2015 Boston Marathon runner: Kirsten Karis

by beth on April 17, 2015

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Above: One of Southborough’s runners this Monday is honoring her father who lost his personal battle this month, while she supports the ongoing fight against cancer. (Images from Fundraising page.)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, nineteen Southborough residents will don a bib a run to run. Many will be raising funds for important causes in the process.

Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many as I can.

[If you're running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

Today’s feature focuses on Kristen Karis. Karis is raising funds for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

It’s a deeply personal cause. Earlier this month, Karis suffered the loss of he father, Jonathan Karis, in whose honor she is running.

From her fundraising page (written prior to his death):

Cancer isn’t fair. Cancer doesn’t need a reason. It chooses its survivors without an explanation as to why. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: A personal connection is propelling one Southborough mother over Heartbreak Hill to help fund a cure for Epilepsy (Images from fundraising and charity websites)

Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, April 20, nineteen Southborough residents will don a bib a run to run. Many will be raising funds for important causes in the process.

Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many as I can.

[If you're running the Boston Marathon and would like to have your story featured, drop me a line at mysouthborough@gmail.com]

Today’s feature focuses on Melanie Harmon. Harmon is raising funds for FACES, Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seiszures at NYU Langone Medical Center.

It’s a very personal cause as the mother of a child with the condition:

At the age of six, Emily was diagnosed with Absence Epilepsy. It was a seemingly benign condition; most children respond well to medication, and will eventually outgrow it. Unfortunately, Emily was not in that majority, and she, our family, and her medical team at NYU have been working tirelessly to gain control of her seizures.  [click to keep reading…]

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Left: Other signs springing up around town may remind you that an election is coming up this spring. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

This May, residents have the opportunity to choose the best candidate in three races for town office.

Two of those races have narrowed since my last update.

Bill Boland withdrew from the race for Town Clerk, to focus on his re-election to the Board of Selectmen. And Raymond Hokinson withdrew from that selectmen’s race.

Candidates for both races (and the Board of Health) have been invited to the library’s annual Candidates Night on April 29th.

(Actually, candidates for all offices have been invited. But only those in contested races will get a turn at the podium.)

That evening, residents can get some face time with candidates during a meet and greet at 6:30 pm. At 6:45, the real business begins with presentations followed by Q&A.

Don’t forget to save the date of May 11th to cast your vote.

(If you won’t be in town, absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office through Friday, May 8th at noon. If they aren’t in yet, they will be by April 21st.)

And here’s a quick reminder of who is running in contested races:

Town Clerk – vote for one – 2 year term
James F. Hegarty, 14 Maplecrest Drive
Doriann M. Jasinski, 33 Presidential Drive

Board of Selectmen – vote for one – 3 year term
William J. Boland, 35 East Main Street (candidate for re-election)
Desiree Aselbekian, 137 Woodland Road
Brian E. Shea, 17 Pinecone Lane

Board of Health – vote for one – 3 year term
Rosemarie P. Mauro, 6 Winchester Street
Daniel P. O’Rourke, 5 Ledge Hill Road

For a list of all candidates and offices, here’s the sample ballot.

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Southborough Recreation is teaming up again with local artist Jean Comerfordto offer silhouette cuttings. They make great Mother’s Day gifts or special keepsakes for the ones you love.

Silhouette sittings are available next week by appointment only. Here’s more information:

Portraits in Silhouette
Handcut by Artist Jean Comerford (www.portraitsinsilhouette.com)

Dates: Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 (by appointment only)
Times: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Southborough Recreation Department, 21 Highland Street
Cost: $30 per child for the first silhouette cut, $15 for a second cut; Single 5×7 oval frames available for $30, double or triple 8×10 frames for $45, mounting included

Silhouettes are appropriate for children ages 6 months and up. To make an appointment, call 508-229-4452 or email jhom@southboroughma.com

(Photo via www.portraitsinsilhouette.com)

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What to do next week on your staycation

by beth on April 17, 2015

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Above: Library passes to the Discovery Museums: Children and Science are one of ways to enjoy spring break locally. (Photos – left from Flickr by unnormalized and right from Facebook)

Next week is spring break for public schools in Southborough. If you aren’t headed out of town, you may be wondering what to do with the kids.

Of course there are also some free things to take advantage of, like playgrounds, and even tennis courts. (Click here for information on town fields, open spaces and facilities.)

Next Thursday afternoon, the Southborough Library is holding a free puppet show for ages 3-9 at 2:30 pm.

But don’t wait until then to stop by. It’s a great time to take advantage of the library’s discount passes to eleven museums/parks.

Two close by that are great for kids are the Discovery Museums in Acton and Ecotarium in Worcester. Both include indoor and outdoor activities, with some special events scheduled this week.

If you were thinking of heading into Boston, pass choices include the Museum of Science, Children’s Museum, NE Aquarium and MFA. (But when you’re planning your schedule, keep in mind that Monday is the marathon.)

If you don’t mind a longer excursion, you could head down to enjoy the Mystic Aquarium. (If you are planning to go overnight, make sure to reserve the pass for two consecutive days, since that one is due back the next morning.)

For information on the library pass program or to reserve a pass, click here.

There’s another town department that offers discounts. Southborough Recreation has discounted Six Flag New England and AMC Movie tickets for sale at their office. [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Looking for Friends to help Southborough youth and families – Learn more on April 23rd

Above: Concessions at the summer concerts raise funds for Youth and Family Services programs. Lending a hand is just one of the ways you can support Friends of SYC. (Photo by Beth Melo)

The Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission are seeking new volunteers.

It’s a worthy organization. So if you are looking to do more to support the community, check out their announcement:

The Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission is seeking interested people to be involved in planning and/or helping with fundraising activities to help support Southborough Youth and Family Services.

Friends currently is focusing on fundraising at the upcoming Summer Concert Series. New ideas, as well as helping hands, are VERY welcome!

Friends is a private non-profit organization which uses its funds to support the work of the town department and to provide assistance to families which is not covered by the Town department and policy, such as camperships, funds for heating oil or food to families in need, and Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would not receive any presents. Youth and Family Services is unable to provide these kinds of services without the support of Friends.

We are holding an open meeting on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm.  [click to keep reading…]

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Dealing with tax ID fraud

April 16, 2015 02:20:27 PM
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I was sorry to see by a Facebook post from Southborough Police that several residents have reported they were victims of scammers.

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News on Kindergarten next year (But not what you were hoping for)

April 16, 2015 11:27:46 AM
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At last week’s School Committee meeting, there were some updates worth sharing related to Kindergarten next year.

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On the market this week in Southborough

April 16, 2015 10:20:47 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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2015 Boston Marathon runner: Mike Campbell

April 16, 2015 07:30:36 AM
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Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception. On Monday, April 21, thirty-five Southborough residents will don a bib a run for themselves and for causes they hold dear. Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many of those stories as I can on the blog.

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Obituary: Dalayya Ika, 80

April 15, 2015 04:30:07 PM

Dalayya Ika, 80, of Southborough, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in UMass Medical Center, after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family.

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School Start Time: K-8 committee reaction

April 15, 2015 02:30:00 PM
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Last week, the Southborough School Committee had their first discussion about issues related to school start time for Algonquin students. It was a problem that members believe should be handled at the high school level for now.

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Why flags are at half staff: April 15, 2015 (Updated)

April 15, 2015 12:33:00 PM
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Flags in Southborough are flying at half staff for more than one reason today.

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2015 Boston Marathon runner: Christo Baltas

April 15, 2015 11:30:00 AM
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Southborough has always had an impressive showing at the Boston Marathon, and this year is no exception. On Monday, April 21, thirty-five Southborough residents will don a bib a run for themselves and for causes they hold dear. Every runner has a story, and from now until marathon day, I’ll feature as many of those stories as I can on the blog.

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