Town Budget preview

by beth on March 4, 2015

The Town Administrator has published his recommended FY16 budget with a $1.85 million increase. According to TA Mark Purple, the budget calls for an average tax bill increase of 2.87%.

Purple estimated an average homeowner could pay $256 more in taxes. But he pointed out to the Board of Selectmen that town-wide assessments of property values the town has been conducting could effect the figures.

The TA walked the board through the budget highlights last night. He explained the actual tax burden may be lower.

Purple said that the budget is based on level funding from the state. But he shared that the Governor’s office announced this week that an increase in local aid is coming. He quoted Lt Governor Karyn Polito as saying “Level funding is a cut.”

Another budget variable is an insurance hike the Town needs to deal with. Only three days prior, they learned that one of their health insurance providers is planning a 16.5% increase in reaction to a claim filed this year.

He reassured the board that they are investigating other providers and options. And Purple told selectmen that if they can’t get a better rate, the increase could cause employees to switch plans, which would mitigate the increase. But for now, the hike is included in the budget as a worst case scenario. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Some local girls are helping to give Happy Birthdays to homeless children (Image from Birthday Wishes Facebook page)

A troop of Southborough Girl Scouts is seeking help to give homeless children their Birthday Wishes.

Birthday Wishes flyerThe scouts are collecting new toys for charity. The toys will be donated to the Massachusetts based charity, Birthday Wishes:

The mission of Birthday Wishes is to provide birthday parties for homeless children. We believe that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care.

Troop 72786 is seeking donations of NEW toys.

You can drop off the gifts in their collection bin, located in the lobby of Neary School.

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The Algonquin Start Time committee is urging concerned parents to attend the next Regional School Committee meeting.

The parent-and-student-driven Algonquin Start Time group is looking to “Start School Later”. The goal is based on studies that purportedly show a range of harmful repercussions for teens not getting enough morning sleep.

This fall, Superintendent Christine Johnson formed an administration-led School Start Time Study group to look into it. In October, Johnson promised the Regional School Committee an update in March. This month’s meeting takes place on March 18, 7:00 pm at ARHS.

In her fall discussions Johnson made no promises to have the administration-led study group pursue a later start. Instead, she said that the group would also look at “innovative practices” rather than “just moving the clock hands”.

AST members aren’t sure what Johnson will report to the school committee. So, they hope parents will show up in support of the initiative.

Currently, the Algonquin has a home room start time of 7:20 am and first period start at 7:30 am. In contrast, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends high school start times of 8:30 am. Interestingly, the those times rate poorly by national statistics, but aren’t that atypical for our state.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Troop 1 Boy Scouts served pancakes to the community this past Sunday. (Photo by Andy Weigl)

Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1′s annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser took place on Sunday, March 1.

According to a troop contact, Justine Bai it was the 46th annual breakfast. Though, the tradition didn’t begin with the scouts:

as best I can tell from our records a Southborough Tradition started in 1970 by the Southborough Rotary Club and now hosted by Troop 1 Boy Scouts. The breakfast is always on the first Sunday of March between 8am and 1pm.

It’s the troop’s biggest annual fundraiser. The proceeds they raised will support activities like camping, hiking, and community service projects.

Andy Weigl and the troop were kind enough to share Weigl’s photos from the event.* There were too many to post them all, but here’s a good overview of scouts and parents hard at work.  [click to keep reading…]

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Family fun festival at Fay – March 28

by beth on March 3, 2015

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Above: Fay School is hosting its annual festival for kids and families with inflatables and carnival games (Images from Fay School website)

Fay School is holding its 5th Annual Fay Festival on Saturday, March 28. To lure families in to learn about Fay Day Camp, they are offering a free day of fun for 2-10 year olds.

The event will run indoors from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Free activities include:

  • inflatable bounce houses
  • slides
  • obstacle courses
  • carnival games and prizes

Additional highlights:

  • Magic show by Mr. Magic at 1:00 pm
  • A drawing for a free week of Fay Day Camp – stop by their information table to enter.

The festival will take place at Fay School’s Harlow Gym and Harris Theater. Parking will be available at at Fay’s Primary School (25 Middle Road, Southborough) or at Fay’s Office of Advancement (31 Main Street, Southborough).

Updated (3/4/15 8:50 am): Fixed typo in date.

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Above: Middle school girls are being encouraged to explore STEM based careers including, veterinarian, forensic chemist, doctor, and robotics engineering (Images posted to Flickr left to right by NAITzhouxuan12345678www.audio-luci-store.it, and oomlout)

If you are looking to encourage your 5th – 8th grade daughter(s) to explore a future in science or math, take note.

The Northboro Junior Woman’s Club is again holding a STEM conference for girls this Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The conference will be made up of an opening presentation, interactive workshops and informal discussions over a luncheon. To encourage interest and success in the science fields:

The presenters will explain what they do in their occupation, share different tips on courses of study & ways to train for their profession, and provide hands-on exploration/activities.

The event is free and welcomes Southborough  students – so I really encourage girls to make the most of this opportunity.

Forms are due by March 17. But enrollment is limited to the first 130 5th – 8th grade girls. And workshops selections are filled first come, first served. So don’t wait too long to register.

The “hands-on career workshops” planned for this year are:

  • STEM conference flyerArchitecture
  • Environmental Health & Safety Engineering
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Robotics
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Science Teacher
  • Chiropractor
  • Research Scientist
  • Material Scientist
  • Nursing
  • Surgeon
  • Forensic Chemistry

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This is the 9th time the Junior Women’s Club has held the mentoring event. (It was previously titled Women in Science & Math Conference.)

To see more event details or to register, click here to open the printable registration form. (For a better look at the above flyer, click on it to enlarge.)

Thank you Northborough Junior Women’s club for organizing such a worthwhile event. And for free! I hope they are still holding these until my daughter is old enough to participate.

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St Patty’s fun for tots and preschoolers – March 13

March 3, 2015 09:24:15 AM
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Southborough Recreation is holding a free St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 13.

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Photos and news: Wrestling championships and alum successes

March 3, 2015 07:26:18 AM
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An update on ARHS varsity and alum wrestlers, thanks to their biggest fans.

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The week in government: Street acceptance hearings for Metcalf and Thayer lanes

March 2, 2015 04:20:23 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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Postseason update: A slalom win, B Ball heartbreaker, and Boys Hockey to semi-finals

March 2, 2015 02:20:46 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Town Election: Papers pulled; possible contest for Town Clerk between Boland and Hegarty

March 2, 2015 11:18:30 AM
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This month is the deadline to run for office in Southborough’s annual election. To help you decide, here’s a preview of who you may be seeing on the ballot this May.

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Police logs: Snow doesn’t keep soliciters at bay

March 2, 2015 09:17:46 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Events this week: Music, art, drama, religion, science and talent

March 2, 2015 07:28:03 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in Southborough history: Razing of historic building nixed, restructuring cemetery dept, zoning debate and daring rescue

February 27, 2015 04:20:27 PM
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A look back at the top stories reported in the Southborough Villager 10 years, 20 years, and 30 years ago. Plus what was hot on the blog five years back.

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