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It’s another beautiful day, and the last weekday of February Break. I’m making the most of it and signing off early for a long weekend.

That means, it’s time for another 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 Susan Fitzgerald)

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Post image for Fay School welcomes kids to enjoy Animal Adventures – Saturday

Fay School is continuing its monthly “Saturdays at Fay” series. This Saturday features a classic.

The series offers monthly fun free programs for children ages 2-8. Events are open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

On Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 am, the school is hosting a puppet show:

Join us for story time and some special animal guests! Our presenters from Animal Adventures will be joining us for a read-aloud of Jan Brett’s The Mitten. Stick around afterwards for some live animal visitors, including a rabbit, hedgehog, fox, and skunk.

Space is limited so please visit fayschool.org/saturdays to register for this event.

The event takes place at Fay School’s Primary School. (Please use the East Entrance at 23 Middle Road for access and parking.)

Next month, look for more fun with Mike the Bubble Man on March 11th.

If you have any questions, contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.

(photos from Animal Adventures’ Facebook page)

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Post image for Kite flying & Nature walk at the farm – Sunday

Above: Chestnut Hill Farm isn’t prime for sledding this weekend, but it will be a great place to fly kites. (Photo left posted to flickr by Vladimir Agafonkin; right by Susan Fitzgerald)

The Open Space Preservation Commission had asked me to promote their second Winter Wonderland event this weekend. But Mother Nature interfered again.

fly a kite flyer

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That’s OK. They’ve come up with other fun, non-sledding activities for the farm. Now the focus is on flying kites and a nature walk.

They only have a few kites to share, so residents are encouraged to bring their own.

Because this event is sponsored by the OSPC, it’s free to the public.

The event takes place from noon – 3:00 pm, with a guided nature walk at 1:00 pm.

The forecast looks good for a nice walk on Sunday. But be sure to dress for mud (and maybe a remaining trace of snow).

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on February 23, 2017

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Above: This home at 12 Stockwell Lane went on the market this week for $729,900 (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.*

(Need a sign that the Groundhog was wrong? You don’t need to step outside. Just check out the sure sign spring is coming below – several new homes on the market.)

New on the market

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Post image for Tonight’s meetings: Master Plan recommendation at Senior Center; BOS possible vote on recommendation at Community House

Above: The committee looking into uses for the golf course will discuss final recommendations at the Senior Center tonight. The Chair will then head to a Selectmen’s meeting already in process at the Community House to present their findings. (image left from Google Maps, photo right by Susan Fitzgerald)

There was some confusion over the process for tonight’s meetings on the St. Mark’s Golf Course. I already updated yesterday’s post. But given the importance of these meetings to so many readers, I thought this deserved a post of its own.

Yesterday, I posted that the St. Mark’s Golf Course Master Plan Committee would present their findings to the Board of Selectmen at their meetings tonight. That was inaccurate, though close to the truth.

The Master Plan Committee is scheduled to meet at the same time as Selectmen are meeting. And both agendas indicate Selectmen will receive the recommendation from the committee. But, it was pointed out to me that they are meeting in different places!

The committee will again be meeting at Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (the Senior Center). And Selectmen will be at the Community House, 28 Main St, where the “Save Our Golf Course” folks are holding a meeting.

The committee Chair Brian Shifrin cleared up the confusion for me.

Shifrin explained:

The St Marks Golf Course Master Planning Committee is meeting at 7pm at the senior center. One of the first things we will do is have a discussion which I hope will result in a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen. The meeting will then either adjourn or continue without me and I will head to the Community House (@ 8pm) to present our recommendation to the Board of Selectmen (and any others present).

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Obituary: Paul M. Heffernan, 85

by beth on February 23, 2017

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Paul M. Heffernan, 85, of Southborough, died on Monday, February 20, 2017, at his home, surrounded by family following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to the late Muriel Mary (Nevins) Heffernan who passed away in 2012..

Born in Brighton, he was the youngest son of Irish immigrants, his father, John J. Heffernan, was a Boston Police Patrolman and his Mother, Mary, ‘Mollie’ (Stanton) Heffernan, a former chambermaid in Brookline.

Paul was a former high school guidance counselor and teacher in the Wayland Public Schools for nearly 30 years. He would continue to receive letters of thanks from his students long after his retirement in 1988.  [click to keep reading…]

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Long Cadillac invites local charities to apply for $10,000 grant

February 22, 2017 04:30:00 PM
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This charitable grant is planned as part of the 90th anniversary celebration.

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Selectmen may amend Golf Course article to include CR; Related meetings Thurs night (Updated again)

February 22, 2017 02:30:00 PM
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Selectmen want voters to approve buying St. Mark’s Golf Course and building a new public safety complex on the site. To secure enough votes, they are considering including a Conservation Restriction on the over 90% remainder of the 60 acre parcel.

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Girls can explore becoming Women in STEM – register for free ASAP

February 22, 2017 11:47:54 AM
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If you are looking to encourage your 5th – 8th grade daughter(s) to explore a future in science or math, take note. The Northboro Junior Woman’s Club is holding its 10th “Women in Science & Math Conference”.

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Get your Hamilton tickets here (or courtside Celtics tickets, an Ocean House overnight, and more)

February 22, 2017 09:28:56 AM
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The Southborough Education Foundation has opened bidding on silent auction items donated to this year’s Spelling Bee. Some of the items are sure to create a buzz.

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Nominate someone for their service to the Library – deadline March 1

February 22, 2017 07:29:38 AM
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The Southborough Library is seeking nominees for the third annual Peggy Tuttle Award for Library Service Distinction.

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Weigh in on the Algonquin principal search – next Tuesday

February 21, 2017 04:27:21 PM
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The Principal Search Committee for Algonquin is holding a public feedback forum.

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This week in sports

February 21, 2017 02:00:19 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Letter: Public Safety Study Committee (Part 1) – Facility needs and site options

February 21, 2017 11:28:01 AM

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

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