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First Community Church is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, June 6th. From 9:00 am – 2:00 pm they will be selling baked goods, kitchen items, clothing, toys, books, and more.

The sale will be held at the church, rain or shine, 137 Southville Road.

Because it is a small congregation, it’s probably one of the lesser known in town. So, here’s a little from their website, explaining who they are:

We are a small Protestant Christian church. Because we fall into the category of a small church (approximately 75 members), we are more relationship-oriented than program-oriented. This is a church where literally every single person (who is active) knows every other person in the congregation. This provides a strong sense of community. We hold each other in our prayers and provide a broad base of support to shut-ins and people who are going through difficult times.

For more information on the First Community Church, click here.

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Post image for ZBA: Yes to Deerfoot B&B, no to antique shop, Park Central townhouse Use Variance approved

Above: Pedestrian traffic and safety was an issue for both public hearings at last night’s ZBA Meeting. For the 84 Main Street hearing, some were concerned about the effect turning the old chapel into an Antique Store would have on the area. (Image from Google Maps)

Residents on Deerfoot Road and Flagg Road were concerned about the safety and traffic impacts of two Use Variance requests in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals last night.

Two abutters to 84 Main Street, spoke in opposition of converting the stone chapel into a retail location. Developer Kevin Giblin argued that the foot traffic and parking along that area by people fishing is already a problem. Neighbor Wendy Black agreed. The ZBA sided with them on the issue.

The board did allow a Use Variance for the proposed Bed and Breakfast, but not for the store. In debating the issue, member David Eagle opined that converting the shop to retail was a minor detail to the owner. (He may have been wrong. Southborough Wicked Local reports that owner Jon Delli Priscolli was angered by the decision. For details on that, read SWL’s coverage.)

Later in the meeting, the board approved a project for 158 new townhouses with a planned exit onto Flagg Road which connects to Deerfoot. The resulting traffic on both roads was a point of ire for residents of Flagg Road.

The developer’s attorney and ZBA members pointed to traffic studies claiming that the additional traffic generated by the 40B is not a safety issue. [Editor's Note: The peer review conducted by a ZBA consultant did warn that additional development on the property could be an issue. I haven't see any traffic reports incorporating the newly proposed townhouses.]

Developer Bill Depietri of Capital Group has been meeting with abutters to come to consensus on his proposed developments. At issue are a 180 condo unit 40B and, up for discussion last night, the townhouses.  [click to keep reading…]

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Recent abduction attempts in the news have had me on edge. As a mother, I appreciate the Southborough Police sharing some tips, information, and resources for talking to our kids about “stranger danger.”

From their Facebook page yesterday:

In light of the recent possible & confirmed child abduction attempts around the state, we wanted to relay some useful information for parents and guardians on how to teach your children about strangers. Now, this post will be a long one, but it will be worth taking a moment to scroll through. The information was gathered and relayed by our School Resource Officer Kevin Landry.

“Stranger Safety Tips for Children”

Kids see strangers every day in stores, in the park, and in their neighborhoods. Most of these strangers are nice, normal people, but a few may not be. Parents can protect their children from dangerous strangers by teaching them about strangers and suspicious behavior, and by taking a few precautions of their own.

Who is a stranger?:

A stranger is anyone that your family does not know well. It’s common for children to think that “bad strangers” look scary (like the villains in cartoons). This is not only not true, but it’s dangerous for children to think this way. Pretty strangers can be just as dangerous as the not-so-pretty ones. When you talk to your children about strangers, explain that no one can tell if strangers are nice or not nice just by looking at them. They should be careful around ALL strangers. Don’t make it seem like all strangers are bad. If children need help–whether they’re lost, being threatened by a bully, or being followed by a stranger–the safest thing for them to do in many cases is to ask a stranger for help. You can make this easier for them by showing them which strangers are okay to trust.

Who are ‘safe’ strangers?:  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Country Capers: Senior songsters music and comedy performance for all ages (this week)

The Southborough Senior Songsters are putting on two performances of “Country Capers” this week. The show will feature 30 singers performing country music and comedy.

Country Capers flyerConsider the first performance dinner theater. This Friday, May 29th  at noon, the show will take place over lunch at the senior center. That show, for seniors, is by reservation only. Call 508-229-4453.

The lunch price is a suggested donation for Council of Aging members of $6, and $10 for non-members.

On Sunday, May 31st, the program is open to all ages for a suggested donation of $5 per person. (Light refreshments follow the show.)

Both shows take place at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road.

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on May 28, 2015

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Above: This home at 5 Hubley Lane went on the market this week for $735,000 (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

  • 8 Darlene Drive (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 142 days on the Market, Listed at $639,000
  • 19 Fitzgerald Lane (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 16 days on the Market, Listed at $774,000
  • 3 Wells Lane (map) – 12 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial – 82 days on the Market, Listed at $979,000

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Virginia M. (Harris) Nemensky, 92, of Southborough passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2015, after a short period of declining health.

She was the devoted wife of the late Francis J. Nemensky who passed away in 1986.

Virginia was a graduate of the former Girls’ High School in Boston. She worked as a secretary in Washington, D.C. during World War II and later was a medical secretary for the VA hospital of West Roxbury until she married and raised her family. Virginia and her husband took pleasure spending time and entertaining their families at their home. She also enjoyed her Friday evenings at Carbone’s.

She is survived by her children, Barbara Mee and her husband Bill of Londonderry , NH; Jack Nemensky and his companion Susan Gardner of Southborough; Patricia Joyce of Clifton Park, NY; her grandsons, Robert Mee and William Joyce; a sister in law Irene Harris of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews. [click to keep reading…]

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

May 27, 2015 02:30:00 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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BOS recruiting members of a property review committee

May 27, 2015 11:50:38 AM
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Last week, the Board of Selectmen approved a charge for a new committee: the Town Property Review Committee. Members agreed to start recruiting applicants for the 3-5 resident members.

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Garden Tour – June 13th

May 27, 2015 09:30:38 AM
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The Southborough Gardeners are holding a special tour on Saturday, June 13th.

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Police logs (5/22-5/25/15): A rest stop and brush fires

May 27, 2015 07:30:00 AM
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The latest log from Southborough Police Department.

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Photo Gallery: ARHS Boys Lacrosse

May 26, 2015 04:44:55 PM
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When I posted the sports schedule yesterday, I forgot to include any of the great ARHS Boys Lacrosse shots submitted. So, now I’m posting the whole gallery!

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The week in government: ZBA hearings on Park Central Townhouses and Burnett/Garfield Estate

May 26, 2015 02:30:00 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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News roundup: Brush fires, parking issues, water main work, Burnett house plans, and Park Central developments

May 26, 2015 11:20:55 AM
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I can’t cover everything that goes on in town. Luckily, The Metrowest Daily News/Southborough Wicked Local has reporters covering our beat.

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Photo Gallery: Memorial Day services 2015

May 26, 2015 09:27:46 AM
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Over the weekend, the town held its annual Memorial Day Services.

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