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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, 31 Jan 2023 15:56:07 +0000
    Jan. 2023 Executive Director Address - Video text:  Hello. My name is Anna Tucker and I’m the Executive Director at the Framingham History Center. I’m very excited about the year we have ahead of… The post Jan. 2023 Executive Director Address appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2023 21:24:33 +0000
    Wayside Park – Cyclist Paradise - Did you know Framingham was once a center for cycling enthusiasts? Bicyclists from towns away came to Framingham to take part in the events that attracted hundreds of… The post Wayside Park – Cyclist Paradise appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Tue, 03 Jan 2023 20:18:20 +0000
    Framingham – On the Street - Have you seen the latest edition of the Boston Globe‘s “On the Street” segment? It’s all about Framingham and includes highlights from the Framingham History Center! The On the… The post Framingham – On the Street appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:09:38 +0000
    Thank you! A Story of Belonging - Thank you for your RSVP! We look forward to seeing you for this in-person event. This event is free of charge thanks to Mass Humanities, suggested donations of… The post Thank you! A Story of Belonging appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:18:24 +0000
    The Liberty Pole - By Jennifer A. Richards, Research Team November 1, 2022 Framingham’s first Liberty Pole, a wooden flagstaff, was raised on the Centre Common circa 1864. Liberty poles date back… The post The Liberty Pole appeared first on Framingham History Center. ... [read more]

Jim Pillsburys Blog

  • How Beacon Hill works - I had to copy this from  It says it all about our legislature and Beacon Hill. Bill filing: something of a racket. We're heavy into the season when consultants and lobbyists are pitching stories to reporters and posting on social about the exciting news that proposal x is in play, having been filed by the consultant's client or client organization. Part of a bill-info service or a lobbyist's stock in trade is assuring customers they won't miss progress on vital legislatio... [read more]

  • Body-cams and the Tyre Nichols killing -   I trust everyone has seen the body cam footage of the horrific inhuman treatment Tyre Nichols. The importance of body cam recordings in this case are critical in showing how this killing of another black man being stopped by unmarked police vehicles for no apparent reason. We only see one body-cam in the initial stop turned on. One officer ha... [read more]

  • Calling all veterans and thier families: Starting Jan. 17, Veterans in suicidal crisis -  In case anyone knows of a veteran who may need some help. There are way to many veterans who commit suicide and the government recognizes this now. Anything the VA can do to help prevent those who have served our country deserve the best effort from us.   Starting Jan. 17, Veterans in suicidal crisis can go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for free emergency health care. Please read. ... [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

  • A MISUNDERSTANDING -  "For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand." (Acts 7:25)"A Misunderstanding".  I'm sure we've all experienced that.  In fact, I'm sure we've all experienced many misunderstandings in the course of our lives.  Just a few days ago, a good friend misinterpreted something I'd said to him.  He texted something to me and I texted something to him. Things became just a bit tense in our relations... [read more]

  • WHAT I WISH I'D DONE WHEN I PASTORED -  "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."  (I Corinthians 15:58)It was over twelve years ago that the little church I'd pastored for over twenty years was closed and I stepped out of full-time ministry and into what some people call "the real world".  During my first two years in "the real world" I struggled with anger, defensiveness, and self-pity.&nbs... [read more]

  • "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED!" - "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."  (Micah 6:8)The title of this piece, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"  is something that's frequently proclaimed by radio talk show host Howie Carr.  I'm not sure if Howie originated that saying. but when I was trying to think of a title this seemed like the perfect fit.Some days at my customer service call center job I receive a f... [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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