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Salute To Framingham Announces 2013 Honorees

Filed under: General Interest,Schools & Education by News Staff at 3:18 pm on January 8, 2013
FRAMINGHAM, MA -'Salute to Framingham', an organization created in 1992 to honor individuals for their outstanding commitment and service to Framingham's youth has announced Sharon Gilbert and Tony Tolson as 2013 honorees.

About the Honorees

Sharon Gilbert is the founder of Timothy's Toy Box, a Framingham based non-profit established in 1997 to help local children in need and distribute toys to them during the holiday season.
Sharon, a Framingham native and Framingham North ...[read more]

20th Annual Salute To Framingham Honorees Named

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 3:07 pm on January 25, 2012
Framingham High School Foundation - 20th Annual Salute to Framingham (2012)

The 20th Annual Framingham High School Foundation ''Salute to Framingham'' will be held on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at the Sheraton Framingham.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham High School Foundation has announced the 20th Annual Salute to Framingham honorees.

In 1992, the Salute to Framingham was created to honor individuals for their outstanding commitment and service to Framingham's youth. These honorees join a select group of people who have made a real difference in the lives of the children of Framingham.

On Thursday, March 22nd 2012, Salute to Framingham will honor Mark & Karen Curtis and Dave Gudejko.

Since 1989, Mark and Karen Curtis have been sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Day dinner for those in need. With the help of volunteers, Mark and Karen Curtis have prepared and served traditional Thanksgiving meals to thousands of needy families for more than two decades. Last year, at the "Curtis Family Thanksgiving", nearly 1,700 people had a free, hot Thanksgiving dinner either delivered to their door or served to them at Eagles Hall in Framingham.

The annual Curtis Family Thanksgiving dinner brings together more than 400 members of the community including local business owners, Framingham Girl Scouts, students from Fuller Middle School and Framingham High School and members of Framingham Youth Hockey who donate supplies, money or their time to follow the example that Mark and Karen Curtis have set for the last 23 years.

As owners/operators of the Eagles All-American Grill, the Curtis' service to the Framingham community continues year round with service to senior residents of Memorial House and the Callahan Senior Center. Through the years, Mark & Karen Curtis have been also a part of community family events ranging from Concerts on the Common to the groundbreaking at Bowditch Field.

Dave Gudejko has been involved in the town of Framingham since moving here in 1978. For almost three decades, Dave has been active in Framingham Baseball in many capacities including serving as president of both Little League and Framingham Babe Ruth. He has coached, chaired many fundraising activities and answered the call whenever he was asked. In addition, Dave worked closely with Framingham Parks and Recreation Department as field liaison where he scheduled fields for more than 1,000 players.

For many years, Dave volunteered to get up before sunrise on cold Sunday mornings to make sure that the kids got safely onto buses to enjoy the Framingham Parks and Recreation department's ski and snowboard program. That same attitude and spirit was brought to the Marian Boosters when as past president he helped shape that organization. Additionally, Dave has coached CYO basketball and administered many youth programs through St. Bridget's CYO including community outreach programs, ski trips and bowling.

This year, the Salute to Framingham will present the Jim O'Connor Community Service Award to the Framingham Co-operative Bank Charitable Foundation. Named for former FHS Athletic Director and founder of the Salute to Framingham, this award honors an organization whose work benefits the youth of Framingham. The Framingham Co-operative Bank Charitable Foundation was established by Framingham Co-operative Bank in 1998 as a reflection of its long-standing commitment to the local community.

In addition to these honorees, the Salute program also recognizes Framingham teachers and staff who make each day "special" in our public schools, and also acknowledges graduating FHS students who positively impact the school community.

The 2012 "You Are Special" recipients are:

  • Rebecca Morrison, Barbieri Elementary
  • Sharon Silverman, Brophy Elementary
  • Deb Hobin, Brophy Elementary
  • Elizabeth Jeffery, Dunning Elementary
  • Heather Degnan, McCarthy Elementary
  • Miriam Lapa Silva, Potter Road Elementary
  • Jill CoatesPotter Road Elementary
  • Kerri O'Brien, Stapleton Elementary
  • Deb Phillips, Cameron Middle School
  • Lisa Columbo, Fuller Middle School
  • Vanda Figueiredo, Fuller Middle School
  • Otto Johnson, Walsh Middle School
  • Nancy Hulme, Walsh Middle School
  • Susan DeSimone, FHS
  • Janice Laakko, FHS
  • Jayne Carney, Special Education Department
  • Literacy Program, Woodrow Wilson Elementary - honoring the entire team at Woodrow Wilson for their work with the school-wide vocabulary intiative.

The Salute to Framingham will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at 6:00pm at the Sheraton Framingham Ballroom.

Complete details and ticket information are available at

Proceeds from the Salute to Framingham benefit the Framingham High School Foundation. All proceeds from the event are used to benefit FHS students by supporting activities, the arts, and athletics at the school.


Framingham Public School Canceled Jan 13, 2011

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 7:24 pm on January 12, 2011
Framingham, Public Schools will be closed Thursday Jan 13, 2011 due to snow clean up

No School Thursday!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Public Schools will remain closed on Thursday, January 13, 2011.

School administration offices will be open.

Since Friday, (1/14),  was already scheduled as a professional development day for elementary, middle and high school, and Monday, (1/17),  school is closed for Martin Luther King Day, Framingham schools are effectively closed for the next 5 days.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, school will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.

(High school students will be returning to exams 1/18 through 1/21).


FHS Photo Exhibit in Nobscot

Filed under: Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 6:01 pm on December 29, 2010
Framingham School Photo Exhibit, January 2011 at Annies Bookstop / Espresso Paulo in Nobscot

The promotional poster for the January 2011 exhibit was created by Danielle Lagman, a junior in the photo program at FHS.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Students in the Framingham High School "Photo 2" program will have their works on display at Annie's Book Stop / Espresso Paulo, (in the Nobscot Shopping Center, Water St., Framingham), for the month of January 2011.

The juried exhibit of approximately 40 original framed photos are the works of FHS upperclassmen enrolled in Rebecca Cauchon's second year photography program at the high school.

On January 16, 2010, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM a reception for the student photographers will be held, at which time the judges' decisions for juried photos will be announced as well as a "People's Choice" award.

Photos by the following FHS students will be included in the exhibit: Camille Bauer Lostaunau, Natalie Beier, Zach Bloomstein, Corey Bois, Nicole Caponetti, Nayara Da Silva, Alex De Sena, Noelle Deneault, Marcos Do Canto, Sophie Donahue, Johabe Franco, Dan Frazee, Maria Grandoni, Jenna Hurley, Danielle Lagman, Leo Rangel, Rob Rentel, Chris Starr, Mark Welcome, and independent study students Giles Holbrow and Cameron Burke.

The photography courses Rebecca Cauchon has taught at Framingham High Schools for the past 11 years are part of the ...[read more]

WBC Protest in Framingham

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest,Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 12:45 pm on December 3, 2010
Framingham, MA - December 3, 2010, Westboro Baptist Church police barricade setup for protest.

Early a.m. police barricade at A St. and Concord St. as police control traffic near Framingham High School.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Under the cover of darkness T.V. news trucks quietly pulled into the old State Lumber parking lot at the corner of School Street and Concord Street.

It was still before dawn as reporters fixed their hair, straightened their jackets and ties, and cameramen readied their equipment.

The Assignment: Get some film of the Westboro Baptist Church members who are in town to protest the play, "The Laramie Project".

The controversial play is about the murder of a gay 21 year old University of Wyoming student,  Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and left to die in 1998 and how the community dealt with the issue.

The Westboro Baptist group travels around the country protesting the play, but are perhaps even better known for protesting at the funerals of US Soldiers who were killed in war.

The play will be performed at Framingham High School tonight and ...[read more]

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