Observer: A MetroWest without Hudson?
The latest edition of the venerable Yellow Book (YB) was hung on our door knob a couple of days ago. The edition we got was designated "MetroWest."
The YB cover defined "MetroWest" as "Acton, Bedford, Burlington, Chelmsford, Concord, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Marlborough, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Wellesley."
There was even a map of sorts on the YB cover, purporting to show their version of MetroWest. Or, as the accompanying copy put it, "Bright yellow portion of map reflects distribution area of directory."
So what's the problem? Very simple. The "bright yellow portion of map" does indeed list very neatly all the place names for the municipal jurisdictions enumerated above. But north of Marlborough, and south of Harvard and Acton, there is a nice chunk of "yellow" where the splendid town of Hudson is located, but there is no place name for "Hudson," only an empty blotch of yellow.
It is as though Hudson simply does not exist. Possibly the YB editors and graphics designers are back in the 19th century, when Hudson was merely a neighborhood within olde Marlborough. However, I can recall that Hudson as we have known it is the home of Paul Cellucci, a recent governor of this state and also a recent U.S. ambassador to Canada. Hudson is also the home of a giant Intel semiconductor "foundry," and the almost as impressive Stop & Shop supermarket. It's also the jurisdiction within which my primary care provider dispenses medical wisdom. It's where Big Al Pizzamento has his Horseshoe Pub with 80 microbrews on tap. And it's also where football coach Vic Rimkus turned out a number of winners in the annual Thanksgiving Day football classic against Marlborough.
This is not a mere semantic quibble. If Hudson is erased from an important map, then Hudson has been damaged. The town of Hudson should consider a suit against the Yellow Book folks, seeking not only money for damages, but also a judgment that would involve the recall of the offending directories, their destruction by pulping and their prompt replacement with a "bright yellow portion of map" that more accurately reflects the contemporary reality of "MetroWest."
PETER B. YOUNG
Peter B. Young is a resident of Marlborough