The Town is again vulnerable to unwelcome development projects under 40B laws according to SHOPC’s Vice Chair.

At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Jesse Stein informed the public that the Town’s affordable housing level is currently at 8.5%. 40B laws require 10% in order to be granted “safe haven” status.

Stein advocated for a “proactive approach” to affordable housing. He explained that SHOPC could come up with plans to meet the 10% threshold “without having to let the developers come to us.” He referred to Town’s resources of “considerable” Affordable Housing Trust Funds.

The update was part of Stein’s recruitment effort for SHOPC – the Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee. As I previously posted, the committee is one member short of a quorum. Without it, the committee is unable to meet.

Stein said there are three open seats for “at large” membership. He appealed to the public to volunteer.

Later, fellow SHOPC member, Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf, reiterated the importance.

if you don’t step forward, these housing projects are gonna be outside the scope of neighborhoods getting involved at the very earliest point and recommendations from citizens in the community to the Planning Board, to the ZBA, to [selectmen], to the Trust Fund Committee, so it’s really imperative.*

Stien is the Planning Board’s representative on SHOPC. He began his appeal with Planning’s need for SHOPC’s help revamping the Over 55+ housing bylaw. (You can read more about that in my prior post on the issue.) [click to keep reading…]

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Police seek help IDing package thief

by beth on February 23, 2018


 

Above: Police shared on Facebook the link to this video capturing the alleged theft of packages from a Southborough resident’s doorstep.

Yesterday, the Southborough Police issued a request for help on Facebook. The press release describes a person accused of stealing Amazon packages. (I’m guessing by the contents stolen that it wasn’t an “inside job”):

The Southborough Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the individual in the attached video.

On February 13, 2018 and individual with a thin build wearing all black and ski goggles around their neck stole several packages from a residence in Southborough, MA.

The individual appears to be driving a 2017 or 2018 black Honda CRV. The items that were stolen were a paddle insect zapper, and detergent that had just been delivered by Amazon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Southborough police detective unit.

Detective Keith A. Nichols #84
Southborough Police Department.

If you have information to share, please call the SPD at 508-485-2121 and ask for Detective Nichols. If you’re having trouble viewing the above video, you can also pull it up here.

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Why flags are at half staff: February 22, 2018

by beth on February 23, 2018

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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of Massachusetts State Representative Peter Kocot (1st Hampshire District of Northampton, MA), who passed away yesterday, February 22, 2018. The Governor’s office ordered lowering of flags yesterday until sunset on the day of Kocot’s interment, yet to be announced. You can read more here.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on February 22, 2018

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Above: This home at 38 Southwood Dr went on the market this week for $674,000 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 48 Flagg (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 1f 1h bath Split Entry – 37 days on the Market, Listed at $399,900
  • 4 Pinecone Lane (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial – 20 days on the Market, Listed at $499,900
  • 10 Ashley Road (map) – 12 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial – 7 days on the Market, Listed at $989,900

*Listings for the week are based on data pulled from MLS on Thursday mornings.

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Above: The community is invited bring kites to the golf course this weekend, but umbrellas may be more appropriate. (images from flickr, left by Emreald Cake, right cropped from pic by Andrew)

The Open Space Preservation Commission is holding its annual Winter Wonderland event this weekend. Unfortunately, capricious Mother Nature is making planning difficult.

Kite flying at the golf course flyer

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The group will be holding a walk on the Town’s new property, St. Mark’s Golf Course. (Though, by tonight, it could have another name.)

They originally hoped for a snowhoe hike. The backup plan was flying kites. But it looks like it’s more likely to be a walk under umbrellas.

Still, this is New England – and we all know the forecast can change between now and Sunday. So, the group is still hoping for high flying fun.

Rain or shine, the OSPC will be leading a walk on the golf course at 12:30 pm, Sunday, February 25th. If rain holds off, the public is invited to join them for kite flying that afternoon. Kite flying begins at noon.

Organizers have some kites to share, but residents who own one are encouraged to bring their own.

The event is free to the public with parking available at the lot on the Cordaville Road side of the property.

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Obituary: Anita M. (DelSesto) Cibelli, 93

by beth on February 22, 2018

Anita M. (DelSesto) Cibelli, 93, formerly of Southborough and Mashpee, died on Monday, February 19, 2018 at St Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville.

She was the wife of the late Lee Cibelli for 62 years.

Anita was a graduate of Providence High School. After moving to Southborough and raising her children, she worked for many years for A. Cibelli & Sons and later for the former Data General. Anita was a member of the Southborough Historical Society as well as a Girl Scout leader. While living in Mashpee, she volunteered in the public schools. Anita enjoyed collecting and restoring antiques. She was also an outstanding cook and loved having big family gatherings. Anita was extremely devoted to her family, especially to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Cibelli of Nutley, NJ; Maryanne Flaherty of South Weymouth; Julie Perkins of Shirley; her grandchildren, Nicole and Emily Cibelli; Scott Macdonald and Megan Lang; Timothy and Samantha Perkins; 5 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and in-laws.

There will be a visiting hour on Thursday, February 22, from 10 to 11 AM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, followed by a funeral home service at 11:15. Burial will be in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent in Anita’s memory to the Activity Account at St Carmillus Heath Center, 447 Hill St., Whitinsville, MA 01588

To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit Morrisfuneralparlor.com.

(Obituary via Morris Funeral Home)

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9-11 Field turf replacement project in action

February 22, 2018 08:31:16 AM
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This week’s mild weather allowed contractors to spring into action and start rolling up the old turf at 9-11 field this week.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

February 21, 2018 03:00:00 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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BOS on Thursday: Golf Course name change, Washington Street/Coslin Way, and updated Budget

February 21, 2018 12:53:42 PM
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Yesterday, the board posted an agenda for a meeting tomorrow night – Thursday, February 22nd. On the agenda are a hearing on accepting Washington St and Coslin Way, and updates on the FY19 Budget and Town Warrant.

Also on the agenda is the name change for the St. Mark’s Golf Course.

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Videos: Gorgeous Gardens, Music Education, and admissions info nights for 8th graders and juniors

February 21, 2018 11:00:45 AM
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Here is the latest round of videos from local media and the schools.

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Police logs (2/13 – 2/18/18): Lost Kitten

February 21, 2018 08:40:56 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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This week in sports

February 20, 2018 03:03:26 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Southborough Democrats seeking delegates to help advance candidates to state primaries

February 20, 2018 12:13:25 PM
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This year delegates will be helping to approve candidates to run in the Gubernatorial primaries, among other positions.

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The week in government: Public Safety Building Committee joint meetings with Golf Course Committee and BOS

February 20, 2018 07:30:00 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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