Summer Nights tonight! (Sat 8/27)

by beth on August 27, 2016

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Above: The popular free pony rides are just one of the things that keep families coming back to Southborough’s annual end of summer festival (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

In case you missed it, or forgot, Southborough’s end of summer celebration is tonight, Saturday, August 27. (Yes, I know that I said I’d post the parking details on Friday. . . but I got wrapped up with family affairs and forgot!)

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Click on the image right for the event map with parking info. For detailed parking and drop off information, click here.

Now here’s a reminder of the fun in store:

The festival begins at 5:00 pm and ends with the pyrotechnics after dark.

For music, they are bringing back a popular past act, the Infractions. I’m told they’re even bigger and better this year.

Free fun for kids includes “games galore” Balloon twisters, and these returning favorites:

  • Pony rides
  • Face Painters
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Inflatable Moon Bounces
  • 65’ Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Video Arcade on Wheels
  • ARHS Robotics Team Demonstrations
  • Photo Booth
  • Basketball Shootout

Free fun doesn’t mean leave your wallet at home. After all, what’s a festival without food?

This year, Julianne’s Catering joins the fray, slinging wood-fired oven pizza. There will also be a Mexican Food truck, Trombetta’s Creamery, Dean’s Concessions Food Truck, Domino’s Pizza and Yummy Mummy Brownies. [click to keep reading…]

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I’m supposed to be on vacation. But, Park Central pulled me back in!

On Monday, the Zoning Board of Appeals posted an addition to today’s agenda on the project “and to vote upon.” Interestingly, the meeting is scheduled for 4:30 pm on a summer afternoon.

This follows a recent announcement giving residents and boards to noon yesterday to provide any conditions they want considered. Meanwhile, the Planning Board and Conservation Commission have yet to complete their reviews and submit feedback to the ZBA.

The announcement has alarmed many. Residents are questioning the board’s choice to “hit the accelerator” during a month when many residents are away. Two neighbors publicly raised the possibility that the ZBA is motivated by the project chair is moving out of Town.

[Editor’s Note: That is an accusation that has not been confirmed. But neighbors are sure to be asking it this afternoon.]

The project is what many residents have been calling the biggest project we’ve ever seen in Southborough (aside from building the Sudbury Reservoir in the 1800s). Neighbors are estimating it represents expanding Town residences by 10%. It will add 180 condo units and 139 townhouses off of Flagg Road.

I haven’t had time to finish watching the last 3 hours of last week’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. The project keeps developing faster than I can keep up with. Which is why I wasn’t prepared to post a story last week or this one. But given issues raised last night – I can’t hold off on posting any longer.

At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town heard a water report, discussed Flagg Road safety issues, and heard from Town Counsel and residents. Today, I’m just focusing on the issue of timing.  [click to keep reading…]

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Taking some time

by beth on August 23, 2016

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The summer is slipping away. I need to dedicate some time to my kids before it’s gone. (And before they’re too old to let me!)

I’ll be back to share more info on Summer Nights this Friday. In the meantime, you can share your own news with each other using the most recent Open Thread.

If you have kids, click here for a reminder of Town and local resources for enjoying the last week of summer with them. (Just remember that a couple of the walking trails are temporarily out of service.)

(image posted to flickr by stephen mccowage)

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Author Loius J Prosperi became fascinated with the “Imagineers” behind Disney theme park rides. Now he’s teaching readers how to harness their methods for success in their own lives. Prosperi published “The Imagineering Pyramid: Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Promote Your Creative Ideas.”

The author will explain his concepts to patrons at the Southborough Library in two weeks. On Wednesday, August 30th, the Library is hosting an author event by Prosperi.

Here’s an overview of his concept from the book jacket:

Creativity. Innovation. Success. That’s Disney Imagineering. It was the Imagineers who brought Walt Disney’s dreams to life. Now you can tap into the principles of Imagineering to make your personal and professional dreams come true. [click to keep reading…]

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Bus Routes and Finn-Woodward Bus Monitors

by beth on August 23, 2016

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The first day of Southborough schools is only a week and a half away. In preparation, the Southborough Schools have posted the new bus routes. (Don’t forget that the schools always warn to be prepared 10 minutes before – and after – you expect the bus to arrive!)

Now that you know what bus your child is taking, it’s time to talk Bus Monitors for the Finn/Woodward trips!

Do you have a Kindergartner scared about getting on the bus the first day? Does your 1st-3rd grader gets nervous the first week of school. Or maybe you’re the one nervous about putting your child on the bus.

Volunteering as Bus Monitor can help.

The first two days of school, volunteers monitor the Finn-Woodward bus route. The dates are Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1.

Monitors only need to commit to one trip. (Though you can take as many as are available.)

Even if your child is rearing to go, consider taking a shift.

Having monitors on the bus the first few days is important for the safety of our young students. Volunteers help children establish safe patterns for the school year.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: An eagle eye’s (or drone’s eye) view of Southborough (posted to YouTube by Matt Eastwood)

It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

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Back to school dates: Registration, Open Houses, athletic start, and Ice Cream Social

August 22, 2016 11:30:00 AM
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With school just over a week away, back to school activities are already starting. Here are the dates you should know.

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Events this week: Kindergarten party, telescope program, and Summer Nights

August 22, 2016 09:30:00 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: Discussions on Residences at Park Central decision process

August 21, 2016 07:24:16 AM
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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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8 Days to Summer Nights 2016 (Sat 8/27)

August 19, 2016 04:20:00 PM
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Summer Nights takes place the evening of Saturday, August 27, 2016. (Or the next day if pushed by weather.)

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Deadline for changes/additions to school directory – August 24th (Last chance to opt in/out)

August 19, 2016 01:30:00 PM
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The SOS is about to print (and launch) the directories for the new school year.

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Temporary walking trail closures (due to damage from July storm)

August 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM
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As most readers know, a severe storm swept through Southborough in late July, downing many trees and poles. So, though I missed it, it’s not surprising to learn that some Town trails were impacted.

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Police logs (8/11 – 8/18): Underage drinking, wandering toddler and elder, rock throwing, and erratic garage door

August 19, 2016 08:21:52 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Why flags will be at half staff: August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016 07:28:55 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff until sunset today. This time it is in honor of a fallen soldier from long ago, finally returning home to be laid to rest.

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