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Above: Winners of last year’s Spelling Bee was team “It’s a Spellabration” (Contributed Photo)

Have you heard the buzz? The Spelling Bee is around the corner.

Unlike other spelling bees, the SEF annual fundraiser is a competition of community teams “dressed to spell”.

Teams feature Southborough school teachers, staff, students, local businesses and community groups vying for bragging rights as the town’s best spellers.

The event is scheduled for Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at Trottier Middle School. But get there early. The doors open at 6:00 pm for the raffle.

This year’s raffle prizes and silent auction items include:

Vin Bin Academy gift certificate, Bruins Tickets (March 10th game), Escape Package from Salon Charisma, Summer Camp Gift Certificate from Southborough Rec, Fay Summer Camp certificate, Beastie Album, Bose Speakers, Kids baskets, Women’s basket and MORE!

Every year, SEF awards grants to fund new resources and/or initiatives at the schools. Last year, they raised over $13,000 through the Bee.

If you aren’t familiar with the Bee, here’s how it works:  [click to keep reading…]

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Winter Wonderland – February 20

by beth on February 11, 2016

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The Open Space Preservation Commission is co-sponsoring a Winter Wonderland event with Chestnut Hill Farm Trustees.

On Saturday, February 20th, residents can enjoy winter activities at the farm. (Though you need to bring your own equipment.*)

The farm will be open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for use by sledders, snowshoers and cross country skiers.

Winter Wonderland flyer

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If you have snowshoes, you can join a guided walk beginning at 11:00 am.

If the snow melts away between now and then, OSPC will hold a nature walk instead.

The event is free. But bring your wallet, since snacks and hot chocolate will be for sale that day.

*[Note: I understand you can rent snowshoes and cross country ski equipment through EMS in Northborough, though advanced reservations may be necessary.

(If any of you have tips on other rental options, feel free to share in the comments below.)]

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has announced yet another grant opportunity. The focus this time is on early childhood programs.

They are now accepting submissions from organizations that serve our region. Proposals should be submitted by public charities serving cities/towns within Worcester County, which includes Southborough.

Grants from $5,000 – $25,000 will be awarded. The intent is support community work to “build healthy and vibrant communities”.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Early Childhood Grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its early childhood program. According to research, a child’s first eight years are the most critical for human development, and GWCF believes that building a solid foundation during these years is the most effective way to assure a healthy and productive life. The Foundation has made early childhood education a priority in its funding initiatives. [click to keep reading…]

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Southborough moved up three notches in the safest cities list for Massachusetts. (Despite the fact we aren’t technically a city.)

This month, Safewise home security updated its list of the 50 safest cities in Massachusetts. (That is, the safest out of communities with over 8,000 residents who submitted completed crime reports to the FBI for the first half of 2014.)

Southborough is ranked #12, compared to #15 in the report posted just this past October. (The original list was based on 2013 crime stats. In January, FBI released the newer stats.)

The rankings are based on violent crime and property crime averages.* This time around, Southborough’s reported crimes, averaged at 0.20 violent and 4.52 property crimes, per 1,000 residents. The violent crime was consistent with 2013, but property crimes dropped from 5.85 in 2013.

Once again, our town ranked higher than most of our direct neighbors. The exception was Hopkinton which shot up the ranks from #16 to #4.

Meanwhile, Westborough plummeted from #31 to #63. Ashland and Northborough weren’t in the top 100 rankings last time. But now, they rank #40 and #70. And Marlborough and Framingham aren’t in the top 100 list, so I can’t tell you where they stand.   [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on February 11, 2016

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Above: This home at 5 Southville Road went on the market this week for $490,000 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market this week. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 44 Flagg Road (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Multi-Level – 151 days on the Market, Listed at $439,900
  • 4 Old Harry Road (map) – 13 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 255 days on the Market, Listed at $899,000

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Our baseball diamonds are buried in snow. But the groundhog told us last week that spring is around the corner. (And if you can’t believe that prognosticator, who can you trust?)

Regardless of when spring actually hits, the registration deadlines for spring baseball, tee-ball and softball are looming. So, it’s time to sign up:

  • Southborough Little League’s baseball deadline is February 18th. (Past that, there are late fees and wait lists due to player limits.)
  • The league’s T-Ball sign up is by March 1st
  • And the final deadline for Northborough-Southborough Girls Softball is March 14th.

More details on all of those are below.  [click to keep reading…]

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

February 10, 2016 02:14:19 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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Hearings on Solar & Over 55 housing bylaws; Discussion on Flagg Road safety; and 9/11 Field and Burnett House updates you may have missed

February 10, 2016 11:20:28 AM
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I just discovered that two recent stories didn’t show up under “News” stories headings. That means some of you who follow News or Government News on the blog likely missed them. And there’s an update on tomorrow night’s Planning Board meeting.

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Today’s the deadline – Make sure you are correctly enrolled (or unenrolled) for the Primary (Updated)

February 10, 2016 09:04:32 AM
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Did you know that Independent is a party affiliation, which is different than being unenrolled? And are you sure which way you are registered?

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Christian community invited to Lenten series – begins Feb 23

February 10, 2016 07:16:42 AM
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The United Parishes of Southborough are inviting the community to join their upcoming Lenten series.

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Recreation Grants available – Apply by March 31st

February 9, 2016 03:00:46 PM
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Have a public recreation project you think deserves funding? Applications for Choate Fund Recreation Grants are now being accepted.

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Residents urged to help plan protection of land for recreation/conservation

February 9, 2016 12:00:30 PM
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About 500 acres of priority land has been lost to development in last 7 years. None has been protected.

Open Space members hope residents will help them buck that trend.

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Town offers three scholarship opportunities – Apply by March 31st

February 9, 2016 09:28:32 AM

The Town of Southborough Scholarship Committee has announced three scholarship opportunities. Only Southborough residents are eligible.

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Author speaks about “Unraveling” her father’s suicide – Thursday night

February 9, 2016 07:30:20 AM
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This week, the Southborough Library hosts a talk by author Kathleen Laplante.

The author will discuss the aftermath of her father’s suicide and her attempt to make sense of it.

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