Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by susan on September 18, 2012

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Above: A cow’s life at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land last week

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 daddyo September 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I remember when i was a kid growing up in town.I would roam around woodland rd . I remember discovering a tunnel running underground that you could stand up and walk was just north of woodbury was built of stone and three or four feet wide. about 35 yrs ago someone blocked off the entrance and exit but the tunnel is still there.I remember as a kid thinking maybe it was used in the old days to move cows or other farm animals from one side of the road to the other without the animals going into the street. does anyone have any knowlege or ideas what its true purpose was and why it was closed ?

2 John Kendall September 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I’m inclined to go with the livestock tunnel theory. All of that area was farmland before the Turnpike was built and Woodland Road was re-aligned.

3 Mark Ford September 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I think there’s another such tunnel on Clifford Road, too.

4 SB Resident September 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Don’t know where one would be on Clifford, but there is the rock wall thing in between the entrance and exit at trottier just a few house up from clifford. Is this what that is? I’ve never been able to figure what that thing is/was.

5 Mark Ford September 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

This is no doubt worthy of a specific post, but congrats to Algonquin Regional High School, who scored a perfect 100 in the 10th grade MCAS! The highest number of kids taking the test to achieve that perfect score. Amazing.

Sue: for reference,

6 Karen September 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Thanks for linking to this, Mark. Congratulations students and teachers!

7 SB Resident September 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That is great! While I personally hate standardize tests, it’s still awesome that the kids are doing so well.

On a similar note, we were first in 10th English.

To put a negative spin on great news. It makes me sad that to go from 50 to 1 we had to drop 7% in %proficient. This was my number one complaint when I was in school that the kids who were smart got ignored so all the effort could go to the help the less proficient kids. I think it is equally important to continue to push the higher achieving students.

sorry the columns don’t line up.
%Advanced %Proficient %NeedsImprov. %Warning/Failing
2012 10th English 67 33 1 0 375 1 of 348
2011 10th English 56 40 3 1 364 50 of 356

The rest of the grades stayed mostly on par from 2011, with the exception of the 4th graders, but they did well last year in 3rd grade. Interesting that you can follow the years and there is a correlation. There also seems like there might be some correlation to different class sizes, but I’m not sure I’m looking at the data correctly to be sure.

8 resident September 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Congratulations to the girls field hockey team at Trottier who won their second game yesterday. They are now undefeated at 2-0. GO GIRLS!

9 sboronolonger September 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

And, kudos to Assaet Valley Regional Technical High School as well — 100 in English and 98 in Math! Awesome!

10 resident September 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Just curious, has anyone noticed the street sign at 58 Main Street entrance that looks just like one of the new road signs? It looks like one that might say Parkerville Road but it says 58 Main Street on it and is maroon and white and at the entrance to the St. Mark’s loop. I am wondering who might have paid for that. From what I have read on this blog those are fairly expensive and don’t weather well. Did the town put that up or St. Marks? I

11 Resident September 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I don’t know who paid for it, but the sign is for a privately- owned house that is nestled inside the Fay School property.

12 Townie September 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

What’s is the DPW building next to the recycle center at the transfer station? I see Assabet students working on what looks like a floor for a structure.

13 Fayville Resident October 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Does Fayville Village have a homeowners associations?I think we really need to know what is planned for the area, so we understand the issues and add input. Right now, I feel very ill informed of the changes taking place here, Can we share information?

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