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Above: Images cropped from the “PARE Report” demonstrate the difference between elevations of water tanks if placed at Park Central or Fairview. That “sight line” was one of the reasons given by the Public Works Planning Board chair in support of Fairview as the better site.

When Public Works Planning Board chair presented the findings on the Water Tank report, he made clear that the board believed Fairview Hill is the best site for a new water tower. But with public pressure to pursue Park Central as an alternative site, he left the ball in selectmen’s court.

At the July 19th Board of Selectmen Meeting, PWPB Chair Jamie Hellen said the report and his board both found:

the Fairview site is by far the most advantageous site to solve the community’s problems.

But given public push back to consider Park Central, Hellen said majority of board felt that “it should be offered to selectmen to look at that site.” Hellen clarified that it wasn’t in his board’s knowledge base or purview to decide if a site at Park Central could be acquired swiftly and cheaply.*

Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan said that building a new water tower likely won’t be needed for at least another 5-10 years. But they wanted to raise the option with selectmen so they could consider it before a tank is needed.

During public comment, Fairview abutter Mike Horgan pushed that there was a question as to how much better Fairview is. He followed that Park Central may offer an opportunity that is in the end the best option for the Town.

Hellen recapped that the PWPB and consultant had discussions with about two dozen residents from the Fairview Hill neighborhood who showed up to each meeting on the topic. He said they were well organized in opposing the project. But he felt the board’s responsibility was to the welfare of the entire Town.

The chair said that the Fairview site was the best from all aspects including cost and sightline. He explained that Fairview Hill abutters were concerned about looking at a tower from their properties. But he countered that an alternate at Park Central would be seen “from all of Metrowest”.**

Another abutter, Ravi Mynampaty, told selectmen that he disagreed with the report’s methodology for deciding which site was best. Mynampaty claimed there were flaws in the rating system used.  [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on July 27, 2017

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Above: This home at 32 Constitution Drive went on the market this week for $849,900 (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

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Above: The Midtown Horns now hope to rock Southborough next week if weather allows. (image from band Facebook page)

Rain is again interfering with the Summer Concert series. 

It’s the second time a concert has had to be postponed by rain. The good news is – and I hope I’m not jinxing it – so far, no concerts have had to be outright cancelled. 

Tonight’s concert will be pushed to next week – Thursday, August 3rd. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather that night.

The final concert in the series is scheduled for the week after that, August 10th. 

For a reminder about the act that will be hitting the stage next week, read the post from earlier this week.

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards grants semi-annually. They are now accepting a new round of submissions from organizations that serve our region.

Proposals should be submitted by qualified non-profit organizations*. Grants typically range from $5,000 – $25,000. They will be awarded for projects benefiting towns and cities of Worcester County, which includes Southborough.

[Note: Of course, it isn’t the only area organization offering to fund local non-profits. The Southborough Community Fund is accepting grant applications through September 8th. If you missed that story, you can find the details here.]

The GWCF is seeking proposals for the following categories:

  • Civic Life, the Arts and the Environment
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Youth Development and Education
  • Economic Security
  • Healthy Communities

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 15.

For more information or an application, click here. Information on the website includes an offer to help charities develop effective applications:

To help you prepare a more effective proposal, we have created a set of instructions for your use. Click here to view them. We have also created a webinar, which you can view here.

*Applicants must be 501(c)(3) public charities serving Worcester or the cities and towns of Worcester County. Organizations located outside this area must demonstrate the significant role of local partners in order to be considered. Projects that are not incorporated as independent organizations must apply through an established nonprofit as fiscal agent. Public agencies, municipal departments, and houses of worship are not typically eligible to receive Community Grants.

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Giant bubbles at the Library – Tuesday

by beth on July 27, 2017

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Above: Mr. Vinny entrancing children with his giant bubbles (image from Facebook)

The Southborough Library is bringing in another entertainer next week. Mr. Vinny will wow the kids with giant bubbles. The Library promises:

There will be fun for all as big, giant, beautiful bubbles fill the air above while “Mr. Vinny” makes jokes, answers questions.

The event takes place next Tuesday, August 1 at 4:00 pm inside the Library on the main floor. The show is open to the public, no registration required.

It’s part of the Summer Reading program. So, be sure to swing by the Children’s Room on the way in or out to have kids check out some books, take part in challenges, and enter the weekly drawing.

The bubble show is sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library.

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Post image for Area biking trails and parks for all ages (Updated)

Above: If you’re looking for someplace safe to bike, area options range from the Assabet Rail Trail to the kid friendly loop at Cushing Memorial Park (photos by Joao Melo)

Tomorrow is looking to be a beautiful day – perhaps a perfect one for a bike ride.

Some of you enjoy biking Southborough’s rural, scenic roads. I’ve never been comfortable with it, and I’ve been really nervous the few times we tried area roads with my inexperienced kids. (I swear I need to tattoo “Stay Right” on the backs of their hands!)

Last year, when my kids started nagging me to bike more, I started looking for better options. I shared what I learned with readers. Today seems like a great time to revisit that.

A friend introduced me to a wonderful mini trail for families with young bikers. Cushing Memorial Park in Framingham has nice walking/biking paths with a tot playground in the midst of the green. The loop choices are just over or under a mile – so not for serious biking. For me, it was a great place to test out the kids’ stamina and interest level before trying a longer trail.

Before that, when my kids were in the trike through just past training wheels stage, we used to enjoy the small bike trail loop in the EMC Park playground in Hopkinton.

Another friend said she enjoys Hopkinton State Park for biking with her daughter. You do have to share the pavement with cars. Still, it seems less treacherous than most of our narrow back roads or busy main streets.

My family’s favorite has ended up being the Assabet River Rail Trail. The trail winds through Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton. My kids like to start in Marlborough, head to the Hudson end of the trail. On the return trip, we stop at a downtown Hudson eatery for their bribe, I mean, snack.

There other Rail Trails that may be worth taking a spin on – but they’re pretty far flung. (It looks like many of the projects to build out and link trails are still in the works many years after the process started.): [click to keep reading…]

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SWL: Southborough native seeking help to win matching grant and deliver on “Universal Promise”

July 26, 2017 11:26:03 AM
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Southborough Wicked Local reported that Universal Promise is in the running for a big match on donations to the cause. The charity was founded by Southborough native Martha Cummings, who hopes her old hometown will support the effort.

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Sign up for next week’s Friday Farm Dinner

July 26, 2017 09:38:42 AM
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Next week, Chestnut Hill Farm is holding another Friday Farm Dinner.

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Obituary: Jesse Patrick Barton, 25

July 26, 2017 07:15:14 AM
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Jesse Patrick Barton, 25, of Southborough, died on Friday July 21, 2017 at his home unexpectedly.

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Summer Nights on August 26 (Rain Date – 8/27)

July 25, 2017 03:42:00 PM
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It’s time to mark your calendars for Southborough’s summer end bash.

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Selectmen updated on proposal to relocate Main Street utility poles

July 25, 2017 01:47:08 PM
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Last week, the Board of Selectmen heard about David Parry’s proposal to move utility poles on Main Street. The discussion included some updates since the previous public meeting on the issue.

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Camps week of August 7th: Architect Academy, last hurrah for morning camp with Barnyard Fun & more

July 25, 2017 11:08:44 AM
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Last week, I posted about Southborough Recreation camps available next week. Today, I’m focusing on offerings for the following week.

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Summer Concert: The Midtown Horns on July 27th (without Curtis)

July 25, 2017 07:24:54 AM
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I have to retract some news I shared on Friday. It turns out that retired music teacher Steve Curtis won’t be part of this week’s Summer Concert.

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Little League made the most of their journey to East Regionals

July 24, 2017 04:22:05 PM
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Over the weekend, Southborough Little League’s senior team became State Champions.

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