Normally, I don’t blog about politics beyond our local district. But seeing as candidates for governor are going to be so close by, I thought I should share the opportunity.

The 495/Metrowest Partnership is hosting two Gubernatorial Candidate Forums at the Sheraton in Framingham.

  • Charlie Baker – October 27th – 9:00 am
  • Martha Coakley, October 31st – 9:00 am

The forum is primarily targeted to business leaders, but it is also accessible to the public – as long as you pre-register. (Space is limited.)

To register, email jessica@495Partnership.org or call 774-760-0495, ext. 101

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For more than nine years, care package drives for the troops were a source of town pride. The drives brought together people from all generations, and even neighboring towns, in support of service members overseas.

With troops drawing down in Afghanastan, the final semi-annual package drive was held in May.

This fall, one of the lead organizers, Lisa Braccio, was hearing from people that they miss doing something to help. So, she reached out to Representative Carolyn Dykema, Together, they developed a plan.

Next month, Braccio and other volunteers will be collecting holiday gift cards for patients at the Walter Reed National Medical Center.

The drive comes a few days before Veteran’s Day. So it’s also a great way to honor that holiday and show our military and veterans that we haven’t forgotten them.

The collection will take place at the Senior Center on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can swing by, drop off a gift card, and sign a holiday card to go with it.

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Post image for Explore Southborough’s fascinating fungi this Sunday, October 26

Above: These “enchanted mushrooms” were photographed in Acton, MA. This Sunday, Southborough residents will get a chance to discover 30-50 different species of mushrooms in our town forest. (Photo posted to Flickr by Elliot Gilfix)

If you were to ask me to list organisms that are essential to almost every habitat, mushrooms wouldn’t have made my list. But given the cycle of life, it certainly makes sense.

This Sunday, two town committees will be opening residents eyes to the importance of how mushrooms relate to their habitat.

So, pull out your mud boots. Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission and Stewardship Committee are inviting adults in the community to join them on a “Mushroom Walk”.

The walk will be led by mycologist Lawrence Millman and author of Fascinating Fungi of New England. (The book will be available for purchase.)

Traversing our town forest, walkers will identify 30-50 species of mushrooms.

The walk will be held this Sunday, October 26, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The group will convene at Town Forest Trailhead, at the end of Walnut Drive (off Oak Street)

The walk is rain or shine and may go off trail. Walkers should dress for protection from ticks, poison ivy, mud and puddles.

With all that in mind, it’s not surprising this walk is for adults only.

For details, click on the flyer to enlarge. (Or click here to open a pdf.)

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Post image for Police logs (10/17-10/20/14): Car chase and resisting arrest

This weekend, one traffic stop turned into a short chase, then a struggle, ending in arrest. Read about that incident and more in the latest logs from the Southborough Police Department.

Friday, October 17, 2014:

  • 0104 hrs- Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Marlboro Road.
  • 0149 hrs- Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Turnpike Road.
  • 0509 hrs- A medical was reported at a Wyndemere Drive residence.
  • 0800 hrs- Officers investigated a two car, motor vehicle accident on Marlboro Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 0826 hrs- A resident of Newton Street reported that his rock wall was struck and damaged at some point during the night. The responding officer took a report on the incident.
  • 0954 hrs- Southborough officers checked the area of Main Street for a possibly impaired driver in the area. The driver was later located in Framingham by the Framingham Police Department.
  • 1025 hrs- A Sears Road resident reported a suspicious male party on their property. The white male rang their doorbell and asked for a person who did not live there. The male party then left the area in a dark blue Honda sedan. The responding officer reported back that the male party had left the area.
  • 1153 hrs- Officers investigated a two car, motor vehicle accident on Boston Road. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident.
  • 1535 hrs- ARRESTED: A Lawrence man was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and having no Inspection sticker. Mr. Sanchez was also cited for possession of Marijuana.
  • 1816 hrs- A medical was reported at a Liberty Drive residence.
  • 2211 hrs- Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Turnpike Road business.

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Post image for Sponsorship opportunities for the Gobble Wobble

Left: Want your company’s name in front of runners at the town’s big annual road race? The best way may be to get on their backs. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

Want your company’s name trotted in front of runners at Southborough’s annual road race?

Sign up now to sponsor the 8th annual Gobble Wobble.

The Friends of the Southborough Recreation Department are promoting sponsorship opportunities.

Act soon if you want to be included on the race shirt. Organizers need your information  and any logos in by November 1st.

You can read more by clicking on the form for the pdf.

To register to run or walk, click here.

To learn more about the Friends of Southborough Recreation, read their profile on the blog.

 

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Post image for A fun night out for you will bring smiles to kids you’ve never met – November 8

Above: The joy a special present on your birthday can bring is something a local charity thinks every child deserves to feel. (Image cropped from photo posted to Flickr by downing.amanda)

Mark your calendars and purchase tickets to the Smiling Kids Birthday Bash Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson.

The organizers are inviting the community to support the cause while having a fun night out and getting a jump on holiday shopping.

Founded in 2003 by Southborough residents Karen and Bob Sommers, Smiling Kids seeks to give:

something everyone should be able to experience as a kid, the excitement and thrill of receiving a special gift on their birthday.

Since then, the charity has provided children and teens in need throughout Massachusetts with 10,000 gifts.

“The Birthday Bash Gala is Smiling Kids’ largest fundraiser and is shaping up to be one of the best yet, ” said organizer Elizabeth Masterson.

The evening includes hors devours, cash bar, dancing and a live and silent auction.

“Start your holiday shopping early and bid on fantastic items too many to list,” encouraged Masterson.

All proceeds from the auctions will be used to purchase birthday presents.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased here. (Hurry – tickets are limited!)

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Let’s talk about lice

October 20, 2014 03:22:56 PM
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It seems that there has been an unusually high number of lice cases this fall in our lower school.

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The week in government (10/20-10/26/14): Main Street and FY16 Budget

October 20, 2014 01:00:32 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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This week in sports – plus Girls Soccer and young players support Breast Cancer Awareness

October 20, 2014 11:31:46 AM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Events this week (10/20-10/26/14): Real vampires, halloween parties, MWRTA session, and Alzheimers

October 20, 2014 10:00:32 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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NY Times Bestselling author to discuss his chilling new novel – October 23

October 17, 2014 04:30:00 PM
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The Southborough Library is inviting the public to a special author night this Thursday. They promise “an evening of literary horror and wicked fun with New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden”.

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Taking Back Childhood – October 22

October 17, 2014 02:20:27 PM
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Fay School is holding a new public series on “Ideas&Insights” on children. The series promises to feature speakers, workshops, and presentations on topics that are relevant to parents today.

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SWL: Southborough man drowned

October 17, 2014 09:53:36 AM

Immediately after posting the obituary on Vasilios Vassilakis, I read this tragic story from Southborough Wicked Local about the 49 year old father of five.

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Obituary: Vasilios “Bill” Vassilakis, 49

October 17, 2014 09:46:10 AM

Vasilios “Bill” Vassilakis, 49, of Southborough, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

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