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July 29, 2007 to  August 4, 2007

Careful out there

August 4, 2007 - Leaves of three, leave it be.  Poison Ivy this year is very abundant and many people have been claiming they have gotten more rashes this year than in years before.  Some scientists are countering that the plant is going to be more prevalent and stronger with Global Warming.


August 4, 2007 - This photo was contributed by Joe, Andrea and Siena Hubley who just came back from vacationing at Chincoteague, VA.  They planned their vacation to co-inside with the 82nd Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department Pony Swim and Auction.  Funds raised through the Auction are used by the Chincoteague Fire Department.  The Chincoteague Ponies were made famous by Marguerite Henry and Misty of Chincoteague books.  For more information and a video of the swim click here.   If you have a photo from an unusual vacation trip and you would like to share it, you may submit it to editor@southboroughnews.com

The After-Clifford Party

August 4, 2007 - Youngsters enjoy coloring and an ice cream treat after meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog on Thursday.

The Dentist visits

August 4, 2007 - Yesterday the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundations Mobile Access to Care dental van showed up at the Southborough Senior Center.  Seniors were able to utilize the screening and care that the Society van supports.

Heat Relief

August 3, 2007 - A worker at Stapleton's Garage on Boston Road sets the lugs on the tire while trying to stay cool today with the fan in the bay.  Meanwhile, youngsters at the Southborough Recreation Summer playground try to stay cool in a different way.  They seem to enjoy the water slide, pools and hose spouting cool water.

Through Traffic

August 3, 2007 - Richards Road and Route 85 are open for now.  The intersection and Richards Road West have received the first rough pavement.  However, work will continue intermittently until the traffic lights are up in place.  Be prepared for detours or stops until September 30, 2007.

Wishing you the best in Retirement

August 3, 2007 - Late yesterday afternoon, Dot Phaneuf, Southborough Town Accountant for many years was feted by friends, relatives and co-workers.  We wish you the best in your retirement years, Dot! Congratulations.


Algonquin Cheer Leading practice and tryouts will begin Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24th in the Dance Room at ARHS from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

The Big Red Dog

August 3, 2007 - Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the Southborough Library yesterday.  Librarian Kim read from two Clifford books before Clifford came in to entertain and have photos taken with the youngsters.  Clifford was sponsored by Fidelity Investments, MEFA and UFUND in the Start You Reading Campaign and came to the library to help celebrate the Catch the Beat at your Library program this summer.  More photos will appear on the library page later.

All Shingled up

August 3, 2007 - The community house shows off its new facelift.  The home has gone under major repairs this year.

August Flowers

August 2, 2007 - Geraniums blossom in fiery red.

Algonquin JV and Varsity football tryouts/practices begin August 20, 2007. 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 5 PM to 7:30 PM Monday August 20 and 21.  Freshman Football will be Wednesday August 22 at 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM and again at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Varsity and Junior Varsity Camp starts at 6:00 AM Wednesday August 22.

Catch it if you can

August 2, 2007 - Helmut catches his radio controlled glider as it comes in from a flight. 

Getting there

August 2, 2007 - Richards Road near the Parkerville Road end has received the first rough pavement.  From about Atwood Road East to Rte 85 had still not been paved as of yesterday.  The road is still open to just local residents.

Road Closures

August 1, 2007 - The intersection at Route 85/Cordaville Road and Southville Roads have had a detour set up for the past few days.  Commuters will have to endure a few more days of road closures on Rte 85/Cordaville Road.  The intersection at Rte 85 and Richards road is being readied for traffic lights.  Richards Road west between Rte 85 and Parkerville Road is also closed for paving.  DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan asks that commuters be patient with the detours as they work on the project.  She expects that the roads will be open again by Friday, but cautions that there could be intermittent closures at times during the construction of the traffic signals and the top coating for the roads.  The roads are open to local traffic but not through traffic.

Red Red Raspberries

August 1, 2007 - Raspberries cling to the vine at the Phillips Property off Middle Road.

A long vacation

August 1, 2007 - Hay tines sit in weeds and brush having retired from the farm many years ago.

Looking for something to do with the youngsters? On August 24, 25 and 26th the Annual Middlesex County 4-H Fair will be held in Westford, MA.  The hours of the fair are Friday and Saturday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday the fair is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  This is an all 4-H member fair, meaning all exhibits at the fair will have been created, sewed, cooked, raised and shown by 4-H members.  There are several rides and exhibits to augment the 4-H activities.

Events include the horse show, dairy goat judging, Sheep show, Discovery museum, hay rides, pony rides, Lizzie the Clown, Michelle's Menagerie, story telling, apple pie judging, model railroad club, Animal Adventures, barnyard show, children's games, Moonwalk, Obstacle Course and slide and much more.

4-H had its origins around the 1902.  4-H members are between 5 and 18 years of age.  The symbol of 4-H is the four-leaved clover that represents Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Originally it was to bring a hands on experience to boys and girls in rural areas.  4-H would eventually become one of the fastest growing youth groups nationwide. In Massachusetts it began in 1908 in Hampshire County. The fastest growing segment was the 4-H horse clubs during the 1950's on.  As development followed the farms, 4-H has changed directions so that it now includes Urban 4-H clubs, food and nutrition and technology clubs.  Horses and livestock are still an integral part of the 4-H program and you may see the results of these programs and others all at one time if you bring your family to the Middlesex County 4-H Fair this summer.  For more information on the 4-H fair click here.  For more information on Massachusetts 4-H click here.

Cardinal Flower

July 31, 2007 - A cardinal flower blooms adjacent to the Sudbury River.  These flowers bloom a brilliant scarlet color that brightens up many a stream shoreline.  This intensely colored flower blooms from July to October in moist soil conditions. It can grow from two to five feet.  Often you may see a butterfly or hummingbird on the flowers.

Road closure

July 31, 2007 - Road work continues along Richards Road toward Rte 85.  The road pavement was chopped, grates and manhole covers adjusted and new pavement should be put down soon. Photo is taken from Parkerville Road.

Sharp as a Thistle

July 30, 2007 - A Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) sits in a field off Middle Road.  The thistle is  from the Aster family and loves dry fields, roadsides and waste places.  It grows three to five feet and flowers from June to September. Although very pretty it has spiny leaves.  It reproduces and spreads its' seeds with feathery white "wings" carried by the wind.  It can be considered a weed, a colorful addition to the garden and an invasive.  The thistle is the National flower of Scotland.

From the Planning Board:  

The draft Housing chapter of the Master Plan is now available for public comment on the Master Plan website.  Please review and submit any comments or suggestions to me and let folks know about the chapters on the website (Vision and Goals and Land Use are already posted).  Click here for the Master plan

What about me

July 30, 2007 - After taking other farm photos this sheep appears to be ready for more photos.

Southborough meetings July 30, 2007 to August 3, 2007







6:30  PM

hearing room Town house

Conservation Commission 8/2 7:30 PM hearing room Town house

July 30, 2007 - for more photos of the Black eyed Susans click here

Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday  30 Tuesday  31 Wednesday  1 Thursday  2 Friday 3
 8:30 AM

Health clinic

9:00 AM Cribbage   8:30 AM Health Clinic 10:00 AM Mahjongg Independent
      9:30 AM Mah Jongg independent 10:00 AM brunch with ice cream for dessert
12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 Lunch
  12:30 PM Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 12:30 PM Pitch  
  1:00 PM Bridge   1:00 PM Bridge  

Lundblad Field

July 30, 2007 - How many youth have played on this field or how many adults have stood by and watched a game without knowing who this field was named after.  Lundblad Field sits atop the old Parkerville Landfill that has gone through a metamorphous between the town of Southborough and the state DEP to become acceptable as a playing field.  John Lundblad served as chairman of the Southborough School committee and was our town's second administrative assistant from 1974 to 1980 before leaving that post to become an environmental consultant. John was very much in favor of improving the old landfill and making it a useful recreational facility.  Unfortunately John Lundblad succumbed to cancer before he could see his vision through.  To this day he is very missed in politics and as a friend of  Southborough.


Police Log

Sunday 7/22/07                                                          

23:08 commercial alarm, Turnpike Road

23:05 Arrest Adult, Suspicious MV pulled into watershed

22:41 MVA Hit and run property damage 2 car head on

18:55 medical Deerfoot Road

18:26 stolen credit card report assist Natick PD Presidential Drive

16:15 medical MA Pike

15:55 simple threats

13:51 arrest adult white Bagley Road

12:26 traffic enforcement Central Street

12:26 Assist motorist directions

11:11 FD training Hovercraft launch (all units)

06:44 Traffic enforcement Marlboro Road

02:26 Motor Vehicle abandoned, Main Street

Saturday 7/21/07

Patrol checks

23:26 CO detector, Graystone Way

20:01 directions Carriage Hill

18:47 Directions Main Street

18:22 suspicious activity persons Nipmuc Lane at Fisher Road

17:48 MV Stop Violation Turnpike Road

17:15 Residential alarm Lovers Lane

17:17 Residential alarm Fitzgerald Lane

16:15 Residential alarm Fitzgerald Lane

15:30 Solicitors in town Whistler Lane

15:24 Mutual Aid ambulance Westborough

12:43 alarm Wells Lane

12:31 Boston Road Medical

11:37 Boston Road Medical

11:15 assist constable Flagg Road

11:11 accidental 911 hang-up Turnpike Road

10:12 Child safety install Main street

09:43 FD investigation East Main and Newton Street, gas odor

06:48 speeding Oakhill Road

06:19 Traffic enforcement Oak Hill Road

06:18 Traffic enforcement Main street and Johnson Road

01:37 radar Middle Road and Turnpike Road