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Framingham and Holliston to Sign Community Compacts

Filed under: Politics,Public Meetings,Technology by News Staff at 4:04 pm on February 14, 2016

[photo] MA Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair, Community Compact Cabinet

MA Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair, Community Compact Cabinet

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join officials from the Town of Framingham, (and officials from the Town of Holliston), in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building located at 150 Concord Street, Framingham, MA to sign a Community Compact.

The Executive Branch and the Town of Framingham’s Community Compact is a commitment to the implementation of new “best practice initiatives” in the categories of Information Technology: Transparency and Education; Administration and Finance.

The Community Compact provides municipalities with incentives for state grant funds and technical assistance to refine and implement best practices in a Community’s chosen areas. The Town of Framingham’s information technology initiative is a two-tiered approach to create financial transparency: ...[read more]


Building Commissioner May Face Criminal Charges

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 10:25 am on November 5, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an updated agenda that was published late Friday afternoon, the Framingham Board of Selectman, (BOS), have decided to meet earlier than usual for a closed-door executive session on Tuesday November 8th, 2011.

In the agenda the selectmen have announced they will meet at 5:30pm, (in the Nevins Conference Room of the Memorial Building), and as their first order of business have listed the following item:

1). Discussion Regarding Investigation of Building Commissioner per M.G.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 21(a)(1) and 30A, Sec. 21(a)(5).

Framingham Building Commissioner Michael Foley was placed on administrative leave (with pay) last week after allegations of padding expense reports, playing golf on work days, not showing up for work and giving friends and associates thousands of dollars worth of discounts on building permit fees were unveiled.

Town Meeting Member George Lewis, (Precinct 18 Chair), has also made allegations that Foley denied him access to public records, illegally barred Lewis from entering the Building Department office, made disparaging remarks about Lewis to others, and in one instance threatened Lewis with bodily harm.

The sections of Massachusetts General Laws, ("M.G.L."), cited in the Selectman's Meeting agenda item address administration of the government and more specifically when and why public bodies may meet in closed-door executive session and pertain to ...[read more]


Board of Health Not Chicken to Issue Permit

Filed under: Public Meetings by Randy Harris at 12:40 am on October 26, 2011
After arguing his own case before the Framingham Board of Health, Peter Jacobson proudly displays the permit he was granted to keep six chickens at his Maple Street home. (October 25, 2011)

After arguing his own case before the Framingham Board of Health, Peter Jacobson proudly displays the permit he was granted to keep six chickens at his Maple Street home. (October 25, 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Some might think a Board of Health meeting would not draw much of a crowd, but the Tuesday October 25th, 2011 meeting of the Framingham Board of Health overflowed into the hallway outside the 2nd Floor Conference Room of Town Hall, (the Memorial Building).

Among other issues before the board, an application for a permit to keep chickens was on the agenda.

After a somewhat contentious debate, Peter Jacobson, a Framingham High School Junior was issued a permit keep six chickens at his Maple Street home.

While that would not be any news at all in many parts of the United States, it was a landmark decision of sorts -- and an example of how the average citizen in Framingham -- regardless of age, can be heard and have government address their needs and desires.

In Framingham, the BOH must issue a permit for anyone to keep even one chicken.  Jacobson had submitted an application for a permit to keep six, and included a drawing of coop he plans to build himself.

Although he was accompanied by ...[read more]


Redistricting Hearing at FSU, Saturday June 18th

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 4:35 pm on June 16, 2011
Map of Massachusetts Congressional Districts (2011)

Map of Massachusetts Congressional Districts (2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Following the results of the 2010 Census, the State of Massachusetts is losing one congressional district. District lines need to be redrawn to reduce the total from ten districts to nine.

The current legislators representing Framingham; State Sen. Karen Spilka, (D-Ashland), a Member of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, along with State Reps. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland),  and State Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), US Rep. Ed Markey (MA-7th), and several other other MA legislators will be holding a public forum to discuss redistricting, Saturday, June 18, 2011, ...[read more]


Two 6-Story Towers Planned For Tech Park

Filed under: Business,Public Meetings by Randy Harris at 9:58 am on March 4, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:15 p.m. in the Blumer Community Room of the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street, Framingham, Massachusetts to consider the application of Framingham CFII, LP and The Congress Group Inc. for a Special Permit for Land Disturbance.

The permit is in regards to a proposal to construct two six-story buildings which will be connected by a common connector building at 125, 135 and 137 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The properties consist of the former home of International Paper and other office buildings built in the 1960's and 1970's.  The properties are in the Framingham Industrial Park, (which is located between Rt. 30, Rt.9 and the MassPike and is best known as the home of ...[read more]


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