June 2009

Gas prices on the rise

June 30, 2009 04:12:19 PM

Gas prices fell by two cents this week, but overall they’re up an average of almost $1.00 since the start of the year. That may sound bad, but let’s remember that last year at this time prices were up over $4.00 a gallon. The state average is $2.62 for a gallon of regular. The Gulf […]

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Kids’ Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday

June 30, 2009 02:03:50 PM

The Southborough Library will hold its annual Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday. All kids are invited to march from the Library up to the Town House. The parade starts at 11:00 am. Refreshments will be provided.

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Follow-up discussion about Southborough’s villages

June 30, 2009 11:54:07 AM

Back in April, the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) held a public workshop on the future of Southborough’s village districts — Downtown, Fayville, Cordaville, and Southville. There was a scheduling conflict that night, and some residents were unable to attend, so the ZAC will hold another discussion on Wednesday night. The discussion is part of an […]

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Volunteers sought for PILOT committee

June 30, 2009 09:29:06 AM

You pay property taxes (pressumably). I pay property taxes. But some of the biggest landowners in town don’t. St. Mark’s, Fay School, The New England Center for Children, and Harvard are all tax-exempt non-profit organizations, which means they’re not required to pay property taxes on land they own. But while they don’t pay taxes, they […]

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In the media: Locals join Pike lawsuit

June 30, 2009 06:59:36 AM

Southborough resident Robert Ackley was one of three original plantiffs in the class-action lawsuit against the Turnpike Authority that alleges unfair taxation. The Metrowest Daily News has a story on how the lawsuit came to be: In March, Sandra Murphy had a letter published in the Daily News, arguing the Mass. Turnpike toll system is […]

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Southborough kids enjoy extraterrestrial magic show

June 29, 2009 04:33:02 PM

I took the wee one to the Southborough Library last Friday to check out the Planets Magic Show by Debbie O’Carroll. The place was packed despite the fact that it was one of the few dry mornings that week. I snapped these shots of the show. In this scene Debbie was playing an earthy Earth. […]

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In the media: Foundation honors sisters by promoting safe driving

June 29, 2009 02:04:37 PM

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that the Murphy Sisters’ Foundation recently made several donations in honor of Algonquin students and Southborough residents Shauna and Meghan Murphy, who were killed in a car accident in 2005. To promote safe driving, the foundation donated $5,000 to Christo’s Driving School to subsidize the cost of In Control […]

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Selectmen adopt looser residency requirement for police chief

June 29, 2009 11:48:07 AM

A few weeks ago, I told you selectmen had made a decision about residency requirements for Southborough’s new police chief. Turns out that wasn’t the case. What I thought was a decision was only a discussion. The actual decision wasn’t made until last week. Selectmen have always said that residency in town is “strongly preferred,” […]

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Why flags were at half-staff on Friday

June 29, 2009 09:35:16 AM
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Governor Deval Patrick requested flags be lowered to half-staff across the state on Friday for Master Sergeant Kevin A. Dupont who died on Wednesday, June 17 of wounds suffered earlier this year in Kandau, Afghanistan.

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The week in town government

June 29, 2009 06:57:38 AM

The town meeting schedule is relatively light this week, but of note is the inaugural meeting of the Police Chief Search Committee on Wednesday. Monday, June 29 Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House (agenda) Tuesday, June 30 No meetings scheduled Wednesday, July 1 Police Chief Search Committee, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, […]

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New team at Southboro Medical focuses on diabetes care

June 26, 2009 02:12:20 PM

Southboro Medical Group has assembled a new team to offer care to patients with diabetes. The team, led by Dr. Daniel Crowe includes a certified diabetes educator, dietitian, and nurses. Here’s an excerpt from Southboro Medical’s press release: According to Dr. Crowe: “The goal of the team approach to diabetes care is to empower the […]

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St. Mark’s adopts green practices

June 26, 2009 11:56:30 AM

St. Mark’s is adopting some changes to make their operations a bit greener. They eliminated the use of trays in their dining center to conserve water and cut down on wasted food. This fall they’ll use an organic approach to maintain their athletic fields. And the Board of Trustees recently adopted a nine point Sustainability […]

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‘Tis the season for … mosquitos

June 26, 2009 09:31:20 AM

According to an article in the Boston Globe, the near-constant drizzle we’ve had this month will probably not result in a large increase in the local mosquito population. The Metrowest Daily News agrees. While numbers won’t be massive, both sources say it will be an “above-average” mosquito year. I remember the days when the whole […]

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Lightning safety tips from the fire department

June 26, 2009 06:52:36 AM

We had a touch of thunder and lightning last night, so it seems like a good time to point you to some tips on lightning safety from the Southborough Fire Department. You can read about good places to take refuge during a storm (enclosed buildings, hard-topped cars) and not-so-good ones (open structures like dugouts and […]

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