This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the ‘ham


January 2nd, 2013

It seemed like such a long time to have things happen with the house but it finally did and we moved this past weekend.
I remember a while ago thinking I’d have so much fun with a farewell post that rattled off all the reasons why I’m glad we’re  leaving and “woo-hoo”ing and all that but I don’t really feel that way anymore.

There were a lot of awesome people I met in Framingham, and they really made living there special. I didn’t like my stupid neighborhood, the crime, traffic/congestion, disappearance of small business, etc…  But from this blog I’ve met people who became friends and effected my life in positive ways like becoming a town meeting member, working at the History Center, and having the amazing opportunity to run the Boston Marathon.  I don’t think I would have even become a runner if I hadn’t moved to Framingham because of how my introduction to it and the marathon opportunity happened.  I’m grateful to my friend Lisa who really started the chain of events that lead to that and other positive experiences.

I’ll be keeping this blog up as a reference in case someone may find it useful (the reason why I started it) and will be able to update it if I meet friends for dinner at a new place there or notice something while driving through.

So instead of my original planned rant, I’ll just say thanks.

Happy New Year 🙂


  1. Sorry to hear you’re gone. The town needs the kind of appreciation you gave, and your links show just how much you cared about Framingham.

    Comment by Dave W January 3, 2013 @ 12:15 am

  2. Very classy exit. Excited for your new journey!

    Comment by Elaine January 3, 2013 @ 8:15 am

  3. Well, I just started blogging about Framingham under Maybe I may cover Wayland or Natick, since I’m near these towns as well.

    But yea, thanks for helping Framingham get back to it’s classic days, and mentiened about Shoppers World. The old one was great. The new one sucks. I don’t know what they were smoking when they redesigned Shopper’s World.

    Comment by James January 3, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  4. Thank you for all the work you’ve done on the blog. Especially all the posts on Shopper’s World. I miss the old Shopper’s World and the Golden Mile of the old days. I grew up in Natick but spent a lot of time in Framingham and mourn the old days.

    Comment by Raquel January 4, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

  5. I’ve loved your blog! I’m sad to see you leave but change is good and you probably are long over due. I think of this blog often when I go by many of Framingham’s “sad plazas”. I hardly ever have to go downtown but found myself there the other day. What a wasteland. As we travel through other town centers, I shake my head at the lost potential that our downtown is a victim of.

    Good luck to you and thank you for your efforts!

    Comment by Kyra January 6, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  6. So sad to see this blog going away! I really loved your sense of nostalgia as I too miss the old Framingham of my youth.

    Where are you moving to? Any plans for a new blog in the future?

    Comment by Michael Cohen January 7, 2013 @ 12:00 am

  7. Farewell Michelle and Ethan! Best of everything at your new location…it’s a great little town. Your Framingham posts will be missed, thanks for being here, and don’t drive by the 400 without stopping in!

    Comment by Henry Boyle January 7, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

  8. Best of Luck with your move Michelle! Good luck with all of your new adventures!

    Comment by Kerry January 10, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  9. Thank You Michelle and Ethan for your wonderful blog on Framingham. Through the years I have always enjoyed reading about your experiences at restaraunts, fun events in town as well as interesting happenings. I really enjoyed the time and effort you put into your blog. Anytime I would be frustrated with the noise, pollution, illegal alien crime in this town and some of the hateful people that live here I woud turn to your blog as it reminded me that maybe it wasn’t so bad afterall. Now i see grafitti stickers everyehere on signs north and south in town which is a pre-cursor to gang activity. if you don’t take the stickers down the gangs move in. CSX is now running trains non stop through the night 9pm, 11pm, 3am etc. all through the night and no one can get a decent nights sleep. Our town needs to become civilized again and without your blog and you and Ethan living here, we have taken a major step backwards. Good luck with the move to your next town I hope it is a kinder, cleaner, new england town. Wish us luck here as we need it! Thank you!

    Thank you for the kind words Pierre 🙂 I feel for you about trying to sleep – we lived close enough to the tracks to hear the trains too. We are in a kinder, cleaner town (Maynard) but I wish Framingham the best because there are a lot of good people there. – Michelle

    Comment by Pierre January 17, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  10. I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time, thanks for all the great stuff over the years. However, the “kinder, cleaner” comment is pretty sad. There are jerks everywhere so I’m sure you’ll figure that out in Maynard soon. I still live here and really like the town so have some class on the way out.

    Thank you George for adding that comment, very classy of you 🙂

    Comment by George January 22, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  11. I too have recently moved from Framingham, but I must say how much I have enjoyed your blog and wish you well in your new life.

    Comment by Tom January 29, 2013 @ 1:08 am

  12. Thank You for your writings over the past several years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog. I’ll miss it.

    Perhaps in a decade or two some future resident will create something new to discover more of Framingham’s past, and we’ll find your blog as an exhibit!

    Best of luck!

    Comment by Mitch Cohen January 29, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  13. Michelle, best of luck, and thank you again for all of your effort over the years on this blog! You have the energy, spirit and creativity that is inspirational to many, myself included. You really did more for the town than you’ll ever know.

    My Framingham blog ( is sporadic, but every year I hope to do more regular postings. How you put out so many great postings for so long, complete with photos, is still amazing to me.

    Could a “This is Maynard” blog be in your future? 🙂

    Comment by Brett February 18, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

  14. Thanks Michelle!!!!!!

    Comment by Tarl March 7, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  15. Just came here today to see if there was news on the change at Samba and found that you have moved on.

    Just wanted to say that I loved this site. I moved to Framingham in 98 and have read much of this site to learn of the history and current events – especially loved your restaurant reviews.

    Thanks for leaving it active as it is always good to go back and re-read your blog entries. This way I won’t forget about Carrie Anne’s and others now departed the way I did to whatever Samba was before it was Samba.

    Good luck in your new digs.

    Comment by Esteeb March 20, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

  16. I agree with the other commenters above. Your website is awesome. I don’t believe I ever commented on your posts, but your’s was a go to site for me for restaurant and business reviews and I really appreciate the Framingham history. I hope you leave it up forever. I will miss it.

    Comment by Mark Helwig March 29, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

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