Saturday, October 26, 2013

October 19 Weekend Festivals

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Downtown Renaissance's 2nd Annual Fall Festival was held at Farm Pond on October 19-20. The event was free and included a chance to picnic, listen to live music, to kayak and canoe.
The Annual Pies on the Common event is a fundraiser for the First Parish of Framingham UU Church. It was held on October 19 at the Framingham Center Common.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Has illegal dumping of hazardous material at top of Saxonville Beach been fully removed?

Has illegal dumping of hazardous material at top of Saxonville Beach been fully removed? Photographs were taken on October 25, 2012.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A horse pasture in Southside?

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Camp DiCarlo at corner of Irving/Western and Leland Streets.
An idyllic setting in contrast with the commercial and
industrial (mis)uses in Southside.

    Camp DiCarlo, 65 acres on Merchants Row owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is home of the National Lancers. The organization is a volunteer troupe of Militia cavalry with a long and distinguished history. The Lancers were organized on October 31, 1836. While the ostensible reason to organize the National Lancers was as the governors mounted ceremonial escort, the Lancers were also charged with enforcing the law and defending the Commonwealth from invasion and insurrection. The units designation reflects its organization as light cavalry equipped and uniformed similarly to British and Polish lancers.

With over 175 years of service, the National Lancers of today hold the same values of its founders and continues its traditions. The Lancers have fought in two wars and carry 17 campaign streamers on its colors which attest to the duty, courage and honor of the units forbears. These ideals have been woven into the modern-day Lancer. The Lancers participate in dozens of parades, ceremonies and honor guard details every year.

National Lancers parading at Cushing Memorial Park for Patriots Day, March 23, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Serenity at Eastleigh Farm

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

NO to CVS at Concord and Hartford Streets

Hartford and Concord Street intersection at proposed CVS site showing long backup of vehicles

Concord Street traffic northward from Hartford Street to Courthouse
Traffic on Concord Street north of Hartford Street
The above photo is very similar to the design proposed for Concord Street. This style may be more appropriate for shopping areas or highways than the neighborhood quality of Concord Street. The "box" effect is massive and over-scaled for the area. People in homes behind the proposed store will view what will appear as a 27' high wall extending across the property.
CVS store on Route 20 in Wayland. Unlike the "box" design proposed on Concord Street in Framingham, the design of the Wayland building is more thoughtful and sensitive. The columns, gables, dormers and many windows break up the overall mass which appears lower than it is. Why wasn't this design considered for Framingham?

For CVS documents provided by the Town of Framingham website, go to: 

Site Plans: