Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on March 25, 2021

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Above: Barnacle Geese migrated to/through Southborough last week. Thanks to Chris Robbins for the photo and some more details you can scroll down for.*

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

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:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

*(Last week Chris Robbins shared the following details along with the photo:

This is a recent sighting of two geese “Barnacle Goose” with beautiful black plumage in contrast to the grey Canadian geese we often see in Southborough. These two recently landed this week on the open field as one drives South on Parkerville Road before the entrance to Neary School. Geese mate for life up to 20 years. March / April is egg laying time for 5 to 9 eggs. Migratory route ranges between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. )

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Southern Breeze March 25, 2021 at 11:37 AM

Any update on the swap shop??? Our favorite weekend destination.


2 Gail March 31, 2021 at 3:16 PM

I too was just about to begin a thread about this. It’s time to reopen. Everything else in our state is beginning our safe reopening.

The swap shop provides so much to the residents of this town. Residents who collect toys for children in need, artists and residents who upcycle items that would otherwise be thrown away (and for us to pay for) Books for all. Seniors in need of items.

We pay a lot of money to use the transfer station. And a ton of money in taxes.

It is a win win all the way around to reopen the swap shop.

When is this happening?


3 Jboro April 1, 2021 at 1:37 PM

I ditto all of what Gail said about the Swap Shop. I think people will be respectful of not crowding the space. Please reopen.


4 Townie March 26, 2021 at 1:18 PM

Walked through the Breakneck Hill reserve and noticed a bunch of trees have green or pink ribbons on them. Any idea what that means?


5 beth March 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM

I reached out to the Stewardship Chair to see if she could explain. Joyce Greenleaf responded:

I am the chair of the Southborough Stewardship Committee, which manages that property to promote conservation values, such as biodiversity and habitat, and passive recreation opportunities, such as walking and bird watching.

The Breakneck Hill Conservation Land was formerly an orchard, and apple trees have a limited life span. Many of the trees are diseased, dead, or dying. We are working with an arborist who specializes in orchards to identify as many trees as possible to save. He has already begun pruning the ones that are salvageable. The ribbons are part of that effort. When we are done, we expect to have a healthier collection of apple trees remaining.

This is part of Stewardship’s ongoing management plans to reduce invasive species, improve habitat, and provide walking trails for everyone to enjoy.


6 leaf and debris piles March 29, 2021 at 12:05 PM

Would the DPW know when it plans to remove the unsightly piles of leaves and other debris left on the side of Parkerville Road, just south of Main Street? This is a residential area, not an industrial park.

Those piles have been there almost 1 year and look trashy. Is that intended to contrast with the neighboring Versailles complex/boondoggle?


7 Pat D March 29, 2021 at 2:56 PM

Some of the debris left there is stuff the State left there when they widened and paved the new road. Would think it is the responsibility of the State to clean up there mess but I would not hold my breath that they will do anything about it.


8 Southville April 1, 2021 at 8:19 AM

Anyone around have trout fishing tips? They are actively stocking the local water bodies, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of the best spots (Hopkinton, Ashland, Sudbury River, etc) and any other tips. Would love to catch a few this year! I’m pretty good at catching bass, and countless sunfish, but would love to get a few trout.


9 Matthew April 4, 2021 at 10:19 PM

This link is for a book written by a former neighbor of mine many years ago but I imagine it still holds some weight.


10 Pat D April 5, 2021 at 8:55 PM

We have been away for several months and get back to obvious Parkerville Rd construction. What was it about??


11 beth April 6, 2021 at 9:20 AM

I’m assuming that you mean the area of Parkerville near the MassPike overpass.

In the past, I have shared information on the Acceler-8 bridge replacement project and that prep work would be done on local roads. However, when MassDOT added Parkerville Rd to the list of construction prep work projects, I neglected to update on that.

The latest project status on the roadwork on Southborough roads lists the following prep work (primarily from 7am to 3:30 pm):

Cordaville Road:
Drill micropiles for new bridge foundations on each side
Construct new bridge abutments

Woodland Road:
Repair concrete facing of existing bridge abutments

Parkerville Road:
Repair concrete facing of existing bridge abutments

Flanders Road:
Repair concrete facing of existing bridge abutments
Relocate utility cables into the newly installed ductbank under the roadway

There is also overnight work on areas of the MassPike. For more information on the Acceler-8 I-90 bridge replacement project, click here.

If you meant another area of Parkerville, let me know.


12 Pat D April 6, 2021 at 10:27 AM

I am asking about road work on north Parkerville between Route 9 and Main Street. Looks like laying some new pipes because a trench has been dug down the middle of the street. Just hoping after the work is down, whatever it is, that the entire street is paved. Thanks.


13 beth April 6, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Aah. That is work that I did previously write about – in the same post I linked before. I don’t have much detail, just that the schools had shared with parents in late February:

The Public Schools of Southborough were informed that the utility work being done on Parkerville Road between Route 9 and Main Street (Route 30) will continue for the next few months.


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