OP-ED: Nobscot Activist Feels Obliged To Point Out Inaccuracy

By Rick McKenna

FRAMINGHAM – As it pains me to submit this OPED, as a longtime Framingham resident and Nobscot activist, I feel it is my obligation to bring forth a wrong—that quite frankly baffles the heck out of me.

To preface, for some time now, I have worked closely with, and have had the utmost respect for both District 1 City Council candidates, Joe Norton and Christine Long.

As many of you are aware, we have recently had some security issues in a small neighborhood section of Nobscot—near the Sudbury line. Since many of my close neighbors have been directly affected, I worked on bringing our neighbors together in concert with the Framingham Police department, a
members of City Council, and others.

We have had, what I believe, is a very successful collaborative effort, and many of the related issues (not all) have been addressed. We are in a positive continuing dialogue with all involved.

The very disturbing incident comes from a posted “Update” from Christine Long on a neighborhood social media page. The details, facts and associations in the post are completely inaccurate, to the point of total
fabrication.

To those who have seen her post, I would like to set the record straight.

‘Advocates’, a social services organization based in Framingham has NOT been involved in the collaborative effort between the residents, FPD and a local residential house.

‘Advocates’ has ZERO authoritative control over the residential house in question. ‘Advocates’ has NOT been running “this program for 30 years”, not even 30 seconds.

To my knowledge, unless I’ve been asleep at the wheel, Christine has had zero involvement in this issue, and to totally fabricate this so-called “Update” could potentially sabotage some of the great work that has come out of our collaboration—which is still ongoing (not “solved”).

I cannot imagine why Long has decided to fabricate this story, but in my mind, it is both unethical and immoral.

To add insult to injury, I was told by one of the stolen car victims, that this woman (Christine) approached him after the Community/Police meeting at city hall had ended, talking about the upcoming election and asking for his
vote.

If this is “politics as usual”, then I’m afraid we as a community are in for a Long ride.

Rick McKenna is a Nobscot resident.

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