Friday, February 22, 2013
Avery Dennison spokesperson: "We may be leaving but another integral organization with solid ties to the community is taking our place, SMOC."
SMOC plans to move to 7 Bishop St. in the fall, after Avery Dennison moves its operations to Westborough, after more than a century in Framingham. The Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) currently located at 300 Howard St. is not expanding, but consolidating its administrative offices into more modern space, said Jerry Desilets, SMOC Director of Planning. Desilets, said SMOC had been renting its current space since 1996, and will move into its new location sometime in the fall. "We need more efficient, modernized space," he said. On Valentine's Day, Framingham Patch was the first to report that after more than a century in the community, Avery Dennison was leaving Framingham. The Dennison Manufacturing Company was founded in …
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 …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Four Framingham organizations were awarded: St. Bridget's Food Pantry, Salvation Army, United way of Tri-County and SMOC.
Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has awarded $78,700 in grants to emergency food programs throughout MetroWest, including four Framingham organizations, through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger. The grants will support programs such as food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations providing hunger relief. Over 43,000 supporters walked to raise money to help the hungry. In the MetroWest area, 22 different agencies will benefit from these grants. Emergency food programs are a vital resource for people who struggle with hunger, something an estimated 750,000 people in Massachusetts experience. Last year, the Project Bread–funded emergency food …
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 …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
With a grant from the Sudbury Foundation, the Framingham-based United Way of Tri-County plan to launch an early literacy program, which will provide Framingham families free books.
With a grant from the Sudbury Foundation, the Framingham-based United Way of Tri-County plan to launch Imagination Library, and early literacy program. Imagination Library gives every registered preschool child a book a month, from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten, 60 books in total, delivered straight to their mailbox. Since 2001, the program has distributed more than 41.5 million books nationwide. The Sudbury Foundation grant will provide resources to United Way of Tri-County, as they engage community stakeholders and develop business and fund development plans to support the launch of Imagination Library for Framingham families with children age 0-5, providing them with an age appropriate book every month…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Selectmen granted a license to a Colombian restaurant on Hollis St. and received an update on SMOC and its projects.
The town’s pressure and increased attention to the issues surrounding the Ellingwood Construction site in north Framingham is yielding results. Residents in the area noted a decrease in traffic going in and out of the site and a virtual suspension of activity in the area. “I have not seen much truck activity in the past week or so,” resident Jim Stewart told Selectmen at its Tuesday night meeting. “I think the trucks understand.” Steward is one of many residents in the north Saxonville neighborhood, who have brought the Ellingwood situation to light. For years neighbors have battled what they claim is illegal and unhealthy activity at the site. Ellingwood maintains an asphalt grinding and concrete crushing operation off Meadow Street and …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The following information was provided by the Framingham Police Department. Where an arrest or charges are mentioned, no conviction is indicated.
Feb. 7: 12:13 Susupicious motor vehicle reported at Dunkin Donuts, 266 Concord St. Motor vehicle removed. 8:50 a.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at Irving and Waverly streets 11:56 a.m. Shoplifter reported at Best Buy, Shoppers World. Individual removed. 2:01 p.m. Malicious destruction of property reported at Framingham High, 115A St. 2:29 p.m. Assault reported at Wayside, 1 Frederick Abbott Way. 3:32 p.m. Motor vehicle crash reported at Valvoline, 749 Worcester Rd, with no injuries. 4:12 p.m. James Masotta, 45, of 100 Pearl St Apt. 6B of Framingham arrested at Eaton Apothecary. Charged with disorderly conduct. 4:12 p.m. Disturbance reported at Eaton Apothecary, 266 Waverley St. 4:29p.m. Shoplifter reported at CVS Pharmacy, 1280 …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
From plaques to appointments to reports, the Board of Selectmen had a busy night Tuesday.
Selectmen considered a number of items at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. The Board of Selectmen:
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Panera Bread's Operation Dough-Nation® program helps feed the hungry in the Framingham community.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Panera Bread of Framingham recently presented a check for $5,100 to its local charity partner, MetroWest Harvest. The money, raised through Panera’s Operation Dough-Nation® program, will help MetroWest Harvest in its mission to feed the hungry in the Framingham community. “We’re so grateful to Panera Bread in Framingham for their continued support of MetroWest Harvest and the Framingham community,” said Jeen Kniveton, director of MetroWest Harvest. “Our longtime partnership with this local café has been vital to our work, enabling us to put groceries in the hands of many more families in need.” The Framingham bakery-café originally collected $2,550 from customers through the in-store Operation Dough-Nation® canisters, which are displayed …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Permits and licenses were approved and denied, Selectmen decided to form a search committee for a new Town Manager plus the Town Meeting Warrant was opened and closed during last night's Selectmen's meeting.
Selectmen had a full plate during their meeting Tuesday night as they tackled a two-page agenda that included consideration of licenses and permits for restaurants and liquor sales and temporary mobile businesses; an opening and closing of a special town meeting warrant; consideration of a recycling contract; forming a town manager search committee and a presentation by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council. 1. Jim Cuddy, executive director of SMOC, gave a detailed, far ranging overview of the work SMOC is doing in Framingham and the region. It was the first time that SMOC and the Board of Selectmen have had a public exchange since a discrimination lawsuit against the town was settled last fall. Selectmen Chair Jason Smith, emphasized …