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I was tied up over Thanksgiving week and am just starting to dig my way out of my backlog. That means that I’m two meetings behind in covering Board of Selectmen business. This item from the November 26th meeting jumped out at me as the most pressing to share:

Chair Brian Shea announced that the Annual Town Meeting Warrant is open until December 17th. Selectmen plan to close the Warrant that night. So, if you have an Article you’d like to bring to voters, you better act quickly.*

At that meeting, Selectmen will hold a follow up discussion on Advisory’s recommendation to adopt a Local Meal Tax. They expect to vote that night on whether or not to pursue a Warrant Article to do that. The board plans to invite restaurant owners in Town to attend, along with the Economic Development Committee.

You can expect that the Warrant as of the 17th will include several Article placeholders. One of those may be an Article to bring in a consultant to work with the Public Works Planning Board.

At the Thanksgiving week meeting, Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan informed selectmen that the funding changes the PWPB recommended aren’t meant for FY21. She said the board wanted to take a year to gauge public opinion on a course of action.

Galligan furthered that they should get feedback on more than just the financials. She said that the Town has a huge silent majority beyond the about 500 residents they do hear from. One of the factors in the station’s future budget is that the hopper will need replacing. She opined that it wouldn’t make sense to invest in that if residents don’t want to carry trash in their cars.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Wear your snow boots. There won’t be much green on the field when Santa brings joy to Southborough this weekend. (photos by Beth Melo)

This weekend is a holiday-palooza, with Christmas/seasonal parties, concerts, sales and activities, including the annual fly in by jolly old St. Nick. Here is a reminder of all that’s happening around town.

This is the first weekend since the Trustees launched this year’s Reindeer Quest for the month of December:

Wooden Reindeer at Chestnut Hill FarmReindeer Quest (Daily in December, Sunrise to Sunset) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Free self-guided program. Grab your snow boots and get the family outside to discover our elusive herd of wooden reindeer found throughout the farm trails! See how many you can find and leave a bell around each one’s neck. Bells and directions can be found at the trailhead parking lot kiosk. Before you go, check out the Chestnut Hill Farm trails map here.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Girl Scout Sing-alongGirl Scout Holiday Sing-along (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Community House Lawn: Event for all families in Southborough with Girl Scouts Kick off your holiday season with an old-fashioned holiday sing-along with some modern touches. Participants are encouraged to bring a gift donation for Just Because. For details, see dedicated post

Holly Days at HomeWestborough Community Chorus’ Holly Days at Home (8:00 pm) @ Sarah Gibbons Middle School, Westborough: The 75 member chorus (including Southborough members) will perform its 47th Annual Christmas Holiday Show. There will be singing, dancing, a “North Pole” skit, a kids sing-a-long, and a visit from Santa. For details, see dedicated post.

Saturday, December 7, 2019  [click to keep reading…]

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Holiday Art & Gift Sale – December 14

by beth on December 6, 2019

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Above: A week from tomorrow, both the stable on Chestnut Hill Road and the L’Abri Fellowship center will host the annual Holiday Art and Gift Sale. (contributed image)

Next week, local artisans will again band together to hold the 10th annual Holiday Art and Gift Sale in Southborough. Attendance is open to the public and free.

A few years ago, the original sale at “the Stables” (across from Chestnut Hill Farm) expanded to include a satellite location at the L’Abri Fellowship center.

Art & Gift sale vendors

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Items for sale will include paintings, artisan goods, prints, chocolates, ceramics, jewelry, decorations, and handmade clothing.

Each location lists a dozen vendors. (Click image right for the lists.)

The sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at:

  • The Stables at 10 Chestnut Hill Road
    (click here to check for Facebook updates from organizers and artists)
  • L’Abri Fellowship at 49 Lynbrook Road
    (click here to check for Facebook updates from organizers and artists)

The locations are just a 1/2 mile apart, making it easy to shop both.

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Flags in Southborough and across the nation are flying at half staff until sunset tomorrow, December 7, 2019, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on December 5, 2019

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Above: This home at 77 Oak Hill Road went on the market this week for $580,000 (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

  • 154 Northborough Road (map) – 4.65 Commercial acres (202,554 SqFt) – 74 days on the Market, Listed at $895,000
  • 169 Parkerville Road (map) – : Cordaville 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Split Entry – 51 days on the Market, Listed at $285,000
  • 10 Winchester St (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape – 17 days on the Market, Listed at $519,900
  • 7 Jericho Hill Road (map) – 6 room, 4 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape – 18 days on the Market, Listed at $549,000
  • 26 Boston Road, Unit B (map) – 7 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath HalfDuplex, Attached – 3 days on the Market, Listed at $625,000
  • 7 Whistler Lane (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 19 days on the Market, Listed at $875,000

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Post image for Children’s musical parody to raise funds for A Dog for JayJay – December 20th

Above: Jack’s Beanstalk isn’t the only thing that Skyrise performers hope will grow at a their performance at Trottier this month. They’ll also be looking to grow more funds to help a Southborough teen get a service dog. (images from flyer and fundraising site)

As I posted this summer, a Southborough family has been working to raise $25,000 to get a service dog for their teenage boy with Autism, Jayson (JayJay Arroyo) Michaud. Sadly, that was further complicated in September, when Jay’s father died. Now his mother hopes that they can meet the goal by March, in time for “his first birthday without his daddy”.

As of this morning, they are 87% of the way there. Hopefully, the next fundraiser will help them make their goal.

Grow Bean Grow flyerOn Friday, December 20th, Skyrise Theater will be putting on a special play in town, “Grow Bean Grow”, their musical parody of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk.

This performance is put on by SkyRise Theater staring the skyrise staff and selected students, followed by a performance by the SkyRise Rising Stars Acapella group!

The performance will be followed by an auction and raffle with all proceeds going to the cause. Pizza, dessert and drinks will also be for sale.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 -8:00 pm at Trottier Middle School. Tickets are $8 at the door.

For those of you unfamiliar with JayJay and his cause, here is why his family believes a service dog is needed:

Having a service dog would be able to support and gro Jay in ways we are not able to. This dog would go to school with him (where we do not go) keep him safe from simple things of crossing a road. A service dog would help with Jay’s “tuff” days he may have. It has been proven that a service dog can help support with language and speech. Having a service dog will be the final piece of the puzzle to support Jay on his path to adulthood.

A Dog for JayJay flyer

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A previous flyer lists the benefits:

  • Improved language
  • Calming during family outings
  • Independence at school and home
  • Safety
  • Interrupt repetitive behaviors that can interfere with his chance at learning
  • Calm overstimulation

If you can’t participate in this month’s event, you can still support the cause.

A fundraising page has been setup to help meet their goal. It shares their emotional journey from learning that their toddler had autism to where they are now. Some highlights:

“Autism”? What is that? Where do I go? Who can help him? So many things run through your mind to help “fix” them. However when you stop for a second and slow down, you realize there is nothing to “fix”. This is who they are and your job number one job is to try and help, support, and guide them along the way. You learn to appreciate the “little” things in life. . .

They described how they faced challenges by setting and working towards a single goal, meeting it and setting the next one:

This is how we approach everything that we find to be a hurdle. Jayson has shown time and time again that anything be overcome with hard work!

Jayson is now 16 years old and continues to impress us on a daily basis. All those hopes and dreams you had before can still exist, just in a way you never thought was possible!

The non-profit SDWR (Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers) is helping the family achieve this next goal. The fundraiser donates money to SDWR with funds earmarked for JayJay’s dog. The organization states:

Each type of service dog is hand raised by SDWR staff and volunteers to mold it into a life-saving tool for each of our families in need. We promote a high level of interaction between the dog, the recipient family and our training staff to create an environment of success. Unlike other service dog programs, SDWR takes the next step in providing a solid base between a service dog and the recipient.

Your donation goes to the placement and growth of more life-saving service dogs.

SDWR is a fully incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization and most all donations are tax deductible. . . Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers helps families find local resources to help offset the costs associated with the training of a service dog. All donations go to the placement of service dogs and the needs of our mission.
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To learn more or make a contribution, click here. Checks can also be made out to SWDR with the memo “In honor of the Arroyo family”.

You can also use the QR code right.

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Tree Trimming Party and Book Sale at the Library – Saturday

December 5, 2019 01:30:00 PM
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This Saturday, December 1st, the Southborough Library will host its annual kids party to trim the Christmas Tree.

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Southborough Gardeners Holiday Boutique – Friday, December 13

December 5, 2019 11:44:22 AM
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A week from tomorrow, the Gardeners are holding a special Holiday Boutique. Expect to see lots of wreaths, door swags and other holiday themed pieces.

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This week in sports: Thanksgiving Day victory and Pre-season Hockey & Swim tournaments

December 5, 2019 09:59:49 AM
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Highlights from last week’s competitions and what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Clarification on ZBA’s 2018 decision on 2 E Main St

December 4, 2019 04:39:55 PM
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It appears that I misunderstood (and therefore misreported) the ZBA’s decision on approved permit uses for the lot at the corner of Main and Newton.

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Community Chorus holiday concerts

December 4, 2019 01:22:25 PM
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Many Southborough residents are active members of other regional choruses. Three of those groups asked me to share news on their concerts this weekend and/or next.

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Holiday Gift collection drives in Southborough (SYFS gift cards due Friday!)

December 4, 2019 10:11:26 AM
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I’ve put together a list of the gift drive collections in town this holiday season.

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ARHS teachers running breakfast food pantry for students

December 4, 2019 09:21:24 AM
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An article in the Community Advocate explains how ARHS teachers Gina Johnston and Aimee Selby opened a food pantry in the high school for students this fall.

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Winter on the farm: “Reindeer”, Holiday Fairy Village & Tree Lighting, and a Solstice Celebration

December 3, 2019 04:30:43 PM
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Chestnut Hill Farm is holding events to celebrate winter and the holidays this month.

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