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2022 New Year Resolutions for Framingham

FRAMINGHAM – As 2021 winds down, it is time for us to take stock on where we are as a city and refocus our goals for 2022. The last two years have shown that Framingham’s traditional ways of operating no longer serve us as a community. Our elected officials are at a standstill. They are bogged down by fighting, lack …

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Choose To Be Kind

A few days before Christmas during the Great Recession in 2008, I answered a call from a senior citizen who called Governor Patrick’s Office in need of assistance. I was a member of the Constituent Services team at the time. He told me his hot water heater broke days before, and he could not afford a new one. He tried …

Our City of Framingham Needs To Listen to All of Us

As I have been talking to neighbors about the state of affairs in Framingham, a theme is emerging: our elected leaders have lost their focus on the people they serve. I hear over and over about the disconnect between what is happening in our neighborhoods and the lack of action in the Memorial Building. Everything is distant and disconnected.  There …

A Way Forward For A Greener Framingham

As I write this piece on my back porch, my attention is caught by the haze in the air caused by the wildfires on the west coast. Our rainiest July in recent memory may have kept my vegetable garden watered but is a reminder of changing weather patterns. Devastating floods in Europe and China and heatwaves in England further prove …

Enough of What We Are Against. What Are We For?

Enough of what we are against. What are we for? The noise coming out of Framingham government is at an all high decibel. The finger pointing, the clashing of personalities, the false promises of transparency and collaboration, the lack of communication, the insults … I could go on. Reading the headlines and watching local meetings, it is obvious to any …

Let the Sunshine in On Our Digital Memorial Building

If you want to know the most popular dog name in Framingham, go to the City’s website. But if you want to explore the current budget data, well, you aren’t going to find it on the City website. You will have to put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and the City may or may not send you …

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We’re at the Crossroads of Our Transit Future

Driving through Framingham Centre one afternoon, it occurred to me: traffic is coming back.  The lack of traffic caused by people staying home due to the pandemic is slowly coming to an end. As I watched the cars back up on Route 9, I wondered why Framingham isn’t taking this once in a generation opportunity to really do something about …

History Needs To Repeat Itself

Ninety-two years ago today, 2500 Framingham residents gathered for the official dedication of the Memorial Building. The building was dedicated “in honor of our citizens who served in the nation’s wars and to the welfare of all our people.” It was a grand event filled with community unity and pride, patriotism, music and reverence for the past with a clear …