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Above: A church bazaar and conservation workshop for landowners are the two big events in Southborough this weekend. (images from event flyers)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this weekend.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Large Spring Bazaar (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) @ St. Anne’s Parish, 20 Boston Road: Come and Enjoy the Fun at St Anne’s Parish. We will hold our first annual Spring Bazaar, where there will be many wonderful gently used items for sale. There will be food, snacks and drinks available at their concession stand throughout the day. For details, see dedicated post.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

  • Large Spring Bazaar (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ St. Anne’s Parish, 20 Boston Road: Come and Enjoy the Fun at St Anne’s Parish. We will hold our first annual Spring Bazaar, where there will be many wonderful gently used items for sale. There will be food, snacks and drinks available at their concession stand throughout the day. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Conservation Options & Planning: A Workshop for Landowners (1:00 – 2:30 pm) @ Community House, 28 Main St: SOLF, with support from OSPC and Sudbury Valley Trustees, invites you to a complimentary workshop to explore options for conserving family land. Good news – I’ve been informed that walk-ins will be accepted. (So you can ignore the passed RSVP deadline.) For details, see dedicated post.

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Above: Sciencetellers dramatically explore science with children (image from website)

Next week, the Southborough Library is bringing back Sciencetellers. The children’s entertainers combine storytelling with dramatic hands-on science.

Sciencetellers entertained and educated last summer at the Library (image cropped from Facebook)If you plan to attend – make sure to note the time is 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 28th. (Children’s Librarian Kim Ivers asked me to make readers aware – please, ignore the typo on bookmarks she handed out to kids at the school this month. This will be an afternoon show.)

Scienceteller’s theme next week is “Tall Ships and Pirate Tales!”. Their website describes:

Ahoy! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to build a new ship before all hope is lost … at sea!

Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure and more. Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!

The event is sponsored by Friends of the Southborough Library are sponsoring their return.

The event is open to the public. No registration required.

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Above: Algonquin students won honors from outside institutions this spring for everything from musical theater to science olympiads.

School may be out for summer, but there’s still school news to share.

It’s not that more news is being made, just that I’m overdue in sharing. It has been months since I found time to share Algonquin students’ great academic & artistic achievements. But I decided, better late than never.

Principal Reports this spring shared too many student accomplishments to share them all. So, I’ll just highlight honors (from outside institutions) won by students:

Scholastic journalism

Carey Davis, Paige Morse, and Cassidy Wang (image from Principal's Report)The Harbinger was recently awarded the “All New England” first place award for print/online newspaper at a large school from the New England Scholastic Press Association at Boston University. For the second year in a row, the paper tied with The Sagamore from Brookline High School. Riya Pujari, Jen Fox, Paige Morse, Cassidy Wang, Elissa Gorman, Darby Kim, Antonio Montilla, and Rachel Sheck were all recognized with individual special achievement awards in various writing and design categories. . .
Senior Carey Davis presented a session with our advisor on student polling and creating engaging online graphics.

Health Occupations leadership

20 members of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) competed in the HOSA state virtual leadership conference on April 5th and 12 students placed in the top three in their events such as, CPR/First Aid, Biomedical Lab Science, Medical Math, Human Development, Nursing Assisting.

TAMY Awards for Mass high school musical theater [click to keep reading…]

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If you own a business based in Southborough, the Economic Development Committee wants to help promote it.

Last fall, the EDC published a directory of Southborough Businesses titled “Shop SOBO”. Now they are looking to update the Shop Local Business Directory for 2017-18.

Don’t let the “Shop” fool you into thinking this is purely a retail directory. Listing categories also cover business-to-business, medical services and more.

Before EDC publishes and post the updated listings, they are also seeking input on how to make it better. Responses are due by August 1st.

The committee asked me to share their announcement:

Southborough’s Economic Development Committee (EDC) is updating the list of Southborough businesses for the SHOP SOBO print and online Shop Local Business Directory 2017-2018. This Shop Local Directory was first released in October 2016, serves as the primer local resource for residents, businesses and local employees to shop local products and services in Southborough.

Don’t miss out on being a part of Southborough’s Shop Local Business Directory!

  • Be sure to register your business with the Clerk’s Office! We carefully compile our business list using the town Clerk’s Office DBA and the Assessor’s Office business list.
  • If you have suggestions on how to improve the current directory, please send your comments and suggestions to, shoplocalsobo@gmail.com. We welcome your input!
  • If you are a business owner and want to confirm your information for a directory listing, please send an email with the following information, owner’s name (first/last), business name, email, phone number and website to: shoplocalsobo@gmail.com.

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Above: You don’t have to join a club to enjoy a game of Tennis this summer in Southborough. (Photo posted to flickr by DaveMontPhotography)

Earlier this week, I shared news about a pickleball program that took place for seniors. That’s not all that’s happening on Southbough tennis courts this summer.

As always, Southborough Recreation’s tennis courts at Neary and Finn Schools are open to all residents for recreational use.* (And if pickleball is your preference, you’ll be happy to know that those boundary lines were added to the Richardson Courts at Neary when resurfacing was completed this year.)

For advance adult players, Fay School is again opening courts for drop-in doubles on Monday nights:

Monday Night Mixed Doubles Round Robin
Mondays, 5:30 pm to dusk
Fay School Courts

Join Pat [Richardson] every Monday evening for a casual drop in Round Robin. This is for Advanced level tennis players and above. There is no fee but you are required to bring four cans of new tennis balls the first night you play.

So, if you’re itching for a competitive match – grab your racket, balls and a water bottle, and head out to Fay on Monday night.

Or, if you aren’t advanced yet, head over to Finn or Neary with a friend to work on your backhand.

As for kids, lessons are being offered again for 7-13 year olds. Throughout the summer, Recreation is offering 4-day, 1-hour lessons for youth beginners through advanced-intermediate. Click here for those details.

*Town owned courts are open to any residents for free recreational use (not classes) when they aren’t in use by a town team or Rec class.

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Above: A week from tonight, you can head to Neary’s lawn for indie music “Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety”. (image left cropped from photo by Sarah Cassell, right by Joanna Chattman from band website)

The next concert in Southborough’s summer series is a week from tonight. 

Summer Concert - Twisted Pine - June 29 2017

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Next Thursday, headliners Twisted Pine will play indie music on string instruments:

Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.

In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to its bluegrass origins, but over time the quartet has developed a unique, infectious style without limits.

(Of course, if you want to understand a band’s sound, listening is much better than reading. For a sample of their style, scroll down to the video at the bottom of the post.)

The concert is the second of five bi-weekly free concerts scheduled for Thursdays (6:00 – 8:00 pm) at Neary School (53 Parkerville Road). For the series schedule, click here

As always, the concert is on the lawn. So, bring blankets, chairs (and bug spray).  [click to keep reading…]

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Algonquin news: Adminitrative turnover (and downsizing?), more retirees, and launching Bring Your Own Device tech pilot

June 22, 2017 11:18:24 AM
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Here’s some of what I learned from reading the school newspaper – The Algonquin Harbinger – this morning.

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On the market this week in Southborough

June 22, 2017 09:19:10 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Local watering holes: Splash pads and local beaches open for play

June 22, 2017 07:30:00 AM
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The best local places to have fun with kids who love water play.

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Aloha to retirees from Finn and Woodward schools: Principal Randell and teachers Daly & Donlon

June 21, 2017 04:14:00 PM
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Most readers are well aware that Jim Randell is retiring this month after 12 years as a Southborough Principal. You may not be aware of two other long-time members of Finn and Woodward schools who are also moving on to their next phase: Margaret Daly and Jean Donlon.

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Court approves sanctions against Planning Board for withdrawn Park Central appeal

June 21, 2017 02:07:44 PM

A developer’s motion for sanctions against the Southborough Planning Board succeeded this week.

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Track camp for 6-14 yr olds: Evenings next week

June 21, 2017 11:07:37 AM
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Next week, kids can take part in track and field events run by T-Hawk athletes and coaches

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Police news: Drug drop-off and successful Citizen Academy (Updated)

June 21, 2017 09:37:25 AM
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The Southborough Police Department asked me to share information on a new resource for the community. And, while I’m at it, I’ll share some other good news they posted.

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Hands on electronics and computing camps next week (sign up now)

June 20, 2017 04:15:59 PM
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School is almost out. Do you know what your kids are doing next week?

If they are between the ages of 8-14, you might want to sign them up for one of Southborough Rec’s electronics and computing camps.

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