|Earliest: December 15, 2009||Latest: April 7, 2019||Total: 138|
|April 7, 2019|
Next Monday is Marathon Monday, it?s a pretty big deal for most people in MetroWest. Some people are excited to run the Boston Marathon- while others are excited to spend some time cheering on the runners.
Some people in Framingham like to watch the runners come up the hill near the reservoir in Framingham.
The "red" timeline indicates when it's difficult to cross Waverly Street.
For additional tips, check out the 2012 blog post: 2012 Boston Marathon
For the best view in front of the La Catina restaurant, your best to arrive before 8am. Most of the crowds around 9am.
In addition to a good view, you'll get a nice parking spot at Keefe Technical School. It's a short walk over the bridge to Waverly street.
La Catina side of Waverly Street is good because you can leave the marathon whenever you want.
|July 11, 2018|
Walking through the Framingham's Church Hill Cemetery, you may encounter many strange old gravestones. However, one stands out a bit more than others - its the gravestone of Joan Buckminster Marcy
There isn't a whole lot of information on her. I did find her obituary in the Buffalo NY Courier Express (Page 7):
Miss Joan Marcy Dies in Vermont
(August 19, 1942) Joan Buckminster Marcy, fourteen, younger daughter of William L. Marcy, Jr. and Mrs. Heinrich F. F. H. Hause of 62 East 78th Street, New York City, died yesterday morning at Guilford, VT., after an Illness of eight months.
Born July 14, 1928, Miss Marcy had made her home with her mother in New York since 1935. She attended school in Darien, Conn.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Guilford.
Besides her parents, Miss Marcy is survived by a sister, Constance of New York City.
In addition, someone posted some information in a feedback section on the ThisIsFramingham website, I am not sure it's talking about same person:
Comment by Sarah - October 14, 2008
Someone was interested in Joan Buckminster Marcy, buried in the cemetery at Framingham. She was my great aunt and a great beauty if I do say so myself. I inherited her portrait, done in oil. It's beautiful and hangs in my sister's house in Washington State.
She was married to a Spanish diplomat.
She died in Egypt after an ectopic pregnancy; medical technology was not what it is today, obviously. She was still in her twenties when she died.
I never knew her, but I knew my grandmother, her sister, very well indeed.
Couple of Notes about the above comment:
The whimsical bronze turtle does stand out from all the other classic gravestones.
One possible reason for the turtle is its Indian meaning - The turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The turtle has great longevity living up to 150 years. (Could also be that Joan had a special thing for turtles)
I am not sure if Sarah comment is correct.
If you have any additional information about Joan Buckminster Marcy, please put it in the comments below. Also, I couldn't find any information on why she was buried in Framingham. Se spent her whole life in Connecticut and New York. Why was she buried in Framingham?
|March 18, 2018|
Are you new to traveling the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail? Here's some advice from a regular commuter
|February 7, 2018|
Framingham residents do have several options for getting to Logan International Airport. Here's a look at the four possible options. I also include the costs and the benefits of each option.
In these options, I am comparing a party of 3, 2-Adults and 1 child on a typical 7-day vacation.
Total Airport Trip Cost: $93
You need to get to Logan Express really early to get the bus and make it to the airport. This is very popular during peak travel times. The overflow lot is near Kohls.
The first inbound service is 3 am and the last outbound service is 1:15 am (except Saturdays at 12:15 am). The service runs every half hour on weekdays and Sundays after 1 pm, and every hour on Saturdays and Sunday mornings.You may be better off catching a taxi to Logan Express to save money.
|Cost of Parking at Logan Express:||$7 a day|
|Cost of Bus Trip:||$22 Round Trip|
Total Airport Trip Cost: $42.50
While this might be the cheapest option, it involves traveling on multiple public transportation vehicles (Train and Bus). This would not be a good option if you have a lot of luggage or children.
This would be a good option if your traveling for a long period.
|Commuter Rail Ticket:||$16.50 Round Trip (Children don't need a ticket)|
|Cost Silver Line:||$2.75 (Per Person) to the airport. The trip is Free from Logan to South Station.|
Total Airport Trip Cost: $192.90
This is the most expensive option. However, gives you the most control on getting to/from the airport. The driver can always drop off the passengers and the luggage at curbside and then park the car in the long-term lot.
Always check to see the status of the long-term lot. If there is an overflow lot, it may be closer to the terminals.
|Cost of Parking at Logan (Long Term Lot):||$26 a day|
|Cost of Tolls:||$3.70 (one-way) $3.50 (Ted Williams Tunnel) $10.90|
Total Airport Trip Cost: $126+ Tip
This would be a way to save money over parking at the long-term lot - especially for longer trips. Make sure to call Tommy Taxi Cab in advance so there is a car available for you.
|Cost Breakdown (Tommy Taxi)|
|Cost of Getting to Logan:||$62|
|Cost of to getting to Framingham:||$64|
|January 31, 2018|
This weekend we have joined the growing trend and cut the cord from Comcast's Xfinity service. We switched over to Fios Internet service without TV service.
We are getting live TV from Over the Air and from Hulu's new live service. Hulu also has some great cable programming that we like to watch.
Technology has gotten so advanced that you don't need a large outdoor antenna to get quality over the air TV signals - particularly if you live in Framingham or for that matter much of the MetroWest.
We purchased a Vansky 2018 Newest Indoor Amplified Digital HDTV Antenna It offers a 50 Mile Range, Local Broadcast 4K/HD/VHF/UHF, Signal TV Channels for Smart Television w/ Detachable Amplifier. We purchased it from Amazon. This works perfectly in our house. This is powered by USB, it comes with a wall adapter, but the USB port on the TV works just fine.
We did notice that our 10-year-old TV didn't get as many channels as some newer TV sets.
Framingham residences can get access to 38 "Over the Air" channels. Here's the current listing that you should be able to get:
The quality of the picture is great. This is certainly not the same "Over The Air" picture quality from the 1980s and 1990s. No rabbit ears, just pure digital quality.
It does take time to get used to Hulu interface - particularly after watching Xfinity for a long time. When you turn it on you get a menu on what you want to watch, not live TV right away.
The live functionality isn't available on every platform. Only Samsung TVs has built-in support for Live, on other TVs, you need to use the Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV or Chrome Stick to view Live broadcasts.
We'll still be able to watch popular news channels - Fox News or CNN whenever we want.
Unfortunately we won't see any of the regular Red Sox, Celtics or Bruins games as they are all on cable channels. Hulu doesn't carry NBCSP and NESN, where most of the games are played.
In some cases, we'll miss Xfinity DVD functionality and the voice remote.
We'll also miss the Xfinity Hotspots, especially along the Framingham/Worcester line.
More and more people are cutting the cable because people are too busy to watch live TV. They are watching TV on their terms and cable is too expensive.
|January 24, 2018|
Framingham is very fortunate to have many establishments that are open 24-Hours. Here?s a list of the various locations and a note about each:
|CVS||1280 Worcester Rd (Corner of Temple and Worcester Road)||Pharmacy is open 24-hours. Great place to go to get medicine for children that are sick at 3am.|
|Walgreens||653 Worcester Rd||If CVS is out of your item, then try Walgreens. Good location if you live northern Framingham.|
|iHop||17 Edgell Road||New Restaurant that offers breakfast and comfort foods any time of the day.|
|McDonalds||Mass Pike I-90 Service Area||Good place if your looking for a quick late night bite this would be a good stop|
|Dunkin Donuts||692 Cochituate Road (Near the Mass Pike)||Looking for coffee before getting on the highway? One of the few Dunkin Donuts that is open 24-Hours. (The Dunkin on the Mass Pike isn't open 24-hours) They do have food services all night. It's great place to get donuts or donut holes for a late night software releases.|
|Cumberland Farms||730 Cochituate Road||Gas Station and Shop is open 24-hours. Great place to stop to fill up before heading to Logan Airport and catching the early morning flight.|
|Seasons Corner Market||846 Concord St||Shell Station that accepts Stop and Shop Fuel Reward Card. Easy access from Route 9 or Route 30.|
|Tedeschi Food Shop||430 Waverly Street (At the Corner of Concord and Waverly Street)||Lots of good snacks for the late night cravings.|
|VERC Gulf Nobscot||876 Edgell Road||Small store, has a lot of the basics. Convenient for those living around Nobscot and Northern Framingham.|
|January 17, 2018|
The City of Framingham is broken down into 10 active neighborhoods:
|January 10, 2018|
In May 2012, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority allowed the public access to inactive aqueducts on various sites around Metrowest. One of the sites open was the Sudbury Aqueduct in Framingham.
There is a sign at both entrances to the Sudbury Aqueduct which read:
Welcome to the Sudbury Aqueduct walking trail.
This property is passive trail that has been permitted for use from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority to the Town of Framingham Parks & Recreation Department.
The Town of Framingham and the MWRA would like to thank you for visiting the Sudbury Aqueduct walking trail. We ask that you observe the following while using this trail;
The best place to park your car is at the Cushing Memorial Park near the chapel. You can then safely walk down Dudley Street to the entrance of the Sudbury Aqueduct.
Looking for the 'Aqueduct Trails' markers looks like a fun game to play with kids.
|January 3, 2018|
Welcome to 2018 in Framingham, there are some new changes around here...
Framingham is American's newest City. Most residents won't see much of a change during the transformation.
At the 2016 Town Meeting, residents voted in favor of Article 42 - Amend General Bylaws: Article VIII Section 8 - Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw.
According to the Article, the intent of the new Bylaw:
The production and use of thin film single-use plastic checkout bags have significant impacts on the environment, including, but not limited to: contributing to the potential death of marine animals through ingestion and entanglement; contributing to pollution of the land environment; creating a burden to solid waste collection and recycling facilities; clogging storm drainage systems; and requiring the use of millions of barrels of crude oil nationally for their manufacture. The purpose of this bylaw is to eliminate the usage of thin-film-single-use plastic bags by all retail and grocery stores in the Town of Framingham, on or after January 1, 2017.
According to the Article:
Enforcement of this bylaw shall be the responsibility of the Town Manager (now Mayor) or his/her designee. The Town Manager shall determine the inspection process to be followed, incorporating the process into other town duties as appropriate.Any retail or grocery store distributing plastic grocery bags in violation of this bylaw shall be subject to a non-criminal disposition fine as specified in Appendix A of the Regulations for Enforcement of Town Bylaws under LM.G. Chapter 40,2S1D -Any such fines shall be paid to the Town of Framingham.
Plastic Bag Regulations have been approved in 61 Cities and Towns in Massachusetts. The following city and towns in Massachusetts have now ban the use of plastic bags in retail stores:
There is a Bill in the Massachusetts legislature that will make any single-use bags against the law - not just plastic bags. If the bill passes, the law would go into effect on August 1, 2018.
The Bill S.424 simply states:
Except as provided in this section on and after August 1, 2018, a store shall not provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale.
The Bill is currently in a Joint Senate/House hearing. However, pass bills never made it Pass the Joint hearing and pretty much dies in committee.
|December 27, 2017|
There were a lot of interesting posts done this year, it was difficult to pick just seven...
In no particular order...