Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on April 19, 2016

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It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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1 Kevin April 19, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Can anyone recommend a local company for interior painting? Thanks in advance.

2 Mike April 20, 2016 at 12:45 PM

We use a guy over Marlboro that does a fantastic job at a fair price if you want his name and number send me an email at

3 Painting April 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Calvin Coleman 603-235-7172

4 Barb M April 20, 2016 at 9:36 PM

I used Kelly’s property Services, LLc for both a new roof and interior painting–mostly ceilings. I can’t tell you whether I got the best deal with them because I didn’t do multiple estimates. I can tell you I was pleased with their work. They came when they said they would; each job took 2 days; and they cleaned up afterwards. When I had a question they responded to my concerns immediately.

5 Carl Guyer April 19, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Just reminder the annual Earth Day Clean Up is taking place at the DPW office in Southborough. As we like to say, things are “picking up” in Southborough. Lets keep it clean…..

6 Sue April 21, 2016 at 6:43 AM

There is a very large dead tree on what appears to be abandoned property on Main Street, a couple houses from Sears Rd, north side of the street. The tree has dropped large branches and may pose a danger for people passing by. Does the town have the right and ability to take the tree down safely?

7 Devon April 26, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Does anyone know why there is a toolbox locked up to a tree in Beals Preserve? It’s up in the Lone Wolf trail.

8 Carl Guyer April 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Hello, the toolbox was being used by the survey of the local amphibians and snakes by the SOLF folks. I was part of this survey for the past two years. It did not continue this year but I am unable to tell you why. It is not that I won’t tell you, I just don’t know…:-). The toolbox and other equipment is still at the site.

9 Devon April 26, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Thanks for letting me know! Glad it’s nothing more sinister. :)

10 Patricia April 27, 2016 at 8:37 AM

I thought dog walking was allowed at Beals Preserve. says it is one of the activities allowed. But, there are two very prominent no dog signs at the parking lot on Chestnut Hill Road. Can I walk my dog at Beals Preserve?

11 Devon April 27, 2016 at 12:03 PM

That sign is specific to chestnut hill. Dogs are allowed at Beals.

12 Patricia April 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Thank you Devon and Beth. I guess I was looking at Chestnut Hill, not the Beals land. i did not realize there is a difference.

13 beth April 27, 2016 at 1:11 PM

SOLF owns the Beals Preserve and lists:

Permitted activities include: walking on trails, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and dog walking. Dog walking is allowed as long as sensitive habitat and positive visitor experience are preserved. Dogs must be under owners control and must stay out of the meadows and the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program area.

I’m wondering if part of your confusion is where is Beals and where is Chestnut Hill. You can see the SOLF map here and the Town’s walking trails here.

14 Walk the dog May 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Why are dogs not allowed at Chestnut Hill Farm?

15 beth May 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM

I don’t know. It’s owned by The Trustees of Reservations and is a working farm, so that may relate to the reason.

16 Kristen P May 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

I was told it was part of the conservation restriction with the town. Not sure if that is accurate or not.

17 Downtown Resident May 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Until just now I had no idea that everything posted on mysouthborough is also posted on Facebook. Do other people realize this? Although I know that mysouthborough is an internet blog open to anyone worldwide, I somehow felt that very few people outside of our community would bother to look us up. But fb definitely has a huger audience. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Does anyone have an opinion? (what am I asking, this is Southborough, of course there are opinions out there, lol)

18 beth May 4, 2016 at 9:37 AM

To clarify, what is posted on Facebook is the linked headline and about a sentence of text (which sometimes is just the story caption.) The full story and the comments aren’t on Facebook. (Although, occasionally someone posts a comment to a facebook post.)

19 Downtown Resident May 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Thank you for the clarification. I saw comments there and thought that they were the same comments that are posted here.

20 Sara May 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

There is an adorable family of geese (including babies) that is living in Southborough near the 85/route 9 westbound exit. Please look out for them as you drive down 85 and come on and off the route 9 exit. I see them daily and worry about their safety. Thank you!

21 Mom23 May 19, 2016 at 8:52 AM

There is also a Mama fox and 5-6 beautiful babies on Latisquama Road. There are bright yellow posted signs to drive carefully but I doubt they are even read. Please be careful in that area as well. I know a few years ago one of the babies was hit by a car. This is Southborough and the wildlife is abundant. They are important too so please drive carefully and watch for these creatures.

22 Devon May 19, 2016 at 9:09 AM

I saw one run into the middle of Rt. 9 to grab some roadkill and then run off. Definitely keep your eye out so they don’t get hit!

23 resident May 19, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Why is it when you call anyone at the Treasurer’s Office in the Townhouse, you never reach any of them? I forever get voicemail after voicemail when I call. It is so irritating! Don’t these people know that they are there to work for the townspeople and should answer their phones!

24 RB May 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

“these people”?? WOW – oh, yeah, you mean the second-class town employee types that can’t get a job anywhere else “these people”?

My personal experience is that when I have called they have answered most times. Heck, even Brian himself has answered the phone when I have called. And often when I go to the Town Hall, they have at least one person at the counter (not always, but very frequently),or are on the phone assisting another person, so I understand why they can’t always be at your beck and call.

I am just happy you don’t get one of those endless phone prompt things that takes 15 minutes before you get to a person’s voice mail, or a person with a very thick and difficult to understand accent!

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