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Tim Daloisio
10 years ago

I have an entertainment hutch/armoire for sale on Craigslist — Posting can be seen here. http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/fuo/3088028614.html

Happy to reduce the ask to $75 for an in town buyer ;)

Reply to this comment if you are interested.

Chris
10 years ago

Why is the street sign on the corner of Newton St & Main (Marlborough Savings Bank) an old, faded, green sign, when the majority of the town has the maroon & white signs?

It also seems that it lost about 4 feet in height recently.

Art Fay
10 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Note that most of the maroon and white signs which were put up several years ago probably at no small expense are failing due to exposure to the elements. The old-style green and white signs seemed to last quite a bit longer…..

Chris Wraight
10 years ago

Yes, especially the southern exposure side of those maroon & white signs. But the Newton St. sign is pretty worn out looking as well…it could stand replacement.

Al Hamilton
10 years ago
Reply to  Chris Wraight

I believe that a year or 2 ago we replaced all our signage to bring them into compliance with Federal Signage Requirements (I am not kidding). This silly mandate was backed off recently but we will have to replace the lot in the next few years as they are clearly defective.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/us-government-backs-off-mandate-for-new-street-signs/2011/08/30/gIQAhDNnpJ_story.html

Dan Pearl
10 years ago
Reply to  Al Hamilton

It appears that the signs were constructed out of computer-cut adhesive vinyl applied to a reflective background. Cheap? Yes. Durable? Not so much.

Just Curious
10 years ago

Can you post the name of the owner of the miserable looking lot at Main and Newton Street to clean up the lot? When a property is not maintained, can the town order it maintained?

Perhaps the owner is a Southborough resident and publication of his name would help motivate him to keep his property in order.

Art Fay
10 years ago
Reply to  Just Curious

Wondering if someone could refresh my (and possibly others) memory as to what the deal is with that site. We’ve lived in town for 21 years, I have a vague recollection that when we first moved here there was a gas station there. Am I “mis-remembering” this? Is it in fact a hazardous waste site?

resident
10 years ago
Reply to  Art Fay

It was in fact a gas station. It them closed and re-opened some time later also as a gas station. When it finally closed for good, the building was taken down but I don’t think the tanks were ever taken out of the ground. Last I heard Peter Bemis who also ownd Engineer Design Consultants on Route 9 owns the parcel. He has never done anything with the lot. At one point he was looking to put a park there. I am not sure if it has changed hands at all. I would think the town could step in and make him clean it up or take it over and clean it up themselves. It sure is an eyesore.

Art Fay
10 years ago
Reply to  susan

Thanks for the reprise – probably the guy will cut the grass once and then we can do this all over again in 2014.

Matt Chiocco
10 years ago

Would anyone happen to know what the major construction site is for on Pleasant St. off Route 9W in Fayville? It looks as though a pretty expansive area has been cleared out.

Paul Cimino
10 years ago
Reply to  Matt Chiocco

Matt, the New England Center for Children is building a child care facility on that site for children of Center employees.

Chris
10 years ago

That’s expansion by the New England Center for Children (NECC). Here’s an article on their construction bond which highlights what they’re doing.

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2012/04/center-for-children-gets-12-million-bond.html

Kathryn
10 years ago

Any tips on how to find local teens looking for odd jobs? I could use some help with some household projects (cleaning outdoor furniture, organizing the playroom, light weeding, etc.). $10/hr.

NancyV
10 years ago
Reply to  Kathryn

Kathryn, I think the Recreation Department keeps a list of teenagers who are available for odd jobs. Ask for Doreen Ferguson.

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