Senior Shred Day postponed to Nov 14

by beth on October 21, 2020

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Above: E.L. Harvey will be bringing its shredding service to the Senior Center next month. (image from website)

If you are a Southborough senior with papers to shred, the Southborough Senior Center is offering a free opportunity this fall. For those of you who already saved a date from the fall newsletter, there’s a schedule change.

The event was scheduled for this Saturday. But with the Senior Center building serving as the early voting location for all Southborough precincts, it’s being postponed.

The new date is Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 am to noon:

E. L. Harvey and Sons, Inc will be coming to the senior center parking lot to give us the opportunity to shred all those unwanted household papers & documents you have hanging around. Pull in the parking lot and there will be an area that will be dedicated and sectioned off with cones. Your papers can contain staples.

Paper Only


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Above: This year, a large crowd won’t take off together for the Gobble Wobble. But that doesn’t mean participants can’t have fun with it. (images cropped from photos by Chris Wraight)

Southborough Recreation announced that the Gobble Wobble will be offered this year – sort of. Like most annual fundraising activities, this year they are taking the virtual approach.

The community isn’t being invited to flock to the race route on Thanksgiving. Instead, participants are invited to walk or run a 5K route of their choosing anytime during the week of Thanksgiving. Winners will still be named, but they’re operating on the honor system.

As always, the event proceeds go to Friends of Southborough Recreation. Registration is a flat $25 this year.

Participants are encouraged to still make it festive by coordinating with friends/family:

Join the Friends of Southborough Recreation as we run the 14th Annual Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving 5k. This year we will be VIRTUAL!

Run, Walk, or Wobble your way to completing a 5k run or walk (3.1 miles) between November 22 and 28. This 5k can be done anywhere you feel comfortable and with as many friends and family as you can find!

Submit your 5k times to Southborough Recreation by emailing All 5k times will be posted online on November 30th, 2020. Winners will be crowned for overall male and female times.

The cost of the 5k this year is $25 and includes a long sleeve shirt! A shirt pick up date will be announced prior to the race window time. 100% of proceeds will be collected and put towards program scholarships for Southborough Recreation after school programs, summer camp programming, and miscellaneous recreation offerings.

The Friends of Southborough Recreation is a registered 501(c)(3) Non profit

To register, click here.


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Above: If you own a local business with five or less employees (including yourself) you’ll want to pay attention to the EDC’s news on a grant opportunity.

Last month, I shared news on a grant opportunity for “micro-enterprises” in Southborough. Qualified business with five or fewer employees (including the owner) were invited to apply for up to $10,000 in government grants.

At that time, I noted a September deadline. Today I learned that a second round opened for applications. That window closes this Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 pm.

If you can’t make this week’s deadline, a third round will be offered right after. You’ll want to jump on the opportunity. That (likely final) round will open on Monday, October 26th. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while the funds last. (Southborough was granted $204K for businesses based in Town.)

As I previously noted, the opportunity for local businesses was made available through Southborough Economic Development Committee’s collaboration with other area towns. You can read more on that background here.

Below are more details from the press release in September:

organizations credited in the press release for helping provide or coordinate the opportunityApplications are now being accepted for the Microenterprise grant which is part of the $19.6 million award through the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program through the CARES Act of 2020. The $4,950,000 grant from the Department of Housing & Community Development was awarded to assist small businesses in 23 cities and towns across the Metropolitan Boston Region, including Southborough.

The funding is being utilized to address emergency needs in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the grant award for these 23 communities will be utilized to award individual grants of up to $10,000 for microenterprise businesses. A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has 5 or fewer employees, 1 or more of whom owns the enterprise and must be a for-profit entity. The town of Southborough will be receiving $204,000 to support small businesses in the community.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (“MGCC”) will be helping to administer and oversee the grant program. Applications are available here ( . . .

The communities that are part of this coalition include: Ashland, Beverly, Burlington, Canton, Concord, Dedham, Essex, Lexington, Manchester by the Sea, Marlborough, Melrose, Milton, Natick, North Reading, Norwood, Randolph, Reading, Sharon, Southborough, Stoneham, Watertown, Winchester or Woburn. Businesses interested in applying must fill out the online application only. For questions, please contact Southborough EDC Coordinator M. Munsiff at

Interested business owners will also want to check out this FAQ sheet with qualifying details, term definitions, etc.


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Above: If you’ve been looking forward to Household Hazardous Waste Day to clean out your garage/shed, prepare to load up your car/truck this Saturday. But note the event limitations. (image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Rubbermaid)

Southborough’s annual day for residents to rid themselves of “Household Hazardous Waste” is this Saturday.

On October 24th from 9:00 am – noon, bring your related items to the Public Works Garage down the hill from the Transfer Station. (Not the hopper!)

Hazardous waste day 2020 flyerWhile disposing of the specified items is free, the event is limited to those who have current, valid Transfer Station permit stickers.

The disposal day is combined with an electronic recycling event for TVs and computer monitors. That isn’t free. Scroll down for fee details (or click on flyer right.)

Not every hazardous item is welcome under the Household Hazardous Waste day. The Town will not accept:

Gas Cylinders, Explosive Materials, Motor Oil, Radioactive Materials, Infectious and Biological Wastes, Prescription Medicines/Syringes, Esters, Unknown Materials, Full Drums, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Asbestos, Medical Waste, Shock Sensitive Materials and Reactive Chemicals

Also not to be brought to the garage – Latex paint and Alkaline batteries. That’s because they are on the non-hazardous list of materials accepted as regular waste you can toss in the hopper. (Though, according to Transfer Station rules, the latex paint must be dry first. The state recommends drying wet paint by adding kitty litter or sand to the can. It also asks for the can lids to be removed before disposing.) 

For a reminder of what items are allowed during normal Transfer Station hours, click here for the 2020 rules. For more details on recycling dos and don’ts click here.

As for the hazardous items you can dispose of that day, even they have quantity limits.

The flyer states that each household can bring 5 Gallons (or equivalent) of the following items to be disposed of:  [click to keep reading…]


Covid-19 Community Impact Survey

by beth on October 20, 2020

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The Southborough Dept of Health asked me to share a survey being conducted by MassDPH. The survey seeks to learn “How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted your life?”

The agency explains:

Mass DPH Covid-19 Community Impact Survey

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to better help people through the COVID-19 crisis by hearing about their experiences and challenges right now. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities who need it most.

Who can take this survey? You can take this survey if you are 14 years of age or older AND you currently live in Massachusetts.

Answers are anonymous.

The survey includes a question asking what town/city respondents live in. Presumably, the results will be parsed to see what kind of support is needed at a community level.

To complete the survey, click here.


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One young participant in this past summer’s Southborough Library Summer Reading Program will win a special prize from the Boston Bruins. The big prize is two tickets to a home game along with high fives from players leaving the locker room.

That game date is very up in the air, since fans haven’t been able to attend pro sports games of late. (The NHL is shooting to start the next season this winter, possibly January, and may phase in audience attendance.)

So, you may ask, why the give away now? For 11 years, the Bruins have partnered with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Massachusetts Library System on their When You Read, You Score campaign. The program supports Summer Reading programs with prizes. This happens to be the year that the Southborough Library won the program’s Grand Prize. 

Two prizes will be raffled off. The game ticket drawing is limited to kids ages 5-7. Kids of all ages who participated can also enter a drawing for a signed Bruins hockey puck.

All entrants must have participated in the Southborough Library’s Summer Reading program which ran from late June to late August. The Library announcement explains:

The child must have registered for the Southborough Library’s Summer Reading Program and participated in some way. This can either be by picking up the weekly activity packets, tracking books on the Beanstack app, emailing the librarian with book totals or photos from Summer Reading activities, or watching the weekly Facebook Live programs.

To enter the drawing:

Send an email with your child’s name and age to Children’s Librarian Kim Ivers at before Saturday, November 14, 2020.
All eligible names will be put in a drawing and a winner will be chosen when in-game experiences are able to happen.

In the announcement, the Library Commissioners touted the importance of the Bruins partnership:  [click to keep reading…]


Learn to play Boys Youth Lacrosse – Sunday

October 20, 2020 11:57:34 AM
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The Northborough-Southborough Youth Lacrosse Association (NSYLA) is holding a beginners clinic for boys.

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Covid Update: Confirmed case impacts preschool; Algonquin asking teens to take more precautions outside of school

October 20, 2020 11:17:48 AM
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The latest figures from the Town and the school district.

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Events this week: Floral Workshop, Trottier Coffee & Curriculum Night, Girls Lacrosse Clinic, and Guided Evening Hike (Updated)

October 19, 2020 11:51:54 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: BOS on Rent/Mortgage Relief proposal; Regional School Committee

October 19, 2020 08:26:11 AM
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Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Weekend at a Glance: Early voting starts, Women’s March, Drive-in Movie, Poetry Reading, and Art and Fun on the farm

October 16, 2020 04:43:13 PM
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Here are highlights of what’s happening this weekend in (or linked to) Southborough.

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Silver Lining Expressions exhibit joins Fall Fun at the Farm this Sunday

October 16, 2020 03:09:22 PM
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SCAC asked the public to share their artistic expressions about Silver Linings during a time of uncertainty. Now, they are exhibiting the contributed works.

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Learn to play Girls Lacrosse – October 25

October 16, 2020 12:13:17 PM
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Northborough-Southborough Girls Lacrosse registration is taking place for the upcoming Spring season. The sport is open to girls in both towns in grades 1 through 8.

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Business Roundup: Office space investments and Acquisitions

October 16, 2020 11:42:08 AM
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Some recent business deals linked to Southborough have been in the news over the past couple of months.

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