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 USA.gov
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.
Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln – Saturday/Sunday March 10th/11th
Pancake breakfast, tours and demonstrations. Drumlin Farm is a great place to take kids. They have a variety of animals to see, and good walking trails.
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.
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.