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Above: Absentee Ballots are in for the Special Election (image cropped from Specimen Ballot)

Do you have a legitimate reason you can’t make it to the polls on Tuesday, November 7th? If so, you can apply for an Absentee Ballot. The ballots are already available.

According to the Town Clerk, Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:

  • will be absent from the city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.

To apply for a ballot for yourself or a family member click here to do it online. Or you can fill out an application at the Town Clerk’s office (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.)

The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot is noon on Monday, November 6th.

If you are voting in person, remember – beginning this election, all three precincts will vote in the Trottier Middle School gym at 49 Parkerville Road. The polls will be open from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th. 

special election candidates names on ballot

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If you’re looking for more background on the four candidates – Click on the image right for the official names on the ballot.  For a reminder of their backgrounds, click here. But, if you really want to learn more about them, save the date for Candidates’ Night, November 1st.

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Above: Every year, a surprising number of runners celebrate the Gobble Wobble by sporting fun Turkey Day hats. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

11 years ago, Friends of Southborough Recreation launched the “Gobble Wobble”. Now, each year over 1,000 locals flock to run the 5K or strut their stuff through the 2 mile walk. And many kids whoop their way through the free Fun Run.

Since the event always takes place on Thanksgiving, it would be silly to tell you to “save the date”. But, for those of you who like to get in shape for the 5K, I like to share a friendly reminder around this time that it’s coming upon us.

The Registration is at 7:00 am that morning* with the 5K run and 2K walk starting at 8:30 am. Babysitting will be available onsite again this year. (Though, you can usually find babies in backpacks or kids in jogging strollers in the race.)

The kids fun run kicks off at 9:30 am.

For more details and to sign up, click here.

And click here for a great photo gallery of  the 2016 Gobble Wobble.

Remember, this is a fundraiser. This year, in addition to supporting Friends of Rec, a portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the project to build a new playground for Finn School.

So, even if you aren’t interested in running, you can offer support by volunteering. To sign up, click here.

*As usual, pre-reg pickup is also available the day before from 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Trottier Middle School Gym.

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Missing cat - Lily

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Leftt: Has anyone seen her wandering around town? (Image contributed)

Lily has been missing from her Sears Road home since Monday night. Her owner is asking for help.

If you’ve seen her, please call 508-846-2635. (Click photo to enlarge for a better look.)

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Above: The old ice pond on Beal’s Preserve (Photo by Beth Melo)

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 Selectmen adopt policy for filling committee vacancies <em>(2 dozen public spots left to fill)</em>

Above: The Town’s website highlights openings on five Town Committees most of which were filled this week. But there are close to 20 other committees with vacancies that still need volunteers. (image from Town website)

Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen made several more appointments to committees. That still leaves many openings for appointed positions. (Scroll down for the list.)

Communication issues over some of the recent appointments prompted the Town administration team to recommend a process. It was a policy that selectmen adopted as official.

The policy applies to candidates for committees that are appointed by selectmen. Some highlights:

  • All candidates must submit a volunteer form to the Board of Selectmen (not the committee)
  • New vacancies will be publicized through Town’s website and twitter, cable and any appropriate local media by two weeks prior to application close date
  • New volunteers will be publicly interviewed by selectmen with some allowed exceptions: previous members of committees, candidates interviewed within the past year, or when selectmen vote to waive interviews (for instance based on recommendations by the committee)
  • Though it provides clear guidelines, selectmen have the ability to waive rules if they interfere with best interest of the Town.

To read the full policy, click here.

An impetus for the new policies was related to last month’s interview of Michael Robbins for an alternate membership on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

This week, Selectman Brian Shea told fellow members that it was very uncomfortable not appointing a candidate they liked. Selectmen had chosen to instead delay and better advertise the opening. That was based on complaints they heard from people that were unaware of the vacancy.

Putting the word out wider failed to net any new candidates. On Tuesday night, selectmen appointed Robbins. 

Town Administrator Mark Purple said that coordinating recruiting for all of the openings on Town Committees has had them “chasing their tail”.   [click to keep reading…]

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on October 19, 2017

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Above: This home at 120 Deerfoot Road went on the market this week for $465,000 (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

  • 32 Pine Hill Road (map) – 13 room, 4 bed, 4f 0h bath Colonial – 36 days on the Market, Listed at $899,000
  • 4 Nathan Stone Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 20 days on the Market, Listed at $800,000

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

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Selectmen may waive right to stop development instead of asking voters – decision on November 8th (Updated)

October 18, 2017 05:46:23 PM
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While some Town Committees are working out how to potentially preserve an historic home and keep land from potentially being developed for large housing projects, opponents to funding a CPC project are asking what other future, potential projects could be funded with the money.

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If Only we could keep kids from abusing prescription drugs – film and panel on November 8th

October 18, 2017 02:20:44 PM
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Parents are invited to a special film followed by a discussion panel. The focus is avoiding and/or dealing with drug use and addiction in teens.

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Leominster man charged for Southborough burglaries – again

October 18, 2017 11:08:36 AM
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Southborough Police announced the arrest of a suspect in burglaries on Flagg and General Henry Knox roads. According to the statement, the SPD was key to his arrest for these crimes and others.

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Find out results of Downtown Survey – Monday (Data to help pave roadmap for downtown Main St)

October 18, 2017 09:43:30 AM
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Results from the Downtown Survey are back. But, I can’t tell you what they were – at least, not yet. A meeting to present the findings is scheduled for this Monday.

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Assabet benefits from state Skills Capital Grants for voc programs: Aid for Advanced Manufacturing

October 18, 2017 07:30:53 AM
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Assabet students looking to “Do. More.” in the high school program and adults seeking to learn Advanced Manufacturing skills in the evening are getting a boost through a state grant.

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Birds of Prey to visit all ages – October 28

October 17, 2017 04:10:21 PM
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If you’ve been jealous of all the animal programs in Town for the kiddies, no need to be any longer. One’s coming that’s geared for you, too.

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Celebrate Wellness: Grand Opening Thursday night

October 17, 2017 02:00:00 PM
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Another new business opened in Southborough. The owners are inviting the public to celebrate with wine tasting, appetizers and desserts.

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Seeking volunteers for Cable Committee

October 17, 2017 12:59:27 PM
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The Town is seeking more committee volunteers. Members won’t be expected to do “heavy lifting”, but there is a 3-4 year commitment.

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