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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.

2nd Annual Ride for Food - Sept. 15th, 2013

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Sports by News Staff at 6:46 am on August 19, 2013
2nd Annual Ride for Food - Sunday September 15, 2013

2nd Annual Ride for Food, Sunday September 15th, 2013

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Before Framingham had the Pearl St. Cupboard & Cafe, (a food pantry which opened in the former DMV Office in Downtown Framingham), many hungry Framingham residents already had a place to turn -- literally...

Even today, Joanne Barry, Executive Director of "A Place To Turn", an emergency food pantry in Natick tells us, "our food pantry serves those in need in Metrowest, with close to 70% being Framingham residents."

Barry is reaching out to those in Framingham to participate in the 2nd Annual Ride for Food-- a bike ride to help raise money for ...[read more]


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