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|December 20, 2017|
It's that time of year again. When the cold weather has arrived, and people are putting away the lawn motor and getting ready to dust off the snow blower. It's that time when local Framingham residences are working the various back roads to get around the mall traffic.
Around town, people may see some large Wooden soldiers standing by some of Framingham landmarks.
The wood soldiers originally came from the original Shopper's World as a way to promote the mall during Christmas season. Some children may think they are nutcrackers, but they are in fact soldiers.
I wasn't able to find the exact date that they were placed, but it they appeared every Christmas since the min-1960s. There are 23 12-feet Wooden Soldiers. There was one giant soldier in the center of the shopping plaza. Kids know that where Santa was.
When the mall closed in 1994, the Wooden Soldiers were sold. Nobody knows what happen to the large one. There is a rumor that it was buried under the mall.
The Town of Framingham acquired some of the soldiers when Shopper's World closed. The town places 19 wooden soldiers around various landmarks around town.
For some Framingham residents, there's a tradition of "Finding the Wooden Soldier." They grab some hot chocolate and venture out to find all 19 Wooden Soldiers.
I created a PDF Document to help record the location of the wooden soldiers. Download the document, print it and see how many your family can find!
To help you out on your journey, here's a list of places where they were placed in the past:
Bowditch Field entrance (2), Memorial Building (2), MutualOne Co-op Bank on Concord Street (2), Downtown Common, Cushing Memorial Park (2) , M&O Building, Loring Arena, Adesa, Framingham Centre Common, Old Library, Albie Russo's old gas station in Saxonville, Russo's old bank in Saxonville, Robinson's Hardware in Saxonville, Edgell Memorial Library, Tripoli Police sub-station
|December 13, 2017|
In 2012, CNNMoney ranked Framingham the 38th best small city in America. It was a surprise to many since Framingham has rarely made the top 10 list of towns in Massachusetts.
CNNMoney described Framingham as..
Located 20 miles west of Boston, Framingham celebrates its ethnic diversity, offering public school calendars in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. It has a sweet job market to celebrate too; the town's unemployment rate is a mere 4.2% as of May. High growth has recently helped revitalize the downtown, which includes Hispanic and Brazilian retail shopping and restaurants. Completing the picture is an array of affordable housing options, from Victorian homes to multistory apartment buildings.
Framingham hasn't made the top 100 list on CNNMoney since 2002. The current Time/Money survey has Waltham (13), Newton (26), Norwood (78), and South Weymouth (73) as the only cities in Massachusetts to make the list.
Currently the Niche.com website has Framingham ranked #114 in the survey of the best Town to live in Massachusetts. The town gets high marks for Diversity, Outdoor Activities, and Commute. It lacks on affordable housing, cost of living and weather.
In 2013, Boston.com put out a DreamFinder list of "25 best places to live in Massachusetts." Framingham took the #14 spot. The article says "has a strong location score, above average schools and decent housing costs."
Framingham is currently America's largest town. After January 1st, the title goes to Brookline, Massachusetts.
|December 6, 2017|
I am helping a committee of volunteers put together the music for the Gala. The theme that we selected is Christmas with some 1980s/1990s dance music.
If you're going to be in the Framingham area on December 8th, why not attend a fun event? There?s still time to attend the Gala! Head over to the Saint Bridget website and sign up. I don?t believe that there?s going to be any tickets available at the door.
There?s a large growing list of auction items, including:
We have identified the need for four main categories:
This is the collection of music that we have select, it?s pretty much a collection of some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. We select the appropriate artist that most people would associate the song too. Since Saint Bridget school is a Catholic school, we wanted to include some popular Christmas music that would be played at school/church.
I thought I include the list here so other people that are putting together similar events can have a nice music to select from. All of these songs are available on iTunes. You can find popular music collections that contain many of the classic songs by Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and others.
Here is the Christmas song list in alphabetical order:
|Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)||Bing Crosby||3:14|
|All I Want For Christmas Is You||Mariah Carey||3:55|
|Angels We Have Heard On High||Andy Williams||2:32|
|Away in a Manger||Kids||2:38|
|Baby It's Cold Outside||Dean Martin & Martina McBride||2:54|
|Baby Jesus is Born||GARTH BROOKS||3:59|
|Carol of the Bells||Mannheim Steamroller||3:53|
|The Christmas Song||The Carpenters||3:40|
|Do you hear what I hear||Bing Crosby||2:45|
|Feliz Navidad||Jose Feliciano||3:05|
|The First Noel||Connie Francis||3:07|
|Go Tell it on the Mountain||Dolly Parton||2:43|
|Happy Christmas (War is Over)||John Lennon||3:36|
|Happy Holidays||Andy Williams||2:38|
|Here Comes Santa||Gene Autry||2:34|
|I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day||Casting Crowns||4:20|
|It's begining to look a lot like Christmas||Perry Como||2:39|
|It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year||Andy Williams||2:32|
|Jingle Bell Rock||Brenda Lee||2:10|
|Joy to the World||Christmas Carol & Song Children||2:10|
|Last Christmas||Ashley Tisdale||3:55|
|Let it Snow||Frank Sinatra||2:37|
|Little Drummer Boy||Harry Simeone Chorale||3:19|
|Mary, Did You Know?||Kathy Mattea||3:15|
|Mary's Boy Child||Bioney M||5:09|
|Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) [Single Version]||Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters||2:55|
|O Come All Ye Faithful||Casting Crowns||3:49|
|O Come, O Come Emmaunel||Citizen Shade||2:52|
|O Tannenbaum||Nat King Cole||3:01|
|Rocking around the Christmas Tree||Brenda Lee||2:06|
|Silent Night||Frank Sinatra||3:07|
|Silver Bells||Bing Crosby||3:06|
|The Star||Mariah Carey||4:02|
|There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays||Perry Como||2:58|
|White Christmas||Bing Crosby||1:38|
|November 29, 2017|
Next weekend, December 5th, Framingham will light up the last Town of Framingham Christmas Tree. Next year Christmas Tree will be the first for the City of Framingham.
|November 22, 2017|
The Edward F. Loring Ice Arena is Framingham?s only indoor ice skating rink. The area host public skating sessions, local hockey games and figure skating events.
The need for Framingham to have an Ice Arena because the Framingham Ice Hockey team would have to travel all the way to Worcester to play their games. In 1961 the team captured the attention of the town when they won the state championship.
|November 15, 2017|
Technically Framingham, Massachusetts should really be Framlingham, Massachusetts. Why the name change is the first mystery of the town.
In 1662, the town was originally called Danforth Farms. The area was originally owned by Thomas Danforth who acquired the land by purchasing various land grants by the Massachusetts General Court.
After selling off some of his lands, Thomas Danforth started naming the area Framlingham after his birthplace Framlingham, England.
According to historians, there are only three people that are recorded to be born in Framlingham, Massachusetts:
Then one day in 1673 everyone stopped calling it Framlingham. No one is exactly sure why the letter 'l' was removed from the name.
Since December 23, 1673, the Massachusetts County Court has recorded the name of the area as Framingham.
Some historians thought it was a clerical error - perhaps someone just left out the 'l' and it changed history. However, around 1673, Thomas Danforth started referring to the area as Framingham in his writings.
I wasn't able to find out what event/situation in December 1673 that caused the name change. I believe that it had to have happened sometime in December 1673 and that is why the Massachusetts County Court made a note of it. There was
Framingham wouldn't be an official town until another 26 years later.
If you have any insights please leave a comment below.
The town still honors the mother city, Framlingham, England and invited a representative to the town during Framingham's Centennial celebration. The person was treated like royalty.
|November 8, 2017|
Congratulations to Yvonne M. Spicer on being the first Mayor of Framingham.
Framingham will be the first town to be transformed into a city in the 21st Century. The last city in Massachusetts to make the transformation was the town of Garder in 1923. (93 years ago!)
Yvonne M. Spicer will officially take office on January 1, 2018. (53 Days from now) That?s when the Town of Framingham will be officially known as the City of Framingham.
Total Voters: 15,583
Total Voters: 10,994 voters
Interesting look at both candidates social media profiles on Election day. This is what their Twitter account looks like:
Evidentially Framingham voters don't use Twitter to follow their candidates.
|November 1, 2017|
There are two remaining candidates in the running for to be the first Mayor of Framingham:
Framingham voters should check out the websites of the two candidates to learn more about their plan as the first town mayor.
Test your knowledge:
While Spicer did very well in the primary in September, John Stefanini has done a lot of campaigning in the last few weeks. In the process, he has picked up some key endorsements.
John Stefanini, Endorements
Framingham residents that are concern about the traffic conditions around town can make a difference even if their candidate doesn't win on November 7th. One of the responsibilities of the new mayor will be to appointment a new Traffic Commission.
The new commission will require four town residents appointed by the town council.
Town Charter describing the new commission:
(a) Establishment, Scope. Until such time as provided otherwise by paragraph (a) of section 1 of this Article, there shall be a traffic commission which shall consist of the police chief, the fire chief, the director of public works, the superindentant of schools, or each of their designees, and four residents: one from the business community, one from the downtown area (defined as the area within a one mile radius of the intersection of Routes 126 and 135), and two residents at-large. All resident members shall be appointed by the council, but shall not be members of the council. Such appointed members shall serve for 3 year terms.
I believe this will be a much closer election than the primary. I still haven't decided on who I'll vote for, and it will probably be a game day decsion.
|October 25, 2017|
Some Framingham residents may not know that there is a monument on the corner of Swift and Maple Street. The monument marks the spot of Reverend John Swift - one of Framingham first residences.
This is a monument to John Swift Dwelling House.
The Tablet says:
This Tablet Marks the Spot of Which Stood the Dwelling House of The Rev D John Swift Fist Minister of Framingham Born in Milton, Mass Mar 14, 1675, Graduated From Harvard College 1697 Ordained at Framingham Oct 8, 1701, Died April 24, 1745, in the FORTY Fourth Year of His Ministry in Framingham JAM Tandem in Domino Requievit Places by the Framingham Historical and Natural History Society June 17, 1911 Restored by the Framingham Chapter DAR 2016
The phrase, "JAM Tandem in Domino Requievit" is Latin for "At length in the Lord."
The Monument is located on Swift Road, in Framingham Massachusetts. You can see the monument as you drive slowly down Maple Street.
Swift Road is named after Reverend John Swift. Seems obvious now, but most people wouldn?t know it when driving past it on Maple Street.
|October 18, 2017|
In the 1990s there were 8 women who partition the state to be free from murder charges because of spousal abuse. These women would eventually become known as the "Framingham Eight." They were free because of long-term abuse.
The publicity around these women brought a light of spousal abuse - in particular, who were the real victims.
They were called "Framingham Eight" because they were all held in the women's prison in Framingham.
Four members of the Framingham 8 were featured in the "Framingham 8: the women who fought back" documentary.
Here's a list of the Framingham 8:
|Eugenia Moore||life sentence for second-degree murder in the 1985 stabbing of her former boyfriend||Was commuted in May 1993|
|Meekah R. Scott||8- to 12-year prison sentence for killing her boyfriend July 1993|
|Patricia Allen||sentence of eight to 15 years in prison||Sentence was commuted|
|Lisa Becker Grimshaw||convicted of manslaughter in 1989 and sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison for luring her husband, Thomas Grimshaw, to his death at the hands of two of her friends who fatally bludgeoned him with a baseball bat.||Given early parole in 1993|
|Elaine Hyde||Convicted for murdering her husband in 1985 and sentenced to life||Release on parole in 1994 after serving 6 years|
|Shannon Booker||Was serving an 8 to 15-year sentence for the 1989 shooting of her abusive boyfriend||Parole in 1994|
|Debra Reid||Stabbed her partner to death on Aug. 12, 1989 and Served 9 to 14 years for manslaughter||Denied Parole in 1994|
|Patricia Hennessey||Serving an 18 to 20-year sentence for manslaughter for shooting her ex-husband on July 15, 1988|
In July 1997, Framingham Eight member Patricia Allen was sent back to prison for violating parole after being arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
In 1998, Lisa Becker Grimshaw was stopped by Leominster with her headlights off. She failed field sobriety tests, he said.
In 1998, Shannon Booker was charged with stealing a wallet from a woman's pocketbook.