Framingham: To be, or not to be, a city?

Could Framingham Town Hall (above) soon become Framingham City Hall?
Could Framingham Town Hall (above) soon become Framingham City Hall?(jessica rinaldi/globe staff/file)

Framingham’s long identity crisis may finally be coming to an end.

For decades, residents of Massachusetts’ most populous town have debated whether to join the likes of Newton, Quincy, and Somerville and become a city. On Tuesday, they’ll head to the polls to vote on a proposal that would create a city form of government.

Gone would be the Board of Selectmen and the representative Town Meeting. In their place would be a full-time mayor and an 11-member City Council.

While supporters argue that Framingham — with more than 70,000 residents — has outgrown the town meeting form of government, opponents say the proposal would put too much power in the hands of a few.


Voters in Stoughton, meanwhile, will decide whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses in town. A question on the ballot in Tuesday’s town election asks if the town should prohibit the sale of recreational pot within its borders.

Massachusetts has been home to many famous court cases, going all the way back to the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. On Saturday, historian Christopher Daley will present “The Sacco-Vanzetti Case Revisited” in Marshfield. The 2 p.m. talk at Ventress Memorial Library focuses on the two Italian immigrants and anarchists who were convicted in a Massachusetts courtroom in 1921 of murder and robbery in a trial clouded by questionable evidence.

A lesser known trial will be back in the spotlight in Malden on Tuesday. Historian Richard D. Brown will discuss the conviction of two Malden nail factory workers in the 1813 murder of a Native American at Spot Pond in Stoneham. The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Malden Public Library.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston will host its annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Children ages 1 to 13 who are accompanied by an adult should gather outside in the South Market next to Wagamama to pick up their basket and clue sheet to find out which businesses are hiding eggs. Supplies are limited, so pre-registration is recommended at Visitors may also bring their pets to Faneuil Hall at noon for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Donations will be collected for Great Dog Rescue of New England.


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