When I started this blog a few months ago, I have to admit I wondered if there would be enough Southborough-specific news to sustain it. Turns out I needn’t have worried.
Here’s a look at some of the big stories that played out in Southborough this year in (very) rough chronological order.
- Charles Gobron was in as permanent superintendent of schools, and Ned Gallagher was out as principal of Algonquin.
- Voters at town meeting passed restrictions on where sex offenders can live in town.
- Burglary was a hot topic with attempted break-ins on Maplecrest Drive and actual break-ins at Pilgrim Church and Red Barn Coffee.
- After seven years of renovation and expansion, Algonquin finally celebrated its grand opening, while Northborough and Southborough battled over reimbursement funds from the project.
- Algonquin was temporarily evacuated due to a bomb scare.
- 85% of registered Southborough voters had their say in the 2008 Presidential election.
- Southborough’s much-respected police chief William Webber passed away after a battle with cancer.
- Fay School built and built and built. New dorms went in along Main Street and a plan to build a new primary school on Middle Road was approved.
- After two years of back-and-forth, including a trip to land court, the Southborough Planning Board approved EMC’s plan to build a 10-building complex on 445 acres on the Southborough-Westborough border. Meanwhile, Woodland Meadows, a proposed 40-unit condo complex off Woodland Road has been held up due to conservation concerns.
- Framingham High School student Jamoan James died in a car accident on Southville Road.
What stories did I miss? What will you remember most about 2008? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Updated (1/1/19 5:17 pm): Fixed broken MWDN links.