FOS Annual Meeting

7:00 pm
Edwards Hall
39 Edwards Street, Framingham

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 ( 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
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.


Sudbury River Cleanup
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 9:30 am to 11:30 am (light rain or shine)
This is an on the river cleanup including a demonstration “hand pulling” of invasive water chestnut vegetation. Canoes provided. Led by Ron Chick, Chair of the River Stewards Initiative of the Friends of Saxonville. RSVP to reserve a canoe at, or you may bring your own. Meet at 151 Central Street at 9:30 am. Park on Central or a side street. Coffee, snacks, gloves and garbage bags provided.

Sudbury River Ponded Section Paddle
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (light rain or shine)
Enjoy a calm canoe paddle, and learn some history of the river in Saxonville and about current threats from invasive aquatic vegetation. Led by Ron Chick, Chair of the River Stewards Initiative of the Friends of Saxonville. RSVP to reserve a canoe at, or you may bring your own. Meet at 151 Central Street at 11:30 am. Park on Central or a side street.

Saxonville Historical Walking Tour
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 2:00 pm
Join Jennifer Doherty, Historic Preservation Planner with the Framingham Historical Commission and Historic District Commission on a 1-hour walking tour of Saxonville focusing on its significant architectural and historic features. No pre-registration required. Meet at the old Danforth Street Bridge. Questions? Call (508) 532-5455 or email
Cochituate Rail Trail to Lake Cochituate Walk

Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 3:30 to 5:30pm (light rain or shine)
Join the Friends of Saxonville for a 3-mile round-trip walk along the Rail Trail, then to the Cochituate Brook Reservation Trail and up to Lake Cochituate. Learn about native vegetation and the potential of anadromous fish making their way to Lake Cochituate. Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent. Meet at the head of the Cochituate Rail Trail at Concord and School Streets in Framingham. Questions? Email

Twilight Walk along the Sudbury River
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 7:45pm (Rain or shine)
Join Framingham’s Conservation Commission for a twilight walk on the Carol Getchell Nature Trail to experience the transition from diurnal wildlife to nocturnal wildlife, and the things that exist in between. Wear proper footwear and bring a flashlight. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Little Farms Rd. Contact the Framingham Conservation office at 508-532- 5460 or conservationcommission@ to sign up and for more information.

Photo Walk at GreenWays (Wayland)
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 6:15 pm to sunset (Rain date: Sunday)
Join Framingham photographer Lynne Damianos of Damianos Photography for a stroll around the 63-acre Greenways Conservation Area, a portion of the former Paine Estate, purchased by SVT and the Town of Wayland in 1995. Historic sites, woods, open fields, wetlands, the Sudbury River shoreline and Paines’ pet cemetery make Greenways a remarkable place with nearly two miles of trails, many of them old cart paths. Lynne will provide tips for successful photography with your camera/phone. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the kiosk, 24 Green Way, Wayland. Questions? Call 508-358-2980.


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

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