Who I am
I’m Beth Melo of Southborough. It is the only place I’ve ever considered my hometown.
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I lived here as a kindergartner. Before and after, my family moved around quite a bit. We returned when I was 12 years old and finally set down some roots.
My Southborough “street cred”:
• I used to walk across St. Mark’s golf course to attend Woodward Middle School.
• I went to Algonquin – though I once got lost on the way. (Don’t ask)
• My first job was picking apples at an orchard in town – didn’t last long.
• My second was working at the library – when it was half the current size.
After high school, I headed off to Providence College and various marketing and PR jobs.
When it came time to buy a house in 1998, this is the town where my husband and I decided we would want to raise our children.
When we moved in, I was surprised to realize that I no longer felt a sense of community. Eventually, having children and joining organizations helped me make new friends.
My history with the blog
It was when I discovered Susan Fitzgerald’s My Southborough that I really started to have a deeper sense of community. I loved reading not only about all that was happening in town, but the passionate debates around local issues.
When my friend Susan suggested that I write a blog about children’s books (my passion), I told her no way. I could never handle a blog, but I’d be happy to contribute articles to hers. She accepted.
Two years later, Susan announced she would be leaving the blog. She hoped she could find someone to take it over. Now here I am.
I hope to continue what Susan started when she created My Southborough. This should be a place to share news, debate issues, support each other in crisis, find out about events in town, and, hopefully, have some fun.
I’ll publish new stories on the blog several times a day during the week, so check back often. I don’t typically post on the weekends because even bloggers need a break.
My Southborough was founded in 2008 by Southborough native Susan Fitzgerald. Susan retired from the blogging life in 2013.
Beth Melo shared the responsibility for a transitional period in 2013, then took over the blog. (Alyssa Borelli assisted as an intern the summer and fall of 2014.)