A Note from the FOS President

Friends of Saxonville’s Board of Directors has asked me to reach out to you, our members and supporters, to express our hope that you and your families are well and weathering this virus outbreak that has disrupted all our lives.

Before this health crisis, FOS had scheduled an April Annual Meeting where we planned to share the latest news about Saxonville and planned future events. Our keynote speaker would have described recent findings on the health of the Sudbury River. Unfortunately, as is the case with so many other get-togethers planned for this spring, we have postponed the Annual Meeting in favor of social distancing. We intend to reschedule the meeting when the health crisis ends.

Today, we are all sharing the experience of living in difficult times. Many of us are not able to work. Our schools are closed. Our children cannot play with friends and neighbors. We have given up socializing with other community members. Places of worship are shuttered. Only essential businesses are open.

But life goes on. Fortunately, spring has arrived and warm weather will be here soon. Many of us are already focused on spring yard work, and I expect neighborhoods will look better than ever. People are out walking and biking, enjoying Saxonville’s Cochituate Rail Trail and Carol Getchell Trail, and smiling and waving to neighbors and strangers. There seems to be consensus that we all are in this together, and we will come out the other end okay.

As you adapt to your new, temporary, daily routines, we hope you will make every effort to support Saxonville businesses that are open. These include: restaurants with take-out services; coffee shops offering cups to-go; retailers of pharmaceutical supplies, food, liquor, and home improvement materials, and gas stations and automobile repair shops.

We have compiled the following list of Saxonville essential businesses for your convenience. Please check to confirm hours of operation and services that are available. The list also includes nearby places to take a hike.

Friends of Saxonville will continue to publish its quarterly newsletter online at our website www.FriendsofSaxonville.org and, when possible, put print copies in locations where people can pick them up.

If you want to contact us, our email address is: friends@friendsofsaxonville.org.
Again, be well and take care.

David Longden, President
Friends of Saxonville

Saxonville “Essential Businesses” Seeking Customers

Central Automotive (508) 877-2876
Shell Gas (508) 620-0892
Framingham Gas and Automotive (508) 877-5363
Yeager Automotive (774) 244-1616
Wally & Sons (508) 202-9829
Riverside Gulf Express (508) 523-0025
Murphy’s Automotive (508) 877-9670

Makaris Market (508) 202-4688

Robinson’s Ace Hardware (508) 877-1888
Carby’s Lumber (508) 872-7021

D & D Mulch and Landscape (508) 620-9090

Lincoln Liquors (508) 788-1878

Walgreens (508) 788-2600

Saxonville Mills Café & Roastery (508) 309-3294
Green Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant (508) 309-3009
Pizza Wagon (508) 877-2626
Famous Pizza (508) 877-4400
Neko’s of New York (508) 877-3000
Three Gorges (508) 788-0753
Dunkin Donuts (508) 877-1586
Mediterranean Turkish Food (508) 202-4688
Subway (508) 788-9700

Cochituate Rail Trail
Carol Getchell Trail
Cochituate Brook Reservation
Weston Aqueduct Walking Trail
Danforth Park
Reardon Park
Simpson Park
Wittenborg Woods
Callahan State Park

FOS Annual Meeting


Is the Sudbury River Healthy?
Featuring keynote speaker Alison Field-Juma of OARS

Is it safe to eat the fish from the Sudbury River? How about the Assabet? Will I be able to safely swim in the Concord River? Our local rivers are natural and historic treasures—but how are they doing? Alison Field-Juma, Executive Director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers, will present the first-ever River Health Report Card for our three rivers. The Report Card and its grades were developed through extensive community engagement including stakeholders from Framingham, and reflect local values and issues. Join us for a fascinating discussion of what the Sudbury River’s grades mean for Framingham. Find out how we can raise those grades and build sustainable water resource management for our future.

Alison Field-Juma joined OARS (oars3rivers.org) in 2005 and became Executive Director in 2010. Alison is Vice-Chair of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council, Chair of the Aquatic Invasives Management Subcommittee of the SuAsCo Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) and past CISMA chair, a member of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the MetroWest Conservation Alliance and the Muddy Water Initiative Advisory Board in Boston. Prior to joining OARS, Alison was Director of the Environmental Governance Programme of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. Alison holds an MSc in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Cornell University, a BSc in Biology from Tufts University, and is Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness certified.

RiverFest 2020

June 20 and 21, 2020 - May become virtual events
Join us for a full weekend of fun, free, family oriented activities celebrating our Wild and Scenic Rivers (Sudbury, Assabet and Concord) in six communities. Framingham and Wayland events are listed below. Find additional information here. Check back for updates about schedules.



In April 2016, the Friends of Saxonville launched a new committee named the "TrailHeads" which is dedicated to the trails of all types in the Saxonville area. The committee includes several members of the Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) committee. Because the CRT is essentially done and open, and because the Friends of Saxonville is already involved in the area trails, the Friends wanted to combine the experience and talents to continue the efforts to develop quality recreational trails.

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Athenaeum Hall is a 19th century Saxonville historical landmark. During its storied past it had many uses, including hospital, jail, newspaper press room for The Saxonville Mirror, polling place and school. It was also used as a hall for dances, lectures, plays, religious services, sporting events, veterans' meetings and wedding receptions.

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Saxonville Fire Station Dedication Video

Watson Place Station is decommissioned and A Street Station is dedicated on 9/17/2019

Saxonville Video

by Ender Gokay of Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine, 8/9/2017


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