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New McAuliffe Branch Library Building Nixed by Town Meeting

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 11:02 pm on March 15, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Article 2 on the March 15th Special Town Meeting Warrant, asking for Town Meeting to vote in favor of funds to build a new McAuliffe Library building in Pinefield Shopping Center failed to receive the two thirds majority required to approve such funding.

Despite the support of most town committees, and the Board of Selectmen, a $ 1.6 million dollar grant, and funds spent on the plans and feasibility study, and public support, and an aging building in need of significant repair, there weren't enough town meeting members convinced that the project was to be supported at this time. Unfortunately, the grant will expire May 15th and it is estimated that it will be another 8 years before Framingham might receive another one.

During the discussion, moderator Ed Noonan collapsed, knocking over the podium. He quickly revived, but handed off the running of the meeting to Joel Winett, and was taken to the hospital by EMT's. After a brief recess, discussion of the library article continued, but many would-be speakers were disappointed as the stand-in moderator allowed the vote to be called.

Before the vote on the library funding, a motion by the Standing Committee on Public Works (SCPW) to refer the library article back to sponsor was voted down.

The Town will be facing significant expenditures to make the current building accessible, as well as replacing the HVAC system and the roof and addressing plumbing problems.


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


McAuliffe Library Question and Answer Session Canceled

Filed under: Public Meetings by Deb Cleveland at 5:31 pm on March 8, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Board of Library Trustees question and answer session on the new branch library project that was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 (today) in the Public Hearing Room of the Memorial Building has been canceled due to bad weather.

The Trustees apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation and all Town Meeting members will be contacted if the session is rescheduled before the March 15 Special Town Meeting.

If you have any questions about the branch project, please feel free to contact Tom Gilchrist by phone or email. E-mail: Phone: (508) 879-3570 ext. 301


Free Citizen's Legislative Seminar at Framingham Public Library

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 12:29 pm on January 12, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A free Citizen's Legislative Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Framingham Public Library, Public Meeting Room, Lincoln St.

This program is presented under the leadership of Senator Jarrett Barrios and others to provide information on how individuals can get involved with the political and legislative process.

Several Framingham residents have participated in earlier seminars offered at the State House. We have been working with Senator Barrios and others to bring this program to Framingham for the first time. This progam is free and open to people of all ages.

Please email or call Debby Blumer with any questions:, 617-722-2400 or 508-879-0658.

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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