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Monday, February 28, 2011

Natick Reads Explores Vietnam

"March is Natick Reads month. This year's theme is Natick Reads Explores Vietnam in recognition of the arrival of the Moving Wall in Natick on June 9. Complete information is at

Natick Reads is a collaboration of the Morse Institute and the Bacon Free Libraries and is supported by the Friends of the Morse Institute and the Friends of the Bacon Free Library."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Marathon spots still available from Natick

By Ian B. Murphy/Daily News staff

Posted Feb 25, 2011

NATICK - The town is still searching for runners interested in a number for the Boston Marathon who are willing to raise $2,500 for local charities.

Natick has five runner bibs left, which officials say is surprising after registration for the race sold out in record time last fall.

"We're really surprised that these haven't gone faster, because especially this year, the right to have a number to run, it is a hot commodity," Town Administrator Martha White said. "People should contact us as soon as possible so they'll have the best opportunity to train, and if they're interested they can get one of these few remaining permits."

White said the town's late jump on offering the bibs is likely behind the lagging interest. Natick finalized its plan to distribute the bibs in mid-January.

"It was a lot of pieces to put together in a tight time frame," White said.

The town was one of four along the race route to receive 20 bibs from the sponsor, the Boston Athletic Association, along with Framingham, Ashland and Wellesley. The sponsor previously gave bibs directly to fire and police departments along the route, but this year they were distributed to town managers and administrators.

Natick divided its permits between its fire and police departments and then made eight available for charity runners willing to give a minimum donation of $2,500 to either Moving Wall Natick or the Healthy Pantry Initiative.

The former will bring a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to the Natick High soccer field on West Street from June 9 to June 12.

The latter is a collaboration between the Natick Service Council and Natick Community Organic Farm.

In Ashland, the town worked with a resident to distribute the 20 bibs to active runners. Runners will donate at least $2,500 to special town programs and social services, according to the town's website. In Framingham, the town split bibs among the fire and police departments, and then each of the five selectmen and the town manager gave bibs to runners raising money for local charities.

Wellesley gave four bibs to Children's Hospital in Boston and six to town employees interested in running. It opened the remaining 10 to the public, seeking $2,500 in donations for the Fund for Wellesley, a local charity that offers grants and funds programs for the community.

Chris Ketchen, deputy director of general government, said Wellesley set its program in motion in early January. It had one permit left after a runner dropped out and is concerned about the time left for potential runners to train.

"Running the Marathon is big commitment, in terms of the training that's involved," Ketchen said. "Next year, we'll have enough lead time to get the word out faster."

(Ian B. Murphy can be reached at 508-626-3964 or

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Boston Marathon Numbers Available in Natick!

Boston Marathon Numbers Available in Natick!
Town Seeks Local Runners to Raise Funds for Two Natick Charities

Due to an insufficient number of applications, the Town of Natick is extending the deadline for submission of Letters of Interest from prospective runners. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Town has been provided 20 “invitational” applications by the Boston Athletic Association (“BAA”) and is pleased to offer local residents and charity runners with an opportunity to compete in the 115th Boston Marathon® on April 18, 2011. These invitational entries will allow Natick to raise funds for worthy community causes.

On Monday, January 10th, the Natick Board of Selectmen endorsed Town Administrator Martha White’s proposal to issue several of the permits to members of the Natick Police Department who run the Boston Marathon®, issue 5-6 of the permits to the Natick Fire Department to be donated to The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton – an organization long supported by Natick Firefighters, and the balance of Natick’s invitational entries being used to support the following causes:

Bringing the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Moving Wall™ to Natick this summer
The Healthy Pantry Initiative, a collaboration between the Natick Community Organic Farm and the Natick Service Council
Both of these charities will enable runners to raise tax-deductible donations and the Town of Natick will work with the selected runners to enable the processing of online (credit card) donations.


The Marathon entry fee is $300, to be paid by the runner
The minimum fundraising contribution is $2,500. Runners must guarantee this minimum fundraising level with a credit card but, of course, higher fundraising levels are encouraged.
All prospective runners must submit a Letter of Interest. Letters will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so to guarantee an entry, get your Letter of Interest in as soon as possible. Letters may be hand delivered to the Town Administrator’s office in Natick Town Hall, 2nd floor or submitted by email to Maureen Fleming at

Letters of interest must include the runner’s name, address and phone number, designation of the charity for which funds will be raised, and indication of the amount of funds you commit to raising for the charity.

The Town Administrator’s office can be reached at 508-647-6410.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011