5 Things You Need To Know Today in Framingham: Monday, January 4, 2021

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1 The free Framingham residents only, walk-up testing site at SMOC HQ has closed permanently and will not re-open in 2021, announced the city. Dr. Sam Wong was working with the state for another walk-up testing site before he departed the city.

The state’s new free COVID testing site at Framingham State University’s parking lot, which is by appointment only, is extremely busy due to the Christmas & New Year’s holidays.

2. Today is the first official day for Alex DePaolo as the City of Framingham’s interim Health Director, as Sam Wong is no longer on the job as of December 31, 2020.

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3. According to the Mayor’s public schedule, Mayor Yvonne Spicer has no public events.

4. There are no CITY OF FRAMINGHAM MEETINGS scheduled today.

5. Today is world braille day.

World Braille Day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people. Read about the significance, observance, and quotes on this day.

Braille is a tangible representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols in which letters and numbers are represented using six dots. It is even used in the depicting musical, mathematical and scientific symbols. Braille is named after Louis Braille, who invented it for blind and partially sighted people in 19th century, France.

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