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:

 

Could You Become a Medical Interpreter?

  Have you considered becoming a medical interpreter?  It’s a valuable and rewarding job for people who can speak two (or more) languages.

Medical interpreters:

  • Make sure that the doctor and patient understand each other, during discussions about medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Can help with cultural as well as language issues in communication
  • Explain how health care and services work
  • Advise patients of their rights

More Information:

Your Right to an Interpreter in a Medical Emergency

   If you need urgent medical care and go to a hospital emergency room, it’s very important for you to be able to communicate with the doctor.  They need to ask you for information to give you proper care, and to be able to explain information to you.

When you go to any emergency room in Massachusetts you have the right to ask for an interpreter. In general, health care facilities that receive money from the U.S. government must provide interpretation services.  As someone with limited English, you also have other rights.

Portuguese:

Spanish:

Other Languages 

Scam Alert

  Some new scam warnings from the Framingham Police Facebook page

  • Person offers to fix the small dents in your car while you shop – This has happened in the Shopper’s World parking lot, Trader Joe’s, and others.  Don’t do it – they take your money and don’t fix the dents.
  • The “Grandparent Scam” – “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?”  That’s how the scammer starts their call.  If the grandmother is fooled, the scammer continues and says that they have a big problem where they need some money quickly (for an accident, school, etc.)
  • Calls from someone in the government saying you’re in trouble and must pay immediately – They might say you (or a close relative) are about to be arrested, evicted from your home, deported, etc.  But they say they can help… if you pay them right away – usually with gift cards. Nobody legitimate will ever call you like this and ask for money.
  • Here are general tips from the Framingham Police on how to avoid phone scammers:
    • If you get a strange call from a government phone number, hang up. If you want to check it out, visit the official (.gov) website for contact information.
    • Don’t give out — or confirm — your personal or financial information to someone who calls.
    • Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. In fact, never pay someone who calls unexpected, even if the name or number on the caller ID looks good.
    • Is the caller pushing you to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

Halloween 2017

Watch out for children walking in the streets on Halloween night (Tuesday October 31st).

Special Halloween events:

  1. Hudson Downtown Trick or Treat – Thursday Oct 26th 4 to 6PM
  2. Natick Spooktacular  – Saturday Oct. 28th, Noon to 3:30
    Halloween Party and parade for kids 3 to 9
    Pumpkin Painting and Pumpkin Smash
    GPS: Natick Center Common (12 South Main Street)
  3. Free Candy Hunt and Hayride – Sunday Oct 29th 10AM to Noon – Sweet Meadow Farm in Sherborn
  4. Children’s Museum in Boston – Lots of Halloween activities for the kids.  Friday Oct 27th 5PM to Tuesday Oct 31st 5PM
  5. Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville (Tuesday Oct 31st,  Noon to 5:00)
  6. Hopedale Spooktacular 5K run/walk (with kids) – Sat. Oct 28th (10:00 if you want to watch; earlier if you’re running)
  7. Boston Common Costume Dash (Sat Oct 28 at 9AM, starting in Copley Square)
  8. Haunted Happenings in Salem (Salem, MA will be very busy with Halloween activities.)
  9. Zoo Boo Days at Southwick Zoo in Mendon