Family concert at Library – January 27

by beth on January 18, 2018

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Above: Carrie Rowan of Merry Go Music will hold a special concert for young kids and families at the Library. (images from Facebook and  website)

The Southborough Library is hosting a special event for young families this month. 

On Saturday, January 27th, Carrie Rowan of Merry Go Music will visit. No surprise, she’ll be entertaining with her kid-focused music.

On her website she posts:

Warm up with a super fun and interactive concert by MS. CARRIE at the Southborough Library. Hope to see some of my students and friends from Southborough! What a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your little ones jamming out to some rocking kids songs!

The concert will take place 11:00 am in the upper level. Registration is not required.

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Above: The Burnett House was saved by the owner’s agreement to put demolition on hold while working with the Town on alternatives. Partially inspired by the challenges of that effort, the Historical Commission successfully championed bylaws to encourage preservation of Southborough’s heritage. (photo by Alan Bezanson from Facebook)

A recent story about an old home that will be torn down prompted me to check in with the architects of the Demolition Delay Bylaw. 

It was controversial at the time it was voted in. Proponents of the bylaw hoped to help encourage preservation of historic buildings. Some owners of old homes worried about impacts to the resale value.

Almost three years later, I wondered what the actual results have been. So, I touched base with the Historical Commission.

Since the bylaw was adopted, only two homes have been subject to the Demolition Delay process. But, according to member Michael Weishan, the commission credits the bylaw for saving additional historic homes.

Weishan tells me that developers touched base informally with the commission about whether some homes were protected under the bylaw. They were. Since then, Weishan tells me the homes were “gloriously restored by private owners”. He followed:

The potential developers just didn’t want to go through the by-law hassle, leaving the market open to dedicated private individuals who wish to invest in the historic fabric of Southborough. And they did, with magnificent results.

There was less success with the ones that officially came in front of the Commission. But Weishan is positive about those experiences, too.  [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on January 18, 2018

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Above: This home at 6 Pearl Street went on the market this week for $425,000 (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

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Above: It literally took me two minutes to update my census, snap a pic, and email it to the Town Clerk this morning. Of course, it wasn’t this pic. (photo by Beth Melo)

The annual Street Listing form was mailed out this month. (It’s also known as the Town Census) This is your reminder to fill it out and send it in.

The town is required by law to update its street listing of residents each year. All that’s required by you is to review the information, make any necessary corrections, sign, and return it to the Southborough Town Clerk’s office. (Sign and return the form even if no corrections are required.)

Town Clerk Jim Hegarty points out that ignoring their first mailing leads to additional costs to taxpayers. To make it easier, last year he began inviting residents to file it electronically. Options included scanning or taking a photo of it with your phone and emailing it in. Of course, snail mail is still also allowed.

This year, he’s announced:

We’ve had a great response to the census so far including over 500 people who saved the postage and returned their census forms by signing the form and sending a picture of the form to census@southboroughma.com.

We ask residents to return these forms to us now before they just end up in that pile of old mail that we all seem to have at our homes.

If a resident doesn’t return the census, the state requires the town to pay the cost of sending a postcard with a pre-paid return postcard to every voter at that address. That can be pretty costly!

Residents might notice some changes in the way we conduct the census this year. Based on feedback from residents, we no longer send the forms to ‘current resident or….” Instead, we send a separate letter to each household, or former resident if they are still on our voting list. This will allow us to identify who no longer lives in Southborough and work through the process to remove them from the voting rolls. It also protects the privacy of both current and former residents.

If anyone has not received their census form, please call the Town Clerk at (508) 485-0710 x 3005 and we’ll get a form to the resident right away.

Last year, Hegarty shared answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Here are the ones that still apply:

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Post image for Southborough job listings: Harvard Book Depository specialist, Business Admin, ASL interpreter and more

I received another posting of jobs available in Southborough. So, I checked in and found more postings on the Town and School websites. 

(If you’d like to share your company’s job openings in future weeks, email mysouthborough@gmail.com.)

Harvard University (Harvard Depository in Southborough)

  • Operations Project Specialist (temporary, full-time)

    They are currently recruiting for 2 full-time short term specialists (through the end of June 2018) and seeking local candidates with 2 or more years of Storage/warehousing experience for these opportunities.  To learn more or to apply please click here.

Town of Southborough

Business Administrator, Planning Department (full time)

Administrative support to Board / Town Planner; Meeting preparation, assist applicants with permitting process, handle accounts payable and related duties; Respond to inquiries and other projects as assigned by Board / Town Planner; Provide information to the public, town officials, staff and applicants; Experience in municipal government and office management is preferred. 

Requirements: BA / BS degree; 3 – 5 years of related experience; Team player with excellent customer service, superior organizational & computer skills

Resumes received by Jan 31, 2018 receive preference.

Economic Development Coordinator (part time)

The position first posted last summer is still posted: The Town of Southborough is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the part-time position of Economic Development Coordinator. This position supports and coordinates the efforts of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) to insure effective communication and collaboration between Town officials and businesses located in Southborough. Qualified applicants must be available to attend EDC meetings/events outside of normal business hours. Grants administration, marketing experience and website development are an asset, as is comprehension of state and local government.

Applicants shall posses a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university; or 1-3 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Public relations and writing skills preferred.

Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough

Our school district is advertising more new jobs again.

Click here to learn more about the school district and job opportunities.

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Post image for Trottier students taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics (or chickening out for the cause) – Feb 15

Above: Trottier is co-sponsoring a Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics this winter. (image from fundraising website)

Trottier Middle School is hosting a special Special Olympics fundraiser this winter.

polar plunge (photo from fundraiser website)On February 15th, Special Olympics MA is bringing its “Polar Plunge” pool to the school. The fundraising site promotes:

For the first time ever, dozens of brrrrave students at Trottier Middle School are taking the Plunge. The best part? After their bodies return to 98.6 degrees and the donations are tallied, they’ll have raised funds for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

Barring an unexpected heat wave, the water promises to be pretty frigid. Which is why some people who want to help out may be too chicken to make the jump.

Fear not, the fundraiser also includes a “chicken coop” option for participants who sign up to raise fund while staying dry. (Plus, there’s a third option for “virtual plungers” who can’t be there that day.)

Students and faculty are encouraged to register, complete a waiver and raise at least $25 by February 9th. Participants can use the event website to setup their own fundraising pages. (A few have already taken steps.)

The event website details[click to keep reading…]

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Selectmen on Thursday: Fayville Hall Disposition; Golf Course funding, naming, and CR; Main St easements; FY16 audit; and OML complaints

January 17, 2018 09:47:52 AM
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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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Videos: Painting instruction, Holiday Concert, College Planning and an expert on scams and identity theft

January 17, 2018 08:28:23 AM
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Here is the latest round of videos of events that took place around town and our schools this winter.

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Wick Choral Festival: A Capella – January 26-27

January 16, 2018 04:24:39 PM
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Southborough residents are invited to a enjoy a weekend of a cappella pop music at St. Mark’s featuring groups from area high schools, as well as college ensembles.

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This week in sports (Updated)

January 16, 2018 02:30:00 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Senior drivers: Learn about “Shifting Gears” – January 24

January 16, 2018 11:33:02 AM
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This month, the Southborough Senior Center is hosting a presentation by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The focus is on aging drivers and “Shifting Gears”.

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Events this week: Free Skate; plus Adult Coloring, Exciting Women, and Bowling for seniors

January 16, 2018 09:44:21 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: Golf Course CR holder discussions; Regional School Committee and Advisory on budgets

January 16, 2018 07:30:24 AM
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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: June Phillipo, 70

January 15, 2018 03:21:33 PM
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June Phillipo, 70, of Fayville, MA, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Westborough, MA.

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