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January 10, - January 16, 2009

Off To the Races

January 16, 2010 - The New England Sled Dog Club held several races at the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, MA today. 

“Bullying, Cyberbullying,

and

Youth Depression”

presented by

John Halligan

A Parent Awareness Program for adults

sponsored by General SOS

January 27, 2010

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Trottier Middle School

John Halligan’s son Ryan died by suicide on Oct. 7, 2003

after being bullied by classmates at school and online.

He was 13 years old.

Mr. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family about

dealing with bullying, cyberbullying and teen depression.

Parents will be empowered with strategies to take preventive

actions with their own children.

For more information please visit

www.RyanPatrickHalligan.org

Questions, please contact?

Nancy McAndrews at gnsec@aol.com

Kristen Coghlin at coghlink@verizon.net

Town of Southborough

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pilgrim Church

109 Cub Scouts Race…Who Will Win?

Last Year Southborough Ran The Tri River District Finals (Watch YouTube Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBBzmQ9odIk

Representative Dykema Comments on Recently Passed Education Reform Bill

Boston, MA - On Thursday evening I joined my colleagues in the House and Senate in supporting passage of an education reform bill, an Act Relative to the Achievement Gap. This new law provides tools to improve struggling schools and creates a limited number of new charter schools in underperforming districts. Notably, the law will also put Massachusetts in a strong position to access up to $250 million in federal education funds. During debate, I co-sponsored a number of amendments to address concerns I have heard from our schools, and I am pleased that the final bill included a number of provisions that will help the schools in my district.

First, it requires the state to make an assessment of the true cost of a high quality education. Educators have contended for many years that there is a mismatch been our expectations for our students and the funding provided to meet them. This evaluation will assess resources available to schools, seek to understand how they’re spent, identify cost effective best practices, and provide the data needed to maximize the value of every education dollar.

Second, the law begins to address charter school funding concerns. The current method of funding charter schools drains needed dollars from public schools which are already facing tight budgets. Although only a first step, the new law provides some additional funding to public schools to offset the fiscal impact of charter school transfers.

Third, the bill protects regional school transportation funding. This year, I and other legislators who represent regional schools helped prevent transportation funding cuts that would have disproportionately affected regional schools. The new law will ensure these funds are protected in the future.

We can never be complacent when it comes to education, and we need to continually challenge ourselves to be better, even in the face of financial constraints. With this new law, the Commonwealth has taken an important step forward in providing for the education of our children and our future.   

Winter Storm Watch

Winter storm watch in effect from Sunday evening through Monday morning,


The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Sunday evening through Monday morning.
In Massachusetts this new portion of the watch includes Boston's north shore suburbs as well as the higher terrain from Worcester to Springfield onto the east slopes of the Berkshires.
Precipitation will develop Sunday afternoon, probably as a mix of rain and snow and then change to periods of heavy wet snow at night. Snow will taper off and end late Monday morning or midday.
Snow may be wet and if more than 5 inches accumulates on trees and wires, power outages could develop, especially late Sunday night.
Travel is likely to become hazardous Sunday night. A rapid recovery in road conditions should occur late Monday morning as the snow tapers to flurries.
Total storm accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are possible if precipitation is mostly snow.
Additionally, the high terrain of northern Connecticut into the hills of northwest Rhode Island are likely to see variable wintry hazards from Sunday evening into early Monday. This region just south of the watch area could see anywhere from 1 to 5 inches of wet snow as well as a period of freezing rain or sleet.
Even along interstate 95 corridor from Boston to foxborough and providence, a period of slippery conditions is expected Sunday night into Monday morning.
The cause of the winter hazardous weather is related to low pressure near new Orleans late this afternoon. It will intensify into a strong gale as it passes just south of Nantucket Monday morning.
All with travel interests late Sunday into early Monday in southern new England should monitor updated forecasts issued on Sunday.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.

 

Southborough Genealogy Club

Join us as we kick off an exciting new year!

Thursday, January 21st

7:00 – 8:30 pm

“Using Social Networking

to Research Your Ancestors”

presented by Mike Maglio

For 20 years, Mike has investigated his genealogy building upon 90

years of previous family work. As an engineer with a background in

knowledge management, he has successfully utilized social

networking to further his research in recent years. This evening he

will share his cutting-edge experience with all of us.

  • Russ Horne will also conduct individual consultations for
  • beginning genealogists.
  • 2010 Southborough Genealogy Club dates and projected
  • schedule of events will be available.
  •  Good News! Pre-registration for The New England Family

History Conference in Franklin, MA (a great and FREE

conference) begins on Sunday, January 17th at midnight. Check

it out on their website http://www.nefamilyhistory.com

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Events Scheduled

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled

Who's Watching Who

January 15, 2010 - Tye Dye gives a suspicious look to the photographer.

Space Weather News for Jan. 14, 2010
http://spaceweather.com


ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE: The Moon is about to pass directly in front of the sun, producing an annular solar eclipse on Jan. 15th between 0500 and 0900 GMT. The zone of visibility stretches from Africa across the Indian Ocean to eastern Asia. Onlookers in those places should be alert for crescent-shaped shadows on the ground and "ring of fire" suns in the sky.  Visit http://spaceweather.com today for an animated preview and again tomorrow for photos and movies of the actual event.

You are subscribed to the Space Weather mailing list, a free service of www.Spaceweather.com

 

Half Staff

The Governor has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags to half staff immediately until sunset on January 16, 2010 in honor of former Lieutenant Governor, State Senator and State Representative Sumner Gage Whittier, who died January 8, 2010.

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 2, Section 6A (e3/4), please be advised that Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States and Commonwealth flags be lowered to half-staff immediately and until sunset on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at all state buildings in honor of former Lieutenant Governor, State Senator and State Representative Sumner Gage Whittier, who died January 8, 2010.

Southborough asks you to Recycle

January 15, 2010 - Recycle if you can - you must and should.  For each load of the "hopper" that goes out the Town of Southborough pays a tipping fee of $68.50 a ton to Wheelabrator.  Meanwhile, everything in the recycle center does not cost the town.  There is a steel and white goods pile, returnable bottles and cans, paper goods bins, co-mingled glass and plastics, cardboard and if you have an item that could be used second hand a swap shop.  With today's economy, our taxes high and cutbacks in town services looming due to the budget crunch it's time to join forces with the other town residents that already recycle.

The Cub Scout Café is open again!!

Announcing the

Annual

Cub Scout Pack 26

Valentine’s Day Luncheon

for Southborough Seniors

February 6th, Noon – 2PM

Southborough Senior Center

Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 26 & Southborough Senior Center

Smiles, Gourmet Sandwiches, Desserts, Coffee, Tea, Smiles

Engaging Conversations & Bingo!

Every year Pack 26 has made this day a memorable event for many seniors in our families and our town.  This year will be no different.

Southborough Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Rd. (Route 30), Southborough. All donors will receive a coupon good for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. For more info or an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org

Tatnuck Bookseller Newsletter, click here to go to www.tatnuck.com

 

 
 
 
 

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Jan. 16
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ RELAYS @REGGIE LEWIS   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ RELAYS @REGGIE LEWIS   9:00AM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ @MERRIMACK NH TOURNAMENT   9:15AM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Northstar Rink 6:10PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Jan. 16
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ RELAYS @REGGIE LEWIS   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ RELAYS @REGGIE LEWIS   9:00AM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ @MERRIMACK NH TOURNAMENT   9:15AM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Northstar Rink 6:10PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees

CROSS COUNTRY SKI

Memorial Forest, Sudbury

Saturday January 30, 11:00am-1:00pm

(Alternate Date:  Sunday January 31)

Join Susan Crane, SVT Assistant Director of Land Protection, at SVT’s single largest property, the Memorial Forest. The extensive and varied trail system of old-woods roads through forests and wetlands of the Memorial Forest makes it accessible to all kinds of nature lovers with little impact on the natural resources.  So bring your skis and get in some great outdoor winter exercise.  This program is weather dependant - dependant on snow that is. This program is designed for experienced cross country skiers.  Participants must provide their own equipment. 

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

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

# # #

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.

Emergency Call

January 13, 2010 - Firefighters responded to fire alarms sounding at Colonial Gardens tonight. Firefighters found a trash bin on fire and quickly extinguished it. More info later.

 

Police log

Monday  1/11/10

Medial Edgewood road

Medical Edgewood road

Motor vehicle stop Boston road and causeway

Community policing Parkerville road

Motor vehicle stop violation Boston road and causeway

Radar turnpike road and route 85

Motor vehicle stop violation turnpike road

Motor vehicle stop turnpike road

Child car safety seat install

CO detector Main Street

Motor vehicle accident route 85 and Richards road

Residential alarm Marlboro road

Medical St. Martin Drive

Traffic enforcement Flagg road

Traffic enforcement Southville road and Cordaville road

Motor vehicle stop violation Cordaville road and turnpike road

Motor vehicle stop violation turnpike road and pleasant St

Fire dept invest suspicious odor Central Street

Motor vehicle stop violation Cordaville road

Suspicious activity turnpike road

Motor vehicle stop violation turnpike road

Motor vehicle stop violation turnpike road

Motor vehicle stop violation turnpike road and middle road  For more Police Log click Here

Timothy John Dunn Lane, 19, of Southborough, died peacefully Monday, January 11, 2010. He was the son of Michael and Pamela J. (Heim) Lane of Southborough.

Tim was a 2009 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough and a member of Employment Options Clubhouse, Inc. of Marlborough, where Tim had many dear friends. He was a talented artist and an avid fisherman. Tim was a great listener, devoted brother, loving son and grandson, as well as a wonderful friend to many. He was a fantastic person and will be dearly missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his 3 sisters: his beloved twin Charlotte, Abigail and Rachel Lane, all of Southborough; his maternal grandparents, Fred and Rachel Heim of Marlborough; his paternal grandmother, Therese Lane of Needham; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandfather, Timothy John Dunn Lane.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 15, from 4 to 8 at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough. Funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Timothy to: Employment Options Clubhouse, Inc., 82 Brigham Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.

(morrisfuneralparlor.com)

 

January 13, 2010                   
American Red Cross of Central MA

             
American Red Cross Rushing Aid to Help Communities Affected by Earthquake in Haiti


Wednesday, January 13, 2010 — The American Red Cross continues to rush aid to Haiti  in support of the massive relief effort underway in response to yesterday’s devastating  earthquake.
“With daylight upon us, reports indicate widespread damage in Port au Prince, with continuing aftershocks,” says Nicole Valentine, spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Central MA. “Our colleagues in Haiti are seeing immediate need for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. The Red Cross is concentrating our efforts to expedite the delivery of these items to Haiti, as well as the funds needed to support this massive relief effort.”
In addition to committing an initial $1,000,000 to the effort, the American Red Cross has made available all of the relief supplies from its warehouse in Panama which would provide for basic needs for approximately 5,000 families. Six disaster management specialists have deployed to Haiti, joining a group of highly trained volunteers and staff who are already working on scene.
The American Red Cross is not accepting volunteers to travel to Haiti, and encourage those who would like to help to consider volunteer at the local level.
“At this time, what we need the most are financial contributions – whether by check, online or by phone,” Valentine stated. “Items such as clothes and shoes are not helpful right now because there is nowhere to store them, no one to sort them, and it would be difficult to transport the items to Haiti. A financial contribution will allow the Red Cross to focus our funds on the direct needs of those impacted by the devastating earthquake.”

Safe and Well Inquiries
 For inquiries about relatives living and who have citizenship in Haiti, please be patient and call repeatedly until the lines clear or contact other family members who live nearby. Telephone, Internet and other communication lines are often disrupted in times of disaster. People trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.

How to Help:

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, International Relief Fund, 2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01606 or online at www.redcrossworcester.org. In addition, donors may text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.

www.redcrossworcester.org
 

Algonquin Regional Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

1/14 Junior Planning College Night, 7:00pm
1/14 APTO mtg, 7:00pm, Library
1/18 Martin Luther King Day - No School
1/19 Professional Develop. Day - No School

1/27 Algonquin Idol, 7:00 pm
1/29 End of Term 2
2/1, 2/2 MCAS Biology Retest
2/1 8th Grade Course Selection Night, 7pm
2/9 Winter Instrumental Concert, 7:30pm
2/15-2/19 February Vacation
2/22 Students Return

3/1, 3/2 MCAS - ELA Composition Retest

3/2 Chorus Concert, 7:30 pm

3/3 MCAS - ELA Reading Comp. Retest

3/4, 3/5 MCAS - Math Retest 

3/5 College Planning Brkfst Jrs/Parents, 7am

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Jan. 14
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Westboro High School   4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Coed Varsity Ski @ SL RACE Ski Ward 4:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   5:30PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Westboro High School   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   7:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Westboro High School   7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics VS Hudson High School Algonquin 7:00PM

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Jan. 14
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Ashland High School North Star 8:15PM
Not All Skated

January 12, 2010 - The Swing set was full just as if it was a sunny warm day.

Space Weather News for Jan. 12, 2010
http://spaceweather.com


CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: A curious object is about to fly past Earth only one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet. At closest approach on Jan. 13th, 2010 AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor the flyby.  Orbital elements, images, and more information are available on http://spaceweather.com .

You are subscribed to the Space Weather mailing list, a free service of Spaceweather.com. 

New subscribers may sign up for free space weather alerts at  http://spaceweather.com/services/ .
 

Reminders:
  • Southborough Library 10:30 AM Alphabet themed story time for preschoolers and early elementary school children.

 

  • The Northborough/Southborough Public School’s Integrated Pre-School Program is inviting neighborhood children who will be three years old by June 15, 2010 for a screening for possible enrollment for the 2010/2011 school year.  Our program brings together neighborhood children and special needs children.  The screenings will take place on January 29, 2010 at both the Marion Zeh Elementary School in Northboro and the Mary Finn Elementary School in Southboro.  To schedule a screening, please contact Jackie Garvey at 508-351-7048.  To receive a program brochure, please call 508-393-4378 and leave your name and address.

 

  • H1N1 Vaccinations - Availability, Times and Locations

H1N1 Vaccinations will be available in Public Health Nurse Leslie Chamberlin’s Office at the Senior Center,

9 Cordaville Rd. (Rte 85, directly across from Woodward School) on the following dates and times. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 1-3 PM

Friday, January 15, 2010 10 AM to12 Noon

After Friday, January 15, 2010 she will reassess the necessary timeframes.

  SOUTHBOROUGH ROTARY CLUB
        TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS
        THURSDAY,JANUARY 28
        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1
        6:30-8:30 PM
        TROTTIER SACHOOL AUDITORIUM
        TO SIGN UP CALL
        508-485-2400 EXT.259

Gwendolyn E. Sickles SOUTHBOROUGH Gwendolyn E. (Doore) Sickles, 87, of Southborough died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, after an illness. She was the wife of the late Thomas L. Sickles, who passed away last June. Mrs. Sickles was an Army veteran serving in World War II, and was an administrative secretary for the former PIE Trucking Co. of Southborough for many years. She was an active member of the First Community Church in Southborough where she san in the choir. Mrs. Sickle was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed the beach and was an avid reader. She is survived by her children, Sharon Willman and her husband Skip of Southborough; Ronald Sickles and his wife Diane; of Nashua, N.H.; David Sickles of Westborough; a sister of Janet Bishop of Lady Lake, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 4-7 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home (Morrisfuneralparlor.com), 40 Main St., Southborough. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m., at the First Community Church, 137 Southville Road, Southborough. Burial will follow in the rural Cemetery, Southborough. Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to 1st Community Church, 137 Southville Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

Jacqueline M. Bruno Jacqueline M. Bruno UXBRIDGE Jacqueline M. (Parker) Bruno, 80, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the Milford Regional Medical Center after being stricken ill at her home. She was the wife of 59 years of Donald S. Bruno. Born in Quincy, she lived several years in Southborough before moving to Marlborough for 49 years. She lived the last 10 years in Uxbridge. Jackie graduated from Peters High School in Southborough in 1947, attended Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing and was a graduate of Northeastern University/Marlborough Hospital Co-operative Radiology Program.She worked as a registered radiology technician for many years, was office manager for Gordon Bennett Orthodontics of Marlborough for more than 20 years, and Marlborough Orthopedics for 10 years. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Mark D. Bruno and his wife, Elaine, of Dover Plains, N.Y; two daughters, Lynn Ann Bruno and her partner, Craig Scholpp, of East Kingston, N.H., and Donna Bruno of Worcester; four grandchildren, Brittany E. Tucker of Worcester, Morgan C. and Emily M. Bruno of Dover Plains, N.Y., and M. Daniel Bruno Jr. and his wife, Evelyn Ann, and their son, Cayden Joseph of Belle Chasse, La.; one sister, Barbara P. Hildreth of Marlborough; and one brother, Ralph G. Parker of Rindge, N.H. She was active in the former Dukes of Marlborough serving many years as uniform manager. She was an avid reader, bird watcher and gardener. Her funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthias Church, Hemenway Street, Marlborough. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Visiting hours are Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., Marlborough. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: The M.S.P.C.A-Angell Headquarters, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

Tidbits

National Cervical Health Awareness Month
www.nccc-online.org/awareness.html  
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
http://www.nbdpn.org/current/resources/bdpm2009.html 
National Blood Donor Month
www.aabb.org
National Radon Action Month
http://www.epa.gov/radon/nram/index.html 
Thyroid Awareness Month
www.thyroidawareness.com

Used Coat Drive

Drop off any used adult or children’s coats in the plastic bins in

the lobby of your child’s school until March 1, 2010. Parent

volunteers from Finn, Woodward and Neary will deliver them to

Marlborough Community Services.

Marlborough Community Services Inc. www.mcs-inc.net

services Southborough. It is a private, not for profit

organization which promotes, strengthens, and sustains the

wellbeing of families by providing social services and wellness

programs, including warm clothing. Every winter, Marlborough

Community Services has many families looking coats.

Clothing other than gently used coats should be dropped off at

the charity of your choice.

Questions?

Contact kmarous@charter.net

or your child’s school SOS Community Awareness Chair (below)

Southborough Organization for Schools

Community Awareness Co-chairs Kathryn Marous and Christa Brady

Finn Chair Karen Rodman, punabud@charter.net

Woodward Chair Holly Sullivan, hsullivan@charter.net

Neary Chair Suzy Green, green625@verizon.net

    

Guardian Angel Motorsports

To harness the power of the motorsports industry to raise money for children's charities.  The boys are at it again, the founders of guardian angel motorsports, bruce ledoux and david quinlan will be joined by drivers Dan Watkins, bob doyle & tommy sheehan in a race against man or machine in the rolex 24 hour in Daytona to raise money for children’s charities.  this year we have partnered up with  

Mission

To raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Awareness

FAAN works to build public awareness of food allergy through the media and through education, advocacy, and research efforts.

Education

FAAN staff conducts seminars and training sessions on food allergy and anaphylaxis for patients, school staff, government officials, health professionals, restaurant and industry leaders, and other policymakers.

Advocacy

FAAN works with policymakers on federal, state, and local initiatives in areas such as  food labeling, epinephrine availability, and management of food allergies in schools, camps, airlines, and restaurants.

Research

FAAN supports and participates in research studies that lead us to a better understanding of, and a cure for, food allergy and anaphylaxis, and that improves the quality of life of individuals managing these conditions.

Why Guardian angel motorsports chose faan

Driver Bruce Ledoux has been a member of FAAN for over 6 years.  His 6 year old son was diagnosed with severe food allergies at the young age of 3 months old.  He was allergic to peanuts, treenuts, finfish, shellfish, milk, egg and beef.  his daughter who never had food allergies until she was 7 years old, is now severely allergic to peanuts, treenuts, finfish, shellfish & sesame.  “Our familiy is not alone when it comes to having children with food allergies....there are more than 12 million in the united states....but often times you feel like you are.  there are a lot of anxieties families face with children with food allergies that most don’t understand.  traveling, eating out, visiting friends, starting school, etc. are all things to be excited about....but often times the stress over organizing a safe experience for our children negates the excitement.  Most experiences pose potential threats to our children if we don’t advocate and make sure that the environment is safe.  sounds simple...but often times it is not.  did you know that the fluoride that your child receives at the dentist contains treenuts?  not something most would ask....but for a child with a treenut allergy...this could result in a severe anaphylactic reaction.  There are things you can do to avoid falling into the anxiety trap. Education is essential — educate yourself, others in your life, and your children as they get older. This will reduce the risk of a dangerous reaction and help put you at ease. In addition, seek support and ways to relax, and try to turn your focus to the joys of life rather than its difficulties....and this is where FAAN plays a major roll in our life. 

Please help us support FAAN through our racing efforts at the Rolex 24 Hour race January 30-31, 2010.

https://donate.guardianangelmotorsports.com/

purchase guardian angel motorsports apparel http://www.hackerthreads.com/items.asp?Cc=GAM&CatMoveby=0&Nbm=&Pbm=&FromNav

Follow our blog at  http://www.bruceledoux.com/blog/

More information about  www.foodallergy.org

Race information http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2010/Rolex-24/Rolex-24-At-Daytona.aspx

lastly, don’t forget to watch us on january 30-31 for live coverage of the race!

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Jan. 13

 Coed

Varsity

Swimming

@

Tantasqua Regional HS

Tantasqua

4:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Indoor Track

@

FITCHBURG/LEOMINSTER/ALGONQUIN

Fitchburg High

5:00PM

 Girls

Varsity

Indoor Track

@

FITCHBURG/LEOMINSTER/ALGONQUIN

Fitchburg High

5:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Ice Hockey

@

Gardner High School

GSR

6:00PM

 Boys

Varsity

Wrestling

@

Hudson High School

High School

6:30PM

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Jan. 13
 Girls JV Basketball @ Hudson High School Click for directions   5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Marian High School   6:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Hudson High School Click for directions   6:00PM

OUTDOORSWOMAN WORKSHOPS PLANNED

Women interested in learning some outdoor skills might want to save some dates for workshops scheduled in 2010. A tentative schedule of Becoming An Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshops is now posted on the Division’s website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/education/bow/bow_calendar.htm  All sessions are designed for novice outdoorswomen 18 years old to 80! Highlights of the upcoming year include:

  • January 22-24 – Women's Wellness Weekend, Becket—Sponsored by the Chimney Corners YMCA at Camp Becket, Becoming An Outdoorswoman is providing instructors for ice fishing and winter survival sessions for this very enjoyable and comfortable weekend experience. Registration details are on the YMCA website at http://www.bccymca.org/637

  • February – Winter Workshop (Location & Dates TBA) Ice Fishing, Staying Warm in Winter, and Fly-tying and one or two other skill sessions are planned

  • April/May – Turkey Hunt Seminar and Hunt, Shirley -- This is part one of the Turkey Hunt for Outdoorswomen consisting of a one-day seminar in early April and a one-day turkey hunt to be offered in early May.

  • April 24 – Fly-fishing and Fly Tying, Belchertown -- This is a terrific opportunity to learn the basics of flyfishing on the banks of the Swift River. You’ll also learn how to tie your own fly.

  • June 4-6 – The Mass. Outdoorswoman Weekend Workshop, Becket -- Mark your calendars and ask for the Outdoorswoman weekend event as a holiday, birthday, or Mother's Day gift! Gift certificates are available by calling Sue Fritze at (508) 389-6329.

  • July (Date TBA) – Lost in the Woods, With Your Walking Stick, Plymouth -- No one plans to get lost, but what if you did find yourself "turned around"? Instructors will share their knowledge and skills that will help keep you comfortable, safe and eventually, found. They will also provide some walking stick self-defense instruction.

  • August (Date & Location TBA) – Basic Camping for Outdoor Families – An experience open to families who want to try out camping, learn some useful skills and spend time together. This workshop will be held in partnership with the Department of Conservation & Recreation.

  • September – Shooting Sports Day, Hanson – This is a day devoted to learning about firearms and archery equipment. You'll have an opportunity to shoot shotguns, bows and arrows, rifles and handguns under the watchful eye of expert and friendly instructors.

  • November/December – Deer Hunting Seminar and Hunt, Shirley -- This is a 2-part workshop, consisting of a 1-day seminar and a 1-day deer hunt.

Budget Hearings Begin

Above - The Recreation Department presents its FY11 budget.

January 11, 2010 - Budget hearings have begun.  This past Saturday, the Board of Selectmen and the Advisory committee met with various department heads.  Each department administrator presented their budget which was to show a three percent decrease from the previous year.  Several departments may see reduced hours, furloughs or layoffs and reduction in services.  Below photos: Police and Fire budget presentations.

Letter to the editor:                             A Very Special Christmas

I am writing this letter because I have no idea who to thank for two wonderful gifts that were left for my son's at my place of employment. 

Back on Monday December 21, 2009, I went to work and the person who was was manning the desk, that day, called down to my office and told my boss that there were two packages for me.  I went down to pickup the packages.  They were in a Joseph Brothers paper bag and were both individually wrapped very beautiful.  Each of the gifts had a hand written note on them saying:

"To (my first son's name)  Merry Christmas Love Santa."

"To (my second son's name) Merry Christmas Love Santa.
There was also a hand written note from the person who was manning the reception desk on Friday, December 21st and it said:

"For (my name) - Delivered on Friday, December 18th at 4:15pm"

The packages were very heavy and my Boss asked me if I knew what they were or who they were from - I had no idea.  My co-workers suggested  that I open one of them to see what some stranger was given to my sons. 

When I opened up the first package, I could not believe it and I was in total shock, I sat there in disbelief.   My Boss and co-workers could not believe it either.  We opened up the other package and  could not believe it -  both of the gift contained a LAPTOP COMPUTER!!!  I sat there and I cried.  Could not believe what I was seeing or witnessing.  I was in total shock - thinking who would do this????????????????????

My Boss spoke to the person who was "on the desk" as we call it at work,  on that Friday, December 18th.  They asked him if he knew who dropped the packages off.  He said a man came in and asked if I worked out of that building and the desk person said yes.  The man said he wanted to dropped these two packages off anonymous and asked the desk person to get them to me.  The desk person called my office, but no one was in.  The man then told the desk person he had to run out to his car and check with his wife on what they should do.  The man came back in and asked the desk person if he could leave the packages for me and if he would make sure that I got them on Monday (which was 12/21).  The desk person asked the man if he wanted to leave his name and contact information and the man replied no, we want to make sure that they (me and my sons) have a good Christmas and we want to make sure she gets them anonymously.

I re-wrapped the gifts in the beautiful  red paper and gold bow.  I put the tags back on them.

On Christmas morning, when I watched my sons open up these gifts, and seeing the look on their faces, I cried.  They even had tears in their eyes.  They could not believe it.  I told them the story behind these mysterious gifts.  I told them that there is a Santa out there that is made up of some really special people.  I wanted them to know the truth about these gifts and how thoughtful someone was.  I wanted them to know that there are some amazing people out there.

To this day I am totally at awe and have no idea who would have done this.   I am so grateful to these strangers aka Santa Clauses aka Angels that have thought so highly of my two sons and of me, by giving them a gift, I would never be able to afford.   I am hoping that they read this and know how thankful my sons and I are.  Thank you for giving us a Christmas to remember and for giving us a story that we can pass on through our family.  

As the mom of these two very lucky boys, I will always be very thankful for what you have done for them. 

Signed a very grateful Southborough Mom

It was announced at Saturday's budget hearing that the Town of Southborough has been extended a waiver until December 31, 2010 to run the ambulance within the current state.  If the waiver was not extended it would have cost Southborough taxpayers more money as two paramedics would have been required for each ambulance run.  There are various stages to how the ambulance is run depending on if the call is an ALS call.  State Representative Danielle Gragorie,  State Representative Carolyn Dykema, Chairman of Southborough's Board of Selectmen Sal Giorlandino,  Town Administrator Jean Kitchen,  EMS Coordinator FF/EMT-P Kenneth Strong, Captain/EMT-I Joseph Hubley - Union President, Lt/EMT-P Mark Sadowski and  Northborough Fire Chief David Durgin, member Fire Chief's EMS Committee and Chair, D-14 EMS Committee attended a meeting with the Region IV Medical Committee.
 

Special State Election Day:
January 19, 2010

Be sure to head to the polls next Tuesday, January 19, 2010 to vote in the Special State Election.
Polling places will be open from 7:00am - 8:00pm statewide.

Who are the candidates?

Learn more about the voting process in Massachusetts

Applying for an absentee ballot. Please note, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, the deadline to apply for absentee ballots is 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 15.

Voting for Military and Overseas US Citizens

More information on the Special State Election

MBTA Exercises Option With MBCR For Commuter Rail Service, Launches New Customer-Focused Improvements

Real-Time Arrival Countdown Begins , WiFi Expansion by Summer

Boston, MA -- The MBTA today announced that it will begin a procurement process in 2012 for a new contract to operate commuter rail services, and, in the interim has exercised the final option on the contract with MBCR to operate the system until July 1, 2013. In exercising the option, the MBTA ensured that commuter rail riders will continue to see improvements in service, reliability and safety. The MBTA also announced a series of immediate customer-focused improvements targeted at enhancing the riding experience for the tens of thousands of commuter rail users who depend on the trains every day.

"We are at the beginning of new era of customer-focused transportation in Massachusetts," said MassDOT Secretary Jeffrey Mullan. "The people who rely on the commuter rail everyday will see that our number one focus in on implementing immediate improvements to their riding experience."

The customer improvements begin tomorrow morning when a new real-time passenger information system is launched on the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleboro/Lakeville Lines. For the first time ever, customers on the train platforms will be provided with ‘real time’ arrival information. Displayed in a countdown format on easy-to-read electronic message boards, the information will provide minute-accurate train arrival times to customers waiting for their trains.

Made possible by recently installed Global Positioning Satellite equipment on each train, the new passenger information system will be introduced next week on the Worcester/Framingham and Lowell lines. By the middle of February, customers on all thirteen commuter rail lines will be provided with the ‘next train’ arrival information.

“In the past year, we have seen long-awaited improvements in on-time performance, air conditioning and other important changes to enhance our customers’ experience – but we can and must do more,” said MBTA Acting General Manager William Mitchell. “We will continue to focus squarely on strengthening our commitment to customer service and making additional improvements for commuter rail riders.”

MassDOT and the MBTA also announced that by the end of the summer the commuter rail system’s very popular WiFi service will be expanded to every train on every line, making the MBTA the only commuter rail operator in the country to offer WiFi service on every passenger coach of every train. The installation work begins this spring, and before the end of the summer, all 410 coaches in the commuter rail fleet will offer WiFi service.

In conjunction with the ‘next train’ countdown, the MBTA is preparing to launch a communications system that will allow commuter rail customers to get the same real-time information on their radios. By tuning to a specific frequency on a radio’s AM band, customers in the parking lots can stay in their automobiles until the train’s arrival is nearing. In some cases, the radio information will also be available to motorists approaching certain stations. Before the end of the January, this new customer service initiative will be available at the busy Anderson Regional Transportation Center on I-93 in Woburn. In the following weeks, the radio system will be installed at all commuter rail stations that offer fifty or more parking spaces.

For transportation news and updates visit the MassDOT website at www.mass.gov/massdot, the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

January 11, 2010 - A new church http://www.connectingpointchurch.org has begun in the area and is currently meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.  They welcome Southborough residents to attend and pass along the following upcoming program.

What: Thought some people in Southborough might be interested in an upcoming marriage and relationships retreat called Staying In Love.

Why: For some people it's never been easier to fall in love and for many of us it's never been harder to stay in love. According to divorcepeers.com, about 50% of first marriages fail. 67% of second marriages fail. 74% of third marriages fail. Is it even possible for two people to be happy together forever? Absolutely!

Vitalize your marriage or relationship through all four weeks of Staying In Love. You get tools to energize your relationships. Participate in discussion groups.

Who: Join other couples and singles, married or divorced, adults and teenagers... who desire to stay in love... or those who will fall in love.

When: Sundays January 17 through February 7 from 10:00AM - 11:15AM.

Where: Best Western Hotel in Marlborough (Rt 20).

P.S. There will be good food and fun kids activities too.

SNOWSHOE CLINIC

 

Sponsored by SOLF and Eastern Mountain Sports.

 

When:  Saturday, January 23, 2010 from Noon - 2:00 PM

 

Where:  Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road

 

Limited to 15 participants.  EMS will provide the snowshoes.  This is for beginning snowshoers.  Must be 8 or older to participate.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  You must wear waterproof boots and winter pants - no cotton or jeans.  Bring water.

 

Respond by January 12th if interested.  First come, first serve.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to snowshoe as well as to see the lovely Chestnut Hill Farm Property that SOLF, SVT, and the Town of Southborough helped to preserve by purchasing a conservation restriction on 109 acres of rolling farmland.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Jan. 12
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. High School 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. High School 5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. High School 7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   7:00PM
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Marlborough High School Northstar Rink 8:10PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Jan. 12
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   7:00PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees

SNOWSHOE CLINIC 

Memorial Forest, Sudbury

Saturday January 23, 9:00am-Noon

When the snow is deep, there is no better way to get around outdoors than with snowshoes.  They make walking in deep snow a breeze!  Join SVT and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) of Marlborough and Acton for a snowshoe clinic. EMS will provide snowshoes and instruction. 

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

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

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Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The College Gymnastics Association announced that University of Michigan men's senior gymnast Mel Anton Santander (Southborough, Mass/Algonquin Regional) was named the NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week after a national poll of gymnastics coaches. Santander won the all-around and pommel horse at the Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Dec. 12, 2009.

Santander is the first Wolverine to earn the CGA national honor since junior Chris Cameron (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) received the award after winning the all-around title at the Pacific Coast Classic on Feb. 23, 2009.

U-M begins its season next Saturday (Jan. 16) at 7 p.m. CST at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago, Ill., where it will face Big Ten rivals Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Minnesota along with host Illinois-Chicago.

Rink Officially Opens

January 10, 2009 - Yesterday the Fay Field Skate rink was officially opened by the Friends of Southborough Recreation.  State Representatives Danielle Gregoire, Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge cut the ribbon.  Below Miss Sydney Cooke of North Andover skates.  She holds the titles of Little New England Regional Silver Medalist and National American Miss Massachusetts Princess.

For more Southborough News Photos click here and below photos.

Truck Fire

January 11, 2010 - A late morning fire destroyed a pick-up truck at Town Center Plaza, 162 Cordaville Road on Saturday, January 9th.  The owner of the truck reported smoke entering the cab while he was driving north on Route 85. He pulled into 162 Cordaville Road to investigate and observed the fire at the truck's firewall.  Several telephone calls were received from patrons at the busy plaza reporting the fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  No one was injured.

SHOPC Vacancy

The Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee (SHOPC) has a vacancy.  Are you looking for a way to get involved in our community?  Are you concerned with housing issues in our town?  SHOPC works to promote and facilitate a range of housing opportunities, including affordable housing, in Southborough.  For more information, contact Town Planner, Vera Kolias (vkolias@southboroughma.com).

January 11, 2010 - Above photo a SHOPC home that was purchased with the help of Community Preservation Act funding and being renovated by Assabet Valley Technical High School students.

 

 

2010

Veterans Mid-Winter Dinner

Commander John Wilson - American Legion Post 161

&

 Commander Steve Whynot - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3276 

Invite you to join us

Friday - February 19th - 2009

Doors Open at 6:00 PM

Dinner served at 6:30 PM

  Community House (Legion / VFW Headquarters )

*** $10.00 per person ***

Door Prizes and Raffles

Complimentary Wine

Dinner catered by our friends at the Fay School

Please respond by February 8th

(Seating is limited)

RSVP to:  Steve Whynot – 508-481-2359 or

sk1_Whynot@hotmail.com

Hope you’ll join us!!!!!

Southborough Republicans to Select Delegates

January 11, 2009, Southborough, MA:  The Southborough Republican Town Committee will be holding its State Convention Delegate Selection Caucus on Sunday January 24, 2010, at 7:00 PM, at the home of Jack and Louise Barron, 11 Sadie Hutt Lane, Southborough, MA.

At this caucus, the Town Committee members will elect up to 10 delegates, and up to 2 alternates, to attend the State Convention to be held on April 17, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Anyone residing in Southborough as of January 24, 2010, and registered in Massachusetts as a Republican as of December 1, 2009, is eligible for election as a delegate.  A person may be elected as a delegate even if he or she is not present at the caucus.  Also, elected delegates do not have to be members of the Town Committee.

Southborough meetings

January 11-  January 15, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Advisory Committee 1/11/10 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Emergency Planning and Management Committee 1/12/10 10 AM Emergency Operations center Fire Dept
Woodward School Council 1/13/10 3:30 PM Office Conference Room Woodward School
Trust Fund Advisory Committee 1/14/10 5:00 PM First Floor Conference Room Town House
Conservation Commission - Agenda 1/14/10 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Board of Assessors 1/14/10 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House

Senior Center Activities

11 Monday 12 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 14 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic
8:30am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
8:30  Health Clinic

 

9:00 Friday Hours
9:00 AM Center Opens
9:00 Dr. Cooper
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
  9:30 Mah Jongg 10 Canasta
9:30 Cribbage
12 Ping Pong
11:00 Book Club
12 PM Blue Plate Special
 
12 PM Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 12 Pitch 11:30 Movie/Bag Lunch
2:00 Fitness 1:00 Water Aerobics   1 PM Bridge 1 PM Water Aerobics

Click here for the new Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

Stop on in and get your "Senior Centers Bumper Sticker"

Computers:

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

“Senior Class”, a Barbershop Quartet.

Please Join us for our own talented Bill Harrington and his group, “Senior Class”, a Barbershop Quartet.

Senior Class is a vocal quartet performing for the most part in the barbershop style. Their varied repertoire also include folk and modern harmony as well as novelty numbers. They have a fun loving style which includes audience participation and sing-a-longs.

Stop by the front desk to sign up for the fun filled event hosted by four very talented men!

Wednesday, January 20th

Luncheon at 11:30am

Performance at 12:00pm

Suggested Donation is $5.00

Lunch: Steak and Cheese, Chicken and Cheese subs with Sautéed Mushrooms, Peppers and Onions, Homemade Red Bliss Potato Salad & Dessert

Southborough Library Schedule

Sunday 10 Monday 11 Tuesday 12 Wednesday 13 Thursday 14 Friday 15 Saturday 16
 

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

 

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

 

10:00 Book Review

10:30 Story Time

Ages 2-5

 

6:30 4th-6th Grade Book Group

11:00 Toddler Time

Ages 0-2 years

 

 

    
Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Jan. 11
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Shrewsbury High School New England 4:10PM
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Jan. 11
 Boys JV Basketball @ Leicester High School   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Leicester High School   7:00PM
Trottier Basketball

January 10, 2010 - Trottier Girls Basketball team goes up against Shrewsbury this past Friday night.