Roundup of Residents making news: Sports champs, Eagle Scout, LGBT student honor, and tribute band guitarist

Above:  Southborough student Ryan Palmer (with Greater Boston PFLAG Program Director) was honored for his efforts to improve LGBTQ students climate at St. Mark’s School. (photo provided)

I can’t keep up with all of our news making residents. Frankly, there are too many to share in one post.

So here are just some of the recent stories worth sharing.

Southborough swimmers take top spots in Winter Suburban Swim League Championships – contributed by Patty Cerro

Several of Southborough’s youth swimmers participated recently in the Winter Suburban Swim League “A” Championship at Milford High School on March 9th. The League is formed from 14 surrounding towns in the Boston area with well over 1,000 youth swimmers aged 6-18 years. In order to qualify for the Championship Meet swimmers must earn minimum qualifying times during the season, which runs from early December through February.

Many of Southborough’s swimmers competed for the Raiders swim team out of Westborough Tennis and Swim Club under head coach Karen Terry. Overall Southborough had 6 swimmers who qualified, including Sydney, Joshua, and Eli Chase; Mei Mei Arms, and Ray and Sydney Cerro. The Raiders team finished in 6th place overall out of 14 teams, an excellent result for a small team.

Joshua Chase, Mei Mei Arms, and Ray Cerro took top spots in at least one of their events, scoring points for their team. Ray Cerro placed 1st in the 100 Yard Individual Medley and 50 Yard Breast Stroke in his age group, setting a new meet record of 32.49 in Breast Stroke.

Congratulations to all the swimmers!

Southborough student achieves Eagle Scout rank – from Community Advocate:

Stanley Zarrilli, 18, of Troop 92 of Southborough, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout March 18. Zarrilli, a senior at Algonquin Regional High School, is a lifelong Cub Scout and Boy Scout with years of community service and scouting activities. For his Eagle Project, he assisted in the construction of three picnic tables for the Town of Southborough Department of Public Works for community use. (See photo)

Southborough Youth Basketball is home to two state champions!! – from SYBA

We are very happy to congratulate State Champions Trevor Burns and Kyle Henderson.

Over the past 2 months, Trevor and Kyle successfully competed and won four rounds of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shooting Contest. Each boy competed and won his respective age group at the local Southborough level, competed and won for our district, then regionals and finally this past weekend competed and won the Massachusetts State Championship at Nichols College in Dudley, MA.

This is a great accomplishment.Congratulations Kyle and Trevor, 2014 State Champion Knights of Columbus Free-throw Shooters !

Ryan Palmer of Southborough honored for making a difference for LGBT youth in school – from Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people) is proud to announce that Ryan Palmer of Southborough was the recipient of the 2014 Elsie Frank Scholarship Award. Since 1998, Greater Boston PFLAG has awarded scholarships to high school students who have improved their school climate for LGBTQ youth and their allies and whose actions have created greater support and acceptance of LGBTQ youth.

A senior at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Ryan was honored for his work to amend the non-discrimination policy at this school to include protections for transgender and gender nonconforming students. In addition to changing the name of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) to Gender-Sexuality Alliance to further trans and gender nonconforming students, Ryan has organized trips to LGBTQ-focused conferences in the area and organized the school’s first Spirit Day. (read more)

Sounds Around Town: Monkeeing aroundfrom The Herald News

What a great name for a tribute band: Loose Salute. They could play the music of any composer or group. But Milford resident and Southborough native Mick Lawless chose that of Michael Nesmith and the Monkees. The band – Lawless on rhythm guitar, Tom Yates on lead guitar, Pete Zolli on bass, drummer Keith Prescott (they all sing) – will perform “Loose Salute Playing Michael Nesmith in Boston” at the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain.

“I founded the band out of the love of Michael Nesmith’s music,” said Lawless, who took the name from Nesmith’s 1970 solo album. “I was always a Monkees fan. But around the late-’70s I found some Nesmith records in cut-out bins at Caldor, and for the next five years I sought out every Michael Nesmith solo record until I had them all. I was always playing in bands, and in 2004, I had some people who were into his music, and I said let’s try to do this band.” (read more)

I’ll try to share more resident stories later this week. If you have news on a resident or group/team worth sharing, drop me a line at

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