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It’s a quiet week in Southborough Town Government. So, far, only three meetings are scheduled (with one already having taken place this morning.) The meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

  • Municipal Technology Committee, 8:00 AM @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review any outstanding website questions, discuss IT Director position and candidates, and discuss adding members
  • Historical Commission, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Room A & B (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 84 Main St update, Fayville Hall, and Peter’s High School annex.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

  • Youth Commission, 7:00 pm @ (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Fayville Hall, Camperships update, and Mental Health Awareness Month

(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)


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Above: Former Town Moderator John Wilson moderated a Q&A with this year’s candidates for Town Moderator. (image cropped from SAM video)

On Thursday, candidates for Town office answered questions at Candidates’ Night. I can’t capture all the great comments, so recommend viewing Southborough Access Media’s video. But I know many of you won’t, so I’ll try to summarize the highlights!

Today’s post focuses on the three candidates for Town Moderator: Desiree Aselbekian, Bill Boland, and Stephen Morreale all told the public they were running at the urging of others.

The Moderator has two important roles. The most public one is running Town Meeting, which Morreale referred to as the Town’s legislature and part of the Southborough’s important checks and balances.

All candidates suggested improvements could be made to improve efficiency of the meeting and encourage participation. All agreed that it was important to balance allowing voters to speak and moving along the meeting.

The second duty is to appoint members to the Advisory Committee, the Personnel Board and half of the Public Works Planning Board.

In the past, those appointments have been made by what Aselbekian referred to as “secret phone calls”, which she vowed to end. Often positions have been filled without any notice to the public about openings or announcements of appointments. (It’s a process each would be familiar with, having been appointed by the moderator in the past.)

Morreale said that he would open up the process by advertising openings through the Town and going out to grab new recruits. If there were multiple candidates, he would post the names and give people a week to make comments before he made a decision. He would then follow through by announcing the appointed member.

Aselbekian went further, saying she would advertise and hold open meetings to interview candidates and allow the public to ask relevant questions. And she would set up an active account for anyone to contact the moderator. Her ideas were part of a platform that she had already outlined on her campaign website.

Boland didn’t specify his process, making no promises to increase transparency. Instead, he focused on recruiting people who could bring value to a board. He suggested that he may replace some existing candidates on boards at re-appointment time. [click to keep reading…]


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Above: ARHS Tennis is having a good season (Photo by DaveMontPhotography)

Last week, I reported that two ARHS varsity sports were undefeated at this point in the season. One of those still is – Boys Tennis now has 8 wins under their belts.

Turns out, I was wrong about Boys Lacrosse. (Somehow I missed an April 23rd loss.) But they’re still going strong this season with an 8-1 record.

Also boasting winning seasons are Boys Volleyball (7-2) and Girls Tennis (5-3).

[Editor’s Note: Teams I’m still having trouble tracking down records for are Outdoor Track and Rugby. If anyone has their standings, feel free to post a comment or email]

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week (as of this morning).

To find a complete, updated schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV and freshmen match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.

Monday, May 2, 2016  [click to keep reading…]


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New England Center for Children’s 10th Annual Walk/Run for Autism is this Saturday, May 7th.

Runners and walker, including many from Southborough, will again be raising money to help the school for children with Autism.

NECC promotes:

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this professionally timed race run through the beautiful neighborhoods of Southborough, MA.

Not a runner? That’s okay too – you will be in good company with the many walkers, and we encourage you to stay for the post-race cookout with excellent food, live entertainment and plenty of booth vendors!

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Above: A drunk driver crashed into a Southborough Police cruiser on Route 9 in the middle of the night. (photo from SPD)

A Southborough police officer is home recovering from a crash. Officer Patrick Smith was rear ended by a driver at 1:56 am this morning, while stopped at a red light on Route 9 West at the intersection with Central Street. At the time of the crash, Officer Smith was on patrol duty.

It is the third time in just over eight months that a Southborough officer has been struck by an “under the influence” driver.

According to a press release, Officer Smith was transported to Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham for “complaints of pain”. He was treated and released. Chief Kenneth Paulhus reports that Smith will be out on injured status until further notice.

The driver was booked and placed in lock up pending a bail hearing. The Southborough man will face charges of O.U.I Liquor and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Thanks to the Southborough Gardeners, I know what I’m buying next weekend. (Photo posted to Flickr by Muffet)

Mother’s Day is this approaching fast. As usual, the Southborough Gardeners are making it easy to find a great gift.

southborough gardeners plant_sale flyer

(click to enlarge)

On Saturday May 7th, the group will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Community House (at the corner of routes 30 and 85).

The sale will include a wide selection of annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. 

Everything sold will be suitable for spring planting. (And I think we can trust the Southborough Gardeners to know what does well here in the spring!) [click to keep reading…]


Exploring at Art in Bloom: Photo Gallery and video

April 29, 2016 02:08:19 PM
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Earlier this month, the Southborough Library hosted the annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit. It was a fantastic collaboration between young artists and Southborough Gardeners.

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APTO seeking donations for safe post prom night

April 29, 2016 11:11:56 AM
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For more than twenty years, parents of Algonquin students have sought to keep kids safe after prom. The APTO is asking for help managing it again this year. They are hoping the community and businesses answer the call.

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Mary Cassatt: A look at a “Thoroughly Modern” turn of the 20th century woman – Thursday

April 29, 2016 09:17:14 AM
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The library is hosting an illustrated talk “Mary Cassatt: Thoroughly Modern Woman”.

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Why flags are at half staff: Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 07:11:20 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of Corporal Christopher J. Orlando, United States Marine Corps, of Hingham, MA who died in a tragic military training accident on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

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Adventure Day Camp: Fun for boys and girls; Southborough bus stop – Early Bird ends May 1st

April 28, 2016 04:17:31 PM
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The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor Adventure Day Camp. The camp for kids entering 2nd-8th grades offers busing from Southborough.

Althought this post is written by the sponsor, I can vouch that my daughter and son both had a blast at the camp last year.

An early bird discount is available through this Sunday, May 1st. So act quick!

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On the market this week in Southborough

April 28, 2016 02:17:38 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Selectmen approve CommCan Host Agreement 3-1; Kolenda asks to vote on rescinding letter of non-opposition

April 28, 2016 11:43:31 AM

On Monday night, selectmen had a civil but tense discussion on the Medical Marijuana Dispensary planned for 255 Turnpike Road. In the end, the draft Host Agreement with CommCan, Inc. was approved 3-1. What was left unclear is whether the board will consider rescinding the letter of non-opposition allowing the dispensary to operate.

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Man arrested for verbally accosting girls on trail behind Algonquin (Updated)

April 28, 2016 08:16:42 AM
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Northborough police tracked down a man accused of making sexual comments to two girls near Algonquin. The NPD brought in a K-9 to help with their search, which ended in arrest.

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