4th of July hours in Southborough

by beth on July 2, 2015

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For most offices, this Friday is the work holiday in honor of the 4th. Southborough Town Hall is no exception. However, the Transfer Station is.

So if you have business to conduct with the town, get it done before 5:00 pm today, or wait until Monday.

As for your trash and recyclables, you can bring those to the Transfer Station during normal hours tomorrow. Saturday is their day off.

The Southborough Library begins their summer hours this weekend. So the library will be closed on Saturdays from now through August. 

That means that Friday is also the holiday for them. But they are open until 9:00 pm tonight. So swing by today to stock up on your reading and entertainment for the weekend.

Reminders:

  • The only activity on tap in town this weekend is Chestnut Hill Farm’s Meet the Farmer event, Saturday, 10-2. Click here for details.
  • For other 4th of July festivities, click here.

I’m signing off for the long weekend. Enjoy your 4th of July!

(Photo posted to flickr by acarter5251)

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Superintendent Christine Johnson received her first annual performance review this June. The superintendent met and/or exceeded expectations of district school committees who indicated she was their ideal candidate for the position last spring. (At the time, they determined not to extend the job search past their only internal candidate, since she was the person they wanted for the job.)

The review was shared at the Combined School Committee meeting by Northborough’s Lynne Winters and Joan Frank with Southborough’s Marybeth Strickland

According to Winters, Strickland and Frank, Johnson received many “proficient” marks. They stressed it is a grade more impressive than it sounds.

The standards set by Mass Board of Education purportedly call for Exemplary to be reserved for the top 5% of performers. Presenters stated that many of the review comments indicated that the proficient marks they gave leaned towards exemplary.

Johnson followed up on the Department of Ed’s “rigorous” standard for proficient. Speaking on behalf of many district teachers that received that rating in the past year, she wanted the public to consider it a high mark. She explained that the district was capped on how many educators they were allowed to submit as exemplary.  [click to keep reading…]

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Poetry Workshops throughout the summer

by beth on July 2, 2015

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Above: Poetry isn’t just for refrigerators. Learn poetry writing at the library this summer. (Image posted to Flickr by GuySie)

Aspiring poets should head to the Southborough Library this summer to learn and try new techniques.

The Library is continuing its work with the Worcester County Poetry Association. They will be holding four more poetry workshops this fall.

The workshops will each be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on the following Tuesdays, focusing on a specific poet:

  • July 7th: Maxine Kumin
  • July 21st: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • August 4th: Jane Kenyon
  • August 18th: Donald Hall

Participants will “look at the techniques used in select poems by these poets and through discussion generate new work.”

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on July 2, 2015

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Above: This home at 14 Fitzgerald Lane went on the market this week for $799,900 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.

New on the market

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Above: The Reminisants will play Neary field next week (photo from Facebook)

The next performance in the Summer Concert Series is scheduled for Thursday of next week, July 9. The Reminisants will be performing Oldies from the 50s through 90s.

(Calling the 90s Oldies makes me feel pretty old!)

As all concerts in the series, it will be held 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Neary field. (Don’t forget your blanket/chairs and bug spray!)

This concert’s sponsoring food vendor is Domino’s pizza featuring 5 choices:  cheese, pepperoni, veggie, and chicken and tomato. Also for sale: hot dogs, snacks/desserts and beverages.

summer_concert_flyer_reminisantsConcessions support Send a Kid to Camp. So, bring your appetite.

Three more concerts are scheduled for Thursdays throughout the summer:

  • July 23 – 4EverFab (Beatles. . . nicely played)
  • August 6 – Infractions (horn driven pop and rock)
  • August 20 – Hit the Bus (50′s to today’s hits)

Rain dates are the following weeks. To check on status, call 508-485-0710 and press 8.

The series is supported by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, Friends of Southborough Youth Commission, and Southborough Recreation and other sponsors (click flyer for more info.)

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Earlier this month, district school committee members addressed parents’ concerns about members’ knowledge of Common Core issues. They also addressed criticism about committees’ communications with the community.

At the Combined School Committee meeting, Regional School Committee Chair Kathleen Harrigan responded to recent criticism about the committees’ communication policy regarding audience sharing.

At the May Regional School Committee meeting, audience members asked members to become educated on issues related to the Common Core. Harrigan told them that they couldn’t deliberate on issues raised unless they were on the agenda. That policy was heavily criticized by commenters on this blog.

At the June Combined School Committee meeting, Harrigan defended:

we very much value [the community's] input and your comments and in fact, if you just look at our track record over this past year about issues that have come up. . . we actually do take action on them.

She clarified that even when comments aren’t addressed at the same meeting, “they certainly get our attention”. Harrigan cited examples of community-raised issues the committee recently addressed:

  • Changing the school calendar (committee was formed and recommendations presented)
  • Parent’s concern about fees (administration did a “thorough review” and recommended capping certain fees)
  • Core Curriculum (devoted an entire year in Curriculum Advisory Committee)
  • Start time initiative (Administration investigating possibilities)
  • School policies

And this month, Harrigan presented fellow committee members with a packet of information to help them self-educate on issues related to the Common Core. It included links to arguments for and against the standards.

The packet was developed in partnership with member Barbara O’Mara and her husband John. John was one of the voices in May asking the regional committee to hold and attend a pro/con forum on Common Core issues. Barbara and Harrigan encouraged available members to attend a forum held at the Northborough Library on June 20th. (That has since been posted on YouTube.) [click to keep reading…]

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Singer/songwriter workshops for teens – July 20-23

July 1, 2015 11:17:00 AM
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This summer, teens can learn to write, create, and perform their own original songs.

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Girls and adults encouraged to discover Beautiful Healthy selves

July 1, 2015 07:30:00 AM

This month, Southborough Recreation is offering weekly classes for girls grades 5 and up and adults. The focus is on becoming fit and healthy.

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“Meet the Farmer” with children’s craft and nature walks – Chestnut Hill, 4th of July

June 30, 2015 03:30:00 PM
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Chestnut Hill Farm’s new manager is keeping her promise to run Meet the Farmer events the first Saturday of the month this summer.

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Next week’s Rec camps: Baseball, sports jam for tots, horse back riding and more

June 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM
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If you’re looking to sign your kids up for summer camp next week, the Town has a lot to offer.

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4th of July celebrations: Fireworks, festivities, and safety

June 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM
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If you’re looking for fireworks or festivals this week, better gas up your tank.

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Why flags are still at half staff: June 30, 2015 (and could be for a while)

June 30, 2015 07:29:08 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy. The Governer’s orders call for lowered flags until interment, which isn’t soon.

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The week in government: Public Safety Committee and Economic Development

June 29, 2015 02:29:16 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Obituary: Diane C. (Nolin) Provencher, 80

June 29, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Diane C. (Nolin) Provencher, 80, of Southborough died peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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