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Earliest: December 15, 2009Latest: July 22, 2021Total: 159
July 22, 2021

Frederic P Stearns

As you drive down Winter Street in Framingham, you?ll see a large sign in front of the waterfall. This is the DCA sign letting people know that this is the Frederick Stearns Reservoir.

Mr. Frederick Stearns did valuable work in connection with securing a water supply from the Sudbury River and later as chief engineer, supervised the construction of a tunnel under Dorchester Bay and reservoir on Moon Island.

Under the leadership of Frederic Stearns, the Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Water Board, it was decided that the new water source should be gravity-operated and not require filtratio

Frederick Stearns Reservoir

Some Fun Facts I Learned About Frederick Stearns

Born on November 11, 1851 in Calais, Maine and move to the Boston area with his parents when he was 18

Full name is Frederic Pike Stearns.

Married Addie C. Richardson of Framingham in 1872.

From 1865 to 1907 he was the chief engineer of the Massachusetts Water Works.

He was the consulting engineer for the Charles River Commission. (1903 - 1910)

In 1905, he was a member of the Board of Consulting Engineerings of the Panama Canal. He was one of three experts engineers to advise President-Elect Taft on the Canal problems.

He had two sons Herbert R Stearns and Ralph H. Stearns.

Frederic Pike Stearns Monday December 1, 1919 he was 68 years old.

July 15, 2021

Framingham Recycle Center

Couple of notable things at the Framingham Recycling Center. It cost Framingham residents $20 a year to use the facilities - might as well get the most of your money!

Framingham Metal Collection

Metal Recycling

It costs nothing to dispose of any metal that you have. So if there?s something in your basement or garage that might - and your not going to use it any time soon - recycle it. Here are just some of the things I saw at the recycling center:

  • Deck Chairs
  • Window frames
  • Grills
  • Beach Chairs
  • Trampoline
  • Lawn motor
  • Scott?s Lawn spreader
  • Metal Shelves

Discoverbooks Framingham

Books Recycling

Last year we tried to donate a few shopping bags full of books. We couldn?t find a place. I did notice that the center has a couple of bins to recycle books.

Note: before recycling any old books check eBay.com to see if they are valuable.

DiscoverBooks.com has a couple of drop off bins for books. This is the only place around Framingham where we could find a place to drop off books.

Books that are left in these bins may get sold on their website or they may get donated to local libraries.

You can read more about Discoverbooks.com services.

July 8, 2021

1872 Map

Last year when I was in the Boston Public Library I found a book on the history of Framingham.

Someone placed some maps inside the book. It doesn't look like that they were supposed to be included in the book.

The one map I thought was most interesting was the map of Framingham from 1872:

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Click on image for a larger version.

The quality of the map isn't all that good. The next time I am at the Boston Public Library, I'll get a better copy.

July 1, 2021

COVID-19 Update

It?s been a while since I posted about COVID-19. Things are much better and most restaurants are now fully open for indoor seating.

Just because the COVID-19 numbers are down, it doesn?t mean that it?s ok to go back to normal. People should stay vigilant against COVID-19.

Framingham Covid19

Interesting COVID-19 Facts

City of Framingham COVID Numbers: 8,352 Cases, 250 Deaths, & 83 Active Cases

Framingham currently has about 74,500 residents.

June 12 was the first time that Framingham reported zero COVI-19 cases.

April 2, 2021, was the last time Framingham was in the red (High-Risk Zone)

March 26, 2020 was the first reported COVID-19 fatality.

September 6, 2020

Framingham Red

According to the Massachusetts Department of Health statistical numbers, Framingham is one of nine cities in Massachusetts to have a large number of COVID-19 cases.

Framingham has been classified as Red since August 24th. The Average Daily Incidence of Rat per 100,000 is 10.9.

To be in red, the Average daily case rate over the last 14 days: 8 cases per 100,000 population. To be in yellow, the Average daily case rate over the last 14 days: 4-8 cases per 100,000 population.

This means that have to drop at least 3 percentage points in the 14-day Average Incidence rate.

What?s Red Mean?

Schools, public and private are not allowed to hold in classroom learning. Schools can only hold 15% of their maximum capacity. Saint Bridget School and Keefe Tech had both plans on opening with in-classroom learning. Both schools had to shift to remote start.

Schools are not allowed to go to full in-classroom learning until Framingham is at least yellow for two consecutive weeks.

There are no changes for businesses or churches at this time.

Framingham?s Response

This is the second week in a row that the city of Framingham has been in the Red. The First time Framingham went red, Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer took to Twitter to spread the word:

This is the followup Tweet when Framingham made the listed for the second week in a row:

There hasn't been any other notable differences in actions.

May 24, 2020

Saint Bridget School Variety Show

In these crazy times it?s nice to see that there are some schools doing things to keep the student body connected.

At Framingham?s Saint Bridget School, the students and faculty recently participated in a variety show. This event had a great turn out and featured some talented acts.

This event, among others, is helping bring together students in these challenging times.

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Check out the variety show

Check out the Variety Show on YouTube.com.

March 31, 2020

Boston Mile Marker in Framingham

Near the Minuteman Statue, at the corner of Union Ave and Main Street, is an Old Stone Mile Marker. This tells you how far away from Boston you are.

Stone Mile Marker

Five Things I Learned

There are 40 markers throughout the Boston Area and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At one time there were at least 99 that once existed.

These markers trace back to the early days of the country and were placed by the Massachusetts Council Order in 1767. They were used to help people navigate their way to Boston.

In 2015, the MassDOT restored 29 the old Stone Mile Markers the project was completed in 2018. The stones were restored were the original stones as the preservation work was done to the strict standards of the Interior's Standards for Preservation.

The mile market at this location reads: "23 miles from Boston 1768"

You can find all sorts of information on the National Register of Historic Places on their website.

Close up

23 Miles From Boston

A closer look at the Stone Marker, you can make out the letters. Keep in mind that this is 252 years old!

March 24, 2020

The Framingham F

Driving around town, fou may have seen this 'F' painted on some driveways around Framingham, such as this one on Crest Road:

Framingham F

Fun Facts About this Design

  • In 2018, the Framingham Youth Basketball sponsored the citywide campaign as a Community Pride Fundraiser.
  • A donation of $25 would get the painted F on the driveway or any location that you choose.
  • The 2-color "F" is 3-feet tall.
  • The logo was supposed to last about 6-months, however, they are still visible 2-years later.
March 17, 2020

CoronaVirus in Framingham

Note: All week long we are covering the impact of the CoronoVirus. It's the biggest story of March, and has a lot of Framingham residents in their homes participating in the Social Distancing.

Today in Massachusetts there are 218 Confirmed cases of the CoronaVirus. There are 1,083 people that are subject to quarantine.

Framingham1700 Sign

Of the 19 counties in Massachusetts, Middlesex County has the most reported: 89.

In Framingham there are now four reported cases. According to Sam Song, the Framingham Director of Public Health, all reported cases are under self-quarantine

The city of Framingham Board of Health now limits the in-person meetings. This means that City Council members will be conducting remote meetings. As of today, March 17, 2020, the City Hall Building and related Public Buildings are now closed to the public.

You can find the latest information on the status of the CoronaVirus on the Framingham.gov website.

The city will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate the need to close the public buildings - Trash Pickup and access to the parks are not impacted

March 10, 2020

Framingham Historical Building

On the west side of the Framingham Centre Commons is a large brick building. It is the home of the Framingham Historical Society. It is only open by reservation only.

The Old Academy

Eight Fun Facts about this Building

This was the former site of one of the first private schools in Framingham which started in the spring of 1792.

The school was founded by twenty-two associate and by Rev. David Kellogg - who was the third minister of the Church of Christ in Framingham. They formed the "The Proprietors of The Brick School House in Framingham."

It officially became the Framingham Academy in 1798 when the founding Proprietors asked the Massachusetts Legislature to be incorporated as an Academy school.

One of the Academy by-laws stated that "Children od both sexes shall be admitted upon equal terms."

The Brick building was torn down and a new Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1837 and cost $3,000. (In 2019 it would cost $68,633.41)

The Stone Schoolhouse was only used by the Academy for 15-years before the property was sold to the Town of Framingham.

The town of Framingham used the site for the Town High School until 1915 when it was moved to the building next door.

The Framingham Historical Society has leased the building from the town since 1916.

Sign on The Building

On the Building is a green metal sign with the following inscription:

On this spot stood the building erected in 1792 by The Proprietors of the Brick School-House in Framingham. Occupied later by the Framingham Academy incorporated in 1799.

In 1837 The Academy built this school-house it home until 1851 when the Framingham Academy and High School was organized and remained here until 1857.