Northborough’s Applefest: September 19-21

by beth on September 2, 2014

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Above: The Algonquin Marching Band traditionally marches in Northborough’s Applefest parade. (Photo posted by the Northborough Rotary Club on the Applefest website)

Northborough’s big annual community event is Applefest. This year, it takes place Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21. (Scroll down for their list of official events.)

I don’t cover festivals in most communities. But our high school’s strong ties to Applefest make this festival an exception.

One example of those ties is the concert on the first night. The school will host the 3rd annual New England Harmony Brigade at ARHS concert 6:00 pm on Friday, September 19. (It’s not on the list of official Applefest activities, but is timed to be part of it.)

The concert features the 100 man Harmony Brigade Chorus and Algonquin choral students from ARHS’ Chamber, Camerata and A-Gents Choral groups. You can pre-purchase tickets through NSMA by clicking here. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students 18 and under.

Applefest Events:

Friday, September 20, 2013:

  • Luncheon
  • Bake-Off
  • PTO Children’s Event

Saturday, September 21, 2013:


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Above: Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile will be in town this week. You can help. (Image from the hospital’s Blood Donor Center Facebook page)

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

  • AVRT Upper Classmen first day of school @ Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
  • NSPAC’s “Coffee and Connect” (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Northborough Library: Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council monthly session. These are an opportunity for attendees to connect with others in the special education community. A specific topic of discussion is chosen by the participants of that session and time is also allocated for sharing and brainstorming on challenges and unmet needs.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

  • Finn/Woodward Principal’s Coffee for Parents (8:30 am – 9:30 am) @ Finn School Library: For school volunteers and room monitors. Join Mr. Randell and our SOS co-chairs for an informational discussion on policy & procedures at the Finn & Woodward Schools
  • Wee Care Blood Drive (2:00 – 7:00 pm) @ 5 Breakneck Hill Road: Wee Care for Little People is running a blood drive in town in support of Boston Children’s Hospital. See dedicated post for details.
  • ARHS Fall Sports Night (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School: Mandatory meeting for student athletes participating in fall sports. (Optional for parents.) The athletic department and coaches outline school and league rules, regs and procedures.
  • Cub Scouts Fall Signup Event (6:30 – 8:00 pm) @ Finn School Cafeteria: Information and registration night for parents of boys in grades 1-4. See dedicated post for details.


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Right: Did you know ARHS* and Southborough public schools and have a mobile app? (photo by Beth Melo)

Last week, the district released its back to school newletters. But I’m hazarding a guess that most of you didn’t take time to read the whole thing.

So, here’s some announcements you may have missed from Jean Tower, Director of Technology.

There’s a free new mobile app offering “one-touch access” to directories, news calendars, and more.

To make it even easier for you to stay connected and informed, we now have a mobile (free) app where you can get your school info on the go, and access our existing website on your iOS phone or iPod or your Android device. These are native apps, customized and unique to our schools and district. The design is quite intuitive and users have access to all features of our website. We hope that you will download the free app so that you have a quick short-cut on your phone. You can even click phone numbers in the contact list and call us directly from the app. Other features include one-touch access to school and staff directories, news, calendars and much more.

To get the app for your iOS device, visit:

To download the app for your Android device, visit:

(Tips: I found the app directly through my phone’s app store by searching for nsboro. Once in the app, I discovered that some school specific information is only available by selecting that school. So, if you have kids in more than one school – It seems you are better off choosing and then switching school views, than selecting all public schools.)

Technology Plan Update. For those of you who want to have a say in how technology is used in our schools, stay tuned for an important committee invitation:

This fall we will be convening a technology planning committee to include parents, community members, and staff, and we will also engage students to consult with the group, as appropriate. We will soon be asking for volunteers to serve on this broad-based committee. [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Town Cub Scouts and Daisies marching in past Heritage Day parades. (Photo left by Beth Melo, right by Susan Fitzgerald)

If you have children interested in becoming a scout, mark your calendar. There are two upcoming information nights for boys and girls in town.

These information nights are geared towards the parents. But if you need to bring your kids along, they generally have something to keep them occupied.

Southborough Cub Scout Registration Night

cub scoutsWednesday, September 3, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Finn School Cafeteria.

This recruiting event is for families with boys in 1st through 4th grades.

The info session is mostly geared to parents.  It’s a chance to ask questions, learn what’s involved, and sign up.

In past promotional materials, Southborough Packs 1, 26 and 921 promised:

In Cub Scouts, your son will have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. But Cub Scouts is much more than that; it is fun with a purpose.

Scouting is a family oriented organization.

Scouting develops character, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship.

Girl Scout Registration Night

Girl_scout_logo (190x153)Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Finn School Cafeteria.

If you are interested in signing up your daughter or learning more about it, come to the the annual Girl Scouts registration night. Ages start as young as Kindergarten (with Daisies).

Girl Scouts progress as old as adult members, so there’s no grade cap on this one!

Why join Girl Scouts? [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Developer Bill Depietri presenting the ZBA with potential alternate plans for the Park Central (Image from Southborough Access Media video)

The Zoning Board of appeals voted to support Capital Group Properties’ plan to apply for a use variance at Park Central.

If the actual variance is approved, it would allow development of condominium homes on land currently zoned as industrial. The new development would be in addition to the currently proposed 180 condo unit 40B project. The vote was cast at a public hearing on that 40B.

The board’s intent is to incentivize developer Bill Depietri to change the 40B from for sale units to rentals. That would allow the town to stop or control proposed future 40Bs in town.

Earlier this month, Depietri informed the board his future plans included two more 40B projects in several large buildings on the 87 acre site. He projected a potential total of 580 condos over several years.

ZBA Chair Leo Bartolini asked Depietri to work with the Town Planner on an alternative future plan. Depietri presented a draft of that new vision to the ZBA on Wednesday night.

The draft apparently encompasses around 90 single, double and triple condo units for sale. (Depietri only specified he couldn’t fit the 150 envisioned by the Town Planner. But, no one contradicted a neighbor’s mention of 91 units.)

Attorney Dan Hill, representing some of the abutting neighbors, said the additional proposed residences would be problematic for his clients.

Hill questioned Bartolini’s premise. “You are assuming that the two other 40B projects that have been threatened would actually be viable.” Bartolini responded, “Oh, definitely.”  [click to keep reading…]


Special Olympics soccer begins September 7

by beth on August 29, 2014

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A Unified Sports soccer program, sponsored by the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, will run September 7 – November 2 in Southborough.

The program is for children grades K-5.

The fun will include:

  • Soccer drills
  • Games
  • Activities

The program will be held Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm on Liberty Field, on Liberty Drive.

For more information, contact Jonny Manasouridis at or 508-626-6080.

You can also read more about it through a story the Community Advocate ran in May on the program and the Algonquin student spearheading it:

ARHS junior dedicated to making an impact on the world

On any given Saturday he coaches a dozen or so kindergarten to fifth-grade athletes. And, while each suffers with a disability – anything from ADHD to social anxiety to Down’s syndrome – all discover success on the field, the rewards reaching far beyond the soccer goal. (read more)


Obituary: Rev. Brendan W. O’Donoghue, 92 – Former St. Matthew’s pastor

August 28, 2014 04:30:34 PM

Rev. Brendan W. O’Donoghue, 92, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the St. Francis Nursing Center.

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New opening on Zoning Board of Appeals

August 28, 2014 02:30:00 PM
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Another member of the Zoning Board of Appeals has stepped down.

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Internships: Build your resume/college application

August 28, 2014 11:40:50 AM
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I’m looking for interns. Opportunities can be tailored to student interest.

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On the market this week in Southborough

August 28, 2014 10:10:08 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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New school year brings new faces

August 28, 2014 07:30:00 AM
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New students aren’t the only fresh faces starting school this week. The schools shared their lists of new teachers and staff for the school year.

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Roundup: Hosting international students

August 27, 2014 04:30:00 PM

The Community Advocate posted two stories related to international students in our community this week.

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Back to School at a glance

August 27, 2014 01:00:00 PM
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Getting excited or nervous about packing the kids off to school tomorrow morning?

Here are some quick links to information you may be looking for in preparation.

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Register for the Falconi Golf Outing by August 31st

August 27, 2014 10:00:47 AM
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The 23rd Annual Falconi Family Memorial Golf Outing takes place on Monday, September 15, 2014. 100% of the proceeds support the Southborough Senior Center.

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