Message from the Town Manager

June 30, 2016

Dear Framingham Taxpayers:
 
I trust that you are enjoying the warm temperatures and the abundance of activities that the summer season brings.

The Framingham Concerts on the Green series kicked off on Friday, June 17th with concerts scheduled on Friday evenings through August 5th.  Town beaches are now open, so make sure that you visit the Parks & Recreation’s Department website (www.framinghamparks.com) to see what other warm weather activities and programs are available this summer.  

It will be another busy summer full of construction activities. For the latest construction project updates and to register for traffic alerts, visit the Department of Public Work’s website: www.BuildingFramingham.com.
 
Here are some other informational updates and news from your Town government:

Framingham Public Library Updates

The Main Library has reopened with a strong re-engagement campaign called Renewal@FPL. The FPL is offering amnesty on late fees, prize drawings, and weekly Renewal@FPL themed events throughout the summer. Other upcoming events include Yoga for Adults and Children, Healthy Cooking Demonstrations, Tai Chi and Mindfulness workshops, Renewal themed Technology workshops, a Capoeira performance and much more. For details, visit the FPL website: www.framinghamlibrary.org


Framingham Public Works Updates


WATER METER REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
Framingham Public Works is in the process of replacing 3,000 outdated water meters in homes across the Town.  If your meter is scheduled to be replaced, you will receive a letter from the Town and their contractor, Baystate WinSupply Company.  Just follow the easy instructions on the letter about how to schedule an appointment.  The installation takes about 30 minutes and can be scheduled Monday through Saturday. This work is necessary and is at no cost to homeowners. For additional information, visit: http://framinghamma.gov/2065/Water-Meter-Replacement-Program-Resident
 
WEEKLY RECYCLING PICK-UP
Please mark the week of July 5-9, 2016 on your calendars for the kick-off of weekly recycling in Framingham.  Each week, curbside refuse and recycling carts will be picked up on your regularly scheduled day. This is a great opportunity to help Framingham become a greener community.



Police Department Alert: Possession of Fireworks

With the July 4th and other summer celebrations coming up, the Framingham Police Department is reminding the community that according to the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148 Section 39: Possession of Fireworks, it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts, or to purchase them legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state. The law prohibits any article designed to produce a visible or audible effect. Penalties and fines are as follows: 
Penalty:  Fine or imprisonment or both, and confiscation 
Fine:  $100 to $1000 
Imprisonment:  Maximum of 1 year 
Seizure of fireworks:  Mandatory


Vacancies on Selectmen Appointed Committees


The Town of Framingham actively encourages the participation of activities in its government affairs. A variety of volunteer opportunities currently exist on the following committees appointed by the Board of Selectmen:

  • Agricultural Advisory Committee: Alternate Member
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Board of Health
  • Cultural Council
  • Cushing Memorial Chapel Advisory Committee
  • Fair Housing Committee
  • Historic District Commission: Alternate Member
  • Human Relations Commission
If you are interested in participating in any of these committees, please contact the staff in the Selectmen/Town Manager’s office, or e-mail selectmen@framinghamma.gov.


From Town Moderator Teri Banerjee to the Citizens of Framingham   


Looking for an opportunity to learn more about your community while contributing to it?  Get involved—consider running for a Town Meeting Member seat or applying for a position on a Moderator-appointed committee. Town government is Democracy in Action! For more information, visit our "Town Meeting Awareness" table at the Friday Concerts on the Green this summer or contact Teri Banerjee, Town Moderator at townmoderator@gmail.com.


Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program 


Would you like to save up to $725 on your property tax bill? The Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program allows people to earn up to a $725 credit on their property tax bills by working in designated municipal departments if they are approved for the program. Applications are being accepted now for the FY2017 program for Framingham residents who meet the following criteria:
 
  1. are at least 62 years old as of July 1, 2016 
  2. own their home for five years or more, and 
  3. their gross income is $40,000 or less as a single person; or their combined gross income as a couple is $50,000 or less. 
Preference is given to people who have not participated in the program in previous years. Please call the Callahan Center for an application and additional details at 508-532-5980 or visit the website: www.framinghamma.gov/360/council-on-aging.


Summertime Cookouts from Daniel's Table

This summer, Daniel’s Table, a non-profit organization committed to helping end hunger in the community, will be holding free cookouts for the Town of Framingham at the Woodrow Wilson School on July 14th, August 11th and August 25th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. There will be great food, music and games. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and should arrive at 5:00 pm to help set up.

Through these cookouts, Daniel's Table will introduce their new program, A Year of Sharing, which is a focused effort to end hunger in the Woodrow Wilson area and then extend that success throughout Framingham. Each student will have an opportunity to take home a food filled bag each Friday. Each bag will contain enough food for a family of four to enjoy two meals. Students will have two choices:

  1. Keep the bag for their family to enjoy. 
  2. Give the bag to someone in need.
The new program is great way to be involved in the fight against hunger and learn a valuable lesson on sharing. For more information, call 781-664-0500 or e-mail solvehungernow@yahoo.com.


Sincerely,

Robert J. Halpin
Town Manager




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