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ARHS Boys Lacrosse Advance


June 5, 2010  - A 9-7 win over Grafton  advances ARHS, Connor Healy scores for ARHS.

Hi everyone,

This is just a note to let you all know that www.daniellegregoire.com is no longer under construction.  We have a few changes to be made over the weekend, but we're up and running so check it out.

This just in, when you go to the site, you will find a link to my BRAND NEW facebook page in the bottom right hand side.  You can become a fan simply by clicking the "like this" button.  Also, feel free to pass that along to ALL of your friends.  All of the cool kids are doing it!

As always, thank you for your support.

We'll see you on the campaign trail (if we haven't already)!




June 03, 2010

Representing the 3rd Congressional District in Massachusetts

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the financial regulatory reform legislation currently before Congress. Both the House and Senate have passed strong, meaningful bills. I’m hopeful we can have a final product signed into law in the coming weeks.

The failure of responsibility and oversight on Wall Street and in Washington helped create this economic crisis. That’s why it’s critical that we bring accountability to Wall Street, provide the strongest consumer protections ever and bring an end to taxpayer bailouts once and for all.

Over the last year, the financial industry has repeatedly tried to kill this reform with hordes of lobbyists and millions of dollars in ads. And when they couldn’t kill it, they tried to water it down with special-interest loopholes and carve-outs aimed at undermining real change. Fortunately, they didn’t succeed this time.

The legislation does several things. It creates the strongest consumer protections in history to empower every American with the clear and concise information they need to make their financial decisions.

It strengthens the rules of the road to make big banks and financial institutions pay for the bad decisions they make, and ensures that taxpayers are never again responsible for bailing out a financial firm that is deemed “too big to fail.”

It brings new transparency and accountability to the kinds of complex, backroom deals that helped trigger the financial crisis, helping to prevent future AIG-like disasters and giving American investors and businesses access to all the information they need to make financial decisions that work for them.

This is not about stifling competition or innovation. When the financial sector operates under sound rules that promote fairness and stability, we all win.

We absolutely must hold Wall Street accountable, because behind every dollar traded or leveraged on Wall Street, there is a family looking to buy a house, pay for an education, open a business, or save for retirement.

I’ve included a link to some of the specific “highlights” of these bills. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Jim McGovern


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Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

Monday Jun. 7






Fino Field







Foley Staduim


Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School






Uxbridge High School

Softball Field


MDAR'S Animal Health Division Develops Guidelines for
Backyard Poultry Enthusiasts

Over the last few years, interest in raising small poultry flocks has been steadily increasing and no longer confined to rural settings. The Division of Animal Health often receives inquiries from suburban and urban poultry enthusiasts alike with questions ranging from what kind of chickens they should buy to proper feed. In response to this growing interest, MDAR has developed a Best Management Practices guide for poultry keepers that outlines the proper caring and handling of poultry.

Outreach efforts also include agricultural updates and news postings to the Great Outdoors e.g. a poultry related blog entitled 'Backyard Breakfast'. The most important tip to ensuring a successful and satisfying experience with raising poultry is to make sure to check with local city or town officials about complying with all local bylaws, ordinances, or permit requirements.

For more information about raising poultry, contact MDAR's poultry inspectors:

• Edward Hageman
 (617) 626-1796  (617) 626-1796
• Megan Megrath
 (617) 626-1798  (617) 626-1798
• Alexander MacDonald
 (617) 872-9961  (617) 872-9961


ANDOVER, Mass. – There are a lot of “how-to” questions that come with reducing future disaster risks. Not sure how high to elevate that furnace, how to purchase flood insurance or what to include in your disaster preparedness kit? Help is not far away.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education and outreach advisors will be on-hand at local Home Depot stores through June 8 to provide useful information about many areas of concern, including:

·         Relocating the circuit breaker panel and basement outlets above potential flood waters;

·         Moving the washer and dryer to a higher floor;

·         Having a licensed plumber install a backflow valve to prevent sewer back-up; and

·         How to deal with mold and mildew.

Community education and outreach advisors say that by following a few simple steps, homeowners can evaluate and improve the integrity of their homes, and thus dramatically decrease their vulnerability to costly repetitive repairs.

FEMA Specialists will be at all centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Thursday to Tuesday, June 3-8, 2010, at the following locations:

Home Depot                                       Home Depot  

779 Washington St.                            130 Goldstar Blvd.

Auburn, MA  01501                           Worcester, MA  01606


Home Depot                                       Home Depot

701 Boston Post RD                           229 Hartford Ave.

Marlborough, MA  01752                   Bellingham, MA  02019

To date, nearly 47,000 residents have been counseled at locations throughout the region, which represents upwards of 1,000 per day being helped. Additionally, FEMA mitigation specialists will also be able to provide a number of informative publications in multiple languages on protecting your home from flood damage.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Fire Safety Dog

Lots have been happening with Sparkles the Fire Dog.  Her latest Endeavour, an article in the upcoming October issue of  Dog Whisperer Caesar Milan's magazine.  Cesar’s Way Magazine Here are links for updates on Sparkles.Firefighter Dayna Hilton

Nationally recognized fire safety expert and author of the critically acclaimed award-winning children’s book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. Firefighter Dayna and her four-legged friend, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, help keep children and their caregivers fire safe through the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation.

PBS KIDS Sprout Fire Safety Page

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog’s Facebook Page:

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog’s Twitter Page:

Sparkles’ blog:

Sparkles’ fire safety webpage:

Author Firefighter Dayna Hilton’s blog:

Firefighter Dayna’s fire safety webpage:

Firehouse Dog Publishing

Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation

Hi everyone,

This is just a note to let you all know that www.daniellegregoire.com is no longer under construction.  We have a few changes to be made over the weekend, but we're up and running so check it out.

This just in, when you go to the site, you will find a link to my BRAND NEW facebook page in the bottom right hand side.  You can become a fan simply by clicking the "like this" button.  Also, feel free to pass that along to ALL of your friends.  All of the cool kids are doing it!

As always, thank you for your support.

We'll see you on the campaign trail (if we haven't already)!






Boaters launching their craft into Massachusetts waterways should check to be sure they aren't giving a free ride to non-native aquatic plants or animals. Aquatic, exotic invasives can easily be transported between water bodies by boats, motors, trailers, fishing equipment, anchors, bait buckets, live wells, swimming and diving gear, and other aquatic equipment. These hitchhikers can wreak havoc in lakes and ponds by choking waterways through explosive growth, fouling intake and discharge structures, lowering lakefront property values, impeding boating, swimming and fishing, and reducing biodiversity by crowding out native fish, insects, other animals and plants. Once they are established in a water body, it is nearly impossible to eradicate these non-native invasive organisms.


With the discovery of invasive zebra mussels in Laurel Lake in Lee and Lenox in July of 2009, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) wants to make boaters aware of new procedures that must be followed for any watercraft to be launched at Berkshire waterbodies determined to be at high or moderate risk for zebra mussel colonization. Anyone launching watercraft at Ashmere Lake, Cheshire Reservoir, Housatonic River, Lake Buel, Lake Garfield, Lake Mansfield, Laurel Lake, Onota Lake, Plunkett Reservoir, Pontoosuc Lake, Prospect Lake, Richmond Pond, Shaw Pond, and Stockbridge Bowl must fill out a Clean Boat Certification Form. This form is available at the boat ramp kiosks and is posted on the DCR website at: www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply/lakepond/downloads/zebra_mussels_clean_boat_certification_form.pdf.

Boaters and other water users can help prevent the spread of invasive non-native plants and other organisms by two major cleaning methods described on the Clean Boat Certification form, described in detail in a zebra mussel brochure at  www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply/lakepond/downloads/ZebMussBro09.pdf.  



In central Massachusetts, anglers planning to launch at the DCR Quabbin Reservoir must follow a different launching procedure. All private boats launched on the reservoir must now have an intact Quabbin Boat Seal that certifies the craft has gone through a DCR approved decontamination process.  Seals must be intact when the boats are inspected by Boat Launch Area attendants prior to launching.  For more information on the Quabbin Boat Seal Program, go to www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply/watershed/documents/quabbinboatsealfaq.pdf or call the Quabbin Visitors Center at (413) 323-7221.


Zebra mussels are small 1-2" D-shaped mussels with alternating light and dark bands. They are very prolific and can spread at an alarming rate, clogging boat motors, shutting down power plants, and out-competing native freshwater mussels. Zebra mussels have a microscopic larval stage and can travel undetected in bait buckets, live wells and cooling water. There are no known methods of control for zebra mussels once they have invaded a water body. To prevent an introduction of zebra mussels, it is imperative that boaters empty all bait buckets, live wells and cooling water on dry land away from the shore.


Report zebra mussel sightings to Tom Flannery at tom.flannery@state.ma.us, call (617) 626-1250 or visit the Lakes and Ponds website www.mass.gov/lakesandponds  for fact sheets. DCR also asks interested citizens to consider joining the Weed Watchers Program. The DCR Lakes and Ponds program is looking for anglers, boaters, lake and pond association members and other water users to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasives. Participants will receive hands-on-training in plant identification, a Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species and other helpful publications. Information on the Weed Watchers Program is at: www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply/lakepond/weedwatch.htm.


As the Grass Grows

June 4, 2010 - Children were drawn to the tall grass at St. Mark's School earlier this week.

Scholarship Awards

June 4, 2010 - Winners of the 2010 Southborough Town Scholarships are, front row, Nicole Perreault and Jacqueline Cole; back row, Kevin Strickland, Tyler Fruneaux, Thomas Barnes, Brendan Loftus and Ibrahim Ayub.(contributed photo)

At a June 1 ceremony at the Southborough Community House, seven Southborough seniors were awarded monetary scholarships – five of them made possible by contributions from Southborough residents.

Awarded $1,000 Southborough Town Scholarships were Jacqueline Cole, Kevin Strickland, Tyler Fruneaux and Thomas Barnes, all members of the 2010 class at Algonquin regional High School; plus Ibrahim Ayub, who graduated from St. Mark’s.  A $1,000 Carroll Harris Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Nicole Perreault from Algonquin Regional High School.  Brendan Loftus received the William J. Bertonazzi Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500.

Please be advised that flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Sunday, June 6, 2010 in honor of former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Nancy Caffyn who died May 26.

Opening Reception tomorrow
 Saturday, June 5th,
 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments, and cast your vote for the People's Choice Awards 
Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
Friendly Knowledgeable Staff 

Events & Essentials E-news

In the News...

A new report shows that the cost of Alzheimer's for U.S. will be $20 trillion from 2010-2050, if no disease modifying treatments are found.  Watch the CBS News report.

6 out of 10 People With Alzheimer's Will Wander

 Summer has arrived in the Northeast and we're all eager to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Make summer safe for your loved one with Alzheimer's--prevent wandering.


* Organize an active, structured day
* Coordinate supervised outdoor walks or visits to the patio
* Consider fencing in a small outdoor space
* Inform neighbors and local police when someone has dementia
* Limit the number of unlocked doors
* Install bells or an alarm on unlocked doors
* Listen & watch carefully for warnings sign and wanting "to go home"
* Put away items that might trigger an exit: like coats and hats

* Sign up for Medic Alert + Safe Return - the program that has saved 100,000 lives

Educational Programs Free for NH & MA Families


For a complete calendar list of Alzheimer's Association programs, click on the photo.  Programs are always free for families; some fees apply to health care professionals. 

Martinis, Manicures & Dinner   June 14 


Martinis, Manicures & Dinner, Oh My!!! Join us for the Martini Mixer at the 13th Annual Verizon Wireless Make the Link Golf Tournament at Turner Hill in Ipswich, MA. For $50 you will receive a martini, manicure, surf and turf dinner, and the opportunity to bid on exciting prizes at the Silent and Live auction. Luxury vacations, sports tickets, celebrity memorabilia all await. Invite your friends or loved ones and don't miss out on the fun! Click on the golf ball!

Bid to End Alzheimer's  through June 7


The Alzheimer's Association's Auction: Bid to End Alzheimer's is officially open and includes fabulous items such as get-a-ways, Red Sox tickets, concert tickets, and more!  Place your bids now by clicking on the BID. Bid to End Alzheimer's runs through June 7, 2010. Select items will go live at our the Night at the Pops event (June 9) and at our annual Verizon Wireless Make the Link Golf Tournament (June 14) as indicated in each item description. Check back often, as new items are added weekly! 

Dementia and Driving   June 10

The Alzheimer's Association and Berkshire AHEC are co-presenting "Dementia and Driving Impairments: Improving Outcomes through Early Diagnosis and Assessment," June 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Cranwell Resort, Lenox, MA. 

Reservations: 866-976-2432 or E-mail.  

Cost is $65.  Professional CMEs and CEUs available. 

Group Leader Training  June 15-16, NH

Taking Control of Early Stage Alzheimer's Disese: A Group Leader Training to Develop Your Knowledge and Clinical Skills   
June 15-16, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott in Lebanon, NH
To register, call 603.228.2084 or click to e-mail. Cost: $40 for day one only, $60 for day one and two. Social work CEUs are available.  

Memories in the Making Unique Auction  June 18

PaintingMemories in the Making Art Auction will feature watercolor paintings created in the Alzheimer's Association's art expression program, "Memories in the Making." Friday, June 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Springfield College, William Blizard Art Gallery

Springfield, MA

Works from leading community artists will also be auctioned. Tickets, $25. Call 413.787.1113 for tickets.

Meet the Artists Opening Reception, Sunday June 13, 2 - 4 p.m.  
Click to view artwork and bid online. 

Our Champions!


Olympic Silver Medalist Erika Lawler of the U.S. Women's Hockey Team donned a purple tee and joined our Celebrity Champions for the Alzheimer's cause.  Click on the photo to see who else has joined! Starting June 21, you can see our Champions Exhibit at the Auburn Mall, Auburn, MA and mid-July through August at Andover Public Library, Andover, MA. Watch for a location near you in coming months.

Know Your Options    June 23

Options for Keeping Loved Ones at Home
Wednesday, June 23
9:30 a.m.-noon
Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA 
Co-sponsored by: The Greater Worcester Alzheimer's Partnership
and Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH
RSVP by June 21 at 508.799.2386

Local Artist Donates Exciting Design

Marathon training  Artist Geoffrey Gavett created a striking new piece of artwork for our Memory Ride for Research 2010 limited edition rider's jersey! Thanks to his efforts, our riders will really stand out as the cycle through Mass and New Hampshire on July 24.  

Consider Leaving a Legacy

Consider leaving a legacy of support by making a planned gift to the Alzheimer's Association.  Planned gifts allow you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning goals. Your gift will provide lasting benefits through our Alzheimer research program and community care and support programs. Life insurance is often an overlooked asset. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

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Tickets Still Available
NEW: There are a limited number of tickets for performance only (excellent floor seats) available at $90. Call Sheila Watnick now at 617.393.2008.
It's "Red, Hot and 30!" and an evening of Cole Porter conducted by Keith Lockhart. There are still a few seats left at $235 for our 11th annual Night at the Pops on June 9 at Boston Symphony Hall. Price includes cocktails, buffet reception and the Pops performance.
CLICK here for info.
Learn To Be Social & Support the Cause
Find us on Facebook
 Boot Camp for Facebook Beginners!
Learn how to use FB to help fight Alzheimer's
Thursday, June 10
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
Join up with us!

Follow us on Twitter 
July 24
Memory Ride
Saturday July 24, 2010
Devens, MA 
Click above to ride!  
Calling all Nurses & Route Support Volunteers? Make a difference--support the Ride for Research. 
Join the fun and help fight Alzheimer's!  There are 20, 62, or 100 mile route options available.
Memory Walk Coming in Sept:
13 Walks / 2 States
Go to the official Memory Walk webiste to be part of one of this year's 13 Memory Walks throughout MA and NH.
Call 617.393.2050 in MA or 603.606.6590 in NH.
NH Reach the Beach Sept. 17-18
The Reach the Beach Relay, a 200-mile adventure race from Franconia Notch to Hampton Beach, benefits the Alzheimer's Assocation! We need volunters to support this great event. Click to learn more!

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Jun. 5
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL STATE @ WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE   3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL STATE @ WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE   3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS TOURNAMENT VS TBA ARHS 3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ QUARTER FINALS VS GRAFTON High School 4:00PM

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

Sunday Jun. 6
 Girls Varsity Softball VS Uxbridge High School Softball Field 1:00PM

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sunset Paddle

Sunday June 13: 7:00 – 9:00PM

Join SVT member volunteer Tom Arnold for the closing event of Riverfest weekend. Paddle the Sudbury River as the sun sets and the moon rises. We plan to do an easy paddle and then raft together under the starlight. Feel free to bring and share a dessert and a suitable cold beverage. Cameras are recommended. Limited to 16 attendees. Starting and ending at River Road, just off Route 27. Free but registration required.

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

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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.

(incorrect Information was sent out prior  = this is the corrected version.)


June 3, 2010 - Lots of gardens are coming alive with color this month.

Southborough Recreation Announces Summer Camp Supervisors

Southborough – Southborough Recreation is excited to announce the addition of Scott LeBrun as its Pre-School Supervisor for this summer’s Kid’s Kamp to be held at the Finn School beginning June 28th.  Kid’s Kamp is a half day playground camp designed for children aged 2.9 years to entering first grade and is a great introduction to the Finn Elementary School environment for children that will be attending there in the fall.

Mr. LeBrun brings with him a fresh and unique approach to playground camp.  Some of the fun themes he has planned for this summer are Fun in the Sun, Olympic Games, All Things Wild and Free (Animal Theme) and Around the Globe.  Scott is a Town resident and the parent of two pre-school aged children.  He has been employed with the Fay School since 2002, most currently as the Director of Student Life and previously in the capacity of Dean of Students and Associate Director of Admissions at the School.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Education in Counseling Degree from Boston University.  He is excited to get to know the residents of Southborough and their children. 

Additionally, Recreation is pleased to announce that it has hired Frank Nellenback as Supervisor of the Tween Adventure Camp. Tween Adventure Camp is new this year and is designed to appeal to students entering grades 5 and 6. Mr. Nellenback is a Physical Education teacher at the Woodward and Neary Schools and has been teaching in Southborough since 2006. He holds a Bachelor degree from SUNY, Oswego and is currently pursuing a Master degree in PE and Coaching at Boston University.    Archery is one of the exciting new activities offered at this camp this year.  In addition to a variety of games, sports, crafts and science, Tween Camp incorporates daily luncheon outings and picnics designed for socializing and having fun.  Weekly off site field trips are planned for Wednesdays to fun places such as Canobie Lake Park and Water Country.  

Returning for her fifth year as Youth Supervisor is Tiffany Goode, Physical Education teacher at the Woodward School.  Ms. Goode will head up the Junior Zone Camp at the Woodward School designed for children entering grades two through four.  Children attending this camp enjoy a variety of activities including sports and outdoor games, arts and crafts, playground play and science and water activities.  Summer camp at Woodward school is a place to make new friends and to familiarize kids with that school environment.  Ms. Goode has been a teacher in Southborough since 2002 and holds a degree in Physical Education from New England College and a Master Degree in Health from Cambridge College. 

Supervisors of Recreation camps are State licensed teachers, CPR Certified and Epi-Pen trained and Recreation camps meet or exceed the State mandated Instructor/Participant ratios. In addition, the vast majority of counselors and supervisors hired are former Southborough campers and Counselor in Training (CITs).  These youths are familiar with the program as they have spent many summers with Recreation.  In this way, Recreation camps provide hands on experience and possible future employment opportunities in a camp setting for the youth of Southborough.

Enrolling in the Recreation summer camps is a good way for residents to support their town.  The camps are run entirely by the town, and net profits earned are turned back to the town.  The Camps are offered in weekly sessions beginning June 28th and running for seven weeks, through August 13.  Weeks are beginning to fill so Recreation advises residents to get their registrations in soon.  Registrations are accepted online at www.southboroughtown.com/recreation/recreation , in person or by mail at the Recreation Office, 21 Highland Street, Southborough, MA 01772.  For more information please call 508-229-4452.

Edible Boston - Agriculture in Massachusetts - "Green and Growing"

Edible Boston magazine, devoted to the celebration of the abundance of local food in the Greater Bostoncover of Edible Boston area, is in its fifth year running. Published quarterly, its focus is on local farmers, chefs, artisan cheeses, recipes, farmers’ markets, guest articles, and all things locally grown! The latest 2010 summer edition of Edible Boston features an article by Commissioner Scott J. Soares entitled Agriculture in Massachusetts: Green and Growing. In it Commissioner Soares highlights agricultural trends, economic indicators, and recent “ag” initiatives. To view this article go to: www.ediblecommunities.com/boston/summer-2010/agriculture-in-massachusetts.

The subscription rate for the hard copy version of edible Boston magazine is $32 annually. Other edible Communities publications (edible Vineyard, edible Cape Cod, edible Pioneer Valley, and edible South Shore) are also available. Go to www.ediblecommunities.com for more information.

Space Weather News for June 3, 2010

SOMETHING HAS JUST HIT JUPITER:  Veteran amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley of Australia and Christopher Go of the Philippines have independently observed an impact event on Jupiter. The strike occurred at 20:31 UT on June 3rd and produced a bright flash of light in the giant planet's cloudtops.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for images and video.

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Space Weather News for June 3, 2010

Every summer since the late 19th century, Earth's polar skies have lit up with gossamer, electric-blue clouds, twisting and rippling in the twilight sky.  They're called noctilucent ("night-shining") because they can be seen after dark. The origin of the clouds, which hover at the very top of Earth's atmosphere in close proximity to space itself, is uncertain. They have been linked to causes as varied as meteoroids, climate change, and the icy exhaust of the space shuttle.

News flash: The 2010 noctilucent cloud season has just begun in the northern hemisphere, with sightings over Russia, Scotland and Denmark.  Although noctilucent clouds were once a phenomenon of high latitudes only, in recent years they have been sighted in the United States as far south as Colorado and Utah. Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos and observing tips.

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 “I do not have one family member that works at the Sheriff’s Department and I never will”  


Worcester – Worcester County Sheriff candidate Lew Evangelidis released the following statement after Chief Justice of Administration and Management Robert Mulligan’s recent announcement that he has suspended Commissioner of Probation Jack O’Brien.  The suspension came on the heels of allegations of abuses including ramped patronage and “pay to play” job promotions.  Evangelidis has pledged from the first day of his campaign that he will not accept contributions from any employees of the Sheriff’s Department and will not make any job promises.    


Evangelidis, a former assistant district attorney and assistant state prosecutor said, “Commissioner O’Brien’s suspension is yet another example of how a culture of patronage in the old political machines can poison any work environment.  I am committed to ending all patronage at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and will work hard to restore the taxpayer’s confidence. Patronage eliminates an individual’s incentive to work hard, promotes an entitlement mentality and creates unnecessary animosity among employees.  Job applicants and promotions should be evaluated based upon merit and nothing else.”


Evangelidis continued, “I do not have one family member that works at the Sheriff’s Department and I never will.”


“As Worcester County Sheriff I will develop and implement hiring practices and guidelines to safeguard against patronage; these guidelines will apply to everybody.  Every applicant should be evaluated on merit, performance and ability rather than on connections, political contributions or last name.  Every family in Worcester County should have equal access to every job at the Sheriff’s Department.”


Evangelidis’ proposals to remove nepotism and patronage include: 

-       After a criminal record query is run on each applicant, they will be assigned a random number so that all evaluations of the application are done so blindly.

-       Applicants will be evaluated in a number of areas including education, work history, test scores, as well as practical simulations.  These simulations may include showing training videos to applicants and ask them to explain how they would react to a series of situations.

-       Standardized testing similar to civil service

-       Employees of the Sheriff’s Department will not be permitted to submit letters of recommendation for prospective candidates.

-       Clearly written job descriptions and qualification requirements so each prospective employee knows exactly how they will be evaluated.



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



"The selection of a new executive director at the state pension fund should not be made in a hasty manner in the last few months of the retiring Treasurer's term. The next Treasurer, as chairman of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, should have the opportunity to put together his or her own team, in consultation with fellow board members, which includes the Governor’s designees.

There are critical issues at the pension fund that need to be addressed relating to investment performance, asset allocation and adequate compensation levels for administrative staff. Having the right personnel to carry out a thorough evaluation is imperative. The next executive director of the state pension fund must have the full confidence and support of the state’s next Treasurer.

The public interest will not be served if the executive director's job is filled on a permanent basis ahead of the next election. Instead of conducting a full-fledged search and entering into a long-term employment contract, the Treasurer, the Governor and the entire PRIM Board should allow the current interim executive director to continue serving on a temporary basis until the new Treasurer arrives and can lead the search for a replacement."

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Saturday Jun. 5
 Boys Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL STATE @ WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE   3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Outdoor Track @ ALL STATE @ WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE   3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Tennis VS TOURNAMENT VS TBA ARHS 3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ QUARTER FINALS VS GRAFTON High School 4:00PM
I'm Watching Too

June 2, 2010 - This Boston Terrier watches the Memorial Day parade pretty intensely.

Algonquin Twirlers and Band

June 2, 2010 - More Memorial Day photos.

Boy Scouts


On The Road Again! Summer is Here!


With so many people saving money these days by driving to their vacation destination rather than flying, we thought we would point out some things that you should consider before heading out for your summer getaway.

If you haven't had your car in for routine maintenance in the last few months, try and get it inspected a week or so before you leave on your trip. It's better to catch a problem now than at 9:00 pm somewhere in the middle of nowhere. 

Be Safe,Happy Trails and a Happy Father's Day!




Kris and Bill Stapleton
Southboro Auto Tech &
Choice Car Wash


June 2010

Road Trip!

Wash Smart!

Save $25!

Buy One Get One!


Southboro Auto Tech

145 Boston Road

 Rt 30
Southboro, MA


Choice Car Wash
155A Boston Road

 Rt 30
Southboro, MA


ESSENTIAL Summer Car Care Tips! 

road trip

1. CHECK THE TIRES - make sure they are inflated to propper pressure, check the spare, and check the treads
HAVE ESSENTIALS CHECKED- Check oil level, cleaness. Check wipers, A/C, radiator, lights, belts and hoses, and ensure that brakes are in good shape.

3.  HAVE A MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED SERVICE / TUNE UP- for fuel economy,safety and preventative maintenace. Usually done at 30, 60, 90 thousand miles

4.  DITCH THE JUNK - the more you haul the more it costs you in gas.

5.  PREPARE FOR THE WORST - have a roadside emergency kit that includes: jumper cables, tools, first aid kit, jack, paper towels, blanket and water.






As you travel on down Route 127 from Rockport, you will come to Pigeon Cove, a small town whose main attraction is a house built of paper. Kids will love The Paper House, built between 1922 and 1942; it's made of over 100,000 old newspapers and even the furniture is constructed of paper. As you leave Pigeon Cove, you will come to Halibut Point State Park, which is an excellent place to make a beach stop. Continuing around on Route 127, and then Routes 128 and 133, will take you up to Essex and Ipswich, river towns full of antique shops and quaint homes. Stop and eat some fried clams in Essex.

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Sudbury Valley Trustees

A Place for Frogs

Saturday June 13: 4:00 – 5:30PM

Join Author Melissa Stewart as she reads her story, "A Place for Frogs." In this simple introduction to frogs and ecology, Melissa Stewart shares with young readers the behavior and beauty of frogs and describes specific ways people can protect them. Children will learn basic facts about frogs, where they live, what they eat, and how they benefit other plants and animals. Free, registration required.

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


Please be advised that Governor Patrick has ordered that the American and Commonwealth Flags be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on Friday, June 4, 2010 at all state buildings in honor of former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ralph E. Sirianni of Winthrop, who died Monday, May 31, 2010.

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 until sunset on Friday, June 4, 2010 at all state buildings in honor of former Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ralph E. Sirianni of Winthrop, who died 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

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Thursday Jun. 3

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

Friday Jun. 4
        Graduation   6:00PM
Buffalo Soldiers

June 1, 2010 - Southborough residents heard a short history of the Buffalo Soldiers at Memorial Day festivities.  Local resident Pete Depina (below) has one of the largest collections of Buffalo Soldier memorabilia in the United States.  They have been trying to secure a facility to house this collection at the Nichols house at the MWRA.




Today, June 1, 2010 marks the start of the 2010 Hurricane Season.

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New Floor Finishing Regulations Take Effect June 1

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Fire Chief John D. Mauro, Jr. want to alert the public that starting June 1, 2010 when using certain flammable liquids to finish wood floors, the fire department must be notified and in buildings with more than four units, a permit must be obtained first.

Chief Mauro said, "Over the past several years there have been several tragic fires stemming from the many fire hazards that the floor finishing process poses. Chief Mauro said, "Newly revised regulations now address the many different fire hazards of floor finishing – improper electrical hook-ups, the storage of waste materials, and dust explosion hazards, as well as the application of flammable liquids."

These regulations were put in place in response to a series of tragic accidents associated with floor finishing. In September 2004, a Somerville explosion and fire in a triple-decker caused the deaths of two workers, injured two workers and four firefighters. It is believed that vapors from the flammable liquids were ignited by the pilot light on the gas water heater. In July 2005, a 43-year old man was part of a floor sanding crew that was refinishing the hardwood floors in a Hull single-family home. Once again, fumes from the sealant came in contact with the pilot of the gas water heater causing an explosion and the ensuing fire.

Highlights of the New Regulation

Permit and Notice to Fire Department Required

The previous regulations applied only to bowling alleys, but have been amended to address the fire hazards of wood floor sanding, finishing or refinishing in all occupancies. Starting June 1, 2010, a fire department permit will be required when certain flammable liquids are going to be used in floor finishing in buildings with more than four units. In buildings with four or fewer units, the fire department must be notified prior to the start of work.

Preventing Flammable Liquid Fires

The regulations require the removal of ignition sources such as pilot lights prior to the application of finishing products considered flammable liquids until the product has dried. It also prohibits using flammable liquids when direct ventilation of the space to the outside is not possible. The new regulation also requires posting warning signs in www.southboroughfire.org

buildings with more than one dwelling unit when flammable liquids are used in floor finishing.

Preventing Electrical Fires

It reinforces the fact that the Massachusetts Electrical Code requires an electrical wiring permit when connecting equipment directly to an electrical panel. Some floor refinishing equipment use larger amounts of electricity than home outlets typically provide, so the equipment is often connected directly to the electrical panel in violation of the code. This poses a fire risk and bypasses the normal circuit protection in electrical systems.

Preventing Fires From Dust and Rags

The regulations also address the safe storage of flammable and combustible products and waste materials. There have been many fires started by the spontaneous combustion of the dust from floor sanding put into airtight bags and from rags soaked in combustible and flammable liquids. Some floor finishing products such as linseed oil are considered combustible but not flammable. Rags soaked in combustible chemicals still pose a serious fire risk if not properly handled. The regulations require use of a metal waste can with a self-closing cover for all waste products including wood dust and rags. The can must be removed from the building daily and the materials disposed of properly.

On February 9, 2010, an historic octagonal house in Holyoke was severely damaged when a barrel full of sawdust from wooden floor refinishing ignited.

Consider Less Dangerous Alternatives

Use of water-based or non-flammable floor refinishing products does not require notification to or a permit from the fire department. Whether homeowners are doing the work themselves or hiring a contractor, it is important to consider the fire safety aspects of the materials being used. Cheaper products or services and faster drying time associated with flammable finishes can cost more in the long run if there is an explosion or fire.

Assisting with Replacing Veteran's flags

June 1, 2010 - Former Fire Chief Pete Phaneuf and wife/Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf make the rounds at Rural Cemetery looking for place holders needing new American flags.

Clifton L. Cunningham, Jr., 68, of Marlborough died on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at Marlborough Hospital after being stricken ill at home.

He was the beloved husband, for 50 years, of Joanne (Pietrasiak) Cunningham.

Mr. Cunningham was a 1959 graduate of the former Peter's High School in Southborough. He worked at General Motors of Framingham for 10 years before he worked as a burner tech at Comey Oil of Westborough for 27 years. He was a member of AFLCIO for 10 years and a life long member of Marlborough Fish and Game. Clif was also a member of St. Anne Church of Southborough, where he bowled a number of years in their Monday night bowling league He was an avid Celtic fan and enjoyed fishing and his flower garden. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Robert Cunningham of Southborough; Edward Cunningham and his wife Bette of N. Grafton; Jim Cunningham and his wife Kris of Leominster; Dianne DiMatteo and her husband Alan of Marlborough; 8 grandchildren, Jonathan Cunningham; Mary Jo and Clifton Cunningham; Katelynn, Brittany, and Samantha DiMatteo; Liam and Maggie Cunningham.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 2, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough. (Morrisfuneralparlor.com).

A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 10 AM at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Rd, Southborough. There will be a private burial in Rural Cemetery in Southborough.

Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

A Message from the First Community Church of Southborough

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

Wednesday Jun. 2








Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Wednesday Jun. 2
 Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Algonquin Regional HS Click for directions   4:00PM
Memorial Day 2010

May 31, 2010 - Veterans march into the cemetery on their first stop in saluting Southborough's veterans.

Some photos from today's Events

A Little Bit of Smoke

May 31, 2010 - A shot from Westborough at Phoenix U. looking across Southborough and into Marlborough.  A bit hazy looking summers day but actually it is smoke from a large Canadian wildfire.  At times this morning besides the smoky haze there was also the smell of brushfires that many fire departments around New England had phone calls about.

Southborough meetings

June 1 - June 4, 2010





Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School Committee 6/1 7:00 PM School Committee Conference Room, Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School
Board of Selectmen - Attending Scholarship Awards Ceremony 6/1 7:00 PM Community House
Board of Selectmen - Open Session - Agenda 6/1 8:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Scholardship Advisory Committee Awards Ceremony 6/1 7:00 PM Community House
Youth Commission 6/1 6:30 PM 2 Schipper Farm Lane
Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) 6/2 7:00  PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School Building Committee 6/2 7:00 PM School Committee Conference Room, Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School
Cable Television Committee 6/2 7:30 PM Cable Access room, Fayville Hall
Council on Aging 6/2 7:00 PM Country Kitchen, Cordaville Hall
MBTA Triangle Committee 6/2 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Recreation Commission 6/3 7:00 PM Recreation Office, 21 Highland Street
Stewardship Committee 6/3 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall

Sunday  30 Monday  31 Tuesday 1 Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Friday 4 Saturday 5

Closed Memorial Day














The Library has a great new website:  Click here

Senior Center Activities

31 Monday  1Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday
Closed Memorial Day   8:30 am health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
t9:00 Friday Hours
9:00 AM Center Opens
7:45 am Walking Group
9:30 Pool
9:30 am Tai Chi
10:00 AM Creative Writers
  10:00 AM Bocce 10 am Bocce 9:30 Painting class
12 Ping Pong
11:30 AM Power of Attorney Health care
12:00 PM Pitch 10:00 AM canasta
        11:30 Movie Matinee and bag lunch

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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

Wednesday Jun. 2

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

TOMORROW'S EVENTS - Tuesday Jun. 1
 Girls Varsity Softball @ Old Colony Reg Vo Tech High   3:00PM
Baby Eyes

May 30, 2010 = A Red Tailed Hawk baby peers out of the nest.

Flag Bearers

May 30, 2010 - Dick Varney and John Wilson head back to the truck after putting new flags on the graves of veterans.

Letter to the editor

To Susan and Linda (My Southborough and Southboroughnews.com)
I just wanted to express my deepest appreciation to you both for posting the notice about placing Flags at Rural Cemetery.
In my years 20+ years of being involved with the Veterans and the Memorial Day actitivies - tonight was just far and away beyond my expectations.
Groups started to arrive around 1745 and by 1800. Small groups joined by other small groups - Scouts, Veterans, citizens, accumulating....Just beyond what I would have thought.
The number of Girls Scouts - Boy Scouts - Cub Scouts and Brownies - was well as private citizens joining with our Veterans, to place new flags around the Cemetery was a fantastic sight.
To have our two State Representatives - Rep. Danielle Gregiore and Rep. Carolyn Dykema joini with us and committing to be with us for our Memorial Day Observances - was a very much appreciated.
I just can't tell you how much it means to the Veterans to see the participation of the youngsters and their parents in joining us to honor those Veterans who are now at rest ar Rural Cemetery.
On behalf of the American Legion and VFW and myself - THANK YOU to all..
It shows that Yes... Patriotism and pride is very much alive and is firmly planted in the foundation of small towns like Southorough. It's what makes this great country.
Thank you all once again... What a fantastic turnout and I personally would like to thank you all!!!
Steve Whynot
Commander -
VFW - Post 3276

Breaking Through

May 30, 2010 - Robins just breaking through their eggs this afternoon.

Love of Music Knows No Age

70 years separate the oldest and youngest in the photo shown above, yet all are equally thrilled to have participated in a recent Assabet Valley Mastersingers concert at Chapel of the Cross in   Westborough.

The four AVM Student Apprentices (17-18 years old) are all from Algonquin Regional High School.  They are: (left to right) Tyler Jacobson, Marisa Vazquez, Kelsey O’Hare, and Kathryn Connelly.  Tyler and Kelsey were honored with AVM Scholarship Awards in recognition of their dedicated participation in the Mastersingers and their planned continuation of music studies at Ithaca College and Providence College, respectively.

87-year-old Doris Forchielli of Shrewsbury freely admits that she could not imagine her life without music.  She has been an AVM member since 1986, following a number of years with Worcester Chorus.  Every Tuesday morning she and a dozen or so other musicians head to a different Senior Center, bringing Big Band type music to appreciative audiences.  In another outreach she and other accordion players frequently entertain at Scandinavian gatherings with lively music for dancing and singing.  Doris’ energy level might be considered usual for someone a decade or so younger.

At the rear of the photo is Artistic Director and founder of Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Robert Eaton, for many years acknowledged to be an accomplished educator and musician.  He has been recognized for creating unusual and interesting programs and for his skill in interpreting challenging music, thus inspiring singers of all ages to conquer the associated complexities with joy and a sense of shared accomplishment.  More details may be found at www.AVMsingers.org.


WORCESTER – Please find below a list of scheduled events for Worcester County Sheriff Candidate Lew Evangelidis for the week of May 30th.  Please feel free to include these events in any publication or online calendar.  Further questions should be e-mailed to lew@lewforsheriff.com unless otherwise specified below.



Evangelidis will attend a joint fundraiser with State Representative Candidate Kim Ferguson at 6PM at the home of Joe and Ellen O’Brien at 29 Gregory Rd. in Princeton. 



Evangelidis will be attending a fundraiser being held in his honor at 6PM at Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St in Worcester.  Please contact Chanel Prunier at GOPMuniPAC@gmail.com for more information.



Evangelidis will participate in the graduation ceremonies at the Devereux School in Rutland.  Evangelidis recently completed a term on the Advisory Board and was asked to be this year’s keynote speaker at graduation. 



Evangelidis will attend a fundraiser being held in his honor by the Rutland Republican Town Committee.  The event is scheduled to begin at 4PM at the Rutland Sportsman’s Club, 75 Pleasantdale Road in Rutland.  For more information please contact faith@lewforsheriff.com



To learn more about Evangelidis’ campaign for Sheriff, please visit his website at www.lewforsheriff.com

Sports and Recreation

Algonquin Regional High School

Wednesday Jun. 2

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School

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

The Marlboro Sr. Softball teams went 2-3 and 1 this week finally getting into full action.

The Sr. Panthers  played the Worcester Falcons “B” team and lost the first game 15 – 10 and called the 2nd game a tie 11-11 after 10 innings.  Marlboro’s offense was led by Julie Wright who went 6 for 7 and Ron Saloman 4 for 7.

The Sr. Panthers Team then traveled to Shrewsbury to take on the Shrewsbury Seniors.  Marlboro dropped the first game 14 – 10 and the 2nd game 5 – 3.  Marlboro’s offense was led by Jeff Allen 3 for 5 and Paul Starek 4 for 7.   Jeff Allen also had a triple and homerun.

            The Jr. Panthers entertained the Tewksbury Seniors and split their doubleheader.  The Jr. Panthers won the first game 8 – 7 and dropped the 2nd game 7 – 5.  Marlboro’s offense was led by Stephen Bober 3 for 5 and Bob Devlin 2 for 5.