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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 3:22 am on April 24, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham will be holding its spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in the parking lot of the McCarthy Elementary School, 8 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA.


Please bring:

  • pesticides / herbicides
  • bug sprays
  • rodent poisons
  • cleaning solvents
  • caustic cleaners / degreaser
  • concentrated fertilizers
  • photo chemicals
  • pool & spa chemicals


  • aerosol cans containing paint
  • oil based or enamel paint
  • lead based paint
  • urethanes
  • paint thinner
  • diesel oil
  • old gasoline / kerosene
  • Mercury-containing devices


Do NOT Bring:

  • Radioactive waste including radioactive type smoke detectors (batteries can be removed, and the smoke detector can be thrown out in the regular trash)
  • explosives / gunpowder / flares / ammunition
  • PCB oils / bulk chemicals / oil
  • asbestos
  • medical / biological waste including sharps
  • Items that are collected regularly as part of the normal weekly operations of the Town of Framingham Recycling Drop-off Center are NOT collected as part of the Household Hazardous Waste Event.
  • NO LATEX PAINT - Latex paint can be safely disposed of at curbside by following these steps. Remove the lid from each can. Dry up any liquid paint by stirring in an absorbent material. Allow to dry. Place open can next to trash at curbside on your regular trash day.

Open to Framingham residents only.

Proof of residency and photo ID will be required.

No commercial waste.

Reduce long waits -- combine your waste with your neighbors and car-pool!

For more information contact the Framingham Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division at: (508) 532-6001 or the Recycling Coordinator by email at:


''Water Whimsy'' at Garden in the Woods

Filed under: Home & Garden by Randy Harris at 8:24 pm on August 17, 2010
Water Whimsey - Fountain at Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, Aug 17 to Sept 7, 2010

Granite bowl (hand-carved by a local craftsman) with bamboo pump is one of the nine garden water features on exhibit at Garden in the Woods.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - "Water Whimsy", an installation of large and small water features is now on display at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA.

In addition to the Michael Mazur fountain in the entrance garden and the Nate McCullin bird baths in the wildlife garden, there are nine features which appear in Water Whimsy.

They are located; at the entrance to the Curtis Path, in the Idea Garden and Edible Garden, adjacent to the Rain Garden, and opposite the Patio Garden.

Included in the show are ...[read more]

Garden Clubs' Annual Plant Sale Saturday

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 2:13 am on May 21, 2010

hostasFRAMINGHAM, MA - On Saturday, May 22, 2010 the Pinefield Garden Club and the Simpson Park Garden Clubs are holding their Annual Perennial Plant Sale & Raffle on the Framingham Centre Common from from 9:00am until 12:00 noon.

Perennials & herbs grown by members will be for sale. Each year the club brings beautiful plants -- you will not be disappointed with the selection, (or the very reasonable prices).

Come early for the best selection -- rain or shine!

In addition to the plant sale, the clubs are also raffling off many items including manicures, pedicures and gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants.

Knowledgeable garden club members will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the plants and gardening.

Framingham Centre Common is located on Edgell Rd. just north of Rt. 9, near the State College exit.  Parking may be available in the Village Hall parking lot, or in church parking lots next to the common.


Litter Layer Fire Danger

Filed under: Home & Garden by Randy Harris at 6:53 pm on April 3, 2010
Framingham, MA - spring litter layer, trees

The sun shines through the trees.

Framingham, MA - The litter layer refers to the layer of dead leaves, twigs, and other organic material that litters the ground in wooded areas. Many people don't realize just how much of a fire hazard this material poses in early spring.

With no leaves on the trees, the full heat of the early spring sun makes it's way through the trees.  Although the ground may still be wet from snow melt and spring rains, the topmost layer of organic material quickly dries posing a fire threat in and near wooded areas.

Many residential neighborhoods in Framingham are heavily wooded.  Over the winter, leaves, twigs and other materials may have fallen from trees or been blown from the surrounding area and collected in corners of flower beds, along fences, or up against the side of a building. ...[read more]

Rainy Day Bird

Filed under: Home & Garden by Deb Cleveland at 9:51 pm on February 24, 2010

During the downpour today I was surprised to look out and see a bird, I think a finch, eagerly feeding at the feeder hanging on our crab apple tree. The bird clung to the feeder in the wind, looking around as it nibbled, but rarely looking toward our window.

I was only about 6 feet away and tried not to move.

The bird left and came back for more, then left.

Sometime later a squirrel, the first I've seen near the feeder, ran up the tree and started toward the feeder. Maybe he spied me, or felt the slender branch that the feeder is on wasn't up to his weight, but he backed down, and scampered off.

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