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FPAC-TV: Framingham Public Access

  • Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:01:24 +0000
    Hello world! - Welcome to 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 (atac)

  • Published: Wed, 09 Feb 2022 21:14:40 GMT
    Taking Action from a Place of Strength - I have important news to share about ātac and our 2021-2022 season. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors and I have...... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:01:02 GMT
    Public Art: Many Cultures, One Heart - The newly formed Framingham Centre Common Cultural District (FCCCD) is creating a public art project entitled, Many Cultures, One Heart...... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 10 Mar 2021 14:49:43 GMT
    Reopening and Plans for the Future - It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we still weren’t aware of what was coming. Many of us have lost income, a sense of safety, and most...... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:00:14 GMT
    Annual Meeting January 27th - Come for the votes and the annual report and stay for the performance with Corey Laitman! I know most of us would prefer not to look back...... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 03:29:57 GMT
    Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing - In order to help our community stay healthy and safe, we've offered up our parking lot to the Framingham Board of Health...... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:44:54 GMT
    "Creating Our Future," tee shirt design contest! - ātac is excited to announce "Creating Our Future," a tee shirt design contest!... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:39:30 GMT
    Introducing "Process" - Process is a series of talks with artists and performers.... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT
    We Stand Against Racism - We are being called to examine all of the ways we contribute to systems of oppression and form a plan to create meaningful change.... [read more]

Framingham History Center Blog

  • Published: Wed, 18 May 2022 15:26:23 +0000
    Staff Spotlight: Kathy Hauck, Village Hall on the Common Rental Coordinator - Long time Framingham resident Kathy Hauck took over as Village Hall on the Common Rental Coordinator in February 2022 from Pasty Green who retired from the position after… The post Staff Spotlight: Kathy Hauck, Village Hall on the Common Rental Coordinator appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Tue, 17 May 2022 15:04:10 +0000
    Spotlight on Collections: Problem or Opportunity? Part 2 - By Rebecca Helgeson, Collections ManagerMay 17, 2022 A while back, I described the structural issues we discovered at the Academy building and the object sorting project that is… The post Spotlight on Collections: Problem or Opportunity? Part 2 appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2022 18:00:48 +0000
    Framingham History Center Announces New Executive Director - The Board of the Framingham History Center is pleased to announce that it has appointed Anna E. Tucker to be its next Executive Director.  Anna will begin work… The post Framingham History Center Announces New Executive Director appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 14:40:41 +0000
    Gala Tickets - Retirement Gala Tickets Dust off your dancing shoes and celebrate Annie’s many accomplishments as our Executive Director for the past 17 years! The festivities will begin at 6:30pm… The post Gala Tickets appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 28 Mar 2022 14:25:00 +0000
    Gala Sponsorship - Retirement Gala Sponsorship  Your sponsorship will both honor Annie and serve as a vote of confidence in the future of the FHC and our mission.  To be included as… The post Gala Sponsorship appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

Jim Pillsburys Blog

  • How terribly sad... another school shooting, 30 so far this year -   I had to watch the press conference by the Texas governor and all his law enforcement buddies. I may be dreaming but I could swear their stories don’t match up from earlier reporting. Evidence of this is clearly seen when some Texas Ranger explains what happened, which conflicts with what the Governor stated. There must have been a dozen law enforcement agencies that the Governor thanked for showing up. What indisputable facts come out on what the school officers did or didn’t do will... [read more]

  • The lack of transparency in FinCom 3.0 -  If you have been watching the cavalier approach to the budget this year by FinCom and wondered how it went from not so bad to really bad your not alone. For as many years as I can recall, including the past administration, each division came before the FinCom or Town Meeting and presented their budget and explained why they are spending, on what and the results of past spending and justified why they are asking for more money.But now, under the lack luster leadership of King, Steiner and C... [read more]

  • An ordinace to stop panhandling -   In the latest edition of “Your Opinion Matters” counselor’s King, Stefanini and Cannon propose an Ordinance Regulating the Manner and Place of Solicitation. I won’t write the entire ordinance but will say, I’m no expert on civil rights or the constitution but do know that courts have ruled the right to panhandle is a first amendment right. Even the cities web site affirms that. Perhaps the lawyers on the counsel know more than I do.What we don't need in Town is another lawsuit a... [read more]

The Hamster Blog

  • Final Project Approval Signals the Beginning of the New Nobscot Village - On Thursday, February 27, the Framingham Planning Board voted to approve the long-debated mixed-use development of apartments and retail stores at the Nobscot Shopping Center site on Water Street in Nobscot village. With that vote, the village truly entered a new era of redevelopment, and hopefully, vitality as a neighborhood center.For well over a decade, residents and visitors have shaken their heads while passing by the dilapidated and increasingly vacant strip mall. Why did such a property e... [read more]

  • City Council Ushers In a New Era in Nobscot Village With Approval of Zoning Change - Just after 9 p.m. last night, Framingham's City Council voted unanimously, 11-0, to approve the new B-4 Village Zoning District bylaw for Nobscot.For the people that filled the Blumer Room in the Memorial Building for the City Council meeting, it was the culmination of years of effort by city officials, residents, and property owners, often filled with rancor, disagreement, debate, and ultimately, compromise. For a zoning change that was thought to have little chance of receiving the necessary t... [read more]

  • 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]

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

  • SO GLAD! -  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)I've been on sort of an emotional and spiritual rollercoaster over the past few weeks!  Many of you know I've experienced serious car trouble, and some unexpected consequences and setbacks because of that.  But right now, it's all good.My present car is a silver 2001 Toyota Corolla sedan.  Ironically, the car I owned just prior to this... [read more]

  • WAS FRAMINGHAM BETTER IN 1987? -  "And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee..." (from Deuteronomy 8:2)Recently "out of the blue" I found myself thinking about what Framingham was like when my family and I were new residents in 1987.  (I moved out of Framingham in 2011 but I still miss the community.)  In many respects Framingham was a lot different in 1987.  If you're young, or if you did not live or work in Framingham prior to the twenty-first century, you just might find this int... [read more]

  • MIKE PENCE'S PROBLEMATIC PUZZLING PREDICAMENT -  "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."  (Ephesians 5:15-16)Former Vice-President Mike Pence made headlines a few days ago when he made a blistering statement rebuking former President Donald Trump for saying things like, "Mike Pence didn't have to certify the election, making Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the winners.  He could have refused to do that!  The power to change the results was in his hands.&n... [read more]

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]

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