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Above: Among the Town’s newest after school programs is Drone Pilot classes for Trottier students. (Image posted to flickr by Don McCullough)

The fall session of Recreation After-school Programs (RAP) starts later this month. While registration is open until next Friday, September 11, at least two classes were already full when I checked. And a few others were getting close.

In addition to some returning favorites, Town Rec promotes:

NEW classes include Quidditch, Power Hour Basketball, Whimsical Sea Creatures, App Design and Drone Pilot!

If you aren’t familiar with the RAP program, these are five week classes covering a fun range of sports, arts, and other activities:

 to develop social, academic and physical skills for children in a fun and friendly environment.

Instead of getting on the bus, students stay after school. The students must then be picked up at the end of the session.*

Below is quick list by school with links to their flyers for descriptions and schedules.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Students eager to start earning a “WuWo” t-shirt will have to wait one more week.

Earlier this week, I answered a commenter’s question by stating that Woodward’s Wake Up and Work Out program will start this coming Tuesday. Today, I learned that the school plans to delay the start an extra week.

Organizers made the change to avoid adding to next week’s expected traffic woes. The morning program will now start on Tuesday, September 15.

The popular free program is run by School Nurse Mary Ellen Duggan and Phys Ed teacher Tiffany Goode. Fun games get students’ blood pumping for a great day at school.

In past communications, Principal Randall explained:

Research suggests that children who exercise before school have more energy, improved attention, increased self-esteem, better behavior and are more involved and engaged during school. The goals of this program are to maximize and increase student fitness levels and healthy attitudes toward exercise and fitness and at the same time help the students be better prepared to focus and learn.

The program runs Tuesday and Friday mornings. To participate, children must be dropped off at 8:00 am. (Don’t be late, because anyone arriving after 8:10 am can’t join in. Between 8 and 8:10, directions are given, teams are formed, etc.)

No registration is required.

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Post image for Eight roads to be paved next week: Boston Road (causeway closed 9/8-9/9), Central Street and more

Above: Expect a lot of detours next week as the town takes on seven paving projects. (Image posted to flickr by Kate Ter Ha)

An electronic sign on Framingham Road warns drivers that Boston Road will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

It’s just one of seven projects scheduled for next week, for the paving of eight roads in town.

So, commuters may want to get an earlier start next week. And those of you with kids on school buses should expect some to experience delays due to detour traffic issues. (Just when the drivers were getting on schedule! )

The silver lining is we should have a lot smoother streets and fewer potholes ten days from now!

Here is the Department of Public Works’ posted “tentative” schedule for next week:

BELOW IS THE UPDATED STREET PAVING LIST – THIS LIST IS TENTATIVE AND IS DEPENDENT ON WEATHER, EQUIPMENT AND TRAFFIC

Boston Road at East Main – Paving 9/8
Boston Road Causeway – Paving 9/8-9/9
Central Street – Paving 9/9
Breakneck Hill – Paving 9/10
Sunrise – Paving 9/10
Jericho Hill – Paving 9/11
Ledge Hill Road, Wyeth Circle, Whistler Lane – Paving 9/11-9/12

For updates, check the Town website.

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One of the town’s most well-respected elders, Dr. Timothy Stone, reached a big milestone today. The retired physician turned 100 years old today.

Dr. Stone’s resume also includes serving as a WWII Army medical officer, Southborough’s medical examiner, and a long-time member of our Board of Health.

Learn more about the doctor here:

  • A 2012 Community Advocate profile
  • A 1992 Metrowest Daily News clipping and the paper’s 2009 follow up
  • A tribute by Chair John Rooney at the start of this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting

(Image and MWDN clipping from Town website)

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on September 3, 2015

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Above: This home at 22 East Main Street went on the market this week for $424,900 (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

  • 24 Liberty Drive (map) – 9 room, 5 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 106 days on the Market, Listed at $757,500
  • 119 Carriage Hill Circle (map) – 7 room, 2 bed, 3f 1h bath Townhouse – 116 days on the Market, Listed at $584,900

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Registration open for Neary Drama

by beth on September 2, 2015

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Above: What do you get when you combine the producers of  Neary’s 2014 Jungle Book Jr. production with the script from Peter Pan Jr? Hopefully a rollicking time for the whole cast. (Image Left from Skyrise, Right posted to Flickr by St. George’s School)

Whether your child “hearts” fairies and mermaids or loves pirates and crocodiles, one school musical this year is sure to please.

Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to join the cast of Neary School’s Peter Pan Jr. production. For the third year, the school has outsourced the drama program to Skyrise Children’s Theater:

Throughout the rehearsal process, students will learn a 60 minute version of the classic tale with popular songs “I won’t grow up, and Never Never Land”. Each child will learn stage presence, responsibility of learning a part, and working as a team to put an amazing performance at the end of the rehearsal process.

The production is run as an after school program (so, there is a registration fee.) Due to the popularity of the program, it’s split into two casts. Each cast meets weekly (on Wednesday or Friday) from mid-October through February. There are a few extra rehearsals on dates closer to the performance.

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Videos: From summer fun to back-to-school

September 2, 2015 02:20:21 PM

Here is the latest round of videos from local media and the schools.

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Project Friend: Bringing together Big and Little Friends

September 2, 2015 12:23:35 PM
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Southborough Youth and Family Services is preparing for another season of Project Friend. The mentoring program matches Big and Little Friends.

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Troop 1 Scouts and Alumni invited to mark 100 yrs – September 12

September 2, 2015 09:11:28 AM
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It’s a big year for Southborough’s first Boy Scout troop.

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Register for fall soccer: Town Pre-K classes and Southborough Youth Soccer (Updated)

September 1, 2015 04:11:24 PM
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Limited registration for SYS fall season, plus preK classes through the town.

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The week in government: Appointment of new Library Trustee; DPW request for Ad Hoc sidewalk committee

September 1, 2015 01:37:21 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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This week in sports

September 1, 2015 09:30:27 AM
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Here’s what’s on tap this week in high school sports.

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Events this week: Ice Cream social; back to school business, and Meet the Farmer

September 1, 2015 07:30:37 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Obituary: Sandra (Bertonazzi) Cincotta, 74

August 31, 2015 04:00:34 PM

Sandra (Bertonazzi) Cincotta, 74, of Sebago, ME, and formerly a long time resident of Southborough, died peacefully on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

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