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Above: Butterflies at the library and the annual egg hunt are just two of the week highlights (Photos: left posted to Flickr by SD Dirk; right by Beth Melo)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. For more details and the full list, check the Event Calendar.

Note: The library’s special Music Together program for toddlers and preschoolers this Saturday shifted to 11:30 am. So, families have time to enjoy the community Easter Egg hunt first.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • NSPAC’s “Coffee and Connect” (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Northborough Library: Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council monthly session. Special Topic this month: The Special Organizer (Jennifer Bolduc) will discuss how organized files can change your special education life. RSVP requested for headcount/handouts.
  • Butterflies & Moths (3:45 – 4:45 pm) @ Southborough Library: Program for 5-8 yr olds that includes live butterfliesRegistration is required. See dedicated post for details.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

  • Legos at the Library (3:45 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Public Library: Children are welcome to come build with Legos, and display their creations in the Children’s Room. Legos will be provided, but all materials need to remain at the library. Parents or caregivers must stay with children during this event.
  • Maundy Thursday meal and service (6:00 pm) @ The First Community Church, 137 Southville Road: The First Community Church invites all to their Maundy Thursday Service at 7pm, to be preceded by a meal of soup and bread.
  • A Cappella Night (7:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School auditorium: A free a cappella concert featuring: Algonquin’s Soulfege, Framingham’s Cloud 9, Algonquin’s Ladies First, Hudson’s Camerata Choir, Algonquin’s Algoncappella, and UMass Amherst’s Vocal Suspects.

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Selectmen attempted to reverse an Open Meeting Law violation this winter. Southborough Wicked Local reports that the state determined their actions weren’t sufficient.

Earlier this year, Desiree Aselbekian filed an Open Meeting Law violation complaint. She alleged that the Board of Selectmen acted improperly by voting in closed executive session on the performance evaluation and raise for Town Administrator Mark Purple.

The board later apologized for the accidental violation and moved to fix it through a public vote.

That vote accepted the increase and approved the previously conducted evaluation. The evaluation wasn’t shared, but the public was notified that they could get a copy through the Town House.

Today, SWL reports that the Attorney General’s office determined that wasn’t enough. The AG’s office found in favor of the complaint:

[Assistant Attorney General Kevin Manganaro] wrote “professional competence” matters with nonunion employees —such as a performance review — must be conducted in open session.

“While it is clear that professional competence must first be discussed in an open session, how that evaluation will factor into a contract or salary negotiation strategy may be a suitable discussion for an executive session,” Manganaro wrote.

SWL referred to a letter posted on the AG’s website. That letter now orders selectmen to release the minutes of the executive session within 10 days.

Because this was not a lawful executive session held in compliance with G.L. c. 3OA, § 21, the minutes may not be withheld in part or whole under the Public Records Law

Click here to read the full letter. SWL’s full article is available here.

Since the original complaint was filed, the board held executive sessions to negotiate salaries for Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus and Fire Chief Joseph Mauro. Both were followed with public votes on the salaries and without public discussion of their factoring performance evaluations.

This may be a grayer area, as the evaluations were conducted by Purple, not directly by the board. However, other non-union employee evaluations are discussed at public Personnel Board hearings.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: SOLF volunteers got hands on with nature at the Beals Preserve last year for their wildlife survey. A training for new volunteers to continue the work takes place this Saturday. (Photos from SOLF website)

This spring, the Southborough Open Land Foundation is continuing the Wildlife Survey they launched last year. They are looking for new volunteers to pitch in.

Spotted Salamander (contributed photo)If you’d like to join them, they are holding a training program at the Southborough Library this Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 pm.

Last year, SOLF explained its quest to discover which reptiles and amphibians (aka herps) are living in the preserve:

There are almost 50 species of turtles, snakes, frogs, toads and salamanders with documented ranges that include Massachusetts and little is known about which are found in  Beals Preserve.  Many are considered threatened or endangered and Beals Preserve could house critical populations!  . . .

This exciting opportunity will both provide valuable insight into how our preserve is being used by local fauna and provide a unique chance to explore nature and its remarkable diversity.

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This week in sports (3/30-4/3/15)

by beth on March 30, 2015

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Above: ARHS Girls Rugby will look to repeat last year’s winning season (Image cropped from photo on MYRO’s Facebook page)

Last week, kicked off Algonquin’s spring pre-season with lacrosse scrimmages and a rugby jamboree.

This week marks start of the official season for most spring sports. (Outdoor Track doesn’t begin competing until next week.)

Here are the ARHS varsity games on tap. Let’s hope the teams can actually play on these fields as scheduled!

Have a photo of your favorite team in action to share? Email mysouthborough@gmail.com. (Until then, expect to keep seeing pics from past seasons!)

To find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV and freshmen match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.

Monday, March 30, 2015

  • 3:30 pm ARHS Girls Lacrosse vs. Nipmuc Regional @ Memorial Field (911 field)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • 6:00 pm ARHS Boys Volleyball vs. Medfield @ Medfield
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  • 4:00 pm ARHS Baseball vs. Groton-Dunstable Regional @ Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
  • 4:00 pm ARHS Girls Lacrosse vs. Wayland @ Memorial Field (911 field)
  • 4:00 pm ARHS Softball vs. Groton-Dunstable Regional @ Groton-Dunstable Regional High School

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Post image for Town Warrant: Limiting political signs, revamping employee pay grades, restoring tennis courts and much more

Southborough posted the official Town Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting. To go with it, they also posted the Annual Town Report.

As usual, the warrant is a looong read. So, I’ve summarized the articles below to help. Bypassing the usual administrative business and budgets*, I’m focusing on what I consider “new business” voters will need to decide.

One that hasn’t gotten attention on the blog yet – but is bound to – would limit placement and timing for political signs. (Article 24)

For the full list and details on any given article, see the Warrant here.

“New business” through articles proposed by Town boards/committees:

5-6: Salary Reclassification – This year, you can expect the Personnel Board to make a presentation in support of major changes to the new salary classification and pay grades they recommend adopting and funding.

Proposed by Personnel Board; BOS and Advisory to provide recommendations at Town Meeting

19: Tennis Court Restoration – Authorize using $62,000 from Community Preservation Act funds to restore town tennis courts located near Finn and Neary schools.

Proposed by Community Preservation Committee; Supported by BOS and Advisory

23: Code on boards, committees, and commissions – Amend town code to regulate member requirements. Would restrict voting membership to residents.

Proposed by Town Clerk; Supported by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting

24: Political Sign regulation – Limits temporary political signs to 2 signs per property, no earlier than 45 day prior to election, and removal within 72 hours of election. Also limits size and prohibits placement on town property and telephone poles.

Proposed by Town Clerk; Opposed by BOS; Advisory to provide recommendation at Town Meeting

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Above: Fay School is hosting its annual festival for kids and families with inflatables and carnival games (Images from Fay School website)

Fay School is holding its 5th Annual Fay Festival tomorrow – Saturday, March 28.

To lure families in to learn about Fay Day Camp, they are offering a free day of fun for 2-10 year olds. The event will run indoors from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Free activities include:

  • inflatable bounce houses
  • slides
  • obstacle courses
  • carnival games and prizes

Additional highlights:

  • Magic show by Mr. Magic at 1:00 pm
  • A drawing for a free week of Fay Day Camp – stop by their information table to enter.

The festival will take place at Fay School’s Harlow Gym and Harris Theater. Parking will be available at at Fay’s Primary School (25 Middle Road, Southborough) or at Fay’s Office of Advancement (31 Main Street, Southborough).

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Demolition Delay Bylaw: Clearing misinformation

March 27, 2015 12:19:31 PM
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I have been made aware of an active misinformation campaign against the Demolition Delay Bylaw.

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Holy Week at town churches: From Egg Hunts to Maundy Suppers

March 27, 2015 10:19:38 AM
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Here’s a quick look and links to how churches in town are celebrating Easter and Holy Week.

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New $4,000 scholarship for state college from the Rotary Club

March 27, 2015 07:30:00 AM
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The Southborough Rotary Club has announced a new scholarship for high school students from Southborough.

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Pansies for Progress fundraiser – through 4/1

March 26, 2015 04:30:00 PM
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Southborough Town House employees are participating again in Pansies for Progress.

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On the market this week in Southborough

March 26, 2015 02:30:00 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Town news roundup: Wicked Local coverage

March 26, 2015 12:13:21 PM
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Here are some recent stories Southborough Wicked Local on our town government.

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Contractor checklist from Southborough Police

March 26, 2015 09:11:53 AM
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The Southborough Police have issued a notice to help residents from getting ripped off by unscrupulous contractors.

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Letter: Historical Commission on the Demolition Delay bylaw

March 25, 2015 05:24:57 PM

My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to mysouthborough@gmail.com.

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