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Above:  A juggling pirate and music choral singing accompanied by guitar are just two of the special events taking place this weekend in town. (image right from Facebook)

holiday-gifts-on-the-common-and-autumn-fairI already previewed the special sales taking place downtown tomorrow. (Click here for that post.)

But there’s a lot more happening this weekend – beginning tonight.

Friday, November 17, 2017

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    Woodward’s Family Fun Night (5:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Woodward School: SOS fundraiser featuring pizza, ice cream sundaes, the annual basket raffle, and sessions of gym games. Also includes a Scholastic Book Sale. SOS pledges that all proceeds go directly back to students. See flyer right for details.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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    Electronics & appliance recycling (T-Hawks fundraiser) (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School, parking lot, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough: T-Hawks Girls Ice Hockey will host the special recycling event. For a fee, the girls will accept items ranging from remote controls to water heaters. (No hazardous waste.) Funds will support the team. For details see flyer right.

  • First Community Church Pie (and more) Sale (8:00 am) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Senior Center Autumn Fair (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Holiday Gifts on the Common (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) For details, see dedicated post.
  • 8th annual Dodgeball Tournament (9:00 am – 6:30 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School Gym, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough: Co-Ed Dodgeball competition for Grades 1-8. Fundraiser organized by Algonquin Regional High School Boys Ice Hockey Team. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Saturdays at Fay – The Awesome Pirate Show (10:00 am – 11:00 am) @ Fay School’s Primary School, 23 Middle Road: Free event series for young children, this month features Captain Robbie Bones and his treasure chest full of magic tricks and juggling apparatus. Registration is required. For details, see dedicated post.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

  • Heritage Chorale Fall Concert (4:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s School, Putnam Family Arts Center, 25 Marlboro Rd: The choral group will perform “Folksongs, Carols, and Lullabies.” For details, see dedicated post.
  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Potluck and Service (5:30 pm) @ St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: Join Southborough Neighbors for Peace and The United Parishes of Southborough for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Potluck and Service. Bring a dish to share and get to know your neighbors! (Turkey will be provided.) At 7 pm, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will begin. For details, see dedicated post.


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Above: From 2015, some of the items for sale at Holiday Gifts on the Common at the Community House and items for raffle at the Senior Center’s Autumn Fair. (photos by Beth Melo)

It’s not even Thanksgiving, but three traditional pre-holiday sales take place in Southborough this Saturday, November 18th.

You can take advantage of these sales to buy your Thanksgiving desserts, accessories for upcoming parties, knit hats/scarves to keep warm this winter, and holiday decorations. Plus, do a little early Christmas shopping.

The First Community Church of Southborough annual Pie Sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to about noon outside of Mauro’s Village Cafe downtown.

They will be selling a large selection of pies, breads, and other homemade baked goods available just in time for Thanksgiving.

Local artisans are holding their annual craft show, Holiday Gifts on the Common from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Community House, 28 Main Street

Booths and tables will exhibit handcrafted wares for sale, including: unique handmade gifts, baskets, jewelry, pottery, quilts and more. And unlike big craft shows, entrance is free!

For details, see dedicated post.

The Friends of the Council of the aging are holding their annual Senior Center Autumn Fair from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at 9 Cordaville Road.

Stop by and enjoy refreshments, browse unique table offerings and participate in their large raffle of local restaurants, goods and services. Goods on sale include hand knitted items, jewelry, and small attic “treasures”.

They will also be selling apple pies and other baked goods. Plus, lunch will be for sale.

All proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit the Friends of the Council on Aging. The funds help them schedule innovative programs at the Senior Center. For details, see dedicated post.


The Recreation Commission is planning new outdoor track and field projects. The overall strategy is to focus on increasing and improving fields, lighting, and maintenance within the Town’s current “footprint” for recreation.

The Commission will present a plan to the Board of Selectmen this Tuesday in hopes of proceeding to Annual Town Meeting in the spring.

In preparation, it provided a preview to the Southborough School Committee last week. The committee and administration were supportive of plans for the campus at Neary School and Trottier Middle School.

Then-Chair of the Recreation Commission, Brian Shifrin, helped present plans to add a lighted, full sized turf field next to Neary. Other field improvement plans focus on leveling and playing areas there (at Lunblad Field) and in front of the school (Depietri Field). Rec also wants to repair the Trottier track.

As the newest selectman, Shifrin will be on the other side of the table on Tuesday night. Rec will be asking for the board’s support to bring articles to Town Meeting voters.

Before I get into new project details – I know some readers will have questions about snafus with articles voted on at past meetings. So, here’s an update on Choate and 911 fields.

There has finally been some progress fixing the lighting problems at Choate Field in front of Woodward School. Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan informed me:  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Brooke Stillwell, who launched a new business in town this fall is just one of the entrepreneurs with Southborough ties that made recent headlines. (image from Southboro Wellness website)

Southborough business leaders and entrepreneurs have been in the news lately. So, it’s time for another roundup.

After a serious accident, a caring CEO and co-workers make recovery a group effort – Boston Globe:

After an employee working at Southborough’s Globoforce headquarters was in a serious car crash overseas, his colleagues rallied in support – starting at the top.

Beckett, head of corporate strategy at Southborough employee recognition software firm Globoforce, suffered a nearly severed arm, multiple lacerations, and a broken back and nose. He doesn’t remember the accident, but he remembers, clear as day, waking up in a German hospital room and seeing two familiar faces. One was his wife’s; the other was that of his CEO, Globoforce founder Eric Mosley. Mosley had an incredibly busy schedule, but there he sat next to Beckett’s bed — where he remained for the next five days. “In a crisis like this, I knew it was important to just be there for Grant and his family,” says Mosley, who got Beckett’s wife a flight to Germany and had child care arranged for his kids. Mosley even picked up his dog. (read more)

Southborough single mom brings home the brownies – Hopkinton Wicked Local:

Our town is home to a successful Yummy Mummy baker. The business is out of town, but it was launched out of a kitchen in Southborough. The article covers her origin story.

Melissa’s journey began in the corporate world at a bank, and felt that this lifestyle was not suited for her. But, when her friend Stephen Kramer got married, Melissa offered to give him and his wife a brownie bar as their wedding gift. And from that point on, people were begging for more brownies. Her friend suggested that she sell these delicious brownies which were her grandmother’s recipe. (read more)

Southborough resident opens wellness shop on Rte. 9Southborough Wicked Local:

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A week from today, Algonquin Regional High School will induct more former hometown heroes and MVPs into their Athletic Hall of Fame.

ARHS’ Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor former athletes and coaches. Inductions are made every two years on weekends that Algonquin is home for the Thanksgiving Football game.

In it’s 10th bi-annual ceremony, the school will be honoring the following alumni:

  • Caitlyn Baker Gildart (Contributor Class of 1999)*
  • Joseph Berube (Class of 1990)
  • Brian Cooke (Class of 2006)
  • Bobby Cooley (Class of 2006)
  • Michael Cooley (Class of 2005)
  • Sarah Dahlstrom (Class of 2011)
  • Bill Griffin (Class of 1987)
  • Elizabeth Holmes (Class of 2012)
  • Chet Leonard (Class of 1964)
  • Carly O’Connell (Class of 2012)

To to be considered for the honor, the athletes had to have graduated more than seven years prior and completed three academic years at Algonquin. (Coaches would have to have served on the athletic staff for at least seven years.)

To learn more about the Hall of Fame, click here.

The induction will take place on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:30 am in the high school cafeteria, after a buffet luncheon. But if you don’t already have tickets, it may be too late.

The RSVP date was listed as November 10th. (Tickets were to be purchased through the athletic department for $30 each. For more information contact Fran Whitten,
Athletic Director, at 508-351-7010, ext. 1021.)

*Worth noting, according to the description of the Hall of Fame on its website, it’s origins have a direct link to one of this year’s inductees:

The Algonquin Athletic Council proudly announced the formation of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 1998. The Athletic Council was created by Francis Whitten, Director of Athletics, as a student centered organization designed to involve student-athletes in the development of policy and programming within the athletic department. Under the strong leadership of Caitlin Baker class of 1999, one of the council’s first initiatives was the creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame.

It’s also worth noting that Fran Whitten returned to the school as interim Athletics Director this fall. Whitten informed the school paper that one of the few changes he hoped to make was reinstituting the Athletic Council, which he believed had fallen by the wayside.


Postseason update: Cheer to perform at States

by beth on November 16, 2017

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I wrote too soon when I posted that there are no more Algonquin teams vying for state titles.

The schedule has been posted for the State Cheerleading Championship. Algonquin’s performance team, which came in 5th at the regionals, is listed as competing.

The results from the Regional competition show the T-Hawks as qualifying through the “At-Large bid”. 

The squad is the third slated to cheer on Sunday morning. The competition begins at 10:30 am and takes place at Worcester State University. The girls scored 161.7 last weekend. They’ll need to score 176 out of 220 possible points if they want to move on to Nationals.

As I previously posted, Game Day Cheer already competed in their State Championship, coming in 4th place. The newly posted results confirm that only the top two schools from that competition are heading on to the Nationals.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

November 16, 2017 02:27:20 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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On the market this week in Southborough

November 16, 2017 11:15:43 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Grants announced by Southborough Community Fund (and NEF)

November 16, 2017 09:30:00 AM
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SCF is awarding $53,590 worth of grants to organizations benefiting the Southborough community, including for a special after school program at Algonquin.

The announcement was a reminder that I never shared news about two grants the high school was awarded by the Northborough Education Foundation this fall.

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Obituary: Dr. Richard Allyn “Doc” Hallisey, 84

November 16, 2017 07:22:00 AM

Dr. Richard Allyn “Doc” Hallisey, 84, of Southborough died peacefully at home on Monday November 13, 2017.

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Resident roundup: Native athletes score successes

November 15, 2017 04:30:43 PM
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I have more news on Southborough residents to share. This one is focused on athletic accomplishments of adults who do or did call Southborough their hometown.

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Post season: Field Hockey out at State Semi-Finals

November 15, 2017 02:30:00 PM
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It’s time for another post season update on ARHS fall sports.

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Resident roundup: Raising funds and collecting for causes

November 15, 2017 12:36:43 PM
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It’s time for another roundup of residents making news. There’s too much to share in one post, so this one will focus on residents doing good.

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Donate used formal & semi-formal wear to “Assabet’s Closet”

November 15, 2017 09:30:00 AM
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Assabet’s Student Council is collecting gently used dress clothes and accessories.

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