Talk:Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Feedback on article[edit]

In general, I like this article a lot. I am a bit of a history buff and I thought the section about Marlborough's history was particularly well written. However, there are a couple of minor suggestions that I would make:

  • 'one Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder' sounds affected. I would suggest removing the 'one'
  • 'rarely being pronounced as the four syllable word one might expect to hear'. Perhaps I am being dense but I only hear three syllables when it is full pronounced? Marl - bo - row ??
  • 'Within the city limits of Marlborough are two large lakes, known as Lake Williams and Fort Meadow Reservoir.' again just some minor wordsmithing - this sounds cleaner as 'There are two large lakes in Marlborough: Lake Williams and Fort Meadow Reservoir'. the 'known as' is a little awkward.
  • 'The construction of Interstates 495 and 290 and the Massachusetts Turnpike has enabled Marlborough to begin its third century on the cutting edge of a new industry: high technology and specialized electronics. Today, thousands flock here to work at Fidelity Investments, Raytheon, Compaq, and the many other electronics and computer firms that provide the strong business community in the city. Because of the city's central location with easy access to major highways and the pro-business, pro-development policies of the city government, the population of Marlborough has more than doubled in the last 25 years to over 32,000 at the time of the last census.' This section is a little 'booster-ish' for an encyclopedia. The content is good - just tone down the wording a little.

But having said all of that, I like this article. It gives me, as a non-resident, a sense of the place and a nice snapshot of some interesting history.

I would like to see more sections - perhaps similar to the ones that are laid out in the 'Boston' article which is a featured article. And, yes, some pictures would be good. :-) --LWV Roadrunner 22:01, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Kind of late to reply to that, but:
  • "one Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder" indicates that Mrs. E.S. was not otherwise notable.
  • I can hardly imagine anyone saying "Marrulboro" with a straight face, but I suppose it could happen. Locally, it's pronounced in three or rarely two syllables.
  • The "known as" can be read as alluding to the multiplicity of names for single features in New England. Lake Williams could just as easily be known as Lake William, for example.
  • Boosterish but not over the top so, in my opinion.
__Just plain Bill 16:26, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

Historical Society link(s)[edit]

I just restored the two sub-links added earlier with the edit summary: "Added deeper links to content based on our log files of what people are looking for".

Here's the diff of that. The anon editor did the job neatly, and apparently with some knowledge of what they were doing and why. I can respect that, and anything that gets the reader more easily where they want to go is worth keeping, IMO. __Just plain Bill (talk) 01:37, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

That "ugh" at the end of Marlboro[edit]

Marlborough is often spelled Marlboro, to the bemusement of people "not from around here." Any taxi driver in town can tell you that an out-of-towner is more likely to ask about that than they are to ask where to get scrod (which is not the pluperfect subjunctive of what you might think.) __ Just plain Bill (talk) 23:26, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

I just removed the part of the previous comment that includes a plug for a store. It was obviously spam. I also noted the business and will be sure not to patronize it. Bostoner (talk) 01:41, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
and I just put back some of the allusion to a common New England joke. Spam involves multiple additions of commercial content by someone affiliated with the company. Neither of those applies here, nor does any "obviousness." That wasn't spam, but a bit of local color, such as you might get from any cab driver. Since it seemed to offend you, I will not put it back. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 02:56, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
p.s. Here is a pointer to the reason I added this section to this talk page in the first place. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 03:45, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
("A pluperfect subjunctive"; LMAO Xyl 54 (talk) 14:53, 17 June 2011 (UTC))

Named after?[edit]

The Marlborough, NH. article says that town was named after "Marlborough, Massachusetts, which had been named for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough", but this article says it was named after Marlborough in England. Can I ask, who is right? Xyl 54 (talk) 14:50, 17 June 2011 (UTC)

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Mayor's political party[edit]

I'm just wondering if Wikipedia has an actual standard on adding the mayor's political affiliation. Municipal elections in Massachusetts officially hold no party affiliation, so the ballots do not have any party or Designation attachments.

Here's the list of Parties and Designations in Massachusetts. Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian, America First, American Independent, American Term Limits, Conservative, Constitution, Green Party USA, Interdependent 3rd, Latino-Vote, Massachusetts Independent, Natural Law, New Alliance, New World Council, Pirate, Pizza, Prohibition, Rainbow Coalition, Reform, Socialist, Twelve Visions, Timesizing Not Downsizing, United Independent, Veterans Party America, We The People, Working Families, World Citizens.