Autos Whirled Around Milford and Hopedale

Ten Thousand People Crowded Main Street
Last Evening to Witness
The First Event of Kind
Ever Held Here

Milford Daily News - August 5, 1904

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Hopedale in August 2019

Ezine for August - Town Park Bandstand, Etc   

Hopedale in July 2019             Hopedale in August 2018   

Milford News articles on eminent domain issue   

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North side of Cemetery Street, looking east.

North side of Cemetery Street, looking west.

South side of Cemetery Street, looking east.

South side of Cemetery Street, looking west.

Formerly 16-18 Union Street.

    Here are a couple of things we saw on a recent walk in the
    Parklands. I had thought Indian pipe (aka ghost pipe) was a
    fungus, but when I looked for info on it online, I found a couple
    of sites, including Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month, that say it
    isn't. Strangely enough, it's in the blueberry family. (A search
    for a recipe for Indian pipe pie was unsuccessful.)Tom put it
    on his fungus page to let people know it isn't a fungus. Click
    on the link to his page if you're itching to learn more about it.

    Since marijuana is becoming more common than ever, here is some
    etiquette to keep in mind for your next family gathering. This is from a book
    (Higher Etiquette) by Lizzie Post, great-great granddaughter of Emily.

    Continuing from last month with more
    words and terms that were new in 1969.

Above and below - from the town website.

Click here for the Board of Health page with
more trash and recycling information.

Click here to read about the Green Store.
You deserve better photos than I've been taking
for these pages. I'm going to start saving
returnable cans so I can buy one of these.

Depot Street Tavern, Milford
The President and the Governor. Photo taken by Post photographer on Governor Draper's lawn last evening just
after President Taft had arrived.

    The former glass plant in Milford
    getting a new look for a new use.

    And she shows you where to look
    Among the garbage and the flowers
    There are heroes in the seaweed
    There are children in the morning.

    He was cleaning out the fridge...and WOW.  He found his bowling shoes
    that were lost for more than a decade!!!!

    Bowling shoes lost in the fridge for more than a decade??? Who?
    Where? Click here to find out.

    This is the future HHS Class of 1962 at Park Street School taken when they
    were in the third grade. Thanks to Dick Earle and Paul Butcher for it. Click
    here to see more pictures of the class, and to see the names for this one.
    There are two more pictures from Paul that were just added - the Class of
    1962 when in second and third grades at Chapel Street School.

Whitinsville - Click here to see more.

    Beyond Full - the new restaurant at the town hall. See further down this page
    for the menu.. Click here to go to Wicked Local article on Beyond Full.

    Hopedale Street, August 5, from in
    front of the library, looking north.

Woodstock - August 1969

Click here for White Rabbit by Jefferson
Airplane at Woodstock.

Hopedale Street - August 6.

    One pill makes you larger
    And one pill makes you small
    And the ones that mother gives you
    Don't do anything at all

    Go ask Alice
    When she's ten feet tall
    And if you go chasing rabbits
    And you know you're going to fall

    Tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar
    Has given you the call

    Make Way for Ducklings. Left, photo
    taken by DJ Malloy in Boston.

    Right- Painted by Elaine Malloy in the
    program room at the Bancroft Library.

    This bad news/good news is for any big spenders
    who might be browsing this page.

Grading the trackbed near the Sacred Heart parking lot - August 10.

Paper recycling site, Australia.

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Since China stopped accepting much of the world’s recyclable waste last year, many
    countries have been faced with the challenge of how to deal with their own trash.

    In some places, plastic, paper and other scraps have been put in landfills or stockpiled, and fires at recycling
    centers have underlined the environmental risks. In other places, new fees have passed the increased cost of
    dealing with these materials on to consumers.

    Policy experts say that reducing initial consumption of materials is essential. But Australia’s commitment also
    involves developing new approaches to recycling that, if scaled up, might one day change where your takeout
    containers and coffee cups end up.

    Sixteen miles north of Melbourne, there is a road paved with the equivalent of 200,000 plastic bags, 63,000
    glass bottles and waste toner from 4,500 printer cartridges. It is the first road in the world made of Reconophalt,
    a combination of recycled materials and asphalt. The new material is “a dumping ground for plastics,” said
    Peter Tamblyn, a spokesman for Close the Loop, the company that developed the material.

    So far, hundreds of miles of roads using Reconophalt have been laid around Australia, and trials are taking
    place in the United States and Britain. Factories that reprocess materials like plastic, glass and paper are
    usually large, expensive operations that produce one or a few recycled products.

    But researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney are exploring the possibility of “microfactories”:
    small, modular machines that can be used together in various combinations to create new materials. The
    system is designed to “decentralize” recycling, said Veena Sahajwalla, the director of the university’s Center for
    Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, who leads the project. “There’s more than enough waste
    available,” she added, “and there’s more than enough demand.” The New York Times, Aug 12, 2019 - Click
    here for the rest of the article.

    I've been adding walnuts and slivered almonds to my breakfast cereal for
    years, but with this bit of nutritional advice it looks like I'd do better to chop
    up sardines and put them on the Cheerios and oatmeal.

    Click here to see the Milford News article on this. It's near the
    bottom of a page of other articles on the revitalization proposal.

    Here's an MDN article about Hopedale selectmen
    considering changing the Board of Selectmen name to
    Select Board. 1986, the year of the town's centennial,
    was the year when the voters first elected a woman,
    Annette Lawson, to the Board of Selectmen.

Annette Lawson

Click here to go to the MDN article on this.

    Here are a few Amazon van drivers gathered at the start of their workday, at the smaller of two Amazon lots in
    Milford. This one is next to Big Y. Below is part of an article on Amazon vans and lots from Wicked Local - Milford.

    MILFORD – Drivers might see more Amazon vans in town, after local officials approved a parking lot expected to
    hold more than 400 vehicles associated with the online giant.

    “Traffic is bad enough as it is, the way I see it,” resident Stephen Vanderbeek told the Planning Board, before the
    lot was approved last week. “It just doesn’t seem like it’s the right thing.”

    Just north of the Interstate 495 Exit 19 ramps on Rte. 109, the proposed lot sits on 12.56 acres and backs onto a
    bicycle path and a small neighborhood. Originally planned to hold two commercial buildings, Platinum Way is
    owned by Paulini Loam, LLC, which is managed by local developers Howard Fafard and Richard Terrill.

    It will hold 481 parking spaces, 420 of which will go to Amazon. Nothing else is approved for the space except for
    a small storage building and greenery meant to shield neighbors from the noise and light.

    This will be the third location in town where Amazon vans will congregate. The company operates a warehouse
    off Industrial Drive, where trucks, vans, and smaller cars pick up packages for delivery, and about 500 spaces
    are devoted to Amazon contractors in the Quarry Square Shopping Center.

    Last spring, Bernie Stock, who was instrumental in establishing the
    Bill Gannett garden/bench at the Hopedale Community House,
    ordered some loam from Walter Swift for the garden. The loam was
    delivered, spread, and flowers were planted. By early summer a plant
    appeared that was not one of the flowers that had been planted. It
    was decided to let it grow and see what it was.  As the summer
    progressed it was recognized as being in the squash or pumpkin
    family. From the pictures, you can now tell what it is.

    The G&U Hopedale yard, August 23. I didn't peek in to see what's inside
    those containers, but the name on them is Heritage Waste Solutions.
    Here'a a link to a page on their site in case you're curious.

    Cars on G&U tracks near Route 16.

    MBTX is a designation used by the
    MBTA for their maintenance equipment.

    Click here to see more of the G&U in
    Hopedale this month.

Mowing the lawn

    Here are a few photos from a party for Dave Meade for his
    70th birthday. That's Dave in the Captain America shirt.
    Among many other things, musical and otherwise, Dave
    was the manager for Aerosmith in their early days. He has
    many great memories of the rock bands of Milford and
    Hopedale in the '60s and '70s. Click here to go to them,

    This photo was taken in the Senior Center at the Community House,
    where the Council on Aging held a party for Hopedale residents who
    are 90 or older. Memories related by three of them are on this site:
    Betty Henneberry (front row, right) growing up in South Hopedale, Pat
    Johnson (seated next to Betty) growing up in Hopedale in the 1940s
    and 1950s) and Len Baird (back row, 4th from right) growing up in
    Newfoundland, and coming to Hopedale when in his 20s.

    Rent-a-goats hard at work near the Little Red Shop. The
    pictures were taken on Friday, August 30. When I went
    by on Saturday I saw that goats work weekends, too.
    One person said they were getting time-and-a-half. I
    think maybe it's vine-and-a-half.