SCAC seeks feedback for future grant funding

by alyssa on October 24, 2014

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Above: The Southborough Cultural Arts Council wants your feedback on the the cultural arts programs that you’re most interested in by completing a survey. (Photo: Southborough Cultural Arts Council logo from Facebook.com/SouthboroughArtsCouncil)

The Southborough Cultural Arts Council (SCAC) is administering a survey seeking community input about funding for programs in the future.

“SCAC would appreciate your input to help us set our funding priorities for the next few years. The major effort undertaken by the council is to award grant money that is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, through its Local Cultural Council Program (LLC).”

The survey allows respondents to share which programs or services they think should be supported. You can weigh in on priorities for cultural issues and how the group should make funding choices.

The council recently issued a request for proposals for 2015. Now, it seems, they hope survey results will help them make decisions about which to fund.

Their previous round of grants went to the following organizations for this year:

  • ARHS Sachem magazine
  • Artist John Root
  • Assabet Valley Mastersingers
  • Audio Journal, Inc.
  • Fruitlands Museum
  • MetroWest Symphany Orchestra
  • Northborough Area Community Chorus
  • Pilgrim Church
  • Southborough Library
  • Southborough Recreation

Click here to take the survey.

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Above: St. Mark’s School class of 2014 may be happy to hear they graduated from one of the country’s best Christian boarding schools. Then again, they probably already believed that without any rankings. (submitted photo)

A website dedicated to identifying the best schools has bestowed the honor to St. Mark’s School. The private school located in downtown Southborough was listed among the top 30 Christian Boarding Schools in the country.

The Best Schools website listed the schools alphabetically without a rank. With only a few exceptions, the focus was on co-educational institutions.

Schools were purportedly chosen based on:

  • Academic excellence and college counseling/preparation
  • Programs for spiritual growth of students
  • Extra curricular activities/enrichment
  • Geographic, demographic, and theological diversity

But it’s not clear how elite this rank is. The article doesn’t specify how many schools were reviewed.

I found one website (Boarding School Review) that identified more than 100 Christian boarding schools in the U.S.. But I couldn’t narrow down how many of those were co-educational.

The Best Schools write up of St. Marks included:

Life centers around the residential community, even for day students. Every weekend activities are planned for students, from athletic events to visits to restaurants and places of interest. On two mornings a week, students are required to attend chapel, but there are several chapel services during the week which students can choose to attend if they wish. Qualified school counselors cover topics important to young people on their path to adulthood.

Co-curricular activities in athletics, the arts, and performance are offered. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in community service, as well as clubs to pursue personal interests. . .

St. Mark’s believes that community living means exercising kindness, responsibility, and understanding.

Interestingly, the site lists St. Mark’s School as “St. Mark’s Episcopal School”. Although it was rooted in Episcopal faith and shared history with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (both founded by Joseph Burnett), I can’t find anything that shows the school ever used that name.

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[Ed note: My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

To the Editor:

It is with extreme honor and without any hesitation that I write to endorse Representative Carolyn Dykema’s reelection to the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. I base my recommendation on my direct knowledge of Representative Dykema’s tireless efforts on behalf of the Town of Southborough, a Town I have the privilege of sitting on many boards and committees, including as a member of the Board of Selectmen.

Having never personally interacted with state politicians prior to my election to the Board of Selectman, I viewed such politicians with skepticism, believing that their primary interest was personal, with only a secondary, passing obligation to the electorate. My view was immediately dispelled when I first met Representative Dykema. I witnessed how responsive Representative Dykema was to our Town, how genuine and sincere she cared for residents, and how she has always been available to discuss a local issue for as long as necessary. She is a constant supporter of Southborough’s Board of Selectmen, and has advanced Town causes through the Legislature whenever asked. She is a constant at many, many events involving our Town seniors and veterans, causing me to wonder in amazement if her day is longer than 24 hours.

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Obituary: Jane Marie (Larrivee) Spinoza, 71

by beth on October 23, 2014

[Editor's Note: I just discovered this obituary I missed last week. My apologies for sharing it late.]

Jane Marie (Larrivee) Spinoza, 71, beloved wife of Frank X. Spinoza, Jr., died Tuesday, October 14,2014 at her home after a long illness.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Oliver J. and Catherine (Faye) Larrivee. She was a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College of Worcester, where she received her nursing degree. Prior to her illness she worked at Marillac Residence / Elizabeth Seton Health Care in Wellesley Hills for 10 years as a Registered Nurse.  [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on October 23, 2014

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Above: This home at 1 Alexandra Cir went on the market this week for $599,900 (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

  • 13 Rockpoint Road (map) – 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Split Entry – 51 days on the Market, Listed at $299,000
  • 75 Breakneck Hill Road (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Tudor – 19 days on the Market, Listed at $679,900
  • 31 Constitution Drive (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 165 days on the Market, Listed at $819,900
  • 10 Burnett Road (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 79 days on the Market, Listed at $825,000

Sold

  • 48 Breakneck Hill Road (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 136 days on the Market, Listed at $629,900, Sold at $598,500

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Above: Long Cadillac seeks to teach both teens and their parents about the dangers of texting and other distractions while driving (Image cropped from photo posted to Flickr by MattHurst)

Saturday morning, Long Cadillac is hosting “a straightforward discussion of how to keep safe behind the wheel.”

The talk is focused on teens and their parents/guardians. (Though it is also open to any adults concerned about “dangers on the road today”.)

The idea was inspired by Long’s sales manager’s conversations with parents buying their teens’ first car. The dealership then teamed up with Southborough Police and In Control Crash Prevention to offer the free seminar.

Promotions for the seminar focus on texting and driving. Warnings include statistics on dangers for new drivers and remind parents of the importance of setting a good example:

  • The most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months of licensure
  • A teen driver’s crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers
  • Texting increases the crash rate to eight times
  • 68% of teens admit to texting while driving
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens
  • Teens really do learn to drive from watching their parents.

The seminar is 10:00 am this Saturday, October 25:  [click to keep reading…]

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What the Fire Department’s been up to: House blaze assist, education, and alarm at Woodward

October 22, 2014 04:30:30 PM
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In place of the fire log (temporarily unavailable), news from the Southborough Fire Department’s Facebook page.

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Why flags will are at half staff: October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 02:20:31 PM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of SPC 4 Nicholas A. Outhuse.

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Steeple Coffeehouse kicks off the season this Saturday with Tracy Grammer

October 22, 2014 11:29:20 AM
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Steeple Coffeehouse is opening its doors back up this weekend for its 18th season.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

October 22, 2014 09:20:54 AM
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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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Gubernatorial Forums around the corner this month

October 21, 2014 04:20:41 PM

The 495/Metrowest Partnership is hosting two Gubernatorial Candidate Forums at the Sheraton in Framingham.

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Holiday card drive thanking troops and veterans – November 8th

October 21, 2014 02:02:32 PM

On November 8th, volunteers will be collecting holiday gift cards for patients at the Walter Reed National Medical Center.

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Explore Southborough’s fascinating fungi this Sunday, October 26

October 21, 2014 11:37:13 AM
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This Sunday, two town committees will be opening residents eyes to the importance of how mushrooms relate to their habitat.

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Police logs (10/17-10/20/14): Car chase and resisting arrest

October 21, 2014 09:30:47 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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