Framingham Blog Posts
Winter Street Bridge
The construction cost of the Winter Street Bridge over the Sudbury River is $5,551,576,85. Construction is to start in the Fall of 2012 and be completed by 2015.
The proposed project involves the replacement of two single span bridges carrying Winter Street over the Sudbury River in Framingham. The proposed bridge will be a two-span concrete structure and constructed wider to provide vehicular, bicycle and ADA accommodation. The horizontal and vertical alignments will remain essentially the same. Staged construction will be used to maintain vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction.
About a mile down the street the Winter Street bride over the railroad track will be completed by spring 2014 at an estimated $7.1 million. Construction is schedule to start in the summer of 2011.
Breakfast in Framingham
Over the past couple of weeks, we have eaten at various breakfast places in the Framingham area. Here are four places we suggest you try:
Cafe Fresh Bagels
957 Worcester Road, Framingham MA
This is right next door to Centre Pizza. A great little Cafe that has large fresh bagels.Tip: Try a bagel sandwich at the Cafe and when your finish order some bagels for the week! They have great salt bagels!
855 Worcester Road, Framingham MA
This is located in the Old Trolley Square Shopping Center, just off of Route 9 west bound. A great deli with a terrific breakfast selection, include really good Corn Beef Hash Browns.
184 Fountain Street, Framingham MA
Located near the O'Keefe Technical School this is a typical cable car type of diner. The food didn't seem that unique and they had a very basic menu, but I thought it was pretty good. They recently changed owners, so there food might have gotten better. I do remember that the service was really quick. Try to sit at the counter for the best diner experience.
743 Washington Street, Newton MA
This is worth the drive to great breakfast place that also has great ice cream, which makes it a perfect brunch spot. They have lots of wonderful breakfast treats, their french toast is really good! Tip: Sit at the counter to watch them make the ice cream treats and get some ideas for desert while you wait for your meal!
Water Rates going up
Sometimes it doesn't pay to conserve water. Take this example from Framingham, Mass:
The increase, which selectmen are expected to vote on July 13, would tack an extra $74 onto the average family's bill. The hike is driven by a drop in water consumption and a higher assessment Framingham must pay the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Kelley told the board during a preliminary rate hearing.
This means that consumers that used less water are now going to have to pay more? Shouldn't consumer be rewarded for conserving water?
Amana RefrigeratorWe had a problem with our Amana Refrigerator; model number ABB2227DEB, the cooling part stop working around 4pm last night. Both the Refrigerator and Freezer were not keeping cool and the ice in the freezer has started melting. We could hear the refrigerator running, it wasn't making any strange noise, and the light turned on when we opened the door.
We called several places in the Framingham area to see if someone would come out last night. We made about 10 calls and wasn't able to find anyone. We were surprised that there wasn't a 24-hour service available in the Framingham area. After about 20 minutes of trying, we decided that we would wait till the morning to call a local repair company.
I took a quick trip to Stop and Shop and got six bags of ice (cost $12.50). We packed up all the perishables and put them in a couple of coolers we had. We put the coolers on the deck, since it wasn't going to get above freezing overnight. We put some of the frozen foods in the spare freezer in the basement.
This morning we called Belcher's Appliance Center in Framingham, (508) 626-2321, to see if someone would come out to fix the refrigerator. Someone was at the door within 5 minutes of calling them. What great service! This isn't the first time they did this, last April when we had a problem with our washer someone came within 10 minutes of calling them.
The guy initially thought the issue was with the fan since it was running slow and replaced it with a new one that he had. However that one was also running slow. He then said it was probably the Control Board that wasn't working correctly. He had a new Control Board in his truck and was a part that was able to replace it very quickly. He told me that it's a common problem in some refrigerators and that's why he had them.
Once the new Control Board was in place, the fan worked fine. He told us to wait a few hours for the temp to get to normal before putting in any of the food that we took out. He was able to fix everything within a half hour.
Site Note: About a week ago, we noticed a problem with some items in the refrigerator freezing. This should have been an early warning sign for us since we had the exact same issue with our last refrigerator in Newton. So be aware, if you discover some of your items in the refrigerator starting to freeze you might be having a problem with the Control Board.
Panasionic FV-11VHL1 Fan
We have a Panasonic fan that was not working correctly in our bathroom. We decided to look for a replacement and was surprise that there weren't that many fans that fit in the ceiling opening. We were unable to get any information from the Panasonic website since, at the time, we didn't know the particular model that we have.
We consulted several people and eventually the owner at The Lighting Showroom, in Orleans Ma, was able to tell us that we should be looking at FV-11VHL2 model fans. We didn't buy it a new one from them since we were able to identify one online for about $200 cheaper than what they were selling them for.
We ended up buying the fan at National Trade Supply for $270.30 including shipping.
When it came time to replace the fan we had our electrician do the installation. He took a look at our setup and determine that our problem was not related to a bad fan but that the exhaust valve was blocked. He cleaned all the dust and the fan worked fine.
The electrician was able to identify that we have a Panasonic FV-11VHL1.
The lesson learn in our fan replacement journey:
- Identify the fan you currently have. Early on, we thought we had the correct model number but it turns out that we had the fan engine model number.
- Don't count on Home Depot or Lowes for fans, both have a limited selection to large fan sizes
- Don't open the fan box until you are sure that you really need the fan.
Recently, a new restaurant opened in Framingham called O'Connell's Pub. This is located along Route 9 Eastbound, across the street from Staples and Trader Joes, in the former Asia Buffet building.
A couple of weeks ago we stopped in for a quick bite before church. We were going to go to Ruby Tuesdays, but thought it would be fun to try a new place.
The restaurant parking lot was pretty busy and we were a little worried that there might be a wait. We were surprised to find that there was plenty of seating at the bar and in the main restaurant. We were seated right away.
Looking around we could still see some of the Asia Buffet decorations, which looks a little out of place for an Irish Pub.
The menu also really surprised us since there aren't many Irish selections. I noted that the British Beer Company down the street had more Irish selections on their menu.
For an appetizer we ordered the spinach and artichoke dip. The chips were good, but the dip tasted like it came from the microwave and was a little cool in the middle.
As for dinner, we ordered the Buffalo Chicken wrap and the Old Fashion Pub Burger. The Buffalo Chicken was not too spicy and was pretty good. The French fries were good enough to finish, but I had to add salt to add flavoring.
Over all we were not impress by the restaurant. The service was a little slow, in fact, we had to flag down our waitress to get our check, but that could be because it was a busy night. She was quick to process the credit card and refill our drinks. While it is always good to try new places and go to local restaurants, there was nothing about this place that left us wanting to go back for more.
Download a PDF of their takeout menu and see what you think of the selection. Note: The menu has a mostly green background. I removed some of the green to make it printer friendly.
700 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA 01702