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Petting Zoo, Camel Rides and More in Pinefield

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 4:48 pm on June 7, 2010
PHOTO - camel from Records & Burpee Traveling Zoo.

Traveling Zoo at Pinefield Shopping Center, June 9th through 13th, 2010.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - If you head down to Pinefield Shopping Center this week you might find a camel or kangaroo in your usual parking spot.

Once again, Records & Burpee Traveling Zoo will be set up in the parking lot directly across from the McAullife Branch Library June 9 - 13, 2010 from 11:00am until approximately 9:00pm.

The kids petting zoo, camel rides, pony rides, moonwalk rides and carnival foods concessions, (cotton candy, carmel apples, fried dough and more), are always a popular end of the school year treat for families with young kids.

The Traveling Zoo, named for owners Larry Records and Alexandra Burpee usually arrive with ...[read more]

Nature Trail Boardwalk Bash

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 9:13 pm on April 14, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville are organizing a work party to rebuild the boardwalk along the Carol Getchell Nature Trail. Fall flooding caused some of the boardwalks to leave their supports and be displaced.

Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to put the boardwalks back in place.

To register, or for information, please call George Dixon at 508-877-7268 or David Longden at 508-877-7034 or visit


FamilyFun at Jingle Bell Day at Pinefield Shopping Center

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 8:05 pm on December 3, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA –Bring the family to Pinefield Shopping Center, Water St. & Nicholas Rd., in Saxonville, for a day of family activities, specials, and giveaways on Saturday, December 10, 2005.

Robinsons Ace Hardware presents free horse-drawn hayrides from 10 – 1 p.m. There will be storytelling at 11, 12, and 1 at Amazing Things Arts Center and Hometowne Hotdogs will have free pictures with Santa from 2 – 4 p.m. Waterstreet Wine and Spirits will offer wine tasting from 1 – 6 p.m.

Daring Diamonds will be 25 percent off at Advanced Gems & Jewelry and Robinsons Ace Hareware and other merchants will offer specials throughout the day. Boy Scout Troop 210 will be selling Christmas wreaths and the Friends of Saxonville will feature Saxonville gifts.

There will be a free raffle for a $ 100 gift certificate to InnSeason Resorts from plus balloons, goodie bags, and more!

Be sure to mark December 10th, Jingle Bell Day in Pinefield Shopping Center on your calendar now.

For more info, contact Jeff Underwood, Robinsons Ace Hardware, 508-877-1888, or


Discover Saxonville on Sat., June 11th

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 10:23 pm on May 27, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville invite you to Discover the Pinefield Shopping Center in Saxonville during a day of family fun on Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program includes a morning "round-up" of Town trucks and vehicles for youngsters to explore as part of the Framingham Library's "Going Places" Summer Reading program Kick-Off. A classic car cruise-in will complement the town vehicles.

The Pinefield Shopping Center restaurants will offer specials and Robinsons Ace Hardware will present Weber Grill day with specials and 15 percent off all grill accessories when purchasing a grill. The merchants will participate in a flower beautification competition while sidewalk artists compete for "Chalk It Up" prizes.

There will be a huge yard sale to benefit the Friends of Saxonville projects. Donations are welcome! Please call Jim Barry at 508-877-1832.

Amazing Things Arts Center will host Jazz musicians and storytelling.

There will also be raffles, balloons, and surprises. Come have fun with your neighbors!

Discover Saxonville 2005 is organized by the Friends of Saxonville and made possible through generous donations by Framingham Cooperative Bank, Patterson & Gerry CPA's, Middlesex Savings Bank, Kathy Foran, ReMax Associates, and


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.


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