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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: Tue, 19 Dec 2023 14:14:23 +0000
    Volunteer Spotlight: Ruthann Tomassini - If you have ever visited the Old Academy in the quest for historical research, you have probably met our wonderful Research Volunteer Ruthann Tomassini.   Ruthann was first… The post Volunteer Spotlight: Ruthann Tomassini appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 20:49:32 +0000
    MARY ELISABETH “LIBBY” FRANCK ARCHIVE - The post MARY ELISABETH “LIBBY” FRANCK ARCHIVE appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2023 19:51:26 +0000
    Framingham History Center awarded $90,000 Cummings grant - Framingham nonprofit receives 3 years of funding from Cummings Foundation The Framingham History Center is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings… The post Framingham History Center awarded $90,000 Cummings grant appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2023 17:09:50 +0000
    Captain Simon Edgell and his Book - Originally published in the 1982 Framingham Historical & Natural History Society newsletter by Curator Stephen Herring In the collection of the Framingham History Center there is a slender… The post Captain Simon Edgell and his Book appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 31 May 2023 17:18:12 +0000
    Freemasons, Eastern Star, and DeMolay Archive Finding Aid - The post Freemasons, Eastern Star, and DeMolay Archive Finding Aid appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

Jim Pillsburys Blog

  • Warning disturbing video: A child beaten, by other children, on a Framingham School bus -  This event took places 2 months ago according to the reporter from Channel 10. Someone on that bus recorded the beating and just last week sent the video to the press. It appears a few (school authorities) knew about this when it happened but never made it public. I would have never known anything about this unless I had seen it on Channel 10 and Fox 25. Evidently the bus driver did not stop the bus. Since the news report of last week, the superintendent issued the following statement: "Fr... [read more]

  • A year later and still no body-worn cameras for FPD -   On May 6th 2023 at a FinCom meeting held on a Saturday in the Blumer room, a member of the public handed Chief Baker a copy of the Body-worn camera grant application from the Commonwealth. It is 8 pages long and asks in detail how FPD will use the grant funds for body-cams. These grants have been available since 2020 and were discussed at various public meetings with Mayor Sisitky and Chief Baker. From 2021 until May of 2023 Chief Baker did not apply for the grants and the calls for tran... [read more]

  • Former trooper gets 5 years in prison for overtime theft case -  Justice has prevailed A federal judge on Friday sentenced former Mass. State Police Lt. Daniel J. Griffin to five years in prison for his role in a scheme to steal overtime funds by claiming hours that were not actually worked. Griffin, who was convicted on multiple charges in December, was labeled the 'poster boy' of state police corruption by prosecutors, who had asked for a six-year prison term, Craig Semon of the Telegram reports. — Worcester Telegram & Gazette   ... [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 proper... [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... [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... [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

  • "Woke Jesus" is a "MUST watch"! - "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8)I suspect that unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past several years, or that you almost never go online, you're very familiar with The Babylon Bee.  I've gotta tell ya, I love The Babylon Bee.  Admittedly, I was that kid in high school who devoured every issue of MAD Magazine.  And, over fifty years later, I still lo... [read more]

  • IN ZACH'S LIVING ROOM - "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18)I'm usually really good at composing something to post on my blog or on Facebook.  I know exactly how to begin.  I know exactly how the whole piece should flow.  I know the main point I'm wanting to express.  And, I usually know a pretty cool way to wrap it up.  It's Wednesday afternoon and I'm sitting here "flying by the seat of my pants"!  It's humbling and it's embarrass... [read more]

  • Ashland's Awesome Academy's Afterglow - Have you ever experienced a powerful wave of nostalgia as you drove past a certain place which was once a very special part of your life?  That's exactly what I experienced this past Saturday, March 16, 2024 as I drove past the Federated Church in downtown Ashland, Massachusetts.  That place, the Federated Church in Ashland, was the home for many years of New Covenant Christian School.  And what you may ask was New Covenant Christian School?  Well, New Covenant Christian Scho... [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. &... [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 t... [read more]

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