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Friday Night Summer Concerts a Go

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 8:28 am on May 26, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The popular summer "Concerts on the Green" on the Centre Common on Edgell Road are now funded due to last minute donations by large and smaller businesses and individuals.

According to Jim Egan, Director of Building Services for the Town of Framingham, who orchestrates the concerts, Whole Foods Markets came forward with a $ 5000 donation, matching one from The Middlesex Savings Bank. Individuals and businesses, including Kathy Foran, of Realty Executives, Mark Galante, of Exit Realty, and, also pledged donations to make this year's series possible.

Adesa-Boston, Bernardi Motor Group, TD BankNorth, MetroWest Daily News made initial contributions, but the recent donations helped Egan meet the $ 20,000 required to fund the program.

The concerts will run from June through the end of August. The first concert is Friday, June 2, featuring the perennial favorite band, Tailspin. Watch for the full schedule on soon.

The Downtown Concerts, on the Common opposite The Fabric Place will be on Thursday nights starting in mid-June. Schedule will also be posted on The shorter Downtown series is funded separately with support from the Framingham Rotary Club.


Free Homebuyer Fair at Nevins Hall

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 10:31 pm on May 18, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A free Homebuyer Fair will be held Monday, May 22nd, 2006 6:30-8:30 PM, Nevins Hall, in the Memorial Building, 150 Concord St, Framingham.

The Framingham Fair Housing Committee, in conjunction with the Metrowest Daily News, is inviting all interested prospective homebuyers to a free informational event presenting information that will walk you through home-buying basics. Area resource businesses and services will be on hand to assist you with questions, and help you begin or continue the process of preparing for a home purchase. One-on-one consultations are available.

There will be basic information for first time homebuyers, links to additional resources, and information in Spanish and Portuguese. Resources will include: Banks, Credit Unions, Realtors, Home Inspection Services, Moving Companies, Pest Control Services, Legal Advice, and Public Financing. Considering buying a house and need help or advice? They'll give you information that will help you get started, and get you into your own place.

For more information, contact Framingham Fair Housing 150 Concord Street Memorial Building, Framingham MA (617) 889-7781, ask for Cindy Higgins OR (508) 620-4852, ask for Beverly Kaplan.


Popular Summer Concerts in Jeopardy

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 4:45 pm on May 11, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Today, Jim Egan, Director of Buildings for the Town of Framingham, announced the popular Friday night summer "Concerts on the Green" are in jeopardy of cancellation.

The concert series, scheduled to commerce on Friday, June 2 and run through September 1, 2006 is seriously underfunded and the department is taking a hard look at cancelling it.

The schedule of musical artists and groups has been booked for the fourteen week season, but there is not enough money pledged to fund them. Like the Framingham Flag Day Parade, funding for musical groups comes from private sources, not from town funds.

Letters requesting funding have gone out to area businesses, but to date only Adesa-Boston, Bernardi Motor Group, TD BankNorth, MetroWest Daily News, and have committed to sponsorship with cash or in-kind services. The series is managed through the Building Services Department and requires approximately $ 20,000 annually.

Egan is hopeful that businesses will step up to the plate for this free series enjoyed by hundreds of families and seniors each summer Friday.

For information on sponsorships, call Jim Egan at Building Services, 508-532-5485.


Hemenway Playground Build Day Sat. May 20th

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 9:40 pm on May 10, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA- With generous donations from local businesses, community foundations, and individual donors, the Hemenway Community Playground Project prepares for Build Day - Saturday, May 20, 2006. Volunteers from the community will complete construction of the new playground at the Hemenway Elementary School under the supervision of equipment vendor Landscape Structures and M.E. O’Brien & Sons, Inc. of Medfield, MA.

WHAT: Volunteers and local community gather for playground build (donations of tools, time, food and materials still needed!)

WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, (Note: All times approximate):

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Volunteers Arrive; Project Kick-Off
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Final construction phase and adjustment

WHERE: Hemenway Elementary School, 729 Water St., Framingham, 01701

WHY: As the oldest and smallest playground of any elementary school in Framingham, Hemenway’s former playground was inadequate to meet the needs of the school’s 530 students, including more than 100 students with special needs. The new playground will triple the size of the previous one and include numerous events designed for use by all children regardless of age or physical ability.

To date, funding for the playground has come from numerous generous sources including parents, alumni, and community funding partners such as the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation Framingham Union Grants Panel, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and a grant from the Framingham Disability Commission, Framingham Co-operative Charitable Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank, Rotary Club, Mobil Education Alliance, Genzyme, Heritage Assisted Living, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Rick Smith, and the Rousseau Family.

Playground design, site planning, and civil engineering is donated by Geller DeVellis, Inc. (GDI), a landscape architecture and civil engineering firm with offices in Wellesley and Boston. GDI also specializes in American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility design, which will exceed Massachusetts’ standards at Hemenway.


Happenings at Garden in the Woods

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 11:36 am on May 5, 2006
PHOTO: New England Wild Flower Society - Ladyslipper (2006)

This beautiful rare ladyslipper (C. reginae) is just one of the thousands of plants at the renowned New England Wild FLower Society plant sale.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, premier native plant botanic garden and nursery is now open for the season.

View 1,500 native species in naturalistic habitat displays, including 200 rare and endangered species, and thousands of seasonal blooms on 45 acres.

All purchases and membership support the health of the natural environment. 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA. (508) 877-7630.

SPRING HOURS: Open daily, April 15-June 15; 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.;

SUMMER HOURS: June 17-October 31st daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Admission: $7, Seniors: $5, Children and Young Adults (6-18 yrs): $3, Members and Children under 6: Free.

Tours daily at 10 except Sundays at 2, no reservations required. Museum Shop, plant nursery and 275 special courses and events.

Upcoming Events


May 7 (Sun) FREE 1pm Meet Carol Stocker of The Boston Globe signing and discussing her new book, The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac. Purchase copies at the Museum Shop at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630.

(Erythronium-Americanum) New England Wild Flower Society, Photo by Dorothy Long

Here are some of the woodland wildflowers in their Spring glory at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods.

May 14 (Sun) FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture Director lecture/demo “Great Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden” Afterwards he and his staff help with custom native plant selections.

May 21 (Sun) FREE 1pm Author and New England Wild Flower Society Nursery Director William (Bill) Cullina lecture/demo: “Top Ten Native Woody Plants for Landscaping” Afterwards he and staff help with custom native selection and book signing.

May 28 (Sun) and again June 18 FREE 1pm Tom Smarr, New England Wild Flower Society Horticulture director lecture/demo: “The best tools in the trade for planting, pruning, and plant care.”

PLAN AHEAD: PLANT SALE PREVIEW PARTY – Friday, June 9th 5-8 pm. Enjoy New England Wild Flower Society’s largest plant sale in the northeast, and an evening of earthly delights, music, tasty treats, expert advice, and perfect shopping without the crowds. $25 ticket benefits plant conservation and gains admission to an unforgettable garden evening.

Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630. Reservations at

(Photos Courtesy of New England Wild Flower Society).


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