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With school less than two weeks away, Southborough’s back to school activities are starting soon. With the start of school, it’s also not long until holidays and half days begin popping up.

Below are the orientation and “welcome back” activities through September:

  • Wednesday, 8/23, Algonquin welcome activities
    • 9:30 – 11:30 am, Orientation for Freshmen
    • 10:00 am – noon, Orientation for new students in 10-12th grades
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Freshmen Dance
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parent Meeting for parents of freshmen
  • Wednesday, 8/23, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Trottier Open House for new students
  • Thursday, 8/24, Algonquin‘s First Day for fall sports tryouts
  • Monday, 8/28, Finn & Woodward Open Houses
    • Pre-K and K, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • 1st Grade, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    • 2nd Grade, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • 3rd Grade, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 8/30, First Day of School 
  • Wednesday, 8/31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Ice Cream Social
  • Monday, 9/5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Algonquin‘s All Sports Night for parents and student athletes
  • Thursday, 9/7, Trottier Orientation & Curriculum Night
    • 5:30 – 6:15 pm, 6th Grade Parents Stone Orientation (information about October 2-night trip)
    • 6:15 – 8:00 pm, Curriculum Night
  • Thursday, 9/14, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Curriculum Night
  • Monday, 9/18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Neary Instrument Rental night (information night for parents & students considering band or orchestra)
  • Friday, 9/29, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Finn Fall Festival and Book Fair

You’ll also want to mark calendars for the No School and Early Dismissal dates this year. Some half days are school-specific, so they don’t appear on the district calendar:  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Southborough job listings: Economic Development Coordinator, Library temp and more school jobs (Updated)

I learned of more jobs available in Southborough. If you have any of your own job openings in town to share this week, you can add them in comments below.

(If you’d like to share your company’s job openings in future weeks, email

Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough

Our school district is advertising more new jobs, beyond last week’s list

Click here to learn more about the school district and job opportunities.

Town of Southborough

  • Temporary Library Associate (part-time)
    Under the direction of the Library Director, the library associate performs basic-to-moderate library services and professional work at the circulation desk. Provides public service assistance, shelving of library materials, administrative assistance, empties outdoor book drop, and fulfills other functions as needed. (For full description and requirements, click here.)
  • Economic Development Coordinator (part-time)
    The Town of Southborough is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the part-time position of Economic Development Coordinator. This position supports and coordinates the efforts of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) to insure effective communication and collaboration between Town officials and businesses located in Southborough. [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Wannabe babysitters can learn how to avoid or overcome common problems with infants and children. (images left and right posted to flickr by Parker Knight)

Southborough Recreation is offering a Babysitting 101 course for tweens/teens 12 years old and up. The class takes place on Monday, August 28th.

Sign up quickly. Today, is the registration deadline and as of last night, there were only 3 spots left.

Instructors will be from Boroughs CPR. The class will teach necessary skills for babysitting and starting a babysitting business:  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: If you got your glasses for the eclipse, you may want to test them out. If you didn’t, it’s time to think about how you plan to view the event. (image left by Beth Melo, right cropped from photo posted to flickr by Matt Hecht)

We’ve been hearing about the coming solar eclipse all summer. Now, it’s just four days away. In our area, the event will begin at 1:26 pm, peak at 2:45, and end at 3:59 pm.

Some people have booked travel to total eclipse territory. But for the rest of us, the only view we’ll have is the partial eclipse. You know, the view that scientists warn is dangerous to look at unequipped.*

My family already bought (and tested) our safety compliant eclipse glasses.** But I know some readers may not have gotten their hands on any yet. So, what can you do?

If you plan to rush order a pair, make sure they aren’t slipshod knockoffs. (Check out info on NASA’s website.)

Or, you can head to the Shrewsbury Library on Monday afternoon. Starting at 1:00 pm, they are holding a drop-in program and will have 200 pairs of glasses for visitors to use at their event that day.***

If neither of those options work for you – there are other ways to enjoy the event.

You can "view" the eclipse by looking at images cast by a colander (image from flickr by John Lord)You may have heard of using pinhole viewers or projectors. Instead of looking at the sun, you look at the image projected through the pinhole onto the ground or a sheet of paper. I heard one scientist on WGBH say that you can easily get that same effect, multiplied, by using a simple colander. (Click on image right for an example.)

Though we’re not in the path of totality, NASA scientists are still interested in our experiences. You can expect dramatic temperature changes and possible effects on clouds. If you or your family want to participate in their data collection, you can download the app Globe Observer.

library telescope contributedIf the whole experience wakes up your inner astronomer – you may want to check out the Southborough Library’s telescope borrowing program. Don’t try to look at the eclipse through their devices. But you can borrow one to gaze at the nighttime stars.

(The compact and easy-to-use telescope can be borrowed from the library just as you would a book or a movie. Stop by the upstairs desk or call 508-485-5031 for details.)

If you have children entering 6th or 8th grade this fall, I’d make a special effort to engage them in the event. According to the Trottier website, both grades will be learning about the eclipse in school this year. [click to keep reading…]


Post image for Reminder: Register now for Day Trip to US Open – Aug 31

Above: Take a trip this month to see tennis players from around the world competing for the US Open Cup (image from US Open website)

Tomorrow is the last day to register for Southborough Recreation’s day trip the US Open. In case you missed my initial post (the week of July 4th), I thought I should remind folks.

The bus trip is scheduled for Thursday, August 31st. (Parents of school aged kids should note – that is the second day of public school in Southborough.)

Southborough Rec day trip to US Tennis Open flyerThe Rec Dept promotes:

Come see the top men and women players from around the world compete for the 2017 US Open Grand Slam title. The US Open is the final and most exciting Grand Slam of the year. Arthur Ashe Stadium and its capacity of nearly 23,000 possess the energy and electricity akin to the Super Bowl.

August 29, 2016 - Fans walk the grounds during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. (from US Open website)You can walk the grounds and see some of the top players play on the outer courts. There is plenty of shopping, restaurants, and interactive booths for the whole family to enjoy. You will be on your own to immerse yourself in a day of tournament play! There will be a brief stop at the halfway point both to and from New York for coffee, snacks and a restroom break.

The trip is $55 per person, but it only covers the transportation. You will still need to purchase tickets to access the grounds (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center) or the stadium.  [click to keep reading…]


On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on August 17, 2017

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Above: This home at 10 Ashley Road went on the market this week for $1,075,000 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 4 Leonard Drive (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Split Entry – 14 days on the Market, Listed at $426,000
  • 12 Andrews Way (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 70 days on the Market, Listed at $834,800
  • 135 Deerfoot Road (map) – 13 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 399 days on the Market, Listed at $975,000

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Heidi Lindsey moving from Library to Town House (Say congrats and farewell Aug 22)

August 17, 2017 08:23:50 AM
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This month, the Town announced a congratulations to one employee that is bittersweet for some of the community. The Library’s Hiedi Lindsey was promoted to the Town House. Lindsey accepted the post of Assistant Town Accountant.

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Trottier’s Back to School Newsletter

August 16, 2017 04:43:34 PM
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Trottier Principal Kieth Lavoie reached out to ask me to point readers to the online newsletter welcoming new and returning students.

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Photos: St. Matthews renovation and build out (Updated)

August 16, 2017 01:51:30 PM
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A reader shared a photo that startled me today.

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Reminder: Summer Nights is August 26 (Rain Date – 8/27)

August 16, 2017 09:47:07 AM
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A reminder to mark your calendars for Southborough’s summer end bash. This time, I have more details to share.

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Mad Science: Learn Science of Superheroes this Thursday

August 16, 2017 07:24:20 AM
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This Thursday, kids will learn about the “Science of Superheroes” at the Southborough Library.

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Parents raising money to enhance and complete Fayville Playground

August 15, 2017 04:29:27 PM
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A group of Southborough parents is asking the community to chip in on efforts to reopen and enhance the playground at Harold E. Fay Memorial Field.

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Welcome to Kindergarten party – August 23

August 15, 2017 02:36:10 PM
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The Class of 2030 is about to begin a journey. To kick it off, the Southborough Library is holding a Welcome to Kindergarten party.

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Back to school supply lists for K-8

August 15, 2017 11:55:29 AM
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If you’ve been waiting to find out what supplies you need, wait no longer.

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