Community Meeting; NSTAR Gas

Good afternoon,

Hopefully everyone has had the chance to dig out after the 32″ that was dumped on Framingham on Friday/Saturday.

Community Meeting

We wanted to send a friendly reminder that the Community Meeting with the Framingham Police Department will be held tomorrow night (Tuesday) beginning at 7 pm in Nevins Hall (Town Hall).
NSTAR Gas
Please see attached document for more information on the NSTAR Gas program that may be headed to parts of our neighborhood. Here is a brief explanation of what is happening (this is from Gene Novak):….Shelby with NSTAR is conducting another survey to confirm sufficient interest. Knowing that oil prices are back on the rise I know interest will be there. I will scan and e-mail the form letter they sent me a few days ago. Shelby contact information is 781-441-8530 and shelby.guisti@nstar.com.….

NSTAR Gas document

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

ONA Update: Recent Robberies

Good evening,

We hope that everyone is well and that you are staying warm during this cold spell. Be sure to keep an eye on neighbors, especially some of our senior neighbors during this cold weather.

It is also important to keep an eye on our neighbors, not as snoops, etc, but to make sure there is no strange activity taking place. Unfortunately two houses in the neighborhood have been robbed in the past week. The robberies are taking place during the day and items such as cash, ipods and laptops are being taken.

We do not have a formal neighborhood watch but it is probably in everyone’s best interest to keep an eye on your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the Framingham Police. The best number to call is the business line at 508.872.1212.

A few other things to keep in mind are:

1. If someone is soliciting you should ask for a badge and proof they are allowed to solicit. Never let them in your house as they could be scoping out easy ways to enter your house when you are not home.

2. Always lock your car doors, entry doors (front/back) and garage doors. Do not make it easy for someone to get to your possessions.

3. Let trusted neighbors know you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your house.

4. To reiterate, please report any strange activities, either around your house, in the neighborhood or at the park. Call the police business line and give them details.

Please email us (Josh, Amy, Heather and Eliza) if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We’d like to hear any ideas you have for keeping the ONA safe.

Take care,

The ONA board

Friends of Saxonville Event

DISCOVER SAXONVILLE 2012: JINGLE BELL DAY offers a rare opportunity to experience the rich cultural and commercial diversity of Saxonville—all in one place and in one afternoon.

For all the details go to www.Saxonville.Org

This year The Friends of Saxonville are partnering with Robinsons Hardware to create an expanded eventMany of the businesses in the Saxonville Village Center, from the Pinefield Shopping Center on Nicholas Road to the Walgreen Shopping Center on School Street will participate.   Plus, organizations who call Saxonville their home—schools, churches, VFW Post 929, Studio Artists’ in the Mill, and the Scouts— will make a distinct contribution to this unique community experience.

Begin your Saxonville visit by signing in at the Pinefield Shopping Center.  At that time pick up a detailed program of the day’s events and your own Jingle Bell.  Between Noon and 2 PM, the entire family is welcome to take a free Horse Drawn Hay Ride through the village to discover many of the options that are open to you for the afternoon.  Please consider bringing with you a non-perishable food or toy contribution for one of our local charities.

After the Hay Ride, when your wagon returns you to the Pinefield Shopping Center, take a stroll through the entire village and find a wealth of activities, great bargains and fantastic promotions.

For the younger strollers there will be arts and crafts, storytelling, music, fun food and refreshments and a variety of demonstrations and “village characters” to meet.   For the more demanding strollers there will be wine tasting, martial arts demonstrations,  concerts, performances, fine art for viewing and purchasing, great shopping at special prices and outstanding food to taste and savor along the way.

Music and entertainment will be provided by the Cameron School Jazz Band, the Framingham High School Jazz Band,   girls A cappella choir—CLOUD NINE, and Show Choir and a roving Barber Shop Quartet.    At the end of the afternoon, around 4:30 PM, there will be a Tree Lighting at the portico of The Athenaeum Hall.

There’s much morel  Don’t miss the Framingham High School Holiday Market Place at the southern end of the village, where 100 Artisans display fine-crafted holiday gift items for purchase to benefit the High School Athletic Program.  The Saxonville Artists’ Studios located in the very center of the village is having an open house, with an extensive and varied collection of works of art.  At the northern end of the village, Edwards Church hosts an “Alternative Fair Day” as part of its year-long celebration of 185years in Saxonville, where you can purchase gifts that will make Earth a better place.

All of this is happening in Saxonville on December 1st between noon and 5 PM.

There is a lot to choose from for every age and interest—a great shopping experience, a variety of interactive demonstrations and entertainment to lift your spirits.  Don’t miss this very unique connection of community, culture, and commerce in Saxonville—a traditional historic Mill Village.

Contact for more information:  John Stasik  (508) 877—6771 or jhstasik@verizon.net

Friends of Saxonville Flyer

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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URGENT: CALLS SHOULD BE MADE TODAY- WEDNESDAY REGARDING PROPOSED (NSTAR) LEGISLATION

Hello Neighbors

Today through Wednesday of this week we all need to make calls to support pending legislation which has been filed in response to the NSTAR clear cutting. This is one of the most effective measures we can take right now in the continuing NSTAR battle.

OVERVIEW
Our three State Reps (Walsh, Conroy and Sannicandro) filed an amendment (Amendment 37) to house energy bill 4198 which would hold utility companies such as NSTAR responsible for the removal and cutting of trees. The amendment would also require utilities to replace any damaged trees and plants already cut by utility companies and it would require them to file their vegetation management plans with the State Dept. of Public Utilities for review every 4 years which would include public hearings prior to the plans being approved. (Language included below.)

PROCESS
This amendment has passed the house and right now it is in conference committee. We need to call the members of the conference committee and tell them why it’s important to support this. Tell them what has happened to our landscape and the method in which it has been done with little regard for safety, aesthetics, communications, etc. Make sure they know you understand and support the need for reliable power but it can and should be achieved with a balance between corporate responsibility and quality of life, etc., which is more likely with this vegetation management plan requirement included in the final bill. Calls are counted and they do make a difference.

The chairs of the committee that the bill came out of originally are Rep. John Keenan and Senator Ben Downing. The House number is H4225. The amendment regarding vegetation maintenance is in that bill and will hopefully put into the final version of the bill. Brian says it would be good to tell your personal stories. There is “nothing stronger than why/how the amendment will benefit the residents. Telling their story about what has happened to the neighborhood is an effective way to paint the picture of why it is important to them. The residents should be sure to mention that the amendment is in the House bill and has to do with the department of Public Utilities creating regulations about maintenance of vegetation lines.”

Representative John Keenan
State House, Room 437B
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2263

Representative Kate Hogan
State House, Room 544
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2637

Representative Matthew Beaton
State House, Room 167
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-2230

Senator Benjamin Downing
State House, Room 413F
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1625

Senator Stephen Brewer
State House, Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1540

Senator Robert Hedlund
State House, Room 313C
Boston, MA 02133
617-722-1646

For your information, here is the language of the amendment:

The department of public utilizes shall promulgate rules and regulations requiring transmission companies to file and the department to approve vegetation management plans. Said plans shall also be filed with any affected municipality. Said plans shall include landscape management provisions which encourage to the greatest extent possible, the use of native species plants and shall consider local terrain including soil conditions and visual impacts. Prior to department approval, affected municipalities may comment on said plans.

Municipalities may file a complaint with the department if the transmission company does not comply with the terms of vegetation management plan.

Vegetation management plans shall be reviewed every four years and prior to approval department shall hold a public hearing.

Transmission companies shall provide sixty days notice to affected abutters of the transmission lines, and said department, of actions to be performed pursuant to the vegetation management plan approved pursuant to this section. This notice shall also be sent to municipal officials of affected communities including but not limited to elected officials, selectman, planning board members, and conservation commission members. Transmission companies shall be exempt from the requirements of this paragraph in preparation for an imminent emergency exit.

In the course of maintaining reliability of power along transmission line right of ways, including easements covering private and public property, each transmission company shall restore deleteriously affected vegetation in the form of replanting of trees and other vegetation and shall complete stump grindings wherever trees have been cut to the stump such that the company partially restores the pre-vegetation management activity property value of affected property owners. This paragraph shall apply only to activity that has occurred after January 1, 2012 and prior to January 1, 2014 or the approval of a company’s first vegetation management plan filed in accordance with this section.

Audrey Hall
Framingham Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3
Member, Oaks Neighborhood Association
ms.audreyhall@gmail.com