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Town Hall Closed November 25 & 26, 2010

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 9:22 am on November 24, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Memorial Building, (Framingham's Town Hall), will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25th and 26th, 2010 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Westboro Baptist Church Coming to Framingham

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest,Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 8:09 pm on November 18, 2010
Shirley Phelps of the hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church

Shirley Phelps of the hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - I got a call yesterday afternoon. The woman said a reporter left a message saying they were from Framingham and wanted to interview her, but didn't leave a call-back number, so she searched the internet and found the phone number for framingham.com

She asked if she was reaching "a news outlet", and I told her we do run some news articles along with other Framingham local community information.

Then I asked her, "Did you do something newsworthy?"

Her short reply,  "we picket".

I asked her name...

She said her name was Shirley Phelps-Roper.  Then she said, "we were going to picket in your town on the 4th, but we're going to come on the 3rd instead so more of the kids will be outside the school than will go to that fag play".

She told me she's "the lawyer for the [Westboro Baptist] church", and that she answers the phone calls and email.  Then rather proudly mentioned that she is one of 13 siblings, and she herself is the mother of 11 children.

Knowing I was talking to someone who loves the sound of their own voice, I gave Shirley a go-ahead "uh-huh" and said, "Oh, you're from that church in Kansas", and mentioned I'd read "something about it".

Shirley went on about The Laramie Project ...[read more]


"Thanks for Giving" Fund Raiser

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 11:59 pm on November 15, 2010
Thanks for Giving

For the last 21 years, Mark and Karen Curtis who run the Eagles Grill in downtown Framingham have provided a free Thanksgiving meal to all who need or want one-last year it was over 1,200 meals. They even deliver 450 meals to shut-ins on that day as well. Over the years, they have not solicited donations. This is the first year that some local churches have had to discontinue offering their Thanksgiving meals, and the Salvation Army has canceled their free Thanksgiving dinner as well. Please help support The Eagles Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - From November 15, 2010 until November 25, 2010 framingham.com is running a "Thanks for Giving" fund-raising special.

To help support The Eagles Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner, and to promote Framingham businesses we are giving 50% OFF standard ad rates for all advertising orders placed this week if the advertiser donates the remaining 50% to help fund the dinner.

Here's how it works: Any local business that orders online advertising on framingham.com during the "Thanks for Giving" promotion will get a 50% discount off standard published rates, then the business sends a check or money order payable to "Eagles Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner" for the other 50%.

For example: If an advertiser chose a $720/yr package, they would get that package for 50% OFF -- making the cost only $360, (for a full year of advertising -- that's less than $1.00 a day!)

If you own a Framingham business, or know someone who does, let them know about the "Thanks for Giving" promotion. ...[read more]


Pop Culture Super MegaFest in Framingham

Filed under: Around Town by Randy Harris at 7:37 pm on November 8, 2010
Christopher Lloyd, Doc Brown in Back to the Future, Rev. Jim on Taxi at Framingham Super MegaFest

Meet Christopher Lloyd who played ''Doc Brown'' in the ''Back To The Future'' movie trilogy, and also starred as the lovable ''Reverend Jim'' on the hit t.v. series TAXI. Lloyd began his film career as an unnamed character in the movie ''Airport'' in 1970.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - What do Reverend Jim from Taxi, Peter Tork from The Monkees, a Gigantic Animated Talking Robot, Playboy Playmate Cathy St. George, Chewbacca from Star Wars and Gary Sohmers of The Antiques Roadshow all have in common?

Answer: They will all be at Super MegaFest, (and the Come Together Fest concert), the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, November 20th and 21st,  2010 when pop culture lovers and the popular icons they love will converge on Framingham's  Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center for New England's largest multi-media fan festival.

...and that's just a partial lineup of the fun packed weekend that's planned!

While it takes a whole website just to list who and what will be there, here's a few more stars you may see, meet or get autographs from; Norman Reedus, (Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints), Gary Lewis (of Gary Lewis & The Playboys), Marina Sirtis, (of Star Trek Next ...[read more]


Callahan Center Happenings for November 2010

Filed under: Seniors by Randy Harris at 12:01 am on October 26, 2010
The Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA (USA)

Located at 435 Union Avenue, the Callahan Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The following information is about support groups, activities and services at the Callahan Senior Center for the month of November, 2010:

Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 10:00 am.
  • 'Better Breathers' Support Group: Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00 pm.
  • Caregivers' Support Group: Wednesday, November 24 at 1:00 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, November 30 at 10:00 am.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.

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