Many towns are offering clinics where you can get a free flu shot. The clinic in Framingham (for Framingham and Ashland residents) will be on Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00 until 2:00 at the McCarthy School at 8 Flagg Drive. It’s free, no insurance necessary. But if you have health insurance bring your health insurance card.
The next national election 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 – and you should – 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.
If you want to vote in this election (in Massachusetts), you must be registered by Wednesday, October 17th.
Framingham Adult ESL will have a limited number of spaces for morning and evening classes for the Fall 2018 semester.
If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building) 560 Waverly Street, Framingham Thursday, August 16th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to Fuller Middle School Cafeteria 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham Thursday, August 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Come on August 16th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, etc). Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
The lottery will be on Monday, August 20th. Don’t come to the school on Aug 20th. You can watch the lottery online (Facebook Live) on your phone, tablet, or computer.
If you are one of the winners of the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
YES – You must come to the school on Thursday August 16th to submit an entry card. BUT, this should not take too long because there will be no lottery or testing on that day.
Will there be 2 separate lotteries? YES – If you come in the morning of Aug 16th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes. If you come in the evening of Aug 16th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
On August 16th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
NO – You can come any time between 6:30 and 8:00PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes). ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
Do I need to watch the lottery (on Facebook Live) on August 20th?
NO – When you come to the school on August 16th, you will submit an entry card with information (phone, email) on how to contact you. If your name is selected in the lottery, the school will contact you.
If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
You will be asked to come to the school for testing. After testing, you will be assigned to one of these:
a regular English class (6 hours each week)
or – a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours)
If you stay in prep class with good attendance, you will automatically be on a priority list for a regular class and will not need to participate in any more lotteries.
or – a waiting list
(You get a space in class as soon as possible and do not need to participate in more lotteries)
When are the classes?
Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45
Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week
I can’t come on August 16th. Can I come on the 15th (or some other day)? Or can someone else come to submit an entry card for me?
NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on August 16th, and you must come in-person.
Lots of free movies will be shown outside this summer all around MetroWest and Greater Boston. Movies usually begin at sundown. If the weather is “iffy”, it’s good to check for cancellations before you go.
Here are some locations with outdoor movie nights this summer:
Boston – Hatch Shell on the Esplanade – Free Friday Flicks every Friday
Pretty location along the Charles River, big screen, lots of space, lots of people
Movies start around 8; Games before that starting at 6:00
The Flag Day holiday is on June 14th. It celebrates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. It’s common for people to display their U.S. flags on this day, but businesses, schools, etc stay open as usual.
This year, the city of Framingham will have a Flag Day Parade – on Sunday June 10th, starting at 2:30.
See 37,000 flags on the Boston Common, visit the huge Museum of Fine Arts for free, and more…
In honor of Memorial Day – all weekend, until Monday night, you can visit the Boston Common – at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument – to see a display of 37,000 American flags – one for each person from Massachusetts who has been in the military and given their lives to defend the United States, and our freedom.
There’s also free admission on Saturday May 26that the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston – for up to two adults per family – if you bring a child 12 years or under. Lots of activities for kids. Also free for everyone on Monday May 28th
Do you know what poison ivy looks like? It’s a plant that is very common in MetroWest. You should know how to recognize poison ivy so that you can keep it away from your skin. It has oil on its leaves that can give you a very itchy rash.
Poison ivy always has groups of three leaves. The leaves start off more red and shiny in the spring, and when they are grown the leaves are green and have uneven edges.
This is a nice time of the year to take walks in the woods, or in more natural areas (around lakes, or maybe outside your own home). However, when you do, you should be aware of ticks – on yourself and on your children.
Ticks can be tiny, but dangerous. Some ticks can give you lyme disease. It’s important to be
aware of the information to avoid tick bites, and what to do if you get a tick bite.