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Above: I’ve noticed a few overdue signs of spring around town. Can’t wait for everything else to start blooming. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

I’m excited to take a little time off. So I’m leaving you to entertain each other.

It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

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Post image for Reminder/Correction: Looking to save the cows? Public forum – April 26

Above: Many readers were saddened or outraged to hear the beloved Belties would have to leave Breakneck Hill. Now supporters have a chance to step up. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

[Editor's Note: I accidentally listed this in the calendar and events for the week as taking place on Thursday. So, I'm rerunning the post to ensure everyone has the right date!]

For those of you looking to “save” the Breakneck Hill cows, all may not be lost.

Last week, the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund announced the cows would be leaving the hill after this season. Since then, they have received “an outpouring of support” including from town officials.

On [April 8th], the group met to discuss their plans. In a letter  issued [April 9th], they announced the decision to hold a public forum on Sunday, April 26 [4:00 pm in the Barn at 61 Breakneck Hill Road.] Those who are looking to keep the cows at Breakneck Hill will have a chance to offer their support and ideas for solutions.

The fund warns that they have many hurdles to overcome in order to maintain a herd. They are looking for supporters to help with realistic plans.

Here is their announcement:

20150410_BHCF_logoDear Southborough Community,

The outpouring of support to keep the cows in Southborough has been overwhelming. We have received many phone calls, emails, and there have been many posts on MySouthborough expressing sadness that we are considering closing our operations. We have received verbal support and encouragement from Town leaders asking us to figure out a way to keep the cows on the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land. The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund (BHCF) board of directors met last night and decided that holding a public forum to generate realistic ideas to increase fund raising efforts, recruit and retain volunteers, and formulate plans to feed and graze the cows in Southborough is important. We need to give the Community a chance to help us. [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on April 23, 2015

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Above: This home at 37 Constitution Drive went on the market this week for $839,900 (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

  • 34 Gilmore Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 0h bath Colonial – 97 days on the Market, Listed at $419,900
  • 31 Darlene Drive (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 26 days on the Market, Listed at $750,000
  • 132 Marlboro Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial – 38 days on the Market, Listed at $839,000
  • 10 Bay Path Lane (map) – 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 40 days on the Market, Listed at $885,000.0
  • 2 Nipmuc Lane (map) – 12 room, 5 bed, 5f 2h bath Colonial – 47 days on the Market, Listed at $1,225,000

Sold  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Looking for Volleyball fun? Drop in or grab a chair – Something for every age

If you’re a volleyball enthusiast, here are some options for fun this spring and summer. Programs/resources cover all ages. (Click “flyers” below to enlarge.)

New in May are two sessions of “Chair Volleyball” for Seniors. Those games will be held by the Southborough Senior Center on May 1st and 8th at 11:00 am. 

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(Someone PLEASE send me a picture of that fun!)

volleyball_drop-in_springFor more agile players – The town is continuing to offer their “drop-in” volleyball games for $3 ea/per session through June 10th.

That’s open to anyone high school aged and older who wants to take part in a pickup game.

It takes place Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Woodward School gym.

volleyball_drop-in_summerIn the summer, the progam will move to the sand court at Neary School’s recreation field. Those games will be Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 – 6:00 pm for free.

Speaking of the Neary sand court – that’s the third option.

Any one, young or old can take advantage of the court. Two player can practice their volley. Or a group of friends can organize a pickup game.

As long as it isn’t in use (and not during school hours) the court is open to any resident for free recreation.

(Image cropped from photo posted to Flickr by JordanAnthony)

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Post image for Volvo invites Southborough to Grand Opening celebration (with entertainment for whole family) – April 23

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, April 23rd) the new Volvo of Southborough is holding a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. To celebrate, the new owners are inviting the public to a festive Grand Opening.

Come for the free cocktails and hors d’oevres. Or drop in for “entertainment for the whole family.” (A caricuturist will be on hand sketching images.)

The owners also promise a raffle drawing and a “Sneak Preview”.

The event takes place from 4:00 – 9:00 pm at 251 Turnpike Road.

(If you are surprised to learn it’s a new dealership, that means you missed Farrell Volvo’s changing of hands in the fall. The Farrell family sold their dealership after 33 years in Southborough. Southborough Wicked Local covered the new owners’ plans here.)

Click flyers below to enlarge for more details.  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Keep Smilin through a Day at the Derby – May 2

Above: Grab your derby hat for a a fun fundraiser this May. (Photo posted to Flickr by Mia Severson)

A charity with local links is holding a A Day at the Derby on Saturday, May 2nd.

The “Derby” will run from noon to 4:00 pm in Ashland. To get in the spirit they are encouraging ladies to don derby hats and fellows to dandy up with a bowtie.

The fundraiser is for KeepSmilin4Abbie.org. (As you may recall, the charity is a tribute to the life of Abbie Benford.)

Day at the Derby flyerFunds raised are to help with early detection of anaphylasis, increased awareness of the severity of anaphylaxis, and scholarships for high school students.

In Abby’s spirit, the charity’s fundraisers have focused around enjoying life. This one is no exception.

Festivities include food, live music, silent auction, “Derby Squares”, lawn games and prizes.

The Derby will be held at Warren Conference Center, 529 Chestnut Street, Ashland. To buy tickets, click here.

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Do you want increased transparency in Town Government? If so, how?

April 22, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Two votes at Town Meeting left me wondering how voter/residents feel about transparency? What do you want? Is more openness worth paying for?

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Obituary: Timothy T. T. Barton, 62

April 22, 2015 09:30:00 AM

A memorial service is planned this weekend for a member of the community who passed away last fall.

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Police Alert: Looking for white Jeep Wrangler; driver made suspicious approach to girl on bike

April 21, 2015 05:22:35 PM
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This evening, the Southborough Police Department issued a request for public assistance through the CodeRed system.

They are looking for any information related to a suspicious approach to a juvenile in town this afternoon.

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The week in government: Public Safety Study looks at affordability; Conservation Commission to sign extension on cow fund lease agreement

April 21, 2015 04:27:58 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week.

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This week in sports

April 21, 2015 02:24:38 PM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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BOS releases minutes on two closed meetings in response to AG ruling

April 21, 2015 12:13:23 PM

Last month, the Attorney General’s office ruled that the Board of Selectmen had broken Open Meeting Laws. In response, the Town has posted minutes from two closed session meetings.

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Obituary: Leon L. Spector, 86

April 21, 2015 10:54:52 AM

Leon L. Spector, 86, of Southborough, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Northborough.

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Southborough runners show they’re still Boston Strong

April 21, 2015 07:30:38 AM
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For those of you wondering how the 20 runners representing Southborough did in the marathon, here are the results.

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