Obituary: Earle Quenten Watkins, 99

by beth on September 30, 2016

Earle Quenten Watkins, 99, of Southborough died peacefully at UMass Medical Center on September 27, 2016 after a short illness.

He was the husband of Eleanor Eva (Woodbury) Watkins who passed away in 1987. He was the son of Charles Edgar Watkins and Esther Winnifred Nourse Watkins.

A lifetime resident of Southborough, he was born in the town “upstairs in the front room.” Earle graduated from Peter’s High School in 1934 and received an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Construction from Wentworth Institute in 1936. Earle began his 44-year career in quality control at Warren Telechron in Ashland, later G.E. Telechron and then Timex, retiring in 1980.

In 1943 he married Eleanor before joining the army. Earle was then assigned to Company F of the 1308 Engineers. He was stationed in England and then France where his unit was sent to the Battle of the Bulge where the unit formed a defense line along the Meuse River near the Belgium border. His unit was later assigned to Normandy to be post engineers at Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre, and then to Nice on the Riviera to build an R&R for troops on leave. In 1945 the unit was sent to Marseilles to board a ship headed for the Pacific theater of the war. They landed on Okinawa, and then were sent to Korea. He was discharged from the army in January 1946. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: One of the old growth trees purportedly cut down behind closed fences as part of the under-appeal solar array project on St. Mark’s land. (contributed photos)

It may come as a surprise to learn that St. Mark’s School has been clear cutting trees for installation of its approved solar array on Sears Road.

(It was to me. Frankly, their project had dropped off my radar.)

This week, I learned about the clear cutting. But it’s some background details that really caught my attention. Earlier this spring/summer, a direct abutter appealed the project approval. Based on the pending appeal, the Building Inspector rejected St. Mark’s application for a building permit.

To move forward, St. Mark’s asked the Worcester Superior Court to summarily dismiss the appeal motion. Along with the school’s attorneys, Town Counsel Aldo Cipriano showed up to argue in favor of the school’s request.

(Presumably, that was justified as defending the actions of a Town Board. But it may hit a sore spot with some residents. During Park Central and Flagg Road hearings, residents complained about the Town’s perceived tendency to pay counsel to defend developers’ projects rather than objecting-residents’ rights.)

The judge rejected St. Mark’s request to dismiss. Instead, he green lighted moving forward with the discovery phase of the case.

After the ruling, the Building Inspector reversed his earlier decision and issued a building permit to the school. I asked Building Commissioner Mark Robidoux what the newer decision was based on. I wondered if it based on guidance from counsel, a Town official, or board. His response:

On the advice of Counsel and due to pending litigation, I cannot comment on any aspect of this.

As for the Planning Board’s approval last spring, unfortunately, there is no publicly posted record of it yet. (And no news coverage.)  [click to keep reading…]

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Marijuana Dispensary Site Plan approved

by beth on September 30, 2016

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Above: CommCan has the go ahead for plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Route 9 in Southborough. (image right from Google maps)

The Planning Board voted to approve the Site Plan for CommCan’s medical marijuana dispensary at 255 Turnpike Road.

The approval happened on Monday night. It’s just one of the things I haven’t had time to properly cover this week. Fortunately, Southborough Wicked Local did.

According to their story, the final plans include a secure garage for delivery of marijuana. The ATM cash machine that was plans for their lobby has been scrapped for now. The final plans met with police chief Kenneth Paulhus’ approval.

SWL writes:

“I am happy to say they went above and beyond the state Department of Health’s requirement,” [Paulhus] said. “From a safety aspect and this building I think we’re ready to move forward.”

Of course, residents who object to the Town’s allowance of the facility again, unsuccessfully tried to convince the Planning Board to reject the plan:  [click to keep reading…]

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Why flags are at half staff: September 30, 2016

by beth on September 30, 2016

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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff today in honor of the former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres. Peres died this past Wednesday, following a massive stroke he suffered two weeks prior.

To read more about the man and his legacy, click here for CNN’s coverage.

Below is the Presidential Proclamation issued yesterday by President Barack Obama.  [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on September 29, 2016

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Above: This home at 56 Flagg Road went on the market this week for $549,900 (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

  • 12 Brook Lane (map) – 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape – 192 days on the Market, Listed at $220,000
  • 1 Witherbee Lane (map) – 4 room, 1 bed, 1f 0h bath Colonial – 62 days on the Market, Listed at $349,900
  • 8 Hilltop Drive (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape – 18 days on the Market, Listed at $409,000
  • 17 Oak Hill Road (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 13 days on the Market, Listed at $459,900
  • 37 Edgewood Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 19 days on the Market, Listed at $650,000
  • 14 Stockwell Lane (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 41 days on the Market, Listed at $899,000

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Obituary: Carmela (Petrone) Fusaro, 81

by beth on September 29, 2016

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Carmela (Petrone) Fusaro, 81, of Southborough, formerly of Worcester, passed away Saturday, September 24th 2016 with her beloved sons gathered at her side.

Carmela was born in Arci, province of Cosenza Italy, one of seven children of Vincenzo and Assunta (Plastena) Petrone. She grew up in Italy, immigrating as a young child with her family to Yonkers NY where she lived until marrying Ernest W. Fusaro in 1960. Carmela and Ernie then moved to Worcester where she cared for and raised ther family for over 50 years. Carmela’s husband Ernest Fusaro passed away in 1986. She moved to Southborough 11 years ago.

She is survived by her two devoted sons, Ernest D. Fusaro of Southborough, Gino M. Fusaro and his life companion Janet Peters of Southborough; two sisters, Maria Moschetta and Anna Rubillo both of Yonkers and Angelo Petrone of Somers, NY. She also had many nieces, nephews and extended family. A sister, Nancy Gizzi and brothers Mario Petrone and Antonio Petrone predeceased her. [click to keep reading…]

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Building Inspector, Planning and ZBA struggle with questions over variance process (and refute accusations of collusion and subversion of process)

September 29, 2016 12:27:39 PM

Last night, Attorney William Pezzoni argued that the Town was subverting due process. Although the Zoning Board of Appeals disagreed with his charges, they may have set precedent changing Town procedures for future variance applications. And there is concern about a potential loophole for developers.

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ARHS Class of ’96: Book reunion tickets by 10/8 (or by tomorrow for $25 discount)

September 29, 2016 09:27:53 AM
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Algonquin Regional’s Class of 96 is holding their 20th reunion in a couple of weeks.

Don’t wait to buy tickets – they won’t be sold at the door.

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Is this your cat?

September 29, 2016 07:30:00 AM
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It seems to be a regular thing now – cats lost and found. The latest one is hanging around a house on Newton Street.

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Park Central Site Plan Review continued to Thursday night

September 28, 2016 05:11:35 PM

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.

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Obituary: Candido Anthony Torcoletti (Torc), 97

September 28, 2016 02:27:35 PM

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

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Build-A-Scarecrow for Heritage Day (or just for fun)

September 28, 2016 11:37:00 AM
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The Rotary Club is again selling scarecrow kits and holding a contest to raise funds for the Southborough Cultural Arts Council.

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Historical Commission reassuring public about coming tree removals at Burnett House

September 28, 2016 09:40:06 AM
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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 “stars” of the property will remain standing, with just minor pruning.)

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First Community Church sale – Saturday

September 28, 2016 07:30:00 AM
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This Saturday, First Community Church Sale is holding a fundraising sale.

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