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FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer is nominating a District 6 resident to fill a vacancy on the Framingham Cultural Council.

The Mayor told the 11-member City Council today, April 20, she is nominating Stephanie Jean Noel to the Council.

She will become the 12th person on the Council, which awards grants to private and public/municipal organizations, and individuals for cultural projects that benefit Framingham residents. The Council is responsible for making the final decisions on how to best serve the cultural needs of Framingham in selecting grant recipients and the amount of each grant.

Jean Noel is a “paralegal and most recently worked at a small personal injury firm. She has research, legal writing, and creative writing skills and has participated in the coordination of fundraising,” wrote the Mayor in her letter to the Council.

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Jean Nolan wrote a letter to the Mayor on April 1 to express her interest in the opening.

She wrote: “I write to express my interest in serving as a board member of the Cultural and Aging Council. A couple of days ago, I was at City Hall to pay a bill and noticed the flyer on the posting board listing the various opportunities about becoming a board member. I moved to Framingham from Atlanta, Georgia in December of 2016 and have lived in the city since. The Cultural and Aging Council caught my attention and after speaking with Alaa for more information, I have decided to submit my application for consideration. I recently worked for a small personal injury firm and became laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which opened some flexibility in my schedule that would permit me to set time to engage in the board members activities. I believe that I have what it takes to become an engaging and successful board member.”

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Jean Noel has a B.A. in Communications from Mercer University and an M.S. in Law from Western New England University School of Law.

The City Council has 30 day to approve or reject the appointment. If no action is taken Jean Noel will automatically join the Council.

District 3 resident Joel Winett is the chair of the Council.

District 3 resident Chris Roppola is the vice chair.

Ten of the 12 members of the Council come from districts 1-5, with four members from District 1 and four members from District 3.

All of the members of the Council were appointed by Mayor Spicer.

If approved, Jean Noel will serve through June 30, 2024.

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