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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
- Kiss the "Millionaires tax" good bye - From the Globe:The Supreme Judicial Court, in a 5-2 ruling, said the initiative petition should not have been certified by Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey because it violated the â€śrelatednessâ€ť clause of the state constitution that prohibits ballot questions from mingling unrelated subjects â€” in this case, taxing and spending. Another example of how big business has won over public sentiment with their money. I thought it was a good question, but it also allowed the legisl... [read more]
- The Feds and gun licenses - According to the Globe, Federal regulations mandate that anyone convicted of a misdemeanor will have their guns taken away. While hunders of gun owners will be effected, including cops who have previously been allowed to have a gun while on duty will most certainly loose their jobs. I remember one such cop here in Framingham who was not allowed to carry a gun unless he was on duty for his past discretion's. Even the Governor has stated that Police Chiefs should strip gun licensees who have misde... [read more]
- Flag Day Parade.. should we surrender? - Over the years, I walked the parade once in 2002 and had two floats in 2 other parades since 2002 until the parades stopped in 2006. They all started at Butterfield Park I think it's called. These were grand affairs, lots of planning and coordination among many. Dog Freeman was in charge back then and I will admit, he did a good job.This years bringing back from the moth balls Flag Day Parade was much shorter but what was the most striking was the lack of spectators. A fellow League member aroun... [read more]
The Hamster Blog
- 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]
- One Framingham Group Unites Residents - In the run-up to last November's election, our first as a city, and with highly competitive races for mayor and city council, emotions were high and tempers occasionally flared. Social media sites like Facebook and the FramGov e-mail list had hundreds of postings of both support and criticism of candidates, particularly in the mayoral race.When the election was over, many agreed that we needed to do a lot of healing as a community. But one Framingham resident, Samir Parikh, turned that sen... [read more]
- Apartment Development Projects Signal New Era for Downtown - For years, perhaps decades, naysayers have said downtown Framingham would never be restored to its former glory as a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. The reasons ranged from the traffic caused by having an at-grade railroad crossing, to the presence of homeless people due to the social service facilities located there, to the difficulties of getting development projects approved by the town, and the resulting reticence of businesses to invest there.Regardless of what issues persi... [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
- WHAT I'D SAY IF I SPOKE AT THE MARIAN HIGH GRADUATION - "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2:19)At the outset I will state that it's probably much more likely I'd be struck by lightning than that I'd be asked to speak at the Marian High graduation! This is just a piece about if I were speaking at the Marian High graduation! It's purely hypothetical. I'm a Protestant. I'm an Ordained minister. My theology differs from Roman Catholic theology- in some instances, it differs quite a... [read more]
- "THANK YOU, JOHN McCAIN!" - "Render therefore to all their dues: ... honour to whom honour." (from Romans 13:7)I've really debated within myself whether to write and post this piece. Over the years I've written and posted some items online that I really believed had great significance and would have a great impact. At least- that was my hope! Shortly after Senator Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer, I wrote an open letter to him online. It was a pretty well-written piece. I'm sure ... [read more]
- THE STRANGE CASE OF PAUL RYAN & FR. PATRICK CONROY - "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:24)I believe it was last Friday when I heard a very strange news story reported on television. I honestly don't remember which national news broadcast I was tuned into at the time, but it was reported that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had fired the Chaplain of the House of Representatives! It was also reported that in all the years they've had chaplains in the House, none of them have ever been fired.&nb... [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]