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Building Commissioner May Face Criminal Charges

Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff at 10:25 am on November 5, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an updated agenda that was published late Friday afternoon, the Framingham Board of Selectman, (BOS), have decided to meet earlier than usual for a closed-door executive session on Tuesday November 8th, 2011.

In the agenda the selectmen have announced they will meet at 5:30pm, (in the Nevins Conference Room of the Memorial Building), and as their first order of business have listed the following item:

1). Discussion Regarding Investigation of Building Commissioner per M.G.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 21(a)(1) and 30A, Sec. 21(a)(5).

Framingham Building Commissioner Michael Foley was placed on administrative leave (with pay) last week after allegations of padding expense reports, playing golf on work days, not showing up for work and giving friends and associates thousands of dollars worth of discounts on building permit fees were unveiled.

Town Meeting Member George Lewis, (Precinct 18 Chair), has also made allegations that Foley denied him access to public records, illegally barred Lewis from entering the Building Department office, made disparaging remarks about Lewis to others, and in one instance threatened Lewis with bodily harm.

The sections of Massachusetts General Laws, ("M.G.L."), cited in the Selectman's Meeting agenda item address administration of the government and more specifically when and why public bodies may meet in closed-door executive session and pertain to ...[read more]


Board of Selectmen Plan to Skirt Open Meeting Law

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 2:29 pm on October 22, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an effort to skirt the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, (MG.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 18-25), the Framingham Board of Selectman have decided to hold two sessions of a meeting with an out-of-town developer, where two Selectmen will first meet with representatives of the Nobscot Shopping Center, and then two more Selectmen will meet with the same party for the same purpose.

Selectmen are specifically working around the intent of the very definition of when a meeting with government officials should be open.

Section 18 (a) of the Open Meeting Law defines,  "a session of a town meeting convened under section 9 of chapter 39 which would include the attendance by a quorum of a public body at any such session."

The meeting(s), which will host Tom P. Geissler, Real Estate Asset Manager for SuperValu Inc., (NYSE:  SVU), the Eden Prairie, Minnesota based company ...[read more]


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. www.dion.com)

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: www.framinghamyouthhockey.org, or by contacting Leigh McLellan by email at: leighmclellan@comcast.net

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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.

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LEGAL NOTICE: Top Shelf Restaurant, 250 Worcester Rd.

Filed under: Legal Notices by News Staff at 5:41 am on April 2, 2011

LEGAL NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING

250 Worcester Rd. - Top Shelf Restaurant, LLC
New All Alcohol Restaurant license

A public hearing will be held in the Peter W. Ablondi Meeting Room, Memorial Building, Framingham, MA, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 7:00 PM under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 138, Section 12 on the application for a New All Alcohol Restaurant license and Common Victualer license for Top Shelf Restaurant, LLC, dba Top Shelf Restaurant, 250 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA.

Rear section of wood frame building, one entrance/exit with ramp on east side of building and one exit at rear of building. Basement has one exit at rear of building and one exit on the west side. Tables and bar area. Basement for storage of stock and food preparation only.

Dennis L. Giombetti
Laurie Lee
Charles J. Sisitsky
A. Ginger Esty
Jason Smith
Framingham Board of Selectmen

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LEGAL NOTICE: Joe's American Bar and Grill, License Transfer

Filed under: Legal Notices by News Staff at 5:34 am on April 2, 2011

LEGAL NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING

Joe's American Bar and Grill - 1 WORCESTER ROAD

A public hearing will be held in the Peter W. Ablondi Meeting Room, Memorial Building, Framingham, MA, on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 7:00 PM under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 138, Section 12 on the application of BBRG TR Operating, LLC, dba Joe's American Bar and Grill, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, for the transfer of an All Alcohol Restaurant License and Common Victualer's License held by, BBRG Framingham Restaurant, Inc., dba Joe's American Bar and Grill.

Located in the North East corner of Shoppers' World. One Main Dining room, Kitchen, Storage and Office Space. Total of 6,490.Square Feet. Front entrance/exit on interior side of mall, side emergency exit, rear emergency exit.

Dennis L. Giombetti
Laurie Lee
Charles J. Sisitsky
A. Ginger Esty
Jason Smith
Framingham Board of Selectmen

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