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Above: There was a good turnout to the opening of this summer’s outdoor art reception. Organizers hope for another one as this weekend as they walk with poets inspired by the Art on the Trails. (images cropped from photos by Chelsea Bradway)

If you never got out to enjoy Art on the Trails this summer, you’re running out of time. This Sunday is the official closing of the exhibit. It’s a good time to go, since organizers are capping off the exhibit with a special poetry walk.

The community was encouraged to submit poetry inspired by the exhibition. Poems were collected this summer through July. Selections will be read aloud at the exhibits that inspired them:

The Southborough Open Land Foundation, in collaboration with Southborough artist & poet Catherine Weber, is pleased to present the 2019 Art On the Trails: Marking Territory closing poetry walk on September 22, 2019 at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve, Southborough, Massachusetts from 3:30-5:30 pm.

The exhibition is juried by Shana Dumont Garr, Curator at Fruitlands Museum.

The poetry and art book, published by Route 7 Press, will be available at the event.

Poets reading include: Kim Beckham, Chelsea Bradway, Didi Chadran, Tom Driscoll, Cynthia Franca, Anna Friedrich, Trisha Knudsen, Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts, John Magadieu, Michele Mendelson, Eric Nixon, Carla Schwartz, Nancy Simons, Maura Snell, Lawrence Spezzano, Patrick Steele, Deana Tavares, Kristen Vagliardo, Claire Watt, and Catherine Weber.

Find a map, parking, and directions here.


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Above: If you’ve ever felt that your phone or another device has too much of a hold on you, you may want to join a book talk about how to break free. (photo left cropped from flickr post by Kumar’s Edit)

A community discussion next month is geared to everyone who feels that they (or family members) need help putting down their phones or other devices more often. While it’s pitched as a book talk, participants aren’t required to pre-read the book. (Though, you are certainly encouraged to.)*

"How to Break Up with Your Phone" book talk flyerOn October 10th at 7:00 pm, SYFS and the Southborough Library are hosting a book talk appropriate for both adults and young adults. The subject is “How to Break Up with Your Phone” by Catherine Price.

The book isn’t actually geared to making you toss out your smart phones. It’s about setting, and keeping goals, to manage your devices better instead of letting them manage you. From the author’s website:

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.  

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will enable you to take back control of your life.  

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, How to Break Up With Your Phone is an essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.

Press Pause flyerThe October talk is the first event through Southborough Youth and Family Services’ new Press Pause initiative. 

The campaign is replacing the annual “non-event” Southborough UnScheduled with a year long push to encourage the public to:

schedule more time to be unscheduled, bring awareness to our relationship with technology, and rekindle relationships without the use of screens.

*If you’re interested in the book, you can find out more details or reserve a copy through the Library here.


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Above: Fay School’s Ideas&Insights series of expert presentations for parents continues this spring with bestselling author David Epstein.

Fay School is again inviting all Southborough parents to their Ideas&Insights series. Next week, they are bringing in an expert to argue that a strong, broad education is better than focusing on a specific discipline:

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Fay School is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author David Epstein on Thursday, September 26. Based on his new book by the same name, Epstein uses research on the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists to argue that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Epstein makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency and for exploration across domains, showing how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive in a world where computers now master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans.

If you’re interested in the topic, you may be interested in the NY Times review of the book the talk is based on, Range.

Attending the series’ presentations is free to the public, but an RSVP is required to reserve your spot.

The event will be held Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be in the Root Meeting Room, located on first floor of Root Academic Building. Parking is available in Fay School’s Harlow Circle. Please use the East Entrance at 23 Middle Road.


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Above: Come out to the Library to enjoy, and learn more about, chocolate and tea. (image from Klassic Kreations website)

This weekend, the Southborough Library is hosting an event that will appeal to both chocolate lovers and tea connoisseurs. The community is invited to come out and learn how pleasant pairing the two can be.

chocolate and tea pairing flyerKim Larkin of Klassic Kreations will return* to the Library to talk about the history of tea and chocolate. She’ll be showing off her display of antique pots, quizzing participants on trivia, sharing poetry and more.

Of course, the best part is the tastings. In addition to tea and chocolate, there will also be tea infused baked goods.

The event will take place Saturday, September 21, at 1:00 pm on the main level. It is open to all, no registration required.

Below are some photos from past events she held on these and similar topics.

Kim Larkin at Southborough Library St Patricks Day 2018 from SAM video Tea display (from Klassic Kreations website) Chocolate display (from Klassic Kreations website) Tea infused baked goods display (from Klassic Kreations website)

The free event is sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library.

*You may recognize Larkin from one of her past tasting events at the Library. She successfully entertained in 2017 with her tips for serving chocolate at the holidays. (You can check out the video here.) More recently, on St. Patrick’s Day 2018, she ran a popular program about Celtic foods and culture. (You can check out that video here.)


This week in sports

by beth on September 17, 2019

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The season’s barely begun, but Algonquin Field Hockey is clearly on a roll.

Yesterday, the undefeated girls won their 5th game, shutting out opponents for the third time this season.

Girls Volleyball is also doing fine with a 4-0 record (three of them with 3-0 scores). Two sisters on the team scored some great coverage from Wicked Local:

The Chiota sisters combined for 19 kills and six aces as Algonquin volleyball swept Mid-Wach League rival Westborough on Tuesday.

Olivia Chiota recorded 12 kills and four aces as Algonquin girls volleyball (2-0, 2-0 MWL) swept Midland-Wachusett League rival Westborough (2-1, 1-1 MWL) 25-18, 25-22 and 25-22 Tuesday night.

Olivia’s sister, Chloe Chiota, recorded seven kills and two aces and Sydney Cerro had nine kills and one ace.

“It’s a really good win for us and a really good way to begin the year against a tough team,” Algonquin coach Janice Henningson said. “I’m pretty pumped about it.”

Soccer and Golf have had less even starts with wins offset by some losses/ties. (Boys Soccer 2-1-1, Girls Soccer 1-0-2, and Golf 2-3-1.)

The Golf team was covered by Wicked Local with a spotlight on junior Sam Hill, who also plays on a fall travel Baseball team. His coach, alum Michael Groccia, played the same sports and recognizes the challenge that can cause:

“I understand his swing and I understand the thought process,” said Groccia, whose team fell to 2-2-1 (1-1-1 MW). “I know the baseball swing and I know the golf swing and what I’ve learned since then about the golf swing that interacts and conflicts with the baseball swing. I try to just impart on him what I did once I stopped playing baseball and got my golf swing to be a good solid golf swing and get out some of the mechanics of a baseball swing.

“I just share with him my own personal experience with it and give him little swing tips that I use in my everyday game because golf doesn’t mess up a baseball swing, a baseball swing messes up your golf swing.”

You can read more here.

THawks Football’s season start on Friday night was a disappointment. ARHS lost at Doherty 19-8. The Telegram reports:

“I thought our team played well, they never quit, and they showed great effort against a great Doherty team,” Algonquin coach Taylor Allen said. “Our guys made some plays when they needed to — they just didn’t make enough of them. We just have to execute better.”

This Friday, the team will host its first home game of the season. (Due to the EEE threat, that kicks off in the afternoon to end before dusk.)

The Telegram’s football coverage of a former THawks teammate from Southborough was more upbeat. ARHS grad Jack Gerulskis was sidelined from WPI Football by an elbow injury last year. He’s back on the field this fall. You can read about him here.

This week, Algonquin’s Cross Country teams are headed to some invitationals this week. According to the Telegram, we should keep an eye on junior Kaitlyn Desio’s performance. The paper named her one of the top five girl runners in Central MA to watch this season:

Desio missed last year’s All-State championship, not because of injury, but because she was out-of-town the day of the meet. Desio, who is the Tomahawks’ No. 1 harrier now that Tess Reyes (Cornell) has graduated, placed ninth at last November’s Central Mass. Division 1 Championships in 19:52. The standout all-star skier posted a personal best 19:49.23 earlier last fall at the twilight meet.

“She’s always smiling,” Algonquin coach Pat Galvin said. “She comes to practice in a great mood and even more excited to work. She looks forward to being the No. 1 runner on the team. She’s looking forward to stepping up into the No. 1 role. She follows the team motto, ‘positive vibes, negative splits.’ She’s got a serious engine. She can just hum along at a pretty good clip for a fair amount of time.“

Galvin said Desio, who has run an 11:18.56 in the 2-mile in outdoor track, has a legitimate chance of cracking the top three at the CMass championship, followed by a strong showing showing at All-State.

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week.  [click to keep reading…]


Above: Project Friend and the new “Project Friend Plus” were explained in a video last fall by Southborough Access Media.

Every year, Southborough Youth and Family Services runs a Project Friend program. The program pairs younger and older “Friends” to help build positive meaningful relationships.

Over the years the program has changed and grown to better fit kids’ and mentors’ needs and interests. Last year, age groups were clarified in promotions for Project Friend and “Project Friend Plus”.

Project Friend “brings older youth and younger youth together to form friendships”.

Project Friend Plus “brings community members of all ages together to with a focus on community service projects.”

Each program is offered for the full year, but the younger Project Friend group can also choose a half year option this fall or next spring. (Nov to mid-Feb and/or mid-Feb to late May. For the schedule details, click on thumbnails below right.)

Here are SYFS’s more detailed descriptions:

Project Friend flyerProject Friend: K-5th grade Little Friends with 7th- 12th grade Big Friends; Wednesday evenings, weekly

This group utilizes recreational activities to facilitate relationship building between the pairs. “Big Friends” are offered training that focuses on positive youth development, social skills, and how to be a positive role model. The “Little Friends” benefit from the relationship and special undivided attention of their Big Friend, while having the opportunity to interact with their same age peers with that support present.

Project Friend Plus: 6th-12th grade youth partners with adult partners age 21+; Wednesday afternoons, two times per month

Project Friend Plus flyerThis group has a community service focus where youth partners and adult partners work together on service projects that benefit human service agencies and organizations in and around Southborough. The partnership between the youth and adult fosters community building and positive youth development.

Anyone interested in either the full year or fall program should register by October 18th. To sign up or learn more, contact Meaghan (McCarthy) Eiland at 508-481-5676 x 2 or

To register, click here for SYFS’ online program registration form. You can also find a printable/mailable form in SYFS program guide (plus read about other services they offer) here.


Commenters update us on aerial spraying: It happened Sunday night

September 17, 2019 08:47:28 AM

Several readers commented on my post last night saying that aerial spraying was still pending. They updated me (and therefore many of you) that the spraying had already occurred.

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Newly revised school bus routes to be followed tomorrow morning

September 16, 2019 05:40:26 PM
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This morning, new school bus routes were posted for Southborough K-8. The routes will be followed starting, Students were also issued letters informing them of changes.

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Update on aerial Mosquito Spraying: Southborough status still pending

September 16, 2019 04:54:16 PM

I checked in with the state to find out if we did get sprayed. The answer was no.

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Events this week: Volunteer meeting for Autumn Fair, Senior Matinee, College Night for parents of ARHS seniors, Farmer’s Market, Tea & Chocolate, and Farm Dinner (Updated – again)

September 16, 2019 01:22:52 PM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: BOS to hear on Downtown Initiative and DPW Recommendations for Pine Hill Rd, plus open Town Meeting Warrant

September 16, 2019 12:02:00 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Applefest weekend in Northborough: Thurs-Sun

September 16, 2019 09:27:46 AM
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Northborough’s big annual community event is Applefest. It kicks off Thursday and is continuing through Sunday.

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Police charge Red Roof Inn guest with firing gun

September 13, 2019 03:15:47 PM
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Southborough Police issued a press release about an investigation into a bullet hole at the Red Roof Inn.

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Southborough seniors enjoy summer and end of summer picnics

September 13, 2019 09:42:05 AM
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This week, the Southborough Senior Center held it’s “End of Summer” picnic. The fun was shared on Facebook, and I’m sharing some of that here. As long as I’m at it, I’m also sharing pics from the annual senior picnic held by our state representative.

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