony Baskerville, a Dean football and basketball assistant. Baskerville is a former Dean athlete who played at the University of Rhode Island. Cabral didn’t miss by much working with his son, Joe, who was a hoop aide at Dean in Fazzi’s first year (201213). Joe now is an assistant at Lasell College in Newton, and Cabral’s other son, Michael, is a criminal justice major at Westfield State. Cabral and his wife Patti have been married for 26 years and reside in Walpole. A player at Sharon High and Boston State, Cabral prefers not to list any of the championships his teams won in college or as a coach at Marshfield High as top thrills but rather says that “seeing young men become productive in society is what’s rewarding.’’ “Going to graduations really is my top thrill,’’ Cabral said. “What’s important as a coach is to commit to players and work to help them move on to the next level, both academically and athletically.’’ The 31-year-old Fazzi played at Pope Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, N.J., and later played three varsity seasons at Becker College, graduating


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in 2004 as the eighth-leading scorer in school history. He coached as an assistant at Newbury College in Brookline before moving on to Suffolk University where he was an assistant for five seasons. After two years at Endicott College in Beverly as an assistant, he joined Dean’s staff.

Fazzi, who spent two years as the Bulldogs’ coach, will now work to assemble the first men’s team in Pine Manor’s history. “It’ll be a challenge,’’ Fazzi said. “But, it’ll be exciting to build a team from the ground up. I’m visiting a lot of candidates and some of them will be coming in from California, Texas and Florida.’’

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Revitalized DelCarte Conservation Land Officially Opens on June 4th by Anne


You can never have enough play time. Children and families are already enjoying the play space near the DelCarte Conservation land and can’t wait for it to officially open. The quiet, wooded space on Pleasant Street has been renovated and revitalized with a playground, paved parking lot, trails and rebuilt dams at the reservoir. A formal ceremony will take place on June 4th at 5 p.m. to mark the official opening of the play space and trails at DelCarte Conservation land. It will be held at the parking lot and playground. There will be a ribbon cutting and recognition of the many people and committees in town involved in the renewal of the area. The ceremony will also honor Nicholas Alfieri who was one of the town’s conservation agents. He was a strong advocate for the renovation and renewal of the DelCarte Conservation land. Revitalizing the beauty and use of the land was one of Alfieri’s visions. He passed away in 2012 at age 53. Many current and former public town officials will be present

at the opening, including town Counselors, officials from the Department of Public Works, Conservation Commission, and the Planning Committee. One individual involved in the renovation is Franklin student Emma Goulet. Clearing the trails was the Capstone project of Goulet, a 7th grade student at Benjamin Franklin Charter School. She worked with Town Administrator Jeff Nutting’s office to clear existing trails and create new ones around the reservoir. They are in the process of linking all the trails together. She worked with Nutting’s staff, and organized a team of volunteers to help clear trails. “It was a great job by her,” said Mr. Nutting. Finishing touches are done or will be soon. A floating dock, maps and signs marking the trails will be installed. Town officials are still working on completion of the trails and installing a boardwalk and canoe/ kayak launch on the reservoir. “It’s a perfect location. The trail system is going to be nice. It will serve the public well,” said Ryan Jette, Director of Recreation. There will be a 200-foot boardwalk made of recycled plastic connecting two bodies of land. Currently, if you walk the trail, you can’t go past a certain point because of the train tracks and wetlands. The boardwalk will connect the two areas, so hikers can walk a complete .87 mile trail around the perimeter of the reservoir. There will be three smaller trails that flow off

Mike Plausse peaks out from the climbing structure at the DelCarte playground. The DelCarte Conservation land will officially be opened in a ceremony on June 4th at 5 p.m.

the main trail. A red, green and blue, which will be short, medium and longer walking loops. There are two access points to the trail. Hikers can access trails from the playground and parking area, just walk down to the dam and continue. Or, access it just up the street at the small dirt parking lot with the DelCarte sign. “We hope to have the canoe/ kayak launch and the boardwalk done by the end of the summer. They hope to complete the trails by early fall,” Jette added. “It was a great team effort,” Jeff Nutting added. It is a culmination of work by the Department of Public Works, Conservation Commission and Town Planning. Jeff Nutting’s office has han-

A variety of images from the hiking trail and dam at the DelCarte Conservation area.

dled the funding and has guided the process along the way. The town had $1.4 million to fix unsafe and failing dam structures, and build the playground and park. “George Russell of the DPW has done a lot,” Jette added. “It’s on schedule, on time and on budget.” DelCarte Conservation Area is 136 acres of land. It is comprised of two parcels given

by Franklin resident Ernest DelCarte in 2000 through his will. The biggest section is land given to the Conservation Department, and the other is owned by the town of Franklin. The playground area is owned and was developed by the town. The DelCarte Property is located on the southeast side of Pleasant Street. Park off the shoulder of the Pleasant Street about 100 yards north from Flintlock Road.

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Calendar of Events June 4 DelCarte Conservation Land Grand Opening, 5 p.m., ribbon cutting and recognition of the many people and committees in town involved in the renewal of the area. June 5 Author Laura Spinella, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library, Franklin resident and Penguin author Laura Spinella will host a round table discussion, talking about what it takes to write a novel and the various ways to publish it. For more information on Laura’s work, visit her website at June 7 Taylor’s Triumph, a 5K Run/Walk, in honor of 13 year old Taylor Manning, who died unexpectedly of congenital heart failure in May of 2012. 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk. Starting time 9 a.m. and registration opens at 7:30 a.m., 5K will include water stations, refreshments and live music! Entry fee $35 for same day registrations. All proceeds benefit the Taylor Manning Memorial Fund. June 11 Meet Your State Representative, sponsored by Franklin Oddfellows, 7 p.m., Franklin Public Library Community

Room, (downstairs), featuring Rep. Jeffrey N. Roy June 12 Franklin Downtown Partnership Strawberry Stroll, 4-7 p.m. outside Dean Bank, over 700 strawberry shortcakes to be served, cut up by Dean College volunteers and served with whipped cream donated by Garelick Farms. More than 25 restaurants, businesses and organizations will provide food samples, sale items and entertainment. For more information, contact the FDP office at (774) 571-3109 or downtown. Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Open House, 4-7 p.m. 38 Main Street, Franklin. Author Marjorie Turner Hollman, Franklin Public Library, 7 p.m., Franklin Public Library welcomes Marjorie Turner Hollman, author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts: Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Milford, Millis, Uxbridge, Wrentham, and Woonsocket, RI. June 13 Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will perform at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro,

7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Showcase Live concert are $18 for Loge Sets and $28 for Premium Seating. To purchase tickets, visit www. Please call FSPA at 508-528-8668 for table reservations for larger parties. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner. Relay For Life Franklin Bellingham Wrentham, TriCounty, 147 Pont St. 6 p.m. start - Friday-Saturday. June 14 Society of St. Vincent dePaul of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin monthly food collection, Items may be may be left in the Conference Room located downstairs in the rear of the church itself any time on these dates, or left in the marked boxes at the doors of the main part of the church. June 15 Society of St. Vincent dePaul of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin monthly food collection, Items may be may be left in the Conference Room located downstairs in the rear of the church itself any time on these dates, or left in the marked boxes at the doors of the main part of the church. June 21 “Say Goodbye to Franklin High” final tour, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Library Book Sale, Franklin Public Library, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., classical music from 2-3 p.m. June 22 Library Bag Sale, 9 a.m .-12 p.m., Franklin Public Library June 23 Let’s Laugh Today, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. Laughter Yoga is a body/mind practice for well being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laugh-

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Franklin Strawberry Stroll Thursday, June 12 The strawberries are ripening, the weather is improving and local businesses are busy preparing for this year’s Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 12. The Stroll will take place throughout downtown Franklin from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. The Franklin Downtown Partnership plans to kick off summer by dishing up nearly 700 of its signature sweet, juicy strawberry shortcakes outside Dean Bank. Volunteers at Dean College plan to cut more than 160 quarts of delicious red berries for shortcakes, which will be topped with whipped cream

from Garelick Farms. In past years the shortcakes have sold out within a few hours. “Families tell us they look forward to the Strawberry Stroll every year as an opportunity to meet up with friends, explore our shops and restaurants, and discover more about our community. The Stroll has become a family tradition and a way for our businesses to engage with their customers on a new level,” says Nicole Fortier, event cochair. This year, more than 25 restaurants, businesses and organizations will provide food samples, sale items and enter-

tainment for the hundreds of families expected. Sponsorship Row will feature booths from Platinum sponsors Dean Bank and Big Y World Class Market, Gold sponsor Dean College, and Silver sponsor DCU. Bronze sponsors include Chestnut Dental, Franklin Ford and Middlesex Savings Bank, and Keefe Insurance Agency is a Friends-level sponsor. Visitors can enjoy music by Music Odyssey Productions, Kevin Wolfe on guitar at Pisini Shoe Store, an Open House and open rehearsals at the Franklin School for Performing Arts, and

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Mural project, “A River Runs Through,” started at last year’s event. Throughout town visitors can enter to win prizes at the Century 21 and Enchanted Memories Travel booths, explore the Franklin Food Pantry truck, and learn about special class offerings at Tranquil Souls Yoga, and Drama Kids of Metro West. Helium Party Place will provide fun photo props, Next Step Living will offer home energy

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Strawberry Stroll ­ Participating ­Businesses

As of press time, these businesses and organizations are participating in the Strawberry Stroll on Thursday, June 12. Throughout downtown you’ll find our strawberry shortcakes, music, kids’ crafts, giveaways, delicious food samples, prize drawings, informational booths, and special offers. Look for a complete listing of attractions on the day of the Stroll. Artistry Kitchen Big Y World Class Market, Platinum Sponsor Century 21 Commonwealth Chestnut Dental, Bronze Sponsor Dean Bank, Platinum Sponsor Dean College, Gold Sponsor DCU, Silver Sponsor Drama Kids of Metro West Eco-Embrace Emma’s Quilt Cupboard Enchanted Memories Travel Franklin Art Center Franklin Cultural Council

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Emma’s Quilt Cupboard and Eco-Embrace will feature specials, and representatives from Representative Roy’s and Senator Spilka’s offices will be on hand.

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Community Members Honored at Hockomock YMCA Annual Meeting The Hockomock Area YMCA’s held its Annual Meeting on May 14th at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxborough. Here are some highlights from the event.

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Senior, Andrew Waple was honored with the North Attleboro Branch’s Youth of the Year award.. Andrew began coming to the North Attleboro Branch in 6th grade when he was encouraged by Y staff to join the Teen Center’s Leaders Club. As a YMCA Senior Leaders Club member and Junior Leaders Club advisor, Andrew mentors the younger members and develops activities. He serves on the YMCA Senior Leaders Executive Board, proactively developing community service opportunities for all 60 club members. He leads by example, actively participating in as many projects as possible.

Franklin resident and emerging leader Erin McGinley received the Bernon Family Branch’s Youth of the Year Award for her commitment and dedication to making a positive impact on YMCA members, participants, staff, and the community. Erin’s broad path at the Y has led her from youth theatre to starring roles at Franklin High School. Her extensive involvement at the Bernon Family Branch includes being a summer camp counselor and numerous jobs in almost every YMCA department. For the past two years, Erin has held leadership positions on the Executive Board of the Teen Leaders Club.

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It’s a Sign of the Times… Still a Seller’s Market in Franklin The town of Franklin continues to experience a seller’s market. Listings are in great demand, and we presently have 3.8 months of resale listings on the market in our town. When the number of listings are fewer than 5 or 6 months, it’s indicative of a seller’s market. Every real estate agent competes to the best of his/ her ability to secure a new listing, and the most prevalent factor determining the direction of each listing is the “quality of marketing” that will be provided. Online and offline marketing methods are necessary today in order to provide the homeowner with the exposure that each seller deserves to receive. The latest and greatest of current marketing methods is accomplished with equipment known as the “drone.” Drones are new to the real es-

tate community, but certainly not to the military. The Kuney-Todaro Team members are providing video and high definition photos for slide shows of each listing from a height well above the tree tops on house lots. This enables buyers to view everything that surrounds each listing. It provides a panoramic view of an entire property displaying not only the home but all exterior improvements such as pool areas, tennis and basketball courts. It reflects all of the surrounding wooded areas and the entire neighborhood from above. Both buyers and sellers appreciate this type of exposure, and in the near future, this will be standard practice for all real estate agents. This is just another sign of the times, and the burden is on the potential listing agent to provide the best method of



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"Matt Kelly helped sell two of our houses & helped us purchase two of our homes..there is none better at their job!!! His expertise in knowing the town, homes, & the banking end of the sale can not be matched. He also brings a smile to his job, makes you laugh & finds just the right home that best fits you. On the selling end, he prices right, & knows his markets...our home sold in less than a week!! Matt puts his clients first & is always reachable. He is the best man for the job!" Donna M., Franklin

Barbara was fantastic!! She is a consummate professional, very personable, and was very helpful in educating me before, during and even after the sale of my home. She is very dependable & responsive-I cant say enough about the positive experience I had with her. I highly recommend her. Michelle R.,Franklin

"My husband and I had a fantastic experience working with Matt Kelly. As first time home buyers, we needed alot of help with the process, and Matt was always available, helpful, and patient with us. I will definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or The sell in the area. We are so reason I thankful for all of his help!" decided to list with Real Lindsay & Brian H., Living Realty Group is because all Medway the Real Living Signs I drive by say For Sale and the next day say SOLD. Its Amazing. Dan S.,Franklin

Dont call us because WE think you should, Call us because our Clients think you should!!!

Real Living Realty Group

June 1, 2014

Matt Kelly

Nick Petmezis

Chris Perchard

Sheila McMahon

Kristen Spillane

Anthony Crugnale

Dora Brett

Gerri Cassidy

Kathy Dunne

Jaime Hogan

233 W. Central St. | Franklin, MA |

Franklin June 2014  
Franklin June 2014