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2014 NORAD Santa Tracker

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:11 pm on December 23, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Months become weeks, weeks become days, and as December 25th approaches, children's questions like; "How long until Christmas?", and "Are you sure Santa knows where our house is?", come with increasing frequency.

Thanks to NORAD, (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), kids of all ages can track Santa's travels on Christmas Eve with radar accuracy -- and spend time on the NORAD Santa Tracker Website playing games and enjoying other activities while they wait for the jolliest elf to arrive.

 

History of the NORAD Santa Tracker:

1955 Sears Christmas Ad mistakenly publishes Air Force hotline number

1955 Sears Christmas Ad mistakenly publishes Air Force / CONAD hotline number.

In 1955, a U.S. Air Force agency called "CONAD", (the Continental Air Command), had it's phone number, (ME2-6681), mistakenly published in Christmas ad for the Sears Roebuck store in Colorado Springs, CO.

The ad encouraged kids to call the number to talk to Santa.

In the spirit of Christmas, CONAD Operations Director, Col. Harry Shoup had staff give children updates on Santa's location.

Three years later, the United States and Canada formed NORAD, and the agency decided to follow Col. Shoup's lead, and made the "Santa Hotline" a favorite annual event for the agency.

From 1955 to 1996, the "Santa Tracker" was a call-in telephone hotline and newspapers, radio and television programs promoted it to children across the country.

In 1997, Santa went high-tech, and the agency created the NORAD Santa Tracker website -- which has been updated over the past 15 years to include "live satellite tracking" and fun, interactive activities for kids.

Click link below to visit -

www.NORADSANTA.org

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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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Christmas Services in Framingham (2014)

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 2:55 am on December 22, 2014
Original photo-illustration by Randy M. Harris, 20-DEC-2010

Merry Christmas to all from Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Below is a list of Christmas services, masses and other events held at Framingham churches and houses of worship during the week of December 22nd through 26th, 2014.

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Armenian Church of the Holy Translators - American Christmas Eve Carole and Prayer Service, (in English), Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, Christmas Eve, 4:00pm. -- 38 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA, 01702 -- www.armenianchurchofmetrowest.org

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Edwards Church (UCC) - Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, Christmas Eve—5:00pm Pageant for all ages  (come at 4:30 to choose a costume), 9:00pm  Candlelight service of lessons, carols, and poetry -- 39 Edwards Street,  Framingham MA 01701 -- www.edwardschurch.org

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 First Baptist Church of Framingham - Christmas Eve Service - Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Rev. Jason Rutherford Preaching “What if God was One of Us”, Special Music, Candlelight. -- 1013 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701 -- www.firstbaptistframingham.org

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First Parish Framingham - Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2014 at 5:00pm, Traditional Candlellight Service and Children’s Christmas Pageant, 8:00 pm Candlelight Service. -- (Note: 5:00pm service is more 'small-child' friendly!) -- A Unitarian Universalist Congregation -- 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA 01701 -- www.uuframingham.org/

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First United Methodist Church - Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday, December 24th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, see church calendar at www.firstumcframingham.org for more info.

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Grace Congregational Church - Christmas Eve Service with Candles, Carols and Communion, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 7:00PM. -- 76 Salem End Road, Framingham, MA 01702 -- www.gracechurchucc.org

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Lutheran Church of Framingham -Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2010, 1:45PM Service at Heritage, 7:00PM Candlelight Service with Lessons, Carols. -- 720 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA, 01701 -- www.lcfworships.org

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Plymouth Church of Framingham (UCC) - Christmas Eve Worship, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 5:00pm and 10:00pm service. Time to sing favorite Christmas hymns and share the beloved story of Jesus' birth. -- 7 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701 -- www.plymouthchurchframingham.org

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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Christmas Eve Services, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 -- 4:00 PM Family Holy Eucharist -- 10:00 PM Festival Holy Eucharist with Special Music -- Thursday, December 25th, 11:00 AM Morning Prayer and Carols -- www.standrewsframma.org

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St. Bridgets Church -Christmas Mass Schedule: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 "The Vigil of Christmas", 4:00 pm Upper & Lower Church --  6:00 pm Family Mass --   Beginning at 11:30 pm: Christmas Music!  St. Bridget's Adult Choir will give a half-hour concert of Christmas Carols and Choir Motets before the Midnight Mass at 12:00 am -- 830 Worcester Road (Rt. 9),
Framingham, MA 01702 -- www.stbridgetparish.org

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St. George's Church - CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE / HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE - Wednesday, December 24, 2014,  Christmas Eve: 9:00AM Mass of the Day, 4:00PM Upper Church, 5:30PM Upper Church --  Thursday, December 25, 2014, Christmas Day: 8:00AM Upper Church, 10:30AM Upper Church-- Saint George Catholic Church, 74 School Street, Framingham, MA 01701 -- www.churchofstgeorge.org

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Please contact us to have your house of worship's Christmas 2014 services or other holiday events added to this page.

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Hackers Steal Over Million Customer's Data from Staples Stores

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 3:20 pm on December 21, 2014
(photo) Headquarters of Staples, Inc.

Headquarters of Staples, Inc. located at 500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA 01702 (USA)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Massachusetts based office supply retailer Staples, Inc. has released updated info on the recent data breach involving 1.16 Million customer's info from its retail point-of-sale systems.

In mid-September 2014, Staples' data security staff detected criminals had deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 of Staples U.S. retail stores.

Customer data at Staples' Framingham MA retail store was not involved.

The malware allowed transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes to be stolen by the hackers.

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Framingham Resident Wins Mass. Audubon Photo Contest

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 2:09 pm on December 17, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Now in its fifth year, Mass Audubon's annual photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, has evolved into a "must" for hundreds of photographers eager to express a love of nature through their images. And with more than 2,000 photos submitted since the contest began April 1, judging so many top-quality entries was especially challenging.

But after reviewing each photo, judges chose Arindam Ghosh of Framingham as the 2014 Grand Prize Winner for his picture of a male mallard duck, wings spread and seemingly standing on water.

A 30-year-old software engineer from Framingham, Ghosh got his championship image while observing ducks in the aptly named Waterfowl Pond at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. He’s been taking pictures as a pastime for five years, but the Mass Audubon contest was the first he has ever entered.

Photographers could enter a total of five images among ...[read more]


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