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Above: The Historical Society’s latest missive bundles a new find in the collection with a request for helping hands. (images from SHS website)

The Southborough Historical Society is in need of more helping hands. Their pitch points out that it’s an “unparalleled” opportunity for history buffs.

First, President Michael Weishan points out another great piece he came upon in their collection. He follows by pointing out that in most organizations, volunteers wouldn’t get close to items like that.

It isn’t the only pitch that SHS put out this month. They’ve also issued their annual appeal for financial support. (Click here to read that.)

Even if you can’t spare the money, maybe you can spare some time. Here’s the SHS’ full pitch for volunteers:

Just Another Random Day in 1742

Copy of  Charter of Province of Massachusetts Bay

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The more I get acquainted with the Society’s collection, the more astounded I become. Here in tiny little Southborough, we have a world-class collection of items! Take the [image right], for example. This wonderfully preserved tome contains the Massachusetts Charter of 1691 that formally established the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Issued during the reign of William III and Mary II, the charter defined the government of the colony, whose lands were drawn from those previously belonging to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth Colony, and portions of the Province of New York, and included all of present-day Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia! The book also contains all the subsequent laws governing the province up to the date of its publication, 1742 — which makes surprisingly fascinating reading, with all the little do’s and don’ts of life in Colonial Massachusetts.

My point in showing this to you today is to point that we have many volunteer opportunities that grant hands-on experience with incredibly historic material just like the charter. It’s a volunteer experience really unparalleled anywhere else, as most other institutions keep volunteers well away from the actual collections.

We are currently looking for volunteers to:

  • help catalogue our book collection
  • help organize and re-house our collection of objects
  • help catalogue and re-house our paper and photo archives, and prepare this material for online presentation

No previous experience is necessary, other than a general knowledge of Mac operating systems, and a love of history. If you’re interested in helping out, let us know.

If you’re interested in helping, you can email info@southboroughhistory.org. If you prefer to reach out by mail or directly to a board member you know, here are those details:  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Selectmen reacted to a presentation raising potential for large 5G antennaes to be placed around Southborough with little control by Town officials. (simulated images cropped from 12/5/17 presentation)

Last week, the Board of Selectmen heard a presentation on issues around telecom controlled installation of 5G antennas or DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems).

Members expressed concern about issues highlighting potential lack of local control. They recommended the issues be raised with both the Planning Board and Board of Health for potential tightening of bylaws.

Resident Heidi Davis brought her concerns about 5G issues to the Town. Town Administrator Mark Purple invited her to present data to selectmen. Davis professed not to be an expert, but shared her homework on the issue.

Davis warned the board that the current approach for 5G wireless internet calls for one 30-foot tower per every twelve homes. Her presentation highlighted:

  • In many cities and towns telecom providers are filing applications for siting these in the rights of way i.e. on existing telephone poles in residential areas via “streamlined” permitting process.
  • The manner in which this is being implemented in many communities nationwide bypasses local zoning authorities.
  • To residents this means unsightly, obtrusive 5G “small cell” towers which will negatively impact:
    • Public safety
    • Infrastructure Poses fully unknown long term health impacts on citizens from continuously pulsed radiation in close proximity to residences, schools, childcare facilities, workplaces etc.
    • Property values
    • This proposed infrastructure is not intended to improve cell phone service reception

Davis raised the potential of public safety impact due to health risks that worry her. She supported them with articles covering the issues that selectmen could review. But she stressed that health concerns were better discussed at another time in another venue.

Her main point that evening was potential Town regulation gaps.

The resident informed selectmen that the towers can impact property values, losing tax revenue. And she pointed the board to a link indicating the Town’s potential liability if it doesn’t act. Presentation points included:

If this infrastructure goes forward without the proper due diligence, town officials will potentially be liable for violating their obligation and duty of care to their citizens.

Telecommunications providers do NOT bear liability
https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/telecom-insurance-companies-warn-liability-risk-go-key-issues/

Selectmen thanked Davis for making them aware of issues. They encouraged her and Purple to specific steps in addressing it. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: The after-break winter RAP session covers a range of activities from dodgeball to slime making. (images posted to Facebook by RAP instructors – left by Fast Athletics and right by Paradise Island Kids)

Registration is now open for the next winter session of after school programs (and a before school one). I love that Recreation offers a wide range of choices.

This next set of RAP (Recreation After-school Programs) is a mix of fun active, creative, and educational classes. Offerings include Business Sharks, Maker Mischief, Slime Factory, Kickboxing/self defense and Gaga Ball. That’s alongside their classic activities like dodgeball, soccer, floor hockey, dodgeball, gym games, painting, photography, pottery, chess, and pottery.

Most classes will begin the second week of January, with registration closing on January 5th.

Finn is again offering a before-school program – AM Fitness Fun. Gym teacher Tom McCabe will run the sessions on Wednesday mornings.

Registration for most RAP programs is currently listed as due by September 8th. (That is sometimes extended – especially for the programs starting later. But programs can also fill up in advance – or get cancelled if not enough register by that date. So, I recommend signing up sooner.)

For details on the RAP classes offered this fall, click on links to flyers for the specific schools:

To register for the programs online, click here.

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Above: Singer Derek Johnson (playing as Derek Curtis) will hold a special hometown performance during his Christmastime visit. (image cropped from contributed photo)

Who says downtown Southborough is dead? Next week, the Knights of Columbus hall will turn into a night club (of sorts) for one night.

Actually, it sounds like more of an “unplugged” concert/event. Southborough native Derek Johnson, aka Derek Curtis, will be playing songs from his new album and sharing stories in the “intimate listening room”.

Half of the cover (and all the tips) from the event will benefit for Girls Write Nashville.

The performance will take place on Friday, December 22nd. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 – 9:30 pm show. Entrance is $10 pp, and the press release invites the audience to BYOB.

In keeping with the “intimate” setting, there’s a 50 person limit. To get on the attendee list, you’ll need to email the performer at derekwcurtismusic@gmail.com.

So, what kind of sound can you expect to hear? The fact that he’s been living in Nashville will give you a hint of the genre. But, for a better idea, here’s a sample of the first release from his new album:

Here are the details: [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on December 14, 2017

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Above: This home at 39 Meetinghouse Lane went on the market this week for $152,000 (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

  • 248 Boston Road (map) – 4 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Ranch – 96 days on the Market, Listed at AUCTION
  • 141 Woodland Road (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 83 days on the Market, Listed at $560,000

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Reminder: Discount movie tickets through Rec

by beth on December 14, 2017

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Above:  Discount tickets to the movies are sold by Southborough Recreation. The “unrestricted tickets” can offer savings, but pay attention to theater details before you decide if they are right for you or as gifts.

Maybe you’re psyched to see the new Star Wars movie or another December release. Or maybe you’re planning on giving out movie tickets for Christmas presents. Either way, you should keep in mind that our Town offers a way to pick tickets up at a discount.

Southborough Recreation sells discount tickets to AMC Theater and Regal Cinemas. Each is available for $10.50

To buy tickets, head over to the Rec Dept anytime between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday or 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Friday. (And bring cash or your checkbook.) The department’s office is located in the South Union Building at 21 Highland Street.

But first, you should decide which, or if either, makes sense for you. I was “analyzing” the tickets for my own uses. So, I’ll  share my learnings with you.

Both are marketed as having “no restrictions”, and that’s mostly true, with a few caveats. These tickets are good for opening weeks of Star Wars and other big films – even though the theaters state “no passes”. (I checked directly with the chains to make sure. The “unrestricted tickets” aren’t treated as passes.)

The only movies you can’t use them for are special events (e.g., AMC Opening “Fan Events”, double features, and marathons). For either chain ticket holders can see regular/digital movies for free. But, moviegoers will be charged the difference if they want to upgrade to 3D screenings.

Here are the main differences between the chain choices. (The most important takeaway is that the tickets for AMC aren’t always a discount.)

Regal Cinemas

The nearyby Regal is at Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough. (The Westborough site closed this fall.*) There are also locations in Bellingham and many other locales across the state and country.

At the Marlborough location, the discount tickets can shave $3.20 off regular adult admission. But they probably aren’t worth the hassle for children, seniors, or matinees. Kids and seniors regular tickets only cost 20 cents more, any time of day. And its only a 70 cent savings off adult admission to a matinee (any show starting before 4:00 pm).

AMC Theaters

The nearby AMC is in Framingham, near the Natick border, with many other locations around the state and country.

For AMC, you’re probably better off buying a gift card from the chain than getting the Gold tickets sold by Rec.

The ticket option is dicey if you are giving them as gifts and more expensive than some admission prices. But, depending on how you plan to use them, you could scrape some savings from them.  [click to keep reading…]

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St. Mark’s Church offers solace for Christmas Blues – December 21st service

December 14, 2017 09:30:00 AM
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is reaching out again to those in the community who need solace this season with a special Blue Christmas Service.

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ARHS Holiday Concert – Dec 21

December 14, 2017 07:30:18 AM
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Algonquin Regional High School is holding its annual holiday concert combining bands and choruses.

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Holiday Hoops Clinic over the break

December 13, 2017 04:00:00 PM
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Southborough Recreation holding a Holiday Hoops Clinic over Winter Break again this year.

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Reminder: Meet your sellers or buyers in the Town’s “Internet Safety Transaction Zone”

December 13, 2017 01:02:49 PM
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Southborough Police have announced a new Internet Transaction Safety Zone in their parking lot for community use.

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Obituary: David J. Bullen, 77

December 13, 2017 10:44:16 AM
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David J. Bullen, 77, of Southborough, formerly of Wellesley and of Franklin, passed away at UMass University Medical Center on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, surrounded by his family.

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Red Apple Awards: The holiday gift that honors teachers and helps students

December 13, 2017 07:42:18 AM
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Are you looking for a creative teacher gift? Instead of yet another mug or Christmas ornament, why not give Southborough teachers the resources they need to be creative and innovative through the Southborough Education Foundation’s Red Apple Program.

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“Mr. Clark’s Big Band” goes digital (with music and audio)

December 12, 2017 04:19:00 PM
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A Southborough author and mother chronicled the difficult and bittersweet journey of Trottier’s 2012-2013 Big Band and its beloved leader. Recently, key players from the story came together to celebrate its publication.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

December 12, 2017 02:33:38 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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