The Historical Commission has announced its plan to pull the Demolition Delay Bylaw from the Annual Town Meeting Warrant.

They plan to bring it to the next Town Meeting. In the meantime, they will work on fine-tuning the legal language and convincing the public to support the measure:

Southborough Historical Commission Votes to Postpone Demolition Delay By-Law Until Next Town Meeting

After considerable public input last night, the Southborough Historical Commission has decided by a majority decision to indefinitely postpone the proposed demolition delay bylaw until the next Town Meeting. The decision was made to allow more time to communicate the concept of the by-law to the community and to fine-tune the final text for the sake of legal clarity.

The proposed demolition delay by-law would seek to protect and preserve historically significant buildings and structures within the Town of Southborough, and would encourage owners of such buildings and structures to seek out alternative options to preserve, rehabilitate or restore such buildings rather than to demolish them, thereby preserving the cultural heritage of the Town.

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April showers bring. . . new tickets?

by beth on April 1, 2015

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Above: Starting next week – no matter how sunny it is, be sure to turn on your headlights when you switch on your wipers. (Photo posted to Flickr by basheertome)

Southborough Police issued a warning on Facebook this week. It’s a reminder to obey a new state law that goes into effect on April 7th.

I missed the news when the law was passed. But a quick check reassures this is no April Fools Day joke.

Effective this coming Tuesday, drivers must turn on headlights when using their windshield wipers.

(I already have trouble getting my husband to turn on his wipers when it drizzles. Here’s one more reason for him to dig his heels in!)

The bill was signed by former Governor Deval Patrick in January. The amendment requires:

headlights and taillights shall be turned on by the vehicle operator at all other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, visibility is reduced such that persons or vehicles on the roadway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet or when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed

Remembering the new rule could be a challenge for those of us who have come to rely on our cars’ light sensors to activate headlights.

(Does hoping against sunshowers make me anti-rainbows?)

You can take a look at the full adopted bill language here. (Interestingly, there’s a section regulating the lighting of hayrides. Turns out, that’s a carryover from the earlier law being amended.)

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Here is the latest round of videos from local media and the schools.

Algonquin students created the first video below as part of a school project and academic competition. You can read more about their project and accomplishments in the Community Advocate.

To fit these in, I made the windows small. But you can click on the full screen icon [ ] in bottom right corner to expand.

Showcasing Algonquin

As part of their DECA competition, students created this video. Now posted to YouTube with caption: “Algonquin Regional High School, A little something to show one of the best schools in Massachusetts,”

posted to You Tube by We Are Algonquin

Lyme disease presentation at the Southborough Library

Speaker Sandra Bonz shared her knowledge on problems surrounding illness, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

posted to You Tube by Southborough Access Media [click to keep reading…]

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Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding two programs this month to help parents and guardians of special education students.

Today’s monthly coffee will feature a guest speaker to help you get organized. Later this month, an update on changes to special education laws, will help you understand your rights.

Both events take place at the Northborough Library, 34 Main Street. (Parking is available in the lot off of Patty Lane.) Click flyers to enlarge:

20150401_nspac_flyer_coffee and connect All Dates_lg“Coffee and Connect”
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Special Topic this month: The Special Organizer (Jennifer Bolduc) will engage us in a discussion about how organized files can change your special education life.

She will join us as an informal speaker with hand out materials, and topic discussion.

[Sorry for the beyond short notice! My system played an April Fools Day joke and didn't post the already last minute story earlier this morning. At least this was in Monday's list of events for the week.]

A Discussion of Special Education Law Updates
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Camp Resolute’s Cub Scout camp has been expanded to include girls this summer. That’s good timing, since Ashland and Bolton Girl Scout camps are closed to “rest”. (Images: left from camp video; right contributed)

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[The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor Adventure Day Camp.]

Are you looking for a summer day camp that provides one solution for your family? One that practices the core values of developing character, citizenship, and fitness? The Adventure Day Camp (ADC) at Camp Resolute in Bolton has what you need for your sons and daughters who are entering 2nd through 5th grade in the fall of 2015. Set on Little Pond, the ADC has been providing quality day camp for over 45 years. Owned and operated by the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, ADC provides six, 1 week programs in July and August. Sign up for one or sign up for all, your choice. Each week has a different theme and special entertainment.

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School musicians month: Honors and photos

by beth on March 31, 2015

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Above: Jazz night at ARHS was just the kickoff of an impressive month by district musicians and singers (Photo from NSMA Facebook page)

At the start of the month, I posted about the flurry of musical activity for the schools in March.

Now it’s time to take a look back at how they did. The answer lies in their new heap of medals and invitations.

The month kicked off with the district’s Jazz Night featuring special guest Jerry Secco. Algonquin’s jazz groups and the middle school jazz bands performed for the crowd.

You can click on thumbnails below to enlarge photos from the night. For more pics, visit NSMA’s Facebook page.

The evening’s performances were good practice for MAJE division competitions.

ARHS Jazz Bands excelled. Peformers were heaped with honors, including a division MVP:

  • Connor Jenks, alto sax was selected by the panel of judges as the overall Division I MAJE MVP
  • Jazz I received a Gold medal
  • Jazz II received a Silver medal
  • Both bands will compete in the State Finals
  • Jazz I named their MVPs as Gretchen Forbush, piano, Eric Coughlin, trombone and Connor Jenks, alto sax
  • Jazz II named their MVPs as Ian Kosovsky, guitar, Trent Jones, drums and Arthreya Ramesh, bari sax

More recently, non-jazz music and singing groups snagged honors at The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association festival:

Here are the impressive results from this weekend’s festival.(Click on thumbnails to enlarge. For more pics, visit NSMA’s Facebook page.)

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Group seeking to start school later clears the air: How did we get to this point?

March 31, 2015 11:20:52 AM

Algonquin School Start Time tells me that many parents have misperceptions about what has been happening.

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Prepare for babysitting: American Red Cross course on Good Friday

March 31, 2015 09:30:00 AM
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Southborough Recreation Department is offering an American Red Cross Babysitting course this Friday.

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Southborough Montessori school invites parents to open houses – April 3 & April 30

March 31, 2015 07:30:00 AM
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[The following information is provided by My Southborough sponsor Montessori Children's House.] If you’re thinking about preschool options for next year and want to learn more about a Montessori approach, consider attending an open house at Southborough’s Montessori Children’s House. There’s one this Friday and another at the end of April.

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The week in government: Vote on cow pastures, Demolition Delay amendment, and station tours

March 30, 2015 04:20:15 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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Events this week: Easter celebrations, a cappella, and butterflies, legos, and music at the library,

March 30, 2015 02:30:33 PM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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SWL: AG’s office determined BOS broke Open Meeting Law

March 30, 2015 11:58:30 AM
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Selectmen attempted to reverse an Open Meeting Law violation this winter. Southborough Wicked Local reports that the Attorney General’s office determined their actions weren’t sufficient.

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SOLF wildlife survey volunteer training – April 4

March 30, 2015 09:30:09 AM
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SOLF is holding a training program for volunteers helping them continue their survey of reptiles and amphibians at the Beals Preserve.

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This week in sports (3/30-4/3/15)

March 30, 2015 07:30:14 AM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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