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IAFSA Celebrates 140 Years of Service with Alumni House Exhibit

Filed under: Schools & Education by Deb Cleveland at 1:20 am on May 15, 2014
Alumni House, Framingham State University

Alumni House, home of IAFSA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - 2014 is a landmark year for the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA). It was founded 140 years ago in 1874.

Drawing from its archives and loaned items from alumni, IAFSA staff and volunteers have assembled a 140th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit at Alumni House, 42 Adams Road, Framingham.

As honored guests, members of the Framingham State Class of 1964 will officially open the exhibit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during IAFSA’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, May 17th, 2014. The exhibit will close following IAFSA’s student scholarship award reception in the fall.

The exhibit features student life, alumni achievements and reminisces. It includes a retrospective fashion display, mementos, and ...[read more]

Executive Director of Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni Retiring After 25 Years of Service

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 1:31 pm on May 31, 2013
FSU President Timothy Flanagan and retiring IAFSA Executive Director Marilyn Manzella.

FSU President Tim Flanagan and retiring IAFSA Executive Director Marilyn Manzella

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham resident, Marilyn Manzella, Executive Director of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA), is retiring after 25 years of service.

IAFSA is a self-governing, non-profit organization established in 1874 by dedicated Framingham State alumni.

Manzella, Class of 1969, joined the staff in 1988 and became Executive Director in 2004.

IAFSA administers funds that provide scholarships for Framingham State students and benevolent assistance for alumni while maintaining the Alumni House for member and community functions. Funding is provided by donations and bequests from alumni and friends. During the 2012-2013 school year, a record 58 students received IAFSA scholarships and awards and eight students received interest-free loans.

At the 2013 Annual Meeting, IAFSA President Kelly Raymond announced that, after 25 years of service, ...[read more]

Collecting Hometown Memorabilia Talk on Sunday

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 10:06 pm on January 18, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Temple Beth Am Brotherhood continues its Sunday breakfast and speaker series on Sunday, January 22, from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

This month's featured speaker is Debbie Cleveland, who will speak on collecting hometown memorabilia, using examples from her collection of nostalgic MetroWest materials. Her talk will include a tabletop display plus a powerpoint presentation.

Cleveland is a founding member of the Friends of Saxonville, a member of the Curatorial Committee of the Framingham Historical Society & Museum, co-author of Barbara Gray's memoir: A Woman's Ways & Means: 24 Wild Years in the Massachusetts House, and owner of

The program is open to the public at a cost of $ 8.

Reservations are required.

For more info or to make reservations, contactl Howard Newell at 508-875-3151.


Town of Framingham Receives Donation from Local Businesses

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:02 pm on July 29, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Local businesses donate tents to Town of Framingham for Concerts on the Green. Noticing that the Town was in need of new tents for the concession stand and booths at the weekly Friday night concerts, four Framingham business people pooled resources to purchase and donate four tents.

Val Thompson, of Diaper Queen, Jim Gordon, Gordon Real Estate, Jeff Newman of Sign*A*Rama, and Debbie Cleveland of bought four tents and presented them to Jim Egan, Director of Town Building Services, who organizes the concerts.

The tents made their debut on Friday night, July 29th, providing a clean and bright look to the concession stand.

The four businesses were acknowledged during the announcement portion of the program.


FOCUS 2000 - Framingham plans for the 21st Century.

Filed under: Public Meetings by Randy Harris at 12:27 am on October 17, 1996

FRAMINGHAM, MA - If you are wondering "What will Framingham be like in the next century?", you'll be glad to know a concerned group made up of town officials, business, education, and community leaders is already hard at work on a plan to insure that Framingham will be an even better place to live, work, and enjoy life beyond the year 2000.

Framingham Town Manager, Russel Marcoux, chaired a meeting of the FOCUS 2000 group in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building, calling upon representatives from groups focusing on issues ranging from "Town Image", to Economic ...[read more]

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