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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: 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]

  • Published: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 01:36:49 +0000
    Under the Radar has its benefits! - We are pretty psyched here to have been named FAN FAVORITE at this week’s UnCommonBoston awards–we won in the category Under the Radar Theater.  Of course, as the executive director, I don’t really want to be under the radar.  But in company with Oberon in Harvard Square and The Cabot Theater in Beverly, it could […] The post Under the Radar has its benefits! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Sun, 06 Mar 2016 02:12:06 +0000
    Music to Dance to! - This weekend we had three back to back shows–Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers followed by Karen K & the Jitterbugs and wrapping up with Matuto, the first ever Brazilian Bluegrass band!  I am in a permanent smile by the theme that tied these three shows together: live music brings out the dancing!  Every show […] The post Music to Dance to! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:36:19 +0000
    Under the Radar indeed! - Hey friends far and wide! Our little arts center just got nominated byBoston.Com for Best Under the Radar Theater! Can you take a couple minutes and vote for us?? http://uncommon.boston.com/ This is very cool as we are the only venue in Metrowest to get on the shortlist!  What great free publicity this will be!!  Please spread the […] The post Under the Radar indeed! appeared first on Amazing Things. ... [read more]

Framingham History Center Blog

The Gatepost - FSU Student News

Jim Pillsburys Blog

  • Giombetti is elected Council Chair - Not surprising to see Dennis being elected Chair and Sisitky as vice chair. Funny how the new government looks just like to old government. But we knew that going in. All eyes are going to be on them now to get things going. Look for lots of committe's and sub committees to tackle what Town Meeting did for hundreds of years.. ... [read more]

  • Veterans Day 2017 .. some history about the Vietnam War - A little history most people will never know. Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall.There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 61 years since the first casualty.The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of D... [read more]

  • FFD in the news again - According to the MWDN, one of our own robbed a bank, admitted it and said he spent the money already. He got 1K.. he makes nearly 70K? Can you imagine the overtime his absence will be? He's on administrative leave. Now that we know Cannon was endorsed by FFD, one has to wonder if he (Cannon) will support a complete top to bottom review of FFD.  My bet is he will get lots of money, even though he goes to jail. I'm sorry to hear he's a Veteran with more than a few rifles, and other guns in hi... [read more]

The Hamster Blog

  • 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]

  • Exhibit 'A' Brewing, Springdale Barrel Room Solidify Downtown Framingham as a Craft Beer Destination - When I wrote a blog post in April that Framingham overall was becoming a craft beer destination, little did I know that six months later I'd be writing another post that downtown Framingham specifically was becoming a craft beer destination of its own. Sour and barrel-aged beers are two of the hottest segments of the growing craft beer market, niches that Jack's Abby has been in, but will now put much more emphasis on. That downtown Framingham will be home to such a cutting-edge venture is ... [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

  • THIS PASTOR DIDN'T KEEP HIS PROMISE - "And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know."  (I Corinthians 8:2)I may forget where I left my cell phone (which happens often) or where I put my car keys or my wallet, but I will often vividly remember something from many years ago.  That happened one morning this week as I was in the shower (of all places).  The incident I remembered was from the 1980s- I'd guess 1984.  At that time, I was on the pastoral staff of Christian Li... [read more]

  • YOU CAN'T PUT GOD IN A BOX - "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony..."  (from Revelation 12:11)"You can't put God in a box!"  That's something I've learned in life and it's a saying I use a lot!  People constantly think they've got God all figured out- that He has to act this or that way, or do this or that thing, or that God would never approve of this or that thing.  In fact, that was the big problem with the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus' day.  He... [read more]

  • STILL BELIEVIN' WHEN THINGS "DON'T MAKE SENSE"! - "...I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."  (from 2 Timothy 1:12)Those words from 2 Timothy 1:12 are also the words of a beautiful folksy, and inspirational Christian chorus from several decades ago.  I remember learning that chorus somewhere around 1975 at Evangelical Baptist Church in Sharon, Massachusetts (now called "Hope Church").  I'm so glad I learned that chorus because in learning it I ... [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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