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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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SWL: Rte 9 work to avoid biggest impacts

by beth on August 15, 2018

Southborough Wicked Local dug up more details on the upcoming Route 9 project I posted about yesterday. According to MassDOT and Southborough Public Works, the plan will minimize commuter disruption:

“The new main layout was designed to keep the water main in the shoulder of the MassDOT right-of-way and out of the travel lanes wherever possible,” wrote Public Works Superintendent Karen Galligan, in a memo to selectmen when the project started. . .

The work will be done at night, Sunday through Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to the department.

You can read my previous post here and the SWL article here.

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Above: Quick links to ways to make most of the summer includes stories I never got around to this summer and ones from the start of the season (scroll to bottom for photo credits)

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.

Most of these are stories from this summer that you may have missed. A few are topics I planned to cover, but never managed to this year.

Sign up for your last chance for camp

Next week is the last full week for kids to enjoy camp. Many area programs (including Southborough Rec’s) will have finished. But St. Mark’s Episcopal Church volunteers will hold their annual Vacation Bible School camp from August 20-24. It’s not too late to sign kids up for it. The program is for age 4 to grade 5.

Check out upcoming/ongoing events

Make use of some of the Town’s recreational facilities

Enjoying cool fun on hot days

Explore other Area outdoor fun  [click to keep reading…]

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Back to school supply lists for K-8

by beth on August 15, 2018

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As I posted earlier this morning – It’s almost time for pencils, time for books. . . and of course, glue, crayons, markers, folders, erasers, glue sticks. . .

So, are you ready to do some back-to-school shopping?

For those of you who didn’t order kits in the spring – Southborough schools have posted their 2018-19 school supply lists.

One thing I learned the hard way from past experience – some of the lists include details you shouldn’t fret over. Often, the specific brand of a folder or exact dimensions of a pencil box are just details copied from the versions in the kits that were sold through SOS. You don’t need to adhere to every detail.

Speaking of fundraising kits, Finn SOS is repeating the method it launched last year. Parents are able to purchase items through the Amazon Smile program with a 0.5% kickback to Finn SOS. The lists are easy to pull up so you can add items to the shopping cart.

Don’t worry, if you have a favorite discount store in the area, you aren’t required to shop online.

But I like the option for busy parents. Especially since it allows you to edit out unnecessary items. (For instance – why buy another box of colored pencils, if the your kid brought home last year’s practically unused?) 

Still, if using the Amazon lists you do need to pay attention to the details in the notes beside listed items. (I noticed an item on one Kindergarten teacher’s list recommended parents look in stores for the individual folder rather than ordering the box of 25 folders listed online.)

Here are the links for the supply lists by school:

Now you can start checking the back-to-school flyers and sales and get shopping!

(Tip: I usually get my shopping done quickly at Walmart in Hudson. Last year, they had everything my 3rd and 5th graders needed, cheap. Though I had to run over to the office supply/stationary section for a few of the items.)

(Image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Morgan)

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With Southborough public schools starting two weeks from today, back to school activities are starting soon. It’s also not long until holidays and half days begin popping up. Not all of them are on the district calendar.

So, it’s time to mark some dates.

Below are the orientation and “welcome back” activities through September:

  • Wednesday, 8/22, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Trottier Open House for new students
  • Thursday, 8/23, Algonquin‘s First Day for fall sports tryouts
  • Monday, 8/27, Finn & Woodward Open Houses
    • 1st Grade, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • Pre-K and K, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    • 3rd Grade, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • 2nd Grade, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, 8/27, 6:30 pm, Algonquin‘s Fall Sports Night for parents and student athletes
  • Tuesday, 8/28, Algonquin welcome activities
    • 9:00 – 11:00 am, Orientation for Freshmen
    • 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Orientation for new students in 10-12th grades
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Freshmen Dance
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parent Meeting for parents of freshmen
  • Wednesday, 8/29, First Day of School
  • Wednesday, 8/29, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Ice Cream Social
  • Wednesday, 9/5, 6:30 pm, ARHS Parent-Teacher Open House (follow student schedule)
  • Thursday, 9/6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Neary Curriculum Night for parents (stay tuned for grade specific schedule)
  • Thursday, 9/13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Woodward & Neary Instrument Rental night (information night for parents & students considering band or orchestra)
  • Thursday, 9/13, Trottier Orientation & Curriculum Night
    • 5:30 – 6:15 pm, 6th Grade Parents Stone Orientation (information about 2-night trip in October)
    • 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Curriculum Night

You’ll also want to note the the No School and Early Dismissal dates this year. Five of them aren’t on the district calendar:

  • Monday, 9/3, – Tuesday, 9/4, No School – Labor Day
  • Monday, 9/10, No public school – Rosh Hashana
  • Thursday, 9/13, K-8 Early Release
  • Wednesday, 9/19, No School – Yom Kippur [click to keep reading…]

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Welcome to Kindergarten party – August 22

by beth on August 14, 2018

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Above: For some kids, its just over two weeks until they step on a school bus for the first time. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

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.

The festivities take place next Wednesday, August 22nd, at 2:30 pm in the Eaton Meeting Room, downstairs.

Kids will enjoy fun, relevant stories and make a craft. And of course, it’s not a party without treats.

Registration is required and space is limited. So sign up soon. You can call the library at 508-485-5031 or stop by the Children’s Room desk.
book "Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten"
If you’ve read this far, I assume you have a child entering Kindergarten.

You may be interested in checking out one of the Getting Ready for Kindergarten books I wrote about some summers back as a guest contributer, before I took over the blog.

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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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State Primary: Who can vote, Changing parties, Who’s up for vote, and residents on the ballots

August 14, 2018 12:02:37 PM
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Tomorrow is the last day to change your party affiliation in time for the primaries. So, it’s a good time to look at what’s on each party’s ballot. Surprisingly, the two big ones each feature a current or former resident.

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Dunkin Donuts donates – over $200K to NECC

August 14, 2018 09:56:26 AM
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Southborough’s NECC happily accepted a big check from local Dunkin Donuts business owners last week.

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15th Annual Summer Nights on August 25

August 13, 2018 04:57:50 PM
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It’s time to mark your calendars for Southborough’s summer end bash.

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Public Safety Complex – July Progress Report

August 13, 2018 02:11:55 PM
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The committee overseeing construction of the new Southborough Public Safety Complex have shared the second issue of monthly progress reports on the project.

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Senior Picnic is August 29th

August 13, 2018 11:25:47 AM
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State Representative Carolyn Dykema will hold the traditional picnic for 8th district seniors.

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The week in government: Rec on Capital Planning; Public Safety Building update to BOS; revised charge for Main St Working Group

August 13, 2018 10:03:36 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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Events this week: Legos, Flea Circus, Scratch Coding, Playground Grand Opening and more

August 13, 2018 07:30:37 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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