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State Rep. Debby Blumer Passes Away

Filed under: General Interest,Politics by Deb Cleveland at 3:40 pm on October 15, 2006
Debby Blumer, MA State Rep

MA State Rep. Debby Blumer, dies of apparent heart attack while driving, Friday, October 13, 2006.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Friday, October 13th, fresh from one meeting and on her way to the next, State Rep. Debby Blumer apparently suffered a heart attack while at the wheel of her car, which rolled into a guard rail on Dudley Road.

A police officer working a detail nearby ran to the car and administered CPR. A second officer left a nearby funeral procession and used a defibrillator but was unable to revive her. Blumer had had a mild heart attack some years ago and was taking medication and regular stress tests, and was under a doctor's care.

On Monday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. family and friends will gather for services at Temple Beth Am, 300 Pleasant St., Framingham. The Blumer family home will have a memorial observance from Monday after the burial through Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m.

Massachusetts State Representative Debby Blumer Donations in Blumer's memory can be made to the Angel Fund at 649 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880; Danforth Museum of Art at 123 Union Ave., Framingham, MA, 01702-8291; or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Blumer was elected as one of Framingham's two state representatives in 2000 and was running unopposed for re-election this year. According to Secretary of State William Galvini's office, it is too late to put a replacement name on the ballot and Blumer's seat could be won by anyone eligible and willing to serve who gets the most votes on election day through a write-in campaign.

Blumer was a full-time representative, always available to help her constituents. She was an active, valuable participant in several Framingham organizations and committees and a familiar face at area events. She leaves a big hole in the community and legislature and will be missed for her smiling, positive presence as well as her contributions.


Amorello to Present Tourism Grant to Framingham Community Groups

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 11:00 am on March 24, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello will come to Framingham next week to present to the START Framingham Partnership and Friends of Saxonville a $16,000 award intended to bring more visitors to Framingham.

The two organizations collaborated on a proposal to the MTA’s Tourism Office with the overall purpose of building Framingham as a cultural destination. The money will allow them to produce coordinated promotional materials that will make the traveling public more aware of the many artistic and cultural opportunities in town, including those originating in the downtown area, in Saxonville, on the Centre Common, in artists’ studios and in the many venues where art is being produced and experienced.

One of the first tasks of the START Partnership will be to convert its Cultural Audit, which formed the basis for the online Framingham Cultural Directory ( into marketing tools for these cultural events.

Friends of Saxonville intends to undertake a marketing campaign to promote its four current initiatives: Historic Athenaeum Hall, the Carol J. Getchell Nature Trail, the recently restored Danforth Bridge and Saxonville’s Historic Walk.

"This tourism promotion grant is a great beginning for this year's "Spring into Arts" events all over Framingham", State Representative Debby Blumer stated. “I'm particularly pleased that the START Partnership and Friends of Saxonville are being recognized for their contributions to our active, vibrant community."

Mr. Amorello will be at the Ablondi Room in the Memorial Building at 3pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 to officially present this award to START and Friends of Saxonville. A reception will follow the presentation.

The Mission of the START Framingham Partnership is to strengthen community life in Framingham and contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of the town by broadening, deepening and diversifying participation in the arts and cultural activities. START is supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the CARLISLE Foundation of Framingham, MA as well as the Town of Framingham, Framingham-based businesses and many dedicated volunteers.


Health Care Reform Discussion

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 10:47 pm on June 16, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA – A Discussion of Health Care Reform will take place on Wednesday June 22, 7:00 P.M. in the Public Hearing Room, Lower Level of the Framingham Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street.

John McDonough, Executive Director of “Health Care for All” and State Representative Debby Blumer, Sponsor of the “Health Access and Affordability Act” will discuss proposals for health care reform.

The event is co-sponsored by the Metrowest Healthcare Coalition, the MetroWest Community Healthcare Foundation and the Metrowest Medical Center.

For more information call Debby Blumer 617-722-2400 or email:


Framingham Memorial Day Services

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 6:28 pm on May 28, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Town of Framingham, Framingham Veteran's Council has announced the following schedule of events for Memorial Day 2005;

Memorial Day Services Schedule - Monday May 30, 2005

7:30 A.M. Assemble - Rear of Memorial Building

8:00 A.M.. Leave by car/bus

8:15 A.M. St. Tarcisius Cemetery, Winthrop Street

8:35 A.M. Cushing Memorial Chapel (Veteran Council Presentation)

8:40 A.M 9-11 Memorial (Veterans' Council Presentation)

8:50 A.M. Old Burial Ground, Main Street (VFW Post #10313)

9:00 A.M. Edgell Grove Cemetery, Grove Street (JWV Post #157)

9:15A.M. St. Stephen's Cemetery, Fenwick Street (American Legion Post #256)

9:30A.M. St. George's Cemetery, Cherry Street (VFW #929)

9:45A.M. Edward's Cemetery, Edwards Street (American Legion Post #74)

10:00 A.M. Coffee Break, Edwards Church

10:30 A.M. Athenaeum Hall (Veterans Council Presentation)

10:45 A.M. Veterans' Park, Concord Street (V.V.A.)

At each location the service will include:

  • Prayer by Unit Chaplain
  • Placing of Wreath
  • Salute to the Deceased (Firing Squad/Taps)
  • Parade Marshall in-Charge


Veterans' Service Officer: Tom Davitt

Program Chairman: Mal Schulze, President, Veterans' Council

Presentation of Colours: Framingham Veterans' Council

National Anthem: Mary Beth Freeman

Invocation: Rev Debbie Clark, Edwards Church

Greetings: Board of Selectmen

Greetings: State Senator: Karen Spilka

State Representative: Thomas Sanacandro State Representative: Debby Blumer

Dedication Service: Formal Dedication of Rotunda

Ribbon Cutting/Floral Presentation

Guest Speaker: Capt Mark Spear, US Army Recruiting Center

Salute: Placing of the wreath in Rotunda

Benediction: Rev Debbie Clark, Edwards Church

Retirement of colours: Framingham Veterans' Council

Officer of the Day: Abbey Anderson


Free Citizen's Legislative Seminar at Framingham Public Library

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 12:29 pm on January 12, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A free Citizen's Legislative Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Framingham Public Library, Public Meeting Room, Lincoln St.

This program is presented under the leadership of Senator Jarrett Barrios and others to provide information on how individuals can get involved with the political and legislative process.

Several Framingham residents have participated in earlier seminars offered at the State House. We have been working with Senator Barrios and others to bring this program to Framingham for the first time. This progam is free and open to people of all ages.

Please email or call Debby Blumer with any questions:, 617-722-2400 or 508-879-0658.

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