Above: The popular free pony rides are just one of the things that keep families coming back to Southborough’s annual end of summer festival (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)
In case you missed it, or forgot, Southborough’s end of summer celebration is tonight, Saturday, August 27. (Yes, I know that I said I’d post the parking details on Friday. . . but I got wrapped up with family affairs and forgot!)
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Click on the image right for the event map with parking info. For detailed parking and drop off information, click here.
Now here’s a reminder of the fun in store:
The festival begins at 5:00 pm and ends with the pyrotechnics after dark.
For music, they are bringing back a popular past act, the Infractions. I’m told they’re even bigger and better this year.
Free fun for kids includes “games galore” Balloon twisters, and these returning favorites:
Rock Climbing Wall
Inflatable Moon Bounces
65’ Inflatable Obstacle Course
Video Arcade on Wheels
ARHS Robotics Team Demonstrations
Free fun doesn’t mean leave your wallet at home. After all, what’s a festival without food?
This year, Julianne’s Catering joins the fray, slinging wood-fired oven pizza. There will also be a Mexican Food truck, Trombetta’s Creamery, Dean’s Concessions Food Truck, Domino’s Pizza and Yummy Mummy Brownies. [click to keep reading…]
I’m supposed to be on vacation. But, Park Central pulled me back in!
On Monday, the Zoning Board of Appeals posted an addition to today’s agenda on the project “and to vote upon.” Interestingly, the meeting is scheduled for 4:30 pm on a summer afternoon.
This follows a recent announcement giving residents and boards to noon yesterday to provide any conditions they want considered. Meanwhile, the Planning Board and Conservation Commission have yet to complete their reviews and submit feedback to the ZBA.
The announcement has alarmed many. Residents are questioning the board’s choice to “hit the accelerator” during a month when many residents are away. Two neighbors publicly raised the possibility that the ZBA is motivated by the project chair is moving out of Town.
[Editor’s Note: That is an accusation that has not been confirmed. But neighbors are sure to be asking it this afternoon.]
The project is what many residents have been calling the biggest project we’ve ever seen in Southborough (aside from building the Sudbury Reservoir in the 1800s). Neighbors are estimating it represents expanding Town residences by 10%. It will add 180 condo units and 139 townhouses off of Flagg Road.
I haven’t had time to finish watching the last 3 hours of last week’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. The project keeps developing faster than I can keep up with. Which is why I wasn’t prepared to post a story last week or this one. But given issues raised last night – I can’t hold off on posting any longer.
At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town heard a water report, discussed Flagg Road safety issues, and heard from Town Counsel and residents. Today, I’m just focusing on the issue of timing. [click to keep reading…]
The summer is slipping away. I need to dedicate some time to my kids before it’s gone. (And before they’re too old to let me!)
I’ll be back to share more info on Summer Nights this Friday. In the meantime, you can share your own news with each other using the most recent Open Thread.
If you have kids, click here for a reminder of Town and local resources for enjoying the last week of summer with them. (Just remember that a couple of the walking trails are temporarily out of service.)
Author Loius J Prosperi became fascinated with the “Imagineers” behind Disney theme park rides. Now he’s teaching readers how to harness their methods for success in their own lives. Prosperi published “The Imagineering Pyramid: Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Promote Your Creative Ideas.”
The author will explain his concepts to patrons at the Southborough Library in two weeks. On Wednesday, August 30th, the Library is hosting an author event by Prosperi.
Here’s an overview of his concept from the book jacket:
Creativity. Innovation. Success. That’s Disney Imagineering. It was the Imagineers who brought Walt Disney’s dreams to life. Now you can tap into the principles of Imagineering to make your personal and professional dreams come true. [click to keep reading…]
The first day of Southborough schools is only a week and a half away. In preparation, the Southborough Schools have posted the new bus routes. (Don’t forget that the schools always warn to be prepared 10 minutes before – and after – you expect the bus to arrive!)
Now that you know what bus your child is taking, it’s time to talk Bus Monitors for the Finn/Woodward trips!
Do you have a Kindergartner scared about getting on the bus the first day? Does your 1st-3rd grader gets nervous the first week of school. Or maybe you’re the one nervous about putting your child on the bus.
Volunteering as Bus Monitor can help.
The first two days of school, volunteers monitor the Finn-Woodward bus route. The dates are Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1.
Monitors only need to commit to one trip. (Though you can take as many as are available.)
Even if your child is rearing to go, consider taking a shift.
Having monitors on the bus the first few days is important for the safety of our young students. Volunteers help children establish safe patterns for the school year. [click to keep reading…]
Above: An eagle eye’s (or drone’s eye) view of Southborough (posted to YouTube by Matt Eastwood)
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