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FPAC-TV: Framingham Public Access

  • Published: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:01:24 +0000
    Hello world! - Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post. Here are some suggestions for your first post. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by […]... [read more]

Amazing Things Arts Center

  • Published: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:24:28 +0000
    Sometimes timing is everything - Many months back, I talked with Valerie Stephens to convince her to bring her Nina Simone show Four Women back to the Firehouse.  She had other ideas.  She had taken on the challenge of truly understanding hip-hop, an art form she just hadn’t been able to wrap her head around.  Within this process, she found […] The post Sometimes timing is everything appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:29 +0000
    There’s a new place for young musicians! - There will be a new place for Metrowest young people to hear live music right in downtown Framingham starting in January 2018. After a tremendous response to our kickoff Cold Turkey All Ages Rock Show, Amazing Things Arts Center announced today a new collaboration with Diane Young Productions to bring a monthly All Ages Rock […] The post There’s a new place for young musicians! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:40:20 +0000
    Unsung Heroes that are Amazing to Us! - At our Annual Meeting on December 4, we awarded two Unsung Hero Stars to two amazing men.  Here’s what I had to say about them! All of our volunteers are heroes to me: as I say regularly, we couldn’t do this without you/them.  But there are two that we have to embarrass a little, because […] The post Unsung Heroes that are Amazing to Us! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:17:17 +0000
    THE JFK Legacy - We are in the midst of our Spring Appeal, where I must grovel to get the support of patrons and members near and far.  I won’t dwell here on that (except to point you to the link!!) Instead, I invite you to read this recent article by Anita Walker, the incredible Executive Director of the Mass […] The post THE JFK Legacy appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:56:17 +0000
    Why Live Music is so important - This isn’t another rant about the NEA cuts, but about live music right here in our community. Last night, I got to witness a reprise of Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone. The vocals were exquisite, the musicians creative, tight, exciting, amazing. But there are two parts of the evening that can’t be replicated: […] The post Why Live Music is so important appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:11:53 +0000
    Why the NEA deserves our support - A letter from area Museum Directors: As directors of Boston’s art museums, we serve as stewards of the public trust. So, we are alarmed at reports that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each of […] The post Why the NEA deserves our support appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:38:32 +0000
    A Day Without Immigrants - First, I must say that I write this as an individual who happens to be Executive Director of Amazing Things–the Board may or may not agree with me. Today, February 16, has been called A Day Without Immigrants, a nationwide voluntary “strike” to highlight how much we as individuals, businesses, consumers and residents depend on […] The post A Day Without Immigrants appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:49:34 +0000
    Have you wondered what’s up at Amazing Things? - We have literally thousands of people that come through our Firehouse doors every year because they love #LiveMusic!  It takes a large community to keep venues like ours alive and kicking but here’s some great news! Ticket Sales: We’ve gone from $109,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 to $140,000 in FY2016 and are already at $67,000 […] The post Have you wondered what’s up at Amazing Things? appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:09:26 +0000
    The benefits of being a member organization - This week, we had a membership meeting to encourage our most devoted patrons to come up with ideas to make Amazing Things Arts Center as strong as it can be. Not only did we get good ideas at the meeting, but they keep coming.  One member put a twist on a suggestion at the meeting: […] The post The benefits of being a member organization appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 13:34:33 +0000
    A visit from our Founder! - From Michael Moran— I’m really looking forward to seeing friends and volunteers when I visit Amazing Things. Though retirement has taken me to Fort Myers, Fl, and to Dudley, Ma, the Center is in my heart and often on my mind. Since I and an unstoppable group of community builders founded it in 2005, the […] The post A visit from our Founder! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

Framingham History Center Blog

The Gatepost - FSU Student News

Jim Pillsburys Blog

  • The Advocate.. would you pick him? - I filed a Freedom on Information request with the City regarding any and all emails Giombetti has received in one month regarding the advocate slot on the Marijuana Task Force. . I wanted to see what the resume was that the advocate presented.  Below is what Sam Mercurio sent to Giombetti. As Sam states, he has been on both side of the issue along with being in the entertainment industry. What that has to do with anything is unclear to me.But the process in which the Council Chair picks... [read more]

  • From AARP : Survey shows 80% of older Americans approve of marijuana for treatments - A new Univ of Michigan study, co-sponsored by AARP looked at attitudes about medical marijuana among 50 to 80 year olds. Four fifths are mostly OK with medical marijuana with a doctors recommendation. Sixty nine percent definitely or probably helps with pain. Anxiety at 59% and appetite 56%. Older Americans also think marijuana is less likely to cause cancer than tobacco and less addictive that prescription pan medication.We older people know what's best.And the Fed's and looking for your input ... [read more]

  • Another hard liner changes his mind - In a stunner I read in the Globe today that former speaker Boehner has come to the realization that there's money to be made in the cannabis industry. He has evidently seen the light after a friend of his had a serious back problem along with veterans suffering from PTSD and used cannabis for relief. Amen. He now sits on the BOD of a large cannabis company Acreage who has 35 licenses in the US. He is joined by former Mass Governor and VP candidate Bill Weld. Boehner goes on the say, that our sys... [read more]

The Hamster Blog

  • Apartment Development Projects Signal New Era for Downtown - For years, perhaps decades, naysayers have said downtown Framingham would never be restored to its former glory as a shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. The reasons ranged from the traffic caused by having an at-grade railroad crossing, to the presence of homeless people due to the social service facilities located there, to the difficulties of getting development projects approved by the town, and the resulting reticence of businesses to invest there.Regardless of what issues persi... [read more]

  • A Changing of the Guard at Framingham Downtown Renaissance - It's not as if we didn't have sufficient notice.Holli Andrews, former executive director of the Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR), who guided the non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown for the past five years, did announce a full year in advance of when she would be leaving her position.But as the months ticked by I was still saddened that we were going to lose such a dynamic and effective spokesperson for downtown. In my heart, though, I was glad we were able to keep her... [read more]

  • Framingham Author Releases New Novel - Erica Ferencik, a Nobscot resident, has a long-established reputation as a writer, having authored both a biography and a screenplay, and previously self-published two successful novels, Cracks in the Foundation, and Repeaters (which has been optioned to become a feature film by a Hollywood production company).But with her latest novel, The River At Night, which was released this month by Gallery/Scout Press, a literary imprint of New York's Simon and Schuster publishing empire, she has hit the... [read more]

Pedestrian Friendly (blog)

  • Public transit is about urban planning, not cutting traffic - Great story in Politico magazine about The Train That Saved Denver. Key take-away: Public transit development isn't simply about helping ease automobile traffic, although that's often how it's billed. Denver's new light-rail network is about creating compelling new neighborhoods where people can easily get from home to jobs, shopping and retail.Planning the stations and area around the stations turned out to be as critical as the transit network itself. Lessons learned ranged from designing park... [read more]

  • MIT project uses sensors to measure pedestrian appeal of urban space - The MIT Media Lab's Placelet project will "track how pedestrians move through a particular space," according to The Atlantic's CityLab. Researchers are developing "a network of sensors that will track the scale and speed of pedestrians, as well as vehicles, over long periods of time. The sensors, which they are currently testing in downtown Boston, will also track the 'sensory experience' by recording the noise level and air quality of that space."... [read more]

  • These strategies really work to bring new life to aging urban downtowns - Don't miss this great roundup over at Journalist's Resources on what truly works for revitalizing urban cores. Among the proven strategies for communities large and small:Start with core residential development -- "an influx of new residents encourages and supports the creation of new amenities" such as stores and schools.Create "viable neighborhoods" that include things besides housing, such as retail, restaurants, cultural attractions and good transportation links to nearby centers for jo... [read more]

Holmes & Company - Rick Holmes' Blog

  • Published: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:27:38 +0000
    Pulling the plug - Seven years ago – Dec. 2, 2007 – I launched Holmes & Co., a blog that became a long-running discussion group. Rob Meltzer, a friend and oped contributor for the MetroWest Daily News, was the first of maybe a dozen …... [read more]

  • Published: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:29:51 +0000
    The Irony of It All - So, the race-baiters of Ferguson tell us that we should ignore the video of the thug beating up a convenience store owner, because video is unreliable and doesn’t tell the whole story and can be manipulated and spun. So, the …... [read more]

  • Published: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:18:35 +0000
    Congress Must Investigate the Race-Baiting Industrial Complex - It’s almost like Crump, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have some special radar tuned in for opportunity to turn small time issues into highly profitable, race-based national disasters, which can be incited, inflamed and fanned.  It has clearly become an interstate …... [read more]

Historic Framingham (blog)

  • Alexander Rice Esty - Alexander Rice Esty (1826-1881) was an American architect. He was born in Framingham and attended school at the Framingham academy on the town centre. Among other things, he designed the Moses Ellis house/building, home of the Summit Montessori school. He is buried in the Edgell Grove cemetery.... [read more]

  • Moses Ellis house - Unfinished digital drawing/painting of the Moses Ellis house.The Moses Ellis house is located at 283 Pleasant Street in Framingham. Moses Ellis had this Italianate style house built circa 1865 on land previously owned by William Buckminster. It was designed by none other than famed local architect Alexander Rice Esty. It is now the home of the Summit Montessori School.Moses Ellis made his fortune back in San Francisco as a merchant during the Gold Rush.... [read more]

  • Pike-Haven house - The Pike-Haven house sits at the corner of Belknap Rd and Grove St and marks the beginning of what is known as Pike Row (Belknap Rd to Brook St via Edgell Road). It is the only still standing house in Framingham that predates the incorporation of Framingham as a town. Jeremiah Pike built the house ca 1697 and his direct descendants (son, grandson, and great grandson) including Gideon Haven lived there, hence the name Pike-Haven for the house.... [read more]

The Blog of Bob Baril

  • JENNIFER B. ASKS THE $64,000 QUESTION - "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."  (I Corinthians 2:14)This morning I noticed an interesting question which had been posted on Facebook by one of my Facebook friends.  I'm not sure if she'd want me using her whole name or not, so I'll call just use her last name's initial and call her "Jennifer B."  I have something like two hundred an... [read more]

  • BRENDAN SEITZ (Marian High) "REACHES FOR THE STARS"! - "...The things which are impossible with man are possible with God." (from Luke 18:27)For friends, family, students, parents, and alumni of Marian High School of Framingham, Massachusetts, to borrow from the words of F.D.R.:  Yesterday, April 3, 2018, was a day which shall live in infamy!  Yesterday, the President and official board of Marian High School announced that the school is closing at the end of this school year.  The news was sad and shocking.  My wife, Mary Ann, ha... [read more]

  • CRIMSON OR CLOVER? - "...be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."  (from Matthew 10:16)You may think that the title, Crimson or Clover? has a typographical error, but it does not.  Yes, I really meant it to be Crimson or Clover and not Crimson and Clover.  Most Baby Boomers will probably remember that Crimson and Clover was a hit song in the late 1960s by Tommy James and the Shondells.  In fact, I was reading this week on line that Tommy James first wrote the title and then the l... [read more]

Sarah in the Ham

Framingham High School Photo Blog

Nature of Framingham

  • First Flowers of Spring - I haven't posted to this blog for a long, long time, but I wanted to keep up the tradition of posting a picture of the first flowers to bloom here in my part of Framingham, Massachusetts.  Here they are!  March 29, 2014! Yay!... [read more]

  • Goliath Heron! He's a GIANT HERON! - This magnificent creature is the largest heron in existence today. We saw this one in Zambia.  It is a Goliath Heron, presumably named after the giant named Goliath from the bible,  Pete caught sight of this guy, and I'm frankly surprised that my photos came out as well as they did, considering that we were in a boat at the time.Check out that bill!  It's massive!  This bird stands nearly a foot taller then the Great Blue Heron, and has a wingspan of 7 feet or more.  It'... [read more]

  • When you hear hooves - think ZEBRAS! - No one could resist getting excited at the sight of a baby zebra!  They are so cute and cuddly looking that they look more like stuffed animals than wild animals!  (By the way, if you are reading this and saying zee-bra, you are pronouncing it wrong.  In Botswana and Zambia, the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced "zed".  The word Zebra should rhyme with the word Debra).We saw a LOT of zebras in Botswana and Zambia, and eventually they became so familiar that they hardl... [read more]

Framingham Education Foundation

  • Published: Sun, 28 May 2017 20:18:10 -0400
    Mark C. Smith Poetry Celebration: May 31st, 7:00 p.m. Framingham Public Library - Congratulations to this year's winning poets! Please join us as we hear the winning poems on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:36:27 -0400
    We Are Accepting Poems for the 2017 Smith Poetry Contest! - We are now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Dr. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest! This contest is open to all Framingham Public School system students in grades K-12. There will be at least one winner per grade level. The prize is a certificate and an age appropriate poetry anthology and the opportunity to participate in an evening celebration in May. We are hoping to have entries from every school, so help spread the word! Poems may have been written any time during this school year. Poems... [read more]

  • Published: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:50:28 -0400
    Congratulations to the winning poets of the 2016 Smith Poetry Contest! - Thank you to all of the students who submitted poems. It was a pleasure and an honor to read them! This year's winning poems and poets are:... [read more]


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