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About Town for January 28, 2011

Posted: Nancy J Conrad

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Imagine the surprise!  A tight turn, a large dump truck, Riley Brothers doing trench work for NStar and suddenly a street light topples into a neighbor's front window. 

Andre Monteiro lives in the first floor at 14 field Street in Upham's Corner.  He had just left to drop off a friend at work and was returning home.  "I didn't know anyone was going to be working in my driveway," he thought as he pulled up and saw the caution tape without noticing the toppled light.  He approached the work crew.  "Nobody got hurt," he was told.  "Got hurt?" he thought.  That's when he noticed the light.

"When I realized what had happened, I was really surprised and couldn't believe it."   Inside he found additional damage: "Apparently the street light hit the satellite dish on the way down.  The molding around the window is loose and there's a crack in the wall where the dish is mounted." 

"Well, this is an interesting way to start the New Year.  So what are you going to do now?" we asked.  "The owner (of Riley Brothers) said he is willing to pay for the damage."  With that Andre returned to his online video game, and we bid adieu.

Quincefield Accident Quincefield Accident
Quincefield Accident Quincefield Accident
Sunday, January 9, 2011

We understand that businesses in Upham's Corner are giving high marks to the Safe Street Team.  There are two scenarios. 
  1. First is help in overcoming a persistent problem. 
  2. Second is help dealing with a potential emergency. 
According to our sources, the SST response has been excellent.  One business manager was praised for recognizing a problematic situation and calling on the Safe Street Team immediately.  Indirectly, the praise falls on both parties, one for recognizing the problem and the second for their response.  In another case the Safe Street Team has been working with the business manager to implement a strategy and this is ongoing.

Sgt. Tommy Brooks enourages you to work with the SST proactively.  Always call 911 but consider having an ongoing conversation with the Sergeant as well.  Email:  BrooksT.bpd@ci.boston.ma.us   Cell Phone:  617-593-5882

The new hearing date scheduled for Cataloni's on the non-use of their license was January 12, 2011 but that day it snowed and all hearings were cancelled.

The next day, January 13, 2011, the Hearing Board took a vote to give A&R Enterprises 90 days to file a transfer.  This amounts to a sale of their license and a buyer should not be too hard to find.

In response to the vandalism in September when a rock was thrown through their front window, H&R Block installed interior metal curtains - three of them, one for each side and one for the door area.  What's really nice about this approach is that it gives less of a "prison" look to the business than do the steel grates, leaving the inside of the business visible during off hours.

Article on vandalism in September 2010

HR Block Security Curtain Installed

Security curtain as viewed from the inside.
HR Block Security Curtain Installed

Security curtain as viewed from the outside.

The Branch Manager of Citizens Bank is responsible for assessing property conditions and making recommendations for improvements.  He passed on to "corporate" that the parking lot to the left side of its building and behind Upham's House needed repair, repainting and new signs.  Twenty (20) Citizens Bank employees park back there (25 spaces). 

On 11/3/2010 the top layer of asphalt was scraped off the surface creating a good surface for bonding to the new top layer that was to be applied later on 11/15/2010. 
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair
Citizens Bank Parking Lot Repair

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