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FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer has re-nominated Friends of Callahan President Mark Goldman and Linda Schwartz to the 11-member Council on Aging.

Both are current members, and their terms would be extended to June 30, 2024, if they receive City Council approval.

Schwartz, who hails from District 6, was appointed to a 1-year term during the pandemic. She is a career healthcare professional.

“I have participated on the COA board for one year during a pandemic. I am motivated to creatively continue to work with the board, Callahan Centre Leadership and Councilors and Mayor to move the projects, ideas, and programs forward,” wrote Schwartz in her application.

Goldman, who lives in District 5, is the current Vice Chair of the Council On Aging, and has been on the Council for 6 years.

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“I have been servicing the senior population in Framingham for over 8 years. I believe my involvement has contributed to the growth and expansion of programs and services Programs include fitness center, bus service, cultural programming, fund raising Just to mention a few,” wrote Goldman in his application for reappointment. “I’ve been on various subcommittee for COVID-19 action and senior award recognition with special attention to minority issues. Worked hard to secure chrome books and data plans for 300 low income and
minorities seniors. I’ve advocated to an equal funding for senior services. I was able to secure funding during the pandemic for
health and welfare goods in cooperation with the Mayor’s efforts. Would greatly like to continue to contribute and keep giving
back to Framingham.”

Council on Aging member Brenda Diaz, term is up this month. It is unclear if she chose not to re-apply or is not being re-appointed at this time.

The Council on Aging assists older adults to remain independent at home for as long as possible while providing for choices and opportunities. This includes identifying unmet needs and developing and implementing programs and services that help to meet those needs.

There is only one member of the Council who is from Districts 7-8-9, according to the City’s chart, however the chart is inaccurate as Goldman lives in District 5 and Schwartz in District 6.

The chair of the Council on Aging is Clyde Dottin, who lives in District 1. His term ends June 30,2023.

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Other members of the Council include:

Glenda Thomas of District 1 – terms ends June 2023.

Audrey Hall of District 2 – terms ends June 2022.

Ruthann Tomassini of District 3 – terms ends June 2022.

Brian Sullivan of District 4 – terms ends June 2023.

Betty Muto of District 6 – terms ends June 2023.

Michael McGibbon of District 8 – terms ends June 2022.

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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.