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Above: Algonquin athletes officially signed Letters of Intent to play college sports next year. (image cropped from ARHSAthletics tweet)

There’s a surprising amount of sports news to share this week: T-Hawks Football updates, ARHS Tournament Results; and National Letters of Intent for Algonquin and Southborough athletes.

Topping the list is time sensitive news – an early start to Thanksgiving Football.

With low temps forecast for Thursday morning, the high schools are moving up the traditional T-Hawks v Rangers game to Wednesday night at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available in the ARHS athletic office until 11:30 am tomorrow for $5 each. $10/ticket at the game.

Speaking of ARHS Football, the Athletic department proudly tweeted about the team spirit that made it possible for Freshmen and JV teams to play their final games this weekend:

Over the weekend, the school finished state tournaments. But it looks like one team may be headed to Dallas soon. ARHS Athletics tweeted:

The performance cheer team placed 11th at States and received the first bid to nationals in program history!

Cross Country reached the end of its road at All States. Tess Reyes outpaced 170 other runners to come in 8th in the Girls 5K on Sunday. The Boys team came in 19th place overall and Girls 20th.

Thanks to emails and local news, I can share that several athletes with links to Southborough signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports last week.

Seven Algonquin students gathered to announce their choices. Click on the thumbnail below right for a better look:  

  • Callen Willwerth – St. Anslem’s College, Lacrosse
  • Nick Redden – Keene State College, Football
  • Jack Tobin – Siena College, Golf
  • Ric Carreras – St. John’s University, Lacrosse
  • Danielle Brazeau – Franklin Pierce University, Lacrosse
  • Sophie Scearbo – Merrimack College, Lacrosse
  • Erin Blake – Franklin Pierce University, Lacrosse

Of those, Westborough Wicked Local zoomed in on Carreras and his choice to play Lacrosse at St. John’s next year:  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Another reminder of why you need to be careful out there. Southborough Firefighters extricated patients from a crash yesterday that resulted in serious injuries. (images from Facebook)

The Southborough Fire Department posted pictures from a head-on collision on Cordaville Road yesterday morning. The update detailed:

Crews worked this 2 vehicle head-on crash on Rt.85 this morning. Two patients were trapped, 1 extensively, requiring extrication with tools (Jaws of Life). 3 patients were transported to UMASS in Worcester, 2 w/ serious injuries & one w/ minor. The cause remains under investigation by Southborough Police Department. Thank you Patriot Ambulance, Inc. Marlborough for mutual aid.


The SFD also shared photos from the mansion fire that made headlines last week.

As long as I’m sharing SFD news, here are their latest pictures showing progress on the new safety complex. (Stay tuned for the official update on that project.)  [click to keep reading…]


Post image for SWL: Selectmen approve $21K bid to buy and restore Fayville Hall

The Town will move forward to sell Fayville Hall for $21K to a developer who will restore it to a vintage early 1900s look.

As I posted on Friday, developer Jon Delli Priscoli (owner of the Burnett Estate) responded to the RFP to sell Fayville Hall. Based on push back from Town Meeting voters, selectmen had agreed to seek to preserve the building rather than pursuing the highest bid. Based on Town’ needs, they also sought to retain parking access for the playground and baseball diamond across the way. Priscolli’s bid addressed both concerns. 

According to Southborough Wicked Local, selectmen put their stamp of a approval on the sole bid last night. SWL writes:

Selectmen unanimously voted Monday night to approve a bid by Jon Delli Priscoli to buy the property with plans to open an antique shop and fine arts gallery. In the sole bid, he offered $21,000, but will spend a significant amount of money to restore the property. . . 

The bid includes the hall, 42 Central St., valued at $346,600 and a parking lot, 40 Central St., valued at $172,500, according to town assessors records. . .

[Delli Priscoli] said the property has “little to no value” unless the building is torn down.

“There is a tremendous amount of work that that building needs,” he said. “The work will exceed the value of the building.” . . .

He said the project will have little impact on the town’s infrastructure and will remain on the tax rolls.

To read the full article click here.

(photo by Beth Melo)


More chances to buy wreaths and candles

by beth on November 20, 2018

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If you’re already anxious to start decking the halls, you’re in luck. Saturday, when you dispose of the last remnants from Thanksgiving dinner, you can pick up something to celebrate the next holiday.

Cub Scouts are selling Christmas wreaths and Hanukkah candles. For $15, you can buy a wreath or a box of candles.

Town packs just finished with door to door sales, but you can still catch them at booths around town or online.

If you order online via the website, you’ll need to bring your online receipt to the Transfer Station this Saturday, November 24th, to pick up your items. The Scouts will be there from 8am to 6pm to make good on the online orders and make new sales.

It’s not the only place and time they’ll be setting up shop to sell. Here’s the full schedule:

  • Sat. Nov. 24th 8am-4pm at Dunkin Donuts
  • Sat. Nov. 24th 8am-6pm at the Transfer Station
  • Dec 1st 8am-4pm at the Transfer Station
  • Sat. Dec. 1st 8am-12pm at Dunkin Donuts
  • Sat. Dec. 1st after 4pm Mass at St. Matthews
  • Sat. Dec. 1st after the 5pm Mass at St. Annes
  • Sun. Dec. 2nd after all Masses (7:30am, 9am and 11am) at St. Matthews
  • Sun. Dec. 2nd after 8:45am Mass at St. Marks Church
  • Sun. Dec. 2 after all Masses (8:30am and 10:30am) at St. Anne’s Church

If you already placed your order with a Scout at the door, look for your orders to be delivered December 1-2.

(Photo left by Beth Melo, right by Joao Melo)


Earlier this month, two members of the public accused the Board of Selectmen of not being transparent about issues related to past Town Meetings. One resident voiced upset that board actions appeared to be behind the scenes attempts to undermine a vote by residents. (The board’s involvement/intent was later rebutted by the Chair.)* Another was upset by vague communications around BOS actions on Town Meeting Warrants – including agendas and untimely minutes with gaps.

Both issues were raised during public comment at the November 7th Board of Selectmen meeting.

[Editor’s Note: This news is a bit dated. In looking at the agenda for tonight’s Board of Selectmen meeting, I realized that I never finished watching the last one. When I did, I discovered there was more to follow up on.]

Marnie Hoolahan confronted the board about its purported attempt to undermine voters’ decision to pass an Article to enforce regulations on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She told selectmen that she felt betrayed by what she discovered. The accusation was based on post-Town Meeting communications between the Town and Attorney General’s office.

In actions not discussed at public meetings, attorneys for the Town have been submitting arguments to the Attorney General’s office opposing Article 1 passed at Special Town Meeting in May.

Hoolahan asked the board why communications decisions were made and by who and why it wasn’t discussed in public meeting. At the November 7th meeting, Chair Lisa Braccio said that she wasn’t prepared to answer. She asked Hoolahan to submit a letter.

In a subsequent response, Braccio took responsibility for initial communications with the AG’s office this summer. She said that in hindsight she would have brought it to a public meeting for discussion. But she asserted that there was no attempt to undermine the Article, just to give the AG full context. In her defense, she points out that she personally voted in favor of the Article.

A letter from Town Counsel Aldo Cipriano indicates that attorneys acted on their own to send communications to the AG this fall defending their opposition to the Article.

Last May, Article 1 sought to enforce regulations for the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Article specified ZBA quorum and process regarding conflict of interest.

Prior to the vote, special legal counsel for the Town advised that some of the language was legally problematic. Hoolahan was the point person behind the Citizen’s Petition Article. She shared some rebutting comments by counsel she had retained. She also pointed out that the language would need to be vetted by the Attorney General’s office. If there were any issues, the AG would be responsible for working that out. (You can read my recap of arguments here.)

An amended version of the Article overwhelmingly passed. That meant that the passed Article was to be submitted to the AG’s office for approval. After learning that the AG was asking for extra time to rule on the article, Hoolahan started digging. She found out that the Town took a month to submit materials to the AG. She submitted a public records request to the AG. The results showed her that the Town submitted opposing concerns of special counsel but not rebutting opinions by the attorney representing the Citizen Petition Article sponsors.

The AG’s office told her Hoolahan could submit her attorney’s opinion, so she did. Based on that submission, Special Counsel Talerman responded with more arguments and Town Counsel (who had previously recused himself from commenting) writes that he was “compelled” to weigh in with his own letter to the AG arguing against the article.

In her letter to the board, Hoolahan states:

The appointed Town Administrator, the appointed Town Counsel, and some members of the elected Board of Selectmen have acted in direct opposition to the will of the citizens.

The Attorney General has the authority to disapprove a bylaw only if it is in conflict with a state law or provision of the Constitution. Unfortunately, one or several town officials have collaborated to attempt to influence the Attorney General’s review of Article 1. . . . [click to keep reading…]


Post image for Make more of Thanksgiving break: Library museum and park passes

Above: New England Aquarium, Boston Children’s Museum, Worcester Art Museum and the Discovery Museum are a handful of the many venues to which the library offers discounted or free admission. (photos clockwise posted to flickr by Abigail Batchelder, by Joao Melo, by Beth Melo, and from WAM website)

This week, Southborough public school students will enjoy a 4½ day break. Even those without school kids will generally get extra days off. That means, it’s a great time to plan some fun outings. So, I thought I’d remind you about the the Southborough Library’s museum and park passes. 

With the Library also taking a break, you can even take a pass with you for a long weekend.

Note: Be aware that the library will be closed Thanksgiving through the weekend and not reopen until Monday at 10:00 am. So reserve passes in advance and plan to pick them up by Wednesday evening.

Passes cover a variety of museums for all age groups. There are also passes for enjoying parks, gardens and wildlife. A few of the passes offer free admission, with the rest providing a substantial discount.

With 22 to choose from (and more seasonal ones at other times of the year), there’s something for everyone:  [click to keep reading…]


Events this week: Gobble Wobble and St Mark’s Organ Recital/fundraiser (Updated)

November 19, 2018 11:30:47 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: BOS on Fayville Hall, hiring Building Commissioner and Asst Inspector, and Golf Course improvements; Planning Board (Updated)

November 19, 2018 09:55:38 AM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Visit the Big Apple: NYC day trip on Dec 15

November 19, 2018 08:19:47 AM
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Southborough Rec teamed up with Ashland Rec again to offer the annual day trip to NYC.

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Weekend at a Glance: Fundraiser for Children’s Room, Holiday Gifts by Artisans, Autumn Sale, Dodgeball, WW Extravaganza and more

November 16, 2018 02:52:38 PM
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Here is a reminder of what’s happening in and around Southborough this weekend.

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Selectmen to address bid on Fayville Hall by Deerfoot Estates owner – Monday (Updated)

November 16, 2018 12:59:05 PM
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The man responsible for restoring the historic Burnett estate is now applying to purchase another building on town preservationists’ priority list.

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Mark your calendar: Santa flies into Southborough on Saturday, December 1

November 16, 2018 10:05:00 AM
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Santa will be making his traditional pre-Christmas trip to town on Saturday, December 1. Weather permitting, he’ll be flying in by helicopter again.

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Southborough Police assist in DEA arrest

November 16, 2018 08:30:00 AM
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Southborough Police announced last night that they assisted the DEA with an arrest at the home of a Southborough woman on Thursday morning on charges related to a drug case. Below are the details from the US Attorney’s Office: An Uxbridge doctor and her former employee were arrested today and charged in federal court in […]

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School delayed 2 hrs: No early release for Neary and Trottier (Updated)

November 16, 2018 05:15:45 AM
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Southborough Public Schools and Algonquin Regional High School are delayed today.

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