FRAMINGHAM – Two southside neighborhoods have formed a new association, and are launching it with a neighborhood block party on Saturday, May 18.
The kick-off event to the new Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association is a neighborhood block party on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Park, the site of a former elementary school.
The entertainment lineup for the block party includes:
11:30 a.m. City of Framingham’s Recycling Coordinator to speak
Noon — Interactive Hula Hoop demonstration
12:30 p.m. Performance by Jojo the Magician
1 p.m. Teddy’s Big Bubble Show
1:30 p.m. Performance by Revolution, a Framingham-based teen group who recently performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.
2 p.m. Bancroft Boxing & Fitness Club demonstration
2:30 p.m. Zumba class
The Framingham Public Library’s new bookmobile will be there.
Framingham Fire and Framingham Police are sending vehicles for a touch-a-truck area.
Do Arts & Crafts at the Framingham Bilingual Education Department.
Stop by the face painting table thanks to Discovering Hidden Gems.
Get a chair message from www.every-Bodies.com
Register to vote at the League of Women Voters of Framingham.
Stop by the map and tell the Association where you grew up or where you live in the neighborhood.
Participate in the living history project sponsored by the Association, with help from Access Framingham.
Bring chairs and blankets.
Bring lawn games!
Pack a picnic or try out food from neighborhood establishments!
Food donated by La Cantina Italiana, Waverly Market, TJ’s Neighborhood Market, Braza Grill Union House, Pao Brazil Bakery, AV’s Market II, Framingham Baking Co, and Bronzetti’s Pizza continues at The Columbus Club
The BEST NEIGHBOR sponsor of the block party and the Association is Mutual One Bank.
Other sponsors include Bethany Health Care, Columbus Club, District 8 City Councilor Judy Grove, Framingham Source, Loring Arena, Braza Union House, Summit Fitness, La Cantina Italiana, Framingham Baking Company, Pao Brasil Bakery, John Stefanini, Tj’s Market, Waverly Market, AV’s Market, PhilOttaviani.com, and KCR Inc.
The purpose of the Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhoods Association is to strengthen the relationship amongst and between its residents and businesses, actively encourage and facilitate engagement to share and promote our diverse culture, become a central resource of community information, promote commerce and community activities, increase civic participation and facilitate positive dialogue and advocate on behalf of its residents and businesses with our municipal leaders and officials, states the bylaws.
Although the Association is located in what is now District 8 of the City of Framingham, the Association really is a neighborhood organization and not a group, defined by a political district. Political districts can change, but a neighborhood remains the same for decades and generations.
The Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association is calling itself the “heart of Framingham” and created a website at www.HeartofFramingham.com
A Facebook page was created this weekend for the Association –
Stop by the Association tent to register as a member. Purchase an Association t-shirt for $20, which includes a $5 Association membership for one year.
The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Braza Union House on Route 135.
Membership in the Association is open to any individual, family, business, or organization that “owns or leases property, or operates a business or organization in Framingham within a quarter of a mile of the neighborhoods for which the Association was incorporated.”
The annual dues are $5 per member paid.
Members will ratify the Association’s bylaws and elect Officers and Trustees at the June meeting.
The initial slate of officers are as follows:
President: Annemarie DeMarini
Vice President: Judith Grove
Clerk: John Stefanini
Treasurer: Nikki Fisher-Quittmeyer
Technology Officer: Sylvie Lardeux (She designed and created the Association’s logo)
Trustees: Michael Croci, Susan Petroni, Andrea Dunne-Adrian, Jane Abro, Nancy Marquez, Allison Stagg, Faith Riva, and Marci Carreiro.
Editor’s Note: In full transparency, I am the business owner trustee listed in the incorporation papers, as SOURCE is located in the neighborhood. I also have lived in the neighborhood since 2000.