Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Mansfield sees businesses come and go all the time. Tell us which ones you were sad to see go in the comments section below.
Mansfield has seen many businesses come and go this year, but which do you miss the most? Over the last year, Mansfield said goodbye to Borders Books, Mangia Bene, Friendly's Express and Bertucci's. While new buildings are going up with space available for retail, such as the new apartments on Rumford Avenue, many businesses have moved to other locations like Ken Picciandra, who used to run the Hair Cottage and moved to a spot at Stan's Barbershop. And as our Visions for Vacancies feature shows, there are still plenty of empty storefronts in the town, mostly in downtown. TELL US: What Mansfield business(es) were you sad to see close in 2012? Which were your all-time favorites? Share with us in the comments section below.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Snow emergency parking bans going into effect Dec. 1.
Effective Dec. 1, Mansfield's winter parking ban will go into effect. There will be no parking allowed in the Mansfield Downtown Business District during a snow emergency. A snow emergency will be announced by the town when such a case arises. Just because it's snowing does not necessarily mean a snow emergency. Check back with Mansfield Patch for more information when the situation arises. Downtown business district is defined as: Rumford Avenue to Hope Street; South Common to North Common. In case of snow emergency, all vehicles not removed from roadways will be subject to ticketing and towing. Any vehicles parked on any street or highway within the town limits during snow removal shall be towed at the expense of the owner.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The following is a summary of items discussed at the Sept. 12, 2012 Mansfield Board of Selectmen's meeting.
The Mansfield Police Department performed an induction ceremony for three new officers (Mark Lennore absent on vacation) and the promotion to sergeant of another. Christopher Walsh and David Kerr were inducted as new recruits and David Sennott returned to duty after a serious back injury. Officer Roy Bain was also promoted to a full sergeant position after being an active sergeant for a few months. The Cocmast Cable Company sent a letter stating that the channel WGBX HD will be switching from channel 818 to 801. Recently appointed Finance Committee member Jim Regazzo sent a letter to selectmen stating that he can no longer serve on the committee and the Planning Board. Mansfield Town Manager William Ross said that Mansfield is currently …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Owner Kenny DeFazio takes traditions from Italy and brings it the Mansfield downtown with Trattoria della Nonna.
Mansfield’s Trattoria Della Nonna’s owners Kenny DeFazio and his wife Yvonne opened up shop in Mansfield almost 12 years ago, and they it’s never been better. DeFazio said that he first started cooking with his grandmother in Iowa when he was five or six years old. Trattoria Della Nonna, literally translated means “grandma’s kitchen,” and DeFazio said he drew his inspiration from his grandmother. “My grandparents are from Italy and her food was unbelievable,” he said. “I developed my palate from her.” DeFazio said that he began helping his grandmother in the kitchen every Sunday when he could. At least 40 or 50 family members would come over every week to share in her cooking. “In 1985, there was a family reunion for my grandmother and my …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
When is the commuting traffic too much to bear in Mansfield?
The Winthrop Street parking lot in Mansfield is a place of utter chaos during rush hour. Actually, any interval that the train comes in to drop off or pick up commuters makes the entire area almost unreachable to other traffic. Commuters have been a popular issue with downtown parking plans and issues. Plans are in the works to create better parking options, but they are long-term solutions that are very far away from becoming reality. But when is the worst time to try to get to through that area? Is it rush hour, in the morning or later in the evening?
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Residents voice concerns about the possibility of a downtown parking area.
Downtown residents and business owners have been frustrated for years with the lack of on-street parking in the downtown commercial district, and furious with commuters who stash their vehicles in the morning on one of the many North Main area streets or in business parking lots, and then run for the train. Despite an active ticketing and towing program, the problems continue. Wednesday, a subcommittee of residents and business owners that has been meeting for months submitted a list of recommendations that include issuing new mirror-hanger placards to residents and strictly enforcing a parking plan. The parking plan awaits acceptance by selectmen before it can be put into action, but if Wednesday's airing is any indication, the community …