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Above: Assisting Marlborough in putting out a blazing house fire was the biggest news from the Southborough Fire Department this week. (Photo here and below are from SFD’s Facebook page)

The Southborough Fire Department logs still are still on hold.*

Luckily, the department has continued making use of its Facebook page.

Here’s some of the more recent news the department has shared. The news is sparse, but I’ve found more information and details through other sources.

Responding to Woodward School alarm - October 22

This news wasn’t included on Facebook, but shared in an email from Woodward Principal James Randell to parents:

at 8:50am [Tuesday] morning the Woodward School fire alarm was activated. The students and staff quickly moved to the rear of the building as the fire department investigated. It was determined that it was a faulty water sensor. The fire department cleared the area and deemed the building safe for staff and students to return into the building.

I would like to commend the staff and students for a quick and orderly evacuation.

Educating Preschoolers - October 9 (click photo to enlarge)

Group 1 on the line today. FF Justin McCallum, FF Ken Franks and Lt. Chris Dano visited First Steps Preschool today to talk to kiddos about being a firefighter.

House fire on Parmenter Road- October 19 [click to keep reading…]

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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff  in honor of SPC 4 Nicholas A. Outhuse, 26, U.S. Army, of Palmer, who died on October 10, 2014 in his Georgia home. You can read more here.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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Above: Artist Tracy Grammer will open the 19th season at the Steeple Coffehouse this weekend. (photo © Ben Barnhart)

Steeple Coffeehouse is opening its doors back up this weekend this Saturday. On October 25, singer/songwriter/storyteller Tracy Grammer will kick off the 19th season.

Organizers boast a folk legend’s description of  the artist:

“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.” –  Joan Baez

Not familiar with the venue? The Steeple Coffeehouse is Pilgrim Church’s Fellowship Hall – transformed for the evening into a coffeehouse with musical performances.

While enjoying the concerts, locals can enjoy coffee and dessert. Proceeds from the refreshment sales are donated to local and regional charity. As is their tradition, organizers are also requesting people to bring donations for the Southborough Food Pantry.

Doors open at 7:00 pm for the 7:30 pm show. Tickets for the evening show are $15 in advance ($12 for students/seniors) or $18 at the door ($15 for students/seniors). Advance purchase is available online.

Interested in a preview of the talent?

You can get a taste of Grammer’s live performance below.  [click to keep reading…]

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I’m a bit swamped right now. So I need you to entertain each other, again.

It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

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Normally, I don’t blog about politics beyond our local district. But seeing as candidates for governor are going to be so close by, I thought I should share the opportunity.

The 495/Metrowest Partnership is hosting two Gubernatorial Candidate Forums at the Sheraton in Framingham.

  • Charlie Baker – October 27th – 9:00 am
  • Martha Coakley, October 31st – 9:00 am

The forum is primarily targeted to business leaders, but it is also accessible to the public – as long as you pre-register. (Space is limited.)

To register, email jessica@495Partnership.org or call 774-760-0495, ext. 101

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For more than nine years, care package drives for the troops were a source of town pride. The drives brought together people from all generations, and even neighboring towns, in support of service members overseas.

With troops drawing down in Afghanastan, the final semi-annual package drive was held in May.

This fall, one of the lead organizers, Lisa Braccio, was hearing from people that they miss doing something to help. So, she reached out to Representative Carolyn Dykema, Together, they developed a plan.

Next month, Braccio and other volunteers will be collecting holiday gift cards for patients at the Walter Reed National Medical Center.

The drive comes a few days before Veteran’s Day. So it’s also a great way to honor that holiday and show our military and veterans that we haven’t forgotten them.

The collection will take place at the Senior Center on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can swing by, drop off a gift card, and sign a holiday card to go with it.

For details, click on the flyer to enlarge.

 

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Explore Southborough’s fascinating fungi this Sunday, October 26

October 21, 2014 11:37:13 AM
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This Sunday, two town committees will be opening residents eyes to the importance of how mushrooms relate to their habitat.

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Police logs (10/17-10/20/14): Car chase and resisting arrest

October 21, 2014 09:30:47 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Sponsorship opportunities for the Gobble Wobble

October 21, 2014 07:30:40 AM
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Want your company’s name trotted in front of runners at Southborough’s annual road race? Sign up now to sponsor the 8th annual Gobble Wobble.

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A fun night out for you will bring smiles to kids you’ve never met – November 8

October 20, 2014 04:20:41 PM
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Mark your calendars and purchase tickets to the Smiling Kids Birthday Bash Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson.

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Let’s talk about lice

October 20, 2014 03:22:56 PM
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It seems that there has been an unusually high number of lice cases this fall in our lower school.

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The week in government (10/20-10/26/14): Main Street and FY16 Budget

October 20, 2014 01:00:32 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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This week in sports – plus Girls Soccer and young players support Breast Cancer Awareness

October 20, 2014 11:31:46 AM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Events this week (10/20-10/26/14): Real vampires, halloween parties, MWRTA session, and Alzheimers

October 20, 2014 10:00:32 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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