Missing cat from Valley Road

by beth on July 24, 2016

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Another owner is searching for her missing cat. Max is described as a very friendly black and gray cat with some white markings. The normally indoor cat is on the loose, missing from the Valley Road area.

If you spot him or think you saw him recently, please reach out to Kara, at 508-414-7141.

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Above: National Grid working to repair poles knocked into the reservoir by last night’s storm. (photo by Joao Melo)

storm damage on White Bagley Road (photo by Chris Wraight)Last night a sudden, severe storm with estimated 60 mph winds, lightning, torrential rain and hail tore through town. Damage in its wake includes many downed trees and lines, power outages, and at least one crushed car.

Town officials are warning residents this morning that several roads are still closed due to downed trees and lines. Police are asking residents to obey signs and travel safely.

According to National Grid, more than 1/3 of Southborough “customers” were out of power last night. Some of us got power back early this morning. But NGrid’s latest update shows close to 1/4 of town isn’t expected to get power back until noon on Sunday.

It’s not surprising, since the storm knocked several utility poles into the reservoir along the Boston Road (Route 30) causeway. As of now, utility crews are still working to replace them.

A reader shared the above photo of a car pinned by a downed tree along the White Bagley Road side of the reservoir. He also tells me there are massive tree limbs down by the cemetery on Route 85.

hail from last night's storm (photo by Beth Melo)Storm alerts after 5:30 pm last night shared potential for a thunderstorm. Updates after 7:00 pm began warning of severe storms with 60 mph winds and quarter sized hail moving through towns at 25 – 35 mph. The storm hit our town around 8:00 pm and seemed to last about 10 minutes.

Southborough Wicked Local reported on damage to the area. The following is the status last night:  [click to keep reading…]

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If you attend/watch our district’s school committee meetings, you know that unfunded mandates is the biggest gripe among members and administrators. A big part of that is reporting requirements which drive administrative costs up. It’s something the committees have been lobbying to change.

So, it’s not surprising when to learn the Superintendent pushed back on a recent public record request to compile data on salaries by gender. According to Southborough Wicked Local, she wasn’t alone.

The article explains that a researcher requested records statewide. The state passed on the request with a warning. Districts that failed to comply by last week would have to undergo training in Public Record Law.

SWL reports that most didn’t respond. Those that did requested from $100-$3,000 for providing the data. Northborough-Southborough was at the pricier end of that range, at $2,625. But in the Supertintendent’s defense, our three district system (Northborough, Southborough, and Algonquin) complicates tracking the data.

SWL staff spoke to her:  [click to keep reading…]

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Videos: Southborough in concert

by beth on July 22, 2016

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Above: Southborough Access Media captured a wide variety of musical performances in town over the past few months from a Pink Floyd musical tribute to a Senior Memories concert.

I guess it has been a while since I shared videos of events around town. I have too many to share all in one post – so I’m going to focus on musical entertainment for today.

The following videos include concerts and performances in a wide range of genres and styles by Southborough senior citizens and students, and professional bands brought in to entertain residents.

(To fit these in, I made the windows small. But you can click on the full screen symbol in bottom right corner to expand.)

Southborough Summer Concerts 2016: Jumpin’ Juba

July 7th concert on Neary field by the Blues and Rock band.

posted to You Tube by Southborough Access Media

Southborough Summer Concerts 2016: Chuck & Mud

June 23rd concert on Neary field. The band performed original Folk Americana tunes and featured Southborough teacher Matt Cassell.

posted to You Tube by Southborough Access Media

Trottier Big Band Concert at Cordaville Hall June 1, 2016

Middle schoolers performed for Southborough seniors  [click to keep reading…]

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The brush fire earlier today isn’t all the work the Southborough Fire Department has been up to.

Facebook posts from the SFD share other incidents, including a Hazmat response. And Southborough Police shared on Facebook a welcome distraction. Plus, local media shared more news on yesterday’s car crash.

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on July 21, 2016

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Above: This home at 43 Presidential Drive went on the market this week for $950,000 (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

  • 201 Parkerville Road (map) – 11 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Colonial – 21 days on the Market, Listed at $475,000
  • 9 Ted Lane (map) – 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape – 33 days on the Market, Listed at $500,000
  • 5 Boswell Lane (map) – 14 room, 4 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial – 73 days on the Market, Listed at $1,000,000

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Fire department working on brush fire behind Pinecone Lane

July 21, 2016 01:31:08 PM
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The Southborough Fire Department, with assistance from Northborough, is working to put out a brush fire this afternoon.

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Where to cool off indoors

July 21, 2016 10:00:17 AM
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Where are the best local places to escape the heat?

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Reminder: Summer Concert tonight

July 21, 2016 07:44:51 AM
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The Love Dogs will perform “Swingin’ Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues” tonight.

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Sciencetellers bringing excitement in science to the library – July 26

July 20, 2016 02:44:42 PM
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Enthusiastic educators will have kids laughing and learning about science next week.

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Comments on Park Central draft Environmental Impact Report due July 21

July 20, 2016 11:00:13 AM
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Residents who wish to comment on Park Central’s environmental impact should email selectmen by end of day tomorrow.

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Missing cat from Ledge Hill Road (Updated)

July 20, 2016 09:45:17 AM

A reader is asking for help locating two missing cats.

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SWL: Planning Board displeased with marijuana dispensary security plan

July 20, 2016 07:25:18 AM

On Monday night, the Planning Board began its Site Plan Review of the CommCan’s planned Medical Marijuana dispensary.

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Head on collision on Route 30 (Updated)

July 19, 2016 04:41:12 PM

Southborough Wicked Local reports that a victim of a head on collision in Southborough was flown to UMass Medical Center with “serious, but non-life threatening” injuries.

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