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July 15, 2007 to  July 21, 2007

EFFECTIVE JUNE 21, 2007 - VOLUNTARY ODD/EVEN OUTSIDE WATERING BAN
Please conserve water and only perform outside watering based on your house number (i.e. odd numbered houses water on odd numbered days)

 

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Transfer Station

July 11, 2007 - As of July 1, 2007 the Southborough Transfer Station will no longer accept computer monitors and televisions that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs). CRTs are also known as picture tubes.

Computer monitors may be taken to any Staples store, regardless of where you purchased the equipment, for a $10.00 fee.

The Town of Southborough will hold a CRT Collection Day on October 20, 2007. Televisions and computer monitors will be collected for a fee. The fee will be based on age and type of equipment and will be paid direct to the recycling company. A fee schedule will be available prior to the collection day.

It is against State and Federal Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Southborough Transfer Station, to place CRTs IN THE REFUSE HOPPER.

July 21, 2007 - Although it looks as if the Town of Southborough is a busy place to live and work and can be a commuters nightmare at times when the roads lock up from accidents or snow, there is still a rural side to the town. Often we hear of deer and vehicle collisions on almost any road in Southborough. But did you know that there are still horses in town? Many are ridden by our younger citizens and drivers should obey the rules of the road when approaching a horse and rider on the side of the road. Hitting a horse would most likely have a worse result than hitting a deer. They are larger, the size of a moose or taller. They weigh a lot more. Ponies weigh about 500 pounds but a horse is normally 900 to 1500 pounds depending on the breed. They are taller, if you are in a small car, motorcycle or a convertible the likely hood of it falling on top of you if you strike it are much higher than hitting a deer. If you don’t know much about horses, I can tell you that they are considered a prey animal so their instincts when frightened are to fight or flight. You never know what might spook them. A dog running out at the animal, a child screaming in delight that they see a horse, a lawn mower start up and backfire and even a tarp blowing in the wind could cause the horse to shy away and move into the street in the path of oncoming vehicles.

Horse riders must obey the rules of the road as they ride. They must stop before entering a road or intersection, they need to ride in single file with the flow of traffic if safe to do so. It is their responsibility to give hand signals to oncoming traffic if they anticipate problems with their horse on the vehicle passing. For the driver they have a bit more responsibility and it’s the law. There are fines for not following the rules of the road when it comes to approaching or passing a horse.

Chapter 90: Section 14. Precautions for safety of other travelers

Section 14. Every person operating a motor vehicle shall bring the vehicle and the motor propelling it immediately to a stop when approaching a cow, horse or other draft animal being led, ridden or driven, if such animal appears to be frightened and if the person in charge thereof shall signal so to do; and, if traveling in the opposite direction to that in which such animal is proceeding, said vehicle shall remain stationary so long as may be reasonable to allow such animal to pass; or, if traveling in the same direction, the person operating shall use reasonable caution in thereafter passing such animal.

If you travel through other towns such as Hopkinton, Upton, Sherborn, Medway or more rural towns you should definitely expect to see horses on the road but remember they are on Southborough’s roads as well. Maybe not as many as in years past but they are still around. So be careful when you drive.

A Great Blue Heron lifts off

          July 20, 2007 - This Great Blue Heron was sitting atop the lights at the Neary Ice Skating rink today.

SHOPC

July 20, 2007 - Last night the Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee held their second Chapter 40 B plan meeting in just four days. Tonight, they heard from Avalon Bay and local developer Kevin Giblin. They propose to build a 240 unit mixed rental apartments on the South side of Route 9 on the Flately property. The project would consist of four smaller units three stories high that would hold 29 apartments in each building totaling 116 total. In the larger four story building will be 124 units that would be accessed via elevators and have inside garage parking. They expect to have the apartments 35% one bedroom, 55% two bedroom and 10% one bedroom.

Although Avalon Bay showed plan B at the recent Selectmen’s meeting they came to this meeting with a plan C that is basically the same as Plan B but with improvements in parking for guests, a few modifications to the four story building and changes to their entrance way that included more green space and a double barrel entrance/exit. Outside green spaces were expanded to include a pool and courtyard.

Plans call to eventually have a connector road that would be eventually built and owned by Avalon Bay but with Flately retaining an easement. This egress would be more beneficial to the renters and emergency personnel. Concerns were raised about the speed that emergency vehicles could respond to the area with and without this road. Issues were also brought up about potential school bus stops. Mr. Giblin said that they will embrace all studies that are required by the town and the state in regard to the traffic but said he was limited in details because of the unknowns of the four corners of Route 495/Route 9 being developed near the same time.

Questions from SHOPC included the type of septage. That will be a pre-packaged, State approved waste water treatment plant with a rating of 50,000 Gallons per day and the treated effluent will be recharged through a sub-surface system. Tests for such a system look good according to the latest soil testing on the site. Concerns were once again raised about water issues. Avalon Bay stated that the apartments will be fully sprinkled. Southborough Fire Chief John Mauro said that his department will strongly urge that all buildings be a full 13 compliance system ensuring that even the attic spaces are sprinkled. Questions about on site storage facilities for residents was brought up. There will be a limited supply of storage facilities in the garage and some of the apartment complex. Shopc members asked if Avalon Bay plans on using green construction and energy star appliance. They were open to being more green in their construction.

Other considerations requested by the board were possibility of more open spaces, buffers, walking trail. A discussion about the possibility of reserving some affordable and market rate apartments for local preference and or town employees was tossed around. Mr. Giblin expressed his concerns about the water issue and is willing to talk to all department heads about their concerns about the Avalon Bay project.

In other business, SHOPC wrote up their concerns and requests to be presented to the Southborough Selectmen about the two projects, Trammel Crow Residential Alexan Southborough and the Avalon Bay Community proposal.

Luck o' the Irish

July 19, 2007 -  Looking down from the camera, the photographer spotted a four-leave clover. It's estimated that for every 10,000 3-leaf clovers you can find one 4-leaf clover. Normally clovers are three leaved and Irish tradition is that each leaf stands for hope, faith, love and if you accidentally find a four leaved clover it's good luck. The four-leaf clover is the symbol of the National 4-H Clubs and each leaf means health, heart, hands, head.

The Jean Ivers Memorial

 

July 19, 2007 - Two memorials flank the old barn wall on the West side entrance/exit to the Trottier Middle School. Both are reminders of Jean Ivers a well known teacher that had taught for many years at Woodward and Trottier.  She was very instrumental for the participation of students in the Woodward and Trottier volunteer programs.

Circle of dirt is all that remains

July 19, 2007 - A circle of dirt replaces where the Delarda house once stood on Central Street in the Fayville Section of town.  Town meeting okayed the demolition of the house earlier.  Fayville Hall stands tall just to the South of the Delarda House location.  Fayville Hall has been going through several improvements to bring it up to date.

SOUTHBOROUGH HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE

(SHOPC)

Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Fire Station Meeting Room

AGENDA

6:30 PM Approval of Minutes of 7/16/07

Prepare report for the Selectmen on Alexan Park Central 40B

General business update

7:00 PM Presentation of 40B proposal by Avalon Southborough

8:30 PM Adjourn

Upcoming Meetings:

> Date TBD for next SHOPC meeting

For Future Consideration

> Establish list of local buyers for affordable units

> Investigate qualifying accessory apartments as low income units

Cooking the chicken

July 18, 2007 - The caterer at yesterday's Senior Center BBQ, makes sure that there is enough chicken for all.  The event was sponsored by the Southborough Police Association and was very well attended by Southborough's Seniors.

Introduction to a Southborough News Advertiser

July 18, 2007 - Looking to move up or purchase in town? Check out Southborough News advertiser Lorraine Estella from Realty Executives. Lorraine Estella is one of Metrowest’s most experienced Realtors, serving her client’s needs for over 18 years. Throughout Metrowest and beyond she has assisted her buyers and sellers in achieving their goals since obtaining her real estate license in 1989.

Lorraine grew up in nearby Natick, Ma. She and her husband Ed fell in love with Southborough, moved here in 1978, and raised their two sons in town. Since becoming a realtor, she has developed an extensive real estate skill set that is leveraged to assist her clients. Lorraine and Ed own and manage multiple rental properties in the area. She has represented area builders in marketing new construction. Lorraine also has extensive experience with active adult communities such as Carriage Hill Estates in Southborough.

Lorraine worked with several residential real estate agencies before joining Realty Executives’ Southborough office with Alan Marks in August of 2006. Alan opened his first office in Framingham in September of 2005. Lorraine highlighted an opportunity for Realty Executives to bring a high level of real estate services to the Southborough community. Alan listened, and took action by opening the second office.

The office is in a fabulous location next to The Red Barn Coffee Shop at the former site of Curtis Garden Center on Rt.9, just west of Rt. 85. The actual street address is 205 Turnpike Rd. After a recent expansion, the office space has come alive with a post & beam look, lots of natural light, and a warm and inviting professional atmosphere.

When asked why people want to make Southborough their home, Lorraine was quick to respond:

“It’s the same reason Ed & I wanted to raise our family here. Terrific quality of life, a great community with a small town atmosphere, a superior school system, and excellent access as a New England crossroad. Southborough is blessed with a central location, sitting at the confluence of The Mass Pike, Rt. 495, Rt. 9, Rt 30, Rt 20, & Rt 85. It’s an excellent commuter location for any direction.”

For those that prefer not to drive, the MBTA has a commuter rail stop in Southborough. This allows access via Amtrak connections to Logan Airport in Boston, or TF Green in Providence through Worcester.

It’s hard to beat Southborough as a wonderful home town to settle in. And it’s hard to beat Lorraine Estella as a premier real estate agent living in, working in, and serving our community’s real estate needs! If you’re in the market to buy or sell a property, stop by the Realty Executives office, or give her a call. Lorraine Estella

 

July 18, 2007 - Looking like suction cups for fingers, this tree frog attempts to climb out of a used white paint bucket.  The frog was very tiny as can be attested by the seed that he is climbing by.  I believe he is a Gray tree frog as they come in a variety of colors and skin smoothness.

Flowers to brighten a rainy day

July 18, 2007 - These yellow flowers can substitute for the lack of sun today.

A Family Affair

July 17, 2007 - Mrs. Mattioli is escorted to the Senior BBQ sponsored by the Southborough Police Association, by her two sons also Police officers with Southborough.  Ron, on the left, is a reserve police officer while Rick is the Southborough Police Department Administrative Assistant to the Chief.  The Mattiolis have had a long affair with the Southborough Police Department that included their Uncle Frank who was a former Southborough Police Chief and their dad, Dick who had also been on the Southborough Police Department.

Senior Picnic

July 17, 2007 - Tonight the Southborough Police Association put on dinner for the Seniors in town.  There was plenty of chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream to go around.  A barbershop quartet sang to all the patrons while they ate and everyone had a great time.   For more photos of the BBQ

See the Tiger Roar

July 17, 2007 - A tiger Butterfly rests on flowers at the Breakneck Hill Conservation area.  If you haven't been to the Conservation area in a long time, you will see a change in the landscape.  With the majority of dead and diseased apple trees gone and native grasses replacing them, there are eighty-eight acres of flowers, birds and butterflies awaiting your visit.  So go check it out. It's a nice walk and bring your camera, there is always something to see.

Conservation Commission info

Stormwater and Erosion Control Regulations

Town of Southborough Conservation Commission

 1.0       PURPOSE

The purposes of these Stormwater and Erosion Control Regulations are to:

Protect, maintain and enhance the public health, safety, environment, and general welfare by establishing minimum requirements and procedures to control the adverse effects of increased post-development stormwater runoff, decreased groundwater recharge, and nonpoint source pollution associated with new development and redevelopment, as more specifically addressed in the Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw of the Town of Southborough.

Establish uniform regulations and procedures for conducting the business of the Conservation Commission under its jurisdiction as a Permit Granting Authority for the Southborough Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw.

2.0       AUTHORITY

The Rules and Regulations (Regulations) contained herein have been adopted by the Town of Southborough Conservation Commission (Commission) in accordance with the Town of Southborough Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw (hereinafter “The Bylaw”).

 2.1             Nothing in these Regulations is intended to derogate from or replace the requirements of the Town of Southborough Wetlands Protection Bylaw or any Rules and Regulations adopted thereunder.

 2.2             These Stormwater Regulations may be periodically amended by the Commission in accordance with the Town of Southborough Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw.

3.0       APPLICABILITY

The Stormwater and Erosion Control Bylaw is applicable to all new development and redevelopment, including, but not limited to, site plan applications, subdivision applications, grading applications, land use conversion applications, any activity that will result in an increased amount of stormwater runoff or pollutants flowing from a parcel of land, or any activity that will alter the drainage characteristics of a parcel of land, unless exempt pursuant to the Stormwater & Erosion Control Bylaw.

Any person applying for a Stormwater Management Permit (hereinafter “SMP”) under the Stormwater & Erosion Control Bylaw, whether or not governed by any other federal, state or local Regulations, laws, permits, variances, approvals, or programs, shall comply with the provisions of these Regulations.  An SMP shall be required from the Commission for the following:

3.1       Any activity subject to Major Plan Review (§ 174-10);

3.2       Any activity that will result in soil disturbance of one acre or more, or more than fifty percent (50%) of the parcel or lot, whichever is less;

3.3              Any residential development or redevelopment of five (5) or more acres of land proposed pursuant to “the Subdivision Control Law” G. L. c. 41 sections. 81K to 81GG inclusive, or proposed under a special permit process pursuant to G. L. c. 40A, sec. 9;

3.4              Any activity that will increase the amount of impervious surfaces more than 50% of the area of a parcel or lot, and

3,5       Any activity that will disturb land with 15% or greater slope and where the land disturbance is greater than or equal to 15,000 square feet within the sloped area.  Continued

Recognize this bird?

July 16, 2007 - This bird, pigeon? racing pigeon? has been hanging around a Parkerville Road home and the residents would like to know if this was someone's pet. If it is please contact: editor@southboroughnews.com

SHOPC

July 16, 2007 - At tonight’s SHOPC meeting, Trammell Crow Residential presented its proposed Alexan Southborough conceptual plans. Trammell Crow Residential is a national multifamily full-service company and has been for over 30 years. They are headquarter in Needham, Massachusetts. Their most recent project in Massachusetts is Alexan Pembroke Woods, a 240 unit Rental Apartment complex completed in 2007. They have just received approval for another 144 units of rental apartments for the phase II of Alexan Pembroke Woods.

Their project at Alexan Southborough will consist of 200 luxury rental units and eight townhouses on approximately 25 acres of the Flatley property behind the Red Roof Inn and the Park Central Office building. The drive leading into the property will use the same access and egress. Plans call for 192 units in eight three-story buildings plus 8 town homes. There will be 72 one-bedroom, 124 two-bedrooms and four three-bedroom apartments available. The amenities will include a pool, fitness room, business center, BBQ and picnic area, tennis court and possible walking trails. All units will be rental units that will include balconies, porches or patios, wall to wall carpeting, forced air heating and cooling, brand name appliances and walk in closets. Optional features include gas fireplaces, lofts in upper units, garage parking and storage.

Engineers for Trammell Crow estimate that the project when completed will generate 38,000 to 40,000 gallons per day of waste water that will be treated in an State approved on site waste water treatment plant that is rated for 45,000 GPD. The potable water estimate for drinking and bathing will be 20,000 gallons per day. There will be a storm water management plan that will comply with local and state regulations and the wetlands laws. Estimates are that a 200 unit residential development on the property will create in the AM peak Hour 102 cars and the PM peak hour 128 cars. There will be 355 parking surface spaces and 60 garage parking spaces. On site management and rentals along with rubbish removal, outdoor lighting and snowplowing will be handled by Trammell Crow Residential Management.

There is still a lot of planning and work that must be done. Attorney Phil Jenks is hoping to have a comprehensive permit filed with the ZBA within two to three months. John Connery of Connery Associates hopes to have the fiscal plan ready soon and Residents and the Town have until August 1, 2007 to comment to the MA Housing. The traffic study should be completed within four to five weeks. Since the entrance/exit applies to Route 9 they have to do a bit more study due to Route 9 being a state highway.

Comments should be addressed to:

Nancy Anderson

Manager, Rental Programs and Development

Massachusetts Housing Financing Agency

One Beacon St.

Boston 02108

Please reference the project as: Alexan Southborough

MH # SA-07-005

Tim O’Connor, Managing Director for Trammell Crow Residential, Boston who presented the plans to SHOPC hopes to hear back from the MA Housing agency in a little more than thirty days. Mr. O’connor said he expects to hold exclusive meetings with the neighborhood to hear concerns about the project. They will also return to SHOPC before filing with the ZBA.

SOUTHBOROUGH HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE

(SHOPC)

Monday, July 16, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Fire Station Meeting Room

AGENDA

6:30 PM Approval of Minutes: 4/24/07, 6/20/07, and 6/26/07

General business update

7:00 PM Trammell Crow presentation of Alexan Park Central 40B proposal

8:30 PM Adjourn

Upcoming Meetings:

> Next SHOPC meeting on 7/19 at 6:30 PM with presentation of Avalon

Southborough 40B proposal at 7:00PM

For Future Consideration

> Establish list of local buyers for affordable units

> Investigate qualifying accessory apartments as low income units

Southborough meetings July 16 - 20, 2007

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Master Plan committee

7/16

7:00  PM

Hearing Room, Southborough Townhouse

 SHOPC 7/16 6:30 PM   Fire Department Meeting room

Municipal Facility committee

7/17

6:30 PM

Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall

Housing authority

7/18

7:30 PM

Colonial Gardens Meeting room

 SHOPC 7/19 6:30 PM   Fire Department Meeting room

 

July 16, 2007 - Work continues on Rte 85 near the causeway by DCR employees and contractors to make way for a hovercraft launch site for emergency operations.

Breakneck Hill Conservation Area

July 16, 2007 - There are wildflowers and hundreds of birds currently at the Breakneck Hill Conservation area.

Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday  16 Tuesday  17 Wednesday  18 Thursday  19 Friday  20
No Health clinic 9:00 AM Cribbage 11:30 cooking for one steamy crock pot done easy 8:30 AM Health Clinic 10:00 AM Mahjongg Independent
      9:30 AM Mah Jongg independent  
12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch
  12:30 PM Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 12:30 PM Pitch  
  1:00 PM Bridge   1:00 PM Bridge  
  4:00 PM Party: SPA salutes Seniors   1:00 PM Living with Loss Group  

 

This refurbished police cruiser is Southborough Police Sergeant Tim Slatkavitz's personal vehicle that he has been refurbishing.

 

 

Police Log

Wed 7/11/2007

Patrol checks, summons and warrants

23:13 MVStop Boston and Framingham Roads

22.32 MVStop Turnpike Road

21.13 MVStop Turnpike and Oak Hill Road

21:01 MVStop Turnpike Road

20:50 Main Street and Wyndermere ACO MV hit animal

18:33 Southville Road, reporting party in station with problem Exchange host program

18:21 911 accidental Turnpike Road

17:47 Neighbor Dispute Moulton Road

17:39 lost cell phone

16:21 Traffic Complaint Main and Johnson

15:50 Medical East Main Street

14:54 Flagg Road Threats

14:41 Medical Main Street

13:17 River street and Southville Roads, assist with glass cleanup

12:47 Residential Alarm Carriage Hill

10:45 found wallet Mt. Vickery Road

10:13 Harassing phone calls Cross Street

09:38 MVStop Framingham and Marlborough Roads

08:51 MVA River Street and Southville Road

08:22 ACO Cordaville Road Loose dog

07:59 ACO Wandering golden Lab dog Cordaville Road

06:43 speeding Middle Road and Main Street

06:29 Traffic enforcement Middle and Main

06:25 ACO dead raccoon Cordaville Road  For more police Log click here

Take my photo

July 15, 2007- This fish seems to be looking right at the camera for its photo to be taken.

Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day is this Wednesday

Motorcycle and scooter riders' 16th annual commuting day is Wednesday, July 18th. Participation in the yearly demonstration is estimated to triple the number of riders on the road. Motorcycle and scooter groups and organizations actively encourage riders to commute by cycle on this day. On Ride to Work Day, motorcycle and scooter commuters seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation and increased public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.

Adding more motorcycles and scooters to everyone's daily commute makes urban parking easier and traffic flow better, according to Ride to Work, a non-profit advocacy organization. Studies have also shown that across the same distances, motorcyclists reach their destinations faster than those using automobiles. Many motorcycles and scooters also consume less resources per mile than automobiles. "Riding to work on this day is fun and shows the positive value of motorcycling. For many people, riding is a socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits," stated Andy Goldfine, this year's event organizer. Check the logo for more info.

Lazy Hazy days of Summer

July 15, 2007 - Even the cows find it hot and seek coolness in the water.