Thursday, April 25, 2013
And six other items from Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
Officials are discussing a plan with the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to operate a shuttle bus from the the town’s Pearl St. parking garage to the MBTA commuter rail station. “The hope is that this service together with the fact that we have opened the garage up for free commuter parking will increase its use,” Town Manager Robert Halpin said. That in turn will make the parking lot safer for all, he added. Halpin said he and other officials met with MWRTA Director Ed Carr to discuss the proposal, which would utilize the so-called Banana Lot at the intersection of Pearl and Park streets for access to the train station. Permission to make changes to that property will be required from the MBTA and from a property owner, who Halpin …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Public invited to meet Republican senate candidate Gabriel Gomez this morning, 17 Framingham Police, including 10 SWAT members participated in last week's manhunt, free children's karate class today and Panache Coffee receives entertainment license.
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. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez will in Framingham this morning. The former U.S. Navy Pilot and Navy SEAL, Gomez will start his morning at CJ's Northside Grill at 8:40 a.m. The public is invited to stop by and meet him and ask questions. A first generation American and the son of Columbian immigrants, his next stop will be at Pueblito Paisa Colombia Restaurant in downtown Framingham at 66 Hollis St. at 9:45 a.m. A graduate of Harvard Business School and endorsed by former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, Gomez last stop in Framingham will be a meet and greet with local …
Framingham Selectmen approved the owner's restaurant and beer and wine license Tuesday night.
Extravaganza Brazilian American Pizza & Bar plans to open this month in Framingham The restaurant at 47 Beacon St., formerly the site of Daniela’s Cantina, received a beer and wine license, along with a common victualer’s license from Framingham Selectmen Tuesday night. Attorney Charlene Cabral said the restaurant, whose management team includes a former owner of Superior Pie, will be “unique in Framingham and in the state." It will feature a blend of Brazilian and American food in a fun environment featuring life-size murals on the walls, said Cabral. She said the restaurant hopes to open on Tuesday, April 30.
Framingham Selectmen unanimously approved a beer and wine license for CJ's Northside Grill in Framingham.
CJ’s Northside Grill received a beer and wine license from Selectmen Tuesday night, a move the owner said reflects changing demographics in the Nobscot neighborhood. Owner Chris Gagen, who has operated CJ's since 2011, said the restaurant is looking to augment an expanded menu that emphasizes full dinner offerings along with the shop's popular sandwiches. “We have really worked hard to keep a family dynamic, to make the place light and airy,” he said, adding that the restaurant has no current plans to extend its hours later into the night. “Our location and space doesn’t lend itself to being a watering hole.” Attorney Roger Dowd noted that CJ’s has been a fixture on the North side of town for more than 50 years in various incarnations, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
A Framingham business owner told Selectmen he wants Framingham Police to get rid of the individuals drinking in public, using drugs, the prostitution and the homeless sleeping in their cars across the street from his business.
A Framingham business owner told the Board of Selectmen this week he wants Framingham Police to get rid of the individuals drinking in public, using drugs, the prostitution and the homeless sleeping in their cars across the street from his business. Joseph Olinto, the owner of SewFisticated Fabrics in downtown, Framingham told Selectmen there are large groups of homeless people congregating in the parking lot of the former Salvation Army Thrift Store downtown. He also said there are individuals "out there every day" committing crimes. He told selectmen of individuals "injecting drugs" and "soliciting prostitutes." "There are people living in their cars in their parking lot," said Olinto, who asked isn't that a violation of a code? "It is a…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Framingham School Committee announced applicants should submit letter of interest, if they wish to be appointed to fill the seat vacated by newly-elected Selectmen Michael Bower.
Framingham School Committee is looking for candidates interested in serving the final year of Michael Bower's term. Bower resigned from the School Committee immediately upon his election to the Board of Selectmen in Tuesday's town-wide vote. Bower and Charles Sisitsky were running unopposed for two Selectmen seats. The seventh seat on the School Committee will be filled by a joint vote of the Framingham Selectmen and the Framingham School Committee, according to a procedure outlined in Massachusetts General Laws. The School Committee announced its intention to fill the seat Wednesday night, th first step in the process. Newly-elected School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo said Selectmen will set a date for a joint meeting between the two …
Following Tuesday's Annual Town Election, the Framingham School Committee and Framingham Selectmen both held meetings on Wednesday and elected new chairs.
Beverly Hugo will chair the Framigham School Committee for the next year after the board's annual reorganization Wednesday night. It will be the third stint as chair for Hugo, a three-term member of the Committee. Across town, Framingham Selectmen elected Dennis Giombetti as the new chair. He takes the gavel from recently re-elected Selectmen Charlie Sisitsky. Hugo takes the gavel from David Miles, who was elected vice-chair. Carol Phelan will continue as clerk. "I will do my best to run efficient and effective meetings and to keep the focus on how the board can help support student achievement and district growth," Hugo said. Framingham Selectmen elected Laurie Lee as vice-chair and newly-elected Selectmen Michael Bower as clerk. …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Framingham Voters can vote between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today; the only town-wide contested race is for Planning Board where four individuals are vying for two seats.
Today is election day in Framingham. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town's 18 precincts. If you are not sure where to vote, click here. Framingham has about 37,000 registered voters. In last year's Town Election, only 10% of registered voters voted. Officials are predicted about a 10% turnout today, too. Probably because there is only one town-wide contested race. Four candidates are running for two 3-year seats on the planning board. They are incumbents Susan Bernstein and Andrea Carr-Evans, and challengers Lew Colten and Victor Ortiz. Framingham will have a new selectman Tuesday night, as incumbent Ginger Esty withdrew from the race, citing health reasons. Incumbent Selectmen Chair Charlie Sisitsky and current School…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Submit questions in advance to Bob Zimmerman at email@example.com.
Monday, April 1
The Framingham Sierra Club is hosting a Candidates Night, as a means to get to know the candidates for Planning Board and Selectmen, two of the most powerful boards in Framingham Town Government, tonight at 6:15 in the main Framingham Library. The town election is Tuesday, April 9. The Candidates Night will begin with refreshments and an informal time to meet the candidates starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by formal panels starting at 6:30 p.m. After the candidates opening statements there will be a Q/A session where the audience will be encouraged to submit written questions to the candidates. Submit questions in advance to Bob Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two open seats for the Framingham Planning Board and challengers…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Framingham Auxiliary Police, which is recruiting new members, made a presentation to Selectmen, and 3 items you missed from Tuesday's meeting.
The Framingham Auxiliary Police provided more than 4,000 hours of support to the town last year at community events and during storms, all at no cost to the community, Framingham Selectmen learned Tuesday night. Auxiliary Police Captain Mark Spigel said auxiliary officers helped dig out cruisers during snow storms, provided child fingerprinting services and performed crowd and traffic control at road races, concerts and other events. "I guarantee the town doesn't know how much work you do for the town and at no cost to the town," said Chairman Charles Sisitsky, who had invited Spigel to speak to the board. Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steven Trask called the auxiliary force "the town's hidden jewel" and said it provides important …