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Above: “Mr. Vinny” entertained children with his unique puppet show at the Fall River Library. This Thursday, kids in town will get their chance. (Photo from Facebook)

Among the events in town this week – three are about pitching in to help the community. (That includes town cows.)

If you’re looking for other ideas of what to do on a spring break staycation this week, click here.

No Public School this week

Monday, April 20, 2015

  • Patriots Day: The Library, Town House and Senior Center are closed today.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Puppet Show (2:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: Mr. Vinny’s Lil’ Puppet Show is recommended as entertaining for 3-9 year old children. Listen and learn with Mr. Vinny’s puppets and stories. All are welcome. Registration is not required.
  • World Book Night (5:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: In celebration of the fifth annual World Book Night, a limited number of last year’s selection “Same Difference” by Derek Kirk Kim will be given out for free at the upstairs circulation desk. Please ask for Ryan to claim your copy of the book.
  • Friends of Southborough Youth Commission open meeting (7:00 pm) @ 42 Central Street: The group is seeking interested people to be involved in planning and/or helping with fundraising activities to help support Southborough Youth and Family Services. This meeting is an open forum for anyone interested learning more. See dedicated post for details.

Friday, April 24, 2015  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Look for some familiar faces in the marathon on Monday (photo by Chris Wraight)

If you’ve been reading the blog over the past week, you know that we have a strong showing again for this year’s Boston Marathon.

Here’s the complete list of nineteen Southborough residents – 11 men and 8 women – who will cross the starting line in Hopkinton Monday morning. (For those raising funds, I included links to their blog coverage and fundraising pages.)

Please join me in wishing them the best on their 26.2-mile trek.

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Flags in Southborough and across the state will be flying at half staff on Monday, April 20th in honor of a Massachusetts soldier killed in Afghanistan on April 8, 2015.

United States Army Corporal John Michael Dawson of Whitinsville was Killed In Action while on an escort mission. He was 22 years old.

You can read more in a profile by the Boston Globe here.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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Above: Four more members of the Southborough community are donning marathon bibs to raise cash for causes. (Images from their fundraising and charity sites)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, nineteen Southborough residents will don a bib a run to run. Many will be raising funds for important causes in the process.

Every runner has a story, and I promised to feature as many as I could.

There were a lot of fundraising pages out there this year. So, I’m going to have to round up the ones I didn’t get to yet.

Today’s feature focuses on Beth Delahunty, Varvani Dwarki, John Freeman, and Chris Young. Each are supporting a cause.

Beth Delahunty is raising funds for Framingham Adult ESL Plus!:

ESL Plus is an amazing organization that serves the diverse community of Framingham, MA. I feel so fortunate to be a Framingham teacher! Over the past 18 years, I have taught hundreds of students, many of whom were/are new immigrants to this country. My students and their families strive to learn English quickly, and Framingham Adult ESL Plus has helped many of them to accomplish this goal. . .

Students registered during the past semester came from 40 countries and spoke 26 different languages. Students range in age from 18 to 85 and represent a range of backgrounds. . .

A community is only as successful as the communication between its residents, and therefore it is critical that Framingham continues to develop effective communication across cultures. (read more)

Varvani Dwarki is raising funds for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. His fundraising page informs that 1 out of 10 people live with a rare disease. Dwarki’s connection is through a patient suffering from one:

I am honored and privileged to have been given the opportunity to represent my Patient Partner with a Rare Disease (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy-CADASIL) and most importantly raise awareness/support of her condition. As you know, sympathy alone doesn’t lead to cure rather funding research to find the cause is the only way. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: For the fourth time, Penelope Hauck will use her running shoes on Patriots Day to earn money for a worthy cause. (Images from fundraising page)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, nineteen Southborough residents will don a bib a run to run. Many will be raising funds for important causes in the process.

Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many as I can.

[If you're running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

Today’s feature focuses on Penelope Hauck. Hauck is raising funds this year for the ALLY Foundation.

It’s Hauck’s 4th Boston Marathon. Back in 2007, she raised funds for the MSPCC (Mass Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). For the past two years, she supported UAspire to help inner city kids pay for college. Over the course of four “Boston’s” she estimates having raised over $28,000 for charity.

The cause she’s supporting this year is an effort to end sexual violence:

The ALLY Foundation’s mission is to be a transformative and innovative force to end sexual violence by advancing evidence-based research, best practices, education, prevention and awareness to significantly improve lives. [click to keep reading…]

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2015 Boston Marathon runner: Kirsten Karis

by beth on April 17, 2015

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Above: One of Southborough’s runners this Monday is honoring her father who lost his personal battle this month, while she supports the ongoing fight against cancer. (Images from Fundraising page.)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, nineteen Southborough residents will don a bib a run to run. Many will be raising funds for important causes in the process.

Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many as I can.

[If you're running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

Today’s feature focuses on Kristen Karis. Karis is raising funds for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

It’s a deeply personal cause. Earlier this month, Karis suffered the loss of he father, Jonathan Karis, in whose honor she is running.

From her fundraising page (written prior to his death):

Cancer isn’t fair. Cancer doesn’t need a reason. It chooses its survivors without an explanation as to why. [click to keep reading…]

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2015 Boston Marathon runner: Melanie Harmon

April 17, 2015 02:17:34 PM
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Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception. On Monday, April 21, thirty-five Southborough residents will don a bib a run for themselves and for causes they hold dear. Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many of those stories as I can on the blog.

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Town Election: Fields narrow as two pull out

April 17, 2015 11:21:10 AM
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This May, residents have the opportunity to choose the best candidate in three races for town office.

Two of those races have narrowed since my last update.

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Southborough Recreation’s Portraits in Silhouette next week

April 17, 2015 09:30:42 AM
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Southborough Recreation has teamed up with local artist Jean Comerford to offer silhouette cuttings next week. They make great Mother’s Day gifts or special keepsakes for the ones you love.

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What to do next week on your staycation

April 17, 2015 07:30:18 AM
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Next week is spring break for public schools in Southborough. If you aren’t headed out of town, you may be wondering what to do with the kids.

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Looking for Friends to help Southborough youth and families – Learn more on April 23rd

April 16, 2015 04:20:20 PM
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The Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission are seeking new volunteers.

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Dealing with tax ID fraud

April 16, 2015 02:20:27 PM
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I was sorry to see by a Facebook post from Southborough Police that several residents have reported they were victims of scammers.

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News on Kindergarten next year (But not what you were hoping for)

April 16, 2015 11:27:46 AM
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At last week’s School Committee meeting, there were some updates worth sharing related to Kindergarten next year.

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On the market this week in Southborough

April 16, 2015 10:20:47 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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