Memorial Day services and reminders

by beth on May 22, 2015

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Flags in Southborough and across the country will flying at half staff  on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

For a reminder of the the town’s services this weekend (beginning tonight) click here.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)


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If you plan to do some reading on the beach or by the pool, the Summer Book Sale at the Southborough Library at is a great place to get some cheap reads. (Photo from Flicker by aafromaa)

Mark your calendars to stop by the library on Saturday, June 6.  The Friends of the Southborough Library will be holding their annual Summer Book Sale 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

If your book shelves are too crammed to add in new reads – maybe it’s time to clear some space. You can drop off books, cds and dvds at the Southborough Library anytime during open hours.


Proceeds from the sale are used by The Friends for items the library’s budget can’t cover, including museum/zoo passes, children’s programs, supplementing teen and adult events, and purchasing library equipment and furniture.


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Above: Events at the library include writing poetry, an author’s book talk, and a teen craft (Images L-R – cropped from image posted to Flickr by jules, from Amazon author page, and library website.)

I just realized that there are three special events taking place at the library next week that I never got around to covering:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  • Poetry Workshop (6:30  - 8:30 pm) Hosted by the Worcester County Poetry Association. For more information contact Heather J. Macpherson at

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

  • Author Ron McAdow (7:00  - 8:30 pm) Ron McAdow will talk about Ike, his recently released first novel. Ron will introduce us to Ike Martin, a suburban guy who finds himself married to a big city woman- and in charge of her high-tech adolescent sons. Ike’s wife is lovely but elusive, and her artistic friends make the strangest house-sitters. Pick up a copy of Ike and meet this entertaining crowd of characters.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

  • Teen Crafternoon (6:00  - 7:00 pm) Join us for an evening with Terry Monteith who will teach us about Mosaic Mirrors.You will get a chance to make your own. She will also be available to answer questions about her craft process. Limited to the first 12 teenage participants. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, a local agency which is supported the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Two local organizations asked me to share news on recent awards they granted.

First, from Southborough Gardeners, two college scholarship winners:

The Southborough Gardeners are pleased to announce that Jillian Rizzitano and Nate Morrell are each recipients of $1000 scholarships for 2015. Jillian will be attending the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with a major in Environmental Science. Nate will be attending the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture majoring in Arboriculture and Community Forest Management. We wish them well in their endeavors!

Earlier this spring, the Southborough Rotary Club announced a different kind of scholarship. Their awards to sophomores funds the students’ attendence at a leadership conference next month:

The Rotary Club of Southborough is pleased to announce the selection of four (4) Southborough students to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference! The conference is to be held from June 26 – June 28, 2015 at Worcester State University in Worcester. This is 23rd Annual RYLA Conference offering outstanding high school sophomores an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It will be a program designed to challenge the participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. [click to keep reading…]


The Southborough Police shared an alert on Facebook yesterday. According to the post, two break-ins occurred in town last weekend.

They are asking residents to be on alert. So, if you’re headed out of town this long weekend – secure your home. (And maybe ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out.)

We would like to remind our residents to please keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around town. Our detective…

Posted by Southborough Police Department on Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Soccer registration and tryouts

by beth on May 21, 2015

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September seems eons away. But it isn’t that far away to the organizers of youth soccer teams. They need families to start registering now for league play in the fall.

For Southborough Youth Soccer, players entering grades 3-8, need to register by June 15th.

After that date, registrations will only be accepted if there is space available on an appropriate team. (Plus a $25 late fee will apply.)

Meanwhile, the scheduled annual evaluation sessions for those teams are taking place now through the end of the month. (If you missed that notice, check the Southborough Youth Soccer Association website for the schedule by age group.)

The website lists SYSA registration fees as $125 for K-1 and $175 for grades 2-8*.  

To register or learn more, go to

Another club organization has also asked me to share their info. (One of the coaches is a resident.)

Global Premier Soccer is holding their tryouts in June. Click here for more information

*There is no SYSA preschool soccer offered through the league in the fall. (That is only available in spring.) But don’t fret. The Rec Department usually offers age appropriate classes in the fall.


Chestnut Hill Farm launching CSA in June (and farm stand this summer!)

May 21, 2015 02:24:49 PM
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I’m excited to share that starting this summer, you’ll be able to buy hometown grown fresh produce in town. (Finally or again, depending on how long you’ve lived here!)

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Parents petition Regional Committee for Common Core pro/con forum; discussion stifled

May 21, 2015 12:48:57 PM

Parents expressed concern last night about the Regional School Committee’s knowledge of Common Core issues. What ended up front and center again was frustration over school committee communication practices. And again, the school committee pointed to Open Meeting Law as responsible for stifling discussion.

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Algonquin administration considering alternative schedule changes: Faculty voting on preferences

May 21, 2015 10:04:28 AM
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Superintendent Christine Johnson said an earlier proposed schedule did what it was intended to do: spark conversation and exchanging of ideas. Since then, faculty have been proposing, discussing, and are continuing to vote on several alternative schedules.

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On the market this week in Southborough

May 21, 2015 07:30:43 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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High school robotics honors and awards

May 20, 2015 04:40:42 PM
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Last month local high schools competed in WPI’s FIRST Robotics Competition NE District championships. Both Algonquin and Assabet walked away with something to boast about.

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Summer concert series starts June 18: Free music helps fund “Send a Kid to Camp” again

May 20, 2015 02:30:13 PM
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Southborough Youth & Family Services and Southborough Recreation Department are teaming up again to run their second Summer Music Series.

The goal is to produce family friendly entertainment while supporting an important cause.

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BOS changes: New voices and increasing transparency

May 20, 2015 12:15:20 PM

Last night, the Board of Selectmen met for the first time since the Town Election.

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Go on a “Journey to Abusurdity” next week

May 20, 2015 10:04:36 AM
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lgonquin students are embracing the absurdities in life. Next week the Dramahawks are performing a collection of short plays around the theme.

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