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Framingham Cancels Popular Christmas Tree Lighting Event

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 1:17 pm on November 20, 2020

christmas tree, clip artFRAMINGHAM, MA - In past years a town-wide effort was made to bring people together to light the "Official" Christmas Tree in Downtown Framingham.  At past tree lightings, school children would carol on the steps of the Memorial Building, Santa might have shown up riding atop a Framingham Fire Engine, and after the tree lighting children would be welcomed into Nevins Hall for hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and a chance to spend some time with friends, neighbors and family and maybe have a photo taken with Santa.

In a press release today, The City of Framingham announced it will cancel this ...[read more]

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.


Framingham 2019 Open Burning Season (Jan 15 - May 1)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 5:04 pm on January 15, 2019
outdoor / open burning in FraminghamFRAMINGHAM, MA - The City of Framingham announced today that Massachusetts burn season opens January 15 and runs through May 1. Residents may obtain an Open Outdoor Burning Permit by phone or online.
To obtain a permit by phone, call the Framingham Fire Department permit line at (508) 532-5942, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on each day during which the burn will occur. Those wanting to obtain a permit should leave their name, address and telephone number. The contact information left on the message will serve as the permit.
To obtain a permit online, complete the OpenBurning Form (on website) each day during which the burn will occur and print it for record keeping. Please note that permits will not be issued after 1:00 p.m.
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 48, Section 13 and the provisions of 310 CMR 7.07, permission will be granted to set a fire for the purpose of disposing of brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris on a parcel of land situated at your location.
The following is PROHIBITED:
  • Burning of brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing operations
  • Burning of leaves or trash
  • Burning of demolition or construction materials
All open burning must be conducted:
  • On land closest to the source of the materials to be burned ;
  • At a location greater than 75 feet from any dwelling;
  • During periods of good atmospheric ventilation;
  • Without causing a nuisance.
Additional requirements:
  • All fires must be completely extinguished by 4:00 p.m.
  • Someone must be with the fire until it is fully extinguished.
  • The person conducting the burn must have the capability of controlling the fire (i.e. shovels/rakes and pressurized water hose/can).
As always, please remember to respect your surroundings and stay safe.


City or Town? Framingham Charter Rumblings Heard Once Again

Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris at 1:26 am on May 23, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In the municipality that claims to be "The Largest Town in America", rumblings, in the form of off-the-cuff remarks, hushed whispers and a few outright cries for reform are once again being heard in Framingham.

For those who weren't around in the late 1990's -- or weren't paying attention, the last Charter Commission was established, heard from, and its findings quietly tucked away along with the rest of the efforts to reform Framingham's government from its historical Town Meeting form into a City, with a Mayor and City Council.

The commission's Majority Report from 1996-1997 began with the following statement- ...[read more]

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