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At the start of the month, Public Works warned that Main Street Reconstruction work would begin in April with dates TBD. As I previously shared, this year’s work will focus on tree clearing and drainage.

Today, Monday, April 22nd, the Town updated:

Tree work is starting on Main Street this week.

Water by-pass will begin by end of week. By-pass work will start near Sears Road.

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Post image for The week in government: BOS Hearing to revoke auto sales license; Regional School Committee Meeting

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. Most of these meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by. (I noted the exceptions.)

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Public Safety Building Committee, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on building signage and grease skimmer change order; Fire Dept vehicle exhaust system; proposed change orders – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Trottier School Council Meeting, 2:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School (Meeting listed on school calendar but no agenda posted)
  • Southborough Scholarship Committee, 5:30 pm @ Mary Finn School, Lobby Conference Room, 60 Richards Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Scholarship process – review and vote on scoring rubric
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee, 6:15 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on 16B Stockwell Lane
  • Board of Selectmen, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearing on Class II License revocation for Right Way Auto Sales (click here for past coverage); Police update on Ride Along grant program; Assigning care and control of 0 Kimberly Lane – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Wednesday, April 24, 2019  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: It’s Earth Day today – but the annual celebration is on Saturday, with the community invited to help clean up our Town. (image from flyer)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week.

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For those listings and more, check the Event Calendar.]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Knitting Club (Senior Center Program) (1:00 – 2:00 pm) @ The Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd: Bi-weekly gathering of knitters working on their own creations and discussing community projects. Stop by for a cup of coffee/tea and visit with the group or join right in! For details, see flyer
  • Poetry Workshop (6:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Main Level: At the semi-monthly sessions, Everyone is asked to bring in five copies of their original poetry for supportive feedback. If you don’t have a poem, come and share your insights. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • Poet Tea (3:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library, main level: Join the Southborough Library for its annual Poet Tea: Tea & Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Refreshments will be provided by volunteers. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Tales & Tails (6:15 – 7:15 pm) @ Southborough Library, main level: Children are welcome to come in and read to a dog. The kids must have some reading ability. Registration is required. Please contact the Children’s Room staff for more information. (Monthly on Wednesday and Thursday of the 4th week of each month.)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Tales & Tails (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library, main level: Children are welcome to come in and read to a dog. The kids must have some reading ability. Registration is required. Please contact the Children’s Room staff for more information. (Monthly on Wednesday and Thursday of the 4th week of each month.)
  • Audiobook Club (Sci-Fi/Fantasy books) (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Southborough Library, main floor: A monthly club focusing on Science Fiction / Fantasy books. The club will be listening to and/or reading Vengeful by V. E. Schwab. The program is led by library associate Christopher McGinn.

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • 3rd Annual ART Show by NECC (7:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Community House, 28 Main St: A benefit for The New England Center for Children Inc. Attendance is free. Funds will be raised through the silent auction. Enjoy an evening of good conversation, good food, and good art as we thank you for your contribution to NECC and share your impact. For details see Facebook event.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • Earth Day Cleanup (8:30 am – 11:30 am): 29th Annual Earth Day Cleanup! Spring has sprung and that means the 2019 Earth Day Cleanup day is getting close. Plan to join other volunteers at this fun annual cleanup around town! Volunteers gather at 8:00 am at the Southborough Department of Public Works (DPW) Transfer station to pickup trash bags and adopt a favorite part of town to clean. For details, see dedicated post.

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Above: The 495/MetroWest Partnership is continuing to push the importance of a 495-MassPike interchange construction project for the regional economy.

A meeting held by the 495/MetroWest Partnership included a subject that impacts many commuters and businesses in our town – the state’s project to improve the 495-MassPike interchange. Local media coverage included some details worth sharing – like potential costs.

Wicked Local’s coverage of the meeting in Marlborough focused on our neighbors’ US Congress Representative Laurie Trahan. According to the article she showed support for the project.

The meeting brought together state and federal officials and developers. Some of the talk centered on the need to reduce traffic for businesses based in our region. The 495-90 project was seen as a critical part of that:

Jonathan Gulliver, highway administrator for the state’s Department of Transportation, said transportation is key to economic development. The state is working to redesign the 495-Mass Pike interchange to handle increased freight traffic and getting employees to work.

The new high-speed connection will help ease congestion with a higher traffic capacity and improve safety.

The price tag is expected to be $296 million to $413 million, depending on which option is selected. A 25 percent design public hearing is expected in 2020.

Trahan, who is still within the first 100 days of her congressional term, said she signed a letter of support for an infrastructure grant for the interchange along with other members of the state delegation.

“We’re proud to do that,” she said. “You look at how vital that intersection is not just from freight and transportation point of view but also for safety.”

You can read the full article here.

Although the Metrowest Partnership in the past has championed the need for improvements with the nearby Route 9/495 interchange, there was no mention of that in the article. The project map continues to outline the 495 section of the project as starting just south of the Rte 9 cloverleaf.

Looking at the state’s information on the project, it doesn’t look like there has been any official status change since I shared news last August. The project is still listed as under environmental review with eventual construction envisioned from 2022-2026.

And it appears that they are still accepting comments. (That interactive map does also allow you to comment on issues for nearby roads in our town, including Route 9, and it looks like some people already have.) You can read more here.

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Post image for Senior Center’s Raised Bed Gardens – learn about lending a hand today at 11am

Above: Town seniors – want to do some gardening without all of the kneeling and stooping? The Senior Center is recruiting gardeners for the raised bed gardens donated through an Eagle Scout project last year. (contributed photo)

Sorry for waiting until the last minute to share this one. Today, the Southborough Senior Center is holding a meeting about their Raised Bed Gardens.

The Center’s newsletter shares:

Would you like to be involved with the raised bed gardens at the Senior Center. If you would like to do some gardening in this confined and comfortable way, please join us. Possible plants include herbs, vegetables, some flowers and at least one pollinator. The fruits of our labor will be shared. The gardens will be tended by the group when it is convenient . Please attend a gathering to find out about becoming involved.

Monday, April 22nd at 11:00am

There will be a light lunch following the meeting. No Charge

If you have questions, you can call the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.

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Post image for Sign up for Rec summer camps – Early Bird rates through April 24th

Above: Campers can again enjoy Southborough Recreation Department’s summer camps at Finn and Woodward. (Images from photos courtesy of the Southborough Recreation Department and/or their Facebook page)

The Southborough Recreation Department is again offering its popular half day summer camp programs. Sign up by April 24 to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Camp at Finn School is open to children ages 2.9 to those entering first grade, while the Woodward program (actually held at Woodward this year) is open to children entering grades 2 through 6. The program will run from June 24th to August 9th.*

Each week offers dedicated themes (like Carnival Week and Barn Yard Fun) with special activities and visitors. The WW camp also offers occasional special outings, and most weeks include a swim at St. Mark’s.

For more information, or to register, see the camp flyer for Finn or the camp flyer for Woodward. You can fill out the forms in the pdfs or register online here.

The early bird rate for both camps $155 per week – except for 4th of July week which is $128.

For even older kids looking for something to do, there’s the CIT program at both camps. It’s geared for children entering grades 7-9:

A CIT (counselor in training) is a camper enrolled in a specialized camp leadership program. Through practical experience CIT’s learn about behavior management, risk management, safety awareness, decision making, program planning and team building. This program is meant to develop future leaders for camp and all other areas of life. Our goal is to give CITs the opportunity to gain confidence, pride along with a sense of community and accomplishment.

Summer Camp CIT description

(click to enlarge)

For more details, check out the description cropped from the brochure (image right). Registration for the uber popular option isn’t available online, and Rec doesn’t offer an early bird discount for the program. To register, you need to fill out the mail in form, available here.

When deciding which weeks you want to sign kids up for, you may want to first check on the schedule for other one-week specialty camps this summer. There are a few sports camps and some programs focused on fun with science or engineering. There are also the usual ongoing classes/camps over the summer for tennis, golf, and horseback riding. You can view the the spring & summer brochure here

*Note: Barring any more unforeseen cancellations, the last day of school will be Monday, June 17th. School resumes for the next school year on August 28th.

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On the market this week in Southborough

April 18, 2019 04:30:00 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Tea and poetry at the Library – Wednesday

April 18, 2019 02:30:00 PM
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April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, the Southborough Library is again partnering with local Daughters of the British Empire.

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Town Election Save the Dates: Absentee Ballots, Candidate’s Night, and the big day

April 18, 2019 11:50:00 AM
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The Town Clerk asked me to let residents know that absentee ballots are available for the Town Election. There’s an important date to note  – and you may want to mark some others.

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Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (rain or shine) (Updated)

April 18, 2019 09:20:00 AM
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Southborough Kindergroup has shared details on this year’s Easter Egg Hunt.

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Support for caregivers of loved ones with dementia

April 18, 2019 07:30:00 AM

The Southborough Senior Center asked me to remind the public about a special support group.

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Obituary: Georgette M (Boulanger) Prosperi, 86

April 17, 2019 04:49:52 PM
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Georgette M (Boulanger) Prosperi, 86, of Marlborough, formerly of Southborough, passed away on April 14, 2019.

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Fire Dept Update: Fires, car wrecks, training and more

April 17, 2019 03:58:33 PM
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t’s time to take a look at what the Southborough Fire Department has been up to.

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Help make the Post Prom Party possible – Friday grocery shopping fundraiser

April 17, 2019 09:30:00 AM
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A fundraiser is being held on Friday, April 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Roche Brothers in Westborough.

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