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The school district has released a list of significant dates. Since some “Early Releases” begin as soon as September 9th, I wanted to give parents an advance heads up.

School specific early dismissals aren’t included in the district calendar. (Each K-8 school has four early dismissals that aren’t system wide. And Algonquin has one.)

Below, I’ve integrated the early dismissals and school holidays into one chronological list.

So if you have kids headed into Southborough public schools next week, mark your calendars for the dates that effect your family:

  • September 1 – No school — Labor Day
  • September 9 — Trottier and Neary — Early Release.
  • September 18 — Finn and Woodward — Early Release
  • September 25 – No school — Rosh Hashanah
  • October 13 – No school — Columbus Day/Heritage Day
  • October 16 – Algonquin — Early Release
  • October 23 — Finn and Woodward — Early Release
  • October 31 — Finn and Woodward — Early Release [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Algonquin’s robotics team helped kids test drive robots at Heritage Day. This weekend, kids in town will get another chance at summer nights. And parents can learn more about a Lego robotics league for children. (Photo by Beth Melo)

In last week’s post on Southborough Summer Nights, I listed Algonquin’s FIRST® Robotics Team 1100 as having a booth. It turns out, there presence will be more entertaining than just that.

At the Neary School Tennis Courts, kids will have a chance to test drive a robot. And parents can learn more about this year’s youth robotics league at the event and at an upcoming info night.

The group will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday August 26. There, parents can find out more about FIRST® LEGO® League for ages 9-14.

The meeting will take place at the Southborough Library in the downstairs Eaton Meeting Room.

The award winning Algonquin T-Hawks Robotics team shared:

FIRST® Robotics was founded over 25 years ago by internationally-renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” FIRST® makes this happen by engaging young people in exciting mentor-based programs “that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

Algonquin’s T-Hawks Robotics Team (FIRST® Team 1100), is now in its 13th season of transforming the lives of students at Algonquin and beyond. We couldn’t do it without our faculty advisor, dedicated parent mentors, parent volunteers and our sponsors. Current principal sponsors are DOW Chemical Company and Boston Scientific Corporation.

To learn more about FIRST® LEGO® League, check out their website.

To learn more about Algonquin T-Hawks Robotics FIRST® Team 1100, check out the team’s website.

To learn more about opportunities to sponsor Team 1100, please contact


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Above: The range of books on the Southborough Library Children’s Room return cart is testimony to the range of readers participating in the Summer Reading Program.

I knew my kids were little bookworms this summer. But according to Southborough Library Children’s Librarian Kim Ivers, they weren’t alone in town.

This summer, Ivers challenged kids in town to read 5,000 books through the Summer Reading Program. It’s a high mark that hasn’t been broken in several years.

Ivers made the rounds to elementary schools in June. She told the kids that last year, children logged 4,223 books read. She asked them to help her beat that. Then she set the additional challenge.

20140820_summer_reading_jar“Miss Kim” asked if they could do it. The resounding response was yes.

They made good on their word and then some. As of  yesterday afternoon, the count was up to over 5,330 books. And the program continues.

If you have more books to log in, be sure to stop by the library soon!

Right: One of multiple “jars” that “bubbled over” with stickers marking books read by children in town this summer for the Fizz! Boom! Read! program.(Photos by Beth Melo)


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Here’s what the Southborough Fire Department has been up to for the past week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

  • 08:00 – School inspections Parkerville Road
  • 08:05 – Unintentional alarm system activation, Turnpike Road
  • 09:30 – Commercial inspection Parkerville Road
  • 10:02 – School inspections Parkerville Road
  • 10:45 – School inspections Richards Road
  • 11:23 – School inspections Cordaville Road
  • 18:00 – Training – EMS – M & M rounds, Main Street
  • 22:39 – EMS call, Boston Road  [click to keep reading…]


The Southborough Emergency Management Agency asked me to share their traffic advisory for Southborough Summer Nights being held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 5:00 pm to past dusk.

The information is to help you make your parking or drop-off plans for the festivities that night.

Event map from brochureIf you aren’t going to join the fun, you should take this as a warning to expect traffic in the areas of Parkerville and Deerfoot Roads that evening.

For event information, click here. Click on event map to enlarge.

Prior/During the Event:

  • Parking will be available at both Neary & Trottier Schools
    • The access road between the schools will be closed to traffic
  • No Parking will be allowed in the following locations:
    • Parkerville Road along the side the side posted No Parking
    • Please park vehicles as far off the road as possible for emergency vehicle access.
    • General Henry Knox will be limited to one-side (“No Parking” signs will be posted)
    • John Mathews will be limited to one-side (“No Parking” signs will be posted)
    • Lundbald Field parking area on Parkerville Road
  • A Designated Drop-Off/Pick-Up site will be established at Lundblad Field parking area located South of the Neary School driveway.

Following the Event:  [click to keep reading…]


[The "Book Blogs" are my love letter to children's books. The "guest blogs" were my first foray into My Southborough, back when it was run by Susan.]

Early in my series of book blogs, I reflected on lessons learned (what now seems a lifetime ago) when my daughter was heading into preschool, then Kindergarten.

As the first day of school gets ever closer, I’m rerunning these posts again for parents of kids headed to their big first days.

Getting Ready for kindergarten

(From original article in 2012): I try to base most of my book recommendations on my families’ experiences. . .

Now, that [my daughter has] graduated from Kindergarten, I’d like to share what I learned last summer.

It felt like a long journey. She started stressing out the year before. She hated the idea of leaving preschool. While she was dead set against it, I mostly avoided the topic. When she finally came around to the idea toward the end of preschool, I found books to reinforce her positive feelings and avoid her regressing.

In the end, she was excited about everything, including her first bus ride, which she gleefully breezed onto. (For the full article, including book choices, click here.)

Pre-Preschool: Suggested Reading

one-smiling-sister(From original article in 2011): This week, I’m writing about a narrow topic that may concern a few readers this summer, preparing your first child for preschool.

My daughter has just graduated preschool after three wonderful years. As we prepare for kindergarten, I keep remembering how nervous I was about how she would handle preschool. (She never even had a babysitter beyond her grandparents.)

As it turned out, she sailed in the first day and has never looked back.

I don’t know exactly why that worked, but I like to think that my approach of preparing helped. That summer we read several books about preschool and talked about them so she would know what to expect. From that experience, I’d like to share my favorite books on that topic. (Most of these are available at the Southborough Library.) [click to keep reading…]


SOLF Wildlife survey workshop this Thursday night

August 19, 2014 11:20:56 AM
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Southborough Open Land Foundation is holding a workshop on their wildlife survey.

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Police logs (8/15-8/18/14): Reports of possible gunshots, road rage with bicyclist, and juvenile arrested for speeding without a license

August 19, 2014 09:30:22 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Bus Routes: This year’s routes; Ask your questions

August 19, 2014 07:30:14 AM
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The School Routes for the 2014-15 school year are now available.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

August 18, 2014 03:00:47 PM

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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Events this week (8/18-8/24/14): Celebrating end of summer and start of school

August 18, 2014 12:00:00 PM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government (8/18-8/25/14): Assabet Valley to appoint interim superintendent

August 18, 2014 09:30:28 AM

A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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Globe: Ex-Assabet coach indicted for alleged inappropriate touching

August 18, 2014 07:30:28 AM

The Globe reports that a former coach from AVRT is facing charges for touching students in ’08 & ’09.

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Summer Nights on Saturday, August 23rd: Start making plans and sign up to help! (Updated)

August 15, 2014 11:30:31 AM
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The summer is quickly slipping away. One sure sign is that Summer Nights is only 8 days away!

The annual town celebration of summer’s end takes place Saturday, August 23rd. Organizers need volunteers, so consider signing up for a shift.

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