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Pepsi Offers Grant Money for Local Projects

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 7:59 pm on April 11, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Money. In then end, many good ideas comes down to the answer to the simple question, "How will we pay for it?"

Pepsi to the rescue! Through it's "Refresh Everything" webiste, Pepsi is offering grants ranging from $5K to $250k each month for projects "which are intended to improve communities through an online, democratic voting process".

The basic concept is ...[read more]

Danforth Museum Reports Record Attendence in 2009

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 6:43 pm on December 16, 2009

Letter from Katherine French, Director, Danforth Museum:

FRAMINGHAM, MA - During 2009, an increasing number of visitors made their way to our Framingham location, and we experienced the highest attendance ever. Marketing and building feasibility studies funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council helped support a renewed commitment to the Danforth Building. Museum membership and ...[read more]

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.


Vote on Proposed New McAuliffe Library Building set for March 15

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 6:03 pm on March 14, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - McAULIFFE LIBRARY NEWS: New Date set for a special Town Meeting to again vote on funding for proposed new McAuliffe Library Building: March 15th, 7:30 p.m. in Nevins Hall.  Asecond try by Library Trustees.

On Wed., Jan. 12th, Framingham Town Meeting voted to buy the land on Water St. for the proposed new McAuliffe library, but voted down, by a small margin, to allocate funds to build it.

If funds aren't voted by mid-May, the town will lose the state grant money.

How Town Meeting Members voted is available on the site. Many Town Meeting members reported that they voted in favor of the new library because so many of their constituants called them and urged them to do so.

(For more info on the McAuliffe Branch Library, see


Framingham Library Grant Awarded

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:19 pm on March 29, 2004

New Saxonville / McAuliffe Branch Planned

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham's McAuliffe Branch Library receives construction grant.

After years of being on the waiting list for construction dollars from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commisssioners, the library was awarded a $1,654,493 provisional Library Construction Grant to build a new branch library in Saxonville.

It's another first for Framingham as we are the first to ever receive a state grant for a branch.

There are some conditions, including the town securing funding for the community's share of the $5,000,000 building project.

Proposed site for the new building is at the roadside corner of the Pinefield Shopping Center opposite the current McAuliffe building.

Donations and community support will be needed to make this happen. Look for announcements about fundraisers soon.

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