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July 12, - July 18, 2009

Sun and Clouds

July 18, 2009 - Before sunset tonight there was brilliant sunshine behind many darker clouds giving great contrast to the photo.

Parkerville Road South of Route 9 and North of the MA Turnpike bridge

July 23

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

Post Grad Technical Training Info Session

The next info session for the Assabet Valley Post Graduate Technical Training Program starts at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. All applicants must attend an info session prior to applying and bring proof of high school diploma or GED, their current medical records indicating two doses of MMR vaccine and a recent tetanus shot, a photo ID for the CORI background check, and be prepared to schedule a personal interview. Reservations are not required. For more info, visit www.assabettech.com under the Post Graduate tab.

 

Haying is Complete

July 18, 2009 - A tractor and baler sit idle off Chestnut Hill field.

Things to do in Metrowest

July 19

Summerfest and Yard Sale

Stop by Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main St., Westborough, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for its Summerfest and Yard Sale. Fun activities for all ages, including a giant yard sale with furniture, clothing, books, toys and much more. There will also be food,
children's activities, including a moon bounce and arts and crafts, and more. Rain or shine. For info, call (508) 366-7191.

July 21

Wayside Inn Strawberry Concert Series – Matt and Shannon Heaton

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury continues its Strawberry Concert Series at 7 p.m. with the sounds of Matt and Shannon Heaton. The concerts take place in the Martha Mary Chapel and tickets are $14 ($37.95 for a special dinner package). Advance registration is required. For info or for tickets, call (978) 443-1776 or visit www.wayside.org/events.

July 22

The Willows Summer Concert Series – Claflin Hill Summer Winds

The 2009 Summer Concert Series at the Willows at Westborough, 1 Lyman St., continues at 7:15 p.m., rain or shine, with the Claflin Hills Summer Winds. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Free parking available across the street at the Hastings School.

Marlborough Blood Drive

The Marlborough Masonic Hall, Main/Newton streets, will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30-7:30 p.m. All donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s ice cream and be entered into a drawing for Red Sox tickets. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org.

Family Fun Night under the Wayside Inn Canopy Tent

Join Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Rd., Sudbury, under its festive canopy tent from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for free entertainment and family fun. Also July 29. A cash bar and delicious Wayside Inn barbeque will be available for a small fee. The Ancient Order of Fife and Drum will provide dramatic entertainment for visitors, with the addition of Irish entertainers Mulligan's Fancy. Reservations are not required. Come as you are and bring your appetite and your dancing shoes! For more info, visit www.wayside.org.

July 23

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Comes to Marlborough

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” a musical production of the beloved Lewis Carroll books “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” will be performed at 7 p.m. (also July 24) at Marlborough Middle School, 25 Union St., by area students entering grades 6-8 in Children’s Theater. Great seats are still available, so order tickets now by calling (978) 562-1646. Tickets: $10, $8 for seniors and students. For more info visit, www.upwitharts.org.

July 30

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Presentation

Boston University’s Dr. Robert Stern will be presenting a talk on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia July 30, at 10 a.m., at Hudson Senior Center. To register or for more info, call the Hudson Senior Center at (978) 568-9638.

Reminder

Eastern Boarder Skate Clinic

Postponed to August 1

 

Air Dried

July 17, 2009 - A Turkey Vulture spreads the wings and lets the air roll through.  Taken along a highway at an intersection the Vulture stayed like this for quite a while.

BATS ON YOUR PROPERTY? REPORT COLONIES TO MASSWILDLIFE

With the onset of hot, humid weather, Bay State homeowners may discover bats residing in their homes. Because Massachusetts and other northeastern states are experiencing a sudden and unexpected decline of bat populations due to a white powdery fungus on bat faces called White Nose Syndrome (WNS), the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is asking anyone with a summer colony of ten bats or more on their property to report that information to agency biologists. Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats are the most likely species to be found in buildings. Please report the colony’s location, what kind of place it is in, and how many bats are in the colony, by calling (508) 389-6300, or email mass.wildlife@state.ma.us Everyone’s response to this call will be greatly appreciated.

Bats with WNS were first found in New York bat hibernacula during the winter of 2006-2007. Mortality was high and aroused concern among the bat conservation community. By winter 2007-2008, the syndrome and associated mortality had spread to many of the largest New York hibernacula and to sites in Vermont and Massachusetts. In the winter of 2008-2009, WNS was found in bats throughout the Northeast and in caves as far south as Virginia and West Virginia.

Although the reasons are not well understood, bats with WNS deplete their winter fat reserves too quickly by the middle of winter. The affected bats exhibit unusual behavior, often moving to cold parts of the hibernacula, leaving the cave or mine during the day and during cold winter weather in an attempt to find food during a time when insects are not available. Wildlife managers are concerned about WNS because bats congregate by the thousands in caves and mines to hibernate during winter months. Bats, and possibly even people, are spreading WNS from one cave to the next.

High bat mortality is a major concern to MassWildlife biologists because bats have a low reproductive rate. Since most bats raise only one pup per year, it can take decades for a bat population to rebound after a large die-off. For more information about the work in the region conducted by scientists relating to bats and WNS, go to www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/bat_mortality_ma.htm

2009 Massachusetts Parks Pass FREE

Southborough residents may borrow a 2009 MA ParksPass free of charge. The pass entitles bearer to

free parking for one vehicle (no buses or vans) at over 50 facilities in the MA state parks system that

charge a day-use parking fee.

ParkPass is part of the “Use Nature as Your Guide” program sponsored by the MA Dept of Conservation

and Recreation. From Boston to the Berkshires, DCR invites you to enjoy a wide variety of

recreational opportunities including hiking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding and much

more.

Please contact the Recreation Office to reserve the ParksPass for the 2009 season (Memorial Day to

Columbus Day) The pass may be borrowed for one day or one weekend and must be returned by 9am

the following day. Passes taken on Friday may be returned the following Monday.

For a list of MA park facilities where ParksPasses may be used, please visit WWW.MASS.GOV/DCR

A $35 deposit will be required when you pick up the ParkPass. Your deposit will be refunded to you

when you return the pass.

Please call ahead to reserve your ParkPass !!

 

Six FlagsTickets at a discounted rate will be

available for purchase from April to October

********

Water Country Tickets will also be

available at a discounted rate beginning April

Water Park is schedule to open

June 13 to Sept 7, 2009

*******

Movie tickets are available for purchase at

$6.50/ per ticket at the Recreation Office.

(Only checks and cash accepted for all the above)

 

DCR AND MWRA CLOSE QUABBIN RESERVOIRhttp://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=280831

TO PRIVATE RECREATIONAL BOATS FOR 45 DAYS

Measures to protect against invasive species will be reviewed in wake of

zebra mussels discovered in Berkshire lake

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed the Quabbin Reservoir to

all private recreational boats in the wake of last week’s discovery of invasive zebra mussels at

a Berkshire County lake.

“We are taking this step in an excess of caution,” said DCR Commissioner Richard K.

Sullivan Jr. “Zebra mussels have not been found in the Quabbin, and there is no known threat

to the public water supply. However, closing the reservoir to outside boats for 45 days gives

the state the opportunity to do more comprehensive testing for invasive pests and adjust our

management plans to provide the utmost protection for public drinking water.”

As of this afternoon, to avoid any possibility that zebra mussels would be transferred into the

Quabbin, private boats will be prohibited. To ensure recreational opportunities for the public,

DCR will continue to offer its own fleet of rental boats during this 45-day period.

The MWRA board voted Wednesday afternoon to support DCR in closing the Reservoir to

non-Quabbin boats.

"While the risk may be low, the Quabbin Reservoir is the drinking water supply for 2.5 million

people,” said Frederick A. Laskey, MWRA executive director. “It's prudent to take every precaution."

Sudbury River

July 16, 2009 - A calmer Sudbury River falls back into it's banks.  Whereas, Jean Anderson and  Debbie Costine were able to "sunbathe" in Deb's yard on Wood street.

July 16, 2009 - A Southborough News reader sent this photo along from their vacation in Canada.  A view from the tallest tower in the world. It is the Toronto  Argonauts stadium of the Canadian football league.

Fire Log

Tuesday 7/7/09 (storm day)

11:10 PLAN REVIEW - COMMERCIAL MARLBORO RD
C3 CAPT MAURO

11:30 PLAN REVIEW - SMOKE DETECTOR WOODBURY RD
C3 CAPT MAURO

14:10 WATER PROBLEM, OTHER RED GATE LN
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH

14:15 LIGHTNING STRIKE (NO FIRE) MAIN ST
C20 CHIEF MAURO

14:20 RESCUE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL CALL MAIN ST
A29 LT SADOWSKI EMT GLECKEL CAPT MAURO

14:27 ALARM SYSTEM DUE TO MALFUNCTION CORDAVILLE RD
E23 FF ROACH FF GOODSPEED

14:27 WATER PROBLEM SEARS RD
E23 FF ALESSI FF NEAL

15:07 WATER PROBLEM FLAGG RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

15:29 WATER PROBLEM MAIN ST
E21 LT COLLEARY FF GOODSPEED

15:44 WATER PROBLEM RED GATE LN
E21 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH

15:48 ALARM SYSTEM DUE TO MALFUNCTION MAIN ST
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH
E23 FF GOODSPEED FF NEAL

15:58 SYSTEM MALFUNCTION TURNPIKE RD
E21 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH

16:03 WATER PROBLEM LEDGE HILL RD
E21

16:03 WATER PROBLEM PARKERVILLE RD
E21 LT COLLEARY FF HOGAN

16:24 GASOLINE OR OTHER FLAMM SPILL OVERLOOK DR
E21 FF ALESSI FF NEAL
E23 CAPT MAURO FF GOODSPEED

16:46 PERSON IN DISTRESS MAIN ST
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH


17:01 WATER PROBLEM HICKORY RD
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH

17:04 WATER PROBLEM PARKERVILLE RD
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH

17:14 ARCING, SHORTED ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SCHOOL ST
E21 FF ALESSI FF TOMMANEY

18:04 ALARM SYSTEM DUE TO MALFUNCTION COSLIN DR
E21 LT COLLEARY FF NEAL FF HOGAN

18:04 GAS ODOR BOSTON RD
E22
E23
R25

19:45 WATER PROBLEM PARKERVILLE RD
R25 LT COLLEARY FF ALESSI

19:46 WATER EVACUATION FLAGG RD
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY FF ALESSI
E23 CAPT MAURO FF GOODSPEED
R25 LT COLLEARY FF HOGAN

19:47 WATER PROBLEM SEARS RD
R25 LT COLLEARY FF ALESSI

19:50 WATER EVACUATION MAIN ST
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY

19:52 WATER PROBLEM SEARS RD
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF ALESSI FF TOMMANEY

20:00 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING COMMON ST
C20 CHIEF MAURO

20:15 WATER PROBLEM RED GATE LN
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY

20:15 WATER EVACUATION RED GATE LN
E22 LT SADOWSKI

20:18 WATER PROBLEM NEWTON ST
E21 CAPT MAURO FF GOODSPEED

20:20 WATER PROBLEM PARKERVILLE RD
R25 LT COLLEARY FF ALESSI

20:37 WATER PROBLEM PARKERVILLE RD
R25 LT COLLEARY FF ALESSI

20:38 WATER PROBLEM SEARS RD
R25 LT COLLEARY FF ALESSI

20:40 WATER PROBLEM CENTRAL ST
E21 CAPT MAURO FF GOODSPEED

20:44 WATER EVACUATION CENTRAL ST
E21 CAPT MAURO FF GOODSPEED

20:47 WATER PROBLEM OVERLOOK DR
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY

21:00 WATER PROBLEM MARLBORO RD
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY

21:38 EMS CALL MAIN ST
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY FF ALESSI

21:40 SMOKE DET. ACT.-NO FIRE, UNINTENTIONAL MAIN ST
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF ROACH FF TOMMANEY FF ALESSI
 

ATTENTION - DPW WATER WORK

DPW WATER WORK TO RESUME ON PARKERVILLE ROAD
(SOUTH OF RTE 9) THE WEEK OF JULY 20TH

SECTIONS OF PARKERVILLE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED DURING
THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

THE MIDDLE ROAD AND PARKERVILLE ROAD INTERSECTION
WILL BE CLOSED IN ALL DIRECTIONS ON JULY 21ST.

EXPECT DELAYS – SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES – 7/20-8/1

Butterflies are Free

July 16, 2009 - A Swallowtail takes lunch on a butterfly bush.

 

New Building for Southborough Veterinary Hospital

Southborough News welcomes the Southborough Veterinary Hospital.  Southborough Veterinary Hospital has existed nearly thirty years at its current location at 79 Marlboro Road in Southborough.  Veterinarians Dr. Ogden and Dr. Westphal took over in 1999 the practice from Dr. Ovid Fraser.  They recently completed the purchase of former large animal veterinarian Lindsay Robbin's home and barn at 78 Deerfoot in Southborough.  A fall 2009 opening for the new home of the Southborough Veterinary Hospital is anticipated.  The new place will provide expanded room and services for your pets.  It is convenient to Route 9 and centrally located within the Metrowest area of Westborough, Hopkinton, Southborough, Marlborough and Ashland. 

Dr. Westphal received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Ogden received her degree from the University of Minnesota, both graduating with high honors.  Dr. Ogden and Dr. Westphal are members of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.  They also participate in the yearly rabies clinic for the town of Southborough and at various humane societies and pet rescues.

Your pet is well taken care of while visiting the Southborough Veterinary Hospital.  Services include surgery, dental, spay/neuter, Radiography, anesthesia monitoring, Vaccinations, ultrasound, emergency care, nutrition,  diagnostics such as blood analyzers and laboratory capabilities.  Annual exams or a sick animal Dr. Ogden and Dr. Westphal will manage your pets health.  They take patients that are dogs, cats, pocket pets, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and some reptiles.

Hospital Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM through 1:00 PM.  Office opens at 8:00 AM. Early or late appointments may be scheduled by special request.  The phone number is 508-485-4259. 

July 16, 2009 - Renovations are ongoing to update the barn to the new veterinary hospital.

 

Eastern Boarder Skate Clinic

Postponed to August 1

Senior Center funtimes

July 15, 2009 - Southborough Seniors came out in the great weather today for their annual summer BBQ.

Assisting the BBQ

July 15, 2009 - Youngsters were everywhere assisting with the Annual senior BBQ picnic.

Raising the Prices $$$$

The MBTA is considering raising prices on the commuter rail and other features of the system.  Before they can do that, the MBTA has to hold several discussions around the state that is serviced by the MBTA.  For further information click here.

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS GO WILD: An intense display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) lit up the skies of Europe and North America last night.  Bright electric-blue tendrils were visible through fireworks during Bastille Day celebrations in France, while the clouds descended as far south as Nebraska in the USA.  Sky watchers should be alert for a repeat performance tonight.  Observing tips and photos of the July 14th-15th display may be found at these URLs:

Europe: http://spaceweather.com/nlcs/gallery2009_page12.htm

USA: http://spaceweather.com/nlcs/gallery2009_page13.htm

Please visit http://spaceweather.com for updates.

 
It was just a week ago

July 15, 2009 - That parts of Southborough looked like "Christmas in July" with about an inch or more of hail in some places.

Fun & Affordable Things to Do in Massachusetts

Relaxing on the beachEven in this economy, there are a lot of reasonably priced things to do in Massachusetts. Take in a minor league baseball game, walk the Freedom Trail or just relax at one of our beaches.  Some great ideas include:

 

Patrick Administration Invites Bay State Residents and Visitors to Savor the Flavors of Massachusetts

New initiatives encouraging culinary tourism kick off this month

BOSTON - Massachusetts boasts epicurean adventures from the Berkshire Hills to the tip of Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) invite food lovers everywhere to visit the Bay State through a new culinary tourism initiative: Savor Massachusetts.

"Savor Massachusetts is one of our newest Massachusetts Grown and Fresher Programs and a natural extension of our efforts to promote agri-tourism throughout our Commonwealth,” said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. “I invite residents and visitors to the Bay State to celebrate and enjoy Massachusetts farms, farm products, and festivals - one taste at a time." 

“The local farm to table industry is a vital part of the Commonwealth’s appeal” said Betsy Wall, executive director Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism “and a rising interest among visitors looking for fresh and unique culinary experiences.”

Culinary tourism is a growing industry that helps tourists plan trips based on what and where they want to eat. The emerging niche market helps develop and promote local food and drink as the main attractions for culinary travelers, fostering support for local communities and economic development.

The Bay State’s culinary tourism attractions include:

  • Brewery Tours

  • Culinary Education

  • Culinary Events and Farm Festivals

  • Ethnic Markets and Food Production Tours

  • Farms with Restaurants and Cafés

  • Farm Tours

  • Wine and Cheese Trails

  • Winery Tours

Go to www.mass.gov/massgrown and click on Savor Massachusetts for a guide to culinary opportunities available in Massachusetts. In addition, The Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trails, produced by DAR and the Massachusetts Farm Wineries Association is available at www.MassWinery.com.

For instance, 18 Massachusetts cheesemakers make more than 75 varieties of artisan and farmstead cheeses, and 11 of them give public tours by appointment. There are 34 licensed wineries in Massachusetts and at least 21are open for tours and tastings of award winning-grape and fruit wines. Communities that host wineries and cheesemakers are: Needham, Carlisle, Topsfield, Ipswich, Lincoln, South Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Richmond, Monterey, Hatfield, Westport, Westport Point, Haverhill, Plymouth, New Bedford, East Falmouth, Nantucket, Sterling, Bolton, Winchendon, Manson, New Marlborough, Charlemont, Williamstown, Holland, Hubbardston, Charlton, Hardwick and North Truro.

Savor Massachusetts was developed collaboratively by DAR and MOTT, with funding from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop program.  The group worked together to produce resources for local specialty crop growers, consumers and chefs to strengthen opportunities for farmers and producers in Massachusetts.

The first ever Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail was funded through a $26,000 USDA Rural Development Grant, awarded to DAR.  The goals of USDA Rural Development Grants are to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. 

Every year, the USDA invites states to apply for grant funds under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill. Grants are awarded based on the value of specialty crops grown in that state. Specialty crops, as defined by the USDA, include fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. In May 2008, DAR received $62,000 to develop the culinary tourism initiative. A second installment of the grant was awarded in April 2009 for $40,000. The goal of Savor Massachusetts is to strengthen opportunities and enhance the profitability of Massachusetts specialty crop farmers and producers.

The DAR mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance – the DAR strives to support, regulate, and enhance the Commonwealth’s agricultural community, working to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production

Sports and RecreationFantasy Day logo

Help support the Jimmy Fund and have fun while doing it.

 Click here for more details.

Children's Library Open

July 14, 2009 - Children check out the books and games at the "new" children's library located in the southeast corner upstairs in the main library.  Dozen's of children's books have been moved upstairs while the children's library and downstairs meeting rooms are renovated in wake of the unusual flooding that occurred last week in the library.

 

Southborough takes #31 slot in Money Magazine's Best Places to Live and managed to take #2 in the top six figure towns.

(above photo 55 and over home for sale by Lorraine Estella of Realty Executives)

Sweet Treat

July 14, 2009 - A Hummingbird takes a meal from a flowering plant.

 

Southborough meetings

July 13- July 18, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

BOARD OF SELECTMEN [holding a management summit] Agenda July 14 6:15 PM Hearing room Town House
SHOPC
Agenda
 
July 14 5:30 PM Upstairs conference room town house
POLICE CHIEF SEARCH COMMITTEE July 15 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Agenda
July 15 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Agenda
July 16 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF ASSESSORS July 16 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House
       

Monday 13

Tuesday 14

Wednesday 15

Thursday 16

Friday 17

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

9:30 Pool 8:30 Health Clinic

 

9:30 Cribbage 9:30 Tai Chi      
 

10:00 Bocci

2:00 PM Fitness 9:30  Mah Jongg  
 

12:00 Pitch

  10:00 Bocci 10:00 WII Fitness
2:00 Fitness 12:00 Ping Pong 4:00 PM summer BBQ 12:30 Pitch 11:30 Movie Matinee @ Sr Center
      1:00 PM bridge  
 

 

     

Learning Strategies for your Pool Game:

July 22, 2009 at 9:30am Bob LeBlanc, professional Pool Instructor will be coming to the senior center to show you different game strategies. Bob will teach the basics and demonstrate advanced techniques along with some trick shots. This is sure to be a very valuable experience!

Falconi Golf Tournament:

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Falconi Golf Tournament subcommittee should see Mary or Alice at the front office or call (508) 229-4453. Anyone wishing to donate items to the Falconi Golf Tournament Silent Auction (i.e. major sports tickets, timeshare rentals, etc.) should submit their name and donation description to Mary or Alice at the front office or call (508) 229-4453.

Alice’s Gift Shop:

Please stop by and see what Alice has in the gift shop this summer. There are some really pretty items. If you would like to make a donation, please drop them off at the front desk.

Computers:

We now have two computers in the hall before you enter our main room that are now hooked up to the internet. You will be able to read e-mail and look up information as well as play some fun card games. Feel free to sit down and use the computers. Let us know if you would like any help.

Senior Center open 9:00 AM - 12 noon Saturdays

Library Schedule July 13 - July 18, 2009

Sunday 12 Monday 13 Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15 Thursday 16 Friday 17 Saturday 18
   

 

5:00 Library

Trustees Meeting

 

7:00 pm PJ Stories

6:00 pm Foreign

Film Discussion

Group

6:30 4th-6th Grade

Book Group ~

Harry Potter Game

Night

 

Drop-in craft day

10 - 5

 
 

Library is closed

Saturdays in July

and August

 

Click for the Summer Reading Program at the Southborough Library

RMV UNVEILS NEW, STREAMLINED CUSTOMER SERVICE PLAN

Reforms, branch consolidations, innovative partnerships create new ways to deliver services under an increasingly unified transportation organization

(Boston, MA) - Responding to new budget constraints, Registrar Rachel Kaprielian today outlined a plan to restructure and modernize Registry of Motor Vehicles customer service resources to help Massachusetts' 4.6 million drivers shift to a new way of getting license, registration and motor vehicle services.

"Transportation reform and the economic crisis give the RMV a unique opportunity to firmly position itself as a trailblazer in providing quality motor vehicle services more efficiently than ever before," said Registrar Kaprielian. "Our goal is to keep faith with our customers by cost-effectively leveraging new technological innovations, overhauling our business practices and partnering with sister transportation agencies and private industry."

Beginning July 1, the RMV will respond to a tighter FY10 budget by closing 11 branches in every region of the state and immediately redeploying staff and equipment to open five new 'mitigation' offices located in underutilized MassHighway and Massachusetts Turnpike Authority toll plazas, visitor centers and offices. Many of the remaining 23 RMV branches will also be modified to expand services in anticipation of heavier customer traffic.

The shift from leasing high-cost private office space to rent-free government buildings will save the RMV an estimated $1.7 million dollars a year and will help to minimize the impact on staffing. Going forward, as leases expire at traditional branches, the RMV will explore using other government buildings and transportation structures that offer minimal overhead costs. Under Governor Deval Patrick's leadership, the state's transportation agencies and authorities have generated tens of millions in savings and efficiencies through transportation reform efforts, including almost $2 million at the RMV alone.

The RMV's new facilities strategy exemplifies the type of reforms which will help create a more accountable and unified state transportation organization as directed under the landmark transportation reform legislation signed into law by Governor Patrick last week. "This is an important step in sharing resources and best practices to reduce waste and duplication. We are cutting one of the agency's largest expenses while preserving core services," added Kaprielian.

Twenty one percent of the RMV's customers will be impacted by the branch and staff changes. Most will look to the new full and express mitigation offices in Charlton, Natick, Bourne and Peabody or "beefed up" branches in each region for future service.

To keep wait times reasonable, the RMV is introducing a series of measures to drive customers out of branch lines and into online services through the agency's upgraded website:

Self-service online kiosks offering routine transactions such as registration plate returns will be set up in some of the busier branches in September

A partnership with community libraries will offer ways to help their patrons navigate the 18 transactions now available online from renewing a license to ordering a free FASTLANE transponder.

"Last year, we took 1.5 million people out of our "brick and mortar" branches and served them on the Internet, an increase of 23% in cyber traffic," said Registrar Kaprielian. "Still, a large portion of our customers can't or won't make the jump to cyberspace for a variety of reasons. But I envision the RMV of the not too distant future will be able to deliver all routine licensing, registration and titling online."

To help RMV customers make the transition to the Internet, the agency is designing awareness campaigns to address some of the reasons why people visit branches when they aren't required and will introduce IT programming that allows customers to use a debit card for transactions-an easier payment method for many customers.

New business protocols and programs that are the result of a year-long overhaul of the RMV will also shave time off branch operations for customers who must visit a branch for a new license, out-of-state conversion or other non-routine service. Among the innovations that have or will soon be introduced:

New document imaging which eliminates manual copying and paper storage

Smart Safe technology which eliminates manual cash counting procedures

Pre-staging online license process to help reduce repeat branch visits, and

Q-matic technology that creates more queues for a wider range of services

Registrar Kaprielian says the RMV's new business model positions the agency for the future. "An economic crisis may have forced us to streamline, reduce spending and look to technology and innovation to continue providing customer service, but the time is right to build pathways to the new RMV where efficient government service can be just a click away."

To improve customer service, the RMV has expanded online services over the past two years, including license, registration and title inquiries. To take advantage of RMV's online services visit:www.mass.gov/rmv

Branches Closing

Lowell

North Attleboro

Cambridgeside Galleria

New Bedford

Springfield (Eastfield Mall)

Southbridge

Framingham

Falmouth

Eastham (one day)

Beverly

Boston (Chinatown)

New

MTA Charlton Turnpike Center

MTA Natick Service Plaza (express)

MHD Canal Visitor Center (express)

MHD Peabody (express)

Boston TBD

The New RMV

DCR LAUNCHES THIRD ANNUAL

“GREAT PARK PURSUIT”

Outdoor adventure game challenges all ages

to disconnect from cyberspace and reconnect with open space

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is launching its third annual Great Park Pursuit, a summer-long series of free family adventures in Massachusetts state parks. This year, families will design their own Park Pursuit adventures with activities they choose. “We envision the Great Park Pursuit as a first step in building the next generation of environmental stewards,” said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “The Great Park Pursuit gives participants a sampling of what our more than 450,000 acres of state parks offer on a daily basis. Let’s not let television and the Internet replace wonderful, traditional activities like hiking, fishing, and biking.”

During each of the first two years of the Great Park Pursuit, several hundred families participated across the Commonwealth. They hiked to beautiful views, learned to fish, pitched a tent, roasted s’mores, discovered secrets of the past, rode in horse-drawn wagons, and much more. This year’s program will run July 10 through Sept. 12. DCR parks across the Commonwealth will host Great Park Pursuit activities at various times and locations throughout the summer. Teams are challenged to participate in six programs in several themed categories by Sept. 12th. Categories include “Into the Woods,” “Go Wild,” “Explore the Night” and more. They will step back in time, discover secrets of the coast, and get to know the night sky. Teams will collect special program stickers at each participating DCR park and chronicle their adventures on the team card that they download from the DCR website. They can also track their adventures with stories and photos on their personal Great Park Pursuit homepage. Great Park Pursuit teams can be families, but they can be other groups of adults and children, too. Each team must include at least one person 18 years or older and at least one person under 18.

The rise in childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease is a growing national crisis. The health and well-being of children is critical. Outdoor experiences in early childhood can help children get on the path to a healthy and active lifestyle, and create the next generation of stewards of our parks and natural resources. The Great Park Pursuit is free, but teams must register to be eligible to win the prizes. For more information, visit www.greatparkpursuit.org

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and

forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Richard

K. Sullivan Jr., the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth

of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and

our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us

Welcome Home Dan

July 13, 2009 - Friday night local veteran's welcomed home Dan Kolenda.   Above Dan and his family.  Below are local vets welcoming Dan home.   Russ Gregory (Gulf I and Gulf II)  Curt Houghton ( WWII - Pacific), John Wilson ( Vietnam) , Dick Varney ( Korea )  and Steve Whynot ( Vietnam ) welcomed Dan home from his tour of duty in Iraq.
 
As Vet's who have served in combat areas - We all felt it was most worthy and our honor to welcome home and Thank Dan for his service.. I'd say he was a bit surprised.... (by steve Whynot, photos by Steve)

Sunset

July 13, 2009 - At least there was sun for a sunset last night.

Eagle Project Blessed

July 13, 2009 - Sunday marked the completion of Ryan Norby's Eagle Scout project.  Father Flynn from St. Matthew's church and many members of the parish came out after the 9:00 AM mass for the blessing of the Meditation  Garden project. The project was part of Ryan's fullfillment of his Eagle Scout requirements. Ryan along with friends developed this garden which was dedicated to all deceased members of St. Matthew Parish. 

Bantry Road Tree Down

Most likely caused by saturated soil, this tree fell across Bantry Road Saturday.  The Southborough DPW was called in to cut up the tree and haul it away, reopening the road to traffic. 

Photo courtesy Joel Shore.

 

The Southborough Public Library has announced that there is a temporary children's library located upstairs in the front corner of the main library.  There will be limited children's programs while the library is "cleaned" up from the storm damage.  The Rocket ship program is being rescheduled for August dates to be announced but the pajama story times will go on as planned.

Gina Monfalcone

 

 

Dateline: Southborough

Gina A. (Baldelli) Monfalcone 93, of Southborough died on July 13, 2009 at her son’s home in Marlborough.

She was the wife of Joseph Monfalcone, who passed away in 1978.

Mrs. Monfalcone attended the former Peter’s High School in Southborough and worked for Deerfoot Farms before raising her family. Once her children were grown she went to work as a supervisor for Fenwal in Ashland and retired in 1981. She enjoyed gardening and arts and crafts. Gina was a member of St. Matthew Church in Southborough and Southborough Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her sons Joseph H. Monfalcone and his wife Ann of Leicester; Anthony Monfalcone and his wife Paula of Marlborough; 2 brothers, Henry Baldelli & Fernando Baldelli both of Southborough; 6 grandchildren, Richard Monfalcone of Westborough; David Monfalcone of Clinton; Christine Zanca of Hudson; Joseph Monfalcone of Marlborough; Gail St Cyr of Port St. Lucie, FL; Danielle Wyatt of Boylston; Richard Huebner of Northfield, VT; 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is pre-deceased by her sister Elizabeth Crosby.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 5 to 8PM at Morris Funeral Home, (Morrisfuneralparlor.com) 40 Main St. Southborough.

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 16 at 10 AM at St. Matthew Church, Highland St. Southborough. Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery in Southborough.

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

Rose B. Gladwin
Southborough, MA
Mrs. Rose B. Gladwin, 89, of Southborough, MA, formerly of Utica, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, in Massachusetts. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Yorkville. Memorial calling hours for family and friends are Tuesday, July 14, 2009, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 1517 Whitesboro St., Utica. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Roses memory please consider VNA Care Network & Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923. Online messages of sympathy at
www.heintzfuneralservice.net
 

Hurricane Precaution Tips

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Sheltering-in-Place is a standard protective action utilized in Emergency Management,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce. “It is most often used during an accident or event in which hazardous materials have been released into the atmosphere, but also during other dangerous conditions, such as a severe storm, like a hurricane, when it is best to be indoors and not outside or on the road.”

As a hurricane is upon New England, state or local Public Safety Officials may instruct you to “Shelter-in-Place”. As with Evacuations, you would be alerted in a variety of ways. Learn what methods are utilized in your community. They could include:

· Outdoor sirens or horns.

· The Emergency Alert System (EAS) - information provided on the radio and television.

· National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Alert Radio.

· ‘All Call’, ‘Reverse 911’ or ‘Code Red’ – one of a number of automated telephoning systems for sending recorded messages to which your community may subscribe.

· News Media.

· Residential Route Alerting, which dispatches Public Safety vehicles through neighborhoods announcing messages with Public Address systems or literally ‘knocking on doors”.

· U.S. Coast Guard Marine Broadcast.

· A message on Teletypewriters (TTY).

The following are steps to be taken only when instructed to ‘Shelter-in-Place’, not to be completed ahead of time:

If instructed, you should immediately go indoors.

Close and lock all doors and windows. Locking is preferred since it generally ensures that the door or window is shut tight.

Close drapes, blinds and window shades.

Protect windows with pre-drilled plywood sheets.

Go to a room in the center of your home with the fewest windows and doors.

It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed during an emergency.

Do not call your local fire or police departments (9-1-1) for information. Emergency workers will need their lines open for emergency use. Call your local Emergency Management Office or Mass2-1-1, which is available 24/7 to respond to your questions.

Take your Family Disaster Kit to that location.

Keep pets indoors. Make sure you have additional food and water supplies for them.

If you have livestock, shelter them, also. Provide them with stored feed and water.

Continue to monitor your Emergency Alert Station (EAS) and other Media for official messages and instructions.

Continually monitor the Media for updates and warnings.

Stay inside until officials say otherwise.

If you are in your vehicle and are advised to ‘Shelter-in-Place’, and are very close to home, your office or a public building, go there immediately.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness Month, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Swine Flu (H1N1) is still around with two more deaths reported - one in Worcester County.

For more information on this flu click this link

or for the latest in MA click here

 

STATE ELECTIONS 2010

AUG 18 Absentee Ballot application forms available at Town

Clerk’s Office Email: TownClerk@southboroughma

com or call 508.485.0710 x3006

AUG 25 Last day to Register to Vote and change political

party for the State Primary (Sept.14)

Town Clerk's Office open 8am to 8pm. Email

questions: TownClerk@SouthboroughMa.com  or

call 508.485.0710 x3006

SEPT 14 STATE PRIMARY Polls open 7am -8pm

OCT 13 Last day to Register to Vote and change political

party for the State Election (Nov 2).

Town Clerk's Office open 8am to 8pm. Email

questions: TownClerk@SouthboroughMa.com  or

call 508.485.0710 x3006

NOV 2 STATE ELECTION polls open 7am-8pm

http://www.wheredoivotema.com  or call

508.485.0710 x3006

 

Folk for Feathers Festival 2009!

An outdoor concert to benefit Long Pasture and the Coastal Waterbird Program

Musicians rehearse by the sea. Photo by Mark Olsen.
Musicians rehearse by the sea. Photo by Mark Olsen.
 
Edie, Oen, Rose and Jake perform. Photo by Becky Harris.
Edie, Oen, Rose and Jake perform. Photo by Becky Harris.
 
Sunset over Barnstable Harbor. Photo by John Van de Graaff.
Sunset over Barnstable Harbor. Photo by John Van de Graaff.
 
Jake Armerding playing Little Nation. Photo by John Van de Graaff.
Jake Armerding playing Little Nation. Photo by John Van de Graaff
 
Greg Greenway
Greg Greenway
Festival audience enjoying the concert on the Long Pasture lawn.
Festival audience enjoying the concert on the Long Pasture lawn.
 
On Saturday, August 8, 2009 4:00 pm, Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and Coastal Waterbird Program are holding the second annual Folk for Feathers Festival - an afternoon of festivities, food, and a concert on the lawn at Long Pasture overlooking scenic Barnstable Harbor. We're happy to host Cape Cod favorite, Greg Greenway and back by popular demand, Boston's own Jake Armerding, with local band "Just Another Guru" performing an opening set. This event will be a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy world class acoustic music while enjoying a picnic on the lawn overlooking Barnstable Harbor.  

We encourage people to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a picnic on the lawn as they take in the music and spectacular scenery. Dinner, drinks, and desserts will be available for sale from Cape Cup Cafe of Orleans. We'll have a raffle with special donated prizes and proceeds from the Folk for Feathers Festival will benefit Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and the Coastal Waterbird Program.

Greg Greenway (www.greggreenway.com) is both a local favorite and a nationally-touring musician whose time on the road means his Cape Cod appearances are rare, and to be treasured. Put simply, he is one of the finest entertainers you'll ever see. Musically, he draws inspiration from all over the map -- gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. He has been described as "one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music."

With multi-instrumentalist Jake Armerding (www.jakearmerding.com) artfully improvising on mandolin, violin, and guitar, one never knows what magical musical moments will happen. The Boston Globe calls Jake Armerding "the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years." We're excited to welcome Jake back to the Folk for Feathers stage. Last year, Jake surprised the Folk for Feathers audience with the debut of his song written for the Coastal Waterbird Program called "Little Nation" (listen). This unique night of music will be full of surprises and spontaneous creative collaborations.

Get your tickets today! $25 Mass Audubon members / $30 non-members / $10 kids under 16

For tickets call (508) 362-7475 x9355 or email jmontoya@massaudubon.org

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