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October 25, - October 31, 2009

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund

Family Fun Run & Walk

November 1, 2009

10 am

At the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land

$10 Registration for the 4K Race

Plus Cow Pie Contest:  $20 Square could win $300!

For more information visit www.southborobelties.org    or email

Joyceg1@yahoo.com or lpbourdon@aol.com
There's Still Time Left

To purchase your deed for the Cow Pie Contest.  Come on out tomorrow morning!

The Witching Hour

October 31, 2009 - A Main Street display reminds people it is Halloween night. Drive careful and be on the lookout for trick or treaters.

Trick or Treat

October 31, 2009 - The annual Halloween display at Parkerville Road South near Skylar Drive is spooky again. If you haven't made it to this destination for trick or teating you ought to make the trip.

It's Trick or Treat Night

October 31, 2009 - It's Halloween and here are more photos from last night's SY&FS's Halloween party.

Healthy Paws Veterinary Center

First Annual Pet Halloween Party”

To Celebrate Our One Year Anniversary

· WHEN: Saturday, October 31st

Noon to 2pm - Raindate, Sunday, November 1st

· WHERE: Healthy Paws Veterinary Center

6 Old Flanders Road

Westborough, MA



Judged Costume Contest for Pets and their “humans”, Pet Parade,

 Activities for the Children, Treats for Everyone (including your Furry Friends)

Plenty of Great Prizes!

Click for Healthy Paws Website



SOUTHBOROUGH,MA --- Troop 92 of the Boy Scouts of America, Southborough, MA will hold its annual holiday Kids’ Shop on Saturday, December 5th from 9am – 2pm at the Woodward Elementary School at 28 Cordaville Road in Southborough.

The Kids’ Shop allows area children to do their holiday shopping for their parents, siblings, grandparents and pets in a safe environment with prices that reflect their limited budgets. The children are personally escorted though the shop by members of the Troop while parents or other relatives wait outside the shopping area in a café-like setting where they may purchase coffee, breakfast or lunch. Purchased gifts are wrapped, free of charge by parents of Troop members, thus allowing the children to keep their purchases secret until they are opened.

Some of the items available for sale include toys, puzzles, ornaments, candles, mugs, picture frames, date books, calendars, socks, tools, work gloves, bird feeders, flashlights, kitchen & grilling utensils and supplies, fleece blankets, pet toys, totes, thermometers and much more.

The Troop also sponsors a homemade cookie sale, which will be taking place concurrently with the Kids Shop, allowing adults to purchase desserts for the weekend or to freeze for later use.  There will also be several items available as part of a raffle.  All profits from these activities will go to Troop 92, to help offset the cost of their monthly camping trips and other troop expenses.

The date of the Troop 92 Kids Shop coincides with Santa’s arrival at the Southborough Community House at noon, allowing parents to schedule their day around both events.

Troop 92 is sponsored by St. Anne Church, Southborough and meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM. For more information on joining the troop, please contact Peter DiStefano, Scoutmaster at petehaleysss@aol.com.

Higgins Armory Museum: Haunted Higgins

Oct. 31 will be a “spooktacular” day for the entire family at Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. The day includes storytelling, trick or treating, creepy crafts, ghouls and goblins around every corner, and prizes for the best costumes (both kids and adults). Cost: $9, $7 kids, one costumed child 12 and under free with each paying adult. For more info, visit www.higgins.org or call 1-508-853-6015.

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition

On exhibit through Sunday, February 21

Buy tickets in the online store

Harry Potter™ is a cultural phenomenon, inspiring the imaginations of millions across the globe. Now it's your chance to peer into the wizard's world in a new exhibit featuring more than 200 authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films, all displayed in settings inspired by the film sets -- including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut and the Gryffindor™ common room. View iconic film artifacts such as Harry's glasses, the Marauder's Map, and Hermione's Yule Ball gown, and pause to pull a screeching Mandrake from its pot or try your hand at tossing a "Quaffle."

Showcasing the supreme artistry and craftsmanship that went into the making of the ever popular film series, Harry Potter: The Exhibition is sure to spark curious minds and foster an excitement of discovery among visitors of all ages.

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s09)

Related Links: Harry Potter: The Exhibition Website

photo from last weeks SFD Halloween parade and the Harry Potter winner

Robert E. Melican, 63, a lifelong resident of Worcester, MA, died in St. Vincent Hospital on October 28, 2009 after a difficult battle with pneumonia.

Born in Worcester on Aug, 11 1946 to the late Lillian C. (Langton) Melican and George M. Melican, Bob grew up on Hitchcock Road with his older brother, the late George P. Melican and sister, Maureen Kennedy of Auburn. Bob attended Freeland Street School in Worcester and later St. Peter's Grammar School, graduating from St John's High School in Shrewsbury. Bob graduated from Worcester State College where he met his loving wife of 40 years, Beth and a long list of friends and colleagues who played an important part in both his personal and professional life to its end. Bob went on to receive his Masters in education from WSC and later a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He began his education career in 1969 as a 6th grade teacher at the Peaslee School in Northborough. In 1971, he became a Math teacher at the Northborough Middle School, the year of its opening, serving in that capacity for five years, until June of 1976. At that time, he split his duties between teaching math at the Northborough Middle School as well as in an expanded role as an Administrative Assistant in this same school. In 1984, Bob was appointed Assistant to the Superintendent of the Northborough/Southborough and Algonquin Regional Districts, and in 1986 became the Assistant Superintendent for the three Northborough and Southborough school districts. On September 10, 1996, he was appointed Superintendent for the three Districts. While a full list of Bob's achievements, awards and accolades would not fit on this page, some of note include: Secretary/Treasurer of the Worcester County Superintendents' Association, President of the Board of Trustees for the Worcester Vocational School District, Vice-President and President of the Worcester County Superintendents' Association, service on the Tri-County Board for School Superintendents, a seat on the Advisory Board for Education at Worcester State College, member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, named Massachusetts Superintendent of the year in 2004 and at the time of his passing, Bob proudly served as a Vice-President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. The personal highlight of his career occurred on May 31, 2002 when the Northborough Middle School where he taught math 30 years earlier was renamed the Robert E. Melican Middle School, which will serve as a lasting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to public education.

Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 40 years, Beth (Barry) Melican of Worcester; a son, Brendan B. Melican and daughter-in-law, Iris A. Lyons of Worcester, and a daughter, Sarah E. Melican of South Boston. Bob also leaves an enormous hole in the life of one grandchild, Oliver L. Melican also of Worcester. A sister, Maureen Kennedy of Auburn was a tireless companion to her little brother over a difficult, final two years. While a long list of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends spread across the country remained an integral part of the family and served as the foundation of Bob's life, providing endless joy and countless memories. Bob was predeceased by his loving parents, George M. Melican (1998), Lillian C. (Langton) Melican (1999) both of Worcester and his big brother, George P. Melican (1999) of Orange, CA. Bob gave these three individuals much credit for his accomplishments, it was by their example Bob learned the importance of service to one's community, which remained the driving force throughout his life. The funeral is Monday, November 2nd from O'CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue, with a Mass at 11:00 AM in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday, November 1st from 3:00 until 7:00 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the "Robert E. Melican Memorial Scholarship Fund" c/o the Northborough/Southborough Regional School District, 53 Parkerville Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

While Bob's life would be considered full by any measure, at the time of his death he considered his life work far from complete. May his passing inspire you to pick up where he left off.


Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Events Scheduled for Sunday

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled for Sunday

ARHS Girls Field Hockey

October 31, 2009 - ARHS Varsity Field Hockey won 4 - 0 against Lunenburg High School yesterday.

ARHS vs Westborough

October 31, 2009 - The ARHS boys Freshman Soccer team worked the ball against Westborough High School yesterday.

It Was a Fun Night

October 30, 2009 - The Southborough Youth and Family Service's annual Halloween Party took place tonight and the Finn Cafeteria was packed with ghosts, goblins, Jedi warier, cowboys and Indians, Military personnel, batmen, Harry Potter and many more celebrities.

The Bridge

October 30, 2009 - There is no way over the bridge now. The detour around the bridge is a sure thing as there is no more decking over the railroad tracks as the MA Highway department begins repair on the Northborough Road bridge. Photos courtesy of the Southborough DPW.

Robert E. Melican, 63, of Worcester, died October 28th in St. Vincent Hospital. The funeral is Monday, November 2nd from O'CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue, with a Mass at 11:00 AM in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday, November 1st from 3:00 until 7:00 PM in the funeral home. Please omit flowers.


Scouts set goal to collect 100 tons of Food!


Southborough, Massachusetts – October 27, 2009

            Local scouts are feeding over 100 Southborough residents winter by participating in the 21st annual Scouting for Food Drive. 

            Boy and Girl Scouts will be delivering donation bags throughout town on Saturday, November 7, 2009.  One week later on Saturday, November 14, 2009, Scouts, parents and many cars will be collecting the filled bags and delivering these bags to United Parishes of Southborough Food Pantry, located at Pilgrim Church.  This food pantry currently serves 112 people, aged 1 to 82 years old.  Many of these clients come to the food pantry weekly.

            The Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of American are celebrating 100 year of scouting by setting a goal of collecting 100 tons of food.  Southborough’s goal is 5,250 pounds, a 25% increase from the 5000 pounds collected last year.  

            For additional information on the 2009 Scouting for Food Drive, a National Good Turn For America, please go to the Knox Trail Council Website – www.ktc-bsa.org/food.htm.  John W. Polanowicz, CEO, Marlborough Hospitals is Chairman of the 2009 Scouting for Food drive Price Chopper Supermarkets donated the light brown Scouting for Food Bags that will be used in the 2009 food drive.

            Please support the 2009 Scouting for Food drive in November by putting your filled bags out for a Scout to Collect!

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Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Oct. 31
 Girls JV Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 11:00AM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Westboro High School   11:00AM
 Boys JV Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 11:00AM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Westboro High School   1:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled



Games, Crafts, Face Painting,

& Treats!

Costumes encouraged!

Questions or to volunteer call 508 481 5676

For children under 12 and their families

Admission $5 per child, $15 max per family

Adult must accompany child

7:00 – 8.30pm

At the Finn School Cafeteria

60 Richards Road


The Last Day

October 29, 2009 - Dawn Michanowicz will be leaving Southborough tomorrow, Friday to take the position of Sterling Town Clerk.  Dawn has worked as Assistant Town Clerk for nine years for Southborough Town Clerk Paul Berry.  Dawn will be extremely missed at the town house, town meetings and town elections.  If you like to tango though you could always see her at the Tango Factory in Worcester which she founded in 2005.

Flags will be flown at half staff for the former Superintendent of Schools Robert Melican.  Superintendent Melican served the Northborough Southborough School System for over thirty-six years retiring in 2005. More information will be forthcoming as details are released.

Letters of Thanks to the Southborough Care Package Drive for Soldiers

I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you so much for the care package you sent. At first I didn't recognize the return address and really tried to figure out who I knew from Massachusetts, but Tucker soon explained that Courtney had put our names down on your list. I was very surprised to receive such a generous package from folks I've never even met! You are too kind! Tell everyone who donated, was involved with putting them together and who organized the event that my Soldiers and I are very grateful for your support! (I've been sharing with all the Soldiers I'm responsible for over here - some of them aren't as lucky!)

It means a great deal to us to know that people haven't forgotten what a sacrifice it is just to be over here. Even for many Soldiers who will never be shot at or even leave the US base, it is still difficult to be away from friends and family for a year to do our part over here. So any acknowledgment is a big deal for us.

Thank you again!

-Tim Frazier
United States Army

Hello, how are you today.  I wanted to get back with you as soon as possible in regards to the care packages that were so carefully organized and put together for us here in Iraq.  A handful of us received them today and are so grateful.  We thank you for thinking of us in times like these.  And in saying that, I am proud to respond to the blessings you brought to us today.  It brought a smile to so many and I thought you should know.  

God Bless and thank you so much.  

Terry Woodward

I received your package today. Thank You very much! The toiletries and Girl scout cookies went within 5 minutes!  grew up in Norwell, Mass,....not too far from you. Your generosity has brightened the day of 20 American Service members. I thank you again for your thoughtfulness and for taking time to think of us.

CDR Michael P. MacLellan, US Navy

(Just a few of the letters that Lisa and Deb have been receiving since the packages shipped.)

Pinkalicious, Tea Party, Chef for a Day, Perfecto Pizza, The Castle is Open, Pajama Party, Pirates.   What do these all have in common? Birthday party themes at Hooray for Books in Hopkinton, MA.  All parties include time to design a chef's hat, storytelling and a group cooking activity.  Bring your cake and they will do the rest.  Call 508-544-1520 for more information.  Hooray for Books also offers cooking classes, book clubs and camps for children.  Click here for website.

The fire service would like to remind all residents that when you change your clock, change your smoke detector batteries.

As we approach the heating and holiday seasons, incidents of residential fires rise. Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors are your first line of defense in order to protect your family in the event a fire occurs in your home. If a fire does occur in your home, you only have less than one minute to safely escape after notification by a properly installed and maintained smoke detector.  It may be too late to escape if proper warning is not provided if smoke detectors are not working due to missing smoke detectors or batteries.

Should you have any questions regarding location or types of smoke detectors required, please feel free to contact Captain Joseph Mauro, Fire Prevention Officer at 508-485-3235, or fire_inspector@southboroughma.com

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Hemphill, Margaret & William

Jamil, Ejaz



32 Framingham Road

Prennier, Charles J. & Cali J

Kalyanaraman Ashvin



23 Richards Road

Webber, Kathleen M.

Barry, Kathleen & Brennan R.



19 Greystone Way

Schneider, Russell R.

Timmins Paul J.



9 Carriage Hill Circle

Steely Phillip W. & Ann B

Cartus Financial Corp.



9 Carriage Hill Circle

Cartus Financial Corp

Schneider Russell R. & Jean



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Barrett Claudia Q & James N. III

Kendall Lynann



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Richardson, James S.

Murphy Brian E. & Heffernan



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Brennan, Michael J. & Frank

Silva Philip B. & Corwin Jessica C


Click here to see the MLS listing of homes for sale in Southborough

Click here to see the MLS listings for Multi-family homes in Southborough

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Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday Oct. 30
 Girls Freshman Volleyball VS Hudson High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey VS Lunenburg High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls JV Volleyball VS Hudson High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Volleyball VS Hudson High School Algonquin 4:30PM
 Girls JV Field Hockey VS Lunenburg High School Algonquin 5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Football VS Worcester South H.S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday Oct. 30
 Girls JV Soccer VS Hudson High School   3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Worcester North Click for directions Foley Field 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Bromfield School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Football VS Groton-Dunstablereg H .s. Football Field 7:00PM


November 14, 2009 • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Fay School • Southborough, Massachusetts

Youth sport coaches, administrators and parents should plan to attend this event!

In conjunction with Southborough Recreation, Fay School welcomes an all-star cast to provide information

about sport safety issues and youth sports as well as CPR/AED and first aid training.

Youth Sports Injuries and Recovery – Why a Child is Not a Small Adult Dr. David C. Ayers and/or UMass Staff

Dr. Ayers of Southborough is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation at

the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center and has served on the editorial board of Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Techniques in Knee Surgery.

Brain Injury & Concussions In Youth Sports / ImPACT Testing Dr. Michael S. Sefton Michael S. Sefton is a specialist in traumatic brain injury and concussion in pediatric patients and teaches at University of Massachusetts – Boston and the Massachusetts Emergency Care Training Agency. He offers consultation and liaison with schools and teams throughout Massachusetts and New England in concussion management. Dr. Sefton is also a former Shrewsbury Youth Hockey coach and now serves the public schools in Northbridge and Whitinsville, MA.

Lightning Safety and Emergency Planning John Mauro, Jr., Fire Chief, Southborough Fire Department Chief Mauro is in charge of emergency response and crisis planning in Southborough and is part of the Emergency

Trauma Network. He will discuss managing an outdoor sports venue relative to emergency planning and lightning safety.

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities as a Youth Coach Kim Chorosiewski, MEd, CSCS, CMAA

Kim Chorosiewski is the Director of Athletics and Special Programs at Fay School and serves as a member of the National Teaching Faculty of The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). She has

coached boys and girls at all levels in various sports, including as a Division I collegiate coach and internationally,

as Head Lacrosse Coach for Scotland Women’s lacrosse through the 2005 World Cup. She also trains local youth athletes in preparation for sports competition as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

Please mail application to:

Southborough Recreation

21 Highland Street

Southborough, MA 01772

508-229-4452 or FAX: 508-485-7189

Register online (for additional fee):


FAY SCHOOL is located at 48 Main Street in Southborough, Massachusetts, near the intersection of Routes 30 and 85. For more information, visit us online at www.fayschool.org

SPORTS SAFETY SUMMIT Saturday, November 14, 2009 • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Fay School • Southborough, Massachusetts SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION FORM

Name____________________________________________ Phone Number(s) Home_______________________________

Address__________________________________________Cell________________________________ _________________________________________________ Email_____________________________________________

Sport Group/Team or School____________________________________________________________________________________

Please check ONE CPR/AED Training Class:

Session 1

Session 2 I have enclosed a check for

$35 (with CPR/AED)

$20 (without CPR/AED)

Please make checks payable to Southborough Recreation. You may also register online for an additional fee charged by the software company. Go to http://www.southboroughtown.com/recreation/recreation.htm and click on the icon “Register Online”



9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Session

Concussions Among Youth Participants

Mouthguards, Helmets and ImPACT Testing

Dr. Michael Sefton

Harris Theater

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 1

CPR/AED Training

Southborough Fire Dept.

10:00 - 10:50

Youth Sports Injuries and Recovery:

Why a Child is Not a Small Adult

Dr. David Ayers

Harris Theater

11:00 - 11:50

Sports Nutrition for Youth:

Basic Nutrition, Energy Drinks and Supplements Kim Chorosiewski

Harris Theater

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

1:00 - 1:50

Youth Sports Injuries and Recovery:

Why a Child is Not a Small Adult

Dr. David Ayers

Harris Theater

Session 2

CPR/AED Training

Southborough Fire Dept.

2:00 - 2:50

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities as a

Youth Coach

Kim Chorosiewski

Harris Theater

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Closing Session

Lightning Safety and Emergency Planning

Chief Mauro, Southborough Fire Department

Harris Theater

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Final Remarks and Questions

Harris Theater

Foliage for a Better Day

October 28, 2009 - The bright foliage along Marlborough Road most likely will be all down with the heavy rains of today.

Healthy Paws Veterinary Center

First Annual Pet Halloween Party”

To Celebrate Our One Year Anniversary

· WHEN: Saturday, October 31st

Noon to 2pm - Raindate, Sunday, November 1st

· WHERE: Healthy Paws Veterinary Center

6 Old Flanders Road

Westborough, MA



Judged Costume Contest for Pets and their “humans”, Pet Parade,

 Activities for the Children, Treats for Everyone (including your Furry Friends)

Plenty of Great Prizes!

Click for Healthy Paws Website

The Steeple Coffeehouse in Southboro, MA is delighted to welcome Nerissa and Katryna Nields to two concerts on November 14, 2009.

The first concert will be a children's/family show at 3pm with a $9 rate for everyone. The second show will be at 7:30pm. Tix are $15 general/$12 for students and seniors in advance and $18 general/$15 for students and seniors at the door. Nerissa and Katryna Nields have been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene since 1991, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. Nerissa and Katryna grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and in the back seat of the family car.
Katryna learned to sing melody with their father, eventually making her an ideal front person for the band. Nerissa, on the other hand, tackled the harmonies; with that skill, she provided a natural counterpoint to her sister's vibrant lead. In the summer of 1998, Nerissa and Katryna were asked to play Lilith Fair, but leave the rest of the Nields at home. The performance was a success, and the sisters decided to do some shows on their own. This duo configuration, which Dar Williams jokingly dubbed "the Probe effect" (a term familiar to followers of Star Trek) allowed Nerissa and Katryna to travel to places in the country (especially the West Coast) that the full band hadn't been able to get to as often as their usual haunts in
the East. Within a year, the duo was opening for Cry Cry Cry, doing a tour of Alaska, playing the Newport Folk Festival and becoming a bona fide act of its own. The latest release is Sister Holler. Their fourteenth album to date brings them back to their folk roots while at the same time showcasing their growth as musicians and songwriters.

Space Weather News for Oct. 28, 2009

INDONESIAN ASTEROID:  Earlier this month, with no warning, a ~10-meter wide asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere above Indonesia and exploded. The break-up was so powerful, it triggered nuclear test ban sensors thousands of kilometers away. A just-released analysis of infrasound data shows that the asteroid detonated with an energy equivalent of  about 50 kton of TNT, similar to a small atomic bomb.  This significant impact has received relatively little attention in Western press.  Details are available today on http://spaceweather.com.

SUNSPOT UPDATE:  Since it emerged last weekend, new-cycle sunspot 1029 has become the biggest and most active sunspot of 2009.  It is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares and putting on a good show for amateur astronomers. This one sunspot does not put an end to solar minimum, but it is a remarkable break from the calm.  Check htttp://spaceweather.com for images and updates.

CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO THE SKY:  Would you like a call when Earth-orbiting satellites detect strong solar flares and solar wind gusts?  Sign up for Spaceweather PHONE to turn your telephone into a bona fide solar activity alert system:

Project Smile
OCTOBER news | www.projectsmile.org



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Project Smile Celebrates 6th Anniversary with Gala Event

It was a record attendance for Project Smile’s 6th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 2 at the Doubletree Hotel, Milford. Over 125 people joined Project Smile and $10,000 was raised at the annual fundraiser.

Karen Swensen, NECN anchor and Emmy award winning reporter gave a moving speech about the importance of charity and people helping others during traumatic situations. Karen and her family were survivors of Hurricane Katrina and lost their home in the devastating storm.

Guests bid on over 115 silent and live auction items, enjoyed delicious food and complimentary Beija Rum cocktails, live music and the debut of the 2010 fundraiser calendar. Miss Massachusetts Sweetheart was also a special guest and did a great job greeting guests and displaying the live auction items. The event was hosted by Milford’s own Dick Ferrucci- who did a wonderful job, as always, as host.

“We want to thank everyone who attended our event and all the businesses that donated items for our auction and who helped sponsor our event,” said Project Smile’s Executive Director, Catherine Pisacane. “Without the generous support of all the donors and people who attended, this event would not have been possible. We are really grateful for the support that so many people give us.”

HUGE Success for 3rd Annual Project Smile Date Auction

It was another record attendance for the 3rd Annual Project Smile Charity Date Auction which raised over $12,000 and had over 500 people attending the fundraiser, which was proudly presented by Table for Eight. Held on Friday, September 18 at Gypsy Bar, the trendy Boston nightclub, dates with 42 single police officers, fire fighters and other terrific single guys and ladies were auctioned off.

Click here to check out photos from the date auction.

Each couple received a gift certificate to use on their date to some of Boston’s hottest spots. Sofft Shoes provided one of the highlights of the event- thanks to Sofft’s generous support, every bachelor came with a pair of elegant high heels for the lady with the winning bid. Thanks to Frank’s Custom Tailors, each lady also came with a necktie for the gentleman with the wining bid.

The event also featured a silent auction. Guests also enjoyed a gift bag filled with donations from Fuze Beverage, Cholive, California Closets, Green Mountain Coffee, Leokadia, MiniLuxe, Axe Hair, Sofft Shoes, Princeton Review and more!

The event was hosted by radio personalities Kim Collins and Katie Stang, who both did a terrific job. Volunteers from Single Volunteers Boston assisted during the event.

“This was a phenomenal success,” said Catherine Pisacane, Project Smile’s Executive Director. “We would like to thank all the wonderful people who volunteered to be auctioned off and everyone who attended our event, who helped spread the word and all the people who donated items. Our event was a success because of all the great people who helped us and who turned out to have a fun night and support Project Smile. Thank you so much.”

If you would like to please involved in helping us plan next year’s 4th Annual Date Auction, please call us at (508) 634-0203.

Mabel E. Kamon



BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Mabel E.(Blood) Kamon, 91, of Brentwood, formerly of 277 Water St., died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 at the Rockingham County Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 16, 1918 in Southborough, the daughter of the late Henry R. and Grace M. (Hawkins) Lincoln.

Mrs. Kamon was raised in Southborough, and was a graduate of Peters High School and was a graduate of Framingham Hospital School of Nursing. She worked in chronic care units of several area nursing homes. She lived in Newburyport for many years, before retiring in Exeter.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, golfing.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Kenneth G. Blood, Sr. and her second husband Stanley Kamon; and her son, Rafe Blood. All of her siblings predeceased her, she was the youngest of six. Family members include a son, Kenneth G. Blood, Jr. of Stratham, N.H.; her caregiver, Linda Blood of Kensington; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Oct. 29
 Girls JV Soccer VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys JV Soccer VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Littleton Jr-Sr High School Click for directions NEW - High 3:30PM
 Girls JV Field Hockey @ Littleton Jr-Sr High School Click for directions NEW - High 5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Shrewsbury High School   5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Shrewsbury High School   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Oct. 29
 Boys Varsity Cross Country @ LEAGUE MEET   3:00PM

Reminder that sign-ups for the next session of RAP are now underway as of yesterday!!!

The next session will begin Nov 9th and run for 6 weeks until Dec 18th.  Deadline to register without late fee is Nov 5th!

Click here for Southborough Recreation Website

The New MBTA Triangle Park

October 27, 2009 - Members of the MBTA Triangle Committee take a break from the hard work of planting new shrubbery at the newly designed park under construction.  New paths, landscaping, bringing back the Cordaville Woolen Mill Bell and many other improvements have been made possible with Southborough CPA funding. (Above photo contributed).

Marlborough Hospital Patient Visiting Policy Changes

During Flu Season

Marlborough, MA (October 27, 2009) -- Marlborough Hospital has made the following changes to its visitor policy during the flu season. These policy changes are intended to limit influenza exposure to our patients and staff. This policy will be in effect until further notice.

Marlborough Hospital Visitor Policy:

· Immediate family only should visit (spouses/partners, parents, siblings, grandparents, or children age 18 and older).

· Visitors under 18 years of age are asked not to come to the hospital unless they are patients.

· Only two visitors per patient at a time.

· Individuals with fever, cough or respiratory symptoms should not visit.

· People in contact with someone with flu-like illness in the last two days may be carrying the flu and be contagious. We ask that they do not visit.

If necessary, at the discretion of Marlborough Hospital clinical staff, individuals who are

visiting a patient and show signs of respiratory illness symptoms may be asked to leave to protect others.


Fire Log

October 27, 2009 - Fire Log

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    C27  CAPT MAURO  For More Fire Log Click Here

Southborough Receives the Storm Ready Recognition

Click here to see photo and the Storm Ready Site

Just a reminder that our Breakneck Hill Cow Fund Cross Country race and Cow Pie Contest is this Sunday, November 1st at 10am.  Registration for the race begins at 9m.  We are not doing a town wide mailer this year to try and save costs so this event along with our Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is our fund raisers for the year! 

Please, even if you don't want to run we have 67 cow pie squares available!  For a $20 donation you can buy a square on our community garden grid and see if the cow leaves a cow pie on your number and wins you $$

Forward this email along to friends and family.  If you would like to buy square, just email me with your top 3 number choices and you can pay this Sunday, drop off a check (made out to BHCF) to 61 Breakneck Hill Road, or mail it to PO Box 343, Southborough, MA  01772.



The 6th Annual

Woodward Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle

Friday, November 13th, 2009

6 – 8 PM

Ice Cream Social:

Featuring Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream and make your own sundaes

for $3.00 each!

Basket Raffle:

The chance to purchase raffle tickets for over 20 FABULOUS baskets made

by the students, families, teachers and staff of the Woodward School!

Some the baskets being offered this year include:

Wii Games


School is Cool

Groovy Tunes

Explore It

Gift Card Galore

Pizza Basket

Let It Snow

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Oct. 28
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Littleton Jr-Sr High School Click for directions NEW - High 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Soccer @ Shepherd Hill Regional HS   3:45PM
 Girls Freshman Soccer @ Shepherd Hill Regional HS   3:45PM
 Girls JV Volleyball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Volleyball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Fitchburg H.S.   5:00PM
 Girls JV Field Hockey @ Littleton Jr-Sr High School Click for directions NEW - High 5:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Oct. 28
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Bromfield School   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Football VS Whittier Reg Tech HS   3:30PM
 Girls JV Soccer VS Hudson High School   3:30PM

Framingham Clinics and Events @ REI 

Family Climb Night

11/12/2009 6:00 PM

Join us for a night of climbing at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!

Make new friends, find new climbing partners, and just have a great time. FREE for REI Co-op members, $10 for non-members. Not a member? A lifetime membership is only $20 (or two climbs). All climbers under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian present.
Minimum height: 42 inches.

  • Location:REI Framingham at the Pinnacle

  • Contact:REI Framingham Customer Service at 508-270-6325

  • Cost:Free for members,$10 for non-members

  • Registration Required? No.

Bridge is Closed

October 26, 2009 - For the next couple of months the bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at Northborough Road will be closed for repairs.

Muted Sunset

October 26, 2009 - The moon rises amongst sunset clouds and the last rays of the sun last night.

And the Winners Are

October 26, 2009 - Katie, Brittany, Carly and Captain Hubley check the list before they announce the winners.

The images from St. Matthews 2009 Scholarship Golf Tournament, taken by Southborough Portrait Photographer Lisa Tommaney, are now available online. To view the slideshow, which includes action shots as well as the team photos, visit


Be sure to click on "Webshow" once you enter the site.

More of Lisa's work can be seen in the Southboro Medical Pediatrics reception area and on the web at http://LTommaney.com


Algonquin Regional High School Calendar


10/30 Haunted Homecoming Dance 8-11pm

11/3 Chorus Concert , 7:30 pm

11/4, 11/5 MCAS - ELA Composition Retest

11/6 MCAS - ELA Reading Comprehension Retest

11/6 End of Term 1

11/7 SAT's, 8:00 am @ARHS

11/9, 11/10 MCAS - Mathematics Retest

11/10 8th Grade Parent Night 6:30-7:30pm

11/10 Band Concert, 7:30 pm

11/11 Veteran's Day - School Closed

11/13 Financial Aid Breakfast, 7:00 am

11/17 ARHS School Committee 7:00 pm

11/19, 11/20, 11/21 - Drama Presentation – Small Performance Theater 7:00 pm with Sat. 2:00 Matinee

11/25 – Half day

11/26, 11/27 Thanksgiving Recess

11/30 - Professional Development Day/Teachers Only

11/30 - Winter Sports Tryout

12/5 - SAT’s – Off site

12/14 - Mid-point 2nd Term – Progress Reports

12/16 - ARHS School Committee - 7:00 pm

12/17 - Holiday Concert - 7:30 pm

12/23 - Holiday Ball @ Royal Plaza Hotel/Marlboro - 7:00pm-11:00 pm –

12/24 – 1/1 - Winter Vacation (Half day Dec 23)

From the APTO Newsletter

Not a member of the Algonquin Parent Teacher Organization yet?

ATPO website:



Thomas Mead, Principal

For exemplary performance on last year’s Preliminary SAT test, eighteen Algonquin students were recognized by the College Board as Commended Students, and two, Brendan Loftus and Daniel Palken, were cited as National Merit Semifinalists. The Commended students are Thomas Barnes, Brian Brady, Jared Crean, Grace Dewey, Joshua Factor, Patrick Feeney, Christopher Griffey, Matteen Hakim, Sarah Halperin, Peter Loverso, Elizabeth McCrorey, James McGregor, Elyse Miller, Ofir Nachum, Kurt Schultz, Christopher Skypeck, Kevin Strickland, and Meghan Wood.


Maura Morrison

Drama Teacher

Remember when you got a new toy and you couldn’t wait to share it with everyone at school? Remember how tough it was to keep it in your desk instead of showing it off to your classmates? Algonquin’s fall play Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, directed by drama teacher Maura Morrison, will take place in Algonquin’s small theater on Thursday, November 19, Friday November 20 and Saturday November 21. All three nights will have a 7:00 curtain and Saturday will also feature a 2:00pm matinee. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the door. This family-friendly story by Kevin Henkes has been adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling, and retains the humor and warmth of the popular children’s book. Will Mr. Slinger allow Lilly to show off her new purse? Will Lilly have the willpower to wait until sharing time? Come and support The Algonquin Dramahawks in their quest to bring Lilly’s plight to life this fall.


Sachem won a silver award from the Columbia School of Journalism for the 2009 edition. Sachem has been a long standing tradition at ARHS, showcasing student artwork, photography and writing and is in its 59th issue.


On October 3, 2009, advisor and art teacher Michelle Sheppard went with three students to the Starlight Celebration Gala at UMass Memorial Medical Center. The National Art Honor Society chapter received a Rising Star Award for their three years of brightening up the pediatric emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient units with their artwork. Their projects included painting a mural for the walkway from the pediatric waiting area to the pediatric emergency department, painting large picture frames that showcase patient artwork in the outpatient clinic, and painting temporary murals and designs on patient and playroom windows. Chrissy Doucette and Shireen Abrishamian attended, along with class of 09 graduate, Alyssa Bacon. The girls got to don their winter ball dresses, have several ginger ale's with fancy cherries from the bar, they got to try duck, and we all had our caricatures drawn.


Livingston Taylor is coming to ARHS Nov 7 at 8 pm, as a benefit for Friends of Southboro Youth and Family Services. http://www.southboroughfriends.org/ for more information.

How to Pay for College without Sacrificing Your Retirement

Jennifer Hom, Southborough Recreation Department Tim Higgins, a Certified Financial Planner and Certified College Planning Specialist will be providing advice on the most efficient ways to address the high cost of college. The seminar will be offered twice, Tuesday, November 10 and Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30 to 9pm at the Southborough Senior Center, admission is $10. Tim is the author of Pay for College without Sacrificing Your Retirement, and has appeared on The Lou Dobbs show, MSNMoney, CNNMoney, and in SmartMoney magazine. Come hear observations and strategies you will not hear at the high school, including: How to maximize financial aid The best place to find scholarships that is right under your nose. The #1 question to ask colleges that may save you thousands off the total cost How to calculate how much money you will need to pay for your child’s college education How to potentially pay for college without borrowing. Learn the #1 under utilized vehicle that helps you save for college and retirement at the same time. Money saving strategies for families that will not qualify for financial aid.


To Benefit ARHS Ski Team, Saturday November 7, 2008, 9:00-2:30 at St. Anne’s Church 20 Boston Road Southborough, MA $$$$$$---Great Prices---$$$$$$ Alpine, Cross-Country and Snow Board Packages, Ski Jackets, Ski Pants, Gloves, Hats, After Ski Boots, and lots more from Strands and Whites.


Francis Whitten III

Director of Athletics

With the fall season moving past the half way point, several of our teams are in the hunt for league championships and births in the district tournament. As is the norm for Algonquin Athletics, our student-athletes continue to represent their school and communities with outstanding performances on the field, by exhibiting sportsmanship, and through excellence in the classroom. Please show your support for these fine young men and women by continuing to attend their games, both home and away. Although we still have a great deal of upcoming excitement this fall, the winter season will be here before you know it. Winter coaches will be scheduling their pre-season meetings and prospective candidates will need to be certain to have a current physical on file, permission forms signed and their athletic fee paid. Please note the first day of tryouts will be Monday November 30th even though there is no school that day because it is a professional development day for staff. The tryout schedule, practice schedule and season schedule will be posted on our web site in the near future. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize one of our own for her truly outstanding accomplishments over the past few months. Jean Fedak, our girls’ varsity volleyball and varsity swim coach as well as recently named head of the Health and Physical Education Department here at Algonquin, received the National Women in Sports Day Distinguished Service Award in February, was named to the Massachusetts State Girls Volleyball Hall of Fame in October, and will be inducted in the Women’s Northeast Agenda 7 Hall of Fame in November! This is an unprecedented tribute to a wonderful teacher-coach that we are extremely fortunate to have as a member of the athletic department and faculty.

Please make note of an upcoming event being sponsored by our Athletic Booster Club. As the holidays approach the Booster Club will be opening an online store in conjunction with Boathouse apparel where you will have the opportunity to purchase “Algonquin Tomahawk” apparel. So be sure to “gear up” and show your T-Hawk Pride! See you at the games!

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Oct. 27
 Boys Varsity Cross Country @ LEAGUES Ghiloni Park - 3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Cross Country @ LEAGUES Ghiloni Park - 3:30PM
 Boys JV Soccer VS Nashoba Regional H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls JV Soccer VS Nashoba Regional H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Oct. 27
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Parker School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey VS Franklin County Technical   3:30PM
T-hawks of the Month

October – 2009

Chelsea Andre Varsity Soccer

Nicole Henry Varsity Soccer

Sam Friday Varsity Soccer

Gillian Carlucci Varsity Soccer

Katherine Carrigan JV Soccer

Jen Flood JV Soccer

Anna Wendt Freshman Soccer

Gaby DiGiovanni Freshman Soccer

Meaghan Winter Freshman Soccer

Lauren Yung Varsity Volleyball

Stephanie Hom Varsity Volleyball

Adam Scopetski Varsity Football

Brian Keville Varsity Football

Meghan Wood Varsity Field Hockey

Amanda Yee Varsity Field Hockey

Kelsey McGowan JV Field Hockey

Jamie Martin JV Soccer

Larry Dore Varsity Golf

Robert Clayton Cross-Country

Tony Fierimonte Cross-Country

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Gray Reservation, Sudbury


Saturday November 7, 9:00-11:00am

Join us at SVT’s Gray Reservation and learn about the geophysical events that shaped this land, and see where the passage of glaciers left its mark on this landscape.  A striking 40-foot-high ice-contact face rises just south of Hop Brook, eskers wind through these properties, and kettleholes pit the plain.  Learn more about the grand history of this unique SVT property.   Bruce Porter, Volunteer, Physicist, & Science Olympiad coach for the Glaciers Competition will be our leader.

Registration required.  SVT Members: free, Non-Members: $10 

For additional information and registration, visit www.svtweb.org or call 978-443-5588.

Scary, Cute, Original

October 25, 2009 - There were quite a few ghosts, goblins, Jedi warriors, surfers, mice, ballerinas, trainmen, cowboys and Indians at the annual firefighters Halloween parade for the children this afternoon.

Storm Ready

October 25, 2009 - At this weeks selectmen's meeting the town received the Storm Ready Community award.  Southborough is one of only nine cities and towns in the Commonwealth to get the award.  In order to be designated as Storm Ready, Southborough met or exceeded established criteria in six areas: 1) Communications, 2) NWS information Reception, 3) Weather and Water Monitoring Systems, 4) Local Warning Dissemination, including NOAA weather radios in local government-owned buildings with public access, 5) Community Preparedness -Safety/Spotter talks and public education via media, and 6) Administrative Tools/Record Keeping.  The letter continues that Southborough has an Emergency Operations Center and 24-hour Warning point both with excellent communications ability.

Pictured in the photo are: Bottom Row: Bob Thompson (NWS), Hayden Frank (NWS), Neal, Glynn Fields (NWS), Chet Nicora (Agawam Emerg Mgt Dir)
Back Row: Chief, Tim McCoy (FEMA), Jim Arnold (Shrewsbury Emerg Mgt - weather specialist)


Walgreens to Purchase Eaton Pharmacies

According to reports published at Forbes.com Walgreens has made a deal to purchase about a dozen Eaton Pharmacies in Eastern MA.  Eaton is owned by a subsidiary group of Nyer Medical Group, Inc.  The deal is estimated at nineteen million dollars and should be closed within the next ninety days.

Southborough meetings

October 26 -  October 30, 2009





BOARD OF SELECTMEN [meeting with BOH & Southborough Emergency Planning & Management Committee] Oct 26 10:00 AM Meeting Room Fire Station
PERSONNEL BOARD Oct 26 6:45 Former BOH Office Town House
Trust Fund Committee Oct 27 5:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF SELECTMEN Agenda Oct 27 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Historical Commission Oct 27 6:00 PM Historical Museum 25 Common St
Municipal Facilities Committee Oct 28 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Oct 28 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF SELECTMEN [Executive session] Oct 29 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Oct 29 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
26 Monday 27 Tuesday 28 Wednesday 29 Thursday 30 Friday 31 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic
8:30am Walking Group
9:30  am Pool
8:30am Health Clinic
 Friday Hours

9AM - Noon

9am Unstructured Activities
9:30 am Tai Chi
10 AM Creative Writers
9:30am Mah Jongg
2:00 Fitness
11am Senior Singers
      12 PM Pitch
10 am Canasta
  12 PM Pitch   1:00 PM Bridge

Click here for the new Senior Center Website

Saturday November 14th 9:00am to 2:00pm

Baked goods can be dropped off on Friday, November 13th.

Mark your calendar’s for the Annual Autumn Fair. Our volunteer’s are working very hard putting this fair together. We are still accepting donations for the white elephant table.

Come see what will be available:

  • craft items

  • children’s toys and games

  • bake sale

  • white elephant table

  • jewelry

  • raffle items

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.


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.

Southborough Library Schedule

Sunday 25 Monday 26 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 28 Thursday 29 Friday 30 Saturday 31
  10:30 AM Story Time

2-5 ages

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

3:30 – 4:30 Science

& Books K-Gr. 1

6:30 Young Adult

Book Group

11:00 Toddler


Ages 0-2 years

7:00 Genealogy Club


Library open

on Saturdays


Stop by for crafts

and trick-ortreating

in the

Children’s Room

10:00 -5:00


Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Oct. 26
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey VS Westboro High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Volleyball @ Framingham High School   3:30PM
 Boys JV Football @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Football VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Field Hockey @ Westboro High School High School 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Soccer @ Westboro High School Gibbons Middle 3:30PM
 Girls JV Volleyball @ Framingham High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Framingham High School   4:30PM
 Girls JV Field Hockey VS Westboro High School Algonquin 5:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Oct. 26
 Boys JV Football VS Worcester Technical H.S.   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Greater Lowell Tech HS Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls JV Soccer VS Montachustt Regvochs   3:30PM

Space Weather News for Oct. 25, 2009

BIG SUNSPOT: The sun is showing signs of life. Sunspot 1029 emerged over the weekend, and it is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares.  The active region's magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. If its growth continues apace, sunspot 1029 could soon become the biggest sunspot of 2009.  Check http://spaceweather.com for animations and updates.

MONDAY NIGHT SKY SHOW: When the sun sets on Monday, Oct. 26th, go outside and look south. Jupiter and the Moon are converging for a beautiful conjunction. The bright pair can been seen even through thinly-clouded skies and city lights. Don't miss it!

CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO THE SKY:  Would you like a call when Earth-orbiting satellites detect strong solar flares and solar wind gusts?  Sign up for Spaceweather PHONE to turn your telephone into a bona fide solar activity alert system: