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Above: The Reminisants will play Neary field next week (photo from Facebook)

The next performance in the Summer Concert Series is scheduled for Thursday of next week, July 9. The Reminisants will be performing Oldies from the 50s through 90s.

(Calling the 90s Oldies makes me feel pretty old!)

As all concerts in the series, it will be held 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Neary field. (Don’t forget your blanket/chairs and bug spray!)

This concert’s sponsoring food vendor is Domino’s pizza featuring 5 choices:  cheese, pepperoni, veggie, and chicken and tomato. Also for sale: hot dogs, snacks/desserts and beverages.

summer_concert_flyer_reminisantsConcessions support Send a Kid to Camp. So, bring your appetite.

Three more concerts are scheduled for Thursdays throughout the summer:

  • July 23 – 4EverFab (Beatles. . . nicely played)
  • August 6 – Infractions (horn driven pop and rock)
  • August 20 – Hit the Bus (50′s to today’s hits)

Rain dates are the following weeks. To check on status, call 508-485-0710 and press 8.

The series is supported by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, Friends of Southborough Youth Commission, and Southborough Recreation and other sponsors (click flyer for more info.)


Earlier this month, district school committee members addressed parents’ concerns about members’ knowledge of Common Core issues. They also addressed criticism about committees’ communications with the community.

At the Combined School Committee meeting, Regional School Committee Chair Kathleen Harrigan responded to recent criticism about the committees’ communication policy regarding audience sharing.

At the May Regional School Committee meeting, audience members asked members to become educated on issues related to the Common Core. Harrigan told them that they couldn’t deliberate on issues raised unless they were on the agenda. That policy was heavily criticized by commenters on this blog.

At the June Combined School Committee meeting, Harrigan defended:

we very much value [the community's] input and your comments and in fact, if you just look at our track record over this past year about issues that have come up. . . we actually do take action on them.

She clarified that even when comments aren’t addressed at the same meeting, “they certainly get our attention”. Harrigan cited examples of community-raised issues the committee recently addressed:

  • Changing the school calendar (committee was formed and recommendations presented)
  • Parent’s concern about fees (administration did a “thorough review” and recommended capping certain fees)
  • Core Curriculum (devoted an entire year in Curriculum Advisory Committee)
  • Start time initiative (Administration investigating possibilities)
  • School policies

And this month, Harrigan presented fellow committee members with a packet of information to help them self-educate on issues related to the Common Core. It included links to arguments for and against the standards.

The packet was developed in partnership with member Barbara O’Mara and her husband John. John was one of the voices in May asking the regional committee to hold and attend a pro/con forum on Common Core issues. Barbara and Harrigan encouraged available members to attend a forum held at the Northborough Library on June 20th. (That has since been posted on YouTube.) [click to keep reading…]


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Above: A workshop offer to help 7th – 12th graders express themselves through song. (Image posted to Flickr by SparkCBC)

This summer, teens can learn to write, create, and perform their own original songs.

Sara Kendall will be holding two 4-part singer/songwriter workshops: one geared toward middle school students and one to high schoolers.

The performer and Berklee student is an Algonquin graduate formerly of Southborough. She has been teaching voice and songwriting to students in town.

flyer for singer_songwriter_workshopThe week of July 20th, she’s offering morning workshops for middle schoolers and afternoon for high schoolers. Kendall promises to provide:

the fundamental singer/songwriter skill set including: Song form/structure, sources of inspiration, overcoming writing blocks, free writing, critique, vocal technique and music technique.

For more details, click flyer to enlarge.


This month, Southborough Recreation is offering weekly classes for girls grades 5 and up and adults. The focus is on becoming their personal best by being fit and healthy.

flyer - beautiful_healthy_youSessions are offered by age groups grades 5-8, 9-12, and adults. They take place on Thursdays, afternoons/evenings July 16 through August 6.

Have fun learning how to be healthy and fit in this 60 minute class.

We will cover:


  • What foods are healthy and what foods are treats
  • How to read nutrition labels
  • How to make healthy choices to fuel your body to feel your best!


You will learn different types of exercises and learn the benefits of each, (aerobic/cardio activities, basic weight training, pilates, yoga stretching)


You will set individual goals for the session such as eat fewer treats and more healthy food, include more physical activity daily, or drink more water and less [sugary] drinks. You will also learn skin care and make up tips for a beautiful natural healthy look!

Click flyer to enlarge for more details. To register, click here.

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Above: Chestnut Hill Farm is welcoming visitors this Saturday during its Meet the Farmer event. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

Chestnut Hill Farm’s new manager is keeping her promise to run Meet the Farmer events the first Saturday of the month this summer.

The first Saturday of this month happens to be the 4th. So, if you’re looking for something to do on Independence Day, swing by the farm.

This Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 pm, they’ll be holding two activities:

  • Children’s craft: Birdhouse activity

We have some beautiful birdhouse gourds donated by Whit Beals that are ready to decorate into a beautiful birdhouse for you to take home.

  • Birds, Butterflies and Milkweed, OH MY!

Help us map where some of the key important species on the farm are living right now.

We will take 2 (1st one at 11am and the 2nd at 1pm) walks up along the main farm road and try to identify where the bobolinks are nesting, the Checkerspot butterflies are feeding and the significant milkweed patches are.

We will pass by the goat flock and say hello to them on our way by so you can see how much the babies have grown!

The farmer meet and greet is also a good way to learn more about the farm’s new CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture). Shares are still available.  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Junior Farmers at Lil Folk Farm can learn how to care for all of their animals, including the llamas. Daily pony rides included. (Photo from Lil Folk Farm’s website)

If you’re looking to sign your kids up for summer camp next week, Town Rec has a lot to offer.

Next week, kids ages 4-6 can enjoy Kiddie Cat Jam morning camp to play a pretty wide range of sports and games. 

7-12 year olds can focus their ball play on Baseball during a morning camp.

And next week kicks off the Summer Horse Riding (and junior farmers) programs through Lil Folk Farm. Programs cover kids ages 4-12.

(For more details on programs above, click thumbnails below to enlarge.)

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Next week’s theme at continuing Finn and Woodward half day camps, is Get Sense, and Get Fit!:

 This week is packed with healthy activities that will improve your child’s fitness and sports skills while building confidence and self-esteem in a fun atmosphere. Special guest from Revolution Athletes will introduce a wide range of stimulus exercises. We will also have Mr.LaChance’s fun and fitness Beasties character drawing.

Woodward campers will also get a chance to swim in St. Mark’s pool and to explore Fay camp with activities to include: fishing, nature, outdoor adventure, soccer, ropes course, and a variety of sports.

There are still openings at both camps next week (and most weeks this summer). For more details, see the dedicated post.

Through the summer, the Town is also continuing to offer Junior Golf Camp and Tennis Clinics.  [click to keep reading…]


4th of July celebrations: Fireworks, festivities, and safety

June 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM
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If you’re looking for fireworks or festivals this week, better gas up your tank.

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Why flags are still at half staff: June 30, 2015 (and could be for a while)

June 30, 2015 07:29:08 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy. The Governer’s orders call for lowered flags until interment, which isn’t soon.

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The week in government: Public Safety Committee and Economic Development

June 29, 2015 02:29:16 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Obituary: Diane C. (Nolin) Provencher, 80

June 29, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Diane C. (Nolin) Provencher, 80, of Southborough died peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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At the library this week: Games & Puzzles, PJ story time, and the annual kids’ parade

June 29, 2015 09:20:06 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Why flags are at half staff: Monday, June 29

June 29, 2015 07:28:14 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of of PFC Peter J. Handibode.

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Golf for seniors: Clinics and group

June 26, 2015 04:30:00 PM
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Need work on your putting? Or looking for someone to put with? Either way, contact the Senior Center.

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Free admission to USS Constitution Museum through the Library

June 26, 2015 02:30:56 PM
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If you’re thinking of daytripping it to Boston, stop by the library first for free admission to the USS Constitution Museum.

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