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June 14, - June 20, 2009


June 20, 2009 - These chickens really didn't want their photos taken.

Another Side of Fay School

June 20, 2009 - A more finished look to some of the buildings and construction going on at Fay during a multi-million dollar renovation.

Robert E. Reilly



Robert E. Reilly, 71, of Keene, NH died on June 17, 2009, following a brave and gritty battle with heart disease.

Bob was born in Warren, RI on October 24, 1937. He was the son of the late Lames J. Reilly and Mary King Reilly.

Mr. Reilly graduated from East Providence High School, class of 1954. He attended Providence College, class of 1959 and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Bob received an MBA in 1961. He also completed his doctorate (ABD) in business and insurance.

He would marry to Barbara Binet on December 27, 1986 in Southborough, MA at the Pilgrim Church. They were married for 22 years. Together they enjoyed homes in Northboro, Boylston and Quincy, MA before retiring to Keene, NH.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters, Deirdre Prescott of Cohasset, MA., Tracy Perrin of Chesterfield, NH., Amy McLaughlin of Worcester, MA., Megan Orleman of Norwell, MA., Maura Reilly of NY, NY, Caitlin Reilly of Braintree, MA; a son, Robert J. Reilly of Hingham, MA; his sisters, Clare LaVallee, Patricia Rock, Kathleen Connors, Mary Cahill, Angela Carson, Maureen Reilly; his brothers, the late Charles Reilly, James Reilly, Francis Reilly; and his thirteen grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday at the St. James Episcopal Ch. in Keene at 11am. A celebration of life service is also being held at St. Johns Episcopal Ch. in Hingham, MA on Monday at 11 a.m. The family has requested that donations be made in memory of Robert E. Reilly to the Reilly Family Scholarship Fund at Providence College, 1 Cunningham Sqr., Providence, RI. 02918. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Home.


If you were looking for the Southborough News update last night, we had a software glitch with the website that prevented publication of the website Friday night.

Fire Log

Thursday 6/11/09








Friday 6/12/09


Saturday 6/13/09


Sunday 6/14/09



Monday 6/15/09




School Notes

WESTON, MA— Southborough residents Michael and Meghan McAneny, an 11th and 10th grader at The Rivers School in Weston, were named to the high honor roll in recognition of their excellent academic performance during the 2008-2009 school year.
About The Rivers School
Founded in 1915, The Rivers School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12. The Rivers community is dedicated to its mission of “excellence with humanity”—rigorous, challenging programs in a caring community in which each student is known, understood, and valued. With 440 students from 75 Massachusetts towns, the school offers an intimate and dynamic classroom environment with an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 12 students. Rivers is a member of the Independent School League (I.S.L.). It offers 34 honors and Advanced Placement courses, a comprehensive arts program, and is home to one of the premier music schools in the Boston area—the Rivers School Conservatory. For more information, please visit

Margaret Neary School 5th Graders Visit State House

June 20, 2009 -Boston-  Last week on Monday, June 8th, the 5th Grade Class from the Margaret Neary School in Southborough visited the State House.  During their visit the students had an opportunity to tour the historic building and meet with both of Southborough’s State Representatives, Representative Carolyn Dykema and Representative Danielle Gregorie.

Sports and Recreation

Off to the Finals

June 20 - 2009  - Contributed picture of  Southborough Major Girls Softball Team who are advancing to the Finals on Monday night at the Hudson High School!  This is the recreation league which plays teams form Northboro, Southboro, Westboro and Hudson.  


June 20, 2009 - A molting Cardinal takes a bite of dinner at the home of Southborough resident Cameron Martin. The Cardinal has lost his crest but it will grow back. Looks kind of funny without it.

Congratulations to

Thomas Polutchko Southborough, MA who came in first in the MLB 9 - 10 year olds Pitch, Hit and Run competition held at Fenway Park on June 6.

Rain Drops

June 18, 2009 - More than just raindrops, we've had downpours quite a bit lately.

Police Urge Caution

Southborough Police are urging residents to keep their Windows locked as there have been several torn screens and breaking attempts around town.  Residents have received notices via the town's reverse 911 system.  If you have any information concerning the ripped screens or break in attempts police request that you call Officer Meredith Lobur @ 508-485-2147

Budget Forum - You're Invited

Dear Friend,

State Senator Jamie Eldridge


I'd like to invite you to a Community Budget Forum I will be hosting next Tuesday, June 23rd at the Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Sudbury with Noah Berger from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.  I am pleased to also be joined by State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Tom Conroy at the forum.

Over the past few months, the State Legislature has been working to create our state’s FY10 budget.  This annual routine of drafting, revising and eventually passing a budget - never an easy process - has become even more complicated this year, due to rapidly changing revenue predictions and the economic crisis we currently face. Read an op-ed I wrote about the budget process recently.

This Community Forum will be an opportunity to learn more about the state budget process, the proposed tax increases, and the economic challenges facing us. It's also your chance to ask questions and make your thoughts heard. If you are able to attend, please RSVP at Margaret.Ayers@state.ma.us, or by calling 508-786-3040.

Understanding our State's Budget: A Community Forum with Jamie Eldridge

With Special Guests Noah Berger (Mass Budget and Policy Center), Senator Susan Fargo, and Representative Tom Conroy

Tuesday, June 23rd

6:00pm - 7:30pm


Lincoln Sudbury High School Lecture Hall
390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA

The forum will include a presentation on the budget by Noah Berger, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session with myself, Noah, and other elected officials.

All are welcome - I hope to see you there!

March with me on July 4th

Please march with me on July 4th at one of the many Independence Day parades in our district. I'll be in Harvard at 10:30am, Littleton at 11:30 and Ayer at 1pm.


If interested, please contact my District Director, Peggy Ayres, at 508-786-3040 or Margaret.Ayers@state.ma.su for more information and to sign up.  

Jamie Eldridge
Jamie Eldridge

Robin Egg Blue

June 18, 2009 - Did it make it or not, that is the question as this Robin egg is cracked on the ground below an empty nest.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites interested sportsmen and women, foresters, land trust and watershed association members and other conservationists to participate in their Forest Futures Visioning Process at a two-part public forum in Leominster on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, from 4 – 8 p.m. The first part of the forum will be a Walk-in-the-Woods at Leominster State Forest off Rte 31 in Leominster, the second part of the form will be held at the Doyle Conservation Center on Abbot Avenue in Leominster.

 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    Walk-in-the-Woods, Leominster State Forest

DCR Forester Chuck Pernaa will lead the group to several locations at Leominster State Forest to discuss and view examples of the forest conditions, management practices, and recreational uses of some of our state lands.  Meet at the Crow Hill Day Use Area parking lot.  From Route 2, on Rt. 31 southbound, travel .9 mile past the park headquarters on the left-hand side.  Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  If possible, please car pool.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Travel to Doyle Center, 464 Abbot Avenue, off Rte 2, Leominster -- Directions, see http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/3946_directions.cfm

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Public Forum (Light Food and Refreshments Available)

Please join us for the first of our public forums to elicit your feedback about public values, goals, and concerns about the management of DCR forest lands, going forward.   The program will begin with approximately a half-hour of presentations that will provide an overview of the Forest Futures Visioning Process, basic facts about forests, and key issues.  DCR will collect questions for the subject experts and presenters and answer as many as time allows.  Then, working in small groups, there will be an hour of organized discussion.  The groups will report back to the group at large about what is important about Massachusetts forestlands, from their perspective.   

A second similar forum is tentatively scheduled for July 14 at a location to be determined in the Berkshires.

If you would like to join DCR for the Public Forum on June 23, please RSVP to MODR@umb.edu


Convention Center Authority, Massport help ensure public safety funds available to allow access to scaled-back event

BOSTON, Wednesday, June 17, 2009– Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino today announced a plan that will allow for public access to the Tall Ships visiting Boston in July free of charge.  Due to financial challenges faced by the organizers of the Tall Ships visit, Sail Boston, Inc., as well as constraints on state and city budgets, the event has been scaled-back compared to prior years. However, the lack of funds for essential public safety services during even this downsized event had put in jeopardy public viewings of the ships. 

“I am very pleased that local families and visiting tourists will be able to take part in this wonderful occasion free of charge,” said Governor Patrick.  “I’m thankful for the hard work and cooperation of Mayor Menino, state and city public safety and tourism officials, and particularly the efforts of the Convention Center Authority and Massport that will allow for this important civic event to go forward.”

"Government works best when all parties work together.  I am grateful to Governor Patrick and all of our partners for working collaboratively to boost business in Boston without having to sacrifice precious city resources,” said Mayor Menino. “Hosting a public event that is both free and open to all will be a welcome attraction this year as many of our residents and families are cutting back on vacation travel.”

The plan brokered by the Governor and the Mayor includes a $1 million contribution by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to fund essential public safety services and the agreement by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to bear the costs of the ships docking at Massport’s piers.  The City of Boston will directly receive $750,000 of these MCCA funds for their public safety expenses.  The remainder of the MCCA funds will go towards the additional expenditures the state will need to spend to allow public access to the ships.  In addition, Sail Boston, Inc. has agreed to put forward $250,000 of its funds towards additional State Police costs.

“I am proud that the MCCA can play a role in welcoming Sail Boston and securing this landmark event for its many local, national and international visitors,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “Our mission at the MCCA is to generate significant economic impact to the region, and this event and the energy and vitality it brings to the South Boston Waterfront, is consistent with that mission.”

"Massport is pleased that money is available to defray the costs of a public event which residents and tourists will be able to join," said Massport CEO & Executive Director Thomas J. Kinton, Jr.

“This is a great event for Boston and for Massachusetts, and we thank the Governor, Mayor, and the Convention Center Authority.  The tall ships visiting Boston is an important international event, and locally greatly anticipated, and Sail Boston looks forward to making this event memorable both for the visiting crew and for the visiting public,” said Scott Ferson representing Sail Boston.

Public viewing and access to the Tall Ships will occur from Thursday July 9 to Sunday July 12, with the 49 participating ships coming in over several days in advance.  The Boston event will include all of the Tall Ships that are participating in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge plus a number of other Tall Ships representing at least 20 countries.  After the Boston visit, the ships will sail on their next leg in Halifax, and then from Halifax to Belfast.

The public will be able to view ships at a number of piers, including Battery Wharf, Long Wharf, Rowes Wharf, Moakley Courthouse, Charlestown Navy Yard, World Trade Center and Fish Pier. The public will be able to actually board some of the largest and most popular Tall Ships only at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Fish Pier, and the World Trade Center.    These ships will be accessible from 5-10 PM on July 9-10 (Thursday and Friday), and 12 PM to 10 PM on July 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday). 

As previously announced, financial constraints on the part of the organizers will not allow for a Parade of Sail (ships entering the harbor at the same time) or two previous planned fireworks displays. 

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

Outdoors Women at CampfireThis program focuses on the learning of outdoor skills - skills traditionally passed from father to son - but valuable to anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor pursuits.

A sampling of workshop offerings may include basic fishing, beginning shotgun, kayaking, map & compass, reading the woods, archery, pond and stream adventures, nature photography, martial arts, outdoor and game cooking, edible plants and much more.

Designed primarily for women, it is an opportunity for anyone 18 years of age or older who may have never tried these activities, but wants an opportunity to learn. Co-sponsored by local conservation/sporting groups.

For information on Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) programs in other states, check the International Becoming An Outdoors-Woman website.

Join the BOW e-Mail List -- Sign up for the Becoming an Outdoorswoman e-mail list and get registration materials sent to you when they are ready! All you need to do is send an email to join-BOW-Massachusetts@listserv.state.ma.us. (No subject or message is needed.)

A Work in Progress

June 17, 2009 - Construction continues on the new primary school for Fay School that incorporates the Goodnow house on the grounds of Fay School.  The primary school is anticipated to open in the fall of 2010.

In Motion

June 17, 2009 - An employee of J and J sons, the current contractor for Southborough's fields and grounds mows Choate field.

Space Weather News for June 17, 2009

NIGHT-SHINING CLOUDS: On June 16th, a remarkably intense display of electric-blue noctilucent clouds (NLCs) swept across Europe. Sightings were made in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and the British Isles. These mysterious clouds are known to flourish during years of solar minimum--and 2009 is such a year.  This means more NLCs may be in the offing, not only over Europe but also North America and elsewhere. Check http://spaceweather.com for images, movies, and observing tips.

THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING SUNSPOTS:  The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. Where have all the sunspots gone? Scientists studying a jet stream deep inside the sun may have found the answer. Find the full story at http://spaceweather.com.

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click here for Massachusetts local grown and Farmer's markets.

Frank Ralph Locke Jr.



Frank Ralph Locke, Jr, 75, of Southborough died on Monday June 15, 2009 at his home.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Sparrow) Locke for over 22 years.

Ralph was a 1952 graduate of Franklin High School. He was a US Army Veteran serving in Korea.

After his service in the military, as a self taught mechanic, he owned and operated Route 9 Gulf in Fayville, for a while, and later moved his business to the center of Southborough. He ran Southborough Gulf for over 14 years before he join McCarthy Pools of Southborough as a mechanic. Ralph retired after 22 years of service. He was an avid sports fan and was one of the founders of Southborough Men’s Softball League in the mid ’60; and he initiated acquiring the lights for the field at Woodward School. Ralph planted a terrific vegetable garden each year, which he shared with friends.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his mother Esther (Sheffer) Locke of Franklin; his daughters, Kristine Simone & her husband Zachary of Alton Bay, NH; Tracey Podue, CO; Ashley Locke of Southborough; his stepchildren, J.Timothy Lane & his wife Nicole of Worcester; Christopher Lane of Machias Port, ME; Alan Lane of Marlborough; Amy Lane of Upton; Kelley Stark & her husband Robert of Worcester; a sister, Marjorie Osgood of Franklin; 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

At Ralph’s request, funeral and burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Metro West Homecare & Hospice, 85 Lincoln St. Framingham, MA 01702

Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough (Morrisfuneralparlor.com)

Jonathan W. Watkins

Jonathan W. Watkins of Hubbardston; 58 HUBBARDSTON Jonathan W. Watkins, 58, of Hubbardston, died suddenly on Saturday, June 13, 2009. He leaves his wife of 33 years, Diane E. (King) Watkins; a son, Joshua D. Watkins of Hubbardston; two daughters, Maegan A. Powers and her husband James of Worcester and Deirdre M. Watkins of Hubbardston; a brother, Jeffrey C. Watkins of Northborough; his father, Earle Q. Watkins of Southborough; and a large extended family. He was born in Framingham, the son of the late Eleanor W. (Woodbury) Watkins. He grew up in Southborough and lived in Worcester before moving to Hubbardston 16 years ago. Jonathan was a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough and earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts from Fitchburg State College. As a teenager, he spent many happy times camping with his father in New Hampshire and Vermont. In the 1970's he was a member of the Southborough Companies of Militia and Minute. For almost 30 years, he worked as a store manager at Radio Shack with the last 16 years in Leominster. He also taught Industrial Arts at North Brookfield High School for four years. His interests were auto repair, carpentry, fishing and traveling. He was especially fond of vacationing in Aruba. WATKINS Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17th, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. The funeral service for Jonathan will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18th, in the funeral home with burial following in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Winchendon EMT Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 125, Winchendon, MA 01475; or the Town of Rindge Fire Dept. Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 163, Rindge, NH 03461. www.milesfuneralhome.com

Faye L. Nykvist (Ogilvie)

NYKVIST, Faye L. (Ogilvie) Of Thornton, NH and Southborough, MA, died on June 11, 2009 at age 61 at the Metrowest Medical Center Framingham, surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late William E. Nykvist who passed away in January 2009. Loving daughter of the late Raymond Ogilvie and Olive (Holbrook) Ogilvie. Raymond was a Charter Member of the Weston Rotary Club and Olive was a member of the DAR. Faye also leaves many loving cousins in MA, Maine and Colorado and many dear friends. Born in the town of Waltham, MA she was a graduate of Weston High School and Endicott College and worked in the fashion design field at Priscilla of Boston and Grover Cronin, Waltham. She also worked at Midway Auto in Natick for several years and did some promotional modeling as well. Faye spent many years as a loving homemaker and she shared her passion for traveling, camping, gardening, and sports with her husband, Bill. She also loved to cook and created many of her own recipes. Faye and Bill enjoyed spending time at their mountain retreat in Thornton, NH. From 1978-1979, Faye was President of the Southboro Newcomers Club. Funeral services will be private. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

Patricia M. Nickerson



Mrs. Patricia M. Nickerson, of Lyndonville, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at the Medina Memorial Hospital.Pat was born in Albion, November 9, 1933, a daughter of the late Wayne and Marie (Robinson) Sargent. A graduate of Albion High School, Class of 1951, she married Robert Nickerson on February 2, 1952. She worked at FMC as a secretary and became a hairdresser. She owned and operated a shop at her Highland Avenue home for many years. When the couple moved to Southborough, MA, she managed Hair Works, a salon in Southborough. She also was employed by Angelo Leone, M.D. for many years.Pat was the glue for her family. She kept things together and was very organized. She saw only good in people and always smiled. Many will remember her as the catalyst for family events and the numerous social gatherings with her friends. The Nickerson's wintered in Florida and spent many happy summers at their home on Lake Ontario.Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert; four children, Debbie Klein of Fort Collins, CO, Daniel (Julie) Nickerson of Lewiston, Robin (Mark) Viklund of New Milford, CT, and Tim (Brenda) Nickerson of Boylston, MA; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl "Sonny" (Pat) Sargent and William (Barb) Sargent, both of Albion; two sisters, Shirley (Richard) Bielak and Margaret (Loren) Johnson, both of Medina; her brother-in-law, Robert T. (Pat) Fox of Medina; many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth J. "Betty" Fox on Dec. 5, 2002. Friends may call on Thursday 3-9 PM at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish/St. Mary's Church by the Rev. David Griffin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans County or Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhomemedina.com

Skate Board Enthusiasts

June 16, 2009 - This group of skateboarders led by James Falconi (in middle with blue shirt) presented their case for a skate board park in Southborough. They met with town Selectmen in a packed hearing room.  They boarders self produced a video as to why Southborough needs a skate park.  Check out their video by clicking here.


Rotary Club Breakfast

June 16, 2009 - Members of the Rotary Club sat down this morning to discuss ways to become more visible within the community and to get more people involved with the Rotary club.  For more information click here

Computer Class

June 16, 2009 - Seniors take a computer class at the Town House this morning.  The program is run through the Senior Center and is taught by a Verizon representative.

Selectmen appoint Police Chief Search Committee

June 16, 2009 - Linda Hubley - Tonight, Selectmen appointed the committee of seven for the police chief search committee. Making that list is Linda Shaffer, John Rooney, Barbara Murphy, David Rueger, Susan Dargan, Paul Smith and Desiree Aselbekian. Selectmen once again re-iterated that if Interim Police Chief, Jane Moran, desires to put in her application for the Chief’s job that she automatically goes into the finalist pool. The committee will also have a few other rules such as the time commitment and attendance policy. Selectmen also advised Town Administrator, Jean Kitchen, to locate a chief from an area town equivalent to Southborough that the committee could ask questions of or be advised about what qualities police chief’s need.

Selectmen also approved the contract to Mountain View of Chicopee to do the construction phase of the MBTA triangle across from Fitzgerald’s General Store. This project has been voted and approved at town meeting with CPA funding. Construction will start as soon as possible. Not all the money for the entire project was funded. The plantings had been cut out earlier in the process. That money will hopefully be raised by committee members in a variety of ways.

About three dozen young men and women came to the Selectmen’s meeting to present preliminary plans for a skate park in town. The group with Southborough Recreation assistance has researched skate parks, designs, expenditures and locations. The primary spot they would like to see the skate park in would be at Choate field by the Volleyball net. The skate boarders presented their own video that they produced to show selectmen why they need a facility. All funding for the skate park would be through private fundraising and grants. Before Selectmen could make a decision on the park, more information and research is needed.

New Paint Job

June 16, 2009 - The Southborough Senior Center is getting spruced up a bit with a new roof and paint job on the dormers.

Paving between Exits 11 and 12 in Hopkinton and Westborough
Lane Closures

A pavement resurfacing project is under construction between exits 11 and 12, from Mile 104.9 to 107.2 in Hopkinton and Westborough on the eastbound and westbound sides of the MassPike. Lane closures will be required Monday through Thursday eastbound and westbound between 7:00am and 5:00pm.


Six Flags Tickets

$27.00/ticket (over 53")

Water Country Tickets

$29.00/ticket (over 48")

Regal Movie Tickets


(price is only good for movies that are out for more than 2 weeks)

Another night another power outage


Roughly 150 Southborough Residents on the north side of town are without power tonight - June 15.  Power is expected to be restored just before midnight tonight.

Standing Guard

June 15, 2009 - A swallow stands guard at one of the boxes along the Neary fields.

Rhododendron Visitor

June 15, 2009 - A Bumble Bee dives into a rhododendron on a rare sunny day this week.

Enjoying the Book Sale at the Library

June 15, 2009 - There were books galore for everyone to check out this weekend at the annual book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Local Businesses and Organizations Step Up to Keep Tradition Going

















Southborough – In a year and economy that could have easily put a

n end to privately funded events such as this, the Southborough Summer Nights Committee is pleased to announce that its Summer Nights festival is alive and well for 2009, thanks to the generous support of local businesses and organizations. “We were afraid that this was going to be the year that we just couldn’t make it happen” said Robin Martin, co-chairman of the Summer Nights Committee. “We knew that it would be difficult to ask local businesses for support in this economy, and we didn’t want to pressure the supporters that have been so good to us in the past. We thought we might have to give up the fireworks display, at the least.”

In the end, most past supporters were able to step up again and support Summer Nights, which is the Town’s single largest annual community event. Bill Depietri of Capitol Group Properties has co-sponsored the fireworks display since the event’s inception. The Committee was elated when he told them he was on board again this year for the same donation. This encouraging news gave them the hope they needed to ensure that the show go on. It was at that point that the local non-profit organization, Friends of Southborough Recreation stepped up to fund the other half of the fireworks. “This is exactly the kind of thing that we organized the Friends for.” said Melissa Shields and Jill Dratch, board members. “Our goal is to bring this community together through fun activities for families and children. We are delighted to be able to impact this event in such an important way.”

Things were rolling. The next bit of good news came from one of the town’s newest businesses, Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Store Manager, Jim Mahoney was so committed to being an important part of his new community that he agreed to support the event even if it meant that he had to raise the funds himself in his store. Walgreen’s will be funding the live music at Summer Nights. Another new sponsor is Choice Car Wash of Boston Road who has agreed to sponsor the Dunk Tank. As in years past, the Committee counts on and is grateful to its annual sponsors including Southborough House of Pizza, Tomasso Trattoria and Italian Market, The Fay School, Brendon Properties, Middlesex Savings Bank and St. Mary’s Credit Union.

Summer Nights is now in its sixth year and is funded through the local donations and volunteer support of residents and businesses. The event includes inflatable's, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, dunk tank and bubble romp for the kids. Live music by the Infractions and the magnificent fireworks display will be enjoyed by all. It is an evening of free family entertainment and fun. Due to the popularity and success of the August date last year, this year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, August 30th at 5:30pm at the Neary School. In the event of bad weather, the rain date is Monday, August 31st.

For information about the event or to become a sponsor, contact Robin Martin at 508-333-1221


JULY 13th - JULY 17th
Applications available at:
-Southborough Police Department
-Algonquin Regional High School Office
-Trottier Middle School Office



Rep. Markey co-sponsors "Medicare for All" bill

On June 12, Rep. Edward Markey became the seventh member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to co-sponsor H.R. 676, the "Medicare for All" approach to health care reform written by Rep. John Conyers.

Rep. Markey joins Massachusetts Representatives Michael Capuano, William Delahunt, Barney Frank, James McGovern, John Olver and John Tierney and 75 other members of Congress as a co-sponsor of H.R. 676.

Rep. Markey has already played an important role helping to write H.R. 676.  When he was initially approached about becoming a co-sponsor in 2006, he expressed support for the goals of the legislation, but had strong reservations about having a national health plan subjected to an annual appropriations process.  Because of his suggestions, H.R. 676 now contains a Trust funding mechanism similar to Medicare's.

Dave Bjorkman, a resident of Malden for more than 20 years, was one of 52 constituents who signed a letter put together by Jobs with Justice's Health Care Action Committee and MassCare on May 11 asking Rep. Markey to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 676.  "From my experience working at GE, we know we can't solve the problems in health care through collective bargaining or by just tinkering with incremental reforms," he said.  Bjorkman is a machinist at the General Electric Company in Lynn and member of IUE-CWA Local 201. 

"By taking more of the cost of health benefits away from employers, Medicare for All would make companies more competitive in the global economy.  It would also allow our union to focus on other priorities," added Bjorkman.  For many years Local 201 has been helping to spearhead health care reform efforts in Massachusetts.  "With Rep. Markey's support for Medicare for All, everyone can see the momentum for comprehensive reform is growing in Massachusetts and across the nation."

Bjorkman was also part of a smaller group of 18 constituents who met with Rep. Markey's District Director Mark Gallagher and Congressional Aide Patrick Lally on May 20.  On June 10, along with many other Seventh District constituents, he leafleted the public urging Markey to support HR 676.

Jobs with Justice and MassCare are planning more actions to convince the three remaining Members of Congress from Massachusetts (Reps. Lynch, Neal and Tsongas) to co-sponsor.

Sports and Recreation                                             6/16/09 ARHS SPORTS 



Outdoor Track







Outdoor Track





Pond Tennis

June 16, 2009 - A few dozen hard hit tennis balls sit in the Neary skating pond.

Local High School Scores well this year

This year’s athletes at Algonquin Regional High school should be congratulated on a job well done. Although there were a few tough losses, there were in between many wins and triumphs of personal victories along the way. Some ARHS athletes will return, others will move on to college or careers.

Algonquin Girl’s Lacrosse lost to Westborough in the Central Division championships 14 - 6 but going 13-5 for the season; Algonquin Boy’s Lacrosse went up against St. John’s for the Central Division 2 title but lost 8 - 6 but had a great season of 16 games won to just 2 losses.

ARHS Boys Volleyball lost in the quarter finals to Lincoln Sudbury but the season went 13 -7. Baseball Central Division I, ARHS team lost to Westboro but finished with a .800 16 -4 season. Central Division 1 Boys Tennis won over Shrewsbury 3 - 2 for the Championship and finishing the season 13-3. They lost in the state semi finals to Longmeadow. ARHS Girls Tennis won the Central Division 1 Championship 4 -1 for a perfect season 16-0 1.000. The team then went on to beat Wellesley in the finals 4 - 1 to take the State Girl’s Tennis Division 1.

The Iron Workers Local #7 entertained the Wayland “A” team and took a  doubleheader winning  9 – 8 in the 1st game scoring the winning run in the last of the 8th and taking the 2nd 17 - 7.  The Local #7 offense was led by Tom Hall who went 5 for 6 and Mike Narducci going 5 for 7 including a triple.

 The Friends of the Marlboro Seniors hosted the Wayland Gray Sox “B”’s  and split their doubleheader winning the 1st game 16 – 10 and dropping the 2nd 15 – 13.  The Friends almost pulled out the 2nd game scoring 6 runs in the 7th.  Marlboro’s offense was led by Steve Goldstein going 6 for 7 with 2 triples and Bob Clark 4 for 7 with a triple.

 Team Record are the Friends of the Marlboro Seniors is 7 and 3 and the Iron Workers Union Local #7 is 9 and 5.

River Fest 2009

June 14, 2009 - Scores of people came out under cloudy and a sometimes misty day to take advantage of the SUASCO River Fest.  In Southborough it is an annual event co-sponsored by the Sudbury River Watershed Organization, Southborough Open Land Foundation and the Southborough Recreation Department. There were fishing, hiking, scavenger hunts, canoeing and more offered.

Flag Day

June 14, 2009 - Southborough veterans burn American flags in a solemn ceremony at the cemetery tonight









Sign of Rain?

June 14, 2009 - Old Farmers tales tell of when cows lie down the rain comes down.



Southborough meetings

June 15 - 19, 2009






June 16

7:00 PM

School Committee meeting room Assabet Valley


June 16

6:00 PM

Hearing Room Town House

Municipal Facilities Committee

June 16

7:00 PM

Meeting room fire station

Housing Authority


7:30 PM

Colonial Gardens Boston Road

Northboro/Southboro Regional School Committee

June 17


library ARHS

Community Preservation

June 18

7:00 PM

Upper Hall Cordaville Hall

Monday 15

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Friday 19

8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 Tai Chi

9:30 Pool

8:30 Health Clinic

10:00 Tina Bemis Herb Garden Container

9:30 Cribbage


10:00 Creative Writers




12:00 Lunch

11:30 American Classics Piano Sing a Long

9:30  Mah Jongg


12:00 Lunch

12:30 Pitch


12:00 Lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:00 blue plate special


12:00 Lunch

12:30 Pitch


2:00 Fitness



1:00 PM bridge


2:00 PM Another Opening Another Show -Senior Singers


2:00 PM Fitness



Senior Center open 9:00 AM - 12 noon Saturdays

Library Schedule June 15 - 19, 2009












11:00 toddler time










Fee-Free Weekends in Your National Parks

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this summer with three fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees*.

Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends this summer:

June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend)

July 18-19, 2009

August 15-16, 2009

And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many national parks never charge an entrance fee, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round!

For a list of family fun activities this summer, visit National Parks: The Place to Be for Family Fun.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.