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April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Design Plans for Main Street

At the recent Selectmen's meeting, residents voiced their concerns pro and con about the widening of Route 30 from the Route 85 lights west to Fay School.  Several residents voiced concern over movement of the Common stonewall but many more seemed to be in agreement that it would be better to move the wall than to move the road closer to the homes and business directly across the street.  The DPW had recently put out colored stakes representing how much land taking would be needed for several road options. The plans can be found by clicking on the link.

Main Street plans

Senator Eldridge's Senior Conference

All seniors in the district are invited to the 30th annual Senior Conference.

Thursday, April 22nd

9am - 3pm
Assabet Valley Regional High School

215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA

The Senior Conference -- free for all seniors -- will feature a wide variety of services, workshops, food and entertainment

For more information, click here, or call my District Director, Peggy Schwarz Ayres, at 508-786-3040.


Information for Those Affected by Flooding

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency that is coordinating all of the efforts in response to the flooding that we’ve recently experienced. If your home or business has been damaged as a result of the flooding – regardless of whether it is covered by homeowner’s insurance – you may be eligible for federal disaster relief funding.

Senator Eldridge, Lt. Gov Murray, Rep. Arciero and
Littleton Town Officials inspect flooding on Rt. 119

To initiate the application process, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have an emergency, contact your local emergency responders.

Some individuals may also be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance if you are temporarily unemployed as a result of the flooding. Please contact our office for more information if you believe this may apply to you.

Finally, deadlines for filing certain state and federal tax returns have been postponed for most people and businesses in affected areas. Detailed information about this can be found here.

Calling Volunteers to Work for Wildlife

Mass Audubon is hosting its annual Statewide Volunteer Day and you're invited!

Saturday, April 24, 2010
9 am to noon

Join us for a day of family fun as we spruce up our trails and gardens, put on a fresh coat of paint, and dive into other spring cleaning projects. See our list of participating sanctuaries for more details (below) and sign-up online today!

There are plenty of activities planned for all ages and abilities, whether you're looking for kid-friendly work (planting native wildflowers) or more strenuous activities (clearing brush). We can also provide your child with a community service verification letter after the work is done.

Greater Boston and North Shore

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan: Orchard Restoration; Garden Creation; Landscaped Areas, Trails, and Forest Restoration; Trash Tracking

Broadmoor, Natick: Field Clean Up; Invasive Plant Removal

Habitat, Belmont: Habitat Restoration; Trail and Garden Maintenance

Ipswich River, Topsfield: Trail Mulching; Buckthorn Cutting and Removal

Moose Hill, Sharon: Garden Spruce Up; Trail Maintenance

Visual Arts Center, Canton: Summer Camp Prep; Invasive Plant Removal; Weeding and Replanting Gardens

Central & Western Massachusetts

Pleasant Valley, Lenox: Trail Work; Hummingbird Garden Prep; Invasive Plant Removal

Wachusett Meadow, Princeton: Meadow Restoration; Vegetable and Flower Garden Prep; Historic Farm House and Barn Maintenance

Arcadia, Easthampton: Trash Tracking; Children's Garden Creation; Indoor and Outdoor Building Spruce Up

Southeast, Cape Cod & Islands

Felix Neck, Edgartown: Butterfly Garden Prep; Bench Building; Invasive Plant Removal

Long Pasture, Barnstable: Butterfly Mosaic Trail Prep

Attleboro Springs, Attleboro: Trail Creation and Maintenance

North River - South Shore, Marshfield: Bird Garden Prep; Painting Shutters; Stonewall Rebuilding; Spring Clean Up

For more information and to sign up, visit www.massaudubon.org/workforwildlife, call 781-259-2161, or e-mail volunteers@massaudubon.org.

There’s a Fiddler on the Roof of Assabet Valley
Maura Fuller, Painting & Design, Class of 2010 and Mike DiCelie, Drafting & Design Technologies, Class of 2012
Assabet’s drama club is putting on the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ soon for Assabet audiences, but not a whole lot of people actually know who this Fiddler is, and why he chooses to fiddle on a rooftop.

The background to ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ happens like this- Joseph Stein, an American writer, based a collective of several tales from Russia when it still had a monarchy together, in a musical.

The main storyline is about Tevye, a father who is trying to protect his family and religious traditions while the rest of the world is encroaching upon these aspects of his life. He has to do this while handling his three daughters, all of whom want to marry men farther and farther from his beliefs.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ first appeared as a musical in 1964 on Broadway, and was the first musical to ever surpass the 3,000 performances mark. This show was the longest running until Grease came along and snapped up the coveted spot.

The title of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ wound up coming from a common saying, that life during the time the play is based was as ‘precarious as a fiddler on a roof’. Apparently, the play is a smash with school and community productions.

Music teacher, John Russo, came up with the idea of performing the play “Fiddler on the Roof” at Assabet Valley High School. This play was chosen before the rest because they have not done a play in a while and they wanted to do a different type of show for the audience. This is co-director, Nicole Lodowsky’s third year assisting in the school play.

“I feel very excited about the play. The cast is a great group of kids,” said Lodowsky.

There were some challenges bringing this production to life, but after many rehearsals, the cast is ready to perform for a live audience. Lodowsky said, “It takes a lot of hard work and it took a long time to memorize the lines, the choreography and the music.”

All of the cast members want to have a big audience no matter if it is staff members, family members or friends. They just want people to love the show because the students worked so hard on the play.

The play will be performed on Thursday April 8th and Friday April 9th. This play will be performed on two nights and two nights only, at 7:00 o’clock pm. Public tickets cost $5, senior citizens get in for free and children under 12 are for free and students cost $2.

Westborough, MA Facial Plastic Surgeon prominently featured in cover article for April issue of VOGUE magazine.

After almost twenty years and two facelifts, one woman discovers new-generation dermatologic treatments that compliment surgical procedures without having a repeat operation.

Min S. Ahn, MD FACS, Facial Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Wellness Center, is prominently featured in the April 2010 issue of Vogue magazine in a cover story titled “My Three Facelifts: A 20-Year Nip & Tuck Diary.”  The author, Joan Gage, describes her 20 year journey through the ever changing field of cosmetic surgery, starting with her first facelift from world-renowned surgeon Daniel C. Baker, MD of Manhattan, to her most recent procedure with Dr. Min S. Ahn, MD, FACS of Westborough, MA.

Eighteen years ago, Joan Gage wrote a sensational article titled “Diary of a Face-Lift” in Vogue magazine.  The article chronicled her entire experience undergoing a facelift when it was still considered somewhat taboo.  Sixteen years and an additional facelift later, Joan chose to have a consultation with Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center in Westborough, MA.

After their initial meeting, Dr. Ahn recommended the Fraxel re:pair treatment, a breakthrough laser resurfacing treatment, as well as injections of the hyaluronic-acid filler Juvederm, to rejuvenate her appearance. Dr. Ahn, who graduated from Harvard University and is double board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery, was one of the first physicians in the country to offer the Fraxel re:pair laser treatment.  

The author describes her experience with Dr. Ahn and the Fraxel re:pair laser and Juvederm treatments from the initial seminar at his office, up to one year post-Fraxel.  Using a combination of cutting-edge, non-surgical techniques, Dr. Ahn was able to extend the results of a facelift the author received nearly a decade ago. Two years later, she is just one of many who experienced the exceptional results of the Fraxel re:pair laser and Juvederm treatments available at the Aesthetic Wellness Center.

      In addition to the Fraxel laser treatment, Dr. Ahn offers an array of both surgical and non-surgical options that rejuvenate your natural beauty, while providing a very personal experience for each individual client.  These options include Botox and Juvederm treatments, Mini Facelifts and Necklifts, Fraxel re:pair and re:store laser treatments, laser hair removal, physician strength peels, and more.  For more information on Dr. Ahn and the services provided at the Aesthetic Wellness Center please visit www.awcenter.com or call 508-366-2020

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

 Boys Varsity Tennis VS Leominster High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ Leominster High School Doyle Field 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys JV Volleyball VS Douglas High School Algonquin 6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Douglas High School Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Friday Apr. 9
 Boys Freshman Baseball   **Scrimmage - At Hillside School   3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Track @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Greater New Bedford Voc   4:00PM

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (TCSVM)


Register by APRIL 14 for Early Registration Rate!

The Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence Symposium:

Hoofbeats and Society: the Horse-Human Relationship  

Saturday , May 15, through Sunday May 16, 2010 Register On-Line Now!


Horses as Horses: How Wild Horses Mirror Our Views of Nature

Impact of Cultural Perceptions on Efforts to Elevate the Status of the Horse and to Advance Equine Welfare

Status of the Horse in International vs US Culture

Equine Transitions: Factors Influencing Success of Horse Adoptions

Break-Out Group Discussions!

Strengthening Horse-Human Relationships to Promote Responsible Horse Ownership

Promoting Successful Equine Transitions Through Rescue and Adoption

Facilitating Humane Death for Horses


Rev. Dr. Robert P. Lawrence, husband of Elizabeth for 46 years, pastor emeritus  of the First Congregational Church in Fall River

Deborah Kochevar, DVM, PhD, Dean, Cummings School

Andrew Rowan, PhD, President and  CEO, Humane Society International

Sandra L. Olsen, PhD, Curator, Section of Anthropology, Edward O'Neil Research Center, Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA

Derek Knottenbelt, OBE, BVMS, DVMS, DECEIM, MRCVS, Professor, University of Liverpool

Nicola Jarvis, DVM, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Hapton, Norwich, England

Jay Merriam, DVM,  Massachusetts Equine Clinic, Uxbridge, MA

Allen Rutberg, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy,  Cummings School

Register by APRIL 16 for Early Registration Rate!

Advances in Managing Camelid Emergencies

Saturday , May 1, 2010 Course Director Daniela Bedenice (DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVECC (Equine)  Register On-Line Now!


Ocular Emergencies: Dos and Don'ts

Stabilizing the Neonatal Patient

Approach to Respiratory and Gastro-Intestinal Emergencies

Common Pitfalls of Fluid Therapy in Camelids

Solutions to Orthopedic Emergencies

Hands On Laboratory



Anja Welihozkiy (DVM)

Daniela Bedenice (DVM, DACVIM (LA), DACVECC (Equine))

Julia Paxson (DVM)

Thomas Jenei (DVM, DACVS)

Katherine Chope (VMD)

Alisha Gruntman (DVM, DACVIM)

Ana Pacheco (DVM)

Mauricio Solano (DVM, DACVR)


April 20, 2010 Tuesdays at Tufts- Behavior: Treating Thunderstorm Phobias (7-9pm) - Nicole Cottam (MS)

April 25, 2010 Focus on Feline Medicine Course Director Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

May 1, 2010 Camelid Symposium and Laboratory; Course Director Dr Daniela Bedenice, DACVIM (Large Animal), DACVECC (Equine)

May 2, 2010 Small Animal Dental Laboratory; in Boston, MA; Course Director Dr. Jean Joo, DVM

May 15-16, 2010 The Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence Symposium- Hoofbeats and Society: the Horse-Human Relationship

May 18, 2010 Tuesdays at Tufts- Exotics; (7-9pm)

September 28-30, 2010 The 28th Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society

Other continuing education offerings:

New England Veterinary Medical Association   *   Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association   *   Maine Veterinary Medical Association  *  Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association    *   New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association   *   Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association *  Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association    *   University of Georgia   *   Vermont Veterinary Medical Association   *   Tufts VETS

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Office of Continuing Education, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536

phone 508-887-4723 * fax 508-887-4539 * email vetCEinfo@tufts.edu

ARHS Hypnotist Show

"You are getting very sleepy.... Come see the Hypnotist Show at Algonquin Regional High School (79 Bartlett Street, Northborough) at 7pm on April 8th!  Open to the public, students, and families of Northborough and Southborough... a guaranteed night of [appropriate] hysterics and fun!  Admission is only $10 (less than a movie)!  Students from Algonquin will be hypnotized but YOU could possibly be called from the audience to join!  For more info, check out www.HypnoLorenzo.com or contact jewels66@ymail.com (sophomore class president) !"

St. Mark’s School

Southborough, MA


Invitational Choral Festival

Friday, April 9, 2010  7:30 pm

Class of 1945 Hall

Center for the Arts

St. Mark’s School is hosting a sixth annual SPRING SING  Invitational Choral Festival on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm.  Choral groups from St. Mark’s, Groton School and Fay School will be joined by the Boston University Chamber Singers for this evening of singing in the Class of 1945 Hall on the St. Mark’s School campus in Southborough, MA.  Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.  Parking is available adjacent to the Center for the Arts.  The Class of 1945 Hall is handicapped accessible.

For further information,  call 508-786-6331.  For directions to the School, go to http://stmarksschool.org

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The Town of Southborough is accepting applications for a qualified full-time Town Planner. Performs professional, technical and administrative work associated with planning/land use controls and provides technical and administrative assistance to Planning Board. Candidate must possess knowledge of basic land use concepts such as subdivision, roadway design, landscape design, and site development. Thorough knowledge of local zoning by-laws, subdivision regulations and other applicable state statutes, rules and regulations as required. Strong interpersonal, written, communication skills and experience with MS Office required. Familiarity with GIS and local government a plus. Bachelor’s Degree is required; Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Land Use Planning is preferred. Minimum of 5 years of experience in municipal or environmental planning. Salary range $60,000-$75,000, excellent employee benefits. Send cover letter & resume to Personnel Dept. 17 Common Street, Southborough, MA 01772 immediately or e-mail personnel@southboroughma.com by Noon on Friday, April 9, 2010. AA/EEO

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   Join us! The Alzheimer's Association's Run for the Memory

 team is seeking runners and volunteers to participate in our spring/summer running program. * Boston 2010, April 19, 2010,  Qualified marathon runners still welcome;  * Run2Remember, May 30, 2010, Applications available online; and * Max Performance Triathlon Series, Summer, 2010, perfect for first-time triathletes! For information, visit the Run Website. Or contact Michelle Gonzalez.

2010 Relay For Life of Northboro-Southboro
Friday, May 14th - Saturday, May 15th
Algonquin Regional High School

Algonquin Regional High School

Click here for more information

Many teams to choose from including several favorite people of Southborough walking for the cause.

Group of Southborough Mom’s are “IN IT TO END IT!”

She is a mother of three, a mom of two, a single mom, a sister, an aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, sister-in law, friend, or colleague. She is a woman who suddenly woke up and felt something not quite right, or a woman who learned of her fate from an ultrasound.  These are the women in our lives, some are from Southborough, and others are from our personal families.  These women are currently fighting this disease and sadly some have lost the battle.  We are walking to honor and memorialize them.  We are walking because we want to put an end to this disease and we are walking for the 1 in 3 women that have yet to be diagnosed with the disease.

Six Southborough Mom’s have said we are “In it to End it” and have formed a team of walkers to participate in this years “Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  On May 15 & 16 the Sobo Mamas will be walking 39 miles to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.  This group consists of Sally Fodor, Nancy Barton, Marie Lescalleet, Sally Murphy, Ellen Factor and Sue Butka.  Together they plan to make a difference.   They need your help, Please consider making a donation to their team by logging onto www.avonwalk.org/goto/sobomamasdonate.

For more info please contact Nancy Barton @NKBarton@verizon or visit www.Avonwalk.org/goto/sobomamasdonate


Total Donations : $22,072

The New England Center for Children (NECC®) 4th Annual
5K Walk/Run for Autism

Proudly Sponsored By

The New England Center for Children's 4th Annual
5K Walk/Run for Autism will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 in Southborough, MA.

For 35 years The New England Center for Children has provided state-of-the-art education and individualized treatment, with care and respect, for children with autism and related disabilities. We are a non-profit education center dedicated to transforming the lives of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology.

The proceeds of the walk/run will benefit NECC’s Annual Fund, which allows us to provide our students with the learning environment they need to gain greater independence.

For more information, email walk10@necc.org

Click on logo above to return to www.necc.org

May 2nd- 2nd Annual Jeanne Arathuzik Memorial 5k Run/Walk

The Algonquin Regional Teachers’ Association is pleased to announce the Second Annual Jeanne Arathuzik Memorial Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk.  Jeanne was a much-loved Spanish teacher at our school, and was a Northborough resident for her whole life.  Proceeds will be put toward student scholarships (one in her memory) and the American Cancer Society.    This is a wonderful opportunity to join in a community effort to honor a remarkable woman and teacher.  Race, run, walk, have fun … come and celebrate Jeanne!

Date & Time: Sunday, May 2nd at 11:00 am.
Registration: Starts at 9:00am. Kids’ race at 10am.
Course: Start/Finish at Algonquin Regional High School (79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, MA)
Awards: Awards for all categories following the race.
Categories: 19 and under; 20-39; 40-59; 60+
Amenities: Restrooms available. T-shirts to all runners/walkers registered before April 15.
Entry Fee: $20.00 before April 15th.  $25.00 after April 15th.




Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission

17 Common Street, Southborough

Counseling – Youth Activities – Education & Information – Preventative & Community Programs

2010 Wine Tasting & Shopping For A Cause

3rd Annual Evening of Supporting Our Community Resource

Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission supports the services of Southborough Youth and

Family Services, which provides counseling, youth activities, education and information, and

preventive and community programs to the residents of Southborough. On April 28, 2010 the Friends

of The Southborough Youth Commission are organizing a night out consisting of Wine Tasting,

compliments of Tomasso Trattoria, a raffle and a night of fabulous shopping at The Southborough

Community House from 7:00-9:00pm. All of the proceeds will be donated to Southborough Youth

and Family Services.

If you are able to help out by donating a raffle item or would like to be a vendor at this event, please

contact Jill Pappas at jillpappas@aol.com (508.490.9902) or Karin Weinberg at karinw@charter.net

(508.490.9908). Please note that we are charging a flat rate of $30 to each vendor this year.

Your contribution is essential for Southborough Youth and Family Services to continue helping

children and families in need in our community. As you probably know SY&FS has been facing

budget cuts that are already impacting the services that they are able to deliver. Your involvement

and generosity are crucial and very much appreciated. Thank you very much for your consideration

and interest. We look forward to hearing from you.



Algonquin Regional High School Updates

Upcoming Events

click here for info about SAT class

4/7 Algonquin Music Showcase, 7 pm Auditorium
Hypnotist Show, 7 p.m. tist Show
4/9 End of Term 3
4/15 Spring Instrumental Concert, 7:30 p.m.
4/19 - 4/23 April Vacation
4/26 Students Return
4/29 Spring Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m.
5/1 SAT's @ ARHS, 8:00 a.m.
NEF Quiz Night, 7 pm
5/2 Cinco de Mayo 5K, 11:00 am
5/4 Open Mike CoffeeeHouse 7pm
Junior Prom, Union Station 7-11 p.m.

5/17, 5/18  MCAS Math

6/2, 6/3  MCAS Science
6/3 Pops Night
Graduation, 2:00 p.m.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Apr. 8
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track VS Milford High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ Milford High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse @ Medfield High School Wheelock 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Medfield High School   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse VS Nashoba Regional H.S. 9/11 Field in 4:00PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse VS Nashoba Regional H.S. 9/11 Field in 5:30PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   5:30PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Friday Apr. 9
 Boys Freshman Baseball   **Scrimmage - At Hillside School   3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Track @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Greater New Bedford Voc   4:00PM

April 6, 2010 - Don Robinson from National Grid did a presentation on electrical safety for the boy's and parents of Southborough Cub Scout Pack 921 Monday night at St. Mark's Church. Don brought along a teaching display which shows the effects of electricity in varied situations. Sparks flew as the kids peppered Mr. Robinson with questions and learned about voltage, watts, amps and grounding.

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Thank you to our Season 14 Sponsor

Tomasso Tattoria, Southborough's premier dining establishment and winner of Best of Boston West, and their sister market Panzano Provviste have teamed up with Steeple to deliver great music and drive more dollars to local charities.

Thank you to Tom and Mary Prince and the rest of the team at Panzano and Tomasso for their generous support!
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Greetings music fans!
This Saturday we feature our second CD release party of the year.  Those who came to see Maura Kennedy at her Boston area solo CD release were not disappointed.  This month, we feature Les Sampou as part of her CD release tour.

This is Les' first time at Steeple Coffeehouse, but I have worked with her before and she is fantastic.  She is a wonderful performer and I can't wait to hear the new material.

Getting us started is Pesky J. Nixon, a great group of guys with a great sound.  This will be a fun night!

Take advantage of the phenomenal deal from Tomasso, and please help us by supporting the Southborough Food Pantry.

We are doing our best to help you contribute to the community we live in while providing an opportunity to enjoy great live music.  Please help us help you and our neighbors by joining us for a great evening.

See you Saturday!



Saturday April 10 @ 7:30

Les Sampou

Les is an blues/rock musician from greater Boston's south shore.  She is an award winning songwriter who has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Toronto Blues Festival, and Falcon Ridge to name a few. She has conducted workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on the top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR.

Steeple Coffeehouse is proud to be a featured stop on Sampou's CD Release Tour!
Special Guest: Pesky J. Nixon


The strength of Pesky J. Nixon lies in their rich harmonies and musical versatility. Each member of PJN is a songwriter in their own right.

In Advance: $14 General/ $11 Students & Seniors
At the Door: $17 General/ $14 Students & Seniors

Order online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Tomasso's Unbelievable Offer
Exclusive "3 Course Dinner & Show" Menu from
Tomasso Trattoria

This season, our generous sponsor Tomasso Trattoria will be offering a 3 course pre-concert menu exclusively for Steeple Coffeehouse ticket holders.  The cost is $24 per person (only $19 if prepaid with online ticket purchase!). It is available day of show and is exclusively for concert ticket holders. Reservations are strongly recommended.

For current menu click here.
For complete details click here.

Southborough Food Pantry

As you know, the proceeds from our shows go to great local charities. In keeping with our giving spirit, we're asking guests to bring items for the Southborough Food Pantry to each show.

Click here for a current list of items needed.

When donating items, please check the expiration dates as the Food Pantry won't be able to use expired items.

Thank you!


The Library is having a POETRY CONTEST

for kids age 7 and older


**A timed tongue twister contest

**Guess the real poem

**Poetry Mad Libs

And more!!


If you would like to participate, please register at the Children’s Room desk or call 485-5031

Prizes will be awarded!~ Giggles guaranteed!


“The Pied Pier” to enchant Southborough Audiences

The Southborough Players presents in conjunction with the internationally acclaimed Missoula Children’s Theatre the classic children’s story

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.—The Southborough Players is proud to present Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of “The Pied Piper” on Saturday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Trottier Middle School, located at 49 Parkerville Road in Southborough. 

The show is the culmination of a week-long residency where 50 to 60 students grades K-12, or a combination of these ages, are cast and well rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform as an ensemble in producing a full-length musical. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast.

Southborough native and Southborough Players alumna Tania Saunders, a director with MCT, is excited to be back home for this show.

“I have always wanted to come back and direct a show in this community. I have grown so much from when I first started back when I was 6 years old in my first Southborough Players show,” said Saunders.  “I have taken all things I have learned growing up as a performer and director, and am very excited to teach all I have learned to the children and in the community and neighboring towns.”

Show Synopsis: What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? Sara, an orphan girl, and the other Townspeople of Hamelin Town turn to the Mayor of Hamelin and his Council when their town is threatened. They then call on the Pied Piper to save them from the troublesome creatures. The Mayor's son and daughter and the Cooks also join in the endeavor. Find out what happens when the town is unable to pay the Piper and the children are led away from the town along with the rats!

About the presenters: Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 35 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,300 communities this year with 47 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. All of MCT’s shows are original adaptations of children's stories and fairytales—a twist on the classic stories that you know and love. The residency in Southborough is made possible by The Southborough Players, who have been offereing quality community theatre in the Metrowest area for more than 40 years.

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Federal Flood Recovery Assistance Available For Both Storms

BOSTON, MA – The State of Emergency that Governor Deval Patrick declared last week in response to the March 29 storm that produced heavy rains, widespread road closures and major flooding has been terminated. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) affirmed that assistance will be available to residents and businesses impacted by both storms.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray signed the State of Emergency termination document on Monday morning, which demobilized the Massachusetts National Guard called to duty by the Governor to fill and transport sandbags to affected areas, direct traffic, conduct wellness checks and patrol areas with forced evacuations.

FEMA's announcement affirmed that the current Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance will now apply to individuals and businesses impacted by both flooding events last month - March 12-15 and March 29-30.

"I am thankful to President Obama for acknowledging the impact the two storms and resulting flooding has created for most of the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "We urge people to register with FEMA and apply for help, especially if you need assistance with housing, clothing, food, and other basic needs."

The assistance was initially authorized under a Major Federal Disaster Declaration requested by Governor Patrick on March 25 and issued by President Barack Obama on March 29 for the March 12-15 storm and flooding event. In the three days since the approval, 5,170 people have applied and FEMA inspectors have already started visiting homes of these applicants to make determinations quickly and get assistance to impacted homeowners and businesses.

"Communities across the Commonwealth were dramatically impacted by the two major storms that struck Massachusetts at the end of last month," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Governor Patrick and our administration appreciate the support and recognition by President Obama, who declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts last week as a result of these devastating storms. At this time, it is imperative that our residents learn of the resources and funding available through FEMA so that they can receive the proper assistance during this critical time."

The President's action makes Individual Assistance (IA) Programs available to affected homeowners, renters and businesses in a seven-county area - Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties. State officials are reviewing data to see if any additional counties qualify to be added to the eligibility list.

IA Programs administered by FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include Individuals and Households Programs (IHP), Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Legal Assistance, Tax Relief and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can initiate the application process for assistance by calling the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired, or by registering online at www.fema.gov. The toll-free Teleregistration numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice

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 & Flooding Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

It's a Fantastic Spring Season at the Museum!
"Jim Henson's Fantastic World" opens in just a few days on April 3! Spirits are high here at the Museum! The staff is busily working on finishing touches in the gallery. The media is abuzz with news of the opening. Public programs are lined up with choices for all ages.

If the Henson exhibition isn't enough, two other popular shows, "Treasured Lands" and "The Art of the Movie Theater," have people talking—and visiting! It's a great spring here!

Be sure to fan us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter user for regular updates. Hope to see you soon!

All New!
Henson and His Characters. Photo by John E. Barrett courtesy of The Jim Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Henson and His Characters. Photo by John E. Barrett courtesy of The Jim Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
April 3 through June 27, 2010
Please note: The Museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jim Henson (1936-1990)—artist, puppeteer, film director and producer—created elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments and even languages and cultures. His work is enjoyed in dozens of languages in more than 100 countries. “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and The Jim Henson Legacy, offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters. The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets, and television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Henson’s early career and experimental films. Visit the Museum's web site for more detailed information.
Quang-Tuan Luong at work in King's Canyon National Park, August 2007. © Buddy Squires.
Quang-Tuan Luong at work in King's Canyon National Park, August 2007. © Buddy Squires.
"Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus" Opens to Great Coverage!

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Feeney reviewed both "Treasured Lands" and "The Art of the Movie Theater" in The Boston Globe. A full-color center spread made quite an impact! He writes, "Luong contributes to the process an exacting eye, a knack for finding delicacy within grandeur, and discipline of heroic proportions."

Chris Bergeron, reporter for the MetroWest Daily News always does a fantastic job reviewing our shows. He presents a compelling look at "Treasured Lands," writing, "After a long, dreary winter, the spectacular beauty of the different natural habitats Luong has captured should thrill visitors and inspire them to follow in his footsteps." Here's his complete review.

“Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus,” now on view at the Museum through October 17, 2010.

Tampa Theater, 2000. Tampa, Florida. Photo by Stefanie Klavens.
Tampa Theater, 2000. Tampa, Florida. Photo by Stefanie Klavens.
"The Art of the Movie Theater" Featured Widely in The Boston Globe

In addition to the review listed above, "The Art of the Movie Theater" photographer Stefanie Klavens served as a guest contributor to The Boston Globe, writing a feature story on the history of her project. With a long-held interest in popular culture, she says, "My attachment to these theaters is both artistic and personal." The show is on view at the Museum through May 31, 2010.

April Programs
Bert & Ernie. Photo by John E. Barrett. TM & © 2010 Sesame Street Workshop. All Rights Reserved.
Bert & Ernie. Photo by John E. Barrett. TM & © 2010 Sesame Street Workshop. All Rights Reserved.
Jim Henson's Fantastic World Gallery Talk
Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm

Join Museum staff for a guided tour of “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” featuring drawings, cartoons and storyboards, puppets and television and movie props from throughout the artist’s career.

Rowlfe. Photo by John E. Barrett. © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Rowlfe. Photo by John E. Barrett. © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Puppetry Workshop
Sunday, April 11
1:30–4:00 pm

Art educator and puppeteer Michelle Finston will help people of all ages work together to make puppets from simple objects and use their creations to tell stories. Ages 7–adult; younger children should be accompanied by an adult. $20/participant (non-member); $15/participant (member). Pre-register by Friday, April 2, by email: programs@monh.org. Limited to 15.

Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog in 1978 on the set of The Muppet Movie. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Jim Henson with Kermit the Frog in 1978 on the set of The Muppet Movie. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Jim Henson Film Series at the Brattle
Friday, April 16–Sunday, April 18

This collaborative program with the Brattle Theatre combines select rarities by Jim Henson with the more traditional Muppet feature films. Films will be shown at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA.
Check the theater's listings for details.
Noah's Ark Clock, 1974. Bequest of George A. McFadden
Noah's Ark Clock, 1974. Bequest of George A. McFadden
Family Gallery Activity
The Sun, the Moon, and Father Time: Learn More About Clocks
Thursday, April 22, 2 pm–4 pm

Clocks have personality! Join museum staff for exciting gallery activities that explore “George McFadden’s Enchanted Clocks,” followed by craft projects. For children ages 6 and up with accompanying adult. $5/family (non-members) and $3/family (members). No pre-registration necessary.

"Sowing the Seeds of Liberty"
"Sowing the Seeds of Liberty"
Patriot's Day Activities
11 am–2 pm

Celebrate Patriot's Day with arts and crafts activities exploring life in 1775. Tour the exhibition, "Sowing the Seeds of Liberty: Lexington and the American Revolution." $5/family (members); $7/family (non-members).

In addition, the Lexington Alarm, the historic manuscript drafted the morning of April 19, 1775, to alert the colonies that war with the British had begun, will also be on display.

Snowths & Mahna Mahna. Photo by John E. Barrett. © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Snowths & Mahna Mahna. Photo by John E. Barrett. © The Muppets Studio, LLC.
Mornings at the Museum: Story Hour for Very Young Children
Thursday, April 29, 10:30 am

We will read stories and do related crafts that explore the theme of creativity, as inspired by Jim Henson’s work. We’ll also pay a visit to “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World.” For children age 4 and under with accompanying adult. $5/child (non-members) and $3/child (members).

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

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

Jim Henson exhibition organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and SITES, with the Henson Family; The Jim Henson Company; The Muppets Studio, LLC; and Sesame Workshop. Made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support provided by The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson.
All programs made possible by The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Apr. 7
 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Milford High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS Milford High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Hudson High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Hudson High School   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Hudson High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Hudson High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Volleyball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Apr. 7
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Nipmuc Regional HS   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Track @ Shawsheen Valley Tech HS Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track @ Shawsheen Valley Tech HS Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Montachustt Regvochs   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Montachustt Regvochs   4:00PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse VS Nipmuc Regional HS   5:00PM

Fish and Wildlife Notes



The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will be hosting the 66th Annual Northeast Fish and

Wildlife Conference at the Newton-Boston Marriot Hotel, April 25-27, 2010. This event is a gathering of natural resource professionals from Maryland to the Canadian provinces designed to provide opportunities for education, discussion, and exchanging of ideas. This year’s theme is “Climate Change and Wildlife Conservation-Adaptation and Mitigation”.  Sessions include a Climate Change Forum, a Striped Bass Symposium and a Wildlife Damage Workshop. Technical papers and poster sessions on topics relating to wildlife, fresh water and marine fisheries, mapping systems, habitat management, wildlife information and education and conservation law enforcement will be presented. Fish and wildlife related vendors will be exhibiting throughout the meeting, and professional fish and wildlife groups will be meeting. Registration materials and session information is on the conference website at http://www.neafwa.org  or contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 865-5202.




Upcoming Meetings -- The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Advisory Committee will meet at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Field Headquarters located off North Drive in Westborough on Thursday, April 9, 2010 from 1:30- 4:30 PM.  The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will meet on April 29, 2010 at 2 PM at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Field Headquarters located off North Drive in Westborough. Both meetings are open to the public and the building is handicapped accessible.


Wildlife Editor And Biologist Honored -- For his dedication to youth and conservation, Peter Mirick of West Boylston, state wildlife biologist and editor of Massachusetts Wildlife magazine, was recently honored by the Mahar Regional High School Fish’N Game Club as Conservationist of the Year. “Two things are critical to conservation in Massachusetts,” said Mike Roche, Mahar Fish N Game Club Advisor. “One is involving youth and the second is getting the word out to the public about conservation. Peter Mirick excels at both. He is a tremendous influence on young people.”  Roche cited Mirick’s work with youth at the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp and founding of FAWNS (Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society) and its signature event, the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (Big MOE) as examples of his work with young people.  For his efforts in promoting the conservation message, Roche praised Mirick’s writing and editorial skills in the producing Massachusetts Wildlife magazine, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s flagship publication.


Please Volunteer For Envirothon 2010!—Approximately 500 students, in teams representing high schools across the state, will be participating in the 23rd Annual Envirothon on May 13, 2010, at Otter River State Forest in Baldwinville (Templeton).  This statewide natural resources competition engages student-teams with real-life environmental questions in their communities and introduces them to major environmental topics during the academic year. On May 13, student teams will come together to test their knowledge of forests, wildlife, soil, and water resources. They will also give short presentations about how this year’s Current Issue, "Groundwater Protection," is and could be addressed in their community, then answer questions from a panel of judges about the team’s recommendations.


“The annual exploration of environment and community that is Envirothon is only possible because of the people who volunteer their time or give other kinds of support,” said Volunteer Coordinator Susan Benoit. Benoit estimates the Massachusetts Envirothon committee needs 200 volunteers to help administer the different aspects of the day: registration, escorting teams, preparing and serving lunch and judging to name a few needs. “Even if you cannot commit to the entire day or every type of task, but are confident you could help with some portion of the event, please connect with us,” said Benoit. She also encouraged people to contact friends, colleagues, and other conservation-minded people who might have an interest in fostering advocacy and a concern for the environment in high school students.


Visit the Envirothon Volunteer page (at http://www.maenvirothon.org/volunteer.htm), click on and fill out the “Volunteer Contact Sheet”, and then copy and paste the text of that form into an email to Volunteer Coordinator Susan Benoit. To learn more, visit the Envirothon website  (www.maenvirothon.org), or contact: Susan Benoit, Envirothon Volunteer Coordinator by phone at (508) 389-6393; or email her at: susan.benoit@state.ma.us.


April Is Rabies Awareness Month--The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) reminds all Bay State residents about the importance vaccinating their pets against rabies and about ways to reduce the risk of animal bites and other potential rabies exposures. Rabies is a fatal disease for all mammals. According to Department of Public Health reports 128 raccoons, 21 skunks, 21 bats, 11 foxes, 9 cats, and 5 woodchucks tested positive for rabies in 2009.


Keeping vaccinations current on dogs, ferrets, and cats (including indoor cats) is crucial to rabies prevention and it’s also the law. Pets can act as a bridge between a rabid wild animal and a person, acquiring the virus through a bite and then bringing the virus into the household. The Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), as well as other animal, veterinary and public health organizations, are coordinating rabies vaccination clinics this spring in communities across the Commonwealth. Vaccination costs vary, but all clinics strive to be affordable. For a list of participating communities, visit http://www.mass.gov/agr/animalhealth/rabies/vaccinationclinics.htm.


Rabies testing occurs when there is contact between a potentially rabid animal and a person or pet. Rabies has been documented in the majority of Massachusetts cities and towns, including Cape Cod. No part of the state is free from the risk of rabies.  Prevention and avoidance are important when dealing with wildlife. Raccoons and skunks are attracted to residential areas across the Commonwealth and capitalize on artificial food sources such as garbage, compost, gardens, bird feed and pet food. Skunks are particularly fond of white lawn grubs, the larvae of Japanese beetles. Many animals also take advantage of man-made shelter such as crawl spaces under garden sheds or decks, with raccoons frequently denning in chimneys and attics that are not capped or sealed. Refrain from using or installing pet doors as they also provide entry for wildlife. “Critter proof” your home by repairing screens, vents, capping chimneys and other areas where wildlife may gain access. By eliminating both artificial food sources and shelter, the chances of encountering raccoons and skunks around the home and yard will be greatly reduced.


If an animal inflicts a bite or scratch, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for 15 minutes and call a physician. If possible, capture the suspected animal with care and/or call your local Board of Health and Animal Control Officer for details on testing protocol. Use caution with a pet you suspect may have been in a fight with a wild animal. Handle the pet with gloves and contact a veterinarian.  If you find a bat inside your house in a room with a sleeping person, a previously unattended young child, someone who is mentally incapacitated, or a pet, capture the animal in a large coffee can and call your doctor and local public health officials. "A Homeowners Guide To Bats" pamphlet is available at District offices located in Dalton, Belchertown, West Boylston, Ayer and Bourne. For more information on rabies, visit the DPH website at: http://www.mass.gov/dph/rabies.


April Summary Of Events--The month of April is filled with fish and wildlife events, workshops and recreation opportunities: an insect signs and tracks presentation in Amherst (tonight!), opening fishing days at Wachusett and Quabbin Reservoirs, Growing Up WILD workshops for pre-school educators in Buckland and Sandwich, a moose talk in Groton, a fly-tying and fly fishing workshop for Outdoorswomen in Belchertown, and a Kids Casting Event in Springfield. For more information, go to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife and click on the Calendar of Events. This calendar is continually updated with events for the public and natural history tidbits.

Sleeping Cat

April 5, 2010 - The cat has figured out one way to celebrate Easter weekend.

Tell it Like it Is

April 5, 2010 - An old mileage sign at Cordaville and Framingham Roads.

Southborough to Offer Discounted Rain Barrels & Bio-Orb Composters


The Town of Southborough is offering discounted rain barrels and tumbling composters as part of the Spring Cleanup Event on May 1 .  The rain barrels retail for $119.95, but are available for the bulk discount price of $75.95.  The Bio-Orb® composters, found in online stores for $130 - $170, are available through this program for $89.95.  The town has teamed up with The New England Rain Barrel Company to help residents conserve water, reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and the use of commercial fertilizers, and cut down on the waste that ends up in the landfill.


Rain Barrels

The rain barrels are made in Peabody, Mass. from 55 gallon blue plastic containers originally used in the US food industry.  They have a 6” inlet opening in the top covered with a screened louver to keep insects and debris out.  The barrels have 2 brass spigots, one to connect to a hose for watering, the other for overflow.  A second hose may be connected to the overflow valve to direct excess water away from the home.  Included is a 5’ starter hose with a shutoff valve and complete installation instructions.  Homeowners may join multiple barrels together for additional capacity, and paint the barrels if a different color is preferred.


Rain barrel use is a way to capture and store rainwater from a home’s roof gutter system for later use.  The New Englander is designed for watering flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees either by connecting a garden hose to the rain barrel or filling a watering can.  By capturing the rain falling on the entire roof area, even a gentle shower will provide plenty of water…as little as ¼ inch on an average roof will fill a barrel.


Stormwater pollution is a growing problem.  When rainwater flows over the paved surfaces in our cities and suburbs, it picks up fertilizers & pesticides from our lawns, oil & antifreeze from our driveways, pet waste and litter from our sidewalks and gutters, and deposits it all into our streams and rivers.  Rain barrel use diverts a portion of the rainwater from the paved surfaces around the home and will filter naturally into the ground when used to water plants and shrubs.  By watering plants directly from a garden hose, drip hose, or watering can, we also reduce the water wasted when running a lawn sprinkler.



The Bio-Orb® is a spherically shaped home composting bin which can be rolled to mix the compost.  It’s made in America from 100% recycled plastic (50% from home recycling).  Bio-Orb® is 3 feet in diameter with a 13 cubic foot capacity and assembles without tools in 10 minutes.  It is an enclosed system to keep rodents and raccoons out, with small holes to let in rain, air, beneficial insects and worms.  It comes complete with assembly instructions and a composting tip sheet.


Composting is an easy way to improve the health of your landscape by using all natural fertilizer instead of buying chemicals or bagged compost.  Compost can be used to enrich the flower or vegetable garden and improve the soil around trees and shrubs.  It also makes an excellent soil amendment for house plants and planter boxes, and, when screened, as part of a seed starting mix or lawn top-dressing.  Composting kitchen and yard waste can reduce the number of leaf bags brought to the transfer station and reduce waste on trash pickup day.  This translates into a smaller carbon footprint and less money spent by the city or town on trash removal which can be better spent on other municipal services.


The unique design of Bio-Orb® makes mixing the compost fun and easy.  Just tip it up on its axis (think wagon wheel) and roll it around once or twice a week. This will speed up the breakdown of waste and yield usable compost sooner.



For more information and to place your order, call The New England Rain Barrel Company toll free at 877-977-3135 or order online at www.nerainbarrel.com.  Orders must be placed by April 26, 2010 for pickup at the Spring Cleanup Event, May 1, at the DPW Yard,  147 Cordaville Road.

Eight Boston arts teachers to receive prestigious  Teachers as Artists Fellowships!

On April 6, 2010, Boston Art Academy’s Center for Arts in Education will announce eight new Teachers as Artists Fellows in a special event at the Curley Upper School in Jamaica Plain.

Teachers as Artists (TAA) is a competitive fellowship program that awards up to eight $5,000 grants to Boston Public School arts teachers. The funding allows arts educators to explore their artistic goals and connects them with new practices and professionals in their disciplines. An additional $1,500 is awarded to each recipient’s home school to support the work of the fellow in his/her classroom during the following school year.

In a time of mostly negative news on many fronts, this represents terrific news on many fronts, including the arts, children, education and the City of Boston.

TAA is made possible by Leadership Grants from the Surdna and Barr Foundations. The Boston-based Barr Foundation envisions a city with deep connections to nature and community, rich cultural expression and hopeful futures for children. New York’s Surdna Foundation focuses its support on the environment, community revitalization, effective citizenry, the arts, and the nonprofit sector.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol S. Johnson, The Barr Foundation Special Advisor to Arts, Culture, and Education Klare Shaw, and Boston Arts Academy Headmaster Linda Nathan will join together to announce the eight TAA Fellows.

The TAA fellows represent a variety of schools. A list of the teachers, their proposed fellowship activities and their school follows.

Teachers as Artists Fellowship Announcement

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 4-6:00 p.m.

Curley Upper School Cafeteria

493 Centre Street

Jamaica Plain, MA

2010 Teachers as Artists Fellows

Jennifer S. Berry (Westwood, MA)

William McKinley South End Academy (South End)

Will train in Readers Theatre with The Readers Theatre Institute in Chicago, IL for two weeks.

Christina M. Bynoe (Brookline, MA)

Blackstone Elementary School (South End)

Will study under the umbrella of theatre avatar, Ellen Stewart, the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club for three weeks at the 11th Annual La MaMa International Symposium for Directors, in Spoleto, Italy.  

Carolyn Diviacchi (Allston, MA)

Donald McKay K-8 (East Boston)

Will study drawing and tonal painting techniques at the International School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy.

Martha J. Kempe (Milton, MA)

Mather Elementary School (Dorchester)

Will participate in a residential painting course in Benaraba, Spain in order to experience Spanish art, architecture, and culture. Ms. Kempe will paint alongside a group of international artists, all under the expert tutelage of professional artist, Marion Henke, and to paint while traveling to Seville and Madrid to view the Spanish masterpieces in museums and experience the culturally rich architectural landmarks.

Kim Taylor Knight (South End-Boston, MA)

Curley K-8 School (Jamaica Plain)

Will participate in workshops at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and in open classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City to renew and refresh chorographic skills.

Kathleen Osul (Southborough, MA)

Snowden International School (Back Bay)

Will participate in a photography workshop with mentoring artist Peter Turnley in Istanbul, Turkey for one week.

Paul J. Pitts (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Boston Latin School (Fenway)

Will study African drumming and dance for three weeks at The Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyla, Ghana.

Sally Wattles (Roxbury, MA)

Roosevelt K-8 (Hyde Park)

Will participate in a painting workshop at Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, NM to study Georgia O’Keefe’s home landscape and painting styles. Will also travel to Yosemite National Park to explore Albert Bierstadt’s inspiration and work.  

Marlborough Hospital Announces Spring 2010 Community Education Classes

Marlborough, MA – (March 29, 2010) -- Marlborough Hospital is pleased to present these free community education classes for spring 2010:

Tuesday, April 13 – 7 pm

Athletics After 40 – How to Stay in the Game

Donald Hangen, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Marlborough Orthopaedic Associates

Patricia Byler PT, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Marlborough Hospital

Time takes its toll on the body but there is overwhelming evidence that no matter when people start to exercise, they can achieve significant improvement in health and general wellbeing. Factors such as muscle loss, lack of flexibility, and reduced joint motion are factors that need consideration with a mature body athletic program. Dr. Hangen and Ms. Byler will explain how aging affects the body, what steps you can take to avoid injury and the options that are available for treatment if you are experiencing chronic pain while exercising. Marlborough Hospital, Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Call 508-486-5805.

 Tuesday, April 27  – 7 pm

Common Sports Injuries 
Markian Stecyk, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Marlborough Orthopaedic Associates 
Stacey Rotberg DPT, Physical Therapist, Marlborough Hospital 
Join Dr. Stecyk and Ms. Rotberg as they analyze several of the more common sports injuries by discussing actual case studies. From understanding the diagnosis, to options for treatment and rehabilitation of the injury, they explore what the sports enthusiast must do to get back into action. Marlborough Hospital, Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Call 508-486-5805.

Marlborough Hospital

Spring Community Education Classes

Tuesday, May 4 – 7 pm

Shoulder Complaints and Treatments 

Paul Pongor, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Marlborough Orthopaedic Associates

Beth Mackenzie, DPT, Physical Therapist, Marlborough Hospital

Shoulder problems, either minor or serious, may include symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, changes in temperature or color, or changes in range of motion. Shoulder injuries most commonly occur during sports activities, work-related tasks, projects around the home or falls. Dr. Pongor and Ms. Mackenzie will speak about the best treatments for common shoulder injuries such as fractures, tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs and more. Marlborough Hospital, Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Call 508-486-5805.

Tuesday, May 11 – 7pm

Understanding Stroke 

Judy Connelly, RN, CNRN, Stroke Coordinator, Marlborough Hospital

More than 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year. It is the number one cause of disability in the United States. Join Ms. Connelly for a frank discussion of what you can do to prevent a stroke. Find out about the different types of strokes, their causes, and discuss risk factors. Learn what to do if you think you or someone you know is having a stroke and how your actions can affect recovery. Marlborough Hospital, Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Call 508-486-5805.

Tuesday, May 18 – 7 pm

Treatment Option for Uterine Fibroids 

Stephen Baer, MD, Gynecologist, Marlborough Hospital

Ducksoo Kim, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Marlborough Hospital

As many as three out of four women will have uterine fibroids at some point during their lifetime. Spend an evening with two leading experts in the field, Dr. Baer and Dr. Kim, as they bring you up to date on the latest treatment options for women suffering from uterine fibroids. Explore new treatments such as the less-invasive treatment uterine fibroid embolization, focused ultrasound surgery, myomectomy, hysterectomy and more. Marlborough Hospital, Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Call 508-486-5805.

Space Weather News for April 5, 2010

AMAZING LIFTOFF:  This morning, space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral at the crack of dawn.  Longtime shuttle watchers say it was one of the most remarkable launches of the 30-year program.  Discovery resembled a comet arcing across the sky as sunrise rays played across the ship's icy exhaust, creating an artificial noctilucent cloud.  Images and eyewitness accounts are featured on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth's magnetosphere today, April 5th, at approximately 0800 UT and sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the year. The event registered 7 on the 0-to-9 Kindex scale of magnetic disturbances. Although the storm is subsiding now, it is not over; high-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.  Latest images may be found in the gallery: http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01apr10_page3.htm

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS:  Would you like to turn your phone into a space  weather monitoring system?  Sign up for Space Weather PHONE: http://spaceweatherphone.com

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

Teresa M. (Civitenga) Pond, 80, a former resident of Southborough and Bridgewater, died Monday, March 29, 2010 at Cape Regency Nursing Home in Centerville after a brief struggle with cancer. She was the wife of Arnold E. Pond with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Framingham, she was a daughter of the late Duilio and Sophia (Micoli) Civitenga. A graduate of Framingham High School, she was a longtime employee of New England Telephone, later NYNEX, and retired as a supervisor after 40 years of service. Mrs. Pond loved being with her family and enjoyed cooking for the holidays. She was a former parishioner of St. Anne's Church while residing in Southborough. In addition to her husband, she leaves a brother: Dulio Civitenga; two nephews: Peter and Tom Civitenga; a niece: Paula Donahue & her husband Steven; a great niece: Christina Ahern and a great nephew: Michael Donahue. She was pre-deceased by her sister: Angela Agostinelli and a brother: Bennie Naticchioni and a niece: Rozanne Agostinelli. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday April 5 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Rd., Southborough (www.stanne-southborough.org).Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Rte. 85, Southborough. There are no public visiting hours. Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA. 02115 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Boyle Bros. Funeral Home of Framingham assisted with arrangements.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Apr. 6
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Marlborough High School   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Marlborough High School 9/11 Field in 4:00PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse VS Marlborough High School 9/11 Field in 5:30PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse @ Marlborough High School   5:30PM
 Boys JV Volleyball VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Apr. 6
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Worcester Public HS Click for directions Foley Field 4:00PM


Anglers with cabin fever (and fishing licenses) who have been impatiently waiting for open water will be cheered to learn that trout stocking began in mid-March in the eastern part of the state and now is occurring throughout the Commonwealth. Because of high flood waters, Division staff are refraining from stocking streams and rivers. Weekly trout stocking reports are posted and updated each Friday:



 at  www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/fishing/trout/trout_stocking_schedule.htm.  All schedules are subject to alteration or cancellation due to equipment failure, inclement weather, high water, or other unforeseen circumstances. Anglers without Internet access may also call the nearest District office for information: Western (413) 684-1646; Valley (413) 323-7632; Central (508) 835-3607; Northeast (978) 772-2145; or Southeast (508) 759-3406. Don't forget to try to "hook" a new angler of any age, especially a youngster; be sure to share the joys and challenges of fishing!




‘Tis the season for amphibians on the move, especially on warm, rainy nights.  Salamanders, spring peepers, wood frogs, and toads will be hopping and crawling across Bay State roadways on warm wet nights, heading to vernal pools and other wetlands to mate and lay their eggs. Reports of amphibians chorusing and on the move have already come in to Division of Fisheries and Wildlife during the heavy rains of  March.


The height of spring amphibian activity comes during rainy nights when spring peepers are heard calling. Thousands of frogs, salamanders, and toads are moving across roadways on warm rainy nights, and many are squashed by vehicles traveling after dark.  Some local communities and conservation groups host salamander crossings where traffic is slowed to allow for safe progress of amphibians. Other local conservation groups meet at known “Big Night” crossings to share this seasonal phenomenon with the public or look for new road crossings to document the presence of nearby vernal pools. Consider doing your daily errands before dark or during dry evenings as a way to reduce amphibian traffic mortality.


Vernal pools are unique wildlife habitats best known for the amphibians and invertebrate animals that use the pools to breed. Also known as ephemeral pools, autumnal pools, and temporary woodland ponds, vernal pools typically fill with water in the autumn or winter due to rising ground water and rainfall and remain full through the spring and into summer. Vernal pools dry completely by the middle or end of summer each year, or at least every few years. Occasional drying prevents fish that eat eggs or tadpoles from establishing permanent populations. Many amphibian and invertebrate species rely on this unique breeding habitat free of fish predators.


Find out much more about what vernal pools are, what they look like, and what creatures use them in Massachusetts! Consider ordering a Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools, published by the Division’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and the Vernal Pool Association. Beautiful photographs and descriptive text are combined to aid in the identification and study of amphibians, reptiles and many invertebrates. The Field Guide may be ordered by calling the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program at (508) 389-6360. Visit the Division’s website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife and click on the Natural Heritage button for other information about ways to certify and protect vernal pools.  Another useful website with information on vernal pools, crossing signs, and other educational materials can be found at the Vernal Pool Association at www.vernalpool.org.

Sunrise Service

April 4, 2010 - The combined parishes of Southborough held their annual sunrise Easter service at Hopkinton State Park this morning.


Happy Easter from the Southborough News

Senior Center Activities

5  Monday  6 Tuesday Wednesday 8 Thursday 9 Friday 10 Saturday
8:30 am Health Clinic
7:45 am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
8:30 Health Clinic


8:30 AM Mohegan Sun Bus Trip
9:00 AM Center Opens
8:30 AM Tax Work Off Registration
9:00 Dr. Cooper
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
9:30 AM Cribbage 11:00 Senior Singers 9:30 Mah Jongg 9:00 Friday Hours
12:00 PM Blue Plate Special
12 Ping Pong
9:30 Painting Class
  12 PM Pitch   12 Pitch 10:00 Canasta
2 PM fitness 1:00 PM Water Aerobics 2:00 PM Fitness 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"


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

Southborough meetings

April 5 - April 9, 2010  





Advisory Committee 4/5 6:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Board of Selectmen 4/5 6:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Historical Commission 4/5 5:00 PM Historical  Museum Common Street
Planning Board - Agenda 4/5 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Assabet Valley Regional District School Committee 4/6 7:00 PM Assabet Valley Regional School Committee Conference Room
Board of Assessors 4/6 8:30 AM Hearing Room Town House
Board of Selectmen - Agenda 4/6 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Naming Subcommittee of the Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee 4/6 5:30 PM Principal's Conference Rm F108, Algonquin Regional High School
Southborough Affordable Housing Trust 4/6 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town house
Youth Commission 4/6 7:15 PM Conference Room Fayville Village Hall
Zac (Zoning Advisory Committee) 4/7 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Scholarship Advisory Committee 4/7 7:00 PM Meeting Room Southborough Library
Council on Aging 4/7 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Cable Television Committee 4/7 7:30 PM Cable Access Office Fayville Village Hall
Board of Health 4/7 1:00 PM Board of Health Office Cordaville Hall
Conservation Commission - Agenda 4/8 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House

Sunday 4 Monday 5 Tuesday 6 Wednesday 7 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10

Storytime ages 2-5 years 10:30 AM




ages 2-5 years 10:30 AM 



Storytime ages 2-5 10:30 AM

First Wednesday Book Discussion Group
Apr 07 10:00 AM  

 Poetry Reading - Marlon Carey
Apr 07   7:00 PM  

Toddler Time
Mar 25 11:00 AM  







The Library has a great new website:  Click here

For the March Calendar with Reminders click here

Don't Forget you can pick up Tax forms at the library 

Softball Season

April 4, 2010 - ARHS girls softball has begun.



Celebrate at the Library with Southborough author


as she reads her new children’s book

Solomon Sire and the Fantastic Fib



11:00 AM


Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

Monday Apr. 5
 Boys Varsity Tennis VS North Middlesex H S Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ North Middlesex H S   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ North Middlesex H S   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track VS North Middlesex H S Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Quabbin Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Quabbin Regional H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Quabbin Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Quabbin Regional H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Monday Apr. 5
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Keefe Technical High Scho   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Keefe Technical High Scho Softball Field 3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Keefe Technical High Scho Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Shawsheen Valley Tech HS Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Marlboro High School Click for directions   3:30PM
Prather Lecture: E. O. Wilson "Biodiversity and the Future of Biology"

Presented by The Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard

Location: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
52 Oxford Street Garage

On Sale Date: 3/3/2010
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222

Monday 4/5 06:00 PM Buy Online Now

Ticket Prices: Regular: $10.00 (4 ticket limit per person); Students: $5.00; Harvard ID Holders: Free (limit of 2 ticket per person while supplies last).

Performance Detail: The box office at Sanders Theatre will open at 4pm on April 5th for this event.

On April 5th, Edward O. Wilson will present the annual John M. Prather Lecture in Biology, titled "Biodiversity and the Future of Biology."

Edward O. Wilson is one of the most influential and accomplished biologists of the last half-century and one of the world's leading voices for conservation of global biodiversity. Currently the Pellegrino Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard, Wilson is best known for his groundbreaking research on the biology and behavior of ants, as well as his celebrated work in such broad fields as island biogeography, sociobiology, and conservation biology. He is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, with Bert Hölldobler), as well as the recipient of many fellowships, honors, and awards.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (www.hmnh.harvard.edu), 26 Oxford Street.