MetroWest Daily News: Fixing Framingham’s weak link


By Rick Holmes Opinions/Mass. Political Editor I no longer get paid to give advice to Framingham voters, so this one is on the house. For 30 years, as an editor at the MetroWest Daily News and, before that, the Middlesex News, I’ve watched Framingham politics from the sidelines, cheering its progress and criticizing things that weren’t working. With Framingham voters … Read More

Home Rule Charter Sent to Voters for their Collective Consideration


The Framingham Charter Commission, by a vote of eight to one, finalized its proposed Home Rule Charter for voters consideration and vote at the next annual town election on April 4, 2017. “Our vote culminates a nearly year-long collaborative townwide process,” stated Valerie W. Mulvey, Chair of the Commission. “It has been an open and participatory process, with each Commissioner … Read More

A Major Step Forward

Mary Kate FeeneyNews, Our Blog

Last night the Charter Commission took a major step forward in crafting a government that works for all of us. The Charter Commission is considering replacing our current form of government with a 13 member council, made up of district and at-large councilors. On Monday they voted to open a 20 day period for Framingham residents to express their thoughts … Read More

Our Survey Results

Mary Kate FeeneyNews

By Mary Kate Feeney Last night I shared the results of our online survey with the Charter Commission at their public hearing. Now, I want to share the results with you. The results are available on our website. Thank you to those who took the survey. You spoke loudly in this survey – and the election. It is our hope the Charter … Read More

First Public Hearing is Monday

Mary Kate FeeneyNews, Our Blog

By Mary Kate Feeney Back in March hundreds of fellow residents expressed their thoughts about our community in the Framingham First online survey. We were overwhelmed by the response. It is clear you feel strongly about Framingham and its future. I am excited to share those results with you and the rest of the community. This Monday, May 9th, the … Read More

Monday’s Charter Commission Meeting

Mary Kate FeeneyNews, Our Blog

By Mary Kate Feeney Last Monday night the Charter Commission met for the first time. While it was mostly an administrative meeting, I want to let you know they scheduled their first public hearing. The hearing will take place on Monday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ablondi Room in the Memorial Building. This is a great opportunity for you … Read More

Framingham Overwhelmly Votes YES

Mary Kate FeeneyNews, Our Blog

Framingham has spoken and it is clear you want to have an honest conversation about Framingham’s future. With turnout numbers double from last year, more than 80% of the voters said Yes for Framingham. Today, our community said we were finished with the status quo. It is time to take a hard look at where we are and decide where … Read More

Positive Change Starts With Your Vote

Mary Kate FeeneyNews, Our Blog

By John Stefanini It’s time for a positive change in our form of government. Framingham is a great community — a terrific place to live, learn, work, and play.  That said, Framingham is a large $250M entity with a diverse population and complex challenges.  We squander opportunities and waste resources because of our scattered decision-making, lack of clear priorities and … Read More