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The Southborough Fire Department announced that it once again received grant funding for its “SAFE” programs:

The Southborough Fire Department is proud to announce that we have been awarded grants in the amount of $4,692 for our S.A.F.E.(Student Awareness of Fire Education) program, and $2,480 Senior S.A.F.E. program from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. These important S.A.F.E grant funds will be used to conduct fire education programs for school aged children and to conduct fire education programs and purchase fire prevention items for members of our senior population.

According to the state’s announcement, the SFD is among 239 municipal fire departments that “will receive nearly $2 million in grants to fund fire education programs for children and older adults across Massachusetts.”

In past years, the SFD shared posts on work done for SAFE using their specialized trailer at Town schools. In 2015, the SFD posted:

SAFE training at Finn in 2015 (cropped from Facebook)FF Jason Roach and FF Scott Navaroli spent the day teaching fire safety to the First Grade classes at Finn School. Through the use of the Fire District 14 Fire Safety House, students were taught the importance of crawling low under smoke, evacuating the home, and having a meeting place outside. Firefighters go to the school four times a year and teach Kindergarten and First Grade students about the importance of not playing with matches & lighters, stop, drop & roll, and escaping the home in the event of a fire.

That year, they also shared news of a special program to keep seniors safe:

Thanks to our annual Senior SAFE grant we are working with the Southborough Housing Authority to outfit some of our high-hazard areas with Stovetop Fire stops. Small canisters of fire suppression powder that can help prevent larger kitchen fires. We will be doing more and more each year.

You can read more about that here.

In 2016, the SFD posted about a different approach they have been taking to teach seniors about safety:

Celebrity firehouse chef FF Scott Navaroli and Lt. Chris Dano presented a cooking demonstration at the Senior Center while at the same time teaching the importance kitchen safety to prevent home fires and burn injuries. There was a standing room only crowd of seniors on hand to see a cooking demonstration by FF Navaroli while Lt. Dano delivered the importance of cooking safety for the aging population. Chef Navaroli prepared lasagna pinwheels which were served to the crowd for lunch. Great job by FF Navaroli and Lt. Dano, they were a big hit.

You can read more about the annual grants by the state through my coverage last year, and the state’s website and press release.

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Tree down on Parkerville (photo by Chris Robbins)

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Most of you must have heard the high winds gusting outside your windows Monday night. Yesterday, local media covered the impact to the area. It sounds like Southborough was relatively unscathed compared to some of our neighbors.

Milford Daily News wrote:

Southborough had a few trees down overnight but they were quickly removed by the Department of Public Works, Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus said. There were no power outages in Southborough.

Reader Chris Robbins contributed a photo of one example (right). He described it as a tree that fell onto the frozen reservoir on Parkerville Road.

Neighboring communities reported damage to homes and/or power outages:

A tree broke through the roof of a house at 2 Birch Road in Westborough following high winds, March 2, 2021.

Calls related to wind-related problems started late Monday afternoon in Natick and continued through the night as wind gusts approached 50 mph.

Natick wasn’t alone. Several MetroWest communities dealt with power outages, and fallen trees and wires, as the wind roared constantly through Tuesday afternoon. . .

Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty said there were 5,000 customers without power at one point. In eastern Massachusetts, there were still 2,500 customers without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, including 500 in Framingham. By 1 p.m., that number was down to about 150 locally.

You can read the full story here.

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Senior Center Drive-Thrus and Zoom fun

by beth on March 3, 2021

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Above: Seniors can’t gather for the Senior Center’s St. Patty’s Day luncheon. But the center is celebrating the day by offering its traditional meal via “drive through”, plus a zoom session with Irish themed entertainment. (2016 image from Facebook)

The Southborough Senior Center is offering more specialized entertainment over zoom this spring. They are also offering more drive through programs. Two of the luncheon programs are timed to make the most of other events that day.

Offerings are only for members of the Friends of the Council on Aging. However, the Senior Center newsletter includes an application on the back to join Friends of the COA for $15 per year.

Registration opens this morning, Wednesday March 3rd, at 10:00 am. Starting at that time, you can begin signing up through the Senior Center at 508-229-4453 and speaking live with a staff member.* The newsletter specifies:

Please do not leave any registrations on voicemail. You must connect with a staff member to register for all programs. If you leave a voicemail regarding a program registration, we will not be returning calls during Registration time.

Below are some highlights on the programs being offered in March and April. For the full details, open the Senior Center’s newsletter.

Drive Through Programs

As usual, participants need to pre-register, then drive up to the table in the Senior Center’s parking lot to pick up meals/kits (while wearing masks):

St. Patrick’s LuncheonWednesday, March 17th (12:00 – 12:30 pm)

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner by TJ’s Spirits in Ashland. Suggested donation of $5. (Note: Double the fun by signing up for the Ireland themed musical zoom session the same afternoon.)

Opening Day Luncheon Thursday, April 1st (12:00 – 12:30 pm)

Hamburger, hot dog, chips and a “surprise dessert” by Kennedy’s in Marlborough. Suggested donation of $5. (The Red Sox are scheduled to play the Orioles with the first pitch at 2:10 pm)

Luncheon Wednesday, April 28th (12:00 – 12:30 pm)

Macaroni & Cheese with a vegetable and roll by Kennedy’s in Marlborough. Suggested donation of $5.

Tina Bemis porch pot kits Wednesday, April 14th (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

Tina from Bemis Farms will put together another one of her kits to plant safely at home by following printed instructions. This one is a “Pansy & Friends cold tolerant” porch pot. Suggested donation of $15.

Zoom Entertainment & Education

When you call to register, please provide your email address to receive the confirmation link for zoom. These programs are free to Friends of COA.  [click to keep reading…]

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Southborough Recreation is offering three different sports programs for 3-6 year olds this spring, with plans to repeat them this summer.

The programs will be held outdoors on Saturdays.  Participants will play on the fields next to the Fayville playground (on Central Street). The spring sessions will run from May 1st to June 5th. Summer sessions are from July 10th to August 7th.

Each session costs $80. Registration opened yesterday. Details with links are below:

PreK MiniSports

Spring session 10:00 – 10:45 am; Summer session 9:00 – 9:45 am

This program is a combination of warm-up games and sports such as soccer, kickball, and tball. It will ease children into learning the basics of all these great games as well as teaching them the importance of team work! Each class F.A.S.T. Athletics will have new and exciting games planned for the students.

PreK Soccer

Spring session 12:00 – 12:45 pm; Summer session 11:00 – 11:45 am

Run by F.A.S.T. Athletics

PreK Tball

Spring session 9:00 – 9:45 am; Summer session 10:00 – 10:45 am

Let’s take a walk through the fundamentals of America’s favorite pastime. The children will learn the basic skills in fielding, throwing, hitting, and base running. In addition, they will play games such as home run derby, last one standing, and running bases. This is an easy introduction into t-ball where learning and skill development are our priorities.

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BONETTI, Angelina J. “Angie”, of Randolph, formerly of Southborough, Milton and Cape Cod, passed away peacefully at the Copley Rehab in Stoughton on February 21, 2021, at the age of 97.

Born in Milton on April 18, 1923, to the late Antoinette and Andrew Bonetti, Angie was raised and educated in Milton, where she graduated from Milton High School. An expert in shorthand and an all-around office ace, Angie became a valued employee of Boston Nickel on Bromfield St. in downtown Boston, where she ran everything from the telex to the mimeograph machines, some days also covering the switchboard as well. As she neared retirement, Angie designed her own home in Southborough, and took a nearby job as a statistical typist for Data General in Framingham. When Angie retired from Data General, she was honored with the “Best of the Best” citation, and was awarded her museum worthy statistical typewriter.

In recent years Auntie enjoyed playing Whist with her neighborhood friends and at the Senior Center. She also loved to garden, crochet, bake, shop and go to the beach. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed. “Auntie” is survived by several nephews and nieces, Frank and Dorene Florio of Stoughton, John and Darlene Florio of Waterford, CT, Kevin Florio of Clearlake Park, CA and Carol Florio of Randolph.  [click to keep reading…]

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Algonquin Regional High School, Trottier Middle School and Northborough’s Melican Middle School all charge students’ families with “activity fees”. The fees have been mandatory, even if students don’t participate in any extra-curriculars.

According to the Community Advocate, the practice is now being reexamined. The topic was discussed during last week’s Regional School Committee meeting.

In August, Committee member Dan Kolenda questioned ARHS’ annual $50 activity fee. He wondered if it was time for fees to be incorporated into the school’s budget. Martineau pushed off the possibility, saying the time for that discussion would be budget-building season.

It is budget-building season now, but that’s apparently not the main reason the topic was revisited. Community Advocate writes:

The Northborough Southborough Regional School District received a parent initiated complaint through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) problem resolution system. Currently, Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) has a mandatory annual $50 student activity fee for all students. Per Massachusetts General Law, the fee cannot be charged to a student who does not participate in any extracurricular activities.

Superintendent Greg Martineau and Director of Finance Rebecca Pellegrino are in the process of remediating any issues so the District is in alignment with the law.

Martineau said that part of that process is to work on a multi-year plan “with some pathways in the future years of how we can reduce the fees we are charging Algonquin students.”

The proposed plan would be presented to Regional School Committee (RSC) members in April or May.

The community paper explained that the fees were introduced in 2012 and continued since. Meanwhile, this year student activity participation is down 25-30% this year.  [click to keep reading…]

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New sessions of senior fitness classes – registration opens Wednesday

March 2, 2021 10:15:07 AM
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The Southborough Senior Center is holding more exercise and wellness programs in January and February over zoom.

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SYFS Survey: Agency seeking assess community needs

March 2, 2021 08:43:43 AM
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Southborough Youth & Family Services is asking residents and Town employees to complete a 5-10 minute survey.

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Covid Update: Over 400 cases in Southborough; NSBORO student screening in all 10 schools

March 1, 2021 03:53:07 PM
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With the Town updating its figures today and the school district publishing its weekly Dashboard last night, it’s time for a look a the numbers.

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The week in government: BOS on South Union building, Town Meeting schedule, issuing RFP for Legal Services, CSX easement issues

March 1, 2021 02:43:05 PM
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Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Events this week: Senior programs, Story Times, and Young Scientists

March 1, 2021 11:36:39 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Art on the Trails: Submit proposals by April 15th

March 1, 2021 08:46:18 AM
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This summer, Southborough Open Land Foundation will again host Art on the Trails at Beals Preserve. The Call for Art window has opened.

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BOS to discuss enforcing railroad’s property rights over part of downtown Cafe’s lot – Tuesday

February 26, 2021 03:51:12 PM
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Mauro’s Village Cafe parking lot purportedly infringes on CSX Transportation’s property. To get easements allowing fixes to downtown infrastructure, selectmen may enforce the railroad’s property rights with barriers and curbs.

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Covid Update: Southborough area still yellow

February 26, 2021 10:58:35 AM
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An update on the Town and state’s latest reporting for Southborough cases.

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