On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on June 21, 2018

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Above: This home at 166 Marlboro Road went on the market this week for $525,000 (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

  • 81 Oak Hill Road (map) – 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Ranch – 6 days on the Market, Listed at $390,000
  • 10 Bryden Road (map) – 7 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Split Entry – 20 days on the Market, Listed at $442,000
  • 60 Framingham Road (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Contemporary – 33 days on the Market, Listed at $486,960
  • 3 Stonebrook Court U:2 (map) – 6 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse – 52 days on the Market, Listed at $579,900
  • 17 Walnut Drive (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial – 56 days on the Market, Listed at $589,900
  • 62 Charles Court U:33 (map) – 9 room, 2 bed, 3f 1h bath Townhouse – 4 days on the Market, Listed at $619,900
  • 83 Deerfoot Road (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial – 19 days on the Market, Listed at $929,000
  • 1 Kidder Lane (map) – 13 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial – 78 days on the Market, Listed at $959,900
  • 39 Lynbrook Road (map) – 11 room, 5 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial – 3 days on the Market, Listed at $1,299,000

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Earlier this month, I reported on the conflict between Board of Selectmen and Historical Commission member Michael Weishan. Last night, the Historical Commission voted to file an ethics complaint against the member of the board who led the charge against renewing Weishan’s term on the Commission. 

To briefly recap, Selectman Brian Shea urged fellow board members not to renew Weishan’s term on Historical. He told them it was based on the tone and tenor of his communications with St. Anne’s Church. Selectmen allowed Weishan to make a case for remaining on the board and allowed other comments from only the developer William Poutre (whose project was the subject of Weishan’s communications) and the Historical Chair. They also reviewed a communication shared by Poutre. In the end, the board unanimously agreed with Shea’s request.

The Historical Commission, on which Weishan still sits until the end of the month, purports that Shea “knowingly understated” his conflict of interest on the matter. Today, Shea had no comment.

Prior to the June 7th discussion, Shea disclosed that he was a member of St. Anne’s parish. He explained that he had discussed the issue with the ethics commission, filed the appropriate document, and was able to participate. The Historical Commission now alleges that Shea didn’t disclose enough about his involvement with the church and behind the scenes on the dispute between Poutre and the Commission. 

After my initial post about the board’s decision. I shared more background on the project that I received – the nature of disputes and communications behind the scenes. The communications included the Town’s records of emails between Weishan and the church and between selectmen and Town officials. (That was later updated when Poutre followed up with me to provide his side of the story.) You can read about all of that here.

Many of those communications are at the heart of the Commission’s complaint, with emails cited as evidence.

The complaint alleges that Shea understated and omitted information on his conflict forms to avoid being forced to recuse himself. Those allegations include that he is more than a church parishioner (is “a liturgical minister”), was involved in “advancing the development project”, previously attempted to have Weishan removed from the board at Poutre’s behest, and had attempted to “use the powers of his office to influence” a new commission member (and a then-church parishioner) in favor of Poutre’s project. (The last charge is from an email included in the filing which I hadn’t previously seen.)  [click to keep reading…]

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[The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor Peter Arvantely, otherwise known to Southborough students as “Peter the Tutor”.]

Peter Arvantely offers intensive SAT Bootcamps this July and August.

Each class is Monday-Thursday, three hours each day, with both morning and afternoon options.

The class will repeat over the weeks of July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 13, and will be held in Southborough.

All the information and sign-up forms can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548afae2ba7fc1-satsummer

The cost is $360 per student.

Reserve your spot with the link above, or email peter_arvantely@hotmail.com.

(photo posted to flickr by Alberto G)

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Above: Southborough Recreation offers a variety of specialty camps this summer, including “Vet School”, Field Hockey, Junior Golf, and Lego Engineering (scroll to bottom for photo credits)

Tomorrow is the last full day of Southborough Public Schools. Are you freaking out yet about what to do with your kids this summer? 

Don’t worry. Southborough Recreation has a lot of options to offer. 

Rec Summer Programs 2018 p1The Rec Department asked me to share their updated flyer (right). It explains the offerings at the relocated half day camp for Grades 2-6 relocated to Trottier from Woodward this summer. At the new venue, campers will enjoy:

  • Tennis and Pickle Ball at Neary Courts
  • Volleyball
  • Archery
  • Fishing by the Dam
  • Track and Field events
  • Playground at Neary
  • Slip n’slide and Inflatables

Rec Summer Programs 2018 p2Each week has a one field trip. The exception is the final week – featuring at least three field trips.

Kids ages 2.9 to 1st grade will have camp at Finn School again this summer. Both camps have weekly themes and special visiting guests. (Those are listed on the 2nd page of the flyer – right.)

Also on offer this summer are specialized one week camps and ongoing sports clinics and camps.

For tots to teens looking to burn some energy, choices include:

  • Kangaroo Field Hockey Clinic – Grades 6 to 12, August 6 to August 9 (click thumbnail below)
  • Golf Camps – Options for ages 5 and up through August 23rd (click thumbnail below)
  • Tennis Clinics – Ages 7-13, June 25 to August 9 (click thumbnail below)
  • Horse Programs and “farming” – Ages 4 – 16, June 25 to August 24th
  • Swim Lessons – Ages 3-adult, June 25 to August 19 (click here for pdf)

Kangaroo Clinic Youth Golf camps Horseback Riding and farming ProgramsTennis clinics

The South Union Building will host the specialized one-week offerings again this summer. Prices ranging from $165-$220 for the half day camps. (For details, click thumbnails below):

  • Intro to STEM Using Legos – K to Grade 1, July 23 to July 27
  • STEM Challenge with LEGO – Grades 2 to 6, July 23 to July 27
  • Deep Blue Sea – Grade K to 5, July 9 to July 13
  • Wicked Cool Vet School – Grades K to 5, August 13 to August 17
  • Baking and Cooling Slime/Gym Games – Ages 4 to 9, August 20 to August 24 

Specialty South Union Youth Camps 1 Specialty South Union Youth Camps 2 Specialty South Union Youth Camps 3

You can find all of the camp offerings – and sign up for most – here. You can also find Registration forms here. If you have questions, you can check out the the Recreation Department’s website or  call 508-229-4452.

For other camp options and things to do with kids this summer, click here.

(Top images from Facebook and flickr posts by Wicked Cool for Kids , K.M. Klemencic (cropped), Playwell-TEKnologies, and Aberdeen Proving Ground (cropped))

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Obituary: Elizabeth (Fish) Butler, 90.

by beth on June 21, 2018

Butler, Elizabeth (Fish) May 31, 2018 at age 90. Born in Brookline MA; resided in Southboro, MA and Sarasota, FL.

Daughter of Margaret (Nolan) and Thomas Fish, wife of 56 years to the late Raymond J Butler. Mother of James M. Butler and his wife Nancy of Milford, and Margaret M and her husband Kris Erickson of Worcester. Sister of the late Margaret (Tootsie) Mazzola and Thomas (Buddy) Fish. Survived by sisters Claire Larson and Joanne Fredricks of Brookline. Grandchildren Jessica, Theresa, Matthew, Timothy, David, Mara, Heather and Mikayla, Dave and Michael.

She will be remembered for her unconditional love and kindness to her husband, children, family, friends and Church.

Funeral from the Bell-O’Dea Funeral Home, 376 Washington St., Brookline, on Saturday, June 23rd. at 8:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Brookline, at 9:00. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Reception following the burial at Stephen F. Rutledge VFW, 386 Washington St., Brookline.

(Obituary via Legacy.com and the Boston Globe)

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Above: Sharing updates on road work projects announced and buried. (images cropped from Town website)

In working on an overdue update on road projects, I discovered an item that slipped under my radar two weeks ago. Selectmen approved $1.2M in spending to extend the Main St Reconstruction project to the Downtown Business Village and make other connected improvements.

That’s part of five project updates I’m rounding up on what’s happening on Main Street and intersecting roads near downtown:

  • Main St Project delay and effects
  • Project extension through Chapter 90 funds (Downtown reconstruction and sidewalks on Cordaville and Newton)
  • Beautification of St. Mark’s St intersection
  • Utility Construction on Rt 85 from Main St to new Public Safety Building
  • Talk of undergrounding utilies may rise up again (prompted by Hopkinton Town Meeting vote)

Most of these items stem from requests and updates made by Public Works Department Superintendent Karen Galligan to the Board of Selectmen at their June 7th meeting.

[Editor’s Note: If you need a refresher on what Chapter 90 and TIP mean, scroll to the bottom of the post.]*

Main St Project delay and effects

Galligan told the board not to expect work on the TIP project to begin before November. (Between the lines, even November seemed unlikely for actual shovels in the ground.) She explained that there was a silver lining in the delay. She believes the Town will be given enough notice that she can create a Gantt Chart to keep the public informed about what, where, and when project work will be happening.

She also warned that while work is being done, Main St may look “horrifying” for a while. (You can read more about the updated timeline in Southborough Wicked Local.)

Project extension through Chapter 90 funds

(Downtown reconstruction and sidewalks on Cordaville and Newton)

Downtown Main St color plan

(click to enlarge)

 
Both proponents and opponents of the Main St Reconstruction project have lamented that it couldn’t cover the “crumbling” Downtown Business Village. So, it’s surprising that selectmen approved a spend to fix that with zero fanfare. (In fact, there wasn’t a verbal reference or agenda highlight.)

The June 7th agenda listed multiple items for potential vote under Galligan’s name. That included “Chapter 90 request for project approvals”. The DPW chief explained some of her requests, but made no mention of that one. Selectmen vaguely approved “her items”.** The publicly posted packet for the meeting included a memo explaining that it included $1.2M for work “used in conjunction with other Chapter 90 monies that have been allocated for Main Street.”

It will bridge the gap from the east end of the TIP project (Park St) to Boston Road. Less of a surprise is  the Town’s extension of the sidewalk on Cordaville to continue down to the rural cemetery.*** 

I followed up with Galligan who confirmed that she considered the ask approved. She describes the downtown reconstruction will cover the from the TIP project’s end at Park St to Boston Road. 

Galligan told me the new approval will also continue a sidewalk down to and around the corner of Newton Street to the medical center. That is not indicated in the plans that she shared. But plans indicate that work may continue down East Main, including the Winchester Street intersection. The Town is also working on getting CSX to improve the railroad crossing on Main St.

She described to me a project that will be an improvement, but not a big change:

Work will include drainage, sidewalk and road improvements from the end of the TIP project to Boston Road. .  .

There’s not much that can be done within the right of way in the downtown, so when the work is done it won’t look very different than what is there. The width isn’t changing, everything is just getting replaced with the same materials as the Main Street project. So what people will notice will be that the concrete sidewalks will be replaced, the asphalt sidewalks will be concrete sidewalks, there will be new pavement and the crosswalks will be the epoxy brick and the wheelchair ramps will be formalized.

In response to my questions about public involvement, Galligan indicated that she believed that is done. Public Works Planning Board invited in all of the downtown business owners to a meeting where they reviewed the concept plans. She is treating the project “more like a regular road paving project”. Direct abutters were notified, so she won’t be seeking more public input.

At this week’s meeting, selectmen will consider revising the charge for the Main Street Reconstruction Working Group. Town Administrator Mark Purple confirmed that whether or not the new work should be covered by that group will be discussed. 

Galligan posted the concept plans for downtown to the Town’s website today. Click here for Colored Concept Plan and here for the full plan set. Galligan said that she still needs to send the new information to Mass DOT. 

St. Mark’s Street intersection beautification

Southborough is giving St. Mark’s School the right to beautify the northern corner of the intersection of Marlborough Road and St. Mark’s Street. According to Galligan, the school will receive a license allowing them to do the work and maintain it. The Town will continue to own the land.

Plans shared with selectmen showed that a stone wall will be built close enough to the road to prohibit parking on the grass. But selectmen were assured that enough room has been left to allow for a future sidewalk if ever needed. Selectman Brian Shea asked where parking will go. A Business Manager from the school responeded that it currently allows 10-12 cars. He assured that the school’s parking across the way is enough to allow for that. He also pointed to the area on the south side of St. Mark’s Street as a place where people park.

Below are pictures from the plans – contrasted with current/recent conditions from Google Maps. I also included a pic of the spot where parking will continue to be allowed:

St Marks St corner beautification plan comparison St Marks St current north corner St Marks current south corner

Utility Construction on Rt 85 from Main St to new Public Safety Building

The Town is warning that the Gas company will be installing a gas main from Main Street south on Route 85 to the construction site for the new Public Safety Complex beginning Jun 26th.

For the same road section, Galligan got approval for Public Works to lay down it’s water main overnight in a few weeks. It will be one night-time shift in July from 8:00 pm – 4:00 am. The targeted night is Monday, July 9th with follow up day time work on Wednesday, July 11th. Area residents whose water will be turned off will be notified.

Talk of undergrounding utilies may rise up again

Speaking of laying utility lines underground. . . In the past, David Parry unsuccessfully lobbied for the Town to underground power and cable/internet lines along Main St. Local news may be prompting him to raise the issue again.  [click to keep reading…]

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Police updates: Truck trapped under River St Bridge; Reminder on safety workshop; details on manhunt; and logs

June 20, 2018 02:28:08 PM
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It’s time for my weekly update on what Southborough Police have been up to.

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Audio (or visual) Book Club for sci-fi/fantasy fans launches next week

June 20, 2018 10:23:31 AM
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This summer, the Southborough Library is launching a new adult book club focused on adult sci-fi/fantasy books. The twist is – no reading is required.

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Biergarten offers free family fun at Chestnut Hill Farm – Friday thru Sun (Updated)

June 19, 2018 04:20:00 PM
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Friday through Sunday, Chestnut Hill Farm will be converted into a “Biergarten” – aka Beer Garden.

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Local firefighter camp for young women – apply through Thursday

June 19, 2018 02:30:34 PM
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Each summer, Metro-West firefighters encourage teen girls to “gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills.”

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BOS on Transfer Station rules and fees – Thursday

June 19, 2018 12:29:48 PM
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On Thursday night, selectmen will discuss (and likely vote on) Transfer Station rules and regs for to be implemented this summer. Included in the draft is a fee increase they conceptually approved earlier this spring. It also includes a safety net suggested by another board to offset the burden for residents in need.

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MWDN: Senior Center remembers Alice Kavanaugh

June 19, 2018 09:30:00 AM

Last week, Metrowest Daily News spoke to Senior Center staff and visitors who shared their memories of the senior center’s “heart”.

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ARHS Boosters fundraiser: Golf tournament and/or BBQ – June 28

June 19, 2018 07:30:34 AM
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Next week, the Algonquin Boosters are holding a special fundraiser.

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The week in government: ZBA on board officers; Historical on ethics charge; Combined & Regional school committees; ConCom on Stonebrook Village, and BOS on ZBA appt and Transfer Station rules (Updated)

June 18, 2018 03:15:02 PM
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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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