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Earliest: December 15, 2009Latest: October 18, 2017Total: 119

May 7, 2016

Saint Bridget School Auction

Saint Bridget School Logo

The Annual Saint Bridget School Auction is underway and this year there are 90 items are up for Bid!

Some of the notable items:
  • 8th Grade Graduation Front Row Seats
  • Red Sox Pavilion Club Seats
  • Duck Boat Tours
  • A Summer Vacation Week on Cape Cod! Walk to the beach!
  • Two Weeks at Camp Cody in New Hampshire

You may bid on as many items as you want. Bidding ends at 5pm on Friday, May 13, 2016. Once bidding closes, those bidders with the highest bid will be automatically notified via email. You will then be prompted to pay for your item via PayPal. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check please email Jenn Ryan to make arrangements for payment.

All paid items can be picked up at the school during the Murder Mystery Dinner and Auction on May 14th. If you've paid for your item and would prefer for us to send it home in your child's backpack, simply email Jenn Ryan to coordinate. If you are not a Saint Bridget School Family and have won an item, please send Jenn an email and we will make arrangements with you to have your item shipped or picked up.

Check out the Bidding Page!

May 3, 2016

Happy 70th Birthday La Cantina

Every now and again we seek for some good Italian food. This is challenging when you have to eat Gluten-Free as many fine Italian restaurants don?t have much to offer.

La Cantina in Framingham does offer a good selection of Gluten Free foods, include a tasty Gluten Free Pizza that my daughter loves to eat every time we eat in or use their take out. It's a 10? Gluten Free thin Crust pizza, a perfect size for one person. When my daughter orders it, we have some leftover for her to enjoy another time.

La Cantina

My daughter is also into Mac & Cheese. Do you know of a 5-year-old doesn?t want to eat that every day? At La Cantina, a good alternative is the Alfredo Gluten-Free penne. She tells me at its the best Mac & Cheese treat when she eats out. She likes it that she has a choice between yummy Pizza and Mac & Cheese.

Other dishes that can be made Gluten-free include: Chopped Sirloin, Veal Cacciatore, Veal Saltimbocca, Baked Penne Parmigiana, Penne Oil Garlic & Broccoli, Pasta Deyve, Grill Chicken Tenders, Roast half Chicken, Seafood Saute, Risotto con Frutti di Mare,

Today is the 70th birthday of La Cantina. It opened it?s doors back in 1946. Back then, Waverly Street was a busy Italian district with restaurants and grocery stores. They have a special roll back menu for today, unfortunately, they are not offering any gluten free dishes.

Check out the menu that I posted on July 22, 2008. The day after our first visit to La Cantina.

La Cantina is located at 911 Waverly Street in Framingham Massachusetts. You can reach them at (508) 879-7874.

April 23, 2016

Trash Day

This is a big spring cleaning weekend. With some coordination with our neighbors, we got a dumpster for the next couple of weeks. We got our 10 yard dumpster from Need One Dumpster Service. It's going to cost us about $100 each, we may have to pay more if we exceed the base weight.

Trash Day

We are going to use this opportunity to clean out some moldy furniture in the basement and some other things around the house.

There are some limits to what we can throw out, based on the prohibited Items list:

  • Hazardous
  • Toxic
  • Biohazard/medical waste
  • Asbestos
  • Solvents
  • Liquids
  • Liquid Paints
  • Chemicals

Some things that we learned:

They charged $35 for a Mattress, but we learned that the Framingham Recycle center will accept an infant mattress for no charge. So if you looking to dispose of an infant mattress, check your local dump to see you can throw it away for no cost.

They don't accept yard waste, which is too bad since we had some yard brush that we wanted to get rid of. You can get a separate dumpster that would accept yard waste, but we wouldn't have enough to justify getting a separate dumpster.

One of the walls of the 10 Yard Dumpster at Need One Dumpster Service opens, which allows you to walk into the dumpster. This makes loading a lot easier.

So Far, So Good

I would highly recommend teaming up with a neighbor or two and renting out a dumpster for a week. It might cost a bit of money in the short run, but a nice clean house helps everyone. Just make sure to know how much stuff you need to get rid of.

Remember, a lot of things can be donated for a tax write-off.

April 16, 2016

No More Plastic Bags - Coming to Framingham?

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Framingham may soon be joining Newton, Brookline, and Cambridge in banning the use of plastic bags in all retail stores. Framingham resident Ken Weiss has filed a petition to have the town vote on that matter at the 2016 Town Meeting. The Town Meeting starts on April 26.

There are 49 warrents on the 2016 Annual Town Meeting, 8 of which are citizen petitions. Some other notable petitions:

  • Repeal Sex Offender ByLaw
  • Amend Handicapped Parking Rules
  • Reducing the number of "job searches" that a veteran receiving ch. 115 assistance must conduct in a week from 10 to 3.
  • Authorizing a research committee to review plans to establish a Women Veterans' Memorial.

Water Bottle Ban in 2014

In 2014, at a Framingham Special Town Meeting, residents were asked to vote on ban the sale of non-sparkling, single-use bottles of water made with the chemical PET. This petition was submitted by Framingham High School senior Matt D'Amico.

The Water Bottle ban petition lost with 40 in favor, and 60 opposed.

Town Meeting Proceedures

Any Framingham resident can sponsor an article for the yearly Town Meeting, they simply need the signature of 10 other residences. In a special Town Meeting, 100 signatures are required.

At the Town Meeting, the sponsor makes a presentation of up to 10 minutes, describing the purpose of the motion. After the presentation, the Moderator will ask for reports from the committees. Then the Moderator lets the public speak on the motion.

It can get a bit tricky because a Town Meeting Member may move that the article is referred back to a committee for more study or make a motion to "move the question." A "move the question" motion is voted upon immediately, and, if passed, the discussion terminates.

There are 68,300 residents that live in Framingham, the largest town population in Massachusetts.

March 20, 2016

Sungevity Leasing

Sungevity Panels

There has been some investigative reports by the WHDH investigating team on the hidden cost of leasing solar panels. You can watch Hank Phillippi Ryan report on their website.

When we first saw this we were a bit scared since we recently signed a lease agreement with Sungevity. We wondered if we going to encounter some obstacles when we try to get a home equity loan to do some future house work?

The first thing we did was checked our leasing agreement. We found the followings statement that addressed the issue in the WHDH investigative report in Section 2, part B, part 3:

The Solar Facility will not be subject to any lien, security interest, claim, mortgage or deed of trust that may be imposed on or assessed against your interest in the Property, or any other property belonging to you. You will have no right to sell, give away, transfer, pledge, remove, relocate, alter or tamper with the Solar Facility at any time. As such, Sunrun will not apply a lien to your title for the Property.

Looks like we won't run into any issues when we get the home equity loan. As for the the part about them approving the new owners, I am sure that the bank standards would be higher than Sungevity.

If you have solar panels leased from Sungevity or Sunrun you may want to login to your portal and verify that your contact reads the same.

February 5, 2016

Massachusetts Facebook Challenge

There is a survey on Facebook right now asking people to "Name a Massachusetts town/city that does not have the letter 'o' in it. I bet you can't."

City Town

There are 352 city and towns in Massachusetts. 186 of them have an 'o', while 166 do not.

Here's the full list of Massachusetts city/towns without the letter 'o':

Acushnet, Adams, Agawam, Amesbury, Amherst, Aquinnah, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ashfield, Ashland, Auburn, Ayer, Barnstable, Barre, Becket, Bellingham, Berkley, Berlin, Beverly, Billerica, Braintree, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brimfield, Buckland, Cambridge, Carlisle, Carver, Chatham, Chelsea, Cheshire, Chester, Chesterfield, Chilmark, Clarksburg, Danvers, Dedham , Deerfield, Dennis, Dracut, Dudley, Dunstable, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Eastham, Erving, Essex, Everett, Fairhaven, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Gay Head, Gill, Granby, Granville, Greenfield, Hadley, Halifax, Hampden, Hardwick, Harvard, Harwich, Hatfield, Haverhill, Hawley, Heath, Hingham, Hinsdale, Hull, Ipswich, Lakeville, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lee, Leicester, Leverett, Leyden, Lunenburg, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mansfield, Marblehead, Marshfield, Mashpee, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Merrimac, Methuen, Middlefield, Millbury, Millis, Millville, Nahant, Nantucket, Natick, Needham, New Braintree, New Salem, Newbury, Palmer, Pelham, Pepperell, Peru, Petersham, Pittsfield, Plainfield, Plainville, Quincy, Raynham, Reading, Revere, Russell, Rutland, Salem, Salisbury, Sandisfield, Sandwich, Saugus, Scituate, Sheffield, Shelburne, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Shutesbury, Spencer, Springfield, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sunderland, Swansea, Tewksbury, Tisbury, Tyringham, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Wales, Waltham, Ware, Wareham, Warren, Warwick, Wayland, Webster, Wellesley, Wellfleet, Wendell, Wenham, West Bridgewater, West Newbury, West Springfield, West Tisbury, Westfield, Westminster, Whately, Whitman, Wilbraham, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wrentham

January 3, 2016

UFO Quadcopter Stuck in Tree

On Saturday, I got my new UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 2.4Ghz stuck in a neighbor tree while demonstrating the drone to some family members. I should have known to keep the drone to a low altitude. This is the second time it has gotten stuck in a tree. The day after Christmas it got stuck in a tree on Cape Cod.

Here's the video of the drone taking off on my porch and then getting caught in the neighbor's tree.

Here's a video of me and my brother getting the drone out of the tree. We used a combination of my Pool Telescoping Aluminum Pole and the roof rack. Based on the size of the tool used, we estimate that the drone was at least 20 feet up in the tree.

If you are playing with the UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter 2.4Ghz (Model NO.U818A) make sure to test flight in an open field. Buy plenty of extra batteries, Li-Po Battery 701855 500 mAh 3.7V. Each battery only last 7 minutes of flying time and that's hardly enough time to learn how to maneuver the drone. You can find extra batteries on Amazon and eBay.

December 5, 2015

Dictograph Smoke Alarm

In the inside roof of our attic are a couple of metal devices with the name, Dictograph Products Inc. N.Y. These are place in a couple of areas in the old part of the attic. Our house had a couple of new additions in the past 20 years.

The Dictograph Model "F" was how the original owners of the house was able to be alerted if the temperature in the attic was over a certain amount. There is a sticker on the label that mentions 185 degrees as the fixed amount. This was otherwise known as a smoke sensor that would be attached to anouther unit that was installed someplace in the house.

Dictograph.jpg

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I am not going to remove the device as it doesn't have any potential risk to the house. It's a pretty cool thing to see when ever I am up in the attic. I something think what the original owners of the house had up in the attic and what were their worries as homeowners.

November 29, 2015

10 Best Twitter Accounts To Follow For Framingham Commuters

If your new to the fun world of MBTA commuting, there are some Twitter accounts that you should absolutely be following. Not only will you be informed on what's going on in the world of Framingham MBTA, but you may get some real live feed on why delays are happening.

So without further delay, here are the top 10 best Twitter accounts for Framingham Commuters:

  • @N42_21_W71_04 - Dave seems to have the inside knowledge of what's going on. He has a great Blog and sometimes seem to know more about what's going on than the people running the individual trains.
  • @mbta_cr - Live Feed from the MBTA control tower!
  • @mbta_alerts - Breaking news about MBTA
  • @drummosa - Tweets about train issues from Worcester to Boston.
  • @framinghamline - CodeforBoston runs this active Twitter feed.
  • @SethDRobertson - from #Maine to #Boston, from #Science to #HigherEducation. He catches the train around Newtonville.
  • @theFram - Framingham Patch tends to have some MBTA coverage
  • @universalhub - Gets some information from various riders on train delays. They cover general Boston things, but usually will have good coverage on the MBTA when things go bad.
  • @VPCloudCarl - Good Tweets about the MBTA status.
  • @noladrex - Tends to tweet late train arrivals.

I would recommend searching twitter for 'MBTA Framingham' or searching for the train that you particularly take such as 'MBTA f508.'

In addition, should you be stuck on a train that isn't moving, you could use the twitter feature to show who is posting near your current locations. Mashable has a great post about 9 Ways to Find Twitter Users in Your Town.

November 17, 2015

Commuter Rail Parking

Parking at the Framingham MBTA station has picked up. All of a sudden, there isn't any available parking before the 7:44 train. I am not sure what has spark the increase demand, especially at the middle of month.

This morning I saw a few commuters drive away in frustration, while other drivers were parking illegally just so they could catch the train to get to work on time.

Before getting off the train this morning, the conductor told the people waiting to get off that she remembered when it was very crowded last winter and she was unable to move. Perhaps more people are now taking the train because the weather is getting colder.

If your new to the Framingham MBTA - Welcome! Your best bet for monthly parking is still at the Pearl Street Garage which is located next to the Eagles All-American Grill.

Currently there are plenty of parking spaces - the first floor does even fill up. As an added bonus, you don't need to worry about the shoveling off snow after a long day at work.

You can find out all about the Pearl Street Parking Garage on the Town of Framingham website.