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Above: This week’s entertainment includes Algonquin’s choral concert, Neary’s Literacy Night, and the Town’s Halloween Party (top image cropped from NSMA photo by Andrew Michalik, left cropped from Neary Facebook post, others by Beth Melo)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week.

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For those listings and more, check the Event Calendar.]

Monday, October 22, 2018

  • ARHS’ 8th Grade Parent Night (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Algonquin auditorium: For parents of prospective Algonquin Regional High School students – Q&A with administration, department chairs, and students. Tour the school and learn about extracurricular and academic offerings. Any questions, contact Mr. McGowan at 508-351-7010. For details, see flyer.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

  • ADHD Essentials (6:30 – 8:00 pm) @ Northborough Library, 34 Main St: The Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting this presentation. All are welcome to attend this free workshop by Brendan Mahan of ADHD Essentials. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Trottier’s DC Parent Orientation (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Trottier auditorium: This orientation is only for parents whose child is registered for the 8th grade trip to review the itinerary and policies. Students are welcome to attend, but it is not required.
  • Poetry Workshop (6:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Main Level: Everyone is asked to bring in five copies of their original poetry and distribute them to the group. Someone will read the poem and the group will provide supportive feedback. If you don’t have a poem, come anyway! We are always interested in your insights. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

  • Tales & Tails (6:15 – 7:15 pm) @ Southborough Library, main floor: Children can spend some time reading to a dog. Children must have some reading ability. Registration is required. Please contact the Children’s Room for more information. To register, call 508-485-5031 or email
  • ARHS Fall Chorus Concert (7:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional auditorium: The music department’s choral showcase. (NSMA is still looking for volunteers that night – click here.)

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Above: Rec is inviting men to sign up for hockey and baskeball, and all adults to join classes for ice skating and tennis. (images clockwise cropped from flickr posts by Elvert Barnes, Ticket Club and DaveMontPhotography)

Southborough Recreation is offering these upcoming sports programs/classes for adults this fall/winter:

Men age 17+ can sign up for Basketball or Ice Hockey.

Men’s Basketball:

Inspired to play some basketball? Join us on Sundays from 6 -7:45 pm at the Fay School, and Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm at the Finn School. Newcomers are always welcome. Attendance need not be regular. We call our own fouls and shoot foul shots. We keep score in order to know when to stop for water. No basketball held if the schools are closed, or if the gyms are needed for school or town activities (such as voting).

The first session is already in progress, but there are three more sessions starting November 18th. The cost is $60 per session.

Men’s Ice Hockey

a non-competitive, no check, no slap shot game for all hockey enthusiasts. All skill levels are invited to play. Helmets are required. Register before your spot is taken, first come, first serve! The following are estimated dates based on St. Mark’s availability, an update will be emailed to all participants. Dates posted are tentative.

Two options are listed for Sundays November 25th – February 17th – 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Each program costs $210 join.

While “all skill levels” may be welcome – I’d imagine the ability to skate is key. If you never learned, you may want to put off the above option this year and sign up for the class below.

Learn to Skate for Adults

The adult co-ed skate is for ages 16+ who want to learn or improve:

Come learn to skate or enhance your skills in a comfortable learning environment! Gain strength and stay fit with skating lessons designed for adults. Whether your goal is just to skate, play hockey, or figure skate, this class will introduce basic skills to those with no prior knowledge and also help develop skills and proper technique for those with prior skating experience.

Skaters should arrive 15 minutes prior to class to lace up.

Practice time will follow at the end of the lesson only for participants enrolled in the program.


There are also out-of-town lesson options for beginner – intermediate tennis players aged 14+ Westboro Tennis & Swim Club.

For more details or to register for any of these programs, click here.


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Above: ARHS Boys Hockey’s big annual fundraiser isn’t about pucks. It’s about throwing and dodging. (images left and right cropped from photos by Kosovsky M Photography on Facebook)

For the ninth year, Algonquin Boys Hockey Team is raising money by holding a fundraiser that’s a fall highlight for many kids in Southborough and Northborough. The dodgeball tournament for 1st-8th graders will take place on November 17th.

Players register as a team of 8 at $10 per player. Teams are divided by age group. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 matches.

Teams are always encouraged to get creative with their team t-shirts. Prizes are awarded for the best design.

Kosovsky M Photography captured some great action shots, plus teamwear to smile about, from last year’s event. Here are some highlights from the album:

"Cannons" from 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography "Super dodgers" 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography

2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography 2017 ARHS Hockey Dodgeball Tournament by Kosovsky M Photography

The Saturday, November 17th tournament is held in the Algonquin Regional High School gym. The time slots are:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Grade 3 & 4 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Grades 5 & 6 – 1:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Grades 7 & 8 – 3:30 – 6:00 pm

Registration is due by Friday, November 9th.

Send your forms and payment, with check made out to ARHS Boosters c/o Donna Thibodeau 28 Pinecone Lane, Southborough, MA 01772.

To open the registration form, click here. For the liability waiver click here. And click here for the photo permission (or prohibition) slip.

Please email any questions to: For updates and more information, check out the Facebook page.


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Above: Southborough native Linnea Leger is working for a cause that was important to her late mother Helen. (images here and below edited from contributed photos)

On November 4th, Linnea Leger will Walk to Defeat ALS.

The fundraiser to find a cure for the disease is all the way on the other coast. But her personal cause has deep Southborough roots.

In hopes of finding support from her hometown, Leanna reached out to share her story.

Below, she writes about her memories of her hometown and, most importantly, her mother Helen Grimm Leger:

Helen Grimm Leger grew up on 10 Latisquama Road in Southborough with her 4 brothers, all of whom attended Algonquin Regional High School. She married my dad at Pilgrim Church in 1990 and when I was born 3 years later, 10 Latisquama was my first home. After purchasing a house on Parkerville Road and quickly outgrowing it after my two younger brothers were born, my parents decided in 2001 to move our family back into the home my mother and uncles had been raised in.

Growing up in the heart of Southborough was perhaps not the most exciting childhood, but it was definitely a good one. After school, my brothers and I would walk down to Mauro’s Market to buy slushies, check out more books than we could carry from the library, or ride our bikes to Woodward. Growing up in a house that had been in my family for decades offered me the opportunity to hear those childhood stories that only come back in the place where they happened. It gave me a stronger sense of identity and a closer relationship to my mom and grandmother, who to this day remain the strongest women I have ever met and my biggest role models. I heard stories about how my grandmother took in neighborhood kids who had nowhere else to go even while my she herself was living off of yogurt in order to afford feeding her family.

These stories were made all the more real by the house and town around me. Seeing the words “Coop was here” inked into my bedroom windowsill introduced me to stories about one of a dozen “brothers” whom my mother had grown up with. My parents often took in boarders themselves as a way to give back to relatives and friends who had nowhere else to stay. My mother and grandmother taught me the importance of giving back regardless of how little money we ever had. “No matter how bad your situation may seem, there is always someone who is in more need” is the motto that I was raised by, and when I decided to study social work in college, it felt like I had been preparing for it my whole life.

On April 29, 2010 I was a sophomore at Algonquin. Mom had been experiencing strange symptoms for over a year after a family trip to Rhode Island, and was convinced that her weakened muscles and decreased mobility in her left foot were caused by Lyme Disease. After visiting countless doctors and specialists and receiving many negative test results, it was on this date that she finally received an answer: ALS. [click to keep reading…]


Post image for Next week in Government: Superintendent Search & Start Time Study Group <em>(and Fire Chief Screening)</em>

Most Monday’s, I highlight the meetings of the week. But occasionally, an early-week meeting deserves an advance heads up. The “Combined Special Open Meeting” scheduled for Monday night fits the bill.

Northborough and Southborough district school committees have are holding a special meeting not on their regular schedule. Given the importance some of you place on some of the agenda items, I didn’t want to wait for my start-of-the week post to share it.

[While I’m at it – I should mention that the Fire Chief Screening Committee will hold its second meeting on Monday morning at 8:00 am.*]

The Combined K-12 committees will talk about the search process for a new Superintendent. Superintendent Christine Johnson is set to retire at the end of the school year.

The superintendent oversees ten schools (each with its own principal) across two towns and three districts (Southborough K-8, Northborough K-8, and the regional high school.) The September announcement previewed that a search committee would soon be formed. The combined meeting is the first agenda to address the search.

The last time the committees ran a superintendent search, it was internal only. Given members’ comments after she applied, it appeared that they had hoped to promote Assistant Superintendent Johnson. She was the only internal applicant and they weren’t interested in considering outside contenders.

The retirement announcement wasn’t the only significant news out of the administration in September.

At the Combined Committee meeting prior to the announcement, members agreed to form a task force to dig into possible solutions for the high school’s early start time. At the time, they agreed to schedule a special meeting this fall to vote on how the group should be comprised. “Start Time Study Group” will also be covered on Monday.

Rounding out the agenda are discussing the Superintendent’s Goals and minutes that include closed-to-the-public Executive Sessions that took place in June and September. (I know some readers were curious about those.)

The meeting will be held in the Algonquin library (79 Bartlett St, Northborough) at 7:00 pm.

* I missed posting the first Fire Chief Screening Committee meeting in time last Monday. You can check out this Monday’s agenda here. If the committee continues on a Monday morning track, I may regularly miss sharing the agendas. So, if you’re interested, be sure to sign up for the Town’s e-alerts. That’s an option for any of the committees you are interested in following.


Neary Family Literacy Night – October 25

by beth on October 19, 2018

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Above: At past Literacy Nights, Neary students and families enjoyed stories by Big Ryan and goofing in front of the Green Screen. (images L-R by Beth Melo and cropped from brochure)

Next Thursday, Neary School is hosting its 4th Annual Family Literacy Night. It’s an evening to celebrate student literacy as a family.

(Although kids may be more excited about the pizza and ice cream dinner.)

It’s also a chance for the school to raise funds for SOS and collect for their annual PJ drive. 

This year, pajamas and socks are being collected Andy’s Attic – providing new and gently used clothing to disadvantaged children and their families in Worcester county. Attendees are urged to bring a new set of pajamas sizes 5-14 and/or socks for kids-adult.

The event takes place Thursday, October 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm. (Doors open at 5:45 pm and the first station begins promptly at 6:00 pm.)

The night is organized into 6 stations – and families are encouraged to plan the whole two hours to take advantage:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Storyteller – Big Ryan
  • Pizza and ice cream
  • Family metaphor poems
  • Green screen family photo
  • Reader’s Theater

The fundraising event and Book Fair raise money for programs like the upcoming Author Week, funded by SOS. Next week students will be visited by authors Sarah Albee, Lauren Magaziner, Micha Archer, and Ralph Masiello.

For more details on Literacy Night, check out the event brochure by clicking images below:


(brochures and images above right from Neary Facebook posts.)


Videos: Composting, Scholars, Financial Aid, and Heritage Day

October 19, 2018 07:20:38 AM
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Here is the latest round of videos from local media.

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Halloween (or classic) Henna – October 25th

October 18, 2018 04:30:00 PM
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The Southborough Library is bringing back a popular “Crafternoon” for tweens and teens (ages 8+).

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Open discussion thread (Ask questions, share opinions) and a Call for photos

October 18, 2018 02:05:00 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

October 18, 2018 12:02:58 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Golf course reconstruction challenges – sole bidder rejected

October 18, 2018 09:59:15 AM
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Southborough Wicked Local recapped the update on the Southborough Golf Club from earlier this month.

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News from The New England Center for Children

October 18, 2018 08:29:21 AM
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NECC is sharing news about people worth recognizing.

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Annual SFA Halloween costume parade and contest – October 28

October 17, 2018 04:29:04 PM
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Sunday, October 28, is the Southborough Firefighter’s Association’s annual Halloween costume contest and parade.

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Southborough man and friend face charges over fired gun

October 17, 2018 02:07:05 PM
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Southborough Police are pressing charges against a resident pil owner and his friend after a pistol was allegedly discharged at Madison Place.

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