Post image for Thanksgiving Holidays: What’s closed and What’s Happening

I’m signing off for Thanksgiving. But first, I want to make sure you have all the info you need!

Thanksgiving events

The Gobble Wobble:
If you pre-registered, you can pick up your shirt and number today (Wednesday) from 2:00 – 7:30 pm at Trottier Middle School. (You can wait until Thanksgiving morning to register, starting at 7:00 am, but it will cost $5 extra.) For other details, check my earlier posts. For the official website, click here.

What else is happening
Not much else is happening over the holidays week. For this week’s listing, including the Thanksgiving Day game and Wreath/candle sales, click here. For details on Monday’s Free Skate, click here.

Town Hours for the holiday

Here’s a list of when our municipal facilities will be closed for the holiday, including early closures today.

Southborough public schools
Schools got out early today. No classes Thursday, November 23 through Monday, November 27. (Monday is a Professional Development Day.)

Transfer Station
Closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 25 (Normal hours on Wednesday and Saturday)

Town House
Closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 25 (Normal hours on Wednesday)

Library
Closed Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26 (Normal hours on Wednesday)

Senior Center
Closed early today (November 22). Closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 (Normal hours on Saturday)

(Photo of Town Hall by Susan Fitzgerald)

{ 1 comment }

EDC improving downtown business workshop invite

(click to enlarge)

The Economic Development Committee is inviting you to help them figure out what they should do “about downtown”.

The group is hosting a workshop a week from tomorrow. The focus is improving the downtown business village on Main Street. The EDC invites both businesses and residents to take part.

Workshops will outline key elements as a method of studying the Downtown Business Village. Learn about opportunities and challenges that exist.

The “Improving our Downtown Workshop” will use workgroups to address:

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Zoning & Capacity
  • Beautification & Connectivity

The workshop will be held at the Town House on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 pm.

{ 0 comments }

Visit the Big Apple: NYC day trip on Dec 9

by beth on November 22, 2017

Post image for Visit the Big Apple: NYC day trip on Dec 9

Above: Local Rec departments are offering a chance to see NYC lit up for the holidays, without making the drive yourself. (image from flickr by petercruise)

New York City is hopping each December with tourists. This year, Recreation is offering residents a chance to join the bustling crowds without making the long drive.

Southborough Rec teamed up with Ashland Rec to offer a day trip to NYC. The jaunt takes place on Saturday, December 9th. But to register, you need to register by Friday, December 1st.

NYC bus trip 2017 flyer

(click to enlarge)

The trip is for all ages, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

A “luxury coach”* will pick up and drop off from Ashland’s Community Center (162 West Union Street). The bus will depart at 6:00 am and return by about 11:00 pm. That will give visitors from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm to make the most of the city.

For more details see the flyer right. To register, click here.

*As described by Ashland Rec.

{ 0 comments }

Post image for Postseason wrapup: Cheer at States and Cross Country prowess

A final update on how the last of Algonquin athletes competing in Fall tournaments fared.

The Cheer Performance team competed in their State Championship over the weekend. Results have been posted. While the Girls didn’t qualify for Nationals, they came in at 12th place for the state in Division 1.

Cross Country sent three runners to the State Championships on November 18th. Girls’ Tess Reyes came in 10th place out of the 179 who qualified. Congrats!

That’s about it for fall sports competitions.

There is still one more game being played this month – but the only stakes are a rivalry trophy. As I’ve previously posted, Football takes on Westborough at ARHS for the annual Thanksgiving Day game at 10:00 am that morning.

{ 0 comments }

Post image for St. Mark’s rink: Free Skate and Sticks & Pucks

St. Mark’s School has again opened its doors to the public for some free skating opportunities this winter.

The first two slots are early next week – including one that gives kids something to do on Monday’s Professional Development day.

St/ Mark's free skate schedule winter 2017-18

(click to enlarge)

Other sessions of dates run over winter break, the MLK, Jr holiday weekend, and February break.

Sessions alternate between “Free Skate” and “Sticks and Pucks” times.

St Mark’s Gardener rink is inside the Michel Faculty Athletic Center. It can be accessed off School Street (map).

Admission is free, but there are no rentals, so you’ll need to bring your own skates.

For the detailed schedule and rules, check the flyer.

{ 0 comments }

Post image for St. Mark’s Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar – December 2

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar takes place Saturday, December 2nd. (Yes, that’s the always jam packed first Saturday of December.)

It’s a quick hop from downtown. So there’s plenty of time to check it out before or after Santa lands. The event will run from from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Parish Hall (map).

Admission to the bazaar is free. Inside is live music and a kids’ activity area with crafts and games.

But it’s really all about the fundraising sales. These include a White Elephant; Jewelry, Toy, and Craft Sales; Silent Auction; Basket Raffle; “Jolly Jars”; and more.

It’s also a great place to grab lunch or a snack (or latte) while you’re running around that day. Volunteers will be selling baked goods. Plus, their Kitchen Café will offer lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

New additions to the event this year:

  • A Latte station
  • Option for online bidding for Silent Auction (Stay tuned for more information to come.)
  • Cub Scouts selling Christmas wreaths for sale

Proceeds benefit the parish’s Youth Group Mission Trip and Southborough Food Pantry Fuel Assistance Program. For those interested in helping to make the fundraiser a success, there are lots of ways to volunteer support listed on  St. Mark’s website. Click here to learn how you can pitch in.

For more information, 508-481-1917 or info@stmarkssouthborough.com.

(image from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church website)

{ 0 comments }

Scheduling district Pre-K screenings begins next week

November 21, 2017 02:30:00 PM
Thumbnail image for Scheduling district Pre-K screenings begins next week

The district has announced its upcoming integrated preschool screening for the next school year will take place on January 5, 2017.

0 comments Read the full article →

8th grade families invited to Assabet’s Showcase – December 6

November 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM
Thumbnail image for 8th grade families invited to Assabet’s Showcase – December 6

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is holding a “Showcase” for 8th grade students and parents.

0 comments Read the full article →

Make more of Thanksgiving break: Library museum and park passes

November 21, 2017 09:30:15 AM
Thumbnail image for Make more of Thanksgiving break: Library museum and park passes

Next week, Southborough public school students will enjoy a 5½ day break. That means, it’s a great time to plan some fun outings.

0 comments Read the full article →

Two more chances to buy wreaths and candles

November 21, 2017 07:30:00 AM
Thumbnail image for Two more chances to buy wreaths and candles

Cub Scouts will be selling Christmas wreaths and Hanukkah candles.

0 comments Read the full article →

Letter: Carl Guyer readressing tax rates

November 20, 2017 04:30:00 PM

My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to mysouthborough@gmail.com.

13 comments Read the full article →

Youth Wrestling registration open for winter clinics

November 20, 2017 02:20:02 PM
Thumbnail image for Youth Wrestling registration open for winter clinics

Alqonquin Youth Wrestling Clinic is promoting its early bird registration.

0 comments Read the full article →

Events this week: Senior Cooking, Legos at Library, and the Gobble Wobble

November 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM
Thumbnail image for Events this week: Senior Cooking, Legos at Library, and the Gobble Wobble

Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

0 comments Read the full article →

The week in government: BOS on Personnel Bylaw changes, Recreation 5yr plan, and Golf Course P&S

November 20, 2017 09:30:06 AM
Thumbnail image for The week in government: BOS on Personnel Bylaw changes, Recreation 5yr plan, and Golf Course P&S

A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

2 comments Read the full article →