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Above: Have old electronics or bikes collecting dust? This weekend’s recycling event is an opportunity to offload them. (Images: left contributed; right posted to Flickr by rynosoft)

Tomorrow, St. Anne’s Church parking lot will host special recycling events. While it’s not a church run fundraiser, the organizer will make a donation to the parish.

The event will run on Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Here are the details with recycling fees listed:

Electronic and Appliance Recycling

  • No Fee: cables, keyboards, cell phones, and car batteries
  • $5 charge for: Computer tower, Scanner, VCR, Copiers, DVD, Stereo Equipment, Lighting, Vacuum, Answering Machine, Fax, Speaker, CD, Circuit Board, Radio, Modem, Word Processor, Fan, Video equipment, Game Console, Xbox, Tape Player, Typewriter (Anything with a plug and more)
  • $10 fee per carload of scrap/junk metal
  • $10 charge for: 15-35″ TV’s; empty Propane Tanks; Dishwasher, Dryers, Stoves, Microwaves, Ex. Equipment, Lawn Mowers, Dehumidifiers, Snow Blowers, Small Engine Items, etc.
  • $15 charge for: Air conditioner; Glass Monitors, Flat Panel Monitors, etc.
  • $20-$30 charge for Refrigerators

Bicycle Recycle Day

  • No fee
  • Unwanted old or new bicycles: Mountain, Road, BMX. Cruiser, old/new, kids, etc.
  • Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.
  • If you are unable to bring a bicycle, please call and we will arrange a time and pick it up.

Any Questions: Please contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513


12 year old Baseball Champs

by beth on July 19, 2019

12 year old Southborough Baseball champions

Above: Southborough players won a big tournament yesterday. (image cropped from contributed photo, click to enlarge)

Southborough Youth Baseball shared some good news today about a big win yesterday:

The Southborough 12-year-old tournament team won the Connie Mack Baseball Tournament on Thursday July 19, defeating Northborough 6-1 for the Division A championship in Sturbridge. The #1-seeded Southborough jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as sparkling defense and dominant pitching held Northborough to only 2 hits throughout the championship game. The game remained tight at 2-1 until the bottom of the 5th inning when Southborough’s bats came alive to put up 4 runs to ensure the boys’ final game on the small diamond was one to remember.

The Connie Mack Tournament is held in Sturbridge at Town Barn Field and consists of ten area teams competing in 4 games of pool play before seedings and playoffs. The ten teams that competed were: Auburn, Charlton, Oxford, Webster, Shrewsbury, Northborough/Clinton, two Sturbridge teams, and two Southborough teams.

Many thanks to Cornelius McGillicuddy, the Sturbridge Little League, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, 1B Coach Brent Sarno, and B.T.’s Smokehouse.

Congratulations to the Southborough 12-year-old baseball team and good luck on the big diamond!


Where to enjoy the cool indoors

by beth on July 19, 2019

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Given the heat warning, it’s a good time to update and remind folks of options for where to go in our area if you’re looking to cool off. (Indoors that is. For a look at places to swim, check out that post here.)

Just because it will be excessively hot out the next couple of days, that doesn’t mean you have to feel cooped up to stay cool. And for some who are without good AC, you may especially be looking for an escape.

Here are some options. As always, I’d also love readers to share their tips in the comments.

Play for young kids:

Natick Play from Google

  • Free playspaces: the Natick Mall, the Solomon Pond Mall, and McDonald’s (Rte 9 Westborough and Rte 20 Marlborough)
  • Other Playspaces: For a fee, but more options, you can take babes through very young school kids to Playtown Express in Southborough (open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm today and tomorrow) or BB Kidz in Marlborough (open until 9:00 pm tonight, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Saturday, and 9:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday).
  • Gymnastics: My Gym in Framingham allows kids ages 2 – 11½ to do a single day of camp. They have a session from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Play for all ages:

Rock Wall at Altitude

  • Apex Entertainment: The indoor center in Marlborough offers bumper cars, high speed go karts (must be 58″+), ropes course, laser tag, sports simulator, and bowling; the center also hosts other businesses that offer escape rooms, virtual reality gaming.
  • Arcades: Dave & Busters just opened this summer at the Natick Mall (arcade, skeet ball, billiards, and virtual reality). There’s also LazerCraze in Westborough, Fun & Games in Framingham, Tilt Studio at Solomon Pond Mall, and an arcade in Apex.
  • Trampoline Parks: Sky Zone in Westborough and Altitude in Marlborough both offer lots of options beyond just jumping around for young kids through adults.
  • Roller Skating: Roller Kingdom in Hudson
  • Bowling: Sawyers Bowladrome in Northborough, AMF in Shrewsbury, Pins in Milford, and Apex in Marlborough


PYOP cropped from Facebook

  • Cinemas: Regal at Solomon Pond Mall and AMC in Natick
  • Painting pottery: PYOP Studio in Northborough, Clay Time in Shrewsbury, Plaster Fun Time in Framingham
  • Picture painting: Expressions Art Bar in Southborough doesn’t have any day options, but if your home’s AC isn’t up to snuff and you need a break, they have sessions from 7:00 – 9:00 pm tonight (Starry Boston) and tomorrow (Spring Lake).

Free Respites

Hopkinton Public Library from Facebook

The Southborough Public Library is open today until 5:00 pm. In high heat, it can be a little warmer than usual – but certainly better than outdoors. Find a comfy chair and a good book to curl up with. The “Teen Space” is a good area for young adults to hang out. And the Children’s Room offers lots of summer reading activities for younger kids. (Hours are 10-5 on Monday and Friday, 10-9 Tues-Thurs.)

On Saturdays, other area libraries are open. Hopkinton, Northborough, Marlborough, Westborough and Hudson are all on the same library card system as Southborough. So you can check materials out their and return them in Southborough (or vice versa). Unfortunately, it seems that all are closed on Sundays in the summer.

Book stores with Cafes:

If you’re looking for somewhere to hang out and read when the library is closed – Barnes & Noble in Framingham is open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm every day and has a connected Starbucks open beyond those hours. Tatnuck in Westborough is open 9:00 am – 9:00 pm today and Saturday, and 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday, but the cafe closes at 3:00 pm each day.

The Senior Center:

The Southborough Senior Center is open for seniors until 3:00 pm today and on Saturday from 9:00 am to noon.


Boston Children's Museum from website
If you are looking for something a little out of your ordinary routine, there are also area museums. Click here for museum passes offered by the Southborough Public Library.

Plus, since today is Friday, you can take advantage of this summer’s Free Fun Friday’s. Today’s free museums are:

  • Boston Children’s Museum • Boston
  • Arnold Arboretum • Boston
  • Battleship Cove • Fall River
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum • Mashpee
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association • Nantucket
  • New England Historical Genealogical Society • Boston
  • Peabody Essex Museum • Salem
  • Sandwich Glass Museum • Sandwich
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History • Weston
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art • Amherst

Now – where do you like to cool off in this weather? Post your favorite places below.

(photo from Flickr by Furniture San Antonio)

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I’m sure that you’ve heard we’re in for some big heat this weekend. An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for noon today through Sunday night.

Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of 89° today, 96° on Saturday, and 91° on Sunday. The danger is increased by high humidity and the lack of wind. 

According to the National Weather Service, the Heat Index may reach 109° on Saturday and 107° on Sunday in Southborough.

[Editor’s Note: I’ll soon be sharing a post on ways you can enjoy staying cool the next few days.]

The agency warns:


* HEAT INDEX VALUES…From 90 to 100 today, and from 100 to 112 Saturday and Sunday. This will be due to temperatures in the 90s today and 96 to 102 Saturday and Sunday, and dewpoints in the low to mid 70s.

* TIMING…Noon today through Sunday evening, however the very worst of the heat will occur Saturday and Sunday.

* TEMPERATURE…Actual air temperatures will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s today, increasing to 96 to 102 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. It will not cool off much overnight, with lows in most areas only dropping to the mid 70s to near 80.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

* LOCATION… Rhode Island, Northern Connecticut, and most of Massachusetts. This area does not include Cape Cod and the Islands.


Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Below are some more details from NWS, click thumbnails to enlarge.

Friday 7-19-19 high temp map 

For updated forecasts, you can check NWS’ website here.

At this point, the Town doesn’t have plans to open a cooling center. If the situation changes to require it, they will let me know, and I will let you know.

*I looked up what Heat Index means. It’s an indicator of how uncomfortable it will feel between combined effects of temperature and humidity.


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This week, I reminded you to Save the Date for the end of summer bash. Now Recreation is asking me to put the word out that help is needed:

Set up is on Friday 8/23 usually 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or so. Involves tents, signage and field tasks.

Saturday 8/24 – start at 4:30 p.m.. with parking, helping vendors, clean up, etc. Any amount of time is helpful. Free pizza for helping!

If you’d like to lend a hand, contact Denise Mayer at 508-229-4452 or


On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on July 18, 2019

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Above: This home to be built at the corner of Davis Road and Breakneck Hill went on the market this week for $1,250,000 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 49 Wildwood Drive (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 190 days on the Market, Listed at $620,000
  • 7 Wildwood Drive, Unit 7 (map) – 5 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath HalfDuplex – 98 days on the Market, Listed at $419,000
  • 3 Bryden Road (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Split Entry – 4 days on the Market, Listed at $449,500
  • 3 Lover’s Lane (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Multi-Level – 95 days on the Market, Listed at $474,900

[click to keep reading…]


Algonquin’s athletes honored: Players of the year, All American players, and Spring All Stars

July 18, 2019 10:37:03 AM
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I thought that with school out for the summer, I’d be done covering high school sports. It turns out that Algonquin athletes are still racking up honors and getting coverage for their accomplishments earlier this year.

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Reminder: Girls Volleyball All Skills Camp for incoming 6-9th graders (plus a pre-season clinic)

July 18, 2019 08:30:05 AM
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Next month, Algonquin Girls Volleyball team will put on an All Skills Camp.

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Selectmen promote new Lieutenant and Sergeant

July 17, 2019 01:10:56 PM
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Last night, the Board of Selectmen unanimously promoted Sgt Ryan Newell to Lieutenant. Newell’s prior job was subsequently filled by the promotion of Officer Aaron Richardson.

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St. Mark’s withdrawing field lighting requests; taking time to address concerns before trying again

July 17, 2019 11:14:51 AM
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St. Mark’s School withdrew its applications for tall lighting at Clark Field.

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Save the Date: 16th Annual Summer Nights on August 24

July 17, 2019 10:18:57 AM
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It’s time to mark your calendars for Southborough’s summer end bash.

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Summer Concert Series: The Reminisants play next week

July 16, 2019 02:51:05 PM
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The Southborough Summer Concert series invites you to come on out and reminisce to the oldies of the 50s – 90s.

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Southborough job listings: Harvard Depository Operations; Public School positions (including Asst. Principal of Algonquin)

July 16, 2019 11:56:12 AM
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More job listings in town (or our schools).

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Chestnut Hill Farm’s culinary themed How to classes (Updated)

July 16, 2019 10:28:00 AM
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Chestnut Hill Farm is offering classes for people who want to improve their dining experiences at home.

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