Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

Above: Great Blue Heron by the Sudbury Reservoir Trail at Deerfoot Farm (photo by Al Bezanson)

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

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4 years ago

All – I missed the recent town meeting much to my regret. Is there an update on the Park Central residential development and it’s impact on Flagg Rd? The most recent information I’ve been able to gather is around the potential of an expanded office building at Park Central. I have to admit, this topic has been difficult to keep tabs on… makes me nervous.

Lastly, I was just told of a special town meeting to be held on May 22. What’s the backstory to this?

Thanks in advance!

4 years ago

Have you had to renew you driver’s license since the new process has been in effect? What a hassle, particularly for married women.
So here’s the scoop:
You need 3 forms of ID, and your current license does not count (check for what is accepted). If your current name does not match your birth certificate, you will need documentation as to why you had a name change in addition to the 3 accepted documents. It’s impossible to do it online and the wait at the rmv is very long.
I hope this info is helpful and saves my neighbors some time!

Southborough Town Clerk
4 years ago
Reply to  FYI


Thank you for posting that information about the documents needed at the RMW.

I’m writing to provide information on how to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate for anyone married in Massachusetts. We have noticed an increase in requests for certified copies of marriage certificates due to the new driver’s license requirements and also for enrollment in some health insurance plans.

In Massachusetts, marriage certificates are only maintained in the city or town where someone filed a marriage intention and also at the state Registry of Vital Statistics in Dorchester.

If you filed your marriage intention in Southborough, you can order and pay for it online and we’ll mail it to you the next day. ($10 for the copy and a $1 service fee.)

You are always welcome to come to the Town Clerk’s office and we’ll prepare a certified copy of the marriage certificate while you wait. The fee is $10 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy.

If you filed your marriage intention in another Massachusetts town, you must either go to that town or you can order your marriage online from the Registry for $50 per copy at this link and they will send it to you in 2 to 3 weeks.

Regardless of where you obtain the certificate, be aware that the Registry will want to see a certified copy of the certificate with the raised seal.

If you have any questions, please call me.

Jim Hegarty
Southborough Town Clerk
(508) 485-0710 x 3007

Pat D
4 years ago

I was married in Virginia 47 years ago. What do I do? Thanks for your help.

Southborough Town Clerk
4 years ago
Reply to  Pat D

Pat D.,

This link has all the information you’ll need to get a certified copy of your Virginia marriage license:

Jim Hegarty
Southborough Town Clerk
(508) 485-0710 x 3007

Pat D
4 years ago

Thanks so much. Followed your advice and link and was able to print the application and ID requirements.
Your help is much appreciated,

Gary Drake
4 years ago

If anybody uses a debit card at Fitzi’s, beware. Last year they double dipped me multiple times. Store was no help, went thru the bank and did get my money back, quite the hassle tho having to get a new card and all. Thought all was fine when the young man behind the counter was fired. This past month I used the card and again i was hit twice. I like my beer but I’m not gonna buy a 30-pack and go back the next day for another. It’s easy for me, I only purchase beer there at the same price every time. I would assume if you were buying different kinds of product it would be harder to keep track. Just a heads up. Also I see you can pay for commuter parking on their unfinished parking lot, sure hope the town is getting our fair share of taxes on those fees…

4 years ago

Twice in the last 4 months I have observed an 18-wheeler perform a U-turn (unsafely!) on route 9 at the Middle Road break in the Jersey barriers. I state unsafely because both times it blocked oncoming route 9 westbound traffic and once it required the driver to make two attempts to complete the operation.

A couple of days ago, I was astonished to see an 18-wheeler drive out of Middle Road (south of route 9) and proceed to drive across the two eastbound route 9 lanes, through the break in the Jersey barriers and turn left heading west on route 9. This would be a risky operation in a passenger car. For a tractor trailer rig it was outrageous. Traffic in both route 9 directions was affected by this thoughtless maneuver.

Both the U-turn actions and the left hand turn could have been easily avoided by driving about 1/4 mile more easterly on route 9 and utilizing the small cloverleaf at the route 9 and route 85 intersection.

Safety first! I guess they no longer stress that at tractor trailer driving school?

It is dangerous enough that there are uncontrolled (by lights, etc.) breaks in the route 9 Jersey barriers (why is it only Southborough seems to have these?). When trucks like these start using the openings for these kinds of activities, it doesn’t take much to imagine some unfortunate outcome.

Do we really have to wait for fatalities before action is taken?

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