This week in sports

by beth on October 15, 2019

Above: ARHS Girl Volleyball finally met its match last week.  (video tweeted by @JKeene11)

ARHS no longer has a team with a perfect fall season. Formerly-unbeaten Girls Volleyball faced off against still unbeaten-Hopkinton. You can read about that 2-3 game in Wicked Local.

Meanwhile formerly-unbeaten Bromfield Boys Soccer got beat by the T-Hawks last week. (You can read about that in the Harvard Press.) The Boys won their last three games bringing their record to 7-1-5. Gonk Girls Soccer remains unbeaten with a 8-0-3 record.

T-Hawks Football’s mini-winning streak was broken by a 0-7 loss to Fitchburg on Friday. The team’s record is now 2-3.

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week.  [click to keep reading…]

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Owen OLearys Friends fundraiser electronic flyerAbove: An excuse to eat out this week. (Click to enlarge)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week.

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For those listings and more, check the Event Calendar.]

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • Nutrition Demo for seniors (12:30 – 1:30 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Pantry Staples for Easy Meals With Hannaford’s Store Dietitian, Minna Scholten, MS, RDN, LDN The key to preparing nutritious meals with ease is stocking your pantry with the right basics. Youʹll leave this class with great tips on what to keep in the kitchen for cooking balanced meals for one or two people. Samples and recipes will be provided at this snack and chat with Minna. For details, see flyer
  • Knitting Club (Senior Center Program) (1:00 – 2:00 pm) @ The Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd: Come join a wonderful group of ladies working on their own creations and discussing community projects. Stop by for a cup of coffee/tea and visit with the group or join right in! For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • 4th & 5th Grade Book Group (4:15 – 5:15 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: Book club members read a book selected each month and then meet for discussion & activities. Registration is required. Refreshments provided by Wegmans and Friends of Southborough Library. For information about joining, contact Kim Ivers at kivers@southboroughma.com
  • D.C. Trip Orientation for 8th Grade Parents (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Trottier Middle School auditorium: A meeting for parents of 8th graders who will be going on the class trip to Washington, DC this fall.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Ben & Brad Lunchtime Cabaret (Senior Center Program) (12:00 – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: For members of Friends of Council on Aging only – Please sign up at the front desk or call (508) 229-4453 – may be full. Come join us for the well know Ben Sears and Brad Conner for a very entertaining lunchtime Cabaret. Suggested Donation $6. For details, see flyer.
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Group (4:15 – 5:15 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: Book club members read a book selected each month and then meet for discussion & activities. Registration is required. Refreshments provided by Wegmans and Friends of Southborough Library. For information about joining, contact Kim Ivers at kivers@southboroughma.com
  • Restaurant fundraiser for Friends of Southborough Library (5:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Owen O’Leary’s: The Southborough based restaurant & pub has generously agreed to donate 15% of every bill during the event hours to the Friends – as long as customers show the event flyer. (And the Westborough location has agreed to also honor the deal!) (For more details on the restaurants and menus click here.) For printable flyer, click here. To show the flyer on your phone click here.
  • Autism and insurance flyerNSPAC Presents: Autism and Insurance (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Northborough Library, 34 Main St.: “What Familes Need to Know” Presented byTerri Farrell, the Project Director of Autism Insurance Resource Center, UMASS Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Learn how to navigate the autism insurance world. Sponsored by the Northborough Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Click right to enlarge flyer.
  • Tales & Tails (6:15 – 7:15 pm) @ Southborough Library, main level: Children can read with a certified therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International. Contact the library to sign up for a 15 minutes time slot. Children should have some reading ability. Children can bring books or pick some from the library. (This event runs monthly on Wednesday and Thursday, usually the 4th week of the month.)
  • Cookbook Club (6:30 – 8:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: Join the Library for its monthly cookbook group.  Participants will each cook a different dish from the selected cook book of the month. This month’s cookbook is How to Cook Everything Fast by Mark Bittman.  To avoid overlap, email Marianna (at msorensen@southboroughma.com) with your selection. 

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Post image for The week in government: BOS on tax classification, 3-way stop at Pine & Parmenter, SME Policy, process for naming Public Safety spaces, and PILOT meetings

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. Unless otherwise noted, all of 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 an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Neary School, Conference Room, 53 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review roles and responsibilities; setting focus for 19-20
  • Cable Television Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Consideration of Verizon license renewal proposal
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Town House, Assessor’s Office, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review written comments by citizens regarding classification hearing; Meeting to be moved to Hearing room for BOS joint annual hearing on tax classification – joint portion will be broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of BOS meeting*
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, meeting packet) Agenda Highlights: Tax classification hearing; Personnel Board on SAP increase for FY21; Recreation update; Request for 3-way stop at Pine Hill & Parmenter rds; Consideration of Special Municipal Employee policy & EDC request for SME status; Process for naming spaces in Public Safety Building; and Discuss PILOT meetings with private schools – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with BOS to present Rec Dept updates – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of BOS meeting*
  • Personnel Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen and Advisory Committee on FY21 annual salary adjustment for SAP employees – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of BOS meeting*
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A and B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on existing projects; Application form revision and process update; Review of FY21 applications; discuss potential projects

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, meeting packet) Agenda Highlights: Request to approve raises for new Library Associates; FY21 budget; revised Performance evaluation form; discuss synchronizing employee anniversary dates; discuss linking performance with raise; discuss possible bylaw revisions and new policies for tuition reimbursement, probationary employee status and six month salary increase; accept revised job description and reclassification for Deputy Assessor
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens, 49 Boston Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY20 budget presentation
  • Northborough – Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Presentations by APTO and Boosters; Solar update; Seal of Biliteracy; FY21 Budget Priorities; Review of operating procedures for use and rental of facilities – Broadcast live by NCAT**
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Special permit extension requests for 154-156 Northboro rd and 2 East Main St – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

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Heritage Day 2019 - Cub Scout Pack 1 by Joao Melo

Above: As usual, Southborough Cub Scouts used the parade to promote that Scouting for Food is coming up soon. What sights worth sharing did you capture over the weekend? (photo by Joao Melo, click to enlarge)

I’ll be posting pictures from the weekend’s fun. But first, I’m putting the word out that I need more of them.

Send in your favorite shots of marchers in the parade, a jack o’lantern that tickled your fancy, fun on the Heritage Day field, or a highlight from one of the related events.

Email mysouthborough@gmail.com with your pic, the name you want credited and any info you want to share about who/what you captured.

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Obituary: Barbara (DeFranco) Ferreira, 83

by beth on October 14, 2019

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Barbara (DeFranco) Ferreira, 83, of Southborough, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham.

She was the daughter of the late Augustus and Christina (DelGaizo) DeFranco and predeceased by her sisters, Rose Mini and Regina Catano. For the past 59 years, she has been the adored wife of Angelo Ferreira. Barbara is survived by her sons, Paul Ferreira and his wife Paloma of Wayland, David Ferreira and his wife Stacey of North Reading, her daughters, Caroline Hanlon and her husband John of Marlborough, and Ellen Tobin and her husband Rich of Marlborough, her brother, Joseph DeFranco, and his wife Alice of Sudbury as well as 10 grandchildren who called her “Mimi”, one great grandchild and lots of nieces and nephews.  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Heritage Day Weekend at a glance: Golf for ALS One; Pumpkin Stroll and After Party; and Heritage Day parade, sales and activities (Updated with activity map)

Above: The biggest happening of the long weekend is the annual parade. But there’s a lot taking place before and after in celebration of Heritage Day.

The weekend is off to a dreary start. Fortunately, the forecast is looking up for a beautiful Pumpkin Stroll and Heritage Day. I’m rounding up all you need to know. But first, there are two unrelated happenings this Saturday. So, here’s the full slate of weekend activities:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Fay School Farmers Market (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Harlow Circle in front of Fay’s Primary School, 25 Middle Rd: Each market will feature local produce, prepared food, and handmade goods by local vendors. The school has updated its description of activities for kids this week, “Celebrate fall with a special pumpkin painting craft and apple cider. The Girl Scouts will be at the market with a catapult-making activity for children.” For details, see dedicated post.
  • Plastic Reduction Workshop (2:30 – 3:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Room: Learn about the effects climate change and pollution is having on our planet in an interesting and fun way. For details, see dedicated post.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Drop-off for Pumpkin Stroll (2:00 – 4:00 pm) @ in front of the Southborough Library: Drop off your decorated pumpkins with Southborough Rotary for the 21s Annual jack o’ lantern display. The Rotary is also collecting boxes of crackers and bottles of condiments for the Southborough Food Pantry. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Pumpkin Stroll (4:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Old Burial Grounds: Southborough Rotary Club’s 21st annual pre-Heritage Day celebration. The community is invited to view pumpkins lined up on the stone wall. The jack-o-lanterns are decorated and contributed by residents of all ages earlier in the day. This year, Rotary is asking people to donate boxes of crackers and bottles of condiments for the Southborough Food Pantry. Light refreshments will be served. For details, see dedicated post.
  • After Party (5:00 – 7:00 pm) @ Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall: The Pilgrim Congregational Church Fellowship Committee invites attendees of the Pumpkin Stroll, “keep walking right into Fellowship Hall to gather with friends and neighbors. All are welcome to warm up with cider and donuts while getting into the Pumpkin Spice season!”  

Heritage Day – Monday, October 14, 2019 

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Due to the Columbus Day holiday, government offices, facilities, and public schools will be closed.

With so many new activities at Heritage Day this year, I thought a map would be helpful. You can find all of the activities (except for golfing) on the map right.

  • Golf for ALS One @ Southborough Golf Club: The public is invited to come out to golf and support ALS research and care. The greens fees will be reduced to $5 over Heritage Day weekend. Golfers have the option to pay the regular full fees with the extra going to ALS One. (Additional donations are also welcome.) For details, see dedicated post.
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale (photo by Beth Melo)Friends of Southborough Library Sale (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Library parking lot: The annual big used book sale and bake sale. This year, there will also be a table selling art and science kits for children. Proceeds support The Friends of the Southborough Library’s efforts to help fund library resources and events. Each child is entitled to one free book Stuff a bag sale – Bring your old Friends’ tote bag and stuff it for $10. Or buy a new one and stuff it with books for $20. If you are contributing to the bake sale, you can drop off beginning at 8:00 am that morning (or during library hours on Saturday). For details, see dedicated post.
  • SHS’ Fancy Flea (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall: This “Antique/Vintage/Craft Market” is a fundraiser for the Southborough Historical Society. SHS will be selling donated items and duplicates from its historical collection (including “rare” items from the Deerfoot Farms collection). Plus numerous private vendors will be selling their own vintage and antique items. The indoor sale is rain or shine. For details, see dedicated post.
  • 2014 Heritage Day Parade Heritage Day Parade (10:00 am): Almost every group in town marches in the big annual parade – scouts, youth sports, school bands, community groups, town official, veterans and more. Lineup begins at 9:30 am in the St. Anne’s Church parking lot. Participants march down the drive, turn right onto Boston Road, then left to Main Street past the St Mark’s School’s field – corner of Rte 30 & 85 – and right to end at Marlboro Road. (Lots of marchers toss candy to the onlookers lined along the streets on the way.)
  • The main action is on St. Mark's fieldActivities on the Field (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s field  (the corner of Routes 85& 30): The field is the hub of Heritage Day activities with about 80 tents and booths. Expect vendors selling wares, businesses and community groups promoting themselves, and lots of fundraising booths. Free fun includes inflatables and a photo booth.
  • Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge (image cropped from contest rules)Knight of Columbus Soccer Challenge (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s field. Free penalty shot contest for 9-14 year old boys and girls. The highest scorers can progress to the district level competitions. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Pie eating contestPie Eating Contest (12:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s Field: Free annual contest run by Troop 92 on St. Mark’s Field – sign up by 11:30 am.  Contestants are challenged to be the first to fully devour the contents of his/her individual sized Table Top Pie tin. No hands are allowed.
  • SCAC’s indoor Arts & Crafts Fair (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Community House, 28 Main Street: Sponsored by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council. The fair will feature local artists selling jewelry, paintings, knit goods, note cards and more. The popular band “A Good Time” will play on the porch from 12-2. For details, see dedicated post.
  • images cropped from SHS Antique Car Show promoSHS’ Classic Car show (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Historical Museum parking lot, 25 Common Street: Hosted by the Southborough Historical Society: Following the parade, classic British and American automobiles will be parked outside the museum for viewing. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Southborough Historical MuseumSHS’ Museum Open House (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Historical Museum, 25 Common Street: The museum will be open showcasing its new exhibit: Southborough Through Time. Follow the changes of Southborough from 1830-1964 in a serious of spectacular maps. For details, see dedicated post.
Heritage Day map 2019

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Updated (10/13/19 9:15 am): I created a map showing the parade route and all of Monday’s Heritage Day activities (except for golf, which is obviously over at the golf course!)

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Friends of Library Sale: Books, Baked goodies, and a Kids’ table (crafts, science kits, games and more)

October 11, 2019 03:05:05 PM
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The Friends of the Southborough Library’s Heritage Day Sale will feature the usual books and baked goodies, plus a special table for kids with good-as-new science kits, craft kits, games and more.

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Celebrating 70 years of Marriage: Robert and Barbara Delarda

October 11, 2019 02:21:49 PM
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A longtime Southborough couple are celebrating a special anniversary next week. Their family asked to share their bit of joy with the community.

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Troop 1 is eager to talk about its Iceland adventure

October 11, 2019 12:36:31 PM
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Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1 members are excited to tell the community about the “Big Trip” they took over the summer. The overseas adventure was four years in the making – and appears to have been well worth the effort.

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DCR opening up deer hunting on some of its land in Southborough

October 11, 2019 09:50:13 AM
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DCR has posted an interactive map indicating where deer hunting will be allowed on its land in town

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On the market this week in Southborough

October 10, 2019 03:54:04 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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APTO calls for critically needed support: Dollars Drive and school volunteers

October 10, 2019 09:54:12 AM
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The Algonquin Parent Teacher Organization asked to share their October news with Southborough readers. Their biggest news is their calls for financial and volunteer support.

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Heritage Day fun on the field: Inflatables, food trucks, and booths worth checking out

October 10, 2019 09:30:00 AM
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On Monday, St. Mark’s field at the corner of Routes 85& 30 will serve as the hub of Heritage Day activities. This year it will be lined with about 80 tents/booths. While many of them will be selling food or wares, there will also be plenty of free fun.

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Arts & Crafts indoor sale – Heritage Day

October 9, 2019 10:19:29 AM
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One of the new satellite events at Heritage Day this year is an indoor Arts & Crafts Sale at the Community House.

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