5 Things You Need To Know Today in Framingham: Monday, October 26, 2020

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1 The City of Framingham will hold a community Zoom hour today at 5 p.m. for the public to meet the two candidates for Chief of Police position – Lester Baker (Deputy Chief of the Framingham Police Department) and James H. Rhoden Jr., (Major/Commander of the Baltimore Police Department)

2. For 8 consecutive weeks, the City of Framingham has been a red or high-risk community for the coronavirus. The state announced last week that it would extend free testing in the City of Framingham from October 31 to the end of the year. The City has been in high-risk status since the final week of August. Framingham Health Director Sam Wong wants every resident to get tested for the coronavirus.

The drive-thru free COVID testing site at Walsh Middle School is open today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, the site has been shut off early due to capacity issues.

There is also a free testing site at SMOC HQ at 7 Hollis Street from 3 to 6 p.m. It is walk-up only with limited parking.

3. CITY of FRAMINGHAM meetings (all are remote unless noted).

  • Framingham City Council: Planning & Zoning Subcommittee at 6 p.m.
  • Framingham Strategic Initiative & Financial Oversight Committee at 7 p.m.
  • Framingham Board of Health at 7 p.m.

According to the Mayor’s public schedule, Mayor Yvonne Spicer has no public events today, but she is expected to moderate the police chief Zoom meeting at 5 p.m.

4. There is early voting for the November election today. Click here for more details.

5. This is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to raise awareness of lead poisoning prevention and reduce childhood exposure to lead.


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