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November 22, - November 28, 2009

Young Entrepreneur

November 28, 2009 - (above photo Scott with a friend helping out with the DJ gig at the Gobble Wobble) While covering events in town I have noticed two young men with a DJ Business. They worked the Finn School Sock Hop and had all the “DolFinns” dancing. Their business is called R & C DJ's and is the product of Charlie Pim and Rick Scott.

They both got interested in Audio/Visual jobs working as the light and sound crew for all the functions at Trottier Middle School, Charlie worked with sound and Fred with the lighting. Towards the end of eighth grade they were sitting in the light/sound booth talking about what next, (high school, jobs etc.) Talking about their interests and jobs, they both hit upon the idea of becoming DJ's.

Craig Piekarz, a Southborough father and DJ, who we both knew did everything he could to get us started. Teaching us new things, loaning his gear to us, and bringing us to gigs which only built our interest. A little over a year of preparation and coaching from Craig the two young men started doing their own gigs and really got involved.

It is great to see Southborough youth making great strides and accomplishments. If you know of another youth that has accomplished something special or has volunteered on projects send in a photo or news tip to editor@southboroughnews.com

EXHIBIT/ADMISSIONS NIGHT AT ASSABET VALLEY Regional Technical HS

Mark your calendars for Wednesday night, December 2nd, if you’ve ever wanted to tour Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. The annual Exhibit and Admissions night will kick off at 6 PM and end at 8:30 PM. There will be Admissions Information Sessions in the school auditorium at 6 and again at 7 for those interested in how the admissions process works. Assabet , although part of the public school system, requires interested students to apply for admissions, as space is limited. The school has seven communities that are considered ‘in-district’ – Berlin, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough. In addition, students from Boylston, Clinton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston are invited to apply with the approval of their superintendent of schools.


Throughout the evening, technical programs will have open doors and instructors and students will be available to demonstrate and discuss curriculum. All departments, both academic and technical, as well as many athletic teams and extra-curricular activities, will have booths in the cafeteria. The House Carpentry program will offer many hand-crafted wooden items for sale, ranging from magazine and spice racks to desks and secretaries. Several other programs will offer crafts and door prizes. Always a big draw is the Foreign Language department’s sampling of cultural culinary delights. The Cafeteria staff as well as the Culinary Arts department will also be offering food samples.
Admission to the event is free, the public is welcome. Spokesperson, Cindy Zomar, suggests, “We hope to have a lot of local eighth grade students and their parents come through, giving us an opportunity to showcase the spirit and atmosphere that defines Assabet Valley. By talking to our staff, the parents will find that individual students matter to us, that a high school can offer more than just a diploma, that college prep and advanced placement courses are readily available, and that graduating with a marketable skill can certainly help with those college bills! We’re looking forward to a great night!”
For more information, call Zomar at 508-485-9430, ext. 1250, or visit the school’s website at www.assabettech.com

Holiday Concert

Community Band will be performing sing alongs and more for the holidays.

December 18, 2009

snow date December 21

7:00pm

Trottier Middle School

Concert is FREE-donations welcome

 

Please join us:

Tuesday, December 1st

7:00-8:30 pm

Algonquin Regional High School, Rm. H221

(please enter through upper school

doors and follow signs)

79 Bartlett St., Northborough

A Presentation About…

District Summer Services

for Students on IEPs

Presenters: Arlene Mayer Shainker, Asst. Director of Student Support Services

Barbara Goodman, Director of Student Support Services

Some of the topics to be discussed:

*Recommendation Process

*Description of Summer Program Models

*Summer Success and MCAS

*Plus time for questions and answers

This event is open to the public-Please check our website at

www.nspac.org for any updates/cancellations

Refreshments will be served

Sponsored by NSPAC

(Northborough/Southborough Parent Advisory Council)

 

 Steeple Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome Abbie Gardner and Anthony DaCosta

On December 12, 2009 the Steeple Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome Abbie Gardner and Anthony DaCosta with the Robert Hill Band opening. The show starts at 7:30 with doors opening at 7pm.  Prices are $14 general
admission/$11 senior and students in advance and $17 general admission/$14 senior and students at the door.

Robert Hill, who was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, has a lot to offer with his acoustic as well as with the electric slide guitar. Robert Hill tells stories and he does so with an intensive and rock influenced voice.
Blues and roots-rock are his main specialties. His music is influenced by Little Feat to Lynyrd Skynyrd. But Hill keeps the blues always in sight. Accompanied by the superb journeyman bassist Mark Murphy and the talented
Joanne Lediger lending supporting vocals, Robert Hill has a unique slide guitar technique and baritone voice, and switches between steamroller blues and acoustic ballad.

Abbie Gardner is a member of Red Molly, a NY female trio playing Americana music. Abbie began playing Dobro in 2004 and fell in love with the instrument.  The twang of a Dobro is your first indication that Abbie Gardner is not your typical New York-based folksinger. Leaning heavily on bluegrass sounds and instruments, she has a knack for creating four-minute snapshots of human interaction.

In 2007, Anthony DaCosta became the youngest winner ever at the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festivals.  In 2008, at 17, he released two, critically-acclaimed albums; played prestigious folk festivals, including Philadelphia and Tonder in Denmark; and opened for music icons, like Loretta Lynn and Dan Bern. Now, in 2009, at age 18 and a freshman at Columbia University, he's released a new record, "Not Afraid of Nothing."  But, in this album, his 8th, Anthony ventures into new musical territory.  While one foots in folk, the other foots loose and wandering into various genres, influenced by the work of Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams and other, less-obvious artists, like The Smiths and Jay-Z.           For more information click here

Sports and Outdoor Activities

November 28, 2009 - Just a few more photos of the ARHS vs. Westborough Turkey day game.

Broodstock Salmon -- More than 460 retired broodstock salmon from the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program were released into lakes and ponds across the Commonwealth in October. These fish came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's White River National Fish Hatchery in Vermont. Additional fish from MassWildlife's Roger Reed Salmon Hatchery in Palmer and the White River National Fish Hatchery will be stocked some time in December. A list of ponds where the fish were released is found at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/fisheries/anadromous/broodstock_salmon_stocking.htm.

Learn About Organic Land Care -- Landscape professionals, horticulturalists, conservation staff, and anyone else interested in managing land using organic practices can enroll in the 9th annual Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) 5-day Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care. The course will be held Jan. 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20, 2010, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center in Newburyport. Taught by land care professionals and scientists, this intensive 5-day course covers all aspects of organic landscaping including soil health, site analysis, rain gardens, soil amendments, composting, pest management, planting, wildlife management, wetlands, invasives, business management, and more. For registration information, visit: www.organiclandcare.net or call coordinator Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or email her at Kathy@nofamass.org.

Midwinter Eagle Survey Scheduled -- Eagle watchers are reminded to mark their calendars for the annual midwinter eagle survey on major rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the coast. The survey period runs from December 30 , 2009 - January 13, 2010.  On January 8, 2010, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) personnel, cooperators, and volunteers across the state will conduct a concentrated effort to count eagles. This event is part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey held every year in early January. More information will be forthcoming in the January newsletter.

Upcoming Wildlife Magazine Stories -- If rabbits are rabbits and hares are hares, which label goes with the three species of bunnies found in Massachusetts? How is it possible, with rabbits commonly seen in backyard habitats, that our only native cottontail could be facing extinction? Renew or purchase a new or gift subscription to Massachusetts Wildlife magazine, the flagship publication of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and you’ll find out more with your very first issue (#3, 2009). You’ll also enjoy world-class photos of giant sharks and whales, find out how to outwit the smartest wild predator (Eastern Coyote), and get the latest on how hawks have responded to highway construction (the results may surprise you). Massachusetts Wildlife magazine also makes a terrific holiday or birthday gift for the wildlife and outdoor enthusiast in your family.

2009-2010 Free Skating Schedule at St. Marks Thanksgiving Week

Friday 27– Nov 10 am—11:30 am S’boro Rec – Open Skate

Saturday 28-Nov 3:30 pm—4:30 pm S’boro Rec – Open Skate

Monday 30– Nov 1:00 pm—2:00 pm S’boro Rec – Open Skate

 

ARHS Turkey Day Game

November 27, 2009 - Westborough beat Algonquin yesterday at the annual Thanksgiving day football game 21 - 7.

Gobble Wobble Photos from Yesterday

Healthy Paws of Westborough

Facts about canine influenza and a new vaccine that’s now available to protect dogs

Canine influenza is...

• An emerging threat to the respiratory health of dogs across the US – All breeds and ages are susceptible to infection – Because it’s a new virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it

• Highly contagious and easily spread through: – Direct contact (licking or nuzzling) – The air (coughing or sneezing) – Contaminated surfaces (picked up on the hands or clothing of a person and then spread when another dog is touched or petted)

• Characterized by a persistent cough that may last several weeks, as well as runny nose, watery eyes, and a loss of appetite and/or energy

• Usually mild, but can progress to a more severe infection or pneumonia in 10% to 20% of cases, and is fatal in up to 8% of sick dogs

• A concern for owners whose dogs: – Come from a shelter, rescue center, breeder, or pet store – Board at a kennel – Attend doggie daycare or group training – Visit a groomer, dog park, or other places where dogs congregate – Participate in dog events and competitions

Be sure to read our Canine Influenza FAQ

Canine Influenza Vaccine, H3N8 is...

• The first vaccine available to aid in the prevention of disease associated with canine influenza

• Proven to significantly reduce the coughing, severity, and spread of canine influenza infection

• Proven safe; a killed virus vaccine developed, manufactured, and marketed by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and conditionally licensed by the USDA – A conditional license is issued to meet a special circumstance such as the emergence of a new virus for which there is no existing vaccine

• Administered in two doses given 2 to 4 weeks apart – One annual booster injection is needed to continue protection Please contact us to schedule a vaccination for your pet. For more information on canine influenza and the new vaccine, visit www.doginfluenza.com.

3 Important things to UNDERSTAND about the vaccine….

1. It takes two vaccinations to provide the best protection. If given specifically for an upcoming boarding date, the first one needs to be given about 4 - 5 weeks prior to the boarding, and the second one needs to be given about 8 - 12 days prior to boarding.

2. The vaccine does not prevent the disease. It will reduce the severity and duration of the cough, fever and other signs and reduce the chance of developing a life-threatening pneumonia.

3. If your vaccinated dog catches canine influenza, the vaccine will not prevent shedding of the virus from your sick dog to other dogs, but it will shorten the shedding period.

MEMA’S WINTER PREPAREDNESS STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY & HOME

FRAMINGHAM, MA – “Before snow, ice and severe winter weather hit the region, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce.

· Understand the winter terminology used by weather forecasters:

1. Winter Storm Watch – Be alert, a storm is likely.

2. Winter Storm Warning – Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

3. Blizzard Warning – Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately.

4. Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

5. Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.

· Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.

· Clean gutters. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris. When thawing begins, the water can back up under your roof and eaves causing damage to walls and ceilings.

· Check your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage.

· Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and cleaned if necessary to lessen the risk of fire.

· Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have the option of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.

· Ensure that your Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. Check your outside fuel exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.

· Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out.

· Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.

· To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.

· Know how to safely shut off gas, electric power and water valves.

· If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), be prepared to fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water. Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.

· If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.

· If electric power is lost, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed). If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.

· Review the process for manually operating an electric garage door.

· Ensure your Winter Emergency Supply Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be some non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio in case of power outages or other emergencies caused by a winter storm.

· Additional items that should be included in your Winter Emergency Supply Kit are a freshly stocked first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), baby-care items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.

· Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.

· Be a Good Neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and neighbors to ensure they have made adequate preparations.

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 Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema.

State House Visit

November 27, 2009 (Contributed photo)

Representatives Dykema and Gregoire Host Pack 1 Cub Scouts

Boston, MA - Representatives Carolyn C. Dykema and Danielle W. Gregoire were pleased to host the Pack 1 Cub Scouts from Southborough on a visit to the State House on November 4, 2009.

“One of the joys of being a legislator is seeing our young people’s enthusiasm for government and their desire to make a difference in our communities.” said Dykema of the event.  “We both had a wonderful time speaking with such interested and engaged students.”

During their visit, the scouts toured the historic state house building, visiting the chambers of both the House and Senate, the Governor’s office, and learning about the important sculptures throughout.  They were able to sit in on a formal session of the House, watching on as Southborough’s Representatives voted on important issues of the day.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Inducted into Hall of Fame

November 27, 2009 - ARHS Athletic Director Fran Whitten shakes hands with Southborough resident and ARHS alumni Mark Conti.  Mark will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame this Saturday.

Annual Gobble Wobble

November 26, 2009 - Runners take off this morning in the fog.

Unhappy Road

November 26, 2009 - What a day for a water break.  DPW water division employees work on a water main break on John Matthews Road this morning.  Water is shut off to residents of that area until the break can be repaired.

Happy Thanksgiving

and Safe Traveling

from the Southborough News & our advertisers

Juried Art Show will be Closing Soon

November 25, 2009 - The Juried Art Show currently on display at the Southborough Art Center will be closing on December 1, 2009.  Come take a look at unique local artists works.  The Art Center is open from Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.  Closed Thanksgiving Day.  Above Bridget, Michael and Emily entertain the crowd at the opening night of the exhibit.

Cattails

November 25, 2009 - Cattails collect the mist at Breakneck Hill Farm.

Space Weather News for Nov. 25, 2009
http://spaceweather.com


DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT:  Space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) this morning at 4:53 am EST.  Their separation sets the stage for  double flybys of many towns and cities on Wednesday evening, Nov. 25th, when Atlantis and the ISS will soar through the night sky side by side--a fantastic sight. Atlantis is not scheduled to land until Friday morning, Nov. 27th, so the double apparitions will continue on Thursday, Nov. 26th, Thanksgiving in the United States.  Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flybys: http://spaceweather.com/flybys .

ISS FLYBY ALERTS: Would you like a phone call or text message when the ISS is about to fly over your back yard?  Sign up for Spaceweather PHONE:
http://spaceweatherphone.com
 

From the Library

For the Genealogy Club members of the Southborough Library: FYI...The Southborough Library has a trial subscription to www.footnote.com  that you may access there for no charge until 12-09-09.

Also, the www.ancestry.com trial will continue until 12-02-09.  Access is available only at the library.   The address for this database is http://trials.proquest.com/ptc?userid=3182563, and the password is:  welcome.  (A little tricky.)

This week the library is open Saturday, 11/28, but closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.  Next week, it will be open during usual hours: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10am - 5pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10am - 9pm.

T,W,Th 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

PREVENT

Candle Fires

  

Follow the Circle of Safety

Information provided by:

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office

Southborough Fire Department

·         Burn candles inside a one foot circle of safety, an area free of anything that could come in contact with the flame and burn

Use candles in the center of an area one-foot in diameter free of anything that could burn, such as decorations, curtains that could blow around, other items on a table or bureau.  Use a sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic container.

·         Stay away from using lighted candles in decorative candle holders which contain dried vegetation, and other flammable decorations

Candle holders are not regulated. Unfortunately, many candle holders purchased by craft makers are made of, or decorated with highly flammable materials.

·         Stay in the same room with burning candles; never leave them burning unattended.

Most candle fires start when they are left burning unattended.  Don't leave a candle burning out of your sight when you fall asleep at night.

·         Use candles out of reach of children and pets

Many candle fires are started when pets knock them over, or when children touch or play with them.

·         Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children

Store in a high cabinet, preferably a locked one.  You wouldn't leave a loaded gun lying around and a lighter can be just as dangerous in a child's hand.

·         Teach everyone in the family the rules of safe candle use

Children, teenagers, grown-ups, and older adults should know the rules of safe candle use..

·         Candle fires have tripled in Massachusetts over the past decade!

Candle use has risen greatly in the past decade, but unfortunately so have candle fires.  They have more than tripled in Massachusetts in the past ten years.

·         Candles have become one of the leading causes of fire deaths in the home in this state

Several people are killed, usually in their own homes, from candle fires each year.

The Members of the Southborough Fire Department are collecting 

NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS

 

for children in need in the area.   Toys will be collected at Fire Headquarters, 21 Main Street until December 18th.

Toys will be distributed through: 

Southborough Family & Youth Services

Southborough Food Pantry

Framingham Salvation Army

Happy Holidays!

 

Call Sue at 508-485-3235 with any questions

Sports and Outdoor Activities

The T-Hawk-Rangers

Thanksgiving classic!

Come honor our seniors before the game

10 AM - BE THERE!

Thursday’s Thanksgiving Varsity Football Game Versus Westborough will start at 10:15am. Tickets are $ $10 at the gate.

The halftime show will be the band and colorguard performing a Beatles show, playing “I want to hold you Hand”, “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Drive My Car.” The marching band consists of 62 freshmen this year directed by Amy Collins and Eric Vincent.

Mass Wildlife News - December 09

 

OVER 10,000 ACRES OF WILDLIFE LAND PROTECTED IN FY 09

Over 10,280 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in 42 towns were protected for wildlife and the public by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) in the past fiscal year (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009). Key wildlife habitats protected through the efforts of MassWildlife and DFG realty staff ranged from 1-acre acquisitions in Pepperell on the Nissitissit River and in Montague on the Saw Mill River to the 4,300-acre conservation easement in Fall River which is held jointly by DFW and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

These wildlife lands will be added to the list of over 170,000 acres currently under the care and control of MassWildlife, most of which are Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Most properties this year were purchased outright (in fee), however from an acreage perspective, approximately 75% of lands protected in FY 09 were via conservation easements that restrict development and allow public access for wildlife-related recreation but still leave the land in the hands of the original owner.  All lands protected are open to fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife observation, boating, hiking, and other wildlife-related recreation. A listing of the FY 2009 properties by town can be found at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/land/land_acquisitions.htm.

“Wildlife Conservation Easements (WCE) played a major role in our land protection efforts in the eastern and central part of the state,” said Bill Minior, recently retired Chief of Wildlife Lands. “Although WCEs accounted for only 12 of our 56 projects, they included over three quarters of the total acreage protected.”  Municipalities were the grantors of about 75% of the total conservation easement acreage protected.  Minior noted that the driving factors behind this municipal activity appears to have been the need for funding coupled with the desire to preserve open space for resource protection and recreational needs.

Several notable properties acquired include a 248-acre tract in the Western District that more than doubled the size of the agency’s Hawley Herp Preserve and was the largest parcel acquired in fee this year. Additionally, a 17-acre parcel acquired in Dalton includes approximately one quarter mile of Housatonic River frontage as well as an attractive log cabin style office building which now houses the Western District office.  In the Connecticut Valley District, the agency was able to add 174 acres to the Montague WMA. Also in Montague, a key 1-acre public access parcel of riverfront land was acquired on the Sawmill River. In the Central District, a new 498-acre Nineteenth Hill WCE in Winchendon was acquired from the Town of Winchendon, and a new 564-acre Wekepeke WCE located in Sterling and Leominster was acquired from the Town of Clinton. In the Northeast District, the Shirley Rod and Gun club conveyed a 146 acre WCE which adds substantially to agency holdings in that area. A new WMA - the Townsend Hill WMA - was created by combining two abutting acquisitions in Townsend and Pepperell. Last but not least, in the Southeast District, the town of Fall River conveyed the 4,300-acre Fall River Wildlife Conservation Easement (WCE), which is held jointly with DCR.  Perhaps the most notable acquisition is the 158-acre AD Makepeace (ADM) transaction in Plymouth and Wareham. It created two new WMAs, Halfway Pond and Maple Springs, but more importantly paved the way for future protection of thousands of acres of ADM property. Much of this property is considered by MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage Program to be some of the most valuable rare and endangered species habitat in the eastern part of the state. This complex project involves the ADM Co., local municipalities, non-profits/land trusts and the Commonwealth, and under options will span several decades.

 “The AD Makepeace project is our biggest conservation deal in decades. The amount of land we're talking about protecting in that area over time is tremendous,” said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin. “Coupled with the other land protection projects our staff completed, it is certainly the most successful year our department has had in quite some time.''

The primary land protection goal for DFG and MassWildlife is to ensure protection of biological diversity by acquiring the most important fish and wildlife habitat and natural communities and to provide the public with access to the lands and waters of the Commonwealth. State WMAs include river corridors, wetlands, various kinds of forested upland, habitat for state listed endangered and threatened species and species of special concern, and high quality examples of other important habitat types. Support for the land acquisition program comes from several sources. The primary funding mechanism is the Commonwealth's open space bond authorization. In FY 09, the department received more than $12.3 million in capital funds for land acquisition. Another funding source - the Wildlands Stamp Fund - is supported by a $5 charge on the sale of fishing, hunting, and sporting licenses sold in Massachusetts, and provides more than $1 million a year for the protection of open space.  Direct donations can also be made to the Wildlands Stamp Fund.  Maps of most WMAs can be found in the MassWildlife website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife and and boating access locations through the Office of Fishing and Boating Access at www.mass.gov/dfwele/pab/index.htm.

JOIN THE 110TH CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: CITIZEN SCIENCE IN ACTION

Make the Christmas Bird Count your new holiday outdoor tradition! From December 14, 2009 through January 5, 2010, bird lovers in Massachusetts as well as the rest of the United States will be participating in the nation’s longest running wildlife survey, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  Families, students, birders, and scientists armed with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists go out on an annual seasonal mission - often before dawn. For over 100 years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has enticed dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season.  The data collected by bird observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, the CBC provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.

There is a specific methodology to the CBC and everyone can participate. In Massachusetts, there are 33 geographic “count circles” where the bird counts occur. Each count circle is coordinated by an experienced Count Compiler. Beginning birders can join a group that includes at least one or two experienced birdwatchers in charge of covering a portion of the circle.  In addition, if your home is within the boundaries of a count circle, you can report the birds visiting your feeder. In either case, if you have never been on a CBC before, locate and contact the local Count Compiler to find out how you can participate.

Visit the MassBird website at http://massbird.org/birdobserver/CBC/index.htm for information regarding local CBC Count Compilers and birding clubs in your area.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions with more details and national CBC results are found on National Audubon’s web page at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/FAQ.html.

EXOTIC PETS ILLEGAL IN MASSACHUSETTS

If you think an exotic animal like a monkey, alligator, or serval would make a great pet or holiday gift, think again. Many people are probably aware of the tragic scenario in Connecticut this year when a pet chimpanzee seriously injured and disfigured the owner’s friend.  Massachusetts has very strict regulations governing the possession of both native and exotic wildlife by the average citizen. "Many people assume that any animal they can purchase in another state or over the Internet is legal to possess in Massachusetts," said Dr. Tom French, Assistant Director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. "This is simply not true. Our regulations are restrictive to the point that we publish only what you may possess, rather than what you may not. Only museums, nature centers, or educational institutions are granted permits for many kinds of wildlife. The goal of these regulations is to protect both the interests of wildlife and the public."

Before making any purchase, consult with a veterinarian to determine what pet is suitable for your abilities, lifestyle, and commitment to pet care, as well as the legal status of owning such an animal in Massachusetts. Information regarding the possession of captive or exotic wildlife is found at: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/living/keeping_wildlife.htm.

Dr. French recommends doing business with established and reputable Massachusetts pet shops rather than surfing the Internet or scanning the classifieds where sellers are not necessarily concerned with or aware of the laws that might affect potential buyers. "Store owners keep up with the laws," he notes. "The store owners were an effective lobby for making domestic ferrets a legal pet in Massachusetts and know their livelihood depends on doing business by the book. They'll be happy to sell you reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals that conform to state laws, and they'll tell you if something you ask about is illegal."

French also asks that anyone with knowledge of an illegally held wild or exotic animal contact the Environmental Police at (800) 632-8075 on any day of the week, or the Division at (508) 389-6300 on weekdays during business hours. “If animals have to be confiscated, our goal is to find the best home in the most appropriate setting for the animal’s health and well-being,” said French. “To avoid making a difficult situation more uncomfortable, we encourage owners with illegal wildlife to step forward and cooperate with us for the sake of the animals.”

Student of the Month

November 23, 2009 - (contributed photo) Nadine receiving the Student of the Month Award.

ARHS APTO would like to celebrate Nadine Ahrabi-Nejad, for Student of the Month! Nadine was recognized for outstanding kindess, and consideration, to both the staff and her peers. Described a “bright, always well-prepared, and works diligently in and out of the class to make the most of her experiences” by her teacher, Jane Betar. Nadine also volunteers at a radio station, reading stories aloud on a segment called The Children’s Hour. She has even written her own stories and has read them on the air!

Busy Saturday

November 24, 2009 - The Senior Center was hopping with full tables of cribbage players.  The Senior center opens on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to Noon.   This Saturday the center will be closed on Saturday due to the long Thanksgiving holiday.  The center will also close early on Friday November 27.

Open Again

November 24, 2009 - White Bagley Road opened again by this past weekend.

Big Day at the Community House

November 23, 2009 - Crafters showed their wares Saturday at the Community House.

Jane E. (Mahoney) Poole, 66, of Westborough died on Saturday November 14, 2009, after a short illness.

Jane earned an associates degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College, in Boston         and she worked for the Head Start Program in Framingham for many years.

She leaves her children, Bill Poole of S. Chatham; Robin Poole of Southborough; Chris Poole of Santa Fe, NM; Roger K Poole, III of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, Gerald  Mahoney of CO; 2 sisters, Nancy Brodeur of Westborough; Linda Langerbacher of LA; 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey Poole, Skye Brennan, Orion Poole & Indira Poole and her beloved cat Fruitcake.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 1 PM at Pine Grove Cemetery, rte 135, Westborough.

Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to S. Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc % Head Start Program Att: Phil Fokas, 300 Howard St. Framingham, MA  01702      

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

 

Fire Log

Monday 11/23/09

09:10 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING MAIN ST  WOR

    C20  CHIEF MAURO

09:34 EMS CALL EAST MAIN ST 

    A28  FF RICE         FF STRONG       FF NAVAROLI

    C30  LT PELTIER

13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT ATWOOD ST 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

14:00 CO RE-INSPECTION MAIN ST 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

15:33 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING MAIN ST 

    C1   CHIEF MAURO     CAPT HUBLEY     LT DANO

16:00 OIL BURNER ATWOOD ST 

    C27  CAPT MAURO  More Fire Log

 

In other Southborough Fire Department news Southborough Fire Chief John Mauro was invited to Worcester to share the news of stimulus funding of a position in the amount of just about $60,000.

 David W. Mahoney, Jr. a resident of Northborough, was

recently selected to join Baystate Financial Services’ Worcester

BOSTON, MA November, 2009–office as a financial representative. Based in Boston, Baystate Financial Services is one of New England's oldest and largest privately-owned financial services firms with offices throughout the northeast. Mahoney is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their unique financial goals. He has built his business on integrity and trust, the foundations for establishing long-term relationships with clients. Mahoney is a graduate of Worcester State College where he was a member of the prestigious Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Economics. He is also an active member of the financial services industry professional association NAIFA.

“We are excited to have such a talented professional join Baystate Financial. We pride ourselves on the high caliber of our associates and are pleased to add David Mahoney, Jr. to our team,” said Dave Porter, Managing Partner of Baystate Financial Services.

For over a century, Baystate Financial has provided insurance, investment management strategies, estate planning, business succession, employee benefits, retirement funding, long-term care insurance and education funding strategies to its clients. The company uses a consultative approach and tailors financial solutions to each client’s unique objectives. For more information about Baystate Financial, please visit the website at www.baystatefinancial.com.

Investment products and investment advisory services provided through New England Securities, a national broker/dealer and registered investment advisor. Branch Office: Baystate Financial Services, One Exeter Plaza, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02116, 617-585-4500.

Algonquin Regional High School Upcoming Events

Congratulations to Girls Soccer for winning the Division 1 State Championship!!

11/25 Half Day- Dismissal at 10:39
11/26 Thanksgiving Day Football Game -10 am @ARHS, Tickets $5 in Advance, $10 day of Game

11/30 Teacher Professional Development Day
12/1 Students Return

12/14 Mid-Point 2nd Term - Progress Reports

12/17 Holiday Concert - 7:00pm

12/23 Half Day - Dismissal at 10:39

1/4 School Reopens

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Events Scheduled

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled

GOBBLE WOBBLE

Thanksgiving Day Road Race 2009

Friends of Recreation Fundraiser

Support our Troops and bring a donation the day of the race and recieve a free raffle ticket.

Gobble Wobble Info

We still have openings as of 11/24!!

You may still register the day of beginning at 7am - tshirts are not guarenteed.

DAY OF REGISTRATION FORM

Lots of great prizes for the winners and raffle prizes too!!

Northborough Southborough Girls Lacrosse

! ! Registration for Returning Members Is Now Open ! ! !

Registration for new members will begin December 13th

Don't forget the ice cream social/info night
December 8th @ ARHS Cafeteria
Clothing & equipment will be
available for viewing & purchase

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARHS GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

1 - 0   Over Acton-Boxborough in the Finals!!

(Photos courtesy of Southborough News staff photographer Chris Wraight)

click here for more photos of the game

Sunset over Boston Road

November 22, 2009 - The sun sets over the Sudbury Reservoir near Boston Road and Central Street.

Wreath Delivery

November 22, 2009 - Cubscout Logan delivers the scout wreaths today.

 

Handel’s Messiah to be performed at Pilgrim Church

The Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough will present its annual Handel’s Messiah Concert in the beautiful, candlelit church sanctuary on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. 

The concert, which has become a Southborough holiday tradition, has been presented each year for more than 30 years.  The augmented 40 voice Pilgrim Church Festival Chorus and four soloists will be accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra under the direction of Grace Choi.  Ms.Choi has been the Minister of Music at The Pilgrim Congregational Church for the past two years.

 

The oratorio is written in three parts by George Frederic Handel in 1741.  This concert will include Part I, which tells the Christmas story as well as selections from Parts II and III.  The Messiah, with it’s beautiful arias and rousing choruses, has become one of the most famous oratorios ever written.

 "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Southborough Arts Council, LCC, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

We are also proud to have the Capital Group as a corporate sponsor.

General Seating will be a suggested donation of $10.00

For more information or to reserve Preferred Seating Tickets ($30.00)

please call the church office at 508-485-4847

Southborough meetings

November 23 -  November 27, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

ASSABET VALLEY REG. VOC. DISTRICT SCHOOL COMMITTEE Nov 24 7:00  PM CONFERENCE ROOM, ASSABET VALLEY
BOARD OF SELECTMEN - EXECUTIVE SESSION (RETURNING  TO OPEN SESSION AT CONCLUSION OF EXEC SESSION) - Agenda Nov 24 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE Nov 24 6:30PM MAIN MEETING ROOM, FIRE STATION, 21 MAIN STREET
23 Monday 24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic
8:30am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
 

Closed Thanksgiving

 Closed
Closed
9:30 Cribbage
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
 
12 PM Blue Plate Special
11am Senior Singers
1:00 PM Senior Center Closes
2:00 Fitness
 
12 PM Pitch  
  1:00 PM Water Aerobics  

Click here for the new Senior Center Website

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.

Southborough Library Schedule

Sunday 22 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

 

LIBRARY

CLOSED IN

HONOR OF

VETERANS DAY

Library Closed Happy Thanksgiving  Library Closed   

J. Stanley Sheppard

SHEPPARD, J. Stanley Age 94, of Southborough died on November 18, 2009. He was a musician, teacher, composer and taught at St Mark's School in Southborough along with being the choral director. He was also the long time organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. He was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (Snow) Sheppard, devoted father of Daniel S. Sheppard of Barrington, RI; Joseph S. Sheppard III of Pepperell, loving grandfather to five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Memorial service arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St, SOUTHBOROUGH (Morrisfuneralparlor.com). In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be sent to the Salvation Army.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Sports Scheduled

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Sports Scheduled