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January 31, - February 6, 2010

Students Raise Funds for Haiti

February 6, 2010 - The Southborough Schools have joined together to raise funds for a close colleague, Mr. Edouard Bien-Aime who is the Network Administrator for the Southborough School District.  His family, as well as other Haitians have been affected by the tragic earthquake in Haiti.  The proceeds that are collected will help distribute life-saving relief supplies – including food, clean water, blankets, and tents -- to children and families devastated by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.  Also, the third graders at the Woodward School made a book called “Hearts for Haiti” that will be given to Edouard to be brought to students in Haiti.  During an assembly at the Woodward School on Friday, February 5th, a check was presented to Edouard in the amount of $3500.00.


Neary Drama Club Presents

Saturday, February 6th 7:30pm


Sunday, February 7th 2:00pm


Trottier Middle School Auditorium


Tickets $5.00 at the door

Rte 495 Bridge work

February 5, 2010 - Work is being done on the route 495 bridge near the Wachusett Aqueduct near Johnson and Northboro Roads.

Participate in Focus on Feeders 2010
2009 Best Overall Photo - David Parish
2009 Best Overall Photo - David Parish

Participating is easy. Just count the highest number of each bird species seen together in your backyard and feeders at any one time during the weekend of February 6 & 7 and report your observations online (starting February 6) or fill out an official Focus on Feeders Report Form (PDF 76K) and mail it to Mass Audubon.

Ask your friends and neighbors to join the fun, as the value of the data collected increases with the number of participants. The names of all those who report their observations will be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including Mass Audubon baseball caps and more!

Get your camera ready! Focus on Feeders will once again include a photo contest, and we will award prizes in several categories for wildlife photographs submitted with bird observations. Winning photographs will also appear on our website. All wildlife photos are welcome and need not be limited to birds. Amateur photographers only, please. All photos submitted become the property of Mass Audubon.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Focus on Feeders 2009 (and to those of you who sent in wildlife photographs). View the 2009 results and winning photos.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Feb. 6
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ SECTIONAL DUAL MEET @ LEXINGTON HS   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics VS LEAGUES@ ARHS Algonquin 10:00AM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Cathedral High School Cyr Arena 1:00PM
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ MID-WACH DIVISION "A" LEAGUE MEET Fitchburg High 1:00PM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ MID-WACH DIVISION "A" LEAGUE MEET Fitchburg High 1:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Leominster High School Northstar Rink 4:10PM
 Girls Varsity Swimming @ JV MEET @ SWYMFIT IN BOXBORO   6:15PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Feb. 6
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Nipmuc Regional HS   4:10PM
ARHS Tennis Team Feted at the State House

February 5, 2010 - The legislators from Southborough and Northborough, Reps Carolyn Dykema, Danielle Gregoire, and Harold Naughton and Senators Harriette Chandler and James Eldridge, were pleased to celebrate the 2009 State Championships of the Algonquin Regional High School Tennis and Soccer Teams at the State House on Wednesday, February 3rd


February 3, 2010 - At the Montessori Children's House in Southborough, kindergarten students lead a year-long service project providing monthly decorations for the Meals on Wheels dinners for the Southborough Senior Center. At the beginning of each month, kindergarteners are given a lesson in a craft for that month. From that point on, they are solely responsible for the whole project from giving the lessons to the younger students to collecting, counting, recording, bagging and writing an introductory note to the Senior Center. Kindergarteners from both the morning and afternoon classes communicate through letters left in the classroom mailbox. All children participate in a circle of awareness to discuss needs and challenges facing their senior friends. The Montessori Children's House currently enrolls students from Southborough and nine other surrounding towns. Above Cameron hands over the decorations to Alice for the next Meals on Wheels dinners. (contributed Photo)

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center & Florist Shop 

Valentine's Day Less than two weeks away.

 Sunday, February 14th is...


   Happy Valentine's Day   
Don't wait, order now for Valentine's Day while you'll find the best selection of beautiful, romantic bouquets, roses, and our own custom arrangements and lots more for your someone special.  
Order today for best selection! 
Click below to see our Valentine offering.
Tel:  508-485-8979
Email:  Gulbankian@aol.com  

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

40 Mt. Vickery Rd. Southborough, MA 01772

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Northboro-Southboro
Plans Kickoff Celebration
Kickoff Scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th

(Northborough,  MA) – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Northborough-Southborough will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at Algonquin Regional High School on Tuesday, February 9th for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.   The rally will explain how volunteers can get involved and feature food, prizes, and raffles.  Kick-off celebration begins at 7:00p.m.– join the fun! 
    The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 
    The Relay For Life of Northborough-Southborough is currently seeking local residents from Northborough and Southborough and the surrounding communities to serve as committee members, team captains, and volunteers for the May 14th event.  Anyone interested in joining the planning committee, becoming a team captain, volunteering or just finding out more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend the kickoff.  For more information please contact Kathleen Kelly at your American Cancer Society at 413-244-1562 or Kathleen.Kelly@cancer.org or visit relayforlife.org/NorthboroughSouthboroughMa

“Relay For Life gives the Northborough-Southborough community a unique opportunity to contribute to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives, by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,” said Kathleen Kelly,Community Executive, Development for the American Cancer Society. “Residents who give their time, energy and financial commitment to this exciting event are really standing up for our community and its pledge to join the fight.”


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Southborough Public Library Genealogy Club Meeting February 24
         The February meeting of the Southborough Public Library Genealogy Club will be held Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Library, 25 Main Street in Southborough.
          Ms. Stephanie Gold, Librarian at Hillside School in Marlborough, also an archivist, will speak on how to preserve old photographs and other memorabilia.
This Southborough Library Genealogy Club is free and open to the public. It is for people of all ages and skill levels. March’s meeting will be on Thursday, March 25.  Call the Library to register at 508-485-5031.
             Gather up your family history notebook and join us at the Southborough Public
Library for the Southborough Public Library Genealogy Club – Wednesday, February 24 – and learn how to take care of those treasured family pictures.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Feb. 4
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ MID-WACH LEAGUES-DIVE Tantasqua 2:45PM
 Coed Varsity Ski @ SL RACE Ski Ward 4:00PM
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ MID-WACH LEAGUES-SWIM Tantasqua 4:30PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled

2010 Algonquin Youth Wrestling Clinics

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

 March 9 through April 15 (12 sessions)


Algonquin Regional High School Wrestling Room

Learn the Sport of Wrestling and Have Fun!

For 4th – 8th Graders

Run by Coach Peter Connery,

Algonquin Wrestling Varsity Head Coach

Program Features (No Previous Experience required):

Through high energy, fun-filled sessions your child will learn amateur wrestling techniques as well as develop balance, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and self-confidence.

Sessions will be run by the Algonquin High School Coaching Staff and Varsity Standouts.


Camp Application


Name____________________________________________    M___   F___   Grade_________


Address __________________________________________   Town______________________


Phone____________________________________________    Date of Birth  ______


Email (please print clearly) ______________________________________

T-shirt for each participant! Adult Size:    Sm     Med     Lg     XL

I, Parent/Guardian agree, by enrolling my son/daughter, that he/she is physically and mentally able to participate in all of the Camp’s activities.  In case of medical emergency and I cannot be reached, I hereby give permission to the physician selected by the staff to hospitalize and secure medical treatment for the child.  I understand that my medical insurance is expected to cover my child for injuries.  I agree not to hold the ARHS Wrestling Camp, its management and staff, and/or ARHS, its management and staff, responsible for any athletic, dental, or bodily injury that may occur to my son/daughter while attending Camp.  I realize and acknowledge that ARHS is not sponsoring this Wrestling Camp.


(Parent or Guardian Signature)                                     (Parent or Guardian Printed Name)

TUITION: $95 registration (Checks payable to ARHS Wrestling Boosters)

MAIL by March 1st to:         Katarina Wrin, Wrestling Boosters Rep.

                                                67 Pine Hill Rd

                                                Southborough, MA 01772

Any questions, contact Katarina Wrin at wrinkat6@aol.com or 508-879-0001

Please note any medical conditions which may affect your child’s participation:

Like Cows?

February 2, 2010 - Volunteers of the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund are always looking for more volunteers to assist with feeding, fundraising and just an appreciation of the "oreo Cookie" cows of Southborough.  Click here to find out more.

February 2, 2010 - Is Ground Hog day. The official Puxatonie Phil saw his shadow this morning which means six more weeks of winter according to the little mammal in the limelight.

Karen S. (Thorn) Bertonazzi, 61, of Oxford, formerly of Northborough, died Monday, February, 1, 2010 at the Christopher House in Worcester following an illness.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Kimberly A. Bertonazzi of Oxford; her son, Matthew M. Bertonazzi and his wife, Laura of Southborough; her granddaughter, Lillian Bertonazzi; and her niece, Tammy Flaherty of Clinton. Karen was predeceased by her daughter, Jillian M. Bertonazzi and brother, Russell Thorn. Born and raised in Northborough, she was the daughter of the late Carl R. and Barbara R. (Racine) Thorn. Before moving to Oxford, Karen lived in Northborough until 2002.

Karen was a 1966 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School. She graduated from Worcester Sate College in 1970 with a B.S. in Education. Karen worked as a Marketing Rep. for New England Telephone in Worcester for 25 years. Prior to that, she worked as a Special Needs Instructional Aide at Algonquin Regional HS for three years.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. (Rte. 20) Northborough. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery. A calling hour will be held prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Jillian Fund of Why Me, Inc., 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602 or National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034. For online condolences or directions please visit:


Visit Us Soon!
February brings a breathtaking photography show highlighting the beauty and grandeur of our national parks, as well as school vacation week fun! Visit us on a winter day and enjoy great exhibitions, lunch in the cafe, and a browse in the Heritage Shop.

To help you keep abreast of all we have happening, please take a moment to fan us on Facebook, or follow us if you are a Twitter user. Hope to see you soon!

All New!
Yosemite National Park, California, January 2002. © Quang-Tuan Luong
Yosemite National Park, California, January 2002. © Quang-Tuan Luong
Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus
February 20 through October 17, 2010

For the past 15 years, photographer Quang-Tuan Luong has traveled across the United States, treasure hunting. His treasure? Not gold or hidden oil reserves, but capturing in photographs the spectacular beauty of our national parks. Luong has single-handedly documented all 58 U.S. national parks, a feat no other photographer has accomplished. The result of his quest is “Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus.”

To get his pictures, Luong kayaked through iceberg-laden waters, canoed down wild rivers, scuba-dived tropical seas, climbed to the summit of Mt. McKinley, and frequently trekked the trailless terrain of the backcountry, all while lugging his 75-pound large-format camera, photo gear, and camping equipment. He once had to sacrifice his gear to escape a bear attack.

“Treasured Lands” offers the perspective of a world traveler who is deeply committed to preserving America’s beauty and natural resources. By capturing the distinguishing features of each national park, Luong developed a unique understanding of what makes a particular place unique. His commitment to highlight these national treasures also serves as a silent, but urgent, call to conservation.

Open on St. Valentine's Day, ca. 1910. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Gift of Vivienne Kalman in Memory of Albert L. Kalman.
Open on St. Valentine's Day, ca. 1910. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Gift of Vivienne Kalman in Memory of Albert L. Kalman.
Antique Valentines
February 6 through 28, 2010

While romantic Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages when lovers said or sang their valentine verses, today we are most familiar with the pretty paper variety. Each February, the Museum presents an assortment of antique Valentines from its collection in the Van Gorden-Williams Library. The antique greeting cards on view celebrate romance with images of courting couples, cupids, and children sprouting from flowers. The types of valentines, all dating from 1910-1920, include honeycomb, pull-down, mechanical, postcard, and handmade.
This antique valentine collection originally belonged to Albert Kalman, and was generously donated by his wife Vivienne in 2006.
Colonial Brass and School Vacation Fun!
The Colonial Brass
The Colonial Brass
In Concert: The Colonial Brass
Sunday, February 7 at 2 pm

The United States Air Force Band of Liberty's Colonial Brass Quintet will be in concert at the National Heritage Museum on Sunday, February 7, at 2 pm. The program will present music from the glory of the Renaissance, to the elegance of the classics, to the toe-tapping tunes from Broadway. Inspiring patriotic favorites will ring loud and clear. The concert is free and open to the public. The Colonial Brass features talented musicians with extensive experience in civilian and military bands and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.
A Weekend of Railroading Fun!
N-Track Model Trains Display

Saturday, February 13, 10 am–4:30 pm
Sunday, February 14, noon–4 pm

February School Vacation Week begins with a weekend filled with model railroading fun! The Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club will be at the Museum with beautifully detailed train displays. Long trains running on main and branch lines pick up and set out cars at the many industries and stations along the way. Admission is $5/family (members); $7/family (non-members).

Game Day!
Tuesday, February 16, 10 am–2 pm

Drop in to play classic board games. Challenge family and friends, and see locally made toys and gamesin our galleries. Free.

Father Time Shelf Clock, ca. 1890. E.N. Welch Manufacturing Company (1864-1903), Bristol, CT. Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael. Photo by David Bohl.
Father Time Shelf Clock, ca. 1890. E.N. Welch Manufacturing Company (1864–1903), Bristol, CT. Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael. Photo by David Bohl.
Family Gallery Activity
The Sun, the Moon, and Father Time: Learn More about Clocks
Thursday, February 18
2 pm–4 pm
Clocks have personality! What do the faces and figures on our historic clocks tell us about the people who used them and the times they lived in? Join museum staff for exciting gallery activities that explore “For All Time: Clocks and Watches from the National Heritage Museum,” followed by craft projects. For children ages 6 and up with accompanying adult. $5/family (non-members) and $3/family (members). Pre-registration is not required.
Jim Henson's Fantastic World Opens April 3, 2010
Jim Henson's Fantastic World
April 3 through June 27, 2010

A reminder: "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" is opening in April! The show will feature 100 original works of art created by Henson illustrating his talent as a storyteller and a visionary.

Fan Us on Face Book!

Our Facebook fan base is growing! It's another easy way to stay current with Museum events and news. Please take a moment to fan us by clicking here, and help us spread the word about all our great exhibitions and programs!

Follow Us on Twitter!

If you enjoy Twitter, please follow the Museum! Yet another easy way we can keep you up to date.

National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421

To see all we have on view, visit our web site at

Free admission and parking
Closed Mondays, except for Monday holidays
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-4:30 pm
Sunday, noon-4:30 pm
Heritage Shop and Courtyard Café on site

The Museum was founded by and is supported by the Scottish Rite Masons.

Be sure to check out our blogs! The National Heritage Museum Blog is a great resource for information on American history, Freemasonry, Fraternalism, and Museum news. Our Learning Blog facilitates the use of primary sources to reconstruct the past.


Despite snow showers across the state, a survey of wintering bald eagles was conducted throughout the Commonwealth by ground crews on January 8, 2010, and by a helicopter survey of the Quabbin and Connecticut River Valley on January 13, 2010. The eagle survey period ended on January 14, 2010. The preliminary results of these efforts yielded sightings of 71 birds. Last year, a record 81 birds were spotted. Wildlife officials from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), volunteers, and interested citizens peered through the falling snow to observe birds from the ground and from the air during the event, which is part of an annual national survey. State data are pooled with national data and used by wildlife officials to track the progress of the recovery of the bald eagle.

At the Quabbin Reservoir, 21 adult and 16 juvenile eagles were spotted by the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission helicopter crew, followed by their count of 6 adults and 2 juvenile eagles and 1 eagle of unknown age were seen along the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River.  Four eagles (3 adults, 1 juvenile) were spotted at the Wachusett Reservoir by a hardy boat crew of MassWildlife and Department of Conservation and Recreation staff. Other MassWildlife staff and volunteers observed 6 adults and 3 juvenile eagles at the Merrimack River, and 2 adults were seen in the Lakeville area. In Plymouth, 3 adult eagles and 1 juvenile were seen. Other eagle sightings were reported in Fall River, Carver, Arlington, Sandisfield, Pittsfield and the Housatonic River. 

 “We thank the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, which flew agency biologists by helicopter to survey the Quabbin and Connecticut River.” French also noted that citizen interest in the eagle survey has been very valuable. “With higher numbers of eagles dispersing throughout their range, we can’t possibly cover the entire state. Citizen spotters play an increasingly important role in our survey efforts.  This year, we received 87 emailed reports from people who spotted eagles during the 2-week survey period. Last year we received 59 separate reports.”

The annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is a nationwide event coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each year, the number of states participating ranges from 25 to 41 states, according to the USGS. The nationwide total of bald eagles counted during this annual event ranges from 13,000 to 16,000 birds. A fact sheet about bald eagles is found on MassWildlife’s website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/species_info/nhfacts/haliaeetus_leucocephalus.pdf.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Feb. 3
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Hudson High School New England 6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS Quabbin Regional H.S. High School 6:30PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Shawsheen Valley Tech Hallenberg 8:10PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Feb. 3
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Keefe Technical High Scho Click for directions   4:00PM

Coming up at REI Framingham:

Introduction to Map and Compass

2/6/2010 9:00 AM

With your compass we'll teach you about magnetic north, true north and declination. Then we'll put it all together to pinpoint your location and plan your route.

Location:Rocky Woods Reservation

Contact:REI Framingham 508-27-=6325

Cost:$45 member; $65 non member

Registration Required? Yes. REI Framingham Customer Service



Healthy Living Workshop

2/8/2010 7:00 PM

Join Josh Rosenfeld from Fitness Together as he covers the subject of Exercise Adherence. Josh will review misconceptions regarding how to exercise for effective weight loss as well as strategies to make sure that precious time isn?t wasted!
Call Framingham Customer Service at 508-270-6325 to reserve your spot for this free presentation.

Location:REI Framingham

Contact:Framingham Customer Service at 508-270-6325

Cost: Free

Registration Required? Yes. Framingham Customer Service at 508-270-6325


Rock Climbing Basics - Women Only

2/11/2010 6:30 PM

You'll learn about basic gear and how to put on a climbing harness, then practice climbing technique on an indoor climbing wall. Class size is kept to a minimum to allow for individualized instruction. All climbing gear provided.

Location:REI Framingham

Contact:REI Framingham 508-270-6325

Cost:$35 member; $55 non-member

Registration Required? Yes. REI Framingham Customer Service


Talent Show Casting

February 1, 2010 - The Rotary Club held auditions tonight for their upcoming Talent Show to be held March 5.

Don't Miss. . .

The 2010 Southborough Rotary Club

Talent Show

Friday, March 5, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Don't miss it !!!

To order tickets, email:

Subject line: "Talent Show Tickets", number of tickets
and any preferences

Tickets may be purchased and picked up at school on

Monday evening, March 1st at 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, March 3rd, 4th, 5th at 7:30-9:00 am

No email requests for tickets will be accepted on March 5th, 2010

Tickets are $11.00 on-line or $15.00 at the door

Proceeds of the Talent Show will be used to update and expand the collection of
the Trottier Middle School Library Media Center

A portion of the proceeds will also support the Southborough Food Pantry

Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to pick up or purchase tickets on the day of performance

     Don't miss your chance to see a great show and to

support our community!

Fire Log

Monday 1/25/10


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    E23  LT DANO         FF NEAL


    A28  FF GOODSPEED    FF ROACH  Click here for more fire log

Join us for Family Art Days!
February 7th,  1pm-3pm (Super Bowl Sunday, yes, but think Valentines!)
March 7th,  2pm-4pm

Take the afternoon and bring your children (grand children, neighbors kids or a friend) and stop by for a few hours of fun.

Suggested donation is $10 a family. No registration required.

Stop in any time in the 2 hr window to get creative, all ages are welcome. Supplies will be ready to go and an instructor to answer any questions.

Arts Center of Southborough

Join BIG RYAN at the Library on


AT 2:00 PM FOR


Storytelling for a winter’s day

All children welcome ~No registration necessary

Sponsored by the Together We Can Community Partnership for Children


Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Feb. 2
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Fitchburg H.S.   7:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Fitchburg H.S.   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Feb. 2
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Montachustt Regvochs   3:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Montachustt Regvochs   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Montachustt Regvochs   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions   7:00PM
Sport: Hockey, League: >Squirts
    Date: 1-31-2010 at 4:10p
    Team: Triboro-Squirt 3   vs   SMS Sq3
Location: North Star - Westborough, MA
   Score: 6 to 9

Very exciting game today, against a solid opponent. Our kids are learning new positions and becoming better all around hockey players. Good job skating with this team, keeping it close, defending our net, and never quitting. Keep up that hard work, especially those stops and starts when the puck transitions.


The Division of Marine Fisheries is alerting saltwater anglers to new saltwater fishing registration requirements that are occurring in 2010 and 2011. A new federal law that took effect January 1, 2010 requires most Massachusetts recreational saltwater fishermen 16 years old and older to register with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) either online via www.countmyfish.noaa.gov  or by calling (888) MRIP-411 [(888) 674-7411]. There is no fee for federal registration in 2010. People fishing on saltwater charter or head-boats will not be required to register. Private boat or family registrations are not available. This year, non-residents planning saltwater fishing trips in Massachusetts must possess a saltwater fishing permit from any state or from the federal saltwater registration system.

Beginning in 2011, saltwater anglers need to be aware that a new state law will require purchase of a state recreational fishing permit for saltwater fishing.  The fee for this permit is estimated to be $10 and will be the same cost for all anglers, including non-residents. As in 2010, anyone 16 or older will be required to purchase a saltwater fishing permit.  Saltwater fishermen 60 or older will be required obtain a permit, but the permit will be free. Saltwater anglers in the state will not register with the federal registration system in 2011.

The new permit system will allow federal and state marine fisheries to collect better data on saltwater recreational fishing. The current data collection system is inefficient and imprecise. Managers need quality data to make the best decisions possible on bag limits, seasons and sizes.  Governor Patrick signed the state’s Permit Act into law on November 23, 2009, after it passed unanimously through the Legislature. Support for the Act was driven by a large group of recreational saltwater stakeholders seeking a state permitting program that would exempt anglers from a higher cost federal permit in 2011 and ensure permit revenues went to local user benefits. Stakeholders insisted that the new state law establish a dedicated saltwater recreational fishing fund and that one third of annual appropriated permit funds be devoted to public access projects. For more details and an FAQ page about the new federal saltwater registration for 2010 and state saltwater fishing permit purchase in 2011, go to the Division of Marine Fisheries website at www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/recreationalfishing/rec_license.htm

Welcome to the Art Center of Southborough

January 31, 2010 - Currently on display is a very colorful exhibit by Marjorie Kaye called Organic Crystallization.  A beautiful exhibit that lights up the interior of the Southborough Art Center with splashes of color.  Also exhibiting is George Shaw with his exhibit of stunningly beautiful landscape and architecture framed photographs.  The exhibits are open Monday through Friday (self-guided) from 9:00  am to 4:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays with a docent from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Southborough meetings

February 2-  February 5, 2009





Advisory Committee - 2/1/10 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Historical Commission 2/1/10 7:00 PM Firefighters Memorial Hall
Board of Selectmen - Executive Session - returning to Open Session at conclusion of Executive Session 2/2/10 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Assabet Valley Regional District School Committee 2/2/10 7:00 PM Assabet valley Regional High School Committee Conference Room
Northborough/Southborough Health & Wellness Advisory Council 2/2/10 2:00 PM Library, Algonquin Regional High School
Southborough School Committee Informational FY 2011 K-8 Budget Forum 2/2/10 9:30 AM Cafeteria Woodward School
Southborough School Committee Informational FY 2011 K-8 Budget Forum 2/2/10 7:00 PM Cafeteria Woodward School
Youth Commission 2/2/10 7:15 conference room Fayville Village Hall
Board of Assessors 2/3/10 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House
Council on Aging 2/3/10 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) 2/3/10 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
ZAC-Public Discussions on Zoning Revision Process: Open Space and Villages 2/3/10 7:30 PM Cordaville Hall
Conservation Commission 2/4/10 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Recreation Commission 2/4/10 7:30 PM Recreation Office Highland Street

Senior Center Activities

1 Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday
8:30 Health Clinic
7:45 am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
8:30  Health Clinic


9:00 Friday Hours
9:00 AM Center Opens
9:30 Cribbage
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
12 Blue Plate Special 11:00 Senior Singers 9:30 Mah Jongg 10 Canasta
2:00 Fitness
12 Ping Pong
  12 PM Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 12 Pitch 12 Valentine's
  1:00 Water Aerobics   1 PM Bridge 1 PM Water Aerobics

Click here for the new Senior Center Website

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Southborough Library Schedule

Sunday 31 Monday 1 Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 6


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





            January 31, 2010 Letter to the editor:

            If you’re not a dog lover I give you permission to stop reading now. You won’t hurt my feelings and you probably will not appreciate this story. This tale is for the rest of us.

            “Connie died”, my niece told me tonight.

            It took a moment for it to register.  Connie is the person to whom I owe a good part of my happiness for the past two years.  She never knew that but it’s true.  It’s because of Connie that Jasper came into my life and Jasper has brought me untold joy. 

            “Aunty Liz, I’ve got the perfect dog for you”. 

            It was my niece, Meredith, a Southboro police officer who started her law enforcement career as a cop for the MSPCA.  She has always loved animals and has made much of her life’s work to protect, save and rescue animals in trouble.  She has always had an uncanny knack for matching strays and abandonees to the right people. She gave me Rita Mae, my first cat and Baby, our second cat.  But when she called with this latest news I was just not ready.

            We had lost our beloved Shih Tzu six months earlier after a wonderful sixteen years.  We had loved Emily so very much but we also appreciated what an easy dog she was. She needed few walks and was pretty low-maintenance.  Since her death we had gotten used to the freedom that not owning an animal brought.  We had gone away for several weekends and even spent a week in Italy to visit our daughter without having to worry about doggy day care.  It had been liberating and I had gotten used to our dog-free existence.  I missed the companionship but I could live. Most important, my husband, never a dog lover, at best a dog tolerator, had sworn that there would never ever ever be another dog in our house.  A city boy he always declared dogs “a nuisance” and “too much work”. I had pretty much reconciled myself to not owning another dog for a good long while.

            Over the past year Meredith had responded to several “wellness-checks” at Connie’s tiny bungalow where she lived alone.  Each time she went, Jasper had been the only one with Connie, lying at her feet or, this time, standing nearby where she had fallen.  

“Please Aunty Liz. Just come see him. His owner had to go into a nursing home. I promised her I wouldn’t send him to a shelter. He’s so good.”

            So the next day my daughter Britt and I drove out to see him. He was on a long tether spiked into the ground.  My first thought was that he was not cute. He was not handsome. He was certainly no Emily.  But his tail wagged and wagged. He was beyond excited to see us; he craved us. 

            My heart did not melt at that moment, not completely.  I told Meredith I had to think about it.  But that night I tossed and turned.  The image of this homely mutt with the waggly tail, shut up for 23 out of 24 hours a day all alone when he so obviously loved people, was just too much for me to bear.  So the next day I begged my husband to let us foster him.

            “Two weeks, Liz. That’s it. Two weeks”.

            I picked Jasper up the next day.  My niece met me at his house.  He’d been sleeping in Connie’s bed waiting.. waiting.. waiting.

            “Connie rescued him Aunty Liz, from a dumpster when he was a puppy. She heard him crying and she crawled up and got him out. That was about five years ago, I think.” 

            And so began Jasper’s second rescue.  I picked him up that afternoon and brought him from Southboro to Winchester.  He never was frightened, never was sad.  He was just so happy to be with people again.  It was almost immediately obvious that this was a dog that was used to living with an 80 year old woman.  He loved his morning and afternoon walks but other than these he was content to sleep pretty much the whole day. He didn’t beg for food, jump on guests or demand that you throw the ball or let him run.  After a week my husband asked me when he was going back but he knew the answer already. 

            “I’m not sending him back, Jack, ever.”

            He didn’t argue or fight.  In his own stand-offish way even Jack has come to love this dog.  He will never walk him.  That’s my job.  But I think during the day when my retired husband and Jasper are home all day there might be a few pats and scratches exchanged.  When Jack goes to Building 19 he almost always brings a treat or a chewy home for Jasper.  I think they’re secret buddies and neither one gives up the ruse. 

            My daughter is living in New York City and my son is moving out soon for the second time.  The nest will be empty again. Of children. But I’ve got my husband and I’ve got my Jazzy. Thank you, Connie for rescuing Jasper the first time. I’m grateful that I was here for the second.  Jasper has found his shelter and his shelter is here. We can all rest in peace. 

Aunt Liz

Aunt of Southborough Detective Meredith K. Lobur   

Don't forget the Pets when Donating to the Food Pantry

As the times get tougher, more and more families are going to the local food pantry located at Pilgrim Church. Barbara Jandrue who manages the food pantry in Southborough says they are always in need of canned food, cereals, crackers, backpack snacks, paper products, cleaning supplies and will accept financial donations. But now there is a new need. Many of you have probably read about how the mortgage crisis and economy are making more and more families drop off their beloved pets to animal shelters because they can’t afford to feed them. Southborough Police Officer Meredith Lobur has offered to help the Southborough Food Pantry by asking for donations to help families feed their pets. Donations can be dropped off at the Southborough Police Station or you can call Officer Lobur at the Southborough Police business line 508- 485 - 2147 and she will make arrangements to pick up the donations. Donated items can be unopened bags of dry pet food, canned pet food and unopened treats or you may want to consider a cash donation for the purchase of pet food supplies. At the present time there is no storage area at the Pilgrim Church closet that acts as the food pantry, Officer Lobur has offered to pickup, store and deliver the pet food for the food pantry. If you can help it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

 Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ Hudson High School High School 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Nipmuc Regional HS Click for directions   3:30PM

January 31, 2010 - Photos from the Boys Basketball game VS Shrewsbury Friday night.

Congratulations to ARHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team

January 31, 2010 - Friday night the varsity girls soccer team received their championship awards.

 Coach Kim Miller receiving an award recognizing the top 25 high school teams in the country, Algonquin was ranked #18!

Get in Shape with Every Body Balance.  They offer Pilates, Boot Camp, stretches, yoga and more.  Call Today or click the photo.


Winter Schedule of Classes


8:35 am Pilates & Stretch Gina
9:45 am Core Conditioning Gina
6:00 pm Pilates with Core Props Jamie/Judy
7:15 pm Candle Light Yoga for Every Body Judy/Joonu



8:35 am Core Balance Yoga and Pilates Combo* Kelly
11:00 am Gentle, Yoga Conditioning on Stability Ball Judy
5:30 pm Strength & Flexibility Yoga for Every Body Kelly/Joonu
6:45 pm Pilates with Core Props Kelly



9:30 am Pilates with Core Props Kelly
5:45 pm Core Balance Yoga & Pilates Combo* Kelly/Gina
7:15 pm Body Mechanics/Pilates Basics Kelly



8:35 am Mat Pilates (w/ some Core Props) Kelly
9:45 am Strength & Flexibility Yoga for Every Body Judy
11:00 am Gentle, Yoga Conditioning on Stability Ball Kelly
6:00 pm Find your Core on the Ball Kathy
7:15 pm Mat Pilates Kathy



6:30 am Core Conditioning Kathy
9:30 am Pilates with Core Props Jamie



8:30 am Pilates with Core Props Kelly
8:30 am Boot Camp*** Leah
9:45 am Athletic Yoga for Every Body Joonu



9:15 am Strength & Flexibility Yoga for Every Body Kelly
10:30 am Mat Pilates Kathy
11:45 am Boot Camp*** Kathy

All classes are 1 hour.
An asterix (*) denotes a 75 minute class
An asterix (**) denotes a session based class for additional fee
An asterix (***) is both session based and 75 minutes