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 www.saxonville.org or contact : John @ (508) 877—6771

Dave @ (508) 877-7034

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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 elizatwilliamson@gmail.com 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.

www.LetsGetSetUp.com
email: Sandy@letsgetsetup.com
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

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:
Www.crimemapping.com
Www.ncpc.org
Www.crimepreventiontips.com
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

Police Community Meeting; Membership Renewals

Good evening,

We hope everyone is doing well. Thanks to those that have joined us on facebook and twitter in the past week. Be sure to sign up for one or both if you have not done so yet. You can find the information on our website (www.theoaksneighborhood.com). Having a few different avenues to receive information can be important, especially when issues like NSTAR tree cutting or the recent robberies take front and center.

Josh spoke with Officer Riley today regarding a Police Community Meeting to discuss current efforts to find the robber(s) and to keep the ONA safe. We would like to hold this meeting on Tuesday, February 12th @ 7 pm at police headquarters or town hall. Please take a minute to complete a survey using the link below. This will help us determine the size room we need for the meeting. If you cannot click on the survey to launch it, please copy and paste into your web browser.

Please continue to call the police business line (508.872.1212) with any information regarding suspicious activity in the neighborhood. Unfortunately another house (on Springhill) was robbed within the past day. The FPD is taking this very seriously and will send a patrol car to the area immediately.
II. Membership renewals
Within the next week, we will start working on sending emails for membership renewals. We have about 165 emails on this list, which is fantastic, but not everyone is a member of the ONA. Membership rates are low and the funds we take in help fund the various activities we hold throughout the year (the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be here before you know it).
Thank you,

The ONA board
Josh, Amy, Eliza and Heather

Copy of email sent on 10/2/12 (Upcoming Events)

Good morning,

Fall is here and with it brings many changes, including the impending loss of daylight, which for some reason also includes the lack of seeing our next door neighbors for the next few months. The ONA Oaktoberfest is a great way to connect with friends and meet some new neighbors (we’ve had a lot of turnover recently). The details for the Oaktoberfest and Neighborhood Caroling are at the end of this email.


I. ONA Website, Facebook Page and Twitter

We apologize for the lack of updates recently on the website. The busy summer schedule took over for all of us and with that, our website, facebook page and twitter account all fell victim to under utilization. All those venues are being updated now and we hope you check in on a regular basis to see what is happening in the ‘hood. Please visit our website at www.theoaksneighborhood.com/. You can use the website to connect to our twitter account and facebook page.

II. Community Safety

It can probably be stated that we live in a neighborhood that is a hidden gem of Framingham. Where else can you find a neighborhood that has a great neighborhood park, access to a lake, a beach, walking trails, a rail trail and major retail/highways within 1 mile? We all have to work together to keep our neighborhood a gem and that includes reporting any suspicious or odd activity happening at the park, at the lake or even at individual houses (ie car break ins, etc). You can contact any of the ONA board members if you are worried about reporting activity. Please be sure to keep cars locked at night, watch out for neighbors (especially those of frail health) and practice good personal safety.

III. Using the ONA email list

As we approach the upcoming elections it’s probably a good time to remind everyone that we do not use this email list for political purposes. We try to use this for anything that applies to ONA business (ie upcoming events, helping out a neighbor in need, community classifieds, those looking to pool resources to have a service performed, etc). If you have a question please contact the ONA board before sending an email.

IV. ONA Treasurer

We are still looking for someone to take over the treasurer duties for the ONA. If you are interested please contact Josh at jmulread@gmail.com (please include ONA treasurer in the subject line).

V. Upcoming Events (Oaktoberfest details; Neighborhood Caroling)

Oaktoberfest

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th from 2-5 pm @ Reardon Park.

The Rain date is Sunday, October 21st from 2pm- 5pm.

To make this day fun and eventful, we’ll need your help.  Please RSVP by Monday, October 8th or soonerWe will hold this event no matter what (unless mother nature plays a cruel trick like last October). The level of what we have at the event will be based on the number of RSVP’s. If we have enough RSVP’s then we will have the bounce house, cotton candy, etc. If the number of RSVP’s is low, then we will pare it down and have the BBQ portion and some games. We really want to have a kick butt party so please, please, please RSVP ASAP.

Please e-mail Eliza at elizatwilliamson@gmail.com with the number attending and what food item you will be bringing and if you will be available to volunteer. We’ll keep a running list.

Here’s what we need some help with:

·         A 6500KW generator to power the bouncy house and cotton candy machine.

·         3 -4 propane grills

·         Volunteers to do some cooking about 8 to 10 people to do half-hour blocks of cooking

·         Volunteers to monitor the bouncy house

.          Volunteers for set up and clean up

·         Appetizers, Drinks, Side Dishes, Desserts

·         Games the children can play

.         A face painter

If possible, a $20 donation from each family is requested to help off-set the cost of the slide and food. (Or $10 per couple, $5 per single) Payment can be made ahead of time to any of the four of us, or at the BBQ.

Neighborhood Caroling

We brought this back to life last year and I think we can all agree that a little practice would have gone a long way :) We are going to do carol again this year and try to get at least one practice session in before going out. Please contact Josh at jmulread@gmail.com (please list neighborhood caroling in subject line) to register for this event. The goal is to have music selected in November and a practice in early December.

Thanks for taking time to get up to date on your neighborhood. As always, we welcome your feedback and any and all volunteers.

Eliza, Amy, Heather and Josh

Oaktoberfest: Saturday, October 20th from 2-5 @ Reardon Park

We hope everyone is enjoying the last gasps of summer and that back-to-school has gone as smoothly as possible! The results from our ONA fall event poll showed that the majority of respondents wanted the ONA Oktoberfest at Reardon Park to occur in October, so the official new date will be Saturday October 20th from 2pm to 5pm (because of it getting dark earlier we decided to push the timing back a bit). We are hoping this works for most of you and are crossing our fingers that mother nature will cooperate as well.

Details are below:

Saturday, October 20th

Rain Date: Sunday, October 21st

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Reardon Park

· At 2:00PM the festivities begin!

· The neighborhood association will fund the hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, rolls, plates, cups and flatware for the event.

· Bouncy House and cotton candy for the kids. (Please note that parents/guardians will be responsible for children using the bouncy house.)

To make this day fun and eventful, we’ll need your help. Please RSVP by Monday, October 1st or sooner. We would like to purchase the correct amount of food for the event. Please e-mail Eliza at elizatwilliamson@gmail.com with the number attending and what food item you will be bringing and if you will be available to volunteer. We’ll keep a running list.

Here’s what we need some help with:

· A 6500KW generator to power the bouncy house and cotton candy machine.

· 3 -4 propane grills

· Volunteers to do some cooking about 8 to 10 people to do half-hour blocks of cooking

· Volunteers to monitor the bouncy house

. Volunteers for set up and clean up

· Appetizers, Drinks, Side Dishes, Desserts

· Games the children can play

. A face painter

If possible, a $20 donation from each family is requested to help off-set the cost of the slide and food. (Or $10 per couple, $5 per single) Payment can be made ahead of time to any of the four of us, or at the BBQ.

Thanks for taking time to get up to date on your neighborhood. As always, we welcome your feedback and any and all volunteers.

Thanks everyone and hope you can join us,

Eliza, Amy, Heather and Josh

ONA Update: Thank you George; Need new treasurer; BBQ (need grills and a generator)

Hello, neighbors.

Lots to cover in this message! Please take a moment and read through about some important information.

A Special Thank You
Please join us in thanking George Dixon for all of his work on behalf of the Oaks Neighborhood Association. After many years of serving as Treasurer, he will be stepping down next month. George and his wife, Ginger, are moving to Maryland to embark on a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Not only has George been an active member of the ONA, he has been active and visible in the community with his involvement with Friends of Saxonville and for the town through his role as Town Meeting Member. Thank you, George!! You will be missed greatly and we wish you and Ginger all the best!!!

We now have big shoes to fill. The ONA is looking for a volunteer to step in to serve as Treasurer. This would entail keeping the membership list up to date and monitoring the bank account. Please let any of the co-presidents know by August 15 if this is something you might be interested in – or if you know someone who you think would be interested.

ONA Resources
Fundraising initiatives have purposely been kept on the minimum for the past several years. After reviewing our account status recently, co-presidents have determined it’s time to reach out to the membership to ask for additional financial support. Membership contributions have helped keep us afloat for a while, but additional monies are needed – and would be so greatly appreciated! – to ensure we can continue providing services to everyone. As you know, we are frugal with our funding resources, and the money we raise through membership fees and other contributions, is used to support:

·         Supplies for annual events like the Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, ONA Yard    Sale, Summer BBQ, and other gatherings
·         Minimal costs for maintaining our new website
·         Minimal costs for maintaining our bank account
·         Occasional expenses for event or ONA-specific promotion/marketing

Please consider making a contribution – of any amount – to the Oaks Neighborhood Association. It will make a big difference. Any of our co-presidents will accept your donation, but you may mail directly to:

Amy Ferguson
22 Bellefontaine Ave.
Framingham, MA  01701

Membership Update
Please take a moment to review the  membership list at the end of this post and make sure we have you listed. We want to keep our records as up-to-date as possible and your help is appreciated. If you are not listed and you would be interested in becoming an ONA member (and we hope you are!), please use the attached membership form.

11th Annual ONA Summer BBQ
Just a reminder that the ONA summer BBQ is a coming up, details are below.  Please RSVP to Josh at jkccmulready@verizon.net  with the number of people attending and what food item you will be bringing.  We are trying to get a head count so that we can plan of getting the correct amount of food for the BBQ and make sure volunteers aren’t all bringing the same food.

Hope you can join us!!

Saturday, August 25
Rain Date:  Sunday, August 26
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Reardon Park

·         At 3:00PM the festivities begin!
·         Food served around 5:00PM
·         The neighborhood association will fund the hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers, rolls, plates, cups and flatware for the event.
·         We are working on getting the ice cream truck to swing by, so don’t forget to have some extra cash with you.
·         Water slide and Sno Cones for the kids. (Please note that parents/guardians will be responsible for children using the waterslide.)

To make this day fun and eventful, we’ll need your help.  Please RSVP by Monday, August 20th.  We would like to purchase the correct amount of food for the event.  You can e-mail Josh at jkccmulready@verizon.net with the number attending and what food item you will be bringing. We’ll keep a running list.

Here’s what we need some help with:
·         A 6500KW generator to power the waterslide and sno cone machine.
·         3 -4 propane grills
·         Volunteers to do some cooking about 8 to 10 people to do half-hour blocks of cooking
·         Volunteers to monitor the waterslide
·         Appetizers, Drinks, Side Dishes, Desserts
·         Games the children can play
·         If possible, a $20 donation from each family to help off-set the cost of the slide and food. (Or $10 per couple, $5 per single) Payment can be made ahead of time to Josh, or at the BBQ.

Thanks for taking time to get up to date on your neighborhood. As always, we welcome your feedback and any and all volunteers.

Look forward to seeing you soon and don’t forget to refer to our website for all sorts of ONA information!

ONA Co-Presidents
Amy, Josh, Eliza, and Heather

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Special Town Meeting Petition

Updated on 7/3/12 @ 9:30 pm

I received an email from the Finance Committee chair regarding Steve’s email below. The chair wanted to express that the statements made regarding the Finance Committees support are not factual and that the committee has not discussed the special town meeting mentioned in his email.

I will investigate this matter and will update the post again asap.

Thank you,

Josh

 
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This is from Steven Hakar. Please respond directly to him (his contact info is listed at the end):
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I was putting together a petition for a special town meeting in Framingham, Wayland and Sudbury to stop NStar from treating the ground with chemicals under the high wires in Saxonville and to stop state and federal unfunded mandates. I have had wide support from the Finance Committee and Town meeting regarding the unfunded mandates.

I wanted to see if anyone would be available to help me obtain signatures on Wednesday July 4th beginning at 11am to around 2:00pm before and after the Sudbury parade.

See the details below:

On July 4th, at 1:00 PM, come out and enjoy Sudbury’s Annual 4th of July Parade celebrating our Country’s Independence.
Step off time is 1:00 p.m. on July 4th. Parade starts at Union Avenue and runs East along Rte 20 to Concord Road North, ending at Town Center.
The parade route is approximately 2 miles long.

Start Time: 1 p.m. on July 4, 2012 – Rain or shine!
End Time: Roughly 2:30 p.m.

Start Location: Corner of Union Ave and Route 20.
End Location: Sudbury Town Hall.

Article:

To see if the Towns of: Framingham , Sudbury and Wayland will vote to request that their Federal and State Representatives and Senators file legislation that will require anyone including the Utilities to: only place on theirs and/or anyone else’s property chemicals approve by the Board of Health and/or the Towns Health Officer, but only after a public hearing and written approval from said authority to use such chemical. If any chemicals have been used in the past then the Utility or whoever placed said chemicals on any real estate property must clean up said site to the approval of the Board of Health and/or the Towns Health Officer
Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto.

Article:
To see if the Towns of: Framingham , Sudbury and Wayland will vote to request that their Federal and State Representatives and Senators file legislation that will eliminate all unfunded State & Federal mandates. Further, the Town Meeting instructs the Moderator to notify all Massachusetts communities of Framingham’s action.
Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto.

Steve Hakar
10 Foley Drive
Framingham, MA
508-877-6007
hakar4@hotmail.com