Pond skating and hockey social – January 4

by beth on December 22, 2014

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Above: St. Mark’s School is celebrating its town history by inviting the community to a social on their skating pond. (Image from event flyer)

The town’s prestigious private schools are holding a community celebration on January 4. It will be in honor of their 150th year as part of the Southborough Community.*

The event is a Southborough Pond Skating and 4 on 4 Hockey Social. It’s meant to be festive even for those who don’t skate:

Even if you don’t skate, come ring in the New Year next to a roaring fire in the warming hut, with hot chocolate, coffee and cookies for all.

20141219_st_marks_and_fay_ice_pond_social_smlThe celebration is scheduled for noon to 4:00 pm at St. Mark’s School’s pond on their West Campus, off Marlborough Road. (Look for the pond on your left. Parking will be on Rte. 85 and St. Mark’s Drive.)

In case of inclement weather, the backup plan will be to hold the party inside Gardener Rink.

In this case inclement weather includes weather too warm for a frozen pond! (If it isn’t frozen enough by New Year’s Day, the school will make an announcement. So, stay tuned for any updates.)

If the event is outdoors, skating and hockey will be available for the full event. If indoors, skating will be from 12-2 and sticks and pucks 2-4.

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*St. Mark’s School was established by Joseph Burnett in 1865. Technically, Fay School will turn 149 this year. But I guess that’s close enough.


Obituary: Muriel Bullard Hart, 91

by beth on December 22, 2014

Muriel Bullard Hart, 91 , of Southborough, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 13, 2014 after a battle with cancer.

She was the wife of the late Donald L. Hart who passed away in 2008.

Muriel was a graduate of Hopkinton High School and worked for many years as a concierge for the Marriott Hotel in Framingham. She was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America for over 70 years and received many awards; among them was an honorary doctorate degree in scouting. Muriel was dedicated to her family and friends. She gave a quality of experience to countless children throughout her many years of scouting. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Nancy Swaine of Temple, NH; George Hart of Franklin; David Hart of Boston; Donald Hart and his wife Natasha of Southborough; 2 grandchildren, Jason Matthew Hart; Amanda Casey; a great grandson, Matthew L. Hart; her siblings, Ruth Ward of Newport Richey, FL and a brother, Lewis Bullard.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Lisa Iandoli. 9

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 11 AM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to Boy Scouts of America, 1325 W. Walnut Lane, Irving, TX 75015

Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough, (morrisfuneralparlor.com)

(Obituary via Morris Funeral Home)


Events this week: Singing and skating

by beth on December 22, 2014

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Above: The Senior Songsters will lead town seniors in another holiday sing-a-long this Tuesday. (Photo from event flyer)

There isn’t much going on this week as most in town get ready to celebrate Christmas.

But it’s not a complete wash. There are a couple of events to look out for:

  • Monday, December 22 and over the weekend – St. Mark’s School continues it’s open skating rink hours this week with Free Skate and Sticks and Pucks. For schedule and details, see the dedicated post.
  • 2014 Senior_songsters_sing-a-longTuesday, December 23, 2014 - Holiday Sing-a-Long by the Senior Songsters (1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Refreshments will follow the festivities. If you plan to join them, please sign up in advance by calling 508-229-4453.


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[The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor the Culinary Underground.]

If you’re starting to panic about finding a gift for the person who has everything, I might have a solution.

A Southborough based business is touting its cooking classes as the gift of an experience. (Shh! Don’t tell my family, but they convinced me. One of them is about to get the experience for Christmas!)

You can pre-register loved ones for an upcoming class at Culinary Underground.

Culinary Underground is a “School for Home Cooks”. They have a slew of upcoming classes to choose from.

Not sure which class is for them? Purchase a gift card and let them decide:

Gift cards are a great way to give a culinary gift while still allowing your friends and family to decide what they want to cook. Gift cards come in any denomination, so you can decide how many classes you want to gift this holiday season!

Below is a glimpse of just a few of the more than 20 upcoming classes still available in January/February:

Master the Basics

Learn the basics of home cooking with our four-night class series: Master the Basics. With Master the Basics: Beginner students will learn basics of knife skills, simple soup, stocks, sauces; easy vegetable preparations; how to cook eggs; and the methods for cooking beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Master the Basics: Intermediate builds on existing skills, expanding taste range, and becoming less recipe-dependent and more creative.

Parent Child Class: Homemade Soup & Bread

Spend some time in the kitchen together this weekend in a parent/child cooking class. Kids ages 7-10 pair with an adult to learn some new kitchen skills and prepare a meal together. Click to sign up.

Couples Night: Thai Wok

Fresh ingredients, fresh herbs, a little technique, and a big wok: that’s all you need to make great home-style Thai dishes. This is a fun, casual class where you’ll learn a lot and meet some great people to share the bounty of this Southeastern cuisine. Click to register.

You can take a look at their full list here.

The school also hosts private events and parties. And now they offer catering, too. Visit culinaryunderground.org to learn more.

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Above: Last year, the owners of this grand display on Harris Drive told me it would be their last hurrah. So, where should we head to for festive decorations this year? (Photo by Beth Melo)

Call me a hypocrite.

As a child, and now as an adult with kids, I’ve loved seeing Christmas lights around town. But, I have never bothered to put up lights of my own (beyond my Christmas tree).

So, I rely on the rest of you to do it for me. (And I’m quite disappointed if you don’t.)

I haven’t gone for our annual holiday drive this year. But I’m thinking this is the weekend for it.

First, I need your tips to plan my route. (And of course to help readers, too.) As Susan once wrote:

Where do you think the best light displays are?

From the elegant to the extravagant, share your favorites in the comments below.

Feel free to toot your own holiday horn – anonymously or otherwise – if you think your lights are the best!”


Holiday favorites (redux)

by beth on December 19, 2014

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[Editor's Note: As I packed away the Christmas Cookies my kids decorated this week, it reminded me of a post I ran last year. I thought I'd share it again.

OK, I have a lot of holiday prep I'm behind on. So I don't have time to write another post this morning!

But the sentiment still rings true. I'd love to hear from some of you on favorite holiday traditions. Especially, if you have any tips related to celebrating in/around Southborough!]

I’m a sucker for Christmas celebrations.

When my daughter was a toddler, I started a Christmas Countdown calendar with special activities and I crafts planned for each day.

I’m no over achiever. It started when their naptimes left me with a lot of time on my hands. (And it was more fun than doing laundry.)

As all our lives get busier, it’s hard to fit in. But each year, she clamours for a new one. And it’s so worth the effort to see the excitement on their faces each morning.

It helps make Christmas about more than one day. Activities include many that focus on giving to others, so that’s a nice lesson as well.

Some of our favorites:

  • Getting the cousins together to make Christmas cookies (which don’t end up looking anything like the ones pictured above!)
  • Decorating the tree while listening to carols
  • Making handmade ornaments and gifts

(Given the head-slapping response by my son to reading Wednesday’s activity, card making isn’t always a hit.)

As I work on finalizing next week’s plans, I’m wondering – what are some of your favorite activities this time of year?

Do you have some great family traditions to share?

Or maybe you discovered some new joy this winter?

(Image posted to Flickr by Samdogs)


Why flags are at half staff: December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 07:20:27 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of PFC Keely R. Walsh.

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Holiday safety assistance and tips from the SPD: House checks on request

December 18, 2014 04:20:44 PM
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If you are traveling (for the holidays or any time of year), you can submit a house check request. SPD patrols will give your residence extra attention during your absence. I was wondering if the department had any other safety tips this season. In fact, they do.

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On the market this week in Southborough

December 18, 2014 02:15:08 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Budget news: Town rebuilding budgets in hopes of avoiding tax hike and district fighting state cut

December 18, 2014 10:35:17 AM

Southborough Wicked Local reported on two stories that effect Southborough tax payers this week.

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Sing-a-long with the Songsters – December 23

December 18, 2014 07:30:50 AM

The Southborough Senior Center is hosting a Holiday Sing‐a‐Long.

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Ethics of giving to teachers

December 17, 2014 02:20:33 PM
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uperintendent Christine Johnson issued a statement last week about the ethics regulations surrounding gifts to public school teachers.

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Southborough man arrested for alleged role in 2012 meningitis outbreak

December 17, 2014 12:04:50 PM

Today, 14 employees of New England Compounding Center were arrested. The charges, including racketeering, stem from a 2012 meningitus outbreak that infected 750 patients and is blamed for the death of 64 people.

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SWL: Historical Commission pursuing Demolition Delay Bylaw and Historic District

December 17, 2014 09:15:20 AM

Southborough’s lack of a demolition delay bylaw for historic homes was front and center in town news this summer. A Town committee has been working to change that.

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