Thursday, May 2, 2013
If everything goes on schedule, the new branch library could open in Nobscot by Christmas 2015.
Framingham Town Meeting approved funds for a new $8.6 million Christa McAuliffe Library branch Wednesday night. The Special Town Meeting vote was 149-1. The vote was taken electronically. The vote ended with a very loud and enthusiastic celebration in the back of Nevins Hall. Some in the audience, including Library Trustees, Library employees and residents cheered and even blew noise makers. The vote was eight years in the making for some of them. In 2005, Town Meeting voted down a proposal to build a new McAuliffe library branch. Framingham Patch was live blogging during the Special Town Meeting. You can read the transcript here. Last year, Framingham was awarded a state grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners of $4.2 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Special Town Meeting vote tonight on the McAuliffe Branch Library project, Framingham primary election results, Framingham Fire search and rescue at reservoir and Framingham High students produce video to Erase the Hate featured in today's column.
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. Tonight, Framingham Library trustees will ask a Framingham Special Town Meeting to fund the town’s share of the McAuliffe Branch Library project, which will be accomplished through a 20-year bond. The Framingham Public Library Foundation has raised nearly two-thirds of its fundraising goal of $600,000. These funds will be used to reduce the town's contribution. Last year, Framingham was awarded a state grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners of $4.2 million for the project. Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building. 2. …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
13th Annual Kite Day on Bose Mountain, informational meeting on McAuliffe Library Branch project, Congressman Ed Markey in town for a rally, 18th Annual Open Studios Weekend and final performance of the Bodies of Work featured in today's column.
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. Today is the 13th Annual Kite Day on top of Bose Mountain in Framingham Sponsored by the Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Autism Alliance of MetroWest. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per car, which will be collected at the top of the hill heading up the mountain. 2. The special primary election for U.S. Senate is Tuesday and Congressman Ed Markey, who is running on the Democratic ticket will be in Framingham today. Markey, who represents Framingham, will be at his Framingham field office at 303 Worcester Rd. (Route 9) at 6 p.m. for a …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Framingham was one of eight communities awarded grants by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners today.
The Framingham Library Foundation and the Framingham Library Trustees were awarded a $4.186 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners today to construct a new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot. Eight projects around the Commonwealth were awarded general construction grants by the Board of Library Commissioners at its Oct. 4 board meeting. Framingham was the fifth ranked project in the 2010-11 grant round. Framingham was on the wait list the last go round. Library trustees want to construct a 17,000 square foot newMcAuliffe branch library on a parcel of land in Nobscot at 732-746 Water St. This library would replace the existing branch at the corner of Nicholas Road and Water Street. Library Trustee Liz …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin told Selectmen Library Trustees are urging the town to tear down the decaying parking garage adjacent to the main library building and convert the space into a parking lot.
Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin told Selectmen Tuesday night that Framingham Library Trustees are urging the town to tear down the decaying parking garage adjacent to the main library building on Lexington Street and convert the space into a parking lot. Library Trustees voted unanimously to demolish the garage. Selectmen asked Halpin to look into the matter and bring back recommendations. The Selectmen also asked Halpin to review the Pearl Street parking garage to determine if the operation of that facility could be streamlined. The second level of the parking garage was recently closed after a piece of ceiling concrete fell onto a library employee's car. The third story of the structure already has been closed because of safety …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are scheduled to meet Thursday to vote on funding of projects; Framingham was on the wait list last year.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are scheduled to meet today. Framingham Library Trustees are hoping the Commissioners will vote to fund their library project - to build a new Christa McAuliffe Library branch in Nobscot. Last year, Commissioners awarded more than $25 million to 8 projects. Framingham was placed on a wait lisit for funding. Framingham is #6 on the list and is hoping to receive more than $4 million from the state towards the construction of a new library branch.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Former Framingham Library Director Mark Contois, who left for Worcester in 2010, will replace retiring director Jeanne Kelley, who replaced Contois when he left.
You can go home, again. After a search process that began in February, Framingham Library Trustees unananimously vote Thursday to offer former Library Director Mark Contois the position of Framingham Library Director. He will replace Jeanne Kelley, who will retire at the end of June. Ironically, Kelley replaced Contois, when he left in 2010. “Looks familiar,” Contois said as he walked into the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night. Contois was Framingham Library Director from 2006 to 2010 and left to become head librarian for the Worcester Public Library. Contois, who was the only finalist recommended by the search committee, said he had learned a lot from working in a big city and wanted to apply this experience to Framingham. As …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Bridge's status switched from replace to repair. Selectmen and Library Trustees appoint Linda Broderick as newest trustee.
Framingham’s Board of Selectmen was not pleased by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s apparent arbitrary decision to change the status of the Winter Street Bridge from a replacement project to one of repair. Selectmen objected to MassDOT’s decision and voted to strongly request the state to come back to the board with a design and plan that addresses concerns the board had with a MassDOT plan brought forth last summer. “I’m shocked to hear this,” said Selectman Laurie Lee. “I go back to the last statement made that night and it says the state will come back with a redesign.” Lee was reading from minutes of the Selectmen’s June 6, 2011, meeting when MassDOT’s plans for the bridge were brought before the board. MassDOT in June …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Three candidates - Linda Broderick, Dhruba Sen and George Brown - are vying to be appointed Library Trustee.
Framingham Selectmen and Library Trustees will hold a joint meeting on Valentine's Day to appoint a new library trustee. The Selectmen's meeting is scheduled to start at 7 in the Memorial Building. A seat became open earlier this month when Danielle Barney resigned, after being hired part by the library's reference department. There are three applicants for Trustee, all who met with Library Trustees Monday night. They are Linda Broderick, Dhruba Sen and George Brown. Brown is also a candidate for library trustee on the town's election ballot on April 3. He is one f five candiates vying for four Trustee seats. The other candidates are incumbents Maria Barry, Nancy Coville Wallace and Janet Harrington and Town meeting member Eric Doherty.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Framingham Library Director Jeanne Kelley will retire in June. A search committee has begun the process of finding her replacement.
Library Director Jelley Kelley, appointed in Dec. 2010, is retiring in June after 17 years at the Framingham Public Library said Library Trustees Chair Ruth Winett. "As Director, Jeanne has kept the Library on an even keel during challenging times, and she has hired an assistant director and branch manager and has worked with the Trustees to apply for and receive a construction grant for a new McAuliffe Branch Library. (Framingham is six on a waiting list of 15). We will miss her.," Winett said. A search committee has begun the process of advertising the position, said Winett. The library, which was founded in 1855 as the Social Library before becoming the Edgell Library in 1872 and later the Framingham Public Library, has the equivalent …