Showing posts with label spruce pond. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spruce pond. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, Feb 16 for Madalene Village


DATE: Feb. 14, 2017

TO: Mr. Bruce Hunchard, Chairman
Franklin Zoning Board of Appeals

FROM: George Russell, AICP
Conservation Agent

RE: Comprehensive Permit Application, Madalene Village
21 Peck-180 Cottage Streets

I have read the minutes of the Board concerning the above project.

Neither my office nor the Conservation Commission members have been contacted by the applicant concerning this project. Further, until a formal application is presented to the Commission, no comments over and above what have been transmitted to the Board by my office can be made without prejudicing the Commission on an application upon which they must decide. The minutes of 11/17/16 state:
. . . ConComm doesn’t want anything to do with it until they file. Mark: I always take the position that, if someone requests a waiver from a local ConComm rule, we ought to get what the ConComm thinks. Chairman: Their agent responded that they didn’t want to look at it until they file. . . .
Although these minutes have been accepted, I need to go on record that my office has repeatedly indicated that the applicant should be discussing this project with my office. I in fact do “ . . . want to look . . .” just as would happen at a tech review meeting. What must be avoided is compromising the Commission from taking a position before the application is filed.

It is still my opinion that at least some preliminary discussions on the project concerning the wetlands issues are warranted and should have already taken place and that the waiver of the local wetlands by-law is not in the best interests of the Town.

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Letter From Conservation Commission
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0wjbnXDBhczajZ2YWZESXJGUjlFUUZteUZSUkMtSE92a25j

Flyer
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0wjbnXDBhczdzktaHRvYlI3U1RFWENFM1B0bHU5ZnUwTTgw

Town Engineer letter
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczREF1UFJEN0s4Z191bUtXdFlkZ1lfWUxTdXpj/view?usp=sharing

Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development
Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SAVE SPRUCE POND BROOK

SAVE SPRUCE POND BROOK! 

STOP MADALENE VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT 

ATTEND THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEETING AND BE HEARD

OCTOBER 20, 2016 7:30 PM

There are three attachments for this post. 

  1. a flyer calling for attendance at the ZBA meeting.
  2. the plans for the development
  3. the letter from the developer

sign in the Peck St, Wachusett St and Cottage St neighborhood of the proposed development
one of several signs in the Peck St, Wachusett St, and Cottage St neighborhood of the proposed development










Monday, July 11, 2016

Madalene Village - proposal revised

The proposal for Madalene Village has been modified and is scheduled for the next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Thursday, July 14.

The updated diagram showing the revised proposal can be viewed here
(shared by members of the Facebook group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/savesprucepondbrook/)

The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting agenda for July 14
http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_ZBAAgendas/Agendas%202016/07-14-16%20ZBA%20Meeting.pdf




sign from one of the neighbors
sign from one of the neighbors

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Not a clean cut

In addition to the herbicide spraying to reduce the weeds along the roadway, someone (DPW?) cut back the shrubbery along the railing on King St by Spruce Pond. It improves the view some what. The shrubbery was not cleanly cut.

shrubs cut back along Spruce Pond
shrubs cut back along Spruce Pond

view 2 - shrubs cut back along Spruce Pond
view 2 - shrubs cut back along Spruce Pond

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Herbicide - before and after

As noted during June, the herbicide spraying was going to happen. On my regular walks I managed to capture a before and after sequence on King St by Spruce Pond.

Before - weeds growing happily
Before - weeds growing happily

After - weeds drying up
After - weeds drying up

The notification on the herbicide spraying was posted here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/herbicide-spraying-to-begin.html

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spruce Pond - Franklin Flatbread - Spruce Pond Creamery

Saturday's walk provided some good photos

Spruce Pond - lily pad reflections
Spruce Pond - lily pad reflections

Franklin Flatbread and Spruce Pond Creamery
Franklin Flatbread and Spruce Pond Creamery
This is the time of year that the line for ice cream gets long in the evenings.

Check out their website to preview the organic food menu they serve.  http://www.franklinpizza.com/

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spruce Pond - two views

Walking Sunday, I found my way to the inside of Spruce Pond to take this photo looking towards King St

reflections on Spruce Pond
reflections on Spruce Pond

The view from King St was able to capture a more dramatic view of the clouds in the sky.

reflections on Spruce Pond
reflections on Spruce Pond
The Spruce Pond Creamery can be seen in the distance in the second view.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

"Each pizza box is a mural"


Spruce Pond Creamery owner Marc Bluestein recently commissioned a Franklin High art class to create an exhibit that would fit at his flatbread pizza restaurant and ice cream parlor. 
Robin Katz’s painting and printmaking class was up to the challenge: With paint and pizza boxes as palettes, the students created murals inspired by the restaurant’s menu. 
"Part of the fun was they weren’t just doing something for our classroom, but the community as well," said Katz. "You should always experience learning outside of the classroom; it makes it more meaningful and relevant."
See more at: http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140215/NEWS/140217108/1994/NEWS#sthash.Wo4T6JJg.dpuf


Spruce Pond Creamery as seen from across the pond
Spruce Pond Creamery as seen from across the pond

Friday, August 13, 2010

Spruce Pond Creamery - sign question answered

I slipped in a small trivia question to check on the observational skills of the Franklin Matters readers. The answer to the Spruce Pond sign question is shown below and on the original posting earlier this week.


Updated 8/13/10:

The answer to the question is that the sign is the "old" one and not the one showing today:


This picture was taken on an overcast day in June. The picture above shows the sign in April before Spruce Pond updated it to show that they can now server beer and wine.


Franklin, MA

Monday, August 9, 2010

ice cream as 'a treat that's refreshing and new'

At Spruce Pond Creamery's takeout window, Kenneth Josephson ordered two scoops of maple walnut ice cream, the only flavor he's tried for many years.
"I liked maple walnut when I was young. I still like it," said the retired engineer. "If you like something, why change it?"
That might surprise Marc Bluestein, who opened the combination ice cream parlor and organic pizzeria at 370 King St. in Franklin 11 years ago with his brother Gary.
They've prospered by adapting to new nutritional trends by serving a diverse and healthy menu featuring organic pizza and organic beer and all natural ice cream, which they make on site.
While many ice cream parlors are small specially shops located in a plaza or squeezed between bigger buildings, Spruce Pond Creamery is spacious and has a country ambience with a rear balcony overlooking its namesake pond.
"The only thing I don't have is a pasture with cows," said Bluestein, who has owned two other restaurants in Rhode Island and also worked many years in finance and administration.
The creamery serves about 50 flavors of all-natural homemade ice cream as well as "no fat, no sugar" soft serve yogurt and several varieties of sorbet.
Read more about other ice cream places in the area in the Milford Daily News here:
http://www.milforddailynews.com/features/x1179101574/Sweet-Treat-Ice-cream-shops-help-beat-the-summer-heat


Trivia question: Something is wrong with this sign, can you tell what it is?

Updated 8/13/10:

The answer to the question is that the sign is the "old" one and not the one showing today:


This picture was taken on an overcast day in June. The picture above shows the sign in April before Spruce Pond updated it to show that they can now server beer and wine.


Franklin, MA

Friday, June 25, 2010

Spruce Pond Creamery

It is a family tradition to walk to the local ice cream parlor at the end of the school year for a supper of ice cream.


The local choice for us is the Spruce Pond Creamery on King St in Franklin, MA. The sign was recently re-freshed to include the fact that they now offer beer and wine in the restaurant. Their flatbread sandwiches and pizza are very good. Adding the beer and wine option for the accompaniment is good.

Their ice cream take out windows are where we headed on Tuesday.

Ice cream for supper? Why not?

A banana split provides multiple food groups (dairy, nuts, and fruit) with more than enough calories for a meal.


It was good! We only do this at the end of the school year so this is a real treat and not a regular staple of our diet.

What special food treat do you enjoy?


Franklin, MA


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Franklin Flatbread/Spruce Pond Creamery

As the girls were growing up, one of our family traditions was to walk to Spruce Pond Creamery on the last day of school to help celebrate. I've been known to go with a banana split for dinner. It does have multiple food groups, right (fruit, dairy, nuts, chocolate!) :-)



Good food with a quaint pond view setting. Now with a wine and malt license, there is an added incentive to visit for pizza or a panini.

Of course, sitting on the porch with your ice cream is not something you'd do often in winter.


Franklin Flatbread/Spruce Pond Creamery in a green and warmer view:


Stay warm!