Another owner is searching for her missing cat. Max is described as a very friendly black and gray cat with some white markings. The normally indoor cat is on the loose, missing from the Valley Road area.
If you spot him or think you saw him recently, please reach out to Kara, at 508-414-7141.
Above: National Grid working to repair poles knocked into the reservoir by last night’s storm. (photo by Joao Melo)
Last night a sudden, severe storm with estimated 60 mph winds, lightning, torrential rain and hail tore through town. Damage in its wake includes many downed trees and lines, power outages, and at least one crushed car.
Town officials are warning residents this morning that several roads are still closed due to downed trees and lines. Police are asking residents to obey signs and travel safely.
According to National Grid, more than 1/3 of Southborough “customers” were out of power last night. Some of us got power back early this morning. But NGrid’s latest update shows close to 1/4 of town isn’t expected to get power back until noon on Sunday.
It’s not surprising, since the storm knocked several utility poles into the reservoir along the Boston Road (Route 30) causeway. As of now, utility crews are still working to replace them.
A reader shared the above photo of a car pinned by a downed tree along the White Bagley Road side of the reservoir. He also tells me there are massive tree limbs down by the cemetery on Route 85.
Storm alerts after 5:30 pm last night shared potential for a thunderstorm. Updates after 7:00 pm began warning of severe storms with 60 mph winds and quarter sized hail moving through towns at 25 – 35 mph. The storm hit our town around 8:00 pm and seemed to last about 10 minutes.
If you attend/watch our district’s school committee meetings, you know that unfunded mandates is the biggest gripe among members and administrators. A big part of that is reporting requirements which drive administrative costs up. It’s something the committees have been lobbying to change.
So, it’s not surprising when to learn the Superintendent pushed back on a recent public record request to compile data on salaries by gender. According to Southborough Wicked Local, she wasn’t alone.
The article explains that a researcher requested records statewide. The state passed on the request with a warning. Districts that failed to comply by last week would have to undergo training in Public Record Law.
SWL reports that most didn’t respond. Those that did requested from $100-$3,000 for providing the data. Northborough-Southborough was at the pricier end of that range, at $2,625. But in the Supertintendent’s defense, our three district system (Northborough, Southborough, and Algonquin) complicates tracking the data.
The brush fire earlier today isn’t all the work the Southborough Fire Department has been up to.
Facebook posts from the SFD share other incidents, including a Hazmat response. And Southborough Police shared on Facebook a welcome distraction. Plus, local media shared more news on yesterday’s car crash.