Photos: Law abiding geese

by beth on June 20, 2019

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Above: Geese choose not to go afowl of the law last week. (photo by Mike Robbins)

Southborough’s Chris Robbins shared a photo his son captured last week of geese at the Wachusett Aquaduct bridge crossing on Deerfoot Road.

Here’s his tongue in cheek commentary that came with it:

An estimated 24 Geese and their goslings decided to follow the rules and use the cross walk. Heck, if the birds can do it, we should all be able to follow their example.

Geese are monogamous and life time partners and give birth 2-9 goslings each year. They ware almost hunted to extinction in the 1920s. Conservationists came to the rescue and now flocks of thousands fly the airways. HONK!

Because I can’t fit the full sized photo on the site, I’ve inserted three cropped pieces below so you can enjoy a better look. Click on the images to enlarge.


Post image for Police & Fire update: Driver accused of trying to flee DUI crash in an Uber, more training, and police logs

Above: Police publicly shared photos from a car crash last week that allegedly involved alcohol. (images from Facebook)

It’s time for another look at what our public safety personnel have been up to – mostly thanks to their social media shares.

This week, Southborough Police have shared news of another crash resulting in criminal charges.

The SPD’s Facebook post alleges that last Friday a resident tried to hail a ride share to flee the scene of a crime. The incident revolves around on Route 9 Westbound, just before New England Center for Children’s headquarters: 

6-14-19 crash Turpike and Willow (from SPD Facebook)On Friday, June 14th, at approximately 9:15 pm, Southborough Officers responded to the area of Turnpike Road and Willow Street to investigate a report of a two car accident with airbag deployment and possible injuries. While officers were enroute to the accident, the reporting party advised police dispatch that one of the operators had fled the scene on foot. Once officers arrived on scene and checked the area, the operator was located a short distance away; attempting to leave the area in an Uber. [A Southborough man] was placed under arrest for OUI Liquor; Leaving the Scene of Property Damage; Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle; and Speeding. No injuries were reported at the scene.

More details are available in Wicked Local’s report here. That article noted that an arraignment was scheduled for this past Monday, outcome unknown. Presumably that did take place. Chief Paulhus updated me that the pre-trial hearing is now scheduled for August 9th.

This month, the Southborough Fire Department posted examples of crews hard at work training. And the SPD posted about some fun the two departments had climbing at Fay.

Here are those highlights, plus the latest police logs.

The first week of June, firefighters made good use of a house about to be demolished:

On June 10th, public safety officials took part in a Fay School event: [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Southborough resident Bea Ginga one of the state’s Unsung Heroines with the legislator who nominated her for the 16th annual award. (contributed photo)

Every year, the state honors Unsung Heroines for their “outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities.” This year, for the first time in six years, a Southborough resident was named.

Bea Ginga, called by some “the unofficial mayor of Southborough”, was one of the 132 recipients honored at the state house yesterday.

The booklet from yesterday’s ceremony explains what makes Ginga one of the 2019 Heroines:

Bertha “Bea” Ginga is a lifelong Southborough resident whose passion for community involvement makes her a deserving candidate for an Unsung Heroine Award. For decades, Bea has run the Southborough Village Society, a nonprofit that maintains and operates the historic Southborough Community House for local events. A breast cancer survior, Bea works to put on annual Relay for Life events at Algonquin High School to raise money for the American Cancer Society. As an active member of and advocate for Southborough’s senior community, she often volunteers her time at the Senior Center and works to support improved and expanded senior programming. Bea frequently delivers meals to families in need for Southborough’s “Care Giver” program. Her community involvement also extends to working with local Boy Scouts and honoring veterans at annual events. Bea has become synonymous with the spirit of the Town, often referred to by residents as the unofficial “Mayor of Southborough.”

Ginga was nominated for the award by State Representative Carolyn Dykema. Each year, each state legislator is allowed to nominate one resident from their constituency. 

The award is granted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. The commission describes:

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities, and towns. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators who do what needs to be done, without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.

Ginga is the 7th Unsung Heroine from Southborough since the MCSW began giving out awards in 2004. Past recipients from our town are Donna McDaniel (2013), Linda Hubley (2012), Debbie Depp-Wilson (2019), and Lisa Braccio (2009), Patrice Kline (2007) and Freddy Gillespie (2006).*

At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectwoman Braccio shared that Dykema picked up Ginga and her friend Betty Minucci to bring them to the ceremony. Worth noting, Dykema was herself an Unsung Heroine for Holliston in 2007, prior to becoming a legislator.

Here are photos from yesterday’s event. (The first was tweeted by Mass Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo. The rest were contributed by Dykema’s office at my request. ):

Heroines and friends/families at ceremony (tweeted by Mass Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo) Representative Carolyn Dykema reading citation to Bea Ginga Bea Ginga - and Unsung Heroine of 2019 Unsung Hero Bea Ginga with friend Betty Minucci L-R Dykema, Minucci, Ginga, and State Senator Jamie Eldridge (contributed)

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Post image for Town updates: Park Central at Conservation on Thursday; Public Safety Building delay to August 13

Above: I was too quick on the draw for two posts this week. Here are updates to fix that. (images L-R from Park Central plans and PSB progress report)

A quick update on a couple of items that slipped by me this week (one of which caused me to make an error that needs correcting).

Public Safety Building schedule change

Apparently, I should have waited until this morning to post last evening’s update on the Public Safety Building.

I missed a big change made during Monday’s PSB Committee meeting. Last night, Board of Selectman Chair Brian Shea announced that an extension was approved from August 1st to the 13th. He asserted the change will not increase costs to the taxpayers.

Sharing the PSBC’s announcment, Shea said the change was given to allow “the proper spacing of a few items to make sure they get done right.” No further changes to the schedule should be requested by the contractor.

Shea clarified that the goal is to get the departments settled in before the start of school.

That’s a reference to abutting Woodward School. The completed project will bring a change to the school’s driveways. Buses will be traveling a different path than parents picking up and dropping off. (Stay tuned for more on that in mid to late August.)

Conservation Commission Meeting on Thursday

On Monday, I missed a meeting agenda posted by the Town between when I pulled information and when I ran my highlights of the week. Given the controversy of a project on the agenda and the number of residents following it, that deserves an update.

Tomorrow night, the Conservation Commission will be meeting. There are several hearings and other items on the agenda (which you can find here).

The one that jumps out is the Park Central hearing at 7:25 pm. As I posted last month, the item was scheduled to be back in front of the commission on May 30th. (You can find more context in that story here.) As I updated two days prior, the commission announced that the developer asked to put that off until their June 20th meeting.

To look at the plans and applications on the Town’s website, click here.


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Above: Mandy Roberge helped teens and tweens at a Southborough Library Crafternoon earlier this spring. Upcoming sessions in August will include decorating cookies, sewing, and making jewelry. (images cropped L-R from flyer and Facebook)

In yesterday’s post on Summer Reading fun at the Southborough Library, I promised to post about upcoming Crafternoons.

The Library is hosting more craft sessions for older kids led by popular crafter Mandy Roberge.* For each program registration is required with space limited to 15 participants.

This week’s program is already full with a waitlist. But three more are scheduled for later this summer, sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library. The programs are mainly for teens, but the first one is also fine for tweens.

The following Crafternoons will be held on three consecutive Wednesday afternoons in August, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm:

  • from Wicked Good Henna websiteAlien Cookie Decorating – August 7
    Patrons will use a variety of techniques from royal icing, butterceam frosting and fondant to copy some templates, and of course accessorize with candy! Limited to 15 participants. For ages 10+. Click here to register.
  • Sewing 101 – August 14
    images from Southborough Library FacebookThis workshop focuses on learning the basics of sewing (threading a needle, starting and stopping a stitch, and fixing a button) and then invites participants to work on one hand-sewing project and one machine project (i.e. a scrunchie). Limited to 15 participants. Recommended for Ages 13 & Up. Click here to register.
  • from Wicked Good Henna websitePlanet Pendants – August 21
    This program invites patrons to create a planet pendant using wires and pliers, and then create a unique strand on which to hang it, using leather cording, beads and wire, or macrame techniques. This one is recommended for Ages 13 & Up but also notes that it’s most appropriate for adults or parent working with a child . Click here to register.

You can also sign up at the Library or by calling 508-485-5031.

*Roberge’s company is Wicked Good Henna. Fans of hers may want to note that the Library is also holding one of her Henna events for ages 8+, outside of the Library (weather permitting) on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. That event doesn’t require registration.


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Above: AVRTHS and St. Mark’s School held their graduation ceremonies this month. (photos from their online galleries)

I’m overdue on sharing news, but what else is new? This month, Algonquin wasn’t the only high school with Southborough graduates.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School held its ceremony the same weekend as Algonquin’s. And St. Mark’s School held its the following week. Plus, since my ARHS post, the Harbinger posted its senior issue.

I’ve rounded up highlights to share:

Assabet Class of 2019

The Community Advocate posted two articles on the school’s grads. One focused on the school’s nursing program graduate:

The seniors in the Health Technology program at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High had a 100 percent passing rate on the recent Certified Nursing Assistant exam. (read more)

Twin graduates from the school made a splash in the press due to their status as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. For the Patch’s coverage of the ceremony, click here.

Below are a few photos from AVRTHS share site. You can see their full gallery here.

AVRTHS impressive motorboards AVRTHS twin valedictorian and salutetorian AVRTHS Graduation Class of 2019 AVRTHS Graduation Class of 2019 turning tassels

St. Mark’s Class of 2019

St. Mark’s School posted:

100 St. Markers received diplomas at the School’s 154th Prize Day exercises. Diplomas with distinction were awarded to 57 graduates, 18 were members of the Cum Laude Society, and 10 earned Classics Diplomas, having mastered both Greek and Latin, entitling each to wear a laurel wreath at the ceremony. Alumnus Kevin Tang ’85 delivered the keynote Prize Day address, while graduating VI Former Colin Capenito was the traditional Valedictorian.

You can read more details on the ceremony including a list of the prizes awarded here. You can also find the list of the 100 graduates in the Telegram here. Below are photos from St. Mark’s smugmug. You can see their full gallery here.

St Mark's School prize day 2019 (smugmug) St Mark's School prize day 2019 (smugmug) St Mark's School prize day 2019 (smugmug) St Mark's School prize day 2019 (smugmug)

Algonquin’s Class of 2019

The Harbinger’s senior issue is out. It includes a list of where ARHS’ graduates are headed:


Public Safety Building Update (Updated)

June 18, 2019 05:13:02 PM
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The new safety complex is on track for a summer opening and fall Grand Opening, though small issues continue to “pop up”.

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Library looking for tween and teen helpers to finish their space this week

June 18, 2019 02:06:24 PM
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The Library is recruiting teen and tween volunteers to help them move the young adult collection to its new room.

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The Boroughs Trail is coming! You can help blaze the way

June 18, 2019 11:05:25 AM
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Southborough’s Trails Committee has an exciting announcement. They are also recruiting volunteers to ensure the announcement is true.

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Postseason Update: ARHS Tennis teams to State Finals; Runners earn National silver medals

June 18, 2019 09:43:01 AM
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Update on Algonquin varsity athletes’ and teams’ title bids.

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The Library’s Summer Reading program for kids is out of this world

June 18, 2019 07:33:32 AM
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As usual, the library will be offering fun activities to keep the kids coming in frequently over the summer. Here’s what you can look forward to this summer.

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School news: Tuition-free Kindergarten is official, Superintendent transition, school bus update, and district petitions

June 17, 2019 04:00:03 PM
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On the last day of public school, I planned to share some of the media coverage on the outgoing and moving up superintendents. In working on it, I came across more news on the school district worth sharing.

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