OPPOSITION TO ZONING CHANGES ALLOWING MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING IN FAYVILLE.
WILL ALSO AFFECT OTHER VILLAGES IN SOUTHBOROUGH)
This is an open
letter expressing opposition to the changes in zoning. I am in the
process of buying a house in Fayville. Last week I received a copy of
the proposed zoning changes from my realtor, who was very surprised by
these changes and was obligated to notify me. After reading these
materials, I became very concerned about my investment. I do not want my
mortgage to become “underwater”.
One of the e
mails forwarded to me came from residents living in the "Town Center"
area, who are also opposed to the zoning changes. While I
support their position, my concerns are different. While they
appear to be concerned more about the impact of a big expansion of the
business district downtown, I am more concerned about the affect
of multifamily housing on property values in Fayville. In case
some of you do not have this other letter of opposition from Town Center
residents, I am attaching it below, because some of our
I have asked my
Fayville neighbors their opinion, but found they were totally unaware of the
zoning changes! In fact, they expressed surprise and concern. Therefore, I
have decided to write this open letter, which seeks to make other residents
aware of what is going on in Fayville, and to request their support in
asking the Planning Board to withdraw the rezoning proposals.
objection is the zoning changes will reduce neighborhood property values.
My house is in
Fayville, in a Residence B zone, which is now restricted to single family
uses. The change to zoning will affect a very large area not far from my
house. This area will be included in a new “Overlay District”, where new
uses will be allowed. These new uses will include multifamily rental
apartments, intended for lower incomes, built on smaller lots at higher
density. For example: apartment buildings 3 stories high, at a density of 8
units per acre.
Another concern is
the zoning change is not limited to new construction on vacant land, but
also allows demolitions or conversions of existing single family houses into
multiple rentals. It seems obvious that this will reduce the value of all
houses within the Overlay District, as well as houses nearby. Thankfully my
house is outside the Overlay District, but I still think my investment will
be affected. The property values in the entire neighborhood will decline as
it gradually changes from a single family area into a multifamily area.
The wording of the
rezoning (below) states that the purpose is to implement the Master
Plan. However, my realtor tells me that Town Meeting never voted to adopt
this Plan, and few residents have seen it. Therefore, I have taken the
trouble to read this Plan, in an attempt to understand what is driving these
What stands out from
reading the Master Plan is that the proposed changes to zoning do not follow
what the Plan recommends. This same issue is mentioned in the opposition
letter from the residents living in the Town Center Village. I found these
residents are correct. One way to make this more clear is to quote directly
from the Plan, with page numbers.
The Plan suggests
that multifamily housing be considered inside the Village Business zones,
but not in the surrounding Village residential areas located outside the
business zone. In contrast, the rezoning allows multifamily rentals in the
residential areas OUTSIDE the Business zone. This contradicts the Plan
recommendations. For proof of this, read the direct quotations below,
specifically pages 214, 215.
Also, nowhere in the
Master Plan could I find any mention of an “Overlay” zone covering all the
Also, the Plan
recommends that any multifamily housing be kept “small” and be limited to 2
stories, so that it “preserves” the existing Village character. This makes
sense, as I cannot find any 3 storey buildings in Fayville. The Village
Hall is 2 stories, as is most of the existing housing “downtown” (such as
the senior housing complex on Boston Rd ). However, the proposed rezoning
will allow large buildings, with 6 rental units per building, and 3 stories
high. This is another violation of the Plan recommendations. Proof? Read the
quote below on page 33.
quotations from the Master Plan can be contrasted against the new zoning
MASTER PLAN - CONCERNING “VILLAGES”.
Page 3. “The Vision
of this Master Plan is to preserve Southborough’s classic rural New England
character and charm …safeguarding its unique identity.”
Page 4. “Establish
stewardship and preservation of the unique identity of Southborough’s
neighborhoods and villages…”
Page 33. “Allow SMALL
multi-family dwellings in the BUSINESS village District…”
Page 141. “Encourage
architectural quality and the preservation of community character.”
Consider “National Register Neighborhood Historic Districts” in the
Page 201. “One issue
that arose consistently was that of historic preservation in the villages.”
“Objectives for Fayville.
- Preserve older
buildings and historic village feel.
- Create a village
feel with buildings reflecting the local vernacular …by design guidelines”.
Page 214-215. Goals and Recommendations for all Villages.
“To provide more foot
traffic and encourage appropriate scale and design in the Business Village
District: - Allow small multi-family dwellings in the
Business Village District”.
The purposes of the Village Overlay District (VOD) are to:
- Implement the goals
and policies of the Southborough Master Plan with respect to ...affordable
The Village Overlay District consists of four sub-districts as shown on the
Zoning Map of the Town of Southborough. In the VOD, all requirements of the
underlying district shall remain in effect except where these regulations
provide an alternative to such requirements, in which case these regulations
shall supersede… .
C. The following
uses are permitted in all sub-districts of the VOD.
- Accessory uses:
Accessory apartment, Home occupations…
D. The Planning
Board may grant a special permit for the following uses:
- Townhouses or
rowhouses, not exceeding five units per building.
dwellings, not exceeding six units per building.
E. Dimensional and
The dimensional regulations of the underlying district shall apply in the
VOD except …(that) the Planning Board may grant a special permit to
reduce the minimum dimensions in the Village Overlay District in
accordance with the following table.
Town Center Fayville
Minimum lot area (sq.
requirements shall apply to single-family and two-family
I HOPE THIS
LETTER MAKES FAYVILLE RESIDENTS MORE AWARE OF WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED, AND
HOW IT COULD AFFECT THEIR PROPERTY VALUES. PLEASE COME TO
THE PUBLIC REVIEW MEETING, SCHEDULED FOR NEXT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3RD, AT 7.30 PM, AT CORDAVILLE HALL
(senior center) ON RT 85.
The full text and
maps are on the official town web site
Look under “Latest news”, then under “2008 Comprehensive zoning bylaw
update”. For Master Plan, click on “2008 Master Plan”. For new zoning
changes, click on “Town bylaw and planning regulations”, then click on
“Villages”. The map for Fayville is also under "Villages". The only
material not available from the town web site is the letter of opposition
from residents of "Town Center Village", which I am attaching below.
note - since the original zoning letter sent to the planning board from the
residents of the town center was not sent directly to the Southborough News
I will check to see if it will be alright to post it here.
February 27, 2010 - Southborough just escaped serious
flooding this time around. Here houses on Wood Street show how far up
the bank from the Sudbury River as it flows past the Bridge Street bridge.
A small fire
on a stove-top caused the evacuation of the Town Center Plaza on
Cordaville Road late morning on February 26th. Smoke from the fire
activated a smoke detector, sounding the fire alarm throughout the
The fire was
quickly extinguished. Firefighters used a ventilation fan to remove the
smoke from the business. The occupants of the complex were allowed to
reenter their businesses within 15 minutes.
Please join us for our annual, FREE family
history conference. Learn new research and organizational techniques,
network with others and get to know your ancestors!!
The annual New England Family
History Conference will be held on
Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Franklin MA LDS Chapel at 91
Sponsored by the Hingham Stake of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
PRE-REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT
MIDNIGHT OF March 12, 2010 - Walk-ins are welcome; no-one has
ever been turned away.
will be available while you network with the speakers and fellow Family
Historians from 3:00pm-4:00pm immediately following the conference.
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The Town House American flag is scheduled to be replaced with
a new flag. A reader tipped off the Southborough News to the old flag
flying with several tattered ends.
February 27, 2010 - A valiant effort but in the end ARHS girls lost to
Sports and Outdoor Activities
Algonquin Regional High School
No Events Scheduled
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Sunday
Southborough received a total of 4.72” of liquid at the
fire station since the storm started a few days ago.
The following is a synopsis of the emergency responses
related to the storm last night:
8:06 PM Power line arcing, Deerfoot Road
8:43 PM Power line arcing, School Street
9:50 PM Unintentional fire alarm, Marlborough Road
10:44 PM Flooded basement, Southville Road
11:10 PM Flooded basement, East Main Street
12:01 AM Emergency Medical Call, General Henry Knox Road
2:54 AM Power line arcing, Boston Road
5:39 AM Fire Alarm, Turnpike Road
Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours
Representative Carolyn C. Dykema will hold office hours in all towns of
the 8th Middlesex District in March. Any resident who
would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend
office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her
email@example.com to set up a personal appointment.
Friday, March 26th, 10:30-11:30 am
76 Railroad Street
Holliston, MA 01746
Friday, March 26th, 9:00-10:00 am
43 Main Street Hopkinton,
Friday, March 19h, 8:00-9:00 am
116 Main Street
Medway, MA 02053
Friday, March 5th, 11:30-12:30 am
Mauro’s Village Cafe
2 Main Street
Southborough, MA 01772
Friday, March 5th, 10:00-11:00 am
149 Turnpike Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Recruit Firefighters Graduate State Firefighting Academy
State Fire Marshal Stephen D.
Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Edmund M. Walker are
pleased to announce the graduation of the 186th class of the
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s sixty-day Recruit Firefighting Program
on February 26, 2010. “This rigorous professional training provides our
newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively
and safely,” Coan said. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division
of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program, tuition-free. The
ceremony took place at the Assabet Valley
Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, MA.
40 Graduates from 21 Fire Departments
graduates, 39 men and one woman, represent the 21 departments of: Acton,
Agawam, Amherst, Auburn, Cambridge, Charlton, Cotuit, Gloucester,
Longmeadow, Marshfield, Medfield, Melrose, Norwood, Plainville, Somerville,
Southborough, Taunton, Turners Falls, Wayland, West Springfield, and
Fire Capt John Gariepy Addressed Recruits
Capt John Garriepy addressed the recruits. On Sunday, December 27, 2009, the
Northampton Fire Department responded to a series of nine incendiary fires,
including one that killed two people. The response required the mobilization
of significant mutual aid and several specialized response teams in the
region. The citizens were understandably in a state of high anxiety until
investigators finally arrested the arsonist. There was significant media
attention to the incident as well.
Today's Firefighters Do Far More than Fight Fires
Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones
called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from the
suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to
rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a
bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are
trapped in vehicle accidents. They test and maintain their equipment,
ranging from self-contained breathing apparatus to hydrants to hoses, power
tools, and apparatus.
the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and more
from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters.
Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to
contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire
education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress
management, water rescue procedures, confined space rescue techniques, and
rappelling. The intensive, 12-week program for municipal firefighters;
involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter
skills training and live fire practice.
Basic Firefighter Skills
Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They
practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire
conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life
safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation,
and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to
multiple-floor or multiple room structural fires. Upon successful completion
of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National
Fire Protection Association 1001 and are eligible to be certified to the
level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder
Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council.
Southborough Recreation Announces
THE NEW BROCHURES ARE HERE. SEE BELOW!!
To view activities, create an account or register for a
program click the link below:
(note: there is an additional fee for online registration charged by the
software company; option to mail or walk in free of charge, is always
On this course You'll learn to read map contour lines and
translate them to the actual terrain. 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.
Our REI instructors will take you out and show you the
basics of starting, stopping, turning and gliding across the
snow on cross-country skis. After our skill-building
session, we'll go out on the trail to practice our new found
skills and discover a great way to get outside in the
Learn the basics of climbing in a relaxed, friendly
atmosphere. This class will include an overview of the sport
as well as individualized instruction in belaying, climbing
equipment and climbing technique. All gear is provided.
Pipe break causes natural gas
leak in warehouse building.
February 23, 2010
Workers in a warehouse building accidentally
broke a natural gas pipe feeding a heater at 1:50 PM on February 23rd.
Explosive Natural gas was entering the warehouse space creating a hazardous
Workers quickly located the gas meter and shut
off the free-flowing gas prior to the arrival of firefighters. Arriving
firefighters checked the building for explosive vapors and ensured the gas
was vented from the building.
No injuries were reported.
Fire Department resources cleared the scene at
The frozen pipe and heater.
Smoke prompts evacuation of
Route 9 office Building
February 22, 2010
Firefighters responded to Forrestside Office
Park shortly before 3:00 PM and found a smoke condition on the second floor
of the three story building. As a precaution, each engine tied into the fire
hydrants, and Engine 23 additionally tied into the fire sprinkler system.
After investigation, it was determined that the
smoke was caused by a newly-installed HVAC unit on the roof top. The smoke
was cleared and the building was checked for further problems.
All equipment was clear of the incident by 3:38
FF/EMT-P Christopher Shanahan (on
truck) and FF/EMT Thomas Hogan repack the hose onto Engine 22.
LIVE ISL basketball on the web this
St. Mark’s School faces The
Groton School in boys and girls varsity basketball streamed LIVE this
February 27, 2010
beginning at .
Watch the traditional rivals go head to head on the hard court here:
VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT TO DELIVER “LETTERS
TO GOD” TO THE BIG SCREEN
Pilgrim Church on Saturday, March 6 at 4 and 7 p.m.
FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS producer
David Nixon directs inspirational movie set for release on April 9, 2010.
Universal City, CA, January 14, 2010.
Vivendi Entertainment (VE) has announced it will release its faith based
family film LETTERS TO GOD, nationwide on April 9, 2010.
Directed by David Nixon, best known as
one of the producers of FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS and co-directed by
Patrick Doughtie, LETTERS TO GOD stars Robyn Lively (THE KARATE KID PART
III, WILDCATS), Jeffrey S.S. Johnson (HELTER SKELTER, A COAT OF SNOW),
Tanner Maguire (SAVING SARAH CAIN, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), Maree Cheatham
(MR. & MRS. SMITH, BEETLEJUICE), Michael Christopher Bolten (HOW I MET YOUR
MOTHER, THE WOODS HAVE EYES), Bailee Madison (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA,
BROTHERS, the upcoming DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK) and Ralph Waite (THE
WALTONS, COOL HAND LUKE). Jeffrey Johnson – one
of the key players in the movie grew up in Southborough. His mom still
lives here in town
The film is the first from Possibility
Pictures which is led by Nixon, along with producer Kim Dawson (BOBBY JONES:
STROKE OF GENIUS, TEEANGE MUTANT NINJA TURLES I,II,III), executive producer
Tom Swanson (COME AWAY HOME), and writer Sandra Thrift. Based on a
story written by Doughtie inspired by his son’s battle with cancer, the
screenplay is written by Doughtie, Art D’Alessandro, Thrift and Cullen
A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and
redemption, LETTERS TO GOD is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk
of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting
transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them.
Tyler Doherty (TANNER MAGUIRE) is an
extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and
community, and armed with
courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery
and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen
pal—Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on
a daily basis.
The letters find their way into the hands
of Brady McDaniels (JEFFREY S.S. JOHNSON), a beleaguered postman standing at
a crossroads in his life. At first, he is confused and conflicted over
what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately makes
becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s shining spirit and
“This film is a powerful testimony of
what can happen when one young boy has faith,” said Nixon. “Tyler wrote his
prayers, not as much for himself as for others. He believed that God was
taking care of him and those around him. There are so many people facing
difficult situations who need that same kind of hope, and that is why we
made LETTERS TO GOD.”
“The purpose of this film is not to show the difficult side of cancer, but
to inspire those dealing with serious challenges in their own life to find
hope by turning to family, friends and faith,” said Dawson. “We’ve seen many
examples of people who have survived cancer just because they had hope – a
hope that comes from a belief in God. That is the message we want to spread
with this movie.”
“Movies can touch lives, change perceptions and renew hearts,” said Swanson.
LETTERS TO GOD will be a bright light in a darkened theater that lifts up
audiences, encouraging them to go out and make a difference. It is an
opportunity to build a bridge of hope. And to enhance the overall
experience of seeing the film,” Swanson added, “We have partnered with
Zondervan Publishers (a division of HarperCollins) and created a powerful
suite of six books and a Bible, available in thousand of retail stores on
March 12. This will be complemented with a soundtrack that has been
compiled by music supervisor David McKenna for his label Bonded Records.
Distributed by Fontana/Universal Music Group Distribution, the soundtrack
will be available prior to the film’s release.”
Vivendi Entertainment President Tom
O’Malley commented, “I am thrilled to be working with
Possibility Pictures on the release of their first feature film.
LETTERS TO GOD is a movie that will not only entertain, but inspire
audiences everywhere. This is a very special picture.”The deal was
negotiated by Yolanda Macias on behalf of Vivendi Entertainment and Kim
Dawson on behalf of Possibility Pictures.
About Vivendi Entertainment
Vivendi Entertainment is a full service
independent film, television, DVD, and digital distribution company
operating in the United States and Canada. Representing a vast range of
genres including action, comedy, thriller, urban, family, fitness and
stand-up comedies, Vivendi Entertainment has become a favorite distribution
partner for independent content providers. The company has built an
extensive catalog of over 3,000 titles, and its customer-centric business
model was founded on the principles of collaboration and financial
transparency. The company provides sales, marketing, and distribution
services to many of the home entertainment industry’s most prestigious
brands including: Sesame Street, World Wrestling Entertainment, The
Weinstein Company, Classic Media, RHI, Shout! Factory, Salient, and
CodeBlack. The company currently has New York, I Love You
in theatrical release. Vivendi Entertainment is a division of Universal
Music Group Distribution, the award-winning sales, marketing and
distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world¹s leading music company
About Possibility Pictures
Possibility Pictures was formed with the
purpose of spreading the good news of God’s Word through the medium of
feature films. Founder and Director David Nixon had the dream of making
faith-based films almost 30 years ago, and after helping produce the beloved
faith-based films, Facing the Giants
and Fireproof, his dream has come to life through the creation of
Possibility Pictures. He has teamed up with a talented roster of gifted
veterans and category leaders including producer Kim Dawson, executive
producer Tom Swanson, writer Sandra Thrift and over 100 seasoned filmmakers.
The company will serve as a beacon of love and hope, and is poised to be an
industry leader in faith-based cinema. Possibility Pictures plans to
diversify the choices available to a receptive and eager market, presenting
stories that inspire the heart and lift the spirit.
The NWS in
taunton has issued a
Flood warning for urban areas and small streams in, providence county in
Rhode Island, this includes the cities of, woonsocket, providence, worcester
county in central Massachusetts, this includes the cities of, worcester,
milford, leominster, fitchburg, essex county in eastern Massachusetts, this
includes the cities of, newburyport, lynn, lawrence, gloucester, middlesex
county in eastern Massachusetts, this includes the cities of, waltham,
somerville, newton, lowell, framingham, cambridge, norfolk county in eastern
Massachusetts, this includes the cities of, weymouth, quincy, franklin,
brookline, suffolk county in eastern Massachusetts, this includes the city
of boston, windham county in northern Connecticut, this includes the cities
of, willimantic, putnam, plainfield, hillsborough county in southern New
Hampshire, this includes the cities of, nashua, manchester,
Until 1245 am est
At 451 pm est radar indicated moderate to heavy rains developing over the
warning area. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected over the course of this
evening. This rain, as well as the snowmelt over the interior, is expected
to produce significant poor drainage flooding as well as flooding on some
area streams and small rivers.
A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream
rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However, all
interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.
Excessive runoff from heavy rain will cause flooding of creeks and small
streams. Significant flooding of urban areas, including roads and
underpasses, is also expected. Do not drive through flooded areas
POSTS ROOF COLLAPSE & STORM DRAIN WARNING INFORMATION
Buildup & Subsequent Heavy Rain Can Present Dangers
FRAMINGHAM, MA – “If not reasonably cleared off the heavy, wet snow
from the last storm piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing
the expected rain, adding weight and stress to structures.” states
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Don Boyce.
“Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not
draining properly. Additionally, MEMA encourages citizens to
clear storm drains in their neighborhoods to minimize local flooding
problems from this run-off.”
In many cases, roof ice dams
can form causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. To
minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to
accumulated or drifting snow:
·Be on the alert
for large accumulating snow build-up on your roofs.
·If roof snow can
be removed, from the ground, with the use of a snow rake (available
at most hardware stores), do so. Use caution, as metal snow rakes
conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line.
·Try to avoid
working from ladders, as ladder rungs tend to ice up. Snow and
ice collect on boot soles, and metal ladders.
·Flat roofs can
be shoveled clear, but only if it is determined that the roof is
safe to stand upon. Exercise care when on the roof to avoid
potentially dangerous falls.
drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess
roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy rainfall or melting.
can form on roof overhangs, but do not necessarily mean ice damming
is occurring. Icicles overhanging doorways and walkways can be
dangerous and should be carefully removed.
·All of the
mentioned actions should only be performed by able-bodied adults, as
the snow is heavy, and roofs and other surfaces may be slippery.
Protective headgear and eye protection is recommended.
This roof collapse alert is
issued by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in
conjunction with the State Board of Building Regulations and
The Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for
coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources
during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for
effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train
emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to
the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and
communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and
recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional
information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA
Follow further MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Winter weather advisory in
effect from 1 am to 4 pm est friday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is
in effect from 1 am to 4 pm est Friday.
This advisory covers the high terrain locations of north central and
northeast Connecticut as well as the portions of central and western
massachusetts and cheshire county New Hampshire.
Occasionally heavy rain this evening will change to periods of wet snow by
sunrise Friday with several slushy inches in high terrain locations above
800 feet by late Friday afternoon.
Connecticut valley locations should escape with just a light covering.
Even so, the Friday morning commute may be slower than normal in the hilly
terrain, especially west of hartford springfield, as slushy accumulations
A winter weather advisory is issued when snow and/or ice is forecast to
develop in the affected areas, but accumulations are expected to be light.
Any snow or ice would make driving and walking difficult, but not
impossible, on untreated roadways and sidewalks. When temperatures are below
freezing, motorists need to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses
where slippery spots can easily develop.
MEMA OFFERS FLOODING SAFETY TIPS
Heavy Rains and
Melting Winter Snow Present Flooding Threat
FRAMINGHAM, MA – “As the
Commonwealth prepares for the second storm of the week, with its strong
winds and driving rains, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
has issued a number of safety tips to assist residents regarding the
potential of flooding throughout the region, be it inland or along the
coast,” stated MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Flooding
continues to be the most common and costly type of emergency
Massachusetts faces, annually.”
THE MEDIA – Be aware of the storm’s impact on your community.
·MONITOR STREAM AND
URBAN STREET FLOODING – For those living in areas that are prone to
localized flooding, closely watch small streams and low-lying areas for
early flooding. Make sure street catch basins are cleared.
·BE AWARE OF THE
TIMES OF HIGH TIDES – With astronomically high tides, coastal regions
can be impacted.
·ENSURE YOUR HOME IS
READY – Minimize damage from basement flooding by elevating utilities,
and materials that could be damaged by limited basement flooding.
REQUESTS – Listen to local Public Safety officials. Follow recommended
evacuation routes, shortcuts may be blocked or dangerous.
·DO NOT WALK THROUGH
FLOWING WATER – Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths.
Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Flash flood
waters move at very fast speeds and can roll boulders, sweep away cars,
tear out trees, destroy buildings, and obliterate bridges. Six
inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet. If
you must walk through a flooded area, use a pole or stick to ensure that
the ground is still there and solid, even where the water is not
·DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH
A FLOODED AREA – More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
Cars can be swept away in just 2 feet of moving water. Do not
drive around road barriers. They are there for a reason. The
road or bridge may be washed out or structurally unsound. If your
car becomes trapped in floodwaters, abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move
·AVOID POWER LINES
AND ELECTRICAL WIRES – Electrocution is also a major killer in floods.
Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power
lines to your utility company or local emergency manager. Always assumed
a downed wire is a live wire.
·LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP
– After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris,
including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have
been covered with mud can be very slippery.
·BE ALERT FOR GAS
LEAKS – Do not turn on electric lights, but use a flashlight to inspect
for damage. A spark from the light switch could cause an explosion or
fire. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames
unless you are sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has
been aired out.
EXHAUST KILLS – Only use camping stoves, generators or other
gasoline-powered machines outdoors. Fumes from charcoal are
especially deadly, so never use indoors.
THAT GETS WET – Floodwaters have probably picked up sewage and chemicals
from roads, farms and factories. Spoiled food and flooded
medicines and cosmetics are health hazards. When in doubt, throw
·BE PREPARED FOR A
ROUGH TIME – Recovering from a flood is a big job. It is rough on
the body and the spirit. The aftereffects of this type of
disaster on you and your family may last a long time. Consult a
health professional on how to recognize and care for anxiety, stress and
MEMA officials also remind
residents who have experienced flood damage to take photographs as soon
as possible. Those who have a flood insurance policy should
contact the insurance company or agent who wrote the policy as soon as
possible in order to file a claim. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP) through the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA).
The NFIP makes flood insurance available in communities that adopt and
enforce ordinances to reduce flood damage.
The Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for
coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources
during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all
hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the
public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals,
families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for,
and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made.
For additional information about MEMA and Flooding Issues, go to
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In the News...
The Social Security
Administration recognizes early onset
Alzheimer's with the
Compassionate Allowance Initiative,
taking away obstacles to benefits. Read
more in theWall
Cutting Edge Research
Forum, March 10
ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF
ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH: The
Search for Answers. Hear from leading
researchers, funded by the Alzheimer's
Association, about the groundbreaking
research that is moving us closer to
effective treatments and an eventual
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Does your parent
have Younger-Onset Alzheimer's?
Up to 10% of those with Alzheimer's
are diagnosed before 65. This
phenomenon of younger-onset dementia
affects more than just the
individuals with the diagnosis. The
adult children are often balancing
college, new careers, and young
families with concerns for their
parent's health and their own
futures. If you know of someone in
these circumstances, we can help.
Click here to learn more.
Calling: Runners, Volunteers
us! The Alzheimer's Association's Run
for the Memory team
is looking for runners and volunteers to
our spring/summer running program. Races
* Boston 2010, April 19, 2010,
Qualified marathon runners still
* Run 2 Remember (½ Marathon
& 5 Miler), May 30, 2010,
Applications available online;
and * Max
Performance Triathlon Series,
Volunteers needed! If
you are not a runner but are
interested in supporting the
program, sign up today to
For more information, visit the
Run Website. Or contact
Early Aging or Alzheimer's?
Learn the differences.
March 18th, 6-7:30 p.m. at the
Belmont Senior Center (266 Beech
Street in Belmont).
Nicole McGurin, Early Stage Program
Manager at the Alzheimer's
Association, will discuss the
importance of early detection for
Alzheimer's disease and related
disorders. Willie and Janet
Washington will share their personal
experience of living with early
Alzheimer's disease. To register,
Nicole McGurin or call
Meet Volunteer Deb Desrosiers
Desrosiers, Auburn, NH.
Director of Visiting Angels Living
How did you get involved? I
started my homecare agency 6 years ago
and was made aware very quickly how many
families are affected by Alzheimer's
disease. I also worked in a home
volunteering time with an incredible
gentlemen in Auburn. I learned so much
from him and was very happy that we were
able to keep him in his home that he
built. I saw firsthand the stress the
disease puts on the family. Then in 2007
it struck my family. My
grandmother started showing signs of
dementia so we went through the process
of diagnosis. My grandmother's was
a combination Vascular dementia and
Alzheimer's disease. She suffered for a
short period of time but during this
time I realized for the first time how
hard it is for the families living with
this disease. Until you walk down the
path of this disease you just witness
the heartache. I finally felt the
heartache with my grandmother. What do you want people to know
about Alzheimer's? The
disease affects everyone differently and
extends to all family members currently
active in their life. The individuals
with the disease do not realize their
deficits and we all need to respond
appropriately to their questions without
insulting them. Families need to learn
not to get angry or raise their voices
and to have extreme patience when caring
for their loved one. How did you get involved?
I started volunteering six
years ago with Memory Walk. It is my
passion to help contribute to find a
cure and raise awareness. It is a long
road for families to go down and the
support and education. The Alzheimer's
Association provides is very valuable. I
meet with so many families and see that
the need is growing and early diagnosis
is so important. My agency has
been able to help guide families and
educate them and advocate for the
best care for their loved one. Without
The Alzheimer's Association that
wouldn't have been possible.
You made it happen! Now keep it up!
Thanks to the support of all our great
advocates. In MA, bills have been filed
and we are moving them so that they can
be brought to the floor for a vote!
HB4284 to regulate Special Care Units in
nursing homes and HB4344 to implement a
Silver Alert plan have both passed out
of Committee and have been reported
We are please to share that the
Governor Patrick's office
called to inform us that the governor
will create an Alzheimer's Task Force in
response to our demand for an
Alzheimer's State Plan! The task force
will be co-convened by the Executive
Office of Elder Affairs to create a set
of policy recommendations.
Read the full action update! To find
out how you can be part of our exciting
grassroots action corps, e-mail Jennifer
Phone Forum Provides Later Stage Support
Providing care at home to someone with
later stage dementia or Alzheimer's
disease can be a tremendous challenge --
exhausting and even overwhelming. To
help ease the difficulties of family
caregiving, the Alzheimer's Association
is now offering education by telephone.
Call-in from the convenience of your
home or office the day of the program.
Two sessions are left in the series: Medical Management: Responding to
Common Health Problems March 11 (Thursday), 1- 2 p.m. Comfort, Care and Compassion at the
End-of-Life March 25 (Thursday), 1- 2 p.m.
Call our 24/7 Helpline for information.
Coping with Early Stage Memory Loss
Sign-up today for
MA sessions. Learn techniques for living
with early memory loss.
register, call 617.868.6718.
People are gathering on Facebook
Join the lively community on Facebook of
people who care about Alzheimer's.
Keith Lockhart conducts An Evening of
Cole Porter in conjunction with
Alzheimer's Assocaition's 30th
anniversary. Join us for our 11th
Annual Night at the Pops on
Wednesday, June 9 (Cole Porter's
119th birthday), at Boston Symphony
Hall. Cocktails and a buffet
reception begin at 5:30
p.m., performance is at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $235 or $1100 for a
table of five. For more
information contact Sheila
or call 617-393-2008.
Wednesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.,
Concord Council on Aging, 1276 Main
Street, Concord, MA
Keynote speaker: Robert Larkin, CEO
of Senior Living Residences.
Panel discussion with individuals
representing various services
including adult day health, home
care services, geriatric care
management, assisted living, elder
law and hospice.
This event is free and open to the
public. RSVP to Sally Lopez at
Emerson Hospital at 978.287.3173.
Sponsored by the Liberty Alzheimer's
February 24, 2010 - The ARHS team lost by 1 point to
Barnstable coming in second. They will continue on to the State
Championships on March 3 at the DCU center in Worcester, MA.
SOUTH YARMOUTH — Patricia Murphy
Capone, 74 of South Yarmouth, formerly of Southborough and Natick
passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Roger W. Capone and son Vincent
J. Capone, sisters Cornelia Murphy Sullivan and Carol Murphy Edberg and
brother Richard M. Murphy.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to her alma mater,
A memorial celebration will be held on March 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Regis
College Hall, Grand Foyer, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, Mass.
DYKEMA ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH PLAN OPTION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D – Holliston) today announced a new plan launched
by the Massachusetts Health Connector to help small business owners
control the dramatically rising costs of employee health insurance.
crushing cost of health insurance has been is a recurring theme in my
conversations with small businesses,” said Rep. Dykema. “Health
insurance costs are unquestionably one of the major hurdles to economic
expansion and job creation, and our small businesses have been
particularly hard hit. While I continue to advocate for broad reform, I
am pleased that the new Business Express plan will offer our small
businesses some needed relief.”
Business Express program is for small businesses with 50 or fewer
employees. For some businesses with five or fewer employees, the savings
may be more than $300 per employee per year. Select network plans may
offer savings that range from 10 to 15 percent.
will be able to select from an array of options offered by major
carriers including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, CeltiCare,
Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New
England, Neighborhood Health Plan and Tufts Health Plan.
business owners can find out more about the plan by calling a broker or
going to the Health Connector’s website,
www.mahealthconnector.org or call Health Connector’s customer
service line at 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765).
Representative Carolyn is a member
of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and
represents the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway (pct. 1),
Southborough (pct. 2 & 3) and Westborough (pct. 2).
Library State of the Library - Open House -Tuesday, March 9 On Tuesday, March 9, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., the library
presents its first-ever “State of the Library Address.” Southborough
residents are invited to attend. Join fellow library supporters, staff,
Trustees and Friends to learn more about the library from Library Director,
Jane Cain. Given the troubling stories of municipal and state budgets and
the effect on libraries, what is the role of the public library in
Southborough? And how can we ensure that our library continues to grow and
remains a vital part of the community?
This event, hosted by the Library Board of Trustees and the
Friends of the Library, will take place in the main reading room at the
library, located at 25 Main Street, at the junction of Routes 30 and 85.
Refreshments will be served.
Come to the library Tuesday evening, March 9, for a State of
the Library information session. We hope to see you there!
Kathleen e. Connolly To present two seminars
on Environmental legal issues
(February 23, 2010)…
Kathleen E. Connolly, an environmental and land use attorney with Murtha
Cullina LLP, will be presenting two upcoming seminars on environmental legal
The first will be
a full day seminar entitled “Advanced Environmental Law” at the
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Annual
Environmental Conference. The conference is the largest environmental
conference in New England, and Ms. Connolly will present practical tips and
important updates in environmental laws and court decisions to municipal
conservation agents and board members. The seminar will take place on
February 27th at Holy Cross College.
Ms. Connolly will
also be a presenting a record-keeping seminar on March 27th at
the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition’s Annual Conference. She will address
how accurate and complete record-keeping can keep organizations in
compliance with federal, state and local laws, can make them less
susceptible to litigation, and can help them operate more effectively.
Ms. Connolly has
a wide range of experience in land use and environmental law with an
emphasis on zoning and conservation. She represents restaurants, industry,
manufacturing and retail businesses in a wide range of permitting matters
before city, town, and state permitting authorities and in related
litigation. She also counsels municipalities on drafting and implementing
effective wetlands, zoning by-laws and health regulations, handles zoning
and wetlands permitting appeals in the Superior Court, Appeals Court and
Land Court as well as wetlands appeals before the Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.
As a member of
the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation
Commission (MACC), Ms. Connolly conducts seminars on environmental law,
provides legal advice to the state's conservation commissions through a
telephone hotline and regularly publishes articles in the monthly
newsletter. She also serves on the Department of Conservation and
Recreation's Technical Steering Committee developing recommendations to the
DCR for management of its forest and benefits for the citizens of
Massachusetts and the environment.
Prior to joining
Murtha Cullina, Ms. Connolly was a principal at a Boston law firm for 16
years. She also served as a writer and educator at the United States
Environmental Protection Agency, Public Affairs Division of the New England
over 120 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts,
Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local,
regional, national and international needs of our clients. Our practice
encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of
businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals.
Core practice areas include litigation, labor and employment, bankruptcy and
creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates,
affordable housing, real estate, land use, retail and hospitality,
international business and Islamic financing.
Ida J. (Ruzsits) McHugh,
92, of Southborough died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Mary Ann Morse Nursing
Home in Natick. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward McHugh who
passed away in 1995, and the devoted mother of Dr. Eva Kehoe of Wellesley
Hills; June Dahl of Norway; loved grandmother of seven grandchildren and
four great-grandchildren. Visiting hours were held Saturday, Feb. 20,
8:45-9:45 a.m., at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough (Morrisfuneralparlor.com),
followed by a Funeral Mass, at 10 a.m., at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road,
Southborough. Burial was in the Rural Cemetery, Southborough. In lieu of
flowers Memorial contributions may be sent in her name to catholic Relief
Services, ATT: donation services, P.O. Box 17274, Baltimore, MD 21298-8455.
Flood Watch In effect from Thursday morning through Friday
The NWS in taunton has issued a
Flood watch for portions of northern Connecticut, Massachusetts, Southern
New Hampshire and Rhode Island, including the following areas, In Northern
Connecticut, hartford ct, Tolland Ct And windham ct. In Massachusetts,
central middlesex ma, Eastern Essex Ma, Eastern Franklin ma, Eastern Hampden
Ma, Eastern Hampshire Ma, Eastern norfolk ma, Northern Middlesex Ma,
Northern Worcester Ma, southeast middlesex ma, Southern Worcester Ma,
Suffolk Ma, western essex ma, Western Franklin Ma, Western Hampden Ma,
western hampshire ma and western norfolk ma. In southern new hampshire,
Cheshire Nh, Eastern Hillsborough Nh and western and central hillsborough
nh. In Rhode Island, Eastern Kent ri, Northwest Providence Ri, Southeast
Providence Ri and western kent ri.
From Thursday morning through Friday morning
This flood watch covers north central and northeast Connecticut, Southwest
New Hampshire, Most Of Massachusetts, And All Of Rhode Island.
The combination of moderate to heavy rains and snowmelt is expected to bring
the potential for flooding to the watch area. During Thursday and Thursday
night, Rainfall Of 1 to 2 inches is forecast, With 1 To 3 inches of rain
possible over south central New Hampshire and northeast masachusetts.
Poor drainage flooding is possible, Especially In Areas where recent
snowfall has produced snow clogged drains. Small stream flooding is also
possible. A few larger tributaries may near flood stage during Thursday into
Friday. The pawtuxet river at cranston may reach its 9 foot flood stage
Thursday afternoon. The assabet river in maynard may near its 5 foot flood
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current
You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action
should flooding develop.
Sports and Outdoor Activities
Algonquin Regional High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday
QTR FINALS VS WORCESTER NORTH @ WORCESTER TECH
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
No Events Scheduled
February 23, 2010 - Raising the bar at the sectionals this past weekend at
Hudson High School the ARHS team
EVANGELIDIS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR SHERIFF
MILFORD- State Representative Lew Evangelidis (1st
Worcester District) held a press conference outside of Milford Town Hall
this afternoon to announce his campaign for Worcester County Sheriff.
Evangelidis is a former assistant district attorney,
assistant state attorney and spent more than a dozen years working in the
private sector before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.
Evangelidis said, "I am committed to being a professional, independent and
innovative Sheriff who will keep the families in Worcester County safe. I
believe that the job of Sheriff does not end at the four walls of the jail
but extends to the four corners of Worcester County." Evangelidis, who has
the smallest staff of any office on Beacon Hill added, "I’m not part of the
old Worcester County political machine and I have not made, nor will I make
any job promises during our campaign. I will not accept campaign
contributions from employees of the jail and the only criteria to be
considered for a job promotion will be merit. Nothing else."
Evangelidis has laid out a strong vision for the future of
the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department with several innovative
initiatives aimed at reducing the instance of repeat offenders by returning
productive and responsible former inmates back to our neighborhoods.
Evangelidis believes that by cleaning up our neighborhoods we can bring
increased business investment and job growth into Worcester County.
Evangelidis pledged to develop crime, drug and cyber bullying prevention
programs to be implemented in every school throughout the county. He has
also pledged to crack down on disability and pension abuse at the jail.
When asked about the skyrocketing cost of incarceration,
Evangelidis said that he will maximize any opportunity to save the
taxpayers’ money including the swift deportation of criminals who are in our
country illegally rather than house them at over $32,000K per year.
In the legislature Evangelidis led the battle to toughen our
drunk driving laws with the passage of Melanie’s Law. Melanie’s grandfather,
Ron Bersani said, "I was fortunate to have Lew Evangelidis on my side in the
fight for Melanie's Law. His passionate support during the contentious
House debate was crucial in thwarting efforts to gut the bill."
As a member of the Judiciary Committee Evangelidis led the
battle on Beacon Hill to increase the public’s access to Sex Offender
Information, to pass Jessica’s Law to increase penalties for crimes against
our children, as well as efforts to repeal the Commonwealth’s outdated
insanity defense laws.
Reed Hillman, former Colonel of the State Police, added the
following, "I have worked with Lew Evangelidis for several years and I
support his candidacy for Sheriff. He will bring an extraordinary level of
professionalism and independence to the position of Sheriff and Worcester
To learn more about the proposals laid out by Evangelidis,
please visit his website at
BOY SCOUT TROOP 1 SOUTHBOROUGH TO HOLD ANNUAL
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUND RAISER AT THE NEARY SCHOOL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 7th, 8:00
Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1 will host its
41st Annual “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast at the Neary School,
Parkerville Road, on Sunday, March 7th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The annual breakfast is a popular town event
serving nearly 500 people last year. Proceeds from this event help support
the troop’s activities including a “big trip” every four years.
Currently, plans are being solidified to travel to Alaska in the summer of
2011. In addition, proceeds fund the scouts camping, hiking, cycling,
canoeing, summer camp and various community service projects.
“These activities help the boys build
character and discipline, while learning new skills,” explained Scoutmaster
Chris Peterson. “The scouts also learn how to cope with emergencies
and to work with their family, neighbors and peers.
“We invite everyone to join us and enjoy a
delicious breakfast. This is a great activity for the scouts. They
sell tickets to their neighbors by going door to door and then man the
griddles, serving lines and dishwasher on the day of the event,” Peterson
said. “The scouts learn first-hand the effort required to sustain
Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 (seniors
and children ages 6 to 12, $3.00) from Troop 1 Boy Scouts and will be
available at the door. For additional tickets or information, email
09:22 EMS CALL NEWTON ST
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Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
MetroWest Princess Boutique
Saturday, March 27th, 9am to 4pm. Any student
interested in attending contact Ms. Mongeau at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 508-485-9430 x1144 to schedule
an appointment. Everything is free to the students who attend.
overwhelming success of the 2009
Easter Brunch offered by the Assabet
Valley Regional Technical High
School, preparations are underway
for a repeat performance. On
Easter Sunday, April 4th,
patrons can plan to feast on prime
rib, seafood, made to order
omelet’s, waffles, desserts, and
other brunch fare at the school’s
Epicurean Room restaurant, located
at 215 Fitchburg Street in
Brunch will be
served from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM,
for the very reasonable price of
$16.95 for adults, $8.95 for
children 5-10, while children 4 and
under eat free. Reservations may be
made beginning on Monday, March 1st,
2010 by calling 508-263-9870.
Leave a message on the Easter voice
mail and your call will be returned
and reservation confirmed. The event
was a sell out last year, so call
information, Kerri Baltramaitis can
be reached at 508-485-9430, ext.
2870, but reservations must be made
through the Easter brunch number
Winter storm warning in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 4
pm est Wednesday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which
is in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 4 pm est Wednesday. The winter
storm watch is no longer in effect.
This winter storm watch includes much of interior Massachusetts as well as
southern New Hampshire.
The main event will be this evening into early Wednesday afternoon. Steady
snow is expected to overspread the region this evening and may become
moderate to heavy at times during the night, continuing through at least
Highest confidence in warning criteria snow is at elevations of 1000 feet or
greater, where a foot of wet snow is certainly possible before the snow
tapers off to very light snow or even drizzle sometime Wednesday afternoon.
The wet snow will bring the potential for downed tree limbs and even
scattered power outages. The primary area of concern for this is along the
east slopes of the berkshires, the worcester hills and the monadnocks of
southern New Hampshire.
A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow
is expected in a 12 hour period, or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour
period. Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite
difficult on any unplowed or untreated surfaces.
Edward E. Lambert, 86, recently of Long Island,
Maine and Bonita Springs, Fla., died February 19, 2010 in the company of his
daughters in Bonita Springs, Fla. Born August 27, 1923 in Marlborough,
Mass., the son of the late Wilbrod Lambert and Beatrice (Schofield) Lambert.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from
Marlborough High School in 1941. Prior to an honorable discharge in 1945, he
served on the USS Evarts DE-5 and the USS LSM-243 achieving the rank of
Machinist Mate First Class. Edward worked for many years in the construction
trade, most recently for the W. T. Rich Construction of Newton as a
Construction Superintendent, he enjoyed twenty five years with the company,
retiring in 1988. He and his family lived for many years in Southborough,
Mass. in a house of his construction on Richards Road. He enjoyed his
retirement on Loon Pond, Lakeville, Mass., and most recently Long Island,
Maine and Bonita Springs, Fla. He is predeceased by wife Ruth (Rounsevell)
Lambert of E. Freetown. Mass.. He is survived by daughter Beth (Lambert)
Hook and son-in-law Peter E. Hook of Shrewsbury, Mass.., daughter Ann
(Lambert) Kremer and son-in-law Steven Kremer of Long Island, Maine. and
Bonita Springs, Fla., grandson Daniel E. Hook and his wife Elizabeth
(Durfee) Hook of Columbia, Md., grandson David C. Hook of Shrewsbury, Mass.,
great-granddaughter Sophie M. Hook of Colombia Md, many nieces, nephews and
dear old and new friends. Internment is to be Friday Feb. 26, 2010 at The
Rounsevell Cemetery, County Rd. E. Freetown, Mass.. A memorial service will
be held at The First Community Church of Southborough, 137 Southville Rd.,
Southborough, Mass., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations be made in his memory to The Building Fund of
the First Community Church of Southborough, MA 01772. For online
condolences, please visit
for the Northborough/Southborough Pop Warner Football and Cheer Dance
Program is now open for the 2010 Season. Please visit
for more information. We are currently running an Early Bird Discount of
$100 per registrant until Saturday, March 13th.
Registration Event to be held on Saturday, March 13th at the American
Legion Post, 402 West Main Street in Northborough, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Coaches and Board Members will be available to answer questions.
these two organizations were highly successful with football taking the
Central MA Division II Midget Superbowl title and the cheerleaders taking
the Central MA Midget Novice Large – 1st Place, New England Champions, and
3rd Place at Nationals down in Orlando Florida.
are looking for adult participation too, coaches are needed for football
Squad B and several cheer coaches are needed. See T-Hawks website for
contact information and meeting times.
night's (Feb 23) management summit meeting for Department heads, Town
Boards and Committee members has been cancelled due to the weather
forecast. A new date will be scheduled in the future.
Time for a New Flag
February 22, 2010 - After a phone call the Southborough News
went out to check on this flag. Sure enough the big flag in front of
the Town House has taken a beating this winter with the wild winds.
will be at the library on
THURSDAY, MARCH 4
to share stories and dancing with toddlers and preschoolers
All welcome ~ no registration necessary
Sponsored by the Together We Can Community Partnership for Children
For the Home
Real Estate Transactions and MLS listings Brought to you
by Lorraine Estella of Realty Executives, Southborough, MA
REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West
205 Turnpike Rd • Southborough, MA 01772
On-Line Auction is now open. Bid on 12
great items. Items include a handmade
wooden cedar strip canoe; a kitchen
redesign; Onkyo surround sound receiver;
Civil War chess set; Bose Wave Radio; New
England Revolution tickets; New England
Aquarium membership; Droll Yankee
squirrel-proof birdfeeder; New England
Patriot Matt Light autographed photo; Boston
Bruin Blake Wheeler autographed hockey puck;
Miracle on Ice framed and signed picture;
and a Simon Pearce glass bowl. Bidding ends
at 8:00pm on Friday February 26.
sessions: Tuesday February 23 and March
2,9,16, Time: 10:00am -
Sharma, museum instructor, painter and
Have you ever wondered,
“What would it be like to paint using
water colors ? ” This four-session
workshop will help you explore and
develop basic drawing and painting
skills. Have fun mixing colors while
experimenting with different
compositions and discovering new ways to
express your own personal painting
We often think of winter as a
time when most animals are less active.
However, winter marks the beginning of the
breeding season for owls! During this time,
you are most likely to hear their “hoots” as
they defend their territory. We will spend
the evening hours bisecting Upper Mill Brook
Reservation for owls that winter in the
February 27, 2010, Time: 6:00
- 11:00 pm
Olympic Gala! Celebrate
five reasons for conservation! Cocktails
and Hors d'oeuvres. Dinner and dancing.
Silent auction. Olympic or nationality
inspired attire encouraged. For more
information, please contact Michael
email@example.com or 978-443-5588
Non-Member Fee: $150
Saturday February 27
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
FIRST Robotics Team will be hosting an
indoor yard sale, Bake sale, Cell phone and Can recycling also.
9 am to 2 pm at the school cafeteria
215 Fitchburg Street
Sports and Outdoor Activities
Algonquin Regional High School
Tuesday February 23 No Events Scheduled
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Tuesday February 23 No Events Scheduled
ARBOR, Mich. -- The No.
3-ranked University of Michigan men's gymnastics team fell
to the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 354.450-354.000, on
Saturday (Feb. 20) despite a sweep of the top four in the
last rotation on the high bar inside Cliff Keen Arena. The
Wolverines were led by event wins from senior
Mel Anton Santander(Southborough,
Mass./Algonquin Regional) on the pommel horse and
Ill./Libertyville) on the rings and high bar. Kelley
also finished second in the all-around with a season best,
The Wolverines began on the
floor exercise where sophomore
Syque Caesar(Port Saint Lucie,
Fla./Lincoln Park) started the night off with a bang,
recording a career-best 15.150 and electrifying the crowd
inside Cliff Keen. Kelley added a 14.850 to help Michigan
tie its season-best score (59.300) on the floor exercise.
Phillip Goldberg(Dalton, Ga./McCallie)
was solid and steady as usual in the leadoff position
on the pommel horse, giving the Wolverines a season-best
13.950. Santander put in a career-best effort that was
nearly flawless for a 15.050 and the event title. After two
events, the Wolverines trailed the Sooners, 115.950-117.800.
In rotation three, the Wolverines moved to
the still rings where Kelley posted U-M's highest score,
tying his career best with a 15.200. Goldberg added a 15.150
to lift Michigan to a 59.150 on the event. Kelley and
Goldberg finished 1-2 for Michigan on the rings. Meanwhile,
the Sooners boomed four vaults, posting a 63.200 on the
event to push their lead to 181.000-175.100.
The Wolverines started to make up ground
on vault in rotation four, posting a 62.550, a total that
would have been Michigan's third best total a year ago,
bringing Michigan within striking distance. Fifth-year
Kent Caldwell(Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte
Latin) stuck his one-and-a-half twisting vault for a
career-best 16.000 and second place on the event. Santander
performed a clean double twisting vault (15.600) and
received fifth place in his first appearance on the event
However, the Wolverines could not keep the
momentum going on the parallel bars, posting only a 55.900
in the fifth rotation. Kelley and Santander were Michigan's
highest scorers with marks of 14.600 and 14.000,
respectively. Going into the last rotation, the Wolverines
In the final rotation, the Wolverines
finally found their form with Kelley, fifth-year
Ryan McCarthy(Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville)
and Santander taking the top three spots on the high bar.
Kelley amazed the crowd, capping off a near-perfect set with
a stuck full twisting double layout dismount. McCarthy
nailed his double flipping release move over the bar for a
career-best 15.150, while Santander set his second career
best of the night on the high bar for a routine that had
only six-tenths of point in deductions. The season-best
total, 60.450, was too late and not enough to catch the
The Wolverines take on No. 4 Stanford
Cardinal next Saturday (Feb. 27) in Palo Alto, Calif. at 7
February 21, 2010 - Although we saw a bit of a thaw. More
snow and rain me be in the forecast for this week.
~Story time with Special Guest Author~
JOSEPHINE TAM HO
will read her new book
Tuesday, March 9
Preschoolers and elementary school children are invited to hear
her story and learn more about healthy eating
No registration necessary
Changes on the Common
February 21, 2010 - A view looking East on Main Street.
The horse trough embedded in the wall starts the line. The flags above
are near the canon but the tree has been taken down recently as it was in
February 22 - February 26, 2009
Room Town House
Assabet Valley Regional District School
Committee - FY 2011 Budget Hearing at 8:00 pm
Assabet Valley Regional School Committee
Board of Selectmen
Hearing Room Town House
Northborough-Southborough Reg Sch Committee and the
Operational Budget Subcommittee
Stop on in and get your "Senior Centers Bumper Sticker"
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.