Time for a mini-blogcation

by beth on August 17, 2018

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There are less than 2 weeks until the kids are back in school. And I haven’t taken much of a break from blogging this summer.

So, it’s time for a mini-break. I’ll be taking a long weekend to enjoy the summer. That doesn’t mean you have to. Click here for the most recent Open Thread to keep talking amongst yourselves.

Look for me to be back online on Tuesday. (In the meantime, to learn about Town meetings like Monday’s the Public Works Planning Board Meeting, check the Town website.)

(Adorable photo posted to Flickr by tom@hk | 湯米tomhk)

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Post image for Obituary: Joan “Kellie” (Halliday) Ferri, 83

Joan “Kellie” (Halliday) Ferri, 83, a longtime resident of Southborough and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard P. Ferri, who died in 2010. Together they were co-owners of the Vaccon Company in Medway.

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Keefe) and Wilfred Halliday. Joan graduated from Framingham High School in 1952 and continued her education at Worcester Teaching College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956.

She was a substitute teacher in the Southborough school system, and was very active in the Southborough community and youth organizations; including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

Joan also helped start Southborough Youth Girls Softball League. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf until her illness would not allow her to continue. In addition to being an avid golf and tennis fan, she was also a longtime Notre Dame football fan.

Joan was two-time breast cancer survivor and a one-time lung cancer survivor. She was the inspiration for the “pink pump” breast cancer awareness promotion established in her honor by Vaccon employees; a very unique product that was embraced in the industrial automation industry.  [click to keep reading…]

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Recreation has asked me to share their thanks to sponsors of the 15th Annnual Summer Nights.

But first – I want to remind readers that the department is also hosting a celebration to thank sponsors of the Fayville Playground. The fun is at the playground at 10:00 am on Saturday, with a Sunday rain date. (Click here for the details on that.)

Now here are the sponsors of this year’s big end of summer bash. (Click here to read more about the August 25th evening festival.)

  • Southborough Summer Nights sponsor flyer

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    Speech and Language Therapy (S&L Therapy)

  • St. Mary’s Credit Union
  • Capital Group Properties
  • Metrowest Tourism and Visitors Bureau
  • Ken’s Foods
  • Brendon Properties
  • Eagle Leasing
  • Long Cadillac
  • Wee Care for Little People
  • Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Main Street Bank
  • Fay School
  • The New England Center for Children
  • Phaneuf Cutting and Concrete
  • Friends of Southborough Recreation
  • Representative Carolyn Dykema
  • Senator Jamie Eldridge

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Letter: Harold E. Fay Memorial Field

by beth on August 16, 2018

[Ed note: My Southborough accepts signed letters to the editor submitted by Southborough residents. Letters may be emailed to mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

To the Editor:

The Southborough community is looking forward to the opening of the newly-renovated Harold E. Fay Memorial Park this weekend. The long list of volunteers and financial contributors will be duly recognized at this weekend’s Grand Opening.

We should also remember the many town volunteers, town officials and local businesses who renovated the Park in 1998-1999. The Park was identified as a priority in the Recreation Master Plan by the then Recreation Facilities Committee, ad hoc. The Park had long been neglected and was in need of a major overhaul.

For example, the brush on the west (Reservoir) side of the Park was so overgrown, that it literally crushed the fence that separates DCR property from town property. Three local landscaping firms each cleared a 100 yard section of the brush along the fence line adding a ¼ acre of new space, a significant addition to the 2 acre Park. It also created a terrific view of the Reservoir, especially from the newly-installed Pavilion.

The foundation and footings of the pavilion were installed by local contractor Bill Picardi. The roof of the pavilion was installed by students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. The roof of the pavilion may have been crushed by the storm (tornado?) but the sturdy foundation remains and is being reused for the new pavilion.

The walking path that circumvents the Park was constructed by Curtiss Landscaping; the new backstop and improvements to the infield were paid for by Southborough Youth Baseball. The basketball court was repainted and new baskets were added.

Last, but certainly not least, please remember the 90 local residents who installed the playground equipment over a very cold and wet weekend in October, 1998. Domino’s Pizza of Southborough contributed the necessary food throughout the weekend, served by Girl Scout Troop 2780 and Cub Scouts of Den 4, Pack 26. Kindergroup coordinated the volunteers. The Steeple Coffee House provided the much-needed coffee throughout the weekend. Karen Challen was a constant “presence” throughout the weekend, passing out hats, gloves and cleaning up packing materials.

It was an amazing accomplishment of which I am often reminded by many of the participants. “Remember how cold it was?” and “But we got it done!” It was simply one of those “you had to be there” community events.  [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on August 16, 2018

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Above: This home at 2 Devine Lane went on the market this week for $795,000 (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

  • 31 East Main Street (map) – 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Colonial – 113 days on the Market, Listed at $299,900
  • 17 Oregon Road, Unit 10 (map) – 6 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse – 6 days on the Market, Listed at $579,900
  • 4 Peggy Drive (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 21 days on the Market, Listed at $625,000
  • 7 Sunrise Drive (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 59 days on the Market, Listed at $725,000
  • 27 Stonebrook Court, Unit 13 (map) – 6 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse – 17 days on the Market, Listed at $579,900
  • 6 Valley Road (map) – 9 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Garrison – 108 days on the Market, Listed at $599,900

Sold

  • 57 Carriage Hill Circle (map) – 7 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse – 22 days on the Market, Listed at $598,000, Sold at $598,000

*Listings for the week are based on data pulled from MLS on Thursday mornings.

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Post image for 27th Annual Falconi Golf Outing – September 17th

Above: A community tradition continues raising green for the Senior Center on the greens. (Image left from Around the Clock Home Healthcare on Facebook, right from Southborough Senior Center old photo gallery)

Golfers – Don’t forget to register for the 27th Annual Falconi Family Memorial Golf Outing. The Southborough Senior Center’s biggest annual fundraiser takes place on Monday, September 17. As always, 100% of the proceeds support the center.

Once again, the tournament will take place at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough.

Organizers are seeking sponsors. If you are interested in promoting your business, or supporting the center, you can sponsor the outing, donate a raffle prize, or make a cash donation. Click here for details.

If you want to join the fun, you should sign up soon. Click here for more details and the registration form.

The Falconi Tournament details are same as in past years: [click to keep reading…]

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Babysitting 101 for 12+ on August 27th

August 15, 2018 04:13:52 PM
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Southborough Recreation is offering another Babysitting 101 course for tweens/teens 12 years old and up.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

August 15, 2018 02:11:38 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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SWL: Rte 9 work to avoid biggest impacts

August 15, 2018 12:52:20 PM

Southborough Wicked Local dug up more details on the upcoming Route 9 project I posted about yesterday.

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Making the most of kids’ (and adults’) end of summer

August 15, 2018 11:20:23 AM
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As I posted this morning, school kids only have two more weeks of summer vacation. For those looking to make the most of this time, I’ve compiled links to help. But you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy all the summer fun in our area.

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Back to school supply lists for K-8

August 15, 2018 09:20:43 AM
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If you’ve been waiting to find out what supplies you need, wait no longer.

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Back to school dates: Upcoming orientations, school-specific Half days, Holidays, and more (Updated-again)

August 15, 2018 07:30:55 AM
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With school less than two weeks away, Southborough’s back to school activities are starting soon. With the start of school, it’s also not long until holidays and half days begin popping up.

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Welcome to Kindergarten party – August 22

August 14, 2018 04:43:34 PM
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The Class of 2031 is about to begin a big journey. To kick it off, the Southborough Library is holding a Welcome to Kindergarten party.

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Update on highway improvements: Land conveyed, Rte 9 work to begin, and status of 495/90 project (Updated)

August 14, 2018 02:40:38 PM
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A road resurfacing and improvement project will cover the 1.47 mile stretch of Route 9 from the Framingham line to just West of White Bagley Road/Breakneck Hill Road.

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