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Attorney General OK's Downtown Framingham Rezoning Plan

Filed under: Business by News Staff at 4:36 pm on February 10, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today approved plans by the Town of Framingham to rezone its Central Business District, Downtown Framingham. The rezoning plans were approved on October 21, 2015 by Special Town Meeting members. Town officials see the rezoning as critical to encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD) in Downtown Framingham, and will move their efforts forward to encourage this kind of residential development.

“Downtown Framingham is poised to reclaim its title as an important walkable, urban center for economic development in MetroWest and Greater Boston,” said Charlie Sisitsky, Chair of Framingham’s Board of Selectmen. “The Town of Framingham is excited to offer in Metrowest an urban living experience to people who may be attracted to the Town’s small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to Boston. We anticipate ...[read more]


MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women Established

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 5:53 pm on October 7, 2014

[logo] Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Logo of the newly established Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, (Oct. 2, 2014)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Governor Deval Patrick recently signed legislation establishing the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. The legislation was filed by Senator Karen Spilka at the request of women in the MetroWest area and organized by the United Way of Tri-County.

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women will consist of nine commissioners appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women who will represent the strength and diversity of the region in regard to geography, age, professional background and personal experience. The commissioners will share a common commitment to the improvement of the status of women in the MetroWest area.

Victoria A. Budson, chair of the MCSW, stated: "The newly formed commission will provide insight to identify the challenges and opportunities for women of the Metrowest region with the goal of improving the lives of women, their families, and communities. I am confident the commissioners appointed to serve on the Metrowest Commission on the Status of Women, each with her own skills and base of knowledge, will be able to move us toward this goal."

Per its enabling legislation, the Commission will be charged with conducting an ongoing study of matters concerning women within the MetroWest area. The Commission is mandated to report its findings to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women annually and to recommend solutions to the challenges facing the women and girls of the MetroWest area.

"This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women’s rights here and across the state," Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) said. "We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth."

There are currently five women’s regional commissions across Massachusetts, which include, Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape Cod and the Islands, Essex County, and Worcester County. Additionally, there are nine independently-functioning municipal commissions across the Commonwealth with which the MCSW and regional commissions maintain a working relationship.

The creation of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women augments these well-established commissions and broadens the reach and scope of organizations committed to improving women’s access to opportunities, rights, and equality in all areas of life. "Building a better community for women in MetroWest begins with understanding the issues facing women in our region," said Jen Maseda, Senior Vice President of United Way of Tri-County. "Greater women’s representation and involvement in advisory commissions like the newly established MetroWest Commission, corresponds with a more equitable distribution of community resources, advancing programs related to health, financial stability, nutrition, and education."

For additional information or to request information regarding the application process, please contact The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at 617-626-6520 or online at mcsw@state.ma.us.

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Introducing SOAR 55

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 9:11 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- SOAR 55, your local volunteer resource in MetroWest, offers opportunities to give back, expand your skills, and gain experience.

Connect and Serve Today!

SOAR 55, Service Opportunities after Reaching 55, a program of Newton Community Service Center and with a satellite office location at the Framingham Public Library, connects adults 55 and over with ...[read more]


MetroWest Forum on Economic Reform

Filed under: Business,Politics,Public Meetings by News Staff at 8:41 pm on February 25, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- You Are Invited to a MetroWest Forum on Economic Reform and Senate Bill 2270.

On February 8, 2010, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and Senate President Therese Murray filed Senate Bill 2270, An Act to Promote Economic Development Throughout the Commonwealth. This bill seeks to ...[read more]


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