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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards grants semi-annually. They are now accepting a new round of submissions from organizations that serve our region.

Proposals should be submitted by non-profit organizations*. Grants from $3,000 – $25,000 will be awarded for projects benefiting towns and cities of Worcester County, which includes Southborough.

Their budget for the year is $1.3 million with $600,000 of that earmarked for the “fall cycle”. Decisions will be announced in December.

Proposals are sought for the following categories:  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Someone from our district whose message embodies social justice will get the chance to attend an address by the Pope in DC this fall as a guest of Congresswoman Clark. (Image left from Pope Francis’ twitter feed and right from Clarke’s website)

This September, Pope Francis will address United States Congress. Our U.S. Representative, Katherine Clark, is offering her constituents an opportunity to attend.

Today, she released news to her district that she hopes to take one member of the community with her. (Yes, her district covers Southborough.)

To be selected, you first have to inspire the Congresswoman through an essay:

ESSAY COMPETITION

Would you like to accompany me to hear Pope Francis address Congress in September?

On September 24, Pope Francis will deliver the first-ever address by a leader of the Holy See to a joint session of Congress.

Each Member of Congress may invite one person to attend this historic event, and I’d like to invite a member of the community whose story, life, or life’s work embodies the message of social justice offered by Pope Francis.  [click to keep reading…]

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The Southborough Fire Department posted some news to Facebook worth sharing.

The first of the month was a rough start with two serious accidents resulting in injuries bookending the day:

Yesterday, group 1 on duty started their shift with a motor vehicle accident at 08:15. This was located at Rt 30 at Kallander Drive. One patient transport to UMASS Medical.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Mime time at the library – August 12

by beth on August 4, 2015

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Above: The not-so-silent mime will “create a new hero” with help from children at the library next week. (Image posted to Robert Rivest’s Facebook page)

I always thought mimes had to be silent. That’s before I witnessed comic mime Robert Rivest yucking it up with kids at the library a couple of years ago.

Rivest doesn’t look like a typical mime, but he certainly uses pantomime skills to entertain.

Next week, Rivest will return to the library. His scheduled program centers around the Summer Reading theme “Every Story has a Hero”

The comic mime hopes to inspire children to laugh. He promises to:

[lead] family audiences on a fun, upbeat journey of everyday heroes, super heroes and heroes from Greek mythology and popular books. This exciting program is highly participatory. Everyone gets the opportunity to learn mime, act out their favorite hero, and help Robert create a new hero and story on the spot. Pure fun at your library.

The show takes place on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm in the upstairs main room.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

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Whether you’re working on a new career, building on work skills, or just interested in a new hobby, Assabet After Dark has a lot to offer this fall.

But if you’re eager to start sooner, the school is also offering a large roster of 6-week online courses that begin August 12th. (Sessions will also be offered in September and October.)

ed2go online course categories cover:

  • Career Exploration
  • Computer Applicatons
  • Computer Technology
  • Language
  • Management
  • Medical
  • Personal Development
  • Test Prep
  • Writing

Assabet After Dark Fall 2015 course catalogAs for this fall’s in-person courses, the catalog won’t hit our mailboxes for a couple more weeks. But online registration is scheduled to start today. So, you can start your planning now.

Click here to explore.

As usual, classes will be available in Sports, Fitness, Dance, Arts, Computers, Music, Photography, and Wellness, as well as opportunities to enhance or advance a career by obtaining new certifications or licenses. . . [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Cruising from Boston Harbor to six harbor islands just got cheaper, thanks to the Southborough Library. (Image of view from the island ferry posted to Flickr by Patrick Sullivan)

The Southborough Library now has discount passes for Boston Harbor Cruises. Passes are for use to purchase tickets on the cruise line’s Boston Harbor Island ferries.

The new passes offer two-for-one rates for up to 4 people. (Children under the age of 3 are admitted free.)

More good news, they have four available passes per day.  And since they aren’t reusable, you don’t need to return them when you are done.

To take advantage, check availability and reserve passes through the TixKeeper Museum Pass system on the library website. Or you can ask library staff for help. Swing by the Main Desk upstairs or call 508-485-5031.

As for booking your tickets, I’m guessing you’ll need to do that in person to take advantage of the discount rates. You can checkout the ferry schedule between Boston and Georges Island and Spectacle Island here.

The schedule for ferries between Boston and those two islands can be found here.

From Georges Island, you can also make your way to Spectacle and four other islands (Peddocks, Grape, Lovells and Bumpkin.) Click here for that full schedule. For more information on the islands, click here.

Click thumbnails below to enlarge photos from the islands and ferry.

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The week in government: Housing Partnership discussion with Capasso Farm; Open Space goals

August 3, 2015 02:30:00 PM
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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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Q & A on town roads: Cleanup, repairs and construction

August 3, 2015 11:15:14 AM
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Some readers have asked met to get answers to their questions related to town roads. Department of Public Works Director Karen Galligan obliged.

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Events this week: Magic workshop, PJ storytime, outdoor movie, summer concert and craft day

August 3, 2015 09:19:54 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Senior Center programs: Weekly and just this week

August 3, 2015 07:17:35 AM
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With so many weekly programs scheduled to resume, plus a couple of special events, I thought I’d share their schedule for the week.

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Weekend at a glance: Fun at the farm and bee workshop

July 31, 2015 04:03:07 PM
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Highlights of events in Southborough this weekend.

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That’s a wrap: Last film in outdoor summer series – August 5

July 31, 2015 02:14:00 PM
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Southborough Recreation is wrapping up the summer Outdoor Movie series next week.

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ZBA drafting letter on new rule for town board communications

July 31, 2015 11:18:58 AM

An incident between the ZBA board and Planning Board is prompting a revision in the board’s deadline policy.

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Summer Concert with the Infractions – August 6

July 31, 2015 09:23:53 AM
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The Infractions will entertain the crowd at next week’s Summer Concert.

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