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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer has nominated two men, both former Salute To Framingham honorees, to the Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission.

Spicer re-nominated David Gudejko, of District 1 for a 3-year term, and nominated Tony Tolson, a District 3 resident, for a 3-year term to expire on June 30, 2023. Tolson has been active in several youth sports programs over the years.

Rejected as a commissioner was District 8 resident Judith Grove, who spearheaded the City to create the first-ever skate park on Dudley Road and who has been advocating for a new park at Mary Dennison, for residents in District 9. Grove, a former District 8 City Councilor, has been advocating for the environmental clean-up of the lead-contaminated southside park, and for the southside neighborhoods to have access to parks.

The 5-member Parks & Recreation Commission has no members on it South of Route 9 nor South of Route 135, which has been an issued raised by the City Council, and raised by Grove when she was a City Council during 2017-2019.

Editor’s Note: The City lists Commissioner Hauck in District 1. She lives in District 3. So the proposed new membership is one from District 1, one from District 2, and three from District 3.

This is the second year in a row that Mayor Spicer has rejected an applicant from the south side of the City for the Commission.

The City Council has 30 days to approve or reject the nominations. If no action is taken, they are automatically approved.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.