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Southborough Wicked Local recently covered commuter woes on the Worcester-Framingham train line. According to the article, the line has suffered significant delays in comparison to other routes. But they gave hope for improvements starting July 1st.

MBTA service alert

(MBTA service alert – June 23rd)

It’s good timing for improvements, since the MBTA announced that fare hikes go into effect on that date. At least Southborough rail commuters should have only one thing to be disgruntled about.

SWL writes:

Rich Murphy, director of train operations for Keolis Commuter Services —the company that runs the system for the MBTA — said the Framingham and Worcester line is “100 percent” the worst performer. . .

On the Worcester line, Murphy said, construction has been the leading cause of delays in recent months, particularly when crews are at work during the middle of the day. That work will slow down come July 1, when crews suspend the tie replacement project until the fall.

Heat restrictions are also expected to be lifted on much of the line this summer; Murphy said about 95 percent of the track has either been replaced or “de-stressed” to ensure it can handle fast-moving passenger trains during hot weather. [click to keep reading…]

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Above: This week, children can celebrate any early 4th of July by joining in the Southborough Library’s annual parade. (Image cropped from photo submitted by Karin Portocarrero)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. (For more, check the Event Calendar.)

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For the Southborough Senior Center’s ongoing classes, click here for their calendar.]

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Boating for Seniors (10:00 – 11:00 am) @ Hopkinton State Park: A group of up to 8 people can utilize the Senior Center’s boating pass to use Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, rowboats, and/or pedal boats. Pre-registration required. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Storyteller (11:00 am) @ Southborough Library, main level: We’re kicking off Summer Reading with storyteller Diane Edgecomb and “Game Time.” All are welcome! For details, see dedicated post.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Free Coloring Party for adults (5:00 – 10:00 pm) @ Expressions Art Bar, 162 Cordaville Road, Suite 182: De-stress from your busy day with some coloring and adult beverages. We will have colored pencils, markers and free coloring pages to share. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Pajama Story Time (7:00 – 7:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: Come to the library in your pajamas to hear stories! This event will be held outside on the lawn, weather permitting, so bring a blanket. (In inclement weather, it will be held in the Children’s Room.) All welcome and no registration is necessary.

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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. All these meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For a complete list of meetings, visit the town website.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Open Space Preservation Commission, 8:30 AM @ Recreation Office, South Union Building 21 Highland Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Draft comments for Board of Selectmen meeting
  • Board of Assessors, 9:00 AM @ Meeting Room, Town House 17 Common Street (agenda)
  • Board of Selectmen, 6:30 PM @ Southborough Town House, Hearing Room 17 Common Street (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Update on Park Central project, EDC request to expand membership and become an IDC committee (instead of ad-hoc), $25k radar project for Main St Common, FY17 committee reappointments, and option to comment on Medical Marijauana dispensary – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

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Above: This is not your common bumblebee. Identified as bombus fervidus, this is among the type of bees previously thought wiped from Massachusetts landscape, until it was discovered last year at Breakneck Hill. (Photo posted to flickr by John Baker)

Town committees are continuing work to support pollinators on Breakneck Hill. And they are looking for volunteers.

Pollinators on the hill were the focus of two presentations this spring. (Click here to learn more or see the videos.)

As readers hopefully know by now, a WPI professor has been working with Town volunteers to study rare bumblebees on Breakneck Hill. The work, begun last year, is continuing this summer. To prepare, the Open Space Preservation Commission and Stewardship Committee are hosting a training session for volunteers this weekend.

The workshop is Sunday, June 26, from 10:00 am – noon at South Union School, 21 Highland Street. There will be a brief presentation on native bumblebees. Volunteers will then be trained on how to photograph bees. Finally, they’ll join Dr. Gegear in searching the hill to identify different species.  [click to keep reading…]

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On Monday, the Planning Board held a public hearing on their Site Plan Review of Park Central. The session scheduled for 45 minutes ran over two and a half hours. It will continue on July 11th at 7:00 pm.

According to Southborough Wicked Local, the board focused on the Townhouse project, the Residences at Park Central. But, they again took the opportunity to express their displeasure over the limitations imposed on their review.

SWL writes:

The Planning Board is still irked by the Zoning Board of Appeals granting certain waivers for the Residences at Park Central project, but decided Monday night to “agree to disagree” and start the site plan review process. . .

The townhouses will be made up of 47 three-bedroom units and 95 two-bedrooms, according to the presentation.

Residents asked more questions and again voiced concerns:  [click to keep reading…]

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storyteller game time flyer

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The Southborough Library is inviting kids to come in on Tuesday, June 28th to hear “Game Time” stories from an entertainer:

We’re kicking off Summer reading with story teller Diane Edgecomb and ‘Game Time.’ This is a great program for children ages 4 and up.

Game Time features three topsy-turvy reading adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins!

Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning!

In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG!

There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find.

The event is funded by The Friends of the Southborough Library.

Updated (6/24/16 10:37 am): Sorry, I looked at my calendar wrong. (The 28th looked like a Monday to me.) The storyteller will be there on Tuesday. (Though you can always stop by on Monday for the summer reading program!)

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Free Sip & Color Party – June 29

June 23, 2016 04:00:00 PM
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Expressions Art Bar is holding a free party for adults to color together.

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On the market this week in Southborough

June 23, 2016 02:00:47 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Local farmers’ markets: Fresh produce you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees for

June 23, 2016 10:47:58 AM
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This summer, you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Check out these local farmers’ markets.

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Assabet destroying old Special Ed records

June 23, 2016 08:41:54 AM
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Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School asked me to share their “Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records”.

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Track camp for 6-13 yr olds: Next week from 5-8

June 22, 2016 02:28:53 PM
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Next week, kids can take part in Olympic-like track and field events run by T-Hawk athletes and coaches.

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Veteran’s news: Agent moved, new town newsletter and Memorial Day videos

June 22, 2016 11:30:48 AM
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Southborough announced the relocation of a Town office and the launch of a newsletter. Both relate to veterans.

It served as a reminder that I’d yet to share videos from Memorial Day.

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Committee vacancies: Conservation seeking commissioner; Openings for Personnel, Advisory, Public Works Planning, ZBA and more

June 22, 2016 09:35:22 AM

Several positions on Town committees expire this month. Some members are asking to be reappointed, but others have stepped down leaving vacancies.

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Reminder – Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday; Update on Send a Kid to Camp

June 22, 2016 07:22:00 AM
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Reminders and updates on tomorrow’s free Summer Concert .

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