Southborough in the news

Your weekly sample of stories in the local media that have a Southborough connection.

Cuts to SYFS may affect services
“Over the years we’ve whittled down as there have been reductions in the amount of increase. We’re able to keep up, but it may take longer for people to be seen. The demand has really been pretty high for counseling and this year, for emergency assistance.” —Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, director of Southborough Youth and Family Services (SYFS) on the budget cuts they’re facing. SYFS requested $138K for next year, but according to the latest version of the budget I’ve seen, they’re more likely to receive about $127K, a 4% decrease compared to this year’s budget. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Sweet treats for a Southborough soldier
“Anytime someone from home thinks about us, we know we’re not forgotten. It was a wonderful, very patriotic thing these young ladies did.” —Southborough resident Army Maj. Dan Kolenda who is serving a tour of duty in Baghdad. Kolenda will receive 144 boxes of Girl Scout cookies along with cards, letters, and drawings sent by Southborough Girl Scout and Brownie troops. (Metrowest Daily News)

Inspiring kids to read
“The kids always look forward to this week. The parents tell us afterwards that it’s all the kids talk about.” —Ellen Faherty, Neary Book Week event chairwoman. This year’s Book Week featured readings by storyteller Ryan Racette and author Mary Amato. This was the 21st year for the SOS-sponsored reading event. (Metrowest Daily News)

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