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Above: ARHS’ Cross Country paths are clear for the Wednesday night running series this summer. (images tweeted by @galvinarhs)

Last week, Algonquin Cross Country hoped to kick off its summer running series for all ages. Rain interfered, but the forecast looks clear for tomorrow night. And, according to a coach’s tweet, the trails are also clear for a good run.

The drop-in program is on Wednesday evenings through mid-August. The fee is $5 per runner. The series will feature prizes and changing challenges each week. Events include 5ks and relays.

According to the flyer, no headphones, dogs, or baby strollers will be allowed in the races due to safety concerns.

Here are more details:

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Algonquin Summer XC Racing Series. In year two of the series, our goal is to provide a means for the community to come together and share a love of running. We have a schedule of events that provide an opportunity for all abilities to excel!. . .

ARHS Cross Country series flyer

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Who: Anyone interested! Any age, ability, or town of residence.

When: Wednesdays July 17th – August 14th

Time: 6:00pm Race Day Registration. 6:30pm Race

Where: Algonquin Regional High School

RACE SCHEDULE: [click to keep reading…]


Henna Tattoos on the lawn – Thursday

by beth on July 23, 2019

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Above: Ages 6+ can get adorned with non-permanent tattoos – no needles involved. (images above and below from and Facebook)

The Southborough Library is bringing back another popular program this summer. Next week, patrons 6 and older can take part in the Henna Tattoo event. Don’t let the above photo fool you. This isn’t an event just for girls.

wicked good henna tattoo planets from facebookWhile most of the examples I’ve seen are feminine, artist Mandy Roberge does offer patterns that are fun for boys, too. One example, right, is in keeping with summer reading’s Out of this World theme.

For those who embrace femininity, you should enjoy the more traditionally inspired designs that are her henna hands from wicked good henna facebookspecialty.

As for the event, the Library promotes:

On Thursday, July 25, the Southborough Library will host a summer session of Henna tattoos from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Popular library programmer Mandy Roberge from Wicked Good Henna will be leading everyone in their tattoo choices and designs.

Henna flyerRegistration is not required. This program will be held outdoors on the front lawn. . . This event is for participants ages 6 years and up. This program is made possible with funding from The Friends of the Southborough Library.

According to the Wicked Good Henna website, the henna paste (made with “pure and simple” ingredients) is “glued” to the skin with a lemon-sugar mixture and kept on for hours to stain the skin. When applied properly, the stain darkens over several days before it begins to fade away. Ingredients are all natural. You can learn more here.

The forecast doesn’t indicate it will be necessary, but the program will be moved inside the Library if it rains.


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Above: Southborough Recreation’s camp for 2nd-6th graders will be at Trottier again this summer. That means some changes, but still lots of fun including field trips. (scroll to bottom for photo captions)

Don’t fret. Summer isn’t almost over. But summer camps will be over sooner than you may think. There are only two full weeks of the Rec Department’s annual half day camps. And other programs wrap up soon after.

Here is a reminder before the opportunities slip away.

Southborough Rec CampRec’s main offering is the Finn camp for kids ages 2.9 to 1st grade and “Woodward” camp  (at Trottier again this summer) for 2nd – 6th graders, along with a CIT (Counselor in Training) program at both. The remaining weeks are:

Week 6: July 29 to August 2
Circus up! Come join the greatest circus show on earth! You will learn how to juggle, clown, trapeze, tumble, and jump. Diamond Family Circus will join us again with circus performances and workshops for campers to build skills and create their own circus act. 

Woodward at Trottier campers will also have a field trip to Boundless Adventure zipline and aerial park.

Week 7: August 5 to August 9

Barn Yard Fun! This week will be full of animal interactions as well as animal theme activities, games, and crafts! Animal Affair will bring their favorite animals for campers to pet up close. Campers will also get to ride ponies and learn horse grooming brought in by Ridge Valley Stables.

Woodward at Trottier campers will also go tubing at Ski Ward.

For either week the older campers might also get a chance to enjoy activities at Fay or swimming at St Mark’s pool.

The CIT program allows 7th-9th graders to be involved in the fun, from the other side:

CITs at Rec campsToo old to be a camper but too young to be a counselor? Get ahead on developing important job skills during an active week of learning games and leadership skills. CIT’s will assist counselors in our Recreational Summer Camps. Participants should be interested in working with children and possess maturity, flexibility, a strong work ethic, and the ability to have fun. The CIT program is an educational program, with a curriculum designed to develop the technical skills necessary to be an effective camp counselor. Your participation in a CIT program can lead to leadership opportunities at school, in extracurricular activities and at future jobs.

Click the following links for the registration forms: Finn Camp, Woodward Camp, and CIT. For the campers, you can also click here for online registration. (CITs don’t have that option.)

Also on offer this summer are specialized one week camps and ongoing sports clinics and camps.

Below are the specialty camps that are available this summer through Rec.

For tots to teens looking to burn some energy, below are some choices – For details, click on the thumbnails below the lists. (Note: Some of these are based out-of-town.)

Camps/clinics throughout the summer:  [click to keep reading…]


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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, July 22, 2019

  • Open Space Preservation Commission, 10:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Draft Standards re Native Plants for Permits, PB Deed Research Subcommittee and Open Space Inspections, Wildlife Habitat Community Certification, Open Space and Rec Plan Finalization and 7 year action plans
  • Public Safety Building Committee, 6:30 pm @ Southborough Fire Department, Conference Room, 21 Main Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update from BOS Briefing, Grand Opening Planning, Project Timeline, Monthly Project Related Updates, and proposed change orders
  • Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda with packet,
    additional hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 118-10 Turnpike Road, 40-42 Central Street (Fayville Hall), 2 East Main Street, 32 Marlboro Road (to vote on applicant’s request to withdraw application without prejudice); Approval Not Required for 0, 26, & 28 Granuaile Road & 0 Brigham Street; Discussion on Town Clerk’s Town Code Update – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

  • Advisory Committee, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Room B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss feasibility of recommending local meals tax optional tax

Thursday, July 25, 2019

  • Cable Television Committee, 2:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Consideration of Verizon license renewal proposal
  • Community Preservation Committee, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Room A&B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY21 CPA Application and Deadlines, Golf Course Reconstruction, and Preservation Restrictions

*Southborough Access Media will broadcast the Planning Board meeting live on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. Click here to see this week’s schedule with rebroadcast times. (Videos are also usually made available through their YouTube channel by the following morning.)


ASL intro session flyer

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The Southborough Library is hosting a 6 week intro session to American Sign Language. Classes are offered on Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings starting today.

The flyer promotes the class for tweens:

Join Southborough’s own Taylor Vachris
in a 6-week intro session of ASL!
Mondays 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

To register, click here.


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Above: Have old electronics or bikes collecting dust? This weekend’s recycling event is an opportunity to offload them. (Images: left contributed; right posted to Flickr by rynosoft)

Tomorrow, St. Anne’s Church parking lot will host special recycling events. While it’s not a church run fundraiser, the organizer will make a donation to the parish.

The event will run on Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Here are the details with recycling fees listed:

Electronic and Appliance Recycling

  • No Fee: cables, keyboards, cell phones, and car batteries
  • $5 charge for: Computer tower, Scanner, VCR, Copiers, DVD, Stereo Equipment, Lighting, Vacuum, Answering Machine, Fax, Speaker, CD, Circuit Board, Radio, Modem, Word Processor, Fan, Video equipment, Game Console, Xbox, Tape Player, Typewriter (Anything with a plug and more)
  • $10 fee per carload of scrap/junk metal
  • $10 charge for: 15-35″ TV’s; empty Propane Tanks; Dishwasher, Dryers, Stoves, Microwaves, Ex. Equipment, Lawn Mowers, Dehumidifiers, Snow Blowers, Small Engine Items, etc.
  • $15 charge for: Air conditioner; Glass Monitors, Flat Panel Monitors, etc.
  • $20-$30 charge for Refrigerators

Bicycle Recycle Day

  • No fee
  • Unwanted old or new bicycles: Mountain, Road, BMX. Cruiser, old/new, kids, etc.
  • Our aim is to keep bikes from being thrown out when they can be reused.
  • If you are unable to bring a bicycle, please call and we will arrange a time and pick it up.

Any Questions: Please contact Dennis Wood 508-277-7513


12 year old Baseball Champs

July 19, 2019 02:20:00 PM

Southborough Youth Baseball shared some good news today about a big win yesterday.

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Where to enjoy the cool indoors

July 19, 2019 12:09:54 PM
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Where are the best local places to escape the heat?

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Excessive Heat Warning – today through Sunday: Heat index to reach 109°

July 19, 2019 10:20:11 AM
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I’m sure that you’ve heard we’re in for some big heat this weekend. An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for noon today through Sunday night.

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Volunteers needed for Summer Nights setup

July 19, 2019 07:28:20 AM
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Recreation is asking me to put the word out that help is needed.

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On the market this week in Southborough

July 18, 2019 02:31:20 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Algonquin’s athletes honored: Players of the year, All American players, and Spring All Stars

July 18, 2019 10:37:03 AM
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I thought that with school out for the summer, I’d be done covering high school sports. It turns out that Algonquin athletes are still racking up honors and getting coverage for their accomplishments earlier this year.

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Reminder: Girls Volleyball All Skills Camp for incoming 6-9th graders (plus a pre-season clinic)

July 18, 2019 08:30:05 AM
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Next month, Algonquin Girls Volleyball team will put on an All Skills Camp.

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Selectmen promote new Lieutenant and Sergeant

July 17, 2019 01:10:56 PM
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Last night, the Board of Selectmen unanimously promoted Sgt Ryan Newell to Lieutenant. Newell’s prior job was subsequently filled by the promotion of Officer Aaron Richardson.

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