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Above: Voters will have impact on a wide range of Town bylaws and spending choices including seeking status as a National Historic District, purchasing a sidewalk plow and police cruisers, another citizen’s petition on the St. Mark’s Golf Course, a bylaw allowing recall of elected officials, and prohibition of recreational marijuana businesses. (scroll to bottom of post for photo credits)

Tomorrow night, Southborough will open up the Annual Town Meeting. Expect it to run 2-3 nights.

Voters will be asked to deal with 47 articles before the meeting is closed. As always, several are annual administrative business (so hopefully they won’t take long.) And many other articles are linked/related, so it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.

There’s no telling how far into the warrant we’ll get on Tuesday. But that first night will cover the Special Town Meeting’s Citizen Petition Articles continued from March.

Meanwhile, another citizen petition article related to St. Mark’s Golf Course is close to the end of the Warrant. That means it’s not likely to come up for vote until at least Wednesday or possibly even Thursday. (Note: The second and possible third nights would begin at 7:30 pm.)

New sign-in and voter card protocols implemented for the March meeting will be used again. That means quicker check-in (bring your license if you have it) and faster vote counts. And this time, handouts will be setup outside the building to avoid the backup at the entrance.

  • The Annual Town Warrant: (opening at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25)
    • Articles 1-5 – Town’s Administrative Articles: Hearing reports from departments/committees, accepting donations, authorizing officials to borrow and enter up-to three year contracts, and amendments to SAP (the Personnel Salary Administration Plan).
    • Either before or after Article 5 (SAP), the Moderator plans to ask voters to re-open the Special Town Meeting complete that Warrant.

Note: According to the Town Clerk, anyone who wasn’t registered in time to be eligible to vote at the March 8th Special Town Meeting is still ineligible to vote on these three articles this week! (That’s only a handful of voters, and procedures are in place to handle the vote count.)  [click to keep reading…]

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This week in sports

by beth on April 24, 2017

Above: if photo (Photo by Chris Wraight)

Last week was a losing one for ARHS varsity Baseball, Softball and Lacrosse. But Boys Volleyball had racked up two more wins. Four games in, the team is undefeated.

Here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for this week.

(To find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV, freshmen, and unified match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • 3:30 pm – ARHS Baseball vs. Doherty Memorial @ Doherty Memorial High School
  • 3:30 pm – ARHS Girls Tennis vs. Notre Dame Academy – Worcester @ Notre Dame Academy-Worcester
  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Softball vs. Hopedale Jr./Sr. @ Algonquin

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Post image for Hydrant flushing this week (Check taps and the schedule before you wash a load!)

This week is the annual flushing of the hydrants in Southborough.

It will take nearly all week for the DPW to flush all the hydrants in town, and when they’re doing the ones in your neck of the woods, you may notice your tap water running brown.

While DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan has told us the brown water is perfectly safe to drink, I think it’s also safe to say most of us would rather not try it!

It’s okay to run cold water while flushing is taking place near you, but you should avoid running hot water because doing so might pull sediment into your hot water tank. You should also avoid doing laundry because it will stain your clothes.

Flushing will take place during this week between 8:00 am – 2:30/3:00 pm.

Here is a loose schedule from the DPW that should help residents plan better. Sections of town are broken up as follows:

Monday – West Side of Town
Tuesday – Southborough Center
Wednesday – Fayville Area
Thursday – South Side
Friday – 495 West, Sears, Fisher, Northboro Road

Here’s some information Galligan provided in past years on why hydrant flushing is important and what to do if your water runs brown[click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Police logs: Investigations into B&E (with food fight?) and possibly thwarted burglary

Southborough Police are investigating a few incidents that took place last week. Those include a break in at St. Anne’s Parish Hall on Holy Saturday (where nothing appeared to be taken but a mess was made) and a possible burglary attempt at a Summit Road home on Wednesday.

Read about those incidents and more in the latest logs from the Southborough Police Department.

Friday, April 14, 2017:

  • 0011 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 0511 hrs – An officer on patrol observed a male party walking on Turnpike Road. The individual was provided a citizen transport to the Marlborough town line.
  • 0552 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at an Ashley Road residence.
  • 1004 hrs – Officers investigated a report of suspicious activity in the area of Bantry Road. The responding officers reported back that everything checked out ok.
  • 1139 hrs – Officers conducted a requested well-being check at a Fitzgerald Lane residence.
  • 1231 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 1403 hrs – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from the Fay School on Main Street.
  • 1415 hrs – An officer responded with the fire department to White Bagley Road, to investigate a report of small fire in the area. The fire was located and extinguished.
  • 1609 hrs – An officer took a report of a damaged mail box from an Oak Hill Road resident.
  • 2116 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on three (unoccupied) vehicles that were parked at the 911 Field on Acre Bridge Road. The officer reported back that everything checked out ok.
  • 2128 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on a vehicle that was parked at Mary Finn School on Richards Road. The officer reported back that the vehicle checked out ok.
  • 2128 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on a vehicle that was parked at Trottier Middle School on Parkerville Road. The officer reported back that the vehicle checked out ok.
  • 2138 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on a vehicle that was parked on Lynbrook Road. The officer reported back that the vehicle checked out ok.
  • 2325 hrs – An officer on patrol checked on a vehicle that was parked at the MBTA Station. The officer reported back that the vehicle and the occupants checked out ok.

Saturday, April 15, 2017: [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Events this week: Science fun for tots, Baby signs, Author night, Running of the Goats and more (Updated)

Above: A snowed-out Author event from February is rescheduled at the library this week – just in time to get some cooking tips for Mother’s Day.
(image left from Altomare’s blog, right from amazon)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. (For more, check the Event Calendar.)

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For the Southborough Library’s regular storytime programs, click here for their events page. For the Southborough Senior Center’s ongoing classes, click here for their calendar.]

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Story Art: Outer Space (10:30 am) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: Let’s Gogh Art! will be at the library with a program about space! The program for children ages 3-6 years old includes a space-related story and art projects. Kids must be registered to participate. Contact the Children’s Room at 508-485-5031. Click here for details.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • Young Scientists (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: Free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program for kids age 3-5. Kids will learn concepts through hands-on activities. Must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver (Siblings welcome.) Registration is required. Call 508-485-5031.
  • Annual Town Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Trottier Middle School, auditorium, 49 Parkerville Rd: Click here for more details.

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Post image for The week in government: Annual Town Meeting & prep (Updated)

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All these meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • Open Space Preservation Committee, 7:00 pm @ South Union Building, Conference Room, 21 Highland St (agenda)
  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A and B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • Trottier School Council, 2:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 190, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda)
  • Advisory Committee, 6:00 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 192, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion of Town Meeting Warrant Articles and Budget
  • Board of Selectmen, 6:00 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 124, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: ATM Article #24 Disposal of Fayville Hall; Approval of increased revolving fund for Recreation; Board positions on Warrant Articles; Set date for special election;
  • Community Preservation Committee, 6:00 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 143, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on unauthorized changes to all CPA Warrant Articles; Vote to amend to correct; vote on revised applications for Mooney Field Lights and Flagg School restoration
  • Historical Commission, 6:00 pm @ Flagg School, Historical Society Museum, 25 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on CPC application Articles 15 & 16, Discussion and vote on Fayville Hall disposal Warrant Article 

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

April 20, 2017 02:46:02 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

April 20, 2017 12:00:44 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Reminder: Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday

April 20, 2017 10:11:46 AM
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The Rotary Club is sponsoring it’s 27th Annual Earth Day Clean Up.

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Article 34: Funding a Preservation Planner for a National Historic District

April 20, 2017 07:30:11 AM
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On Tuesday, one of the Articles up for vote would be used to help secure the Main Street historic area as a National Historic District.

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Meeting reptiles of the rainforest – Thursday

April 19, 2017 02:12:02 PM
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The Southborough Library is again entertaining kids who are sticking around over school break.

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Outer Space & Art: Kids program Monday morning

April 19, 2017 11:07:54 AM
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The Southborough Library is hosting an art program for kids that’s out of this world.

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Obituary: Michael Kelleher, 23

April 19, 2017 07:13:08 AM
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Michael Joseph Kelleher Jr, 23, of Southborough, died on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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ATM Article 40: Amendment to Citizen’s Petition Article related to St. Mark’s Golf Course

April 18, 2017 09:23:50 PM

This winter, citizens submitted a petition for an Annual Town Meeting Article to address the Town’s plans to purchase St. Mark’s Golf Course. The sponsor of Article 40 asked me to share the amendment he plans to raise when the article comes up.

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