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FPAC-TV: Framingham Public Access
- Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:01:24 +0000
Hello world! - Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post. Here are some suggestions for your first post. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by […]... [read more]
Amazing Things Arts Center
- Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:24:28 +0000
Sometimes timing is everything - Many months back, I talked with Valerie Stephens to convince her to bring her Nina Simone show Four Women back to the Firehouse.Â She had other ideas.Â She had taken on the challenge of truly understanding hip-hop, an art form she just hadn’t been able to wrap her head around.Â Within this process, she found […]
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- Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:29 +0000
Thereâ€™s a new place for young musicians! - There will be a new place for Metrowest young people to hear live music right in downtown Framingham starting in January 2018. After a tremendous response to our kickoff Cold Turkey All Ages Rock Show, Amazing Things Arts Center announced today a new collaboration with Diane Young Productions to bring a monthly All Ages Rock […]
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- Published: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:40:20 +0000
Unsung Heroes that are Amazing to Us! - At our Annual Meeting on December 4, we awarded two Unsung Hero Stars to two amazing men.Â Here’s what I had to say about them! All of our volunteers are heroes to me: as I say regularly, we couldnâ€™t do this without you/them.Â But there are two that we have to embarrass a little, because […]
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- Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:17:17 +0000
THE JFK Legacy - We are in the midst of our Spring Appeal, where I must grovel to get the support of patrons and members near and far. Â I won’t dwell here on that (except to point you to the link!!) Instead, I invite you to read this recent article by Anita Walker, theÂ incredible Executive Director of the Mass […]
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- Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:56:17 +0000
Why Live Music is so important - This isn’t another rant about the NEA cuts, but about live music right here in our community. Last night, I got to witness a reprise of Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone. The vocals were exquisite, the musicians creative, tight, exciting, amazing. But there are two parts of the evening that can’t be replicated: […]
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- Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:11:53 +0000
Why the NEA deserves our support - A letter from area Museum Directors: As directors of Bostonâ€™s art museums, we serve as stewards of the public trust. So, we are alarmed at reports that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each of […]
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- Published: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:38:32 +0000
A Day Without Immigrants - First, I must say that I write this as an individual who happens to be Executive Director of Amazing Things–the Board may or may not agree with me. Today, February 16, has been called A Day Without Immigrants, a nationwide voluntary “strike” to highlight how much we as individuals, businesses, consumers and residents depend on […]
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- Published: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:49:34 +0000
Have you wondered whatâ€™s up at Amazing Things? - We have literally thousands of people that come through our Firehouse doors every year because they love #LiveMusic! Â It takes a large community to keep venues like ours alive and kicking but here’s some great news! Ticket Sales: We’ve gone from $109,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 to $140,000 in FY2016 and are already at $67,000 […]
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- Published: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:09:26 +0000
The benefits of being a member organization - This week, we had a membership meeting to encourage our most devoted patrons to come up with ideas to make Amazing Things Arts Center as strong as it can be. Not only did we get good ideas at the meeting, but they keep coming. Â One member put a twist on a suggestion at the meeting: […]
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- Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 13:34:33 +0000
A visit from our Founder! - From Michael Moran— Iâ€™m really looking forward to seeing friends and volunteers when I visit Amazing Things. Though retirement has taken me to Fort Myers, Fl, and to Dudley, Ma, the Center is in my heart and often on my mind. Since I and an unstoppable group of community builders founded it in 2005, the […]
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Framingham History Center Blog
The Gatepost - FSU Student News
Jim Pillsburys Blog
- Loring contractor sues the city - From the MWDN:FRAMINGHAM â€” A Connecticut company hired to rebuild Loring Arena claims the city is illegally withholding payments for its work, breaching a roughly $6 million contract.Lupachino & Salvatore, the general contractor for the project, is suing Framingham in Suffolk Superior Court to recover money it claims is due for labor and materials.The company, based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, signed a $5,634,000 contract with Framingham in January 2017. Work included renovating the... [read more]
- Chief Trask gets a 3 year contract - From the City: Today, Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer signed a contract with City of Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask through October 23, 2021. He was appointed as Chief of Police by Mayor Spicer on September 25, 2018, and affirmed by the City Council on October 23, 2018. Trask was appointed Acting Chief on April 27, 2018, following the retirement of Chief Ken Ferguson. As part of his contract, Chief Trask will receive a total salary of $183,647.50, which represents a 3.5% increase over his former b... [read more]
- Another ticket quota system at the State Police - Just when I thought I had heard the end of the quote system at the now defunct Troop E, the Feds now say there was a second quota system in place called the "X Team" . That group was expected to hand out 12 citations in an 8 hour shift, overtime shift. Even the command staff and supervisors would scrutinize the Troopers if they didn't make their quotas.The piece in the Globe was also about this Darren DeJong, retired last March, with a 75K a year pension, will be sentenced for his part in the fr... [read more]
The Hamster Blog
- Saxonville Mills Embraces the Community and the Future While Still Preserving the Past - The Saxonville Mills, one of Framingham's strongest remaining ties to its industrial past, has been an integral part of the north side community for nearly two hundred years. Some recent changes have greatly strengthened its relationship to the city's residents.This past weekend, I attended the open studios event at the mills. Unlike the open studios of past years, when I first moved to Framingham nearly twenty years ago, the last couple have provided access to not only the long-time artist stud... [read more]
- Two Open Space Victories for Northwest Framingham - In the past several weeks, our city, specifically the semi-rural northwest quadrant, has seen two important events regarding both the protection and use of open space.First, on June 27, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a local land trust, announced that they had raised enough money to close on the purchase of Wayside Forest, two parcels totaling 52 acres on Wayside Inn Road.Then, on July 1, the Metro West Daily News reported that Baiting Brook Meadow Farm on Nixon Road received planning board appr... [read more]
- A Tribute to One of Framingham's Best - Last Saturday, our city said goodbye to one of its most beloved citizens, state representative Chris Walsh, who lost his battle with cancer last month. After a stirring but somber procession outside on Concord Street by the Massachusetts National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry group, Nevins Hall downtown was filled with hundreds of people, from the governor to Framingham city officials, down to ordinary citizens, and everyone in between, from both public and private life.The tributes that were ma... [read more]
Pedestrian Friendly (blog)
- Public transit is about urban planning, not cutting traffic - Great story in Politico magazine about The Train That Saved Denver. Key take-away: Public transit development isn't simply about helping ease automobile traffic, although that's often how it's billed. Denver's new light-rail network is about creating compelling new neighborhoods where people can easily get from home to jobs, shopping and retail.Planning the stations and area around the stations turned out to be as critical as the transit network itself. Lessons learned ranged from designing park... [read more]
- MIT project uses sensors to measure pedestrian appeal of urban space - The MIT Media Lab's Placelet project will "track how pedestrians move through a particular space," according to The Atlantic's CityLab. Researchers are developing "a network of sensors that will track the scale and speed of pedestrians, as well as vehicles, over long periods of time. The sensors, which they are currently testing in downtown Boston, will also track the 'sensory experience' by recording the noise level and air quality of that space."... [read more]
- These strategies really work to bring new life to aging urban downtowns - Don't miss this great roundup over at Journalist's Resources on what truly works for revitalizing urban cores. Among the proven strategies for communities large and small:Start with core residential development -- "an influx of new residents encourages and supports the creation of new amenities" such as stores and schools.Create "viable neighborhoods" that include things besides housing, such as retail, restaurants, cultural attractions and good transportation links to nearby centers for jo... [read more]
Holmes & Company - Rick Holmes' Blog
- Published: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:27:38 +0000
Pulling the plug - Seven years ago â€“ Dec. 2, 2007 â€“ I launched Holmes & Co., a blog that became a long-running discussion group. Rob Meltzer, a friend and oped contributor for the MetroWest Daily News, was the first of maybe a dozen …... [read more]
- Published: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:29:51 +0000
The Irony of It All - So, the race-baiters of Ferguson tell us that we should ignore the video of the thug beating up a convenience store owner, because video is unreliable and doesn’t tell the whole story and can be manipulated and spun. So, the …... [read more]
- Published: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:18:35 +0000
Congress Must Investigate the Race-Baiting Industrial Complex - It’s almost like Crump, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have some special radar tuned in for opportunity to turn small time issues into highly profitable, race-based national disasters, which can be incited, inflamed and fanned.Â It has clearly become an interstate …... [read more]
Historic Framingham (blog)
- Alexander Rice Esty - Alexander Rice Esty (1826-1881) was an American architect. He was born in Framingham and attended school at the Framingham academy on the town centre. Among other things, he designed the Moses Ellis house/building, home of the Summit Montessori school. He is buried in the Edgell Grove cemetery.... [read more]
- Moses Ellis house - Unfinished digital drawing/painting of the Moses Ellis house.The Moses Ellis house is located at 283 Pleasant Street in Framingham. Moses Ellis had this Italianate style house built circa 1865 on land previously owned by William Buckminster. It was designed by none other than famed local architect Alexander Rice Esty. It is now the home of the Summit Montessori School.Moses Ellis made his fortune back in San Francisco as a merchant during the Gold Rush.... [read more]
- Pike-Haven house - The Pike-Haven house sits at the corner of Belknap Rd and Grove St and marks the beginning of what is known as Pike Row (Belknap Rd to Brook St via Edgell Road). It is the only still standing house in Framingham that predates the incorporation of Framingham as a town. Jeremiah Pike built the house ca 1697 and his direct descendants (son, grandson, and great grandson) including Gideon Haven lived there, hence the name Pike-Haven for the house.... [read more]
The Blog of Bob Baril
- WHY I BELIEVE SAYING "HAPPY EASTER" IS O.K.! - "And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quarternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." (Acts 12:4)I know that verse may seem rather ambiguous, so I'll clarify that it's speaking of the time that King Herod had Peter arrested and jailed, after having orchestrated the killing of James the Son of Zebedee. What's significant is that in the King James Version, the word Easter is used in that v... [read more]
- A REALITY SLAP - "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16)I'm a very verbal and expressive person, yet as I sit here at the computer typing, I'm finding myself at quite a loss for words! I was about to write that I got some upsetting news yesterday. I did - however, it really wasn't "news" because it happened a long time ago. But I learned of it yesterday, so for me I guess it really was news.Before... [read more]
- MAYBE NOT GOING AWAY AFTER ALL! - "...the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (from Job 1:21)It's been a few weeks since I posted my possible farewell thoughts as I'd received a surprising and troubling email from Google telling me my blog would be going away by early April. In fact, it's Google Plus blogs that are going away by early April. I never remember upgrading or changing to Google Plus. Thus, I've been just "biding my time" as they say in waiting to see what,... [read more]
Sarah in the Ham
Framingham High School Photo Blog
Nature of Framingham
- First Flowers of Spring - I haven't posted to this blog for a long, long time, but I wanted to keep up the tradition of posting a picture of the first flowers to bloom here in my part of Framingham, Massachusetts. Here they are! March 29, 2014! Yay!... [read more]
- Goliath Heron! He's a GIANT HERON! - This magnificent creature is the largest heron in existence today. We saw this one in Zambia. It is a Goliath Heron, presumably named after the giant named Goliath from the bible, Pete caught sight of this guy, and I'm frankly surprised that my photos came out as well as they did, considering that we were in a boat at the time.Check out that bill! It's massive! This bird stands nearly a foot taller then the Great Blue Heron, and has a wingspan of 7 feet or more. It'... [read more]
- When you hear hooves - think ZEBRAS! - No one could resist getting excited at the sight of a baby zebra! They are so cute and cuddly looking that they look more like stuffed animals than wild animals! (By the way, if you are reading this and saying zee-bra, you are pronouncing it wrong. In Botswana and Zambia, the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced "zed". The word Zebra should rhyme with the word Debra).We saw a LOT of zebras in Botswana and Zambia, and eventually they became so familiar that they hardl... [read more]
Framingham Education Foundation
- Published: Sun, 28 May 2017 20:18:10 -0400
Mark C. Smith Poetry Celebration: May 31st, 7:00 p.m. Framingham Public Library - Congratulations to this year's winning poets! Please join us as we hear the winning poems on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library... [read more]
- Published: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:36:27 -0400
We Are Accepting Poems for the 2017 Smith Poetry Contest! - We are now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Dr. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest! This contest is open to all Framingham Public School system students in grades K-12. There will be at least one winner per grade level. The prize is a certificate and an age appropriate poetry anthology and the opportunity to participate in an evening celebration in May. We are hoping to have entries from every school, so help spread the word! Poems may have been written any time during this school year. Poems... [read more]
- Published: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:50:28 -0400
Congratulations to the winning poets of the 2016 Smith Poetry Contest! - Thank you to all of the students who submitted poems. It was a pleasure and an honor to read them! This year's winning poems and poets are:... [read more]