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State Rep. Debby Blumer Passes Away

October 15, 2006 (3:40 pm EST)
by Deb Cleveland
Filed under: General Interest,Politics
Debby Blumer, MA State Rep

MA State Rep. Debby Blumer, dies of apparent heart attack while driving, Friday, October 13, 2006.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Friday, October 13th, fresh from one meeting and on her way to the next, State Rep. Debby Blumer apparently suffered a heart attack while at the wheel of her car, which rolled into a guard rail on Dudley Road.

A police officer working a detail nearby ran to the car and administered CPR. A second officer left a nearby funeral procession and used a defibrillator but was unable to revive her. Blumer had had a mild heart attack some years ago and was taking medication and regular stress tests, and was under a doctor's care.

On Monday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. family and friends will gather for services at Temple Beth Am, 300 Pleasant St., Framingham. The Blumer family home will have a memorial observance from Monday after the burial through Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m.

Massachusetts State Representative Debby Blumer Donations in Blumer's memory can be made to the Angel Fund at 649 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880; Danforth Museum of Art at 123 Union Ave., Framingham, MA, 01702-8291; or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Blumer was elected as one of Framingham's two state representatives in 2000 and was running unopposed for re-election this year. According to Secretary of State William Galvini's office, it is too late to put a replacement name on the ballot and Blumer's seat could be won by anyone eligible and willing to serve who gets the most votes on election day through a write-in campaign.

Blumer was a full-time representative, always available to help her constituents. She was an active, valuable participant in several Framingham organizations and committees and a familiar face at area events. She leaves a big hole in the community and legislature and will be missed for her smiling, positive presence as well as her contributions.


NE Rain Barrel Offer for Framingham Residents

July 20, 2006 (11:08 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: General Interest

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Interested in conserving water? Keep your garden green all summer long with a New England Rain barrel. Special offer: Framingham residents can get the barrel for only $ 62, instead of the regular price of $ 85.

Save money and reduce use of town facilities

To order, call: (877) 977-3135 toll free, or order online at

This is a limited offer. All orders must be received by New England Rain Barrel prior to or on August 17, 2006.

Pickup will be at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue
in Framingham on Saturday August 19, 2006 from 9 a.m. until noon.

All area residents are invited to participate in this conservation program!

The program is subsidized by DEP but Framingham doesn’t have a grant to provide the rain barrels. This is a one time event in Framingham for 2006. The DPW and Conservation Commission do no work other than promoting the event and then supplying some support staff on the delivery date, August 19, 2006.

Why a rain barrel? Residential irrigation can account for 400f domestic water consumption in a given municipality. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the sweltering summer months.

Only ¼ inch of rainfall runoff from the average roof will completely fill the typical barrel.

Collection of water from rooftop runoff can provide an ample supply of this free “soft water” containing no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for planter beds for a multitude of applications, including biodynamic and organic vegetable gardens, planter beds for botanicals, indoor tropicals like ferns and orchids, automobile washing and cleaning household windows. Saving water in this manner will reduce your demand of treated tap water and save money by lowering your monthly bill.

Rain water diversion also helps decrease the burden on water treatment facilities and municipal drainage systems during storms. The storage of rain water is also recommended for general emergency preparedness, or for areas prone to disasters or drought.


Godzilla Returns to Framingham

July 2, 2006 (5:04 pm EST)
by Deb Cleveland
Filed under: Arts / Culture

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Godzilla returns to Framingham July 1st – August 31st.

After the success of last years "Celebrating 50 Years of Godzilla" Exhibit at the Framingham Public Libary, Godzilla fan and graphic artist Andrew Wong is back to share his passion for Godzilla & Japanese Special Effects series with fellow Fans and the Framingham Community.

Wong is presenting not only extensive exhibits of his Godzilla collection, but also organizing a film festival and a free event with a costume contest and video game competition.

This will be the first Ultra G-Con event held in MA. The event is free, non profit and designed to share and expose the Kaiju Eiga (Monster Movie) & Tokusatsu(Special Effects) genre to future generations of fans.

Wong has created a website dedicated to his collection and exhibition at:

Visit his website for information about the exhibit, convention, and other Godzilla related happenings at the Framingham Public Library this summer.


MetroWest 4th of July Concerts, Parades, & Fireworks 2006

July 2, 2006 (4:50 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: General Interest

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MetroWest has a number of Fourth of July parades, fireworks, and concerts within a easy driving distance. Some are part of a weekend or daylong series of activities. Note the day as not all are on July 4th.  Below are events by category:


  • Milford – Pino Field, off Rt. 16, Sunday, July 2nd
  • Franklin – part of Celebration Days on the Town Common, Monday, July 3rd
  • Needham – Memorial Park, part of an evening of family entertainment, Monday, July 3rd
  • Lexington – Worthen Field, Monday, July 3rd
  • Walpole - Behind Town Hall, Monday, July 3rd
  • Acton – Nara Park, Tuesday, July 4th
  • Bellingham – High School Football Field, Tuesday, July 4th
  • Lincoln – Codman Field, part of all day family activities in Lincoln, Tuesday July 4th
  • Newton – Abelmarle Field, part of all day family activities, Tuesday, July 4th
  • Waltham – Leary Field, also a day of family fun at Prospect Field, Tuesday, July 4th


  • Natick – along Rt. 27 to Rt. 135, 9 a.m. July 4th
  • Needham – 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 4th
  • Sudbury – Union Ave to Rt. 20 to Concord Rd. to Town Hall, 1 p.m., July 4th
  • Franklin – Chestnut & East Central Sts. to Church Sq., 2 p.m., July 4th


July 3rd:

  • Grafton Common, 6 p.m.
  • Franklin Common: Freddy and the Mabellines 7 p.m.
  • Natick Common: Gary Bernath Band, 7 p.m.
  • Needham, Memorial Park: Metropolitan Wind Symphony, 7 p.m., then fireworks
  • Waltham, behind Town Hall: First Class, 6:30 p.m., then fireworks

July 4th:

  • Acton, Nara Park: Lois Greco Band, 6 p.m., then fireworks
  • Bellingham, High School football field: Souled Out, 7 pm., then fireworks
  • Concord, Emerson Field: The Concord Band, 3 p.m.
  • Newton, Abelmarle Field: Zaitchik Bros. Big Band Sound, 6 p.m. then fireworks
  • Waltham, Leary Field: Holtie Productions, 7:30 p.m., then fireworks


No Fireworks, but other Fun Available for the 4th

June 26, 2006 (10:01 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: General Interest

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Due to the ongoing construction at the Natick Mall, there will be no fireworks this year. Unfortunately, there is not another suitable location for fireworks.

The Natick Friends of the 4th organize the fireworks every year, along with a July 4th parade, flea market, and other activities around the holiday.

Although they have had struggles with continuing the parade, just as Framingham had with its Flag Day parade, new volunteers on the Natick committee and donations have made the parade possible this year.

Natick has many activities leading up to the 4th, beginning with a family night on the Common on Tuesday, June 27th.

See the schedule by clicking on the link below.

In Framingham: This week Framingham will have concerts on Thursday and Friday nights, weather permitting. The town beaches are now open and you can find beach reading and videos and DVD's to borrow and rent for only $ 1 a week at the Framingham libraries. Stock up on fresh produce for your cookouts at the Farmers Market on the Centre Common on Thursday, and the Natick Common on Saturday.

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