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Hurricane Irene Hits Framingham MA, August 28, 2011

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 4:21 am on August 29, 2011
Photo - Close up of one of the phone poles on Salem End Road in Framingham, (near Temple Street), which were taken down by a tree blow over by Hurricane Irene, (August 28, 2011)

Hurricane Irene took down utility poles and trees across Framingham on August 28, 2011.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After forming in the Bahamas on August 20th, 2011, then building to hurricane strength and tracking north/northwest along the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Irene struck Framingham, MA on the morning of August 28th, 2011.

This page contains a timeline of events, photos, videos and information related to Hurricane Irene as she approached and hit the Town of Framingham, MA.

(By the time she hit Framingham, Irene had been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but still caused severe damage and knocked out power and other utilities across the town and region).

Hurricane Irene Timeline:

Friday, August 26, 2011:

  • 12:25 p.m. EST At the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, ...[read more]

Traffic Detours for Road, Bridge & Sewer Construction (for the week of July 25th - July 29th, 2011)

Filed under: Around Town by Randy Harris at 11:37 pm on July 23, 2011
Framingham Police Officer Tom McCarthy, traffic detail, (July 19, 2011)

Framingham Police Officer Tom McCarthy controls traffic at the Rt. 30 / Rt. 126 intersection as construction crews work installing sewer mains.

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Roadwork on several major capital improvement projects in town will continue this week, (Monday through Friday, July 25th through July 29th, 2011).

Delays due to traffic and detours around some of the work sites can add to driving times, so motorists should plan accordingly.

The Town of Framingham's Department of Public Works / Highway Division / Capital Projects website offers residents and visitors to Framingham helpful information about current and upcoming construction projects.

You can view up to date traffic alerts, maps of project worksites and traffic detours, and sign up to receive email alerts for all or any of the currently listed projects.

The email traffic advisory for the week of July 25th through ...[read more]


Framingham Traffic Alerts (June 20th - 24th, 2011)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 12:21 am on June 19, 2011
Sewer main construction on Grant St.

Sewer main construction on Grant St., Framingham, MA (June 2011). Photos of ongoing and completed projects can be found on the www.BuildingFramingham.com website.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Roadwork on several major capital improvement projects in town will continue this week, (Monday through Friday, June 20 - 24, 2011).

Major delays due to backed up traffic and detours around some of the work sites can add to driving times, so motorists should plan accordingly.

The Town of Framingham Department of Public Works / Highway Division / Capital Projects website offers residents and visitors to Framingham helpful information about current and upcoming construction projects.

You can view up to date traffic alerts, maps of project work-sites and ...[read more]


Framingham Blizzard Warning - December 26,2010

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 9:29 pm on December 26, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Town of Framingham's automated emergency phone system dialed town residents twice today.

The first call was to announce that the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for today -- from noon on Sunday, December 26, 2010 until Monday, December 27 at 6:00pm, and the town could expect 15" to 20" snow.

Residents were advised that there would be no parking on all artierial roads, (which are posted with red and white signs).  Also, the call advised that although standard odd/even parking was in effect for all non-arterial roads, that residents were advised to seek off street parking as vehicles will be towed if they interfere with plowing operations.

A second call came advising residents that no trash pickup would occur on Monday December 27, 2010, and reminding residents not to place trash or recycling recepticles on the curb (as snow cleanup will likely still be taking place).

Monday would have been a heavy trash day as it will be the first scheduled trash pickup day after Christmas.  In past years, before the phone alert system was in place and used for such notices some residents would put trash out that would not get picked up, and it would either hinder snow plowing -- or barrels were hit by plows causing a mess, (needless to say, the barrels did not fare well).

Trash and recycle schedules are moved up by one day, (e.g.- if your trash was to go out Monday, it should be put out Tuesday instead -- if your regular day is Tuesday, put it out Wednesday, etc).

If you have questions or problems regarding either snow removal or trash pickup, contact the Framingham Department of Public Works, (Highway Division or Solid Waste Division), at (508) 532-6030.

For (non-emergency) issues related to parking during the storm, (vehicle blocking a street, parking questions, etc),  contact the Framingham Police at (508) 872-1212.

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Bike Ride Raises $50,000 for Diabetes

Filed under: Health & Fitness by Randy Harris at 11:08 pm on July 18, 1997
PHOTO - Framingham Police motorcycle escort Diabetes fund-raising bike ride, 1997

A Framingham Police motorcycle escort lead riders up Central Street on the last leg of a 7-day, 550+ mile Diabetes fund-raising bike ride.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The New England Classic is a fund-raising bike ride which left Framingham on July 12, 1997 for a week-long trek accross the New England states, (MA, ME, NH, and VT). The group rode an average of 80 miles per day, spending most nights on college campuses along the route.

A total of about 60 riders made the trip, along with a dozen volunteers including EMTs, mechanics, and average people interested in helping to support efforts to find a cure for diabetes. Volunteers also supplied and drove five vehicles to carry gear and watch out for the rider's safety.

The riders pedaled from the starting point in Framingham (MA) to Durham (NH) then on to Gorham (ME), and Bretton Woods (NH), through Montpelier (VT), Killington (VT), Ringe (NH) then returned to Framingham (MA) for a total of approximately 550 miles!

PHOTO 2 - Riders return to Framingham, American Diabetes Association's New England Classic, 1997

Riders return to Framingham on the last stage of the American Diabetes Association's (Mass Affiliate) New England Classic.

Along with the ordinary touring style bikes, one rider, Bill Goodwin made the entire ride on a recumbent bike, (the type you sit back in and the pedals are in the front of the bike). Goodwin not only covered the 550 miles on this bike, but added to the trip logging a total of 673 miles.

Congratulations and thanks should be given to all who rode or volunteered to help ---- pledges and sponsorship of the The New England Bike Classic raised approximately $50,000 which will go to the ADA to help find a cure for Diabetes.


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