May 16 - Confirmed per Day in Southborough over 14 daysThis morning, the Town posted it’s weekly updated Covid figures. As of this morning, there were 71 new or probable cases confirmed in one week, 1199 in 2 weeks. The number of cases per day over two weeks is at its highest since January.

The Town’s cumulative total over the course of the pandemic is 2223 cases with 66 cases labeled active.

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Post image for Events this week: Mental Health story times and documentaries, Cultural Voices, Teen/Tween Stress, SOLF meeting, Go the Distance, Community Read, NECC 5K, and Gardeners Show & Sale

Above: This week’s highlights include several events that are tied into Southborough Youth & Family Services’ Mental Health Awareness Month series, plus the return of the Southborough Gardeners to the Community House and the in-person NECC 5K for Autism. (center photo by Beth Melo, bottom row from NECC event website)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. Several of the events are tied into the Town’s Mental Health Awareness series.

Monday, May 16, 2022

  • Preschool Story Time – Mental Health Awareness Series (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required. This session will be part of Mental Health Awareness Month, with appropriately selected stories.
  • Bereavement Group (1:00 – 2: 00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: The Bereavement Group is a monthly support group is for ages 50 and older. To sign up to join the group, please call Leslie Chamberlin, R.N. at 508-229-4453.
  • Youth Writing Club (3:30 -4:30 pm) @ zoom: The Southborough Library is hosting this virtual creative writing club for ages 10-18. The zoom sessions are a fun and supportive space to get creative and build skills with peers. For details, see dedicated post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Strength Training Class for seniors (8:30 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Advanced Tai Chi for seniors (9:45 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Preschool Story Time – Mental Health Awareness Series (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required. This session will be part of Mental Health Awareness Month, with appropriately selected stories.
  • Senior Songsters (11:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly rehearsal for the singing group open to all area seniors regardless of singing ability. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Bridge (12:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group, welcoming new participants. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Knitting Club (1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Knitters, welcoming new members. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Tuesday Tech Time (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: Need help with technology? Library staff and teen volunteers will make every effort to assist you. Bring questions about ebooks and electronic resources. This is a drop in event; no registrations necessary. Sessions are limited to no more than 1 hour.
  • Cultural Voices: Sebastian Ebarb (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: Southborough Library program featuring a speaker about modern Native American cultural identity. Sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library. For details, see dedicated post.

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Post image for The week in government: BOH on Fitzgerald’s; Select Board on final ARPA recommendations, Tree Warden; Regional School Committee (Updated)

Here are the posted open, public Southborough committee and board meetings for this week* along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

These days, some meetings are over zoom, some in-person, and others are hybrids that allow both participation through both options.**

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Scroll down for details on meetings that popped up after last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, May 16, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:30 am (agenda)* Agenda Highlights: Waiver for 2 Winter St; Food Inspector Vacancy; Status and future of Fitzgerald’s Market food permit; Residents selling meals from home; DPW Vegetation Management Plan; Tobacco Regulations Draft; Central MA Mosquito Control Project; Summer Interns – Noise Complaint Policy; Consideration of Community Need Assessment; Opiate Settlement Funds; Continuity of Operations Plan

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund Meeting, 8:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Continued discussion of applicant need
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Elect board officers; Hearing on liquor license for Nan’s Market; Interviews for Neary School Building and Golf Course committees; ARPA recommendation; Update on Northboro Road; Tree Warden enforcement of interim policy, future role; resident complaints/work order for trees
    • ARPA Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Joining Select Board to present final recommendations for ARPA fund use
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Lundblad study; request for ADA priority list; Programming and projects updates; request to switch staff positions paid through Revolving Fund; Admin and Commission vacancies; Field permit recap; Tennis Court policies; ARPA update 

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Post image for Recycle appliances, electronic, bikes and more – Saturday

Above: Have old electronics or bikes collecting dust? This weekend’s recycling event is an opportunity to offload them. (Images: left contributed; right posted to Flickr by rynosoft)

Saturday, St. Anne’s Church parking lot will again host special recycling events. While it’s not a church run fundraiser, the organizer makes a donation to the parish.

The event will run on Saturday, May 14th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Here are the details with current recycling fees: [click to keep reading…]

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Above: The Town is offering 2nd Covid Vaccine booster shots to eligible residents. (image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Alachua County)

The Town asked me to notify readers that there is still room in the special Covid Booster Clinic being held this Monday, May 16th.

As I previously explained, this one is specifically for 50+ year olds to get a 2nd Vaccine Booster shot.

To be eligible, you should have received your first Booster at least four months prior. (That would be mid-January.)  [click to keep reading…]

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Post image for Weekend at a Glance: ARHS Improv, Relay for Life, Cookbook Club, and Community Walks/Forest Baths (Updated)

Above: Weekend highlights include the annual overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the special Community Walks on Sunday for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Here is a reminder of what’s happening around town this weekend.

Friday, May 13, 2022

  • ARHS Relay for Life (6:00 pm to Saturday 6:00 am) @ Algonquin Regional High School: The overnight fundraiser is in support of the American Cancer Society. The schedule combines fun times with meaningful moments to motivate in the fight against cancer. Each registered team gets their own campsite at the event that where they can set up tents. Starting at 6:00 pm on Friday, members of teams will relay to take turns walking the track, led by cancer survivors from the community. When participants are not walking, they can participate in a variety of other fun activities. (A dinner for cancer survivors and caregivers will be held at 5:30 pm, which will be followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30 pm.) For details, click here.
  • ARHS Improv (7:00 pm) @ ARHS Black Box Theatre: The Needs IMPROVment spring show. The entire night of fast-paced, interactive PG-13 improv and sketch comedy is created by ARHS students. Admission is $5 at the door. No reservations are required.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

  • Electronic and Bicycle Recycling (9:00 am – 2:0 pm) @ St. Anne’s Church: You can turn in old electronics to be recycled (mostly at a fee) or bikes to have be re-used at no cost. For details, stay tuned to for a dedicated post later today.
  • Cookbook Club (1:00 – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Pick a dish from the 20th Anniversary America’s Test Kitchen cookbook and bring it to be enjoyed on the library lawn. Email your selected dish in advance. All ages and partners welcome. For details, see dedicated post.

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Hear from naturalist Peter Alden at SOLF’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday

May 13, 2022 12:40:34 PM
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SOLF is bringing in a special presenter for their Annual Meeting and inviting the community to join them.

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Reminder: Southborough Gardeners Flower Show & Plant Sale – May 21st

May 13, 2022 09:49:45 AM
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The Gardeners will celebrate “50 Years in Bloom” with a Flower Show & Plant Sale.

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Reminder: Track & Field camp for K-8

May 13, 2022 08:16:02 AM
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The ARHS Track team is holding its “Algonquin Track & Field Camp” again this summer.

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On the market this week in Southborough

May 12, 2022 02:24:46 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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The Library invites teens to Decompress; Mental Health Awareness Month event reminders

May 12, 2022 11:27:00 AM
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Reminder – in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month the community is encouraged to wear green this Friday, May 6th. As long as I’m highlighting that, I’ll remind you that some upcoming events require advance action.

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Early Childhood Fair – June 4th

May 12, 2022 09:16:00 AM
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In early June, an Early Childhood Fair will be held for families with children ages 0-5.

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Supporting Ukraine: Rotary thanks donors to refugee fund; Neighbors for Peace statement

May 12, 2022 08:05:41 AM
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Two community organizations in Southborough asked me to share statements related to supporting those impacted by the war in Ukraine.

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Algonquin & Sobo K-8 Schools’ latest rankings (Updated)

May 11, 2022 04:31:02 PM
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This spring both U.S News & World Report and the website Niche released their rankings for public high schools. Algonquin’s rankings went up slightly in both. An updated ranking by Niche of K-12 schools also gave high marks to Southborough’s elementary and middle school.

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