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Framingham Building Commissioner Target of Investigation

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 1:45 pm on November 2, 2011
WBZ-TV4 I-Team Investigative Reporter Joe Shortsleeve

WBZ-TV4 I-Team Investigative Reporter Joe Shortsleeve in front of Town Hall after finding what he called "fraudulent and bogus" expense reports and other documents submitted by Framingham Building Commissioner Michael Foley.

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Starting in 2008, George Lewis, (a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 18), started making inquiries at the Town's Building Department about properties in his neighborhood that appeared to be in violation of certain Framingham bylaws.

George felt his property values and the quality of life in his South Framingham neighborhood near Waushakum Pond were in decline.

Inspecting the alleged bylaw and building code violations is something Framingham Building Commissioner and Director of Inspectional Services Mike Foley should have done in the normal course of his duties.

Instead of thanking Mr. Lewis for taking his own personal time to alert Foley about the violations, Foley instead became ...[read more]

WBZ-TV Channel 4 I-Team Investigates Framingham Official

Filed under: Around Town,Politics by News Staff at 1:50 pm on October 31, 2011
Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ-TV Channel 4 ''I-Team'' Reporter

Joe Shortsleeve, WBZ-TV Channel 4 ''I-Team''

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Following an investigation over the past two months, WBZ-TV "I-Team" reporter Joe Shortsleeve has produced a segment regarding certain Framingham municipal government related personnel and financial issues.

This afternoon Joe confirmed that the segment which was originally scheduled to air tonight, (Monday October 31, 2011), has been preempted due to the volume of storm related news from this weekend's snow and will be broadcast during the CBS/WBZ-TV Channel 4 News at 11:00pm on Tuesday November 1st, 2011.

Follow up rebroadcasts are also tentatively scheduled and video of the segment will appear on the I-Team's webpage after the on-air broadcast.

Julian Suso Says Farewell to Framingham

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 12:07 pm on October 31, 2011
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After 5 1/2 years, Framingham Town Manager Julian Suso is leaving office this week after not having his contract renewed by the Board of Selectman.

Suso, who was a candidate for the Town Manager position in Duxbury, MA and Chatham, MA earlier this year but lost out on his bid for those jobs has landed the Town Manager job in Falmouth, MA will begin his new job in that Cape Cod town next week.

Suso's "Concluding Statement" letter (below) thanks fellow municipal employees, Town Meeting members and residents -- and even thanks the Board of Selectman who cited Suso's lack of long term vision for the Town as one of the major reasons for not extending his contract earlier this year.

...[read more]

Second Pre-Halloween Snow Falls on Framingham

Filed under: General Interest,Politics by News Staff at 10:41 pm on October 29, 2011

[photo] Framingham Snow Plow

Snow plow parked, but ready to clean up after Nor'easter predicted to drop two to six inches of snow on Framingham, (Saturday, October 29, 2011).

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Having snow even once in October is pretty rare for eastern Massachusetts, but for the second time in three days, snow fell on Framingham.

As predicted, precipitation moving up the U.S. eastern seaboard combined with low pressure and declining temperatures resulted in a Nor'Easter dropping approximately 3" of wet snow in town between 5:00pm and 10:00pm today, (Saturday October 29th, 2011).

The small amount of snow which fell on Thursday, (October 27th, 2011), did not accumulate on roadways as the pavement was still warm from the day's moderate temperatures.

Today's snow did accumulate -- enough so that snow removal equipment was called out to plow commercial parking lots and some ...[read more]

Occupy Framingham

Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris at 11:18 am on October 28, 2011
Occupy Wall Street presentation at Framingham State University, November 3, 2011

Part of a poster for an Occupy Wall Street presentation at Framingham State University, Hemenway Hall, Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30p.m. students and professors who have been the Boston protests will hold a "A Campus Speak-out and Discussion" and engage in an "exciting dialog about the growing movement to empower the non-wealthy 99% of Americans (including you)!" at Hemenway Hall, Room G32, Framingham State University, 100 State St., Framingham, MA.

The Framingham State University HRAC, (Human Rights Action Committee), is inviting anyone interested in hearing about and discussing the "Occupy" demonstrations which started with Occupy Wall Street, spread to Occupy Boston -- and have since resulted in occupations in hundreds of other locations in the US and abroad.

On September 17, 2011, the occupy movement, spurred by discontent with how ...[read more]

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