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MA Senate Passes Public Records Reform Bill

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 3:16 pm on February 4, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed legislation reforming how the state handles public records. The legislation, originally sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, is the first update to the public records law since the early 1970s.

Karen Spilka

Sen. Karen E. Spilka, (D-Ashland)

"An accessible, transparent government is fundamental to the democratic process," said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "This bill strengthens our public records law to improve access and make the process of requesting records simpler, clearer and more fair. Thank you to my colleagues in the Senate and advocates on all sides of this issue for engaging in a collaborative effort to bring our public records law into the 21st century, while providing flexibility for municipalities and agencies."

The legislation will reduce costs for records requestors and ensure timely compliance with public records requests. The bill also brings Massachusetts in line with 47 other states and the federal government in allowing attorney’s fees to be awarded to plaintiffs who are victorious in court when denied records. The bill requires attorney fees to be awarded, except in certain defined situations.

Under the legislation, each state agency and municipality is required to appoint at least one public records access officer to serve as the point of contact for all public records requests and ...[read more]


Golf Tournament to Support College Scholarships & Framingham Youth Hockey Oct. 27th

Filed under: Sports,Uncategorized by News Staff at 2:00 pm on October 8, 2014
Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson, MA

Golf Tournament will be held at Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson, MA on Monday, October 27th, 2014.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - As the Boston Bruins drop the puck on a new season, Framingham Youth Hockey is preparing for its 20th Annual Golf Outing. The Tournament is Monday, October 27th at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson and features the opportunity for golfers to play on one of the most sought after courses in Massachusetts, a buffet dinner and live and silent auctions.

Local Golf Tournament Raises College Scholarship Dollars; Helps Defray Costs to Allow More Youths to Play Hockey

The proceeds of the golf tournament are used to award up to five scholarships to High School seniors who will be attending college or prep school in the coming year and have played as members of the Framingham Youth Hockey Program for at least three seasons.  Dollars raised also go towards deferring the cost of playing hockey for Framingham Jr. Flyers players.

"Families are struggling with the increasing costs of college – this is one small way we can give back to the community and help out children and their families," said Bob Lewis, President of Framingham Youth Hockey.  "Hockey can be an expensive sport – equipment and ice time.  We don't want kids that want to play this exciting sport unable to do so because of the cost.  The dollars raised from this event are pumped right back into defraying the cost of ice time and making it easier for families to afford."

To date, more than 50 college scholarships have been awarded.  More than 500 boys and girls are a part of Framingham Youth Hockey.  "Hockey is a sport that teaches commitment, sportsmanship, being a team player – these are lessons that last a lifetime and the more kids that have that opportunity the better off we are as a community," added Lewis.

For those interested in playing, the cost is $185 per player which includes lunch, golf, golf cart and dinner.  Dinner only tickets are available for $50 per person. To purchase tickets or submit questions please contact Scott Penrod, Don Trischitta or Dianne Tersoni at fyhgolf@gmail.com

 

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Support Framingham Youth Hockey!

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13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through 22nd, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 8:44 pm on June 13, 2014
Framingham, MA - Sudbury River - 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th - 22nd, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Celebrate our Wild and Scenic Rivers at the 13th Annual RiverFest, June 20th through the 22nd, 2014 -- a rare opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of activities free of charge! RiverFest, which celebrates the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers, includes 45 events in nine communities and is open to all who want to experience the beautiful rivers flowing through our communities.

RiverFest Events on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Framingham:

  • Discovery Walk: 10 a.m. -- Join the Framingham Conservation Commission on a discovery walk on the Carol Getchell Trail. We'll "go there and back again" and look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks of the Sudbury River as spring turns toward summer. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road. Please call 508-532-5460 or e-mail mnw@framinghamma.gov to register and for directions and trail conditions.
  • Self-Guided History Walk: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Join the Friends of Saxonville for refreshments and a self-guided history walk in Saxonville, the oldest part of Framingham. Meet on the historic Danforth Bridge for your map. For more information, contact Lynne at lynne@damianosphotography.com
  • Family Walk Along the River: 1 p.m. -- Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Rx walk especially for families with young children starting at the Danforth Bridge. For more information, contact Libby at lsdeegear@outdoors.org

In the MetroWest area, from Framingham to Lowell, events will be hosted on and along the rivers highlighting all the things that make these rivers so special. The offerings are diverse, suitable for young and older people, those who are adventuresome and want to be on the water, as well as ...[read more]


GateHouse Newspaper Jobs Go to Texas

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 5:15 pm on March 26, 2014
MetroWest Daily News Texas Masthead

Local Jobs at Gatehouse Media's MetroWest Daily News and Framingham TAB go to Texas.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On March 25th, 2014, GateHouse Media, parent company of the Metrowest Daily News, Framingham TAB and over 100 other local Massachusetts newspapers announced it will be locating the company's Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.

According to a company news article, the Austin, TX facility will handle existing services including centralized copy editing and page design for print and digital versions of the company’s hundreds of publications, and will also support new platforms and initiatives.

The company expects to have approximately 90 employees in Austin by next summer and more than 150 by mid-2015. GateHouse Media owns and operates more than 400 publications across the country.

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(Source: Gatehouse Media, Inc.)


2012 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 8:37 pm on July 21, 2012
Framingham Hazardous Waste Day, Saturday, August 11, 2012

Framingham Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham, Department of Public Works, solid Waste Division is holding its popular Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the parking lot of the McCarthy Elementary School, 8 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA.

There is no cost to dispose of hazardous waste materials.

Event is open to Framingham Residents Only - drivers license with Framingham address must be shown as proof of ...[read more]


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