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Above: The Gobble Wobble isn’t just for adult runners. A free fun run gets the kids pumped up Thanksgiving morning. (Contributed photo from 2012)

Southborough Recreation is seeking volunteers to help at the 8th Annual Gobble Wobble.

The Gobble Wobble is Friends of Southborough Recreation’s big annual fundraiser. It’s also a fun community event with a 5k race, 2k walk and fun runs for kids. It takes place on Thanksgiving Day (hence the name.)

Organizers are looking for help from runners and non-runners. You can help out the day before with bib and T-shirt pickup. Or sign up to help that morning. Pick from jobs that include registration, parking, selling t-shirts, child care check-in, photography, and clean up.

To sign up or find out more, email mshields@southboroughma.com or register online.

If you are planning to run or walk and haven’t signed up yet – better get off you duff! [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Browse Southborough’s annual artisan show “Holiday Gifts on the Common” this Saturday. (Contributed photo)

A quick reminder of what’s happening around town this weekend.

If you want to get some holiday shopping out of the way, head downtown tomorrow. Special sales at the Community House and Senior Center are in convenient walking distance of each other.

You can support programming for town seniors at the Autumn Fair. And Holiday Gifts on the Common features local artisans, including some who call Southborough their home town.

Saturday, November 22, 2014:

  • ARHS ski and snowboard saleARHS Ski and Snowboard sale (9:00 am – noon) @ St Anne’s Church, 20 Boston Road: ARHS Ski Team fundraiser to support Algonquin boosters and a “team building” Vermont ski trip. Click flyer to enlarge for details.
  • Dodgeball Tournament: 1st-8th grade (9:00 am – 6:30 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School Gym: 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament. Benefit for ARHS Boys Hockey Team. (The registration deadline has passed. Still, you can root on the kids as they dodge, weave, catch, throw and compete to be dodgeball champions.) For details, see dedicated post.

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Obituary: Stephen Gorham Scott, 73

by beth on November 21, 2014

Stephen Gorham Scott, 73, of Southborough, MA passed away peacefully on November 10, 2014 in his home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born in Portland, ME to Gorham Hopkins Scott and Nora (Kemp) Scott, his early years were divided between Cape Elizabeth, ME and New Canaan, CT. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College in 1963. Thereafter, Steve became an advertising executive in New York City, Boston, and Providence where he managed many well-known accounts such as Ivory Bar Soap and Cross Pens. In the mid-1990s, he settled in Southborough to be closer to his family, and finished his career as a marketing executive with Comprehensive Identification Products, Inc. in Burlington, MA.

Upon retirement, he enjoyed many of his passions, including harvesting and sharing his extensive vegetable garden, skiing with family, golfing with friends, and senior softball. He was a voracious reader of history and politics; he also found pleasure in writing, painting, and listening to jazz. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he played basketball, baseball, and football in his youth, and was always a loyal fan of every Boston sports team. He was never happier than when entertaining family and friends in his antique home, where he was proud to demonstrate his fine culinary skills.

Steve will be remembered for his generosity, his love of family, his steadfast commitment to principles he held dear, and, of course, his dry sense of humor and quick wit. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: If approved by Town voters, in four years the view of 84 Main Street from the Sudbury Reservoir could look a lot like this again (sans tower). (Photo circa 1900, from Southborough Historical Society website. Click here to enlarge.)

Earlier this week, selectmen told residents they were close to a deal with the owner of 84 Main Street. They believed a deal was imminent. They were right.

Following the meeting, an agreement was reached. The Town and property owner issued a joint press release sharing the news yesterday afternoon.

The “agreement in principal” would pay the owner of the Burnett/Garfield estate $750,000. (That’s $550,000 less than Jon Delli Priscoli asked for in his recent public statement.) The funds are specified to come from Community Preservation Act funds.

It’s a deal that would need to be ratified by Town voters. Their expectation is to hold a Special Town meeting sometime after January 15th.

In exchange, Delli Priscoli agrees to permanent  prohibitions on demolishing any structures and subdividing the land. First purchase rights are given to the Town for any future sale, and can be re-assigned to a charity. And the Town will have access rights for specified events (including for schools and Historical Commission).

The deal would charge the owner with applying the funds to restoring the estate “in the spirit of the original 19th century Frederick Law Olmsted design”. This extends well beyond renovations to the Stone House.

The deal specifies removal of invasive species, restoration of landscape, and seeking to relocate the Summer Cottage to original placement overlooking the aqueduct. (Click here for illustration from Southborough Historical Society website.)

The work comes with a four year deadline.

One stipulation could shed light on the owner’s vision of the property’s potential. Converting the Stone House to an 8 bedroom B&B or the Carriage House to an antique shop would require seeking a use variance.

Recently, Delli Priscoli granted an interview to Southborough Access Media. In it, he said he planned to convert the 11 bedrooms into 8 bedrooms each with their own bathroom.

[Editor's Note: I forgot to include that Delli Priscoli has publicly stated that he and his wife plan to live in the house when the renovation is complete. If the deal falls through, he plans to sell the property - currently approved for development as four lots.]  [click to keep reading…]

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Mouth-watering treats for your Thanksgiving feast

by alyssa on November 21, 2014

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Left: Students Amanda Fortin and Sharlene Huaca prepare a tray of cookies in the Culinary Arts department at Assabet Valley.(Contributed photo)

Thinking about what to serve at this year’s Thanksgiving feast?

Never fear – Assabet Valley Regional High School will hosts its annual pre-Thanksgiving bake sale on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all goods are sold).

Culinary students will prepare scrumptious desserts ranging from pies, cakes, cookies, coffee cakes, cupcakes, dinner rolls, cheesecake and much more.

All items are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Goods can be purchased at the Epicurean Restaurant at Assabet, 215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough.

 

 

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Above: The Town is a long way off from drafting designs for a new Police and Fire Station. But I can’t resist sharing one child’s vision from the Library’s recent Lego Day. Instead of combining Police with the Fire Department, how about adding a snack bar? (Photo by Beth Melo)

This week, selectmen voted to form a “Public Safety Study Committee”. The overall goal is to help the Town move forward on a Public Safety Building project.

20141120_fire_response_times_map (150x97)The specific charge and timeframe are still to be determined. But the committee will identify potential sites on Main Street and Cordaville Road for a combined police and fire station.

The two roads were identified by a 2006 study as the ideal locations for Fire Department response time. (For more detail on that, click on map to the right to enlarge.)

Until now, research on the project has been done by Town employees including the Town Administrator, police and fire chiefs, Treasurer, and Facilities Director. They have been researching issues and updating selectmen along the way.

Earlier this fall, the group pitched the necessity of a new building. They made a case that the current state of buildings is untenable and that repairs and renovations don’t make fiscal sense.  [click to keep reading…]

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Youth Wrestling registration by this weekend

November 20, 2014 02:30:57 PM
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Alqonquin Youth Wrestling Clinic is promoting its early bird registration.

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Park Central Use Variance Permit postponed to December 3

November 20, 2014 11:30:52 AM

The Zoning Board of Appeals was slated to hold a public hearing on a controversial Use Variance Permit last night.

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Post season wrap up: Boys Soccer out of state championships

November 20, 2014 10:00:58 AM
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Algonquin still has one team bidding for a state title.

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On the market this week in Southborough

November 20, 2014 08:30:36 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Double header at Steeple Coffeehouse Saturday

November 19, 2014 04:30:15 PM
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Pesky J. Nixon and Miles to Dayton will both be performing at Steeple Coffeehouse this weekend.

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BOS drives Main Street forward

November 19, 2014 03:18:33 PM
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Last night, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the 25% reconstruction plans for a portion of Main Street, Route 85, and Common Street.

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BOS still working to save Burnett House, but not for $1.3 million

November 19, 2014 12:36:13 PM
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Last night, selectmen assured both residents hoping to preserve the Burnett House and those concerned about the expense. The Town is on the cusp of reaching a preservation deal for residents to vote on.

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Senior Center looking for large (print) donations

November 19, 2014 09:38:27 AM
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The Southborough Senior center is in need of large print book donations.

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