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Above: Among the outreach/fundraisers planned for Monday are Pack 92′s matching food drive for the pantry, Friends of the Library’s bean bag toss, and a decorate your own cupcake contest. (Image left by Susan Fitzgerald; Cupcake image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Sean and Lauren)

To me, outreach and fundraising by community organizations is the heart of Heritage Day.

Here are the non-profit exhibitors who shared with me reasons you should seek out their booths. I’ll start with the meaningful outreach, then on to the fun and yummy fundraisers.

Community Outreach

20121102-scouting-for-food-1Boy Scouts Troop 92
Kicking off the town-wide co-ed scout drive, “Scouting for Food”. Stop by with a nonperishable food item for the Southborough Food Pantry. Troop 92 will also make a matching donation of $10 for every 100 pounds of food collected at Heritage Day.

Friends of the Southborough Library
20151009_bean_bag_tossFree Beanbag toss game for prizes with lollipops for anyone who plays. Also sharing information and answering questions about the organization. (And pointing people to the Book and Bake Sale across the street.)

SOLF – Southborough Open Land Foundation
Informing people about their mission to preserve and protect Open Land in town for the benefit and enjoyment of all. They will:

  • Exhibit a town map showing our properties; hand out information; talk about trails and our periodic programs on nature.
  • Offer a sign-up for a walk at the Beals Preserve on October 18th.
  • Recruit members to help support our mission.

Southborough Democratic Committee
Stationed next to State Rep Dykema the committee will give out voter registration forms. They will also seek ideas for some future town-wide forums and recruit volunteers to support Democrats in elections.

Southborough Kindergroup
Members will be sharing information and answering questions about the cooperative playgroup for ages 0-5.


Clash of the Cupcakes (Girl Scouts) [click to keep reading…]


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Above: I’m marking next weekend on my calendar to rid myself of dead flourescent bulbs and other household hazardous waste. But you may be more interested in ridding yourself of electronics this Saturday. (Photo by Beth Melo)

Two disposal/recycling events are coming up that are worth noting. While I’m at it, I might as well throw in reminders about other options.

This weekend, St. Anne’s Church is again hosting an Electronics & Bicycle recycling event. (The church doesn’t organize it but will receive a portion of proceeds.)

That event takes place from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm this Saturday, October 10. Click here for details and recycling fees. 

Of course, the event isn’t the only place where bicycles are accepted. I believe that if in decent condition, bikes are popular swap shop items at the Transfer Station.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that according to commenters, Best Buy takes back most TVs for free. So you may want to check with the store before paying to recycle one.

If Best Buy won’t take your TVs and monitors, there is a second chance to recycle those through the Town the following weekend. But while the Town contractor’s computer monitor fee is the same ($10), its TV recycling fees are higher.

The Town event isn’t really about TVs and monitors though. It’s the annual Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day. It’s a chance to dispose of items like pesticides, solvents, and disposable batteries. (Not alkaline batteries, since they actually aren’t hazardous and can be deposited in the trash.)

The Collection Day takes place at the Public Work’s Garage (that’s in the parking lot to the right below the transfer station.) That event is on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. There are specifics on what is and isn’t allowed, so click here for details.

Finally, a reminder about the SOS Recycling/Reuse bins at Southborough Schools (plus an APTO one at Algonquin). The collection of clothing, accessories and more raises funds for the school/parent organizations. Click here for details.


SCAC free Painting Party – October 22

by beth on October 9, 2015

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Above: Join the town’s Arts Council for a free painting night this month. (Image of brushes posted to flickr by Jenni C)

The Southborough Cultural Arts Council is holding a sort of paint and greet. The painting night takes place on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm.

SCAC_painting_party_flyerArt supplies and instruction will be provided for free. (But the event is exclusive to Southborough residents only please.)

So, what’s the catch? It’s a chance to meet SCAC members and learn more about what they do.

Clearly they hope you’ll be interested in joining or supporting SCAC. (But there’s no obligation.)

The party will be at Southborough House of Pizza. That means food and drink are available for purchase. (And if you need a little vino to get your creative juices flowing, wine and beer are among their offerings!)

Seats are limited, so pre-register by sending your name, email and phone number to

Or register here. (Don’t be thrown by the $40 ticket, just enter the coupon code: soboarts to register for free.)


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The Southborough Historical Society asked me to share that they won’t be on the field at Heritage Day this year. Instead, the group will be holding special open hours at the Southborough Historical Museum from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The museum will be hosting the Friends of the Burnett House.  The group is using the day to reach out to the town. The group will:

  • Highlight the museum’s impressive exhibit about The Burnett Family, The Joseph Burnett Company, and Joseph’s “Deerfoot Farm.”
  • Talk about the Burnett-Garfield House, answer questions about the house and describe the enormous legacy of the Burnett family to the town.
  • Offer simple free refreshments

Not familiar with the museum’s location? It’s just up the street from the day’s main activities, on St. Mark’s Street. (It’s in the back of the parking lot that the Town House and Pilgrim church share.)

Looking up information on the Burnett House efforts, I came across this interesting item from their facebook page:  [click to keep reading…]


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Above: If you haven’t already, you may soon be seeing one of these faces at your door.  Cub Scouts are in the midst of this year’s wreath and candle sale. (Photo by Beth Melo)

It may seem too soon to think about it, but the holidays will be on us before you know it. Southborough Cub Scouts from both town packs are already in the midst of their annual holiday fundraiser.

The scouts have divvied up their streets for door-to-door sales of Christmas wreaths and Hanukkah candles. Some have already started knocking on doors. Others will soon.

Here’s what they’re pitching:

Cub Scout Annual Holiday Sale – Between now and Sunday November 15th, Southborough cub scouts will be going door-to-door to sell evergreen wreaths and Hanukkah candles.

The price will remain at $12 each as in years past. Deliveries will be made during the week of Thanksgiving.

The holiday sale is the only pack-wide event to fund cub scout programming throughout the year.

The cub scouts would like to thank the community in advance for their support.

For those of you who aren’t interested in a wreath or candles, you can always support the scouts by making a donation to their troop instead.


Post image for Reminder: Submit questions on Open Meeting or Conflict laws and register for October 15 forum

Southborough is hosting a presentation by the AG’s office next Thursday, October 15. The purpose is to better inform Town employees and committee members of the ethics rules they need to follow.

The forum is also open to any member of the public who wants to better understand the transparency and conflict laws.

If you plan to attend, please pre-register with the state (617-963-2925 or Registrants are asked to provide:

1) their first and last names; 2) town of residence; 3) the public body/organization they represent, if appropriate; 4) Email/phone number; and 5) the location of the educational forum they will attend.

Anyone who has questions they’d like answered at the forum is asked to provide those in advance by emailing

Here is the full notice from the Town Clerk’s office:

The Southborough Town Clerk’s Office invites all to attend a presentation on the Open Meeting Law and Conflict of Interest Laws. The presentation by officials from the Attorney General’s Office and the State Ethics Commission will be held on Thursday October 15, 2015 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road in Southborough.

Because some have expressed concern about transparency in local government, violations of Open Meeting Law and potential issues of Conflicts of Interest, we decided to ask the experts from the Attorney General’s Office and the State Ethics Commission to come to town and explain these laws. The more we can help our volunteer and elected officials understand these laws, the better we will all comply with them.  [click to keep reading…]


Chestnut Hill Farm festival details and schedule: Sunday, October 11

October 8, 2015 11:36:07 AM
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The more I learn about this Sunday’s pre-Heritage Day festival, the more excited I get. I hope you feel the same.

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Obituary: Barbara J. (Harlow) Clark, 89

October 8, 2015 09:19:17 AM

Barbara J. (Harlow) Clark, 89, of Southborough and Venice, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Beaumont Skilled Nursing &Rehab Center in Westborough.

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Obituary: Francis James ‘REM’ Ramelli, Jr., 80

October 8, 2015 08:50:00 AM

Francis James ‘REM’ Ramelli, Jr., 80, of Saint Agatha, ME and formally of Southborough, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 4, 2015 at Cary Medical Center in Caribou ME.

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On the market this week in Southborough

October 8, 2015 05:55:41 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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New sewing studio open house – October 14 (Updated)

October 7, 2015 03:50:12 PM
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Two Southborough residents are opening a sewing studio in town. The new business is being launched by working-mom friends Kristen McCarthy and Betsy Flynn Gobron.

To celebrate, they are holding an Open House with free refreshments and activities.

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Take a robot for a spin with ARHS’ FIRST Robotics

October 7, 2015 01:46:27 PM
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Test drive a robot with ARHS’ FIRST Robotics Team 1100 on Heritage Day.

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BOS votes on Fire Station, public safety complex, and sidewalk commitee

October 7, 2015 11:06:59 AM
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Last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting was heavily focused on town infrastructure.

Selectmen filled out committees for a potential new public safety complex and prioritizing sidewalk projects in town.They also awarded close to $90,000 in design and construction contracts.

Much of that cost was acknowledged as possibly redundant, but also deemed necessary.

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Singers invited to join Messiah chorus for 37th annual concert

October 7, 2015 08:51:00 AM
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Pilgrim Church will host the 37th annual Messiah concert this December. Rehearsals for the traditional concert start later this month, and the Messiah Community Chorus has put out a call for for singers to join them.

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