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In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE Media.

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FRAMINGHAM – This year is the start of a new decade for the popular Framingham Earth Day festival. And the festival will have a new Associate Director, too.

This year is the 11th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival, and it will take place on April 22nd  at the Framingham Center Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  A rain date is planned for April 29.

Founder Donna Kramer Merritt, who returned as director last year after festival cancellations in 2020 and 2021, has brought on a new Associate Director to mentor for the Director role in 2024.    

Taking on the position of Associate Director of the Festival is Framingham resident Isabella Petroni.

“I am so excited to have someone as passionate about Framingham and the environment take a leadership role in the festival.  I think we have exciting things to look forward to in the coming years!” said Kramer Merritt.

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Petroni founded the Youth Council at age 17 while a senior at Framingham High.

Petroni became the youngest elected woman city-wide, in the history of Framingham, at the age of 20 in 2021. She will graduate from the University of New England in May with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Now, 21, she wants to apply to law school focusing on environmental law and public service.

Petroni wanted to join the festival because “she has attended it since it first started” and wanted “to get involved in giving back to my community in a way that fits with my passion for the environment.” 

She also hopes to make the festival “a place where the next generation can meet to find out solutions to issues they are passionate in, such as clean energy or climate justice.”

It is a volunteer, unpaid position.

Petroni is joining a well-seasoned group of volunteers working on recycling, sponsorships, booths, entertainment, kid’s activities, and more for the festival.

For updated details and information on volunteering, exhibiting, or participating in the festival, please visit

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Editor’s Note: In full transparency, Petroni is the daughter of the SOURCE editor.

By editor

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.