Southborough athlete gets Worcester’s key

by beth on September 23, 2014

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Above: Resident Aiden O’Shea and his team accept the key to the City of Worcester. (Photo from team Facebook page.)

Were you feeling a bit more Irish than usual last Tuesday?

If not, maybe you had to be in Worcester.

One week ago, Southborough’s Aiden O’Shea and his hurling team were awarded the key to the City of Worcester.

It was part of a ceremony declaring September 16th, Worcester Gaelic Athletic Club Day.

20140919_worcester_gaelic_day_smlO’Shea recently led his team to national victory in the Gaelic sport of Hurling.

O’Shea is the chairman of the Worcester Gaelic Athletic Association. Over Labor Day weekend his team won four victories and the first place title at the National Junior Hurling Championships.

Mayor Joseph Petty of Worcester presented the key and made the official proclamation to the right. (Click to enlarge.)

You can find out more about the Worcester Gaelic Athletic Association by visiting their Facebook page.

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Town seeking election workers

by beth on September 23, 2014

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Right: Looking to make some extra money while supporting our democracy? Consider heading to the polls as an election worker this fall. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

The state election is coming up November 4th. Apparently, the Town of Southborough needs workers to help out.

These are paid positions. The town site posts:

Election Workers Needed!!

You must be 18 years of age and a registered voter in the town.

These are paid positions and would need to know if you prefer to work days, nights or both.

If interested, please inquire at the town clerk’s office or call (508)485-0710 ext. 5.

 

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This week in sports

by beth on September 22, 2014

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Above: ARHS Varsity Boys Soccer in 2013. Four games into this season, the team is undefeated. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

Here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week.

[Note: Have a photo of your favorite team in action to share? Email mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

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

Monday, September 22, 2014

  • 3:30pm ARHS Golf vs. Wachusett Regional @ Holden Hill Country Club
  • 4:00pm ARHS Field Hockey vs. Wachusett Regional @ Wachusett Reg. High School
  • 5:15pm ARHS Girls Volleyball vs. Shepherd Hill Regional High School @ Shepherd Hill Regional

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • 3:30pm ARHS Cross Country vs. Westborough High School @ Algonquin
  • 4:00pm ARHS Cross Country vs. Leominster @ Leominster
  • 5:00pm ARHS Boys Soccer vs. Wachusett Regional @ Algonquin
  • 7:00pm ARHS Girls Soccer vs. Wachusett Regional @ Algonquin  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for The week in government (9/22-9/28-14): Barn Hollow Open Space and Main Street reconstruction

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with selected highlights from the agendas. All these 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, September 22, 2014

  • Planning Board, 7:00 PM @ Hearing Room, Town House (agendaAgenda Highlights: Highlights: Update on process of Main St & TIP; Planning Board goals - Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • Neary School Council, 3:00 PM @ Conference Room, Margaret Neary School, 53 Parkerville Road (agenda)
  • Board of Selectmen, Packet, 6:00 PM @ Hearing Room, Town House (agenda with packetpast coverage of Barn Hollow open space issues) Agenda Highlights: Highlights: Discussion of Barn Hollow Open Space; Public Safety Building presentation; EDC appointments; Taser Policy adoption; and Updates on 9/11 field and DPW staffing.  - Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

[Note: Though OSPC's agendas below show them attending the Board of Selectmen meeting above at 7 pm presumably for agenda item on Barn Hollow open space, Barn Hollow is listed on BOS agenda for 6:45 pm.]

  • Open Space Preservation Commission, 6:30 PM @ Trustees’ Room, Southborough Public Library (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights: Barn Hollow Open Space
  • Open Space Preservation Commission, 7:00 PM @ Hearing Room, Town House (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights: Attending Board of Selectmen Meeting

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Last winter, some concerned parents began a movement to push Algonquin’s start time later.

Volunteers studied and presented to the APTO on the issue, sought administration suport and even began a Massachusetts Chapter for the national movement “Start School Later”.

At issue is the many problems proven related to lack of teen sleep. Supporting the cause are claims that scientific studies show teens are biologically wired to stay up late and sleep late.

This month the combined school committees for the district was slated for forming a study group on the issue. According to Southborough Wicked Local, the committees supported the effort.

The local movement was focused on the high school. ARHS is in the 40% of schools with start times before 8:00 am.

But a study group will also look at lower grades and consider the “ripple effect” caused by changes to the bus schedule.

Superintendent Christine Johnson also plans to look into solutions beyond just delaying the school start.

And the district won’t be alone. Johnson has recruited other superintendents to explore the issue.

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Post image for Events this week (9/22-9/28/14): Musical nostalgia, Wi-Fi in Schools, Special Ed coffee, Magic Show and Putting for Purple

Above: Magician Peter O’Malley will be entertaining children this weekend as part of the monthly free series, Saturdays at Fay. (Image from Thumbtack)

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

  • Music Through the Decades (12:45 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Musician David Polansky brings alive the music of bygone eras. Luncheon program with suggested donation of $6 for Friends of Council of the Aging and $10 for non-members. For more details, see dedicated post.

Thursday, September 25, 2014:

  • Rosh Hashanah: No public school
  • Flu Clinic for Seniors (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: This year there will be a high dose vaccine. For more information about the high dose flu vaccine contact Leslie Chamberlin, R.N.
  • Wi-Fi in Schools – Why, Why Not! (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: A discussion of health risks & solutions for the safer use of technology, presented by Michael D’Aleo. For more details, see dedicated post.

Friday, September 26, 2014:  [click to keep reading…]

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Obituary: Margaret A. “Peggy” ( Eakin) Tuttle, 81

September 20, 2014 04:36:32 PM

Margaret A. “Peggy” ( Eakin) Tuttle, 81, of Marlborough MA, formally of Rockville Centre, NY, died on Wednesday , September 17th at home, surrounded by her loving family.

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Southborough Police warning: It’s not us calling; it’s a spoof

September 19, 2014 04:27:37 PM
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Southborough Police posted a warning on on their Facebook page.

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ZBA grants Ken’s Foods 24×7 approval with conditions

September 19, 2014 03:09:39 PM
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This week, Ken’s Foods returned to the Zoning Board of Appeals for clarification on their special permit. The business requested permission to operate on a 24 hour, 7 day per week basis. In a public hearing, neighbors continued to argue that the business is already too loud and disruptive to their lives.

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Young students challenged to be WordMasters and Math Olympiads

September 19, 2014 09:51:36 AM
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Southborough Recreation is offering competitive academics as after school programs. Woodward and Neary students can improve their vocabulary and verbal reasoning through WordMasters. Neary students can also strengthen math and problem solving abilities through Math Olympiads.

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Local employer awards Southborough’s Education Foundation with $5,000 grant

September 19, 2014 07:30:13 AM
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Local employer awards SEF grant to purchase a gas chromatograph machine.

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Meet the President: Advanced ticket sale for October 18 Historical event

September 18, 2014 04:30:00 PM
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Next month, residents will get the chance to “meet” President John Adams.

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Your favorite places: Apple picking (fall 2014)

September 18, 2014 02:30:00 PM
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It’s that time of year when playgroups meet at orchards and families look for a good weekend to go apple picking.

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School news roundup: Boost in state funding, superintendent priorities, tech update and more

September 18, 2014 11:30:11 AM

Southborough Wicked Local covered the recent school committee meetings for the town and district. Here are excerpts from their recent stories.

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