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Pandemic Flu Public Feedback Session

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 12:36 pm on September 13, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), want input regarding who should receive flu vaccinations first in the event of a pandemic.

Experts say chances of a deadly worldwide influenza pandemic are increasing. An influenza pandemic could cause widespread disruption of work and millions of deaths.

An estimated 40 million people died in the 1918 Pandemic, 118 in Framingham where there were about 2000 cases.

Early in the outbreak, the U.S. will have a shortage of vaccine and will face tough choices about who to vaccinate first. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are conducting pandemic planning, which includes prioritizing the distribution of flu vaccine.

As part of this planning process, the MDPH is recruiting one hundred diverse members of the general public from across the state to give feedback on which population groups should be vaccinated first at a meeting on September 17, 2005 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

The meeting will be held at the Marlborough Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, conveniently located directly off Route 495 and the Mass Pike. Food and a certificate of appreciation from MPDH will be provided.

Please register to attend today by contacting Jennifer Coyle, the Project Coordinator, at: or at: (617) 620-9615.


Summer 2009 Library Hours

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 8:57 pm on July 27, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - As in summer's past, the Framingham Public Library and the McAuliffe Branch are modifying their hours during July and August.

McAuliffe Library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is closed Saturdays and Sundays. NOTE: McAuliffe is never open on Sundays during the school year.

The main library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Closed on Sundays until October 4th, 2009.

This is not the first time that the main library has curtailed the Saturday hours during the summer. Some patrons may remember summers when the library closed at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Usually the main library reopens on Sundays after Labor Day, but due to budget restraints, Saturday hours were reduced and the date for resumption of Sunday afternoon hours was pushed back.

On Friday, August 7th, both libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 12:3 p.m. They are closing early for staff development. Visit for more info.


Dunning Teacher Named Mass State Teacher of the Year

Filed under: Schools & Education by Deb Cleveland at 6:01 pm on June 29, 2009

BOSTON - Jae Goodwin, a 5th grade teacher at Framingham's Charlotte A. Dunning Elementary School was named the state's 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year. Education officials and legislative leaders both hailed Goodwin for her commitment to excellence and dedication to ensuring that all of her students achieve academic success.

"A teacher's positive contributions extend beyond a particular classroom or academic year, preparing our children for a lifetime of success in school, work, and life," said Governor Deval Patrick. "I congratulate Ms. Goodwin on attaining this high distinction and thank (her) for (her) service to our students and our state."

"Framingham has a reputation of having exceptional teachers," said Representative Pam Richardson D-Framingham. "This achievement speaks volumes about not only Ms. Goodwin's personal commitment to the job but also to the strength of the entire team at the Charlotte Dunning School."

Goodwin, who lives in Framingham, started at the Charlotte A. Dunning School as a parent in 1990, before becoming a kindergarten aide, and then enrolling in master's program. She has taught 5th grade there since 1999. She believes that all students can and will learn, and relies on real life experiences to actively engage students. In an effort to ensure that her students become active learners, she uses technology to enhance her teaching. She has built her own classroom website, writes technology grants for the school, installs interactive whiteboard technology in classrooms, and participates in online projects alongside students across the globe.

"Jae is a dynamic and powerful educator who possesses the gift of being able to engage children in the classroom," wrote Cheryl Pennie, a 4th grade teacher at the Dunning School, in her letter of recommendation. "Jae brings classroom lessons to life with her interdisciplinary way of teaching, constantly integrating technology, problem solving, and multiple intelligences."

The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year is automatically nominated as the state's candidate for National Teacher of the Year. While remaining in the classroom, Goodwin will serve as ambassador to the teaching profession over the next year by making speeches and conducting workshops throughout the state. She succeeds George Watson, who received the state's 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year award.


Framingham History Center Wins $100,000 Grant

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 7:44 pm on June 16, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Annie Murphy, Executive Director of the Framingham History Center announced that she received word of a a $100,000 grant from American Express to restore the Edgell Memorial Library's windows.

Edgell Memorial Library

Edgell Memorial Library

Nearly 2.5 million people voted in the Partners In Preservation competition. The Edgell Library won 70f the vote, placing 4th out of 25, with in an estimated 175,000 votes. This is remarkable given our "dark horse" status among so many notable Boston institutions, including the Paul Revere house and the Aquarium.

Windows at Edgell Memorial Library

Windows at Edgell Memorial Library

The Framingham History Center is hosting the exhibition "Windows on Edgell's Past, Present, and Future" amd will be open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, June 17th from 5 to 8 p.m.


Concerts on the Green Schedule for July 2009

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 7:27 pm on June 16, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The schedule for the July Concerts on the Green has been released by Jim Egan, Director of Town Building Services.

July 3, 2009 - Dianne Shea and the Suburbanaires -- (Big band) Happy Fourth !!!!!

July 10, 2009 - Nobscot (local band that opened for Chicago)

July 17, 2009 - Tailspin (this band plays all our favorites and gets better every year)

July 24, 2009 - Sgt. Dan Clark (A memorable evening is in store for everyone there that night)

July 31, 2009 - Help!! (This sixty's mop head cover band drew over two thousand people last year, come early.)

Concerts are 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the Framingham Centre Common.

Bring chairs and blankets.

This year the table will be collecting donations for the Concerts for August and next year's series. will be there with balloons and giveaways except for the July 3rd concert. Volunteers welcome to help man the table.

Donations still needed and welcome! is also raising money for the concerts by giving the proceeds of any Business Directory listings from now until August 31st to the concert fund.

Proceeds from any business that signs up for a one- year Business Directory listing web page ($ 75) now through August 31st. will be donated to the Concerts on the Green fund. (When the business mentions the Concerts.)

The businesses who sign up will receive a Free car wash voucher from either The Clean Machine on Rt. 9 or Suburban Shell on Old Conn Path.

Also 30% of any paid ad contract now through July 31st will be donated when the advertiser mentions the concerts.

Visit for details.


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