Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Candelight vigil and protest tonight in memory of Sandy Hook victims, Framingham Town Meeting resumes and will continue discussion and vote on next year's budget, Hoops & Homework program begins, chair yoga and more 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. Framingham Town Meeting resumes tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building. Framingham Patch will be live blogging. To see what you have missed, check out our live blogs from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5. Town Meeting will continue its debate and vote on the FY14 budget. Last Thursday, Town Meeting approved the Framingham Police Department budget, including hiring 7 new police officers. Read all the discussion with our live blog on Day 5. 2. First Parish in Framingham UU will hold a Candlelight Vigil and protest in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, for …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The brainchild of Town Meeting member Herb Chasan, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new free after school program at the Framingham Housing Authority on Pusan Road.
This week, children who live at the Framingham Housing Authority apartments on Pusan Road, and soon children at Pelham Apartments and Cochituate Cooperative Homes will have a free, 5-day a week after school programming. A ribbon cutting ceremony, with officials and community leaders, was held last week to mark the grand opening of the Hoops & Homework program, the branchild of Town Meeting member Herb Chasan. Town Meeting approved spending $81,000 for the program which is being run by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, the organization to submit a bid to operate the program. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, officials, including Selectmen Chair Dennis Giombetti, praised Chasan for his idea and his determination to make it a reality for…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Hoops & Homework Advisory Council, with SMOC and other partners, will hold a grand opening of its Hoops & Homework Program at 4 p.m. today, May 8.
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), the Hoops & Homework Advisory Council, Pelham Apartments, Cochituate Apartments and the Framingham Housing Authority will hold a grand opening for the Hoops & Homework program today, May 8 at 4 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by a tour of the 9 Pusan Rd. program and a chance to meet the SMOC staff. Hoops & Homework, funded by the Framingham Town Meeting, offers a free afterschool program for children in Precinct 17 in grades kindergarten through five. Modelled after a program at some of the housing authority sites, Town Meeting member Herb Chasan asked a Special Town Meeting to fund the project in three locations in South Framingham, to benefit those …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Today, Jan. 7 the Hoops & Homework Advisory Committee will meet to decide if SMOC will get the contract.
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council was the only bidder for the Town of Framingham's proposed Hoops & Homework program. And today, Jan. 7 the Hoops & Homework Advisory Committee will meet to decide if SMOC should get the 6-month contract. Special Town Meeting in October approved the program, which would provide after-school services for children living in Precinct 17. Town Meeting agreed to spend up to $81,000. Precinct 4 Town Meeting member Herb Chasan submitted the request for the program to Special Town Meeting and the Town of Framingham. SMOC was the lone bidder for the 6-month contract for January to June 2013. The bid did not list a cost. The program is expected to run after school until 6 p.m., weekdays, including the Thursday …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Special Town Meeting approved and appropriated $81,000 for Herb Chasan's Hoops & Homework proposal.
Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 or when a quorum is reached. On tap tonight is a discussion and vote on a Hoops & Homework proposal and how to send $1.7 million in additional state aid. There have been letters to Framingham Patch that indicate that Town Meeting members will ask for $14,000 for the Framingham Library and $30,000 for Framingham Veterans. The Framingham Schools had original requested $899,000 but Superintendent Stacy Scott told the School Committee Monday night he has reached a compromise with the CFO to hav the schools receive $600,000. All appropriations will need approval by Town Meeting. Framingham Patch will be live blogging. *** 7:39 p.m. Quroum Herb Chasan = TMM4 - speaking on Article 10 - Hoops & …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Massad: "The youth who need and will receive the most benefit from this proposed program will have a place for academic support and interaction with friends in a safe, nurturing environment."
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This letter is in support of the proposed Hoops & Homework collaborative/initiative that Town Meeting members to fund. I hope Selectmen and Town Meeting will support this cost-effective, much needed project for the Town of Framingham. The youth who need and will receive the most benefit from this proposed program will have a place for academic support and interaction with friends in a safe, nurturing environment. This will have a ripple effect throughout town. The economic downturn in the recent years has left a wider gap between wealthy and low-income families. The youth who are most vulnerable are often left with severely limited resources both in and out of school. An after-school program like Hoops & Homework will provide recreation, …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
At Wednesday night's Selectmen's meeting parks commissioner Joan Rastani said SMOC and the United Way of Tri-County will lend its support to make the Hoops & Homework program a reality in Framingham.
At Wednesday night's Selectmen's meeting, Parks Commissioner Joan Rastani said SMOC and the United Way of Tri-County will lend its support to make the Hoops & Homework program a reality in Framingham. Rastani read the release: "South Middlesex Opportunity Council and United Way of Tri-County look forward to lending support in making Hoops and Homework, a new after-school program for disadvantaged youth in Framingham, a reality. After the Town votes its support of the project, both agencies will work collaboratively in the creation and sustainability of the program. Preparing children to succeed in school and setting them on a course for success are goals the organizations involved share." Selectmen heard and watched a presentation by …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Joan Rastani: "Hoops and Homework will provide them with a safe place to work on their homework; a place staffed with volunteers to help and encourage them, equipped with computers and stocked with needed resources."
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A child born into poverty learns all too soon that life is not fair. The fate is not very different for the child whose parent, once gain-fully employed, finds that his/her job has been eliminated due to its outsourcing to China. Children like these face a tough uphill climb to survive, let alone to be successful in today’s world. Their parents may try to nurture and provide for these children, but think about what they are up against. The neighborhoods where they can afford to live are often unsafe with crime and drugs much more abundant than places to safely play or even walk. Frequently, the family must swallow its pride and visit the food bank, and also must seek out donations of used clothing. Do you think people enjoy having to do …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Shay: "I think it would be a great program to help kids who are having a hard time in school and it also would help them to get more supervised exercise."
Monday, August 27, 2012
My name is Donald Shay I am a Framingham Town Meeting member and the chair of Precinct 17 and member of the Education Standing Committee. I am writing in support of a program called Hoops & Homework. I think it would be a great program to help kids who are having a hard time in school and it also would help them to get more supervised exercise. I am looking for help to open a Recreation center on Carlson Rd. and Pusan Rd. in Framingham. We already have the building and an empty room available to use, but the Framingham Housing Authority owns the place we need support from every one in town to convince them to let us use this shuttered room. We also need help raising money for some computers to help the kids look for jobs and work on …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Keith: Mr. Chasan had made a passing reference to this program in a previous article,
but his Hoops for Homework is modeled after the already existing, successful program “Our House.”
The Waverly and Beaver Streets area as referred to by Mr. Chasan in a previous letter, may have the highest poverty level in town. They also have something truly unique, “Our House," Pelham Apartments Recreation and Computer Center. It has operated successfully for 18 years. The Recreation Center provides a place for children to go for homework help, and recreation. The Center also provides computers for the use of adults during the day when children are at school. This recreation center is funded jointly by Corcoran Management, Framingham Housing, and Framingham Police. The Center provides services to anyone that is need. Additionally, partnering with all agencies within the MetroWest area, they can provide quality customer services. It …