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Attorney General OK's Downtown Framingham Rezoning Plan

February 10, 2016 (4:36 pm EST)
Filed under: Business by News Staff

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today approved plans by the Town of Framingham to rezone its Central Business District, Downtown Framingham. The rezoning plans were approved on October 21, 2015 by Special Town Meeting members. Town officials see the rezoning as critical to encouraging transit-oriented development (TOD) in Downtown Framingham, and will move their efforts forward to encourage this kind of residential development.

“Downtown Framingham is poised to reclaim its title as an important walkable, urban center for economic development in MetroWest and Greater Boston,” said Charlie Sisitsky, Chair of Framingham’s Board of Selectmen. “The Town of Framingham is excited to offer in Metrowest an urban living experience to people who may be attracted to the Town’s small-town atmosphere and convenient proximity to Boston. We anticipate ...[read more]

FPAC News Production Workshop

April 26, 2011 (11:06 pm EST)
Filed under: General Interest by News Staff
Framingham Public Access TV (FPAC-TV)

Framingham Public Access TV to produce new News Magazine style show this spring.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - If you have ever wanted to learn about television news, or how to produce stories for newscasts and longer-form magazine shows, FPAC, (Framingham Public Access Corporation), invites you to be part of a brand new, Framingham-focused series.

This spring, FPAC will be unveiling a new initiative to provide a regularly scheduled news magazine program to our viewers. Each program will rely on the talents and efforts of FPAC members and interns who can act as reporters, shooters, segment producers, and other vital roles.

With that in mind, we'll be holding a news production workshop series in May in which we will teach students the basics of how to report, shoot and produce packages for television news.

Whether you are interested in covering community events, creating a segment on arts or dining, or doing a series of reports on an important town-wide issue, this workshop will give you the basic skills to get started.

The three-session workshop will start Thursday, May 5th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and will continue for the next two Thursday evenings, (the 12th and 19th).

During the course of this workshop each participant will be working on news/feature packages that will be included in the premiere edition of FPAC's new series, which will be produced on Wednesday, May 25th.

If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, please call the FPAC studio at 508-875-5434, or email us at


"Neighbor Brigade" Launches Framingham Chapter

January 18, 2011 (11:53 pm EST)
Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris
Framingham Neighbor Brigade

Framingham Neighbor Brigade - ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ Network Provides Helping Hand for Local Residents in Crisis

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Tapping into the nation's growing spirit of volunteerism, Neighbor Brigade, today announced the launch of its Framingham chapter, adding to its proven "neighbors helping neighbors" network.

With chapters throughout New England, Neighbor Brigade is a non-profit organization that transforms local communities into caring centers where volunteers are mobilized to help their neighbors during times of crisis.

Unlike existing for-profit family support services, Framingham Neighbor Brigade is made up of neighborhood volunteers and is completely free of charge. Using the most current Web-based community-building tools, Neighbor Brigade helps supplement where immediate family and friends cannot cover the day-to-day household needs of those experiencing a sudden family tragedy, trauma or critical illness, such as providing local rides, preparing meals and running small errands. Neighbor Brigade services are ...[read more]

Flashmob at MWMC

November 14, 2010 (2:55 pm EST)
Filed under: Health & Fitness by Randy Harris

FRAMINGHAM, MA - For more than two decades, professionals involved with infection control have dedicated one week of the year as "Infection Prevention Week". Originally the week was spent educating others in health care about the importance of reducing the spread of germs and infection.

When Andrei Soran, (CEO of Metrowest Medical Center), got together with  Bonnie Biocchi, (President of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce), during the 2010 Infection Prevention Week, they got the idea to promote the importance of hand washing -- not only to healthcare professionals, but to the community at large.

Using social networking and online media the pair got a Flashmob together, and here's what they came up with:

What a great use of social networking, music, line-dancing and fun to promote something that could keep us all a little healthier, (especially as we head into the cold and flu season).

Great job to all of you Wash Your Hands dancers!



Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition

June 20, 2010 (1:20 am EST)
Filed under: Business by Randy Harris
Staples Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Do you have the next great idea?

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Staples, Inc. and Ashoka, the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs, have launched the fourth annual Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.

The global competition highlights youth-led organizations focusing on social issues affecting their communities, and is part of Ashoka's Youth Venture, an initiative that identifies and fosters young entrepreneurs all over the world who are creating positive change.

Since 2006, Staples Foundation for Learning, the charitable arm of ...[read more]

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