Bollywood night for teens: Anybody Can Dance

by beth on January 23, 2015

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Fay School and the Southborough Library are teaming up next week to hold another Free Teen Movie Night.

The Bollywood feature, Anybody Can Dance, seems to be India’s version of the Step Up dance films.

Fay School Theater features a big screen for the viewing.

In keeping with the theme, Indian snacks will be provided by a local Indian family. There will also be drinks and popcorn.

The event is geared to ages 11-18. It’s scheduled for Friday, January 30 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.

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Above: I don’t know what fresh foods will be used, but I’m sure this Wednesday’s program will be more fun than simply splitting an orange in half. (Photo posted to Flickr by “Frank Boston (bostonsphotos)“)

On Wednesday, Hands-On-Nature will return to the Southborough Library. The upcoming science program on birds keeps its word at being hands-on:

Children will create natural outdoor feeders for our local wildlife, using a variety of materials and fresh foods.

The program is geared for kids ages 5 years old and up.

It will take place Wednesday, January 28 from 3:45 – 5:00 pm in the Library’s Eaton Room downstairs.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. You can call 508-485-5031, or stop by the Children’s Room Desk.

This event is sponsored through a grant from the Southborough Community Fund.


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Above: The PWPB report recommends improved recycling and assessed fees for disposal of certain large white goods. (Photo by Beth Melo)

On Tuesday, the Public Works Planning Board presented their Transfer Station report to selectmen. They explained their recommendations and rationale on operations and funding.

The Board of Selectmen asked a few questions, but deferred any hearing or vote to the spring.

Selectmen Dan Kolenda told Chair Desiree Aselbekian, “I look forward to a robust debate in the springtime about the best ways/most efficient ways to move forward with the Transfer Station.”

Below are more details on the PWPB report.

Operations recommendations

According to the PWPB, the station is operated as efficiently as possible given the layout of site. As the Transfer station sits, one full time employee with a part-time/seasonal employee is necessary.

Aselbekian told selectmen that if the site layout changes it might be possible to “tweak” some staffing.

Selectman Paul Cimino wondered why there wasn’t more emphasis on improving recycling in their findings.

Aselbekian explained that state data on Pay as You Throw shows recycling can be improved, but it’s no guarantee. She said that in some communities people appear to only pinch pennies at the start: [click to keep reading…]


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(Image posted to Facebook by the U.S. National Weather Service)

As cold as it has been recently, it still hasn’t felt like winter to me. Where’s the snow?

According to the National Weather Service, that’s about to change. The NWS is predicting 4-8 inches of snow for Southborough on Saturday.

While they aren’t expecting widespread power outages, we are in their “highest area of concern” for isolated ones.

The snow is slated to start early tomorrow morning and last all day tomorrow. In the middle of the storm the snow is expected to be wet and heavy, combined with some sleet and possibly freezing rain. Also expect gusting winds tomorrow. [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for More on Southborough’s preliminary budgets – Town and K-8

On Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen got another update on the FY16 budgets. It was a more positive outlook than they received in December.

Last month, Southborough Wicked Local reported that preliminary Town budgets would result in a 5.4% property tax increase. This week, Town Administrator Mark Purple and Treasurer Brian Ballantine informed the board that the figure is now projected at 2.86%.

But, that figure includes a lower projection of school budgets than those shared by the district Superintendent over the past two weeks.

Last week, Superintendent Christine Johnson presented a preliminary K-8 budget with a 4.54% increase. And earlier today, Southborough Wicked Local reported that the preliminary budget for Algonquin is a 5.58% increase.

Ballantine informed the board on Tuesday that he wasn’t privvy yet to the preliminary budget, but expects the school to follow the Town’s example.

The Treasurer said he and Purple met with the district Superintendent and Business Director last week. He stated,

“We pretty much disclosed what we expected right now and how if that changes, we kind of expect them to follow that. And they supported that. They’ve been great with that.”

Days after that meeting with Purple and Ballantine, Johnson presented to the Southborough School Committee. Her early total FY16 figure was $19,099,769.   [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Using their imaginations to transform plain ceramics with designs from their own imaginations is just one of the options offered to Seniors this winter. (Photo left from flyer and right from Claytime’s Facebook page)

In February and March, the Southborough Senior Center will hold a series of craft classes. Four (very) different crafts will be offered.

Sign up is by class, with early pre-registration requested. (They need to give the instructor numbers of crafters and selected projects two weeks in advance for some of the projects.)

The crafts will be led by Claytime staff, but held at the Senor Center. Prices vary by class

Each class will be held on a Wednesday at 11:00 am. The “suggested donations” below are based on Friends of the Council of the Aging, vs. non-Friends:

  • February 4 – Mosaic Trivet (pick from round or square base) – $5 for Friends, $10 for non
  • February 25 – Ceramics (pick from a vase with handle, plate, cookie jar, or teapot)*  - $10 for Friends, $20 for non
  • March 4 – Glass Jewelry  (pick from different sizes and types)* – $10 for Friends, $20 for non
  • March 25th Stuffed Animals (pick an 18″ zebra, bear or frog to stuff. Then decorate its t-shirt with markers. Nice to keep or give to a grandchild.)  - $5 for Friends, $10 for non

Below are thumbnails of the four flyers. Click to enlarge for images and details related to each craft.

To register, call the Southborough Senior Center at (508) 229-4453, or stop by their front desk.

*Ceramics and Glass Jewelry will be taken back by the instructor to be “fired”, then returned to the Senior Center for pickup.


SWL: Preliminary Algonquin budget calls for more than $1 million increase

January 22, 2015 11:20:53 AM
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On Wednesday night, the Regional School Committee discussed next year’s budget for Algonquin Regional High School. Southborough Wicked Local covered the meeting.

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Community Advocate: Alice Kavanaugh’s 95th Birthday Celebration

January 22, 2015 09:29:27 AM
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Alice Kavanaugh, an administrative assistant at the Southborough Senior Center, turned 95 this week. The Community Advocated covered it.

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On the market this week in Southborough

January 22, 2015 07:30:17 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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“How do we keep our kids safe in this technology-driven world?” – February 11

January 21, 2015 04:00:46 PM
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Fay School is continuing its Ideas&Insights series for parents.

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New Christian-based support group for mothers opens in town this month

January 21, 2015 01:20:05 PM
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A new mom’s group is starting up in Southborough.

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(Updated again) Selectmen publicly approve Town Administrator’s and Police Chief’s raises

January 21, 2015 10:13:15 AM

Last night, the Board of Selectmen addressed and corrected an Open Meeting Law violation.

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Improve your conversation skills

January 21, 2015 07:30:05 AM
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The Southborough Library is hosting a two part course on improving conversation skills. The workshops are for both introverts and extroverts.

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Neary Noodle Night with Minute to Win It fun – January 30

January 20, 2015 04:20:37 PM
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Neary SOS is holding its annual Noodle Night fundraiser on Friday, January 30.

It’s an evening of pasta dinners, raffles, and activities.

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