Originally published in Metrowest Daily News on October 27, 2019:
Phil Ottaviani has believed in (he is the vice president of our board of directors) and helped out Hoops and Homework, the after school programs for the most disadvantaged kids in Framingham, in so many ways.
When we were scrambling in the early days, to raise funds to get the program off the ground, Phil was there providing the know how to get the job done. The initial $81,000 grant from the town was used up and we had nothing. Phil was the most helpful person in getting the funding to restart the program.
And he has continually been a big supporter and cheerleader for Hoops and Homework ever since. Examples are a $5,500 grant from the 200 Foundation thanks to Phil, and his persuasion of the Framingham Business Assn. to become big contributors to our program. So Thanks in large part to Phil Ottaviani, Hoops and Homework is now in great financial shape and has sustainability for the future.
Phil will bring these same leadership and human qualities to the City Council. Please consider Phil’s personal compassion and empathy when you vote for your City Councilor. I believe that he will do a great job in this position. I have known Phil for many years. He is always among the first to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, organize others to action, and resolve a conflict among neighbors.
Phil is respectful of diverse opinions, educates the public, studies the relevant issues and law, and acts in a professional manner. There are very, very few other people in our community more knowledgeable about our city than Phil Ottaviani.