Are You a U.S. Citizen? Prepare to Vote

  The next national elections will be on November 6, 2018.  In Massachusetts, we will vote for one senator (currently Elizabeth Warren), and our representative to the U.S. House of Representatives.  We will also vote for state governor (currently Charlie Baker), our state senator and representative, and other state officials.

If you are a U.S. citizen, and are at least 18 years old, you can vote in government elections – local, state, and national. BUT – you must be registered to vote.  It’s quick and easy.  You need to register before you can vote for the first time, and update your address every time you move.

  • In Massachusetts, and most other states, it’s easy to register online at VOTE.GOV
  • There’s more detailed information on how to vote at
  • Here’s an example of the mail-in voter registration form in Massachusetts
  • You can also get assistance at the Clerk’s office in your City Hall or Town Hall

Are you almost a citizen?  MIRA and many organizations in Massachusetts provide services to help you become a citizen.  (Framingham Adult ESL offers citizenship classes)

Free Health Fair – Saturday March 10th

 On Saturday, March 10th, there will be a Free health fair at the Latino Health Insurance Program from 9am to 4pm at 88 Waverly Street in Framingham…  A great day for taking care of yourself, especially for caregivers and seniors.
More Info: (508) 875-1237  or their Facebook page.

  • Free tax preparation advice
  • Flu shots
  • Find out if you are at risk for
    • Blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Breast and cervical cancer
  • Learn about
    • Health insurance
    • Dental coverage
    • Food stamps
    • Preventing fall risks in older people
  • Information for women on how to get a mammography for cervical cancer screening
  • Caregiver support- help for people who are helping others

Maple Sugaring Season

  With cold nights and warmer days, late February is the beginning of maple sugaring season in Massachusetts. Maple syrup is made in many sugar houses in and near MetroWest.  You can visit a sugar house and get a tour explaining how maple syrup is made – and usually taste/buy some fresh delicious maple syrup or other maple products.

Places to visit:

New Support Organization Opens in Framingham

The Recovery Learning Center (RLC) has opened in Framingham at 855 Worcester Rd (Trolley Square on Route 9).  They want to help support people who are under too much stress, or having other emotional/mental health issues.

There are regular support meetings and classes.  In support meetings people share experiences and together provide hope and support for each other.  Every Thursday in Framingham (4-5pm), there is a support meeting – in Portuguese.
(Uma opprtunidade para compartilhar e ouvrir experiências e juntos fornecer esperança e apoio mútuo)
There is also a morning support group every Thursday morning (10:30-11:30) in Marlborough – in English and Portuguese.

See the RLC Website for more information.

What’s New in Framingham – January 1, 2018

   Today, January 1, 2018, the Framingham government changed and some new rules began…

  • Framingham changed from a town to a city.  One difference between a town and a city is that a city has a mayor – a person elected to lead the city government
  • Also today, the on-street parking rule changed.  Because 2018 is an even number, cars may only park on the even side of streets in Framingham this year, unless there is a sign posted on the street with a different rule.
  • And beginning today, retail and grocery stores in Framingham are not allowed to give you thin plastic bags at checkout.  They can still give you paper bags, and most stores can sell you inexpensive reusable bags.  They encourage you to bring your own reusable bags.

New Year’s Weekend in Boston

This weekend, there will be a large number of special events in Boston to celebrate the new year.  Most of them are part of First Night Boston.  Here’s a Full Schedule

  • Blink light and music show – every 30 minutes from 4:30-10pm, every night through Jan 1st
  • Ice sculptures – at Quincy Market, Copley Square, and a few other places 

Vacation Week Ideas

If you have kids out of school this week, or just have extra time for yourself, here are some places to go – to see more of Boston and MetroWest, have some family fun, and practice your English: