Category Archives: Community

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300th Anniversary Architectural Walking Tour: The Rise of Middle Class America

July 15, 2017

As manufacturing matures in the historic downtown area around the 1835 Boston and Worcester railroad yard, new mid-19th century to early 20th century neighborhoods begin to develop on the early village’s western edge.

Paralleling the early north-south Church Street, new streets like Blake and John, and California (now West) with connecting streets of Whitney, Raymond (now Heath) and Weld Street are built. Successful manufacturers begin speculating in real estate development. Italianate and later Craftsmen influenced single and multi-family homes pre-dominate the landscape along with iconic shade trees

Guide R. Christopher Noonan, historic preservationist and historic real estate specialist, will lead the tour.  Sound track will be provided by Luanne Crosby on ukulele, singing her 300th Anniversary Song, a tribute to the town’s evolution, and other relevant compositions adding some musical fun to the festivities. Guest Speaker will be Kray Small, Massachusetts Certified Arborist. Come learn the importance of caring for and maintaining our indigenous New England trees.

Participants will meet at Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street, at 1:00 PM. If heavy rain is forecast, the event will be held July 16, 2017 at the same time.

Please check for weather updates and a full listing of Walking Tour for the year

  • Christopher Noonan & Luanne Crosby

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Treasures to explore today! Spurr Open House & Two Community Yard Sales

There’s multiple treasures to explore today!

Spurr Open House

10 AM – 12 Noon

There will be an open house Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Spurr House, 7 Parkman St. The Spurr House was built in 1849 and is owned by the Town of Westborough since the Forbes family donated the house to the town in 1933. For many years the American Legion used the home as a meeting place, but it has been vacant since 2014.

A Spurr House Committee was appointed at March Town Meeting to develop recommendations for the ultimate disposition of the house and property and present at the Oct. 19 Town Meeting. Since then, the Committee has been conducting community outreach to assist with its research and findings. The Sept. 12 open house will be an opportunity to showcase the home’s architecture and condition and to receive feedback from visitors.

See Community Advocate for full details.

Westborough Community Chorus Giant Yard, Bake & Book Sale

9 AM – 2 PM

Westborough – The Westborough Community Chorus will present its annual Giant Yard, Bake, and Book Sale Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, featuring hundreds of unique items, will be held at the Harvey School Building, 20 Philips St. Proceeds benefit chorus activities, including the Chorus Scholarship Fund, which provides private music lessons for talented youth from middle to high school in Westborough. The rain date will be Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Chorus programs are supported, in part, by the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For information on Chorus activities, membership, events, and shows, write to P.O. Box 702, Westborough, Ma. 01581 or visit

View original posting at Community Advocate calendar.

Friends of Westborough Community Yard Sale

9 AM – 2 PM

Westborough – The Friends of Westborough, Inc. are sponsoring the third Community Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 12. With over 13 tables of household items, DVDs, jewelry, and more it will be a shopper’s delight. The community yard sale will be held at the Tufts lot on East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, a hot dog food truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See the full calendar listing at Community Advocate’s  website for more info.

Parenting a teen? Or tween? Presentations available this week …

Two learning options this week to help support parents: a single talk this Thursday on teens, and a three-part series starts on Tuesdays for parents of “tweens and teens”.

Thu Mar 19: “Secret Life of Massachusetts Teen” with Jon Mattleman, MS

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Westborough High School Auditorium
Free Community Event- Adults Only

This Thursday, March 19, Westborough School District is hosting a this talk by Jon Mattleman, MS.

Do you wonder …

  • What teens are really thinking?
  • Why they don’t share their fears?
  • How we can better support teens?
  • How we can become better parents?

Parents will leave the workshop with…

  • Strategies they can implement immediately
  • New ways of understanding teens
  • Innovative techniques for engaging teens
  • Confidence, courage, and new language

Jon Mattleman has 30 years of experience as a mental health counselor and trainer. He has spoken to thousands of parents in schools, community groups, and religious organization. His style is humble, engaging, warm, respectful, humorous, accessible, and energetic.

Tue Mar 17: “Feeling Anxious – Need to Talk? Parenting our Teens”  (A Three-Part Tuesday Night Series for Parents)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Congregation B’nai Shalom Sanctuary
117 E. Main St, Westborough MA 01581
Bring your friends, all [parents] are welcome!

A three-part Tuesday night series for parents of tweens and teens.  Co-Sponsored by the School & Youth Committee, the Chai School and Yad B’Yad.

Tuesday, March 17 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Joani Geltman MSW, best-selling author of A Survival Guide To Parenting Teens, Talking To Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out, has over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools and community groups.

Joani’s unique brand of “infotainment,” using humor, storytelling and sending parents home with a “goody bag” of helpful techniques will make this an informative and entertaining evening. Joani is a go-to media consultant for television, radio, and print. On and off-camera she provides the most up to date commentary on teen behavior and parenting strategies.

Tuesday, March 24 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Jennifer Segal, MEd, has been a high school guidance counselor for the last 10 years. A graduate of Westborough High School and an active member of Congregation B’nai Shalom, she understands where our teens are coming from! As a counselor in the Boston Public Schools she has worked to mentor, advocate for and support thousands of high school students throughout her tenure.

She has an understanding of the teenage experience and the stress and pressure that your children face each day. She will help you to shift your perspective regarding the challenges teenagers face, teach you how to best support your child and also make you aware of serious warning signs to look out for. As the mom to two young children, she looks forward to the years ahead when they can challenge her!

Tuesday, March 31 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Jill Smilow has been counseling high school juniors and seniors and their parents through the college process since 2006. Utilizing her listening and facilitation skills to help students and their parents understand the true meaning of “the right fit” has given her great joy and satisfaction over the years.

Jill is second generation Independent College Counselor, following her mother into the field nearly ten years ago. Jill is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association and counsels families throughout the greater Boston area. She currently serves as President of the METCO College Scholarship Fund of Lexington and has served on the Lexington High School Site Council for the past 4 years. She and husband Howard Brick are the proud parents of two college-aged young men, Jeremy and Eli.