Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

Time for another open thread. For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
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9 years ago

What’s the going rate these days for teenagers as babysitters? Does the age of the kids matter? I presume the number of kids watched would. We’ve used daycare providers in the past, but are unsure of what a fair/good hourly rate is for responsible local teenage babysitters. Any input is welcome!

9 years ago
Reply to  Alan

We pay our neighbor $10/hour with a time minimum. We have friends that pay $15/hour. A long way away from when I grew up and got $20 for the whole day.

9 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

I hate to sound like an old coot, but here goes. When I baby sat, 50 cents an hour was good money! Ok, now back to my hole in the wall.

9 years ago
Reply to  Alan

We have younger sitters/mothers helpers for one child and their rate is $8/hour. The older sitters (high school/college ages) are $10/hour. On occasion we have hired preschool teachers, and their rate is $12/hour. We also have friends that pay much more than that (15-20/hour) for more children or agency sitters. Hope that helps!

9 years ago

Does anyone have any suggestions for home cleaning services?

9 years ago

Does the Southborough Fire Department ever offer CPR training? Maybe if there is enough interest?

9 years ago
Reply to  Ann

Yes, the Southborough CERT/MRC has offered CPR training in the past. Try contacting them, their website is

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