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Last winter, some concerned parents began a movement to push Algonquin’s start time later.

Volunteers studied and presented to the APTO on the issue, sought administration suport and even began a Massachusetts Chapter for the national movement “Start School Later”.

At issue is the many problems proven related to lack of teen sleep. Supporting the cause are claims that scientific studies show teens are biologically wired to stay up late and sleep late.

This month the combined school committees for the district was slated for forming a study group on the issue. According to Southborough Wicked Local, the committees supported the effort.

The local movement was focused on the high school. ARHS is in the 40% of schools with start times before 8:00 am.

But a study group will also look at lower grades and consider the “ripple effect” caused by changes to the bus schedule.

Superintendent Christine Johnson also plans to look into solutions beyond just delaying the school start.

And the district won’t be alone. Johnson has recruited other superintendents to explore the issue.

SWL reports:  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Magician Peter O’Malley will be entertaining children this weekend as part of the monthly free series, Saturdays at Fay. (Image from Thumbtack)

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

  • Music Through the Decades (12:45 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Musician David Polansky brings alive the music of bygone eras. Luncheon program with suggested donation of $6 for Friends of Council of the Aging and $10 for non-members. For more details, see dedicated post.

Thursday, September 25, 2014:

  • Rosh Hashanah: No public school
  • Flu Clinic for Seniors (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: This year there will be a high dose vaccine. For more information about the high dose flu vaccine contact Leslie Chamberlin, R.N.
  • Wi-Fi in Schools – Why, Why Not! (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: A discussion of health risks & solutions for the safer use of technology, presented by Michael D’Aleo. For more details, see dedicated post.

Friday, September 26, 2014:  [click to keep reading…]

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Margaret A. “Peggy” ( Eakin) Tuttle, 81, of Marlborough MA, formally of Rockville Centre, NY, died on Wednesday , September 17th at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born and educated in New York and graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School. She was the daughter of the late James B. and Katherine (Blomstrom) Eakin. She was employed by the town of Southborough Library, where she spent many wonderful years. She was devoted to her job, and met so many caring people, also developing lifelong relationships that meant so very much to her. Peggy volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was very active at the area Senior Centers, always helping others, in her loving, selfless way.

She is survived by her devoted sister Janet Keeler and husband Billy of Oxford and her sons and their wives, Wes and Mary Jo of Marlborough, Andrew and Vicki of Huntersville NC, James and Sheryl of Humble TX. Her beloved grandchildren, who held a very special place in her heart: Kate Owens and her husband Shayne, Ryan Tuttle and Christina Porciello, Meghan Lutz and her husband Mark, Katherine Tuttle and Grace Tuttle. Her great grandchildren, Bobby, Mitchell, Garrison, Johnny, Waylon, Dylan, Luke and Madison; also many nieces and nephews.

It was Peggy’s hope, that you will remember her fondly, and hold fast to this wonderful life.

Funeral Services, to celebrate her wonderful life, will be held on Wednesday, September 24th at 11:30 AM in St. Mark’s Church, 27 Main Street, Southborough, MA. Burial to follow at Rural Cemetery, Southborough, MA.

The John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main Street, Marlborough, MA is in care of arrangements. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to the Boston MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or online.

(Obituary via  legacy.com/telegram.com)

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Southborough Police posted a warning on on their Facebook page.

Apparently, someone has used “Caller ID/Phone Spoofing” to fake at least one scam call from Southborough Police, even showing their phone number:

Urgent! PLEASE READ!

We are currently investigating a complaint from one of our residents, who stated that they had just received a scam phone call from the Southborough Police Department’s Business Number ((508) 485-2147). The resident stated that the scam phone call came up on their caller ID as the business number of the Southborough Police Department. The resident reported that the suspect caller (who spoke with an accent), stated that they were calling from the IRS, and that they had a warrant for the resident’s arrest. The scammer never asked for personal information, but the resident relayed that it appeared as though they were waiting for him to offer that information (through this scare tactic).

This incident is an example of a criminal practice called “Caller ID/Phone Spoofing”. Information on what it is, and what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones, can be found here:
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing

Again, the scam works by the suspect being allowed to enter ANY phone number as the caller, so that the fake number shows up on the victim’s caller ID. The recipient believes that they are speaking to that agency, and may be tricked into offering up personal information. Please contact the Southborough Police Department if you have received a similar phone call.

Please “like” and “share” this post so that we can avoid future victims of this phone scam. Thank you.

My phone was very recently targeted for a police scam, but without the Caller ID spoofing. That caller claimed to be from state police and threatened that a warrant was out for arrest on a member of my family.

It was clearly phony to me. But I got the impression they were targeting immigrants who may be less familiar with police and legal procedures. I would guess pretending to be from the police is just one more tactic for those “phishing” for identity fraud data.

So careful to be certain who you are talking to before sharing information!

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Above: What noises should be expected when living near an industrial property like the former Nynex/Verizon building was a point of contention at this week’s ZBA meeting. (Image from Google Maps)

This week, Ken’s Foods returned to the Zoning Board of Appeals for clarification on their special permit.

The business requested permission to operate on a 24 hour, 7 day per week basis. In a public hearing, neighbors continued to argue that the business is already too loud and disruptive to their lives.

The ZBA voted to approve the hours based on restrictions to reduce noise that they hope will improve the situation for neighbors.

The effectiveness of the restrictions may be determined by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection down the road.

During the public hearing several neighbors were up in arms over noises that they say have disrupted their lives. They argued the applicants promises were full of unacceptable hypotheticals.

Chair Leo Bartolini informed abutters that they took on the risk when they moved into a neighborhood pressed up against an industrial zone.

According to Bartolini, the laws support businesses right to operate 24 hours in that location. He claimed to have read six similar court cases from the past seven years with court rulings in favor of the applicants.

One neighbor, Mike Deneen, accused the Chair of placing the business interests above the residents’.  [click to keep reading…]

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Once again, Southborough Recreation is offering academic competitions for Woodward and Neary students.

Instead of being coached on an athletic field, teams will sharpen their language and math skills.

2014-15 Registration opens this Monday and runs through Friday, October 3.

Both weekly programs are offered October through mid-April for $160.

WordMasters – for 3rd and 4th graders

Starting in October, Woodward’s 3rd grade and Neary’s 4th grade students can learn to be WordMasters.

The WordMasters Challenge program helps kids to improve their vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Students are challenged to think analytically and metaphorically.

Competitive meets encourage children to sharpen their skills. And to prepare for the meets, instructors will use creative, fun and effective techniques and activities.

The programs begin October 7th and run Tuesdays for one hour, immediately after school. The season runs through April.

Last spring, one member of the Neary WordMaster team made news with his perfect score.

417 teams competed in the 4th grade’s Blue Division. Only 50 of the competing students earned a perfect score in the year’s first national meet. Southborough team member Stefan Linden was one of them.

To learn more, click here. To register online, visit the Southborough Recreation Department’s website.

Math Olympiads – Neary students

The Math Olympiad seeks to to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Math. 

The annual mathematics competition consists of monthly contests. Students are introduced to important Math concept and taught strategies for problem solving.

Children will develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems and strengthen their Mathematical intuition. Organizers also hope to foster creative and ingenuity.  [click to keep reading…]

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Local employer awards Southborough’s Education Foundation with $5,000 grant

September 19, 2014 07:30:13 AM
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Local employer awards SEF grant to purchase a gas chromatograph machine.

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Meet the President: Advanced ticket sale for October 18 Historical event

September 18, 2014 04:30:00 PM
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Next month, residents will get the chance to “meet” President John Adams.

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Your favorite places: Apple picking (fall 2014)

September 18, 2014 02:30:00 PM
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It’s that time of year when playgroups meet at orchards and families look for a good weekend to go apple picking.

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School news roundup: Boost in state funding, superintendent priorities, tech update and more

September 18, 2014 11:30:11 AM

Southborough Wicked Local covered the recent school committee meetings for the town and district. Here are excerpts from their recent stories.

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On the market this week in Southborough

September 18, 2014 09:40:00 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Quabbin Foliage Tour for seniors – October 3

September 18, 2014 07:30:53 AM
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Southborough seniors are invited to join a tour of the Quabbin Reservoir next month.

The tour will include some interesting history. But the main attraction is the view.

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La Leche: Support for pregnant women and nursing mothers – fall meetings begin Thursday (Updated)

September 17, 2014 04:20:26 PM
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A Southborough resident helping to lead a local La Leche League asked me to share their information.

If you aren’t familiar with La Leche, the group supports nursing women and soon-to-be-mothers.

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SCAC: Cultural arts grant applications due by October 15

September 17, 2014 02:20:45 PM
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Southborough Cultural Arts Council is looking to fund more programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

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