Roundup: Race for the 8th district

by beth on October 31, 2014

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Above: Representative Carolyn Dykema (left) is running against Hopkinton’s Trish Vanaria (right) in this Tuesday’s election. (photos from Facebook)

In the election this Tuesday, there are a lot of positions up for grabs. But, I’ll leave political coverage of the Governor and Senate races to the regional media.

At a more local level, our representative in the state congress (a.k.a. “General Court”) is a contest between trice-elected Representative Carolyn Dykema (D) and first-time candidate Patricia Vanaria (R).

Southborough Wicked Local recently ran stories on both candidates and campaigning by PACs and political committees. I’m also sharing several press releases I’ve been sitting on.

(Stories and press releases are in reverse chronological order, followed by a list of published endorsements through local media.)  [click to keep reading…]

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Obituary: Dean M. Lewis, 88

by beth on October 31, 2014

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Dean M. Lewis, 88, of Southborough, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, after a short illness.

His loving wife of over 59 years, Helen (Mocerino) Lewis died October 8, 2010. He leaves his six children; Steven D. Lewis and his wife, Kathy of Stafford Springs, CT, Darryl D. Lewis and his wife, Susan of Southborough, Dean M. Lewis Jr. and his wife, Adele of Uxbridge, Kimberly Lewis-Keddy and her husband, Timothy of Westborough, Robin Lamy and her husband, Kevin of Northborough, Kathy Franchitto and her husband, Brian of Southborough; 11 grandchildren, Timothy and Thomas Lewis, Bradley Lewis-Varney, Jenna Lewis-Keddy, Drew Lewis-Keddy, Ryan and Shane Keddy, Rachel, Renee and Olivia Lamy and Brianna Franchitto. He was predeceased by a sister, Norma MacLean.

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Above: Imagine what Southborough’s going to look like in the next 25 years. Join the Board of Selectmen and Economic Development Committee for a Business and Non Profit Summit on Nov. 6. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald )

It’s hard to imagine what Southborough’s going to look like in 2040.

A panel of experts from universities across the sate will be on-hand to discuss Southborough’s plan to meet economic, demographic and land use challenges ahead.

Join the Southborough Board of Selectmen and Economic Development Committee for a Business and Non Profit Summit on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s School, Putnam Family Arts Center, 25 Marlboro Road.

20141030_Sboro2040BusinessNPSummitThe summit includes a networking breakfast, panel discussion and participant breakout sessions.

Panelist include:

  • Dr. Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University
  • Professor Maureen Dunne, Framingham State University
  • Dr. Michael Goodman, UMass Dartmouth

Space is limited. Reserve your seating online or contact Katie Gamble (508) 860-1519.

The summit is sponsored by Mirick O’Connel, Attorney’s at Law.

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Above: A deal with the town to allow use variance at Park Central includes a concession that looks awfully close to original plans.

Capital Group Properties was back in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals last night. The developer’s attorney continued to pitch proposed developments at Park Central.

Last night’s discussion focused on a Use Variance Permit for a townhouse development. The deal is linked directly to the 40B proposed at the site.

One of the biggest concessions offered was routing residential traffic directly to Flagg Road.

Since plans for a large 40B project at Park Central were first shared, area residents objected. Neighbors voiced concerns about increased traffic proposed to acccess the development via Flagg Road (a winding and often narrow residential street without sidewalks.)

In June 2013, Capital Group Properties filed a changed traffic plan with what they claimed to be a concession to concerns. In it, all residential traffic was routed through a cul de sac on Bantry Road and onto Tara Road and Blackthorne Drive. (The alleged improvement was routing of any future commercial traffic to Route 9 via Park Central Drive, rather than Flagg Road.)

With abutters up in arms at a Board of Selectmen meeting, member Bill Boland commented to developer Bill Depietri:

To be blunt, I think this proposal almost looks like, ‘Well no one will buy this, so this is a better chance to get what we had in the first place.

Since then, developer Depietri added back in a right turn only onto Flagg Road. But he publicly dug his heels in on keeping the quiet neighborhoods as another point of access. And two months ago, he called it “a showstopper”.

Last night, his lawyer used the road access as both a carrot and stick.

Attorney Angelo Catanzaro told the board that their plans for Use Variance would eliminate entry to the abutting neighborhood, except for emergency vehicle via Blackthorn.   [click to keep reading…]

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Above: These tote bags are one part of Southborough Gardener’s earth-friendly theme in this year’s fundraising efforts. (Contributed photo)

Southborough Gardners’ Guest Day is coming up in just two weeks. So mark your calendars, notify your friends, and email organizers for your discount tickets.

The annual holiday fundraiser will be held Thursday, November 13th, 10:00 am at Pilgrim Church.

This year’s guest presenter is Nancy Vargas of Le Jardin Blanc. She will be creating arrangements in front of the crowd to demonstrate “Inspiring an Earth-Friendly Holiday Season”.

Enjoy, tea, coffee and “homemade sweets & savories” while you watch. As always, there will be a drawing to determine winners of the designed pieces.

The entry fee is $10 at the door. But you can purchase tickets 1/2 price by emailing southboroughgardeners@gmail.com.

(Note: The facility is handicap-accessible; and the event is for adults only.)

The Gardeners will be holding their traditional Holiday Boutique.

I’m sure among the unique, handcrafted items for sale, you’ll be seeing the above pictured tote bags. But you don’t have to attend the event to purchase one.

Bags are $12 each and can be purchased by emailing DFBaker11@verizon.net or southboroughgardeners@gmail.com.

Proceeds from the event and bag sales will be used for town beautification & education.

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Photo Gallery: Gotham comes to Southborough

by beth on October 30, 2014

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Left:  For some in town, a Parkerviller Road home is the traditional destination for Halloween thrills. (Photos here and below submitted by Blair Sutherland)

Are you looking to add some excitement to tomorrow night’s Trick or Treating? (As if loads of candy isn’t enough to get the kids’ adrenaline going.)

There’s one couple in town that goes all out on their Halloween decor. At 139 Parkerville Road, the Sutherlands are at it again.

Blair Sutherland and his wife have been putting on grand displays for years.

They take pride in creating fun Halloween memories for kids. (But with young kids in mind, they keep most of the fright out of Fright Night.)

This year, their theme is Batman.

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On the market this week in Southborough

October 30, 2014 10:17:24 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Obituary: Dorothy H. Fedorowicz, age 85

October 30, 2014 07:30:30 AM

Dorothy H. Fedorowicz, age 85, of Framingham, MA , formerly of Ansonia, entered into rest on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in St. Patricks Manor, Framingham.

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Scouting for Food: Flyer posting this Saturday; pickup November 8

October 29, 2014 04:30:00 PM
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It’s time for the annual Scouting for Food drive. Look for scouts posting flyers on mailboxes this weekend. They’ll be coming back around the following Saturday hoping to find pantry donations for pickup.

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Southborough Montessori school invites parents to an open house on Friday

October 29, 2014 02:20:20 PM
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[The following information is provided by My Southborough sponsor Montessori Children's House.] If you’re thinking about preschool options for next year and want to learn more about a Montessori approach, consider attending an open house at Southborough’s Montessori Children’s House on Friday.

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The 495/MetroWest Partnership news on Transportation Nightmares

October 29, 2014 11:20:51 AM
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The 495/MetroWest Partnership has issued an update on the region’s “Top Ten Transportation Nightmares”. It includes updates on Southborough traffic problems.

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Obituary: Joseph E. Kearns, 78

October 29, 2014 09:30:03 AM

Joseph E. Kearns, 78, of Southborough, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family.

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Betting on brown gold for a cause – November 9

October 29, 2014 07:30:30 AM
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Cheer on the cows at the Breakneck Hill Farm to drop its brown gold on your winning square at the annual Farm Day fundraiser.

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Police logs (10/23-27/14): Mail theft and crossbow hunting from a truck

October 28, 2014 02:20:09 PM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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