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Above: It’s time for ARHS’ big annual music festival (photo cropped from Northborough Cable’s 2017 video)

Algonquin’s annual Pops Night concert is an evening of performances by every instrumental and vocal ensemble in the school:

All the different musical groups at Algonquin come together for a single night of incredible performances with a lighter, more contemporary focus.

For the occasion, the ARHS gym is transformed into a “Boston Pops” style venue with seating for several hundreds of guests (including reserved round tables on the floor).

This year’s event is Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 each. Tables are $100.

The fundraiser is put on by the Northborough-Southborough Music Association.

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NSMA is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the talented music students, faculty, and programs, at Algonquin and the Middle Schools of Northborough and Southborough. Proceeds from POPS NIGHT go to these communities through grants, music enrichment awards, and senior scholarships.

In addition to enjoying music, the audience can purchase goodies from from Yummy Mummy. Platters of 24 assorted treats can be ordered in advance for the tables.

NSMA is always looking for helping hands to make this night happen. You can volunteer here.

For those of you interested, here’s a look back at Pops Night 2017 (video produced by Northborough Cable):

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on May 24, 2018

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Above: This home at 19 Orchard Road went on the market this week for $1,125,000 (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

  • 18 Valley Road (map) – 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Ranch – 35 days on the Market, Listed at $339,900
  • 20 Flagg Road (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Ranch – 5 days on the Market, Listed at $399,000
  • 12 Bryden Road (map) – 9 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Split Entry – 5 days on the Market, Listed at $434,900
  • 11 Breakneck Hill Road (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Cape – 3 days on the Market, Listed at $439,900
  • 12 Mount Vickery Road (map) – 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Split Entry – 4 days on the Market, Listed at $449,900
  • 134 Middle Road (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 9 days on the Market, Listed at $599,900

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Seeking vendors for Craft Fair

by beth on May 24, 2018

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Above: Last year, AVRTHS worked with Skills/USA to put on a Craft Fair over Homecoming Weekend. It was successful enough to prompt a “2nd Annual” event. (image cropped from Facebook)

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is seeking crafters to join their 2nd Annual Assabet/Valley SkillsUSA Craft Fair.

If you are interested in registering, click here for the form.

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It’s time for a new open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

(Photo by SusanFitzgerald)

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Post image for Why flags will be at half staff: May 25, 2018

Flags in Southborough and across the state will be flying at half staff tomorrow, May 25, 2018, at the order of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. The lowering is in honor of another long-ago fallen soldier whose remains were recently identified.

US Marine Corp’s Private First Class Francis E. Drake, Jr., was Killed in Action on 9 October 1942, during WWII in the Third Battle of the Matanikau at Guadalcanal. His remains will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA on Friday. PFC Drake was originally from Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Department of Defense announced the identification of PFC Drake last October. You can read more about that here. You can find additional background on the battle in which PFC Drake lost his life here.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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Post image for Special Town Meeting wrap up: No to Kallander Field, yes to Saturday Meetings

Above: Only a few of the few voters attending last night supported the project brought by Recreation. The Recreation Co-Chair hopes the success of her following Article will result in more support of future projects at Annual Town Meeting.

Last night, irony seemed rampant as Recreation Co-Chair Kristen Lavault championed her Citizen Petition Articles for repairing Kallander Field and moving Annual Town Meeting.

The last Article of the night, well past 10 at night, was a bylaw change to time future Annual Town Meetings to be more accessible for parents of young children. Article 5 moves the opening of Town Meetings to a Saturday afternoon in March rather than a weeknight.

It was an issue that became important to Lavault after two of Recreation’s Articles were defeated in April. Afterwards, Lavault had lamented about the number of voters lost at the late hour and the number of people who told her they wished they could have been there.

In keeping with her narrative, the sparsely populated room was dominated by older voters during her presentations last night. Luckily for those who wanted to be there but couldn’t, the majority of those attending supported a change that would welcome them in the future. Article 5 easily passed.

(That means, next March, it will be up to those of you who have used the late weeknights as an excuse to prove naysayers wrong by showing up!)

Lavualt began her presentation of Article 5 by commenting that the failure of her prior Article was the reason she wanted the change. Article 4 to repair Kallander Field had just been soundly defeated.

Judging by the number of voters who left before the Article 4 vote (and those who never came), she may be right.

But counter claims over problems behind the drainage issues, with talk of silt-filled basins and erosion-caused trenches, muddy the issue. Even those who support Recreation could have ended up concerned that spending on the $248,300 project might end up wasted. And process issues raised questions about how voters want to manage Town expenses.

Lavault lobbied for the need to maintain and improve “sub-optimal” and worsening playing fields owned by the Town. The project to repair Kallander Field was pitched as an important part of that effort. Working with Rec’s consultant and Public Works, the commission believed that the issues raised at last Town meeting were researched and addressed.

But, once again, project proponents were confronted on the floor by contradictory statements from opponents including Southborough Open Land Foundation. [click to keep reading…]

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3rd annual “24 Heroes in 24 Hours” fundraiser for veterans over Memorial Day weekend

May 23, 2018 01:45:14 PM
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A fitness facility in town is organizing a special fundraiser for veterans over this Memorial Day weekend.

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Police logs, make way for ducklings, and more

May 23, 2018 12:31:16 PM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Town Meeting voters on ZBA: Affirm Quorum at 4, leave questions to Attorney General; allow board to write rules; remove inter-agency appeals (Updated)

May 23, 2018 11:06:31 AM
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Last night, a large contingent of the voters at Town Meeting appeared to be there specifically to curb the powers of Southborough’s Zoning Board of Appeals. In the end, they supported 2 of 3 Articles towards that end. (One of them with the backing of the ZBA.) But, with each requiring a 2/3 approval, one failed to pass. And one of the Articles passed may not pass muster with the Attorney General’s office as written.

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Special Town Meeting: How the votes played out

May 22, 2018 11:13:51 PM

Here’s my quick recap of Southborough’s Special Town Meeting tonight.

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Special Town Meeting Update: Article 1 organizer submitting amendment (and rebuttal to Town’s counsel), Planning supports Article 3

May 22, 2018 04:48:44 PM
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Last minute updates on tonight’s Special Town Meeting. The organizer for Article 1 asked me to share some news. And I got confirmation that the Planning Board did support Article 3 and write a support to that fact last night.

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Letter: Support Article 1 tonight (with updated amendment and legal opinion)

May 22, 2018 03:52:16 PM

My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to mysouthborough@gmail.com.

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Memorial Day observances next weekend: Flag placement Friday, parade Monday

May 22, 2018 02:33:42 PM
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Here is the information you need to observe Memorial Day in Southborough. Events begin with the annual flag placement in the rural cemetery Friday night.

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Gallery Finale for Nothing to Hide – May 31st

May 22, 2018 11:29:24 AM
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A photo and story gallery that stretched across Southborough this month in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, will be under one roof for a final reception. The community is invited (and encouraged) to attend.

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