Agenda Jan 21 Business Meeting

Framingham Democratic Town Committee

Agenda, January 21st, 2018, 7-9:00 p.m.

at the Heritage, 747 Water Street

7:00-7:05 – Welcome and Announcements-Chair Beverly Hugo

7:05-7:10 – Secretary’s Report-Attendance and Approval of Minutes of 11/19/17-Barb LeDuc

7:10-7:15 – Treasurer’s Report-Vote for $50. expenditure for the 2/8 DSC Meeting-Margareth Shepard

7:15-7:25 – Reports  from the House and Hill

7:25-8:00 – Candidates and Campaigns

                Jimmy Tingle-Candidate for Lt. Governor – Keynote Speaker

        Candidates for State Office:

  • Jay Gonzalez (Governor)
  • Bob Massie (Governor)
  • Setti Warren (Governor)
  • Quentin Palfrey (Lt. Governor)


8:00-8:15 – Committee Reports-

  1.   Civics Education-Pat Dunne
  2.   Communications-Michael Hugo
  3.   Legislative/Advocacy-Kurt Fusaris/Barb LeDuc
  4.   Minority Outreach-TBD, Ohad Klopman (Student member)
  5.   Programming-Jim Stockless
  6.   Respect and Tolerance-Maureen Dunne


8:15-8:20 – Caucus Information-Parwez Wahid

8:20-8:25 – State Democratic Committee Meeting of 2/8/18, hosted by Framingham – Norma Shulman

8:25-8:30 – Middlesex  Norfolk Worcester(MNW) Alliance – Beverly Hugo

8:30-8:45 – Election  of New Members (due to new Life Member status plus associate member status)

8:45-8:50 – Charity  and Hospitality – Barbara Fontes, Rozzie Hooper-Hamersley, Cindy Rubin

        Pathways and Pearl St. Shelters: non-perishable food items and toiletries

8:50-8:55 – Member Reports

9:00 – Adjourn

Next Meetings-2/11(Caucus), 3/18(Elections), 4/22 (Annual), 5/20, 6/10!

If you would like to become an associate member, please see Margareth Shepard.

Stay abreast of all the latest Framingham Dems news at

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!


Framingham Democratic Caucus 2018

Framingham Democrats Caucus Feb 11, 2018

The Framingham Town Democratic Caucus will take place on Sunday February 11, 2018 at Heritage Senior Assisted Living, 747 Water Street, Framingham.

The purpose of this caucus is to elect Framingham’s delegation to the annual Democratic State Convention taking place in June at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The 2018 Democratic Convention will be a nominating convention with candidates running for state-wide offices seeking nomination to the 2018 Democratic state primary ballot.

The caucus registration will begin at 6:00pm. Call-to-Order at 7:00pm. (Registration desk closes 15 minutes after call-to-order.) The rules governing registration are strictly enforced. All who wish to participate in the caucus must arrive before the close of registration.

Click here for Heritage location info.

NOTE: All candidates for delegates and alternates must be present at the caucus.  Nominations cannot be given for individuals not in attendance.  An exception is made for military personnel who are on duty. Such persons must inform the Committee chair ahead of time that they are serving, therefore unable to attend the caucus and wish to be nominated.

DELEGATION: The Framingham delegation has been allocated a total of 36 delegates and 6 alternates.  The Framingham DTC Chair at the time of the convention will be an ex-officio delegate.  The remaining 35 delegate seats will be filled by election at the caucus. The delegation will be gender balanced with 17 male, 17 female delegates and the final 35th delegate may be either male or female.  The 6 alternates will also be gender balanced, 3 male and 3 female.

For details on the 2018 convention visit the Mass Democratic Party convention page at:


DCI JAN 19-21 at UMASS Conference Center in Lowell

The Democratic State Committee’s Campaign Services Subcommittee is bringing back the Democratic Campaign Institute (DCI). This is a 3-day program featuring political operatives from Massachusetts and also from across the nation. Attendees will received hands-on training on all elements of successful campaigning. Included topics are : capaign plan development, stategic messaging, fund raising basics.

DCI takes place January 19, 20 & 21, 2018 at the UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Registration is $75. It begins 5pm on Friday Jan 19th, concluding by 2pm on Sunday Jan 21st.

Click for ticket purchase.

If financial assistance is needed, click here.

Limited hotel rooms are available for $119.00 plus taxes and fees at the UMass Lowell Inn, though many participants will choose to commute. For hotel information contact

WordPress Basics


Start by watching this How to post video (3 minutes). Posts are for information that is updated regularly and that accumulates. They appear in the order of their publication date, with newest first, so if you want to change the order of posts, edit the publication date. If you’re working on a post that isn’t ready to Publish, you can save it as a draft. Once you have published your post, if you make further changes, save them by clicking the Update button.


Many pages that appear on the site are organized by Category (Home, Minutes, Gallery, Archives), and checking the right category for your post makes it appear on that page. In the Categories box on the right hand side, checking the Home option (which is the default), will make your post appear on the Home page, etc. The Secretary would always check the Minutes category when posting minutes, which makes that post appear on the Minutes page. A post can have more than one category; you could assign it to both Home and Gallery, to make your photo gallery appear in both places.

If your post doesn’t appear where you expected, always check the category! And when you make a change, remember to click the Update button.


When creating a link to any document or website outside this site, be sure to edit the link to open in a new tab.

Read more…

To show only part of a long article on the Home, Minutes or Archive pages, you can show just an excerpt. Use the “more” button if using a text editor, or the  “dotted hamburger” button if using the Visual editor, to insert the break where you want it.


Adding an event to the calendar is similar to adding a post. Text instructions here, or just try it. As with your posts, assign a category to your events.


Adding pictures and docs to the Media Library, for insertion into posts and elsewhere, video here (2 minutes).

Adding images to a post adding-images-in-wordpress/ (9  minute video)

Or just click on the Add Media button and try it out.


Create an NGG gallery with the Gallery link. Then publish it by creating a new post. Use the little green square icon to insert the gallery in your post, and check the Gallery category. You won’t see the images in your post on the administrative back end where you write it, just a snippet of code or empty box will appear in the back end, but the images will appear on the front end of the website.
Very short intro here (<2 minute video), more detailed intro here (17 minute video). 


Pages appear similar to Posts and are created and edited similarly, but are for information that changes less frequently and doesn’t need to be archived. Editors can update them as needed. Click “Pages” on the left-hand menu to see which parts of the website are pages.


All sidebar items are called widgets in WordPress terminology, and are accessible through the side menu item “Appearance.” Click Appearance, then Widgets, and then open the Main Sidebar box to edit. Widgets have checkboxes to determine which pages they appear on. The widgets on this site are set to run mostly automatically, and changes are not reversible, so I advise not messing with them unless you need to, such as for manually updating the annual meeting schedule that appears in the Meetings page sidebar.


Also accessed through the Appearance menu at left, and also irreversible when you make changes, and pretty easy to mess up, so please don’t.


ALWAYS make a full backup of both fiies and database before updating the version of WordPress! Backing up is also wise before updating plugins. It can also be useful to Google the recommended updates to discover known problems, before proceeding. Only knowledgeable users should do updates. Don’t be tempted by that little red “Update Now” button!