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Downtown Concerts on the Common Begin Thursday Night

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 8:47 pm on June 14, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Downtown Solutions presents the Thursday evening concert series beginning Thursday, June 16th, at 5:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Concert starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Kick-Off Concert features youth bands Contagion, Golf Cart Mechanics, Amenityville High and Double Excel and is sponsored by the Framingham Coalition and The Skate Park Club.

Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy music, fun, Mix 98.5 Giveaways, balloons from, and free giveaways.

The Downtown Common is located on Concord St. (Rt. 126) opposite the Fabricplace and in front of the Armenian Church. Free parking available onstreet and in adjacent lots. Special thanks to the Framingham Rotary Club for their sponsorship. See link below for concert schedule.


Short Takes - June 2005

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 11:36 pm on June 3, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The summer concert series on Framingham Centre Common, "Concerts on the Green," officially opened the season on Friday night, June 3rd. The Comcast Cable Studio crew was on hand to record it so if you missed it, you can enjoy reruns on Channel 9.

Framingham Farmers' Market will return to the Centre Common beginning Thursday, June 23 and continue through Oct. 27. Shop for fresh area produce and products from 1- 5:30 PM.

On Thursday nights, music lovers can enjoy the Downtown Common Concerts, 6-7:30 p.m. from June 16th - July 28th. The Downtown Common is located on Concord St., in front of the Armenian (formerly Baptist) Church and opposite the Fabric Place.

Amazing Things Arts Center located in Pinefield Shopping Center in Saxonville received its occupancy permit.

The Friends of the Framingham Public Library will hold its last book sale of the season on Saturday, June 18th. Book sales will resume after Labor Day.

The Framingham Library will kick off its summer reading program, "Going Places," with "Truck Day," a roundup of town vehicles at Pinefield Shopping Center on Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. - noon for kids to enjoy and explore. "Truck Day" is part of the activities of the Friends of Saxonville's Discover Saxonville Day. This year the focus is Pinefield Shopping Center. had a record-breaking 72,000+ visitors during the month of May. One of the most popular sections is the community calendar, especially on weekends.


With or Without Wheels

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 12:00 pm on April 21, 1997

Boston Marathon 1997 wheelchair division coming through Framingham, MA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Temperatures above 50 degrees and wind from the east are not considered favorable conditions for running from Hopkinton to Boston, and it was already starting to show on the faces of some of the ten thousand plus runners as they paced their way through the Framingham stretch of the 101st running of the Boston Marathon.

Runners left Hopkinton at 12 noon and the wheelchair division 15 minutes earlier. To participate, entrants had to be 18 years or older on race day, and have completed a sanctioned marathon with a qualifying time for their division during the previous year. With competetion like the Kenyans, Uta Pippig, Jean Driscoll, and other course favorites, most knew from the outset that they could not hope to win --- and most only hoped to finish the 26.2 mile course any amount of time.

Runners passing through Downtown Framingham in Boston Marathon, 1997First to cross the Framingham town line and pass the cheering crowds in downtown at a few minutes after noon, was the wheelchair division. Passing the Rt. 135 / Rt. 126, (Waverly St. / Concord St.), intersection, the difficulty of navigating rail-road crossings on the three wheeled racing chairs was obvious --- and became painfully so for Jean Driscoll when she later lost control and flipped her chair in Bookline's Cleveland Cirlce after her front wheel got hung up on a trolly track.

At the time of the crash, Driscoll, who had won the woman's wheelchair division for the past seven years, and held the course record in ...[read more]

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