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A Bad Week of Bad Government

Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris at 8:08 am on October 23, 2011
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - This week Framingham residents witnessed a series of town government related issues that can't be described as anything other than a train wreck that was waiting to happen.

Days before the Special Fall Town Meeting, with seven articles she had sponsored or co-sponsored on the Warrant, and several others that had monetary implications, Framingham Chief Financial Officer, (CFO), Mary Ellen Kelley announced she had made a $1.5 million dollar mistake calculating the Town's operating budget.

While the majority of the Articles sponsored by the CFO had absolutely no supporting background material, a half dozen pages of extremely detailed figures were provided for a 1% COLA, (Cost Of Living Adjustment), pay raise for non-union municipal workers and department heads, followed by a one page "note" which explained how ...[read more]


Forbes Framingham Geek Data Skewed and Outdated

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 7:24 am on August 7, 2011
Pocket Protector (image from www.pocketprotectors.com)

If Framingham is truly the #3 Geek-dom in the USA, there should be a good market for these! Order all you need online at: www.pocketprotectors.com

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Forbes.com has published an article titled, "Geekville, USA: America's 20 Geekiest Cities", and people all over town are patting themselves on the back for our new claim to fame as the #3 "Geekiest City" (town) in the USA.

Scott O'Connell of the MetroWest Daily News re-reported the findings in an article titled, "Framingham ranked third 'geekiest' U.S. city in Forbes survey".

For his article, O'Connell interviewed three people who he must have thought were "Framingham geek experts" -- Gary Sinewitz, (President, PC Healthstop), Brian Tilzer, (VP of eCommerce & Business Development, Staples Inc.), and Alison Steinfeld, (Director, Economic & Community Development Department, Town of Framingham).

I've known Gary since high school -- he's a geek. (But come on Gary, did you really mention "Prime Computer" and "General Motors" -- they both shuttered their operations in Framingham 20 years ago -- you need to get out more often).

Brian, I don't know -- but his job title makes it sound like he knows some geeky stuff.

Alison, was unsurprisingly surprised at Framingham's new found ...[read more]


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