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Above: The first two months of the NSBORO 2020-2021 school calendar have changed. (images cropped from new version)

On Wednesday night, the Combined School Committees agreed to adopt the state’s option for adding more Professional Development days to the calendar. The first day of school for students is moving from September 2nd to the 16th.

The School Committees approved the Reopening Plans and the new calendar with the caveat that there may be changes made if necessary. (You can watch their discussions in Wednesday’s meeting here.)

There were multiple exchanges and comments about working parents of young students worried about daycare/supervision for remote learning days under a Hybrid Model. One option suggested was having kids dropped off at school tents or gyms for supervised remote learning outside the classrooms. Superintendent Gregory Martineau didn’t promise anything, but also didn’t rule out supporting the needs in some way.

Martineau said the focus has been on getting the Reopening Plans set. Once that is done and a starting learning model is chosen, they will reach out to organizations that support the schools to see if there are ways they can help them support parents. He referred to SOS (Southborough Organization for Schools) and NEF (Northborough Education Foundation) as examples.

The new survey released by the district includes asking whether parents would need help finding daycare or if they are “willing to support other families in finding childcare” and how. Parents are also again asked to let the district know their model preferences, whether or not they would participate in in-person learning, etc.

The district is asking parents to again quickly respond to the survey. This one is due tomorrow, Sunday, August 9th, by 4:30 pm.

Results will be used to inform an important vote this week. In Friday evening’s update to parents, Martineau wrote:

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Northborough, Southborough, and Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committees will discuss reopening plans and vote on a reopening strategy. 

As for the school delay, it adds 10 Professional Development days to the calendar. School Committee members agreed that giving time for teachers and the administration to work through how to make new learning models work was important. There was a preference noted for quality over quantity of teaching days.  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Have you taken a walk through this year’s art exhibit yet? (photos by Beth Melo)

Have you taken a walk through this year’s Art on the Trails yet?

Everyone is invited to explore the “Rising Up” art exhibit at Beals Preserve. 

For those looking for something safe to do away from screens, it’s a great opportunity. Especially since most of the walk is through trails are heavily shaded from the hot summer sun. (It’s a lovely place for a nature walk even when there isn’t an exhibit on display.)

Earlier this summer, I wrote about Art on the Trails’ call for poetry submissions. (You can read more about those details here.) That deadline has been extended to August 9th. 

Art will remain on the trails for public viewing through September 13th. 

For the trail map identifying installation locations, artists, and titles, click here. For a larger version on the official website, click here. (For more info on the artists and this year’s theme, see my early June post. You can also check out my later post sharing images from the installation weekend.)

Learn more about the exhibit at

Below are some pics I captured during a recent morning walk with my family:

Balancing Act A closer up look at Balancing Act 


Post image for Obituary: Rosalie A. (Nelson) Hakansson, 85

Rosalie A. (Nelson) Hakansson was born in Brockton, MA on January 19, 1935 to C. Raymond Nelson and Ruth L. (Carlberg) Nelson. She was also fortunate to have Margaret (Wall) Nelson as a caring and devoted stepmother after the death of her mother. She was the widow of the late Fred O. Hakansson whom she married on September 9, 1956. She died approximately an hour after midnight on August 1, 2020, at The Morrison in Whitefield.

Also known as “Lee”, she grew up in Easton and Braintree, MA and was a graduate of Thayer Academy, Braintree and Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH.

She had been employed by the Southborough School Department, Fenwal Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and several other high tech companies as a senior administrative assistant, executive administrator and project specialist.  [click to keep reading…]


Obituary: Joan Bayon Pinsky, 85

by beth on August 7, 2020

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Joan Bayon Pinsky, 85, of Southborough and formerly of Framingham passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham, after a period of declining health. She was a proud and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Born in Holyoke, to Edward and Ruth (Thompson) Bayon. She grew up in Holyoke, graduated from Holyoke High School, and received her teaching degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1956. Following graduation and a trip to Europe, she launched her teaching career in the Trumbull, CT school system. After getting married, she moved to Framingham in 1963, where she raised four children and enjoyed a very successful career as a media sales executive at Network World before retiring in 1998. She moved to Southborough shortly after her retirement.  [click to keep reading…]


On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on August 6, 2020

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Above: This home at 38 Sears Road went on the market this week for $2,990,000 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 14 Sadie Hutt Lane (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Contemporary – 138 days on the Market, Listed at $1,149,900

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Post image for Isaias created a busy night for the public safety (with some “trapped” for hours)

Above: Emergency crews were kept very busy on Tuesday night. Among the emergencies were incidents that trapped some personnel in one section of town for hours. (image from Facebook)

As of this morning, National Grid is reporting only two Southborough customers are still without power, through two separate outages. (Unfortunately for them, the restoration times aren’t estimated until “by” tomorrow morning.)

Yesterday, the Southborough Fire Department shared on Facebook some of the highlights of the SFD and Police response during Tuesday night’s storm. 

It turns out that the big power outage in the Oak Hill Road area was connected to an incident that trapped some emergency responders for hours while other emergencies were occurring across town, including a building fire.

Here are the details and pictures cropped from Facebook. (Click pictures to enlarge.):

At the height of the storm a woman escaped serious injury on Oak Hill Road when a tree struck her vehicle. Live power lines were down and multiple houses lost power. The driver self-extricated prior to our arrival.

While apparatus were on scene, another large tree and power lines came down in the area of 52 Oak Hill Road. Subsequently, a fire engine, ambulance, and police units were trapped on the road. In the end, those emergency resources were unable to respond for close to 3 ½ hours.

While these units were unavailable, limited reserve FD units responded to a building fire at 371 Turnpike Road, as well as multiple wire and tree down incidents. On duty police were also responding to similar emergency calls.

The building referenced above is also known as the 2 Central Park Drive office building.


Barron lawsuit amended to return to Worcester Superior Court; another OML violation determined

August 5, 2020 02:12:40 PM

In May, I posted that a lawsuit filed by Southborough residents against selectmen and the Town was moving to the Federal Courts. Based on an amended complaint, the complainants were able to return the case to Worcester Superior Court.

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School Reopening Update: Potential delay to start, FAQs, and updated Plans

August 5, 2020 08:48:09 AM
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Tonight, the Combined School Committees for Northborough and Southborough Public Schools will discuss a potential delay in reopening district schools. This morning, Superintendent Gregory Martineau emailed parents an update on Reopening Plans. The latest message links to new FAQs along with where parents can view the recent Community Forums.

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The Internship Initiative led by Southborough teens

August 5, 2020 08:30:32 AM
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I have another story about Southborough teens working together to offer a service.

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Isolated power outages: NGrid still “Assessing Conditions”

August 5, 2020 06:23:12 AM
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According to National Grid, over 400 Southborough “customers” are without power this morning.

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Tornado Watch in effect

August 4, 2020 02:28:24 PM
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The forecast has been updated to a Tornado Watch for the entire state. That means everyone should be on alert for a possible “Warning”.

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Selectmen goal discussion: Regional public safety dispatch, diversity/inclusion program, increasing training for boards/committees, and more

August 4, 2020 12:45:38 PM
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Tonight, the Board of Selectmen will continue a goal discussion begun at their meeting two weeks ago. Here are some highlights.

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High winds forecast tonight due to Tropical Storm Isaias

August 4, 2020 08:24:37 AM
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You’ve probably heard the forecasts for high winds across the state today. I took a look at National Weather Services’ detailed forecast for Southborough.

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SWL: Man seriously injured in Rte. 9 crash in Southborough

August 4, 2020 07:43:39 AM

On Sunday, a serious car accident resulted in a serious, but not life threatening injuries, according to a Wicked Local story.

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