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Hard hats off, party hats on!

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 6, 2007 01:41 PM

It's party time on Route 9.
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)


Tonight's debut of the Natick Collection isn't your typical mall open house -- it's a swank $125-per-head gala to benefit Children's Hospital and the Doug Flutie Foundation. Practically anyone who's anyone in the western suburbs will want to see it -- or be seen at it.

Natick Selectman Joshua Ostroff said he'll be at the mall tonight -- even though municipal ethics laws require him to pay for the ticket out of his own pocket. He was not, however, planning to indulge in the $250-per-head Sept. 14 opening of the Collection's Neiman Marcus store, the state's second outlet of the upscale retailer, Globe West bureau chief Erica Noonan reports today.

"I'd love to, but that's a bit north of what I spend on a typical Friday evening," Ostroff said. He also declined to attend Fenway on the Runway, a fashion show featuring the wives of Red Sox players, which is a commanding a ticket price of $350 a head if you want to sit with a wife.

Ostroff said he was driven to buy a ticket to tonight's soiree by the desire to see the culmination of years of work by town officials. And a high-profile party to celebrate more than a year of elaborate construction on the 550,000-square-foot expansion was too exciting an opportunity to pass up.

"I want to see the mall, which is very important to the town," Ostroff said. "Thousands of people involved with the Planning Board and community development offices have worked very hard to make sure the expansion was well planned and well built."

Read more about the festivities leading up to the much-anticipated Grand Opening of the new Natick Collection in the online edition of today's Globe West.

Also, we strongly suggest that you put Globe West Updates into your browser's bookmarks as well, so you'll have easy access to our Natick Collection Blog-a-thon. Our reporters and photographers will be bringing you reports and vignettes from the big events throughout the day.

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