It’s time for another update on what’s happening in ARHS post-season sports.

Yesterday, Boys Rugby bested Hanover 27-14 in the MIAA State Division 2 bracket semis. 

MIAA’s Phil Napolitano tweeted a photo of the “battle”:


ARHS earned its place in the state Finals, but their competition is still battling it out. The undefeated ARHS Boys will likely face also-undefeated Cambridge Rindge & Latin. (Unless Hingham manages to break that streak tonight.)

Baseball beat upper seed Groton-Dunstable 14-3 in the Quarter Finals of the Central/West Division 1 tourney. They’ll play Leominster this afternoon at 4:00 pm. ARHS goes into their semis as underdogs. They lost to the top seed team twice this spring. Their current record is 6-10-0 vs Leominster’s 15-1-0.

Three more ARHS teams fell out of the tourneys on Wednesday:

  • Boys Volleyball lost to Lincoln-Sudbury 3-0 in the MIAA Central Semi-Finals.
  • Boys Tennis made it to the Central Division 1 Finals. There, they were defeated for a third time by the only team to best them this spring, top seed Westborough. (You can read about that in Wicked Local. And the Telegram posted the players and scores from the competition.)

It’s too soon to report on the overall results for the MIAA All States Track and Field where Girls Outdoor Track and two members of Boys Outdoor Track are competing. The tournament started today, but runs through Saturday. (You can find details here.)

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on June 24, 2021

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Above: This home at 41 Wildwood Drive went on the market this week for $799,000 (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

  • 3 Hammond Street (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Raised Ranch, Split Entry – 17 days on the Market, Listed at $550,000
  • 176 Woodland Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Contemporary, Multi-Level – 5 days on the Market, Listed at $559,900
  • 187 Woodland Road (map) – : Cordaville 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 29 days on the Market, Listed at $687,000
  • 18 Bigelow Road (map) – 7 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Ranch – 6 days on the Market, Listed at $699,900
  • 26 Ledge Hill Road (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 10 days on the Market, Listed at $1,050,000

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Above: CMMP is warning the public about plans to spray for mosquitos in town, starting next week. The info also informs residents who are against spraying how to request “No Spray” on their private property.

Starting June 30th, spraying to kill mosquitoes is scheduled in Southborough this summer. Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project has shared details and links about their plans to spray, potential for schedule changes, why spraying is necessary, and where to find opt-out info.

The Town posted the information to its website:

Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project personnel will be in your community to respond to residents’ concerns about mosquitoes in their area on the following dates in June/July:

June 30, July 1, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Any of the above dates are tentative, and all dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and/or special event spraying. This program will shut down when cool night temperatures become predominant in the area. A detailed notice about our spray schedule is posted on the CMMCP phone system after 3:30 p.m. each day, and it is also listed on our website at http://www.cmmcp.org, click the “2021 Spray Schedule” button on the right. Please pay attention to the week of July 5th as the schedule has been modified to ensure all communities are scheduled for service that week due to the July 4th holiday.

Requests for service may be recorded by calling the CMMCP office at 508-393-3055 between 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or logging on to http://www.cmmcp.org. Results of these request may initiate an application of mosquito insecticides to defined, site-specific areas of town. Such an application may be accomplished by using truck mounted equipment depending on the extent of the application. (read more)

The letter also includes instructions about finding the information on “No Spray” options for private property owners to request exclusion from wide area pesticides application.

The letter was posted to the Town website along with links to details on spraying and schedule, plus FAQs on the threat of contracting EEE through mosquito bites.

In 2019, Southborough was designated a critical risk zone for contracting EEE. Residents were warned to avoid lingering outdoors in evening hours, advised to use bug spray and wear protective clothing. Fortunately, the risk level wasn’t repeated last year.

Mosquito testing for this summer has just begun. As of yet, no cases have been publicly confirmed in the state.*

*If you read otherwise on the Town website, or a document you received by email, that was a Board of Health memo from a past year. It was initially among the documents posted with the notice. Public Health Nurse Taylor West confirmed for me that the undated memo was from last summer and has taken it down.

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Above: Last weekend, construction crews installed a new MassPike bridge span over Woodland Road. This weekend, they’ll continue the Acceler-8 project, working on the Cordaville Road bridge. (images cropped from photo tweeted by Mark McGrath @ConstBoss and project flyer)

This weekend, MassDOT will replace the second of the eight MassPike bridge spans being replaced this summer in/near Southborough. This time, they’ll be working on Cordaville Road.

In addition to impacting MassPike travelers, this weekend’s work will temporarily close Cordaville Road to through traffic. Scroll down for the details.

Last weekend, the state crew replaced the westbound span of the Woodland Road bridge. Throughout the weekend, @MassDOT tweeted pics and videos of the work in progress. 

Below is a video of a pre-constructed bridge section being lowered into place by a crane:

Here’s a look at the Woodland Rd project in progress from tweets last Friday night through Monday morning by MassDOT and staff:

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To follow the Cordaville bridge work on twitter this weekend, click here. Below is the updated detail on the project and this weekend’s travel warnings and detour routes from MassDOT:

I-90 West Bridge Replacement over Cordaville Road in Southborough, June 25 – 28

I-90 West Traffic Shifted to I-90 East, Travel Reduced to Two Lanes in Each Direction

Cordaville Road Closed to Through Travel, Detours in Place

What is happening

MassDOT is replacing bridges on I-90 east and westbound over Flanders Road in Westborough and Parkerville Road, Cordaville Road, and Woodland Road in Southborough as part of this project. The replacement of the eight bridges (2 spans per local road) will take place over eight weekends between June 18 and August 16, 2021.

I-90 West bridge over Cordaville Road replacement

MassDOT will replace the I-90 West bridge over Cordaville Road in Southborough from 7:00 PM on Friday, June 25 to 5:00 AM on Monday, June 28. Westbound traffic will be shifted through a median crossover to the eastbound side of I-90. Travel will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and opposing traffic separated by a barrier.

Cordaville Road will be closed under the bridge and through traffic detoured from approximately 4:00 PM on Friday to 5:00 AM on Monday.

There will be advance signage in place to alert drivers to the I-90 configuration change and Cordaville Road detour.

Schedule (weather dependent)

Note: All times are subject to change based on weather or unforeseen events.

Friday Night, June 25 (beginning at 7:00 PM):

  • I-90 westbound (WB) traffic will be shifted through the median crossover into two right lanes of what is usually I-90 eastbound (EB)
  • I-90 EB traffic will be shifted to the right into two lanes

Monday Morning, June 28 (completed at 5:00 AM):

  • I-90 WB traffic will be shifted back to three lanes on I-90 WB
  • I-90 EB traffic will be shifted back to three lanes on I-90 EB

Alternate timeframe (should weather cause impacts)

If there is inclement weather that impacts the schedule above, MassDOT will reschedule the replacement to the weekend of July 9 – 12.

How will this affect me?

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flyerThis Sunday, Shir Joy Chorus is holding a virtual concert. “Together in Song” features virtual choirs, courtyard chorus, live commentary, and more:

Join us for our last fully virtual concert as we celebrate the joy of making music together.

The concert is free; we appreciate it if you can manage our regular ticket price of $18. If you are still facing hardships because of the pandemic, please choose the free option. If you are inspired to contribute more to our concert, those options are available. We want everyone to enjoy our music!

Event: Shir Joy Chorus Concert: “Together in Song”
Date: June 27, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm (Eastern)
Location: Zoom
Admission: $18 suggested contribution, with a Free option

Reservations are required. Click here to register.

Shir Joy Chorus is a Central MA Jewish Community Chorus. The chorus is non-auditioned and open to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religious background.

If you are interested in joining Shir Joy Chorus, they invite you to observe a rehearsal or contact our director or board members for more information. To find out more about the chorus, email ShirJoyMA@gmail.com.

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Summer Reading “Tails and Tales”

by beth on June 23, 2021

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The Southborough Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing this week. While the Library has been welcoming back kids to the Children’s Room, staff is also providing options for those not comfortable doing that yet.

Kids/families can register for this summer’s program is online. Families can also still retrieve materials (including activity packets and the traveling ducks) at the Curbside Pickup tables for now. (Activity sheets are also available on the website.)

Still, young readers are encouraged to visit the Library. They can enter into the weekly prize drawings each time they visit to check out items. And anyone who attends the Library’s events for kids will receive “raffle tickets”. (Click here for the list of free events.)

Below is the full description of this summer’s fun:

The Southborough Library is excited for another fun summer with all programs outside together with you! The theme for this year’s Summer Reading is “Tails and Tales.” We see many animals around us every day many of whom have tails as well as stories to tell! Summer Reading with the library is all about reading anything you like as well as coming together to share stories. Register for Summer Reading using this link: https://bit.ly/2021RegSummerRead. Each child is a separate registration.

  • Reading logs: These will be available online, in Summer Reading packets both in the Children’s Room and outside on the curbside pickup tables. Track how many books you read and either bring your reading logs into the library or email Miss Kim (kivers@southboroughma.com) with the number of books read. The librarians will keep track of the total number of books read this summer. Return your reading logs with the numbers of books read at any time… daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Beanstack is another way to track your summer reading online! Download the app today.
  • Activity Packets: These will be available weekly for pickup both inside the library and outside on the curbside pickup tables. Each week there will be a challenge, game, coloring page, and a craft! These are also accessible on our website.
  • Book Bingo: The Boston Bruins have put together a book bingo challenge this year! See how many squares you can cross off!
  • Prizes: Enter to win weekly Summer Reading prizes! You can enter every time you come in the library to check out items. Raffle tickets will also be distributed to everyone attending outdoor events all summer. Winners will be drawn every Monday!
  • Events: Lots of events this summer! All events will happen outside on the library lawn. Please see the Event Calendar on the library website.
  • Traveling Duck (photo by Beth Melo)Ducks: The travelling ducks are back! Check out a duck from the library and take it on a trip. Report back on where your duck has been and see where other ducks have travelled to! Ducks will also be available through curbside pickup.
  • Check our website and Facebook page often for upcoming special events, including Outdoor Story Times, magic shows, music with David Garden and more!

NEED MORE INFORMATION? Call the library at 508-485-5031 or Children’s Room directly at 508-281-8989. E-Mail Miss Kim at kivers@southboroughma.com.

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Summer Concerts start next week, Knock on Wood

June 23, 2021 04:21:02 PM
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The free concerts will take place bi-weekly on Wednesday nights starting June 30th.

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Special Home Decor sale will partially benefit Food Pantry

June 23, 2021 01:50:10 PM
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Part of the proceeds from a pop up sale of gently used “upscale staging” decor will benefit Southborough Youth and Family Services.

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Chestnut Hill Farm to host more events this summer

June 23, 2021 11:48:48 AM
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A slew of new events have been posted at the Southborough farm and I’m sharing a look at the options.

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NSBORO to reboot RFP process for Extended Day

June 23, 2021 10:22:37 AM
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A decision was made by the NSBORO administration to listen better to parents seeking to Save SEDP.

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Summer Camp options

June 22, 2021 05:29:57 PM
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A look at camps offered in town or by Algonquin athletes.

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Summer at-a-glance: Concerts, Movies, Entertainers, Crafts, and more (Updated)

June 22, 2021 12:35:30 PM
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I wanted to start off the summer with a Save the Date post for all the big events offered by Southborough Recreation and the Southborough Library.

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Post-season Update: Four big wins yesterday, more MIAA tourneys this week

June 22, 2021 08:55:53 AM
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An update on ARHS’ spring tourneys.

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Reminder: Today is last day of Regional Vaccine Clinic

June 22, 2021 07:48:34 AM
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Today (Tuesday, June 22nd) is the last day you can get Covid-19 Vaccines at the Regional Clinic run by Southborough and neighboring towns.

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