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“Morals activity” on Route 3

Burlington MA drug bust 1973

But that’s nothing compared to the criminally high phone bill at Town Hall.

But never mind that. Burlington is in danger of becoming . . . another Pinehurst!

So the Towne House restaurant (now Bickford’s) got a liquor license even though it was violating the town’s new ban on free-standing signs.

Towne House Burlington MA

But that’s nothing compared to the criminally low prices for area real estate.

We’re getting a new shopping plaza called Colonial Park Village at 279 Cambridge Street, thanks to  RJ Kelly, a penniless Woburn boy who turned his knack for engineering and his business savvy into a commercial real estate empire.

New mobility for Burlington elders.

What should we call the new middle school? The votes are in, and here are the finalists:

  • Joseph G. Nolan Middle School — He moved to 101 Cambridge Street in 1949, sat on the Finance Committee for nine years, was appointed executive secretary of the Board of Selectmen in 1961 and served until death.
  • John F. Kennedy Middle School — The youngest president in US history (age 43).
  • Vincent Reynolds Middle School — A Navy veteran of WII, worked for the school system and participated in the American Legion.
  • Maude S. Graham Middle School — Town clerk from 1934 to 1969. Her family operated a huge farm on Stony Brook Road.
  • Marshall Simonds Middle School — Born in Burlington, he bought the farm of George Bennett in the center of Burlington, then willed that property to the town on condition that it be used as a public park. Also left $62,000 for upkeep. And so Simonds Park was born in 1906.

In the end, it was named after ol’ Marshall. That’s him on the left.

Birth of Simonds Park 1906, Burlington MA

Marshall Simonds closeup

Marshall Simonds story

Boston Escort Service, eh? Hmm. The parent company had a coy name: “PMP Associates Inc.” One  of  PMP’s  officers,  Gerald  Coviello,  lived in  Burlington. The  Boston  Globe  refused to  run  the  company’s  ads.  The  company sued,  but  the  judge  dismissed  it on grounds that newspapers are free to reject  any  materials  they want  to.  Burlington  papers  had  no qualms  about  running  an  ad  that  used  Boston  Escort  Service  as  a prize  in  a contest.



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