And the Survey says…….(Easter Egg Hunt Postponed to April 6th); Friends of Saxonville Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. As you can see, the top two choices were to hold the hunt in the snow and postpone till April 6th. In the end, postponing it till April 6th won out, so that is what we’ll do. Everything will stay the same at this point (start time, etc).
Have Easter bunny hand out eggs this Saturday (at the park or at a house/driveway)
8.5%    4
Hold Easter Egg hunt in snow
27.7%    13
Postpone till Saturday, April 6th
57.4%    27
Cancel the event and hope for better weather next year
6.4%    3

II. Friends of Saxonville:

The 2013 Friends of Saxonville Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th in the Education Building of Edwards Church, 39 Edwards Street in Framingham.  The primary topic of the meeting is the Friends’ plan to restore The Athenaeum Hall for public use.  Please join us for light refreshments and discover how you can help restore the Athenaeum to its original purpose and stature.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to renew your membership or to join The Friends and offer strong support to this worthy community endeavor. 

For more information, visit or contact : John @ (508) 877—6771

Dave @ (508) 877-7034


ONA News: Easter Egg Hunt, Newsletter, Upcoming Events, Board News

I. Easter Egg Hunt

It’s that time of year again-  Peter Cottontail will be hopping down the bunny trail. With any luck the weather will cooperate and we can hold this next Saturday.

Day: Saturday, March 23rd

Time: The egg hunt starts promptly at 9 am so plan on arriving by 8:50.

Where: Reardon Park (meet at the basketball court)

Egg Drop-off: Please drop off 12 filled eggs/child between Monday, March, 18th and Friday, March 22nd (up till midnight if you need it). Please drop the eggs off at 3 Brownlea Road in the white bucket near the front door (Josh has been instructed to keep away from the chocolate hidden in the eggs).

RSVP: This is extremely important. Please email Josh by replying to this email to let him know the ages and number children participating in the hunt. This helps us hide the appropriate number of eggs in each age section.
Day of the hunt: In the past we’ve had some children only find a few eggs. The Easter Bunny will be at the hunt and will hand out eggs to those children that do not find many.

Volunteers to hide the eggs: We need a few volunteers to help hide the eggs. Please email Josh by replying to this email to let him know if you can help. It takes about 20-25 minutes to hide the eggs and we’ll meet at Reardon park around 7:45 to hide them.

II. Newsletter

The newsletter is making a comeback after a long hiatus. We are looking for all types of news to include in the newsletter. Please email Eliza at with any news you would like to include in the newsletter.

III. Another ONA business

I am Sandy Griffin from Chouteau Ave.
My friend and I have started up a business helping people in their homes set up and learn to use their apple devices. We are ready and willing to help anyone, but have especially noticed many senior citizens wanting to connect with their families through email, Facebook etc, but are baffled by the iPad or iTouch. We are ready to help them through that process, from choosing the right device, setting it up and training how to use it.
If you go to the website below you will see all that we have to offer.
Here is the website and my contact information.
phone: 508-877-7215

IV. Upcoming Events

We’ll send more information soon, but wanted to get the following events on your radar:

* Green Up Day: End of April and it will coincide with the town wide green up day. There is, without a doubt, a large need for some green up in the ONA, especially on LaClede (near the park) and Lake Rd (near Saxonville Beach). Please reply to this email if you want to participate in green up day.

* ONA Yard Sale: Last year was such a huge success that we are going to try this on a yearly basis. We are aiming for early June to hold this event again. More info will be sent out in mid-late April.

V. ONA Board News

As most of you know, the ONA board is comprised of Amy Ferguson (and Andy by default), Eliza Williamson, Heather Klish and Josh Mulready.

Amy has been serving on the board for a few years and though she stills enjoys volunteering in this capacity, she is ready to step aside for the next set of volunteers to lead the ONA forward. She and Andy will be helping with the Easter Egg Hunt but after this event they will begin to transition out of their roles on the ONA board. It goes without saying that both Amy and Andy are tremendous assets and we’ll miss their insight and contributions. Please be sure to take a moment to thank Amy and Andy when you see them.

Here is a brief look at what we are looking to do in the coming months (more details will be sent in the coming weeks):

* We are looking for volunteers to serve on the ONA board (treasurer, committee leaders for the annual BBQ, Welcoming Committee, Event Committee).

* We are working on a rough draft of a charter for the ONA. Once we have a working draft, we will form a committee to review the draft and come up with a final version for the ONA. We would like 2-3 people to help us with this.

* Resuming the annual meetings (1-2 per year)
Please reply to this email if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.

Thank you,

The ONA board

Danforth Green Project: Planning Board Meeting Tonight (2/14/13)

It’s very, very important that you come to tonight’s planning board meeting to give input on the Danforth Green project. The planning board has already thrown enormous support behind the developer’s requests to deviate from the zoning requirements. Members of the planning board have said they heard hardly any concerns from residents at prior public hearings with the developer. However, that wasn’t the case at Tuesday’s ZBA meeting and the Planning Board needs to be on that same receiving end.

Many people have said they thought the public input from prior years would be revisited this time around. Apparently the board has not made that a part of the current due diligence process. Three Planning Board members supported a letter to the ZBA for the variances.  This is a critical meeting and if you would just come by to give your input it will definitely make a difference. Here’s what I’ve learned about the current proposal and then some of my opinions follow:

·        The developer proposes to increase the number of rental apartments at the site from the allowed 20% to 66%.
·        The developer is attempting to make 15% of the apartments low income/affordable instead of making the overall project 10% low income/affordable with the units dispersed throughout
·        The developer would like to give back 88 acres of land to the town, of which a majority is unusable wetlands and he is not proposing any amenities for area residents. This has tax and liability implications with minimal benefit. Would we rather have unusable land or tax revenue or perhaps something in between?
·        The development is being designed to have two different home owners’ associations – one for the apartments and one for the condos/townhouses. This could and should be viewed as laying the groundwork for short-term ownership of the development, with the intention to sell off part of it.  If it then becomes two developments side by side – an apartment complex and a condo complex, is that what the town intended when PUD zoning was adopted for that site?

John Stasik and many others in this community led the charge to change the zoning of that parcel to Planned Urban Development (PUD) many years ago. The zoning change was fully vetted by many committees and boards as well as town meeting. It includes requirements and stipulations which the applicant wants to waive.

We have to remember that developers are always interested in making money – and that’s fine, that’s their business. But that’s the direction from which they approach the projects.  We as Framingham residents have to be looking out for the best interest of our neighborhoods and towns. We have to be thinking about how this will impact us for decades. This project will change the complexion, culture and quality of life in Saxonville and Framingham forever.  We have to care enough about that to make sure it’s the best it can possibly be. This parcel of land is a jewel. It’s one of the most amazing locations remaining outside of Boston – 20 minutes from the city, easy access to Routes 27, 128 and the Mass Pike, across the street from the town beach, alongside the Sudbury River, 1.5 miles to the Natick Mall and with all the wonderful resources available in Framingham.  Quality housing at this site will be extremely attractive. The current owner paid millions less for the land than any of the developers who came before him.  His threshold for profit should be much lower than it was for Pulte or National Development and the real estate market is improving. This means he has greater flexibility to build something really nice, less dense and yet quite profitable.

Please come to tonight’s meeting and show the Planning Board that the community does care about what happens at this site.  It’s on the agenda at 7:45. I know it’s far from exciting to spend some of Valentine’s Day at a meeting, but we all love our town, so show the love this way!

Thanks for listening. I hope to see you tonight.

Audrey Hall
Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3 Chairman

Community Safety Meeting Recap; Easter Egg Hunt

Good morning,

Thank you to the neighbors that were able to attend the meeting last night. The head count was around 45, a great turnout for a Tuesday night.

I. Summary of the Safety Meeting

* Key point that cannot be stressed enough. If you “See Something, Say Something”. Call the police business line at 508.872.1212 with any suspicious activity. This doesn’t have to just involved robberies, it can be anything suspicious (ie large groups starting to gather at the park, at the beach or the end of Delmar near the path). Again, if you see something, say something.

* Case in point. A robbery had occurred at another residence in Framingham. A neighbor saw this robbery occur but instead of calling police, she followed the person to Walgreens. She confronted the person, told him what she saw, then headed home. She then called police but by the time they arrived the robber was gone. Moral of the story, call the police right away. Do not wait and do not chase the person down, only to let them get away.

* There are no suspects yet for the two robberies that have occurred in the neighborhood, however, they do have some evidence they are working with (shoe print).

* Keep a look out for people walking with clipboards or knocking on doors and not having a credible story. A neighbor recently had an encounter with a man that knocked on her door asking where Walgreens is. This may have been a person looking to see what houses were occupied and when someone answered, he made up a story.

*  The main items that are stolen during robberies are:

* Jewerly
* computers
* ipods
* game systems

Take a picture of your items and even write a description. This will give local authorities information that could lead to the recovery of your items. Stolen items are usually pawned and pawn shops are required to hold items for 30 days. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen, but in many cases they do hold the items.

*  Postal workers are a great resource for the neighborhood. The police meet with them on a semi annual basis to go over crime data and to see if they have any information.

*  Neighborhood watches, crime watch signs, etc have not worked well in the past so it is not an option right now. The best option is to know your neighbors, know your neighborhood and to follow the instructions of see something, say something.

* A few websites that provide great information are:
We will try to provide the power point presentation at a later date.

II. Easter Egg Hunt

Easter falls on March 31st this year so our Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 9 am. Please mark your calendars and hope that the snow is gone by then.

Please email us with any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank you,

The ONA Board