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Centercorp to make Nobscot anouncement October 1st

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 4:59 pm on September 13, 2011
Vintage Nobscot Shopping Center sign demolished by Centrecorp.

Vintage Nobscot Shopping Center sign demolished by Centrecorp.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On July 29th, 2011 we ran an article, "Annie's Book Stop in Nobscot Calls it Quits" about one of the Nobscot Shopping Center tenants and mentioned the Town's growing dismay with Centercorp Retail Properties, Inc, the owner of the shopping center.

Following our article, on September 4th, 2011, Megan McKee, the local correspondent for the Boston Globe ran and article, "Officials set focus on mall vacancies", which quotes Framingham Selectman Dennis Giombetti as saying "They [Centercorp] have done nothing but thumb their noses at us for a very, very long time," and mentions the possibility that Framingham could seek to take the shopping center, (and other similarly distressed properties), by eminent domain -- but that it would only be as a "last resort".

On Friday September 9th, 2011, after finding Centercorp had destroyed the landmark sign in front of the Nobscot Shopping Center, we posted an article, "Nobscot Landmark Disappears", with photos showing the sign as it was on September 3rd, and the empty base that remained on September 9th.

After we ran that story, Danielle Ameden of the Metrowest Daily News interviewed Terri Desjardins, Property Manager for the shopping center, then posted ...[read more]


Nobscot Landmark Disappears

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 7:16 pm on September 9, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Saturday, September 3rd, (2011), I was shooting photos of the Classic Car Cruise-in at CJ's Northside Grill, and decided to take some photos of a few other things near Nobscot's Water Street / Edgell Road / Edmands Road intersection.

After shooting photos of the boarded up gas station, the old meeting hall, the vacant Jiffy Lube building, I was driving through the Nobscot Shopping Center parking lot, and decided to get out of the car and shoot a few photos of the shopping center. ...[read more]


Annie's Book Stop in Nobscot Calls it Quits

Filed under: Business by Randy Harris at 12:24 am on July 29, 2011
Annies Book Stop / Espresso Paulo, Nobscot Shopping Center, Framingham MA, (July 28,2011 photo)

Soon the lights will be out for good at Annie's Book Stop / Espresso Paulo & the Nobscot Gallery in the Nobscot Shopping Center, Framingham MA, (July 28,2011 photo)

FRAMINGHAM, MA- Nobody can blame Paul Ashton, he's made more of an effort than most to keep the small business he operates in the Nobscot Shopping Center alive -- waiting, hoping for an economic rebound, or at least some signs of life.

On Thursday July 28th, Ashton, owner of Annie's Book Stop & Espresso Paulo sent out a press release, regretfully announcing he is closing up shop.

Although he hasn't set an exact closing date, starting Friday, July 29th, he will be holding an "Everything Must Go" sale.

In his press release, Ashton commented, "Obviously I feel quite sad about this. The book store has been in this plaza for over 20 years, and I have owned it since 2000. As other booksellers, both new and used, have found, book-buyer habits have changed significantly in recent years."

Citing recent trends in online shopping, Ashton went on to explain ...[read more]


FHS Photo Exhibit in Nobscot

Filed under: Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 6:01 pm on December 29, 2010
Framingham School Photo Exhibit, January 2011 at Annies Bookstop / Espresso Paulo in Nobscot

The promotional poster for the January 2011 exhibit was created by Danielle Lagman, a junior in the photo program at FHS.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Students in the Framingham High School "Photo 2" program will have their works on display at Annie's Book Stop / Espresso Paulo, (in the Nobscot Shopping Center, Water St., Framingham), for the month of January 2011.

The juried exhibit of approximately 40 original framed photos are the works of FHS upperclassmen enrolled in Rebecca Cauchon's second year photography program at the high school.

On January 16, 2010, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM a reception for the student photographers will be held, at which time the judges' decisions for juried photos will be announced as well as a "People's Choice" award.

Photos by the following FHS students will be included in the exhibit: Camille Bauer Lostaunau, Natalie Beier, Zach Bloomstein, Corey Bois, Nicole Caponetti, Nayara Da Silva, Alex De Sena, Noelle Deneault, Marcos Do Canto, Sophie Donahue, Johabe Franco, Dan Frazee, Maria Grandoni, Jenna Hurley, Danielle Lagman, Leo Rangel, Rob Rentel, Chris Starr, Mark Welcome, and independent study students Giles Holbrow and Cameron Burke.

The photography courses Rebecca Cauchon has taught at Framingham High Schools for the past 11 years are part of the ...[read more]


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