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Above: Principal Randell’s retirement is opening two new positions in the Southborough schools administration. (photo left via

The Southborough School district apparently considers retiring Principal James Randell’s shoes to big to fill with one person. Instead, the schools will conduct two hire searches, one per school.

James Randell has been the principal of both Woodward and Finn schools since 2010. Prior to that the schools were independently run. Randell had already been the Woodward boss for five years. He took over Finn as an additional responsibility when Principal Mary Ryan retired.

I reached out to Superintendent Christine Johnson on her plans for replacing him. She indicated that they will be going back to the original model with one principal for each school.

Johnson plans to issue a statement to parents on the search process this week. It will explain that a search committee will be formed for both schools inviting internal and external candidates:

Consistent with our search committee process, we will invite administration, teachers, staff and parents to participate in this very important step seeking candidates who are the most qualified and best match for our school community.


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Above: Gonk athletes, including basketball players, took time out from sports last week to help kick off the read-a-thon at Northborough’s Lincoln Street School (image tweeted by @LSSNorthboro)

Last week, ARHS Boys Basketball turned around a season with a rocky start. They beat Shrewsbury 51-47 on Friday and now lead the Mid Wach A league.

A lot can change this week with three games scheduled. But all three competitors are bottom of their leagues, so the Boys’ chances of turning the past two wins into a streak are strong.

Algonquin Wrestling has had a very strong season. But with three losses this month, they slipped down to second in the Mid Wach league, below Nashoba. (That rank seems a bit deceiving though. Nashoba’s record is a paltry 6-3 compared to ARHS’s 14-3. So I still say our Boys rule!)

They head back to the mats this week for a match against Quabbin on Wednesday and a tournament on Saturday in Methuen.

Algonquin Boys Hockey fell from the top of the Roy Conference League. They suffered two losses last week to Shrewsbury and Nashoba. That places them third in the league.

They’ll hope to start turning that around when they face bottom ranked Westborough on Wednesday.

Girls Swimming scored two wins last week against Tantasqua and Wachusetts. That brings them up to second place in the Mid Wach rankings.

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


Post image for The week in government: Zoning on Mooney Field & Neary Courts lights; Public Safety Building Info Session; ConComm on Caine’s Crossing

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, January 23, 2017

  • Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Town House, Hearing Room, 17 Common St (agenda, meeting materials) Agenda Highlights: Presentation on fees & cost projection process for applicants; Discussion citizen’s petition article to increase cap on 55+ housing to 10%, Discussion of overlay district for septic, Update on Park Central – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Trottier School Council, 2:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 190, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda)
  • Recreation Commission, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A & B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Advisory, discuss salary of Rec Director and Program Coordinator (Wrong date is listed on agenda)
  • Advisory Committee, 7:30 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A & B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Budget & Warrant Article review for Planning, Police & Recreation; Reserve Fund Transfer request from Golf Course Master Plan Committee to pay for consultant and minutes scribe

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • Board of Assessors, 9:30 AM @ Town House, Hearing Room, 17 Common St (agenda)
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:00 pm @ Town House, Hearing Room, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town Recreation is seeking height variances for lighting poles at Mooney Field (Parkerville Road), and Richardson Tennis Courts (at Neary School)
  • St. Mark’s Master Plan Committee meeting, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Input from Southborough Town Departments and Boards & Commissions – Planning, Assessors, Conservation, Zoning, Health, etc.

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Metrowest Daily News captured an event that marched by my house while I obliviously did housework on Saturday! (I won’t deny it stings a bit that I missed this.)

Southborough Wicked Local explained:

About fifty women women, children and a couple men participated in the Southborough “Sister March,” held in solidarity with the Women’s March going on Saturday in Washington, D.C., Boston and other cities. The Southborough march was organized quickly by word of mouth and held for people who couldn’t make the trip to Boston, according to Mani Harwich of Southborough, one of the organizers.

Signs shown in their photo gallery focused on positive messages, like “Be Kind to Everyone”

For more of their pictures, click here.

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Post image for Events this week: Senior hike, talent auditions, casino trip, music & art for kids, bingo & a cappella

Above: Young kids will be encouraged to sing and play at making music at the library this week. And older kids will rely on their voices to make music at St. Mark’s a cappella festival this weekend. (photo left by Beth Melo right from St. Mark’s School’s smugmug site)

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, January 23, 2017

  • Snowshoe or hike (9:45 am) @ carpool from Southborough Senior Center: Event organized by the Trailblazers. This week’s hike is at Upton State Forest. Don’t forget to dress in layers and boots. Please sign up for these outdoor activities by calling (508) 229-4453. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Trottier Rotary Club Talent Show auditions (6:30 – 6:30 pm) @ Trottier Middle School auditorium.: The Southborough Rotary Club is looking for talented performers Grades 5-Adults to participate in the 17th Annual Talent Show, to be held Friday, March 10, 2017. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact either Ms. Bartolomei ( or Ms. Dimitrov ( For more details, see dedicated post:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • Twin River Casino bus trip for seniors (8:45 am – 4:00 pm) @ Bus from and back to the Southborough Senior Center: The trip is organized by the Southborough Senior Center. The cost is a suggested donation of $10 per Friend of Council of Aging and $20 per non-member. Included in the price is a $7 food credit for certain restaurants and $10 in “Bonus Play”. To join in the fun, you need to either bring a Twin River card from a past visit, or a license in order to get a card. To sign up, call the Senior Center at 508-229-4453 or stop by the front desk. (Return time is approximate) For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Scholarship fundraiser @ Chipotle (5:00 – 10:00 pm) @ Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1 Oak Street, Westborough: Fundraiser for the Town’s Scholarship fund. That night, customers can have 50% of the proceeds from their order donated to the fund. Simply tell the cashier you are supporting the Southborough Town Scholarship or show them the flyer. (You can even show them the image right on your smartphone.) For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Tales & Tails (6:15 – 7:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: Therapy Dogs International will be providing wonderful dogs that your child can read to. Registration is required. Please sign up for a 15 minute slot in the Children’s Room. Children should already have some reading ability. To register, call 508-485-5031 or email

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Post image for Southborough news roundup: Senior graduates early with a mission, native all star athlete, and ARHS garden fundraiser

Above: This team of seniors ranked second in Algonquin’s Culinary Challenge competition. The event raised $1,600 for the garden providing fresh produce for 300 Nutrition & Culinary Arts students (photo by Diana Tremblay)

It’s time for another roundup of news stories related to Southborough.

Two stories offer a shot of “girl power”. One young woman is heading out into the world early to do mission work. Another earned honors through her athletic prowess.

A third covers a fun fundraiser Algonquin held last week.

Safiol graduates early to begin overseas mission trip – ARHS Harbinger:

Senior Selena Safiol will embark overseas on a six month long mission program, which requires her to graduate five months before her classmates on January 13.

“We spend three months [in New Zealand] doing a lecture phase of a Christian missions program and then spend two and a half months in an outreach phase somewhere either in Fiji, New Zealand, India, Africa, or any of the South Pacific Islands,” Safiol said.

“[My [Discipleship Training School program] is sort of geared towards music and worship,” Safiol said. “We are learning, in the three months we are there, how to share the gospel through music, worship, and Christian context.”

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do so I hope to get some perspective and not be in the little Southborough bubble my whole life,” Safiol said. “I want to see what’s out there and what other opportunities there are.” (read more)

Southborough soccer player selected for All-New England designation – Southborough Wicked Local:

Saint Michael’s College women’s soccer senior Michaela Horne, of Southborough, capped her career by claiming her first New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association All-New England selection, landing on the 12-woman second team. [click to keep reading…]

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Senior bus trip to Twin River Casino – January 25

January 20, 2017 02:21:50 PM
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This coming Wednesday, seniors can take advantage of a bus trip to Twin River Casino.

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Town adopts comment policy for Board of Selectmen and their appointed boards

January 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM
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This week, the Board of Selectmen adopted a Comment Policy. The policy seemed less about adopting new rules and more about clarifying their code of conduct for the public.

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New Neary staff member: Meet Tucker

January 20, 2017 07:32:01 AM
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Parents of fourth and fifth grade Neary students were informed this week about an unusual new member of the school staff. He’s one that will bring a smile to most students’ faces.

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Marlborough Hospital Scholarships

January 20, 2017 07:30:38 AM
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Two more scholarship programs are reaching out to Southborough residents.

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Public Safety Building: Public tours this weekend; Selectmen push back on rising estimates

January 19, 2017 04:34:08 PM
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The Public Safety Committee asked me to remind readers about their open house this weekend.

Earlier this week, the committee gave selectmen unwelcome news that estimates for building the new complex increased significantly. It’s something they are trying to reverse. And selectmen made clear that needs to happen.

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Skate party for St. Jude’s – February 4

January 19, 2017 02:51:07 PM
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A Southborough family is hosting a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Hospital again this winter.

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Different approaches to saving golf course: Two citizen petition articles (Updated)

January 19, 2017 12:13:09 PM
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Residents are working to preserve or maintain the integrity of the golf course on Latisquama Road.

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On the market this week in Southborough

January 19, 2017 08:57:53 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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