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Was it known that Roche Bros would cut down the trees in front of Lord's ; what a shame !! what will be the substitute ? 
A Clark April 30, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Thanks for the info , GM ; it looked so bare without the trees ; I sure am glad they will be replaced!
rd April 30, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Who really cares? I hope most people do. They provide shade in hot summers, provide us with oxygen and prevent carbons from releasing in the atmosphere. Besides those facts they are beautiful and there is nothing better than a tree-lined street. J.P. try educating yourself. I would hope Roche Brothers replace the trees that they cut down. I think the town is completely thoughtless, cutting down perfectly healthy trees. I have never noticed that the sidewalk is buckled due to the trees. GM, I hope that information you gave was factual and not something to keep us pacified.
J P May 01, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Miguel: No need to tell me to educate myself. I have lived in this town for over 34 years, have a beautifully landscaped home with plenty of appropriate trees. Some "tree huggers" , like you, fail to recognize when a tree is overgrown and becomes unattractive, causing damaged to properties, utilities (we sure have our share of power outages to prove that) and also become hazardous to people. This is what GM pointed out was happening at the Roche site. You need to recognized when a tree has reached it useful life stag and remove it. There are so many beautiful homes blocked with over grown trees that were never prunned back and are downright ugly. Roche and the Board of Selectmen did the right thing.
GM May 02, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Richard DeSorgher's most recent email summarizing the results of the Board of Selectmen's meeting has a more detailed explanation of the actions taken in regard to the trees in front of Lord's. My earlier post was correct, but his summary is more precise. RG, it's not really all that curious that the trees were cut down at the same time the sidewalk is being renovated. That's the logical time to do it. Otherwise, you wind up tearing up the renovated sidewalk a couple of years from now in order to deal with the problems the trees are creating as their roots continue to buckle the sidewalk.
CMP May 07, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Richard's e-mail provided an excellent explanation, and even though removing the trees was a difficult step to take, the rationale made perfect sense. The replacement trees (tree lilacs) will be better suited for the site. They are beautiful flowering trees, and a lot of cities are choosing to plant tree lilacs because they're perfect for "streetscapes". We'll all just need to be patient with the interim bareness, but I trust in the end the finished site will look beautiful (and this is coming from someone who is often teased about being a tree hugger :).

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