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July 1, 2007 to  July 7, 2007

Flags fly on the fourth

July 5, 2007 - Main Street Southborough on the Fourth of July, Flags are all flying.


July 5, 2007 - Baby birds look to mom to feed them. While working on the Christmas trees the nest was spotted.

Mushroom or Fungi?

July 5, 2007 - Unidentified cluster.  If you know what it is you may contact editor@southboroughnews.com

Police Log

Tuesday 7/3/07

Multiple patrol checks, Warrants and summons served

20:40 North Street resident missing

17:43 Motor Vehicle Stop Violation Turnpike Road

17:24 Radar Central Street

17:06 Suspicious activity Lynbrook Road, Two motor vehicles at end of road drivers talking

16:47 Traffic complaint Boston and Central, erratic operator

16:30 Landlord Tennant issue, Southville Road

16:26 Motor vehicle stop violation, Cordaville Road

16:00 Open door business/residential, Bigelow Road

14:30 Child Safety seat install

14:20 Solicitors in town

14:11 Turnpike Road, Suspicious activity, person approached by unknown male

13:32 Motor vehicle accident New York Ave and Boston Road, No PI

12:15 Motor vehicle disabled, Cordaville Road

11:20 medical Richards Road

11:15 assist citizen with directions

07:26 road rage, large SUV tan vehicle rte 495 and rte 9

07:21 alarm, Sears Road

05:19 Radar Central Street at Boston Road

03:10 fireworks complaint, Woodland Road

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2007 - The Southborough News wishes everyone a safe and fun holiday.


Southborough Minutemen

July 4, 2007 - The Southborough Minutemen march at this year's Veterans Day parade. The original Minutemen are the reason we celebrate July 4th today.

An American Symbol of Freedom

July 4, 2007 - I took this photo last year at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire but thought it appropriate to post today.






Shades of Orange

July 4, 2007 - Baltimore Oriole and Tiger Lillies seem to abound in Town this week.






Dad, SFD Lieutenant George (Skip) Hubley, Third generation SFD Firefighter Matt Hubley uncle and SFD Fire Captain Joe Hubley





Fire Log

Monday 7/2/07

21:49 school Fire Drill Main Street - E22, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Firefighter

21:48 School Fire Drill Main Street - A28 2 Firefighters

21:26 Fire Department Training/Drill Main Street, E22

21:05 Fire Department Training/Drill, Main Street, A28

19:01 Smoke Detector Activity, no fire, Marlboro Road , unintentional, Main Street, E21, E22,1 Lieutenant, 3 Firefighters

15:12 Site Plan review Turnpike Road, C1, Chief Mauro

13:32 Smoke Detector Activity - No fire, unintentional, Barn Lane, C30, E21, 2 Firefighters

12:26 Fires in structure, not building, River Street, Mulch Fire, 2 Firefighters

05:27 EMS call, Turnpike Road, A29, C30, 3 Firefighters

Sunday 7/1/07

16:29 Ambulance mutual aid given, Main Street, A28, 2 Firefighters

11:19 Controlled burning, Overlook Drive, B24, E21, 4 Firefighters

10:17 Vehicle Accident with injuries, Turnpike Road, A28, E21, 4 Firefighters

03:28 EMS call, Bigelow Road, A28, 2 Firefighters

00:28 Mobile propane vehicle fire, rte 495, E21, E22, 1 Lieutenant, 3 Firefighters

Friday, 6/29/07

21:41 wires down Middle Road, E22, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Firefighter

16:16 wires down Middle Road, E21, 1 Captain, 1 Firefighter

16:06 motor vehicle accident, Turnpike Road, A28, E21, 1 Captain, 3 Firefighters

11:42 EMS call Newton Street, A28, C30, 3 Firefighters

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July 3, 2007 -  Sign up at the Library for the summer reading program.  Certain programs will require that participants be pre-registered. Some of these programs will be Jungle Encounters, Art to Gogh, Start U Reading with Clifford and Technology in Toyland. So don't miss out! Get to the Library to sign up.

Peaceful Graze

July 3, 2007 - These cows graze contently at the Breakneck Hill Conservation property.  The night before several little rascals (spring calves) got out and ran up and over the hill toward Route 9.  Thus new fencing is being provided to assist with keeping them in line.


Don't forget to check out the town website www.southboroughtown.com for lots of town information especially if you would like to help shape the future of our town.  Check the 2007 Comprehensive Master Plan.  Several sections are available for comment now.  You may also pay your bills online, learn about the voluntary odd/even outside watering ban, comment on the Alexan Southborough project behind the Red Roof Inn, take a look at the Assessors map or check out any number of departments or town services via links on the town web.

July 3, 2007 - The Southborough Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for additional volunteers to train to meet the challenges facing their family and community in case of a disaster or emergency.

Disasters don't necessarily have to be man made to require a citizenry ready to respond. Hurricanes, Tornados, and Snow Emergencies like the one up state New York experienced this winter all can become disasters if we don't have the resources available to handle them.  Every day Southborough's police and fire, doctors, nurses, are fulfilling their roles as Public Health, and Public Safety professionals, but when a disaster strikes, their numbers don't magically increase in proportion to the need created. 

That is where the MRC comes into action.  Volunteers become the hands and feet of the local public health and public safety officials adding the needed numbers to respond to the emergency as directed by the Local Emergency Planning Committee.  The training you receive as an MRC Volunteer will prepare you to assist your family and your community should a disaster strike. 

Southborough's MRC currently includes mainly medical personnel, but it needs people from all walks of life, ages and talents. 

If you are interested in joining your neighbors and training to protect your family and community or if you'd just like additional information, please check the Region 4A MRC website at www.region4a.org or contact the Southborough Board of Health office at (508) 481 - 3013.

Don't Fence Me In

July 3, 2007 - Paul Bourdon and Matt Hubley get ready to add a second electric wire to the Belted Galloway fencing at Breakneck Hill Conservation land.


July 2, 2007 - A heavy rain shower crossed through only parts of Southborough this afternoon leaving some of Southborough remaining dry.

Critters of Southborough

July 2, 2007 - Baby Turkey Vultures

July 2, 2007 - by Linda Hubley - The wilds of Southborough provide many an opportunity to photograph or watch the habits of much of our native wildlife. Whether you are driving down the road, hiking one of the fine open space properties, working on your garden or just sitting on your deck enjoying your backyard Iím sure that you have seen some of our wildlife. Although some people distain the wild animals, many of us in Southborough enjoy watching them and many feed them (Iíll touch on this subject further into the article).

Native to our area are numerous animals such as the New England Cottontail rabbit, Eastern Chipmunk, Woodchuck, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Northern flying Squirrel, White Footed Deer mice, Voles, Moles, Shrews, Muskrat, Meadow Mice, Woodland Mice, Common Gray Fox, Ermine, Weasels, Mink, Northern River Otter, Striped Skunk, White-tailed Deer and Bats. Native wildlife that is on the increase and that can be seen on occasion are Beaver, Fisher and Coyote. Rarely seen in Town but not out of the question are Bobcat, Black Bear and Moose. The following wildlife have been introduced or increased their habitat over the past hundred years and are very common in Southborough now. They are Eastern Cottontail, Norway Rat, Red Fox and the Virginia Possum. The New England Cottontail is on the decline, most likely because its habitat is being taken over by the Eastern Cottontail. Family cats also do a number on many of the smaller mammals besides catching birds.

The terrain and location of Southborough naturally invites wildlife to the area. We have the large reservoir system which is fed by the Wachusett Aqueduct, the CSX Rail System and the Sudbury River that all act as a wildlife corridors for the animals to just walk on in. I know I love photographing wildlife and there are many others in town that share the same type of photography. One person is Carol Willoughby and I will be displaying some of her photos. She has taken some awesome photos of our local coyotes. Continue to Naturally Southborough to see more photos of Southboroughís various wildlife. You can also check out the page for things to do outdoors. There are many links for all sorts of hobbies and adventures.

The interactions of people versus wildlife are becoming more ever present. With new developments, open space projects and roadways, we are providing a variety of habitats and a variety of dangers. When the Mayflower came to Plymouth, much of our countryside was heavily forested. Colonists cut the trees home for building homes, clearing fields to plant crops and fuel for their cook stoves and warmth. As cities built up and settlers moved away from farms, these fields began to fill in again. We now have a patchwork of development, fields and forests making for great habitats for much of our wildlife. The forests and edges give many wildlife their homes or shelters. The fields and edges oftentimes provide their much need food. But most of all our residential developments provide a lot of food. We have short grasses and lots of shrubs, flowering with fruits and berries.

We all love to feed the birds. We also donít want our garbage and trash staying inside our homes until the Transfer Station opens up for the week. Bird seed and garbage/trash makes for an inviting supper to many of our wildlife friends. Although we originally put seed out for birds, many mammals will eat bird seed. Bears, coyotes, possum, squirrels and raccoons oftentimes can be found eating the seeds. Coyotes and raccoons are often called in for rummaging through our trash containers. What do we do? Keep your birdseed in containers in a closed garage or shed, hang them high enough and away from tree branches, keep your trash neatly enclosed in lid or locked containers and empty them as soon as you can. Donít leave pet food or dishes outside. Always another invite for dinner when those are outside!

Many of the larger animals will also go for small petssuch as cats or small to medium sized dogs. To them our small pets are meals on paws. Coyotes are oftentimes blamed for the loss of a family pet. If you are going to chain a dog outside donít chain it near the edge of the forest, do so closer to your house where there is more human activity. If hiking in a forest or field that is known for coyote habitat, your pet should be leashed. Many State Parks and Municipal open spaces require that by law anyways. If you encounter a wild animal on the trail never run from it, back up slowly and walk a different route, make noise as you hike if you donít want to run into wildlife. Usually the wildlife hearing or seeing people will scatter back into the brush or forest. They donít really want to encounter you or your pet.

Out of character wildlife, especially mammals, can be caused by Rabies. Rabies is around in Massachusetts. If you do encounter a snarling or circling mammal your best bet is to leave the area and do not antagonize the animal. They are not normal. I recommend hiking with a walking stick. I use my walking stick as a fast tripod for my camera and if necessary I can protect myself if I do encounter a rabid animal. Our wildlife are usually nocturnal but can be seen into mid morning and then again from mid afternoon on but if they are on the move it wouldnít be unusual to see them in broad daylight. Another problem we have with animals is interaction between our vehicles and the wildlife. There are many collisions with deer in town, usually fatal for the deer but on occasion fatal for the driver of the vehicle also. Almost any road you go down you can see that vehicles encounter wildlife many times over. So be careful driving especially at dusk, dawn and nighttime. It takes a nanosecond for a deer to jump in front of your vehicle.

For more information on the State of Massachusetts amazing wildlife that includes birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles check out MASS Wildlife as they have several publications available for free and for cost. But there is much information you can get on their website. Get out and enjoy the outdoors.


This weekend this young deer was discovered by the Southborough police injured along Deerfoot Road North.  We were able to subdue the fawn and put it in a large dog crate.  Early the next morning the deer was taken to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton MA.  Injuries to the deer could have been from a number of circumstances.  She had cuts, punctures, bruises and sustained serious and fatal injuries to her spine.  Unfortunately, this fawn had to be put down due to the severity of her injuries.  Many deer are destroyed or killed when hit by vehicles.  The fatal accident that killed two young men on the MA Turnpike last month was caused by a deer running into the path of their vehicle. Pay attention to wildlife on the roadways in Town.

All Aboard!

July 2, 2007 - The Lakeshore Limited roars through the Southborough MBTA station this afternoon on it's daily run to Chicago through Worcester, Springfield, Albany and points further West.

Mulch Fire

July 2, 2007 - Firefighter Phaneuf applies foam to burning bark mulch at the MBTA parking lot.  Below, Firefighter Jason Roach runs the pump off of Southborough Engine 22.

Baby Robin

July 2, 2007 - This little critter was pulled out of the nest and attacked by a Blue Jay and then almost into the jaws of a cat.  We put it back up on the branch but this is a good time to remind everyone that baby birds begin to fledge (leave the nest and learn to fly) so they should be left alone.

Looking a little like Alien flowers

July 1, 2007 - These very pretty and colorful flowers appear to be ready to pull you right in.

Out of the Water

July 1, 2007 - This frog seems to be thinking should I or shouldn't I jump back in.

Antique Fire Truck


July 1, 2007 - Resident, Veteran and former Southborough Fire Chief Peter Phaneuf's antique fire truck sits near the all Wars Memorial as Peter uses its tank of water to help clean the monument.