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Reward offered for Rudy, dog lost in Westborough

June 21, 2014 10:06 AM

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The Coleman family of Westborough is asking for help finding their dog Rudy, who went missing on May 22 from his dog walker's yard in the Adams Street/Quick Farm Road area.

Rudy is a small, 3-year-old male Havanese. He is microchipped and was last seen wearing tags and dragging a red leash.

Anyone who sees a dog that looks like Rudy is asked not to chase him because he is shy; take a picture, note the date and time, and call 857-205-5732 with any information.

A substantial reward is being offered for his safe return.

For more information, go to www.findrudycoleman.com.

Framingham State, MassBay awarded more than $3m for life science programs

February 26, 2014 04:31 PM

Two higher education institutions in Framingham were awarded state grants this week to help boost life sciences programs.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center awarded $3 million to Framingham State University, and $50,000 to Massachusetts Bay Community College's Framingham campus.

Framingham State will use the grant to both renovate and add biology and chemistry labs in Hemenway Hall. The school will also use the funds to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and upgrade existing infrastructure, according to the college.

“We know that Massachusetts companies are in need of highly educated science and math graduates,” said the university's interim president, Robert Martin, in a statement. “The Hemenway Hall expansion and renovation project will have a transformative impact on the university’s STEM programs by providing our students and faculty with access to state-of-the-art science classrooms and laboratories."

MassBay officials said they will use their $50,000 grant to develop a science center on their proposed downtown Framingham campus. The new campus is in design phase and will use $22.1 million in state capital funds, according to state officials.

MassBay Community College President John O’Donnell said in a statement that he appreciates the life sciences grant.

“Establishing this center on a brand new MassBay campus will enable us to expand life sciences partnerships and establish solid pipelines from high school to college, to the workforce," O'Donnell said.

Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences ecosystem through the life science program, officials said. To date, the center has awarded more than $330 million to support life sciences-related capital projects across the state.

“Supporting innovation propels our economy forward and prepares our workers for the 21st century global marketplace,” said Governor Deval Patrick in the statement. “Our innovation economy relies on a well-educated, well-skilled workforce, and these grants will expand opportunity and grow jobs in the MetroWest region.”

The grants come after three area high schools were also awarded state funds for life sciences equipment and supplies this past December. Waltham High School and Franklin's Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School each received $100,000; Marlborough's Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School was given $40,000.

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MBTA to open rebuilt Yawkey Station in March, boosting service on Framingham-Worcester rail line

February 26, 2014 12:36 PM

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A rendering of the soon-to-open rebuilt Yawkey Station.

The MBTA plans to open the rebuilt Yawkey commuter rail station in Boston next month, clearing the way for the transit agency to boost service across the entire Framingham-Worcester line, officials announced Wednesday.

The station is set to open and a new schedule for the commuter rail line is set be implemented on March 10, T general manager Beverly Scott announced.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience,” she said in a statement. “We’re very excited about launching this new era in the continuing process of improving the Worcester-Framingham commuter rail line.”

Completion of the $14.9-million Yawkey Station overhaul was delayed by about two months while the contractor worked to address accessibility-related issues, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

That delay forced the T to hold back on implementing increased service across the Framingham-Worcester line. The Yawkey project includes constructing a second track allowing more trains to move through.

The new schedule will bring the total number of weekday round trips on the Framingham-Worcester line to 24, up from 22 roundtrips currently. The revised schedule also allows trains to stop at more stations while making those trips.

The line only offered 10 weekday roundtrips just before the state struck a deal in 2009 to buy a 21-mile stretch of the line’s tracks for $50 million from railroad company CSX Corp.

Since then, the T has incrementally increased train trips and stops, while improving other aspects of passenger service on the line that was once among the least reliable in the agency’s commuter rail network.

The rebuilt Yawkey Station, located steps from Fenway Park, features a pair of 700-foot-long train platforms that are fully accessible to people with disabilities, four new elevators and stairs, track realignments, an open mezzanine and a new main station lobby, or head house, at Yawkey Way.

More changes to the station are planned to be made if and when the long-delayed, yet-to-break ground massive Fenway Center mixed-use development is built around the station.

Those future improvements include building new entrance shelters on Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street and extending Yawkey Way so MASCO shuttle buses, which serve the Longwood Medical Area, can pull up to the station.

When a parking garage for the Fenway Center development is built, solar panels installed atop the garage will power Yawkey Station, which will make it the first “net-zero energy” rail station in Massachusetts, officials have said.

During the recent construction project, the station remained in use. Riders would use one side of the platform while work would take place on the opposite side, officials said.

State officials held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the project in the fall of 2010, but the actual work did not start until June 2012, about when officials had originally hoped to finish construction.

The project’s start was delayed because the state needed to wait until the track purchase deal with CSX was complete.

The project was paid for by the state, including through the use of federal stimulus funding, officials.

The developer of Fenway Center, Meredith Management Corp., has agreed to maintain the station’s entrances and elevators after the project is complete.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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Third cow dies after last week's Eastleigh Farm barn roof collapse but a calf is born Sunday

February 24, 2014 03:58 PM

A third cow from Framingham's Eastleigh Farm has died of injuries suffered from a barn roof that collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last week, according to farm owner Doug Stephan.

But in a clear example of the circle of life, Stephan said that a calf was born Sunday -- a month before its expected due date -- and has the same markings as Gigi, the cow who died Saturday.

"The calf looks in such an uncanny way like the cow that died," he said. "Everyone is sort of flabbergasted. The markings are very specific."

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Eastleigh Farm's newest addition.
Two dairy cows were found dead early Wednesday morning after the roof collapsed..Gigi -- named after the wife of a former Eastleigh farmer -- was put down Saturday because her injuries were too severe, Stephan said.

"This cow had injuries on her neck and head," Stephan said, noting that the other two died after building beams fell on their necks. "We tried to bring her around, but in the end we decided to put her to sleep."

Of the eight cows that were rescued, four were able to walk out of the barn on their own and were milked Thursday, Stephan previously told the Globe. He said Monday that the other three were recovering well.

Stephan said he faces between $100,000 and $200,000 in repairs to the barn, especially as he did not have insurance on the building.

"We’re talking about serious damage," he said, noting that he will wait until the weather thaws to rebuild the barn.

Stephan said the farm has seen hundreds of donations -- including blankets and money from Boston Red Sox sportscaster Jerry Remy -- and that hundreds more traveled to the farm over the weekend to visit the cows.

"We have had some amazing donations, which will help to care for the animals," Stephan said, adding that he will use the money to help pay off the thousands of dollars in veterinary bills from the accident.

For more information on the farm, visit eastleighfarm.com.
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All but one cow hurt in Framingham barn collapse improving, owner says

February 20, 2014 12:55 PM

The owner of Framingham's Eastleigh Farm said three of the cows injured in Wednesday's barn roof collapse are improving, but that one may not survive.

Doug Stephan, owner of the Edmands Road farm, said that of the eight cows rescued Wednesday, four are already back to work as dairy cows. Three that were hurt are showing signs of getting better, he said, but one is on the fence.

"I'm concerned if she'll make it or not," Stephan said Thursday afternoon. "She’ll need another 24 hours. She's battered and bruised, and visibly in pain, so she needs to be more closely monitored."

The barn roof collapsed from the weight of snow between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, which was when farm employees found the wreck, said Framingham animal control director Katherine MacKenzie. Two cows were found dead amid the rubble.

The four cows that were able to walk out of the barn's ruins Wednesday "are up and were milked today -- they had scratches, cuts and bruises but they're OK," Stephan said.

He said the oldest cow of the group, Diamond -- who was the last cow to be rescued -- "seems to be responding quite well for the older cow that she is."

The other four cows needed to be machine-lifted and pulled to another barn's safety.

"There are three or four others that are showing steady improvement," Stephan said. "They're not out of the woods yet, but they're showing improvement."

Yesterday, the cows showed signs of hypothermia and were treated with anti-inflammatories, sutures and warm IV fluids, according to MacKenzie.

Stephan said Eastleigh employees were tending to the injured cattle, and that he would call bovine veterinarians from Tufts' Woodstock, Conn., location if needed.

Stephan said that by Thursday morning, thousands of people had reached out to him, asking if they could help. The farm, which has seen hard times with the recession, now has a donation link on its official website.

"We're addressing the immediate problem Eastleigh has," he said. "Everyone is calling and asking to donate something to keep the farm alive."

Eastleigh is home to about 60 milking cows, Stephan said, but the farm oversees about 250 cows total between the Framingham location and an extension located in Brookfield.

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Anything but relaxed at Framingham's Chocolate Therapy

February 10, 2014 05:46 PM
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Chocolate Therapy's strawberry balsamic truffles are made with dark chocolate, strawberry puree and balsamic vinegar.

Like many couples around Massachusetts, David and Pam Griffin are planning to spend time together this Valentine’s Day. They’ll celebrate with chocolate and maybe even wine. Unlike most other couples, the Griffins will be spending 13 hours together making and selling chocolate in their Framingham store, Chocolate Therapy, come February 14.

“By 9 o’clock we’ll all be ready to sit down or fall down,” Pam said.

The pair plans to sell at least 400 pounds of chocolate by week’s end, so it’s all-hands-on-deck at the shop. Their chocolatier, Rick Gemme, is also working 12 hours a day this week.

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A chocolatier fills molds with chocolate.

The store can churn out thousands of truffles a day. After Gemme makes the ganache, or truffle filling, the chocolates are coated by hand or by machine. The store’s machine can enrobe 500 truffles an hour and Gemme can coat a couple hundred chocolates himself in the same time.

“We’ve done this enough times, we pretty much know what to expect,” David said.

After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second-busiest day of the year for the store, which opened in Framingham a year ago. The original location in Dedham opened in May 2011.

“We see a gradual ramp-up, like this weekend was very busy for us,” David said. “Thursday it’s pretty crazy and then Friday it’s just insane. We literally have lines out the door.”

Most last-minute customers are men, according to David.

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The store's Pom Balm truffles, made with pomegranate molasses and dark chocolate, are popular gifts.

Chocolate Therapy offers truffles and specialty chocolates with healthy twists and unique flavors. Inside the dark chocolate Aristaeus truffle, you’ll find cold pressed olive oil and sea salt. Other chocolates incorporate sweet potato and ginger.

“It’s a spice rack,” David said. “You’ll see cayenne, cinnamon, bay leaf, pepper [and] a little bit of salt.

“We want to be a little bit different. We like to think of our chocolates as having a European profile. They’re not overly sugary like a lot of American chocolates are, but we want to put an American spin on it so we put a healthy additive to it.”

The store’s regular offerings include its popular pink Himalayan sea salt caramels, chocolate-covered potato chips, and chocolate almond bark. For Valentine’s Day, chocolate-covered strawberries (in milk, dark, and white chocolate), rosé pink champagne truffles, milk chocolate hearts dusted in gold cocoa butter, and a brandy cherry truffle with nutmeg and cinnamon are available.

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The store has specialty gift boxes in time for Valentine's Day.

The store also offers wine pairings for the truffles.

“We have a very nice red wine that’s fruity and well-balanced,” Pam said. “We’ll pair that with a milk chocolate truffle. We’ll do a rosé with a white chocolate.”

Besides wine pairings, the store also hosts birthday parties, runs corporate team-building events, and has a program to help Girl Scouts earn a chocolate-making badge.

“We’ve got a wide variety of things for everyone,” Pam said.

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Interested chocoholics can take a class at the store to learn how to make chocolate.

Chocolate Therapy will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Maggie Quick can be reached at margaret.quick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MaggieQuick.

Framingham students complete Junior Achievement Academy

February 10, 2014 11:37 AM
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JA Academy students with mentors from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Students from Framingham High School were among 22 local high school students who recently completed Junior Achievement's JA Academy, a 12-week after-school program where highly motivated students explored the world of business by forming and managing their own company.

JA Academy participants were guided by a mentor team comprised of employees from the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over the course of the twelve sessions, students elected their own board of directors, developed and executed a business plan, produced and sold a product, and held board meetings to report on their progress. Through the academy, students learned about such topics as teamwork, leadership, and goal setting, in addition to showing students how to execute the day-to-day operations of their venture.

Other participants came from Boston College High School, Boston Latin School, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Malden High School, and Milton High School. The program was sponsored by State Street Corporation and hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers at their office in Boston's financial district.

“Junior Achievement of Northern New England is truly grateful to State Street Corporate and PricewaterhouseCoopers for their commitment to help make a difference in the lives of local students—our future workforce—by teaching them valuable, real-life lessons about the working world,” said Emily Neill, president of Junior Achievement of Northern New England.

JA Academy was developed by Junior Achievement of Northern New England. For the 2012-2013 school year, the organization implemented 1,641 programs throughout 331 schools and after-school sites, reaching over 38,000 youth through the efforts of over 1,700 trained volunteers. Serving students in nine Massachusetts counties and the entire state of New Hampshire, JANNE focuses on impacting “at risk” youth, and reaching optimal students within its territory.

Maggie Quick can be reached at margaret.quick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MaggieQuick.

Police seek public's help in finding Framingham murder suspect

January 10, 2014 05:07 PM

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Jeremy Rodriguez

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection with the November murder in Framingham of 21-year-old Juan Lopez.

An arrest warrant was issued last month for Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, of Framingham, according to a press release issued Friday by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson.

In addition to residing in Framingham, Rodriguez has also lived in the Worcester area and is known to frequent the Dorchester area of Boston.

Anyone who knows of Rodriguez’s whereabouts or has seen this suspect is asked to call Framingham Police Tip Line at 508-872-1212 ext. 3888 or Massachusetts State Police at 781-897-6600.

Two other men have been charged with the murder of Lopez.

Jose Cruz, 16, of Framingham and Bryan Pertarb, 20, of Hudson were arraigned Dec. 19 in Framingham District Court on charges of murder, attempted armed robbery, armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the release. They were held without bail. The next court date for both defendants is Jan. 21 for a pretrial hearing.

At about 10:57 p.m. on Nov. 20, Framingham police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot at 15 Second St. in Framingham, the release said. Upon arrival police discovered Lopez in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

Lopez, who lived in Framingham, was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Prosecutors allege that when Lopez arrived at the location on Second Street he retrieved marijuana from the trunk of his car and then got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Rodriguez allegedly walked up to the vehicle and fired a single gunshot through the driver’s side window, striking Lopez, according to the release. The three men then fled the scene.

Framingham State University trustees nominate new president

January 8, 2014 10:27 AM

The Board of Trustees of Framingham State University has unanimously recommended the appointment of Dr. F. Javier Cevallos as the 16th president of Framingham State University, according to a press release.

The board voted to recommend Cevallos during a special meeting Tuesday, concluding a six-month presidential search process. The recommendation will be voted on by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Jan. 21 in Boston. If approved, Cevallos will take over as president in July.

"The Board of Trustees was greatly impressed with the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge Dr. Cevallos demonstrated, as well as with his enthusiasm and vision for the future of Framingham State," said board chairman Joe Burchill. "We have full confidence in his ability to lead the university moving forward."

Cevallos is currently president of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He started at the university in 2002 and since then, enrollment has grown from 8,500 to 10,000 students and the diversity of the student body has grown from 6 percent to 17 percent. He has also overseen numerous multi-million dollar changes to campus facilities at Kutztown. In 1996 he was selected as a Fellow by the American Council on Education and spent his fellowship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

"Throughout the interview process Dr. Cevallos stood out as an exceptional candidate," Richard C. Logan, chair of the search committee and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, said. "The search committee enthusiastically endorses his selection as president."

Cevallos earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and his master's degree and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was one of three finalists chosen from an initial field of 84 applicants reviewed by a 13-member Presidential Search Committee made up of Framingham faculty, staff, students, and administrators. He spent two days on campus in December meeting with members of the FSU communitiy.

Cevallos was attracted to the history and reputation of FSU when applying for the position.

"Framingham State is the first public normal school in the nation, so that history and tradition is attractive to anyone in public higher education," Cevallos said. "I have admired the institution since the 1990s, when I had a chance to visit and learn about many of the programs."

This would not be Cevallos' first time working in education in Massachusetts. He moved to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1984 after starting his career in 1981 as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Maine at Orono. He was promoted to associate professor at UMass-Amherst in 1988, full professor in 1992, and was asked to serve as faculty advisor to the provost in 1994. He went on to become chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

"In many ways, this is like coming home for me," Cevallos said. "I have spent so many years of my life in Massachusetts and still have many connections to the area."

Maggie Quick can be reached at margaret.quick@globe.com.

Lisa Marie Presley to perform in Natick this Friday

January 6, 2014 03:30 PM

Lisa Marie Presley will soon be in the building.

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The only daughter of Elvis Presley will kick off her 2014 tour with a performance in Natick this Friday.

The show, which is for ages 21 and up, will take place at The VERVE at Crowne Plaza, located at 1360 Worcester St. in Natick.

Tickets for Presley's performance are still available and cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $150 for a VIP package that includes a meet-and-greet with the daughter of "the King."

Presley will also appear in New York City on Saturday for a performance at the City Winery. She is also scheduled to perform in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Canada this year.

For more information on the Natick show, visit the venue's website. For more on Presley, visit her official website.

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