Tim F-W proposes a replacement for Redmen:
... According to the Census Bureau, out of the 32,170 inhabitants of Natick, only 134 claim Native American ancestry. If Natick sports fans want to continue the tradition of having mascots named after tribes, why not reflect the actual composition of the town? I humbly suggest the Natick Palefaces. Surely the good citizens of Natick would recognize that name as one without racial overtones at all.
Natick was founded as an Indian town, complete with its own Town Meeting - Speen Street gets its name from one of the leaders (and the first bible printed in British North America was John Eliot's translation into the Natick language). But even though the Natick Indians mostly sided with the British during King Philip's War (Captain Tom's Hill, now home to Jordan's Furniture, is named for an Indian who spied for the English), the revenge-mad colonial legislature exiled the town to treeless Deer Island, where most of the residents died over that winter.
Guy gets taken in by old TV-on-the-loading-dock scam - or, rather, the old 13-TVs-on-the-loading-dock scam (and he drove all the way up from Connecticut with $9,800).
Around Natick considers the possibility of the Registry moving into the old National Guard land on Speen Street near Rte. 135.
Dave reports from the Natick Collection of Overpriced Clothing that a stern woman with a notebook came up to him as he was taking a photo and admonished him that "taking pictures of the mall is not allowed."
What's Natick Mall management hiding? Could it be they don't want you to learn their dark secrets, like that they haven't fully unraveled the yarn that's supposed to be holding up the ceiling?
Dare I admit it? We actually went to the Natick Mall yesterday. My basic reaction: It's a tarted-up paean to American consumerism. If you like the Atrium or Chestnut Hill, you'll love this joint - especially the new wing with the extra-pretentious stores and the lady playing a harp. Indeed, as we were eating a gelato on the floor above her, the guy behind us was gushing: "The Atrium looks like a dump compared to this place."
After gacking her way through a Globe report on the orgasmically wonderful Natick Mall (which will feature "a rolling gold sign that is inspired, designers say, by the folds of a women's skirt") and all the things it's doing for Natick, Sharon Machlis Gartenberg wonders when anybody's going to start thinking about the new mega-mall's impact on neighboring Framingham:
Sharon Gartenberg wishes that Nouvelle at Natick, a.k.a. the luxury condos above the new wing of the Natick Mall, would stop calling itself "urban living in the more pastoral settings of Boston's MetroWest suburbs:"
Natick Mall was getting just a bit too big for its britches. With its new mega-expansion nearing completiion, mall owners figured they'd just drop the "Mall" and call the whole thing "Natick," the Globe reports.
Natick officials, who just wound up a 10-year struggle with Brockton over which place the state legislature would call "Home of Champions" (a compromise for the ages was reached), were in no mood for name shennanigans, the Globe says:
"The new mall is many things," said Joshua Ostroff, a member of the Natick Board of Selectmen. "It is residents, it's shopping, it's a transportation hub. But it's not the town of Natick."
Remnants of the battle can still be seen on the mall Web site:
Meredith O'Brien reports that while her sister-in-law was nursing her infant at the Natick Mall, somebody stole the coffeemaker she'd just bought and tried to return it - to the wrong store, where the employees confiscated it.
Sharon complains about plans for the new mega-uber-giganto Natick Mall complex: