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April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

East Main Street Fire

April 17, 2010 -  Resident transported to U-Mass Marlborough Hospital after mattress fire.

A resident of an East Main Street apartment building was transported to U-Mass Marlborough Hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a mattress fire in her apartment Thursday night.

Firefighters responded to the 11:25 PM call for fire alarms sounding in the building. Upon investigating, firefighters found a mattress fire in a second story apartment, and the resident attempting to extinguish the fire. Heavy smoke was found in the bedroom with a heat condition starting to build.

Firefighters removed the occupant to safety outside, and removed a window to alleviate the smoke and heat condition. The burning mattress was then thrown out of the window where it burst into flames upon impacting the ground. Slight damage to the outside of the structure occurred from the burning mattress.

The injured occupant was transported by a mutual aid ambulance from Marlborough (Patriot Ambulance) with non life threatening injuries.

Firefighters were clear of the incident by 12:54 AM on April 16th. Residents were allowed to return to the building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit.

A Walk through The Woods

April 17, 2010 - A deer crosses paths in a wooded area of Southborough.

Bluebird Ventures

April 17, 2010 - Eleven years now bluebirds have nested in the same place year to year.  In fact, one year raising two broods.

A Few things to do on School Vacation Week

Get your Park Passport and start exploring your state parks! Collect all 76 stamps in your passport and experience the diverse natural, cultural and recreational resources that span DCRs 450,000 acres.

Click the photo to the left for more info.

Garden in the Woods

Opening Day 2010 April 15

180 Hemenway Road • Framingham, MA 01701-2699 • T 508.877.7630

Beautiful gardens to see. Conservation issues to learn. Rare and endangered plant habitats to study. And more.

Garden in the Woods' 2010 season runs April 15 through October 31. Many events are planned for the season (check our calendar). Visit this website often to discover which plants are in bloom. Opening week is full of exciting blooming plants (visit our Bloom Board).

The Society's horticulture staff and interns have been readying the Gardens for weeks. There were leaves to rake and shred and spread, limbs to collect and remove, paths and trails to check and refurbish.

New this year in the garden is a stunning fence by Frank Hamm in the Edible Garden next to the Idea Garden. Please read the article about its construction. As the season progresses, we will highlight other new things in the garden. Frank will construct another surprise later in the season.

Whether your interests include a short or long walk after a long day at work, learning about conservation or horticulture, visiting a favorite native plant, breathing in the delightful smells of the garden, checking out the new blooms, or just sitting and listening to the birds in the woods, you will find a haven at Garden in the Woods.

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Discovery Museums

177 Main Street (Route 27)
Acton, Massachusetts 01720
Phone: 978.264.4200
fun@discoverymuseums.org

Programs and Events on April 18, 2010

Nature Inspired Suncatchers

Information:

Date: April 18, 2010

Time: Drop-in 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Children's Discovery

Ages Range: 0-5 Years

Cost: Free with Admission

Program Description:

Collect an assortment of natural materials from the children’s museum grounds to create a dazzling collage to hang in a window at your home.

Programs and Events on April 19, 2010

Vacation Week

April 19, 2010 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM - Both buildings OPEN

Dinosaur Dig

April 19, 2010 | All Day - Conduct your own paleontology dig in our giant outdoor sandbox. Bring a dinosaur and join in the fun! We’ll provide the sand, tools, and fossils.

Go Sustainable with Olin College!

April 19, 2010 | Drop-in 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Become a Patriot on this special day and learn about sustainability with Olin College engineers! Explore wind and solar renewable energy, make your own bio-plastic, and participate in design challenges led by the Olin College...

Programs and Events on April 20, 2010

Vacation Week

April 20, 2010 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM - Both buildings OPEN

Bubble Bonanza

April 20, 2010 | All Day - Bubbles high, bubbles low, large ones, small ones, it’s so much fun to watch them grow! Use our special bubble wands and bubble solution to create extraordinary bubbles. How big can you make your bubble?

Engineers Exchange

April 20, 2010 | Drop-in 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Meet a FIRST Tech Challenge robot and its designers from the Acton-Boxborough Robotics Team. Watch the robot maneuver and learn about the design process and competition. Try a simple engineering challenge to experience the design process.

Programs and Events on April 21, 2010

Vacation Week

April 21, 2010 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM - Both buildings OPEN

Butterflies

April 21, 2010 | Drop-in 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Beautiful butterflies made by you! Mix some colors, add water, and you have your own specially designed butterfly.

Spring Tree Walk

April 21, 2010 | 1:00 pm - Spring brings buds and new life and growth to all plants including trees. Find out more about our massive neighbors on a walk around the grounds with science teacher Frank Meehan. See the variation in bud shapes, sizes, and colors, and...

Programs and Events on April 22, 2010

Vacation Week

April 22, 2010 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM - Both buildings OPEN

Nature Walk

April 22, 2010 | 10:00 am - Come explore nature during a guided tour through a section of woods adjacent to the children’s museum perfectly sized for young children. Use your senses as we listen to the wind and the birds calling from the trees, watch for...

Beatrix Potter: More than Peter Rabbit!

April 22, 2010 | Drop-in 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Beatrix Potter, best known as the author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit books, was also a self-taught botanist who studied fungi and lichens. Learn how her paintings of fungi led her to careful observations, experiments, and important...

Programs and Events on April 23, 2010

Vacation Week

April 23, 2010 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM - Both buildings OPEN

Messy Masterpiece

April 23, 2010 | Drop-in 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Spring is here! Let the new leaves and blooming flowers capture your imagination. Use your little fingers to swirl and squish through the paint and create a beautiful spring-inspired creation.

Weather Construction

April 23, 2010 | Drop-in 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Is it possible to make a storm? What about a rainbow? Be a scientist as you design experiments to find out and become a Meteorologist as you create your own weather instruments.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

Monday Apr. 19
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Doherty Memorial High School Algonquin 11:00AM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Doherty Memorial High School   11:00AM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Doherty Memorial High School Algonquin 11:00AM
 Girls JV Softball @ Doherty Memorial High School   11:00AM
 Boys JV Volleyball @ Millis High School   5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Millis High School   6:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Monday Apr. 19
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Pathfinder Vocational Tech   11:00AM

Department of Conservation and Recreation Vacation Week Programs

Saturday, April 17

Revere Beach Weekly Walks, 10:30 am-11:30 am, Revere Beach Reservation, Revere

Kids Spring Fling: Come to your Senses, 1 pm, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

A Seedy Story, Earth Day, 4 pm, Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams

Sunday, April 18

Winter into Spring Birding, 8 am-10 am, Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Discovery Days at the Park, 11 am-2 pm, Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

Signs of Spring Family Program, 1-2:30 pm, Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke

Spring Hike at Wompatuck, 1 pm-3 pm, Wompatuck State Forest, Hingham

Tilting Rock Hike, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Wrentham State Forest, Wrentham

Belle Isle Canoe Paddle, 2 pm-4 pm, Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, East Boston

Monday, April 19

Tot Time, 10 am-11 am, Mount Holyoke Range State Park, South Hadley

Discovery Days at the Park, 11 am-2 pm, Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Thoreau and the Two Revolutions,1 pm-3 pm, Walden Pond Reservation, Concord

Tuesday, April 20

Learn to Fish! 9 am-1 pm, Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton

Family Hike at Quashnet River Woods, 10 am-noon, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth

Great Blue Hill Hike, 1 pm, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

Birds Abound in Brighton, 2 pm-3:30 pm, Meet at Artesani Playground, Brighton

A Spring Campfire Celebration, 7:30 pm-9 pm, Revere Beach Reservation, Revere

Wednesday, April 21

Discovery Days at the Park,11 am-2:00 pm, Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

Spring Fun Day, 11 am-2 pm, Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover

Spring has Sprung, 11 am-noon and 2 pm-3 pm, Belle Isle Marsh, East Boston

Lyrids Meteor Shower Night Hike, 8 pm-9:30 pm, Breakheart Reservation, Saugus

Thursday, April 22

Bird Brains, 10-11:30 am, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth

Plant a Flower on Earth Day, 10 am-noon, Webb State Park, Weymouth

The Lorax Visits Upton, 10:30 am-noon, Upton State Forest, Upton

Wicked Big Puddle Exploration, 11 am, Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park

Discovery Days at the Park, 11 am-2 pm, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Tide Pool Discovery at Red Rock Park, 11 am-noon & 2 pm-3 pm, Red Rock Park, Lynn

Celebrate Earth Day! Make More Earth, 1-2 pm, Walden Pond Reservation, Concord

Friday, April 23

Snakes Awake for Spring Break!1-2:30 pm, Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

Myles Standish Monument Climb, 2 pm-6 pm, Crescent Street, Duxbury

Oh My! The Spring Sky!, 8-10 pm, Halibut Point State Park, Rockport

Saturday, April 24

Park Serve Day!, Pick a Park, Give a day, Make a difference

Junior Ranger Day, 10 am-2 pm, Georges Island, Boston Harbor

Earth Day Coffee House, 7:30 pm, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth

Sunday, April 25

Gyotaku: Fish Printing, 10 am-11 am, Schooner Ernestina, New Bedford

“To Build A Fire” Family Program, 1 pm-2 pm, Chicopee Memorial State Park, Chicopee

Tide Pool Exploration at Red Rock Park, 3 pm-5 pm, Red Rock Park, Lynn

 

ARHS JV Lacrosse

April 16, 2010 - Earlier this week the ARHS JV team took on Shrewsbury.

Backlit Sunshine

April 16, 2010 - Fading sunlight a few nights ago put backlights the delicate flowers.

ARHS Varsity Lacrosse

April 16, 2010 - ARHS varsity Lacrosse took on Shrewsbury earlier this week.  The T-Hawks won 4 to 3.

 

April 16, 2010 - Southborough's new Quint cab gets ready at the factory.  For more photos and info click here.

Fire Log

Monday 4/12/10

09:00 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE FITZGERALD LN 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

09:06 EMS CALL BOSTON RD 

    A29  FF WILLS        FF GOODSPEED

    C30  FF ASPESI

09:45 COMPLAINT INVESTIGATED BOSTON RD 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

09:57 EMS CALL DEVINE LN 

    A29  FF WILLS        FF GOODSPEED

    C30  FF ASPESI

13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR, RESALE WOLFPEN LN 

    C27  CAPT MAURO

15:52 EMS CALL MAIN ST 

    A29  FF CRINGAN      FF WILLS  More Fire Log click here

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Apr. 17
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Minnechaug Regional High   10:00AM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Minnechaug Regional High   10:00AM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse VS Westford Academy 9/11 Field in 1:30PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse VS Westford Academy 9/11 Field in 3:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Monday Apr. 19
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Pathfinder Vocational Tech   11:00AM

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.

KIDS’ “FUN-RUN” FREE

TOP 3 MALE/FEMALE OVERALL WILL RECEIVE YOUR CHOICE OF RUNNING SNEAKERS

SPONSORED BY NEW BALANCE.

Dr. Stone Award Winner

April 15, 2010 - Andy Gleckel recieves the Dr. Stone Award from the Southborough Board of Health at the Annual Town Meeting.  Andy has done a lot of work for the town running the CERT and MRC boards.  Southborough CERT

Trottier Middle School Comments

April 15, 2010 - Signs are everywhere at the school making students aware of how awful it is to be a bully.

Spelling Bee was a Hit

April 15, 2010 - The Bee was tremendously successful, filling the Trottier Auditorium to capacity and raising over $13,000.  The team costumes were fantastic and everyone seemed to have a great time.  The winning team was from the Neary (the Neary WizWordz) this year with team members Linda Murdoch, Leigh Rogers and Kelly Farrell.  They were seriously challenged by the Three Seusses Team of Mary Ryan, Jean Tower and Jim Randell but after several words prevailed by spelling "hemorrhage".  

Best costumes went to the Metrowestern Parents (Pauline Jen Ryan, Cliff Lee, and Mark Ford) and to the Thesauruses (dressed as dinosaurs - Tom McCabe, Nancy Young, Alysun Setphens-Kenney). (contributed photos)

Town election candidates night

The Southborough Democratic Town Committee will host a Meet the Candidates night on Monday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fire Station meeting room. All candidates running in the Town Election on May 10th are invited.

Of course, this is for the public, so the public is invited as well!

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Southborough Fire Chief John D. Mauro, Jr. want to alert the public that if you are selling your home after April 5, 2010, there are changes in the state’s smoke alarm regulations for homes with five or less units. These regulations affect homes build prior to January 1, 1975. If your home was built prior to this date and modified, other regulations may apply.

 

Chief Mauro said, “The regulation will require that only photoelectric smoke detectors be installed within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath containing a shower, in order to reduce nuisance alarms from cooking smoke or steam that lead people to disable their smoke alarms. Areas located beyond this 20 foot area will be required to contain dual detection, both photoelectric and ionization, using either a single detector or two separate ones.”

 

Use of Technology to Provide Earliest Warning of Fire

Smoke alarms use two main technologies: photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective in detecting slow moving or smoldering fire situations whereas ionization detectors are slightly more effective in detecting fast moving fires. Coan said, “This change, requiring the use of dual detection technology, provides the best level of public safety by reducing nuisance alarms that lead people to disable their smoke alarms and by providing the earliest possible warning of a fire and therefore time to escape to safety.”

 

Enforcement on Sale or Transfer
The enforcement of the regulation will continue to take place when the residence is sold or transferred. Homeowners selling their homes after April 5, 2010 will have to meet these new requirements.

 

Working Smoke Alarms Double Chances of Surviving a Fire
“We must continue to update our fire prevention code to keep pace with evolving technology, knowledge of human behavior, and scientific research,” said Coan. “I want to stress that working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire.”

 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Since March 2006, all homes have been required to install carbon monoxide alarms on each habitable level in addition to smoke detectors.

 

For more information about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, contact:

·         The Southborough Fire Department Website – www.southboroughfire.org

·         Captain Joseph C. Mauro, Fire Prevention Officer at 508-485-3235 or via e-mail at fire_inspector@southboroughma.com  or

·         The Department of Fire Service’s website at www.mass.gov/dfs then click on “Division of Fire Safety”. To help guide homeowners and realtors understand the requirements a new brochure A Guide to the Massachusetts Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Requirements When Selling a One- or Two-Family Residence has been published and is also available on the Department of Fire Services website.

Space Weather News for April 15, 2010
http://spaceweather.com


MIDWESTERN FIREBALL:  A brilliant fireball streaked across the USA on the evening of April 14th, startling observers in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and surrounding states.  Experts say it was a small asteroid, about a meter wide, that exploded in mid-air with an energy equivalent to some 20 tons of TNT.  National Weather Service radars detected the fireball's debris trail, resulting in maps that could help guide meteorite hunters to fragments on the ground.  Pictures and more information may be found on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

VOLCANIC SUNSETS:  A cloud of ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano is drifting across Europe this week and causing sunsets of surpassing beauty. Europeans are encouraged to look west at the end of the day.  Bonus: If you don't live in Europe, look west anyway. Venus, Mercury and the crescent Moon are beaming through the twilight for all to see.  Check http://spaceweather.com for pictures and sky maps. 

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

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

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

 

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday Apr. 16
 Boys Varsity Tennis VS Hudson High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ Hudson High School   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse @ Westford Academy Stony Brook 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Westford Academy Stony Brook 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS **Postponed To 4/15/2010 - Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ **Postponed To 4/15/2010 - Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Volleyball @ Medfield High School   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Medfield High School   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday Apr. 16
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Bay Path Regtechhs   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Bay Path Regtechhs Softball Field 3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Minuteman Regional HS   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   4:00PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Offers 2 Woodcock Walk

Greenways Reservation, Wayland

Wednesday April 21, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Wednesday April 28, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Enjoy a beautiful spring sunset while listening and watching for the incredible woodcock flight. Male woodcocks fly in an upward spiral and make a distinctive call to attract females. Don’t miss this wonderful spring experience. Led by Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Agent.

Reservations Required. SVT Members Free: Non-members $10

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

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

Further information on other outings and SVT properties are available on SVT’s website at www.svtweb.org.

Town Meeting Notes and Photos

April 14, 2010 - Katheryn Marous speaks at town meeting.

Voters at town meeting reaffirmed their voting on the budget with the second vote coming on a motion to reconsider failed. Voters approved a forty-one million dollar plus budget for the next fiscal year. Once again the Advisory Committee and the Board of Selectmen differed on what monies to use to offset taxpayer’s contributions. The “rainy day fund” was voted best used by the town meeting body. This will mean about a 3.5% increase in taxes or about $265 increase in the average home for next year.

The Police Department took several hits. They had the Quinn Bill reduced along with the department budget. A warrant article did not pass that proposed changes in the Code of Southborough Chapter 207 Vehicles and Traffic. Meanwhile, $13,500 was spent on more architectural designs for the current police station to keep it of historic significance. The police department has been searching for a new up to date facility to replace the ill equipped and in efficient layout of the current station which was once the Peter’s High School Annex and never meant to be a police station for this considerable amount of time.

All of the Southborough Community Preservation funding articles passed unanimously. The K-8 school budget was passed as presented. The Algonquin Regional High School budget eventually passed but not before the arguments over how Southborough should be paying reared up again. Southborough has taken the position that the town should be paying expenses based on the original agreement between Northborough and Southborough VS what the State formula has now changed to for regional schools.

The Southborough Library had a large contingent of supporters that managed to sway town meeting to keep the Library at level funding with no cuts in the budget. Several articles were pulled from the warrant in hopes of a more fruitful year to bring them back and others for further study such as the poor drainage issue along Parkerville Road from about the MA Turnpike overpass to Southville Road.

 

Daughters of the British Empire Poetry Reading at the Southborough Public Library Wednesday, April 21

On Wednesday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m., join the Daughters of the British Empire for a Tea Party event at the Southborough Public Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough. Hear readings from the English poets read by these British women. Bring a favorite English poem, and have them read it for you!  This event is free and open to the public, and suitable for all ages. This is part of the library’s month-long Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Southborough Cultural Arts Council and the Friends of the Southborough Library.  For more information, call the library at (508) 485-5031 or go to the Library’s website at  www.southboroughlib.org

Letter to the editor

THANK YOU, SOUTHBOROUGH

 

 

 The Board of Trustees of the Southborough Public Library, its Director and staff would like to thank the voters of Southborough for their overwhelming support of the Library’s budget request at Town Meeting on Monday, April 12.  The citizens of Southborough have a long and proud tradition of supporting their public library, but in today’s economic climate, your endorsement of the Library’s value to the community is more appreciated than ever.  We will continue to do our best to serve you, and always welcome your suggestions for how we can improve.

 

 

Jane Cain, Library Director

Fred B. Williams, Chair, Library Board of Trustees

2010 Massachusetts Fairs Brochure - Now Available!

May marks the opening of the Massachusetts fair season in the Commonwealth. Whether you are visiting your local agricultural destinations or simply looking for a good time to enjoy memories with community, family and friends, do not forget to mark your calendars for this years' Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs! With over 40 fairs in the Commonwealth, Massachusetts farmers are bringing their best and brightest to their local fairs to promote and showcase what Massachusetts agriculture is all about.

If you would like a copy of the 2010 Fairs Brochure or more information on Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs, please contact Ellen Hart at 617-626-1742 or email:
ellen.hart@state.ma.us

MDAR Launches MassGrown & Fresher Beta Website –– "Agri"-Google Mapping Feature Makes Finding Destinations Easy

The new MassGrown & Fresher website is a one-stop gateway that connects consumers to the great diversity of Massachusetts’ agricultural offerings. The site features an "Agri"-Google mapping tool that makes it easy for consumers to find fresh produce, agri-tourism destinations, nursery products, farmers’ markets, and much more with just a click of a mouse.

The new MassGrown & Fresher website is the second phase of MDAR’s initiative to leverage new technologies to promote agriculture in the state. Over the last year, MDAR has refurbished the agency website and has started using social networking tools such as
The Great Outdoors blog site and Follow Commissioner Soares on Twitter to bring news about agriculture to larger audiences.

Let us know what you think as we get ready for the official 1.0 Release of the
MassGrown & Fresher website in about a month from now. If you have suggestions or would like to be listed, please contact Rick LeBlanc at Richard.LeBlanc@state.ma.us or 617.626.1759.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Apr. 15
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ Fitchburg H.S.   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 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 VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Fitchburg H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Nipmuc Regional HS Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse VS North Middlesex H S 9/11 Field in 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ North Middlesex H S   4:00PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ North Middlesex H S   5:30PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse VS North Middlesex H S 9/11 Field in 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Leominster High School   7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Apr. 15
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Whittier Reg Tech HS   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS Montachustt Regvochs   4:00PM

Algonquin Tomahawks

Girl’s Summer Volleyball Clinic

Who: Girls, of all skill levels, entering grades 7th – 10th

When: July 6th – July 9th

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Algonquin Regional High School

Coaches: Algonquin Girls’ Varsity Players

The Clinic

This clinic is designed to introduce girls, of all skill levels, to the fun-filled game of volleyball.

Through this clinic girls will not only learn the basics, consisting of passing, setting, hitting, and

serving, but will also be introduced to the Algonquin Volleyball and Athletic community. A large

percentage of students at Algonquin participate in the school’s athletic program. It is through

athletics that many friendships lasting beyond the high school years are made. It is hoped that

while learning, players meet and develop friendships with their future classmates. Above all,

the goal is to have fun. Volleyball is a game for all ages and an activity that is captivating from

the first time a player steps on the court. At this clinic, girls are provided the opportunity to

explore the game of volleyball as well as experience the competition and excitement of high

school sports.

Fees

Early Bird Rate (register before June 1)

Regular Rate

Promotion Package - enrollment in both the Algonquin Tomahawks

Girls’ Volleyball Clinic and Gary Patch’s Camp offered by Southborough

Recreation (Beginner Camp is July 12 - July 16, 5pm to 8pm at ARHS)

This payment covers all clinic fees and a t-shirt for each participant. Proceeds will benefit the

ARHS Volleyball Boosters Club. Make checks payable to: ARHS Boosters Club and mail to ARHS

VB – Yung, 36 Pine Hill Road, Southborough, MA, 01772, with completed registration form. If

you have any questions, contact us at thawkvolleyball@gmail.com.

Town Meeting Is Over

April 13, 2010 - Town Meeting Moderator, David Coombs, addresses the voters.  Town meeting ended on the second night after going through the budget, a special town meeting within a town meeting and twenty-six warrant articles.  More info will be forthcoming on what happened at the 2010 Annual Town Meeting.

The Hot and the Cold of It

April 13, 2010 - Customers can't figure out whether or not to buy hot drinks at the Starbucks or something cold at Coldstone Creamery with this crazy weather.  Ninety degrees one day and frost warnings the next.  Both businesses are located at Breakneck Hill Road and Route 9 in Southborough.

Victims of severe storms and flooding beginning March 12 in Massachusetts may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties federal disaster areas qualifying for individual assistance.

As a result, the IRS is postponing until May 11 certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. This includes the April 15 deadline for filing 2009 individual income tax returns, making income tax payments and making 2009 contributions to an individual retirement account (IRA).

In addition, the IRS will waive the failure to deposit penalties for employment and excise deposits due on or after March 12 and on or before March 29, as long as the deposits were made by March 29.

If an affected taxpayer receives a penalty notice from the IRS, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate any interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be abated only for taxpayers who have an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date, that falls within the Postponement Period.

IRS computer systems automatically identify taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and apply automatic filing and payment relief. Affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 1-866-562-5227 to request tax relief.

Covered Disaster Area

The counties listed above constitutes a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.

Affected Taxpayers

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.

Grant of Relief

Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until May 11, 2010, to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after March 12, 2010, and on or before May 11, 2010.

The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until May 11, 2010, to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (August 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after March 12 and on or before May 11.

This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.

The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise deposits due on or after March 12, 2010, and on or before March 29, 2010, provided the taxpayer made these deposits by March 29, 2010.

Casualty Losses

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either this year or last year. Claiming the loss on an original or amended return for last year will get the taxpayer an earlier refund, but waiting to claim the loss on this year’s return could result in a greater tax saving, depending on other income factors.

Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.

Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on last year’s return should put the Disaster Designation “Massachusetts/Severe Storms and Flooding” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.

Other Relief

The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.

Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS Web site, irs.gov, or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 1-800-829-1040.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Apr. 14
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Hopkinton High School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Tennis @ St. Johns H.S.   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse VS Hudson High School Algonquin 4:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Wednesday Apr. 14
 Boys JV Lacrosse VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Pathfinder Vocational Tech Softball Field 3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Pathfinder Vocational Tech   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   5:00PM
To Be Continued-

April 12, 2010 - Town voters were not able to complete town meeting the first night.  Town meeting will be held tonight - Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at the Trottier Middle School commencing at 7:30 PM.

Town Meetings

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
APRIL 12, 2010
P. BRENT TROTTIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
49 PARKERVILLE ROAD

2009 Annual Report
Southborough, Massachusetts

Annual Town Warrant for Town Meeting on
April 12, 2010

Special Town Warrant

Election information

Town Meeting Roles & Responsibilities

(links should now be working)
 

Future Career?

April 12, 2010 - Giles Ober plays the tunes at the Aikens/Murphy Scholarship fundraiser at St. Matthew's this past weekend.

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 2, Section 6A(e3/4), which states “On the death of a former member of the general court, the flag of the commonwealth shall be flown at half-staff from the day of death until sunset of the day of interment in accordance with such orders or instructions as may be issued by or at the direction of the governor after consultation with the speaker of the house of representatives on the death of a former representative in the general court ….”

Please be advised that Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States and Commonwealth flags be lowered to half-staff immediately and until further notice at all state buildings in honor of former Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Francis W. Hatch, Jr., who died Thursday, April 8, 2010.

As soon as we receive notification as to when to return the flags to full staff you will receive an email update.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Apr. 13
 Boys JV Tennis VS Hudson High School Melican Middle 4:00PM
 Girls JV Tennis VS Hudson High School Melican Middle 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Shrewsbury High School   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Shrewsbury High School 9/11 Field in 4:00PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse VS Shrewsbury High School 9/11 Field in 5:30PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse @ Shrewsbury High School   5:30PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Wednesday Apr. 14
 Boys JV Lacrosse VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Pathfinder Vocational Tech Softball Field 3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Pathfinder Vocational Tech   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   5:00PM
Town Meetings

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
APRIL 12, 2010
P. BRENT TROTTIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
49 PARKERVILLE ROAD

2009 Annual Report
Southborough, Massachusetts

Annual Town Warrant for Town Meeting on
April 12, 2010

Special Town Warrant

Election information

Town Meeting Roles & Responsibilities
 

Four Car Accident

April 11, 2010 - A four car accident on Route 9 occurred tonight allegedly caused by an erratic operator.

Great Finish

Local Cub Scout Places Third in

District Pinewood Championship

More than 100 Cub Scouts from 27 Packs and nine towns showcased their need for speed as they raced their pinewood derby cars at the Tri River District Pinewood Derby competition at the Milford Youth Center, Saturday.

Pinewood derby races are a longtime Cub Scout tradition in which scouts must craft a car made of a block of wood with a kit the Boy Scouts provide. Southborough Packs 1, 26 and 921 hold their pinewood derby race at the Pilgrim Church, and the winners of those races go on to the district competition.

Yesterday, Cub Scouts watched eagerly as their cars each raced down a 40-foot aluminum track, once in each of the six lanes. A computer kept track of the speed and took an average of all six runs. The top three Tiger Scouts - first-graders - won trophies, and the top five overall Cub Scouts also took home trophies.

"For Cubs, it's the biggest event of the year," said Scott McWilliams, Cubmaster of Southborough Pack 26. "And they get to do it themselves. They learn a lot of skills and mechanics. The adults enjoy it too."

McWilliams said there have been derby races in Southborough since the Boy Scouts came to Southborough in the 1950s.

"They used to race on wooden tracks and someone would stand there with a stop watch," he said. "Now it's all computerized with a laser timer, right down to the millisecond."

Harry Boyden of Southborough, Pack 921 won third place overall.

Scholarship Fundraiser

April 11, 2010 - Soup and Wine  were served up last night at St. Matthew's to raise funds for the Mary Aikens, Murphy Scholarship.

Southborough meetings

April 12 - April 16, 2010  

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

Advisory Committee 4/12 6:00 PM Room 192 Trottier Middle School
Board of Selectmen 4/12 6:00 PM Room 190 Trottier Middle School
Planning Board - Agenda 4/12 6:30 PM Room 124 Trottier Middle School
Advisory Committee 4/13 6:30 PM Room 192 Trottier Middle School
Board of Selectmen 4/13 6:30 PM Room 190 Trottier Middle School
Planning Board 4/13 6:30 AM Room 124 Trottier Middle School
Woodward School Council 4/14 3:30 PM Office Conference Room, Woodward School
Southborough School Committee - Agenda 4/14 6:30 PM Trottier Middle School Library

Sunday 11 Monday 12 Tuesday 13 Wednesday 14 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday 17
 

Storytime ages 2-5 years 10:30 AM

  

 

 Storytime

ages 2-5 years 10:30 AM 

Poetry Reading - Worcester County Poetry Associa...
Apr 13   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 

Senior Center Activities

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8:30 am Health Clinic
7:45 am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
8:30 Health Clinic

 

 
9:00 AM Center Opens
 
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
11:00 AM Book Club
9:30 Painting Class
  12 PM Pitch 12:00 PM Honky Tonk Piano Show 12 Pitch 10:00 Canasta
2 PM fitness   2:00 PM Fitness 1 PM Bridge  

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.

 

Robert M. Burns, 62, of Cotuit and formerly of South Yarmouth, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Eagle Pond Rehabilitation and Living Center in South Dennis.

He was the husband of Sydney (Blanchard) Burns.

Son of the late Michael L. Burns, and the late Helen (Sutton) Bowman, Mr. Burns was also the stepson of the late William E. Bowman.

Mr. Burns was born in Boston and raised in Westwood. He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School and attended UMass before enlisting in the Air Force in 1968. He served in Okinawa as an interpreter and on search and rescue missions until his honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1972.

Mr. Burns worked in several fields. His favorites were being an engineer at the Aengus Recording Studio and as a dairy farmer in Southborough.

In 1992, Mr. Burns graduated from Framingham State College with an English degree and then moved to Cape Cod in 1992. He loved writing, music and bass fishing.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Burns is survived by two sons, Zachary Burns of Gardner and Matthew Burns and his wife, Andrea (Levin) of Baldwinville; and three granddaughters, Devin, Emily and Hannah all of Baldwinville.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 15, in St. Pius X Church, Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.
www.heifer.org

Virginia A. Sweet Rose (Merrills) Gray, 91, of Dillon, S.C., and formerly of Fayville and Mashpee. died Wednesday, April 8, 2010. She was the wife of Asa E. Gray, who passed away in 1981. Mrs. Gray was a 1935 graduate of Marlborough High School and attended and worked on every class reunion. She worked at Fenwal Inc. of Ashland for more than 35 years. Mrs. Gray was a member of the Southborough Grange, where she held several offices, and a member of several fishing organizations. In 1980 she retired to Mashpee where she worked for the Barnstable County Fair Association, Mashpee Archives and the Senior Center. She was always active in helping out anyone who needed it and was loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. She leaves her children, William Gray and his wife, Gretchen, of Hopkinton, Sandra Schofield and her husband, Wendell, of Worcester; Cheryl Gray of Dillon, S.C., with whom she lived; a former daughter-in-law, Mora Gray of Framingham and Florida; a sister, Norma Sora and her husband, Peter, of Southborough; sister-in-law, Evelyn Coble of Ocean Springs, Miss.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and cousins. Funeral and burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home (morrisfuneralparlor.com), 40 Main St. Southborough.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Apr. 12
 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Fitchburg H.S.   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track VS Leominster High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track VS Leominster High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ St. Johns H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Leominster High School Doyle Field 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Leominster High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Leominster High School Lassie League 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Leominster High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Leominster High School Babe Ruth 4:00PM
 Boys JV Volleyball VS St. Johns H.S. Algonquin 6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball VS St. Johns H.S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Monday Apr. 12
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Track @ Worcester Technical H.S. Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Track @ Worcester Technical H.S. Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ Worcester Technical H.S. Click for directions   4:00PM