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Above: Meet the Farmer event includes milking goats and learning about honey bees (Images posted to Facebook – left by Friends of Chestnut Hill Farm, right by beekeeper Scott Navaroli)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. For more details and the full list, check the Event Calendar.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Bumblebee Workshop (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ South Union Building, 21 Highland Street: Volunteer training to help with the ongoing bumblebee survey at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land’s Pollinator Habitat installation. The Conservation Land is being used in a Pilot Project for research on the interrelationships between pollinators and the plants they feed on. Anyone interested in the project or to register for the workshop please contact Freddie Gillespie at For details, see dedicated post.
  • Meet the Farmer (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Fun includes milking goats, kids crafts, a reestablished walking trail, and getting up close with beekeeping. For details, see dedicated post. Attendees should park in the public access parking area just past the farm and walk up the mown path to the road and CSA barn (there will be signs).


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Southborough Recreation is wrapping up the summer Outdoor Movie series next week. One Wednesday, they’ll be screening Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

The movie will be projected on the outdoor screen at Neary School’s field.

All you’ll need to bring is a blanket or chair and bug spray. (If you get the munchies, you can buy refreshments from town Girl Scouts.)

The film will begin at dusk (approximately 7:30 pm). The PG film runs 98 minutes.

There’s a rain date of August 12th. If the weather is iffy, you can check cancellation information by calling 508-485-0710 and pressing 8.


In June, the Planning Board was publicly disgruntled with the Zoning Board of Appeal’s handling of a letter from the Town Planner. Town officials have followed up with the ZBA Chair. They have asked him to revise his policy on accepting documents from town boards.

The June incident revolved around a Use Variance permit at the controversial Park Central site.

Town Planner Jennifer Burney submitted a letter on behalf of the Planning Board hours prior to a hearing the application. ZBA Chair Leo Bartolini opted not to read it into the hearing record. He cited a 10 day rule the board had for accepting communications.

(Part of the Planning Board’s dismay was the ZBA’s acceptance of another document purportedly submitted after Burney’s.)

The ZBA closed the Park Central Use Variance hearing that night and called a vote without discussing the other board’s requests regarding a project that will eventually come before them.

This past Wednesday night, Bartolini told fellow board members that the incident prompted Selectmen and the Town Administrator to ask for a policy revision.

TA Mark Purple and Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf spoke with Bartolini, purportedly with backing by Board of Selectmen Chair John Rooney. They asked for consideration for other town boards to allow documents to be submitted closer to the hearing date.  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: The Infractions will bring their horn driven pop and Rock to Neary next Thursday. (photo from Facebook)

The next performance in the Summer Concert Series is scheduled for Thursday, August 6. The Infractions will entertain, playing horn driven pop and rock.

As all concerts in the series, it will be held 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Neary field. (Don’t forget your blanket/chairs and bug spray!)

Concessions continue to support Send a Kid to Camp. So, bring your appetite. Food offerings include pizza, hot dogs, watermelon, snacks/desserts and beverages.

Summer Concert Series - The InfractionsOne final concert will finish of the series on August 20: Hit the Bus, featuring 50′s to today’s hits.

Rain dates are the following weeks. To check on status, call 508-485-0710 and press 8.

The series is supported by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, Friends of Southborough Youth Commission, and Southborough Recreation and other sponsors (click flyer for more info.)


Senior Center to reopen Monday

by beth on July 31, 2015

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Above: The social hub for town seniors has been closed this summer. It’s doors will reopen Monday morning. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

If you are a senior in town who has missed  hanging out at Cordaville Hall,  I have good news.

The long-awaited reopening of the Southborough Senior Center is scheduled for this Monday, August 3. Summer hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 3:00 pm.

The center closed in June for major renovations. Work includes a complete rehab of the kitchen, hall, sitting and library area, and bathroom with new cabinets, applicances, painting, and new floors.

Unfortunately, they took about 3 weeks longer than originally anticipated. The renovations aren’t fully complete. Still, enough is done to allow reopening the doors for senior programs.

For now, the kitchen is still off limits for some finishing work. (Its floor still needs installing and appliances need hooking up.)

Meanwhile, regular social programs will resume at the facility on Monday.

Summer offerings include bocce, pitch, mah jongg, cribbage, bridge, canasta and pool (as in billiards, not swimming!) It looks like the Dull Men’s Club is also expected to reconvene next Friday.

For more details on programs, check out the Senior Center website or their summer newsletter.


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Next week, kids have the opportunity to take part in a magician’s workshop at the Southborough Library.

On Tuesday, August 4th at 2:30 pm, magician Debbie O’Carroll will return to the library.

This time, instead of holding a magic show, she’ll be running a workshop for aspiring magicians.

The workshop requires pre-registration and is limited to kids seven and older.  Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 508-481-5031.

(Image from O’Carroll’s website)


Framingham looks to boost mixed development by Southborough town line

July 30, 2015 11:44:19 AM

Southborough Wicked Local reports that Framingham’s Planning Board is proposing an “Innovation District” along their side of the Southborough border.

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On the market this week in Southborough

July 30, 2015 09:23:45 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Senior Picnic: August 25th

July 30, 2015 07:30:00 AM
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Two annual celebrations for Southborough seniors are taking place this summer.

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Senator Eldridge looking to override Governor on budget vetoes

July 29, 2015 02:30:00 PM

State Senator Elderidge issued a press release urging his colleagues to override Governor Baker’s veto.

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Pan-Mass Challenge: Two more hitting the trail

July 29, 2015 11:30:00 AM
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Earlier this summer, I shared a Southborough cyclist’s commitment to the bike-a-thon. Since then, I’ve heard from two more asking me to share their information about the Jimmy Fund fundraiser.

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Obituary: Mari-Jo Harney

July 29, 2015 09:30:00 AM
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Mari-Jo C. Harney, of Southborough, MA and formerly of Hopkinton, MA, died peacefully in the comfort of her home on July 24th, 2015, after a battle with cancer.

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Graffiti at St Anne’s being treated as Hate Crime

July 29, 2015 07:00:27 AM
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The Southborough Police Department is investigating a hate crime at St. Anne’s Church.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

July 28, 2015 02:29:04 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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