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Above: Children can get creative with papier mache at the library this week. (image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Dan4th Nicholas)

It’s a quiet week in Southborough compared to recent ones. Here are highlights of what’s happening around town.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • Adult Coloring for Seniors (1:00 – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Come enjoy a stress free activity that relaxes the brain and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. Adult Coloring Books will make your life a whole lot brighter. Supplies will be provided by the Senior Center. (Feel free to bring your own).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Home Firearms Safety Class (6:00 – 10:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road: Southborough Police are offering a non-firing safety class that will “enable you to apply for an LTC or FID”. The class requires pre-registration and is only for town residents aged 18 years and older. Seating is limited. For more details, see dedicated post

Friday, September 29, 2017

  • Bingo for Seniors (12:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Come join Michael Gagliardi from “Around the Clock”for an afternoon of Bingo, fun, prizes and of course, jokes. Bingo will start promptly at noon. Please sign up through the Senior Center at (508) 229‐4453. (You can also join them at 11:45 am for a pre-Bingo lunch. Bring your own or $3 to purchase one.)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • Papier Mache Workshop (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: The Bigelow Center for Arts will be here for a special art program. Children will be creating papier mache bird masks for the Heritage Day Parade. This is the first of two sessions. In this session, children will form the mask. The following week is for decorating and painting the dried masks. Space is limited. This is for children ages 5 and up. Please register for this program in the Children’s Room.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

  • Intro to Eden Energy Medicine (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) @ Pilgrim Church Sanctuary: Free class offers to teach easy ways to maximize your well-being: Enhance memory, improve immune system, maximize athletic performance, benefit sleep. Led by Stone Health Center’s Susan Amesbury Stone, M.S. LAc., EEM-AP

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The week in government: Planning Board and ZBA

by beth on September 25, 2017

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Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All 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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

  • Public Safety Building Committee, 6:30 pm @ Southborough Fire Department, Conference Room, 21 Main St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Woodward Traffic Circle; Update from Architect and Project Manager; discussion of coordination with Golf Course committee
  • Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, materials packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Chestnut Meadow and Hidden Meadow; Discussions on Killam Farm Open Space, Chapt 61 procedure working group, 135 Deerfoot Rd notice of intent to sell, and Illa Bella Estates subdivision covenant extension – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Recreation Commission, 7:30 pm @ Recreation Office, South Union Building 21 Highland St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 5 year Rec Facilities Planning; rep for Golf Course CR committee

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Special Election update: Parry withdrawing

by beth on September 25, 2017

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This afternoon, candidate David Parry announced that he is withdrawing from race for the Board of Selectmen. That narrows the field to four candidates in this November’s Special Election.

Parry posted a comment on the blog which seemed to endorse candidate Brian Shifrin. In addition to Shifrin, that still leaves in the running Bill Boland, Doriann Jasinski, and Sam Stivers. 

Parry’s comment, posted just after noon, stated:

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard, just last week, that Brian Shifrin would run for Selectmen. I told him 6 months ago, (when we were working on separate committees, but on the same issue — the golf course purchase), that he would make an excellent Selectmen and should consider running. The surprise was how fast he moved, and good for him. So I am happy to withdraw.

I will continue to be actively involved, but focus on issues which I feel are most important.

The remaining four candidates still have until October 5th to withdraw their names from the ballot.

On November 1st, the Southborough Library will host a Candidate’s Night. As is tradition, public will also have a chance to meet the candidates during a short reception. Then candidates will be asked to read a statement and answer questions from a moderator and the public. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information on the candidates running, check out my previous post on the special election.

[Note to candidates: As I previously posted, each of you are invited to submit one letter to the editor between now and October 31st. You can email your letter and photo to mysouthborough@gmail.com]

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This week in sports

by beth on September 25, 2017

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Above: Two of the teams that ended last week on a win were Girls Soccer and Boys Cross Country (photos cropped from tweets by @ARHSAthletics)

Most of Algonquin’s varsity teams should be entering this week in good spirits. All but two ended last week on a win.

Girls Soccer and Boys Golf are each stretched their winning streak to 5 games. Field Hockey ranked 2nd in its league with a 4-1-1 record. Boys and Girls Cross Country offset the prior week’s lost with a win last week.

Even Girls Volleyball ended last week on a high note. They broke their four game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Marlborough. 

But that’s not the case for every team. In a reversal of fortune, Boys Soccer broke their 4 game winning streak with two losses last week. And THawks Football, which started the season with a promising win, lost its second game in a row Friday night. 

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week.

(To find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV, freshmen, and unified match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.)

Monday, September 25, 2017

  • 3:30 pm – ARHS Boys Golf vs. Shepherd Hill Regional High School @ Dudley Hill Golf Club
  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Field Hockey vs. Shrewsbury High School @ Memorial Field (911 field)

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Police logs: B&E on Breakneck Hill Road

by beth on September 25, 2017

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On Sunday, residents reported that a home on Breakneck Hill Road was broken into through a window screen. No items were reported stolen.

Police are asking that anyone with information contact Detective Nichols at (508) 485-2121. 

Read about that incident and more in the latest logs from the Southborough Police Department.

Thursday, September 14, 2017:

  • 0607 hrs – A medical was reported at a Summit Road residence.
  • 0806 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Joslin Lane residence.
  • 1021 hrs – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from a Crystal Pond Road business.
  • 1028 hrs – Officers investigated a panic alarm at the St. Mark’s School on Marlboro Road.
  • 1102 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 1652 hrs – An officer investigated a report of suspicious activity at a Framingham Road business.
  • 1726 hrs – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 1735 hrs – Officers investigated a two car, motor vehicle accident on Marlboro Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 1811 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Main Street residence.
  • 2338 hrs – Officers assisted Framingham Police with an attempt to locate a suicidal male on Turnpike Road.

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Shrewsbury – Neil R. Cronin, 78, a longtime teacher and respected tennis coach at Algonquin Regional High School, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 after a period of declining health. Neil was born in Worcester on February 27, 1939, son to the late Timothy F. and Florence M. (Dubois) Cronin.

He attended Worcester Public Schools, graduating in 1957 prior to earning both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees through Worcester State College. Prior to his lengthy tenure as an English teacher at Algonquin Regional High School Neil worked for both the Telegram and Gazette Newspaper and the former Guarantee Bank & Trust Co in Worcester.

The story of Neil’s 51 year love affair with Algonquin Regional High School is the one never written, however, his inspiring and loyal passion that went far beyond the classroom tells it all; He was the “Quintessential Tomahawk”, devoting his time to attending and cheering on as many athletic events as possible. His many years of coaching Algonquin Regional’s Girls Tennis Team and Boys Tennis Team earned him a place of honor in the Algonquin Athletic Hall of Fame. Neil also served for several years on the Hall of Fame committee where he assisted in researching statistics and records of future candidates.

A dedicated musician, Neil sang with the St. Anne’s choir, was vocalist for St. Ann’s in Southborough and a member of “Mulligan Stew” which performed at many local events. He also entertained at Nursing Homes especially at St. Patrick’s day or during the Holiday season. He was the master of taking any tune and writing a parody for an anniversary, a birthday or a retirement.”  [click to keep reading…]

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Town considering options to secure land off Deerfoot (Special Town Meeting at end of November?)

September 22, 2017 01:23:50 PM
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With a historic home and many acres of undeveloped land slated to be sold to a developer, Town Committees are asked to weigh in on what they would want to do with the land if Town voters opted to match the offer.

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Reminder: Hike Southborough on Saturday (Updated)

September 22, 2017 10:23:18 AM
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The community is being invited to come out an hike in our town this Saturday, September 23rd. Since I originally posted the news, more walks were added to the schedule.

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Missing her? Dog found in Liberty Estates

September 22, 2017 08:17:55 AM
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A reader has rescued a dog and is now looking for her owner(s).

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Recruiting for committees on Golf Course CR and disposition of Fayville Hall

September 21, 2017 12:26:00 PM
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At the same time, as the clock is ticking for the Town to decide whether or not to match an offer on a 27.8 acre parcel of land, the Town is seeking three volunteers to deal with the purchase and sale of two other parcels.

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On the market this week in Southborough

September 21, 2017 10:17:20 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Wildlife Tracking at Beals Preserve – Saturday

September 21, 2017 08:02:34 AM
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Southborough Open Land Foundation is inviting the community to track wildlife at the Beals Preserve. The event is timed to be part of Saturday’s Hike Southborough Day.

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Southborough Emergency Management director responds to storm relief in Puerto Rico

September 20, 2017 05:47:38 PM
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Normally when I write about Neal Aspesi, it means the Director of Southborough Emergency Management has issued a warning related to weather forecasts in our town. This time the news about him and his efforts to help a community far from our Southborough’s borders.

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OEDC’s roadmap for doing something about Downtown; plus Broker Breakfast on Friday (Updated)

September 20, 2017 04:47:19 PM
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Southborough’s Economic Development Committee has put out a second issue of “Doing Business in Southborough”. This time the focus is on answering the frequently asked question “What are You Doing about Downtown?” 

And, while I’m posting about the EDC, I should note that they are hosing another “Broker Breakfast” this Friday.

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