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Here is a reminder of what’s happening around town this weekend.

The big event is the drive to support Puerto Rico. In case you were concerned that collected items may not make it into the hands of people who need them – co-organizer Lisa Braccio explained to fellow members of the Board of Selectmen this week that the port that Puerto Rico Rises will be delivering to won’t have transportation problems (like those reported for San Juan). The organization is working with people who live there who will help with transportation.

Southborough Wicked Local interviewed the other organizer of the event, resident Sharlene Lugo. Lugo is from Puerto Rico and still has family members there. SWL reported:

Millions are still without running water or electricity on the island.

“Their whole lifestyle, their whole routine changed,” Lugo said. “They have to get up very, very early in the morning just to get in line to get gas, to get ice and the essentials.”

They have to wait in line for two hours to get a limited amount of water at Costo or Sam’s Club, the only two stores selling water on the island.

“It’s been four weeks since this happened and we still haven’t left the emergency crises,” [Lugo] said.

You can read more here.

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For those listings and more, check the Event Calendar.]

Friday, October 20, 2017

  • October Kids’ Night Out (5:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School: This event is for 1st – 7th grade students. Come join us for a fun filled night, including: – Gym games – Movie – Pizza – Arts & crafts – Pumpkin decorating – Face painting $30 per child/ $15 per additional sibling. Fundraiser to benefit the ARHS Athletic Council Sign up by contacting: All paperwork and payments completed upon check in. For details, see dedicated post.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Relief Drive for Puerto Rico (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) @ Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd: Collecting (mostly new) items to help our fellow citizens and help Puerto Rico Rise from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Seeking donations and volunteers. For details, including what is needed, see dedicated post(Important Note: No clothing, please!) 

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Neary Family Literacy Night – October 23

by beth on October 20, 2017

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Above: At past Literacy Nights, Neary students and families enjoyed stories by Big Ryan and goofing in front of the Green Screen. (image left from Neary Facebook page, right cropped from my family’s Green Screen shot)

Next Monday, Neary School is hosting its 3rd Annual Family Literacy Night. It’s an evening to celebrate student literacy as a family. It’s also a chance for the school to raise funds for SOS* and collect contributions to The Pajama Program. This year, pajamas are being collected for victims of hurricanes.

The program donates books to children awaiting adoption. Attendees are urged to bring a new set of non-fleece pajamas size infant to Children’s 10.

The event takes place Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm. (Doors open at 5:45 pm and the first station begins promptly at 6:00 pm.)

The night is organized into 6 stations – and families are encouraged to plan the whole two hours to take advantage:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Storyteller – Big Ryan
  • Pizza and ice cream
  • Family metaphor poems
  • Green screen family photo
  • OSMO learning on iPads
Neary read-a-thon OSMO flyer

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Wondering what OSMO learning is? Neary has been promoting their fundraising efforts for the tool to enhance their digital learning efforts. You can check out the flyer right. (Coincidentally, just this week, Fay School tweeted about their use of OSMO “coding music” with 5th grade students. You can scroll down to see that.**)

For more details on Literacy Night, check out the event brochure by clicking images below:

Neary Family Literacy Night Neary Family Literacy Night 2
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Above: Next week, ARHS is holding a choral concert and art show. The following week’s concert will spotlight instruments. (past concert images from Facebook)

Algonquin’s Arts department has been blogging news from the school. Stories include announcements on two events coming up soon (or three, depending on how you slice them.)

Coming up this Wednesday, the school is hosting a “Double Header” with an art exhibit opening in their “Boroughs Gallery” followed by the Fall Choral Concert. And on November 1st, the school hill hold its annual Fall Instrumental Concert.

For details on those events and other fine & performing arts highlights from the Gonk.Arts posts, see the stories below:

Fine & Performing Arts Double Header! October 25

abandoned, lost & forgotten art exhibit poster

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The new Business of Art Thru Gallery Management class has decided to focus its first show around the topic of “abandoned, lost & forgotten.” They hope to draw peer interest from the season, with the reception a week prior to Halloween. They researched and contacted artists to lend their work, and will host the reception on Oct 25th from 5:30-7pm.

It’s a Fine & Performing Arts double-header! After visiting the “Abandoned, Lost & Forgotten” exhibit, walk on down to the ARHS auditorium for the Fall Chorus Concert!

2016 ARHS Fall Choral from NSMA Facebook page

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The Fall Choral Concert is on October 25 at 7:30 pm, in the ARHS auditorium. The curricular students will present World music from South Africa, Japan, Spain, Eastern Europe and Nigeria. There will be American folk songs and spirituals as well as madrigals from England. There will be percussion ensembles, a student accompanist and vocal soloist from grades 9-12. The grand finale will be a giant barbershop style version of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by Lennon and McCartney. The concert also features three after-school groups, Ladies First, Algoncappella and A-Gents, singing pop tunes that they’ve arranged and prepared.

Fall Instrumental Concert, November 1 at 7:30pm

2015 Fall Instrumental Concert from NSMA Facebook page

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The Fall Instrumental Concert is on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30pm in the ARHS auditorium. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will all make their debut performances for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will perform folk songs such as Danny Boy and Ahrirang (Korean Folk Song), orchestral transcriptions: Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major, and some Latin jazz classics.

ARHS Photo Students Work On Display

The High School Photography and Altered Images Exhibition, hosted by MAEA (Mass Art Ed Association), is on display from Monday, October 2, 2017 – Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Massachusetts State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. Exhibition hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday (Closed Holidays & Weekends)

First Gig of the Year!

Jazz Improv class Oct 2017 gig (from Gonk.Arts)Students from Mr. Eric Vincent’s Jazz Improv class had their first “gig” of the year on Monday, October 2 at the Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston. They performed an hour of jazz music at the St. Rose of Lima charity golf tournament. The annual event raises money for youth services within the local community, and it provides an opportunity for our music students to put what they do in the classroom to use in a real world setting.

Students involved were: Ethan Cardillo, gr 10, guitar; Mateo Oyola, gr 10, bari sax; Justin Moyer, gr 11, trumpet; Ahren Shreeve, gr 12, guitar; Maya Sagarin, gr 11, trombone; Mikey Robertson, gr 12, alto sax; Ayah Bashmeh, gr 10, bass; Arthur Andreev, gr 10, drums

Save the Dates

The following is a list of ARHS Music student events for the remainder of the school year:  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Absentee Ballots are in for the Special Election (image cropped from Specimen Ballot)

Do you have a legitimate reason you can’t make it to the polls on Tuesday, November 7th? If so, you can apply for an Absentee Ballot. The ballots are already available.

According to the Town Clerk, Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:

  • will be absent from the city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.

To apply for a ballot for yourself or a family member click here to do it online. Or you can fill out an application at the Town Clerk’s office (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.)

The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot is noon on Monday, November 6th.

If you are voting in person, remember – beginning this election, all three precincts will vote in the Trottier Middle School gym at 49 Parkerville Road. The polls will be open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th. 

special election candidates names on ballot

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If you’re looking for more background on the four candidates – Click on the image right for the official names on the ballot.  For a reminder of their backgrounds, click here. But, if you really want to learn more about them, save the date for Candidates’ Night, November 1st.


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Above: Every year, a surprising number of runners celebrate the Gobble Wobble by sporting fun Turkey Day hats. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

11 years ago, Friends of Southborough Recreation launched the “Gobble Wobble”. Now, each year over 1,000 locals flock to run the 5K or strut their stuff through the 2 mile walk. And many kids whoop their way through the free Fun Run.

Since the event always takes place on Thanksgiving, it would be silly to tell you to “save the date”. But, for those of you who like to get in shape for the 5K, I like to share a friendly reminder around this time that it’s coming upon us.

The Registration is at 7:00 am that morning* with the 5K run and 2K walk starting at 8:30 am. Babysitting will be available onsite again this year. (Though, you can usually find babies in backpacks or kids in jogging strollers in the race.)

The kids fun run kicks off at 9:30 am.

For more details and to sign up, click here.

And click here for a great photo gallery of  the 2016 Gobble Wobble.

Remember, this is a fundraiser. This year, in addition to supporting Friends of Rec, a portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the project to build a new playground for Finn School.

So, even if you aren’t interested in running, you can offer support by volunteering. To sign up, click here.

*As usual, pre-reg pickup is also available the day before from 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Trottier Middle School Gym.


Missing cat - Lily

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Leftt: Has anyone seen her wandering around town? (Image contributed)

Lily has been missing from her Sears Road home since Monday night. Her owner is asking for help.

If you’ve seen her, please call 508-846-2635. (Click photo to enlarge for a better look.)


Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

October 19, 2017 02:15:35 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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Selectmen adopt policy for filling committee vacancies (2 dozen public spots left to fill)

October 19, 2017 01:37:50 PM
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Communication issues over recent appointments prompted the Town administration team to recommend a process policy.

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On the market this week in Southborough

October 19, 2017 09:31:53 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Selectmen may waive right to stop development instead of asking voters – decision on November 8th (Updated)

October 18, 2017 05:46:23 PM
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While some Town Committees are working out how to potentially preserve an historic home and keep land from potentially being developed for large housing projects, opponents to funding a CPC project are asking what other future, potential projects could be funded with the money.

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If Only we could keep kids from abusing prescription drugs – film and panel on November 8th

October 18, 2017 02:20:44 PM
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Parents are invited to a special film followed by a discussion panel. The focus is avoiding and/or dealing with drug use and addiction in teens.

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Leominster man charged for Southborough burglaries – again

October 18, 2017 11:08:36 AM
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Southborough Police announced the arrest of a suspect in burglaries on Flagg and General Henry Knox roads. According to the statement, the SPD was key to his arrest for these crimes and others.

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Find out results of Downtown Survey – Monday (Data to help pave roadmap for downtown Main St)

October 18, 2017 09:43:30 AM
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Results from the Downtown Survey are back. But, I can’t tell you what they were – at least, not yet. A meeting to present the findings is scheduled for this Monday.

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Assabet benefits from state Skills Capital Grants for voc programs: Aid for Advanced Manufacturing

October 18, 2017 07:30:53 AM
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Assabet students looking to “Do. More.” in the high school program and adults seeking to learn Advanced Manufacturing skills in the evening are getting a boost through a state grant.

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