Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by susan on March 27, 2012

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Time for another open thread. For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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1 mike March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

can anyone recommend a quality air & dryer vent cleaner in the area?

2 Matthew March 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

MightyDuct
http://www.mightyduct.com/
They are in Mendon and did our house 6 years ago because the previous owner had cats. They cleaned out about a 35 gallon trash can full of dense cat hair and dirt. Really nice guys and they did a great job.
Good luck!

3 Pat D March 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Just curious, but at the corner of Lover’s Lane and Route 30 are several piles of unsightly construction leftovers, including piles of rocks, gravel, dirt and tree roots and debris. It looks awful and not a very nice vision when entering Southborough from the west. Does anyone know who this belongs to and why they are allowed to dump debris there? Thanks.

4 John Kendall March 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I think what you are looking at is actually the corner of Lynbrook Road and Main Street. [Name redacted] has run a lanscape construction business from his home on that site for as long as I can remember.

Ed note: The resident’s name was redacted per the My Southborough comment policy.

5 Pat D March 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Yes,, you are correct — Lynbrook and Main. The number and height of the piles has increased markely over the past several months. Just because he has done it for years does not mean he should continue to do it. Do you know who would actually regulate this? If I tried to do this in my front lawn, someone in the town would come down on me!

6 Jonas March 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM

It’s his land. Make him an offer for the parcel and you should be good to go.

7 KT March 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I agree Pat that these piles are unsightly and reflect poorly on the town. I find it ironic that it’s a landscaper who would do this too.

8 Mark March 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I agree but pathetically enough I don’t think much can be done. Look at that eyesore downtown at the corner of Newton and Main. Its been like that forever and you just learn to ignore it and accept that as your downtown. When I give people directions from route 9 or the pike, I make a conscious effort to never send them past that corner as its a horrendous first impression of the town, specifically downtown. Can anything be done about that disgrace? Anything simple would be better than what ever is going on there inside the heinous chainlinked fence which protects us from the wildest looking weeds in west. I mean I understand there’s some environmental considerations but throw rid it of the growth, throw some gravel on it and get a temporary farm stand or ice cream truck or something. On the extreme side, is imminent domain an option? Sorry for rant but I just sat next to that thing for about 30 seconds coming from medical group and realized its been like that since I moved to Southborough. If there’s anything that can be done, I will gladly donate time, energy, and money to cleaning up that mess. I can’t figure out if the fence is protecting the property or the citizens.

9 John Kendall March 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Pat…the man passed away not long ago and it’s all up to his widow. Cut her a bit of slack

10 KT March 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m curious if there is a story behind the bizarre 20mpg signs that are just before the stop signs on Jericho Hill, Old Northboro, and Johnson Rds. Are these intended to be the same warning as a more normal “stop ahead” signs?

11 Mark March 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Any updates on the downtown/main street plans? Are they still on track or delayed? I haven’t heard anything and wondering if that is going to be shelved in this economic environment or is it full steam ahed?

12 Matthew March 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Hello Everyone!
I am participating in the Kid’s Cancer Buzz Off at Gillette Stadium on June 3rd. It’s a great charity event and I would be honored to have some local support.
All proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and the vital programs and services they provide to help kids beat cancer.

Here is the web page they have set up for my end of the donation.
https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/matthewdeyo/kidscancerbuzz-off

Donations can be anonymous and I’ve been told that no information is collected for future marketing or mailing lists.

Thanks!

13 Tom Marcoulier March 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Mark,

I too am curious about the Main Strret construction. I cycle thru town and have noticed the road is getting worst and worst. Anyone know?

14 Bruce March 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The steps down from the T-Station platform to Rte 85 are getting pretty beat up – even with our mild winter. Who is in charge of maintenance for these concrete steps?

15 John Kendall March 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The MBTA is responsible for those step. check out their website. They should have a link to report such problems.

http://www.mbta.com

16 Bonnie Phaneuf March 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Tom Marcoulier & Bruce,
Forward your concern to Jean Kitchen, Town Administrator to the following e-mail
selectmen@southboroughma.com

Ms. Kitchen will cc; it to the appropriate Department Head, State Agency and all three of your elected members of the Board of Selectmen,
Bill Boland, Chair, John Rooney, Vice Chair and Daniel Kolenda

This official town e-mail address was set-up for all residents to use.

Give it a try,
Bonnie

17 southsider March 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Is warrant article #23 related to either of the Main Street parcels mentioned above? Looks like someone wants us to take over some land.

18 susan March 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Article 23 has to do with a parcel on the west end of Main Street. I believe it’s a triangular piece of land at the intersection of Northborough Road and Main Street. From what I understand, the owner of the land lives out of state and wants to give it to the town as payment on back taxes.

19 John Kendall March 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Went to the Transfer Station today and was a bit surprised by the new temporary set-up. Anyone know how long the pit will be out of service?

20 Pat D March 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

My husband just returned from the Transfer Station and reported all is back to normal. He was the only person there!

21 mj March 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Any suggestions on where to get a delicious ham for Easter? I’m looking for something extra special and scrumptious!

22 KathrynK March 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Is there a way to recycle plastic bags in Southborough or nearby? I feel bad bringing in so many at a time to the little recycling box at Stop & Shop. I just always seem to accumulate tons of plastic bags. The town does not have recycling for them, and I feel guilty throwing them away. I try to get paper bags when I can, but I still end up with too many plastic ones. What do others do?

23 Pat Q March 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I have never seen any other place to recycle plastic bags either so, I do the same as you………bring them to the plastic bag recycle bin at Stop and Shop. I don’t feel bad at all about bringing too many; that’s what it is there for and I would feel even worse putting them in the regular trash.

I use re-usable shopping bags and have cut WAY down on my plastic bag
need/use. Now, I hardly have any plastic bags to even bring to the Stop and Shop recycle bin.

The plastic bags that our dry cleaning comes back in I collect and bring back to the dry cleaners about once every two months or so. They have bins right inside for both the wire hangers and the clear plastic covers. (at least some dry cleaners do). I hate to throw those in the trash as well.

(It’s all a bit more effort but I feel better about my, hopefully smaller, “carbon footprint”)

Happy Recycling! :)

24 Karen April 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I have heard the reasons why runners prefer to run on the road and not on sidewalks. However, if they insist on running on the road, would they at least make some attempt to share the road? I have had to negotiate my car around several recently who run in the middle of the lane, all the while wearing an iPod. A little more consideration and awareness all around ( cars, runners/pedestrians, bicycles) would go a long way.

25 Chris April 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

@mj, re: hams, the Honey Baked Ham store in Framingham has great ham. But beware, it’s a madhouse up there at Easter.

Our family gets the Carando spiral cut at BJ’s, very good. Kennedy’s also has good hams.

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