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Above: St Mark’s Church is auctioning off a bunch of goodies in their annual Christmas fundraiser. You don’t even have to leave the house to participate. (images from fundraiser website)

In case you missed it, Santa Day is being postponed to December 12th due to today’s Nor’easter. Here are the highlights of what I was told is happening around town this weekend. 

Before I list the events below, I want to draw attention to the updated, much larger, shop local guide I posted yesterday. This version has more categories than last weeks and many of the businesses do offer online shopping.

Saturday, December 5, 2020  [click to keep reading…]

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NWS snow map

Above: The latest NWS forecast shows our town near the center of the storm, likely escaping the worst but still getting quite a big snowfall. (click to enlarge)

Today’s winter storm is threatening to change from rain to snow at about 1:00 pm this afternoon in Southborough. As of early this morning, the National Weather Service is forecasting 8-12″ of snow in Southborough.

Southborough Emergency Management warned yesterday:

the snow will be wet and heavy increasing the potential for isolated power outages and poor driving conditions. There is also the potential for a band of 1″-3″ per hour snowfall rates but the NWS is not sure where this will set up yet.

Wind gust are forecast at 40-45 mph. Snowfall is likely to end by the middle of the night.

Below are more of NWS’ forecast maps and the hourly chart:

NWS hourly forecast NWS wind gusts map NWS map rain to snow timing map

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Above: Making an effort to shop local small businesses doesn’t have to be just one day per year. Local vendors and shops are selling all kinds of goods and services. (scroll to bottom for image credits*)

Last week, I encouraged readers to support Small Business Saturday by shopping local. Since then, I was alerted about and recalled other businesses that I missed. Plus, I realized there were other categories of businesses worth sharing.

During these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. So, I’m running an updated version of the post.

I’ve added to vendor categories, including confectioners, fitness, spas, fun workshops, and photography. (Not only can you use some of the personal services for yourself, but gift certificates often make great gifts.)

Retail Shops/vendorsGifts, apparel, accessories, decor, jewelry, etc.

Athrú Designs – Handcrafted home decor

Downton Exchange – Upcycled apparel and accessories

(Pop up event) Ginny Martins & Associates – Gently used home decor (special event this Friday & Saturday)

Dyson Service Center – Dyson products and service

Goodness Remedies – Medical aromatherapy products

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist ShopFlowers, plants, gifts, clothing, candles, and more

Hall of Comics – Comic books and collectibles

Metaldetector.com – Metal detectors

New England Scout Shop – Scout apparel, camping gear, etc.

Sandie Rossini – Apparel and gifts

Sew Studio – Sewing kits

ShipShop – Handbags and purses

Shop Chloe King – Home Decor

Southborough Wellness – Health & Beauty boutique

Strung – Hand made jewelry

Tempting Interiors – Furniture, window treatments, area rugs, fine arts and more

Tulika Books USA – Children’s books from India

Toshiko Fashions – Women’s high fashion apparel

Wolf Hill Farm – Cut-your-own Christmas Trees, Christmas decor, ornaments, honey, and candles

Bakers/Confectioners/Food vendors

Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness – Handmade chocolates

Lady Laurie’s Sweet Life – Bakery

Manion’s Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract

The Fierce Baker – Homemade customized decorated cookies

Fun Workshops

Allora Pasta –  Virtual pasta making workshops and wine tastings

Culinary Underground – School for home cooks

Sew Studio – Sewing workshop

Fitness/Gyms studios 

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Above: Southborough Rotary Club’s support of SYFS for the holidays is just one of the charity related items I’m rounding up.

I have a number of items to share about organizations and residents doing good this season. So, I’m rounding them up into one post today. It includes another opportunity for struggling families to get needed support. And it includes another opportunity to do some good of your own.

Neighbor’s Brigade is offering support

According to the Community Advocate, Southborough families facing hardship have another channel to apply for help this season. The local “Neighbor’s Brigade” is offering support:

Neighbors helping neighbors. That is the mission of the Neighbor Brigade, a nonprofit, charitable organization, which coordinates a network of volunteers to provide free assistance to people who are experiencing a sudden or temporary crisis in their lives. The Northborough Southborough Neighbor Brigade chapter held a successful gift card drive in November, and is now looking to help brighten the holidays for local families who are facing hardships. . . 

Gift cards for gas and grocery stores were donated by community members. If you or someone you know in Northborough or Southborough is facing a hardship this holiday season, you can privately provide a brief description of the need to the Neighbor Brigade by email at northboroughsouthboroughMA@neighborbrigade.org. The request will be reviewed as there is a limited amount of gift cards available. All information will be kept confidential. . .

Neighbor Brigade’s mission is to provide short term crisis assistance to people who may be receiving cancer treatments, facing an illness, recovering from an accident or house fire, or grieving a family death. Typically the assistance is a maximum of three to four months. (read more)

Jingle fundraiser for pediatric patients

If the prior story inspires you to be charitable, Southborough’s Kelly Donfield is offering another way to support a cause this Sunday. An announcement shared:

Southborough resident Kelly Donfield is spreading holiday cheer, hope and magic in more than one way. She has organized the Christmas Eve Jingle 2020, which will bring smiles to many faces, including kids in the pediatric unit at UMASS Memorial’s Children’s Medical Center in Worcester. You are asked to go outside on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, at 6 pm and ring jingle bells for five minutes. Jingle bells will be sold and money collected will go towards fulfilling the wish lists of children who will be unable to celebrate Christmas at home this year.

Donfield and her elves will be at Aero Coffee Roasters, 318 Main Street in Northborough, Sunday, December 6 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am selling jingle bells. Your donation will ensure that you and your family are ready to jingle on Christmas Eve.

Bells can also be purchased on Saturday, December 12 at the NY Bagel Factory, 205 Turnpike Road, Southborough (formerly Red Barn Coffee Shops) from 9:30-11:30 am.

“It will be an amazing memory for our children and our community,” Donfield said. “It hopefully will bring a little cheer to a child facing a health crisis this Christmas.”

Donations can be made in cash or via Venmo @Kelly-Donfield. Questions can be directed to Kelly at kadonfield4@gmail.com.

Rotary supports SYFS

This fall, Southborough Youth & Family Services ran its annual gift card collection to support families in need through the holidays. The Southborough Rotary Club pitched in their support, along with some PPE. President Robert Bussey wrote:  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Webinar on saving pollinators (and success of Breakneck Hill’s pollinator habitat) – Monday

Above: On Monday evening, you can learn about how to use an expert’s list of plants to support native pollinators at risk. You can also hear about the success of a special pollinator initiative based in town. (image cropped from pic posted to flickr by John Baker)

On Monday evening, the Metrowest Conservation Alliance Native Pollinator Task Force is holding a webinar for the public. The topic is “Assessing and Improving Your Landscape to Save Native Pollinator Species At Risk in Massachusetts”. The event will feature learnings from an initiative on Southborough conservation land. Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission is inviting the public to to zoom in.

The Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission (OSPC) invites you to attend the Metrowest Conservation Alliance Native Pollinator Task Force’s free webinar Assessing and Improving Your Landscape to Save Native Pollinator Species At Risk in Massachusetts Monday at 7pm, featuring the creation and success of pollinator habitat at Southborough’s Breakneck Hill Conservation Land

Since 2015 the OSPC has been collaborating with Dr. Robert Gegear, a professor of biology at UMASS Dartmouth to rebuild functionally diverse native ecosystems, across town, on conservation, public, and private land. A focus of our efforts has been to save pollinators in decline at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in partnership with the Southborough Stewardship Committee and with support from the Conservation Commission.

More info: Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (maccweb.org)

Link to Register: Webinar Registration – Zoom

The webinar will instruct on how to use Dr. Gegear’s Plant List for at-risk native pollinators:

Learn about the importance of providing multiple habitat needs for at-risk species, find what you already have growing in your space, and where to begin searching for these plants.

Updated (12/5/20 7:01 am): I initially listed the wrong organization as the host.

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Obituary: Gloria A. D’Angelo (Echevarria)

by beth on December 4, 2020

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Gloria A. D’Angelo (Echevarria) [formerly of Southborough] passed away peacefully at her home in Delray Beach, Florida on Monday, November 30, 2020.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister. First and foremost, Gloria dedicated her life to her loving husband of 64 years, Charlie who she affectionately called “Boo”, and her adoring children Tessa, Jane and her husband Garey, Charlie Jr. and his wife Christine and seven grandchildren Andy, William, Matthew, Anna, Sophia, Anthony, and Nicholas. Gloria is survived by her brother David Echevarria of Florida and sister Nini of Long Island, NY. Her dear brother Sonny Echevarria of Long Island, NY predeceased her in death.

Gloria was a passionate lover of classical music, literature, and gourmet cooking. Having been born in Manhattan, NY and spending many happy times walking the gardens in Central Park, Gloria developed a passion for gardening which was evident by her beautiful yard full of colorful fragrant flowers and gardens flourishing with vegetables and herbs she used in the gourmet meals she lovingly cooked for her family.  [click to keep reading…]

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Covid Update: Southborough is red; 31 active cases

December 4, 2020 11:41:32 AM
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Positive and active case figures keep climbing in Southborough this fall.

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Santa Day postponed to next weekend – Dec 12

December 4, 2020 09:06:07 AM
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With rain in the forecast for tomorrow, Santa Day organizers have opted to shift the event by one week.

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Southborough Library fully closed next week (Updated)

December 4, 2020 08:04:24 AM
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The Library will fully close for one week. So, if you’re looking to check out materials, act quickly. 

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ARHS Dramahawks insist “The Show Must Go On(line)” – Dec 10 & 11

December 3, 2020 04:13:17 PM
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Algonquin’s annual musical wasn’t scrapped this year. As the title promotes, the play will be performed online.

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On the market this week in Southborough

December 3, 2020 02:16:53 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Winter on the farm: “Reindeer”, Animal tracking at night, and Winter Storywalk (Updated)

December 3, 2020 11:13:18 AM
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Chestnut Hill Farm is holding events to celebrate winter and the holidays this month.

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Covid Update: Numbers keep spiking; 36 cases confirmed in last two weeks

December 3, 2020 10:44:42 AM
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The town is continuing to experience its biggest spike of the pandemic.

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Collecting kids’ books, games, and craft supplies for families in need

December 3, 2020 09:10:43 AM
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Are your toy shelves overloaded with games your kids have outgrown? Donate them to families in transition.

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