Your weekly sample of stories in the local media that have a Southborough connection, this week with bonus video!
Dear Mr. President
“You will be our first African American President. That means if I work and study hard I could be President of the USA too because I am Indian.” —From a letter Neary fourth-grader Divya Bawa sent to then President-Elect Obama. Bawa’s letter was recently selected as a winner in a “Dear Mr. President” contest. You can see her reading the letter in the video above, along with fifth-graders Sarah Fodor and Kendall Sweeney who wrote a letter to Melia and Sasha Obama. (Metrowest Daily News)
“The smell was horrible. Watching TV, the smell was so strong my eyes were watering.” —Colonial Gardens resident Richard Young about a malodorous septic problem last week. Apparently “septic effluent” was pooling on the ground after the pipes were pumped. Um, eww. (Metrowest Daily News)
Bye to the banners
“You lose your unique identity when you do an event like this,” —Boston Garden president and Southborough resident John Wentzell on changes they had to make to host the NCAA regional final, including taking down all Celtics and Bruins banners and removing the parquet. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
Distinguished alum honored by St. Mark’s
“Some teachers thought I was dumb. A couple really helped me with things – they showed me how to get around my problems.” —Former New Jersey governor Thomas H. Kean of the teachers at St. Mark’s School where he was a student in the 1950’s. Kean, who also co-chaired the 9/11 Commission and was president of Drew University, was honored by St. Mark’s last week. (Metrowest Daily News)
You can read more about the four alum honored by St. Mark’s (including poet Robert Lowell – who knew?) on the shcool’s website.