Thursday, March 29, 2012
Framingham Board of Health voted unanimously to revoke HoMei Seafood's food permit citing numerous code violations.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. Bowditch Field will host an exhibition soccer game between Franklin Pierce College and the Brazilian Women's National soccer team at 3:30 p.m. today. Former Franklin Pierce soccer player Gabriela Demoner, a four-time All-American for the Ravens from 2006-09, is a member of the Brazilian team. Demoner, from Vitoria, Brazil, posted 32 goals and eight assists her senior year at FPU. She was poised to be a part of Brazil’s 2011 World Cup team before suffering an injury, reported the Keene Sentinel. Demoner and Brazil will face the United States and Japan in the upcoming Challenge Cup. The request …
Friday, March 16, 2012
A few days after General Chemical announced it intends to close, Clean Venture, a hazardous waste trucking company, filed paperwork with the state, to operate in its location; the two companies have the same owner.
On March 1, the Framingham Board of Health held its fifth hearing on General Chemical. The next day, the company, in a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it plans to close it hazardous waste transfer site, located next door to Wilson Elementary School. Last week, in a conference call town and school officials were "horrified" to learn that General Chemical Clean Ventures, that operates at 138 Leland St, filed paperwork with the state to expand its operations to 133 Leland St, when its sister company General Chemical closes in April. Clean Venture "operations do not permit transfer of wastes, as did General Chemical, but do include the storage of parking of trucks holding various hazardous wastes, …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Framingham Board of Health is waiting for answers and action from DEP before it moves ahead on what to do with Ellingwood Construction.
Members of the working group looking into possible illegal and health-related issues swirling around activities of Ellingwood Construction at its site in north Framingham reported limited progress in resolving a myriad of issues before the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night. Board of Health Director Ethan Mascoop told Selectmen the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has not adequately addressed some of the concerns of the working group and until they get some answers, there is very little the Board of Health can do to alleviate the situation. But Health Board member Mike Hugo assured the selectmen the Board of Health will work on the issues once it is clear what DEP can and will do. “DEP can only do this much,” said Hugo, …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A cease and desist order for Ellingwood is among 9 things you may have missed at Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting.
The Town of Framingham sent Ellingwood Construction a cease and desist order on Tuesday, requiring the company to immediately stop all recycling and trucking operations into the site at 158 and 160 Meadow St. The order also requires removal within 10 days of all asphalt, concrete and soils Ellingwood has placed on property adjacent to and across from the Ellingwood site. The order follows months of public outcry and discussion among the Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, Planning Department, and others. Members of the public were informed of the cease and desist order at the Selectmen meeting on Tuesday night, and those present expressed relief that the town was finally taking action. The cease and desist order was signed by Deputy …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Board of Health is holding hearings to determine whether General Chemical should keep its site assignment or local permission to operate; third hearing was Thursday night.
Monday, January 16, 2012
The Framingham Board of Health will continue its hearing on General Chemical on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wilson Elementary School, located next to the chemical company.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A reader's question answered.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Faith Mayer
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Some folks want laptops for the holidays others want chickens. Yesterday, a reader asked us if we could find the current rules in town regarding owning chickens. The reader is interested in chickens for eggs. Happily, we found the answer. "The answer is yes, but as with anything there are qualifications," said Board of Health Director Ethan Mascoop. "You will need to obtain a permit for any number of chickens by filling out an application and appearing before the board of health at one of their meetings. No roosters are allowed; however, due to the noise." Mascoop went on to say that they receive a large number of requests for chickens in the course of the year. "Chickens are in," he quipped. Keep in mind that every town is different so …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Framingham Board of Health will hold its third public hearing on General Chemical Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7; FACES, a grassroots community organization, will hold a rally against General Chemical at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Framingham Action Coalition for Environmental Safety (FACES), a community group focused on addressing the enormous health and environmental dangers posed by General Chemical, is hosting a community rally before the third Framingham Board of Health hearing concerning General Chemical’s site assignment at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, Dec. 15. Parents, children, neighbors, and local elected officials will be present at the rally. Also present will be Art Kreiger and Nina Pickering Cook from Anderson & Kreiger, a Boston-based law firm that has agreed to represent members of FACES pro bono. "Anderson & Kreiger gladly agreed to represent members of FACES regarding their concerns about the environmental and public health impacts of basically …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Below is a list of meetings scheduled for town boards, committees, etc this week. Consider attending a meeting or getting involved in Framingham town government.
Tuesday Nov. 29 Retirement Board: 10 a.m. Blumer Room, Town Hall Board of Selectmen-Executive Session: 5:30 p.m., Nevins Conference Room, Town Hall Board Of Selectmen Meeting: 7 p.m., Ablondi Room , Town Hall School Committee-Ad Hoc Committee for Business Manager Contract (Closed meeting), 7 p.m. King Building, Conference Room 112 Board Of Health Meeting: 7 p.m. , Conference Room 1, Town Hall Personnel Board Meeting: 7:30 p.m., Nevins Room, Town Hall Town Manager Search Committee Meeting: 7:30 p.m., Suite 522 MetroWest Health Care Center Medical Arts Building Wednesday, Nov. 30 School Committee's Policy Subcommittee Meeting: 3 p.m., School Library, Cameron Middle School Keefe Tech Budget Sub-Committee Meeting: 6 p.m. Room 226, Keefe …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen met the Board of Health Tuesday night and voted to create an action plan for issues with the Ellingwood Construction operation.
Framingham Board of Health appeared beforeSelectmen Tuesday night to discuss the Ellingwood Construction operation. “There are issues and there are violations,” said Board of Health Director Ethan Mascoop. Mascoop admitted the health board has been focused on General Chemical and has not been able to devote enough time to the Ellingwood issues. Further complicating matters, the Board of Health shares jurisdiction with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which limits the board’s ability to take action on the situation. The state has said Ellingwood needs to build a berm to separate his property from neighboring properties, and Ellingwood agreed to do so. However, the berm has not been built and the state has not…