Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

I have a lot of stories to share, but my kids are home for school break. I just can’t post as frequently this week as usual.

So, 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.

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Ready for Spring
10 years ago

Anybody else have somebody knock on their door yesterday, asking if you needed help shoveling? I thought it was weird and as much as my back would have appreciated the help, it all seemed too suspicious for me to accept. It was a young man wearing a fluorescent yellow/green vest along with somebody driving a red car down the street.

10 years ago

Anyone else tired of the turkeys by Fay school?

Pat D
10 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Yes!! They are very annoying. Today, one of them (in the middle of the road, blocking both directions) had his tail feathers up and spread and squaking at me (I was blowing my horn at him) like he owned the road. I don’t think we can do anything about them because they are “protected”. Anyone know anything any differently?

Inspection for appliances?
10 years ago

Purchased a new washer and dryer. We have been told that an inspector has to check
it out after it is installed. We are not changing or moving anything, other than swapping old for new. I don’t recall having to do this when we bought our last set seven years ago. Can anyone provide any more insight? Is this a law? Do I have to consent? Confused.

Mark Ford
10 years ago

I believe as long as your washer/dryer is located on Town Open Space, you’re all set.

10 years ago
Reply to  Mark Ford

That’s funny !!!

10 years ago

A few years ago we bought a new dishwasher and it had to be inspected. However I don’t remember the same requirement when we replaced our washer and dryer.

Dick Chase
10 years ago

I assume it’s a natural gas dryer. Any natural gas appliance needs a permit to be installed and must be inspected after.

Dick Chase
10 years ago

Here’s the town plumbing/gas permit and inspection fees:

For gas appliances it’s $40 +$10 per appliance.

Old Books
10 years ago

Where can I take old books to see if they have any value? Otherwise they will go in a book bin to benefit a school.

10 years ago
Reply to  Old Books

There is an “old book store” in Sudbury on route 20. I can’t remember the name of it, but it’s in a red building. My husband and I bought a few old books there and the owner was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I don’t know if they can offer any insight to what your book is worth, but it might be worth browsing.

Mark Ford
10 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

It’s called “Bearly Read Books” and I agree, it’s a terrific place.

Karen Muggeridge
10 years ago
Reply to  Old Books

I have found the site interesting and useful. You can look up books by the author, title, or USBN #. I have been surprised at the obscure and old books I have found there.You may also try looking at the completed/sold listings on Ebay.
Of course an estimated value is one thing. That amount is never realized until an item actually is sold. There are many places that accept book donations other than schools should you decide to donate. Good luck.

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