Sunday, November 20, 2016

A new memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War

Will take place at the MWRTA center at 15 Blandin Ave, on Nov 27th at Noon. The group behind this long process are, John MacGillivray, Ed Carr, Jeff Buccacio, Jack Arena, and Warren Griffin. A 9' statue made by Mr. Buccacio, modeled after Nam Vet Curtis Herald, with the help of Carr, MacGillivary, Jack Arena and Warren Griffin. This statue belongs in Cushing Park, but the politics in this Town would have never allowed such a tribute to be placed where other monuments to our war dead are. The names of those who lost their lives in Nam from this area will be on the monument.

Read about it:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

We pay our respect to those who have served this country with a free meal

I encourage all Vets to take advantage of the free meals that are being given to Veterans across this country.

Your country Thanks You for your service

2016 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts
This Version Last Updated: 11/05/2016.
Source (visit for daily updates):
Thank you for your service! Veterans Day is almost here, and many restaurants
and other businesses want to thank you for your service. We have included a list of
national & regional offers. We will continue to update this list until Veterans Day.
Veterans Day Offers
The Following Are Generally True:
• Offers are for Active Duty, Retirees, and Veterans, unless otherwise stated.
• Military ID, VA ID Card, or other proof of service are required.
• Call ahead to verify the offer – some offers are only at participating locations.
• May only be valid for dine-in meals, beverage may not be included.
• Please tip your wait-staff on the full meal price. It’s the right thing to do!
Free Meals for Veterans Day
Starting Nov. 6, 2016:
• McCormick & Schmick’s. Free lunch or dinner from special menu. More info.
Starting Nov. 7, 2016:
• Carraba's, Nov 7-13, 2016. Free appetizer at participating Locations.
Starting Nov. 9, 2016:
• Red Hot & Blue, Nov. 9 – 11, 2016. Free entrée with the purchase of two
drinks and a second entrée of equal or greater value (up to a maximum value
of $10). More info. Coupon. Locations.
Source: The Military Wallet -
Starting Nov. 10, 2016:
• Red Lobster, Nov 10 -11, 2016. Free Appetizer or Dessert from a select list.
Starting Nov. 14, 2016:
• Claim Jumper: Free meal from select menu. Not valid at Golden Nugget Lake
Charles and Golden Nugget Las Vegas locations. More info.
• Golden Corral (5pm – 9pm): The 16th annual Golden Corral Military
Appreciation Monday dinner is available to any person who has ever served
in the United States Military. Visit
Starting Nov. 15, 2016:
• Country Cookin (2pm - 8pm): Free meal from select menu. Locations.
Veterans Day - Nov. 11, 2016:
• Applebee’s. Free meal from special menu. Beverage and gratuity not
included. Locations.
• Baker's Square. Free breakfast from select menu. More info.
• BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse. Free entree, up to $12.95 value. $5 beers
for Guests over the age of 21. Locations.
• Bob Evans. Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Locations.
• Bonanza. Free buffet for veterans and active duty members at participating
locations. More info.
• Bonefish Grill. Free Bang Bang Shrimp. Locations.
• Boston Market. Free Brownie or Cookie with any purchase for all veterans,
service members, and their families. No ID required. Locations.
• Buehler’s Grocery. Free breakfast menu meal from 7:00 am until 11:00 am
at participating locations. Locations.
• Burntwood Tavern. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and
veterans. Website.
• Calhoun's Restaurant. Free meal. More info.
• California Pizza Kitchen. Choose a pizza, full size salad, or pasta from the
special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Locations.
• CentraArchy Restaurants. Free meal at participating restaurants, including
Burrito Loco, California Dreaming, Carolina Roadhouse, ChopHouse New
Orleans, ChopHouse '47, Gulfstream Café, Joey D's Oak Room, and New York
Prime. Locations.
• Charlie Brown's Steakhouse (11am - 3pm). Free meal. Locations.
Source: The Military Wallet -
• Chipotle. Buy One Get One Free from 3pm-close on Nov. 11th, 2016, at all
Chipotle locations in the U.S. More info.
• City BBQ. Free sandwich patter at participating locations. More info.
• Cracker Barrel. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola®
Cake. More info.
• CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries. Complimentary craft beer to active
and retired military personnel. Locations that are prohibited from providing
a free craft beer will offer a free appetizer. More info.
• Denny's (5am - 12pm). Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® for all active,
inactive, and retired military. Participating locations only. Locations.
• Fatz Eatz & Drinkz (11am-11pm). Free Calabash Chicken entrée. Locations.
• Fazoli's. Free Build Your Own Pasta Bowl. Locations.
• Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. 50% off for veterans and active duty
military. 10% off for up to three additional guests. Website.
• Friendly’s. Free breakfast, lunch, dinner from select menu. Participating
locations. Locations.
• Glory Days. Free appetizer or an order or boneless wings. Dine-in only and
at only at participating locations. Locations.
• Green Mill. Free meal. Some limitations apply. Locations.
• Hurricane Grill & Wings. Free entrée & drink from select menu. Locations.
• Hy-Vee. Free Breakfast from 7am - 11am at all participating Hy-Vee
supermarkets with in-store dining. More info.
• IHOP. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes. Participating locations only.
Please call ahead to verify participation. Locations.
• Krispy Kreme. Free donut and small coffee. Only at participating Locations.
• LongHorn Steakhouse. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no
restrictions). Additional 10% off for their guests. Locations.
• Max & Erma's. Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo. Call ahead to
verify participation. Locations.
• Mimi’s Cafe. Free entrée on select menu items for veterans and active duty
members. More info.
• Menchie’s. Free 6 ounce frozen yogurt. Locations.
• Mission BBQ. Free sandwiches and cake for active duty military members
and veterans at participating locations. While supplies last. Locations.
• O’Charley’s. Free meal for veterans and active duty. Locations.
• Olive Garden. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with
unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Locations.
• On The Border. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free
choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo”. Dine-in only, proof of
service required.
• Outback Steakhouse. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Also receive 15% off your purchase from Nov. 12-Dec 31, 2015. Locations.
Source: The Military Wallet -
• Pinnacle Entertainment (casino chain). Complimentary meal. Times vary
by location. Please visit The Military Wallet for more information.
• Ponderosa. Free buffet for veterans and active duty members at
participating locations. More info.
• Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries. Locations.
• Rock & Brews. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich. Locations.
• Ruby Tuesday's. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating Locations.
• Shoney’s. Free All-American Burger. Locations.
• Sizzler Restaurants, until 4pm. Free lunch entree from special menu. At
participating locations only. Website.
• Spaghetti Warehouse, Nov. 11 - 13. Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon
Required (available on website and FaceBook page on Nov. 4). Choose any
Original Recipe Spaghetti entrée & receive 2nd free. More Info. Locations.
• Texas Roadhouse. Free meal from special menu. Includes sides and a soft
drink, coffee, or tea. More info.
• T.G.I. Friday's. Free lunch for current military members and veterans from
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participating locations only. More info.
• Tap House Grill. Free meal for servicemembers and veterans with proof of
service. Locations.
• Travel Centers of America. Free meal and beverage from select menu for
military members. Dine-in only. At participating locations. More info.
• Twin Peaks Restaurants. Free meal at participating locations (please call
ahead). Locations.
• Village Inn. Free INN-credible V.I.B. breakfast. Call ahead to verify. Locations.
• White Castle. Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo meal #1-6 for veterans
and active duty military. More info.
• Wienerschnitzel. Complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink at
participating locations. Please verify participation. Locations.
• World of Beer. Free select draught beer or $5.00 off your bill. Participating
locations only. More info.
• 54th Street Grill. Free entree for Veterans and Active Duty. Locations.
Source: The Military Wallet -
Freebies for Veterans Day
Nov. 11, 2016:
• Free Car Wash: Visit for a list of participating car washes.
• Free Hair Cut: Great Clips is offering a free hair cut for military and veterans.
Non-veterans can get a coupon to give to a veteran. More info.
• Free Hair Cut: Sport Clips, free hair cut at participating locations.
• Free Night at a B&B: Free night’s stay at a Bed & Breakfast on Veterans Day.
See list of participating B&B’s (these fill up fast!). Visit
• Free Kindle Book: Operation Money: A Financial Guide for Military Service
Members and Families, by best-selling author, Jean Chatzky. Download.
• Discounted Kindle Book: One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's
Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview, by Jason B. Ladd. Limited time
discount – only $2.99 on Kindle ($16.99 list)! Download Kindle Version.
Other Fun Offers (Valid Everyday)
• 2 Free Audio Books: (New members only; free trial required, but you can
cancel at any time) - Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.
• Dell Military Discount. 10% off every day, 15% off from 11/5/2016 –
11/15/2016. Learn more.
• Home Depot 10% Military Discount. Some restrictions. Learn more.
• Lyft Credits: (new members only – up to $50, where available). Use this link
• Uber Credits: (new members only – up to $20 in most cities). Use this link -
Source: The Military Wallet -
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We won the war... Q4 passes

So Framingham voters approved Q4 15,677 to 13,340. Not as big as I had envisioned, but consider that since 2000  marijuana has been on the ballot 4 times and in each, won by overwhelmingly. Now before the doomsayers run and hide from this consider the tax revenue impact this will have on our budget. And also consider the amount of law enforcement dollars not needed to enforce prohibition of marijuana.. now to be considered ad cannabis.
Law enforcement will have to wear their body cameras to show a driver to be impaired when pulled over, despite the fact that a breathalyzer will not be used. Young children will NOT be running to a cannabis cafe and getting high or sick on eatables. Parents who grow will have their plants out of public sight. And the State will have to come up with reasonable regulations by 2018. They had the opportunity to draft a legalization law but failed to do so.
I'm reminded by some fellow MW Norml members of all the years we stood in front of the post office each April, telling last minute tax payers how if marijuana were legalized their taxes would be less.
Time will tell how much revenue will be generated for Framingham, but I believe it will be in the millions when a few shops (cafes) are up and running. After all, after the country elected Trump, we in all blue Mass may need a get high with a little help from our friends.
Thanks to all who have hung in there.. common sense has prevailed over non sense. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gov TV fails once again to allow a Goverment meeting to be broadcast

Last month a group from the State Government was traveling the State regarding the Ballot question 4, the legalization of marijuana. The group asked Gov TV to produce and air the meeting which was held at the Blummer Room at the Town Hall. The meeting was jammed packed with people, the most I've ever seen at a meeting there. This room is the same room that all the charter meetings are held and reordered and is set up to record anything in that room. The group asked Gov TV well in advance. The request was made of Carly Melo and Ron Rego of Gov TV. They refused to cover the event because it wasn't Government related. When I asked Ms. Melo why the meeting wasn't reordered and aired on Gov TV.

"The host of the forum MA Public Health requested it but we recommended they contact Public Access since it wasn’t a government sponsored event.  They hired a contractor to record the meeting; we allowed them to use the A/V equipment (microphones, podiums…) in Blumer.


Pressed for an answer as to why it wasn't recorded by Gov TV her reply was:

 "Ron and I generally discuss events he’s asked to record outside of standard meetings and Town events, and evaluate them on a case by case basis.  Although it may be a public event , it wasn’t sponsored by or for Town government, and doesn’t support the Town’s programs and initiatives, so it didn’t meet the criteria established for Government Channel events".


What is more government related than a ballot question? And who are they to determine what Government meetings can the public see. Gov TV has no problem with producing a show called "Framingham Today" with a sock-less has been selectman and a troll. They have no problem with producing and airing a festival at Farm pond, but yet a ballot question doesn't rise to a level of coverage from Gov TV. They don't operate without the expressed consent of the Town Manger and the BOS and once again, the cable subscribers were denied the right to see an important debate about Question 4.

The keys to cash and drugs at FPD

We now learn from TV and print media, our beloved FPD has more serious problems in the truth department. All of this supposedly happened in 2015 and the said evidence room, as of September has a new lock.  The investigation by the Middlesex DA's office should be viewed as cops investigating cops. Like the Eurie Stamps killing investigated by Gerry Leone at the Middlesex Da's office which the DA said it was an accident after months of secrecy. I see no difference in this case. Cops cannot investigate cop behavior. Given what we know now as facts, thanks in part to a freedom of information request by the MWDN. We know that one officer is fired after a 7 month paid vacation. But what we don't know is how many other officers know about the spare kept to the evidence lock up. We have already seen cases being thrown out and will continue to see more, as smart attorneys hone in on this unbelievable event. With all that drug money seized from the accused and all the drugs that just sit there, the temptation is more than most cops can handle. The larger question is how far does this go back. We know it goes back to September 15th for sure, but we haven't heard how far back it may go.
All this is a shinning example of the lack of oversight in FPD and the leftover problems that excise from the Carl administration. Will there be any way of knowing how much is stolen in drugs and money? We know that officers took momentous from busts and displayed them at their desks.
All this unfortunate and illegal actions took place in plain view of management. We have also heard of double dipping, cops working details while out on sick time, an area that I have brought to Town Meeting attention for years, only to be shot down by a loyal lethargic group of blind and afraid Town Meeting members.
I feel bad for the Chief. He inherited a bad group of lawless cops who think the are above the law and since one cop got away with murder, all the rest have used that incident to justify their behavior. In the coming weeks, we will learn more about this and will be a black mark on a department who has grown in size for no apparent reason.