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Archived Page 146

 February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Letter to the Editor

 OPEN LETTER TO PLANNING BOARD

 

RE:  OPPOSITION TO ZONING CHANGES ALLOWING MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING IN FAYVILLE.  

(THESE CHANGES 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 concerns overlap. 

 

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.    

 

My principal 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 zoning changes.  

 

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 villages.

 

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.

 

The following quotations from the Master Plan can be contrasted against the new zoning proposals.   

 

QUOTATIONS FROM 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.”

 

Page 143.  Consider “National Register Neighborhood Historic Districts” in the Villages.

 

Page 201. “One issue that arose consistently was that of historic preservation in the villages.”

 

Page 210.  “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”.

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ABOVE ARE QUOTES FROM THE MASTER PLAN.

BELOW ARE QUOTES FROM THE REZONING WHICH CREATES A NEW “OVERLAY DISTRICT” ALLOWING MULTIFAMILY

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A. Purposes. The purposes of the Village Overlay District (VOD) are to:

- Implement the goals and policies of the Southborough Master Plan with respect to ...affordable housing.

 

B. Applicability. 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.

- Single-family dwelling.

- Accessory uses:  Accessory apartment, Home occupations…

 

D. The Planning Board may grant a special permit for the following uses:

- Two-family dwelling.

- Townhouses or rowhouses, not exceeding five units per building.

- Multi-family dwellings, not exceeding six units per building.

 

E. Dimensional and density requirements. 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    Cordaville    Southville

 

Minimum lot area (sq. ft.)      10,000          15,000         15,000        15,000

Minimum frontage (ft.)                60                 80               80              80

Minimum front setbacks              10                 10               10             10

 

*These dimensional requirements shall apply to single-family and two-family dwellings.

 

♦ Supplemental regulations for multi-family dwellings:

- The minimum land area per unit shall be one unit per 5,000 square feet in the Town Center

Sub-District and one unit per 7,500 square feet in all other sub-districts.

- The minimum lot frontage shall be eighty (80) feet.

- The minimum front setback shall be fifteen (15) feet

- The maximum height of a multi-family dwelling shall be three (3) stories and forty (40) feet.

 

(* 5,000 sf of land per unit is equal to a density of 8 .5 units an acre.)

( The existing min lot area is 20,000 sf for a single home, which could now change to 4 units.). 

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THE ABOVE QUOTES COME FROM THE PROPOSED REZONING.

 

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 www.Southboroughtown.com.  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.

Larry Cain

Southborough, MA

Editor's 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.

 

Just Escaped

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 complex.

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.

No injuries were reported.

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 Jordan Road

Sponsored by the Hingham Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

http://www.nefamilyhistory.com/index/main

PRE-REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT MIDNIGHT OF March 12, 2010 - Walk-ins are welcome; no-one has ever been turned away.

Networking: Refreshments will be available while you network with the speakers and fellow Family Historians from 3:00pm-4:00pm immediately following the conference.

Questions? Email nefamilyhistory@gmail.com or call 781-659-4702 or 508-472-5151

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 Shrewsbury, 43-26.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Events Scheduled

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Sunday Feb. 28
 Girls Varsity Cheerleading @ CAL CHAMPIONSHIP Douglas High 4:00PM

 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

Boston— 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 aide at leah.robins@state.ma.us to set up a personal appointment. 

Holliston
Friday, March 26th, 10:30-11:30 am
Coffee Haven
76 Railroad Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Hopkinton
Friday, March 26th, 9:00-10:00 am
Hopkinton Gourmet
43 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Medway
Friday, March 19h, 8:00-9:00 am
Coffee Sensations
116 Main Street
Medway, MA 02053

Southborough
Friday, March 5th, 11:30-12:30 am
Mauro’s Village Cafe
2 Main Street
Southborough, MA 01772

Westborough
Friday, March 5th, 10:00-11:00 am

Harry’s Restaurant
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

The 40 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 Westfield.

 

Northampton Fire Capt John Gariepy Addressed Recruits

Northampton Fire 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.

 

At 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 available)

 

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

No Events Scheduled

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Feb. 27
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS SUTTON   7:00PM
REI
  • 375 Cochituate Rd
  • Framingham, MA 01701
  • (508) 270-6325
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.
When: 02/27/2010 09:00 AM
Cost: $
Discover the freedom of snowshoeing! On this field outing, you'll learn snowshoeing techniques, proper use of equipment and how to make every trip a success.
When: 02/27/2010 09:00 AM
Cost: $
Join us at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!
When: 02/27/2010 01:00 PM
Cost: $
Join us at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!
When: 02/28/2010 01:00 PM
Cost: $
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 winter!
When: 03/06/2010 09:00 AM
Cost: $
Join us at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!
When: 03/06/2010 01:00 PM
Cost: $
Join us at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!
When: 03/07/2010 01:00 PM
Cost: $
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.
When: 03/09/2010 06:30 PM
Cost: $
Join us at REI's Climbing Pinnacle. Whether a veteran, beginner, or never experienced the thrill of indoor climbing, this event is for you!
When: 03/11/2010 06:00 PM
Cost: $

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 condition.

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 2:35 PM

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 PM.

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 Saturday!

St. Mark’s School faces The Groton School in boys and girls varsity basketball streamed LIVE this Saturday, February 27, 2010 beginning at 1:45pm.
 

Watch the traditional rivals go head to head on the hard court here:

http://www.png.me/stmarksschool/

 

 

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 Douglas.

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 the 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 unshakeable faith.

“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.

Storm News

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

MEMA POSTS ROOF COLLAPSE & STORM DRAIN WARNING INFORMATION

Snow 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.

 

·        Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy rainfall or melting.

 

·        Large icicles 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 Standards.

 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema. 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 develop.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
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.”

 

·        CONTINUALLY MONITOR 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.

·        HEED EVACUATION 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 flowing.

·        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 stalled vehicles. 

·        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.

·        CARBON MONOXIDE EXHAUST KILLS – Only use camping stoves, generators or other gasoline-powered machines outdoors.  Fumes from charcoal are especially deadly, so never use indoors.

·        CLEAN EVERYTHING 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 them away.

·        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 fatigue.

 

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 www.mass.gov/mema. Also, follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 
 
 
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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 the Wall Street Journal

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 cure.
When: March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Where: National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA
FREE and open to the public. Free parking. Reserve your seat today.
Programs for Massachusetts Families
Getting Started
Gardner, MA, 3/3, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Topsfield, MA, 3/15,  5:30 - 8:00 p.m. (2nd floor, stairs only)
Watertown, MA, 3/17 10-12:15 p.m.
South Deerfield, MA,  9:30 - 12 noon
Legal and Financial
Fall River, MA, 3/9, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Gardner, MA, 3/29, 3-4:30 p.m.
Agawam, MA, 3/24 12 - 1:30 p.m.
For locations and additional information, click on our 
Program Calendar. 
Programs for New Hampshire Families
Knowing the Difference: Senior Moments Vs. Warning Signs for Alzheimer's Disease (Bedford, NH) 3/9
Knowing the Difference: Senior Moments Vs. Warning Signs for Alzheimer's Disease (Peterborough, NH) 3/24
Coping with Early Memory Loss (New London, NH) 3/30
Getting Started: What To Do When Your Family Member Has Memory Loss (Nashua, NH) 3/31
Programs are free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
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
 www.runforthememory.orgJoin us! The Alzheimer's Association's Run for the Memory team is looking for runners and volunteers to participate in our spring/summer running program. Races include:
* Boston 2010, April 19, 2010, 
Qualified marathon runners still welcome; 
* Run 2 Remember (½ Marathon & 5 Miler), May 30, 2010, Applications available online; and * Max Performance Triathlon Series, Summer, 2010, perfect for first-time triathletes!
Volunteers needed! If you are not a runner but are interested in supporting the program, sign up today to volunteer. For more information, visit the Run Website. Or contact Michelle Gonzalez.
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, e-mail Nicole McGurin or call 617.393.2005.
Meet Volunteer Deb Desrosiers
Deb DesrosiersDebra Desrosiers, Auburn, NH.   Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services
 
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 favorably! 
 
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 Carter.
Phone Forum Provides Later Stage Support & Info
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. 800.272.3900.
 
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Coping with Early Stage Memory Loss

Sign-up today for MA sessions. Learn techniques for living with early memory loss.

 

March 18th  1-2:30 p.m.

 

 Plymouth Public Library

 

To register, call 617.868.6718.

 
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Volunteer 
Do you want to fight Alzheimer's on the front line? Become a volunteer today. Massachusetts,
 For NH, call 603.606.6590.
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Our trained counselors can provide information--it's free and confidential.
Golf anyone?
13th Annual Verizon Wireless Make the Link Golf Tournament
 
Save the DateMonday June 14, 2010
 
Golf Course at Turner Hill, Ipswich MA
 
Red, Hot and 30!
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 Watnick or call 617-393-2008.
 
 
Concord, MA
Navigating Alzheimer's
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 Partnership.
 

Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter
311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
regional offices:
Raynham, Springfield and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH
617.868.6718  MA |  603.606.6590 NH | 800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday Feb. 26
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ QTR FINALS VS SHREWSBURY @SHREWSBURY   7:00PM

 

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

No Events Scheduled

ARHS Heads for the Championships

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, Regis College.

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.

REP. DYKEMA ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH PLAN OPTION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

Boston – 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.

“The 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.”

The new 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.

Employers 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.

Small 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).

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State 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).

  Southborough Public 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

Boston, MA (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 issues.

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.

About Kathleen E. Connolly

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 Region.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With 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 Morning,
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 stage Friday.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.
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 Feb. 25
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ QTR FINALS VS WORCESTER NORTH @ WORCESTER TECH   7:00PM
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 County. "

To learn more about the proposals laid out by Evangelidis, please visit his website at www.lewforsheriff.com

BOY SCOUT TROOP 1 SOUTHBOROUGH TO HOLD ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUND RAISER AT THE NEARY SCHOOL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 7th, 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

 

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 their troop.”

 

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 Troop1PancakeBreakfast@gmail.com.

 

Fire Log

Monday 2/22/10

09:22 EMS CALL NEWTON ST 

    A28  FF PIERCE       FF ASPESI

    C30  FF SHANAHAN

12:48 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING CORDAVILLE RD 

    C20  CHIEF MAURO

13:00 MISC. SAFETY INSPECTION TURNPIKE RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

13:00 TRAINING - EMS MAIN ST 

    HQ3  LT PELTIER      FF SHANAHAN     FF PIERCE

13:09 EMS CALL NEWTON ST 

    A28  FF PIERCE       FF ASPESI

    C30  FF SHANAHAN

13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT BRIGHAM ST 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

14:00 OIL BURNER MAIN ST 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

14:30 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT MEETING HOUSE LN 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

14:51 SMOKE SCARE, ODOR OF SMOKE TURNPIKE RD 

    C20  CHIEF MAURO

    C27  CAPT MAURO

    E22  LT PELTIER      FF SHANAHAN     FF HOGAN

    E23  FF ASPESI       FF PIERCE

18:43 EMS CALL MASS PIKE WEST    

    A28  FF NEAL         FF PIERCE

    E23  FF FRANKS       FF SHANAHAN  For more fire log click here

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School News

MetroWest Princess Boutique

Saturday, March 27th, 9am to 4pm. Any student interested in attending contact Ms. Mongeau at mmongeau@assabet.org or call at 508-485-9430 x1144 to schedule an appointment. Everything is free to the students who attend.
After the 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 Marlborough.

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 early! 

For more information, Kerri Baltramaitis can be reached at 508-485-9430, ext. 2870, but reservations must be made through the Easter brunch number provided.

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 Wednesday morning.
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.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
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 www.fullerfuneralhome.com

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Feb. 24
 Coed Varsity Ski @ MIAA ALPINE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS   TBA
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS QUARTER FINALS VS MARLBOROUGH Northstar Rink 7:20PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ PRELIMINARY ROUND VS WALTHAM Veteran's 8:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
  TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Feb. 24
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS DISTRICTS   7:00PM

Registration for the Northborough/Southborough Pop Warner Football and Cheer Dance Program is now open for the 2010 Season. Please visit www.jrthawks.com for more information. We are currently running an Early Bird Discount of $100 per registrant until Saturday, March 13th.

Pop Warner 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.

Last year, 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.

The squads 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.

Tomorrow 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.

 

DAVID GARDEN

from

MUSIC TOGETHER

will be at the library on

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

11:00 am

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

Lorraine Estella
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REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West
205 Turnpike Rd • Southborough, MA  01772
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Email: LMESTELLA@charter.net

Price

Address

Seller

Buyer

Date

$25,000.00

36 Boston Road

Anketell, James, McCann Hugh

East Main Street LLC

12/18/2009

$665,000.00

1 Independence Drive

Kendall Lynann

Obeyesekere, Asita & Kabadi

12/18/2009

$700,000.00

19 Clemmons Street

Beede Nominee Trust

Bennett, Elaine, Landry Margueret

12/22/2009

$1,010,000.00

38 Presidential Dr

Littman-Quinn, Jack & Beth

Saidi, Reza F. & Ghasemi Mitra

12/22/2009

$315,000.00

50 Central Street

Uliana, Olga R. G.

Torres, Ramiro Jr. & Sandra N

12/23/2009

$595,000.00

116 Pinehill Road

Cunneen, John J.

Buckley, Patrick M. & Dayna M

12/29/2009

$407,000.00

17 Oak Hill Road

Fiorentino, Joseph M.

Andron Tricia W. & Lee J

12/31/2009

$180,000.00

11 Cherry Street

Landry Lorraine A.

Gordon, Richard & Deborah J.

1/11/2010

$173,000.00

12 Meeting House La

Middle Road LLC

Shapiro, Bella

1/14/2010

$810,000.00

3 Whistler Lane

Lawrence, Douglas W. & Paula

Paragon Relocation Resources

1/29/2010

$810,000.00

3 Whistler Lane

Paragon Relocation Resources

Sun Yiwei & Cai Yunfang

1/29/2010

$1,055,000.00

7 Witherbee Lane

Rodman Bruce T.

Shauhul Sajid & Rana Sarosh

2/5/2010

$530,000.00

20 Meetinghouse Lane

Middle Road LLC

LiJianqing & Xie Linghong

2/19/2010

Click here to see the MLS listing of homes for sale in Southborough

Click here to see MLS listings for Condos and Townhomes in Southborough

Click here to see MLS listings for land in Southborough

 

Watercolor painting workshop

Date: Four sessions: Tuesday February 23 and March 2,9,16, Time: 10:00am - Noon
Location: Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Cecilia Sharma, museum instructor, painter and designer
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 style.
Member Fee: $75 | Non-Member Fee: $100

Register for this Event

Owl prowl

Date: Friday February 26, Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Upper Mill Brook, Wayland
Leader/Speaker: Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Agent
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 nearby forests.
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

Register for this Event

Annual Benefit

Date: Saturday February 27, 2010, Time: 6:00 - 11:00 pm
Location: Sheraton, Framingham
Leader/Speaker: 
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 Sanders at msanders@svtweb.org or 978-443-5588 X11
Member Fee: $150 | 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

Marlborough, MA

 

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

ANN 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 junior Thomas Kelley (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) on the rings and high bar. Kelley also finished second in the all-around with a season best, 87.250.

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.

Fifth-year co-captain 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 senior 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 this season.

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 trailed 297.000-293.550.

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 Sooners.

The Wolverines take on No. 4 Stanford Cardinal next Saturday (Feb. 27) in Palo Alto, Calif. at 7 p.m. PST.

Winter Ice

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

BROCCOLI DREAMS

Tuesday, March 9

10:30 am

 

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 bad shape.

Southborough meetings

February 22 -  February 26, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Advisory Committee 2/22 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Assabet Valley Regional District School Committee - FY 2011 Budget Hearing at 8:00 pm 2/23 7:00 PM Assabet Valley Regional School Committee Conference Room
Board of Selectmen 2/23 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Northborough-Southborough Reg Sch Committee and the Operational Budget Subcommittee 2/23 5:00 PM Superintendents office 53 Parkerville Road Southborough
Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee - Agenda 2/24 7:00 PM ARHS Library
Naming Subcomittee of the Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee 2/24 5:30 PM Library Classroom D110 ARHS
Combined meeting of Northborough-Southborough Superintendency Union #3, Northborough-Southborough Reg Sch Committee, Northborough Sch Committee and Southborough Sch Committee 2/24 6:30 PM Algonquin Regional High School Library
Stewardship Committee 2/24 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda 2/24 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Advisory Committee 2/25 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Board of Assessors 2/25 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town house
Community Preservation Committee 2/25 7:00 PM Meeting Room Public Library
Conservation Commission 2/25 7:30 PM Hearing Room Southborough

Sunday 21 Monday 22 Tuesday 23 Wednesday 24 Thursday 25 Friday 26 Saturday 27
 

 

  

 

 

Alphabet Adventures Storytime
Feb 27 10:30 AM  

 

 

 

 

 

Toddler Time
Feb 25 11:00 AM 

 

 

 

 

   Alphabet Adventures Storytime
Feb 27 10:30 AM  
 

The Library has a great new website:  Click here

For the February Calendar with Reminders click here

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Alphabet Adventures Storytime Join Ms. Jenn to learn and explore the alphabet with stories, songs, and games. Best for toddlers through early elementary children.

Senior Center Activities

22  Monday  23Tuesday 24  Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday
8:30 am 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 AM Cribbage
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
12 PM Blue plate special 11:00 Senior Singers 9:30 Mah Jongg 10:00 Canasta
2 PM fitness
12 Ping Pong
11:30 Ben and Brad Broadway tunes
  12 PM Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 12 Pitch  
      1 PM Bridge 1 PM Water Aerobics

Click here for the new Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

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

Computers:

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

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Feb. 22
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ FIRST ROUND - VS WESTBORO @ WESTBORO   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Feb. 22
        CAL ALL star meeting   6:00PM