On Monday night, the Planning Board held a continued hearing on the Site Plan Review for the Park Central project. Much of the two hour discussion was spent deliberating over what the board should be reviewing and how to proceed.

Chair Don Morris walked the board through passages of the the Zoning Board of Appeal’s recent approval and the linked Use Variance decision in 2015. He believed some sections were contradictory. He sought there opinion on whether they should be conducting a full review. And if they didn’t, did that mean the ZBA would be reviewing the rest.

Developer Bill Depietri expressed frustration over the “disingenuous” questions so far into the process. He argued the board had plenty of time in the past to figure out the answers. Instead, they had prioritized other business including attempts to “torpedo” the project.

Member Phil Jenks assured that he was not conspiring to torpedo the project. He just wanted to ensure it was regulated correctly. Jenks believed it was up to the board to conduct a full review.

All agreed to continue the hearing to Thursday night. Members were doubtful that they would be able to fully review and approve with conditions in time for the September 30th project deadline.

Depietri said he will consider extending it Thursday night, but only if he believed it would result in real progress. If he believes that extending it will only make the board take longer to ultimately reject the project, or impose untenable conditions, he won’t do it.  [click to keep reading…]

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Obituary: Candido Anthony Torcoletti (Torc), 97

by beth on September 28, 2016

Candido Anthony Torcoletti (Torc), longtime resident of Southborough, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, September 22, 2016, just shy of his 98th birthday.

Torc leaves behind children; Nina of Berkeley, CA and Nadia Egan and her husband of Worcester; Steven and his wife Heidi of Missoula, MT and Paul and his wife Mary Roz of Dallas, TX; a brother Robert and his wife Simone of Tynsboro; four grandchildren, Bill and his wife Eileen, and Tom Egan, Dylan and Leigh Torcoletti; and, many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Sina (Gasparoni) Torcoletti; his parents Caterina (Antonioni) and Adolfo Torcoletti; his sister Lavinia; his brothers Attilio and Elio; and his cousin Enio.

Torc was born in Fitchburg on October 3, 1918 and lived for many years with his family on Tolman Ave in Leominster where he was a graduate of Leominster High School, playing football with his brother Elio. Torc was a WWII Army veteran, serving in Boston during the war. Torc moved to Southborough upon marrying Sina in 1943 and has lived at 34 Latisquama Rd since 1948. Torc had various careers but is perhaps best remembered as a truck driver for Inland Express and Sweet Life. He was a proud Teamster.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Some of last year’s creative contributions to the Rotary Club’s Scarecrow Contest (Photo by Beth Melo)

The Rotary Club is holding its annual Scarecrow event. (This year, funds will be used to support the annual Light Up Southborough event, aka the pumpkin wall display.)

Scarecrows will be displayed in front of the Community House for Heritage Day, along the parade route. (Or, you can just keep it in your own yard.)

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Residents are again encouraged to unleash their imaginations. Some of the best past entries were more funny than scary.

You can purchase the Rotary Club’s scarecrow frame and stands for $20 at the Recreation Deparment during regular office hours. Or, stop by the Southborough Library this Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

To participate in the contest, entries must be turned in the afternoon of Sunday, October 9th. Drop them off in front of the Community House (28 Main Street) between 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

For more details, see the flyer.

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Above: Town officials are reassuring the public not to panic over tree removals happening soon at the historic, preserved Burnett Estate. (photo by Allan Bezanson)

The Historical Commission is warning residents to expect a “substantial amount of tree removal” at 84 Main Street in coming weeks. But the message is intended to reassure that what is being done is necessary, and will work out in the long run. (And that the three “stars” of the property will remain standing, with just minor pruning.)

The Commission expects that within the next several years, “the property will have 20-30% more foliage cover than it does today and regain its reputation as one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens west of Boston.”

In April, Town Meeting voters ratified the purchase of a preservation restriction for the historic Burnett Estate. In August, the deal went into effect, signed by the Town and property owner, Jon Delli Priscoll. A week later, Delli Priscolli met with the Commission to discuss his renovation plans.

According to the letter from Historical Chair Joe Hubley, the commission has been working closely with Delli Priscolli since then. And they have confirmed the necessity of removing specific trees “either past or approaching the point of imminent demise.” For more details on the necessity and their plan of action to preserve/restore foliage, read the full letter below:

An Open Letter to the Residents of Southborough from the Historical Commission Regarding 84 Main Street [click to keep reading…]

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First Community Church sale – Saturday

by beth on September 28, 2016

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This Saturday, First Community Church Sale is holding a fundraising sale this Saturday, October 1st.

Swing buy to buy goodies from their Bake Sale.

Or pick out a bargain in their Yard Sale. Items for purchase will include household goods, puzzles, books, clothing, and furniture.

The rain or shine event is scheduled for 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 137 Southville Road.

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Above: One of the houses used by the Historical Commission as an example of the proposed Historic District’s historic architecture (image cropped from photo contributed by Historical Commission)

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On Thursday night, the Historical Commission is holding an informational meeting about their proposed Historic District.

(If you missed the original story about the commission’s proposed non-restricting historical district, click here.)

In preparation, the Commission asked if I could post more information:

  • The commission’s press release
  • The National Register procedure the commission is following
  • And, below, images of some of the houses in the proposed district (click thumbnails to enlarge)

20 Main Street (photo contributed by Historical Commission's Kate Matison)      Main Street looking West (photo contributed by Historical Commission's Kate Matison)      10 Main Street (photo contributed by Historical Commission's Kate Matison)      4 Latisquama Road (photo contributed by Historical Commission's Kate Matison)

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

September 27, 2016 02:25:13 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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SCAC: Cultural arts grant applications due by October 17; seeking new members

September 27, 2016 11:15:03 AM
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Southborough Cultural Arts Council is looking to fund more programs  in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. They are also seeking new members.

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Blessing of the Animals at St Mark’s Church – Sunday

September 27, 2016 09:37:20 AM
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This year, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is inviting the entire community to join them for the Annual Blessing of the Animals. (And it isn’t exclusive to real animals.)

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Charges pressed for Southborough home burglary, plus resident charged with embezzlement (Updated)

September 27, 2016 08:27:29 AM
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News from local media on a Southborough home break-in and related arrest, plus Grand Jury charges of embezzlement against a Southborough man.

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This week in sports

September 26, 2016 05:18:39 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Southborough job listings: Part-time at Playtown Express and St. Mark’s Church; Full-time for Town (and more?)

September 26, 2016 02:19:29 PM
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A couple of organizations have asked me to share their openings for jobs based in town.

While I’m at it, I’m also including a full-time position the Town has posted.

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The week in government: Planning on Marijuana dispensary, Park Central, and Use Variance petition tonight; ZBA to discuss possible reg changes

September 26, 2016 10:29:28 AM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Events this week: Cabaret, Bingo, Climate Change, puppet making, animal blessing & church sale (Updated-again)

September 26, 2016 07:17:22 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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