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Framingham Toy Soldiers Snow People Scavenger Hunt

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 11:35 pm on December 3, 2020

Framingham Toy Soldier Scavenger Hunt (2020)FRAMINGHAM, MA - Avoid cabin fever this holiday season! The City of Framingham Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division have collaborated to create a socially distant scavenger hunt to help locate their lost Toy Soldiers and Snow People.

After a long quarantine nap, the Toy Soldiers and Snow People have come out of hibernation and are wandering around the City. We need your help finding them, to make sure they are ready to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year!

Pieces of the scavenger hunt map will be ...[read more]

Lester Baker Appointed Framingham Police Chief

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 7:32 pm on November 8, 2020
Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker

Framingham Police Department, Deputy Chief Lester Baker appointed to Police Chief position by Mayor Spicer.

Framingham, MA - Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer is pleased to announce that she has appointed Lester Baker, a veteran member of the Framingham Police Department, as the Department's eighth Police Chief.

Before being named Police Chief, Baker served as the Deputy Chief in charge of operations since 2018. He was a Lieutenant 2014-2018, Sergeant 2008-2014, and Patrolman 2003-2008. Baker transferred from the Lexington, MA Police Department as ...[read more]

Framingham Parking Meters Re-Installed Downtown

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 9:03 pm on September 26, 2019
photo of digital parking meter

New digital parking meters installed in Downtown Framingham Central Business District.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The City of Framingham has installed 146 new "Smart Parking Meters" in the Downtown Framingham Central Business District.

The new meters replace the old coin-operated ones that were removed for the recently completed downtown sidewalk renovations.

The new meters are smart meters and take both credit cards and coins.

The new meters are located in the Downtown Framingham central business district, on Concord Street, Hollis Street, Howard Street, Park Street and Union Avenue

Metered parking fees are $1.25 per hour or $2 for two hours.

Maximum parking time is two hours.

Framingham will enforce parking Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays and holidays are free.

According to information on the manufacturer's website, (IPS Group), the new M5™ Single Space Meters have advanced capabilities to handle Pay-by-Phone, Token, Permit, optional NFC/contactless payment, as well as software integration for real-time data, Parking Enforcement, Advanced Data Analysis and more. The units can be solar powered and managed via wireless network configuration.


Framingham Road Work, Utility Projects, Traffic Detours

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 6:08 pm on September 26, 2019
Framingham Traffic / Detour Signs

Drivers are alerted to Be Prepared To Stop, (and wait), as construction continues on many roads in Framingham.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The City of Framingham Public Works Department has released information regarding road construction, utility projects and related traffic alerts for the week of September 29th through October 5th, 2019.  Note, construction schedules are weather permitting and are subject to change.

Beacon Street Paving & Sidewalk Replacement - crews will continue curbing installation. Also, raise utility castings, prep and pave sidewalks, and driveway aprons. Expect delays.

Beaver Street Bridge - Utility companies will continue re-locating overhead wires on Beaver Street. Two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays.

Harrison Street Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas) - Eversource Gas will begin installing gas main on Harrison Street. Expect minor delays.

Hollis Street Water Main Project ­(located near a portion of Bates Road Extension & Thayer Street) - a city-hired contractor will begin installing water main on Thayer Street, near the intersection of Bates Road and Brackett Road. Expect minor interruptions at times.

Hydrant Flushing ­ South of Waverly Street, (near the Ashland, Natick and Sherborn town lines) - the Water Department will begin conducting its Fall 2019 Water Main Flushing Program on Monday, September 30, 2019, through Friday, November 15, 2019. Water Main flushing will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in residential areas and 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in business areas. The purpose of the program is to improve drinking water quality for residents and businesses in Framingham. (For more information and to view daily flushing status updates, please visit the Annual Water Main Flushing page on the website).

Jodie Road Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas) Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Jodie Road. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays.

Lanewood Avenue Siphon Replacement, (between Waveney Road & Briarwood Road) - a city-hired contractor will mill and pave the project area. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect minor delays.

Lincoln Street Gas Main Relay (Eversource Gas) - Eversource Gas will continue installing gas main on Lincoln Street. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect delays at times.

Lindbergh Road and Hampshire Road, (Water Main Replacement), the Water Department will continue to install water main on Hampshire Road and Lindbergh Road. Expect minor delays.

North Concord Street - Road & Sidewalk Improvements, Punch-list items. Expect minor delays.

Salem End Road, Badger Road, and Gates Street, (Intersection Improvements) - a city-hired contractor will begin installing new curbing. A two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect during the day time hours. Expect moderate delays as Salem End Road Bridge Rehabilitation also continues.

Summer Street (Paving & Sidewalk Replacement) - crews will continue curbing installation. Also, raise utility castings, prep sidewalks, and driveway aprons for final paving. A two-way and/or one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect during the day time hours. Police detail officers will be on-site. Expect delays at times.

Street Sweeping ­ (Area A) - The Highway Division will street sweep Area A on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. NO PARKING will be allowed from 9 AM to Noon. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed and towed. The following streets will be swept during this operation: Bishop Street: Number 1, Number 2, Clark Street, Davis Street, Franklin Street: Number 2 - Number 156, Frederick Street, Freeman Street, Grant Street: Number 1 - Number 76, Henry Street, Kendall Street, Lexington Street, Milton Street, Park Place, Park Street, Pearl Street, Proctor Street, Richardson Circle, Richardson Court, Sanger Street, Thompson Street, Torrey Street, and William H. Welch Way.

Union Avenue Utilities, (between Beech St. & Proctor St.) - a city-hired contractor will continue installing water and sewer main. A detour will be in effect during working hours, Monday-Friday, 7 AM ­ 3:30 PM. Union Ave. Southbound traffic will be detoured down Lincoln Street to Concord Street. Union Ave. Northbound travel only on Union between Proctor Street and Lincoln Street. Expect delays at times.

Winter Street Gas Main Relay, (Eversource Gas) - Gas main relay continues. A one-way alternating traffic pattern will be in effect. Expect delays.

Worcester Road Eastbound/Rt.9 East, (Water & Sewer Improvements) - Night work: Sunday (night) ­ Friday (morning), 9 PM to 5 AM. Two crews will continue to install water and sewer main. Construction will occur between 328 to 150 Worcester Road. The right lane on Rt. 9 East will be closed to traffic during working hours. Please use caution if you are traveling through the area.


Christmas Services in Framingham (2014)

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 2:55 am on December 22, 2014
Original photo-illustration by Randy M. Harris, 20-DEC-2010

Merry Christmas to all from Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Below is a list of Christmas services, masses and other events held at Framingham churches and houses of worship during the week of December 22nd through 26th, 2014.


Armenian Church of the Holy Translators - American Christmas Eve Carole and Prayer Service, (in English), Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, Christmas Eve, 4:00pm. -- 38 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA, 01702 --


Edwards Church (UCC) - Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, Christmas Eve—5:00pm Pageant for all ages  (come at 4:30 to choose a costume), 9:00pm  Candlelight service of lessons, carols, and poetry -- 39 Edwards Street,  Framingham MA 01701 --


 First Baptist Church of Framingham - Christmas Eve Service - Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Rev. Jason Rutherford Preaching “What if God was One of Us”, Special Music, Candlelight. -- 1013 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701 --


First Parish Framingham - Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2014 at 5:00pm, Traditional Candlellight Service and Children’s Christmas Pageant, 8:00 pm Candlelight Service. -- (Note: 5:00pm service is more 'small-child' friendly!) -- A Unitarian Universalist Congregation -- 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA 01701 --


First United Methodist Church - Christmas Eve Service, Wednesday, December 24th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Wesley United Methodist Church, see church calendar at for more info.


Grace Congregational Church - Christmas Eve Service with Candles, Carols and Communion, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 7:00PM. -- 76 Salem End Road, Framingham, MA 01702 --


Lutheran Church of Framingham -Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2010, 1:45PM Service at Heritage, 7:00PM Candlelight Service with Lessons, Carols. -- 720 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA, 01701 --


Plymouth Church of Framingham (UCC) - Christmas Eve Worship, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 5:00pm and 10:00pm service. Time to sing favorite Christmas hymns and share the beloved story of Jesus' birth. -- 7 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA 01701 --


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Christmas Eve Services, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 -- 4:00 PM Family Holy Eucharist -- 10:00 PM Festival Holy Eucharist with Special Music -- Thursday, December 25th, 11:00 AM Morning Prayer and Carols --


St. Bridgets Church -Christmas Mass Schedule: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 "The Vigil of Christmas", 4:00 pm Upper & Lower Church --  6:00 pm Family Mass --   Beginning at 11:30 pm: Christmas Music!  St. Bridget's Adult Choir will give a half-hour concert of Christmas Carols and Choir Motets before the Midnight Mass at 12:00 am -- 830 Worcester Road (Rt. 9),
Framingham, MA 01702 --


St. George's Church - CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE / HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE - Wednesday, December 24, 2014,  Christmas Eve: 9:00AM Mass of the Day, 4:00PM Upper Church, 5:30PM Upper Church --  Thursday, December 25, 2014, Christmas Day: 8:00AM Upper Church, 10:30AM Upper Church-- Saint George Catholic Church, 74 School Street, Framingham, MA 01701 --


Please contact us to have your house of worship's Christmas 2014 services or other holiday events added to this page.


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