Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

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:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
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12 years ago

Some few months ago, we all were amused by a claim that the town would only receive $500 in trade in value for one of its police cruisers as it traded in the old for a new model. The old model had under 70,000 miles on it, I believe.
Is that transaction public record?
Did it ever occur?
I wonder how much we received in trade in allowance?
And I still wonder why there was no uproar over the need for 9 ( i’m pretty sure I recall this number correctly ) police cars in our town.

12 years ago

Who is responsible for the lighting around the crosswalk at Fay School and Rt 30? in the Winter dusk I find it increasingly difficult to see students and/or faculty crossing the road. Additional lighting would benefit this area.

12 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

I agree with Jonas. I drive that way every evening and am stunned at the speed of some vehicles. I heard a few years ago either the town or the school was considering a bridge or tunnel due to such concerns, but that was just word of mouth.

12 years ago

Why does school start before labor day? My kids have got corn to bring in!

12 years ago

This is in the “things you want” category:
I want (need) a child’s booster seat.
I am making regular checks at the swap shop but so far no luck. -anybody have one they’re done with?

12 years ago
Reply to  Debbie

Forgot to say – This would be a vehicle booster seat.

The Cutts Family
12 years ago

We need Girl Scout cookies. Are there sales in town or a phone number for me to arrange to buy, please?

Pat Quill
12 years ago

The next Cookie “booth” sale is this Saturday from 12-4pm at the recycling center.
They are $4/box (cash only, no checks please).

The Girl Scout Cookie sale continues until the begining of March.
Most door-to-door sales are over but Cookie Booth sales will continue.
This seems to be a slow year for booth sales but I am hoping to schedule more.
I will make sure to post any future booth sales here.

Thank you so much for supporting Girl Scouts!

12 years ago

Does any one know the status of Mrs. Garfield’s house (the old stone house)? Last I heard, there was a possible sale in the works, but haven’t read or heard of anything for a few months. I’d hate to see it fall into disrepair or be left to “wither on the vine”.

John Kendall
12 years ago
Reply to  Marthab

Big story about the Garfield estate in today’s (Thursday January 26) edition of the Metrowest Daily News.

12 years ago
Reply to  susan

Good news! Guess my timing could not have been much better!

12 years ago

Two questions: First, when will the bond/loan for Algonquin be paid off? My understanding that it was going to add to the tax rate for a number of years…

Second, does anyone know where the house that was dismantled and moved from the Route 9/Central St. corner got moved to? I’d love to see how it looks sometime!

John Kendall
12 years ago


I have a 7 year old Daewoo rear projection TV. It has been replaced by a more modern television. It stands 48″ tall, 46″ wide, 22″ deep. Has remote and owner’s manual. Still works but I have no room. Would be good for a “mantown” or for video game hook-up. Unlike some newer televisions, this is not affected by the cold, so would be a nice addition to a cottage. If interested, call 508-481-9441

carole wellman
12 years ago

got my excise tax and read that we are urged to “go green” Good idea sez me, so i go to the website, kelley and ryan, go to sign up for paperless billing so the town doesn’t have to pay for a stamp, use paper,print bills and envelopes, etc., etc. Then I note in big red letters there is a penalty, excuse me,”convenience fee” of .50 for e-checks and 3.20% for credit cards. Now, if iwrite my own check an drop it off at the townhouse, sans envelope, the town loses and i get a few bucks richer???? any questions?

Al Hamilton
12 years ago
Reply to  carole wellman

It is called customer service, public sector style.

C. Nicholas Ellis
12 years ago
Reply to  Al Hamilton

Actually, we call that a Processing Fee (although your name is much funnier). Credit card processors take on the order of ~3% of the processed amount in fees. I would imagine the e-check is in the same vein. Personally, I don’t see any way around it, being that it’s a tax collection on behalf of the government. It’s just something that most people don’t know exists because it’s ordinarily absorbed by the business. This is also why you often see “Cash versus Credit” prices at gas stations. Oh, and believe it or not fees for using a debit card as a credit card (i.e. selecting Credit at checkout instead of using Debit and entering your pin) actually results in a higher fee for the business.

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