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Framingham, MA - FY2011 Cherry Sheet

Filed under: Politics,Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:36 am on August 19, 2010

[graphic] FY2011 Framingham, MA Cherry Sheet - State Aid figures.

Will state aid will pay for state mandates?

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Each year the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue produces "estimates" of how much state aid each city and town will get for the upcoming fiscal year, (along with any assessments which reduce aid payment from the state).

Known as the "cherry sheet" for the color of paper it was originally printed on, the state now publishes these state aid estimates online.

Below is an HTML version of the cherry sheet for Framingham for fiscal Year 2011, (it was published by the state on July 1, 2010).

The first page lists estimated receipts, (state aid to be paid to Framingham); ...[read more]


Bourne National Cemetery Visit

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 3:27 pm on May 1, 2010
PHOTO - Bourne National Cemetery

Massachusetts National Cemetery located in Bourne, adjacent to Otis Air Force Base. (Photo credit: U.S. Veterans Administration)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Sponsored by Framingham Lodge 1264 B.P.O., ELKS, a Veterans Tribute including a bus trip visit to the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne followed by a barbeque at the Elks Lodge is planned for Sunday, May 30, 2010, (the day before Memorial Day).

A single Deluxe Ritchie Bus is reserved for the day, with seating for only 55 people. Reservations are on a first come - first served basis.  The cost is only $20 and includes; bus trip, box lunch and a barbeque at the Elk's Lodge upon return from the Cape.

Trip Schedule: (Sunday, May 30, 2010)

  • 10:15 am - Bus leaves - ELKS Parking Lot, 450 Union Ave., Framingham
  • 1:00 pm - Memorial Day Ceremony
  • 4:00 pm - Return for Lodge Barbeque

The Veterans Tribute is open to all veterans, friends and the general public.

To make reservations: Send a check for $20 made payable to "Framingham Lodge No.1264 B.P.O. ELKS", and mail to P.O. BOX 4747, Framingham MA 01704.  RSVP w/check deadline is May 27, 2010.

The day promises to be a truly patriotic event with the Maritime Band, a wreath placement ceremony and other Memorial Day events.  Bring a camera!

For additional information, contact  John at (508) 397-9065.

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Who are OIF/OEF Veterans?

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:30 pm on April 21, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today Americans from many Massachusetts cities and towns, including Framingham are at war.

Officially, the "War in Iraq" and the "War in Afghanistan" are classified as service in either "Operation Iraqi Freedom" or "Operation Enduring Freedom".

American servicemen and servicewomen are returning to the USA every day from Iraq, Afghanistan and other deployments around the world.

Whether or not you agree with the politics of a particular war -- we must welcome these men and women back to the USA in a way which validates and honors their time served and the personal sacrifices they and their families have made in defense of our country.

We can not let another generation of veterans endure the suffering that Vietnam era veterans endured after they returned home.

While many of today's returning vets have visible scars; missing limbs, broken bodies, burns and other injuries we can see -- even more carry the invisible scars of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), and many have suffered varying degrees of  traumatic brain injury, (which can cause problems with cognitive, psychological, occupational and socialization issues even though the person "appears to be fine").

Below are some of the resources available to OIF/OEF Veterans:

  • Framingham Department of Veterans’ Services - 150 Concord St. Rm 35B, (in the Memorial Building), info can be found by going to the Town website at:  www.framinghamma.gov and entering "veteran" in the search box, or by calling (508) 532-5515.
  • MA Department of Veterans' Services - information from the State of Massachusetts for veterans can be found at: www.mass.gov, by typing the word "veterans" into the search box, or by calling
  • The US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs - website with information about OIF/OEF veteran's benefits, services and programs which can be found at:  www.oefoif.va.gov, or call the VA toll free at: (800)-827-1000.
  • OIF/OEF Veterans of Massachusetts -  an organization, (also known as "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of Massachusetts"), works on many issues including monitoring legislation related to employment, health care, education, tax benefits, entrepreneurship and many other veteran related issues.  They have a website at: www.oifoef.org, (they are also active on Facebook -- just enter OIF/OEF in the Facebook  search box) or call (617) 372-8200.
  • American Veterans with Brain Injuries, organization and website "Dedicated to all the American veterans who have suffered a brain injury and the family members who love and care for them" at: www.avbi.org
  • Wounded Warrior Project - advocacy, benefits counseling, peer groups, and other services for wounded US veterans, www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Patriots' Day in Framingham

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 11:59 pm on April 19, 2010

Minuteman Statue, Buckminster Square, Framingham, MA USA

Minuteman Statue, Buckminster Square, Framingham, MA USA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - While many locals think about the Boston Marathon and a three day weekend -- many forget, or never knew the significance of April 19th which is celebrated as Patriots' Day in the State of Massachusetts.

Patriots' Day commemorates the original American Patriots, the Revolutionary War soldiers who fought the British at Lexington and Concord, on April 19th in the year 1775.

Many don't realize the significance Framingham's own Minutemen played in the War for Independence.    Before the first shot was fired on the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, Framingham residents readied themselves and worked closely with other patriots throughout the greater Framingham area in 1775.

The next time you are driving from Framingham Center towards Downtown, as you head south on Main St., and it divides, (Main St. to the left, Maple St. to right, and straight ahead is Union Ave.), consider for a moment as you pass the statue of the Minuteman, that you have just passed through the same location where Framingham residents gathered and planned and mustered to defend us against tyranny and oppression long before we were born.

Below are excepts from our Framingham Historic Timeline, (written by former Town Historian, Stephen Herring).

February 22, 1775 - British General Gage sends out spies to chart the way to Worcester for his invasion. They stay at Buckminster's tavern and observe the Framingham minutemen drilling.
April 19, 1775 - General Gage sends his Redcoats against Lexington and Concord instead of Framingham and Worcester. Framingham sends it's minutemen, and one man is wounded.

On April 19th, 1775, the original Patriot's Day, Framingham was there.   The Minuteman statue in Buckminster Square stands as a reminder of the events which not only shaped Framingham,  but shaped a nation.

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Yard Sale to Support Our Troops

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 4:44 pm on April 24, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Grace Chapel of Lexington, Framingham Community will hold a MULTI-FAMILY YARD/BAKE SALE 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, May 13, 2006 RAIN OR SHINE at 99 Baldwin Ave., Framingham.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING YARD SALE ITEMS: 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit & support our local troops through one or all of the following local non-profit charities “Operation Homefront, Homes for Our Troops, and Mass Local Heroes.”

Contact Larry at 774-279-2276 or jen at jeniebeens@aol.com to arrange pick up/drop off times & for more info. Don’t miss out on your chance to clear out your closets & support our local troops! Come, browse, have a donut or cup of coffee TO BENEFIT OUR TROOPS and get a great deal!!

Thank you to Dunkin Donuts at 1170 Worcester Road, Framingham for their generosity in donating coffee & donuts! Thank you to Ashland Mini Storage, 11 Nickerson Rd. (off 126) in Ashland for donating storage space to house our donations.

Volunteers and donations welcome!

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