Meeting Minutes – January 12, 2020

Framingham Green Community Room
136 Maynard Rd., Framingham, MA 01701

Call to Order: Chair, Beverly Hugo, 7:03 PM
Welcome, Announcements and Updates: Environmental issues on Facebook live. Thank
you for your generosity – charities and refreshment table.
January 14, 2020 Iowa debate party – 9PM – 11PM.

Attendance: Members: Lori Bornstein, Christopher Broyles, Jeanne Bullock, Robert Case,
Carmen Chico, Jack Duffy, Pat Dunne, Barbara J. Fontes, Beverly Hugo, Michael Hugo,
Barbara LeDuc, Christopher Lorant, Kathie McCarthy, Joan Rastani, Rep. Maria D. Robinson,
Cindy Rubin, Margareth Shepard, Norma Shulman, Adam Steiner, Larry Stoodt, Cheryl
Tully-Stoll, Parwez Wahid, Mel Warshaw. Lifetime Members: Linda Fields, Betty Muto.
Associate Members: Kim Comatas, Mary Kate Feeney, Jim Hansen, Doug Lawrence,
Dhruba Sen. Guests: Gene Grzywna, Liam Horsman, Andrew Machakasov.

Reports: Capitol Hill: none. State House: Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis – absent. Rep. Maria D.
Robinson –Nicky’s Law – to Governor’s desk. Issues: Transportation revenue – tolls, fares,
gas tax. Progressive tasks; pushing 93/95 tolling tax; Roe Act – protect and expand,
“fighting to keep in current form.”
City Council: new members – Margareth Shepard, Adam Steiner; majority are FDC
members; G. King, chair, A. Steiner, vice-chair. Robert Case. Prisilla Sousa – clerk, rules subcom. Rules of City Council. Next meeting Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
School Committee: Issues/concerns – Student Achievement accountability; curriculum
audit by Johns Hopkins; SAGE and Talented & Gifted – revitalized.

Secretary’s Report: Barbara Fontes. November 3, 2019. Correction – add Cindy Rubin to
Attendance – November 3, 2019.
Motion to accept – K. McCarthy, second – C. Tully-Stoll. Passes.

Treasurer’s Report: Larry Stoodt. January 12, 2020.
Balance as on November 3, 2019        $ 4633.01
Dues 11/03/2019                                        130.00
CU Dividend as on 10/31/19                        0.39
CU Dividend as on 11/30/1                          0.38
CU Dividend as on 12/31/19                        0.39
Previous Balance & Income                 $ 4764.17
Reimbursement Mel Warshaw (BBQ)              $ 80.10
Reimbursement Amanda Northrop (supplies)    3.49

Bank Charge                                                             30.00
Reimbursement (tea pot)                                       31.89
Total Expenses                                                      $145.48
BALANCE AS OF 12/31/19                                  $4618.69
Motion to accept J. Rastani, second C. Lorant. Passes.

Candidates & Campaigns: Liam Horsman – representing Sen. Ed. Markey; field organizer
for Metrowest.

Environmental Bills & Initiatives at State House. Rep. Maria D. Robinson – climate
related actions – priority. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – hearing – carbon pricing. Climate
mitigation bill. Progressive tax; gas tax; public transporation – expand bus transportation
South/North, Metrowest; electric buses. 100% renewal bill; MSBA – all new construction
solar ready; ; energy efficiency for existing buildings; “look at laws from climate lens”; more
advocacy. Driver’s license for immigrants.
Comments: C. Rubin – surge spills; pipe infrastructure; sewage – dealing with the problem
& source of problem. L. Stoodt – “we have the technology” C. Tully Stoll –any discussion of
state level re: recycling; landfills. Rep. Maria D. Robinson – “not much conversation”; J.
Duffy – high cost of living, high taxes, make corrections. Rep. Maria D. Robinson –
progressive taxes – constant discussion, 93/95 tolling tax.

Communications: M. Hugo. Yahoo group down 11:59 PST, 1/31/2020. Next meeting –
week of Jan. 13, 2020 discuss replacing Yahoo Group. Facebook Group links to fundraising
for presidential candidates. Ohad will assist in revamping Facebook Group Page. Expand
contributor post; 5 Fundamental questions? (G. Holbrow). Preliminary exploration of
purchasing ads to bring more to Facebook Group, could increase membership (J. Hansen) C.
Tully-Stoll- suggest Instagram. Welcome any support/assistance- M. Hugo.

Civics Ed– mtg at Bev H home re: Convener

Enviromental/Climate Change – L. Stoodt : Members: J. Hansen, D. Laurence, A.
Steiner, V. Pendexter, C. Rubin, L. Bornstein, P. Sousa. – L. Stoodt- will contact. Thank
Hospitality– A. Northrop – requesting/need assistance
Programming & Charity- R. Hooper-Hamersley- absent but sent note re: absence &
future programming.
L. Fields- suggest clearing student lunch debt $79,000 contact business manager.
Les Miserables – FHS Drama- received top reviews (Jan 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18).
Organizing Corps 2020 – Metrowest raised $20,035 -> 35,000(goal)

Future house parties- fundraising D. Laurence, J. Tingle Thanks for your support.

United Way of Tri County- “Call2Talk” Program: Kim Comatos. Non- Profit
24/7; 211 or 508-532-2255
Pearl St, Framingham Mental Health & Emotional Support; suicide prevention; post
intervention services 1 st
in MA & Northeast .
Crisis text line counselor – K. Comatos- free service C2T to 741741 Mass
Eileen Davis @ director for Mass 211 & Call2Talk

Discussion of Upcoming Events- B. Hugo, P. Wahid
See: meeting agenda for January 12, 2020.

Additional items:
Sisters Café- last Saturday of the month
State Party- annual mtg every 4 years
Presidential Primary March 3, 2020 following 10 days

Presentation- Worcester Wed Jan 15. P. Wahid
Alliance mtg- 1 st Monday (month) Feb 3, 2020 Medway – N. Shulman.
Andrew Machkason- guest – addresses membership; “All Things Framingham”
Community Development Committee (City ) member; to be voted next mtg

State Committee Report- N. Shulman
January 23- State committee meeting – Worcester North High School 7pm
April 4 th – State Committee Mtg delegates to Nat’l Convention
April 25 th – Caucuses

C. Tully- Stoll- Earthquake Puerto Rico storms. Needed will send email to M. Hugo and to
Facebook page. C. Rubin- on Twitter- text positive comments

Motion to adjourn – L. Stoodt

second R. Case. Passed
FDC meeting adjourned at 8:30P.M

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara J. Fontes, Secretary