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Framingham Resident Wins Mass. Audubon Photo Contest

December 17, 2014 (2:09 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Now in its fifth year, Mass Audubon's annual photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, has evolved into a "must" for hundreds of photographers eager to express a love of nature through their images. And with more than 2,000 photos submitted since the contest began April 1, judging so many top-quality entries was especially challenging.

But after reviewing each photo, judges chose Arindam Ghosh of Framingham as the 2014 Grand Prize Winner for his picture of a male mallard duck, wings spread and seemingly standing on water.

A 30-year-old software engineer from Framingham, Ghosh got his championship image while observing ducks in the aptly named Waterfowl Pond at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. He’s been taking pictures as a pastime for five years, but the Mass Audubon contest was the first he has ever entered.

Photographers could enter a total of five images among ...[read more]

Santa in the Studio at Access Framingham

December 9, 2014 (6:16 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff
Santa and Mrs. Claus on Access Framingham TV December 14, 2014

On December 14th, 2014 from 6:00pm 'til 7:00pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will be doing a live "ON-AIR" broadcast on Access Framingham TV -- and taking calls from Framingham children!

Framingham, MA - Yes it's true; Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Access Framingham television studio on Sunday December 14th.

Tune in from 6:00-7:00pm on Sunday December 14th when Old Saint Nick will pay us a special visit on the air-LIVE. He and Mrs. Claus will be taking phone calls from all the good boys and girls in Framingham.

Do you have a special question for Santa?  How do his Reindeer fly?  How many toys do the elves make every year?  How does Santa know who has been naughty or nice?  Or just call in to wish Santa a Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Claus will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas while grown-ups call in to sign up the kids for a call back from an AF-TV Elf and the kids can talk directly to Santa!

Now is your chance to talk to Santa, live on television.  The number to call is 508-875-5403.

Access Framingham can be seen in the Town of Framingham on Comcast Channel 9, RCN Channel 3, and Verizon Channel 43.  For more information about Access Framingham programming, training, and services, you can also visit us online at


"Nutcracker Sweet" Ballet Performance to Benefit Saxonville Athenaeum

November 10, 2014 (10:57 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff
Nutcracker Sweet - Ballet to Benefit the Athenaeum in SaxonvilleBenefit Ballet. Dec. 6, 2014

Nutcracker Sweet - Ballet to Benefit the Athenaeum in Saxonville, December 6, 2014.

Saxonville, MA - The Athenaeum is getting a little help from its "Friends." The Friends of Saxonville hosts Nutcracker Sweet, a ballet performance to benefit the Athenaeum in Saxonville, presented by Mass Ballet. The production will be a ballet in the round performed by students of Mass Ballet on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Although the exterior of the Athenaeum has been restored, the interior is in complete disrepair. The Friends goal is to raise funds to help with construction costs, provide furnishings and accessories, and assist the town with operating expense support.

Event highlights include boxed dinner for purchase, a cash bar of fine wine and beer, a brief review of the planned restoration of The Athenaeum Community Hall, a ballet in the round featuring selected pieces from the Nutcracker Suite presented by students of Mass Ballet, and topped off with "Sweet Endings": a delicious selection of holiday sweets and beverages.

Event venue is generously donated by Megan Powers in the Dance Studio of Mass Ballet located in the Saxonville Mill, 2 Watson Place (not handicapped accessible). The recommended dress for the event is Casual.

Event Contribution is $15.00 per person or $40.00 per family of 4.

Boxed dinner (ordered online, in advance) is $10.00 for sandwich and snack.

Reserve a seat soon -- space is limited!  Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

Friends of Saxonville
P.O. Box 3236
Framingham MA 01705

If you would like to contribute at a more significant level please consider:

$500 - Sustaining Sponsor (includes 4 tickets)
$250 - Patron (includes 2 tickets)
$100 - Contributor (includes 1 ticket)
More than $50 - Supporter

For more information visit, or contact Paula Longden at (508) 877-7034 or via email to:


Access Framingham Announces New Studio; Members Elect 3 to Board of Directors

September 23, 2014 (9:06 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff

Framingham, MA - At Access Framingham's Annual Meeting on Monday evening, (September 22, 2014), attendees heard about the successes of the past year, including a record number of new local productions spotlighting the community, challenges to come for Framingham public access television station and training center, and a very exciting bit of news.

4 Verson Street to be new home to new Community Media Center. (Image obtained from Google Maps StreetView Image archive).

4 Vernon Street in Framingham Centre to house new Community Media Center. (Click image for Google Maps/ StreetView of area).

President Bill Rabkin announced that Access Framingham will move to a new location near Framingham Centre Common, thanks to a new agreement with Gordon Real Estate, owners of the property at 4 Vernon Street which will house this new Community Media Center for Framingham.  Design work is now underway for the new studio facility, and construction will take place in the coming weeks.

Since 2006, when Framingham Public Access Corporation was formed, the Town’s public access studio has been housed in “temporary” facilities at the rear of the Fuller Middle School.

Bill McColgan, Executive Director of Access Framingham, says the organization has greatly appreciated the partnership with the Framingham Public Schools over the years. “We look forward to more ways to collaborate in the future, but we did need to find a permanent home where a state-of-the-art studio could be created.  Working with Jim and Peter Gordon, Access Framingham has now found that home.”

Upon completion of the new facility, Access Framingham will ...[read more]

FREE Kids Nature Activities at Cochituate State Park (July 2014)

July 7, 2014 (2:10 pm EST)
Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest by News Staff
Cochituate State Park

There's lots to do at Cochituate State Park!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Between the towns of Framingham, Wayland and Natick, MA, Lake Cochituate offer many recreational summer activities including swimming, boating and fishing.

Many locals may not realize that just a few hundred yards east of the Framingham/Natick town line, (on Rt. 30), the beach, picnic area, boat launch, snack bar and canoe rental shop are in "Cochituate State Park", which is part of the Massachusetts State Park system and operated by the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

Throughout the months of July and August, (Tuesdays-Saturdays), the park provides fun, educational, and FREE summer activities for kids and families!

Most of the activities have a different theme each week, so ...[read more]

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