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Framingham Blizzard Warning - December 26,2010

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 9:29 pm on December 26, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham's automated emergency phone system dialed town residents twice today.

The first call was to announce that the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for today -- from noon on Sunday, December 26, 2010 until Monday, December 27 at 6:00pm, and the town could expect 15" to 20" snow.

Residents were advised that there would be no parking on all artierial roads, (which are posted with red and white signs).  Also, the call advised that although standard odd/even parking was in effect for all non-arterial roads, that residents were advised to seek off street parking as vehicles will be towed if they interfere with plowing operations.

A second call came advising residents that no trash pickup would occur on Monday December 27, 2010, and reminding residents not to place trash or recycling recepticles on the curb (as snow cleanup will likely still be taking place).

Monday would have been a heavy trash day as it will be the first scheduled trash pickup day after Christmas.  In past years, before the phone alert system was in place and used for such notices some residents would put trash out that would not get picked up, and it would either hinder snow plowing -- or barrels were hit by plows causing a mess, (needless to say, the barrels did not fare well).

Trash and recycle schedules are moved up by one day, (e.g.- if your trash was to go out Monday, it should be put out Tuesday instead -- if your regular day is Tuesday, put it out Wednesday, etc).

If you have questions or problems regarding either snow removal or trash pickup, contact the Framingham Department of Public Works, (Highway Division or Solid Waste Division), at (508) 532-6030.

For (non-emergency) issues related to parking during the storm, (vehicle blocking a street, parking questions, etc),  contact the Framingham Police at (508) 872-1212.

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Christmas Services in Framingham (2010)

Filed under: Around Town by Randy Harris at 10:11 am on December 20, 2010
Photo and illustration (c)2010 RMH, all rights reserved.

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 20th through 26th, 2010.

Armenian Church of the Holy Translators - American Christmas Eve Carole and Prayer Service, (in English), Friday, December 24, 4:00PM.

Crossroads Community Church - Friday December 24, 2010, Christmas Eve Service at 8:00PM.

Edwards Church (UCC) - Christmas Eve Services: Friday, December 24, 2010, 5:00PM Intergenerational Christmas Pageant, 9:00PM Candlelight Service of lessons, carols, and poetry.

First Baptist Church of Framingham - Christmas Eve Worship, Friday, December 24, 2010 at 7:00MP.  Service will include special music and candlelight.

First Parish Framingham - Friday December 24, 2010, Christmas Eve - Traditional Candle Light Service at 5:00PM and 7:00PM. Singing of "the old carols", candle lighting.  (Note: 5:00pm service is more 'small-child' friendly!)

First United Methodist Church - Christmas Eve, Friday December 24, 2010, services at 7:00PM and 11:00PM.

Grace Congregational Church -   Christmas Eve Service with Candles, Carols and ...[read more]


Laramie Project Closes After Sellout Weekend

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest,Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 4:57 am on December 5, 2010
PHOTO - Matthew Shepard

~=Matthew Shepard=~(12/1/1976-10/12/1998)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After months of planning, casting, rehearsing and finally performing the play -- "The Laramie Project" closed after its second sellout night at Framingham High School.

I didn't see the play. I'll admit to never going to a play unless my kid was in it. What I did see and hear were an incredible amount of civil rights "in action" and discussed and debated in the schools and on the streets of Framingham.

The photo of Matthew Shepard on this page is so nobody forgets that the The Laramie Project is about a murder. A 21 year old kid was killed by two cowards.  The murderers attempted to use the fact that Matthew Shepard was gay as an excuse for how their planned robbery went very wrong.

The killers were Meth-heads.  They were too lazy to work for a living. The robbery was all about "getting money for drugs".  They singled out ...[read more]


WBC Protest in Framingham

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest,Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 12:45 pm on December 3, 2010
Framingham, MA - December 3, 2010, Westboro Baptist Church police barricade setup for protest.

Early a.m. police barricade at A St. and Concord St. as police control traffic near Framingham High School.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Under the cover of darkness T.V. news trucks quietly pulled into the old State Lumber parking lot at the corner of School Street and Concord Street.

It was still before dawn as reporters fixed their hair, straightened their jackets and ties, and cameramen readied their equipment.

The Assignment: Get some film of the Westboro Baptist Church members who are in town to protest the play, "The Laramie Project".

The controversial play is about the murder of a gay 21 year old University of Wyoming student,  Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and left to die in 1998 and how the community dealt with the issue.

The Westboro Baptist group travels around the country protesting the play, but are perhaps even better known for protesting at the funerals of US Soldiers who were killed in war.

The play will be performed at Framingham High School tonight and ...[read more]


Framingham Tree Lighting - Friday Dec. 3, 2010

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 6:41 pm on November 25, 2010
Framingham Children Wait for Santa on the Steps of Memorial Building (2007)

Guarded by a giant wooden soldier, Framingham children gather at the Memorial Building waiting for Santa and the town tree lighting (2007)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Friday, December 3, 2010 the Town of Framingham will hold its 19th ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING outside of the Memorial Building, (Framigham Town Hall), which is located at 150 Concord St., in Downtown Framingham.

Events start at 6:15pm as people gather in front of Town Hall for holiday music in eager anticipation of Santa's arrival and the lighting of the Town Tree.

Each year Santa Claus flies into an undisclosed Framingham location where he is met by Framingham Fire Fighters. This year they'll help Santa avoid all the road construction and downtown traffic and see that he safely arrives at the Memorial Building by 6:45pm, in time for the tree lighting.

At 7:00 p.m., everyone is invited to come inside Nevins Hall for music by the Framingham Public Schools Elementary and Middle School Band, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes.

Video above is from 2007 Framingham Holiday Tree Lighting

The evenings events are sponsored by Town of Framingham, Downtown Solutions, Framingham Rotary Club and The Metrowest Daily News.

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