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Julian Suso Says Farewell to Framingham

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 12:07 pm on October 31, 2011
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After 5 1/2 years, Framingham Town Manager Julian Suso is leaving office this week after not having his contract renewed by the Board of Selectman.

Suso, who was a candidate for the Town Manager position in Duxbury, MA and Chatham, MA earlier this year but lost out on his bid for those jobs has landed the Town Manager job in Falmouth, MA will begin his new job in that Cape Cod town next week.

Suso's "Concluding Statement" letter (below) thanks fellow municipal employees, Town Meeting members and residents -- and even thanks the Board of Selectman who cited Suso's lack of long term vision for the Town as one of the major reasons for not extending his contract earlier this year.

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Framingham Youth Hockey & Stanley Cup at Loring Arena

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 6:17 pm on October 16, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Saturday, October 15th, 2011, kids enrolled in the Framingham Youth Hockey Program lined up outside Loring Arena in Framingham for what may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kids from the Framingham Youth hockey Program line up outside Loring Arena waiting for their turn to see the Stanley Cup, October 15, 2011.

Kids from the Framingham Youth Hockey Program line up patiently outside Loring Arena, Saturday, October 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Mike Bolt, official ''cup keeper'' from the Hockey Hall of Fame carries the Stanley Cup into Loring Arena, Framingham, MA (October 15, 2011)

Mike Bolt, official ''cup keeper'' from the Hockey Hall of Fame carries the Stanley Cup into Loring Arena, Framingham, MA on October 15, 2011.

The crowd was waiting for Mike Bolt, a "cup keeper" from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada to arrive at the local ice rink -- "the cup" that Holt keeps is none other than Lord Stanley's Cup -- the coveted trophy the Boston Bruins brought home after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the 2011 NHL Championship playoffs.

At 6:30pm, under police escort, Bolt arrived with the Stanley Cup protected in its travel case. With white gloves on, Bolt removed the cup and carried it in to the arena.

(NOTE: You can click on any photo on this page to enlarge and view all as a slideshow).

Framingham Youth Hockey Peewee ''A'' Team with coaches Phil Idelson (left), Joe MacIness (center, back), and Charlie Stefanini (right), were lucky enough to be on the ice when the cup arrived at Loring Arena.

Framingham Youth Hockey Peewee ''A'' Team with Coach Joel Idelson (left), Head Coach Joe MacInnis (center, back), and Coach Charlie Stefanini (right), were lucky enough to be on the ice when the cup arrived at Loring Arena. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Inside Loring Arena, Joel Idelson, (President of Framingham Youth Hockey, and one of the four coaches of the Peewee "A" Team his son plays on), along with Head Coach Joe MacInnis and Coach Charlie Stefanini were on the ice with their team.

Bolt took the cup out onto the ice and the Peewee "A" Team got in on a photo opportunity any young hockey player would trade their shin gaurds for.

Each FYH team has four coaches, and unfortunately for Coach Carl Smith -- he missed being in the shot.

According to Idelson, the night was planned as a special event -- something extra for the kids to remember. All players on a FHYP team roster were invited to come down to Loring and have their pictures taken with the cup -- and hopefully have some of the cup's magic rub off on them.

Coach Scott Penrod and his FYHP Squirt ''C2'' Team pose with the Stanley Cup at Loring Arena in Framingham, October 15, 2011.

Coach Scott Penrod (right) and his FYHP Squirt ''C2'' Team pose with the Stanley Cup at Loring Arena in Framingham, October 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Idelson wanted to thank Coach Scott Penrod, (of the FYHP Squirt "C2" Team), who made the event possible -- he was the one that made contact with Mike Bolt and arranged to get the Stanley Cup to Framingham.

Saturday night was actually the second time the Stanley Cup visited Framingham this year...

Last month, (on September 2, 2011), we reported that Charlie Jacobs, Founder and Chairman of the Boston Bruins Foundation had brought the cup to St. Patricks Manor to honor Desire "Dave" Caissie, a St. Pats resident who at the age of 104 is likely the Oldest Living, Longest Continuous Boston Bruins Fan.

Another bit of little known Stanley Cup trivia that even hardcore Framingham hockey fans might not know -- the name of one former Framingham Flyer is engraved on the cup!

Peter Taglianetti who played for the Framingham South High Flyers Hockey team, (class of 1981), was a member of, and played in 44 regular season games with the 1991-1992 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins -- although he couldn't lace up for the playoffs (due to injuries) his name appears on the Stanley Cup.

Along with the FYHP players and their families, several town officials were invited to attend and have their photos taken with the cup. Bob Merusi and his staff from the Framingham Park & Recreation Department, Ray Riva and his crew who operate the Loring Skate Shop & Concession, Town Manager Julian Suso, Selectmen Laurie Lee and Jason Smith, and other town officials and employees came to see the cup and be part of the FYHP special event.

Did we say ''waiting patiently'' ?

Did we say ''waiting patiently'' ?

Lord Stanley's Cup

The Stanley Cup

Yeah -- we're excited!

Yeah -- we're excited!

Bobby Drake, Loring Skate Shop

Bobby Drake, Skate Shop

Framingham Park & Rec.Staff

Framingham Park & Rec.Staff

Loring Skate Shop

Loring Skate Shop crew.

(Above photos courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion.

Idelson also commented that unlike other sports organizations that run fundraisers, sell candy, and are continually asking for donations -- Framingham Youth Hockey Program only runs one fundraising event each year -- a golf tournament held in the fall.

This year, the 17th Annual Framingham Youth Hockey Golf Tournament will be held Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. Fee to enter the tournament is $185/person and includes: Golf, Box Lunch, Cart, Dinner after golf is completed, a Silent Auction, Live Auction and Raffle Drawings.  Those not golfing are welcome to attend the dinner and auctions, (cost is $50/person).  Registration Form, Sponsorship Form, and other information can be found on the FYHP website at:, or by contacting Leigh McLellan by email at:


Loring Arena is owned by the Town of Framingham and operated by the Framingham Park & Recreation Department. In addition to being the "home ice" of the Framingham Youth Hockey Jr. Flyers, Framingham Public School's Hockey Teams, Framingham State University Hockey, the Bay Path Figure Skating Club, and several other groups, Loring is open many times each week during the winter season for Public Ice Skating.

Loring Arena is located at 165 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA. There is a recorded information line at (508) 532-5950 that can be called for public ice skating times and information, league and game info, cancellations or to speak to someone in the main office.


What's Next for Nobscot Shopping Center?

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 2:32 pm on September 18, 2011
Framingham, MA - Nobscot Shopping Center / Countryfare Star Market, vacant property, September 2011

Nobscot Shopping Center's Countryfare Star Market has been vacant for most of the past decade. Mall owner Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc. recently announced plans to refurbish the property and hire a new leasing agent to attempt to revitalize the strip mall. (Photo taken September 3, 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - After we ran an article on September 13, 2011, "Centercorp to make Nobscot anouncement October 1st", Framingham resident Beth Escobar, (who had been in contact with Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc. Property Manager Terri Desjardins), leaked the news that the company now intends to fix up the Nobscot Shopping Center property and hire a new leasing agent in hopes of getting new tenants to lease the now mostly vacant strip mall.

The news was then leaked to the Nobscot Neighbors group, and to the Metrowest Daily News, and since then ideas and suggestions have been swirling around on a Nobscot email list about what types of stores local residents would like to see in the plaza.

After reading several of the ideas -- which consisted mostly of thoughts about what chain or specialty  grocery store may lease the vacant former Countryfare / Star market, (which is the largest retail space on the property), and hopes that CVS would ...[read more]

City or Town? Framingham Charter Rumblings Heard Once Again

Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris at 1:26 am on May 23, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In the municipality that claims to be "The Largest Town in America", rumblings, in the form of off-the-cuff remarks, hushed whispers and a few outright cries for reform are once again being heard in Framingham.

For those who weren't around in the late 1990's -- or weren't paying attention, the last Charter Commission was established, heard from, and its findings quietly tucked away along with the rest of the efforts to reform Framingham's government from its historical Town Meeting form into a City, with a Mayor and City Council.

The commission's Majority Report from 1996-1997 began with the following statement- ...[read more]

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