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May 28, 2010 - The Girl Scouts assisted with placing American Flags on the Veteran graves tonight.

Notice #1

2010 - Memorial Day Observance

All Veterans are called to the American Legion/VFW Headquarters -

 Community House at the corner of Rt. 30 and Rt. 85 :

Monday – May 31th at 8:15

The parade starts at 9:00 AM at the Marlboro Savings Bank and will visit the respective cemeteries to pay tribute and honor those who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.

For more information:

Contact VFW Commander - Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 )

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Notice #2

All Veterans and citizens of Southborough are welcomed to join with VFW Post 3276 and American Legion Post 161 in placing flags on the graves of our Veterans.

Friday – May 28rd – 6:00 PM (1800 hrs)

Rural Cemetery – Rt. 85.

Please meet near the front of the Maintenance Building.

Help us place a flag on every Veterans grave – in tribute and honor of their service to our country.

Contact Veterans Graves Officer & VFW Commander:

Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 ) for more information.


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 Note #3

 Memorial Day Parade and Observance

Monday - 9:00 AM -  May 31st

Veterans of VFW Post 3276 and American Legion Post 161 will lead the parade which begins at 9:00 AM. at the Marlboro Savings Bank

Members of the Southborough Men and Militia, Buffalo Soldiers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Algonquin Regional High School Band will visit the respective cemeteries to pay tribute and honor those who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.

The Observances will conclude at the All Wars Memorial.

For more information:

Contact VFW Commander - Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 )

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May 28, 2010 - Flower contrast against grass.

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We will be sad to see "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" come to an end, but the show closes on June 27. Until then, there's still plenty of time to visit, and we have some great programs coming up!

On June 20, Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets and Jim's widow, will present "Look Both Ways & Go," a behind-the-scenes look at how the pair created a cultural phenomenon. Also performing that day is The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre, masters of experimental puppetry. They are brought to us by Jane Henson who feels they capture and carry on the spirit of Jim's work.

Visit this long holiday weekend. The Museum is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 10am-4:30pm.

Jim Henson' Fantastic World Closes June 27
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
CLOSING June 27, 2010

“Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” closes on June 27. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to experience 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, puppets, TV and movie props, drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary.Visit the Museum's web site for more detailed information.

Fire up your iPod and be sure to download the companion audio tour before you visit.The 30-minute tour features Karen Falk, Director of the Henson Archives; Craig Shemin, former writer for the Jim Henson Company; and Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter and the president of the Henson. The Museum also has a limited number of listening devices available. Click here to download.

Yosemite National Park, California, January 2002. Quang-Tuan Luong.
Yosemite National Park, California, January 2002. Quang-Tuan Luong.
"Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U.S. National Parks in Focus" Continues to Delight Audiences

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

Crest Theatre, 1996. Sacramento, California. Photo by Stefanie Klavens.
Crest Theatre, 1996. Sacramento, California. Photo by Stefanie Klavens.
"The Art of the Movie Theater" Extended!

"The Art of the Movie Theater" has been extended through October! Visitors are taken in by this show, and photographer Stefanie Klavens is willing to let us display her beautiful pictures a while longer. Enjoy!

June 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, June 5, 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. Free

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
All About Sesame Street!
Thursday, June 10, 10:30 am

Whether teaching kids how to count or sort recyclables, Jim Henson’s Sesame Street characters are all about fun. Join us for a Sesame “expedition” to uncover some of the creative lessons taught by the Muppets. For children age 4 and under with accompanying adult. $5/child (non-members) and $3/child (members). No pre-registration necessary.

Fifteen-Star Flag, 1794-1818. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library. Gift of John E. Craver. Photo by David Bohl
Fifteen-Star Flag, 1794-1818. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library. Gift of John E. Craver. Photo by David Bohl
Get to Know Our Flag
Sunday June 12, 1 and 2:30 pm

In honor of Flag Day, Get to Know Our Flag explores the origins, history, legends, and myths of the American flag. With the Museum’s historically significant 15-star flag as a backdrop, visitors will have the opportunity to learn some of the most interesting details about the American flag, and how its history is connected to our present and future. Hands-on activities included. $7/family (non-members) and $5/family (members). No pre-registration necessary

The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre
The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre
The Cosmic Bicycle Theater
Sunday, June 20, 12:30-1:30 pm

The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre, an experimental performance troupe that celebrates our interconnectedness through the use of actors, objects, puppets, masks, and music, will perform "The ClockWorks, the Universe and Everything: An Hour of Puppets and Song." "The ClockWorks" features whimsical combinations of found objects, Victorian toy theater, marionettes, and shadow plays.

The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre is brought to the Museum by Jane Henson, who has long championed their work. feeling they capture and carry on "the spirit of Jim's puppetry." Admission to the performance is free, but limited to 140. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 781-457-4101. Suitable for ages 8 to adult.

Heather Henson. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy
Heather Henson. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy
Jane Henson
"Look Both Ways & Go"
Sunday, June 20, 2010, 2:30–4 p.m.
Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets and widow of the late Jim Henson, will present a behind-the-scenes look at how the pair created a cultural phenomenon in "Look Both Ways & Go." The talk will feature seldom-seen video clips from the Jim Henson Archives, including Sesame Street counting films made by Jim, early skits, a recording of Jim reading a hand written script, and clips from the Muppets first appearance on national television. Admission is free.
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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 in conjunction with "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" made possible by The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation.

Amnesty Days at the Southborough Library June 1- June 15
 If you have overdue books at the public library, this is for you:  during the first two weeks of June, the Southborough Library staff will forgive your overdue fines on Southborough library books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and videos in exchange for a donation of paper goods or laundry soap for the Southborough Food Pantry. Now’s the time to gather up library items that may have overstayed their welcome at your house and bring them back to the library. The program will run from Tuesday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 15.

For more information on this or any other program at the library, call the library at 508-485-5031.

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

Saturday May. 29
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL DISTRICTS @ FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL DISTRICTS @ FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE   9:00AM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

Monday May. 31
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Franklin County Technical   4:00PM




Awards over $30,000 to Southborough Schools

May 2010, Southborough, MA:  The Southborough Education Foundation (SEF) awarded over $30,000 in grants to support innovative programs in the various Southborough schools for the 2010-2011 year.  All of the Southborough public schools, including one for Algonquin Regional High School, received grants to continue to improve their teaching of the community’s children and young adults.

"We are excited about the programs our recipients will undertake and we, on behalf of the children who will benefit from these programs, would like to thank the individuals, local businesses, and international companies like EMC who make these grants possible through their generous financial contributions," said SEF President Cathy Cook.  "In difficult budgetary times like now, it is more important than ever to support innovative teaching programs so our next generation can be more effectively taught in today’s environment and become better prepared for the future.” 

This year’s grants ranged from one providing advanced scientific equipment to significantly expand the science offerings and teaching lessons at the high school level to one funding decidedly low-tech but effective displays promoting health issues to the students at the Woodward School.  Individual grants at Finn and Neary will enable programs that leverage the consumer-based technology of the Wii platform and iTouches respectively to assist in the instruction of students with developmental delays or similar issues starting in the fall.  Another Neary grant will assist in making poetry pervasive throughout the school in the spring of 2011.

Both the Woodward School and Trottier will benefit from grants that include new interactive boards being installed in classrooms.  At Trottier, SEF is funding two new interactive boards for use in the World Language Department, enabling students to “virtually visit” foreign lands and do such things as talk to foreign students and navigate foreign cities and museums as “virtual tourists”.  SEF also approved a grant to equip each of the third grade classrooms with interactive boards, marking the first time an entire grade in the school system will be able to leverage this type of interactive technology to share, improve and develop lessons for all of its students.  To date, only a few classrooms among all the schools have had this technology and they have seen significant benefits to teaching their students, especially in the areas of math and science.  Within this grant, SEF also agreed to fund an interactive software program to assist with language skills and editing for third graders.

As alluded to above, the Algonquin High School’s science department received a grant to purchase new science equipment for a program that will allow students to increase their scientific knowledge, data acquisition skills and better integrate math with science, impacting over 500 students.  Rounding out the recipients of this year’s grants was a program at Neary to provide a program emphasizing non-fiction reading and associated cross-class collaboration for all fourth graders.  For more information regarding the grants and the grant recipients, please refer to SEF’s website: www.soutboroughed.edu

The mission of the Southborough Education Foundation is to provide private funding for innovative and challenging programs that enhance the educational excellence of the Southborough public schools.  SEF seeks to foster academic excellence by awarding grants for innovative and creative programs that enhance, but do not duplicate, the standard public school curriculum, and that would otherwise not be funded through the traditional school budget process.  The Foundation seeks grant proposals that will motivate the faculty and students by creating opportunities for inventive educational programming, multidisciplinary team projects and community-focused activities. 

The Foundation supports these grants through membership fees, private donations, generous corporate grants, the annual Southborough Spelling Bee and several individual events.  Since its inception, SEF has distributed over $200,000 worth of grants to the Southborough school system.  For more information regarding SEF, please go to www.southboroughed.org or contact Kathy Cook at kcook@fusiongroup.org.


LabQuest: An Innovative Approach to Data Acquistion and Spectroscopy,

Christine Thompson, Algonquin Regional High School- $2,000.00 

Four Vernier LabQuests, one visible wavelength spectrometer and 2 pH probes have been awarded to the ARHS Science Department.  This project will increase students' scientific knowledge, data acquisition skills, integrate mathematics and develop analytical skills.  Obtaining this data acquisition equipment will allow students to collect, graph and analyze scientific data. LabQuest equipment will directly benefit 520 Algonquin Regional High School students in its first year and greatly enhance the 6 current courses and help to prepare students for science after high school and in college.

World Language/Specials SMART Boards

Jeff Drake, Trottier Middle School-$7440.00

The addition of SMART Board technology to the World Language Department will provide windows of opportunity for all of the World Languages students to take virtual trips around the world, teleconference with students around the world, navigate and sight see; all without leaving the classroom! This technology will strengthen student's vocabulary in French, Spanish and Latin. Approximately 400 students will have access to this technology; 300 French Students and Spanish students in the 7th and 8th grades, 60 Latin students, and virtually the entire 6th grade participating in exploratory French and Spanish.

Getting “In Touch” with the Curriculum Using Ipod Touch Handheld Device

Mrs. Sarah Collins, Mrs. Lynn Maynard, Mrs, Deborah Manning, P. Brent Trottier Middle School-$4866.95

This program will significantly benefit students who require specially designed instruction through the use of  technology in order to make effective progress in school.  Getting “In Touch” will allow students to utilize specific tools and applications of the iTouch as it pertains to designated content and curriculum assignments.

Non-Fiction Know How

Amy Dolan, David Finneran, Kristin Theve, Margaret Neary Elementary School-$8481.15

This program will allow students to access and interact with non-fiction to improve critical thinking and inquiry based research skills. Students will become involved in a year long, cross-classroom learning experience and be offered a dynamic opportunity to participate in several grade-wide initiatives and creative interest-based projects based on this expansion and exposure to non-fiction.

Living Poetry Anthology: “Poetry, like bread, is for everyone”

Nicole Boloz, Margaret Neary Elementary School-$681.19

Bringing poetry to life at Neary will help in creating and maintaining our learning community, and develop students' intellectual curiosity, enjoyment of poetry, and critical thinking skills.  Students will research poetry books and create unique displays of poems  to create a living anthology throughout the school.

Eno Interactive Whiteboards Interactive Editing

The Third Grade Team, Albert S. Woodward Memorial School-$8412.67

Four whiteboards have been awarded to enhance the learning experience of third grade students at Woodward School. These high-tech multimedia interactive boards will have a dramatic impact on the excitement of learning and capture the student's attention beyond the traditional lessons. The addition of the Interactive Editing component will enhance the whiteboard technology software by adding a critical component of editing. Students will create monthly newsletters, edit their work using Easitech software and skills learned from the interactive editing books and newsletters will be posted on the third grade website.


WII Can Move

Nancy Ahrabi-Nejad, Mary Finn School - $474.88

The goal of this project is to increase physical activity and social communication opportunities for children with and without disabilities through peer modeling and positive interactive play activities using a Wii gaming system under the supervision of adult facilitators. Research has proven video modeling to be an effective technique to teach play skills to children with developmental delays.

Let's Put it All on the Table

Mary Ellen Duggan, Albert S. Woodward Memorial School-$308.00

Let's Put it All on the Table is an innovative project that will encompass the competencies of the second and third grade health curriculum via informative signs on the cafeteria tables. Each cafeteria table and the table in the teachers' lounge will have a weekly table top frame displaying a flyer about a health related topic and monthly CARE theme. This innovative and instructional approach will lead to a more health conscious, well informed school community.

Farm Day

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Farm Day 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536
Cost: Free! A pig roast lunch will be available for a price. Please RSVP in advance.

This year we're kicking off our livestock schools with a free farm day at the vet school, including a full slate of workshops, the opportunity to talk with equipment vendors, and a pig roast!

Free workshops will be held throughout the day, including species-specific beginner courses on:

  • Sheep

  • Swine

  • Poultry

  • Beef cattle

  • Goats

Other workshops will cover:Farm day

  • Egg grading and processing

  • Alternative energy on the farm

  • Livestock judging demonstration

Registration information coming soon. Please feel free to contact Sam Anderson with any questions at sanderson@comteam.org or               978-654-6745         978-654-6745.



The Governor has ordered the American and Commonwealth Flags to half staff on Monday, May 31st from sunrise until noon in accordance with the U.S. Flag Protocol for Memorial Day.

Please be advised that, in accordance with U.S. Flag Protocol, Governor Patrick has ordered that the flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon at all state buildings on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010.

This gubernatorial order applies to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g., town and city halls
2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings
3.  All state military installations

Association Recruits Teens to get 1 million People Educated in CPR

UMass Memorial Trains Schools with CPR Anytime™ for

50th anniversary of CPR

Worcester, Mass., May 27 To reach its goal of educating 1 million Americans about CPR during CPR Week (June 1–7), the American Heart Association  is calling on a new audience -- teens.

 “We are reaching out to teens to create the next generation of lifesavers,” said Dr. Robert Phillips, AHA board member and Director of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care. “Teens can learn how to save lives by training in Hands Only CPR and set an example for their friends, families and neighbors.  Once school systems in Massachusetts commit to training every student, there will be a veritable army of CPR-capable people in this State!”

Locally, The American Heart Association and UMass Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence will be conducting trainings during CPR Week. There will be a CPR Anytime training at Doherty High School on June 7th during period 7 (12:36PM-1:43PM).  The class is comprised of 9th - 11th graders.  Through the partnership, another Worcester high school and community center will receive training.

“CPR and AED training are critical to saving lives,” said Jay Cyr, Vice President, Heart & Vascular and Diabetes Centers of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.  “CPR Week is one way we hope to increase awareness about cardiac arrest as a significant health problem and get teens and adults to take action so more lives can be saved.”

The association recently expanded its outreach to teens with Be the Beat, a program that encourages teens to learn what to do when someone collapses from cardiac arrest. Visitors to BeTheBeat.heart.org learn the basics of CPR and how to use an AED through a series of video games and interactive quizzes. There’s also a playlist of 100-beat-per-minute songs to set the right pace for chest compressions.

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere. And when it does, a victim’s survival depends on the people around them.  Skilled emergency personnel treat about 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in the United States, but more than 92 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital die from it.

Training more people to perform CPR – in its 50th year as a lifesaving measure -- increases survival by enabling more possible bystanders to handle an emergency.  Less than one-third of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander.  Without immediate CPR, the chance of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest drops up to 10 percent for each minute that passes without defibrillation.  This means that by the time EMS personnel arrive on the scene it could be too late.

During CPR Week, the association will increase awareness about CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) so more people will know the simple steps to save a life if someone suddenly collapses from cardiac arrest. Anyone – teen or adult – can help the association reach its goal by:

·         Playing the “Be the Beat” game or watching the Hands-Only CPR video at cprweek.org

·         Taking a classroom-based course. Go to heart.org/cpr and click on “ECC Class Connector”.

·         Training on CPR Anytime, a self-directed, at-home CPR kit at cpranytime.org

Once people have learned about CPR via traditional instructor-led training or a CPR Anytime kit, they can log their experience at CPRweek.org. People who play the educational game or watch the Hands-Only video on the CPR Week site will be automatically counted toward the goal. A real-time heat map will track the number of people who have taken action in communities nationwide.

For more information about CPR Week, visit CPRweek.org

National CPR Week

Fact Sheet

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.

  • Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.

  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

  • The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, including healthcare professionals and the general public.

  • The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per minute – the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive.”

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

  • Unless CPR and defibrillation are provided within minutes of collapse, few attempts at resuscitation are successful.

  • Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED is required to stop the abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.

  • New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.

  • AEDs are now widely available in public places such as schools, airports and workplaces.


  • About 5,800 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes – including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome.

  • The incidence of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes ranges from .28 to 1 death per 100,000 high school athletes annually in the U.S.

  • The American Heart Association does not have a minimum age requirement for people to learn CPR. The ability to perform CPR is based more on body strength rather than age.

  • Studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills.




Boston – Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D – Holliston) is pleased to announce that homeowners, renters and business owners in Middlesex County will now have until Monday, June 28th, 2010 to apply for disaster assistance from the federal government after the record-setting spring floods.

The original disaster declaration anticipated a 60-day registration period ending May 28th, but Massachusetts and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials arranged the extension due to the consistent flow of new registrations throughout last month. Since May 1, nearly 5,000 applications have been recorded by FEMA.

Residents in designated counties, including Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester, with uninsured disaster-related damages occurring from March 12 through April 26 are eligible to request state-federal aid.

Apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing disabilities. The toll-free telephone numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

State Representative Carolyn Dykema represents the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway (pct. 1), Southborough (pct. 2 & 3) and Westborough (pct. 2).

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

Saturday May. 29
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL DISTRICTS @ FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL DISTRICTS @ FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE   9:00AM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Friday May. 28
 Girls JV Softball VS Tahanto Reg. High School   3:30PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Tahanto Reg. High School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Tahanto Reg. High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Tahanto Reg. High School Click for directions   3:30PM



As part of a conservation effort led by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the public is invited to join Mary Griffin, Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, and MassWildlife staff biologists to help release 115 hatchling Northern Red-bellied Cooters in Middleborough. Originally known as the Plymouth Red-belly Turtle, the Northern Red-Bellied Cooters in Massachusetts are a disjunct population isolated from the next nearest known population located in New Jersey. These turtles are listed as endangered species at both the state and federal levels. They are the Bay State’s second largest freshwater turtle, second only to the snapping turtle.


When: Friday, May 28, 2010  10:30AM

Where: Long Point Road, between Pocksha and Great Quittacas Ponds, Middleborough


The hatchlings were removed from the wild last fall and paired with partnering educational and scientific facilities from across the state as part of a program called “Headstarting.” Headstarting accelerates growth and reduces the likelihood of death during a turtle’s first year of life. As part of the program, cooperating partners raise the turtles in warm aquarium environments with unlimited food, allowing them to grow faster, and making them less vulnerable to predation when they are finally released. For a fact sheet about these turtles, go to: www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/species_info/nhfacts/pseudemys_rubriventris.pdf.


Representatives from the following organizations partnered with DFG on the headstarting project: Zoo New England, Museum of Science of Boston, New England Aquarium of Boston, Berkshire Museum of Pittsfield, Buttonwood Park Zoo of New Bedford, National Marine Life Center of Bourne, the South Shore Science Center of Norwell, and the Thornton Burgess Society of Sandwich. Students from the following schools and colleges also participated in headstarting cooters: Andover High School, Dighton Middle School, Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Essex Agricultural High School in Middleton, Gloucester High School, Lasell College in Newton, Leominster High School, Minuteman Regional Vocational and Technical School in Lexington, Norfolk Agricultural High School in Walpole, North Quincy High School, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School in Easton.


Directions to the Release Site: From Rte 495 take Exit 4 for Rte 105 south. Follow 105 through Lakeville center and past Assawompsett Pond on left and stay straight when Rte. 18 turns to the right. Take left on Long Point Road and follow across causeway between Pocksha and Great Quittacas Ponds to meeting/release site.

Fishing along the River

May 26 2010 This Great Blue Heron was found fishing and stalking prey along the Sudbury River.

Summer Nights Committee Plans for 7th Year

Southborough – The Southborough Summer Nights Committee has partnered again this year with Southborough Recreation to bring residents together for a spectacular evening of entertainment and family fun at the annual Summer Nights Festival.  This year will mark the seventh anniversary of the locally funded event which will be held August 29th at the Neary School.

Each year the event gets bigger and better with added attractions and amusements.  “Every year we are able to do things a little bit better based on what we learned the year before.” said Doreen Ferguson, Director of Southborough Recreation.  “Last year we noticed that the lines for food were too long, so this year we have added more food vendors and food choices.”  Barbeque items from Mr. Jack’s Catering and hamburgers and hotdogs hot-grilled by members of a local historical club have been added to the menu.  The Committee is also planning to add more games and entertainment geared toward older kids and teens attending the event.

Support from the community continues to be strong for this event which is funded entirely by donations.  “Our local businesses have been incredibly generous.” said Robin Martin, Co-Chairman of the Summer Nights Committee.  “Almost all of last year’s sponsors agreed to support the event again this year.  It is this kind of loyalty that makes this event a reality each year.”  The largest ticket item for which funding must be secured each year is the fantastic fireworks display.  Again this year, funding for the fireworks display is being co-sponsored by Bill Depietri of Capitol Group Properties and the non-profit organization, Friends of Southborough Recreation. Capitol Group Properties has been Summer Night’s largest annual supporter since its inception seven years ago. The Friends of Southborough Recreation, established and run by residents Melissa Shields, Jill Dratch and Kate Poultney, is co-sponsoring the fireworks for its second year. 

There are several other local business that step up annually to help fund the inflatable amusements and entertainment that are offered free of charge at the festival.  The Rock Wall, Moon Walk, Pony Rides and Dunk Tank are some of the fun options that would not be possible with out the generous support of St. Mary’s Credit Union and Brendon Properties, as well as Fay School, Southborough House of Pizza, Wellen Construction, Long Cadillac Hummer Saab, Tomasso’s Trattoria and Italian Market, Middlesex Savings Bank, Choice Car Wash and Yama Zakura.  Mamas N Divas Nail Lounge, a new full-service nail salon in Westborough, has joined as a sponsor this year.

Support from the community is not limited to monetary donations.  An event this large requires a commitment from the town as a whole.  The Committee relies heavily on the assistance of the Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Public Works Departments.  The Fire Department provides the truck and sets up the popular Bubble Romp for the children and must be on hand for the fireworks display.  The Police assist with parking, safety and crowd management.  The Public Works Department helps with many aspects of setting up before the event and cleaning up after.  “We really appreciate all the help and support the Town departments provide to us at this event.  It’s a great example of how we can all work well together.” said Ferguson. 

As with any publically funded event, the Committee is always looking for additional supporters.   “Unfortunately, we did lose our sponsor for the live band this year, so we are still looking for a local business that might want to step up and make this important donation.” said Martin.  Live music at Summer Nights is provided by The Infractions, a Massachusetts band from Duxbury, who entertains the crowd with their repertoire of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music throughout the night. This is The Infractions sixth year at the Summer Nights festival.  The Committee is also hoping to find a sponsor to add a new attraction for teens known as the Dance Revolution. 

For information about the event or to become a sponsor, please contact Robin Martin at 508-333-1221.


Bid to end Alzheimer's!
The bidding continues as we roll into the second week of the Alzheimer's Association's online auction. Now is your chance to win exciting prizes while supporting the cause! Check out this week's recently added items and place your bids now before it's too late!  
Select items included in our online auction: Bid to end Alzheimer's, will go live at our Night at the Pops event on June 9th, or at our Verizon Wireless Make the Link Golf Tournament on June 14th, as indicated in each item description.
If you have an item that you would like to donate to our auction, please contact
Colleen Warren via e-mail, or call 617.868.6718 x2060.
All proceeds from the Alzheimer's Association's online auction support critical programs and services offered by the Alzheimer's Association. For more information about our programs and services, visit our website.  
Take a look at some of the fabulous items just added to our online auction!
It's that time of year again and your favorite team is back in town! Bid on tickets to see them in action! 
Close to home, but a world away. Nantucket is the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway.
Experience all that Hotel Chocolat has to offer when you and three of your friends indulge in an exclusive wine and chocolate pairing.
Marathon training
                                      Red, Hot, and 30!Pops2010 
There are still a few seats available for the Alzheimer's Association's
Night at the Pops on Wednesday, June 9, at Boston Symphony Hall.  The cocktail buffet begins at 5:30 PM and Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops in "An evening of Cole Porter" beginning at 8:00 PM.  Spend time with other Alzheimer's supporters and enjoy a fun and colorful evening.  Tickets are $235 each or a table of five for $1100.  Contact Sheila Watnick via e-mail or call 617.393.2008.
Marathon training
Verizon Wireless Make the Link Golf Tournament
Don't miss your chance to play at the award winning
Golf Course at Turner Hill on Monday, June 14th.  Spanning 7,021 yards, this 18-hole championship course was designed by the highly respected firm Hurdzan/Fry. There is still room to sign up your foursome for the tournament. Click here to register!
Not a golfer? Not a problem! 
Join us for "A Night Out" filled with massages, manicures, martinis, and dinner, plus the opportunity to participate in our silent and live auctions.
Tickets are only $50 and proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. Click here to get your tickets!
Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter
311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
regional offices:
Raynham, Springfield and Worcester, MA and Bedford and Lebanon, NH
617.868.6718  MA |  603.606.6590 NH | 800.272.3900 24/7 Helpline
A Bridge for Work

May 26, 2010 - The Massachusetts Turnpike bridge at Woodland Road is now under repair.  As a side note, the Massachusetts Turnpike bridges at route 85 Southborough is complete while the bridge on Flanders Road, Westborough just started repairs this week.

Collings Foundation's Wings and Wheels Open House
June 19th and 20th, Stow MA

Celebrating our 8th Wings and Wheels Open House. The Collings Foundation’s Wings and Wheels Open House exhibits New England’s finest collection of automobiles and aircraft in a true Living History Event.

Nowhere else in the world
will you be able to see Duesenberg’s 1932 Duesenberg, Al Capone’s 1940 Cadillac, Michael Andretti's 1995 Lola/Ford XB race winning car all under one roof – then hop into a fully restored North American AT-6 Texan Fighter Trainer or PT-17 Stearman aircraft and take to the skies in a flight you will never forget. See the incredible collection of over 90 automobiles, carriages, racecars and airplanes. In addition to viewing the collection and flights we will have additional display of tactical robots, turn of the century farm equipment and military equipment. A great way to spend Father’s Day weekend!

General admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 yrs. and younger. We will be offering T-6 Texan and PT-17 Stearman rides for those who want a birds-eye view of the event! One hour Texan flights are $450 and half hour Stearman flights are $230. Watch the R/C planes perform their incredible aerobatics, and get a close view of many operational historical jewels and see the unique tactical robot exhibition. - A great time for all. Food will be available. Flight dates have been extended! Flights available from June 19th through the week of June 21st. More information click here. Call 978-562-9182 to reserve flights.

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday May. 27
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse VS Medfield High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse VS Medfield High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. ARHS 4:00PM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday May. 27
        Cut off date    
 Boys JV Baseball VS Hudson High School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Oakmont Regional High Sch Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Oakmont Regional High Sch Click for directions   5:00PM

Don't forget to check the Sudbury Valley Outdoors this Week newsletter



May 25, 2010 - We know the runners are running for exercise but it could also be to keep the mosquitoes off as there have been many of them in the woods lately.  Photo submitted by Lisa Tommaney and taken at Callahan State Park in Framingham.

Water Works

May 25, 2010 - Water Department workers attend to a water service near the Triangle Park.

St. Mark's Graduates the Class of 2010

St. Mark’s School held its graduation for the 86 members of the Class of 2010 on Monday May 24.  Three local students received the School’s highest awards:

For academics--Andrew Pontbriand of Gardner-The Founders Medal

For athletics--Kylie Gauthier of Southborough and Brian Ayers of Southborough-The Daniel B. Fearing Athletic Prize.

Many other local students received awards…..

Below please find a list of the local students who received a diploma, a list of all the local students who received awards, and information on each award.  I have also attached additional details of the Prize Day (graduation) ceremony.  I have plenty of pictures from the day that I can send you.  Please let me know if you need anything else.

Gardner: Andrew P. Pontbriand

Harvard: Alexandra M. Carley

Marlboro: Matthew J. Feller.

Southborough: Brian C. Ayers, Ibrahim I. Ayub, Christopher E. Bassett, Turner K. Bohlen, Zachary C. Bond, Kylie R. Gauthier, Alexander P. Glomset, Stephanie Lee, Michael A. Lopatin, Nathanael L. Lubick, Katrina A. Schmitt, Lauren T. Sheridan.

Westborough: Christopher D. Leist, Stephanie T. Strouse

Worcester: John C. McCarthy

Awards Received by Local Students

THE FOUNDER'S MEDAL, the school's highest academic award, is given in memory of Brigadier General Richard Townsend Henshaw, Jr., of the Class of 1930.  It is awarded to the member of the graduating class with the highest academic standing over the last three years of his or her career.  Mr. Thomas Martinson, President of the St. Mark's Board of Trustees, will present the Founder's Medal.  This year the Founder's Medal is awarded to:

Andrew Paul Pontbriand, Jr. (Gardner)

THE DANIEL B. FEARING ATHLETIC PRIZES are awarded to the boy and girl who best combine athletic ability with good spirit, good team play and sportsmanship.  This year the Fearing Prizes to go:

Kylie Rae Gauthier (Southborough)

Brian Christopher Ayers (Southborough)

THE HAROLD HAYES PRIZE, named for a member of the class of 1907, is awarded by vote of the faculty to the member of the graduating class who has been of greatest service to the school.  This year the Hayes Prize goes to:

Ibrahim Ijaz Ayub (Southborough)

THE WILLIAM OTIS SMITH PRIZE FOR ENGLISH VERSE is given in memory of a member of the Class of 1907 and is awarded to that student, who, in the judgment of the English Department has submitted the outstanding verse in 2009-2010.  This year the Smith Prize is awarded to:

Stephanie Theresa Strouse (Westborough)

THE FREDERICK A. CAMMANN MUSIC PRIZE is awarded to that student who demonstrates the most talent in musical theory and composition.  This year it is awarded to:

Matthew James Feller (Marlborough)

THE PHILIP GALLATIN (cah mahn) CAMMANN SCIENCE PRIZE is awarded to a student who has excelled in more than one science course.  This year it is awarded to:

Turner Kolbe Bohlen (Southborough)

THE FREDERICK R. AVIS AND ANNA M. PLISCZ BIOLOGY PRIZE honors two revered St. Mark's biology teachers whose love of teaching and learning set examples for both colleagues and students.  The prize is awarded to that student who by interest, curiosity, original thought, and practical application of ideas has acquired a better understanding of biological processes.  This year the Avis-Pliscz Prize is awarded to:

Turner Kolbe Bohlen (Southborough)

THE ST. MARK'S PHYSICS PRIZE is awarded to that student who through original thought, practical development of ideas, and inspiring leadership has done the most for the advancement of the science of physics during the preceding year.  This year the Physics Prize is awarded to:

Turner Kolbe Bohlen (Southborough)

THE JOHN SUYDAM MATHEMATICS PRIZE is given in memory of a member of the class of 1904 who taught mathematics here for many years.  It is awarded to that sixth former who has done the best work in mathematics, having also studied physics.  This year the Suydam Mathematics Prize is awarded to:

Turner Kolbe Bohlen (Southborough)

THE PETER BRYCE APPLETON PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPANISH was given by Francis Appleton, of the class of 1935, in honor of Peter Bryce Appleton, a member of the class of 1961.  This year the Appleton Spanish Prize is awarded to:                                                                       

Lauren Thompson Sheridan (Southborough)

"Class of 2010, this is your day!" With those joyous words Head of School John Warren '74 kicked off the Prize Day ceremony on Monday May 24, 2010. Under crystal blue skies, with families and friends in attendance, Prize Day 2010 was perfection. For the many who could not be in Southborough, the events were broadcast live through a link on our website.

Retiring Senior Master Henry Large, Jr. was this year's Prize Day Speaker and began with his very affectionate "Well you little rats, you finally made it" drawing a chuckle from one and all. Mr. Large shared his hopes and dreams for this year's class and presented them with many insights into the life they are about to enter. His remarks can be found below.

Samuel Neagley (of Shelburne, VT) was the Valedictorian speaker, elected by his classmates. Sam remarked how he could have never envisioned all he had accomplished since he came to St. Mark's and what wonderful opportunities it has afforded him both athletically and artistically - besides his very good education.

PLEASE REMEMBER: All dogs must be licensed

 by June 1st or a $10.00 fine will be imposed.

Notice #1

2010 - Memorial Day Observance

All Veterans are called to the American Legion/VFW Headquarters -

 Community House at the corner of Rt. 30 and Rt. 85 :

Monday – May 31th at 8:15

The parade starts at 9:00 AM at the Marlboro Savings Bank and will visit the respective cemeteries to pay tribute and honor those who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.

For more information:

Contact VFW Commander - Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 )

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Notice #2

All Veterans and citizens of Southborough are welcomed to join with VFW Post 3276 and American Legion Post 161 in placing flags on the graves of our Veterans.

Friday – May 28rd – 6:00 PM (1800 hrs)

Rural Cemetery – Rt. 85.

Please meet near the front of the Maintenance Building.

Help us place a flag on every Veterans grave – in tribute and honor of their service to our country.

Contact Veterans Graves Officer & VFW Commander:

Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 ) for more information.


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 Note #3

 Memorial Day Parade and Observance

Monday - 9:00 AM -  May 31st

Veterans of VFW Post 3276 and American Legion Post 161 will lead the parade which begins at 9:00 AM. at the Marlboro Savings Bank

Members of the Southborough Men and Militia, Buffalo Soldiers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Algonquin Regional High School Band will visit the respective cemeteries to pay tribute and honor those who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.

The Observances will conclude at the All Wars Memorial.

For more information:

Contact VFW Commander - Steve Whynot ( 508-481-2359  508-481-2359 )

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Committee Vacancy

Interested Southborough residents should submit a letter of interest along with any brief biographical information by Friday, May 28, 2010 to:
Ms. Jean Kitchen Southborough Town Administrator
17 Common Street Southborough, MA 01772.
This vacant position is due to the untimely death of Mr. James Denman, and this appointment will be in effect until the annual election in May 2011.

Frederick J. Quinn, 70, of Southborough died Monday, May 24, 2010, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis after being stricken ill at his home in Brewster. For 45 years he has been the beloved husband of Marie (OBrien) Quinn. Mr. Quinn was a 1957 graduate of the former Peters High School in Southborough and a graduate of Bridgewater State College. Fred was a middle school teacher for the Framingham school system for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of St. Anne Church in Southborough and Knights of Columbus, Phil Sheridan Council. He enjoyed golfing and gardening, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. In addition to his wife he leaves his children, Matthew Quinn and his wife Jennifer of Falmouth; Kate Canestrari and her husband Roger of Hopkinton; and three granddaughters. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 4-8 p.m., at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough, (morrisfuneralparlor.com). Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m., at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough, burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the Friends of Council on Aging, 9 Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA 01772.

Space Weather News for May 25, 2010

X-37B SIGHTINGS: Amateur satellite watchers have spotted a US Air Force space plane similar in appearance to NASA's space shuttle circling Earth in a heretofore secret orbit.  Known as the "X-37B," it can be seen in the night sky shining about as brightly as the stars of the Big Dipper. Flyby predictions and more information may be found at http://spaceweather.com .

Would you like to turn your iPhone into an X-37B tracker?  There's an app for that: http://simpleflybys.com .

AURORA WATCH:  A magnetic filament on the sun erupted yesterday (May 24th), and the blast hurled a coronal mass ejection in the general direction of Earth.  High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras around May 27th when the advancing cloud is likely to deal a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field.

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Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday May. 26
 Boys Varsity Tennis VS Hudson High School ARHS 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis @ Hudson High School   3:30PM
 Coed JV Tennis VS Hudson High School Melican Middle 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse VS Hudson High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse VS Hudson High School High School 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball VS Milford High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball @ Milford High School Click for directions   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Milford High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball @ Milford High School Click for directions   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball VS Milford High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Longmeadow High School   5:00PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Longmeadow High School   5:00PM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday May. 26
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ Hillside School   3:45PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Hudson High School Click for directions   7:00PM
ARHS Girls Lacrosse

May 25, 2010 - ARHS Girls Varsity lost against Norwell today.


May 25, 2010 - ARHS boys JV Lacrosse played against St. John's but unfortunately the team lost earlier this week.

May 24, 2010 - Coming to a theatre near you soon.  A reader sent in this ad that was seen while they were visiting New York City.

Black and White

May 24, 2010 - Like mailbox - like cows. The Belted Galloways munch in their field.

Book now for your classes. Annemarie's dance centre has been in business for over thirty years teaching thousands of children and adults.  Book for fall classes or for summer fun at their summer camps.  Conveniently located just a few miles from the Southborough town line.

Click here for more information on classes

2010- 2011 Registration Information

Please call the studio for registration information for ages 9 and up

The following classes are full and are closed for registration as of May 15th, 2010

  • Monday 5:05 Ballet 1
  • Monday 5:50 Jazz 1
  • Monday 6:35 Modern 1
  • Wed 7yr combo  4:10
  • Wed 9:30 5yr combo

2010- 2011 Registration Forms

Award Recipient

At its annual meeting on May 11, 2010, the Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) presented the  Elaine Beals Conservation Award to Linda Hubley. Linda was given the award for her life long devotion to environmental education and conservation work. Linda was the first female state park supervisor in 1981, supervising Walden Pond State Reservation for five years. She was also supervisor for ten years of the Hopkinton/Ashland State Park Complex, including Whitehall State Park and Marlboro State Forest.

Presently she is working for the United States Department of Agriculture in its battle in the Worcester area against the Asian Longhorn Beetle.

State Representative Carolyn Dykema was also present to give Linda a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives in recognition of Linda’s outstanding work in the conservation field as well as her many other contributions to the community.

Pictured in the photo are Sally Watters, president of SOLF, Linda Hubley, Elaine Beals, and Whitney Beals.

Blood Drive

Sudbury Valley Trustees invites you to its Wolbach Farm headquarters in Sudbury on Tuesday, June 1, 2:00-7:00pm for a memorial blood drive in memory of Director Eric Menoyo, formerly of Sudbury.  Throughout Eric’s illness, he received many transfusions and became a strong believer in the need for blood donations.  Help SVT celebrate the life and legacy of its former Director by giving blood.  All presenting donors are eligible to win a “Staycation Package” worth $350, which includes a $250 voucher to Marriott Hotels and a $100 American Express gift card.  To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.  For more information, please contact SVT’s Director of Membership (and frequent blood donor) Michael Sanders at 978-443-5588, x11.     


Outlines five priorities in campaign for Sheriff

Worcester – Worcester County Sheriff candidate Lew Evangelidis has announced five priorities, dubbed “Lew’s List” which he is committed to bringing to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department.  These five goals remain consistent with Evangelidis’ commitment to run a professional and efficient Sheriff’s Department that will save the taxpayers’ money.    


1)  Stop Patronage Now

For far too long the Worcester County House of Corrections has been engulfed in a culture of patronage which has no place in a professional work environment.  I am not part of the old political machine, have not made and will not make any job promises during this campaign and will refuse to accept any contributions from employees of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. Job applicants and promotions should be based purely on merit and nothing else. Every family deserves a fair shot at every job opening at the Sheriff’s Dept.


2) Community Partner

As Sheriff, I will bring innovative programs into all the schools in the county to educate our students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, to avoid a path to criminal activity, as well as the important issues of cyber bullying and online predators.  I will work with our local police departments, school officials and PTA groups to form strong community partnerships to prevent crime and keep our children safe. 


I will work to create strong bonds between senior citizens and law enforcement.  The Sheriff’s Office can provide education to our seniors as well as many health-related safety programs. I am committed to working with our senior centers to educate seniors on frauds and scams directed towards our elderly.  


3) Save Taxpayers Money

I am committed to seizing every opportunity to save the taxpayers’ money.  The benefits of the community service program which provides free labor to our cities and towns should be maximized.  Inmates who are screened and supervised can provide thousands of dollars of cost savings to community projects such as maintenance of public buildings, cleaning our roadways, and restoring our parks.  I will work with local officials to identity opportunities to utilize the inmate community service program to maximize savings to the taxpayers. 


Additionally, I will be dedicated to bringing a regional lockup facility into Worcester County.  This will allow local police departments to save money and put more police on our streets. 


4) Charge Inmate Fees

I have led the battle in the legislature to give Sheriff’s the authority to charge a daily inmate maintenance fee.  As Worcester County Sheriff I will continue this pledge to defer the cost of incarceration.   With thousands of families struggling to make ends meet throughout Worcester County, we need to send a strong message that inmates will no longer be allowed to receive a free ride.   


5) Deport Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Crimes 

Illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes should be deported before their jail sentence, not after the taxpayers have paid $35K per year for their incarceration.  As Sheriff, I will be committed to deporting these criminals as soon as possible and saving the taxpayers money.


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

Hosted open house for friends and supporters on May 15

SHREWSBURY—Massachusetts State Treasurer candidate Karyn Polito welcomed friends and supporters to a grand opening of her new campaign office in Shrewsbury on Saturday, May 15.

The office is located at 420 Boston Turnpike Road.

“It was exciting to open the doors of my new hometown campaign office to everyone,” said Polito, who is currently a state representative serving Shrewsbury and Westborough. “I think it’s important for my campaign to have a visible presence in Central Massachusetts. I hope people who want to know who our volunteers and supporters are will use this new office as a resource. The campaign office isn't just base of operations for my campaign volunteers, it's also a great way to engage the community.”

Polito announced her campaign for state Treasurer in early March, and received the official nomination of the Massachusetts Republican Party at the party’s convention in Worcester last month.

More information about the campaign can be found at www.karynpolitofortreasurer.com

Space Weather News for May 23, 2010

SOLAR TRANSIT: Yesterday in Switzerland, Thierry Legault photographed the International Space Station and space shuttle Atlantis passing directly in front of the sun, not far from new sunspot 1072. The veteran astrophotographer calls the image his "best ever of a solar transit," and indeed the silhouette of the docked spaceships backlit by "solar fire" is a must see.  It is featured on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT:  Atlantis is scheduled to undock from the  ISS on Sunday, May 23rd, at 11:22 am EDT, setting the stage for double flybys over many towns and cities around the world.  Need a flyby prediction?  There's an app for that: http://simpleflybys.com .

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Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

  TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday May. 25
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS Shrewsbury High School   3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Shrewsbury High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse VS Norwell High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse VS Norwell High School ARHS 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Volleyball @ QUARTER FINALS - VS NATICK High School 7:00PM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday May. 25
 Boys Varsity Track @ MASS VOC TRACK MEET Foley Field 1:00PM
 Girls Varsity Track @ MASS VOC TRACK MEET Foley Field 1:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Bellingham High School   3:45PM

May 24, 2010 -ARHS  Boys LAX games v. St. John's earlier this week. Varsity lost 8-5, but they are already in the postseason.

Nice Day in the Garden

May 23, 2010 - Many of the plots at the community gardens are full and already have some plants growing.  Many of the plots are family affairs.

Effort Is On To Have Music Wing Named After Beloved Director

A lot of past and present alumni of Algonquin Regional High School have wanted the school committee to name part of the facility after the late Dennis Wrenn.  Mr. Wrenn was the much loved music Director at the school.  He instructed the students for over twenty-Eight years bringing many awards back home to Algonquin.   His students excelled in Jazz, wind ensemble, concert band and orchestra.  Mr. Wrenn collapsed and died in Athens, Greece last year while touring with Algonquin students from Jazz. 

Students, parents and alumni have wanted to have something at Algonquin named after Dennis Wrenn.  They were promised that the naming would happen within six to twelve months of his death.  In the meantime school policy had changed and a new committee had been formed to deliberate naming rights within the school district.  The policy now stipulates that a person must be five years out of the school system before they could be nominated for naming purposes.  Many are worried that in five years there will be no students at the school that will even remember Mr. Wrenn.

The parents are angry, the students are angry and the alumni are angry that it is taking this long to have a piece of the school named after Mr. Wrenn.  There are facebook pages set up and email lists for those interested in promoting the naming of the music wing.  In the last school committee meeting it was unanimously voted 8 – 0 to suspend the five year naming rule.   However, it will be taken up for reconsideration again at an upcoming school committee meeting.

I have received many emails about this and here is a quote and some more information from one of the mom’s that would love to see a wing named after Mr. Wrenn. 

The Naming Committee will be meeting soon to re-consider Dennis' nomination. Please send an email or letter of support for the music wing to be named The Dennis Wrenn Performing Arts Wing to Superintendent Gobron at


or at 53 Parkerville Road, Southborough 01772. Please be specific about the performing arts wing - NOT the auditorium (that's already named). I'll post the meeting date & time for those who wish to attend.

Thanks everyone you can not believe the response we are all getting.  I am hopeful a great teacher will be long remembered for the care he gave each of our children and the legacy that he will most definitely leave behind for future generations.”

For more information click the facebook link to join and see/hear the latest. 

Like a Summer Scene

May 23, 2010 - A tire swing sits in tall grass surrounded by purple and white flowers on the south side of town.


Southborough meetings

May 24- May 28, 2010  





Cultural Arts Council 5/24 7:00 PM Classroom, Arts Center, 21 Highland Street
Historical Commission 5/24 4:30 PM Firefighter's Memorial Hall, Fire Station
Planning Board - Agenda 5/24 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda 5/24 7:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
Municipal Facilities Committee 5/25 6:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
Board of Health - Going into Executive Session at conclusion of Open Session 5/26 2:30 PM Board of Health Hearing Room, 9 Cordaville Raod
Zoning Board of Appeals - Agenda 5/26 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House

Sunday 23 Monday  24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29

Storytime, ages 2 - 5 years
May 24 10:30 AM














The Library has a great new website:  Click here


Senior Center Activities

24 Monday  25Tuesday 26 Wednesday 27Thursday 28 Friday 29 Saturday
    8:30 am health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
t9:00 Friday Hours
9:00 AM Center Opens
8:30 am health clinic
7:45 am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
9:30 am cribbage
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
12 blue plate special 10:00 AM Bocce 10 am Bocce 9:30 Painting class
2:00 PM fitness
12 Ping Pong
11:30 AM Hot topic of the Month
12:00 PM Pitch 10:00 AM canasta
  12 Pitch 2:00 PM Fitness 1 PM Bridge 12:30 Bingo
  1 PM water aerobics     1:00 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.

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday May. 24
 Boys Varsity Tennis @ Marlborough High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS Marlborough High School ARHS 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Lacrosse @ Oakmont Regional H.S.   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Nipmuc Regional HS   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Baseball @ St. Peter Marian H.s   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Baseball @ Shrewsbury High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Baseball VS Shrewsbury High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Shrewsbury High School   4:00PM
 Girls JV Softball VS Shrewsbury High School ARHS 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Lacrosse @ Oakmont Regional H.S.   5:00PM
 Girls JV Lacrosse @ Nipmuc Regional HS   5:30PM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday May. 24
 Boys Freshman Baseball   **Postponed To Tba - **Scrimmage - At Hillside School   3:15PM
 Boys JV Lacrosse @ **Postponed To 5/26/2010 - Hillside School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Parker School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse VS Worcester Public HS   4:00PM