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Above: White demonstrating baby sign to parents, infants, and young children. (images from Facebook)

This Friday morning, Southborough’s Sheryl White will be holding a Sing Language Stories & Songs event at the Library. The free event is for 2 month old infants through 5 year old preschoolers.

White will run a circle time teaching baby signs through songs, puppets, books, rhymes, stories and more.

baby kneads sign & song flyer

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Why learn sign? The flyer pitches:

Some of the benefits of signing are greater interest in books and easier time with early literacy skills. Babies that can sign before they can speak have less frustration.

(You can learn more about that through a write-up of one of White’s recent library events in Athol – click here.)

The special event takes place Friday, April 28th at 11:00 am. It’s open to the public, no registration required.

The program is sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library.


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Above: The Historical Society is calling on those who care about preservation to support several articles still up for vote. And they are updating the public on progress made since last year’s vote to preserve the Burnett estate. Photos capture preservation work in progress at the Stone House and the Chapel (photos by Alan Bezanson)

Town Meeting is set to resume tonight, 7:00 pm at Trottier Middle School. I can’t predict all that we’ll get through tonight, but I can tell you some of what is sure to be covered. 

Changes to the Personnel Salary Administrative Plan (Article 5) were tabled to tonight. So, expect that to be dealt with.

Special Town Meeting is scheduled to be reopened tonight at 8:00 pm (though that time may shift.) That Warrant will deal with a citizen’s petition Article to authorize elected officials to hire special counsel when needed.

Several of the Warrant Articles, including ones sure to be voted on tonight, deal with preserving Southborough history. The Southborough Historical Society has posted about 11 articles that “have a direct effect on historical preservation in Southborough.”:

If you care about historical preservation in Southborough, this is not a meeting to miss!

Read about those important items here.

That list doesn’t even cover the Community Preservation Act administrative appropriation articles related to the Burnett House. Just in time for this week’s meeting, the Society posted photos updating residents on that preservation work. (For a closer look at the photos at the top of the story, click here.)

Voters only got through 9 articles last night. So, I can’t assure that we’ll get to Articles 31-33 on Recreational Marijuana tonight. But, it’s a good possibility. (In fact, it’s possible we’ll get through all the remaining articles. I just highly doubt it.)

What remains up for vote are Annual Town Meeting Articles 11-43 and Special Town Meeting Article 7 (& 5 which will be indefinitely postponed.) Click here for a reminder of what those articles are.

Last night went well past 11:00 pm and tonight’s sure to be another long one. So, I’m going to take a break this morning and run some pre-scheduled posts before I write about last night’s action. (In the meantime, you can read about some of it in Southborough Wicked Local.)

Updated (4/26/17 11:29 am): I accidentally referred to the SAP article as #4. It’s #5.


It’s late, so here’s a quick summary. It was a long night with passionate debate. In the end, only 9 Annual Town Meeting Articles were resolved and two Special Town Meeting Articles.

ATM Articles 2 & 3 and 5-7 passed. Articles 8 & 9 (budget and capital expenses) were approved with amendments. Article 4 on changes to the Personnel Salary Administration Plan was tabled to Wednesday night. 

Special Town Meeting Articles 6 & 7 on recalling and removing officials were defeated. 

I’ll fill in more details Wednesday afternoon. 

Update (4/26/17 7:03 am): The meeting will reconvene tonight at 7:00 pm. (Not 7:30 as originally planned.)


Annual Town Meeting tonight

by beth on April 25, 2017

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Above: Can’t make it to Trottier tonight? Follow what’s happening via twitter or watch it live courtesy of SAM. (photo by Beth Melo)

Final reminder – Annual Town Meeting is scheduled to open at 7:00 pm tonight. 

Of course, I know that not everyone can make it out – especially all 2-3 nights. So, I’ll be live tweeting from the Trottier Middle School auditorium this week. (Follow that here.)

But that’s not the only way to keep up. Southborough Access Media will be broadcasting live. You can view that on Verizon Ch 37 & Charter Ch 192, or on their streaming website.

Of course, you can’t weigh in on any of the important votes from home. So if you’re really interested, hopefully you can join us there at 49 Parkerville Road.

For more details on the meeting see the following links:


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Don’t worry, I’m not running for anything. I’m reaching out to those of you who are. (And updating others who might be considering a future run.)

I’m behind in reaching out to candidates running in the Town Election. (This late month Town Meeting really has me thrown off this year!)

So, in case I have trouble reaching anyone, here’s my public call for letters. (Candidates, please scroll down for important details.)

While I’m at it, I’ll throw in an update on the Board of Selectmen vacancy.

Last week, the board agreed that they won’t wait until next spring’s election to fill John Rooney’s seat. But they worried that cramming in a Special Election in June or over the summer wouldn’t be fair to candidates.

Selectmen discussed targeting fall for a special election. 

The timing was discussed but not settled. (Not too early in September as people are returning from out of town/getting started in school and sports. Not overlapping Jewish holidays. And trying to keep it on a Tuesday.) 

Chair Brian Shea and Town Clerk Jim Hegarty planned to speak offline about a potential date and bring that back to the board.

Setting the date is on this evening’s Board of Selectmen. So we may hear an announcement at Town Meeting tonight.

Now here are details on submitting Candidate’s Letters[click to keep reading…]


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This spring, the Economic Development Committee published a new resource for businesses.

The Permitting Guide walks businesses through the processes for opening a new business in town or changing/expanding existing facilities. 

You can find the guide to view or download from EDC’s Developing Business page.

EDC's Permitting Guide

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The guide walks businesses through steps by the type of business or by what they want to do. (Check out the Table of Contents, right.)

EDC launched the guide at the end of March.

Earlier this month, links were posted to relevant pages throughout the Town’s and EDC’s website. And a printed copy can be picked up at Town Hall. 

The project is part of EDC’s ongoing efforts to encourage business development. And it’s sure to come up at this week’s Annual Town Meeting when the EDC asks voters to ratify them as a standing committee. (The ad hoc group has been talking about seeking a more permanent status since last spring.)

It may even be raised tonight as the EDC asks voters to approve a 9.56% increased budget. The increase is mostly based on “an increase in the Coordinator’s pay rate that corresponds with a revised job description matching current responsibilities”.  The EDC also plans to launch a Shop Local promotional video and event next year.

Those expenses are partially offset by cost savings from the reduction in printing as they rely heavier on digital platforms. 

The budget increase was a topic of much discussion at Selectmen’s meeting with the Advisory Committee this month. After debate, compromises on other budgets, and EDC’s promise to work with Advisory on how to “better” track its impact in the future, Advisory agreed to support the increase.


Free weekly “Young Scientists” program begins this morning

April 25, 2017 08:20:00 AM
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The Southborough Library is again hosting a 6-week Young Scientists program for kids aged 3-5 this spring.

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Annual Town Meeting this week: What’s up for a vote (and when)

April 24, 2017 06:44:27 PM
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Tomorrow night, Southborough will open up the Annual Town Meeting. Expect it to run 2-3 nights.

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This week in sports

April 24, 2017 04:26:08 PM

Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Hydrant flushing this week (Check taps and the schedule before you wash a load!)

April 24, 2017 02:32:45 PM
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Next week is the last week of April, and that means it’s time for the annual flushing of the hydrants in Southborough. It will take nearly all week for the DPW to flush all the hydrants in town, and when they’re doing the ones in your neck of the woods, you may notice your tap water running brown.

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Police logs: Investigations into B&E (with food fight?) and possibly thwarted burglary

April 24, 2017 11:43:52 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Events this week: Science fun for tots, Baby signs, Author night, Running of the Goats and more (Updated)

April 24, 2017 09:41:33 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: Annual Town Meeting & prep (Updated)

April 24, 2017 07:26:22 AM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

April 20, 2017 02:46:02 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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