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COVID-19: Framingham Closes Schools, Library, Senior Center

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 3:38 pm on March 13, 2020

We have setup a page with information provided and updated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: framingham.com.

FRAMINGHAM, MA -  Today, the City of Framingham and the Framingham Public Schools announced that effective Friday, March 13, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, the City's Library, Callahan Center and Loring Arena will be closed to the public, and all Framingham Public Schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. All activities from the City's Parks and Recreation Department will be canceled for thesame time frame. Registration fees for the activities will be refunded. The City will reassess if the closure needs to continue beyond two weeks.

Services essential to public health and safety ­ like police and fire responses and trash collection will continue as normal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC.gov), provides constantly updated information about who is at risk, symptoms, precautions, as well as the spread of the pandemic.
We have setup a special page on framingham.com with this info:
The City recognizes there are food insecure people in Framingham. We are working with community partners to provide information about access to food resources. A more detailed message will be forthcoming, which will include additional resources.
"I understand this isn't ideal for many residents, especially our students, older adults, and even employees. This decision will impact businesses and organizations, but the health and safety of our community is the number one priority," said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. "We have been advised that the best way to slow the spread of this virus is to minimize contact. We must protect those who are most susceptible to COVID-19."
The City has setup a page on the government website which will be updated frequently and contains additional information about actions the City and Schools are taking, along with COVID-19 and prevention measures at:
OFFICIAL CITY OF FRAMINGHAM COVID-19 WEBPAGE:
The City's role when it comes to infectious viruses like COVID-19 ranges from communication; monitoring those in isolation, quarantine, and social distancing situations; making decisions about closures and/or cancellations; and helping people facing disruptions in their lives. The City also focuses on the continuity of critical City operations.

 

Additional Resources:

Official Information from the City will be updated on:

Any urgent COVID-19 updates will be broadcast on Framingham's  "reverse 911 system", (automated phone calls such as those made for local missing persons alerts, etc).  To sign up for the Framingham's reverse 911 system, please visit: https://www.smart911.com/

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New Sharps and Prescription Drug Disposal Kiosks in Framingham

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 4:36 am on January 23, 2015

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Through a grant received from the Office of Local and Regional Health, the Framingham Health Department will provide residents with a free disposal site for their needles, syringes and lancets and their unused or expired medications.

Safe disposal of sharps and prescription drugs is essential in ensuring the health and safety of the community and environment. In 2012 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts banned the disposal of medical sharps in local trash and recycling program leaving residents to find new methods for disposing of these items. The addition of sharps kiosks in Framingham will address this gap.

Sharps should be placed in a sealed container that is puncture and leak proof, such as a coffee can or soda bottle. They should not be placed in glass containers, paper, or plastic bags. Residents can bring their sharps to the Town of Framingham Health Department located at 150 Concord Street, Room 221 or to Framingham Police Headquarters located at 1 William Welch Way.

Unused or expired medications, pills, creams or patches can also be disposed of and can be deposited in a medication kiosk located in the lobby of Framingham Police Headquarters. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

These are a free service, anonymous with no questions asked.

Drop off hours:
Town of Framingham Health Department: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Framingham Police Headquarters: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

For more information visit www.framinghamma.gov/290/Health-Department or email the Town of Framingham Health Department at health@framinghamma.gov

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Framingham Recreation Department to Offer Yoga & Zumba Gold Classes

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 2:18 pm on December 23, 2014
Zumba Gold Classes from the Framingham Park & Rec. Dept

Start the New Year with Zumba Gold Classes from the Framingham Park & Rec. Dept!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Avoid cabin fever this winter! The Framingham Park and Recreation Dept. will be offering a class in gentle, Kripalu style Yoga Class along with a low impact Zumba Gold Class for Adults.

In Yoga, students will learn basic postures, gentle stretching, and breathing and relaxation techniques to increase flexibility and strength, reduce stress and create peace of mind. The Zumba Gold Class will offer students, of any dance or fitness level, a fun, yet effective workout!

Both classes will be held at the Brophy School Gym, 575 Pleasant Street, Framingham, MA, on Monday evenings from January 5th through March 9th,  2015, (no class will be held on 1/19 or 2/16).

Kripalu Style Yoga Classes from Framingham Park and Rec

Kripalu Style Yoga Classes from Framingham Park & Rec!

Yoga runs from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and costs $55 per Framingham resident.

Zumba Gold runs from 7:00 - 8:00pm and costs $48 per Framingham resident.

Please register at the Recreation Office from 9:00am-5:00pm, or reserve your spot on line at www.framinghamparks.com or call (508) 532-5960 for more information.

The Framingham Parks & Recreation Department office is located at Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex, 475 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702.

The Town of Framingham intends to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a reasonable modification of policies or practices, auxiliary aides, or services, please contact us at least two weeks before this event or as soon as possible.

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Mosquito Control by Helicopter in Framingham

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 1:45 pm on April 18, 2014
East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project

East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project conducting helicopter application of biological larvicide in Framingham April 22-29, 2014.

Framingham, MA - The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over wetland areas located in Framingham.

Wetlands currently being evaluated for this application are located by Angelica Dr., Callahan State Park, Fairbanks Rd. and Palmer Rd. The application will take place between April 22nd and April 29th, 2014.
The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands.
Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.
The material to be applied Bti,  (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis), is a natural bacterium found in soil.
The EPA classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide. Bti is considered a target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family.
Once applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then rapidly biodegrades as it settles to the bottom. The Bti product name is VectoBac G, (EPA Reg. #73049-10).
For further information, contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at (781) 899-5730.
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Free Flu Clinics for Framingham Residents

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 5:46 pm on October 25, 2013

Framingham Public HealthFRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Health Department will be offering influenza (FLU) vaccine to Framingham residents. Flu shots and flu mist will be available. There is no charge for vaccination, but please remember to bring your health insurance and/or Medicare card with you.

FLU Clinics will be held at the following locations, on the following dates:

  • At the McCarthy School, 8 Flagg Drive, Saturday October 26th, 2013 from 10:00am until 2:00pm for residents ages 6 months and up.

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